Rare Americana 18th, 19th, & 20th Century
Tel. (302) 998–2886 Est. 1995
an Brabner, Rare Americana buys and sells rare books and manuscripts, autograph letters, unique images and ephemera, primarily from 18th century and 19th century American history — of American origin or context.
We research, catalog and offer important or unusual rare Americana. A wide compass of American history passes through our hands.
With 20 years experience in the rare book trade, each item is carefully researched and accurately described. All rare books and manuscripts, autographs, &c. are guaranteed original and authentic.
“But I have no Books, no Time, no Friends.
I must therefore be contented to live
and die an ignorant, obscure fellow.”
The Adams Papers
Rare Books and Manuscripts
hrough 18th century and 19th century rare books and manuscripts, autograph letters, historical documents, ephemera and graphic Americana, we advocate collecting American history either: foundational, significant, documentary, unique or exceedingly unusual, visually compelling or artifactual.
In the context of U.S. history, we believe you should collect, foremost, rare books and manuscripts—and allied materials—of historical value.
There are many unknown and untold stories of American history still to be discovered. As examples, In 2012, as profiled in The New York Times, we offered a 19th century photograph album with albumen photographs of President Obama’s ancestors. A modest, yet previously unknown, early 19th century manuscript register can provide medical history about smallpox.
Why Collect U.S. History?
e buy and sell rare books and manuscripts we believe are worth being collected, studied or enjoyed. You can still build impressive collections on numerous subjects in American history.
These artifacts could be a printed on silk memento of a school in Texas for wayward children, an archive of letters from an Indian Territory, a rare 18th century book printed in Philadelphia.
The untold history of the United States is vast. Layers of historical events, from the early American Republic to the 20th century, have yet to be fully understood or documented.
Through rare books and manuscripts, pamphlets, ephemera, or through handwritten diaries and journals we try to identify meaningful 18th century and 19th century American lives. We try to not just present the famous and recognizable but all participants in the American Experience. More…