Rare Books & Manuscripts
Rare Americana 18th, 19th, & 20th Century
Tel. (302) 998–2886 Est. 1995
For Collectors of Rare Americana
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.
Product descriptionHungarian-American woman writer Ilona Fulop here gives an autographed presentation ...
Product descriptionA rare 1808 broadside for iItinerant silhouette artist Moses Chapman ...
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Queen Bess Corset, an 1880s chromolithographic circular or folding leaflet. To the Ladies in the 1880s, a lovely bit of fashion and historical ephemera.
An 1899 Arts and Crafts-era paper weaving artwork, a pattern book with 15 handwoven design patterns made of colored paper strips.
C. 1890s South Side Land Co., Marion, Indiana land investment pamphlet and map. The town’s natural gas boom allowed it to offer free gas to manufacturers.
C. 1910s? two-sided lithographic printing stone illustrated with advertisements for “Old Hollister” whiskey from St. Paul, Minnesota & choir boy’s costumes.
A handmade illustrated manuscript done in 1945 accomplished with typewritten leaves and humorous silhouettes hand-drawn in dark bold ink.
Does this unrecorded 19th century illustrated broadside kickstart our Modern Era of Endless Mini Storage Units filled with cardboard boxes?
A rare 1922 promotional item for Cape May County New Jersey resorts and beaches and towns, an oversized promotional pamphlet by the Cape May County Times.
Three rare handwritten manuscripts of the Floral Wreath, c. 1878–1881 a literary magazine of Juniata County, Pennsylvania. Approx. 80 pages of prose and poetry.
Broadside for a lecture/glass lantern slide show, “Lights and Shadows of a Great City,” based on the 1872 book Lights and Shadows of New York Life.
1857 Broadside for Ross’ Improved Modern School Furniture with 64 illustrations of various classroom furniture forms made in Joseph L. Ross’ Boston factory.
C. 1867–1868 Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania donation subscription book. Approx. 225 donors gave money to Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
1886 Cook’s Grand Excursion to California, railroad tour itinerary pamphlet. Highlights of the 8-week tour: the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, and Yellowstone.
United States Secret Service Company. Three 1877 Ephemeral Items for Membership and Rules and Regulations of a Private Detective Force
Rare 1877 ephemera from the private United States Secret Service Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, the publisher of the “American Criminal Gazetteer.”
Small collection of six book-shaped objects from late 19th century and early 20th century, of various compositions; stone books, marbled, etc.
C. 1828 New York City friendship album in a gilt bookbinding with engraved title page and 47 engraved plates. Illustrations are done in the Romantic style.
C. 1910s archive of 94 real photo postcards (RPPC) of the crew of the gunboat U. S. S. ‘Paducah’ in Cuba and the Caribbean around World War I.
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.
Rare books and manuscripts, pamphlets, ephemera, handwritten diaries and journals document meaningful 18th century and 19th century American lives. In our inventory you will find not only the famous and known, but the not-so-famous and the should-be-known. More…