1855 Charles O’Conor Autograph Letter Signed. Charles O’Conor (1804–1884) defended Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He prosecuted NYC’s “Boss” Tweed.
We buy and sell rare books and manuscripts we believe are worth being collected, studied or enjoyed. These artifacts could be a printed on silk memento of a school in Texas for wayward children, an archive of nineteenth century letters from an Indian Territory, or a rare 18th century book printed in Philadelphia with a spectacular association. The untold history of the United States is vast. Layers of historical events, from the early American Republic…
Amid a patent lawsuit and controversy, an anonymous 1850 pamphlet asks ‘Just who invented the telegraph’? Samuel F.B. Morse would not be happy.
An 1873 Alden Fruit Preserving Company pamphlet promotes the company’s process of drying and preserving fruit. They also propose cooperative investment factory schemes for budding entrepreneurs. Will it work?
The 18th century almanac in America was the bread and butter of many booksellers. In the major cities with vibrant printing cultures the 18th century almanac was plentiful.
A rare 1860s broadside for Newcomb’s Minstrels. Spectacular, colorful, oversized, this format also referred to as being a circus “streamer” – a novel advertisement.
My name is Ian Brabner and I have over 20 years of experience in the rare book trade. I buy, authenticate, research, catalog, “storify,” exhibit, offer: rare books & manuscripts of early American origin or context. My daily task is to seek, acquire, study, and interpret important, unusual, or quirky examples of early printed and manuscript American history —and then suggest their present relevance to as diverse of an audience as possible. Learn more…