Rare Americana: Rare Books & Manuscripts

Personal Performance Archive Of Carl Peirce, Child Virtuoso Violinist

Personal Performance Archive of Carl Peirce, Child Virtuoso Violinist

Musical artist's 1883–1907 personal collection of 70 broadsides and programs plus related manuscripts. About 80% of the broadsides and programs bear contemporary annotations.


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1897–1901 Collection Of German And Austrian Belle Époque Musical Concert Programs; With Related Ephemera

1897–1901 Collection of German and Austrian Belle Époque Musical Concert Programs; with related Ephemera

72-Item collection of German and Austrian classical music and concert programs etc. documenting performances in over a dozen theaters. In addition to pieces by such noted composers as Beethoven and Wagner the programs include many works by lesser-known Germanic composers such as Volkmann, Draseke, Klughardt, K. Komzak II, and Conradi.


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An Act To Repeal The State Tax On Real And Personal Property, And To Continue And Extend The Improvements Of The State By Railroads And Canals…and To Charter A State Bank

An Act to repeal the State Tax on Real and Personal Property, and to continue and extend the Improvements of the State by Railroads and Canals…and to charter a State Bank

1836 Pennsylvania act to charter a state bank to be known as the United States Bank. Apparently no physical copies located on OCLC.


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Inauguration Of The New Building Of The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts

Inauguration of the New Building of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

1876 Pamphlet detailing the ceremonies of the opening of a new art building includes an interesting anecdote of subdued Native Americans in Florida. With references to Fort San Marco in St. Augustine, the birthplace of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School subsequently founded in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


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Memphis, Tennessee Photographer, C.H. Poland: Two Hand-Colored Photographs

Memphis, Tennessee Photographer, C.H. Poland: Two Hand-Colored Photographs

Pair of elaborately overpainted photographs from 1918 depicting a woman with displays of large floral arrangements, possibly wedding related. One image shows a basket of flowers adorned with a red, white, and blue ribbon, possibly a patriotic motif suitable for a wedding during the First World War.


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Three Original Photographs Concerning Spon & Chamberlain, New York Scientific And Engineering Publishers

Three Original Photographs Concerning Spon & Chamberlain, New York Scientific and Engineering Publishers

C.1900s large format photographs depicting the interior showroom and a trade show booth of a New York scientific and technology publisher. Helping to date the photographs is a sign announcing the publication—“Now Ready”—of the book “Induction Coils,” published by the firm from 1901 to 1909.


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American Revolutionary War-Related Manuscript Concerning A Tory Exploit At Fort Johnstown

American Revolutionary War-Related Manuscript Concerning a Tory Exploit at Fort Johnstown

In 1781, apparently on a whim, John Cough, Jr. fired upon an American sentry at Fort Johnstown in then Tryon County, New York. This 1850 manuscript attempts to get the facts and provides revealing answers by an eyewitness.


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Business Archive Of F.F. Marcy, Lumber Dealer And Builder Of Palmer, Massachusetts

Business Archive of F.F. Marcy, Lumber Dealer and Builder of Palmer, Massachusetts

1877–1888 Archive comprised of a significant collection of letters, invoices, and other business papers including a company letterbook, itself recording approx. 1500 outgoing letters. F.F. Marcy dealt with lumber mills and wholesale dealers in Michigan, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.


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Rembrandt Peale: 1843 First Book Of Drawing

Rembrandt Peale: 1843 First Book of Drawing

Separately issued, the first part of Rembrandt Peale's “Graphics”. Separate parts of Peale's work appear to be rare to commerce or institutional holdings as they were heavily worn and used by classroom students.


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Atlas To Accompany A System Of Universal History

Atlas to Accompany A System of Universal History

“Containing, I. A Chronological Picture of Nations, or Perspective Sketch of the Course of Empire. II. The Progressive Geography of the World in a Series of Maps, adapted to the Different Epochas of the History.” 1839 illustrated school atlas by educator and historian Emma Willard (1787–1870).


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Caldwell Family Manuscript Heraldic Achievement With Calligraphy Decoration

Caldwell Family Manuscript Heraldic Achievement with Calligraphy Decoration

18th Century, possibly Philadelphia, illustrated manuscript signed by its creator, “Binning.” Unusual large-format manuscript explains its heraldic emblems and designs.


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Autograph Letter Signed by Jurist John Kintzing Kane, presiding Judge of the Fugitive Slave Law Trial of Passmore Williamson

1845 Letter by Kane as Pennsylvania Attorney General concerning two cases before the courts. Judge Kane was best known for his pro-slavery decision in the case of abolitionist Passmore Williamson who challenged the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.


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Autograph Letter Signed By Christina Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite Poet

Autograph Letter Signed by Christina Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite Poet

C. 1876–1880s letter to Mary Ruxton whose husband was involved with exhibiting British paintings in America, particularly Pre-Raphaelite works. Mary Ruxton is also associated with Elizabeth Barrett Browning.


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Autograph Letter Signed By Pioneer American Aviator Walter Wellman

Autograph Letter Signed by Pioneer American Aviator Walter Wellman

1893 Letter by Wellman in his role as a news journalist, here writing about the inside politics of President Grover Cleveland's administration. Wellman is best known for his daring attempt to take a rigid airship to the North Pole in 1905.


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Thirteen Handwritten Letters To Judge R.E. Hendry And Ed C. Baker Of Mineral Wells, Texas, All Sent From Indian Territory, Present-day Oklahoma

Thirteen Handwritten Letters to Judge R.E. Hendry and Ed C. Baker of Mineral Wells, Texas, all sent from Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma

C. 1890s–early 1900s collection of letters relating to business transactions and the selling or administering of real estate. In 1897, Baker bought out Judge Hendry, taking over the latter's real estate and abstract business.


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1815 Document Signed In St. Louis For Captain Craig’s Company

1815 Document Signed in St. Louis for Captain Craig’s Company

A Document Signed by William Blakeney in St. Louis, purchasing gunpowder for Captain Craig’s Company. St. Louis. January 6, 1815.


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A Russian Admiral In New Jersey: From Epaulettes To Overalls And Back Again

A Russian Admiral in New Jersey: From Epaulettes to Overalls and Back Again

At the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, this Russian Rear-Admiral was in Washington, D.C. on a special mission. He soon found himself a man without a country and without a job.


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