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The “Swedish Nightingale” Sings—Jenny Lind In New York City

The “Swedish Nightingale” Sings—Jenny Lind in New York City

Decorative 1850 musical program from Swedish soprano opera singer Jenny Lind’s sensational first tour of the United States. Includes the solo written expressly for her, “The Bird’s Song.”

$200

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An 1837 American Bible Society Engraved Certificate For Syrian Missionary Rev. Eli Smith

An 1837 American Bible Society Engraved Certificate for Syrian Missionary Rev. Eli Smith

An appealing 1837 engraved certificate appointing Syrian missionary Eli Smith (1801–1857) as a Director for Life of the American Bible Society. Notably, the certificate is engraved based upon an illustration of a female artist.

$275

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Proceedings Of The Temperance Convention Held At Fairmont, Marion County, Virginia

Proceedings of the Temperance Convention held at Fairmont, Marion County, Virginia

The 1852 convention proceedings, opposing the “consumption of spiritous liquors as beverages,” is supported by documentation, statistics, or quotations from eminent physicians and others. Published here are four propositions entitled “The Address. To the People of Virginia.”

$150

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The Coins Of The World

The Coins of the World

1849 First edition of this very early –if not the first– American publication devoted to numismatics. With 12 chromolithographic plates by Wagner & M'Guigan of Philadelphia.

$300

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Portrait Of Frank George Carpenter (1855–1924)

Portrait of Frank George Carpenter (1855–1924)

Inscribed three-quarter view portrait photograph of this American journalist and author of numerous travel books. Carpenter is best remembered for making cultural anthropology and geography popular.

$75

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Business Is Booming In Italy, Members Of A Negro Mortar Company Of The 92nd Division Praise The Lord

Business is Booming in Italy, Members of a Negro Mortar Company of the 92nd Division Praise the Lord

A striking combat press photograph of African-American troops in Italy during World War II. The action photo shows members of a mortar company of the African-American 92nd Infantry Division Buffalo Soldiers firing upon German troops.

$250

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MacDowell Colony Poem, Other Sonnets, And A Typed Letter By Isabel Fiske Conant

MacDowell Colony Poem, other Sonnets, and a Typed Letter by Isabel Fiske Conant

Three typed sonnets and a typed letter by prolific late 19th and early 20th century poet Isabel Fiske Conant (1874–?); accompanied by a letter by Susan Lee Warner (Mrs. Charles Dudley Warner), MacDowell Club Perfomer.

$350

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A Cat Fable: “From The Spanish, The Scrupulous Cats”

A Cat Fable: “From the Spanish, The Scrupulous Cats”

Autograph Manuscript Quotation Signed by translator George Ticknor, Harvard professor and Hispanist, of a cat fable by the 18th century Spanish neoclassical fabulist Félix María de Samaniego.

$150

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Affection’s Gift, A Christmas, New-Year And Birthday Present, For MDCCCLV

Affection’s Gift, A Christmas, New-Year and Birthday Present, for MDCCCLV

1855 Philadelphia gift book in a spectacular, deluxe embossed bookbinding by A.C. Morin. The text is enlivened by eight engravings by Philadelphia master engraver, John Sartain.

$375

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The Philadelphia Book

The Philadelphia Book

Spectacular Philadelphia gift book in a deluxe full red morocco binding. This anthology of 1836 literary Philadelphia includes contributions by Peter S. Duponceau, Mathew Carey, John Dickinson, and Dr. Benjamin Rush.

$475

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Pair Of Victorian Semi-Erotic, Hand-Colored Lithographic Prints

Pair of Victorian Semi-Erotic, Hand-Colored Lithographic Prints

Victorian lithographs depicting lone women in provocative poses, each reclining a private garden colonnade. One of the images shows the woman’s full décolletage; wearing a barely closed dressing gown, she casually smokes.

$350

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Autograph Letter Signed by George Ripley, Transcendentalist Founder of the Utopian Community Brook Farm

1851 Letter about Brook Farm music and literary contributor, John Sullivan Dwight. Ripley recommends Dwight for a position as a critic with a Western newspaper or magazine.

$275

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Autograph Letter Signed by Virginia Educator and Politician, James M. Garnett

1826 Letter settling his debts with the Richmond printer who published various editions of Garnett's “Lectures on Female Education...” Garnett served on the grand jury that indicted former Vice President Aaron Burr for treason in 1807.

$125

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Three Autograph Letters Signed to Chronicler of Transcendentalism, Franklin Sanborn

1901 Letters by Transcendentalist poet, John Albee, one touching on their mutual acquaintance with Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I have read your Emerson twice and I like it very much. It is a small compass for so large a man...”

$250

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Autograph Letters Signed by Judge Morris Longstreth on his Renomination for a Pennsylvania Judgeship

Two 1845 letters: one concerning his candidacy and the other listing judges, attorneys, and other Democratic notables who support his judgeship. Longstreth writes here to former Congressman, now associate judge, John Conrad Bucher of Dauphin County.

$175

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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.

$375

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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.

$250

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