American History via rare books, early letters, diaries, manuscripts, ephemera, graphics —Bought & Sold
Welcome. My name is Ian Brabner. I trade as Ian Brabner, Rare Americana. I buy, authenticate, research, catalog, exhibit, sell: 18th century and 19th century rare books and manuscripts of early American origin or context.
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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.
Unrecorded c.1760s satirical broadside concerning the press and the growing influence of print culture in England. The broadside's fantastically named characters hearken back to Samuel Butler’s “Hudibras” and to the satires attributed to Ned Ward.
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.
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.
1819–1850 Commonplace book includes annotations by Sarah's husband John Worth Edmonds, lawyer, jurist, reformer, and spiritualist. A silhouette from Peale's Museum, laid into the volume, almost certainly depicts the likeness of Sarah Barker Edmonds.
1810–1834 Archive of land related documents and other manuscripts. Prominent here is a 5½-page “Articles of Agreement” signed by Brent for “a machine for making bricks” and the exclusive right to make bricks in Washington.
1885 First edition of the first English translation of Romanian folk poetry including Gypsy or Romani folk songs. A second work included here offers Magyar-language lyrical and political poetry by a Hungarian patriot.
Supposed to have been executed in Paris after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, did Ney escape to North Carolina with the aid of the Freemasons? Fascinating letter from Katherine Ledwich (née) Meroney Morphy (1873–?) to Philadelphia author Colonel George Nox McCain (1856–1934).
Gratiot writes to Maj. General Alexander Macomb, Commanding General of the Unite States Army concerning the officer in charge of the construction of a road. A graduate of West Point, Col. Gratiot succeeded Macomb in the office of Chief Engineer, serving from 1828 to 1838.
1913 ALS by Daniel Morgan: “But I tell you I do not forget the blood that was spilled there and the dead who fell there.” Morgan served in the 6th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment which fought in numerous battles.
The legal footprint of fundamental daily life during 19th to early 20th century America. A 1765–1932 collection of Pennsylvania printed and manuscripts documents: land surveys, real estate transactions, wills, estate inventories and administration—2.5 linear feet and just over 1,000 unique items...