Rare Americana: Rare Books & Manuscripts

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.

$1650

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Cut For Cut, The Rubber Rubb’d, Nonsense For Nonsense, Or, Dicko-Don-Quacko And His Methodist Brethren All In An Uproar

Cut for Cut, the Rubber Rubb’d, Nonsense for Nonsense, or, Dicko-Don-Quacko And his Methodist Brethren all in an Uproar

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.

$850

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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.

$350

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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.

$75

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C.1888–1895 Original Boudoir Card Photograph Of The New St. Charles Hotel In San Bernardino, California

C.1888–1895 Original Boudoir Card Photograph of the New St. Charles Hotel in San Bernardino, California

Detailed photograph shows building's facade and streetscape details. The New St. Charles Hotel replaced an older hotel just across the street.

$75

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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.

$150

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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.

$950

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Volk-Songs Translated From The Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum [and] Selections From The Poems Of Alexander Petofi

Volk-Songs Translated From the Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum [and] Selections From the Poems of Alexander Petofi

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.

$1250

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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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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.

$475

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1867 Autograph Letter Signed by Diocletian Lewis, Inventor of the Beanbag, Homeopath, Health Advocate

A speaker on temperance and women's education, Lewis here writes about an upcoming lecture in Illinois for the Western Literary Association. Lewis writes about a month after the burning down of the girls’ school he conducted in Lexington, Massachusetts.

$100

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1813 Autograph Letter Signed by Lawyer John Pickering of Salem, Massachusetts concerning a Case of Libel and the Impressment of American Sailors in the War of 1812

The crux of the libel case was that John Pickering and the Committee on Impressment conducted their investigations “unfairly” so as to mislead the public. Pickering was the eldest child of Timothy Pickering, American Revolutionary soldier and, later, third U.S. Secretary of State.

$225

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1845 Autograph Letter Signed by Samuel Woodbury describing a Journey from Boston to the Cotton Fields of Gainesville, Alabama

Prospects seem bleak for this Yankee seeker of opportunity in the land of Dixie: “...times are very hard here cotton being the only commodity here...”

$75

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1877 Autograph Letter Signed by a Texas Rancher, Scoundrel, and Officer Charles T. Witherell, 1st Lieutenant, 19th U.S. Infantry, on Wool and Sheep Ranching in Texas

Witherell writes to borrow money for his Texas ranch right around the time he was tangled up with outlaws to buy stolen sheep and likely complicit in the killing of a bandit named John Bottom. He was also somehow muddled in the affair of the Casner Brothers’ murder which involved an ex-Quantrill raider.

$500

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1815 Document Signed In St. Louis For Captain Craig’s Company (Missouri Territory And Indian Wars)

1815 Document Signed in St. Louis for Captain Craig’s Company (Missouri Territory and Indian Wars)

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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