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.


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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.


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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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1847 Illinois Annual Conference Of The Methodist Episcopal Church

1847 Illinois Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Unrecorded 1847 Illinois Methodist pamphlet printed in St. Louis. Conference minutes discuss education, the sabbath, and McKendree College.


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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.


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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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Archive Of Letters To And From Claude Meeker, U.S. Consul In England, 1893–1897

Archive of Letters to and from Claude Meeker, U.S. Consul in England, 1893–1897

Substantial archive of over 1,300 letters comprising the incoming and outgoing correspondence of Claude Meeker (1861–1929), U.S. Consul at Bradford, Yorkshire, England, between the years 1893 and 1897. The correspondence shows Meeker as an expansive, forward–thinking supporter of American trade and industry abroad and a defender of American wool manufacturing interests in England, which competed with textile products produced by British manufacturers in Yorkshire.


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Commonplace Book With Original Content Kept By Sarah Barker Edmonds Of Hudson, New York

Commonplace Book with Original Content kept by Sarah Barker Edmonds of Hudson, New York

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.


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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.


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Bound Volume Of Salacious Erotica

Bound Volume of Salacious Erotica

Bound volume of salacious erotica and pornography including a short play and a story by French dramatist Henry Monnier and a pair of false Russian imprints.


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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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1926 Autograph Letter Signed by Casey Stengel, Baseball Hall of Famer, from his Early Managerial Career

Stengel writes as manager of the Minor League Toledo Mud Hens—his first sustained position as a baseball manager, serving there for five years, 1926–1931. Letter accompanied by five letters from other baseball executives and a player.


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1830 ALS by Col. Charles Gratiot, U.S. Army Chief Engineer, Constructing a Road near Old Point Comfort, Virginia

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.


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1898 Autograph Letter Signed by a Convict; Life as a Runner in Prison in Philadelphia

“Arthur,” prisoner number 1203, was inmate assistant to the guards. He describes his efforts to improve the education of one of his fellow inmate by teaching him math, geography, and grammar.


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1869 Autograph Letter Signed by former Hawaiian Medical Missionary Seth L. Andrews

Now in private medical practice in Michigan, Andrews here outlines his early biography. Dr. Andrews spent about 12 years in Hawaii as part of the third missionary reinforcement of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.


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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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A “Real” Trove – A Pennsylvania Archive Of Legal Documents

A “Real” Trove – A Pennsylvania Archive of Legal Documents

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...


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