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The Western Rural. Fire Extra!

The Western Rural. Fire Extra!

“Fire! Destruction of Chicago!” In the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8–10, 1871, many newspapers in that city were unable to publish the news. The Western Rural newspaper of Chicago was an exception.

$1250

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Haines’ Photographic Card Book

Haines’ Photographic Card Book

C. 1861 Photographic Card Book made by R.P. Haines of Boston opens accordion-style to reveal 44 (of 50) chromolithographic cards depicting natural history specimens and landscapes. A label mounted at the front of the album suggests its use for “[Cartes-de-]Visites, or Photographic Card Pictures.”

$450

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A Hellish Compact And A Bi-Locating, Mysterious Stranger With A Withered Arm

A Hellish Compact and a Bi-Locating, Mysterious Stranger with a Withered Arm

1831 Boston imprint, a Gothic horror tale of supernatural power and romance retelling the Spanish legend of Montilla and Isidora. Here mystery and fantasy are joined with love and death.

$250

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A 1901 Ediswan Song: Thomas Edison; His British Rival (and Partner) Joseph Swan

A 1901 Ediswan Song: Thomas Edison; his British Rival (and Partner) Joseph Swan

The Edison & Swan United Electric Light Co. sold their light bulbs under trade name “Ediswan Lamps.” This 1901 trade catalog is an artifact in miniature.

$150

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Roland Hayes, A Rare 1927 Autographed & Inscribed Photograph

Roland Hayes, A Rare 1927 Autographed & Inscribed Photograph

Signed one month after his fortieth birthday, this attractive portrait photograph of the pioneering African-American lyric tenor, Roland Hayes, is boldly inscribed to Hayes’ first professional manager, William H. Brennan.

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1910s Photographic Portrait Of Felix Adler, Jewish-American Reformer

1910s Photographic Portrait of Felix Adler, Jewish-American Reformer

Jewish-American immigrant, academic, and social reformer Felix Adler (1851–1933) founded the Ethical Culture movement in 1877. That year he incorporated the Society for Ethical Culture in New York City. This impressive studio photographic portrait of Felix Adler shows him c. 1910s seated in a monumental Arts & Crafts-style highly carved chair at a matching desk.

$450

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Folk Art School Workbook Of A Massachusetts Boy

Folk Art School Workbook of a Massachusetts Boy

1811 Folk Art mathematics and accounting workbook kept by John Jones of Weston, Massachusetts. The schoolboy workbook retains its original wallpaper wrappers and is decorated with colorful calligraphy.

$475

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A Manuscript: Le Roux: Oh My Past … O Mon Passé

A Manuscript: Le Roux: Oh My Past … O Mon Passé

Translated by Edith Cornell Smith, an unpublished English translation of O Mon Passé, a French writer’s autobiography; one who lamented the “new hermaphrodites”

$650

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A Distinguished Philadelphia Quaker; Imprisoned For Resisting The British

A Distinguished Philadelphia Quaker; Imprisoned for Resisting the British

This bookplate, an elaborate and handsome production, belonged to wealthy Quaker Philadelphia merchant and tavern keeper, Joseph Ogden (1725–1805). The bookplate is #621 in Allen’s American Book-Plates.

$850

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Footprints Of Four Centuries, The Story Of The American People

Footprints of Four Centuries, The Story of the American People

Here is a salesman’s sample book or canvassing book for a popular, illustrated topical history of the United States, Footprints of Four Centuries, The Story of the American People. Comprising the Important Events, Episodes, and Incidents which make up the Marvelous Record from Columbus to the Present Time…With over 350 Illustrations.

$125

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Eastward Sweeps The Current: Original Illustration Art By Dan Sweeney

Eastward Sweeps the Current: Original Illustration Art by Dan Sweeney

Aloha. 75 Original pen and ink drawings by Dan Sweeney created as illustrations for 1937 novel, Eastward Sweeps the Current, by Alida Sims Malkus. This almost complete suite of book illustrations is comprised of the headpieces and tailpieces for Malkus’ Polynesian adventure novel.

$2250

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A Philadelphia Advertising Agent, His Perpetual Calendar

A Philadelphia Advertising Agent, His Perpetual Calendar

An archive of 41 letters informs of Philadelphia advertising agent Charles W. Frost and his “Frost’s Comprehensive Calendar.” Frost’s 250-year perpetual calendar was published as an advertising medium for diverse businesses.

$225

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Perez Morton, Boston Revolutionary War Patriot And Lawyer, An 1832 Autograph Letter Signed

Perez Morton, Boston Revolutionary War patriot and lawyer, an 1832 Autograph Letter Signed

It’s murder and the prosecutor won’t prosecute. About 75 words, here is an autograph letter signed from Revolutionary War patriot and Boston lawyer Perez Morton (1751–1837) written to Colonel James T. Austin (1784–1870). Austin is perhaps best remembered as the biographer of Elbridge Gerry.

$350

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1823 ALS From Future New Jersey Governor Peter D. Vroom

1823 ALS from Future New Jersey Governor Peter D. Vroom

Here, in 1823, future New Jersey Governor Peter D. Vroom Jr. and other prominent citizens of Somerset County, New Jersey offer this handwritten letter as a petition to ask a local tavern-keeper to board students of the Somerville Academy.

$275

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A Pension For A Civil War Widow?

A Pension for a Civil War Widow?

This autograph letter signed is written by American Civil War veteran and United States Claim Agent, Captain William H. Weaver. Here, Captain Weaver offers to help a soldier’s widow. The woman had inquired about a pension claim for herself and her children.

$75

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1793 Thomas Mifflin Document Signed For A Land Patent In Bald Eagle Township

1793 Thomas Mifflin Document Signed for a Land Patent in Bald Eagle Township

A 1793 document signed by Thomas Mifflin as governor of Pennsylvania. This transaction concerns two men Andrew Coon and Bartholomew Wistar. Beneath the autograph of Thomas Mifflin, the document is witnessed and attested to by Surveyor A.J. Dallas.

$350

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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…

$2250

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