Rare Americana: Books

Rare Books from 18th century, 19th century, early 20th century American HistoryBooks Bound in Leather, Printed Boards, Publisher’s Cloth, etc.

Bible given by Captured Union Soldier to a Woman in 1862 “at The line of the Surrender” at the Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia

Excellent relic of the Confederate capture of Harpers Ferry. After four days of fighting, Confederate forces under Stonewall Jackson captured the strategically placed town and its arsenal made famous by John Brown’s 1859 raid.

$850

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“Portez Arme! … Bon Citoyen … Liberté France Egalité …” A Swiss-American(?) Book and its Owners

Unusually annotated, possibly unique, copy of “L’Homme Considéré Tant dans l’Etat pure Nature, que dans la Société” (1775) owned the fairly well-to-do de la Reusselli family, Swiss clock and watch makers.

$850

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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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Pharmacopoeia Domestica Nova (London: 1750)

First edition this mid-18th century pharmacopoeia or dispensatory by English apothecary John Ball. ESTC locates only two copies in America.

$750

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Cornell & Shober’s Directory of Trained Nurses Greater New York and Philadelphia

1900–1901 Directory with names and addresses of nurses plus essays on various nursing and medical topics. Essays include “Contagious Diseases and How They are Spread,” “Infectious Diseases. The Time of Development and Duration of Infection,” and “On the Nursing of Diphtheria.”

$100

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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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