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    My Impression of the Roualt Exhibition displayed at the Utah State Art Museum December 15, 1941 to January 12, 1942 by [Jahn, Mary Lee.]

    NP, Mary Lee Jahn, 1972. Typed essay on 7 pp. of typing paper, with several color reproductions of Roualt's paintings apparently cut out of magazines and pasted on. There are two sets of handwritten notes on the essay, one apparently by a college instructor in red ink; the other in pencil by the author. Not signed, but attributed by internal evidence to children's book author and illustrator Mary Lee Jahn. (Jahn published three children's books in the 1940s.) Jahn had a one-woman exhibition of her drawings on exhibit at the Utah State Art Museum at the time of the Roualt exhibit, as she notes in her essay. Also included: two newspaper clippings, one about Jahn's latest children's book publication, the other about the Roualt exhibit; two etchings on drawing paper by Jahn, with explanatory note by her in pencil. Good condition, with some sunning and tattering at the edges of some pages.


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    An American Primer: With Facsimiles of the Original Manuscript by Whitman, Walt; Traubel, Horace (ed.)

    Boston: Small, Maynard and Co, 1904. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 1904, First Edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies. Hardcover, blue cloth, slim 8vo. Frontis portrait of Whitman. ix, facsimiles, 35 pp. Near Fine. A sharp, clean copy.


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    ANDRÉ'S JOURNAL. An Authentic Record of the Movements and Engagements of the British Army in America from June 1777 to November 1778 as Recorded from Day to Day [Edited by Henry Cabot Lodge] by André Major John

    Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1903. 2 volumes. First Edition, LIMITED to 467 copies for Society Members only. Published from a manuscript discovered in 1902. With handsome engraved half-titles and titles and frontispiece portraits on Japan vellum and paper, additional illuminated titlepage in each volume in colour and gilt burnished, and with facsimiles from Andre's Journal of 38 maps and plans drawn by him during his service in America. The frontispiece engraved portrait of André in volume one is signed in pencil by the engraver William F. Hopson and the engraved titlepage is signed in pencil by designer E. D. French. The engraved portrait frontispiece to volume two is signed in pencil by engraver W.H.W. Bicknell. 4to, publisher's full vellum, gilt framed on the covers which feature gilt coat of arms and gilt lettered on the spines. xx, 135; [vi], 78 pp. A fine bright copy, the vellum just a bit mellowed as vellum is prone and a little rubbed at the joints. FIRST AND LIMITED EDITION OF THIS ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH ARMY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. A very handsome production printed from the original manuscript of Major André's journal, which was not discovered until 1902. The journal is a very interesting and tactical account of the movements and engagements of the British Army from June 1777 to November 1778. André was eventually hanged as a spy by the Continental Army for assisting Benedict Arnold's attempted surrender of the fort at West Point. André's body was returned to England and interred at Westminster Abbey. The journal would remain undiscovered in England until 1902 and this handsome edition is the first printing of it.


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    Lancaster's Mutiny and Custer's Reprieve. Manuscript. A Soldier's Souvenir: or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster, of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, A Martyr To the Cause of Truth and Justice; comprising: Short Biographical Sketches, with the Story of His Death Sentence, Reprieve, Banishment, Hardships and Final Release. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris. Pauly Brothers, Printers Eau Claire, Wis. 1896 by John M. Carroll. (Edited by)

    First Edition. Not Relevant. Very Good Condition. Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles This is a brilliant collection, based upon the extremely rare pamphlet 'A Soldier's Souvenir: or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster, of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, A Martyr To the Cause of Truth and Justice; comprising: Short Biographical Sketches, with the Story of His Death Sentence, Reprieve, Banishment, Hardships and Final Release. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris. Pauly Brothers, Printers Eau Claire, Wis. 1896', with edited notes and explanatory text by Carroll. It is NOT the original manuscript by Ferris but the J.M. Carroll typed version. Not only do we have the finished typed manuscript from Carroll but we also have the first draft that was done together with photocopies of sources Carroll used, with notes and annotations made. Carroll starts with an Introduction to the piece in which he writes in quite a personal way. Explaining how he finds military mysteries fascinating, his struggle to find out what did actually happen to Major Wickcliffe Cooper which was hindered by Custer. It's nice to see Carroll showing us a bit about himself. He spent a lot of his life writing about someone else it's quite nice to see what Carroll was like, his interests and the challenges that he attempted. He then goes on to address the purpose of this paper and that is the case of Leonard Lee Lancaster of Company L of the 2nd Regiment of Wisconsin Cavalry Volunteers. He was supposed to be executed for mutiny but Custer gave him a reprieve at the last moment. Carroll (in this piece) wonders why that was and thinks he can solve it. Carroll's question is Lancaster's rank and 'whether Custer was responsible for the planned and ordered execution or not'. Carroll goes on to further his questions on this mystery of a man and then proceeds to give a biography of Lancaster's life. After this comes the entire text in 37 pages of 'A Soldier's Souvenir or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris.' It's in this piece that there are a lot of annotations by Carroll to correct spelling, grammar and general layout mistakes. The piece is written by Ms. Ferris, a neighbour of the Lancaster family all her life and could see the distress that his situation was causing the family. As well as this, being so close to them gave her a bird's eye view of what was happening to him. This article starts with an introduction of background information on Lancaster's early life and goes on to explain his career in the army, where it went wrong for him and what happened because of this. At one point Ferris explains when Lancaster first went to jail. The cell is described in great detail, as are the people who were there at the same time as him. It comes to the point where Lancaster is given his discharge papers and can return home. It's at this point that Ferris really comes alive and describes in great detail what it was like when he entered his family home. For example 'Instead of the robust, light-hearted young soldier that went away to the wars in '61, there returned a shadow, - so worn and wasted by the hardships he had undergone that no one, not even his wife, knew him.' The book finishes off explaining how Lancaster then went on to apply for an honourable discharge. As well as the above, this collection includes the final typed draft done by Carroll. This piece has no annotations and is correct and as it should be. This is a one of a kind piece with the first draft, together with research notes and the final draft. It will make a great addition to any Custer collection. The format is Imperial 8.5 x 11 and in each section there are 51 pages plus 17 pages of photocopies with one of them. The pages are loose and are all stored in a brown envelope with a spilt pin fastening at the back and hand written on the front of it is: 'M.S.S. for Lancaster's Mutiny and Custer's Reprieve. John M. Carroll Editor.' John M. Carroll died in the summer of 1990 and left behind a vast body of work that added greatly to the scholarly study of Custer, and his writings should be considered the equal of Graham, Kuhlman, Brininstool, et al. Carroll devoted much of his life to the study of George Armstrong Custer, and wrote or edited many books on the subject. On his death his collection passed to his long time friend and associate Robert Aldrich, and it was finally sold at auction around 1996 by PBA. Material from his collection is now scarce on the open market, and in particular his own manuscripts, notes, and typescripts. Item Type: Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; American West; General Custer. Inventory No: 188475..


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    The Salisbury Plain Poems of William Wordsworth Salisbury Plain, or A Night on Salisbury Plain, Adventures on Salisbury Plain (including The Female Vagrant), Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain The Cornell Wordsworth by Wordsworth, William; Gill, Stephen (ed)

    New York: Cornell University Press, 1975. 1st Edition. hardbound. Very Good /no dustwrapper. large 8vo. b&w facsimile plates The first volume in the Cornell Wordsworth series, edited by Stephen Gill; Salisbury Plain, or A Night on Salisbury Plain, Adventures on Salisbury Plain (including The Female Vagrant), Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain; the aim of the series is to present Wordsworth's poems from first manuscript through all variant readings, to the final printing in the poet's lifetime, or the first posthumous printing; poems are shown page by page in facsimile photographs of original manuscripts, with printed text on facing page; Very Good and clean throughout in lightly rubbed boards


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    THE HARP OF THE BIRCHES AND OTHER POEMS by PEATTIE, Donald Culross

    n.p., 1909. Softcover. Very Good and absolutely one of a kind. A unique manuscript (5" x 8-1/2") accomplished in a decorative calligraphic style with small illustrations by Anita Helen Parkhurst of poems presumably written by the author when he was 11 years old, seven years before his first commercially published book, BLOWN LEAVES of 1916, and presented to his parents at Christmas. Bound in black limp leather held together with a leather strap in a spiral fashion and with a holograph paper title label on the front cover. The contents consist of ten leaves of stiff brown paper stapled to the binding at the gutter. The title page includes author, title, the name of the calligrapher and illustrator, the dedication to Peattie's parents, and the date of 25 December 1909. The eleven poems include the title poem, Spring and Summer, Savior, We Die, Irish Drinking Song, Moon Rise, Sorrow, Mid Night and Dawn, Pompei, The Storm, and The Ruined City. While the poems are what one might expect of an 11 year old, it is interesting to note that several are concerned with themes relating to natural history, a fitting subject for the writer who would become known to many as America's most lyrical naturalist and whose books would include AN ALMANAC FOR MODERNS, IMMORTAL VILLAGE, A BOOK OF HOURS, THE ROAD OF A NATURALIST, JOURNEY INTO AMERICA, and A NATURAL HISTORY OF TREES. On the inside front cover is the large later bookplate of Donald Culross Peattie. Donald Culross Peattie (June 21, 1898 - November 16, 1964) was a U.S. botanist, naturalist, and author. He was described by Joseph Wood Krutch as "perhaps the most widely read of all contemporary American nature writers" during his heyday. Peattie has been called America’s most lyrical naturalist. He was essentially a poet, for in his writing he combined science with the spirit of poetry. His work reveals a strong appreciation for beauty and a sense of the unity of nature, considerable philosophic insight, and a concern for good prose. His nature writings are distinguished by a poetic and philosophical cast of mind and are scientifically scrupulous. His best known works are the two books (out of a planned trilogy) on North American trees which he wrote in the late 1940s and early '50s. AN ALMANAC FOR MODERNS, the day-to-day observations and reflections of a sensitive naturalist, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Limited Editions Club. His 1939 FLOWERING EARTH was named the best horticultural book of the year, and in 1940 received a silver medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. His autobiographical THE ROAD OF A NATURALIST was awarded a prize by Houghton Mifflin in 1941.


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    Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman.. by Spelman, Sir Henry; Edmund Gibson, Editor

    1698. Compilation of Sir Henry Spelman's Writings Spelman, Sir Henry [?1564-1641]. [Gibson, Edmund, Editor]. Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman Relating to the Laws and Antiquities of England Published from the Original Manuscripts. With the Life of the Author. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1698. [xxxii], 214, [12] pp. Copperplate vignette of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre to title page. Two folding tables. Copperplate portrait frontispiece lacking. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, lower corners repaired, front endleaves renewed, rear hinge mended. Some rubbing and minor nicks and scuffs to boards, faint stain to front board, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, upper corners lightly worn, title page re-hinged, crack in text block between title page and following leaf. Moderate toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining and dampspotting, light edgewear to a few leaves, a few clean tears to fold lines of tables, minor worming to rear pastedown. $250. * Only edition. Contents mostly in English, a few essays in Latin. Spelman was an eminent antiquarian, legal historian and member of Parliament. This volume consists largely of an essay on feuds and a reprint of his 1641 treatise The Original Growth, Propagation and Condition of Tenures by Knight Service (1641). Another important item is the "Apologie for Arch-Bishop Abbot," which addresses Abbot's manslaughter conviction by chance medley in a test case for a clergyman's rights under such circumstances. Other essays discuss wills, land tenures, the rank of knights, early English law, military law and historical subjects. English Short-Title Catalogue R22617.


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    [Handwritten title]: Original Manuscript of "Hall Caine - The Man and The Novelist" by C. Fred Kenyon with extensive Autograph Corrections & Revisions by the subject, Hall Caine. Inserted, are also six autograph letters, etc. by Hall Caine containing prefatory matter and suggestions for the "Life" 1901 by KENYON, C. Fred (and Hall Caine)

    1901. Fine. Manuscript. Large octavo. Approximately 40 unnumbered pages consisting of calligraphic title page, preface, and transcriptions of the Hall Caine Autograph Letters which are mounted to reveal both sides of the letters and include one envelope; followed by the manuscript of the biography consisting of 244 leaves handwritten on rectos only, with corrections and revisions in the hands of both Kenyon and Hall Caine. Beautifully bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full blue morocco elaborated stamped in gilt and red, in custom cloth clamshell case. Fine; the case shows modest wear.The book also displays a later gift inscription: "To my dear and beloved friend David G. Joyce given this day Sunday May 21, 1916. Harry Dayton Sickles." A fascinating, if problematic inscription. Joyce was a noted Chicago book collector. Sickles was a horse of a different color: a forger who was in league with Eugene Fields, II. Indeed it is now widely thought that it was Sickles who did most of the actual forgery for which Fields, the son of the noted poet, was notorious.However, it seems unlikely that Sickles would go to the laborious trouble of forging a complete 244 page and little known biography, or even the Hall Caine letters, most of which are on either Caine's own stationary (Greeba Castle on the Isle of Man), or on that of his publisher (William Heinemann, 21, Bedford Street). It seems much more likely that Sickles was gifting the beautifully bound minor manuscript on a collector who might be more likely to pursue bigger game. Some searching reveals that Joyce seemed to be more interested in a book's binding than it's contents - an auction disbursement in 1922 of at least some of his library seemed almost devoted exclusively to sumptuous modern English bindings, of which this would qualify.Caine was a very popular Manx novelist of the period. A beautifully bound manuscript with interesting provenance and related correspondence.


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    1840s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF A BRITISH PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON WHO EXPOUNDS ON TEMPERANCE, THE NORTH POLE AND A DIARY OF HIS SURGERIES AND CASES OF INTEREST by JAMES LEE

    ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1840. On offer is a very interesting circa 1840s notebook of James Lee, a pro-Temperance, likely English physician who has in his book written a speech called "The Physiological Action of Alcohol" and an essay called "At the North Pole" which may or may not be based on his first hand knowledge; 70 pages and 56 pages respectively. The essay is a vast description of the Arctic from the peoples to the formative creations of ice and rock and within the essay he opines and observes his ideas as to the Creator and the making of the vast wilderness to paraphrase. At the back of the premium gilt stamped, marbled edge book is an 8 page section used surgical operations diary, a few cases details of particular fascination are two cases involving poisoning by different methods and the results of treatment and some medicinal recipes. Overall G+.. Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript.


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    Ontario New York General Store Ledger

    Very Good. Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; [Manuscripts][Business]General Store Ledger. [Ontario, New York]: 1855-1857 with some lawsuit notations dated 1862. 12 ½” x 8”. Full leather journal book. Approximately 230 pages of manuscript including name index. TextLikely a general store ledger from a thriving business. Though most of the entries are “to merchandise” closer inspection reveals items such as mittens, candy, butter, and dried fruit. There are also several pages listing judgments taken against some of the customers. We can place the ledger in upstate New York due to the name of Theron Gates, who is listed in the 1850 census, along with William F. Gates who is also in the ledger. They lived in Ontario, in Wayne County. Alanson Goodenow, another debtor, was also a resident of Wayne in 1850 as was Zelotus Pratt and Rufus Sweeting. .


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    Home at Grasmere part first book first of The Recluse by William Wordsworth edited by Beth Darlington The Cornell Wordsworth by Wordsworth, William; Darlington, Beth (ed)

    New York: Cornell University Press, 1977. 1st Edition. hardbound. Very Good/no dustwrapper. large 8vo. b&w facsimile plates A volume in The Cornell Wordsworth, being a critical edition of Home at Grasmere (Part First, Book First, of The Recluse), edited by Beth Darlington; the aim of The Cornell Wordsworth series is to present Wordsworth's poems from first manuscript through all variant readings, to the final printing in the poet's lifetime, or the first posthumous printing; poems are shown page by page in facsimile photographs of original manuscripts, with printed text (and footnotes) on facing page; light foxing to endpapers and prelims, o.w. Very Good throughout in lightly rubbed boards; PLEASE NOTE: this is a heavy book and may incur extra shipping charges depending on destination - no increase for Australian orders.


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