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    Bradford's History "of Plimouth Plantation" from the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript by (Governor Bradford)

    Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Company, 1928. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Octavo, navy cloth, gilt. 555pp. with index, appendix. Illustrated. Good or better with some edgewear and light soil. Endpapers foxed. History of Plymouth Plantation.



    Descent of the Sun, The; A Cycle of Birth - Translated from the Original Manuscript by Bain, F. W

    Methuen & Co. Ltd; London., 1914. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Average wear. A little toning to endpapers. Prev` owner name neatly penned to fly-leaf. Laid paper. Uncut pages. A nice little book.. Originally published by Messrs. James Parker & Co.. Hard. 12mo.. Good. Illus. by Tissue-guarded frontispiece. .



    Correspondence Typed On Ohio State Journal Letterhead. by Editorial Department, Ohio State Journal

    Columbus, OH: Ohio State Journal, 1914 - 15. 4to. 3 pp. Typed Correspondence, With Ink Signature, Good with creasing, toning, tears. Two Pieces of Correspondence: January 3, 1914 Letter addressed to "little Creamy White Rose" signed in in by "Lisle." April 11, 1915 addressed to "CWR (Creamy White Rose)" signed "F. C.



    THE LIFE OF DR. JOHN FISHER, Bishop of Rochester in the Reign of King Henry VIII. by Lewis, Rev. John

    London: Joseph Lilly, 1855. "Now first printed from the original manuscript prepared by the author for the press. With an introduction by T. Hudson Turner." Pp. vol I: xxxiv, 342; vol II: vi, 417. A fine "large-paper" set in fine contemporary full dark blue morocco uniform bindings; 5 raised bands to the spine with extensive gilt decoration between, gilt ruled lines to the boards, elaborate gilt dentelles to the inner edges, all edges gilt, red and blue marbled end papers. Bindings very good with a little rubbing to extremities and joints, top front corners of vol. I knocked and slightest chip from the head band of vol. I, discreet gilt stamped no. to the joint edge of the front boards. Contents clean and tight, fine and bright, no inscriptions or other marks, contemporary round gilt embossed bookplate to the front end paper. A fine tight set. Scarce. (Please note we also have The Life of John Aylmer by Strype, 1821 in matching binding). A New Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Dust Jacket. Large 8vo (16 x 26cm).



    The Three Dead and the Three Living Men by Anonymous

    20th cent. Facsimile of book illustration from a French manuscript "Livre d'Heures" in color and gold. Irregular right edge. With attached sheet on verso describing illustration. Choice Examples of Book Illumination.



    Boswell's Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by Boswell, James

    New York: The Literary Guild, Inc., 1936. . 435 pages[xiv] including a 25 page index."Now First Published from the Original Manuscript". "Prepared for the Press, with Preface and Notes by Frederick A. Pottle and Charles H. Bennett" , from the title page. First flyleaf reads "Private Papers of James Boswell From Malahide Castle * Isham Collection". The fold-out map titled "Map of the Tour Through Scotland and the Hebrides, by Samuel Johnson LLD and James Boswell Esq. in 1773" tipped in preceding text. This map remains bright and clean with only one very small marginal corner crease, upper left.The burlap colored binding is solid, square, tight and clean, although the spine is a bit toned overall appearance is clean and agreeable.The text is complete, bright, sharp, clean and unmarked. Glue from a detached book-plate on the paste-down endpaper. Deckled fore-edge of text block. 8 plates of photograhs of leaves from the original manuscript illustrate the text. A very nice readable, collectible copy for the student of English Litrature and James Boswell et al.. "First published in November 1936". Cloth. Very Good++/No Jacket. Illus. by illustrated with facsimili manuscript pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.




    New York:Harper and Brothers, 1927. First Edition. hard cover. Very Good/Good. Transcribed from the original manuscript and edited with an introduction and notes by....  New York:Harper and Brothers.  (1927). x + 318pp.  Hardcover with dust jacket.  Aside from a previous owners name, address and date penned to the 1st free flyleaf, a very good, clean and bright copy.  The dust jacket is soiled and shelfworn, with several small tears and chipping to the spine edges, top and bottom. *The Broadway Travellers Series



    The Diary Of James K. Polk During His Presidency, 1845-1849; Now First Printed From The Original Manuscript Owned By The Society by Polk, James Knox; Edited and Annotated by Milo Milton Quaife

    Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co. & the Chicago Historical Society, 1910. Limited Edition, 1/500 copies. Internally very good, externally, edge wear, some soiling to the boards. Four volumes, complete; ocatvos; I; xxxii, 498; II; (vi), 494; III; (vi), 508; IV; (vi), 462, index; Illustrated, frontispiece in each volume and a facsimile of a diary page; beige cloth and gray blue paper covered boards, with spine labels; An ex-library copy, but with no stamps or identifying marks only small spine labels with a Dewey number. An indispensable primary source for the Polk administration and the Mexican War. Howes P-445;.



    Black edges three page letter to the Rev. William B. Sprague, author of Annals of the American Pulpit. in Part: "I Have Just Followed to the Grave My Father in Law Capt. Marshall..." by Butler, William Allen

    NY. Good+. 1865. Letter. 8vo; October 14, 1865, three page autographed letter signed. ; Signed by Author .



    Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Oxford, The; Including Numerous Letters now First Published from the Original Manuscripts. In Six Volumes. Vol. I. *only*. 1735-1745 by Walpole, Horace

    Richard Bentley; London., 1840. Good. Binding copy; lacking one calf board, with the other present but detached. The text block itself is in goo condition. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Light foxing to extremeties and plates. cxxi, 375pp. . Hard. 8vo. 8 2/3". . Good. Illus. by Four steel engraved portrait plates (including frontispiece), of which only one retains its tissue-guard. .



    Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1909 [The John Watts DePeyster Publication Fund Series Volume XLII] by Unknown

    The New York Historical Society, New York, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Very nice copy, clean and bright. Contains copies from original manuscripts in the Archives of the Society of Ledger No. 1, Chamberlain's Office corporation of the City of New York, 1691-1699; and Indentures of Apprentices, 1718-1727. Pebbled green cloth, gilt stamped on spine, 212 pp. includes Index. Spine ends bumped a little,a small dent in top edge, back cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Books; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003061. .



    A Compleat Body of Conveyancing in Theory and Practice ( Complete in 3 Volumes ) by Wood Edward

    London: printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty;, 1762. A compleat body of conveyancing ; in theory and practice. In two parts. Part I. Contains the Theory; wherein the various Ways and Methods of Acquiring, Forfeiting, Conveying, Limiting and Settling all Kinds of Estates, as well Real as Personal; and also the Nature, different Forms, Parts, Operations and Effects of all Kinds of Deeds and Common Assurances, Fines and Recoveries, are fully treated of. Part II. (in Two Volumes) Contains the Practice: Or, Precedents of Feoffments, Grants, Bargains and Sale, Leases, Releases, Declarations and Limitations of Uses and Trusts, Marriage Settlements, and Private Acts of Parliament, (made for Settling the most considerable Estates in Great Britain and Ireland;) Mortgages, Leases, Assignments, Deeds of Charter-Party and Copartnership, Bills, Bonds, Releases, Letters of Attorney, &c. Deeds for securing Annuities, &c. and of Bank, East-India, South-Sea Stocks, and other Public Funds; and in General all Deeds and Instruments any Ways requisite in Mercantile, Maritime and Plantation Affairs. With Observations and Opinions of the most Eminent Conveyancers. Selected from many Thousand Manuscript Precedents. The Whole digested in a Method intirely new, avoiding all Repetitions, and containing a greater Variety of Useful Precedents than all other Books upon the same Subject now extant. By Edward Wood, gent. deceased. The second edition, greatly improved in the Theory by the Addition of References to the latest Books of Authority; and in the Practical Part, by the Favour of a large Number of Original Manuscript Precedents. By able hands. In three volumes. London : printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty; for J. Worrall, T. Osborne, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, T. Caslon, T. Longman, S. Crowder and Co. R. Withy, C. Ware and Co. W. Flexney, W. Bristow, T. Lownds, A. Shuckburgh, and P. Uriel, MDCCLXII. [1762] Vol. 1 has also a volume title page with the imprint "Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan; for J. Worrall; A. Shuckburgh; the executors of D. Browne; P. Uriel; T. Osborne ..". Vol. 2 is in two parts, each with separate pagination and register, and each has a volume titlepage with the same imprint as that of the volume titlepage to vol. 1. Books measure 24x38cms. Bound in full calf, raised bands, red title labels. Each volume professionally rebacked, retaining the original boards, boards rubbed in edges/corners, with some loss of leather. All hinge joints very strong, all bindings very solid. Very attractive full calf bindings. Internally, no loose pages, no writing, 2 pages with light stain mark, some general light browing, pages in very good clean condition throughout. A very nice clean well bound 3 volume work. Books weigh 12kg. Second Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.



    The History of New England from 1630 to 1649 by John Winthrop, Esq. First Governour of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay from His Original Manuscripts. With Notes to Illustrate the Civil and Ecclesiastical Concerns, the Geography, Settlement, and Institutions of the Country, and the Lives and Manners of the Principal Planters. With notes by James Savage. (Volume II only) by John (with notes by James Savage) Winthrop

    Little Brown & Co, Boston, MA, 1853. New Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. volume two only which covers the years from 1640 to 1649. marbled boards & endpapers; leather spine with 5 raised bands; inscribed by Robert C. Winthrop, politician, lawyer, philanthropist and one time Speaker of the House of Representatives & a direct descendant of John Winthrop on the front free endpaper wiith the words: "Mrs. Evan Morgan from Rob. C. Winthrop. Boston. U.S.A. 4 April, 1857." John Winthrop was a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in what is now New England after Plymouth Colony. Winthrop led the first large wave of migrants from England in 1630, and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years of existence. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the governments and religions of neighboring colonies First Thus. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 504 pages. One volume of the 2-volume set. foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Previous owner's name ink-stamped on front endpaper: "C. W. M. Swithinbank". (Charles Winthrop Molesworth Swithinbank, the British glaciologist & polar specialist, was a descendant of Admiral George S Winthrop the cousin of Robert C Winthrop). All edges red. Gilt titles spine. light wear to outer corners of covers. Includes appendices & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; American History; Massachusetts; New England; United States; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; History. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2911. .



    The Church Of The Baptized Bretherin Royalton Vermont; A Record Of Its Meetings, Conferences And Councils For The Years 1790 To 1806; From The Original Manuscript by (Lee, Laura Billings)

    Woodstock, VT: Elm Tree Press, 1919. Only Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Octavo; pp; (ii), 71; quarter green cloth and gay paper covered boards with title labels on the front board and spine;. Quite scarce. From the manuscript in the possession of Mr. J. G. Green of East Bethel Vermont in 1919.



    The Medici Aesop: From the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library by Aesop; McTigue, Bernard; Everett Fahy

    N Y: Harry N Abrams Inc, 1989. Oversize Hardback. Fine/Near Fine. XL. Book is in excellent condition in every respect, with gilt lettering on spine and filigree on cover over deep blue cloth. Sharp corners, square, straight spine, text block is solid and straight. Dust jacket shows light scuffing and general wear, no tears, no edge wear. This is a book of "Aesop's Fables elegantly handwritten in Greek and illustrated by some of the lovelies miniature paintings that have ever appeared between the covers of a Renaissance manuscript." 151 plates in full color.



    Caleb Conover Railroader by Terhune, Alfred Payson

    New York: The Authors and Newspapers Association, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Octavo; pp. 322; Illustrated in color by Frank Parker, frontispiece and three additional color plates and a facsimile page of the original manuscript; green cloth, gilt; stamped in blind;. "Notice to Purchaser" slip tipped to the front free endpaper.



    Notes on the History of Sheviocke ... THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT by KEMPTHORNE, Lt-Col. G. A

    c1934. Manuscript title, map, 70 pages inc. index, contained within a custom made foldover cloth case. Beautifully and neatly written on single sided lined paper with a number of pen and ink sketches by the author including a detailed map. Kempthorne's book,"A History of the Parish of Sheviock" was published in 1934. This is the author's original manuscript copy, from which the book was published, although the sketched illustrations and map were not included in the publication. A UNIQUE ITEM. Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to (270 x 205 mm). Manuscript.



    CALENDAR OF THE CORRESPONDENCE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Commander in Chief of the Continental Army with the Continental Congress: Volume I by Fitzpatrick, John C. , Ed. - George Washington

    Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office. 1906. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good in boards. Crease to exterior fabric at spine crown and base. Wear to exterior. Bump to corners of volume. Hinge is starting. Interior is clean. Prepared from the original manuscripts in the Library of Congress by John C. Fitzpatrick, Division of Manuscripts. Fascimile plates preceded by tissue pages throughout. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Boswell's Book of Bad Verse Love Poems and other verses by Werner, Jack, editor

    Great Britain: White Lion Publishers Limited, 1974. 215 pp. with facsimiles of original manuscript in Boswell's handwriting on glossy plates. Light spine end wear. Board corners have been bumped & are creased. Clean well-bound pages with some corner creases. Dustjacket has corner wear. Flaps are stained from being glued down. Solid copy.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good + Not Price-Clipped. Ex-Library.



    Mr. Greenvil Collins Master Of His M:ts Ship the Speedwell, His Journall of the Voyage of the Said Shipp Sent, and Lost, Upon the Discovery of a North-East Passage Anno 1676. Capt. Jno Wood. (v.p.,May-August 1676) by COLLINS, Captain Greenville

    [v.p., May-August 1676] Manuscript folio (14 x 9 inches) 2 full-page maps handcolored in outline, one in-text map of the Shetland Islands, one double-page map in ink and wash of "Mount Missery," 3 ink and wash text illustrations, including one of a walrus and her calf, 18 pages of text within rules. Eighteenth-century marbled wrappers, strips of marbled paper pieced along lower margin and fore-edge of lower wrapper (edges somewhat worn and frayed), in half red morocco case. Provenance: Bookplate of the Duke of Hamilton. AN EARLY FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE QUEST FOR THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE. In 1493 to defuse trade disputes Pope Alexander VI split the discovered world in two between Spain and Portugal, leaving France, the Netherlands and England without a sea route to the trading nations of Asia. The desire to establish such a route motivated much of the European exploration of both coasts of North America. When it became apparent that there was no route through the heart of the continent, attention turned to the possibility of a passage through northern waters. It was not until 1906 that passage from Greenland to Alaska was successfully navigated. At the command of King Charles II, the expedition set out from Deptford 6 May 1676. It consisted of two ships, the Speedwell, commanded by Captain John Wood with Greenville Collins as its master, and the Prosperous, commanded by Captain William Flawes. As shown by Collins's map, they sailed north toward Greenland, and then east along the ice north of Russia, through the Barents Sea. On 29 June, the Speedwell ran aground and was wrecked during a storm. The crew got safely ashore, but the ship had become separated from the Prosperous in a heavy fog. They were not rescued by the Prosperous until 8 July. Collins's log records the voyage of the Speedwell in great detail, with daily entries giving the location of the ship, wind, and weather conditions, and observations on their surroundings, including the natives, animals, and topography of the Shetland Islands. He provides a detailed map, complete with depth sounds of the passage, and directions for sailing into Brace Sound. He describes magnificent icebergs and ice formations, noting that some were the color blue, as high as the towers of Westminster Abbey, and others shaped like triumphal arches. He mentions the numerous "sea horses" they saw and attempted to kill, and includes a sketch of a female walrus and her calf. Whales were also sighted. Once the Speedwell had run aground, the crew was able to salvage their provisions and weapons, and set up a camp called "Mount Missery," of which Collins drew a double-page topographical view, until the Prosperous came to their rescue. Greenville Collins is best known as a hydrographer in the Royal Navy and the author of Great Britain's Coasting Pilot (1693). The three maps that he drew within his log attest to his talent and ability. The first single-page colored map shows the polar regions on a circular projection stretching from the Button, Hudson, and Baffin Bays in the west around the Arctic Circle to the presumed northern coastline of Russia to 185º east of Greenwich. The other single-page colored map is a detailed chart showing the routes of the Speedwell and Prosperous through the arctic seas north of Lapland to Nova Zembla. The in-text map shows part of the Shetland Islands and Brace Sound, with a cartouche and scale. Thirty-six manuscript charts by Collins are known to survive, all but ten of them in the Admiralty Hydrographic Department in Taunton. Only two other logs by Collins survive. One, dated later in 1676, records his service with the galley frigate Charles, and the other covers the period 1688-89, when Collins was surveying the British coastline. As Captain Wood had lost his journal and notes, Samuel Pepys, a secretary of the Commission, ordered him to use the account submitted by Collins. On 4 September 1676, Pepys recorded that "he had this morning received His Majesty's orders in favour of Mr. Collins…from whom and this journal…his Majesty has received so much satisfaction that…it is his pleasure that he [Collins] be appointed to the Mastership of the Galley frigate [Charles] now going forth from Woolwich." Collins became captain of the Lark in 1679, and remained in the Royal Navy until 1693. .



    The History of the British Battalion (Malayan Campaign of 1941-42) by Chye Kooi Loong

    No Publisher, 1984. 1st Edition. Good Condition. Book The author was a 12 year old schoolboy at the time of the Japanese invasion and was befriended by British soldiers at the time - something he never forgot. This is an older style photocopied version (done in the 1980s) of his original manuscript about the campaign, and by the composite 'British' battalion formed from the remnants of the 1st Leicesters and 2nd East Surreys in the battle of Kampar. together with the Ms are 3 pags of clippings relating to his visit to the UK in 1984 to present the book to survivors in Leicestershire. Includes a roll of honour of the dead from the two regiments. The author was a world renowned expert on this battle which featured the 11th Indian Infantry Division which was mostly comprised of In dian and Gurkha troops. It was the first military defeat of the Japanese in the War. Kampar was only captured after a landing south of the town was accomplished leading the Division to withdraw to prevent being cut off. Size: 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 200 + 3 pages. Item Type: Book. No notes or marking in text body. No Dust Jacket. No inscriptions. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: History; Military & Warfare. Please contact H4o Books if you require images or further information. Inventory No: 023327. .



    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763. Now first published from the original manuscript prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Pottle, Frederick A

    William Heinemann Ltd., Melbourne, London, Toronto, 1950. Good+. Unclipped dust jacket discoloured and torn around the edges, and foxed. Internally fine apart from some very faint spotting to the endpapers. 370pp.. First printing thus. . Hard with Dust Jacket. 8vo.. Good+. Illus. by B/w frontispiece..



    Southern Historical Society Papers 52 Volumes 1990 by Various

    1990. Fine. Southern Historical Society Papers 1876 - 1959 with 3 Volume Index Picture Gallery A lso See Article about The Southern Historical Society Papers by The Gettysburg Discussion Group Publisher-Printing Location: Broadfoot Publishing Company Wilmington, North Carolina . James I. Robertson, Jr Editor in Chief The set includes 52 volumes, including three index books, all in pristine shape. Cover page with a previous stamp of ownership. The books are organized from January-December by months with excellent information from the Southern side of the war. Date: 1990-1992 Size and Page Count: 6 X 9 Tall Condition: Very Fine Also See Wikipedia Article -------- An excellent opportunity for the collector, researcher or historian ------- -- Consisting of 52 Volumes and a 3 Volume Index Total Volumes The ink had barely dried on the various surrender documents under which Southern armies laid down their arms when a new war between North and South broke out with real vehemence. This new war--called Civil War II by one Virginia writer--raged on paper as participants in the shooting war produced memoirs, narratives, and reams of apologia. For a full decade after 1865, war books and articles by Northerners outweighed those of Southerners by an enormous margin. As the South crept back from chaos to at least marginal economic health in the 1870s, Confederates of all ranks began to seek outlets for their side of the story. Many of them grumbled that Northern sources would not accept Southern accounts. During the first month of 1876, there appeared a new periodical which offered Southerners a forum for their recollections. That nascent effort of January 1876 was destined to survive for more than 80 years, during which the Southern Historical Society Papers generated 52 fat volumes containing more than 20,000 pages. They comprise the richest lode of Confederate source material gathered in anyone place. The early years of the Southern Historical Society Papers concentrated on saving and publishing original manuscripts from the war. Many of these included official reports of battles in an era before the Official Records project began. Some of the official reports never did reach the Official Records, for one reason or another. General Samuel McGowan's report of the operations of his famed South Carolina brigade at Wilderness and Spotsylvania, for instance, appeared in Volume VI of the Papers. Volume XXXVI of the Official Records later reproduced the Spotsylvania report, but not that for Wilderness. To this day the only place to find McGowan's important document on May 5-6, 1864, is in the Southern Historical Society Papers. The Papers soon became an arena for a succession of interesting and important controversies over war subjects. By 1875, Northern canards about treatment of prisoners of war had gone unchecked for more than a decade; indeed, publication of sensational accounts on the subject had become a virtual cottage industry. While Southern responses on that unhappy subject probably did not convince any ardently opposed partisans, the Papers served as an outlet for much that is interesting and important about prisoners of war. An even more volatile controversy arose in the early issues of the Papers over the Battle of Gettysburg. Students of post-bellum Southern demeanor will not be surprised to hear that the most vitriolic material in the Papers about Gettysburg (and many other topics as well) was directed by Confederates against other Confederates. General Jubal A. Early served as standard bearer for one school of thought. On pages 64 and 65 of volume IV, Early admitted that his articles included some causticity of expression, which was provoked by the character of the articles I was replying to.†The Southern Historical Society Papers eventually published so great a body of primary material on Gettysburg that Dr. Douglas Southall Freeman declared: even the Official Records themselves did not supersed the Papers as a source on Confederate operations in the Pennsylvania campaign. Given the great mass and contemporary nature of the official published reports, Freeman,s tribute to the Gettysburg material in the Papers is noteworthy. The Papers went on from the initial outpouring on Gettysburg to print a mountain of invaluable material on every aspect of the war's military phases. The contents encompass such things as: a 150-page history of Lane's North Carolina Brigade by General James H. Lane himself; dozens of articles on Stonewall Jackson, among them pieces by that general's famous associates William Allan, Randolph Barton, Congressman A. R. Boteler, R. L. Dabney, J. A. Early, R. S. Ewell, A. W. Harman, Moses Drury Hoge, James L. Kemper, Hunter Holmes McGuire, T. T. Munford, and many others; a wonderful compendium of primary accounts of the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania, and the only published account (by Colonel W. E. Cutshaw) of the May 18 assault on that battlefield; and unit rosters and capsule unit histories on companies, regiments, and brigades numbering into the hundreds. Most students of the Civil War particularly enjoy primary accounts by men who served in the field. The Southern Historical Society Papers offer hundreds of such narratives, some of them large enough to be published over a period of several months, but most of them on the order of 5,000 words. Many personal accounts focus on a particular battle or episode. Researchers relish not only the primary accounts but also the wealth of reference material. Volume XV, for example, contains a list of the men who surrendered with Lee at Appomattox. Unit rosters do not make exciting and diverting reading, but they supply the grist from which good history springs. The proceedings of the Confederate Congress, printed in Volumes XLIV through LII, constitute the inner workings of a short-lived nation struggling for its very existence. The Southern Historical Society Papers are, simply put, the most important single source for Confederate material ever published. Robert K. Krick, Chronicler of Robert E. Lee's Army Robert Krick worked for 31 years as the chief historian at Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National Military Park and is a renowned expert on the Army of Northern Virginia



    Receipt book

    n.p., n.d., 1859. Oblong 8vo, 65 leaves, each interleaved with pink blotting paper, each page containing 3 pro-forma receipts (6 to a leaf), the first 23 leaves accomplished, the balance blank. Original full reversed calf, red morocco label on spine; very good. Apparently for a concern operating under the name of Murphey's. Several of the signatures are Japanese.

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