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Autograph Letter Signed to W. H. Rideing at Youth's Companion
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Autograph Letter Signed to W. H. Rideing at Youth's Companion

By Scott, Hugh Stowell

Genoa, 1897. Very Good. [2] p.; 18 cm. 1 handwritten letter, dated Genoa, 8 Dec. 1897, to W. H. Rideing at Youth's Companion. Hugh Stowell Scott (1862-1903) was an English novelist who published under the pseudonym Henry Seton Merriman. In this letter, he states that he cannot contribute to Youth's Companion at that time, but perhaps in the future. He also refers the contact at the magazine to his literary agent, A. P. Watt, for the future. He signs this letter "Hugh Stowell Scott (H. S. Merriman)." In Very Good Condition: slightly soiled; complete and intact.

$46.00

Typed, signed letter to H. Stuart Watts from Major General Thomas H. Barry while superintendent at West Point
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Typed, signed letter to H. Stuart Watts from Major General Thomas H. Barry while superintendent at West Point

By Barry, Thomas Henry

West Point, N.Y., 1910. Near Fine. [2] p.; 18 x 14 cm. Typed response to a query from H. Stuart Watts, New York City, on stationary headed "West Point, N.Y." Major General Thomas H. Barry (1855-1919) served on the western frontier and in the Philippines in the Spanish American War, and was President of the Army War College and Superintendent of the Military Academy (1910-1912). Later he commanded in Cuba, China, and Philippines, and served in France in World War I. In this short letter, signed "Thomas H. Barry," he recounts his ranks from cadet at West Point to Major General. In Near Fine Condition: very lightly soiled.

$77.00

Thoughtbook of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald; with an Introduction by John R. Kuehl
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Thoughtbook of Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald; with an Introduction by John R. Kuehl

By Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1965. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. [42] p.: facsimiles; 24 cm. Hardback with facsimile of original notebook on cover. Original glassine dust jacket. One of a limited edition of 300 copies. Illustrated title page. The diary reproduced here is from 1910-1911, when its author, later known as F. Scott Fitzgerald, was 13 and 14. In Near Fine Condition: slight discoloration on endpapers; otherwise, clean and bright. Glassine dust jacket is in Very Good Condition: closed tears from upper edge of back ection; spine slightly sunned.

$129.00

Charles Herbert Moore: Landscape Painter by Frank Jewett Mather, Jr.
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Charles Herbert Moore: Landscape Painter by Frank Jewett Mather, Jr.

By Mather, Frank Jewett, Jr.

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1957. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. xv, [1], 85, [35] p.: illustrations; 24 cm. Brown cloth with gilt-on-blue spine title. Illustrated dust jacket. Label from the Princeton University Store on back section of the dust jacket. Charles Herbert Moore (1840-1930) was an American painter who, at the age of 31, "gave up a promising career as a landscape painter to become a Harvard instructor, and eventually professor, museum director, and authority on mediaeval architecture." -- dust jacket. Book is in Fine Condition: clean and bright. Dust jacket is in Near Fine Condition: upper edge rubbed; clean and intact.

$19.00

Elias Boudinot's Journey to Boston in 1809; Edited by Milton Halsey Thomas
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Elias Boudinot's Journey to Boston in 1809; Edited by Milton Halsey Thomas

By Boudinot, Elias

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1955. Hardcover. Fine/good. xii, [2], 97 p., 4 unpaginated p. of illustrations; 24 cm. Black cloth spine with gilt spine title; decorated paper over boards. Original glassine dust jacket. Designed by P. J. Conkwright. Illustrated title page. Includes index. From the manuscript record kept by Elias Boudinot (1740-1821), lawyer and American statesman, of his trip from Burlington, N.J., to Boston and back, from June 22 to Oct. 2, 1809. Book is in Fine Condition: clean and bright. Glassine dust jacket is in Good Condition: closed tears from upper edge of back ection; spine slightly sunned; some loss at tail and along back joint.

$25.00

Charles Kingsley's American Notes: Letters from a Lecture Tour 1874; Edited by Robert Bernard Martin
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Charles Kingsley's American Notes: Letters from a Lecture Tour 1874; Edited by Robert Bernard Martin

By Kingsley, Charles

Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Library, 1958. Hardcover. Near Fine/near fine. [10], 62, [2] p., 4 leaves of illustrations; 24 cm. Dark blue cloth with gilt-stamped spine title. Light brown dust jacket printed in black and blue. "Chart kept by Charles Kingsley on His Crossing to America, 1874, and Sent to His Son Grenville" on endpapers. Contains 24 letters written by Kingsley from Jan. through July 1874. During that period he travelled across North America and visited Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Mark Twain, President Grant, and the Governor General of Canada. Book is in Near Fine Condition: upper page edges slightly soiled; otherwise, clean and tight. Dust jacket is in Near Fine Condition: back section very lightly soiled.

$14.00

Sketches From Life Of Men I Have Known
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Sketches From Life Of Men I Have Known

By Acheson, Dean

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961. Hardcover. Very Good. xiv, [2], 206, [2] p., 8 p. of photographs; 22 cm. Red cloth spine with black paper over boards. Gilt-stamped spine title and author's facsimile signature on front board. No dust jacket. Stated First Edition. Gift inscription on front free endpaper dated 1962. Contents: Ernest Bevin -- Robert Schuman -- Winston Spencer Churchill -- A Russian Gallery -- Lisbon: Background of a Conference -- Arthur Vandenberg and the Senate -- General Marshall -- Konrad Adenauer -- A State Visit: Vienna, 1952. Includes index. The author, Dean Acheson (1893-1971), served as United States Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953 and helped to design the Marshall Plan and to create NATO. In Very Good Condition: ends of spine rubbed; cover very lightly soiled; clean and tight.

$12.00

Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters: The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962; Edited and compiled by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; Introductions and Commentary by Joseph Parisi; Foreword by Billy Collins
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Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters: The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962; Edited and compiled by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young; Introductions and Commentary by Joseph Parisi; Foreword by Billy Collins

By Parisi, Joseph; Young, Stephen, editors and compilers

New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 2002. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. xix, [3], 473 p.: illustrations; 24 cm. Brown and beige cover with gilt-stamped spine title. Illustrated dust jacket. Contains over 600 letters to and from the editors of the magazine Poetry from its founding in 1912 through 1962. The founder and earliest editor was poet and literary critic Harriet Monroe (1860-1936). A fascinating collection of letters offering a view of the development of 20th-century poetry. Book is in Fine Condition: clean and bright. Dust Jacket is in Near Fine Condition: edges lightly rubbed; clean and bright.

$19.00

The Alumni Record: A Special Publication Commemorating the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1961
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The Alumni Record: A Special Publication Commemorating the 25th Reunion of the Class of 1961

By University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1986. Hardcover. Near Fine. 95 p.: illustrations; 28 cm. Blue cover with red cover title: University of Pennsylvania 25th Reunion: Class of 1961. Contains 7 pages of group photos from the reunion, without identification, and then alumni listed alphabetically with entries submitted by the individuals, some of which include photos. Scarce. In Near Fine Condition: cover very slightly soiled; otherwise, clean and tight.

$46.00

John W. Hemig Diaries --  4 advertising notebooks and diaries used by Philadelphia waiter 1916-1920
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John W. Hemig Diaries -- 4 advertising notebooks and diaries used by Philadelphia waiter 1916-1920

By Hemig, John W.

1916. Hardcover. Good. John W. Hemig (1891-1978) was born in Reading, Pa.; by 1916 he had moved to Philadelphia where he worked as a waiter and assistant manager at Schwoerer's cafe on Market St. through 1930 or later. In that year the census indicates that his wife was Elsie and, though he could read and write, he had not attended college. He used these four advertising notebooks and diaries to records information about his life from 1916 to 1920. (1) Central Trust Co. diary. [approx. 80] p.: illustrations, tables; 10 cm. Calf with Central Trust Company emblem gilt-stamped on front cover. All page edges gilt. Endpapers are light green printed in blue. Front free endpaper has illustration of the Central Trust Company, Camden, N.J., and list of officers and directors. On Dec. 31, 1915, Hemig noted that he played his last game of pool per his New Year's resolution. However, this is crossed out and on Jan. 7 he notes that he played pool. In June 1916 he notes the Admen's Parade and in Nov. he notes the election of Woodrow Wilson. For most of the year, he records his work hours. In Very Good Condition: edges rubbed; first leaf has closed tear; solid. (2) W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining Co. advertising notebook. (Philadelphia: W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining Co., 1915). 6, [101], 7-13 p.; 11 cm. Full calf with name of company embossed on front cover. Calendars attached to inside of cover. No date of publication; includes calendars for 1916 and 1917. W.M. McCahan, a grocer, established a molasses house in 1873, which he converted into a sugar refinery in 1892. In 1920 it was sold to a Cuban sugar refiner, Czarnikow-Rionda Co., and became W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining and Molasses Co., which in 1944 was sold to the American Sugar Refining Co., becoming the Philadelphia Refining Co. In addition to the calendars, the book contains information on the products sold by McCahan, statistics on world sugar prices over many years, and various type of business information. The unpaginated pages are graph paper, where Hemig recorded the sale of pies throughout Philadelphia. In Good Condition: leather is heavily rubbed, with minor loss at head of spine; occasional staining and soiling. (3) Diary 1917 Atlas & Manual. [128] p.: tables, color maps; 14 cm. Light green cloth over light card cover with black stamped cover title. No publication information. All pages red. Corners rounded. The diary portion of this small book contains ruled pages with one week per page, as well as some memoranda pages. Hemig wrote his draft number on the front free endpaper verso. He recorded his hours of work; visiting his family in Reading; the death of Buffalo Bill; the death of his father; and the declaration of war against Germany. In Jan. "the Boss forbid us to take tips." On June 5 Hemig placed a patriotic sticker and wrote "Must Redgister for War" but on July 4, "Examined for Army I did not Pass." In Good+ Condition: cover is soiled; starting to split over back joint. (4) The Excelsior Diary 1913. [approx. 200] p.: tables; 13 cm. Leather flap binding with "Excelsior Diary" gilt-stamped on the flap. All page edges marbled. The first 28 pages contain one month per page and then the usual useful information, including interest tables, and a weekly table of wages. The remainder of the book contains lined paper arranged as a diary with two days per page. On the first few pages Hemig recorded candy recipes; his diary entries start on the Jan. 20 page with an entry for May 10, 1920, indicating that he had started a new job and the circus was in town. Entries continue for a month or so, then nothing until pages printed for Nov. and Dec. Final pages contain pages lined for accounting, with some used. In Good Condition: flap is detached but present; spine is rubbed with loss of leather; pages are clean and tight.

$129.00

Nadia Boulanger: A Life in Music
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Nadia Boulanger: A Life in Music

By Rosenstiel, Leonie

New York: W. W. Norton & Co, 1982. Hardcover. Very Good -/very good +. ix, [1], 427 p.: illustrations; 24 cm. Red cloth spine with gilt-stamped spine title; red paper over boards. Illustrated dust jacket designed by Hugh O'Neill. Small bookplate of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia on front free endpaper, stamped "No Longer the property of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia." Blank page following front endpapers stamped by the Athenaeum. The biography of Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), French composer, teacher, and conductor, who taught many 20th-century musicians, including Aaron Copland, Virgil THomson, Darius Milhaud, Louise Talma, Elliott Carter, Daniel Barenboim, Lalo Schifrin, Astor Piazzolla, Quincy Jones, and Michel Legrand. Book is in Very Good- Condition: slightly cocked; discoloration on fixed endpapers and back free endpaper; otherwise, clean and tight. Dust jacket is in Very Good+ Condition: edges slightly rubbed; clean and bright.

$10.00

Lady Gregory: Interviews and Recollections; edited by E. H. Mikhail
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Lady Gregory: Interviews and Recollections; edited by E. H. Mikhail

By Mikhail, E. H., editor

Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good +/near fine -. xi, [1], 113, [1] p.22 cm. Light brown cloth with gilt-stamped spine title. Illustrated dust jacket. Contains recollections of Lady Gregory (1852-1932) by many people involved in the Abbey Theatre, as well as a few writings by her. Includes an index. Book is in Very Good+ Condition: faint dampstain along fore-edge of front free endpaper; otherwise, clean and bright. Dust jacket is in Near Fine- Condition: upper edge rubbed; 2 closed tears of less than 0.5 cm. from upper edge of front section; clean and bright.

$13.00

The Death-Bed Confessions of the Late Countess of Guernsey, to Lady Anne Hamilton: Developing a Series of Mysterious Transactions Connected with the Most Illustrious Personages in the Kingdom
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The Death-Bed Confessions of the Late Countess of Guernsey, to Lady Anne Hamilton: Developing a Series of Mysterious Transactions Connected with the Most Illustrious Personages in the Kingdom

London: s.n., 1822. Fair. Title continued: "To which are added, The Queen's Last Letter to the King, Written a few days before her majesty's death, and other Authentic Documents, never before published." 132 p.; 16 cm. Lacking binding. Purports to be the confession of the Countess of Guernsey (1753-1821), who takes the blame for the scandalously poor relationship between Queen Caroline and King George IV. Variously attributed to: Lady Anne Hamilton (1766-1846); Olivia Serres aka Princess Alive of Cumberland (1772-1834); Hamilton and Serres together; and Shakespeare forger William Henry Ireland (1777-1835). Whoever the author was, it inspired Edgar Allen Poe's "The Purloined Letter." Scarce. In Fair Condition: lacking lower part of title page, with loss of imprint except for th "L" from London, and lacking upper corner, without loss of text; closed 7-cm. tear in title page; pages are brown and slightly stained; complete.

$67.00

Screen Actor: The Magazine of the Screen Actors Guild, March 1995 vol. 34 no. 1 -- Sixtieth Anniversary Issue
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Screen Actor: The Magazine of the Screen Actors Guild, March 1995 vol. 34 no. 1 -- Sixtieth Anniversary Issue

Los Angeles: Screen Actors Guild, 1995. Paperback. Very Good. 40 p.: illustrations; 28 cm. Stapled purple and silver covers. This issue, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Screen Actors Guild, provides a fascinating history of the union. Well-illustrated, it includes photos of the buildings that have housed SAG; memories of two staff members who were there from the beginning; memories of 40 founding members; an interview with Olivia de Havilland about the de Havilland decision and the importance of SAG; a chronology of SAG from 1933 to 1995; an article about the rise of digital acting; an article about efforts to increase casting of non-white actors by Sumi Haru, co-founder of SAG's Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee. In Very Good Condition: cover is lightly soiled; pages are clean and tight.

$23.00

Salud Casals: Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, April 15, 1970 [program]
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Salud Casals: Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, April 15, 1970 [program]

New York: Lincoln Center, 1970. Paperback. Very Good -. 44, [8] p.: illustrations; 28 cm. Stapled with photograph of Lincoln Center on front. The program is for a concert to benefit the America Symphony Free Concerts for Children and the United Nations International School. It featured the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski; Beverly Sills accompanied by Roland Gagnon; Rudolf Serkins playing Beethoven's Emperor piano concerto; and Pablo Caslas conducting several pieces including his setting of O Vos Omnes and his Sardana for Cello Orchestra. The program also includes an illustrated article about Casals by Irving Kolodin, a discography of Casals recordings, and information about the 1970 Festival Casals in Puerto Rico. In Very Good- Condition: cover is separating along spine, with minor loss; pages are lightly browning along edges but clean and solid.

$25.00

Admiral David Foote Sellers: Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, 1934
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Admiral David Foote Sellers: Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, 1934

S.l.: s.n., 1934. Paperback. Near Fine. [16] p.: illustrations; 26 cm. Stapled lightly blue card cover with cover title in black. Portrait of Sellers in uniform with printed signature below. Sellers signed in pencil below the printed signature. In the right-hand margin is the pencilled signature of Lt. Arthur E. Loeser, who died during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. At the upper edge of the portrait is handwritten "Presented by" and stamped "L. C. Carlton." Text provides family history and the life of David Foote Sellers (1874-1949) up to 1934. This pamphlet was produced to honor the presentation of a sword from Sellers' former shipmates on the U.S.S. Wisconsin. He served as Commander, Battleships Battle Force, United States Fleet until June 18, 1934, and then was reassigned as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he stayed until his retirement in 1938. In Near Fine Condition: light vertical crease throughout;.

$46.00

Autograph letter signed to Horace C. Hovey
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Autograph letter signed to Horace C. Hovey

By Dewey, Henry Sweetser

1912. Near Fine. 2 sheets of paper, each written on one side. Henry S. Dewey (1856-1932) was writing from Boston State Hospital on June 10, 1912, in response to a letter from Dr. Horace C. Hovey, who had apparently written to him while doing research on The Hovey Book: Describing the English Ancestry and American Descendants of Daniel Hovey, published in 1913. Dewey was a member of the Boston Common Council from 1885 to 1887 and served in the lower house of the state legislature from 1889 to 1891. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1891; appointed a special justice of the municipal court of Boston in 1896 and an associate justice in 1899; and was the chairman of the state board of bar examiners from 1898 until his resignation in March 1903. In 1900 he was appointed judge advocate general on the staff of the commander in chief by Governor Crane. In 1901 he retired from the bench (where he had a reputation as a colorful judge) to focus on private practice. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Boston in 1905 (Louis D. Brandeis wrote several letters arguing strongly for Dewey's "unfitness." In 1909 his behavior began to be seen as unusual when he represented himself in his suit against the Good Government Association for $76 million for its attacks on him in the 1905 campaign. Several months after losing that suit, he spent 12 hours speaking on Boston Common. In Jan. 1912 he was sent to Boston State Hospital, having been deemed insane "by one of the overseers of Harvard University," according to this letter. Although he considered it "false imprisonment," he spent the rest of his life at the hospital for the insane at Pierce Farm. In Near Fine Condition: light creases; clean and intact.

$88.00

Voltaire [broadside with engraved portrait]
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Voltaire [broadside with engraved portrait]

By Largillière, Nicolas de

London: William Holl, 1819. Near Fine. Small broadside (21 x 13 cm.) with a bust-length portrait of Voltaire after Nicolas de Largillière in oval (5 x 4 cm.) and the life of the author. Etching and stipple with letterpress. Issued as an illustration for the Biographical Magazine. Scarce. In Near Fine Condition: several small, light spots of foxing near upper edge; otherwise, clean and bright.

$67.00

The Literary History of Philadelphia
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The Literary History of Philadelphia

By Oberholtzer, Ellis Paxson

Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co, 1906. Hardcover. Good. xv, [1], 433 p., 52 leaves of plates with captioned tissue guards: in-text and full-page illustrations; 28 cm. Off-white cloth with printed paper spine label. One of a limited edition of 100 copies, but unnumbered (not part of the limited edition of 1,000 copies). Includes index. A heavy book; for international shipping, it will have to be sent by priority international. In Good Condition: cover is soiled; hinges are very weak; front free endpaper, blank leaf, and title page are detached as a unit but present; otherwise, clean and tight; all plates are present.

$70.00

Timothy McSweeney's Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying (McSweeney's Number Four, Late Winter, 2000)
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Timothy McSweeney's Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying, Trying (McSweeney's Number Four, Late Winter, 2000)

New York: McSweeney's, 2000. Fine. 1 illustrated box containing 14 booklets, along with "Notes And Background, And Clarifying Charts And Some Complaining," and the Subscriber Agreement. Complete. Contents: A Chance Meeting by Rachel Cohen -- Symmes Hole by Paul Collins -- A Mown Lawn by Lydia Davis -- The Middle Tales by Sheila Heti -- K Is For Fake by Jonathan Lethem -- Dar(E) Apy by Ben Miller -- Hellhound On My Trail by Denis Johnson -- Paperback Nabokov by Paul Maliszewski -- The Double Zero by Rick Moody -- Dabchick by Haruki Murakami -- Four Institutional Monologues by George Saunders -- Threadworks Of The Seventeenth Century by Lawrence Weschler -- Shorter Stories by Various Authors. Paul Collins signed his initials on the title page of Symmes Hole. Booklets are in Fine Condition: clean and bright. Box is in Very Good+ Condition: rubbed at corners; clean and solid.

$118.00

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