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The French Foundations, 1680-1693
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The French Foundations, 1680-1693

By PEASE, Theodore Calvin, and WERNER, Raymond C. (editors)

Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1934. Hardcover. 8vo. Light blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xiv, 426pp. Very good. Faint binding edgewear, else tight and internally fine. Attractive first edition of the Volume I in the "French Series" (or Volume XXIII in the "Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library" series). Sharp copy of a quite uncommon title.

$45.00

The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation
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The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation

By SKELTON, R.A., MARSTON, Thomas E., and PAINTER, George D.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967. Hardcover. Foreword by Alexander O. Vietor. 4to. Orange marbled paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. ix, 291pp. Illustrations (2 foldouts), line drawings. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear only. Quite attractive and tight fifth printing of this noted 1965 analysis, a hefty study of this still-disputed 15th century world map indicating Viking discovery of North America. Interestingly, front flyleaf of this copy bears an archival decorative-edged bookplate signed boldly in black ballpoint by Kenneth Nebenzahl (1927-2020), famed Chicago map dealer and expert whose well-known "Kenneth J. Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography" debuted in 1966 with "Vinland Map" primary author Skelton's address.

$75.00

A Pictorial History of the New World: Containing a General History of All the Various Nations, States and Republics of the Western Continent...
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A Pictorial History of the New World: Containing a General History of All the Various Nations, States and Republics of the Western Continent...

By DENISON, John L. (editor)

New York: Henry Bill, 1864. Hardcover. Small 4to. Full black calf, heavily blind-embossed, with spine gilt lettering and pictorial boxed compartments. 782pp, (2pp), (4pp ads). Tissue-guarded double frontispiece (one color), full-page heavy stock tissue-guarded portraits, illustrations large and small (some color and one large color foldout), marbled endpapers and page edges. Very good overall. Binding a tad edgeworn but with gilt bright; faint toning to text block. Tight and nice later printing of this enormous and broad survey featuring some color plates. Subtitle continues: "Comprising the Early Discoveries by the Spanish, French and Other Navigators, an Account of the American Indians, and a Complete History of the United States to the Present Time, Including the French and Indian Wars, the War of the Revolution, That of 1812, the Late War with Mexico, and Embracing the Brilliant Career of Washington, Wayne, Jackson, Taylor, Scott, and Their Compatriots; and Incidentally, an Account of the Late Russian and Italian Wars, with an Appendix Containing Important Public Documents, and Closing with Extensive and Valuable Statistical Tables." But that's not all! It continues: "The Whole Illustrated with Over Three Hundred Engravings, Some of Which Are Beautifully Colored by Hand True to Nature, Consisting of Battle Scenes, Views of Cities, Flags of the Various Nations, Prominent Events, and Portraits of Distinguished Men, from Designs by Lossing, Croome, Deveraux, and Other Celebrated American Artists."

$150.00

An Appraisal of the Negro in Colonial South Carolina: A Study in Americanization

By KLINGBERG, Frank J.

Washington, DC: The Associated Publishers, 1941. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth with gilt lettering. xii, 180pp. Very good. A tight and decent first edition of this influential study. Mild, inoffensive ex-library, with very few and discreet markings.

$25.00

Don Troiani's American Battles: The Art of the Nation at War, 1754-1865

By KRICK, Robert K., KNOKE, Keith, White, Lee, KRICK, Robert E.L., et al.

Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 2006. Hardcover. Foreword by Peter Harrington. 4to. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 248pp. Extensive color illustrations. Fine/fine. Pristine first edition of this outstandingly illustrated survey.

$35.00

The King's Bread, 2d Rising: Cooking at Niagara 1726-1815

By FARMER, Dennis, and FARMER, Carol

Youngstown, NY: Old Niagara Association, 1989. Paperback. Illustrations by Joe Lee and Marbud G. Prozeller. 8vo. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 112pp. Line drawings. Very good. Outer wrappers (only) slightly rubbed. Tight and nice first edition of this unusual culinary how-to.

$10.00

Long Range Guns, Close Quarter Combat: The Third United States Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812

By BARBUTO, Richard V.

Youngstown, NY: Old Fort Niagara Association, 2010. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 144pp. Maps, numerous illustrations. Near fine. Tight, attractive first edition -- never issued in hardbound form.

$20.00

The Library in Colonial New York

By KEEP, Austin Baxter

New York: Burt Franklin, 1970. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering. xii, 199pp. Illustrations. Fine. Perfect, pristine facsimile reprint of this 1909 study -- volume 638 in their "Research & Source Works Series."

$20.00

Saratoga, 1777

By SWEETMAN, John

New York: Hippocrene Books, 1973. Hardcover. Introduction by Peter Young. 8vo. Glossy pictorial paper over boards. ix, 67pp. Maps. Very good. Mild edgewear. First edition, tight and attractive, of this volume in the "Knight's Battles for Wargamers" series.

$20.00

Explorations in America Before Columbus

By HOLAND, Hjalmar R.

New York: Twayne Publishers, 1956. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 381pp. Illustrations. Very good/very good. Binding spine rather sunned; jacket edgworn, with a few edge chips. A tight and nice first edition of this penultimate title by the noted Norwegian-American historian and author (1872-1963). Front flyleaf bears 1956 ownership signature of Robert Parker Coffin (1917-2019), noted Chicago architect and engineer whose civic leadership earned a road named in his honor.

$25.00

The Faith That Built America
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The Faith That Built America

By VROOMAN, Lee

New York: Arrowhead Books, 1955. Hardcover. Illustrations by Jacquelin Taliaferro Smith. Small 4to. Orange cloth with black lettering. vii, 228pp. Line drawings. Very good. Mildly edgeworn, with spine and top edge sunned. Tight and nice first edition of this collection of the Founding Fathers thoughts about freedom in their own words. The author's uncle was Carl Schurz Vrooman (1872-1966), businessman farmer and assistant secretary of agriculture under Woodrow Wilson best known for starting the "victory garden" campaign of WW1 -- whose wife Julia Scott Vrooman (1876-1981) was niece of Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I. This unusual copy is boldly inscribed and signed by Carl Schurz in black ink on front flyleaf thusly to his wife's relative: "To / Adlai & Nancy Stevenson / from / Carl & Julia Vrooman." Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III (b. 1930) was of course son of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), two-term Illinois governor and twice presidential candidate -- and his grandfather (the naming skipped a generation) was Adlai the First. Laid in is a small newspaper clipping of Carl Vrooman's review of his nephew's book.

$55.00

Here Lies Virginia: An Archaeologist's View of Colonial Life and History
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Here Lies Virginia: An Archaeologist's View of Colonial Life and History

By HUME, Ivor Noel

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering and red and green decorations, pictorial dust jacket. xx, 317pp, ix. Frontispiece, map, numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn, with spine slightly age toned. Handsome and tight first edition of this hefty exploration. Front flyleaf bears enormous 1963 ownership signature of Robert Parker Coffin (1917-2019), noted Chicago architect/engineer whose civic leadership earned a road named in his honor.

$50.00

Old Put: The Story of Major General Israel Putnam
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Old Put: The Story of Major General Israel Putnam

By SMITH, Fredrika Shumway

Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1967. Hardcover. 8vo. Yellow cloth with black lettering and decoration, pictorial dust jacket. 296pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with spine lightly age toned. A handsome first edition of this young adult biography, signed and inscribed by the author large and bold in blue ballpoint on front flyleaf: "For Philip and Betty Jones with / affection / Fredrika Shumway Smith." A lovely copy. Smith (1988-1968) was a Chicago writer who penned a variety of young adult biographies, mysteries and novels.

$55.00

With Columbus in America: A Novel
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With Columbus in America: A Novel

By FALKENHORST, C.

New York: Worthington Company, 1892. Hardcover. Adapted by Elise L. Lathrop. Small 8vo. Blue and red cloth with gilt spine lettering and decorations. 302pp. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, full-page plates, green floral endpapers. Near fine. A tight and bright first edition of this young adult historical fiction by this prolific German writer (1855-1913). An exceptionally tight, attractive copy.

$50.00

Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout -- The Life Story and True Adventures of the Great Hunter Long Knife who first blazed The Wilderness Trail through the Indian's Country to Kentucky

By WHITE, Stewart Edward

Garden City: Garden City Publishing Company, n.y.. Hardcover. Illustrations by James Daugherty. 8vo. Dark blue cloth with green spine lettering/decoration (some copies have yellow) and large color plate to front board, pictorial dust jacket. 2pp color frontispiece, 2 full-page color plates, 10 full-page illustrations, green pictorial endpapers. Near fine/good plus. Large chip across lower front panel of lightly-edgeworn jacket and top of slightly sunned spine. A tight, attractive copy of this superbly-illustrated reprint edition (circa 1930 based on internal evidence) of this popular yarn first published in Doubleday in 1922.

$40.00

As One Southerner to Another: Concerning Lincoln and the Declaration of Independence

By BASLER, Roy P.

Chicago: Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, 1943. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff brown wrappers. 15pp. Near fine. First separate printing, limited to 250 copies. When South Carolina poet Archibald Rutledge attacked Lincoln and "the idiotic sentence [in the Declaration of Independence] that all men are created equal," Basler came to the defense in this "South Atlantic Quarterly" piece (January 1943 issue).

$40.00

The Life of Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African

By EQUIANO, Olaudah

Chicago: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, 2004. Hardcover. Edited by Joanna Brooks. 16mo. Teal green cloth with gilt lettering, rules and medallion. liii, 406pp, (2pp). Top edge gilt. Frontispiece, illustrations (some color), maps, decorative endpapers. Fine. Wonderfully tight, handsome first of this 102nd volume in the "Lakeside Classics" series. The true first edition was published in London in 1789.

$25.00

History of West Point, and Its Military Importance During the American Revolution: and the Origin and Progress of the United States Military Academy
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History of West Point, and Its Military Importance During the American Revolution: and the Origin and Progress of the United States Military Academy

By BOYNTON, Edward C.

Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1970. Hardcover. 8vo. Teal blue cloth with silver spine lettering. xviii, 408pp. Foldout frontispiece, illustrations, 2 foldout maps. Near fine. Faint age toning to endpapers. A tight and handsome facsimile reprint of the 1863 first edition. See BRADFORD 487, HOWES B 678 and SABIN 7150.

$50.00

The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice, 1763-1789
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The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice, 1763-1789

By HIGGINBOTHAM, Don

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 509pp. Illustrations, maps. Near fine/near fine. Wonderfully tight, attractive first edition of this volume in the esteemed "Macmillan Wars of the United States" series.

$45.00

Little Lou; The Pride of the Continental Army

By GORDON, General James A.

New York: Frank Tousey, Publisher, 1907. Paperback. The February 20, 1907 edition (No. 455) of "Pluck and Luck: Complete Stories of Adventure." 4to. Pictorial color wrappers. 30pp, (2pp ads). Good plus. Outer wrappers a bit age toned and slightly edgeworn as usual; inner text pages moderately age toned and a bit delicate as usual. Attractive issue of this adventure weekly. Chromolithograph front wrapper shows a bluecoat-clad Continental soldier facing off against a group of charging redcoats on a dirt country road. Caption below reads: "'Back! back!' she cried; 'advance a step and I fire!' Little Lou kept backing all the time in the direction of the thicket. The astounded redcoats dared not fire, but kept following her up, wondering why a boy should thus hold them at bay." A far better than average dime novel (actually, "Price 5 Cents") or "penny dreadful," with text printed in two columns.

$35.00

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