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"Gas" -- How to Protect -- Protection and First Aid

By (GAS MASK / WORLD WAR TWO)

Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. Printed hand bill. Heavy stock 6 3/4" X 4½". Very good. Faint edgewear. Obverse consists of a chart with three columns across top ("Gas," "How to Detect," "Protection and First Aid"). "Gas" types consist of "Blister Gases," "Choking Gases," "Blood and Nerve Poisons," "Vomiting and Tear Gases," "Screening Smokes" and "Incendiaries" -- each followed by symptoms and how to avoid and treat. Reverse consists of "Remember!" advice on when and how to wear a gas mask, how to decontaminate, protective ointment, etc. Intriguing and disturbing World War Two memento.

$20.00

Death Bed of Lincoln
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Death Bed of Lincoln

By (LINCOLN, Abraham -- CARTE-DE-VISITE)

Saint Hyacinthe, Canada: J.J.E. Sauvageau, n.y.. 3½" X 2 3/8" (3" X 2" sepia-tone print mounted to heavy stock c.d.v. card). Good. Moderately age toned and slightly trimmed, with some apparent inoffensive old glue stains. This untitled c.d.v. features a greatly-reduced photographic rendering of one of many artists' inaccurate renderings of the deathbed scene, with the prone Lincoln near center surrounded by numerous standing and seated figures. Among them are Gideon Welles, Salmon P. Chase, Robert Todd Lincoln, John Hay, Charles Sumner and Edwin Stanton; a seated Mary Todd Lincoln holds a hankie to her face while young "Tad" weeps in her lap. Backstamp of Canadian photographer Sauvageau ("Artiste Photographe") on verso. Unusual.

$50.00

Collection of 36 Magee "Arms of the United States" Patriotic Envelopes
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Collection of 36 Magee "Arms of the United States" Patriotic Envelopes

By (PATRIOTIC COVERS -- CIVIL WAR)

36 covers, each 5½" X 3", Philadelphia, PA, n.y. Very good to near fine. All unused and exceptionally bright and nice, with just the faintest bit of age toning to some. Superb complete grouping of this state arms collection published by Charles Magee of 316 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia -- issued as the prospect of civil war loomed. Of these 35 state envelopes, 11 would become Confederate states, 20 would remain Union states and 4 would be classified Border States. Each contains a 2¼" diameter circle at left and a slightly smaller inner circle with the words "ARMS OF" at top and the state name at bottom. In the middle of this inner circle is a colored image of the state coat of arms or appropriate image: "UTAH TER.," for instance, depicts a large beehive resting on a low platform surrounded by grass and shrubbery, bees a-buzzing amidst a blue sky; "ALABAMA' depicts a closeup of a gnarled tree trunk with a large "Map of Alabama" pinned against it. All but 9 of the Union state envelopes bear a printed slogan beneath the circle: "One Flag and One Government" for Maine, "Death to All Traitors" for Minnesota, "The Union at All Hazzards" [sic] for California and other pro-Union sentiments. Interestingly but not surprisingly, none of the future Confederate states include slogans in this Union-slanted collection and the two future Border States often identified as Confederate likewise have none (though future Border States Delaware and Maryland do). A thirty-sixth envelope serves as the title page for this collection, captioned "Arms of the United States" and of course showing a bald eagle, arrows in one talon and olive branch in the other, against a backdrop of American flags. Although undated, this series presumably was published pre-1861, as West Virginia was admitted in that year and thus is not present, nor is Nevada, admitted in 1864. Individual envelopes from this series turn up occasionally, invariably NOT colored; a complete group such as this, all bearing period color and in uniformly exceptional condition with original gum, is quite scarce and would be near-impossible to duplicate.

$1500.00

Collection of "U.S. Naval Expedition" Patriotic Envelopes
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Collection of "U.S. Naval Expedition" Patriotic Envelopes

By (PATRIOTIC COVERS -- CIVIL WAR)

12 covers, each 5½" X 3", New York, NY, n.y. Near fine. Unused and with faintest of age toning only and original gum present. Exceptional complete set, printed entirely in brown ink by Charles Magnus at 12 Frankfort Street in New York. Undated, although Steven R. Boyd in his "Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War: The Iconography of Union and Confederate Covers" dates it to August 1861. While most of the dozen feature naval ships prominently in the middle ground or foreground, often with groups of soldiers (not sailors!) in various activities, only two covers actually depictsnaval battles at sea and the final three covers depict infantry soldiers battling with no apparent nautical references whatsoever. A fascinating grouping seldom found complete and in uniform outstanding condition.

$995.00

Autograph Note Signed
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Autograph Note Signed

By (LEAGUE OF AMERICAN WRITERS)

In 1935 the American Communist Party formed this motley group of writers -- poets, playwrights, critics, novelists, etc. -- who sympathized with their ideology and supported their view, with Writer Waldo Frank their first president and a stellar "Who's Who" membership of "fellow travelers"; they issued a newsletters, published titles and were active in various causes such as the Spanish Civil War, but dissolved in 1943. ANS, 1p, 8½" X 7¼", New York, NY, 20 March 1939. Addressed to future notable Lincoln/Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates (1914-93). Near fine. On "League of American Writers" letterhead that also boasts famed officers such as Van Wyck Brooks, Erskine Caldwell, Malcolm Cowley, Paul DeKruif, Langston Hughes, Meridel LeSueur, Upton Sinclair and Donald Ogden Stewart, the organizations apparently unknown secretary -- she signs off "Dorothy [Paitz?], Sec'y" -- writes this young supporter that "Under separate cover we are sending you a copy of 'Writers Take Sides.' The charge is $.15. We are very glad you are interested...." We have not been able to properly determine the identity of this secretary. ("Writers Take Sides: Letters About the War in Spain from 418 American Authors" was published in paperback only in 1938.) An interesting ephemeral relic from the heyday of 1930s American Communism.

$50.00

Original Bookplate Proof
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Original Bookplate Proof

By (BOOKPLATE ART). "V.G."

Proof copy of the lineoleum-block custom bookplate, 4" X 6½" (framed to 5" X 7¼"), n.p., n.y. Fine. Handsome proof pull of this rectangular (rounded corners) striking example by a talented practitioner known only by the tiny "V.G." initials, an ornate image noting "Ex Libris / Arnold Larsen" in crossing banners and other typical bibliophilic features, a rose-clutching hand, etc. Tastefully and simply single-matted in cream and framed in a simple ½" black frame. Arnold Larsen was not a famed bookman, but anyone who frequented the fondly-remembered rare books department at Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago knew him. A sharp example of bookplate art.

$55.00

Thanksgiving 1888
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Thanksgiving 1888

By (DUBUQUE -- HOTELS -- MENU)

Chicago: S.D. Childs & Co, 1888. Printed menu, 16mo (5½" X 6"), 4pp. Gilt lettering and blind-embossing to front wrapper (only). Very good. Mild age toning and touch of rubbing. Ornate holiday menu for the luxurious Lorimier House of Dubuque, Iowa, printed on buff stock, with inner recto (page 3) the many-coursed meal that included, among other things, green turtle, black bear steak, quail on toast and English fruit pudding with foamed sauce. Front wrapper features a variety of elaborate gilt typefaces and blind-embossed likeness of this five-story hotel. Leaves 2 and 4 are blank. Built in 1857, the Lorimier House was for many years the largest hotel in the city; in 1917 it was destroyed by fire. Very scarce.

$50.00

Splendid TABLEAU VIVANT (As afterwards seen in Act 3.) Village Hut, and distant View of the Enchanted Castle, with the Entrance of the Fairy Nabote In her CAR, drawn by REALHORSES!
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Splendid TABLEAU VIVANT (As afterwards seen in Act 3.) Village Hut, and distant View of the Enchanted Castle, with the Entrance of the Fairy Nabote In her CAR, drawn by REALHORSES!

By (DRURY LANE THEATRE / BROADSIDE)

London: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, n.y.. Printed broadside. Folio (13½" X 8¼"). Very good. Mild wear, mainly about the edges, which show discreet, expert expert archival mends on verso; tiny "DUPL NYPL" inkstamp on verso. Printed on ultra-thin pale green tissue paper by S.G. Fairbrother, undated but likely 1833, this scarce broadside advertises a number of upcoming productions in a bewildering text jumble of various type sizes. The central production is a revision of Mozart's "Don Juan" featuring John Braham, Madame De Meric and Mrs. Wood, along with "A New Ballet Opera... to be called The Maid of Cashmere" by Daniel Auber and "The Sleeping Beauty" featuring Mademoiselle Duvernay. A superb example of this rare survivor.

$375.00

Autograph Letter Signed
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Autograph Letter Signed

By (SOAP / BATHING). WATSON, David S. (?-?)

This Boston businessman was partner in the firm of Winslow, Rand & Co. Wholesale Grocers. ALS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Boston, MA, 23 December 1881. Addressed to "Friend Nutter." Very good. Original folds; single archivally closed (on verso) edge tear. On imprinted company letterhead listing the four principal officers, Watson comments interestingly on the use of soap: ""I shall see that you have the soap today. Some fellows are awfully particular, and think that they must wash once a week. Now annual baths, or monthly baths, are great institutions, but I know you are a 'stubborn cuss', and will stick to your old habits and customs, and I trust that the superior quality of the goods sent you, will satisfy the fastidious tastes of you revellers in luxury." Handsomely penned in black ink and signed in full at the close. Intriguing remarks about personal hygiene of the day -- sounds like recipient may have been, as the Brits say, a "right Nutter"!

$50.00

Conundrums

By (WORD GAME)

Boston: Rust Craft, n.y.. Heavy stock 6" X 3½" printed envelope that opens to reveal two pockets, one containing 16 heavy stock 5" X 3" printed cards and the other containing a single heavy stock bifold 6" X 5" printed card. Very good. Printed envelope faintly age toned and lightly edgeworn, with small discreet archival mends along couple of weakened folds; cards near fine, with the occasional small foxing. This pioneering greeting card company was founded in Boston by Fred Rust in 1906, and their product line also included packets such as this (noted as product number "599"). Each of the 16 cards contains several clever word play questions such as (#1) "When did the fly fly?" and the last (#49) "When was beef the highest?" The bifold "Answers to Conundrums" card lists all answers ("1. When the spider spied her" and "49. When the cow jumped over the moon"). Undated, although the typeface and style suggest perhaps 1920s vintage. The charming printed envelope front actually appears hand colored and shows a young man and young woman facing each other in front of a large window; "Conundrums" title below includes the rhyming explanatory stanza: "Each conundrum here will show / How quick we are -- perhaps how slow! / If slow there are surely others, too, / Just as slow as me and you!" Quaint and complete -- and also scarce.

$50.00

Election Year Argument Settler

By (PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION / 1956)

New York: Time, Inc, 1956. Circular diecut glossy card stock wheel with riveted center. Near fine. Faintest of mild edgewear. Printed in red and black on white glossy stock, recto is subtitled "The 48 States" and notes, "This wheel gives you 818 useful facts about U.S. Presidents and election campaigns, past and present. Dial this side to cover the 48 states: how they went in '52 and '54, and what's at stake in '56. Then turn the wheel over to review every President from G. Washington to D.D. Eisenhower: their terms... "veeps"... opponents... and their parties." Verso subtitled "The Presidents." Each side features several small diecut square or rectangular openings to reveal these tidbits of information as you spin the wheel. An exceptionally attractive example of this scarce election year gimmick, originally sold for 25 cents.

$20.00

The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. Abraham Lincoln.

By (LINCOLN, Abraham / GREETING CARD)

N.p.: Hallmark Cards, n.y.. Group of eight (8) identical 16mo (4 3/4" X 7") heavy stock general purpose greeting cards with salmon pink blank envelopes. Fine/fine. Front panel consists of pastel scene resembling a needlepoint cross-stitch depicting a basket , flowers, branches and birds, in the center of which appears the Lincoln quotation cited above. Inner panel is blank. Undated -- possibly 1980s vintage -- but pristine. For the Lincoln enthusiast who must have everything all-Lincoln.

$20.00

Counties and Industries
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Counties and Industries

By (CIGARETTE CARDS -- BRITISH)

Nottingham, England: John Player & Sons, n.y.. Full set of 25 numbered cigarette cards, undated but published in 1914. Heavy stock 1 3/8" X 2 5/8". Very good to near fine. Mild occasional edgewear, but overall bright and quite handsome. An attractive complete set of these brightly colored pictorial cards celebrating 25 of England's counties and a prime industry from each, with a county map filling the upper half of each and an industry the lower half. Scenes consist of, in numerical order: 1. North wales -- Slate Quarrying, 2. Monmouthshire -- Iron and Coal, 3. Northumberland -- Shipbuilding, 4. Perthshire -- Dry Cleaning, 5. Kent -- Hop Picking, 6. Munster -- Butter Making, 7. Lincolnshire -- Agriculture, 8. Lancashire -- Cotton Spinning, 9. Northampton -- Boot Making, 10. Staffordshire -- Pottery, 11. Bedfordshire -- Straw Hat Making, 12. Connaught -- Horse Breeding, 13. Roxburghshire -- Woollen Manufacture, 14. Devonshire -- Dairy Produce, 15. Edinburgh -- Book Printing, 16. South Wales -- Coal Mining, 17. Yorkshire -- Worsted Spinning, 18. Cheshire -- Making Block Salt, 19. Nottinghamshire -- Lace Making, 20. Dumbartonshire -- Calico Printing, 21. Norfolk -- Agriculture, 22. Cornwall -- Tin Mining, 23. Ulster -- Linen, 24. Leicestershire -- Hosiery and 25. Hampshire -- Sheep Rearing. Rectos each printed in blue feature series title, individual number and title and a brief paragraph describing each landscape. A wonderful set of these miniature beauties -- daintily colored and quite striking.

$95.00

General Orders, No. 248

By (GENERAL ORDERS -- CIVIL WAR -- GEORGE CROOK)

Washington, DC: War Department, Adjutant General's Office, 1864. Handbill. 12mo (5" X 7¼"). Near fine. Four-punched at left margin (not affecting text); touch of browning at left edge. Announces Major General George Crook's August 30, 1864 assignment to the command of the Department of West Virginia and the removal of Major General David Hunter from that post. Signed in type at the close by E.D. Townsend as Assistant Adjutant General. A clean, handsome example.

$95.00

General Orders, No. 41
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General Orders, No. 41

By (GENERAL ORDERS -- CIVIL WAR -- NATHANIEL P. BANKS -- AMBROSE E. BURNSIDE -- JOSEPH HOOKER)

Washington, DC: War Department, Adjutant General's Office, 1864. Handbill. 12mo (5" X 7¼"). Near fine. Faintly age toned; two-punched at left margin (not affecting text). Reports on 1 February 1864 on three "Public Resolutions" of the Senate and House of Representatives: First thanking Major General Nathaniel P. Banks "for the skill, courage, and endurance which compelled the surrender of Port Hudson, and thus removed the last obstruction to the free navigation of the Mississippi river," second thanking Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and "to the officers and men who have fought under his command, for their gallantry, good conduct, and soldier-like endurance," and thirdly thanking Major General Joseph Hooker "for the skill, energy, and endurance which first covered Washington and Baltimore from the meditated blow of the advancing and powerful army of rebels led by General Robert E. Lee" and Major Generals George G. Meade and Oliver O. Howard "for the skill and heroic valor which, at Gettysburg, repulsed, defeated, and drove back, broken and dispirited, beyond the Rappahannock, the veteran army of the rebellion."

$100.00

Gems of British Scenery
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Gems of British Scenery

By (CIGARETTE CARDS -- BRITISH)

U.K.: John Player & Sons, n.y.. Complete set of 25 numbered cigarette cards, undated but published in 1917. Heavy stock 2 5/8" X 1 3/8". Very good. Faint occasional edgewear, but overall bright and attractive. A beautiful full set of these color pictorial cards celebrating England's scenic delights, with 21 cards printed landscape and 4 printed upright. Scenes consist of, in numerical order: 1. Lynmouth Pier Meeting of the Waters, Killarney, 2. Castle Rock, Lynton, 3. Watersmeet, Lynton, 4. Lydford Gorge, 5. Malmsmead, N. Devon, 6. The Doone Valley, 7. Fingle Bridge, 8. Oddicombe Bay, Torquay, 9. Clovelly, 10. Falcon Crag, Derwentwater, 11. Kynance Cove, 12. Avon Gorge, Clifton, 13. High Force, Teesdale, 14. Cliveden Woods, Thames, 15. Tintern Abbey, 16. High Tor, Matlock, 17. Mawddach Falls, 18. Fairy Glen, Bettws-y-Coed, 19. Aberglaslyn Pass, N. Wales, 20. Balmoral, Scotland, 21. The Trossachs, Scotland, 22. Ellen's Isle, Loch Katrine, 23. Loch Awe, Argyll, 24. Upper Lake, Killarney and 25. Meeting of the Waters, Killarney. Rectos each printed in brown feature series title, individual number and title and a brief paragraph describing each landscape. A charming set of these miniature beauties, each a lovely landscape.

$75.00

Collection of Nine (9) Hotel del Monte Menus
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Collection of Nine (9) Hotel del Monte Menus

By MORA, Joseph Jacinto "Jo."

Monterey: Hotel del Monte, n.y.. Mora (1876-1947) was the cowboyest cowboy of them all -- though born in Uruguay, not the U.S.; painter, illustrator, muralist, cartoonist, sculptor, photographer, author, historian and more, this multi-talented Renaissance Man also lived with the Hopi and Navajo in Arizona for a time, photographing, drawing and writing about their lifestyle. Group of nine (out of 12) printed menus, each narrow small 4to (4 3/4" X 10"), heavy buff card stock, (4pp). Very good. Mild age toning, with the last more heavily age toned on upper half. Mora drew 12 dramatic pen-and-ink local history scenes in 1933-34 -- one for each month -- for this local institution. (Mora spent the last 27 years of his life in the Carmel and Pebble Beach area.) The inner left page of each menu contains "A Word About the Picture on the Front Page" and brief description of the artwork, while the right-hand side contains the menu of the month. Alphabetically by title (not chronologically by month), the scenes consist of: The Harbor of Refuge, Heritage of a Romantic Past, Mañana, Monterey Surrenders, The Month Was December, Old Spain Still Lives, The Reward of the Pathfinder, Trails the Caballeros Rode and Yankee vs. Caballero. A near-complete collection of this famed hotel-marketing artwork. Very scarce.

$500.00

Collection of Six Printed Items

By (SOO LINE RAILROAD)

Minneapolis: Soo Line Railroad Company, 1982. Soo Line Railroad was the U.S. subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, formed in 1961 as the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad and undergoing a number of consolidations and changes in name and ownership into the 1980s and '90s; its lines operated mainly in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Grouping of half a dozen items: 1.) Soo Liner -- The "Intermodal" Concept: Very much a part of Soo's future. 4to. Glossy wrappers. 15pp. Numerous illustrations, heavy stock centerfold "Santa Rides the Soo" map of the Soo Line. Near fine. Company magazine. 2.) News to Know: A Soo Liner Supplement. Small 4to. Self-cover. (4pp). Map. Fine. Newsletter. 3.) Soo Milwaukee System: Train Planning and Tonnage Profiles. Wide 64mo. Stiff red wrappers. (8pp). Two foldouts. Very good. 4.) 1983: Your Rail Gateway to America. Heavy stock 10½" X 8". Yearly calendar with "Dates of Holidays for Soo employees" marked. Very good. 5.) Soo Line Railroad: Warning Poisonous Fumes Heated Card. Heavy stock 9" X 8". Near fine. Broadside explaining danger, noting "One of these cards must be applied to door on each side of ever car equipped with methanol or charcoal heaters and card taken off when heaters are removed." 6.) Unused sheet of 7½" X 9½" lined "Soo Line Railroad" notebook paper. Near fine. Mildly age toned. A fine and unusual grouping of materials, only items #1 and #2 dated and last three items of earlier vintage. The "Warning Poisonous Fumes Heated Card" broadside is especially uncommon and picturesque.

$75.00

Our Heroes
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Our Heroes

By (BROADSIDE BALLAD -- CIVIL WAR). JANVIER, Francis de Haes

N.p.: N.p., n.y.. Broadside. 8vo (4 3/4" X 8½"). Near fine. An exceptionally clean 'n' pristine example of this patriotic poem by the noted Philadelphia businessman and poet (1817-85). Title (in Gothic typeface) and text entirely in blue, with red ornamental border. Although bibliographically challenged, to say the least -- and we've never seen any other printing -- one source suggests 1861 as year of publication, and Philadelphia seems a likely city of publication. These "slip ballads," "broadside ballads" or "penny ballads" were sold by street vendors and were popular throughout much of the 19th century, reaching their zenith during the Civil War; most were crudely printed on thin, delicate stock, though this example is handsomely typeset and printed on a better quality stock.

$100.00

The Monitor and Merrimac
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The Monitor and Merrimac

By (BROADSIDE BALLAD -- CIVIL WAR). CLARK, Charles A.

New York: H. De Marsan, n.y.. Broadside. Small 4to (6¼" X 10"). Very good. Faint age toning; old mounting strip on verso along top edge. This clean and quite attractive patriotic poem is a lively and colorful (if inaccurate) Union version of this famed ironclad encounter of March 9, 1862 that resulted in a draw. Thick decorative border consists of boilerplate graphics that include putti, an Elizabethan lute-playing minstrel serenading a blushing, buxom maiden, etc. Another version of this broadside exists, also published by De Marsan, with different ornamental border featuring a black banjo player and other black characters, but no priority has been determined. Both are undated, but likely printed between late 1862 and 1864. "Hip a Dooden Do, Jeff Davis, how are you? / Our Monitor beat your Merrimac quite handy, O!" -- not quite accurate, since this naval duel proved inconclusive and the Monitor withdrew first. An interesting if fanciful narrative of this noted battle. "Slip ballads," "broadside ballads" or "penny ballads" were hawked by street vendors and were popular throughout much of the 19th century, reaching their height during the Civil War; most, such as this example, were crudely printed on thin, delicate stock -- which means that relatively few copies such choice condition as this one survive.

$125.00

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