from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper

New Arrivals

cover of 1848 - "MY SON WAS IN ALL THE BATTLES FROM VERA CRUZE TO CERA GORDE." A request made to Captain Brewerton from a father trying to find information for his son about U. S. Military Academy life at West Point

Show Details

Description:
This one-page stampless folded letter measures approximately 16" x 9.75". It was sent by John Moorhead in New York City, to Captain Brewerson, an engineer stationed at West Point. The letter bears a manuscript annotation "Post Paid," a red "Paid" handstamp, and an indistinct circular "5 cts" circular New York postmark also in red. There is a small circular hole,… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£190.50
cover of 1794 - "THE SAID SHIP MINERVA PRIOR TO . . . HER INTENDED VOYAGE . . . BURNT IN THE RIVER THAMES [CAUSING THE EMIGRANTS] TO BE DEPRIVED OF THEIR PASSAGE TO BOSTON."  An exceptional archive documenting the immigration of a family of British dissenters who were instrumental in establishing the textile industry in Connecticut

Show Details

Description:
This archive contains 46 manuscript and partially-printed receipts, invoices, ship registrations, letters, and similar items. It begins with a 1794 letter from an agent in London to the family patriarch, Samuel Watkinson Sr., concerning the purchase of property in the United States and continues with several items related to the family's subsequent immigration in 1795. The remainder of the archive… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£2,667.00
cover of 1857 - A GOLD MINER'S HAND-SEWN LEATHER "POKE" NO DOUBT USED TO MAIL GOLD DUST OR NUGGETS FROM CALIFORNIA TO PHILADELPHIA. Plus, an antique vial containing small gold nuggets and flakes

Show Details

Description:
This hand-sewn leather pouch measures 4" x 3.75". The original stitching remains intact on two edges; it has been removed along the other two edges, no doubt to empty its contents. The pouch is franked on one side with seven single 10-cent green Washington stamps, Types II and III (Scott #14-15) arranged in two rows and cancelled with four strikes… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£2,667.00
cover of 1865 -- "THE FLEET ARE NEAR READY TO GIVE VICKSBURG A TRY."  A significant archive of letters and ephemera from a Civil War gunboat sailor who served on Commodore Porter's flagship and participated in the siege of Vicksburg and the Red River Campaign.

Show Details

Description:
Ten letters (31 pages of text) and two printed poems document a gunboat sailor's Civil War service in the U.S. Mississippi Squadron. One letter is on squadron letterhead, and one of the poems is a satirical song sheet titled "The 'Frigate' Black Hawk" which Briggs has annotated, "The Black Hawk is not so bad as all this." Briggs optimistically begins his… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£5,715.00
cover of 1918-19 - "DEEPLY REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT IT IS OFFICIALLY REPORTED THAT PRIVATE ALEXANDER WARKOWSKI INFANTRY WAS SEVERELY WOUND IN ACTION NOVEMBER 1" Mother's archive of World War I letters from her son who was Killed in Action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Show Details

Description:
A sad archive containing 20 letters and ephemeral items documenting Private Warmowski's wartime service and death. Warmowski was born in Poland in 1877, immigrated to United States in 1891, and became a citizen in 1913. During World War I, he was first assigned to the 86th Division and then transferred to the 89th Division's 354th Infantry Regiment. Warmowski was killed… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£381.00
cover of 1802  - "MRS. WARD LAYS SICK WITH A NERVOUS FEVER WHICH IS NOW IN THE 10TH DAY."  Letter from the son of a former colonial governor of Rhode Island informs a former state governor of Rhode Island that his wife, the Governor's daughter, was seriously ill from Typhoid Fever

Show Details

Description:
This stampless folded letter has no rate marking but bears a rather scarce New York City "clamshell" postmark dated "OCT/11". There is a stain at the top center of the letter, however, the address and text are quite legible. A small piece of the letter is missing, no doubt it was torn when Governor Greene hurriedly broke the wax seal… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£266.70
cover of 1918 - "I AM AT PRESENT IN THE 'FRONT LINE' . . . IN A SUMTUOS DUGOUT BUILT BY 'FRITZ'; BUT THE CLIMATE GOT TOO WARM, SO HE MOVED UP THE HILL ABOUT 300 YARDS."  A terrific letter written from a recently captured front-line trench by an American infantry officer

Show Details

Description:
This four-page letter is datelined "July - 11 - 1918" and enclosed in its mailing envelope which identifies Steiner as an officer in the 11th Infantry Regiment. It has a somewhat blurred strike of an 11 July duplex postmark from APO 745, which served the 5th Division. In nice shape. The 5th Division was one of the first combat units to… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£228.60
cover of 1863 - A Union soldier's correspondence archive culminating with A LETTER WRITTEN ON THE GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIED SHORTLY AFTER HIS UNIT DEFEATED PICKET'S CHARGE - "WE HAVE FOUGHT THE HARDEST BATTLE OF THE WAR [AND] BEEN IN THE ENGAGEMENT FOR TWO DAYS OUR LOSS IS HEAVEY [WE] CAPTURED THREE STANDS OF COLORS FROM THE REBS & A GOOD MANY PRISONERS."

Show Details

Description:
This small archive contains four letters. Three were written by Spafford to his family between January and May of 1863 from camps in northern Virginia where the 2nd Vermont Brigade (13th, 14th, and 16th Infantry Regiments) served as part of the Union system protecting Washington DC from Southern attack. All of the letters are in nice shape. One has its… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£4,191.00
cover of 1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York

Show Details

Description:
This archive consists of approximately 100 letters plus postcards, telegrams, short notes, and holiday cards sent from Burnett to his parents. Most were sent from either the Cadet Basic School at San Mateo or the Academy at Kings Point. Some were sent from cruise locations. There are approximately 25 to 30 additional pieces of ephemera. The contents, which are arranged… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£381.00
cover of 1863 - "IT IS NOT THE PLEASANTEST OCCUPATION TO BE WAITING UPPON THOS MEN THAT HAVE CAUSED OUR COUNTRY FOR TO BLEED. . .. WE HAVE 3,000 REBS ON THE ISLAND [AND] MY WARD IS FILLED UP." Letter from one Union wardmaster to another expressing his dissatisfaction of having to care for Confederate soldiers who were wounded at Gettysburg

Show Details

Description:
This three-page letter was sent from a wardmaster at De Camp General Hospital on Long Island to a wardmaster at the U.S. General Hospital at Fort Schuyler, New York. It is enclosed in an envelope that was probably 'favor carried' as it bears no franking, stamps, or postal markings. Both in nice shape. A transcript will be provided.The U.S. War… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£381.00
cover of 1865 - Civil War Presidential Pardon by Andrew Johnson for Perry M. Shipley

1865 - Civil War Presidential Pardon by Andrew Johnson for Perry M. Shipley

by Andrew Johnson

Seller
Read 'Em Again Books & Paper
Published
1865
Condition
Very good
Item Price
£571.50

Show Details

Description:
Two partially printed pages plus the original mailing envelope addressed to Maryland Congressman Charles E. Phelps (a Medal of Honor recipient) for delivery to his constituent, Perry M. Shipley. The Pardon measures approximately 23.5" x 17.5" unfolded. It bears an official embossed Presidential Seal and the hand-stamped signature of President Johnson. (Be very wary of signatures that are claimed to be… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£571.50
cover of 1918 - "FROM . . . PRISONER NO 7162 [HELD BY] U.S PRISONER OF WAR COMPANY NO. 1 IN FRANCE." A legal-size preprinted envelope used by a German POW

Show Details

Description:
Prisoner of War Enclosure Number 1, St. Pierre des Corps, France via APO 717], 1919. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This partially-printed legal-size envelope from Remki was sent from Prisoner of War Enclosure Number 1 (PWE #1) at St. Pierre des Corps, France which was controlled by the A.E.F.'s Prisoners of War Company No. 1. "Prisoner of War Letter"… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£133.35
cover of 1843 - "THE CAPTAIN . . . A QUAKER FACE WHICH IS EASILY RIGGED ON, BAFFLES THIS NUMBSCULL." A candid and gossipy letter to his wife by a physician serving aboard the flagship of the Home Fleet who would go on to become a Medical Director of the Navy and serve three times as a Fleet Surgeon

Show Details

Description:
This three-page stampless folded letter, measuring 16.5" x 9.5", is datelined "U. S. Ship Independence / New York, Nov. 21st. 1843." It bears a manuscript "12½" rate mark (the cost to send a letter from 80 to 150 miles) and a circular red New York postmark dated November 13. In nice shape; small hole from opening the seal. A transcript… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£209.55
cover of 1917 -- "TAKING SURVIVORS ABOARD [FROM THE] FINLAND AFTER BEING TORPEDOED."  A terrific photographic record J. P. Morgan's yacht, the USS Corsair, which was leased by the Navy during World War One to serve as an escort and patrol ship.

Show Details

Description:
This large album measures 12" x 9.5" and contains well over 250 glued-in photographs, most measuring about 4" x 2.5". The photographs are captioned in white ink on 46 of the album's 48 pages. Ten additional photographs are laid-in including a 10" x 8" official group photograph of the crew (with a two-inch closed tear) and two smaller portrait… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£1,905.00
cover of 1941-1946 - "SOME OF MY MEN - THERE WAS NEVER A FINER BUNCH OF MEN OR BETTER FIGHTERS IN THE WORLD" -  Photographic archive of a Marine Corps Officer's service from pre-World War II enlisted recruiting duty through leadership of a combat command in the Marshall Islands to occupation duty in Northern China

Show Details

Description:
This archive consists of 17 loose album pages with about 75 mounted photographs, 35 loose photographs, a Marines' Hymn postcard, Captain Bryant's ticket for a Lahainaluna School luau, and a booklet, North China Pictorial U.S.M.C., that chronicles the III Amphibious Corps' occupation duty. The loose photographs were removed from a soiled envelope marked "Capt W. Bryant". The photos range in size… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£304.80
cover of 1918 - "HOPEFULLY YOU ALREADY HAVE A LOT OF LETTERS AND PARCELS FROM US."  A postcard from home sent to a German prisoner of war held at an American Prisoner of War Enclosure following the Battle of Belleau Wood

Show Details

Description:
This postcard was sent to Unterofficier Friedlaender, who was held captive at the U.S. Prisoner of War Enclosure #2 in Souilly, France, from Posen, Prussia via the American Central Records Office for Prisoners of War at APO 717, Tours, France. It was written on 20 October 1918 and bears a Posen postmark with the same date. There is a German… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£381.00
cover of 1898 -- "BY THE WAY OUR COMPANY HAS BEEN MADE A DYNAMITE BATTERY WE CARRY 5 DYNAMITE GUNS TAKES 10 MEN TO A GUN."  Spanish-American War letter home from a soldier en route to Puerto Rico describing his role in employing the most advanced artillery of the time.

Show Details

Description:
A four-page letter on patriotic stationery featuring an illustration of Uncle Sam driving a Spanish soldier from Cuba at bayonet point. Its identifies Preston's location as "Military Station No. 1. / Porto Rico", but since that post office did not open until 3 August, no Puerto Rico postmark appears on the envelope which was franked with a two-cent Washington stamp… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£571.50
cover of 1929-1931 -- THAT OLD NAVY SCRAP BOOK OF MINE; IT'S CRAMMED FULL OF PICTURES AND HAPPENINGS OLD, OF THE DAYS THAT ARE NOW LEFT BEHIND." An extensive sailor's archive (a huge scrapbook, hundreds of photographs, and five oral history tapes) documenting his pre-WWII service on the flagship of the U. S. Asiatic Fleet

Show Details

Description:
This archive consists of an 8" x 14" 300-page scrapbook, filled with articles, clippings, photographs, cartoons, newsletters, assorted ephemera. Hood used 86 pages in the rear of the album to keep a daily journal. The archive also includes more than 100 loose photographs and another 20 loose documents, letters, certificates, and membership cards, as well as five 90-minute cassette tapes… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£685.80
cover of 1881-1882 -- "THE BAIN ZOUAVES [RETURN] THEIR ARMS AND ACCOURTREMMENTS [TO] THE POLICE"  A Two-Year Scrapbook kept by the Commander of Bain's St. Louis Zouaves as it transitioned from an Auxiliary Police Unit into a Company in the Missouri National Guard

Show Details

Description:
This half-leather scrapbook measures 8.25" x 11" and contains 64 pages. There are two printed labels affixed to the front cover: one reading "Armory / Bain Zouaves" and the other of a zouave advancing at the ready; both are lightly faded. A third manuscript label identifies this scrapbook as "Volume 2nd". The binding is sound but feels a… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£571.50
cover of 1904 - THE GREATEST OF WORLD'S FAIRS IMPRESSIVELY OPENED" The St. Louis Post-Dispatch coverage of "Opening Day" at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition or St. Louis World's Fair

Show Details

Description:
Three complete sections of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covering opening day activities of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In exceptionally nice shape. Clean and supple with light toning and a single horizontal storage fold; otherwise pristine. The front page includes a screaming headline, "THE GREATEST OF WORLD'S FAIRS IMPRESSIVELY OPENED / Attendance, Estimated, 200,000; Previous Record,… Read more
Add to Wishlist
Item Price
£95.25