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Recent Arrivals from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper

image of 1828 - "I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE TROUBLE YOU EXPERIENCED IN THIS AFFAIR." A letter from a Norfolk, Virginia exporter to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira

1828 - "I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE TROUBLE YOU EXPERIENCED IN THIS AFFAIR." A letter from a Norfolk, Virginia exporter to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira

by Anthony Pomar to Messrs Newton, Gordon, Murdock & Scott

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1828
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This one-page stampless folded letter was carried to Funchal, Madeira off the coast of northwest Africa at a privately-determined rate by ship's captain. It measures 16" x 10" unfolded and bears a manuscript annotation reading "via Azores p Trisnifor(?)". Docketing reads "Norfold Virginia / 15 August 1828 / Anthony Pomar / recd 3 April ansd 6th 1829". 228 days in… Read more
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image 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

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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
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£192.18
image of 1844 - "PER BOY WILL" - Slave-carried-letter between the owners of a Tennessee textile and grist mill

1844 - "PER BOY WILL" - Slave-carried-letter between the owners of a Tennessee textile and grist mill

by W [William] to Tho [Thomas] Parkes

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1844
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£1,153.05

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This two-page stampless folded letter measures 15" x 12" unfolded. It was hand-carried by a slave between two brothers who owned a textile-grist mill complex and is annotated "Per boy Will" in the lower left corner of the address panel. In nice shape. A transcript will be provided. This letter, discussing problems with their mills reads in part: "We had started… Read more
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image of 1837 - "TO DAY WE HAVE ENDORSED Mr. WM FLEMMING'S DFT TO YOU . . . FOR NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS ON A/C COTTON TO HEYAN MACGEE. . .." An uncommon, triple-rate Express Mail letter used to provide timely and detailed purchasing instructions in the rapidly fluctuating cotton market

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This two-page stampless folded letter was sent by U.S. Express Mail from New Orleans to New York City in January of 1837. It measures approximately 16" x 10.5" unfolded and bears a manuscript $2.25 rate mark, a manuscript "Express Mail" annotation, and a blue New Orleans postmark.The letter contains detailed information and instructions regarding a number of intended cotton transactions… Read more
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image of 1783-1873 "WILLIAM BRYSON'S BOOK . . . A NATIVE OF IRELAND ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NOVEMBER 7TH . . . ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THREE."  An account book kept for over forty years by the son of an Irish immigrant farmer

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This half-leather account book with wall-paper covered boards measures 8" x 13". It is almost entirely filled and contains approximately 185 pages of indexed entries as twenty laid-in receipts, bills, notes, etc. The account book and its pages are generally in nice shape; there are some dampstains toward the rear of the book (the last dozen leaves are the worst),… Read more
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£576.53
image of 1880 - "SPERM OIL - WINTER BLEACHED"  Advertising broadside for Miners' Oil Company enclosed in its original illustrated mailing envelopE

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This wholesale advertising broadside for the Miners' Oil Company of New York measures 8.5" x 11". The envelope features a blue illustration of miner with pick and shovel leaning against three with additional barrels, a factory, a workman, a ship, and a train in the background. The envelope was franked with a 1-cent blue Franklin stamp (Scott #182) to pay… Read more
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image of 1791 - "THERE IS AN OBJECT WHICH STRONGLY OPERATES AGAINST YOUR ISLAND [and] OUR SHIPMENTS WILL BE MUCH CURTAILED." A letter from Norfolk, Virginia exporters to commercial agents in Portuguese Madeira. John and James Reid to Messrs Newton, Gordon, Johnstone, etc.

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This two-page stampless folded letter was carried to Madeira off the coast of northwest Africa at a privately-determined rate by the ship captain. It measures 16" x 10" unfolded and bears a manuscript annotation reading "P The / Jolly Tan / Captn Livingston". Docketing reads "Norfolk / 27 March 1791 /Jno & Jas Reid / Recd 28 July / and… Read more
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£345.92
image 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

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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
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image of 1901 - "THINKING PERHAPS THAT YOU WOUD LIKE SOME MEMENTO . . . THAT HAD CONNECTION WITH THE FUNERAL OF MCKINLEY. . .."  A piece of mourning cloth from the walls of the Stark County Courthouse rotunda where President McKinley's body lay in state before his funeral the following day

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This piece of mourning cloth measures 5" x 2.75". It was removed from the Stark County Courthouse in Canton, Ohio where the body of President McKinley lay in state the day before his funeral on 19 September 1901. Included is a letter from Bond to an aunt in Canfield, Ohio, describing the cloth and the events of the day. "Thinking perhaps… Read more
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image 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

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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
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The Monster of Krakow from "Comographia, das ist: Beschreibung der gantzen Welt

by Sebastian Munster

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Published
1578
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Very good
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Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1578. Disbound. Very good. This disbound leaf from Munsters "Cosmographia" measures 8" x 13.5". it contains two woodcuts, one showing the Monster of Krakow and the other the Lithuanian coat of arms. The leaf is in nice shape with some marginal toning. The Monster of Krakow was a horribly deformed baby viriously claimed to have… Read more
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image of Aldine Press Leaf from the Cornucopia of Nicolas Perottus

Aldine Press Leaf from the Cornucopia of Nicolas Perottus

by Nicholas Perottus

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Published
1513
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£192.18

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Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1513. Unbound. Very good. This leaf measures 8.5" x 12" It comes with a 1926 Society of Foliophiles descriptive card that reads, "A commentary on the Epigrams of Martial, together with a miscellany of other ancient authors. Of considerable literary interest, this work boasts the added and unusual distinction of coming from the great Aldine… Read more
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image 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.

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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
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image of 1890 -- "FULL OF FUN . . . ORIGINAL SITUATIONS . . . DRAMATICALLY TOLD . . . UNLIMITED WIT, MUSIC, AND LAUGHTER."  A ten-panel illustrated similitude advertising a touring performance of A Social Session featuring the Imperial Black Hussar band and Grand Star Orchestra.

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This illustrated ten-panel postal similitude advertises the touring theatrical production, A Social Session. In nice shape but a little fragile with splits beginning along one fold. About 6" x 15.5" unfolded.Although the production company for the touring group is not identified on the brochure, numerous newspaper reviews and advertisements identify it as the "Postage Stamp Company." The front panel is designed… Read more
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image of 1853 -- "INTEMPERANCE IS THE CURSE OF THE WORLD [AND] THE BANE OF SOCIETY" - Two different, detailed, and postally-used propaganda envelopes illustrating the horrors of drunkenness and the virtues of sobriety.

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One envelope is "published and sold by George D. Jewett", and the other by "Wm. C. Hale", both of Hartford, Connecticut: 1853. Both envelopes are postally used and measure approximately 5" x 3". One features five morose workmen passing a bottle within a scroll that reads "Intemperance is the Curse of the World. Three vignettes on the left show a… Read more
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image of 1895-1925 - "MY ALUMNAE PIN CAME THIS MORNING, IT IS MY GRADUATION PRESENT FROM CLAUDE." An archive of letters and ephemera related to Dr. Grace Flanders Wilson, an 1899 graduate of the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women (NYMCHW)

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This archive consists of four medical school tests, eight letters, and one handbill advertising the sale of Grace's mansion. All in nice shape, however, worn mailing envelopes accompany three of the letters.Grace was the daughter of Abraham Hillard Frances, a prosperous physician who had graduated from the Philadelphia College of Medicine. Grace followed in her father's footsteps, attending the New… Read more
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image 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

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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
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Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1578. Disbound. Very good. This disbound leaf from Munsters "Cosmographia" measures 8" x 13.5". It contains six woodcuts showing unusual men and animals from the Indian subcontinent. The leaf is in nice shape with some marginal toning. One wood cut shows a pigmy conversing with a man from Dondun where the peoples' ears were so… Read more
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image 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

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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
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image 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

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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
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