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In this context an "Album" describes a collection of materials, often penned or drawn by hand, with printed additions accumulated by an individual or multiple people on a common theme. Album is also used as the broad term to include volumes also described as commonplace, piece, "sentiment," autograph, or copy books. Journals and diaries are also examples of albums.

A "commonplace book" is "a book of literary passages, cogent questions, occasional thoughts, or other memorabilia." The terms "piece book" and "copy book" also refer to this genre. Many of the albums contain copies of speeches, contemporary poetry and other quotations.

A "scrapbook" or "clipping book," is distinguished from an album as it contains material which was originally printed or written elsewhere and then attached to the pages of the book. "Lesson books" and "exercise books" include material that was copied in the classroom or prepared as a school assignment, and "autograph books" contain signatures and often "sentiments" of friends and acquaintances.

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Friendship Album of Alice M. Case from Cornville, Maine, c. 1881Cornville, Mainec. 1881
Price: $20.00

Red fabric cover, pencil signatures and writings. A friendship album from Cornville Main (population 932 in 1880 census according to Wikipedia), dates range from 1880-1884 with the majority from December 1881. 2 3/4" x 4 1/2". wear on cover, the writing is in pencil and can be difficult to read
Autograph Album for Ella S. Knapp, Danbury Conn. 1878Connecticut1878-1884
Price: $40.00

Red cloth embossed Autograph album with signatures for the years 1878-1884. Inscribed "A Christmas Gift." Some pages contains a name and town while others have decorative writings as in  friendship album. Many pages have embossed die-cut Victorian scraps. Locations are primarily Danbury, CT but also list Marbledale (a village in Washington, CT), Middletown, Sherman, New Canaan, and New Milford, CT as well as Brooklyn  and Fergusonville New York. 4 3/4" x 7". wear on cover, some oxidation, scrap at beginning of book torn, missing page at beginning
19th Century Autograph Album belong to William from Westerly, RI. ..1880-1898
Price: $40.00

An autograph album from the later 19th century with a beautiful and unique cover. On cloth boards, the front and back strip is embossed with scrolls and floral designs. It is silver stamped with accents of red and black. The pages are gilded edged and the title page of the album has a wonderfully colored butterfly and fan in pink, purple, and green, along with the text 'Autographs'. The album belonged to a boy named William, often referred to Willie, and the autographs within the album date from 1880 to 1898. The majority of the pages of the album are filled with only autographs, date and location. Most of them are from Westerly, RI, though there is a few from Chicago, IL. The later portion of the album also has some poetry (including an acrostic poem) and a few illustrations. Some of the more interesting notes are quoted below: "Remember, I say when you look on these pages, That writing in albums is like working for wages." "Live so you will not be afraid to die." "Watch your thoughts and words and deeds; If you would reap a good harvest, sow good seeds. Little by little the coral insect builds up a reef; Little by little, in God's Book, we fill a leaf. In noble name and happy heart, may you excel; Eternally in the "New Jerusalem" may you dwell." "I am not old enough to write my name in your book, Uncle Willie, I get my Mother to." And on the last page of the album: "Last in your album, Last in your thought, Last to be remembered, First to be forgot." There are three illustrations in the album. One of the illustrations is a bird in flight carrying the name card of the artist. It was done in ink. Another is again the name card of the artist, but with a tree branch behind it, in ink. The last is one is painted in green, red and pink. It shows several small flowers in various stages of bloom. Measures 6 1/4" x 4". To view this album, please click on the following link: The covers show some minor edge wear due to rubbing, mainly on the corners and the back strip. The color of the embossing has also been worn off in some places. One of the interior pages has tape repair. Minor soiling due to age. Text block is semi detached from boards.
Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey. c 1874
Price: $45.00

Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Album belongs to 'Jennie', one signature indicates a location of  NJ, most pages are blank, end page lists the names "Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, Gertie" and also "Freddie" the poem under mentions "six sisters fair". 8 1/2" x 7" wear on cover, some foxing throughout
Collection of handwritten and typed recipes . ..
Price: $45.00

9 recipes and recipe books, most are hand written but there is one set of typed recipes on Herald Tribune Home Institute paper. Recipes include: Genuine Bay Rum, Cold Slaw Dressing, Preserved Strawberries, Orange Marmalade, Sour Milk Cake, Cake Pie with Fruit, Cookies, Current Wine, Confection of Senna (which is on the back of an 1855 advertisement for house repairs),  The typwritten collections is titled "Italian Recipes" "Vitamins in Italy"  by the Browns. It consists of 6 typed pages of Italian recipes such as Ravioli,Osso Bucco, Scaloppine Con Funghi, and Pollo Al Vino Bianco. Herald Tribune Home Institute published a cookbook ca. 1940's. . some recipes have staining and tears, all recipes are able to be read but some handwritings are difficult to decipher
Pearl Album, Autograph Album of Miss Ella M. Johnson, Northeast US (Key Port, NJ, Farmingdale, Point Pleasant, Middle Farms). Hayes & Zell Philadelphia 1857-1862
Price: $50.00

Brown gilt, blind stamped cover. Autograph album belonging to Miss E. (Ella) M. Johnson, colored pages, 3 plates, towns referenced are in northeast US and include Key Port, NJ, Farmingdale, Point Pleasant, and Middle Farms. Album well used, dedication by Johnson begins "May no indelicate thought find a place, or impure word these pages deface! May their fair virgin-purity symbolize, the thoughts of each mind as they may arise!" 7 1/2" x 6 1/4" wear on cover, spine damaged, water staining on beginning pages
Album of Gems, Friendship Album of Matilda S. Bidell, Coxsacki, New York. c 1851-1852
Price: $50.00

Red gilt, blind stamped cover. Albums belonged to Matilda S. Bidell, first entry after owner's dedication is message from her husband William, most entries from Coxsacki, NY. 8" x 6 1/2" binding loose, leather on spine has come off, some staining on front pages
Flower Tokens Friendship Album of Susan, New York and Philadelphia. c 1851-1872
Price: $50.00

Brown gilt cover. The album belongs to Susan, often referred to as Susie and once Sue, locations of signers include New York and Philadelphia, one entry begins "Fairer and purer I could not wish thee, Dearer and sweeter thou mayest not be". 7 1/2" x 6" worn spine and binding
1851 General Store Ledger of ?? H. Patterson & 1880 Cotton Book of Dillahunty & Sons, Henry County TN . 1851
Price: $50.00

The first 71 pages of this ledger are from a general store believed to be in Henry Country, TN for 1851.  The same book was later used by another individual as a cotton book in 1880.  The information in the "cotton book" section includes purchases from small growers and sales to larger companies  Also included is a Memphis Cotton Exchange Daily Market Report, January 15th, 1881 with a cover from W. G. Galbreath & Co, Cotton Factors to Dillahunty & Son, Henry Station. . The last half of the book is blank.  Measures  15 1/4" x 6 1/4".
Charming Handmade Christmas Letter Album with Family Photos and color Landscape photocards c1910s.
Price: $50.00

A 6" x 4 1/2" handmade album.  The covers are constructed of a deeply embossed card with floral border and a photograph of the writer at center. The first page is a printed Christmas greeting , perhaps from a Victorian gift book.  Contents includes snippets from and full size color photocards interspersed with manuscript pages and additional  pictures; one of the writer, a second of a young relative.  The correspondence is from Oswaldtwistl, Lancaster England.  The photocards are scenery from the area. The correspondence is newsy with word of family doings. Ribbon tie binding. Cover separated and repaired with new ribbon.
Handwritten Letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy Regarding Help with Clothing her Children. ..1952
Price: $50.00

A pencil written letter from Mrs. Frances Hall to Mrs. Heagy writing to seek her assistance in clothing her children. 1952. The note was delivered to Mrs. Heagy by Johnny Hall, her son who apparently worked for Mrs. Heagy. Written by a poorly educated woman in partial sentences first praising the recipient for being so nice to her son and then asking for old clothes she may have for children “I have got girles and boy all size”. She then discusses the need to work “to pay up my Bill it takes so much to clothes the children”. Envelope included. .
Scenery Autograph Album belonging to "Anna", BHS class of 1883Bridgeport, CT1882-1886
Price: $55.00

Blind stamp with silver embellishments, front cover titled "scenery album". A combination of scenic color and black and white plates interspersed with autographs.  Scenes from locations across the country.  One hand drawn sketch. Autographs mainly from Bridgeport, CT in 1883 with notes and quotes. One repeating quote in foreign language. May references to "BHS '83", handwritten notes state marriage and deaths of signers. 4 1/4" x 7". wear on cover, inside binding coming apart , pages all still intact
Bruxelles Friendship Album and Sketch Book, 1887-1916
Price: $55.00

Embossed color cloth cover,hand drawn original artwork cut and glued onto pages, some with  verses and signatures.A few pages say "to Flo", dates range from 1887-1916. Detailed and beautiful artwork; pencil sketches, pen and ink, watercolors, and paints, create a unique album. Verses included on some pages, credit to original authors. Some artwork is signed or initialed. Locations are not listed. 7 3/4" x 5". wear on cover, spine broken, some pages loose; one leaf separated from spine foxing and staining from rust  from stapled binding
Autograph Album, Maine and New Hampshire, 1887 and 1888. ..
Price: $55.00

Red cloth embossed velvet cover, three (3) line drawn sketches of birds, specific towns  listed are East Rochester, NH; West Sebano, ME; West Lebanon, ME; Lebanon, ME; Milton Mills, NH. Simple verse and messages with author's name, location, and date. 5" x 7 3/4" . velvet cover worn
Edward T. NelsonHerbarium and Plant DescriptionsAllyn and BaconBoston1888
Price: $60.00

42 completed pp, 5 blank pp. Green applied illustrated cover with leather spine and corners, preprinted description pages with samples of plants, hand filled out descriptions, shoe lace type ties on three sides. A collection of plant descriptions, each preprinted page has space for detailed scientific and common explanations of plants. The 42 completed page are hand written and dated April-June 1896 (with the bulk in May), the second page contains samples of the described plants. The back of each page has the initials M.F. and the cover is inscribed Marion E. Foster. Locations include Lanesville, Riverdale, West Glouceter (Massachusetts). 9 3/4" x 8"
Personal Account Book for Charles W. Bartlett, 1873-1877. ..
Price: $60.00

Applied marble over leather cover, stamped inscription, handwritten personal account entries. Book begins with an inventory of finances; money, stock, real estate, notes as of April 1, 1873. The rest of the book consists of debits and credits logs by month. The left hand pages have monetary totals with names of individuals, possibly tracking payments received. The right side has two columns of finances with lists of items. Items include "oysters at Masonic Levee", "1 pr Gloves", "French Lessons", "Wife", "Milk Bill". Each year begins with an inventory and list of stocks and real estate. Enclosed at back is a photograph of a house with family on front steps. Back of paper states "249 Jackson St. Lawrence" 8" x 5 1/2". cover worn, front end paper has chipping, inside front end paper detaching but book solidly in place.
Edith Beatty's "Aldine Autograph Album with Decorated Spaces and Lines for Sentiment and Name", Conshohocken, PA, 1880-1898. ..1878
Price: $60.00

Stamped cloth cover, decorative pages. The friendship album of Edith Beatty, most pages signed Conshohocken, PA. Two pages mention the Class of '95. Many simple pages with brief verse or reference to schoolmates. One longer dedication at the front and the back. Class of '95 chant included, "Wee! Wee! Wee!' Wow! Wow! Wow! Conshohocken High School Bow! Wow! Wow!" 8 1/4" x 7". end papers reinforced, appear to be previously detached.
Julia A Hall . Miss Julia A Halls Friendship Album from Connecticut, c1836. Meriden, CT. c1836
Price: $65.00

A friendship album of Julia A Halls. Most of the entries are from 1836 in Meridan, however there are a few from earlier in 1835, and some as late as 1848. Most are poems or verses that were composed by her friends, but a few a famous sayings. Such as: "Pleasures are few, and fewer we enjoy: Pleasure, like quicksilver, is bright and coy; We strive to grasp it with our utmost skill, Still it eludes us, and glitters still If seiz'd at last, compute you might gains; What is it, but rank poison in your veins?" Cover shows heavy wear, and the covers are fully detached and the book is disbound. There is some soiling and toning due to age. Measures 7 3/4" x 6 1/4".
Chauncey Buell's Book - Ludlow Massachusetts, 1834 -1841.
Price: $65.00

Includes wages paid to others including tasks performed from 1834-1841 followed by a receivables ledger.   Last entry death record of Chauncy, who died at age 60 (1853) , Anne who died at 91 years and Margaret who died at age 65. The Buell family of Ludlow was descended from William Buell (or Be well) of Chesterton, Huntingdonshire, England, who came to New England about 1630 and settled at Dorchester, Mass., but removed a few years later to indsor, Conn., where the family took a prominent part in the early history of the town.Chauncey Buell,' the first of the Ludlow Buells, was born March  1, 1793, at Somers, Conn., coming to Ludlow about 1820, where he died Sept. 12, 1853; married April 24, 1821, at Longmeadow, Anne Lathrop, born Dec. 24, 1794, at East Wiindsor, Conn., died Feb. 17, 1886.
"Your Favourite Walk" Photo and Memory Album created by Cissie, UK. 1909
Price: $65.00

Handmade, hand tied album with photographs and a handwritten letter from a niece, Cissie, to her uncle. Addressed 473 Carlton Place Oswaldtwistle, there is a photograph from Douglas Harbor  Isle of Man and the niece refers to her uncle getting settled in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" while referencing her travels in the UK Names mentioned include Peggy, a new niece Lizzie, brother Dick, and Aunt Maggie. 5" x 6 1/2" some staining from photograph and mounts
Two Weeks Without Pay; Being the Happenings from June 20 to August 13, 1923 - personal journal New York/New Jersey
Price: $65.00

unpaginated. Paper bound personal diary from June 20 to August 13, 1923, handwritten and made to look like a published book by drawning a title page.Preface from the 'editor' is presumably the author of the diary and begins "The second spoke continues and finishes the last days in jail (school)." July 7th mentions he bought 4 letters to put on his jersey (jeff)n however a letter on August 6th is addressed to "Clarence". The diary depicts the life of a teenager in 1923; getting a massage to remove skin blemishes, events at school, grades, work done on the car and the repairs, lots of swimming and flirting. Friends mentioned are Dietz, and Art, Bill,and Red Lovett, Higgsy (later listed as George Leroy Higgs, apprentice chemist), Rich Beck, and his pop. He wants to get a job at Price and Lee (publishing company) and talks of Kempson's (publishing company) where he currently works. Accounts of his days; working, friendships, cars, trips to Pennsylvania, Asbury Park, Dreamland Park, and Midland Beach. Gets his license plate for $9.20, the number is 293514. Other names mentioned Elizabeth, Bee (Beatrice), Carrie Frey, Captain Ratchford (park police), Jean Ahern,and an Edee who did not swim one day because she "had the monthlies". A wonderful look into the life of a teenager in 1923. Many details and emotions. Last page mentions that "due to the popularity if these books another volume will be published immediately". 6" x 3 1/2". pages intact, some writing messy but overall easy to read
Album of Remembrance of Mrs. Loretta Mitchell. Leavitt and Allen. New York (publisher location)1863-1886
Price: $65.00

Blind stamp cover with gilt embellishment titles "Album of Remembrance". Friendship album of Loretta Mitchell. First page writing by Loretta followed by a poem by her husband, Frederick. Plates interspersed in book. Notes and writing by friends and family of Loretta Mitchell. A few writing to "Mother" signed "Lottie" and "Lillie". Locations are primarily Chicago but also mention Niles, Michigan. Penciled in front of book is " L.W. Mitchell 493 Wells St Chicago Ill."  Engraved plates of women throughout. 8" 6 1/2". wear on cover,text block separated from backstrip
Rimmels Almanac - National Flowers. E. Rimmel.London & Paris .1876
Price: $65.00

16pp including 6 full page illustrations. The first and last 2 pages are the Daily Almanac for the year. The interior pages feature information on  Philadelphia Exhibition,  Perfume for Handkerchief, Toilet Waters, Complexion, Toilet Soap, Hair Products, For the Teeth and Sundrie.  The elaborate fanciful illustrations feature the flower women of Russia, France, England, Germany, Spain and Turkey,.  Measures 3 1/2" x 2 5/8". .
Autograph Album of Miss Lena Spray. .New York.1870 - 1901
Price: $65.00

A partially filled autograph album from the late 19th century, with the bulk of the autographs dating to the 1870s. Hidden among the autographs are a few gems. There is one expertly rendered water color depicting flowers. Additionally there is one embossed die cut Victorian scrap pasted to a page. Lastly there is s a pressed flower pinned to a page beside a poem. Leather embossed stamped covers with gilded lettering. The interior pages are gilt-edged, and the title page is a graphic design in gold and blue with the text 'Autographs'. Some of the autographs within the album are faint, as they were done in pencil. Most are in ink though. Measures 7 1/2" x 5". To view the album please click on the following link: Detached front cover, and semi detached back cover. Taper repair to binding. Partially missing and detached back strip. Covers show wear due to rubbing.
Diary and commonplace book of Steuben Jenkins, Wyoming, Pa. 1876. 1876
Price: $75.00

Fabric covered diary with preprinted statistical information such as calendars, almanacs, currency, and astronomy. Continues with personal accounts. January through September of 1876 has diary entries then at end a writing "Historical Memoirs Relating to the Housatunnuk Indians" by Rev. John Sergeant which references Susquahanna and Mohegan Indians is copied in. 3" x 6" diary is worn and has some staining
My Trip Abroad, travel log for the S.S. Minnekahda, 1929
Price: $75.00

100 plus pages, tri-fold journal. A very detailed travel log, possibly for a young lady. No name is given but the trip is incredibly documented. The book begins with a preprinted trip information booklet. This included travel information like longitude and latitude, mail times, currency, compass information, navigation, keeping time, how to play shuffleboard, and signals. It then becomes a personal travel log book. It begins with the log detailing date, course, position, run, and remarks. Beginning on July 4, 1929 and ending August 18, 1929, the S.S. Minnekahda of the Atlantic Transport was captained by John Jensen (his signature appears in teh book). A very detailed itinary  is documented starting on June 28 as the leave central wharf on the "Boston" to the Minnekahda which then travels to England. Rails are taken to Scotland, Paris, and around England. Other documents include, hotels stopped at , places visited,gifts received, letters/calls/cards/suppers, and an address book with addresses form a variety of locations. There are personal notes and a listing for who saw them off (father, mother, Herbert, and others). Names mentioned in the diary are May Kunkle, Ruth, Walton, Bixby. Very detailed descriptions of what she did, read, sights seen, and places attended. Color fold out World map at the end of book. 6 3/4" x 4 1/2". some wear on leather cover, pages intact but title page binding is split, still has pencil in holder, most pages fully filled
Autograph Album, with 12 prints of American Scenery, c1882. ..
Price: $75.00

An autograph album with twelve scenes, six color and six black and white, from all across North America.  The autographs are dated from 1882, with one from 1883. All locations listed are Boston. Many of the signers are family members identified as cousin, aunt, uncle. A few have even have drawn quaint pictures as well. The twelve scenes are placed throughout the album, each with a caption denoting its location. Some scenes depicted are "Buffalo Hunting on the Prairie", "Lake Michigan", "Mount Washington", "Montmorency Falls, Canada", and "Residence of Washington Irving on the Hudson". The album has a red cover stamped with gold and silver decoration, titled "Scenery Autograph Album".  The edges of the pages are gilded, and the pages themselves are a variety of hues including what appears to be white, yellow, pink and blue. 4 1/4" x 7". There is moderate edge wear on the cover, as well as some missing surface area. The cardboard covers are slightly bowed. There are a minimal amount of marks on the pages, but nothing that impacts the signatures. The scenes are in great condition with no marks. The color of most of the pages have faded faded to an off white, however the blue pages are still clearly visible.
Hand Crafted Wedding Shower Album for Louise Constructed Entirely of Wrap & Gifts Received . .Norwich VT.1943
Price: $75.00

An ingenious remembrance constructed completely from the gift wrap and tags received at a Miscellaneous Shower at Pearl Roger's, Norwich, Vermont, November 17, 1943 penned on the front cover.  The entire album (with the exception of the inside cover boards) are created of wrapping paper from individual gifts presented at the shower; each with the gift card affixed to the page. The center pages include the names of the attendees and a summary of the evening.   The last page has an applied birthday greeting. Interfoliata: Two snap-shots of a young girl with a basket and a paper umbrella, the back captioned advising this is the show basket that contained these gifts. Also includes a silhouette of a boy named Bruce. Ribbon tie binding. Charming.  Measures 6 1/2" x 5'. .
Autograph Album Miss Bertha, Late 19th Century . Aldine Authograph Album.Flushing NY.1885 - 1891
Price: $80.00

The Aldine Autograph Album with decorates spaces and lines for sentiment and name.  With maroon velvet covers this autograph album dates from 1885. It belonged to a young woman named Bertha who lived near Flushing, NY. The majority of the signers appear to have been classmates or family members. Along with their signatures, there are sometimes notes made by Bertha herself, either denoting the age of the individual, when they died or were married. There is also a list of students in the Class of 1892. The individuals who signed this album are mostly from Flushing or College Point, NY, but there are a few from various towns in Connecticut (Southington, Woodstock Valley and Hartford), Foxcroft, Maine, and even one from Oakland, California. Below are a few of the more interesting or humorous notes within the album: "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house."        - Proverb 21:9 from the bible, Written by 'Uncle William' "You ask me to write in your album, hardly know how to begin, For there is nothing original in me, except original sin." "Leave no tender word unsaid Love while love shall last– The mill cannot grind With the water that has past.”         - From a poem by Sarah Doudney, Written by Ada May Long And at the end of the album: "Way back here, way out of sight, I write my name just for shite." One last hidden gem in this album is a full page ink illustration depicting a ribbon among flowers. The piece is expertly rendered and even appears 3D. This item is an Aldine Autograph album, and among the pages are ten printed  'decorated spaces'. There are a total of four different illustrations: a bird carrying a flower (repeated 3 times), a lily floating in a pond (repeated 3 times), birds flying under a bridge (repeated twice), and a flower boarder (repeated twice). Measures 7" x 4 1/2" To view this album please click on the following link: Rubbing on covers, Interior pages are loose in the first folio, some detached. Text block is semi detached from boards.
Scrap book for Harriet (Hatty) Rowley by her friend Irene ca. 1904
Price: $85.00

Asian themed linen blue and white fabric on board cover  with applied image from photograph of path with floral decortion. printed paper picture glued to front, hand written note of creation  and penciled inscription. An album created by Irene H. for her friend Hatty Rowley. Contains cut outs from magazines of writings, poems, verses and pictures and cartoons. circa early 1900's. Hans written note at front explains the book is " a foolish little scrap book". 6 1/2" x 8 1/4". some wear, discoloration on pages, appears hand made, all papers solidly affixed to pages
Diary of Young Girl, Frankie Brown, Daytona Florida, 1919. ..
Price: $85.00

Black leather cover, preprinted generic pages, lined pages for each day of the year filled in by hand. Calendar journal with identification page identifies the book as belonging to Frankie Brown in Daytona Florida, some answers are tongue in cheek and give the feeling of a preteen or teenage writer. The next section has preprinted pages of calendars, value of foreign coins, rates of postage and stock, populations, weather, and holidays. The journal then begins on Wed. Jan, 1, 1919. Each page is filled in completely. It begins "you are a new diary and I wonder if you are nice. Your predecessor was. Your name is Elizabeth". Entries discuss friends, activities, crushes 6" x 3". heavy wear on cover, sections of text block detached
Recipes for the Bride
Price: $95.00

A handmade recipe book for a bride that also doubles as a guest book for the wedding. The cover features several cut out and pasted on pictures, and it is bound with a ribbon that forms a bow on the front. Each recipe is given a title to follow the wedding theme, such as "Wedding Jam" and "Lover's Delight", and they guest would fill in a recipe. There is come edge wear, as well as general toning due to age. One of the pages of the recipe book was never bound in with the rest, and is loose. The bow is slightly soiled, and has a few intact tears in it. Otherwise fine. Measures 8" x 7 1/2".
Vacation Notes - Pyrography Decorated Suede Cover Depicting the exterior of "The Northfield", Northfield MA, July 3 - 12, 1898.
Price: $100.00

A 7 3/4" x 5 1/4" suede cover with suede tie binding. The cover is pyrography decorated and depicts the exterior and grounds of the Northfield Chateau. The journey begins with the traveler leaving Springfield MA at 3:30 pm on July 3, 1898. Based on the content of the 20 pencil written pages it appears that the gentleman was attending a religious retreat with numerous lectures. The writer describes content of the lectures and his interpretations. The retreat was apparently also attended by his son. The writing concludes with "Enjoyed being with my boy up here and it was sure good food for thought that has found a resting place in my heart". First and last page heavily toned from acid leaching from the leather. (
In search of a job - Letters of Recommendation & Certificates for Josephine Smith, West Gardner ME 1864. . ..
Price: $100.00

A letter of reference, a certificate and her high school report card were the tools used by Miss Josephine Smith in 1864 to attempt to secure a job as a school teacher.   Apparently they worked as this grouping also includes two letters from the Superintendent of  Schools attesting she is qualified to teach for the 1866 and 1867 terms. .
“The Wreath of Wild Flowers”. Editresses Miss Laura Scott, Miss Laura Stillman, Miss August Hyde and Miss Jennie Reandall. Students at Cortland Academy, Cortland NY c 1870s. ..
Price: $100.00

30 pp. manuscript verses edited by four young ladies, perhaps a senior project.   They appear to have been written by others.   Titles include  Where is Solitude,  The Schoolgirls Lamentation, Thoughts on Leaving School, Soliloquy of a Young Housekeeper,  Glory and Shame of American,  The Erring One and more.  Measures 8” x 10”.   . some toning
Amended 1867 The (old) Farmer's Almanack to include Ledger Pages and Records of Payment to Household Staff, A. D. Webber, Esq. Wellesley, MA. Brewer & Tileston.Boston.1867
Price: $100.00

A 7 1/2" x 4 3/4" almanack that has been amended with the addition of marbled paper cover and the insertion of a blank lined papers before each month. Given the entries, this book was being used to record payments to household staff. Completed monthly including the name of the individual and the amount. One entry of note "Settled with James by paying him $55.00 and he left -- A well meaning man but stuipd and no driver".    Also includes additional pages of expenses from 1866..
Pencil Sketches by Sophia Long Deani. c1860s
Price: $110.00

A 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" sketchbook with marbled paper wraps. Naive drawings including love birds in a basket, a church yard, a basket of fruit with a bird(in the style of a theorem), an ancient castle, a fortress on a river and more.
Friendship Album of Marie Campbell, Sentiments and Drawings; coded phrases, hidden letters, etc.. ..1907-1912
Price: $110.00

A friendship album of Marie Campbell consisting of mostly originally poems, a few illustrations, and coded phrases, the majority of which are signed and dated. The album starts in 1907 when Marie departed St. Francis Xavier School and the first half of the album are full of notes from her classmates. The rest of the album's notes occur over the next few years with the last one in 1912. The majority of the poems deal with the themes friendship, love, and well wishes. Some of the more unique or humorous verses are noted below: "When you are old and drinking tea, put down your cup and think of me." "To Dirty Mary, While you live, Why live in clovers, 'Cause when you're dead, You're dead all over." "May your joys be as great as the ocean, and your sorrow as light as its foam." "A little mouse ran up the stairs To see if Marie said her prayers And if she did not say them right The little mouse was sure to bite." "Lines to Marie. __  ___ ____ ___ __ ___ __ _______ __ From your brother Jack!" There are two coded phrases in the album. The first uses anamorphic writing, it says "Marie Campbell, Helena Sheehan, 1907". Presumably, the name of the owner of the album (as all of the other notes are address to a Marie) and the name of the person who left the note. The second coded message is in the 'Continental Code' otherwise known as Morse Code. The poems starts: " A dainty face, A slender form..." There are a total of five illustrations, either in pencil or pen. The skill level does vary between them, and most are portraits of women. However one, done in 1912 is of an airplane. The album has leather covers, with the gilded text 'Autographs'. Measures 5 3/4" x 3 1/2" To view this album, please click on the following link: The covers are damaged. Both sides show heavily edge wear and the front cover has an 1 1/2" tear down the middle. The back strip is missing. Binding is mostly intact, but the first folio is loose and a few pages have detached.
Record of School Distric No. 1, Hubbardston, MA. ..1853-1882
Price: $120.00

A detailed accounting of the school record for District No. 1, Hubbardston, MA including elections of moderators and officers, votes to build a new school and sell the old one, dates for summer and winter school seasons,  and much more.  Additionally they determined the length of the school terms, the acquisition of cord wood, raising money to repair the school and decision on permitting Religious meeting in the school house.   In 1879  a committee of two was appointed  to see what can be done with or about Schollars (sic) coming into the District from Barre.   Concludes in 1882.  Measures 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". .
1909 Autograph and Friendship Album for S. B. Rubbell, Eastman College, 1909.
Price: $125.00

Signatures and sentiments embellished with flourishes of colored ink on many of the pages. There is also a Stamps page where postage stamp photographs of the students were placed. Autographs from individuals throughout New England and New York, Chicago, Ill, Lima Peru, Tokio Japan, Pittsburgh PA, Grosbeck Texas, Newberry S.C. Additional postage stamp photographs throughout. Given the uniform style and character of the colored ink and watercolor embellishments, it appears they were executed by the same person, perhaps the owner. Some cover deterioration.
Inventory Book for Builder, 1903-1906 . ..
Price: $125.00

paper cover with cloth tape binding, handwritten pages of builder's inventory lists. A detailed listing of building supplies from 1903-1906. An unknown builder documented the inventory for his business. The first page starts with "fire pails, painted 453", "railing for automatic fire door  397 1/2' " the list continues throughout the book and contains sprinkling heads and  water closets then goes on to specific areas of the building; basement, machine shop, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors. Other entries are for coal along with "Fogarty's time record". Later in the book is a listing of names and locations many of which are crossed out, these have dates from the 1860's on them but appear to be in a similar hand. 6" x 4 1/2". worn, tear in cover
Partnership agreement for Giffin, Denniston & Co. makers of Watch Case and the dealing in Watches, New York City, 1850 . ..
Price: $125.00

A  4 page manuscript partnership agreement document describing the terms and conditions of the three person partnership including the purchase of the business of Thomas Bond, the shop and tools.  They are Stephen Clarke, Nelson Andrews and John H. Giffin. Signed and sealed on reverse. Measures 10" x 7 3/4". .
An Array of Notes of a Mother's trip by train Across America, c1884. ..c1884
Price: $125.00

An array of snippets and pages detailing a trip a young family took by train in 1884. A mother, family, and their two young children started in Boston and headed west. They stopped in Niagara Falls, Erie Canal, Denver, Salt Lake, Price Canyon, Black Canyon, Chicago, and Washington DC.  The journal is written on a variety of papers, two (2) folded sheets, four (4) loose papers, three (3) scrap papers, and one (1) top half of a hotel letter head. . While some of the pages appear to be a journal of some sort, other were obviously notes, just written down, such as "Washington Monument 555 ft high".  Measures (Largest) 8" x 5".. Minor soiling and toning due to age. Otherwise fine.
Salemen's Sample Book - International Selection of Silk Fabric Labels for Clothing. ..
Price: $125.00

22 page sample book with 5-10 different woven silk examples of silk and cotton fabric labels for garments.  Printed in a variety of styles, shapes, languages, etc.  Some with illustrations.  Others designed to be written on. A city in the Netherlands is penned on the inside cover. The labels are printed in Greek, Portugeuse, Spanish, French and English.  Labels from countries throughout Eurasia. Measures 7 1/2" x 10 1/2"..
School Record for the 6th School District in Woodbury, CT . ..1841-1896
Price: $135.00

A manuscript journal recording all of the official actions of the school district beginning with the appointment of George N. Judson as moderator of the School Committee for 1841.  The record includes information on the appointment of committee members through the years and all activities related to the school building.  A primary focus is the acquisition of cords of wood; it begins by noting who it was purchased from and the price.  Bethlehem CT was added to the district in 1853.  In 1859 the committee added a committee member responsible for measuring the cord wood for accuracy. Also includes information on dates for summer seasons, hiring of teachers and taxes to support them, acquiring a new stove, voting for repairs and more.  In 1881 voted to lay a new ash floor with pine walls and overhead. At that time an audit report was also released by the committee (not included). A request for taxs to pay for school house running lines. Last record 1896.  Measures 8" x 6 1/2". A good resource for community leaders, cost and type of wood in the Woodbury CT area, .
The Standard Diary no. 532 of anonymous writer in Massachusetts. The Standard Diary Co 1912
Price: $150.00

Brown fabric cover of printed journal, lined paper, beginning has standard information such calendar, holidays, populations, weights and measures, presidents, and a variety of tables. The journal is very detailed. Each day of 1912 is filled in with weather, organ lessons given, callers, information about chickens, and daily life. The end contains addresses, accounts,days she played organ and amount received, births, deaths,  detailed listings of chickens and laying habits, poultry eaten and sold.  Last page is a list of names of pullets in 1911-1912. 5" x 3"
1844 Friendship Album or Piece Book with Wallpaper Cover belonging to Philena Kendall, Wilmington, DE.
Price: $150.00

Hand constructed book with various pastel paper sheets and wallpaper covers. The paper sheets were most likely hand cut as they are slightly different sizes. Only four (4) penned sentiments and well wishes from friends and family. One page with calligraphic border design. Measures 6" x 8".
Newspaper Cover Handmade Commonplace Book, June 4, 1809.
Price: $150.00

8 pages of laid paper stitched in place between a portion of a newspaper page from 1809.  Includes Bible verses and quotes, bills sent to Bridgeport Bank, Mohawk Bank and several to  Manhattan Bank.  This is followed by additional devotionals and banking notes.  Articles on the covers include petitions of the New York state assembly, buildings to be sold or leased,  want ads and advertising and a partial editorial on a letter written by John Adams.  Measures 7" x 4 3/4".
Alice Woodforde Calligraphy Book in multiple German scripts including Gothic, French, English and more..
Price: $150.00

A 9" x 7 5/8" specimen book or examination for Alice Woodforde.  Includes a title page with her  name. A page and a double page with various German script alphabets including (old) Gothic.  Another page "The Evening Prayer" in French" and a poem "Flowers" by Longfellow in English with pencil drawn flowers at the top of the page.
An Account Book of Benjamin Clark, Exeter, MA 1824-1130; Provisions Merchant - all types
Price: $150.00

A 7 3/4" x 6"  approximately 50 page ledger or day book with marbled paper cover.  A day book or account book with additional informational entries on local events. Entries begin with the driving of various named cows, followed by Benjamin Clarks tax bills for 1824.  Mr. Clark is merchant of all things... Ledger entries begin with a credit for 30 pounds of old iron left with me when I bound his wheels.  Followed by information on cheese and potato sales and other food products including 'veel'.  Includes ales of timber,  pork and lamb, calf skin, buttons, ribbon, etc.  Also includes periodic weather reports Oct 12, 1828 "this morning there is a whitefrost this is the first frost that I have ssen this fall".  Additionally he would credit debtors for  "a day's work".  One page is an Account of What I have received this year 1830", listing the butter and cheese he received by date including dates and amounts and costs for the entire year; with a second page dedicated to corn and potatoes and livestock. Additional yearly accounts for 1828 and 1829.  An upside down entry on the inside back cover reads "Monday, Dec. 28, 1829 uncommonly warm.. Moderate wear; one leaf detached but present.
Friendship Album, New York 1893-1904. ..
Price: $150.00

A quaint friendship album with a unique cover: a wooden front cov erand a red velvet back cover. The album contains signatures mostly from Catskill, New York in 1893, with others from Eminence, NY. The center pages are signed H.H.S. 1904, which most liklely stands for Hobart High School. The first page is signed Miss Cora Huyck and three pages toward the end of album are addressed to "Cora". While most of the pages are simply signed with a date and location noted, several have verses or short notes on them. Two pages are of note, as they contain whimsical color drawings. One depicts a sailboat on a lake, and the other a calligraphy bird surrounded by flora. Color flourishes. 4 1/2" x 6 1/4". The velvet back cover shows slight wear, particular along the edge, otherwise in great condition.
Friendship Album of Louisa Stott, North Billerica, Mass. 1878-1883. ..
Price: $150.00

This friendship album has a leather cover with gilded letter and design accents on top cover and spine,and a stamped edged border. The majority of the gilded edge pages are filled with signatures and verses. Additionally there is a whimsical calligraphy color line drawing, done in pen, of a bird surrounded by flora. The verses and quotes are uplifting, such as: "The world is what we make, and if we improve ourselves, we improve the world." The entries are mainly from towns in Massachusetts such as Lowell, Chelmsford, North Billerica, Stoneham, and Lawrence. Other locations include New Hampshire, Maine, one from England, and two from Aberdeen Dakota (before it became North and South). A grouping signed "Com. College". The bulk of the signatures are from 1878. . There is slight rubbing on cover edges. The leather is discolored slighting, and the cover is slightly bowed. There a stain on the interior covers from the glue as it deteriorated. Otherwise in great condition.
Watercolor and Pen and Ink Unused Guest Book. ..c1915
Price: $150.00

A 9 1/4" x 6 3/4" blank book that has been hand decorated in watercolor floral vignettes and pen and ink text.  A calligraphy "Guest Book  - RW" adorns the cover accompanied by a large satin bow. The first page begins iwth a verse by Henry van Dyke, "the lintel low enough to shut out pomp and pride..." Subsequent pages all have titles for Names of Guest and Date of visit and either an adage or floral watercolor.  The last page concludes with a watercolor clover and the R.L. Stevenson verse from a Child's Garden of Verses beginning with "Go little book, and wish to all..." 13 pages.  Alas, unused.  Cover wear..
Friendship Album of Minnie Brutsche filled with Poems, Victorian Cutworks, and Flower Transfers. .New York.1884 - 1904
Price: $150.00

A friendship album from the late 1880s belonging to Minnie Brutsche, a child of German immigrants. The album was given to Minnie by her aunt, Lena Brutsche. The album is full of notes, poems, and quotes from her friends and family. Approximately half the album is in German, including notes from her mother, father, and husband. There are several original acrostic poems that spell out Minnie's name throughout the album, one of which is in German. One note that at first glance appears to have been written by a child, was actually written by an 86 year old woman (she notes her age below her signature). There is even a pressed flower tucked in-between two of the pages. There are variety of illustrations in the album. There are two sketches done in pencil - one of a bunch of flowers, and the other of a sailing boat. Additionally there are three ink drawings of a dog, swan and an owl done by the same person. What is one of the more remarkable pieces of artwork in the album is a watercolor done by Minnie's brother-in--law, which features a theorem style floral design inside a decorative boarder with a quote. There are about 10 embossed Victorian cutwork scraps (many with wear), mainly floral designs. What is the real treasury in the album though are the floral transfers that can be found throughout. They range in size from about an 1 1/2" tall to 5", and there is just shy of a dozen of them scattered throughout the album.   Lastly, there are often short notes from Minnie herself. There are some notes regarding the relationship of the individual to herself, or their career (there are two notes with the phrase 'in candy business' added to them). Additionally Minnie sometimes traces a faded date or phrase. On the two notes written to Minnie by her brother-in-laws, she notes when they died and the age they were at the time of death. The covers are a tan crushed velvet, in a design meant to resemble an animal hide. The interior pages are gild-edged. Measures 8 1/4" x 5 14" To view the album, please click on the following link: The covers show some minor wear caused by rubbing, this is evident on the corners and the back strip. The binding is cracked in places and the pages are loose. There are also a few loose pages, but these appeared to have been cut out at one point and then inserted back into the album.
Family Album Containing 32 Illustrated color Belgium telegrams for 2 Weddings 1940s-1950s.
Price: $175.00

The brightly colored telegrams are congratulations on the marriages of Jean Pier Stockhelm to Laura Jane spooner of Memphis and a second wedding, that of Nicole Fraipont to Michael Stockhelm. Also includes wedding pictures, children's pictures from the 1940s and 1950s.  Housed in somewhat worn leather album.  Measures 10" x 8".
Letters of Mary Adeline in Holliston to Lovina Emerson, 1848-1849. ..1848-1849
Price: $180.00

Two letters from Mary in Holliston, MA to her friend, Lovina Emerson, in Southboro [sic], MA. The letters detail the life of Mary and her close relationship with Lovina. The letters are almost two years apart and show the changing lifestyles between the two. Mary is teaching while Lovina is starting a family. They have mutual friends that are discussed along with the happenings in their hometown. Feb. 29, 1848; Holliston; addressed Southboro, Mass - A letter, from Mary, to update her friend. Mary has not written and cannot believe how much time has gone by since she came from Southboro. She asks about Lovina’s mother’s health and the school that Mr. Alden is teaching in. She discusses her students and how some are almost twenty years old and some not quite four years old. The total number of students is 62, twenty-five of them under the age of eight. Mary mentions the dramatic change in Holliston and how it is not easy to recognize, “the Railroad, the Depots & several new buildings nearby, make the place look quite differently from what it used to.” She wishes the “people were only growing better” and explains “the evil one” is hard at work and has succeeded in setting up a “dancing school.” Mary comments that her cousin Charles envies Mr. Emerson’s “happiness in getting such a wife.” She talks of Miss Lydia Walker and how her gentleman “did not wait upon her home once” and questions if she will avail of the 1848 Leap Year (presumably referring to the folk lore that women can propose to men on leap day). Their friend Almira passed away and Mary is concerned that so many of their friends have passed, their turn will come soon. She asks to be remembered to Lovina’s mother, husband, and daughter. A short note on back mentions running into mutual friends and another begs her to please destroy this letter and the next one. Dec. 10, 1849; Holliston; embossed cover addressed to Ireland Depot, Springfield, Mass  - This letter, almost two years later, explains the changes in Lovina’s life. It opens with the happiness at Lovina’s reception. Lovina is excused for not writing “under present circumstances” and Mary then mentions how Lovina requests a boy’s name for her new son. Mary suggests George and Charles as her favorites but teases that Mr. Emerson would prefer names like “Cassivelaunus [sic], Huniades, or Orophernes.” Mary discusses mutual friends and how she is considering “going to the far west, to train the young ideas that shoot a little this side of sundown.” She then laments of the problems of teaching; some of the students are only three and they are “so restless and noisy that I hardly know how to endure” and “the thought of the amount of responsibility that rests upon the teacher is almost overwhelming.” She goes on to discuss how a parent’s responsibility is so much more and wishes Lovina good thoughts on raising her son. Mary states that Lovina must be “looking forward to the time when if his life is spared he will be an actor in the busy scenes of life” and “may strength from above be given you for the fulfillment of your arduous though pleasant task.” She is shocked by the news of Dr. Parkman’s murder and the implication of Proff. W. (referring to the Parkman-Webster murder case-John Webster was indicted for the murder of George Parkman in January 1850  after Parkman disappeared in November 1849 and remains were found under Webster’s furnace). Looks to be remembered to her teacher, Mrs. F, and Mary (possibly Lovina’s daughter). Names briefly mentioned in the letters-Elizabeth Chamberlain, Lydia Walker, Moses and Adeline Rockwood, Almira Woodward, Maria Whitney, Miss Newton, Mr. Buller, John Batchelder. .
"An Address from an Instructor to his Scholars, March 27, 1811. Significant wear; some staining.
Price: $200.00

8vo. Bede Days Writing Book, Jan 4, 1813 penned on the inside cover and Sarah M. Days,  April 11, 1817 on the first page.  The 33 page hand penned essay as titled above, begins "Dearly Beloved Pupils" It touches on all aspects of life living and how to conduct oneself for a moral existence.  A passage on page 25 reads" My youn friends, you live in a transient, changing dying world, No dependance can be placed on any, any thing; ...the serenest sky may be suddenly overcast with a tempest, and the most prosperous condition is suddenly exchanged for the most adverse...  It concludes with "Farewell....A Valedictory Address..  Significant wear; some staining.
Scrap Album for Selina Lawrence, 1873-1875, possibly England. ..
Price: $200.00

Stamped leather cover with decorative edges and "Scrap Album" on cover. Front end paper has an ex-libris Prize award for Miss S. Lawrence for Improvement in Drawing dated July 25, 1873. The first page has  the name Selina and 1873 created with drawn flowers.  The next is an acrostic poem by Charles Steele or Sheele. The rest of the book contains drawings and sketches by various people. All are dated 1873 or 1875 except one unfinished sketch dated 1897. There is one photograph of a house by a hill. Most pages are unused. An envelope addressed to Miss Selina Leonard Clifton Bristol is tucked in the back. It contains a photograph of a young man dated October 1873 . The postmark is stamped Sheffield. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2". cover wear, back strip detaching, foxing
Union Civil War Pocket Diary, 1861. L & E Edwards.New York.1861
Price: $200.00

A small leather bound daily pocket diary from 1861. The journal is mostly used for daily notations on the weather and a short list of the work done that day or who visited who. As the Civil War starts, there are annotations of the different important events and battles of 1861. It starts with President Lincoln's inauguration, the Battle of Fort Sumter, the Declaration of War, and the Battle of Bull Run. As well as smaller events, like military soldiers dining in the city, and then departing for Milwaukee and other war related notes amongst the daily writings.  Written in short declarative form.  Annotations periodically throughout the year.  The first few pages of the journal are filled with useful charts and lists. The pocket diary ends with a few pages for Bills Payable, a small pocket for scraps of paper and a loop to hold a pencil. Measures 4 3/4" x 3". Edge wear, particularly on back strip. The front closure strap is detached on one end. Minor toning and soiling on interior pages due to age. Last few pages of the journal are loose and semidetached.
Personal Writings and Sketch Book of Adelaide Beebe, Lowell School of Design, M.I.T. 1890s.
Price: $225.00

A book titled Design that begins with a few sketches of elements of design.  This is followed by some factual writings on specialty fabric and design houses in the northeast, followed by numerous poetry verses and quotes from notable authors and poet.  The book concludes with ten (10) fine samples of pen and ink and watercolor design samples most likely for silk fabric.  Blind stamp Lowell School of Design, Mass. Institute of Technology.  Adelaide Beebe graduated from the Lowell School of Design in 1897.    Several blank pages, a few pages appear to have been removed.
Miscellaneous Extracts, During the year 1837. ..
Price: $225.00

A hand constructed booklet measuring 6" x 3 3/4" with an array of factual data from the year 1837 embellished with historical events from as early as the 15th century.  A few facts of interest: -The death of King William the 4th took place in June, and the ascension to the throne of the Princess Victoria at the age of 18. -A table annotating the churches of Boston including the year of origination and the pastor  including Orthodox Congregations, Baptist and Episcopal Churches accompanied by information at the base for smaller churches. -Highest salary paid to a governor of a state was $4,000 to NY and PA; the lowest $400 to RI -Imports and Exports in gross dollars for 1825, 1830, 1835 -Salary of the President is $25,000 and Vice President is $5,000--etc. through cabinet and justices -97 captains in the Navy in 183.8 Includes 13 pages of "extracts" the remainder is blank.  Also includes additional smaller booklet with five like pages..
Autograph Album from 1866, Eastern United States. ..
Price: $225.00

Stamped leather cover, elegant calligraphy throughout along with elaborate calligraphy birds and scroll. It appears that most signatures are from 1866 and include the first two initials and last name of the signer. Locations include, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and New Jersey with the bulk in New York. About a third of the way in the book, a note from Henry Blanchard Hendershott about his parents who married in 1868. 4" x 6 3/4". cover worn, toning
A Remembrance Book including wrapping paper and ribbons from every gift received by a child 1943. ..
Price: $250.00

A large format scrap album beginning with the birth certificte for Lyle Edward Baumgartner, born at Paradise Valley Sanitarium and Hospital ,April 1, 1944. The first page is titled Christmas 1943 (before he was born).  The mother of this child saved and mounted the gift tags, ribbons and a sample of the wrapping paper for each gift the child received captioned with item and the giver. This is followed by the Shower Feb 1944 with the previously described materials a narrative on the events of the show including an actual game that was played, a photo of all of the gifts and the addition of any greeting cards or other notes received.  The birth of the child includes more gifts plus a brochure for the mother's hospital "reservation" and possible charges, the nursery idetnification card, birth notices etc. It includes war rations used to purchase his food and first letters received in the mail.  This almost 3" thick book concludes after his second Christmas. Album measures 13 3/4" c 11 1/2".. Edge chips on scrapbook pages.
An original Get Well Story and Whimsical Drawings to a hospitalized child by Sidney Ernestine Warfel. .Chicago.1946
Price: $250.00

A two page typed story to Virginia Whitley at St. Joseph's Hospital , Joliet IL. 1946. The story begins with I do not know you and you don't know me, but what difference does that make? She had heard she was ill and needed something to bright her days, so Sidney wrote a nonsense story  with the characters Ellalulu, Lally Dee, the Dog --Beauty Belle, Ellalulu's cat- Sput and the moneky.  Accompanied by sitck figure drawings each measures 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".  With original envelope. Charming. .
Musings, Verse and Sentiment by an Unidentified Gentlemen Embellished with Whimsical Illustration Snippets. 1825. ..
Price: $275.00

A  book of musings by an unidentified gentleman with the first entry on September 27th, 1825. Entries include To the Flower called Forget me not!, A recipe for Courtship, the tea of Sympathy, The Rose of the Valley, On Leaving a Place of Residence, A Fragment, Lines written beneath a Picture, The Choice - Supposed to be written by a young lady and much more. Many of the pages are embellish with relevant often whimsical or satirical cut-out illustrations.  Also includes numerous short thought entries.  An English gentleman.  Unnumbered pages. Measures 9" x 7 1/2"x 3/4" . Front cover detached but present. Back strip lacking. Few pages detached Moderate to heavy wear.
Series of Family letters from Rebecca (Morton) and Gideon Carpenter of Vermont to Phebe (Morton) and Peter Vaughan of Middleborough, Massachusetts, 1827-1848 . ..
Price: $275.00

A collection of ten (10) letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. Letters are on 12 ½” x 8” single fold papers and folded to create stampless covers, six covers have stamped postmarks. Letters are predominantly from the 1820’s. · Earlier letters are addressed to Peter but are to ‘sister.’ They discuss family and friends, health issues, money, and children. · Peter and Gideon discuss business; Peter sends a horse for Gideon to sell. · An undated letter to Peter reveals Gideon is paying a man to search for Morton family land in England as he hears that the family overseas has come into a land fall. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. · Rebecca discusses daily life, spinning, washing, not wanting to cut her young son’s hair. She mentions a feeble child and one who was recently buried after ten weeks with “dropsy in the head.” · Rebecca’s health is not well and their mother comes to live with her. · Rebecca shows deep concern that Gideon is not a farmer but that he is unable to make a profit at his trade. · She wonders if he might be able to work his trade if they are able to move “down there” to the New Bedford and Taunton areas. She requests Peter to send any information possible. · She expresses happiness that Phebe has received the “Pearl of great price” probably referring to Matthew 13:45-46, King James Version and hopes she will not stop until she achieves “perfect love.” Joseph Smith who later began the Church for Latter Day Saints, grew up in nearby Sharon, VT. · Later letters mention their mother losing her faculties, Rebecca’s son Charles buying a house and her moving in. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. The last letter shows Rebecca’s severe ill health and her inability to work, the boys helping and her daughter Jane helps as much as possible. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding. · Phebe Oliver Morton Vaughan, 1795-1869 ( · Peter Vaughan, 1791-1874 ( ) Children: Cyrus, Eveline, Peter, Phebe, Hepsibah, Mary · Rebecca Morton Carpenter, 1799-? · Gideon Carpenter, 1790-? ( Children: William, Charles, Albert, Edwin, Jane . wear from age
Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Autograph and Drawing Album, c1915-1918 (W.A.A.C.). ..
Price: $275.00

A astonishing friendship album filled with quotes, verses, and drawings belonging to Amelia Isabel Mackenzie, a member of the W.A.A.C. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (1917–1918), which later became known as Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (1918–1920) was the women's unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War. It was formally instituted on 7 July, 1917 and between January 1917 and November 1918.  over 57,000 women served in the unit. The corps was disbanded in September 1921 and unfortunately most of the service records of the corps were destroyed during a German air raid in September 1940.   The front cover of the album is stamped with the flags of Russia, France, Britain, and Belgium. Entries consist of drawings and sketches as well as verses. The first page is a hand drawn British flag and the inscription "12th Dec 1917, Q.M.A.A.C. April 1918". An example of a verse is: "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" Among the verses are several drawings. For example a wonderful water color of a sunset in Gourock, Scotland,  and a whimsical drawing of a kitten playing with a glove. One page has a unique listing of names written from a central point and a sprig of flowers pressed in. Dates of the signatures range 1915-1918. 5 1/2" x 7". Covers show heavy wear, and are partially detached. Pages are still bound, but are  coming loose. The pages themselves are slightly soiled, but otherwise fine.
Sketch Book, fine illustrations in watercolor and ink,c1887-1909. ..
Price: $275.00

An album with 10 pieces of original artwork that is fine. A few illustrations appear to be draft illustrations for company advertising; one is for a Kentucky Rye. Another illustration is a stack of postcards and flowers perfectly shaded as to appear 3D. Media includes pen and ink, watercolors, paint. There are a total of ten illustrations. Cover stamped with gold and silver decorations, and the paper is a variety of soft blue, green, and off whites. 8 1/4" x 6 3/4" . Front cover and first folio detached. A few small stain marks on the blank pages, but nothing that interferes with any of the illustrations.
Rebecca Hileman. The 'School Friendship Book' of Rebecca Hileman in High School in Loda. Illinois, 1920-1923. The Reilly & Lee Co.Chicago.1919-1923
Price: $300.00

The very well documented high school years of Rebecca Hileman from Loda, Illinois are captured as Rebecca filled scores of pages with over 100 photographs of friends and family, name cards, souvenirs of school events, news clippings, letters and more. Includes some memorabilia such as a dance program, graduation invites, a piece of Wrigley gum and its wrapper, a typist certificate and lots postcards. In one section Rebecca lists all the faculty and the subjects they taught, as well as creating her own mini yearbook by grouping headshots together by class, All in all this scrapbook is a  fascinating picture of a young girl's school life in the early 1920s. The scrapbook itself was published by The Reilly & Lee Co, and was designed and illustrated by Clara Powers Wilson. 9" x 6 1/2". Covers are soiled and slightly bend due to the overabundance of the interior contents. Back strip is partially detached due to 'overstuffed' contnet. Binding is loose and mostly detached. Interior pages are toned and soiled due to age, some pages have minor tears. A few of the photographs have become lose and gone missing over the years. There is a stain caused by the Wrigley gum. Additionally some ephemera was never glued down, simply tucked into the book.
Commonplace Book of George W. Rich, Portland ME 1861 includes Gem photos and autographs of Friends. 1861.
Price: $325.00

Includes original and copied verses, Gems of life fill the geometric designs of the author e.g. An eight point floral type design with thoughts on Faith, Hope, Charity, Trials, Duress and A Contented Mind.  Statements on how to live one's life among other verses and finally, gem size photos autographed and dated by  presumed friends and colleagues.  Last but not least a cut-out photo of a dog with "I am Andrew J. Reich's dog! Whose dog are you?" penned below.  Housed in 8" x 6 1/2" album with applied marbled paper on cover.
A collection of five (5) immediate post WWII typewritten letters embellished with watercolor illustrations superimposed on the letter sheets and/or applied at the top of the page. . .California.1945
Price: $325.00

The content is politically oriented and tongue-in-cheek.  The letters were addressed to Miss Eleanor Langlois of Guernewood Park, CA from J. E.  Langlois and Oscar Smith, both of San Francisco.   J.E. is Eleanor’s father.   The letters are dated August 13-20, 1945. August 14, is labeled V-J Day when Japan surrendered after WWII. The letters mention riots in San Francisco, food rationing, and  refers to their dog Geep. The letter writer mentions his tiring of meat loaf and his excitement to get eggs and lists the many ways he would like to cook them. He questions of they have gotten sugar yet. He is on edge and mentions how he jumps when ever he hears a noise. He has a sarcastic air and references times significant to the time such as Aunt Jemima's pancake mix and Seely mattresses. .
1818 Hand penned and illustrated booklet - Um 24ten Weinmonat -24 Wine Month (October).
Price: $350.00

Hand constructed booklet with wall paper covers. Pen and ink line drawings and text. Calligraphy script.  German language. Whimsical imagery. Perhaps a birthday book.  Laid paper.  (
9 Letters Between Sisters and Cousins, Wheelers and Spragues, Massachusetts 1819-1852
Price: $350.00

A series of nine letters from 1819-1852 from a Massachusetts family.   In summary discussions include wanting to become a teacher to teach her siblings, a healing water in short supply to “cure” a little boys eye disease, the price of wheat, concerns about scarlet fever, the cost of a home ($400), a “hard cough” that may take a relative and the passing of a family member. The correspondence are both between cousins or siblings discussing their everyday lives. The majority of the correspondence is a set of letters from Celia Harris to her sister Polly Wheeler, from the 1840s to the early 1850s. It would appear that for whatever reason there was some estrangement between Celia and the rest of her family, as they barely exchanged more than one letter a year despite repeated requests for more frequent correspondence or a visit.  Some points of note include: · One of the sisters is taking classes along with the hope that she soon will be qualified to teach her sisters as well. · A note about obtaining a small amount of curing waters that washed out a lot of the matter from a child’s eyes,  and without the water the child may lose his eyesight. · The amount and price of wheat · The bountiful harvest and price of fruit · A warm winter lead to “weak sleighing” · Purchasing a house that is warm for $400 · The death of a relative leaving a widower with 5 children Additional information available. .
Letters of John H. Wells to Miss Julia Tracy, 1828-1829. ..
Price: $375.00

A collection of 5 letters from John H. Wells to his fiancé Julia Tracy.  Letters are very neutral, only implying affection when signing off. They depict the planning for marriage, preparing a house, what arrangements to meet again, and generic descriptions of what is occurring during his life.  Wells does mention interesting topics such as the Anti-Masonry movement, items needed to set up house, wedding planning, religious sentiment, and contain a sketch of a house floor plan. The letters are sent to Tracy in Middletown, CT and come from Wells in Puluski and Richland, NY. Letters are folded and addressed with stampless post, date answered and occasionally a red worn wax seal. The Ward family history and ancestry list a John Howard Wells (1784-1844) married  Julia Tracy (1797-1893) in May 1829 and had 5 children; Henry Dana, Ebenezer Tracy, Franklin, Martha Caroline, and John Howard. These names correspond with names that appear in the letters as friends and family of the couple. Puluski, Sept 4, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY -Wells opens with the acknowledgment that he received her last letter and mentions that “it had been a long time traveling to the west and back.” He appears to tease her about a “reproof” in her last letter and offers her “almost any charge you may choose to bring against me.” He informs her that due to the health of one man and “obstinacy of mother” he will be unable to engage a house for the fall. He explains that they will need to purchase “Cabinet ware” and begs her pardon but feels it would be better for him to purchase items. He tells her to mention if there are specific items she has interest in and he will look into them on the way to N. York. He mentioned their engagement to his brother but expressed that it “probably may be told as a great secret to a number of persons very soon.” He says he will see her in October. Ans. Oct 8, 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Letter has been torn off, only the outer paper with address and date are left Puluski, Dec 8 (?), 1828 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells left Tracy and did not arrive home until late. His eyes were inflicted with an infection and he needed to remove all light so was not able to write. He sent a flower pot and two parcels and wants to ensure they arrived. He purchased cloth for Caroline, it was the “cheapest piece” and “was told it was fashionable.” He mentions the “Mountain Ash was not forgotten” but he was traveling in the stage from Albany and passed the place where he saw them. He requests she tell Mrs. Ward he will “bear it in mind some future opportunity.” He discusses the weather and if it stays mild will have the cellar dug for his house. He will put it “24 feet from the street” which he assumes she will think sufficient. He questions of she would like the “juice of Linnen” (?) in the winter and if so he can send it by “way of Brattleboro and Hartford.” Puluski, Dec 31, 1828  To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is extremely happy to she was not “visited with the dreaded evil” and believes he was “more fearfull [sic] than necessary.” He is gratified that Caroline was suited with his choice and says that if she is as “well suited in making a much more important choice” he would be happy to give his opinion. His eyes have almost healed and “as well as when I received your kind prescription. “The new merchant, Mr. Brazton, is getting married and Wells hears the bride is a pleasing young woman whom he hopes will be a pleasant acquaintance for Tracy. His neighbor, the Lawyer, “is the most malicious person I ever knew” and is “bent upon injuring me in every possible way.” Wells wishes her a Happy New Years and wishes that she will be “happily situated here before tit shall have half expire.” He says they should be grateful for the many Blessings and he feels favored “of being united to one who is all I could wish her to be.” He asks about her brother, Frank, and explains about getting her orders and the money he has set aside for her. Richland, March 16, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Wells is pleased Tracy enjoyed herself in Hartford. He regrets that he did not have all the plans ahead worked out or he would have visited. He is in a “quandary” as there is 12-16 inches of snow and the ground is hard. He is unable to complete the cellar on schedule. He is trying to “hire a house that will answer for one year.” He plans to continue and hopefully finish in July. He considers staying at the tavern where he stays now but there are 8 Gentleman “(so called)” and no Ladies. He thanks her for the offer of using the orders and he may use $100 since it is mutually beneficial for them to invest when she comes. There is an “Anti-Masonry” movement beginning there (also called Anti-Freemasonry and defined as "avowed opposition to Freemasonry" –Wikipedia). He is concerned that it will “create considerable ill feeling among those who have heretofore been friendly.” He asks h=if he should invite Mr. Walton to their wedding. He plans to be with her on the 12 or 16 of May and wants the ceremony “to take place the day after my arrival.” He asks if she would like to “start immediately or remain a few days?” March 18 - He held onto the letter because he had the prospect of getting a house for one year. He informs her that he is successful in “hiring one at $65.” It is one and a half stories and includes a sketch at the end of the letter. He decides to not commence building until she is with him but he will be able to rent it if they chose to not occupy it the whole time (referring to the rented house). Richland, April 15, 1829 To Julia Tracy, Middletown, CT from J.H. Wells Richland, NY - Reference her last letter and expresses regret that her mother is ill. He understands that she does not want to travel and wishes to care for her mother. He has rented a house and has made preparations for keeping house. He says he will not invite anyone to their wedding until he sees her which he is hoping will be before May 1st. He mentions the “interesting period” she is now witnessing and how it “is indeed a time when Christians have great reason to be thoughtful that the Savior is indeed as we trust Redeeming the Souls of Sinners.” He says he hopes she will witness “a great ingathering of Souls” and “every Blessing may attend” her but feels he is “not worthy so great a blessing and privilege.” He is concerned that he is “so divided from various causes here.” He hopes her mother will be better when he sees her and sends his love and affection.   .
Travel Journal for European Grand Tour, July 27 – August 30 with detail on each locale while traveling through Great Britain, France and Italy. C1880s. Thirza Merriam Rowley.. ..
Price: $375.00

A collection of 30 legal size pages of narrative describing the itinerary from a European grand tour taken by most likely Thirza Merriam Rowley wife of H. Curtis Rowley and daughter of Homer Merriam. The journal of loose pages is structured by date and provides a daily accounting by specific locations visited and recounts of activities including sites seen, commentary on modes of transportation, local customs and brief references to her traveling companions.   She was accompanied by a Gardner, who may have been her bother Arthur Gardner Merriam.   She was not hesitant in expressing her opinion of areas and seemed to show a strong interest in landscaping, stone buildings, and the most ancient locations.   Travel began on July 27 and concluded on August 30. Found in the family papers of Arthur Rowley.  For a comprehensive summary of the travels click HERE (#) $375.00 . paper chipping and brittle
Sketch Book and Verses of W. Howell, 1915-1925. ..
Price: $375.00

This sketch book is inscribed "'the Grove' Theddlethorpe, 'All Saints'" (England).  This album contains 25 whimsical drawings and watercolors as well as some humorous sayings, such as: "If your lips would keep from slips, Five things observe with care; Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, And how, and when and where." Some of the illustrations are also captioned, such as the "Ruins of Bellicourt Church, France Nov 1918". Bellicourt was site of numerous intense battles during World War I.   The sketch book that contains a variety of media-pen and ink, photographs, watercolors and includes verses and writings. Each verse or drawing is signed or initialed by a different person. The leather is cover titled "Autographs", and the interior covers are marbleized. The pages are several different light colors (pink, blue, and cream).  7 1/4" x 6 1/2" . text block is detaching from cover, tape repair on first page
Annotated Sketch book for works done by Charles William Bauhan, Landscape Artist, October 1924-July 1925.
Price: $400.00

Includes eighteen (18) original works.  Most dated and several identified.   Thirteen (13) are watercolors of landscapes, gardens and exteriors of homes including Twin Doors (NJ) and the home of Professor Stone of Cornell U, built in 1751 and located in Canaan, CT.  There are also floor plans for the first and second floors of the Canaan CT home.  Also includes landscapes of Eagle Rock and Belville, NJ.  One sketch depicts phases of an eclipse as it occurred.  Also found are notes on mileage and travel time, a bit of poetry and some annotations on the content of the drawings.  It is marked Book 30, believed to be one of a series of workbooks.
Friendship Album - To Minnie Schnaitman from Geo. DeHaven, Christmas 1883.. ..
Price: $400.00

A blue velvet cover with ornate metal elements on the front cover.  Fine decorated end papers.  Hand penned dedication page with watercolor and lacquered or enameled border decoration. This page is followed by an ornate calligraphy "MS".  Five (5) additional pages with well executed watercolor and lacquered or enameled flowers birds and butterflies as page decoration.  A charming touch on the  adjacent page of  one of the of the floral borders - a trompe l'oeil lady bug.    Additional drawing depicts stippled pen and ink country home with rushing stream. Final watercolor of two roses.   Approximately a quarter of the pages have been signed and dated mostly from Philadelphia.  A few with long sentiments. Dates range from 1883-1886.  Measures 9" x 6 3/8". . Few paged separated from text block near front of album.   Light surface soiling from handling.  Edge wear on velvet cover. Wilhelmina S. "Minnie" Schnaitman (1860-1896).  First wife of John G. Steffen. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Marriage Year: 1886
Pocket Diary - School Age Boy's Daily Writings in Make-do Leather Book
Price: $425.00

Small size book constructed of a front and back book cover two leaves of lined laid paper cut to fit the covers an held in place wtih thread. Old sewing repair holds covers together at backstrip.  A button is affixed to the front cover and a leather closure is sewn on the back cover with a buttonhole that clasps over the button.   When opened it reveals the daily activity of the lad of few words.  The pages are titled at the top of each month beginning with January 1857.  Many of the lines in the first half are occupied with "To School"  Some additional lines include: -school didn't keep , setting up wood, - made an axe handle - did nothing - Do work for Brown - Haying - A happy mood - Setting up wood - Killed the hog - made a gate - Picking Rocks - Cutting Bushes - To work for Brown- Holding plow for Clough - Drawing Stone and Plowing -Picking Apples - Making "sider" (cider) - Drawing dung - a couple of lines of secret code .  Each of the tasks is repeated numerous time.  The life of a young boy in an 1850s tweets!  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  .
Friendship Album for Mabel Cavalier with sentiments and 22 plus full page drawings, watercolors and novelties. .Forest Gate, London.1930
Price: $425.00

Hard cover album with unnumbered pages with numerous sentiments and verses written in 1930.   Additionally watercolors that include a woman skier, an interpretation of a worker in Hong Kong, a Harlequin holding a clown, a finely executed scene from nature, a fishing boat, a sports girl and much more.    Measures 6 3/4" x 8".. wear on cover
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Price: $450.00

Thirty-one (31) school girl drawings of girls and women in Grecian bend bustle style costumes. Many of the images have been named by the artist. Thirteen (13) additional drawing by a different hand, most likely a boy, Native Americans, Soldiers. All naive. Three (3) finished in watercolor. Delightful. Measures 7" x 4". Fragile.
A River Story - To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
Price: $450.00

A handmade book constructed with plain paper and stock covers and a ribbon binding to hold the pages in place. "A River Story" is penned on the cover and title page.  The story of the life of a river from its infancy as a tiny stream and how it grows to meet life's challenges including waterfalls and  powering a waterwheel and growing weary from toiling long and hard.  It concludes with "My life has been long and happy and many wonderful and beautiful scenes awit me in the other higher broader life (which in this instance is flowing into the ocean to be free from worry and overwork)...And last farewell to you, my dear readers. Every page of text is accompanied by a relevant pen and ink drawing. Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2".. Cover wear with chip from top margin and corner chips. Light toning. Accompanied by a note from Agnes Hornung giving this book to Ada Hudson on her 16th birthday, March 11, 1892, as a token of love and remembrance from her friend.
Correspondence from Christopher Greaves, who had attended Yeates Institute, Belmont, Lancaster PA to Ludwig F. C. Haas, of Lancaster PA while attending Phillips Academy, Andover MA. . ..1901-1903
Price: $450.00

June 25, 1901 – South Lowestoft Discussion: · Birthday wishes · Bird egg collection · Lots of questions on classmates and activities · Attending games in motor cars · The New English Stamps · The ferry rockets Illustrations: · Greaves at his desk composing letter with lots of questions · Bull ramming ostrich with head in the sand; bull about to be hit by a cattle catcher on a train · Two views of a cherry tree before and after damage Five (5) crests. January 6, 1902 Discussion: · Discussion about a photo he’d received with the last letter · Christmas holidays and presents · Putting up two new bird boxes · Playing golf and bicycle riding · Hunting and other sports Illustrations: · Man riding a horse · Scared cat · Students escaping from lecture · Bicycle riders · Birds’ nests · Golfers · Self-portrait Six (6) postage stamps March 18, 1902 Discussion: · News in previous correspondence · Request for US stamps School football (soccer) · Crow’s behavior in the UK and US and spending time on the Conestoga with friends seeing the many blackbirds and finding three (3)dead crows in a nest · Discussion on where-abouts and disposition of previous classmates Illustrations: · Baby birds in a nest – mama bird hovering above · Haas McDevilt Champion figure staking day – series of views · Boy and man chased up a tree by dogs · Prof. Lader Shands of Harvard “How to raise potatoes” · Mc Briggs alias Christopher Greaves (letter writer) August 15, 1902 Discussion: · Thanks for splendid stamps, sharing with friends · Didn’t get the eggs his birthday, bird nesting · Comments on Haas’ hideous nightmarish pictures · Congrats as treasurer of Athletic Association; teasing about bagging the money · Crew races and how funny friends looked with head’s shaved Illustrations: · Treasure of Athletic Association collecting fees · Bicycle riding and tricks · Bird nesting in the meadows “keep your eyes open” · Bird scooping fish out of water · Men hunting rabbits One (1) stamp August 20, 1902 – Forest Hill, Oxford Eng. Discussion: · A school chum had accused him of getting married · Discussions on bird migrations cross the Channel, Mediterranean sea N. Africa, Southern Spain · King’s illness before coronation · Summer guest and their activities while in town · Bicycle touring in country side · Attending Coronation Procession in London – lots of Americans; naval review mostly foreign warships were away · Boating picnic at Oxford · Boer generals in London · Big railway races in America · Questions on classmates Illustrations: · Man reading NY paper looking for marriage announcement · Birds dressed in vacation attire approaching a train to S. Spain · Man in knickers playing golf · Fishing from a canoe · Man eating watermelon · Little girls · Man with umbrella atop airship with balloon tied to a pig February 1903 Discussion: · “royal shoot” with Prince Wales, · Collecting stamps or crests · Collecting “English Eggs” and updating the collection · Many terrible rail accidents in the US , wonders if the “flying machins will come in fashion” · The wonders of the Marconi system · Playing golf · Re Ludwig’s picture in long pants—a new sensation getting old · Bluebirds’ nests and wondering about their habits · Football (US) and Sir Thos. Lipton “lifting” the America Cup. Illustrations: · Boy sneaking an egg from a nest · American football · Granny peddling an air balloon · Series of views of an ice skater racing and falling November (no year) Discussions: · Collecting Crests · Playing football · Two vessels driven ashore due to rough weather Illustrations: · Golfer · Boys falling on ice while skating · A rabbit Four (4) crest, two (2) postage stamps. .
Three Autograph Albums c.1870s -1930s. .Massachusetts.c.1870s -1930s
Price: $450.00

Three autograph albums with a few hand drawn illustrations. The majority of the autographs in the albums are from 1870s and 1880s and are from towns in or around Martha's Vineyard and are  also accompanied by a note indicting if the signer was "dead" normally followed by a year. Most of the years noted are during the latter portion of the 1910s, and therefore most likely caused by World War I. The latest death note is dated 1930. The first autograph album (measures 6 1/2" x 4 1/4"), is filled to the brim with autographs and phrases. It has a cloth cover with stamped decorations and gilded edge pages. This album was owned by Ethel Lynn Beetle, the wife of Edward Roth (the owner of the third album). She lived in San Francisco and was the niece of Judge Charles H Chamberlain. Among the autographs there is a die cut advertising card for Jay Gould, and two colored hand drawn illustrations. The second album (measures 7" x 4 1/4") is a partially filled with a leather cover that has gilded and stamped decorations on it as well as gilded edged pages. While this album is the least filled, the majority of autographs come with poetry or quotes in addition to the signature. This is the only album of the bunch without the notations in regards to the death of the signer. The third and last album (measures 7 3/4" 5") also has a leather cover that has gilded and stamped decorations on it as well as gilded edged pages. This album was owned by Edward Roth, who spent the majority of his life practicing medicine in and around Martha's Vineyard. The majority of the autographs in this album date from 1883 when he departed to San Francisco and he is wished well on his travels across the continent. He practiced for several years in San Francisco before returning to New England, first to Yale, and then Martha's Vineyard. Along with the autographs there are several newspaper clippings for important family events, such as his marriage to Miss E. L. Beetle and the first birthday party of his son Edward Roth Jr. There are also 3 hand drawn illustrations as well. Along with the notes regarding the death of the signers, there are also a few denoting whether or not they were since married. To view the images please click on the following link: Previous owner indicted that these three autograph albums were compiled at Methodist Episcopal events on Martha's Vineyard during the 1870s and 1880s. All with cover wear; loose or partially detached covers.  Some soiling from handling.
Photo Album: I Corp Solider during Occupation of Japan includes Orphans and Red Light District, 1946
Price: $475.00

A photo album with over 70 photographs taking during the occupation of Japan ranging from August 1946 to Christmas of that same year. The album itself has no publishing marks, but the embroidered scene on the cover of a Japanese outdoor theme suggests that it was originally purchased in Japan. All the images are held in place by photo corners, and there is only missing photograph.
Contents include several pictures of the Brock’s superior officers but most are either of his bunk mates or of scenes around Honshu. Of note are several pictures of Japanese orphans on Christmas outside of the Red Cross building. There are also pictures of Brock and his fellow soldiers having Christmas Dinner in the mess hall. Throughout the album there are numerous street scenes filled with the local Japanese people, there is even one of a Japanese monk. Several pages of the album are full of pictures from Japan’s Gion District, otherwise known as the Red Light District. There quite a few pictures of humorous signs, either advertising the district or attempting to ensure that no soldier entered it. For example, there is a photo from inside the Grand Kyoto Cabaret (obviously the signs attempting to deter Brock did not work) that states: “Soldiers Remember!!! Public displays of affection by men in uniform towards the women of any nation are in poor taste.” Other images in the album are from when Brock was able to visit other parts of Japan, including Mt. Fuji, Mt. Hai, and a zoo. Measures 11 1/2" x 9".

Mid -18th C. Poem & Watercolor - an acerbic commentary on the artifices and contrivances of contemporary womanhood
Price: $475.00

The hand painted satirical caricature measures 5 3/4 x 9 inches and the accompanying poem is also on a 5 3/4 x 9 inch page.  Loosely translated the verse  is titled "Confidential report on the findings during an autopsy" and begins The heart was split and perforated by arrows that had entered it  a sponge's ____ would have been useful to suck up the filth That Which won her honor is a wreath, now decomposed, has many to knick and is wispy as brushwood, rods for children's rumps (complete loose translation accompanies the verse.  Art is signed in the bottom right "Detiene Fapres Reinhart".  Created on laid paper ; some wear. .
Memory Album - Phililp Bethel Boude - His Book - Wawonaissa (NH) Photographs of a Camp with Wilderness Theme Watercolor Border Decorations. ..1911
Price: $475.00

Suede cover with pyrography decorated cover reading "Wawonaissa" with wildflower decoration. The hand penned title page reads "Philip Bethel Boude - His Book - 1911 with drawings of candles at the base.  The next page is a penned verse by Agnes L. Tierney that begins "When the rapture of summer has set the pulse athrill...Most pages have a photograph of life at the "camp" or the surrounding water, all embellished with hand drawn watercolor border decorations of items relevant to the photograph. Approximately 50 pages.  Few with watercolor decorations but with out photo, few with remnants of a lacking photo (2-3?). Measures 7 1/2" x 10".  Cover wear. .
Sea Mosses - An Album created by Mrs. Ruth O. Morris from Wm. H. Brown May 13th, 1875, Santa Barbara, CA.
Price: $500.00

A wide array of sea mosses applied to affixed to album pages, each captioned with it's species and sometimes genus.  Includes 115 plus speciments.  Most speciments intact.
1883-84 Sketch Book Diary in Graphite & Watercolor, Ashburnham, MA.
Price: $500.00

An unpaginated sketch book executed in graphite and watercolor with occasional accompanying verse or caption belonging to N. Helen Rowley, Ashburnham, MA. It depicts various views of landscape and scenery in the area. Many of the drawings are captioned or described on the reverse. Some are associated with outings and social events On pencil sketch is a depicting approaching a large home on a hill with mountains in the background.  The reverse identifies it as the Summit House, Mt. Wachusett, Princeton Mass and includes the autographs of those in attendance.  After the 1883 social season, the medium changes from graphite to watercolor. There is also the addition of appropriate quotable verses. A more formal or structured approach. After a few pages the book reverts to the more casual presentation style. One somewhat naive yet dear image depicts a woman seated on a hammock held in place by a tree and a post, while a young girl sits on a straight back chair and reads; a second woman sits in a chair sketching --perhaps a self-depiction.  Each wearing fanciful hats. Drawings of Island on Naukeag Lake, Allen Burr taking his lunch at the pic-nic in Handley Woods, Old Tree - Handley Woods, "The Ward and Mary" (named trees) Ashburnham, The Bastile at Handley Farm, Island in Secretary Lake, Mill Dam under Jewell Hill, Naukeag Club House, Frankort Hill from the Fence, Fort Winthrop - Governor�s Island and more. Measures 6" x 9 7/8".
Album of 17 Original Watercolors Done in the Same Hand. The subject: Things Floral, The Alphabet of Angela - Language of Flowers c1870s-80s. 1870s
Price: $500.00

Somewhat naive yet elegant watercolors, all with a floral or nature theme. Each is captioned in pencil. The first is captioned Preparing for Winter showing a young girl gathering sticks. There are single floral specimens, garlands and mixtures of both. Includes flowers as Inidan Azilie, Persian Tulip and Pomegranate. A bouquet in a vase is captioned The Alphabet of Angela. Of additional note are two Flower People translations from the Language of Flowers. The first is Rose and Beauty and the second is Elgantine  Poetry. Measures 8" x 6"..
Sea Mosses - An Album created by Mrs. Ruth O. Morris from Wm. H. Brown May 13th, 1875, Santa Barbara, CA1875
Price: $500.00

A wide array of sea mosses applied to affixed to album pages, each captioned with it's species and sometimes genus.  Includes 115 plus specimens.  Most specimens intact.  9" x 7>.
John Greenleaf WhittierAutographed Cabinet Card, Manuscript Sign Verse and pen and ink of "The Captain's Well" 1870s-1880s
Price: $500.00

A grouping of materials related to Whittier.  The first is a cabinet card with Whittier's signature at base.  The second is a 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" page from an autograph album with what seems to be an original verse penned and signed by John G. Whittier, Amesbury 1878.  The reverse has an drawing by Alice C. Boynton, Boston MA. The third is a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of shingle with a pen and ink somewhat naive drawing of "The Captain's Well".  It is captioned "And I knew in that vision beyong the sea, The very place where my well must be". Penned on the reverse "Picture of the 'Captian's Well' at Amesbury on a shingle from John G. Whittier's House in Amesbury". This is being sold only as an illustration, there has been no attempt to confirm that the wood shingle is from Whittier's home. The final item is a snippet from a letter penned by Whittier..
Souvenir Album: Written by husband and wife Joseph and Susan Miller 1855-1860 w Watercolor drawings and punch paper bookmark love token. Thornton IA.
Price: $500.00

A brown gilt stamped album of what appears to be Jesus and "the woman at the well" on front cover and large lidded ewer on the back cover. Five full page engravings depicting somber scenes of  people and places.   The album begins with a Preface and an array of writings by Joseph including Apostrophe ot my Happiness, The Nice House Keeper, The Highland Chief, The Out-going and In-coming Year (1855-56).  This is followed by a single entry from his departing cousin in 1857.  This is followed by  the Inagural Address of the President Of the New Paris Congress. The next entry is by Susan and surrounded by a hand drawn watercolor floral wreath or eternal ring of flower.  Also includes two full page floral drawing by Susan.  In addition Susan has added little watercolor floral spray in the upper right corner of Joseph's writings.  On the Preface page she penned "Susan Miller Joseph Miller" beneath the floral display.   Interfoliata includes a pressed dried flower and a punch paper and ribbon bookmark with "Forget me not Joseph" cross stitched on the punch paper. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". Moderate wear; top and bottom portion of back strip lacking; edge wear on covers.
Autograph and Sketchbook of Dorothy Borrajo, 1907-1915 . .England.1907-1915
Price: $500.00

A lovely autograph and sketch book given to Dorothy Borrajo by her classmates as a souvenir when she left school in 1907. The interior cover has a pasted in list of all of Dorothy's classmates. Throughout the sketchbook there are numerous drawings and poems written by her friends from 1907 to 1915. Drawings are in pencil, ink, color pencil and watercolor. Some of the poems and drawings are quite humorous. One depicts a mother by the ocean with her two swimming daughters, glaring at a man, with the caption, "Momma disapproves of mixed bathing." 9" x 7 1/2". Well executed images reflecting all walks of life including racial stereotypes, daily life and more. To view images, please click on the following link: Minor edge wear. Tape repair is evidence on both  the cover and interior pages as it was used to repair some of the binding. The binding itself is loose, but is held together by the tape mentioned above.
. Autograph Album and Sketch Book created by Employees of the Ministry of Munitions, Drawing Office, includes Women's Advancement, Fine Watercolors and Sketches - some Chinese Characters. . .Town Hall Anerley, S. E. London .1918
Price: $550.00

Town Hall Anerley, S. E. London.1918. An autograph album with sentiments and sketches created by various employees of of the Ministry of Munitions, Drawing Office.  Predominantly populated by women, as it was the type of work women did in wartime.   Includes sentiments such as "Nature, impartial in her ends, When she made Man the strongest; In justice too to make amends, Made Woman's tongue the longest". Also another titled "Woman" discussing woman's skills, etc. It also includes a hand penned "Each in His Own Tongue" originally by William Hubert Carmuth. A French and English translation on Friendship.  Also comments about working in the Drawing Office.  Also includes fine watercolors and pencil drawings. .
5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday"
Price: $550.00

A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA.  Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top.  Some with red and black borders.   Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian.  A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th.  Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899.  Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889.  Moving and thought provoking.. A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old.  An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.
A group of 33 Correspondence from Various Automobile Manufactures to an Albany, NY area Auto Distributor/Dealer, all from 1914-1915. ..
Price: $550.00

Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints.  Companies represented include:The Enger Motor Car Co.,  The  Selden Car, Marion Motor Cars, Lewis Cars, Regal Motor Cars,Ford Motor Cars, Oakland King Regal, Pierce Arrow, Skinner Motor Cars (Packard, Chalmers, Dodge), General Electric (Maxwell-Briscoe car) and Sutdebaker.  Related merchants include: Kenwell & Brown - Garage and Repair Shop and Exide Battery Depots. Content includes Negotiated price on a Studebaker was $14,000; that on a lingering Marion "Six $1,400. Lack or delays in replacement parts Cost of a battery $199--complete with rubber jars Negotiation of an agency territory for Saratoga, Washington & Warren counties (NY state) Details on the Selden passenger bus including various vehicle specifications and financing arrangements. The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in 1917.
Friendship Album: Sketches, Watercolors, and Poetry, 1915-1916. .United Kingdom.
Price: $550.00

A friendship album from the United Kingdom full of quotes, poetry, and twenty-two (22) original artwork pieces, from 1915-1916. The covers are leather with the word 'Album' gilded onto the front cover.  The pages are gilded-edge as well. Some notably poetry in the album is the "Hey, diddle, diddle," poem by Mother Goose, and an original poem entitled "The Taxi". Below is a line from that poem: "Hark the Taxi's at the door- Tick! Tick! Tick! Every tick a little more- Tick! Tick! Tick!" The art work in the album showcases a wide variety of skill levels, and mediums, such as ink, pencil, color pencils, and watercolors. Of note is an ink drawing of a Colonel, a watercolor of a Swedish maiden in clogs on the waterfront, an ink drawing with a poem about a little naughty bear, an watercolor and pencil drawing of "A Song for Five Fingers", a watercolor of a fairy at play, a watercolor of "Little Black Sambo", and a beautiful abstract watercolor of ballerina with a colorful tutu, Also Included is even a needle and thread with the line "A stitch in time, saves nine." Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show minor wear due to age and rubbing. Bind is loose, with a few pages semi-detached. There is edge wear on the bottom of the backstrip, and the top is missing a portion. That missing section continues onto the back cover.
Daniel Warner's Day Book - Payment Records, Days in the Moon's age, Math Problems, Remedies for Man & Beast and much more.. .Henry County, Indiana.1846
Price: $575.00

Leather bindings with penned cypher front cover.  Begins with ledger entries followed by a series of math problems a table to show the number of days in the Moon's age, to be bled on, so as to receive Good Health.  Includes "A True Story" written in German more cyphers.  Remedies To stop the Blood, To Destroy a Tumor of the Neck, To cure a Tinche or film of the Eye, Cure for the Bots of Horses, For Eye Blisters, For the Burning, For being Liver-Grown, For the Night Burning and for the Cardiaca.  More math problems and cyphers that we called 'story problems' in elementary school. The book concludes with a Cure for Dyspepsia. Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/4".  . Cover wear
Watercolor Hand Made Birthday Album
A Tribute to Our Grandmother on her Eightieth Birthday, January 12, 1886 - From her Ever Affectionate Grandchildren
Price: $600.00

Hand Made Birthday Album – A Tribute to Our Grandmother on her Eightieth Birthday, January 12, 1886.  from her ever affectionate Grandchildren. 


Velvet covered album with hand made works demonstrating penmenship, stitchery, watercolor and pencil drawing, etc.  Each created by a different child.  Includes an

  • Acrostic Prayer surrounded by a watercolor of the Holy Bible, 
  • Three (3) pen and ink drawings of a sail boat, a pier, a sack of flour
  • Charcoal of harbor scene
  • Three (3) watercolors of birds, nests, foliage and flowers
  • An embroidered horseshoe on silk

Measures 5" x 8".  String tie has been replaced.  Otherwise fine. 

A large format autograph and friendship album with fine Calligraphy, Autographs and Stamp Portraits of classmates belonging to J. W. Hertzog, Exeter Station PA, from his senior year at Eastman College, Poughkeepsie, New York. 1894. 1894
Price: $600.00

Unpaginated autograph and friendship album with a perfusion on entries from classmates from across the country, the islands, Mexico, Canada and Japan. A majority of entries include an identified photographic stamp of the classmate. It concludes with a series of stamp portraits identifying the individuals and their state of residence. The book also includes eleven (11) full page examples of fine hand penned calligraphy birds and another works interspersed throughout the book. There are two additional facing calligraphy decorated pages that highlights the faculty for 1894, again with stamp portraits, with large format stamps for Clement and Mrs. Gaines, the president and treasurer of the college. The final area of particular note relates to Eastman not merely being a theoretical school, students gained practical experience in the business arts of the time by actually performing the tasks that would be expected of them in their working careers. Apparently Hertzog was majoring in banking and has a diagram of Assignment of positions E.C. Bank for Tuesday May 10, 1894. The final page has impressions from all of the rubber stamps that were used at the East- man College Bank. .
Hand Made Birthday Album - A Tribute to Our Grandmother on her Eightieth Birthday, January 12, 1886. from her ever affectionate Grandchildren.
Price: $600.00

Velvet covered album with handmade works demonstrating penmanship, stitchery, watercolor and pencil drawing, etc.  Each created by a different child.  Includes an Acrostic Prayer surrounded by a watercolor of the Holy Bible, Three (3) pen and ink drawings of a sail boat, a pier, a sack of flour, Charcoal of harbor scene, Three (3) watercolors of birds, nests, foliage and flower, sAn embroidered horseshoe on silk.  Measures 5" x 8".  String tie has been replaced.  Otherwise fine.
Commonplace Book Illustrated in Pen and Ink and Watercolor- Birds, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, Joan of Arc
Price: $600.00

A 21 page commonplace book complete with index and profusely illustrated in black and white with color embellishments. The index page is boarded by patriotic scenes of an eagle atop a shield and three American flags bordering the side. The subjects include Birds, The Tailor Bird, Wood Pecker, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Joan of Arc and finally Ar.  Concludes with a lone canoer on a lake.  Anonymous.  Appears to be the work of a senior elementary or high school age child. Measures 8 1/2" 8".  Housed in a school composition book. c 1910s..
Ledger of a merchant and Francis Haskell, Deer Isle, ME--Accounts of Early Inhabitants, Schooner Constitution and Schooner Victory, 1835-1850. ..
Price: $600.00

An unnumbered 130 pages of text with purchases, contra credit, information, school expenses and on animals going to pasteur.  At on place in the book it reads "Francis Haskell's Book Deer Isle".  It includes entries for numerous early inhabitants as well as Captain Asa Richardson followed by information on potatoes sold in Philadelphia, materials purchased for the Schooner Constitution (1934), Captain Jonathan Haskell and the Bill of Stores on Board the Constitution.  It includes information on Hospital Money.  Accounts of William Greenlaw to Union Constitution, the Account of Sales Constitution Cargo.   Rich with information on local purchases and those aboard Schooners. Includes accounts from various members of the Marshall, Webster, Richardson, Haskell, Saunders including several Captains.  Measures 7 1/2" x 6 1/2. .
Album with Original Art and Hand Colored Lithography, musings and verse. .England. c 1830-1850s
Price: $675.00

An artist's scrap book filled with over fifty (50) pieces of original art work and hand colored lithography and other pieces.  What makes this scrap book a unique find, is the consistent fine quality of the work within. Some of the hand-colored lithography is so expertly done that it becomes hard to tell whether or not it is a lithographic print. Pieces of note are: the portrait of a young girl with ringlets, and another portrait of a man in a turban. Some beautiful landscapes of farmland (rendered in pencil), an old stone bridge (watercolor), a boldly colored butterfly  (color pencil) and bird (ink & color pencil), and  'A Pas de Deux' of crabs (ink).   Additionally includes a pith watch paper with a thistle. A finely detailed tropical bird on a rose stem with nearby butterfly adorned with dried flora. Along with artwork there are several original pieces of music and poetry. There are two pieces of music, a ballad and a round, along with their music score. The poems are both original pieces, and quotes from other notable poets of the day. Once such quote, written in beautiful calligraphy, is from the poem entitled "Woman" by Eaton Stannard Barrett. "Would Woman govern tyrants? she concedes In slight concerns, and hence in weight, leads. Opposes first, to make surrender prized, And while she gives advice, appears advised" Gilt and blind stamp leather. The pages are  gilt-edged. The majority of the book has tipped in art work that has been secured to the page by glue and/or thread. Furthermore the majority of the lithographic prints within have been hand colored, but not all. Most of the artwork is unsigned, however when it is, the initials are general the same three names, E.B., E.T., and A.C. Wigan. There is reference to the Armstrong famil as well. A letter is included with the note "To my sister Daisy Armstrong, from my mother Mrs. Armstrong".  The bulk of the material in the album dates from the 1930s. Measures 9 1/4" x 7 1/4". To view this album, please click on the following link: Covers show some wear, and the back strip and edges are slightly damaged due to rubbing. The binding is partiallyA few interior pages are loose and/or detached. There is some glue residue on the interior pages as well, due to the original owner pasting in prints, but nothing that affects any of the artwork.
Clergyman’s Sunday School Visiting Diary chronicling visits made to the homes of students of the Sabbath School of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Troy NY, commencing April 6, 1847-1864. 1847
Price: $700.00

According to the first entry (hidden in the back of the book) the effort of home visits was under- taken by the superintendent “for a little time past, I have been troubled by efforts made by Mrs. Warren, patron of the Episcopal church, to induce poor families whose children have been in our SS to take the children from us, and send them to Episcopal SS (se visit, June 12, 1847). Were it to a Baptist or Methodist S.S. I should be glad to see the children lease us to enjoy the greater advantage offered; but I feel that the instruction under which they would come in the SS would not be evangelical, and gladly would I retain them with us. But apparently cannot succeed in doing so, June 14 - Yesterday I was notified by a teacher of two other families the children of which were leaving our school for the Episcopal as above”. This is followed by 70 plus pages of documentation of visits that include details on the home environment, social conditions, the sobriety and religious beliefs of the children’s fathers and more. Most of the interaction is with the mothers of the children. When troubling situations arose, the superintendent would say a prayer. The book documents the daily affairs of the less fortunate parishioners over a period of greater than twenty years. There are a few entries at the end of the diary for the early 1880s. Measures 11" x 8 1/2"..
Boxed Herbarium collection containing fifty (50) identified and labeled specimens from Switzerland mid-19th Century. 1860s
Price: $750.00

A 9" x 8"  hinged box designed in the shape of a book housing 23 single sheets each with one to three dried and properly preserved and mounted specimens with Latin name beneath. The location where the flora was gathered is penned at the bottom of each sheet. Artistically and skillfully arranged.  .
Anonymous My Marvelous Album - Pen & Ink and Watercolor Tongue in Cheek Picture Puzzles Drawn by One Hand. .United Kingdom.c1860s
Price: $750.00

The tone is set for this album containing 59 pen and ink and/or watercolor drawings by the verbiage on the image on the inside cover of a scroll with a whimsical lad at top reads: In Truth it is not every Book, That's suited to the Mind, In some for ever you may Look, And no Amusement find... But seldom does an Album fail, To please both grave and Gay, It teems with many a joyous dale, And many a mournful Lay. So Reader Learn, Who'er you be, Wise, Witty, Grave, or Lad, 'Tis like the World in some degree, Made up of Good and Bad. Neatly executed. Some done after Cruikshank. Measures 8" x 11".. Covers separated but present.
Emma S. Doughten Emma S. Doughten's European Trip, April 1901 - September 1902. ..
Price: $750.00

Presented in two albums, the travels of an unaccompanied female on a European tour.  In early 1901 Emma Doughten began her European Tour, traveling mostly by rail, she visited numerous countries, such as Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, England and Scotland. Emma narrates every portion of her trip with exacting, detailed, entries of the sites she sees and the people she meets. From the extolling on the history of each art piece, cathedral, palace, or chateau she visited to her interactions with fellow travelers or the townsfolk she met. Often, she would spend pages writing all she learned while visiting the historic site of the day. Along with her written journal entries, in order to illustrate the numerous sites visited, are pasted-in postcards. From the view of the Louvre from across the Seine in Paris to the various small towns she visited in the high Alps in Switzerland.   Starting her journey in Spain, she visited various locations, such as Ibiza and Gibraltar. Continuing on to Austria she visited Innsbruck and Vienna and saw such sites as the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the Tyrolean State Museum. A short train ride later she spent some time Germany visiting the various sights in Munich and Dresden. Making her way to Switzerland and she traveled on the Axenstrasse Highway, a picturesque road built along steep cliffs on the east side of the Lake Lucerne. The views along this throughway are spectacular as it weaves through the many rock fall galleries and tunnels along its route. From there Emma traveled on the Gotthard Railway, a Swiss trans-alpine railway that runs from northern Switzerland all the way to the country's boarder with Italy. The railroad takes its passengers through the Alps by means of the Gotthard Tunnel, making several stops along the way to the tourist towns that are scattered throughout the Alps. Along the way, Emma also saw the Rhonegletscher (otherwise known as the Rhone Glacier, located in the Swiss Alps and is the source of the Rhône River and one of the primary contributors to Lake Geneva), Le Pont Suspendu (a large suspension bridge which at its inauguration in 1834, it became, for a time, the longest suspension bridge in the world, as well as one of the first to use wireline cables instead of chains. It was destroyed in 1923 to make way for the Zaehringen bridge.), and Matterhorn (a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it's a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak and it is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe). Eventually making her way into Italy, Emma spent some time along Lake Maggiore; a long, thin, lake on the south side of the Alps that is noted for its picturesque surroundings of greenery-filled mountains, before traveling on to some of the more well-known Italian tourist destinations. Such as Milan, Florence, Sienna, Rome, Assisi, and Pompeii. One lesser known spot Emma visited was Bussana Vecchia, a ghost town in Liguria, Italy, that had been abandoned by its citizens due to an earthquake in 1887. From there she continued onto France, stopping in Paris and visiting all the classic sites: The Louvre, The Vendome Column, Notre Dame, The Arc de Triumph, Place Charles de Gaulle, and Saint-Jacques Tower. Leaving Paris, Emma visited almost too many French Chateaux to be named, though some highlights are the Chateau de Cheverny, the royal Château de Chambord, and the royal Château de Blois. Emma continued on through the coast of Brittany and Normandy visiting such sites as the Carnac stones (an exceptionally dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac in Brittany), and Mont-Saint-Michel (an island fort that houses several strategic fortifications since ancient times). Using the French port city of Calais, Emma traveled across the English Channel to the cliff top town of Dover. There she started her last leg of her journey, exploring the British Isles. Traveling north through England, she visited London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Salisbury. Additionally, she spent some time at Stonehenge, Shakespeare's birthplace and Land's End (found along the coast of Cornwall, it is the most westerly point of mainland England). From there she moved onto Scotland, where she spent time visiting various lochs and their nearby towns and castles. Such as Dunstaffnage Castle by Loch Etive, Stirling Castle near Stirling City, and Durham Castle in Durham. Additionally, she also spent some time in Edinburgh and Linlithgow. Here the journal rather abruptly ends, with no real conclusion or statement how Emma traveled home. Additionally, on the last 20 or so pages of the journal Emma has left several blank sections were she obviously meant to go back and paste in the postcards of the sites she was describing but never got around to it. However, placed in-between pages of the journal, there are two envelopes full of postcards from England and Scotland, that she most likely meant to use. Additionally, the beginning of her trip is also a bit of a mystery. The first journal's binding is damaged and it looks as though several pages at the beginning are missing. As Emma made a point of recording on the inside cover of both journals where she was when she started them and the date, one is able to confirm that she started in Gibraltar. Overall, these journals provide an amazing insight into the popular 'European Tour' at the very beginning of the 20th century. To view this collection, please click on the following link: This collection consists of two journals. The first journals' shows heavy cover wear. The front cover is detached and the back strip is missing. It appears that the first few pages of the journal are missing. Some additional pages are loose or detached. The second journal covers also show moderate cover wear. The back strip is partially detached and the binding is loose by intact, though some individual pages are fully detached from the binding. Both journals are mostly written in pen, though the first few pages of the first journal are written in pencil, and therefore is had to read in places. Additionally, there are some stains in both journals due to the paste and/or tape used to adhere the postcards.
Meticulous School Girl Project w 120 detailed Fashion Patterns with extensive narrative and detail. 1948
Price: $775.00

A large format 120 page album hand penned by a young woman, Miss R. G. Gordon.  It includes 120 fashion patterns with complete detail as to placement of darts, tucks, etc.  Also includes measurements and detail on location of each pattern piece. The cutting lines are black and the action lines e.g. dart placement are red.  Additionally each pattern includes a detailed narrative with instructions on cutting and assembly. Great care is taken in explaining processes above the basics e.g. tucks and gathers.  Patterns for skirts, kimonos, various collars and sleeves, bodice, wedding dress, short coat, jacket, long coat, cape, pajamas, knickers, a child's dress and more.  Measures 11" x 14 1/2.    Parenthetically the project received a "Very Good 100%" grade.
Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97.
Price: $800.00

Social history - An archive of approximately 398 billheads relating to the running of Hawkswood, a large country estate in Newburyport MA 1895-97. The estate belonged to David Wallace and his wife Ruth, who was the widow of Hopper Mott, a prominent New York City family.

Categories include:
  • 82 receipts for Food including o Extensive monthly receipts for fish, pork and meat o Weekly and/or monthly receipts for general groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, butter and cheese. Mostly from different vendors o Liquor and wine bills
  • 59 receipts for Utilities o Water bills o Coal, Wood & Coke o Ice o Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
  • 72 receipts relating to transportation and communication o Fairbanks’ scales o Western Union telegraph monthly bills o Newspaper subscriptions and box rental o Steamships, mercantile fees and sail making o Railway passage o Express companies
  • 92 receipts for miscellaneous household receipts including o Livestock feed o Crockery and glassware o Guns and gun material o Trunks, bags, shawl straps o Plate glass o Watches, clocks, jewelry o Slate, tin, copper gravel roof o Carpets, wallpapers & draperies o Cloths and clothing o House, ship, sign and ornament painters o Stoves, ranges, furnaces, tin and sheet iron ware
  • 16 receipts for horses and carriage care and maintenance o Stabling o Horse shoeing and other animal maintenance o Horse and carriage furnishings o Carriage maintenance and repair including painting An interesting letter from a Manufacturer of Light Carriages and Wagons about laying pipe for water allowing adequate supply for 20 families.
  • 77 receipts for plants and seeds, fertilizer, garden supplies and ornaments, greenhouse supplies. This appears to have been a great passion for the household. Many of the receipts are multiple pages of large quantities of trees, plants and seeds from the premiere producers at the time. o Trees, plants and seeds from nurseries and auctions o Fertilizer and farming tools o Greenhouse and garden equipment and pasture leases o Letters regarding “master gardening” and requests for refunds for plants that died .
Commonplace Book Receipts & Directions for Creating Colors, Making Cements for Bonding 1768-1831
Price: $850.00

A fascinating collection of directions and receipts including Directions for Painting on Glass (1786), a grouping of Curious Receipts from 1766 including To Make Blue Letters on Sword Blades, To stain a Mahogany color, To Make Red Ink (also yellow, gold and or silver, violet, etc).  Also includes a Cement for broken vessels, receipt to dye black and much more.  Penned on laid paper.  Measures 6 ¼” x 4 ½”.   .
Anayltic Workbook including Textile Specimens, Philadelphia Textile School, Pennsylvania Museum & School of Industrial Arts by Adolphe Rusch, Jr. Pioneer in Lightweight Aviation Fabrics.
Price: $900.00

A hard cover analysis book created by a student Adolphe Rusch, Jr. while a student at the Textile School.  In depth analysis for each fabric including warp required, filling requires, warp dressing and filling arrangement details.  This is followed by the actual finished piece of fabric and detailed hand created grids including deisn, harness chain and drawing-in draft to exemplify of how the fabric is constructed. The final component is all of the specifications for the loom. The book includes analysis of Cotton Waisting, Trousering, Figured Madras, Woolen Trousering, Fancy Dress Goods x 2, Fancy Madras, Worsted Suiting, Weave Analysis, Weave Analysis for Mourning Suiting and Fancy Worsted Trousering.  Measures 10" x 8 1/2". Adolphe Rusch Jr.  was a prominent member of the American silk industry and became an inventor of note in the pioneering of aviation fabrics. A 1919 Article in Textile World Journal by Rusch was titled "Aviation Textiles and Chemistry; An Interesting Review of Their Combination for War". He also patented electrically conductive flexible cable.
Large Format Commonplace Album Comprised by a Gentleman in 1828 and Another in 1900. Miniature Lord's Prayer, Sketches1828
Price: $900.00

This rich album includes a number of miniature watercolors and pencil drawings. The title or frontise page is an illustration done in pencil and watercolor depicting a toddler and an elderly gentleman, perhaps symbolizing the “New Year passage”.   The first 85 pages of this album were the musings and excerpts from an English gentleman in the late 1820s. Includes some calligraphy and several miniature pencil drawings.  His works are finely penned and neatly arrayed and among many other entries include • Pyramid of Drink e.g. from sober to tipsy to dead drunk and all of the stations in between explaining man’s thoughts along the way. • Properties of a Gardner – Why is a Gardener the most extraordinary man in the Word – Answer addressed to a Lady, which is a play on words with the help of homophones relating to gardening • A Bachelor’s Soliloquy • The Voice of Love – Drawing • Many excerpts from Lord Byron • To a Lady on a Swing • To Miss H…On her saying that I could not be in love because I was so cheerful • Origins of the Flower Forget-me-Not with watercolor • On a Lady sending a tongue and a hare as a present. The hand changes, with an early entry being 1903.  This section is also reach in small pencil works mostly of landscapes. Includes a miniature Lord’s Pray.  A few items of note include • Photo of a home in New York 1901 x 2 • Pencil work of a church fortress • Naïve pencil sketch of a soldier • Full page watercolor of shells • Lord’s Prayer in miniature • Full page watercolor of chrysanthemum • Pen and ink of dogs • Applied watercolor of bird • A stick figure series illustrating Shakespeare – Life is but a walking shadow – Oh that his too, too solid flesh would melt… • Iroquois Chief in pen and ink • Pencil drawing of H. M. S. Boscawen A fine collection.  Contains approximately 250 pages.  Measures 10” x 8”. .
1835 Album Assemblage, Christopher Aldridges with Dresdin Scrap decorated pages1835
Price: $1,150.00

A collection of works created with a central engravings on each page, often hand colored, each hand decorated with Dresden scrap and border decoration.  Decorations are often thematic to subject matter in engraving.  A wide variety of subjects from hunting, to landscapes, grieving, fashion, mourning, religion and humor.   Two (2) additional pages decorated with intricate embossed die-cut produced by premier lace paper makers of the day.  One page by Dobbs, with die-cut discs with concentric circle borders and relief scenes at center; the other by Mansell with intricate decorative devices in multiple color.   8vo. .
Book of Origins -Genealogy of Isobel Kemp Cox – Complied by Marion Buckley Cox,branching back to a witness of the signing of the Magna Carta Bailey's (6th Ed) Photo=Ancestral Record with Supplements.
Price: $1,200.00

A comprehensive genealogy of the Cox Family dating all the way back to the early 1600s with some branches of the family reaching back even further. The Cox family has a rich history where they were both apart of or witness to some of the major events in American and English History. From witnessing the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215, to being one of the first settlers of New Amsterdam (modern day New York City) and Hartford, CT. The genealogy narrative indicates family participation in the Boston Tea Party and Bacon’s Rebellion in 1679. The book itself was designed by the Rev. Frederic W Bailey, and it is his sixth edition of the Photo-Ancestral Record Book. Recorded in the book are the names, location of birth, and birth and death dates for each branch of the family tree. Where the complier of this genealogy knew; added in are burial locations, when individuals immigrated to America, including the ship they traveled on, as well as notations on where she discovered this information.  Photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, family letters, and other ephemera adorn the pages throughout this treasure.  As one continues to read through this genealogy it almost seems as though there wasn’t one important event or figure in American history that was not connected to this family. Family Connections and Family Lore of Note: The Temple branch of the Cox Family Tree is said to be descent from the famous Lady Godiva and the Earls of Mercia. George Yeardley, whose ancestor witnessed the signing of the Magna Carter, was one of the first settlers in Jamestown, and three time colonial Governor of the British Colony of Virginia.  His wife, Temperance Flowerdew, was one of the witness to the Last Will and Last Testament of John Rolfe’s, husband to Pocahontas. Hamutal Hammond Welsh (1735 – 1815) “conceived a great dislike for her husband”, apparently tried to kill him several times, even burning down their barn at one point. Captain John Clapp, who later became the Clerk of the First Provincial Assembly in New York, is said to have barely escaped being eaten by an alligator in South Carolina. William King and his wife Dorothy came to America and settled in Salem. After converting to Quakerism, suffered persecution at the hands of the local government in the 1660s. The family ghost story of “Aunt Swan”, Elizabeth Donnell, wife of General John Swan, who dreamt that Death himself was coming for her, and a week later mysteriously died suddenly. It is said her ghost still haunts the house she died in, and she has become known as the “Lady in White”. Elias Nexen (1740 – 1831) was appointed first Collector of the Port of New York under the Continental Congress. Jacob Bump served with General James Wolfe during the French and Indian War and participated in the taking of Quebec in 1759. John Donnell owned the “Willow Brook” house for a time in Baltimore, Maryland, which housed the famed ‘oval room’. This house was one of the first times, besides the White House, that an oval room was used in America. Gustav Lurman, who served in the 1st Maryland Cavalry, CSA, during the Civil War was saved by “Aunt Charlotte”, an African American woman who hid him when he crossed the northern lines while on duty. Enos Bronson, or “Uncle Enos” was an editor for the Federalist Gazette of the United States, and supposedly took over Benjamin Franklin’s printing press. .
Friendship Album" To Susan" with Asian and other themed Decoupage, Imagery, Watercolors, Drawings, Sentiments, Enigma, etc.. .UK.1847-1854
Price: $1,500.00

Gilt stamp brown leather cover. The introductory page is comprised of a finely executed cut-out handcolored floral spray with a lithograph verse at center.  It is titled "Album" and begins "To Poets, Painters, Enigma and Conundrum Makers and all those who wish to shine in this Literary Society..." Includes numerous applied engraved scenes throughout. Off special note is the decoupage of cut-out Asian themed imagery throughout. Additionally there are watercolors and drawings.  Many sentiments, verses, enigmas, a verse titled 'on the Death of a precious Child', 'The Slave's Dream', 'the Nightingale'.  The majority of the entries are from 1847-1849.   However it appears that someone added a few rather whimsical Victorian scrap embellishments c1880.  Measures . Covers reinforced.
Family papers including hair genealogy – “My Children’s Hair” (1808-1833) & Northwest Territories (1856-1859)
Price: $1,600.00

Also includes correspondence between a mother and her sons as they explored the Northwest Territories (1856-1859) for the James Rogers’ family, New Castle Delaware, New Castle, Delaware, chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Attorney General and Secretary of State of Delaware.

James Rogers (1789-1870) married Maria Booth in 1807. Materials include: a. Genealogy and snippets of each of the children’s hair. Two pages attached at top. The first has an affixed 2 ¾” x 2 ½” embossed envelope that reads “My Children’s Hair” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet with thirteen (13) snippets of hair sewn to the page. Each is captioned with a child’s name and date of birth. The reverse lists specific genealogical information including birth and marriage information about the parents and the specific day and time of birth for each child. This list ends after 1827. The children were born between 1808 and 1831. b. A scrap album page with hair with plaited hair held in place with gold hearts from the parents James and Marie while they were courting in 1804. Also includes a snippet from a newspaper announcing their wedding. Additionally there is the top of this page, which has separated from the hair that has a woven paper wreath with a hand-penned verse” Accept my dear flower which time cannot fade …emblem of my love for you”. Dated 1806. c. A letter with transcription from Maria to son Robert, an attorney in San Francisco in 1856 containing family news and reference to an unfortunate incident that had occurred in San Francisco in the recent past. d. A letter with transcription to Maria from son Julian, while serving as clerk to Major Franklin E. Hunt; Camp Floyd’s First Army Paymaster, August 12, 1857, Fort Kearny N.T. Discussing the trials and tribulations of traversing geography to reach the soldiers and give them their pay describing the frontier prairies destitute of all kinds of game and seeing where a herd of buffalo had been killed. A report on Southern Californians complaining of the overabundance of buffalos trying to get to their cattle. He continues by describing Fort Kearny and its surrounding landscape. He then asks after family members and concludes with a postscript “The Cheyenne Indians run off with 840 beef cattle a few days ago, belonging to the contractor and intended for the Utah Expedition. They killed one of the herdsman and wounded another. They are more the boldest Indians of the plains and it is a pity Col. Sumner did not meet them. This occurred only thirty miles from the fort.” e. The final item is a letter with transcription from Maria to son Julian from Boothhurst, New Castle, Delaware on September 17 through 18, 1857. Laments her concern for the safety of Julian as the papers are discussing those “horrid Mormons and are raising troops to occupy narrow passes in the road and how Brigham Young laughs at the idea of government send in troops to Utah as late in the season, when in all probability could weather will catch them before they cross the mountains”. Then discusses the passing of an aunt. This is followed by father (James) going to town to get letters from a steamer that is not insight. James returns without the letters. Additional news from the following day James returns from town with no letters and melancholy news of the loss of the Steamer. .
Hair Album - Elisabeth Lulls Book, in memory of Schoolmates, and Friends. ..
Price: $1,750.00

A handmade book with 37 woven hair pieces, each with decorative paper attached and identified. Includes extended family, schoolmates and friends, all in and about New Boston, NH. Families include Lynch, Tewksbury, Gregg, Farfiel, Dodge, etc and many Lulls.   Neatly arrayed and well constructed.  Few with paper hears.  Measures 8 1/2" x 5 5/8".. Elizabeth Lull ,born 9 Aug 1815 m New Boston, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; died 17 Jun 1893 in New Boston, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
1843 Watercolor & Pen and Ink Album for Jayne Lloyd Haines from her Father, Wm Haines, January 26, 1843
Price: $1,950.00

A large format album with embossed covers with an illuminated title page identifying the giver and receiver of the album.  An album rich in creativity with a few musings and writings, but predominantly a combination of   • well executed full page pen and ink drawings, many done after famous works • a charcoal drawing • watercolors, some composition works, that have been cut out and applied either as a single object or part of a collage • handcolored cut-out etching • well composed pages of scrap and cut-out works, mostly decorative but some with morals and enigmas • elaborately cut applied silhouettes of military invasions • a cobweb  with watercolor fuchsia that lifts to reveal a printed silk friendship verse on the inside back cover Elaborate gilt stamped cover.  Measures 9 1/2" x 12". .
Fine Album with 78 Identified Plaided Hair Works including 16 Doubles (Husband & Wife Entwined) and Woven Hearts. .Livingston, Columbia County NY .1848
Price: $2,450.00

A 7" x 8 1/2" handcrafted album with wallpaper covers and satin ribbon border.  An interesting arrray of plaited hair from numerous families in the Livingston, Columbia County NY area.  Of particular note - 16 of the works include hair from a husband and a wife, each woven or looped  in a different manner and joined with a ribbon at center.  An array of ribbons adorn the hair. The first page includes several members of the Potts family.  A verse reads "Why gaze you on my hoary hairs Ye children young and gay Your locks beneath the blast of cares May bleach as white as they.  Remember they That used to wear Upon their heads These locks of hair.  The following two pages also include verses referencing hair.  Additional verses scattered throughout the book.  A single pair of woven paper hearts near the end of the book.  The final page includes a single lock of hair and is captioned "Maria Potts.  This lock of hair was cut at the time of her death at the age of 91.  Members from the following families appear Potts, Bachman, Handerson, Hermans, Shear, Wilteie, Plags, Denninger, Pierce, Rockefeller, Gardner, Decker, Ham, Simpson, Rote, Wright, Genon, Wright, Cole, .
Hair Album - with 43 Hair Works identifed by individual, location and date, . .Ludyard CT, New Providence IN.1839-1842
Price: $2,500.00

Housed in green leather with top flap, the album includes 43 specimens, mostly from Ludyard CT Brooklyn PA and New Providence IN.  Artistically created with various loops and plaits of hair, each with an applied cut heart.  Those at the beginning of the book are all created with gold paper, later multiple colors are used. Each little work is identified by individual, the location, the date and in some instances the date they died.   Fine work.  Measures 6 1/2" x 4"..
Hair Album - Capron Family with 64 Identified and Adorned Hair Plaits Early New York State Settler Family, Saratoga and Montgomery Counties NY. ..1842
Price: $4,250.00

8vo. silk fabric covered book with hand stitched lining.  Penned title page reads “Cynthia F.Caprons, Hair book to be filled with Locks of hair as tokens of friendship long to be remembered.  Halfmoon, Saratoga Co. NY, May 15, 1842.”  Applied die-cut with skep at center on first page.  This is followed by 64 plaited works each with ribbon adornment, mostly identified and dated.  From simple ringlets to elaborate designs.   One piece includes a small woven paper heart and hand, another with two pair of woven paper hearts. . The family in New England descended from Banfield Capron who immigrated from England to Attleboro, MA in the 17th century. Another branch of the Banfield Capron family, Erastus Capron, participated in the Mexican War. He was a hero of that war, settled in FL and participated in the Seminole Indian wars, and Fort Capron at Indian River county, was named for him. There is also a town of Capron, Illinois, named for General Horace Capron who led the Illinois Regiment in the Civil War. The descendants of Banfield Capron through the 1800s is published in a book on the Capron family. There are end footnotes to this paragraph in the Banfield Capron reference noting John C Capron, Effingham Capron and John Willard Capron as descendants of Banfield Capron, the first American Capron immigrant
The Hair Album of Lydia J. Ensign,with 159 Identified and Adorned Hair Plaits, New York State. . ..1840-1850
Price: $9,250.00

8vo. silk fabric covered book with hand stitched lining. The penned title page  reads "Some lasting mementos my friends, That shall tell me of days gone by,  Of friendships commenced, or as may be, grown strong.  And respect, or affection, imply.  Though small the gift it speaks esteem, Which years I hope will not impair, A lock of hair, though a trifle you deem Is not without Our Father's Care.  Lydia J. Ensign.A fine album with 159 different identified adorned plaits of hair.  All varieties of plaiting and looping adorned with ribbons, wafers, seals, woven hearts, woven hearts and hands, die-cut gilt scrap elements and more.   Includes a number of families including the Ensign, Winegar,  Burrows, Witherell, Phillips and many more individual and small family units. Locations seems to be scattered about New York stae and include Springport Cayuga, Mechanicsville, North East Dutchess, Dobbs Ferry and many others.  Also includes the hair of several Reverends, all affliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  A fine piece of Americana. This is perhaps a companion piece to the Capron hair album, with similar design and works.