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Complete Set with original outer wrap – Infants’ Library No. 11, Library for the Little Ones at Home, No. 11.  American S. S. Union 1122 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. 1867- 1869

Eight (8) American Sunday School Union chap books including the original exterior paper wrap. Contents includes No. 417- The Rainbow, No 418 - The Ten Commandments, No. 419 - The Village Reformed, No. 420 - Ann and Ellen, and the Kitten, No. 421- John the Score; or, The Penitent Robber, No. 422 - The Happy Children, No. 423 - The Sunday Scholar and (no number) Little Child’s Scriptural Lessons (Rhyme). Each 16 pp. paper wraps. Each measures 2 ¾” x 4 3/8”. Books – near mint. Outer wrap – front and back separated; some toning.


We Come and Go – Informal Test for Third Pre-Primer (Scott, Foresman Co.) Dick, Sally and Baby c1950

Unpaginated test that appears to have been constructed from
the pages of a primer.  Hand penned
questions (and answers) on the reverse of some of the pages test the child’s
understanding and recognition of the page.
Measures 6” x 9”.  No OCLC.

Reader-Manual for Jim and Judy by Arthur I. Gates with the assistance of Mary M. Bartlett. The New World Play Book, MacMillan Company. 1939. First edition

Fifty (50) playing cards, each representing a different
Latin author.  The name of the individual
is at the top of the card followed by seven (7) questions.  Each of the questions is answered by the name
at the top of the card.  In original slip
case with instructions.   The interior
portion of the slip case provides information on the Outline of Latin
Literature, Significance of These Dates and Abbreviations of Roman Personal
Names Used in This Game.  Inscribed on
exterior of slip case. Light wear on slip case; contents excellent and
complete.

Twenty-five (25) Letters from Siblings to their Grandfather, Father & Mother, 1899-1905.  West Newton, MA

A collection of letters written by three (3) siblings from an affluent family. Most include the postally used envelopes. The father of the children was George P. Howlett, an attorney. The children’s grandfather was William Rudd of Albany NY, a train conductor.


The letters are newsy with information about family outings to the country club, current events and visits to the homes of others. A letter from October 1901 reads “There were a great crowd on the boulivard(sic), cars and many extra cars running. I had to let eight go by, one behind the other before I could get on…” One letter by the oldest sibling discusses a Halloween outing and her visits to the gymnasium. The younger of the siblings begins most of her correspondence with an apology for the delay in writing. A letter from the middle child apologies for not writing and then confesses that she really doesn’t have anything to say but will try and write a long letter because she hasn’t written for so long. Letters to the father and grandfather had a standard salutation of Dear, while letters to their mother were addressed to My Darling Mamma or Sweet Mamma.


The content and verbiage is noticeable more mature year after year. Fifteen (15) of the letters were to grandpa. Ten (10) were to their father and the remaining five (5) to their mother.


Menu and Program for One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary Saint Andrew’s Society of State of New York, Waldorf Astoria, Friday, November 30, 1906
6 pp with deeply embossed and hand colored cover illustration, printed in gold.  The introductory or title page has a finely embossed medal at top. The menu is elaborate with several courses and of course Haggis.  An illustration of a dancing gent wearing a kilt at lower right.  This is followed by a page of portraits of Anniversary Presidents, a page of toasts with a kilt wearing bag piper at lower right. This is followed Places of the Banquet, depicting vignettes of hotel exteriors beginning with the King’s Arms Tavern – 1758.  The final page lists the place of banquet by year and location.  Covers affixed with woven gold string tie. Measures 8 ½” x 11 ¾”..
1830s Scherenschnitte Cut-work Valentine & Punch Paper Sampler Rose Bookmark John Ripley, Putnam-Houser House, Belpre, Ohio
A grouping of materials belonging to John D. Ripley found by a descendant among papers in the  of the Putnam-Houser House in 1981. Contents include:A 12” x 15” scherenschnitte or cut-workpaper valentine with elongated floral design and circular decorative elements at border. Center has a hand-penned verse reading “This Valentine I sent to You As evidence of high respect, And when you read if e’er you do,  Don’t treat this missive with neglect.  Intricately cut from one sheet of paper. Few separations and light water stains. Housed in mahogany frame. It is accompanied by a silk punch paper sampler bookmark depicting a rose and the name John Ripley. The punch work measures 2 1/4” x 5”. The bookmark was found in the family Bible, 1857. Also includes a polished stock visiting card and embossed envelope addressed to John Ripley Esq.  Accompanying the material  is a note card signed by J. H. Houser Jr., describing the materials.   This is all accompanied by a typewritten genealogy of John Putnam, 1580-1662 and his wife Priscilla Gould.  .