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Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Rogers & Company Engravers and Printers, Chicago and New York building series number one. Rogers and Co..New York.
Price: $45.00

Printed folded paper with color silk screen image, number one in series, red and black text and border.  "The first number of a sequential series picturing progress in the erection of the great new building to house Rogers & Company New York", the front page features  a screened image of two builders and steel beams and two horses. Image is black, white, blue, and red. The inside has one page with Number One and a red lined border and the company logo. The back explains what the series is about and why it was created. 15" x 11". staining- mainly on edges, some wear more info
 Can't Be "Beet" Die-Cut Beet shaped advertisement for Bay State Papers. ..
Can't Be "Beet" Die-Cut Beet shaped advertisement for Bay State Papers. ..
Price: $50.00

Red Die cut "beet" advertisement for Bay State Papers, each page explains why their store can't be beat. A new store with "no stairs to climb", a sample box showing their complete line of boards, quality envelopes, ruled goods, and stationary, calendars, assortment of items such as folders, dance orders, invitations, tickets, flat writings, ledgers, bonds, and covers. 6" x 4". papers are detached more info
The Strathmore Quality Deckle Edge Book Papers; Strathmore Japan, Old Cloister, Strathmore, Old Stratford, AlexandraMunder-Thomsen PressBaltimore, MD1906
The Strathmore Quality Deckle Edge Book Papers; Strathmore Japan, Old Cloister, Strathmore, Old Stratford, AlexandraMunder-Thomsen PressBaltimore, MD1906
Price: $60.00

Embossed Gilt cover, frontispiece picture of factory, sample pages of Strathmore Quality Deckle edge book papers. Volume 1; Series 149; Issued Oct. 15, '06 by the Mittineague Paper Company in order to show Strathmore paper in the best manner. Begins with a history of the company. 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" more info
 Commercial Writing Books, Revised Indiana Edition, Belonging to Sylvia Fulton. Indiana School Book Co..Indianapolis, IN.1895
Commercial Writing Books, Revised Indiana Edition, Belonging to Sylvia Fulton. Indiana School Book Co..Indianapolis, IN.1895
Price: $65.00

A copy book meant for practicing penmanship which belonged to a ten year old girl, named Sylvia Fulton, during her fourth grade year. The top of each page has several words or phrases printed, which then the student was meant to repeatedly copy below. Some of the words and/or phrases used were "Rev. Running Gunning Geo.", "Vt. Vineyard Uniform U.S.", "Greatness is not goodness Geometry", and "Justice overtakes wrong January". The interior covers of the writing book provide instructions on how to hold a pen correctly and examples of "movement drill exercises" for one to practice. The front cover features several different engravings, all done in red ink. There is a boy and a girl seated at their desks, surrounded by a decorative border which features numerous tiny circles with images meant to represent the different states. In the center of the front cover is a large circle with an image representing the state of Indiana - a man chopping wood in a valley with what appears to be a wild boar in the background. The back cover features instructions on the "Essential Penmanship, Classification and Analysis of Letters". Completely filled. 24 pgs. Illustrated wrappers. Measures 8 1/2" x 7" . This child's strengths were most likely in areas other than penmanship. more info
 Directions for Making Tissue Paper Flowers, and Fancy Articles. Northrop, The Art Dealer.New Haven, CT.1886
Directions for Making Tissue Paper Flowers, and Fancy Articles. Northrop, The Art Dealer.New Haven, CT.1886
Price: $75.00

16 pp. staple booklet. Yellow wraps.. Instructs the reader on how to make various tissue paper flowers or other items such as tissue paper lamp shades.  Instructions on making Tulip, White, Jasmine and Fuchsia. The last few pages of the booklet have advertisements, including instructions on how you can order all the tissue paper needed to make the flowers in the book. Other advertisements are for pens, pocket cutlery and "something new" colored transparent visiting cards. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4". more info
Olivery Byrne Circular - To Patentees and Manufacturers of Machinery in Practical use in the United States - Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics and Engineering. D. Appleton & Co., .New York.1849
Olivery Byrne Circular - To Patentees and Manufacturers of Machinery in Practical use in the United States - Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics and Engineering. D. Appleton & Co., .New York.1849
Price: $75.00

A single-fold circular announcement and description of the upcoming publication of Dictionary of Machines, Mechanics and Engineering.  Inside pages blank. May 1, 1849. Postally used.  Addressed to a Nail Machinist in Bridgwater MA.   Measures 10" c 8".. more info
B. H. Rand Rand's Introduction to Penmanship: New Series, In Eight Numbers, Number 8. B. H. Rand.Philadelphia, PA.1855
B. H. Rand Rand's Introduction to Penmanship: New Series, In Eight Numbers, Number 8. B. H. Rand.Philadelphia, PA.1855
Price: $75.00

A copy book, apart of B. H. Rand's series, "Introduction to Penmanship". This copy book is full of practice penmanship, both  in regards to letters of the alphabet and signatures. These exercises are often on the margins of the pages, or over top of other text as the pages themselves are often full of lyrics to a variety of songs, such as "Zula Zong" (spelled Zuola Zong), "When You and I were Young Maggie", and "Home Again". These songs appear to have been either religious in nature or folk songs, most of which appear to have been published circa 1860-1870. These copy book appears to have been used by numerous people to practice their signatures. The majority of the names within the book appear to be connected to the Hemphill family of Due West, South Carolina. The signature most often found in the book is James Calvin Hemphill (1851-1927), but members of his family to appear also appear (mainly siblings and in-laws): John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), and Eugenia Cornelia Brewton Hemphill (1847-1935). It is also possible that the book originally belonged to James' father, Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill as towards the end of the book there is what appears to be an original 5 page sermon on the bible verse Hebrews: Chapter 4, Verse 9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God". Additionally there are two short, single page essays on on respect and the bible verse, Revelations Chapter 21, Verse 7. Lastly, one of the last pages has an incomplete alphabet of words. Each letter is given four or seven words that start with the corresponding letter. For example the letter 'M' has: Money, Monkey, Music, March, May, and Mr. This alphabet only goes until the letter 'P'. Brown printed wrappers with penciling. String binding. OCLC 3 (March 2020) Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Maj. James Calvin Hemphill was born on May 13, 1851 to Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill (1806-1876) and Hannah Smith Lind Hemphill (1808-1895) in Due West, Abberville County, SC. He had several siblings: John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), Isabell Hemphill (1845-?), and Mary Elizabeth Hemphill (?-1840). He graduated from Erskine College in 1870, where is father was a professor.  He married Rebecca Mariner True Hemphill (1855-1923), in 1878 and it is unclear if they had any children together. James was a journalist, mainly for South Carolina local newspapers, but at one point was a Washington correspondent. He was perhaps most well know for his attempts to discredit then Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson. He died from injuries resulting from a fall from a train car on November 20, 1927 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, SC. more info
1915 Catalogue The Tablet & Ticket Co., Willson's Paper Letters and Figures (Gummed). .New York.1915
1915 Catalogue The Tablet & Ticket Co., Willson's Paper Letters and Figures (Gummed). .New York.1915
Price: $85.00

Printed soft cover, photographs, tables, and illustrations throughout among text. A Catalogue for The Table and Ticket Co. for 1915. Booklet includes advertising, photographs of work for samples, testimonials, explanations of products, and accessories like storage boxes. One page has handwritten notes in margins explaining prices. 9 1/2" x 7". wear on edges, crease from folding catalogue in half more info
Cora Massie Stephens  Flyer for the  Tabernacle of Witness, An Engraving. W. E. Stephens.St. Louis, MO.1895
Cora Massie Stephens Flyer for the Tabernacle of Witness, An Engraving. W. E. Stephens.St. Louis, MO.1895
Price: $85.00

A flyer for the sale of "The Tabernacle of Witness", an engraving done by Cora Massie Stephens (1856-1943). The engraving was being sold by William Edward Stephens (1850-1918), Cora's husband and owner of W. E. Stephens & Co. (eventually renamed Stephens Lithographing and Engraving Company). The flyer is divided into two sections. The first section has a black and white print of the engraving, along with the text "Every Sunday School, and Every Pastor, Superintendent and Christian Worker should have a copy." This flyer was attempting to sell a larger and more colorful version of the engraving then was sold previously. The version for sale was 32" x 47" and has been "lithographed in ten colors and three bronzes, on heavy lithograph paper". The second section of this flyer included testimonials from a several past customers praising the quality and composition of the engraving. At the bases of the flyer, in red, is the text "Special Discount of 25 per cent. [sic] to Delegates to the Eighth International Convention". It is unknown what convention the flyer is referring to. With the flyer is two envelopes, the first one originally held the flyer and is emblazoned with the word "Important!". The second envelope is slightly smaller than the first and was meant as a return envelope and has the company's address on it. Measures 12" x 9" (flyer), 6 1/2" x 3 3/4 (envelope). more info
 Lettersheet  - Top of Mt Washington with inscription "Tip Top House" Mt. Washington, July 28, 1857. Carew Manufacturing Company.South Hadley, MA.July 28, 1857
Lettersheet - Top of Mt Washington with inscription "Tip Top House" Mt. Washington, July 28, 1857. Carew Manufacturing Company.South Hadley, MA.July 28, 1857
Price: $85.00

An unused lettersheet which features a detailed engraving of the of the Tip Top House, a famous hotel found at the summit of Mt. Washington, in Sargent's Purchase, NH. The engraving shows an active hotel with numerous men on horses and other individuals walking around or playing with dogs. On top of the flat roof of the hotel, a telescope can be scene, which was placed there by the hotel owners in order to create an observatory for the guests to use. There is a caption at the base of the engraving, "Top of Mt. Washington, 6285 feet above Sea Level". Written below that is "Tip Top House, Mt. Washington, July 28th, 1857. The lettersheet itself was made by the Carew Manufacturing Company, a Massachusetts based paper mill and company that was known for high quality writing papers. At the top right of the page is an embossed emblem that states, "Congress, Carew Co." with an image of a Capital Building. Measures 10": x 7 1/2". The hotel itself was built in 1853 and is made from rough cut granite and is a rectangular structure. The hotel, or a reconstruction of it, is still in existence today, and is on the National Registrar of Historical Places and is a part of Mt. Washington State Park. more info
 We Two, Carriers Greetings for 1910. Cleveland Press.Cleveland, Ohio.1910
We Two, Carriers Greetings for 1910. Cleveland Press.Cleveland, Ohio.1910
Price: $100.00

A three page calendar for the year 1910. The calendar is a Courier Calendar that was produced by the newspaper Cleveland Press. Each page features a doll couple from a different country. The first image of dolls from Britain: the girl doll has blond hair and is in a green dress, while the boy is a toy soldier in the uniform of a Buckingham Palace guard. The second couple is from Japan, and features the boy and girl dolls in traditional clothing, kissing. The last couple is from Sweden, the girl in a traditional Swedish milk maid outfit hugging the boy doll, with both wearing wooden clogs. At the base each of the pages are two lines to poem, which altogether is: "For every star a drop of dew- For every heart a heart as true. Like to like is drawn, love As I am drawn to thee! I am made for love and her, And she for love and me." The right margin of each illustration features the calendar months.  The first page only has January on it. The second has February through July, and the last page has August through December on it. The three pages are hole punched at the top and bound together with a piece of twine. Measures 10 3/4" x 7 1/4". more info
 Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of  Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
Typographic Messenger, Volume 5, No 4. - Scale of Sizes and Prices of Printers' Cards. James Conner's Son Publishers.New York.October 1870
Price: $100.00

A magazine meant for professional or enthusiasts who were devoted to the typographic arts. This particular volume was printed in October 1870, and is Volume 5, No. 4. The front cover of this issue is an advertisement for Printer's Cards sold by John Robinson from New York. There is a diagram that shows the various cards he has per sale and their cost.  Some of the interior pages start with the 'History of the Art of Printing', quarter page to full page illustrated advertisements, generally for printing press, paper cutters and different type faces (Gothic #5, Wood Type, etc.) and decorative device border examples. Of note is a full page price list advertisement for The Newton Copper Type Company and Philadelphia Printing Ink Works. Pink covers. 20 pp. Pages are numbered 50-64. Measures 13" x 9 1/2". more info
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
Selick Krigstein Mono-Rote-Kriculator. Merriam Paper Co. .New York.1938
Price: $100.00

A three-layer volvelle made by the Merriam Paper Co. meant to help determine the equivalent weight, count or bulk between two different sizes of paper bundles. The wheels have four different color-coded sections: yellow, green, white, and tan. On the front of the volvelle, in the center there is an example given to show one how to use the wheel. On the back there are four different sets of instructions on how to use the wheel to determine count, bulk, weight, and reductions. Diameter 8".. more info
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
Catalogue of Cuts and Price List of Printing for Poultry and Live Stock Breeders and Business Men in General. Riverside Press.New York.
Price: $100.00

A catalogue that list and provides examples of illustrations that Poultry and Live Stock Breeders can use while advertising their products. At the beginning there is a price list for different sizes of envelopes, note head, memo head, letter heads, statements, shipping tags, post cards, circulars, folders and booklets. There are approximately 165 different images of live stock that farmers could choose from to help advertise their goods. While the majority of the images are of chickens (different kinds of chicks, hens, and roosters) there are also images of ducks, pigs, rabbits, dogs, turkeys, sheep, and goats. Additionally there are several fonts one can use from. 40 pg. (including covers). Staple booklet. Measures 9" x 6". more info
 Worthy Papers, Paper Sample Catalogue. Worthy Paper Company.West Springfield, MA.c1900
Worthy Papers, Paper Sample Catalogue. Worthy Paper Company.West Springfield, MA.c1900
Price: $100.00

A trade catalogue for the Worthy Paper Company which was started in 1872 by Justin L. Worthy in Agawam, MA. It would later move to West Springfield in 1892. This catalogue is a binder made from thick card board paper, and carries paper samples from 16 different paper lines produced by the company. The lines included in this catalogue are: Georgian, Worthy Brochure, Auelian, Marowe, Daclan, Worthy Sterling Wove, Worthy Signature, Worthy Coronet, Rocburghe, Hand and Arrow, Hadrain, Worthy Charts, Worthy Text, Permanent Book, Worthy Letter, and Sterling Manuscript. Within each line are several different paper samples in a variety of colors, weaves, and finishes. There are 111 paper samples in total. The covers are a light blue card stock with a dark blue binding strip. Measures 10" x  7 1/2". more info
 The Centennial Series of Spelling Blanks, In Three Numbers, No. 1: Words, belonging to Florence Hudson. Sheldon & Co, .New York, NY.1876
The Centennial Series of Spelling Blanks, In Three Numbers, No. 1: Words, belonging to Florence Hudson. Sheldon & Co, .New York, NY.1876
Price: $100.00

This composition notebook is especially designed for spelling exercises and spelling test with each page featuring three columns where one can list individual words. Some but not all of the pages appear to have been graded, and feature an 'X' besides words that were spelled wrong. On one of the last pages of the notebook there are written several sentences. It is unclear if theses were meant a draft for an essay or something else. Each sentence has an underlying geography theme, often mentioning a city, its location, and what natural landscapes surround the location. The front cover uses highly stylized fonts for the title, with a decorative border. Back cover is a list of other "Popular and Useful School Books published by Sheldon & Co." Brown wrappers. String binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019). Measures 8 1/2" x 7 1/4".. more info
 A Copybook Belonging to Caroline Hildsette, circa 1853. John W. Flagg.Bennington, NH.1853
A Copybook Belonging to Caroline Hildsette, circa 1853. John W. Flagg.Bennington, NH.1853
Price: $100.00

A copy book made and sold by "John W. Flagg" in Bennington, NH. The front cover states that "J.W.F. continues to manufacture all kinds of Writing, Printing, and Sand Paper, and keeps constantly on hand a general assortment of Blank and School Books." The copy book itself Caroline Hildsette, a young girl who on each page copies a short sentence repeatedly to practice her penmanship. Some of the sentences she uses are "He who acts the clown becomes the clown", and "Clean neat and free from every blot this book." The front cover has an engraving of two hunters getting chased by wolves in a forest. The back cover has a multiplication chart. Both the front and back covers also feature a decorative border. Brown wrappers string binding. OCLC 9 (Dec 2019) Measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2". more info
Vivian M. Shaw Legends of Letterland by a Big Bird - ABC book. A. N. Palmer Company.New York.1930
Vivian M. Shaw Legends of Letterland by a Big Bird - ABC book. A. N. Palmer Company.New York.1930
Price: $105.00

A wonderfully charming book on penmanship. Vivian Shaw uses the Palmer Method, considered to be the authority on cursive instruction. Each letter is shown in its upper and lower case forms, with some letters, such as 'F' having 3 forms due to the various ways in which the upper case letter can be formed. For each version of every letter there is a little story and poem to go along with an anthropomorphic illustration of the letter. The cover depicts an owl wearing a suit and holding a book perched on a tree branch. 62 pages, OCLC-1 (of the 1930 version, Feb 2019). Plates by: Ester E. Painter.  Measures 7 1/2" x 5".. more info
Lettersheet with an Engraving of the German Peace Festival . ..[1871]
Lettersheet with an Engraving of the German Peace Festival . ..[1871]
Price: $110.00

The German Peace Festival was celebrated all across the US in most major cities (including but not limited to New York, Baltimore, Washington DC and even Honolulu! The festival was to commemorated the end of the Franco-Prussian War. The festival in the cities consisted of large parades with floats, soldiers in uniform, and German singers. The engraving itself takes up nearly the entire front page of the single fold unused lettersheet. The main portion of the engraving shows a parade serpentining the sheet, with a variety of parade floats, squadrons of men on horseback or marching in uniform, German and American flags, and marching bands. At the top of the page are three close ups of sections of the parade.  The first features several men in uniform on horses pulling a float with the Goddess of Victory, Nike, on top. The second features a large marching band with drum major at the front. The last image features another horse drawn float, however the float this time is of a giant top hat. This may or may not be in reference to the late President Lincoln. The base of the engraving is captioned with "Deutsches Friedensfest in Amerika [German Peace Festival in America] 187_". There is no indication as to which city this particular representation of the festival took place in. The interior pages of this lettersheet are lined. Single fold. Measures 10 3/4" x 8 1/2" (folded), 16 3/4" x 10 3/4" (unfolded).. more info
 Herbick & Held Type Specimen Book belonging to Violet Symons, Pittsburgh, Pa. c1950s . Herbick & Held Printing Co..Pittsburgh.c1950s
Herbick & Held Type Specimen Book belonging to Violet Symons, Pittsburgh, Pa. c1950s . Herbick & Held Printing Co..Pittsburgh.c1950s
Price: $125.00

Stamped leather cover with personalization of "Violet Symons" on bottom right corner. A large format top fold spiral book designed for page addition and subtraction. It includes a complete line of typographic stock for the company and is to be used by clients to judge appearance, compare fonts and assist n layouts. The introduction describes the Copy Fitting process and provides information on Proofreading. This is followed by tabbed sections with several pages of examples for eighteen (18) different type faces. Examples include Bookman, Century, Garamond, Karnak and Scotch Roman. 12 ½”x 9 ¼”. more info
 Seven (7) Razor Cut Engrossed Salesman Samples, Howard C. Rice,1912. ..1912
Seven (7) Razor Cut Engrossed Salesman Samples, Howard C. Rice,1912. ..1912
Price: $125.00

Seven (7) made by hand salesman samples featuring razor cut art and engrossed calligraphy penmanship. Beautifully decorated cards with penman's samples of engrossing and razor cuts. 2 1/4" x 3 3/4". slight fading on one card more info
Louis Gaylord Clark Circular - Announcing Daniel Webster's Life, Eulogy, and Four Great Orations.. Wilbur M. Hayward & Co..Rochester, NY.1853
Louis Gaylord Clark Circular - Announcing Daniel Webster's Life, Eulogy, and Four Great Orations.. Wilbur M. Hayward & Co..Rochester, NY.1853
Price: $125.00

Single-fold 11" x 8" circular announcing the volume printed in the best style of typographical art, on a superior quality of paper containing 184pp. and a steel portrait of Mr. Webster extant.  Lists the orations and price list for publisher copies in paper or muslin.  Inside pages blank.  Printed on stationery with embossed scroll and arrow upper left "Carson & Co. . more info
 Catalogue of Books, Ancient and Modern In the English and Foreign Languages, No. 53. John Wilson.London, England.October 1834
Catalogue of Books, Ancient and Modern In the English and Foreign Languages, No. 53. John Wilson.London, England.October 1834
Price: $125.00

A catalogue of 16 pp and almost 800 books sold by John Wilson, in what was most likely his going out of business sale. On the first page of this catalogue it states " being obliged to remove from London on account of ill health, he has greatly reduced the Prices of the Book sin the present Catalogue, in many instances that are inserted UNDER COST PRICE, is object being to realize a Sale as soon as possible." Printer G. Norman. 16 pages. Thread binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4". more info
A Pair of Copybooks belonging to Charles A. Carlton . ..[1855]
A Pair of Copybooks belonging to Charles A. Carlton . ..[1855]
Price: $125.00

This pair of copy books belong to Charles A. Carlton and they showcase the penmanship practices of individual letter, and how one flows into another. The two copy books are entitled: 'The Original Duntonian System of Rapid Writing, Revised and Improved, Designed for Academies, Seminaries, and Common School, No. 4', published by Whittemore, Niles and Hall in Boston, MA in 1855 and 'Potter & Hammond's Analytical and Progressive System of Penmanship, in Twelve Numbers, No. 4' published by Potter, Hammond & Co. in 1858 (OCLC 1, Dec 2019). Both books utilize similar systems designed to enhance one's penmanship and rapid writing. The systems involve a series of printed lines, letters, words, and/or phrases printed at the top of each page that one would then repeatedly copy. Each book starts off with simple curved lines repeated over and over again, with each section the curves becoming tighter and closer together. In the next section, individual letters are repeated over and over again with particular attention paid to how one letter connects into the next. For example, repeating the letter 'm' over and over. Eventually individual words are practiced such as 'testament', 'unicorn' and 'reminded'. At the end of the copy book, whole sentences are repeated, such as: "By a good deportment we gain reputation,"  and "Neglect no opportunity to improve the mind." Both covers  feature decorative filigree and borders as well as small engravings of a hand holding a pen. Each cover has a space where the owner of the books, Charles A. Carlton, can write their name. The back covers have different printed advertisements. In the case of 'The Original Duntonian System of Rapid Writing' has information on other books sold by its publisher. The ''Potter & Hammond's Analytical and Progressive System of Penmanship' has information on 'The Providence Commercial Academy', a school for penmanship, book keeping and mathematics as well as a small engraving at the base of the page of a nib of a pen. Both have brown wrappers and string bindings. Measures 8 1/2 x 6 3/4". more info
 A New Location, Wm. R. Cardy Co. Succeeding Herschman E. Cardy, Printers Embossers, Engravers, Binders. Wm. R. Cardy Co.Chicago, IL.[1930]
A New Location, Wm. R. Cardy Co. Succeeding Herschman E. Cardy, Printers Embossers, Engravers, Binders. Wm. R. Cardy Co.Chicago, IL.[1930]
Price: $125.00

Wm. R. Cardy Co. was a printing company owned by William Robert Cardy (1872-1933), that was located in Chicago and also did embossing, engraving and binding. This brochure is advertising a new location and change of business name. Cardy had had a partner in the past, Hershman, but now he owned the company outright. The front cover features a beautiful, ornate, and colorful lithographic border done in a medieval style with an image of a printer at a press on the bottom. The design is done in a combination of blue, red, green, and some gilding. The font chosen is also highly stylized and reminiscent of a font used in the medieval ages. This same style of border is continued on the interior page of the brochure along with a drop cap letter and information about their new location and printers. On the bottom of the back cover it says "printed on medieval parchment". Single fold brochure. Measures 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" (folded), 11 1/2" x 8 1/2" (unfolded) . more info
George F. Murdock Composition Notebook for the Winter Term of George F. Murdock. .Stow, MA.1879-1880
George F. Murdock Composition Notebook for the Winter Term of George F. Murdock. .Stow, MA.1879-1880
Price: $125.00

A composition notebook for twelve year old George F. Murdock during the winter term of his "3rd Class". It has thirteen (13) short essays, short stories, and/or sample letters with subjects ranging from Paul Revere, a description of what is in the classroom or seen from his window, and a short story of about a man on the moon. Murdock himself would late go on in life to become an educator and high school principal. It is clear that some of these entries were graded as the majority have a grade written on the top in pencil. Presumably each assignment was graded out of ten points, and Murdock received 9's, 9.5's, and 10's. Below are some excerpts from the composition notebook: "This man lives in a yellow farm house which contains sixteen rooms. Besides the house the man has a a woodshed, a large barn, and a farm containing one thousand acres which covers the surface of the moon. His farm is a very valuable one requiring but little attention except in harvest time' so the man has a good deal of leisure and makes himself very comfortable. He is the only person found on the moon; but once a balloon containing several persons lost it sway , and while trying to get back to the earth it touched the moon near the man's house. The people were kindly cared for by the man and after several months they set sail for the earth which they reached safety..." - Excerpt from "The Man in the Moon", January 8th, 1880 "One Thanksgiving evening when I had been indulged at the supper table more hat usual I went to bed while the clock was striking eight and was soon asleep. I dreamed I was preparing to go to Europe. I spent a week packing my trunk and arranging things at home so that they would be preserved until I returned. I arrived at the depot which seemed to be somewhere in New York and went aboard the train for Boston. On reaching that city I hired a hackman to carry me to the wharf. After riding about ten hours the hack stopped; I stepped out and found myself in a forest. I gazed around for a minute and turned to speak to the coachman; but he, the carriage, and horses were all gone. Suddenly night came on, and it began to rain. After many wanderings I found an opening in a rock; I entered and found a large room under the rock with supper waiting for me to which I bountifully helped myself, and then went to bed..." - Excerpt from "A Dream", January 26, 1880 Tan wrappers, lined interior pages, two thirds full. Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4". George Frederick Murdock was born March 8, 1867 to Charles Nathanael Murdock (1835-1904) and Julia Ann Temple (1841-1873) in Hopkinton, MA. He had at least one sibling: Charles Henry Murdock (1865-?). He married Abbie Barker Wade (1867-1939) on February 9, 1893 and had three children: Arthur Wade Murdock (1893-?), Evelyn Louise Murdock (1897-1980), and Frederick M. Murdock (1911-1995). George was the Principal of Major Victor E. Edwards High School in West Boylston High for twenty six (26) until his retirement in 1938. His date of death is unknown. more info
Gaskell's Compendium of Elegant Writing, Part 3: Instructions, Comprised of A New Series of Copy-Slips, with Ample Instructions …
Gaskell's Compendium of Elegant Writing, Part 3: Instructions, Comprised of A New Series of Copy-Slips, with Ample Instructions …
Price: $125.00

...for use by Private Learners & Pupils of Business Colleges, Academies, & District Schools.  This book is Part 3 of a four part series written by George A. Gaskell, mean to teach penmanship, either as a self-taught student, or a pupil in a school. The book is broken up into three chapters: "Legibility", "The Capitals and Explained and Analyzed", and "The Small Letters Analyzed, the Numerals. Off-hand Flourishing." What is unique about this book, is that in the second chapter, the author uses an alphabet to exemplify capital letters. Such as "B in Brooklyn", "I in Importation", and "T in Towersville". The front cover depicts two black and white engravings, the first of which depicts a teacher and his male student learning about penmanship, and the second which depicts a young woman seated at a desk practicing her penmanship. At the front of the book is a black and white engraving of Gaskell himself. 16 pg. Purple pictorial wrappers. OCLC 1 (Feb 2020, but complete set). Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". more info
 Typothetae Dinner Guest Log. Edward H. Stuart.Pittsburgh, PA.7661
Typothetae Dinner Guest Log. Edward H. Stuart.Pittsburgh, PA.7661
Price: $125.00

A tongue-in-cheek guest log for a 'Typothetae Dinner' at the Chatham Tavern in Pittsburgh, PA. The dinner was a "Ye Gathering of ye Kindred Spirits to pay homage to a fellow craftsman, Frederick [sic] W. Goudy, at ye Typothetae Dinner". Goudy (1865-1947) was an American printer, artist and type designer. Some of his more well known font creations are Copperplate Gothic, Goudy Old Style, and Kennerley. Along with the "shade of Harry Lawrence Gage", there were were thirteen others who signed their name on the card, and as the word 'Typothetae' infers, the dinner was attended by a variety of men in the printing business. At the end of this description there is a list of the men that were able to be identified, along with their place of work. At the end of the list, there is a bit a humor, as it states "and others too respectable to mention". Under this is information on the printer, who was also one of the attendees, Edward H. Stuart. It states that it was printed "with loving care and thoughtful kindness... set in Kennerly [sic] [a Goudy Creation] of course." There are oddly two spelling mistakes on this item. The first of which is Goudy's name, as it spelled Frederic not Frederick, and the second is the name of the font used by Stuart, it is Kennerley not Kennerly. Lastly, of possible note, this dinner took place at a Tavern almost a year after prohibition started, and this might be the reason no record of the tavern itself existing was found. Single page, double sided. Measures 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" List of names: Arthur C. Gruver, works for MacGregor Cutler Printing Company  in Pittsburgh, PA George W. Kinnard & Edwin H. Stuart, Owners of a Typographic Service in Pittsburgh, PA Vic Young, Manager of Globe-Wernicke Co. a print shop Edwin H. Stuart, Printer & Designer in Pittsburgh, PA John Hoyle, Director of Printing in the Printing Department of Carnegie Institute of Technology. more info
 Writing Book, An Accounting Book, Ledger for Purchase of Brewster Farm, an apple farm and resulting operation of the farm near Portsmouth NH, 1870-1880. Cutter Tower & Co..Boston, MA.
Writing Book, An Accounting Book, Ledger for Purchase of Brewster Farm, an apple farm and resulting operation of the farm near Portsmouth NH, 1870-1880. Cutter Tower & Co..Boston, MA.
Price: $150.00

This blank notebook has been partially filled out with an account of the expenditures of an unknown individual, dating form 1870-1880. It lists sold products such as apples and pears and payments for services, taxes, etc.  Many of the entries include buyer or seller's name. The first entry is the purchase of Brewster Farm for $3,000. Shortly after L.L. De'Rochement purchased a portion  of the farm for $700. The front cover has a large engraving of a hand holding a pen with a decorative border. The back cover also has a decorative border, but with a multiplication chart at the center. Blue wrappers. String binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8" x 6 3/4". more info
H. F. Wendell & Co Catalog of Fine Memorial Goods. .Leipsic, OH.1920
H. F. Wendell & Co Catalog of Fine Memorial Goods. .Leipsic, OH.1920
Price: $175.00

A catalogue for H. F. Wendell, located in Leipsic, Ohio, who claimed to be the largest memorial house on earth. This catalogue focuses on memorial cards shows 9 photomechanical prints of some of the styles offered by H. F. Wendell. Each of these prints come with a style number, size, description and price. One example of the cards, is Style No. 1, and it is advertised as "the most beautiful memorial card ever designed for children." If can even be finished in gold. The cover depicts the home office of the company surrounded by decorative elements. 12 folded pages. Measures 6" x 4" (folded), 18" x 8" (unfolded). more info
A. F. Merrill, D. P. Merrill, & E.M. Merrill A Set of Three Composition Notebooks belonging to the Merrill Siblings. .Falmouth, ME.1864-1869
A. F. Merrill, D. P. Merrill, & E.M. Merrill A Set of Three Composition Notebooks belonging to the Merrill Siblings. .Falmouth, ME.1864-1869
Price: $175.00

A set of three composition notebooks belong to the Merrill siblings of Falmouth, ME. Their names were: Abbie Frances Merrill (1853-1944), Deering P. Merrill (1857-1941), and Esther M. Merrill (1855-?).  Below is a description of each child's copybook: Esther's copybook is entitled "The Scholar's Economical Writing Book for Common Schools" and was published by Sanborn & Carter, with no publication date listed. As this copybook features what appears to be the beginning exercises of penmanship and writing, this book was most likely used by Esther in the early 1860s. The book starts off with writing exercises where a single letter is repeated before moving on to individual words and short sentences, such as "Alabama" and "A man manners influence his fortune". Esther's full name is also repeated on a page as she learned how to write it. The front cover features a geometric decorative border, while the back features are more symmetrical delicate decorative border and a multiplication table. Yellow wrappers. String Binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8 1/4" x 6 3/4" Abbie's copybook is entitled "The Young Lady's and Gentleman's Writing Book or Book for Compositions" published by O. L. Sanborn & Co. of Portland, ME. Abby has dated this book from 1864-1865. The copybook features a series of sentences repeated, such as: "Avoid temptation through fear that you might yield" and "Vice punishes itself but virtue secures its own reward." The last several pages are copied fake invites, receipts and short letters. The front cover has a decorative border that looks like lace. The back cover has a multiplication table. Dark blue wrappers. Sting binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8" x 7" 'Writing Book' is a copybook full of penmanship exercises belonging to Deering when he was twelve years old in 1869. The In additional various morality sayings that were repeatedly copied,  the book also features the repetition of common words or titles like Mr., Mrs., Miss, and the days of the week, as well as local building and businesses such as the local seminary school, 'Westbrook Seminary', and the court house. The book itself was published by L. S. Manufactory of Cambridgeport, MA, with no publication date. Illustrated teal wrappers with a school days border and an engraving at the center of a group of school children, one of which is wearing a dunce cap. The back features the same school days border with a engraving of the store front of L. S. Learned. Teal wrappers. Sting binding. OCLC 0 (Dec 2019) Measures 8 1/4" x 7". The Merrill siblings lived in Falmouth, ME in the mid 1800s. The children were born to John Alexander Pope Merrill (1823-1918) and Elizabeth Susan Merrill (1830-1907). The siblings names were: Abbie Frances Merrill (Feb 1853- Oct 8, 1944), Deering P. Merrill (1857- Dec 28, 1941), Esther M. Merrill (1855-?), Mary E. Merrill (April 2, 1866- Sept. 17, 1956), and Rueben Merrill (1878- Jan 29, 1979). more info
Advertising Campaign Portfolio with Printer Samples - Glendale Milk. McTee & Co Inc.New York.1929
Advertising Campaign Portfolio with Printer Samples - Glendale Milk. McTee & Co Inc.New York.1929
Price: $225.00

The Advertising Campaign Portfolio was produced by McTee & Company Inc for Glendale Milk in 1929. McTee & Company was New York based advertising firm run by John Bevans, a novelist poet and advertising man, who produced ads that both “that tell your story at a glance” and will  “entertain and inform them, [to] keep your name before the public." The campaign was called “Kiddies in Dairyland” which was a storybook for Glendale Milk customers. This portfolio comes in two folders. The first contains a description of the ad campaign with fold-out pages, 52 pages of illustrations of the campaign with various details, letter from the Contact Department of Mc Tee & Company, a coupon book, and 6 blind embossing stock plates. The second portfolio contains seven pockets with a total of 62 blind embossing stock plates of various sizes (the majority are 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"), and two metal printing plates with their corresponding samples. Measures 12 1/2" x 11” (folders), 9 1/4" x 9 (largest blind embossing stock plate) To view this item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LxxClyikMxMINLk32. Minor edge wear to portfolios. First page of the ad description in the first folder is partially detached. more info
 Travel Scrap or Memento Book  -  Monograms, Hotel Logos, Fraternity Insignias etc.. ..1930-1940s
Travel Scrap or Memento Book - Monograms, Hotel Logos, Fraternity Insignias etc.. ..1930-1940s
Price: $225.00

A unique scrap travel book  compiled by an unknown person with each page filled will snippets from letterheads from the stationary of the hotels the individual has stopped at. These pieces of the letterhead have been cut out and pasted into the album and there is a range of a singe (larger) piece to up to over twenty pieces on each page. The hotels range from all over North America, from the Wellington Hotel in Chicago to the Hodson in Waterbury, CT, to Hotel Geneye in Mexico City, Mexico to Hotel Windsor in Atlantic City, NJ. There are also letterheads from transportation means, such as "S.S. Brookline". "Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway - En Route", and the "S.S. Mongolia" Sometimes the entire logo and name of the hotel isn't cut out, and only a portion, like the initials of the hotel or their logo. For example, there is one that is only the image of a shield with "The Barclay" written on top of it.  Additionally, there are also a few pages of cutouts from military letterheads such as "United States Army", "Army & Navy", "Second Army Corps", and the "Metal of Honor". In the beginning of the album the pieces were  arranged with purpose, such as creating the letter "W", within a few pages this effort ended.  Also includes a few pages of monograms and fraternity insignias, college flags, fraternal organization insignias and more.  Fifty (50) leaves with virtually all with material covering the front and back pages. The album showcases the wide variety of styles and designs hotels used on their stationary. While the majority of these letterheads are in black and white, there are a few that have color as well as being embossed. Interleaves. Leather cover.  Measures 10" x 7". . more info
George J. Becker A Pair of Copybooks belonging to Susan Y. Shoemaker, circa 1850 . Uriah Hunt & Son.Philadelphia, PA.1842
George J. Becker A Pair of Copybooks belonging to Susan Y. Shoemaker, circa 1850 . Uriah Hunt & Son.Philadelphia, PA.1842
Price: $225.00

A pair of copybooks originally belonging to a young girl named Susan Shoemaker who most likely lived in or around Philadelphia, PA (Walnut Grove) in the 1850s. The titles of the copybooks are: 'The American System of Penmanship in Three Parts: Ten Numbers, No. 9' (OCLC 4, Dec 2019) published by Uriah Hunt & Son in Philadelphia, PA in 1842, with the penmanship system itself by George J. Becker and 'Leary's Cheap Book Store Copybook' (OCLC 0, Dec 2019) published by Leary's Cheap Book Store in Philadelphia, PA, with no date. Each page of both books features a new sentence, the majority of which are quite lengthy and have a moral undertone. Some of the phrases are: "The activity of genius is unlimited and the measure of its effects depends entirely upon a steady exertion of its powers", "Never give out while there is hope; but hope not beyond reason; for that shows more desire than judgment", "A man can hardly do a greater service to his neighbor than to instruct and encourage him in the performance of his duties" and "Sins are like circles in the water, when a stone is thrown into it, one produces another. When anger was in Cain's heart, murder was not far off. P. Henry." The front cover of "The American System of Penmanship" features an engraving of man and a woman seated opposite at a table, writing with a quill. The back of the book features instructions on penmanship and a description of the series. Dark brown wrappers. String binding. Measure 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" The front cover of 'Leary's Cheap Book Store Copybook' features an engraving of the street front and store where the notebook was sold - Leary's Cheap Book Store, No. 158 North Second Street. Beneath the engraving is printed "Where are kept constantly on hand, and for sale, over 100,000 volumes of New, Old, and Scarce Books in every Department of Literature, wholesale and retail. All the latest Editions of School Books. Latin, Greek, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, and German Books." Additionally there is a decorative floral border. The back cover of the notebook is information on books sold by the author James Brown who wrote several books on grammar and the English language, that were printed by Leary's Cheap Book Store. The interior cover page has an engraving of the capital building. Tan wrappers. String binding.  Measures 7 3/4" x 6 1/4".. more info
Samuel Ward Co.: Boston Linen Co. Engraving and Fine Printing  Paper Sample Catalogue. Samuel Ward Co..Boston.[1887]
Samuel Ward Co.: Boston Linen Co. Engraving and Fine Printing Paper Sample Catalogue. Samuel Ward Co..Boston.[1887]
Price: $225.00

A 2 1/4" 4 1/2" paper sample book with the original envelope.  The foil paper cove with embossed lettering and a devil holding a letter on a shield that reads "Engraving and Fine Printing".  Note the title location is on Devonshire, however there is a tip-in advising of the relocation to 49 and 51 Franklin Street, therefore dating this c1887.   Includes general information on the assorted styles, mourning papers and their long list of specialties including wedding invitations, visiting cards, coats of arms, Street Dies, Dance Orders etc.   Also includes pricing information, a tipped-in folded diagram showing sizes of paper and visiting cards, a chart delineating available widths of border on morning paper and an array of Ward's Diamond Steel Pens (nibs). The remainder of the book is approximately 60 paper samples each with a name, number, weight, size and price information and whether or not envelopes are available.  Includes National Safety Paper for checks, Napkin paper and correspondence card among the various other paper types.. more info
 Four (4) Bill heads - Utica New York Printers, Booksellers & Stationers. Bennett, Backus, Hawley & Fuller.Utica, NY.1837-1849
Four (4) Bill heads - Utica New York Printers, Booksellers & Stationers. Bennett, Backus, Hawley & Fuller.Utica, NY.1837-1849
Price: $225.00

Four (4) billheads including cost of goods sold and additional information for the firms of  from Gardiner Tracy, Bennett, Backus & Hawley, Hawley, Fuller & Co. and H.H. Hawley.  Sidebars include basic information on types of goods being sold, to the categories of inventory to lists of actual books published by printer.  All addressed to Rowley and/or Curry, booksellers in Utica.. more info
 The New Letter Writer Containing a Variety of Letters on the Following Subjects: Relationship, Business, Love, Courtship and Marriage, Friendship, and Miscellaneous Letters. . Richard Marsh.New York.1853
The New Letter Writer Containing a Variety of Letters on the Following Subjects: Relationship, Business, Love, Courtship and Marriage, Friendship, and Miscellaneous Letters. . Richard Marsh.New York.1853
Price: $250.00

96pp. Yellow illustrated wrappers depicts gent reading a letter with vignettes of women in border decoration.. Contains examples of a total of 85 letters for nearly circumstance one can imagine. From a young tradesman to his father to from a sailor to his wife and From a young man whose Master had lately died to an urgent demand of payment. On the front cover has an engraving of a man leaning on a desk, reading a letter. OCLC -5 (Feb 2019). Measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4".. more info
 Documents associated with the early development of the Holyoke to South Hadley Falls Bridge including pledge petition, receipt for survey and plans, and bill heads for material printing and Bridge Committee dinner receipt 1870. . ..1870
Documents associated with the early development of the Holyoke to South Hadley Falls Bridge including pledge petition, receipt for survey and plans, and bill heads for material printing and Bridge Committee dinner receipt 1870. . ..1870
Price: $275.00

The documents include As a single-fold 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" hand written pledge petition beginning with "We the undersigned interested in a Bridge between Holyoke & South Hadley Falls promise to pay the amount opposite our respective names for the purpose of processing plans and making surveys for the same and the expenses". This is followed by 79 signatures and pledge amounts. A receipt from D. Briggs & Co, Springfield for the survey and plans totaling $300.00. An 8" x 5" illustrated billhead from the Ingleside, Holyoke Mass. The fee is for Dining and addressed to the Bridge Committee. The bill head is printed in green ink with a fine illustration of the exterior of the establishment including the street scene. A 7" x 8" billhead for printing of associated materials including petitions and rulings, advance notices for various newspapers, postage and printing supplies totaling $75.50. The letterhead is printed in three colors with a vignette of an eagle carrying an American shield. Printed in various decorative fonts in three colors. . more info
 Menu Dinner to the Officers of The Pilgrims of the United States. Tiffany & Co. .New York, NY.1480
Menu Dinner to the Officers of The Pilgrims of the United States. Tiffany & Co. .New York, NY.1480
Price: $275.00

A menu for the dinner celebrating the officers of the 'Pilgrims of the United States', also known as simply the Pilgrim Society, which was a society founded to promote the good will and fellowship between the United States and Great Britain. Among its members were politicians, diplomats, businessmen, famous writes, and even members of the British Royal Family. The dinner took place on January 19, 1904, and was held at the Union League Club, another social club in New York. The menu was designed and made by Tiffany & Co. and features illustration of both the American flag and the flag of Great Britain, surrounded by  wreath of green foliage. At the center of the wreath are two forearms holding champagne glasses, toasting one another. The sleeves worn by the forearm reflect the design of each countries flag. At the base of this illustration is an image of a large ship sail across the ocean. The interior lists the dinner options for the night, such as 'ape cod oysters' and 'squab chicken au jus'. Accompanying the menu is a the seating card listing each guest and their table numbers. Additionally, there are two name cards for a Mr. Duncan and Mr. Ogden (W. Butler Duncan and Robert C. Ogden) both of who were seated at table 1. The names cards feature and embossed design of the Pilgrim Society's logo surround by both countries flags. The logo itself depicts an ancient mounted pilgrim besides a lion that represents Great Britain, and an eagle representing the United States. Above this is an image of a motor car, bicycle, steamship, train and airplane that the pilgrim glazes at in awe. The moto 'Hic et Ubique', which translates to "Here and Everywhere" is at the base.  Printed on heavy white card. Ribbon binding. Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" (menu), 6 3/4" x 5" (seating chart), 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" (name cards).. more info
Dr. W. H. Kimberlin & Dr. E. Y. Munsell Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Circular - Treatment of Catarrh, Spinal Curvature and Diseases of Women. .Kansas City, MO.1890s
Dr. W. H. Kimberlin & Dr. E. Y. Munsell Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Circular - Treatment of Catarrh, Spinal Curvature and Diseases of Women. .Kansas City, MO.1890s
Price: $325.00

A two-sided 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" illustrated advertising circular for the Eye and Ear Infirmary, 527 Walnut Street, Opposite the St. James Hotel, Kansas City, MO. Woodcut depicts physician examining patients eye with the use of a lens.  Captioned "By this means of examination, the vessels of the interior of the eye, or any disease, or change is distinctly seen.  Enabling the skilled Surgeon to discover and cure diseases that were formerly considered incurable. Promotes Dr. W. H. Kimberlin and the treatment of catarrh. The reverse promotes Dr. E. Y. Munsell, Specialist and Surgeon and his work with spinal curvature and diseases of women.  Concludes with a schedules of the doctors monthly to yearly visits to surrounding areas.   Measures 9 1/2" z 6 1/2".  Edge weara. . more info
Wilhelmina Reid Fleming Journal of Original Poetry of W. R. Flemming. .Helensburgh, Scotland .1920-1940
Wilhelmina Reid Fleming Journal of Original Poetry of W. R. Flemming. .Helensburgh, Scotland .1920-1940
Price: $350.00

A leather bound poetry journal of Wilhelmina Reid Fleming that contains both Flemming's amateur original poetry, either in handwritten, typed, or newspaper clipping form, and some copied poems of other more famous poets. Below are some excerpts of her poetry: "How silently the frost king weaves His flowers upon my window pane! All night he must have been at work Such wondrous patterns to attain."  --  Excerpt from the Frost King "The West Wind is calling his red flocks home, To the empty folds below. From the pastures high Of the leaf-filled sky, And he whispers soft and low."  -- Excerpt from Autumnal Flocks The front cover of the journal has a decorative floral stamped design in the form of a circle. Approximately one third of the journal is full, pages are gilt edged. The spine of the journal has columns. There are two pressed flowers, one loose, and one which as been attached to a pasted in note card. There is one loose piece of paper found within the pages with another poem on it. Attached to the back interior cover is an envelope that was most likely used to store clipping before they were added to the journal. There is still one folded piece of paper within the envelope that has a handwritten copy of the poem "Tree" by Joyce Kilmer. Measures 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". Although prolific, beyond the clippings, that most likely were from a local newspaper. Wilhelmina's work is unknown. She was also an artist. Wilhelmina Reid Fleming lived in Helensburgh, Scotland, with her husband John Arnold Fleming. Their house was called Locksley. Wilhelmina and her husband married in 1914 and had no children. She died in 1963. Her husband, John passed away on October 22, 1966. more info
Robert and Thomas Dunker Horseshit, the Offensive Review: A Collection of Four Magazines. Scum Publishing Company.Hermosa Beach, CA.1965-1969
Robert and Thomas Dunker Horseshit, the Offensive Review: A Collection of Four Magazines. Scum Publishing Company.Hermosa Beach, CA.1965-1969
Price: $350.00

The collection consists of four magazines entitled "Horseshit, the Offensive Review", Numbers 1-4, that were published over the course of several years. It was an independent magazine published by two ex-military brothers, Robert and Thomas Dunker. One the inside cover of the first magazine, the brothers state their reasoning for starting this magazine. They "decided that there was a real need for a magazine that would combine strong, fearless, humorous drawings with witty, intelligent, outspoken writing..." and continue on to state that in order to put out the magazine "they have to be unmarried so they can do what they want without asking permission, they have to have a passionate belief in their own ideas and they also have to be skeptical bout their own ideas, they have to be nuts." A large portion of the content, either written or drawn is surreal, sexual explicit or political in nature. The magazines features short stories, articles, poems, and illustrations that are meant to provoke a response from the reader as they often tread the line between humor and offensiveness. For example there is an illustration of a mural of a cop getting pissed on by a little boy, several short verses like "Working is like making love to an ugly woman, not so bad after starting, but ugh, what a chore to start," and an article called "The Angled Banana." This article first tells the reader that the artists who drew the sexual illustrations found in the Karma Sutra were imprisoned for it, and their cell's walls were full of more illustrations which the have re-created for you. The description of these positions then humorous describe them, such as "If it should happen that the woman has not been able to bathe, as when her lover approaches her at an unexpected time; or if she has been eating garlic or onions, then the position known as 'aclospin' or the 'head cold' is used." The accompanying illustration depicts a couple 'in congress' with the woman holding his nose closed. Each magazine is around 50 pages long and has black and white illustrations, though the covers are sometimes in color. The majority of the artwork was done by Robert, and the writing by Thomas. Staple binding. Measures 11" x 8 1/2". more info
Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
Artistic Penmanship - Master Richard Clarke - Burnham School -Poetry with Illuminated Letters. .Northampton, MA.1865
Price: $700.00

4 leaves. Elaborately decorated cover with gilt enhanced illustrated of boy conquering a mountain. He carries a flag reading "Excelsior". He has penned "Master Richard Clarke Burnham School. June 1845" in the cartouche. A large format album with decorative border designs printed in different colors with different flowers and flourishes. Master Clarke has copied four (4) verses each with some illuminated and otherwise accentuated letters. more info