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ChildhoodSamuel Wood and SonsNew York
ChildhoodSamuel Wood and SonsNew York
Price: $18.00

paper book, possibly missing cover, string sewn in and tied to bind. Childhood is a book of verses with the chapters; Going to School, School, Writing, See-Saw, Repeating, I Spy, and Swinging. The end of the book admonishes children to "repay their tender parents with filial regard and kind offices." 3 1/4" x 2" . possible missing cover, worn , foxing more info
Jane Andrews. The Seven Little Sisters Prove Their Sisterhood, by Jane Andrews. Lee & Shepard Publisher.Boston.1892
Jane Andrews. The Seven Little Sisters Prove Their Sisterhood, by Jane Andrews. Lee & Shepard Publisher.Boston.1892
Price: $20.00

A 162 paginated book tells the story of seven young girls, each representing seven different nationalities in order to showcase how different people around the world have different mannerism and customs.  The book is divided into six parts: Agoonack, and Her Sail Upon the Ice Island, A Long Journey Through a Strange Island, What Was Gemila Doing All This Time?, New Work for Pen-se and Lin, Can the Little Brown Baby do Anything? and Christmas-time Again for Louise. There are seven, including the cover page, charming black and white line drawings throughout the book. This book is a companion to 'The Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball that Floats in the Air and' 'Ten Boys Who Lived on the Road from Long Ago to Now,'  also by Jane Andrews, and is  intended as an elementary text book, with pronunciation and vocabulary lists in the back. Copyrighted in 1877. Measures 7" x 5". Covers show edge wear. There is a top piece of the cover missing on the backstrip and there are some minor stains on the back cover. The inside front cover is inscribed by a previous owner. Interior pages are slightly toned and soiled due to age. Otherwise fine. more info
Chang Chee
Chang Chee
Price: $25.00

6 preliminary leaves, 137 pages including frontispiece, with illustrations by Laura Bannon. First Edition. This book tells the story of Chang Chee, a young Chinese boy. The marketing material that was distributed when this book was published describes Change as a boy “…with the eyes of an artist, whether in the rice fields where he helped his mother, or on the green hills where he took the water buffalo to graze. Colors for him were like magic, and he hopes some day [sic] to become a great artist. Beautifully told, and for children who do not always demand an exciting plot.” Measures 8 1/2" x 7" more info
The Polite Present, or manual of good mannersMunroe and FrancisBoston 1834
The Polite Present, or manual of good mannersMunroe and FrancisBoston 1834
Price: $28.00

71 pp. illustrated printed paper cover, hand sewn string binding. Contents include 38 rules for children's behavior (at church, lying, awkward speech, cleanliness, mimicry and waggery, at table, and conversation to name a few). there is a section of eight important cautions like taking God's name in vain, obscene expressions, and of disobedience to parents. Lastly there are ten short exhortations. 4" x 2 1/2". some foxing , inscribed more info
Program - Prof. A. S. Webster's Children's May Party, Eden Hall plus Financial Statement
Program - Prof. A. S. Webster's Children's May Party, Eden Hall plus Financial Statement
Price: $35.00

An 8" x 5 1/2" program for the Children's May Party at Eden Hall held May 1, 1896. It includes 21 dances.  At the end of the program is a note indicating Fall class for beginners will commence Oct. 3. Reverse is blank.  Additionally a single sheet financial statement on Eden Hall Company Jan. 1898. Each measure approximately 8" x 5 1/2". more info
Anna "Annie" Brown Pegg Goodbye Letter to Husband and Children written on Deathbed. .Alexandria, NJ.1900
Anna "Annie" Brown Pegg Goodbye Letter to Husband and Children written on Deathbed. .Alexandria, NJ.1900
Price: $50.00

In 1900 Annie Pegg wrote a letter to her husband and two children Sarah and James on her supposed deathbed (she would actually live until 1914 and have another child, Elizabeth). It is unknown if she was actually severely ill or just over dramatic, however the letter itself is very sincere. In it she writes that her husband should "forget me not when far away for you no I was true to you" and often asks her husband and children to put their "trust in God for he alone will care for you." She continues "this advice is from your Dear Mother, be true children to all" The letter is written in a notebook, that besides this letter is blank. The cover depicts two chicks and a frog with the phrase "You're No Chicken". Printed cover, tape binding on top. Measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/2". Anne, also known as Annie, was born on May 12, 1868 to Henry Smith Brown (1840-1896) and Charity Johnson (1839-1874) in Franklin, NJ. She married Christopher Pegg (1844-1920) in 1894 and had 3 children, Sarah J Pegg (1895-1984), James Green Pegg (1898-1975), and Elizabeth May Brown Pegg (1904-1991). She died on August 28, 1914. more info
 Newcomb's Picture Stories, Scripture Series, No. 1 Creation. Clement & Packard.New York.1841
Newcomb's Picture Stories, Scripture Series, No. 1 Creation. Clement & Packard.New York.1841
Price: $65.00

10 leaves. In verse. Hand colored. Tells the story of creation, how chaos became light, how animals and plants came to be, and eventually how man and woman were created. Each page has a hand colored engraving on it. On the back cover is a letter written direct to the parents of children that states, "We ask the aid of those parents who regard the highest interests of their offspring. And, in the beginning, we would remind them, that the success of the attempt depends very much on parents. If they will make the scenes here represented the subjects of frequent and familiar conversation with their children, filling up what is lacking in the instruction here communicated, they will ... increase very much the interest and value of the book." Measures 7 1/4" x 4 3/4".  OCLC  - 2 (March 2018) . Covers detached. Sewing repair to binding, though it is extremely loose. Soiled and toned due to age. more info
Recreation Department Pictures of a White Mountain Camp, A Summer Resort Brochure. The Outlook Company.New York, NY.[1910]
Recreation Department Pictures of a White Mountain Camp, A Summer Resort Brochure. The Outlook Company.New York, NY.[1910]
Price: $85.00

Fryeburg-on-the-Saco was a summer resort open from July 1st to October 1st in Fryeburg, ME. While technically it was a summer resort, it was a particular resort that is hard to accurately define. This is something the place recognizes itself, and indeed starts of the brochure with: "A Camp? Perhaps that term describes it as well as any one term can. The fact is that its uniqueness prevents the accurate use of a name which could be applied elsewhere. An assembly, a settlement, a summer school, a family of families -each of these names and a dozen others succeeds in standing for only one side of the life which is pleasantly associated in the minds of many with the banks of the Saco and the shady trees of old Fryeburg." The camp was also home to several organizations such as the Fryeburg School of Method, the Fryeburg School of Theology and the Church, the Maine Chautauqua Union, and the Sunday School Institute and Bible School. The camp contain several buildings, Normal Hall for classes, Grove House for its offices, an auditorium where daily lectures or concerts were held, cottages for the guests, and a dining hall. The camp's drinking and bathing water all came from one well on the property that was fed by a mineral spring. Throughout the brochure are fifteen (15) printed photographs of the grounds, building, Saco River and White Mountains. 24 pgs. Green printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 7 1/2" x 6". more info
 Three Letters from a Family Moving to South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina.February 1855
Three Letters from a Family Moving to South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina.February 1855
Price: $175.00

In early 1855, a husband and wife, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Estancia del Folag with their two sons, Hasen and Jonathan. The collection contains three letters, comprised of eighteen pages, written to the wife's friend. Color vignette on first page with stationer's embossing on remaining sheets. The letters are only signed "Affectionally yours" with no name. The letters describe some of the hardship she had adjusting and the difficulty in settling up her household. The majority of the letters comprises of the retelling of a long carriage ride taken during the move. At first the wife seems determined to find fault in everything in South America, often mentioned the lack of manners of the locals and how filthy everything is. "There is no places of resort or of being of interest, no pleasant walks or rides, in fact nothing except catholic churches. Plenty of those if you are inclined to visit them." Eventually, she begins to enjoy her surrounds and find companionship in her neighbors, and in particular an American named Judy. She even waxes poetically about the fruit she can get there, and how much the whole family enjoys it. "I determined from the first of my decision to come to make up my mind to nothing and then I should not be disappointed." "I am not homesick, and though we are what many would call unpleasantly situated, I never had so happy [a] two months in my life as the last two." These three letters have been hand-bound by a thread into a booklet. The first page has a hand colored illustration on the top. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Age toning and light soiling. The first page has a 1 1/2" x 1/2" spot of what appears to be red wax from a seal. more info
Summer Vacation Photographs of Prominent New England Families. .New England.1912-1917
Summer Vacation Photographs of Prominent New England Families. .New England.1912-1917
Price: $325.00

A photo album belonging to the Rowley family consisting of their vacation family photos from a variety of locations in New England in the early 20th century. Some of the vacation spots are: Bellow Falls, VT, Pemaquid Beach, ME, York Beach, ME, Kittery Point, ME, Portland, ME, Provincetown, MA, Nashua, NH, Gloucester, MA, Newport, RI, Boston, MA, and Lake Attitash, MA. The photographs consist of a variety of subjects- mainly photographs of the family themselves and the landscape and monuments at the places they visited. The family photos depict a relaxed family engaging in a variety of activities such as clamming, fishing, boating, walks, and photography. The majority of the photographs are labeled, either with the subjects name or location, and it is often times dated. The photographs in the album range form 1912-1917. There are over a hundred and ninety (190) photographs spread out over approximately 90 pages. The majority of the pages have two 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" photographs per page, though a portion do have larger groupings of smaller photographs. There is one large photograph of a couple, 9" x 7", attached to the interior front cover. Brown leather covers, with the gilded stamped text "Photographs"  on the upper left corner of the front cover. Interior pages are black, with string binding. Measures 11 3/4" x 7 1/4". The Rowley family was a prominent Massachusetts family connected to the Merriam family (of Merriam-Webster Dictionary fame). The album was sourced from a descendant of the Arthur Merriam Rowley (1883-1979). Arthur was born on August 3, 1883 in Springfield, MA to Hiram Curtis Rowley (1844-1922) and Thirza Jane Merriam (1845-1919). He was the grandson of Homer Merriam (on his mother side), who was one of the three Merriam brothers (Charles, George, and Homer) who became famous for printing the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Arthur grew up in Springfield, MA with one older brother, Harold Merriam Rowley (1879-?). He would marry Earla Viola Steade (1887-1966) on August 16, 1911 in San Diego Ca. They had two children, Douglass Steade Rowley (1913-2007) and Earla Steade Rowley (1916-1993). Arthur died on August 9, 1979 in Springfield, MA. more info
Charlotte Alice Osgood Haskell Diary of Charlotte A Osgood of Georgetown, MA. .Georgetown, MA.1885-1889
Charlotte Alice Osgood Haskell Diary of Charlotte A Osgood of Georgetown, MA. .Georgetown, MA.1885-1889
Price: $525.00

A diary of a young woman from Georgetown, MA, named Charlotte Osgood. Her family were prominent in local society.  Covering four years, the journal starts with almost daily entries. As the years progress, the entries diminish in frequency, but are always picked up again during some of the exciting times in Charlotte's life. For example her trip to Provincetown in August of 1886. Charlotte also toured at Perkins School for the Blind and met Laura Bridgmen (the first American blind and deaf individual to be educated). The rest of her entries generally start with a note on the current weather, and detail her activities for the day. Such as who visited who, and where she went. Her daily activities consisted of a variety of meetings, such as church meetings, choir meetings, and missionary meetings. Charlotte loved music and often went to concerts and plays. Some of the quotes do revolve around the theme of government, perhaps an influence of her father. Towards the end of the journal, Charlotte has recorded a variety of her favorite songs, poems, and quotes, as well as a few recipes (for Lemon Sherbet and pop over. Below are a few excerpts from the journal. "Started south for Boston, about ten I saw Lanceirs and Major Perkins. Had a splendid time at the Blind School. Saw Mr. Anofer and Laura Bridgeman, left around 12:30. Dined at Marstou on drek [?} and banana fitters Went to the Museum and saw Devin Bouciciult in "the Lift", enjoyed it very much." - February 22, 1886 "In the afternoon, we went to Long Point and had beautiful time, took off my shoes and stockings, water awful cold. Singing in evening." - August 23, 1886, Provincetown Trip "When things go right, things come right for them" - Quote from The Squire of Sandal-Side by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr "Judgment is a factor of government, so long as gov. continues, judgment  goes and is going on all the time..." "Good night, love; good night love, May heaven's brightest stars watch over thee, Good Angels spread their wings and cover thee, And thro' the night, so dark and still, Spirits of the light, charm thee from ill!" - Excerpt from "Good Night Dear Love, Good Night" a lullaby by Mrs. F. A. Butlee Journal is approximately three-quarters full. Marble covers. There is a wax seal is present on the first page of the journal. Measures 8 1/4 x 6 1/2" . Her family were prominent in local society with her father, Stephen Osgood (1826-1911), being a local wealthy merchant tailor and heavily involved in local politics. He even was a State Representative and State Senator for a time, as well as being a appointed as Postmaster General for the area in 1904. Charlotte Alice Osgood was born on November 20, 1862 to Stephen Osgood (1826-1911) and Sarah Palmer Carter (1829-1902) in Georgetown, MA. She has three siblings: Louis Kossouth Osgood (1852-?), Stephen Carter Osgood (1854-1933), and Charles C. Osgood (1857-1922). She married Dr. Clement Cadwell Haskell (1847-1900) on September 29, 1892 and had two children: Osgood Fitz-Osborne Haskell (1895-1970) and Charlotte C Haskell (1897-?). She died on April 22, 1918. more info
A Collection of Twenty-Four (24) Baby Books or booklets collected over a 50 year period by a single collector. ..1908-1991
A Collection of Twenty-Four (24) Baby Books or booklets collected over a 50 year period by a single collector. ..1908-1991
Price: $550.00

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