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Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Price: $20.00

302 pp. Cloth cover with a stamped black and red illustrations of a flowering plant. Heavily illustrated and decorated by Myrtle Sheldon. The book is a collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood, each paired with an illustration. Measures 7 1/2" x 6" . Covers show minor edge wear. Binding is cracked, and some interior pages are loose. Front interior cover is signed by a previous owner. more info
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
Price: $45.00

96 pp, Decorated green cloth binding, with gilt edges. Miniature book. Edited by Anna Elizabeth, this pocket book details the language of flowers. On each page, it denotes a flower, what it looks like, its meaning and then a poem or verse. For example: Daffodil - Native of Spain, Magnificent flowers of golden yellow - Uncertainty - The flowers that smiles today, Tomorrow dies; All that we wish to stay, Tempts and then flies. What is this world's delight? Lightening that mocks the night, Brief as bright. Stereotyped: Hobart & Robbins Measures 3 1/8" x 2 1/4". Minor edge wear due to rubbing (mostly on the back strip). There is an inscription by a previous owner on one page. Interior pages are soiled and stained throughout (particularly in the first half of the book), but nothing that effects the readability of the text. Page 15/16 is out of order, and is in fact before the Preface. more info
 Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $45.00

14 pp (including wrappers), yellow covers with printed litho illustrations. The design on the cover only uses two colors, red and green, while the interior pages' illustrations are in full color. The book tells an elaboration of the classic nursery rhyme "Little BoPeep". There is a total of six full page color illustrations. Measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cover show edge wear. Tape repair on spine. Binding is loose bit intact. General soiling and toning due to age. more info
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $55.00

24 pp (including wrappers). There are six full page color illustrations. The book tells the story of how the cock robin died, and the funeral the rest of the woodland creatures gave him. The story is told in verse. The illustrations are beautifully done, utilizing a solid black background to emphasize the colors in the foreground of the illustrations. Measures 10 1/2" x 9". Some edge wear, and missing surface litho. Front cover missing some small pieces of the corner. Sewing repair on spine. General soiling and toning due to age. One interior page has a tear, approximately 3 inches long, but it does not impact the text on the page. more info
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Price: $65.00

Edward Young was an English poet from the 18th century, whose most well-known poem was "Night-Thoughts."  Although Night Thoughts is long and disconnected poem, it abounds in brilliant isolated passages and it found an enormous amount of success. It was eventually translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Welsh and Magyar. In France, in particular,  it became a classic of the romantic school. The poem is thought to be about the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law, and it deals with themes of morality, immortality and death. "Force of Religion", the other poem in this book is said to be about the execution of Lady Jane Grey and her husband (also known as the Nine Day Queen). Stereotyped: Allison & Foster 288 pp, Cloth covered board with gilt edges. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".. Cover shows moderate wear, particular to edges due to age and rubbing. Back strip has moderate to heavy wear. Minor foxing and soiling on interior pages. more info
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $65.00

20 pp (including wrappers), blue cover with printed litho design depicting one of the stories found within, 'The Pet Hen.' Other stories included in this book are: 'The Star', 'The Cow', 'Dolly's Tea Party', 'The Little Girl Who Was Unkind to her Sister', 'Mary's Little Lamb', 'Robin Redbreast' and 'The selfish child.' Stories are written in verse. There are four full page color illustrations. A part of the 'Uncle Ned's Pictures Book' series. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Some edge wear, particularly on the front cover's bottom left hand corner. There a stain on the front cover on the top left hand corner. Previous owner inscription on first page. more info
 Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Price: $65.00

6 leaves (2 unnumbered text leaves, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates of color illustrations). Tells the classic poem of "Mother Hubbard and her Dog". One interior front and back cover is printed music for the poem. The four leaves of color illustrations are illuminated and each showcases a different verse of the poem. The images are captioned with phrases like "Ye Dame Bryngeth Hys Coffyn[sic]" and "Ye Doggie Readeth Ye News[sic]". Measures 7 3/" x 5 1/2". . Edge wear and toning due to age. Sewing repair to binding.  Inscription by previous owner. Back interior cover page has partially separated from the wrapper. more info
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Price: $65.00

12 pp (including wrappers) Tells the story, in verse, of a young boy who longs to be a soldier. Joining the army he first becomes a drummer boy, and after proving himself through his courage, he eventually became a sergeant.  Below is a brief excerpt from the book: When mounting up the deadly breach, Fire pouring from each gun; Threatening wounds and death to each, I urged them on by beat of drum. There are hand colored woodcut engravings on each page. A part of the Dame Wonder's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2".  OCLC 1 (Feb. 2018). Moderate to heavy cover wear, there is a small piece of the front cover missing along edge. Sewing repair to binding. Minor penciling. Soiling and toning due to age. more info
John Henry Bartlett II Blue Skies for Christmas. .Weston, MA.14580
John Henry Bartlett II Blue Skies for Christmas. .Weston, MA.14580
Price: $65.00

A Christmas poem written by John Henry Bartlett, an eleven year old boy. According to the Note printed on the back the poem was printed by his parents, so that it could be read on Christmas morning. The front cover has a silhouette of Santa in his sleigh, being pulled through the sky by reindeer with the moon in the background. Below is a section of the poem: "Grandchildren all, like Faith and John, In child-life worlds now dwell, Still trusting us to learn upon, So woes we'll not foretell. Instead we'll talk of dolls and skates, And pleasant Christmas things, Of games of ball, of school play-mates, All  vacation brings. We'll banish thoughts of strife and war, Forget out debts to pay, In short forget all things that mar A perfect Christmas day." Single fold booklet, printed on blue paper with white text. Measures 6 1/4"  x 3 3/4" (folded), 7 1/2" x 6 1/4" (unfolded).. John Henry Bartlett II was born on May 26, 1928 in Boston, MA to Calvin Page Bartlett (1901-1976), a lawyer, and Blanche Bartlett nee Cameron (1904-?). He had one sister Faith Bartlett  Hickok (1931-2001). He attended Marlboro College in Vermont, and served in the Korean War. He died of cancer on July 21, 1992. At the time of his death he was a Vice President for investments for Dean Witter Reynolds. more info
 A Bound Collection of 1879 Picture Lesson Paper, A Sunday School Publication. Nelson & Phillips.New York.1879
A Bound Collection of 1879 Picture Lesson Paper, A Sunday School Publication. Nelson & Phillips.New York.1879
Price: $75.00

A bound collection of Picture Lesson Papers from 1879. Each  issue has 4 pages, and was meant to help teach children during Sunday School. Each issue has a small lesson story with a corresponding black and white engraving, as well as a poem or song, and additional questions the teacher can ask in a review session. All issues in 1879 are Volume 10 of the publication, the bound collection contains the issue numbers: 2-4,6-8,10-15,17-23,27-30,32,35-40, 45-46, 48, which date from January 12, 1879 to December 28, 1879. Inscribed on the front endpapers is "Willie Mitchell, Detroit, MI, 1879". Marble covers, measures 7 1/2" x 5 1/2". more info
 I Never Dance, An Original Poem. ..[1840]
I Never Dance, An Original Poem. ..[1840]
Price: $75.00

An original poem by an unknown female poet entitled, "I Never Dance". The poem is about a spirit seen at night. This poem has a chorus which repeats after every new stanza, but only on the first page of the poem. On the second page, the chorus is not repeated, but to  repetitions of the line 'I Never Dance', it is inferred to a continuation of the poem. Below are some of the stanza of the poems, along with the chorus. "This very curious world was made For characters of every shade and every whim of man between Sage righteous and glad sighting." - Chorus " 'I never dance, I think it wrong' 'Pure joys do not to earth belong' Then canting bigot step aside; Go take a goblin for your guide." - Stanza 3 "Some call this world a 'vat of tears' And seek their Heaven this gloom offers we Hope to gain the prize of bliss In 'Wisdom's Ways of Pleasantness' " - Stanza 7 "In the pale moon's light, A ghost is seen out dead of night, On Fanting Island near the shore, Looking for old familiar view." - Stanza 13 Two single fold sheets of blue paper. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 3/4" (folded), 15 1/2" x 8 3/4" (folded). more info
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

Unpaginated. Illustrated Wrap. 6 full page lithograph illustrations. Verses include Unwilling Pussy, Lucy and Dash, Be Kind to They Father, Be Kind to Thy Mother, Be Kind to Thy Sister and finally Be Kind to Thy Brother.  McLoughlin advertising back cover. Measures 9 1/2" x 10 3/4".. Cover wear with edge chips and light staining. more info
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Price: $85.00

18 pp (including wrappers), blue covers with printed blue and red illustration of a dog holding a bouquet.  Tells the classic story of 'Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog". The book is printed on paper pasted over linen. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" . The bottom left corner of the front cover has started to detach from the linen. more info
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

12 pp (including wrappers) The front cover depicts a main with a young boy and girl on his lap reading a book. Tells several short stories and nursery rhymes, in verse. Each story also has a corresponding illustration. These illustrations are hand colored. A part of the Uncle Frank's Series. Measures 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" . Sewing repair to binding, covers semidetached.  Moderate edge wear, and minor toning due to age. more info
 Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Price: $85.00

A short poem written on Valentine's Day in 1897. The poem is meant to to be read at the cadence of the Song of Hiawatha written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "Pale face known as Alfred Parker, Dweller with Lane called Worcester (Lane it was, but now a river)" Concluding "For the Sub-Way he hath builded Underneath the Lane called Worcester" Alfred W Parker (1845? -1917) was a inspector of structural steelwork who worked on the Boston Subway system. He also helped to design a power rod bending machine. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2". . Minor soiling. more info
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Price: $85.00

8 plates, litho on linen covers, with linen interior pages. Tells the classic story of Simple Simon. In verse with charming color illustrations on each page. A part of the Susie Sunshine's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 5".. Cover wear, particularly on the back strip. Inscription from previous owner. A few minor stains on the edge of the page, that do not affect the images or text. more info
 Ill Nature. Mahlon Day & Co. .New York, NY.1844
Ill Nature. Mahlon Day & Co. .New York, NY.1844
Price: $85.00

The chap book tells the short story of the sisters Mary and Ellen, the later of which is an ill-natured girl. When their mother brings home presents to the sisters as rewards for their good behavior, Ellen feels so guilty she eventually confesses. The rest of the story is Ellen trying to be good to earn back her present. After this short story there are three poems: 'Two Little Indian Girls', 'Poor Pincher', and 'Charles and Jane'. There are seven black and white wood cuts throughout. The back cover features a short hymn. 16 pgs. Green printed wrappers. OCLC 4 plus internet copy (Oct 2019) Measures 4 1/2" x 3". more info
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Price: $90.00

This book includes four poems and their corresponding full=page, color chromolithographs. The poems are: Sister Nell, Dollie, Golden Hair, and Dog Shaggie. The images themselves are richly colored. The front cover is green with gilded accents. The main images is of a trellis with climbing ivy. There are four smaller images depicted within circles. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Missing the top left corner of the front cover. Minor stains to the corners near the bindings on both the front and back covers. Interior pages are slightly toned and soiled due to age.  Interior cover page has an inscription from a previous owner (Carrie K Knox, North Sterling Connecticut). more info
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
Price: $95.00

This book beautifully illustrates the classic and popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale, "The House that Jack Built." This is apart of the Cinderella Series, printed by the McLoughlin Brothers. The cover is printed on yellow wrappers, and the front cover depicts a boy standing at the gate of a house. The back cover has printed advertisements for other series offered by the publishers. Measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". Small piece of missing surface litho on front cover. Binding has minor cracks along front cover. Minor toning/soiling due to age. There is a signature and date from a previous owner on an interior page (Charles T Bishop., 1879) more info
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Price: $95.00

Matilda J Peterson was born in 1866 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and died in1958 (according to a note at the back of the album). This album was given to her by W. A. Peterson for Christmas in 1881. The album is partially filled with short notes, generally in verse and two different versions of an ink drawing of a bird on ferns. At the beginning of the album, Matilda or Tillie as she is called, addresses her friends: "My album is a golden spot Where all my friends may sow, Where thorns and thistles flourish not, But flowers alone may grow. With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers, I'll water, watch and guard these flowers." Between 1882 and 1887. Tillie’s friends wrote in this album, the majority of which were her classmates at Ligonier High School. Below are for examples: "All going to Brother McKinley’s church, and you to stay at home and get dinner." “Remember a ‘Miss’ is as good as mile, when asked to be ‘Mrs’, Consider a while.” “Love and ware are two great compeers, War sheds blood and love sheds tears; War has spears and love has darts, Ware breaks heads and love breaks hearts." “Our school days will soon be o'er, The day is drawing nigh, When we shall part as before, Perhaps not to meet till on high. But, may we meet in a school room, That is grander far than this, And be much happiness in that room, For the hard lessons we learned in this.” The album itself is brown cloth over boards with stamped decorations. The front cover has two horses, gilded flowers (gold has mostly faded) and green painted basket weave in the top right corner. The back cover has a stamped bow made from ribbons and tassels. It appears as though Matilda hand colored in the titled page of the album, which simply states “Autographs” with a gold ink. Measures 7” x 4 1/4" more info
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual  Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Price: $95.00

Illustrated wraps. Pgs. 334-363.  Engraving of Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island.  Hand colored engraving of Lily of the valley and balsam flowler (sp). An original poem The Return of Spring by H. A. Del Oriend.  Numerous articles including The History and Adventures of a Penny by Mrs. A. B. Whelpley,  An Exciting Scene; an authentic narrative by an eye-witness and Scripture Natural History; the apple-tree,or citron (with wood engraving) . Index and advertisement on back cover. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". . more info
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Price: $95.00

This children's book is beautifully illustrated by Margaret Evens Price. 12 pages, with a stapled thick-card wrapper cover. The full color and three  color lithographs in the book perfectly exemplify the ability of the Stecher Lithography Company. Shared with the colorful lithography is a sweet story, told in verse, about a mystical fairy land that children can visit in their sleep.  The text and illustrations share the pages, bringing together the story and imagery to create a fanciful experience. 13 1/2" x 7" OCLC - 0 (Oct. 2018). This title is part of a larger series issued by the Stecher Lithographs Company. Most are illustrated by Margaret Evens Price, but few are also written by her as well. Price is a well-known artist and illustrator who lent her talent to many books. more info
Phila H. Webb & Jane Corby Shadowgraphs Anyone Can Make. Stoll  & Edwards Co, Inc.New York, NY.1927
Phila H. Webb & Jane Corby Shadowgraphs Anyone Can Make. Stoll & Edwards Co, Inc.New York, NY.1927
Price: $95.00

A children's book that teaches the reader how to make a variety of shadow puppets set to children's poems. For example, 'Old Mother Hubbard', 'The Farmer in the Dell', and 'The Court Jester'. The illustrations, done in black and white, show both the hand positions to create the shadows, and the shadows themselves. The cover depicts an older woman sitting on a bed, performing shadow puppets for three children. Created and drawn by Phila H. Webb. Verses by Jane Corby. 34 pgs. OCLC 6 (Nov 2019) Measures 10" x 8 1/2. more info
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Price: $100.00

Seven (7) 4" x 2 3/4"  embossed advertising trade cards promoting Clarks ONT thread. One for each line of the Monday's Child verse depicting an illustration of a young girl relevant to the verse.  It also includes Clark's response to the verse e.g. Thursday's Child is Sour & Sad - Tho' Thursday's child be sour and sad Clark's ONT will make her glad. the reverse promotes the product.. more info
 Married Chap Book: Children's History of Beasts, No. 3 and  Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns. Sanbornton Press.Sanbornton, NH.1835-1836
Married Chap Book: Children's History of Beasts, No. 3 and Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns. Sanbornton Press.Sanbornton, NH.1835-1836
Price: $100.00

This married chap book is actually the front cover of one book, and the text block and back cover of another. Both were published by Sanbornton Press. The front cover of the chap book has a picture of a lion on the front and is for "Children's History of Beasts, No. 3" published in 1836 (OCLC 3, Oct 2019), and the text block is for "Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns" published in 1835 (OCLC 9, Oct 2019). The text block is complete (when comparing it to OCLC catalogue). It features an engraving and description of the following animals: Ny-Ghau, Racoon, Antelope, Zebra, and Kangaroo. Next are two sections entitled "Address to Children" and "Advice to children", which starts with a short letter to children and then continues on to list five pieces of advice for them. Such as "When you go to the house of God... consider the solemnity of the service." Next is a short poem called "For a Little Child", followed by three hymns: "The Little Pilgrim", "Heaven and Earth" and "Good Every Where". The back cover is most likely a part of the "Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns" as it features an illustration of a zebra and antelope, both of which are described in this book. 16 pages. Green illustrated wrappers. Measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/4. more info
Eva Eickemeyer Rowland In and Out of the Nursery. R. H. Russell.New York.1900
Eva Eickemeyer Rowland In and Out of the Nursery. R. H. Russell.New York.1900
Price: $100.00

A unique children's book that features short stories in the form of poetry. Accompanying the poems are images from black and white photographs  (Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr,) illustrating the corresponding story. This book was a family affair, as the photographer Rudolf is the brother of the author, Eva. The front cover has a photograph that has been pasted on. It depicts a young child, seated at a table, playing with toy soldiers. Some of the titles of the original poetry used in the book are: The Dollies' Bed-time, The Doctor's Visit, Childhood's Refuge and A Frustrated Romance. In addition to the poetry, there are three songs as well: The Sand-man, My Sweetheart, and The Gingerbread Man. The songs come with an accompanying score. OCLC 6 Measures 14 1/2" x 9 1/2".. more info
Civil War Era - Hand colored valentine - Strolling Couple. .American. .1860-1870
Civil War Era - Hand colored valentine - Strolling Couple. .American. .1860-1870
Price: $100.00

A single-fold 7 3/4" x 4 7/8" lithograph valentine printed on plain paper.  Image depicts a strolling somewhat sorrowful appearing couple. Decorative floral and filigree border. The verse below reads: That arching brow and clustering hair-- That face all void of art-- The speaking glance, and modest air, Are pictured in my heart. 'Twas Love alone the image drew, That image dear to me; And as an offering kind and true. I send it now to thee." Inside is blank. . Given the appearance, appears to be American, Civil War era. more info
Matilda S. Bedell Album of Gems, a Friendship Album of Matilda S. Bedell, Coxsacki, New York.    . .Coxsacki, NY.c 1850-1861
Matilda S. Bedell Album of Gems, a Friendship Album of Matilda S. Bedell, Coxsacki, New York. . .Coxsacki, NY.c 1850-1861
Price: $110.00

A friendship album, entitled 'Album of Gems' which belonged to Matilda S. Bedell of Coxsacki, NY. The bulk of the entries in the album date from 1850-1852, and one of the first entries is by Matilda's husband, William. This date is done in pencil, while the entry is in ink, so it is possible it is wrong. Also featured within the album, is a dedication page, probably written by Matilda herself, but written from the perspective of the album itself, as though it was a living entity. The Bedell's were Quakers, and therefore most of the entries start with 'Sister Matilda', even though the authors are (mostly) not biologically related to Matilda. Below are excerpts from a few of the entries: "My dear friend, as you have had the curiosity to open one, I trust for any owners sake, that you will turn over my leaves carefully and see what I have gathered. I commenced my rambles on the fourth day of July, eighteen hundred and fifty, and as my Mistress was desirous I should not stray from the friendly circle, or at least that I should not go where I should be in danger of bad usage. I spent some time in a parlor, before I fully determined what course to take." - Dedication Page, July 4, 1850 "To my wife: And thee would have me dedicate a line, a sentiment to thee upon this page unsullied is not our secret thoughts , our inmost [sic] souls already mingled into one?" - William, Matilda's husband "Matilda at some lone hour when twilight sheds her mellow tints around, and fancy farms scenes expatiates, Oh! then remember a sister whose good wishes will ever attend thee,  and hope love's roscate [red/red-haired] shadow's may ever mask thy pathway on to joys untold." - Sarah L. Gates, Rochester, 1850 Red gilt, blind stamped cover. Interior pages are various different colors and are gilt edge. Approximately half filled. Owner's name has been inscribed on front end papers, however it is extremely faded. Measures 8" x 6 1/2" To view the item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3KVHGxTwnY9suYxA7. Matilda S. Bedell was born on February 23, 1829 to Jeremiah Bedell (1777-1850) and Ruth Case (1782-1843) in New Baltimore, NY. She married William Bedell (1813-1861) and had three children: Emma Bedell Conrow (1853-1930), Matilda "Lillie" Bedell Comfort (1855-?) and Ellen Bedell Homer (1857-1939). After William's death in May 1861, she remarried Joel W. Andrews (1810-1898) and had one more child, Mary Andrews Crankshaw (1867-1898). Matilda died on April 11, 1906. more info
 Album of Remembrance -  Mrs. Loretta Mitchell, 1863-1886. Leavitt and Allen.New York (publisher location).1861-1886
Album of Remembrance - Mrs. Loretta Mitchell, 1863-1886. Leavitt and Allen.New York (publisher location).1861-1886
Price: $110.00

Friendship album of Loretta Mitchell. The first page of the album has an inscription and poem written by Loretta herself. The rest of the album includes short notes from her family and friends, including her husband, Frederick, and her two daughters, Lottie and Lilly. The entries in the journal date from 1861-1886, and when locations are noted, they are primarily Chicago but also mention Niles, Michigan. Penciled in front of book is " L.W. Mitchell 493 Wells St Chicago Ill."  There are four black and white engraved plates featuring women throughout, this includes the engraving on the album's title page. Below are some short excerpts from the album: "No jeweled beauty is my wife, Yet in her earnest face There's such a world of tenderness She needs no other peace. Her smiles and voice around my life IN light and music tune And dear, oh very dear to me, Is this young wife of mine." - Excerpt of poem written by Loretta's husband, Frederick "Friendship is a name, which is few confined, The offspring of pure and noble mind. Rarely we find those who in truth poses This brilliant gem of earthly happiness." - Excerpt from an entry by James Albrines, her nephew Blind stamp cover with gilt embellishment titles "Album of Remembrance". Interior pages are gilt edged. Measures 8" x 6 1/2".. Loretta Wood Mitchell was born on August 18, 1834 in New York City to Jamie Forsher and an unnamed woman. She married Frederick Mitchell (1832-1911) and together they had three children: Charles Irving Mitchell (1857-1939), Lottie Mitchell Wait (1861-?), and Lilly Mitchell (1865-?). more info
 Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Little Jack Horner, Stevengraph Woven Silk Bookmark. Thomas Steven.Coventry, UK.1874
Price: $110.00

A Stevengraph was invented by Thomas Stevens and is a woven silk with a colorful picture woven in. Thomas Stevens first introduced his Bookmarks around 1862 and by the end of that year he was producing as many as 79 different designs. By 1876 there were as many as 1000 bookmarks being manufactured and there seemed to be one for every occasion. This bookmark is of Little Jack Horner, and includes Mother Goose's nursery rhyme. In the center of the bookmark is an image of a boy - in a corner- wearing a purple shirt and green shorts, surrounded by several toys. The base of the bookmark has a floral design with a golden background. "Little Jack Horner sat in a corner eating a Christmas pie. He put in his thumb, and pull'd out a plum and said, what a good boy I am!" Measures 5 3/4" x 1 1/2" . Thomas Stevens was born on March 23, 1828 to John Stevens (1808-1879) and Sarah Day (1806-1861) in Foleshill, England. Stevens started working for Pears and Franklin, local ribbon weavers and by 1854 he had opened his own business. He invented the 'Stevengraph' in 1862. He married Anne Urania Sowter (1830-1903) on October 4, 1854, in Derby, England. They had  eight children together.  He died October 24, 1888 from complications from throat surgery. more info
Class of 1917 Initial Instruction for Infants or The Babies' Botany Book, A Grind Book from Smith College. Smith College.Northampton, MA.1914
Class of 1917 Initial Instruction for Infants or The Babies' Botany Book, A Grind Book from Smith College. Smith College.Northampton, MA.1914
Price: $110.00

8 pg., staple booklet. A humor filled book, which appears on first glance to be a baby book on botany. However upon closer inspection, one realize that the book has noting to do with botany. It is actually a 'Grinds' Book from Smith College, a women's college in Northampton, MA. These 'Grind Book's, also called Freshman Grinds, were created as a result of a long-standing competition that has existed between the First Year (Freshman) students and the Second Year (Sophomore) students, and were printed and placed either on the doorsteps or in the mailboxes of incoming Freshman. These books were often full of humor, poking fun at the incoming class, such as when the Class of 1908 produced a take-off of modern baby books, entitled "Babies Own Journal", which offered instructions on how to keep the baby member of the Class of 1909 happy, health, and clean. The Freshman class was often referred to as 'babies' as they knew nothing about campus or college life, and the Grinds often reflected that idea. "The Babies Botany Book", die cut to be shaped like a baby sucking a bottle and holding a doll, also reflects this idea, and includes five poems instructing the 'baby' reader on the various times of 'specimens' found. In this case they are referring to five of the stereotypical personalities of young incoming Freshmen. The poems are titled Grind-ia Greasi-ma (a Book Worm), Athlet-a Long Legorum (the athlete with long legs), Fusser Blushiorum (a flirty girl), Freshman-a Weepiosa (a homesick freshman), and Rusher Constant-a (an overachiever). Along with each poem is a black and white lined drawing. These drawings are also humorous in nature, for example the poem about the Athlete, depicts a girl's head with a long braid acting as the center of a flower and its stem, surrounding by basketballs representing the flower petals. Below is one of the poems found within this book. "This 'red-eyed-Susan' does not grow Where 'black-eyed-Susans' do, Nor is its color --A melancholy 'blue'; You'll find that early in the Fall It's everywhere about; 'Tis watered most by tears. But Time Can always Weed it out And for this flower to droop its head Is natural, must be granted: 'Tis torn from its own native soil, And is, of course, transplanted."    - Freshman-a Weepiosa Another funny bit to this book is the inscription which reads: "A collection of typical specimens weeded from the abundant growth of the year 1918, by 17 Botanists." Measures 8" x 4 3/4". more info
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Clara D Nelson Commonplace Book of Clara D. Nelson featuring Poetry and Verse. .Sutton, New Hampshire.c1873
Price: $115.00

The book is full of poems that were copied down by Clara. Some of the poems included are The Golden Side by Mary Ann Kidder, Six Little Feet on the Tender, Drifting Apart, [Rev. Henry Brown and the] The Old Home, Watching and Waiting [for me] by Marianne Farningham, Peace by J. G. Whittier. Additionally, there are 13 poems on newspaper, eight of which have been pasted together. Lastly their is a piece of paper with what appears to be a shopping list on it. more info
Rebeckah Shearer Farewell, an Original poem at the Departure of a Friend. ..1837
Rebeckah Shearer Farewell, an Original poem at the Departure of a Friend. ..1837
Price: $115.00

An original poem written by Rebeckah Shearer in 1837. It is unclear if the poem is meant as a farewell for a loved one moving away or passing away. The poem is four stanzas long, the first of which is below: Farewell- but ever bear in mind the kindred heart you leave behind; It's throbbing fainies [sp? feigns] truth would tell, It almost bursts to say farewell Written on a single sheet of paper. Measures 4"x 3". more info
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Price: $125.00

16pp. (including covers) The front cover depicts a courtier greeting a family at the door. Additionally, the front covers states the publisher as "Rogtledge & Sons" and the back cover has it as 'Routledge'. The latter is the correct spelling. The OCLC only has one copy with this misspelling. There are eight full color illustrations. The story is told in verse. Measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" . Covers are detached. Missing surface litho on front covers. The back cover is missing a section near the spine. Tape repair on inside covers. more info
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
Price: $125.00

An 18 page handwritten report or essay with three (3) images from photographs and one drawing. Paper covers with ribbon binding.  Titled Charles Dickens 1812-1870. Nellie M. Krehbiel. Embossed Victorian floral scrap affixed to front cover.  Although it is structured as a school project the factual narrative is written subjectively. e.g. "In later life Dickens preserved grateful remembrance of this gentleman, who recognized his pupils abilities and resolved  that they should not lie fallow for want of early cultivation".  Content includes Parents, Birth, Boyhood, Youth, Marriage, Friends, Manhood, Last years, Dickens' Works, Death and References.  A pen and ink drawing captioned Little Charles Dickens at the blackingware house.  Meausres 9" x 6'. . Believe author to be Nellie M Krehbiel. 1886–1967 Delevan, Cattaraugus, New York. more info
Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey.    . .Rahway, NJ.1874
Jennie Album of Friendship, Friendship Album of Jennie, New Jersey. . .Rahway, NJ.1874
Price: $130.00

A friendship album, aptly titled "Album of Friendship", belonging to a woman by the name of Jennie. Her last name is never mentioned. The album is mostly blank, but the entries date from 1874, and when a location is noted, it is Rahway, NJ. One of the entries of note is a poem about "six sisters fair". The title of the poem are the six names: Dora, Jennie, Lillie, Eva, Pauline, and Gertie. The six names surround another word, "Freddie", and within the poem is the line "I have seen six sisters fair, Oh, that I were but a Freddie, In such sisterly love to share." Based on this line, it is possible that Jennie's last name is Frederick, but that is a hypothesis. Another unique entry is a short rebus, which is not deciphered. Please see the photographs. Below are a few excerpts from the entries: "Jennie, on they album's page Yet hath fallen no darkening [sic] stain Type of thine own guileless age, May that guileless age remain!" - Juus Amicus [Jus Amicus is Latin for 'The Right Friend'], January, 1st, 1874. The poem is originally by Re. J. H. Clinch, and is from a 1842 Ladies Companion "This is the second rhyme today, Both very poor in there way: The sooner I stop, the better it will be For your autographical company" - S. R. Ryno, Rahway, NJ, July 22, 1874 Blue gilt blind stamped cover. Frontispiece, 3 plates. Gilt edge pages. Measures 8 1/4" x 7" To view this item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5sDx1eaqYhcprEoQ9. more info
Original Poem on the Death of Maranda Stever. .Burlington.1845
Original Poem on the Death of Maranda Stever. .Burlington.1845
Price: $145.00

An original poem written at the death of Maranda Stever on March 26, 1845. The poem is authored by an unknown individual and dated April 18, 1845. The poem is divided into seven stanzas, and each stanza is separated by hand drawn geometric decorative borders. Below is one of the poem's stanzas: "Though death has sealed her mortal tongue And closed her eyes on earth forever In Heaven thy trust she'll wake the song, Of praise, that ceases never ." A note added by presumably a family member at a later date on reverse regarding the deceased and her family. Measures 12" x 71/2". Maranda Stever was born in 1817. She married a man named Jeremiah and died on March 26, 1845 in Bristol, CT more info
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Price: $175.00

A hand made four (4) leaf book constructed of lined paper. The cover reads "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861.  It includes an array of verses both original and copied on death.  One verse begins "A friend is gone a youth is slain Bye Deaths resistless power A new made grave now tells us plain Our schoolmate is more..." Penned by Susie L. Knibloc for "Hannah">. more info
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Price: $225.00

A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" letter sheet with intricate embossed border design. Lithograph of the music and first two verses for "The Kiss, Dear Maid!"  Music by Beethoven. Verse by Lord Byron.   Reverse is blank. Rock & Co. London embossed at base. Presumably a love token.. more info
Friendship Token with 2 Pair Paper Woven Hearts with Plaited Hair and Verse. ..
Friendship Token with 2 Pair Paper Woven Hearts with Plaited Hair and Verse. ..
Price: $225.00

A 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" scrap of paper with a pair of woven paper hearts with a plaited hair adornment are found at the top and bottom of the page.  Above the top ornament is penned Hannah P. Roberts and B. Wheaton in the loop of hair at base. The verse reads This little token of respect My youthful friend I give to thee Great not the give er with neglect But do  friend remember me Hannah.   Reverse is blank. . more info
 The Branded Hand, No. 9, An Antislavery Circular. .Philadelphia, PA.[1876]
The Branded Hand, No. 9, An Antislavery Circular. .Philadelphia, PA.[1876]
Price: $225.00

An antislavery circular in two parts. The first is advertising the story of Captain Jonathan Walker (1799-1878), an abolitionist who was branded with "S.S." as part of his punishment for attempting to help several slaves escape to the West Indies. The brand was supposed to mean "Slave Stealer", however abolitionists soon tried to co-opt it as "Slave Savior". Along with Walker's story is a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), called "The Branded Hand", that was inspired by Walker. The circular is especially advertising a lecture Walker was to give during a fair in Philadelphia, most likely the Centennial Exposition in 1876. The second part of the circular is short essay and poem entitled "Lines" by James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), regarding the capture of fugitive slaves near Washington. At the end of the circular, there is a short list of other antislavery publications available. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4" (folded), 11 1/4" x 9" (unfolded). more info
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Hand Made Inspirational Commonplace Book - Hand Penned Thoughts for the Year c1909. .Massachusetts.c1906
Price: $250.00

Watercolor heavy card covers with polka-dot silk ribbon binding.  An endearing and thoughtful hand penned daily inspirational book. Each page represents a day of the year with a daily inspirational passage from poets, notables such as Florence Nightingale, Beecher the social reformer and abolitionist, philosopher, Bible passages and more. Some are original thoughts.  Measures 4 1/2" x 6".  . more info
 A Teacher's Retirement Memoir Book belonging to Rose A. Maguire. PS19.Queens, NY.15128
A Teacher's Retirement Memoir Book belonging to Rose A. Maguire. PS19.Queens, NY.15128
Price: $275.00

A memoir book presented to Rose A. Maguire, an elementary school teacher, upon her retirement in June 1951. She taught at a school located in Queens, NY called PS 19 Corona (now known as Marino Jeantet Elementary). The memoir book features over fifty pages of short notes, poetry, cards, photographs and art work from her fellow teachers. The first page of the album features a cut of out of a newspaper clipping describing her retirement party, and over the next few pages there are several photographs of PS 19, her fellow teachers, and her students, as well as two guest lists. The first is a list of the teachers who attended her retirement party, while the second list appears to be the signatures of the students in her class. The rest of the book is made up of entries from her fellow teachers. While there are a few retirement cards pasted in, the majority of the entries are hand written notes or original poems that are quite often accompanied by drawings or cutouts. The poems are quite humorous, for example one note is addressed to note to a 'soon to be ex-chalk pusher', while another states that while they weren't well acquainted, there was one place that they always met. That location is made clear with a colorful drawing of an occupied outhouse surrounded by flowers and bees. Several of the poems are pictographs, for example, in one poem where most of the last words (book, ruler, blackboard, etc.) in a poetry line have been replaced with a picture. (See photographs). The notes often make reference to Rose retiring to a 'cottage by the sea', most likely located in Asbury Park, NJ. The album itself is bound together while string and features a small floral design on the coves. Measures 11 1/2" x 8 1/2". Below are a few excerpts from the entries.: "Our Rose bloomed in a class room Where many bright years were spent, Guiding out City's children On education bent." -C. A. Kromann "When next September rolls around, It won't have that old familiar sound Of alarm bell at 7, and dismissal bell at 3, Of prattling children, busy as bees, But you'll be making jollier plans Than programs, duty, and coaching for "exams", Your plans will all for leisure be, And fun in your cottage by the sea." - Mildred W. Plank, June 16, 1941 "No more pencils, no more books. No more children's discouraging looks: Papers, reports no longer du, What a pleasure is awaiting you!" - Antoinette Kess To view the item, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/a87aBafUWRu5W6XD9. Rose Ann Maguire (alternatively spelled in the memoir book as McGuire, Macguire) was born on October 1, 1872 to John Maguire (1842-1900) and Julia Hall (1843-1927) in New York. She had at least one sibling, a sister, Margaret Maguire (1878-1924?). Her sister married William Henry Ayres (1877-1958) and had one child together, Margaret Gurney Ayres (1909-2004). Rose's niece, who often went by Gureny Ayres, lived and worked with Rose in Queens, NY. Rose herself never married. They both worked at  PS19 Corona, and after Rose retired in June of 1941, both moved to Asbury Park, NJ. The date and time of Rose's death is unknown. more info
Anonymous Woman Commonplace book - Religious, Poetry, Prayers and minor Accounting. ..c1850
Anonymous Woman Commonplace book - Religious, Poetry, Prayers and minor Accounting. ..c1850
Price: $325.00

A journal from the mid 1850s by an unknown individual, but one who is  very devout. The journal starts off as a diary, where only a line or two was written every few days. For example "Sewing Circle", "Attended Church and Sabbath School", and "Heard Dr. Jewett Lecture about temperance." As the journal progresses the entries start to grow in length. The author discusses everything from travel (to the countryside) to books  that they have read, including the History of the Reformation Began by Martin Luther. In addition to the diary, there is also poems and prayers written in the book as well. These tend to be written in pencil, and have faded a bit. On the inside covers are scribbles of math, and the first page of the journal is an accounting slip which references boarders and the dates they were stayed. There are two inserts of scrap paper, one has accounting on it, and the other a cutwork pattern, a simple sketch of a branch with leaves that has been partially cut out . Board covers with applied marble, 40 leaves. Author used both pencil and ink. Near complete, few blank pages. Measures 7 1/2 x 6 1/2.. more info
Stutz Family, Elizabeth A. Stutz Poetry and Recipe Album of the Stutz Family. .Middletown, Ohio.c1830-1915
Stutz Family, Elizabeth A. Stutz Poetry and Recipe Album of the Stutz Family. .Middletown, Ohio.c1830-1915
Price: $325.00

A family scrap album of magazine and newspaper clippings of poetry and recipes. The majority of the clippings are poetry. Each page of the scrap album has three narrow columns of clippings pasted on. The clippings date from the 1830s all the way until around 1915. A Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stutz is the only name written in the album, however as some of the clippings predate her birth, this book mostly like belonged to another family member, perhaps her mother first. In fact there is a loose draft of a letter written by an unnamed woman to her brother making reference to 'Lizzie's father'. While the majority of the album are clippings form various magazines or newspapers, Interspersed throughout are several handwritten poems, at least one of which is original poetry by Lizzie Stutz. The majority of the recipes within this album are loose pages that have been placed inside the album for safe keeping. There are a few loose short stories as well. In addition to these loose pieces of ephemera, there are several items of a more personal nature. There is a report card for Lizzie Stutz from 1875. Based on the image of the school printed on the report card, she attended Union School (sometimes referred to as South School) on Yankee Road & 4th Ave, in Middletown, OH. In addition to the school report card, there is a gathering of line paper, presumably what was once a part of a separate journal The front page of this gathering has a stylized bird drawn in ink with the words "Lizzie Stutz, Room 12, Class 9" written in-between the feathers. The first half of this gathering comprises of practice lettering, sometimes a single letter written over and over again, and sometimes a word or phrase whose spelling allows for practice of a unique combination of letters. The latter have of this gathering must have been completed at a different time (indeed on of the entries has the date 1879), as the subject matter is a bit more advance. There are math notes and completed algebra problems, as outline lines for several different essays, such as one on coal and Henry Clay. Another personal item in the album is a photograph, presumably of Lizzie Stutz. It is a sepia side view portrait pasted within its own decorative storage folder. Below are a few excerpts from the poems found within the album: "... Choose times with a lullaby flowers, And sing through the watches you keep- Be soft with your coming and going- Be soft she is falling asleep. And what would my life be without her Pray God that I never may know Dear friend as you get her about her Be low oh be low with your weeping- be low Be low oh be low with your weeping Your sobs be sorrow to her I tremble lest while she is sleeping..."  - Excerpt from original poem by Elizabeth A Stutz "This is the eldest of the seasons; he moves not like spring with gradual steps, nor grows From bud to beauty, but with all his snows, Comes down at once in hoar antiquity. Now comes the season when the humble want, And know the misery of their wretched scant; Go ye, and seek their homes who have the power, And ease the sorrows of their trying hour."  - Winter "Let's take this world as some wide scene, through which in rail but buoyant boat, With skies now rude and now serene, Together thou and I must float; Beholding oft on either shore, Bright spots where we should like to stay, But Time plies swift his flying oar, And on we speed- away, away."  - Excerpt from 'The Boat of Life' by Thomas Moore Marble covers, Measures 11" x 7 3/4". Elizabeth A. Stutz was born in 1863 to George Stutz (1832-1899)  and Matilda Klepinger Stutz  (1834-1913)  in Ohio. She had two sisters Dora Belle Stutz Redder (1861-1927) and Harriet (Hattie) A. Stutz Flory (1868-1952). She married John H Plettner (1866-1924) on October 21 1888. She died in 1918. more info
 The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
Price: $350.00

32pp. Pictorial hand colored wrapper.  Includes 88 numbered sentiments for writing valentines for any (male) individual. Perhaps numbered for the ladies of leisure to advise her writer which valentine to pen.  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  Significant wear with old repairs to cover.  Not found OCLC (5/2018).. 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
William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800
William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800
Price: $375.00

This book was used by William Brown of Newburyport, MA to practice is penmanship. While the quality of his script is always outstanding, as the notebook progress, William's script gets smaller and smaller. He practices his writing by repeatedly writing short phrases over and over again, or by copying down entire poems or short passages from political reports. Some of the phrases he uses are "You'll soon improve, if learning you love" and "Riches are but uncertain". Some of the poems he copies are rather well known, such as a section from The Vicissitudes of Life, A Canterbury Tale, or the below excerpt from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man: "Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all, Wants frailties, passions, closer still ally The common interest, or endear the tie." Along with practicing his script William often writes his numbers as well. In addition, on the bottom of each page his signs his name. He does this in a variety of different ways, often but not always including the town (Newburyport) and the year. Some of these signatures are embellished with  flourishes. On one of the last pages, is written Welsh's School. This is most likely in reference to Schoolmaster Michael Welsh, who ran not only a grammar school for the town of Newburyport in the late 1700s but also his own private school. It is unclear which school of his is referenced in this note. The notebook is contained in a unattached piece of craft paper, of which has a note pinned onto it. The note says "School Writing Book, 1799. Loan by Mrs. Thos J Allen." Stitched binding. 24 pages. Measures 8 1/2" x 7". more info
 Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Sinful Pleasure, a Poem for Youth. ..c1830
Price: $375.00

A poem regarding the 'pleasures of youth'. The poem has been titled "Sinful Pleasures" but appears to be derived from a poem called "Irregular Pleasures" with only minor alterations. On either side of the poem are two birds  created with calligraphy flourishes  drawn in ink. Flourishes surround the title. Below are the first few lines from the poem: "By the unhappy excess of irregular pleasures in youth, how many amiable dispositions are corrupted or destroyed. How many rising capacities and  powers [are] supposed. How many flattering hopes of parents and friends are totally extinguished..."  Measures 10" x 8 .. more info
Three Christmas Boxes. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.1882(2)
Three Christmas Boxes. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.1882(2)
Price: $375.00

A Christmas book that attempts to teach the reader a lesson on animal cruelty. The book follows the story of three brothers, Frank ,Harry and Tommy, and their three dogs. The story starts with Tommy killing Frank's dog, and Santa Claus deciding to teach Tommy a lesson on humility and animals. The story contains 4 full pages color illustrations, along with one two-page illustration. The illustrations are extremely detailed and vividly colored. The back cover depicts a variety of advertisements for McLoughlin's other books.   8pp plus 6 plates and illustrated wraps. Measures 10 3/4" x 9 1/2". more info
 Hulet Saw Mill, Poem Published on Broadside. Cosmopolite.Connecticut.1854
Hulet Saw Mill, Poem Published on Broadside. Cosmopolite.Connecticut.1854
Price: $400.00

A poem entitled Hulet Saw-Mill, which discusses both the mill, its owner, and how his estate was argued over after his death by his heirs. The poem itself its set to the tune of "King Solomon" and was written in September 1854 for Hulet Depot. At the top of the poem is a wood cut of a homestead, and there is also an ornamental border. Below is an excerpt of the beginning of the poem: "My fancy took a sudden flight, while I lay on my bed, To the region where old Mashentuck lifts up its sullen head; The passage made me wary. I sat me down to rest Where many a winter rattle snake has made his winter's nest. While there I sat musing upon the lonely hill, My senses were attracted by the sound of Hulet's mill; I looked out to the southward, across the old shrub-plain, I saw the saw-mill tenders all marching in a train. There were a mixed-up multitude, as you may understand, The looked some like the ancient tribes, once in the holy land; They seemed to me like vagabonds while marching o'ver the ground, And not a Priest or Levite among them could be found." A the base of the poem is the line "Printed not a hundred miles from Chepatchet", a town in Rhode Island. However, considering that Rhode Island is only approximately 37 miles by 48 miles, it is unlikely that this broadside was printed in that state. Indeed the OCLC entries list the place of publication as "[Connecticut?]". OCLC 3 (Oct 2019). Measures 15 1/2" x 5 1/2".. more info
 Friendship and Lover's Album - Numerous Entries from the Same Three People. J. C. Riker.Harts Village, Dutchess County, New York.c1850
Friendship and Lover's Album - Numerous Entries from the Same Three People. J. C. Riker.Harts Village, Dutchess County, New York.c1850
Price: $425.00

A unusual friendship album belonging to Eliza Howland. With the exception of one or two entries, the album appears to have been written by three people writing over years (c1850). The entries are written by Omega, Rover and Hiram. Hiram is later identified as Hiram Howland, and he is presumably Eliza's husband. On two of Omega's entries she has also drawn a colorful dove holding an olive branch in its beak. The majority of the entries are written by Hiram and tend to be love poems, mostly original. Most of his entries are simply titled 'To Eliza', though at times his is more descriptive in his naming, such as 'With You I Am Happy', 'A The Plighted Vow' and  'Written on the reception of a Bible', Additionally, there are two letters, with their corresponding envelopes. The letters were written to Eliza by Hiram on Valentines day and are love poems as well. Below is a quote from one Hiram's poems in the journal: "My thoughts wander back to the days of my youth, When my heart was both gullible and free, Then ambition did prompt me to wealth, fame, and truth, While my hopes were all centered on thee But the ambition has fled with the year that have flown while my hope of vain fortune is river Still with thee I am happy, I love and be loved. Till summoned to mansions in heaven..." On the cover there is gilt stamp which states "Religious Album" along with the original owners name, "Eliza". There are six black and white engravings (including the title page) depicting religious scenes, such as when an angel appeared to the shepherds to proclaim the birth of Christ. Brown leather board covers with gild stamp design. 60 leaves, with interleaves in front of the illustrations. The pages are multicolored, and gilt fore edge. The journal is approximately half filled (first half of book).  Measures 7 1/2" x 6".. more info
 Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
Journal of Flowers and Poetry, Reinterpretations of Old Tales. ..c1880
Price: $525.00

68 pg. journal filled with poetry and watercolors of flora. There are a total of 25 poems in the journal, as some cover multiple pages, however this is a watercolor piece on every page depicting various flowers. At times one can see the pencil the artist used to sketch the flowers before using paint. The poems are reinterpretations of old stories, for example "What the Old Man Does is Always Right" by Hans Christian Anderson. On the front inside cover, it album has been self -titled, "Monty, Getty, with the Author's Love." The artist has number each page themselves and created an index at the back of the book listing each poem and its corresponding page. Some of the poems included are "The Tame Seagull", "The End of Two Black Beetles", and "The Story of a Greedy Crow". 9" x 7 1/2". 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
 Primrose Hill and St. Patrick was a Gentleman Broadside and Song Sheet. J. G. & H. Hunt.Boston, MA.[1835]
Primrose Hill and St. Patrick was a Gentleman Broadside and Song Sheet. J. G. & H. Hunt.Boston, MA.[1835]
Price: $600.00

A song sheet featuring two songs, Primrose Hill and St. Patrick was a Gentleman. There are two woodcuts on the top of the sheet. The first wood cut shows a suitor sitting on hill surrounded  by various items, including a shield emblazoned with "Assiduity". The second woodcut is of a cathedral. Below is an excerpt from each song poem: "Fair maid of Primrose hill, he cried, I've come a wooing here; So do not treat me with disdain, Nor use me too severe. For my love 'tis true and is fix'd on you, Constant I'll be to only thee, Thou flower of ev'ry few." - Primrose Hill "There's not a mile in Ireland's isle where dirty vermin muster, But there he put his dear fore foot and mur'er'd them in clusters; The toads went pop, the frogs went flop, slap dash in the water, And the snakes committed suicide to save themselves from the slaughter" - St. Patrick was A Gentleman Single sheet. Printed in two columns. OCLC 0 (Oct 2019). While there are similar entries in OCLC, they are by a different publisher. Measure 8 1/2" x 8". more info
 Song, written for the 4th of July, 1810, A Broadside Song Sheet. .Westermoreland, NH.July 10, 1810
Song, written for the 4th of July, 1810, A Broadside Song Sheet. .Westermoreland, NH.July 10, 1810
Price: $625.00

A patriotic song for July 4th written in twenty numbered stanzas., four lines each. The poem doesn't focus on specific battles too much, but rather the bravery of our men and their Commanders, like George Washington. The song is printed in two columns with as small decorative border in-between the two. Below are excerpts from the poem: "Their hostile banners were display'd, And Yankee doodle then was play'd; But soon their troops in blood did wade, And quickly left their station." - Stanza 4 "So neatly we around them got; We played so bravely with our shot; These rogues they found the fire so hot, They were forc'd to cry for quarter." - Stanza 12 "Brave countrymen, let's drop a tear To th' memory of each friend so dear, Who fell without a dread or fear, Defending of their Nation. July the fourth, of which we sing; The day we sever'd from a king; Be ne'er forgot while time has wing, To waft it o'er the Nation." - Stanzas 19 & 20 Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 1 (Oct 2019) Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. Measures 10 1/2" x 8 1/2". more info
 The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864,  Connecticut  "Opened to friendship-- But not to flattery". John C. Riker.New York.c1860
The Token Album, A Friendship Album of Addie A Allen, 1858-1864, Connecticut "Opened to friendship-- But not to flattery". John C. Riker.New York.c1860
Price: $650.00

A friendship album of Addie A. Allen who most likely lived in Connecticut as many of the entries note Connecticut towns in the closing.  The album itself dates from 1858-1864, with the bulk of the entries dated between 1858-1860. The majority of the material from 1862-1864 are after the fact notes added to the journal, presumably by Addie, when one of her classmates died. There are entries from 40 different individuals, predominantly female.  While many of then entries under a page, several are lengthy entries, almost taking the forms of letters as the author's reminisce over their friendship with Addie and wish her well in her future endeavors. Along side the entries are three dried and pressed plants specimens, which are labeled: moss and a flower from California, and a fern from India. Additionally there is a piece of red silk sewn into the journal and is labeled as a piece of the battle flag of the 2nd Connecticut Artillery. The last item of note within the album is a lock of hair from Joseph R. Toy who volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War, but died of typhoid and malaria at a hospital near New Orleans, LA in 1861. He wrote what appears to be an original poem in the album. An excerpt of that poem as well as several other entries is provided below. "So here where love and friendship, place The offering which the heart holds dear, I turn; my humble name to trace, And pay my willing tribute here.- Henceforth let fortune frown, or smile, Let skies be clear or clouds attend, My soul shall not rest unmoved the while Content that thou has called me friend." - Joseph R. Toy, Simsbury, CT, June 9th, 1860 "Addie dear, if in after years we should be forced to speak the parting word, let us not forget the days that have flown and if not permitted to meet again on this earth may we meet in Heaven when there is no more parting." - Ellen Kimball, Avon CT May 20, 1858 "What shall I wish you more than has been wished, for should all the good wishes herein expelled ever be realized, your years would out number the sand upon the sea-shore. Friends would ever be around you, your life would be one of undisturbed joy- no sorrow could ever come near. But Addie this cannot always be. Death will come. Friends may desert, then have your heats affection so fired upon heavenly things, that when the hour of trail comes as come it must, you shall not falter. And when you stand upon the bank of that river, which all must one day cross, may you fearlessly plunge beneath its dark waves, knowing you have a friend in Heaven." - Fannie Albert, her teacher, Avon, CT, February 28, 1859 Finally there is a single unattached manuscript page titled "in my own Album" a verse copied from "Rosamund Gray by Charles Lamb, 1798. Brown stamped leather covers. The decorative stamping on the covers forms a border. The stamped image on both the front and back covers is gilded, and is the same image of bird with foliage in the background. The front cover has the words 'The Token Album', which are gilded as well. The pages are gilt edge, and while the majority of the interior pages are white, there are a few colored pages. Additionally there are 6 black and white engravings placed throughout the notebook. The album is mostly filled out. Measures 7 3/4" x 6". This album was written predominantly before the Civil War, however the war crept in, in the form of her notes on the deaths of three (3) men while serving in the war Toy 1861 - New Orleans Henry 1863 - Alexandria Hospital Eugene V. F. - died at 24 (1864) and the flag remnant from the 2nd Connecticut Artillery. 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
 Perry's Victory, Broadside Poem . .No. 42, North Main, Providence, RI.[1815]
Perry's Victory, Broadside Poem . .No. 42, North Main, Providence, RI.[1815]
Price: $750.00

A poem about the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and more specifically about the hero of that navy battle Commander Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), and his fellow naval officer, Captain Jesse Duncan Elliott (1782-1845). Perry is famously remembered for shouting "Don't Give Up the Ship", when the ship he was on, the U.S.S. Lawrence, was taking heavy fire. One of the lines in the poem states in regard to Perry and Elliott, "O had you but seen those noble commanders, Embracing each other when the conflict [was] over." These lines are highly ironic as there is significant evidence to support that neither of the men like each other and in fact that Perry felt that Elliott acted as coward during the battle. There were official charges filed, but nothing came of it. Below is an excerpt from the poem: "Ye tars of Columbia give ear to my story, Who fought with brave Perry where cannons did roar, Your valour has gained you an immortal glory, A fame that shall last until time is no more! Columbian tars are the true sons of Mars, They rake fore and aft when they fight on the deep On the head of Lake Eire commanded by Perry They caused many Britains to take their last sleep." Single sheet, printed in two columns. OCLC 0. Measures 10" x 7 1/4". more info
 Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening  by John Cunningham,. ..
Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening by John Cunningham,. ..
Price: $800.00

Naive fraktur style with vining border and wreath created by Harriet Young, September 29, 1809.  A large basket  adorns the top of the page filled with fruit and flowers.  Birds on the edges of the baskets and nearby tree stumps.  At center is the  hand penned "Noon" portion of Cunningham's Morning, Noon and Evening.    Measures 7 3/4" x 9 1/2".. Surface wear and corner chips. more info
Helen Maria Imrie, etc. A Fine Ladies Album and Commonplace Book - Helen Maria Imrie . .Scotland.1839-1866
Helen Maria Imrie, etc. A Fine Ladies Album and Commonplace Book - Helen Maria Imrie . .Scotland.1839-1866
Price: $1,150.00

34 leaves.  Two rows of elaborate stamped decorative devices on cover; outer border gilt stamped. An array of different colored pages, some with Dobbs Patent embossed border decoration including French love sentiments. A fine lady's book.  The content is complete and the book is filled with the exception of two pages.  The content includes an array of art including eight (8) cut-out and applied original floral arrays, two (2) near full page watercolors in charcoal and watercolor featuring a pair of grouse signed W. Gunton 1832, a small perforated paper  with  watercolor of a bird, pencil drawing of Portrait of Rembrandt,  pencil drawing of lads around camp fire, pen and ink of Lord Byran, fine miniature penwork titled "Affection" with laurel wreath and a pair of love birds,  pencil drawing of a male dancer and his shadow, an applied 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" hand penned eternal love knot, a loose fine cutwork depicting a shelter with a shepherd and sheep, applied pencil and pen work of shoes through the ages from 1544-1830, tipped-in  watercolor of floral array and a provocative pencil and watercolor of a young woman. The writings, mostly by the owner with a few entries by others, mostly women include A Friendship Wreath (poem), Boarding school Notice - interpretation of what was needed, Character of Napoleon Bonepart as drawn by Wm Phillips 1814 narrative,  character of Madame de Stache as drawn Lady Morgan of France (narrative),  Retrospection by J.A.S. in 1866, Translation of some French verses to Lord Byron, Copy of "A Maltese Woman's Petition" original sent to Ladies Malta Charitable Society, The Cost of War, The Answer, Character of James the First of England, A Stranger, "Since your honor is so good", Love of God, Recipe - a Cure for Love, Oh moralists, who heard of happiness and self-respect, When did personal variety listen to the suggestions of Prudence, Luther - A Fragment (26 verse poem), miscellaneous verses and writings. Measures 10 1/4" x 8 1/4". . Most likely Helen Maria Imrie 4 Aug 1820 - 24 Jul 1904, Ferry-Port-on-Craig, Fife, Scotland. more info