[Boston: Printed by Dard Hunter, Jr, 1939]. First separate edition, one of fewer than 100 copies. The limited... Read More about A Considerable Speck
Salem, [MA]: 1745. Debts After Death. An interesting, if slightly morbid, collection of 18th century Salem history. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Young (c.1697-1745) was the son of William Young and Sarah Whittaker (the great-great grand parents of Mormon leader Brigham Young). Benjamin married Mary Howard in 1722. He died..... Read More about Demands for Payment Against the Estate of Benjamin Young
Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1919-24. First edition. Read More about Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts 1715-1724
Charlestown [MA]: July 31st 1759. "I HAVE BOUGHT THE HOUSE YOUR MOTHER LIVES IN" A letter advising Waters that Townsend has "bought the house your mother lives in and that I want it empty in order to live in."Further reading in part: "I am sensible that difficulty attends removing your..... Read More about Autograph Letter, Signed "Samuel Townsend," to Benjamin Waters of Salem
Paris: Chez Froullé, libraire, quai des Augustins, 1788. First edition. Mazzei emigrated to America from Italy in 1773 and introduced the cultivation of grapes and olives to the United States. He became a neighbor of Jefferson in Virginia, settling near Monticello at Jefferson's request, and this association led to their..... Read More about Recherches historiques et politiques sur les États-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale: où l'on...
Salem, [MA]: 7 May 1762. AN EARLY PIONEER OF SMALL POX VACCINATION. These items offer a quaint glimpse of a beloved New England Physician. Edward Augustus Holyoke (1728-1829), the son of Rev. Edward Holyoke (1689-1769) and Margaret Appleton, was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on August 1, 1728. Holyoke moved with..... Read More about Autograph Document, Signed ("E. A. Holyoke"), and Manuscript Medical Prescription
Paris: Levrault, Schoell et cie, 1804. First edition. Best known as a botanist and the author "North American Sylva," Michaux chronicles here an 1800-mile journey through the regions west of the Allegheny Mountains. Read More about Voyage à l'ouest des monts Alléghanys, dans les états de l'Ohio, du Kentucky, et du...
Nuremberg: 1720. Promoting John Law's Mississippi Bubble in Germany. “This very rare German tract was issued to encourage sales in Germany of shares in Mr Law’s Mississippi Company" (Streeter). The concluding paragraph confirms that the broadsheet was issued in connection with the promotion of Law's Mississippi bubble and its contents..... Read More about Geographische Beschreibung der Provinz Louisiana in Canada von dem Fluss S. Lorenz bis an den...
Amsterdam: Les Héritiers E. Van Harrevelt, 1784. First edition. Joseph Mandrillon was born in Bourg, France, in 1743 and died in 1794. He came to America in the hopes of establishing a banking-house and returned to France at the beginning of the French Revolution, to ill effect: he was guillotined.First..... Read More about Le Spectateur Américain. Ou Remarques Générales sur l’Amérique Septentrionale et sur la...
Chester, Province of New Hampshire: 10 January 1745/6. James Varnum of Chester, New Hampshire agrees to sell to Joseph Basford of Chester a piece of land with the western edge bordering Varnum's land and the southern edge on Basford's. The price was £48 for the three acres. Document signed by..... Read More about Printed deed/land transfer, accomplished, signed “James Varnum”
Boston: Marshall Jones, . First edition. Read More about Furniture of the Pilgrim Century (of American Origin) 1620-1720, Including Colonial Utensils and...
Copenhagen: C.G. Proft Sohn, 1794. Earliest Danish printing. Second German Edition, but the first with this title of Paine's influential pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating America's independence from Great Britain. Common Sense in German. Second German Edition, but the first with this title of that most influential pamphlet, Common Sense..... Read More about Gesunder Menschenverstand. An die Einwohner von America gerichtet
Berlin: 1770. Second edition. In spite of never having traveled to the American continent, de Pauw was considered a foremost expert on the new world and its natives, wildlife, climate, and vegetation. “The author endeavors to show the inferior character of everything American, especially the inhabitants” (Sabin). A fascinating document..... Read More about Recherches Philosophiques sur les Américains, ou Mémoires Intéressants pour Servir à...
Andover, [Massachsetts]: 1744. Phillips was the minister of the parish of South Andover for 60 years (until his death in 1771), and author of an "Elegy" (1718) and numerous religious treatises and occasional sermons. His son, John, became a merchant in Exeter, NH, and a member of the New Hampshire..... Read More about Autograph Letter Signed, to Edward Bromfield sending his thanks to Bromfield for giving an...
London: Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles, . Includes material on the origin and development of the North American colonies, Pownall's first years there in 1753-56, his service as governor of Massachusetts from 1757 to 1760 and in the House of Commons from 1767 to 1780, writing the Junius letters, and..... Read More about Thomas Pownall M.P., F.R.S. Governor of Massachusetts Bay Author of the Letters of Junius with a...
London: Lockyer Davis, 1781. First edition. Adams and Howes disagree as to which of the two issues of this title appeared first (both issued in 1781). The present copy includes the portrait frontispiece of Raynal. Read More about Révolution de l'Amérique
Oxford: Printed for private circulation, by Parker & Co, 1881. One of 250 copies. Family history of the Evelyn family, from their earliest migration to the American colonies, and including the history of Captain William Glanville Evelyn, who served in the British Army during the American Revolution. Read More about The Evelyns in America: Compiled from Family Papers and Other Sources, 1608-1805
Philadelphia: Globe Printing House, 1888. First edition. Read More about History of the American Theater: Before the Revolution
[Rockingham County NH]: May 15, 1769. A memo written during Bartlett’s tenure as justice of the Peace for Rockingham County, recording an agreement for the transfer of a deed from Joseph Chandler to Josiah Judkins upon payment of a note. American physician, statesman, and jurist, Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), was born..... Read More about Autograph document signed Josiah Bartlett ("J Bartlett"
Litchfield [CT]: Fourth Day of January 1764. 'COMMIT UNTO THE KEEPER OF THE GAOL'. A court writ for the recovery of a judgement against Moses Prindle. Reading in part: “To the Sheriff of the County of Litchfield or his Deputy, or either of the Constables of the Town of Salisbury..... Read More about Autograph document signed (“Oliver Wolcott”) as sheriff of the County of Litchfield,...
Boston: William Veazie, 1865. Number 14 of 25 copies printed in Royal Quarto. ONE OF 25. Read More about Advertisements for The Unexperienced Planters of New England, Or Anywhere; Or, the Pathway to...
Perth Amboy [NJ]: August 30, 1726. East Jersey Proprietor. An important Somerset County document relating to the colonial history of New Jersey.The land in the Raritan Valley of New Jersey, encompassing what is now Somerset County, was acquired by the East Jersey proprietors in the 1680s, through several purchases from..... Read More about Manuscript Indenture signed (“Char. Dunster”), also signed (“Lewis Morris"),...
Bedford County, July 17, 1772. On April 16, 1762, he resigned his commission, and, in 1764, he settled in Ligonier Valley, Pennsylvania, where he purchased land and erected mills. He was the largest landowner in Western Pennsylvania.In 1770, St. Clair became a justice of the court, of quarter sessions and..... Read More about Document Signed for the recovery of a debt owed by Thomas Hayslack to Robert Atkins in Bedford...
Providence, Rhode Island: Knowles, Anthony & Co, 1867. The appendix prints biographical sketches of a number of the more notable military personnel involved in the invasion. A version, on super large paper of the work published by the Rhode Island Historical Collections. Read More about THE INVASION OF CANADA IN 1775: INCLUDING THE JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN SIMEON THAYER, DESCRIBING THE...
Newburyport [MA]: January 22, 1775. Reading: "Cusen,This comes to aquaint (sic) you that thro the goodness of God we are all well I present + hope that this will find you with your wife + children in the enjoyment of the Like Blessing. I have sent you enclosed a note..... Read More about Autograph Letter, Signed "John Stone" to Benj. Watters in Salem, MA requesting that...
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. First edition. DEDICATION COPY INSCRIBED TO THE AUTHOR’S SON. A very handsome presentation copy which is also dedicated to Train’s son, John, and inscribed: “To “Choo-choo” with much love from “Pop” the Puritan and the author. Arthur Train May 31, 1941”Better known for his..... Read More about Puritan's Progress