London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828. First edition. Read More about Notions of the Americans: Picked up by a Travelling Bachelor
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Ocean City, N.J: Ocean City Fishing Club [printed by Eakins, Palmer & Harrar, Philadelphia], 1918. Ocean City Fishing Club. Founded in 1913, the Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest continuously operated fishing club in the country.Extensively illustrated club book, with portraits and anecdotes of many members (Bruns notes years..... Read More about 1918 Year Book. Ocean City Fishing Club
American Autographs. Signatures include: Henry James, Sr.Wm.E. Russell, Mayor of CambridgeSara C. BullEllen M. StoneR. N. JohnsonLouise Imogen GuineyPaul H. HayneGeorge S. HillardOn the back of the sheet onto which the signatures are laid down is a note identifying each of the signatories, which ends, "All except R.N.J.––who is merely..... Read More about 9 signatures attached to a card
Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1814. His intention in this pamphlet is to show that the seat of earthly magnetic power comes from the center of the earth. The author was from Washington, Georgia. Read More about An Essay on the Central Influence of Magnetism
New York: [Privately Printed], 1919. First edition. Inscribed on the flyleaf, “Christmas Greeting, Henry Abbott”. Abbott’s little birchbark books, tales of hunting and fishing in the Adirondacks, were privately printed between 1914 and 1932. "All the series rare and expensive”, according to Bruns. Read More about Fish Stories
New York: Underwood & Underwood, ca. [1920?]. Signed by the famous Congregationalist minister who took over Henry Ward Beecher’s congregation: “Yours sincerely / Lyman Abbott.”Provenance: C.N. Thomas of Underwood and Underwood. Read More about Photographic portrait of Abbott, seated at his desk
Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press for Private Distribution, [October], 1897. First edition, number 41 of 100 copies. RARE — One of 100 Copies. Read More about Myopia Songs & Waltzes With Winchester and Hamilton Chat
Boston: T. R. Marvin, 1845. The American Missionary Society was amongst the leading advocates in the fight to denounce slavery. This text gives an informative insight into one of the most influencial anti-slavery organization, in additin to an historical statement of previous proceedings. Read More about Report of the Committee on Anti-Slavery Memorials
New York: Published by Leavitt, Lord & Co. Boston: Crocker & Brewster, stereotyped by Conner and Cooke, 1835. Third edition. American Anti-Slavery Societies. Examining the American Colonization Society and considering the “influence of the society on the condition of Free persons of Color; … on Africa [and the] Suppression of..... Read More about An Inquiry into the Character and Tendency of the American Colonization, and American...
Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co, 1854. First edition. Printed mostly from the "Phonographic report of Messrs. Yerrinton and Leighton" No Slavery in Nebraska! A strong speech on the issue of whether slavery be permitted in Nebraska or not. The author gives a history of slavery, especially as relates to..... Read More about The Nebraska Question. Some Thoughts on the New Assault upon Freedom in America, and the General...
Boston: William Carter and Brother, 1863. Second edition (?). Parsons (1797-1882) was a professor in the Harvard Law School. Secession came as a rude shock to his belief that the work of the constitutional fathers was "near to the perfection of republican government." Here, he argues that he can "discern..... Read More about Slavery. Its Origin, Influence, and Destiny
Brattleboro: Printed for the Author, 1826. First edition. An early American anti-slavery lecture prepared for the Independence Day celebrations of the Windham County Bible Society who requested it's publication. Phelps gives a brief synopsis of the history and development of man, his influence and also the progress introducing the Bible..... Read More about A Lecture Delivered at Marlborough, VT. July 4th, 1826
Philadelphia: Printed by John Richards, 1839. First edition. The Quakers’ long and honorable opposition to slavery — from as early as the 17th century — is well documented. Read More about An Address to the Quarterly, Monthly and Preparative Meetings, and The Members Thereof, Composing...
Washington, D.C: Buell & Blanchard, 1852. This is the great abolitionist’s first major speech (a Boston edition appeared in the same year) in the Senate, attacking the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. ”Sumner entered the Senate on Dec. 1, 1851. By that time, the compromise measures of 1850 had been..... Read More about Freedom National; Slavery Sectional. Speech of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, on His...
Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1851. First Edition. Reprinted from the North American Review, October, 1851. The author carefully issues that include “how far and how fast is the institution of slavery susceptible of change and amelioration - what are the prospects of its being removed - and..... Read More about Slavery In The United States: Its Evils, Alleviations And Remedies
New York: R. G. Williams, 1836. First Edition. Deals exclusively with the effects of the British Abolition Act on the colonies in the West Indies. Read More about The Anti-Slavery Record Vol. 11. No. X1
New York: John A. Gray, 1860. In 1860, abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, brought a libel suit against several prominent northern Democrats of the “Vigilant Association,” for publishing accusations that Smith had full knowledge of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry beforehand and that he was a member of what became known..... Read More about Gerrit Smith and the Vigilant Association of the City of New-York
Boston: Congregational Board of Publications, 1857. First edition. Contains three abolitionist essays: (1) Rev. R.B. Thurston, The Error and the Duty in regard to Slavery; (2) Rev. A.C. Baldwin, Friendly Letters to a Christian Slaveholder; (3) Timothy Williston, Is American Slavery an Institution Which Christianity Sanctions and Will Perpetuate? Read More about Liberty or Slavery; the Great National Question. Three Prize Essays on American Slavery
Boston: Beals & Greene, 1850. First edition. The Voices of Compromise, 1850. After the Compromise of 1850 was passed in the Fall of that year, threatening the freedom and rights of escaped slaves, violent protests broke in several Northern states, and many abolitionist were urging defiance of the law. Alarm..... Read More about Proceedings of the Constitutional meeting at Faneuil Hall, November 26th, 1850
Boston: Press of T. R. Marvin, 1845. Read More about Report of the Committee on Anti-Slavery Memorials, September, 1845. With a Historical Statement...
Boston: A. T. Hotchkiss & W. P. Fetridge, 1853. Reprints the famous debate between Webster (“most famous American oration of the nineteenth century” — Howes) and Hayne over protective tariffs, in which issues of wide-ranging significance (States’ rights, slavery, the Constitution, etc.), were debated with the kind forensic brilliance rarely..... Read More about Speeches of Hayne and Webster in the United States Senate, on the Resolution of Mr. Foot,...
Montpelier, Vermont: Allen & Poland, Publishers, March 2, 1839. This issue publishes the Fifth Annual Report of the Starksboro’ and Lincoln Anti-Slavery Society and reprints newspaper accounts of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society and a speech by Henry Clay objecting to the emancipation of slaves in..... Read More about The Voice of Freedom. Published under the sanction of the Vermont Anti-Slavery Society. Volume I,...
Boston: July 13 1874. Key Member of the Secret Six. A heartfelt letter to his friend and fellow abolitionist, expressing his condolences for the loss of Bird’s son, and explaining that he cannot attend the funeral. Reading in part: “I heard on Saturday of your son’s sudden death, and in..... Read More about Autograph letter signed ("F.B. Sanborn") to Francis William Bird ("My dear...
New York: Re-printed and published by Wm. Elliot at the Tontine Coffee House, 1812. First American edition. Printed at the Tontine Coffee House. Testimonies showing how the non-trading policies of America had affected the British nation and economy. The "Remarks" at the back point out that Madison's non-trading policies had..... Read More about An Abstract of the Evidence Lately Taken in the House of Commons, against the Orders in Council,...
Haddam Neck, CT: 1825-1856. A Connecticut Shoemaker's Account Book 1825-1856. A wonderful look at a craftsman's life in early 19th century Connecticut. Most of Clark's trade came from mending shoes, for which he averaged 40 cents a pair, his steadiest customers being members of the Brainerd family, an old and..... Read More about Manuscript Account Book of Edward R. Clark, Shoemaker
Washington, D.C: October 23, 1969. Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson writes to Targ, thanking him for sending a copy of The Establishment is Alive and Well by Art Buchwald. "My preoccupation with the activities surrounding the publication of my own book has kept me from the immediate enjoyment of..... Read More about Typed note signed ("Dean Acheson"), 1 p, to William Targ, Editor-in-Chief at Putnam's