[Boston: Printed by Dard Hunter, Jr, 1939]. First separate edition, one of fewer than 100 copies. The limited... Read More about A Considerable Speck
Hartford, Connecticut: June 14, 1787. Barlow to Hayley, Student to Mentor. An important letter on the state of art and literature in early America. Hayley was a major influence on Barlow. Read More about Autograph Letter, signed. To William Hayley Esq. "The character you sustain in the literary...
London: Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co, 1853. First edition. Read More about The Pilgrim Fathers; or, The Founders of New England in the Reign of James the First
Concord: March, 9, 1737. Belcher was the colonial govenor of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and later of New Jersey. This interesting letter is addressed to Belcher as govenor of N.H. and concerns the "swapping" of a horse, "a Mair." The transaction was a bit shady and a controversy resulted, with..... Read More about Autograph Letter Signed to Jonathan Belcher, SIGNED BY BOTH MEN
Paris: Pierre Ribou, 1707. One of the First Histories of Virginia. An early edition (published the same year as the Amsterdam and Orleans editions) of the earliest history of Virginia, after Captain John Smith’s. Written by a planter who spent most of his life there. It was written primarily to..... Read More about Histoire de la Virginie
Amsterdam et à Paris: Chez la Veuve Duchesne, 1778. Nouvelle edition. Account of the author's third visit to Louisiana, then a Spanish colony, in 1771-1772. According to Sabin, the 1778 edition differs from the 1777 only in the title page. His first book, published in 1768, landed him in prison..... Read More about Nouveaux Voyages dans L'Amerique Septentrionale, contenant une collection de lettres écrites sur...
Boston: Printed by Mein and Fleemin[g], [October] 22, 1767. Early American newspaper prospectus. Rare early American newspaper prospectus, announcing publication of The Boston Chronicle, a weekly Loyalist paper. "John Mein, a bookseller, was the publisher, and John Fleeming the printer. With the beginning of the second year the size of..... Read More about Proposals for Printing a New Weekly Paper, called The Boston Chronicle
Boston: Printed by Mein and Fleming, 1769. Mein was the owner of the "London Bookshop" and a lending library; one of his patrons was John Adams. Quickly becoming popular, the shop began to gross £80 weekly. Mein was elected a Boston constable, a post he never could have attained without..... Read More about The Boston Chronicle. Monday May 1 to Thursday, May 4. 1769. Vol. II No 18. No. 89
West Bloomfield, NY: Aug. 30, 1814. A hasty note written by Major General Jacob Brown to New York politician Nathan Williams, requesting more arms and equipment for the siege of Fort Erie, currently underway. The Americans, led by Brown, captured Fort Erie on July 3, 1814. British forces, led by..... Read More about Autograph letter signed ("Jacob Brown), to Nathan Williams calling for assistance at the...
London: J. Dodsley, 1770. Second edition, first printing. "a volume might be written on this melancholy subject" Burke analyzes several issues troubling the country, inlcuding the situation in America; he "touches briefly on the effect of the current state of affairs in the colonies and the colonists's growing feeling of..... Read More about Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents ... the Second edition
London: T. Payne, 1775. Second Edition. Reverend Burnaby was the son of a wealthy clergyman and graduate of Queen’s College, Cambridge. “There is a pleasant tone, a wise and educated spirit in this record, which make ample amends for the obvious influences of the writer’s religious and political views upon..... Read More about Travels Through the Middle Settlements in North America, in the Years 1759 and 1760; with...
Washington, D.C: December 21, 1947. “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master”. “… I am glad to know that Mr. Justice William O. Douglas of this Court will speak at the public dinner to be held in observance of the 100th Anniversary of..... Read More about Typed Letter, signed (“Harold H, Burton”) to Harry Barnard of the Altgeld Centenary Committee...
Elizabeth, New Jersey: April 12, 1774. The document, written in a neat secretarial hand, if for a tract of land on Canoe Brook in Essex County, New Jersey, near "the Road that crosses the Mountains from Newark to Morris Town", that is being sold by to Frederick Jones by Jonathan..... Read More about Manuscript Deed to a Piece of Land in Essex County, New Jersey, with Legal Description, April 12,...
[New Jersey]: March 9, 1747/8. This is a quit claim to a tract of land on Canoe Brook in Essex County, New Jersey, owned by Gardner, and assigning title to Samuel Gardner, probably a relative. The very densely written document is signed by Isaiah Ball, Gershom Wood and Thomas Gardner..... Read More about Manuscript Quit Claim to a Piece of Land in New Jersey owned by Thomas Gardner
Charlestown, [Mass.]: May, 1757. FAMILY FARM FROM A 1663 LAND GRANT. In 1663, Francis Norton and Nicholas Davison were granted 500 acres by Charlestown for various services rendered to the town. Norton was a haberdasher and successful merchant, who made most of his money in the fur and fish trades..... Read More about Autograph Document, Signed ("Thad. Mason"), as Clerk of the Middlesex Courts for a...
N.p: Aug 5 - Dec. 17, 1765. Includes are prices and weights of tea, sugar, flour, coffee, tobacco, ammunition, rum and molasses. Read More about Manuscript Account for “Doct. Edward Durant”
[London: 1711]. Duties on Prizes. Making all prize goods captured in America accountable for duty as if imported from England, with the exception of brandy and wine. Read More about An Act for the Encouragement of the Trade to America
Mount Vernon: A. Colish, 1985. First edition, one of 2500 copies. Read More about Freedom of Religion & Separation of Church and State. Selected and edited, and with an...
Litchfield, Ct: 3rd April 1778. Read More about Manuscript Document: "Application of John Clenom of Litchfield an aged, infirm &...
London: Printed for A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch at the Red-Lion in Pater-noster-Row; and James Hodges at the Looking-Glass on London-Bridge, 1739. Seventh edition (first published in 1685). Has been erroneously attributed to Richard Blome; the author Robert Burton was the pseudonym of printer and bookseller Nathaniel Crouch (1632?-1725?). First..... Read More about The English Empire in America or, A view of dominions of the Crown of England in the West Indies....
Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland ...D. Henchman, [Cornhill], 1733. First edition, with half-title. Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747) was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and attended one of the earliest classes at Yale College, graduating in 1706. While there are not a lot of details of his early life, he did end up..... Read More about THE SCRIPTURE-BISHOP VINDICATED: A Defence of the Dialogue Between Praelaticus and Eleutherius,...
[The colony of New York]: 1746. Vivat Oranje. An allegorical depiction of Dutch-American cultural heritage and a plea for assistance in troubled times.The central motif is a manuscript musical setting based on a Dutch text of Psalm 130, De profundis: Uyt de diepten, o Heere, Myner benauwtheyt groot, roep ick..... Read More about Dutch-American Illustrated manuscript broadside of Psalm 130 with allegorical elements
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1882; 1907; 1907. First edition. The first three volumes of his The English Colonies in America, complete in five volumes. Read More about The English in America Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas. WITH: The Colonies under the House...
Hardwick: March 14, 1757. MASSACHUSETTS STAMP ACT. Partially-Printed Document Signed “David White” dated during the French & Indian War period, conveying to Samuel Robinson “One Certain Tract or Parcel of Land Lying and being in Hardwick.”With most of the wax seal remaining and signed at the bottom by Job Dexter..... Read More about 1757 Massachusetts Document with Paid 4 Pence “Sailing Ship” Vignette Embossed Revenue Stamp...
Annapolis: Jonas Green, 1755. Recruiting for Braddock's Campaign. Passed in December 1754 "to raise a Body of able Land-men, for his Majesty's Service, against the French and their Allies on this Continent", this separately-printed session law essentially authorizes a draft system for forcing "all and every able-bodied Freeman who live..... Read More about Act of Assembly passed in December, 1754. At a session of Assembly, begun and held at the city of...
[Great Britain]: [circa 1761]. Towards the end of the French and Indian War, William Pitt started a specie grant program to reward colonies for raising troops, thus putting the colonies in competition with each other for a share of an annual 200,000 pounds. With specie scarce in the colonies, the..... Read More about Manuscript document signed "George R" authorizing payment of £60,634 to the Province...