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Franklin Roosevelt’s Signed Copy of Homer’s The Odyssey, From His Personal Library (SOLD)

[FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT], Signed Book. The Odyssey by Homer. London: Whittingham, 1809. 3.25 x 5 inches. Prior owner’s signature above Roosevelt’s and penciled number (which appear to be related to Roosevelt’s indexing of his library collection) below. Contents include volumes I and II, comprising books 1-15 of 22.

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Item #26012, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Young Man Tells Parents He Will Trap Furs in the Rockies, with Early Mention of Chicago

JOHN BROWN, Autograph Letter Signed, to John Brown, July 7, 1835, Peoria, Illinois. 3 pp., 8 x 9¼ in.

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In a letter home to his parents in northern New Jersey, John Brown describes his plans to join a group of men trapping furs in the Rocky Mountains. If that plan does not work, he and others will trap in the Winnebago Swamps of northern Illinois and southern Michigan Territory (Wisconsin). At the time he wrote this letter, Brown was helping to build the two-story Peoria County Courthouse in Peoria, Illinois.

Item #25781, $1,250

John Marshall’s “Life of George Washington”
and Companion Atlas with Hand-colored Maps

JOHN MARSHALL. [GEORGE WASHINGTON], Books, The Life of George Washington Commander in Chief of the American Forces, During the War which Established the Independence of his Country and First President of the United States, Compiled Under the Inspection of the Honourable Bushrod Washington, From Original Papers Bequeathed to him by his Deceased Relative, 2nd edition, in two volumes. Philadelphia: James Crissy and Thomas Cowperthwait, 1840. 982 pp. plus index, 5½ x 9 in. Both have pencil inscription on blank fly leaf “A. Seeley 1851 Presented by T.C. Gladding.” Rebound; very good, some foxing toward the front. OCLC 183328030. With: Atlas to Marshall’s Life of Washington, Philadelphia: J. Crissy, [1832], 10 hand-colored maps. Ex-Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Massachusetts bookplate on front paste-down. Black cloth spine and corners, original green boards with label. Internally fine. OCLC 191237946.

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Chief Justice John Marshall’s magisterial biography of George Washington was originally a five-volume set. This 1840 publication, revised and issued in two volumes, also includes the 1832 companion atlas of maps relating to the Revolutionary War.

Item #22477, $1,250

“The Night Before Christmas”:
First Separate Printing Crediting the Author

CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, “Christmas Carol. The Visit of Saint Nicholas. Written by Prof. C. C. Moore.” Broadside, text printed in blue with red border of ivy entwined branches. Philadelphia: Issued by John M. Wolff, Stationer [ca 1842-1865]. 11 x 17 ¼ in.

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Item #23966, ON HOLD

Rich 1845 Letter on the State of American Art to Hudson River Artist Jasper Cropsey

JOHN MACKIE FALCONER, Autograph Letter Signed, to Jasper Cropsey, Washington, D.C., January 15, 1845. 4 pp., 7⅞ x 9⅞ in. Includes envelope.

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Relates a conversation with Peter Rothermel on the need to nurture an “American School of Design,” with sharp criticisms of the deleterious effects of European study on budding talent as seen in Emanuel Leutze’s latest work.

[Rothermel] during the evening suggested one thing as tending peculiarly to build up an American School of Design without the extraneous influences that all young men going abroad are subject too. it was that an embargo to prevent the leaving of artists for abroad, for a space of 50 years, be put in operation, thus causing their productions to be pure emanations of their own early & intuitive feeling…

Item #25492, $1,250

Early Chicago Resident Predicts that New Western States Will Become “granaries for those on the Sea board,” Mentions Theodore Parker, and Geneva Illinois

JOHN C. DODGE, Autograph Letter Signed, to Samuel Johnson, July 16, 1845, Chicago, Illinois. 2 pp., 7¾ x 9¾ in.

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I was reading some of Mr [Theodore] Parker’s writings by the bye the other day, and was very much struck with their earnestness. I was surprised too to find how much of the pure ore is contained in them…

A few years, and these new States will be granaries for those on the Sea board…. I had occasion a short time since to go to Geneva [Ill.]… and the whole country was like a garden... with your love for natural beauty, you would enjoy such a sight right well.

John Dodge writes to his first cousin Samuel Johnson, attending Harvard Divinity School, about family genealogy and goes on to discuss the remarkable growth of Chicago. Dodge served as the first secretary of the Chicago board of trade from 1849 to 1853, and in the 1850s directed the land department of the Illinois Central Railroad. Johnson, the recipient, eventually wrote three books on comparative religion that treated Eastern religions as equal with Christianity. His lecture on Theodore Parker was published posthumously as a book in 1890.

Item #25780, $750

Early News that the Honolulu Naval Depot Might be Relocated to California

WILLIAM BRANFORD SHUBRICK, Letter Signed as Commander of the Pacific Squadron, to Thomas H. Stevens, August 29, 1847, aboard the U.S.S. Independence, San Francisco, California. 1 p.,8 x 12½ in.

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In this extremely early English-language letter from San Francisco, the Commander of the Pacific Squadron suggests that the naval stores then at Honolulu might be moved to California.

Item #23423, $1,500

Ohio Reformers Use Rhode Island’s Dorr Rebellion
to Justify Their Own Behavior

[DORR WAR], Pamphlet. The Dorr Movement in Ohio; Being an Examination into the Causes, Progress and Probable Effects of the Revolutionary Course of Locofocoism in the Organization of the General Assembly of This State, for the Session of 1848-49. [Columbus, Ohio]: Legg & Murray, Columbus, [1849]. Disbound. Inscribed in pencil on the title by H.A. Swift, the author, in presentation.

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Item #22543, $550

Masonic Documents: James P. Kimball archive of master Mason, geologist, and Director of the United States Mint - with superb engravings

JAMES P. KIMBALL, Archive. Approximately fifteen ornate Masonic documents, many relating to James P. Kimball and his family. Kimball was a noted geologist and one-time Director of the United States Mint. Plus over sixty related letters, documents, and ephemera most of which concern Kimball’s Masonic activities.

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Item #22108.13, $9,500

Mark Hopkins, Famed Educator and the Longest Serving President of Williams College, Preparing to Lecture at the Smithsonian Institute

MARK HOPKINS, Autograph Letter Signed, as President of Williams College, [perhaps to Joseph Henry, Secretary of the Smithsonian], November 13, 1851. 1 p., 5 x 6 ¼ in.

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“What they may turn out to be I cannot say, but should like the liberty of choice when the time comes…”

Item #21553.08, $450

Stephen Douglas Recommends Illinois Ally for Indian Agency in Minnesota

STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, Autograph Letter Signed, to Robert McClelland, ca. March-May 1853, [Washington, D.C.] 2 pp., 4 x 6¾ in.

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Item #23279, SOLD — please inquire about other items

The Congressional War on Kansas over Slavery
and Statehood – 1854 – 1858

[KANSAS], Collection of 59 printed speeches and government documents. Mostly pamphlets printed in Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1854, 1856 and 1858. Includes President Franklin Pierce, Charles Sumner (who had nearly been killed in the Senate due to his anti-slavery views), Stephen Douglas, Schuyler Colfax, William Seward, Henry Wilson, Thomas Hart Benton, Daniel Clark, John Bingham, A.P. Butler, Erastus Brooks, Josiah J. Evans, Robert M. T. Hunter, and others. Printed pamphlets, speeches, orders, and Senate acts, some with original printed wrappers. Mostly octavo, pagination varies, as does condition.

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Item #23739, $1,750

Nine Months of a Hawaiian Missionary Newspaper, With the First Report of King Kamehameha III’s Death and Perry’s Mission to Japan

[HAWAII], Newspapers. Bound volume of The Friend (Honolulu, HI) containing 22 consecutive issues dated from Feb 1, 1854 through Oct 25, 1855.

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“The American Sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Capt. Walker, arrived at this port on the 29th ult., in 25 days from Japan, which is the shortest passage ever made. The S. brings Capt. H.A. Adams, U.S.N., as bearer of despatches to the Government at Washington. The point of interest in this intelligence is the fact that Com. Perry concluded a TREATY OF AMITY AND FRIENDSHIP with the EMPIRE OF JAPAN...”

The Friend was the mouthpiece of Congregational missionaries and reported everything from important local Hawaiian issues to international news reprinted from eastern sources. The nine months covered here feature a great deal of the news of the day, ranging from war between England and Russia to lots of whaling and maritime news including shipping arrivals and departures, the discovery of new sperm whaling grounds, naval intelligence, all peppered with a liberal dose of good old fashioned conservative proselytizing.

This particular volume was sent from Sag Harbor, New York to Thomas Spencer, a Rhode Island sea captain who went native, opening a successful ship’s chandlery and marrying a local girl.

Item #23745, $3,750

Freedom and Public Faith. Speech of William H. Seward, on the Abrogation of the Missouri Compromise, in the Kansas and Nebraska Bills

[WILLIAM H. SEWARD; KANSAS-NEBRASKA], Pamphlet. Freedom and Public Faith. Speech of William H. Seward, on the Abrogation of the Missouri Compromise, in the Kansas and Nebraska Bills. Senate of the United States, February 17, 1854. Washington: Buell & Blanchard. 1854. 16 pp.

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Item #23739.01, $95

The Border Ruffian Code in Kansas

[BLEEDING KANSAS], Pamphlet. The Border Ruffian Code in Kansas. [New York: Tribune Office. 1856.] 15, [1] pp. Concludes with full page (8.75 x 5.75 in.) map, “Freedom and Slavery, and the Coveted Territories.”

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This tract provides an example of the laws “notoriously forced upon the people of that Territory, at the hands of invading ruffians from Missouri, using the persuasive arguments of the Bowie-Knife and Revolver....” Included are the three Presidential platforms for the 1856 election, and a special map: “Freedom and Slavery, and the Coveted Territories,” printed on the last page.

Item #23739.03, $150

Kansas-Lecompton Convention. Speech of Senator Douglas, of Illinois, on the President’s Message

[STEPHEN H. DOUGLAS; LECOMPTON CONSTITUTION], Pamphlet. Kansas-Lecompton Convention. Speech of Senator Douglas, of Illinois, on the President’s Message. Delivered in the Senate of the United States, December 9, 1858. Washington: Buell & Blanchard. 1858. 16 pp. Inscribed in period ink, “From Hon. John Sherman.”

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Item #23739.02, $175

James Buchanan Signs William David Porter’s Commission as Commander in the Navy (SOLD)

JAMES BUCHANAN, Partially Printed Document Signed as President, co-signed by Isaac Toucey as Secretary of the Navy and William Pelloran. Washington, D.C., December 27, 1858. 1 p., 14½ x 18in., on vellum.

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The third brother of a famous naval family receives a commission from Buchanan.

Item #22834, SOLD — please inquire about other items

The 1858 Debates that Propelled Lincoln to National Attention

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Book. Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, in the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois. Columbus, Ohio: Follett, Foster, and Co., 1860. 3rd edition, with publisher’s advertisements bound in. 268 pp., 6½ x 9½ in.

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Item #22476, $1,500

Louis Agassiz re: Sharing Specimens with German Doctor Famed for Research in Japan

LOUIS AGASSIZ, Autograph Letter Signed, as Director of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, to Dr. [Philipp Franz] von Siebold, July 24, 1860, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1 p. In German. With integral printed circular letter in English, signed in type by Agassiz, dated May 1, 1860. 1 p.

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Item #20074.03, $850

The Army of the Potomac Arriving at Yorktown from Williamsburg

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, September 6, 1862.

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Item #H-9-6-1862, $250
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