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Christopher Coover collection of literary & historical letters manuscripts and documents, 1589-1923

Summary Information


A unique collection of literary and historical items collected by Christopher Coover.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0279
Bib ID 6909931 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Coover, Christopher
Title Christopher Coover collection of literary & historical letters manuscripts and documents, 1589-1923
Physical Description 6 linear feet (9 document boxes and 2 mapcases 150201; 15K05)
Language(s) English , Latin , French .
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This collection is arranged in 4 series.



A varied collection of historical and litersry letters, manuscripts, historical documents, photogrgraphs, prints, broadsides, and books.

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This collection has no restrictions.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Cristopher Coover collection of literary & historical letters, manuscripts, and documents; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


3 Annual Gift expected

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Various: Source of acquisition--Chris Coover. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--Various.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Papers processed ptl 10/20/2014.

Revision Description

2014-10-21 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters of recommendation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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Admirals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, Scottish Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boteler, Alexander Robinson, 1815-1892 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bouvé, Thomas T. (Thomas Tracy), 1815-1896 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butterfield, Daniel, 1831-1901 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Collectors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cooke, John Esten, 1830-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davidson, Charles A. (Charles Andrew), 1839-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Explorers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Franklin, John, 1786-1847 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Generals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heinsius, Nicolaas, 1620-1681 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jeffrey, Francis Jeffrey, Lord, 1773-1850 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Keifer, Joseph Warren, 1836-1932 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lafayette, Georges Washington Louis Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1779-1849 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
London, Jack, 1876-1916 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCormick, Cyrus Hall, 1809-1884 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moir, John Macrae, 1827-1881 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicholson, John P. (John Page), 1842- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Niles, Henry S Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Orton, William, 1826-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Joel, 1799-1873 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parry, William Edward, Sir, 1790-1855 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philologists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Porter, David D. (David Dixon), 1813-1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Revolutionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Richardson, John, Sir, 1787-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ricord, Jean-François, 1759-1818 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robespierre, Maximilien, 1758-1794 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke), 1819-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ryckius, Theodorus, 1640-1690 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soldiers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tonson, Jacob, 1714-1767 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trebitsch, Siegfried, 1869-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walton, John, 1694-1764 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Christopher R. Coover is an author, collector, and Vice-President/Senior Manuscript Specialist at Christie's auction house in New York City.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Butterfield, Daniel To John Page Nicholson, 8, December 1890

Box 1 Folder 2 Carlyle, Thomas To _____, 6, May 1861

Box 6 Folder 22 Carlyle, Thomas To Leigh Hunt. Chelsea, 5, July 1851

Box 1 Folder 3 Cooke, John Esten To Alexander Robinson Boteler, 14, November 1860

Box 1 Folder 4 Heinsius, Nicolaas To Theodorus Ryckius, 8, December 1676

Box 6 Folder 25 Hesse, Hermann. Greeting card with illustration of mountain scenery, with Hermann Hesse's autograph inscription, "H H grüßt"

Box 1 Folder 41 Jackson, Andrew. President. Letter signed ("Andrew Jackson") as Major General to Major William Lewis, Assistant Deputy Quarter Master, Ditto's Landing, 22 November 1813. 1 page,4to, addressed on verso, docketed.

Urgent instructions from Jackson, during preparations for the Creek War, to procure 200 "strong pack Horses," and their equipment "for packing bread stuffs from Fort Deposit for the use of my Army." He notes that the "nature of the country" and "the badness of the road," make the use of wagons impossible. Jackson has ordered his Quarter Master General to aid in completing this task, which is to be completed as quickly as possible.

Box 1 Folder 5 Keifer, Joseph Warren To Henry S. Niles, 23, September 1867

Box 1 Folder 6 Lafayette, Georges Washington To Col. Lewanowsky, 29, March1826

Box 1 Folder 8 Lafayette, Georges Washington To Col. Lewanowsky, [n.d.]. ms.l.

Box 1 Folder 7 McCormick, Curus Hall To Charles Andrew Davidson, 9, January 1876

Box 1 Folder 11 Orton, William To _____, May 1871

Box 1 Folder 8 Parker, Joel To Col. Lehmanousky, 27, February1837

Box 1 Folder 9 Parry, William Edward To Mary Fletcher Richardson, 11, October 1849

Box 1 Folder 10 Porter, David To _____, 11, May 1874

Box 1 Folder 11 Rosecrans, William To "My Dear General", 4, May 1871

Box 6 Folder 26 Sala, George August us. Autograph letter signed to Miss Philips, Willard's. Washington D.C., Thursday, undated

Box 6.27 Sargent, John Singer. Autograph note signed to Mrs. Smith, Chelsea, 28, December 1920

Box 1 Folder 12 Shaw, George Bernard To Siegfried Trebitsch, 30, March1923

Box 1 Folder 13 Sparks, Jared To Thomas Tracy Bouvé, 4, November 1850

Box 1 Folder 14 Tonson, Jacob To Thomas Percy, 11, February1764

Box 1 Folder 15 Wadsworth, James To John Walton, 25, February1725

Box 1 Folder 15 Wadsworth, James To J. B., 25, February1725

Box 1 Folder 27 Sherman, William T. Autograph letter signed ("W.T. Sherman") to Mrs. Ruskin, New York, 21 September 1888. 3 pages.

large 8vo. Friendly letter to the daughter of an officer with whom he had served prior to the war, in California: "My acquaintances in life are of the most miscellaneous sort ...." He forwards a card which will grant her an interview with "my brother Senator [John] Sherman."

He notes that "I am no longer at the 5th Avenue Hotel, but am house-keeping on 71st Street easily reached by the 6thhAvenue Elevated Railroad a station being at 72nd Street, one block from my house .... "

Box 1 Folder 28 Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Autograph letter signed ("R. W. Emerson") to Edward Taggart, Concord [Mass.], 12 October 1866. 2pp., large 8vo, integral blank.

"It is always a pleasure to me to come to Batavia, & I shall like well to read a lecture in your coming camp, on my usual terms. I have so signified to Mr. Edward Lee Brown ...Secretary of the Western Literary Association, who is so kind as to correspond with the Lyceums & arrange my engagements for me."

Box 2 Folder 3 Dodge, Mary Abigail, American poet (1833-1896). Autograph letter signed to R. B. Prescott, Washington D.C., 23 April 1883. 2 pages, 8vo.

Complying graciously to a request for a sample of her handwriting.

Box 2 Folder 7 Morse, Samuel F .B. and James Fenimore Cooper. Letter signed by Morse, Cooper Jb and Samuel G. Howell, to General the Marquis de Lafayette, Paris, 8 December 1831. 1 page, 8vo, tipped to a protective sheet.

Letter written as "members of the Sub Committee of the American Public," suggesting Lafayette pay 500 francs to Leonard Chodsko "in consideration of his active services in the cause of his country & of his present necessitous condition." A very unusual combination of signatures.

Box 2 Folder 8 Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph letter signed ("G. Verdi," to an unknown correspondent, 21 December, no year. 1 page, 8vo.

Hurriedly scrawled message in Italian.

Box 2 Folder 11 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. Autograph letter signed ("Sam! ") to his wife Livy, Montreal, 6 December 1881. 1 page, 8vo.

With envelope addressed to "Mrs. S.L. Clemens in Hartford, envelope with logo of the Windsor Hotel, Montreal.

Box 2 Folder 12 Parry, Nathaniel. Autograph letter signed to his wife, Fort Cumberland [Pennsylvania], 24 June 1755.

Remarkable letter from a Massachusetts militiaman serving with two sons under command of British General Edward Braddock in his ill-fated campaign into the western wilderness in an attempt to seize French forts at Pittsburg. On July 9 (2 weeks after this letter) Braddock's army was caught in a murderous ambush by French and Indian allies. Braddock was killed and his army suffered harrowing losses.

Box 2 Folder 15 Perry, Nathaniel. Autograph letter signed to "Loving Wife," "Secollnett, now fort Halifax, 18 May 1754. 1 page, folio, repairs on verso.

A letter from a Massachusetts soldier campaigning in Canada: ".. .This place is pleasantly situated bet'ween the Rivers Kennebeck and Shabashacock which abounds in Sturgeon"; describing the building of blockhouses, noting that "the Indians come daily among us ... they are such a deceitful race."

Box 2 Folder 16 Dickens, Charles. Autograph letter signed ("CD") to '''My dear Mother." No place, no date [1840s ?]. 1 page.

In his usual dark blue ink. "I wrote to you this morning, to say we start on at London Bridge... I have ordered dinner (for 4) at Wattes ... " An unusual, relatively early letter.

Box 4 Folder 5 Hooker, Joseph (1814-1879). Letter signed as Major General, to Commanding Officer at Fort Johnson, from Headquarters. Northern Department, Cincinnati, 18 Jal1lIalY 1865. 1 page, 4to.

Relates to Confederate prisoners held at the notorious Johnson's Island, off lake Erie. Hooker introduces Thomas M . Thornton, "who has permission from his Excellency the President to visit a prison at your camp."

Box 4 Folder 6 Doubleday, Abner (1819-1893). Autograph letter signed to "Dear General," 13 March[1863]. n.p., undated 1 page, 8vo. pencil., undated

Cryptic request regarding "some points connected with General Williams reinforcement. ..! would like to ask you about, if you can find tbe time."

Box 4 Folder 7 Ruggles, Daniel Brigadier General, C.S.A. (1810-1897). Autographed letters signes, to his superior commander, Major General Braxton Bragge, Jackson, TN. From Corinth, 13 March1862.

A fine letter relating tp preparations for the Ballet of Shiloh. Ruggles reports to Bragg regarding landings by Union forces under U.S. Grant along the Tennessee River.

Box 4 Folder 13 Butterfield, Daniel. Autograph letter signed to Henry Bergh, New York, 14 May 1863. 1p., 8vo, mounted, in pencil.

"Sec. Seward advises me of your appointment as Secy. of Legation to Russia. I congratulate you."

Box 4 Folder 14 Morgan, James A., Brigadier General. Autograph telegraph message signed to Capt. W.C. Russell, Head Quarters, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 28 July 1863. 1p., oblong.

Terse report on Confederate movement "Cavalry not yet returned expect them back tonight. Powell's scouts were out on the Readyville Pike this afternoon report all quiet."

Box 4 Folder 15 Fremont, J.C. Autograph note signed, to an unknown recipient, Tarrytown, N.Y., 11 November 1872. 1p.

An oblong card, boldly penned, corners rounded. Complying with request for an autograph.

Box 4 Folder 17 Cadwallader, George. Autograph letter signed to Henry Baird, n.p., 21 December 1858. 1p., 12mo.

Asking a subscription be renewed. [With]: Steel-engraved portrait in uniform.

Box 4 Folder 18 Tower, Zealous B., Major General. Autograph letter signed to Mrs Ricketts, Portsmouth, N.H. 4 November 1866. 4pp., 8vo.

Interesting letter regarding politics and Union army promotions and relative ranks at the end of the war.

Box 4 Folder 19 Saxton, R., Union General. (1824-1908). Autograph note signed, Head Quarters, Beaufort south Carolina, 24 March1864. 1p., 12mo.

A Medal of Honor winner, commanding occupied South Carolina.

Box 4 Folder 20 Slocum, Henry Warner (1827-1894). Autograph letter to D.G. Parry, Brooklyn, N.Y., 27 April 1887. 1p., 8vo.

Rather reluctantly complying with a request for an autograph.

Box 4 Folder 21 Belknap, William M., Grant's Secretary of War. Autograph letter signed to George M. Robeson, War Department, Washington, 21 March1870. 1p., 4to.

"the President has asked me to dinner at 6 P.M. and consequently I cannot be punctual at your whist table. I will be there however as soon we leave the President's."

Box 4 Folder 22 Scott, Winfield. Letter signed to Secretary of the Treasury W.M. Meredith, Head Quarters of the Army, West Point, N.Y., 23 August 1849. 1p. 4to.

Asking Meredith for $125 "to pay the secretaries employed in the office of the Commanding General...for the month of August 1849."

Box 4 Folder 24 Thomas, Lorenzo (1805-1875). Autograph telegraph on printed form, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D.C., 8 April 1872.

Announcing General Order Number 88: "Colonel Stager has been appointed military Superintendent of Telegraph lines throughout the United States. All officers are to render him whatever assistance he May require "in the construction, repairs and protection of Military Telegraph lines." An important order, reflecting an early deployment of the telegraph for use by the Union Army.

Box 4 Folder 26 Townsend, E.D., Adjutant General. Autograph letter signed to Commanding Officer Fort Pulaski, Georgia, War Department, 2 September 1865. 1p., 12mo.

"The Secretary of War [William Seward], directs that you deliver the enclosed letter to Judge Campbell."

Box 4 Folder 28 Tabor, H.A. (1830-1899), "the Bonanza king of Leadville," U.S. Senator from Colorado. Autograph letter signed ("H.A. Tabor") to O.A. Rothacker, 23 November 1882. 2pp., boldly penned, on Washington D.C. hotel stationery.

Strong complaint about Rothacker's newspaper which had printed an article critical of Tabor. Tabor demands a retraction: "The man who wrote it was lying about me and knew he was when he wrote it..." Tabor was owner of the Matchless Mine in Leadville, Colorado, one of the richest silver mines of the Colorado Silver Boom. His divorce and subsequent remarriage to the young and beautiful Baby Doe caused a national scandal in the 1880s. Tabor's letters are very rare.

Box 4 Folder 29 Autograph letter of a Union soldier to "silent yet not forgotten friend," from "Hospital No. 15, Nashville, Tennessee," 13-15 October 1863. 4 pages, folio, very closely written, with additions in margins of two page.

A very lengthy latter describing an unsuccessful attack by Confederates under John A. Marmaduke, and later actions in the Chickamauga campaign, written by a wounded soldier. An unusually extensive account.

Box 5 Folder 4 Letter by Robert Morris to John Nicholson, 18, January 1728

Box 5 Folder 26 Bainbridge, William, American naval officer. Autograph letter signed, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 31 March1812. 1 page, 4to, integral address leaf ..

Regarding a note and financial matters.

Box 1 Folder 21 Shaw, George Bernard. Printed postcard inscribed and signed ("GBS") to an unidentified recipient, Ayot Saint Lawrence, 30 March1949. 1 page, oblong, on pink stock.

Sarcastically phrased notice that Shaw cannot make the financial contribution requested of him. In ink, Shaw has added: "It has come to this with me."

Box 7 Folder 1 Cherubini, Luigi (1760-1842). Autograph letter signed ("L. Cherbini"), as Director of the Conservatoire de Musique, to "Mon cher Beullor," Paris, 10 June 183[8?]. 1 page, 8vo.

on stationery of the Conservatoire. Arranging a meeting.

Box 7 Folder 2 Redfalter, James. Autograph note signed, Charleston, S.C., 31 May 1865. 1 page, 8vo.

Proclaiming that "unless there is a speedy change in the policy of the Government, we will yet have & ought to have, another Civil War ... " and excoriating a nation "that elected a drunkard [Andrew Johnson] to the highest office save one," and permits him to "talk of expatriating the only true loyalists of the South." Written a little over a month after Lincoln's death and Johnson's inauguration as President.

Box 7 Folder 3 Corvisart, Jean-Nicholas Corvisart des Marets (1755-1821), Napoleon's personal physician, author of influential text on cardiovascular disease, popularized percussion as a diagnostic tool. Autograph letter signed ("Corvisart") to Mr. Doussin-Dubreuil, Paris, 9 February 1806. 1 page, 4to, integral address leaf

Polite letter acknowledging the gift of a treatise "Sur les Glaires," and expressing his gratitude. Corvisart's most famous patient was the Emperor, Napoleon ("I do not believe in medicine, but I do believe in Corvisart"), whom he attended from 1804 until Napoleon's fall from power in 1815 after Waterloo.

Box 7 Folder 4 Dumas, Alexandre, fils (1824-1895). Autograph letter signed ("A D") to Mr. de Beaumont. Np., undated [postmarked Dieppe, 25 February1871]. 3 pages, 12mo., undated

on black-bordered stationery (in honor of the death of his father, Alexandre Dumas, pere). Arranging an appointment, exchanging news.

Box 7 Folder 5 Eppes, John W. (1773-1823), son-in-law and nephew of Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Senator. Autograph letter signed Ono. W. Eppes") to [John] Milledge ofGeorgia (1757-1816), Congress Hall, March25 [1807]. 1 page,4to.

"In our ride you expressed a wish for a Ram of the President's [Jefferson's] Iceland breed. He has requested me to inform you that he will feel great pleasure in presenting one to you. You must call and make a choice of one ... " John Milledge was a Revolutionary Patriot, Governor of Georgia, Congressman and Senator.

Box 7 Folder 6 Guerard, Benjamin (1740-1788), Governor of South Carolina. Autograph letter signed ("Ben:Guerard") as Governor, to the Commissioners of the Treasury of the State of South Carolina, Government House, Charleston, 6 February1784. 1 page, 4to.

Directing that 300 pounds sterling be paid from Treasury funds to Thomas Ferguson, "being the remaining half years salary of the Honble. Richard Beresford Esq. One of the Delegates of this State in Congress ... "

Box 7 Folder 7 Harte, Bret. Autograph letter signed to a Mr. Watt, 13 Upper Hamilton Terrace [London], 17 June 1892. I page, 8vo.

Informing Watt, perhaps associated with his publisher, that he is sending him "duplicate typewritten copies of pp. 92-103 of . Suzy' ... " A reference to his novelSusy: A Story of the Plains(1893).

Box 5 Folder 28 Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm von (1730-1794). Autograph letter signed ("Steuben Major General") to Major Lomagine Du camp, pres de Fonds Bouge, 4 May 1781. 1.1/2 page, 8vo, minor show through, in French.

Concerning the critical shortage of supplies and forage, acknowledging the complaints of officers and giving Lomagine permission to "aller a Philadelphie et trouver le commandment in chef" (George Washington), to alert him as to "l'etat actuel de votre corps." In the meantime, he adds, discipline must still be maintained, and no one is permitted to leave camp without Steuben's permission.

Box 7 Folder 8 Melvill, Thomas (1751-18--), Massachusetts revolutionary patriot, grandfather of Herman Melville, legislator. Autograph letter signed ("Tho Melvill") to Hezekiah Niles in Baltimore; House of Representatives, Boston, 24 January 1833. 2 pages, folio, edges worn, original address leaf detached.

Lengthy, very interesting letter regarding the controversy over the chartering of the Bank of the United States, requesting specific statistics on state banks, bills in circulation, specie held, etc. from Niles and spelling out the importance of the debate being held in Massachusetts on the issue. Melvill's letters are quite rare.

Box 7 Folder 12 Tenterden, Charles Abbott, 1st Baron (1762-1832), lord chief justice of England. Autograph letter signed ("Tenterden") to a Joshua Watson Esq., Russell Square [London], 25 November 1830. 2 pages, 8vo.

Good letter of the noted Tory jurist, two years before his death, explaining that he has been unable for some years to attend the meetings of the Committee of the Foundling Hospital, though serving as Governor, and has in consequence "studiously abstain'd from voting," and so cannot comply with a request of a Mrs. Black.

Box 7 Folder 15 William North (Aide de Camp) Autograph letter signed to Baron von Steuben, 15, December 1780

Box 6 Folder 29 Wilson, Francis (1854-1935). Autograph letter signed to E. H. Collins, New York, 26 March 1892

On stationary of the Francis Wilson and Company, "presenting comic opera under the management of A. H. Canby."

Box 8 Folder 15 Catt, Richard. Autograph letter signed ("Richard Catt") to President James Madison, Bolton,, 31 July 1815, 1 full page

The President learns of the Battle of Waterloo. Catt hastily summarizes the momentous news: "A vessel has just arrived .. . bringing London Papers . .. containing the official accounts of a most bloody battle ... between Bonaparte & the allied armies under Wellington. In two first days Bonaparte was successful, in the 3rd [18 July] was defeated & obliged to retreat, leaving between 50 & 60,000 men killed & wounded ... The British are said to have lost thirteen Generals killed ... Jerome Bonaparte was killed ... It does not appear [that] ... information has reached N.Y. or Philadelphia . . . "

Box 10 Folder 1 Brahms, Johannes. Autograph letter, signed. To his publisher, Simrock, Vienna, April 13, 1895, Three pages, 8vo.

A letter concerning his friend Anton Dvorak

Box 10 Folder 2 Tasso, Torquato. Autograph letter, signed. To Zanobi Spini, Florence. Rome, May 15, 1589, One page, folio

"I don't know who should be more ashamed: me for asking you so many times, or you for nevertheless not replying. But if we should both be ashamed of ourselves, I would not wish the shame to be public since the indebtedness was secret. All the same I have no regret that, not having wished to have me given material for a heavy cloak this winter, you will make me a gift this summer of pastries. ... If it seems you can pay the debt I can be found at Signor Cardole Scipone's"

Series II: Manuscripts and Documents

Box 8 Folder 8 Bryant, William Jennings. Autograph stanza from "Thanatopsis" signed, copied 14 February 1874 (1 page)

On stationery with decorative embossed letter "B". Fair copy, neatly penned: "So live, that when thy summons to join / The innumerable caravan which moved / To that mysterious realm where each shall take / His chamber in the silent halls of Death / Thou go not, like the quarry slave at night, / Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed / By an unfaltering breast, approach thy grave / Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch / About him and lies down to pleasant dreams."

Box 6 Folder 23 Carlyle, Thomas. Autograph note listing two books on French history, 15 October n.y.

Box 1 Folder 16 Jeffrey, Francis. "Review of a memoir", ca. 1825

Box 1 Folder 22 Crabbe, George (1754-1832). Autograph manuscript verses signed ("Geo:Crabbe") entitled "To Sarah Countess of Jersey I on the 4th of March1814" n.p., undated 4to, undated

One full page, comprising three 8-line stanzas. Evidently unpublished.

Box 4 Folder 27 Ouray, Chief of the Ute (1830-1880). Autograph signature (Ouray / Chief of the Utes"), with small ink notation: "Denver Oct 8th 1873." 1p., 8vo.

A rare, early signature, dated some years before the Ute Uprising and before his service on a Federal commission regarding re-settlement of the Uncompagre tribe.

Box 5 Folder 28 Hancock, John (1737-1793). Document signed ("John Hancock" with large paraph), Boston, New England, 30 January 1768. 1 page, oblong, neatly inlaid to a protective sheet.

Regarding payment for a bill, certifying receipt of funds: " ...I the Subscriber have this day received from William Barrell the sum of [$800] in full Payment of a Bill drawn on him by Thomas Williams ... Store keeper to his Majesties Ordnance at Annapolis ...that I have delivered ... " Documents relating to Hancock's early business interests are uncommon, especially given the reference here to military accounts for the British garrison at Annapolis

Box 10 Folder 4 [Maryland]. Manuscript, headed "Copy of the Records and Proceedings against William Burleigh and George Mason for the Murder of Capt. John Paine." Maryland, 1691-1694

Containing 24 pages, folio, written in an elegant scribal hand, stabbed and with original sewing. MURDER IN COLONIAL MARYLAND. Detailed record of a murder trial in early colonial Maryland. In April 1691, John Paine, the King's collector of Patuxent, was murdered. George Mason, John Woodcock, and William Burleigh were tried for the crime and found not guilty. This is a detailed account of the proceedings and acquittal. A manuscript from the celebrated manuscript collections of Sir Thomas Phillipps, numbered 10115.

Box 5 Folder 6 [Prayer] "This is a true copy of a prayer, written by the late King my brother in his owne hand which I found in his closet" James II

Box 6 Folder 15 Sousa, John Philip. Autograph musical score signed ("Sousa,"), two compositions, the first entitled "Sousa Lancers," comprising 22 bars, the second 25 bars. 1 page, oblong, 10.1/2 by 12.1/2 in, slightly browned.

[With:] Autograph letter signed to Julian Dillaby, Washington, D.C., 25 October 1889. 1 page, 8vo, Sousa's personal stationery. Agreeing to furnish his autograph.

Box 6 Folder 15 Stevenson, Robert Louis. Autograph draft: manuscript, purporting to be sketches and notes for Treasure Island.

One full page, in pencil with corrections, numbered list from one to twenty-two.

Box 6 Folder 16 Turgenev, Ivan. Autograph signature and inscription, "Ivan Turgenev " Baden-Baden 1869 ." An oblong slip, 2 x 3 in.

Turgenev's signature is rare in any form is quite rare.

Box 8 Folder 2 Garrett, Pat (1850-1908). Autograph warrant, signed as Sheriff of Las Cruces County, New Mexico. One page, oblong, endorsed on verso

Concerning the estate of Paul Dowlin, deceased; sheriffs account of fees for probate purposes

Box 8 Folder 2 Massenet, Jules. Autograph musical quotation, themes from Werther and Thais, inscribed Paris, 20 February 1911

"Se joignent a moi pour vous remercier!" and signed. One page, small octavo

Box 8 Folder 13 Merchant's or apothecary's ledger book, various dates, 1734-1737, Approximately 46 pp, 7 3/8 inches x 6 inches, several leaves removed at front; heavy ink showthrough in places

Detailed recording of various transactions, recipes, tools and other goods to be ordered, including "Tacitus translated by Gordon, author of Independent [indecipherable] Poems ... best ink powder, 2 large gouges ... a pair of strong pot hooks . . . " Also "Two Jerusalem cowslips good fresh polyanthos, a root or two of the Guernsey lily with directions how to manage it, double rocket tuberoses , some double tulip bulbs . .."

Box 8 Folder 14 Rossini, Gioachino Antonio. Autograph musical quotation, signed, Paris, 29 April 1863, Five-bar quotation, written on a decorative sheet with printed gold border ornamentation, 6 5/16 inches x 9 inches

Box 10 Folder 7 U.S.S. Constitution. Partly printed document, accomplished in manuscript, signed by Timothy Hall, Boston, MA , 13 August 1798, 1 item

Decorative printing, a receipt for $100 for 800 canisters for the cannonade (artillery] ... of the United States Frigate Constitution." Dated less than one month before the Constitution's first naval engagement of 8 September, against the British privateer Niger.

Box 10 Folder 8 Receipt for 30 pounds in favor of Benjamin Henderson, Collector of Boston port, signed by Treasurer Alex Hodgedon, Treasury Office, , 23 July 1791 , 1 item

Box 10 Folder 9 Shaw, George Bernard. Printed postcard (unused), Ayot St. Lawrence, , bulk n.d. [1940-45]

Box 10 Folder 10 Federal City Lottery ticket no. 44200. [Washington, D.C.]. , [1795?]

Series III Art, Prints, and Photographs

Art and Prints:

Box 1 Folder 25 Jenny Lind. Lithographic sheet-music cover with a fine standing portrait of Lind, costumed for an unidentified operatic role. New York: William Hall & Son., New York, undated [1850]., undated

Cover only, browning. 125.

Box 1 Folder 26 Crowquill, Alfred. Hand-colored etching, entitled "A Trump," "Designed by A. Crowquill Esq., Etched by G. Cruikshank," London: S. Knight, 10 April 1825. 1 page, tipped to a protective sheet.

Satirical depiction of King George IV as a playing card (suite: hearts).

Box 10 Folder 5 Colorado gold rush. Stereograph card depicting Cripple Creek mining operations, with explanatory text on verso, c. 1891 (Rare)., c. 1891

Satirical depiction of King George IV as a playing card (suite: hearts).

Box 1 Folder 30 Engraved architectonic title-page incorporating a portrait of Charles V, from Lodovico Dolce, Vita di Carlo Quinto (Venice: Gabriel Giolito de Ferrara, 1567. 1 page, 4to, neatly inlaid (small wormhole at imprint neatly mended).

A superb engraving, used as engraved title to this standard Italian life of Charles V.

Box 1 Folder 31 [Nuremberg Chronicle]. Partial page (top 3 of folio CCXVII from Hartmann Schedel Liber Cronicarum (Nuremberg: Koberger, 1493).

Containing a fine woodcut by Michael Pleydenwurff and Wilhelm Wohlgemut, depicting an incident in which a bridge over the Moselle collapsed during a religious procession, casting some 200 persons into the river.

Box 1 Folder 32 Little Folks Book of Animals. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, c. 1902. 4to, 10pp., original wrappers, color lithographed front cover, 4 plates in color lithography, wood-engravings. Fine condition.

Box 1 Folder 34 Royal Coburg Theatre, London. Playbill, 16 August 1821. 1 page, folio.

Advertising performances ofScenes in London("a new domestic Melo-Drama"),The Swan of Sorrow!("a new ballet comique")Secrets of the Night("an entirely new Burletta"), andNapoleon Bonaparte! General, Consul, and Emperor("a new, grand romantic pantomime spectacle," with Henry Kemble as Bonaparte), etc. Interesting dramatic presentation, described in considerable detail.

Box 4 Folder 16 Nast, Thomas V. Steel engraving after the painting entitled "Entrance of the Fifty First Massachusetts (colored) Regiment into Charleston," 21 February 1865. 5 x 7 in.

Box 6 Folder 13 Payne, Roger (1739-1797). Print depicting the celebrated binder at work in his shop. [London:] "Etch'd & Publish'd by S. Harding," March 1, 1800. Engraving with etching, captioned at bottom in Latin. 11.1/2 by 6.1/4 in., trimmed on three sides.

Rare image of the great binder with a book press, in his studio, commissioned by Thomas Payne.

Box 5 Folder 28 Saint-Non, Richard de (1727-1791). "Peinture antique d'Herculanum," dated 1773. 6.1/2 x 5.1/4 in.

Ink and watercolor drawing in grisaille. Delicate drawing "a la antique," depicting three musicians playing pipes and a harp in a colonnaded interior. Most likely a composition derived from recent new discoveries from the excavations at Herculaneum.

Box 6 Folder 20 Rowlandson, Thomas. Aquatint print, captioned "Gaming House ... where a Parcell of Sharks meet, to bite each one another's Heads off." 10 x 8.1/2 in. Aquatint engraving, hand colored.

Box 6 Folder 3 Print: "The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder," by George Cruikshank, from: Hone, William (1780-1842). The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder, A National Toy, With Fourteen Step Scenes... London: Printed for William Hone, 1820. 12 x 3in., engraving on heavy stock, 14 small scenes, each hand colored.

The "ladder" rarely survives, as it was meant to be removed from the descriptive pamphlet and folded in half to create a "ladder" satirizing Queen Caroline and her alleged adultery.

Box 6 Folder 2 De Bry, Theodore and Jacques Le Moyne. Engraved print captioned "Mulierum, quarum mariti vel in bello caesi, aut morbo sublati postulata a Rege," plate xviii from de Bry's Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae, Frankfurt: T. de Bry, 1592. Folio, the large engraving colored in a contemporary hand.

Mapcase 15-M2-1 Boston. Pownall, Thomas (1722-1805). A View of the City of Boston, the Capital of New England, in North America Drawn in the Spot by His Excellency Governor Pownell, Boston, Luther Stevens, ca. 1856. Oblong, 7.3/4 by 19.1/2 inches.

Reprint of a celebrated early view of the city, originally published in Bowles's Scenographia Americana, issued by Sayer and Jefferys in 1784. The original is now virtually unobtainable.

Box 6 Folder 28 Map. The United State: Oregon, Texas, and California, 1848

Box 8 Folder 1 Caruso, Enrico. Autographed self-portrait, inscribed "A Madame Clara Borger, souvenir de son devote." Signed "Enrico Caruso, Wien, 1912." Seven by four inches

An unusual profile self-portrait, almost in caricature


Box 1 Folder 25 Jenny Lind. Lithographic sheet-music cover with a fine standing portrait of Lind, costumed for an unidentified operatic role. New York: William Hall & Son., New York, undated [1850]. Cover only, browning. 125., undated

Box 2 Folder 4 Berlin, Irving. Photograph signed ("Irving Berlin"), ca 1935. 8 x 10 in. Fine portrait of the composer seated at a grand piano (which he could not play), in an elegant interior. Boldly signed in black ink in light portion.

Box 6 Folder 25 Hesse, Hermann. Photograph postcard, with his autograph inscription "H.H. 1951"

On reverse of postcard: Photo Martin Hesse

Box 2 Folder 6 [Wilde, Oscar]. Lithographic card with an image of Wilde in the garb worn during " / his American lecture tour, 1881. 6 x 3 1/2 in.,on heavy card, one comer damaged.

Advertisment for Straiton and Storm's New Cigars,"Aesthetic sunflower too Capadura Patience," New York [1881].

Box 2 Folder 9 Seward, William H., Secretary of State. Carte-de-visite portrait, undated [1865 or later]. 4 1/4 x 2.1/4 in., undated

Albumen photograph, on card mount. Seated pose, top hat and walking stick in hand, signed "William H. Seward."

Box 8 Folder 7 Tetrazzini, Luisa. Carte de visite postcard, inscribed and signed (twice) to an admirer in San Francisco. New York,, 1910

Box 2 Folder 14 Ralph Farnham signature with a small oval albumen portrait.

"The above is a photograph of Ralph Farnham, of Acton, Maine, now in his 105th year. He entered the American Army in May 1775. age 18,-was engaged in the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17th, 1775 and is the only survivor of that memorable... " Copyright by Ralph Farnham, 1860. 1 page, 8vo.

Box 4 Folder 10 Warren, G.K., General. Portrait photograph in full uniform. 1p.

Standard carte size but affixed to a larger than customary dark gray mount. A fine, crisp image of this highly regarded officer

Box 4 Folder 12 Reynolds, John F. Autograph clipped signature, with carte-de-visit.

Both mounted on a narrow sheet, verso with inscription "copy of photograph taken at West Point in the summer of 1861" when Reynolds was serving as Commandant of Cadets. Rare image of this highly regarded officer, killed at the first day's battle of Gettysburg.

Box 4 Folder 25 Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882). Sepia-toned albumen portrait photograph, undated [ca. 1870]. 6 x 4 in. neatly mounted., undated

A fine profile image of the poet.

Box 5 Folder 5 Cabinet Card Photograph of Robert E. Lee taken in Richmond, VA, 1863

Box 6 Folder 5 Davis, Jefferson. Carte-de-visite of a satirical photomontage and drawing of Davis, showing him in women's dress, as he was reputedly dressed when attempting to evade capture in April 1865. Copyright in Washington D.C., 1865 by C.H. Anderson. Albumen on heavy card., 1865

Box 6 Folder 6 Garfield, James A. Portrait photograph, by Brand of Chicago.

Captioned, "Taken at Chicago, June 8,1880 on the day he received the nomination for President." Cabinet size, albumen on heavy card, Brand's logo on verso. A famous profile image of the soon-to-be President, widely used in the 1880 campaign.

Box 6 Folder 8 Langtry, Lily. Portrait photograph, by Napoleon Sarony of Union Square, New York, copyright 1882.

Cabinet size, albumen mounted on heavy card, text printed in gold ink, edges gilt. The "Jersey Lily" on s wistful, standing pose in an elaborate interior.

Box 6 Folder 10 Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. A portrait of the poet in his library, at his Cambridge, Mass. home, by photographer Warren of Boston, probably taken ca. 1880.

Cabinet size, albumen mounted on heavy card, Warren's backstamp.

Box 6 Folder 4 Curtis, Edward S. Collotype print from a photograph, captioned "In the Land of the Apsaroke," "from copyright Photograph 1908." Image: 8 by 4in., Sheet: 10 by 5 in.

Fine, early, sepia-toned image probably used for promotional efforts.

Box 7 Folder 14 General Lew Wallace Photogravure

Box 8 Folder 10 [Civil War] Photographic portrait of Waldo Lewis Fay in full regalia, standing next to his cavalry horse. (5 7/8 inches x 8 7/8 inches), Mounted on heavy card; edges slightly oxidized.

On verso, "My Father—at the age 18 yrs. taken at the close of the Civil War. Waldo Lewis Fay." An additional inscription in a different hand, "Waldo Lewis Fay was not quite 17 years old when he enlisted as a private of Capt. P. Winslow's Co., 6th Division of Mass. Vol. April 28, 1864 for 90 days, serving his time he was discharged Aug 2, 1864 at Meadville, Mass. He then relisted [sic] as a private Co. E. 2nd Reg. of Mass Calvalry [sic] on Sep 3, 1864 to serve one year for the duration of the war. He was discharged June 17, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. by reason of General order No 8 War dept.

"He was with Gen. Sheridan in the Battle of Cedar Crest, Shenandoah Valley where he was wounded by a sabre cut."

Box 8 Folder 12 Grant, Ulysses S. Photographic portrait of a family group, captioned in a contemporary hand, "Lieut-Genl U S. Grant, and family at Mt. McGregor, N. Y., June 19, 1885", June 19, 1885, 3 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches, neatly mounted on heavy card

A famous image, taken not long before his death

Box 8 Folder 12 Grant, Ulysses S. Photographic portrait of a public funeral procession, captioned "Funeral procession of Gen'l U S Grant, starting from City Hall, August 8, 1995" ", August 8, 1995, 3 5/8 inches x 5 3/8 inches, mounted on heavy card

Series IV: Maps, Books, Newspapers, Bookplates, Broadsides, Posters and Song sheets, etc.


Mapcase 15-M2-1 [Blaeu, Willem (1571-1638). Novae Tabulae, [Amsterdam: c.1640.] Engraved map with hand-colored decoration.

According to Burden, this constitutes "the first and most important derivative of John Smith's map of Virginia, originally published in 1612." A fine map, printed on heavy paper. Depicting a large swathe of the coast and interior of America, decorated with small decorative animals, a large vignette of native Indians and small sailing vessels. Burden 193; Koeman 1:71-5; Tooley, America, p.166.

Mapcase 15-K-5 [Scotland]. The Tourist's Map of Scotland. Edinburgh, A. & C. Black, n. d. [circa 1840]. Approximately 18"x 20" unfolded.

Exceedingly detailed engraved map, showing clan boundaries and early railroad lines.

Tube Box 9 Faden, William. Chart of the N.W. Coast of America and the N.W. Coast of Asia, Explored in the Years 1778 and 1789. Prepared by Lieut. Henry Roberts under the inspection of Capt. [James] Cook. London:, 29 July 1794, 22 inches x 32 inches

Recording "The interesting discoveries made by British and American ships, since the publication of this chart in 1784 . .. ". Highly detailed depiction, with careful hand-coloring, of the coastline of North America, eastern Asia, and the Catherine Archipelago, including Kamchatka and the Aleuts Islands; a highly important map, recording important journeys made by Captain Cook to Vancouver and incorporating extensive coastline and the Frozen Arctic Sea and the Hyperborean Ocean; 2 sheets neatly attached


Box 5 Folder 13 The Independent Gazetteer; or, Chronicle of Freedom . No. 75. Philadelphia: E. Oswald & D Humphreys. April 5, 1783. 4pp.

Very rare war-date Philadelphia paper, containing much speculation on the possibility of a treaty with Britrain; features (on p.4) a long advertisement of financier Haym Salomon, a verse "Hymn for National Peace", world news and two anonymous addresses "To the Officers of the Army" (pp.2-3).

Box 5 Folder 14 The Public Ledger . Vol. LIX, no 19. Philadelphia. 4pp., large folio.

Extensive coverage of "The Crime Without a Name," the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. (printed before news of Lincoln's death was received.)

Box 5 Folder 15 The Pacific Weekly News for the Steamer Oregon . Vol. 1, no.5. San Francisco, Alta California, September 29, 1849. 4pp., folio.

An issue if this short-lived Gold Rush newspaper, containing speeches by Thomas Hart Benton and Calhoun regarding the issue of slavery; estimate of San Francisco's population (including Chinese); extolling the city as "the New York of the Pacific," lists of mining supplies for sale, etc.

Box 5 Folder 16 The Pacific News. Union of Californians for the sake of California . Vol. 1, no. 26. San Francisco, Alta California, 23 October 1849. 4pp., large folio.

Political news about the elections pending; noting (p.2) that "The Constitution of the State of California has been formed, signed. sealed and delivered, and is now in press ... "

Box 5 Folder 17 The Pacific News. Union of Californians for the sake of California . Vol. 1, no. 36. San Francisco, 15 November 1849. 4pp., small folio.

First page explains small format due to paper shortages; reports on recent elections (results not yet final) and the ratification of the new constitution, with detailed preliminary vote tallies.

Box 5 Folder 18 The Pacific News. Union of Californians for the sake of California . Vol. 1, no. 51. San Francisco, 20 December 1849. 4pp., small folio.

Reports on the newly elected state government; news of the Free Soil party and its bearing on California's admission as a state, etc.

Box 5 Folder 19 Washington Weekly Chronicle, Vol. 1, no. 51. Washington D.C., 29 April 1865. 6pp. large folio.

Six columns, large masthead, large wood-engraved portrait of "Booth, The Assassin." Black leading between columns. Virtually the entire issue is devoted to coverage of the Lincoln assassination and the identification and pursuit of the conspirators. In lower left of first page is a two-column reprint of the official report on Booth's death, on 27 April .

Box 5 Folder 20 The London Chronicle: Or, Universal Evening Post . VoI.VI, No. 134. November 5-8, 1757. London: J. Wilkie: 1757. 8pp., small folio., November 5-8, 1757

Printed in three columns. Extensive reportage on the war in Europe and the colonies.

Box 5 Folder 21 The London Chronicle: Or, Universal Evening Post . Vol. VI, No. 441, October 23-25, 1759. J. Wilkie, 1759. 8pp., small folio., October 23-25, 1759

Printed in three columns. Extensive reportage on the war in Europe and the colonies. On p.2 is a notice of the French abandonment of forts including Pittsburg and the impending British move to occupy that strategic fort.

Box 5 Folder 22 The London Chronicle: Or, Universal Evening Post . Vol. VI, No. 446, November 3-6, 1759. : J. Wilkie, 1759. 8pp., small folio., November 3-6, 1759

Printed in three columns. Extensive reportage on the war in Europe and the colonies. On p.l is a report on the siege and fall of Quebec, especially the death of Maj. General James Wolfe in that final assault.

Box 5 Folder 23 The London Chronicle: Or, Universal Evening Post . Vol VI, No. 438, October 16-18, 1759. J. Wilkie, 1759. 8pp., small folio., October 16-18, 1759

Printed in three columns. Extensive reportage on the war in Europe and the colonies, beginning on page 1 with letters of General Wolfe and William Pitt, with 6 columns devoted to Wolfe's final account of the battle, plus a return of killed and wounded.


Box 2 Folder 5 Small collection of bookplates, 18th-20th centuries, mostly engraved, several gilt-lettered on morocco. Includes:

Box 2 Folder 26 London, Jack. Gross, E.]., artist. Lithographed bookplate for Jack London. undated 5 x 4 in., printed on wove paper., undated

A striking composition of a wolf's head flanked by snowshoes. One of the most famous AmerIcan bookplates.

Box 6 Folder 9 London, Jack. Bookplate

a dramatic, high-contrast lithographic print with a dog's head flanked by two snowshoes, a clear evocation ofThe Call of the Wildand London's Klondike experiences. Boldly lettered "Jack London."

Mapcase 15-M2-1 Hemingway, Ernest. Original ink and paper drawing of a bookplate for Hemingway, by "E.C.y''' (identity unknown). Folio, 13 x 8.3/4 inches, tipped to a sheet of brown paper.

Design with three sourrounds: one at top showing a woodland hunting scene, middle section captioned "Ex Librais Ernest Hemingway, bottommost compartment with a bullfight scene. [With:] A reduced size bookplate 6.112 x 4.3/4 inches on tan paper. Apparently not used by Hemingway, though examples are occasionally seen (cf. James Goode, "Ex Libris," in University of Virginia Magazine, 8 June 2011 one example is in the Knox College Library, another example is in the Louis and Marguerite Cohn Collection at the University of Delaware.


Box 4 Folder 4 Lincoln, Abraham, Assassination. Nicbols, W.A.. Assistant Adjutant General. Broadside: General Orders No. 69. War Department, Washington. 17 April 1865. page, 12mo.

Proclaiming that "by directions of the President. .. the War Department will be closed on ... the day of the funeral of the late President. Labor on that day will be suspended at all military posts ... flags will be kept at half-staff ... and at 12 ' o'clock, meridian, twenty-one gun salutes will be fired ... "

Box 5 Folder 9 Broadside re. the Japanese game of Sho-Ho-Ye by D. S. Green, 7, September 1854

Box 5 Folder 11 Three broadside songs: "Up in a Balloon"; "Emegrants Farewell to Donegall; "The English Courtship:

Mapcase 15-M2-1 Three 19th Century Theater Broadsides: Boston Theater presents "Parepa Rosa", 19 January 1870; Olympic Theatre presents "Martin Chuzzlewit"; Olympic Theatre presents "The Streets of New York"., 19 January 1870

Box 6 Folder 1 The Merchant Outwitted: or, The Chambermaid's Policy. ("Let every brisk lover be constant and true ..."). N,p., undated [England, ca. 1690 ?]., undated, ca. 1690

Oblong 4to, text in 4 columns, with ornaments between columns, two small woodcuts at top of first two (small tear effects three words). A classic account of seduction thwarted.


Box 1 Folder 18 [Columbia]. Columbia College Dramatic Club. Concert Hall. Metropolitan Opery {sic] House. For the Benefit of the Columbia University Crew. 13-14 January 1888. [New York], 1888. 8pp., printed in blue-gray ink throughout, sewn at top in heavy wrappers with a pale blue silk ribbon.

Unusual program for fundraising events which included "A Frightful Frost" (Comedy in One Act), "Recitations in Costume" (By Edward Fales Coward, '83," a farce in one act: "B.B. The Boston Boy," plus lists of the members of the dramatic Club and an extensive list of "patronesses," including such names as Goelet, Wilmerding, Vanderbilt, Rhinelander, Roosevelt, Morris, Livingston, Beekman, Havemeyer.

Box 1 Folder 19 [New York, Metropolitan Club]. [Wrapper title]: Constitution of the Metropolitan Club. [New York, 1891]. 12pp. Brown printed wrappers.

Text of the Constitution, with two printed letters dated 7 and 21 March 1891 inserted, these inviting the recipient (name neatly excised), to join the newly established Metropolitan Club. Board members listed includes J. Pierpont Morgan, J.A. Roosevelt, Ogden Goelet, Cornelius Vanderbilt, etc.

Books, etc.:

Box 1 Folder 20 Prescott, Mary Everlena.A Complete and Comprehensive Treatise in the Art of Mixing Tints of Colors for Landscape, Flower, Sea Views, and Pottery Painting in Oil and Watercolors . N.p., undated [Albany. N.Y., ca. 1915 ?]. 24mo. 20pp. Original printed wrappers., undated, ca. 1915

Detailed listing of various pigments and mixtures to obtain a wide range of effects in painting. Ephemeral manual, probably sold in art supply shops.

Box 1 Folder 35 [Goadby, Robert].King of the Beggars.,. or, The Curious Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew . New York: Ornum [Norman L. Munro] Company, undated [ca. 1870]. 12mo. Colored pictorial wrappers., undated

Specifying that this is No. 23 of the "Ten cent Popular Novels," distributed by "The Albany News Co., Albany, N.Y." Dime-novel reprint of the vastly popular 1749 memoirs of a noted swindler and con-man (1693-1770 ?) whose "exploits are heightened in the coloring by his ingenious biographer." Lowndes 371.

Box 1 Folder 35 [Hume, Fergus, 1859-1932 attrib].Captain Hawk, or, How He Tricked 'em . New York: Norman L. Munro, undated [ca. 1890]. 12mo. Colored pictorial wrappers, specifying that this is No.2 of the "Black Highwayman Novels," distributed by "The Albany News Co., Albany, N.Y." A fine copy, minimal wear. Rare, dime-novel reprint of a highwayman novel by the author of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab., 1859-1932, undated

Box 1 Folder 35 [Hume, Fergus, attrib].Hawk in London, or, the Race to Tyburn . New York: Norman L. Munro, undated [ca. 1890]. 12mo. Colored pictorial wrappers., undated

This is No. 21 of the "Black Highwayman Novels," distributed by "The Albany News Co., Albany, N.Y." A fine copy, with only minimal wear. Rare, dime-novel reprint.

Box 1 Folder 36 Thomas, Robert B. The Farmer's Almanack ...for.. 1795 . Boston: Joseph Belknap and Thomas Hall [1794]. 8vo. Titlepage woodcut. Stabbed and sewn as issued, uncut.

Contains an unusual "Chronological Table of Discovery of Arts and Sciences, remarkable Events and Inventions since the Deluge."

Box 1 Folder 37 The Constitution of the State of Massachusetts, and that of the United States; The Declaration of Independence, with President Washington's Farewell Address . Boston: Printed for the State, by Manning & Loring, 1805. 12mo, 119pp.

Contemporary calf-backed wooden boards. First edition

Box 1 Folder 38 Russell, W. Clark (1844-1911). John Holdsworth, Chief Mate . New York: George Munro, 1884. 12mo, publisher's decorative paper wrappers printed in red and black.

Comprising No. 209 of Munro's extensive "Seaside Library" (listed inside front cover). Pirated yellowback edition of one of Russell's most popular maritime adventures novels, first published in 1874.

Box 1 Folder 39 Salinger, J. D. Nine Stories . [Boston: Little Brown] 1954. 12mo, color geometric wrappers by W.D. Miller.

Signet paperback. First paperback edition.

Box 1 Folder 40 Benstock, Bernard.Poems for James Joyce . Dublin: Malton Press, undated [1982]. 12mo, glazed wrappers., undated

Box 2 Folder 1 Salmon, William. The Family-Dictionary; or, Household Companion. Containing, In an Alphabetical Method, I. Directions for Cookery, in Dressing Flesh, Fowl, Fish, Herbs, Roots, &c. Seasoning, making Sauces, Bills of Fare, Art of Carving, &c. Pastry. II. Making all sorts of Pastry, and Things Made of Meal .. III. Making of Conserves .... Preserves .. IV. The Making of all Kinds of Potable Liquor ... V.... Rare Perfumes, Sweet Balls, Pomanders .. VI. The Virtues and Uses of the most usual Herbs and Plants ... VII. The Preparations of Several Choice Medicines, Physical, and Chirurgical. Spirits, Tinctures, Elixirs. Curing most Diseases incident to Men, Women, and Children … Third Edition, Enlarged . London: H. Rhodes, 1705. 8vo.

Printed in two columns in various italic, roman and gothic faces. Contemporary sheep, rubbed, rebacked. First edition of Salmon's compendium (first published 1695) to include an alphabetical index of subjects treated. "A widely read domestic manual. . .included sections on medicinal and surgical remedies in addition to ...cookery and cosmetics"

Box 2 Folder 2 Whitman, Walt. Printed proof of his poem "As one by one withdraw the lofty actors..," [Camden?, ca. 1885]. 1 page, 6 x 6 in., printed on proof paper. Whitman's poetic tribute to the Civil War combatants and the passing of many key figures (Lee, Grant, etc.).

Box 2 Folder 10 Einstein, Albert. Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie. [offprint from Prussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften ]. Berlin, 1929. 8vo, uncut. Publisher's printed tan wrappers. First edition, author's offprint.

Momentous paper announcing Einstein's new approach to a unified field theory, with the field equations for his unified field theory, one of Einstein's last breakthrough scientific works.

Box 2 Folder 13 Butler, Joseph. Stichtelyke Rymen van D. R. Camphuysen, om te oft Tenor . Amsterdam: Paulus Matthyz, 1652. 4to, 3 parts in one volume.

Full-page engraved portrait of Camphuysen in part 1, extensive woodcut music throughout, large woodcut capitals. Contemporary vellum boards.

Box 3 Folder 1 Daniel, James Walter. Out from Under Caesar's Frown, or, The Belle of the Dismal . Printed for the author, Columbia, South Carolina, 1892. 8vo, 284pp., engraved frontispiece, original bright blue cloth blocked in green and black. In fine condition.

Unusual novel by a Southern Restoration-period author.

Box 3 Folder 2 Crawford, Francis Marion. Marzio's Crucifix, London: MacMillan, 1897. 8vo, 250pp.

Original bright red cloth blocked in black and gilt-lettered spine. in superb condition.

Box 3 Folder 3 Deacon, William Frederick. Warreniana, With Notes, Critical and Explanatory, by the Editor of a Quarterly Review . London: Longmans, 1824. First edition. 208pp., uncut. Original paper-backed boards, spine chipped, with handwritten label.

Rare collection of parodies of Walter Scott, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Leigh Hunt and others including one entitled "The Child's Pilgrimage" a parody of Byron.

Box 3 Folder 4 Cather, Willa. Willa Cather. A Biographical Sketch. An English Opinion. An American Opinion. A Letter from Willa Cather and An Abridged Bibliography . [New York]: Knopf, [1927]. 8vo, 23pp., stapled wrappers .

Rare promotional pamphlet issued in conjunction with publication of Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Box 3 Folder 5 Byron, George Lord. The Life, Writings. Opinions. and Times of…Lord Byron...and lives of some of the most eminent and eccentric characters and courtiers of the present polished and enlightened and age and court of King George the Fourth . London: Matthew Iley, 1825. Volume 1 8vo, portrait frontispiece in each volume. Half red-brown calf and marbled paper boards, by Foyle. First Edition.

An uncommon pastiche containing many anecdotes (some of doubtful veracity), published after the poet's death. Includes first printing of Byron's satire on the Congress of Vienna. Sometimes attributed to Iley, the publisher.

Box 4 Folder 1-2 Byron, George Lord. The Life, Writings. Opinions. and Times of…Lord Byron...and lives of some of the most eminent and eccentric characters and courtiers of the present polished and enlightened and age and court of King George the Fourth . London: Matthew Iley, 1825. Volumes 2 & 3 ., 8vo, portrait frontispiece in each volume. Half red-brown calf and marbled paper boards, by Foyle. First Edition.

An uncommon pastiche containing many anecdotes (some of doubtful veracity), published after the poet's death. Includes first printing of Byron's satire on the Congress of Vienna. Sometimes attributed to Iley, the publisher.

Box 4 Folder 3 Biubin, Ivan Yakovlevich, illustrator. [Pushkin, Alexander. The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son, the Glorious and Mighty Knight Prince Guidon Saltanovich, and of the Fair Princess, Moscow, 1905].

Oblong 4ro, multicolored pictorial boards, 255 x 325 mm, 10 x 12 3/4. inches, illustrated cover, titlepage, 20pp" many illustrations highlight in gold ink, Neat reinforcement of spine, One of this illustrator's most highly regarded illustrated books.

Box 5 Folder 12 Novel Pastimes and Merry Tales, Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Raymond C. La Charité and Virginia A. La Charité, 1972

Box 5 Folder 27 Gouraud, Julie. The Two Children of Santa Domingo, From the French of Mademoiselle Julie Gouraud . London: Sampson, Low et al, 1875. 12mo., 178pp., plus 4pp.

Advertisements for "The Rose Library / Popular Literature of All Countries." Original decorative lithographed covers and spine in red, black and green (very slight rubbing). In exceptionally fresh condition for a fragile item.

Box 6 Folder 2 De Bry, Theodore and Jacques Le Moyne. Engraved print captioned "Mulierum, quarum mariti vel in bello caesi, aut morbo sublati postulata a Rege," plate xviii from de Bry's Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae, Frankfurt: T. de Bry, 1592. Folio.

the large engraving colored in a contemporary hand.

Box 6 Folder 7 "Shelly, A. Fishe."Ostrea or the Loves of the Oysters. A Lay . New York, T. Crowen, 1857. First Edition.

Extended humorous verses extolling the bivalve by James Watson Gerard (1823-1900), a New York lawyer and diplomat. Printed in a small edition for a few friends. 8vo, 72pp. Publisher's decorated blue cloth, gilt design on upper cover (rubbed).

Box 6 Folder 11 Brinton, Anna Cox. A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil in the Collection of Mrs.Edward Laurence Doheny of Los Angeles. Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934 ... Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie, March1934. 8vo, 40pp., title-page border, paper-backed boards, gilt-lettered spine, original protective box. First edition, No. 85 of 150 copies, signed by Brinton, Ritchie and Estelle Doheny., 1934

Beautifully printed on fine paper, uncut. Printed presentation slip inserted at front.

Box 6 Folder 18 Washington D.C. [Ingraham, Edward D.]. A Sketch of the Events which preceded the Capture of Washington by the British ... Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1849. 8vo, 66pp., uncut, on pale blue paper, with large folding map.

Original green half morocco and marbled paperboards.

Box 7 Folder 10 The Trial of Thomas Paine, for a Libel, Contained in the Second Part of Rights of Man. Boston: Isaiah Thomas and E.T. Andrews, 1793. 12mo.

Contemporary calf-backed paper boards (covers detached). Signature on title and end leaves of John Lyon Jr. First American edition of this detailed account of the trial in which Paine's Rights of Man was banned and Paine sentenced to death.

Box 7 Folder 13 Weil, Oscar. Letters and Papers . San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1923. Folio, original buckram-backed paper boards, printed labels on upper cover and spine, top edge trimmed others uncut.

Limited Edition, no.382 of 400 copies printed by the Grabhorn Press on fine-quality hand-made paper. Titlepage design by H. Von Schmidt, frontispiece portrait by Dorothea Lange. This copy formerly owned by Otto Kinkeldey (noted American musicologist) signed by him on front endpaper. Oscar Weil was a well-known musicologist who spent much of his life in San Francisco and died in 1921.

Box 10 Hotten, John Camden. A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words used at the present day preceded by a history of cant and vulgar language from the time of Henry VIII; shewing its connection with the gipsey tongue; with glossaries of two secret languages By a London Antiquary. London: Hotten, 1859.

First edition, small 8vo, pp. 160. Original forest green cloth, J.C.H. blind-stamp monogram on both covers, glazed endpapers." (—Partridge,Slang).

Box 10 Hotten, John, ed. The book of vagabonds and beggars; with a vocabulary of their language. Edited by Martin Luther in the year 1528. Now first translated into English, with introduction and notes, by John Camden Hotten. London: John Camden Hotten, 1860.

First edition in English, 8vo, pp. xxxvii, [3], 64. Original calf-backed red paper boards (chip from bottom of spine). Compiled originally by Martin Luther in 1528; Hotten's translation is prefaced by an historical introduction and scholarly notes. Rare, not in the Cordell Collection (David E. Vancil, Catalog of Dictionaries, Word Books, and Philological texts, 1440-1900, 1993).

Box 10 Catlin, George. Last Rambles Amongst the Indians of the Rocky Mountains and the Andes. London: Sampson Low, et al. 1868. 12mo. 361 pp. Original purple cloth, gilt-stamped spine.

Box 10 Fremont, J. C. Report of the exploring expedition to the Rocky Mountains . . . and 1842 . .. Washington 1845. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. With separate detailed folding map.

Box 7 Folder 16 Note on Poems and Reviews by Swinburne, 1966

Box 7 Folder 17 The Town and Country Magazine , 1774

Box 7 Folder 18 Thomas and Sally: or, The Sailor's Return , 1759

Box 7 Folder 19 The Forest King; or, The Wild Hunter of the Adaca , 1878

Box 7 Folder 20 The Committee: or The Faithful Irishman by Sir Robert Howard, 1789

Box 7 Folder 21 An Oration on the Death of Samuel Taylor Coleridge by John A. Heraud, 1834

Box 7 Folder 22 A Posthumous Publication of Some of the Writings of the Late Rev. John Stevens , 1799

Box 7 Folder 23 The New Lady's Magazine; or, Polite, Entertaining, and Fashionable Companion for the Fair Sex , March1788

Box 7 Folder 24 American Notes by Charles Dickens, 1868

Box 7 Folder 25 The Color Guard a Military Allegory , 1873

Box 7 Folder 27 The Town and Country Magazine; or University Repository , May 1777

Box 7 Folder 28 The Town and Country Magazine; or University Repository , October 1769

Box 7 Folder 29 The Masque of Queenes by Ben Jonson, London: The King's Printers, 1930

Box 8 Folder 9 Catalogue of Valuable School Books, to which the attention of persons interested in the cause of education is respectfully solicited. Philadelphia, Thomas Cowperthwait & Co, and for sale by the principal booksellers in the United States, (24 pp),, ca. 1825

Contents include descriptions of works of John Frost, Charles Henry Alden, William Russell, Pinnock's edition of Goldsmith's History of England, Guy on Astronomy, Bridge's Algebra.


Box 6 Folder 17 United States Lottery. Printed ticket for the United States lottery, 1776.

Numbered and endorsed by J. Budden, entitling "the Bearer to receive such prize as shall be drawn against its number, according to a Resolution of Congress at Philadelphia, November 18, 1776. A small oblong, 2.1/2 by 5 in., decorative ography.

Box 10 Folder 6 Johnson, Andrew. U. S. Senate impeachment ticket, May 27, 1868

This example with stub, indicating it was never used; "To be taken up at Main Entrance, No. 784." Printed on bright green card stock.


Box 2 Folder 17 Theatre Royale, Covent Garden, London. November 29, 1813. 1 page, 4to, shaved at bottom.

Announcing a performance of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" (arranged by Dryden), ""The Sea Fight at Actium," "Aladdin; Or, The Wonderful Lamp" by well-known performers.

Box 2 Folder 18 Theatre Royale, London. March9 no year [ca. 1810]. 1 page, 4to, shaved at top.

Announcing a performance of G.F. Handel's version of John Gay's "Acis and Galatea," with "A grand selection" of performances by Catalani, Braham, Kellner, etc. Also offered is a version of Shakespeare's "Richard the Third".

Box 2 Folder 19 Theatre Royale, London. March16 no year [ca. 181O]. 1 page, 4to, shaved at top.

Announcing a performance of G.F. Handel's "Messiah" with Madame Catalani in starring role, and the first act of Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Creation," a version of Shakespeare's "Richard the Third" and "Hamlet," plus "A New Asiatick Spectacular," etc.

Box 2 Folder 20 "To all the nobility and Gentry, by Command of His Grace the Duke of Argyll, Her Majesties High Commissioner," Mr Abel will "perform one consort of music... at 7 of the clock ... in the Tinnis Court... each Ticket Fourtypence... Vivat Regina." N.p.. undated [1707-1714). 1 page, small 4to, edges untrimmed., undated

Unusual early broadside announcing a musical performance directed by Mr. Abel.

Song Sheets:

Box 2 Folder 21 "Lines Written on the Barley Corn," Dublin: P. Brereton, undated [cat 1845-1852].1 page, narrow folio, crude woodcut at top, text is 8 stanzas., undated

"There was three farmers in the north ... "

Box 2 Folder 22 "A New Song Call'd the Young Lady's Lamentation for the Loss of Her True Love." Dublin: P. Brereton, undated [ca. 1845-1852]. 1 page, narrow folio, woodcuts at top and bottom, 8 stanzas., undated

"It was early early in the Spring ... "

Box 2 Folder 23 "A Much Admired Song Called The Lovely Made of Willim[sic] Town." Dublin: P. Brereton, undated [ca. 1845-1852]. 1 page, narrow folio. woodcuts at top and bottom, text is 8 stanzas., undated

"In blooming time when Flora gay bedect the fragrant plain ... "

Box 2 Folder 24 "The Adventures of John Manks and his Pock-Marked Cat," Dublin: P. Brereton, undated [ca. 1845-1852]. 1 page, narrow folio,, undated

Crude woodcut of a cat at top, nonsensical text is fun-on, with minimal punctuation, replete with typographic errors.

Box 2 Folder 25 "The Emigrant's Farewell to Ireland," Dublin: P. Brereton, undated [ca. 1845-1852]. 1 page, narrow folio., undated

Crude woodcut at top, text is 7 stanzas. "Adieu farewell to all my friends ... " Mentions the Great Famine, emigration to North or South America .


Box 2 Folder 27 Neues Panorama des Rheins von Mannheim bis Coln. Mainz: D. Kapp, undated [1870-1890 ?]. Oblong lithographic panorama, decorative opening segment with verse by Heine in French, English and German., undated

Original scarlet cloth. gilt-blocked with tide and imprint, corners with gilt floral designs.

Mapcase 15-M2-1 Boston. Pownall, Thomas (1722-1805). A View of the City of Boston, the Capital of New England, in North America Drawn in the Spot by His Excellency Governor Pownell, Boston, Luther Stevens, ca. 1856. Oblong, 7.3/4 by 19.1/2 inches.

Reprint of a celebrated early view of the city, originally published in Bowles's Scenographia Americana, issued by Sayer and Jefferys in 1784. The original is now virtually unobtainable.


Box 5 Folder 24 The Gentleman's Political Pocket-Almanac for the Year 1795 by Charles Smith. New York: T. Allen, Pearl Street, [1794]. 16mo., 106pp., one folding diagram., 1795

Finely engraved allegorical frontispiece captioned "America directing Europe, Asia & Africa to address themselves to Liberty ..." 2pp. engraved £lags of different nations. On pp. 7-34 is the full text of the Treaty of Paris (1783), following is the text of the Treaty of Amity and Congress with France. Original reddish-brown morocco. With annotations on some blank pages and in margins by an early owner, regarding business matters.

Box 5 Folder 25 Cobbett, William (1763-1835). The United States Court Kalendar, and Gentleman's Complete Pocket Companion, for ...1800 Being the Fourth after Bissextile and the First of the 18th Century. New York: William Cobbett, ]1799]. 16mo.

Original orange-red morocco, flap with brass catch (torn, clasp lost). Includes a two-page report on Nelson's victory in the Battle of the Nile; a full roster of the US Government, the President, the cabinet, and the officers of army regiments, court sessions in different states, personnel of the Mint, the diplomatic corps, etc.

Box 7 Folder 26 Poor Robin Almanack, 1689

Printed Currency:

Box 8 Folder 4 One-third of a dollar. Philadelphia, Hall and Sellers, 1776

"According to a resolution of Congress ... "

Box 8 Folder 5 Sixteen shillings. Philadelphia, Hall and Sellers, 1775

Woodcut of a ship approaching a lighthouse

Box 8 Folder 6 Five shillings. Delaware, 1776. Printed by James Adams, with usual ink endorsements

With woodcut sheaf of wheat

Confederate Currency:

Box 8 Folder 11 [Confederate currency], A five-dollar Confederate bill, with large vignette depicting a colonnaded government building, and an oval portrait of Jefferson Davis; engraved by Keating & Ball, Columbia, S. Carolina; Richmond,, February 17th 1864, Printed on oblong, 3 inches x 7 inches; blue ink on verso to prevent forgery

Box 8 Folder 11 [Confederate currency]. A ten-dollar Confederate bill, with large vignette depicting a cavalry charge, and with oval portrait of unidentified individual (Judah P. Benjamin?); 3 1/16 inches x 6 15/16 inches; Richmond, February 17th 1864;, February 17th 1864, Blue ink on verso to prevent forgery

Box 8 Folder 11 [Confederate currency]. A twenty-dollar Confederate bill, with large vignette depicting the Confederate Capitol, and with oval portrait of unidentified individual; 3 1/16 inches x 6 15/16 inches; Richmond, February 17th 1864;, February 17th 1864, Blue ink on verso to prevent forgery

Box 8 Folder 11 [Confederate currency]. A fifty-dollar Confederate bill, with large oval portrait of Jefferson Davis; 3 1/4 inches x 7 1/2 inches; Richmond, February 17th 1864;, February 17th 1864, Blue ink on verso to prevent forgery

Box 8 Folder 11 [Confederate currency]. A one hundred-dollar Confederate note, with large vignette of railway engine under steam, a sailing vessel in the background; additional vignette of woman carrying basket balanced on her head. With text "Six Months after the Ratification of a treaty of Peace between the Confederate States and the United States, the Confederate States of America will pay One Hundred Dollars to bearer with interest at two cents per day." Printed by J. T. Peterson & Co., Columbia, S.C., September 12, 1862 [date handwritten in ink]; stamped on verso, September 12, 1862, 3 1/4 inches x 7 7/16 inches