Mt. Clemens, Mich. Charles Cutter & Sons, . First Edition. Softcover. Good. 6.75" x 10.25", oblong, string-tied wrappers with gilt decoration. Lacking one leaf (pp 3/4), otherwise very good, with 2 (of 4) pages of text and 58 pages of plates from photographs, most sepia toned, a few with color added. "Mount Clemens, Michigan has a rich and colorful history centered around the discovery of mineral water wells by Dorr Kellogg in 1870. As word of the therapeutic value of bathing in Mount Clemens' mineral water spread, an industry grew and thrived. Turn of the century Mount Clemens was replete with bath houses and fine hotels. People came from all over the world to take the health-giving baths, and Mount Clemens became known as the Bath City" (Mt. Clemens Library). The text offers a history of Mount Clemens and the mineral baths, as well as information for travelers. There are wonderful images of the city's many hotels and bath houses, as well as businesses and residences of prominent citizens. The final page provides a partial list of hotels and boarding houses, with daily and weekly rates. 2 copies found in OCLC.
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Washington DC: U.S. Railroad Administration, c. 1919. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 8 x 9.25 in., stapled wrappers. 35 pp, with many illustrations from photographs and a double-page map of the state. Mild vertical crease from folding. Local contact stamp of R.A. Smith (Supervisor of Agriculture, Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Nebraska) on back cover. "The purpose of this booklet is to help direct ambitious home-makers and producers to localities where they should meet with success in proportion to their resources and ability." Prepared with the assistance of 11 railroad companies (because "prosperous communities mean prosperous railroads"), the booklet includes information on the state's principal crops and yields ("Idaho has been classified by the uninformed as a mining and grazing state"), climate, roads and railroads, with short sections on each county describing geography, settlement, land values, agricultural products, etc. Scarce; 2 copies located in OCLC.
London: J. Debrett, 1793. Hardcover. Near fine. Second edition, with considerable additions. 8vo, original calf boards, new polished calf spine with blind-stamped floral design and red spine label. pp. , xvi, 433;  Index,  Errata,  ads, with two folding maps (The Western Part of the Territories Belonging to the United States; The State of Kentucky), a folding table of distances between Pittsburgh and points along the Ohio River, and a folding plan of the Rapids of the Ohio. Boards rubbed through at corners, occasional minor foxing; near fine. The most important eighteenth-century guide to the Trans-Allegheny region. Imlay was a surveyor and land speculator in Kentucky, and the first part of this book (and the entirety of the first edition) consists of a series of descriptive letters designed to attract settlers to the interior. This is followed by Filson's important work on the history of Kentucky, Boone's autobiographical account, and other valuable material, including Thomas Jefferson's 1791 "Report of the Secretary of State...of the Quantity and Situation of the Lands not Claimed by the Indians...." Sabin 34355 Streeter 1523. Howes I-12.
Northampton, MA: 1948. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Smith College Studies in History Volume XXXIII. vii, 290 pp, indexed. Original printed wrappers. Some small tears at the edges, clean and sound. Signature of noted Civil War historian Frank Vandiver inside front cover. A detailed analysis of the evolution of small arms manufacturing that emphasizes its role in the development of modern production methods in American industry as a whole. Deyrup concludes that despite being a relatively small industry, small arms manufacture "played a vital role in the development of machine tools, of precision measurement, and of interchangeability."
Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1861. Hardcover. Good. Second edition (first published 1860). Octavo, xii, 13-448, 8 (ads), with 8 hand-colored plates and 2 maps. Original brown cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Corners rubbed through, some fraying, gilt dulled, evidence of bookplate removed from front pastedown, a few pages soiled. Johnston was commander of the USS Powhatan, one of the vessels of the Perry expedition and the ship that brought the first Japanese embassy to the United States in 1860. In addition to a firsthand account of the Perry expedition, Johnston provides biographies of the Japanese ambassadors and describes their sea journey, visit to Hawaii, arrival in San Francisco, journey to Panama and across the isthmus by train, and their time in Washington, where they met with President Buchanan and visited both houses of Congress before concluding their journey with stops in Philadelphia and New York. Smith (American Travellers) J27; Cordier p. 2512-13; Sabin 36367, Beisner 7:425; Rogala 497. Not in Hill.
1896. Hardcover. Very good. Original photograph album (9.25" x 11.5", black cloth) documenting a visit by five friends to Lexington, Kentucky to tour thoroughbred horse farms, see the races, and visit Mammoth Cave. 81 photos, about half measuring 4.5 x 6 inches, the rest mainly 3.25 x 4 inches, a few smaller. Only a few are captioned, but there is a handwritten title page, as well as an itinerary listing all the week's activities at the rear. The members of the party were William A. Burnham, A. Lithgow Devens, A. Clifford Tower, Amos T. French, and E.C. Potter--all but the last of whom graduated from Harvard in the 1870s. Their host was another Harvard alumnus, August Belmont, Jr., a financier and prominent breeder of race horses (most notably Man O'War) who would go on to found Belmont Park in New York. Over the course of the week the men spent time at Belmont's farm (Nursery Stud) and the farms of notable breeders James R. Keene and Con J. Enright (Elmendorf Farm), as well as several private gentleman's clubs. The photographs show the Kentucky Association Track, many horses and their handlers, the men and their hosts, a visit to Mammoth cave (train and station, a young boy selling flowers, the men in their caving gear), and a few scenes from the rail journey to and from Kentucky. Tipped in at the rear pastedown is a menu for dinner held in honor of August Belmont (according to the notes, "tendered by prominent breeders and owners of race horses in Kentucky") at Navarre Cafe, Lexington, KY, May 5th, 1896. Taken as a whole, the album offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of men of means and the world of thoroughbred horse breeding at the end of the 19th century.
Louisville, KY: Standard Printing Company, 1924. First Edition. Soft cover. Near fine. Illustrated wrappers (issued simultaneously in hardcover). 153 pp plus index and 4 pp ads; many b/w photos, two folding maps of the cave system. A few shallow creases to front wrapper, else fine. Introduction by N.C. Nelson of the American Museum of Natural History. Offers a nice overview of both the cave's geology and its extensive human history. Mammoth Cave was not made a national park until 1941, but it had been explored and used (as a saltpeter mine and a tourist attraction) throughout the nineteenth century, and its interest as a scientific and archaeological site was well known. Jillson's bibliography lists 96 titles.
Louisville, KY: Bradley & Gilbert, 1860. First Edition. Pamphlet, 4.25" x 6.25", pp. v-vi; 7-61. Library stamp on title page, number stamped on pg. v, small ink stain to bottom margin, otherwise clean, with minor handling wear. A handy little guidebook designed to acquaint the general reader with the history and geology of the cave "together with a brief description of all the rooms, avenues, domes, rivers, etc. that are worth the trouble of exploring." Also includes brief bios of the main cave guides and notes on the Cave Band (who, "by study and long practice have adapted their music to different avenues of the Cave"), and proper attire for visitors, upon which he has very definite aesthetic opinions: "The Bloomer or Turkish dress is the proper costume for a lady. It may be plain, or fancifully trimmed, to suit the wearer. When trimmed in lively colors, which is always advisable, the effect is beautiful, particularly if the party be large....Every lady carries a lamp, and in no case, except that of illness, should she take a gentleman's arm. It is fatiguing to both parties, and exceedingly awkward in appearance." This was the second of two guides to the cave by Wright, both of which are now quite scarce.
Louisville, KY: Morton & Griswold, 1845. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp xii, -101, with 6 plates and a folding map, errata slip bound in. 4.25 x 7.25 in. Original brown cloth boards, rebacked in black leather. Binding sound, minimal foxing, map professionally repaired. Variously attributed to Mammoth Cave's owner, Dr. John Croghan, or (more likely) to his journalist friend Alexander Clark Bullitt, this was the first book dedicated solely to Mammoth Cave and one of the first to contain engravings of the cave, as well as a map of the cave system by guide Stephen Bishop. Provides an engaging blow-by-blow account of a tour through the main rooms of the cave, interspersed with historic anecdotes and also including practical information about routes to the cave, road conditions, and accommodations. Sabin 17590; Howes C-905.
[London]: 1792. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 8vo, pp 121 + (3), index, with full page engraved map of Kentucky and explanation of the map on facing page inserted between pp 67 and 69. Attractively rebound in three quarter light brown calf with title in gilt on the spine. Minor insect damage to the upper corner of the first 6 leaves (no significant loss), otherwise an exceptionally nice copy. An early emigrant's guide, designed "to furnish in a small compass, and at trifling expence, such information, as would be most useful to those who have any thoughts of removing to America." Much of the information in the first part of the book ("Miscellaneous Observations") comes from Imlay's Topographical Description (1792) and Morse's American Geography (1792), but Streeter (1625) notes the work is important for the section on Kentucky in particular (pp 69-121), which "is about the first piece describing Kentucky from the point of view of the prospective emigrant." Much detailed information on geography, topography, and natural resources is included. Toulmin was a Unitarian minister who left England after facing harassment for his outspoken political and religious views. He met Thomas Jefferson and James Madison soon after arriving in the United States, and with their help was appointed President of Transylvania University in Lexington. He resigned in 1796 to become Secretary of State of Kentucky, and in 1804 Jefferson appointed him to a judgeship in the superior court of the Washington District of the Mississippi Territory. He "contributed much to the study of law in the United States [and] was the first person to record the formal law codes of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama" (ANB). Sabin 96327; Evans 26268; Howes T-308.
London: John Stockdale, 1798. Hardcover. Near fine. Two volumes, 8vo. Vol I: pp cxc, 290, with 21 plates and 5 maps (3 folding); Vol. II: pp vii, 442 + 3-64 (Tables Shewing the Course of La Boussole), -119 (DeLessups' Substance of the Travels Over the Continent, with the Dispatches of La Perouse) +  ad, with 23 plates, a plan, and two maps. Later three-quarter leather, marbled boards. Bookplate of Stuart W. Jackson on the front pastedown of Vol. I. A near fine set, with some plates trimmed a bit close at the fore edge, but no significant compromise to images. Some offsetting from plates to facing pages. One of two English editions/translations of La Perouse published in 1798--this one probably slightly later, but with 51 original plates and maps (in contrast to 42 in the J. Johnson edition) and "considered to be the best one in English" (Holliday, 637). Plates show geographical features and landscape, native peoples and customs, boats, birds, and other natural history. Account of "one of the most important scientific explorations ever undertaken to the Pacific and the west coast of North America" (Hill). La Perouse and his men obtained much important geographic data, as well as valuable information about the fur trade and the extent of Spanish settlements in California. They were the first foreign scientific expedition to visit Alta California. The narrative also gives accounts of Easter Island, Hawaii, Macao, Formosa, the Aleutian Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Australia. La Perouse sent his reports back from Botany Bay and then set sail in 1788, never to be heard from again. Sabin 38964; Howes L-93, Hill 974.
Boston: Little, Brown, 1869. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. Two volumes in one, including both District Court and Circuit Court proceedings pp. xviii, 344; iii, (4)-208. Text clean and complete, but lacking rear wrapper, front wrapper detached and chipped, some pages chipped at the corners, spine broken in several spots. The Meteor was a fast steamer that had been built to pursue Confederate privateers but was never purchased by the United States government, as the Civil War ended before the ship was needed. Her owners put her up for sale in late 1865 and soon entered negotiations for a sale to the Chilean government. Because Chile was in the process of preparing for war with Spain, in January 1866 the United States seized the ship for violating the Neutrality Act. Represented by William Maxwell Evarts, the ship's owners put up a vigorous defense to the charges, which is reported here.
New York: Harper & Brothers. Hardcover. Very good. Undated, c. 1860s, a reprint of the Harper edition first published in 1842. Two volumes, 4 x 6 inches, in dark red cloth with gilt lettering on spines, Harper & Brothers insignia stamped in blind on boards. Vol 1: pp li, (53)-371; Vol 2: x, (9)-395. Folding map showing the expedition route as frontispiece to Volume I; no other plates, as issued (Beckham, 5a.8 notes). Mild sunning to spine, very mild slant to both spines, closed tear to map. An attractive and sound set. The Harper edition of 1842 was the first edition of Lewis and Clark that had been published since 1817. It added a new introduction and notes and was reissued 19 times between 1842 and 1891. Elliott Coues, in the Introduction to the 1893 edition, describes this set as "an editorial abridgement, or digest, of the original, faithfully and, on the whole, judiciously executed."
Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1904. Two volumes, reprinted from the edition of 1814, with index and new Introduction by Hosmer. Large paper edition, #44 of 75 copies issued. Large 8vo, Japanese vellum over boards; pp lviii, 500, with frontis portrait, 2 maps, and a plan; xiv, 584, with frontis portrait and 3 maps. Bookplate of W.J. Holliday in Volume I. Spines soiled, corners bumped; internally fine, partially unopened. Reprints in whole the Biddle text of 1814. Hosmer's introduction offers a history of events leading up to the expedition and "the vast development that has flowed from it." Holliday Sale #690.
Chicago: Jas. S. Kirk & Comp'y, 1884. Softcover. Very good. Single sheet printed in black, pink, and green. 8.5" x 20", folding to 2.75" x 5". Creases from folding, a few short tears. On one side is a map of the United States engraved by Rand McNally, listing the ranking of each state in production of various crops, livestock, and other commodities, color coded to also show how each state voted in the 1880 election. The verso offers a table of statistical information from the 1880 Census (ranking of states by population, size, number of males, females, white, colored, native, and foreign born), another table "showing the Average Annual Product, in Dollars, of the Principal Farm Crops in each state from 1878 to 1883," and a view of the Jas. S. Kirk & Comp'y building in Chicago. Liberally sprinkled across both sides are blurbs touting the virtues of the company's soaps, colognes, and glycerine products. Not recorded in OCLC.
Washington: Beverley Tucker, 1854. Hardcover. Very good. 33d Congress, 1st Session. Senate. Executive Doc. Second edition (first printed 1853 by Armstrong). xv, 310 pp, with 64 lithograph plates following the text, including two duplicates (As usual, there is no plate II in the geology section and no plate XVIII in the botany section. Additionally, this copy lacks plate III in the geology section and instead duplicates plate IV. Plate XVI in the Zoology section also appears twice). No atlas volume. Original brown cloth, gilt spine. Corners bumped, minor chipping to head of spine, some plates with mild to moderate foxing. This copy is twice inscribed (on the front pastedown and on the title page) by then-Senator and later Secretary of State William Henry Seward to W.A. Wallace (likely William Andrew Wallace, then a state senator from Pennsylvania, later a U.S. Senator). "Marcy's party crossed a thousand miles of previously undocumented Texas and Oklahoma territory, discovering numerous valuable mineral deposits as well as twenty-five new species of mammals and ten of reptiles...He reportedly discovered the sources of both forks of the Red River, as well as the Palo Duro and Tule canyons. The expedition encountered and documented the little-known Wichita Indians and compiled the first Wichita dictionary" (Texas Historical Association). Sabin 44512, Howes M-276, Graff 2675.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. pp 54, iv (index), with illustrations in the text and ten plates, including a double-page colored map. Red cloth boards show slight wear at the corners, date stamp on front free endpaper, otherwise unmarked and clean. An early, comprehensive geologic report on Nantucket, with detail on geologic history, fossiliferous deposits, coastline and beaches, and vegetation. Eight of the plates are attractive line drawings illustrating aspects of the island's topography.
Toronto: W.G. MacFarlane, for S.H. Knox Co., Grand Rapids, c. 1905. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 6.75" x 9", oblong, stapled wrappers. 1 page of text and 39 pp of b/w views from photographs. A few smudges in the margins, light handling wear, one signature loose and laid in. Text promotes Grand Rapids as a clean, beautiful, and rapidly growing city most notable for its large number of manufacturing plants ("532 all told, with an invested capital of $20,000,000") and for the furniture industry in particular. "Engaged in the manufacture of furniture are upwards of forty factories with an invested capital of over $3,000,000 and an army of over 8,000 employees...The designers of furniture in Grand Rapids make the fashions for the United States and buyers from all parts of the world come here to select their stocks." Views include street scenes, institutions (courthouse, city hall, Michigan State Soldiers Home, Masonic Home, post office, public library, churches Kent Scientific Museum), parks, commercial buildings (Herpolsheimer Building, Furniture Exhibition Building, Blodgett Building) and, of course, several furniture manufacturers, including Stickley Bros., Phoenix Furniture, Michigan Chair Co., Oriel Cabinet, and Berkey & Gay Furniture. The final image is reserved for the book's publisher, S.H. Knox & Co., who ran a chain of 66 five and dime stores.
New York: Macmillan, 1918. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Two volumes, pp 697; 773, plus publisher's ads. Each volume separately indexed and extensively illustrated "from sketches, drawings, maps, and photographs, with an original map of Mackinac Island made especially for this work." Original blue cloth with gilt decoration. Corners bumped, but otherwise an exceptionally clean, bright set. Includes a narrative history of the region as well as selections from the writings of many early explorers and later travelers, with much on the Indians and the fur trade. Volume Two includes an extensive bibliography as well as a list of Indian names and a catalogue of native plants. Howes W-623.
Colorado Springs, CO: Colorado Mine Operator's Association, 1904. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 32 pp, stapled wrappers Light soiling, handling wear. Written in the midst of the violent Colorado Labor Wars of 1903-04, this pamphlet offers a play-by-play record of several years of bloody conflict, for which it blames the miners’ union, asserting that the Western Federation inflames the minds of its members “against their employers, against the law, against organized society, and against the peace and safety of the public” and supports the overthrow of the Unites States Government and the Constitution.
New York: J.B. Ford & Co., 1871. First Edition. Hardcover. Good+. 805 pp, plus 6 pp ads for mining books and equipment. Index, many engraved illustrations, three folding plates. Original brown cloth boards stamped on the spine in gilt. Moderate wear to boards, primarily old insect damage to the cloth in several spots. Binding sound, text clean. Raymond (1840-1918) was an accomplished mining engineer who in 1868 was appointed United States Commissioner of Mines and Mining Statistics in and West of the Rocky Mountains. He explored much of the west in this capacity, and in this book reviewed the condition of the mining industry (with sections on California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, further broken down by county), as well as offering detailed discussion of mining law, mineral deposits, metallurgical processes, and mining apparatus (broken into sections on hydraulic mining, boring and excavating by machinery, transportation and ventilation, etc).
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848. Hardcover. Very good. Second edition (first published 1846). Two volumes in contemporary calf with black spine labels, gilt lettering and edges. pp xxiii, 567; xv, 595, with 2 plates, 4 plans, and 3 maps, including the desirable double-page colored map of Texas by W. Kemble. Moderate wear to boards, internally clean and sound. Field (1081): "The first volume is principally occupied with a relation of the French and Spanish discovery of the territory, and the association of the colonial governments of these nations with the Indians, and their wars with the various tribes inhabiting it. Much the largest portion of Vol. II. is devoted to a narration of the Indian wars of the States bordering the Ohio....The work is probably the best of the numerous class of books on the subject of western history." The map of Texas shows the early Texas counties and Mexican empresario land grants, as well roads, topography, and Indian lands. Another double-page, colored map shows the French, English, and Spanish possessions in 1745. Howes M-722; Sabin 49966.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1881. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4to, original brown cloth. xiii, 281 pp, with chromolithograph frontis of a Zuni water carrier, 30 additional plates (some from photographs, showing Taos, Zuni and Hopi pueblos) and many illustrations in the text. Bookplate and previous owner's signature on front pastedown, some tissue guards missing, boards scuffed, frayed at spine ends. Internally clean and tight. Morgan (1818-1881) was a pioneering American anthropologist best known for his work on kinship and social structure. Here he writes in the Introduction: "If we enter upon the great problem of Indian life with a determination to make it intelligible, their house life and domestic institutions must furnish the key of its explanation. These pages are designed as a commencement of that work." Primarily devoted to the Indians of New Mexico and the San Juan River Basin.
London: John W. Parker and Son, 1855. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes in original brown cloth, 4.75 x 7.75 in. Vol I: 451 pp, with 8 plates and 2 maps (one folding); Vol. II: 479 pp + 4 (ads), with two plates. Bookplate on front pastedown of Volume I, occasional foxing, all else very good and sound. More travelogue than a treatise on slavery, with somewhat pompous but nonetheless interesting descriptions of American life, culture, and modes of transport. Murray traveled through New York State before heading west through Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis to New Orleans. He encountered a group of Mormons on the Mississippi and includes an appendix on "The Mormon Creed." From New Orleans he traveled to Havana, and from there back to the east coast of the United States, stopping in Baltimore and Richmond before heading north to Canada (Quebec, Toronto). About 60 pages of Volume II treat the problem of slavery. Flake-Draper #5677; Sabin 51497.
[Washington]: 1842. Softcover. Very good. Doc. No. 231, 27th Congress, 2d Session. Disbound pamphlet. 37 pp, with 9 folding charts. Mild foxing, very good. The Choctaw Academy was established in 1818 by the Baptist Missionary Society of Kentucky, but closed after three years due to lack of funding. It was revived in 1825 by Richard M. Johnson, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, who had received a request from Choctaw leaders that he start a school, to be funded in part from money the tribe had received in exchange for ceding land to the government. The first class in the new school consisted of 25 Choctaw boys, who received instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, grammar, geography, surveying, astronomy, and music. The school later received funding from the Creek and Pottawatomie tribes, and enrolled students from those tribes, as well as the Ottawa, Miami, Seminole, Sac and Fox, and Osage tribes. Its enrollment reached a high of 188 students in 1835 but slowly declined thereafter, as new schools were opened in Indian Territory. This report provides detailed data for the years 1826-1841, showing "the amount expended by the United States in the support and education of Indian youths at the Choctaw Academy...to whom paid, and from what fund; also, the number of youths educated there" as well as the tribes represented.