Philadelphia: Printed by Zachariah Poulson, Junr. 1794-1801. Softcover. Very good. Six sewn pamphlets, pp. 32, 32, 32, 59, 20, 55. Three (1794, 1797, 1801) untrimmed in original plain paper wrappers, three (1795, 1796, 1798) with edges trimmed and in later wrappers. First volume lacks a front blank and has the contemporary signature of Samuel Rodman on the title page; front wrap of fourth volume detached but present, with the contemporary signature of Isaac Hicks. A very good set. These pamphlets record the proceedings of the first American effort at national organization around the anti-slavery cause. The first meeting, held January 1, 1794, drew delegates from the abolition societies of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Later meetings added attendees from Rhode Island and Virginia, and each pamphlet lists the names of those present—among them Benjamin Rush, Jonathan Edwards, and many important early abolitionists. The first gathering “voted to petition Congress to prohibit the slave trade and also to appeal to the legislatures of the various states to abolish slavery. The petitions pointed out the inconsistency of a country that had recently rejected the tyranny of kings engaging in ‘domestic despotism.'" (LOC). They also issued an address urging all citizens to accept "the obligations of justice, humanity, and benevolence toward our African brethren, whether in bondage or free." According to Weinstein, despite limited funds or authority and infrequent meetings, these conventions "harnessed considerable public support for moral reform and imbued their ideological successor, the American Anti-Slavery Society, with cornerstone goals designed to 'bring the whole nation to a speedy repentance.'" Weinstein 26, Evans 26533; Sabin 49379; Howes M-652.
Catalogue 3: An American Miscellany
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Cincinnati: Robert Clarke Company, 1898. Hardcover. Near fine. Third edition. viii, 732, with portraits of Levi and Catherine Coffin. 5" x 7.5", original green cloth, floral endpapers. Spine slightly sunned. A devout Quaker, Coffin (1789-1877) was vehemently opposed to slavery, despite having been raised in the South. He moved to Indiana in the 1820s, established a successful mercantile business, and was a founding member of the Indiana Anti-Slavery Society. After discovering they lived on an Underground Railroad Route, he and his wife helped hundreds of fugitive slaves on their way to Canada, providing them with food, clothing, and temporary housing while arranging for their passage north. In 1847, they continued this work in Cincinnati, where they also established a store selling only goods made by free labor. Mounted on the front flyleaf of this copy is an image of the Coffin house, captioned "Grand Central Depot, Underground Railroad." Howes C-540 (referring to the first edition of 1876).
New York: Fox, Duffield and Company, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. xlii, 350 pp, with 13 plates. Original light blue cloth, no dust jacket. Spined toned but easily legible, light rubbing to extremities; contents clean and sound. Very good. Containing more than 300 recipes, this was one of the first cookbooks to acknowledge the substantive influence of African-Americans on the traditions of southern cooking. Twelve of the 13 plates are from Langdon's photographs showing African-American cooks at work.
Boston: Sold at Wholesale by Charles Emerson at B. Leverett Emerson’s, c. 1860. Very good. Broadside/song sheet, 6.25” x 9.5”. Mild creasing, a few marginal losses. Very good. Although apparently English in origin, this song of mourning by a “darkie” for a lost love went through many American iterations (with slight variations and attributions to different lyricists and composers) during the antebellum and Civil War periods and appeared in several popular songsters of the late 1860s. Only one example of this version located in OCLC, at Middle Tennessee State. Variant of Wolf, American Song Sheets, #1199; Roud 2748.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 8vo, 289 pp, in original green cloth stamped in gilt. Rubbing to foot of spine, else fine. Born in Texas in 1878, Scarborough became a professor at Columbia University, where her research focused on supernatural fiction, folklore, and folk music, which also featured prominently in several novels she wrote. This work, which reflects increasing academic interest in African-American music in the 1920s, includes chapters on ballads, dance songs, children's game songs, lullabies, songs about animals, work songs, railroad songs, and the blues. Scarborough's writing is both scholarly and personal, and it includes interesting details of her experiences as she traveled the South in search of new songs, their singers, and their stories.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo, pp xii, 13-355, extensively illustrated with engravings, one chromolithograph plate (some copies apparently issued with two). Recently rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards, with spine label, raised bands, and gilt rules. Light soiling and foxing throughout, a bit musty. Very good. Sloan began his career as a carpenter, but read widely and taught himself the principles of architecture. By the 1850s, he had become "the chosen architect of Philadelphia's rising industrial and entrepreneurial elite. For them he built mansions, commercial buildings, speculative housing, even entire resort communities" (ANB). This is one of several successful pattern books Sloan authored, each containing detailed drawings (plans, elevations, sections, etc) together with descriptions of the designs and short essays on style, site selection, construction, furnishings, etc.
Salem, MA: Salem Press, 1911. Hardcover. Very good. Second edition. 319 pp, with 28 illustrations from photographs. Signed by the author on the frontispiece under her portrait. Original blue cloth, lightly rubbed, minor foxing to title page and frontispiece, else clean and sound. Very good. Summerhayes traveled through Arizona as an officer's wife in the 1870s, spending time at Fort Mohave, Prescott, Camp Verde, Camp Apache, and Phoenix. She describes the hardships of desert travel, encounters with the Apaches, camp life, etc. Farqhuar (28): "This is a choice book from many points of view....There are lively descriptions of steamboat journeys, of life at an army post, and an adventure on the Little Colorado. The second edition has a few additions which enhance its historical value." Howes S-1132. Graff 4028.
New York: Johnson and Ward, 1864. Hardcover. Good. 14.5" x 18", pp 105,  ad, engraved frontispiece, colored double-page chart of national emblems (not listed in table of plates), chart of mountains and rivers, time and distance indicator, and 95 colored maps (some inset, many double-page). Hinges cracked and boards nearly detached, spine covered in cloth tape. Text block tight, complete as issued, with all maps in very good condition. Emblem chart has soiling and marginal tears; mountains chart is loose; remainder of the volume quite clean and sound, with occasional smudging to the margins only. Good or better. A world atlas, about half of which is dedicated to maps of North America. Among the many maps of note in this edition are the New Military Map of the United States, showing forts and military posts and with inset maps of eight southern harbors); the double-page map of Texas, showing extensive development in the eastern part of the state and a wide open west; the map of California and the Territories of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah, which shows the U.S. Mail routes, emigrant routes to California, the Pony Express trail, and the proposed route of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad; and the map of the Pacific Northwest, which shows the newly created territory of Idaho.
Philadelphia: 1817. Softcover. Near fine. 24 pp, disbound. Slight soiling and foxing; near fine. A catalogue from one of the most important American publishers of the period, listing works on travels and voyages, history and biography, law, medicine, poetry, Novels, etc. Among the offerings are Carey's General Atlas, Improved (which added information from the Lewis and Clark expedition and included 58 colored maps, mostly American) and William Barton's Vegetable Material Medica of the United States, an important early American color plate book.
New York: American Tract Society, (1865). Hardcover. Near fine. pp 91,  ads. Original brown cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Minor wear to spine ends, else fine. A scarce and interesting account of the activities of colporteurs—men (some laymen, some ordained) who traveled the countryside selling religious books and tracts and spreading the gospel in the western settlements. Peabody began work as a colporteur in 1845 while on summer break from Seminary, and found it to be a more fruitful enterprise than he had expected, as "these books, when carried and sold in families who will not voluntarily seek such instruction, will be extensively read. The results...may last for generations. These elegant, well-bound volumes, when once introduced into a family, are not going to be thrown away."
Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1822. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Disbound. 7 pp. Near fine. After the American Revolution, the new Congress acted to protect American printers and paper manufacturers from foreign competition by enacting stiff tariffs on imported books and paper. Within a few years, colleges, churches, and other interested parties began to protest to Congress that these duties had become a de facto tax on domestic printers who needed to use imported paper, and, more importantly, on readers. In 1816, some relief was obtained when the tax schedule was revised to allow books to be brought into the United States free of charge if they were destined for use by any society incorporated for literary or philosophical purposes. Nonetheless, discontent with the duties continued, since, as Thomas Jefferson put it, books "locked up in libraries can be of no avail to the practical man when he wishes a recurrence to them for the uses of life." The American Philosophical Society was part of a loose coalition of institutions organized by Jefferson that petitioned Congress in 1821-22 to repeal all import duties on books, as such levies were "detrimental to the progress of knowledge." The plea fell on deaf ears, however, and the tariffs remained in place for several decades to come.
Cincinnati: George Conclin, 1849. Hardcover. Good. First published under this title in 1847, with an earlier edition (Biographical Memoir of Daniel Boone) appearing in 1833. 12mo, 252 pp, with frontis portrait of Boone and 8 plates illustrating scenes from his life. Original cloth with paper spine label. Spine cloth split along the joints and with a horizontal tear at the center, light foxing throughout; good to very good overall. This often reprinted biography helped shape the popular image of Boone as a heroic pioneer able to overcome the hazards of frontier life with little more than his own ingenuity. Among other tall tales, Flint invented Boone's famous encounter with a bear, which he was said to have killed in hand-to-hand combat. Field 456; Sabin 24785 (later editions).
Pasadena, CA: George Wharton James, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 16mo. pp. 504,  index, illustrated with line drawings. Original flexible cloth boards stamped in gilt. A few pages dog-eared or otherwise creased at the upper corner, stamp of Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books on front pastedown, else fine. Includes a useful general history of the region and interesting detail on place names, topography, natural resources, transportation, agricultural production, arts and education, flora and fauna, and historic landmarks and highlights for the tourist (organized according to the various railroad routes). Rocq 16291; Berry and Klinicke 3753.
Newtown, PA: 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 8vo, 310 pp, with 14 halftone plates and additional illustrations in the text. Original gilt stamped black cloth. Some scuffing and small tears to cloth on rear board, else a fine, bright copy. Kenderdine made two trips from the east to California nearly four decades apart, in 1858 and 1897. In this book he describes the changes he observed on his second trip, among them the considerable impact of the railroads, the arrival of Chinese labor, and the decline of the Native American population. He spent time in San Francisco and Monterey before heading south to the Los Angeles area, Pasadena, and San Bernardino, and then back up through the Sacramento Valley and gold country. There is also a chapter devoted to Utah and the Mormons and another to Yellowstone. Cowan p. 326, Howes H-77, Flake-Draper 4581.
Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 1892. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 5.75" x 9", pp xiv, 160, with two colored folding plates (one map, one chart) and many additional b/w plates and illustrations in the text. Original wrappers, with considerable restoration to the edges and a new spine. Contents clean and sound. Very good. Remondino (1846-1926) was a San Diego physician known for his writings promoting the region's healthful climate. Having himself been cured in San Diego of a bad case of malaria contracted during the Civil War, he became convinced that "climate determines the diet, occupation, the diseases of which we shall suffer and die, as well as the average length of our existence; it determines our temper, faculties, and facilities for acquiring knowledge and the arts." In this book he details the specific qualities of the southern California climate and their relation to health, explaining why "all residents concur in pronouncing it more favorable to physical and mental activity than any they have known." Rocq 16360; Cowan p. 529, Zamorano Select #93.
Washington, D.C. McGill and Witherow, 1861. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. 107 pp, in original sewn wrappers. Mild vertical crease, light foxing to wrappers; near fine. Sanitary Commission Report No. 40. The United States Sanitary Commission was a private relief agency created by federal legislation in 1861 to support sick and wounded soldiers of the Union army during the Civil War. Olmsted served as its Secretary. This report offers an overview of the Commission's activities and findings in its first six months of operations, with a detailed survey of the conditions (living quarters, ventilation, food and water, cleanliness, clothing, etc) of the volunteer army, as well as information on disease, mortality, and availability of medical supplies. Sabin 76564.
New York: Orange Judd Company, 1883. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 5" x 7.25", pp 213 +  ad. Original green cloth boards with beveled edges, decorated in black and gilt. Embossed library stamp on two pages, minor abrasion to rear endpapers; otherwise unmarked and sound; about very good. A native New Yorker, Pabor traveled west in 1870 and became enthralled with Colorado's beauty and potential for agriculture. Here he provides detailed and useful information for those interested in settling and farming in the state, acknowledging the limits of agriculture in the West while also explaining where and how there is a living to be made. Chapters describe the resources and geography of different regions of the state, as well as irrigation, apiculture, fruit culture, cattle and sheep, railways, and agricultural schools. Adams, Herd 1743.
Pueblo, CO: The Blue Book Publishing Company, 1906. Softcover. Near fine. 5.25" x 7.25", 80 pp, in original pictorial wrappers. Color frontispiece, many b/w illustrations from photographs. Light creasing to front wrap; near fine. Provides railroad timetables and details of sightseeing opportunities along the routes, along with many ads for food, lodging, and other tourist services in Colorado Springs, Denver, Cripple Creek, and Pueblo. Also includes information about the upcoming Pike Centennial celebration (Colorado Springs, September 1906), news of recent track work, a wreck in Ohio, and other snippets of news from around the country pertaining to railroads and commercial development.
Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co. Hardcover. Near fine. Undated early reprint, subtitled "Twenty-Seven Years in the Far West" on the cover. 213 pp, with ten plates from photographs. Signed by Jack and dated 1913, and with an original photograph of her (with two parrots) laid in. Publisher's red cloth decorated in green and gilt, with mounted portrait on front board. Spine lightly sunned. Near fine. British-born Ellen E. Jack, also known as "Captain Jack," was a pioneer prospector in Gunnison County, Colorado. She operated a series of boarding houses and was a partner in the successful Black Queen Mine (located between Crested Butte and Aspen). According to her own account--which may not be entirely trustworthy--she carried a sixgun and a pickax in her belt, could shoot a pistol in each hand while riding horseback, fought off the advances of all manner of men (including a Mormon who wanted her as his third wife), and bore a scar from a poisoned tomahawk. Later in life she settled in Colorado Springs, where she ran a curio shop and entertained tourists with tales of her many adventures.
Philadelphia: Robert Wright, 1835. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 4.5" x 7", pp 209, 24 (publisher's ads). Worn contemporary cloth boards with paper spine label. Lacking rear endpaper, some foxing, label of St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, KY affixed to front board. Good. An anti-Jackson, anti-Van Buren campaign biography that may or may not actually have been written by Crockett, but did represent his general sentiments. Crockett vehemently opposed many of Jackson's policies, and wrote in his autobiography of feeling pressured while in Congress "to bow to the name Andrew Jackson and follow all his motions, and mindings, and turnings, even at the expense of my conscience and better judgment." Here, Van Buren is described as Jackson's hand-picked successor rather than a choice of the people--a purely political creature, sly, hypocritical, and dishonest in pursuit of personal interest. "Martin Van Buren is not the man he is cracked up to be; and if he is made President of the United States, he will have reached a place to which he is not entitled...he owes his good luck to the hangers-on of office who, to serve themselves, have used the popularity of Jackson to abuse the country with Martin Van Buren." Sabin 17567; Howees C-899.
Pittsburgh: Cramer, Spear & Eichbaum, 1810. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. pp. viii, -504, in contemporary calf binding. Front joint starting, dampstain near gutter of preliminaries only; otherwise quite clean and sound, with ownership signature of Woodbury B. Purinton on title page. Very good. Cuming, an Irishman who had purchased land in Ohio, traveled extensively along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in 1807-1809. His account of the journey provides "a detailed and accurate record of pioneer social and political conditions" (Hubach p. 41), with lively descriptions of all the small towns he visited and colorful characters he encountered. Thomson (286) praises it as "one of the most interesting works relating to the west," and the Streeter catalogue (1325) calls it "one of the best early accounts of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys." Howes C-947; Graff 955; Sabin 17890.
Worcester: Warren Lazell, 1846. Hardcover. Good. Revised and improved edition (first published 1840). This volume has no author listed; the earlier edition was attributed to S.A. Howland. 12mo; x, -408 pp, with 9 full-page illustrations, others in the text. Publisher's cloth boards, rebacked with part of original spine laid down, endpapers replaced. Edgeworn, foxing throughout, one plate with an old tape repair, title page and a few others trimmed about 1/4 inch smaller than the rest of the text. Good. "The work is decidedly American," says the Preface, "and comprises authentic accounts of nearly all the various disasters on steamboats and railroads that have occurred, during many years, throughout the United States. In reviewing its contents, it will be found, with but very few exceptions, that none of it has ever before been published in an embodied form, and, consequently, can be found in no other volume." Howes H-742; Sabin 90853; Huntress 155.
Charleston, SC: James Phinney, 1858. Softcover. Very good. Third edition (first published 1838). 46 pp, original printed wrappers. Mild dampstain to top edge of wrappers and title page only, archival tape repair on to top margin of front wrapper; minor creasing; very good. Although critics suggested he was condoning the use of violence to settle disputes, Wilson (the forty-ninth Governor of South Carolina) insisted that dueling would remain common practice "as long as a manly independence and lofty personal pride...shall continue to exist." He argued for the right of individuals to self-preservation and said his rules would save lives by preventing indiscriminate shooting. He also advised readers on how they could avoid a duel without loss of face, "when and how to issue appropriate challenges, and how to judge and reply to a note as being honorable or otherwise" (Williams, Dueling in the Old South). An Appendix includes the Irish Code of Honor and reprints the sarcastic comments of a Massachusetts writer who noted that Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina would be held up as paragons of gentility if judged by Irish standards. Wilson retorts: "The idea of New England becoming a school for manners is about as fanciful as Bolinbroke's 'idea of a patriot king.'"
Cincinnati: Graphic Press, 1886. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 5" x 7.25", 327 pp. Publisher's green cloth stamped in gilt, with beveled edges and decorative endpapers. Gift inscription from the year of publication on the front flyleaf, touch of rubbing to corners, else fine. A physician and enterprising businessman, Hale was also the grandson of legendary pioneer Mary Draper Ingles (who was taken captive and adopted by the Shawnee during the French and Indian War, before making her escape and enduring a perilous trek home through hundreds of miles of wilderness). This useful account of the early exploration and settlement of western Virginia and Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky includes much on the Draper and Ingles families and the Draper's Meadows Massacre. Howes H-32.
Philadelphia: Harrison Hall, 1845. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Two volumes, 12mo, pp 282, 276, with plan of the Fort at Boonesboro as frontispiece to Vol. I. Rebacked, with new cloth spines and paper labels, original embossed cloth boards. Light foxing; near fine. As he explained in the Preface, Hall believed the time for full narrative history of the West had not yet come, as reliable source material was scarce. Instead he offered collection of sketches based on his own observations and "intended as examples and illustrations of topics connected with the western states." The work includes "a rather detailed account of the first trans-Allegheny explorations, with ample treatment of the early French settlements and the infiltration of the Scotch-Irish Pioneers into Kentucky and Ohio...the character and habits of the pioneers, early education and literature in the Ohio Valley, felons and desperadoes, and the exploits of George Rogers Clark" (Flanagan). Field (636) notes that "narratives of frontier warfare with the Indians, and incidents of Indian life, fill almost all the pages of these interesting volumes." A chapter on "Indian hating" provided much of the source material for Herman Melville's treatment of that subject in The Confidence Man. Sabin 29794; Howes H-78.