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Nelly was a Lady

Nelly was a Lady

Foster, Stephen Collins A gift binding, beautifully illustrated and designed, one of Stephen Foster's early musical compositions. This edition is not recorded in OCLC. OCLC 13422575 cites an earlier edition, published by Nims and Knight in Troy. Joseph Knight went out on his own in about 1892, located in Boston, and publishing the "Ivorine Series of Dainty Gift Books". The "Ivorine" series were published with a flexible cover, suggesting ivory, but more akin to vellum, with fluted edges lined with gilt and a hand-painted cover, in this case, of a riverboat on a river as seen from the shore, with a gravestone. The decorative text is faced with a woodcut illustration on every page. This copy was never tied, perhaps a proof. Stephen Collins Foster published Foster's Ethiopian Melodies, in 1849 which included the hit dialect song "Nelly Was A Lady", which was made famous by the Christy Minstrels. He was the first white composer to portray African-Americans in an empathetic way to the mainstream white audience of the time. Information on the "Ivorine" series is from Sidney Hutter, Emeritus Librarian at the Univ. of Iowa, on "The LUCILE Project", which is a publishing history of the book by Owen Meredith, which also appeared as an "Ivorine" series title. He cites advertising dating from 1895 & 96 "of our well-known line of dainty gift books appear in a new dress. Each book is carefully sewed and gilded, and tied with silk ribbon in a flexible Ivorine cover, and fluted edges, with hand-painted decoration and title. (advertising) Lucile, $1.50. [Cut]. PW 28 Sept 1895: "Joseph Knight Company, Boston, who make a specialty of illustrated and standard gift-books, have in preparation. Among the daintiest gift-books will be new editions of 'Lucile', 'Lady of the Lake', 'The Princess', and 'Idylls of the King'." [Described, same issue, in publisher's list as "cl, 16mo, 75 c.; il. 16mo, white cl., $1.50; hf. levant mor., $3.00.]. 1896 PTLA: New Editions of Ivorine Gift Books. The following volumes of well-known dainty gift books appear in a new dress. Each book is carefully sewed and gilded, and tied with silk ribbon in a flexible Ivorine cover, with fluted edges, and hand-painted decoration and title, boxed. Each 1 vol., 16mo., $1.00. [No cut]. Square 8vo, 36 unnumbered pages, wood engraved frontispiece (of Nelly) and 10 full page plates by Charles Copeland featuring African-Americans and scenes in the Old South, 16 text ornaments by Frank Myrick. Drawn, engraved, and printed under the supervision of A.V.S. Anthony--P. [7].
Fighting the Great War with an Ambulance - an archive of a W.W.I American ambulance driver. 47 items

Fighting the Great War with an Ambulance – an archive of a W.W.I American ambulance driver. 47 items

W.W.I.; John Platt, Jr.; Coleman Clark] An archive of World War I material from John Platt Jr. [1894 - 1966], a 23 year old volunteer ambulance driver with the American Field Service and United States Army, 1917 - 1919. A captivating group of 47 items providing a personal look into the world of the volunteer ambulance driver before the American involvement in W.W.I on both sides of the trenches. A unique aspect to this collection is the German perspective, revealed through captured photographs & a propaganda leaflet which depict life in the German trenches. Of special note is a rare photo of 'American Soldiers Captured at Morhange, Dec. 21, 1917', members of the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Division. This is an image of the very first American soldiers captured by the Germans during a night trench raid on 3 November, 1917, in which the first 3 American casualties of the war were also inflicted on the American Expeditionary Force. This group photograph is a slightly different and previously unknown frame from the same photo session as the German propaganda postcard titled "Die Ersten Gefangenen Amerikaner" (The First Captured Americans) in the Library of Congress. Our research showed only four variations of images of these captured soldiers exist, beside this one.* Two of them are versions of this image used as German postcards. There is also a rare German "Flying Leaflet", Deutsche Flugblätter: "Demokratie und Frieden" (Democracy and Peace), comparing the democracies of France, England and the Wilson-led United States with that of Germany. Included is a partial translation by Platt. We were not able to find a recorded copy of this (see below). Driving an ambulance enabled sympathetic Americans to participate in W.W.I before the official entrance of the U.S. in 1917. Approximately two thousand of the Field Service volunteers came from more than 100 different American colleges, with the Ivy League schools leading the list. In April 1915 an agreement was negotiated with the French military to have some ambulance drivers from the American Hospital in Paris serve closer to the front lines of battle. This group of ambulance drivers came to be known as the American Ambulance Field Service, later known as the "American Field Service" (AFS). It grew to be the largest of the volunteer ambulance corps serving overseas during the war. Its 2,500 volunteer drivers served in 34 AFS ambulance sections and evacuated more than 400,000 casualties during the war. Many went on to become officers or aspirants in the French artillery and aviation. Once the U.S. joined forces with the Allies, the AFS was then incorporated into the United States Army Ambulance Service (U.S.A.A.S.). Platt of Westfield, New Jersey was one of these idealistic young volunteers. Influenced by books such as "The Diary of Section VIII", and with a sensitivity for social issues of the day, he enlisted in the AFS in March 1917. This collection reflects his interests, experiences, relationships and losses through letters, postcards, photographs, maps, other documents and materials. Among the group of approximately 47 pieces of ephemera and photographs is Platt's US passport, French Residency Permit, ID card for the American Ambulance Automobile Service of the American Hospital in Paris, and his French proficiency permit to drive an automobile. Drivers were required to care for their Ford ambulances and Platt saved his copy of "American Field Service in France Twenty Rules for Care of Ford Ambulances and Instruction Chart". In a copy of "The Radiator", (December 25, 1918 issue) is the most complete summary of life in the Ambulance Service. This 8pp issue of the official newspaper of the US Army Ambulance Service with the French Army contains a wealth of information in articles about day-to-day operations and life in the ambulance service, awards given, casualties and a history of the volunteer services, which were the forerunners of the U.S.A.A.S. in France. It includes statistics of casualties and life at 21 Rue Raynouard - headquarters for the men of the service from the time it was created as the AFS. The collection also tells the story of friendships, such as that with Robert Meacham, a fellow volunteer from Cleveland who is pictured with Platt and other ambulance drivers in a newspaper clipping, "Group of American Ambulance Drivers on the French Front Having a Special Holiday and Celebration, For Which the French Commander in That Sector Contributed a Case of Champagne". His own commitment to service is memorialized in a publication entitled "The Lifter" from the company back home that employed him. Many items in the collection tell the story of John's friendship with Coleman T. Clark, his friend from back home in Westfield. One of the promotional "Diary Section VIII American Ambulance Field Service" books is given "Compliments of Salter Storrs Clark, March 1917", Coleman's father. Cole also volunteered as an ambulance driver, but was not satisfied and became an "aspirant artillery officer" with the French army. He continued to write Platt, sending photographs of his placement at the front, postcards and letters, all part of this collection. He was killed in action on May 29, 1918 and a 30pp memorial program in the collection details his life on the front, his commitment and its origins. Sadly, inside the program is a clipping also announcing the later death of his brother S.S. Clark Jr., on Nov. 1, 1918. Much of Platt's time was spent in the area around Verdun and Platt kept his handwritten itinerary of where he was stationed, aid stations, hospitals, triage and the accompanying divisions. He also owned a copy of "Verdun And the Battles For Its Possession Illustrated Michelin Guides of the Battle-Fields" (1914-1918), which includes detailed battle maps and a history of Verdun, published when the war ended. Other captured photographs depict trench life in the bunkers of German soldiers attached to an artillery unit and several of captured German soldiers. Later in the
The Manchus

The Manchus, or the Reigning Dynasty of China: Their Rise and Progress

Ross, John A near fine copy of this scarce book and an intriguing copy, with a contemporary Japanese booksellers label "Jujiya Book Store, buying second hand books, #5 Yatozaka, Yokohama." There is also a Chinese red block stamp on the title page. Reverend John Ross (1842 - 1915), was a Scottish United Presbyterian Missionary to Northeast China. He was sent there in 1872, at that time known as Manchuria. The preface states the book the character of the locals and provides "an opportunity of judging contemporaneous Chinese, their actual character and their possible conduct." Besides being the founder of a church in . The author is best known for being the first to translate the bible into Korean. Ross went first to Yingkou, then to Mukden (the present-day Shenyang), establishing a church there in 1889. This church was called Dongguan Church (East Gate Church) because it was built just outside that gate, as Christian churches were not allowed within the city wall. It was rebuilt after the Boxer Rebellion. Several OCLC entries including OCLC 503710177 (2 copies, British Library); OCLC: 1151881051 (2 copies in Denmark); OCLC: 253997447 (State Library Berlin); OCLC: 458216929 at BNP, etc. A fine copy with no discernible detractions. Bright and clean with no hinge wear despite the bulkiness of the text. Thick 8vo, xxxii, 751pp; 2 maps: black & white frontispiece and line drawings throughout the text including full page illustrations. Publishers tan cloth covered boards, gilt title and Manchu portrait device in gilt on front board. Rare in the trade- RareBookHub cites two copies at auction, in 1908 & 1909.
Calli e Canali in Venezia

Calli e Canali in Venezia

Ongania, Ferd[inando]; Photography; Venice] "Venice is beyond the fancy of the wildest dreamer" states Dickens, echoing the love affair of many writers, artists and travelers across the centuries. The magnificent heliogravure plates in this homage to Venice features atmospheric images of the canals and calli (typical Venice small streets and alleys). Each image measures 9 x 13" and are rightly praised as "a joy to behold" (Parr & Badger I:19). The work was compiled by Ferdinando Ongania, who selected the unnamed photographers for the work. The stunning photographs surely deserved to have their creators named, but alas, they are not. The images evoke an idyllic 19th century world of gondolas on glittering canals, exquisite palaces and sunlit campos. They include Rio de Palazzo or de Canonica with the Ponte dei Sospiri, the Grand Canal, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mark, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducal, Rios di San Apolan and San Pietro di Castello, the Giudecca Canal, etc. Elephant folio, [1], pictorial title page,10pp text & 100 heliogravure plates. Introduction by the art critic Pompeo Molmenti (1852-1928). Half red morocco publishers binding, 6 raised bands with gilt title, red cloth boards. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Some light foxing at edges of the plates and rubbing on the edges of the boards and extremities. Small presentation inscription on the page between the ffep & title, "To F. & A.P. with sincerest good wishes from AR. January 11,1894". Text in Italian. Watson, Images of Italy 44-45.
The History of Putnam County

The History of Putnam County, N. Y.; with an Enumeration of its Towns, Villages, Rivers, Creeks, Lakes, Ponds, Mountains, Hills, and Geological Features; Local Traditions; and Short Biographical Sketches of Early Settlers, Etc.

Blake, William A scarce work on the smallest of New York State's counties, written by a Cold Spring lawyer. With sections pertaining to geology, roads & turnpikes, Revolutionary letters, Revolutionary pledge, Philipstown, Town of Putnam Valley, Town of Carmel, Town of Southeast, Town of Kent, Town of Patterson, and and Appendix. The appendix lists, among other items, the number of free male and female "colored", and the number of slaves (female, 1). With a long section on Philipstown, with a description of Cold Spring "The West Point Foundry, located here, has been the main cause of its flourishing condition; and within the last five years its building lots have doubled in value" (p159). Also with descriptions of Nelsonville, Break Neck, Bull Hill, St. Anthony's Face, Cat Hill, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Constitution Island, Under Cliff, the Robinson House, the Beverly Dock, etc. There is a detailed description of the West Point Foundry operation, including buildings, materials consumed, articles manufactured, the President and Vice President of the Association (Kemble, Parrott), and the efficiency of the plant: "In the blacksmith shop, the fire is not out of the furnaces for weeks; one gang of men working through the night until morning, when their places are supplied by another gang during the day." Sml 8vo, iv, [13]-368pp. Publisher's brown blind stamped cloth, nicely rebacked retaining the original gilt title and author. Small library blindstamp on title page. Otherwise pristine. Howes B-501; Nestler 1190; OCLC: 5878630.
Silk & Watercolor Embroidered Landscape; A Woman and Child Playing by the Pastor's Pond

Silk & Watercolor Embroidered Landscape; A Woman and Child Playing by the Pastor’s Pond

Women; Embroidery; Connecticut River Valley] This is the work of a gifted young woman, most likely based on an actual scene in New England. It is an accomplished painted and sewn composition of a mother handing an apple to her child playing on the bank of a pond. The surrounding countryside includes a large Georgian style 6 bay home with a New England church with tall steeple and a barn. A beautifully detailed willow tree employs four different stitches. The reflection of the buildings and trees in the pond is especially well done, with a three dimensional quality to the stitching on the banks. The large house is a Georgian style with a central doorway, two rows of six windows and two windows on a third floor central peak. The roof is a thatched roof, perhaps a copy of the actual roof, but likely an easier treatment to stitch than brick. The windows are rectangular, again, easier to stitch than an arch. This is the work of a gifted young woman, most likely based on an actual scene in New England. The stitches used include seed stitch, satin stitch and back stitch. Silk embroidered pictures became very fashionable in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and were taught at private girls schools and ladies' academies as an essential accomplishment. The subject matter was generally drawn from engravings illustrating history, the Bible, mythology or mourning compositions. The image was drawn onto the silk by the teacher or student and a linen border was sewn around the edge of the silk, then nailed or laced to a wooden frame to provide a taut surface for the needle worker. Once the embroidery was complete, the student, teacher or an itinerant artist called a "limner" would paint the faces and the background in watercolors and ink. (1) Although the artist is unknown, purchase records from Connecticut indicate the origin of the work may be the Connecticut River Valley, an important center for the teaching and production of embroidered pictures by women, when this image may have been executed. (2). 7 5/8 x 10 1/2", needle work visible; 14 x16" in archival frame. Silk thread, watercolor and ink on silk. In very good condition overall. A couple of light water lines, most likely caused by painting in the sky, some brown coloration in the silk near the willow. Possibly laid down. Please note: Due to the fragility of this work, the rear of the embroidered panel has not been exposed and inspected for clues as to provenance. (1) Huber, Carol; Huber, Stephen; Schoelwer, Susan P.; Lansing, Amy Kurtz. (2011) With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroider from the Connecticut River Valley, 1740-1840. Old Lyme: Florence Griswold Museum. p. 20 (2) Ibid. p. 8.