1783 CENTENNIAL SOUVENIR. 1883. A JAPANESE NAPKIN, PRESENTED BY H.G. PARKE, CHINA, JAPAN AND EAST INDIA DEPOT. ORIENTAL FANCY GOODS. NO. 186 FRONT STREET, (NEAR FULTON FERRY) NEW YORK[Washington, George] Printed, decorative, illustrated broadside, with a variety of typefaces. A few light fox spots, trimmed closely to the border. Very Good. Illustration of "Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, N.Y. Where as Commander-in-Chief he delivered his farewell address to the Army in front of the same." 8-1/2" x 11-1/2." Decorative border on yellow paper depicting roses, birds, insects, and grapes. Very Good. The broadside commemorates General Washington's famous rebuttal to his officers' petition advocating mutiny for Congress's failure to award them back pay. OCLC 1274231733 [1- DLC] as of September 2023.
CITY OF NEW-YORK, &. ESQ; MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW-YORK. TO THE SHERIFF, CONSTABLES, AND OTHER HER MAJESTYS OFFICERS WITHIN THE SAID CITY, GREETING. KNOW YE, THAT I HAVE LICENSED, AND BY THESE PRESENTS DO LISCENCE —– OF THE CITY AFORESAID, TO SELL WINE, BEER, BRANDY, RUM, SYDER, OR ANY OTHER SORTS OF STRONG LIQUORS BY RETAIL. . . IN WITNESS WHEREOF I HAVE HEREUNTO SUBSCIRBED MY NAME, AND CAUSED THE COMMON SEAL OF THE SAID CITY TO BE AFFIXED THE — DAY OF — IN THE — YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVERAIGN LADY, ANNE, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &C. ANNOQ; DOMINI ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND —[New York City Tavern License] Broadside, oblong 11-1/2" x 7-1/4." Printed blank form, variety of typefaces and styles. Light wear. Blanks not filled in. Very Good. The licensed tavern keeper promises to "maintain good Rule and Order, and not use or suffer any unlawful Games or Meetings in said house. . ." This is an early New York City printing. "The final lines of the form date the printing to the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714), during which time William Bradford was the only working printer in New York". We locate a few copies of this form at only a few institutions; it is unrecorded in the usual bibliographies. OCLC 783452540 [1- NYHS], 934498870 [1- Case Western], 191822974 [4- NYPL, LCP, Brown, MTSU] as of September 2023. Not in Evans, Bristol, Shipton & Mooney, ESTC, or at AAS.
LETTERS OF FRIENDSHIP TO THOSE CLERGYMEN WHO HAVE LATELY RENOUNCED COMMUNION WITH THE MINISTERS AND CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN GENERAL, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND RECENT EXAMPLES[Huntington, Joseph] 134pp. "By Joseph Huntington D.D." written in neat ink beneath the title. Ezra Stiles's copy, with inscription at head of title: "To Revd E. Stiles. Nov. 23 1780." Several learned marginal notes by Stiles, with some text underlined. Stitched and untrimmed. Lacking the final blank. Closed tear at leaf 89-90 with slight text loss. Last several leaves with significant margin tears and loss of several letters. Hence Good only. "In response to Stephen West's Vindication of the principles and conduct of the church in Stockbridge, concerning the excommunication of Mrs. Fisk by an ecclesiastical council convened at Stockbridge. Attributed to Joseph Huntington in Dexter's Yale graduates" [ESTC] John Fisk had been a military officer and was now a school teacher in Stockbridge. He wooed and won the Widow Deane. Widow Deane's church warned her not to marry Fisk, whom it deemed an immoral character, primarily because of his barnyard [or military camp] language. Remorseful, Fisk sought pardon; nevertheless the church was unswayed by his purported repentance. The widow Deane went ahead and married him anyway-- she was promptly excommunicated at Stockbridge. Stephen West wrote a pamphlet in vindication of the excommunication. Huntington disagrees, saying the Church and Council seek "to debar mankind from the plain, common right they have of chusing those companions which they like best, and which they judge will be the greatest blessings and comforts to them." Writing during the American Revolution, Huntington compares such dictatorial behavior to that of "the British Ministry." FIRST EDITION. Evans 16804. Trumbull 888. ESTC W13558.
AN ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, THE 3D DAY OF NEXT JUNE, IN THE SECOND GRAND DIVISION, FOR AN ASSOCIATE JUSTICE AND FOR CLERK OF THE SUPREME COURT. . . YOU ARE AWARE THAT THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENTS OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT ARE ALREADY IN THE HANDS OF THE RADICALS. THE JUDICIARY ALONE HAS, SO FAR, ESCAPED THEIR DOMINATION, AND INTERPOSE THE ONLY BARRIER TO THEIR REVOLUTIONARY AND DISORGANIZING SCHEMESMcClernand, John A. Broadside, 5" x 8." Dated in typescript "Springfield, Ill., May 14, 1867. In handwriting at top margin: "Confidential." Addressed in ink handwriting to "Hon. James M. Epler." McClernand signs in type as Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee. Old horizontal folds, Near Fine. McClernand, now the Chair of the Illinois Democratic Central Committee, was Lincoln's contemporary. A Democratic Congressman, he was an ally of another Illinois politician, Stephen A. Douglas. As a Civil War general, a rank he gained largely through political maneuvering, he was considered incompetent and relieved of command in June 1863. After the War, McClernand was a leading opponent of Congressional Reconstruction. Here he warns that, if Democrats do not halt Republican inroads, "the fault will be ours, the spirit of lawlessness may be stimulated to still greater boldness, the Judiciary may be converted into a party engine, and the calamities which now distract the country may be rendered more grievous."
HUNTER-ARMSTRONG TRAGEDY. THE GREAT TRIAL. CONVICTION OF BENJ. F. HUNTER, FOR THE MURDER OF JOHN M. ARMSTRONG. HUNTER SECURES INSURANCE POLICIES ON THELIFE OF ARMSTRONG AMOUNTING TO $26,000, AND LAYS A PLOT TO MURDER HIM. HIS TOOL, TOM GRAHAM, WEAKENS AFTER STRIKING THE FIRSWT BLOW, AND THE CHIEF INSTIGATOR FINISHES THE AWFUL WORK. THIS BOOK CONTAINS THE ONLY LIKENESSES OF HUNTER, GRAHAM, AND ARMSTRONG[Hunter, Benjamin F.] Original printed and illustrated front wrapper [lightly spotted and worn; rear wrapper absent]. Stitched. , 19-91, [3- publ. advts] pp. Stitched. Illustrations. Good+. A typically lurid Barclay production. "Hunter had lost $7,000 when he invested in Armstrong's music-publishing company. Thinking to turn his loss into a profit, he insured Armstrong's life for $25,000. With a hired assistant, Tom Graham, he enticed Armstrong to Camden, New Jersey, and there bashed his head in with an ax which he had carefully marked with the initials of another man to throw suspicion on him. Though he remained unconscious, Armstrong survived, and Hunter, calling at his home, hastened his death by tearing the bandages from his head. Graham confessed and Hunter was convicted and hanged, and he was actually hanged by hand" [McDade]. McDade 494.
JEMMY & NANCY, OR THE YARMOUTH TRAGEDY; SHEWING HOW, BY THE AVARICIOUSNESS AND CRUELTY OF PARENTS, TWO FAITHFUL LOVERS WHERE [sic] DESTROYED[Poetry] 8pp. Illustrated title page. Expert restoration of an old horizontal fold split. Text remains visible. Good+. This Baltimore edition of an oft-printed story of thwarted love, under several variant titles, is not on OCLC or American Imprints, or at AAS [which owns a Troy NY 1801 copy].
[Constitution] Pages 615-674 pp, as issued. The U.S. Constitution is printed at pages 659-665, in Very Good condition. Frontis folding meteorological table; folding plate of the Virginia Natural Bridge; full-page plate after page 654. Disbound, a few fox spots, else Very Good. This exceptionally early printing of the U.S. Constitution, ratified by the Convention at Philadelphia on 17 September 1787, is likely its first periodical printing. It was preceded by a broadside printing and a newspaper printing. John Quincy Adams's Harvard commencement address, his first published writing, is also printed. I Mott 94-99. Evans 20280. Wilbur T. Roberts: "They Printed the Declaration and the Constitution," in THE MENTOR, July 1928, pp.52-54. Leonard A. Rapport, "Printing the Constitution," in PROLOGUE: THE JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, Fall 1970, pp.69-89.
NEW-ENGLAND’S MEMORIAL: OR, A BRIEF RELATION OF THE MOST MEMORABLE AND REMARKABLE PASSAGES OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, MANIFESTED TO THE PLANTERS OF NEW-ENGLAND IN AMERICA: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE FIRST COLONY THEREOF, CALLED NEW-PLYMOUTH. PUBLISHED FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS, BY NATHANIEL MORTON, SECRETARY TO THE COURT FOR THE JURISDICTION OF NEW-PLYMOUTHMorton, Nathaniel viii, 208 + 6-pages of subscriber's names (of 8, lacking the final subscriber leaf). Flaw at page 119 affects several words. Lightly toned, contemporary paneled sheep [somewhat shaken, with a few early leaves loosened. Good+. Third American edition, and the first to be printed in Rhode Island. The prefatory "To the Reader," dated 26 March 1669 by John Higginson and Thomas Thacher, recommends the book as the work of "an approved godly man, and one of the first Planters at Plymouth." Morton was a nephew of Governor Bradford and Secretary to the General Court of Massachusetts. Morton dedicates it to Thomas Prince, "Governour of the Jurisdiction of New-Plimouth," and "the Magistrates, his Assistants in the said Government." "This book is one of the class commonly referred to as 'the cornerstones' of early New England history. It was the first strictly historical publication issued by the New England press, and brings the history of the colony down to 1668. The work is arranged in chronological order, and is filled with particulars of the greatest interest. The voyage of the Mayflower is given in detail, as is also the story of the landing and first settlement of the Pilgrims. The text is interspersed with several elegiac poems, epitaphs, and acrostics" [Church]. ESTC W13885. Howes M851. Evans 12469. Church 606.
SECOND ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF THE RHIZOMIAN SOCIETY, JUNE 11TH, 1860. SANTA CLARA. ORGANIZED NOVEMBER 26TH, 1858Rhizomian Society Octavo leaf, folded to  pp, each page 5" x 7-3/8." Printed in several different typefaces on rectos only. At head of title is the motto: "Animus Incorruptus, aeturnus, rector humani generis est." Lightly foxed, else Very Good. Research does not disclose anything about this oddly named Society. "Rhizome" suggests that the Society had utopian aspirations, emphasizing the relatedness of all beings and matter. Page 3 prints the "Order of Exercises": music, prayer, a benediction, and several essays: "Progress of Literature and Science" by J.W. Linn; "Agitation" by John Zuck; "National Destiny" by James Munsell; "Duty of the Strong to the Weak by J.W. Brier; and "Moral Grandeur" by H.H. Daugherty. Not located in Sabin, Rocq, Greenwood, Drury, OCLC, or the online sites of the Library of Congress, AAS, and University of California as of October 2023.
THE GREAT SIN AND DANGER OF STRIVING WITH GOD. A SERMON PREACHED AT WETHERSFIELD, DECEMBER 13TH, 1782. AT THE FUNERAL OR MRS. LYDIA BEADLE, WIFE OF THE LATE WILLIAM BEADLE, AND THEIR FOUR CHILDREN, WHO WERE ALL MURDERED BY HIS OWN HANDS ON THE MORNING OF THE 11TH INSTANT. . . TO WHICH IS ANNEXED A LETTER, FROM A GENTLEMAN IN WETHERSFIELD TO HIS FRIEND, CONTAINING A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF WILLIAM BEADLE, (SO FAR AS IT IS KNOWN) AND THE PARTICULARS OF THE MASSACRE OF HIMSELF AND FAMILY38, [1- publ. advt], [1 blank] pp. Stitched. Lightly foxed and toned. Very Good. Contemporary ownership signatures of Stephen W. Clark and [more elaborately and frequently] Philip Curtis. Beadle, of Wethersfield, "killed his wife and four children, and then committed suicide. Beadle, a respected merchant in the community, had suffered great financial loss as the result of the collapse of paper money. He became depressed, and unable to bear the embarrassment of poverty, decided on suicide, taking his family's lives as well to prevent their suffering. He had considered these acts for three years, and had made three previous attempts, which he aborted because he lacked a direct command from God" [Cohen]. The Sermon first issued from Hartford in 1783. Ours is the only other 18th century printing. The Wethersfield Historical Society has a long essay on the Beadle murders. McDade 76. Evans 21216. Cohen 3923. ESTC W12528.[6 locations].
THE SENTINEL. SEMI-WEEKLY. “I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT THAN PRESIDENT” – – HENRY CLAY. VOL. I. NO. 65. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1867Elephant folio sheet, folded to  pp, each page 17" x 21-1/2." Each page printed in six columns. Old folds, with occasional minor effect on text. Light foxing. Good+. This issue of the Sentinel prints, in five and one half columns on the first page, President Johnson's Message vetoing the bill to extend the suffrage to Negroes in the District of Columbia. The bill is not "necessary to enable persons of color to protect either their interests or their rights." For they already "possess the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property." Also printed is a long letter from David Swain, former governor and now President of the University of North Carolina. Swain had declined office in the Confederate government, and assisted in arranging the General Joe Johnston's surrender to Sherman. His letter explains his opposition to proposed Test Oaths. Other political news is reported, with heartfelt opposition to ongoing Reconstruction.
Broadside print, 14" x 19" [by sight], in a contemporary frame. Twenty-Nine oval portraits of American Methodist preachers, including African-American preacher Francis Burns. A central vignette of "Pioneer Preacher" John Wesley riding a horse into a small village where rural citizens await him in front of a log cabin. Light dusting and minor spotting, Very Good. Reverend Francis Burns was the "first Black bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Elected in 1858, he served as a missionary bishop in Liberia. His rise to ministry and the episcopate happened against a background of American racism, colonialism, and imperialism. His early life was spent in Greene County, NY. His family was poor, and at the age of four he was indentured to a farmer. At age eight, he was indentured to the Atwood family. Mrs. Atwood was a Methodist class leader. She permitted Francis to attend school with her children during the winter season" [article on Burns at online UMC web site]. From the Smithsonian's description: "This black and white print contains twenty-nine small oval portraits of leaders of American Methodists and five vignettes. The vignettes are of John Wesley rescued from a burning building; Wesley preaching on the tombstone of his father; Old John Street Church, New York; Tremont Street Methodist Church, Boston; and Pioneer Preacher (the central vignette). . . This print was produced by the artist L. Hollis and lithographer John Chester Buttre. John Chester Buttre (1821-1893) was an American steel-plate engraver, lithographer and publisher. He first studied drawing in his hometown of Auburn, New York, and moved to New York City in 1841. He produced thousands of engraved portraits of American political and military figures, which he published in a three-volume work entitled The American Portrait Gallery. Nothing is known about artist L. Hollis." OCLC 499459544 [1- AAS]. Copies also noted at Smithsonian and Library of Congress.