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Twenty-three Unused Surviving Double-Page Etchings in an Album.

Twenty-three Unused Surviving Double-Page Etchings in an Album.

Pacinotti, Luigi Pacinotti, Luigi. Twenty-three Etchings in an Album. Unused Surviving Illustrations Intended for Meccanica architettonica e industriale con regole pratiche per le costruzioni, e per l'uso delle macchine, di Luigi Paccinotti, Prof. Di Fisica Technologica e di Meccanica Sperimentale nell'I. R. Università di Pisa. Bologna: Calcografia di Giovanni Zecchi; Incisori: P. Romagnoli, Casanova, F. Zecchi, B. Rosaspina; [1845]. Presumed first edition of these etchings. The untrimmed sheets measure 28 cm x 38 cm. Luigi Pacinotti (1807 – 1889) was Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Pisa 1831 – 1840, when he then moved to the Chair of Technological Physics. With the exception of a slight printing defect on the recto of Tav. IV, the condition of these illustrations is fine. This stain does not affect the legibility of the image as it measures only 1.5 cm. The book is a bound album in marbled paper boards with a repaired vellum spine and corners. There is a three-word annotation on the lower backstrip in ink, in Italian. 29 cm x 21 cm. Meccanica industriale: Tav. I: Introduzione, P. Romagnoli, Incisore; Tav. II: Disegno di macchine, Casanova, Incisore; Tav. III: Centro di gravità, C. Casanova, Incisore; Tav. IV: Macchine semplici, Casanova, Incisore; Tav. V: Macchine semplici, Casanova, Incisore; Tav. VI: Motori animati, P. Romagnoli, Incisore; Tav. VII: Motori animati, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. VIII: Vento; Molle, P. Romagnoli, Incisore; Tav. IX: Ruote, Idrauliche, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. X: Aqua, Ruote Idrauliche, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XI: Ruote Idrauliche, Trombe, Stampata nella Calcografia di Giovanni Zecchi in Bologna; senza firma; Tav. XII: Aqua, Macchine a Colonna d'Acqua, Trottola, F. Zecchi; Tav. XIII: Macchine Idrauliche, P. Romagnoli, Incisore; Tav. XIV: Machine [sic] Idrauliche, B. Rosaspina, Incisore; Tav. XV: Ruote idrauliche – Organi meccanici, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XVI: Organi meccanici, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XVII: Trasmissione del Moto. Ingranaggio, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XVIII: Organi Meccanici, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XIX: Organi Meccanici, B. Rosaspina Incisore; Tav. XX: Organi Meccanici, B. Rosaspina Incisore; Tav. XXI: Macchine d'Agricoltura, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XXII: Mestieri, F. Zecchi, Incisore; Tav. XXIII: Macchine Metallurgiche, F. Zecchi, Incisore.
Bryant’s Opera House 23rd Street

Bryant’s Opera House 23rd Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues, (Nearly Opposite Booth’s Theatre.) Eighteenth Season of the World-Famous Bryant’s Minstrels Organized 1857.

Bryant, Dan Bryant's Opera House 23rd Street, Between 6th & 7th Avenues, (Nearly Opposite Booth's Theatre.) Eighteenth Season of the World-Famous Bryant's Minstrels Organized 1857. The Felicity Will Eventuate at 8 O'Clock, With the Following Programme. Part First.—Soiree d'Ethiope. Jubilee Concert, Tin-Pan-O-Ni-On Introducing the Great Burlesque Prima Donna EUGENE. Part Second. --- Varieties. The Mutton Trial! Unsworth in His Original Banjo Songs. Fooling With the Wrong Man! Violin Solo, "The Dream," Descriptive of a Person Dreaming of Music, J. B. Donniker. The performance will conclude with Unsworth and Eugene's Spectacular Fairy Burlesque Opera of CINDERELLA OR THE FAIRY AND THE LITTLE GLASS SLIPPER. Broadside, 30 cm x 15 cm. Dan Bryant, manager, Bob Hart, Stage Director, Karl Steele, Musical Director. New York: Printed by Metropolitan Job Printing and Engraving Establishment, Herald Building, Broadway and Ann St., N.Y. [1875]. Enormously popular in New York City, Dan Bryant became a famous blackface performer in the 1860s for his pejorative representations of "the negro peculiarities," which were recorded during the Civil War as "extravagant caricatures" of normal behavior by Union Army correspondents who observed African-American people for the first time during the war, rather Dan Bryant's impersonations of African-American people were representative of how he thought they should act and behave. (See: The Journal of the Civl War, Vol. 4, Number 4, December 2014, Peter C. Leubke, "Equal to Any Minstrel Concert I Ever Attended at Home," Union Soldiers and Blackface Performance in the Civil War South," p.527.) (See also: Bryant's Power of Music; Being a Collection of All the Latest and Best Sentimental and Negro Songs, etc., as Sung by the Inimitable Bryant's Minstrels. New York: Robert De Witt, Publisher, Frankfort Street, 1867, p. vii.) Dan Bryant was the stage name of Dan O'Neill, one of three brothers, Jerry, Dan and Neil O'Neill, who performed as the Bryant Brothers. Among the songs performed in 1875 at the event recorded on the broadside that are still heard today was Hart Pease Dank's "Silver Threads Among the Gold," (sung by W. Raymond) billed on this broadside as "new." Other songs offered as the Soiree d'Ethiope were: "When the Moon with Glory Brightens" (sung by A.H. Pelham); "Perhaps and Mishaps" (sung by Nelse Seymour); "Hard Times Come Again No More" (S.C. Foster, by request, sung by Chas. Templeton); a Comic Ditty, "Get Aboard, Little Children," sung by Dan Bryant. "Unsworth" was James Unsworth (July 2, 1835 – February 21, 1875) joined Bryant's Minstrels in 1858. Unsworth left and rejoined Bryant's Minstrels several times, as he toured with other companies both in America and England. (See: Monarchs of Minstrelsy from "Daddy" Rice to Date by Edw. LeRoy Rice. New York: Kenny Publishing Company, 1911, pp. 107-108.) Situated in what was known as "Satan's Circus," in the area between Fifth and Seventh Avenues from 23rd Street to 31st Street, Bryant's Opera House was opened in 1870 as one of the few remaining minstrel houses in Manhattan, home of the infamous blackface group Bryant's Minstrels, which were organized in 1857. This group enjoyed top billing as the main draw on this broadside with the first part of the program billed as Dan Bryant's "Soiree D'Ethiope." The condition of this broadside is very good, having been expertly cleaned and tape stains reduced, washed to reduce acidity and sized with gelatin to restore crispness and resilience to the paper. Minor cracks on the top edge that were starting were mended on the verso and thereby arrested to prevent them becoming any larger.
Cheapest Eating in Albany

Cheapest Eating in Albany, at the Model Coffee Room (in the City Mission Building,) Cor. Rensselaer and Franklin Streets.

Temperance Bill of Fare [Model Coffee Room, Albany, New York, Temperance Bill of Fare, circa 1878] Cheapest Eating in Albany, at the Model Coffee Room (in the City Mission Building,) Cor. Rensselaer and Franklin Streets. The neatest dining room in the city, attentive waiters, clean food of the best quality, no rum, but the MOST DELICIOUS COFFEE. An illustrated card, with a lithograph of the City Mission Building on the recto and the "Bill of Fare" on the verso. 7.5 cm x 13 cm. Advertising "good meals from 6 to 21 cents" and "open at all hours," the bill of fare included a Sirloin or Porter House Steak for 20 cents. Liquor and tobacco were not sold. Smoking was not permitted. This rare surviving illustrated menu for the Model Coffee Room in Albany New York's Mission Building shows wear expected for its age and use. It has been cleaned and one edge and corner expertly mended. Described by H. P. Phelps in 1884 as "… a neat eating room, free from all bar-room influences, and where food is supplied at very low rates. Good meals from 6 to 25 cents. Coffee 3 cents." See: H. P. Phelps, The Albany Handbook, a Stranger's Guide and a Resident's Manual. Albany" Brandow & Barton, 1884. See also: The Albany Directory for the Year 1878, Containing a Directory of the Citizens, a Business Directory, Record of the City Government Its Institutions &c., &c. Albany: Sampson and Davenport, June 1, 1878, p. 354.
New York City Deed Dated December 24

New York City Deed Dated December 24, 1696.

Tinehoven, Luke and Sampson Benson New York City Deed Dated December 24, 1696. A Manuscript document in English recording a transfer of ownership from Luke van Thinehoven, a surgeon, to Sampson Benson for a lot situated on Smith Street, owned by van Thinehoven and sold to Sampson Benson. Ink on paper, 41.5 cm x 33 cm, with ink annotations on the verso. The property located as: "… a certain parcel of ground situate lying and being In a Certain Street within the Citty of New York called smith street bounded west by the said street North by the ground of Henry Jellise west by the Land of Stephen van Courtland, and south by the Latt of Land of Gerrit Burge Containning in breadth in the front to the said street twenty five foot, North in length one Hundred six foot six inches, east in Breadth twenty foot and South in length one Hundred and five foot and six inches…". Sampson Benson is recorded in this document with the anglicized spelling of his family name and with an added "p". The original Swedish spelling was "Bensingh." Samson Benson's father emigrated from Sweden to Groningen, Netherland, and from there to the New Netherland. Sam[p]son Benson was born 04 July 1652 and married Tryntje Van Deusen (Benson). Smith Street began below Wall Street, where William Street intersected with Wall Street. Smith Street is found on the Carwitham Plan dated 1730, as well as on the Plan of the City of New York published in The New York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1789. See: Augustyn and Cohen, Manhattan Maps 1527-2014. The condition of this remarkable document has been much improved with conservation, which included the removal of adhesive tape, the mending of tears, the thorough dry cleaning, mending and the careful preservation of the red wax seals from the reign of William III.
Know all Men by these Presents

Know all Men by these Presents, That [William Quarrel of Lancaster County in the province of Pennsylvania, Shopkeeper am] firmly bound unto [Alexander Bartram of Philadelphia Merchant] in the sum of [Eighty six pounds] lawful money

John Dunlap, Printer [John Dunlap, Printer] Know all Men by these Presents, That [William Quarrel of Lancaster County in the province of Pennsylvania, Shopkeeper am] firmly bound unto [Alexander Bartram of Philadelphia Merchant] in the sum of [Eighty six pounds] lawful money … A printed form, used in Colonial America for a written record of a bond between agreeing parties. 33.5 cm x 20.5 cm with "Printed by John Dunlap" at the top of the form, hand annotations in ink on heavy laid paper, dated September 6, 1775. A loan agreement between William Quarell, a shopkeeper borrowed eighty-six pounds from Allexander [sic] Bartram. The loan was made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the sum of eighty-six pounds sterling, forty-three pounds of which was repayable with "lawful interest" on November 1, 1776, witnessed to by James Mercer and John Post. Alexander Bartram was a loyalist pottery manufacturer who fled to New York 1n 1778 with the British, following the British occupation of Philadelphia. We know about Alexander Bartram from his wife, Jane Bartram, who remained behind when her husband fled, from her compensation for loyalty claim made in 1787 to John Antsey, a fact finder for the Royal Commission. A Quaker from the Gwynedd Friends' community, she was orphaned in childhood and stepped out of obscurity only when she became estranged from her husband after eleven years of marriage and fought to survive as an independent woman born in America and determined in her loyalty to the Revolutionary Cause. Her quest for legal administrative relief for herself and her son left a record which documents her struggle to recover assets and improve the desperate circumstances Alexander Bartram left her in when he fled first to New York, and later, to Halifax. Alexander Bartram emigrated from England to Philadelphia in 1764, and he was recorded as living in Philadelphia's Middle Ward in 1767, where he maintained a shop in Market Street. He imported dry goods, china and pottery for retail in a "cash only" business. He made a quantified estimate of his losses at 10,000 pounds, due in large part to land and businesses he owned in other places. He was described in 1775 by Joseph Galloway, the Superintendent of the Philadelphia Police, as he "was considered a thriving man, and of good credit in Philadelphia, he kept a shop, he must be worth some money." In 1770, he confessed to having broken the Non-Importation Agreements. In June 1777, Bartram was imprisoned by the Whigs but escaped. In his absence, his wife, Jane Bartram seized the opportunity of his absence to step out of economic obscurity, accusing her husband of desertion in a divorce petition dated 1785, as he had sailed for New York with Sir Henry Clinton on June 18, 1778. Alexander Bartram's goods may have been the first to be confiscated in Philadelphia, but despite this added hardship, his wife was able to maintain her residence in Philadelphia for herself and one child, James Alexander Bartram. Jane Bartram, was by surviving accounts, out-spoken about her adherence to and belief in the principles of Revolutionary America. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. CXV, No. 2 (April 1991). John Dunlap (1747-1812) is best remembered in American printing history for the first printing of the Declaration of Independence. Coming to America as a boy, he was apprenticed to his uncle, William Dunlap, a printer and bookseller in Philadelphia. Holding a lucrative contract with the Continental Congress, Dunlap prospered as a printer and also later served as an officer in the Revolution, rising to the rank of Major. John Dunlap also prospered from the purchase of loyalist property from persons who refused to take the loyalty oaths, which Dunlap printed. Condition: This document has undergone a surface cleaning to remove superficial and ground-in dirt. Tears were reinforced, and other weak areas were also reinforced with minimal application of mulberry paper with wheat starch paste. The two halves were rejoined. The document was then flattened after humidification between blotters.


Earle, Alice Morse [Presentation and Association Copy, Extra-Illustrated by E. L. HENRY.] Earle, Alice Morse STAGE-COACH AND TAVERN-DAYS. The Macmillian Company, New York: 1905. Presumed fourth printing, 449 pages, 23cm, extra-illustrated presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the painter-book illustrator, E(dward) L(amson) Henry (1841-1919): "To Mrs Marie L. Hewlett, E. L. Henry April 1913." Also, the five full-page illustrations reproducing Henry's paintings are signed by him, as well as the publisher's frontispiece, which is also retouched; in addition, five photographic prints of Henry's paintings have been pasted in, four are signed and hand-colored by him. They are: at p.173 untrimmed, untitled, and unsigned, showing the original painting tacked to the easel; at p. 178 retouched with graphite and watercolor, titled and signed, "July 1760 A Reception at 'Stenton' near Phila. The Home of James Logan, Secty. to Wm. Penn"; at p. 243 retouched with graphite and watercolor, titled and signed, "Waiting for the Ferryman"; at p. 255 retouched with graphite and watercolor, titled and signed, "The Floating Bridge Across the Schuylkill, Phila. and the 'Stage Wagon' of 1790"; and, at p. 324 a retouched cyanotype, titled and signed "Here Comes the Stage." Also, the front fly-leaf is signed and dated by noted New Jersey photographer-historian Elizabeth G.C. Menzies, a later owner, in November 1966. Top edge gilt, beige cloth, front cover stamped with orange and black replica of an old inn sign. Spine faded and one corner bumped, but still a beautiful and tight copy, one believed to have been especially prepared for Mrs. Hewlett by E. L. Henry.
Menu from Restaurant Schaurté in the Monopol-Hotel

Menu from Restaurant Schaurté in the Monopol-Hotel, Berlin for Dinner, June 16, 1900.

Schaurté, Louis Schaurté, Louis. Menu from Restaurant Schaurté in the Monopol-Hotel, Berlin for Dinner, June 16, 1900. Printed on mulberry paper, 27.5 cm x 19.7 cm, the menu depicts a Japanese scene of three Japanese women in formal traditional Japanese attire and two children similarly attired with a black-and-white cat in the foreground playing with a ball. The branches of a potted blooming tree frame the dinner menu, the courses of which are offered at a price of five marks. Across the top of the menu, in the branches of the tree, are mounted five cancelled nineteenth century Japanese postage stamps. Known for his "patriotic offerings" Schaurté (1851 – 1934) also ran restaurants in the Reichstag building. The Hotel Monopol was situated at 99-100 Friedrichstraße, at the Friedrichstraße Station. In The Gourmet's Guide to Europe by Lieut.-Col. Newnham-Davis and Algernon Bastard, London: Grant Richards, 1903, p. 145, Schaurté's restaurant got a very good endorsement both for quality and price, ranking it at the top of Berlin restaurants. This menu for dinner on June 16, 1900 may have been designed to show solidarity with the Japanese Ambassador to China, Baron Nishi, whose chancellor, Sugiyama Akira, was murdered on June 11, by the Boxers in Peking during the infamous uprising. The German Ambassador to China, Baron von Ketteler, was also attacked and killed. (Baron von Ketteler was married to the daughter of H. B. Ledyard, President of the Michigan Central Railroad.) See: The World, June 16, 1900, front page headlines, and The Evening Tmes of Washington, June 16, 1900, front page. Slight creasing on the left side, with a few browning spots, otherwise a very good and rare surviving menu from the best restaurant in Berlin.


Guido Podrecca and Gabrielle Galantara Guido Podrecca and Gabrielle Galantara. L'ASINO È IL POPOLO: UTILE, PAZIENTE E BASTONATO. Roma: Via del Tritone, 132, Anno XXIII, N. 33, 16 Agosto 1914 – No. 52, 27 Dicembre 1914; Anno XXIV, N. 1, 3 Gennaio 1915 – N. 33, 15 Agosto 1915. Year XXIV numbers 18 – 33 were printed on Via Principe Umberto, 46, Roma. Fifty-three consecutive issues are offered here. Each copy measures 37 cm x 27 cm, 8 pages, front and back covers are full-page color illustrations signed "Rata Langa" by Gabrielle Galantara (1865-1937) the principal cartoonist for L'Asino. Started in Rome by Guido Podrecca, as an anarchist publication, this weekly was shut down by the Italian Fascist Party in 1925, when its founder, Podrecca, converted to fascism. The motto on the masthead, "L'ASINO È IL POPOLO: UTILE, PAZIENTE E BASTONATO" described not only the intended readership but also the plight of the long-suffering common man: "The Ass is the people: hardworking, patient and mistreated." This collection of illustrated weekly papers covers the period just after the outbreak of World War I (July 28, 1914) when Italy was still neutral. Italy revoked its alliance with the Central Powers and entered the war on May 23, 1915 and joined the Allies. Issue 4 of January 1915 has a front cover showing the working man sweeping the crowned heads of the belligerents from their thrones. The caption under the image is: "Il terremoto che occorrerebbe per liberare l'umanità." Translated: "The earthquake that struck to liberate humanity." See: James J. Periconi, Strangers in a Strange Land, pp.104-106