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Short-Hand for the People: Being a Comprehensive System of Stenography, Founded on a New Principle . . . to Which is Added, Short Arithmetic, Equally Simple, Easy, and Swift.

Leonard, S. W. Cheltenham: Published, for the Author, by John Lovesy, 1838. First edition.. Cloth sunned, head and foot of the spine somewhat frayed; a very good copy.. 12mo, original blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt lettering, 50 pages. 10 plates (including four folding plates). He [the author] was first led to a consideration of the subject by having another work in contemplation, and feeling the want of a more rapid mode of committing to paper those evanescent ideas which are seldom so happily expressed as at the moment in which they are conceived. He often found that, before the pen could trace the first sentence, that moment had flown forever." An uncommon novel shorthand system, intended to allow a writer to capture the speed of their own thought. Pitman's History of Shorthand (4th ed., [1918]), with the expected air of a mainstream critic who has waded through any number of idiosyncratic home-grown shorthand schemes, notes that the "system is one which certainly would be found by very few persons beside its inventor, capable of general application in the ordinary occurrences of life when writing is required. . . . [The] system is rendered at once brief and indefinite in the writing and reading. It never could, by any adaptation of its principles, become a 'shorthand for the people.'" Printed by George Wood in Bath. Contemporary signature on the verso of the front free endpaper. Damp-stain to several leaves (of some substantial spread on the first two leaves).
  • $250
The Excellency of the Female Character Vindicated; Being an Investigation Relative to the Cause and Effects of the Encroachment of Men upon the Rights of Women

The Excellency of the Female Character Vindicated; Being an Investigation Relative to the Cause and Effects of the Encroachment of Men upon the Rights of Women, and the Too Frequent Degradation and Consequent Misfortunes of the Fair Sex. Printed from the Second Edition. By the Author of the “Beauties of Philanthropy.

[FEMALE CHARACTER]. [Branagan, Thomas]. Harrisburg [Penna.]: Printed by Francis Wyeth, 1828. Original calf spine, marbled boards, 6.75 x 4.25 inches, 280 [i.e. 279] pages. With the half-title reading, "Printed for the Subscribers. Third Improved Edition." Stated third edition. The Irish-born slaver-turned-abolitionist here gathers a series of miscellaneous essays and verses on the status of women; he includes a short chapter on the perils of fiction, though he offsets this somewhat with a three page collection of biographical sketches of "Contemporary Female Genius," 24 authors ranging from Barbauld to Burney, with a note as well of Miss Herschell [sic]—though on first glance, Branagan does not seem to have found any specimens of American female literary genius. First published in New York in 1807 and Philadelphia in 1808; the reasons for the optimism to publish this subscription edition at this later day remain (to this cataloger at least) unclear, though a lapse of copyright may have likely had something to do with it; this publication also would have been an early production from the press of Francis Wyeth (1806-1893), published shortly after he had graduated from Jefferson College and taken over the press from his father, John Wyeth. (See the online Pennsylvania history website of historian Norman Gasbarro, which cites Wyeth's obituary.) American Imprints 32462. Spine rather dried, somewhat rubbed and cracked; some light rubbing to the edges of the boards; a bit toned; a very good copy.
  • $250
Extensive commonplace anthology of verse from American and English poets.

Extensive commonplace anthology of verse from American and English poets.

[COMMONPLACE]. [N. p., but Rhode Island?, ca. 1840]. Blank book in black half sheep and marbled boards, 9.88 x 7.75 inches, [2], 195 [i.e., 196] pages, including 8 leaves inserted with wax wafers and numbered consecutively. An extensive anthology of verse, with a substantial portion devoted to the deaths of infants and children; the anthologist draws on noted poets like Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Bernard Barton, N. P. Willis (his lengthy poem, "The Leper"), and Leigh Hunt (in the poem addressed to his young son, "T.L.H., SIx Years Old, During Sickness"), with a few verses for children (such as Jane Taylor's uncredited "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star"), and some deep cuts like the Rhode Island Quaker author Avis Howland. A few verses have been crossed out in contemporary ink; these few canceled examples tend toward what might be deemed vulgar or popular—an Irish lament, or Samuel Woodworth's "The Bucket." Laid in is a contemporary fair copy of Macaulay's riddle beginning, "Cut off my head and singular I am," etc. Given the provenance of this commonplace book from a bookseller's inventory in Providence, and the sprinkling of Bernard Barton and the appearance of Avis Howland, there is a suggestion here possibly of a moderately worldly Rhode Island Quaker woman's hand at work. A handsome blank book binding, evidently with stabbed tawed thongs attached under gossamer pastedowns. With the oversized edges of some of the tipped-in leaves gnawed; edges and corners somewhat rubbed; spine bowed, joints just a little cracked in spots; in good to very good condition, quite legible.
  • $350
Original and Select Hymns

Original and Select Hymns, and Sacred Pindaric Odes, Few of which have ever been published. Compiled and Published by . . . First Edition.

[ROGUE POETS]. Davis, Paris M. Boston: Printed by Jonathan Howe, Corner of Merchants Row and Clinton Street, [1829 or 1830]. Original roan spine, marbled boards, 4.5 x 2.88 inches, 96 pages. First edition. With the printed notice on the verso of the title page, "I tender my thanks to the gentlemen who have presented me with the paper and printing of this edition. P. M. Davis." Verses from a poet rough-hewn from the knottier parts of the American grain, Davis was also the author of An Authentick History of the Late War between the United States and Great Britain (Ithaca, N.Y., 1829, with another version published in 1836 in New York), and given the note here on the supply of paper and printing, Davis seems perhaps to have been something of a catch-penny opportunist at best or even something of a scoundrel (see below). Financial dealings aside—if nothing else, Davis here seems to lean heavily here on enraptured bliss, delight and desire, dissolution, etc., with an insistence that suggests at least some acquaintance with the erotic smuggled in under the guise of religious sentiment. Piecing together newspaper accounts and his later publication history, Davis later anointed himself a physician and then dipped a foot into the hurly-burly of New York City politics after the Panic of 1837 as a proto locofoco—a letter in Niles Register of 9 June 1838 attacking the first Clark administration in New York alludes to Paris M. Davis as the quondom head of the native American party in the city, though "now ruralizing at Blackwell's island;" the reasons for his incarceration are laid out by the Baltimore Sun of 29 September 1838, which reports, "Paris M. Davis, was sent to prison in New York, for obtaining a sum of money amounting to $70, and a note for the same amount, from a Mr. Francis McKentee. Davis had advertised for a partner, in what he represented to be a profitable business, and Mr. McKentee calling on him for information, he persuaded that gentleman to invest the above sum in a plan for publishing a new history of the battle of New Orleans. He represented himself as a gentleman worth $10,000 in real estate, and a physician in profession, but it was soon discovered that he had not a cent he could honestly call his own, and a rogue in practice." What appears to be an expanded edition of this title was published in Binghamton, N.Y. in 1830 as The Baptist Conference and Prayer Meeting Hymn Book, Selected from the Best Authors and Compilers together with a Number Never before Published. Somewhat rubbed; some light damp-staining, some light foxing; a good copy.
  • $250
Nonce volume of 14 contemporary publications having to do with the Embargo Act.

Nonce volume of 14 contemporary publications having to do with the Embargo Act.

[EMBARGO]. Stone, John, contemporary compiler. Various places, various printers, 1808-1809. 14 volumes bound in 1, 8vo (5.13 x 8.63 inches), early calf, leather spine label printed in gilt, "The Times," 27, [1]; 12; 7, [1]; 15, [1]; 8; 16; 12; 16; 7, [1]; 11, [1]; 22, [2]; 32; 7, [1]; 17, [1] pages. Ink autograph contents leaf bound in, running pagination added in contemporary ink autograph, with occasional annotation and commentary in the same hand and the ink signature scattered throughout of John Stone. Contents: Standish, Miles, Jr. [pseud]. No. I. The Times; a Poem, Addressed to the Inhabitants of New-England and of the State of New-York, Particularly on the Subject of the Present Anti-Commercial System of the National Administration. By Miles Standish, jun. Plymouth [i.e., New York?]: Printed for the Author, 1809. Stoddard & Whitesell 899; American Imprints 18680; Sabin 90167. 27, [1] pages. First edition. [Bound with:] [Pickering, Timothy]. Mr. Pickering's Speech in the Senate of the United States, on the Resolution Offered by Mr. Hillhouse to Repeal the Several Acts Laying an Embargo, November 30, 1808 [caption title]. [United States: n. p., 1808]. 12 pages. American Imprints 15941. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Pickering's Speech, in the Senate, December 21, 1808. On the Bill making further provision for enforcing the Embargo [caption title; imprint from the foot of the text:] Baltimore: Printed by J. Robinson, office of the Federal Republican, [1808?]. 7, [1] pages. American Imprints 15942. The only edition of this December 21 address noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] [Hillhouse, James]. Mr. Hillhouse's Speech on the Resolution to Repeal the Embargo, November 29, 1808 [caption title]. [Boston?: n. p., 1808?]. 15, [1] pages. American Imprints 15226. The only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Hillhouse's Speech, in the Senate, on the Resolution to Repeal the Embargo, December 2d, 1808: in Answer to Mr. Giles's Second Speech, Delivered on the Same Day [caption title]. [Baltimore?: Printed by J. Robinson?, 1808]. 8 pages. American Imprints 15227. Seemingly the only edition of the December 2 address noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Hillhouse's Speech, in the Senate, December 21, On the Bill making further provision for enforcing the Embargo [caption title; imprint at the foot of the text:] Baltimore: Printed by John Robinson, office of the Federal Republican, [1809]. 16 pages. American Imprints 17748. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Hillhouse's Speech, in the Senate. Monday, February 21, 1809. On Mr. Giles' Non-Intercourse Bill [caption title]. [Baltimore?: Printed by J. Robinson?, 1809]. 12 pages. American Imprints 17750. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] [Lloyd, James]. Mr. Lloyd's Speeches in the Senate of the United States on Mr. Hillhouse's Resolution to Repeal the Embargo Laws, November 21, 1808 [caption title]. [Washington, D. C.: n. p., 1808?]. 16 pages. American Imprints 15446. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Lloyd's Speech, in the Senate, Monday, Dec. 19. On the bill making further provisions for Enforcing the Embargo [caption title]. [Washington, D. C.: n. p., 1808?]. 7, [1] pages. American Imprints 15444. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] Mr. Lloyd's Speech in the Senate of the U. States, February 21, On the Bill interdicting an intercourse with Great-Britain and France [caption title]. [Washington, D. C.?: n. p., 1809]. 11, [1] pages. American Imprints 17927. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] [Bayard, James]. Mr. Bayard's Speech, upon his Motion to Amend the Resolution Offered by Mr. Giles, by Striking out that Part which is in Italics. Delivered in the Senate of the United States. Tuesday, February 14, 1809 [caption title]. [Washington, D.C.: n. p., 1809]. 22, [2] pages. American Imprints 16961. Seemingly preceded by a 21-page edition. [Bound with:] [Gardenier, Barent]. Mr. Gardinier's [sic] speech in the House of Representatives of the United States, on Foreign Relations, While under the Consideration of Mr. Campbell's Resolutions, December 1808 [caption title; imprint at the foot of the text:] [Boston]: Russell & Cutler, Printers, [1808]. 32 pages. Traces of wax wafer to the first page. American Imprints 15084. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] [Goodrich, Chauncey]. Speech of Mr. Goodrich, in the Senate, December 19th, 1808, on the Third Reading of the Bill Making Further Provisions for Enforcing the Embargo [caption title]. [Washington, D. C.?: n. p., 1808?]. 7, [1] pages. American Imprints 15134. Only edition noted in American Imprints. [Bound with:] [Tallmadge, Benjamin]. Speech of Mr. Tallmadge, in the House of Representatives, Friday, January 27, 1809, on his motion to postpone indefinitely, the Bill providing an additional Military Force [caption title]. [Washington, D.C.?: n. p., 1809]. 17, [1] pages. American Imprints 18720. Only edition noted in American Imprints. § An excellent collection of material arguing against the Embargo and arguments (primarily in the Senate) for its repeal, here collected by an engaged reader with Federalist sympathies prone to such annotations as, "In connection with Col. Pickering's former speech on the resolution to repeal the [e]mbargo, it conclusively proves that our [a]dministration, are under the control of Bonoparte." Stone seems to include the satirical verses from Miles Standish, Jr. as a kind of comic epigraph to his political collection. The specific identity of the compiler is uncertain, though one could do worse than to cast an eye upon the Salem, Mass. distiller (presumably with an interest in trade) John Stone (1781-1849), who later served as the lightly-disguised foil Deacon Giles for George Barrell Cheever's litigiously-entangled temperance tale. Joints somewhat cracked but sound, with the boards a bit bowed and the calf somewhat rubbed; some light foxing and toning; a good, sound copy.
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
A Square Deal for Hustling Men and Women.

A Square Deal for Hustling Men and Women.

[GET RICH]. Horton, Hazen A. Tekonsha, Mich.: Hazen A. Horton, [ca. 1915]. Trifold brochure on green coated stock, 9 x 3.75 inches, [6] pages, vignette portrait, plus a one-page spirit duplicated circular letter on Hazen A. Horton letterhead and an order blank for goods from the World Manufacturing Co. of Columbus, O. First edition. "I knew men no smarter than myself who grew rich from a mail order business, and had retired, while I slaved away doing the 'dull-drudge lock-step' to and from work, thinking that money-making was a mystery. But at last I opened my eyes to realize that the world of wage-earners is a world of wishers, hopers, and hesitators, held down by foolish doubts and empty fears. I knew that to acquire money by any legitimate means was praiseworthy and commendable, so I began to study out a plan to do business by mail." Horton billed himself as "The Mail Order Man," and he seems to have had a certain measure of success in this village south of Marshall in the Teens and early Twenties. One of the keys to his success was selling his own success—this brochure advertises his how-to book, Mail Order Plans, and is replete with encouragement and with opportunities to work on a "co-operative plan" in which Hazen supplies the printed material and the customer splits the profits. Students of the ways of the Mail Order Man of Tekonsha will remember that among Horton's other schemes (not noted in this brochure but worth considering in the context of this optimism baked into the pitch) was a mail order marriage agency. A little worn; in very good condition.
  • $75
The Philanthropist; or

The Philanthropist; or, A Good Twenty-Five Cents Worth of Political Love Powder, for Honest Adamites and Jeffersonians: With the following recommendation by George Washington. . . . by the Rev. M. L. Weems (of Lodge No. 50) Dumfries.

[ITINERANT BOOKSELLERS]. Weems, Rev. M. L. [Mason Locke]. This item is currently on reserve; please contact dealer for more details. Dumfries: [Printed by Mathew Carey for Weems, 1799]. Unbound pamphlet, stitched as issued, 8.75 x 5.5 inches, [2], 30 pages, untrimmed. Largely unopened. First edition, second issue. Per the ESTC entry, "This appears to be a reissue of the sheets printed by John and James D. Westcott of Alexandria in 1799 (Evans 36695), with a cancel title page printed to exploit Washington's recommendatory letter. The value of the 'political love powder' (and the price of the pamphlet?) have increased from twelve to twenty-five cents." (The twelve-cent love powder valuation comes from the caption title and the earlier issue.) The more or less unobtainable Alexandria, Va., first issue is known to be held in at least complete copy, at William and Mary, per a Bibliographical Note from colleague Donald N. Mott in Sheffield, Mass., "Corrigendum to Shipton and Mooney: Weems' The Philanthropist," Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (71:3), 1977: 343-344, which notes that the earlier Alexandria issue was made up "in the same press run as the Mathew Carey-printed Dumfries edition. The preliminary material [of the Alexandria issue] was printed and added in Alexandria presumably prior to the time Weems received Washington's permission for the dedication. . . . Weems had the Alexandria title page added; at a later time removed the Alexandria title page and added the new Dumfries title page with a long quotation from Washington." In any event, an early example of the popular author's knack for publicity (the endorsement from Washington was a coup) and the genius of Parson Weems for maximizing his sales, which he achieves here by taking a broadly bipartisan patriotic view in urging reconciliation between Jeffersonian and Adams factions—thus insuring sales to both sides. Evans 36696. Edges a little toned and some light dust-soiling; in very good condition.
  • $750
A Treatise

A Treatise, by Reuben D. Waters, on the Town of Calais and Vicinity. With some sketches of Jewish, Pagan, Mahometan, and Other Religions, Character of Bonaparte, Columbus, and Notaries.

[AMERICAN ECCENTRICS]. Waters, Reuben. This item is currently on reserve; please contact dealer for more details. [Calais, Vermont]: Published for the Author, 1852. Unbound pamphlet, 8.25 x 5.25 inches, 31, [1] pages. First edition. "To a Candid Public. I address this little unvarnished tale not doubting but they will do me justice as soon as they possess data sufficient to form an opinion. For a lot of young men in town, to straddle whine and crowd themselves into office and be continually hatching up law-suits; and get beat in every one of them, and go contrary to the advice of deliberate elderly men, and by reason, make such enormous taxes as have been made for the town to pay, is what I could not reconcile myself to! . . . I do not offer this appeal for the purpose of persuading mankind that my political wisdom has always been unimpeachable, but to show them that I have always advised correct and right in all the law cases and town concerns, yet I have been slighted and sometimes abused for my advice, after spending considerable time and money to get knowledge of the concerns." A thoroughly entertaining miscellany from Reuben Waters (1785-1876), clumsily printed and executed in both form and content in something of the Rev. Billy Cook manner. Waters is characterized by one later Vermont newspaper as an "eccentric author" and "unique character," who was "for many years a blacksmith in Calais, and was known far and wide for his pithy, witty sayings, and his ability to drive a hard bargain" (Argus and Patriot, Montpelier, Vermont, 13 April 1892). This pamphlet includes a history of the early days of Calais, which is mostly a recitation of his criticisms of town management of roads and of lawsuits, settling the hash of fellow residents in obscure local controversies, attacks on town management, and anecdotal reports of the occasional unexplained explosion in the woods. In addition to his moderately heterodox views on great men like Bonaparte and Columbus, as well as on the world religions (he includes a section on Holy Rollers, with accounts of a few religious revivals, as well as Shaker activity in the area), Waters also offers up recipes for joiner's varnish, a washing fluid, a few veterinary tips, and a solution for trapping rats and mice. Waters later got caught up in a land bounty fraud and was sent to jail for a year in 1859 at the age of 74. Waters was of course the sort of eccentric around whom perhaps apocryphal stories would accrete—one newspaper account has him after his trial walking to the jail in Windsor from Woodstock to save the cost of transportation. The pamphlet here is certainly suggestive of those sorts of crotchety legends. OCLC suggests copies held at four Vermont institutions, plus one at Hamilton College. Stitching perished; a little toned; a very good copy.
  • $350
First and Second Epistles of Nathaniel Very to Mr. E. C - - - - - - -.

First and Second Epistles of Nathaniel Very to Mr. E. C – – – – – – -.

[FREE THOUGHT]. Very, Nathaniel. Boston: Printed at the Investigator Office, 1832. Removed pamphlet (no wrappers), 7 x 4 inches, 8 pages. First edition. "I doubt if Mordecai the Jew, ever gave Haman half the uneasiness while sitting in the king's gate, that my short residence on a small farm in an obscure corner of the town of Leicester, has given to some, who make merchandise of superstition, in that neighborhood. They allow that I have a right to think for myself, (generous souls!) but ought not to be allowed to propagate my belief among others:—for then, (say they) he becomes a dangerous man in society. . . . Those who have been crying 'STEW-BOY,' to others, have now an opportunity to vindicate their own superstition (which they call religion,) against one who thinks it is no less pernicious than Paganism." A fugitive and fairly early publication from the press of Abner Kneeland's pioneering free thought paper, two sharp free thought and anti-Biblical letters from a farmer in Leicester, Mass. in response to a local Baptist neighbor who has, among other observations here noted, suggested that Very burn his library. The 1830 census records of Leicester offer up three names fitting the correspondent's initials—Ephraim Copeland, Evi Chilson, and Ebenezer Cogswell—when, taken with mention of Copeland in an 1889 booklet celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Greenville Baptist Church in Leicester, suggest Copeland as the likely target for these arguments. Very had also earlier written an account of his break with the Freemasons, suggesting a certain independence of thought. American Imprints 16905 (MWA only); Sabin 99318 (MWA only). NUC notes only the copy at the American Antiquarian Society; the plethora of Electronic Resource copies on OCLC (digitized from the AAS copy) may well obscure another physical holding somewhere, but the prospect of parsing those records fills the reasonable cataloger with despair. Title leaf a trifle loose along the gutter; some light foxing and soiling; in very good condition.
  • $200
Memoir of Mrs. Jane Cram

Memoir of Mrs. Jane Cram, the Wife of Captain Ebenezer Cram, of Raymond, in New-Hampshire, who died March 3, 1811. Copy-Right Secured.

[DEATH BEDS]. Concord [N. H.]: Printed for Nathaniel K. Hardy, June . . . . 1812. Pamphlet restitched into later early paper-stock drab wrappers, scant 6 x 3.5 inches, 12 pages. Second edition. "On the 19th of February, at evening, she was in great distress of mind, so that she screamed, not uttering words that could be well understood; her fear, at length, subsided; and with transporting delight she said, 'He is coming; Jesus is coming, Jesus is coming to receive me to himself.' " A tender deathbed memoir of Jane Osborn Cram (1786-1811) from an unnamed and likely clerical correspondent; Cram was a young mother who had already undergone a religious experience in her teens, first "entertaining a hope of her saving conversion" in August, 1801. Having already nearly died in childbirth two years previous, Cram was taken with consumption in late 1810. This account follows many of the contours of contemporary deathbed memoirs, and includes much of her hopes of heaven, as well as her exhortations to family members, the circumstances of a touching farewell conversation with her husband. Seemingly popular in its day, an earlier version appeared with the imprint Concord [N.H.]: : Printed by George Hough, 1811; this edition (with a conjugate title page) bears the imprint of a New Hampshire clergyman Nathaniel Kimball Hardy (1776-1819), who may well have been the attending clergyman in Cram's last days; it was then republished in Exeter, N. H. in 1814 and in Amherst, N. H. in 1816. American Imprints 26063. Old stab holes; subsequently saddle-stitched. Some persistent light staining and somewhat heavier foxing; a good, sound copy.
  • $150