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8th Infantry Buffalo Soldiers Full Company Muster Roll. Company E

1 sheet, 2 pages, 22 by 28 inches, folded. Charleston South Carolina, from the thirty-first day of August, 1869, when last mustered, to the thirty-first day of October, 1869. Signed by Captain Frederick D. Ogilby, plus signatures of the 51 men in the company, and several signatures of Clarence M. Baily (later breveted General), Captain Ogilby, and Lt. Colonel John R. Edie. The Muster roll contains details regarding each member of the company: name; rank; when and where enlisted, and by whom; last paid, date; remarks; amount paid, received payment, witness; etc. Soldiers enlisted from 1866 to 1869; from Charleston, SC; Cincinnati; Brooklyn; Selma, AL; Portland, ME; Harrisburg, PA; New York City; Chicago; etc. Remarks include: sick in hospital; in confinement; as laborer in Subsistence Department; due U.S. for clothing $38.70; Daily Duty at Fort Moultrie; Daily duty as attendant at Post Hospital; Deb-Ser. In Regit Band, Columbia, S.C. since Jany 9/69. Owe soldier $3.00 per month for 2nd re-enlistment, At Fort Pulaski Ga. serving sentence of . . . ; Learning music; In confinement. Awaiting sentence of GLM for desertion; etc. The document also lists Returns of Deceased Soldiers, Discharges, Furloughs, Certificates of Disability, Descriptive Lists of Deserters, number of Serviceable Horses; etc. Major Frederick D. Ogilby was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the 15th United States Regular Infantry in 1861. During the war he was promoted to Regimental Adjutant (1863) and to Captain (1864). After the war he was transferred to the 33d United States Infantry (1866), and then to the 8th United States Infantry (1869). He served at Camp Apache, Arizona Territory until he died of pleura pneumonia 1877. He was brevetted Captain and Major, US Regular Army for gallant and meritorious services at the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn. (backdated to December 31, 1862). In April of 1866, the 8th Infantry, Companies A, B, D, F, H and K, were sent to stations in North Carolina, and Companies E, G and I to Charleston, S. C. Company C went to Winchester, Va., in January, but in September it, too, went to South Carolina. They were important peace keepers during the reconstruction period in the South, and the Companies changed station very often. In 1874, The 8th Infantry was stationed in Arizona and remained there for four years, performing ordinary garrison duties, and employed in constructing or enlarging posts, building roads, telegraph lines, etc. The Indians were generally quiet, and no one of the companies was sent into the field. Many of the officers, however, performed arduous and important service in command of scouting parties, composed of Indian scouts and detachments of the regiment. John Rufus Edie (1814 - 1888) was an Opposition Party and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, and an Army officer in the American Civil War. Edie was commissioned a major of the 15th Infantry Regiment in 1861, and commanded its field detachment that served in the western theater. He frequently served as commander of the Regular Brigade in the XIV Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 8th Infantry Regiment in 1864 and brevetted colonel the same month. He served until 1871, when he was honorably discharged. Colonel Edie then resumed the practice of law in Somerset and died there in 1888, being interred in the local Union Cemetery. A fine, clean document with 2 tiny holes along folds, not affecting text
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An Account of Corsica, The Journal of a Tour to that Island; and memoirs of Pascal Paoli.

BOSWELL, JAMES Illustrated with a New and Accurate Map of Corsica. 8vo. 20th century marbled half-calf; spine with 5 raised bands. Glasgow, Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis for Edward and Charles Dilly in the Poultry, London. (1768). First Edition. One of the most wonderfully written travel accounts in English from the 18th century. The book is divided in two parts, the first giving a detailed description and history of Corsica, and the second containing a journal of Boswells voyage to the island. It was especially this latter part that excited the public, being a lively account of Boswells quixotic adventures in Corsica and his association with General Paoli. Pascal Paoli was a Corsican patriot, who in 1755 succeeded in liberating the island from Genoese oppression and was chosen president under a republican constitution. In 1769, however, his troops were defeated by the French, and fled to England. Boswell brought Paoli to London, introduced him to the circle of Samuel Johnson, and succeeded in getting official British support for the islands struggle to become an independent nation. With the help of Admiral Hood, the French were defeated in 1794, but after only 2 years of British reign the French took over again, with Corsica coming under jurisdiction of Napoleon Bonaparte. Boswell enjoyed his role as promoter of Corsicas interests so much that he appeared in Corsican costume at Garricks anniversary party in honor of Shakespeare in Stratford-on-Avon in 1769. Johnson said about Boswells book: Your History is like other histories, but your Journal is in a very high degree curious and delightful. One small tear (about 1.5 cm) at the gutter margin of the map, affecting the neatline and one printed word; o/w a fine copy
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological order; A Series of his Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with many Eminent Persons: And Various Original Pieces of his Composition, Never Before Published, The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for near Half A Century, During which he Flourished

BOSWELL, JAMES Complete in 2 volumes. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Johnson by J. Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, and 2 additional engraved plates. All 3 plates with imprints dated April 10, 1791. Frontispiece with the original tissue-guard intact. 4to. Bound in contemporary (circa 1800) speckled calf with gilt armorial supralibros on all 4 covers, spines with raised bands; red morocco gilt-lettered labels; small black morocco circular volume-number labels. Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, London, 1791. First Edition. Limited to 1750 copies. Printed on light blue paper. Vol. I has the correct give reading on page 135, line 10, generally considered the second state (although, as Pottle notes, booksellers have given this rather uninteresting point more attention than it deserves.) The copies printed on light blue paper were presumably reserved for members of the nobility: When Boswell published his The Life of Samuel Johnson, the King was sent a copy of the First Edition, printed on blue paper, dutifully inscribed by Boswell himself. (S. J. Patterson, The Royal Library. Windsor Castle. in M. L. López-Vidriero, P. M. Cátedra (eds.) El libro antiguo español, Vol. III, page 203). This blue-paper set belonged to the distinguished British Whig statesman, William, 1st Baron Grenville, PC, FRS (1759-1834) who served as Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Prime Minister of Britain from 1806 to 1807. Each volume carries on both covers gilt-stamped armorial supralibros of William Grenville (lettered Sigill[um] W.W. Baronis Grenville Cancellarii Academie Oxoniensis), apparently dating from the period 1809-1834, when he was the Chancellor of Oxford University. Boswells Life of Johnson, arguably the most famous biography in any language, was first mentioned in the authors extensive diaries in March 1772, although it is likely Boswell conceived of the idea to preserve but a faint impression of Johnson (letter to Wilkes, 13 July 1765) several years before. The task, which Boswell saw as a glory to myself and a benefit to mankind, took the best part of two decades to come to fruition and was eventually published 28 years after the first meeting of the author and his subject in Thomas Davies back parlor in 1763. When the Life of Samuel Johnson was published in 1791 it at once commanded the admiration that Boswell had sought for so long, and it has since suffered no diminution. Its style was unique in that, unlike other biographies of that era, it directly incorporated conversations that Boswell had noted down at the time for his journals. He also included far more personal and human details than those to which contemporary readers were accustomed. Instead of writing a respectful and dry record of Johnsons public life in the style of the time, he painted a vivid portrait of the complete man, brought to life through a dramatic style of dialogue. It has often been described as the greatest biography ever written. With the usual cancel leaves Mm4 in Vol. I and E3, Oo4, Qq3, Zz1 and Eee2 in Vol. II (leaf Nn1 in Vol. I does not appear to be a cancel). Bindings slightly rubbed with a few minor scratches; light wear and bumping to corners; bottom fore-corner of the front cover of Vol. I somewhat bent; joints somewhat worn with some partial superficial cracking, but all boards firmly and securely attached. Interiors with some light scattered spotting and minor foxing; a yellowish stain to page 530 in Vol. II; o/w a solid, clean, unmarked set with wide margins. A very rare blue paper copy
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Annulorum trium diversi generis instrumentorum

Johannes Dryander Illustrated with large woodcut of an armillary sphere on title-page and the divisional title to Regiomontanus; verso of title-page with a large woodcut of Dryanders astronomical rings suspended from a hand in the clouds; numerous woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text; woodcut printers device on pi4v and verso of final leaf; several large historiated woodcut initials. Text in Latin (a few passages in Greek). Slim 4to. Modern ¼-vellum (using old material) over marbled boards; printed paper title-label in gothic script pasted on front cover. Printed in Marburg by Eucharius Cervicornus, 1537. First Edition of this important assembly of texts on a popular Renaissance astronomical instrument: the astronomical ring-dial, a precursor of the equatorial. (Adams D940; BM STC German p 255; Houzeau and Lancaster 2459; Honeyman Collection 930; Zinner 1661) The ring-dial was intended as a navigational aid and could be adjusted for different latitudes, including, according to the author, the Moluccas and Hispaniola. The second part of the first treatise is entitled De metiendis rebus and is illustrated by various cuts showing geodetic performances. Around two thirds of Dryanders work is devoted to describing the parts of his new version of the instrument and its marking and calibration, as well as its use, including a lengthy section on measuring the heights of objects. The main subject of this book, the so-called annuli astronomici, i.e. astronomical rings, was an early astronomical instrument, consisting of 3 rings, each representing the celestial equator, declination, and the meridian. The instrument may be considered a simplified, portable armillary sphere, or a more complex form of astrolabe. These ring instruments can be employed for both terrestrial and celestial calculations; they can also be used as a sun dial to tell time, if the approximate latitude and season is known, or to tell latitude, if the time is known. It also had applications in surveying. Parts of the instrument go back to devices made and used by ancient Greek astronomers. In its final form it was invented by the notable Dutch Renaissance mathematician, cartographer and instrument maker Gemma Frisius, who in 1534 published a work on the astronomical rings (which, therefore, are sometimes referred to as Gemmas rings). In addition to Drylanders main treatise, the compilation includes 3 works dealing with other forms of astronomical ring-dials, which, according to Zinner, were added as a defense against the accusation of plagiarism. The first is a letter from Johannes Regiomontanus to Cardinal Bessarion; the second a late 15th-century treatise by Bonetus de Latis (Jacob ben Emanuel Provenzale), Jewish physician to Pope Alexander VI, describing an astrolabe finger ring, which can be considered one of the last contributions of Jewish culture to the history of the astrolabe (J. Rodríguez-Arribas); and the third by an anonymous author only identified by his initials M.T. Johann Dryander was a German anatomist as well as a mathematician and astronomer. He taught for a while at Paris before being appointed in 1535 Professor of Medicine and Mathematics at the University of Marburg. A noted pre-Vesalian anatomist, Dryander published in 1536 Anatomia capitis humani, the first major work on the anatomy of the head, based upon his own dissections. His astronomical publications, however, which include a work on astrolabes, as well as this treatise on astronomical rings, suggest that he was also interested in the practical aspects of astronomy. Title page with 2 small repaired ink-burn holes causing a loss of a few words of the imprint (but the date is clearly legible), and slightly affecting the woodcut on verso. Occasional light soiling; several leaves with very light and unobtrusive water-staining at bottom, mainly marginal; o/w a clean, wide-margined example of this interesting and scarce book