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Golden Thoughts on Chastity and Procreation Including Heredity

Golden Thoughts on Chastity and Procreation Including Heredity, Prenatal Influences, Etc. , Etc.

Gibson, Professor and Mrs. J[Ohn] W[Illiam]. Toronto, Ontario; Naperville, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia: J. L. Nichols & Company. (copyright 1903). Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 8 5/8” x 6½”. Tan cloth. Pp. [Double-sided frontis], [1-7], 8, [9-10],11-438, [blank], with 15 additional double-sided illustrated plates interspersed. Good minus: shaken with frontispiece fully detached; titles and cover design rubbed; tiny ink mark on front cover; inscription on front free endpaper; corners bumped; minimal foxing; Table of Contents partially detached. Written to provide premarital advice on “the hygiene of sexual life, ” Professor and Mrs. J. W. Gibson offered relationship information for black readers ready for the next stage in their adult lives. The authors espoused social purity, as witnessed by sections discussing “Secret Sin or Masturbation” for men, and “Self-Pollution” for women. Anecdotal evidence describing the role of heredity are emphasized clearly through several illustrated plates sprinkled throughout the book. Images depict black people in various situations, some representing wholesome family life, others representing undesirable consequences related to poor decisions. One illustration entitled, “Celebrities-The Fruit of Purity, Industry and Education” shows black people who are the epitome of virtuous living and good breeding. It is contrasted with pictures of men on the verso of that same plate who were unfortunately labeled, “Blood-Marks of Crime-Progeny of Depraved and Ignorant Parents. ” If that was not enough to deter a person from contaminating one's character, perhaps the contrasting images of “Children of Pure and Intelligent Parents” versus “Children of the Poor and Uneducated” could inspire the chastity the authors are advocating, until the most suitable mate comes along. Internet searches discovered information in the book, Liberating Language: Sites of Rhetorical Education in Nineteenth-Century Black America by Shirley Wilson Logan (2008) , that the authors writing this book for black readers were white. A curious study of premarital advice for young adults at the turn of the century, offered by white authors using images of black people to illustrate both positive and negative circumstances. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
[United States Navy][Shipbuilding]photo Album of United States Navy Ship  Constructed by James Russell Boiler Works Company.

[United States Navy][Shipbuilding]photo Album of United States Navy Ship Constructed by James Russell Boiler Works Company.

Giffin, Burpee L. (compiler? ). Dorchester, Massachussetts. 1943.. 11½” x 8¼”. Faux leather binder. 32 linen backed photographs attached to stubs, an additional six not linen backed laid in. Album Good: most of binder fasteners perished such that all photos are loose, with moderate spine wear; Linen backed photos generally near fine with the exception of one lightly stained; loose photos generally good to very good with some creasing. This album is a professional compilation of photos taken of the U. S. S. Yng-40, a Gate Tender for the US Navy, built by the James Russell Boiler Works Company of Boston. There are sixteen exterior shots that include the completed ship docked, and a view of it sailing away, different sections of the upper and main deck, as well as photos of the winch. Twenty-two interior shots show the pilot house, accommodations in staterooms and crew quarters, galley and mess hall, storage areas and equipment rooms, and the head. A couple of exterior images show the ship out of the water during the construction phase. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Small Collection of Documents Related to a WAC Stationed in Fort Sill.

Small Collection of Documents Related to a WAC Stationed in Fort Sill.

Crawford, Gladys K. Fort Sill, Oklahoma. [1943-1952].. [Women][WAC] All items measuring between 9 1/8” x 6¾” and 4¼” x 3 1/8”. Six black and white photos, three of which are professional portraits and several items of ephemera more particularly described below. Very good: light dust soiling on Station Hospital rosters, with oxidation at staples; ephemera in very fine shape. A small collection of memorabilia from a young woman's assignment as a WAC stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Sergeant Gladys K. Crawford hailed from Massachusetts and enlisted in 1942, in the midst of World War II. An Ancestry.com search lists her as an Aviation Cadet, but we find no references or photos in relation to airplanes. Among her saved possessions is a certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Treasury Department recognizing her service to the United States during World War II. Also included are an invitation to Tea and Open House from the USO Women's Unit, two Station Hospital rosters from 1944 and 1945, and a typed letter showing her name included among those who were promoted in her unit. Photos show Gladys in uniform, and with other WACs, along with three professional portraits. One of the portraits is signed Anita, which may be the same Anita who sent her a letter included in this collection, telling Gladys that she contemplated enlisting again if she could move to a hot, dry climate. Unfortunately, her only option was, “the swamp lands of Ft. Dix, N. J. ” A pleasing collection of mementos once belonging to a young WAC. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
[Presentation Photo Album to Air Force Colonel in Occupied Japan] Your  Tour of the Far East [Cover Title].

[Presentation Photo Album to Air Force Colonel in Occupied Japan] Your Tour of the Far East [Cover Title].

Erler, L[Eo] J[Ames], Colonel. Japan. 1949-1952. 15” x 12½”. Faux leather boards. 34 pages with 33 black and white photos measuring 9¼” x 7¼” inserted both sides into corner mounts. Album very good with bumped spine and some loss of lettering on cover. Photos near fine. This photo album was assembled as a farewell gift for Colonel L. J. Erler, Director of Installations for the Far East Air Forces. Among its highlights are the hand painted cover and the artistry of the dedication page. Most images are candid photos of staff members, each one with meticulously neat handwritten captions in both English and Japanese. Some captions allude to inside jokes, such as the photo of a woman at a desk with a picture of a man's (possibly the Colonel's) face glued over her face, and captioned, “Tilt! ! ! Never Happen...”, and one of a man smoking a pipe captioned, “Now when I was on the railroad...” Photos also include a river scene captioned “Across from the Meiji, ” a great shot of a paper mill, several shots of the office interior with people at work, and the “organized confusion” of three Japanese men intently focused at a cluttered office table. Sheet music with an invitation to a Sunday brunch is inserted in corner mounts, and contains lyrics saying Bon-Voyage to Erler. Colonel Erler was a graduate of West Point and was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit. A fond tribute to an Air Force Colonel and decorated veteran. .
Photo Album Depicting Road Trip through the American Southwest.

Photo Album Depicting Road Trip through the American Southwest.

New Mexico, Arizona And California:. 1909. 10¼” x 13½”. Rivet bound, full leather over flexible card. Six thick card leaves with 51 black and white silver gelatin photographs adhesive mounted both sides. All but two photos measure around 3 1/8” x 5¼”. Album good with losses at edges and spine tips, chips at corners; contents generally near fine. An engaging album of a trip through the American West which shines in its 20 images depicting street, building or rail stop scenes. It begins in Las Vegas, New Mexico in May, 1909 where we see vivid images of the Hotel Castaneda and the train depot. The compiler then gives a few shots of Albuquerque as well as Laguna's “Indian Village” with a grouping of mud brick houses. They next went to the Grand Canyon, devoting 11 pictures to its majesty but also depicting the Hotel El Tovar and Hopi House. There are town views of Williams and Ash Forks, Arizona as well. The album then jumps to Venice, California with a great street level view of the Cabriella Ship Hotel and the Aquarium along the boardwalk. Scenery photos of Los Angeles, La Jolla and eight shots at Yosemite round out the group. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
United Nations International Zone Film Collection.

United Nations International Zone Film Collection.

Various: United Nations Television. 1961-1967. Nineteen 16mm films with sound (some color, some black and white) , each from 25-29 minutes long. Very good: most with typical outgassing from period film stock as usual; of the five films that have been digitized, four of them had to be spliced. Image quality varies: the color film is a bit off hue, one of the black and white films is blurry and the sound cut out halfway through Fabio's Journey; we note that Costco was used for digitization and believe all media would benefit from expert restoration. This is a collection of films produced by the United Nations for its United Nations Television series, “International Zone. ” It began airing on at least 58 television stations in the United States in late 1960 or early 1961 with many of the episodes hosted or narrated by Alistair Cooke. The countries shown in this collection include Senegal, Singapore, Ecuador, Peru, the Congo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Brazil, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. An inventory of the films including their titles is available, along with any information we have been able to glean about the ones we have not digitized. The series presented a wide range of issues. It ran to at least 99 episodes and is now all but forgotten. Most in this group depict poverty-stricken regions adapting to the infrastructure assistance they received from the UN. A few relate purely to culture and one film describes the project that led to the adoption of the World Heritage Foundation. According to a contemporary newspaper article on the series, its goal was to convey the UN's role in the world outside of crisis situations. From the five films offered here that we've been able to view, we think another goal was to inform viewers about the lives of everyday people in developing countries. While we understand that film can be mislabeled or not catalogued at all in the institutional world, we have located no holdings for 12 of the 19 films in this collection and six of the seven we have located are held by at most two entities. None of them appear in the online search engine for the UN's Dag Hammarskjöld Library. Descriptions of the five we have viewed follow, clips of each available on request. The Journey of Fabio PacchioniThis film was produced in 1967 and tells the story of an Italian theater director hired by UNESCO in 1962 to build a national theater program in Ecuador. According to the Cambridge Guide to Theater (Cambridge University Press, 1998) , Ecuador's Casa de la Cultura reached out to UNESCO in 1962 for a technical director to revamp Ecuadoran theater. The person chosen was Fabio Pacchioni from Italy, who had been experimenting with using theater to help impoverished people improve their lives. Through that experiment he learned that he needed actors who could understand the challenges faced by these groups. He stressed the importance of the social responsibility of the theater and “its function as a bridge between peoples. ” Pacchioni arrived in Ecuador in October, 1963 and created the Teatro Ensayo to train actors and other theater personnel. According to the film he spent his first few months traveling to small villages, and going to festivals to get a feel for the different cultures of Ecuador and he's seen speaking to landowners, farmers, missionaries and people on the streets. We also know, thanks to Americantheare.org, “that in 1963, when a junta [in Ecuador] seized power and suspended civil liberties, “Los Tzanticos”—a group of poets, playwrights and actors—started a theatre movement that used a “combative language” in open opposition to both the old Spanish theatre tradition and the new dictatorship. ” When Pacchioni arrived, “he immediately connected with “Los Tzanzicos, ” and from that point on, Ecuadorian theatre became politically charged and more socially relevant. ” The film recounts how Pacchioni advertised for a drama school in Quito, which ultimately had over 100 students. After a year of training, he chose 30 of the students to make up the national theater company and they set out to perform throughout the country. The group staged classical plays as well as new works by writers such as José Martínez Queirolo. The film depicts parts of performances, including their first, in Santo Domingo de los Colorados, where they are also shown building the stage. Other performance footage is at a housing project near Quito, as well as their last performance in a remote village that required all their equipment be transported by canoe. Pacchioni is shown working with actors and giving direction, and there's some footage of the actors interacting with audience members after performances. A Light for Lalla MimounaThis film documents the building of urban infrastructure in Lalla Mimouna, Morocco. Filmed in 1963 or early 1964, it starts with a brief introduction by its narrator, Alistair Cooke. The project began in 1960 with the UN assisting the Moroccan government in an experiment to transform the town into modernity. The film tells the story of its transformation and its subsequent economic growth through the establishment of modern facilities. The Moroccan government loaned money to replace merchants' tin storage shacks with concrete buildings that would better protect their goods and the film shows the removal of the shacks and creation of the new buildings. Money was also provided for the purchase of heavy duty trucks for transport, as well as for building roads and supporting drainage systems. These trucks drastically cut down on transit time to and from markets, which was previously done by donkey, and increased business tenfold in three years. The film shows engineers and construction crews digging ditches for huge pipes for drainage, dumping gravel for roads and more. Much of the film focuses on Abdel Kader Maiz who was the town council's vice president and the prime mover behind its ongoing progress. We see him and other merchants setting up their tents at markets, transferring goods from trucks and setting up displays inside the tents for olive oil, sugar loaves, bags of spices and more. Despite being nearly illiterate, Maiz represented Lalla Mimouna in the initiative and he's shown negotiating on their behalf for infrastructure items. At some point, Maiz got fed up with the process and threatened to quit but was reinvigorated when the government offered to extend electrical services to the town. In this part of the film, several merchants are interviewed regarding how much electricity would help their businesses, e. G. Not having to use candles (which also caused fires) , not expending cash for batteries, etc. We see the installation of power lines by professional engineers as well as the first (failed) test of their first street lights. In addition to its portrayal of economic projects, the film documents the town's populace in its every day life. We see the bustle of the town square; women doing laundry at a well by stomping on clothes with bare feet; men playing board games and more. There's even a scene in a classroom where the children learn about electricity and its importance to their town. The film ends with a large ceremony in the town square, replete with dancing men firing weapons, celebrating the installation of electricity. A Call From MalaysiaThis film juxtaposes Malaysia's telecommunications training center with the rural family life of one of the center's students. The facility was built in Kuala Lumpur with the assistance of the UN in a project that began in 1962 with the clearing of a 12 acre plot covered in jungle. The film follows one of the students, James Suyon. He was from a rural village of around 70 families in Sarawak and the only educated person in his family. As a child, he had to travel to a parochial school by canoe, and the film depicts children traveling to that school by river. They are also shown lining up for school and singing. James left his village at 13 to attend a Catholic school where most graduates became clerks or teachers. James was an exception—a villager who was chosen for the prestigious work of the telecommunications school which only accepted around 12 percent of its applicants. In addition to scenes of James walking around commercial areas of Kuala Lumpur, he's shown both at his home village and at the telecommunications center. We see James arriving at his village in a canoe and walking among the flimsily built homes and interacting with his family. At the telecommunications center, James and other students are seen working with telephone, radio and television equipment, as well as putting up telephone lines outside the school. Rescue in NubiaThis film, narrated by Alistair Cooke, documents the movement of the Abu Simbel temples to prevent their complete submersion in Lake Nasser, which was created by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Around one third of the film is devoted to a short history of the building of the temples, their rediscovery in the nineteenth century, and how the structures were created. UNESCO led a coalition of 50 countries for its safe movement and the film depicts the various proposals for its relocation. The work, which was done from 1964 to 1968, turned out to be one of the greatest challenges of archaeological engineering in history. The rest of the film is devoted to the removal process. The enormous statues in front had to be entirely covered in sand before the mountain above and behind them could be removed, and we see heavy machinery moving earth, installation of internal support scaffolding and the temples being covered. The temples were ultimately cut into 16,000 blocks (no explosives were used) , averaging around 20 tons each and workers are shown cutting blocks of stone. Cranes are shown moving those blocks, ultimately placing them over 200 feet above and 650 feet back from the Nile. The film ends with the project director discussing the hope that “we would establish a new concept that there are some sacred places in the world which belong to all of us and which all of us must preserve and to which all of us must have access. ” Sure enough, the Abu Simbel relocation led to the adoption of the World Heritage Convention in 1972. In Search of MyselfFilmed in 1964 or 1965, this film shows Nigeria at a crossroads as it transitioned from a mostly farming economy to one that was much more technologically advanced, juxtaposing scenes of urban Lagos with rural inhabitants using “talking drums. ” The story is told from the perspective of a number of important Nigerian authors and artists. Some of those interviewed include a 34 year old Chinua Achebe, Amos Tutuola (who gave a short reading from his “The Palm Wine Drinkard”) and Cyprian Ekwensi. Duro Ladipo, the opera composer, is also interviewed and there are several minutes of footage depicting one of his productions in a town square. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Delegates to the International American Conference

Delegates to the International American Conference, Washington, D. C. , 1889-'90.

Brady, M[Athew] B. [washington, D. C. ]: N. P.. [1890].. Full brown calf measuring 17¾” x 12” x 4” (457x327x104mm) with brass clasps, a. E. G, front board titled in gilt. 22 thick card leaves, each page with an albumen portrait mounted on card, which in turn is mounted inside a windowed sleeve (44 total photographs). Photographs measure 13 11/16” x 7 7/8” (346x201mm). Photographs generally very good, a few with dust soiling, all with from 3 to 12 neat wormholes; 2 photos good: heavily tanned. Album very good plus: professionally rebacked with some restoration to board corners and edges; lacking one clasp. A massive, 21 pound monument to the series of meetings that ultimately created the Organization of American States and likely the last major work by Mathew Brady. The first International American Conference came about, initially, because of James Blaine's desire to bring all the countries of the Western Hemisphere together to prevent war. In 1881, when Blaine was Secretary of State for Garfield, invitations to the countries were sent. After Garfield's assassination and Blaine's removal by Chester Arthur, the invitations were withdrawn. Out of public office, Blaine continued to promote the idea of a conference adding that it could also bring about trade benefits. His efforts succeeded with Congress, in 1888, adopting a resolution encouraging President Cleveland to hold the conference, “for the purpose of discussing and recommending for adoption to their respective governments some plan of arbitration for the settlement of disagreements and disputes that may hereafter arise between them and for considering questions relating to the improvement of business intercourse. ” Cleveland agreed, plans were made, Blaine became secretary of state again under Harrison and the conference was held. 27 delegates from 13 countries got together, but before the formal sessions were held they went on a 6 week rail tour of major industrial centers. The United States pulled out all the stops, hoping to foment friendships among the delegates through familiarity and shared experiences. The delegates met 70 times in the five months after their train trip. The most important result of the conference was the commitment to regular future meetings and the creation of the International Bureau of American Republics. It later became the Pan American Union and is now the Organization of American States. April 14, 1890, the Bureau's founding date, is now celebrated as Pan American Day, or Day of the Americas. By the time Brady was contracted to create this album, his wife had died and his health was failing. His finances were a shambles and he often depended on the kindness of friends. Two years earlier, Brady and his nephew created an album depicting all the members of the 50th Congress, including the President and cabinet, but it was likely not published. He was still taking portraits in 1890, and he was hired to photograph the delegates to the Patent Centennial Celebration in April 1891, but we can find no record of that album's production. As such, this is likely Brady's last significant work prior to his death in 1896. Despite the album's title, only 27 of the 43 men photographed were actually delegates with ten of them from the United States. Designation as a delegate was a point of contention when Blaine (who is seen as the first photo in the album) was nominated to be chairman of the conference. The Argentines successfully opposed Blaine's nomination on the grounds that he was not a delegate. In addition to Blaine, there is a photo of Andrew Carnegie as well as two men who each went on to become president of Argentina: Manuel Quintana and Roque Sáenz Peña. Other notables include John B. Henderson, co-author and co-sponsor of the 13th amendment and Charles Ranlett Flint, founder of the company which later became IBM. The final image shows the Wallach Mansion on Massachusetts Avenue, where the conference was held. This is the ninth copy of the album we've been able to locate. The album is shrouded in mystery, with just a few lines mentioning it in three of the four Brady biographies we consulted. One believed that an album was created for each foreign delegate, in which case 17 were made; another hypothesizes they were given to each foreign delegation, or 12. OCLC locates a few individual images at the Library of Congress and a copy held by the Columbus Library of the Organization of American States. The National Archives states that OAS owns four total copies (two at Columbus, one with the National Archives, another in the cornerstone of the Pan American Building). A google search shows the Library of Congress has an album with 40 photos (and a longer title on the front board) and the Harvard Art Museums hold a copy (similar cover title as the copy held at LOC, and with 41 photos). A 1906 catalog of the Honduran National Library listed another and one with 43 photos sold at Swann's in 1997. This album was given to Nicanor Bolet Peraza, a delegate from Venezuela, and comes from one of his descendants. Its having spent the last 125 years in that climate would account for the wormholes and we surmise it had been opened to the 30th and 31st photographs which would account for the two photos in lesser condition. An important cultural artifact joining one of the most illustrious photographers of the 19th century with the diplomats who founded what is now the Organization of American States. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Alps and Rhine Photo Album

Alps and Rhine Photo Album

Switzerland, Austria And Germany:. Circa 1880s.. [Photography][Alps][Glaciers]Alps and Rhine [Cover title]. 9¾” x 12¼” Quarter leather over pebbled cloth, titled in gilt, a. E. G. 36 thick card leaves with 78 black and white photographs adhesive mounted both sides. Over 75 percent of the photos measure from 7” x 9½” to 8½” x 11” Book fine: expertly rebacked, recornered and with renewed endpapers; contents generally very good plus or better with a touch of waviness to the leaves which also show scattered foxing, a couple leaves reinforced with archival tape. An album with at least 25 majestic images of the Swiss Alps including shots of the Jungfrau Mountains, Eiger, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa Staubbach Falls, Maloja Pass and more. Several glaciers are also shown including the Rosenlaui, Aletsch, and Rhone Glacier. At least three pictures show ancient castles along the Rhine and there are birdseye views of Bern, Interlaken, Grindelwald, Zurich, Innsbruck, and Tyrol. There's an exceptional shot of the Kurhaus Grand Hotel Murren as well as several others depicting hotels. Shots around Lucerne and Geneva and street scenes in Innsbruck and Frankfurt round out the collection. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Letters and Art from Prison.

Letters and Art from Prison.

[Names supplied to purchaser]. [Folk Books/Folk Art][Prison][Tattoo Art] Letters and Art From Prison. Oklahoma: 2008-2009. 19 handwritten letters (71 pages, approximately 20,000 words) and 12 poems/other handwritten expressions of affection on separate sheets in 22 mailing envelopes. 12 envelopes + five other sheets or cards with original illustrations mostly in colored pencil and some in ink. Generally very good plus or better. This is a collection of letters and artwork sent by a prisoner who killed a police officer when he was 14 years old in 1995. A child of Laotian immigrants, he was convicted of first degree murder in September 1996. The murder occurred after a car chase while he was on probation for burglary and driving a stolen car. Tried as an adult, he was sentenced to 40 years. His state supreme court overturned that conviction, ordered a new trial, and he was convicted again. He was given a longer prison sentence the second time because of his assault on a prison guard in the interim. The letters are to a young woman, herself an ex-con. The correspondence began in June 2008 when he was 27 years old. While much of his writing centers around grandiose expressions of love, he reveals some of his personality and history. He told her that his crime was “shooting at the police” while he was with a group of five others, and that he was charged because he was the youngest of the group. He explained that he was in gangs beginning at the age of 12 and that he presently led a gang called “Los Carnales Chingones” but he “may not want to go shoot someone for colors or sides, ” and also mentioned that there was an FBI file stating he was a prison gang leader. His most revealing passage was a short chronology of how he ended up where he was, “I grew up real fast in life, faster than the average cub. I don't blame no one for my mistakes, and I sure made many but I experienced and learned fast. Shoot I had to come to prison at the age of 15! Man or child. Shit prison ain't no joke for anyone. But yeah I was always living bigger than I was. I had and still do 'big dreams'. I always wanted the best in life and my family was immigrants from Laos so it was hard for my parents to make good money you know with no education and shit. So I did my part and became the dude of the crib when my aunt, uncle, mom'z and pop'z went to work. Hell I was the only dude anyway! Ha, but I looked out for my sisters and cousins. And I started moving trees around for my older sister's boyfriend at the time. So I always had bud, and friends, and my own dough at the age of 12. At the time I figured I'd be helping out my mom'z and Pop'z if I left and took care of myself. Well, I took that and try to be my own boss. Man just name the crime and if I didn't do it, I helped em do it. I thought it was a cool reputation I had in the hood! ” The correspondence includes 17 examples of his artwork. It's a mesmerizing explosion of tattoo art, its most common subject women, but also including a purple dragon, mermaids and dragonflies. Much of it is bright, crisp and vivid, simultaneously defying and confirming the ugliness of his life and surroundings. There are also a number of poems, as well as a few raps. By March of 2009, his pen pal was incarcerated again and he wrote to her at her correctional facility. The final piece of correspondence from our prisoner artist is from July, 2009, but the most recent letter from a prisoner to the recipient is postmarked December, 2010. Its envelope is also decorated with art, but her last name has changed. Enclosed in the envelope is a prisoner call list. She's on that list, listed as that different prisoner's wife. An intimate look into the life of a criminal, first incarcerated as a child. At times compelling, but also disturbing, and with artwork revealing that beauty can emerge from the most wretched of circumstances. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Aspen in all Seasons.

Aspen in all Seasons.

[PAEPCKE, Walter (Developer) ; BERKO, Ferenc, KAESER, Fritz, RINGQUIST, Loey, HENRY, Patrick, & RICHARDSON, John D. (Photographers) ] [ASPEN, COLORADO -- LAND PROMOTION]. Aspen in all seasons. [Real estate development promotional photo album filled with inviting images of vacationers enjoying the historic Hotel Jerome, the Four Seasons Club, the Aspens Rodeo Grounds, mountain climbing, playing tennis, and historic Victorian homes]. Aspen, CO: [Walter Paepcke, Aspen Skiing Company], [ca. 1950]. 4to. [20 pp (unpaginated) ], thick card stock mylar-covered leaves, title, and typed list of images mounted on front pastedown, w/ 20 original silver gelatin images tipped-in, sized 7.75 x 9.4 in. , and nearly all w/ photographer’s stamps, and pencil annotations verso. Original padded simulated brown calf comb-bound album (spine rebacked, minor bumping to corners, very minor toning to fore-edges of title leaf on front pastedown) , still a VG exemplar. This splendid land promotion photo album offers an invaluable visual record of Walter Paepcke’s post-World War II effort to remake Aspen, Colorado into a kind of American Athens which united art, ideas, architecture, music, and outdoor leisure activities into a popular destination. At the urging of his wife, Paepcke came to Aspen, Colorado just after World War II, and immediately saw the tremendous development possibilities, and began buying prime Aspen, CO Victorian homes, secured a 25-year lease on the historic Jerome Hotel, and the Wheeler Opera House, and organized the Aspen Skiing Company to build and operate the hotels, restaurants, and develop the ski industry. In 1949, he founded the Aspen Institute, and by 1949 made Aspen the site for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Johann Wolfgang Goethe. The celebration featured such attendees as Albert Schweitzer, Jose Ortega y Gasset, Thornton Wilder, and Arthur Rubinstein. These images include a birds-eye view of Aspen and Red Mountain, the Hotel Jerome Lobby, Dining Room, mountain climbing, horseback riding, swimming in the Four Seasons Club, an informal rodeo at the Aspen Rodeo Grounds, and even restored Victorian homes. Most of these promotional images were taken by several famed Western photographers. These include Ferenc Berko (1916-2000) , who while teaching film & photography at the Chicago Institute of Design, was invited by Paepcke to photograph the Goethe Bicentennial, and enamored with the stunning vistas, relocated to Aspen, where he began promoting and documenting Aspen’s growth as a cultural and leisure community; Fritz Kaeser (1910-1990) , world-renowned Aspen, CO ski photographer, trained with Ansel Adams, served with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, and later operated the Aspen Photo Gallery/Studio that became the Mother Lode on Hyman Ave. ; and Loey Ringquist (1919-2006) , who first came to Aspen in 1949, and began her career with Patrick Henry at the Aspen Tintype Studio, and whose beautiful images included the mountain passes, ghost towns, abandoned mines, wildflower meadows, and other areas around Aspen. See: Mark Seal, For Love of Aspen, Vanity Fair, Jan. 23, 2014; Ferenc Berko, The Ferenc Berko Collection, Biography, Aspen, Colorado (2017) ; Tim Willoughby, Fritz Kaeser -- Roch and rocks, The Aspen Times, July 28, 2010; Loey Ringquist, Obituary, The Aspen Times, Nov. 22, 2006. .
Allan Rohan Crite's Personal Sketchbook.

Allan Rohan Crite's Personal Sketchbook.

Crite, Allan Rohan. Boston, Mass. 1932. 7½” x 4 7/8”. Quarter cloth over marbled paper with title label affixed to front board. 134 pages, 127 with sketches; many are full page. Most are pencil or pen and ink, a few are watercolor or other media and ten drawings are in color. Book good: heavily worn with both boards mostly detached but holding firmly, backstrip perished, one leaf detached; internally generally very good or better. An intriguing sketchbook created by Allan Rohan Crite. It was done early in his career while he was a a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from where he graduated in 1936. Two of the drawings are signed and Crite's name and address is written in the upper corner of the first page. His name is also on the cover's paper label, though it is so faint it can only be seen by angling the book in a strong light. Crite was best known for his paintings and drawings of everyday African American life as well as religious imagery and the book reflects his interests in those subjects. There are a number of religious drawings including four in color that take the form of stained glass windows. In three, the people are painted as Caucasian, in the fourth they are black. There are also several sketches of individual African Americans. The book shows his experimentation in other forms about which we could find little, most notably the ones he called “Grotesques, ” an example of which can be seen at right. There is also a series of people in medieval dress as well as medieval architecture and these include a gruesome two page sequence of a man being decapitated. There are several pages of architectural renderings, a couple of street scenes, and one shows the S. S. St. John. Approximately 20 pages display a minimal amount of work: doodles, several with floor plans and the like. An electrifying sketchbook with dozens of striking drawings giving unique insight into Crite's processes and ideas at the dawn of his career. ? This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Collection of Handwritten and Illustrated Children's Stories and Poems.

Collection of Handwritten and Illustrated Children's Stories and Poems.

Wolff, Katie. England. 1881. [Folk Books/Folk Art][Children's Books] Collection of Handwritten and Illustrated Children's Stories and Poems. 9¼” x 7¼”. Quarter morocco over marble paper-covered boards. Pp. 90. Book good: heavily worn with loss to corners and backstrip, hinges cracked, first several leaves sprung but repaired at an early date; otherwise internally very good with scattered dust soiling. A charming gift for a sick child created by her cousin, this book contains three handwritten short stories, and around 35 poems and short passages. All are illustrated with 57 original drawings in pencil and watercolor. It appears to be a mixture of original ideas as well as copies from contemporary children's magazines. We located one of the longer stories, “The Raven's Riddle” in an 1880 edition of “Golden Hours: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, ” whereas one short poem is clearly a play on a nursery rhyme: “sing a song for sixpence/A pocket full of rye/Four-&-twenty snowballs/Baked in a pie! /When the pie was opened/The snow had gone away. /Wasn't that a pretty dish/To have on Christmas Day. ” One story involves a “queer little sprite looking very much like an inverted flower pot” who whisks children away to another world while another tells the tale of Fastidious and Miserima, children who were miserable because they couldn't fly. They were given the gift of flight, only to be cursed to never touch ground again. Wolff created the book over three months in 1881 and the last two pages contain a letter to her cousin Duckley, who was apparently so sick Wolff thought “I should never have to send it to you. ”This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
The Walton Periwinkle. [High School Yearbook Featuring Bella Abzug's  Inscribed Senior Class Portrait. ]

The Walton Periwinkle. [High School Yearbook Featuring Bella Abzug's Inscribed Senior Class Portrait. ]

[Abzug, Bella] Bronx, New York. 1938.. 10 ¾” x 7 7/8”. Blue cloth. Pp. 100. Very good: boards unevenly faded with spots of soiling and some loss at corners and spine tips; shaken but holding firmly. The senior high school yearbook of the Bronx's Walton High School, an all girls school at the time. This copy features Bella Abzug (Savitzky) in her senior year with a prophetic inscription, “Despite Schein/we'll all/get to the top/together. ” Miss E. Hedwig Schein was chair of the music department. The printed quote next to her portrait reads, “it is not in mortals to command success, but she will do more—she will deserve it. ” Abzug's image also appears at least three other times including group photos of senior officers (she was class president) and who's who (she was voted most popular). This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Large Political Campaign Banner.

Large Political Campaign Banner.

[Richardson, William]. [Richardson, William]. Large Political Campaign Banner. Brooklyn: Union Print, [1875]. Banner measuring 31¼” x 41½” printed on cloth in blue ink. Very good: old folds, a few small circular stains, and a 2” x 2½” stain around the “i” in “Richardson. ” William Richardson was a Brooklyn businessman and politician. In 1872, he was able to convert his lease on the Atlantic Avenue, East New York and Greenwood Railroad into full ownership and created the Atlantic Avenue Railroad Company which he ran and owned for the next 20 years. According to a short biography in the finding aid to his papers at the Brooklyn Historical Society, he was “elected to serve two terms as Alderman for Brooklyn’s 22nd Ward from 1870-1874 . . . And was regarded as a lieutenant of Republican boss Benjamin Tracy who was an officer of the Atlantic Avenue Railroad. ” This is an enormous banner, measuring two and half feet by three and a half feet, promoting his unsuccessful run for state senate in 1875. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .
Artsy Album Depicting German Soldiers Performing for Charity.

Artsy Album Depicting German Soldiers Performing for Charity.

Bad Kissingen, Germany. 1943. [Folk Books/Folk Art][World War II][Germany] 12” x 15¾”. String tied, floral patterned cotton over boards. 24 leaves interleaved with tissue, with 39 black and white photographs adhesive mounted rectos only. Photos measure 5” x 7” and most are captioned in German. Album very good plus with light wear, contents fine. This is a carefully and artistically produced album by the men of the 13th Medical Replacement Training Battalion stationed in Bad Kissingen, Germany. It was presented to their Battalion Commander to commemorate the unit's participation in the Wehrmacht Winter Assistance program where they raised money for German charities. The men staged a talent show in the main city theater, sold tickets and then donated the proceeds to the charity. Professionally produced images are accompanied by captions in an artful hand. That same hand also provided captions in what appears to be Sanskrit, as well as several bars of music presumably describing the performance pictured. Men are seen playing accordions, violins and saxophones as well as performing in scenes involving a hospital room. One shows a caricaturist drawing onstage, two show a fire eater and one outstanding shot shows a man lying on a bed of nails, an anvil on his pelvis, with a man standing over him wielding a sledgehammer. There's a trapeze artist, Nazis in drag, and more. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics. .