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Photo Album Documenting the Construction of a Gas Plant in the Bronx

Photo Album Documenting the Construction of a Gas Plant in the Bronx

Hunt's Point, Bronx, New York, 1927. 7¼" x 11¾". String tied faux leather over card. 62 pages with 210 black and white photographs adhesive mounted. Most photos measure 2¾" x 4¾" and nearly all are captioned. Album good due to lacking rear cover, a front cover with heavy wear and some loss and a new string tie; leaves with a hint of waviness, otherwise internally near fine or better with approximately one quarter of the photos with varying degrees of fading. This is an album filled with page after page of captivating construction photos, documenting the building of a gas plant in the Bronx. The work was done by Baltimore's Bartlett Hayward Company for New York's Consolidated Gas Company, which is now Con Edison. The plant converted coal into coal gas and coke first by pulverizing it and then baking it for 13 hours at 1100 degrees centigrade. The coke was then cooled at the water tower. The plant also recovered naptha, ammonia and ammonium sulfate and produced water gas. An eight minute film of the operations of the plant shot not long after it opened it is available online. The album is devoted entirely to the construction of the plant. We see men teetering on steel beams and working in brickyards as they assembled purifiers as well as the erection of a dock crane. There's a magnificent two page spread of cranes moving completed generators into their housing and at least three two-photo panoramas. Several images show workers pouring concrete down wooden chutes as part of building a generator house, others show excavations and trench digging for the laying of gas mains. A few show the construction of a tunnel, others depict the building of coke ovens and a series shows the building of a salt water pump house. Still more show pile drivers, boilers, quenching stations, oven batteries and other intricacies of the project. There are also a number of birdseye and far away views showing wide swaths of the construction area with spewing smokestacks and occasional glimpses of skyline. Exceptional industrial photography reminiscent of the era's iconic photographers.
Panorama of Jacksonville

Panorama of Jacksonville, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas: C.W. Nichols, Photographer, 1902. Very good. Black and white photograph measuring 16" x 4 ½ on mount with photographer's imprint measuring 20" x 8". Very good: crisp image with strong contrast that is lightly dust soiled, mount with heavy corner wear. A marvelous image of downtown Jacksonville, Texas on what we think was a market day, as the street in the center of the image is so filled with carriages that we wonder how anyone could cross the street. The sidewalks are also completely covered in humanity and we can make out the business signage of W.H. Willis, J.A. Templeton, Lawrence and Son Groceries and the Jacksonville Bakery. There's also other advertising signage as well as a lone African American boy in the foreground standing next to a carriage hauling furniture driven by a dark skinned man. We think the photo shows Commerce Street as an identified image online of Commerce shows the bakery at the right. Another important note is that this photograph was actually created a woman-owned photography studio. C.W. Nichols was married to the former Dee Puntch. Puntch worked for W.T. Hammett's photography studio in Jacksonville and purchased it from him in 1897, changing the name to "Miss Dee Puntch Studio." When she married Nichols in 1902, she changed the name again. Nichols himself was also a photographer as we've located a mention of him taking photographs at a Confederate Veterans reunion in Texas in 1906. A wonderful life-filled image.
Collection of Posters for the Christian Democratic Party in Italy's 1948 Elections

Collection of Posters for the Christian Democratic Party in Italy’s 1948 Elections

Rome, Italy: Various Publishers, 1948. Seven posters. All folded as issued, all but one near fine or better with dimensions and imperfections noted below. Translations of most of the text are available. This is a collection of posters which document early United States Cold War policy as well as the first covert operations of the CIA. The 1948 elections in Italy were the first since 1922 and the United States backed the Christian Democratic Party against the Popular Democratic Front (communist) and the Socialist Unity parties. According to Mario Del Pero in "The United States and 'Psychological Warfare' in Italy, 1948-1955" (The Journal of American History, Vol. 87, No. 4 (Mar., 2001), pp. 1304-1334) "The Italian elections of April 1948 are considered a crucial turning point of the early Cold War. The pro-Soviet Left was severely defeated at the polls, while the main Italian anticommunist party-the Christian Democrats gained an absolute majority in the new parliament. But those elections were also relevant insofar as they constituted an important precedent for United States foreign policy . . . The electoral results were read in Washington as proof of America's ability to influence the domestic affairs of other nations through the use of unconventional instruments." One of the operatives involved in covert operations in the 1948 election was F. Mark Wyatt. He gave an interview in 1996 where he described his efforts and stated, "We would like to have done this in a more sophisticated manner. Passing black bags to affect a political election, is not really a terribly attractive thing. But we only had a few months to do this, and that was the principal thing that we did . . . we had bags of money that we delivered to selected politicians, to defray their political expenses, their campaign expenses, for posters, for pamphlets . . ." These posters, printed just six weeks before the elections, were part of the overall covert and overt onslaught of American influence on the election which also included short wave radio transmissions to Italy backed by the State Department, distributions of leaflets extolling the United States' financial support for Italy, letter writing campaigns, and more. Save for #3, below, we find no holdings via OCLC, KVK, Copac or internet searches for the following posters: 1. 315 miliardi per la rinascita del Merrogiorno. [315 billion lire for the rebirth of South Italy]. 27 1/8" x 39 3/8". This poster lays forth a number of accomplishments of Alcide De Gasperi's government in Southern Italy including agricultural reforms, infrastructure such as road building and aqueducts, the creation of factories and jobs, and more. 2. Libertas. 39¼" x 27½". A huge and striking image of the shield of the Christian Democratic Party. 3. Ecco Il Vero Fronte Comunista. [Here Is The True Communist Front]. 13½" x 19¾". A hint of corner wear. This is an explicit condemnation of communism. The image next to "Peace" shows the Russian military marching in a parade with the text stating it is preparing for war. "Labor" is depicted by imprisoned laborers in Siberia and "Freedom" shows seven men hanging from a gallows with the words, "The Soviet dictatorship accepts no opposition." 4. Secco Amabile Pastoso. Vuotate. Fiasco Bolscevico Elettorale. 27 3/8" x 19 5/8". Two tiny chips and some edgewear at bottom right. This poster mocks communism by portraying Garibaldi or Marx as a bottle of wine combined with interesting wordplay. It begins with descriptive adjectives for wine, "dry, sweet, mellow" followed by "Vuotate", which translates to "empty it" as opposed to "votare" for "vote." The last line could be translated as both "Bolshevik electoral flask" or "Bolshevik electoral failure." Internet searches reveal a holding at Istituto Luigi Sturzo and one sold at auction. 5. Giornale di Praga. [Prague Newspaper]. 27¼" x 39¼" Creases at upper corners, a couple of tiny chips and closed tears at margins, a couple minuscule separations at intersections and a small patch of light toning at the vertical fold at the far left. This poster uses Prague as an example of what would happen if communists seized power in Italy, stating along the top that 16 million men had been killed behind the Iron Curtain. It also pointed out Pietro Nenni's (a leader of the Popular Democratic Front) support of the Communist party in Prague while pointing out suppression of opposing views and the deportation of opponents to work camps. 6. Falsi della propaganda. [Lies of the Communist Front's Propaganda]. 39 3/8" x 13 7/8". This poster set out to limit the impact of communist propaganda and directly mentions the United States. It disputes that De Gasperi approved the execution of Cesare Battisti and pointed out that a booklet distributed by Communists neglected to discuss terror regimes and purges behind the Iron Curtain. It also highlighted the economic contributions of the United States to rebuild Italy while, "from Russia, we didn't get back even our own prisoners!" 7. Bilancio Per Il Aprile 18. [Report for April 18]. 23 1/8" x 32¾". Very good: lightly toned, a couple of chips in upper right corner, one separation at intersection affecting a character of text. Broken into several sections, this poster, like the one above, disputes communist messaging. For example, under a discussion of the Soviet Union's desire for peace, it pointed out Tito's repressions while an image of someone desecrating a cross stated communism's hatred of religion while giving lip service to respecting it. Another version of Marx as a wine bottle, as well as Stalin depicted as a jack in the box, can also be seen. A rare and striking group of propaganda posters reflecting the United States' first covert attempt to influence a foreign election which laid the groundwork for similar future efforts in other countries.
Birth of a New Age

Birth of a New Age

King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther Cleveland, Ohio: Stephens' Recording Service (also known as Memo Records), 1956. Fine. 33 1/3 rpm vinyl record in cardboard sleeve measuring 12¼" x 12 1/8. Approximately 43 minutes of audio. Record fine, sleeve very good with moderate edge wear and scattered instances of light dust soiling. Background This is a vinyl recording of a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech. Until now, as we explain below, the voices embedded in its grooves have been lost to history. King gave this speech to the National Negro Funeral Directors Association ("NNFDA") on August 7, 1956. He was just 27 years old at the time. 1955 saw him complete his first year as pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, welcome his first child and the Montgomery bus boycott began that December. By the time of this speech King was still in the midst of the boycott despite the United States Supreme Court making segregation on public transportation illegal in April. He was becoming a national figure by this point but was still unknown to many. The recording exists because one of the attendees of the NNFDA banquet, Carlton Stephens, a metallurgical engineer, recorded the speech and wanted to share it with friends. He wrote King in September, 1956 asking permission to produce and sell a record of the speech, offering to donate profits to the Montgomery Improvement Association ("MIA"). In December he reported to King that he ordered one thousand copies and asked for suggestions on distribution. While King's staff responded within a week to acknowledge Stephens' letter, there is no correspondence reflecting whether the MIA helped with distribution. Outside of an advertisement placed in the March 6, 1957 issue of The Memphis World, we are unable to locate any other efforts at distribution or sale. The last extant letter from Stephens to King, February 1957, contained a check for $100, representing the sale of the first hundred records with a promise of another check for $100 after the next 100 were sold. The correspondence between King and Stephens also reveals that the jacket design was done by African American artist Sterling Hykes. The liner notes were written by Stephens' wife, Carriebell J. Cook who went on to co-chair Cleveland's United Freedom Movement. These notes provide an extensive background on King's educational and professional accomplishments as he was just stepping in to the national limelight. It touched on the efforts of the MIA and presciently declared, "the name of the distinguished Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will long be remembered as a leader of the battle against tradition in the southland." King gave a speech with the same title four days later at an Alpha Phi Alpha ("APA") banquet in Buffalo, New York celebrating the fraternity's 50th anniversary. The fraternity printed the text of that speech in a booklet in 1956 as well as in its Fall 1968 issue of its journal, "The Sphinx," and the passages from which we'll quote below come from the 1956 publication. The overall theme of each speech is the same but there are dozens of differences between the recording offered here and the speech as printed by APA. There are a number of significant differences including sections in this speech that do not appear at all in the APA speech, and other areas are reworded nearly in their entirety. The recording begins with a six minute introduction by C.W. Lee, who was chairman of the board of the NNFDA. He called King "a pioneer" who had "the humility of a lowly Nazarene and the courage of a gallant warrior." King then took the podium, shared how Lee secured him as a speaker and gave a brief update on the bus boycott. He then explained the meaning of "Birth of a New Age": all over the world, colonialism and imperialism was giving way to self-government as oppressed people arose in protest. He explained that segregation in the United States was on its last breath: "what is happening in the world today is an expression of the tiredness of people who have been oppressed and trampled over for many years. And so these people in a state of tiredness decided to rise up in protest and as a result, more than one billion, three hundred million of the colored peoples of the world are free now. They have their own governments, their own economic systems, their own educational systems. They have broken aloose of the aegis of colonialism, now they are moving through the wilderness of adjustment to the promised land of cultural integration." He then admonished the crowd that they must be prepared to live in the new world that was emerging and that they faced three challenges. The first was that they had to rise above individualistic concern and work for the good of all. The next was "to achieve excellency" in whatever they pursued in life so they would be prepared to meet and accept the new opportunities that would arise: "we are not to go out to be good Negro doctors, good Negro lawyers, good Negro morticians, or good Negro ministers. We must go out to be good whatever we are and not do it on the basis of race." The last was to enter the new age with an attitude of understanding and goodwill as opposed bitterness. He then warned of complacency and that just because segregation was almost gone, the struggle wasn't finished: "the old age is still around. It's not completely dead. Now it is true that old man segregation is on his deathbed but history has proven that social systems have a great last minute breathing power. The guardians of the status quo are always on hand with their oxygen tents to keep the old order alive." Comparing the NNFDA Speech to the APA Speech King's introduction to the NNFDA differed significantly from the introduction to the APA, especially as it related to the boycott. In the APA speech, he thanked the audience for contributions to the Montgomery Improvement Association, but made no mention of how the money was used, why it was needed and how it felt to receive it. At the NNFDA he said, "You give us courage to carry on in this struggle, for it takes money to do it. I remember the time that our transportation system could run on about $2,000 a week, but the assistant treasurer can tell you that now we are spending approximately $5,000 a week for our transportation system and the running of the office so that it takes a lot of money to do what we are doing in Montgomery. But we intend to stick it out to the end and to make every sacrifice. We feel that in this struggle we are struggling not only for Montgomery but we are struggling for the 16 million Negroes of America and for all of the people of goodwill over the world and as we walk we realize we do not walk alone." We've documented several other significant differences that we would be happy to supply on request. This is one of King's earliest recorded speeches. King's first known recorded speech was a sermon delivered in February 1954. We've located four others that precede the address offered here: December 5, 1955 (MIA mass meeting); April 26, 1956 (MIA mass meeting); June 27, 1956 (NAACP convention) and July 23, 1956 (American Baptist Assembly). Despite Stephens' report on his order of one thousand copies, and sale of one hundred, the record does not appear to be held by any institution. It's not possible to know if Stephens made and sold the numbers he disclosed or if he was simply hoping to stay involved with the MIA. The recording is unknown to Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, nor is it among Dr. King's papers held by Boston University. It's not in the finding aid of the King collection at Morehouse. The King Center reports that they are aware of the recording but have never located a copy. We find no examples on OCLC, auction records, nor through many hours of search term iterations on Google and our ever growing print reference library. Based on Stephens' statements we would think more than one survived, but at this time it is the only known copy of King's voice as he laid down the principles of the movement that ultimately gave birth to a new age. A newly discovered recording of Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching words of hope, courage, unity and non-violence which resonate as strongly today as when he first spoke them.
Photo Album of Far Eastern Russia With a Number Depicting the Chukchi and Other Native Peoples

Photo Album of Far Eastern Russia With a Number Depicting the Chukchi and Other Native Peoples

Mostly Chukotka, Russia, 1960. 8 3/8" x 11½". String tied faux leather over boards. 76 pages with 113 black and white photographs inserted into corner mounts, 22 pages are blank. Most photos measure from 3" x 4" to 3½" x 5"; the majority are captioned in Russian, and a translation is provided. Album very good with moderate wear and a replaced string tie, photos generally very good plus or better with several lacking. This album depicts the Russian Far East, specifically Chukotka, Magadan, and probably the greater Magadan Oblast region. They were compiled by someone working in the region as part of the Soviet Union's attempts to bring the area into its fold, count its populace, and turn the native peoples into Soviet citizens. At least 51 photos depict the Chukotka area from 1926 to 1931. The album begins with an image of the entrance to Providence Bay on the southern coast of the Chukchi Peninsula of northeastern Siberia. Next we see a small outpost of buildings in Lavrentiya, taken in 1931 which is almost certainly its Kultbaza, or "cultural station." Lavrentiya was founded in 1927 or 1928, with a Kultbaza established in 1928. Kultbazas were supposed to have a hospital, veterinary center, a school, a museum, science labs and a place for native peoples to gather, though we can't tell from these images how far along Lavrentiya's was at the time. An important role of the Kultbaza was to indoctrinate local natives into the Soviet belief system. As notes in the album mention the compiler was involved in census taking, we think he or she was an ethnographer involved with the Kultbaza. Either way, according to Yuri Slezkine in "Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North," (Cornell University Press, 1994), the compiler's life was exceptionally harsh as one who was there reported, "try to spend a whole year as a nomad . . . in fifty below zero weather; endless blizzards that for days on end prevent you from venturing outside; no chance to wash yourself; and long weeks without taking off your coat, filled with lice." At least 24 photos show native peoples or their lifestyles. One image shows children standing outside a school in Chaplino (now known as Novoye Chaplino) in 1926 and another shows a Chuckchi ice fishing. We see two men with a recently killed walrus at Cape Schmidt and there's an outstanding four shot series of the building of a yaranga in Uelen. Another shows several people taking shelter under a large canoe in Cape Dezhnev. There's also one small image of a Chuckchi fair. Several show Uelen in 1926 and 1927 and include a man working a dogsled team as well as a shot of its meteorological station and and one showing skulls and other bones at a grave. Captions for at least two photos in the earlier part of the album mention the photographer as T.Z. Semushkin. We believe this to be the famous Russian writer Tikhon Z. Semushkin who participated in the first Soviet expeditions to Chukotka in the 1920s, and stayed in the Russian Far East until the early 1930s. The album then jumps to the late 1950s with a shot of Cape Vorochilov in the Laptev Sea as well as photos in Yakutia in 1957. More than one photo here mentions the building of a road and several of the images are of landscapes with a few showing workers out in the tundra. Several show the workers at their camps and one mentioned that the tops of trees were dying. This section is followed by a multishot panorama of the northwest portion of Magadan measuring 4½" x 30½". From 1932 to 1953, Magadan was the administrative center of the Dalstroy organization, a forced labor gold mining operation and many political prisoners were sent to Magadan on their way to forced labor camps. There's a smaller panorama and a few other large shots of the city as well. In addition to its value as documentation of a remote part of the world and its peoples, the album may have been compiled by someone who spent time as a political prisoner. A handwritten note in the middle of the album mentions the photos show Chukotka during the 1926-1927 census as well as "Magadan region during F.M.'s work there, with interruptions. From the 1930s till June 1941 and from 1955 upon rehabilitation till his retirement in 1960." This mention of rehabilitation combined with the images of Magadan lead us to believe the compiler and/or those associated with the compiler, were political prisoners at some point during Stalin's regime. Important documentation of the Soviet Union's attempts to modernize its Arctic inhabitants.
Artfully Created Scrapbook and Photo Album of Honeymoon Trip to the Caribbean

Artfully Created Scrapbook and Photo Album of Honeymoon Trip to the Caribbean, Cuba, and Southeastern United States with Many Original Illustrations

Grassinger, Julia and Stoddart, Jr, Arthur Mostly Caribbean Islands, Cuba and Florida, 1933. Quarter leather and textured paper over boards. 11¾" x 9½". 134 pages of thick paper stock with 119 black and white photographs and 12 items of ephemera adhesive mounted; the final 75 pages are blank. Most photos measure around 3¼" x 2¼" and some are captioned; many are precisely trimmed to body shapes or for collage. Also at least 41 original illustrations with 11 full page. Book very good minus with heavy wear, rubbing and some surface losses; internally near fine or better This is a remarkable reflection of a honeymoon trip created by a newlywed couple from New York City, Arthur Stoddart, Jr. and Julia Grassinger. As several of the original illustrations are initialed by Arthur we believe he did most, if not all, of them though the collage and some of the other handwriting in the book may have been Julia's work. The first section of the book is devoted to a two week cruise on the S.S. Munargo, starting with them leaving New York Harbor. 19 of the first 21 pages relate to their journey over water and the section begins with Stoddart's full page Map of the West Indies, in pen and ink and watercolor. There are photos of the harbor, posed shots with passengers, and images of ship activities such as shuffleboard and deck tennis. Included in this section is one of the highlights of the book: a movable wheel with a view window showing four photographs and four original illustrations. Another clever device in this section is a porthole: a circular ring of paper was cut and illustrated to represent the inside of the ship; a watercolor covered in clear plastic lay inside the ring representing the window one looked through to see the view outside. For their stop at the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, Stoddart painted a small map of the island. The photos here include a dock scene as well as three taken with a young native child. Also in this section is a full page drawing entitled "Coin Diving" which shows the side of the ship in the ocean with men in small boats next to it and a few in the water, with four real photos of the actual experience pasted into the scene. Next are eight pages devoted to Cuba, with a full page pen and ink drawing showing their approach into Havana with sailboats in the water and buildings lining the harbor. There are photos and a drawing depicting Morro Castle and several photographs and illustrations of a sugar plantation. The next eight pages show Florida, with a spectacular full page drawing of a swordfish leaping out of the water. There's a photograph of a Native American girl at the Seminole Indian Village and an alligator at the Alligator Farm, each alongside colorful complementary drawings. Other highlights include a partial map of the eastern seaboard showing the route driven for the stateside part of their trip as well as a creative collage using Julia's bridal portrait. It has a hand colored photograph of her head placed over a trimmed magazine advertisement of an angel carrying a flowing ribbon; there's an attached swatch of white mesh to represent her veil which covers her face. A resplendent expression of love with superb amateur illustration and collage.
End Marijuana Prohibition

End Marijuana Prohibition, Washington DC High Noon, Friday July 4, 2003, Lafayette Park

Marcus, Steve (artist) Washington DC: Fourth of July Hemp Coalition, 2003. Very good +. 14" x 8½". Small poster illustrated recto, text on verso. Very good plus: light edge and corner wear and just a hint of waviness. This quirky poster advertising the 2003 Fourth of July smoke-in at Lafayette Park in Washington DC was illustrated by artist Steve Marcus. Also known as "smarcus," his work may seem familiar as it covered a range of media, including cover art for "High Times", pieces on MTV and the Cartoon Network, animation for the Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication tour, and even a 4' x 2' stained glass piece for the Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem yeshiva in New York City. When he first delved into the celebration of cannabis through his art, it was 1992 and the government had a hardline stance on drug use, including marijuana. Mainstream public approval that embraced the drug's medicinal benefits was still years away, making his outlaw art even more attractive to an underground subculture. The turnaround in marijuana acceptance in recent years makes this creation exceptionally comical, as the characters portrayed in the poster invite the public to relax and smoke, casually sporting gas masks on the lawn of the Washington Monument. Multiple warnings on the verso of the poster remind attendees, ". . . if you decide to smoke marijuana at the rally, you will be breaking the law, and you might be arrested. There is no permit to consume marijuana: no such thing exists," and even provided instructions on how to handle yourself and what to do if you were arrested. Compelling and colorful imagery promoting civil disobedience towards the legalization of marijuana.
Denver & Rio Grande Official Guide to Cities

Denver & Rio Grande Official Guide to Cities, Villages and Resorts on the Line of the Denver & Rio Grande R.R. . .

Denver, Col: The Western Publishing Company, 1888. Good. 9½" x 6¼". pp. 286, [4] + folding map measuring 17¾" x 15". Good: front hinge and first two leaves partially detached but holding, three inch tear to top of backstrip; tiny bit of staining to margins of versos of first 17 leaves. Map very good minus with a 2" jagged tear, two tears at intersections, small separation at one fold and misfolded in a couple spots. A scarce and heavily illustrated directory packed with information on Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. There are entries with information on at least 100 locations, all indexed. Services for each inhabited area follow each description, along with over 200 advertisements (with business names indexed). There are over 70 indexed illustrations as well as an additional 20 in the advertisements themselves, nearly all of which show the buildings of the businesses represented. A history of Colorado, laws relating to game, lists of elected officials, and several profiles of prominent businessmen are also included. The map shows the rail line from Ogden, Utah in the northwest corner, to Santa Fe in the southeast. To the far northeast is Cheyenne, with San Miguel County, New Mexico in the far southeast. It also shows lines under construction, proposed lines and stage routes. In the lower left corner is an inset map showing the line from Denver and Santa Fe to San Francisco The text makes mention of "Colorado in this year of our Lord 1888 . . ." hence our attempt at date attribution. OCLC locates nine copies over four entries, with publication dates of 1887 and 1888.
Initiative Measure to Be Submitted Directly to the Voters . . . [Unused Petition For What Became Prop 215]

Initiative Measure to Be Submitted Directly to the Voters . . . [Unused Petition For What Became Prop 215]

San Francisco, CA: Californians for Compassionate Use, 1996. Fine. 14" x 8½" Single sheet printed both sides with image of light green cannabis plant superimposed over a pink cross. Fine. This is an unused petition for what became California's 1996 Proposition 215. The initiative, which received a "yes" on over 55 percent of the ballots, was the first legislation to legalize medical marijuana at the state level. Its passage opened the floodgates that led to medical marijuana laws in a total of 33 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico. The initiative was conceived, co-authored, and led by Dennis Peron. Peron sold weed from storefronts in San Francisco's Castro district and became a medical marijuana advocate due the relief he saw it give to AIDS patients. Specifically, the law was supposed to allow people suffering from "cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief" to get a doctor's prescription for the drug and not be subject to criminal sanction for its possession or cultivation for medical use. The petition itself lists endorsements from 19 organizations and its verso has the proposed legislative amendment to California's Health and Safety Code as well as bullet points explaining what the initiative would and would not do. OCLC records no copies. A cornerstone in the history of the legalization of marijuana.
Small Collection of Outstanding Native American Photographs

Small Collection of Outstanding Native American Photographs

Various, 1900. Very good +. Five thick card album leaves measuring 10" x 8" with 23 black and white photographs adhesive mounted. Seven measure 4½" x 6½ " or larger, the rest are around 4½" x 3½", all are captioned. Leaves very good with moderate wear and scattered instances of surface loss; photos generally very good plus or better. We're not sure of the purpose of this collection which depicts members of at least six different Native American tribes. At a minimum, images include Comanche, Sioux, Crow, Kiowa, Winnebago and Pueblo. All are exceptionally well composed and captioned. Many of the subjects are named including John Snowball of the Winnebago, a Delaware woman named "Dirty Pace", Crows named "Plenty Striped Smoke" and "Papoose Hat Otter." Another is a man the compiler identified as "Blackfeet Chief Ah-Owl-go-dog" though we have not been able to independently identify him. Several show Kiowa Women and children and there's an outstanding image of a gathering of Sioux on horseback. One shot shows a family of Apaches outside their cabin while another outstanding image shows a Crow camp filled with tee-pees. The largest photo measures 5¼" x 7¼" and is captioned "Siwash Basket Work." It shows what appears to be the inside of a presumably Pacific Northwest tribe's trading post, showing many stacked baskets, some sculptures, a painting and other artwork. An outstanding and important photo shows a white man sitting with four Native Americans with a caption saying the Indians were prisoners taken during the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. Captivating late 19th and early 20th century Native American photography.
South Africa Bulletin. No. 7. [November

South Africa Bulletin. No. 7. [November, 1966]

Hooper, Mary-Louise, editor New York: American Committee on Africa, 1966. 11" x 8 1/2". Bifolium. pp. [4]. Good: toned at extremities, dog-eared, old folds. The editor of this publication, Mary-Louise Hooper, was a wealthy American activist whose unflagging desire to help others was influenced by her mother's work as a missionary. This influence moved her to devote her time to improving inter-racial relations both domestically and abroad. Between 1955-1957, Mary-Louise moved to South Africa, campaigning to abolish apartheid and working as the first white member of the African National Congress. After being imprisoned in 1957, she was deported for her support of blacks in South Africa. A June 1959 article in the San Francisco Examiner dubbed her a civil rights leader who became interested in the anti-apartheid movement during a study tour in Africa because, "I happen to believe that human freedom is the most important thing I know, and there is no freedom for the non-white population of South Africa." When she returned to the United States, she continued to actively oppose apartheid, and in 1964 moved to New York from California, becoming a volunteer Program Director for the American Committee on Africa, and editor of the South Africa Bulletin from 1964 to 1968. Included in this issue are articles on the problems facing South West Africa, as well as a call to citizens to support their crusade against apartheid by withdrawing their money from the First National City Bank and the Chase Manhattan Bank because of their continued investment in South Africa. The final page has a mailer that can be used to pledge support to the Committee of Conscience Against Apartheid. OCLC locates three libraries that hold this series, but we have been unable to verify if this issue is part of their holdings. None in the trade. 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.
Gay International. Vol. 2 No. 1

Gay International. Vol. 2 No. 1, April 1965

Maynard, Robert [editor] Toronto, Canada: Gay Publishing Co. Ltd, 1965. Very good. 10¾" x 8½". Stapled self wrappers. pp. 20. Very good minus: thin line of dampstaining at spine on both wrappers which also have a two inch split at the top. Gay International was a Canadian publication that was one of the earliest (some say the first) LGBTQ periodicals to use the word "gay" in its title. It was also one of the first gay periodicals published in Toronto, Canada and was created at a time when gay liberation had not quite yet coalesced into a movement in that region. This issue contains a brief history of the magazine's tumultuous first year as well as an editorial expounding on the use of the word "gay" as opposed to "homosexual." It also has a complete short story by Marsh Haris, a prolific gay pulp writer who eventually married Tony Segura, one of the founders of the Mattachine Society. Readers wrote in asking difficult questions regarding the loneliness of being gay and what places of worship might accept them. A few pages were devoted to international news affecting the gay community and the back cover listed over 20 LGBTQ activist groups in Canada, the United States and several other countries. Although the goal was national success, the paper ceased publication about two years after it was born. A daring title from a Canadian publisher who braved the associated stigma of homosexuality with one word. OCLC locates 11 institutional holdings, with only one listing this specific issue. 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.
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Group of Rare Pamphlets

Besant, Annie Besant, Annie. Group of Rare Pamphlets. Mostly Adyar, Madras, India: various publishers, 1912-1914. All measure approximately 7 3/8" x 4 7/8", all in wrappers. Detailed descriptions below. Annie Besant was a British women's rights activist who was prosecuted in 1877 for publishing a book on conception and birth control. She succeeded Helena Blavatsky as president of the Theosophical Society. Besant was the legal guardian of Jiddu Krishnamurti whom she believed was "The World Teacher", Theosophy's rough equivalent of the Buddha. The Citizenship of the Coloured Races in the Empire. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1913. pp. 20. Good: wrappers chipped. OCLC locates three copies, none in the United States. Education in the Light of Theosophy. Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 23. Very good, wrappers a bit dust soiled, owner stamp of Helen Jasper Swain ( Swain ran a gym for women and children in Boston in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) on front wrapper and verso of final leaf. OCLC locates five copies. The Future Socialism. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1916. pp. 22. Very good: first and last pages heavily toned, a bit wavy. OCLC locates two copies of the first printing of 1912, and one of this printing. The Meaning and Use of Pain. London: Theosophical Publishing Society, N.D. Self wrappers. pp. 20. Very good, wrappers toned with a couple tiny chips. Reprint of the 1894 edition, OCLC locates one copy of this edition. The Inner Purpose of the Theosophical Society. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1914. pp. 13. Very good minus: Swain owner stamp to front wrap, rear wrap mostly detached but holding, first and last pages heavily toned. Possibly first published in 1909, OCLC locates three copies of this edition. Spiritual Life for the Man of the World. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1914. pp. 22. Very good minus: what appears to be water damage along the far edge of all leaves, not affecting text, rear wrapper partially split but holding. First published in 1909, OCLC locates three copies of this edition. Popular Lectures on Theosophy. I. What is Theosophy? Adyar, Madras, S.: The Theosophist Office, n.d. [1910?] pp. 19. About good: front wrapper and first leaf detached, text split but holding b/t pages 14/15, front wrapper chipped with owner stamp. OCLC locates one copy. The East and the West. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919. pp. 23. Good: wrappers detached with edge chips. First published 1908, OCLC locates 1 copy of this edition. Occultism, Semi=Occultism and Pseudo=Occultism. Adyar, Madras, S., India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 27. Good: wrappers detached, first and last pages heavily toned. First published 1898, OCLC locates three copies of this edition. A Sketch of Theosophy. Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 26. Good: light vertical crease at center, wrappers soiled with a few small chips. OCLC locates no copies. 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.
Souvenir Ball Programme Forty First Anniversary of Admission Day

Souvenir Ball Programme Forty First Anniversary of Admission Day

Santa Cruz, California: Santa Cruz Parlor No. 90 NSGW, 1891. 5 ¼" x 6 7/8". Ribbon tied card leaves. 9 leaves printed both sides. Very good plus: outer leaves with moderate edge wear and a few faint soil spots, inner leaves bright with light corner wear. This is a lovely program, intended as an invitation, for the celebration of the 41st anniversary of California's admission to the United States by the Santa Cruz chapter of the Native Sons of the Golden West. It was printed by H.S. Crocker Company which started in Sacramento in 1856, had a major operation in San Francisco at the time this was printed, and still flourishes today. It lists everyone involved in the gala and the full program of events. Of note are the nine engaging chromolithographs of anthropomorphic bears overindulging on wine, taking children to the beach, surfing, greeting a miner and more. OCLC locates two copies. 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.
[Three Annual Reports for First

[Three Annual Reports for First, Second, and Fourth Year of the Church Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews] . .

New York: Published by The Society, 1882. [Three Annual Reports for first, second, and fourth year of The Church Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews] . . . 1879, 1880, 1882. 8 1/8" x 5 3/8". Thin paper wrappers. First Annual Report, pp. 52; Second Annual Report, pp. 48; Fourth Annual Report, pp. 42. Generally good plus or better: some dampstaining, some dust soiling to covers, and a few wavy pages; Second Annual Report with some cover staining. These three annual reports describe the yearly activities of The Church Society in its efforts to promote Christianity and conversion of Jewish people. Beginning in 1842, the Episcopal Church collaborated with the London Jews Society, an Anglican missionary society, to further their cause, but it wasn't until 1878 that The Church Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews officially organized in New York. In the First Annual Report, the Reverend Noah Hunt Schenk spoke at a gathering for The Society's first anniversary and reminded attendees of why they must invite Jewish people into the Christian faith:"It is a very remarkable thing that the average Christian mind does not take in the idea that the primitive Christian Church really was a Jewish Church...But where is now the Jewish element? It seems, in the history of the church, to have eliminated the Jewish element to make way for the Gentile...and that in every sense, there is indeed no difference between the Gentile and the Jew." With religious promulgation the driving force, and the desire to do God's work by bringing Jewish people home to the Christian church, the report details the activities used to further their objectives. Of primary focus was the religious education of Jewish children aged five through sixteen. In addition, an Industrial School was conducted where attendees practiced hymns and read Scripture while learning crafts like embroidery, sewing, and drawing. Additionally, Hebrew Mission Sunday School took place each Sunday providing the standard Christian instruction. The Society furthered their mission by coordinating missionary outreach across the country, and mailing publications to Jewish households in order to spread the word. Reports contain detailed Treasurer's accounts of diocese donations indicated by state. At the end of each report, a catalog of bibles, prayer books, and tracts are listed with some translated into other languages. Each annual report lists the names in its governing body, but only the Fourth Annual Report includes a list of names for Missionaries of the Society in select locations. An informative set of source material for the study of a little known organization that made Jewish conversion to Christianity its sole mission. OCLC lists nine entities with annual reports. Three of the nine institutions list specific years. Of those three, three have the First Annual Report, two have the Second, and one has the Fourth. None in the trade as of July 2019. 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.
Photograph of Satanta (a/k/a Set'tainte or White Bear)

Photograph of Satanta (a/k/a Set’tainte or White Bear), Kiowa War Chief

Fort Sill, I.T.: W.S. Soule, [circa 1868]. Albumen photograph measuring 5¾" x 4¼" on larger card mount, printed photographer imprint on verso. Very good minus: card with heavy edgewear and a small strip of loss at bottom, photo a bit faded and lightly foxed; early penciled notes regarding Satanta on verso. Satanta was a Kiowa war chief born around 1820 to Chief Red Tipi and a Spanish captive. He was one of best known leaders of his tribe in the 1860s and 1870s, well known for both his battle and oratorical skills. He was one of the Chiefs who negotiated several treaties with the American government during the 1860s, including the Little Arkansas Treaty (1865) and the Medicine Lodge Treaty (1867). In the Medicine Lodge Treaty, Satanta agreed that the Kiowas would live on a reservation. When the tribe failed to move onto it, he was seized by Custer and held as a hostage until the forced removal and migration took place. 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.
Summit of Pike's Peak Via the Cog Road

Summit of Pike’s Peak Via the Cog Road

Manitou Springs, Colo: J.G. Hiestand, 1900. 8 1/4" x 6 1/2". Stapled red wrappers. pp. [12]. Near fine: bright and fresh with couple of tiny chips to wrappers; faint crease to front wrapper; light edge wear. A photo book consisting of 12 well-composed images showing a train, Pike's Peak, and surrounding scenery. Each one is captioned with the specific location along the sojourn up the mountain. The photos were taken by J. G. Hiestand, the official photographer of the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway. A man of many interests, Hiestand also collected and dealt in fine mineral specimens. His photographic talent and knowledge of geology were enhanced by his skills as a businessman, catering to the tourist trade with his souvenir retail shop in Manitou Springs, and becoming owner of Ute Iron Springs adjacent to the Cog Road Station, and Summit House on Pike's Peak An attractive memento documenting the journey via the Cog Road in Colorado. 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.
Statistics and Information Concerning the State of Texas With Its Millions of Acres of Unoccupied Lands . .

Statistics and Information Concerning the State of Texas With Its Millions of Acres of Unoccupied Lands . .

St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co, 1894. Very good. Ninth edition stated. 7½" x 5". Printed wrappers. pp. 93, [3, advertisements] + folding map measuring 17" x 20¾" with portions colored in yellow. Book good: wrappers worn, soiled and chipped, rear wrapper reattached at an early date with paper tape; internally very good with the occasional fox or soil spot; map very good minus: adhered to rear wrapper with cloth tape on its verso which also repairs a three inch split at a fold. This promotional book and guide to Texas from the Missouri Pacific Railway Company has over 25 engraved illustrations including a view of Galveston from its harbor and a cotton platform in Fort Worth as well as imagery from Dallas, Big Spring, Hearne, San Antonio and more. There are sections on transportation, climate, agriculture and other resources, land availability and information on Texas as resort country. The map, showing the State of Texas in full, is highlighted in yellow and has a large illustration of the Texas Capitol Building in its upper right corner. It also has an inset map measuring 5½" x 5¾" which shows the Great Southwest System of the Missouri Pacific, including all the states bordering Texas, Indian Territory, and others. Scarce in the market with only a copy from 1890 appearing in the online auction records. OCLC locates the following, with the present edition apparently the scarcest institutionally: 11 copies of 1889 editions over three entries (with one denoted as "fourth edition"); six of 1890's fifth edition, three of 1890's seventh edition, and eight from 1890 of an unstated edition; four copies of an 1893 unstated edition, three of 1893's eighth edition; two of 1894's ninth edition (our copy) and two of 1894's tenth edition. We located no printings after 1894. Adams, Herd 2268 cites an 1884 edition that we do not find in OCLC.