[Boston]: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1786-1787. -292 pp., [index], 22 pp. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Governor Bowdoin reports on the success in suppressing the rebellion and on the vote in the U.S. Congress that "national treaties... are not only independent of the will and power of the legislatures of the several states, but also binding and obligatory on them." The commissions sent to western Massachusetts report on amnesty for the participants in Shays' rebellion with 790 pardoned. Relief for the Boston fire; Supplies for General Lincoln; Repairs to the State-House; Settling the accounts post-rebellion; Paying the Governor's salary; Extra pay for the Committee on accounts; Army Pay-roll. Removed from a larger volume else about very good, browned, marginal soiling, detached last leaf. Evans 20515. ESTC W33327.
Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1787. -644 pp. Folio. Grey-blue muslin with red morocco spine labels, gilt titles. First edition. In response to Shay's rebellion an "Act for continuing an Act entitled, 'Act for suspending the Laws for the Collection of private debts under certain Limitations'," was passed. But a glass manufacturing law was revoked in "Act repealing an Act passed in the year of our lord 1783, entitled, "Act for raising by Lottery, the sum of three thousand pounds, for the purpose of building a glass-house, and promoting the manufacture of crown and other glass in Boston," and for the purpose of promoting the manufacture of Crown and other Glass, within this Commonwealth; Robert Hewes had proposed setting up a glass manufactory in Massachusetts and sought funds and a fourteen year monopoly. The state agreed, passed a law in 1782, but never was able to bring the project to fruition; thus the revocation. A good copy, label chipped, boards faded, partially erased library stamp on title page, contents moderately edge worn, browned, some soiling, with one repaired tear, not affecting text. Evans 20498. ESCT W16756.
Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1786. -485,  pp. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Includes: Act for appointing and empowering Agents on the part of this Commonwealth, to assist in running and ascertaining the Line of Jurisdiction between this Commonwealth, and the State of New York, on the easterly part of the said state of New York; Act against counterfeiting, or uttering counterfeit coin; ; Act empowering the Agents appointed by this government, to defend the territory on the west side of Hudson's River, against the claims of the State of New York, to settle the controversy relative thereto, otherwise than by a federal court, if they shall judge it expedient; Act to prevent the destruction, and to regulate the catching of the fish called Salmon, Shad, and Alewives in Kenebec-River, and several other Rivers and Streams in the Counties of Cumberland and Lincoln; also the Agawam or Westfield River; also in the Saco-River, and the Branches; Act in addition to, and for repealing certain Parts of Act, passed July 2, 1785 entitled, "Act for repealing a law if this Commonwealth intitled, 'An act of imposing duties on licenced vellum, parchment and paper, and for imposing other duties on certain papers, commissions, instruments, and processes;" and more. Removed from a larger volume else about very good, two institutional stamps on title page, spotting mainly to the first and last leaves, chipping to lower inner margin of a few latter leaves. Evans 19779. ESTC W16750.
Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1786-1787. -630 pp. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Most important is the passing of the act to ensure the upholding of the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain: Act repealing any Acts, or Parts of Acts heretofore passed by the Legislature of this Commonwealth, which may militate with, or infringe Treaty of Peace, entered into by the United States of America, and Great Britain; plus an Act for altering a Part of the Boundary Line, between the Towns of Boston and Roxbury, and for Ratifying an agreement made between the said Towns for the Purpose; Act for Naturalizing Edward Wyer, and others, therein named. Removed from a larger volume else about very good, tear to inner edge, faint soiling. Evans 20497. ESTC W16752.
Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1786. -434,  pp. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Among the laws was one for giving "Paul Revere and John Noyes, the exclusive privilege of erecting a Steam-Engine, for manufacturing Iron" as well as an "Act for the punishment of fornication" for which men were to be fined up to five pounds, and if they did not pay, were to be whipped up to ten lashes; women only had to pay up to three pounds, and jail was substituted for whipping. Other acts included enforcing the speedy payment of rates and taxes, to Prevent Gaming for Money, or other Property; for regulating fences; for regulating marriage and divorce; for regulating and governing the Militia; and much more. Removed from a large volume, trimmed, else about very good, faint soiling, mostly prominent on the first and last leaves, sharp impressions. Evans 19778. ESTC W16749. See Pursell: Early Stationary Steam Engines in America, p.5.
Boston: Printed by Adams and Nourse, 1785. -313,  pp. [pp. 309-313 misnumbered 509-513]. Folio. Disbound. First edition. Among the acts and laws were the Act for the Regulation of Navigation and Commerce, which required exports only from US vessels, which highlighted the weakness of the Articles of Confederation, since the U.S. could not make trade treaties if the states could impose there own requirements; the repeal of the recently introduced Stamp Act: Act for Repealing a Law for this Commonwealth, intitled, "An Act Imposing Duties on Licenced Vellum, Parchment and Paper, " and for Imposing Other Duties on Certain Papers, Commissions, Instruments and Processes. The Boston Gazette noted: "The sixteenth article of our Bill of Rights says 'The Liberty of the Press is essential to the security of Freedom in a State: It ought not therefore to be restrained in this commonwealth'." Among the other acts were: Act to Prevent Damage from Fire Being Communicated from Chocolate Mills and Machines for Roasting Cocoa, in the Town of Boston. Removed from a larger volume, two institutional stamps on title page, faint soiling and edge wear, small tear on margin of sixth leaf, inked notation on rear and correction of pagination errors, a good copy. Evans 19079. ESTC W15100. See Lee: History of American Journalism.
Various Cities: 1946-1949. 6 envelopes. 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 inches. Six covers, all but one unopened, from the early modern period. Includes: 1: September 10, 1946: Providence, R.I. & New York, NY. Northeast Airlines; 2. April 1, 1947: Gulfport, MS to New Orleans, LA. U.S. Air Mail; 3: November 1, 1947 Prescott, AZ to Los Angeles, CA. U.S. Air Mail; 4. February 1, 1948: Waterloo, IA to Des Moines, IA. U.S. Air Mail; 5: October 10, 1949: Durant, OK to Tulsa, OK. U.S. Air Mail; 6: October 21, 1949: Owatonna, MN to Omaha, NB. U.S. Air Mail. Near fine, slightly browned.
Atlanta: 1884. 1 sheet. 8.25 x 10.75 inches. On Atlanta Cotton Mills stationary."Rufus Brown Bullock was born in Bethlehem, Albany Co., N. Y. He supervised building of telegraph line between N.Y. and the South and in 1859 was employed by the Adams Express Company (later Southern Express Company), and moved to Augusta, Ga. During the Civil War, he remained in Georgia, becoming a telegraph expert for the Confederacy. After the war he returned to Augusta and resumed his duties at Southern Express company and was also president of the Macon & Augusta Railroad. In 1868 he was elected Governor of Georgia. In 1871 he tendered his resignation. In 1876 he was charged of embezzling public funds as governor but acquitted. He then became president of Atlanta Cotton Mills, a trustee of Atlanta University, and president of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce" (Huntington Library: Papers of Rufus B. Bullock). Very good, folded.
Buffalo, [NY]: 1920. 1 sheet. 6.5 x 8.25 inches. With note: "Very Sincerely Yrs, Cyril Scott, Buffalo, Nov. 1920." Cyril Meir Scott (1879-1970) was an English composer and writer, described by Eugene Goossens as "the father of modern British music." While Scott had been composing since 1900, and had written his second symphony in 1903, he felt that the Two Passacaglias, composed in 1912 (and first performed under Thomas Beecham in 1916) marked his true beginning, followed by his Piano Concerto, also led by Beecham in 1915. He went on to write the opera, The Alchemist, the ballet, The Masque of the Red Death, based on Poe's story, and another opera, Maureen O’Mara. Scott toured the United States and Canada in 1920, when he penned this music quotation, and made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall playing his Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stowkowski. A fine copy.
New Haven: 1919. 1 note card + 1 stamped envelope. 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches. Envelope stamped Nov. 14, 1919, addressed to Miss Beatrice Rosenthal, New York City. "With pleasure. Sincerely yours, William Taft. New Haven, November 14th 1919." Signed while Taft was at Yale (1913-1921) following his presidency and preceding his stint as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Very good, browned, remnants of mounting adhesive on verso of note card and envelope.
Richmond, [VA]: 1862.  pp. Bifolium. 7.75 x 5 inches. Removed. First edition. Though there are nine sections, the main item in this document was the publication of "An Act to Punish Drunkenness in the Army." passed in April, and concerned primarily with Officers. "Confederate newspapers frequently published pieces on alcohol and drinking issues, despite pressing concerns at the battlefront. Drunkenness among officers seemed so prevalent that it became the butt of jokes... a popular Confederate song, attributed to disgruntled foot soldiers [was]: O soldiers I’ve concluded, to make a little song,/ And if I tell no falsehood there’ll surely be no wrong, If any be offended at what I have to sing,/ ‘Twill be because his conscience applies its bitter sting./ Chorus. Oh how’d you like the army, this high falutin army,/ The brass-mounted army, where eagle buttons rule./ Whisky is a monster, and ruins great and small,/But in the noble army, Head Quarters gets it all,/ They drink it where there’s danger, although it seems too hard,/And if a private touch it, they pop him under guard" (“A soldIer Intoxicated Is far Worse than no soldIer At All”: Scott C. MartIn in "Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, Volume 25 (2011)" p. 69-70. Very good, scattered foxing and staining, contents clear. Crandall 1348. Parrish & Willingham 2429.
Fairfax Station, [VA]: 1863. 1 sheet. Folio. "Report of a Guard Mounted at Fairfax Station on the 20th of February, and Relieved on the 21st Day of February 1863" & "Report of a Guard Mounted at Fairfax Station on the 21st of February, and Relieved on the 22nd Day of February 1863." Signed Stephen O. Elkins, Lieut. Col. 15th Regiment of Vermont Vol. Militia and William M. Tibbetts, 2nd. Lieut. Col. 15th Regiment of Vermont Vol. Militia. Six months earlier, Clara Barton had cared for the wounded from the Battle of Bull run at Fairfax Station, which was burned after Barton and the last wounded soldiers were evacuated to Washington on Sept. 2, 1862. The station was rebuilt by the Union two months later, and continually guarded against surprise attacks by Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and Col. John S. Mosby until the end of the war. The 15th Vermont was on duty there from Late January 1863 until March 24th. Very good, edges browned, light soiling.
[New York]: [Spiral Press], 1964. Unpaged [11 pp]. Cover ill. by Fritz Kredel. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. One of 600 copies printed as a holiday greeting for Ann and Joseph Blumenthal. With a holographic letter from Blumenthal to Mr. & Mrs. James Hyde, a few days after the third anniversary of Kennedy's assassination (with envelope). Joseph Blumenthal (1897-1990)was an American printer, publisher, founder of Spiral Press. Near fine.
Rio de Janeiro: (Na Impressão Regia), 1810. [4 pp.]. 4to. Later marbled paper wrappers, manuscript title. Royal pardon for those imprisoned in Brazil, except for serious crimes, to celebrate the the royal marriage. Dated and signed on p. : Palacio do Rio de Janeiro em vinte e dous de outubro de mil oitocentos e dez. Com a Rubrica do Principe Regente N. S. About good, tear along head of spine, dampstained along inner edge, fingersoilings, several tiny wormholes.
Washington [D.C.]: Printed at Gideon's office, 1844. 16 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Joshua Reed Giddings (1795-1864) was a dedicated opponent of slavery, a member of the House from Ohio, and a founding member of the Republican party. He led the Congressional opposition to the expansion of slavery, the Mexican War, the 1850 Compromises, including the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. In this speech he condemned the annexation of Texas as both an attempt to perpetuate slavery and to have the US pay for Texas' debts. Not in Dumond, Blockson, Work, LCP. Afro-Americana. A very good copy, edge worn, lightly foxed, with notations penciled in top margin of front page. Sabin 27329. Streeter: Texas A30. Amer. Imprints 442587.
New Orleans: 1866. 1 sheet. Folio. (11 x 17 inches). Broadside. Sealed with green emboss. Land grant issued to Josiah Stanbrough of Madison Parish for 552.4 acres. Josiah Stanbrough was politically connected. Signed by James Madison Wells, and dated 31st of May, 1866. James Madison Wells (1808-1899), Governor of Louisiana during Reconstruction, was unseated from office after riots broke out which he did little to prevent and for failing to implement reforms regarding freedmen. Very good, folded, edges lightly browned and creased, with ink.
Nashville: 1864. 1 sheet. Sm. 4to. Sam J. Little was Captain of Commissary of Subsistence and later became Superintendent of the Nashville City Transfer Company (City Omnibus Line). Edwin G. Fay (1841-1902) was from the 107th Regiment, New York Volunteers. The New York State Library has a similar item, dated a week later, relating to both men, in its Civil War Military Records Collection, 1846-1917, SC21141, Box 1, Folder 23, Item C. OCLC lists a few similar documents. Very good, edges lightly browned, worn at the folds.
[Bangor, Maine]: 1857. 1 sheet, 14 x 18 inches. Illus. with b/w engravings, with a decorative patch and ribbon woven through. Folio. Third degree (master) certificate awarded to John S. Tompkins by the St. Andrews Lodge (No. 83) in Bangor, Maine on June 5, 1857. John Shepherd Tompkins (1814-1867) was born in Massachusetts (when it still included Maine) and became a watchmaker and silversmith, manufacturing and selling watches, spectacles, and gold and silver jewelry in Bangor, Maine from 1845-64 as Tompkins & Dennison, Tompkins, and Tompkins & Morris. Signed by John Miller, Grand Master of the Lodge, and others. (See Edwin A. Churchill, Ann P. Thomas, & Kathleen B. Kirkham Compilers and Editors: Maine Silver, Watches, and Jewelry: Makers and Dealers, 1760 to the Early 1900s... A Checklist. Maine State Museum Augusta, Maine, 2014; page 88). A wide margined copy with ribbon and seal still woven through the paper, contents lightly soiled, creased, with some tears at the folds, and about very good.
[Lisboa]: n.p. 1767. ,  pp. 11.5 x 8.25 inches. Removed from a larger volume. Portugal continued its attack on the Jesuits now that they were also banned by the French, in 1765, and the Spanish Empire, just months earlier than this document. It prohibits the instruction, retention, and use of Letters of Confraternity and other relations with the Jesuits detailed in fourteen prohibitions. "Dom Joze' por graça de Deos Rey de Portugal, e dos Algarves, dáquem, e dalém Mar, em Africa, Senhor de Guiné, e da Conquista, Navegaçaõ, e Commercio da Ethiopia, Arabia, Persia, e da India, &c. Faço saber aos que esta Ley virem que em Recurso, do Procurador da Minha Coroa interpoz na Sua Real Presença, sobre o critico estado destes Reinos depois da expulsaõ dos Jesuitas das Monarquias, de França, e de Hespanha; e da explicaçaõ da Bulla = Animarum falutti = datada de dez de Setembro de mil setecentos sessenta e seis: Prohibe nos seus Reinos, e Dominios, a intrucçaõ, retençaõ, e uso das Cartas de Comfraternidade com os ditos Jesuitas; as Profisões, e Associações com Elles feitas; e a retençaõ, ou uso da sobredita Bulla: Mandando sahir para fóra dos mesmos seus Reinos, e Dominios, todos os Individuos da Companhia chamada Jesus, que haviaõ ficado ainda tolerados, e conservados pelo beneficio da Ley de tres de Setembro de mil setecentos sincoenta e nove, e das Ordens a ella posteriores: Tudo na fórma, e debaixo das penas assima declaradas." Signed and dated "en Palacio de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda, em 28 de Agosto 1767."/ Final registration at the Chancellaria, Lisboa 24 de setembo de 1767. OCLC and European databases located one copy each of two different versions: Univ. Valencia (OCLC: 920335664) and another at BN Espana (OCLC: 740377920). Near fine, inked pagination numerals to upper margin.
[Lisboa]: n.p. . 4 pp. 8" x 11 1/2" Disbound. First edition. Secton III of "Collecçaõ dos breves pontificios, e leys regias, que foraõ expedidos, e publicadas desde o anno de 1741" ([Lisbon] Impressa na Secretaria de estado, por especial ordem de Sua Magestade ). "Renews laws in which Indians from Pará and Maranhão should fall under the jurisdiction of the government ministries and secular courts." Dated and signed in print "Lisboa, a sete de Junho de mil setecentos. sincoenta e sinco. Rey." JCB notes two separate issues, with the catchword "povo" or "que" on p.1. This copy with Povo, but with an accent over the first "o" and "num III" printed in the margin. OCLC locates three copies: JCB (2) and Harvard. OCLC: 78327523. We have only been able to locate one copy at auction in the last fifty years, in Brazil, and that with staining. Very good, faint marginal soiling, contents bright. See Gauz: Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library 755/10.
New York: n.d. 1990. 1 sheet. 44 15/16 x 32 15/16" (22.9 x 114.1 x 83.6 cm). Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) was a Cuban born American artist. Using images taken from Time Magazine for this work of conceptual art, the sheet lists the names of 460 individuals killed by gunshot during the week of May 1–7, 1989, cited by name, age, city, and state, with a brief description of the circumstances of their deaths along with their images. At the MOMA where it was exhibited, it was in a stack approximately 9 inches high; and the public was encouraged to read the sheets and take them away, as they would be reprinted as the stack was depleted. Since at least 2014 it was not on view at the museum. A near fine copy, minor spotting on verso.