[Philadelphia]: 1800. 8 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. An early extradition case which grew into a firestorm of protest. Thomas Nash, who had participated in a bloody mutiny on a British ship, had escaped the British manhunt for the mutineers, only to be spotted in the United States where he was detained. The British wanted him extradited under the terms of the Jay Treaty. Nash then claimed he was an American citizen by the name of Jonathan Robbins, when in fact he was Irish. Though there were no charges brought against him, he had a habeas corpus hearing and was extradited by Judge Thomas Bee with the tacit approval of President John Adams. The British executed him and the Jeffersonians, fueled by anti-British sentiments, kept his case alive, where it was then taken up in Congress. Many of these same legal issues have surfaced again since 2001. Stab holes at inner margin but still a very good+ unopened (uncut) copy. Evans 38782.
Colonial & Early America
Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1962. xcviii, 365 pp.; x, 458 pp.; xiii, 449 pp.; x, 403 pp. Illus. with b/w photos. Sm. 4to. Cloth. Second printing. Vol. 1: Diary 1755-1770, Vol. 2: Diary 1771-1781, Vol. 3: Diary 1782-1804 and Autobiography Through 1776, Vol. 4: Autobiography 1777-1780 and Index. About fine with most copies as new in good+ to very good lightly soiled dust jackets with a few small tears and chips at the extremities, mainly at the spine ends.
Madrid: En la Oficina de Antonio Fernandez, 1778. 196 pp. 8vo. Later vellum, spine lettered in manuscript. First edition. Written just a year before Spain joined the fight against England, an interesting history, and the longest Spanish work to that date, describing the English colonies in America. Quite thorough with seventeen chapters covering the origin and establishment of the English Colonies in America; detailed accounts of Virginia, Maryland, New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Carolina, Georgia; Colonies acquired from other European countries by Treaty; Canada, Florida; Observations concerning the colonies; Customs and Religion of the Indians; particular plants in English America, as well as information on the industry, commerce and navigation. Despite the date of its publication, and the preface in which Alvarez notes that all eyes are on these "Anglo-Americans," he provides little concrete detail on the revolution itself. Provenance: From the library of Alberto Parreño, with his bookplate on front paste down. A very good copy, front board slightly bowed, small split to vellum on rear board at lower joint, minor soiling, else a bright, sharp copy. Palau 9252. Sabin 975. Howes A192 ("aa"). Medina BHA: V, 4832. Clark I, 187.
West-Chester, PA: Printed by Derrick & Sharples, 1797. , [172-224] pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Contains articles on science, useful arts, agriculture, & politics, as well as literary prose & verse. Includes "Description of the Mississippi River, by Thomas Hutchins. Only six issues were published, January through June 1797. One of a number of short lived early American periodicals. Uncommon in the market. A very good- copy, removed from a large volume, front leaf detached and creased, with a few chips; rear two leaves creased; otherwise clean. Sabin 41494. Mott p. 790.
[New Milford, Conn.]. 1751. 1 sheet. Folio. Partially printed document, signed and completed by Sherman, 30 July 1751. Roger Sherman (1721-1793) is the only man to have signed the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and both the Articles of Association and Confederation. This is an early signature, when Sherman was only 30 years old, but was already becoming a force in his community of New Milford, where his position as "Surveyor of Lands for the County of New Haven," to which he was appointed in 1845, brought him some wealth. By 1850, a year earlier than this document, he began publishing his Almanacs and had become active in Town politics. In this deed of sale, David Camp sells land to Amos Northrup. The document is completed in Sherman's hand including his detailed seventeen line description of the land, then signed by him as witness; also signed by Camp, John Hitchcock, the other witness, who was a town official at that time, and Paul Welch, Justice. Recording clerk's notation on verso. This is the earliest signed document by Sherman that we could find offered at auction in at least the last hundred years, the closest being a letter dated 5 October 1752 which sold at Swann's in 2012. Chips to edges, mainly at the top with some repairs on the verso, bottom edge with small chip and discoloration where newspaper clipping was removed, paper browned, a few minor splits at the fold, still good, legible, and without loss of text.
[Albany]: 1777. 1 small sheet. 4 x 8 inches. A receipt for three pounds four shillings for "four days waggon hire... on the service of the United States of America" 13th April, 1777. Signed by Simon Van Antwerp (1729-1809) and received of (1) Jeremiah Van Rensselaer (1738-1810), signer of the constitution of the Albany Sons of Liberty and a member of the Albany Committee of Safety; he was commissioned as an ensign in the third regiment of the New York Line where he served as a paymaster; and (2) John N. Bleeker (1739–1825), chairman of Albany Committee of Correspondence, who was appointed by the New York provincial congress on 24 May 1775 to be one of the five agents charged with removing cannon and stores from Ticonderoga. In October 1775 he became a captain in the 1st New York militia regiment. Neatly mounted; near fine.
[Washington, D.C.:]: Gales & Seaton, print. 1834. 4 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. 23d Congress, 1st Session. Ho. of Reps. Rep. No. 381. Archer wrote: "From evidence annexed it appears that the papers in question comprise an immense mass of information intimately connected with the history of our country, from the year of 1752 to 1799. They embrace papers in relation to the French war, Braddock's defeat, and other interesting events prior to the Revolution. The papers immediately in connection with the Revolution are of great interest and vast moment. These comprise the correspondence of George Washington with Congress, the Governors of the States, the Officers of the army, both American and foreign, and, in a word, everything connected with his long and arduous duties as Commander-in-chief. The next epoch which they include is that in relation to the formation of the Government, and the adoption of the Constitution, and the history of his administration, comprised in thirteen volumes; and thirteen volumes containing records and transactions between the President and the Departments from 1789 to 1797; and also the journal of the President." Includes letter from Jared Sparks outlining contents and probably value. Congress appropriated $25,000, by act approved June 30, 1834, for the purchase of the official papers and a portion of the printed books of General Washington from George C. Washington. A further appropriation of $20,000 was made in 1849 for the purchase of the private papers which had been reserved from the 1834 sale. OCLC locates two copies: Huntington and Fred W. Smith Lib. at Mount Vernon. A very good copy with light foxing on first leaf, removed from a larger volume.
[Washington [D.C.]]: n.p. (1832). 36 pp. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Monroe and Armstrong were political opponents. A good copy, lacking the rear wrapper, repaired large chip to right corner of front wrapper and long open tear, repaired, from left corner down the middle; institutional stamps on wrapper and first leaf, a few leaves edgeworn. Sabin 280. Amer. Imprints 11001.
[Cleveland]: [Western Reserve and Northern Ohio Historical Society], 1876. 3 pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. The claim of the heirs of Col. Francis Vigo for aid given Gen. G. R. Clark in 1778 on his expedition to Illinois during the Revolutionary War. A very good copy with several small tears along fore edge. Thomson: Bibliography of Ohio 1204 (p. 360).
Salem [Mass]: Printed by Thomas C. Cushing, 1795. 25, . pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Includes half-title and final blank. Barnard, much in keeping with 18th century cyclical historical thinking, writes that older European countries have nothing ahead of them except “decline and mortification, according to the course of human affairs,” where before America lies growth and progress. “I should prefer youth and early manhood, ever employed, lively, and full of hope to complete manhood and old age, when we everyday become less active, and less pleased. I should prefer the present period of our nation for my life to the more perfect state to which it will gradually advance.”. A very good copy, half-title soiled with a small tear, light scattered foxing. Evans 28239. Sabin 3493n. ESTCW1557.
London: James Phillips, 1795, vii, 196 pp. 16mo. Quarter cloth over calf in a cloth slipcase. Later printing. First published in 1756, this is the biography of a Quaker preacher who traveled in the United States from 1702-1706, and from 1726-1728 when he met Elizabeth Hanson, who had been captured by Indians along with her children in 1724; he gives an account of her captivity, which later became a book. Signed on the title page Thos. Stewardson, most likely Thomas Stewardson (1762-1841), a Philadelphia Quaker who was as agent for local and British concerns. New spine with interior joints reinforced with tape, call numbers on spine, usual library stamps, front fly lacking, contemporary handwritten index on rear endpapers, notes to front pastedown obscured by library bookplate, in a later green cloth slipcase. Howes B668; Sabin 7097. ESTCT110717.
New York: Century Co. n.d. (1900). frontis, x, 233 pp. Illus. with drawings, photos, and maps. Sm. 4to. Illustrated cloth. Issued under the auspices of the Society of Colonial Wars. Very good with some soiling to boards and spines, gift inscription and erasures on free front endpaper, otherwise crisp and clean.
Avon: Limited Editions Club, 1975. xxix, 268 pp. Illus. with 25 duotone woodcuts. Sm. 4to. Decorated cloth, leather label titled in gilt. First edition. Peter J. Stanlis, ed. No. 1102 of 2000 copies, signed by the artist. Designed and printed at Stinehour Press. Includes Limited Editions Club monthly letter dated September 1975, No. 491. Original chipped glassine dust jacket, split, and laid in loose. A fine copy in a near fine slip case.
London: Printed for T. Payne, 1775. xvi, 198 pp. Sm. 8vo. Later half calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt titles. Second edition. "Valuable as exhibiting a view of the colonies immediately preceding the Revolutionary War," Sabin. Andrew Burnaby (1732-1812) was a native of Leicestershire, a graduate of Queen's College Cambridge, and later the Vicar of Greenwich. "This book ... gave much information on the animals and birds of North America and its climate, but as regards the political situation Burnaby was to be proved a false prophet: he thought a permanent union of the colonies would be impossible because of their disagreements and mutual jealousies," (DNB). A very good copy, worn along the joints, occasional soiled leaves, binding tight. Howes B995. Sabin 9359. Larned 833. Bibliography of Virginia 675. Lowndes 318.
London: Printed by T.Bensley, Published for the author by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809. [iv], -134 pp. + adv [16 pp]. 4to. 29 cm. Cloth. First edition. Signed on the the title by Edwin Waugh (1817-1890), poet, often cited as "the Lancashire Burns." Errata slip before part I. Advertisement dated Dec. 1, 1808, bound in at rear. Called the greatest example of Campbell's genius by a contemporary American reviewer, Gertrude of Wyoming took as its subject the 1778 American Revolutionary War Battle in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania between pro-revolution colonists and British Loyalists with their Iroquois allies. Three hundred colonists were massacred, tortured, and many killed after surrendering. British critics attacked Campbell for this poem, and Walter Scott suggested that the theme was not appropriate since it was "one in which Britain was disgraced by the atrocities of her pretended adherents." A very good copy, small chip to lower fore corner of title leaf, scattered foxing and occasional soiling, edges browned, impressions clean, binding solid. A nice copy. Sabin 10268. CBEL III:183.
Baltimore: Printed for Samuel Butler and George Keatinge, 1805. ,12, -234, -244, -268, 6, 68 pp. 8vo. Three quarter morocco over marbled boards. First edition. "... In the name of themselves, and of all the People of the United States, for High Crimes & Misdemeanors, supposed to have been by Him Committed, with the Necessary Documents and Official Papers, From his Impeachment to final Acquittal. Taken in Short Hand by Charles Evans, and the Arguments of Counsel revised by them from his manuscript." Complete but quite oddly numbered as issued: numbers 50-51 are omitted, numbers 205-212 repeated; extra numbers are p. 101*-112*, 212* (i.e. 213*)-234*, 237*-244*. Chase (1741-1811) was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His impeachment and trial, the only one ever of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, was politically motivated due to his strong stance against the Republicans and Jeffersonianism. Had the Republicans been successful, the conviction would have greatly undermined the independence of the judiciary. "Chase's acquittal meant that John Marshall and his court were safe from future attacks of this kind. It also demonstrated to Jefferson and future presidents that impeachment was a clumsy and inefficient way to handle politically hostile judges. On the other hand, members of the judiciary learned that it was dangerous for judges to use the bench to express political opinions that were contrary to prevailing democratic beliefs. After this confrontation, John Marshall attempted to establish the Supreme Court as an institution that was considered "above politics" and concerned only with legal-juridical questions," (ANB). A very good copy, moderate wear along joints and extremities, scattered foxing. Sabin 12204. Amer. Imprints 8173. Cohen 14471.
Burlington, VT: C. Goodrich & Co. 1858. 84 pp. 16mo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. First published in 1848 under title, "Memoir of Colonel Seth Warner, by Daniel Chipman ... to which is added, the life of Colonel Ethan Allen, by Jared Sparks." An often neglecgted Vermont hero. A very good- copy, foxed, occassional damp spot, small chips to wrapper and spine. Sabin 12819. Gilam: 55.
Boston: 1736. 1 sheet. Folio. A partially printed deed for the purchase of a sixty-third part of a new township, in middle Massachusetts, on the "Easterly side of the Connecticut River between Northfield and Fort Dummer called Willard town or Arlington." The buyer was a savvy 33 year old rising star among Boston merchants, Thomas Hancock (1703 -1764), who started in the book trade, expanded into importing and exporting, and who "became one of Boston's wealthiest men [and] when his health failed, ... passed his business and fortune to his nephew, future Founding Father John Hancock, whom he had raised since John was thirteen." The date was only one year after the announcement of the cessation of hostilities in the Wabanaki-New England War by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Dummer, after whom the Fort was named (the area included the Western area of fighting). It was sold to him by Joseph Blanchard (1704-1758), Dunstable, [now New Hampshire] who a year earlier was a lieutenant in the New Hampshire Militia in the war. It is also signed and recorded by the great-grandson of Springfield's founder William Pynchon also named William Pynchon. Also signed by Anthony Stoddard (1678-1748) recently appointed judge, and a Harvard graduate. An early bill of sale related to many important founding families in Massachusetts. Browned, horizontal split halfway through at the main fold, a few other small tears and splits, with minor loss of a few letters not affecting legibility, a few small stains on the verso, still quite good and legible. Fowler. "Hancock, Thomas" in American National Biography Online. Burt:First Century of the History of Springfield, V. 2, p. 630.
Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1796-1802. , 624 pp. 8vo. Cloth with original morocco lettering piece. First edition. Also contains the Acts and laws passed at the sessions of May 1797 -Oct 1802. Evans 30264 (pp.447-54) is the Hudson issue with the proper signature mark present. Includes the Charter of the Colony of Connecticut, the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution. Index updated in contemporary hand to include data from May 1797 to conclusion, scattered marginalia in the same hand. Signature of Gustaf B. Carlson (d. 1924) an attorney and Judge in Middletown CT. Boards stained, free endpaper with a tear at joint, six leaves after p. 587 expertly reattached, scattered foxing, dampstains to corners of a few rear leaves, marginalia as noted, overall a good or better copy. Evans; 30260; 30262, 30264, 31972, 31974, 33554, 33556, 35341, 35342, 37227, 37226; Shaw & Shoemaker 341, 342, 2069, 2070.
[Pembroke]: 1815; 1819. 2 leaves. Folio. Early 19th c. American Navel documents. 1. Retained copy of letter dated May 31, 1819, Pembroke to John Roger, President of the Navy Commissioners Washington by Nathaniel Cushing. "I received your favour of the 24th Instant requesting me to make... anchor one of 846 and one stream of 280 to be delivered with others at Washington... as an extension of our contract... I went to work repairing my works which owing to some of the timbers [becoming] rotten I have but just got them repaired... will have [the anchors] all done certainly by the first of Oct.... [I} have agreed with Messrs. Binney & Ludlow to convey them on to Washington as they are made... 1. An accounting of anchors from at least five firms including N. Cushing. Docket reads: "Accounts of anchors sent to Portsmouth and treasury notes received all settled and all the notes divided and paid Sep. 12, 1815. Nathaniel Cushing (1762-1827) ran an iron works, making anchors in particular, in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Wintertur has a fine collection of his records but not this document. Letter very good, accounting good, edges chipped and stained, some loss at top edge.
Washington [D.C.]: A. & G. Way, Printers, 1806. 20 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A petition by prominent Philadelphia merchants asking for regulations on the fur trade with the Indians. While a Congressional Act had established trading posts among the Indian in 1796, with all the buying and selling through local agents, the petitioning merchants suggested that these dealings were rigged and that the best furs were exported, hurting American manufacturers. They argued for public auctions. Statistical information on the state of the trade in many posts such as Chicago, Detroit, Arkansas, St. Louis, is provided. Last at auction in 1919. OCLC shows ten copies: Columbia, NY State Lib, Yale, Boston Athenaeum, Penn. Comm Lib., UVA, AAS, Univ. Mich., NH Hist. Soc. A very good or better copy with offsetting on a few leaves. Sabin 61822. Shaw & Shoemaker 11622.
New Haven: Printed by T. & S. Green, 1795. 40 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. Timothy Dwight (1752-1817) was President of Yale College from 1795 until his death in 1817 and a grandson of Jonathan Edwards. "The primary mean of originating and establishing happiness, in free communities, is, I imagine, the formation of a good personal character in their citizens. Good citizens must of course constitute a happier community than bad ones, and must better understand the nature and causes of their happiness. They may safely be governed by a milder policy, and cannot but be better judges of the desirableness of such policy. More the children of reason, and less the slaves of appetite and passion, they will naturally be more satisfied with real happiness, and less allured, by that, which, however showy, is unsubstantial; will need fewer restrictions, and be more contented under such as are necessary; will prize more highly such liberty, as is suited to the condition of man, and proportionally disregard that, which is Utopian. Hence, such citizens may probably be governed by justice, and common sense; and will not necessitate the adoption of force and oppression, or the employment of circumvention and statecraft." A very good copy with loose stitching, untrimmed, some offsetting and browning at edges of leaves, without half title. Sabin 21561. Evans 28610. Trumbull 635. BAL 5050. NAIP w29596.
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1849. iv, 66 pp. Illus. with 1 folding b/w map. 8vo. Original quarter cloth over paper covered boards. First edition. "This is the earliest carefully prepared monograph upon the battle of Bladensburg and the subsequent capture of Washington, August 19--25, 1814. This event led to the resignation of General Armstrong as Secretary of War and the appointment of a committee to investigate the causes and circumstances of this disaster. In the Sketch here described General Armstrong is blamed and General Winder exonerated. The work has an extensive appendix, in which are given documentary proofs," Cole: Library of E.D. Church, p. 2553. Map titled "Sketch of the March of the British Army under Genl. Ross. From the 19th to the 29th of August, 1814." Provenance; C.F. Libbie to R.I. Historical Society 1905. A good solid copy, boards rubbed and spotted, map creased at folds with one small separation at intersection, institutional bookplate on front pastedown, blind stamp on title, foxed endpapers, faint dampstain along top edge on preliminaries, owner's name on title. Sabin 34772. Howes I 48. Church 1358.
Portsmouth, N.H. n.p. 1840. 34 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Signed by the author, the grandson of the subject. Includes one page manuscript (once bound in) called "Description of Gov. Langdon" by a contemporary of his who also remarks that he had heard of a [this] pamphlet written by Langdon's grandson. Thus two contemporary descriptions of one of the Founding Fathers. John Langdon (1741-1819 ) was a vigorous supporter of the Revolution, sat on the New Hampshire committee of correspondence and a nonimportation committee... In 1774 he participated in the seizure and confiscation of British munitions from the Portsmouth fort. He had "contracts to build ships for the Continental navy, including the Ranger, which Captain John Paul Jones made famous during the war. In addition, Langdon worked to raise manpower and bring in French supplies for Continental forces. He not only helped to finance, but, as commander of a militia unit, he accompanied General John Stark's summer 1777 expedition that contributed to American victory at Saratoga... He was speaker of the New Hampshire legislature from 1777 to 1781... elected president of New Hampshire in 1788, Langdon resigned a year later to accept a seat in the U.S. Senate, which he held from 4 March 1789 until 3 March 1801. Shortly after arriving in New York he was elected the first president pro tempore of the Senate. In the early 1790s Langdon voted consistently with the Federalists, supporting Alexander Hamilton's plans to fund the national debt and establish a national bank" (ANBO). He returned later to New Hampshire and was elected to the State house and from 1805 to 1812 with the exception of one year, he was Governor of New Hampshire. Typographic errors appear to be corrected by Elwyn. Scarce. Goodspeed had one for sale in 1910. OCLC locates three copies: American Antiquarian Soc., New York Hist. Soc., and New Hampshire Hist. Soc. of which only the AAS copy is signed. A very good- copy, lacking the wrappers, mail fold, occasional neat edits, signature on title. Amer. Imprints 402200.