To the friends of the slave in the town of Smithfield. Peterboro, New York: [Smith], March 12, 1844
A fiery antislavery broadside by one of the Secret Six.
(SUPREME COURT.) CLARK ,ED
The Supreme Court. Washington, D.C.: Ed Clark, 1956
Completed in 1935, the magnificent neoclassical Supreme Court Building features the motto “Equal Justice Under the Law” on the west facade. This splendid, enormous color photograph was taken by famed LIFE magazine photographer Ed Clark: “Black Church Leaders pray on the Supreme Court steps for integration to succeed” (Herrera, Frank, Ed Clark: Decades).
A Compendious Exercise for the Garrison and Field Ordnance, as Practised in the United States. Washington City: Weightman, 1810
FIRST EDITION of “the first official drill manual for either the American regular or militia artillery” (Graves). This manual constrains detailed instructions on procedures in firing and handling artillery and training soldiers in its use.
(Jewish Immigration & Philanthropy)
Grand Concert in Aid of the Russian Jewish Refugees, Monday Eve’g, March 27, ’82, by the Handel and Haydn Society, in conjunction with Salem Oratorio Society, Lynn Choral Union, Taunton Beethoven Society, A Grand Orchestra…. Boston: Printed By Jewish Watchman Print[ers], 1882
This is the rare original announcement and program for a major early benefit concert supporting Jewish refugees from Russia. The concert was held at Mechanics Hall in Boston in 1882. The featured conductors are Carl Zerrahn and George Henschel. Henschel had become the first conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra a year earlier. Here he leverages his position to support Jewish refugees.
(STATUE OF LIBERTY)
Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.
The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion. The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.
(DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968)
Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention. Various places, 1968
The 1968 Democratic National Convention of 1968, held in Chicago, was a landmark event in American political history. John M. Bailey of Connecticut, who had helped to orchestrate Johnson’s landslide victory in 1964, oversaw the contentious presidential campaign of 1968, in which Robert Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and others sought the Democratic nomination. This is a collection of papers to and by longtime Democratic National Committee Chairman John M. Bailey.
CHILD, LYDIA MARIA
An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans called Africans. New York: Taylor, 1836
SECOND EDITION of Child’s Appeal, the landmark in American abolitionist literature.
Horse-Hoeing Husbandry: or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage. Designed to Introduce A New Method of Culture; whereby The Produce of Land will be Increased, and the Usual Expense Lessened. Together with Accurate Descriptions and Cuts of the Instruments Employed in it … fourth edition, very carefully corrected. London: Millar, 1762
The edition that Thomas Jefferson owned. Jefferson wrote from Monticello in 1817, “While I was an amateur in Agricultural science (for practical knowledge my course of life never permitted me) I was very partial to the drilled husbandry of Tull.”
Stiles, Henry R
A History of the City of Brooklyn Including the Old Town and Village of Brooklyn, the Town of Brunswick, and the Village and City of Williamsburgh. Brooklyn: Published by Subscription, 1867, 1869, and 1870
FIRST EDITION. It is very difficult to find fine, complete sets of first editions of this work, published individually by subscription over the span of three years.
This is the best history of Brooklyn up to its time. Stiles was an indefatigable author, historian, and genealogist, in addition to his day job as a physician.
A lovely set.