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A Day in the Life of America. New York Collins Publishers: 1986. On Friday, May 2, 1986, 200 leading photographers fanned out across the United States and started snapping pictures of everyday life- a quarter million photographs in all. From that, the editors have selected these several hundred to present a single day, sunrise to dark, in the life of America. Hardcover. 10.5"x14.5", 268 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35280
Price: $ 20.00       

American Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Objects including A Selection of Ship Models. New York Christie's East: July 9, 1981. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 56 pages, 511 lots, b/w illustrations light wear prices realised sheet stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 8627
Price: $ 15.00       

American Historical Documents, Letters and Books, Property of Heritage Foundation, Deerfield, Massachusetts. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 17, 1964. A truly remarkable auction of a private collection donated to the Heritage Foundation and sold to raise funds for its preservation programs. Included were the personal papers of Lord Grenville regarding the Stamp Act, the original manuscript report of the commissioners of the Annapolis Convention (precursor to the Constitutional Convention), and nice Washington items, including a long handwritten 1778 letter explaining his opposition to invading Canada, his copy of the first official printing of the Constitution with his handwritten correction, and his copies of the first Acts of Congress. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 57 pages, 157 lots, b/w illustrations, some wear prices realized list stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 8401
Price: $ 25.00       

American Historical Prints. New York Swann Galleries: April 23, 1998. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 353 lots, black & white illustrations. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 34516
Price: $ 20.00       

American Paintings, Books & Manuscripts...Auction Sale to be Held at the British Embassy, Washington D.C., on the Occasion of the Washington National Symphony Ball Weekend. New York Parke-Bernet Sotheby: December 5, 1970. Sale 3129. An interesting auction, with an emphasis on politicians and others with a connection to Washington, D.C. Included a rare copy of the first draft of the Constitution which sold for $19,000. Softcover. 7"x10", 45 pages, 100 lots b/w illustrations prices realised sheet stapled to title page light wear.

Inventory #: 8619
Price: $ 20.00       

Americana. New York Sotheby's: October 23-24, 1981. Sale 4709. A nice selection of furniture, folk art, ceramics, glass, scrimshaw, textiles, etc. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", about 200 pages, 580 lots, b/w illustrations prices realised sheet stapled to title page light wear.

Inventory #: 8628
Price: $ 25.00       

Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Americana... Boston Sullivan Bros. & Libbie: May 24-25, 1883. "Consisting of New England and western town, county and state histories, early American travels and explorations, books on the American Indians, scarce pamphlets, etc., etc." Softcover. 6"x9.5", 54 pages, 1024 lots original paper covers glued along the spine into heavier card covers of the period with a pen note of the title outer cards soiled, catalog with minor soil and a little wear.

Inventory #: 8397
Price: $ 25.00       

Ceremony of Flag Presentation to Columbia University of the City of New York, May Second, 1896 and May Seventh, 1898, by Lafayette Post, No. 140. Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. Privately printed by Lafayette Post: 1899. An elegant and interesting record of early flag presentation ceremonies. According to the text, prior to 1888 "the flying of the United States flag over educational institutions, or the display of them within the buildings, was almost unknown". This was apparently the first presentation of a flag to a college by the Lafayette Post, and they made quite a "do" of it, with speeches, a parade, and so on. In 1898 they presented a beautiful pedestal and staff as well. This book, printed on heavy, deckle edge paper, features color plates of several GAR medals and badges, and two of the Post's ceremonial flags. The text includes all the correspondence and resolutions connected with the presentations as well as descriptions of the parades and ceremonies, and the texts of the speeches. Hardcover. 7"x10", 121 pages, 8 b/w and 5 color plates light wear, a little cover soil.

Inventory #: 9437
Price: $ 175.00       

Furnishing Stenton: Quaker Grandeur in Philadelphia. [contained in the] 2002 Philadelphia Antiques Show Program. The 2002 loan exhibition featured antiques (mostly 18th century Philadelphia furniture) from Stenton Hall, the grand Philadelphia house of Quaker merchant James Logan (1674-1751. A benefit for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the annual Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the nation's premier Americana shows, and its catalog features a scholarly, in-depth article on a topic usually related to that year's show loan exhibition. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 30 pages [article], color and black & white illustrations. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 34063
Price: $ 20.00       

Report on Water Power. Report of the Committee of the Franklin Institute of Pennsylvania, appointed May, 1829, to ascertain by experiment the value of Water as a Moving Power. [Philadelphia: 1831]. Well, obviously water power did have value as a means of motive power, as a century's worth of textile and other mills will amply attest... The 14 members of the Committee spent about a year and a half designing and constructing the apparatus to hold the trials, and running the trials, after which this detailed report, chock full of useful tables, was issued. As the author notes: "The importance of accurate knowledge in relation to the effect of water as a moving power and the defective state of information upon that subject, induced the Franklin Institute, in the spring of 1829, to determine that a series of experiments should be made, under its direction, upon a force of water applied by wheels the experiments to be in detail, and upon a scale calculated to give confidence in the practical nature of the results... There is perhaps no subject connected with the extensive branch of mechanics, for which theory has done so little, as for that which consider the effect of water upon wheels the different theories advanced are at variances with each other, and with practice, so that the candid theorist confesses that the circumstances, attending the action, are of so complicated a nature as to baffle his powers of investigation. Experiment, then, can alone guide to results worthy of confidence". The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 to encourage the propagation of scientific and technical knowledge in the spirit of Benjamin Franklin. The Institute sponsored a series of industrial exhibitions from 1924 to 1838 and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals for technological innovations. Softcover. 5.5"x8.75", 136 pages, plus 8 engraved plates, three of them folding. Bound in new paper covers text with some spotting and soil, some plates with some foxing, etc. OCLC locates one copy.

Inventory #: 5606
Price: $ 750.00       

The Winterthur Story. Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1964. A reissue of excerpts from Winterthur Portfolio #1, a variety of essays which chronicle the development and evolution of the Winterthur Museum and its collections. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 165 pages, black & white illustrations. Wave to the pages.

Inventory #: 33635
Price: $ 15.00       

Arader, W. Graham III, & Wendy Shadwell. Native Grace. Prints of the New World, 1590-1876. Charlottesville Thomasson-Grant: 1988. A sumptuous coffee table book, featuring 104 beautiful prints from the private collection of the famous and controversial print dealer W. Graham Arader III. Hardcover. 12.5"x2", 127 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35407
Price: $ 45.00       

Bachman, Ben. Upstream. A Voyage on the Connecticut River. Chester Globe Pequot Press: 1988. A 410-mile long journey, from Long Island Sound to the Quebec border. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 217 pages near fine.

Inventory #: 6710
Price: $ 10.00       

Beckett, Brian. Historic Virginia. New York Gallery Books: 1985. A lovely pictorial tour through the historic homesteads and countryside of Virginia. Includes old houses & interiors, farms, landscape, waterfront, old historic illustrations, and more. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 71 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wave to the bottom of the pages.

Inventory #: 33630
Price: $ 15.00       

Belknap, Henry W. Trades and Tradesmen of Essex County, Massachusetts, Chiefly of the Seventeenth Century. Salem The Essex Institute: 1929. One of the pioneering studies of Colonial-era crafts and tradesmen. Includes bakers, blacksmiths, carpenters, curriers, a hatter, locksmith, paver, and many more. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 96 pages, plus 12 b/w illustrations a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31086
Price: $ 200.00       

Benes, Peter (ed.). Early American Probate Inventories. Boston University: 1989. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1987. Includes essays on matching inventory terms and domestic furnishings, household inventories in Surry County, Virginia from 1690-1715, an inventory-based reconstruction of how people dressed in 17th century Cambridge, Massachusetts, and more! Softcover. 6"x9", 184 pages, b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90255
Price: $ 30.00       

Benes, Peter (ed.). House and Home. Boston University: 1990. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1988. Includes essays on setting up housekeeping in the 18th century, domestic service in New England, cookstoves in American culture 1815-1900, lower-class life in Connecticut in 1815, female work in the household from 1724-1782, and more. Softcover. 6"x9", 136 pages, b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90254
Price: $ 28.00       

Bickford, Christopher P. The Abraham Panther Broadside. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin -July, 1977. The story and description of one of Connecticut's most famous 18th century Indian captivity broadsides, of which the CHS had acquired the earliest known printing. Softcover. 2 pages [article], 1 black & white plate. Light soil.

Inventory #: 33311
Price: $ 15.00       

Brigham, Clarence S. Paul Revere's Engravings. Worcester American Antiquarian Society: 1954. A scholarly, definitive reference to the full range of Revere's varied and interesting work. An essential reference, and this, the first edition, is much grander and more physically pleasing than the more common reprint. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 181 pages, plus 77 plates, several colored, and some folding. Apparently ex-institutional, with several small "discard" stamps and white numbers on the spine, but no other marks.

Inventory #: 35787
Price: $ 50.00       

Browne, D.J. The American Bird Fancier considered with reference to the breeding, rearing, feeding, management, and peculiarities of Cage and House Birds with remarks on their Diseases and Remedies drawn from authentic sources and personal observation. New York C.M. Saxton: 1850. An early American Victorian bird-keeping guide, with notes about not only the type of birds we keep today, such as pigeons, canaries, quail, finches and doves, but wild birds such as bobolinks, blackbirds, catbirds, mockingbirds, robins, thrashers and thrushes. The illustrations include not only birds but also several cages and an outdoor aviary. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", 107 pages, plus a 10-page catalog of the publisher's other books. Illustrated with wood engravings. Publisher's stamped cloth with a gilt vignette. Covers with some slight soil and wear, endpapers lightly spotted, a few internal spots.

Inventory #: 32994
Price: $ 125.00       

Burkett, Nancy H. & John B. Hench, (eds.) Under Its Generous Dome. The Collections and Programs of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester American Antiquarian Society: 1992. Softcover. 6"x9", 190 pages, b/w illustrations a fine copy.

Inventory #: 9947
Price: $ 15.00       

Busch, Jason T., Christopher Monkhouse & Janet L. Whitmore. Currents of Change. Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 2004. "The Mississippi River valley holds some of the nation's most interesting scenery and treasured history. Although the river has long been a channel for trade, the 1850's marked its transformation from a travel route to a vital conduit for transmitting art, decorative objects, and new styles from Louisiana to Minnesota. Currents of Change celebrates the artistic history of the Mississippi River by bringing together art in all media: paintings, prints, drawings, furniture, silver, ceramics, textiles, and sculpture. Minneapolis Institute of Arts curators Jason Busch and Christopher Monkhouse and art historian Janet Whitmore have each contributed an essay. Whitmore explores the Mississippi Valley landscape, people, and architecture in paintings by artists including George Caleb Bingham and Henry Lewis. Busch uses furnishings and portraits by artists like Alexander Roux and Thomas Sully to trace patterns of patronage and decoration along the river. And Monkhouse Softcover. 9"x12", 189 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34099
Price: $ 30.00       

Carleton, Will. City Ballads. New York Harper & Brothers: 1886. Carleton was also author of "Farm Ballads", Farm Legends", "Farm Festivals", and other books. He certainly relished the role of the city-outsider, and in his preface he notes- "the great drama of metropolitan existence falls most forcibly upon those just from the clear streams and green meadows of the country. Their impressions are deeper, and their feelings more intense than if they were city born and bred". Carleton's form and rhyme scheme seem dated today, but he conveys an intimate, if somewhat biased, view of American city life at the turn of the 19th century. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 180 pages, b/w illustrations pictorial covers in gilt and black showing a gleaming city hovering surrealistically over country scene. Light soil and scuffing, spotting to the endpapers.

Inventory #: 2592
Price: $ 40.00       

Carpenter, Charles & Mary Grace. The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket. New York Dodd, Mead & Co.: 1987. A beautifully produced study of the arts and crafts of this legendary whaling and seaport community. Scrimshaw, basketry, glass, silver, ceramics, furniture, textiles, weathervanes and mariners' tools are all illustrated and described here. The Carpenters also discuss the exotic objects brought back to Nantucket by her world-traveling mariners, from intricately-carved Chinese boxes to dramatic Samoan war clubs. A delightful book, well illustrated and enthusiastically written. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 257 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 95010
Price: $ 50.00       

Cooke, Sarah E. & Rachel B. Ramadhyani. Indians and a Changing Frontier. The Art of George Winter. Indianapolis Indiana Historical Society: 1993. First edition. George Winter painted the Miami and Potawatomi tribes in Indiana in 1839-1839, just before they were removed from their homelands and sent West. He also painted landscapes and portraits of pioneers in his home of Logansport, Indiana, and the neighboring country, as well as the many rivers in the area. Hardcover. 9"x12", 269 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a fine copy in a fine jacket.

Inventory #: 1141
Price: $ 50.00       

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