TOWN HISTORIES and Related

Offered on this page are some Town Histories, and related histories, that have faults. Because of those faults I have chosen to instead illustrate those problems and offer these books here instead of cataloging on my various website pages. So, below, sold as-is and with all faults, do click here to contact me to PLACE YOUR ORDER. Thank you, RAY

1924-25 WHITE MOUNTAIN NATURAL CURIOSITY BOOKLETS – BOXED SET

In the 1920s, Guy Roberts of Whitefield, New Hampshire, published a number of booklets of the natural beauty and wonders of the White Mountain tourist areas. Roberts loved the area, and the Old Man of the Mountains. In 1906 he discovered the condition of the Old Man, and advocated for measures to be taken to secure the rocks.

His booklets are often found, and when found run $25 and up. His booklets measure about 3 1/4 inches by 6 1/4 inches, and in some instances the text opens up on a fan-fold sheet. Boxed sets were sold, and this auction is for one of the Roberts’ Series in the original box. The paper label from the box top is chipped and loose, and the sides of the box top lid are lacking as you will see later – below are the booklets in this set:

THE PROFILE AND HOW IT WAS SAVED – 1924 Fifth Edition – fan-fold 22 pages
THE FLUME AND ALL ABOUT IT – 1924 Second Edition – fan-fold 16 pages
INDIAN HEAD: ITS DEBUT AND LEGENDS – 1924 Third Edition – fan-fold 10 pages
THE WILLEY SLIDE: ITS HISTORY, LEGEND AND ROMANCE – 1924 Second Edition – 44 pages
LOST RIVER AND GOING THRU IT – 1925 Second Edition – 28 pages
THE GREAT CARBUNCLE; CHRISTUS INDEX;  and, THE GREAT STONE FACE – 1924 Second Edition – 48 pages

PRICE – $100 – Order Number 69882

 

1871 – ATLAS OF STRAFFORD COUNTY NEW HAMPSHIRE, FROM ACTUAL SURVEYS, DRAWN AND PUBLISHED BY SANFORD & EVERTS

Sanford, E. F.; Everts, W. P.; et al, published by Sanford & Everts, Philadelphia, PA, 1871. Measures overall (closed) about 13 3/4 inches by 17 inches. Hand-colored maps. Exceptionally nice atlas internally with all maps clean and bright (only a couple foxing spots). All maps printed on one side only (some double page) thus some blank page numbers. PLEASE NOTE – Some loss to cloth on spine and some edgewear to the original boards. All maps collated and complete, an uncommon New Hampshire nineteenth-century atlas. good+, original boards and spine (hardcover) NOTE wear to spine.

MAPS OF THIRTEEN TOWNS INCLUDING: BARRINGTON, DOVER CITY, DURHAM, FARMINGTON, LEE, MADBURY, MIDDLETON, MILTON, NEW DURHAM, ROCHESTER, ROLLINSFORD, SOMERSWORTH, and STRAFFORD. Also; fifteen villages. ACCOMPANIED BY HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION. ALONG WITH A COUNTY PLAN, TABLE OF DISTANCES, SOME CITY AND VILLAGE DIRECTORIES AND MORE

Here are some sample two page spreads

Price: $300 – Order Number 58470

 

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW VOLUME XXIII CONTAINING LIFE SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF HILLSBORO & CHESHIRE COUNTIES, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Biographical Review Pub. Co. 1897 1st ed – 482 pages.  “The persons whose life stories are outlined in this volume, present or former residents of Hillsboro and of Cheshire Counties, have earned the right to be commemorated.” – you can click on any image to open a gallery of larger views. This copy rebound in green cloth – nice clean and tight copy.

$85 –  Order Number 52834

Bound uniformly in green cloth as above, and from the same collection, I have:

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW – THIS VOLUME CONTAINS BIOGRAPICAL SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE – $100 – Order number 52835

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW – THIS VOLUME CONTAINS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE – $100 – Order number 52838

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW VOLUME XXII – CONTAINING LIFE SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF MERRIMACK AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES – N.H. – $75 – Order Number 39176  – not illustrated

please email for more details on these three historical volumes

1816 and 1835 – DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ARCHIVE – FOUR BOOKLETS – HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Old Settler Bookshop was a Walpole, NH, tradition from 1929 to 1987 when its owner, Bob Kolvoord died. Bob made many a trip to Hanover buying books and libraries. When the c1786 home the shop was in was sold, about ten years ago, I had the opportunity to purchase what stock remained tucked away. Part of the remaining stash included these four early Dartmouth College pamphlets.

First is an 1816 printing of the Charter of Dartmouth College. Measuring about 5 inches by 8 1/2 inches, the 14 pages are bound by a thread, but were never trimmed nor bound. Unopened, and never read. Value on-line $175.

Three pamphlets pertain to popular Dartmouth chemistry professor Benjamin Hale. When he fell into disfavor, he was forced out when the Trustees dissolved the position he held. These pamphlets relate those circumstances circa 1835; and, include:

1-VALEDICTORY LETTER TO THE TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE -Benj. Hale, October 27, 1835. 24 pages measuring about 4 3/8 inches by 7 1/4 inches.

2- PROFESSOR HALE AND DARTMOUTH COLLEGE – by ALUMNUS – 23 pages measuring about 4 3/8 inches by 7 inches

3-REMARKS ON A PAMPHLET ENTITLED “PROF. HALE AND DARTMOUTH COLLEGE.” by an INVESTIGATOR – reported to be Daniel Oliver, published in Hanover 1835 – 34 pages measuring about 4 1/2 inches by 7 inches.

Following are some sample pages from each publication in this interesting historical look at early Dartmouth and it history.

$45 – Order Number eb1226

1889 – HISTORY OF HARTFORD, VERMONT – JULY 4, 1761 to APRIL 4, 1889 – by William Howard Tucker

THE FIRST TOWN ON THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GRANTS CHARTERED AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE FRENCH WAR

Published by The Free Press Association, Burlington, VT, 1889, 488 pages, with John Porter portrait tipped in. Much Wear and Soiling, rear hinge tad weak. Offered here “as is” “with all faults” – I prefer to offer worn items needing images to my ebay customers instead of cataloging on my website. Available as “print on demand – POD,” original editions are valued at $100 and up depending upon condition. Although worn, this original copy can be yours for less than a POD hardcover.

$30 — Order Number eb1248

1924 – COASTAL MAINE – THE STORY OF MAINE by L. WHITNEY ELKINS

Published by The Hillsborough Company, Bangor, Maine, 1924. B&W illustrations, 292 pages. Much edgewear and soiling as shown in images. Books with wear I prefer to illustrate for my eBay customers instead of cataloguing on my website. Offered “as-is, with all faults”

$10 — Order Number eb1249

 

1876 – HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PETERBOROUGH, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE,
Withe the Report of the Proceedings at the Centennial Celebration in 1839: An Appendix Containing the Records of the Original Proprietors; and a Genealogical and Historical Register.

By Albert Smith, Published Press of George H. Ellis, Boston, MA, 1876. 360 pages, fold-out map (not illustrated here), a few illustrations; and, followed by 365 pages GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL REGISTER. Condition Note – loose hinges, and some signatures a tad loose. However, a good serviceable “working copy” of the original edition for the historian. This first edition usually runs $300 and up.

Selling books full-time for over 30 years, I do not like to catalog material with faults on my website – I prefer to offer to my Ebay customers, with illustrations of those faults – easier with a picture, so you know what you are buying. Thus a low price, for this and the other items I also offer “sold with all faults – WAF.”

PRICE – $225 – (order number 54697)

 

1914 SOUVENIR OF FAIRMOUNT PARK – PHILADELPHIA, PA – PENN – PENNSYLVANIA

Published for Fairmount Park Guard Pension Fund by Reicher & Co., Manayunk, Philadelphia. Book measures about 7 inches by 10 3/4 inches. Blue cloth hardcover with 94 pages of photos and great advertisements with descriptions of grounds, activities, Location of Men’s Retiring Rooms, and so much more.

Working copy, endpapers lacking as a result loose book block, and a few loose pages. As you can see in the images, at some time a wet piece of paper caught the boards, and part remains – BUT – What you want are the wonderful automobile ads, ground and amusement descriptions and photographs. Some tears. Ads also include banks, title companies, insurance firms, picnic grounds

Philadelphia automobile dealers advertising here to promote auto touring to the park (and learn where they were located) include: Pierce-Arrow; Kissell Kar; Jeffrey; Detroiter (with illustration); Locomobile; K-R-I-T (with illustration); Stanley; Buick; Overland; Peerless; Briscoe; Mitchell Cars; Baker Electrics; Stutz; Studebaker; Cadillac; Mercer; Marmon; Cole; Simplex; Lewis VI; Metz; Doris; Franklin Motor Car; Packard; and many, many more. SOLD WITH ALL FAULTS – as is

some sample two page spreads

note the Fairmount Park Transportation Company trolley car to the park

PRICE – $15

 

HISTORY OF LAWRENCE MASSACHUSETTS WITH WAR RECORDS, by Maurice B. Dorgan – 1924

Published by the Author, 1924, 267pp CONDITION NOTE – FAINT DAMPSTAIN along foreedge of about the first 60 pages of the book block – not affecting text, some light foxing. Also, this copy LACKS THE TITLE PAGE. I have a second copy on the shelves in my shop ($25), so have been able to provide the title page information here. The title page in my other copy is almost detached having originally been tipped in – thus no wonder it is lost in the copy I offer here. A book, with history beginning in Colonial times, that should go home to its Lawrence MASS – MA home.

PRICE $20 — if you would like a copy without faults, I have one in the shop for $32.50

 

1815 EARLY BRATTLEBOROUGH, VERMONT IMPRINT
BRATTLEBORO, VT – VERMONT

The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come, Delivered Under the Similitude of a Dream by John Bunyan

full calf leather with much wear, part of original spine label remains. Tight copy, 311 pages, lacks front free endpaper and all pages prior to title page. Published by John Holbrook – an early Vermont printing / imprint. Book measures about 4 1/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches.

PRICE – $75

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