1870 – TWENTY YEARS AMONG THE BULLS AND BEARS OF WALL STREET by MATTHEW HALE SMITH

1870 – TWENTY YEARS AMONG THE BULLS AND BEARS OF WALL STREET by MATTHEW HALE SMITH

1870 First Edition – there were later printings – J. B. Burr & Company, Hartford, Conn., 557 pages, 12 black and white full page illustrations – all present. Green cloth with much wear and fraying, hinges were not broken, but I re-glued for a tight book block for long use. Some faults and tears to some pages and signatures. Sold with all faults – WAF.

A corner stone to your Wall Street library. In the 1990s and early 2000s, when I was helping stock certificate collectors build their reference libraries, I could not keep this book in stock. I just located this copy in my storage – not the prettiest but an important book to have.

Deals with the work of Wall Street, language of the stock market, famous stock operators, brokers, bankers, and banks, and the ethics of the market. Interesting chapter on financial journalism. Draws suggestive contrast between business leader ship and finance under mercantile capitalism in the change to industrial capitalism. As a contemporary work it is especially valuable in its anecdotes and its judgments of men and methods. LARSON 1632. (GUIDE TO BUSINESS HISTORY: MATERIALS FOR THE STUDY OF AMERICAN BUSINESS HISTORY AND SUGGESTIONS FOR THEIR USE, Henrietta M. Larson,  Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1948)

PRICE – $120
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THE UNITED STATES AND NEW-HAMPSHIRE REGISTER FOR THE YEAR 1797 

1797 – THE UNITED STATES AND NEW-HAMPSHIRE REGISTER FOR THE YEAR 1797 BEING THE 21ST-22ND, OF NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE

Printed at Dover (New Hampshire) For the citizens of the United States by Samuel Bragg, Jr. Well worn, and been resewn, front cover and blank page with 1797 inscription loose. Starts with usual almanac type data, then the United States Register. Next the New Hampshire Register including military information, and ending with society information. I can only find one reference on this almanac type publication that measures about 3 3/4 inches by about 6 inches (pocket size) and that is a digital reference stating it had 92 pages. I did not count the unnumbered pages. The way it is sewn it appears complete. UNCOMMON to say the least. Images of the front and rear covers are at the end.

Below – front and rear covers

PRICE — $125
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1848-1849 – THE NEW ENGLAND OFFERING – LOWELL MILL WORKERS WRITINGS

1848-1849 – THE NEW ENGLAND OFFERING – LOWELL MILL WORKERS WRITINGS

Harriet Farley, editor and publisher; published at Lowell, 23 Central Street, 1849 (title page with illustration.

The New England Offering was a collection of journal entries that were written by female mill workers in New England mills.[1]Many of the women who were contributing to the magazine were working in mills in Lowell, Massachusetts. The “Lowell Offering” was a collection of narratives where women shared their works in a intellectual and cultural publication. The contributors took great pride in the magazine. The “Lowell Offering” gained a great deal amount of popularity. It was read by famous writers such as Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and George Sand. The “Lowell Offering” lost momentum after the opinions of the writers moved towards areas that mill owners did not agree with. The “New England Offering” was established after controversy with the Lowell Offering erupted and the editors Harriet Farley and Harriott F. Curtis had to discontinue the “Lowell Offering” and start a new magazine. The magazine’s first issue appeared in September 1847, and Farley ended publication with the March 1850 issue. – WIKIPEDIA

FOLLOWING IS WHAT IS CONTAINED IN THIS BOUND VOLUME
Title page dated 1849
Index – Volume 1 – wholes series Volume 6
April 1848 – MERRIMACK MILLS AND BOARDING HOUSES – 24pp
May 1848 – THE MARKET WAGON – 48pp
June 1848 – SUNSET – p49-p72
July 1848 – ITALIAN PEASANT GIRLS – p73-p96
August 1848 – WIGWAM IN THE FOREST – p97-p120
September 1848 – HAWAIAIN GIRL – p121-p144
October 1848 – no title – native huts on water – p145-p168
November 1848 – no illustration – -169-p192
December 1848 – no illustration – p193-p216

January 1849 – no illustration – p1-p24
February 1849 – no illustration – p25-p48
March 1848 – no illustration – p49-p72
NO APRIL
May 1848 – no illustration, begins saying “behind the times” with regard to day. May issue will arrive nearly June – p97-p120
NO JUNE or JULY
August 1849 – no illustration – p169-192
NO SEPTEMBER
October 1849 – PRINCIPAL ENTRANCE MT. AUBURN – p 217-p240
November 1849 – ISOMETRIC VIEW OF THE BAY STATE MILLS – p241-p265 but continues right on with p266 saying December to page 278

You may find of interest the article, “THE LIFE OF NEW ENGLAND MILL WORKERS” in the magazine, American Ancestors, Winter, 2013. You can google and read the copy on-line.

PRICE – $450
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ORIGINAL FISH CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS – SHERMAN F. DENTON 

As I am enjoying watching a good snowfall begin, I am working on one project that I started over two years ago, but goes back over two decades – illustrating, pricing, and offering for sale the original Sherman F. Denton color plates that I have had put away.

Prepared for the U.S. Fish Commission (later the United States Fish and Wildlife Service) and the Forest, Fish and Game Commission of New York State. Offered are original loose plates (probably never bound in a book) that would have been from one of the separate portfolios of prints published from 1895 to about 1910. Wonderful framed — so, take a look at this link just below, and cast your line my way to order —

ORIGINAL FISH CHROMOLITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS – SHERMAN F. DENTON 

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL – UNCOMMON EDITIONS – Charles Dickens

I first visited Charles Dickens home in London in 1990 and became fascinated with A CHRISTMAS CAROL and began collecting different editions of the tale and ephemera. I wanted to do readings in my bookshop in Haddonfield, NJ, but that never happened. Relocating to New Hampshire in 2002, in 2008 I wrote my own stage adaptation of this classic and for seven years produced it. Many scene changes with utilization of a scrim, up to fifty performers from The Walpole Players, we accepted donations at the door for the local area food shelves, raising over $27,000 during our run. It is now time for me to find new homes for a few of my cherished editions.

c1917 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – DESIGNED BY ALAN TABOR – UNCOMMON EDITION – SIGNED BY CEDRIC CHARLES DICKENS IN 1986

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS BY CHARLES DICKENS – Designed by Alan Tabor with Frontispiece by Monro S. Orr – Published by The Hubbell Publishing Co., New York. Unpaginated (about 112 pages), color frontis, black and white illustrations, Calligraphic text (in double columns) , decorative initials and borders, decorative title page, printed in red and black. Green cloth, hardcover, book block measures about 7 inches by about 10 1/8 inches. Some light foxing on acidic paper. In addition, this copy was SIGNED BY CEDRIC CHARLES DICKENS IN 1986Cedric David Charles Dickens (24 September 1916 – 11 February 2006) was an English author and businessman, a great-grandson of Charles Dickens and the steward of his literary legacy.

This is an extremely uncommon edition (I found an auction record of 260 pounds). Manchester UK artist Alan Lansdown Tabor (1883-1957) did the work on the text. An earlier edition was done in 1916 by Tabor for the George G. Harrap & Co., but that edition is also scarce.

PRICE — $225SOLD

1924 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – by CHARLES DICKENS – Illustrated by ETHEL F. EVERETT

Published by Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1924, 144 pages, 12 color plates tipped in. Good+, dark red cloth in uncommon lightly chipped dust jacket. Another uncommon edition of this classic from my personal collection.

Some glare in image above and below from dust jacket protector

PRICE — $65

c1920 – CHRISTMAS STORIES by CHARLES DICKENS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL and THE HOLLY TREE

Published by McLoughlin Brothers, New York, no date, circa 1910-1920s. 144 pages with both stories included. The important thing with this edition is the color frontis of Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

SOLD

1930s – DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL AND OTHER STORIES – THE PLEASANT HOUR SERIES

Includes: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (48 pages) by Charles Dickens; and, THE MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY (45 pages followed by ads) by Edward Everett Hall – published by Barse & Hopkins Publishers, New York, no date, but gift date of 1934 on front free endpaper. Hardcover, maroon cloth with pictorial pastedown. Four color plates as called for.

PRICE – $25

1986 – A CHRISTMAS CAROL by CHARLES DICKENS – Illustrated by ARTHUR RACKAM

Published by Octopus Books Limited, London, 1986 – strangely an edition not often seen with “12 superb color plates, many fine line drawings and silhouettes by the well loved artist Arthur Rackam.” Hardcover, 143 pages, green cloth with dust jacket. Sadly the front cover “took a hit” at some point it its live with a tear. Once a dust jacket protector is on the book it will be harder to see. Owner inscription on blank preliminary page.

PRICE – $25
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FOUR (4) VINTAGE CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS 

FOUR (4) VINTAGE CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS – FUN TO DECORATE WITH AND READ

Offered as a lot are these four softcover Christmas holiday booklets, the largest of which measures about 5 inches by 7 1/8 inches. 

Included are (left to right, top to bottom):
A CHRISTMAS SONG – by John H. Finley, David C. Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, IL – printed in Germany, no date but 19th century – a poem and some great color lithos 
THE TWINS CHRISTMAS PRESENTED BY SANTA CLAUS at Strawbridge * Clothier’s, Philadelphia. By Esther M. Watson, Illustrated by Edith F. Ebey, 1921, 24 pages, B&W illustrations
A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS by Clement C. Moore. Re-creation of the 1849 Illustrated Edition of which only two copies are known to exist. This copy reproduced from the copy in the Rare Book Division of the New York Public Library.
SANTA’S BOOK – THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – “Lion Store Toyland”, Toledo – great color covers, 16 pages of the poem, all with black and red and black illustrations – again some loose pages.

and sample interior pages of each – note one binding is loose

Price – $25 – (order number eb1754)
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OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN MINIATURES

OTTOMAN EMPIRE IN MINIATURES – Five Folders with Color Plates – PRINTS

Published for the Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ankara by The Historical Research Foundation, Ankara and Istanbul. Each folder was published with twenty color plate on card stock each measuring about 5 13/16 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Each folder has a list of plates on the inside flap, and the plate titles are also on the back of the numbered plate. Seldom are complete sets found, and this set is no different sadly, as follows (I have now checked the set three times to be sure):

Folder I –  lacks plates 6 – 10 – 16
Folder II – complete
Folder III – complete
Folder IV – complete
Folder V – lacks plates 83 – 84

Priced at less than 50 cents per plate

PRICE – $40 for the set
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circa 1915 – BUILDING PARKSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD – CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY – NJ 


An extensive archive (29 items) documenting building of Parkside in Camden

From 1990 to 1995 my bookshop was in Haddonfield, NJ. In working with some cartons put away since that time, I just uncovered an archive of 29 items surrounding the building of the Parkside neighborhood in Camden, NJ circa 1915. I believe this archive was in an estate of books and ephemera I purchased in 1990. The family was originally from Camden, and as I recall this collection was in that estate – thus, these items come from the original owners. I have mainly images, apparently from the early days since some show construction. Also there are a number of items relating to the building of the Parkside Baptist Church.

Parkside is a neighborhood in Camden, New Jersey. Located near the Cooper River (Camden is across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia). Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Harleigh Cemetery are located in the neighborhood. The Parkside Land Company officially opened the sale of lots for residential use on July 17, 1899. The neighborhood was sparsely populated until the early 20th century when Camden’s industrial expansion required more neighboring housing. The Camden-Haddonfield trolley line bolstered the appeal of the growing neighborhood. One realty group, Smith-Austermuhl Company, was responsible for contributing to the development of the Wildwood Avenue of Parkside. (adapted from Wikipedia) —  It is possible that this archive was at one time in the Smith family – the name on the back of many of the photographs.

Having worked with books, postcards and ephemera for decades, I can say that the individual items are worth from $10 to $20 each (particularly the Real Photo Post Cards – RPPC), and as a lot easily more. But, I like to get things into the correct home, and am willing to sell the lot for less to “get it home.”

Included are:

1] 12 Real Photo Postcards –  Postcard scenes include: PARK BOULEVARD (2) – PARKSIDE (overall view with open area – 1) – WILDWOOD AVE. LOOKING WEST (1) – HADDON AVE. (1) – KAIGHN AVE. LOOKING WEST (1) – BAIRD AVE. (1) – KENWOOD AVE (4 cards, 3 different, one duplicate) – PLAN OF PARKSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH (1).

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2] 2 small photos – longer view of Parkside with fields; “Taken at ground breaking Mr. & Mrs. L.A. Williams, Rev. Chas Henderson” – this would be for the Parkside Baptist Church

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3] approx. 6 inch by 3 1/2 inch photo of “Drawing of the 1st Church Building – suggested” – this image also in the church prospectus (item 7 below)

4] 8 photographs approx 6 1/2 inches by 4 5/8 inches — including as marked on rear: Memorial Day parade passing 1440 Kenwood Ave – Lot on which Church now stands – “Part of what is now Parkside and occupied by rows of houses – taken about 1909” shows only one house in a field – Looking toward E. Camden from Forest Hill Park – partially occupied by Admiral Wilson Blvd – Princess Ave. – Kaihn Ave. –  Wildwood Ave? — there are a couple minor folds/tears, tape remnants on rear from mounting — Rubber stamped on rear: Norman L. Smith – 105 Ogden Avenue – Collingswood 7, N.J. — probably the photographers stamp

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5] Broadway Baptist Church Sunday School “token” dated 1868 (similar to a Reward of Merit) – soiled, shown is writing side, on other side is color litho of biblical scene

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6] Letter dated July 12, 1915, to Parkside residents forwarding the “prospectus of the proposed new Baptist Church”

7] Eight page booklet “Prospectus of the New Baptist Church – Camden, New Jersey”  with elevations and floor plans

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8] Parkside Baptist Church DEDICATORY SERVICES December 9 to 14, 1917, booklet. folds and wear – 12 pages

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9] Mounted photo (image 6×4 inches) — E. M. GEORGE DRY GOODS, NOTIONS – on rear Uncle Edward George Aunt Ellen – taken 442 Pine St. Camden, NJ

10] Mounted photo (image 5 3/4 x 4 inches) — 8 folks posing with tools and sawing wood — on rear 34? River Ave.

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PRICE – $425
Shipping –  $8.95 packed securely in cardboard and with tracking

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ANTHONY THE MAN THE COMPANY THE CAMERAS – AN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PIONEER

1982 – ANTHONY THE MAN THE COMPANY THE CAMERAS – AN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PIONEER: 140 YEAR HISTORY OF A COMPANY FROM ANTHONY TO ANSCO TO GAF – by William and Estelle Marder.

Pine Ridge Publishing Company, good with good dust jacket (hardcover), 384 pages, packed with B&W illustrations. IMPORTANT NOTE – I am listing here instead of my on-line websites because THE CORNER OF ONE PAGE IS CUT OUT (p103/104) as seen below taking out one illustration, and what the buyer to see this. A fantastic history, one of 350 copies of the special edition, this copy comes from my own photo history library. Price reduced due to the cut corner.

above you can see glare on the dust jacket protector

below you can see where the image has been cut out from the corner

image below shows the limitation, and the table of contents

Price — $145
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WORLD’S FAIR SOUVENIRS and MEMORABILIA

I have collected World’s Fair items for over five decades. I have enjoyed the search, and enjoyed several fairs as well: 1964 New York World’s Fair, and Expo 67. In addition I have explored many sites of previous fairs: 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (and gone up into the Atomium); I have been in the Seattle Space Needle from 1962; of course the Eiffel Tower from 1889 (visited twice, climbing down the last time); Philadelphia fair sites from 1876 and 1926; I viewed state buildings from the 1902 Charleston Fair; toured California fair sites; and, have made two visits (so far) to the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901.

I cannot keep everything – and it is fun to share your treasures with others by passing them onto a new collection with the next conservator. I made a wonderful trip to Buffalo and the former fairgrounds and museums in 2019 – and want to go back, thus for now will keep my 1901 Pan-American items (here are links to that Buffalo Trip — LINK ONE and LINK TWO)

So, starting October, 2021, I will be listing some of my collection, so feel free to contact me, and place an order. Thank you, RAY

1902 – CHARLESTON AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA INTER-STATE AND WEST INDIAN EXPOSITION – WORLD’S FAIR BOOKLET

“AN ILLUSTRATED SOUVENIR OF THE BEAUTIFUL EXPOSITION AND OF HISTORIC PLACES AND PROMINENT FEATURES OF THE CITY.” Softcover souvenir fair booklet measuring about 7 3/4 inches by about 10 3/4 inches with about 68 pages packed with black and white illustrations with descriptions of the fair. PLEASE NOTE – pages are loose from the binding staples. The first eight pages are advertisements. Published by Robert Allan Reid, Publisher.

Cover in “real life” is tad lighter and browner

below image to show the loose centerfold pages

Rear Cover

PRICE – $65

1907 – THE JAMESTOWN EXPOSITION ILLUSTRATED – OFFICIAL SOUVENIR FAIR BOOKLET

Nice softcover photographic booklet measuring about 8 3/4 inches by about 11 inches with about 40 pages of black and white illustrations of this fair. Published by Jamestown Official Photograph Corporation, Robert A. Reid, Director View Book Publications. Many of the state buildings remained after the fair to this day as housing at the Norfolk Naval Base. On a visit in the 1970s or 80s I talked with the Curator of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and sketched out the locations of the remaining buildings. My one page note and sketch along with his business card I will leave with the publication for posterity.

PRICE – $65

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