TOWN HISTORIES and RELATED HISTORIES

Offered on this page are some Town Histories, and related histories. Some (but not all) have faults, and 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. Enjoy browsing and scrolling down; and, do click here to contact me to PLACE YOUR ORDER.

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1890 – KEENE ILLUSTRATED – KEENE, NH
J. A. FRENCH, PHOTOGRAPHER – NEW HAMPSHIRE

An uncommon, and sought after accordian style fold-out view book with sixty (60) views on 12 panels that open all the way out. Individual views appear to be a much greater number than 60 in total. Each panel measures about 5 5/8 inches by about 4 5/8 inches, the covers are about 6 inches by 5 inches. Faint, old, repaired tear on the front paste-down, probably by an improper opening at one time

A Cheshire County, NH, photographer from 1857 to 1898, French’s studio was at 9 Central Square in Keene. There is a separate “rubber stamp” showing this copy to have been sold at B. A. Knight’s 4 and 9 Cent Store, 9 Bridgeman’s Block in Keene. I love this item, love French’s stereoviews of Walpole, NH, but cannot keep it all. This should head a few miles back down to a Keene collection.

PRICE – $95 – (Order Number 72810)

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1910 – HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF ANDOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE 1751-1906
IN TWO PARTS: PART I – NARRATIVE, PART II – GENEALOGIES
Prepared by JOHN R. EASTMAN

Printed by the Rumford Printing Company, Concord, NH, 1910, Part I – 482 pages; Part II – 450 pages. B&W illustrations, folding map in rear. Hardcover, green cloth, edge wear, old hinge repairs (reglued) that should hold with proper handling.

PRICE – $75 – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

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1903 – HISTORY OF BEDFORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE FROM 1737 – BEING STATISTICS COMPILED ON THE OCCASION OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE TOWN, MAY 15, 1900

Published by the Town, The Rumford Printing Company, Concord, NH, 1127 pages. B&W illustrations, TWO FOLDING MAPS in the rear pocket (usually not present – sorry I forgot to provide images, they may have never been ever opened, I just slid them out of the pocket to see them). Original edition – well worn and used. Print on Demand copies are available, and a few original hardcovers ranging from $125 and more. If you need the information and the maps, and do not mind the edge wear and loose binding, this will serve your needs with care. REMEMBER — THIS IS NOT A PRETTY COPY, but serviceable for research – Sold as is and with all faults.

PRICE – $65 – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

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1922 – HISTORY OF HILLSBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE 1735-1921
VOLUME TWO: BIOGRAPHY AND GENEALOGY

Published by the Town, John B. Clarke Company, Printers, Manchester, NH. WORKING COPY of the original edition, hardcover, 695 pages. Front hinge amateur repair, much wear to covers. A few B&W illustrations, map laid in at rear. Not pretty, but it has the information you seek for doing your genealogical research.

above shows the crude, but serviceable, hinge repair

PRICE – $40 – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

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1875 – MANCHESTER, N.H. – A BRIEF RECORD OF ITS PAST…
by JOHN B. CLARKE – New Hampshire

“…AND A PICTURE OF ITS PRESENT, INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF ITS SETTLEMENT AND OF ITS GROWTH OF AS TOWN AND CITY…” Published by the author in Manchester, New Hampshire, and inscribed and signed by him Dec. 25, 1889. Good, green cloth, B&W illustrations, 463 pages, ads. Wear top and bottom of spine, and a few signatures a tad loose — thus offering here where I can illustrate those hiccups rather than cataloging elsewhere.

below image to illustrate the “loose” signature(s) only partially loose – still a good copy for your reference and research.

 PRICE – $40 – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

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1881 – HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF JAFFREY, NEW HAMPSHIRE by DANIEL B. CUTTER

“From the Date of the Masonian Charter to the Present Time, 1749-1880; with a Genealogical Register of the Jaffrey familes, and An Appendix Containing the Proceedings of the Centennial Celebration in 1873.” 649pp – Engraved portraits, Albertypes, fold-out map. Good, original brown cloth (hardcover) clean and tight copy. Page 217/218 loose but laid in.

Price – $75 — (Order Number eb1692 – 37181) – – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

ROSTER OF VERMONTERS IN UNIFORMED SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, 1941-1945 – TWO VOLUME SET

By Reginald Cram; Fred E. Steele; and, Arthur R. Greenleaf. Published by Supervisor of Veterans Affairs, Montpelier, VT. VOLUME I (A-L INCLUSIVE), 1972, 995pp; VOLUME II (M-Z INCLUSIVE), 1974, 714pp. Set is hardcover, bound in blue cloth, and would be very good EXCEPT FOR ONE FAULT SEEN BELOW – COFFEE AT ONE TIME SPLATTERED ON VOLUME I – EDGES OF BOOK BLOCK, ONLY, did not bleed inside book block. Thus this set priced down, but informational value is still all there without a problem. We have a second set in our shop, without a coffee stain, for $90.

the image below is to show you the coffee stain – not visible when set is on the shelf

and, below you can see the stain has not bled into the pages 

PRICE – $48.50
Shipping – $8.95 (VERY HEAVY) packed in cardboard and with tracking

 

 

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 – – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW – THIS VOLUME CONTAINS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY, MAINE – SOLD

BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW VOLUME XXII – CONTAINING LIFE SKETCHES OF LEADING CITIZENS OF MERRIMACK AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES – N.H. – $75 – Order Number 39176  – not illustrated – – (extra shipping will be calculated due to weight)

please email for more details on these three historical volumes

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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

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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 here instead of cataloguing on my website. Offered “as-is, with all faults”

$10 — Order Number eb1249

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1876 – HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF PETERBOROUGH, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NEW HAMPSHIRE
With 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 – 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)

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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

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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 – $45 – (order number eb1151)

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1936 – BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF GORHAM, MAINE 1736-1939 – Walter H. Johnson

AN ACCOUNT OF THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE TOWN, Compiled and Edited by Walter H. Johnson, Illustrated by Hayden L. V. Anderson, Published by the General Committee of the Bicentennial – Henry S. Cobb, Printer, Westbrook, Maine. 171 pages, black and white illustrations, hardcover.

Offered here so I can illustrate the slight damp staining along the top edge of the book block and pages which has caused some “water weave” to the paper and some faint staining. But, most important, no pages are stuck, or ever have been stuck to each other. A good copy for your reference, and priced accordingly. First image of the front cover shows it a tad lighter than the maroon color really is – sorry.

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image below an attempt to show you some of the effect of the damp stain – not really bad…

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PRICE – $30 – (order number eb1785)