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c1860s CIVIL WAR SOLDIER'S IVORY POCKET DIARY MOUNTED WITH SILVER SHIELD

By: N/A

Price: $785.99

Publisher: 1863

Seller ID: 000535


Very scarce collectible from a number of viewpoints this being an soldier's ivory six day diary as per Lord's Civil War Collector's Enclyclopedia, Volume III, page 94. A Civil War ivory pocket diary mounted with silver shield and catch. The soldier wrote his notes in pencil, traces can still be seen, then erased them when no longer needed. Monday through Saturday, 3 1/8" long x 1 5/8" wide, precisely the measurements in the Encylopedia. The inital R has been eng... View more info

Image for 1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING

1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING

By: "RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)

Price: $4,585.99

Publisher: SOUTHERN ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1890

Seller ID: 0002315


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of travel through England on its inland waterways and canals as handwritten by the intrepid author "Rutland Bleign" [but really unidentified as it seems a pseudonym] who is travelling with his friend and illustrator, the brace working to publish the as titled book: "In Tow: The Chronicle of a Cruise in a Monkey Boat." Written from August 6th through the 28th in 1890 [he leaves off the year but some sleuthing ... View more info

1891 - 1892 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A RELATED 'GUEST' OF THE CAPTAIN IN THE ENVIABLE POSITION OF SHIP'S PURSER ON A 3 MASTED SCHOONER FROM NEW YORK TO HONG KONG AND BACK

By: 'UNCLE' FRED HARTFORD

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD THE STERLING, 1891

Seller ID: 0002219


On offer is a superb, though flawed, original manuscript 1891 - 1892 travel diary detailing day to day life workings and aboard a 3 masted schooner sailing to the 'far side of the world' from New York City to Hong Kong and back. Inscribed, in a later hand: 'Uncle Fred Hartford's Diary on Board The Sterling Capt. Geo. Goodwin 1891 - 1892 Voyage from New York to Hong Kong by Sailing Ship 196 days'. 'The Sterling' commanded by Captain George Goodwin and this extended trip t... View more info

Image for 1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME

1826 - 1827 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG WOMAN WHO SHUTTLES BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN HER CHAMBER AT THE CONVENT AND HER FAMILY HOME

By: ??? DEFOREST

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: STRATFORD CONNECTICUT, 1826

Seller ID: 0002235


On offer is a fascinating, original early 19th Century 38 page manuscript diary handwritten by a 21 year old female member of the Deforest family, we believe, and living in and around Stratford Connecticut. Dated January 1826 through February 1827 we surmise she is a novice or novitiate [she is allowed home] in a not too faraway convent with frequent mentions Sister Maria, Sister Betsey, etc., and that she sits in her 'chamber' window' etc. That said she still has a life... View more info

Image for 1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A GOLD AND SILVER DEALER FROM RHODE ISLAND TRYING TO MAKE SALES IN MOBILE TO NO AVAIL

1843 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A GOLD AND SILVER DEALER FROM RHODE ISLAND TRYING TO MAKE SALES IN MOBILE TO NO AVAIL

By: A.C. MATHEWSON

Price: $585.99

Publisher: MOBILE ALABAMA AL, 1843

Seller ID: 0002312


On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of North-South trade being an 1843 handwritten letter dated Mobile Alabama as field representative A.C. Mathewson writes his head office of jewellers Mathewson Allen and Co. of Rhode Island. Addresses to the company his correspondent was likely his relation Nathan Fuller Mathewson, [born: 7 Sep 1814, Warren RI, Marriage: Susan Green Wightman about 1840 in Providence RI, Died: 27 May 1901, Jeweler and partner from circ... View more info

1862 ORIGINAL INTRIGUING MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL ENGINEER AND SCHOOL TEACHER WHO INSISTS HE IS "INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES"

By: A.K. JACOBS

Price: $1,185.99

Publisher: ELMIRA WILLIAMSPORT LUZERNE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, 1862

Seller ID: 0001394


On offer is an original rather enigmatic and very intriguing 1862 manuscript diary handwritten by A. K. Jacobs a 22 year old man [he is 23 years old on December 23rd] who at the beginning of the diary was a teacher at Eckley School and going to White Haven in Luzerne County. Soon he tires of teaching, a Mr. Tarbox takes over, and Mr. Jacobs heads to Philadelphia, then to Harrisburg, Williamsport, Elmira and finally ends up on the shores of Lake Erie where starts an engin... View more info

1867 ORIGINAL, HISTORIC MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL JOURNAL HANDWRITTEN BY A CHARMING ENGLISHMAN DETAILING HIS VOYAGE FROM PLYMOUTH TO QUEBEC THEN OVERLAND TO 'UPPER CANADA' MERE DAYS AFTER CONFEDERATION

By: A.W. ROW

Price: $3,455.99

Publisher: MONTREAL QUEBEC TORONTO HAMILTON ONTARIO, 1867

Seller ID: 0008019


On offer is a manuscript travel journal of a sea voyage from Plymouth England to Quebec and an overland tour to Toronto and Hamilton made in the month following the Confederation authored by an Englishman identified by his own inscription as A. W. Row. It gives a fabulous opportunity to see Canada through the eyes of an early traveller. He travelled by boat, rail and horse-car, comparing the sights to England and expressing especial liking towards Hamilton, Ontario. On J... View more info

Image for 1881 - 1885 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE SCION OF A LONG ESTABLISHED [1709] NEW JERSEY FAMILY WITH ROOTS TO THE MAYFLOWER

1881 - 1885 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE SCION OF A LONG ESTABLISHED [1709] NEW JERSEY FAMILY WITH ROOTS TO THE MAYFLOWER

By: ABEL VEIL SHOTWELL

Price: $2,655.99

Publisher: RAHWAY NEW JERSEY, 1898

Seller ID: 0002306


On offer is a super, significant original 1881 - 1885 manuscript diary handwritten by Abel Veil Shotwell the then scion of a many, many generations established in New Jersey family and whose ancestors crossed from England on the second Mayflower, after their original ship the Speedwell was turned back, landing at Plymouth Massachusetts in the later half of the 17th Century but eventually settling on the banks of the Rahway River in New Jersey around 1709. Abel's father w... View more info

Image for 1862 - 1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A NEAR EPIC JOURNEY TO FIND WORK FROM MAINE TO MINNESOTA BY STEAMSHIP, STAGECOACH, TRAIN AND HIS OWN TWO FEET

1862 - 1871 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY OF A NEAR EPIC JOURNEY TO FIND WORK FROM MAINE TO MINNESOTA BY STEAMSHIP, STAGECOACH, TRAIN AND HIS OWN TWO FEET

By: ABIJAH W. TALBUT [sometimes TALBOT]

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: COLUMBIA FALLS MAINE ME ST. PAUL ST. ANTHONY FALLS, 1862

Seller ID: 0002263


On offer is a super, original 1862 - 1871 manuscript diary handwritten by Abijah W. Talbut [sometimes Talbot] of Columbia Falls Maine who was a minor inventor and likely cranberry farmer as we note from one online reference: "… it was the rake developed by Abijah Talbot of Columbia Falls, Maine that became the standard for the industry. This rake was similar to those used for harvesting cranberries, but had metal teeth and a flat bottom like a dustpan. With only minor ... View more info

1867 - 1900 ARCHIVE OF FIVE [5] HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES BELONGING TO THE ABRAHAM CALDWELL FAMILY OF IPSWICH MASSACHUSETTS

By: ABRAHAM CALDWELL and FAMILY

Price: $1,295.99

Publisher: IPSWICH MASSACHUSETTS MA, 1867

Seller ID: 000793


On offer are five handwritten manuscript journals all having belonged to the Caldwell family who lived in Massachusetts, [one of the diaries, 1870, has the name Ezra S. Vieyes written in it. A casual reading does not determine where Ezra fits in with the Caldwell family but a more detailed reading will hopefully flesh out the relationship.] Two of the diaries have the name of the family scion being Abraham Caldwell, of Ipswich Massachusetts. Other towns mentioned include... View more info

1857 - 1879 ORIGINAL PAIR OF CRAWFORD COUNTY OHIO LEDGERS DETAILING THE COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY OF PRE CIVIL WAR AND BEYOND CENTRAL OHIO

By: ABRAHAM FROST

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: Ohio, U.S., 1857

Seller ID: 0008045


On offer is an excellent pair of diaries spanning 22 years in the 2nd half of the 19th century in rural Ohio. Full of minute detail of daily life, they offer an outstanding window into life at that time. Measuring 12 inches by 7 1/2 inches, each has 240 pages. They are essentially 100% complete. The covers are in good shape as are the pages. The writing is legible. Also included are some notes and letters which help locate the author. Abraham Frost began his diary in 185... View more info

1869 + 1873 + 1889 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF A YOUNG UPSTATE NEW YORK GIRL FROM CHILDHOOD TO WOMANHOOD

By: Adell Jones

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: Pulaski Oswego New York, 1869

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000661


Excellent archive of three [3] handwritten Victorian era diaries from a school girl, Adell Jones, who lived in Pulaski and Oswego, NY. Two are 1869 and 73, written in pencil, among many things, she tells of fellow student Nellie Burt, age 12 died etc. Third book is from 1889, now she’s married and includes local names from Pulaski - friends, family members etc. Some normal exterior wear, these diaries make for interesting look at 19th century life pioneer life and from... View more info

1879 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT RELIC OF ONE YOUNG MIDSHIPMAN'S FORTUNATE FIRST CRUISE ON A SCIENTIFIC MISSION TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AS HE CLIMBS THE RATLINES TO THE ADMIRALTY

By: ALBERT 'BERTIE' SUMNER LAFONE, Royal Navy, Midshipman

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: ASEA ABOARD THE HMS TRIUMPH HMS TURQUOISE, 1879

Seller ID: 0002013


On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of naval life and adventure for a young British midshipman and future Admiral named Albert Sumner Lafone during his service and first voyage on H.M.S. Triumph, Flag Ship of the Pacific Squadron, in the years 1879 - 1880. Titled 'Extracts from letters written by to his mother while on his first voyage' the elegant 9 x 7 inch black limp leather covers gilt panelling and marbled endpapers. The 104 pages are fair copies in a se... View more info

1859 - 1860 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL WITH DETAILED ENTRIES ON THE LOCAL HISTORY, POLITICS - INCLUDING THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE'S PRO SLAVERY STANCE - AND PRE CIVIL WAR BACKGROUND OF A SAD, FAILED, UNHAPPY MAN WHO WANTS SO MUCH MORE

By: ALBERT M. MEAD

Price: $2,855.99

Publisher: LAWRENCE MASSACHUSETTS ESSEX COUNTY, 1859

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 0001353


On offer is a super relic of pre Civil War Americana that collector and historians will appreciate on a number of levels: a mere six years after incorporation of Lawrence he writes detailed descriptions of local events, names recorded of visitors and then his own life experience: a young, deeply introspective man whose life is one of failure and illness, injury and desire. The 188 hand-numbered pages are handwritten by Albert M Mead of Lawrence Massachusetts a 20 year ol... View more info

1892 + 1893 ORIGINAL PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A TOBACCO MERCHANT AND OWNER OF THE FIRST 5 AND DIME IN FREDERICK MARYLAND

By: ALBERT WILSON CONDON

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: FREDERICK, MARYLAND, 1892

Seller ID: 0001985


On offer are two [2] original 1892 and 1893 manuscript diaries and 90+ ephemeral pieces handwritten and once belonging to Albert Wilson Condon of Frederick Maryland [both diaries have his name engraved, written and/or stamped on them]. Albert [March 30th, 1874 - May 16th, 1940] owned the first 5 & Dime in old downtown Frederick and became sole owner of the Condon Tobacco Store. In the 1892 diary from January 1st to January 15th he has written poems and sayings. Then his ... View more info

1874 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF AN EXTENDED VOYAGE AND EVENTUAL RESETTLEMENT OF AN AMESBURY MASSACHUSETTS MAN AND HIS FAMILY TO THE GOLD FIELDS OF CALIFORNIA

By: ALBION SANBORN

Price: $4,855.99

Publisher: WEST AMESBURY MASSACHUSETTS NORTH VALLEY CALIFORNI, 1874

Seller ID: 0007019


On offer is an outstanding journal of an adventurous voyage in the 1870s. Measuring 8.25 inches by 6.25 inches, it contains 46 pages. It is about 76% complete. The handwriting is clear and legible. The spine of the hardbound book has broken and the covers are loosely attached but all pages are intact and in good condition. Albion Sanborn was a 35 year old married man living in West Amesbury, MA in the later 1860s/early 1870s. He decides to leave his wife Maria and their ... View more info

1872 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT EUROPEAN RUSSIA TRAVEL DIARY, GENEALOGICAL REFERENCE OF EUROPE'S ROYALTY AND HEADS OF STATE AND INTIMATE LOOK INTO THE WINDER, JOHNSON AND LAWRIE FAMILIES

By: ALFRED C. JOHNSON

Price: $1,285.99

Publisher: Philadelphia PA Denmark Sweden Germany Russia, 1872

Seller ID: 000985


On offer is the amazing 1872 handwritten manuscript diary of the young Alfred C. Johnson of 727 Pine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Research suggests this is the same man that becomes Consul of the United States at Stuttgart, Germany in the future and as late as 1896. Mr. Johnson is a literate, observant diarist who details a very interesting life [just one year out of school but he writes and shows interests of a middle aged man] of going to the theatre [Walnut Str... View more info

1896 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF BUSINESS AND PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE AND THE HANDWRITTEN DIARY OF A NUGGET COLORADO GOLD MINER

By: ALMON W. HOWES

Price: $3,085.99

Publisher: NUGGET, COLORADO, GILPIN COUNTY, 1896

Seller ID: 0001785


On offer is a super archive of manuscript letters and a diary handwritten by Almon W. Howes who lived in Nugget Colorado as a gold miner. Mr. Howes does a great job describing his life and works in short entries over 63 pages that starts on April 6, 1896 and ends on January 31, 1898. Along with the journal there are also about 20 persoonal and business letters and documents that were received by him from various relatives and business associates [some of the envelopes h... View more info

1894 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN DIARY AUTHORED BY AMOS SMITH, A FARMER AND A VETERAN OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG FROM ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON

By: AMOS SMITH

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: ELLENSBURG, WASHINGTON, 1894

Seller ID: 0008060


On offer is a handwritten diary documenting a year in life of a strawberry farmer and Civil War veteran, a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Independent Order of Old Fellows from Kittitas county, which gives an excellent insight on what life was like in rural Washington in 1890s. The diary has about 90 pages, all of which except two are densely filled, covering February 1st through December 31st, 1894, 4-5 entries on each page. The cover has reasonable... View more info

1892 - 1897 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF SIX [6] MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A NOTED KANSAS NEWSPAPERMAN

By: ANDREW C. WALCH

Price: $4,255.99

Publisher: MANKATO MANAWA KANSAS KS SEYMOUR WISCONSIN WI, 1892

Seller ID: 0001335


On offer is an archive of six [6] original manuscript diaries handwritten by Andrew C. Walch a newspaper man who worked mostly in Mankato Kansas in the 1890s. The diaries represent 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1897. The early diary begins with Andrew living in Seymour Wisconsin, in the fall he moves to Mankato Kansas. The next four diaries, 1893-1896 show him still in Mankato and finally in the 1897 diary he's in Manawa Wisconsin. Andrew is an unstinting diarist rar... View more info