2012 Adopt-A-Book Catalog

Lots 1-150 | Lots 201-238




Adopt me for $750.

Colesworth, D. C. (Daniel Clement), Diary, 1874

Daniel Clement Colesworthy (1810-1893) was a printer, bookseller and poet from Portland, ME. In 1840 he began publication of the Youth's Monitor, which ran for two years. In 1841 Colesworthy began his literary paper, the Portland Tribune, which ran for four years until he sold his interests. After selling his paper, Colesworthy moved into the bookselling business, opening a bookstore on Exchange St. in Portland. In 1850 he moved to Boston, where he also opened and ran a bookstore. At the time of his death in 1893, he was the oldest bookseller in Boston. This volume contains diary entries for the year 1874 in which Colesworthy wrote an entry for every day of the year. Some entries record only the weather. Other entries record Colesworthy's visitors and callers (including William Lloyd Garrison), deaths of friends and neighbors, and reports on Sunday services. Colesworthy's wife, Mary Jane, died in 1874, and he expresses his grief throughout many entries ("When I rise in morning how sadly I miss her; tears will start").


Adopt me for $900

image of item Middlebrook, Elijah (1795-1859). Day books and Almanacs, 1823-1846

Elijah Middlebrook (1795-1859) was a physician and publisher from Trumbull, Connecticut. This collection includes two of Middlebrook's day book, one dated 1823-1825, the other dated 1840-1846, as well as several almanacs. The day books are arranged chronologically and show Middlebrook's work as a doctor. The earlier volume is an excellent glimpse into the medical world of the early 19th century, showing entries for visits, treatments such as bleedings, and medicines such as pills and bitters. Also included are some of Middlebrook's own expenses such as a pair of shoes, overnight lodging, and coloring stockings. The later volume represent less of Middlebrook's work as a doctor, and more of his own personal and daily living expenses, such as payments for school, daily labor and chores, clothing, food and other sundries. Also included in this lot are three sets of Middlebrook's New-England Almanac. Multiple years have been bound together into the three volumes: one set contains 1862, 1864 and 1866; another 1870, 1872-1873, 1875, and 1877-1879; and the final set 1881-1886.
~Tom Knoles


Adopt me for $800

image of item Winans, Ross (1796-1877). Account book, 1851-1853

Ross Winans (1796-1877) was an inventor and mechanic, and built locomotives and railroad machinery. Winans was a pioneer in the railroad industry and through his work became one of the nation's first multi-millionaires. In addition to his work with the railroad, Winans also designed the cigar-hulled ship, was involved in politics and public health, pioneered the development of low income housing in Maryland, and published works on religion. Winans. account book is arranged chronologically by date, listing daily transactions for his manufacturing company that produced locomotives, tenders, wheels, and other railroad equipment for most American railroad companies. Entries illustrate the daily activities of a large manufacturing company. Some entries show the purchase of material needed for manufacturing, such as brass castings, pure lead, sheets of boiler iron, nails, and other sundries, as well as wages paid. Other entries show amounts going into the bank or stocks, or paid to a particular individual. Some of these entries are in the hundreds of dollars, some even thousands. This account book details an important era in American transportation and industrial history.
~Tom Knoles


Adopt me for $275

image of item Apothecary and General Merchandise Ledger, 1859-1863.

This ledger belonged to an unknown apothecary and general merchandise shop owner in Vermont. The volume is arranged chronologically and lists daily notes and transactions for the business. A very active business is illustrated in this volume, with many transactions happening on a single day. Entries include items sold and their prices, including many medications such as morphine, patent medicines, oils and ointment such as Russian salve. In addition to medications, as a general merchandiser the owner sold items such as soap, flour, snuff, tobacco, Shaker brooms, silk and cottons.
~Tom Knoles


Adopt me for $300

image of item Sawyer Family Papers. 1844-1850.

These fourteen letters were written by the Sawyer brothers, Joseph B. and Henry E., of Manchester, New Hampshire. All letters are address to their cousin, William A. Carr of Bradford, New Hampshire. In their letters, the brothers describe their lives in the bustling city of Manchester to their cousin, who was living in the country. The brothers tell of their efforts at .improvement., desire for education, attendance at lyceum lectures, membership in temperance lodges, membership in the Manchester Athenaeum, and other social activities. This collection provides an excellent look at the lives of young working me in the early days of the industrial era in New England.
~Tom Knoles


Adopted by MassHumanities in honor of Joseph Zaucha.

image of item Parmelee, Moses. Account book, 1830-1841.

Moses Parmelee was an itinerant minister who lived in northern Vermont. His account book, dated 1830-1841, is arranged by last name, and shows individuals. transactions with Parmelee, including their debts and credits to him. With the volume are a number of loose pages which include receipts, lists, and scrap sheets with calculations. The account book excellently illustrates the daily life of a 19th century minister. Transactions seen throughout the volume include the purchase of food, lodging as well as taking in lodgers, glass for the meeting house, copies of sermons, subscriptions for a singing school, payments for preaching, and payments to many day laborers. In the back of the volume is a list of marriages performed by Parmelee.
~Tom Knoles


Adopted by Susan Forgit

image of item Holman, M. Account book, 1864-1865

Holman's account book for the year 1864-1865 records transactions for his daily expenses. Beginning in April 1864 and ending in May of 1865, entries are arranged chronologically and show a day by day break down of Holman's purchases. Entries show frequent and consistent purchases of cheese, eggs, lemon, bread, butter and potatoes. Along with these food purchases are the occasional bills paid, such as city water, gas bills, house rent ($10.42 per month) and freight bills, as well as payments made to individuals. The account book was printed by L.S. Learned of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts.
~Tom Knoles


Adopted by Carolyn Eastman

image of item Baxter, Eliza. Book of verses, undated.

This book of poetry belonged to Eliza J. Baxter. In her journal, Baxter recorded beautifully composed, personal poetry about life, death, love, motherhood, and friendship. Some titles include "The Loss of Love", "Dark Hours", "My Cross", "Resignation", and "Tired Mothers". In her poem "Burning Letters" she writes "This was friendship's cherished pledge / Friendship took a colder form / Creeping on its gilded edge / May the blaze be live and warm / These the letter and the token / Never more must meet my view / When the faith has once been broken / Let the memory perish too."
~Tom Knoles


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image of item Essex Harmony, 1800 & Copy Book of Anselm Bassett, 1805 (Music Book Collection)

Essex Harmony, 1800, is described by the author as "contribut[ing] some small degree, towards furthering the object of the Society; the ameliorating and refining the Taste for Music in this Country..." This printed volume contains over 100 pages of versus, both secular and non secular, as well as instructions for the "art of Singing" including musical notes, timing, syncopation, keys, and tuning the voice. Interleaved in the front of the volume are several simple, handwritten bars of music with lyrics that the owner likely used as practice while learning the art of singing. The cover of the volume indicated this was "Mifs. Abigail Parran's Singing Book West Parish 1800". The second volume in this lot of manuscript music books is a musical copy book belonging to Anselm Bassett of Rochester New York, 1805. The volume contains both sacred and secular music, some with brief lyrics. As this was a copy book, most of the music is attributed to a composer. Some composers include Swan, Stone, and Reed. Titles include "Canton", "Funeral Hymn" and "Fairy Bells."
~Tom Knoles


Adopt me for $175

image of item Manuscript Song Book, undated (Music Book Collection.

This undated, unattributed volume of songs features military music, such as marches, quick steps and battle songs. Most songs are only two to four bars of music and contain no lyrics. Some titles include "Battle of the Nile", "Gen. George's Quick Step", and "Bonapartes Grand March". Although different locations are mentioned in many titles, the volume is likely from Massachusetts as it features songs named after the towns of Charleston, Lynn, Palmer and Worcester.
~Tom Knoles




Adopted by Robin Bernstein in honor of the Bicentennial of the American Antiquarian Society

image of item Pictures and Stories for Children. Boston: William J. Reynolds, 1852.

William J. Reynolds was an early publisher of educational picture books. In this case, the text tries to convey the relationship between the white mistress and black slave in socially neutral terms: "In most houses in the south of the United States part of the family are white, and part are black."
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Bret Mizelle in honor of Paul and Jenni's wedding

image of item Little Red Riding Hood. New York: McLoughlin Bros., ca. 1871-1875.

McLoughlin Bros. specialized in publishing traditional fairy tales in a wide variety of book formats, including this printed color picture book issued as part of the Aunt Friendly's Colored Picture Books. In this picture Little Red first encounters the salivating wolf while she is picking flowers (symbolizing her youthful innocence).
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Jonathan Nash

image of item Reformed Edward or The House of Reformation. New York: T. Mason and G. Lane, 1837.

The plight of unsupervised poor children in urban centers spurred the establishment of the House of Reformation in South Boston. This tract tells the story of nine-year-old Edward, who was removed from his alcoholic parents and chaotic household in Boston's Hatter's Square, and placed in the House of Reformation, which was part orphanage, part juvenile delinquent reformatory. In true tract fashion, Edward gets a fatal fever, but he dies a reformed boy.
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Yvette Pigguish

image of item Cobb, Lyman. Cobb's New Juvenile Reader, No. 3. New York: Caleb Bartlett, 1846.

This reader contains stories based in American history, as seen in this wood engraving accompanying a story about a young British solider who was captured by Delaware Indians during the Revolution. He serves as the companion to an aged warrior, who eventually takes the young man back to the British encampment and frees him. The portrayal of Native Americans as noble and compassionate to Anglo Americans was a consistent thread in antebellum children's literature.
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Brett Mizelle in memory of Madison

image of item Little Lasses and Lads. London: Seeley, Jackson and Halliday; Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1869.

This charming story book is illustrated by the nineteenth-century German artist Oscar Pletsch (1830-1888), who had a genius for catching the spontaneous quality of children at play. This delightful engraving depicts little Archie's first encounter with a large but protective house dog.
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Carol-Ann Mackey

image of item Butterworth, Hezekiah. Zigzag Journeys in the Antipodes. Boston: Dana Estes and Co., 1888.

Although this book is about a decade beyond the official AAS cutoff date, we decided to include this Zigzag book as a colorful "bookend" to the collection. The term, "Antipodes" refers to opposite points of the globe. Hezekiah Butterworth wrote the Zigzag Journeys series to foster awareness of foreign countries by American youth. In this case, the author wrote the book to teach young readers about Siam (Thailand), and to promote the kind treatment of harmless and tame animals commonly found in Buddhist countries. The cover design shows a boy and girl as equal partners in travel dressed in complementary travel suits, and each holding up the title banner.
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by William Wallace in memory of Norma Feingold

image of item Little Ann and Other Stories. Worcester, Mass.: S.A. Howland, ca. 1842.

This delightful picture book has hand-colored illustrations meant to charm and inspire. The top illustration is about Little Charles, who was rarely seen without a book in his hand. He is surrounded by a kite, a ship, and a rocking horse, all given to him by his father for being a good boy. Thus reading, virtue, and prizes are all inextricably woven.
~Laura Wasowicz


Adopted by Matthew Shakespeare in honor of Laura Wasowicz

image of item The Child's History of Birds. New York: Mahlon Day, 1837.

Quaker publisher Mahlon Day (1790-1854) was among the most prolific children's book publishers in antebellum America. This picture book features wood engravings of birds commonly seen by American children, including this description of the Cuckoo, the herald of spring. The description quotes from a poem about the bird from The Juvenile Album (also issued by Day).
~Laura Wasowicz




Adopted by Ann-Cathrine M. Rapp in honor of John Keenum

image of item Dr. Barnett's Improved Parlor Gymnasium, New York, 1874.

After the Civil War, middle class American became more sedentary, particularly in urban centers. Office and factory work replaced farming and hand trades and omnibuses and trains replaced walking and horse back riding. Public gymnasiums were widespread and the value of exercise was touted by doctors and ministers. This heavily illustrated circular promotes an exercise tool made of braided rubber cord that could be used at home for strengthening the upper body. The circular shows men, women and children (and the dog and cat) exercising at home, at work, and even while seated on a train. But wait! There's more! With an additional purchase, the parlor gymnasium could be converted into a rowing machine or a platform lift designed to strengthen the legs. Order now!
~Lauren Hewes


Adopted by Georgia Barnhill

image of item Claude Regnier after Vallet, Le Galant Mal Venu / The Lover Came too Early. New York: M. Knoedler & New York, Paris & Berlin, Goupil & Co., 1853.

The French immigrant Michel Knoedler came to New York to work for Goupil & Co. in 1846 and began co-publishing lithographs and engravings with them in 1850. This print, one in a series called Le Musée des rieurs (Museum of laughter), shows an amusing bedroom farce. A young woman has been caught in her bedroom in an attractive state of undress, accompanied by her maid (or mother) who is blocking the view of an older man just entering the room. The maid, who was apparently in the process of dressing the younger woman, has turned and thrust a corset in the face of the man, stepping on the corset cord, tipping over a pitcher of milk, and causing the dog to bark. Over sixty images were issued by Knoedler and Goupil as part of the Museum of Laugher series, so it must have sold steadily in the American and European market.
~Lauren Hewes


Adopted by Tom & Lucia Knoles in honor of Joseph Zaucha

image of item Dogs! Owners of Dogs which have not already been licensed... . Worcester, 1859.

This broadside outlining a public ordinance in Worcester underscores the complexities of keeping a dog in an urban environment before the Civil War. Worcester required dog owners to pay an annual fee for licensure ($1 for male dogs and $5 for females). Dogs were assigned numbers and descriptions were kept on file in the clerk's office. In the days before rabies vaccinations and spaying and neutering, control of the dog population was a serious affair. Newspapers often reported vicious dogs, packs of dogs, or rabid dogs in the countryside around Worcester. The Commonwealth required all dogs to be collared or muzzled, and dogs found by officials without collars were usually destroyed. It is unknown how many Worcester residents complied with the law. By May 1st, 1859, the papers recorded that 415 dogs were registered in the city, which had a human population about of about 20,000.
~Lauren Hewes




Removed because of error


Adopt me for $40

Charlier Institute. French and English Institution for young gentlemen, under the direction of Prof. Elie Charlier ... New York: S.W. Green, 1869.

The annual catalog for what was then perhaps New York's most highly regarded prep school. Then on East 24th Street, the Charlier Institute accepted both day and boarding students, offering them a wide range of educational opportunities. Unusually, foreign language instruction was paramount; indeed, "FRENCH IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE SCHOOL for ALL YOUNG AMERICANS." Included is an outline of Charlier's educational philosophy; the school rules, fees, and curriculum; a roster of current students; and a list of all alumni with their present occupation and location, if known. Charlier boasts in particular of his ability to prepare students for West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. "Cubans and South-Americans" may enroll, up to the yearly quota of ten students. At end is an advertisement for Charlier's complementary "Institution for Young Ladies," recently opened on East 33rd Street.
~David Whitesell


Adopted by Peter Masi

Elverson & Sherwood. New Brighton flower pot and terra-cotta works: Elverson & Sherwood, manufacturers of garden and green house pots, window pots & saucers ... Beaver Falls, PA: Boles & Hays, [187-?].

An unusual trade catalog advertising the clay flower pots, saucers, seed dishes, window pots, and hanging baskets available from Elverson & Sherwood in a variety of sizes and colors. Also available were lawn vases, parlor vases, fern stands, and several varieties of crocus pots. Because the catalog was targeted at greenhouses and other wholesale customers, there is a final section devoted to chimney tops, flues, tiles, water pipes, and other clay products of interest to this clientele.
~David Whitesell


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Bissell, William H. Message du gouverneur de l'Illinois à la vingt-unieme Assemblée générale, convoqué pour le 3 janvier 1859. Springfield: Bailhache & Baker, 1859.

An unusual Illinois imprint, in French. During the 19th century, various states regularly translated important state documents into languages spoken by a significant percentage of the population. In this case, the Illinois governor's 1859 message to the legislature was published in three editions: English, German, and French. Originally settled by French explorers in the late 17th century, Illinois still had a large French-speaking population in the mid-19th century.
~David Whitesell


Adopted by Anna Stewart in honor of Michael Winship

Parks, Alfred E. The progress of learning. A commencement exercise, delivered at the third commencement of the Cooper Union, May 23, 1862. New York: Cooper Union Print., 1862.

A very rare pamphlet containing the text of Parks's commencement poem printed, as no. 5 of the "Cooper Union Tracts" series, by the school's students for private distribution among themselves. Founded only three years earlier, the Cooper Union was already world famous for offering a free education in art, architecture, and engineering to members of New York's working class.
~David Whitesell


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The Grecian Bend songster. A collection of popular, comic, and sentimental songs. New York: Beadle and Adams, 1868.

This latest addition to AAS's pre-eminent songster collection pays homage to the "Grecian Bend": the pronounced stoop exhibited by women wearing the latest Civil War-era large-bustled fashions, and a new dance step named for (caused by?) that fashion. The eponymous first song begins:
The ladies wanting something new,
As women are so prone to do,
Wear lofty heels upon the shoe
To give them a Grecian Bend.
With foot so short, and heel so high,
They can't stand plumb if they would try,
And so they think to catch the eye
By means of a Grecian Bend.
~David Whitesell


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Sheridan's ride. [Cincinnati?, 1865?]

This small eight-page pamphlet evocatively conveys the grim post-war reality faced by many Union Army veterans. It contains several Civil War-themed poems, including "Sheridan's Ride' and "Our Soldiers' Families, a prologue delivered on the occasion of an amateur performance of Hamlet, for the benefit of the soldiers' families in Cincinnati, February 6, [18]65." But its true purpose as a fundraising aid for disabled veterans is made clear by the front cover text: "This book for sale. Patronize the honorably discharged, one armed soldier. GIVE AS YOU WISH."
~David Whitesell


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Don't count your chickens before they are hatched. A domestic farce in one act. Boston: Charles C. Roberts, 1867.

This is the copyright deposit copy of a very rare play. The plot involves the machinations of an English lawyer who deviously drafts a client's will so as to advance his own designs to marry into the family and control its fortune. However, the only chicken to hatch, as it were, belongs to the family's two Irish servants, who are presented in a stereotypical but positive light, and are the only ones to benefit handsomely from the will.
~David Whitesell


Adopt me for $200

Holmes, Daniel. Dialogue on slavery, and miscellaneous subjects, based on the word of God. Dayton: Gazette Book and Job Rooms, 1854.

A very rare self-published collection of poems by Holmes, a farmer in Greene County, OH east of Dayton. Most of the poems are short and predominantly religious in theme. Preceding these is his 20-page "Dialogue on Slavery," which offers an unusual poetic recapitulation of the religious, economic, and political arguments for and against slavery. Firmly in the antislavery camp, Holmes concludes that gradual emancipation is the most workable solution:
"Why not this plan adopt through all the nation;
There's no mistake—the north would lend a helping hand
To colonize, and with the funds of Uncle Sam,
You shall receive from individual donations,
A sum all sufficient for to rid the nation
Of all your slaves ..."
~David Whitesell


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A debate by the Philalethic Society of St. Louis University, on Monday, February 21, 1870. St. Louis: George Knapp, 1870.

A rare pamphlet concerning the post-Civil War campaign to relocate the nation.s capital from Washington to St. Louis. Including are the remarks delivered at a meeting of the St. Louis University debating society on the topic, "Ought the National Capital to be removed to St. Louis?" with two speakers arguing each side. In his concluding statement, the debate moderator, acknowledging the audience.s strong support for both sides, diplomatically rules the debate a tie.
~David Whitesell


Adopted by Abby Hutchinson

Weightman, Charles. Wehman's art of swimming ... New York: Henry J. Wehman, 1873.

This well-illustrated manual explains the fundamentals of swimming and lifesaving, with tips on swimming safely in the ocean. Its author was the British-born Charles Weightman, who had distinguished himself in Europe as a swimming instructor and competitive swimmer. After visiting the mammoth aquarium in London's Zoological Gardens, Weightman had a brainstorm: why not perform on stage as the "Man-Fish," in a massive glass tank? His act was a success, and in 1873 he took it to New York, generating publicity through marathon swims in New York harbor.
~David Whitesell


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Catalogue of trotting stock belonging to George C. Stevens, at Wauwatosa Stock Farms. Milwaukee: Starr & Son, 1868.

A very rare catalog listing the horses available for breeding purposes at the Wauwatosa Stock Farms outside of Milwaukee. Included are detailed genealogies of the three featured trotting stallions whose stud services were available, with terms, and shorter genealogies of 30 brood mares. Stevens warrants his horses by inviting .trials of speed. with other trotting horses, the gate money to go to the winner's Protestant or Catholic charity of choice.
~David Whitesell


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Derry, Charles T. Facts and incidents in the life of Capt. Charles T. Derry. Boston: Orlando H. Duren, 1898.

This autobiography was dictated to Derry's daughter and privately published for friends and family on the occasion of Derry's 70th birthday. Born into poverty in Quincy, Mass., Derry worked for a butcher and cattle dealer before joining the crew of a sloop transporting granite blocks between the Quincy quarries and Boston. Derry soon took command of his own ship and made a tidy fortune ferrying granite and then building many of Boston's seawalls. During the Civil War he retired to Sharon, Mass., where he soon made another small fortune in real estate.
~David Whitesell


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Mississippi. Laws of the state of Mississippi, passed at a called session of the Mississippi Legislature, held in Columbus, February and March, 1865. Meridian, MS: J.J. Shannon, 1865.

This final volume of laws passed by Confederate Mississippi before it returned to the Union graphically reflects contemporary wartime shortages. Crudely printed on poor quality paper, the pamphlet is bound (upside down) in wrappers printed on the back of an old Confederate broadside. One act, approved on March 8, 1865, granted freedom to Loyd, a slave who had faithfully served two young masters while they fought, and died, for the Confederacy.
~David Whitesell


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Exercises of the eighty-second anniversary of the Baptist Church, Abbott's Corner, P.Q., Sept. 2, 1881. Ludlow, VT: Warner & Hyde, 1881.

Rare pamphlet history of this unusual Baptist congregation, which straddled the United States-Canada border. Founded in 1799 in Quebec, just over the boundary line from Vermont's extreme northwest corner, the church had an international membership from its earliest days. The church drew its pastors from both Canada and the U.S., and it also aligned itself with Baptist associations in both countries.
~David Whitesell


Adopted by Paul Erickson in honor of Ted Erickson

Cedarholm, A. Autobiography of Rev. A. Cedarholm, with a sketch of his labors among the Scandinavian population of the United States ... [1876?]

A rare autobiography, translated into English and edited by his wife, of a Swedish missionary for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Born in Linkoping in 1822, Cedarholm emigrated to Wisconsin in 1849, shortly thereafter undertaking missionary work among the Scandinavians of Wisconsin and Minnesota. There is a long account of his experiences as a missionary, including his interactions with Indians. In 1858, however, Cedarholm was chosen to undertake a Methodist mission among the Lutherans of his native Sweden; the final pages relate his experiences in Visby, on the island of Gotland, from 1858 until his death in 1867.
~David Whitesell


Adopted by Georgia Barnhill in honor of James H. Barnhill

Mercantile failures: their causes and preventions. St. Louis: Mercantile Pub. Co., 1873.

Written by an "Old Merchant," this handy manual explains the secrets of sound business practice, with chapters on such topics as location, employees, capital, advertising, pricing, insurance, extending credit to customers, borrowing, "action under embarrassment," and even recreation (to be regarded as "a duty"). One wonders whether this book was published just before, or as a result of, the Panic of 1873, when mercantile failure was on everyone's minds.
~David Whitesell


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Barclay, George L. "Little Cuba"; or, circumstantial evidence. Philadelphia: Barclay & Co., 1873.

Fine copy in original purple illustrated wrappers of this unusual popular novel based on contemporary events. The plot is breathlessly sketched on the title page: "Miss Minnie Dallas, the daughter of a ... wealthy jeweler, of New York City, follows her lover to Cuba. He has been accused of being her father's murderer, but is innocent ... He escapes from prison, with the assistance of his sweet-heart, quits the country, and joins the Cuban patriots. Shortly afterward, Miss Dallas follows him, in male disguise, and soon becomes the idol of the men struggling for their freedom ... gain[ing] the sobriquet of 'Little Cuba.' She performs many deeds of true bravery and acts of noble charity, and aids in clearing up the mystery surrounding her lover's life." As was typical of the many novels and popular works issued by Barclay & Co., the text begins on page 19 and is here interspersed with vivid full-page wood engravings depicting key scenes. The plate captions are in both English and German, as Barclay & Co. often issued German translations of its publications.
~David Whitesell


Adopted in honor of Sid Lapidus by Stephen Ferguson

Miles, Pliny. Elements of phreno-mnemotechny, or art of acquiring memory ... New York, 1846.

A rare pamphlet explication of Miles's method, based on European antecedents, for memorizing vast quantities of information. Miles had first summarized his method, in pamphlet form, in Chicago the previous year, and shortly afterward he published a full-length treatment, American phreno-mnemotechny, theoretical and practical. His mnemonic method involved assigning numbers to specific component sounds of words, e.g., buffalo becomes 985, Boston translates into 9012, and AAS into 0. [What?!] Miles then offers ways for remembering historical factoids through the deft choice of words which, when converted into numbers, yield the sought-after date. A schoolteacher from Watertown, NY, Miles also published works on steam navigation and postal reform, and an account of his journey to Iceland.
~David Whitesell


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Historical sketch of the missions of the American Board in Japan. Boston: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1886.

After a short history of early European missionaries in Japan and Matthew Perry.s historic expedition, the pamphlet provides a history of American missionary work since 1859, with an emphasis on ABCFM initiatives.
~David Whitesell



Pre-1821 newspapers. AAS has the largest collection of newspapers covered by Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers 1690-1820 (AAS, 1947). When opportunities present themselves we've tried to fill in gaps in our collection. None of these are common titles. ~ Vincent Golden

Adopted by Jessica Lepler and Michael Dube

True American (Bedford, PA) July 10, 1817.


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Harrisburger Morgenrothe (PA) Apr. 30, 1803.


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Harrisburger Morgenrothe (PA) Apr. 30, 1803.


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American Citizen and General Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA) Apr. 6, 7, 8, 1801.


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Independent Balance (Philadelphia, PA) July 7, 1819.


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Legal Intelligencer (Philadelphia, PA) 1862-1865. 4 vols.

This was a legal periodical that lasted over 50 years. Established in 1858, our volumes cover most of the Civil War. It covered a variety of court activities including proceedings of particular cases of the Supreme Court, the District Court in Philadelphia, and articles and editorials about decisions across the country. Because of the period some of them concern cases directly involving the war such as the legality of laws pertaining to the draft.
~Vincent Golden


Adopt me for $150

Wausheka Freeman (WI) 1864-1873. 30 issues.

AAS collects nationally, and that means for newspapers we want issues from all regions and towns. Over the past ten years we have added over 150,000 issues outside of the major metropolitan centers. This paper was printed in a town that was founded in 1846 but not incorporated as a city until 1896.
~Vincent Golden


Adopted by Ellen Dunlap

Democratic Statesman (Nashville, TN). 1848-1849. 15 issues.

This is a rare campaign newspaper supporting the Democratic Party and Lewis Cass in particular. It spent most of its effort castigating the Whigs instead of promoting its own candidate. There is only one other file known of this title and our run is nearly complete missing just two pages of the first issue and one other issue.
~Vincent Golden


Adopted by Peter Masi

Ulster Gazette (Kingston, NY). Aug. 20, 1816.

This is an extremely rare Hudson River newspaper. This particular issue has a front-page report of the Battle of Waterloo.
~Vincent Golden


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