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Thick Volume of Tennessee State Documents
G3-259. [BOOK] APPENDIX [TO THE SENATE JOURNAL], 1856. [Complete original volume, 580 + 193 pages, octavo size, published at Nashville, Tennessee]
This interesting volume contains the documents called for by the Tennessee State Legislature, so numerous that they were printed in a separate volume rather than as the traditional addendum to the Senate Journal. Each with its own halftitlepage, contents include several "Special Messages" of Governor and future U.S. President Andrew Johnson, about the railroad to Georgia, state finances. Other complete documents include the Comptroller's Re[port on the state's banks and finances; the Report of the Bank of Tennessee; Annual report of the Hospital for the Insane; Reports of Fairs and County Societies, detailing all the fairs held in the state in 1855. Quite a few more reports, from the State Deaf and Dumb Asylum, banks, etc., plus a very detailed account of "The Geology of Tennessee" as it was becoming known. On the whole, a fine, detailed portrait of the state on the eve of civil war.
Condition is quite bright and fresh internally; in modern gilt buckram; very fine overall. . . . 75.00

Dealing with the Aftermath of John Brown
G3-262. [BOOK]. THE SENATE JOURNAL OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRTY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, 1859 [sic, actually 1860.] [Complete volume, 847 pages, octavo size, published at Nashville, Tennessee, by R.G. Eastman & Company]
This large thick volume records verbatim the proceedings of the Tennessee legislature in its session of October 3, 1859 to March 26, 1860. There are several bills, laws, and resolutions relating to slavery and its political consequences in the white-heat passion of the day, and in a state that would be so dramatically split once war broke out. One resolution here voted on says in part "The theory of an 'irrepressible conflict' is a startling and mischievous invention and is well calculated, if held to be true" that there can be no peace between north and south. More on this subject as well as the usual business of a state government. Much fascinating reading. From the library of noted Tennessee historian Robert H. White, with his ownership signature on the inside cover.
Condition is generally quite clean and fine, in the original 3/4 leather marbled bindings, which are worn and scuffed, front board detached with some short tears to blank fly leaf . . . 65.00

Dealing with the Aftermath of John Brown
--> G3-262-A. [BOOK]. THE SENATE JOURNAL OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRTY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, 1859 [sic, actually 1860.] [Complete volume, 847 pages, octavo size, published at Nashville, Tennessee, by R.G. Eastman & Company]
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF G3-262 above. Condition is generally quite clean and fine, in modern library cloth with the original gilt red label. . . 65.00

Typical Masthead detail
The Newspapers of a President of the United States
N-615. THE DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, typical issue printed between and 1851. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at Washington, D.C. by Gales & Seaton].
I am pleased to be able to offer most historic association issues. belonging to James Buchanan, our fifteenth President. The papers were originally delivered to the future President at his "Wheatland" estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His name, written by an Intelligencer subscription clerk appears in the masthead (nameplate) area of each issue, as seen in my scan above of a typical issue. The venerable old newspaper had been founded in 1801 and was one of the nation's great papers of the era. It contains all the news and politics of that most tempestuous era, plus official Government notices and many other ads. Buchanan (1791 - 1868) enjoyed a long career in public service, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1821 -1831), and later as Minister to Russia, U.S. Senator, Polk's Secretary of State, Minister to Great Britain. He won the Presidency in 1856 on the Democratic ticket, garnering 45% of the popular vote in the three-way race by endorsing a strict conservative interpretation of the Constitution to settle the raging slavery controversy. The later years of the Buchanan administration found the aged chief executive embroiled in charges of corruption and incompetence, most notably in the Covode scandal and in his inability to deal decisively with South Carolina's unlawful secession. After taking part in Lincoln's inauguration in 1861, Buchanan returned to Wheatland, where he led a very private retirement. He died of pneumonia in 1868. PROVENANCE. After Buchanan's death his files of newspapers passed to Jeremiah Black, a close personal friend of the bachelor President and Attorney General of the United States in the Buchanan administration. The Black family library was subsequently donated to the Library of Congress; this paper was recently de-acquisitioned and sold privately by the library.
Condition of the issues is generally quite fine, with light normal foxing typical of papers from the humid nation's capitol. My letter of authenticity and provenance is included with each issue. Unique and affordable memento of a 19th century antebellum President of the United States. While my stock lasts I offer them at just, per issue. . . 16.00
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Rare Archive of Feminist Anarchist Newspapers Repeatedly Suppressed by the Authorities
G3-267. [LOT of 15 ISSUES] LUCIFER, THE LIGHT-BEARER, non-consecutive dates May to November 15, 1893. [Complete issues of 4 pages each, folio size, published at Topeka, Kansas, by Moses Harman]
The mission of Lucifer was, according to Harman, "to help woman to break the chains that for ages have bound her to the rack of man-made law, spiritual, economic, industrial, social and especially sexual, believing that until woman is roused to a sense of her own responsibility on all lines of human endeavor, and especially on lines of her special field, that of reproduction of the race, there will be little if any real advancement toward a higher and truer civilization." The name was chosen because "Lucifer, the ancient name of the Morning Star, now called Venus, seems to us unsurpassed as a cognomen for a journal whose mission is to bring light to the dwellers in darkness." These issues contain a serialization of the anarchist novel "Hagar Lyndon, or A Woman's Rebellion" and lots more news on the progressive movements of that era. Dual dated "CE 1893" and "EM 293". In 1887, the editors and publishers of Lucifer were arrested after the journal ran afoul of the Comstock Act for the publication of "indecent matter" The indictment ran to 216 counts, and, found guilty, Harman would spend large portions of the next six years in prison. Extra domestic postage 3.00
Condition of the issues is good, mostly separating at folds, should be handled with care, typical of era newsprint. Quite rare, no 1893 issues are reported in the 15 scattered holdings of the title in all U.S. libraries . . . SOLD

Henry Clay's Last Great Speech on Slavery and Union
G3-272. [TWO ISSUES]. THE BOSTON DAILY JOURNAL, February 8 and 9, 1850. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at Boston, by Charles Rogers]
Continued complete in these issues, Page One printing of "The Speech of Henry Clay" of Feb. 6. The last great speech of the aging southern rights champion, in which he offers a compromise between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery forces, and opens the Congressional debate, also here reported. Most historic Americana, with a bold vision to preserve the nation; yet the strongest advocates on both sides, Seward and Calhoun, will refuse, and a much-watered down version of the "Great Compromise of 1850" will finally become law in the fall. Lengthy letter from California paints a vivid picture of prospecting on the Middle Fork and North Fork, heart of the gold country .
Condition is very fine, small stain on the Feb. 8 front page . . . 30.00

Volume 1 Issue of A Fine Granite State Unitarian Weekly
G3-290. [ATMOSPHERE ISSUE]. THE BALM IN GILEAD, AND PRACTICAL UNIVERSALIST, 1841 to 1842. [Complete issue of 8 pages, quarto size, published at Concord, New Hampshire, by J. F. Wetherell]
"Devoted to the inculcation of truth, morality, and practical religion" is the Masthead motto of this early Unitarian newspaper, with an appealing and unusual title. Its elaborately engraved nameplate features the "All-Seeing Eye" of God, with an American eagle in flight above. A co-editor is Maturin Ballou, one of the most beloved evangelists of his century. The articles discuss the progress of the sect across the state and nation. Featured is a Temperance column, as well as Departments for Ladies and Youths. There is also a small summary of the week's news and a column of local ads. The paper ran until 1845; only eight Volume I holdings are cited in the Union List of Serials.
Condition is fine with a touch of light foxing. . . 4.95

From the 'Wild West' Railroad Center
G3-300. THE EMPORIA WEEKLY REPUBLICAN, 1886. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at Emporia, Kansas, by C. Eskridge] This excellent early Kansas newspaper boasts a front page packed with national and local news, with extensive coverage of crime in the latter. Much excellent historical reading on a west than was becoming settled but was still plenty wild. Inside is an enormous variety of advertisements, many large with illustrations. More local news and ads found out the back page of this oversized horseblanket newspaper. Condition is excellent, on well-preserved quality transitional stock . . . 7.50
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A Beautiful Hand-Colored American Map
G3-303. MAP from Mitchell, ATLAS OF THE WORLD, printed by S. Augustus Mitchell at Philadelphia, Penn. in 1860. Folio size, measuring 13" x 16".
COUNTY MAP OF KENTUCKY and TENNESSEE. This fine antebellum map of the two border states boasts the original bright hand coloring that has made Mitchell's superb maps very popular among generations of collectors. All cities, counties, and major towns are located in this fine copperplate engraving. Fine decorative borders.
Condition is bright clean very fine, tiny margin loss in upper L corner affects nothing. . . . 55.00

The Heritage of Old New York, Past and Present
G3-305. THE NEW AMSTERDAM GAZETTE EXTRA EDITION, typical issue printed in 1885. [Complete issue of 16 pages, quarto size, published at New York, by Morris Coster]
This intriguing monthly is devoted to the Dutch heritage of Manhattan, detailing historical events, some published here for the first time, from the earliest days of New York's settlement to its takeover by the English. Also followed are the lives of today's descendants of these intrepid pioneers, and the activities of their Dutch Reformed Church. There are several pages of fine ads as well, many illustrations, plus one or two woodcut pictures in the text.
RARE OPPORTUNITY: the title is UNLISTED in both the Union List of Serials and the Union List of Newspapers. Condition is bright clean VF . . . 5.00
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A Most Uncommon American Reprint of a British Classic
G3-306. [ATMOSPHERE ISSUE] THE PENNY MAGAZINE, 1835 [sic, actually 1845]. [Two complete issues of 16 pages, quarto size, published at New York, , by Redfield & Clinton Hall]
This classic little weekly was the first regularly published illustrated newspaper. Originally produced by "the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" at London, it is filled with wonderful woodcuts of the world's natural and man-made wonders, its leading figures, and more. Issues offered here, in an attached pair, are from the 1845 "American re-issue, from the original [printing] plates", identifiable by the fact that each two consecutive issues were printed together on one sheet. There were numerous contemporary Boston editions of somewhat suspect legality, but there was no copyright law until 1842, under whose terms the rights for this reprint were presumably negotiated. Quite unusual! Two issues attached as one, with a copy of the volume title-page for verification .
Condition of this issue is nice fine . . . 6.00
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Unique Philippines Occupation Newspapers
G3-307. DIARIO DE FILIPINAS, 1901. [Complete issue of 4 pages, large folio size, published at Manila, Philippine Islands]
This Spanish language daily was produced under the auspices of U.S. occupying forces, then battling a strong guerilla insurgency. This was America's first experience with jungle warfare and the fighting would last five years and ultimately take the lives of 5,000 U.S. troops and those of over over 100,000 Filipinos. The issues contain all the news of the day, commercial notices, many ads, etc. EXTREMELY RARE TITLE, these are the only known surviving issues of the paper (See Union List of Newspapers, page 630), formerly held in the Archives of the U.S. War Department.
Condition is good with some edge flaking, spinecut when microfilmed prior to release by the holding library . . . 10.00
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Bad Science and Slaveholder Paranoia
G3-3016. [SINGLE ISSUE] THE AMERICAN PHRENOLOGICAL JOURNAL, Feb., 1857. [Complete issue of 24 pages, quarto size, published at New York, by Fowler & Wells]
Father Matthew, the famed "Apostle of Temperance" and George Stephenson, "Father of Railways" are here scrutinized phrenologically and are found to be splendid specimens of Anglo-Saxon virility, with the most symmetrical of noggins. The bizarre pseudo-science of phrenology (like its later and more sinister descendent, eugenics) imagined that personality traits could be observed in physical characteristics. An interesting 2 page illustrated article to an Eskimo village depicts the native and missionaries there. Pieces on spiritualism, temperance, and other fad movements of this most tumultuous decade, so much like the 1960's in flavor. Account of a "Negro Insurrection" in Kentucky, where six men are to be hung for plotting to murder a number of whites. One woman was tortured to death to disclose the conspirators' names and plans, which included killing all the males and "that the young women are to be kept as wives for themselves." Much more.
Condition of this issue is fine . . . 20.00

A Rare Canadian Almanac in the Publisher's Deluxe Binding
G3-3105. [ALMANAC] THE McMILLAN'S AGRICULTURAL AND NAUTICAL ALMANAC FOR 1880, [October 1879]. [Complete issue of 160+(4) pages, octavo size, published at St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, by McMillan & McAlpine]
This very scarce Canadian imprint features many pages of advertising and lists of merchants, bankers, traders, local government, and companies of all kinds operating in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. An invaluable source book for local historians. Together with the monthly tables, where blank pages are bound in for the owner's personal notations. Extremely uncommon, much less often seen than the very popular and collectible U.S. equivalents. The original printed purple covers are present, and the whole is bound in nice gilt stamped full leather. Ownership signature on flyleaf is dated October 1879.
Condition of this issue is very fine internally and quite clean and fresh externally, gilding still bright, exceptional thus. . . . 100.00

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