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A Remarkable Piece of Californiana
Fred Somers and Joseph Strong, Jr. The Argonaut Sketch Book Mechanic’s (sic) Fair 1877 (San Francisco: Argonaut, 1877). Small folio. VG-, with chipping and general wear to wrappers. Old tape repairs to verso of front and back covers. Contents near fine. $200
The Argonaut was fresh on the scene when the annual commercial extravaganza known as the Mechanics’ Fair was held in San Francisco in late August and early September of 1877. The Fair was an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and inventors to display their products and creations. It served a critical role in bolstering California’s infant economy and encouraging the demand for local goods. Frank Pixley, the Argonaut’s splenetic owner and editor was not one to miss the main chance, so he decided to print a booklet to promote his newspaper and the fair. It is an unusual production. The entire booklet was drawn by hand — the text, illustrations, and advertising. Fred Somers, the managing editor of the Argonaut, wrote the text. Joseph Strong, Jr. then transcribed it in script, inserting nearly fifty illustrations of scenes at the fair as he went. All of it was then lithographed. Strong, Jr., a talented illustrator and later painter, is best remembered today as Robert Louis Stevenson’s son-in-law. The booklet leads off with a full page of portraits of the Argonaut staff. Pixley is there, along with Ambrose Bierce, Fred Somers, George Jessop, and others. There is but one publicly held copy of this booklet (the Huntington). A remarkable piece of Californiana.
A Playful Scrapbook by a Youthful Berryman
Clifford Berryman. A 30-page 1890s sketchbook (a repurposed autograph book) (along with) a cabinet card photograph of Berryman’s sister-in-law, for whom the sketchbook was drawn. Oblong 12mo. Covers well worn. Contents VG+, stains, toning. $1,250
Berryman married Kate Geddes Durfee in 1893 and presented this sketchbook to Kate’s sister Hallie in late 1894. It opens with a drawing of Hallie herself and closes with one of her sister Kate holding a rolling pin and labeled “Dear Hallie – This page is respectfully dedicated to my wife. C.K.B.” The other sketches are of comic types, folks and places in Virginia, where the Berrymans and Durfees vacationed, one of Cleveland and Senator David Hill (fictitiously autographed), one of an artist drawing a landscape with a bespectacled bear looking over his shoulder, etc. Berryman went on to a distinguished career, first at the Washington Post and then at the Washington Star, where he won a Pulitzer prize. He also created the image of the bear cub that served as the inspiration for the Teddy Bear. Unique.
A Complete Run Covering the 1840 Presidential Campaign
The Log Cabin (New York)
Vol. 1, No. 1 (May 2, 1840) to NS. Vol. 1, No. 4 (December 26, 1840), comprising a total of 32 issues, a complete run for the year, housed in a custom-made portfolio. Folios. Portfolio as new. Contents VG, with occasional foxing, staining to some of the nameplates, a pinhole through the log cabin image and archival repairs to the spines. $1,800
The Log Cabin was Horace Greeley’s first entry into national politics, publishing what became acknowledged as the official organ of the 1840 Harrison presidential campaign. With Greeley as editor and publisher, it quickly established itself as the most influential of the campaign newspapers from that year, reaching an astounding national circulation of 80,000. It took its title and masthead imagery from the first comprehensively merchandised symbol in American politics. The paper contained reports on the speeches and policies of soon-to-be president William Henry Harrison, as well as entertaining campaign news from around the country. Greeley published the final number of the newspaper on November 9th, but then resurrected it in December to supply detailed information on how the nation voted, state by state. The newspaper lasted into 1841, but with the death of Harrison in April and Tyler’s ascendancy, it lacked a distinct purpose and was merged into his New York Tribune.
An Early Guide Book to the Real New York
George G. Foster. New York in Slices (New York: William H. Graham, 1849). Octavo. In original pictorial wrappers. Covers worn at edges, scribbling about Chatham Square at top of front cover, wear to spine, which is archivally reinforced. Contents VG with spotting and a water stain to upper left margin. $425
This iconic guide to New York life was among the earliest in the genre to present the known and unknown city side-by-side (“Mysteries and Miseries…” “By Daylight and Gaslight”, etc.). Foster, a writer for the New York Tribune, who wrote this series for newspaper publication, covered the usual haunts, Broadway, the Tombs, Wall Street, and also the titillating ones, the gambling houses, the Bowery, the oyster cellars, etc. He also profiled types, the b’hoy, the needlewomen, the newsboys, the dandies, etc. It proved so popular that William Graham issued it in book form (only in wrappers, as befitted its subject matter). He illustrated it with engraved street scenes and comic cuts by Charles Martin, Jr., originally drawn for Graham’s defunct comic weekly, Yankee Doodle. Just as fascinating as the text is the 70 pages of largely illustrated advertisements, promoting Daguerreian studios, quack medicines, Edward White’s National Miniature Gallery, pen manufacturers, clothing establishments, etc. etc. Foster made a modest career out of such books, following this one with New York by Gaslight, New York Naked, Philadelphia in Slices, etc. Emblematic of his marginal status in the world of letters, he died in prison in 1856. Quite rare.
Sala Caricatures the Crystal Palace
G. A. Sala. The Great Glass House Opend; the Exhibition Wot Is!! (London: 1851). Oblong octavo. VG,with edge wear and slight loss to last panel. Two panel hinges archivally reinforced. New spine and back cover. $425
Anyone who knows the name of the 19th century personality, George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), undoubtedly thinks of him as a popular journalist, witty travel writer, indifferent novelist, and celebrated raconteur. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Sala first aspired to be an illustrator and comic artist. Throughout his teens and early twenties he earned his living as an apprentice to a miniature painter, an engraver, an illustrator, and a scene painter. In his spare time he also produced a pair of comic panoramas, mocking the Great Exhibition of 1851. In the first of the two, The Great Exhibit Wot Is To Be…, Sala made comical predictions of what the exhibition would be like. The second, The Great Glass House Opend; the Exhibit Wot Is!!, is a fully illustrated comic tour of the exhibition in 24 accordioned panels (that fold out to 216”) in which Sala pokes fun at Britain’s imperial pretensions, its view of foreigners, and the idea that the exhibition was a display of British superiority. It is a fine bit of satire, better and more pointed than the first. Unfortunately it was the last comic art from Sala’s pen. In August of that year Sala accidentally locked himself out of his flat and was forced to wander the streets of London all night with but nine pence in his pocket. The resulting article he wrote of the experience was constructed around his inability to find a place to sleep, the hardship of life on the streets of the capital, and the subsequent social commentary that entailed. He entitled it “The Key of the Street”. When Charles Dickens accepted it for his weekly journal, Household Words, and paid Sala an astonishing five pounds for it, the artist became a writer for good.
Chromolithographs of the Uniforms of the U. S. Army
Henry Loomis Nelson/H. A. Ogden. The Army of the United States (R. M Whitlock/G. H. Buek, NY: 1889) Matching elephant folios (one of text, the other of plates) of olive cloth over textured boards. Bindings VG, with edge wear and some spotting to the cover of the text volume. Portfolio volume lacks ties. Contents of both volumes near fine, plate colors bright, with a short tear to the margin of the first plate. Limited to 1,500 copies, this is copy # 89. The portfolio of plates contains the original 44 plus plates 45 and 46 from a subsequent series (sheet size: 17″ x 15″; image size: 13″ x 11″). The beautiful full-color lithographs of water color drawings are by the celebrated artist H. A. Ogden (1856-1936) and the lithographic printing by G.H. Buek of New York. The series “The Army of the United States” was commissioned by the Quartermaster General of the army and was intended to depict the uniforms of the army since its inception in the 18th century. Odgen completed the first dozen watercolors by the mid-1880s and ended up drawing sixty more over the next twenty years. (For each completed plate, he received $100.) This is a great series, prized by collectors. $1,000
Two Early Chapbooks Illustrated by Political Cartoonist William Charles
The Scottish-American engraver William Charles (1776-1820) practiced his trade in the United States from 1806 to 1820, for most of those years in Philadelphia. He is regarded as America’s first political cartoonist on the weight of the nearly two dozen separately published political engravings he executed, mostly during the War of 1812. In fact, his forays into political commentary took him away from his more lucrative work as a children’s book illustrator; he is credited with contributing copper-plate engravings to more than three dozen “toybooks” or chapbooks for little ones, making him at least as important in the field of children’s book illustration as he is in political cartooning. He also may have been the first to introduce hand-colored engravings into the American children’s book market. As was the custom of the day, his titles were issued in two styles, the cheaper one uncolored. Even though Rosalie Halsey heralded Charles in her ground-breaking work Forgotten Books of the American Nursery (1911), only now is Charles receiving the attention he is due in this field. Charles died on August 9, 1820, when on a journey to Boston to promote his toy books, he fell overboard into the Delaware River and drowned. He left behind his wife, Mary, who continued to publish his children’s books to sustain her until her death three years later.
— (William Charles) Dorset. Think Before You Speak: or, The Three Wishes (Philadelphia: Johnson and Warner, 1811). 12mo. Stiff printed board wrappers. VG, with reattached front board and interior foxing. 32 pages, six inserted black and white plates. $150
— (William Charles) Anon. The Tragi-Comic History of the Burial of Cock Robin (Philadelphia: Johnson and Warner, 1821). 12mo. Stiff blank board wrappers. VG+, with interior foxing. 16 pages, eight inserted black and white plates. $150
W.W. Denslow’s First Book
I. H. M’Cauley. Historical Sketch of Franklin County, Pennsylvania (Chambersburg: 1878, third edition). Octavo. Bound in modern leather and cloth mimicking the original binding. Binding near fine, contents VG, with occasional smudging. $325
This book, prepared for the Centennial Celebration held at Chambersburg, PA, on July 4, 1876, was published in three editions. The first two, by the Patriot Publishing House of Harrisburg, were unillustrated. The third edition by John Pomeroy and D. F. Pursel of Chambersburg, was illustrated with more than hundred full-page, double-page, and foldout lithographic views of Franklin County public buildings and private residences by W.W. Denslow, later to become the famous illustrator of the early Wizard of Oz books and other children’s classics. In this, his maiden book commission, Denslow put in a prodigious amount of work on the plates that included views of Mercersburg College, Chambersburg Academy, the carriage works of J. A. Harper and his competitor, Thrush, Perlett and Stough, the Buena Vista and Monterey Springs Resorts, other places of business, and prominent estates and farmsteads. (Green and Hearn #1)
Will Dyson’s Three Major Cartoon Collections
Will Dyson. Cartoons (Quarto, 1913), Cartoons (Small folio, 1914), and Kultur Cartoons (Small folio, 1915). The first two are in illustrated wrappers, the last hardbound, limited (#181 of 500), and signed by Dyson and the publisher. The 1913 edition has an archivally repaired spine. The 1914 edition has chipping to the back wrapper. The 1915 edition has foxing, especially to front matter. Otherwise, all VG. $600
Will Dyson, while not the most famous political cartoonist of World War I (that honor probably belongs to Louis Raemaekers), was arguably the best. Australian-born, Dyson was already a socialist by the time he migrated to England in 1910. Appropriately, he became the staff cartoonist for the Daily Herald, a newly established Labor (or Labour) paper that Dyson, through his remarkable work, helped make famous. The first collection of his work was published in 1913, marking the Herald’s first birthday. The second collection, bigger and better, came out the following year. The third collection got the star treatment indicative of Dyson’s growing fame. It was published in hardback in two versions, one limited to 500 copies signed by Dyson and the publisher and one unsigned for the general public. An even more affordable edition was issued in paper. The war and divisions on the left made life difficult for the Herald; it was forced to go to a weekly publishing schedule for the duration of the conflict. Two more collections of Dyson’s work appeared in the teens, but they were ephemeral affairs compared to their predecessors. Dyson continued to work as a political cartoonist off and on in London, Melbourne, and New York, until his death in 1938. But none of his later work had the impact or the surprising beauty of that which is captured in these three seminal collections.
Original New York and Connecticut Landscapes
J.W. Embury. Portfolio of Original Pencil Sketches (c. 1870s)
Pencil on sketchbook paper (mostly landscapes), each measuring approximately 10 x 14 inches. Some toning, creasing and chipping, with some small tears and minor loss along edges. Paper is fragile. Overall very good. Embury (1830-1889) was an American artist who lived and worked in New York and Connecticut. This is a group of twenty accomplished pencil sketches, many of which are signed by the artist and dated 1874 through 1879. $500
Martin Van Buren for President
Extra Globe (Washington, DC)
Vol. 6, No. 1 (May 16, 1840) to No. 27 (January 29, 1841), comprising 27 issues, previously bound. Quarto. VG, with stains and spotting. For every election cycle beginning in 1830, Blair and Rives of the Washington Globe newspaper published a weekly quarto lasting the duration of the campaign supporting the Democratic ticket. This year, they put their weight behind President Martin Van Buren running for reelection against Whig General William Henry Harrison. The first issue recounts the speeches and events of the Democratic convention in Baltimore that renominated Van Buren and continued through the summer and fall reporting on all aspects of the campaign. The final regular issue appeared October 26, with a extra issue in January reporting the official totals of the vote, which resulted in the election of Harrison. A neat campaign document. $250
Maud Humphrey Complete Frederick Stokes Calendar 1895
This is a complete six leaf calendar for 1895 by the great Maud Humphrey published by Frederick Stokes. 11.25″ x 9.25″. VG, light spotting, original ribbon tie. $200
D. C. Johnston Scraps NS #1 Women’s Rights 1849 Victorian Comic Art
This is the ninth and last edition of Scraps in the famous series by Boston comic artists D.C. Johnston, this annual issue featuring one full-page of plates devoted to women’s rights. Oblong small folio. Original pale yellow wrappers. VG with back wrapper detached but present. Contains four full-page steel engraved plates (all with tissue guards) featuring nearly three dozen cartoons, all by Johnston. $200
An 1850s Publisher’s Promotional Broadsheet
Life Illustrated Extra (New York: Fowler and Wells, ). Broadsheet (17.25″ x 12.5″). 4 pages. Near fine, with minor spotting $325
This is a promotional broadsheet for the magazine Life Illustrated and more generally the publications of the house of Fowler and Wells, better known as the publishers of The Phrenological Journal and The Water-Cure Journal. The first page is given over to prose and poetry typical to any issue of Life Illustrated. The centerspread features the portraits of the first 15 American presidents, Washington to Buchanan, surrounding précises of their three periodicals. The final page features the publisher’s book list. OCLC shows no holdings.
Lincoln – Affix 3 Cents and Mail
Ten Abraham Lincoln Envelopes (Various publishers, Cincinnati, Boston, Lancaster, PA, and others: 1860-1865)
Each approximately 3.25″ x 5.75″. VG or better. This is a collection of ten Civil War era pictorial envelopes featuring Abraham Lincoln. Four are from the 1860 campaign, two are from 1861 (one of which reuses an 1860 campaign design with Lincoln’s new beard drawn in), three are from the 1864 campaign, and one is a memorial envelope from 1865. Five are printing in black ink, three in purple, brown, or red, and two in black, red, and blue. All unused. The pictorial envelope existed before and after the Civil War, but 1861 and 1862 mark the height of the pictorial envelope mania. It is estimated that nearly 10,000 designs were produced during those years. Many of them featured cartoons, others pro-Union slogans. The most desirable category of all are the Lincoln campaign envelopes. This collection features seven of them among the ten. All are listed in Milgram and Weiss. $1,000
Eight-Page Circus Poster? Elephant Folio Circus Program?
The Walter L. Main’s Eight Enormous United Shows/3 Big Circuses 3/A Menagerie of Rare Animals/Spectacular Pageants/Wild West and Wild East/ etc. etc. etc. Stamped at bottom: Bath [Ohio] /Tuesday/June 2 . Broadsheet on tinted newsprint. 23″ x 16.25″. VG+, archival repair to exterior vertical seam. Surprisingly well preserved for 120-year-old newsprint. $400
The Walter L. Main Circus was founded by Walter L. Main in 1886. Walter’s father William was a horse farmer, trainer, and trader in Trumbull, Ohio. After touring with several shows, William established Main’s Family Circus in 1879, which 20 year-old Walter began managing in 1882. After a few seasons, the business was disbanded. In 1886, Walter convinced his mother, who had inherited her father’s farm, to mortgage the property so that Walter could establish his own circus. The new show was titled “The Walter L. Main Circus” (the first time the title was used), and it proved an immediate success, turning an annual profit of $25,000 within a few years. In 1891, Walter purchased 11 railroad cars and put his circus on rails. The Walter L. Main Circus was now a huge success and it seemed as if nothing could stop it. Then at 5:30 a.m. on Decoration Day, May 30, 1893, the Walter L Main Circus train was descending a steep grade near Tyrone Pennsylvania, and at high speed crashed at the bottom of the mountain. Four people were killed instantly and another two died later. Many of the circus’s valuable animals were also killed and most of the show’s equipment was destroyed. It was one of the great circus disasters of the 19th century. Miraculously, Main rebuilt his entire operation and was back on the road within a season. This extravagant advertisement was produced for the 1896 season and is imprinted Bath/Tuesday/June 2. We assume the Bath refers to Bath, Ohio, but it might be Bath, Pennsylvania. Main sold out in 1904 and the circus continued under various owners and names until 1937. This is great piece of 19th century circus memorabilia. We have photographed all eight pages to do it justice.
Valentine’s Manuals of the Corporation of the City of New York
The Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York was published from 1841-42 to 1870 (missing 1867) and edited for most of its run by city clerk David Valentine. In its early years, it was primarily a guide to the city government with a map and a few views inserted. But Valentine was a history-lover and he began filling it with a hodge-podge of foldout maps and plates chronicling the history of the city. By 1866, the volumes had become massive compendiums of chromolithographic views and maps of all vintages. Valentine was criticized at the time for the wasteful extravagance of these annauls, but collectors today thank him. The books are a treat for the eye. We collate all of our volumes against the 1906 cumulative index. Since none of the volumes contains a list of plates, this is the only way to be sure that the volumes are complete.
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1849
This is a complete 1849 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing eleven plates and illustrations. Octavo.434 pages. Binding VG, with wear and chipping to top and bottom of spine and at tips. Contents near fine. Highlights include a frontispiece hand-colored foldout map of New York City, a fold-out tinted lithographic view of New York in 1743, fold-out tinted lithographic views of Union Park and Randel’s Island, a fold-out street plan for New York from 1755, as well as other plates and facsimile documents. $300
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1855
This is a complete 1855 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing twenty-six plates and illustrations. Octavo. 600 pages. Binding VG +, with a tear and light wear to the top and bottom of the spine. Contents near fine. Highlights include a frontispiece foldout tinted view of City Hall Park in 1827, two maps (one a 1817 plan of the city and the other a1775 plan of the city), a foldout tinted view of Five Points in 1827 (a tear along fold repaired), as well as views of churches, old homes, and commercial buildings. $300
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1858
This is a complete 1858 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing forty-two plates and illustrations. Octavo. 646 pages. Binding VG, with wear and loss to the top and bottom of the spine and fading to the boards. Contents near fine with frontispiece map laid in. Highlights include a frontispiece foldout map of New York city, 1858, a tinted foldout view of Fort George, 1740, a tinted foldout view of Chatham Street, 1858, two more foldout maps (one a map of Brooklyn, 1776, and the other an elaborately colored 1621 map of America), as well as views of churches, old homes, and commercial buildings. $300
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1861
This is a complete 1861 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York, containing seventy-four of the seventy-five called for plates (the foldout plate of St. Paul’s Church was not bound in, as is the case with some of the 1861 volumes) and illustrations. Octavo. Binding near fine. Contents near fine. Highlights include a large hand-colored map of 1861 New York, a long foldout view of New York from Brooklyn 1798, a tinted foldout lithographic view of St. Paul’s Church 1831, five foldout lithographic views of Central Park, a foldout lithographic view of Broadway 1840, a hand-colored foldout map of the British attacks on Fort Washington 1776, and dozens of others. $300
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1863
This is a complete 1863 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing thirty-eight plates and illustrations. Octavo. 852 pages. Binding near fine, with light edge wear. Contents near fine. Highlights include a tinted view of the U.S. ironclad “Roanoke”, a chromolithographic view of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters, a chromolithographic view of the Old Bowery Theatre, a chromolithographic fold-out view of Jackson Ferry, East River, a chromolithographic fold-out view of “Harlaem, 1765” as well as views of churches, old homes, and commercial buildings. $300
Valentine’s Manual of the City of New York 1864
This is a complete 1864 edition of David Valentine’s celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing forty-five plates and illustrations. Octavo. 856 pages. Binding near fine. Contents near fine. Highlights include a frontispiece hand-colored fold-out map of NYC, five chromolithographic views of the Soldier’s Depot, a tinted foldout lithograph of the terrace in Central Park, a foldout chromo of the Phoenix and the Rose in battle, 1776, a chromolithographic view of Brooks Brothers store, as well as views of churches, old homes, and commercial buildings. $300
Shannon’s Manual of the City of New York 1869
This is a complete 1869 edition of Joseph Shannon’s (formerly David Valentine’s) celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing all forty-five plates and illustrations. Octavo. 896 pages. Binding VG, with light edge wear. Contents VG+, with some spotting throughout and a tear to one of the foldout documents. Highlights include a beautiful fold-out steel engraving of the proposed Brooklyn Bridge, a chromolithographic fold-out of Harlem, a fold-out tinted lithograph of the Merchants’ Exchange after the fire of 1835, a beautiful bird’s-eye view of Manhattan, and a large fold-out chromolithographed map of the city, and many views of commercial buildings throughout the city. $300
Hardy’s Manual of the City of New York 1870
This is a complete 1870 edition of John Hardy’s (formerly David Valentine’s) celebrated Manual of the City of New York, containing all 28 fold-out maps, documents, and illustrations. Quarto. 926 pages. Binding VG+, with light wear to top and bottom of spine and at two places along the hinges. Contents near fine. Highlights include a frontispiece hand-colored fold-out map of NYC, three other hand-colored fold-out maps, full-page tinted engravings of city buildings, fold-out documents, and other illustrations. $250
The New York Herald Christmas Edition, December 12, 1897, Section Six. Broadsheet. Near fine, with weak folds. The proof of the final page has a triangular chip to the left side. An eight-page newspaper section on coated stock featuring four full-page full-color illustrations by A. I. Keller, Thure de Thulstrup (two) and one unsigned. Accompanying the newspaper section are four full-color page proofs of the art on better paper, pulled to check color and registration before printing. A neat window into the world of early American newspaper color supplement printing. $200
The New York Herald Easter Edition, March 27, 1898, Section Six. Broadsheet. Near fine. An eight-page newspaper section on coated stock featuring four full-page full-color illustrations by A. I. Keller, E. M. Ashe (two) and Miss Seddie Aspell. Accompanying the newspaper section are four full-color page proofs of the art on better paper, pulled to check color and registration before printing. A neat window into the world of early American newspaper color supplement printing. $200
New York Welcomes Prince Henry
“Gala Performance of Grand Opera in Honor of the Visit of H.R.H. Prince Henry of Prussia, … February 25, 1902” (NY: Dempsey & Carroll, 1902). Silk program. 14.5″ x 10.5″ (inside fringe). VG+, with modest imperfections to the silk and fringe. Tipped onto a backing board. An attractive and elaborate opera program printed in blue ink on silk to commemorate the Metropolitan Grand Opera performance in honor of Prussian Prince Henry, whose visit to the US in 1902 was the social event of the year. (along with) “Dinner in Honor of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Prussia, …February 26, 1902” (NY: F. A. Ringler: 1902). Silk menu. 11.5″ x 5″. VG+ with modest soiling. Tipped onto a backing board. A beautiful dinner menu on silk featuring a full-color portrait of the prince commemorating the dinner held in his honor by the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung. The pair: $250
With Original Art
William Allen Rogers. A World Worth While (NY: 1922). Octavo. VG+ with wear to the bottom of spine. Harper’s Weekly and New York Herald cartoonist’s charming memoir, SIGNED WITH ORIGINAL ART of a man in a canoe. $200