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Drumtalk.  Vol. 1, No. 4 - May/June 1979, Black Americana
121 Black Americana Drumtalk. Vol. 1, No. 4 - May/June 1979
New Haven, Connecticut Connecticut Afro-American Historical Society 1979 Paperback Very Good 
New Haven, Connecticut: Connecticut Afro-American Historical Society, 1979. Single issue from 1979 of a short-lived periodical devoted to African American history. This issue includes brief profiles of Matthew Henson, Polar Explorer and Co-Discoverer of the North Pole; Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, Founder of Chicago; a second part of Road to Freedom - The Black West; a profile of William S. Francis, Oldest Living Black Artist in the United States; Part 3 of Black Women in America; book reviews, more. Illustrated in black and white. Softcover, 20 pages. Covers age-toned and lightly soiled, contents clean and free from names or other markings.. Soft Cover. Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Political Discussions: Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1845-1886, Blaine, James G.
122 Blaine, James G. Political Discussions: Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1845-1886
Norwich, Connecticut The Henry Bill Publishing Company, Sold By Subscription 1887 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Signed
Norwich, Connecticut: The Henry Bill Publishing Company, Sold By Subscription, 1887. First edition, 1887, signed by the author on the title page, and with a letter written by Blaine laid in loosely at the front. Handsome copy in custom binding for George A. Zabriskie, bearing his initials in gilt inside the front cover and his armorial bookplate on a preliminary blank. Zabriskie was an avid book and art collector and member of both the Grolier Society and American Antiquarian Society. Full midnight blue morocco leather with floral decoration in gilt, raised spine bands with gilt decorated compartments, beautifully decorated inner covers in red and blue morocco decorated in gilt - in lieu of pastedowns - moire silk free endleaves in addition to the original marbled endpapers, all edges marbled, frontis portrait of the author, 525 pages. The letter, dated 14 March 1991 thanks the recipient (H. M. Allen, Esq., apparently at Harper's Magazine) for an advance copy of the April 1891 Harper's Magazine which featured an article on The Behring [Bering] Sea Controversy by Ex-Minister Edward John Phelps. The letter praises the article and its writer, who served the US as Minister to Great Britain and who later served as Senior Counsel representing the US in a tribunal adjudicating the controversy. The book is in very good condition with some rubbing to the joints, firm text block, clean pages with an unobtrusive transparent stain to the far outer margins of the frontis and some soil to the marbled endpapers, no other markings. The letter is slightly age-yellowed but clean and readily legible with Blaine's signature on the second page.. Signed & With a Letter By the Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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123 Blainsport, Pennsylvania The 200th Anniversary Brochure of The Swamp Reformed Church and Its Organizations, Blainsport, Pennsylvania
Blainsport, Pennsylvania The Swamp Reformed Church 1949 First Edition Paperback Good 
Blainsport, Pennsylvania: The Swamp Reformed Church, 1949. Illustrated booklet published in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Swamp Reformed Church (Evangelical and Reformed), Blainsport, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Includes a church program from the celebration loosely laid in at the front. Printed wraps, 24 pages. Some edgwear to covers, some light foxing, particularly to the edges of the program. Pages clean and free from chips, tears, names or markings. . First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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124 Blainsport, Pennsylvania The 200th Anniversary Brochure of The Swamp Reformed Church and Its Organizations, Blainsport, Pennsylvania
Blainsport, Pennsylvania The Swamp Reformed Church 1949 First Edition Paperback Good 
Blainsport, Pennsylvania: The Swamp Reformed Church, 1949. Illustrated booklet published in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Swamp Reformed Church (Evangelical and Reformed), Blainsport, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Includes a church program from the celebration loosely laid in at the front. Printed wraps, 24 pages. Some edgwear to covers, some light foxing, particularly to the edges of the program. Pages clean and free from names or other markings.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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A History of the Chicago Club, Blair, Edward T.
125 Blair, Edward T. A History of the Chicago Club
Chicago, IL Printed By R. R. Donnelley and Sons, Under Direction of Herbert S. Stone & Co. 1898 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Chicago, IL: Printed By R. R. Donnelley and Sons, Under Direction of Herbert S. Stone & Co., 1898. First edition [1898]. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. A history of the Club compiled from the memories of its members after its early records were destroyed by fire. Green cloth blindstamped with the club's monogram, lettering in gilt, 117 pages. Very light external rubbing, good hinges, sound text block, presentation notation to Philip Wadsworth from Edward Blair (Christmas 1898) on the front free endpaper, with Blair's card pinned to the following blank page, pages clean and otherwise unmarked.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Incidents of the First and Second Settlements of Worcester, Blake, Francis E.
126 Blake, Francis E. Incidents of the First and Second Settlements of Worcester
Worcester, Massachusetts Private Press of Franklin P. Rice 1884 Paperback Fair 
Worcester, Massachusetts: Private Press of Franklin P. Rice, 1884. Reprinted in 1884 from the Proceedings of The Worcester Society of Antiquity. Softcover, stapled binding, 31 pages. Covers chipped around the edges with some age-toning and a 1916 date stamp, additional date stamps on rear cover and rear free endpaper, historical society blindstamp on title page, gift plate and withdrawn stamp on inner rear cover, pages themselves very clean and unmarked.. Soft Cover. Fair. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations, and Professions, Including More Than One Thousand Articles of American Biography, Blake, J. L.
127 Blake, J. L. General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations, and Professions, Including More Than One Thousand Articles of American Biography
Boston Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. 1853 Hardcover Very Good 
Boston: Benjamin B. Mussey & Co., 1853. Eighth edition, 1853. Attractive thick volume in three quarter dark brown grained leather over tan cloth, gilt lettering, gilt accented raised spine bands, gilt ruled compartments, 10.25" tall, about 2.75" thick. Binding more likely late 19th century or early 20th century. Light rubbing to the extremities, good hinges, firm text block, clean pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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The Juvenile Companion, Being an Introduction to the Historical Reader, Blake, J. L.
128 Blake, J. L. The Juvenile Companion, Being an Introduction to the Historical Reader
Boston Bowles and Dearborn, Printed By Isaac R. Butts 1827 Hardcover Fair 
Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, Printed By Isaac R. Butts, 1827. Title page dated 1827. Worn book of history lessons for children. Blue-gray paper covered boards with brown leather spine lettered in gilt, just less than 6" tall, 300 pages. Covers heavily worn, especially at the corners, binding sound but not firm, hingers internally cracked but secure, free endpapers removed, pages age-toned and uniformly lightly foxed but generally clean, some additional spotting to outer margins of first several pages, no names or other markings.. Hard Cover. Fair. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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Annals of the Town of Dorchester, 1750.  Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Number Two, Blake, James
129 Blake, James Annals of the Town of Dorchester, 1750. Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Number Two
Boston David Clapp 1846 First Edition Hardcover Fair 
Boston: David Clapp, 1846. First printed edition [1846] of the manuscript detailing the early history of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Blue printed hardcover with black cloth spine, 7.75" tall. Fair only with front cover and frontis detached, covers rubbed and lightly soiled, text block sound, pages clean. Note on front free endpaper to a specific person "with the respects of the publisher". Book begins with the planning of the new settlers ("adventurers") while still in England in 1629 (they arrived at Nantasket in 1630). The second in a series published by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society (there were a total of three published during the 1840's); this one is by far the most difficult to find. Includes a double page facsimile of signatures as of 1641. Original printed boards with black cloth spine, 95 pages plus a one page advertisement for number one in the series. Also includes a slip laid loosely in the front with the names of five Justices of the Peace which may or may not have anything to do with the book itself. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Annals of the Town of Dorchester, 1750.  Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Number Two, Blake, James
130 Blake, James Annals of the Town of Dorchester, 1750. Collections of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society Number Two
Boston David Clapp 1846 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Boston: David Clapp, 1846. First printed edition [1846] of the manuscript detailing the early history of Dorchester, Massachusetts, beginning with the planning of the new settlers ("adventurers") while still in England in 1629 (they arrived at Nantasket in 1630). The second in a series published by the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society (there were a total of three published during the 1840's); this one is by far the most difficult to find. Includes a double page facsimile of signatures as of 1641. Original printed boards with black cloth spine, 95 pages plus a one page advertisement for number one in the series. Also includes a slip laid loosely in the front with the names of five Justices of the Peace which may or may not have anything to do with the book itself. Very good with some light cover wear, good hinges, firm binding, pages clean and free from chips, tears, markings, names, etc., with some very light scattered foxing. Very clean and sound copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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Ghost Towns of New England: Their Ups and Downs, Blanchard, Fessenden S.
131 Blanchard, Fessenden S. Ghost Towns of New England: Their Ups and Downs
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1960 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1960. First edition, 1960. Illustrated in black and white. Hard-to-find title describing once-thriving New England towns which were later abandoned and forgotten, left to their ghosts. Tan cloth, 205 pages, illustrated dustjacket. The book has some minimal shelfwear, good hinges, sound text block, very clean pages free from names or other markings. The mylar protected dustjacket is priceclipped and has a faded spine, many tiny chips and tears along the edges, little paper loss. Includes: Dudleytown, Connecticut; Gay City in Hebron, CT; Mount Riga, CT; Dogtown Common on Cape Ann, Massachusetts; Flagstaff, Maine; Brighton, ME; Mayfield, ME; Kingsbury, ME; Willimantic; ME; Amherst, ME; Hurricane Island, ME; Gotts Island, ME; Roxbury, New Hampshire; Lempster, NH; Lyman, NH; Success, NH; Glastenbury, Vermont; Somerset, VT; Mystic, CT (a revived ghost town). A clean and sound copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century, Blum, Howard
132 Blum, Howard American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-making, and the Crime of the Century
Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A. Crown Forum 2008 0307346943 / 9780307346940 First Edition, First Printing Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Crown Forum, 2008. First edition, first printing. Dark green hardcover, color illustrated dustjacket. Light rubbing to the spine ends, otherwise about fine condition, no names or other markings. The mylar protected dustjacket is not priceclipped and is in fine condition, no chips or tears.. First Edition, First Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A Life With History, Blum, John Morton
133 Blum, John Morton A Life With History
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A. Univ Pr of Kansas 2004 0700613382 / 9780700613380 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 
Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.: Univ Pr of Kansas, 2004. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine mylar protected dustjacket, looks and feels new, no names or other markings.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Smithsonian Report 1872, Board of Regents of Smithsonian Institution
134 Board of Regents of Smithsonian Institution Smithsonian Report 1872
Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution 1873 Hardcover Very Good No 
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1873. Published 1973. Carnation linen cloth, gilt spine lettering, 456 pages with extensive index. The book is in very good condition with conspicuous edgewear including rubbed corners and spine ends, faded and slightly scruffed overall surface, sound text block, good hinges, clean pages with no names or other markings. This report begins with interpretation of the Will of Smithson, who bequeathed the institution to the United States, and follows with a set of articles as varied as the Principles of Crystallography to Ancient Aboriginal Trade in North America. Also includes the Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Intstitution for the Year 1872: 42nd Congress, 3rd Session, House of Representatives, Mis. Doc. No. 107. . Hard Cover. Very Good/No. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The United States and the USSR in a Changing World: Soviet and American Perspectives, Bochkarev, Andrei G.
135 Bochkarev, Andrei G. The United States and the USSR in a Changing World: Soviet and American Perspectives
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. Westview Press 1992 081338382X / 9780813383828 First Edition Paperback Fine 
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.: Westview Press, 1992. First edition, first printing, 1992. Softcover, 412 pages. Looks and feels new and unread, no names or other markings.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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136 Boller, Paul F. Jr. Not So!: Popular Myths About America's Past from Columbus to Clinton
Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A. Oxford Univ Press 1996 0195109724 / 9780195109726 First Paperback Edition Paperback Very Good 
Cary, North Carolina, U.S.A.: Oxford Univ Press, 1996. First softcover edition, 1996. Popular myths about American history debunked. Softcover, 278 pages. Mild edge creases to front cover, spine uncreased, contents clean and free from names or other markings.. First Paperback Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Corruption in Washington, or Men of Good Intentions, Bolles, Blair
137 Bolles, Blair Corruption in Washington, or Men of Good Intentions
London Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1960 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1960. First edition. British view of American politics, most specifically the American presidency, by a former director of the Washington Bureau of the Foreign Policy Association. He examines corruption in the White House from the beginning through the Truman and Eisenhower administrations, which he describes as notoriously corrupt. He examines the administrative and bureaucratic structures which promote and perpetuate secrecy and corruption, and suggests that America would be better off with the British cabinet system. Red cloth, 235 pages, printed dustjacket. The book has almost no wear, good hinges, and clean pages free from names or other markings. The mylar protected dustjacket is not priceclipped and has a darkened spine and a few small edge chips but little paper loss. A clean and sound copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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The Private Soldier Under Washington, Bolton, Charles Knowles.  New Introduction By Steven C. Eames
138 Bolton, Charles Knowles. New Introduction By Steven C. Eames The Private Soldier Under Washington
Gansevoort, NY Corner House Historical Publications 1997 0879281170 / 9780879281175 Paperback Fine 
Gansevoort, NY: Corner House Historical Publications, 1997. 1997 edition. Softcover in fine condition, firm binding, no names or other markings.. Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Native Names of New England Towns and Villages 3rd Edition, Bond, C. Lawrence
139 Bond, C. Lawrence Native Names of New England Towns and Villages 3rd Edition
U.S.A. Alan B. Bond 2003 0963818023 / 9780963818027 Paperback Fine 
U.S.A.: Alan B. Bond, 2003. Third edition, 2003. Softcover in fine condition, looks and feels new and unread, tight binding, no names or other markings.. Soft Cover. Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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George Robert Bonfield: Philadelphia Marine Painter 1805-1898, Bonfield, George Robert.  Philadelphia Maritime Museum
140 Bonfield, George Robert. Philadelphia Maritime Museum George Robert Bonfield: Philadelphia Marine Painter 1805-1898
Philadelphia Philadelphia Maritime Museum 1978 First Edition Paperback Very Good 
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Maritime Museum, 1978. Exhibition catalogue from 1978 illustrated in black and white, some color. Life and works of noted marine painter George Robert Bonfield, including additional works not signed but attributed to the artist. Softcover, 78 pages. Light shelf rubbing, mainly at the edges, internally about fine, no names or other markings.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good. Oblong 4to. First Edition. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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