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1 [Concord Commercial Conviviality] Anonymous. Complimentary Dinner to Mr. Thatcher Magoun, at the Thoreau House, Concord, Mass., Monday Evening, December 31st, 1894.

(No place, no publisher, no date). Original printed wrappers, 31 pp. A dinner with speeches welcoming Magoun, who had opened a hotel in the Thoreau House, now known as the Colonial Inn. With a list of the 56 attendees, a who's who of Concord Merchantry. Several speeches are printed, including one by Capt. Robertson James, Civil War hero and younger brother of novelist Henry James. With a poem by George Bradford Bartlett. The Toastmaster was Col. William Barrett of the Concord Artillery. Thatcher Magoun, the 4th or 5th of that name, was descended from Thatcher Magoun (1775-1856) of Medford ship-building fame. With a presentation inscription on the front: "Comlements (sic) of Thatcher Magoun". A duplicate from the Concord Free Public Library. A very little soil and wear, a Fine copy. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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2 [Everett, Edward] Anonymous. Descriptive & Historical Account of St. Botolph's Church, Boston.

Boston (England): T. Morton, 1842. First edition. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt on the front, 68 pp., engraved title, illustrated with twelve leaves of plates inserted - all copies listed on WorldCat call for eleven. A gift inscription to "The Honorable Edward Everett" from "T.B. Lawrence, London, 1853". Construction of St. Botolph's in old Boston, Lincolnshire, began in the 14th century. This book describes and illustrates its architectural features, distinguished by one of the tallest medieval towers in England at about 280 feet. T. Bigelow Lawrence was an American diplomat from "new" Boston; he was at this time assigned at the Embassy in London - his father Abbott Lawrence was Minister. "He was present at the re-opening of St. Botolph's Church (after some remodeling) in 1853," (William White, "History...of Lincolnshire...", 1856), the year of this gift inscription. Everett had been Minister to England from 1841-1845. His engraved bookplate on the pastedown. Of the eight copies of this edition in WorldCat, seven are located in the U.S. (one in Ireland), five of those within 60 miles of "new" Boston. Cloth with some rubbing, wear at spine ends, tips worn through. Light foxing to the plates, very light in the text. A Good copy. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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3 [Loyal Publication Society] Anonymous William Alexander. Elements of Discord in Secessia, Etc., Etc,

(New York: The Loyal Publication Society, 1863) Cover title, 16 pp. No. 15 in this series of Union propaganda. A Fine copy. 
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4 [Emerson, Ralph Waldo] Anonymous. Hymns, Selected From the Most Approved Authors for the Use of the Trinity Church, Boston.

Boston: Munroe, Francis, and Parker, 1808. Original full calf, gilt-lettered and ruled, 179 pp. with the ownership inscription of Hannah Kast Haskins. April 8, 1810, and in another hand "Presented by Her Honoured Grand Papa John Haskins, Seniour" (1829-1814). Hannah was the daughter of John Haskins, Junior (1762-1840); she and her cousin Ralph Waldo Emerson shared this grand papa, a prominent cooper and distiller in Boston. Hannah has made an elaborate doodle of her name at the top of the first hymn. Both boards detached but present; spine ends chipped and gilt almost entirely eroded. Paper browned with staining to the binder's leaves; the front free endpaper, bearing the inscription, is loose. A Poor copy, but distinguished by scarcity and provenance. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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5 [Anonymous]. Letters From a Portuguese Nun to An Officer in the French Army.

New York: Brentano's, 1904. Original quarter cloth, printed paper label, and printed paper boards, 133 pp. A facsimile of the 1817 London edition, including the frontispiece, by Daniel Berkeley Updike's Merrymount Press. Long attributed to Mariana Alcoforado (1640-1723), these letters are now thought have been created by Comte de Guilleragues, a contemporary and friend of Mme de Sevigne and Jean Racine (Wikipedia). Spine cloth a little sunned, else Fine. 
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6 [New England History, Anonymous] Manuscript Sermon, "I Remember the Days of Old".

No date, but soon after 1837. Sixteen pages on eight 3 x 4 inch leaves, stringbound, closely written. Commentary on the fifth sentence of Psalm 143, "I remember the days of old". From p.1: "It is my design to give an acct. (account) of the state of religion in New-England from the settlement of the country to this day...". Internal evidence suggests a date not long after 1837. This is an orthodox ministry - Unitarianism and Universalism are criticized, orthodoxy celebrated, the passing of the days when colonists were religiously unified (as Calvinists) and looked to their strong community leaders (the ministers) for guidance was regretted. The French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War were major turning points, as foreign armies fought side by side with the Americans, who absorbed the "loose" morals and deism of the foreigners. When these wars were over the Americans "carried loose principles into their families and neighborhoods. During the Revolution, French troops helping against the British were "fresh from the school of Voltaire". And, paper money used to finance the war encouraged damaging speculation, honesty and integrity suffered, Paine's "Age of Reason", a "course and abusive work", caused "many of our young men" to become "deeply and fatally corrupted with disbelief in the Bible", free and open discussion led to splintering of denominations, each competing for dominance over the others. These leaves seem not to have been used at the pulpit - they are so closely written and many words are abbreviated - it would have been difficult to read from them to a live congregation. There are two dates on the front which defy explanation, 1836 and 1847. There is a note on the last page referring to the ordination sermon of William Sleigh to a Deerfield, N.H. pulpit in 1801. This may have been a preliminary draft that was used to create a clean copy. In Fine condition. 
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7 [Dickinson, Emily] Anonymous. Memoir of Rev. Austin Dickinson, A.M.

No place, no publisher, no date - perhaps shortly after his death in 1849. Presumed first separate edition. Original plain wrappers, caption title, pp. 1-12. "This memoir was prepared for insertion in the "Biographical Notices" of the class, graduated at Dartmouth College in 1813." Though they were apparently not directly related, Rev. Dickinson worked in the law office of Emily Dickinson's grandfather. He was important in the founding and support of Amherst College, as was Emily's father, Edward, who named his son after him. Light damp-stain to top 25%, wrappers a little worn. A Very Good copy. 
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8 [Quaker Education] Anonymous. On the Right Authority and Qualification for Religious Labor.

Philadelphia: Friends Book Store, 1886. Apparently the only edition, as no other is found on WorldCat. Two copies, in slightly different original printed wrappers, 19 pp. In "As New" condition. 
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9 [Little, Brown] Anonymous. One Hundred Years of Publishing. 1837-1937.

Boston: Little, Brown, (1937). First edition. Original brown cloth, gilt, and pictorial dust jacket, 83 pp., illustrated. A Fine copy in a fine dj. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 [Erotica, Satirical] Anonymous. Prof. Kirchway Lectures on "Social Science" at Columbia University.

(No place: no publisher, no date but perhaps between 1896 and 1916). Cover Title, 4 pp. unpaginated. The anonymous author asserts that proper performance of sexual intercourse will produce high acheiving, well behaved children. He goes on to explain in graphic detail how to copulate properly, thus saving society from "idiots, sapheads, imbeciles, and all mediocre children." George Washington Kirchwey (1855-1942) was professor of law, sometimes Dean, at Columbia from 1891 to 1916. He was warden of Sing-Sing Prison from 1915-1916. A Progressive, he was active in several reform activities; he was at various times president of the New York Peace Society, the American Peace Society, the New York Society of Criminal Law and Sociology, and the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology. This item must have been meant to embarrass him or to show him up as a know-it-all/busy-body. His name was spelled wrong, perhaps to avoid legal liability if the person responsible was somehow discovered. Just two copies on WorldCat, at U.C. Davis and at the Osler Medical Library, McGill University, where his name is also spelled wrong (Kirckway). A little browned, with some chipping to the fore-edges. In Very Good condition. 
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11 Anonymous Review of Norton’s On the Latest Form of Infidelity….

in The Knickerbocker for October, 1839. Original wrappers, soiled and chipped but complete. A review of Norton’s polemic against Emerson's Divinity School Address, the incipient transcendental movement, and the new German theology. The reviewer: “…an excellent Discourse. Its main object is to expose…increasing error” (pp. 372-3). Also, Washington Irving’s “Conspiracy of the Cocked Hats" and "Guests from Gibbet Island", a poem by Longfellow - "Fifth Psalm". Contemporary ownership signature (Lucius Lyon, at this time one of Michigan’s first U.S. Senators). Some soiling and edge wear, a Good copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 [John Skelton, Alexander Dyce] Anonymous. Reviews of Alexander Dyce's edition of the Works of John Skelton (London, 1843).

From the "Genleman's Magazine", v.ii, 1844, and "Quarterly Review", lxxiii, 1844. Bound together in modern cloth, gilt. These, both of which are cited in Allibone, were removed from the original magazines and bound up. Also, tipped in is a clipped article from the Times Literary Supplement of June 20, 1929, remarking the 400th anniversary of Skelton's death. Bottom end bumped, Fine. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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13 Thoreau, Henry David. Anonymous. The Ancient Wreck. Loss of the Sparrow-Hawk in 1626. Remarkable Preservation and Recent Discovery of the Wreck.

Boston: Alfred Mudge, 1865. First edition. Original printed wrappers. The Sparrow-Hawk had sailed from England for Virginia but went aground and sank on Cape Cod. This quotes extensively from Thoreau's CAPE COD (1865). Wrappers lightly soiled, stamp of the Wisconsin Historical Society. A Very Good copy. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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14 Anonymous. The Fifteenth Annual Report of the Committee of the Benevolent Fraternity of Churches.

Boston: (Not Published), printed by John Wilson, 1849. First edition. Original pale green printed wrappers, 66 pp. A presentation inscription on the front wrapper, to "Rev. Andrews Norton with best respects of the Minister at Large to Bowdoin College". This is all about the Minister at Large program founded in the mid 1820's by Joseph Tuckerman to minister to the poor. Wrappers with toning and a few stains. Rear wrapper detached and chipped with some loss, else Very Good. 
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15 The Zoar Separatists Anonymous. Zoar: An Ohio Experiment in Communalism.

Columbus: Department of Research and Publications, the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1952. First edition. Printed wrappers, illustrated, 74 pp. This has been reprinted many times and is still in print. Some soiling, pencilling on front. A Very Good copy. 
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