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Great Seboomook Lodge and Outing Club

Great Seboomook Lodge and Outing Club

6 silver print photographs, image sizes ranging from 9.5" x 7.5" to 6" x 8", all on paperboard mounts, some with period inscriptions on the verso, one stamped "Fred K A. Schuetz"; one 4 pp. section excerpted from Newspaper; one sheet of Seboomook Outing Club letterhead, 11" x 8.5"; one sheet of Penobscot Hotel and Trading Co. letterhead, 9.375" x 5.875"; 1 envelope for the latter. A captivating group of photographs documenting a party of "Ardent anglers" from Newark, N.J. at Seboomook Lodge on the Penobscot River, Maine and possibly the Penobscot Hotel and Trading Co., both at Northeast Carry, Moosehead Lake, Maine, with one photo taken at Kineo. Also included are sheets of letter head for each of these lodges, as well as an envelope for Penobscot Hotel and Trading Co.,with a pencil shopping list on it. Photographs include the following: "Thomas Cressey, Willard with fish. Sunday, May 20, 1894. Kineo Maine."; "[Seboomook] Lodge, Maine" with six men posing in front; Untitled, [canoes on lake]; Untitled, [ten gentlemen on the porch], including Thomas Cressey and Mr Willard; Untitled, [two log cabins with trees cut down in front]; "Guides up in Maine, Seboomook Lodge, Maine [with] Dave Mullen, one of the guides," two or three of whom appear to be native American. A section of newspaper included here from The Newark [N.J.] Sunday Call, April 9, 1939 illustrates eight "ardent anglers at Moosehead Lake, Maine, posed for this picture about 1905." They were: Fred Castle, retired produce merchant; Thomas Cressey, architect; Henry Dixon, Builder; former Major Henry M. Doremus; Benjamin Morris, casket maker; George O. Smith, former collector of Port of Newark; a Mr. Willard; and kneeling, J.H. Bacheller, then state senator-all apparently members of the Seboomook Outing Club. Thomas Cressey was the president, as noted on the letterhead. Henry Doremus was vice president. CONDITION: All with reasonably good tonality; the border of [canoes] is sunned, loss of 1" x 3.5" on bottom right corner paperboard of the [ten gentlemen], separated piece included.
A Typical Indian Removal. The Story Told by the Indian Rights Association's Agent

A Typical Indian Removal. The Story Told by the Indian Rights Association’s Agent

Indian Rights Association Broadside, 358 x 118 mm. An Indian Rights Association broadside calling attention to the plight of starving Chippewa people at Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota in 1887. This broadside reprints a letter to the editor by J.B. Harrison of the Indian Rights Association originally published in the Boston Evening Transcript. Harrison, a churchman, had recently visited the Turtle Mountain Indians, located in the extreme north of Dakota Territory "on their forlorn and unsuitable reservation." He explains that these Indians "have been crowded off nearly all their lands which were available for agriculture, and have now no adequate means or provision for their support." While visiting Turtle Mountain, Harrison learned from leading men of the tribe that a group of their people died last winter due to starvation. Harrison hazards more will likely die this coming winter from the same cause. One Mr. Cramsie-an Indian Agent in charge of the Turtle Mountain reserve-has requested more aid for the destitute Indians but government officials have responded that all Turtle Mountain funds are currently exhausted. Harrison offers several striking images from his visit to the reservation and concludes by advising the public what supplies and goods to send and where to ship them. He closes with the plea: "These Indians should be compensated for the lands which have been taken from them, their rights should be recognized, and they should be induced to remove to White Earth, Minnesota, and furnished with lands and implements for farming. They would there be among their kindred." CONDITION: Good, old vertical fold.
A History of the Precious Metals

A History of the Precious Metals, from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time; with Directions for Testing Their Purity, and Statements of their Comparative Value, Estimated Cost, and Amount at Different Periods; Together with An Account of the Products of Various Mines; A History of the Anglo-Mexican Mining Companies, and Speculations Concerning the Mineral Wealth of California. [Spine title:] History of Gold and Silver

Comstock, J. L. M.D. 8vo, original brown cloth, gilt title at spine. 222 pp., 4 pp. of advertisements. First edition. A history of mining throughout the world, fortuitously published at the beginning of the California gold rush. "The discovery of California gold made Comstock’s world survey appeal to a much wider audience. He hurriedly included information on California and added a final chapter entitled ‘Estimated Expenses of Outfits from the United States to California.’ He opened by saying his printer allowed him no time to fully develop the subject. Comstock also calculated the cost of going to California, the loss of labor in the eastern United States, and estimated that it would take $22,260,000 in California gold before the United States would realize a profit"-Kurutz. Contains various charts and tables. REFERENCES: Kurutz 154; Cowan, p. 139; Sabin 15074. CONDITION: Good, front and back covers with some spotting and staining, head of spine chipped; contents good, minor foxing; a nice, tight copy.
History of the Siege of Boston

History of the Siege of Boston, and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. Also, an Account of the Bunker Hill Monument. With illustration documents

Frothingham, Richard Jr. Hardcover. 8vo (23 x 15 cm), rebacked and re-cornered with original cloth laid down, gilt title at spine, gilt medallions on covers. ix, [1], 420 pp., 3 folding maps, numerous illus. including 4 engraved plates. A scarce history of the opening phase of the Revolutionary War. The three maps included are as follows: "A Plan of the Town of Boston with Intrenchments &c. Of His Majestys Forces in 1775 from the Observations of Lieu. Page," 1777, reprinted 1849, (18.25" x 12"), includes the wharfs, shipyards, pastures and low tide information as well as the battle lines; "A Plan of the Action at Bunkers Hill on the 17th of June 1775" (20" x 17"), includes an overlay "No.1" "First Landing" plan (6" x 9") affixed over the (No. 2) "First Landing" plan. Depicted is the Charlestown and Breed’s Hill area surrounded by the Mistick and Charles Rivers; and "Boston: With Its Environs in 1775 & 1776" (6.25" x 9") illustrating military positions and geographic features from Cambridge to Chelsea and the Boston Islands. CONDITION: Good, cloth rubbed through along portions of bottom edges of both covers, owner’s name stamped on upper cover, ownership label of Dee C. Brown Jr. on paste-down and two ownership stamps on flyleaf, ownership blindstamp on second endpaper , early ownership ink signature on title page, offsetting from maps on several leaves; maps in good condition, bit of tearing where overlay is attached to second map, with one short tape repair.
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The Wolfeboro [N. H.] Blue Book. Cyanotype album

The Wolfeboro [N. H.] Blue Book. Cyanotype album

M. C. B. 4to (27 cm) photograph album, hand-painted pictorial cover with blue title and flowers on white cloth, initialed and dated in lower right corner "MCB 1892." 10 leaves plus inside covers with 41 cyanotype photographs of assorted sizes ranging from 1.5" x 2.5" to 3.5" x 4.5". A wonderful cyanotype album assembled by a family located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, situated in the Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Wentworth region, a noted summer resort area. The album begins with a portrait of the homestead on the inside of the front cover and continues with images of an extended family posing for pictures in formal clothing outside their large house with attached barn: includes children holding pets, sitting in stick-built chairs, swinging in a hammock (maybe the only time the little girl is happy in these photos), enjoying a ride in a wheelbarrow from a man who is likely their father, a brother reading to his clearly disgruntled sister, another brother adjusting his sister’s coat, a baby in a pram, a variety of adults posing on the porch, visiting on the lawn and more. Lakeside photos include a boy holding a oar while sitting on rocks with perhaps his mother in a sport cap, children in play clothes exploring the shore, a group of males rowing a boat. A lovely document of life in Wolfeboro in the 1890s, in the bewitching blue tones of the cyanotype. CONDITION: Good, pencil marks and light soiling on wrappers, cloth edges slightly frayed, partially sprung binding with 1 section detached, pages somewhat warped, portions of two photos torn away and lost, pitting and loss to surface of another image.
An Oration on the Principals of Liberty and Independence. Pronounced July 4 ---- 1808. At the request of a number of the inhabitants of the town of Dedham and its vicinity. In Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence

An Oration on the Principals of Liberty and Independence. Pronounced July 4 —- 1808. At the request of a number of the inhabitants of the town of Dedham and its vicinity. In Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence

Richardson, James 8vo pamphlet, printed wrappers, bound with thread. 16 pp. A passionate oration on liberty and independence, and a call to defend American rights against corruption and avarice. Richardson states "In the catalogue of our rights, that of electing our rulers, though in itself a burden, takes a high rank. Responsibility is a barrier to oppression. When rulers are subject to the laws, and responsible for their conduct, and the people vigilant and discerning, the laws will equally protect the rights of all, and the government will be administered with an eye to the public good.But the abuse of this right is almost as dangerous to the public liberty as its loss. The wisdom that discerns, the patriotism that desired, and the spirit and energy that pursued the public good, are essential requisites in a public character. But when a people, poisoned by calumny, and deluded by falsehood, elect to office those who flatter their vanity, inflame their passions, and mislead their judgments, both the public liberty and the public morals are in danger of being destroyed. It is a tenet propagated by the corrupt and ambitious, to establish their power on the ruins of the public liberty." Also included is a tribute to the honorable Fisher Ames; the conclusion cites European examples of collapse. CONDITION: Good with loose binding, toning and foxing as usual, extremities bumped and chipped, 2 cm open tear on center edge of front wrapper.