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Datum der Auktion: 02.05.2019

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Atkinson's Secret of Mental Magic 1st ed.

380 + [3] ad pp. (Oblong 12mo) 11.5x15 cm (4½x6"), original bown cloth stamped in black. First Edition. The true first edition, preceding the London publication. William Walker Atkinson was an attorney, merchant, publisher, and author, as well as an occultist and an American pioneer of the New

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Schätzpreis: 200 $ - 300 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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Abdy's tour of American prisons in the 1830s

3 vol. xii, 395 pp.; viii, 415 pp.; viii, 408 pp. Half-titles present. (12mo) 19x11.5 cm (7½x4½"), cloth spine, original boards, paper spine label. First Edition. According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), little is known of his life or work before or after publication of this

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Ansel Adams Natural-Light Photography, signed

23x15 cm. (9x6 in.), orange cloth with dust jacket, in slipcase. Fifth Printing. Signed by Ansel Adams on the title page

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Ansel Adams Yosemite and the Range of Light, with signed card

Introduction by Paul Brooks. Illustrated throughout from black & white photographs by Ansel Adams. (Oblong folio) linen-backed cloth, pictorial jacket. First Edition. Laid in booklet "Ansel Adams: The Museum Set" and two photo cards, advertising an event at the Roxburghe Club in San Francisco, in an

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1835 Four Letters by a Tennessee Slave Trader

4 Autograph Letters Signed. Nashville, Tenn., March 22, April 28, June 6 and 15, 1835. 9 pp. total. To Samuel Logan, Abingdon, Virginia. Written over a three-month period, Meek detailed his business practices and strategies, giving advice to partners and agents about the advantages of purchasing

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Schätzpreis: 1.500 $ - 2.000 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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1831 No.Carolina slave permitted to carry a gun, Document Signed

Manuscript Document Signed. Aug. 20, 1831. 1pg.; also signed by witness John H. Hardee. Remarkably, this document was signed just one day before the bloody Nat Turner revolt broke out in Virginia, an uprising of slaves and free Blacks that sent chills down the backs of southern slave owners. In the

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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1843 Legal battle over a Virginia slave and her children

Autograph Document Signed. 1pg., docketed on verso by Richard Perkins Jr. A chilling example of legal battles in the antebellum South over ownership of enslaved African-Americans After Mary Gells married Constantine Perkins in 1837, the couple lived in Arkansas for a year until the husband "in a fit

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Elizabeth Keckley Behind the Scenes 1868

371, + [8] ad pp. Portrait frontispiece. (8vo) 7¼x5, original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition. After purchasing the freedom of her son and herself, she was employed as a dressmaker in the home of Jefferson Davis and then by Abraham Lincoln, while in the White House. Institutional

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Captain Canot; Or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

xvii, 448, + [12] ad pp. Frontispiece and additional illustrated frontispiece. (8vo) 19x13 cm(7½x5¼") brown cloth, spine gilt. First Edition. This is the first issue with page 191 misprinted as '19

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Twelve Years a Slave, with excellent associations

xvi, [17]-336 pp. Frontispiece and six plates. (12mo), 19x12.5 cm. (7½x5 in.), original blindstamped cloth. Second Edition. An early printing of this important slave narrative. The basis for the 2013 Academy Award winning movie of the same title. Ownership signature on front free endpaper of George

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Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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A Southern defense of slavery on eve of war

328 + [2] ad pp. Edited by Thomas O. Summers. (8vo) original blindstamped cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. First Edition. President of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, William A. Smith was also a professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy. In 1856, Smith delivered this series of

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Scarce slave narrative by Austin Steward 1861

xii, 12-360 pp. Illustrated with woodcut plates. (12mo) Original blind-stamped brown cloth, lettered on spine in gilt. Third Edition. Laid in is a manuscript leaf with period religious reflections. Steward, a fugitive slave from Virginia, settled in Rochester, NY and participated in the underground

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A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery, 1st Ed.

vii, 94 pp. Frontispiece and 1 (of 5) plates. (4to), 23x15 cm. (9x6 in.), original printed boards. First Edition. Scarce anti-slavery work. Howes T304

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Schätzpreis: 400 $ - 600 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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Antebellum Virginia slave auction proceeds, Document Signed

1 pg., 7 x 9.5”, matted in 11.5 c 13.5” frame. Document from a public auction held in Richmond, Virginia by Dickinson Hill & Co. Descended from French Huguenot exiles from Holland, the son of a wealthy Revolutionary War Colonel of Virginia militia and a relative of Henry Clay’s, Macon Trabue was

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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1850 Slave emancipation document, Kentucky

1pg.+ docketing note on verso. The freed slave, Harris, 50 years old when he was emancipated, was still living in Gallatin County after the Civil War, listing his profession as “farmer” – possibly a share-cropper on the old Turpin plantation. He died – still in Gallatin – in 1891. Philip Turpin who

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Negroes and Negro Slavery 1861

339 pp. Woodcut frontispiece. 7¼x5, original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Early Edition. Virulently racist treatise first published at the dawn of the civil war. John H. Van Evrie (1814–1896) was an American physician and defender of slavery, the author of several books on race and slavery

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Fugitive slave as New York soldier in the War of 1812

1 pg.+ stampless, free-franked address leaf. To Colonel J R Fenwick, Adjutant General, Fort Gansevoort, New York City. This letter asks that William Etherington, an enlisted soldier in the Infantry Regiment of Lt. Quackenbush at Fort Gansevoort, be detained. He allegedly was a fugitive slave

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Hampton and Its Students, 1st Ed.

256 pp. Illustrated. Folding frontispiece. Original brick gilt-lettered cloth. Spine lettered in gilt: "Hampton and Its Students / With the Slave Songs." First Edition. Story, mission, progress, and multiple descriptions and viewpoints of life at the Hampton Institute for African- and Native

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"The Negro A Beast," or "In the Image of God", 1st Ed.

382 pp. Illustrated. (8vo), 21x15 cm. (8¼x5¾ in.), pictorial red cloth stamped in black. First edition. Racist work about the descent of man by pseudo-anthropologist Carroll. Poorly produced and hence scarce

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Child, An Appeal in Favor of...Americans Called Africans, 1836

216 pp. Illustrated with 2 plates. (8vo) 18.5x11 cm (7¼x4¼") original blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt spine. Second Edition. Lydia Maria Francis Child, was an American abolitionist, women's rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, journalist, and opponent of American

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass, 1855

xxxi, [33]-464, [8] ad pp. Illustrated with portrait frontispiece and two plates. (8vo), 7½x4¾ in., rebound in imitation leather cloth, stamped in gilt. First Edition. First Edition of Douglass's second autobiography. Divided into two parts: "Life as a Slave" and "Life as a Freeman

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Schätzpreis: 800 $ - 1.200 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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First case study of a black community in the US, 1899.

xx, 520, viii pp. 2 folding maps. 10x6¾ in., later ¾ black leather with blue marbled boards, spine titled and ruled in gilt. Dubois's landmark study of Philadelphia's African American neighborhoods, the first case study of a black community in the United States

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Free Colored Seamen - Majority and Minority Reports

58 pages. (4to) disbound. 27th Congress, 3rd Session, House of Representativess. Rep. No. 80

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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In support of enlisting Black soldiers for the Union Army, 1861

24 pp. (12mo), 18x12 cm. (7x4¾ in.), self wraps Written by abolitionists at the start of the Civil War to support enlisting Black soldiers for the Union Army. Sabin 42565

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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African American-related sheet music

35.5x28 cm (14x11") or smaller. Unbound or in wrappers. Includes: Miss Lucy Neale (A Favorite Ethiopian Song)... by James Sanford, the Celebrated Negro Singer & Dancer. 4 pp. Disbound. 1844. Dearest Mae. Celebrated Ethiopian Songs Sung by the Harmones.... Composed by L.D.H. Crosby. 6 pp. Disbound

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Recaptured Africans

[8] pages. 4to, original wrappers, disbound. 20th Congress, 1st Session [Doc. No. 193]. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, Transmitting the Information Required by a Resolution of the House of Representatives, of the 5th Instant, in Relation to the Present Condition and Probable Annual Expense

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Pseudo-scientific support of slavery, 1868

xvi, [17]-339, 60, [6] ad pp. 6 color plates. (8vo), 7¼x4¾ in., blue cloth with spine stamped in gilt. Second Edition. Virulently racist treatise first published as Negroes and Negro "Slavery" and later republished under this title, with plates added and references to miscegenation removed. John H

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Rigid Airship Manual 1927

Illustrated from photographic plates, numerous in-text charts and tables. (4to), original brad bound black flexible cloth. Scarce, profusely illustrated airship manual. No previous auction records could be located. Ownership inscription in ink from "J.D. Shapiro, Ensign, U.S.N. - U.S. Naval Air

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Datum: 02.05.2019

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Art Work of Seattle and Alaska

9 volumes. Illustrated with 80 photogravure plates from photographs by Asahel Curtis & others, with tissue-guards. 27 leaves of text. (folio) 14x11, maroon wrappers with cloth spines, front covers decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. First Edition. The photographs were taken by Frank H

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Schätzpreis: 500 $ - 800 $

Datum: 02.05.2019

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Volumes 1 & 2 of Harriman's Alaska

2 volumes (of 12, but complete in themselves). 124 plates with tissue guards, of which 39 are color-printed (14 chromolithograph landscape views by R. Swain Gifford and Fred S. Dellenbaugh) including frontispieces, numerous letterpress illustrations. 16 plates of birds, 2 of mammals, and 7 of

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Datum: 02.05.2019