Cambridge: Thurston & Miles, 1861. Hardcover. First Edition. 242 pp., plus 30 pp. period advertising and fold-out map. Subtitle, "Containing a Directory of the Citizens, a Business Directory, a List of the City Officers, Religious and Other Societies, and a List of Tax-Payers, &c., &c." Black leather spine and tan paper boards. Covers and spine are aged, soiled, stained, shelf- and edge-worn. Small remnant of leather title block on spine, but no lettering. Damp stain extends approximately 2" up from bottom edge of both covers. Top of spine is chipped. Spine ends and corners are bumped and worn. Edges are aged and/or soiled. Front hinge is starting. Brief pencil notations on front paste-down. Tissue paper map entitled "Map of the City of Cambridge, Mass. Reduced...
Boston, MA: Legislature of Massachusetts, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. 442 pp. 8vo. A beautifully bound book of fine dark brown faille blindstamped with rules, decorative corners, and center seal of Massachusetts, gilded on front. Spine is also heavily stamped with rules and pattern blocks; gilt lettering. Spine ends are slightly creased, and there is a 1/4" closed tear at head on spine. All edges stained a pale wheat color. There is a pinhead-sized dot of white on lower back cover and an even smaller tiny hole on bottom back corner. Yellow eps are bubbled a bit on paste-downs. Rear endpapers and final pages of index barely foxed. Contents are clean and slightly aged and binding is tight. Several leaves have been pressed in the book...
Boston, MA: True & Greene, 1822. Hardcover. First Edition. 200 pp. 4to. Gray cover is completely detached at front hinge. Brown backstrip has handwritten title information. Pages are foxed, but book is entirely readable. The subtitle reads: Voted: that the Selectmen be requested to cause to be published and distributed to the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, a correct list - stating the amount of Real and Personal Estate on which the Inhabitants of the Town have been valued, doomed, assessed, and taxed for the Year 1821...And also all abatements that have been made from the estimation, if any, previous to the first Day of January, 1822." This is that list. A rare historical document. Good.
Boston, New York: Rogers and Manson Company, 1917. Paper Wraps. First Edition. 55 pp. Brown paper wraps with dark brown lettering on front cover. Binding is slightly aged, soiled and edge-worn. Cover detached from text block. Brief text is followed by full-page, b/w photos and elevations, with captions, of a variety of brick houses. Interior is slightly aged. Previous owner was the architect, Parker Morse Hooper. His name is written in pencil at top of title page. Very Good.
Deerfield, MA: 1910-1925. Wraps. First Edition. 21, 24, 16, 15 pp. Set of four pamphlets, reprinted early 20th century from or by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Assn. Titles are: "Tis Sixty Years Since. The Passing of the Stall-fed Ox and the Farm Boy " (1925), by George Sheldon; "Don't Give Up the Ship. Delving in the Dust of Ten Decades" (1914), by George Sheldon; "Tribute to Charlotte Alice Baker " (1910), by T(?) M. Arms Sheldon; and "How Ensign Sheldon Brought the Captives Back" (1911), by Rev. Henry H. Barber. All four are professionally printed, with lightly soiled wraps and clean interiors in tight staple binding. First two titles have p.o. on first leaf. Two instances noted of text correction. Very Good.
Boston: Press of Rockwell and Churchill, 1882. Hard Cover. First Edition. 215 + 52 pp. Apparently the annual report of a military group titled "The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States," with the report of the Massachusetts group for the period 1882-1885. Brown covers are stamped with rules front and back, and have beveled edges. Lettered on front and spine in bright gilt, with a medal reproduced center front. Touches of edgewear. Edges tinted khaki brown. Attractive wallpaper print eps. A handsome book. Very Good.
Concord, MA: 1908. Navy Cloth. First Edition. 70 pp. Subtitle, "Report of the Committee Appointed by the Town to Procure a List of Names of Those Who Served in the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. B/w frontis. Navy cover has gilt title and Concord seal on front. Gilt lettering on spine. All edges a little worn. Fading white library mark at top of spine. Eps have public library stamps and markings. Frontis is Civil War monument in Concord; following page 57 is a photo of the memorial for the Spanish-American War. The indexed volume gives all the details of service information known. A committee worked on this per the Town Meeting of 1907 to "record the names of the men who served in the Army and...
Sakonnet: Theophrastus, 1973. Hardcover. Reprint. 442 pp. B/w ills. with occasional color touches, usually monotone. A pristine reprint of the 1921 first edition published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. Navy cloth has flame-colored title block on front with bright gilt front and spine. A few touches of foxing to the fore-edges are the only signs of age in this book. It succeeds in the author's stated purpose to make it "a companion for anyone who desires to be more intimate with the wild flowers on Nantucket." The delicate drawings make identification easy. Very Good.
Hartford, CT: Allen S. Stillman & Co., 1844. Full Leather. First Edition. viii, 624 pp. 8vo. Scuffing and wear to leather covered boards, gold embossed titling to spine, front hinge starting, front and rear at top edge. Foxing throughout, colored engraving at frontispiece, 1 folding map at front in very good condition. Small, shallow chunks have been worn out at base of text block. Does not impact text. Some notes in ink at base of a few pages within. Very Good.
Dover, NH: Printed for O. Crosby and J. Varney, 1812. Full-Leather. First Edition. 354 pp. Title, Cont: "Containing a Geographical Description of the State; with Sketches of its Natural History, Productions, Improvements, and Present State of Society and Manners, Laws and Government." Calf covers rubbed and worn. Half-inch chip at head of spine, tiny erosion at heel. Burgundy title block on spine lettered in gilt. Corners bumped. Binding holding. Ffep not present, fly detached. On the t.p. and again on back blanks is is written in in "Silas Ball's Property. 1824." Contents foxed. Printed by J. Mann and J.K. Remick on lovely rag paper with a marvelous "hand." Among 18 interesting chapters is one on the White Mountains, another on native animals and birds, an...
Boston and Maine Railroad. Paperback. As. Unpag. 2 books. Wraps are green, sunned at edges, but clean and unworn. The charming little booklets are undated, but probably originated early in the first half of the 20th century. Each book contains photos of scenic waters of New England, captioned with place. Several photos include a Steamer from the Boston and Maine Railroad System's steamboat lines. Nostalgic, timeless photos. Very Good.
Boston - New York: Alden Bradford, 1829. Hardcover. First Edition. xv, 327 pp. Printed for the author by J.H. Eastburn, Boston. Original boards have a repaired spine once again deteriorating and split at front joint. Pale blue/green boards a bit soiled and aged, rubbed bare only at lower corners. Small p.o. sticker on bottom edge of front paste-down. Eps clean and bright. A small owner's stamp of the vintage of the book has been applied on front fly and also on dedication page. Bottom and fore-edges untrimmed. Contents are clean and tight, amazing quality for a book of this age. The third of Alden's volumes on Massachusetts history, this (as the others) stands alone. Very Good.
Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve University Press, 1955. Hardcover. First Edition. 104 pp. 8vo. B/w map. Clean covers have brown lettering on spine. Four tiny holes on upper back cover and two on lower front are also evident on dj -- teeth of some sort? Unclipped, unpriced dj is paper-bag color with brown lettering front and spine. Clean and tight except for the aforementioned small marks. First compiled as a senior honors thesis prepared by a Harvard student in 1953, the book explores the "complex problems in the evolution of a border area between New Hampshire and Quebec in the early 19th Century. Clean and tight, an interesting chapter in U.S. History. Very Good / very good.
Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusets, 1906. Black Cloth. First Edition. 629 pp. Subtitle: " Together with the Constitution of the Commonwealth and that of the United States, and a list of the executive, legislative and judicial departments of the state government, state institutions and their officers, and other statistical information." Black cover has blindstamped rules, title and state seal in gilt on front, gilt lettering also on spine. Two tiny bookworm traces on spine. Spine sunned. Contents tight and immaculate. Seating charts of the state Senate and House precede title page. Very Good Plus.
Boston, Massachusetts: 1904. Paper. 154 pp., plus index and 2 fold-out maps. Front cover has an Arts and Crafts style color illustration framed with trees in the foreground and a river winding off into the distant foothills. An approximately 1" x 2 1/2" section is torn from the lower edges of the front cover. The rear cover is a full-page b/w ad for "Hub Range," a brand of cast iron, wood-fueled cook stove. "Cook stove" may sound redundant; it's a Maine (and possibly New England) colloquialism. Covers are aged, soiled, creased, chipped and edge-worn. Front cover, one fold-out map and the title page are all detached. Spine perished. The first fold-out map shows the trolley lines of 1904 which ran as far North of Boston...
Riverside, Connecticut: The Chatham Press, Inc., 1973. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. 103 pp. Binding has blind-stamped green lettering on spine. Spine ends are slightly bumped. Bottom corners are bumped. Top page edges are slightly soiled. Illustrated DJ, in protective cover, is slighlty aged and edge-worn. Green endpapers. Interior consists of brief text with numerous, often full-page, black & white photos and occasional color photos. A glimpse into "the way life should be" and used to be here in Maine.
First free endpaper is signed, in ink, by Marshall Dodge, Walter E. Howe and Mary Eastman. Very Good / Very Good.
Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1846. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xv, 547 pp. 4to. Brown leather spine and corners, with five raised bands to spine, gold embossed titling, marbled paper insets front and rear, matching endpapers. Small tear to upper right corner of second free endpaper. Light foxing within but clean overall. 17 plates at rear of volume very clean. Very Good.
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, 1925, 1927, 1929. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printings. xxxi, 481 pp.; l, 461 pp.; xlviii, 466 pp. 4to. Green cloth boards with gold embossed titling to spines and cover boards. Light scuffing overall. Previous owner's name written in ink on first free endpaper of Volume I, also small red hexagon ownership stamp on first free endpaper of each volume. Very clean within. Very Good.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Cambridge Chronicle, 1850. Brown Cloth. Firt. LV, plus 92 pp. "Directory," plus 17 pp. period advertising. Brown cloth covers are stamped in blind. Front cover has blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering. Covers and spine are very slightly aged and/or soiled. Spine ends and corners are slightly bumped and rubbed. Edges are slightly aged and/or soiled. Paste-downs and feps are period advertising. A page, presumably the tipped-in map, has been cut out at title page. Previous owner's name and address, in ink, at top of title page. Interior is slightly aged, particularly the end paper advertising. Good.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Cambridge Chronicle, 1848. Hardcover. First Edition. , 11,  pp. 12 mo. Black cloth covers are stamped in blind. Front cover has blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering. Covers and spine are slightly aged and/or soiled. Hinges are worn and frayed. Spine ends are chipped, bumped and worn with a loss at the head of the spine. Corners are bumped and frayed to the boards. Edges are slightly aged and/or soiled. Paste-downs and feps are period advertising. Previous owner's name and address, in ink, on front fly leaf. Interior is slightly aged and/or foxed, particularly the end paper advertising.. Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1880. Hardcover. 395 pp., plus 2 pp. book ads. Reddish-brown cloth binding with blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Covers and spine are aged and soiled. Darkening of the spine has caused the gilt lettering to be slightly dull. Covers have bevelled edges. Spine ends and corners are bumped and worn. Rear cover's upper corner is worn to the boards.Page edges are aged and soiled. Chocolate-colored eps. Interior is slightly aged and, occasionally very slightly foxed, but is otherwise clean, crisp and tight. Overall condition would be better if exterior didn't appear so soiled. Good.
Portsmouth, N.H. Thomas Bailey Aldrich Memorial, 1909. Hardcover. 16 pp. B/w photo ills. Red cover with gilt rules and title is apparently a 1909 rebinding of the paper-cover pamphlet, with orig. paper covers bound in. Eps slightly foxed. Inscription from author on ffep in ink, dated 1915. The story of the Thomas Bailey Aldrich Memorial house in Portsmouth when it was dedicated in 1908. Clean and tight.
Inscribed By Author. Very Good.
Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1857. Hardcover. As. 336 pp. B/w frontis. Red cover is soiled, just a little edgeworn. Corners bumped. Spine cocked. Spine has gilt bands top and bottom, gilt title. Pale yellow endpapers are lightly foxed. Author's gift inscription on first free endpaper. Occasional light foxing.
Inscribed By Author. Very Good.
Cambridge, MA: The Cambridge Historical Society, 1930. Hardcover. First Edition. 860 pp. From the t.p.: "History of Cambridge, Mass. 1630 - 1877 with a Genealogical Register by Lucius R. Paige. Supplement of Index comprising a Biographical and Genealogical Record of the Early Settlers and their Descendants; with References to their Wills and the Administration of their Estates in the Middlesex County Registry of Probate by Mrs. Mary Isabella Gozzaldi." Paige's history was published sometime after 1876, and was a wealth of facts, sometimes difficult to extract. Soon after 1900, a D.A.R. chapter sponsored the making of an index to Paige's History. Later additions to the index made this far more than only an index with vital records collected, including wills and estate administrations and genealogy...