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  • Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:49:04    Permalink

    It's been a while since my last update, but in my defense we've been a little busy and haven't spent all that much time back here in Virginia.

    Since my last posting, we've set up booths at four book fairs: the Georgia Antiquarian Book Fair in Marietta, the Mid-Michigan Antiquarian Book Fair in Lansing, the York Book & Paper Show in Pennsylvania, and the shadow show in Boston.  Additionally, we decided to combine a family visit to the East Bay Area with some shopping at the Serendipity close-out sale.

    The buying was great in Georgia and York, and we added a few nice things to the inventory.  Some still available are:, Daniel.  The History of New-England Containing an Impartial Account of the Civil and Ecclesiastical Affairs Of the Country To the Year of our Lord, 1700 . . .  In two volumes with map. Printed for J. Clark, R. Ford, and R. Cruttenden, London, 1720.  Neal's detailed work was primarily based on Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana and John Oldmaixon's The British Empire in America. This set was so well received in New England that Harvard awarded Neal an honorary degree.  Thomas Paine was especially impressed with the "spirit, style and method" of Neal's history and noted that despite Neal never having visited North America, "it seems to me scarce possible that any under his disadvantage should form a better."  See DNB XL 134; Howes N26, and Sabin 52140, Joseph (compiler).  Mirror of Olden Time Border Life . . . Also . . . History of Virginia . . .also History of the Early Settlement of Pennsylvania . . . To which are added, Personal Narratives of Captives and Escapes . . . Together with Numerouous Sketches of Frontier Men.  S.S. Miles, Abingdon, Virginia, 1849.  See Howes P622 and Sabin 65719, which notes this edition has "some material omitted, and much more added" than a previous version published under a different title.

    Sales and buying were both very good in Lansing, plus we were able to catch some of the Michigan State homecoming festivities and the football game between the Spartans and the Hoosiers. best thing we bought there was a large lot of Civil War Confederate newspapers.  Although we've already sold a few of the better ones, we still have a number left including two copies of the Southern Illustrated News, one featuring General Pickett and his famous charge at Gettysburg and one featuring Major Mosby and his partisan raids in Virginia: Illustrated News, Richmond, 1863.  Issues of 1 & 8 August 1863.  Very scarce 8-page Confederate illustrated weekly newspapers consisting of a mix of war news and literary features.  One issue features a front page portrait of Major General George E. Pickett with surrounding text providing a short biography and recounting his famous charge at Gettysburg which had occurred less than one month earlier.  The other issue features front page portrait illustrations of Major John B. Mosby (the commander of the famed 43rd Battalion of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, better known as Mosby's Rangers, a partisan unit that operated with impunity in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley throughout the war) and Major John Pelham (the heroic artillery officer who created the highly mobile "horse artillery" unit that supported  J.E.B. Stuart's Cavalry Corps).  The remainder of the front page is filled with a biography of Mosby and recounts two of his cavalry raids.  The entire second page and much of the third contain a long article about Pelham, especially his death, which occurred when he was struck in the head with shrapnel while rallying troopers during a cavalry charge at Kelly's Ford.

    Sales at the Boston show were exceptional.  Not only did we have a number of them, but we sold a big ticket item as well.  Our example of the Declaration By the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in General Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms sold before noon.  Although, we didn't get our asking price of $27,500, it was still a very nice sale to a scholar-collector.  Then, to add icing to the cake, within an hour of closing, one of the dealers at the ABAA show, who had earlier browsed through our stock, called to purchase a very nice revolutionary war naval chart by Brun, so after we packed up we drove by the Hyne's Convention Center and dropped it off.The Serendipity sale was interesting.  We were there for the opening on the "preview" day were surprised the crowd wasn't larger.  Although the stock had already been heavily picked over, we still managed to fill three bags of books, mostly bibliographies and the like to add to our reference library.
    So, now we have a chance to catch our breath over the winter before our pace gets crazy again beginning in early March when we kick-off a series of five shows in six weeks (Philadelphia, Washington, St. Petersburg, York, and Manhattan).  I hope some of you reading this will be able to stop by and visit us next year if we're in your area.

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