Member Blogs > Read'Em Again BooksNew Stock for the End of the Year - 22 Dec 13

  • Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:12:03    Permalink

    Although sales have been good during the run up to the holidays, our buying, quite frankly, has been pretty crummy; almost non-existent.  That is . . . until just recently. We broke the drought with the purchase a nice grouping of early bicycle material with a few wagon, motorcycle, and baby buggy items thrown in as a bonus.  I’ve always loved old bicycle and motorcycle ephemera and snap it up whenever I can.  Even if it doesn’t sell right away, I like having it around. Two of my favorite pieces are an 1897 Rambler advertising cover featuring an American Indian dumping his horse for a bicycle     Advertising cover (envelope) for the Gormully & Jeffery Manufacturing Company of Washington, DC.  Thomas B. Jeffery began making high quality, exceptionally strong bicycles in Chicago in 1878; he also developed an early interest in automobile production and in 1897, the year this cover was posted, built his first automobile, a single cylinder car with bicycle wheels that was the prototype for the Rambler Model A. Jeffrey then sold his interest in this company to concentrate on building Rambler automobiles and by 1902 was the second largest car manufacturer in the United States. $100.00 

    and an 1883 Rudge cover showing high-wheelers bicycles and tricycles.

    Advertising cover (envelope) for high-wheel bicycles and tricycles manufactured by "D. Rudge & Co. of Coventry, England: The Oldest and Largest Cycle Manufacturer in the World" and sold by Stoddard & Lovering of Boston. Illustration features a man riding a high-wheel bicycle and a woman riding a high-wheel tricycle.  $200.00A special Indian Motorcycle advertising cover from 1928 also catches the eye.Nice example of the famous Indian motorcycle advertising cover (envelope. The cover has a return address of the Indian Cycle Agency, Clintonville, Wisconsin and is addressed to the Indian Motorcycle Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts. The reverse of the envelope has text stating "This Letter Was Carried by Indian Motorcycle With Side Car, From Milwaukee To Green Bay, Via Oshkosh By Henry O. Meisel, Accompanied by Joe Campbell of Milwaukee, On Tuesday, July 31st, 1928 / Total of 388 Souvenir Air Mail Letters Were Carried On This Trip." Meisel was the owner of the Clintonville dealership and a leading philatelist of the time.  $225.00

    The lot included some attractive catalogues, especially one for 1897 Ramblers (which would pair nicely with the Rambler advertising cover) and one for Stormer and Pennant bicycles published in 1899.
    20 pages. Complete and clean. Light wear to cover. Ornate art nouveau cover for Stormer & Pennant bicycles manufactured by the Acme Manufacturing Company of Reading, Pennsylvania. A number of the firm's men's, women's, and tandem bicycles are illustrated and described.  $175.00
    Shortly after I picked up this lot, I won another consisting of about a dozen pieces of Civil War sheet music and ephemera featuring Captain E. E. Ellsworth and his Zouaves.  Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, was the leader of a Chicago civilian militia unit, the United States Zouave Cadets.  The cadets became nationally popular in 1859-1860 during a 20-city performance tour during which they exhibited their acrobatic precision drills and colorful uniforms. In August 1860, they visited Washington and were invited to perform on the White House lawn for President James Buchanan.
    Zouave Cadets Quickstep: Dedicated to the U.S. Zouave Cadets: Governors Guard of Illinoisby A. J. Vaas.  Root & Cady: Chicago, 1860.  10 pages including the cover; seven numbered. Complete. Light soiling. From a bound volume so slightly trimmed and with a rough left edge. One of the most collectible pieces of Civil War music features a full-color cover with Col. Ellsworth and three of his zouaves standing in the foreground as the regiment drills behind them.  $400.00
    With the onset of the war, Ellsworth became the Commanding Officer of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, another Zouave unit, in early 1861.  He was killed shortly after his regiment arrived in Washington and began to occupy Alexandria, Virginia. While securing the city, Ellsworth was shown a Confederate flag flying above an inn that could be seen from the White House and was said to bother the President. Ellsworth, assisted by three of his men, climbed to the roof where Ellsworth cut down the flag. On their way back downstairs, Ellsworth was killed by a shotgun blast to his chest. Corporal Francis Brownell, one of the zouaves, immediately killed the innkeeper who had shot Ellsworth.
    Ellsworth’s Avengers by A. L. Hudson.  Charles Magnus: New York, circa 1861.  Songsheet with colorful vignettes showing the Marshall House with its giant Confedrate flag and Colonel Ellsworth being shot by the innkeeper.  Clean with light wear; two very slight creases that are hard-to-see from the front. Faint glue stain along the right edge of the reverse. To be sung to the tune of Annie Lisle.  $150.00 Upon his death, Ellworth became an instantaneous martyr for the Union.
    Col. Ellsworth's Funeral March by J. C. Beckel.  Oliver Ditson: Boston, 1861.  6 pages including the cover. Complete. Clean with some dusting at top edge. Once bound so slightly trimmed. Cover shows a full-length portrait of Col. Ellsworth in vibrant color. This is the less common large Ditson publication of the march with the cover text that reads, "One of the names that was not born to die" and "Monody on the death of Col. Ellsworth." (Lee & Walker issued more commonly found printings of the march.)  $400.00 Next, I stumbled upon a lot of classic golf books, including the first instructional book ever written by a professional player, William Park’s The Game of Golf, and the first title to ever include ‘how-to’ golfing photographs, Sir Walter Simpson’s The Art of Golf

      The Game of Golf by William Park.  Longmans Green & Co.: London, 1899.  First edition, fourth impression.  Complete with 277 pages, all preliminaries, and all 17 photographic plates  Binding shaken, but holding; just feels a little loose.  Intact hinges.  Clean pages with occasional spots of very light foxing. Significant marginal edge wear to about a dozen pages that were roughly opened (a common occurrence with this title).  Per Murdoch 590, "The first book to be written by a playing professional, and, thus, the forerunner of many, many books in which a champion would reveal the 'secret' of his success."  Park was the world "Champion Golfer 1887-1889."  Additionally, he had a successful golf shop and club making business in London.  Park also was a noted golf course architect and owned several courses.  $275.00
      The Art of Golf by Sir W. G. Simpson.  David Douglas: Edinburgh, 1892.  Second edition.  Complete with 186 pages, all 20 photographic plates, and 2 pages of advertising in rear. Sound binding with intact hinges.  Clean pages with all photographic plates and the protective tissue for the title page.  Per Murdoch 699. "One of the great classic books of golf literature, it includes the first use of photographs to demonstrate the swing. . . .  'the most entertaining book ever written about the foilbles of the human golfer. . . .  indeed, fine golf literature.'"  Simpson was the first to advance the idea that golf originated from bored shepherds striking rocks with their crooks, explain how the term 'links' was related to sheep herding, and note that the word 'putt' came from the idea of putting a ball (or rock) into a hole (or scrape) in the ground.  See also Donovan 3870.  $750.00

    And lastly, I found an important archive of nine personal journals kept by Mary Bourbonnais, a member of the Citizens Band Potawatomi.  The collection, which also includes photographs of Mary and her husband, provides incredible insight into daily Native American family life in the Indian Territory and early Oklahoma between 1893 and 1922.  For the last thirty years of her life (the final entry is dated shortly before her death in 1922), Bourbonnais posted daily entries in her personal journals usually under monthly headings titled “Income,” “Expenses,” and “Incidents.”  The entries are extremely brief (sometimes no more than one or two words), but reflect the details of daily life.
    In my very cursory examination of the journals I found entries about:
    • Family and neighbor births, deaths, injuries, and illness
    • Legal actions, arrests, and trials
    • Farming events including the births, deaths, and sale of livestock
    • Sales of hay, lumber, fruit, poultry, meals, and the collection of rents
    • Household and farm/ranch expenses, as well as debts and loans.
    • Sending and receiving mail along with transcribed copies of important family letters
    • Recipes for medicine and candy
    • Dealings with the Sac and Fox Indian Agency
    • Info about the Shawnee and Sacred Heart Mission Schools
    • Oil, railroads, and a cyclone
    • Personal reflections: "troubles in hear and mind, but still trusting my God"
    • And much more
    The collection is especially significant as not only were Mary and Antoine Bourbonnais among the earliest Citizen Band Potawatomi to settle in Oklahoma, they were among the tribe’s most important members. 
    The couple moved to the Indian Territory from Kansas in 1872 along with a number of other Citizen Band Potawatomi and settled along the Canadian River near what today is Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Antoine apparently became a farmer, cattleman, and lumber merchant who was instrumental in the construction of the Friends Mission Church by the Quakers.  Mary, whom the community referred to as “Auntie” in her later years, was the local physician, midwife, and community record keeper.  She also served as the first superintendent of the Indian Territory’s first Sunday schoolMary and Antoine’s original log cabin has been preserved by the Citizen Potawatomie Nation Cultural Heritage Center.

    I’m somewhat stymied about the value of the archive, and I haven’t yet posted a description of the collection on line or shopped it to any institutions, but based on the very limited auction records of similar archives, I think that I’ll probably begin by asking $15,000 for the collection. Right now, all of my on-line venues are shut down for the holidays as we are going to be out of town visiting family until the first of the year.  That said, I’ll be checking my email periodically so if you have interest in any of these items, please let me know and I’ll get back to you.

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