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1 Original Authographed Letter Signed. "Robert Lowe"
No Binding Fine Book 
Original autographed letter signed by Robert Lowe. 4 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches. 1 page. Circa 1868-1873. Lowe (1811-1892) was a British statesman and a key figure who shaped British politics. Lowe was Chancellor of the Exchequer during 1868-1873. This letter is written on Parliament stationery with the address of "11 Downing Street, Whitehall" in the upper right corner. This hand written letter to a Mrs. Jones is an apology from Lowe regarding a trip to Scotland that he is unable to make. Letter has been folded. Letter is clean. 
Price: 37.50 USD
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2 Original Letter Signed, "William H. Appleton
No Binding Fine Book 
Original letter signed by William H. Appleton. 5 X 8 inches. 2 pages. Dated January 17, 1893. William H. Appleton (1814-1899) was the oldest son of Daniel Appleton. William began his publishing career in 1838 and became senior member of D. Appleton & Co in 1848. In this letter, Appleton writes from Anacortes Washington to Mr. Rickoff regarding the financial soundness of a nearby bank. Appleton writes that it has bee a "few moments since he has listened to a detailed financial statement" of the banks affairs. Appleton writes, "I would advise you not to put any faith or confidence in the bank." Letter has been folded. 2 small holes on the top and bottom of letter. Letter is clean. 
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3 Original Written Letter Signed, "Oliver Wendell Holmes"
No Binding Fine Book 
Original written letter signed by Oliver Wendell HOlmes. 4 1/2 X 7 inches. 1 page. Dated Sept. 22, 1894. With engraving of Holmes, circa 1879. Holmes (1809-1894) was an American essayist and poet. He was also a physician, lecturer and a member of the Fireside Poets. In this brief letter, Holmes tanks a correspondent for sending him a book ("Pretty Little Quarto") and for quoting from his writing. This letter was written two weeks before Holmes' death on October 7, 1894. Letter has been folded but is clean. The engraving of Holmes measures 4 1/2 X 7 1/2 inches. Lower corner is slightly folded. A few foxing spots, however engraving is clean. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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4 Anonymous Style Book : O.A.C. Daily Barometer
Corvallis, Oregon Oregon State Agricultural College Soft cover Collectible-Very Good Book 
"O.A.C. Daily Barometer" 25 pages; brown wrapper (3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch) with evidence of use to the covers. Some pencil notations in the back. For use as an aid to students to learn the proper style in the College paper 'Daily Barometer''. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Baker, George M., Editor The Reading Club and Handy Speaker; Being Serious, Humorous, Pathetic, Patriotic, and Dramatic Selections in Prose and Poetry, for Readings and Recitations
Lee and Shepard, Publishers. 1880. Boston. 1880 Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
First edition. Illustrated cloth. Contents include numerous writings (with and without authors or sources): The Defense of Lucknow, Tennyson; The Outlaw's Yarn, Michael Lynch; People Will Laugh; Ballad of the Bell-Tower, Margaret J. Preston; Mrs. Br own at the Play, Arthur Sketchley; Apples -- A Comedy, Blackwood's Magazine; The Fast Mail, John H. Yates; The City Man and Setting Hen; Miss Edith's Modest Request, Bret Harte; etc. 
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6 Barrows, Sarah T. An Introduction to the Phonetic Alphabet : Analysis of the Spoken Word
Boston, Massachusetts Expression Company - Publishers 1930 First Edition Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
xvi, 57 pages; red cloth binding with dust jacket (chipped and worn edges, some soiling). "The purpose of this book is to aid the beginner to a quick and painless mastery of the phonetic alphabet." - dust jacket cover. Very good condition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 Beard, Charles A. The Discussion of Human Affairs
New York The Macmillan Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Very Good Book 
(Subtitle): " An Inquiry into the Nature of the Statements, Assertions, Allegations, Claims, Heats, Tempers, Distempers, Dogmas, and Contentions wihch Appear when Human Affairs are Discussed and into the Possibility of Putting Some Rhyme and Reason into Processes of Discussion." Publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering. Dust wrapper soiled and with some chipping along top. Although written in the 1930's Beard's conclusions are expecially interesting in the modern days of Internet chat rooms and talk radio. 124 pages. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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8 Becker, David P., Cataloger The Work of Stephen Harvard; A Life in Letters
Harvard College Library. The Houghton Library. 1990. Cambridge, Mass. 1990 Soft cover Collectible-Very Good Book 
Illustrations. 2,000 copies printed. From the Foreword: "The Houghton Library has long cherished its close relationship with Stephen Harvard, which began when he was an undergraduate at Dartmouth. He frequently visited the Departm ent of Printing and Graphic Arts, where his interest in the world of letters. was encouraged by Philip Hofer". From the Introduction: "Born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1948, Stephen grew up in Connecticut, where his first interest was natural his tory. " "Along with his boyhood museum of natural history in the basement came the self-taught practice of calligraphy, a correspondence course in cartooning, and courses in etching and oil painting. Entering Dartmouth in 1966 with these developi ng skill s, he was fortunate to become a student of Ray Nash, whose legendary courses in book design, printing, and printmaking focussed Stephen's gifts toward the area in which he was to perform so brilliantly". 
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9 Buck, Charles, (The Late Rev.) A Theological Dictionary, Containing Definitions of all Religious Terms; A Comprehensive View of Every Article in the System of Divinity; An Impartial Account of All the Principal Denominations Which Have Subsisted (continued)
Published by Joseph J. Woodward. 1833. Philadelphia. 1833 Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
Leather. Some illustrations. 624 pages. Title continued: ".in the Religious World From the Birth of Christ to the Present Day; Together with an Accurate Statement of the Most Remarkable Transactions and Events Recorded in Ecclesiastical History ; W oodward's New Edition, Published From the Last London Edition; to Which is Added an Appendix; Containing an Account of the Methodist Episcopal, and Presbyterian Churches, in the United States, to the Present Period". Front cover partially separa ted from lower spine. Front end papers split at spine. Chipping to bottom of spine. Newspaper article pasted to front end paper. 
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10 Catherwood, Mary Hartwell Original Autographed Sentiment Signed. Mary Hartwell Catherwood
No Binding Fine Book 
Original signed sentiment by Mary Hartwell Catherwood. 4 X 6 1/2 inches. 1890. Catherwood (1847-1902) was a Midwest writer of popular romance novels. The signed sentiment is a quotation from "Story Of Tonty". "The Story Of Tonty" is about an Englishman's adventures among the Chippewa Indians of Mackinac. This sentiment is a quotation, "Tonty, I have found the lost river!" ("Story of Tonty.") Sincerely your friend, Mary Hartwell Catherwood". Copy has been folded and is very clean. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 Frost, S. A. Frost's School and Exhibition Dialogues; Comprising Frost's Humorous Exhibition Dialogues, and Frost's Dialogues for Young Folks, Combined in One Volume
Dick & Fitzgerald, Publishers. (1871). New York. 1871 Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
Cloth. In the Preface, the author states: "In preparing this little volume of Dialogues for the use of the young folks, the author is aware that she has departed from the usual aim of such works, which is to combine moral maxims and improving ideas with a certain amount of recreation. In defiance of all established rules, the author frankly confesses that she is not writing for their instruction at all, but simply aims at their amusement, in the fulle st sense of the term. The Dialogues are wr itten with a view to recreation only, and are specially adapted for celebrations, juvenile parties, or other occasions where a pleasant hour is devoted to innocent entertainment". 
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12 Graham, Andrew J. The Hand-Book of Standard or American Phonography
New York Andrew J. Graham & Co. 1894 Cloth Collectible-Very Good Book 
New and Revised Edition. (First Edition 1858). Illustrations. Gilt decoration and lettering front cover. Front end papers partially split at spine. This book provides background information about phonography, or phonetic shorthand. The word 'phonograph' (noun) is the graphic or written sign of a vocal element. 'Phonetic Shorthand' is writing produced with an alphabet composed of very simple signs. Book provides an Introduction to Phonography; Simple Consonants; Simple Vowels; Contractions and Expedients; Punctuation - Accent - Numbers; Diphthongs; Writing Exercises; etc. 
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13 Greene, Samuel S. Green's Introduction: An Introduction to the Study of English Grammar
Philadelphia H. Copperthwait & Co. 1857 First Edition Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
Original leather backed illustrated boards. Signatures of Nathan Newton, Lime Road, Smithfield, Rhode Island, dated 1858 on front end paper and pastedown. 192 pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Greig, J. Y. T. Breaking Priscian's Head or English as She Will be Spoke and Wrote
E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc. (1929). New York. 1929 Hardcover Collectible-Very Good Book 
Cloth. In this small book the author writes about the spoken language and makes comparisons between the English as spoken in England and that spoken in America. He quotes: "Perhaps the most apparent general characteristic of American speech, so f ar as cadence is concerned, is its levelness of tone. The voice rises and falls within a relatively narrow range, and with few abrupt transitions from high to low or low to high. To British ears American speech often sounds hesitating, monotonous and indecisive, and British speech, on the other hand, is likely to seem to Americans abrupt, explosive and manneristic". 
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15 Harper Jr. , J. W. Original Autographed Letter Signed, "J. W. Harper Jr.
No Binding Fine Book 
Original autographed letter signed by J. W. Harper Jr. Circa 1864. New York, 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches. 1 page. Joseph Wesley Harper Jr. (1830-1896) was the son of Joseph Wesley Harper (1801-1870), one of the founding brothers of Harper and Brothers Publishing. H. W. Harper Jr had a long career with Harper and Brothers. In this letter to A. Lyle White, publisher of the "Republican", Harper writes that he will add the "Republican" to the Harper's magazine Exchange List. Harper also writes that he is looking forward to receiving a photograph of a General Canby from White (likely General Edward Canby, 1817-1873). Letter has been folded. Letter is clean. 
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16 Harper, J.H. Original Autographed Letters Signed. "J.H. Harper"
No Binding Fine Book 
Original autographed letters signed by J.H. Harper. Dated January 1874. 2 pages. 5 X 8 inches on Harper and Brother Memorandum stationary. J.H. Harper (1850-1936) was among the second generation of the Harper family that founded and operated Harper and Brothers Publishing. J.H. Harper was the author of "The House Of Harper" (1912) and "I Remember" (1934). Both of these letters are to Ed. Seymour, Harper's cousin and both are in regards to tickets to "Nast's Lecture" (Cartoonist Thomas Nast, 1840-1902). Harper has blocks of tickets to sell and he wants Seymour to sell them. Faintly written on both letters are numbers in blue pencil. Both letters are clean. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 Hondius, Jodocus, A.S. Osley (Introduction and translation by) Hondius on Handwriting: The Preface to the Theatrum Artis Scribendi, The Writing Book of Jodocus Hondius, Introduced & Translated by A.S. Osley
Wormley The Glade Press 1970 Hardcover Fine Book 
Publisher's green cloth with title label on front cover. Number 39 0f 40 copies prnted. "Corrigenda" slip laid in. 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. 13 pages plus colophon. Signed by Osley at colophon. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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18 Hunter, Estelle B. A New Self-Teaching Course in Practical English and Effective Speech: Comprising Vocabulary Development, Grammar, Pronunciation, Enunciation, and the Fundamental Principles of Effective Oral Expression.
Chicago, Illinois The Better-Speech Institute of America. 1935 Soft cover Collectible-Fine Book 
Fifteen pamphlets [28 to 32 pages each] boxed with cover sheet discussing the home course, complete. Title band across the cover of the box. Deals with the correct standard-english version usage in conversation and correspondence along with lessons to achieve it. In very good condition. Complete sets are uncommon. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Hutson, Charles Wooodward The Story of Language
Chicago A.C. McClurg and Company 1897 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book 
Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. A study of language, historical, contemporary and foreign. 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches. 392 pages, including index plus four unnumbered pages at the end of books for sale by the publisher. 
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20 Johnston, Sir Harry H. The Story of My Life
London Chatto & Windus 1923 First Edition Hardcover Collectible-Fine Book 
Four illustrations, including a frontispiece engraving of the author. Dust wrapper with dampstain running down middle of spine, but not affecting the book. Dust wrapper has some small chips and a closed tear. From the promotional material by the publisher: "Sir Harry Johnston's rich life as explorer began while he was still in his teen, shen, as an artist, he stayed in Tunis and made adventurous excursions therefrom. All Africa, since that time, has been his province, as this fascinating book clearly shows. He has made intelligible to strangers the many dialects of the Bantu languages; his specimens of previously unknown birds and animals are in our national collections; year after year he has contributed brillant studies of plumage and jungle splendours to the Royal Academy. Artist, explorer, linguist and philologist; ardent politician and administrator; and one who has lived fully and observantly amoung the most notable men and women of the last fifty years, Sir Harry Johnston covers the who of his life in one absorbing narrative. The book is crowded with memories of a long life of extraordinary varied interests, and its portraits and pictures are those of wide and vivid experience." Publisher's black cloth, gilt lettering. 536 pages, including index. 
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