For this year’s RBMS Showcase (Virtual Edition), we have compiled a representative sampling of our inventory comprised of sixty items, ranging from Mexican cook books to oil maps to Cuban slavery items to murder broadsides. Highlights include a large collection of cook books by Josefina Velazquez Leon, the first celebrity chef of Mexico; an archive of letters by famed Boston soprano Mrs. J.H. Long; a 1980s vernacular manuscript on tarot; Sanborn fire insurance maps of Santa Fe; the scrapbook photo album of a Texas border patrolman in the 1940s; an archival photo album documenting the work of airforce engineers in Japan during World War II; and many other fascinating and unusual archives and imprints. Enjoy!
The present list is comprised of twenty-five photographic items -- both professional and vernacular -- covering a wide array of topics and places. Highlights include a wonderful photograph album assembled by a couple on their honeymoon in Costa Rica in the early 20th century (see cover); a photo album kept by a young Japanese man interned at Poston Internment Camp; images of African-American soldiers; several pieces relating to Alaska, including vernacular stereoviews of Nome; an album kept by a young Mexican-American woman in Texas; large albumen prints from Michigan’s northern reaches; and more. Enjoy!
This catalogue is comprised of twenty-one unique, archival items for the Western States Virtual Book Fair. Highlights include an incredible archive of an Oregon pioneer during the Civil War; an entire lifetime’s worth of diaries kept by a Brooklyn socialite who traveled abroad and to the American West; a wonderful unpublished World War II unit history with a maquette containing original photos; vernacular photography, scrapbooks, business letters, and more. Enjoy!
We are pleased to offer our latest list of thirty items, all recently acquired and freshly catalogued. It includes a wide variety of material from across the continent -- an early treatise on cattle; a Japanese American directory from the mid-1950s; a rare California history; an unusual Native American language item; rare and unusual imprints from Iowa, Kansas, Nevada, and Idaho; some German Texas fiction; and a souvenir of the “Hello Girls” from the Great War, among others. Enjoy!
Antiquarian maps and views provide wonderful records of a past life of a place, and capture the irrevocably changed landscapes and geographies of a particular space and time. Our latest list contains thirty maps and views from across the continent of North America. There are mining maps from the American West; real estate maps and auto maps; maps produced as promotional products; a manuscript plan of a small town in Mexico; rare letter sheets from Texas and California; and several bird’s eye views, including a large and splendid view of Havana from 1851. Enjoy!
Despite the disappointment of missing our annual pilgrimage to California, we’ve compiled a wonderful list of material on California, the West, and Latin America, as well as other interesting topics. Highlights include a lengthy manuscript from the 19th-century Philippines; a Buddhist Church directory produced in the Manzanar internment camp; many rare pieces of Californiana; a stunning set of Indian portraits by a Montana photographer; several archives, both photographic and manuscript; and much more. Enjoy!
We have assembled for your delectation a group of twenty modestly-priced cook books -- many of them unrecorded -- representing a wide variety of states and appetites. There are recipes from small towns in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Colorado; scarce works from Mexico; two community cook books from Illinois; a wonderful piece from Wisconsin; and several works of Mexican-American California interest. Enjoy!
Our latest cataogue is devoted to works from and about Cuba, primarily from the 19th century. It includes unusual and rare imprints -- many of them unrecorded -- not only from Havana, but also Guanabacoa, Cienfuegos, Puerto-Principe, and Matanzas, as well as manuscript material and photography. Highlights include a rare Cuban cook book illustrated with plates; a rare bilingual guidebook published in Havana in 1899, with a handsome map; an archive of mining photographs featuring local people and scenery; the archive of a Cuban planter from the early 19th-century; a photographically illustrated work on the Cuban Revolution published in 1872; a rare annual guide to Cuba from 1809 located in one other copy; and many more interesting pieces. Enjoy!