Our first printed catalogue! A representative sampling of our latest inventory with many fabulous items. Highlights include the first American work on aeronautics; an 18th-century manuscript signed by a Mexican freedman; a lengthy manuscript volume of decrees and sermons from the Philippines in the 19th century; the account of a Russian traveler in the American West; one of the first Brooklyn telephone directories; and more. Enjoy!
We had hoped to be greeting you in real life from our booth at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, but plans change -- as do viruses -- and here we are at yet another virtual book fair. We have nevertheless compiled an interesting assortment of materials that we had planned to display in our glass cases. There are selections of Japanese Americana, several fascinating manuscript and archival pieces, views of Havana and Philadelphia, some stalwarts like Robert Rogers, and the usual blend of things we just couldn’t resist. To see them in person, you’ll simply have to place an order. Enjoy!
Our latest list features twenty works of poetry from the late-19th and early-20th century, many of them unrecorded or known in minimal copies. Though slightly outside our usual bailiwick, we hope you enjoy these unusual imprints and obscure verses.
This list is comprised of thirty items freshly catalogued covering the West from Arkansas to Alaska. Highlights include the narrative of a Cuban traveler in Colorado; an archive of ephemera from a Houston YWCA social club; early Texas territorial printing; real photo postcards from the Mexican Revolution; a book of Montana cattle brands; and an African American photo album from 1940s Texas. There are maps, photographs, and archives, and much more. Enjoy!
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!