Category: Biography


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A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession: The Creation of the U.S. Naval Officer Corps, 1794-1815

By: McKee, Christopher

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 1991

Edition: First Edition

600 pp. A detailed study of the first naval officers who served in the United States Navy from 1794 to 1812, drawing on primary sources such as letters and journals to reconstruct the lives of those officers, as well as their role in the formation of a formidable navy by the War of 1812. Included are looks at Alexander Murraym Hugh G. Campbell, Thomas Turner, and others. GOOD condition. Slightly ex-library, with a small bookplate from an athenaeum on the inside front cov... View more info

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A New Historical Biographical and Classical Dictionary. Containing a concise and alphabetical account of the most remarkable events recorded in Ancient History. Extracted from the most celebrated classical Writers

By: No author Given

Price: $150.00

Publisher: London, Printed for George Kearsly, 1771

Presumed first edition, based on ESTC record. Full calf leather. A 2, B-O 12, P 9. A dictionary or encyclopedia of sorts, containing entries on notable figures throughout history, as well as to events for which they are noted. This includes ancient gods and other figures from mythology, philosophers, kings, princes, generals, historians, painters, physicians, celebrated ladies, artificers, etc. Drawn from Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Carthaginian and other civilizations. Smal... View more info

A Sermon Preached in the American Church Ingouville, on Occasion of the Death of Arthur Duke of Wellington, and the Hon. Daniel Webster

By: Adams, Ezra Eastman

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Havre, Alph. Lemale, Printer, 1852

Edition: First Edition

Printed wraps. 22pp. Signed "With kind regards of the author" on the inside front cover. A sermon contrasting the backgrounds and upbringing of the Duke of Wellington and Daniel Webster and highlighting their common character traits in later public in personal life that made them successful and well regarded. With brief biographical detail on both, throughout the piece. GOOD condition. Heavy vertical fold crease present to the pamphlet. A few other minor creases ... View more info

A Sketch of the Life and Character of William Penn

By: No author Given

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, Tract Association of Friends,

no date, presumed mid-1800s. Pamphlet, apparently disbound from a larger work and lacking any wraps that may have been issued. No. 73 on the lower left corner of the title page. 32 pp. A short piece discussing the religious activities and travels of William Penn in Europe, England and colonial America. This includes mentions of his travels in America in the Maryland and Pennsylvania areas, as well as his philosophical and religious beliefs. GOOD condition. Moderate foxin... View more info

A Sketch of the Life of Hon. Henry Matson Waite. Late Chief Justice of Connecticut

By: Wait, John Turner

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Boston, David Clapp and Son, 1870

Believed first edition. Original wraps. With a frontis portrait. 8 pages. A brief biography of Waite, with a brief genealogy of his family and ancestors. GOOD condition. Mostly minor darkening to the covers, minor soiling and scuffing. Small white paint spot at the upper front cover. Moderate edgewear, with several chips and tears and some minor loss. Covers are separating along the upper and lower portion of the binding. Interior with moderate browning. A few pages unop... View more info

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A War Diary in Paris 1914-1917

By: Coolidge, John Gardner

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Riverside Press, 1931

Maroon cloth in unclipped jacket. 283 pp. A firsthand account of life in Paris during World War I, reflecting and reporting on news of battles, politics between countries, daily life and other aspects of wartime living, written by a high ranking staff member of the US embassy in Paris, France at that time. John Gardner Coolidge was an American diplomat, serving as minister to Nicaragua, as well as being in charge of Ottoman interests while in Paris during WWI (from his d... View more info

An Incident in the Life of Daniel Webster. From the Reminiscences of Daniel Webster by his friend Peter Harvey

By: (Harvey, Peter)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Co,

OCLC records suggest a date of 1877 but this appears a bit later. Stiff wraps. Small booklet. 22 pp. With an illustration of the birth house of Daniel Webster. A recollection of the meeting between Webster and his brother-in-law John Colby, in which Webster explains his Christian faith and shortcomings to Colby, who has become repentant. Interspersed with quotes from the Bible. A seemingly thinly disguised religious parable. In GOOD+ condition. Gilt illustration of Webst... View more info

Andy Warhol's Interview. #34. July 1973

By: Various Authors

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Motion Olympus Inc, 1973

Folded tabloid newspaper. 48 pp. Black and white photos throughout. A single issue of this newspaper covering a range of pop culture topics and personalities. This issue with pieces on Stevie Wonder, Malcolm McDowell, Ricky Nelson, Peter Bogdanovich and others. GOOD condition. Moderate browning and dampstaining to the front cover, with the first several pages also dampstained in the gutter and top edges. Some chipping and flaking along the extremities. Minor soiling. View more info

Argentines of To-day. Two volumes.

By: Parker, William Belmont (editor)

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Buenos Aires/New York, The Hispanic Society of America, 1920

Edition: First Edition

xvi, xii 1067 pages total between the two volumes, including index. With black and white photo plate portraits of various Argentine notables. A work containing biographies of various figures from Argentina, including politicians, military officers, artists, writers, physicians, etc. EX-LIBRARY in GOOD condition. Call numbers in white ink against a black marker background at the foot of each spine. Pastedowns present in the interior, with the remains of pockets also pres... View more info

Auf Das Grab Peter Hille's

By: No Author Given

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Leipzig-Berlin, Modernes Verlagsbureau Curt Wigand, 1904

Edition: First Edition

Small format wraps, with a small photo of Peter Hille on the front cover. 54 pages. ALL TEXT IN GERMAN. A short work reflecting on the life and writing of Peter Hille. Hille was a German Naturalist poet, often associating with socialists and anarchists, and living-for a short time before his death-with members of the New Community, an anarchist-communist group in Berlin, Germany. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy browning to the wraps, especially along the spine. Some fo... View more info

Auf Den Lebenswegen Johann Sebastian Bachs

By: Neumann, Werner

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Berlin, Verlag Der Nation, 1962

Black cloth. No jacket. Large folio. 319 pp. Black and white photos, reproductions of manuscripts and illustrations throughout. A primarily visual look at the life and era of Johann Sebastian Bach, depicting city views, manuscripts and letters, as well as handwritten musical scores throughout, in an effort to present a first hand view of his life. ALL TEXT IN GERMAN. GOOD condition. Moderate uneven fading to the book. Minor scuffing and soiling, a bit heavier to the rear... View more info

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Ben Davis. Crusader for Negro Freedom and Socialism

By: Patterson, William L.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, New Outlook Publishers, 1967

Illustrated wraps. 48 pp. With a bibliography of Davis' major writings. A short biography of Benjamin Davis, recalling his early life and experiences that led him to become a leader in the fight for African-American equality and rights. Benjamin Davis was an African-American lawyer, serving on the New York City Council, representing Harlem, as well as an advocate for communist policies. He was jailed for several years in the 1950s for violating the World War II era Smith... View more info

Beyond the Garden Gate: The Life of Celia Laighton Thaxter

By: Norma H. Mandel

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Hanover, University Press of New England, 2004

197 pp. A biography of the Maine/New Hampshire author Celia Thaxter, chronicling her life and work, including her time on the Isles of Shoals. VERY GOOD condition. Minor fading and edgewear to the jacket and book. View more info

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Biographia Americana; or a Historical and Critical Account of the Lives, Actions, and Writings, of the Most Distinguished Persons in North America; from the First Settlement to the Present Time.

By: French, Benjamin

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, D. Mallory, Publisher, 1825

Edition: First Edition

First edition. Full leather, somewhat marbled. vii, 356 pp. With a frontis portrait of Fisher Ames and an illustrated half title. A collection of short biographies of many important early Americans, ranging from George Washington to George Clymer, and including Aaron Burr, William Bainbridge, John Hancock, Edward Preble and many others. FAIR/GOOD condition. Front cover very tenuously attached, threatening to detach with any further handling. Moderate to heavy scuffing to... View more info

Bushwacker! Cole Younger and the Kansas-Missouri Border War

By: Koblas, John

Price: $20.00

Publisher: St. Cloud, MN, North Star Press of St. Cloud, 2004

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

First edition. Trade paperback. SIGNED by the author on the title page. 322 pp. A few black and white photos throughout. A well-researched and detailed history of the early life of Cole Younger, primarily focusing on his role in the border wars, raids and fights between pro and anti-slavery people in Kansas and Missouri prior to and during the Civil War. VERY GOOD condition. Minor curling to the covers along the fore edge. Minor scuffing and fading, with faint creasing a... View more info