Engraving, Plan of the City of Washington, Titled on Federal Shield With Eagle
J. Good, London, after James Thackera and John Vallance Date/Period: 1793
Measurement: Frame: 17.75" x 19.5"; view: 9.25" x 11.25"
Material: "Lepard" watermarked laid paper
Condition: Very good, trivial folds as issued. Not examined out of frame however it was
consigned by a dependable longtime consignor who had it archivally framed. He states
that margins are well outside platemark.
Additional Information: (WASHINGTON, D.C.) Good, J; after Thackera & Vallance.
Plan of the City of Washington. Engraved folding map of Washington, D.C.
based on the smaller Thackera and Vallance plan published the year before; this is the
first to be titled on a federal shield surmounted by a spread eagle. Issued in the Literary
Magazine, London, J. Good, 1 February 1793. [Baynton-Williams, Plans of Washington,
Map Forum 12, Number 7, Verner 7].
Americana, Newspaper, Connecticut Courant July 20, 1795
Description: Writer's note. As a researcher and collector of early American MSS and
printed material, I generally dismiss non-war or non-important historical American dated
newspapers, but I could not put this one down once I started reading. The entire front
page is about the May 20,21 events in the French Revolution. Being that America has
just completed an insurrection, and France attempting to copy the process, Americans
took a keen interest in the events as they happened. 1795 was near the end of the
French Revolt and focused on the formation of their new government. Anyone with an
interest in France, Democracy, the Human Condition, would find this 4 page volume
most interesting. Later in the volume there is the typical news copied from other national
gazettes, and the 4th page has a 1/2+ column on the Connecticut Manufactory Lottery
with "Now or Never" banner heading. Following the lottery write up in an advertisement
for Western Expansion with a man gathering his travelers and offering 200 acres to be
conveyed when they arrive (uh huh). Fascinating reading for an inquiring mind, history
Size: 19" x 11" or 19" x 22" when unfolded. Printed both sides, so 4 pp
Condition: Typical fraying and chipping at edges, folds, curling, some discoloration, but
fully readable copy Overall: Good++
Americana: State of Connecticut Treasury Note 1780
Signed by J. Lawrence, Treasurer - SOLD
Description: Hartford, CT. June 1st, 1780, Note indicating debt by State of Conn to
(partial name obscured) Signed by J. Lawrence as Treasurer, Light foxing and toning,
Fine to VF, interest paid endorsements on back payable from 1781 until 1785 when
cancelled. (see hole in document) Rare loan document and one of the first issued
mentioning the "United States". "Payable in gold or silver coins.... after cessation of
hostilities between Great Britain and these United States."
Size: Approx 5" x 8" with a cancel hole right center size of a US Quarter
Condition: As normally found. Some toning, fold, edge trimmed, and document
cancelled. "Treasury" is script across obverse
Newspaper: Fairfield Gazette or Independent Intelligencer
Vol 1. No. 27, Feb 1, 1787
Published by Miller, Forgue, and Bulkeley 4 pages
Description: Interesting view of early America in Fairfield, Connecticut’s first
newspaper, or at least claims to be the 1st. Content ranges from tilted editorials to
extracts of news from other printed sources. On the 4th and last page are Regimental
Orders from the Hartford Barracks, Jan 10, 1787, for Col. Humphrey's crew with details
of what troops need to wear, how they need to dress, the need for uniformity, what
badges are acceptable, regimental colors, etc. Despite the wear from use, seam
separations, and other conditions from age, this is a very interesting paper worthy of
being framed, studied, or simply read. Not researched to determine surviving copies,
but a quick internet search found just one copy in images, and this a different first year
Size: 10" x 17" H per single page. Unfolded 20" x 17" H.
Printed both sides totally 4 printed pages.
Condition: Seam separations, darkening in places, owner names:
"Jon_ Benedict" (or close to that)
AMERICANA, RARE: 1790-Dated, “Bickerstaff’s Boston Almanack or Federal
Calendar, for 1790, Second after Leap-Year, and Fourteenth of Independency.,”
Featuring the First and Only Jugate Image of George Washington & John Adams, Fine,
with Ownership Inscription by a Revolutionary War Soldier, John Box Brosdan
Description: Very Rare and All Original Primary Document, Almanac Format, featuring
the first known George Washington & John Adams Jugate Image Very Few Copies
Known To Exist. This exceptional survivor is an original printing of Bickerstaff's Boston
Almanack, Or, Federal Calendar, for 1790, Second After Leap-Year; and Fourteenth of
Independence, measuring 7” x 4.25” with 22 pages, with original paper wraps, thus the
almanack retains an excellent structure and is complete. The Cover Woodcut
Illustration shows George Washington as the First President and John Adams to his
right, as Vice President. The Folky portraits measuring 1.5” tall are shown hanging from
ribbons tied with bowknots beneath an arch festooned with drapery and surmounted
with the American great seal…our Heraldic Eagle and shield. Printed below reads,
"Printed by E. Russell, next Liberty-Pole: Where may be had cheap to Traveling-traders,
etc., the Bloody Register No. 4."
Page two is a poem praising General Washington, "Composed in 1782, but never
before published." As made, all its pages are stitched together with original thread. A
very important, exceedingly rare piece of period, Political Americana.
Important: Wraps display owner's signature "John Box Bronsdan". Signature is also on
page 1 of almanack
John Box Bronsdan [almanack owner]: Birth 21 May 1751 Boston, Suffolk County,
Massachusetts, Under British Rule and Occupation. Death 22 Feb 1823 Milton, Norfolk
County, Massachusetts, United States of America.
John Box Brosdan was 25 years old when the American Revolution got rolling. John
served 14 days in Capt. John Bradlees’s company under Colonel Lemuel Robinson's
Militia, Milton. The 14 days were in the defense of Boston Harbor, and he later served a
longer term which included the important Dorchester Heights Defense.
John Box Brosdan would take great pride in seeing Washington and Adams depicted
as President and Vice-President for the 1790 term. One can only imagine the thoughts
running through the mind of Brosdan, being 39 and well settled in the United States,
knowing the outcome of his contributions.
Condition: The paper wraps show wear, edge loss, and a tear about 3" long on the
cover, but have done their job well by keeping the actual 22 page almanack with just a
few excuses. The almanack cover has a small water mark, not affecting image, and a
slight margin tear. Some of the pages are light and need very good light to be readable,
but overall, this is a remarkable and rare copy. Of the very few copies known, this may
be the best extant.
Materials: Period Paper including Wraps. Writing and Signatures in Ink
Editorial: A MUST HAVE for any Serious Washington or Federal Period Collector
Broadsheet; “An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790"
Nice example of American Naval Regulation of Labor Agreements between master and crew on Interstate Voyages. Form is pre-printed with Mss. entries; Working document concerning Brig Ruby of Newburyport, Mass, and the detailed (by Act) contract between Master John Dilloway and the six crew members; their roles, wages, etc. in MSS. on an 1811 voyage from Newburyport to the West Indies
In 1790, a Federal Law was enacted requiring detailed contracts between a ship's master and the crew for all interstate voyages. The full law was printed on the document, with the opposite side to be filled in Manuscript with details of the voyage, master and crew. Forms were pre-printed, and filled in prior to each voyage with appropriate details. All forms of the broadsheet are rare, with full copies very hard to find in any form. There are several variations of the broadsheet as they were printed by various booksellers.
Act reads: "Congress of the United States, at the second session, begun and held at the city of New York, on Monday the 4th of January, 1790. And Act for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant's Service. It is agreed, between the Master, Seamen, and Mariners of the (Brig Ruby of Newburyport,) Master, now bound from the port of (Newburyport to the West Indies), that in consideration of the monthly or other wages, against each respective Seaman and Mariner's Name Hereunder Set, they severally shall and will perform the above mentioned voyage"
Act continues in 3 column format and closed with printed names of Frederick Muhlenburg, John Adams, Geo Washington and Thomas Jefferson as signers of the 1790 Act.
(Matte: 17.5 by 22”, Sight: 16.75 by 12.5”) Condition: Fold creases, otherwise fine. Very Rare
AMERICAN ICON: Marilyn Monroe Final Judgment of Divorce
Between Norma Jeanne Di Maggio and Joseph Paul Di Maggio
Judgment Date Oct 25, 1954 Superior Court State of California
"A Full True and Correct Copy of the Original on file and made in my Office and entered Oct 31, 1955 Judgment Book 2988 Page 88 (signed by) M. Leach, Deputy, and then (at the bottom) by Judge Elmer D Doyle". This certified copy was most likely made as proof of divorce for banking or legal reasons. A wonderful, displayable artifact from perhaps the most famous courtship and marriage of the 20th Century. A plethora of information is available on the internet for Joe Di Maggio, Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jeanne Di Maggio, the marriage, the divorce, and more! And who was not enamored by the
story? This writer was fascinated, and I was only 1 year old at the time.
On legal paper, 8.5" x 13.5" unframed, with a fold at the 10" line leaving a nice display area of 8.5" x 10" with 2 paper punch holes at the top for placement in legal binder. Deputy Leach signature and certificate date in blue ink as is Judge Elmer D. Doyle’s signature at the 10" line; Immediately after Doyle's signature at the 10th inch
of the paper, with Doyle's signature slightly folded (buy can be unfolded
for framing or display. In plastic slip jacket. Excellent Condition.
FWIW: The Di Maggio Wedding Certificate sold at auction for $123k. That's how much collectors love the story and the celebrities involved. Ken Goldin of Golding Auctions used this quote at the time Goldin Auctions achieved the 123k sale " Despite the divorce, they remained friends until her death in 1962 from a drug overdose, and DiMaggio had roses delivered to her grave every week after her death until he died in 1999, according to the Post.". Of course, the Wedding Certificate was the sole, personal document issued on the day of their marriage (Jan 14, 1954), and Weddings are more glamorous than divorces, and of course the Divorce Certificate is just an official contemporary copy, but Gees!
Americana, Farm Ledger, Working Daybook, and later
Justice of the Peace Log - SOLD
Description: Journal, Daybook and Copybook, or perhaps a multi-generational multi-
use book descended in the George Griswold family of Guilford, Connecticut
For the researcher or town historian, this volume represents an opportunity to learn so
much about Guilford, Ct history through the work or different Griswold family members.
The original purpose is a Daybook or Account book for Griswold of Guilford,
Connecticut. As most account books are set up, the originator created an alphabetical
index listing each customer or client and on what page their account was located. It is
not a store ledger, but a list of services performed, farm produce sold, and misc. other
entries. It is likely that these services reflect at least one man and possibly one woman.
Entries are for plowing, cord of wood, carting flax, a load of stone, mending a fence,
sewing a dress, and many more related categories. The entries reflect a very hard-
working man with general farm and carpentry skills. Researching this section of the
book led to site showing standard rates for different work by years. For example, carting
wood was 9 shillings a day in 1776, and plowing only 3 shilling per day. So much to
learn!! This section covers 80 pages + with many entries on every page. Many, many
names. followed by 58 blank pages (of the greatest paper).
Turn the book over and start from the other end: The second life of the volume belongs
to George Griswold, Justice of the Peace, New Haven County beginning 1821 George
used this as his copybook for official transactions which he entitled. "Sundry Records"
followed by page headers "Licenses" using 110 pages with each license number by
year, and then sequenced No 1- No. (last one for the year), repeat, etc. 1821-1827.,
Also, there is a 2 page section with taxes collected between 1825 and 1833. A page
listing Division of Services breaking New Haven County by sections (or not?)
Very cool, very interesting ledger starting in Colonial America and stretching through the
early 19th century. Much to learn here, especially for someone interested in Guilford Ct,
Connecticut history, and more.
Size: 6.75" x 16", vellum covered. Rough page count is 225-240 total pages.
Condition: Cover is vellum and thus well protected, yet it does show the wear of
constant use. There are minor seam separations on the spine, but the book is intact
with no loose pages. Cover is tight to book.
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