Taber, Isaiah West (1830-1912); Baker, Walter T. & Cathcart, Walter, & others. Album with Nineteen Early Original Albumen Photographs from the Collection of Samuel Parsons - a San Francisco Resident and Employee of a Local Wall Paper Dealer “George W. Clark & Co,” Including a Series of Parson’s Portraits, Views of His Residences and a Street of San Francisco, the Storefront of “George W. Clark & Co” on Market Street with Staff Members, Most likely Including Parsons, Scenes from an Outing in the Redwood Forest, &c.; with a Later Gelatin Silver Portrait of a Young Girl at the Rear. Ca. 1880s.
Album with Over 200 Gelatin Silver Photographs of Panama (Colon, Cativa, Panama City, San Blas, Portobello), Puerto Rico (San Juan), and Cuba (Guantanamo) Taken by a U.S. Navy Serviceman from the Aerial Squadron 51 During his Time in the Caribbean; Focusing on Colon (Panama) and Showing Local Night Clubs (Silver Spray Casino & Atlantic Night Club), Bars (Bilgray’s Tropical & Chinese Bars), Theaters (“Native Theatre”), Stores (Japanese and “Hon Chong” Chinese Stores), Streets (Bottle Alley, Bolivar & Front Streets, etc.), the Aftermath of the 1940 Great Fire and Festive Pre-Lent Celebrations; also with the Images of American Naval Bases & Camps (Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, San Juan Camp), Squadron Members During Their Leisure Time & Military Activities, Frank Knox on his Early Inspection of the Camp; as well as Ethnographic Portraits of Indians in San Blas. Ca. 1940s.
Historically Important Collection of One Manuscript and One Typewritten Letter Written by a Frightened Eyewitness to the Destruction of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. The Destruction is Vividly Described as “The Awful Sight” of “What Was Left of San Francisco (‘Men Eating Weed,’ Etc.),” and the Damages Inflicted upon Mill Valley (“They Lost Everything except the Clothing”), San Jose (“Badly Wrecked by the Earthquake”), and Stanford (“The University Buildings Are a Complete Wreck,” Etc.), the Influx of Marauders and the Shortage of Food Supplies is also mentioned. He Continues to Describe His Stay in a Quake-Damaged Hotel in San Jose, and Shares the Latest News on His Relatives Affected by the Earthquake; with a Hand-Drawn Map Illustrating San Francisco’s Burned-Down Area and an Unpublished Albumen Photograph Showing Van Ness Avenue, One of the Most Damaged Parts of the City, during the Fire. San Francisco: 24 & 25 April 1906.
Zubov, Platon Pavlovich (ca. 1796 – after 1857). Kartina Posledney Voiny Rossii s Persiyeyu, 1826-1828. S Prisovokupleniyem Istoriko-Statisticheskogo Obzora Zavoyovannykh Gorodov i Vospominanii o Erivani [A Picture of the Latest of War Between Russia and Persia, 1826-1828. With the Addition of a Historical and Statistical Overview of the Captured Cities and Memoirs on Erivan]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of Conrad Wingeber, 1834.
Large Original, Very Finely Hand-Painted “Black Ship Scroll,” with Twenty-Two Watercolour Scenes and Portraits, Illustrating the Negotiations in Yokohama during Commodore Matthew Perry’s Naval Expedition to Japan and the Signing of the Treaty of Kanagawa in February-March 1854.
[Read, G.A.] (fl. ca. 1900s); [Winkelmann, Henry] (1860-1931); Personal Copy Of: [Scotland, Hon. Henry, M.L.C.] (1868-1910). Album with 100 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs, Titled on the Front Board: Visit of Members of New Zealand Legislature to the Cook and Other Islands, 1903. Ca. 1903.
Müller, Gerhard Friedrich (1705-1783). Opisanie Sibirskogo Tsarstva i Vsekh Proizshedshikh v Nem Del on Nachala, a Osoblivo ot Pokoreniya Yego Rossiiskoi Derzhave po Sii Vremena; Sochineno Gerardom Friderikom Millerom, Istoriografom i Professorom Universiteta Akademii Nauk i Sotsieteta Aglinskago Chlenom [Description of the Siberian Kingdom and All Affairs That Took Place there from the Beginning, and Especially from its Conquest by the Russian State until These Times; Created by Gerard Friderik Miller, Historiographer and Professor of the University of the Academy of Sciences and a Member of the English Society]. Saint Petersburg: Imp. Academy of Sciences, 1787.
Schmidt, Yakov Ivanovich (Isaak Jakob) (1779-1847). Tibetsko-Russky Slovar c Prisovokuplyeniyem Alfavitnogo Spiska [Tibetan-Russian Dictionary with Addition of the Alphabetic List [of Russian Words]. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1843.
Album with 106 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs, Documenting an Early Travel up the Congo and Ubangi Rivers to Fort Crampel in French Congo (now Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic) and Showing Boma, Matadi, Bangui, Ibenga Village, Ubangi, Nana and Chari Rivers, Fort Crampel, French Fortifications, a Hotchkiss Gun, Bush Camps during the Suppression of Local Tribes, Village Scenes, Portraits of Bondjo (Ekonda), M’Bres, M’Gaos and Ouham People, Members of Native Militia, a Doctor Pulling a Teeth, a Local Chief, &c. Ca. 1900s-1910s.
Dodge, William S. A Historically Important, One of the Earliest Manuscript Liquor Licenses Signed by the First Mayor of Sitka and Alaska Pioneer, William S. Dodge, Just a Year After the US Purchased Alaska from Russia and Only a Few Months before the Act of Congress of 27 July 1868 Prohibited the Sale and Import of Alcohol to the Inhabitants of the Territory. Sitka, 07 March 1868.
Original Podorozhnaya Gramota or Transit Pass, Given to one Gavriil Platan [Platov?], a Newly Appointed Missionary for the Russian American Colonies, and Authorising Him To Get Two Horses at Each Station on the Way from Saint Petersburg to Okhotsk. Saint Petersburg, 3 March 1845
Vladimirov, Mikhail Mikhailovich. Russkiy Sriedi Amerikantsev. Moi Lichnye Vpechatlieniya kak Tokarya, Chernorabochego, Plotnika i Puteshestvennika [A Russian Amongst the Americans. My Personal Recollections as a Turner, Labourer, Carpenter and Traveller]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of T-vo “Obshchestvennaya Polza,” 1877.
[Chichagov, Vasily Yakovlevich] (1726-1809). Izvestiya o Puteshestviyakh Rossiyan okolo Sveta (Prodolzheniye) [Relation about Voyages of the Russians around the World (Continuation)]. In: Litsey: Periodicheskoye Izdaniye [Litseum: A Periodical]. Part 2. Book 1. Pp. 69-86. Saint Petersburg: Imperial Typ., 1806.
[Zhitkov, Boris Mikhailovich] (1872-1943). Otchety Ekspeditsii Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva na Kanin Poluostrov v 1902 g./ Zapiski Imperatorskogo Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva po Obshchei Geografii. T. XLI, No. 1; Obshch. red. F.I. Chernyshova, A.P. Gerasimova = Rapports de l'expeědition de la Socieěteě Impeěriale russe de geěographie a travers la Peninsule Kanin en 1902 [i.e. Reports of the Expedition of the Russian Geographical Society to the Kanin Peninsula in 1902/ Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society on Geography, Vol. XLI, No. 1; Gen. ed. F.I. Chernyshov, A.P. Gerasimov]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of M.M. Stasyulevich, 1904.
De La Motte, Edward. Typewritten Manuscript Account of the Fifth Ascent of Aconcagua, by British Climber Edward de la Motte and American Mountaineer James Ramsey Ullman, Being also the First American Ascent of Aconcagua, Titled: Horcones Valley and Aconcagua. February/March 1928.
Taber, Isaiah West (1830-1912); Johnson, Charles Wallace Jacob (1833-1903); Savage, Charles Roscoe (1832-1909), and others. Album with 46 Rare Original Albumen Photographs, Showing Monterey (Chinatown, Monterey Bay, Hotel del Monte, First Adobe Buildings, Custom House, “The First Jail,” “General Fremont’s Headquarters during the Mexican War,” &c.), San Francisco (“Mrs. Mark Hopkins and Gov. Stanford Mansions,” “Court, Palace Hotel,” “Bazaar in Chinatown,” “The Entry – Chinese Theatre,” “Chinese Grand Restaurant,” “Mission Dolores”), Salt Lake City (“Brigham Young’s Grave,” “The Eagle Gate near Brigham Young’s Residence,” “Temple Block,” “Beehive and Lion House”), Chinatown in Los Angeles, &c. Ca. 1886.
Historically Interesting Original Letter by Nevada City’s (California) Pioneer, Writing to His Sister Back Home and Talking about Limited Job Opportunities, Striking Disparity in Earnings, and the Widespread Practices of Gambling & Drinking. Nevada City: 12 June 1854.
A Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter by Thomas G. Johnson, a California Pioneer and the Owner of One of the Earliest Hotels in San Francisco (Niantic Hotel), Complaining to his “Most Esteemed Friend” About His Failed Business, Unbearably High Labor/Provision Costs, and His Inability To Make a Single Cent, Bitterly Calculating the Net Loss of the Niantic Hotel, Worrying About Not Being Smart Enough for San Francisco’s “Sharpest Population Mixed… With Rascality,” and Sadly Confessing to the “Poverty and Shame” That Prevented Him From Returning to His Beloved Family. San Francisco: 30 July 1852.
Karta Srednei Azii, Sostavlennaya po Noveyshim Sviedeniyam i Gravirovana pri Voyenno-Topografisheskom Depo v 1/420000 dolyu. 1863 g. Ispravlena po 1879 god. [A Map of Central Asia, Compiled with the New Intelligence and Engraved at the Military Topographical Depot in the 1/420000 scale. 1863, updated up to 1879]. [Saint Petersburg]: Military Topographical Department of the General Staff, .
Historically Interesting Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by a Trailblazing Stockman of Bent County, Colorado, Offering a Prospective Buyer to Purchase his Ranch in West Las Animas for $35,000 and Urging Him To Consider the Acquisition with Haste “As Some Parties Are Negotiating for the Property.” West Las Animas, Colorado: 21 August 1878
West, Isaac E., Attorney at Law (1838-1900) & “Laughing Sam” (Hartman, Samuel S.). Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Defense of Dakota Outlaw “Laughing Sam” (Samuel S. Hartman), and Mentioning the New Governor of the Dakota Territory William A. Howard, the First State’s Attorney of the Lawrence County A.J. Flanner, and Yankton’s Store Owner and Public Figure A.W. Lavender. Yankton, D[akota]. T[erritory]: 25 April 1878.
[Courret, Brothers?], & Others. Album with Thirty Original Early Albumen and Gelatin Silver Photographs, Showing Callao, Lima (General Panorama, Puente de Piedra, Calle Mantas, Plaza Mayor with the Municipal Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Church of San Agustin, Torre Tagle House, Cemetery), Ferrocarril Central Andino (Casapalca and San Mateo Stations, a Tunnel, a Trestle Bridge, Railway Tracks on Mountain Slopes), Pisco, Acapulco, Mazatlan (a Double-Page Panorama, Waterfront with Creston Island, a Street with Hotel Central), and San Francisco (Golden Gate Strait, Ferry Landing, California Street, Old Chronicle Building, City Hall, a Street in Chinatown). Ca. 1893.
Beato, Antonio (after 1832 – 1906; active 1862- ca. 1900); Sébah, Pascal (1823-1886); Rae, Gray Kynoch Leathart “Bino” (1887-1947). Two Albums with 144 Original Albumen and Gelatin Silver Photographs, Documenting a Nile River Cruise and a Trip to the Holy Land in 1908, and Showing Ancient Temples and Sites of the Upper and Lower Egypt, River Nile and Boats, Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo, Edinburgh Medical Mission in Damascus, and Several Locations of the Holy Land (Nazareth, River Jordan, Capernaum, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, &c.); the Albums are Titled: I. The Second Cataract to Karnak; II. Karnak to Syria & Constantinople. Albums: ca. 1908; most studio photos: ca. 1880s-1890s.
Collection of Thirty-One Loose Original Gelatin Silver and Cyanotype Photographs of Tbilisi & Mtskheta Taken by the Amateur Photographer S. S. Didarov in the 1890s-1930s, Showing the Infamous Metekhi Prison, the Shah Ismail Mosque (the Largest Mosque in the Caucasus), Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Didube Temple of the Virgin Maryʹs Birth, the Church of the Red Gospel, Tbilisi Funicular, Old Metekhi & Avlabari Bridges, etc.; also with the Photos of High-Ranking Georgian Officials (Noe Zhordania, Noe Ramishvili, Noe Khomeriki, etc.), the Last Military Parade of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Annual Epiphany-Day Celebrations, Local Merchants & Peasants, Residential Buildings, etc. Ca. 1890s-1920s.
Kostenkov, Kapiton Ivanovich (1792-1883). [ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED PUBLISHER’S WRAPPER PRESERVED:] Istoricheskiye i Statisticheskiye Svedenia o Kalmykakh, Kochuyushchikh v Astrakhanskoi Gubernii. S Kartoyu Kalmutskoy Stepi. Sostavil Glavny Popiechitel Kalmytskogo Naroda General-Mayor K. Kostenkov/ [Izdaniye Ministerstva Gosudarstvennykh Imushchestv] [Historical and Statistical Intelligence about Kalmyks, Roaming in the Astrakhan Province. With a Map of the Kalmyk Steppe. Compiled by the Chief Trustee of the Kalmyk People Mayor General K. Kostenkov/ Published by the Ministry of State Properties]. St. Petersburg: Typ. of V. Nusvalt; title page and map – in the lith. of N. Glybov, 1870.
[Pazukhin, Boris Andreievich] (d. 1679) & [Pazukhin, Semen Ivanovich]. Nakaz Borisu Andreievichu i Semenu Ivanovichu Pazukhinym na Posolstvo v Bukharu, Baklh i Urgench, dlia Vykupa Russkikh Plennykh, s Prilozheniem k Nakazu Stateinogo Spiska o Sovershenii Pazukhinymi Posolstva. 1669-1673. Izdano pod Redaktsiei Chlena Arkheograficheskoi Kommissii Askalona Truvorova [Instruction to Boris Andreievich and Semen Ivanovich Pazukhin for their Embassy to Bukhara, Balkh and Urgench for the Ransom of Russian Captives, with the Addition of the Report of Pazukhins’ Embassy. 1669-1673. Published under the Supervision of a Member of the Archaeographic Commission Askalon Truvorov]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of V.S. Balashev, 1894.
Album with 87 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of the New Mongolian State Sanitary-Bacteriological Institute in Ulanbataar, Showing its Laboratory, Clinic, Museum, the Anti-Plague Research Centre outside of Ulanbataar; also with Portraits of the Institute’s Head Abram Berlin, Russian and Mongolian Associates, Patients, Photos of Laboratory Animals and Procedures, Anti-Measles, Typhus and Plague Vaccines, &c. Ca. 1933-1936.
Historically Important Original Autograph Manuscript Letter by a Fortune-Seeker from Dayton, Yamhill County, Oregon, Exposing the Web of Deception Surrounding the Fraser River Gold Rush ("It is all a Humbug and Nothing Els"), Citing 50 Casualties by Indian Attacks and 500 Drownings en Route to the Gold Mines, and Urging His Friends to Forsake the Allure of Prospecting in Favor of More Promising Trading Realm. Dayton, Yamhill County, Oregon: 27 November 1858.
Historically Important Original Autograph Manuscript Letter Written by a Victim of the Portland Riverfront Fire Almost Immediately After the Accident and Addressed to Asher Marks, Rosburg’s Pioneer and the Owner of “S. Marks and Company,” Offering a Firsthand Account of the Disastrous Fire, Talking About His Financial Losses, and Wishing to be Back in Roseburg. Portland, Oregon: 23 December 1872.
Dyhrenfurth, Günter (1886-1975); Dyhrenfurth, Harriet Pauline “Hettie” (1892-1972); Angst, Richard (1905-1984); Eetl, Hans (1908-2000); Höcht, Albert (1906-1992); Belaieff, James; Ghiglione, Piero; and others.Collection of 189 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Taken during the 1934 “International Himalaya Expedition” to the Karakoram – the Upper Baltoro Glacier, and Sia Kangri (Queen Mary Peak) and Baltoro Kangri (the Golden Throne) Mountains. Ca. 1934.
[Remarkable Primary Source on 17th Century Russian-Western European Relations] Relatione d’Alcuni Costumi de’Sig.i Ambasc. Moscoviti, che ora si trovano in Livorno per passare all’Ambasciata di Venezia [Autograph Letter by an Anonymous Author from Livorno Witnessing the Muscovite Embassy to Venice (1656-1657) and Containing Vivid Observations and Remarks About Russians]. Livorno, ca. 1656.
Shashkov, Serafim Serafimovich (1841-1882). Rossiysko-Amerikanskaya Kompaniya [Russian American Company] // In: Istoricheskye Etudy/Izdaniye N.A. Shigina [Historical Sketches/Published by N.A. Shigin, Vol. 2, pp. 295-325]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of A. Morigerovsky, 1872.
Schrenck, Leopold von (1826-1894). Ocherk Fizisheskoi Geografii Severo-Iaponskogo Moria. Prilozhenie k XVI-mu tomu Zapisok Imp. Akademii Nauk. No. 3 [A Sketch of Physical Geography of Northern Sea of Japan. Supplement to Vol. XVI of the Proceedings of the Imperial Academy of Sciences. No. 3]. St. Petersburg: Typ. of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1869.
[Nil/ Isakovich, Nikolay Fedorovich, archbishop] (1799-1874). Buddizm, Rassmatrivayemyi v Otnoshenii k Posledovateliam Yego, Obitayushchim v Sibiri [Buddhism, Interpreted in Relation to Its Followers Living in Siberia]. Saint Petersburg: Typ. of Grigory Trusov, 1858.
Gsell, Émile (1838-1879), & others. Album with 95 Original Albumen Photographs of French Colonial Vietnam, Showing Saigon (Harbour, Arsenal, Grand Canal, Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica before and after its Construction was Completed, Mong Bridge, Buildings of “Banque de l’Indochine” and “Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation,” Barracks of French Marines, &c.), Hoa Nghiem Cave in the Marble Mountains, Cap St. Jacques, French Naval Boat Armed with Guns, Portraits of Vietnamese Indigenous People, Bull Cart Drivers, Boatsmen, Rickshaw Drivers, Peasants Planting Rice, an Elder, a Mother with Child (Apparently, Suffering from Leprosy), French Residents and their Mansions, &c. Ca. 1870s-1890s.
Taylor, George B (1857-1938). Historically Interesting Letter Written by an Early Sawmill Worker from Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, and Addressed to “Friend Charley,” Talking about the Best Flavor and the Immense Size of Crops, the “Trees Breaking Down with Loads of Fruit,” the Abundance of Timber, Farm & Wild Lands (With the Indication of Prices), and Glorious Climate; Also, Inviting the Addressee Over to Experience a Life Akin to “Kings.” Bellingham, Whatcom Co., Washington: 20 July 1884.
Tykel, George A.; [Hubbard, Daniel J.] (1828-1890). Autograph Letter Signed by a Thurston County Pioneer George Tykel to Another Pioneer Daniel J. Hubbard, Discussing Financial and Territorial Conditions of Their Potential Co-Ownership of the Chambers Prairie near Olympia, the Latest News from the Local Society and Olympia Masonic Lodge and Mentioning the Execution of the Nisqually Chief Leschi. Masonic Hall, Olympia, W.T., 6 and 11 February 1858.