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1865, 1868 & 1896 Three Publications on California, the South Pacific

1. 1896, "California, Her Industries, Attractions and Builders Illustrated," W. E. Gray, editor, published by J.C. Hoag, printed by The E.D. Taylor Co., with gold and burgundy ink covers, many uncolored engravings, advertisements, and a three-color map: "BIRD'S-EYE VIEW MAP OF CALIFORNIA". The printed booklet measures 7.5" x 11", 130 pages, including covers. The map and engravings are worth the asking price alone! Covers with dampstaining and wear, but inside pages are crisp and clean. 2. June 1865, 24-page pamphlet: "How the Western States Can Become the Imperial Power in the Union," by Dr. William Elder, Treasury Dept., Printed by Ringwalt & Brown, Philadelphia, PA, measuring 8.75" x 5.5", Very Fine. Featuring a contemporary assessment of the riches of the western states which stood to benefit from the post-Civil War industrial boom. 3. 1868, 42-page pamphlet: "Sectional Maps Showing the Location of One Million Acres Choice Agricultural and Mineral Lands on the Line of the South Pacific Railroad in the State of Missouri," published by the Land Dept., of the South Pacific Railroad, St. Louis, MO. Measuring 9.25" x 6", Good-Fine. Staining, foxing and edge wear to covers, but the printing is beautiful and internal pages are very fine. Exceptional woodcut cover engraving, and featuring one pull-out map of the South Pacific Railroad passing through Missouri, and other maps of the counties near the railroad lines. This is an important historical collection of publications"perfect for the collector of California and Railroad memorabilia from the post-Civil War era. (3 items)Read more

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MICHAEL HILLEGAS (1729-1804), First Treasurer of the United States

December 25, 1781-Dated Revolutionary War, Three Autograph Documents Signed, "M. HILLEGAS" as Treasurer of the United States ("Loan Office" having been crossed out), Very Fine. These Massachusetts U.S. Loan Office Certificates are in their original Uncut Strip, retaining of THREE of Four that were printed to comprise a full complete sheet. These "Sight" notes were printed in sets of four and configured as: First Bill; Second Bill; Third Bill and Fourth Bill so that if the first sent was never received, the next would be sent, then the next, etc. Michael Hillegas was First Treasurer of the United States of America, this form is also Countersigned by "Nathaniel Appleton" as "Commissioner of the Continental Loan-Office in the State of Massachusetts." These notes are each serial number 1625, are for the amount of "60 Dollars, at Five Livres Tournois per dollar". They were issued by the State of Massachusetts and provide for the "interest of Money borrowed by the United States" which was being supplied by our allies, the French. The left borders are indented, there is edge wear and overall even toning, some trivial deft sealed splits. Overall, attractive and extremely rare in this configuration, being printed in black and light violet-pink. This Document measures approximately 11.25" tall x 8" wide. The signature "M. Hillegas" is written in bold deep rich brown, measuring 2.5" long, upon each of the three certificates. This is the first multiple example on this form that we have offered. Extremely Rare. Noted within the extreme bottom margin selvage of the sheet, is the debt purchaser's name, "Dr. Russell's." This would be Doctor Edward Russell, the respected physician in North Yarmouth, who was born in West Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduated from Harvard College in 1759, and died at North Yarmouth in 1785. (Uncut Strip of 3 Notes)Read more

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(1897), Engraved Signed Proof Impression Portrait of George Washington

This fresh looking, magnificent quality 7" x 5" central Proof Impression is die-sunk upon larger heavy paper sheet measuring to 14" x 11". This engraving having a central 3" x 2" oval Portrait of General George Washington in his military uniform. Below, is a 1" engraving of the 1789 Miniature which served as the model for the portrait above, which was created by artist John Ramage in 1789, being the year George Washington became the first President of the United States. It is noted on a small, added 2.5" x 5" printed information sheet at the lower right corner of the larger sheet, stating "GEORGE WASHINGTON. - FROM THE MINIATURE BY JOHN RAMAGE, 1789. - In the possession of Mrs. Moses S. Beach." That information also states that there were only, "Twenty Copies in four States of this plate printed and Subscribed for by..." It continues with a listing, numbered one through twenty, providing each specific Subscriber's name. Number 15 being listed as L. T. Hollingsworth. This print is one of the four states mentioned which has an engraved facsimile signature of John Ramage at lower left and is Authentically Hand Signed by the artist, "Albert Rosenthal" in strong, clear pencil. Penciled notations: "No. 15" on the central print and "H 211a" is at the bottom left corner of the larger sheet. A list of 20 subscribers are printed on a tissue overlay in the lower right corner of the large sheet. An excellent, extremely rare and historic, museum quality example.Read more

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