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    Allyn, Charles:  The Battle of Groton Heights: A collection of Narratives, Official Reports, Records, Etc. of the Storming of Fort Griswold.....  New London, Conn.: Self-published, 1882. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Good in its original green cloth covered boards with black end sheets. The spine is decorated with gilt text and a gilt image of the Groton Heights Memorial. The front board is decorated with a bird's eye view of the ramparts of the fort. The cloth joints are rubbed, the rear hinge has cracked, and professionally repaired, and the front hinge is starting. Nonetheless, the binding remains strong. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine is rubbed and the cloth at the lower tips of the boards is worn through. There are no prior ownership markings of any kind in this volume. The full title reads: "The Battle of Groton Heights: A collection of Narratives, Official Reports, Records, Etc. of the Storming of Fort Griswold, the Massacre of its garrison, and the burning of New London by British Troops Under the Command of Benedict Arnold, on the Sixth of September, 1781." With an introduction by William W. Harris. Only 100 copies of the original printing of this title were produced in 1870 under the name William Harris. This edition was revised from the first by Charles Allyn with additional notes and enlarged. Illustrated with engravings, maps and with a map frontispiece. 399 pages including an index, appendix and text. (Howes, H-240; Gephart 6380; Armstrong 4030)
    TB28539  $350.00



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    [Andrus, Silas]:  The Code of 1650, Being a Compilation Of The Earliest Laws and Orders Of The General Court of Connecticut; Also, the Constitution, or Civil Compact, Entered Into And Adopted By The Towns of Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield in 1638-9....Commonly Called Blue Laws.  Hartford: S. Andrus and Son, (1822). First Edition. A fine 12mo measuring 7 by 4 1/2 inch recently rebound in full, red leather (calf) covered boards with new end sheets. The leather spine has four raised bands with gilt text stamping and binder's decorations in the compartments. The pages of the text block are clean, recently washed and free of foxing. 119 pages of text and illustrated with a wood engraving frontispiece of "The Constable seizing a tobacco taker." A fine copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB25405  $100.00



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    Anonymous:  An address, Delivered At The Formation Of The Lycurgan Association, In Yale College.  New Haven, Conn.: Printed by A. H. Maltby & Co., 1820. First Editiion. Very good in printed self wraps with an over-sewn tread binding. An octavo of 8 5/16 by 4 7/8 inches with light tanning and foxing throughout. Without a dust jacket. 16 printed pages. (A Checklist of American Imprints 1820-1829, 2303)
    TB31004  $35.00



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    Barber, John Warner:  Connecticut Historical Collections, Containing a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, etc., relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Connecticut, with Geographical Descriptions.  New Haven: Durrie & Peck and J. W. Barber, (1837). Second Edition. Very good+ in its original binding of full leather covered boards with a black leather label with gilt text and extensive gilt decorations on the spine. The front and rear boards are decorated with gilt borders. An octavo measuring 8 7/8 by 5 1/2 inches with heavy rubbing to the leather over the joints and to the edges of the boards. The front free end page is torn at its lower two inches and there is an early prior owner's name (Lynda Brownell | Sherman, Conn.) written in pencil on the third free end page. The hand-colored, fold-out map of Connecticut is completely intact and has suffered no damage. The preliminaries show moderate foxing and the last 50 pages of the text also show moderate foxing. The joints and hinges remain tight and strong. 560 pages of text. Illustrated throughout with 190 wood block engravings. Contrary to the information contained in Wright Howes bibliography, U.S. Iana, the first edition of this title was published in 1836. Barber, an illustrator and historian (1798-1885) was Connecticut's first popular historian creating one of the first travel guides of the state. Following the index (in the front of the book) is a hand colored, fold-out map of the State of Connecticut noting all of its towns at the time (see note above regarding condition). Considered to be "mildly scarce" by Howes. (Howes, B-120) Originally published in 1836.
    TB31667  $500.00




  • Bowen, Clarence Winthrop:  The Boundary Disputes of Connecticut.  Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882. First Edition, First printing. Very good- in the publisher's original decorated, green cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine, gilt text on the front board with embossed black designs on the front board and an unusual metal corner protector at the upper fore corner of the front board. A quarto measuring 12" by 9" with the cloth at the head and heel of the spine worn and rubbed, the cloth at the fore corners of the boards worn through and with a prior owner's name on the first free end page. 90 pages including an index and text. Illustrated with 15 maps some of which are fold out maps. Three of the maps (one facing page 16, a fold-out map facing page 57 and a second fold-out map facing page 79) have been replaced with exact facsimile copies and tipped-in where appropriate. Christopher and Bonnie Collier in their bibliography The Literature of Connecticut History, refer to this volume as "The best overall discussion" of boundary issues between Connecticut and its neighboring states of New York and Massachusetts. This volume was the author's dissertation for Yale University. (Armstrong, Conn. A Bibliography of Its History: 184)
    TB24776  $175.00



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    Clark, George L.:  A History of Connecticut Its People and Institutions.  New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1914. First Edition. Near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and on the front board and with the top edge of the text block gilt. A small quarto of 9 by 6 inches with light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and to the tips of the boards. Without a dust jacket. 609 pages including an index followed by a one page ad for an earlier title by this author. Illustrated with a frontispiece from a black and white photograph and numerous plates from earlier works of art and photographs and fold-out maps. A very clean, tight and handsome copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB31675  $40.00



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    Connecticut Historical Society:  The Pitkin Papers Correspondence and Documents During William Pitkin's Governorship Of The Colony Of Connecticut 1766-1769.  Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1921. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in dark brown ribbed cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and blind embossed borders on the boards. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6" with just a hint of rubbing to the cloth at the heel of the spine. Without a dust jacket and probably as issued. Contained within Collections Of The Connecticut Historical Society Volume XIX. 311 pages (many of which are unopened) including an index. Many of the letters and documents reprinted within this volume relate to the Colony's reaction to the imposition of the Stamp Act. The source for these letters and documents were the records from the Public Record Office in London and the Trumbull Papers from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
    TB25130  $100.00



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    Curtis, George Munson:  Early Silver of Connecticut And Its Makers.  Meriden, Conn.: International Silver Company, 1913. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in 1/4 black cloth and gray paper covered boards with silver text stamping on the spine and with the same on the front board. An octavo measuring 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches with black ink stains across the upper edge of the front board Without a dust jacket, perhaps as issued. 115 pages of text illustrated with line drawings and 33 photographic plates. Pages 83 through 115 are devoted to early Connecticut Silversmiths listing their names, places of business, birth and death dates (if known) and any available biographical data uncovered by the author. Many of the pages within this volume remain unopened.
    TB29061  $40.00



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    Dale, T. Nelson, and Herbert E. Gregory:  The Granites Of Connecticut.  Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1911. . Very good+ in printed paper wraps over an adhesive binding. Without a dust jacket as issued. Bulletin number 484 consisting of 137 pages including an index. Illustrated with a multi-color, fold- out map of Connecticut with granite types noted as well as smaller maps within the text and several plates of black and white photographic reproductions.
    TB28969  $35.00



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    Davis, Charles Henry Stanley:  History of Wallingford, Conn. from It's Settlement in 1670 to the Present Time, Including Meriden, Which Was One of the Parishes until 1806 and Cheshire, Which Was Incorporated in 1780.  Meriden, Conn.: Self Published, 1870. First Edition. Very good+ in its original dark brown cloth covered boards with faded gilt text on the spine. A small quarto of 9 1/8 by 5 1/2 inches with small closed tears to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. The hinges and joints remain tight and strong with no damage to the text block. 953 pages including two indexes and three pages of errata. Illustrated with a portrait of the author and numerous illustrations from wood engravings, steel plates and lithographs.
    TB31839  $70.00



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    De Forest, John W.:  History Of The Indians Of Connecticut From The Earliest Known Period to 1850..  Hartford: Wm. Jas. Hamersley, 1851. First Edition. Very good in original brown cloth covered boards with gilt text and gilt boxes on the spine. An octavo of 8 1/4 by 5 inches with the cloth over the joints fractured, but the binding remains tight and strong as the hinges are tight. The cloth at the edges of the boards is worn and worn through at the tips of the boards. An early prior owner's name appears on the second free end page and a more recent prior owner stamped his name on the front paste down. There is a faint, but broad dampness stain from the first free end page to page XXVI just before the first page of text. The text block is quite clean and fresh with few signs of foxing and any age toning only appearing in the appendix (the last 10 pages of the book). 509 pages including an index, appendix and text. Illustrated with a fold-out frontispiece map of the State of Connecticut, 6 engraved plates and 4 vignettes. Published with the sanction and support of the Connecticut Historical Society. This title is referred to by Howes as being the "Best account of these tribes." (Howes, D216; Sabin, 19292; Armstrong/ Conn. A Bibliography of Its History, 573)
    TB31498  $175.00



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    Deming, Dorothy:  The Settlement of the Connecticut Towns.  New Haven: Yale University Press for The Tercentenary Commission, 1933. . Near fine in light blue, printed, paper wraps over an adhesive binding. An octavo of 9 by 6 inches with a prior owner's name written at the top edge of the front cover. 75 pages of text followed by a fold-out map of the State of Connecticut. An errata sheet is tipped-in at the first page of text.
    TB29474  $20.00



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    Dunbaugh, Edwin L.:  Night Boat to New England 1815-1900.  New York and Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, (1992). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in light yellow cloth covered boards with dark blue text on the spine. A small quarto of 9 1/4 by 6 inches. In a fine, unclipped (no price) dust jacket 370 pages including an index, bibliographic essay, appendix and text. Illustrated with line drawings and images from black and white photographs. A well researched and readable account of the history of the steamboat trade throughout the 19th century which provided the major means of transportation between New York City, the Connecticut ports of Long Island Sound, Rhode Island and from Boston north to the ports of Maine.
    TB30833  $75.00



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    Fairfield County Republican Womens Association:  Connecticut 1635-1935 Ye Tercentenary Cook Book.  n.p.: Fairfield County Republican Women's Association, 1935. First Edition. Near fine in heavy, printed, paper over an adhesive binding. An octavo of 9 by 6 inches. Without a dust jacket as issued. 103 pages of text of recipes followed by several pages of ads. A fine clean copy with no stains or prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29963  $15.00




  • Farnham, Elmer F.:  The Quickest Route The History of The Norwich & Worcester Railroad.  Chester, Conn.: Pequot Press, 1973. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark gray cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine and on the front board and with map end papers. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". In a very good+ unclipped dust jacket with rubbing to the folds and a 1/4" closed tear at the upper edge of the front panel. Signed by the author on the fly title page. 210 pages of text illustrated with photographs, maps and sketches throughout.
    TB23646  $40.00



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    Fuller, Edmund:  Prudence Crandall An Incident of Racism in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut.  Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 1971. First Edition, First printing. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with black and silver colored text on the spine. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with a 1/2 closed tear at the upper corner of the spine area which is also faded and faded across the first 1" of the front panel. 113 pages of text including a list of sources. Illustrated with eight reproductions of early painted and photographic portraits.
    TB21837  $40.00



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    Granniss, Lewis C.:  Connecticut Composers.  New Haven: The Connecticut State Federation Of Music Clubs, 1935. First Edition. Near fine in dark blue, ribbed cloth covered boards with faded gilt text stamping on the spine and with bright gilt text on the front board. An octavo of 9 by 6 inches with very light wear and rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. Without a dust jacket. 125 pages including a bibliography, a chronological list of native-born composers and text covering short biographies of the known Connecticut composers. A very clean and handsome copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB29964  $15.00



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    Grant, Ellsworth S.:  The Miracle of Connecticut.  Hartford, Conn.: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1995. Second Edition. Fine in illustrated paper covered boards with black text on the spine and front board. An octavo of 9 by 7 inches. Without a dust jacket as issued. 335 pages including an index, photo credits, bibliography, chronology, appendices and text. Illustrated with black and white images from earlier works of art and from photographs.
    TB31861  $25.00




  • Hall, Edward F.:  Connecticut Invites You.  Hartford: State of Connecticut Publicity Commission, n.d.. . Very good+ in heavy pictoral wraps with a stapled binding. A twelve page advertising brochure used to promote growth in the area from nearby New York City. The brochure is illustrated with black and white photographs highlighting the tranquil, picturesque environment of the state. Although no credit is given to the photographer of these pictures there two letters laid-in which suggest that the photographer may have been Albert B. Street of New Haven, Connectiut.
    TB16591  $10.50




  • Hall, Trish:  The New Connecticut Yankees.  Cobalt, Conn: Cottage Industries, 1980. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and a gilt decoration of the Charter Oak on the front board. In a fine dust jacket. With a preface by Ella Grasso. 39 pages of text and four illustrations.
    TB16725  $10.50



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    Haven, Charles T. and Frank A. Belden:  A History of The Colt Revolver and the Other Arms Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company from 1836 to 1940.  New York: William Morrow & Company, 1940. First Edition, 1 of 100 bound in full leather. Very good+ full, dark green leather covered boards with five raised bands on the spine with gilt text and designs in the compartments. The front board is decorated with gilt text and the image of an early Colt pistol in gilt. The leather turn-ins are decorated with gilt dentelles. There is a light green silk placement ribbon sewn in at the head of the spine. The top edge of the text block is gilt and the end sheets are marbled paper. A small quarto measuring 10 5/8 by 7 7/8 inches with rubbing to the leather at the joints and to the tips of the boards and with the fly title and rear end sheets slightly foxed. There is some scuffing to the front and rear boards. Without a dust jacket as most probably not issued with one. According to Ray Riling in his bibliography: Guns and Shooting: "4,625 copies were published; of this number 1,600 were sold to the Colt Manufacturing Co.; of these 1,500 were furnished in the regular (cloth) binding, and 100 were bound in full leather." 711 pages including an index. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and line drawings. Considered by Howes to be "quite scarce". (Howes, H-308; Riling, 2318)
    TB29098  $450.00



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    Heermance (Compiler) , Edgar L.:  The Connecticut Guide What To See And Where To Find It.  Hartford: Emergency Relief Commission, 1935. Second Printing of June, 1935. Very good in heavy blue-green printed paper wraps over an adhesive binding with map front end papers. The spine area is well tanned and worn at its ends and the front and rear panels are moderately soiled. There is a prior owner's name neatly written on the second free end paper. A small octavo measuring 8 7/16" tall by 5 1/4" deep containing 320 pages including an index. Without a dust jacket as issued. As recognized in Jerre Mangione's study of the WPA's Federal Writer's Project on page 46, The Connecticut Guide What to See And Where To Find It "helped to clinch the plan of preparing a series of state guides that could employ the services of researchers and all kinds of writers." "Although The Connecticut Guide fell short of the standards that were later" to be established for "the American Guide Series, it did provide the model for WPA's series. This guide is also recognized in the American Guide Series volume for Connecticut as the "predecessor and inspiration" for the series.
    TB19014  $40.00



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    Herzan, John:  Historic Preservation In Connecticut Volume V Eastern Coastal Slope: Historical and Architectural Overview and Management Guide.  Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Historical Commission, 1997. First Edition. Near fine in heavy, printed paper covers with a comb binding. A small quarto of 11 by 8 1/2 inches. Without a dust jacket as issued. 126 pages of text illustrated with maps and black and white images from photographs.
    TB30473  $20.00



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    Jacobus, Donald Lines:  List of Officials, Civil, Military, and Ecclesiastical, of Connecticut Colony from March 1636 through 11 October 1677 and of New Haven Colony . existence; also, Soldiers in the Pequot War.  New Haven: Roland Mather Hooker for the Publication Commiettee, 1935. First Edition. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and a gilt seal on the front board. An octavo of 9 by 6 inches. In a good glassine dust jacket with numerous chips around the edges. 65 pages of text listing in alphabetical order the names of officials in the two Connecticut colonies at the time listed in the title. This is the original printing, not a reproduction or print-on-demand version.
    TB31858  $125.00



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    Kelly, J. Frederick:  Early Connecticut Meetinghouses Being an Account of the Church Edifices Built Before 1830 Based Chiefly upon Town and Parish Records.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1948. First Edition, First printing. Both volumes in this two volume set are in near fine conditions in red cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spines and across the upper edges of the front boards. The upper fore corners of the front boards for both volumes shows a minor bump. Without dust jackets as issued; however, the books are contained in a good paper covered, illustrated slip case with some wear and separation to the edges of the opening. Both volumes are quartos measuring 12" by 9". Volume I contains 332 pages and volume II contains 360 pages including an index. Both are heavily illustrated with black and white photographs some with photographic details such as doors and windows augmented with floor plans and sketches of truss work. Extremely uncommon. (Roos, 649)
    TB29622  $300.00



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    Kelly, J. Frederick:  Early Domestic Architecture of Connecticut.  New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1963. Reprint. Very good in heavy printed paper wraps with a marked out price on the front panel. Without a dust jacket as issued. 210 pages including an index, text and illustrated with 434 line drawings of homes and construction details.
    TB22960  $15.00



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    Lodge, Jno [John]:  An Accurate Map of Rhode Island, Part of Connecticut and Massachusets Shewing Admiral Arbuthnot's Station in Blocking up Admiral Ternay.  London: J. Bew, 1780. First Edition. Very good+ and uniformly tanned mounted on a thin, cardboard stock measuring 11 11/16 by 15 3/4 inches (edge to edge). This map shows the eastern half of Connecticut, the Rhode Island coast as far north as many miles north of Providence, the southeastern portion of Massachusetts including Buzzards Bay and western Marthas Vinebyard and the eastern end of Long Island. According to Thompson's Maps of Connecticut Before The Year 1800, the latitude coordinates are correct, but the longitude coordinate is in error as it would place Connecticut in the mid-Atlantic, an error which appears to come from an earlier British map of the same yea.r This is a map taken from the London publication of The Political Magazine issue of November 30, 1780. Many of the place names, towns and cities are in error from current names. This map illustrates the area of eastern Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound which was blockaded by British Admiral Mariot Arbuthnot to contain part of the French Fleet in Newport which was under the command of Admiral Louis d'Arsac de Ternay. (Thompson, #30 p.43)
    TB31619  $350.00



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    Marcy Crofut, Florence S.:  Guide To The History And The Historic Sites Of Connecticut.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937. First Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spines Both are small quartos of 10 1/4 by 7 1/8 inches. Both are in good, unclipped dust jackets with numerous chips and closed tears. Volume I contains 459 pages of text illustrated with a fold-out map and images from black and white photographs. Volume II contains pages 461 to 973 which includes an index to both volumes and is illustrated with maps and images from black and white photographs.
    TB31603  $200.00



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    Middlebrook, Louis F.:  Maritime Connecticut During the American Revolution 1775-1778.  Salem: The Essex Institute, 1925. Limited Edition. Both volumes in this two volume set are in fine condition in dark blue ribbed cloth with bright gilt text stamping and decorations to the spines and front boards with the top edges gilt. Both volumes are contained within near fine dust jackets with several short closed tears at the upper and lower edges of the spine area of volume I. The volumes are contained within a very good+ paper covered slipcase. One of only 1,250 copies printed. Vol. I contains 271 pages including an index. Vol. II contains 359 pages including an index. Vol. I contains detailed references on vessels of the Connecticut navy with information on ship construction, armament, crews, naval engagements, prison ships and nautical instruments. Vol. II provides comparable data on privateers fitted out in Connecticut. A clean, tight and handsome set with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Gephart, 7346)
    TB28549  $150.00



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    New Haven Colony Historical Society:  Papers Of The New Haven Colony Historical Society Vol. X.  New Haven: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1951. First Edition, First printing. Very good+ in the publisher's original dark brown, pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". Without a dust jacket and probably as issued. 345pages including an index and text. Illustrated with black and white photographs The contents include: Ye Mylestones of Connecticut; The Derby Turnpike; The Grove Street Cemetery; Steamboats Reach New Haven; John William De Forest; New Haven, Birthplace of the World's First Commercial Telephone Exchange; The Three Earliest New Haven Architects; History of the Brass Industry in the Naugatuck Valley; Hezekiah Augur; Slavery in Connecticut and Especially in New Haven; John W. Barber, Illustrator and Historian.
    TB23598  $50.00




  • Nutting, Wallace:  Connecticut Beautiful.  New York: Bonanza Books, n.d. (1974?). Reprint. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9" by 6" with light dust staining to the top edge of the text block. In a near fine but price clipped dust jacket. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by the author. 256 pages.
    TB23601  $10.00



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    Pease, John C. and John M. Niles:  A Gazetteer Of The States Of Connecticut And Rhode-Island.  Hartford, Conn.: William S. March, 1819. First Edition. Good in its original binding of full leather covered boards with a dark red leather label with gilt text on the spine. An octavo of 8 3/16 by 5 1/8 inches with the leather over the front joint largely cracked, rubbing to the leather on the boards rubbed and worn with the leather worn through over the lower tips of the boards. There is an early prior owner's name on the first free end page and with the first two front end pages creased in the middle. Despite the wear to the covers, they remain attached to the text block. The contents are tanned throughout. 389 pages followed by a one page errata. Illustrated with a fold-out map, a frontispiece of Oliver Wolcott (governor at the time of publication), a fold-out map of Rhode Island and a frontispiece portrait of Nehemiah R. Knight (governor). (Howes, P-166)
    TB31671  $150.00



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    Phelps, Richard H.:  Newgate of Connecticut; Its Origin and Early History.  Harford: American Publishing Company, c1876, 1892 . Reprint of 1892. Near fine in the original black cloth covered boards with gilt text on the front board and blind embossed borders on both boards with blind embossed seal of the publisher on the rear board. An octavo of 8 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches with an early prior owner's name on the second free end page and with light rubbing to the cloth over the tips of the boards. 117 pages of text & illustrations with a number of full page illustrations from steel plate engravings. The full title reads: "Newgate of Connecticut its origin and Early History. Being a full description of the famous & Wonderfull Simsbury Mines and Caverns." The prison was just as infamous as its namesake in England. It was opened in 1773 and saw considerable use during the Revolutionary War.
    TB29220  $40.00



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    Pratt & Whitney:  Clouds Of Airplanes Powered by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines.  East Hartford, Conn.: Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, n.d. (circa 1944). . A staple bound brochure of ten pages in near fine condition in heavy, paper, printed wraps. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 inches. Without a dust jacket and probably as issued. 10 pages illustrated on each page with black and white photographs of military airplanes all powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. These planes include: the Consolidated Catalina, Consolidated Liberator, Douglas Skymaster, Douglas Skytrain, Grumman Hellcat, Lockheed Ventura, Martin Marauder, Northrop Black Widow, Republic Thunderbolt, Chance Vought Corsair and the Chance Vought Kingfisher.
    TB25924  $35.00



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    Radde, Bruce:  The Merritt Parkway.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. Second Printing. Fine in bright yellow cloth covered boards with black text on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2"by 8 1/2". In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 135 pages including an index, chapter notes and text. Illustrated throughout with both color and black and white photographs. "The Merritt Parkway, built in the 1930's to connect Connecticut's Fairfield County with New York State, was one of the earliest attempts to cope with America's new obsession with the automobile. This book traces the history of the Merritt Parkway from the proposals for its construction and design in the early 1920's to its triumphant completion in 1940. ...it is no only a picturesque tour of a renowned Connecticut landmark, but is also an appraisal of a major contribution to the built environment - one recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places." (from jacket flap)
    TB22834  $25.00



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    Sandler, Martin W.:  This Was Connecticut Images of a Vanished World.  Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and blind embossed borders on the boards. An oblong octavo measuring 8 1/2 by 10 1/4 inches. In a near fine unclipped dust jacket with a 1/2 inch closed tear to the upper edge of the front panel. 222 pages followed by two pages of acknowledgments. Illustrated throughout from black and white photographs taken principally by T. S. Bronson and others from the 1880's through 1915 who was not only a dentist but also the official photographer for Yale University at that time.
    TB31693  $25.00




  • Spiess, Mathias:  Connecticut Circa 1625 Its Indian Trails Villages and Sachemdoms.  n.p.: The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut, 1934. First Edition. Very good+ in printed, heavy paper wraps over a stapled binding. An octavo of 9 by 5 7/8 inches with a crease to the rear cover and tanning to the outside edges of the covers. Without a dust jacket. 29 pages of text including a bibliography and map references. Missing the fold-out map. The most valuable item in this publication is the list of Indian trails in Connecticut.
    TB31628  $50.00



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    Terry, Marian Dickenson (Editor):  Old Inns of Connecticut.  Hartford: The Prospect Press, 1937. First Edition. Near fine in 1/2 leather and dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text and borders stamped on the spine and gilt borders on the boards at the edge of the leather. The end sheets are maps of the state showing the locations of most of the colonial inns mentioned in the book. A small quarto measuring 11" by 8" with a 1/4" deep closed tear to the leather at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued, but contained within a very good paper covered slip case. One of only one thousand copies printed with this copy identified as number 209 on the last page of text. 253 pages to include a bibliography, an index, photographic plates of old inn signs and text. Illustrated throughout with many line drawings by J. Frederick Kelly and black and white photographs. (Not listed in Roos. Listed in Colliers' The Literature of Connecticut History, p. 267 "A beautifully illustrated volume, with much interesting material about early highway travel."
    TB26056  $85.00



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    The Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Insurance Company:  Connecticut Masters The Fine Arts and Antiques Collections of The Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection and Insurance Company.  Hartford: Self-published, 1991. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. An oblong small quarto measuring 9 1/2" high by 9" deep. In a fine unclipped dust jacket. 271 pages including an index. Illustrated with hundreds of full color pictures of fine art by master painters and cabinetmakers from Connecticut all of which are in The Hartford Seam Boiler collection of fine arts.
    TB22601  $50.00



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    Thomas, John Carl:  Connecticut Pewter and Pewterers.  Hartford: The Connecticut Historical Society, 1976. First Edition, First printing. Fine in black and gray cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine. In a near fine glassine dust jacket. 194 pages including an index, bibliography, checklist of Connecticut Pewterers, text and illustrated extensively with black and white photographs through-out.
    TB19863  $30.00



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    Trumbull, Benjamin:  A Complete History of Connecticut Civil and Ecclesiastical.  New London: H. D. Utley, 1898. First Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition in tan buckram cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spines. The spines of both volumes are only slightly tanned. Two small quartos measuring 9 1/4 by 5 5/8 inches. Neither volume is within a dust jacket. Volume I contains 495 pages including its index and Volume II contains 475 pages with its index. The complete title reads: "A Complete History of Connecticut Civil and Ecclesiastical From the Emigration of its First Planters, from England, in the Year 1630, to the Year 1764: and to the Close of the Indian Wars". Originally published in Hartford in 1797 this volume is a 100th year anniversary tribute to the author's "most careful, minute, and conscientious chronicle of the colonial history of the State which has ever been written...." (Jonathan Trumbull, 1898 in the introduction.) An extremely attractive and clean set with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Howes, T-366)
    TB31673  $150.00



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    Various Authors:  Records And Papers Of The New London County Historical Society, Volume II.  New London, Conn.: The New London County Historical Society, 1895-1904. First Editions. This listing covers the five original parts which ultimately comprised Volume II of the Records And Papers Of The New London County Historical Society. Each part is contained within its individual printed wraps over adhesive bindings. (The front cover for Part I is supplied in facsimile.) The pages for each part are numbered sequentially so that the entire volume contains 528 pages. Items of historical interest for each of the parts is as follows: Part I: Early Whaling Industry of New London, Famous Old Taverns of New London, Fact and Reminiscence. Part II: Historical Sketch of the Schools of New London, New London Society for Trade and Commerce, The Preston Separate Chruch. Part III: Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of The Settlement of New London. Part IV: Memoir of Hon. Charles Augustus Williams, Memoir of Hon. Benjamin Stark, Memoir of Hon. John T. Wait, Memoir of Elisah Turner, Benjamin Fletcher and his Reception in Hartford in 1693. Part V: Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Conn.,Griswold, Conn., Highways, Holdings and Landmarks in the Ancient Town of Lyme, A Letter to My Great-Great-Grandmother, Memories, memoir of Rev. John Avery, Memoir of Rev. Samuel George Willard. An index for Volume I is contained at the end of Part V. Each part is a small quarto of 9 1/4 by 6 inches and each is in near fine condition with a prior owner's name appearing at the upper fore corner on the covers for each part. No complete sets of Volume II in either original or reprints are presently listed on-line. An extremely scarce item.
    TB30048  $250.00



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    Warmsley, Arthurh J.:  Connecticut Post Offices and Postmarks.  Portland, CT: Self Published, 1977. First Edition. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine and front board. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. Inscribed to "The Kendall Museum" and signed by the author on the first free end paper. One of an unstated limited edition copies. This copy is out of series. 257 pages containing an index, list of Connecticut Post Offices, text and photographic illustrations and a list of Connecticut cancelation marks.
    TB29907  $75.00




  • Weigold, Marilyn E.:  The American Mediterranean An Environmental, Economic & Social History of Long Island Sound.  Port Washington: Kennikat Press, 1974. First Edition, First printing. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine and on the front board and with photographic end sheets. A quarto measuring 11" by 8 1/2". In a fine unclipped dust jacket. 228 pages including an index, bibliographic notes, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps.
    TB23848  $20.00



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    Wheeler, Joseph K. (Compiler):  The Centennial One Hundredth Anniversary Of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Of Connecticut.  New Haven: Self-published, 1890. . Very good+ in purple cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spine and the same on the front board. A small quarto measuring 9" by 6" with light rubbing to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine and at the tips of the boards. Without a dust jacket and probably as issued. 311 pages of text followed by a two page index. Illustrated with a few vignettes and a number of plates. A very clean and bright copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB27657  $30.00



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    Winthrop, John:  A Journal Of The Transactions and Occurrences in the Settlement of Massachusetts and the other New-England Colonies, from the year 1630 to 1644.  Hartford: Elisha Babcock, 1790. First Edition. Good in full leather (calf) covered boards with scant remnants of the original, gilt stamped spine label. A small octavo of 7 3/4 by 4 7/8 with the front joint broken so that the front board is only held on by one sewing cord. The first free end page is loose on which there are notes in pencil. The second free end page has an early prior owner's name in pencil near its top edge. The rear hinge and joint remain tight and strong. There is an early prior owner's book plate on the front paste down with a separate page typed within this copy indicating that the book plate was that of George Richard Minot (1758-1802) whose name has been cut out of the book plate as well as from the upper edge of the title page. The contents are only slightly tanned and largely free of foxing. Overall, the pages are very clean and free of any damage. 364 pages of text followed by four pages of "contents". Both Sabin and Howes report that the "original edition was edited by Noah Webster" and Howes states that copies of this title are considered "quite scarce". John Winthrop (1588-1649) was the first Governor of Massachusetts. He maintained a journal recording events beginning in March, 1630 to 1644 which relate to the history and development of the New England states during that period making this an extremely valuable resource. This title published his journal for the first time. (Howes, W-583; Sabin, 104847; Evans, 23086)
    TB29440  $1000.00






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