With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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Catalogue of Alden Salt Caster Co. 1891-'92 Sole Manufacturer of Dana K. Alden's World Renowned Table Salt Bottles, Patents, Caters, Designs, Novelties, etc.   Alden's World-Renowned Lighting Calculator . . .
1 Catalogue of Alden Salt Caster Co. 1891-'92 Sole Manufacturer of Dana K. Alden's World Renowned Table Salt Bottles, Patents, Caters, Designs, Novelties, etc. Alden's World-Renowned Lighting Calculator . . .
Boston 1891 Wraps Good 
8vo. 19.5 by 12.5 cm. 24 pp., plus wrap covers. Primarily trade catalogue for salt and pepper shakers, which are depicted in blue and white illustrations, on nine of the pages. Also illustrated are a doll cologne bottle, a good luck tumbler, a lemon squeezer, a hydraulic pump oil can, a glass oven door and a spiral lighter, these shown on two of the pages. The facing pages are devoted to esoteric, curious or eccentric arithmetic puzzles or methodologies. The math primer would be in the tradition of catalogues throwing in general interest features that are unrelated to the goods being peddled. The catalogue is scarce, with no copies turning up on OCLC First Search. Condition: a dampstain by upper joint or paper folds, affecting all pages, but given its modest size, we believe few would be troubled by this. A film of light soiling spread on the yellow wraps. Light age toning of the leaves. Miniscule edge chipping. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper, Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson]
2 Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson] Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper
Atkinson, New Hampshire (?) 1816, 1817 Wraps made of newspaper Very Good 
Tall 4to, 31 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, or 38 pp., mostly dealing with arithmetic and other mathematical formulations, with a decided bent towards the practical financial functions, such as interest calculations and discounting. It is a fairly typical such surviving notebook of that era, but for the final page of maxims written in an ornamental cursive calligraphic hand. Also three pages of legal forms (quitation deed, a will, a promissory note). Notwithstanding the calligraphy at the end and ornamental lettering elsewhere, the notebook is far from entirely neat, with many of the mathematical calculations looking as one might expect in a student's notebook. Still, the notebook belongs to a bygone era of pedagogy. Moderate wear generally, with some wormholing of the newspaper wraps. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Nicholson, Samuel (1793-1885) Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine Watercolored Vignettes
Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ) 1811 Half Leather (Sheep) with Marbled Boards Very Good 
33 by 20.5 cm. 81 leaves, or 162 pp. Math problems are set out in an exceptionally neat hand, with topical titles done calligraphically. It is the exquisite vignettes, though, that truly set this apart from other surviving student notebooks from this era. Besides the many mathematical drawings, there are over 50 examples of watercolor work, not including the coloring of the lettering of headings. These include eighteen miniature paintings of such things as ships, towers, hills, soldiers, dogs, houses, trees and topography, the remainder being the coloring in of shapes, both regular and irregular, and not infrequently there might be a colored fleur-de-lys serving as a directional guide . Of the letters that are colored, we note one instance in which it was done with a striking plaid pattern. The math problems encompass geometry, logarithms, trigonometry, topography, and the Pennsylvania method of calculation (of location). But by no means is the drawing all about color. Even the unembellished geometric schemata are rendered with precision and are lovely to behold as a result. It would appear that Nicholson came from a prosperous family, and might be surmised just on the basis of the level of education he attained as reflected by this notebook. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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Math Notebook, Whiting, Harris Jon
4 Whiting, Harris Jon Math Notebook
Holliston, Massachusetts 1821 NA Good 
Federalist period student's math notebook, with much of the writing by a calligraphic hand (at least by today's standards). About 50 leaves. One loose page. A few page ends torn out. Age toning, and some insignificant soiling. Wear to the top page. No binding. Probably complete, other than torn out pages. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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