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    Rare same day broadside of John Adams’ Fourth State of the Union Address: Opening Washington D.C. as the Nation’s Capital by [JOHN ADAMS]

    Adams' historic fourth Annual Message to Congress—now known as the State of the Union Address—announces the establishment of the District of Columbia as the nation's capital. The second President, who had just been defeated for re-election, optimistically discusses unprecedented economic growth, considers the recently consummated treaty of amity and commerce with Prussia, and focuses on the need for expanded naval forces and coastal fortifications, which he believes to be necessary given the Quasi-War with France. A rare broadside extra edition: no institutional copies are listed in OCLC, although it is possible they exist in uncatalogued runs. The National Intelligencer, then in its second month in print, had moved to Washington at the behest of President-elect Thomas Jefferson. [JOHN ADAMS]. Broadside, Supplement to the National Intelligencer . [Washington: Samuel Harrison Smith, November 22, 1800]. Excerpts: " I congratulate the people of the United States on the assembling of Congress at the permanent seat of their Government, and I congratulate you, gentlemen, on the prospect of a residence not to be changed. Although there is cause to apprehend that accommodations are not now so complete as might be wished, yet there is great reason to believe that this inconvenience will cease with the present session… You will consider it as the capital of a great nation advancing with unexampled rapidity in arts, in commerce, in wealth, and in population, and possessing within itself those energies and resources which, if not thrown away or lamentably misdirected, will secure to it a long course of prosperity and self-government.... " We can not, without committing a dangerous imprudence, abandon those measures of self protection which are adapted to our situation and to which, notwithstanding our pacific policy, the violence and injustice of others may again compel us to resort. While our vast extent of sea coast, the commercial and agriculture habits of our people, the great capital they will continue to trust on the ocean, suggest the system of defense which will be most beneficial to ourselves, our distance from Europe and our resources for maritime strength will enable us to employ it with effect. Seasonable and systematic arrangements, so far as our resources will justify, for a navy adapted to defensive war, and which may in case of necessity be quickly brought into use, seem to be as much recommended by a wise and true economy as by a just regard for our future tranquillity, for the safety of our shores, and for the protection of our property committed to the ocean.... " I observe with much satisfaction that the product of the revenue during the present year has been more considerable than during any former equal period. This result affords conclusive evidence of the great resources of this country and of the wisdom and efficiency of the measures which have been adopted by Congress for the protection of commerce and preservation of public credit.... " Complete Transcript Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: Immediately after the adjournment of Congress at their last session in Philadelphia I gave directions, in compliance with the laws, for the removal of the public offices, records, and property. These directions have been executed, and the public officers have since resided and conducted the ordinary business of the Government in this place. I congratulate the people of the United States on the assembling of Congress at the permanent seat of their Government, and I congratulate you, gentlemen, on the prospect of a residence not to be changed. Although there is cause to apprehend that accommodations are not now so complete as might be wished, yet there is great reason to believe that this inconvenience will cease with the present session. It would be unbecoming the representatives of this nation to assemble for the first time in this solemn temple without looking up to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and imploring His blessing. May this territory be the residence of virtue and happiness! In this city may that piety and virtue, that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and self-government, which adorned the great character whose name it bears be forever held in veneration! Here and throughout our country may simple manners, pure morals, and true religion flourish forever! It is with you, gentlemen, to consider whether the local powers over the District of Columbia vested by the Constitution in the Congress of the United States shall be immediately exercised. If in your opinion this important trust ought now to be executed, you can not fail while performing it to take into view the future probable situation of the territory for the happiness of which you are about to provide. You will consider it as the capital of a great nation advancing with unexampled rapidity in arts, in commerce, in wealth, and in population, and possessing within itself those energies and resources which, if not thrown away or lamentably misdirected, will secure to it a long course of prosperity and self-government. In compliance with a law of the last session of Congress, the officers and soldiers of the temporary army have been discharged. It affords real pleasure to recollect the honorable testimony they gave of the patriotic motives which brought them into the service of their country, by the readiness and regularity with which they returned to the station of private citizens. It is in every point of view of such primary importance to carry the laws into prompt and faithful execution, and to render that part of the administration of justice which the Constitution and laws devolve on the Federal courts as convenient to the people as may consist with their present circumstances, that I can not omit once more to recommend to your serious consideration the judiciary system of the United States. No subject is more interesting than this to the public happiness, and to none can those improvements which may have been suggested by experience be more beneficially applied. A treaty of amity and commerce with the King of Prussia has been concluded and ratified. The ratifications have been exchanged, and I have directed the treaty to be promulgated by proclamation. The difficulties which suspended the execution of the 6th article of our treaty of amity, commerce, and navigation with Great Britain have not yet been removed. The negotiation on this subject is still depending. As it must be for the interest and honor of both nations to adjust this difference with good faith, I indulge confidently the expectation that the sincere endeavors of the Government of the United States to bring it to an amicable termination will not be disappointed. The envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary from the United States to France were received by the First Consul with the respect due to their character, and 3 persons with equal powers were appointed to treat with them. Although at the date of the last official intelligence the negotiation had not terminated, yet it is to be hoped that our efforts to effect an accommodation will at length meet with a success proportioned to the sincerity with which they have been so often repeated. While our best endeavors for the preservation of harmony with all nations will continue to be used, the experience of the world and our own experience admonish us of the insecurity of trusting too confidently to their success. We can not, without committing a dangerous imprudence, abandon those measures of self protection which are adapted to our situation and to which, notwithstanding our pacific policy, the violence and injustice of others may again compel us to resort. While our vast extent of sea coast, the commercial and agriculture habits of our people, the great capital they will continue to trust on the ocean, suggest the system of defense which will be most beneficial to ourselves, our distance from Europe and our resources for maritime strength will enable us to employ it with effect. Seasonable and systematic arrangements, so far as our resources will justify, for a navy adapted to defensive war, and which may in case of necessity be quickly brought into use, seem to be as much recommended by a wise and true economy as by a just regard for our future tranquillity, for the safety of our shores, and for the protection of our property committed to the ocean. The present Navy of the United States, called suddenly into existence by a great national exigency, has raised us in our own esteem, and by the protection afforded to our commerce has effected to the extent of our expectations the objects for which it was created. In connection with a navy ought to be contemplated the fortification of some of our principal sea ports and harbors. A variety of considerations, which will readily suggest themselves, urge an attention to this measure of precaution. To give security to our principal ports considerable sums have already been expended, but the works remain incomplete. It is for Congress to determine whether additional appropriations shall be made in order to render competent to the intended purposes the fortifications which have been commenced. The manufacture of arms within the United States still invites the attention of the National Legislature. At a considerable expense to the public this manufacture has been brought to such a state of maturity as, with continued encouragement, will supersede the necessity of future importations from foreign countries. Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: I shall direct the estimates of the appropriations necessary for the ensuing year, together with an account of the public revenue and expenditure to a late period, to be laid before you. I observe with much satisfaction that the product of the revenue during the present year has been more considerable than during any former equal period. This result affords conclusive evidence of the great resources of this country and of the wisdom and efficiency of the measures which have been adopted by Congress for the protection of commerce and preservation of public credit. Gentlemen of the Senate and Gentlemen of the House of Representatives: As one of the grand community of nations, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the important scenes which surround us. If they have exhibited an uncommon portion of calamity, it is the province of humanity to deplore and of wisdom to avoid the causes which may have produced it. If, turning our eyes homeward, we find reason to rejoice at the prospect which presents itself; if we perceive the interior of our country prosperous, free, and happy; if all enjoy in safety, under the protection of laws emanating only from the general will, the fruits of their own labor, we ought to fortify and cling to those institutions which have been the source of such real felicity and resist with unabating perseverance the progress of those dangerous innovations which may diminish their influence. To your patriotism, gentlemen, has been confided the honorable duty of guarding the public interests; and while the past is to your country a sure pledge that it will be faithfully discharged, permit me to assure you that your labors to promote the general happiness will receive from me the most zealous cooperation. Condition Expected folds, light creates, library stamp at top right, else fine overall.


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    Hunk House by Tyler, Ben

    New York: Kensington Books, 2002. Hardcover. 279p., fine first edition in boards and unclipped dj. "Six gay men...one house...let the games begin" A Gay reality TV show in Iowa.


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    Specimens of English Sonnets by Dyce, Rev. Alexander

    London: William Pickering, 1833. viii, 224pp, bound in later full calf, spine in two unequal panels, with one raised band, morocco title label to upper panel, small morocco date label to foot, lower panel with art nouveau flowers in gilt, covers with gilt double fillet border, gilt roll to edges and inner dentelles, t.e.g. Spine very slightly faded, very minor rubbing to extremities, internally quite bright and clean. An attractive little collection of sonnets. First Edition. Full Calf. Very Good. 24mo.


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    An Account of Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa by Barrow, John

    (London: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1801 and 1804). Title of first volume continues: "in the years 1797 and 1798; including cursory observations on the geology and geography of the southern part of that continent; the natural history of such objects as occurred in the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms; and sketches of the physical and moral characters of the various tribes of inhabitants surrounding the settlement of the Cape of Good Hope. To which is annexed, a description of the present state, population, and produce of that extensive colony; with a map constructed entirely from actual observations made in the course of the Travels." Two 4to volumes; later half calf and marbled boards; decorative gilt-ruled raised bands and lettering to spines; new endpapers; pp. viii + 419 + (i), incl. index, xi + (i) + 452, incl. index; large, folding map with hand-coloured route to first volume; folding frontis., a further six folding map engravings, with some contemporary colouring, to second volume. Toning and moderate foxing throughout; trace of damp-stain to top fore-corner of some leaves in second volume. A very attractive set of the first editions. (Mendelssohn I, p. 87; Hosken, p. 11) 'Mr. (afterwards Sir John) Barrow was attached to the staff of the Earl of Macartney, one of the Governors of the Cape Colony during the first occupation of the British. ... Mr. Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaff-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed, particularly with regard to the botany and zoology of these regions. Algoa Bay was visited, and observations taken of the bay and the coast, together with the "circumjacent" country, mention being made of the discovery of lead at Van Staaden's River. Significant evidence is afforded with regard to the alleged brutality of the Boers to their slaves and their Hottentot servants, and there is a description of the characteristics, habits and customs of the various native races. The author and his companions had an interview with ... Gaika, and he remarks, "We were surprised to find so much good sense and prudence in a very young man ..." Among the districts visited was the Bushman country; the expedition proceeding later on to Plettenberg Bay. The second volume contains detailed accounts of the various divisions of the Cape Colony, together with much information concerning the inhabitants, and the importance of the country from a military and commercial point of view.' - Mendelssohn. .


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    L'hospidale De' Pazzi Incurabili by Tomaso Garzoni

    Ferrara: Appresso, Giulio Cefare Cagnacini, & Fratelli, 1586. Leather Bound. Very Good. 24mo. Vellum. 4 bands, 5 compartments down spine. 107 pages. Italian. Tight binding and unmarked pages. Minimal wear to cover. Published simultaneously in Venice, Ferrara and Piacenza, the story takes the reader on a tour through a mental hospital, depicting various forms of psychological illness throughout the ages. The work opens with a dedication, followed by two sonnets. Examples of historical


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    The Law of the Vultures by Altman, Phyllis

    London: Jonathan Cape, 1952. Hardcover. 206p., previous owner's gift inscription otherwise very good first UK edition in boards and unclipped, lightly-worn dj. Set in Johannesburg, South Africa. Author's first book. She was a Lithuanian immigrant to South Africa. A Trade Unionist and anti-apartheid activist. This was her first book and was based upon her experiences working with the Springbok Legion.


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    Familiarity is the kingdom of the lost by Boetie, Dugmore, edited by Barney Simon, preface by Nadine Gordimer

    New York: Dutton, 1969. Hardcover. 190p., preface, very good first edition in boards and unclipped, lightly-edgeworn orange dj. Fictionalized autobiography of a South African black man.


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    Dodsley poems volume 4 by Young, moore, dodsley

    Not stated, 1111. Hardcover. Good. 360 pages. No dust jacket. Full leatherbound hardback. Moderate foxing and tanning to text block with rub wear to fore edge. Front end papers are missing with small inscriptions and annotations throughout. Front board hinge is cracked. Noticeable bumping, rubbing and scuffing to spine ends and to corners with noticeable rubbing, scuffing and wear along edges and over surfaces.


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    ALMURIC by Howard, Robert E. (introduction by Joe R. Lansdale)

    West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant, 1975. 217 pp. First Hardcover Edition. Brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine; wraparound dustjacket painting and interior line drawings by David Ireland. Light rubbing at the corners of the dustjacket with a bit of fading on the spine; previous owner's name - retired radio personality Don Danard - on the front free endpaper; no other interior markings. Something rare from Howard, a full length novel. Earthman Esau Cairn, a fugitive on his native planet, is transported to Almuric, a barbaric and warlike planet of the remote solar system, where he becomes Esau Ironhand. Here, he is beset by apelike humans, winged demons, and a multitude of strange monsters. And his adventures are chronicled in the best Howard manner, full of swift and savage action against an incredible background.. First Printing - First Thus. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by David Ireland;. 8vo. Association Copy.


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    WILL YOU LET THESE KIDDIES MISS SANTA CLAUSE by Hemingway, Ernest

    Friends of the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, 1970. LIMITED EDITION. Original Wraps. Fine. Octavo. LIMITED EDITION OF 125 COPIES. THIS IS No. 49. Printed for Friends of the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual in 1970. Hemingway wrote for The Co-Operative Commonwealth in Chicago from Dec. 1920 into the fall of 1921. 2 pp. reproduced from a Christmas time article for Co-operative Grocery Stores. Bound in printed brown stiff wraps.


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    Methode Pour Etudier La Geographie. Tome IV by DUFRESNOY, M. L'Abbe' Lenglet

    Paris: Rollin & Debure, 1741. Trosieme edition. Leatherbound. Good. xxiv, 732 p. 17 cm. 1 fold-out map of Europe. Full leather with raised bands and gilt trim. All edges red. Marbled endpapers. Spine lettering wearing off, corners worn. Chipped rear endpaper. Title continues: "Ou L'on Donne Une Descriptions exacte de l'Univers, formée sur les Observations de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, & sur les Auteurs originaux. Avec Un Discours Preliminaire sur l'étude de cette Science, & un Catalogue des Cartes Geographiques, Relations, Voyages, & Descriptions nécessaires pour la Géographie."


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    World hot country map Spain and Portugal (Large Print Edition) (1:1600000)(Chinese Edition) by ZHOU MIN

    China Map Publishing House, 2014-01-01. paperback. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback. Pub Date :2014-01-01 Pages: 1 Language: Chinese. English Publisher: The second installment of hot countries world map China Map Publishing House newly published. covering most of the world's hotspots countries and regions. Content expressed administrative divisions of the various countries and regions. boundaries. transportation. tourism and other information. is needed to understand the world. the people engaged in international affairs. as well as study abroad. visit. tourism rea... Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.


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    Dream Boy a novel by Grimsley, Jim

    Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1995. Hardcover. 195p., very good first edition in quarter-cloth boards and unclipped dj. Novel of adolescent gay love.


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    Publii Terentii Comoediae Expurgatae, Cum Interpretatione Ac Notis by Terence [terentii]

    Lugduni Batav (Leiden): Ludovicum Declaustre, 1730. Full Leather. Very Good. 12mo. Bound in contemporary full leather, raised bands, gilt decoration on spine. Pages 1-56, Vida; pages 1-46, Heyra; pages 1-59, Andria; pages 1-60, Adelphi; pages 1-59, Phormio. A little shelf wear at spine ends, owner notes on end papers; overall, very good.


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    THE ILLUMINATI CONSPIRACY Ulverscroft Large Print by Rees, Richard

    Leicester: Ulverscroft. Very Good+. 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. 0708937837 . Very nice, clean, tight condition. Ex-library book with a few library markings, no jacket as issued. Very light corner wear, interior pages clean & tight. "In 1802, Lieutenant Richard Machen is released from active service in the Navy. He plans to travel to his old home on the Gower Peninsula, where he grew up in the company of the beautiful Jane Ashford. But when he breaks his journey in London, Machen witnesses a cruel murder, and when he arrives in Gower, all is sadly changed. The young officer is drawn into a mystery which will lead him inexorably towards the centre of an astounding plot to overthrow the government. "; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .


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    More Educated Evans by Edgar Wallace

    UK: Websters, 1926. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good+. More Educated Evans by Edgar Wallace First Edition Websters September 1926. No inscriptions, covers fine in original pictorial dust jacket. A VG+ copy.


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    Flowers by Stanley, George

    San Francisco: White Rabbit Press, 1965. Pamphlet. [16p], title page "rubricated" in green, 5.5x8.5 inches, softbound first edition limited to 500 copies, poetry booklet in stapled, printed tan wraps. Cover has a bad dampstain that affects adjacent leaves and has rusted the staples. As is. Gay poet.


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    Five Hundred Points of Husbandry: directing what corn, grass, &c. is proper to be sown; what trees to be planted; how land is to be improved: with whatever is fit to be done for the benefit of the farmer in every month of the year. To which are added Note by Tusser Thomas

    London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1744. Collation,[2], 152, 145-150pp. Bound in full calf. Professionally rebacked retaining the original paneled boards, raised bands, leather title label. Binding in very good clean firm condition. Internally, some occasional light browing, minor abrasion wear and repair on title page, with loss of a couple of letters. Pages in very good clean condition throughout. A very good clean copy, in a very attractive binding. A6. Full Leather. Very Good Plus. 8vo.


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    The boy who was buried this morning; a Dave Brandstetter mystery by Hansen, Joseph

    New York: Viking, 1990. Hardcover. 181p., very good first edition in quarter-cloth boards and unclipped dj. The eleventh of Hansen's mysteries featuring the gay detective. Mention is made of a gay brother dying of AIDS, Gunn page 157.


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    The Poems of Mr. Gray. To Which are Prefixed Memoirs of his Life and Writings by W. Mason, M. A.( Complete in 4 Volumes ) by Mason W

    London: A. Ward, 1778. Collation,vol 1:frontispiece+168pp, vol 2:xv+161pp, vol 3:xii+166pp, vol 4:xiv+239pp, contemporary or early signature of ( Elizabeth Eamorson ) on title page of each volume. Bound in full period calf, flat gilt bands, leather title labels, decorative gilt edges to boards. Calf lightly rubbed with minor wear loss, hinge joints showing signs of wear but all boards firmly attched. Generally bindings in very good condition. Internally, minor worming to inner margin of aout 20 pages in one volume. Pages in very good condition throughout. A very nice work, in very attractive period bindings.A47. Full Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Knight's Local Government and Magisterial Reports with Statutes, Statutory Instruments, Etc. (Vol. LXIII, Part III-Statutes 1965) by Miss J. F. Lamb

    Charles Knight, 1965. Hardcover. Good. 1965. 274 pages. No dust jacket. Vol. LXIII, Part III-Statutes 1965. Half cream leather bound to red boards, with gilt lettering. Clean pages. Mild tanning to endpapers and page edges. Stamps to front paste down & title page. Front hinge cracked. Mild wear to spine, board edges and corners. Mild sunning to spine. Mild scuffing and marking to boards.


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    Howbah Indians: stories by Ortiz, Simon J

    Tucson: Blue Moon Press, 1978. Paperback. 42p., foxing to edges otherwise a very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps.


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    SECRET HISTORY OF WHITE-HALL, From the Restoration of Charles II. Down tot he Abdication of the late K. James. Writ at the request of a noble Lord, and conveyed to him in letters, by . late secretary-interpreter to the Marquess of Lourvois, who by that means had the perusall of all the private minutes between England and France for many years. The whole consisting of secret memoirs, which have hitherto lain conceal'd, as not being discoverable by any other hand. by Jones D[avid]. Gent

    London: R. Baldwin, 1697. First edition. 8vo, contemporary full calf, the spine with blind tooled compartments between raised bands, one compartment with a paper title label lettered in manuscript, board edges tooled in blind, page edges sprinkled red. [xii], 80, 80, 80, 64, 80, 110 pp. A very pleasing and finely preserved copy, internally, quite fresh and clean, the paper crisp and the text-block sturdy and sound, the contemporary binding solid and with minor age-wear at the extremities. FIRST EDITION OF WHAT LOWNDES CALLED “A SCANDALOUS WORK.” The author, a captain in the King’s Life Guards, published this series of letters reputed to be between and English peer and a French official between 1676 and 1689, claiming them to be secret diplomatic transactions previously concealed and now divulged. Modern historians are unsure and opinions conflicting in how much accuracy or reliance can be placed on the text. The author wrote a number of other historical works.


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    Half-life; a novel by Krach, Aaron

    Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2004. Paperback. 321p., very good first edition trade paperback in pictorial wraps.


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