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1 Antique Garden Tools and Accessories

Schiffer Publishing

Price: 39.95 USD



2 Antique Mining Equipment & Collectibles

Schiffer Publishing

Price: 29.95 USD

Stage-Coach and Tavern Days, Alice Morse Earle

3 Stage-Coach and Tavern Days
Alice Morse Earle
(1900), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 520 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
A comprehensive study, both light-hearted and serious, of the enormous role of taverns and modes of travel in colonial culture. Some of the chapters discuss the Puritan ordinary, the tavern landlord, tavern fare and tavern ways, signs and symbols, the tavern in war, packhorse and conestoga wagon, early stage-coaches and other vehicles, the romance of the road, the pains of stage-coach travel, knights of the road and tavern ghosts. A fun, fascinating book!
Price: 36.50 USD



4 The Missouri Harmony: or a Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, and Anthems
Allen D. Carden Introduction by Shirley Bean
240 pages, paperback, University of Nebraska Press
The Missouri Harmony was the most popular of all frontier tunebooks, with a history going back to 1820, when singing master Allen Carden introduced it into his St. Louis school. The 185 selections in The Missouri Harmony, compiled from earlier tunebooks, were old favorites used in churches and singing schools which sometimes convened in taverns. Abraham Lincoln and his sweetheart, Ann Rutledge, are said to have sung from The Missouri Harmony at her father's tavern in New Salem, Illinois. Shirley Bean points out in her introduction the importance of tunebooks and frontier singing schools in teaching Americans to read music. The Missouri Harmony, continuing the European tradition of shaped notes, contained the largest collection of compositions for congregations and choirs. Carden included thirty-seven fuguing tunes, among them "Lenox" and "Sherburne." The Supplement, added in the seventh edition in 1835, contains twenty-three hymn tunes, four choral numbers, a sacred song, and a duet; Isaac Watts was the author of most of the texts. This Bison Book edition duplicates the 1846 reprint of the popular ninth edition, which first came out in 1840. Shirley Bean's introduction provides a historical framework that will be welcomed not only by scholars but also by the modern shape-note singing community. Dr. Bean is an assistant professor at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri--Kansas City.
Price: 12.00 USD

Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal, Anya Jabour

5 Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal
Anya Jabour
288 pages, 4 illus, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
William Wirt practiced law in Virginia and Maryland in the early national period and served as attorney general under James Monroe and John Quincy Adams. Elizabeth Wirt managed the household and cared for the Wirts' large family during her husband's frequent work-related absences. For more than three decades, the couple struggled to reconcile different daily pursuits with a commitment to marriage as a partnership of equals. In Marriage in the Early Republic, Anya Jabour provides detailed analysis of a marital relationship so thoroughly documented that it illuminates gender relations in nineteenth-century America.
On one level, this is a story-a rich narrative full of the joys, sorrows, tensions, and the give-and-take of an American marriage. But because changing gender roles and expectations in this period caused discordance and forced adjustments, Jabour also provides a microhistorical analysis of a broad pattern. Placing the Wirts' marriage in a larger context, she shows how problematic marriage-and the balancing of domestic and childcare responsibilities-could be as well-to-do Americans developed their own cultural and social expectations. By examining patterns of love and marriage in a formative era, Marriage in the Early Republic offers insights into romance and relationships in our own time as well.

About Author
Anya Jabour is an associate professor of history at the University of Montana.

"This book has much to offer students and scholars of the early republic, and of gender relations in the nineteenth century."--Karin Wulf, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"Clearly written and interpretively convincing. Jabour's singular contribution lies in the wealth of richly textured detail through which the reader comes to understand marriage both as a social institution and as the lived experience of real people."--Anne M. Boylan, Journal of Southern History

"Jabour's book has the advantage of giving us a microhistorical look at a single, well-documented marrriage, allowing her to trace the evolving tensions between ideals and realities over the course of their entire marriage and parenting experience. The result is engaging but sobering, as the reader is forced to confront the frustrations produced by the tensions in a marriage that was regarded as a model, loving union by the couple and their contemporaries."--C. Dallett Hemphill, Journal of American History

"A fascinating portrait of an intense, if sometimes rocky, relationship."--Glenna Matthews, American Historical Review
Price: 25.00 USD

So, Ye Want To Be A Reenactor? A Living History Handbook, Brenton C. Kemmer and Karen L. Kemmer

6 So, Ye Want To Be A Reenactor? A Living History Handbook
Brenton C. Kemmer and Karen L. Kemmer
(2001), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 160 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
Whether you are wondering how to get started in reenacting, or a veteran of many encampments, this book has something for you! Learn how to select the time period that’s right for you, join a reenactment unit, get the clothing and equipment needed, and select the best events. The appendices contain lists of useful web sites, living history organizations, suggested reading, sample event schedules, a worksheet to help develop your own historical persona, and helpful forms. The authors have been reenacting for two decades, in several different time periods and organizations.
Price: 17.00 USD

Folk Songs of Middle Tennessee: The George Boswell Collection, Charles K. Wolfe, ed.

7 Folk Songs of Middle Tennessee: The George Boswell Collection
Charles K. Wolfe, ed.
1997 208 pp, paperback / softcover, University of Tennessee Press
This volume brings together, for the first time, more than one hundred traditional songs from Middle Tennessee-a region that is synonomous in the popular mind with music but one that has been curiously neglected in folksong scholarship. The songs presented here were originally collected in the late 1940s and early 1950s by George Boswell, a distinguished scholar and field researcher who died in 1995.
While living in Nashville, Boswell scoured the city and surrounding counties for old ballads and folk songs. Sometimes using a wire or tape recorder, at other times employing a stenographer, he visited numerous singers and transcribed the words and tunes to hundreds of songs. Even after moving from Tennessee to assume a teaching position at the University of Mississippi, Boswell continued to work on his collection, annotating and comparing texts, and publishing occasional samples. In 1950, he noted that Tennessee, virtually alone among southern states, had no published collection of its folk songs. That has remained the case until now.
The songs chosen for this book are presented with musical notation and extensive backgound notes, including biographical data on the original informants (many of whom were business and professional people) and fascinating histories of each song. A number of the songs are rare and previously uncollected; others are local variants of long-popular ballads. The publication of this volume-the first major collection of southern folk songs in many years-is not only a testament to Boswell's scholarship but a marvelous contribution to our understanding of southern folk cultures and the ways in which it has interacted with popular culture.

About Author
Charles K. Wolfe, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, has published widely on folklore and country music and is currently the editor of the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin. His books include Tennessee Strings and The Life and Legend of Leadbelly (with Kip Lornell).

"Folk Songs from Middle Tennessee . . . is superior to most collections because Boswell cast a wide net in his collecting, recording many items from people not usually thought of as folksingers, and because, unlike most collectors of his day, he was equally skilled at music and lyric transcription." —W. K. McNeil, The Ozark Folk Center
Price: 18.00 USD

Everyday Life in Early America, David F. Hawke

8 Everyday Life in Early America
David F. Hawke
224 pages, 5 1/4 x 8, paperback, Harper Paperbacks

"In this clearly written volume, Hawke provides enlightening and colorful descriptions of early Colonial Americans and debunks many widely held assumptions about 17th century settlers."--Publishers Weekly
Price: 12.95 USD

Social Networking for Genealogists, Drew Smith

9 Social Networking for Genealogists
Drew Smith

Price: 21.00 USD

Down and Out in Early America, edited by Billy G. Smith.

10 Down and Out in Early America
edited by Billy G. Smith.
327 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, maps, paperback, Pennsylvania State University Press
It has often been said that early America was the "best poor man's country in the world." After all, wasn't there an abundance of land and a scarcity of laborers? The law of supply and demand would seem to dictate that most early American working people enjoyed high wages and a decent material standard of living. Down and Out in Early America presents the evidence for poverty versus plenty and concludes that financial insecurity was a widespread problem that plagued many early Americans.
The fact is that in early America only an extremely thin margin separated those who required assistance from those who were able to secure independently the necessities of life. The reasons for this were many: seasonal and cyclical unemployment, inadequate wages, health problems (including mental illness), alcoholism, a large pool of migrants, low pay for women, abandoned families. The situation was made worse by the inability of many communities to provide help for the poor except to incarcerate them in workhouses and almshouses. The essays in this volume explore the lives and strategies of people who struggled with destitution, evaluate the changing forms of poor relief, and examine the political, religious, gender, and racial aspects of poverty in early North America.
Down and Out in Early America features a distinguished lineup of historians. In the first chapter, Gary B. Nash surveys the scholarship on poverty in early America and concludes that historians have failed to appreciate the numerous factors that generated widespread indigence. Philip D. Morgan examines poverty among slaves while Jean R. Soderlund looks at the experience of Native Americans in New Jersey. In the other essays, Monique Bourque, Ruth Wallis Herndon, Tom Humphrey, Susan E. Klepp, John E. Murray, Simon Newman, J. Richard Olivas, and Karin Wulf look at the conditions of poverty across regions, making this the most complete and comprehensive work of its kind.

About Author
Billy G. Smith is Professor of History at Montana State University. He has edited two Penn State Press books: The Infortunate: The Voyages and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant (with Susan Klepp; 1992) and Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods (1995).

"Billy Smith brings together an impressive group of scholars who examine poverty in a wide range of settings. The resulting essays are remarkable not only for their inclusiveness but also for the way they give a truly human face to the poor. Down and Out in Early America is an important contribution to the scholarship on early America." —John K. Alexander, University of Cincinnati
Price: 27.00 USD



11 Scottish Songs
Edited by Chris Findlater
96 pages, 5 x 7 3/4, Pelican Publishing Company

Price: 9.95 USD

Songs of the Great American West, Editor: Irwin Silber

12 Songs of the Great American West
Editor: Irwin Silber
352 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
92 songs-ballads, lullabies, battle cries, love songs, satirical songs, children's singing games and more-celebrate the ups and downs of homesteaders, lumberjacks, cowboys, gold miners, railroad workers, outlaws and other early adventurers. Complete lyrics, vocal score, simple piano arrangements, chord symbols. Historical notes and 127 period illustrations.
Price: 14.95 USD

Spanish Traditional Ballads/Romances Viejos Españoles, Editor: Stanley Appelbaum

13 Spanish Traditional Ballads/Romances Viejos Españoles
Editor: Stanley Appelbaum
256 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, paperback, Dover Publications
Similar to England's Arthurian legends and old Norse sagas, Spanish romances were written and published before the end of the sixteenth century. This collection of 53 romances focuses on Spanish history, national legends, and Moorish themes; ballads of Charlemagne and his peers, tales derived from French chansons de geste (epics of chivalry and other courtly narratives); and miscellaneous ballads based on Greco-Roman subjects. A dual-language anthology, with excellent new literal translations on pages facing the Spanish original, the volume provides students and scholars--for perhaps the first time in English--much previously unavailable material, and will be invaluable for classroom use and home study. Dover Original. Introduction, new English translation, and notes by Stanley Appelbaum.
Price: 12.95 USD

Slave Songs of the United States, Editor: William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison

14 Slave Songs of the United States
Editor: William Francis Allen, Charles Pickard Ware, Lucy McKim Garrison
176 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, Dover Publications
This 1867 landmark book represents the first systematic effort to collect and preserve the songs sung by the plantation slaves of the Old South. Most of the 130 songs, arranged by geographic area, were recorded directly from the singers themselves. Includes the melody line and all known verses to each song, directions for singing, and a commentary on each.
Price: 8.95 USD

A Reverence for Wood, Eric Sloane

15 A Reverence for Wood
Eric Sloane
112 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, 69 b&w illus., paperback, Dover Publications
Appeals to woodcrafters and lovers of Americana
"One of Eric Sloane's best books."--Library Journal"
This refreshing, delightfully written, and magnificently illustrated book underscores the important role that wood has played in the development of American life and culture. Ranging over the aesthetics of wood, wooden implements, carpentry, and other areas, the author illuminates with rare insight the enormously varied and useful qualities of wood and the resourcefulness of early Americans in using it. Unabridged republication of the original edition published by Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1965.
Price: 9.95 USD

American Barns & Covered Bridges, Eric Sloane

16 American Barns & Covered Bridges
Eric Sloane
112 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
When this book was first published in the mid-1950s, the author was concerned that such functional structures as the American barn and the covered bridge would soon give way to progress and be replaced by "modern" elements. Today, a number of these sturdy, beautifully proportioned barns and bridges are still standing--monuments to the skill and keen eye of their original builders. This lovingly written book, accompanied by more than 75 of the author's own sketches, provides a reliable record of those vanishing forms of architecture. Accurate line drawings depict a variety of barns, such as those in Maine, atttached to houses; an "open" log barn in Virginia, and a "top hat" barn in North Carolina. Covered bridges--like barns, built for soundness and endurance--are also illustrated, among them a saltbox structure in New England, a bridge with a pedestrian walkway in rural New York State, and a 10-span-long bridge at Clark's Ferry, Pennsylvania. Possessing a deep feeling for what might be called the Age of Wood, the author writes with "warmth and astonishing comprehension."--New York Herald Tribune Book Review. Americana enthusiasts and lovers of these traditional symbols of early American life will delight in this priceless tribute to a bygone era. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Funk and Wagnalls, New York, 1954. Over 75 black-and-white illustrations.
Price: 8.95 USD

American Yesterday, Eric Sloane

17 American Yesterday
Eric Sloane
128 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
This book, a compilation of engrossing facts and anecdotes illustrated with the author's own pen, captures the living legacy of America as seen in "the things that were." A fitting companion volume to American Barns and Covered Bridges, recently reprinted by Dover, the present book, according to author Eric Sloane, explores "our national attic of vanishing ways and obsolete occupations." He suggests that while many antiquarians may bypass the careers of dowsers, tithing-men, sawyers, nailers, plumbum-men (plumbers), barber-surgeons, sellmongers, fence-viewers, and other old-time artisans and craftworkers, he delights in describing their livelihoods. He speaks lovingly of the people who spent much of their lives creating wardrobe closets, foot stoves, church pew armrests, featherbed patter paddles, charcoal burners, an English phaeton, a giant hogshead, a drover's sleigh, a windowsill sundial, and other items of long ago. Sloane is credited with "doing gallant service, preserving records of the ways and the means of the forefathers who got along well with the resources now long forgotten" (Springfield Republican). An immensely enjoyable book, American Yesterday will enchant anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the past and views its artifacts as part of a rich national heritage. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1956. 96 black-and-white illustrations.
Price: 8.95 USD

Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805, Eric Sloane

18 Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake 1805
Eric Sloane
128 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
"Recommended for general collections."-Library Journal
Includes 72 of the author's own illustrations
This reprint of an actual early-nineteenth-century diary provides today's readers with a delightful rarity. Eric Sloane has taken a fifteen-year-old farm boy's brief, concise notebook and expanded the daily entries with explanatory narrative and his own remarkable drawings. As a result, he has preserved the simplicity and charm of a bygone era. A fascinating guide to past life and customs in rural New England, the book includes verbal and graphic sketches detailing the construction of an entire backwoods farm.
Unabridged republication of the work originally published by Wilfred Funk, Inc., New York, 1962.
Price: 9.95 USD

Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather, Eric Sloane

19 Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather
Eric Sloane
112 pages, 8 1/4 x 11, paperback, Dover Publications
43 black-and-white illustrations by the author
Tips for predicting local weather
Engrossing facts and entertaining anecdotes will appeal to young adults as well as older readers
A delightful blend of serious meteorology and beautiful illustrations, this informative book displays the many talents of Eric Sloane. A writer, landscape painter, weather forecaster, and authority on early American history, Sloane takes readers with him on a voyage of discovery as he traces a single air mass from the Canadian Rockies to northern New England. A vivid narrative and the author's own pen-and-ink sketches describe the progress of the air mass over America, and tell about its encounters with other elements of weather systems and with Americans from a variety of backgrounds. Unabridged republication of the edition published by Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York, 1970.
Price: 9.95 USD

Our Vanishing Landscape, Eric Sloane

20 Our Vanishing Landscape
Eric Sloane
112 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4, paperback, Dover Publications
81 black-and-white illustrations
"Delightful text and drawings."-Bookmark
Written with humor and zest and enhanced with the author's charming, historically accurate drawings, this book takes readers on a leisurely journey through a bygone era, along tree-shaded, winding roads that lead to sturdily built farmhouses and fields set off by rustic fences and walls. Brimming with anecdotes about people and the times, this delightful narrative remains a genuine and permanent contribution to the field of Americana.
Unabridged republication of the work originally published by Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1955.
Price: 8.95 USD

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