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Washington, D.C.Life & Society, 1895
(A PERIOD PIECE).  Hinman, Ida.  The Washington sketch book. A society souvenir. Containing over one hundred portraits of prominent people, and fifty views of public buildings and statues. Washington, DC: Hartman & Cadick, 1895. 4to (28.5 cm; 11.25"). 112 pp., [2 (ads) ff.
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Dinmore, Richard.  Select and fugitive poetry. A compilation. With notes biographical and historical. Washington City: Pr. at the Franklin Press [by James Lyon & Richard Dinmore], 1802. 12mo (16.3 cm, 6.4"). 288 pp.
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Wonderful to Leaf Through
Gill, Brendan.  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. New York: Harry N. Abrams, ©1981. 4to. 160 pp., illus.

More than One Lifetime's Worth of Adventure & Interesting Ideas
Harriott, John.  Struggles through life, exemplified in the various travels and adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, of John Harriott, Esq. London: Pr. for the author, 1815. 12mo (18 cm, 7.1"). 3 vols. I: Frontis., xvxv, [1], 443, [1] pp. II: xii, 428, [2] pp. III: vii, [1], 479, [1] pp. (lacking pp. 69–72); 1 fold. plt., 1 plt.
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He BeatMark Twain to the Use of Pike County Vernacular
Hay, John.  The Pike County ballads. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912. 8vo (22.3 cm, 8.75"). 45, [3] pp.; illus.

Bruce Rogers Designed ThisAn Uncut, Unopened Copy
Hay, John.  A poet in exile. Early letters of John Hay. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910. 12mo. 48 pp., 2 plts.
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A Prominent Lawyer, Skillful Orator, & Charming Family Man
Kennedy, John Pendleton.  Memoirs of the life of William Wirt, attorney general of the United States. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1849. 8vo (23.7 cm, 9.3"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., 417, [1], 4, [48 (adv.)] pp. II: 450, [2] pp.; 1 facs.
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(Library of Congress). Maggs Bros.,  London. An illustrated catalogue raisonné of one hundred and six original manuscripts, autographs, maps, and printed books illustrating the discovery & history of America from 1492 to 1814. Loaned by Maggs Bros., of London. Exhibited at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Spring, 1929.  Folio. 233 pp., [1] p.; illus.

Armstrong Binding Popular Illustrator The HORSES Get the Last Word
MacGrath, Harold. The man on the box. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., (1904). 8vo (19.2 cm, 7.55"). Frontis., [12], 361, [1] pp.; 6 plts.
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Exposure of American CorruptionSigned Decorated Binding
Phillips, David Graham.  The plum tree. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1905). 8vo (19.5 cm, 7.625"). 389, [3] pp.; illus.
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The Trent Affair
Rush, Benjamin.  Letter on the rebellion, to a citizen of Washington from a citizen of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: John Campbell, 1862. 8vo. 23, [1 (blank)] pp.

“A Haven of Peace in a Distracted World”
Spaulding, Thomas M.  The Literary Society in peace and war. Washington; Menasha, WI: Privately printed by George Banta Publishing Co., 1947. 8vo. 37, [1 (blank)] pp.

After the (Premature?) Capture of MontereyA Personal & Significant
Steuart, William.  Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs. Commodore [Thomas ap Catesby] Jones. George Town [Maryland, later incorporated into Washington, D.C.]: 1843. 4to (25.2 cm, 9.9"). [2] ff.
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“The Details of the Late War”
Subaltern (Georg Robert Gleig, attrib.).  A subaltern in America; comprising his narrative of the campaigns of the British army, at Baltimore, Washington, &c. &c. during the late war. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart; Boston: Allen & Ticknor, 1833. 12mo (18.3 cm, 7.25"). 266 pp.
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An English Quaker Merchant Tours the U.S.
Sutcliff, Robert.  Travels in some parts of North America, in the years 1804, 1805, & 1806. Philadelphia: B. & T. Kite, 1812. 12mo (17.7 cm, 6.9"). ix, [1], 289, [1] pp.; 1 fold. plt.
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ACapital Crimes Mystery Novel
Truman, Margaret.  Murder at the National Cathedral. New York: Random House, 1990. 8vo.

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