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An historic album of signatures

An historic album of signatures

In 1884, knowing she was about to step into history, Seattle’s Rosamond Densmore, one of the first
group of women to serve on a jury in Washington Territory, set about collecting signatures of the
judges, clerks, lawyers and fellow members of the jury to document her experience. Interestingly, women were first allowed to serve as jurors for a few years when…

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On Mission in China 1890-1914

On Mission in China 1890-1914

Isaac Taylor Headland was a missionary who served in China from 1890-1914 for the American Methodist Episcopal Church. In addition to his religious duties, he authored many books on China, including this book of nursery rhymes in Chinese and English with charming...

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The Viceroy and the Nizam…1892

The Viceroy and the Nizam…1892

Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne (1845-1927) was Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894. Lansdowne made “Autumn tours” to important states in order to maintain relationships with rulers and exert a gentle influence, as princely states were...

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The photographs of Fratelli Alinari

The photographs of Fratelli Alinari

Just one of many wonderful old albumen photographs in four large, heavy albums of original photographs by Fratelli Alinari, the world's oldest photography firm, founded in Florence in 1852. In the beginning the company, started by two brothers, focused on documenting...

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The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

Marco Polo’s tales of his travels to the exotic Far East were filled with visions of fabulous riches and strange customs. It set parts of Europe on fire with curiosity, then fell from favor for a long time, and surged back to lasting prominence long after Marco Polo had left this world. This century-old edition has literally hundreds of handsome plates, illustrations, and detailed fold-out color maps and plans.

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