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Books: Zeitgeist

On this page we offer works on the historical and social context that go to make up the zeitgeist (spirit of the age). These publications focus on art, archeology, historical and social research.

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The Complete Volume IV of Journal of the Early Americas

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The last four issues and complete last year of publication of The Journal of the Early Americas all at a discount price.

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Journal of the Early Americas Volume IV Issue I

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50 pages, full color.

In this issue you will find articles on:
1. Arts and Artisans: Schnitzelbank: Building a Shaving Horse by W. Joe Batterton
2. Hoppus and Hatchet: It's the Paddle That Brings Us by Dick Weaver
3. The Early Americas: "All this load is attached by a band..." - The Humble Tumpline by Isaac Walters
4. Hearthstone: Rascal: The Word by Michael Barbieri
5. To Arms: The Franco-Spanish War on the Gulf Coast, 1719 by David McDonald
6. The Discerning Re-enactor: Becoming a Discerning Re-Enactor by Suzanne Larner
7. The Punchbowl: The Great Adventure by Theresa Brown Cortez
8. A Matter of Taste: A Brief History of George Washington's Distillery by The George Washington's Mount Vernon Staff
9. Reviews: A Spirited Resistance: the North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815 A Book Review by Mark A. Suagee

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Journal of the Early Americas Volume IV Issue II

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50 pages, full color.

In this issue you will find articles on:
1. Arts and Artisans: The Colors Of Nature by Pam Blaha
2. Hoppus and Hatchet: Their Favourite Red and Black Beadsî: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Rosary Pea by Tony Gerard
3. The Early Americas: In Their Footsteps by Berit Allison
4. Hearthstone: A Glimpse of Life at Niagara Through the Letters of Francis Goring by Mark Hersee
5. To Arms: Headfirst Dive into Naval History: Underwater Archaeology and the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division by US Navy Staff
6. The Discerning Re-enactor: Well met, What Cheer, and Farewell: Common Eighteenth-Century Salutations by Paul Dickfoss
7. The Punchbowl: The Siege of Fort Niagara: Going Strong for 35 Years by Robert L. Emerson
8. Reviews: Native Memoirs from the War of 1812: Black Hawk and William Apess
A Book Review by Eugene R. H. Tesdahl

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Journal of the Early Americas Volume IV Issue III

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50 pages, full color.

In this issue you will find articles on:
1. Hoppus and Hatchet: Cultural Conflict and the Puritan Captivity Narrative by Clara Steinhagen
2. The Early Americas: Missing Early American Birds and their Historical Significance: Part II by James Blake and Tony Gerard
3. Hearthstone: Unerthing the First Women at the Jamestown Colony by Sarah Krieg
4. To Arms: Campbell's Defeat: Remebering Anglo-Americans of Seneca Sovereignty on the Niagara Portage by Eric Bloomquist
5. The Discerning Re-enactor: Re-enactor Redux by Eugene R. H. Tesdahl
6. The Punchbowl: "To banishe swearing, dice and card-playing..." An Introduction to Gambling in Early North America by Wyne Krefting
7. Reviews: We Have Raised all of You: Motherhood in the South 1750-1835 A Book Review by E. Kathy Suagee
The Encyclopedia of Trade Goods: Clothing and Textiles of the Fur Trade: A Book Review by Eugene R. H. Tesdahl
American Tales, Stories of America's Past for the Young People of Today, Volume I: A Book Review by Olivia Dreon

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Journal of the Early Americas Volume IV Issue IV

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50 pages, full color.

In this issue you will find articles on:
Hoppus & Hatchet: The Grand Adventure by Steve Orr
The Early Americas: How Much Does That Cost? by Wayne Krefting
Hearthstone: Was You Ever Up a Stump? -The Speech of Mountain Men by Stuart Wier
To Arms: 'The eyes of the country were upon us': USS Constitutionís Final Fight, 1815 by Matthew Brenckle
The Discerning Re-enactor:-A Big Bang in a Small Space Creating a Military Interpretive Experience in Downtown Tucson by Rick Collins
----Great Rendezvous by Berit Allison
----It Started with an Idea by Stephanie Saager-Bourret
The Punchbowl: Gambling Rules for Issue 4.3 by Wayne Krefting
Reviews:-Freshwater Passages: The Trade and Travels of Peter Pond: A Book Review by Wayne Krefting
West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776: A Book Review by Eugene R. H. Tesdahl
A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America: A Book Review by Casey Criswell

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At the Point of a Cutlass

The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton
by Gregory N. Flemming

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This book is based on a rare copy of Philip Ashton's 1725 narrative. Ashton was a 19 year old fisherman who was impressed into piracy, subjected to torture but eventually made his escape. It provides a rare view of navel life on both sides of the law.

Hardcover, 241 pp, 6 1/2" x 9",
$29.95 On sale now for only $12.00

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The Politics of Piracy

Crime and Civil Disobedience in Colonial America
by Douglas R. Burgess, Jr.

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Competing criminalities become a lens through which to examine England's legal relationship with America. The 17th century war on piracy is remembered as an English triumph for Britannia. However, this illicit trade became a wealth of goods for many American cities driving a wedge between the colonies and it's mother country. These strained relations may have accumulated ultimately resulting in the violence that began in 1775 with a dissolution of their relationship in 1776.

Hardcover, 291 pp, 6 1/4" x 9 1/4",
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The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony

America's War of Liberation in Canada 1774-1776
by Mark R. Anderson

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This is the first full treatment of the attempted Canadian liberation in nearly a century. This book is thoroughly researched and action packed examining the American colonies' campaign to bring Quebec into the Continental confederation and free the Canadians from British tyranny.

Hardcover, 437 pp, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2",
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Harbor and Home

Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850
by Brock Jobe, Gary Sullivan and Jack O'Brien

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This volume represents the first comprehensive look at furniture of southeastern Massachusetts-a region stretching from just south of Boston to Providence, Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard. Four years of research by the authors have yielded new insights into local craft traditions as well as furnishing preferences of area residents. More than 100 pieces of furniture (including clocks), 300 color illustrations, and appendix documenting the activities of 1,000 furniture making craftsmen in southeastern Massachusetts make this an invaluable resource for collectors and scholars alike.

Hardcover, 435 pp, 9 1/4" x 12 1/4",
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Fate, Hope and Charity

Essays by Janette Bright and Dr. Gillian Clark
Creative Respnses by Charlie Dark, Jackie Kay, Hallie Rubenhold and David Shrigley

Individual heartbreaking stories of five children who lived at the Foundling Hospital in the second half of the 18th century are told within this book. In the book Threads of Feeling reader's were introduced to textiles used to identify foundlings. But each of these textiles represents an infant who was left there. These stories are followed by four creative responses which are almost as captivating. Intermixed are pictures of documents and tokens pertaining to the stories.

Softcover, 64 pp, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4",
$16.50

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A Modest Collection of Traditional Songs of the Colonial Period
by M. Richard Tully

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This book contains 70 songs with a historical note about each. Made with both beginners and experts in mind anyone may pick up the book and begin at their own level. The songs were arranged to be easy to play on flute, whistle, or guitar. An appendices discusses guitar, flute, pipe, tabor, violin and other appropriate instruments of the period.

165 pp.
$24.95

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The Laundress (Jean-Baptisite Greuze)

This lively and engrossing book traces the history of the Getty Museum's painting, compares the work to other laundresses painted by Greuze, and explores social mores and the role of artist's model in the eighteenth century. It provides an enlightening account of Greuze's life and times and the influences on his work.

Excellent description of the laundresses of Paris among others and the first description we've read of exactly how linens were washed. The pictures also highlight clothing of the lower sort.

2004
$19.95 Soft Cover

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Chapbooks or Small Books

Small books were the first cheep paperbacks sold on the streets. They were sold as a single piece of paper and cut and stitched by the customer. Usually these pamphlets were printed without date or author. Because of this dating originals are based on sales records or the years publishers were in business. These are museum quality reproductions printed on white water marked paper and hand stitched with linen thread. Very careful editing is done to ensure strict retention of all original spelling including the long s.

Small books may be a very useful interpretive tool. Often they were read aloud in taverns and coffee shops. Sometimes several were brought to a professional book binder and made into one volume. Thousands were published throughout Europe and imported to the colonies.

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Cambridge Jests
or, Wits Recreation.

Anonymous c. 1770

How many jokes do you know that are over 200 years old? Jest or joke books were very popular during the 17th century but have remained in print to the present. This is copied from an original in a private collection. Much can be learned about the people of the 18th century by reading their jokes. Consistent with the values of the times many of the jokes in this book are bawdy.

Dimensions: 4" x 7 1/2"
24 pp.
$4.00

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The Poor Unhappy Transported Felon's
Sorrowful Account of His Fourteen Years Transportation at Virginia, in-America.

Anonymous c. 1760s

This story describes the life of a young apprentice born in London who falls into bad company and finds himself being sold along with slaves to work on a plantation in Virginia. The entire story is written in rhyme that could be set to music and sung as a ballad. As an interpretive tool much may be learned about the slave trade, clothing, and the life of the laboring poor. Several original copies of this book are held in collections both public and private.

Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
8 pp.
$2.00

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