Printed & manuscript Americana
Typography, Print Production
Technical & Service Manuals
Eccentric & Odd
Muniments, Congeries, Troves
Book Collecting History
Rare & Early Newspapers
Gravell Watermark Archive
Public Domain Review
The Story of Harley-Davidson, inscribed by Willie G. Davidson. No date, but after AMF merger, post-1969. Hardback, heavily illustrated. For details and more printed Americana, click here.
Diary of a farmer. Claude Able Haskins, 1906, upstate New York, prob. outside Ithaca based on text. For details and more manuscript, primary source unpublished Americana, click here.
"Every scrap of the past is worth preserving, and not least for this reason: that from one generation to the next we can never be certain whether the value of a given object—a coin, a book, a bundle of old letters—is great or small. Nor is this inconsistency in respect to value a function of anything as simple as scarcity; it is related also to how remarkably often scholars are capable of changing their minds. History is a speculation base on a vast mitchen-midden of indiscriminate facts, from which a variety of contradictory hypotheses can be plucked. We destroy at our peril what strikes today as trash, for tomorrow we may be damned for having failed to detect its obvious importance."
—Brendan Gill in his Foreword to Letters to Phil: Memories of New York Boyhood, 1848-1856, by Gene Schermerhorn [New York: NY Bound Books, 1989.]
recondite-timbre furnishes printed and manuscript Americana to historians, collectors, scholars and to such institutions as archives, universities, special repositories, and libraries. Our specialties include unpublished primary sources documenting quotidian American life in the form of diaries, ledgers, congeries, muniments, and troves. Our printed offerings concentrate on aspects of American culture and history through books, ephemera, pamphlets, and speeches.