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The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order: an Interpretation of the Rosicrucian Allegory and an Explanation of the Ten Rosicrucian Grades
York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1985. First Thus. Hardcover. Small quarto (10"). Cloth boards (hardcover); dustjacket; 331pp; illus. Fine, unmarked copy in unworn dustwrapper, fine but for a small amount of price-sticker residue to rear panel. First publication of the expanded and revised manuscript, left unpublished by Case on his death in 1953.
[Item #37772]
Price: $60.00
 
The True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order: an Interpretation of the Rosicrucian Allegory and an Explanation of the Ten Rosicrucian Grades. Paul Foster CASE.
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Excelsior Lodge No. 49 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, June 30th, 1916 [cover title]
[Newport, RI: Mercury Pub. Co. 1916]. First Edition. Paperback. 12mo (16.5cm.); original white pictorial string-bound card wrappers; [12]pp.; text printed in red and black. Wrappers rather soiled and spotted, a few interior leaves browned, else About Very Good and sound. Events for the evenining include a concert, speeches, a vaudeville...
[Item #34680]
Price: $15.00
 
Excelsior Lodge No. 49 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, June 30th, 1916 [cover title]. FREEMASONS - RHODE ISLAND.
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Political Romanism: An Organized Opposition to Progress Destructive of Free Institutions [&c...]
Washington, D.C. Publicity Bureau for the Exposure of Romanism, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Exposé of supposed secret influences of the Catholic church in American politics. Bradway's conspiracy theory contends that Rome exerts direct influence over its clergy and parishioners in matters of voting and running for political office, with the...
[Item #16193]
Price: $75.00
 
Political Romanism: An Organized Opposition to Progress Destructive of Free Institutions [&c...]. FREETHOUGHT & ANTICLERICALISM, Chattin BRADWAY.
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Manuscript Broadside: "Notice to All Whom It may Concern, July 26, 1866..." [with] Printed Membership Certificate, Miner's Benevolent Association, Broad Top, PA, accomplished in manuscript for Edward Sweny [Sweeney?] dated 1864.
N.p. [Broad Top, PA?]: 1866. Two ephemeral items dating from the earliest period of organized mine labor in the coal fields of Pennsylvania, offering compelling evidence of a Molly Maguires-like secret society operating at a time, and in a region, not well-recorded in the standard histories of the period. The...
[Item #31188]
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Manuscript Broadside: "Notice to All Whom It may Concern, July 26, 1866..." [with] Printed Membership Certificate, Miner's Benevolent Association, Broad Top, PA, accomplished in manuscript for Edward Sweny [Sweeney?] dated 1864. MOLLY MAGUIRES - PENNSYLVANIA.
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Fella's Choice
Benin City, Nigeria: Ethiope Publishing Corporation, 1974. First Edition. Paperback. The Nigerian author's fourth book, and Nigeria's first detective novel, in which Inspector Fella Dandogo is "pitted against a formidable enemy - the dreaded secret service organization, BOSS, South Africa's Bureau for State Security" (from rear wrapper). Omotoso, a scholar...
[Item #27705]
Price: $100.00
 
Fella's Choice. Kole OMOTOSO.
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Lieder-Buch des Philadelphia Schützen-Vereins
Philadelphia: Charles Reen, 1871. First Edition. Hardcover. A charming and extremely uncommon songbook, issued one year after the incorporation (but some 25 years after the initial founding) of the Philadelphia Schützen-Verein [i.e., "Rifle Club"]. Schützen-Vereine were a German-American social and fraternal phenomenon which sprung up in the wake of mass...
[Item #37670]
Price: $450.00
 
Lieder-Buch des Philadelphia Schützen-Vereins. PHILADELPHIA SCHÜTZEN-VEREIN, Carl HEINEMANN.