The Indians of the Americas Prior to the Civil War

A fascinating exploration of Native Americans in both South and North America is kept in the Delaware Historical Society’s rare book collection. Below is an 1846 publication on the manners, customs, art, music, government, dress and culture of numerous Indian tribes throughout the Americas- a full century before Hollywood influenced the way original inhabitants of… More The Indians of the Americas Prior to the Civil War

Remembering World War 1: Italy Declares War on Ottoman Empire

August of 1915  in Europe was a period of almost fevered belligerence, as we see in the clips below from the Wilmington Sunday Star. Italy broadens its list of enemies, huge naval battles rage in the Baltics, and German continues sinking ocean liners. Service records for Delaware soldiers Thomas J. Anderson, Michael Joseph Walch, and… More Remembering World War 1: Italy Declares War on Ottoman Empire

Robin Hood

Our highlighted rare book today is perhaps Howard Pyle’s most well known illustrated book The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.  Printed and sold by Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York in 1908. The numerous illustrations provided in this post reveal Pyle’s mastery of his craft.     “This Old Book” appears on this blog every Wednesday… More Robin Hood

Remembering Thomas Garrett: Delaware’s Stationmaster

This month, we celebrate the life and achievements of Thomas Garrett, a leading abolitionist and Stationmaster on the Underground Railroad. He was born on August 21, 1789 in Upper Derby, Pennsylvania to Thomas and Sarah (Price) Garrett, both Quakers with strong anti-slavery views. In 1822, Thomas Garrett moved to Wilmington, Delaware, to go into the… More Remembering Thomas Garrett: Delaware’s Stationmaster

Remembering World War 1 in Delaware: 17 Million U.S. Men Available For War According to Sunday Star

17 million men are said to be ready for war in the U.S. while war policies of Bulgaria and Spain are discussed in the Sunday Star newspaper one hundred years ago this week. The service records for Delaware soldiers Francis A. Manuel of the 59th Pioneer Infantry, Edgar Hoffecker Adams and Herman Schechinger are provided… More Remembering World War 1 in Delaware: 17 Million U.S. Men Available For War According to Sunday Star

Heraldry & Chivalry

Our featured rare book this week concerns heraldry, family crests and chivalry.  The title is Historical Anecdotes of Heraldry and Chivalry Tending to Shew The Origin of Many English and Foreign Coats of Arms, Circumstances and Customs. This original first edition was published in Worcester England in 1796 by “Mrs. Dobson”.  An inscription by a former… More Heraldry & Chivalry