Title: 5 World War I liberty bond posters
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Title: Oroonoko advertisement
This item is a mounted broadside advertisement for the play Oroonoko; or the Royal slave at the Theatre Royal. It lists the actors in each part for the February 20, 1818 show. It also notes that after Oroonoko the Forest of Bondy; or the Dog of Montargis will be shown.
4 May 1493
Title: [Demarcation bull, granting Spain possession of lands discovered by Columbus]
Broadside entitled "Copia de la bula del decreto y concession q[ue] hizo el papa / Alexandro sexto al Rey y la Reyna nuestros senores de las Indias conforme al capitu." Unique copy of second version possibly printed at Valladolio, by Francisco Fernandez de Cordoba. Title in Spanish and text in Latin.
27 February 1690
Title: By the King and Queen, a proclamation requiring all seamen and mariners to render themselves to their Majesties service.
All officials are to support this and they are to give over the names of those seamen and mariners who continue to shirk service. Printed in London by Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb.
Title: Missisippi of 'T Wydbefaamde goudland [Dutch] [Wonderful Land of Mississippi]
With engraved scene depicting Europeans trading gold with the Indians on the banks of the Mississippi. Publicizing settling in America. Written in Dutch. (The translation in the title here comes from the first line: "Dit 's 't wond're Missisippi Land / Besaamd door zynen Actiehandel, ....") The Mississippi "bubble" began in 1717 with the Company of the West, whose stock was driven up by speculators expecting gold and other wealth in Louisiana. The Company's collapse in 1720 involved French investors in difficulties similar to the British South Sea Bubble. From "Het Groot Verhaal". Engraving…
Title: Christian Discipline: Certain Good and Wholesome Orders, for the Well-Governing of My Family,in a right Christian Conversation, as becometh the Children of the Light and Truth, in the Most Hight GOD. Divided Into Two Parts.
First page contains guidelines for a religious household, as originally printed by William Penn. Reprint of original by Josiah Forster in 1751. Bible verses act as bookends on the top and bottom of William Penn's type. Note from Forster at the bottom explains the copying of Penn's words. Second page was formerly adhered to the back of Penn document, removed by conservator. It is a blank certificate meant to note the occurrence of a Quaker meeting.
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