Dec 17, 2019 - Sale 2527

Sale 2527 - Lot 302

Price Realized: $ 1,105
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(CIPHERING BOOKS.) Bowers, Levi. Two nineteenth-century small folio manuscript ciphering books. Approximately 32 manuscript leaves on wove paper, several with folky illustrations, 44 additional blank leaves; original morocco-backed paste-paper covered boards, moderate wear; scattered staining. another with approximately 87 manuscript leaves on "L&Co" watermarked laid paper; heavily worn calf-backed boards; heavy staining. Tennessee, 1822-1823...

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Mathematical class books kept by Levi Bowers of Washington County, Tennessee from 1822-1823. One volume exhibits a number of folk art illustrations incorporating calligraphic faces and well-dressed gentlemen as recurring themes within the text. Online sources refer to one Levi Bowers, a prominent citizen active in the local courts of Washington County, Tennessee in the 1830's.