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Journal of Manuscript Drawings, Made By a British Army Officer, Featuring Scenes From a Hunting Expedition with Young Prince George and His Adventure in Gibraltar.

By Captain Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham

Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Italy, 1938. Journal of manuscript drawings, some painted in watercolour, by British Army Captain Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham (1812-1851) beginning with scenes from a hunting expedition with young Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, and of subsequent sojourns and adventures during his time stationed in Gibraltar. Two volumes. 8vo. containing approximately 60 drawings, a scant few are double-leafs, approximately 12 of these are painted in watercolour. The vast majority are in one volume. Half black calf over blue marbled boards, gilt rules to spine, the first volume with manuscript title label to front reading, "1838. Figueres, Gibraltar, Tetuan, Tangier. Dudley Pelham." The second volume contains a few drawings from Gibraltar and Naples. Some wear to boards, two leafs excised from the volume but loosely placed within, otherwise in very good condition, a pleasing volume. Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham (1812-1851) was a British naval commander and Whig politician, born into British peerage. Attaining the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy on 15 February 1836, he served in that capacity onboard the Wasp, in the Mediterranean, from 21 October 1837 to April 1840. During this time, he had the distinct pleasure of going on a sport-hunting expedition in Gibraltar with Prince George, evidently also accompanying him to Tetouan where the local Moroccan leader hosted the British royal and his entourage. Pelham was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Boston in Lincolnshire at a by-election in 1849, a seat he held until his early death in April 1851, aged only 38. Firsthand scenes memorialized in manuscript drawings by a British peer and naval commander who accompanied Prince George, the First Duke of Cambridge, on a sport hunting expedition in Gibraltar, and a private reception where the prince was the guest of a Morrocan leader. Also featuring a tour of Tangier. A most unique nineteenth century sketch book with watercolours, encompassing scenes privileged to only a select few. There are 16 drawings made between 13-16 November 1838 during a hunting trip with an elite group inclusive of a British royal, Prinec George, Duke of Cambridge. As Royal Navy Commander, crusing Mediterranean waters from 1837 to 1840, and possibly longer, the artist would have visited the port of Gibraltar many times. Herein he sketches several delightful scenes. . Manuscript.

$1950.00

Account of the Portuguese Belenzada Affair During the Counter-Revolution Begun by Queen Maria II of Portugal
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Account of the Portuguese Belenzada Affair During the Counter-Revolution Begun by Queen Maria II of Portugal

By British Marine

Lisbon, 1836. Primary source account of the Belenzada Affair, by a British marine serving on HMS Cornwallis (1813) and participating in the event at Lisbon, describing daily and hourly actions taking place during the counter-revolution begun by Queen Maria II. Annotated by a contemporary transcriber who seems to be a friend of the diarist and presumably the recipient of the original letter, to front upper margin: "Extract Private letter" and to the end leaf: "Novr. 3d 1836 Revolution at Lisbon Copy of Wms Report of it". 8vo. 7 pages in manuscript. Two double leafs measuring approximately 21 x 26,5 cm. Occasional creasing, very minor loss to first leaf, not affecting legibility of context, otherwise in very good condition. The Belenzada, also known as the Belém Affair, was an attempted coup in November 1836 by Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Prince Ferdinand II, to remove the liberal government which had been established by the September Revolution, and to reinstate the Constitutional Charter of 1826. Despite enjoying diplomatic support from the United Kingdom and Belgium, the attempt was frustrated by the determination of the National Guard, the regular army and the general population of Lisbon. This primary source document provides a superbly detailed chronical of events of one counter-revolution in Imperial Portugal, initiated by Queen Maria II herself, as a response to the uprising of the Setembrismo and Cartismo movement to end the political "devorismo" ('devourism') as it was termed at the time. The event is all-but-forgotten by Western historians, albeit said to be one of the three most important of conspiracies or plots executed during this period of unrelenting political conflict.. Signed. Manuscript.

$1750.00

Manuscript Signed Letter of Early Americana Interest, From a British Emigrant  Who Arrived at Philadelphia  During the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
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Manuscript Signed Letter of Early Americana Interest, From a British Emigrant Who Arrived at Philadelphia During the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.

By F. Nichols

New York, 1821. Manuscript signed letter written by F. Nichols who emigrated to Philadelphia during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 and appears to have been in the army that quelled said rebellion, then settled in New York, with superb content including early whiskey distilleries, women, finance, freedom of religious speech and print, etc. Addressed to yeoman William Fothergill (1748-1836) of Carrend, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, being a grandson of the famous Quaker physician John Fothergill (1712-1780), who authored "Considerations for North American Colonies" and who co-operated with Benjamin Franklin to restore relations between America and Britain. Folio. 4 pages in manuscript. Double leaf measuring approximately 20 x 32 cm, with integral address, remnants of a red wax seal. Some wear at folds, affecting only one word which is easily discernable from the text, otherwise in very good condition, a most comprehensive commentary by an early British settler in America. The writer, who identifies himself as F. Nichols, emigrated from England to Philadelphia during the riotous era of the whiskey tax and its heavy opposition, most likely fighting the insurgents as part of the cavalry which successfully ended the Whiskey Rebellion. Nichols' well-written correspondence, interest in "high" literature, and the uncommon remark to encourage the publication of his observations, suggest that he may be part of the Nichols family of printers and antiquaries. The recipient of the present correspondence is yeoman William Fothergill (1748-1837) of Carrend near Askrig, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, who descends from the Fothergill Quaker lineage of Yorkshire fame, the family seat being at Carr End in Wensleydale, William spending most of his life and inheriting the family estate, to where the present letter was posted. . Signed. Manuscript.

$2950.00

Massive Primary Source Archive of over 700 Original Architectural Drawings of Swiss Architect David Rordorf-Mahler, architect in Zurich (1856-1936)
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Massive Primary Source Archive of over 700 Original Architectural Drawings of Swiss Architect David Rordorf-Mahler, architect in Zurich (1856-1936)

By David Rordorf-Mahler

Zurich, 1905. The archive contains a plethora of material. Original Artwork in different formats, namely a collection of 14 original sketchbooks with numerous original colored drawings, approx. 540 original pencil drawings, 16 original water colored pencil drawings, 24 original watercolors, 15 original ink drawings, 32 original pencil ink drawings, 18 original watercolors, 79 original etchings, partly in aquatint, 30 manuscript pages of notes, 4 original oil studies and 3 photographs. Sheet dimensions from approx. 4 x 8 inches to approx. 22 x 26 inches. The archive includes manuscript cost calculations and numerous, partly large-scale construction drawings for the restoration work at the town hall Bülach. With his keen sense and appreciation of history, the Swiss architect Rordorf was an attentive observer of Swiss culture. As a result of the restoration work based on his designs at the town hall Bülach (around 1905) and in the Castle Greifensee (historic room conversions 1917) he drew the attention of the Swiss public to his work. Also, architectural and floor plan drawings, beautiful views (between 1876-1933) of Switzerland, including Bremgarten, Dübendorf, Effretikon, Lugano, Freiburg, New Bechburg, Thierstein, Bern-Thun, Mariastein, Aarberg, Castle Burgdorf, Kyburg, Locarno, Arbon, Brugg, Zurich, Erlach, as well as Italy, France and Germany. Documents include announcement and invitations and manuscripts of the Société "On the Wall" in Zürich, manuscript letters, poems, purchase contracts and dividing documents between David and Paul Rordorf, etc., as well as a district plan of the city of Zurich. Rordorf-Mahler was a member of the Zurich Artist Society, the Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects, the Société "On the Wall" in Zurich, and at times its President. All in all, an impressive archive of original drawings and at the same time, an important primary source material for the history of architecture in Switzerland. . Manuscript.

$39500.00

Archive of documents concerning the publication and production of several notable literary works and theatrical plays by Peter Ulrich Weiss
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Archive of documents concerning the publication and production of several notable literary works and theatrical plays by Peter Ulrich Weiss

By Peter Weiss, Playwright

1960. New York City, Frankfurt, Stockholm, etc., 1961-1966. Substantial archive of documents concerning the publication and production of several notable literary works and theatrical plays by Peter Ulrich Weiss, including correspondence, draft agreements, contracts signed with leading publishers and producers, as well as some programmes and peer reviews, being the working files of his New York agent, Joan Daves. Together with 3 LP record box sets of the first and complete Broadway original cast music recording for the Marat/Sade play. Octavo and Folio documents and letters, ranging in size and number of pages, some signed in the original. Most are in English; some are in German; the lot neatly contained in four ring binders. The vast majority of the documents date to the 1960s, with a scant few being later including a letter regarding a special television production in 1979 with NBC. Occasional wear to extremities, otherwise in very good condition, beautifully preserved, clean and bright. A generous and comprehensive archive chronicling the work and partnership of a leading literary agent in the rise of German-American publishing, and one of her notable German writers. Provenance: From the desk of Weiss' literary agent for the US, Joan Daves. Joan Daves (1919-1997) was a leading literary agent with her own agency in New York, whose client list boasts six Nobel Prize winners including Martin Luther King, Jr. Daves had a profound effect on the very existence of German literature in America. Born Liselotte Davidson in Berlin, she escaped Nazi Germany by fleeing to Paris and England before emigrating to the United States in 1940. Her agency, established in 1948, handled the original works of several American authors. She handled Martin Luther King, Jr.'s literary property from 1957 until her death. Of great emphasis with her firm was the representation of several major German publishers, such as Suhrkamp, Piper, S. Fischer Verlag and others. It was the prime time of German writers such as Peter Weiss, Uwe Johnson, Max Frisch, Heinar Kipphardt, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Hermann Hesse. In the mid-1960s, communication with German publishers was quite different from today. A shipment of galleys was prepared with a 'by sea mail' label. When the New York Times printed the date and time the next ship would leave the harbor, delivery of the parcels of documents to that specific ship was requested. Peter Ulrich Weiss (1916-1982) was a German author, playwright, and experimental filmmaker, who gained celebrity fame on Broadway in the 1960s. He is particularly known for his plays "Marat/Sade" of 1963/65 which is largely represented in the present archive and which was enormously successful, for "The Investigation" of 1965, and for his later novel "The Aesthetics of Resistance" (1971-81). In the 1960s Weiss also embraced and promoted politically controversial groups, standing for revolutionary Cuba, standing against US intervention in Vietnam, and joining Sweden's eurocommunist party. . Manuscript.

$7950.00

Seventeen Manuscript Land Grants, Hand Stitched Together, on Vellum from the Reign of Elizabeth I, Concerning the Land Rights of a Thomas Wadelowe.
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Seventeen Manuscript Land Grants, Hand Stitched Together, on Vellum from the Reign of Elizabeth I, Concerning the Land Rights of a Thomas Wadelowe.

By Anon.

Beyton [Beighton] in Norfolk, 1570. Seventeen manuscript land grants on vellum from the reign of Elizabeth I, concerning the land rights of a Thomas Wadelowe. All text is in Latin, some annotations to verso mostly indicating that each belongs to him. The lot stitched together by hand at left margin. Documents vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 23 x 5 cm, the largest measuring 24 x 13 cm. One of the documents faded though still legible, otherwise the lot in very good and original condition, exceedingly scarce as a sequential lot of documents recording the rights and conveyance of feudal land in Norfolk. Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. As such, these documents in that period. One of the documents appear to state its date as "die viginti Anno reign Elizabeth" which would be the twentieth year of her reign, thus being made sometime between 18 November 1577 and 17 November 1578. These documents provide insight into the Wadelow family's ancestral history of land titleship during Norfolk's feudal era, specifically that of a Thomas Wadelowe, whom, in one of the documents is having land conveyed to him from a Thomas Symes. A John Symes is named on the first document. Hand stitched together to the left margins, all documents intact, the condition and completeness of the lot reveal the land's ownership and/or leasehold history over many generations. It also illustrates that this family appreciated the perdurable value of land rights. Sixteenth century land indentures are scarce survivors in any form. To find a sequential lot of related deeds, kept neatly and safely together for some three to four hundred years, is exceptionally uncommon and indeed invaluable to the history of its related ancestry and locality.. Photo.

$575.00

Six Manuscript Land Grants on Vellum, Hand Stitched Together,  Spaning a Century or so, and Providing One Family's History of Inheritable Land Rights During Norfolk's Feudal Era.
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Six Manuscript Land Grants on Vellum, Hand Stitched Together, Spaning a Century or so, and Providing One Family's History of Inheritable Land Rights During Norfolk's Feudal Era.

By Norfolk

Salthouse in Norfolk, 1509. [Salthouse in Norfolk], circa 1509-1603. Six manuscript land grants on vellum, dealing with one specific feoffment in the coastal parish of Salthouse, in the Hundred of Holt, with dates ranging from the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. All text is in Latin. The lot stitched together by hand at left margin. Documents vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 30 x 4 cm, the largest measuring 25 x 11 cm. Some age-toning, otherwise in very good and original condition, exceedingly scarce as a sequential lot of documents recording the rights and conveyance of feudal land. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 until his death on 28 January 1547. Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. As such, these documents were made between the years 1509 and 1603. These documents span a century or so, and provide one family's history of inheritable land rights during Norfolk's feudal era. The name Robtus Bauman appears at the beginning of one of the documents. Hand stitched together to the left margins, all documents intact, the condition and completeness of the lot reveal the land's ownership and/or leasehold history over many generations. It also illustrates that this family appreciated the perdurable value of land rights. Sixteenth century land indentures are scarce survivors in any form. To find a sequential lot of related deeds, kept neatly and safely together for some three to four hundred years, is exceptionally uncommon and indeed invaluable to the history of its related ancestry and locality. . Manuscript.

$475.00

Manuscript Travel  Journal of Boston and New York City
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Manuscript Travel Journal of Boston and New York City

By Vice-Admiral George Henry Seymour

Boston, New York City, Albany, Niagara,Troy, 1953. Manuscript travel journal, 29 September - 13 October 1853, of Vice-Admiral Henry Seymour who made a cruise from Halifax to Boston for on a two-week sojourn in America, arriving in New York City just in time for the World Fair held in what is now Bryant Park, and also to visit McKay's shipbuilding yard in Boston when the world's largest clipper ship was being built. 8vo. 28 pages, plus 5 pages sailing itinerary of HMS Cumberland from 1851-1854, and manuscript heading inscribed to front endpaper. Maroon soft leather boards. Minor wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, a pleasing volume. Arriving in Boston 2 October 1853, and most certainly of great interest to him as a distinguished navigator of the high seas, he pays a visit to McKay's shipbuilding yard when the world's largest merchant clipper ship, the "Great Republic" was nearing completion. A steamer ferry takes him into the city where he settled at the upscale Revere Hotel, which only recently been constructed in 1847 at Bowdoin Square in the West End. [Fire would destroy the building in 1912.] His tour mentions several historical sites including Fort George, Fort Independence, and Bunker Hill Monument. He describes Boston Common, which only some twenty years prior, gained its park status and the grazing of cows was ended. He is quick to observe the granite architecture for which Boston is famed even still today. Paying visits to the politician and philanthropist Abbot Lawrence, as well as Mr. Grattan the English Consul, makes for a complete historical tour of Boston. To New York City by rail, the highlight here was most certainly a walking tour through the impressive Crystal Palace, during the 1853 Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, a grand event was held in what is now Bryant Park in Manhattan. Only five years later, on 5 October 1858 Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. He also enjoyed some shopping on Broadway, describing some undeveloped areas which are today a full metropolis. He stayed at the Union Place Hotel which had only opened in 1850. [In 1861, the deluxe French restaurant Maison Dorée was opened by Dominico Paretti in the building. In 1868 the Morton Brothers took over, changing the name to Morton House and adding buildings.] It was with Sir Edward Cunard Jr., son and heir of shipping magnate Samuel Cunard, that Seymour visited Staten Island, including a dinner at the grand Cunard Hall, which the family called "Westwood". Construction of the mansion was completed in 1852, although according to Seymour's account, evidently finishing touches were still underway in 1853. [Still standing today, it is by far the oldest building on Wagner College's Grymes Hill campus.] Seymour subsequently heads to West Point and was granted a tour of the military academy by British Consul, Thomas Barclay (1753-1830), providing a good description in the journal. From Boston he travelled by rail to Albany and Utica, then in an open carriage a journey to Trenton, New Jersey. By way of Rochester, he proceeds to Niagara Falls for a 2-day visit, most appreciating the Canadian side and the view from Table Rock. His first sighting of the Falls was from the suspension bridge - this being the very first foot-traffic only suspension bridge built by Charles Ellet, Jr. in 1848. [This temporary suspension foot bridge was made with a line laid by a kite. It was the first step in the vision of what would become the world's first working railway suspension bridge, Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge / Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge (1855-1897).] Seymour's walk on the foot suspension bridge precedes the construction of the first of the railway suspension bridge by approximately 18 months. Naturally, he stopped to view the prestigious Clifton House, a hotel built in 1833 by Hermanus (Monty) Crysler. [It began as a beautiful 60 room hotel, quickly became the most prominent hotel in Clifton, and so, expanded to 150 guest rooms. Guests often included the rich and famous, until it was destroyed by fire on 25 June 1898.. Manuscript.

$1250.00

Financial Account Archive of Construction Works of a Model Farm, Clements Farm, within the Brickendonbury Estate of Sir Edward Ernest Pearson, Built for Experimental Agricultural Farming, Raising Fine Studs and Cattle.
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Financial Account Archive of Construction Works of a Model Farm, Clements Farm, within the Brickendonbury Estate of Sir Edward Ernest Pearson, Built for Experimental Agricultural Farming, Raising Fine Studs and Cattle.

By Anon.

Brickendon in Hertfordshire, 1902. A voluminous financial account of the ambitious construction works of a model farm within the Brickendonbury Estate of Sir Edward Ernest Pearson, that being Clements Farm which was purpose-built for experimental agricultural farming, raising fine studs and cattle, comprising innumerable expense invoices, receipts and manuscript ledgers neatly preserved in a uniquely clever and chronological order. Sir Edward was part of the major civil engineering firm S. Pearson & Sons, and inherited the estate from his father George Pearson in 1902. Crown Folio, 73 pages numbered in manuscript, containing 339 expense entries neatly folded within consecutively numbered cover leafs mounted and annotated in manuscript, most of these leafs containing multiple receipts or billheads pertaining to one transaction and fastened together with a brass brad; some are a multiple page manuscript ledger of expenses. The large majority of the expenses span 18 months and form a complete financial archive from July 1902 to December 1903, with only some forty entries from 1904 to 1908. An immense volume measuring approximately 25 x 40 x 16 cm, quarter red leather over dark blue cloth, formerly titled in gilt to spine "Clements New Farm," with leather strap and buckle fastener to fore edge. Wear to binding, with substantial loss to spine, the titled portion of spine being retained and placed within the volume, otherwise internally in very good condition, a comprehensive and uniquely preserved archive of financial papers together forming a detailed chronology of land development and construction. Clements Farm was an unusual model farm built on the Brickendonbury Estate by Sir Edward Pearson, civil engineer, chairman of the highly reputed S. Pearson & Sons, and scientific farmer. As seen in his meticulous archive of receipts and financial record-keeping documents, constructing the farm was a massive undertaking of at least 18 months, and a large expense. He designed the farm for scientific farming, and excellent work in this realm was performed. The famous Dr Augustus Voelcker & Sons was commissioned for soil analysis studies. An intensive cultivation of arable crops was made. Fine stud of Shire horses were bred, as were first-class herds of both Dairy Shorthorn and Devon cattle. Following the death of Sir Edward in 1925, Clements Farm was put up to let and described as a beautiful model stud farm. Today it has Grade II listed building status.. Manuscript.

$1750.00

Two Albums Containing 146 Gelatin Silver Print Photographs, Capturing Remarkable Scenes of Chinese Civilians and Tradesmen, Taken by Émile Victor Bono, an Agent of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service. Accompanied  by 12 Manuscript Letters.
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Two Albums Containing 146 Gelatin Silver Print Photographs, Capturing Remarkable Scenes of Chinese Civilians and Tradesmen, Taken by Émile Victor Bono, an Agent of the Imperial Maritime Customs Service. Accompanied by 12 Manuscript Letters.

By Émile Victor Bono

Wuhu, Kiu Kiang [Jiujiang], circa 1903-1905, 1903. Two (2) albums of snapshot photographs capturing remarkable scenes of Chinese civilians and tradesmen in their daily life, taken by Émile Victor Bono, who was born in Chefoo [Yantai], and at the time was an agent of the Imperial Maritime Customs service, stationed at Wuhu on the Yangtze River. Accompanied by twelve (12) manuscript letters written by Bono and his fiancé from 1896 to 1906 as he prepared to bring her from Paris to get married in Kiu Kiang, and subsequently settle with him in Wuhu. All letters are in French. Together the albums contain 146 gelatin silver print photographs, some of which are initialed E.V.B. by the agent, neatly ensconced behind window mounts of various shapes, recto and verso onto thick cardstock leaves. Photographs vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 4 x 6 cm, and the largest measuring approximately 10 x 7 cm. Oblong 8vo. cloth boards, inscribed in manuscript to front "Wuhu" with the years and initials E.V.B. Volumes measure approximately 23 x 30 x 3 cm, Wear to album boards, slight fading to some photographs, otherwise in Very Good Condition. Émile Victor Bono, Esq. was born on 8 March 1873, in China, into an affluent family, his father being British Maritime Customs examiner at Kiu Kiang - Charles Victor Bono (1839-1900), his mother being a Chinese woman, who together had a home and business interests in Kiu Kiang [Jiujiang] Quite scarce and completely extempore, the album's photographs capture Chinese civilians in their daily routine and work, providing a most honest and engaging visual chronicle of Wuhu and village life along the Yangtze to the interior regions. . Photo.

$6000.00

Early Italian Meditation Manuscript in Original Binding Compiled by a Woman of Nobility.
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Early Italian Meditation Manuscript in Original Binding Compiled by a Woman of Nobility.

By Anon

[Italy], circa 1790 Manuscript deeds on vellum, entitled "Complesso delle Meditazioni estratte dai manoscritti di una Pia, e Noble Signora La di cui memoria sarà in benedizione." [Compilation of Meditations taken from the Mmanuscripts of a Devout and Noble Lady Whose Memory will be Blessed.], delineating boundaries between the fens in the parishes of Helpringham, Swayton [Swaton], and Donington. With a small paper clipping loosely inserted, being a brief Latin text referring to a work from the year 1781 found in the parochial church of San Marie Majoris [Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore] in Rome. 8vo. 80 pages in manuscript including title page, an elegant presentation with wide margins and text ruled in ink by the writer. Half calf over glazed paper boards, paper label to spine with manuscript armorial drawing and initials. Volume measures approximately 15 x 20,5 cm. Minor loss to upper spine and front board, otherwise in very good condition, a solid and lovely early Italian binding, beautifully preserved, clean and bright internally, with a contemplative work of spirituality uncommon for its attribution to a female of nobility. [The terms "Signore" and "Signora" were formerly signified landed nobility, being translations of "Lord" and "Lady." They were used also in the military hierarchy and for persons in official positions or for members of a society's elite.] The volume begins with a short devotion by Thomas à Kempis, CRSA (c. 1380 - 1471), a German-Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of "The Imitation of Christ", one of the most popular and best known Christian books on devotion.. Manuscript.

$750.00

Manuscript History Concerning the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, Drawing from the Work of Reformer and Author Johann Zschokke: "Neuere Geschichte vom Beginn der kirchlichen Trennung 1519 bis auf die heutigen Tage. Auszug aus Zschokke, 1833-34.
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Manuscript History Concerning the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland, Drawing from the Work of Reformer and Author Johann Zschokke: "Neuere Geschichte vom Beginn der kirchlichen Trennung 1519 bis auf die heutigen Tage. Auszug aus Zschokke, 1833-34.

By Johann Zschokke

1833. Manuscript of religious interest, concerning the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland and drawing strictly from the work of reformer and author Johann Zschokke. Manuscript entitled, "Neuere Geschichte vom Beginn der kirchlichen Trennung 1519 bis auf die heutigen Tage. Auszug aus Zschokke. 1833-34." [Recent History from the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Separation 1519 to the Present Day. Short Excerpt from Zschokke. 1833-1834.] The writer only identifies himself as "Bernhard" on the title page. Text is in German, in a fine hand. 8vo. 129 pages, plus title page. Brown continental boards. Volume measures approximately 12 x 18 cm. Slight wear to boards at extremities, otherwise in very good condition, internally very crisp and bright, a beautifully preserved document. Zschokke is widely remembered for writings of history and fiction. As the present volume transcribes from a religious treatise, it preserves parts of a little-known and more scarce work, while also providing insight into his perspective as a religious reformer. The present volume contains highlights from Zschokke's history of Switzerland during the religious reformation era, a subject of great importance to him as a Protestant reformer himself.. Manuscript.

$975.00

Manuscript Lecture Notes on Ancient Civilizaions from the Teachings of Professor Marc Petit de Baroncourt, Collège Bourbon, La Réunion, 1842-45.
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Manuscript Lecture Notes on Ancient Civilizaions from the Teachings of Professor Marc Petit de Baroncourt, Collège Bourbon, La Réunion, 1842-45.

By Maurice de Vernouillet

Saint-Denis, La Réunion, 1842-1845, 1842. "Histoire Ancienne. Histoire du Moyen Age." [Ancient History. Middle Ages.] Manuscript history of the world from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, being lecture notes written by Maurice de Vernouillet, at the time a pupil of history professor Marc Petit de Baroncourt at the Collège de Bourbon, on the island of Réunion, east of Madagascar. Text is in French. 8vo. 2 volumes, 274, 294 pages, plus title pages to each volume. Bound uniformly in black calf over blue marbles boards, gilt title and tooling to spines. Volumes vary slightly in size, the first measuring approximately 17,5 x 21,5 cm, the second 15,5 x 19,5 cm. Minor wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, a content-rich work in a fine hand. The origin of these works, Réunion Island, is revealed on the title pages of the second volume, by noting the professor's name, Monsieur [Marc] Petit de Baroncourt, who in 1841 became Professeur agrégé d'histoire au collège de Bourbon [Associate Professor of History at Bourbon College (in 1841)]. Born in Étain, Meuse, De Baroncourt was also a historical writer, beginning with an abridged history of the Middle Ages. The National Library of France holds at least one letter and one book by him. The student and writer is presumably Augustin "Maurice" Marchant de Vernouillet, born 18 April 1829 in Paris, who would later become a Resident Secretary in Madrid, holding the title of "Ministre plénipotentiaire de 1° classe" [a diplomat of ambassador usually with full power over a foreign land]. These volumes provide a rare opportunity to possess and examine the teachings of a notable French professor of the Collège Bourbon, on Isle Bourbon, today called La Réunion, where slavery was still ongoing, as was French colonisation.. Manuscript.

$1250.00

Private Manuscript Telegraph Letter from Governor of Hong Kong, Sir George William Des Voeux, to Colonial Administrator Sir William MacGregor. Together with a Manuscript Decipherment, and a Signed Letter from Sir Henry Wylie Norman.
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Private Manuscript Telegraph Letter from Governor of Hong Kong, Sir George William Des Voeux, to Colonial Administrator Sir William MacGregor. Together with a Manuscript Decipherment, and a Signed Letter from Sir Henry Wylie Norman.

By Sir George William Des Voeux

Hong Kong, 1889. Manuscript telegraph letter sent from Governor of Hong Kong Sir George William Des Voeux, in cipher, to Colonial Administrator Sir William MacGregor, which offers to the post of Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong, on the same day which Colonial Secretary Frederick Stewart died. Together with a manuscript decipherment, and a signed letter from the decipherer of the message, Sir Henry Wylie Norman, Governor of Queensland. 8vo. Single-leaf telegraph on the stationery of the Telegraph Office Queensland completed in manuscript and dated 29 September 1889; Double leaf manuscript letter on the stationery of the Queensland Government House Brisbane dated 1 October 1889; hand trimmed manuscript note measuring approximately 17,5 x 11,5 cm. All three documents fastened together with a brass pin. Some creasing, minor wear at folds, otherwise in very good condition, a fascinating disclosure of of Hong Kong administrative history perhaps previously unknown to anyone but the parties involved. This is a little-known and private correspondence, concealed for delivery with a colonial cipher language, between two important colonial administrators, concerning the title of Colonial Secretary of Hong Kong. A telegraph from Hong Kong reveals that an offer was made to MacGregor to work in China in 1889. The sender does not reveal himself, and the message in written in code, however a contemporary manuscript decipherment fastened with a brass brad discloses the contents. Sir George William Des Voeux, Governor of Hong Kong is the sender. Des Voeux knew MacGregor well from his time as Governor of Fiji from 1880-1885, during which period he worked with MacGregor who was Treasurer then Colonial Secretary of Fiji.. Manuscript.

$800.00

Manuscript Memoire, in French, with Signed Dedication on the Life and Works of J.B.G. Gaspard Belhomme, Curator of the Departmental Archives of Haute Garonn.
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Manuscript Memoire, in French, with Signed Dedication on the Life and Works of J.B.G. Gaspard Belhomme, Curator of the Departmental Archives of Haute Garonn.

By Henri Reynis

[Béziers], 1860. Manuscript Memoire entitled: "Notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de J.B.G. Gaspard Belhomme, Conservateur des Archives Départementales de la Hte. Garonne, Membre de l'Académie des Sciences et de la Société Archéologique de Toulouse; Correspondant du Ministre de l'Instruction Publique; par l'abbé Henri Reynis." [Notice on the life and works of J.B.G. Gaspard Belhomme, Curator of the Departmental Archives of Haute Garonne, Member of the Academy of Sciences and the Archaeological Society of Toulouse; Correspondent of the Minister of Public Instruction; by Henry Reynis] 8vo. 69 pages in manuscript, plus title page, half title, dedication to Belhomme's widow, and a preface signed by the author. All text is in French. Original brown cloth boards, gilt title and four raised bands to spine, white satin endpapers, gilt tooled turn-ins. Volume measures approximately 14 x 21,5 cm. Very slight wear to boards mainly at extremities, otherwise in very good condition, clean and bright internally, a lovely memoire in a fine hand. . Manuscript.

$375.00

Manuscript Accounts Ledger Kept by Scottish Farmer Daniel Collyer, Concerning a Sizeable Historical Farming Estate upon which Today Stands the Old Cormiston Farm Cottage.

By Collyer - Farming

Biggar, Cormiston [South Lanarkshire, Scotland], 1810. Manuscript accounts ledger kept by Scottish farmer Daniel Collyer, Esq., (1776-1824), and subsequently continued by his widow Elizabeth, concerning a sizeable historical farming estate upon which today stands the old Cormiston Farm Cottage, providing a very detailed record of the setup, daily undertakings, and commerce of an early nineteenth century farmstead. Folio. 317 pages in manuscript, watermarked leafs, with a rough manuscript plan of the farm drawn on the front endpaper, and a second more detailed plan drawn on a separate leaf loosely placed within. Green boards representative, simple red label to spine, original marbled endpapers. In a patented account book made by John Williams of London, stationer to the Royal family, with original bookbinder's label to front pastedown, dated 1806. Front board bowing, partial separation at front hinge, otherwise in very good condition, binding remaining firm, interior crisp and clean, a very thorough record of early Scottish farming practices and rural life. This volume is replete with detail, a treasury of information, not only about the Collyer family connection to historic Cormiston, but also about local activities including trade, market fairs, social interests, nineteenth century households and the workings of Scottish farming practices. On the lands described herein, there still stands today an old farmhouse, now operating as a family run bed and breakfast called "Cormiston Farm Cottage" [Biggar ML12 6NS, some 2 miles from the town of Biggar]. The farmhouse was built in the 1790's and is still retains many of the original Georgian and Victorian features. The house and large Georgian steading to the rear are B Listed (Grade II) by Historic Scotland, identified by the Canmore National Record of Historic Environment as "Cormiston Towers Farm" ID number 47484, site number NS93NE 29.. Manuscript.

$975.00

Manuscript Diary of a German Soldier, Arno Bernhardi, Written While Serving in China with the 1st East Asia Infantry Regiment of the German Imperial Army; Featuring War Interest and Maps.
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Manuscript Diary of a German Soldier, Arno Bernhardi, Written While Serving in China with the 1st East Asia Infantry Regiment of the German Imperial Army; Featuring War Interest and Maps.

By Arno Bernhardi, German Soldier

Kiautschou Bay, Syfang [former district in Qingdao, 1904. Manuscript diary written by German soldier Arno Bernhardi whilst serving in China with the 1st East Asia Infantry Regiment of the German Imperial Army, featuring 2 in-text hand coloured manuscript drawings protected with tipped-in tissue guards, 1 original albumen photograph of a funeral, 1 printed map of Port Arthur, 1 large map printed showing the Russo-Japanese War theatre, 2 ephemeral documents (menus) placed in purpose-made tipped-in envelopes, and clippings from German newspapers printed in China. All text is in German. 8vo. 81 pages in a meticulous hand, including a Table of Contents. Paginated by the author, this volume begins part-way into the diary at page numbers 19. Lacking the first 18 pages, nonetheless providing much detail. Black cloth over blue continental boards. Some leafs separating at hinge, wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, an uncommon primary source account of early German presence in China. Being in close proximity to the major operations of the Russo-Japanese War which had just broke out in February 1904, private Bernhardi was situated directly east across the Yellow Sea from Korea and Japan, also just south across the Bohai Sea, in south Shandong province. He conveys his perspectives on the war, making for an uncommon and interesting contemporary chronicle from a military point of view. He also describes daily events occurring in the area, and includes a large map of the full expanse of the Russo-Japanese War. A second map shows Port Arthur [Lüshun City] in the Lüshunkou District, where a naval base was leased to Russia by China. Both maps are annotated in manuscript by the soldier, with important contemporary references. [After negotiations broke down in 1904, the Japanese Navy opened hostilities by attacking the Russian Eastern Fleet at Port Arthur, China, in a surprise attack.]. Manuscript.

$2800.00

Album of Autographs from First Geneva Meeting Attendees, Containing 34 Original Signatures of the Founding League of Nations Members Icuding China's Wellington Koo.
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Album of Autographs from First Geneva Meeting Attendees, Containing 34 Original Signatures of the Founding League of Nations Members Icuding China's Wellington Koo.

By Anon.

Geneva, 1920. Album containing 34 original signatures of the founding League of Nations members, each being an attendee of the very first assembly held by the organization, prefaced with a French annotation by the person who collected the autographs. 8vo. album, red calf boards, gilt-edged leafs, original blue marbled endpapers. Autographs are penned onto 5 pages, recto and verso of 3 leafs. Wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, an impressive collection of notable signatures memorializing a significant historical world peace event. A superb and singular commemoration of the first meeting held by the first global organization intent on maintaining world peace - Several notable signatures are found together here - including Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo!. Manuscript.

$4850.00

Archive of Firsthand Contemporary Documents Concerning the Escape of Slatin Pasha, Who Was Held Prisoner and Enchained for 11 Years by the Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad and His Successor.
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Archive of Firsthand Contemporary Documents Concerning the Escape of Slatin Pasha, Who Was Held Prisoner and Enchained for 11 Years by the Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad and His Successor.

By Sudan

Archive of firsthand contemporary documents concerning the escape of Slatin Pasha (Major-General Rudolf Anton Carl Freiherr von Slatin), who was held prisoner and enchained for 11 long years by the Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad and his successor. The lot gathered by General Sir Wingate of the Egyptian Intelligence Department, who facilitated the escape and assisted on the perilous three-week, 1000 km journey across the Nubian desert to Aswan, Egypt. "Probably the most famous European in the history of the Sudan, this Austrian survived as a captive of the Mahdi from 1883 until his escape to Egypt in 1895. His knowledge of the Sudan and its people was unrivalled and after the re-conquest he was appointed Inspector-General, second in authority only to the Governor-General, Reginald Wingate, of whom he was a great personal friend." The archive includes the following: - Arabic Manuscript presumed to be written by Slatin Pasha. 8vo. 1 page on thick handmade paper, 16cm x 25cm. Any writing by Slatin Pasha in Arabic is exceedingly scarce. - Slatin Pasha's first published account of his captivity and escape in Sudan, in three consecutive 'Special Edition' issues of London's Pall Mall Gazette newspapers, which precedes his book "Fire and Sword in the Soudan" by one year.. Manuscript.

$975.00

Manuscript Midshipman's Journal With 25 Drawings, Involving Two Pre-Dreadnought Battleships of the Royal Navy Home Fleet.
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Manuscript Midshipman's Journal With 25 Drawings, Involving Two Pre-Dreadnought Battleships of the Royal Navy Home Fleet.

By W.S.F. Macleod,

United Kingdom, Denmark, March 1907 - July 1908. Manuscript midshipman's journal spanning fifteen months and involving two pre-dreadnought battleships of the Royal Navy Home Fleet, made by W.S.F. Macleod whose detailed logs are profuse, drawings numerous and impeccable, and daily entries center on naval duties and armament. 8vo. 164 pages, plus 25 manuscript drawings tipped-in. Brown cloth over marbled boards. Original bookbinder's label to front pastedown (Knight & Co., Fleet Street, London). Volume measures approximately 21 x 32 cm. Wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, internally crisp and clean, a pleasing and beautifully illustrated volume. It is no surprise, with a volume as meticulous as this, that Macleod enjoyed naval work and continued a long career at sea. With the rank of Captain, W.S.F. Macleod, R.N., O.B.E., transferred to the Australian Navy in 1933 as Commanding Officer of the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia. He was attached to this ship for two years, from March or April 1933 until at least end of February 1935 when it was flying the standard of H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester. Further research is warranted to learn more of his naval appointments. Superlative manuscript drawings of naval instrumentation, armament, ship plans showing every deck, mine fields, naval yard plans and nautical maps, together with a highly detailed daily log of exercises and tasks, this volume provides a most pleasing and thorough illustrated record of the British Empire's leading turn-of-the-century marine training program.. Manuscript.

$1750.00

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