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    Map of Otsikwake or Black Lake, St. Lawrenc County New York by HAZLETON, H.L. [Manuscript map]

    Map. Pen and ink with watercolor. Image measures 13 x 23" This pen and ink map of Black Lake in New York State was likely produced in the mid-19th century by a student or apprentice as training in geography, drafting, and penmanship. The lake, otherwise known at Otsikwake, is located in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border. Significant locales are labeled in a fashion redolent of printed maps of the period, yet the idiosyncratic handwriting of the mapmaker gives the map a more artistic quality. The blue wash of watercolor that colors the lake adds to the map's aesthetic qualities. The map is drawn on two pieces of paper glued together, with some red markings at the seam. It has some wrinkles and folds consistent with its hand-drawn format. Manuscript map-making was a useful educational tool in the 19th century, a period of imperialism and increased world trade in which geography grew significantly as a field of study. In the United States and northwestern Europe, reform movements that sought to improve the quality and accessibility of childhood education pushed for the inclusion of geography in school curricula. One common method of teaching was the making of manuscript maps. Working from wall maps, globes, and atlases, students were made to meticulously hand-reproduce maps in pen and ink and with watercolor. Such exercises not only provided a way to review and retain geographical knowledge, but they also functioned as training in penmanship, calligraphy, and drafting. Today, these idiosyncratic projects offer a glimpse into the way 19th-century youth engaged with the world around them.


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    LETTERS FROM THE LATE REV. WILLIAM ROMAINE, M.A. Rector of St. Andrew Wardrobe, and St. Ann Black Friars; and Lecturer of St. Dunstan's in the West, To a Friend on the Most Important Subjects, during a correspondence of twenty years. Published from the original manuscripts, by Thomas Wills, A. B. Minister of Silver Street Chapel, and formerly of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. by Romaine William 1714-95

    New Brunswick, N.J: Reprinted by Ambrose Walker for Richard Scott, Bookseller and Stationer, Pearl-Street, New York, 1809. Later edition. c.1795. Full tree calf, red spine title and 7 gilt bands. 12mo. pp. [2] blank, 240, [2] blank. Very Good. Cap and corner wear with edges lightly rubbed; foxing starting internally with quill owner and one notation. Fifty-one letters from December 1762 through May 1782 with Postcript and A Sermon, by the late Reverend William Romaine, M.A. on Jeremiah 8:22 (pp.211-240)..


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    The Unknown Turner: Revelations Concerning the Life and Art of J. M. W. Turner, with an Account of the Discovery of His Hidden Signatures and Dates and the Publication of the Only Known Original Manuscript of Any of His Sketching Tours by Anderson, John

    New York: Privately Printed, 1926. unnumbered copy from the limited edition. Hardcover. VG, light wear and fading to cover,. Navy cloth, gilt lettering, t. e. g., clear plastic DJ. 154 pp. Chapters addressed in this book include The Man Turner; The Art of Turner; A Discovery and Its Aftermath; Turner's Drawings and Sketches; Itinerary of Turner's Travels; Facts and Deductions; Turner's Handwriting; Turner's Hidden Signatures; Turner's Hidden Dates; Interesting Items in the Collection; London Views; By Way of Comment; Turner's Sketching Tour of 1839; and Index of Names. This copy bears the signature of Herbert A. Kende (Kende Galleries, NYC) and the ownership stamp of Arnold Lehman, and has some bw photographs laid in, including one of the authors' wife holding his book while seated ona couch.


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    Praal Ernst & Emotie. De wereld van het Franse middeleeuwse handschrift. by KORTEWEG, A.S

    Very Good. Zwolle, Waanders, 2002. 224pp. 180 coloured illustrations with extesive description, justification, glossary, bibliography, indices. Very fine copy. Cloth. Dustjacket. .


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    The South Sea Islanders and the Queensland Labour Trade by WAWN, William T

    London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co, 1893. Tall octavo, frontispiece and four maps, numerous plates and illustrations, bookplate, early owner's name on endpaper; a fine copy in original blue cloth, gilt, very light bumping at extremities of spine. First edition of the author's only book. A lengthy, sometimes self-aggrandizing, attempt to justify the displacement of the "Kanakas" to work in the plantations of Northern Queensland, on the grounds that they were a "class of labourers better able to endure the climate than Europeans, as well as to work at a cheaper rate".Wawn had been involved in the trade since its inception in 1875, after five years trading, salvaging and beach-combing among the islands of the western Pacific. Here, Wawn is complacent about the implications of the trade, as can be seen in his incendiary dedication to the pioneers and sugar-planters of Queensland, "Basely Betrayed, and Unscrupulously Sacrificed to the Greed of the Political Place-hunter and the Howling Ignorance which follows in his train…". Peter Corris has written of Wawn and his book: "Something of a misanthropist, Wawn was intensely critical of his fellow Europeans, and never concealed his disapproval of the manners of the Pacific islands people but he did not deny their intelligence and resourcefulness. His book, The South Sea Islanders and the Queensland Labour Trade, is a valuable, sensitive and subtle account of the nature of the trade" (ADB).Wawn's original manuscript was lost on the wreck of the Quetta in 1890, forcing him to re-write and update the work as here. A mollifying preface by the editors is evidence of mounting political pressure in England regarding the trade; they comment that they have chosen to concentrate on the narrative and practical aspects of the work, deputing W. Delisle Hay with the task of editing the book for publication.


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    Recollections of Occurrences. Some Eighteenth Century Theatrical Memoirs. Limited Edition of 300 Copies Only by Snagg (Or Snagge) Thomas

    London: The Dropmore Press. Very Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. 1951. 1st and Limited Edition of 300 copies only. Hardcover. This edition, printed on cream wove hand made paper and bound in full green buckram in the London Craft Bindery of W. H. Smith & Son, is limited to 300 copies. This copy is number 204 of an edition of 300 copies only. The dustwrapper (now protected now in a new protective clear - removable - bookfilm plastic cover and looks Near Very Good) is NOT price-clipped, but is very lightly edge-chipped with a 'sunned' spine and edge browned, but overall 99% complete, clear and bright. First Edition, First printing - the Original manuscript having been "preserved by Snagg's descendants". This copy shows signs of a label/? Bookplate having been removed from the front pastedown and a couple of 'invisible' blind stamps, but NO Inscriptions or marks, and in Very Good, Clean, Tight condition. Some Eighteenth Century Theatrical Memoirs by Thomas Snagg with an Introduction by Harold Hobson and Wood Engravings by Kenneth Hunter. Thomas Snagge was born in 1746, a member of an old and prosperous family. Early in youth he departed from the family traditions becoming an actor, possessed of 'an infatuation with the stage'. He played with Garrick at Drury Lane and later with great success in Dublin. This narrative of his experiences thows light on the theatre of his time, and on the personality of the writer. Overall An Excellent copy. See Images; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall, .


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    1568 Cosmographia A Knight Beheading a Prisoner & Matthias Corvinus on Coinage by Sebastian Münster

    Original Manuscript of a Knight beheading a prisoner 1568 Leaf from Sebastian Münster 'De La Cosmographie Universelle' (Cosmographia ) Printed at Basel in 1568 in the French Language. Written by Sebastian Münster. 8.5 X 11.25 Tall pages numbered 1093 & 1094 Woodcut depicts a Knight beheading a Prisoner. Could be Ladislaus Hunyadi beheaded by Ladislaus V of Hungary Public Execution. Reverse on 1094 has woodcut of Matthias Corvinus on coinage Marriage & death of King Ladislaus King Matthias of Hungary outside the line of genealogy Vladislaus King of Hungary Condition: Very Good to Fine, edges darker, corner chiped. Reverse on 1094 has woodcut of Matthias Corvinus on coinage with inscription 'Mathias Rex Hvngaria Bohemie Dalmatiae' Cosmographia is the earliest German description of the world. The Cosmographia was one of the most successful and popular books of the 16th century. It passed through 24 editions in 100 years.This success was due to the fascinating woodcuts (some by Hans Holbein the Younger, Urs Graf, Hans Rudolph Manuel Deutsch, and David Kandel). It was most important in reviving geography in 16th century Europe. The last German edition was published in 1628, long after Sebastian Münster's death.


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    John Knatchbull. by RODERICK, COLIN

    (Sydney), Angus & Robertson, (1963).. 8vo; pp. (x), 278; endpapers, 16 pages of b/w. plates, references, bibliography, index; original cloth, damaged dustjacket; adhesive marks; otherwise a very good copy.


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    Asbab al-nuzul , early Arabic manuscript on the occasions of Quranic revelation dated 689 H., 1290 AD. ( أسباب النزول للواحدي) by by Ali ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi (d. 1075 AD.)

    Early Arabic manuscript possibly copied in Yemen, dated 689 H., 1290 AD. complete copy in 200 p. of one of the earliest works on this subject. In red morocco ornamented full leather binding, 17th or 18th C. The manuscript is in mint condition. The earliest and the most important work in this genre is undoubtedly Kitab asbab al-Nuzul ("Book of occasions of revelation") of Ali ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi (d. 1075 CE). al-Wahidi mentions occasions of about 570 verses out of 6236 verses of the Quran. Wahidi's work is not only the first attempt to collect all the material regarding the occasions of revelation in one single volume, but it is also the standard upon which all subsequent works were based. al-Wahidi was born in the city of Nishapur and he died there at an advanced age. He was a poet, philologist, grammarian and Quranic commentator. In fact, He was considered a great commentator of the Quran of his time. His main teacher was the famous Quranic commentator al-Thalabi (d. 1036 CE) and Wahidi seems to have enjoyed the support of the Seljuk vizier Nizam al- Mulk. No asbāb works from earlier than the 11th century are known, and it is unlikely that this genre of exegetical literature existed before then. Though there is a section titled Nuzūl al-Qur'ān in Ibn al- Nadim's 10th-century bibliographical catalog Kitāb al-Fihrist (including one Nuzūl al-Qur'ān attributed to the semi-legendary Ibn 'Abbas as transmitted through....


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    NLT Gospel of Mark by St. Mark

    The Scottish Bible Society is pleased to announce the launch of Mark's Gospel in the New Living Translation (British text edition). The New Living Translation is a new translation which combines readability with faithful adherence to the original manuscripts


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    The life of Edward Earl of Clarendon Lord High Chancellor of England [] EDITION ORIGINALE by CLARENDON EARL OF Edward

    Oxford: At the Clarendon Printing House, 1759. Fine. At the Clarendon Printing House, Oxford 1759, 3 tomes en 3 Vol. in 8 (11,5x19,5cm), relié. - First edition, published at the same time as publishing in a volume in folio, without being able to determine which is the first. Rare.Plein speckled calf and icy contemporary. English binding. Spine ribbed ornate. Part of title in red morocco and volume number in black morocco. Head cover of Volume II slightly threadbare, that of Volume III with gaps, same tail of Volume II but a severe shortage; the tail of Volume III brittle with small gaps. 6 corners bumped. Frottements.The life of Edward Earl of Clarendon, Containing I. An account of the chancellor's life from His birth to the Restoration in 1660 II. A continuation of the fame, and of His history of the Great Rebellion, from the Restoration to His banishment in 1667, Written by Himself. Printed from His original manuscripts Given To the university of Oxford by the Heirs of the late Earl of Clarendon. Man influential state under Charles 1 and under Charles II he joined, he became Chancellor of England during the Restoration, but unpopular measures, a rigid virtue which displeased the king took him to banishment. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale, parue dans le même temps que l'édition en un volume in Folio, sans qu'on puisse déterminer laquelle est la première. Rare. Reliure en plein veau moucheté et glacé d'époque. Reliure anglaise. Dos à nerfs richement orné. Pièce de titre en maroquin rouge et de tomaison en maroquin noir. Coiffe de tête du tome II légèrement élimée, celle du tome III avec des manques, idem en queue du tome II mais un manque plus sévère ; celle en queue du tome III fragile avec de petits manques. 6 coins émoussés. Frottements. The life of Edward earl of Clarendon, containing I. An account of the chancellor's life from his birth to the Restoration in 1660. II. A continuation of the fame, and of his history of the Grand Rebellion, from the Restoration to his banishment in 1667. Written by himself. Printed from his original manuscripts given to the university of Oxford by the Heirs of the late Earl of Clarendon. Homme d'état influent sous Charles 1er puis sous Charles II qu'il rejoignit, il devint chancellier d'Angleterre sous la Restauration, mais des mesures impopulaires, une vertu rigide qui déplut au roi le conduisirent au bannissement.


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    Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, Dictated by the Emperor at Saint Helena to the Generals who Shared his Captivity; and Published From the Original Manuscripts Corrected by Himself...[and] Historical Miscellanies. by Bonaparte, Napoleon

    Seven vols. London: Printed for Henry Colburn and Co. and Martin Bossange and Co., 1823. Seven vols., 8vo., [xvi], 408; viii, [1]-395; [xvi], [1]-423; viii, [1]-483, [1 errata]; [viii], 377; viii, [1]-471; [x], [1]-389 pp., 18 fold-out plates, five of which are used as frontispieces. Contemporary half green calf roll-tooled in gilt, marbled paper boards, backstrip with four raised bands decorated in gilt, lettered in gilt, with blind and gilt stamped decorations to panels, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers with binder’s stamp “R. Storr” to lower pastedown. Boards are a bit rubbed with some chipping at edges and bumps to corners, volume two has a large chunk of the upper board’s paper torn away; otherwise good, a handsome set complete with plates; very good. Second edition. Plates include detailed maps, charts, campaigns, battle plans, naval action, attacks, Theaters of the War, and several facsimile manuscripts.


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    The Illuminated Manuscript by Backhouse, Janet

    Oxford: Phaidon Press. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1979. Hardcover. 0714819697 . An edition in Very Good+ condition, somewhat worn from use, in a price-clipped Very Good dust-jacket with most wear mainly from scuffing .


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    Elementa Matheseos tumultuario Studio concinnata ac suis Studentibus tradita by MODESTO, A. R. P. A MTE

    circa. 1700.. [Manuscript]. 1/2 Vellum. Very Good. 4to (24 x 17 cm). Half vellum on marble boards. 92 numered pages (duplicates of page no., 74 and 75, as Addendum to the Arithmetic section.) All pages are in Latin script with 3 in text tables, 3 folding tables at end and 4 folding plates containing 18 figures. The figures have red wash for shading. The title page is in red and black ink. The text is written in a fine legible hand. The title translates loosely as "Elementary Mathematics - An improved and carefully arranged course for intense study and delivery to students." (Loose translation) The text is divided into sections on Arithmetic and Geometry. Each section has an introduction, history, presentation, object, and divisions. These paragraphs are followed either by propositions (Arithmetic section) or Addenda on separate topics, such as conics, parabola, etc. (Geometric section). The Arithmetic section is longest with 74 p. plus 2 addenda pages. The detail information in the Geometry sections leads to practical problem solving for surveying. We could find no record of publication or for the author of this manuscript. We have not found any published reference for this work. This is an original work used in teaching students, most likely at a Capuchin monastery in the 17th and early 18th centuries. This is a very scarce and fine example of early teaching of two major branches of mathematics, Arithmetic and Geometry.


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    Manuscript on paper, entitled from the red leather label on the upper cover "Conditorei von Anna Wild." Written in a very legible hand. 2 p.l., 159, [4], 160-387 pp. 4to (215 x 175 mm.), cont. half-sheep & marbled boards, red leather title piece on upper cover by WILD, Anna

    [Munich: 1810-20?]. A most interesting and substantial cookbook written in a neat and regular cursive script. It is not a simple accumulation of recipes without arrangement but a series of recipes systematically arranged according to materials and cooking techniques. The manuscript is a fair copy without correction; we have however been unable to trace a printed edition. While the selection of recipes does somewhat correspond to the Baierisches National-Kochbuch published at Munich in 1824, the wording in the printed edition is very different. It is possible that our manuscript served as a source of the above-mentioned Bavarian national cookbook. It seems likely the author is Maria Anna Wild, daughter of a Munich innkeeper. According to the obituaries in the Königlich Bayerischer Polizey-Anzeiger von München of 1827, p. 112, she was born about 1776 and died in 1827. This manuscript cookbook is divided into two parts, each subdivided into four sections with hundreds of recipes. There are a large number of chapters regarding confectionery of all sorts, preparing fruit preserves according to the seasons, plain and fancy cakes, biscuits, gingerbread, ices, sundry creams, chocolate, fruit wines, pies, etc., etc. It is a treasure trove of fine Bavarian cuisine of the early 19th century. Fine condition.


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    The Writings of Mark Twain, Autograph Edition (25 volumes) by Twain, Mark (Samuel L. [Langhorne] Clemens)

    Hartford, Conn: The American Publishing Company Complete in 25 volumes. Published from 1899 to 1907, with all but the last five volumes in the first year. Volumes XXIV and XXV were actually published by Harper, though maintaining The American Publishing Company imprint. Limited edition of 512 copies, with 500 being numbered, and 12 lettered copies reserved for the author. This set is letter "B." Volume I is signed "S. L. Clemens / (Mark Twain)," and is also signed at the end of the introductory critical essay by writer Brander Matthews. A Short manuscript letter signed is laid in on Hotel Earlington letterhead addressed to "Bliss" and assumed to be Frank Bliss of The American Publishing Company and the driving force behind the production of this first "Writings." In the letter, Clemens discusses his desire to "present a nice set to Mrs. Clemens brother, Gen. Langhorne." Volume III (A Tramp Abroad, Pt. I), includes an original manuscript leaf in the hand of Clemens and with some corrections, from this title. Volume X (The Gilded Age, Pt. I) is signed in pencil by co-author Chas. [Charles] Dudley Warner, on the limitation page, and includes three original manuscript leaves laid in; two in the hands of Clemens, and one in the hand of Warner. Signed by at least 17 illustrators, including Peter Newell; T. de Thulstrup; Frederick Dielman; E. West Clinedinst; E. H. Garrett; J. G. Brown; Karl Gerhardt; Charles Noel Flagg; E. W. Kemble; F. M. Senior; Frank T. Merrill; Dan Beard; Frank V. DuMond; F. D. Opper; J. Allen St. John; C. D. Weldon; and F. Luis Mora. Original deep burgundy Moroccan leather covers with the first 21 bound and tagged by Haddon & Co. Binders. Although XXII and XXIII are perfectly matched, they do not show the Haddon tag. Volumes XXIV and XXV, are near perfectly matched, though the texture of the leather is slightly pebbled. Raised spine bands divide spines into six compartments. Gilt ruled decoration and lettering, with more elaborate ruling outlining the inside edges of the covers. Top edges are gilded, and others remain un-cut. Most of contents remain un-opened, and that which has been, was done very skillfully. Marbled end leaves. Set title page emblem in each volume designed by Tiffany and Company, and engraved by W. H. W. Bicknel. Lacking plate that is called for adjacent to page 242, "The King," in Volume XVI (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), though there is no appearance that this was ever bound in. All other plates are collated and present. This set has been expertly and beautifully restored by Jack Papuchyan of Papuchyan Bindery (H & H Book Services) in Glendale, CA. Volumes I, II, IV, VIII, XI, and XIII have been rebacked, though retain original covers. There is a very slight granular effect to these spine covers. Scattered scuffs, rubs, and other light damage to covers have been repaired. All covers are completely original. All volumes are tight, and save for a couple of very light smudges on the front free end leaf of Volume I, the contents remain in Fine condition. Although the numbered sets are seen occasionally on the market, as of May, 2017, there are no lettered editions available, nor are any lettered editions seen in auction records reviewed for the past 100 years. . Signed by the Author and Others. First Edition, Thus. Full Leather. Very Good+ - Near Fine/No Dust Jacket.


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    Mes inscripcions journal intime (1780-1787) EDITION ORIGINALE by RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE Nicolas-Edme

    Paris: Plon, 1889. Fine. Plon, Paris 1889, 10,5x17cm, relié. - First edition published from the original manuscript and printed in small numbers on rod. Publisher's Full binding flexible cardboard red, flat spine decorated with nets cold frames cold on the boards, a small stain on the front cover, nice interior state. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale publiée d'après le manuscrit autographe et imprimée à petit nombre sur vergé. Reliure de l'éditeur en plein cartonnage souple rouge, dos lisse orné de filets à froid, encadrements à froid sur les plats, une petite tache sur le premier plat, agréable état intérieur.


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    Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon Dictated by the Emperor Himself at Saint Helena... Four volume set by Napoleon I [Bonaparte]; Gourgaud, General

    London: Henry Colburn & Co. and Martin Bossange & Co. G : in Good condition without dust jackets. Boards with minor wear to spine ends and light marking to boards. Very occasional light foxing and offsetting. Some pages uncut. 1823. Second Edition. Quarter cloth spine on grey boards. 230mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). viii, 395pp; viii, 408pp; xiii, 423pp; viii, 483pp. Volume I: two folding facsimile manuscripts and four maps bound in to rear; volume II: folding facsimile letter and four maps bound in to rear; volume IV facsimile letter bound into front (two folding plates). ...and Published from the Original Manuscripts Corrected by Himself. Published 1823-1824 (stated second edition). .


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    MEMOIRS OF JEANNE D'ARC Surnamed La Pucelle D'Orleans; with the History of Her Times by [IRELAND, William Henry (editor)]

    London: ( J. Moyes for) Robert Triphook, 1824. 1/2 Leather. Very good in no dust jacket as issued. In two volumes. 8vo. 7 3/4 in (19.5 cm) tall; clxii 239, cccxix 144 p. Pagination attributed to unplanned expansion to two volumes. Half brown morocco with marbled-paper sides; gilt lettered, decorated and ruled spine with gilt ruled sides. Top edge gilt; other edges untrimmed. Four engravings. Vol I includes frontispiece portrait of Joan of Arc engraved by John Swaine and fold-out Chart of the Siege of Orleans, unattributed. Vol II includes a fold-out frontispiece of the presentation of Joan of Arc to Charles VII as well as the exterior and interior of Joan of Arc's home, unattributed. Largely translations from French works with notes by the editor. Vol I opens with "Summary of Revolutions of France" and "History of Jeanne d'Arc" by Edmund Richer according to cxxix; title of original manuscript noted as "Historical Diary of the Siege of Orleans by the English;" closing with "Notes to the Diary" and "The Chart of Orleans." Vol II is dedicated in fifteen parts to the history of Joan of Arc. Tight, clean bindings. Set stands straight. Boldly inked pages largely bright and clean with no bookplates, writing or salient marks; no loose pages. Clean, marbled endpapers. Morocco scuffed, extremities worn, top edge gilt faded, other edges toned with few roughly cut, intermittent smudging and trace foxing, few closed tears, vol II frontispiece with small reinforcement, vol II few leaves with lower edge chafed and darkened. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) led the nearly defeated French army to victory in the Hundred Years' War. Captured by English allies, she was burned at the stake at nineteen years of age. The French heroine became a martyr, and eventually a saint. Copac. Bridgewater and Sherwood, "Joan of Arc."


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    Old Testament Miniatures. A Medieval Picture Book with 283 Paintings From the Creation to the Story of David by COCKERELL, Sydney C

    New York: George Braziller, 1969. First edition. Light foxing to cloth, jacket with one closed tear. Large folio. Preface by John Plummer. 209pp. Color reproductions. Original cloth; pictorial dust jacket. The history of one of the treasures in the Morgan Library & Museum. Includes a selective bibliography.


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    Description of Browsholme Hall, in the West Riding of the County of York; and of the Parish of Waddington, in the same County: Also, a Collection of Letters, from Original Manuscripts, in the Reigns of Charles I. and II. and James II. in the Possession of Thos. Lister Parker, of Browsholme Hall, Esq by BROWSHOLME HALL, YORKSHIRE

    London: [Privately] Printed by S. Gosnell, 1815. 4to, [2], 130pp., etched frontispiece, small ink number to verso of title-page, 19 plates drawn and etched by John Chessell Buckler, plus a folding pedigree, unobtrusive stamp to verso of final plate, recent calf calf, marbled paper boards, spine gilt with morocco lettered label. The first guide to Browsholme Hall and one of the rarest and finest of the genre. The guide was compiled by Thomas Lister Parker and privately printed for distribution to his friends and the sale was later limited to 100 copies only. The next historical guide was written by Colonel Robert Parker in 1957 when Browsholme Hall was opened to the public. Thomas Lister Parker (1779–1858) was born at Browsholme Hall and obtained possession of the family estate as soon as he came of age at the age of twenty-one. "He went on his grand tour in 1800, visiting France, Italy, and Russia, and returned home in 1801 with a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints. In 1805–7 he altered the sixteenth-century Browsholme Hall, using Jeffry Wyatt (later Sir Jeffry Wyatville) as architect to rebuild and extend the west wing: this provided a new drawing-room and dining-room, suitable for the display of his growing picture collection. Landscape gardening and forestry also engaged his interest. In the house he displayed a collection of antiquities, a feature of which was the creation of interiors evoking Browsholme's mainly Jacobethan past."—(Oxford DNB). Boyne CXCI; Upcott, pp. 1408-10.


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    THE NOBLE JILT by Trollope, Anthony

    1923. A Comedy. Edited with a Preface by Michael Sadleir. London: Constable & Company, 1923. Original blind-stamped deep red cloth with gilt-decorated spine. First Edition, which consisted of only 500 copies. This is one of only two plays that Trollope ever wrote, as "the genre was uncomfortable to him." He wrote it early in his career, in 1850, at about the same time as his third novel (LA VENDEE). He later used the germ of THE NOBLE JILT to create "one of his best known novels; to it is due the existence of CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?" (Sadleir, the editor who had this book published from the original manuscript -- and from whom these quotes are drawn -- gives a character-by-character comparison between this play and that novel in his preface.) The binding is an exact facsimile of that used in 1864 for CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?.~This is a near-fine copy, without wear but with the spine slightly faded (as usual with this color cloth). Sadleir (Trollope) 70.


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    France by ANONYMOUS [Manuscript map]

    Map. Pen and ink with watercolor. Sheet measures 7 x 8.75" This simple hand colored schoolgirl or schoolboy manuscript map depicts France divided into territories. Color-coded in shades of gray, the map is largely unlabeled except for a few islands and the surrounding waters identified. The Pyrenees mountains along the border of Spain and France are rendered in a delightful furry manner. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the centerfold. On thin paper, with minor foxing and toning. This map dates to circa 1880 and was most likely made by a student or apprentice as training in geography, drafting, and penmanship. Manuscript map-making was a useful educational tool in the 19th century, a period of imperialism and increased world trade in which geography grew significantly as a field of study. In the United States and northwestern Europe, reform movements that sought to improve the quality and accessibility of childhood education pushed for the inclusion of geography in school curricula. One common method of teaching was the making of manuscript maps. Working from wall maps, globes, and atlases, students were made to meticulously hand-reproduce maps in pen and ink and with watercolor. Such exercises not only provided a way to review and retain geographical knowledge, but they also functioned as training in penmanship, calligraphy, and drafting. This map is a lovely document that straddles the line between art and geography.


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    Ottoman manuscript map of Iraq and Vilayet-i Basra containing Kuwait and the northern parts of Nejd by Ottoman military staff

    Map. Very Good. No Binding. 97x67 cm. manuscript ink and colours with a big manuscript logo of the Ottoman military staff. After the map made by the British military staff in 1907, published by the lithographic press in 1911 and preserved in the Topographic maps section under no. 2563. Made by the Ottoman military staff according the mentioned British map and edited according the Ottoman year book (Salname) with the new boarders delimitation in 1915. This map seems to be the official map which contains the new boarders were agreed between the Ottoman state and England regarding Kuwait and Nejd in 1913. Possibly unique. 0.


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    Mr. Technicolor by Kalmus, Herbert T., with Eleanore King Kalmus

    Absecon NJ: MagicImage Filmbooks. Fine in Near Fine dj. (c.1993). First Edition. Hardcover. [lovely, as-new book and jacket, the only flaw in the latter being a crease in the front jacket flap]. (B&W photographs) Autobiography by the founder of the Technicolor Company, Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus, published thirty years after his death. A valuable historical account of the development and growth of the Technicolor process, to be sure, but also exceedingly odd in that Dr. Kalmus chose to omit any mention of his first wife, Natalie Kalmus -- a name familiar to all viewers of vintage Technicolor films, for it was her name that appeared in film credits as "Technicolor Color Consultant" for every Technicolor film until 1948. Well, according to second wife Eleanore, who added two chapters of her own to the end of the original manuscript (which was finished in 1960), "to fill in the missing pieces," the Doctor had plenty of reasons to cut wife Natalie out of the historical picture. Now, it's possible that Eleanore may have just been a wee bit biased in Dr. Kalmus's favor (phrases like "the torture of his first marriage" tend to pop up), but if even half the dirt she slings about the first Mrs. K. is true, that relationship (the marriage itself had ended in divorce pretty early on, in 1921) was the stuff of marital nightmares. There was Natalie's secret abortion, her various mental breakdowns and resultant confinements, her jealousy, her violent temper, her finagling of an important position in the Technicolor Company even after their divorce, her attempted meddling with the production of GONE WITH THE WIND, her long-lasting attempt to wrest control of the company from the Doctor, etc.; it's a pretty harrowing account. .


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