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    In Japan. by [Ninja Press] Gary Young

    Sherman Oaks, California:: Ninja Press,, 2017.. Edition of 75. 8.75 x 10.50; 36 pages. Letterpress printed in Meridien with Neuland for display on a Vandercook Universal I flatbed proof press. Printed on kitakata paper, handmade in Japan. Each text sheet folded at the foredge then painted by hand with walnut ink. Endsheets of kakishibu, a persimmon-washed, cinnamon-colored handmade Japanese paper. Bound in double layer of kyoseishi, handmade paper from Japan. Sewn using black silk thread exposed near the spine. Housed in a clear acrylic slipcase. Design, presswork, painting, and binding by Carolee Campbell at Ninja Press. Numbered. Signed by the poet. UCSC NewsCenter, April 19, 2017: "In Japan is the title of an elegant new collection of poems from UCSC humanities lecturer and alumnus Gary Young … published by Ninja Press. "The poems were written while Young was in Japan working on a book of translations of the calligraphy of the Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa. During this time, he had the great honor of staying in the Hokyoji Zen Monastery, where he was given access to Zen Master Dogen's original manuscripts, calligraphy, and other relics. "While traveling around Japan and working on the translations, Young also began to work on a series of original poems. "'This was only a few months after the earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster,' Young noted. 'My poems reflect my joy at being in Japan, but there is an undercurrent of grief and loss throughout the collection.'" Ninja Press: "These previously unpublished prose poems resonate with unerring clarity and a streamlined diction honed over years spent enveloped in the misty redwood forest and streams of his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. "Each faintly green text sheet is folded at the fore edge, then painted by hand with walnut ink. An enso (empty circle) inhabits each page and is printed in a second color. The enso is a brushed circular form common in Zen buddhist art representing the ultimate Zen theme suggesting both emptiness and completion. "The snow white cover is a double layer of kyoseishi which means 'strengthened paper.' This handmade paper from Japan is coated with konnyaku juice, a form of starch derived from the konjac plant, also known as devil's tongue, voodoo lily, or snake palm. Konnyaku juice gives added strength and impermeability to the paper. Strong, flexible, and water-resistant, historically it has been used to make clothing as well as paper. "A clear acrylic slipcase protects the book while revealing the cover, its sewing, and the foredge painting.



    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)..



    A Collection of Voyages and Travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts. 1744-1746 [ Volume 5 ] by Churchill Awnsham & John

    London: printed and Assignment from Mess Churchill for Henry Linton & John Osborn, 1746. Book measures 14 x 9 1/4 inches. Collation, [4],708pp, 42 folding plates, 3 single page plates, [ ESTC, states 50 plates, so most likely this volume lacking 5 plates ]. Bound in full period calf, raised bands, ornate gilt tooling. Calf rubbed, worn with some loss on edges/corners, hinge joints cracked, but boards holding firm. Generally although worn, a good period binding. Internally, 2 plates have a short closed tear, 1 page has a short closed tear. Pages and plates in very good clean condition. A very nice copy, in an attractive period binding.. Third Edition. Full Period Calf. Near Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.



    The register of the Guild of Knowle in the county of Warwick 1451 1535 from the original manuscript in the Public Reference Library Birmingham - Warwickshire by Bickley, W.B. [ed]

    Walsall: For the Archaeological Section of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, printed by W.H. Robinson, 1894 xlii, [vi], 272, xxxix pages + plates. Numbered 62 and signed by the publisher. Leather spine and green cloth covered boards, some wear. Ink owner's name to the front pastedown. A heavy volume, extra postage will be required to send outside the UK. Browning to the pages adjoining the plates. Binding a bit shaken and rear hinge loose. Pages top edge gilt, others untrimmed which are browned and soiled.. Hard Cover. Good.



    Bolinas Eyewash by Berrigan, Ted, and Tom Clark

    Bolinas, CA: Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark, undated [written 1971]. 1st edition. Soft cover. Fine/No Jacket (as issued). Fine. 4to,105 leaves (printed one-side), spiral-bound with color reproduction of the original Ted Berrigan MS cover. An exceedingly scarce reproduction of the original manuscript of this 1971 collaboration between Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark.



    ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love) by Cheever, John

    Near Fine. Quarto. Offered is a near fine twelve page unbound typed manuscript typed recto only. There are several holograph corrections, probably by the author, but this MS is not signed. A working title, this story later appeared under the title "Geometry of Love" in the Saturday Evening Post and "The Stories of John Cheever." With "Russell & Volkening, Inc., Literary Agents. 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10017" red ink stamp on cover page. Typscript pages are age toned.



    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 1745-1799, BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION EDITION, Volume 33, July 1 1794-October 9, 1794 by Fitzpatrick, John C, Editor

    Washington, DC: US GPO, 1940-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 569pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.



    Manuscript on paper on mine surveying, with 12 large & fine folding manuscript plates, heightened in grey, blue, pink, & yellow wash by (CLAUSTHAL: MINE SURVEYING)

    40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815]. A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: "Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden" ("On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out"), "Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte" ("On the naming of seams and fissures"), "Vom Observiren" ("On Observations"), "Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds" ("On measuring and defining a mining claim"), and "Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau" ("On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining"). This manuscript was probably prepared in 1815 - plate X has the entry "Markscheide 1.7.15" - at the newly founded mining school at Clausthal, the famous mining town of the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony (the fine plates name mining locations in the area). The most attractive plates - all of which contain a number of figures - depict mine shafts, mine surveying methods, cartographical considerations, techniques of prospecting and identification of mineral deposits, problems of ownership rights, and the constant problems of flooding. All the plates are finely drawn in black ink and have been heightened in grey, blue, pink, and yellow wash. Internally fine. Stamp of Georg Riemschneider (1888-1946), "Oberbergrat" of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.



    To Mary in Heaven by Burns, Robert

    The Bibliophile Society, Boston, 1916. Edition Unstated. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Text body is clean and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Ivory paper over boards, gilt stamped title on front cover, deckle edges, some pages uncut, 26 pages, title page in red, blue & black, embossed with Bibliophile Society's seal, facsimile fold-out of original manuscript of poem; remainder of text consists of quotations about Burns and his poetry by Swinburne, Whitman and more. Spine toned, cover toned in streaks, otherwise a nice copy. In a slipcase which is soiled and half of "spine" is missing and remainder is only attached on one edge. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 14 oz. Category: Poetry; Inventory No: 002011. .


    AUD $30.00

    Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia [S.A. Branch] Inc. by Mander-Jones, Phyllis [Compiler]

    Adelaide: Branch] Inc.. 1981. Small Quarto Size. A Near Fine copy. Black & white illustrations. Limited edition of 300 copies. A lovely book in 'as new' condition. 54 pages. A catalogue of great interest to geographers of those interested in Australian history . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    The Seats and Causes of Diseases, in three volumes by Morgagni, John Baptist

    Birmingham, Alabama: Gryphon Press for the Classics of Medical Library, 1983. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine. Numbered 2137 (on laid-in bookplate in Volume III, from the library of Ronald Litvack, M.D.) of a Limited Edition contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. Full gilt-embossed rust-colored leather, all edges gilt. Sewn-in linen ribbon bookmark to all three volumes. Volume I: xxxii + 868 pp.; Volume II: vi + 770 pp.; Volume III: 604 pp. + Index. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 25, 1973. RE: family by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1973. Typed letter signed, Single Page, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Written while Ariel Reynolds Parkinson was on a trip to NYC & elsewhere. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SOURCES, 1745-1799 (VOL. 32: MARCH 10, 1792-JUNE 30, 1793) by Washington, George; John C. Fitzgerald (editor)

    Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1939-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 557pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.



    The works of Alexander Pope, Esq. : complete. With his last corrections, additions, and improvements: together with the commentary and notes of his editor. A new edition, in five volumes. To which is annexed the life of the author, compiled from Original Manuscripts, with a Critical Essay on his Writings and Genius. (6 volume set) by Alexander Pope; William Lisle Bowles; Alexander Chalmers; William Warburton; Owen Ruffhead

    London : Printed for C. Bathurst, H. Woodfall, W. Strahan, J. and F. Rivington, W. Johnston, B. White, T. Caslon, T. Longman, B. Law, Johnson and Payne, S. Bladon, T. Cadell, and the Executors of A. Millar, MDCCLXIX, 1769. Hardcover. Acceptable. 6 volumes, complete. Quartos, 30 cm. Bound in contemporary calf. Hinges cracked. Two vols. have the front board detached. Spine heads of four of the vols. chipped. Marbled end pages. Marbled edges. Engraved portraits. Engraved title page. Text is better than standard, generally with clean, and unmarked pages. Minor spotting to some of the prelims. Armorial book plate, "Finem Respice". Vols. 1-5, edited by Mr. Ruffhead; in vol. 6, notes by Rev. W.L. Bowles and Mr. Alexander Chalmers. Material in vol. 5: "Digested from Bishop Warburton's materials at his request". - Dict. Nat. Biog. Contents: Vol. 1.Juvenile poems, translations and imitations. Essay on Man. 1769 --v. 2. Moral essays, satires, etc. The Dunciad. 1769 --v. 3. Miscellaneous pieces in prose and verse. Letters. 1769 --v. 4. Letters (con't.) 1769 --v. 5. The life of Alexander Pope; with a critical essay on his writings and genius / Owen Ruffhead. 1769 -- v. 6. Pieces of poetry and collection of letters now first published. 1807. <br> Refs: ESTC T5448 <br> This is an oversized or heavy book, which requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US.



    The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 Volume 4 October, 1775 - April, 1776 by John C. Fitzpatrick, Ed

    Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine; color markings back cover. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 590pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.



    Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. Complete 35 volume set, including index by Worthington Chauncey Ford; Gaillard Hunt; John Clement Fitzpatrick; Roscoe R Hill; Kenneth E Harris; Steven D Tilley; United States. Continental Congress

    Washington, U.S. Govt. print Office, 1904-01-01. Hardcover. Good. Complete 34 volume set. 1904-1937. Frontispiece (volumes 9) facsimiles (some folded), with index from 1976. Quarto. Bound in publishers yellow cloth. Index bound in gray cloth. Good bindings. Shelfwear. Soiling to boards. Hinges starting, with some cracked. Bookplates to pastedown of first 34 volumes, with library markings to index volume. Clean, unmarked pages. Only edition of 2000 copies. The text was transcribed from the manuscript journals transferred to the Library of Congress from the Department of State. Recorded during the First and Second Continental Congresses and based on the original manuscript records and Journals, they provide extensive and valuable documentation of the revolutionary era. Some of the material appears in print for the first time here, including the "Secret Journals," the "Rough Journals" and the "Corrected Journals." This is an oversized or heavy book, that requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US.



    Rois De France. Original Manuscript by Fort, Paul

    Paris, 1930. Unbound. Paul Fort's original manuscript, neatly and beautifully written in ink; quarto, 79 leaves of heavy cream paper and laid loose into a green portfolio. Paul Fort drew much of his inspiration from the Middle Ages, and the aballad form that he used almost exclusively was taken from the same period. He filled some forty volumes with his delicate ballads. He was also active in the theatre, even before the turn of the century, writing some plays himself and producing what were considered "difficult" plays by some of his contemporaries. In 1956, he received the Grand Literary Prize of the City of Paris for his works. Fine. Together with the limited edition of the book (#48 of 200 copies), Inscribed to Madame Christian Schram Senior and with an 11 line holograph poem, initialed "P. F." and dated Paris, May, 1931; and with an excellent 4 page autograph letter signed and dated October 8, 1930. A near fine copy.



    A Series of Graduated Lessons in Language and Grammar for the instruction of the Deaf and Dumb by Baker, C. & Anderson, D.& Chalment, E

    Doncaster, UK: Yorkshire Institution for the Deaf Press. Very Good/No Jacket. 1841. First Edition. Hardback. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Bound in half brown leather (rebacked) with new black title label, marbled original boards, and bright gilt titles to spine, this 1841 hardback First Edition is VG. 116p+144pp of original manuscript lessons for the Deaf and Dumb devised and written in copper plate by Ebenezer Chalment on lined paper, and bound in after the printed material; dated on title page 1869. Printed text begins with Address explaining that the lessons were designed for Glasgow & Yorkshire Institutions, and now offered to other Public Institutions. Printed text includes word lists, grammar exercises etc. Board corners worn and rubbed, name of front fixed endpapers, prelims. slightly chipped at coners; otherwise VG. Unique item documenting early training techniques for deaf and dumb. .



    The Works of the Late William Stark, MD. Consisting of Clinical and Anatomical Observations with Experiments, Dietetical and Statical, Revised and Published from his Original Manuscript by Smyth, James Carmichael

    London: J Johnson. Worn condition. Cover rubbed. Boards detached. Plates foxed. Content in overall good condition. Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library. 1788. First Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 270mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). xxiv, 190pp + index+ plates. 3 folding engraved plates. .

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