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    Traduction Arabe des pieces relatives a la procedure et au jugement de Soleyman el HHaleby, assassin du General en Chef Kleber, Majma' al Tahrirat al Muta'allika ila ma jara bi i'lam wa muhakamat Sulayman al Halabi katil sari askar al 'aam Kliber by Official report

    Cairo: Matba'at al Jumhour al Faransawi (the republic French printing house) , 1800 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Half title page in French, Title page in Arabic, 85 p. of Arabic script. printed in Cairo in the 8th year of the French revolt (1800). in modern fine ornamented full lather binding of Ottoman style. Scarce. Suleiman al-Halabi , also spelled Soleyman El-Halaby (Kurdish: Seleman Ous Qopar‎, Arabic: سليمان الحلبي ‎‎ ) (17771800) was a Syrian Kurdish theology student in Cairo who assassinated French general Jean Baptiste Kléber, leader of the French occupation forces in Egypt. He was tortured by burning his hand to the bone before being executed by impalement. Suleiman al-Halabi was born in Kukan village, Afrin. His religious father, Mohammad Amin, worked in the profession of selling butter and olive oil. In 1797, al-Halabi's father sent him to Cairo, Egypt to study Islamic sciences at Al-Azhar University. On June 14, 1800, al-Halabi approached Kléber's home in the guise of a beggar seeking an audience with Kléber. He was 23 years old when he assassinated the commander of the French campaign on Egyptian soil. After they shook hands, he violently pulled the general toward him and stabbed him four times with a stiletto. Kléber's chief engineer tried to defend him and was stabbed but not mortally wounded. He hid in a nearby park where he was found by French soldiers, who searched him and found his stiletto. He was arrested and tortured, his right arm burnt to the bone while he denied any relationship with Sheikh Al-Sharkawi or the popular resistance movements. He was tried and sentenced to death by impalement. Today his skull and stiletto are on display at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, under the caption, "Criminal," written in French. (Wikipedia)


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    WHIPT 'EM EVERYTIME by Malone, Bartlett Yancey; William Whatley Pierson, Jr., ed.; Bell Irving Wiley, general ed

    Jackson, Tenn.: McCowat-Mercer Press, 1960. 131 pages, plus portrait frontispiece and four leaves of plates. Original gray cloth. [20.9 cm.] Very nearly fine in like dust jacket. Book has some barely discernible evidence of spotting to covers. Dust jacket shows some very light rubbing. Still an excellent copy. First of this edition, with a new title, the text corrected against the original manuscript, and a new introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley. The first edition of 1919 appeared with the title reading simply: "The Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone." The author served in Company H, 6th N.C. Infantry, from July, 1861, to November, 1863, when he was captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland. Before his capture he participated in most of the important battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Gettysburg. "Because of the daily weather observations contained herein, Malone has been called `the unofficial meteorologist for the Army of Northern Virginia'." --CWB I, 127. Dornbusch II, 774.


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    A Journal of Occurrences at the Temple during the Confinement of Louis XVI, King of France. By M. Clery, the King's Valet-de-Chambre. Translated from the original Manuscript by R.C. Dallas. ['The Journal of the Terror']. ATTRACTIVE COPY by (FRENCH REVOLUTION). M. CLERY

    Printed by Baylis [of] Greville-Street and sold by the Author,, 1798. 8vo., First English Edition, with an engraved plate (moderately spotted), 2 engraved plans on one plate, and two engraved facsimiles on one plate, rear free endpaper and one rear blank preliminary lightly spotted; attractively bound in nineteenth century half calf, marbled boards, back gilt extra with five raised bands, second compartment with red leather label lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled and elaborately tooled in gilt to a floral design, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, corners lightly bruised else a remarkably bright, crisp, clean copy in elegant binding. With the 16pp list of subscribers, which includes virtually every member of the Royal family extended to Prince William of Gloucester. This is the early issue with 'Bookselllers' in the publisher's imprint (see ESTCT110766). The plates depict the Temple tower, plans of the second and third floors and two facsimiles of Marie Antoinette's handwriting. Clery's family had been in the service of the French Royal Family since the time of Louis XIV. Together with his brother, he began his career with the Princesse de Guenenee, governess to the royal children, and became valet-de-chambre to the Duke of Normandy (later the Dauphin) in 1785. From 1789, he acted as valet to King Louis XVI and was permitted by Petion to continue to wait on the Royal Family during their imprisonment in the Temple. After the King's execution, Clery accompanied the Madame Royale (Marie-Therese de Bourbon) on her exile to Vienna where he continued to serve until his death. LOVELY COPY OF A KEY DOCUMENTARY RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE, THE REVOLUTION AND THE TERROR, AND THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNT OF THE IMPRISONMENT OF LOUIS XVI.


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    Aubrey's Brief Lives. by Aubrey, John

    hardback. Fine. Edited from the Original Manuscripts and with a Life of John Aubrey by Oliver Lawson Dick. Foreword by Edmund Wilson. U of Michigan 1957. Name on e/p else a fine copy in slightly tired dust wrapper.


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    THE CARTULARY OF DARLEY ABBEY [CT IN 3 VOLS] by by Reginald Ralph Darlington; Derbyshire Archæological and Natural History

    Kendal, England: Printed By Titus Wilson & Son, Ltd. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. royal 8; lxxx, 331, 334-710 pages; Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: YesWidth: 7" Height: 10.5" . Bound in dark blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show mild external wear, with white spotting to front cover of second volume. Binding is firm. Quite light foxing appears on endpapers. Previous owner's name and date of July, 1999 appear on front flyleaf. Front hinge of first volume displays wormholes. Pages exhibit occasional foxing. A small number of pages have light pencil underlining. Printed 1941 but released at the end of the war. "An important collection of documents belonging to the Augustinian Canon of Darley in Derbyshire. ---written in 1275 and 1300 and reinforced by 14th century cartualry and transcription of deed..." ; 0 .


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    Catalogue of Romanesque Sculpture by WILLIAMSON, Paul

    New York: Alpine Fine Arts Collection, Ltd, 1984. First edition. Fine. 4to. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Original blue cloth; original pictorial dust jacket. FIRST EDITION. A catalogue of 51 sculptures from France, Italy, England, Spain, and Cyprus.


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    UNRESTRICTED PUBLIC AUCTION; A MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS, FIRST EDITIONS, AUTOGRAPHS, MANUSCRIPTS … BY ORDER OF LOUIS H. BLOCH AND S.H. BRAUNSTONE. AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR CHRISTIAN REFUGEES, AND JEWISH REFUGEES COMMITTEE, NEW YORK CITY WILL BENEFIT IN THE PROCEEDS FROM THIS SALE. by Co. , New York Book and Art Auction

    New York; Alexander Press. 1939. Paperback. Original Wraps. 4to. 269 pages. 26 cm. First edition. 934 lots of Americana, Presidents correspondence, and American and English literature; auction to benefit refugees at the outset of the second world war. Cover title: Magnificent collection of rare books, first editions, autographs, manuscripts. "Sale number 76". “Remarkable collection of presentation copies from celebrated authors, first editions of masterpieces of American, English and French literature, sumptuously bound books, extra-illustrated volumes and sets, rare and valuable autograph letters and documents signed and original manuscripts. Including the most important Byron Association item in existence; the finest and most complete collection to appear at public sale of autograph letters and documents signed by the Presidents of the United States and their Cabinets from George Washington to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, inclusive. By order of Louis H. Bloch and S. H. Braunstone, attorneys, New York City, in conjunction with American Committee for Christian Refugees and Jewish Refugees Committee, New York City. … To be sold Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, December 5th, 6th and 7th, 1939 at 8 'o clock at Steinway Hall, 111 West 57th Street, New York City. ” Subjects: Book auctions - Catalogs. Auction catalogs. Jewish Refugees Committee. OCLC lists 7 copies. Light soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Pages wavy. Otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-36-20) .


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    Quranic manuscript leaf on vellum in elegent Kufic from the 10th c.

    Possibly North Africa, 3d C. AH, 10th AD. on parchement. Sixteen lines on each side in black Kufic script with possibly later punctuation in glossy colors, and tow faders in gold and colors. 27 x 18 cm.


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    [Manuscript Notebooks of Samuell Parnell, and another Farmer of Washbourne, South Devon.] by [Parnell, Samuel]

    Very Good +. 3 handwritten notebooks, containing the records of a farm at Washbourne, South Devon between 1664 -1780 - payments for work done, products sold, money lent, tithes and taxes paid, debts repaid Periods covered are from 1664-91 and 1730-80. Notebook 1: (146 x 92mm) Oblong small octavo Full brown calf, blind ruled panels and borders to boards, brass on leather clasp 127ff of which about 50 are blank. The first 24 and last 18 relate to rents collected 1664-1690. The rest are farm transactions of the 1730s Notebook II: (92 x152mm) Small octavo. Full vellum, rich brown age patina, with envelope flap, missing the metal clasp and lock pocket at the back. Inscribed on front pastedown 'Samuell Parnell, This Book October ye 30 day 1731 .' 100ff, very few blank sides. One page gives a recipe 'to kill lice worms and the scab in sheep' signed by 'Samuel Cockrem, Washbourne, Halwell Devon Oct 26th 1839' Notebook III: (76x 123mm). Full vellum, worn and creased, envelope flap with broken clasp, the greenish metal is corroded (copper?), 50ff, the first and last leaves are torn with a little loss, 9 are blank and the dates mention 1740-53 The farm was owned, in the later period by Samuell Parnell and the notes give the names of many people he dealt with It seems from a note in the second notebook that the farm was owned or tenanted by Samuel Cockrem in 1839


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    Asbab ul Nuzul, 11th or early 12th c. unique Arabic manuscript on the Quranic studies according to the Karamiyya school of Nisabur by Al Haysam Ibn Muhammad Ibn Abdul Aziz, Abu al Hassan (D. C. 460 H. - 1068 AD.)

    Handwritten. Very Good. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 350 p. Arabic Naskhi improved from the Kufic script, possibly written in Nishabur. Missing one or tow lvs. from the beginning. Together with "Wafat Rasulillah Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam", the death of the prophet Muhammad (P. B. U. H.). missing possibly one or tow lvs. from the end. Possibly a unique early work attributed to the Karamiyya school to be appeared. Unique manuscript and the second work of the author to be recorded. The other work (copied in Yemen in 1116 H.) attributed to him is taking place in Princeton University. THIS ITEM IS ON HOLD.


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    A Complete List of The Royal Navy of England in 1599. Extracted from an Original Manuscript in The Possession of Dr. Leith of Greenwich, exhibited to The Society of Antiquaries by William Latham

    Archaeologia: or Miscellaneous Tracts relating to Antiquity. Volume 13, 1800. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good. 8 pages. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not an offprint or a reprint. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Archaeologia; .


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    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763; Now first published from the original manuscript prepared for the press by Frederick A. Pottle, introduction

    New York: McGraw-Hil Book Co, 1950. Deluxe Edition. fine. Small quarto. 370pp Bound in brown leather. Leather title label to spine. Marble endpapers. Bookplate of former owner on front endpaper. In slipcase. A beautiful copy. This edition of "Boswell's London Journal" was set in Waverley type and printed by the Maple Press Company of York, Pensylvania. Bound by the J. C. Valentine Company. Designed by Alvin Eisenman.


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    A Glance at the Grimani Breviary Preserved in S. Mark's Library, Venice by [ONGANIA (Ferd.)]

    Ferd. Ongania Publisher, [Venice]. 1906. small 4to, from the library of S.C. Cockerell with his signature, also a note in Dr Wright's hand says that he bought this volume from Bernard Quaritch in 1945, several short notes in Cockerell's hand, one of 500 copies, frontis., with 2 coloured reproductions of the binding, 4 coloured and 110 plain plates, orig. velvet binding, gilt stamp on upper cover, uncut, t.e.g. From the library of Dr C.E. Wright (former Senior Deputy Keeper Department of Manuscripts, British Museum).


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    RELIQUIÆ SPELMANNIANÆ. THE POSTHUMOUS WORKS OF SIR HENRY SPELMAN KT. RELATING TO THE LAWS AND ANTIQUITIES OF ENGLAND. PUBLISH’D FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR. by Spelman, Henry, Sir, 1564?-1641

    Oxford: Pater-Noster Row.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1698. Second Edition. Hardcover. tall 4to; [32], 214pp, [12], pages; LinkReliquiæ Spelmannianæ. The posthumous works of Sir Henry Spelman kt. Relating to the laws and antiquities of England. Publish’d from the original manuscripts. With the life of the author.. Engraved title vignette and 2 folding charts. Rebound in brown cloth, with binding and hinges tight- Very Good, 2 ownership bookplates [Hammond Library Lowenbach Collection; Frank W Gunsaulus]. Index. 2] folded leaves of plates [VG] : ill. , genealogical tables, port. ESTCR22617 . Includes- Tenures of Knights, Life of Spelmann, A Dialogue Concerning Coin of the Region, various discourses. Mostly English language, some Latin. First was 1693, this is probably the second edition. ; 0 .


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    Correspondance Diplomatique et Militaire by G. G. Vreede

    Amsterdam - J. F. Schleijer, 1850 Book. VERY GOOD INDEED. Hardcover. An anthology of correspondence between the Duke of Marlborough, the grand pensionary Heinsius, and Treasurer-General of the United Provinces Jacques Hop, between 1706 and 1707. Also includes several lettersfrom Count Avaux of M. M. Chamillard, Torcy and other statesmen, on secret negotiations, initiated by France after the Battle of Ramilies. Published from the original manuscripts. Features a frontispiecedepicting the Duke of Marlborough, the grand pensionary Heinsius, and Jacques Hop, with prints of their signatures. Condition: In a half calf binding with marbled boards. Externally, generally smart although lightly rubbed to the boards. Internally, firmly bound with bright pages. Light scattered spotting to the first and last pages. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..


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    Tuhfet ul Harameyn (masterpiece of the two Holy sancturies) by Yusuf Nabi (1052-1124 AH., 1642-1712 AD.)

    Ottoman Turkish text, the author's travel to Mecca and Medina, and exploring the road of the Hajj. He dedicated his work to the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad the fourth (Dorduncu Mehmed 1642-1693). Scribed in 1133 AH. after 9 years of the death of the author. Beginning page with illumination heading in gold and colors. All pages out-ruled in red with wide margins. Descriptive journey of the Hajj road and Mahmal, crossing Syria (especially Damascus), Egypt (especially Cairo), Hejaz, and two Holy cities; Mecca and Medina. In modern full leather binding.


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    The Illuminated Manuscript by Backhouse, Janet

    London, England: Phaidon Press Limited, 19. paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Used Book: Trade Paperback Light wear to corners.


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    Mi'raj al Mu'tamir wal Haj, Unique autograph Arabic manuscript about the Haj and 'Umrah possibly written in Mecca, dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II by Yusuf Sidki B. Umar Sevki el Mardini ( d. 1902 )

    2 ff, 106 p. , 1ff. Ta'liq script in black with chapter headings in red. Royal unique autograph manuscript on the Haj, Umra and visit of the Holy Mosque in Medina. The author was a well-known Ottoman Scholar mainly came from Mardin and lived in Istanbul where he employed as the Military judge and a legitimicy investigator. There are three works including this work were detected by Isma'il al Baghdadi in Hadiyyat ul Arifin. This copy is the only one to be existed and there is no other known in the manuscripts resorces. The work was possibly written in Mecca , since there are five pages of praise in the beginning by a Yemeni scholar called Muhammad b. Muhammad b. Muhammad al Mizjaji al Ash'ari al Hanafi al Zabidi, who seems to be lived in Mecca as many of Yemeni scholars came from Zabid in Yemen to Mecca during the past centuries. The manuscript is lavishly gilded; all pages out-ruled in gold, the back of beginning and final pages are completely ornamented in gold, the fist page richly gilded in ROCOCO style, and many golden dots between phrases. Edges of the book are completely gilded. Contemporary binding ornamented in gold with arm and crecent of the Ottoman state on green silk.


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    The Egerton Papers: A Collection of Public and Private Documents, Chiefly Illustrative of the Times of Elizabeth and James I, From the Original Manuscripts, the Property of the Right Hon. Lord Francis Egerton, M.P., President of the Camden Society by Collier, J. Payne

    London: Camden Society, 1840 Leather-bound boards with gilt decorations. Raised bands on spine. Hinges cracked--looks to be some minor repair done to leather at hinges. Small chips to leather on spine and corners frayed. Boards scuffed/scratched/rubbed. Inside front hinge cracked. Gilt to page edges slightly rubbed. Minor foxing to pages. Owner's name and small bookstore stamp on flyleaf.. Full-Leather. Good-. Book.


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    ANNA KAVAN: An Illustrated Catalogue by Kavan, Anna (Jeremy Reed):

    York: Lucius / Punk Daisy Publications. 2005. First edition, first printing. First edition, first printing. One of 950 soft-cover copies. Original pictorial stapled wrappers. A fine copy. 43 pages, printed in full colour throughout with text by Jeremy Reed. The catalogue is of a recently discovered body of original artwork by Anna including gouache and oil paintings, sketches and original manuscripts published here for the first time. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.


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    Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1909 [The John Watts DePeyster Publication Fund Series Volume XLII] by Unknown

    The New York Historical Society, New York, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Very nice copy, clean and bright. Contains copies from original manuscripts in the Archives of the Society of Ledger No. 1, Chamberlain's Office corporation of the City of New York, 1691-1699; and Indentures of Apprentices, 1718-1727. Pebbled green cloth, gilt stamped on spine, 212 pp. includes Index. Spine ends bumped a little,a small dent in top edge, back cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Books; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003061. .


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    Black edges three page letter to the Rev. William B. Sprague, author of Annals of the American Pulpit. in Part: "I Have Just Followed to the Grave My Father in Law Capt. Marshall..." by Butler, William Allen

    NY. Good+. 1865. Letter. 8vo; October 14, 1865, three page autographed letter signed. ; Signed by Author .


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    Music, Men and Manners in France and Italy, 1770. Being the Journal written by Charles Burney during a Tour through those Countries. Transcribed from the Original Manuscript in the British Museum and edited with an Introduction by H. Edmund Poole. BRIGHT COPY IN PUBLISHER'S SLIP-CASE by Charles BURNEY

    Folio Society,, 1969. 8vo., First Edition thus, with portrait frontispiece, plates and maps; green cloth, gilt back, green top, green endpapers, boards very lightly age-spotted at gutters else a very good, bright, clean copy in publisher's board slip-case.


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    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763. Now first published from the original manuscript prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Pottle, Frederick A

    William Heinemann Ltd., Melbourne, London, Toronto, 1950. Good+. Unclipped dust jacket discoloured and torn around the edges, and foxed. Internally fine apart from some very faint spotting to the endpapers. 370pp.. First printing thus. . Hard with Dust Jacket. 8vo.. Good+. Illus. by B/w frontispiece..


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    Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham. By his Widow Lucy. Edited from the Original Manuscript by the Rev. Julius Hutchinson. To which are added the Letters of Colonel Hutchinson and other Papers. Revised with Additional No. by (Colonel John HUTCHINSON). L. HITCHINSON

    Routledge,, 1906. 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece in photogravure and a large folding pedigree, neat signature on half-title; original decorative buckram gilt, gilt back, gilt top, covers lightly rubbed and faded, backstrip lightly sunned (but all gilt still entirely legible), a very good, clean copy. Published in Routledge's 'London Library' series. Lucy Hutchinson's memoir of her husband, the regicide John Hutchinson (1615-1664) was first published in 1806 and many times reprinted. The work is most valuable, however, in Firth's classic edition (first issued in 1885). The present edition includes Firth's final revisions.


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