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Primeiro Roteiro da Costa da India desde Goa ate Dio: Narrando a viagem que fez o Vice-Rei D. Garcia de Noronha 1538-1539. por Dom João de Castro,  Governador e Vice-rei, que depois foi, da India. Segundo MS. Autographo

Primeiro Roteiro da Costa da India desde Goa ate Dio: Narrando a viagem que fez o Vice-Rei D. Garcia de Noronha 1538-1539. por Dom João de Castro, Governador e Vice-rei, que depois foi, da India. Segundo MS. Autographo

by Joao de Castro

Large paper copy handsomely bound in the original full Spanish tree calf with red morocco label & gilt spine decor. Lithographed frontis of ruin, two large folded facsimiles of original manuscript, portrait of Joao Da Costa. Wide margined copy bound together with Atlas volume containing 15 large folded plates reproducing the original manuscript maps, plans & views bound in at the rear. ; 26x16 cm; xliv,xii,284 pages; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail.
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$1,350.00
Two Years Before the Mast -- 2 Volume Set in Slipcase -- A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea; Edited from the original manuscript and from the First Edition, with Journals and Letters of 1834-1836 and 1859-1860

Two Years Before the Mast -- 2 Volume Set in Slipcase -- A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea; Edited from the original manuscript and from the First Edition, with Journals and Letters of 1834-1836 and 1859-1860

The Ward Ritchie Press, 1964. Hardcover. Very Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Slipcase is in good condition. Cover boards are in good condition. Interior pages are tight and free from... Read more
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$25.00
Drawing of a seated Dervish with his followers seating in front of him and playing music, signed by Reza-i Abbasi

Drawing of a seated Dervish with his followers seating in front of him and playing music, signed by Reza-i Abbasi

by Safavid Isfahan school of painting by Reza-i Abbasi

1624 Drawing. Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). Titled in Persian "Majlis-I yawm-I sa'id ast" (Session of the happy day), signed "Raqm Kamineh Reza-i Abbasi" and dated 1034 AH.,- 1624 AD. Measurments of drawing: 13x11.5 cm (complete page: 23x17 cm)..
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$60,000.00
Book of Mormon (Authorized Edition)

Book of Mormon (Authorized Edition)

by Smith, Joseph, Jr

Independence MO: Herald Publishing House, 1992. 401 pp. Black leather, gilt edges, red ribbon marker, thumb-indexed. Compared with the original manuscript and the Kirtland Edition of 1837, which was carefully re-examined and compared with the original manuscript by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. Published by the Board of Publication of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Binding tight, text clean, no tears.. Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" -... Read more
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$17.00
Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Il Seraglio / Le Nozze di Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro / 'Figaros Hochzeit'.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Il Seraglio / Le Nozze di Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro / 'Figaros Hochzeit'.

by [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]

1970. Two volumes. London, Ernst Eulenburg, Ltd., London W1, No date (circa 1970). 14.5 cm x 19.5 cm. Volume I (Serail): XIII, 304 pages. Illustrated on frontispiece with a portrait engraving of Mozart by J.G. Mansfeld. Volume II: (Figaro) XXXI, 726 pages. Original Hardcover bound in green cloth with gilt lettering on front and spine. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear / Beide Baende in sehr gutem, eigentlich aussergewoehnlich guten Zustand. [Eulenburg Miniature Scores]. Volume... Read more
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€78.00
Amerika Ichijo Utsushi; Commodore Perry's Expedition to Hakodate: May 1854, A Private Account with Illustrations

Amerika Ichijo Utsushi; Commodore Perry's Expedition to Hakodate: May 1854, A Private Account with Illustrations

by Kojima, Matajiro; Alice Cheney, transl

Hakodate, Japan: The Hakodate Kyodo Bunkakai, 1953. Limited edition. Stiff card wraps. Fine. 2 volumes, 8vo. 174;102pp. Purple stiff paper wraps bound Japanese style with string ties. Double fold pages, printed paper titles, Japanese on volume 1 and English on volume 2, Volume 1 is a facsimile manuscript of Kojima's original journal/record of the Perry call at Hakodate in March of 1854. Illustrations (50) are incorporated into the manuscript. Many are in color. There is also a double-page... Read more
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$400.00
Narrative of the Overland Journey of Sir John and Lady Franklin and party from Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour 1842.

Narrative of the Overland Journey of Sir John and Lady Franklin and party from Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour 1842.

by BURN, David

Dubbo: Review Publications. 1977. Edited with an Introduction, notes and commentary by George Mackaness. (Australian Historical Monographs, reprint series.) 70pp, 5 b&w illustrations. Stapled in stiff green wrappers, as issued. A very good clean copy. ***First published in six monthly parts in the United Services Journal, June--December 1843 (and some brief extracts also appeared in the Launceston Examiner of 23 June 1928). Burn's original manuscript is in the Mitchell Library. This is a reprint... Read more
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AU$33.75
Gene Ward Collection Including An Inscribed Muhammad Ali Photo

Gene Ward Collection Including An Inscribed Muhammad Ali Photo

by Ward, Gene

New York: Gene Ward, 1974. A rare archive of material from Gene Ward who was a sports writer and boxing editor for The New York Daily News for over 50 years. Included in the archive is a large color photo portrait of Mr. Ward with Muhammad Ali that ALI HAS INSCRIBED,SIGNED AND DATED TO MR. WARD IN 1980. Also included in the archive are 14 different press releases for the Joe Frazier Vs Ali fight #2 that was held at Madison Square Garden in 1974. The press releases are illustrated with small photos of the... Read more
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$500.00
1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ABLE 27 YEAR OLD  OFFICER IN THE 83rd REGIMENT OF FOOT SOON AFTER THEIR RETURN FROM CANADA

1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ABLE 27 YEAR OLD OFFICER IN THE 83rd REGIMENT OF FOOT SOON AFTER THEIR RETURN FROM CANADA

by LT. FRANCIS JOHN HEXT, 83rd REGIMENT OF FOOT

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ENGLAND. Very Good. 1844. On offer is a super, original wonderfully detailed 1844 manuscript diary handwritten by Lieutenant Francis John Hext of the 83rd County of Dublin Regiment of Foot. Francis Hext was native to Bodmin Cornwall. The Regiment having returned from Canada the year before they settled in Northamptonshire. Francis records the daily life of a British officer in the army, parades, drills and marches, with a fair bit of time to be an avid huntsman and fisherman,... Read more
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$3,655.99
The Book Of Mormon : Compared With The Original Manuscript And The Kirtland Edition Of 1837, Which Was Carefully Re-Examined And Compared With The Original Manuscript By Joseph Smith And Oliver Cowdery

The Book Of Mormon : Compared With The Original Manuscript And The Kirtland Edition Of 1837, Which Was Carefully Re-Examined And Compared With The Original Manuscript By Joseph Smith And Oliver Cowdery

by Cowdery, Oliver; Smith, Jr., Joseph

Independence, Missouri, U.S.A.: Board Of Publication Of The Reorganized Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saint, 1953. Full-Leather. Very Good/Not Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Stated Twelfth Printing (1976). Includes Index. Authorized Edition. The Book Is Bound In Black Flexible Leather With Gilt Lettering On The Front And Spine. Five Raised Bands On The Spine. Silver Gilt On All Edges. Thumb Indexed (Black With Gilt Lettering). Red Marker Ribbon Bound In. Black... Read more
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$59.99
Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (Looking At)

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (Looking At)

by Michelle Brown

1994-06-02. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be re-issue. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!
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$34.05
Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of The Book of Common Prayer.

Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of The Book of Common Prayer.

by Church of England

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode and C. J. Clay and Sons, 1891. Hardcover. Very Good. 564 p. Rebound in full cloth with spine and cover material saved. Bookplate at front. Foxing on endpapers. Pages untrimmed. This particular volume comes from the library of Sir Archibald Hamilton Dunbar, Baronet of Northfield, Justice of the Peace and Captain of H. M. 66th regiment of the 8th battalion. This facsimile is of the revised manuscript of 1636. One note of curiosity is that the page numbering does not count... Read more
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$250.00
1938 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A GREAT FALLS MONTANA SINGLE  DAD WHO WORKS HARD TEACHING HIS SON THE MANLY ARTS OF SHOOTING, HUNTING,  TREATING SKINS AND READING BOOKS

1938 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A GREAT FALLS MONTANA SINGLE DAD WHO WORKS HARD TEACHING HIS SON THE MANLY ARTS OF SHOOTING, HUNTING, TREATING SKINS AND READING BOOKS

by UNIDENTIFIED

GREAT FALLS MONTANA MT. Very Good. 1938. On offer is an interesting, original 1938 manuscript diary handwritten by an unidentified man living with his son Bob in Great Falls Montana. While the author is unknown there are many clues that would undoubtedly allow local researchers to learn his identity. His birthday is on January 21st and a casual reading suggests he is a widower or divorced as there are many mentions of his son but never a mother. [A woman named Sue sees the boy a fair bit but her... Read more
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$1,285.99
1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

by Maurice Hahn

On offer is a fine collection of diaries and documents belonging to Maurice S. Hahn, CPA, a very successful finance and accounting professional in the United States. The diaries detail the life of a young student from rural Indiana at the end of the Depression—a man who would go on to build a very successful career and make a positive impact on his community. For an historian, they provide a fascinating look at mid-century student life at a major American university. The card and case are an excellent... Read more
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$2,599.99
A selection of the correspondence of Linnaeus and other naturalists, from the original manuscripts (vol. 2 only)

A selection of the correspondence of Linnaeus and other naturalists, from the original manuscripts (vol. 2 only)

by Smith, James E

Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London, 1821. 1st edition. Boards. Good/No Jacket. Torn label on spine, front hinge starting, edges untrimmed. Vol. 2 only. iv, 580 pp. plus unpaginated index at end. Folding plates of handwriting samples at rear somewhat foxed.
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£60.00
The Doctrine of the Millennium with the principal Scriptural Proofs and Testimonies on which it is founded, stated and examined and its Uses considered: being an abstract from the Introductory volume of Greswell's Exposition of the Parables 1837 [MS]

The Doctrine of the Millennium with the principal Scriptural Proofs and Testimonies on which it is founded, stated and examined and its Uses considered: being an abstract from the Introductory volume of Greswell's Exposition of the Parables 1837 [MS]

by GRESWELL, Edward

1837. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A manuscript transcription of part of Edward Greswell's 'Parables' on the Millennium. Bound in full contemporary blind stamped calf with gilt lines raised bands and a label. 243pp. Marbled endpapers and edges. The rear hinge is split but is holding firmly, appears to have been glued in restoration. A very attractive Victorian production.
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£320.00
The Diary of the Late George Bubb Dodington, Baron of Melcombe Regis from March 8, 1749, to February 6, 1761.

The Diary of the Late George Bubb Dodington, Baron of Melcombe Regis from March 8, 1749, to February 6, 1761.

by Dodington, George Bubb, baron Melcombe, 1691-1762

London, Printed for G. & T. Wilkie; and E. Easton, Salisbury, 1785. The third edition. With a half-title. Enormously wealthy as a result of an inheritance, Bubb was patron to Frederick, Prince of Wales, and to poets and writers such as Henry Fielding. He was the center of espionage gathered against the Jacobites. This diary, remarkably frank in showing the seeking of government positions, was first published in 1784. This edition includes new material that was subsequently suppressed. Hard Cover.... Read more
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$300.00
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

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 ‎‎ ) (1777–1800) was a... Read more
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$20,000.00
Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Now First Published from the Original Manuscript. 1936

Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Now First Published from the Original Manuscript. 1936

by Boswell, James; Johnson Samuel

London: William Heinemann Ltd. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. 1936. First Edition. Red hardback cloth cover. 240mm x 160mm (9" x 6"). xviii, 435pp. .
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£28.00
Cutting from a Carolingian liturgical book early C9th [MS]

Cutting from a Carolingian liturgical book early C9th [MS]

by [MS] [Bible]

Cutting from a Carolingian liturgical book. Manuscript in Latin on parchment [northern France first half of the ninth century] Long and tall half strip with holes cut out of one side , shaped to be re-used to support attachment of a board to the spine of a book, with remains of 21 lines in a fine and rounded Carolingian minuscule with a strong st-ligature and pronounced fish-tailing to bottom of descenders of capitals 'P' and 'Q', 2 rubrics in faded terracotta red capitals from a binding and hence with... Read more
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£2,500.00
Narrative of the Overland Journey of Sir John and Lady Franklin and party from Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour 1842.

Narrative of the Overland Journey of Sir John and Lady Franklin and party from Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour 1842.

by BURN, David

Sydney: D.S. Ford, Printers [for the editor]. 1955. Edited with an Introduction, notes and commentary by George Mackaness. (Australian Historical Monographs, no XXXII.) #81 of 135 numbered copies (for sale, another 15 were printed for presentation), signed by Mackaness. 72pp, 5 illustrations. Original green stiff yapp-edged wrappers. A very good to fine clean copy. ***First published in six monthly parts in the United Services Journal, June-December 1843 (some brief extracts also appeared in the... Read more
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AU$148.50
1983 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN ABOARD THE NOTED HMS FEARLESS  CRUISING TO TORTOLA PROVING MIDSHIPMAN EVEN 100s OF YEARS SEPARATED BY  TIME ARE STILL MUCH THE SAME SINCE THE AGE OF SAIL

1983 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN ABOARD THE NOTED HMS FEARLESS CRUISING TO TORTOLA PROVING MIDSHIPMAN EVEN 100s OF YEARS SEPARATED BY TIME ARE STILL MUCH THE SAME SINCE THE AGE OF SAIL

by TIM DEWING, MIDSHIPMAN

Very Good. 1983. On offer is an original, very interesting vintage manuscript relic of, as titled, "Two Months on HMS Fearless" handwritten by Royal Navy Midshipman Tim Dewing in 1983. Historians and collectors of life aboard a British Royal Navy ship will notice that while the book is contemporary there are many compatible moments for the young midshipman of the late 20th Century all the way back to the Age of Sail 'middys'. Dewing's journal is a casual affair in a flip top... Read more
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$1,755.99
CASH STREET

CASH STREET

by Spence, Ray

Boston: Liaison Publications, 1969. Paperback. Light shelfwear; price mark on cover. Very good. 158 pp. A pornographic novel. The adventures of sailors, prostitutes and the like on Cash Street, in the Panama Canal Zone. Cover advertises 'Original manuscript.' Distributed by Marble Dist., Boston. L16.
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$18.00
1943 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WHIP SMART AMERICAN ARMY  NURSE BASED IN SAN FRANCISCO BUT SERVING IN AUSTRALIA'S QUEENSLAND

1943 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A WHIP SMART AMERICAN ARMY NURSE BASED IN SAN FRANCISCO BUT SERVING IN AUSTRALIA'S QUEENSLAND

by LT. LOUISE A. HOHENER

TOWNSVILLE BRISBANE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA AUS. Very Good. 1943. On offer is an exceptional, original 1943 World War II manuscript diary handwritten by Army Nurse Lieutenant Louise A. Hohener a very composed, perhaps ambitious, nurse who writes in a largish 5 x 8 x 1inch page a day 'Woods' Australian Diary' book hardly missing a day and near fully covering each page most days with her erudite observations of the War effort, her colleagues, the doctors and officer staff she interacts with... Read more
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$3,285.99