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    Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, From the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency; edited from the original manuscripts by Jared Sparks [4 volumes] [provenance: Major Wm. H. Bean] by Sparks, Jared, editor

    Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1853. Hardcover. Very Good -. 4 volumes: viii, 549 p.; [4], 554 p.; [4], 560 p.; 555 p.; 28 cm. Original grey-brown cloth with gilt-stamped spine title: Correspondence of the Revolution: Letters to Washington. Blind-stamped decoration on spines and boards. Pale yellow endpapers. Pages in vol. 4 are unopened. Includes indices by send and by subject. Bookseller's label on front fixed endpaper of vol. 1 for W.H. Lowdermilk & Co., Washington, D.C. Oval stamp on front fixed endpapers: Historical Society of Montgomery County, Historical Hall, Norristown, Pa. Additional stamp on front fixed endpapers indicates that these volumes were given to the Society in 1932 by Mrs. A. Conrad Jones, from the library of Major William H. Bean. Call number written in white at tail of each spine. Major William Heebner Bean (1861-1904) graduated from West Point in 1886 and joined the Second Cavalry; during the Spanish American War he served in Cuba. In 1900 he was appointed Captain in the Subsistence Department and promoted to Major in 1902. He and his father, Col. Theodore W. Bean (d. 1891), were instrumental in the establishment of the Historical Society of Montgomery County. At the time of his death, he was preparing a work on the movements of General Washington in Montgomery County during the American Revolution, particularly focusing on the time at Valley Forge. The donor of the volumes was Major Bean's sister, Mary Louise Bean Jones (1863-1957). A heavy set; for international shipping, they will have to be sent by priority international. In Very Good- Condition: ex-library, as described above; spines are faded; ends of spines are starting to fray; corners are rubbed; clean and tight.



    The Decorated Letter by Alexander, J.J.G

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1978. Appears unread. No marks or inscriptions. No creasing to covers or to spine. A lovely clean very tight copy with bright unmarked boards and no bumping to corners. 119pp. The story of illuminated letters from European manuscripts from the 4th to the 15th century. Descriptive introduction over about twenty pages. With forty full colour full page images of decorated letters.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine. 11 x 8 inches.



    Lancaster's Mutiny and Custer's Reprieve. Manuscript. A Soldier's Souvenir: or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster, of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, A Martyr To the Cause of Truth and Justice; comprising: Short Biographical Sketches, with the Story of His Death Sentence, Reprieve, Banishment, Hardships and Final Release. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris. Pauly Brothers, Printers Eau Claire, Wis. 1896 by John M. Carroll. (Edited by)

    First Edition. Not Relevant. Very Good Condition. Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles This is a brilliant collection, based upon the extremely rare pamphlet 'A Soldier's Souvenir: or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster, of the Second Wisconsin Cavalry, A Martyr To the Cause of Truth and Justice; comprising: Short Biographical Sketches, with the Story of His Death Sentence, Reprieve, Banishment, Hardships and Final Release. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris. Pauly Brothers, Printers Eau Claire, Wis. 1896', with edited notes and explanatory text by Carroll. It is NOT the original manuscript by Ferris but the J.M. Carroll typed version. Not only do we have the finished typed manuscript from Carroll but we also have the first draft that was done together with photocopies of sources Carroll used, with notes and annotations made. Carroll starts with an Introduction to the piece in which he writes in quite a personal way. Explaining how he finds military mysteries fascinating, his struggle to find out what did actually happen to Major Wickcliffe Cooper which was hindered by Custer. It's nice to see Carroll showing us a bit about himself. He spent a lot of his life writing about someone else it's quite nice to see what Carroll was like, his interests and the challenges that he attempted. He then goes on to address the purpose of this paper and that is the case of Leonard Lee Lancaster of Company L of the 2nd Regiment of Wisconsin Cavalry Volunteers. He was supposed to be executed for mutiny but Custer gave him a reprieve at the last moment. Carroll (in this piece) wonders why that was and thinks he can solve it. Carroll's question is Lancaster's rank and 'whether Custer was responsible for the planned and ordered execution or not'. Carroll goes on to further his questions on this mystery of a man and then proceeds to give a biography of Lancaster's life. After this comes the entire text in 37 pages of 'A Soldier's Souvenir or The Terrible Experiences of Lieut. L. L. Lancaster. By Antoinette Barnum Ferris.' It's in this piece that there are a lot of annotations by Carroll to correct spelling, grammar and general layout mistakes. The piece is written by Ms. Ferris, a neighbour of the Lancaster family all her life and could see the distress that his situation was causing the family. As well as this, being so close to them gave her a bird's eye view of what was happening to him. This article starts with an introduction of background information on Lancaster's early life and goes on to explain his career in the army, where it went wrong for him and what happened because of this. At one point Ferris explains when Lancaster first went to jail. The cell is described in great detail, as are the people who were there at the same time as him. It comes to the point where Lancaster is given his discharge papers and can return home. It's at this point that Ferris really comes alive and describes in great detail what it was like when he entered his family home. For example 'Instead of the robust, light-hearted young soldier that went away to the wars in '61, there returned a shadow, - so worn and wasted by the hardships he had undergone that no one, not even his wife, knew him.' The book finishes off explaining how Lancaster then went on to apply for an honourable discharge. As well as the above, this collection includes the final typed draft done by Carroll. This piece has no annotations and is correct and as it should be. This is a one of a kind piece with the first draft, together with research notes and the final draft. It will make a great addition to any Custer collection. The format is Imperial 8.5 x 11 and in each section there are 51 pages plus 17 pages of photocopies with one of them. The pages are loose and are all stored in a brown envelope with a spilt pin fastening at the back and hand written on the front of it is: 'M.S.S. for Lancaster's Mutiny and Custer's Reprieve. John M. Carroll Editor.' John M. Carroll died in the summer of 1990 and left behind a vast body of work that added greatly to the scholarly study of Custer, and his writings should be considered the equal of Graham, Kuhlman, Brininstool, et al. Carroll devoted much of his life to the study of George Armstrong Custer, and wrote or edited many books on the subject. On his death his collection passed to his long time friend and associate Robert Aldrich, and it was finally sold at auction around 1996 by PBA. Material from his collection is now scarce on the open market, and in particular his own manuscripts, notes, and typescripts. Item Type: Manuscripts & Paper Collectibles. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; American West; General Custer. Inventory No: 188475..




    London: The Chiswick Press, 1945. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. 13 x 8 in. Red cloth boards. Condition is NEAR FINE ; no wear, very clean. Binding tight and text unmarked. DJ is VERY GOOD ; some wear and chips, a bit foxed/rubbed. Mus. Stax.




    n.p., 1909. Softcover. Very Good and absolutely one of a kind. A unique manuscript (5" x 8-1/2") accomplished in a decorative calligraphic style with small illustrations by Anita Helen Parkhurst of poems presumably written by the author when he was 11 years old, seven years before his first commercially published book, BLOWN LEAVES of 1916, and presented to his parents at Christmas. Bound in black limp leather held together with a leather strap in a spiral fashion and with a holograph paper title label on the front cover. The contents consist of ten leaves of stiff brown paper stapled to the binding at the gutter. The title page includes author, title, the name of the calligrapher and illustrator, the dedication to Peattie's parents, and the date of 25 December 1909. The eleven poems include the title poem, Spring and Summer, Savior, We Die, Irish Drinking Song, Moon Rise, Sorrow, Mid Night and Dawn, Pompei, The Storm, and The Ruined City. While the poems are what one might expect of an 11 year old, it is interesting to note that several are concerned with themes relating to natural history, a fitting subject for the writer who would become known to many as America's most lyrical naturalist and whose books would include AN ALMANAC FOR MODERNS, IMMORTAL VILLAGE, A BOOK OF HOURS, THE ROAD OF A NATURALIST, JOURNEY INTO AMERICA, and A NATURAL HISTORY OF TREES. On the inside front cover is the large later bookplate of Donald Culross Peattie. Donald Culross Peattie (June 21, 1898 - November 16, 1964) was a U.S. botanist, naturalist, and author. He was described by Joseph Wood Krutch as "perhaps the most widely read of all contemporary American nature writers" during his heyday. Peattie has been called America’s most lyrical naturalist. He was essentially a poet, for in his writing he combined science with the spirit of poetry. His work reveals a strong appreciation for beauty and a sense of the unity of nature, considerable philosophic insight, and a concern for good prose. His nature writings are distinguished by a poetic and philosophical cast of mind and are scientifically scrupulous. His best known works are the two books (out of a planned trilogy) on North American trees which he wrote in the late 1940s and early '50s. AN ALMANAC FOR MODERNS, the day-to-day observations and reflections of a sensitive naturalist, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Limited Editions Club. His 1939 FLOWERING EARTH was named the best horticultural book of the year, and in 1940 received a silver medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. His autobiographical THE ROAD OF A NATURALIST was awarded a prize by Houghton Mifflin in 1941.



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, [1962]. RE: Parkinson in Washington, DC, Philadelphia & NYC, MOMA, Guggenheim, publishers by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Washington, DC: Thomas F. Parkinson, [1962]. Typed letter signed, 2 pp. 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    [Handwritten title]: Original Manuscript of "Hall Caine - The Man and The Novelist" by C. Fred Kenyon with extensive Autograph Corrections & Revisions by the subject, Hall Caine. Inserted, are also six autograph letters, etc. by Hall Caine containing prefatory matter and suggestions for the "Life" 1901 by KENYON, C. Fred (and Hall Caine)

    1901. Fine. Manuscript. Large octavo. Approximately 40 unnumbered pages consisting of calligraphic title page, preface, and transcriptions of the Hall Caine Autograph Letters which are mounted to reveal both sides of the letters and include one envelope; followed by the manuscript of the biography consisting of 244 leaves handwritten on rectos only, with corrections and revisions in the hands of both Kenyon and Hall Caine. Beautifully bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in full blue morocco elaborated stamped in gilt and red, in custom cloth clamshell case. Fine; the case shows modest wear.The book also displays a later gift inscription: "To my dear and beloved friend David G. Joyce given this day Sunday May 21, 1916. Harry Dayton Sickles." A fascinating, if problematic inscription. Joyce was a noted Chicago book collector. Sickles was a horse of a different color: a forger who was in league with Eugene Fields, II. Indeed it is now widely thought that it was Sickles who did most of the actual forgery for which Fields, the son of the noted poet, was notorious.However, it seems unlikely that Sickles would go to the laborious trouble of forging a complete 244 page and little known biography, or even the Hall Caine letters, most of which are on either Caine's own stationary (Greeba Castle on the Isle of Man), or on that of his publisher (William Heinemann, 21, Bedford Street). It seems much more likely that Sickles was gifting the beautifully bound minor manuscript on a collector who might be more likely to pursue bigger game. Some searching reveals that Joyce seemed to be more interested in a book's binding than it's contents - an auction disbursement in 1922 of at least some of his library seemed almost devoted exclusively to sumptuous modern English bindings, of which this would qualify.Caine was a very popular Manx novelist of the period. A beautifully bound manuscript with interesting provenance and related correspondence.



    Laws and Ordinances of the State of Deseret (Utah). Compilation 1851. Being a Verbatim Reprint of the Rare Original Edition, with an Appendix

    Salt Lake City, UT: Shepard Book Company, 1919. Reprint of the original manuscript. Paperback. 98pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Tan and black printed wraps. Very good, with subtle age-toning to the wraps. "Important Announcement- "The Seventh Annual Session of the Legislature of the Territory of Utah commenced its session on December 14th, 1857, and adjourned sine die on January 22nd, 1858. Owing to the advance of General Albert Sidney Johnston's Army into Utah in 1857, during the Utah war, the laws of this session were never published, but have remained on file in the office of the Secretary of the Territory and State of Utah in manuscript form from that time until the present. To complete the file of the published laws of Utah, the publishers herein now publish, for the first time the laws of the Seventh Session on account of its historic value and to preserve an unbroken file of Utah's published laws." - Shepard Book Company.



    My Impression of the Roualt Exhibition displayed at the Utah State Art Museum December 15, 1941 to January 12, 1942 by [Jahn, Mary Lee.]

    NP, Mary Lee Jahn, 1972. Typed essay on 7 pp. of typing paper, with several color reproductions of Roualt's paintings apparently cut out of magazines and pasted on. There are two sets of handwritten notes on the essay, one apparently by a college instructor in red ink; the other in pencil by the author. Not signed, but attributed by internal evidence to children's book author and illustrator Mary Lee Jahn. (Jahn published three children's books in the 1940s.) Jahn had a one-woman exhibition of her drawings on exhibit at the Utah State Art Museum at the time of the Roualt exhibit, as she notes in her essay. Also included: two newspaper clippings, one about Jahn's latest children's book publication, the other about the Roualt exhibit; two etchings on drawing paper by Jahn, with explanatory note by her in pencil. Good condition, with some sunning and tattering at the edges of some pages.



    ANDRÉ'S JOURNAL. An Authentic Record of the Movements and Engagements of the British Army in America from June 1777 to November 1778 as Recorded from Day to Day [Edited by Henry Cabot Lodge] by André Major John

    Boston: The Bibliophile Society, 1903. 2 volumes. First Edition, LIMITED to 467 copies for Society Members only. Published from a manuscript discovered in 1902. With handsome engraved half-titles and titles and frontispiece portraits on Japan vellum and paper, additional illuminated titlepage in each volume in colour and gilt burnished, and with facsimiles from Andre's Journal of 38 maps and plans drawn by him during his service in America. The frontispiece engraved portrait of André in volume one is signed in pencil by the engraver William F. Hopson and the engraved titlepage is signed in pencil by designer E. D. French. The engraved portrait frontispiece to volume two is signed in pencil by engraver W.H.W. Bicknell. 4to, publisher's full vellum, gilt framed on the covers which feature gilt coat of arms and gilt lettered on the spines. xx, 135; [vi], 78 pp. A fine bright copy, the vellum just a bit mellowed as vellum is prone and a little rubbed at the joints. FIRST AND LIMITED EDITION OF THIS ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH ARMY DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. A very handsome production printed from the original manuscript of Major André's journal, which was not discovered until 1902. The journal is a very interesting and tactical account of the movements and engagements of the British Army from June 1777 to November 1778. André was eventually hanged as a spy by the Continental Army for assisting Benedict Arnold's attempted surrender of the fort at West Point. André's body was returned to England and interred at Westminster Abbey. The journal would remain undiscovered in England until 1902 and this handsome edition is the first printing of it.




    ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN, 1840. On offer is a very interesting circa 1840s notebook of James Lee, a pro-Temperance, likely English physician who has in his book written a speech called "The Physiological Action of Alcohol" and an essay called "At the North Pole" which may or may not be based on his first hand knowledge; 70 pages and 56 pages respectively. The essay is a vast description of the Arctic from the peoples to the formative creations of ice and rock and within the essay he opines and observes his ideas as to the Creator and the making of the vast wilderness to paraphrase. At the back of the premium gilt stamped, marbled edge book is an 8 page section used surgical operations diary, a few cases details of particular fascination are two cases involving poisoning by different methods and the results of treatment and some medicinal recipes. Overall G+.. Good+. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript.



    Choix de Manuscrits Enluminés, Miniatures & Livres Précieux. by GÜNTHER, JÖRN - HAMBURG & THOMAS-SCHELER - PARIS

    Very Good. Original Wraps. Catalogue, no number, September 2002. 33 items. Richly illus. in colour. Wrs. .


    AUD $33.00

    The Salisbury Plain Poems of William Wordsworth Salisbury Plain, or A Night on Salisbury Plain, Adventures on Salisbury Plain (including The Female Vagrant), Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain The Cornell Wordsworth by Wordsworth, William; Gill, Stephen (ed)

    New York: Cornell University Press, 1975. 1st Edition. hardbound. Very Good /no dustwrapper. large 8vo. b&w facsimile plates The first volume in the Cornell Wordsworth series, edited by Stephen Gill; Salisbury Plain, or A Night on Salisbury Plain, Adventures on Salisbury Plain (including The Female Vagrant), Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain; the aim of the series is to present Wordsworth's poems from first manuscript through all variant readings, to the final printing in the poet's lifetime, or the first posthumous printing; poems are shown page by page in facsimile photographs of original manuscripts, with printed text on facing page; Very Good and clean throughout in lightly rubbed boards



    The Writings of George Washington. Being his Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and other Papers, Official and Private, selected and published from the Original Manuscripts. With A Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations by Jared Sparks by WASHINGTON, George (1732-1799), [SPARKS, Jared, editor]

    Boston: American Stationers' Company; Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Metcalf, and Hilliard, Gray, and Co.; Boston: Russell, Shattuck, and Williams, and Hilliard, Gray, and Co. 1834-1837. [American History]. First Sparks Edition, also The First Collected Edition, large paper copies. Twelve volumes,quarto (26 x 18 x 52cm). All first issues except volume III which is a second issue. Illustrated with frontispieces to four volumes and thirty further plates as called for. Handsomely bound in recent tan half calf over marbled boards, gilt titles on red and green morocco squares to spines, gilt tooling to spines, marbled endpapers. Small closed tear to the bottom of the title page of volume VII. Some plates quite heavily browned as often found with some offsetting to neighbouring pages, otherwise the textblocks are generally clean and bright save for occasional light spotting. A smart and imposing presentation of this landmark work. Sabin 101765. According to Sabin: "There were many issues from stereotype plates and some sets are made up of volumes of varying dates"


    AUD $45.00

    Home at Grasmere part first book first of The Recluse by William Wordsworth edited by Beth Darlington The Cornell Wordsworth by Wordsworth, William; Darlington, Beth (ed)

    New York: Cornell University Press, 1977. 1st Edition. hardbound. Very Good/no dustwrapper. large 8vo. b&w facsimile plates A volume in The Cornell Wordsworth, being a critical edition of Home at Grasmere (Part First, Book First, of The Recluse), edited by Beth Darlington; the aim of The Cornell Wordsworth series is to present Wordsworth's poems from first manuscript through all variant readings, to the final printing in the poet's lifetime, or the first posthumous printing; poems are shown page by page in facsimile photographs of original manuscripts, with printed text (and footnotes) on facing page; light foxing to endpapers and prelims, o.w. Very Good throughout in lightly rubbed boards; PLEASE NOTE: this is a heavy book and may incur extra shipping charges depending on destination - no increase for Australian orders.



    Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experiences and Labours in the Gospel of James Gough, Late of the City of Dublin, deceased; Compiled from his original manuscripts, by his brother John Gough by Gough, James

    Dublin: Robert Jackson, 1781. Hardcover. Very Good. xxiv, 186 p.; 17 cm. Signatures: A-H12 I6 K4 (-K4) (12mo). Contemporary full speckled calf; six spine compartments between raised bands. Gilt-tooled leather label in second compartment with title "Gough's Life." Small paper label in first compartment with number "17." Blind-tooled decoration on board edges. Printed label on front fixed endpaper for Aimwell School Library. In 1796 the Society for the Free Instruction of Female Children was established in Philadelphia by three Quaker women. The name Aimwell School was adopted in 1807. The first edition of the memoirs of the English Quaker schoolmaster and author James Gough (1712-1780). Includes the author's An Epistle to Friends, in All Parts of Ireland (p. [159]-184). In Very Good Condition: edges rubbed; minor loss at head of spine; old dampstaining to fore-edges; light foxing throughout; otherwise clean and tight.



    Family papers including hair genealogy – “My Children’s Hair” (1808-1833) and correspondence between a mother and her sons as they explored the Northwest Territories (1856-1859) for the James Rogers’ family, New Castle Delaware, New Castle, Delaware, chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Attorney General and Secretary of State of Delaware.

    James Rogers (1789-1870) married Maria Booth in 1807. Materials include: a. Genealogy and snippets of each of the children’s hair. Two pages attached at top. The first has an affixed 2 ¾” x 2 ½” embossed envelope that reads “My Children’s Hair” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet with thirteen (13) snippets of hair sewn to the page. Each is captioned with a child’s name and date of birth. The reverse lists specific genealogical information including birth and marriage information about the parents and the specific day and time of birth for each child. This list ends after 1827. The children were born between 1808 and 1831. b. A scrap album page with hair with plaited hair held in place with gold hearts from the parents James and Marie while they were courting in 1804. Also includes a snippet from a newspaper announcing their wedding. Additionally there is the top of this page, which has separated from the hair that has a woven paper wreath with a hand-penned verse” Accept my dear flower which time cannot fade …emblem of my love for you”. Dated 1806. c. A letter with transcription from Maria to son Robert, an attorney in San Francisco in 1856 containing family news and reference to an unfortunate incident that had occurred in San Francisco in the recent past. d. A letter with transcription to Maria from son Julian, while serving as clerk to Major Franklin E. Hunt; Camp Floyd’s First Army Paymaster, August 12, 1857, Fort Kearny N.T. Discussing the trials and tribulations of traversing geography to reach the soldiers and give them their pay describing the frontier prairies destitute of all kinds of game and seeing where a herd of buffalo had been killed. A report on Southern Californians complaining of the overabundance of buffalos trying to get to their cattle. He continues by describing Fort Kearny and its surrounding landscape. He then asks after family members and concludes with a postscript “The Cheyenne Indians run off with 840 beef cattle a few days ago, belonging to the contractor and intended for the Utah Expedition. They killed one of the herdsman and wounded another. They are more the boldest Indians of the plains and it is a pity Col. Sumner did not meet them. This occurred only thirty miles from the fort.” e. The final item is a letter with transcription from Maria to son Julian from Boothhurst, New Castle, Delaware on September 17 through 18, 1857. Laments her concern for the safety of Julian as the papers are discussing those “horrid Mormons and are raising troops to occupy narrow passes in the road and how Brigham Young laughs at the idea of government send in troops to Utah as late in the season, when in all probability could weather will catch them before they cross the mountains”. Then discusses the passing of an aunt. This is followed by father (James) going to town to get letters from a steamer that is not insight. James returns without the letters. Additional news from the following day James returns from town with no letters and melancholy news of the loss of the Steamer.



    The Lindisfarne Gospels by Janet Backhouse

    Oxford UK: Phaidon, 1981. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good +/very good. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. 96 pages. Condition of the book is Very Good+, looks new on all points. Dust jacket is Very Good, very light surface wear. STK



    A Chronicle of the First Thirteen Years of the Reign of King Edward the Fourth by Warkworth, John & Halliwell, James Orchard (editor)

    London: The Camden Society, 1839. Bookplate inside front board. Foxing to end papers. No other marks or inscriptions. No creasing to covers or to spine. Very clean very tight pages with lightly marked/shaded boards and minor bumping to corners. Spine slightly rubbed at ends with clear gilt lettering/embossing. 79pp. This account of English history includes the mysterious death of King Henry VI. The original manuscript dates from the fifteenth century. Includes facsimile from the original.. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8.75 x 7 inches.



    Statutes and Register of the Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord; manuscript on parchment and paper, in Italian by Statutes and Register of the Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord

    ONLY SURVIVING MANUSCRIPT OF THE UNEDITED AND UNPRINTED STATUTES OF PARMA'S CONFRATERNITY OF THE FIVE WOUNDS OF OUR LORD. Manuscript on parchment and paper, in Italian, Italy (Parma), 1563-1735. Dimensions c. 265 x c. 190 mm. 24 (parchment) + 6 (paper) folios, WRITTEN IN 4 PARTS: (i) ff. 1-4v written in Italian Humanistic script by two hands, imprint and traces of WAX SEAL on f.3 dated 1589; (ii) ff. 5v-22 written in several Italian cursive hands, dated 1680-1733; (iii) ff. 22v-24v, in several large non-cursive hands, dated 1680-1735; (iv) ff. 24-29 written in seventeenth-century Italian cancelleresca by one hand. BINDING: Contemporary folder binding of cardboard with parchment outer covering, warping but stable condition, indecipherable writing in brown ink by several hands on front and back. TEXT: Only extant manuscript of the ten foundational statutes of Parma's Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord, with an extensive register recording its members, and the rules of a second unidentified confraternity dedicated to the Stigmata of St. Francis. These texts illustrate the social, cultural, and religious values of two lay confraternities. Confraternities were (and still are) associations of laypeople centered around carrying out pious and charitable works, which through their performance and associated indulgences prepared members for a favorable afterlife. The extensive list of named members offers new evidence relevant to the history of Parma at the height of the Farnese power. PROVENANCE: The manuscript was written gradually over centuries, dates throughout. The main part of the manuscript is affiliated with the Church of San Ambrosio in Parma (now demolished). The statutes contemporary with the Confraternity's founding were ratified by Ferdinando Farnese, cousin of the powerful Duke Alessandro Farnese. The second section is dated 1589. Following is a register with names of the men who belonged to the Confraternity recorded between 1669 and 1735. The manuscript's final text, written in the seventeenth century, was not written for the Confraternity but rather for a confraternity dedicated to the Sacred Stigmata. It is unclear whether it was written in Parma. The manuscript was later in a private European collection. CONDITION: Moderate wear, discoloration, and staining throughout parchment quires with minor rippling, chipping or chewing at edges, paper quire has some staining, flecking, folding at corners, uneven bottom edges, worming on blank last folio, no text loss. Full description and pictures available. (TM 939)

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