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Map of a Mill Dam in the Village of Yonkers in the County of West Chester and

Map of a Mill Dam in the Village of Yonkers in the County of West Chester and

by FINDLAY, Andrew

WATERCOLOR MAP OF THE SAW MILL RIVER DAM. YONKERS, NEW YORK, 1841FINDLAY, Andrew, Surveyor (b. 1811). Map of a Mill Dam in the Village of Yonkers in the County of West Chester and State of New York Belonging to Wells & Paddock. Scale 100 Feet to an Inch. West Farms Oct: 7th 1841. Andrew Findlay Surveyor. Folio (22 ½ x 15 ¾"), Original Manuscript Map, partly in color, signed twice by the surveyor, Anthony Findlay, with manuscript references and contents [32 lines]. West Farms,... Read more
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$1750.00
Proeve over de kust von Guinea, houdende eene poging tot

Proeve over de kust von Guinea, houdende eene poging tot

by FENNEKOL, Frederich Willilem

ONCE-UPON-A-TIME WE OWNED THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT
[FENNEKOL, Frederick Willem (1761 or 2-1837). Proeve over de kust van Guinea, koudende eene poging tot onderzoek, hoe, en in noeverre, dat land tot eene ware volkplanting zou kunnen gevormd worden. 8vo, original plain gray boards, pp. 154, [1], uncut. S'Gravenhage: J. Immerzeel, Junior, 1831.
First Edition. With half-title. Fine copy of a plan to establish Dutch settlements in Guinea, West Africa, as a method of making the Dutch part of the Gold... Read more
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$300.00
Collection of material related to the Henry Fawcett, M.P.: chromolithograph, prints of engravings, and two letters with original autographs by Fawcett.

Collection of material related to the Henry Fawcett, M.P.: chromolithograph, prints of engravings, and two letters with original autographs by Fawcett.

by Henry Fawcett, M.P.; Illustrated London News, The Hornet & Vanity Fair (London)

London, UK: Henry Fawcett. Illustrated London News, The Hornet & Vanity Fair, 1872 & 1880.. Chromolithograph from Vanity Fair 9.5" x 14", Good with marginal tears, some creasing; published Dec. 21, 1872; clipping on Fawcett affixed to verso. 9" x 15" Print of Engraving of Fawcett from The Hornet, with related clipping affixed to verso Good with tiny marginal tear, creasing. 9" x 12" Print of Engraving of Fawcett from The Illustrated London News, Very Good with toning. Two Autographed Letters signed by... Read more
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$600.00
GROUP OF NINETEEN (19) LETTERS FROM GORDON TO EDWARD D. KIMBALL AND A FEW OTHERS, DATED 28 JANUARY 1862 TO 21 AUGUST 1862, INCLUDING THREE LETTERS WRITTEN TO GORDON, PLUS THREE (3) RECEIPTS

GROUP OF NINETEEN (19) LETTERS FROM GORDON TO EDWARD D. KIMBALL AND A FEW OTHERS, DATED 28 JANUARY 1862 TO 21 AUGUST 1862, INCLUDING THREE LETTERS WRITTEN TO GORDON, PLUS THREE (3) RECEIPTS

by Gordon, O.H

1862. Original manuscripts. Very Good. The letters from Gordon are datelined New York. The receipts cover an Oregon War Loan, a deposit slip for Phenix Bank, NYC, and a quarterly statement of Kimball's account Gordon. Partial contents of the letters include: The Burnside Expedition; price and availabilty of Java Coffee; Chinese shipping; financial matters, stocks and bonds; Civil War news from the South and from the West; sleighing in Salem and Concord; $5,000 Oregon War Loan; US Government... Read more
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$250.00
ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, July 11, 1978. RE: week spent in Idaho, LA County Museum.

ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, July 11, 1978. RE: week spent in Idaho, LA County Museum.

by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1978.. Hand-written letter signed, 2 pp., single leaf recto & verso, 8.5" x 11" Oblong. Good with marginal tear. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.
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$50.00
ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, July 16, 1974. RE: Guillemot Cove (near Seabeck, Washington).

ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, July 16, 1974. RE: Guillemot Cove (near Seabeck, Washington).

by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1974.. Hand-written letter signed, 4 pp. recto & verso, 7" x 10.75". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.
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$50.00
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
ALS Lady Frere, October 24, 18[89?].

ALS Lady Frere, October 24, 18[89?].

by Catherine Arthur, Lady Frere, Widow of Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, K.C.B

Wimbledon, London, UK: Lady Frere, 18[89?].. Autographed Letter, 2 pp., Ink on Wove Paper 4.5" x 7", Very Good; mounted on larger sheet with MS notes, 10" x 12", Very Good with minor creasing & toning.
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$50.00
A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland.

A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland.

by LACOMBE, Jean de

London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. First edition. Limited: # 86 of 300 copies. Black cloth spine, batik covered boards. Printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schouten's Oost-Indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as end papers are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. Bookplate of Herbert Eberhard Hering, a noted... Read more
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£225.00
Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper cover in manuscript "Uma tsukaikata. Gozo ron hiso" ["For the Horse Doctors: Theory of the Five Organs.  Secret Information Written"]

Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper cover in manuscript "Uma tsukaikata. Gozo ron hiso" ["For the Horse Doctors: Theory of the Five Organs. Secret Information Written"]

by EQUINE MEDICINE

Many fine drawings, some double-page, some single-page, a few heightened in wash of several colors. 47 folding leaves. Large 8vo (298 x 217 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), new stitching. [Japan: early to mid-Edo]. A fine and well-illustrated equine medicine manuscript, based on the traditional Chinese veterinary medical theories of the five organs (liver, heart, spleen, lung, and kidney), their seven related personality traits (anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness, surprise,... Read more
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$4500.00
OS MANUSCRITOS DO ARQUIVO DA CASA DE CADAVAL RESPEITANTES AO BRASIL. [2 Vol.]

OS MANUSCRITOS DO ARQUIVO DA CASA DE CADAVAL RESPEITANTES AO BRASIL. [2 Vol.]

by RAU. (Virginia) e Maria Fernanda Gomes da Silva

Soft Cover. Good. [Por] ..., Professora da Universidade de Lisboa e [Por]..., Bolseira do Instituto de Alta Cultura. Volume I [Volume II]. Acta Universitatis Conimbrigensis. Por Ordem da Universidade. Coimbra. 1956. 2 volumes de 26x19,5 cm. Com xv, 540, [iii]; [iv], 478, [iii] págs. Brochados. Ilustrados em extratexto. Exemplar com carimbo oleográfico na folha de anterrosto do 2º volume, que está por abrir. I-99-B-12
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€150.00
Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours

Illuminated Manuscript Leaf: The Entombment, Miniature from a Book of Hours

by ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF

Tours, France: np, 1500. first edition. nb. Very Good. EXTRAORDINARY ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF FEATURING A MINIATURE OF THE ENTOMBMENT BY A FOLLOWER OF JEAN BOURDICHON AND JEAN POYER. C.1500. A stunning leaf from a Book of Hours by an illuminator working in Tours, France, c.1500, in the style of master illuminators Jean Poyer (fl. 1483-1503) and Jean Bourdichon (c.1459-1521) of the celebrated "School of Tours". The Entombment, shown in a periscopic view, features figures rendered with a remarkable... Read more
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$18000.00
1743 HANDWRITTEN DEED OF SALE BY JOSEPH CAREW TO JOHN COLVER,  NORWICH, CONNECTICUT

1743 HANDWRITTEN DEED OF SALE BY JOSEPH CAREW TO JOHN COLVER, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT

by Connecticut, Norwich / Carew, Joseph

1743. Original manuscript. Very Good. One page, folio, 42 lines written in sepia ink on laid paper. In part: "...I Joseph Carew of Norwich in the County of New London and Colony of Connecticut in New England for and in Consideration of the Sum of four Hundred pounds in True Bills of Credit...Convey and Confirm unto him...Eighty Rods of Land in sd. Norwich which I bought of Palmer Carew... [detailed parameters follow] ... [signed] Joseph Carew. Wax seal. [Witnessed by] Isaac Huntington and... Read more
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$100.00
Les Chrétiens. Drame en ver libres en Huit Tableaux. Original manuscript.  Manuscrit Inédit.

Les Chrétiens. Drame en ver libres en Huit Tableaux. Original manuscript. Manuscrit Inédit.

by Lombard, Jean (1854-1891)

Marseille: 1889. Small folio..20 x 30 cm. Unbound. ...Original manuscript in ink. 90pp.... Né à Toulon, Jean Lombard (1854-1891), socialiste et écrivain, fut l’organisateur du Congrès ouvrier réuni à Marseille en 1879. On sait que Frédéric Mistral, républicain avancé en 1848, évolua assez vite vers des positions beaucoup plus modérées....Jean Lombard (26 September 1854 – 17 July 1891) was a French novelist of the late nineteenth century.... Read more
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$1500.00
Ordo Portae :

Ordo Portae :

by Bastaf, Serif (Ed. & Trans.)

A 1st ed. good+ paperback, tanning & other defects on cov. & spine as in image, text block very good some aging of paper. Doctoral thesis. Manuscript in Greek with French translation, commentary in French; brief summary in Hungarian, 1 plate detail of original manuscript.45p. 23x15,5cm. 150gr.
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€39.00
TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 31, 1973. RE: family, Berkeley politics, Parkinson explaining why he was not running for Berkeley City Council.

TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 31, 1973. RE: family, Berkeley politics, Parkinson explaining why he was not running for Berkeley City Council.

by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1973.. Typed letter signed, Single Page, recto & verso, 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.
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$50.00
Law West of the Pecos: The Story of Judge Roy Bean (The Original Manuscript)

Law West of the Pecos: The Story of Judge Roy Bean (The Original Manuscript)

by Lloyd, Everett

The Naylor Company, 1967. Paperback. Very Good. Revised and enlarged edition 1967, very good paperback shows shelf and edgewear, bit of scotch tape at spine head, names at bottom of half title and some other light trace wear. 106 pages with black & white illustrations. Still a solid copy of this "..fair, impartial and genuinely entertaining biography of a man whose life has largely been lost in enigma; one about whom many laughable stories have been told and printed.
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$15.00
My Impression of the Roualt Exhibition displayed at the Utah State Art Museum December 15, 1941 to January 12, 1942.

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... Read more
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$100.00
1903-1907 GROUP OF NINE (9) HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND RECEIPTS ON LETTERHEADS AND BILLHEADS FROM VARIOUS INDIAN TERRITORY SETTLEMENTS

1903-1907 GROUP OF NINE (9) HANDWRITTEN LETTERS AND RECEIPTS ON LETTERHEADS AND BILLHEADS FROM VARIOUS INDIAN TERRITORY SETTLEMENTS

by Indian Territory

1903. Original documents. Very Good. Nine items, octavo and duodecimo. (1) Sapulpa Lodge, A.O.U.W [Ancient Order of United Workmen]., ALS re a Medical Examination Policy and Benefits Policy. (2) Addie Lodge, A.O.U.W., ANS re Beneficiary Certificate. (3) US Court in the Indian Territory, receipt for deposit in the Guardianship Case of Lizzie Mishannahtubbe. (4) J.N. Duncan, Hardware & Groceries, Duncan, I.T. re "Assessment No. 5," etc. (5) H.E. Roderick, Druggist, Madill, I.T. re the... Read more
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$150.00
AL Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, November 13, 1984. RE: origins of the universe, "Purple Rain".

AL Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, November 13, 1984. RE: origins of the universe, "Purple Rain".

by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1984.. Hand-written letter, 2 pp., single leaf recto & verso, 8.5" x 5.5". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.
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$50.00
Imperio del Giappone

Imperio del Giappone

by KAEMPFER, Engelbert; TIRION, Isaak; ALBRIZZI, Giovanni Battista and DE L'ISLE, Guillaume

[Venice,: Giovanni Battista Albrizzi,, 1740].. 365 by 502mm. (14.25 by 19.75 inches).. Engraved map. The third state of the map, with the title changed to 'Imperio del Giappone' and published in Albrizzi's 'Atlante Novissimo'. Albrizzi (1698-1777) began to publish Salmon's 'Modern History…or, the present State of all Nations', 'Lo Stato Presente Di Tutti Paesi E Popoli Del Mondo' in 1731, when he issued volume one. The second volume "containing the map of Japan was published only in 1734. By 1738, the... Read more
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£500.00
AL Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, November 18, 1974. RE: dinner guests from Italy, cuisine. Only first two pages present.

AL Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, November 18, 1974. RE: dinner guests from Italy, cuisine. Only first two pages present.

by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

Verona, Italy: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1974.. Hand-written letter, 2 pp. recto & verso, 7" x 5.5" Oblong. Very Good. Missing conclusion. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.
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$50.00
Curso de Paracaidismo (24 de junio al 14 de julio) 1974. [Parachute Course. June 24 to 14 July 1974.]

Curso de Paracaidismo (24 de junio al 14 de julio) 1974. [Parachute Course. June 24 to 14 July 1974.]

by [Chávez, Hugo]

[Venezuela], 1974. In custom made paper cover. Saddle-stitched. Paper-taped spine. In fine condition.. In custom made paper cover. Saddle-stitched. Paper-taped spine. [21] leaves. 22 pages of handwritten text in blue ink, signed on the last page. Unique, signed manuscript diary of the former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, written during his parachute course at the Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences in Caracas between June 24 and July 14, 1974. With detailed daily entries about his political... Read more
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$19501.20
Original manuscripts by (the later ) Anti-Dreyfusard Henri Rochefort against Léon Gambetta et al.

Original manuscripts by (the later ) Anti-Dreyfusard Henri Rochefort against Léon Gambetta et al.

by Rochefort, Henri (1831 - 1913); Anti-Dreyfusard

hâlons-sur-Saône: 1882-1884. 3 MANUSCRITS autographe signés "Henri Rochefort", [1882-1884]; 2 pages in-4 environ chaque, découpées pour impression et remontées, avec ratures et corrections. * Lettre ouverte à Ayraud-Degeorge, Châlons-sur-Saône 1er novembre [1882] (manque un petit fragment). Sur les troubles à la houillère Chagot de Montceau-les-Mines, dénonçant un "complot gambettiste", soutenu par un juge d'instruction clérical, et la troupe;... Read more
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$500.00
Bilderbuch:  Der Kampf mit dem Drachen

Bilderbuch: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen

Hardcover. Rope binding. . Very Good. Original fairy tale with disarming naive watercolors that thoroughly illustrate the tale. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 8vo. 19 by 28.5 cm. 11 leaves of heavy card, each with a mounted watercolor illustration on the verso, and mounted text page, in verse surrounded by Jugenstil line decorations, on the facing rectos. The watercolors all cover every inch of their boards, and this imparts a rich lushness seldom encountered in such juvenile efforts. The narrative... Read more
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$2500.00