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    Forensic Medicine by George Edgar Septimus Ward

    London: N.p., 1920's?. Flexible dark green buckram, gilt lettered, neat double-spaced typescript in red and black, 23 lectures in 136 pages; a very good copy Carefully preserved notes of the comprehensive lectures on forensic medicine given by Dr. Ward at London's Middlesex Hospital, his "interest in clinical medicine . . . taught clearly and impressively to many generations of students at the Middlesex


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    Oeuvres De Rabelais; Precedees De Sa Biographie et D'une Disertation Sur La Prononciation Du Francais Au XVIe Siece, et Accompagnees De Notes Explicatives Du Texte by Sardou, M.A.L

    San Remo: Chez J. Gay et Fills, Editeurs, 1874. Limited Edition. Small Octavo. In three volumes, #139/478 copies on Hollande, portrait frontispiece of Rabelais, Much of this work has been taken from original manuscripts housed in the National Library. A fine set, handsomely bound by V. Champs in 3/4 red morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers, raised bands, spine lettering and top edges gilt, original printed green wrappers bound in. A superb set.


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    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SOURCES 1745-1799. VOLUME 37 NOVEMBER 1, 1798 - DECEMBER 13, 1799 by George Washington | John C. Fitzgerald (editor)

    Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1939. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. A clean and sturdy copy, with just a few spots on the leading edge of the textblock. With frontispiece protected with tissue guard. There are no marks in the book. Very Good binding.


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    Interzone by Burroughs, William S. (James Grauerolz, editor)

    (Np, 1989): Viking Press. First Edition. Octavo. Unrevised proof, 194pp., James Grauerholz, who was the editor states... "This book was conceived as a response to the exciting news in 1984 that the original manuscript of Interzone, the working title of the book that, in somewhat different form, was to become Naked Lunch, was rediscover among Allen Ginsberg's papers at Columbia University. Interzone has been compiled with the intentions that readers may now be able to see that transformation take place in the course of one volume". Bound in pictorial gray stiff paper wraps lettered and decorated in in black, faint crease to front cover and light creasing to corner of rear panel, slight bump to foot. A very good clean copy.


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    Illuminated Manuscript: Leaf with Miniature Depicting Job by Illuminated Manuscript

    Paris: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Fine. Striking vellum leaf with large, colorful miniature of the classic scene of Job on the dunghill. On recto: Two-part miniature featuring Job. In the center of the top image is Job, wearing only a loincloth, on a dunghill, with three men dressed in lavish robes on his left. In the background is a castle surrounded by greenery; in the distance, there are buildings on a hill, painted in shades of blue. The bottom image features the Devil pursuing Job. Golden ornate pillars border the two scenes. Top image measures 95 x 60 mm (approx. 3.7 x 2.4 inches); bottom image measures 20 x 60 mm (approx. 0.8 x 2.4 inches). Miniature (including border) measures 135 x 95 mm (approx. 5.3 x 2.4 inches) in its entirety. One illuminated three-line foliate initial (the letter "D") in burnished gold, blue, and green. The text is from Psalm 114. On verso: 22 lines of text written in Latin gothic script with brown ink on vellum. 9 single-line illuminated initials in burnished gold and red/blue. Colorful border along left margin with pink and blue flowers against a burnished gold background, alternating with blue and gold acanthus leaves. The text is from Psalm 114 (continued from recto). Paris: c. 1510. Size: 160 x 105 mm (approx. 6.3 x 4.1 inches). Small abrasions to the sky and bottom image of Job in the miniature. A bright, clean leaf. The text in Latin: Recto: Dilexi, quoniam exaudiet Dominus … Verso: Vocem orationis meae. Quia inclinavit aurem suam mihi: et in diebus meis invocabo. Circumdederunt me dolores mortis: pericula inferni invenerunt me. Tribulationem, et dolorem inveni: et nomen Domini invocavi. O Domine, libera animam meam, misericors Dominus, et iustus: et Deus noster miseretur. Custodiens parvulos Dominus: humiliatus sum, et liberavit me. Convertere anima mea in requiem tuam: quia Dominus benefecit tibi. Quia eripuit animam meam de morte: oculos meos a lacrymis, pedes meos a lapsu. Placebo Domino: in regione vivorum. English translation: Recto: I have loved, because our Lord … Verso: … our Lord will hear the voice of my prayer. Because He hath inclined His ear to me: and in my days I will call upon Him. The sorrows of death have compassed me: and the pains of hell have found me. I have found tribulation, and sorrow: and I called on the name of our Lord. O Lord, deliver my soul, merciful Lord, and just: and our God hath mercy. Our Lord keepeth little ones: I was humbled, and He hath delivered me. Turn O my soul into thy rest: because our Lord hath done good to thee. Because He hath delivered my soul from death: my eyes from tears, my feet from sliding. I will please our Lord in the country of the living.


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    The Captivi of Plautus by Linday, W. M.,(editor)

    New York: Arno Press, 1979. Octavo. Reprinted from the 1900 London edition. 384 pp. Latin texts and commentary. Edited with introduction, apparatus criticus and commentary by W.M. Lindsay. The editor, Lindsay re-collated the original manuscript for this edition and provided a full apparatus criticus. Bound in green cloth simulating leather, lettered in gilt, some scattered foxing to endpapers. A near fine copy.


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    [Original Manuscript]: Gray Steel: J.C. Smuts, A Study in Arrogance by ARMSTRONG, Henry Courtney

    Near Fine. Typed manuscript. Approximately 390 hand-numbered carbon leaves typed rectos only with scattered hand-corrections by the author, and some cut and pasted leaves. Punch holes in left margins and tied into sections with ribbons. A few pages pulled through, overall very good or better. Note at the end: "E Copy for U.S.A. ... 10,000 more to come after MS." Although complete as it stands, the last 45 pages of the published book are lacking here. Armstrong was a British officer who wrote several biographies, including those of Mustafa Kamal of Turkey and King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Smuts was a South African-born British Commonwealth leader. He served as prime minister of the Union of South Africa. He led the Boer Commandos in the Second Boer War, and later led the armies of South Africa against Germany in World War I. He became a field marshal in the British Army in 1941, and served in the Imperial War Cabinet under Winston Churchill. He was the only person to sign both of the peace treaties ending the First and Second World Wars. This manuscript was possibly used in the preparation of the American or a later edition. Originally published by Arthur Barker in London in 1937. Accompanied by a later printing of the book.


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    Catalogue 250: Books, Prints, Autographs, Bookplates by Goodspeed, Charles E

    Boston, Mass: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1935. Octavo. 18p. Specially printed by Goodspeed with advance copies bound with an original manuscript leaf provided by an bound by Judge Beals. These reminiscences of Charles Eliot Goodspeed (1887-1950) describe the various aspects of the world of serious book collecting ending with forgeries that he unhappily bought but openly explains how the was hoodwinked. This copy is inscribed to: Walter B. Beals, the noteworthy judge on the Supreme Court of Washington State as well as the Nazi Trials at the end of World War II and a collector of rare manuscripts and book. Goodspeed writes the following to him: "I am highly honored by the thought which prompted Judge Beals to place this unique binding on my jottings and that he has found them of sufficient interest to preserve them in this manner. With my best wishes to him for the interesting year, 1936 now before us I am, Cordially, Charles E. Goodspeed, Boston, Mass., December 24, 1935. The only other edition with the special vellum indenture binding is at the American Antiquarian Society.


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    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SOURCES 1745-1799:VOLUME 38 A-N GENERAL INDEX AND VOLUME 39 O-Z LIST OF LETTERS BY DAVID M. MATTESON (TWO VOLUME SET) by John C. Fitzpatrick (editor)

    Washington: Government Printing Office, 1944. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Octavo. Some light toning to the endpapers; otherwise a clean 2 volume set. Very Good binding.


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    Muse, Anthology of Modern Poetry, Poe Memorial Edition by Lovell, Devora (compiler), Dorothy Kissling and Arthur H. Nethercot (editors)

    New York; (1938): Carlyle Straub. Limited Edition. Thick Quarto. First printing limited to 3000 copies. The present copy is number 677. Portrait frontispiece, 866pp.plus a reproduction of the original manuscript for The Raven tipped in, reproduction a a manuscript letter from Poe tipped in, reproduction of the original newspaper publication of The Raven from The Evening Mirror and The American Review folded and tipped and a reproduction of the poem Eulalie tipped in, and an index, with several pages listing contributors. A fine bright copy bound in 1/4 beige buckram over blue cloth covered boards decoratively stamped in blind, lettering gilt. In very good pictorial dust jacket with chipping to spine ends, closed tear to rear panel and chipped from corners. In all, a very nice copy.


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    Illuminated Manuscript: Leaf with Miniature of the Raising of Lazarus by Illuminated Manuscript

    France: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Lovely miniature, with vibrant blue border, depicting the Raising of Lazarus. Miniature of the Raising of Lazarus. In the bottom right corner is Lazarus, who has been dead for four days, when Christ calls him back to life in answer to the pleas of Lazarus' two sisters, Mary and Martha. The sisters are behind Christ, who is gesturing for Lazarus to emerge from his tomb. Surrounding the image is a bright border in blue with yellow flowers and buds as well as a skull in the center of the bottom margin. Miniature measures 99 mm x 66 mm (approx. 3.9 x 2.6 inches). One 4-line illuminated initial (the letter "D") in burnished gold and blue. The text, written in gold-brown Latin gothic script on vellum, is from Psalm 114. Verso not examined (leaf not taken out of frame). France: c. 1520. Size (with frame): 245 mm x 210 mm (approx. 9.6 x 8.3 inches). In gilt wooden frame and silk matting. A fine leaf. The text in Latin: Dilexi, quoniam exaudiet Dominus: vocem orationis meae. Quia inclinavit aurem suam mihi. English translation: I have loved, because our Lord: will hear the voice of my prayer. Because he hath inclined his ear to me.


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    DS: U.S. Patent Signed by James Buchanan (as Secretary of State) and Edmund Burke (as Commissioner of Patents) by Buchanan, James and Edmund Burke

    Folio. U.S. Patent Signed by James Buchanan (1791-1868) as Secretary of State, and Edmund Burke as Commissioner of Patents) as Commissioner of Patents; Washington, D.C. November 8, 1845. A beautiful one page document on vellum issuing a patent to John B. Chellar, Eber Jones and Peter Low of Troy, New York for a new and useful improvement in Cooking Stoves. Together with 13 1/2" x 10" (ends folded) hand drawn pen-and-ink rendering of the stove, and another 11 3/4" x 15 3/4" manuscript leaf written on both sides, on vellum describing the stove and its mechanisms, signed by the inventors and two witnesses. Some marginal soiling and fold marks. A very nice document bound with re ribbon.


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    Biblische Studien Die Epoche Der Richter by Taubler, Eugen

    Tubingen, Germany: Hans-Jurgen Zobel, /J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1958. First Edition. Octavo. 316 pp. This work was provided from the original manuscript of Eugen Taubler given by his wife who was a doctor and resided in Ohio. Bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt, folding map at rear, small bump bear foot. A very good copy.


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    TLS-typed Letter Signed "Last Minute Preparations" by Tibbets, Paul W

    A Signed Statement on the Last Minute Preparations For the Enola Gay signed by Paul W. Tibbets Written shortly after the dropping of the Atomic Bomb about the Last Minute Preparations made on August 5, 1945. Typical of Tibbets typing were strikeovers and occasional misspellings. He notes that the clouds over Japan were breaking up, the lettering on the nose of the plain which the painter took less than half an hour to complete on the Enola Gay and the loading of the bomb. He gathered the so-called Tinian "joint chiefs" including himself, General Thomas F. Farrell, the Manhattan Project's key ranking officer, Admiral William R. Purnell, Navy Captain William S. "Deak" Parsons, who would be the chief weaponer on the flight: Commander Frederick L. Ashworth, another weaponer, Professor Norman F. Ramsey, who I first met in General [Uzal] Ent's office and Professor Robet Brode. General Farrell sent a message in code to General Groves who in turn passed the word of our scheduled 2:45 A.M. takeoff time to General Marshall. The tension in the Pentagon must have equaled that on Tinian. In the messages that flew back and forth across the Pacific during our period of preparation, there were code names for everything. I was "Yoke", Deak was "Judge", General Farrell was "scale", and General LeMay was "Cannon". The recent atomic test in New Mexico was called "Trinity", atom was "Top", atomic was "Topic" and uranium fission was "Urchin Fashion". At this morning's meetings, Captain Parsons startled us all by expressing concern over our plans to take off with a live atomic explosive in the bomb bay. In the few days since he had arrived on the island, he had witnessed a number of fiery crashes as overloaded B-29's failed to become airborne. Four crashes had occurred the night before with thunderous explosions of bombs, torpedoes, and incendiaries that lit up the sky and cost the lives of all crewman aboard. Deak Parson, who knew just about all there was to know about the workings of our bomb, having participated in its development, was blunt and convincing as he spoke of risks. [note: this is why at the last minute Deak Parsons persuaded it should be done in spite of the close quarters] "If we crack up and the plane catches fire," he said, "there is danger of an atomic explosion that could wife [sic wipe] out half of this island."/Paul W. Tibbets/ [stamped in black] Pilot of the Enola Gay/Hiroshima, Japan 6 Aug. 1945.


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    [Archive]: Manuscripts, Letters, and Ephemera from Editor and Writer, Edward Anthony by ANTHONY, Edward (HOOVER, Herbert)

    New York, 1971. Near Fine. An assortment of manuscripts and correspondence from the writer and editor Edward Anthony, publisher of Woman's Home Companion and Collier's, and who also served as publicity director for the Herbert Hoover for President Committee. The archive of materials include the manuscript for Anthony's autobiography, This is Where I Came In; the partial manuscript for his children's book, Oddity Land; as well as several other unpublished book manuscripts, along with business and personal correspondence including two Typed Notes Signed from Hoover, a Typed Letter Signed from Ogden Nash, and a Typed Note Signed by Carl Sandburg. Overall near fine with modest age toning.Edward Anthony (1895-1971) began his illustrious career as a writer with the Bridgeport Connecticut Herald. Following World War I he became the associate editor of Farm and Fireside published by Crowell magazine. During that time he was appointed publicity director for the Herbert Hoover campaign in 1928 and retained a casual friendship with Hoover throughout his career. Anthony's publishing career flourished with numerous appointments within the Crowell organization, eventually being named publisher of Women's Home Companion where he served from 1942-1952, as well as at Collier's several years into his tenure. During World War II he was tasked as Director of Public Relations for the War Advertising Council, as well as public affairs counselor for New York's Seventh Company, a statistical research organization. Anthony ended his publishing career with American Girl Magazine where he consulted for 25 years.In addition to the manuscript for Anthony's autobiography, This is Where I Came In, is the partial manuscript for Oddity Land, his most successful book, a collection of humorous verse for children published in 1957. A carbon letter included with the manuscript and sent by Anthony to a librarian shortly before his death states that the complete original manuscript was lost during a house move, resulting in this copy being by default the most complete copy available. It is accompanied by additional unpublished pages of material intended for a sequel to be titled Oddity Land Revisited. Other unpublished material includes a 356-page manuscript, The People Zoo, a satire about a chimpanzee who invented a solution to make animals bulletproof; the 41-page manuscript for the unpublished Lit'ry Limericks; and the typescript for a piece titled "Portrait of a Man Talking to Himself," possibly conceived for his autobiography, giving his thoughts on the Theodore H. White novel, The View from the Fortieth Floor," about the collapse of Collier's, bearing the note: "Not for Publication."Anthony corresponded with a number of important people throughout his career. Most notable in the correspondence are two ANS from Hoover: one to Anthony and another to his wife, exchanging pleasantries after seeing one another; an ANS from Sandburg saying he enjoyed Anthony's autobiography; and an ALS from Nash praising Oddity Land: "I must now add that it was a great success with my two little granddaughters when they visited last week," and confirmation that they should get together: "I'd love to see you at almost any time that is convenient to you." Also included are letters from Louis Ruppel, editor of Collier's, many contentious in nature and critical of his management style, revealing the upheaval going on behind the scenes in the final years of the magazine.Filling out the collection are two large three-ring binders of clippings containing Anthony's book reviews, articles, interviews from Farm and Fireside, Judge, and Life; his U.S. Passport issued in 1927, with his picture and his wife, Esther; assorted business papers; and a self-published "opera" he wrote on the occasion of his marriage.An interesting collection of manuscripts and correspondence from a notable writer, editor, and publisherManuscripts:1. [Oddity Land] Fun in a Secret Place. [Circa 1955]. 57 pp. Carbon typescripts. An early draft of Oddity Land featuring unused verse about flowers and trees. [With] Two carbon typescript letters to Erik Blegvad concerning his illustrations for the book.2. [Oddity Land] Oddventures in Fun: A Gay Little Band in a Curious Land. [Circa 1955]. 56pp. Mix of original and carbon typescripts of verse.3. [Oddity Land] Assorted Thoughtlets and Other Poems. [Circa 1955]. 24pp. Mix of original and carbon typescripts of verse, with various notes on the book title on the inside of the folder ("Harlequin Life," "Giggleland," etc.).4. [This is Where I Came In] You Begin By Being Born: From the Gutters to the Primrose Path of Publishing. [Circa 1958]. 528 pp., Typescript. Edits and emendations throughout, along with additions stapled onto various pages.5. The People Zoo. [No date]. 356pp. Holograph manuscript with the first seven pages typed. An unpublished satire about a chimpanzee that invents a solution that makes animals bulletproof.6. The People Zoo. [No date]. 90pp. A partially typed manuscript.7. Lit'ry Limericks. [No date]. 41pp. Mix of typed and carbon sheets of white and yellow.Short Stories/Article8. "Portrait of a Man Talking to Himself." 1960. Typescript. 17 pp. Marked: "Not For Publication."9. "Good Housekeeping Poems." [No date]. 36pp. Typescript poems. Various poems prefaced by a note that reads: "The poems in this book originally appeared in Good Housekeeping. The author gratefully acknowledges permission to reprint." Unpublished compilation intended to by illustrated by Otto Soglow.Notable correspondence10. HOOVER, Herbert. TLS, 1p., New York: January 1, 1951. Letter of thanks for a note Anthony sent him about a recent speech.11. HOOVER, Herbert. TNS, 1p., New York: November 27, 1962. Brief letter to Esther saying that it was good to see her and Ed recently.12. NASH, Ogden. TLS, 1p., New York: September 25, 1957. A kind word about Oddity Land: "I must now add that it was a great success with my two little granddaughters when they visited last week," and confirmation that they should get together: "I'd love to see you at almost any time that is convenient to you."13. SANDBURG, Carl. TNS, 1p., Flat Rock, North Carolina: June 14, 1960. Nice comments about Anthony's book and a holograph PS: "PS -- Odd that I was started on that FDR poem when your phone call from WH Companion came."14. RUPPEL, Louis. Various letters from Ruppel, the editor of Collier's from 1949-52, along with carbons of Anthony's responses. In one instance Anthony expresses displeasure at Ruppel's management style and requests that he get a hold of his temper and treat the situations with more care; in another Anthony argues heatedly against what he sees as Ruppel's heavy-handed criticisms.Miscellaneous15. U.S. Passport. Issued to Edward Anthony July 30, 1927 with a photo of Anthony and an amendment to include Esther, with her photo. Signed by both with visas and stamps from France, United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy.16. Bowery Savings Bank book. 1949-1972.17. ANTHONY, Ed. The Traitor: A Brief Opera. Octavo. Single sheet folded twice to make four pages. A brief opera written by Anthony on the occasion of his bachelor party denouncing the single life.18. Blue three-ring binder containing book reviews, various articles, and interviews from Farm and Fireside, Judge, and Life.19. Gray three-ring binder containing writings from Farm and Fireside including its "Boys' and Girls' Gazette Page" and "Fireside Flickers."


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    The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America; from the Signing of the definitive Treaty of Peace, 10th September, 1783,....

    Washington, D. C., 1833-1834: Printed By Francis Preston Blair for the Department of State. Octavo. ....the Adoption f the Constitution, March 4, 1789. In 7 volumes published under the direction of the Secretary of State from the original manuscripts in the Department of State, conformably to an act of Congress, approved May 5, 1832. Among the most important records of Primary Documents, it is part of what is now known as the most complete published documentary record that any nation gave to its people. all volumes bound in original sheep, double black morocco spine labels gilt, some rubbed a bit, volume three is a deaccessioned library copy, dated stamp of 1897, and has been professionally rebacked. All volumes display some scuffing but tight. Internally clean with some intermittent scattered foxing. Previous owner's small name plate.


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    The Works of the Famous and Worthy Knight, Sir David Lindsay of The Mount, Alias Lion King of Arms; The Additional Poems of Sir David Lindsay of The Mount, Alias Lion King of Arms by LINDSAY, Sir David

    Edinburgh: Peter Williamson and C. Elliot, 1776-1777. Leatherbound. Poor. 151, 84 p. 17 cm. Full leather. From our As Is shelf. Upper spine chipped, smaller spine chips below, boards rubbed, corners worn. Pages generally darkened and dampstained. Ink marks to front pastedown, front free endpaper missing, large tear and chip to first title page, ink marks to margin of p. 11 in first part. Cracked rear pastedown and no rear free endpaper. Title of first part continues: "Carefully corrected and amended, with several new additions by the same Author hereto prefixed, never before published." Title of second part continues: "Taken from his own original Manuscripts, found in the Cabinets of the curious, consisting of many different entertaining subjects."


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    Journal, Jan. 1-1862-June 17, 1865 (3 Vol set) by Patrick, Mesena R. [Rudolph)

    Quarto. Continuous pagination, 487 [1] 8p. [the entire diary of Provost Marshall General Patrick of the Army of the Potomac at the Library of Congress. It documents his role in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, the Maryland Campaign, the Battle of Gettysburg, operations along the Rapidan River, Va; Battle of Cold Harbor, Va; Siege of Petersburg and the entry of Union troops into Va. The diary was here transcribed for Wilton P. Moore completely along with 8 pages from an envelope with Patrick's papers in an envelope in the collection. While Wilton P. Moore has written on the subject ( "Union Provost Marshals in the Eastern Theater," Military Affairs, XXVI (1962), 120-126.), his original work required him to have access to the entire diary and a graduate student transcribed the entire diary along with the previously unknown 8 pages and here is the original transcript. Bound in full black buckram, each page is pristine and some minor typographic corrections in pencil and a few cross reference the original manuscript which is at the Library of Congress. While David S. Sparks wrote a marvelous book on the diary [Inside Lincoln's Army; the diary of Marsena Patrick, 1964), there are incredible day to day details which he chose to omit. Here are the accounts ranging from very personal accounts to military aspects that illuminate some of the issues at both the command level as well as the problem of desertions (at Gettysburg during Pickett's charge, he had to drive those fleeing back to their positions).


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    TRAITE DE LA LUMIERE. OU FONT EXPLIQUEES LES CAUSES DE CE QUI LUY ARRIVE DANS LA REFLEXION, & DANS LA REFRACTION. ET PARTICULIEREMENT DANS L'ETRANGE REFRACTION DU CRYSTAL D'ISLANDE. AVEC UN DISCOURS DE LA CAUSE DE LA PESANTEUR. by Huygens, Christian

    A Leide.: Chez Pierre Vander Aa., 1690. ... (124, 180pp)... This is a facsimile reprint of the original manuscript, clear plastic covers... Illustrated with charts... Huygens was a Dutch mathematician, astronomer, and horologist who developed explanations of reflection and refraction based on the principle of secondary wave fronts, now called Huygens' principle. He developed the wave theory of light (1678) and also contributed to the science of dynamics... Perhaps the best-known of Huygens's varied pursuits is his work on physical optics and his development of the wave, or, more accurately, pulse, theory of light. First presented before the Academy of Sciences in 1678, his Traité de la lumière (Treatise on Light) was, characteristically, not published until 1690. The theory of light put forth in it, however, was the direct result of his study of impact phenomena and represented the union of the physical and mathematical aspects of the study of optics... Text in French.... Wraps. Very Good.. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    Time Between by WILLIAMS, Paul and family

    New York: Entwhistle Books, 1972. Very Good. First edition. Quarto. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering without dustwrapper as issued. Corners a bit frayed, very good. A facsimile of the author's original manuscript. Copy number 103 of 500 copies Signed by Williams. Additionally Inscribed by Williams with a rather come hither sentiment: "For Martha, many feelings not yet expressed from Paul. Someday soon... NYC 4/73." A hippie journal from Williams, a music critic and the founder of Crawdaddy!, the first nationally published magazine of rock music criticism, and the literary executor of Philip D. Dick's estate. A much later paperback edition published in 2000 was subtitled: "A Hippie Journal, in the Commune & on the Road, December 1969-February 1970." Very scarce.


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    The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin by FRANKLIN, Benjamin

    2006. FRANKLIN, Benjamin. The Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin. 188 pp. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait of the author. 8vo., bound in publisher's full brown morocco. Printed on all-cotton fiber English mouldmade paper. San Francisco: Arion Press, 2006. Limited Edition of 400 copies produced to celebrate the tercentenary of Franklin's birth. While this work is commonly known to today's readers as the Autobiography, Franklin used the term Memoirs in reference to his own writing, hence the above title. It was printed using Aiken, a new digital typeface designed by Andrew Hoyem, Linnea Lundquist, and Andrew Crewdson. Aiken is based on what is believed to be the first American typeface, and is named after the Philadelphia printer Robert Aitken, known as the printer of the American Revolution, and his daughter, printer Jane Aitken. Unlike many recent editions of this work, Arion Press's version regularizes the spelling, capitalization, and punctuation, as Franklin would have expected of a printer of his time. The work is accompanied by a keepsake booklet that details the humorous bibliophilic mystery of the recovery of the lost original manuscript in Paris, 1867. As new.


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    Storm and Echo by PROKOSCH, Frederic

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1948. Fine. First edition. Number 18 of 85 copies numbered and Signed by the author and a sheet from the original manuscript bound in. Fine, top edge gilt, with publisher's original glassine wrapper, housed in a near fine slipcase with a small scrape on the bottom edge, a little fading.


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    The Three Dead and the Three Living Men by Anonymous

    20th cent. Facsimile of book illustration from a French manuscript "Livre d'Heures" in color and gold. Irregular right edge. With attached sheet on verso describing illustration. Choice Examples of Book Illumination.


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    American First Editions: Autograph Letters and Manuscripts: [Catalogue Number 122]

    New York: Scribner Book Store. Very Good. Natural papercovered boards. Taped spine, edges worn, thus good only. Contains bibliographies of Cooper's The Prairie, the original manuscript of Twain's Tom Sawyer and correspondence of Stephen Crane, Louisa May Alcott, and more.


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    Let's Go Playmates (Original manuscript) by [Ramones, The] Ramone, Joey

    N.p.: N.p., 1977. Original manuscript by Joey Ramone for an unrecorded Ramones song, "Let's Go Playmates," executed by the punk legend in holograph pencil on both the recto and verso of a legal size sheet of lined notebook paper. The lyrics appear in every orientation, a beautiful, messy gathering of ideas--some crossed through--rather than a finished song. They read, variously: (Recto) "Let's go playmates / Hey man / Cool man / Pretty cool / Hey Mommy / Take a bath / Get a job / What is it / Hey got my ludes man / Tell me my son / Flies flies / As I live and breathe / Get me / Buy me / Do for me / Hey what's in it fer me / Get with it / Tell me / What does minimalism me to you." Verso: "Does this life look interestin to you well you too can [have] all this and more / Not another fly / Im so cold / No no no." A rare example of the songwriting process of a writer for a band whose work stands not only at the top of the punk ladder, but really in a realm of its own. The manuscript is not dated, but judging from the content it could not have been written after 1978, though probably not prior to the 1977. The final lyric, "Does this life look interestin to you," puts it right on the borderline between the band's early fun-drug-crazed songs and the later, more goofily philosophical ones. In any case, one hell of a piece of paper. Lined legal size notebook paper, 8 x 12.5 inches. Fine.


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