Documents & Manuscripts

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Documents & Manuscripts Books & Ephemera

The letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford : including numerous letters now first published from the original manuscripts. [complete in 6 volumes]

The letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford : including numerous letters now first published from the original manuscripts. [complete in 6 volumes]

by Walpole, Horace (1717-1797)

London : Richard Bentley, 1840. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good set. Each volume have been rebacked with the original spine laid back. Original blind-tooled cloth. Gilt-blocking to spines. Gilt motif to front panels. Panel edges slightly dulled and rubbed as with age. Bumped corners. Sun-toning evident on spine covers. Scattered staining around the plate margins as with age. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Further scans, images etc. and additional... Read more about this item
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$214.50
Ottoman Qur'an signed by an Ottoman calligrapher in Cairo and endowed by an Egyptian Bey (Emir) to a mosque in sukhumi, Abkhazia

Ottoman Qur'an signed by an Ottoman calligrapher in Cairo and endowed by an Egyptian Bey (Emir) to a mosque in sukhumi, Abkhazia

by Ottoman Qur'anic calligraphy

591 p. of Naskhi script by a Bosnian Ottoman calligrapher, Abdurrahman el Bosnawi (Bosnavi), in Cairo 1080 AH. (1670 AD.). Full page endowment (Waqf) by Prince (Emir) Eyyub Bey el Kabir, the follower of Muhammad Bey abu al Thahab, to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in the village of Abaza located in the castle of Sukhumi (now the capital of Abkhazia). All pages ruled in gold, illuminated openning two pages, Sura headings in red Thluth script, golden dots between verses (Aya).Replaced in Mamluk full leather... Read more about this item
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$70000.00
John Wyatt. Master Carpenter & Inventor. A.D. 1700-1766. Compiled from Original Manuscripts

John Wyatt. Master Carpenter & Inventor. A.D. 1700-1766. Compiled from Original Manuscripts

by POOLEY, Henry, Edited by]

London. Hamilton, Adams & Co. 1885. 8vo. 20cm, 39p., 1 plate, orignal brown cloth, gilt cover titles, some annotating, commercial ad laid on title-page, a fine copy (Pol). ~ English inventor, John Wyatt (1700-1766) was noted for his involvement in the development of the spinning machine, the roller spinning machine and a weighing machine. The Henry Pooley & Son advertisement pamphlet attached is about the compound weighing machine. Although the book was originally written anonymously, a hand-written... Read more about this item
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CA$50.00
TALMUD YERUSHALMI CODEX LEIDEN. MS SCALIGER 3.  Complete in 4 VOLUMES. A LIMITED FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE MANUSCRIPT .

TALMUD YERUSHALMI CODEX LEIDEN. MS SCALIGER 3. Complete in 4 VOLUMES. A LIMITED FACSIMILE EDITION OF THE MANUSCRIPT .

by TALMUD - HEBREW MANUSCRIPT - FACSIMILE

Jerusalem: Makor, 1981. Limited Edition . Original Half Leather. Fine. 4to.. 4 tick volumes. Complete. Hebrew language. Facsimile of the original manuscript ( Leiden MS Scal 3) written in 1289 by Yehiel ben Yequtiel ben Benjamin Ha-Rofe, the only complete extant manuscript of the Talmud Yerushalmi ( =Palestinian Talmud).-Limited edition ( according to the publisher only 240 copies were printed). A FINE SET.
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$750.00
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

by Narkiss,Bezalel

1969. Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts by Bezalel Narkiss, Leon Amiel Publisher, 1969, hard cover, dust jacket, 175 pages, 60 full color plates.
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$25.60
Collection of Abraham Lincoln Books (4)

Collection of Abraham Lincoln Books (4)

by Richard Hanser, Joshua Wolf Shenk, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Geoffrey Perret

Meet Mr. Lincoln by Richard Hanser, and Donald B. Hyatt.Golden Press, NY 1960Photos selected from 25,000 images.131 pagesTexts based on the documentary produced by NBC.In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans by Joshua Wolf ShenkRandom House Publishing Group, NY2009-01-27"On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth and in conjunction with the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial exhibition comes this look at one of the nation's greatest... Read more about this item
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$104.00
Lettre autographe signée à Hélène Pichon-Janet à propos d'Edouard Pichon

Lettre autographe signée à Hélène Pichon-Janet à propos d'Edouard Pichon

by Launay, Clément (1901-1992, pédiatre et pédo-psychiatre français)

1943. Manuscrit. Très bon. En Feuilles. Signé par l'auteur. In-8. 3 1/5 pp. in-8 datées du 22 juillet 1943 et signées. Il cherche un article de Pichon repris dans le le livre de René Laforgue, "Le Rêve et la psychanalyse" : "il a signé ces pages avec Laforgue mais il est facile d'y retrouver son accent". "J'ai, après la guere, repris (...) la consultation ouù j'avais pendant un an, assisté votre... Read more about this item
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€95.00
Copperplate 18th Century Engraving Two views of villages on the Islands of St Anthony and St Vincent, East-Indies, populated by the Portuguese and their slaves

Copperplate 18th Century Engraving Two views of villages on the Islands of St Anthony and St Vincent, East-Indies, populated by the Portuguese and their slaves

by Churchill, Awnsham, d. 1728

London: John Walthoe et.al, 1740. Very Good. Main author: Churchill, Awnsham, d. 1728. London : Printed by assignment from Messrs. Churchill for John Walthoe, Tho. Wotton, Samuel Birt, Daniel Browne, Thomas Osborn, John Shuckburgh and Henry Lintot Published: c1740 Engraver undisclosed. Top has this written: V. II. .. In ye east indies ... betwixt page 147 148 and at the lower right .5. --- The plate measures 35.5 by 42 cm (14 by 16.5 in.) Actual engraving 29 by 35 cm (11.5 by 13.875 in.). There is a... Read more about this item
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$250.00
The Parliamentary or Constitutional History of England, from the earliest Times, to the Restoration of King Charles II: collected from the records, rolls of Parliament, the Journals of both Houses, the Public Libraries, Original Manuscripts, scarce speeches, and tracts; all compared with the several Contemporary Writers, and connected, throughout, with the History of the Times. By Several Hands: vol. XV: from July 1, 1646, to June 22, 1647

The Parliamentary or Constitutional History of England, from the earliest Times, to the Restoration of King Charles II: collected from the records, rolls of Parliament, the Journals of both Houses, the Public Libraries, Original Manuscripts, scarce speeches, and tracts; all compared with the several Contemporary Writers, and connected, throughout, with the History of the Times. By Several Hands: vol. XV: from July 1, 1646, to June 22, 1647

by Multiple Authors

London: printed for J. and R. Tonson, and A. Millar, in the Strand; and W. Sandby, in Fleet Street, 1763. Second Edition. Hardcover. Worn copy bound in full aniline calf with a leather gilt-blocked label to the spine. Some wear and tear to the spine and panel edges as with age. Physical description; vol. XV (only): 504 pages. Subjects; History of England. Parliamentary History. Constitutional History.
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$93.50
Glossed fragment of Zechariah

Glossed fragment of Zechariah

by Zechariah [Bible] Manuscript

18cm x 7cm. A fragment written on parchment c.1200. A side-gloss from a larger glossed portion of Zechariah Chapter 14. Almost certainly France, probably Paris. One painted red paragraph mark
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£350.00
A Memoir of Thomas Bewick. Written by himself.

A Memoir of Thomas Bewick. Written by himself.

by Bewick, Thomas

Ornithology Monographs . Pub. The Cresset Press. 1961. pp.xxxiv, 203 with b/w. illus. 8vo. Tho. vg. hardback in vg. dw., chipped and rubbed on extremities. This memoir of Bewicks life has been through many editions since its first appearance in 1862 - 34 years after Bewicks death. The text established by Bewicks daughter Jane with the unwelcome help of her printer, Robert Ward was a smoothed out, repunctuated and abridged version of the original manuscript.
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£7.50
Armenian Miniatures

Armenian Miniatures

by Dournovo, Lydia

London: Thames and Hudson, 1961. Hardcover. Good/Fair. Cloth, 31 cm, 181 pages, with tipped-in plates. Good condition but for edges worn and bottom edge soiled. In a dustjacket in Good condition aside from some small chips and closed tears at edges and some creases and wear to corners.
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$150.00
Verhandeling over den oorsprong van het ABC, uitgesproken in de Hollandsche Maatschappij van Fraaije Kunsten en Wetenschappen.

Verhandeling over den oorsprong van het ABC, uitgesproken in de Hollandsche Maatschappij van Fraaije Kunsten en Wetenschappen.

by MEIJBOOM, L.S.P

Book. Good. Original Wraps. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Amsterdam, G. Portielje & Zoon, 1856. 40 pp. + 5 (folding) plates with different script types (Egyptian, Sanscrit etc.). One plate in colour. Some foxing. Modern cloth binding. 0.
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€70.00
FOUR RECEIPTS FROM BEEF AND PORK PACKERS, INCLUDING ENGRAVED VIEWS

FOUR RECEIPTS FROM BEEF AND PORK PACKERS, INCLUDING ENGRAVED VIEWS

by Pennsylvania, Pottsville

Pottsville, PA: various, 1889. Original manuscripts. Very Good. Four items, all made out to W.R. Mason. The first is on the billhead of Seltzer & Bro. The other three are on the pink billhead of Jacob Ulmer, Pork & Beef Packer, with an engraved birdseye view of their large packing plant. 5.5" x 8.5" Printed billheads, accomplished by hand.
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$25.00
MSS fragment of a Bible from the C10th.

MSS fragment of a Bible from the C10th.

by [Bible] [MS]

MS. Fragment of a Bible from the last quarter of the C10th or perhaps start of the C11th. Text tentatively identified as being from the book of Proverbs, Ch.14; a full page vertical strip. 40mm x 325mm with minimal text recto and verso. Carolingian hand smaller than Arundel MS 375; Hand 'C' (this being approx. 5mm between the rules scribed by punctorium.
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£675.00
1823 HANDWRITTEN RECEIPT TO ROBERT CROSBY FOR $3 PAYMENT "IN FULL FOR A LEAP TO HIS MARE OUT OF THE HORSE CALLED YOUNG HIGHLANDER IN 1822

1823 HANDWRITTEN RECEIPT TO ROBERT CROSBY FOR $3 PAYMENT "IN FULL FOR A LEAP TO HIS MARE OUT OF THE HORSE CALLED YOUNG HIGHLANDER IN 1822

by Potter, Seneca

Crawford, NH, 1823. Original manuscript. Near Fine. One page, written in sepia ink on old, heavy paper; docketed on verso. 3"x 8
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$25.00
Bradford's History "Of Plimoth Plantation." From the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript to Massachusetts. (Olive Percival's Copy)

Bradford's History "Of Plimoth Plantation." From the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript to Massachusetts. (Olive Percival's Copy)

by William Bradford

Boston: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1901. 555 pp. Blue cloth over boards with beveled edges, crisp lettering and decoration on spine, minor wear to spine, signature and bookplate of Olive Percival on front endpapers with some browning likely due to newspaper placed there in the past, two ephemera items from within the pages: a newspaper clipping about the book (date unknown) and a blank letterhead piece of paper from the State of Connecticut Secretarys Office with official seal and note on the back... Read more about this item
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$200.00
The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, from the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford. Volume II

The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, from the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford. Volume II

by Scott, Walter

Edinburgh: David Douglas. G : in good condition without dust jacket. Cover rubbed. 1890. First Edition. Brown hardback cloth cover. 230mm x 140mm (9" x 6"). 517pp. .
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£15.60
SKETCH OF THE HUTS OF KAMCHATKA COPIED AFTER COOK [translation of portion of manuscript caption title]

SKETCH OF THE HUTS OF KAMCHATKA COPIED AFTER COOK [translation of portion of manuscript caption title]

by [Tilesius von Tilenau, Wilhelm Gottlieb]: Friderici, Herman von

Nagasaki, Japan, March 1805.. Gouache and ink on paper, 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. Signed along lower edge of image, original manuscript caption written on verso. One-inch chip in upper left corner, small chip in upper right corner and center of lower edge, else very good. Mounted at upper corners onto heavier paper stock. Archival matting, and protected with mylar sheet. A handsome original gouache and ink on paper copy of plate seventy-two in the atlas of Cook's third voyage, called "A View of... Read more about this item
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$6000.00
Maurice Guest

Maurice Guest

by Henry Handel Richardson

South Royalton, Vt: Minerva, 1992. Used.PAPERBACK EDITION.CREASES TO SPINE'A passionate and controversial novel set in turn-of-the-century Europe'Henry Handel Richardson?s debut, published in London in 1908, is set in the music scene of Leipzig, a cosmopolitan centre for the arts drawing students from around the world?among them Maurice Guest, a young Englishman, who falls helplessly in love with an Australian woman, Louise Dufrayer. Maurice Guest is the story of this overwhelming passion.'The novel was... Read more about this item
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$48.25
Whar' the Hand O' God is Seen and Other Poems

Whar' the Hand O' God is Seen and Other Poems

by Crawford, Capt. Jack

NY: Lyceum. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1913. Hardcover. Burgundy and orange cloth. Revised and enlarged. "A New Year's Greeting Card 1916" with a printed poem is tipped into the ffep, and signed by Crawford. Also, an eight line original manuscript poem to "my friend Fullerton Merrill", dated 2-12-16, is written to the 2nd blank and signed. Merrill was a member of the Peary relief expedition and wrote "A Hunting Trip to Northern Greenland" in the Jan. 1900 issue... Read more about this item
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$99.99
Penn family recipes : cooking recipes of Wm. Penn's wife, Gulielma / Edited by Evelyn Abraham Benson. With An account of the life of Gulielma Maria Springett Penn, 1644-1694, by Evelyn Abraham Benson

Penn family recipes : cooking recipes of Wm. Penn's wife, Gulielma / Edited by Evelyn Abraham Benson. With An account of the life of Gulielma Maria Springett Penn, 1644-1694, by Evelyn Abraham Benson

by Penn, Gulielma Maria Posthuma Springett (1644-1694)

York, Pa : G. Shumway, 1966. 1st edition. Hardcover. Near fine cloth copy in a good if somewhat edge-nicked and dust-dulled dust wrapper, now mylar-sleeved. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Physical description: vi, 213 p: illus., facsims., ports; 23 cm. Notes: ""References and notes"": p. 209-213. Contents: Introduction. Gulielma; Identification of the manuscript; Arrangement of the manuscript; Edward Blackfan, the transcriber; Transcription and editing of... Read more about this item
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$23.10
MEMOIRS OF THE BASTILLE [COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES]

MEMOIRS OF THE BASTILLE [COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES]

by Mr Linguet; edited by Edmund Goldsmid

Edinburgh: Privately Printed. Good in Good dust jacket. 1884. Paperback. Collectanea Adamantaea; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 55, 48, 48 pages; MEMOIRS OF THE BASTILLE This is the original printing produced in printed vellum dustwrappers. [COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES] This is one of a series that was edited by Edmund Goldsmid, mostly from previously unpublished original manuscripts, both historical narratives and literature and , it is said, in small editions of only 75-275. Contents VG+. Text... Read more about this item
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$97.95
The Journal of David Garrick Describing His Visit to France and Italy in 1763

The Journal of David Garrick Describing His Visit to France and Italy in 1763

by Stone, George Winchester, Jr. (Editor)

New York: Modern Language Assoc. Of America, 1939. First printed from the original manuscript in the Folger Shakespeare Library. 73 pp. including index, plus illustrations. Small spots of wear to the corners and spine ends. Small stain on the front board. Otherwise fine: Unmarked and in a tight binding.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
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$39.00