Documents & Manuscripts

Discover hand written letters, original manuscripts, historical documents, diaries, and so much more in this section. There's even a sub category for Illuminated Manuscripts, for those who search for gold!

Documents & Manuscripts Books & Ephemera

A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE [with envelope]

A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE [with envelope]

by Dickens, Charles

1860. [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860.] Original pale pink wrappers, with original narrow "one penny" envelope. First Edition, second and usual issue. Dickens describes the wretched conditions inside St. Luke's Hospital ("established in 1751, for the treatment and care of lunatics"), and in particular the "very sad and touching spectacle" of the annual Christmas Ball there (dancing around the Christmas tree). He actually wrote the original piece in 1852, at which time it appeared in his Household... Read more about this item
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$1,450.00
SEQUAH Reclamekrant Sequah's Indische gezondheidsgids / Indian guide to health. Hoofddepot in Den Haag, Hofspui 26, gedrukt 4 p., plano.

SEQUAH Reclamekrant Sequah's Indische gezondheidsgids / Indian guide to health. Hoofddepot in Den Haag, Hofspui 26, gedrukt 4 p., plano.

Indisch/Indian = indiaans. Sequah was een beroemd/berucht indiaans natuurgeneeskundige rond 1900. In de krant een groot aantal tevredenheidsbetuigingen, met name betreffende genezing van rheumatiek. Hierbij: De wonderdokter Sequah, volksliedje, 8o, 3 p., ca 1900.. M5471
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$179.54
Handscroll on paper, entitled on manuscript label on outside of the beginning of the scroll & first column of text: "Nihon kokuju kaji kotohajime" ["History of Sword Smithing Throughout Japan"]

Handscroll on paper, entitled on manuscript label on outside of the beginning of the scroll & first column of text: "Nihon kokuju kaji kotohajime" ["History of Sword Smithing Throughout Japan"]

by SWORD SMITHING IN JAPAN

Numerous paintings throughout. Scroll (150 x 5840 mm.), green silk brocade on front outer endpaper. "Egawa Village": with "February 1845" at end. The making of Japanese swords is a complex and labor-intensive process, taking many days or weeks. Considered a sacred art, it was traditionally accompanied by many Shinto and Buddhist religious rituals. Our scroll tells the story of the earliest days of the making of superior swords in Japan when, in 1208, the retired Emperor Go-Toba summoned 13 of the... Read more about this item
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$8,500.00
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT - QUEEN OF SPADES [SIGNED]

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT - QUEEN OF SPADES [SIGNED]

by Curran, Tim

1994. ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT COPY OF "QUEEN OF SPADES ." 10 pages with the author's corrections. A nice item for the collector. . Signed.
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$60.00
Bible Version Manual

Bible Version Manual

by Donald T. Clarke

A tight, clean, and unmarked coy-" The subject matter of this book deals with the most important topic being discussed in Christian circles today i.e., which English Bible is the most accurate translation of the original manuscripts. This issue cannot be evaded, nor can it be taken lightly, as the integrity of the Word of God is in question."-Bottom right corner lightly bumped.
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$27.95$25.16
[Original Manuscript]: Gray Steel: J.C. Smuts, A Study in Arrogance

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

by ARMSTRONG, Henry Courtney

Unbound. 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... Read more about this item
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$3,500.00
Watch the Pony Grow!

Watch the Pony Grow!

by Hall, William; pictures by Charlotte Steiner

New York: Thomas Crowell, 1942. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illustrated die-cut boards with spiral binding, 22 cm, unpaginated. Staggered pages increasing in size (to reflect the growth of the little pony!). Top illustration has felt trimming. Very good copy. Christmas 1943 inscription on back side of front cover.
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$95.00
ONCE UPON A TIME original radio script in French, World War II United States Office of War Information, radio script adaptation of popular movie, with signatures of John Loder, Mischa Auer, Denise Vernac, and other cast

ONCE UPON A TIME original radio script in French, World War II United States Office of War Information, radio script adaptation of popular movie, with signatures of John Loder, Mischa Auer, Denise Vernac, and other cast

by Gerald Kean, director

[WWII US OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION RADIO PLAY WITH 'CHINESE SPOT' IN CHINESE PICTOGRAMS INSERTED]; SCRIPT IN FRENCH; RARE CAST SIGNATURES WWII ERA] ONCE UPON A TIME original radio script in French, World War II United States Office of War Information, Voice of America, French Project, Hollywood, French language half-hour radio script adaptation of the 1944 Columbia Pictures movie of the same title signed by Jon Loder and other cast members as required for payment…the radio play was intended to be... Read more about this item
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$800.00
A Selection of Manuscripts and Miniatures

A Selection of Manuscripts and Miniatures

by Günther, Jörn

Hamburg: Dr. Jörn Günther Antiquariat, 2003 4to (33.5 cm), [54] pp. Laminated wrappers (collector's stamp top of title). 54 entries.
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$12.57
Particulars & Conditions... Freehold Occupation: "Red House Farm", Great Waldingfield, Suffolk

Particulars & Conditions... Freehold Occupation: "Red House Farm", Great Waldingfield, Suffolk

by SALE DOCUMENT - Great Waldingfield, Sudbury, Suffolk

Sudbury, Suffolk: Boardman & Oliver at the "Four Swans" Hotel, Thursday July 19th, 1917 . 0. Folded A4 document (printed on both sides) - 4pp. 11.0" x 9.0" . Soiled along folds, otherwise in good condition. VG ** History records show that in 1881 Red House Farm. was leased from Lavinia (nee Hitchcock) Bouttell of Little Waldingfield (1818-1893), widow to Samuel Bouttell of Acton, farmer (b. 1840). .
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$32.06
French Painting in the Time of Jean De Berry. The Late XIV Century and the Patronage of the Duke

French Painting in the Time of Jean De Berry. The Late XIV Century and the Patronage of the Duke

by MEISS, Millard

London and New York: Phaidon Press, 1969. Two volumes, large 4to: text and plates. Profusely illustrated with 845 illustrations, of which 12 are color and tipped-in. Original cloth; dust jackets. A near-fine set with slightest spotting to sheet edges, the jackets fresh and bright. Second edition. [Image shows both this set and the separately-listed volume dedicated to The Boucicaut Master.].
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$125.00
Medical conditions manuscript

Medical conditions manuscript

by George Morgan

1870 This unique medical manuscript book contains 196 pages including a 2 page index and consists of medical conditions, symptoms and their treatment. It is signed by the author George Morgan, London Hospital, 1870 on the paste down end-paper and the entire text is in his distinctive hand, mostly in ink but with some contemporary pencil annotations in the same handwriting. George Morgan was a student at the London Hospital (later known as the Royal London Hospital) from 1868 and he was originally from... Read more about this item
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$192.38
History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the Years 1804-5-6 by Order of the Government of the United States

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the Years 1804-5-6 by Order of the Government of the United States

by Lewis, Meriwether & Clark, William & Coues, Elliot

History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark to the sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the Years 1804-5-6 by Order of the Government of the United States / A new edition, faithfully reprinted from the only authoriZed edition of 1814, with copious critical commentary, prepared upon examination of unpublished official archives, and MANY OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION INCLUDING A DILIGENT study of the... Read more about this item
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$3,391.38
General Biblical Introduction: From God to Us

General Biblical Introduction: From God to Us

by H. S. Miller

writing this book. It is not simply an addition of one more book to the many; there are no many. The writer has taught the subject of General Biblical Introduction for years, and he does not know of one book suitable for classroom work, covering the entire subject, telling the entire story concerning our Bible from GOD to the US in sufficient detail and with sufficient simplicity to meet the need of the theological student or the Bible Institute student and the ordinary Christian worker. In this respect,... Read more about this item
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$27.95$25.16
Russiae, vulgo Moscovia, Pars Australis

Russiae, vulgo Moscovia, Pars Australis

by BLAEU, Johannes

Amsterdam: Johannes Blaeu. unbound. Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand coloring with highlights in gold. Image measures 15.25" x 21".<br/><br/> This beautiful circa 1650 map by Johannes Blaeu depicts southern Russia in detail. Covering the southwest part of Russia and Eastern Ukraine, the map extends from Vologda south to the Sea of Azov and from Mykolaiv east to the Volga River, where it discharges into the Caspian Sea. Throughout, the map notes rivers, towns, cities,... Read more about this item
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$750.00
Large Historiated Initial Featuring Illuminated Miniature of a Pope

Large Historiated Initial Featuring Illuminated Miniature of a Pope

by ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT LEAF

Germany: np, 1491. First edition. Framed. Very Good. LARGE HISTORIATED INITIAL DEPICTING A POPE, FINELY ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND RICH COLOUR. Reading from a lectern, the Pope is depicted in full regalia, wearing the distinctive triple crown, or triregnum, and holding the crucifix-topped crosier. His robe is a deep blue and likely pigmented by lapis lazuli-a mineral so valuable in Medieval Europe that is typically reserved for the Virgin Mary and occasionally referred to as blue gold. A vista of green... Read more about this item
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$7,500.00
Some Fundamental Documents in the Early History of the United States Including the Official Original Manuscript of the Proclamation of the Louisiana Purchase Signed By Jefferson and Madison with the Seal of the United States

Some Fundamental Documents in the Early History of the United States Including the Official Original Manuscript of the Proclamation of the Louisiana Purchase Signed By Jefferson and Madison with the Seal of the United States

by John F. Fleming

New York: John F. Fleming, Inc, 1974. Softcover. Very Good. Quarto, 54 pp. In blue wraps. Illustrated in black & white, with fold-out reproduction of Washington's original lease to Mt. Vernon. From private collection. Clean, unmarked copy.
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$20.00
Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of The Book of Common Prayer Signed by the Convocation December 20th, 1661, and attached to the Act of Uniformity, 1662 (13 &amp; 14 Charles 2. Cap. 4) Dedicated by Special Permission to Her Majesty the Queen

Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of The Book of Common Prayer Signed by the Convocation December 20th, 1661, and attached to the Act of Uniformity, 1662 (13 & 14 Charles 2. Cap. 4) Dedicated by Special Permission to Her Majesty the Queen

by [Church of England]

London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1891. First printing. Original Cloth. Very Good. Folio. 1 ffep + [8] + 544 + [16] + 1 rfep. Each page reproduced within double red rules. Announcement and price list pasted onto ffep. End papers foxed and edges lightly soiled. Otherwise, pages bright and clean and free from marking, soiling and staining. Bound in publisher's embossed brown cloth. Hinges split, though covers still holding. Covers worn and scuffed, especially along edges. Internally very clean.... Read more about this item
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$388.90
Catalogue 161. Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Original Manuscripts, Letters & Books of Oscar Wilde including His Letters Written to Robert Ross from Reading Gaol and Unpublished Letters, Poems & Plays formerly in the Possession of Robert Ross C. S. Millard (Stuart Mason) and the Younger Son of Oscar Wilde

Catalogue 161. Oscar Wilde: A Collection of Original Manuscripts, Letters & Books of Oscar Wilde including His Letters Written to Robert Ross from Reading Gaol and Unpublished Letters, Poems & Plays formerly in the Possession of Robert Ross C. S. Millard (Stuart Mason) and the Younger Son of Oscar Wilde

by (WILDE, Oscar)

London: Dulau & Company Limited, 1928. Softcover. Fair. First edition. Large octavo. 139, [1]pp. Illustrated. Printed French-folded wrappers. One of 2000 copies. Torn and worn particularly around the spine with evidence of old tape repairs, wrappers loose and detaching, a fair only copy. Important catalog of Wilde's manuscripts, letters, and books.
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$200.00
The James A. De Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Illuminated Manuscripts

The James A. De Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Illuminated Manuscripts

by Delaissé, Léon Marie Joseph; Marrow, James; De Wit, John

Fribourg: Office Du Livre, 1977 4to (31.5 cm), 608 pp. Publisher's cloth and dust jacket (minor shelf-wear). The illuminated manuscripts housed at Waddesdon Manor, a collection that has remained largely unknown and unpublished, constitute only a third of the splendid assortment initiated by Baron James Mayer de Rothschild (d. 1868) and expanded by his son Baron Edmond (1845-1934). Many of these manuscripts stand as exemplary products from significant publishing houses and workshops of the later... Read more about this item
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$163.35
Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana; June 22, 1999; Sale NY7332

Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana; June 22, 1999; Sale NY7332

by Sotheby's

New York: Sotheby's New York, 1999. 392 pp. 462 lots. Light bumping to corners, otherwise fine. Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana (lots 1-162 including a letter to Rhode Island Governor William Greene dated 2 June 1781, signed by George Washington, which sold for $34,500); Modern Illustrated Books and Fine Bindings (lots 163-196 including Longus Daphnis & Chloe. Paris: Teriade, 1961, with 42 colored plates by Marc Chagall, binding by Paul Bonet.); A Selection of Fruit Books from the Library of Robert... Read more about this item
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$18.00
Finely illustrated scroll on paper concerning "Nagasaki karafune zukan" ("Picture scroll of Chinese ship and settlement in Nagasaki." Scroll measuring 385 x 3360 mm

Finely illustrated scroll on paper concerning "Nagasaki karafune zukan" ("Picture scroll of Chinese ship and settlement in Nagasaki." Scroll measuring 385 x 3360 mm

by NAGASAKI TRADE WITH CHINESE

Japan: late Edo. Until the late 17th century, the Chinese had been permitted to move in Japan quite freely for trading purposes. But in 1689, due to the rise of smuggling activities, the Chinese were restricted, like the Dutch, to a compound on the eastern tip of Nagasaki - called the "Tojin yashiki" ("Chinamen's mansions") - surrounded by a moat and walls with gates which could be locked from the outside. Inside were housed on average 2000 Chinese merchants and sailors, along with interpreters,... Read more about this item
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$4,500.00
Typed letter, signed, on Office of the Vice President letterhead, regarding Christian A. Herter, Jr.

Typed letter, signed, on Office of the Vice President letterhead, regarding Christian A. Herter, Jr.

by Nixon, Richard

Washington, D.C.: Office of the Vice President, 1953. Near Fine. 1 typed letter on Office of the Vice President letterhead with eagl watermark, signed by Richard Nixon, dated 7 July 1953. Nixon was sending forms to Bryan F. LaPlante, Chief, Washington Area Security Operations, Atomic Energy Commission, to obtain a "Q" clearance for Christian A. Herter, Jr., who was to join Nixon's staff. Bears stamp of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission in lower corner. Christian A. Herter, Jr. (1919-2007), had... Read more about this item
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$232.00
[Scotland]. Letter Signed, to John Adam, Esq. concerning repairs to Dumbarton Castle

[Scotland]. Letter Signed, to John Adam, Esq. concerning repairs to Dumbarton Castle

by Steuart [or Stewart], William (of Dumbarton, Scotland)

Dumbarton, Scotland, 1790. Good. Folio half-sheet, 1 p. (20 lines), name of the recipient on verso, 2 vertical and 4 horizontal folds, evidence of wax seal on verso, old tape repair at top margin (not affecting text), ink gall corrosion on outer margin, affecting one word. Preserved in mylar sleeve. An extremely curious provincial Scottish letter, dated 1790, which incorporates misspellings based on non-standard sociolects of the Scottish dialect. While "worthless" relics such as this were almost... Read more about this item
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$90.00