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A description of the province and city of New York
by Miller, John
London: T. Rodd, 1843. Hardcover. VG, some minor tears to page edges, some soiling/wear to boards, some foxing, interior otherwise clean. Dark olive boards with paper label. 2 preliminary leaves, 43 pages, 2 leaves, 21-115,  pages 6 folded plans. Now first printed from the 1695 original manuscript. (To which is added, a catalogue of an extensive collection of books relating to America ...). Some reversible preservation work has been done to stabilize this book (the board edges and spine have been... Read more about this item
The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written By Himself - Volume 1
by Franklin, Benjamin; Bigelow, John (editor)
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1916. Volume 1 only. Fifth edition, revised and enriched. "Now first edited from original manuscripts and from his printed correspondence and other writings." 613 pp. Top edge gilt. Very light wear to the extremities. In a square, tight binding with hinges intact.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
The Diary of Henry Teonge Chaplain on Board HM's Ships "Assistance", "Bristol",
by G E (Transcribed And Edited By) Manwaring
Harper & Bros, NY, 1927-01-01. Hardcover. Good/Missing. Acetate jacket has scratches, burgundy boards have minor wear, binding sound, internally clean, lightly age0toned. The present edition has been produced from the original manuscript with modernised spelling and a number of notes. The author served as a chaplain in the Mediterranean. In addition to a vivid picture of life in the Navy in the seventeenth century, there are interesting accounts of inland journeys in Syria and Palestine. The book... Read more about this item
1930-1931 Original Manuscript Diary Chronicling the Final Year of a Professor, Artist, and Possible Land Developer in the American South
by Otis Alonzo Miller
Asheville, North Carolina. Good. 1930-1931. Hardcover. On offer is a small journal detailing the last year in the life of Otis Alonzo Miller, a professor and landscape painter, and possibly a developer, from the American South. This diary offers a detailed glimpse into the day-to-day happenings of Millers final year. The journal entries are brief, often only two or three lines. Miller notes the weather and the principal things he was engaged in during the day. Many entries relate to his... Read more about this item
1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF NOTED ABSTRACT ARTIST ROGER HILTON'S MOTHER
by SAMPSON, LOUISA HOLDSWORTH
NORTHWOOD LONDON ENGLAND ST IVES CORNWALL. Good. 1920. On offer is a densely written manuscript diary dated 1920 handwritten by Louisa Holdsworth Sampson, mother of artist Roger Hilton. Besides being a lovely account of daily life in a middle class family during the years immediately after the World War I in 1920 there is insight into the early life of Roger when he was still a child. [The book does not provide identification but this diary came from a larger archive providing provenance.] A total... Read more about this item
Winds [in unique illuminated manuscript on vellum]
by Arthur Guiterman
Hand lettered and illuminated by Vida Guiterman with gilt particulars and watercolor illustration on vellum paper. Poem by Arthur Guiterman. No previous owners' names or other markings. 7.5 x 9.25 inches. Shipped through boxed USPS Priority insured mail.
Manuscript of: "Songs &c., chiefly by German Composers. With English Words by James van Sommer, by whom also the Music was ruled and transcribed". / 19th century Manuscript by british composer James van Sommer with transcriptions of German Lieder in poetry form and score. Marvellous original manuscript with early transcriptions into english of some unusual composers. The manuscript in a beautiful and steady hand in ink/ Originales Manuskript von Transkriptionen teilweise ungewoehnlicher Lieder deutscher und europaeischer Komponisten des spaeten 18. und fruehen 19.Jahrhunderts. Wundervolle, sehr akkurate Handschrift.
by Sommer, James van / Spohr, Louis / Keller, Karl / Beethoven, Ludwig van / Hummel, Johann Nepomuk / Weber, Carl Maria von / Eberwein, Traugott Maximilian / etc
1837. [England, possibly Hoxton], James van Sommer, 1837. Octavo. 157 pages. Modern, unsophisticated Hardcover with new endpapers. Excellent condition.
Manuscript on paper, written in one fine legible hand, entitled on label of the first volume: "Gakkaroku" ["[Kyoto] Imperial Court Music & Dances Musicological Encyclopedia"]
by ABE, Suenao [but correctly Suehisa]
Many illus., mostly in black but some in red, pink, gray, green, yellow, blue, etc. Ca. 1821 folding leaves of text. 1083 chapters in 50 parts in 54 vols. (parts 14 & 15 in one vol., parts 24, 34, 42, & 47 in two vols. each, plus one vol. of table of contents). 8vo (266 x 188 mm.), orig. blue wrappers, orig. manuscript labels on each upper wrapper, new stitching. [Probably Kyoto: written in 1690 & this is a mid-Edo copy]. A rare and extremely important text, finely illustrated and... Read more about this item
by Weiner, Leo
February 18, 1957, Budapest. Original manuscript on folded paper. Dated, signed. In fine condition.. Original manuscript on folded paper. Dated, signed. 1 page, in ink. Weiner (1885-1960; Hungarian composer and music educator) names Imre Lederer to represent him in the negotiation regarding the German translation of his works "Formenlehre" (A hangszeres zene formái; 1955) and the essay on Beethoven's piano sonatas.
[Program:] The Presentation to The Library of Congress of the Autograph Manuscript of His Novel *Of Human Bondage*
by MAUGHAM, W. Somerset
(Washington D.C.: Library of Congress), 1946. Softcover. Very Good. Program only. Folio leaf folded into four panels. Age-toned edges, folds are tender, very good. Program for an address delivered by Maugham on the occasion of his presenting the original manuscript for *Of Human Bondage* to the Library at the Coolidge Auditorium, April 20, 1946. *OCLC* locates only 3 copies, none in trade.
ELEVEN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SERMONS, 1800 - 1804
Self-wraps, stitched. Each sermon in a uniform size, 6 1/2 x 4 in., pagination various, and all apparently in the same neat hand. All have a caption title on the outer wrapper, and three or four different dates. The sermons were dated from their initial delivery (1800-1804), and then repeated at intervals (and so marked) over the years up to 1820. The group carefully preserved in a modern cloth clamshell box, with snap closure. The sermons include: 1) [note at head of wrapper: "Sing Ps. 45- 2nd part of... Read more about this item
Le Triparty en la Science des Nombres. Par Maistre Nicolas Chuquet Parisien, publié d'après le manuscript fonds français n°1346 de la Bibliothèque nationale de Paris et précédé d'une Notice par M. Aristide Marre. [Offered with:] Problèmes numériques faisant suite et servant d'application au Triparty en la Science des nombres de Nicolas Chuquet, Parisien. Extrait de la seconde partie du ms. n°1346 du fonds français de la Bibliothèque nationale, annoté et publié par Aristide Marre
by CHUQUET, Nicolas
Rome: Imprimérie des Sciences Mathématiques, 1882. First edition. Hardcover. THE MOST ORIGINAL MATHEMATICAL WORK OF THE 15TH CENTURY. First edition, the rare offprint issues, of the most original mathematical work of the fifteenth century, indeed the most important since Fibonacci's Liber Abaci almost three centuries earlier (a work which was also not published until the nineteenth century). Composed in 1484, but published here for the first time, this first French work on algebra introduced several... Read more about this item
by Lawrence, D. H
London: Privately printed for Subscribers only by P. R. Stephenson, June, 1929. First edition. Paperback. Very good. First edition in stiff card printed wrappers. Pp 125. This is copy numbered 45 from an edition of 500 copies signed in blue ink D. H. Lawrence on the verso of the title page following the printed statement "This limited edition is printed complete, following the original manuscript, according to my wish". Ex libris printed book plate of John Glan Martner on the inside of the upper... Read more about this item
Autograph letter signed ("John Luzac") to Theophilus Parsons, Leiden, 17 July 1803
by LUZAC, John (1746-1807)
Two and a half pages, 4to. John Luzac (1746-1807): Dutch lawyer, journalist and professor in Greek and History, of Huguenot origin. He was the most influential newspaper editor in the Western world in the years immediately preceding the French Revolution. The Dutch scholar-lawyer tells Parsons that he has been employed to "execute the commission of books." He tells of his search for books throughout his career, and mentions meeting John Adams while on the courts at the Hague and at Leiden.
1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT COPY BOOK, CATCHALL CREATED BY A NOTED JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND EVENTUAL SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG SAG HARBOR WOMAN
by MALTBY GELTSON ROSE, NELLIE DOUGLASS
SAG HARBOR LONG ISLAND NEW YORK. Good+. 1820. On offer is a super, interesting, original manuscript 19th Century scrapbook and in many ways a commonplace book. We believe the book had two owners contributing to the content. The first few pages have clippings pasted over older entries. An ownership inscription by Miss Nellie Douglass of Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York leads us to believe that Nellie is the person that later, circa 1880s, used the original journal for clippings and a few scraps... Read more about this item
1868 GROUP OF FIVE (5) PROXY VOTES, SIGNED BY VARIOUS SHAREHOLDERS IN THE COMPANY
by New Jersey / Morris and Essex Mutual Coal Company
Newark, NJ: Wm. D. Roe & Co., Stationers, 1868. Original documents. Good. Five engraved forms, accomplished by hand in sepia ink, signed by five different shareholders and five witnesses. For example: "Know all Men by these Presents, that I, Joseph L. Clark of Morristown, N.J. do hereby constitute and appoint Samuel W. Corwin of Newark, New Jersey, my Attorney and Agent for me and in my name, place and stead to vote in my proxy at any Annual or Special Meeting of the Morris & Essex Mutual Coal Co.... Read more about this item
The Life of Alexanader Pope, Esq., Compiled from Original Manuscripts; With a Critical Essay on his Writings and Genius...to which are added, Mr. Pope's Letters to a Lady, (Never before Published). In two volumes
by Pope, Alexander and Owen Ruffhead
Dublin: Printed for S. Powell, P. Wilson, J. Exshaw, et al. 1769. 12mo. In 2 volumes complete. 235; 235 pp. Contemporary patterned calf. Raised bands to spines with recent dark green leather title labels. Slight wear to spine ends. Unusual patterned boards especially fresh and bright. Frontis portrait engraving to vol. 1. Internally clean. Bindings firm. Uncommon Dublin imprint. . Very Good. Full Calf. 1769.
The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill
by MILL, John Stuart
New York: Columbia University Press, 1924. Hardcover. Good. First edition. Owner's name on front fly, cloth extremities worn and frayed, thus good only. Published for the first time without alterations or omissions from the original manuscript.
Heraldic Visitations of Wales and part of the Marches between the years 1586 and 1613 (two volumes)
by Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush
Welsh Manuscript Society, LLandovery, 1846. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, full title reads Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches; Between the Years 1586 and 1613, under the Authority of Clarencieux and Norroy, Two Kings at Arms, By Lewys Dwnn, Deputy Herald at Arms; Transcribed from the Original Manuscripts, and edited with numerous explanatory Notes, two large folio volumes, blind stamped green cloth lettered gilt to spines, lithographic frontis to each volume including a tinted... Read more about this item
Two fine & luxuriously painted scrolls (260 x 4900 mm.; 260 x 4930 mm.) on mica paper, gold-flaked on verso, with gold endpapers at each end of both scrolls, endpapers backed with orig. silk brocade at beginning of each scroll
by RICE CULTIVATION THROUGH THE FOUR SEASONS: Two Scrolls
[Japan: early mid-Edo]. The theme of the four seasons of rice cultivation has had an extensive presence within Japanese art and literature. These two luxury festive scrolls beautifully depict the year-long cycle of rice growing in Japan, along with the ancillary activities that took place during the year in the countryside, including falconry, growing vegetables and fruits, seasonal festivals, ways of relaxation, and the annual tribute of rice to the fiefdom lord. The activities shown on these... Read more about this item
An autograph letter signed ('Le Bn de Humboldt') to an unidentified 'Monsieur le Duc', dated 'Paris, le 27 Mars 1820'
by HUMBOLDT, Alexander (1769-1859, Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer)
Small quarto, 2 pages, with a conjugate blank leaf. Thin strip of tissue-paper on the outside rear page, and minimal loss to this blank leaf near the centre of the hinge (both as a result of having been mounted in, then removed from, an album); light creases where folded in four for posting; in excellent condition. Humboldt writes to introduce the geologist Alexandre Brongniart. He remembers with gratitude the assistance rendered by le Duc to himself and his friends and collaborators, [Louis Joseph]... Read more about this item
CALENDAR OF THE CORRESPONDENCE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Commander in Chief of the Continental Army with the Continental Congress: Volume I.
by Fitzpatrick, John C. , Ed. - George Washington
Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1906. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good in boards. Crease to exterior fabric at spine crown and base. Wear to exterior. Bump to corners of volume. Hinge is starting. Interior is clean. Prepared from the original manuscripts in the Library of Congress by John C. Fitzpatrick, Division of Manuscripts. Fascimile plates preceded by tissue pages throughout. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall.
by LAWRENCE, D.H
1929. London: Privately printed by P. R. Stephensen, 1929. 8vo., original white wrappers printed with text in black and red; bird device to lower cover; housed in both the original glassine and cream slip-case; title page and frontis portrait printed in blue and brown; pp. [xvi], 125, [i]; internally fine, with some light foxing to covers; the glassine, as ever, toned and with some small chips to corners; the slip-case shelf worn and rubbed with splits to edges expertly reinforced. First definitive and... Read more about this item
[Manuscript] Meinem geliebten Stropp
by Hönerbach, Heinz
Essen and Cologne, Germany, 1938-1950 . Hardcover. Half cloth. Paper pastedown on boards. . Very Good. 8vo. 21 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 87 pages with content, 40 of these with illustrations. Generally the illustrations are humorous, often with playful caricatures, and the majority of illustrations dominate their pages. There are some non-humorous illustrations, including floral still-lifes and scenes from North Africa, where the author traveled. The text parts are divided between poetry, short... Read more about this item