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If you are looking to expand your collection of rare books, many of our booksellers also offer for sale manuscripts and other original documents. From ephemera related to famous authors to unique governmental missives, Biblio has a range of items available for purchase, some of them quite valuable indeed. Many of the available items are signed or inscribed by relevant parties, and some of the manuscripts date as far back as the mid 1800's. The art of collecting manuscripts and documents is similar to the art of collecting rare books, and we always recommend handling such delicate items with care and precision. You may well be handling important parts of literary and world history, and proper storage and display of fragile and valuable works is always encouraged.



Emperor Franz Joseph Grant of Arms and Nobility Signed, Austro-Hungarian Empire. by Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916)

1859 Seven partially printed and calligraphic pages on four leaves, 11.5" x 15", December 20, 1859. The document bestows the Imperial Austrian Order of the Iron Crown (Orden der Eisernen Krone) on Professor Doctor Franz Pitha. It also grants the...

From Louis Caron

CA$4,750.00


Quranic manuscript leaf on vellum in elegent Kufic from the 10th c.

Possibly North Africa, 3d C. AH, 10th AD. on parchement. Sixteen lines on each side in black Kufic script with possibly later punctuation in glossy colors, and tow faders in gold and colors. 27 x 18 cm. ...

From Archive

$6,500.00


Historical Erotic Epistolary from the 1910s with More than One Hundred Original Color and Black and White Drawings by [An Italian Officer]

Hardcover. A unique look at human sexuality and literary Romantic love in the early part of the twentieth century during the colonial and modernist eras. As noted by the famous French philosopher Michel Foucault in his "repressive hypothesis," ...

From Parigi Books, ABAA/ILAB

$10,800.00


Document Signed by CHARLES IX (1550-74)

When France's King Henry II died in 1559 and his sickly 15-year-old heir Francis II followed the next year, the throne went to 10-year-old Charles Maximilian, who became Charles IX; his mother, Catherine de' Medici, dominated his reign, which is ...

From Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA

$950.00


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 Mosq...

From Archive

$50,000.00


Sefaretname (Embassadorial account) manuscript in Ottoman Turkish about the Deplomatic Relations by Yirmi Sekiz Mehmed Celebi Efendi (d. 1732)

18th c. Scarce manuscript, about the first Continuous Ottoman embassy which contiued for eleven months in France by Yirmi Sekiz Mehmed Celebi. He wrote his notes and Impressions during his employment in France, which it has a great deal of importance from...

From Archive

$25,000.00


ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES by HEMINGWAY. ERNEST

Charles Scribner`s Sons. New York. 1950. PRESENTATION ISSUE, PRECEDING THE FIRST U.S. EDITION. With Scribner logo and letter A on verso of title page. One of just 24 copies, each bound in dark blue buckram with gilt lettering and ruling to the spine. Hem...

From Paul Foster Books

£9,500.00


SULEYMAN GOING TO FRIDAY PRAYER by Domenico de'Franceschi

Book Description: ERTUG & KOCABIYIK, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. A very special reconstruction of a 16th century woodblock print by the Venitian engraver Domenico de'Franceschi (1563) - limited editio...

From INTERMA

$9,500.00


Second World War photo album compiled by American Red Cross worker Elizabeth Ridley. by Ridley, Elizabeth

1941. Hardcover. Good. Oblong Quarto. Second World War photo album compiled by American Red Cross worker Elizabeth Ridley, with three wartime Naval yearbooks & souvenir books owned by her sister Christine, a naval air mechanic in the WAVES programme. O...

From Alembic Rare Books

£250.00


Truman Capote's original Birth Certificate. [ In Cold Blood, Breakfast At Tiffiny's. A Christmas Memory] by Capote, Truman

New Orleans: Parish of New Orleans, 1924. 1st Edition. New Orleans: Parish of New Orleans, 1924. 1st Edition. First Edition. Truman Capote's original Birth Certificate - issued in the parish of New Orleans & registered the 3rd day of October, 192...

From TBCL The Book Collector's Library

$35,000.00


Important 1775 commission manuscript letter for Militia defense of Montreal signed by Sir Guy Carleton by CARLETON, Sir Guy 1st Baron DORCHESTER [1724-1808] & CRAMAHÉ, Lieutenant-Governor Hector Theophilus [1720-1788]

Montreal, Quebec: Sir Guy Carleton, 1775. 1st Edition. No binding. Very Good. IMPORTANT AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR RELATED DOCUMENT Written in French, on a watermarked, fine-laid paper, dated June 24, 1775, Boldy signed by Sir Guy Carleton in dark brow...

From Lord Durham Rare Books (IOBA)

$3,300.00


Quranic manuscript leaf on vellum in elegent Kufic from the 10th c.

Possibly North Africa, 3d C. AH, 10th AD. on parchement. Nine lines on each side in black Kufic script with possibly later punctuation and one line of heading Surah in glossy colors. 27 x 19.5 cm. ...

From Archive

$6,500.00


SURNAME-I VEHBI by Vehbi

Book Description: ERTUG & KOCABIYIK, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. Dust Jacket Condition: Brand New. 1st Edition. A facsimile edition of an 18th century manuscript. The original of this outstanding work, which is in the library of Topkapi Pa...

From INTERMA

$700.00


Original Ink Press Letter by John Quincy Adams, Addressed to an Arctic Explorer or Whaler. by ADAMS, John Quincy

London, 1813. Original Ink press copy of autograph letter by John Quincy Adams. Single-leaf unsized tissue, approximately 21cm x 11cm, with 9 lines printed ink text. Very good condition. At the time of this letter, John Quincy Adams was the first United ...

From Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts, ABAC - ILAB

$600.00


FINE AND RARE ARABIC MANUSCRIPT OF ZUBDAT UL AMTHAL (ESSENCE OF PROVERBS) by MUSTAFA B. IBRAHIM AL RUMI AL HANAFI (D. 1176 AH- 1762 AD)

Handwritten. As New. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 118 PP, VERY FINE ARABIC TA'LIQ SCRIPT WITH GOLDEN DOTS BENEETH THE PROVERBS. FINE OTTOMAN STYLE HEADING ILLUMINATION IN BRIGHT GOLD AND NATURAL COLORS. ALL PAGES OUTRULED IN GOLD. CHAPTER AND C...

From Archive

$8,000.00


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