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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.



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


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


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


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 noted fo...

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

$70,000.00


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


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


The Author's Original Typed Manuscript for "Journey in the Dark. by Flavin, Martin

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. The author's original hand-corrected typescript for his most important work, "Journey in the Dark," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944. Donated by Flavin to the US Treasury Department "to help the war financing campai...

From Whitmore Rare Books

$8,500.00


A student's manuscript of mathematical problems from A Treatise on Plane and Spherical Trigonometry as well as Andrew MacKay's The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land. by Bonnycastle, John

Hardcover. Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 170 page manuscript. Contemporary half speckled sheep, marbled sides. Several contemporary sheets of manuscript with mathematical notations loosely inserted. Corners repaired, a little wear and some disc...

From Alembic Rare Books

£1,500.00


Proceedings of Congress, held at Philadelphia, from September 5, 1775 April 30, 1776 by Continental Congress

U. K.: J. Almon, 1778. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9 - 12" tall. 1st Printing 1 Printed in 1778 first British edition, printed in double-column format. (8vo) 21.1x12.7 cm (8x5"), rebacked with quarter leather over original ...

From mclinhavenbooks

$2,150.00


Signed; partially printed, partially manuscript Document of Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. by Benjamin Franklin

April 5, 1787. Framed land grant to Lt. John Armstrong on vellum with affixed State of Pennsylvania seal: "The Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To all to whom these presents shall come GREETING: KNOW YE, That in considerat...

From William Chrisant & Sons' Old Florida Book Shop, ABAA, ILAB, FABA

$28,870.00


TEN YEARS IN AN OPEN NECKED SHIRT. And Other Poems. Original Manuscript and typescipts by CLARKE. JOHN COOPER. ; Maguire. Steve. Illustrates

Arena. Published by Arrow books. London. 1983. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.6 x 5 inches). Paperback. Illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by Steve Maguire. A very good copy with some minor rubbing to the edges but generally bright and tight. -...

From Paul Foster Books

£2,850.00


Manuscript Peninsular War Journal by [Brooke, Major General William Joseph Eyre]

Handwritten manuscript. Unbound. 20cm x 25cm. 16pp. Impress mark Bally & Co., Bath. 1808. The De Montalt paper mill was owned by John Bally (1773 – 1854), a bookseller at Homer's Head, 11 Milsom Street in Bath, William Allan or Ellan (1781 – 1832) an...

From Paul Haynes Rare Books

£850.00


Autograph Manuscript Signed by LEAR, Benjamin Lincoln (1791-1832)

The only child of George Washington's long-time personal secretary Tobias Lear was actually born in the early "White House" in Philadelphia, and Washington was his godfather; his mother died when he was two (Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were a...

From Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts, ABAA

$1,250.00


Ensemble complet des archives du Chevalier de Sade by SADE Louis, Chevalier de

1791. Fine. 1791-1832, divers, autre. - Exceptionnel ensemble des archives manuscrites inédites et complètes de Louis, Chevalier de Sade (1753-1832), auteur du Lexicon politique et cousin du Divin Marquis représentant environ 12 000 feuillets manuscr...

From Rare Books Le Feu Follet - Edition-Originale.com

€103,500.00


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