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    Antiphonal Leaves by [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT]

    Italy: np, 1550. Very Good. Two large conjugate antiphonal leaves (bifolium) with later large miniatures of reclining monks. An exquisite rare bifolium with complementary reclining monks (added later) with large (approximately three-inch) floral border along the bottom and sides. With beautiful reds, greens, yellow, browns, and gold (including thick gold halos on the monks). With notes and text in black with red highlights. Also with two large initials, one in blue and gold with a red border, the other red and gold with a blue border. The monks are a full eight inches long; the one on the left reaches (with his hand) 6.25 inches high; the one on the right 4.25 inches. The leaves together are 27 inches wide and 18 inches tall. (Framed = 31.5 x 23 inches). Vellum, likely 16th century Spanish; float-matted in fine ornate frame. Note: The monks were added later, either in the 19th or 20th century. Stitched repair in border of right leaf, a few smudges. A beautiful set of leaves, very handsomely framed.


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    Black edges three page letter to the Rev. William B. Sprague, author of Annals of the American Pulpit. in Part: "I Have Just Followed to the Grave My Father in Law Capt. Marshall..." by Butler, William Allen

    NY. Good+. 1865. Letter. 8vo; October 14, 1865, three page autographed letter signed. ; Signed by Author .


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    Autograph musical scores and autograph letters in the Whittall Foundation Collection by Library of Congress Music Division

    Washington, D.C.: Self, 1951 17 pp. Wear and soiling to wraps. Prepared by Edward N. Watters.. Wraps. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    The Medici Aesop: From the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library by Aesop; McTigue, Bernard; Everett Fahy

    N Y: Harry N Abrams Inc, 1989. Oversize Hardback. Fine/Near Fine. XL. Book is in excellent condition in every respect, with gilt lettering on spine and filigree on cover over deep blue cloth. Sharp corners, square, straight spine, text block is solid and straight. Dust jacket shows light scuffing and general wear, no tears, no edge wear. This is a book of "Aesop's Fables elegantly handwritten in Greek and illustrated by some of the lovelies miniature paintings that have ever appeared between the covers of a Renaissance manuscript." 151 plates in full color.


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    Two original 1848 manuscript real estate maps detailing the plots owned by Jacob Harsen`s estate. - Stephen Colbert. - Jacob Harsen (1750-1835). - John J. Serrell (surveyor)..

    (New York), John Serrell, 1848.. 26 1/8 x 19 1/2 inches and 25 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches. Two original manuscript real estate maps detailing the plots owned by Jacob Harsen`s estate, situated between 54th and 53rd street and Broadway and Ninth Avenue, both titled: "Map of the Real Estate in the 12th Ward of the City of New York belonging to the Estate of Jacob Harsen, decd. Surveyed July 1848 by John J. Serrell City Surveyor" wove paper, pen, ink and wash plans, edged with cloth ribbon, backed onto linen, rolled. Both with light creasing, toning, and some light damage with small losses, edging defective. - Comprising: 1. `Map of the Real Estate...`, 26 1/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 9th to 8th Ave, between 54th and 53rd. - 2. `Map of the Real Estate...`, 25 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches, 8th Ave to `Bloomingdale Road ` [i.e. Broadway], between 54th and 53rd. - The present maps represent one of Jacob Harsen`s subsidiary holdings, and cover an area that now includes the the Midtown North Police Precinct building, the Midtown Community Court , as well as Studio 54 and the Ed Sullivan Theater (the home of `The Late Show` with Stephen Colbert). - The main Harsen holding was originally a 94-acre farm, bought for £450 by Cornelius Dyckman in 1701, centered on what is now Broadway and 73rd Street. Dyckman`s daughter Cornelia married Jacob Harsen, and the farm eventually passed into Harsen family ownership. - John J. Serrell is the eldest of three brothers who were surveyors or engineers with official connections to New York City. The New York Historical Society hold a number of his other surveys of the city.


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    Descent of the Sun, The; A Cycle of Birth - Translated from the Original Manuscript by Bain, F. W

    Methuen & Co. Ltd; London., 1914. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Average wear. A little toning to endpapers. Prev` owner name neatly penned to fly-leaf. Laid paper. Uncut pages. A nice little book.. Originally published by Messrs. James Parker & Co.. Hard. 12mo.. Good. Illus. by Tissue-guarded frontispiece. .


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    A Discovery of Two Forreigne Sects in the East-Indies, viz. the Sect of the Banians, the Ancient Natives of India, and the Sect of the Persees, the Ancient Inhabitants of Persia: Together with the Religion and Manners of each Sect. by LORD, Henry

    London: Lintot and Osborn, 1752. Detailed analysis of Banian and Parsi creationist beliefs, including the first humans, the first and second age of the world, God's communication to the world through Bremaw's book (Banian), ceremonial law, order of government, the derivation and meaning of 'Banian,' and 'Persee,' and more. This is the first printed summary of Hindu doctrines and practices to appear in Europe. Topics examined include idolatry, fire worship, immortality, rapture, vegetarianism, the Indian caste system and Hindu theory of world cycles - specifically Satya Yuga and Treta Yuga, as well as Persian migration to the East Indies, the prophet Zerdusht (Zarthusthra, Zarthost), so forth. A fascinating early treatise. Henry Lord's book was the first in English to be entirely devoted to discussion of Indian religions, and represents the first serious attempt to go beyond reports by travellers of the strange religious beliefs and practices that they had observed in India. Initially publishing his account in 1630, Lord was a chaplain, rather than a missionary, and made a serious attempt to understand the religions rather than condemn them. The display was used as a source by later European writers on Indian religions, most notably François Bernier. "Lord was sometime resident in India at Surat and Preacher to the Honourable Company of Merchants trading to East India (Cox I p.270)." Folio, measuring approximately 13.5 inches x 9 inches. 42 pages, numbered from 315 to 356, plus title page. In itself complete, this account is from Churchill's eight-volume work which contained numerous travel narratives, and was titled "A Collection of Voyages and Travels, Some Now First Printed from Original Manuscripts. Others Now First Published in English." These are the original pages printed in 1752. Mild foxing, otherwise in very good condition, clean and bright with wide margins, a lovely example of early printing. Attractively bound in recent green cardstock covers with label. .


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    A private journal of John Glendy Sprouston, U. S. N. Edited by Shio Sakanishi by SPROSTON, JOHN GLENDY

    Tokyo: Sophia University, 1940. First edition, 8vo, pp. [10], iii, [1], [vii]-xii, 122, [1]; 19 plates reproducing drawings from the journal; pages browning else a good, sound copy, or better in orig. red cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and in silver on spine. The first publication of an original manuscript by an officer of the Perry Squadron, presumably not known to the Commodore, and coming to light at Anderson Galleries in 1926 where it was immediately bought by the Library of Congress. An important primary source at the dawn of Japanese-American relations. Issued in the publisher's Monumenta Nipponica Monograph series.


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    LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER. Printed Complete from the Original Manuscript by Lawrence, (David Herbert)

    n.p. [Chicago Ben Abramson], 1930. Deep red cloth, with author, title, and device of Lawrence phoenix silver stamped on spine. Top edge stained red, others uncut. Some wear to front free endpaper, where an inscription appears to have been erased, else a very good copy. Stout 8vo. vii+417pp. This piracy conforms to entry 4.1 in Jay A. Gertzman's "A Descriptive Bibliography of Lady Chatterley's Lover" (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1989).


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    Manuscript collection of compositions on a variety of subjects by Whitehouse, Moses M

    [Pembroke, CT, 1832. 8vo, pp. [2], 100, [2]; 6 leaves of mounted dried flowers (mostly perished) at back; 1 extra bifolium laid in containing three pages of "wandering thoughts"; contemporary quarter red calf over marbled paper-covered boards; upper joint cracked at the top, boards rubbed and bumped; very good. A manuscript notebook full of pontification on a variety of subjects, some rather mundane ("Friendship is an acquisition which is very necessary and needful in life"), and some on more colorful topics: the autobiography of a hat, Yankee peddlers ("Among the variety of imposters which we daily meet the yanks peddlers must be the first which comes under our observation"); slavery; the plight of the Indians; fashion ("Where the old fashioned knee-buckles have been turned into some article of fancy; the sheepskin pantaloons and horn buttons have given place to morocco shoes and shell combs"). Thirty-three entries are provided in all. One describes the town of Pembroke, CT; there seems little otherwise to indicate where these essays were published.


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    Illuminated Manuscript: Isaiah 12 from a 13th Century Dutch Psalter by [Illuminated Manuscript]

    Utrecht: no. 5th Edition or later Edition. No Binding. Very Good. 13th-century manuscript leaf with colorful initials and borders. Use of Utrecht. 18 lines of text on each side written in a gothic script on vellum. 12 single line initials in burnished gold with red or blue decorations. 1 large 3 line initial "C" on verso painted in gold with a blue interior with white tracery. A lovely border painted in burnished gold, pink , and blue extends from the large initial across half of the leaf. 8 line extenders in blue, red, & gold. The text contains the beginning of Isaiah 12, starting at the beginning of the large "C": Confitebor tibi, Domine, quoniam iratus es mihi; conversus est furor tuus, et consolatus es me. Ecce Deus salvator meus; fiducialiter agam, et non timebo: English translation: I will confess to you, O Lord, because you have been angry with me; but your fury has been turned away, and you have consoled me. Behold, God is my savior, I will act faithfully, and I will not be afraid Size: 122x97 mm (approx 4.8 x 3.8 inches). A few smudges, but generally clean and bright.


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    Die Rückseite des Hakenkreuzes by Heiber, Beatrice and Helmut Heiber

    DTV,. Paperback. 408pp. TEXT IN GERMAN. Documents from the Nazi era of German history. Somewhat rubbed. Some creasing to spine. Good, sound copy. . Paperback. 1993.


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    Correspondence Typed On Ohio State Journal Letterhead. by Editorial Department, Ohio State Journal

    Columbus, OH: Ohio State Journal, 1914 - 15. 4to. 3 pp. Typed Correspondence, With Ink Signature, Good with creasing, toning, tears. Two Pieces of Correspondence: January 3, 1914 Letter addressed to "little Creamy White Rose" signed in in by "Lisle." April 11, 1915 addressed to "CWR (Creamy White Rose)" signed "F. C.


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    The Young Visitors or Mr Sateena's Plan by Ashford, Daisy

    London: Chatto & Windus. Hardback. 86pp. With preface by J M Barrie. Portrait frontis and further plate showing the first page of the original manuscript. Red cloth with paper label to the spine is rather faded. Paper label is stained. Clean and sound. Good+, sound copy . Hardback. 1936.


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    Epistola de morte Hieronymi; Epistola ad Cyrillum de magnificentiis Hieronymi; Epistola de miraculis Hieronymi; Vita Sancti Hieronymi; Vita sancti Pauli; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment by Pseudo-Eusebius of Cremona, Pseudo-Augustine, Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem, Jerome

    ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Northern Italy, c. 1440-1470. 203 x 153 mm. 70 folios, complete (collation, i-vii10), remnants of quire and leaf signatures, flourished vertical catchwords, written in a humanist minuscule on 30 long lines (justification, 147-149 x 95-100 mm), horizontal lines ruled very lightly in ink, single vertical bounding lines ruled in lead, prickings remain in top and bottom margins on some leaves, rubrics and paragraph marks in pale red, two-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen flourishes in violet or red, two five-line blue initials, ff. 29v and 35, infilled and on square grounds of elaborate penwork; f. 64v, seven-line polished GOLD INITIAL with white vinestem decoration extending along twenty lines of text and into the upper margin, infilled and edged in deep red and blue with numerous tiny silver dots; f. 1, five-line polished GOLD HISTORIATED INITIAL of St. Jerome, bearded and dressed in red, standing before a Crucifix, with a hilly landscape in the background, on a white vinestem ground, extending into a FULL WHITE VINESTEM BORDER infilled and edged in deep red and blue with tiny silver dots and an erased coat of arms in lower margin, with modern? F.A.. BINDING: Early, almost certainly contemporary, reddish-brown leather over wooden boards, flat spine with three slightly raised bands, head and tail bands, clasp and catch fastening, front to back, with brass catch lettered ave, front cover decorated, most likely in the nineteenth century, with an attractive painted border in green, orange, and gray, connecting four brass studs, and the title, De laudibus et miraculis divi Hieronymi, with initials F.C. at the bottom, back pastedown is leaf from a late fourteenth-century Italian copy of Donatuss Latin grammar, front pastedown shows offset script from removed pastedown from a fourteenth-century Italian text in Latin verse. TEXT: This manuscript is a vivid witness to the importance of St. Jerome in fifteenth-century Italy, and includes the foundational texts for his cult: three letters regarding his death, miracles, and titles to glory and veneration and purporting to be written by three contemporaries of St. Jerome (c. 347-420), namely St. Eusebius of Cremona (d. 423), St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), and Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386), but probably written in Rome at the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth century; a life of St. Jerome by an unknown author, probably writing in Italy in the twelth century; and Jeromes own life of St. Paul the Hermit, written in 374 or 375. These texts were widely disseminated in both Latin and in vernacular translations, and they influenced the work of numerous writers and visual artists. ILLUSTRATION: The iconographical choice in the historiated initial (f. 1) to depict the ascetic Jerome contemplating the Crucifixion dates from c. 1400 in Italy, and can be particularly associated with Hieronymite congregations in Tuscany. PROVENANCE: Copied in Northern Italy in the middle years of the fifteenth century, as suggested by the evidence of the script and decoration; the penwork initials in particular seem to point to Northern Italy. The manuscript almost certainly once included the coat of arms of its original owner in the lower margin of the illuminated border on f. 1. Three sets of initials are inscribed, in three different hands, all possibly initials of owners: within the roundel on f. 1 a modern owner inscribed an outline of a shield in pen and the initials F.A.; inside front cover, white embossed seal, with the initials L.F.; on front cover, as part of the added decoration, F[?]. C[?]. CONDITION: Slight loss of the leather at the back, top of the spine, and over the lower band of the binding; top of the painted border on f. 1 is very slightly trimmed; f. 1 is darkened; and there is some soiling throughout, but overall in very good condition. Full description and photos available (TM 656).


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    The Works of the Late William Stark, MD. Consisting of Clinical and Anatomical Observations with Experiments, Dietetical and Statical, Revised and Published from his Original Manuscript by Smyth, James Carmichael

    London: J Johnson. Worn condition. Cover rubbed. Boards detached. Plates foxed. Content in overall good condition. Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library. 1788. First Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 270mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). xxiv, 190pp + index+ plates. 3 folding engraved plates. .


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    The Secret Correspondence of Madame De Maintenon with the Princess Des Ursins; from the Original Manuscripts in the posession of the duke of Choiseul. Transladed from the French. Volume II by Madame de Maintenon; Princess Des Ursins;

    London: Geo. B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, 1827 364pp. Volume II Only. Three Quarter Leather with marbled boards. Tips and spine ends are bumped and heavily rubbed. Top tip of front board is missing a small piece. Board edges are heavily rubbed. Lower edge of rear board has a couple of bumped spots. Top edge of front board is heavily chipped. Boards have heavy scuffs and light scratches. Spine edges are heavily rubbed. Spine ends are heavily chipped. Front board has a 2" detachment from the spine head. Spine has many heavy gouges. Former owner bookplate inside front board. Front hinge is partially open. Former owner name inside rear board. Inside boards, endpapers, frontispiece and title page have light foxing. Page edges have light foxing. Top edge of text block has dust staining. Ghost of frontispiece on titlepage. Text is unmarked. . Three-Quarter Leather. Fair/No Dust Jacket.


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    A Rare Manuscript Journal - Beginnings of Holt Shipping Empire by John Holt of Garthorpe

    North Lincolnshire, England, Belgium, 1843-1856, 1843. Original manuscript shipping ledger journal kept by merchant and sloop shipmaster John Holt of Garthorpe, conceivably being the uncle (born 1822) and namesake of the famous John Holt (1841-1917) who subsequently founded the pioneering Liverpool-West Africa shipping company still operating today as John Holt plc. Features at least six John Holt signature incsriptions. 8vo. 194 pages in manuscript. Original vellum binding with working brass clasp and orange marbled endpapers. Age-toning to boards, early repair to clasp, otherwise in very good condition, a noteworthy primary source document with much detail. While much is known about renowned merchant and shipping magnate John Holt (1841-1917) and his brothers with whom he partnered in the West Africa trade, very little detail is readily available on the shipping activities of his predecessors and mentors. [Of the freight transport and trade activities prior to the founding of John Holt & Co. (Liverpool) Ltd in 1884, the only known archive of Holt family papers is held by the National Archives, which spans from 1703 to 1965.] The present volume comprises a firsthand record of the commercial shipping activities in and outside of England made by a John Holt of Garthorpe six years before the famous John Holt of Garthorpe's voyage to Fernando Po, and thirty years prior to the founding of John Holt and Company which established trading posts and banking in West Africa. The writer may quite rightly be the uncle and namesake of the great businessman and company founder. As he plied the English coast and continent, then explored foreign trade, John Holt of Garthorpe, keeper of the present journal, dutifully penned a ledger of expenses and accounts. The volume beginning in 1843 and pertaining largely to freight transport on the rivers of North Lincolnshire. His entries, however, further reveal the start of coastal trade from the northeast to the south coast of England, and, in the latter years, we notice substantial increase in the number of port towns visited for trade. His pioneering voyages to continental Europe in 1853 show the Holt family's subsequent beginnings in foreign trade, and foretell the imminent success which would build favourable and profitable Anglo-African trade relations for centuries to follow. Tirelessly ferrying all kinds of cargo throughout North Lincolnshire and centering around the Isle of Axholme for several years, he frequently transported gravel, cobble and binding agents, which is consistent with the ongoing construction of navigable canals, as well as railways, in this period. The Barton-on-Humber railway station, for example, was opened as part of the branch line from New Holland to Barton-on-Humber in 1849. Ale was also frequently transported. Deliveries of cargo were made to the following locations in North Lincolnshire: the ancient Parish called Belton (near Epworth), Crowle, Luddington (now Luddington and Haldenby), West Butterwick, Spalding on the River Welland in the South Holland district, Gunhouse [Gunness], Burringham on the east bank of the river Trent, Grimsby, Boothferry and Goole, and the Parish of Althorpe - one of the eight original parishes in the Isle of Axholme (now Keadby with Althorpe). Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is a principle port, and from here he frequently ships potatoes and other goods as far as London. Barton is also mentioned [Barton-upon-Humbler across the river from Hull]. Some clients are named. On 19 August 1848 he delivered 70 tons of 'cliff' for Baronet Sir Robert Sheffield, whom in 1842 had purchased the old Healey estate in Frodingham, together with a Charles Winn. [This was either Sir Robert Sheffield, 4th Baronet (1796-1862), Major of the North Lincolnshire Yeomanry, Justice of the Peace, High Sherriff of Lincolnshire, and politician, or possibly his eldest son Sir Robert Sheffield, 5th Baronet (1823-1886) who also served as High Sherriff of Lincolnshire.] In the 1850's Holt's inland business was expanding greatly, with new clients at Gainsborough, Dunkirk, Ispwich, Wisbech, Rochester, Newcastle, and Lowestoft. Large quantities of tiles were sent to London during this period, 36,000 tiles, 45,000 tiles, as well as fire clay and fire bricks. On 10 February 1855 the usual cargo of potatoes was brought to London, and this time two bells as well. Reflecting the prosperity refinement of the Victorian era, at Hull he delivered marble, mahogany, iron and barrels of resin. In 1851, a notable change occurred when Holt took his business to the sea coast. His first coastal voyage was for a substantial delivery being made on 12 July, consisting of stone, machinery, several carts and wagons, paint, and oil, quite possibly for the expansion of the Southampton West End railway station which was constructed in 1847, and its terminus at Blechynden Terrace which came into use in 1850. [Developments continued until 1860, by which time the station was equipped with a booking office and two waiting rooms on the up and down platforms. The Southampton and Dorchester Railway Company, having amalgamated with the large London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1848, was expanding and improving its lines at this time.] Fees incurred on this voyage included dues payable at Dover and Ramsgate, boomage and quay dues, over and above the regular expenses. In 1853 Holt was making voyages along the northern sea coast of England, with a delivery of timber to the famous shipbuilding town of Whitby, where Captain Cook learned seamanship. In the same year he shipped 108 tons of coal to Harwich, 86 tons of shingles to Hull. Sunderland also became a relatively frequent port. Finally, crossing the North Sea in 1853 for the first time with commercial cargo, the sloop called "Gutteridge" transported 104 tons of guano to Antwerp in Belgium; a cargo of machinery is subsequently brought to Brussels; these being the first steps in foreign shipping for John Holt of Garthorpe. Fees and expenses tallied throughout the volume include wharfage, bridge dues, tariffs paid to the Lord Mayor of London, separate canal dues in London, Humber dues, pilotage. In April 1846 he pays dues paid on 15 horses and some ale, evidently trying his hand at transporting live animals. In Hull, January 1847, a delivery of cement stone and hoops requires payment of dock dues, buoyage, corporation fee, entrance fee, and house commissions. Dues are occasionally paid at Spurn [The lifeboat station at Spurn Head was built in 1810, on the north bank of the mouth of the Humber estuary. Owing to the remote location, houses for the lifeboat crew and their families were added a few years later]. In addition, he pays a boatswain, a waterman, and other hired labour from time to time. During this thirteen years of trade, Holt had at least 3 sloops, "Friends" from 1843-1849, "Acorn" from 1849-1851, and "Gutteridge" from 1851-1856. These were all made by shipbuilder John Wray (1796-1884) of Burton Stather. By 1851 he employed sixteen men. An interesting connection may be realized through this volume. The keeper of this ledger, John Holt, inscribes a note to remember his wedding to 'Sarah' on 16 October 1845. The 1851 census states that John Wray had a niece named Sarah. In 1851, a notable change occurred when Holt took his business to the sea coast. Making the connection between merchant and sloop shipmaster John Holt of Garthorpe who wrote the present ledger, and the famous John Holt of Garthorpe (1841-1917) who subsequently founded the Liverpool-West Africa shipping company: From the Holt family of Garthorpe there were many in the shipping trade, from shipwrights and sailmasters, to shipowners, and leading merchants, the most famous of them being the brothers who established a shipping trade in West Africa. With ancestral origins in Broughton Grange, they established firms in Liverpool, including John Holt & Co Ltd, West Africa Traders & Shipowners. Needing no introduction, John Holt (1841-1915) was an English merchant who founded the most significant shipping line which operated between Liverpool and West Africa, and a number of businesses in Nigeria, which are now incorporated in John Holt plc. Born on the 31 October 1841 in Garthorpe, Lincolnshire, he first worked for his grandfather, learning the sea trade at an exceptionally young age. Subsequently, at the age of fifteen, he became the apprentice of William Laird, a Liverpool coal dealer. Just prior to completing his apprenticeship, in 1862 he went to Fernando Po to take up an appointment as secretary to James Lynslager, formerly acting British Consul who was pursuing his personal commercial interests. [Sir Richard Burton had just entered the Foreign Service as consul of the island.] There he managed Lynslager's trading post. Five years later, he bought out his employer, and he was joined by his brother Jonathan. In 1868 Johnathan bought a schooner, which enabled the brothers to open more trading posts in West Africa. In 1874 the brothers opened an office in Liverpool. In 1881, John entered the palm oil trade. In 1884 the brothers formed a partnership, John Holt and Company. Falling in line with family tradition, his father, Thomas Godfrey Holt (born 1817 Luddington, Lincolnshire - died 1909 Appleby, Lincolnshire), was a shipowner and merchant as well. It was he, who arranged for his son, the famous John Holt of Garthope, to apprenticeship under Laird for five years. The original indenture document between William Laird and Thomas Godfrey Holt is held in the Liverpool Maritime Museum Archives. [The 1856 gazetteer and directory of Lincolnshire lists both Thomas Holt (father) and John Holt (son) as master mariners at Garthorpe on the Isle of Axholme. Thomas is also described as a coal merchant, vessel owner and victualler, of "Sheffield Arms", Ferry, having purchased the "Sheffield Arms Inn" at Burton upon Stather.] Especially interesting in reference to the present volume, his paternal uncle and namesake was John Holt, born 1822 in Burton-upon-Stather, quite likely the author of the present volume, and surely another source of inspiration for setting out to Africa in the first place, to learn about foreign commerce. His grandfather, Thomas Holt (born 1788 All Saints, Flixborough - married Elizabeth Godfrey in Luddington church on 28 June 1814 - died 1863 Luddington), was a sea merchant of notable repute. He is listed in census as a sailor in 1815 and a ship master by 1817, at these times his surname was spelled Hoult. He is mentioned in the coastal trade archives, and found in several articles of the Hull Packet Newspaper. He received a master's certificate for having worked 43 years in coastal trade. The record states: "Thomas Holt, Born at Crosby, Lincolnshire, 12 September 1788, has been employed in the capacities of App & Master 43 years in the British Merchant Service in the Coasting Trade." He travelled as far as Constantinople and Saint Petersburg. There is a burial recorded at Luddington on 20th February 1863, for a Thomas Holt, of Garthorpe, aged 74. Historical records confirm that Thomas & Elizabeth Holt had between them at least six children, 4 boys and 2 girls between 1815 & 1827, as follows: - William, born 1815 - Thomas Godfrey, born 1817 (father of famed business founder John Holt of Garthorpe) - Elizabeth, born 1820 in Luddington, baptised in Burton upon Stather on 17 September 1820 where the family resided - John, born on 20 July 1822, baptised in Burton upon Stather, the family living in "The Stather", close to the shore of the River Trent, his father Thomas being recorded as being a waterman - William Leonard, born 1825, baptised at Burton upon Stather, 7 February 1825, the family living in "The Stather", his father Thomas recorded as being a mariner - Mary Ann, born 1827, baptised at Luddington 27 December 1827, the family are once again in Garthorpe, and Thomas described as a master mariner. The family made frequent moves between Burton upon Stather, Luddington, and Garthorpe. The village of Garthorpe in North Lincolnshire, in the Isle of Axholme, is situated approximately 8 miles (13 km) south-east from Goole, and 1 mile (1.6 km) west from the River Trent, is the home of John Holt, writer of the present ledger, and also John Holt founder of the renowned West Africa shipping company. It is contiguous with the village of Fockerby. [Garthorpe of North Lincolnshire should not be confused with the village by the same name, and civil parish (called Garthorpe and Fockerby) in the Melton district of Leicestershire.] In 1833 "Bartholomew's Gazetteer of Britain" describes the Isle of Axholme as follows: "Area of slight elevation above flat and formerly marshy tract bounded by the Rivers Trent, Torne and Idle. Towns include Crowle, Belton, Epworth and Haxey on higher ground and Owston Ferry and West Butterwick beside the River Trent.". Manuscript.


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    The Master of Mary of Burgundy. A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau by FACSIMILE -- ALEXANDER, J.J.G, editor

    Oxford and New York: The Bodleian Library / George Braziller, 1970. First edition. Fine/fine. Small 8vo. Color facsimile. Original blue leather, richly gilt, simulating the dentelle binding on the manuscript; publisher's board slipcase. FIRST EDITION. A fine facsimile of this exceptional Netherlandish manuscript.


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    Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town,... Written by His Wife Lucy,... from the Original Manuscript by the Rev. Julius Hutchinson. To which is Prefixed the Life of Mrs. Hutchinson, Written by Herself... To which is Now First Added, an Account of the Siege of Lathom House.. by [HUTCHINSON], Lucy

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1848.. Seventh edition. 8vo. xx, 523, (1) pp. Contemporary prize binding from Sherborne School, full maroon calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered label, the college crest in gilt to the upper board and their prize inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper, endpapers and all edges marbled. Frontispiece portrait. Fading to the spine and upper edges of the boards, a little mild rubbing, very good overall.


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    Illuminated Manuscript: Large Initial "C by [Illuminated Manuscript]

    Spain: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Large initial "C" cut from a Spanish antiphonal (c. 1500) richly painted on parchment. Initial painted in shades of brown and tan on a decorated purple background. Initial is framed in a lovely gold frame with custom matting and UV protected glass. A few spots of flaking around the border edge, otherwise fine. Frame Size: 10x12 inches (255x305mm); Cutting: 3x4.5 inches (75x115mm).


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    The History of Great-Britain, from the first Inhabitants thereof, 'till the Death of Cadwalader, by LEWIS John d1615/6. LHUYD Humfrey 1527-1568 . TWINE Thomas 1543-1613

    London: Holborn. Covent-Garden. Pater-Noster-Row.: F Gyles. Woodman and Lyon. C Davis., 1729 Sm Elephant folio, VG+, 1st ed, 1729. In modern half calf with marbled boards, to style, some blind tooling. Spine, gilt decorative tooling, raised bands. contemporary gilt title on red calf label. Internally, new endpapers, rubricated title, [2], [1], 2-71, [1], 251, [1], [11], [1], [4], [1], [1], [1], 2-8, 13-32, 35-52, [2] wordes, (mis-numbered but correct). Faint initial at head of tp, British Museum 11804 stamp to tp verso, text block edges marbled red, occasional ink marginal note, main text block watermarked with Horse circled, Breviary watermarked 1723, 15&9.5 inches. (ESTC T113293. Allibone 1091. Brunet 1038). Pencil notes states only 200 copies published? Lewis, whose complete history was first published in 1729, over a century after its author's death, by the antiquary Hugh Thomas, perhaps using the text still extant in Harleian MS 4872 in the British Library. Like earlier Welsh historians, for instance Humphrey Llwyd (whose Breviary of Britayne is appended to the 1729 edition of Lewis's book), Lewis was reluctant to part with the much-criticized legends of ancient British kings, from Brutus the Trojan to King Arthur, as recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Title continues: last king of the Britains ; and of the Kings of Scotland to Eugenev. As also A short Account of the Kings, Dukes, and Earls of Bretagne, 'till that Dukedom was united to the Crown of France, ending with the Year of our Lord 68 ; in which are several Pieces of Taliessin, an antient British Poet, and a Defence of the Antiquity of the Scotish Nation: With many other Antiquities, never before published in the English Tongue: With a Compleat Index to the Whole. By John Lewis, Esq ; Barrester at Law. Now first published from his original manuscript. To which is added, The breviary of Britayne, written in Latin by Humfrey Lhuyd, of Denbigh, a Cambre Britayne ; and lately englished by Thomas Twine, Gent.


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    POETICAL ESSAY ON THE DOLPHIN SAILING ROUND THE WORLD IN THE YEARS 1766, 1767, 1768.|A by Richardson, R

    Paris: Bibliophiles de la Société des Océanistes, 1965. stiff paper wrappers with Japanese style sewn binding, loose in marbled paper-covered boards, slipcase. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers with Japanese style sewn binding, loose in marbled paper-covered boards, slipcase. 63, (5) pages. Text in English and French. Limited to 125 numbered copies. Introduction by Phyllis Mander Jones. French translation and notice to readers by Denise Jean Simon. Author was the barber on board and wrote an account of a voyage that reflected European interest in exploring the Southern Hemisphere in the mid- to late 18th century. Printed from the original manuscript held by the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Australia. Original sepia-toned woodcut illustration signed by artist Rene Dessirier. Boards and slipcase very lightly worn.


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    ALS James Graham, June 19, 1830. Grosvenor Place, London by Sir James Graham M.P

    London, UK: James Graham, 1830. Autographed Letter, Single Sheet, Ink on Laid Paper, 4.5" x 7", Very Good; mounted to larger sheet with inked notes, 10" x 12", Good with marginal tears & toning.


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    The Cultivated Oranges and Lemons of India and Ceylon - researches into their origin and the derivation of their names, and other useful information. (1888). [Alan Davidson's copy] by Bonavia. E

    Dehra Dun & Delhi: M/S Bishen Singh, 1973. Two volumes, 8vo and horizontal 8vo, pp xx, 384; (4), +259 outline plates, slightly weak and worn. The original Indian price is written in tiny red script at the coner of each front endpaper. [Alan Davidson's copy, with his "fish" bookplate. One of the most important figures in twentieth century culinary writing and scholarship, Davidson was a British diplomat and historian best known for his writing and editing on food and gastronomy. He was the author of the 900-page, encyclopedic The Oxford Companion to Food. In 1948, Davidson joined the Foreign Office and served in diplomatic posts in Washington, Tunis, Brussels, Cairo, the Hague; from 1973 to 1975, he was ambassador to Laos. While living in Tunis, his wife asked him to look for a cookbook on fish because she did not recognize any of the local varieties. Not being able to find one he wrote one himself. The original manuscript was copied with a stencil machine. A copy reached the British cooking guru Elizabeth David, who passed it on to Penguin Books, which published it in 1972 as Mediterranean Seafood. This was followed by Seafood Of South East Asia (1979) and North Atlantic Seafood (1979), for which he travelled throughout the region, gathering thousands of recipes from Portugal to Iceland.]. Cloth. Good.


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