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    "Ventures in Editing" Publisher's Archive Including Both a Limited Edition & Proof Copy of Finished Work. ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL by Michener, James A

    Huntington Beach, CA: James Cahill Publishing, 1995. First Edition. Manuscript. Fine. The published version of Ventures in Editing included two essays, "My Advice to Young America" and "The Writer and His Machine," which takes a hard look at kidney failure. The book featured two versions of each essay, together with an introduction by Michener about the machinations of the editing process, and published in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies plus a lettered edition. Original manuscript material by Michener is quite scarce as he donated much of his manuscript material to various institutions during his lifetime. Archive includes a ten page computer printout of "The Writer and His Machine," which varies slightly from the published edition. The 17 page computer printout varies from all versions. Unsigned Michener note says about this second version ("This Fourth Version of the manuscript, the final version"): "We have indicated by bold face the new material..." His note covers several options for dealing with printing two such similar versions of the essay. Also included is a 12-page typescript fax corresponding to the first version of "My Advice to Young America." Printed on legal paper, folded to letter size, with the text written in hand where it ran off the bottom. Also includes typed note signed by Michener from 1993, declining that he has any essays suitable for an edition. Also, two (2) editions of "Ventures in Editing" (xi, 95 pp. 8vo.) Proof Edition: Proof copy bound in maroon cloth and with the colophon of the 26 copy "Lettered Edition" with "Proof Copy" written where the number of this copy would be written. Produced in an edition of 50 copies. Fine in a fine slipcase. Signed by the author and with Michener's red JAM "chop" stamped on colophon. [Groseclose A.069a] Limited Edition: #56 of 274, bound in blue cloth and matches "Proof Edition" in all other aspects of production. Fine in a fine slipcase. Signed by the author and with Michener's red JAM "chop" stamped on colophon. [Groseclose A.069b] According to the Groseclose bibliography (James A. Michener: A Bibliography), Michener only signed 148 copies of the Limited Edition.



    Bolinas Eyewash by Berrigan, Ted, and Tom Clark

    Bolinas, CA: Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark, undated [written 1971]. 1st edition. Soft cover. Fine/No Jacket (as issued). Fine. 4to,105 leaves (printed one-side), spiral-bound with color reproduction of the original Ted Berrigan MS cover. An exceedingly scarce reproduction of the original manuscript of this 1971 collaboration between Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark.



    Manuscript on paper on mine surveying, with 12 large & fine folding manuscript plates, heightened in grey, blue, pink, & yellow wash by (CLAUSTHAL: MINE SURVEYING)

    40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815]. A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: "Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden" ("On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out"), "Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte" ("On the naming of seams and fissures"), "Vom Observiren" ("On Observations"), "Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds" ("On measuring and defining a mining claim"), and "Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau" ("On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining"). This manuscript was probably prepared in 1815 - plate X has the entry "Markscheide 1.7.15" - at the newly founded mining school at Clausthal, the famous mining town of the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony (the fine plates name mining locations in the area). The most attractive plates - all of which contain a number of figures - depict mine shafts, mine surveying methods, cartographical considerations, techniques of prospecting and identification of mineral deposits, problems of ownership rights, and the constant problems of flooding. All the plates are finely drawn in black ink and have been heightened in grey, blue, pink, and yellow wash. Internally fine. Stamp of Georg Riemschneider (1888-1946), "Oberbergrat" of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.



    LETTERS FROM THE LATE REV. WILLIAM ROMAINE, M.A. Rector of St. Andrew Wardrobe, and St. Ann Black Friars; and Lecturer of St. Dunstan's in the West, To a Friend on the Most Important Subjects, during a correspondence of twenty years. Published from the original manuscripts, by Thomas Wills, A. B. Minister of Silver Street Chapel, and formerly of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. by Romaine William 1714-95

    New Brunswick, N.J: Reprinted by Ambrose Walker for Richard Scott, Bookseller and Stationer, Pearl-Street, New York, 1809. Later edition. c.1795. Full tree calf, red spine title and 7 gilt bands. 12mo. pp. [2] blank, 240, [2] blank. Very Good. Cap and corner wear with edges lightly rubbed; foxing starting internally with quill owner and one notation. Fifty-one letters from December 1762 through May 1782 with Postcript and A Sermon, by the late Reverend William Romaine, M.A. on Jeremiah 8:22 (pp.211-240)..



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 9, 1968. RE: finances. by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1968. Typed letter signed, 2 pp., 8.5" x 11". Good . Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    The register of the Guild of Knowle in the county of Warwick 1451 1535 from the original manuscript in the Public Reference Library Birmingham - Warwickshire by Bickley, W.B. [ed]

    Walsall: For the Archaeological Section of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, printed by W.H. Robinson, 1894 xlii, [vi], 272, xxxix pages + plates. Numbered 62 and signed by the publisher. Leather spine and green cloth covered boards, some wear. Ink owner's name to the front pastedown. A heavy volume, extra postage will be required to send outside the UK. Browning to the pages adjoining the plates. Binding a bit shaken and rear hinge loose. Pages top edge gilt, others untrimmed which are browned and soiled.. Hard Cover. Good.


    AUD $30.00

    Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia [S.A. Branch] Inc. by Mander-Jones, Phyllis [Compiler]

    Adelaide: Branch] Inc.. 1981. Small Quarto Size. A Near Fine copy. Black & white illustrations. Limited edition of 300 copies. A lovely book in 'as new' condition. 54 pages. A catalogue of great interest to geographers of those interested in Australian history . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love) by Cheever, John

    Near Fine. Quarto. Offered is a near fine twelve page unbound typed manuscript typed recto only. There are several holograph corrections, probably by the author, but this MS is not signed. A working title, this story later appeared under the title "Geometry of Love" in the Saturday Evening Post and "The Stories of John Cheever." With "Russell & Volkening, Inc., Literary Agents. 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10017" red ink stamp on cover page. Typscript pages are age toned.



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 25, 1973. RE: family by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1973. Typed letter signed, Single Page, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Written while Ariel Reynolds Parkinson was on a trip to NYC & elsewhere. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.

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