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    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.


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    Official report of The Armenian assassination attempt against the Sultan Abdul Hamid II by Besiktas Police Commandership, the Ottomn authority

    İn original decorative dark green binding with the Toghra (arm) of the Sultan Abdul Hamid II and the Ottoman cresent. Dedicated and signed by a possible member of the commity in 21-11-1321 (21-11-1905). With 14 plates in the end contain 34 original photographs of the accused people, equipments and explosive materials used in the assassination attempt. Ex-libris Ertugrul Zekai Okte. Armenians who were not able to get the desired results from their protests in Istanbul in 1895 and 1896 attempted to draw the attention of big powers by assassinating Abdulhamid II and carrying out big protests, and in this way, reach their goals by weakening the Ottoman Empire. Within this framework, it was decided to start intensive activities in Istanbul and İzmir in the Dashnaksutyun congress carried out in Sofia in January of 1904. According to this, the Sultan would be assassinated and then the government centre, Galata Bridge, Tunnel, Ottoman Bank, foreign embassies and some other private and official institutions would be blown up. Therefore, a great unrest and revolution would be created and Istanbul would be left in blood and fire and then the intervention of the European countries would be ensured. The Armenian defenders started their preparations in the light of these decisions. The most significant role among the intriguers was played by the Russian Armenian Samuel Fain (Kristafor Mikaelyan), his daughter Robina Fain, and Lipa Rips (Konstantin Kabulyan). These made connection with the Belgian Edward Jorris who had an anarchist spirit. The assassins started to follow the actions of Abdulhamid II. They decided on Friday when the Sultan went to the Yıldız Mosque and the official ceremony was held as the most appropriate time for the action. According to their detections, the arrival of the Sultan to his cart and move after the prayers was taking 1 minute and 42 seconds. As for the plan they made within this framework, a cart where a time bomb was placed would be brought near the mosque and the time bomb would blow just when the Sultan was passing by that spot. The Armenian assassins came to the Yıldız Mosque with their cars on 21 July 1905 Friday as they had planned. When the prayers were over they activated the time bomb. However, at the end of the prayers Sheikh ul-Islam Cemaleddin Efendi came to the Sultan. They had some quick words. In the meantime, before the Sultan got in the cart, the time bomb, which had been set already, blew up creating a huge noise outside the mosque. The Sultan, who was coincidentally kept busy by Sheikh ul-Islam, was saved from the assassination. However, many people around the exploded cart died and were injured. According to the statement of Tahsin Bey, the First Secretary of the Palace, the Sultan demonstrated a great example of courage (Tahsin Pasha 1990, p. 158). Abdulhamid II shouted, “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid” to be able to calm down the panic. Those who saw his calm state of condition, soldiers and officers immediately got back to their places. The Sultan got in his cart saying, “Don’t worry. Don’t let anybody get injured by the confluence.” He took the law in his hands. He started to climb the hill by using the cart more slowly than before. In the meantime, the Austrian ambassador was shouting “Vive le Sultan – Long Live the Sultan” (Osmanoğlu 1986, p. 59). This assassination arranged by Armenians for Sultan Abdulhamid was announced in the newspapers the following day (Tercüman-ı Hakikat, 19 Cemaziyelevvel 1323). In the meantime, big reactions came from both inside the country and outside of the county. Many Ottoman citizens condemned the attack against the Sultan. All kings and presidents of the time sent their telegraphs of good wishes to the palace and stated that they condemned the event. The first report on the assassination was prepared by Beşiktaş Police Commandership. (From an article by Dr. Vahdettin Engin)


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    The Story of The Three Bears by MURE, Eleanor

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. [32 p.]. 13 x 16 cm. 13 colour illustrations. Green cloth hardcover with red print. In mylar-covered pictorial dustjacket with a few marks on front cover. Otherwise like new. Original manuscript in the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library. Story dates to 1831 when the author presented her young nephew with this book for his birthday. It's her own version of the Story of the Three Bears, in verse with watercolour illustrations. Commentary by Judith St. John at rear.


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    Mosaic by Seletzky, Valentina Antonievna

    Self-Published, 1992. Limited 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Not Issued. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. This Is A Copy Of The Original Manuscript. It Is Inscribed "For Carl With Love" And Signed By The Author. Bound In Navy Blue Faux Leather. Short Scratch On The Front Cover.


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    Traduction Arabe des pieces relatives a la procedure et au jugement de Soleyman el HHaleby, assassin du General en Chef Kleber, Majma' al Tahrirat al Muta'allika ila ma jara bi i'lam wa muhakamat Sulayman al Halabi katil sari askar al 'aam Kliber by Official report

    Cairo: Matba'at al Jumhour al Faransawi (the republic French printing house) , 1800 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Half title page in French, Title page in Arabic, 85 p. of Arabic script. printed in Cairo in the 8th year of the French revolt (1800). in modern fine ornamented full lather binding of Ottoman style. Scarce. Suleiman al-Halabi , also spelled Soleyman El-Halaby (Kurdish: Seleman Ous Qopar‎, Arabic: سليمان الحلبي ‎‎ ) (17771800) was a Syrian Kurdish theology student in Cairo who assassinated French general Jean Baptiste Kléber, leader of the French occupation forces in Egypt. He was tortured by burning his hand to the bone before being executed by impalement. Suleiman al-Halabi was born in Kukan village, Afrin. His religious father, Mohammad Amin, worked in the profession of selling butter and olive oil. In 1797, al-Halabi's father sent him to Cairo, Egypt to study Islamic sciences at Al-Azhar University. On June 14, 1800, al-Halabi approached Kléber's home in the guise of a beggar seeking an audience with Kléber. He was 23 years old when he assassinated the commander of the French campaign on Egyptian soil. After they shook hands, he violently pulled the general toward him and stabbed him four times with a stiletto. Kléber's chief engineer tried to defend him and was stabbed but not mortally wounded. He hid in a nearby park where he was found by French soldiers, who searched him and found his stiletto. He was arrested and tortured, his right arm burnt to the bone while he denied any relationship with Sheikh Al-Sharkawi or the popular resistance movements. He was tried and sentenced to death by impalement. Today his skull and stiletto are on display at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, under the caption, "Criminal," written in French. (Wikipedia)


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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 DIARY OF HENRY TEONGE. CHAPLAIN ON BOARD H. M.'S SHIPS ASSISTANCE, BRISTOL AND ROYAL OAK 1675-1679 by Manwaring, G. E. (Editor)

    New York:Harper and Brothers, 1927. First Edition. hard cover. Very Good/Good. http://www.parnassusbooks.com/image/data/books/2015/06/0_107.jpg. Transcribed from the original manuscript and edited with an introduction and notes by....  New York:Harper and Brothers.  (1927). x + 318pp.  Hardcover with dust jacket.  Aside from a previous owners name, address and date penned to the 1st free flyleaf, a very good, clean and bright copy.  The dust jacket is soiled and shelfworn, with several small tears and chipping to the spine edges, top and bottom. *The Broadway Travellers Series


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    The Three Dead and the Three Living Men by Anonymous

    20th cent. Facsimile of book illustration from a French manuscript "Livre d'Heures" in color and gold. Irregular right edge. With attached sheet on verso describing illustration. Choice Examples of Book Illumination.


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    Tuhfet ul Harameyn (masterpiece of the two Holy sancturies) by Yusuf Nabi (1052-1124 AH., 1642-1712 AD.)

    Ottoman Turkish text, the author's travel to Mecca and Medina, and exploring the road of the Hajj. He dedicated his work to the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad the fourth (Dorduncu Mehmed 1642-1693). Scribed in 1133 AH. after 9 years of the death of the author. Beginning page with illumination heading in gold and colors. All pages out-ruled in red with wide margins. Descriptive journey of the Hajj road and Mahmal, crossing Syria (especially Damascus), Egypt (especially Cairo), Hejaz, and two Holy cities; Mecca and Medina. In modern full leather binding.


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    Byron's Letters and Journals Volumes 1 - 12 Complete Set by Lord Byron; Leslie A. Marchand (editor)

    Belknap Press of Harvard, 1982-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Price-clipped jackets have minor wear, several have a small amoutn of white spotting (paint) bottom edges of the books also have some white paint stuck on them, Volume 7 is missing its jacket. The books have various dates of printing spanning 1973-1982, a couple specify second printing (vol. 1, and 2). Bindings are tight, all internally clean. George Gordon Byron was a superb letter-writer: almost all his letters, whatever the subject or whoever the recipient, are enlivened by his wit, his irony, his honesty, and the sharpness of his observation of people. They provide a vivid self-portrait of the man who, of all his contemporaries, seems to express attitudes and feelings most in tune with the twentieth century. In addition, they offer a mirror of his own time. This first collected edition of all Byron’s known letters supersedes Prothero’s incomplete edition at the turn of the century. It includes a considerable number of hitherto unpublished letters and the complete text of many that were bowdlerized by former editors for a variety of reasons. Prothero’s edition included 1,198 letters. This edition has more than 3,000, over 80 percent of them transcribed entirely from the original manuscripts.


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    Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms by Brown, Michelle P

    Malibu, California, U.S.A.: J. Paul Getty Museum In Association With The British Library, 1994. Soft cover. As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. As New Book In Publishers' Shrink Wrap.


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    Ottoman manuscript maritime/naval map (the coastal map from Basra to Qatar) by The Ottoman naval survey (manuscript map of Qatar)

    1908 Map. Very Good. No Binding. Detailed Ottoman manuscript coastal map on silk paper, 85 x 29.5 cm contains: Basra, Muhammara, Kuwait islands (with the location of an assumed rail road beginning from Umm Qasr), Kuwait, and its harbours, Eastern Nejd and its islands with some details of Beni Khalid tribe and the distances between the locations, Bahrain, and Qatar. The coasts section contains the gulf depth and distance measurements. Very rare Ottoman manuscript map of Kuwait, eastern Nejd, Bahrain and Qatar by an Ottoman surveyor in 1908. .


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    A Compleat Body of Conveyancing in Theory and Practice ( Complete in 3 Volumes ) by Wood Edward

    London: printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty;, 1762. A compleat body of conveyancing ; in theory and practice. In two parts. Part I. Contains the Theory; wherein the various Ways and Methods of Acquiring, Forfeiting, Conveying, Limiting and Settling all Kinds of Estates, as well Real as Personal; and also the Nature, different Forms, Parts, Operations and Effects of all Kinds of Deeds and Common Assurances, Fines and Recoveries, are fully treated of. Part II. (in Two Volumes) Contains the Practice: Or, Precedents of Feoffments, Grants, Bargains and Sale, Leases, Releases, Declarations and Limitations of Uses and Trusts, Marriage Settlements, and Private Acts of Parliament, (made for Settling the most considerable Estates in Great Britain and Ireland;) Mortgages, Leases, Assignments, Deeds of Charter-Party and Copartnership, Bills, Bonds, Releases, Letters of Attorney, &c. Deeds for securing Annuities, &c. and of Bank, East-India, South-Sea Stocks, and other Public Funds; and in General all Deeds and Instruments any Ways requisite in Mercantile, Maritime and Plantation Affairs. With Observations and Opinions of the most Eminent Conveyancers. Selected from many Thousand Manuscript Precedents. The Whole digested in a Method intirely new, avoiding all Repetitions, and containing a greater Variety of Useful Precedents than all other Books upon the same Subject now extant. By Edward Wood, gent. deceased. The second edition, greatly improved in the Theory by the Addition of References to the latest Books of Authority; and in the Practical Part, by the Favour of a large Number of Original Manuscript Precedents. By able hands. In three volumes. London : printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty; for J. Worrall, T. Osborne, C. Hitch and L. Hawes, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, T. Caslon, T. Longman, S. Crowder and Co. R. Withy, C. Ware and Co. W. Flexney, W. Bristow, T. Lownds, A. Shuckburgh, and P. Uriel, MDCCLXII. [1762] Vol. 1 has also a volume title page with the imprint "Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan; for J. Worrall; A. Shuckburgh; the executors of D. Browne; P. Uriel; T. Osborne ..". Vol. 2 is in two parts, each with separate pagination and register, and each has a volume titlepage with the same imprint as that of the volume titlepage to vol. 1. Books measure 24x38cms. Bound in full calf, raised bands, red title labels. Each volume professionally rebacked, retaining the original boards, boards rubbed in edges/corners, with some loss of leather. All hinge joints very strong, all bindings very solid. Very attractive full calf bindings. Internally, no loose pages, no writing, 2 pages with light stain mark, some general light browing, pages in very good clean condition throughout. A very nice clean well bound 3 volume work. Books weigh 12kg. Second Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.


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    Historia placitorum coronae. The history of the pleas of the crown, by Sir Matthew Hale Knt. sometime Lord Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench. Now first published from his lordship's original manuscript, and the several references to the records examined by the originals, with large notes. By Sollom Emlyn of Lincoln's-Inn Esq; To which is added a table of the principal matters. In two volumes by Hale, Matthew, Sir (1609-1676)

    London: In the Savoy: printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (assigns of Edward Sayer, Esq;) for F. Gyles over-against Grays-Inn in Holborn, T. Woodward at the Half-Moon between the two Temple-Gates in Fleet-street, and C. Davis in Pater-noster-row. M DCC XXXVI. [1736], 1736. Book. Good. Leather. 1st Edition. Description: Two volumes, folio (12½ × 8¼ in): portrait frontis., [12], xix, [1], 146, *143-*146, 147-710 p.; [6], 156, *149-*156, 157-414, [194], [1] p. (Recto of last leaf contains bookseller's ads.) Contemporary calf. · Register: 2º: [pi]² [a]-[b]² [A]-[E]² B-2O² 2P²(+[chi]²) 2Q-8R² 8S1; [pi]1 [a]² A-2R² *2R² 2S-7Q² [chi]1 · Condition: Joints cracked, scraped, worn at edges, cracking on spine, leather separating from top board of first volume. Portrait frontispiece torn in lower margin, without loss. Light foxing. Early armorial bookplate of William Pym Esq. · Comments: First edition. · References: Johnson 92 (10 copies); Bridgman 147; Worrall 85; S&M 1:362(36); Holdsworth, Sources 12:152-153; ESTC N17759..


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    Discourses concerning Government. by SIDNEY, Algernon

    London: Printed, and are to be sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster,, 1698. Published from an Original Manuscript of the Author. Folio (314 x 187 mm). Contemporary calf, raised bands to spine, panelled boards decoratively stamped in blind, edges sprinkled red. Contemporary ownership inscription, "Arundell Wastfeild", to front endpaper, a few neat pencil annotations to contents. Joints, edges, and corners skilfully repaired, contents evenly browned, leaves Ll2-3 heavily so, chip to head of front free endpaper and short tear to upper margin of leaf Z2, otherwise a very good copy. First edition of this major text of republican theory written between 1681 and 1683 and originally circulated as a manuscript. "Although long and sometimes repetitive the Discourses places Sidney alongside Milton as the master of republican eloquence. It is the power of its prose, as much as any aspect of its content, which helps to account for the work's exceptional subsequent impact in Britain, continental Europe, and America. Polemically a refutation of Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarcha (1680), the practical purpose of the Discourses is again to argue for armed resistance to oppression ... for subsequent influence in Enlightenment Britain, America, the United Provinces, Germany, and France, he had no seventeenth-century rival except John Locke" (ODNB). "Sidney was executed in 1683 for complicity in the Rye House Plot, his papers, including the [unpublished] Discourses, being used against him. The indictment cited sentences saying that the king is subject to law, is responsible to the people, and may be deposed, as a 'false, seditious, and traitorous libel'… Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government was not published until 1698" (Sabine, 512). Thomas Jefferson was one of many influenced by Sidney's ideas. In 1804, he wrote of the Discourses: "They are in truth a rich treasure of republican principles, supported by copious & cogent arguments, and adorned with the finest flowers of science. It is probably the best elementary book of the principles of government… which has ever been published in any language" (Sowerby III: J6). "Jefferson identified Sidney as one of four writers who provided the intellectual foundations of the Declaration of Independence" (A Covenanted People, 56).


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    The County of Nottinghamshire according to the Domesday Book, 1086-1087. The County Edition of Great Domesday Book. Limited to 1000 copies. by ALECTO HISTORICAL EDITIONS (PUBLISHERS):

    London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1987. Number 13 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies published between 1987 and 1990. The volumes, one being a facsimile of the original manuscript relating to Nottinghamshire with maps in pocket, another being 'Domesday Book Studies' and the last being a volume of Notes and Translation. Three volumes folio, original quarter cream linen with brown boards. An excellent set in the original slipcase which is also in excellent condition.


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    RELIQUIÆ SPELMANNIANÆ. THE POSTHUMOUS WORKS OF SIR HENRY SPELMAN KT. RELATING TO THE LAWS AND ANTIQUITIES OF ENGLAND. PUBLISH’D FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS. WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR. by Spelman, Henry, Sir, 1564?-1641

    Oxford: Pater-Noster Row.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1698. Second Edition. Hardcover. tall 4to; [32], 214pp, [12], pages; LinkReliquiæ Spelmannianæ. The posthumous works of Sir Henry Spelman kt. Relating to the laws and antiquities of England. Publish’d from the original manuscripts. With the life of the author.. Engraved title vignette and 2 folding charts. Rebound in brown cloth, with binding and hinges tight- Very Good, 2 ownership bookplates [Hammond Library Lowenbach Collection; Frank W Gunsaulus]. Index. 2] folded leaves of plates [VG] : ill. , genealogical tables, port. ESTCR22617 . Includes- Tenures of Knights, Life of Spelmann, A Dialogue Concerning Coin of the Region, various discourses. Mostly English language, some Latin. First was 1693, this is probably the second edition. ; 0 .


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    A Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an Accurate Description of that Country, its Soil, Mountains Etc by VENEGAS, Miguel (1680-1764)

    London: James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759. 2 volumes. 8vo., (8 x 5 inches). Engraved frontispiece in each volume (that to volume one with expert repair at platemark) and two engraved plates, fine engraved folding map "of California drawn by the Society of Jesuits" (tear near mount repaired on verso) (light browning). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards (rebacked to style). Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Nicholas Garry (?1782-1856), deputy Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (1822-1835). First English edition. "This translation gave the English-speaking world its earliest thorough account of the little-known areas of the west coast of North America. This work has been cited as the first book in English completely devoted to California" (Hill 1768). Miguel Venegas, a brilliant Mexican-born Jesuit, transferred a longing to serve in the new California missions, thwarted by ill-health, to intense study of the territory's history. In researching what would become a detailed history of the territories of present-day California, Baja California, southern Arizona and the northern Sonora, "Venegas employed the highest level of historical methodology, collecting original manuscripts, annual reports, and letters of … numerous other missionaries in California and Sonora… In 1735, Father Provincial Juan Antonio de Oviedo ordered that all archival material relative to California be provided to Father Venegas who also employed a novel form of acquiring information: detailed questionnaires covering the left half of the sheet, leaving the right half of the same sheet for answers, that were sent to persons who had participated in or were currently active in the California mission field" (W. Michael Mathes, art. in Dorothy Sloan, The Daniel Volkmann Collection of the Zamorano 80, 5 Feb. 2003, p. 280). Venegas's account of California reached a wide audience both through the first Spanish edition and translations into English (1759) [as here], Dutch (1762), French (1767) and German (1769). Howes V-69; Sabin 98845..


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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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    The History of England from the Reign of Henry the 4th to the Death of Charles the 1st : By a Partial Prejudiced and Ignorant Historian [Limited Edition of 150 Copies, Small Replica Tome with Original Manuscript on Facing Leaves, Unique Special Edition] by Jane Austen / English Author ; Cassandra Austen : Illustrator / Written November 26th 1791 By 15 Year Old Jane Austen

    Clean and Unmarked Text.: FBRE, Ltd. Limited Edition, No. 18 of 150 Copies. Modern, Undated. 69 pages. Paper / Soft cover edition in very good condition, slight wear to edges. Glossy card covers with cloth spine. Archival reprint / replica of original hand written edition from the British Library on each page facing the actual text. Lovely to see Jane's manuscript in her own hand. Privately published. Overall delightful copy of this scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Limited edition. Decorative portrait cover, green. Small tome, miniature edition. Collectors must. . Soft Cover / Cloth Binding. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Illustrated with the Handwritten notes and Illustrations. Replica of Original Antique Edition. Historical, Biography.


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    Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1909 [The John Watts DePeyster Publication Fund Series Volume XLII] by Unknown

    The New York Historical Society, New York, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Very nice copy, clean and bright. Contains copies from original manuscripts in the Archives of the Society of Ledger No. 1, Chamberlain's Office corporation of the City of New York, 1691-1699; and Indentures of Apprentices, 1718-1727. Pebbled green cloth, gilt stamped on spine, 212 pp. includes Index. Spine ends bumped a little,a small dent in top edge, back cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Books; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003061. .


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    The Elements" - Original Manuscript Poem signed. by Williams, Oscar

    [New York]. Original Manuscript poem by the American poet Oscar Williams. The poem is written on a piece of large quarto sized blank paper with a 'Macadam Bond' watermark with Williams' signature at the foot of the page.. [New York], no year (c.1960). 21,7 cm x 28 cm. 1 sheet / Folded in center. Minor remains of a rusty paperclip (only visible at the backside of the paper). Original Manuscript poem by the American poet Oscar Williams. The poem is written on a piece of large quarto sized blank paper with a 'Macadam Bond' watermark with Williams' signature at the foot of the page. Oscar Williams was the pen name of Oscar Kaplan (December 29, 1900 – October 10, 1964), an American anthologist and poet. Williams was born Oscar Kaplan in Letychiv, Ukraine, son of Jewish parents Mouzya Kaplan and Chana Rapoport. He immigrated to New York at the age of seven. His first book, Golden Darkness, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Among his influential anthologies are Master Poems of the English Language, Immortal Poems of the English Language, The Pocket Book of Modern Verse, and the Little Treasury Poetry Series, which were used in colleges and high schools around the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. During his lifetime, anthologies he edited sold more than two million copies, a nearly unheard amount for books of poetry. Many of his anthologies are still being republished today. Though a friend and promoter of poets like Dylan Thomas and George Barker, Williams' own poetry is not highly regarded by critics, though he published several volumes during his lifetime, and is not nearly as accomplished as the poetry of his wife, Gene Derwood (1909–1954). Among Williams' poems are "Revenge," "Poem," "Poet," "The Last Supper" and "I Sing an Old Song," "The City's Face". Shopping for Meat in Winter is a typical Williams poem, with its urban theme, forced rhyme, and attempts at replicating the neo-Romanticism of the New Apocalypse. Shopping for Meat in Winter What lewd, naked and revolting shape is this? A frozen oxtail in the butcher's shop Long and lifeless upon the huge block of wood On which the ogre's axe begins chop chop. The sun like incense fumes on the smoky glass, The street frets with people, the winter wind Throws knives, prices dangle from shoppers' mouths While the grim vegetables, on parade, bring to mind The great countryside bathed in golden sleep, The trees, the bees, the soft peace everywhere-- I think of the cow's tail, how all summer long It beat the shapes of harps into the air. Oscar Williams and his poet-artist wife Gene Derwood sponsored an annual $15,000 poetry award which bears their name. They lived in a penthouse of an office building on Water Street. In his later years, Oscar Williams' home near Wall Street in Manhattan served as a mecca for young poets. Asked how he chose the poems used in his anthologies, he said, "How do you pick one girl to marry? In poetry it's divine polygamy. Generally, when a poem stays with me a long time that poem delivers the goods". Throughout his life, Oscar Williams eschewed his Jewish background. He was always mysterious about his origins and was buried by an Episcopal Church. He was survived by a son, Strephon Kaplan-Williams, who was raised in boarding schools and hardly ever interacted with his parents. His papers are housed at the Indiana University Lilly Library. (Wikipedia)


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    The History of New England from 1630 to 1649 by John Winthrop, Esq. First Governour of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay from His Original Manuscripts. With Notes to Illustrate the Civil and Ecclesiastical Concerns, the Geography, Settlement, and Institutions of the Country, and the Lives and Manners of the Principal Planters. With notes by James Savage. (Volume II only) by John (with notes by James Savage) Winthrop

    Little Brown & Co, Boston, MA, 1853. New Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. volume two only which covers the years from 1640 to 1649. marbled boards & endpapers; leather spine with 5 raised bands; inscribed by Robert C. Winthrop, politician, lawyer, philanthropist and one time Speaker of the House of Representatives & a direct descendant of John Winthrop on the front free endpaper wiith the words: "Mrs. Evan Morgan from Rob. C. Winthrop. Boston. U.S.A. 4 April, 1857." John Winthrop was a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in what is now New England after Plymouth Colony. Winthrop led the first large wave of migrants from England in 1630, and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years of existence. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the governments and religions of neighboring colonies First Thus. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 504 pages. One volume of the 2-volume set. foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Previous owner's name ink-stamped on front endpaper: "C. W. M. Swithinbank". (Charles Winthrop Molesworth Swithinbank, the British glaciologist & polar specialist, was a descendant of Admiral George S Winthrop the cousin of Robert C Winthrop). All edges red. Gilt titles spine. light wear to outer corners of covers. Includes appendices & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; American History; Massachusetts; New England; United States; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; History. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2911. .


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    Contrats de mariages de l'an 1258 jusqu'en 1619.

    1690 Manuscrit, s.l.n.d. (fin XVIIe siècle), in-folio; veau brun d’époque, dos à 6 nerfs orné de fleurons dorés, roulette dorée sur les coupes, tranches mouchetées de rouge. [circa] 389 ff. ms., 12 ff. blancs. Contient par exemple : "Contract de mariage entre Jean surnommé Tristan fils de sainct Louis et Jolande fille d'Eude duc de Bourgogne, du mois de juin 1258." "Contract de mariage entre Jean de Bourbon comte de la Marche, avec Catherine de Vendosme du 28 septembre 1364." "Contract de mariage entre François de Bourbon comte de Vendosme avec Marie de Luxembourg comtesse de Sainct Pol du 3 aoust 1487." "Contract de mariage entre Charles duc de Lorraine, avec Claude de France, du 19 janvier 1559." "Articles du mariage entre Henry quatriesme roy de France et de Navarre, et Marie de Medicis, 1600." "Contrat de Mariage du Prince d'Espagne, avec Madame Elizabeth de France". Grandes marges intérieures et extérieures. Mors et coiffes restaurés, plats légèrement frottés, mouillures dans la marge intérieure n'affectant pas le texte mais fragilisant légèrement certains feuillets. PHOTO DISPONIBLE SUR DEMANDE.


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    [MS] GEORGE MARTIN OF SALISBURY, MASS AND HIS DESCENDANTS by Elliot Burnham Watson 1859- & Rev. Alven Martyn Smith 1865-

    Elliot Burnham Watson & Rev. Alven Martyn Smith. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1929. Hardcover. 4to 11" - 13" tall; 293 pages; Bound copy of the original typed manuscript, Extensively researched with several thousands of related entries. Some are one line entries and others are more biographical ranging up to a few paragraphs. Subject: Martin family (George Martin, d. Ca. 1686) ; Martin family (George Martin, 1648-1736). Wear to head and crown of spine. ; 0 .


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