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    Romanesque Manuscripts. The Twelfth Century. Volume One: Text & Illustrations.; Volume Two: Catalogue by Cahn, Walter

    London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 1996. Hardcover. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. 4to. An excellent reference. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to front board. Boards are very clean. Pristine interior with bright text. Tightly bound with 374 illustrations, mostly B&W. Both vols have blue pictoral dj with light wear to spine ends. Vol I, 48 pp. plus illustrations, Vol II, 220 pp. ILL/022304.


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    Memoirs of a Buccaneer. Being a Wondrous and Unrepentant Account of the Prodigious Adventures and Amours of King Louis XIV's Loyal Servant Known for His Singular Wound as Borgnefesse Captain of the Buccaneers. Told By Himself by Le Golif, Louis Adhemar Timothee; T'Serstevens, T & Alaux, G (Eds); Barnes, Malcolm (Trans)

    London, United Kingdom: George Allen & Unwin, 1954. Originally published in France 1952, this is the 2nd English impression in year of publication. Blue bds with crisp Silver title (fresh and unworn) frontis plate of the original manuscript, pp 236 with double page map of the West Indies in Red & Blank ink. Nice crisp copy with toning to pages oposing frontis plate due to differing paper types, light foxed to eps and edges. Original DJ is fresh and unworn.. 2nd Impression. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    Dictionnaire des femmes des Cinq parties du monde. Europe. 1ere Partie. 3eme division by WOMEN - MANUSCRIPT

    [France, 1833. Manuscript on paper, 4to (212 x 165 mm). [272] pages, including 3 blank leaves (1, 37, and 136), written on rectos and versos in a legible cursive hand in brown ink, mostly 24-25 lines. A draft, with many crossings out and additions. The date 1833 (apparently in a different hand) inscribed on front blank leaf. Untrimmed and unbound, formerly stab-stitched, a few sections pasted together at gutters. Worming in gutter margins of last 20 leaves, one or two marginal stains. Housed in a new fitted blue cloth solander case, morocco lettering-piece.*** An unpublished "women's geographical dictionary," or anthropological survey of women of different nationalities. The accounts of the anonymous male author reflect the prejudices of his time. While sincerely supporting women's education, he views women as objects of sexual interest; this conventional Enlightenment view is paired with an unflagging interest in social customs, dress, and the influence of climate and food on regional culture, traditions, and character types. A rich source of anthropological arcana, the manuscript also represents an early exploration of gender roles and attitudes. Each chapter is devoted to the psychology, customs and appearances of women of a different country or region, and of their roles in society. The author cites in passing a few travel accounts, such as "Dr. Henderson" on Iceland (Ebenezer Henderson's Iceland: Or, The Journal of a Residence in that Island, first published in 1818); and philosophers, including Montaigne, Voltaire and Montesquieu, but some of the observations may be firsthand. Countries covered (in order of appearance) are Hungary, the Low Countries, Ireland, Iceland, Italy (with separate chapters on Naples, Rome, Sicily, Tuscany, and Venice), Lapland, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland (including separate chapters on Bremgarten, Geneva and Lausanne), and Turkey. Some asides treat separate religious communities, such as the Moravians in the Low Countries, or ethnic communities like the "Morlachs" of Hungary (i.e., Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dalmatia). The latitude of each region is given in the heading. Each section is complete within itself, but as the title refers to the "Five parts of the World," and this manuscript covers Europe only, the project was evidently intended to cover the globe. The unknown author's tone is worldly and fairly cynical, especially regarding religion (usually with good reason). He describes the lack of rights and mistreatment of women drily, but tends to place the blame on cultural norms rather than on men. For example, in describing Morlach women, he states that the "the girls keep themselves clean only until the day after their weddings; once they are assured of a husband, they disdain all the ways of maintaining his affection; thus they are treated with scorn, even verbally. When the Morlachs speak of their wives they excuse themselves, with a "begging your pardon." They make [their wives] sleep on the ground next to their beds, awaiting their orders... " (fol. 6v). Women are very much objectified, sounding at times like pieces of meat: "The Dutchwoman does not resemble other European women at all: the more watery air, the constant fogs, are causes of her rosy complexion, while rendering her skin white and soft; the nature of her food - milk and the cheeses made from it, result in a plumpness extreme enough to offend good taste; they also produce a softness of the flesh..." Such crude physical descriptions are tempered by observations on the effects of the environment and socio-economic factors. In the case of the Netherlands, the author attributes to the overriding preoccupation with commerce a moderating effect on the women's natural voluptuousness... and he praises Dutch women as the continent's best housewives (whose houses, however, are often cleaner than their persons). Women are very much objectified, sounding at times like pieces of meat: "The Dutchwoman does not resemble other European women at all: the more watery air, the constant fogs, are causes of her rosy complexion, while rendering her skin white and soft; the nature of her food - milk and the cheeses made from it, result in a plumpness extreme enough to offend good taste; they also produce a softness of the flesh..." Such crude physical descriptions are, however, complemented and often tempered by observations on the women's socio-economic environments. In the case of the Netherlands, the author attributes to the overriding preoccupation with commerce a moderating effect on the women's natural voluptuousness... and he praises Dutch women as the continent's best housewives (whose houses, however, are often cleaner than their persons). Besides the influence of local cuisine on women's physiques, their clothing and local costumes are described in detail. Other aspects of daily life include hospitality to strangers, ways of greeting, sex and relations between the sexes, funerary customs, especially those in which women wail and a large amount of alcohol is consumed (Ireland), and women's "gossip." Groups of women talking freely without men are described as "orgies" (Ireland); but elsewhere the abolition of women's parliaments (Iceland) is described as regrettable. The author, a Frenchman, approves of women's education, and compares several countries unfavorably to France, the land of salons and wit. The Italians, for example, treat their women like children, providing them with no education. "But one remarks in their commerce what they [Italian women] would be capable of with a different education. The culture of the minds of women is as neglected there as is that of the country, and the `world's garden,' (sobriquet given to Italy) is covered with brambles and sends out pestilential odors." Further prejudicing our writer against Italy is its association with Greece, the land of homosexual love, a practice which persists in certain Roman enclaves, and leaves him indignant for Greece's neglected women.


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    Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper wrapper "Uchi Sakurada kinkata ikken" [trans.: "Record of the Activity at the Inner Sakurada Gate"] by UCHI SAKURADA LOG BOOK

    61 folding leaves, written in a fine & legible hand, several diagrams in the text. 8vo (255 x 158 mm.), self-wrappers, stitched. Edo: copied in 1809 by "Masatoshi Tada." This fascinating document is a copy of a log book, prepared by the guards and government officials who oversaw the activities of the famous Inner Sakurada Gate, part of Edo Castle. Following the title leaf, we find a table of contents with the following sections: 1. number of guards and officials, their positions and roles; 2. rules and regulations of the gate; 3. hours of duty and changing of the guard; 4. the actual log; and 5. annual events and precessions which take place at this gate. As one studies this manuscript, one becomes aware of the inner workings of the shogun's castle in all its complexity on a nearly daily basis: many names are listed, detailed comings and goings of dignitaries and doctors, rules for the workers, security issues in case of fire or earthquakes, armaments at the ready, lists of gifts and supplies for the shogun's household, etc. In fine condition.


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    From the Stage Coach to the Pulpit: Being an Auto-Biographical Sketch, with Incidents and Anecdotes of Elder H. K. Stimson (Second Edition) by Stimson, Elder H. K

    NY: O. W. Spratt, 1883. Hardcover, 402 pages. Second edition, inscribed and signed by author on frontis recto. Size 7.5"x5.25". Brown cloth w/gilt stage coach on front, and gilt title on spine. The first edition of this work (1874) was written from memory, the original manuscript having been destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871. "This edition . . . . contains much new matter and gives sketches of Elisha Tucker, D. D., and Rev. Wm. Arthur, D. D., (father of President Chester A. Arthur), who forty years ago were men of renown." Binding copy. Condition of the binding is Poor: exterior is rubbed, scuffed, and ragged; casing has separated from about half of the text block and is only loosely attached to the remainder. Condition of the interior text is Good- (minus): occasional marginal closed tears & soiling/foxing, . Signed by Author.


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    Manuscript Antiphonal Leaf on Vellum, Early 17th Century by Illuminated Manuscript

    Very large (22" x 31") antiphonal leaf, on vellum, in late Gothic rotunda script, c. 1600. Text is in Latin, staves are red, notes are black; large initial in red and blue. Very good, with a few short, closed tears at lower edge.


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    Records of the Town of Hyde Park by ROOSEVELT Franklin D

    1928. First Edition . Signed. ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Records of the Town of Hyde Park Dutchess County. Edited by Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Dutchess County Historical Society. Collections of the Dutchess County Historical Society Volume III. Hyde Park, New York: 1928. Tall quarto, original brown cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $4000.Signed limited first edition, number 35 of only 100 copies inscribed by FDR, of this very scarce 1928 history of Hyde Park also edited by him, the place where, as president, he dreamed of returning—“All that is in me,’ he would say, ‘goes back to the Hudson.’”""Franklin Roosevelt presided over our nation as no other chief executive of the 29th century."" Born in Hyde Park in 1882, FDR's family home, ""leaders of the Democratic Party in the Hudson River sent an emissary to Hyde Park to recruit him to run for a seat in the state house"" in 1910—marking the beginning of his political career. In 1928, the year this work was published, Roosevelt entered and won the race for governor of New York. His ""term as governor of New York made his a front-runner for the presidency in 1932"" (Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, 432). Later, as president, ""FDR would sometimes muse about that distant day when he would leave the cares of the presidency behind. 'All that is in me,' he would say, 'goes back to the Hudson.' He dreamed, he said, of returning to Hyde Park, the family seat in Dutchess County, to tend his trees, start a newspaper, maybe serve as what he called the 'moderator' of the United Nations —but only if he could work mainly from home"" (Los Angeles Times). In this very scarce limited first edition of Records of the Town of Hyde Park, edited and inscribed by FDR, he notes, in his foreword, that this work was ""undertaken for two reasons. First, to preserve for future the local history which exists for the most part only in original manuscript form and may at any time be lost or destroyed. Second, to encourage other town in our County of Dutchess to carry out similar tasks."" To presidential collectors and bibliophiles, this limited edition, one of only 100 copies signed by FDR, is a foundational volume. Without scarce dust jacket. Text fresh and clean, inner hinges expertly reinforced, only light edge-wear, minor fading to gilt-lettered boards.


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    The Forty-Foot Telescope at Slough. Photographed by Sir John F.W. Herschel [photographed 9 September 1839; this print made in] August 1890 by HERSCHEL, Sir John Frederick William

    Circular silver photographic print, 92 mm. in diameter, mounted on paper incorporating a printed title and descriptive letterpress dated August 1890 with the signatures of two of Herschel's sons, mounted on card. Some small areas of abrasions to the paper surface. In the original frame, by Ryman & Co. of Oxford, made from the rungs of the ladder to the telescope. With a fragment of an original (?) printed descriptive notice on the back. This is the earliest photograph of a scientific instrument and the first photograph deliberately taken to record an object prior to its disappearance (the earliest "record" photograph). It is also the earliest surviving photograph taken on glass and Sir John Herschel's only surviving camera image. This example is the Herschel family copy, by direct descent from Sir John F.W. Herschel through his daughter Amelia and her husband Sir Thomas Wade. Although some images had previously been made on light-sensitive paper, this image was made in the first year of photography as we know it, i.e. using the negative/positive process. On 22 January, Herschel heard about Daguerre's experiments. On 30 January, the second day of his photographic researches, Herschel made the first of several images of his father's 40-foot telescope using a Dollond telescope lens. These images were the first "negatives" (as he called them), and Herschel's only photographic subject. He fixed these images on paper with his method of using sodium thiosulphate, or "hypo," which came to be recognized as the most useful of all the chemicals proposed as the fixer for silver-based photographic images. A few prints or "positives" were made from the negatives at the time, and none survive today. On 1st February he was visited by William Henry Fox Talbot who was shown a picture of the telescope, "freshly made." In the following months, Herschel began to use glass, in order to eliminate the organic substances contained in paper and for the sake of improved transparency. The earliest surviving photograph on glass is Herschel's image of his father's famous 40-foot telescope at Slough, taken on 9 September 1839. By 1890, no original prints of this image were known and so 25 copies were made by projection from the best of the original negatives which had been on exhibition in the Science Museum, the photographic work being done by Sir John Herschel's eldest son Sir William J. Herschel (1833-1917), himself a pioneer of color photography. The present copy is one of those 25, and is signed on the mount by two of Herschel's sons including Sir William. It has been kept in the Herschel family ever since. The negative, now faded almost beyond recognition, is also preserved in the Science Museum. The 40-foot telescope was constructed by William Herschel (1738-1822) on the grounds of his house in Slough, and completed in 1789. It was the largest of a succession of important instruments that Herschel himself made. The massive reflecting telescope weighed over a ton, and became a much-visited wonder of the age. It was the largest telescope in the world for some fifty years, and the two 4-foot mirrors made for it were also the largest in the world. By 1839 the frame was becoming unsafe so in December of that year it was dismantled, but not before William's son Sir John Herschel had taken this image of it. The frame of this copy was made from the rungs of the ladder that went up to the telescope. A most remarkable survival. ❧ Gernsheim, The History of Photography, pp. 95-"Herschel's photographic researches are concentrated within the first few years after the discovery of photography, and the genius and energy which he displayed were overwhelming. For him, it would have been an easy matter to invent a photographic process earlier had he felt, like Niépce, any urge to do so, or had he believed that it would facilitate his work, as Daguerre and Talbot and Reade did. As far back as 1819 Herschel discovered the property of the hyposulphites as solvents for silver salts, whereas ignorance of this fact had proved the stumbling-block to other investigators in photography for a long time. Herschel's scientific knowledge was indeed so great that on merely receiving a note, on 22 January 1839, from Captain (later Admiral) Beaufort telling him the bare fact of Daguerre's discovery, 'a variety of processes at once presented themselves,' and only a week later Herschel succeeded in producing his first photograph.".


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    LIBER SUPER ETHICORUM ARISTOTELIS (Commentary on the Ethics of Aristotle);Illuminated manuscript on vellum By Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas

    BOOK DESCRIPTION: ELEGANT RENAISSANCE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT IN NEAR PRISTINE CONDITION IN LATIN ON VELLUM, Northeastern Italy (Venice), c. 1470, 340 x 235 mm.,160 folios, complete (collation, i-xii10, xii8, xiii-xvi10, xvii2), written in rounded southern gothic bookhands by three scribes in two columns of forty to thirty-eight lines (justification, 213-205 x 150-148 mm.), the first scribe copied ff. 1-67rb, and ff. 81va, line 27- 82ra, line 19, the second scribe, ff. 67va-81va, line 26, and the third scribe, ff. 82ra, line 19 to the end, red rubrics f. 1 only, red underlining through f. 4v, red and blue paragraph marks and running titles, three-line alternately red and blue initials with very fine violet or red pen decoration, diagram, f. 75v, NINE LARGE ILLUMINATED INITIALS with floral borders, f. 1, HISTORIATED INITIAL WITH THREE-QUARTER BORDER. BINDING: Bound in luxurious nineteenth-century red crushed morocco in the Jansenist style by R. Petit, spine with intricate monogram ("E M B"), elaborately gold-tooled turn-ins and green watered silk doublures, edges gauffered and gilt, front joint a little worn, minor rubbing and scuffs on the front and back covers, but in very good condition. TEXT: Thomas Aquinas (c.1224/1225-1274), the Angelic Doctor, has been called the greatest philosopher between Aristotle and Descartes. He wrote this commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (ed. Opera Omnia vol. 47, 1969) later in his life, c. 1271-2, while writing his great Summa theologica (1265-1273). It follows Aristotle's text closely, providing a detailed explanation, often line by line, discussing the aim of moral philosophy, the definition of what is "good" for man, the virtues, both moral and intellectual, friendship, and the rewards (and limits) of pleasure and happiness. ILLUMINATION: This is an elegant example of a Renaissance manuscript illuminated in Venice by Leonardo Bellini (fl. c. 1443-1490), or a close follower, in a style influenced by Ferrarese illumination. The border decoration (especially the flowers with long stamens) and the animal roundel exhibit many similarities to manuscripts illuminated by Leonardo. The elegant illuminated frontispiece includes an historiated initial of St. Thomas, accompanied by a three-quarter floral border set in black ink trellises, with two painted roundels: the monogram, "YHS," and a white swan. PROVENANCE: The distinctive style of the illumination, script and pen work all support an origin in Venice c. 1470; most likely once belonged to the Dominican Convent of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venice; likely belonged to E. M. Bancel in the 19th century; belonged to the Haverhill Public Library, Massachusetts (De Ricci, Census, p. 1062, no. 1). CONDITION, f. 2 is creased with slight loss of legibility in one column (crease also visible on f. 1, text remains legible), f. 1, slightly soiled and with some pigment flaking in the border and initial, small ink smudges, ff. 75, 113, slight stain f. 81, ink on occasional pages abraded (no loss of text), overall in excellent, almost pristine, condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 629).


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    Zeisberger's Indian dictionary: English, German, Iroquois — The Onondaga, and Algonquin — The Delaware. by Zeisberger, David

    Cambridge: John Wilson & Son, 1887. 4to (27.5 cm; 11"). v, [1 (blank), 236 pp. Printed from the Original Manuscript in Harvard University Library." Zeisberger was an 18th-century Moravian missionary among the native Americans named in the title of this work. He left this polyglot dictionary in manuscript and it is => here printed for the first time. Edited by Eben Norton Horsford.          Sabin 106302n. Publisher's textured cloth in a brick color, hinges (inside) cracked; ex-library with a bookplate, no stamps. Clipping about this "quaint" dictionary affixed to a blank, with offsetting to endpaper verso opposite; interior clean.


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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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    Manuscript memoir of a captured French officer's experiences in Spain, 1808-1809. Title: Recollections / By / H de Montvaillant by NAPOLEONIC WARS, PENINSULAR CAMPAIGN - MONTVAILLANT, H. de

    [Hunthill House, Scotland, 1814. 4to (230 x 185 mm). [10], 233, [4] pp. Written in an italic hand in English, with occasional corrections or additions in a different hand, on wove paper, watermarked Budgen & Wilmott / 1812. Four unnumbered pages of French text at front and four at back, the latter dated 27 May 1814, in a different hand, apparently the author's, on different paper with no visible watermark. Very good; some occasional spotting. Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, gilt edges (scuffed and scraped, joints strained, head of spine chipped).*** A first-hand, unpublished memoir by a French army officer of the terrible Peninsular War. The narrator was one of few survivors of the surrender of French forces after the Battle of Bailén in July 1808. The background to this event was Napoleon's attempt to complete the isolation of England from the continent by sending a French army into the Iberian Peninsula to seize the coast of Portugal and occupy Spain. Napoleon later referred to the Peninsular War, characterized by appalling cruelty on both sides, as the 'Spanish ulcer'; it was to be one of the primary factors in his downfall. Although written in a matter-of-fact tone, the details of this memoir are searing. General Pierre Dupont de l'Étang was charged with securing French control of the major cities in Spain. Dupont's 20,000 men had initial success, but as they penetrated deeper into Spain they faced increasing resistance. The present diary traces the route and experiences of Dupont's army to its furthest point of penetration into Spain: Córdoba. There, after a particularly bloody and cruel occupation, the army was forced to withdraw and was soon overwhelmed. Dupont surrendered his army at Bailén. Originally promised safe passage, most of the French were slaughtered immediately after their surrender. The start of the Peninsular War marks the commencement of the memoir, written by H. de Montvaillant, an officer from Montpellier who was serving in the second Corps d'Observation of the Gironde, placed under the direction of General Dupont. Although the starting date of the campaign is generally accepted as March 1808, by Montvaillant's account the French had already occupied the town of Vittoria (50 miles west of Pamplona) by Dec. 22, 1807. By January 9, 1808 French troops had advanced to south of Burgos, heading toward Valladolid. At every stopover small detachments were left behind to guard the roads, thereby diminishing the strength of the army as it travelled. Spanish guerrilla activity took a toll on the troops; so much so that the author records that the troops had to "redouble our vigilance, and [take] measures the most severe ever adapted to ensure our safety" (p. 58). On Feb. 16 they entered Medina del Campo on their way to Madrid. Montvaillant records his impressions of the city, its palaces and inhabitants. Toledo was the next destination, where he notes a visit to the palace library, and the suppression of an uprising led by monks. By the end of May the French had occupied Consuegra and entered La Carolina in Andalusia. It is at this point that the narrative takes on an ominous tone. About to enter Seville, Montvaillant notes a change in circumstances in the countryside and the inhabitants. The population is abandoning villages and fleeing. He records that the senior officers assumed that the army would only be harassed by small bands of "brigands" (p. 84), a far cry from the massive insurgency that it encountered: "We learned that the insurgents each day gathered strength, and that the Junta of Seville was determined to stop us in our march. The following days we got to the little town Baylen [Bailén], in whose plains two months afterwards our destiny was decided" (p. 86). The French attacked and sacked the city of Córdoba: "Neither tears, promises, or humble supplications could arrest the thirst for pillage..." (p. 89); discipline was nonexistent, and the drunkenness and looting continued for eight days. Soon after Montvaillant is ordered back to the village of Alcolea, not far from Bailén, to guard a bridge crossing. While there he discovers the slaughter of the French sick and wounded who had been left along the line of march while the main body of General Dupont's troops had taken Córdoba. The army had moved back to Andujar, near Bailén, and encamped. Montvaillant records that the general staff soon realized that the French were now outnumbered and that the opposition had organized itself. Dupont's army was isolated, without hope of reinforcement or re-supply, defending a garrison at the village of Andújar, situated on a flat plain in the scorching sun. The narrative is now of troop dispositions, losses, tactical mistakes, errors of the general staff, and increasing difficulties. Dupont's surrender came on July 20, 1808. The officers were segregated from the defeated army before being escorted (supposedly) to France. Most of the remaining army was slaughtered within days. Montvaillant records the details of his months-long "death march" southwards to the coast, finally arriving at Jerez de la Frontera (near Cádiz) to await embarkation to France. This never occurred. The officers' captors kept them in Jerez, having discovered that the ruling Junta of Seville had abrogated the surrender treaty, and that the inhabitants were waiting to massacre the French on their approach to Cádiz. Montvaillant now fills his account with anecdotes of captivity and of the officers' horrendous treatment at the hands of their escorts and guards. He is unclear as to exact dates but it seems that the French captives were held at Jerez until mid-December, before being hastily driven aboard ships to sail for the Balearic Islands (p. 141). A severe storm intervened and they were blown off course to Africa, finally coming to port at Gibraltar; several days later they were already back in Andalusia, at Málaga. Then, after more storms and much sailing, they finally made the Balearics where they were exiled to the desert island of Cabrera. There some 4400 surviving men and officers were forced to survive as best they could (p. 148). Almost 250 officers were collected from this exile after a month and taken to the capital, Palma. Imprisoned there, though in better conditions than previously, this group of officers waited; nearly half would be massacred during a riot and assault on the prison by the inhabitants of Palma. By March 1809 only 140 of the original 250 rescued officers were alive and were returned to Cabrera where the living conditions were desperate (pp. 155-165). Despite this, the officers were able to conjure up distractions. There is an account of theater productions, dances, and the jealousy and bickering among those playing female roles in these performances. Montvaillant comments that the theatrical chronicle of Cabrera would make quite a book. Eventually the officers were placed aboard an English ship. On August 4, when they were off Cape Palos (near Cartagena), there were rumors of a prisoner exchange, which again did not occur. After several weeks aboard the English ship, Montvalliant and his companions were disembarked at Portsmouth. He continued on to Salisbury, then embarked again for Leith en route to his final destination in Scotland, Jedburgh, where he remained in exile until the accession of Louis XVIII in 1814. The text is written in an occasionally stilted English. Eight pages of notes in French by the author are inserted, four at the beginning (using wax seals to insert the bifolium) and four at the end, dated May 27, 1814. The French preface consists of a romanticized, fictionalized account of the author's Scottish sojourn, including a temptress fairy, and concluding with the author's promise to never forget his friends in Scotland. The English text is preceded by the title-leaf and a one-page dedicatory poem, introduced by a statement that these "`Recollections' in an English Garb, are presented by the sincerest of Friends to the Author," and dated Hunt Hill, 1 January 1814. The first of the four final pages in French provides some information about the history of the manuscript (the remaining pages contain literary notes including translations into French of poems by Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott). According to these comments, the diary was originally written in French, and was translated into English by the narrator's benefactors in Jedburgh. During his years of exile Montvaillant had befriended a well-off family (Rutherford?), the owners of nearby Hunthill House, to whose three young daughters he became deeply attached. Without them, he claims, he would not have survived the loneliness of his exile. To pay them homage, and in acknowledgement of his gratitude, he dedicated his memoir to them. His friends retained the original French version as a valued keepsake of their friend and an engrossing biographical narrative, and presented him with this translation, which he brought back to France, planning to render it anew into French, to share with his family and close friends. The annotations in the text appear to be the author's. He emphasizes that he plans to keep the manuscript unpublished; perhaps the memories were too painful.


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    NLT Gospel of Matthew by St. Matthew

    The Scottish Bible Society is pleased to announce the launch of Matthew's Gospel in the New Living Translation (British text edition). The New Living Translation is a new translation which combines readability with faithful adherence to the original manuscripts


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    TRACT ONE. THOUGHTS ON THE MINISTERIAL COMMISSION, RESPECTFULLY ADDRESSED TO THE CLERGY by Newman, John Henry

    (Blewbury, England): Rocket Press, 1985. paper covered boards. Rocket Press. small 4to. paper covered boards. 18, (4) pages. With an introduction by Rev. Dr. Alan Stephenson. Limited to 525 numbered copies of which this is one of 515 bound thus. Cover linocut by John R. Smith. Tipped-in facsimiles of a portrait of Newman and the most significant page of his original manuscript on handmade paper. Printed on Mellotex cartridge paper by Jonathan Stephenson. Boards covered with gray linocut by John R.Smith; title in brown on spine and front board.


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    FIRST CATALOGUE OF THE LIBRARY OF THE SURGEON GENERAL'S: OFFICE WASHINGTON, 1840.|THE

    Washington, D.C.: (U.S. Government Printing Office), 1961. stiff paper wrappers. National Library of Medicine. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. unpaginated. Facsimile copy of the original manuscript published to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Library of Medicine. Slight soiling to the wrappers.


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    AFFAIR OF THE UNPRINCIPLED PUBLISHER.|THE by Garland, Lawrence

    New Castle: Oak Knoll Books, 1983. stiff paper wrappers. Pickering Press. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 21+(1) pages. First edition, limited to 325 copies, and hand printed by John Anderson at his Pickering Press on mouldmade Arches Text and containing a previously unpublished wood-engraving by John DePol. Introduction followed by a reprint of the "original" manuscript describing a curious and amusing meeting between T.J. Wise and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The fourth Oak Knoll Christmas Book.


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    HISTORY OF MANON LESCAUT AND THE CHEVALIERDES GRIEUR IN THREE VOLUMES [VOLS I & III ONLY] by D C Moylan; edited by Edmund Goldsmid

    Edinburgh: Privately Printed. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1886. Paperback. Collectanea Adamantaea; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 66, 91 pages; HISTORY OF MANON LESCAUT AND THE CHEVALIERDES GRIEUR IN THREE VOLUMES [VOLS I & III ONLY] This is the original printing produced in printed vellum dustwrappers. This is one of a series that was edited by Edmund Goldsmid, mostly from previously unpublished original manuscripts, both historical narratives and literature and , it is said, in small editions of only 75-275. Text edges uncut [unopened]. Provenance- From the notable rare book collection of collector Alex M Hudnut with penciled shelf notation from him [or his assistant]. Partially printed in red and black. Vellum darkened with light chipping. WorldCat locates 4 copies. .


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    TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM NEW YORK, AS PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE TO ENFORCE PEACE, TO HON. WILLIAM G. McADOO, SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, MAY 25, 1916 by Taft, William Howard

    "MY DEAR MR. McADOO: ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LEAGUE TO ENFORCE PEACE, I REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY AT LUNCHEON AT THE NEW WILLARD HOTEL, WASHINGTON, D.C., FRIDAY, MAY THE TWENTY-SIXTH, AT HALF AFTER TWELVE O'CLOCK. SOME VERY IMPORTANT PLANS WHICH INVOLVE THE WHOLE FUTURE OF THE LEAGUE'S OPERATIONS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED AT THIS PRIVATE INFORMAL AFFAIR. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL FIND IT POSSIBLE TO BE PRESENT WITH US AND ASSIST IN FORMULATING PLANS FOR THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN WHICH SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IF THE LEAGUE'S PRINCIPLES ARE TO BECOME A PART OF THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. | VERY TRULY YOURS, WM. H. TAFT | PRESIDENT." At head of letter in stationer's type: "League to Enforce Peace, American Branch, *William Howard Taft, President." 8-1/2" x 11". A few very short closed tears at blank edges, light paper clip mark at head. Very Good. Apparently Taft's signature, and certainly expressing his sentiments. The League to Enforce Peace was founded in 1915 to work for a league of nations, a world court, and mandatory international conciliation. It supported the American war effort, and influenced President Wilson to support the League of Nations.


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    TWO LEGAL NOTES SIGNED 1803 PHILADELPHIA PA by May not be noted

    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. Paperback. Philadelphia; PENNSYLVANIA; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; JAMES B CAULDWELL, WM BEAVER, H D HUBBLEY, - all difficult to decipher. 1803; Signed by Author .


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    Athenae Oxonienses. An exact History of all the Writers and Bishops who have had their Education in the most Antient and Famous University of Oxford, from the Fifteenth Year of King Henry the Seventh, A.D. 1500, to the Author’s Death in November 1695 [...] The Second Edition, very much Corrected and Enlarged; with the Addition of above 500 new Lives from the Author’s Original Manuscript. by Wood, Anthony:

    Printed for Robert Knaplock, Daniel Midwinter, and Jacob Tonson , 1721. 2 vols, folio. pp. [xiv] cols. 742 p. [i] cols. 286 pp. [i] [viii]; pp. [vi] cols. 1186 p. [i] cols. 238 pp. [i] [viii]. Titles printed in red and black, old ownership signature partially obliterated on first. Trivial marginal waterstaining at intervals. Worn contemporary calf, rebacked and recornered. Wood himself, who sometimes chose to style himself “à Wood”, is described as “a very strong lusty man, of uncouth manners and appearance ... not avaricious and a despiser of honours ... [he] led a life of self-denial, entirely devoted to antiquarian research. Bell-ringing and music were his chief relaxations.” (Ency. Brit. 11th edition.) Britannica also adds that “his taste and judgment are frequently warped by prejudice”. His work, the first of its kind to deal with the University and the Colleges, courted controversy. This second, revised English edition contains posthumous defences by Wood’s nephew, after Wood had been condemned at the vice-chancellor’s court for libels against the earl of Clarendon in the first edition of 1693, and attacked by Bishop Burnet for displays of popish prejudice. ESTC T59423 Book


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    A Treatise on the Physical and Medical Treatment of Children by DeWees, William P

    New York: Classics of Medicine Library, 1995. Special Limited Edition. Hardcover. As New. Yet another fine contribution to the series, The Classics of Pediatrics Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama and New York, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. This is the first textbook on pediatrics ever published in the United States. Sterling condition hardcover copy bound in rich brown leather and with raised bands and gilt lettering and illustrations, with unbruised tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. Volume contains scholarly apparatus in the form of, e.g., notes, index, and bibliography. 496 pp., and with gilt edging all around. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.


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    Notes on actor Rip Torn (Original manuscript essay, with corrections) by Southern, Terry

    N.p.: N.p., 1973. Seven-page manuscript, executed in holograph pencil with numerous corrections. An early rough draft of an essay by Southern regarding his first encounter with actor Rip Torn, which, oddly, is more an encounter with the concept of Rip Torn than Rip Torn himself (though Torn would ultimately become one of Southern's closest friends and confidants). The piece was ultimately published as "One of the Real...ah...Originals" in the April 1973 issue of Saturday Review of the Arts. With reference to his involvement in "The Cincinnati Kid" during Sam Peckinpah's brief tenure with same, Southern describes a meeting with the film's producer, the producer still reeling from Peckinpah's acrimonious departure (Norman Jewison would ultimately take the directorial reigns). The bulk of the essay details how Southern wrote a new scene in the midst of the change, introducing what would become Torn's character, Slade, a "gentleman" card shark. Full provenance available on request. Lined notebook paper, rectos only, 8.5 x 11 inches. Near Fine.


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    Illuminated Manuscript: Prayer to God, the Father by [illuminated Manuscript]

    np: France. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Large illuminated manuscript leaf (c1480) with a miniature of God. Large leaf from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) containing the "Oraison à Dieu Le Pere TresDevote" from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) . 24 lines of text written in French in a gothic script in brown ink with red rubrics. Prominent miniature features God, the Father, in a red robe and golden crown. He stands before a bright gold background. Beautiful borders recto and verso with red & blue flowers, and blue & gold acanthus leaves. A large double line initial "M" painted in gold on a red background opens the prayer. Size: 212 x 136 mm (approx. 8.3 x 5.4 inches) Miniature: 51 x 46 mm The text in French: Oraison a dieu le pere tresdevote. Mon benoist Dieu, je croy de cueur et confesse de bouche tout ce que saincte Eglise croit et tient de vous et que ung bon catholique doibt de vous sentry et croire. Et proteste icy devant vostre tresnoble et precieuse figure que je vueil vivre et mourir en ceste foy et y persever toute ma vie. Et vous recongnois mon Dieu, mon pere et createur de tout le monde. Et moy, vostre pouvre creature, subjecte et servante, vous fais la foy et hommaige que je tiens de vous noblement, comme de vous mon souverain, l'ame et le corps et tous les biens naturelz, spirituelz et corporelz et temporelz que j'ay et que oncques je euz et que je attens a avoir en ce monde et en l'ature. Et de bon cueur treshumblement vous en remercie et loue et rens grace. ...Et en signe de recongnoissance vous paye de ce petit tribut au matin et au soir, c'est que je vous adore de cueur et de bouche en foy et esperance et charite... , de ceste petite oraison qui tant seulement appartient a vostre benoiste majeste, seigneurie et divinite. Et vous requires troys choses. La premiere est misericorde de tant de malz.


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    THE CARTULARY OF DARLEY ABBEY [CT IN 3 VOLS] by by Reginald Ralph Darlington; Derbyshire Archæological and Natural History

    Kendal, England: Printed By Titus Wilson & Son, Ltd. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. royal 8; lxxx, 331, 334-710 pages; Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: YesWidth: 7" Height: 10.5" . Bound in dark blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show mild external wear, with white spotting to front cover of second volume. Binding is firm. Quite light foxing appears on endpapers. Previous owner's name and date of July, 1999 appear on front flyleaf. Front hinge of first volume displays wormholes. Pages exhibit occasional foxing. A small number of pages have light pencil underlining. Printed 1941 but released at the end of the war. "An important collection of documents belonging to the Augustinian Canon of Darley in Derbyshire. ---written in 1275 and 1300 and reinforced by 14th century cartualry and transcription of deed..." .


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