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Notes on Malthus's Principles of Political Economy. The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, volume II 2

Notes on Malthus's Principles of Political Economy. The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, volume II 2

by Ricardo, David

Cambridge The University Press, 1951, hardcover. First Edition, First Printing 1951 in this format. -- Contains: Malthus's work (first 1820 edition) at top of pages and Ricardo's critique (from the Hollander-Gregory edition, collation with the original manuscript) at bottom of each page. Also an index to Malthus's work. Edited by Piero Sraffa, with M. H. Dobb. 463 pages. -- Hardcover, dark blue cloth with bright spine lettering. Condition: very good (owner name) with good-only dust... Read more
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$63.05
Les Ordinaires Des Collégiales Saint-Pierre à Louvain Et  Saints-Pierre-Et-Paul à Anderlecht D'Après Des Manuscrits Du Xive Siècle

Les Ordinaires Des Collégiales Saint-Pierre à Louvain Et Saints-Pierre-Et-Paul à Anderlecht D'Après Des Manuscrits Du Xive Siècle

by Lefèvre, Pl. F

Louvain: Bibliothèque De L'Université/ Publications Universitaires De Louvain. Good. 1960. Hardcover. Xxxviii + 359 pp. French introduction, Latin text. Index and table of contents at rear. Faded red cloth boards. Book is ex-library with usual interior and exterior marks. Pocket inside rear cover. Interior is otherwise clean with no non-library marks. ; Bibliothèque De La Revue D'Histoire Ecclésiastique Fasc. 36; Ex-Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .
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$29.00
Manuscrit de L'avocat trouble-menage. Original manuscript by Champfleury.

Manuscrit de L'avocat trouble-menage. Original manuscript by Champfleury.

by Champfleury; pseudonym of Jules François Felix Fleury-Husson

Paris, France: No publisher, 1867. Book. Very good+ condition. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. Octavo (8vo). A bound volume containing over 120 manuscript leaves used by art critic and Realist novelist Jules François Felix Fleury-Husson to write the original manuscript for his work "l'avocat trouble-menage" under the pseudonym Champfleury. The paper is a wide variety of shapes, sizes, color, etc. and was collected from many sources, including Parisian exhibition... Read more
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$12,500.00
An Archive of Original Manuscript Maps Related to the Survey of the River Patapsco and part of Chesapeake Bay Instituted by the Insurance Companies of Baltimore in 1817.

An Archive of Original Manuscript Maps Related to the Survey of the River Patapsco and part of Chesapeake Bay Instituted by the Insurance Companies of Baltimore in 1817.

by SHERBURNE, Jonathan W. (fl. 1813-1827), BRANTZ, Lewis (1766-1838), and WIRGMAN, Charles (1781-1821)

Baltimore, 30th March, 1818. THE FIRST MODERN SCIENTIFIC SURVEY OF THE PATAPSCO RIVER AND CHESAPEAKE BAY Single sheet (88 x 40 4/8 inches, laid down on linen, trimmed with silk). An exceptionally fine, large and beautiful original manuscript map of the Patapsco River from the City of Baltimore to the mouth of the Charles River in Chesapeake Bay, drawn in black and red ink and colour wash, noting all river outlets, points, and depths, with a long explanatory inscription, and inset of "Loading... Read more
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$650,000.00
Two hanging scrolls, painted on silk in ink & colors (555 x 1215 mm.), carefully mounted on paper-backed silk, with silk brocade frames at each end & sides, depicting the cultivation, processing, and packaging of tea leaves by the Kanbayashi family of tea producers for the shogun and his circle

Two hanging scrolls, painted on silk in ink & colors (555 x 1215 mm.), carefully mounted on paper-backed silk, with silk brocade frames at each end & sides, depicting the cultivation, processing, and packaging of tea leaves by the Kanbayashi family of tea producers for the shogun and his circle

by TEA PRODUCTION FOR THE SHOGUN

[Japan: ca. 1840-50]. Two large and fine paintings in hanging scroll format, depicting all the steps in the production of the finest Uji tea by the Kanbayashi family, to be sent to the Tokugawa shogun in Edo. These scrolls are of very great beauty and complexity and were surely painted by a master artist (see below). The production and drinking of tea in Japan has a long and rich history, extending back to the Nara period (710-94), when tea was brought back by diplomatic missions from China.... Read more
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$25,000.00
Hohere Algebra. Manuscript transcription of Konigsberger's lectures

Hohere Algebra. Manuscript transcription of Konigsberger's lectures

by Konigsberger, Leo

Heidelberg, 1892. Königsberger, Leo (1837-1921). Höhere Algebra. Akademische Vorträge . . . W: 1891 1892 S. Bound manuscript, written in a neat German hand. Title (in black letter) and 735 numbered pages. N.p. [Heidelberg], ca. 1892. 206 x 164 mm. Half morocco, mottled boards c. 1892, light wear, one corner bumped. A few pencil annotations in the margins. Ownership signature of "Heinrich H[illeg.], stud. math., Heidelberg" on the verso of the front free endpaper. A unique record of the academic work... Read more
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$3,750.00
Illustrated Manuscript of two poems:  "To a Woodman's Hut there came one day." and "My Voice is still for War." [From "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and Addison's "Cato", respectively]

Illustrated Manuscript of two poems: "To a Woodman's Hut there came one day." and "My Voice is still for War." [From "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and Addison's "Cato", respectively]

Full Pebbled Leather, Blindstamped and Gilt Decorated. Very Good. N.p., but American. N.d., circa 1860. Oblong, 23 by 28.5 cm. Two text leaves, each with one of the poems rendered in full, followed by 66 leaves, each with a mounted sheet onto which is written words from a poem and is drawn in pen and ink an illustration of those words. The illustrations are inspired mostly by the single word or phrase captioned on the sheet, as opposed to the wholeness of the poem, and thus the illustrations... Read more
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$1,750.00
Grocery Account, Ledger Book from Middlesex County Massachusetts Ledger; Lowell Mass. 1864-1866

Grocery Account, Ledger Book from Middlesex County Massachusetts Ledger; Lowell Mass. 1864-1866

by Manuscript Ledger Book

Manuscript Ledger Book, 1864. Hardcover. Very Good. [Massachusetts History] An original manuscript ledger for the years 1864, 1865, 1866 from a country store in Middlesex County, MA. Folio, 34 x 23.5 cm. Bound in contemporary calf, with red and gold sheepskin spine label. Good binding and cover. Approximately 280 pages. Pages are in blue paper, generally very clean and highly legible. <br> Some of the accounts listed: Joseph Adams, Henry F. Fullerton, Clark H. Chapman, Anson Miller, Elijah... Read more
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$245.00
CHRISTMAS: ITS OBSERVANCE AND ANCIENT CUSTOMS

CHRISTMAS: ITS OBSERVANCE AND ANCIENT CUSTOMS

by NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

1931. NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY. CHRISTMAS: ITS OBSERVANCE AND ANCIENT CUSTOMS CULLED FROM ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS PRESERVED IN THE LIBRARY OF THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUT NEVER PUBLISHED. Alpine, NY: Cliffdale, 1931. Small 4to., red boards stamped in gilt. First Edition. Very Good (some wear spine). $35.00.
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$35.00
Bilderbuch:  Der Kampf mit dem Drachen

Bilderbuch: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen

Hardcover. Rope binding. . Very Good. Original fairy tale with disarming naive watercolors that thoroughly illustrate the tale. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 8vo. 19 by 28.5 cm. 11 leaves of heavy card, each with a mounted watercolor illustration on the verso, and mounted text page, in verse surrounded by Jugenstil line decorations, on the facing rectos. The watercolors all cover every inch of their boards, and this imparts a rich lushness seldom encountered in such juvenile efforts. The narrative... Read more
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$2,500.00
Portrait of a standing yong female with long hair holding a clip, signed: Raqm i kamineh (R)

Portrait of a standing yong female with long hair holding a clip, signed: Raqm i kamineh (R)

by Safavid Isfahan school of painting

Painting. Very Good. No Binding. Signed by Illustrator(s). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Central panel: 17.5x6.5 cm. Leaf: 24.5x16.5 cm. illustrated with animal and floral motifs. The portrait is tiny signed at the mid-right: "Raqm kamineh R.". Ink drawing with gouache embellished with gold on paper.
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$20,000.00
The Journal of Gabriel Franchere

The Journal of Gabriel Franchere

by FRANCHERE, Gabriel; LAMB, Wessie Tipping (trans.); LAMB, W. Kaye (ed.)

Toronto: The Champlain Society, 1969. Cloth Bound. Very Good. The Publications of The Champlain Society XLV. 825 copies of this volume printed of which this is no. 238. ix, 330, xix p. 25 cm. 4 b&w illustrations and 3 maps. Red cloth hardcover with slightly sunned spine and small white mark on front cover. Most pages uncut. Title page title: Journal of a Voyage on the North West Coast of North America during the Years 1811, 1812, 1813 and 1814. Contains preface to the first edition of 1820, as... Read more
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$75.00
A Collection of His Books and Documents Ownd By His Brother - Tones and Overtones Selected Poems 1926-1976, Towards Corinth O Englishman

A Collection of His Books and Documents Ownd By His Brother - Tones and Overtones Selected Poems 1926-1976, Towards Corinth O Englishman

by Christopher Henry Oldham Scaife

UK: Cobden Sanderson, 1934. A collection of books and associated personal ephemera relating to the poet C.H.O. Scaife (Christopher Henry Oldham Scaife), from the collection of his brother Leicester. 'Scaife, Christopher Henry Oldham Scaife (1900-88) was educated at St George's School, Harpenden, King's College, London, and St John's College, Oxford, where he read modern history (1920-23). At that time he was a regular attender at the Russell and Palmerston Club meetings. He was secretary... Read more
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£275.00
A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

by Dickens, Charles

1860. [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860.] Original pale pink wrappers. First Edition, second and usual issue -- with the final paragraph in bold (not like the rest of the text), with the wrapper pink (not mauve -- though all are today faded), with the front cover title followed by a comma (not by a period), and with the front cover border decorative only at the corners (not all 'round). Dickens describes the wretched conditions inside St. Luke's Hospital ("established in 1751, for... Read more
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$975.00
Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783

Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783

by Dearborn, Henry; Lloyd A. Brown (ed); Howard H. Peckham (ed); Herman Dunlap Smith (essay)

Chicago: The Caxton Club. Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1939. First Printing. Hard Cover. Limited Edition (one of only 350 copies designed by William A. Kittredge and printed from type by the Lakeside Press, Chicago). Quarter bound in publisher's tan cloth over blue cloth boards, gilt lettering on burgundy leather panel on spine, t.e.g., fore-edge deckle. Illustrated with tissue-protected portrait frontispiece, reproduced letter, maps of Quebec, the Battle of Monmouth, and the... Read more
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$150.00
Manuscript on vellum of Opus Agriculturae, 112 leaves (the first blank), small 4to (155 x 115 mm.), single column (text block: 120-125 x 80 mm.), text written in brown ink in a single minuscule chancery hand throughout, first capital letter of each chapter set out in margin, some browning &amp; spotting due to the varying quality of the vellum used or recycled (several leaves are palimpsests), some natural flaws to vellum including small holes, around which the scribe has written text

Manuscript on vellum of Opus Agriculturae, 112 leaves (the first blank), small 4to (155 x 115 mm.), single column (text block: 120-125 x 80 mm.), text written in brown ink in a single minuscule chancery hand throughout, first capital letter of each chapter set out in margin, some browning & spotting due to the varying quality of the vellum used or recycled (several leaves are palimpsests), some natural flaws to vellum including small holes, around which the scribe has written text

by PALLADIUS, Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus

19th-cent. russia, sides panelled in gilt & blind, gilt arms in center of the Pelham-Clinton family. Italy, perhaps Tuscany: early 15th century. A fine manuscript, from the celebrated library of the dukes of Newcastle in Clumber, of this important fourth-century Roman treatise on agriculture. It enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, owing to its clear arrangement, with the farming and gardening tasks subdivided according to the twelve months of the year. It... Read more
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$95,000.00
Selection of Poetry from Various Authors

Selection of Poetry from Various Authors

by Bartlett, Joseph

1821. Hardcover. Leather spine.. Good. A manuscript notebook with lovely original folk art oil paintings on both boards and two watercolors within! 4to. 30.5 by 19.5 cm. Unpaginated, 18 leaves of wove paper with content, followed by a few blanks. Watercolored title page with American eagle atop an orb and pedestal, and a beautiful painting of ships bearing the American flag near a lighthouse perched on a rocky spit and a cape house beyond. The paintings on the boards are what strike us as the... Read more
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$2,000.00
Original Manuscript Wedding Gift Album

Original Manuscript Wedding Gift Album

by COLE, Henry and Katherina Bullock

Denver?, 1930. Small oblong quarto; gilt-tooled padded die-cut calf with celluloid lozenge inserted into middle of upper cover carved with birds and flowers, all edges gilt, moiré endpapers; extremities quite rubbed and leather starting to peel from boards, several surface scratches, else Good, internally sound and quite legible. A token clearly thumbed through over and over again. Location based on the marriage certificate of Henry Cole and Katherina Bullock, married in Denver on June 3, 1930.
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$150.00
Reminiscences of a Regicide

Reminiscences of a Regicide

by Sergeant Marceau Edited M C M Simpson

London: Chapman and Hall Ltd, 1889. Book edited from the original manuscripts of Sergeant Marceau, member of the convention and administrator of police in the French revolution of 1789, edited by M C M Simpson. 396 pages in overall bright condition just a few occasional small foxing spots especially to first and last couple of pages.One colour plate and two B/w plates plus other smaller illustrations in the text, illustrations are not listed so I presume all are present. Small tears to paper of front... Read more
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£75.00
The Odes of Keats and Their Earliest Known Manuscripts

The Odes of Keats and Their Earliest Known Manuscripts

by Keats, John & Gibbings, Robert

London: Heinemann, 1970. 79 pages, 14 facsimile reproductions of the original manuscripts, with notes by the great Keats scholar, Robert Gittings. Designed by Ruari McLean Associates, printed by the Curwen Press. This is their library copy, with their bookplate to the front pastedown, no other inscriptions. Some soiling, sunning to spine of unclipped dustjacket. [633]. First Edition.. Grey Buckram. Very Good/Very Good. 295mm. x 220mm.. Book.
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£15.00
[ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SKETCHBOOK OF THE H.M.S. CHALLENGER EXPEDITION, 1872 - 1874]

[ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SKETCHBOOK OF THE H.M.S. CHALLENGER EXPEDITION, 1872 - 1874]

by [Shephard, Benjamin]

[H.M.S. Challenger, 1873. Thirty-six leaves, including illustrated titlepage and thirty-five ink and watercolor illustrations, all but titlepage in full color. Oblong quarto sketchbook, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. Original printed wrappers, backed in later tape. Inscribed on front wrapper verso: "William Gurling. H.M.S. Challenger. Sydney. Australia." Covers worn. Some minor soiling internally, but overall clean, bright, and in very good condition, with most tissue guards remaining. In a cloth clamshell... Read more
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$125,000.00
Boswell&#39;s London Journal 1762-1763 : Now First Published from the Original Manuscript Prepared for the Press, with Introduction and Notes by Frederick A Pottle

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 : Now First Published from the Original Manuscript Prepared for the Press, with Introduction and Notes by Frederick A Pottle

by Boswell, James

London, United Kingdom: William Heinemann, 1950. Blue waxed cloth bds with bright Gilt title and emblem (fresh with one bumped cnr else unworn) Map eps, pp xiii 370 with 3 illus, small name to verso of ffep and very sl age toning to ends and edge, tight and bright interior. Original DJ has sl age toning. Overweight. First Edition Thus. Cloth. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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$30.00
Gleanings from the Harvest-field of American History: Part IV: Diary of David How, a Private in Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent's Regiment of the Massachusetts Line, in the Army of the American Revolution

Gleanings from the Harvest-field of American History: Part IV: Diary of David How, a Private in Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent's Regiment of the Massachusetts Line, in the Army of the American Revolution

by Dawson, Henry B. (& David How & George Wingate Chase)

Privately printed; Morrisania, NY, 1865. Limited edition, one of 250 copies signed by Dawson, this being copy #225. Quarto, 51 pages printed on heavy paper, bound in covered boards with leather spine with "Diary of David How" and "Dawson" on the spine. Printed from the original manuscript of David How, who enlisted in the Army of the American Revolution when he was 17, was one of the Minute-men, and fought at Bunker Hill. A biographical sketch of How is provided by George Wingate Chase. The diary is... Read more
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$250.00
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

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 ‎‎ ) (1777–1800) was a... Read more
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$20,000.00
Erbauung des Herzens.

Erbauung des Herzens.

Cloth spine band. . Fine. An exquisite nineteenth century illuminated manuscript. N.d., 19th century. 12mo. 17.5 by 12 cm. Unpaginated, eight vellum leaves, with rich illumination of 14 of the pages, including the front cover. The illumination accompanies a pietistic poem about prayer and faith. We assume the poem, unknown to us, was written by the unidentified illuminator/artist. Regardless, the poem is secondary to the lush decoration, which although based on classic illumination floral and... Read more
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$2,500.00