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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).



    The Works of the Right Honourable Henry late L. Delamer, and Earl of Warrington by DELAMER, Henry

    London: John Lawrence & John Dunton, 1694. Leatherbound. Good +. [14], 144, 684 [658], [10] p. 18 cm. Full leather. Corners bumped, boards rubbed with scuff on rear. Ink notations on front endpapers and ink signature on title page. Rear free endpaper half missing. Title continues: "Containing His Lordships Advice to His Children, Several Speeches in Parliament, &c. With Many Other Occasional Discourses On the Affairs of the Two Last Reigns: Being Original Manuscripts Written with His Lordships own Hand. Never before printed." 10 p. of publisher's ads at rear.



    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



    ALS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, September 13, 1984. RE: Parkinson in Oxford, his daughter Chrysa taking dance at school in London by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Oxford, UK: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1984. Hand-written letter signed, Aerogramme, Single Page recto & verso, 8.25" x 11.5". Good with marginal tears, portion of letter separate from the rest. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    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.



    The Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky in Siberia, Kamchatka, Japan, the Liukiu Islands and Formosa from the Translation of his original manuscript (1741 - 1771), by William Nicholson, FRS, 1790. by Oliver, Captain Pasfield (ed.)

    London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Grey cloth with white and dark red stamped decoration; black/white plates/engravings; 399. Slight lean; shelf worn with wear along spine edges and corners; spine age darkenned; previous owner's gift dedication ffep dated 1913.







    Death of a Salesman [Facsimile Typescript] by Miller, Henry

    Unbound. n.p., n.d.; facsimile copy of a signed typescript, on watermarked bond paper. Housed in a black clamshell box, with title in gilt on front panel. Fine, in a fine box.



    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.



    THE SNOWFLAKE STAR. (A.M.S., manuscript.) by Plath, Sylvia

    n.p., n.d., 1946. original manuscript in the author's hand, signed "by Sylvia" below the title, on white ruled paper (10.5 inches high x 8 inches wide.) This poem, from Plath's juvenilia canon, is recorded by title only in the "Uncollected Juvenilia" list of THE COLLECTED POEMS - SYLVIA PLATH (HarperPerennial, 1992, edited by Ted Hughes). The introductory paragraph to the list states (in part): "The texts of all but half a dozen of these early pieces are in the Sylvia Plath Archive of juvenilia in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The rest are with the Sylvia Plath Estate." The present offering ("The Snowflake Star") is among the six poems held (at the time) by the Plath Estate, but is here now offered for sale. The poem is written in Plath's very neat hand, using pencil, and is composed of three stanzas of three lines each. The paper is in fine condition, protected in an archival sleeve and housed in a custom linen box with leather spine. An extraordinary opportunity for an unpublished (in this form) Plath manuscript poem, in her hand. One of a kind.




    "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.



    ALS Joseph Hume, Sept. 27, 1853 by Joseph Hume M.P

    Norfolk, UK: Hume, 1853. Autographed Two Page Letter, Ink on Laid Paper with Embossed Device at header, 4" x 6.25", Very Good; mounted to larger sheet with inked notes, 10" x 12", Good with marginal tears & toning. John Hume (1777 - 1855), radical politician. During the debates on the Reform Bill, Hume suggested extending the franchise to the colonies.



    Documents Relating to the Purchase & Exploration of Louisiana: I. The Limits and Bounds of Louisiana. By Thomas Jefferson. II. The Exploration of the Red, the Black, and the Washita Rivers. By William Dunbar by Jefferson, Thomas and Dunbar, William

    Houghton, Mifflin & Company, Boston and New York, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Limited Numbered Edition. 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. This is copy 505 of 550. Blue cloth over board with printed white spine label; photogravure portraits of Jefferson and Dunbar; pp. [1]-45, [1]-189, [1]-76; fold-out map of the Washita River in Louisiana, many pages uncut, additional spine label in back of book. Printed from the original manuscripts in the library of the American Philosophical Society and by direction of the Society's Committee on Historical Documents. Very light staining on covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz. Category: Politics & Government; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 012688. .



    The Death of Venus. Lithographs by Mark Beard. Edited with an introduction by Michael Finegold by FitzGerald & Co., Vincent. Sitwell, Dame Edith

    New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1983. One of 50 copies only on BFK Rives, signed by Beard on the colophon. Page size: 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Bound: loose in original wrappers, as issued, in publisher's clamshell box of green cloth and silver kid spine designed as a classic column by Gerard Charriere and Carol Joyce, fine. First edition of this previously unpublished manuscript by Sitwell; the original manuscript notebook is in the collection of Paul W. Motter. Mark Beard has created six color lithographs, plus one five-page black and white lithograph, pulled on Arches paper, each signed and numbered by the artist, for this book. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Beard has had exhibitions at the Studio of Lowell Nesbitt, the Ericson Gallery, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and has won awards from the Henry Doll Foundation in New York and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. His work is represented in many distinguished collections, among them: Harvard University and Yale University, The Chase Manhattan Bank, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library, to cite a few. This is the artist's first livre d'artiste. The lithographs were pulled under the supervision of the artist and publisher at Prasada Press; the text at Wild Carrot Letterpress. A mint copy of this contemporary livre de peintre marking the debut of a major American artist.



    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).



    Late Antique And Early Christian Book Illumination by Kurt Weitzmann

    Braziller, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library Copy.Oversized Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket. Nice Copy.Text Unmarked.Corners Slightly Bumped. . . Not Ex-Library Copy.Stated First Edition, First Printing.



    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



    A Treatise concerning St. Matthias Day, Misplaced in the Oxford Almanack for the Year 1684 (being Leap-Year) at Feb. 24. In a Letter from Dr. Wallis to Dr. John Fell late Lord Bishop of Oxford. Published from the Original Manuscript in the Savilian Study by WALLIS, John

    3 p.l., 28 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Oxford: 1719. First edition of this very scarce posthumously published work. We learn from the Preface that there was considerable debate within the Oxford community regarding keeping St. Matthias's Day on the 24th or 25th of February in leap years. Wallis's text, from a manuscript written in 1684, was published to add support for the 24th as the preferable day. Fine copy.



    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.



    Catalogue of Autograph letters, manuscripts and documents. An original survey of Washington, dated 1750; also two important war letters of Washington; the orderly book of Major Frye, 1755; important correspondence of President John Quincy Adams; correspondence of Gov. Thomas Johnson, relating to the outbreak of the Revolution; documents of the Society of the Cincinnati concerning a proposed statue of Washington in New York; an original manuscript of Napoleon; important historical papers in regard to the American Indians, the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War; letters and documents of Israel Putnam, Lafayette, Henry Knox, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, Philip Schuyler, William Moultrie, Arthur St. Clair, and other generals of the Revolution; Stephen Hopkins, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock, and other signers Declaration of Independence; Robert Fulton, Kipling, Charles Lamb, John Howard Payne, Emerson, Edgar A. Poe, Longfellow, Lowell, A by (Weeks, William R. of New Jersey)

    New York: The Merwin-Clayton Salles Co 20-24 East 20th Street, 1907. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. Grey wrappers. VG. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. McKay, 6352



    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.".



    ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, February 11, 1985. RE: Tempest, ADF scholarship by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

    Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1985. Hand-written letter signed, 2 pp., single leaf recto & verso, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    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.



    The Poetical Works of Henry Brooke, Esq., Author of Gustavus Vasa, Fool of Quality, &c., in four volumes octavo. Revised and corrected by the original manuscript; with a portrait of the author, and his life, by Miss Brooke. The third edition. by Henry Brooke

    This is an uncommon 18th century four-volume set of the works of Irish novelist, playwright, and poet Henry Brooke. Nine inches tall, in its original plain pale blue wrappers. Printed in Dublin in 1792; xxvi, 405; 379; 345; 414 pp. These volumes contain the following works: Vol. 1: Jack the Giant queller, an opera. The contending brothers, comedy. The female officer: a comedy. The marriage contract, a comedy. Ruth: An Oratorio. [Miscellaneous poems] The fox-chase. Redemption. Vol. 2: Universal beauty: A philosophical poem. Jerusalem delivered; An epic poem: Translated from the Italian of Torquato Tasso. Constantia: Or, the Man of Law's Tale, modernized from Chaucer, to which is now added The Tale, as written by Chaucer; taken from the accurate edition of the Canterbury Tales; Vol 3: [Tragedies] The impostor. The Earl of Westmorland. Cymbeline. Montezuma. Vol 4: Fables: The Temple of Hymen; The Sparrow and the Dove; The Female Seducers; Love and Vanity. The last speech of John Good, vulgarly called Jack the Giant-Queller. Gustavus Vasa . . . A Tragedy. The Earl of Essex: A Tragedy. Conrade: A Fragment. As the photos should show, these volumes' rudimentary bindings are in poor condition, and the leaves' uncut edges show varying degrees of soiling. The interiors, however, are in very good condition, save for the first five leaves of Vol. IV, which show a small stain, of diminishing size, at the foot. Overall a very readable, complete example of this set uncommonly seen for sale.



    Statutes and Register of the Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord; manuscript on parchment and paper, in Italian by Statutes and Register of the Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord

    ONLY SURVIVING MANUSCRIPT OF THE UNEDITED AND UNPRINTED STATUTES OF PARMA'S CONFRATERNITY OF THE FIVE WOUNDS OF OUR LORD. Manuscript on parchment and paper, in Italian, Italy (Parma), 1563-1735. Dimensions c. 265 x c. 190 mm. 24 (parchment) + 6 (paper) folios, WRITTEN IN 4 PARTS: (i) ff. 1-4v written in Italian Humanistic script by two hands, imprint and traces of WAX SEAL on f.3 dated 1589; (ii) ff. 5v-22 written in several Italian cursive hands, dated 1680-1733; (iii) ff. 22v-24v, in several large non-cursive hands, dated 1680-1735; (iv) ff. 24-29 written in seventeenth-century Italian cancelleresca by one hand. BINDING: Contemporary folder binding of cardboard with parchment outer covering, warping but stable condition, indecipherable writing in brown ink by several hands on front and back. TEXT: Only extant manuscript of the ten foundational statutes of Parma's Confraternity of the Five Wounds of Our Lord, with an extensive register recording its members, and the rules of a second unidentified confraternity dedicated to the Stigmata of St. Francis. These texts illustrate the social, cultural, and religious values of two lay confraternities. Confraternities were (and still are) associations of laypeople centered around carrying out pious and charitable works, which through their performance and associated indulgences prepared members for a favorable afterlife. The extensive list of named members offers new evidence relevant to the history of Parma at the height of the Farnese power. PROVENANCE: The manuscript was written gradually over centuries, dates throughout. The main part of the manuscript is affiliated with the Church of San Ambrosio in Parma (now demolished). The statutes contemporary with the Confraternity's founding were ratified by Ferdinando Farnese, cousin of the powerful Duke Alessandro Farnese. The second section is dated 1589. Following is a register with names of the men who belonged to the Confraternity recorded between 1669 and 1735. The manuscript's final text, written in the seventeenth century, was not written for the Confraternity but rather for a confraternity dedicated to the Sacred Stigmata. It is unclear whether it was written in Parma. The manuscript was later in a private European collection. CONDITION: Moderate wear, discoloration, and staining throughout parchment quires with minor rippling, chipping or chewing at edges, paper quire has some staining, flecking, folding at corners, uneven bottom edges, worming on blank last folio, no text loss. Full description and pictures available. (TM 939)

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