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Manuscript resolution not to admit officers appointed by John Temple, Esq. (1732-1798) by Rhode Island colonial officials

Manuscript resolution not to admit officers appointed by John Temple, Esq. (1732-1798) by Rhode Island colonial officials

N.p., n.d. [Rhode Island, 1760. Single sheet approx. 7½" x 6", 16 lines in ink; slightly browned, very good. John Temple, a British Imperial official, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1732, the son of Robert Temple, a colonial entrepreneur, and Mehitable Nelson. He grew up on the family "Ten Hills" estate near Boston; but spent much of his early adulthood in London, seeking a lucrative appointment through Richard Grenville, Earl Temple, and his brother George Grenville, later to be prime minister.... Read more
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$316.25
Poems. 1917-1942

Poems. 1917-1942

by Murray, Joan

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1947. First edition. 145 pp. Light blue paper boards, lettered and blocked in black, with the dust jacket. Minor toning to board edges, jacket shows some minor rubbing to extremities. Edited by Grant Code, with a foreword by W.H. Auden, the first volume he selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The sole collection by a poet who died young, at the age of twenty-four. Her work was praised by John Ashbery, among others, which led to rediscovery in some poetry... Read more
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$300.00
EDWARD PERRY WARREN and Tomasso Virzi letters to Roger Fry, 1910

EDWARD PERRY WARREN and Tomasso Virzi letters to Roger Fry, 1910

by Edward Perry Warren (secretarial), Tommaso / Thomas Virzi

[ROGER FRY ASSOCIATION; EDWARD PERRY WARREN, TOMMASO VIRZI, 1910] ROGER FRY RECEIVES LETTERS RELATING TO HIS CONSULTATION REGARDING AN ITALIAN RENAISSANCE/OLD MASTER PAINTING, a secretarial letter for Edward Perry Warren and a letter by Tommaso Virzi both having to do with Warren's introduction of Virzi to Roger Fry for the purpose of getting Fry to help in identifying the artist of a Renaissance/Old Master painting Virzi inherited from his uncle…the 2 letters over 3 pages of a sheet folded to make 4... Read more
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$150.00
Illustrated manuscript on paper, entitled on upper wrapper "Murai sensei fukukoben" ["Abdominal Diagnosis"]

Illustrated manuscript on paper, entitled on upper wrapper "Murai sensei fukukoben" ["Abdominal Diagnosis"]

by MURAI, Kinzan

16 fine full-page brush & ink illus. 24 folding leaves. 8vo (243 x 169 mm.), orig. wrappers, new stitching. [Japan]: late Edo. A fascinating manuscript. Murai (1733-1815), was a member of one of the leading Japanese families specializing in surgery. A renowned Chinese lute player, he was physician to the Kumamoto fiefdom. Murai studied under Todo Yoshimasu (1702-73), one of the most innovative practitioners of his time. Both Yoshimasu and Murai were leaders in the development of Japanese... Read more
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$4,500.00
Two handwritten letters/ALS signed from an executive with the Vacuum Oil Company in Cairo, Egypt, to Theron Damon in Constantinople, a noted 20th century figure  on “Turf Club Cairo, Cables Turf Cairo”

Two handwritten letters/ALS signed from an executive with the Vacuum Oil Company in Cairo, Egypt, to Theron Damon in Constantinople, a noted 20th century figure on “Turf Club Cairo, Cables Turf Cairo”

by S. Leigh, Vacuum Oil Company executive, Cairo, Egypt, 1930

[1930 TURF CLUB CAIRO 2 HANDWRITTEN LETTERS TO THERON DAMON, CONSTANTINOPLE TURKEY] Two handwritten letters/ALS signed from an executive with the Vacuum Oil Company in Cairo, Egypt, (as confirmed by other correspondence acquired by the seller) to Theron Damon in Constantinople, a noted 20th century figure
on "Turf Club Cairo, Cables Turf Cairo" light blue stationary, 4-1/2" x 7", 2 letters of 2 pages each— (1) dated January 20, 1930, about 260 words, "Dear Mr. Damon…Mr. Huntingdon…in Syria or... Read more
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$60.00
Cultural interplay in the eighth century : the Trier Gospels and the making of a scriptorium at Echternach

Cultural interplay in the eighth century : the Trier Gospels and the making of a scriptorium at Echternach

by Netzer, N

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, first edition, 1994. Cloth, 8vo,. xvi, 258 pp, ills. From the publisher's summary: "This is the first detailed study of the Trier Gospels, an important early medieval manuscript. Through an investigation of its production, Professor Netzer reveals the cross-cultural influences among the Insular, Continental, and Mediterranean worlds in the eighth century, demonstrating in particular the complicated process of cultural interplay that took place in the... Read more
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$44.00
ALIEN (Feb 1978) Revised Draft by Walter Hill and David Giler, Based on a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon, Story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett

ALIEN (Feb 1978) Revised Draft by Walter Hill and David Giler, Based on a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon, Story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett

by Walter Hill, David Giler (screenwriters) Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett (source)

Revised Draft by Walter Hill and David Giler, Based on a screenplay by Dan O'Bannon, Story by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. Los Angeles: Brandywine Productions, 1978. Vintage original film script, 12 x 8 7/8" (31 x 23 cm,), plain stiff wrappers with affixed label on front cover, brad bound, 99 pp., brad bound, title written on spine, JUST ABOUT FINE.ALIEN was the second feature film directed by Ridley Scott and -- along with Scott's 1982 BLADE RUNNER -- is considered one of the best written and... Read more
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$1,250.00
Two Manuals of Gardening from English Manuscript Notebooks of the  Seventeenth Century in the Library of Rachel mcMaster Miller Hunt Volume  One Husbandry - Volume Two Soyle for an Orchard

Two Manuals of Gardening from English Manuscript Notebooks of the Seventeenth Century in the Library of Rachel mcMaster Miller Hunt Volume One Husbandry - Volume Two Soyle for an Orchard

by Rollings, Carl P. (Publisher)

Carl Purington Rollins. Very Good. 1952. First. Hardcover. Limited, 310 copies. Two-volume set, full limp vellum, gilt titles. Top-edge gilt, yapp fore-edges. Red-ruled text, b/w facsimile pages from the original manuscript. Includes original green slipcase, white title tag to spine. Clean, unmarked volumes, light wear to slipcase. .
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$59.95
[Original manuscript on the variability of the striped kukri snake, Oligodon octolineatus (Schneider)].

[Original manuscript on the variability of the striped kukri snake, Oligodon octolineatus (Schneider)].

by Mertens, R

[Frankfurt am Main, 1969]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of 23 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), a photocopy of a single leaf of G. A. Boulenger's Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, volume II (1894) with a few annotations by Mertens; and another 14 leaves of several sizes, a few with printed text. = The original manuscript of Robert Mertens's work titled Über die Variabilität der Oligodon octolineatus. The striped kukri is a snake from southeast Asia. Published... Read more
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€275.00
Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper cover in a neat hand "Nakagami ryu mugon fukushin den" ("Nakagami School of Non-Verbal Abdominal Diagnosis, Passed On")

Manuscript on paper, entitled on upper cover in a neat hand "Nakagami ryu mugon fukushin den" ("Nakagami School of Non-Verbal Abdominal Diagnosis, Passed On")

by NAKAGAMI, Kinkei

Four full-page brush & ink illus. 14 folding leaves. 8vo (244 x 165 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), stitched as issued. [Japan: ca. 1820]. Nakagami (1743-1833), a member of the great Koiho (Traditional Medicine) School, was one of the leading practitioners of his day. He was trained in the method of Kan, To, and Ge (perspiration, emesis, and purgation). He started his practice in Kyoto in 1791 and wrote on pathology, leprosy, psychiatric diseases, water cures, and diagnosis... Read more
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$3,750.00
Travels in North East Africa 1880-1883. Edited by Wendy James, Gerd Baumann and Douglas H. Johnson.

Travels in North East Africa 1880-1883. Edited by Wendy James, Gerd Baumann and Douglas H. Johnson.

by SCHUVER, Juan Maria

London, 1996. Cloth, with dust-jacket. With maps and illustrations. CVII,392 pp.Hakluyt Society, 2nd series, 184. - Juan Maria Schuver, son of a wealthy Amsterdam businessmann, remained for two years in the hills of the upper Blue Nile and the eastern watershed of the White Nile basin. His lively account of the region and his encounters with local people is presented from the rediscovered original manuscripts.
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€33.00
Account Book of Francis Jackson, Treasurer The Vigilance Committee of Boston

Account Book of Francis Jackson, Treasurer The Vigilance Committee of Boston

by Jackson, Francis

The book is an exact facsimile of the original manuscript. The book is in very good condition. The image provided is the actual book I'm offering for sale. No markings or damage to any pages. No sunning. No clips. Structure of the book (covers, binding, spine, hinges) are tight and free of damage. Page block is nice and square. Cut pages. Additional photos will be provided upon request in order to ensure the quality and integrity of your book purchase. .
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$15.99
Manuscript on paper, written throughout in one fine hand, not titled but concerned throughout with the incense ceremony

Manuscript on paper, written throughout in one fine hand, not titled but concerned throughout with the incense ceremony

by YONEKAWA RYU (KUMIKO)

Two illus. in the text & several genji mon linear patterns. 83 folding leaves plus a few blanks. Oblong 8vo (135 x 300 mm.), orig. silk-brocade covered wrappers, new stitching. [Japan: mid-Edo].<br /> <P> This fine manuscript contains descriptions of an unusually large number of kumiko incense games, grouped in novel ways, of the Yonekawa school of incense, active throughout the Edo period. The Yonekawa ryu school was a branch of the Shino ryu school. Many royal and daimyo (feudal lord)... Read more
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$2,500.00
The Ormulum, now first edited from the original manuscript in the Bodleian with Notes and Glossary (Volume 1)

The Ormulum, now first edited from the original manuscript in the Bodleian with Notes and Glossary (Volume 1)

by Robert Meadows White

Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1852. Book. Good. Black Cloth. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. "The Ormulum is a twelfth-century work of biblical exegesis, written by a monk named Orm, consisting of just under 19,000 lines of early Middle English verse. Because of the unique phonetic orthography adopted by its author, the work preserves many details of English pronunciation existing at a time when the language was in flux after the Norman conquest of England.... Read more
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$45.00
Historical Document Auction 63,  June 13, 2014 Auction Catalogue

Historical Document Auction 63, June 13, 2014 Auction Catalogue

by Maddalena, Joseph M. & Malinowski, Marsha E

Calabasas, CA: Profiles in History. 2014. Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm]. Very Good condition. Illustrated with Colour photographs. 288 pages Auction Catalogue. . 1st thus. Softcover.
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AU$20.00
JOHN ELIOT AND THE INDIANS 1653-1657 Being Letters Addressed to Rev. Jonathan Hanmer of Barnstaple, England.  Reproduced From the Original Manuscripts in the Possession of Theodore N. Vail Edited by Wilberforce Eames

JOHN ELIOT AND THE INDIANS 1653-1657 Being Letters Addressed to Rev. Jonathan Hanmer of Barnstaple, England. Reproduced From the Original Manuscripts in the Possession of Theodore N. Vail Edited by Wilberforce Eames

by [Native American; American Indian; Eliot John]

New York: At the Adams & Grace Press, 1915. First edition, and according to Howes one of only 150 copies printed. With twenty-two illustrations, being a frontispiece portrait of Eliot from a contemporary engraving; facsimiles of seven letters, endorsements and an invoice, some of which are fold-out; an engraving of the ship May-Flower; and facsimiles of thirteen title-pages from 17th century books, including Eliot's famous Indian Bible and Indian New Testament. 4to, printer's original buff boards... Read more
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$247.50
Retained Business Correspondence of a Boston Insurance Firm

Retained Business Correspondence of a Boston Insurance Firm

by Thatcher & Fearing

Boston, 1835. Folio.  325 x 210 mm., [13 ¼ x 8 ½ inches].  Manuscript in ink. 373 pp.  Full contemporary calf, raised bands, tilt spine and borders.  Very legible in a very sound binding.  This ledger contains a remarkably complete record of correspondence relating to the insurance firm of Thatcher and Fearing. Recorded upon its pages are hundreds of letters copied from originals written by and addressed to members of the firm. The firm appears to have insured a number of small businesses from... Read more
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$750.38
Leaf apparently from a subject-index of Gratian s Decretum, in Latin [Germany(?), 13th century, second half]

Leaf apparently from a subject-index of Gratian s Decretum, in Latin [Germany(?), 13th century, second half]

by GRATIAN [manuscript]

Parchment, most of a leaf, c.215×165mm, lacking the margins and part of the inner and lower edges but with wide margins on the two other sides, ruled in ink in two columns of which with 32 lines are preserved, written in a good gothic bookhand below top line, with rubrics in red and the first letter of the authorities names in red. The leaf does not show many physical signs of having been used as a flyleaf, except for the way it has been cropped at the lower edge, to fit into its host volume. The pair... Read more
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£1,950.00
My Memories of Prairie Center

My Memories of Prairie Center

by Rice, Edwin L

Good with no dust jacket. 1975. Softcover. Shows light sun staining around the edges and has residue on the front cover from a missing name plate. ; Original Manuscript Typed by Verla D. May. ; Manuscripts; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 30 pages .
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$20.00
END OF THE ROAD (Jul 1968) Revised film script by Terry Southern

END OF THE ROAD (Jul 1968) Revised film script by Terry Southern

by Terry Southern, Dennis McGuire, Aram Avakian (screenplay) John Barth (source)

Terry Southern (co-screenwriter), John Barth (source) New York: End of the Road Company, 1968. Vintage original film script, 11 1/2 x 9" (29 x 23 cm.), leatherette Studio Duplicating Service covers with stenciled title, brad bound, mimeograph, 108 pp. Moderate wear to edges of yapped wrappers, number written in ink at top of title page, just about fine in very good wrappers.
Title page credits the screenplay to Terry Southern, Dennis McGuire, and director Aram Avakian, as based on the novel of the same... Read more
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$1,500.00
Archive of Books, Pamphets, Letters, Cards, Broadsides, Magazines etc (Including Found Objects, Introduction Book, Wetting The Bed, Jerks and dozens more)

Archive of Books, Pamphets, Letters, Cards, Broadsides, Magazines etc (Including Found Objects, Introduction Book, Wetting The Bed, Jerks and dozens more)

by Bennett, John M

No Place: Luna Bisonte Prods et al., 2006. First edition. Paperback. Fine. Sold here as a group is a large selection of materials by John M. Bennett, an experimental text, sound and visual poet [born in Chicago in 1942]. John is a prolific creator and publisher whose many works include collaborations with musicians, poets and artists. Included here are roughly two dozen poetry chapbooks, several of his more significant works including FOUND OBJECTS from 1973, JERKS from 1980 and INTRODUCTION BOOK... Read more
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$1,500.00
Uncle Sam; In the Eyes of His Family

Uncle Sam; In the Eyes of His Family

by John Erskine

Bobbs-Merrill, 1930. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. very good/very good. Autograph edition limited to 356 copies of which this is #18. Including a page of the original manuscript corrected and signed by author. Cloth shows some fading to spine. In slipcase.
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$55.00
The Works of the Right Honourable Henry late L. Delamer, and Earl of Warrington

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... Read more
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$150.00
Manuscript on paper, 14 folding leaves

Manuscript on paper, 14 folding leaves

by TONGUE & LIP DIAGNOSIS, CHINESE

56 (of 61) finely painted depictions in rich colors of lips & tongues pasted-in, text written in Chinese. 8vo (280 x 203 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), stitched. [Japan]: mid-Edo? Tongue and lip diagnosis has been a vital tool used in traditional Chinese medicine for both assessing the current health of a patient and providing a basis for prognosis. This finely illustrated manuscript contains 39 finely and vividly painted illustrations of the tongue and 17 of the mouth and... Read more
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$4,500.00
SHERIFF&#39;S BOND, HOLDING WILLIAM HUFF AND PATRICK McCARTY BOUND UNTO ROBERT HANNA, SHERIFF OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, INDIANA TERRITORY

SHERIFF'S BOND, HOLDING WILLIAM HUFF AND PATRICK McCARTY BOUND UNTO ROBERT HANNA, SHERIFF OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, INDIANA TERRITORY

by Indiana Territory, Franklin County

1813. Original manuscript. Very Good. One page, folio, written in sepia ink. Sheriff's bond in the "penal sum of fifty six Dollars & seventy-five Cents with Interest thereon from the Twenty second day of March 1809 for the true payment whereof we do bind our selves and each of our heirs....This Third Day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & Thirteen...." Written below in another hand is an order for William Huff to "appear before the Judges of our Court of... Read more
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$100.00