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[1592 MANUSCRIPT: AUCTION OF QUICHE MAYA LANDS IN GUATEMALA]. Testimonio del titulo venta... ["Witness of the Title of Sale, granted by the inhabitants of Coatepeque of several portions of land in the place called Tianguistengo, to Lic. Luis Osoria for the price of 1155"]

[1592 MANUSCRIPT: AUCTION OF QUICHE MAYA LANDS IN GUATEMALA]. Testimonio del titulo venta... ["Witness of the Title of Sale, granted by the inhabitants of Coatepeque of several portions of land in the place called Tianguistengo, to Lic. Luis Osoria for the price of 1155"]

by Francisco de Cordona (scribe)

Coatepeque (i.e. Guatemala), 1592. Good. Folio (320 x 200 mm). 6 fols. + near contemporary wrappers, stitched, front wrapper with all pertinent information in cursive. Formerly folded four times, creating 16 small panels, two of the leaves have clean tears along horizontal folds from fore-edge to gutter margin, others with shorter tears along folds, ink and dirt stains throughout commensurating with age, edges somewhat frayed, a few small worm holes present. An ink inscription on the recto of 2f.... Read more
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$18,000.00
The Odyssey" (of a Prisoner). [Vernacular "Illuminated" Manuscript / Brass Binding]

The Odyssey" (of a Prisoner). [Vernacular "Illuminated" Manuscript / Brass Binding]

by [Unnamed Russian / Ukrainian Prisoner]

Luhansk, Ukraine, 1970. Large 4to. (310 x 260 mm / 12" h x 10" w). 64 pp. of thick cardboard, of which 28 are completely filled with artwork, and the remaining 36 pages are blank. Elaborate vernacular brass binding a la repousse, the front cover bearing a soldier (Odysseus) with his lady (Penelope) within an arch, in the background a castle and a seascape; rear cover (likewise a la repousse) depicting a shield rendered in the classical Greek style, original orange velvet spine (small tears at the bottom... Read more
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$3,000.00
[1691 CADIZ MANUSCRIPT]. Letter Dr. Francisco de Velasco to the Duke of Sessa, presenting Dr. Abel Nesi

[1691 CADIZ MANUSCRIPT]. Letter Dr. Francisco de Velasco to the Duke of Sessa, presenting Dr. Abel Nesi

by Francisco de Velasco

Cadiz, 1691. Good. Single sheet, folded once. Pencil inscription at top with small black stamp, folded along vertical and horizontal crease, another later fold along spinal edge, small dirt stains along spine and foreedge. Visible watermark on 2f. Letter address on verso of 2f. This is a letter of recommendation / introduction from D. Francisco de Velasco to the Duke of Sesa. It is dated 23 of June, 1691, in Madrid, Spain. In this letter, D. Velasco presents D. Abel Nesi who has been sent to discuss... Read more
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$300.00
[ASIA - TURKESTAN - TIAN-SHAN] Puteshestviia po Turkestanskomy Kraiu i Issledovanie Gornoi Strany Tian-Shania, Sovershennye po Porucheniu Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva [i.e. Travels Across Turkestan and Survey of the Mountainous Country of Tian-Shan, Undertaken on the Assignment of Russian Geographical Society]

[ASIA - TURKESTAN - TIAN-SHAN] Puteshestviia po Turkestanskomy Kraiu i Issledovanie Gornoi Strany Tian-Shania, Sovershennye po Porucheniu Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obshchestva [i.e. Travels Across Turkestan and Survey of the Mountainous Country of Tian-Shan, Undertaken on the Assignment of Russian Geographical Society]

by Severtsov, N.A

St. Petersburg: Typ. Of K.V. Trubnikov, 1873. Part 1 and only. [4], vi, 461, [1] pp. Octavo. With a large folding lithographed map. Period style green half morocco with marbled papered boards; spine with raised bands and gilt lettered title. Both original publisher's wrappers bound in. Mild very minor water stains on the lower corners of several leaves at rear, otherwise a very good copy. Very rare imprint with only seven printed copies found in Worldcat. First edition of the major work by the... Read more
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$3,250.00
[Illustrated Manuscript]: "Andriamena / à Madagascar / Souvenirs d'un soldat d'avant-garde (1895)" [Memoir of a French Soldier during the Second Franco-Hova War]

[Illustrated Manuscript]: "Andriamena / à Madagascar / Souvenirs d'un soldat d'avant-garde (1895)" [Memoir of a French Soldier during the Second Franco-Hova War]

by CHARON, Capitaine Amédée

(Madagascar, 1903. Hardcover. Near Fine. Bound manuscript. Large octavo. ff. [1 (title)], 1-175 + 97 inserted sheets with mounted photographs, maps, and one pen and ink drawing. The original manuscript of Captain Charon's memoir (published in 1906) of the second French military expedition into Madagascar that ended with the capture of Antananarivo, the capital city, in September 1895, and the establishment of a French protectorate over the entire island. The manuscript consists of a title page, 175... Read more
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$12,000.00
Farmer's Accounts

Farmer's Accounts

by Ruggles, James

Rochester, Massachusetts, 1856. Folio.  330 x 210 mm., [13 x 9 inches]. Manuscript in ink and pencil.  5 pp. Bound in paper wrappers; a few loose receipts. Index of customer names at front of ledger.  Paper stock brown with age and with some  light foxing, but sound.  Rare account book from the small town of Rochester which dates to 1638 and was known mostly for logging and farming having lost its coastline to the establishment of Marion town in 1852. James Ruggles (1795-1877) was a farmer, store... Read more
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$150.07
The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts

The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts

by Stanhope, Philip Dormer, Earl of Chesterfield; Lord Mahon, Ed

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1892. Hardcover. VG. All covers have general wear with some staining and fading. Bookblocks have age toning. All books have previous owners signatature on ffep.. Half cream and burgundy cloth with gilt decoration and writing. Bookblock has top edge gilt. Five volume set: 452pp; 503pp; 474pp; 537pp; 555pp. Contents: v. 1. Letters on education.--v. 2. Letters on education, and characters.--v. 3. Letters, political and miscellaneous.--v. 4. Letters, political and... Read more
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$125.00
A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

A CURIOUS DANCE ROUND A CURIOUS TREE

by Dickens, Charles

1860. [the very scarce first issue] [London: St. Luke's Hospital, 1860.] Original pale mauve wrappers. First Edition, first issue -- with the final paragraph in the same type as the rest of the text (and not in bold type), with the wrapper mauve (and not pink -- though all are today faded), with the front cover title followed by a period (not by a comma), and with the front cover border decorative on all sides (not just at the corners). Dickens describes the wretched conditions inside St.... Read more
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$1,950.00
THE GROUND WE STAND ON Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed [together with] THE USE OF THE PAST;[signed Typescript ]

THE GROUND WE STAND ON Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed [together with] THE USE OF THE PAST;[signed Typescript ]

by Dos Passos, John

New York; (1941): Harcourt, Brace and Co. First Edition. Hard Cover. 420pp., bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt over black. Includes the above short story "The Use of the Past. A fine bright copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with fading to spine, minor edge wear and one short closed tear to front panel. Note: The first printing is substantially like the uncorrected typescript of the short story as presented here; [Together with:] Signed uncorrected typescript of the short story, np/nd.... Read more
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$350.00
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. Near fine. The Publications of The Champlain Society XLV. 825 copies of this volume printed of which this is no. 673. ix, 330, xix p. 25 cm. 4 b&w illustrations and 3 maps. Red cloth hardcover. Some black marks on lower edge of text block. Inside 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 well as the translation of the original... Read more
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$100.00
A Military Journal during the American Revolutionary War, From 1775 to 1783, describing interesting events and transactions of this period, with numerous Historical Facts and Anecdotes, from the original manuscript.; To which is added an Appendix, containing Biographical Sketches of Several General Officers

A Military Journal during the American Revolutionary War, From 1775 to 1783, describing interesting events and transactions of this period, with numerous Historical Facts and Anecdotes, from the original manuscript.; To which is added an Appendix, containing Biographical Sketches of Several General Officers

by THACHER, James

Boston: Richardson and Lord, 1823. First. hardcover. very good(+). 603 pages, 8vo, beautifully rebound in full polished brown blind stamped calf, red leather spine labels. Some pages with light browning and scattered foxing, mostly to margins. Boston: Richardson and Lord, 1823. First Edition. a very nice copy.<br/> <br/> Author served in the Continental army as a surgeon. He began in Cambridge and Boston and was present at the surrender of Yorktown. Among his many adventures was witnessing... Read more
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$950.00
Fann ul Bahr (Maritime Science) An un-recorded autograph manuscript by the author

Fann ul Bahr (Maritime Science) An un-recorded autograph manuscript by the author

by Isma'il -Pasha- Serheng (1852-1925)

106 p. of Arabic autograph manuscript written by the author in Riq'aa script in back with many diagrams and mathematical shapes. Isma'il Pasha b. Serheng b. Abdullah al Giridi (initially from Crete) born and died in Egypt . He was a historian and admiral in the Egyptian navy . He learned in the naval school where he appointed as a director there , then a deputy of the ministry of war . He participated in the revolutionary movement of Orabi Pasha but didn't judged . Beside Arabic, he was fluent in English... Read more
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$35,000.00
1918 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WWI DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN INTREPID SAILOR  DETAILING A FRAUGHT FILLED CROSSING OF THE ATLANTIC

1918 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WWI DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY AN INTREPID SAILOR DETAILING A FRAUGHT FILLED CROSSING OF THE ATLANTIC

by GEORGE W. OLIPHANT

ASEA ABOARD THE USS MOCCASIN. Good+. 1918. On offer is a super, original ship board manuscript diary handwritten by, as inscribed, 'George W. Oliphant S. S. Moccasin for formerly the German passenger liner "Prinz Joachim." Father: Charles H. Oliphant 169 Danforth St. Portland Maine." George does a great job as a diarist if a little sporadic at times, bringing the action aboard ship to startling reality in his descriptive entries. The page a day style diary has 100 or so entries,... Read more
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$2,285.99
"Borges: Manuscript Poem, Signed * Together with the First Appearance in Print"

"Borges: Manuscript Poem, Signed * Together with the First Appearance in Print"

by Borges, J. L

Mateo XXV, 30. Buenos Aires, November 1953.
Original manuscript, signed by the author. Single sheet (10 x 7.625 inches; 255 x 194 mm.).
A FINE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF ONE OF THE NICEST AND COMPLEX POEMS BY BORGES. This poem is a skeptical allusion to the "Parable of the talents". In the Parable of the talents of the Gospel of Matthew 25,14-30, he tells us about a man who called his servants and gave them according to his abilities five talents, another two and another one, the first one gained five... Read more
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$18,500.00
[AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED]. ALS from Julia Ward Howe to "Mr. Duncan" (i.e. William Addison Duncan) dated June 29, 1884 (4 half-pages), referencing her recently departed brother Samuel ("Uncle Sam") stating: "I cannot half believe that he is gone

[AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED]. ALS from Julia Ward Howe to "Mr. Duncan" (i.e. William Addison Duncan) dated June 29, 1884 (4 half-pages), referencing her recently departed brother Samuel ("Uncle Sam") stating: "I cannot half believe that he is gone

by Howe, Julia (Ward)

Newport, RI, 1884. Four half-pages with mourning borders, each page filled with. A.L.S. from Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), American abolitionist and social reformer whose "Battle Hymn of the Republic" continues to be sung to the present day. The present letter contains excellent content relating to the death of her brother Samuel (1814-1884), a poet, gourmet, lobbyist, and bon-vivant who is claimed to be the original model of "Uncle Sam." Howe also references to her brother's will, and her two sisters,... Read more
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$1,100.00
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Dec 27, 1961) Final draft script by Horton Foote

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Dec 27, 1961) Final draft script by Horton Foote

by Horton Foote, Harper Lee (source)

[Hollywood]: Universal Pictures, December 27, 1961. Vintage original film script, 11 x 8 1/2" (28 x 22 cm.), Printed wrappers, brad bound, quarto, mimeograph, 157 pp. The title page reads "First Draft," a typo corrected in pencil to read "Final Draft". One page has a tear repaired with tape. Many pages have markings in pencil. A few have MS revisions to the script. This script contains various typed & dated revisions on yellow onionskin paper, dated from 12/11/61 to 2/6/62. This is the final draft of... Read more
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$7,500.00
Mosaic

Mosaic

by Seletzky, Valentina Antonievna

Self-Published, 1992. Limited 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Not Issued. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. This Is A Copy Of The Original Manuscript. It Is Inscribed "For Carl With Love" And Signed By The Author. Bound In Navy Blue Faux Leather. Short Scratch On The Front Cover.
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$149.99
Elizabethan England; Being the History of this Country "In Relation to all Foreign Princes." From Original Manuscripts, many hitherto Unpublished; Co-ordinated with XVth Century Printed Matter Ranging from Royal Proclamations to Broadside Ballads. Complete 13 Volume Set

Elizabethan England; Being the History of this Country "In Relation to all Foreign Princes." From Original Manuscripts, many hitherto Unpublished; Co-ordinated with XVth Century Printed Matter Ranging from Royal Proclamations to Broadside Ballads. Complete 13 Volume Set

by Tenison, E. M

Leamington Spa: At The Sign Of The Dove With The Griffin, 1933-61. First and only Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Signed by Author. 13-volume set (complete). Very presentable, with minimal wear. Originally issued to subscribers only, and limited to 325 sets, signed and numbered by the author, of which this is No. 16. Original tan buckram with gilt titles and ornaments. Numerous plates, maps, portraits, facsimiles; each plate accompanied by guard sheet with caption. . Bookplate of John... Read more
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£1,200.00
Aphorisms on Man. Translated from the Original Manuscript of the Rev. John Caspar Lavater; Citizen of Zuric

Aphorisms on Man. Translated from the Original Manuscript of the Rev. John Caspar Lavater; Citizen of Zuric

by Lavater, John Caspar

Dublin, Ireland: Chamberlaine and Rice, No. 5 College-Green, 1790. Title page states Third Edition. This copy without frontis and appears to have been issued without. Full calf leather with dark red spine label, 224 pages. Some expected age-related wear, mainly some minor chipping to the spine head, sound binding, front free endpaper removed but preliminary blank and half-title intact, pages age-toned but clean with minimal foxing, name of A. Strong dated 1819 on preliminary lank, an list of page numbers... Read more
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$167.99
[EARLY AMERICAN MANUSCRIPT - 1793]. Student's Homemade Ciphering Book

[EARLY AMERICAN MANUSCRIPT - 1793]. Student's Homemade Ciphering Book

by [Higgins Family]

Cape Cod, MA, 1793. Folio (paper stock ca. 300 x 200 mm). 24 pp. on laid paper, MS entries covering every page. In contemporary "home-made" rough canvas wrappers (worn), some damage (with loss of text) and inherent soiling to text. At least 8 ff. have been excised at the end and elsewhere. Fair condition, but an extraordinary survival. Preserved in a mylar L-sleeve backed with lig-free board. This crude manuscript graphically exhibits the extraordinary lengths to which colonial American students had to... Read more
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$800.00
Autograph Poetry in the English Language. Facsimiles of original manuscripts from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century. (In Two Volumes)

Autograph Poetry in the English Language. Facsimiles of original manuscripts from the Fourteenth to the Twentieth Century. (In Two Volumes)

by CROFT, P.J. (Compiled and Edited with an Introduction, Commentary and Transcripts by)

New York. McGraw-Hill Book Company. 1973, 1973. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. Folio. 33cm, xxiii,197,(1)pp., in 2 volumes, with 197 facsimile manuscript plates, limited edition of 1500 copies, indexes, in quarter fine grain green linen backed paper over boards with matched endpapers and jackets, gilt spine titles, A fine set in fine jacket in similar fine linen slip-case. (Lgc). - A unique work covering the period from William Herbert in the 14th Century to Dylan Thomas in the 20th and representing... Read more
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CA$125.00
[ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE, 1572]. Autograph Letter Signed, being a contemporary account the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre when thousands of Protestant Huguenots were slaughtered by Catholics, together with a second document which provides the names of 15 important victims and additional information]

[ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE, 1572]. Autograph Letter Signed, being a contemporary account the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre when thousands of Protestant Huguenots were slaughtered by Catholics, together with a second document which provides the names of 15 important victims and additional information]

by Ludwig III, Duke of Wurttemberg

Steinhilben (near Reutlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg), 1572. Together 3 sheets. Ad 1: Folio (330 x 210 mm) penned by Ludwig III Duke of Wurttemberg. Recto: 25 lines including florished signature, verso blank; without watermark. Ad 2: (85 x 210), 4 lines, being a small document written on paper from the same stock as 1 and associated with it. Ad 3: Folio (330 x 215 mm) written to Ludwig III by an unnamed correspondent. Recto: 40 lines including names of some of the victims, 6 lines on verso; watermark "Lettre... Read more
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$7,500.00
Captain W E Johns - Original Manuscript / Typescript (Carbon Copy) with Corrections "Heroes of Africa" from "The Biggles Book of Heroes"

Captain W E Johns - Original Manuscript / Typescript (Carbon Copy) with Corrections "Heroes of Africa" from "The Biggles Book of Heroes"

by Captain W.E Johns

One line has been trimmed at the foot of Page 2, and there is some edge browning/paper clip residue. Original 6-page typescript (carbon copy) manuscript of Johns' 'Heroes of Africa' (a draft of the Chapter 'The Scot Who Walked Alone' - Chapter 4 of 'Biggles Book of Heroes' with significant similarities, but also a large number of textual / content differences). With a couple of pen corrections which may or may not be authorial. Undated, but c1959.
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£750.00
Two orihon (accordion) albums containing 24 double-page ink &amp; brush paintings, each 480 x 360 mm., entitled, from the manuscript labels on the upper covers &quot;Ogata Kenzan kindei kacho gajo&quot; [&quot;Flowers &amp; Birds, Heightened with Gold Sprays, by Ogata Kenzan&quot;]

Two orihon (accordion) albums containing 24 double-page ink & brush paintings, each 480 x 360 mm., entitled, from the manuscript labels on the upper covers "Ogata Kenzan kindei kacho gajo" ["Flowers & Birds, Heightened with Gold Sprays, by Ogata Kenzan"]

by OGATA, Kenzan

Two vols. Small folio (363 x 242 mm.), modern yellow-green silk brocade over boards, endpapers in each volume with speckled gold. [Japan: n.d.].<br /> Each of the 24 beautifully rendered double-page paintings in these two albums bears the signature "Kenzan," although this appears not to be his autograph signature. In the first volume, his seal of "Ogata Kenzan" is stamped, and in the second volume the seal used is that of his artist name, "Shinsei."<br />... Read more
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$13,500.00