Documents & Manuscripts

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VOYAGES EN ITALIA 1832-1835

VOYAGES EN ITALIA 1832-1835

by Original Manuscript Travels in Italy]; Despans-Cubičres, General A.L.; Despans de Cubičres, General Amédée Louis

n.p.: Original Manuscript, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835. Original Manuscript in French, of the travels by General Despans-Cubičres to Italy over the course of four years. The text includes significant considerations of military affairs, the mention and discussion of famous personages as well as historical observations and political affairs . 4to, the manuscripts now bound into a binding of terra-cotta paper over marbled boards with a hand-calligraphed label to the upper cover and the titles in black to... Read more about this item
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€3,595.13
Controversial manuscript on the expulsion of Jesuits from South America

Controversial manuscript on the expulsion of Jesuits from South America

by [“Ministro di Stato” (= Bernardo Tanucci (1698-1783)?]

Controversial manuscript on the expulsion of Jesuits from South America
["Ministro di Stato" (= Bernardo Tanucci (1698-1783)?].
Notizie Anecdote.
Italy (Naples?), 1759.
4°, 8 pp. Manuscript in black ink in a notarial hand on 18th century paper.
Ruthlessly anti-Jesuit manuscript, possibly by Bernardo Tanucci: prime minister of Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The text summarizes the events involving the Jesuits in the years 1755-1759, from the controversy over the Paraguayan Missions to the trials for the... Read more about this item
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€2,500.00
Rompopo

Rompopo

by [Lemke, Horst], illustrator probably

NA. Very Good. Unpublished, but with a touch of editing, an original illustrated story of a levitating circus act. While no authorial credit(s) are given, we believe the illustrator was Horst Lemke, a prolific German illustrator closely associated with Erich Kästner, among others. The style is precisely the spare yet exuberant in precisely the same manner as Lemke, and in fact, some of the human figures are very close figures drawn in Lemke's published works. While Lemke could certainly... Read more about this item
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€1,167.25
The Esdaile Notebook: A Book of Early Poems

The Esdaile Notebook: A Book of Early Poems

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe

London: Faber & Faber Ltd, 1964. Hardcover in good condition. First edition. Edited by Kenneth Neill Cameron from the Original Manuscript in The Carl H. Pforzheimer Library. Jacket is lightly marked, tanned and worn. Slight fading on the hardcover spine ends. All text is clear, with sound binding. CM. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good. Used.
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€17.14
SCHOOL OF ILLUMINATION. REPRODUCTIONS FROM MANUSCRIPTS IN THE BRITISH  MUSEUM. PART VI FRENCH MID 14TH TO 16TH CENTURIES

SCHOOL OF ILLUMINATION. REPRODUCTIONS FROM MANUSCRIPTS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM. PART VI FRENCH MID 14TH TO 16TH CENTURIES

by Illuminated Manuscripts, British Museum

British Museum Publications. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1939. Hardcover. Ex-Library; Folio 13" - 23" tall; Order of the Trustees at the British Museum, London 1939. Coover dates 1939 but Title Page dates 1930. 14pp explanatory text. Collated complete with 15 plate pages including one in color. Pages are one or more plates. Manuscripts. Library markings. Ties intact. .
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€45.71
From the Stage Coach to the Pulpit: Being an Auto-Biographical Sketch, with Incidents and Anecdotes of Elder H. K. Stimson (Second Edition)

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

by Stimson, Elder H. K

NY: O. W. Spratt, 1883. Hardcover, 402 pages. Second edition, inscribed and signed by author on frontis recto. Size 7.5"x5.25". Brown cloth w/gilt stage coach on front, and gilt title on spine. The first edition of this work (1874) was written from memory, the original manuscript having been destroyed in the Chicago fire of 1871. "This edition . . . . contains much new matter and gives sketches of Elisha Tucker, D. D., and Rev. Wm. Arthur, D. D., (father of President Chester A. Arthur),... Read more about this item
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€20.08
The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books... Revis'd, Design'd, and Publish'd by Giacomo Leoni... With Notes and Remarks of Inigo Jones: Now First Taken from His Original Manuscript in Worcester College Library, Oxford. And also, An Appendix, Containing the Antiquities of Rome. Written by A. Palladio. And a Discourse of the Fires of the Ancients. Never Before Translated

The Architecture of A. Palladio; in Four Books... Revis'd, Design'd, and Publish'd by Giacomo Leoni... With Notes and Remarks of Inigo Jones: Now First Taken from His Original Manuscript in Worcester College Library, Oxford. And also, An Appendix, Containing the Antiquities of Rome. Written by A. Palladio. And a Discourse of the Fires of the Ancients. Never Before Translated

by PALLADIO, A

London: Printed for A. Ward, S. Birt [et al], 1742.. Third edition. Two volumes. Folio. Recent quarter speckled calf over marbled boards, spines with raised bands, gilt lettered direct to two panels and decorated to the others. Two frontispieces, one allegorical and another a portrait, plus 230 illustrations over 207 plates - 16 folding, five of the folding and one of the full page plates in 20th century facsimile on non-matching paper. Very good.
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€2,068.32
Vita di Benvenuto Cellini..

Vita di Benvenuto Cellini..

by CELLINI, Benvenuto

Naples, 1728. da lui medesimo scritta, nella quale molte curiose particolarità si toccano appartenenti alle arti ed all'istoria del suo tempo, tratta da un'ottimo manoscritto, e dedicato all'eccellenza di mylord Riccardo Boyle...In Colonia [i.e., Naples]: Per Pietro Martello, [1728]. First edition of Cellini's autobiography, a classic of Italian Renaissance literature. Quarto (10J x 7G inches; 256 x 186 mm.). [16], 318 pp. Title-page printed in red and black, with vignette. Ornamental initials.... Read more about this item
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€4,202.10
Minhaju'l- fukara , an Ottoman Turkish manuscript on the Mawlawiyya Sufisim and ethics copied by the Imam of Nicosia in Cyprus منهاج الفقراء مخطوط بيد شيخ المولوية في لفقوشة بقبرص

Minhaju'l- fukara , an Ottoman Turkish manuscript on the Mawlawiyya Sufisim and ethics copied by the Imam of Nicosia in Cyprus منهاج الفقراء مخطوط بيد شيخ المولوية في لفقوشة بقبرص

by İsmail Rusuhi Ankaravi (Ankarawi) D. 1041/1631

H. 11th - AD. 17th C. On the Mawlawi Sufism method. Index, 239 ff, Ottoman Turkish fine Ta`liq script with a not on the front of the first page that the copy has been written by Sadri Effendi, the Malawi Shaykh of Nicosia. Fine ornamented contemporary covers with marbled inner paper. All pages out ruled in gold. Heading golden illumination in the first page. 22 x 12 cm.
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€16,341.50
Massachusetts bank stock certificates

Massachusetts bank stock certificates

[Boston, 1807. Oblong 12mo (approx. 4" x 7"); contemporary red roan-backed marbled boards; rubbed, the spine with a 2" gouge, but the binding is firm and the contents quite clean. Contains approximately 100 pro-forma leaves accomplished in manuscript, being signed receipts for stock certificates received by any number of prominent Boston men. In 1807 Massachusetts passed an "Act Establishing a State Bank." The first American state bank was founded in 1787; by 1820 there were 266 banks and 66 branches,... Read more about this item
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€4,563.95
Application for membership of Arthur I. Fiske, descendant of Dr. Joseph Fiske, junior of Lexington, Massachusetts

Application for membership of Arthur I. Fiske, descendant of Dr. Joseph Fiske, junior of Lexington, Massachusetts

by Sons of the American Revolution

[Boston?]: Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, n.d., 1920. Proforma folio bifoliate document filled out presumably by Arthur Irving Fiske, born in Lexington, 1874. Here, he fills in the names of his Lexington and Watertown forebears, and details in 24 lines on the document and another 46 lines on a separate sheet of paper, the Revolutionary career of Dr. Joseph Fiske (1752-1837), a member of Captain Parker's company of Minutemen, a veteran of the Battle of Lexington, a second... Read more about this item
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€80.54
1853 MISS PRINCE ACADEMY OF DANCE LONDON letter from New York City

1853 MISS PRINCE ACADEMY OF DANCE LONDON letter from New York City

by Elizabeth Charles (?)

[1853 MISS PRINCE'S ACADEMY OF DANCING, LONDON, LETTER FROM NEW YORK FREIND] 1853 LETTER TO "MISS PRINCE" IN LONDON FROM "YOUR FRIEND, ELIZABETH S. CHARLES" [?, name unclear from handwriting], dated New York, Oct. 29th / 53 [1853], one sheet of paper folded to 4" x 6-1/2" with two horizontal folds for mailing in small envelope addressed to "Miss Prince, 48 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London" in lower left corner "Mr. Gaston Pearson", 3-1/2 pages/about 225 words, Miss Prince's friend in New York... Read more about this item
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€116.72
Farmer's Boy. Bloomfield.

Farmer's Boy. Bloomfield.

by Robert Bloomfield

Speckled calf binding with black title plate and gilt banding on the spine.
Robert Bloomfield's The Farmer's Boy was the most successful poem of the "Romantic" period, selling 100,000 copies between 1800 and 1830. However, what was marketed was not the poem which the working-class Bloomfield had written, but a highly polished, politely spelled and punctuated re-write, prepared by the local squire, who deliberately covered up the fact that Bloomfield had written originally for a Suffolk voice, with... Read more about this item
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€117.01
RADIO-CONTROLLED TORPEDO ARCHIVE, US coastal U-boat defense, letters, patent, diagrams

RADIO-CONTROLLED TORPEDO ARCHIVE, US coastal U-boat defense, letters, patent, diagrams

by Arthur Enoch Ericson, inventory redio-controlled torpedo, Samuel Owen Edmonds, G. A. Whipple

[RADIO-CONTROLLED TORPEDO, WWI ERA; DEFENSE AGAINST U-BOATS, COASTAL DEFENSE; INVENTION AND PATENT DEVELOPMENTS] ARTHUR ENOCH ERICSON (spelling of last name used by him, though sometimes written by others as Erikson or Erickson), inventor, aspects of the radio torpedo for which he was awarded patents and attracted the interest of American, British, Canadian, Italian, French, and Russian military from the early years of the 20th century until after World War II…one letter from his patent attorney Samuel... Read more about this item
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€1,120.56
The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh.

The Adventures of Ralph Rashleigh.

by Rashleigh, Ralph

1931. London, Jonathan Cape, 1931. 19 cm. 349 pages. Facsimile illustrations in black and white. Original hardcover. Poor condition with signs of external wear. There is noticeable wear and discolouration to spine, which has become half detached; an inside page has been cut/torn; and the back page is slightly faded and worn. From the reference library of Hans Christian Andersen - Translator Erik Haugaard. James Rosenberg Tucker (1808-1888) was an Australian convict and author from Bristol, England.... Read more about this item
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€78.00
Liber Conformitatum (vitae beati Francisci ad vitam Domini Iesu)

Liber Conformitatum (vitae beati Francisci ad vitam Domini Iesu)

by Bartolomeo, da Pisa (Rinonichi)

Milan: Gotardo da Ponte, 1510. First Edition. Text in two columns. Title with woodcut border and vignette of St. Francis receiving the stigmata, full-page woodcut illustration on verso of the title of St. Francis adoring Christ at the foot of a tree, woodcut headpieces on fol. I, CXXXXV and CCXIX of St. Francis receiving the stigmata (repeated from the title), woodcut initials throughout, printer's device on title and final leaf. [4], CCLVI ff. Scattered early marginalia. Uncut. Folio (12-1/8 x 8-1/4... Read more about this item
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€7,003.50
SIGNED MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM SIR WILLIAM PETTY TO JOHN EVELYN.

SIGNED MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM SIR WILLIAM PETTY TO JOHN EVELYN.

by PETTY, Sir William. John EVELYN.:

Dated March 24, 1674/5 .. Single page ink autograph letter with signature of William Petty, endorsed on verso by John Evelyn. At the lower margin is an ink note "Sir William Petty, to John Evelyn by whom it is endorsed, W. Upcott". This letter was taken from an old card folder with items connected with Samuel Pepys. The folder was put together by Willam Upcott (1779–1845) a well known librarian and author, who also collected large quanties of books, manuscripts, letters and other ephemera. Upcott... Read more about this item
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€4,136.65
Floral Design Album of a Furniture Maker

Floral Design Album of a Furniture Maker

by Rattray, Wilbert

Half Morocco. Pebbled cloth on boards. . Very Good. Folio, 38 by 28 cm. 96 pages of original botanical or floral artwork mounted onto the pages of the album. Most pages are devoted to a single subject, which is generally a one flower or plant, with multiple depictions of the plant. Thus we are shown the flower, stem, and/or leaves from various angles, or we might be given various examples of any of these plant parts. Clearly the purpose was to inspire the designer as well as provide a handy reference for... Read more about this item
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€4,435.55
Le Maitre De Marie De Bourgogne:  Un Livre d'Heures d'Engelbert de Nassau

Le Maitre De Marie De Bourgogne: Un Livre d'Heures d'Engelbert de Nassau

by Alexander, J. J. G

Paris: Draeger Freres. Very Good with no dust jacket; Boards and slipcase lightly rubbed.. 1970. Facsimile. Hardcover. Text in French. High-quality facsimile reproduction of the exquisite 15th century Book of Hours produced by an unknown Dutch artist for Mary of Burgundy. Blue leatherette binding stamped in elaborate gilt dentelle pattern on boards. Housed in gree cardboard slipcase with color illustrated label on one side. Many color plates reproducing the illuminated leaves of the original... Read more about this item
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€37.35
Livres d'Heures imprimés au XVe et au XVIe siècle, conservés dans les bibliothèques publiques de Paris : catalogue

Livres d'Heures imprimés au XVe et au XVIe siècle, conservés dans les bibliothèques publiques de Paris : catalogue

by Lacombe, P

B. de Graaf, Nieuwkoop, 1963 reprint of the 1907 first edition. Cloth, gilt cover- and spine-titles, 8vo,. lxxxiv, 438, [1] pp. Contents include: Introduction; Ateliers Parisiens; Ateliers Provinciaux (Besançon, Douai, Goupillières, Limoges, Lyon, Marseille, Poitiers, Rennes, Rouen, Tours, Troyes); Ateliers Étrangers (Alsace-Lorraine: Kirchheim, Metz; Angleterre: Londres; Italie: Cortemaggiore, Ferrare, Naples, Venise; Pays-Bas: Anvers, Delft; Origines indéterminées);... Read more about this item
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€12.14
Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763

by Frederick A. Pottle

McGraw-Hill, 1950. First Ed.. Softcover. Now first published from the original manuscript and prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Frederick A. Pottle, Sterling Professor of English, Yale University with a Preface by Christopher Morley. (370 Pgs.) Yellow and Red covers, VG
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€15.83
Handwritten Letters from Stephen Crane to Elbert Hubbard and Related Ephemera

Handwritten Letters from Stephen Crane to Elbert Hubbard and Related Ephemera

by [CRANE, Stephen]; [HUBBARD, Elbert]; [ROYCROFT] [SIGNED]

This is a unique collection of paper ephemera regarding an 1895 celebratory dinner honoring Stephen Crane, whose The Red Badge of Courage was at the time a modest success in its second printing. The event was hosted by Elbert Hubbard, the influential publisher, editor, and founder of the Roycroft arts and crafts community. These items belonged to Edith Maclure Love, a friend of both Stephen Crane and Elbert Hubbard. The following items are included in this sale: -Two handwritten letters from Stephen... Read more about this item
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€9,338.00
A Tale for Our Generation:  An account of the 'Winter Journey'

A Tale for Our Generation: An account of the 'Winter Journey'

by Wilson, Edward & Henry Bowers

West Perth: ACE. 2011. 1st edition thus, pp.96, colour and b/w plates and maps, uncut, hardcover. Fine. A transcription from the original manuscript by Edward Adrian Wilson written in the Antarctic Winter of 1911 and titled "Sledge Journey to Cape Crozier from Cape Evans June 27th 1911 to Aug. 1st 1911". Edward Wilson's report of the Cape Crozier Party refers to the journey made famous by Apsley Cherry-Garrard as The Worst Journey in the World and described by Captain Scott as one of the... Read more about this item
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€31.10
Scriptum super libros sententiarum Petri Lombardi, Liber I (Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Book one); in Latin, decorated manuscript on paper

Scriptum super libros sententiarum Petri Lombardi, Liber I (Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Book one); in Latin, decorated manuscript on paper

by ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT OF A THEOLOGICAL COMMENTARY BY THOMAS AQUINAS. In Latin, decorated manuscript on paper, Central Italy, c. 1450-1500. Dimensions 225 x 237 mm., 134 folios, copied by two scribes in small gothic book hands, red and blue initials throughout. BINDING: reversed calf over pasteboards (eighteenth-century?). TEXT: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a Dominican friar and Doctor of the Church, composed his commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard while teaching in Paris in the 1250s. It was... Read more about this item
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€29,881.60