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1829 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CONTRACT AGREEMENT BY A NOTED BOLTON MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESSMAN HIRING TO 'CONVEY THE UNITED STATES MAIL'

1829 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT CONTRACT AGREEMENT BY A NOTED BOLTON MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESSMAN HIRING TO 'CONVEY THE UNITED STATES MAIL'

by SETH C. SMITH, AMORY HOLMAN et al

BOLTON, NEW SALEM, BLOODY BROOK, MASSACHUSETTS, 1829. On offer is a super, original 19th Century manuscript relic of maritime trade and commerce being a two [2] page hand written agreement dated December 9, 1829 between Seth C. Smith of New Salem, Massachusetts and Amory Holman of Bolton, Massachusetts. The agreement is for Seth Smith to "convey the United States Mail from New Salem to Bloody Brook for three years from the first day of January must be completely secure from water or damage by an oil... Read more
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$955.99
Peter Gaunt 1610-1680 and Some of His Descendants

Peter Gaunt 1610-1680 and Some of His Descendants

by David L. Gauntt (compiler)

Woodbury, NJ: Glouster County Historical Society, 1989. Softcover. Fine. Thisk oversized volume in oragnge stiff wrappers printed in black. A fine, fresh copy, samll ownership sticker top corner of the reverse of the front cover. 583 pp. with index of names. Two hand drawn maps at front and a section of reproductions of original manuscript documents at rear. Massive geneological study of Peter Gaunt and his descendants. The Gaunt family was originally from Ghent in Flanders. Peter, a Quaker, was born... Read more
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$75.00
Art of the Medieval World. Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, The Sacred Arts

Art of the Medieval World. Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, The Sacred Arts

by ZARNECKI, George

Englewood Cliffs and New York: Prentice Hall, Inc. and Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1975. First edition. Very good/Good. Folio. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white and color. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated; original pictorial dust jacket (some light rubbing and wear at edges). FIRST EDITION. The author was a professor at the Courtauld Institute, and his text provides an over-all view of artistic life in the medieval world. Included are a bibliography, glossary, chronological chart,... Read more
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$60.00
Manuscript on paper, entitled on label on upper covers "Mankin itto zokukai" ["Commentaries on the Mankin itto" or "Abundance of Golden Knowledge Contained in Here"]

Manuscript on paper, entitled on label on upper covers "Mankin itto zokukai" ["Commentaries on the Mankin itto" or "Abundance of Golden Knowledge Contained in Here"]

by GONG, Tingxian

75; 64 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo (275 x 180 mm.), orig. pale blue wrappers (label on upper covers rather corroded but legible), new stitching. [Japan]: Preface dated March 1755.<br /> A rare commentary by the Japanese Aizu(?) fiefdom doctor Setsuo Kagayama on Wan jin yi tong by Tingxian Gong (1522-1619), physician of the Imperial Medical Academy in Beijing. The Wan jin yi tong is part of a larger work, the Wanbing Huichun of 1585 [Restoration of Health from Myriad Diseases], the... Read more
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$4,750.00
1740 HANDWRITTEN DEED OF SALE BY THE ACCLAIMED PEWTERER, THOMAS DANFORTH,  NORWICH, CONNECTICUT.  Dated 19 AUGUST 1740

1740 HANDWRITTEN DEED OF SALE BY THE ACCLAIMED PEWTERER, THOMAS DANFORTH, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT. Dated 19 AUGUST 1740

by Connecticut, Norwich / Danforth, Thomas (1703-1786)

1740. Original manuscript. Very Good. One full page, quarto, 45 lines written in sepia ink on laid paper. In part: "To all people to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know ye that I Thomas Danforth of Norwich in the County of New London and Colony of Connecticut in New England for & in consideration of One Hundred & thirty pounds to me paid Before the Executing of these presents by John Manley...Deliver unto him...my sixty Rods of Land Lying situate in Norwich...adjoining &... Read more
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$300.00
1884 HANDWRITTEN LETTER (ALS) FROM CHARLES E. PUGH, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RR, TO GENERAL LEWIS PERRINE AT TRENTON, NJ,  DATELINED PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 19th, 1884,  REGARDING TELEGRAPH &amp; TELEPHONE ACTIVITY

1884 HANDWRITTEN LETTER (ALS) FROM CHARLES E. PUGH, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RR, TO GENERAL LEWIS PERRINE AT TRENTON, NJ, DATELINED PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 19th, 1884, REGARDING TELEGRAPH & TELEPHONE ACTIVITY

by Pennsylvania Railroad Company

1884. Original document. Very Good. One page, quarto, 15 lines in sepia ink on Pennsylvania Railroad letterhead. In part: "I believe you are President of the Princeton and Kingston Branch Turnpike Company, and an Agreement has been entered into between that Co. and the Delaware and Atlantic Telegraph and Telephone Company for the erection of Poles and Wires...." Signed, Charles E. Pugh with an R in a circle [secretarial signature?]. 10.25" x 8" Perrine (1815-1889) served as New... Read more
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$25.00
1892 ACADEMIC REPORT FOR DWIGHT S. BOBB OF DAKOTA, ILLINOIS

1892 ACADEMIC REPORT FOR DWIGHT S. BOBB OF DAKOTA, ILLINOIS

by Northern Illinois College

Dakota, Illinois: College of Northern Illinois, 1892. Original manuscript. Very Good. Printed form, accomplished by hand, reporting Bobb's grades in Algebra, American History, Greek, Latin, and English History, for the term ending 29 November 1892. Signed by H.L. Beam, President. Accompanied by seven (7) excuses from compulsory Chapel, the reasons written in pencil and signed by Dwight Bobb. In the original mailing envelope addressed to Dr. D.B. Bobb of Dakota, Illinois. "The Interior... Read more
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$25.00
Festspiel aus Anlaß der Hundertjahrfeier der Firma Krupp auf dem Hügel (Ritterspiele)  WITH TWO ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BY GUSTAV KRUPP VON BOHLEN UND HALBACH

Festspiel aus Anlaß der Hundertjahrfeier der Firma Krupp auf dem Hügel (Ritterspiele) WITH TWO ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS BY GUSTAV KRUPP VON BOHLEN UND HALBACH

by Krupp, Friedrich

Düsseldorf, Bagel, 1912. Hardcover. Oblong folio. Original vellum boards with title printed in black ("F" in Festspiel in red) in original dust wrapper & cardboard box. 98 captioned plates in heliogravure after original photographs, mounted on gray heavy card stock. With 13 colored photographs, rest are in sepia tone and duo tone. The images document the final dress rehearsal of the medieval knights play "Hie Barbara! Hie St. Georg," which was to be performed at the 100th anniversary of the Friedrich... Read more
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$6,750.00
GEMINI

GEMINI

by COLLIER, John

London,: The Ulysses Press Ltd.,, 1931 . First Edition.. Poetry by the noted novelist and short story writer. This early work consists of "Apology," a lengthy introduction to the poems: "Address to the Worms," Three Men in One Room," "Excuse in Autumn,"Oh Soul be Changed Into Little Water Drops," "Brookside Reverie," "Of Consolations Through Murder." The total edition printed was 185 copies, this is one of 15 copies, each containing an original manuscript leaf, laid-in. The manuscript leaf is taken... Read more
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$1,500.00
Extracts from the Records of the United Colonies of New England. Comprising such portions of the records as are not published in the Second Volume of Hazard&#39;s State Papers. From the Original Manuscript, in the Secretary&#39;s Office at Hartford

Extracts from the Records of the United Colonies of New England. Comprising such portions of the records as are not published in the Second Volume of Hazard's State Papers. From the Original Manuscript, in the Secretary's Office at Hartford

by (Trumbull, J.H., Compiler)

Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1859. 46 pages, unopened and untrimmed, with very large borders; (from Trumbull's prefatory note, regarding the group of informal meetings at Plymouth in September, 1652, the special Meeting at Hartford, August, 1673 and meetings at Hartford & Boston on later dates): "...These records are now, for the first time, printed, from the original manuscript; and with them, are incorporated such letters and reports, belonging to the files of the... Read more
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$250.00
Aubrey&#39;s Brief Lives edited from the Original Manuscripts and with an Introduction by Oliver Lawson Dick

Aubrey's Brief Lives edited from the Original Manuscripts and with an Introduction by Oliver Lawson Dick

by Aubrey, John ; Edited by Oliver Lawson Dick

London: Secker & Warburg. 1958. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Light wear to dustjacket edges and corners. Some mild and faint foxing to endpapers and DJ flaps. Illustrated with Black and White plates. Robust, professional packaging and tracking provided for all parcels. cx, 341pp. A series of pen sketches of 17th century notables - impudent, saucy, slanderous, shocking and defamatory! . 3rd... Read more
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AU$30.00
Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia [S.A. Branch] Inc.

Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia [S.A. Branch] Inc.

by Mander-Jones, Phyllis [Compiler]

Adelaide: Branch] Inc.. 1981. Small Quarto Size. A Near Fine copy. Black & white illustrations. Limited edition of 300 copies. A lovely book in 'as new' condition. 54 pages.. A catalogue of great interest to geographers of those interested in Australian history . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$15.00
John Knatchbull. From Quarterdeck To Gallows. Including the Narrative Written by Himself in Darkinghurst Gaol 23rd January-13th February 1844. Now First Published from the Original Manuscript With Respect Of His Life

John Knatchbull. From Quarterdeck To Gallows. Including the Narrative Written by Himself in Darkinghurst Gaol 23rd January-13th February 1844. Now First Published from the Original Manuscript With Respect Of His Life

by Roderick, Colin

Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1963. Octavo Size. VERY GOOD in GOOD Dustjacket. DJ protected in a purpose-made plastic sleeve. Dustjacket is creased and chipped at edges. Previous owner's name/details to the title page. 278 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$10.00
LE PROCES DE CONDAMNATION DE JEANNE d'ARC.  REPRODUCTION EN FAC-SIMILE DU MANUSCRIT AUTHENTIQUE, SUR VELIN, No. 1119 DE LA BIBLIOTHEQUE DE L'ASSEMBLEE NATIONALE

LE PROCES DE CONDAMNATION DE JEANNE d'ARC. REPRODUCTION EN FAC-SIMILE DU MANUSCRIT AUTHENTIQUE, SUR VELIN, No. 1119 DE LA BIBLIOTHEQUE DE L'ASSEMBLEE NATIONALE

by John Marchard (Introduction) | [Jeanne d'Arc; Joan of Arc]

Paris: Plon, 1955. Very Good binding. A pamphlet of text, with a facsimile on paper-vellum of the original manuscript of the trial of Joan of Arc; the manuscript volume with dustjacket. The book and the pamphlet laid into a paper-covered portfolio with titling to the spine. The publisher's slipcase is not present. A handsome production. Very Good binding.
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$450.00
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 life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle; From an Original Manuscript of Thomas Skinner ... in which Is a very particular Account of that most memorable March from Coldstream to London; Of the Preparations for it in Scotland, and of The happy Consequences of it in England. To which is added a Preface, Giving an Account of the Manuscript, and Some Observations in Vindication of General Monk's Conduct; by William Webster... [LACKING THE ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF GENERAL MONK]

The life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle; From an Original Manuscript of Thomas Skinner ... in which Is a very particular Account of that most memorable March from Coldstream to London; Of the Preparations for it in Scotland, and of The happy Consequences of it in England. To which is added a Preface, Giving an Account of the Manuscript, and Some Observations in Vindication of General Monk's Conduct; by William Webster... [LACKING THE ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT OF GENERAL MONK]

by Skinner, Thomas (Text by); William Webster (Preface by)

London: Printed by W. Bowyer for the Editor, 1723. First edition. Hardcover. g to vg. Octavo (8 x 5"). [14], xcviii, 427, [5]pp. Later blind-stamped paneled calf, with gold lettering and ruling to spine. Decorative headpieces and initials. First edition of this biography of George Monk, one of the key figures in English political military and naval history, and the man single-handedly responsible for the Restoration of Charles II after the Civil War and Cromwell's rule. This adulatory biography -... Read more
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$175.00
A collection of approximately 1650 chopstick wrappers, all of Japanese origin, pasted in four 8vo and two large 8vo albums, various bindings

A collection of approximately 1650 chopstick wrappers, all of Japanese origin, pasted in four 8vo and two large 8vo albums, various bindings

by CHOPSTICK WRAPPERS

Japan: ca. 1920-30.<br /> <P>A remarkable collection of more than 1600 Japanese chopstick wrappers, all carefully mounted in six albums. The wrappers vary from very plain to highly elaborate and offer a wide range of design and typography. Many have telephone numbers. The anonymous collector painstakingly (and lovingly) assembled this collection in the 1920s and 1930s; the wrappers advertise famous and forgotten restaurants, which served mostly Japanese but also Chinese and Western cuisines,... Read more
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$4,500.00
The Octateuchs: A Study in Byzantine Manuscript Illustration

The Octateuchs: A Study in Byzantine Manuscript Illustration

by John Lowden

Penn State, 1992. Hardcover. Very good/Very good.
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$40.00
Manuscript on paper, title written on upper wrapper &quot;Hyoryunin Tokusaburo oyobi juyonin&quot; (final character illegible) [&quot;Shipwrecked Tokusaburo &amp; His 14 Crew Members&quot;]

Manuscript on paper, title written on upper wrapper "Hyoryunin Tokusaburo oyobi juyonin" (final character illegible) ["Shipwrecked Tokusaburo & His 14 Crew Members"]

by JAPAN & THE PHILIPPINES

42 folding leaves. 8vo (234 x 170 mm.), orig. wrappers (upper wrapper a little dampstained), orig. stitching. [Japan: from third to last page]: "19 April 1860."<br /> <P> An engrossing manuscript account of the Japanese ship Koshiomaru and its crew, which, due to a violent storm, drifted far off course and ran aground on Catanduanes, a Philippine island. The crew was rescued and aided by an indigenous tribe. To our knowledge, this fascinating episode is unknown to Western... Read more
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$4,500.00
1887 INVOICE BOOK OF HANDWRITTEN ENTRIES:  WHOLESALE MERCHANDISING, PRACTICAL DEPARTMENT

1887 INVOICE BOOK OF HANDWRITTEN ENTRIES: WHOLESALE MERCHANDISING, PRACTICAL DEPARTMENT

by Yale Business College

New Haven, Conn: Yale Business College, 1887. Original manuscript. Softcover. Very Good. Folio. Contains 12pp full of handwritten invoices to various persons and companies, dated March and April, 1887. Details items sold and prices for various textiles, including silks, cashmere, cottons, calico, plaids, etc. "Written by J.C. Buck & Co." inked on front cover. Bound in pictorial yellow wrappers. Street view of Yale Business College on the front cover. Two interior views of the... Read more
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$85.00
Lucretia Borgia; A Play

Lucretia Borgia; A Play

by Stein, Gertrude

New York: Albondocani Press, 1968. First edition. Fine. Square 12mo, unpag. chapbook in wrappers, saddle stitched. One of 150 numbered copies; there were also 26 lettered copies bound in boards. The play is here printed from Stein's original manuscript in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. An earlier 1939 publication in a periodical suffered from a heavy editorial hand.
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$150.00
Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Manuscripts in America

Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Manuscripts in America

by [PIERPONT MORGAN & SCHEIDE LIBRARIES] COLLINS, Rowland L

New York: The Scheide Library / The Pierpont Morgan Library, 1976. First edition. Fine. 8vo. Printed in red-and-black. Black-and-white illustrations. Original printed wrappers. FIRST EDITION, printed by the Stinehour Press. This was a joint exhibition between The Pierpont Morgan Library and The Scheide Library, gathering all the known Old English manuscripts in America.
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$20.00
A Medieval Mirror: Speculum humanae salvationis 1324-1500

A Medieval Mirror: Speculum humanae salvationis 1324-1500

by Adrian Wilson; Lancaster Wilson

University of California, 1984. Hardcover. Very good/Very good.
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$50.00
Insular and Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Manuscripts. An Iconographic Catalogue c. A.D. 625 to 1100

Insular and Anglo-Saxon Illuminated Manuscripts. An Iconographic Catalogue c. A.D. 625 to 1100

by OHLGREN, Thomas H., compiler and editor

New York and London: Garland Publishing Inc, 1986. First edition. Fine. Folio. 48 black-and-white illustrations. Original green cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine. FIRST EDITION, with indices of manuscripts, authors and titles, places of origin and provenance, dates, and iconographic contents. The contributors comprise Cart T. Berkhout, William I. Bormann, Mildred O. Budny, John C. Contreni, Helmut Gneuss, Robert M. Harris, John Higgitt, John B. Friedman, Louis Jordan, Lister Matheson, Ann... Read more
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$175.00
1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM   NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND &#39;DOWN UNDER&#39; ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP  &#39;CONQUEROR&#39;

1897 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A THREE AND A HALF MONTH VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK CITY TO THE LAND 'DOWN UNDER' ON THE NOTED COMMERCIAL SHIP 'CONQUEROR'

by UNKNOWN

ABOARD THE AMERICAN SHIP CONQUEROR. Very Good. 1897. On offer is a sensational, original late 19th Century handwritten manuscript relic of the noted American Ship 'Conqueror' being a 126 page journal of a New York to Sydney New South Wales voyage from March 4th 1897 through June 22nd 1897. The unidentified writer does a super job on the narrative the first month or so but maintains course and weather information throughout the voyage and then some more personal narrative and observations a... Read more
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$3,295.99