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    France by ANONYMOUS [Manuscript map]

    Map. Pen and ink with watercolor. Sheet measures 7 x 8.75". This simple hand colored schoolgirl or schoolboy manuscript map depicts France divided into territories. Color-coded in shades of gray, the map is largely unlabeled except for a few islands and the surrounding waters identified. The Pyrenees mountains along the border of Spain and France are rendered in a delightful furry manner. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the centerfold. On thin paper, with minor foxing and toning. <br><br>This map dates to circa 1880 and was most likely made by a student or apprentice as training in geography, drafting, and penmanship. Manuscript map-making was a useful educational tool in the 19th century, a period of imperialism and increased world trade in which geography grew significantly as a field of study.<br><br>In the United States and northwestern Europe, reform movements that sought to improve the quality and accessibility of childhood education pushed for the inclusion of geography in school curricula. One common method of teaching was the making of manuscript maps. Working from wall maps, globes, and atlases, students were made to meticulously hand-reproduce maps in pen and ink and with watercolor. Such exercises not only provided a way to review and retain geographical knowledge, but they also functioned as training in penmanship, calligraphy, and drafting. This map is a lovely document that straddles the line between art and geography.



    A Very Unimportant Officer. Life and Death on the Somme and at Passchendaele. Edited by Cameron Stewart. by CAPTAIN ALEXANDER STEWART

    Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2008. First Edition, first printing. 8vo. 318pp. Blue boards lettered in white at spine. Illustrated with a number of photographs and reproductions in the text. Spine ends rubbed, else in fine state with correspondingly rubbed price-clipped dust wrapper. A detailed account of the experiences of an ordinary Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) officer on the front line in France and Flanders throughout 1916 and 1917, edited from the original manuscript by his grandson.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.



    Memorials of the Most Reverend Father in God, Thomas Cranmer, sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Wherein the History of the Church, and the Reformation of it, during the primacy of the said Archbishop, are greatly illustrated; and many singular matters relating thereunto, now first published. In three books. Collected chiefly from records, registers, authentick letters, and other original manuscripts by Strype, John

    London: Printed for Richard Chiswell, 1694. First edition. Cloth. Near Fine. 8 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches. 2 ffep + [12] + xii + [20] + 467 + 271 + 1 + 2 rfep + 4 full page engraved portraits (one more than called for in ESTC). Complete with half title and engraved portrait of Cranmer and title page in red and black, and divisional title pages. Bookplate "Ex Bibliotheca Hospitii Dominorum Advocatorum de Arcubus" or the Library of the Lords Advocate of the Arches [Court] which is the ecclesiastical court for the Province of Canterbury. Pages exceptionally bright and clean with a few light marginal stains to first [12] pages and light toning to 1-80 of the Appendix. Pages 136 and 190-91 of the Appendix are misnumbered. Bound in modern brown buckram with renewed endpapers. ESTCR17780 An exceptional copy of this biography and collection of documents related to Thomas Cranmer, who was a prime mover in the compilation of the first English BCP and the homilies that were long prescribed. A scarce work.



    Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp, 1882-1892. From the original manuscripts of Father Joseph Ohrwalder by.. by WINGATE, Major F.R

    London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1895. 8vo, xvi, 471, (1) pp. Two folding maps at the end, contemporary inscription to fly leaf. Original maroon cloth, spine faded with some rubbing. Originally published in 1892.



    Remarkable and newly discovered original manuscript draft pages of Charles Guiteau's 1882 book justifying his shooting of President Garfield, written from jail by Charles J. Guiteau

    Washington, DC, 1882. 6.25" x 7.5". " Original manuscript draft pages 1 “Title page” through 5 of his 1882 book, The Truth and The Removal , written while awaiting his execution for the murder of President James A. Garfield. Also included is a lengthy 4 page letter from an admirer, Clara Augusta Davis. Some marginal tears and losses, some text faded, light toning and soiling, some scattered glue remnants, else good condition. On one pair of bifolia, Guiteau sets up the basic layout for the title and copyright pages: "" The Truth, / and The Removal / By Charles Guiteau / Published and sold only by the author / Washington DC / 1882 ,"" and advising the printer (vertically in the left margin) to "" Make a sheet of each page & cut out any leaves that interpose C G. "" On the opposite side, he added: "" Copyright 1882 By Charles Guiteau "" followed by pages 3 (reading simply "" Part I "") and page 5 (all three pages are glued together in the upper left corners) where he writes "" The Truth / A Companion to the Bible ,"" adding a note "" To the printer,"" to ""(Copy preface on the next page and then the entire book, The Truth), "" referring to his 1879 volume. Following James A. Garfield's death on September 19, 1881, Charles Guiteau, who had already been imprisoned and charged with attempted murder, was now charged with murder and went on trial on November 14, 1881. The trial concluded on January 30, 1882, and on February 4, the court sentenced Guiteau to hang on June 30. While awaiting his execution, Guiteau composed a sequel to his 1879 religious tract, The Truth, a Companion to the Bible, entitled, The Removal (the term he employed to describe his assassination of President Garfield). The condemned prisoner employed Gibson Brothers of Washington to print the book as The Truth and The Removal. Extremely Rare. These are among the only known pages of Guiteau's manuscript for The Removal known to be extant in private hands. Auction records reveal no other draft pages of the present, most important manuscript. Only Malcolm Forbes had a similar Guiteau item, sold at auction in 2002 (Christies, March 27, 2002, Lot 122, $9,988). From the family of printer William Gibson, whose firm printed the book in 1882. "



    Description of Browsholme Hall, in the West Riding of the County of York; and of the Parish of Waddington, in the same County: Also, a Collection of Letters, from Original Manuscripts, in the Reigns of Charles I. and II. and James II. in the Possession of Thos. Lister Parker, of Browsholme Hall, Esq by BROWSHOLME HALL, YORKSHIRE

    London: [Privately] Printed by S. Gosnell, 1815. 4to, [2], 130pp., etched frontispiece, small ink number to verso of title-page, 19 plates drawn and etched by John Chessell Buckler, plus a folding pedigree, unobtrusive stamp to verso of final plate, recent calf calf, marbled paper boards, spine gilt with morocco lettered label. The first guide to Browsholme Hall and one of the rarest and finest of the genre. The guide was compiled by Thomas Lister Parker and privately printed for distribution to his friends and the sale was later limited to 100 copies only. The next historical guide was written by Colonel Robert Parker in 1957 when Browsholme Hall was opened to the public. Thomas Lister Parker (1779–1858) was born at Browsholme Hall and obtained possession of the family estate as soon as he came of age at the age of twenty-one. "He went on his grand tour in 1800, visiting France, Italy, and Russia, and returned home in 1801 with a collection of paintings, drawings, and prints. In 1805–7 he altered the sixteenth-century Browsholme Hall, using Jeffry Wyatt (later Sir Jeffry Wyatville) as architect to rebuild and extend the west wing: this provided a new drawing-room and dining-room, suitable for the display of his growing picture collection. Landscape gardening and forestry also engaged his interest. In the house he displayed a collection of antiquities, a feature of which was the creation of interiors evoking Browsholme's mainly Jacobethan past."—(Oxford DNB). Boyne CXCI; Upcott, pp. 1408-10.



    The Golden Age : Manuscript Painting at the Time of Jean, Duc de Berry by Thomas, Marcel

    London UK: Chatto & Windus, 1979. Illustrated throughout with 40 color plates and B&W art reproductions. Covers clean, colors bright, minor edge and handling wear. Pages [119] clean, unmarked, binding tight, very slight lean to spine, light top block dust spotting. Media Mail, US Priority & some International Priority shipping include free tracking information.. Not Stated Appears to be First Edition. Trade Paperback. Very Good. Illus. by Various Artists. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    Bibliotheque National de Vienne: Manuscrit 2597: Livre du cuer d'amours espris. Volume II ONLY by D'Anjou, Rene Duc

    Vienna: Edition de L'imprimerie de L'etat Autrichien, 1927. Hardcover. Good Plus. Hardcover. Folio. This is volume II only featuring the text. Grey paper covered boards with gilt emblem to front board. Spine panel is no longer present, though pages remain bound. Remnants of tape to front board. Clean, bright interior. A good candidate for rebacking. IN FRENCH. 207 pages plus geneological table. Illuminated Manuscripts. ILL/092607.



    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 Commissioners, as are preserved in the Connecticut archives..."; the work of James Hammond Trumbull (1821-1897) noted American historian, philologist, and bibliographer; not bound, simply side stab-sewn, no covering wraps; light soiling and wear; very good condition and interesting early Colonial America reference material for New England. . First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good.



    A Heifer Of The Dawn. Translated from the Original Manuscript. by Bain, F. W

    London: Methuen & Co. Ltd.. Very Good; Boards a bit grubby. Corners bumped.. 1912. Eighth Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 12mo 7" - 7½" tall. Quarter vellum with gilt titles and orange paper sides. ; 74 pages .




    New York: George Braziller, 1977. 1st edition. Red cloth binding. Dust jacket. NF/VG (some creasing to dj flaps).. 126 pp. 48 illustrations, with many in color. 4to. 11-1/4" x 8-1/4"



    Bishop Burnet's History Of His Own Time, 2 Volumes by Burnet, Gilbert

    London: Thomas ward/Joseph downing/Henry Woodfall, 1724. Book. Very Good-. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. The restoration looks superb to my untutored eye. The books measure 14" x 9", collation is folio. The previous owners notes read , "1/2 morocco." The style is spine and tips(diagonally) done in leather, balance in marbled green/tan paper, pastedowns and endsheets are heavy cream tone stock. Printing data on volume 1 "Printed for Thomas Ward in the Inner-Temple lane-1724." the collector has penciled, on the first pastedown, "2 vols, first edition, RCTY" (sic). Book commences with title page, verso blank, 1 page advertisement to reader, verso blank, 5 leaves(10pages) of subscriber names, followed by a TOC numbered from 827 to 836. Following this the actual text begins at page 1 with a 4 page preface followed by text numbered to 826. After this 10 leaves(20 pages) of index, last of which is a "Proposal" advertisement. Reviewing the text for flaws beyond the customary waviness and age darkening, some light staining of text upper areas is noted at 1st page of TOC, some smudge elsewhere noted, no noting in text seen (excepting old owner name under title title page) wonderfully legible, no dog ear seen. Volume 2 printing data, "Printed for the editor by Joseph Downing in Bartholomew-Close and Henry Woodfall in the Strand-1734." After replaced endsheets, title page, Verso has penned note "The original manuscript of both volumes of this history will be deposited in the Cotton library by T. Burnet" boxed in double red lines. After this come a 10 leaf(20 page) subscriber list. Following comes TOC of the 2nd volume numbered 729 to 740. Actual text commences running page 1 (no number) thru 764 pages including a long index. Reviewing the text, the first 40 pages or so have large but mild ancient stain at upper area. The entirity of the upper text is also affected, same, but more mildly so. This darkens again at the end of the work. A similar stain affects the lower back pages. Also the piece has more fleck, smudge and corrected dog era than its brother, yet, spendid in its considerable age. Both items text edges have much edge darkening but a clean, unsmudged appearance. Looking at the exteriors they seem fine, excepting volume one which has 2 tiny imperfections where the paper meets the spine leather. one is a tiny chip out, pencil eraser size, and a tiny upper area ripple. Volume II has variegation of leather color on spine, suspect this is as the leather/cow was made. Books will weigh around 18 lbs for shipping, we will pay 1/2 of domestic media mail shipping and provide insurance and delivery confirmation at our expense, as we do with all expensive items. Overseas shipping by arrangement..



    THE GLORY OF THE GARDEN by Kipling, Rudyard:

    Original Manuscript. c.1960. Illuminated manuscript on vellum. Measuring 34.5 x 24cms. Card mount. This fine manuscript of Kipling's poem is in an unknown but highly skilled hand. A beautiful original artwork. Previously framed and from an exceptional American private collection which included fine literature and Kipling autograph manuscripts. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers.



    Alice's Adventures Under Ground. by [DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge.] CARROLL, Lewis

    London: Macmillan and Co.,, 1886. Being a facsimile of the Original Manuscript Book afterwards developed into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Octavo. Publisher's presentation binding in blue morocco, titles and decorations to spine and boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in custom quarter blue morocco and cloth solander box. With 37 illustrations by the author. With the Duchess of Albany's bookplate on the front pastedown. Extremities a little rubbed, some very minor wear to tips, small split to head of front hinge; an excellent copy. First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in his customary purple ink on the half-title, "Presented to H.R.H. The Duchess of Albany, by the author, in grateful recollection of three happy days, and of two sweet children, Aug. 6, 1889." The duchess replied on 17 August, acknowledging the gift: "It gives me much pleasure as I am a great friend of Alice and her adventures. I must now also thank you for your letter to me and the two charming books with which you made my children very happy. I think they will well remember the kind gentleman who spent so much time with them in amusing them and telling them stories." Dodgson knew her late husband, Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria's fourth son, who matriculated at Oxford on 27 November 1872; he had his portrait taken at Dodgson's Tom Quad studio at Christ Church in 1875 and signed his name in Dodgson's album. For a brief period during his studies the prince was romantically linked with Alice Liddell, and, though nothing came of the romance, the two remained cordial. In 1883 Alice (by then Mrs Hargreaves) wrote to congratulate the prince on the birth of his first child, Alice, at the same time inviting him to be godfather to her second son, Leopold Reginald, also born that year. The following year the prince died of a brain haemorrhage, but it was not until June 1889 that Dodgson became acquainted with his widow, while staying Hatfield House as a guest of Lord Salisbury. The Duchess was accompanied by her two children, Alice, and Charles, Duke of Albany aged 6 and 5 respectively. Dodgson – perhaps influenced by the coincidence of the little girl's name – made gifts of several of his works, including the present example. Dodgson struck up a friendship with the children, and regularly sent them gifts of puzzles or presentation copies of his books. Princess Alice recalled their early friendship in her autobiography: "Doctor Dodgson or 'Lewis Carroll' was especially kind to Charlie and me, though when I was five I offended him once, when, at a children's party at Hatfield, he was telling story. He was a stammerer and being unable to follow what he was saying I suddenly asked in a loud voice, 'Why does he waggle his mouth like that?' I was hastily removed by the lady-in-waiting. Afterwards he wrote that he 'liked Charlie but thought Alice would turn out badly.' He soon forgot all this and gave us books for Christmas with anagrams of our names on the fly-leaf." This is one of a very few known copies in this unrecorded presentation binding. By a letter to Macmillan of 17 December 1886, Dodgson is known to have requested three special copies, one in white vellum (the ultimate copy, for Alice Liddell) and two in morocco (one for Alice's mother, the other untraceable), which were ready in time to be inscribed on Christmas Day.



    The County of Nottinghamshire according to the Domesday Book, 1086-1087. The County Edition of Great Domesday Book. Limited to 1000 copies. by ALECTO HISTORICAL EDITIONS (PUBLISHERS):

    London: Alecto Historical Editions, 1987. Number 13 of a limited edition of 1,000 copies published between 1987 and 1990. The volumes, one being a facsimile of the original manuscript relating to Nottinghamshire with maps in pocket, another being 'Domesday Book Studies' and the last being a volume of Notes and Translation. Three volumes folio, original quarter cream linen with brown boards. An excellent set in the original slipcase which is also in excellent condition.



    Memoirs of the Royal Mines of Almaden [English Edition] by Augustin De Betancourt y Molina

    Spain: Interministerial Committee for Science and Technology. VG+. 1990. Facsimile. Hardcover. Paper covered boards with titles to spine and upper board, spine ends bumped, internally clean and bright, facsimile of Betancourt's original manuscript with introductory text and notes in English with transcription of manuscript in Spanish, introductory material illustrated with numerous colour illustrations, No.409 of 500 English language copies. Heavy item, may incur additional shipping costs for international delivery. , 4to 11" - 13" tall, 290 [4] pp .



    Fifty-four-page manuscript in Japanese on sake company logos

    [?Tokyo], 1857. 27 leaves, stab bound, recent cover added with original cover bound in; dealer's blind stamp on back inner cover; minor soiling; very good. The sake industry came into its own during the Edo period, where a system of distribution was established involving wholesalers and middlemen that moved product from the thousands of breweries throughout the country into various markets. This book is an artifact of that system, being a catalog of sake brands listed by distributor, likely produced for the reference of an individual wholesaler. For each brand the icon is reproduced in a bold hand, with the name of the brand listed immediately below. Over 300 producers are represented, with many of them still in business to this day.



    Time Between by WILLIAMS, Paul and family

    New York: Entwhistle Books. 1972. First. First edition. Quarto. Black cloth boards with gilt lettering without dustwrapper as issued. Corners a bit frayed, very good. A facsimile of the author's original manuscript. Copy number 103 of 500 copies Signed by Williams. Additionally Inscribed by Williams with a rather come hither sentiment: "For Martha, many feelings not yet expressed from Paul. Someday soon... NYC 4/73." A hippie journal from Williams, a music critic and the founder of Crawdaddy!, the first nationally published magazine of rock music criticism, and the literary executor of Philip D. Dick's estate. A much later paperback edition published in 2000 was subtitled: "A Hippie Journal, in the Commune & on the Road, December 1969-February 1970." Very scarce. .




    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. Paperback. Philadelphia; PENNSYLVANIA; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; JAMES B CAULDWELL, WM BEAVER, H D HUBBLEY, - all difficult to decipher. 1803; Signed by Author; 0 .



    Samuel Richardson's Life and Correspondence. Selected from Original Manuscripts bequeathed to his Family by Jeffrey, Francis

    Longmans, Green & Co, 1804. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. Note; this is an original article separated from the quarterly volume, not an offprint or a reprint. Octavo. 21 pages. A disbound article. Edinburgh Review, 1804. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Edinburgh Review; Inventory No: 027882. .



    BOSWELL'S LONDON JOURNAL 1762-1763 by James Boswell; Frederick Albert Pottle

    New York: McGraw Hill Inc, 1950. First Edition. Hard Cover. Acceptable. BOSWELL'S LONDON JOURNAL 1762-1763 by James Boswell; Frederick Albert Pottle. McGraw Hill Inc, 1950. Binding: Hard Cover, Dust Jacket: No Jacket. NOTES: Stated First Edition. Showing some exterior wear, contents are overall clean and tight with no owner markings. Boswell's London journal, 1762-1763, now first published from the original manuscript. Prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Frederick A. Pottle, with a preface by Christopher Morley.



    al-mizan al-kubra, İllustrated Arabic manuscript on İslamic jurisprudence by Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha'rani (d. 973/1565)

    Rare copy with SİX illustrations in gold and colors. Naskhi fine script, dated 1024 AH. (1615 AD.), contemporary fine classic Ottoman binding tooled in gold, with flap. This is a copy of a work by one of the most important and prolific scholars of the Ottoman period in Egypt. The Mizan al-Kubra of 'Abd al-Wahhab ibn Ahmad al-Sha'rani is a treatise on the four Sunni schools, and argues that their authority comes from the same source.  As the title the 'Great Balance' suggests, al-Sha'rani was a moderate in all his views and in many of his works sought to reconcile differences among religious and social groups.  He expounded moderate forms of Sufism that did not contradict the Shar'ia, condemned scholars who confused the population with hair-splitting legal and theological arguments and even wrote a treatise advising scholars and Sufis how to deal effectively with the military elite. (not: Sotheby's copy - İslamic sale 1 April 2009 - which contains seven illustrations) The present work contains SİX diagrams in a late Mamluk/early Ottoman style on the following subjects:1. A geometric chain containing the words: Revelation, the Throne, the Chair, the Pen, the Tablet, Tablets, Gabriel, the Prophet Muhammad, the Companions, the Imams, the Followers.2. A tree with the big branches representing the founders of the madhahib, and the small branches representing the followers.3. A stylised flower with names of the eighteen sects which are shown stemming from the 'ayn al-Shar'ia, and a triangular fishing net.4. The position of the four founders (Imams) in relation to the balance of the Day of Judgement.5. The position of the four Imams in relation to their followers who had chosen the straight path to Paradise without falling into Hell.6. The paths of the eight Imams leading to the gates of Paradise.


    AUD $20.00

    The Exploration Diaries of H.M.Stanley. Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts by Stanley, Richard and Neame, Alan (Editors)

    William Kimber, London, 1961. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Size: 9"-10" Tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Travel & Places; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14678. .



    MACNEILL OF CARSKEY by Mackay, Frank Forbes & MacNeill, Malcolm

    Published by M. Macdonald, 1955. 1st edition.. Hardback. Nearly Fine/Nearly Fine. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Estate journal 1703-1743 verbatim extracts from the original manuscripts. Small mark to front cover. [S]

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