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    [Chicago]: A Newstand Library Magenta Book, [1962]., 1962. First edition. First edition. PBO. Newstand Library U182. Fine, unread copy in pictorial wrappers. An exceptional copy of one of Willeford's more difficult titles. The story of an older man who falls in with a gang of crooks who are planning a supermarket robbery. Without Willeford's knowledge or approval, an in-house editor at Newsstand Library added two chapters to Willeford's original manuscript. Willeford disclaimed this book. Later he salvaged the work later using it, with only slight rewriting, as the Pop Sinkiewicz half of Sideswipe.



    Boletus Flavus L. Collected L'Islet County, Que. 1950. [Original watercolor with convolute of related materials] by Jackson, Henry A.C

    1950. Original watercolor, 17 x 22 cm. Labeled, signed and dated by the artist in pencil. On watercolor paper which had been mounted on a thicker card stock, now de-laminated, but in remarkably fine condition. Henry A.C. Jackson (1877-1960) was one of Canada's outstanding amateur naturalists. He was the elder brother of landscape painter A.Y. Jackson, and while A.Y. achieved great fame through his art, Henry chose to quietly document his mycological journeys in Quebec through copious note taking and watercolor paintings of the collected specimens. After his death in 1960, much of his work was donated to the National Gallery of Canada. In 1979 The National Gallery mounted an exhibition of the watercolors, and produced the catalogue, Mr. Jackson's Mushrooms which reproduces forty-odd images, and accompanies them with excerpts from his field notes. Very few of Jackson's mushroom watercolors have reached the market, with only a few having been given to friends and neighbors over the years. A small convolute of related materials accompanies the watercolor, including: The Fungus Records of Mr. H.A.C. Jackson From L'Islet Co., Quebec 1941-1960. (offprint from The Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 7, no. 4 (1963); Notes on the Higher Fungi Collected in Lasalle, Que., 1930-1940 offprint from C.F.N., vol. 62, no. 5. (1948); 18 pages of original manuscript and typescript of Jackson's Field notes from 1932 and 33; three original photographs, 6 x 9cm each. Two of the photos depict the artist, at a youthful age, in the field. The third depicts an unidentified fungus on a log.



    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.



    Dictata Viri Celeberrimi atque Clarissimi J.F. Reitzii in Nieupoortii Compendium Antiquitatum Romanarum. by REITZIUS,J.F

    No place, no date. 4to. 644 p. Half calf 21.5 cm (Ref: Haitsma Mulier 352) (Details: 18th century manuscript lecture notes of an anonymous, written in Latin in a fair copy book. The hand is clear, even, pleasant and legible. The text is mostly written on the recto side of the leaves. The back of the binding is richly gilt, and has 5 raised bands. The shield in the second compartment reads: 'Cl. Reitzii in Nieup. Antiq. Rom. Dictata') (Condition: Back somewhat rubbed. Foot of the spine slightly damaged. Paper on both boards completely gone) (Note: This manuscript contains the college notes of Johann Friedrich Reitz (Johannes Fredericus Reitzius) which were to accompany his lectures on Roman Antiquities, based on Nieupoort's manual of Roman antiquities 'Rituum, qui olim apud Romanos obtinuerunt, succincta explicatio ad intelligentiam veterum auctorum facili methodo conscripta'. Nieupoort's book is in the title of this manuscript indicated as 'Nieupoortii Compendium Antiquitatum Romanarum'. The notes follow closely the chapters and paragraphs of Nieupoort. § The Dutch jurist and ancient historian Willem Hendrik Nieupoort, 1670/1674-1724, earned his keep as self-supporting teacher in Utrecht with private tuition. He is remembered for his 'Rituum (...) succincta explicatio', which was first published in 1712. Nieupoort published during his lifetime, in 1716 and in 1723, a second and third corrected edition. An enlarged and corrected 4th and 5th edition appeared in 1734 and in 1747, both produced by the Dutch schoolmaster of German origin Wilhelm Otto Reitz, first praeceptor at the Erasmianum at Rotterdam, and then rector of the Schola Latina at Middelburg. For the 5th, and for the 6th enlarged edition of 1774, Reitz received help from his elder brother Johann Friedrich Reitz, 1695-1778, who had studied at Utrecht, became conrector/rector of the local Schola Latina, and was the last 30 years of his life (1748-1778) professor of History and Eloquence in the University of Utrecht. He is best known for his edition of Lucian, which, begun by Hemsterhuis, he completed in 1743. (Sandys 2,453) § In the 18th century and well into the 19th century, Nieupoort's manual was a classic. It saw dozens of reissues, in Holland, in Germany and Italy, and was translated into French and Portuguese. ('Explication abregée des coutumes et cérémonies observées chez les Romains : pour faciliter l'intelligence des anciens auteurs' & 'Usos e costumes dos Romanos por Nieupoort : versao feita sobre o original Latino, acompanhada de notas e da traduccao dos termos Grecos') A contemporary review of the 4th edition of 1734 stresses the advantages of Nieupoort's 'Rituum ... succinta explicatio'. There are many learned introductions to the Antiquities of Rome, it is stated, but most of them are too long, too chaotic and complex, and too overloaded with an 'étalage d'érudition'. 'L'expérience fait assez voir, que, pour lire avec fruit & avec plaisir les anciens auteurs, Latin & Grecs, il faut avoir au moins une idée générale de la République Romaine, de ses Magistrats, Politiques & Militaires, de la Religion des Romains, de leurs Loix, de leurs Rites, de leurs Usages, de leurs Coûtumes, tant pour la Vie Publique, que pour la Vie Privée, (...). Sans cela on est arrêté à tout moment, ou bien on croit entendre ce que l'on n'entend pas, & l'on se fait de fausses idées, en jugeant des anciens tems par les nôtres'. Nieupoort has succeeded brilliantly in reducing that complicated jumble of Roman history, religion and antiquities into a summary 'qui pussent être lûs en peu de tems'. And his clear survey improved with every new edition, the reviewer adds. ('Bibliothèque raisonnée des ouvrages des savans de l'Europe', Tome 17/1, Amsterdam 1736, p. 370-376) § Who this fair copy wrote, probably somewhere between 1748 and 1778, is not clear. Probably not Reitz, for it seems unlikely that he would have called himself (in the 'title'), 'vir celeberrimus atque clarissimus'. If he had done so, he would have called his remarks 'observationes', or the like, and not 'dictata'. Furthermore, the notes of Reitz do not, as far as we have seen, appear in the printed text of the 5th, 6th or 7th edition)



    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.



    The Province of Jurisprudence Determined. Second Edition [with] Lectures on Jurisprudence. Being the Sequel to "The Province of Jurisprudence Determined." To Which Are Added Notes and Fragments . . . Published from the Original Manuscripts. Three Volumes by John Austin

    London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1861-63. Contemporary calf, extra gilt, marbled edges and endpapers, very worn, one board detached, several labels lacking, some chipping and tape; a working set First and second editions of both of Austin's major works, of pervasive impact on Anglo-American law over the last two centuries and, in the words of H.L.A. Hart (who edited the 'Province' in 1954), "established the study of jurisprudence in England




    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 .



    Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman... by Spelman, Sir Henry; Edmund Gibson editor

    1698. Compilation of Spelman's Writings With Annotations From a Previous Owner Spelman, Sir Henry [?1564-1641]. [Gibson, Edmund, Editor]. Reliquiae Spelmannianae: The Posthumous Works of Sir Henry Spelman Relating to the Laws and Antiquities of England Published from the Original Manuscripts. With the Life of the Author. Oxford: Printed at the Theater for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1698. [xxxii], 214, [12] pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece, copperplate of Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre to title page. Two folding tables. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to corners, a few tiny nicks to boards, some fading to spine. Very light toning to text. Early owner signatures to title page, later signature of "A. Merriwether" dated 1806. Brief annotations in Merriwether's neat hand in several places, extensive annotations to a few leaves. An appealing copy. * Only edition. Contents mostly in English, a few essays in Latin. Spelman was an eminent antiquarian, legal historian and member of Parliament. This volume consists largely of an essay on feuds and a reprint of his 1641 treatise The Original Growth, Propagation and Condition of Tenures by Knight Service (1641). Another important item is the "Apologie for Arch-Bishop Abbot," which addresses Abbot's manslaughter conviction by chance medley in a test case for a clergyman's rights under such circumstances. Other essays discuss wills, land tenures, the rank of knights, early English law, military law and historical subjects. English Short-Title Catalogue R22617 .



    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 Discovery and Conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521; Edited by Garcia, Genaro - Editor and Publisher of the Original Manuscript Published in Mexico by Diaz del Castillo, Bernal

    London: George Routledge and Sons - Broadway Travellers, 1939. Fourth printing. Hardcover. Very good. Octavo; pp; viii, 595, (i), index; frontispiece plus fourteen maps, plans, and plates; burgundy cloth, gilt lettered; minor moderate edge wear, internally very good or better;. Introduction by the Translator. Itinerary of the Expedition Under Francisco Hernandez de Cordova. Notes on spelling of Indian names. Preface by the Author. In Twelve Books:.



    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.



    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. "



    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 .




    Oxford: Pater-Noster Row.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1698. Second Edition. Hardcover. tall 4to; [32], 214pp, [12], pages; LinkReliquiæ Spelmannianæ. The posthumous works of Sir Henry Spelman kt. Relating to the laws and antiquities of England. Publish’d from the original manuscripts. With the life of the author.. Engraved title vignette and 2 folding charts. Rebound in brown cloth, with binding and hinges tight- Very Good, 2 ownership bookplates [Hammond Library Lowenbach Collection; Frank W Gunsaulus]. Index. 2] folded leaves of plates [VG] : ill. , genealogical tables, port. ESTCR22617 . Includes- Tenures of Knights, Life of Spelmann, A Dialogue Concerning Coin of the Region, various discourses. Mostly English language, some Latin. First was 1693, this is probably the second edition. ; 0 .



    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.



    Batrachomyomachia [The Battle of Frogs and Mice], select letters, anonymous grammatical treatise, Address to Young Men on Reading Greek Literature; Renaissance humanist manuscript in Greek and Latin on paper by Pseudo-Homer, Libanius of Antioch, and Basil of Caesarea

    RENAISSANCE HUMANIST MANUSCRIPT IN GREEK AND LATIN ON PAPER, Northern Italy (the Veneto?), c. 1440-1470. 210 x 135-145 mm. 38 folios on paper, preceded and followed by three flyleaves, watermarks in Piccard, text lacking (collation, i12 ii6 iii4 iv6 [probably out of 8, now missing 1 and 8] v10), written in three different hands with varying layout in one or two columns of 19 to 29 lines (justification, 132-158 x 82-92 mm.). BINDING: Bound in fifteenth- or sixteenth-century brown leather, blind-tooled and -stamped with a border of multiple fillets and amphora, all over squared wooden boards, metal corner-pieces and center bosses, clasps lost. TEXT: The disparate contents of this codex illustrate the interest of educated Renaissance humanists in the language and literature of ancient Greece. It includes sections from four different manuscripts featuring the Batrachomyomachia, select letters of Libanius, an anonymous Greek grammatical treatise, and a Greek text and translation of Basil of Caesareas Address to Young Men on How They Might Derive Benefit from Greek Literature now collected together in a single volume, possibly to serve as a school book. The Batrachomyomachia is a short, jocular poem once attributed to Homer, but most probably written in the last centuries BC. It was adopted as a school text and the Latin prose translation found in this manuscript may have been composed as a school exercise. Libanius (c. 314-393) was the outstanding Greek rhetorician of the late Imperial period and his letters were considered models of refined writing style. Basil of Caesarea was a student of Libanius and his Address was widely read in schools. PROVENANCE: The first and last of the four booklets making up this composite manuscript were copied in a hand that can very likely be identified as that of Francesco Rolandello (1427-1490), a printer, scholar, and municipal chancellor in Treviso. The other two hands also support a localization of this books production in Northeastern Italy in the fifteenth century. The manuscript was in Venice by 1578, as attested by an owners 1578 inscription, written in Greek on f. 22. Remained in Italy in the seventeenth century, as attested by an Italian inscription on f. 28. Private European collection. CONDITION: Boards of binding worm-eaten, leather partially lost, especially on the spine and back cover, lower inner cornerpiece on back cover partly detached, leaves frayed, some water stains, but otherwise in good condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 792).



    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.



    The Reports of divers Special Cases Adjudged in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer, In the Reign of King Charles II by Sir Thomas Raymond Kt. Late one of the Judges of the King's Bench and Common Pleas, and one of the Barons of the Exchequer

    Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins Esquires for Samuel Heyrick and Dorothy Dring, London, 1696. First Edition. Hardcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Printed from the Original Manuscript, written with his own Hand. With two Tables, One of the Principal Matters, and the other ofthe Names of the Cases. Full leather binding with blind decoration, covers are marked and front cover is attached only by cords, worn spine-ends and corners, previous owner's name at front end-paper, sound internal binding, clean slightly tanned pages and some additional foxing. No dust jacket, as published. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2kg. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 12015060083.. This book is heavier than 1kg, and may incur additional delivery charges on some delivery services to some locations..



    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.



    Plano de la Entrada de Bucareli situada en el Latitud N de 55.15' Longitud 28.58' al O des Blas,descuvierto Pr Dn Juan Franco del la Bodega y Quadra. [Manuscript chart of Bucareli Sound, Alaska, scale in nautical miles]. by Caamano, Jacinto (1759 - 1825?)

    Spain, 1792. Single sheet (21 4/8 x 18 1/8 inches). Fine original manuscript map, "Plano de la Entrada de Bucareli situada en el Latitud N de 55.15' Longitud 28.58' al O des Blas,descuvierto Pr Dn Juan Franco del la Bodega y Quadra". [Manuscript chart of Bucareli Sound, Alaska, scale in nautical miles], pen and ink on paper. A RARE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY SPANISH MANUSCRIPT OF ALASKA This fascinating Northwestern Pacific chart showing Bucareli Sound, Alaska,was probably prepared on Jacinto Caamano's return to Europe in 1792, after his journey of exploration to the Americas. Caamano's voyage was the first on behalf of the Spanish crown to examine the Northwest coast of America north of 53 degrees, near Queen Charlotte Island, British Columbia. It was here in 1787 that James Colnett, an Englishman, reported to have discovered the Strait of Bartholemew Fonte, believed to provide a deep water passage between the Pacific and Hudson's Bay. Fearful of losing ground to the English and French in the lucrative field of American colonization, the Spanish government hoped that Caamano's voyage to the New World would result in the discovery of the fabled passage to the Orient and thereby revive Spain's international commercial predominance. Caamano sailed his ship, the Aranzazu, into Nootka in May 1792. The Spanish commandant at Nootka, Bodega y Quadra, decided to send him to survey the coast of the Alaskan panhandle from Bucareli Sound south to eliminate the last gaps in cartographic knowledge of the coastline in that region. The Spanish by this time knew that there was a maze of islands and channels at that latitude (the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaskan panhandle), and thought there was an outside chance they could still find the legendary Strait of Bartholemew de Fonte. If such a passage existed, it was critical to find it before any boundary agreement was signed with Britain. At one point, Caamano entered a large strait and followed it north for 100 miles. It was an inland passage just north of Ketchikan, named Clarence Strait by George Vancouver a year later, but Caamano thought for some time it must be the de Fonte Strait. Although incorrect Caamano's voyage did show that much of what had previously been considered mainland (Prince of Wales Island, with Bucareli Sound on its west coast), was in fact an archipelago, thus adding considerably to Spanish cartographical knowledge. Caamano returned to Nootka in September. Though he was unable to confirm the mythical Northwest Passage described by Colnett, his voyage resulted in crucial new discoveries along the coasts of Northern British Columbia and Southern Alaska. Bucareli's Sound is on the west coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, in the area of Klawak and Craig, near the most northern point of Caamano's voyage. The sound was discovered by Bodega y Quadra in 1775, as Caamano duly notes on this map of the region. This chart is delicately executed, with delineations of the coastlines, sand banks, depths and rocks, and Caamano names the islands and headlands. The fineness of draftsmanship suggests that it was a presentation piece for the royal hydrographic authorities in Spain..



    THE LESSER KEY OF SOLOMON. Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis. Detailing the Ceremonial Art of Commanding Spirits Both Good and Evil. by PETERSON, Joseph H [editor]

    York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser. , 2001.. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Fine in Dust Jacket. First printing of this new edition. Quarto, original gray cloth titled in gilt on spine panel, magical device in gold and black on front panel. 284 pp., Index, Illustrations. A fine copy in a fine dust wrapper. Note: This is the correct 1st printing of this title, with the correct printing code on the copyright page. Later editions are bound in glossy green pictorial boards, and are often misidentified. Compiled from original manuscripts and fragments in the British Museum Library, Joseph Peterson's new presentation is the most complete and accurate edition of this famous magical grimoire, "The Lesser Key of Solomon the King". He goes to great length to establish the provenance of each part, and possible derivative works, including critical analyses of all major variations, utilizing fresh translations of earlier magical texts such as Johann Trithemius's Steganographia, The Archidoxes of Magic by Paracelsus, and newly discovered Hebrew manuscripts of the original Key of Solomon. He also outlines the sources and omissions in previous, modern editions. Included in this comprehensive edition are: -- Goetia -- The ritual invocation of evil spirits and Solomon's devices for binding them; -- Theurgia Goetia -- Slightly less diabolical than Goetia, this part continues the study of spirits "partly good and partly evil; "-- Ars Paulina -- Outlines the good spirits or angels governing the hours of the day and the signs of the zodiac, purported to have been discovered by the Apostle Paul after he had been snatched up to heaven. Includes "The Conjuration of the Holy Guardian Angel; "-- Ars Almadel -- Attributed to an Arab of the same name, it describes twenty beneficial spirits that govern the zodiac; -- Ars Notoria -- With roots that go back to 13th-century Latin manuscripts, and probably even earlier oral traditions, this collection of orations or prayers is interspersed with magical words said to have mystical properties that can impart communion with God and knowledge of divine and human arts and sciences; -- Appendices, which include addenda found in Sloane manuscript Johann Weyer's Psuedomonarchia Demonum, and variant examples of some drawings. Abundantly illustrated, Peterson includes reproductions of the original magical circles, tools, and seals of the spirits with variations of certain drawings from various sources and notae missing from earlier editions. He draws on the most recent research by esoteric scholars such as Claire Fanger, George Mora, John Shea, Claudia Rohrbacker-Sticker, I. P. Couliano, Robert Turner, Adam McLean, and others, making this an essential addition to the library of any student of ritual magic and the Western Mystery Tradition.



    Tuhfet ul Harameyn (masterpiece of the two Holy sancturies) by Yusuf Nabi (1052-1124 AH., 1642-1712 AD.)

    Ottoman Turkish text, the author's travel to Mecca and Medina, and exploring the road of the Hajj. He dedicated his work to the Ottoman Sultan Muhammad the fourth (Dorduncu Mehmed 1642-1693). Scribed in 1133 AH. after 9 years of the death of the author. Beginning page with illumination heading in gold and colors. All pages out-ruled in red with wide margins. Descriptive journey of the Hajj road and Mahmal, crossing Syria (especially Damascus), Egypt (especially Cairo), Hejaz, and two Holy cities; Mecca and Medina. In modern full leather binding.



    Klavierbuchlein Fur Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 - Faksimile der originalhandschrift by BACH, Johann Sebastian / J S (hrsg. George von Dadelsen)

    B„renreiter Kassel, Basel, London & New York, 1988. 1st Edition Thus. HARDCOVER. Large landscape Quarto size (4to) in gilt & black printed green glazed boards (as issued), approx 136pp full colour photo fassimile of the original manuscript, afterword at rear in German, English and French text at rear . . . . . . . . .. .CONDITION : An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (inscription on front blank fly-leaf, hint of tanning to top edge of page block). ...




    New York: George Braziller, 1977. cloth, dust jacket. Illuminated Manuscripts. 4to. cloth, dust jacket. 126 pages. First edition. Beautifully illustrated with 48 full color plates.

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