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Venus's slipper: flower sonnets & new poems [with] Dreamhead letters and new poems

Venus's slipper: flower sonnets & new poems [with] Dreamhead letters and new poems

by McGaugh, Lawrence

[Berkeley?]: Self-published by the author, no date. MANUSCRIPT. [46p] 8.5x11 inches, printed recto-only, the "Dreamhead" section begins about halfway through. More poems on three extra sheets laid-in, very good manuscript in red vinyl spiral-bound wraps. Bay Area African American poet. He earned a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1971, taught fine arts at several institutions around the Bay Area, and served a commissioner on the Berkeley Civic Art Commission, 1976-1979. He died in 2006 while... Read more
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$150.00
The Diary of Henry Teonge  1675 - 1679

The Diary of Henry Teonge 1675 - 1679

by G.E. Manwaring

Harper & Brothers, New York, 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Transcribed from the original manuscript and edited with an introduction and notes by GE Manwaring Size: Octavo (standard book size). 318 pp. Text is free of previous owner's markings. Spine is working loose and is sunfaded. Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Deckled edges (rough cut), browned. Embossed cloth, covers and spine, somewhat worn. General... Read more
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$45.60
NLT Gospel of Mark

NLT Gospel of Mark

by St. Mark

The Scottish Bible Society is pleased to announce the launch of Mark's Gospel in the New Living Translation (British text edition).
The New Living Translation is a new translation which combines readability with faithful adherence to the original manuscripts
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€1.99
Thirteenth Century Bible, single illuminated leaf [MSS]

Thirteenth Century Bible, single illuminated leaf [MSS]

by [MSS] [Baruch]

1250. No Binding. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Single leaf from a decorated manuscript Bible, with a historiated initial showing Baruch writing, in Latin on parchment [northern France (Paris), mid thirteenth century] Single leaf, with an initial E (opening Et hec verba libri the opening of the book of Baruch) formed of soft pink bars heightened with white penwork enclosing the author as a medieval scribe seated at an elevated desk holding a pen and perhaps also a knife, all on blue grounds,... Read more
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£1,250.00
First Edition. Les 120 Journees de Sodome ou L’Ecole du Libertinage

First Edition. Les 120 Journees de Sodome ou L’Ecole du Libertinage

by De Sade, Marquis

Paris, 1904. First Edition. (Paris: Club des Bibliophiles 1904). This is the extremely rare first edition of the masterpiece of the infamous libertine the Marquis de Sade. The original wrappers bound-in. Contemporary pink buckram (with some light damp-staining). # 106 of a Limited Edition of only 200 copies. De Sade's tale has been called: "the most impure tale that has ever been written since the world exists." Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Russell (1740-1814) wrote his... Read more
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£2,950.00
Manuscript Antiphonal Leaf on Vellum (22" x 31")

Manuscript Antiphonal Leaf on Vellum (22" x 31")

by Illuminated Manuscript

Very large (22" x 31") antiphonal leaf, on vellum, in late Gothic rotunda script, c. 1600. Text in Latin, staves are red, notes in black; large initial in red and blue. Very good, with a few short, closed tears at lower edge.
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$300.00
Neues Testament  (Facsimile)

Neues Testament (Facsimile)

by BIBLE)

Stuttgart: Belser, 1984. Limited. hardcover. fine. Over 100 colorful illustrations embellished with gold; decorated initial letters throughout. 8vo, full brown leather, elaborately decorated in blind-stamp; raised bands & papal seal on spine. (Stuttgart: Belser, 1984). Limited Edition. Beautiful facsimile of a 13th century bible,translated by St. Jerome, in the Vatican Library (Codex Vaticanus Latinus 39). Signed by the Prefect of the Bibliteca Apostolica Vaticana, this is an edition of 600... Read more
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$2,800.00
A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland.

A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland.

by LACOMBE, Jean de

London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. The black spine has a little nicking to the top and tail of the spine. Overall in good, clean condition though. Internally clean with a few foxing spots only. . First / Limited edition; Number 86 of 300 copies. Black cloth spine, batik covered boards. Printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schultzen's Ost-indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as end papers are from a... Read more
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£225.00
The English Parnassus, 1657

The English Parnassus, 1657

by Poole, Josua

Menston, England: The Scolar Press Limited. Good. 1972. Hardcover. 0854178813 . A4 + 597 pp. Appendix at rear. Facsimile of 1657 edition. Green cloth boards. Book is ex-library with usual interior marks. Pocket inside rear cover and sticker on spine. Book is otherwise in good condition, very clean with no non-library marks and minimal wear. Very usable copy. ; English Linguistics, 1500-1800, a Collection of Facsimile Reprints; Ex-Library; 9 X 6 X 1 inches; 601 pages .
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$225.00
Seven Letters from  Jane Austen

Seven Letters from Jane Austen

by Jane Austen

Alta Loma, CA : Crosscurrents , 1992. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Fine. 2 1/4 x 2 3/4". 52 pp. Limited Edition #50/100, printed and bound at Bookhaven Press. Wedding blue paper over boards with quarter-bound light taupe cloth, printed paper label on cover, several interior illustrations. Published for the Jane Austen Society of North America 1992 conference, held in Santa Monica. The seven letters by Austuer were written over a 12-year period to her brothers (1805 - 1817), with no documented... Read more
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$85.00
Iles Britanniques

Iles Britanniques

by ANONYMOUS [Manuscript map]

Map. Pen and ink with watercolor. Image measures 18 x 12.5". This anonymous pen and ink map of the British Isles was produced around the middle of the 19th century, likely by a student or apprentice as training in geography, drafting, and penmanship. The relative simplicity of the map suggests that the student was working from a school atlas as opposed to a more elaborate source. Major roads, rivers, and cities are all labeled, but the anonymous cartographer has clearly paid more attention to... Read more
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$200.00
MEMORIALS AND CHARACTERS, TOGETHER WITH THE LIVES OF DIVERS EMINENT AND WORTHY PERSONS. CONSISTING CHIEFLY OF A GREAT VARIETY OF THE MOST CELEBRATED EXAMPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE, AMONG THE NOBILITY, GENTRY, AND CLERGY, .

MEMORIALS AND CHARACTERS, TOGETHER WITH THE LIVES OF DIVERS EMINENT AND WORTHY PERSONS. CONSISTING CHIEFLY OF A GREAT VARIETY OF THE MOST CELEBRATED EXAMPLES OF PIETY AND VIRTUE, AMONG THE NOBILITY, GENTRY, AND CLERGY, .

by Wilford, John

London.: Printed for John Wilford, at the Three Flower-de-Luces, in the Old Bailey., 1741. . "FROM THE YEAR ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TO THE PRESENT TIME. COLLECTED AND COMPILED FROM ABOVE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DIFFERENT AUTHORS, SEVERAL SCARCE PIECES AND SOME ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS, COMMUNICATED TO THE EDITOR. TO WHICH IS ADDED, AN APPENDIX OF MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS, IN LATIN AND ENGLISH. LIKEWISE CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES, AND AN INDEX TO THE WHOLE.". [iv, (8), 788pp, 42pg Appendix, 2pg Index].... Read more
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$575.00
Riyad-us-Saliheen, a manuscript been read in Al Umawi mosque in Damascus during the 8th ,14th C. مخطوط رياض الصالحين

Riyad-us-Saliheen, a manuscript been read in Al Umawi mosque in Damascus during the 8th ,14th C. مخطوط رياض الصالحين

by Abu Zakaria Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawī (631–676 A.H./1234–1277) أبو زكريا يحيى بن شرف النووي

Approx. 150 ff, in later Ottoman style full lather binding tooled in gold, 9th or 10th C. H., 15th or 16th C. AD. 27 x 17 cm. Some pages are molded and lightly attached to each other, which need to light restoration. The copy contains marginal notes with some tells that the copy has been read in the Umawi (Amawi) mosque in Damascus in the H. 8th or 9th. C.
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$19,500.00
Liber meneschalcie, Italian translation of Laurentius Rusius, Hippiatria sive Marescalia (Book on the Health of Horses)

Liber meneschalcie, Italian translation of Laurentius Rusius, Hippiatria sive Marescalia (Book on the Health of Horses)

by ANTONIO DAPERA and LAURENTIUS RUSIUS

RARE MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ON THE HEALTH OF HORSES. In Italian and Latin, illustrated manuscript on paper, Northern Italy (perhaps Ferrara), dated 1434. Dimensions 283 x 217 mm, 82 folios, complete, watermark of three mountains, phrases in decorative cartouches, written in in a gothic bookhand influenced by humanistic script in two columns of 29-35 lines, large painted initials in red throughout, large divided initial in red and brown on f. 1, five marginal drawings in red or in brown with yellow wash.... Read more
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$125,000.00
The Early History of Freemasonry in England

The Early History of Freemasonry in England

by Halliwell, James Orchard

London: John Russell Smith. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1844. Second Edition. Hardcover. Nice original condition. Spine faded. Some rubbing to boards. Sprinkle of foxing to endpapers.; A scarce title. 52 pages + frontispiece + 16 pages advertisements. Original cloth boards with printed paper label on front board. Page dimensions: 198 x 118mm. Owner's signature dated 1858 of "R B Willis" on front endpaper. Halliwell is best known as a Shakespearian scholar, and was not himself a... Read more
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$450.00
[ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SKETCHBOOK OF THE H.M.S. CHALLENGER EXPEDITION, 1872 - 1874]

[ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SKETCHBOOK OF THE H.M.S. CHALLENGER EXPEDITION, 1872 - 1874]

by [Shephard, Benjamin]

[H.M.S. Challenger, 1873. Thirty-six leaves, including illustrated titlepage and thirty-five ink and watercolor illustrations, all but titlepage in full color. Oblong quarto sketchbook, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches. Original printed wrappers, backed in later tape. Inscribed on front wrapper verso: "William Gurling. H.M.S. Challenger. Sydney. Australia." Covers worn. Some minor soiling internally, but overall clean, bright, and in very good condition, with most tissue guards remaining. In a cloth clamshell... Read more
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$125,000.00
1966 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY, PHOTO ALBUM AND SCRAPBOOK OF TWO [2] BIG  GAME HUNTING TRIPS BY A WILDLIFE ARTIST STALKING MOOSE AND CARIBOU IN  CANADA AND ANTELOPE IN WYOMING

1966 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY, PHOTO ALBUM AND SCRAPBOOK OF TWO [2] BIG GAME HUNTING TRIPS BY A WILDLIFE ARTIST STALKING MOOSE AND CARIBOU IN CANADA AND ANTELOPE IN WYOMING

by JOHN [JACK] I. LASHWAY

CORNERBROOK NEWFOUNDLAND CANADA WYOMING USA. Good+. 1966. On offer is a substantial, original fascinating 80 page photo album, diary and scrapbook of John I. Lashway sometimes Jack, a Pleasant Valley New York hunter who extensively details a pair of disparate trips in 1966: caribou and moose in Newfoundland Canada and antelope in Wyoming. [BIO NOTE: Research suggests that this is almost undoubtedly Jack Lashway a noted wildlife artist.] The trip to Newfoundland, about 60% [58 pages] of the very... Read more
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$1,485.99
The Miscellaneous Works Of Charles Sedley

The Miscellaneous Works Of Charles Sedley

by Sedley, Charles

London,UK: J. Nutt, 1702. Book. Very Good+. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Modern restoration in tough brown cloth with gilt spine lettering, and new endsheets in off white a full shade brighter than the text. It seems certain to me that the text edges were cut to size, the page titling varies from 1/4" down from page top to flush on a few pages. The text is unusually decent, supple if a trifle wavy, very few flaws worthy of note, remarkably minimal... Read more
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$225.00
[Manuscript] The Wrong Overcoat

[Manuscript] The Wrong Overcoat

by Fitch, Louie M., translator. Original by A. Von Winterfeld. Sketches by C. E. Fitch

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1885. Limp cloth. Leather edged. . Very Good. Oblong, 13.5 by 19 cm. 63 pp. With original pen and ink vignette illustrations throughout -- 27 in all, plus the drawing on the front cover. These are mostly of objects -- a cigar case, a notebook, a dozen oysters, wheat, a wine glass and bottle, implements for a Turkish bath, a revolver, but there are also a few human figures drawn. Part of the fun and singularity of this manuscript derives from the lengths its creator went to... Read more
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$975.00
Kitaj Prints a Catalogue Raisonne

Kitaj Prints a Catalogue Raisonne

by Jennifer Ramkalawon

London: The British Museum, 2013. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. R. B. Kitaj R.A.. The Catalogue Raisonne of graphic works by R. B. Kitaj, the controversial American Artist. Fine in original boards with very good illustrated dustwrapper. Loosely inserted is a one leaf A.L.S., dated June (1977), from the artist recommending the, then young, artist Andrzej Jackowsky. The letter is addressed to Joe Hope, sometime Head of Fine Arts at Bath Academy of Art from... Read more
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£150.00
MS Psalm 43 Leaf c.1200 manuscript

MS Psalm 43 Leaf c.1200 manuscript

by [Bible] [MS]

1200. No Binding. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Leaf. 18.5cm x 16cm. Single manuscript leaf on vellum containing almost the whole of Psalm 43 and the beginning of Psalm 44. Produced in about 1200. Black ink with red initials and a large illuminated capital 'E' on the reverse with 'Tu es ipse rex meus et' and ends with 'ERUCTAVIT cor meum verbum'.
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£750.00
Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783

Revolutionary War Journals of Henry Dearborn 1775-1783

by Dearborn, Henry; Lloyd A. Brown (ed); Howard H. Peckham (ed); Herman Dunlap Smith (essay)

Chicago: The Caxton Club. Near Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1939. First Printing. Hard Cover. Limited Edition (one of only 350 copies designed by William A. Kittredge and printed from type by the Lakeside Press, Chicago). Quarter bound in publisher's tan cloth over blue cloth boards, gilt lettering on burgundy leather panel on spine, t.e.g., fore-edge deckle. Illustrated with tissue-protected portrait frontispiece, reproduced letter, maps of Quebec, the Battle of Monmouth, and the... Read more
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$150.00
The Triumph of Applause and the Glories of Her Royal Highness Maria Anna Christina Victoria of Bavaria, Dauphine of France, Illustrated with Perfect Letters, Which Contain the Following Verses to be Read in the Image with a Microscope; manuscript in Italian and micrographic drawing of the same text

The Triumph of Applause and the Glories of Her Royal Highness Maria Anna Christina Victoria of Bavaria, Dauphine of France, Illustrated with Perfect Letters, Which Contain the Following Verses to be Read in the Image with a Microscope; manuscript in Italian and micrographic drawing of the same text

by IGNATIO FRANCESCO MULIGIN and PIERRE MIGNARD(?)

RARE MICROGRAPHIC DRAWING AND ACCOMPANYING MANUSCRIPT FOR A DAUPHINE OF FRARARE MICROGRAPHIC DRAWING AND ACCOMPANYING MANUSCRIPT FOR A DAUPHINE OF FRANCE. Micrographic drawing and manuscript on paper, in Italian, France, c. 1683-84. Drawing: one large sheet, dimensions 630 x 500 mm.; Manuscript: dimensions 335 x 225 mm., 221 folios, complete, written in a cursive script entirely in the hand of the author, in one column of 18-21 lines, catchwords, signatures trimmed. BINDING: contemporary binding of red... Read more
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$95,000.00
The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, 1825-1832, from the original manuscript at Abbotsford

The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, 1825-1832, from the original manuscript at Abbotsford

by Scott Walter

David Douglas, Edinburgh 1891, new edition, hb, 8vo, 943pp, illustrated, folding col. map of Abbotsford at rear, in orig blue cloth, light wear to spine extrs and corners, a little browning to some early leaves, vg. Hardcover.
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€12.00
Mister Meddles Mischief

Mister Meddles Mischief

by Enid Blyton

UK: Newnes, 1960. 10th Imp 1960. This book is from the Estate of Gillian Baverstock ( 1931-2007) the eldest daughter of Enid Blyton. This archive of Enid Blyton books was recently sold in auction in the United Kingdom. The archive combines Gillians Baverstock's childhood and adult collection of works by and about her mother. A total of 82 lots including many original manuscripts, presentation books from the publishers to Enid Blyton, 1st Editions, pictures, a writing table and even Blyton's... Read more
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£55.00