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1927 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MICHIGAN MASTER OF MAGIC

1927 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A MICHIGAN MASTER OF MAGIC

by E.B. WILHELM

FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN MI. Good. 1927. On offer is an original, super 1927 manuscript diary used as a notebook handwritten by popular Franklin Michigan magician E.B. Wilhelm. Using a large page a day book by "Dodge Reports - Yearbook" for 1927 not as a diary but more of a catch-all wherein he details many technical matters of his performances and acts including running orders, load notes, prop lists, stage blocking, scripting, secret codes, jokes, poetry and more. Historians, researchers and... Read more
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$1,595.99
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'

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
1930 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG OHIO VIOLINST WHO WOULD ONE DAY  SOON DEFY HER JAPANESE CAPTORS, ENDURE THREE YEARS OF HORRIFIC TREATMENT  AND DEPRIVATIONS EVEN WHILE PREGNANT IN PRISON ONLY TO ENDURE AND FLOURISH  UNTIL HER 97TH YEAR

1930 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A YOUNG OHIO VIOLINST WHO WOULD ONE DAY SOON DEFY HER JAPANESE CAPTORS, ENDURE THREE YEARS OF HORRIFIC TREATMENT AND DEPRIVATIONS EVEN WHILE PREGNANT IN PRISON ONLY TO ENDURE AND FLOURISH UNTIL HER 97TH YEAR

by GRACE ELINORE CHAPMAN [later NASH]

DELAWARE OHIO CLEVELAND AKRON OH. Good. 1930. On offer is a fascinating, original January 1, 1930 to November 9, 1930 manuscript diary handwritten by Grace Elinore Chapman [later Nash], a 21 year old woman, a concert violinist and teacher who would one day soon find love, move to the Philippines and then in 1942 become a prisoner of war under cruel and severe treatment by her Japanese captors. Casual research finds an article regarding her life titled: "An Unbelievable Life: Mother, wife,... Read more
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$3,255.99
Logboek van een slavenhaler. (Vertaling Walter Penn).

Logboek van een slavenhaler. (Vertaling Walter Penn).

by CONNEAU, Theophilus

(Amsterdam, Amsterdam Boek, 1978). Wrappers. 392 pp. A slaver's log book from 1853 after the original manuscript. .
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€27.50
The Tailor of Gloucester A Facsimile of the original manuscript & Illustrations

The Tailor of Gloucester A Facsimile of the original manuscript & Illustrations

by Beatrix Potter

Frederick Warne and Company, Ltd, 1968 Black cloth book in very good condition. Limited edition of 1500 copies this being number 14. Slipcase has some edgewear and foxing. Book
has a plastic cover over the black cloth boards, has a few pieces missing.. Scuff on the back of the
slipcase.
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$35.34
CODEX MANESSE

CODEX MANESSE

by (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT FACSIMILE)

Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1925-27. No. 270 OF 320 COPIES. 372 x 250 mm. (14 5/8 x 9 3/4"). 428, [1] (colophon) leaf. No. 270 OF 320 COPIES. Publisher's fine full cream-colored pigskin over bevelled boards, large raised double cords, spine panel with blind titling, double endbands in tan and olive green. With penwork initials in red and blue, including some large puzzle initials, and 137 FULL-PAGE COLOR MINIATURES. Mild soiling to pigskin, otherwise a very fine copy, pristine internally. An... Read more
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$7,800.00
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

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... Read more
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£695.00
VULGATE BIBLE; illuminated thirteenth-century manuscript on parchment with historiated initials similar to work by the Johannes Grusch workshop (active in Paris, c. 1225-1275)

VULGATE BIBLE; illuminated thirteenth-century manuscript on parchment with historiated initials similar to work by the Johannes Grusch workshop (active in Paris, c. 1225-1275)

by Catholic Church

A LUXURIOUS EXAMPLE OF A THIRTEENTH-CENTURY POCKET BIBLE ILLUMINATED IN PARIS. Illuminated manuscript on parchment in Latin, France (Paris?), c. 1250-1275. 160 x 110 mm. 535 folios, missing six leaves, else complete, though now bound out of order, written under top line in several similar, very tiny, precise gothic bookhands in two columns of 45 lines (justification 102 x 75 mm.), capitals touched in red, red and blue running titles and chapter numbers, 2-line initials alternating in red or blue with... Read more
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$225,000.00
An automobile registration form originally for Judith Agnes Serkin.

An automobile registration form originally for Judith Agnes Serkin.

by Serkin, Rudolf

Serkin, Rudolf. An automobile registration form originally for Judith Agnes Serkin. The form was altered to suit Rudolf Serkin, signed and dated by him on January 2, 1975. The form gives his address as RFD 3 Brattleboro, Vermont and was processed by the State of Vermont on January 31, 1975. Condition fine. Rudolf Serkin, long regarded as one of the most important classical pianists of the twentieth century was Viennese by birth, studying piano with Richard Robert and composition with Arnold Schoenberg in... Read more
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$450.00
The Roentgen Rays in Medicine and Surgery as an aid in diagnosis and as a therapeutic agent

The Roentgen Rays in Medicine and Surgery as an aid in diagnosis and as a therapeutic agent

by Williams, Francis H

Birmingham, Alabama: Gryphon Press for the Classics of Medical Library, 1988. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine. Numbered 2137 of a limited edition contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in... Read more
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$23.00
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Alexander Pope, Esq; Faithfully Collected from Authentic Authors, Original Manuscripts, and the Testimonies of many Persons of Credit and Honour: with Critical Observations. [In Two Volumes]

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Alexander Pope, Esq; Faithfully Collected from Authentic Authors, Original Manuscripts, and the Testimonies of many Persons of Credit and Honour: with Critical Observations. [In Two Volumes]

by William Ayre:

London:: for the Author,, 1745.. First edition.. Hardcover. Very Good+. xii, 340, [16]; [vi], 389, [13]; illustrated with 'heads of divers illustrious persons', and each book with an index. Contents in very good order, with minimal toning of paper. In contemporary bindings of full calf, boards ruled in gilt, spines with five raised bands, with new labels and recent Japanese tissue repairs to joints and ends. A very nicely refurbished set.
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£420.00
Notes on the History of Sheviocke ... THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

Notes on the History of Sheviocke ... THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

by KEMPTHORNE, Lt-Col. G. A

c1934. Manuscript title, map, 70 pages inc. index, contained within a custom made foldover cloth case. Beautifully and neatly written on single sided lined paper with a number of pen and ink sketches by the author including a detailed map. Kempthorne's book,"A History of the Parish of Sheviock" was published in 1934. This is the author's original manuscript copy, from which the book was published, although the sketched illustrations and map were not included in the publication. A UNIQUE... Read more
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£375.00
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

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
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$350.00
Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate

Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate

by BRISCOE Samuel J

1850. (SLAVERY) (BRISCOE, Samuel J.) TURNER, John R., clerk. Account [of] Sales of the Goods and Chattles of the Personal Estate of Samuel J. Briscoe late of Charles County Deceased. Chaptico, Maryland, circa 1850. Small folio (8 by 12 inches), string-bound ledger, 12 leaves (four blank). Housed in custom chemise and slipcase. $2600.Original manuscript ledger of the public estate sale of Samuel J. Briscoe, tobacco farmer of Charles County, Maryland, and owner of 23 slaves, seven of whom were... Read more
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$2,600.00
1917 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WORLD WAR I SURREY ENGLAND HOMEFRONT DIARY  HANDWRITTEN BY THE VICAR OF NORBITON

1917 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT WORLD WAR I SURREY ENGLAND HOMEFRONT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY THE VICAR OF NORBITON

by REVEREND NEWTON HEELAS, VICAR OF NORBITON

KINGSTON SURREY ENGLAND ST PETER DIOCESE SOUTHWARK. Good+. 1917. On offer is a super, fascinating British home front manuscript diary handwritten by the Reverend Newton Heelas, Vicar of Norbiton Kingston Surrey 1917 where along with the mundane parish happenings he comments on war events in this month on a page 'Churchman's Almanac' making for short, terse recaps of the bigger news: 29 Jan HMS Laurentic sunk, 200 lives lost; 1 Feb German ruthless submarine warfare; 10 Mar Baghdad taken;... Read more
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$1,285.99
Personalities in Art

Personalities in Art

by Cortissoz, Royal

Cortissoz, Royal. Personalities in Art. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York – London, MCMXXV [1925]. [viii; half-title; 444 pages] First edition, 21 cm; frontispiece and plates in the text, printed on laid paper, with watermark. Bound in blue cloth with darker blue lettering on the front cover and spine. No dust wrapper. Near fine copy.
A comprehensive range of essays on art and artists by an eminent art historian. This copy is warmly inscribed to the American portrait painter, Louis Betts (1873 –... Read more
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$650.00
The Esdaile Notebook:  A Volume of Early Poems

The Esdaile Notebook: A Volume of Early Poems

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe; Cameron, Kenneth Neill (editor)

NY: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. xxi, 378 pp. Illustrations, commentaries, publication history, bibliographical description, notes, index of titles, index of first lines. Edited by Cameron from the original manuscript in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library. .
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$12.00
1955 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND JOURNAL OF THE WORLD'S  LARGEST ICE BREAKER ON IT'S FIRST POLAR EXPEDITION HANDWRITTEN BY THE  CHIEF ENGINEER

1955 ORIGINAL SIGNIFICANT MANUSCRIPT DIARY AND JOURNAL OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST ICE BREAKER ON IT'S FIRST POLAR EXPEDITION HANDWRITTEN BY THE CHIEF ENGINEER

by LIEUTENANT P.Y. MATTHEWS JR., US NAVY CHIEF ENGINEER

ASEA ABOARD THE USS GLACIER. Good+. 1955. On offer is a super pair of significant original manuscript journals handwritten by Lieutenant P.Y. Matthews, Jr. a United States Navy Chief Engineer of the noted USS Glacier detailing the Chief's voyage and participation in Operation Deep Freeze I making for a very detailed account in two volumes beginning in the Antarctic upon arrival December 15, 1955 until departure April 1, 1956. Written as a group of letters titled 'Dear Jan' it appears... Read more
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$4,855.99
ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D.

ORIGINAL LEAVES FROM FAMOUS BIBLES. NINE CENTURIES 1121-1935 A.D.

by (LEAF BOOK - BIBLES, MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED). EGE, OTTO

Cleveland: For the author, [ca. 1950]. ONE OF 100 SETS OF "SERIES B," with 60 leaves. 515 x 355 mm. (20 1/4 x 14"). 2 p.l., 60 matted leaves. Collected and annotated by Otto Ege. ONE OF 100 SETS OF "SERIES B," with 60 leaves. Loose as issued, housed in original light brown buckram box, black morocco label on upper cover. WITH FOUR MANUSCRIPT LEAVES AND 56 PRINTED LEAVES, as called for, in archival mats with descriptive labels written by Ege. Prospectus and contents leaf with... Read more
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$14,040.00
1880s - 1900s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF ONE ARKANSAS MAN'S DETERMINED  DOCUMENTING OF THE 1857 MORMON ATROCITY AND AMERICA'S WORST MASS SHOOTING  KNOWN AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

1880s - 1900s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF ONE ARKANSAS MAN'S DETERMINED DOCUMENTING OF THE 1857 MORMON ATROCITY AND AMERICA'S WORST MASS SHOOTING KNOWN AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

by WILLIAM A FALCONER

FORT SMITH FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS UTAH. Fair. 1885. On offer is a significant, original manuscript journal circa 1880 - 1890s through 1900s compiled and created by 'Wm. A. Falconer Fort Smith and Fayetteville Ark.' Research concludes this is the work of Judge William A. Falconer who was born in Charleston, Arkansas in 1869. There he received his early education, then studied law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, then practiced law in Fort Smith, Arkansas beginning in 1895. In... Read more
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$5,855.99
Abiquiu, Chama and Pagosa Springs - 1859

Abiquiu, Chama and Pagosa Springs - 1859

by Macomb, John N., Caapt. and Prof. J. S. Newberry

32 pages, photo of original manuscript with appropriate illustrations and maps.
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$10.00
1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT COPY BOOK, CATCHALL CREATED BY A NOTED JUSTICE  OF THE PEACE AND EVENTUAL SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG SAG HARBOR WOMAN

1820s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT COPY BOOK, CATCHALL CREATED BY A NOTED JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND EVENTUAL SCRAPBOOK OF A YOUNG SAG HARBOR WOMAN

by MALTBY GELTSON ROSE, NELLIE DOUGLASS

SAG HARBOR LONG ISLAND NEW YORK. Good+. 1820. On offer is a super, interesting, original manuscript 19th Century scrapbook and in many ways a commonplace book. We believe the book had two owners contributing to the content. The first few pages have clippings pasted over older entries. An ownership inscription by Miss Nellie Douglass of Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York leads us to believe that Nellie is the person that later, circa 1880s, used the original journal for clippings and a few scraps... Read more
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$2,255.99
PLUTARCH, Pompei viri illustris vita [Life of Pompey], Latin translation by Antonius Tudertinus Pacinus [or Jacopo Angeli da Scarperia]; decorated manuscript on paper, in Latin

PLUTARCH, Pompei viri illustris vita [Life of Pompey], Latin translation by Antonius Tudertinus Pacinus [or Jacopo Angeli da Scarperia]; decorated manuscript on paper, in Latin

by PLUTARCH, Pompei viri illustris vita [Life of Pompey]

HUMANIST MANUSCRIPT OF ONE OF PLUTARCH'S LIVES IN A LATIN TRANSLATION OF THE GREEK ORIGINAL. Decorated manuscript on paper, in Latin, Northern Italy, Lombardy, perhaps Ferrara or Mantua?, c. 1470-1480. Dimensions 215 x 155 mm. 71 folios, on thick paper with watermark of the type Briquet, "Basilic," no. 2671: Ferrara, 1471 or nos. 2672-2673: Mantua, 1478-1483, written in an Italian humanistic slightly sloping cursive script on up to 21 long lines, headings in margins in pale red ink, contemporary marginal... Read more
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$26,000.00
The Decorated Letter

The Decorated Letter

by ALEXANDER, J.J.G

New York: George Braziller, 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. 118p. with 40 full color plates illustrating the history of decorated initials or letters in Medieval manuscripts. Practically as new. Tiny bumps or spots of wear on rear upper edge of dust jacket.
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$35.00