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    The Young Visitors or Mr Sateena's Plan by Ashford, Daisy

    London: Chatto & Windus. Hardback. 86pp. With preface by J M Barrie. Portrait frontis and further plate showing the first page of the original manuscript. Red cloth with paper label to the spine is rather faded. Paper label is stained. Clean and sound. Good+, sound copy . Hardback. 1936.


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    Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of Elizabeth Robins by ROBINS, Elizabeth (1862-1952)

    1912. No binding. 7 x 9 inches flat, folded to 7 x 4-1/2 inches. Autograph letter signed. Two pages. Dated Backset Farm, Sussex, June 2nd, [19] 12. Arranging a visit with Sir Edward Bush. Elizabeth Robins was an American/English actress, playwright, prolific novelist and suffragette. Robins spent most of her adult life living and working in England, first in London and later in Sussex as well. Robins, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was the first child of Charles E. Robins and Hannah M. (Crow) Robins. After 1880, Robins moved to New York City and began an acting career. She became a member of the Boston Museum Company, James O'Neill's Monte Cristo Traveling Company, and toured with Edwin Booth Lawrence Barrett. She appeared in such plays as A Celebrated Case, Julius Caesar, and The Merchant of Venice, first under the stage name Claire Raymond and later as Bessie Robins.


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    Black edges three page letter to the Rev. William B. Sprague, author of Annals of the American Pulpit. in Part: "I Have Just Followed to the Grave My Father in Law Capt. Marshall..." by Butler, William Allen

    NY. Good+. 1865. Letter. 8vo; October 14, 1865, three page autographed letter signed. ; Signed by Author .


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    As Sahm us Sa'ib, unique autograph manuscript in Ottoman Turkish on Archery, using the bow and arrow. Written by the author in Medina and dedicated to the Ottoman Sultan III Mustafa by Nazif Zade Ahmed Hamid (D. 1248 H. )

    1240 Handwritten. As New. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. 58 pp. Ottoman Turkish manuscript, copied by the author who was the Imam of Khalid b. Zaid mosque in Medina in 1240. The first 3 pages of the manuscript contain a dedication to the Ottoman Sultan III Mustafa with a heading illumination centered with a bow shape. The author was a well-known Ottoman scholar and poet. He occupied different places in the Ottoman Diwan like Ketkhuda. He also was musician and calligrapher. (Qamus ul A'laam, Shams ud Din Sami 3/1917). Unique Imperial copy of an un-usual subject to be existed in the Islamic art market.. رسالة مخطوطة فريدة في الرمي بالقوس و السهام, حضا على الجهاد و تعلم الرمي. بخط مؤلفها أحمد حامد نظيف زادة. ألفها بالتركية إتحافا للسلطان محمود خان العدلي سنة 1240 في المدينة المنورة حيث كان إمام مسجد خالد بن زيد و ساكنا من سكانها بإذن من الدولة العثمانية. بين المؤلف أن سبب تأليفه للرسالة إتحافا للسلطان هو تعلق سلاطين آل عثمان بمقتضى العادة و اتباعا للسنة النبوية بتعلم السهم و "القوس المائل" و أنه لذلك جمع أربعين حديثا صحيحة ترجمها إلى اللسان التركي و شرحها مختصرا و ذكر ما ساقه من كتب في السيرة النبوية في هذا الباب من عالي الأقوال داعيا للسلطان "باستمرار الأمن و الراحة و اضمحلال أعداء الدولة من الكفرة و المنافقين و تشتتهم, و أن يحفظ ذرية السلطان و ولي عهده من الافات و العلل, و أن يقوموا على إحياء السنن الأحمدية من قبيل موضوع الرسالة لتطيب بهذا روح رسول الله فيكون الظفر بأعداء الدين و النصر حليفا دائما". جعلت الصفحات الثلاثة الأولى للإتحاف, و روست الصفحة الأولى بديباجة مزينة بالذهب و الألوان المناسبة لفن الزخرفة في عصر السلطان محمود الثاني يتوسطها شكل بسيط لقوس و نشاب. وضعت فواصل المقدمة و الإتحاف نقاطا من ذهب على صورة فواصل السور, و جعلت رؤوس العناوين في سائر الرسالة باللون الأحمر كما كتبت سائر الرسالة بالأسود بخط الرقعة الجيد, و جدولت جميع الصفحات بالذهب, صفحات الرسالة من الورق المقهر الضارب إلى اللون الأصفر يميل إلى البني الفاتح. و جلدت الرسالة بتجليد من عصرها بجلد أحمر قان مجدول بالذهب على الدفتين الأمامية و الخلفية. مقياس الرسالة 23.5 سم طولا و 13.5 سم عرضا. أثبت المؤلف الأحاديث النبوية بالعربية كما هي ثم شرحها بالتركية يضيف إلى الشرح لطائف من كتب السير و نكتا تتعلق بالرمي و القوس و السهام. يبدأ المؤلف بحديث عقبة بن عامر: ألا إن القوة الرمي, و ينتهي بحديث سلمة بن الأكوع في الصلاة في القوس و القرن, أن رسول الله قال: صل في القوس و اطرح القرن. يتم المؤلف الأحاديث و شرحها في 37 صفحة ثم ينتقل إلى تذييلها في صفحتين بشرح لغرائب اللغة الواردة في أحاديث الرسالة, ثم يبدأ بباب أسماء القوس و أصول الرمي و ما ورد في ذلك عن السلف و كيفية الاقتداء بأهل الفن "أئمة الكمانكشلر (؟)" في الرمي أصولا و فروعا و ملاحظة حدود اختلافهم في ذلك. و المؤلف حين يذكر بأنه ليس من أرباب هذا الفن و المجتهدين فيه, يقول إنه سلك مسلك الاختصار فيما وقف عليه من رسائل في فن الرمي بالنشاب و هي بعض سرد للإمام الطبري, و رسالة بلغة الترك الجغطاي اسمها رسالة الرمي, و رسالة أخرى اسمها الإيضاح. و الملاحظات التي ذكرها المؤلف في خمس صفحات تتعلق بالموضوع كما يلي: - أئمة الفن في التأليف في الرمي - أركان الرمي - اختلاف أصول الرمي و فروعه عند أصحاب الفن و أنها تعود إلى أربعة أمور - التيمن بذكر أسماء و عدد أقواس الرسول آخر الرسالة يلي الرسالة تتمة مبدوءة بديباجة من التذهيب و الألوان يختلف عن الأولى من نمط التذهيب في عصر السلطان محمود الثااني, و عنونها المؤلف ب: باقي السهم الصائب, أربعون حديثا رمي السهام. و الرسالة للمؤلف ينقل فيها جواب إبراهيم حنيف بن مصطفى عن سؤال في الرمي بالنبال في سبع صفحات. جعلت مقدمة الجواب بالتركية و باقي الرسالة بالعربية في فضائل رمي السهام, و هي مجموع من أربعين حديثا مسرودة سردا تنتهي في الصفحة الأخيرة بأسماء أقواس النبي و جعبته و أول من عمل القسي و نحو ذلك. و إبراهيم حنيف بن مصطفى الرومي الإسطمبولي من علماء الدولة العثمانية توفي سنة 1189 له مؤلفات منها الأعداد في الإعداد و منازل الحرمين. تلي الرسائل الثلاثة خاتمة لغوية في أربع صفحات في الجموع القياسية لابن كمال الوزير يحتمل أن المؤلف رأى داعيا لإضافتها اعتبارا لما قد يكون ورد في الرسائل السابقة مما يحتاج إلى الجواب عنه من ناحية اللغة. ختمت الرسالة بأجزائها: "نشته شد بقلم سقم رقم فقير أحمد حامد الشهير بنظيف زادة أواخر ذي القعدة الشريفة ازشهور سنة 1240" و هي من نوع عبارات الخطاطين الذين اشتهروا بالخط. مجموع صفحات الرسالة 58 صفحة. ترجمة المؤلف المؤلف من أعلام الشعراء في الدولة العثمانية, ترجم له شمس الدين سامي في قاموس الأعلام المجلد الثالث ص 1917 من طبعة اسطمبول 1308 و ذكر بأنه كان من متأخري الشعراء العثمانيين, وأنه بعد أن داوم في وظائف ديوانية مختلفة مثل قلم الكتخدا, انتسب إلى طريقة الشيخ غالب المولوية في غلطة و أنه اعتزل المناصب في آخر حياته و توفي سنة 1248 متجاوزا سن الثمانين وكان له مرتبا ديوانيا. اشتهر بجودة خط التعليق كما اشتهر بمعرفة الموسيقى. كما ذكره شيخ الإسلام عارف حكمت في تذكرته بكثرة الشعر و ساق شيئا منه. و قد أفرد للمؤلف موقع الأدباء الأتراك ترجمة أخذها من قاموس الأعلام و السجل العثماني لمحمد ثريا و عارف حكمت. و لم تذكر له مؤلفات لا هذا الكتاب و لاغيره.


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    The Medici Aesop: From the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library by Aesop; McTigue, Bernard; Everett Fahy

    N Y: Harry N Abrams Inc, 1989. Oversize Hardback. Fine/Near Fine. XL. Book is in excellent condition in every respect, with gilt lettering on spine and filigree on cover over deep blue cloth. Sharp corners, square, straight spine, text block is solid and straight. Dust jacket shows light scuffing and general wear, no tears, no edge wear. This is a book of "Aesop's Fables elegantly handwritten in Greek and illustrated by some of the lovelies miniature paintings that have ever appeared between the covers of a Renaissance manuscript." 151 plates in full color.


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    Manuscript collection of compositions on a variety of subjects by Whitehouse, Moses M

    [Pembroke, CT, 1832. 8vo, pp. [2], 100, [2]; 6 leaves of mounted dried flowers (mostly perished) at back; 1 extra bifolium laid in containing three pages of "wandering thoughts"; contemporary quarter red calf over marbled paper-covered boards; upper joint cracked at the top, boards rubbed and bumped; very good. A manuscript notebook full of pontification on a variety of subjects, some rather mundane ("Friendship is an acquisition which is very necessary and needful in life"), and some on more colorful topics: the autobiography of a hat, Yankee peddlers ("Among the variety of imposters which we daily meet the yanks peddlers must be the first which comes under our observation"); slavery; the plight of the Indians; fashion ("Where the old fashioned knee-buckles have been turned into some article of fancy; the sheepskin pantaloons and horn buttons have given place to morocco shoes and shell combs"). Thirty-three entries are provided in all. One describes the town of Pembroke, CT; there seems little otherwise to indicate where these essays were published.


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    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 ITEM. Hard Cover. Very Good. 4to (270 x 205 mm). Manuscript.


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    A Rare Manuscript Journal - Beginnings of Holt Shipping Empire by John Holt of Garthorpe

    North Lincolnshire, England, Belgium, 1843-1856, 1843. Original manuscript shipping ledger journal kept by merchant and sloop shipmaster John Holt of Garthorpe, conceivably being the uncle (born 1822) and namesake of the famous John Holt (1841-1917) who subsequently founded the pioneering Liverpool-West Africa shipping company still operating today as John Holt plc. Features at least six John Holt signature incsriptions. 8vo. 194 pages in manuscript. Original vellum binding with working brass clasp and orange marbled endpapers. Age-toning to boards, early repair to clasp, otherwise in very good condition, a noteworthy primary source document with much detail. While much is known about renowned merchant and shipping magnate John Holt (1841-1917) and his brothers with whom he partnered in the West Africa trade, very little detail is readily available on the shipping activities of his predecessors and mentors. [Of the freight transport and trade activities prior to the founding of John Holt & Co. (Liverpool) Ltd in 1884, the only known archive of Holt family papers is held by the National Archives, which spans from 1703 to 1965.] The present volume comprises a firsthand record of the commercial shipping activities in and outside of England made by a John Holt of Garthorpe six years before the famous John Holt of Garthorpe's voyage to Fernando Po, and thirty years prior to the founding of John Holt and Company which established trading posts and banking in West Africa. The writer may quite rightly be the uncle and namesake of the great businessman and company founder. As he plied the English coast and continent, then explored foreign trade, John Holt of Garthorpe, keeper of the present journal, dutifully penned a ledger of expenses and accounts. The volume beginning in 1843 and pertaining largely to freight transport on the rivers of North Lincolnshire. His entries, however, further reveal the start of coastal trade from the northeast to the south coast of England, and, in the latter years, we notice substantial increase in the number of port towns visited for trade. His pioneering voyages to continental Europe in 1853 show the Holt family's subsequent beginnings in foreign trade, and foretell the imminent success which would build favourable and profitable Anglo-African trade relations for centuries to follow. Tirelessly ferrying all kinds of cargo throughout North Lincolnshire and centering around the Isle of Axholme for several years, he frequently transported gravel, cobble and binding agents, which is consistent with the ongoing construction of navigable canals, as well as railways, in this period. The Barton-on-Humber railway station, for example, was opened as part of the branch line from New Holland to Barton-on-Humber in 1849. Ale was also frequently transported. Deliveries of cargo were made to the following locations in North Lincolnshire: the ancient Parish called Belton (near Epworth), Crowle, Luddington (now Luddington and Haldenby), West Butterwick, Spalding on the River Welland in the South Holland district, Gunhouse [Gunness], Burringham on the east bank of the river Trent, Grimsby, Boothferry and Goole, and the Parish of Althorpe - one of the eight original parishes in the Isle of Axholme (now Keadby with Althorpe). Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is a principle port, and from here he frequently ships potatoes and other goods as far as London. Barton is also mentioned [Barton-upon-Humbler across the river from Hull]. Some clients are named. On 19 August 1848 he delivered 70 tons of 'cliff' for Baronet Sir Robert Sheffield, whom in 1842 had purchased the old Healey estate in Frodingham, together with a Charles Winn. [This was either Sir Robert Sheffield, 4th Baronet (1796-1862), Major of the North Lincolnshire Yeomanry, Justice of the Peace, High Sherriff of Lincolnshire, and politician, or possibly his eldest son Sir Robert Sheffield, 5th Baronet (1823-1886) who also served as High Sherriff of Lincolnshire.] In the 1850's Holt's inland business was expanding greatly, with new clients at Gainsborough, Dunkirk, Ispwich, Wisbech, Rochester, Newcastle, and Lowestoft. Large quantities of tiles were sent to London during this period, 36,000 tiles, 45,000 tiles, as well as fire clay and fire bricks. On 10 February 1855 the usual cargo of potatoes was brought to London, and this time two bells as well. Reflecting the prosperity refinement of the Victorian era, at Hull he delivered marble, mahogany, iron and barrels of resin. In 1851, a notable change occurred when Holt took his business to the sea coast. His first coastal voyage was for a substantial delivery being made on 12 July, consisting of stone, machinery, several carts and wagons, paint, and oil, quite possibly for the expansion of the Southampton West End railway station which was constructed in 1847, and its terminus at Blechynden Terrace which came into use in 1850. [Developments continued until 1860, by which time the station was equipped with a booking office and two waiting rooms on the up and down platforms. The Southampton and Dorchester Railway Company, having amalgamated with the large London and South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1848, was expanding and improving its lines at this time.] Fees incurred on this voyage included dues payable at Dover and Ramsgate, boomage and quay dues, over and above the regular expenses. In 1853 Holt was making voyages along the northern sea coast of England, with a delivery of timber to the famous shipbuilding town of Whitby, where Captain Cook learned seamanship. In the same year he shipped 108 tons of coal to Harwich, 86 tons of shingles to Hull. Sunderland also became a relatively frequent port. Finally, crossing the North Sea in 1853 for the first time with commercial cargo, the sloop called "Gutteridge" transported 104 tons of guano to Antwerp in Belgium; a cargo of machinery is subsequently brought to Brussels; these being the first steps in foreign shipping for John Holt of Garthorpe. Fees and expenses tallied throughout the volume include wharfage, bridge dues, tariffs paid to the Lord Mayor of London, separate canal dues in London, Humber dues, pilotage. In April 1846 he pays dues paid on 15 horses and some ale, evidently trying his hand at transporting live animals. In Hull, January 1847, a delivery of cement stone and hoops requires payment of dock dues, buoyage, corporation fee, entrance fee, and house commissions. Dues are occasionally paid at Spurn [The lifeboat station at Spurn Head was built in 1810, on the north bank of the mouth of the Humber estuary. Owing to the remote location, houses for the lifeboat crew and their families were added a few years later]. In addition, he pays a boatswain, a waterman, and other hired labour from time to time. During this thirteen years of trade, Holt had at least 3 sloops, "Friends" from 1843-1849, "Acorn" from 1849-1851, and "Gutteridge" from 1851-1856. These were all made by shipbuilder John Wray (1796-1884) of Burton Stather. By 1851 he employed sixteen men. An interesting connection may be realized through this volume. The keeper of this ledger, John Holt, inscribes a note to remember his wedding to 'Sarah' on 16 October 1845. The 1851 census states that John Wray had a niece named Sarah. In 1851, a notable change occurred when Holt took his business to the sea coast. Making the connection between merchant and sloop shipmaster John Holt of Garthorpe who wrote the present ledger, and the famous John Holt of Garthorpe (1841-1917) who subsequently founded the Liverpool-West Africa shipping company: From the Holt family of Garthorpe there were many in the shipping trade, from shipwrights and sailmasters, to shipowners, and leading merchants, the most famous of them being the brothers who established a shipping trade in West Africa. With ancestral origins in Broughton Grange, they established firms in Liverpool, including John Holt & Co Ltd, West Africa Traders & Shipowners. Needing no introduction, John Holt (1841-1915) was an English merchant who founded the most significant shipping line which operated between Liverpool and West Africa, and a number of businesses in Nigeria, which are now incorporated in John Holt plc. Born on the 31 October 1841 in Garthorpe, Lincolnshire, he first worked for his grandfather, learning the sea trade at an exceptionally young age. Subsequently, at the age of fifteen, he became the apprentice of William Laird, a Liverpool coal dealer. Just prior to completing his apprenticeship, in 1862 he went to Fernando Po to take up an appointment as secretary to James Lynslager, formerly acting British Consul who was pursuing his personal commercial interests. [Sir Richard Burton had just entered the Foreign Service as consul of the island.] There he managed Lynslager's trading post. Five years later, he bought out his employer, and he was joined by his brother Jonathan. In 1868 Johnathan bought a schooner, which enabled the brothers to open more trading posts in West Africa. In 1874 the brothers opened an office in Liverpool. In 1881, John entered the palm oil trade. In 1884 the brothers formed a partnership, John Holt and Company. Falling in line with family tradition, his father, Thomas Godfrey Holt (born 1817 Luddington, Lincolnshire - died 1909 Appleby, Lincolnshire), was a shipowner and merchant as well. It was he, who arranged for his son, the famous John Holt of Garthope, to apprenticeship under Laird for five years. The original indenture document between William Laird and Thomas Godfrey Holt is held in the Liverpool Maritime Museum Archives. [The 1856 gazetteer and directory of Lincolnshire lists both Thomas Holt (father) and John Holt (son) as master mariners at Garthorpe on the Isle of Axholme. Thomas is also described as a coal merchant, vessel owner and victualler, of "Sheffield Arms", Ferry, having purchased the "Sheffield Arms Inn" at Burton upon Stather.] Especially interesting in reference to the present volume, his paternal uncle and namesake was John Holt, born 1822 in Burton-upon-Stather, quite likely the author of the present volume, and surely another source of inspiration for setting out to Africa in the first place, to learn about foreign commerce. His grandfather, Thomas Holt (born 1788 All Saints, Flixborough - married Elizabeth Godfrey in Luddington church on 28 June 1814 - died 1863 Luddington), was a sea merchant of notable repute. He is listed in census as a sailor in 1815 and a ship master by 1817, at these times his surname was spelled Hoult. He is mentioned in the coastal trade archives, and found in several articles of the Hull Packet Newspaper. He received a master's certificate for having worked 43 years in coastal trade. The record states: "Thomas Holt, Born at Crosby, Lincolnshire, 12 September 1788, has been employed in the capacities of App & Master 43 years in the British Merchant Service in the Coasting Trade." He travelled as far as Constantinople and Saint Petersburg. There is a burial recorded at Luddington on 20th February 1863, for a Thomas Holt, of Garthorpe, aged 74. Historical records confirm that Thomas & Elizabeth Holt had between them at least six children, 4 boys and 2 girls between 1815 & 1827, as follows: - William, born 1815 - Thomas Godfrey, born 1817 (father of famed business founder John Holt of Garthorpe) - Elizabeth, born 1820 in Luddington, baptised in Burton upon Stather on 17 September 1820 where the family resided - John, born on 20 July 1822, baptised in Burton upon Stather, the family living in "The Stather", close to the shore of the River Trent, his father Thomas being recorded as being a waterman - William Leonard, born 1825, baptised at Burton upon Stather, 7 February 1825, the family living in "The Stather", his father Thomas recorded as being a mariner - Mary Ann, born 1827, baptised at Luddington 27 December 1827, the family are once again in Garthorpe, and Thomas described as a master mariner. The family made frequent moves between Burton upon Stather, Luddington, and Garthorpe. The village of Garthorpe in North Lincolnshire, in the Isle of Axholme, is situated approximately 8 miles (13 km) south-east from Goole, and 1 mile (1.6 km) west from the River Trent, is the home of John Holt, writer of the present ledger, and also John Holt founder of the renowned West Africa shipping company. It is contiguous with the village of Fockerby. [Garthorpe of North Lincolnshire should not be confused with the village by the same name, and civil parish (called Garthorpe and Fockerby) in the Melton district of Leicestershire.] In 1833 "Bartholomew's Gazetteer of Britain" describes the Isle of Axholme as follows: "Area of slight elevation above flat and formerly marshy tract bounded by the Rivers Trent, Torne and Idle. Towns include Crowle, Belton, Epworth and Haxey on higher ground and Owston Ferry and West Butterwick beside the River Trent.". Manuscript.


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    Boswell's Book of Bad Verse Love Poems and other verses by Werner, Jack, editor

    Great Britain: White Lion Publishers Limited, 1974. 215 pp. with facsimiles of original manuscript in Boswell's handwriting on glossy plates. Light spine end wear. Board corners have been bumped & are creased. Clean well-bound pages with some corner creases. Dustjacket has corner wear. Flaps are stained from being glued down. Solid copy.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good + Not Price-Clipped. Ex-Library.


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    The History of Great-Britain, from the first Inhabitants thereof, 'till the Death of Cadwalader, by LEWIS John d1615/6. LHUYD Humfrey 1527-1568 . TWINE Thomas 1543-1613

    London: Holborn. Covent-Garden. Pater-Noster-Row.: F Gyles. Woodman and Lyon. C Davis., 1729 Sm Elephant folio, VG+, 1st ed, 1729. In modern half calf with marbled boards, to style, some blind tooling. Spine, gilt decorative tooling, raised bands. contemporary gilt title on red calf label. Internally, new endpapers, rubricated title, [2], [1], 2-71, [1], 251, [1], [11], [1], [4], [1], [1], [1], 2-8, 13-32, 35-52, [2] wordes, (mis-numbered but correct). Faint initial at head of tp, British Museum 11804 stamp to tp verso, text block edges marbled red, occasional ink marginal note, main text block watermarked with Horse circled, Breviary watermarked 1723, 15&9.5 inches. (ESTC T113293. Allibone 1091. Brunet 1038). Pencil notes states only 200 copies published? Lewis, whose complete history was first published in 1729, over a century after its author's death, by the antiquary Hugh Thomas, perhaps using the text still extant in Harleian MS 4872 in the British Library. Like earlier Welsh historians, for instance Humphrey Llwyd (whose Breviary of Britayne is appended to the 1729 edition of Lewis's book), Lewis was reluctant to part with the much-criticized legends of ancient British kings, from Brutus the Trojan to King Arthur, as recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Title continues: last king of the Britains ; and of the Kings of Scotland to Eugenev. As also A short Account of the Kings, Dukes, and Earls of Bretagne, 'till that Dukedom was united to the Crown of France, ending with the Year of our Lord 68 ; in which are several Pieces of Taliessin, an antient British Poet, and a Defence of the Antiquity of the Scotish Nation: With many other Antiquities, never before published in the English Tongue: With a Compleat Index to the Whole. By John Lewis, Esq ; Barrester at Law. Now first published from his original manuscript. To which is added, The breviary of Britayne, written in Latin by Humfrey Lhuyd, of Denbigh, a Cambre Britayne ; and lately englished by Thomas Twine, Gent.


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    The Church Of The Baptized Bretherin Royalton Vermont; A Record Of Its Meetings, Conferences And Councils For The Years 1790 To 1806; From The Original Manuscript by (Lee, Laura Billings)

    Woodstock, VT: Elm Tree Press, 1919. Only Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Octavo; pp; (ii), 71; quarter green cloth and gay paper covered boards with title labels on the front board and spine;. Quite scarce. From the manuscript in the possession of Mr. J. G. Green of East Bethel Vermont in 1919.


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    Correspondence Typed On Ohio State Journal Letterhead. by Editorial Department, Ohio State Journal

    Columbus, OH: Ohio State Journal, 1914 - 15. 4to. 3 pp. Typed Correspondence, With Ink Signature, Good with creasing, toning, tears. Two Pieces of Correspondence: January 3, 1914 Letter addressed to "little Creamy White Rose" signed in in by "Lisle." April 11, 1915 addressed to "CWR (Creamy White Rose)" signed "F. C.


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    Mr. Greenvil Collins Master Of His M:ts Ship the Speedwell, His Journall of the Voyage of the Said Shipp Sent, and Lost, Upon the Discovery of a North-East Passage Anno 1676. Capt. Jno Wood. (v.p.,May-August 1676) by COLLINS, Captain Greenville

    [v.p., May-August 1676] Manuscript folio (14 x 9 inches) 2 full-page maps handcolored in outline, one in-text map of the Shetland Islands, one double-page map in ink and wash of "Mount Missery," 3 ink and wash text illustrations, including one of a walrus and her calf, 18 pages of text within rules. Eighteenth-century marbled wrappers, strips of marbled paper pieced along lower margin and fore-edge of lower wrapper (edges somewhat worn and frayed), in half red morocco case. Provenance: Bookplate of the Duke of Hamilton. AN EARLY FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE QUEST FOR THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE. In 1493 to defuse trade disputes Pope Alexander VI split the discovered world in two between Spain and Portugal, leaving France, the Netherlands and England without a sea route to the trading nations of Asia. The desire to establish such a route motivated much of the European exploration of both coasts of North America. When it became apparent that there was no route through the heart of the continent, attention turned to the possibility of a passage through northern waters. It was not until 1906 that passage from Greenland to Alaska was successfully navigated. At the command of King Charles II, the expedition set out from Deptford 6 May 1676. It consisted of two ships, the Speedwell, commanded by Captain John Wood with Greenville Collins as its master, and the Prosperous, commanded by Captain William Flawes. As shown by Collins's map, they sailed north toward Greenland, and then east along the ice north of Russia, through the Barents Sea. On 29 June, the Speedwell ran aground and was wrecked during a storm. The crew got safely ashore, but the ship had become separated from the Prosperous in a heavy fog. They were not rescued by the Prosperous until 8 July. Collins's log records the voyage of the Speedwell in great detail, with daily entries giving the location of the ship, wind, and weather conditions, and observations on their surroundings, including the natives, animals, and topography of the Shetland Islands. He provides a detailed map, complete with depth sounds of the passage, and directions for sailing into Brace Sound. He describes magnificent icebergs and ice formations, noting that some were the color blue, as high as the towers of Westminster Abbey, and others shaped like triumphal arches. He mentions the numerous "sea horses" they saw and attempted to kill, and includes a sketch of a female walrus and her calf. Whales were also sighted. Once the Speedwell had run aground, the crew was able to salvage their provisions and weapons, and set up a camp called "Mount Missery," of which Collins drew a double-page topographical view, until the Prosperous came to their rescue. Greenville Collins is best known as a hydrographer in the Royal Navy and the author of Great Britain's Coasting Pilot (1693). The three maps that he drew within his log attest to his talent and ability. The first single-page colored map shows the polar regions on a circular projection stretching from the Button, Hudson, and Baffin Bays in the west around the Arctic Circle to the presumed northern coastline of Russia to 185º east of Greenwich. The other single-page colored map is a detailed chart showing the routes of the Speedwell and Prosperous through the arctic seas north of Lapland to Nova Zembla. The in-text map shows part of the Shetland Islands and Brace Sound, with a cartouche and scale. Thirty-six manuscript charts by Collins are known to survive, all but ten of them in the Admiralty Hydrographic Department in Taunton. Only two other logs by Collins survive. One, dated later in 1676, records his service with the galley frigate Charles, and the other covers the period 1688-89, when Collins was surveying the British coastline. As Captain Wood had lost his journal and notes, Samuel Pepys, a secretary of the Commission, ordered him to use the account submitted by Collins. On 4 September 1676, Pepys recorded that "he had this morning received His Majesty's orders in favour of Mr. Collins…from whom and this journal…his Majesty has received so much satisfaction that…it is his pleasure that he [Collins] be appointed to the Mastership of the Galley frigate [Charles] now going forth from Woolwich." Collins became captain of the Lark in 1679, and remained in the Royal Navy until 1693. .


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    Die Rückseite des Hakenkreuzes by Heiber, Beatrice and Helmut Heiber

    DTV,. Paperback. 408pp. TEXT IN GERMAN. Documents from the Nazi era of German history. Somewhat rubbed. Some creasing to spine. Good, sound copy. . Paperback. 1993.


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    Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Oxford, The; Including Numerous Letters now First Published from the Original Manuscripts. In Six Volumes. Vol. I. *only*. 1735-1745 by Walpole, Horace

    Richard Bentley; London., 1840. Good. Binding copy; lacking one calf board, with the other present but detached. The text block itself is in goo condition. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Light foxing to extremeties and plates. cxxi, 375pp. . Hard. 8vo. 8 2/3". . Good. Illus. by Four steel engraved portrait plates (including frontispiece), of which only one retains its tissue-guard. .


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    The Works of the Late William Stark, MD. Consisting of Clinical and Anatomical Observations with Experiments, Dietetical and Statical, Revised and Published from his Original Manuscript by Smyth, James Carmichael

    London: J Johnson. Worn condition. Cover rubbed. Boards detached. Plates foxed. Content in overall good condition. Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library. 1788. First Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 270mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). xxiv, 190pp + index+ plates. 3 folding engraved plates. .


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    Descent of the Sun, The; A Cycle of Birth - Translated from the Original Manuscript by Bain, F. W

    Methuen & Co. Ltd; London., 1914. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Average wear. A little toning to endpapers. Prev` owner name neatly penned to fly-leaf. Laid paper. Uncut pages. A nice little book.. Originally published by Messrs. James Parker & Co.. Hard. 12mo.. Good. Illus. by Tissue-guarded frontispiece. .


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    Original 1872 Rhode Island Quaker Letter from Daniel Kenyon East Greenwich, to Levi Chase, Newport by Daniel Kenyon

    East Greenwich, R. I.: Daniel Kenyon. Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1872. Single sheet. The letter is postmarked in East Greenwich on Oct 10th, 1872 The Contents as follows: Levi Chace Respected friend, Thy letter with me from Tom Allen has been received although it was a long time on the way. If thee does not think it an object to come up with a boat we will let the trade drop as we can readily sell the apples here and I can arrange about the casks and vinegar as to H? Arnolds- with ? Men who are serving here next week. Thine truly, Daniel Kenyon. Freight from here to Newport by Rail Road & Back would be about 30 cts a barrel as near as I can ascertain. " This one of a kind letter is in fine condition in the original envelope which has light dust soiling. 5 by 8 Inches. Letter. See Photo .


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    Receipt book

    n.p., n.d., 1859. Oblong 8vo, 65 leaves, each interleaved with pink blotting paper, each page containing 3 pro-forma receipts (6 to a leaf), the first 23 leaves accomplished, the balance blank. Original full reversed calf, red morocco label on spine; very good. Apparently for a concern operating under the name of Murphey's. Several of the signatures are Japanese.


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    Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town,... Written by His Wife Lucy,... from the Original Manuscript by the Rev. Julius Hutchinson. To which is Prefixed the Life of Mrs. Hutchinson, Written by Herself... To which is Now First Added, an Account of the Siege of Lathom House.. by [HUTCHINSON], Lucy

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1848.. Seventh edition. 8vo. xx, 523, (1) pp. Contemporary prize binding from Sherborne School, full maroon calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered label, the college crest in gilt to the upper board and their prize inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper, endpapers and all edges marbled. Frontispiece portrait. Fading to the spine and upper edges of the boards, a little mild rubbing, very good overall.


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    A private journal of John Glendy Sprouston, U. S. N. Edited by Shio Sakanishi by SPROSTON, JOHN GLENDY

    Tokyo: Sophia University, 1940. First edition, 8vo, pp. [10], iii, [1], [vii]-xii, 122, [1]; 19 plates reproducing drawings from the journal; pages browning else a good, sound copy, or better in orig. red cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and in silver on spine. The first publication of an original manuscript by an officer of the Perry Squadron, presumably not known to the Commodore, and coming to light at Anderson Galleries in 1926 where it was immediately bought by the Library of Congress. An important primary source at the dawn of Japanese-American relations. Issued in the publisher's Monumenta Nipponica Monograph series.


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    ALS James Graham, June 19, 1830. Grosvenor Place, London by Sir James Graham M.P

    London, UK: James Graham, 1830. Autographed Letter, Single Sheet, Ink on Laid Paper, 4.5" x 7", Very Good; mounted to larger sheet with inked notes, 10" x 12", Good with marginal tears & toning.


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    [Italian passport.] by Gargini, Gaicomo, & Signor Percy

    1843. Folio broadside (approx. 12½" x 8½"), on thick, laid paper, with a vignette wood engraving at the top of a horse-driven carriage with a top-hatted, whip-wielding driver, the body of the document partly printed and accomplished in manuscript, one facilitator of the travel apparently being Giacomo Gargini, and the traveler himself being "Signor Percy," likely someone from the lineage of the Dukes of Northumberland, whose family name was Percy. It has been suggested to me that Giacomo Gargini was a restauranteur and hotelier in Genoa in the mid-nineteenth century. Locations listed on the passport include Geneva, Genoa, and Torino. Docketed by Gargini on the verso.


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    MR. MICHAEL MOUSE UNFOLDS HIS TALE by Crane, Walter

    Published by Yale University Library, 1956. 1st thus edition.. Hardback. Very Good. Illustrated by Crane, Walter. Slightly better than very good condition with no wrapper. A limited edition of 300 copies. Colour illustrations. Reproduced from the original manuscript in the collection of Mrs. Catharine T. Patterson. Introduction by Mrs. Pattterson. Contained in a nearly fine slip-case. Some scuffing to covers and slipcase. Corner bumped to slipcase. [S]


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