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    The History of New England from 1630 to 1649 by John Winthrop, Esq. First Governour of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay from His Original Manuscripts. With Notes to Illustrate the Civil and Ecclesiastical Concerns, the Geography, Settlement, and Institutions of the Country, and the Lives and Manners of the Principal Planters. With notes by James Savage. (Volume II only) by John (with notes by James Savage) Winthrop

    Little Brown & Co, Boston, MA, 1853. New Edition. Hardcover (Half Leather). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. volume two only which covers the years from 1640 to 1649. marbled boards & endpapers; leather spine with 5 raised bands; inscribed by Robert C. Winthrop, politician, lawyer, philanthropist and one time Speaker of the House of Representatives & a direct descendant of John Winthrop on the front free endpaper wiith the words: "Mrs. Evan Morgan from Rob. C. Winthrop. Boston. U.S.A. 4 April, 1857." John Winthrop was a wealthy English Puritan lawyer and one of the leading figures in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the first major settlement in what is now New England after Plymouth Colony. Winthrop led the first large wave of migrants from England in 1630, and served as governor for 12 of the colony's first 20 years of existence. His writings and vision of the colony as a Puritan "city upon a hill" dominated New England colonial development, influencing the governments and religions of neighboring colonies First Thus. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 504 pages. One volume of the 2-volume set. foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. Previous owner's name ink-stamped on front endpaper: "C. W. M. Swithinbank". (Charles Winthrop Molesworth Swithinbank, the British glaciologist & polar specialist, was a descendant of Admiral George S Winthrop the cousin of Robert C Winthrop). All edges red. Gilt titles spine. light wear to outer corners of covers. Includes appendices & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; American History; Massachusetts; New England; United States; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; History. Inscribed by person(s) connected with book. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2911. .


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    RELIQUIÆ 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. by Spelman, Henry, Sir, 1564?-1641

    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 .


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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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    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.


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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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    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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    Lettre autographe signée à l'écrivain Christian Maurel [14 février 1971] avec un petit dessin original signé by Fini, Leonor (1908-1996, peintre)

    1971. Lettre. Très bon. Couverture souple. Signé par l'auteur. Ed. originale. 14 février 1971. 1 p. in-8, 5 lignes signées avec, en guise d'en-tête le petit dessin d'un chat fait à la plume et signé. Elle remercie Maurel pour son livre (Les Canaris en queue de poisson), qu'elle a beaucoup aimé..


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    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763. Now first published from the original manuscript prepared for the press, with introduction and notes by Pottle, Frederick A

    William Heinemann Ltd., Melbourne, London, Toronto, 1950. Good+. Unclipped dust jacket discoloured and torn around the edges, and foxed. Internally fine apart from some very faint spotting to the endpapers. 370pp.. First printing thus. . Hard with Dust Jacket. 8vo.. Good+. Illus. by B/w frontispiece..


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    Autograph Letters, Original Manuscripts, Books and South Seas Curios..., Robert Louis Stevenson (Part II) by (Auction Catalog)

    Anderson Auction , New York, 1915. First Edition. Softcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Frontispiece. 601 Items listed for sale. Wrappers rubbed, little soiled, edges chipped, staples rusted. For detailed information on the individual items in this and other auction catalogs, go to the Rare Book Hub. They have created a searchable database of literally millions of auction records, going back to the 1800's. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 67 pages. Illustrator: Frontispiece. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 pound or less. Category: Reference; Antiques & Collectibles. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14295. .


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    Traduction Arabe des pieces relatives a la procedure et au jugement de Soleyman el HHaleby, assassin du General en Chef Kleber, Majma' al Tahrirat al Muta'allika ila ma jara bi i'lam wa muhakamat Sulayman al Halabi katil sari askar al 'aam Kliber by Official report

    Cairo: Matba'at al Jumhour al Faransawi (the republic French printing house) , 1800 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7?" - 9?" tall. Half title page in French, Title page in Arabic, 85 p. of Arabic script. printed in Cairo in the 8th year of the French revolt (1800). in modern fine ornamented full lather binding of Ottoman style. Scarce. Suleiman al-Halabi , also spelled Soleyman El-Halaby (Kurdish: Seleman Ous Qopar‎, Arabic: سليمان الحلبي ‎‎ ) (17771800) was a Syrian Kurdish theology student in Cairo who assassinated French general Jean Baptiste Kléber, leader of the French occupation forces in Egypt. He was tortured by burning his hand to the bone before being executed by impalement. Suleiman al-Halabi was born in Kukan village, Afrin. His religious father, Mohammad Amin, worked in the profession of selling butter and olive oil. In 1797, al-Halabi's father sent him to Cairo, Egypt to study Islamic sciences at Al-Azhar University. On June 14, 1800, al-Halabi approached Kléber's home in the guise of a beggar seeking an audience with Kléber. He was 23 years old when he assassinated the commander of the French campaign on Egyptian soil. After they shook hands, he violently pulled the general toward him and stabbed him four times with a stiletto. Kléber's chief engineer tried to defend him and was stabbed but not mortally wounded. He hid in a nearby park where he was found by French soldiers, who searched him and found his stiletto. He was arrested and tortured, his right arm burnt to the bone while he denied any relationship with Sheikh Al-Sharkawi or the popular resistance movements. He was tried and sentenced to death by impalement. Today his skull and stiletto are on display at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, under the caption, "Criminal," written in French. (Wikipedia)


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    A TRUE NARRATION OF THAT HORRIBLE CONSPIRACY AGAINST KING JAMES AND THE WHOLE PARLIAMENTOF ENGLAND, COMMONLY CALLED THE GUNPOWDER TREASON. by edited by Edmund Goldsmid

    Edinburgh: Privately Printed. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1885. Paperback. Collectanea Adamantaea; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 64 pages; A True Narration of that Horrible Conspiracy against King james and the Whole Parliamentof England, Commonly Called the Gunpowder Treason. This is the original printing produced in printed vellum dustwrappers. This is one of a series that was edited by Edmund Goldsmid, mostly from previously unpublished original manuscripts, both historical narratives and literature and , it is said, in small editions of only 75-275. Text edges uncut [unopened]. Provenance- From the notable rare book collection of collector Alex M Hudnut with penciled shelf notation from him [or his assistant]. Partially printed in red and black. Worldcat locates 3 copies. ; 0 .


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    THE CARTULARY OF DARLEY ABBEY [CT IN 3 VOLS] by by Reginald Ralph Darlington; Derbyshire Archæological and Natural History

    Kendal, England: Printed By Titus Wilson & Son, Ltd. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. royal 8; lxxx, 331, 334-710 pages; Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: YesWidth: 7" Height: 10.5" . Bound in dark blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show mild external wear, with white spotting to front cover of second volume. Binding is firm. Quite light foxing appears on endpapers. Previous owner's name and date of July, 1999 appear on front flyleaf. Front hinge of first volume displays wormholes. Pages exhibit occasional foxing. A small number of pages have light pencil underlining. Printed 1941 but released at the end of the war. "An important collection of documents belonging to the Augustinian Canon of Darley in Derbyshire. ---written in 1275 and 1300 and reinforced by 14th century cartualry and transcription of deed..." ; 0 .


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    Quranic manuscript leaf on vellum in elegent Kufic from the 10th c.

    Possibly North Africa, 3d C. AH, 10th AD. on parchement. Sixteen lines on each side in black Kufic script with possibly later punctuation in glossy colors, and tow faders in gold and colors. 27 x 18 cm.


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    Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1909 [The John Watts DePeyster Publication Fund Series Volume XLII] by Unknown

    The New York Historical Society, New York, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Very nice copy, clean and bright. Contains copies from original manuscripts in the Archives of the Society of Ledger No. 1, Chamberlain's Office corporation of the City of New York, 1691-1699; and Indentures of Apprentices, 1718-1727. Pebbled green cloth, gilt stamped on spine, 212 pp. includes Index. Spine ends bumped a little,a small dent in top edge, back cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 10 oz. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Books; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 003061. .


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    [Correspondance privée] Lettres autographes signées adressées à Fanny Janet (1897-1994) by Pichon, Edouard (1890-1940, médecin, psychanalyste et grammairien français) - Pichon-Janet, Hélène (1895-1967)

    1939. Manuscrit. Bon. En Feuilles. Signé par l'auteur. In-4. A) 8 lettres autographes signées d'Edouard Pichon à sa belle-soeur (l'une incomplète, certaines avec ajouts autographes signés de Hélène Pichon) : 8 pp. in-4 et 6 pp. in-8, certaines datées (1937-1939) ; B) 34 lettres autographes signées de Hélène Pichon à sa soeur (certaines avec ajouts autographes signés de Edouard Pichon) : 59 pp. in-4 et 14 pp. in-8 [1938-1939]. Dans cette correspondance familiale, il est beaucoup question de la santé de l'un ou de l'autre des époux (Edouard Pichon souffrait d'un rhumatisme articulaire aigu et Hélène Pichon de la tuberculose), mais aussi des "Mélanges Pierre Janet" dont E. Pichon s'occupait de la publication (on apprend ainsi que "Bergson envoie 100 francs, mais n'écrira rien parce qu'il a des insomnies (Edouard ne comprend pas cette raison de ne pas écrire, au contraire !).") On apprend aussi que, trop souffrant, Pichon prévoit de faire donner l'une de ses communications de psychanalyse par "Mlle Marette" (Françoise Dolto). Dans une autre lettre de H. Pichon, il est encore question de la future Françoise Dolto : "[Edouard] a eu hier une conversation longue et animée avec Mlle Marette (psychanalyste qui vient maintenant l'aider à la consultation) sans fatigue". Helène Pichon toujours : "Hier j'ai été un instant dans les jardins de la fondation Rotschild serrer quelques mains psychanalytiques. Anna Freud très liebenswürdig, essaiera peut-être de venir voir Edouard. Jones de Londres trouve que je ressemble à mon père et déplore l'attitude de celui-ci vis à vis de la psychanalyse, qui le prive de tirer tout le parti qu'il aurait pu de son immense matériel clinique et de sa pénétration psychologique". L'antisémitisme du couple perce parfois quand ils évoquent leurs amis juifs : "Ainsi Wahl ne joue pas avec ses gosses ! Entre nous, ma chère, ce "suradultisme", comme dirait votre beau-frère, est bien juif" (EP), ou "le juif Minkowski lui a sûrement transmis la parole peut-être imprudente d'Edouard" (HP). L'ombre de la guerre qui approche est quant à elle omniprésente. Toujours, à propos des mêmes, Hélène Pichon : "Vendredi la visite des Minkowski était assez impressionnante, leur première idée de gauchards est qu'il faut "lui" rentrer dedans et leur seconde idée de philosophes humanitaires était l'horreur profonde de la guerre (ils ont un fils qui fait son service aux alpins), ils ne pouvaient même plus regarder le jardin, le beau temps, tant ils étaient angoissés." Personnage d'une grande richesse, d'une infinie curiosité et très complexe, Edouard Pichon est un contemporain et - par son intérêt pour le langage - un précurseur de Lacan, qui lui reprendra - entre autres - le concept de forclusion. Il est l'un des membres fondateurs du groupe de L'Evolution psychiatrique et de la Société Psychanalytique de Paris (dont il fut président de 1935 à 1937). Avec son oncle Jacques Damourette, il est l'auteur d'un monumental Essai de Grammaire française dont la publication s'étala sur près de 30 ans. Il fut également fervent maurrassien tout en étant dreyfusard, et le gendre de Pierre Janet sans être janetien. (Voir à son sujet, E. Roudinesco, Histoire de la psychanalyse en France, t. 1, pp. 297-320). Nota : ce document ne pourra être exporté en dehors de l'Union Européenne sans autorisation préalable du ministère de la Culture, formalité pouvant prendre plusieurs jours..


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    A Complete List of The Royal Navy of England in 1599. Extracted from an Original Manuscript in The Possession of Dr. Leith of Greenwich, exhibited to The Society of Antiquaries by William Latham

    Archaeologia: or Miscellaneous Tracts relating to Antiquity. Volume 13, 1800. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good. 8 pages. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not an offprint or a reprint. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Archaeologia; .


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    The Story of The Three Bears by MURE, Eleanor

    Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1967. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. [32 p.]. 13 x 16 cm. 13 colour illustrations. Green cloth hardcover with red print. In mylar-covered pictorial dustjacket with a few marks on front cover. Otherwise like new. Original manuscript in the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Toronto Public Library. Story dates to 1831 when the author presented her young nephew with this book for his birthday. It's her own version of the Story of the Three Bears, in verse with watercolour illustrations. Commentary by Judith St. John at rear.


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    New Chronological Table of Remarkable Event, Discoveries, and Inventions by Guthrie, William, Knox, John, Fergusen, James

    Vernon & Hood, 1801. This is a soft bound copy with stitched binding of pages 999-1016 of the original manuscript, presentation inscription on front cover is dated 1826, Cover is heavy gray paper- cover is creased & soiled, in addition to the gift inscription are doodles and ownership statements, text pages are age toned & soiled. There is a 3" by 1" bit missing from the top edge of page 1015/1016 that effect s dating from 1788 on page 1015 & Virgil, Catullus & Horace from Men of Learning & Genius on page 1016.. No Edition Stated. Softcover. Good.


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    [MS] GEORGE MARTIN OF SALISBURY, MASS AND HIS DESCENDANTS by Elliot Burnham Watson 1859- & Rev. Alven Martyn Smith 1865-

    Elliot Burnham Watson & Rev. Alven Martyn Smith. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1929. Hardcover. 4to 11" - 13" tall; 293 pages; Bound copy of the original typed manuscript, Extensively researched with several thousands of related entries. Some are one line entries and others are more biographical ranging up to a few paragraphs. Subject: Martin family (George Martin, d. Ca. 1686) ; Martin family (George Martin, 1648-1736). Wear to head and crown of spine. ; 0 .


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    Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms by Brown, Michelle P

    Malibu, California, U.S.A.: J. Paul Getty Museum In Association With The British Library, 1994. Soft cover. As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. As New Book In Publishers' Shrink Wrap.


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    The Poetical Works of Thomas Traherne, 1636?-1674 : from the original manuscripts, edited by Bertram Dobell, with a memoir of the author by Thomas Traherne, edited by Bernard Dobell

    Bertram Dobell, London, second edition., 1906 Hardback, 284 pages (xcvi, 188); publisher's blue cloth, ruled, titled and decorated gilt. CONDITION - Very Good, tight, square and clean; a previous owner's name and date on the fly-leaf; otherwise free from annotations or other marks: without dustwrapper and probably none was isssued. (Unpacked weight: 440 grams). SHIPPING: POST-FREE in UK. PICTURES: all my images show the actual book: click the thumbnail, next 'larger image' to see a high-resolution image, shpwing condition. For further information or more detail, please use the 'ask the seller a question' link on this page..


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    COMPLETE WORKS. SINGER OF THE BUSH, 1885-1900, and SONG OF THE PEN, 1901-1941. 2 VOLUME SET. (A.B. 'BANJO' PATERSON.) by Paterson, A.B. 'Banjo'. Collected and introduced by Rosamund Campbell and Philippa Harvie

    Landsdowne, Sydney, 1983. 723 pp, 790 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard covers in dust jackets - 2 volume set. Patterned endpapers, b&w photographs, drawings, reproductions. " 'Singer of the Bush' contains Paterson's literary works up to his return from the Boer War. This in cludes his famous poems 'The Man from Snowy River', 'Clancy of the Overflow' and 'Waltzing Matilda', the poignant 'On Kiley's Run' and the well-loved Saltbush Bill poems. Previously unpublished work includes 'Illalong Children', Paterson' s r e m i n i s c ences of his childhood on properties in western and southern New South Wales....'Song of the Pen' presents Paterson's literary works of the period 1901-1941. During these years he produced a significant amount of poetry and many pr o se w or ks . A mo ng st the poetry, readers will be pleased to find more of Saltbush Bill and the favorites, 'In the Stable', 'The Old Timer's Steeplechase' and 'Any Other Time'. Previously unpublished work includes 'The Cook's Dog', a novel se t in the Au str al ian bu sh; the treatise, 'Racehorses and Racing', a layman's guide to the turf; 'Constantine the Great', a delightful short story for children; and the talks on a wide selection of topics that Paterson gave for wireless and liv e aud ienc e du ring th e 19 30s. ...I n both volumes, the works are presented in chronological order, according to date of publication, except where publication was delayed. In these cases, they are included according to date of writing....P aters on 's w ritin gs ha ve be en m eticu lousl y res earched by the author's grand-daughters, and with the exception of his first two collections of verse, where he was personally involved in the editing, all works are printed in their original fo rm, an d d ate a nd pla ce of first publi cation are g iven f or each. Many of the original line illustrations of Paterson's poems and prose pieces are reproduced, as well as works from his own art collection, original manuscripts, and family memo rabilia .... " Ver y light edge wear, light wrinkli ng at t op/bott om of spine - tiny tear at bottom of spine on volume II, light shelf soiling on bottom of textblock. Dust jackets have light rubbing, very light edge wear/wrinkling. VG+/VG.


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    GEORGE HARRISON, JOHN V COWELL DATED 1824 PHILADELPHIA $7000 BOND WARRANT WITH INTEREST PAYMENTS 1825-1831 by May not be noted

    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1824. Paperback. We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; GEORGE HARRISON, JOHN V COWELL DATED 1824 PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA $7000 BOND WARRANT WITH INTEREST PAYMENTS 1825-1831. Two pages, wax seal missing with resultant 1/2" circle paper loss. Partially printed, partially holographic. Manuscript; 0 .


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    [Original manuscript and drawings] The Method of Flute Play by I Nyoman Roda (1928-1984)

    Ubud, 1970. Dessin. Illus. by I Nyoman Roda. Bon. plaquette agrafée. Signé par l'auteur. Edition originale. In-12. Ubud, sd [ca 1970]. 13,5 x 18,5 cm, plaquette agrafée in-12 oblongue, 8 ff. n. ch. (16 pp.) y compris la couverture, musique notée et dessins originaux (stylo bille et crayons de couleurs) dont 1 monté en couverture, 3 à double page et 2 à pleine page. Artiste naïf de Bali, I Nyoman Roda, un ancien policier, vendait aux touristes ces livrets entièrement réalisés par ses soins. La notation musicale utilisée est également une invention de l'artiste..


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    Montpelier dotted oval postmark on stampless letter with 15 ct War rate applied in 1815 by Nicholas Bayler

    Vermontiana takes on many forms. The item offered here is a stampless letter, with a Montpelier dotted oval, used from 1815 to 1817. The letter has a manuscript 15 rate, which was the 10ct rate from Montpelier to Woodstock, plus the 50% increase in postage applied during the War of 1812. The letter is dated April 5th, 1815 and was written by Nicholas Bayler, to the famous politician and attorney, Norman Williams, in Woodstock, Vermont. William graduated from the University of Vermont, and served in the war of 1812. He also served as secretary of state, and was secretary of the Vermont senate. Some of the information noted here was taken from "The Postal History of Vermont", By George Slawson, Et Al 1969.


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