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    The Hispanic World 1492-1898: A Guide to Photoreproduced Manuscripts from Spain in the Collections of the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico/El Mundo Hispanico 1492-1898 Guia de Copias Fotograficas de Manuscritos Espanoles Existentes en by Jimenez Codinach, Estela Guadalupe;Codinach, Guadalupe Jimenez

    Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. 084440697X . xiii + 1060 pp. Index. Illustrated with maps, tables and many plates. In English and Spanish. Large and heavy book with black leather spine, dark red cloth covers, with gilt is clean, small bump/chip at front cover fore-edge, smaller at back cover. Interior has Library of Congress stamp on title page, otherwise clean and fresh. Surprisingly scarce. ; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall .



    Oeuvres De Rabelais; Precedees De Sa Biographie et D'une Disertation Sur La Prononciation Du Francais Au XVIe Siece, et Accompagnees De Notes Explicatives Du Texte by Sardou, M.A.L

    San Remo: Chez J. Gay et Fills, Editeurs, 1874. Limited Edition. Small Octavo. In three volumes, #139/478 copies on Hollande, portrait frontispiece of Rabelais, Much of this work has been taken from original manuscripts housed in the National Library. A fine set, handsomely bound by V. Champs in 3/4 red morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers, raised bands, spine lettering and top edges gilt, original printed green wrappers bound in. A superb set.



    Latin Glosses on Arator and Prudentius In Cambridge University Library MS GG.5.35 by Wieland, Gernot

    Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Good. 1983. Softcover. 0888440618 . X + 226 pp. Appendix, bibliography, and index at rear. Pink and white softcover. Book is in good condition some wear along right edge of front cover. Interior is clean with no marks. Very usable copy. ; Studies and Texts; 10 X 6.77 X 0.75 inches; 286 pages .



    Interzone by Burroughs, William S. (James Grauerolz, editor)

    (Np, 1989): Viking Press. First Edition. Octavo. Unrevised proof, 194pp., James Grauerholz, who was the editor states... "This book was conceived as a response to the exciting news in 1984 that the original manuscript of Interzone, the working title of the book that, in somewhat different form, was to become Naked Lunch, was rediscover among Allen Ginsberg's papers at Columbia University. Interzone has been compiled with the intentions that readers may now be able to see that transformation take place in the course of one volume". Bound in pictorial gray stiff paper wraps lettered and decorated in in black, faint crease to front cover and light creasing to corner of rear panel, slight bump to foot. A very good clean copy.



    M Verri Flacci Quae extant. Et Sex. Pompei Festi de verborum significatione libri XX. et in eos Iosephi Scaligeri Iul Caesaris Filii libros Castigationes nunc primum pubicatae Manuscript fragment in binding by Flaccus, Valerius; Scaliger

    Paris: Petrum Santandreanum,. Good with no dust jacket. 1575. Vellum. This book is in good antiquarian condition, bound in full early vellum, complete, with a crown on the front board in gilt and the name Carolus Casali also in gilt. The vellum is smooth, old labels on spine are missing, pages are lightly age toned, occasional very light foxing, but clean and well printed; measuring about 7" by 4 ½", pagination is as follows [24], CCCV [i.e. 309], [27], CC,[200] [24], 76, [4]. Book block is solid, binding firm. The book is complete, handsomely bound in full vellum, actually 3 books bound in one with three title pages, two with the famous printer's engraving of a seated Truth with the sun in her left hand and a cup in her right. It was bound with a small piece of a beautiful 1400s medieval vellum manuscript used in binding the interior sections, handwritten in red and black, in old Gothic lettering. There is one initial with decoration and a number of red and blue initials, as well.Verrius Flaccus was a distinguished Roman philologist and antiquarian; this, his most important work, was an encyclopedic study of Latin words, used today by scholars to recreate Roman life. It contains a wealth of material on Roman history, society, religion and geography. This book has 3 parts in one volume, with three separate title pages. It was printed by the important early printer Petrus Sanctandreanus (also Santancreanus, Pierre de Saint-André) He was the son of the eminent printer Jerome Commelin, and used the same printer's device as his father. This is a very early printing by Sanctandreanus, who was only twenty years old at the time; his father was friendly with Scaliger. The famous engraved printing device of Truth with the sun and a cup of milk, widely admired at the time, was later used by the official printer to the University of Cambridge.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall .



    The Captivi of Plautus by Linday, W. M.,(editor)

    New York: Arno Press, 1979. Octavo. Reprinted from the 1900 London edition. 384 pp. Latin texts and commentary. Edited with introduction, apparatus criticus and commentary by W.M. Lindsay. The editor, Lindsay re-collated the original manuscript for this edition and provided a full apparatus criticus. Bound in green cloth simulating leather, lettered in gilt, some scattered foxing to endpapers. A near fine copy.



    Vanden Seven Sloten Studien En Tekstuitgaven Van Geestelijk Er Part XX, 2 by Van Ruusbroec, Jan. Ed. and Intro. G. De Baere. Trans. H. Rolfson

    Tielt: Lannoo. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 1981. Hardcover. 9020909142 . 304 pp. English and Dutch text. Sigla of manuscripts, lists of abbreviations, and 6 appendices at rear. Brown DJ with orange and white lettering. DJ is in good condition some faint marks along edges, and small tear at top of front cover. DJ encased in plastic. Brown cloth boards. Book is ex-library with usual interior marks and sticker on spine of DJ. Book is in very good condition with no non-library marks and minimal wear. ; Ex-Library; Vol. 2; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Catalogue 250: Books, Prints, Autographs, Bookplates by Goodspeed, Charles E

    Boston, Mass: Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1935. Octavo. 18p. Specially printed by Goodspeed with advance copies bound with an original manuscript leaf provided by an bound by Judge Beals. These reminiscences of Charles Eliot Goodspeed (1887-1950) describe the various aspects of the world of serious book collecting ending with forgeries that he unhappily bought but openly explains how the was hoodwinked. This copy is inscribed to: Walter B. Beals, the noteworthy judge on the Supreme Court of Washington State as well as the Nazi Trials at the end of World War II and a collector of rare manuscripts and book. Goodspeed writes the following to him: "I am highly honored by the thought which prompted Judge Beals to place this unique binding on my jottings and that he has found them of sufficient interest to preserve them in this manner. With my best wishes to him for the interesting year, 1936 now before us I am, Cordially, Charles E. Goodspeed, Boston, Mass., December 24, 1935. The only other edition with the special vellum indenture binding is at the American Antiquarian Society.



    The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America; from the Signing of the definitive Treaty of Peace, 10th September, 1783,....

    Washington, D. C., 1833-1834: Printed By Francis Preston Blair for the Department of State. Octavo. ....the Adoption f the Constitution, March 4, 1789. In 7 volumes published under the direction of the Secretary of State from the original manuscripts in the Department of State, conformably to an act of Congress, approved May 5, 1832. Among the most important records of Primary Documents, it is part of what is now known as the most complete published documentary record that any nation gave to its people. all volumes bound in original sheep, double black morocco spine labels gilt, some rubbed a bit, volume three is a deaccessioned library copy, dated stamp of 1897, and has been professionally rebacked. All volumes display some scuffing but tight. Internally clean with some intermittent scattered foxing. Previous owner's small name plate.



    Muse, Anthology of Modern Poetry, Poe Memorial Edition by Lovell, Devora (compiler), Dorothy Kissling and Arthur H. Nethercot (editors)

    New York; (1938): Carlyle Straub. Limited Edition. Thick Quarto. First printing limited to 3000 copies. The present copy is number 677. Portrait frontispiece, a reproduction of the original manuscript for The Raven tipped in, reproduction a a manuscript letter from Poe tipped in, reproduction of the original newspaper publication of The Raven from The Evening Mirror and The American Review folded and tipped and a reproduction of the poem Eulalie tipped in, and an index, with several pages listing contributors. A fine bright copy bound in 1/4 beige buckram over blue cloth covered boards decoratively stamped in blind, lettering gilt. In very good pictorial dust jacket with chipping to spine ends, closed tear to rear panel and chipped from corners. In all, a very nice copy.



    Report on the Manuscripts in Various Collections Vol II. The Manuscripts of Sir George Wombwell, the Duke of Norfolk, Lord Edmund Talbot, Miss Buxton, Mrs. Harford and Mrs. Wentworth of Woolley by Historical Manuscripts Commission

    London: Mackie & Co.. Fair. 1903. Hardcover. Xl + 527 pp. IX pages at rear containing the Circular of the Commission. Light blue cloth Library binding. Book is ex-library with usual interior and exterior marks. Sticker on base of spine. Book is in fair condition. Upper left corner of title page is torn with some pen and pencil marks also on title page. ; Ex-Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    DS: U.S. Patent Signed by James Buchanan (as Secretary of State) and Edmund Burke (as Commissioner of Patents) by Buchanan, James and Edmund Burke

    Folio. U.S. Patent Signed by James Buchanan (1791-1868) as Secretary of State, and Edmund Burke as Commissioner of Patents) as Commissioner of Patents; Washington, D.C. November 8, 1845. A beautiful one page document on vellum issuing a patent to John B. Chellar, Eber Jones and Peter Low of Troy, New York for a new and useful improvement in Cooking Stoves. Together with 13 1/2" x 10" (ends folded) hand drawn pen-and-ink rendering of the stove, and another 11 3/4" x 15 3/4" manuscript leaf written on both sides, on vellum describing the stove and its mechanisms, signed by the inventors and two witnesses. Some marginal soiling and fold marks. A very nice document bound with re ribbon.



    Biblische Studien Die Epoche Der Richter by Taubler, Eugen

    Tubingen, Germany: Hans-Jurgen Zobel, /J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1958. First Edition. Octavo. 316 pp. This work was provided from the original manuscript of Eugen Taubler given by his wife who was a doctor and resided in Ohio. Bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt, folding map at rear, small bump bear foot. A very good copy.



    Anonymus Epistulae De Ordine Sacrae Oblationis Et De Diversis Charismatibus Ecclesiae Germano Parisiensi Episcopo Adscriptae by Bernard, Philippe (Ed. )

    Turnhout: Brepols Publishers. Very Good. 2007. Hardcover. 9782503048710 . 380 pp. 2 indices at rear. Introduction in French. Latin text. Red/orange cloth boards. Book is in very good condition very clean with no marks. Corners very slightly bumped. Very usable copy. ; Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis CLXXXVII; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Manuscripta. A Journal for Manuscript Research 47/48 2003/2004 by Pass, Gregory A., Editor

    Turnhout: Brepols. Good. 2004. Paperback. 2503522270 . 199 pp. 23 color plates at rear of manuscripts. Original cream soft cover wraps with a detail of a monk in red has a bit of shelf wear, small stain on the spine and a little rubbing, interior clean and unmarked. Articles include: Greek, Latin and Hebrew Manscripts of the Somniale Danielis and lunationes Danielis in the Vatican Library by Lorenzo DiTommaso; Medieval Manuscripts at Saint Louis University a Catalogue by Elizabeth Staley Evans; Dated medieval Illuminated Hebrew Manuscripts An Under Exploited Resource for Western Manuscript Studies by Karl-Georg Pfandtner; The Role of the Image in an Illustrated Manuscript of Les Miracles de Notre-Dame by Gautier de Coinci, Besancon Bibliotheque municipale 551 by Anna Russakoff. Plus Book reviews, color plates, index of manuscripts cited. ; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall .



    Opera. Reprint of the Strasbourg 1651 Edition by LULLUS, RAIMUNDUS

    Stuttgart-bad Cannstatt: Frommann-Holzboog. Very Good. 1996. Hardcover. 377281624x . 2 volumes. 45 + 1109 pp with unpaginated index at rear. English introduction, Latin text. Blue cloth boards. Both volumes are in very good condition with minimal external wear. Volume 2 has slight wear inside front cover. Both volumes are very clean with no interior marks. Very usable copies. ; X X .



    TLS-typed Letter Signed "Last Minute Preparations" by Tibbets, Paul W

    A Signed Statement on the Last Minute Preparations For the Enola Gay signed by Paul W. Tibbets Written shortly after the dropping of the Atomic Bomb about the Last Minute Preparations made on August 5, 1945. Typical of Tibbets typing were strikeovers and occasional misspellings. He notes that the clouds over Japan were breaking up, the lettering on the nose of the plain which the painter took less than half an hour to complete on the Enola Gay and the loading of the bomb. He gathered the so-called Tinian "joint chiefs" including himself, General Thomas F. Farrell, the Manhattan Project's key ranking officer, Admiral William R. Purnell, Navy Captain William S. "Deak" Parsons, who would be the chief weaponer on the flight: Commander Frederick L. Ashworth, another weaponer, Professor Norman F. Ramsey, who I first met in General [Uzal] Ent's office and Professor Robet Brode. General Farrell sent a message in code to General Groves who in turn passed the word of our scheduled 2:45 A.M. takeoff time to General Marshall. The tension in the Pentagon must have equaled that on Tinian. In the messages that flew back and forth across the Pacific during our period of preparation, there were code names for everything. I was "Yoke", Deak was "Judge", General Farrell was "scale", and General LeMay was "Cannon". The recent atomic test in New Mexico was called "Trinity", atom was "Top", atomic was "Topic" and uranium fission was "Urchin Fashion". At this morning's meetings, Captain Parsons startled us all by expressing concern over our plans to take off with a live atomic explosive in the bomb bay. In the few days since he had arrived on the island, he had witnessed a number of fiery crashes as overloaded B-29's failed to become airborne. Four crashes had occurred the night before with thunderous explosions of bombs, torpedoes, and incendiaries that lit up the sky and cost the lives of all crewman aboard. Deak Parson, who knew just about all there was to know about the workings of our bomb, having participated in its development, was blunt and convincing as he spoke of risks. [note: this is why at the last minute Deak Parsons persuaded it should be done in spite of the close quarters] "If we crack up and the plane catches fire," he said, "there is danger of an atomic explosion that could wife [sic wipe] out half of this island."/Paul W. Tibbets/ [stamped in black] Pilot of the Enola Gay/Hiroshima, Japan 6 Aug. 1945.



    Introduccio a La Paleografia Musical Gregoriana by Sunyol, Dom Gregori M

    Barcelona: Abadia De Montserrat. Good. 1925. First Edition. Hardcover. Ix, 409 pp, plus 5 folding plates at the rear. Illustrated with plates of manuscripts throughout, plus textual music, historiated initials. In Catalan. Dark green cloth spine with red label and green/red marbled boards. Boards bit rubbed, spine tips a little worn, black cloth tape covering library numbers on spine, interior normal library marks including pocket, end papers quite browned and crispy with some chipping at the fore-edges, text has some browning and foxing but is better paper stock, bit shaken, hinges cracking, but otherwise clean and unmarked. A lovely book. ; Ex-Library; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 409 pages .



    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 .



    Fueros Derivados De Jaca. 1. Estella-San Sebastian by LACARRA, JOSE M. & DUQUE ANGEL J. MARTIN

    Pamplona: Diputacion Foral de Navarra. Good. 1969. Paperback. 364 pp, 20 plates (laminas) . Indices, siglas y bibliografia. In Spanish and old Spanish. Cream card covers with red and black have minimal shelf wear, interior clean and unmarked. Plates in black and white showing the medieval manuscripts. ; Fueros De Navarra; Vol. 1; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 364 pages .



    Les Ordinaires Des Collégiales Saint-Pierre à Louvain Et Saints-Pierre-Et-Paul à Anderlecht D'Après Des Manuscrits Du Xive Siècle by Lefèvre, Pl. F

    Louvain: Bibliothèque De L'Université/ Publications Universitaires De Louvain. Good. 1960. Hardcover. Xxxviii + 359 pp. French introduction, Latin text. Index and table of contents at rear. Faded red cloth boards. Book is ex-library with usual interior and exterior marks. Pocket inside rear cover. Interior is otherwise clean with no non-library marks. ; Bibliothèque De La Revue D'Histoire Ecclésiastique Fasc. 36; Ex-Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Banishko Evangelie : Srednobulgarski Pametnik Ot XIII Vek by Dogramadzhieva, Ekaterina & Bozhidar Raikov (Eds. )

    Sofia: Izdatelstvo Na Bulgarskata Akademiia Na Naukite. Good. 1981. Hardcover. 517 pp. 9 double sided plates showing the original manuscript at rear. Bulgarian introduction with Old Church Slavonic edited text. Scarce and rare work. Black cloth boards with gold gilt lettering on spine. Book is ex-library with library stamps on front fly page and on reverse of title page. Otherwise no interior/exterior marks. Book is in good condition with only faint wear, slight tear at bottom of title page. Corrigenda pasted into inside of front cover page. ; Ex-Library; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Biografia Di Un Manoscritto L'Isidoro Malatestiano S.21.5. by Anna Bellettini, Marco Palma, Paola Errani, and Filippo Ronconi (Eds. )

    Roma: Viella. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 2009. Hardcover. 9788883343810 . Xii + 176 pp. Bibliography and 2 indices at rear. Italian text. CD included at rear. Navy blue DJ with mauscript and seal on front. DJ in good condition with minimal wear. Navy cloth boards. Book is in excellent condition clean with no marks or wear. ; Scritture E Libri Del Medioevo 7; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    Le Carte Di S. Liberatore Alla Maiella Conservate Nell'archivio Di Montecassino. Vol. I Introduzione Storica, Paleografica E Archivistica Edizione Dei Documenti Piu Antichi (798-1000) E Regesti Di Quelli Posteriori Di Eta Medievale (1005-1500) by Dell'omo, Mariano (Ed. )

    Montecassino: Pubblicazioni Cassinesi. Very Good in Good dust jacket. 2003. Hardcover. 8882560848 . CCXII + 491 pp. Bibliography at rear. Italian intro, documents are in Latin. Green and pink DJ with image of Montecassino and some documents on front. DJ is in good condition with faint wear along edges. Green cloth boards. Book is in excellent condition, very clean with no marks or wear. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .



    [ALS] David Brewster (1761-1868) by Brewster, David

    [ALS] David Brewster (1781-1868). (3) p. manuscript letter by Brewster signed and dated July 22, 1853, from St. Leonard's College, University of St. Andrews, measuring approx. 7" x 8 5/8" folded in half, tipped onto a blank sheet. Presumably to Sir John [Herschel], friend and collaborator requesting his opinion regarding a vacant 15 year old house. (from the Captain Pleadwell Collection).

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