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Album of watercolor and pen-and-ink designs for embroidery

Album of watercolor and pen-and-ink designs for embroidery

by NEEDLEWORK DESIGNS -

[British Isles, 1830. Folio (397 x 250 mm). 110 leaves [plus 29 blanks], of varying sizes, many on guards, of which 6 are large and folding, and 2 small loose sheets, containing dozens of highly finished pen-and-ink or watercolor floral and foliate embroidery designs. Some dampstaining at front with traces of mold, some dust-soiling to edges, the large folding leaves with a few mostly marginal tears and creases. Contemporary half brown goatskin and marbled paper over boards, smooth spine divided into... Read more
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$3,000.00
Tribute to Lotte Brand Philip, Art Historian and Detective

Tribute to Lotte Brand Philip, Art Historian and Detective

by [BRAND PHILIP, Lotte] CLARK, William W.; Colin EISLER; William S. HECKSCHER; Barbara G. LANE

New York: Abaris Books, Inc, 1985. First edition. Fine. Folio. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white. Original blue cloth, gilt-lettered on front cover and spine. FIRST EDITION of this tribute to Lotte Brand Philip -- German art historian and expert on Netherlandish art -- on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Twenty-six essays celebrate Brand Philip's contribution to the study of art history, following a bibliography of her work and reminiscences. Brand Philip was one of the most notable and... Read more
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$50.00
Signed: Gordon Onslow-Ford Letter, September 12th, 1990

Signed: Gordon Onslow-Ford Letter, September 12th, 1990

by Gordon Onslow Ford

Letter, 1990. Letter. Very Good. Unmarked. Signed letter from the artist Gordon Onslow Ford (1912-2003) to writer/artist Amy Ione in response to an article about his work. Folded into four panels. Includes comments on his view of art theories. British-born painter Gordon Onslow Ford was the youngest and last surviving member of the original Surrealist artistic group, led by the poet Andr
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$1,505.00
Original letter from James Montgomery, Sheffield to G. W. Fulcher, Sudbury .

Original letter from James Montgomery, Sheffield to G. W. Fulcher, Sudbury .

by MONTGOMERY, ( 1771-1854 ) / FULCHER, George Williams ( 1795-1855 )

Sheffield: The Mount, Aug 12th 1840 . 0. An original bi-folio letter with numerous folds and watermarkd 1837. Postmarked "Sheffield Au 12 1840" and addressed to "Mr. G. W. Fulcher, Sudbury, Suffolk". The letter written in a contemporary hand is dated Aug 12 1840 with the address: "The Mount, Sheffiled"; and signed "... your friend James Montgomery". The letter includes an original manuscript poem: "The Government of the Tongue." - The tongue, the tongue, with all its powers, Is Thine who made it,... Read more
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£250.00
The Lindisfarne Gospels

The Lindisfarne Gospels

by Backhouse, Janet

Oxford, England: Phaidon Press. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; Jacket rubbed.. 1981. First Edition. Hardcover. 0714821489 . Many illustrations, including some in color. Bibliography, index. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 96 pages .
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$13.00
Leaf of Passionale in Latin  [Italy, 12th century, first half]

Leaf of Passionale in Latin [Italy, 12th century, first half]

by [St Felicity & St Clement]

Physical description and Materiality
Parchment, a substantially complete leaf, c.260×375mm, but the corners trimmed to allow mitering and one margin cropped to reduce the width to the required size, ruled in dry-point on the hair-side for two columns of 36 lines written above top line in a fine regular rounded late Caroline bookhand, with a rubric in red and an enlarged initial in red divided into two panels, foliated "cxlvj" in the middle of the upper margin.
The shape of the book that this leaf... Read more
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£1,200.00
The Journals, Letters, And Verses Of Marjory Fleming, In Collotype Facsimile From The Original Manuscripts In The National Library Of Scotland

The Journals, Letters, And Verses Of Marjory Fleming, In Collotype Facsimile From The Original Manuscripts In The National Library Of Scotland

by Esdaile, Arundel

Sidgwick And Jackson Ltd Ltd Edition 550 Copies, 1934-01-01. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. Limited edition. Posted within 1 working day. Robust recyclable packaging. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide
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£8.47
The Letters Of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl Of Chesterfield ; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published From The Original Manuscripts. Edited, With Notes, By Lord Mahon. In Four Volumes [sic]. Volume I - Letters On Education. [with] Volume II - Letters On Education; And Characters. [with] Volume III - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume IV - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume V - Miscellanies [5 volumes complete]

The Letters Of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl Of Chesterfield ; Including Numerous Letters Now First Published From The Original Manuscripts. Edited, With Notes, By Lord Mahon. In Four Volumes [sic]. Volume I - Letters On Education. [with] Volume II - Letters On Education; And Characters. [with] Volume III - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume IV - Letters, Political And Miscellaneous. [with] Volume V - Miscellanies [5 volumes complete]

by Stanhope, Philip Dormer ( Earl Of Chesterfield ) & Lord Mahon ( Stanhope, Philip Henry , 5th Earl Stanhope ) [editor]

Richard Bentley, 1845 - 1853. 1st edition.. Hardback. Original cloth, VG. 5 volumes, xxxvi+[i]+429pp, viii+482pp, xv+452pp, xx+506pp, xi+544pp, b/w frontis to each volume, index to the set in volume V, paper a little yellowed with age, volumes IV partly & V mostly un-opened, small grease stain to a few pages in volume IV, spines uniformly sunned & the heads of the spines snagged & frayed, gilt lettering of the publishers name at the base of the spine dulled, small pierce hole to the upper... Read more
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£225.00
Muscat Mas'alasi (the question of Muscat) published by the Ottoman sublim port for the official use

Muscat Mas'alasi (the question of Muscat) published by the Ottoman sublim port for the official use

by Official report

Istanbul: al 'Amira press, 1918 Book. As New. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo. 6 p. Ottoman Turkish text in original printer wrappers. Printed in the government press of 'Amira for the official use (possibly 100 copies or less) of the ministry of the foreign affairs. Official report prepared in the sublime port by the Ottoman ampassadors, Muhammad Nabi and Rum bey Oglu Fahreddin in 27 Nov. 1916 and printed in 1334 (1918)..
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$12,000.00
THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF THOMAS HARDY'S "THE TRUMPET-MAJOR"

THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF THOMAS HARDY'S "THE TRUMPET-MAJOR"

by Bebbington, W. G

Windsor, UK: Luff & Sons LTD. VG/NO DUSTJACKET. 1920. Paperback. 8vo., 20 pp. .
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$14.00
CATALOGUE OF THE LATE PETER GILSEY:  ART, LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND THE DRAMA

CATALOGUE OF THE LATE PETER GILSEY: ART, LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND THE DRAMA

New York: (Douglas Taylor & Co.), 1903. later cloth with original wrappers bound-in. Gilsey, Peter. 8vo. later cloth with original wrappers bound-in. (ii), 352+(2) pages. Represented by Original Drawings, Engraved Portraits (many in Mezzotint), Autograph Letters, and Documents, Printed Books, Original Manuscripts, Theatrical Portraits, Rare Playbills, Coins and Medals, Daguerreotypes, Photographs, Engraved Views, etc., etc., etc. An extensive auction catalogue of 3061 items in Gilsey's collection.... Read more
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$72.00
THE JOURNALS OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK ON HIS VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY : CHARTS & VIEWS DRAWN BY COOK AND HIS OFFICERS AND REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS

THE JOURNALS OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK ON HIS VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY : CHARTS & VIEWS DRAWN BY COOK AND HIS OFFICERS AND REPRODUCED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS

by Cook, James (Captain), and R.A. Skelton (Editor)

Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press (Printed for The Hakluyt Society), 1955. Hardcover. Very Good Plus in Good Dustwrapper. Large (14.5" x 10.25") navy blue folder containing LVIII (58) loose separate charts, many of them folding. Gilt impression of Captain James Cook on front and bright gilt lettering to spine. String-tied. In gray slip-over, recently-mended paper dust wrapper, lettered in navy. Dustwrapper missing one, 2" x 3" chip bottom rear, and a smaller 1/2" x 3/4" from top of spine).... Read more
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$250.00
LES EVANGILES DES DIMANCHES ET FETES DE L'ANNEE     Three Volumes     (SIGNED Royal Presentation Copy); PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Queen Margherita of Savoy, Queen-Consort of Umberto I, of the Kingdom of Italy, dated 1884

LES EVANGILES DES DIMANCHES ET FETES DE L'ANNEE Three Volumes (SIGNED Royal Presentation Copy); PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed by Queen Margherita of Savoy, Queen-Consort of Umberto I, of the Kingdom of Italy, dated 1884

by Curmer, Henri Leon (Ed.)

Paris, France: Bachelin - Deflorenne, 1872. Second Edition. Leather_bound. Very Good. Henri Leon Curmier. IN FRENCH. Three magnificent quartos, measuring 11 3/8" x 8 3/4". contemporary brown tooled morocco, sectioned and ruled in blind, five raised hubs (six compartments), gilt edge, royal blue watered silk doublures. Elaborate gilt dentelles to insides of front pastedowns. Signed presentation copy on fly-leaf of first volume (dated 1888) from Queen Margherita, Queen-Consort of (her first cousin)... Read more
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$5,500.00
Extracts from the Records of the United Colonies of New England. Comprising such portions of the records as are not published in the Second Volume of Hazard's State Papers. From the Original Manuscript, in the Secretary's Office at Hartford

Extracts from the Records of the United Colonies of New England. Comprising such portions of the records as are not published in the Second Volume of Hazard's State Papers. From the Original Manuscript, in the Secretary's Office at Hartford

by (Trumbull, J.H., Compiler)

Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood and Company, 1859. 46 pages, unopened and untrimmed, with very large borders; (from Trumbull's prefatory note, regarding the group of informal meetings at Plymouth in September, 1652, the special Meeting at Hartford, August, 1673 and meetings at Hartford & Boston on later dates): "...These records are now, for the first time, printed, from the original manuscript; and with them, are incorporated such letters and reports, belonging to the files of the... Read more
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$250.00
THE BIRD LIFE OF TEXAS.

THE BIRD LIFE OF TEXAS.

by Oberholser, Harry Church

Austin: University of Texas Press, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. FINE/very good. A two volume set, without slipcase and blank bird bookplate. 530pp., 5311069pp., 36 color plates, 74 illus. by Louis Aagassiz Fuertes, 4 maps, folio, lacks slipcase. 4to green cloth. Clean and tight, no names, bright with sharp corners. Lower corner bumped. Slipcase bright with crack beginning along portion of bottom edge.Careful packing. BASIC 155 "The original manuscript weighed over 100 lbs. Oberholser died... Read more
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$140.00
An Interesting and Faithful Narrative of the Wanderings of Prince Charles Stuart and Miss Flora MacDonald, after the Battle of Culloden: from the original manuscript, by Alex. M. MacDonald (one of their attendants.) with a memoir of his life and several Jacobite Poems and Songs

An Interesting and Faithful Narrative of the Wanderings of Prince Charles Stuart and Miss Flora MacDonald, after the Battle of Culloden: from the original manuscript, by Alex. M. MacDonald (one of their attendants.) with a memoir of his life and several Jacobite Poems and Songs

by Macdonald, Alex. Buchan, Peter

Glasgow, Edinburgh: published by Francis Orr & Sons ; London, - W.S. Orr & Co., 1839. First Edition. Poor copy in the original gilt blocked cloth; wear and tear as with age. Text remains in fine condition and without blemish.. Physical description; 72 pages. Notes; SIGNED with inscription ' To Captain Campbell with compliments from the Editor'. Subjects; Prince Charles Stuart. Flora MacDonald. The Jacobites. Jacobite Poems. Jacobite Songs. Scottish History.
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$180.00
The Journal of David Garrick Describing His Visit to France and Italy in 1763

The Journal of David Garrick Describing His Visit to France and Italy in 1763

by Stone, George Winchester, Jr. (Editor)

New York: Modern Language Assoc. Of America, 1939. First printed from the original manuscript in the Folger Shakespeare Library. 73 pp. including index, plus illustrations. Small spots of wear to the corners and spine ends. Small stain on the front board. Otherwise fine: Unmarked and in a tight binding.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.
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$39.00
An Incarnation Of The Snow, Translated From The Original Manuscript

An Incarnation Of The Snow, Translated From The Original Manuscript

by Bain, F W

Methuen & Co, 1918. 4th edition.. Hardback. Boards, G+. xx+81pp, b/w frontis, occasional foxing, spine yellowed, edges uncut. Translation of an old Hindu myth, concerning the moon.
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£5.00
A Message To Garcia; Being a Faithful Reproduction of His Original Manuscript

A Message To Garcia; Being a Faithful Reproduction of His Original Manuscript

by Hubbard, Elbert

East Aurora, NY: G. M. Hamilton & Sons, 1974. First edition thus. Loose Sheets. Fine. Loose sheets laid into an unprinted cardboard box. A faithful reproduction of the Hubbard manuscript done on the 75th anniversary of its publication. Fine condition. Sheets measure 9 x 12" tall. One of eleven hundred examples printed.
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$75.00
Boswell's Book of Bad Verse Love Poems and other verses

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.
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$6.90
New Precedents In Conveyancing : Containing Great Variety Of Curious Drafts, Many Of Them On Special Occasions, Drawn Or Settled By The Most Eminent Hands, And Now Published From Original Manuscripts. With A Compleat Table To The Whole

New Precedents In Conveyancing : Containing Great Variety Of Curious Drafts, Many Of Them On Special Occasions, Drawn Or Settled By The Most Eminent Hands, And Now Published From Original Manuscripts. With A Compleat Table To The Whole

by Pigott, Nathaniel & Northey, Sir Edward et al

In the Savoy : printed by E and R Nutt, and R Gosling, ( Assigns of Edward Sayer Esq; ) for John Worrall, at the Dove in Bell Yard, near Lincoln's Inn, 1739. 1st edition.. Hardback. Full contemporary calf, G. iv+576+[xxvi]pp+4pp publishers catalogue, binding very worn & rubbed with the leather parting from the boards at the corners, upper two compartments of the spine missing and both hinges held by the stout cords, internally a nice copy with good wide margins, occasional grubby mark, ink... Read more
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£200.00
C13th fragment of an index of a Canon Law

C13th fragment of an index of a Canon Law

by [MS] manuscript [Sebald?]

1280. No Binding. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Fragment 238mm x 190mm. Vellum, probably France, late thirteenth century. This is an index to a text of canon law; it is possibly Sebald? Intricate rubricated initials in blue and fine red work with red caps at the start of almost each line. Left hand of front is dusty and shows the remains of a recovered binding piece, otherwise clarity is very good on both sides.
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£495.00
The Earliest Printed Book on Wine by Arnald of Villanova Physician,  Surgeon, Botanist, Alchemist & Philosopher [1235? -1311] Now for the First  Time rendered into English and with an Historical Essay by Henry E.  Sigerist, M.D. With Facsimile of the Original Edition, 1478

The Earliest Printed Book on Wine by Arnald of Villanova Physician, Surgeon, Botanist, Alchemist & Philosopher [1235? -1311] Now for the First Time rendered into English and with an Historical Essay by Henry E. Sigerist, M.D. With Facsimile of the Original Edition, 1478

by Arnald of Villanova; Henry E. Sigerist

New York: Schuman's. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. Patchy fading to cloth boards. Foxing to endpapers. Slipcase present, but the slipcase is in fair condition only, worn and damaged at the extremities. No previous owner's signatures or stamps.; 44 pages + unpaginated facsimile of the original manuscript. Red cloth boards with off-white cloth spine. Gilt illustration on front board. Page dimensions: 252 x 190mm. Portrait frontispiece within the pagination.... Read more
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$240.00
WILLIE DYNAMITE (1973) Final script revised Jan 19, 1973

WILLIE DYNAMITE (1973) Final script revised Jan 19, 1973

by Ron Cutler, Joe Keyes, Jr

Vintage original script, USA. Studio mimeograph, brad bound, printed wrappers, 113 pp. (with many pages of revisions on pink paper dated 1/19/73), JUST ABOUT FINE. "Sets out to tackle... '[the subject of] the black pimp, his rise and fall '... The movie '... wants to show us the effects of a decadent capitalistic system that pushes certain black men into a life of crime."" (Bogle, p. 229) 'Film is also notable, sadly, as the penultimate screen performance by the magnificent actress Diana Sands, who... Read more
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$750.00
THE HISTORY OF HIS OWN TIME, COMPILED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS OF HIS LATE EXCELLENCY, MATTHEW PRIOR, ESQ; REVISED AND SIGNED BY HIMSELF, AND COPIED FAIR FOR THE PRESS BY MR. ADRIAN DRIFT, HIS EXECUTOR

THE HISTORY OF HIS OWN TIME, COMPILED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS OF HIS LATE EXCELLENCY, MATTHEW PRIOR, ESQ; REVISED AND SIGNED BY HIMSELF, AND COPIED FAIR FOR THE PRESS BY MR. ADRIAN DRIFT, HIS EXECUTOR

by Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721

London, England: Privately Printed (for the Editor), 1740. Second Edition. Leather-bound. Very Good Plus. Later smooth calf. Spine ruled in gilt, with gilt title lettering.8" x 5 1/4" (21 cm.). viii + 472, [8] ) Index) Many letters relating to political and personal affairs, quoted in full. "When Prior was abroad Drift acted as his secretary and was a personal friend and one of the poet's executors" (Westminster Abbey site).
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$200.00