Documents & Manuscripts

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1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA MAN KEEPING UP WITH HIS FRIEND IN MISSISSIPPI

1844 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY A HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA MAN KEEPING UP WITH HIS FRIEND IN MISSISSIPPI

by JAMES RAGSDALE

HUNTSVILLE ALABAMA, COLBERT, MISSISSIPPI, 1844. On offer is an interesting, three [3] page original manuscript relic of ante bellum Alabama being a handwritten letter signed James Ragsd(ale?), some small portion is torn away at the seal, addressed to John B. Fitts, of Colbert, Mississippi in Lowndes County with a Huntsville Alabama postmark. The letter while somewhat challenging to read provides an interesting peek into the times of in the Deep South in the decade before the Civil War as the content... Read more
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$1,285.99
Catherine Herself (Winifred Herself) Manuscript, Typescript

Catherine Herself (Winifred Herself) Manuscript, Typescript

by Hilton, James

[CAMBRIDGE, nd. Ca.1917). First Edition. Quarto. WINIFRED HERSELF is actually the working title for "Catherine Herself". Original carbon typescript, ribbon bound into three gatherings: 1-153, 158-337 and 340-527 pp. several endleaves to the second gathering detached, torn and frayed; gaps in collation noted above a consequence of detached leaves now absent; wanting at least one leaf at end; some other creasing and fraying but in all a very good and clean draft of James Hilton's precocious... Read more
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$4,800.00
ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love)

ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love)

by Cheever, John

Near Fine. Quarto. Offered is a near fine twelve page unbound typed manuscript typed recto only. There are several holograph corrections, probably by the author, but this MS is not signed. A working title, this story later appeared under the title "Geometry of Love" in the Saturday Evening Post and "The Stories of John Cheever." With "Russell & Volkening, Inc., Literary Agents. 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10017" red ink stamp on cover page. Typscript pages are... Read more
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$150.00
Oscar Wilde. Art and Morality. A Record of the Discussion Which Followed The Publication of Dorian Gray : Revised Edition : With The Very Scarce Wrapper

Oscar Wilde. Art and Morality. A Record of the Discussion Which Followed The Publication of Dorian Gray : Revised Edition : With The Very Scarce Wrapper

by Wilde, Oscar & Mason, Stuart (pseud. Christopher Sclater Millard)

The Revised Edition published by Frank Palmer, London in 1912. The Book is in near Fine condition with just a little pushing at the spine tips and a small bump to the lower front corner. Mild offsetting to the end papers and a little toning to the page edges. Printed on laid paper, with portrait frontispiece; original green buckram, upper board with triple frame border enclosing title and art deco device all in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut. With the separately printed errata slip following title, and... Read more
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£595.00
Rois De France. Original Manuscript

Rois De France. Original Manuscript

by Fort, Paul

Paris, 1930. Unbound. Paul Fort's original manuscript, neatly and beautifully written in ink; quarto, 79 leaves of heavy cream paper and laid loose into a green portfolio. Paul Fort drew much of his inspiration from the Middle Ages, and the aballad form that he used almost exclusively was taken from the same period. He filled some forty volumes with his delicate ballads. He was also active in the theatre, even before the turn of the century, writing some plays himself and producing what were... Read more
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$3,500.00
Prowling Papa's Waters, A Hemingway Odyssey. With Signed Typescript of the Forward By Ted Williams

Prowling Papa's Waters, A Hemingway Odyssey. With Signed Typescript of the Forward By Ted Williams

by Lawrence, H. Lea (SIGNED), Ted Williams; Hemingway, Ernest

Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1992. First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Fine/Fine. SIGNED ON THE TITLE PAGE BY LEA H.. LAWRENCE without personlization [Together with] The original corrected typescript of the Forward, hand-corrected and signed twice, by baseball icon Ted Williams; 2 pages, quarto. Mr. Williams has written his phone number and "OK / Good luck / Ted Williams" at top of page 1; with the original mailing envelope addressed by Mr. Williams and postmarked 14 May 1992.
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$750.00
Thomas Bartlet, Autograph Letter Signed to to Oliver St. John

Thomas Bartlet, Autograph Letter Signed to to Oliver St. John

by BARTLET, Thomas & ST. JOHN, Oliver (d1831)

1823. Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 2 pages. Hole near the ancient red seal. Bare Need, Newfoundland, May, 8th, 1823 to Oliver St. John, Justice of Peace, Harbour Grace, Surrogate Court. On the valuation of a boat owned by Mr. Hall for a Court judgment. Oliver St. John, Esq., was a employee in that district in the service of Government, progressively as Clerk of the Peace, Chief Magistrate, Surrogate judge for the District of Conception Bay, (until the introduction of the Judicatore Act), and... Read more
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$105.00
THE GROUND WE STAND ON Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed [together with] THE USE OF THE PAST;[signed Typescript ]

THE GROUND WE STAND ON Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed [together with] THE USE OF THE PAST;[signed Typescript ]

by Dos Passos, John

New York; (1941): Harcourt, Brace and Co. First Edition. Hard Cover. 420pp., bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt over black. Includes the above short story "The Use of the Past. A fine bright copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with fading to spine, minor edge wear and one short closed tear to front panel. Note: The first printing is substantially like the uncorrected typescript of the short story as presented here; [Together with:] Signed uncorrected typescript of the short story, np/nd.... Read more
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$350.00
Magni Des. Erasmi Roterodami Vita: Accedunt Epistolae Illustres... Lingua sive de linguae usu atque abusu liber utilissimus.

Magni Des. Erasmi Roterodami Vita: Accedunt Epistolae Illustres... Lingua sive de linguae usu atque abusu liber utilissimus.

by ERASMUS, of Rotterdam

1642 Erasmus of Rotterdam Autobiography & Letters Dutch Renaissance Humanism
"When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes."
― Erasmus

While mostly known for involvement in the Northern Renaissance, Erasmus of Rotterdam published several works on humanism and Protestant theology. Beginning in 1642, publisher Joannis Maire sought to publish an entire series of the works of Erasmus. This work, 'Vita', was the first of this series. This work and the letters... Read more
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$550.00
Letter signed by Sir John Barrow, Arctic exploration

Letter signed by Sir John Barrow, Arctic exploration

by BARROW, Sir John [1764-1848]

1836. No binding. Very Good. Letter dated April 6, 1836 signed by Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) British Rear Admiral about receiving a letter from Rear Admiral Hammond in South America. Very good condition. Letter (duplicate) signed by Sir John Barrow. Written while Barrow was secretary of the admiralty. He was founder of the Royal Geographic Society, was a great promoter of Arctic exploration and wrote much on his own explorations and travels. Barrow, Alaska, the Barrow Straits, etc. are named in... Read more
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$248.00
1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

by CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN

ASEA ABOARD BARQUE OAK HILL, 1856. On offer is a super, original manuscript ship's log kept from 1856 - 1858 handwritten in a lovely, cultured hand by Captain James P. Martin while aboard and in command of the Barque 'Oak Hill' out of Boston. The very large folio book is completely filled with details of the ship and given this appears to be the ship's maiden voyage the captain has provided some 'genealogy': it begins with the ship being built in Scarborough, Maine in 1856.... Read more
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$3,655.99
Passposts, documents and photographs documenting the post WWII emigration of a Yugoslav refugee family to Enumclaw, WA, in 1947

Passposts, documents and photographs documenting the post WWII emigration of a Yugoslav refugee family to Enumclaw, WA, in 1947

1947. A small archive from the Schiltz (Silc) family: 6 passports, 9 documents (several with photographs) and one loose photograph. Alois Schiltz (b. 11/18/1914 in Kocevje, Sodrazica, Yugoslavia - now southern Slovenia, d. 4/14/2000) and his wife Josephina Peppa Schiltz (b. 3/11/1923, d. 5/17/2006) emigrated to the United States in 1947. Sometime after WWII Alois and Josephina were in a refugee camp in Munich for displaced persons, called SS Kaserne Freimann, so they may have been survivors of a... Read more
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$250.00
The Diary of Henry Teonge, Chaplain on Board his Majesty's Ships Assistance, Bristol and Royal Oak, 1675 to 1679; from the original manuscript. A rare original article from the Quarterly Review, 1825

The Diary of Henry Teonge, Chaplain on Board his Majesty's Ships Assistance, Bristol and Royal Oak, 1675 to 1679; from the original manuscript. A rare original article from the Quarterly Review, 1825

by ---

Quarterly Review, John Murray, London, 1825. First Edition. Disbound. Very Good Condition. 13 pages. Note; this is an original article separated from the volume, not a reprint or copy. Size: Octavo. Multiple copies available this title. Quantity Available: 3. Category: Quarterly Review; Inventory No: 032031..
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£12.50
THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER (Manuscript)

THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER (Manuscript)

by Firebaugh, W.C. (Translator)

1922. Hard Cover. Folio. Original typed manuscript from the library of publisher Edwin Newberry Durland with his bookplate, of which is an original hand drawn sketch to be used for the printing of his bookplate. THE SATYRICON OF PETRONIUS ARBITER. A Complete and Unexpurgated Translation , in Which are Incorporated the Forgeries of Nodot and Marchena, and the Readings Introduced Into the Text By De Salas, together with explanatory notes, arranged and translated by W.C. Firebaugh. The first complete... Read more
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$1,500.00
Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of James Parton to Hamilton Cole

Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of James Parton to Hamilton Cole

by PARTON, James [1822-1891] & HAMILTON, Cole (c1834-1897)

1875. No binding. 8-1/8 x 4-7/8 inches, flat, sided letter dated Newburyport, Mass. Oct 22, 1875. Signed James Parton. A letter to Hamilton Cole thanking him for the caricatures he sent Parton and mentioning a copy of one of the caricatures will be in the next edition of Harpers' Monthly magazine. Old mounting marks on top left cover on front and top right on back and an open 1/2 inch tear at bottom centre with neither flaw affecting handwriting and otherwise in very good condition. Likely to person... Read more
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$138.00
CAPTAIN POISON. EL CAPITAN VENENO [bound with] MOORS AND CHRISTIANS

CAPTAIN POISON. EL CAPITAN VENENO [bound with] MOORS AND CHRISTIANS

by Alarcon, Pedro Antonio De (1833-1891)

(Missouri, 1913 & 1914): Manuscript. Full-Leather. Quarto. Manuscript English translation from the original Spanish of Alarcon by John Thornton Worths. 346pp. in a lovely script on rectos only, handsomely bound in a fine red straight grained morocco, tile gilt within triple rules with corner embellishments, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, green floral endpapers, all edges marbled. The foreword by the translator explains how he came about doing this translation. Mr. Worths was a teacher of... Read more
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$450.00
1880s - 1900s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF ONE ARKANSAS MAN'S DETERMINED  DOCUMENTING OF THE 1857 MORMON ATROCITY AND AMERICA'S WORST MASS SHOOTING  KNOWN AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

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

by WILLIAM A FALCONER

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

UNCLE SAM in the Eyes of His Family

by Erskine, John

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1930. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Octavo. SIGNED BY JOHN ERSKINE ON COLOPHON PAGE without personalization. Autographed edition with one page of original typed manuscript corrected and initialed by the author. LIMITED EDITION OF 356 COPIES. THIS IS No. 238. 351pp. Bound in rust colored cloth over beveled boards, gilt lettering spine. Nearly fine, in near fine cloth covered slipcase with paper spine label.
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$175.00
Arabic manuscript on Falconry مخطوط نادر في البيزرة من مجموعة شريعتمداري و انتقلت ظنا إلى مجموعة  المحامي العراقي عباس العزاوي

Arabic manuscript on Falconry مخطوط نادر في البيزرة من مجموعة شريعتمداري و انتقلت ظنا إلى مجموعة المحامي العراقي عباس العزاوي

by Un-known

Approximately 1200's Ah (1800's) Arabic text in ordinary naskh script in black and significant words in red. 86 pages consists of 17 chapters contains of the aspects of wild birds, breeding, how to use them in hunting, diseases and how to treat them, with some stories from several sources. With 8 falcon miniatures . There is no evidence about the book's and the author's names, but the author mentions some scenes from Egypt and Syria during 647 AH (1250 AD) , and these mach what Abbas Al 'Azzawi mentioned... Read more
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$80,000.00
The Ashbourne Portrait of Shakespeare; Long Galley Proofs, for Connoisseur Magazine, with 2 Page ALS from H. M. Hake

The Ashbourne Portrait of Shakespeare; Long Galley Proofs, for Connoisseur Magazine, with 2 Page ALS from H. M. Hake

by Spielmann, M. H

Unbound. Long Galley Proofs, 7 pages, with numerous holograph corrections by Spielmann, for an article in Connoisseur Magazine, c. 1940 [together with] Autograph letter signed, from H. M. Hake to Spielmann, dated Feb. 16, 1940, 2 pages, informing Spielmann of an article appearing in the January 1940 issue of The Scientific American stating that x-ray technology reveals that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, may have written Shakespeares plays. [Together with] Scientific American, January 1940 issue.... Read more
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$750.00
Early Penang & The Rise of Singapore 1805-1832

Early Penang & The Rise of Singapore 1805-1832

by Cowan, CD (ed)

Singapore: Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1950. First edition. Paperback. Very Good. This collection of transcriptions of the original manuscript documents was originally assembled by Cowan to provide students at the University of Malaya with a solid core of original sources for their work. They were later published by the MBRAS for the benefit of a wider readership. The documents show that the reasons why Penang's original supremacy gave way to Singapore are quite complex - a result of a... Read more
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165.60
The Music of Madness. Original Carbon Typescript. Published in Weird Tales

The Music of Madness. Original Carbon Typescript. Published in Weird Tales

by Barrett, William E

Soft Cover. Quarto; 14 pages, carbon typescript, with ALS: "This is the carbon copy / of the original manuscript / - the first story I ever / sold - Music of Madness / - Weird Tales - (signed) W. E. B." Staple bound in a black plastic folder. William E. Barrett (1900 - 1986). Author of the best-selling movie sources "Lilies of the Field" and "The Left Hand of God" and 16 other novels, as well as over 200 short stories; of which the present typescript was the first.
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$900.00
Les Manuscrits Enluminés occidentauxVIIIe - XVIe Siècle.

Les Manuscrits Enluminés occidentauxVIIIe - XVIe Siècle.

by VORONOVA, TAMARA & ANDREI STERLIGOV

Very Good. London, Sirrocco, 2003 (édition fraçaise). 255pp. Richly illus. in colour. Decorated boards. Dustjacket. * This work presents the magnificent collection that was built in Paris at the end of the seventeenth century by the Russian diplomate and bibliophile Doubrovsky. .
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€65.00
[Typed Letter, Signed, to Emil Ludwig]

[Typed Letter, Signed, to Emil Ludwig]

by Shaw, George Bernard

London, 1938. One page, on quarto sheet of letterhead. Ca. 125 words. Folded for mailing, two hole punch in left margin, trace of foxing, very good. Shaw writes to the Polish-born historian and journalist, then resident in Switzerland: "In journalism there is no such thing as an English gentleman. In the present rush of exciting foreign news every item is stale in two days. Pre-Anschluss news is already as hopelessly out of date as pre-war news. A fortnight ago I gave an important interview on the... Read more
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$850.00
Geschichte meines Lebens [complete in 12 volumes]

Geschichte meines Lebens [complete in 12 volumes]

by Casanova de Seingalt, Giacomo Girolamo, (1725-1798)

Berlin: Propylaen Verlag [1964-67], 1967. First Edition. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Panel edges very slightly dust-toned as with age. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. Each volume in its original decorated slipcase. Previous owner's bookplate on front free end-paper of each volume. ; 8vo 8"" - 9"" tall; 1 pages; Description: 12 v. 20cm. illus. Subjects: Giacomo Casanova, 1725-1798 --autobiography. Italian society, 18th century --society, social... Read more
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$318.00