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    Late Antique And Early Christian Book Illumination by Kurt Weitzmann

    Braziller, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good. Not Ex-Library Copy.Oversized Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket. Nice Copy.Text Unmarked.Corners Slightly Bumped. . . Not Ex-Library Copy.Stated First Edition, First Printing.



    A Compendium of the East Being an Account of Voyages to the Grand Indies Made By the Sieur Jean De Lacombe, of Quercy, Formerly Captain at Arms in the Service of the Company of the Indies of Holland. Now Published for the First Time [from the Bordeaux Manuscript of 1681] in an English translation by Stepanie & Denis Clark. Edited, with an Introduction by Ashley Gibson by (Golden Cockerel Press) Lacombe, Sieur Jean de

    London: Printed and Published in Great Britain by the Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. Number 86 of 300 copies printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schultzen's Ost-indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as endsheets are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Brown coth spine and batik cloth. Fine. Number 86 of 300 copies printed in Perpetua type on Arnold's hand-made paper. Contemporary Engravings of the principal places visited reproduced from Schultzen's Ost-indische Reyse [Amsterdam, 1676]. Maps used as endsheets are from a contemporary Mercator Atlas. Double page plates, double page facsimile from original manuscript. 209, [1] pp. 1 vols. Small folio. Pertelote 130



    LIBER SUPER ETHICORUM ARISTOTELIS (Commentary on the Ethics of Aristotle);Illuminated manuscript on vellum By Thomas Aquinas by Thomas Aquinas

    BOOK DESCRIPTION: ELEGANT RENAISSANCE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT IN NEAR PRISTINE CONDITION IN LATIN ON VELLUM, Northeastern Italy (Venice), c. 1470, 340 x 235 mm.,160 folios, complete (collation, i-xii10, xii8, xiii-xvi10, xvii2), written in rounded southern gothic bookhands by three scribes in two columns of forty to thirty-eight lines (justification, 213-205 x 150-148 mm.), the first scribe copied ff. 1-67rb, and ff. 81va, line 27- 82ra, line 19, the second scribe, ff. 67va-81va, line 26, and the third scribe, ff. 82ra, line 19 to the end, red rubrics f. 1 only, red underlining through f. 4v, red and blue paragraph marks and running titles, three-line alternately red and blue initials with very fine violet or red pen decoration, diagram, f. 75v, NINE LARGE ILLUMINATED INITIALS with floral borders, f. 1, HISTORIATED INITIAL WITH THREE-QUARTER BORDER. BINDING: Bound in luxurious nineteenth-century red crushed morocco in the Jansenist style by R. Petit, spine with intricate monogram ("E M B"), elaborately gold-tooled turn-ins and green watered silk doublures, edges gauffered and gilt, front joint a little worn, minor rubbing and scuffs on the front and back covers, but in very good condition. TEXT: Thomas Aquinas (c.1224/1225-1274), the Angelic Doctor, has been called the greatest philosopher between Aristotle and Descartes. He wrote this commentary on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (ed. Opera Omnia vol. 47, 1969) later in his life, c. 1271-2, while writing his great Summa theologica (1265-1273). It follows Aristotle's text closely, providing a detailed explanation, often line by line, discussing the aim of moral philosophy, the definition of what is "good" for man, the virtues, both moral and intellectual, friendship, and the rewards (and limits) of pleasure and happiness. ILLUMINATION: This is an elegant example of a Renaissance manuscript illuminated in Venice by Leonardo Bellini (fl. c. 1443-1490), or a close follower, in a style influenced by Ferrarese illumination. The border decoration (especially the flowers with long stamens) and the animal roundel exhibit many similarities to manuscripts illuminated by Leonardo. The elegant illuminated frontispiece includes an historiated initial of St. Thomas, accompanied by a three-quarter floral border set in black ink trellises, with two painted roundels: the monogram, "YHS," and a white swan. PROVENANCE: The distinctive style of the illumination, script and pen work all support an origin in Venice c. 1470; most likely once belonged to the Dominican Convent of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Venice; likely belonged to E. M. Bancel in the 19th century; belonged to the Haverhill Public Library, Massachusetts (De Ricci, Census, p. 1062, no. 1). CONDITION, f. 2 is creased with slight loss of legibility in one column (crease also visible on f. 1, text remains legible), f. 1, slightly soiled and with some pigment flaking in the border and initial, small ink smudges, ff. 75, 113, slight stain f. 81, ink on occasional pages abraded (no loss of text), overall in excellent, almost pristine, condition. Full description and photographs available (TM 629).



    Praal Ernst & Emotie. De wereld van het Franse middeleeuwse handschrift. by KORTEWEG, A.S

    Very Good. Zwolle, Waanders, 2002. 224pp. 180 coloured illustrations with extesive description, justification, glossary, bibliography, indices. Very fine copy. Cloth. Dustjacket. .



    ALS Ariel Reynolds Parkinson to her husband Thomas Parkinson, February 11, 1985. RE: Tempest, ADF scholarship by Ariel Reynolds Parkinson (1926 - 2017)

    Berkeley, CA: Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, 1985. Hand-written letter signed, 2 pp., single leaf recto & verso, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    Documents Relating to the Purchase & Exploration of Louisiana: I. The Limits and Bounds of Louisiana. By Thomas Jefferson. II. The Exploration of the Red, the Black, and the Washita Rivers. By William Dunbar by Jefferson, Thomas and Dunbar, William

    Houghton, Mifflin & Company, Boston and New York, 1904. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Limited Numbered Edition. 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. This is copy 505 of 550. Blue cloth over board with printed white spine label; photogravure portraits of Jefferson and Dunbar; pp. [1]-45, [1]-189, [1]-76; fold-out map of the Washita River in Louisiana, many pages uncut, additional spine label in back of book. Printed from the original manuscripts in the library of the American Philosophical Society and by direction of the Society's Committee on Historical Documents. Very light staining on covers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz. Category: Politics & Government; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 012688. .



    FAUST; 1. Urfaust / Faust. Ein Fragment / Bearbeiter des Bandes Ernst Grumach by [Goethe, Johann Wofgang von] Goethe

    Berlin: Akadamie Verlag, 1954. First Edition Thus, First Printing TEXT in GERMAN exclusively. Cloth. Fine/Fine. Tall 8vo, brown cloth with gold lettering on spine and gold escutcheon on front cover, Mylar-protected light beige lettered dust jacket, the Urfaust printed facing the Faust Fragment on similarly numbered pages, brown endpapers, xv + 149, [150] pages times 2 = [300] pages + Urfaust handschrift unnumbered reproduction of holograph [96] pages, or ~ 396 pages overall. GERMAN text. (Heavy & may require extra postage if overseas' shipment.). EXCELLENT CONDITION internally and externally! No remainder marks! Very slight soil to dust jacket. Traces of offset fon page opposite the tipped in frontispiece engraving of Faust looking at a mystical symbol. The original German texts of Goethe's world classic. Includes the reproduction of the author's original manuscript Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist.--Wikipedia.



    The Works of the Right Honourable Henry late L. Delamer, and Earl of Warrington by DELAMER, Henry

    London: John Lawrence & John Dunton, 1694. Leatherbound. Good +. [14], 144, 684 [658], [10] p. 18 cm. Full leather. Corners bumped, boards rubbed with scuff on rear. Ink notations on front endpapers and ink signature on title page. Rear free endpaper half missing. Title continues: "Containing His Lordships Advice to His Children, Several Speeches in Parliament, &c. With Many Other Occasional Discourses On the Affairs of the Two Last Reigns: Being Original Manuscripts Written with His Lordships own Hand. Never before printed." 10 p. of publisher's ads at rear.



    Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a triumph, the complete 1922 'Oxford' text, limited one-volume edition, hand-numbered copy #"98", one of 180 issued thus in quarter Nigerian goatskin by T. E. Lawrence and Jeremy Wilson

    Salisbury, England: Castle Hill Press, 2003. Quarter goatskin. This is the finely bound, first one-volume limited edition of the full 1922 'Oxford' text from Castle Hill Press, the premier editors and fine press publishers of material by and about T. E. Lawrence, founded by Lawrence’s official biographer, Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017).  Of 1,225 total copies, the publisher issued just 180 thus, in quarter Nigerian goatskin, bound by The Fine Bindery and featuring raised spine bands, blind rule compartments and transitions, cloth sides, top edge gilt, ribbon place marker, brown endpapers with adjacent illustrated maps,, head and tail bands, and issued in a black, cardstock slipcase. This is copy "98" hand-numbered thus by the publisher on the title page verso limitation.  Condition of the volume is flawless, as-new, acquired by us from the original owner. The slipcase shows just mild scuffs and shelf wear to extremities. This beautiful first one-volume edition not only features text that was “re-checked against copies of the two source documents” leading to “a number of small improvements” but also a scholarly index by Hazel K. Bell (which won the Wheatley Medal, Britain’s major indexing award), as well as 16 pages of black-and-white photographs taken by Lawrence and others during the Arab Revolt. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the story of T. E. Lawrence's (1888-1935) remarkable odyssey as instigator, organizer, hero, and tragic figure of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, which he began as an eccentric junior intelligence officer and ended as "Lawrence of Arabia."  This time defined Lawrence with indelible experience and celebrity, which he would spend the rest of his famously short life struggling to reconcile and reject, to recount and repress.  Lawrence famously resisted publication of his masterwork for the general public during his lifetime. The saga is remarkable. He nearly completed a massive first draft in 1919, only to famously lose it when his briefcase was mislaid at a train station. This first draft was never recovered. At a fever pitch, Lawrence wrote a new 400,000 word draft in 1920. This punishing burst of writing was followed by an equally brutal process of editing by Lawrence. In 1922, a 335,000 word version was carefully circulated to select friends and literary critics - the famous "Oxford Text". George Bernard Shaw called it "a masterpiece". Nonetheless, Lawrence was unready to see it distributed to the public. Finally, in 1926, a further edited 250,000 word "Subscribers' Edition" was produced by Lawrence - but fewer than 200 copies were made, each lavishly and uniquely bound. The process cost Lawrence far more than he made in subscriptions. To recover the loss, Lawrence finally authorized an edition for the general public - but one even further abridged and entitled "Revolt in the Desert". It was only in the summer of 1935, in the weeks following Lawrence's death, that the text of the Subscribers' Edition was finally published for circulation to the general public. However, the fuller "Oxford Text" - a third longer than the shortened text which became so famous - would not be republished until 1997.  Castle Hill took this text from Lawrence’s original manuscript in the Bodleian Library and Lawrence's annotated proof copy of the 1922 Oxford Times printing.  Castle Hill Press first published a three-volume limited edition of 752 sets of the Oxford Text, followed by this one-volume limited edition in 2003.  Bibliographic reference: see O'Brien A034a.



    ALS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, September 13, 1984. RE: Parkinson in Oxford, his daughter Chrysa taking dance at school in London by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Oxford, UK: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1984. Hand-written letter signed, Aerogramme, Single Page recto & verso, 8.25" x 11.5". Good with marginal tears, portion of letter separate from the rest. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.







    The Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky in Siberia, Kamchatka, Japan, the Liukiu Islands and Formosa from the Translation of his original manuscript (1741 - 1771), by William Nicholson, FRS, 1790. by Oliver, Captain Pasfield (ed.)

    London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Grey cloth with white and dark red stamped decoration; black/white plates/engravings; 399. Slight lean; shelf worn with wear along spine edges and corners; spine age darkenned; previous owner's gift dedication ffep dated 1913.



    THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER by Key, Francis Scott, Illustrated by Peter Spier

    NY: Doubleday, 1973 Hard Cover. NEAR FINE in a Near Fine dustjacket. First Edition. Unpaged, boards. Endpapers show how the flag has changed through the years & the departmental flags of government. All four verses of the anthem are illustrated. The music is provided as well as a reproduction of Key's original manuscript. Book poster is included in the original envelope..



    Death of a Salesman [Facsimile Typescript] by Miller, Henry

    Unbound. n.p., n.d.; facsimile copy of a signed typescript, on watermarked bond paper. Housed in a black clamshell box, with title in gilt on front panel. Fine, in a fine box.



    The Death of Venus. Lithographs by Mark Beard. Edited with an introduction by Michael Finegold by FitzGerald & Co., Vincent. Sitwell, Dame Edith

    New York: Vincent FitzGerald & Company, 1983. One of 50 copies only on BFK Rives, signed by Beard on the colophon. Page size: 7 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. Bound: loose in original wrappers, as issued, in publisher's clamshell box of green cloth and silver kid spine designed as a classic column by Gerard Charriere and Carol Joyce, fine. First edition of this previously unpublished manuscript by Sitwell; the original manuscript notebook is in the collection of Paul W. Motter. Mark Beard has created six color lithographs, plus one five-page black and white lithograph, pulled on Arches paper, each signed and numbered by the artist, for this book. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Beard has had exhibitions at the Studio of Lowell Nesbitt, the Ericson Gallery, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and has won awards from the Henry Doll Foundation in New York and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. His work is represented in many distinguished collections, among them: Harvard University and Yale University, The Chase Manhattan Bank, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library, to cite a few. This is the artist's first livre d'artiste. The lithographs were pulled under the supervision of the artist and publisher at Prasada Press; the text at Wild Carrot Letterpress. A mint copy of this contemporary livre de peintre marking the debut of a major American artist.



    THE SNOWFLAKE STAR. (A.M.S., manuscript.) by Plath, Sylvia

    n.p., n.d., 1946. original manuscript in the author's hand, signed "by Sylvia" below the title, on white ruled paper (10.5 inches high x 8 inches wide.) This poem, from Plath's juvenilia canon, is recorded by title only in the "Uncollected Juvenilia" list of THE COLLECTED POEMS - SYLVIA PLATH (HarperPerennial, 1992, edited by Ted Hughes). The introductory paragraph to the list states (in part): "The texts of all but half a dozen of these early pieces are in the Sylvia Plath Archive of juvenilia in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The rest are with the Sylvia Plath Estate." The present offering ("The Snowflake Star") is among the six poems held (at the time) by the Plath Estate, but is here now offered for sale. The poem is written in Plath's very neat hand, using pencil, and is composed of three stanzas of three lines each. The paper is in fine condition, protected in an archival sleeve and housed in a custom linen box with leather spine. An extraordinary opportunity for an unpublished (in this form) Plath manuscript poem, in her hand. One of a kind.



    A Treatise concerning St. Matthias Day, Misplaced in the Oxford Almanack for the Year 1684 (being Leap-Year) at Feb. 24. In a Letter from Dr. Wallis to Dr. John Fell late Lord Bishop of Oxford. Published from the Original Manuscript in the Savilian Study by WALLIS, John

    3 p.l., 28 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (well-rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Oxford: 1719. First edition of this very scarce posthumously published work. We learn from the Preface that there was considerable debate within the Oxford community regarding keeping St. Matthias's Day on the 24th or 25th of February in leap years. Wallis's text, from a manuscript written in 1684, was published to add support for the 24th as the preferable day. Fine copy.



    Autograph letter signed to the Colombian conductor and champion of South American music, Guillermo Espinosa (1905-1990) by FOSS, Lukas 1922-2009

    Foss was a prominent American composer and conductor. "For all their diverse styles, [his] works spring from a distinct personality: enthusiastic, curious and receptive to every kind of musical idea. Not coincidentally, these are the same attitudes he instilled in audiences with his performances of the classical repertory and new music. In short, he was one of his era's most communicative and representative composer-performers." Gilbert Chase and David Wright in Grove Music Online.. 1 page. Oblong octavo. Dated December 15, 1960. On University of California letterhead. A brief note, saying "I hope the enclosed will do. Send me the proofs, if you wish, and I will examine them." Slightly worn and creased.



    Catalogue of Autograph letters, manuscripts and documents. An original survey of Washington, dated 1750; also two important war letters of Washington; the orderly book of Major Frye, 1755; important correspondence of President John Quincy Adams; correspondence of Gov. Thomas Johnson, relating to the outbreak of the Revolution; documents of the Society of the Cincinnati concerning a proposed statue of Washington in New York; an original manuscript of Napoleon; important historical papers in regard to the American Indians, the Revolution, War of 1812 and Civil War; letters and documents of Israel Putnam, Lafayette, Henry Knox, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, Philip Schuyler, William Moultrie, Arthur St. Clair, and other generals of the Revolution; Stephen Hopkins, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush, James Smith, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock, and other signers Declaration of Independence; Robert Fulton, Kipling, Charles Lamb, John Howard Payne, Emerson, Edgar A. Poe, Longfellow, Lowell, A by (Weeks, William R. of New Jersey)

    New York: The Merwin-Clayton Salles Co 20-24 East 20th Street, 1907. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. Grey wrappers. VG. 54 pp. 313 lots. 1 vols. 8vo. McKay, 6352



    A large archive of 18 signed letters, 2 signed cards, 4 original manuscript pieces, 1 original drawing, 11 blank empty envelopes addressed to the recipient (one with a drawing of a cat in ink), and 1 inscribed book, all sent from the prolific science fiction writer, Brian W. Aldiss, to his long-time friend Patrick Eddington, the late Utah artist and former high school art teacher, who had as a goal the desire to create "The Cat Project," where literary and visual artists from around the world were asked to produce original works about cats, which would be included in a traveling exhibition and book (unfortunately never realized). Also included in the archive are 4 pieces of ephemera relating to the correspondence or author

    Brian Wilson Aldiss (1925-2017), born in Norfolk, England, was not only a prolific writer of science fiction short stories and novels, but also anthologized science fiction and studied the history of the genre as well. Much of the background material in his works stemmed from his military service from 1943 through World War II in the Royal Corps of Signals in India, Burma, and Sumatra. Aldiss was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He was for many years happily married to Margaret Aldiss, an editor and bibliographer who produced three bibliographies of Aldiss's works. This archive is unique in that it represents a consistent and intensely personal correspondence over two years between close friends. The letters, eloquently written more often than not, reveal a wealth of details about Aldiss's personality, emphasizing his worldliness, his productivity, the way he feels about the act of writing, the love he has for his family, and the way he views such things as life, death, and his own age progression. Included in the archive are the following: Xerox copy on a sheet of paper [8 ½" by 11"] reproducing two articles published by The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News (Sunday, March 3, 1985) regarding the speaking appearance of Brian Aldiss in Patrick Eddington's home town, Salt Lake City, Utah. TLS. Letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" by 11 ½"], dated 28.x.89, on Aldiss's letterhead with the Boars Hill, Oxford address. The author begins by describing an imaginary planet that his friend the late astronomer Peter Cattermole has designed for him. Aldiss writes, "Reading his notes, gazing at his map, I feel like Keats On [sic] First Looking Into [sic] Chapman's Homer. So I'm slowly getting my stuff together to write a novel about this planet. This'll be a short one; I'm now too old and lazy to undertake another bloody great 3-volume operation." Signed by Aldiss at the close. Typed letter, most likely written by Margaret Aldiss, typed on both sides of a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 10"]. Dated the 5th of November (year not given). This letter was written at the time that their children were in their teen-age years. In this bit of correspondence, Margaret mentions how busy Brian is with his writing career. She writes, "I am kept busy with my word processor, putting all Brian's stories through it, and looking after this house." TLS. Typed on 2 sheets of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ¾"], dated 21.xi.92, on letterhead with the author's Boars Hill, Oxford address. In this long letter to Patrick, Aldiss writes quite a bit about his own writing, bringing up his recently published book, "Home Life with Cats," a copy of which he has enclosed for Pat. He also writes that it has been an indifferent publishing year for him, listing what he has produced, and claiming, " I do turn 'em out." He goes on to mention that his chief preoccupation is with his "slow-growing" novel, "Burnell's Travels." As he states, "BURNELL started as a couple of short stories; then I realized what I had a hold of. I began thinking about the novel last year, when Margaret and I were holidaying in an idyllic spot in France, lost in the green depths of the Perigord. "While we were there, in that pleasant little farmhouse, I finished REMEMBRANCE DAY... I then had about two days of real holiday in which to relax. But already thoughts of Burnell were bubbling. Ah, how pleasantly idle was I in the early seventies. Since I've grown old, I have lost the gift of idleness. I can't stop writing- notes, poems, whatever. Partly this is the hope to leave something- a name as well as money- to my darling wife and four dear children. But in the main it's just something of which you know, difficult to articulate, the drive to translate the world, or more modestly one's own 'umwelt,' into words and pictures. Right?" Aldiss has signed at the foot. TLS. Letter typed on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ¾"] with the author's letterhead bearing his Oxford address, dated Tuesday, 1st of June (year not specified). This piece of correspondence is special because it contains a detailed original sketch by Aldiss, covering a substantial portion of the page, of the Greek town Monemvasia. This charming sketch highlights the ruinous church, the steep ascent, the location of their hotel, and a "1 mile beautiful walk." His simple sketch truly conveys the feeling of the town. Aldiss writes, "Pat, Monemvasia is wonderful! They dub it 'Gilbraltar of Greece', but the real Gibraltar is a lewd dump, built over the meagre Brit military housing and stuffed with Indian shops; it's a bazaar. Monemvasia is a mystery. It's a hell of a great chunk of rock, connected to the mainland only by a causeway. A natural fortress... The place is semi-ruinous; restoration is taking place. Mid-level is a narrow 'road' on which tourists live, choc-a-bloc with tavernas and shoplets selling postcards, honey, pottery, junk, and the inevitable T-shirts. Above, crowning the place, and achieved by a taxing ascent, is the old fortress, once besieged by Turks, Byzants, Franks, and any number of other bastards. The old church is being patched up: otherwise it's acres of rock garden up there, colonized by brilliant or modest plants, euphorbias, herbs... A mile below lies the Aegean, breathing indigo. Marvellous place. Only eagles and artists should be allowed there." The letter is signed at the foot by Aldiss. Xerox copy [8 ¼" x 11 ½"] showing a partial view from above of Monemvasia . TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 17/3/95, on Aldiss's Oxford letterhead. The letter opens with Aldiss thanking Pat for his generous gifts. He then goes on to mention that he will be attending the 16th Conference of the Fantastic, referring to himself as "their Permanent Special Guest." He continues highlighting his busy schedule by stating, "Life is extremely full. In fact it overflows. I'm writing several things, including a shambolic object which could be construed as autobiography or something - THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE. However, what's enclosed [see below] is a sort of core-plug through my geological time, written for a friend. I thought you might be interested; it reflects more rackety times in Oxford Past." Signed, "Your pal, Brian." The above letter was sent with an eleven-page [8 ¼" x 11 ½"] computer-typed original manuscript of a story Aldiss was working on entitled "The Story of a Funeral: Remembering George Halcrow." This piece, as one might expect, is chock-full of memories of how George met his wife, how George found Brian a room when his first marriage collapsed, and the first time Brian took Margaret out for a meal. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 3/4"], dated 9/4/96, on Aldiss's Oxford letterhead. In this letter, Brian thanks Patrick for his customary round of gifts, one of which is a frame, in which he debates "whether to change the picture from a view of old China to a view of young Margaret." Signed, "Yours ever, Brian," at the foot. TLS. Computer-generated letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 9/9/99, dated two years after the death of his wife from pancreatic cancer, and printed with the author's Old Headington, Oxford address at the head. The author writes, "It's good to hear that the project continues and develops. I will include my "Cat Improvement Co" poem in the envelope, in case you can use it. I really don't know any cat artists though. "It's so good-hearted of you to think of naming a star after Margaret. She really deserves no less. Her name is spelled MARGARET ALDISS. The family will be proud and comforted to hear what you are doing." Signed by Aldiss at foot. Xerox copy [10" x 8 ¼"] reproducing a poem by Brian Aldiss titled "The Cat Improvement Company." Eddington later printed this poem as a limited edition broadside published by The Green Cat Press in 2004. The Green Cat Press was a small press run by Patrick Eddington and fellow Utah artist Susan Makov. In the aforementioned letter, Aldiss commentated that he knew no "cat artists." In the end, Patrick himself provided the illustration. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 1/11/0, on letterhead printed with his Old Headington address. In this letter to Patrick, Aldiss acknowledges having been through a lot in the last few years, but he survives, "thanks to some splendid ladies who have entered my life, and to the creative urge, which does not seem to abate." He also mentions having in his possession a large deed box with his diaries from the sixties and seventies. He comments, "I'm currently writing Journal No. 36. They have become fuller since I'm in the house alone with no one to talk to. Mostly they are A5, and illustrated with cuttings, etc. I don't know what to do with them, this all-too-ample record of a foolish life. I expect to present them to the Bodleian Library. Then this house will be three deed boxes lighter... Of course I could leave them to my excellent daughter Wendy. She might possibly squeeze a little money from them- from the dirty bits, as it were!" Signed by Aldiss at the close. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 5/3/0, on letterhead printed with his Old Headington address. Aldiss opens with, "You are a very kind friend! FedEx have delivered the star certificate in pristine order, with the name of Margaret Aldiss inscribed upon it.... So there she is, gleaming up there in Cyngus... It's really a super thought of yours. I don't mind admitting I shed a few tears over it, tears of sorrow but also of gratitude that we had such a good pal. Much appreciated." What follows is Aldiss's acknowledgement of his grief for Margaret, along with an almost schoolgirl-like discussion of his current infatuations with women. He ends the letter by very affectionately stating, "what you say about my role on [sic] your life is very flattering. But we formed an immediate friendship- it has certainly been important in my life too. I'm happy to know you. I'll never forget the warmth of your kindness to me." Signed by Aldiss. TLS. Two-page letter written with a computer on sheets of paper [8 ¼" by 11 ½"], dated the 26th of September (year not mentioned, but circa 2000), from Brian W. Aldiss to Patrick Eddington. With Aldiss's Oxford address printed at the head. In this long and extremely personal letter, Aldiss describes his recent travels in full detail. "The sloop was beautiful and comfortable. Five Turks looked after us, hoisted the sails, boxed the compass, did the cooking, etc. We were able to swim from the boat most days, either in open sea or in a sheltered bay. The food and wine were good and plentiful; since we had paid for everything beforehand, we were generous with the wine. But above all, the other passengers were darlings- intelligent, companionable, and witty... I soon became fond of every one of them and, I believe, they became fond of me. In fact, we came to prefer sitting on our stern deck just chatting, laughing, singing, to tramping round the ruins ashore. The weather was perfect, as we sailed slowly northwards on the Aegean." At one point, he even brings up the bleak effect of World War I on the Dardenelles, reflecting that, "The slaughter on that campaign was ghastly. The Turks lost an estimated 300,000 killed, the Allies 265,000. I spent some sombre hours walking there among the pines, thinking about my father. He Stanley Aldiss, fought on Gallipoli; he was one of the lucky survivors." Signed by Aldiss at the foot. Art After Apogee: The relationships between an idea, a story, and painting by Brian Aldiss & Rosemary Phipps. Avernus, 2000. No. X in an edition limited to 100. Slender quarto in yellow wraps. Sent with the preceding letter. Inscribed by Brian Aldiss to his friend on the limitation page. A crude drawing of "The Cat & the Snake" is laid in. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 3/7/1, on letterhead printed with his Old Headington address. A letter in which Aldiss tells Pat how busy he is. He writes, "Never have I been so busy as now. Endless interviews regarding "A.I.". Of course I am fortunate, but it really means no creative time at all. On Monday, I returned from a conference at Liverpool University, while on Thursday I have to fly to the South of France (which of course will be very pleasant) for a conference on the Noir in Film and Fiction. After that, a more peaceful time, I'm hoping, before I retreat to a Greek island for a coupla weeks." Signed at the foot by Aldiss. TLS. Letter composed with a computer on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 3/12/1, on Aldiss's Oxford letterhead. In this letter, Aldiss comments on the curious nature of the publishing business, stating, "My new reprint publishers, Stratus have recently gone bust: but not before they reprinted 'Brightfount Diaries.' This new edition omits the original pictures. However, here's a copy. My first book. Terribly dated. Insane to have reprinted it... No wonder they went bust." Next, Aldiss discusses the "Cat Improvement Co" broadside, wondering how many he will be able to acquire for himself without seeming greedy. Then, near the close of the letter, Aldiss muses on the changing medium of their correspondence, revealing himself to be a diehard letter writer: "It's a bit sad you are going on email. There is a pleasure in writing letters and certainly a pleasure in receiving your hand-written ones." Also of interest in this letter, is the fact that Aldiss encloses "another cat poem, a rather sinister thing." The letter is signed at the foot by Aldiss. Original manuscript poem printed from the computer on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ¾"]. Originally sent with the preceding letter. The title at the head of this poem is "Domestic Incident." The second stanza of the poem reads, "All animal, burly cat, hideous but beautiful / My beautiful Sotkin, puissant in movement / Jaw locked round jackdaw / He struggles through the door / Into kitchen, his cave, its grave/ Twice himself in elegant fury. / Darker fangs grind my bones." TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 3/4"], dated 19/11/1, on Aldiss's letterhead printed with his Old Headington address. In this letter, the author comments on the search for Bin Laden, as well as the "Cat Improvement Co." broadside. Brian has signed at the bottom. Enclosed in the letter are the two pieces listed below. A two-page [8 ¼" x 12 ½"] computer typed original manuscript entitled "The Cat Machine." This story is what can only be termed a sci-fi/ horror cat story, involving a sort of Frankenstein-like cat, that continues to grow, eventually consuming a postman and a refrigerator, then attacking his owner when his back is turned, before disappearing into the night. The horror does not stop there- the machine cat goes on to become a world concern. On a lighter note, the story does end with the machine cat becoming King of Albania. "The Cat Machine." An original collage/drawing in marker, and ink on paper [11 ¾" x 8 ¼"]. With the author's initials in ink in the lower right corner. TLS. Computer-typed letter on two sheets of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 12/10/1, on Aldiss's letterhead printed with his Old Headington, Oxford address. Aldiss begins this letter with beautiful imagery and words, writing, "It's just on five of the afternoon. Sunlight filters into my west-facing windows, into my study and my small sitting room. You'd have to be a brute not to be moved by the beauty of the light." The letter changes its tone a bit when Aldiss addresses the atrocities of September 11. He writes, "The world has changed. It's misery, all uncertainty and foreboding. While appreciating that one must get a hold of the fanatic bin Laden, I grieve at the incessant bombing carried out by US and UK planes and ships. Christ, Kabul was already ruinous. It is always liable to seem like a war of the Rich against the Poor." As per usual, Aldiss also includes some extremely personal information in this letter, pointing out that he has a "darling lover who lives only two doors away. Her name is Alison and great is my admiration for her. We went to a Greek island together last month, and bliss it was." Signed at the foot by Aldiss. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 3/4"], dated 12 February 2002, on Aldiss's letterhead printed with his Old Headington, Oxford address. In this communication, Aldiss discusses the notion of collaboration between artists. He states, "I hope your collaboration with Cees [Nooteboom] works out well. I had enough - quite pleasurable - problems collaborating with Roger Penrose to cure me of the wish ever to collaborate again." Signed by Brian above the postscript. TLS. Brief computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 5 March 2002, on letterhead printed with his Old Headington address. In this communication, Aldiss refers to what Eddington calls "the screw up," and offers to return the broadsides, stating at the same time, "Unfortunately I feel oddly reluctant to append my signature." Signed by the writer at the close. TLS. Computer-typed letter composed on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 11/5/4, on Aldiss's Old Headington letterhead. In the body of the letter, the author addresses the fact that he is, as is typical, very busy. He asks, "How is your press studio getting on? You sound busy. So am I, doing all sorts of work. Plus trying to write a large ambitious novel, The Walcot Novel; I have 65,000 on the computer so far. Last week, I spent two days in a recording studio, reading aloud my novel, 'Affairs at Hampden Ferrers' into the mike, doing all the voices. Two days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Quite fun if you concentrate. This for an audio book. I'll send you a copy when it is published." Signed by Aldiss at the foot. TLS. Computer-typed letter on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"], dated 23/5/4, on Aldiss's customary letterhead. Housed in a postmarked airmail envelope. Here, Aldiss elegantly opens the letter with the statement, "As one grows older, the winds of neglect blow more keenly. " He continues with "Yesterday, a Prof Vladimir Gopman in Moscow sent me a copy of the Russian literary magazine - equivalent of our TLS or your New York Review of Books - in which he reviews 'Affairs at Hampden Ferrers' at some length, saying it is 'a brilliant piece of writing, full of energy and wit'. It's pleasant to have the good opinion of the Russians, yet this novel of mine has been pretty well neglected in Britain." He ends up closing this letter on a very personal note by writing, "It's Sunday and sunlight streams into my study, stopping in the garden on the way. Today was my dead wife's birthday. Poor lovely Margaret! Next Sunday, my younger daughter Charlotte gets married. There's a busy week ahead before the great event. Still a remote and inaccessible thing in me says - whether there is wretchedness or rejoicing - 'All this is nothing, Brian!' This doppelganger effect must be what some people mistake for God... "I save your envelopes as well as your letters. Don't work too hard! Fond affection, (signed) Brian." "An Account of My Daughter Charlotte May's Wedding, Sunday 30th May 2004." An original 6-page computer-typed prose piece on paper [8 ¼" x 11 ½"]. This is an incredibly detailed account of the proceedings, where at one point, Aldiss asks, "What would Margaret have made of it all?" (One feels her presence several times in this piece, although she has passed). As in the piece Aldiss wrote about his friend's funeral, one sees here the constant musing about life's experiences, and the effect of these experiences, as well as the process of growing older. He poignantly writes, "We cuddled our drinks then sauntered about the pleasant open space, chatting. Everyone looked so decorative, young, old and in-between alike. .. Nafisa, the darling Hashemite Princess, accompanied by Martin and Nicky, looking quite her old self, though perhaps less bubbley [sic] than usual, after her recent encounter with cancer.... And my old passion, Hilary Sharp long since Hilary Parsons, with her husband, Adrian, still easy to look at, and he the perfect gentleman (i.e., a little stiff). It's many a year since we worked together, Hilary and I, in Parker's bookshop. She was never tall and has put on some weight, but I read in her face, in her expression, her eyes, that little glint of mischief I well recalled, as if everything including our advancing age, was secretly rather fun." Aldiss does bring up his new loving partner in life, also in attendance, Alison, which adds to the atmosphere the feeling of progression from loss to a sort of "re-birth" in life. Inscribed by Aldiss to Eddington at the close of the piece: "Dear Pat- Just thought you might be interested! Regards, Brian." A two-page email letter printed on paper [8 ½" x 11"], dated August 29, 2004. Subject: "Prints. Corfu. Albania. Games." In this email, Aldiss mentions that he will fly to Boston for the World Con, noting that his older son Clive, "on the premise that I am getting old and incapable, is flying over from Athens to accompany me, look after me, and generally get in the way." Despite discussing the fact that he is advancing in years, the email contains much that is upbeat and positive. For example, he writes, "I took my darling and lovely ami Alison off to Corfu for a week's break. It was perfect. The skies were always blue. It was warm. The sea was warm. We slept under a mosquito net... We ate in many a beach taverna... Generous Greek salads with feta cheese. The fish caught just before dawn were consumed as dusk gathered. And we drank endless bottles of retsina. And we laughed and kissed and screwed. I cannot tell you what a wonder, what a darling, Alison is, extremely honest, humorous and with a talent to be happy and amused. She has changed my life and maybe made me less of a bastard." Autographed Christmas/New Year Card Signed. Folded [6" x 4"]. No date. The card reads: "Dear Pat. Have a great festive season! As always, Brian (signed)." ANS. Note on a card [6" x 4"] with the Old Headington letterhead. He mentions that he has been abroad several times. Signed by Aldiss. Short computer-printed biography of Brian W. Aldiss on a sheet of paper [8 ¼" x 11 ¾"]. 11 empty envelopes addressed to Patrick Eddington, one with a cat drawing in pen on the reverse of the envelope.



    The Poetical Works of Henry Brooke, Esq., Author of Gustavus Vasa, Fool of Quality, &c., in four volumes octavo. Revised and corrected by the original manuscript; with a portrait of the author, and his life, by Miss Brooke. The third edition. by Henry Brooke

    This is an uncommon 18th century four-volume set of the works of Irish novelist, playwright, and poet Henry Brooke. Nine inches tall, in its original plain pale blue wrappers. Printed in Dublin in 1792; xxvi, 405; 379; 345; 414 pp. These volumes contain the following works: Vol. 1: Jack the Giant queller, an opera. The contending brothers, comedy. The female officer: a comedy. The marriage contract, a comedy. Ruth: An Oratorio. [Miscellaneous poems] The fox-chase. Redemption. Vol. 2: Universal beauty: A philosophical poem. Jerusalem delivered; An epic poem: Translated from the Italian of Torquato Tasso. Constantia: Or, the Man of Law's Tale, modernized from Chaucer, to which is now added The Tale, as written by Chaucer; taken from the accurate edition of the Canterbury Tales; Vol 3: [Tragedies] The impostor. The Earl of Westmorland. Cymbeline. Montezuma. Vol 4: Fables: The Temple of Hymen; The Sparrow and the Dove; The Female Seducers; Love and Vanity. The last speech of John Good, vulgarly called Jack the Giant-Queller. Gustavus Vasa . . . A Tragedy. The Earl of Essex: A Tragedy. Conrade: A Fragment. As the photos should show, these volumes' rudimentary bindings are in poor condition, and the leaves' uncut edges show varying degrees of soiling. The interiors, however, are in very good condition, save for the first five leaves of Vol. IV, which show a small stain, of diminishing size, at the foot. Overall a very readable, complete example of this set uncommonly seen for sale.



    ALS Joseph Hume, Sept. 27, 1853 by Joseph Hume M.P

    Norfolk, UK: Hume, 1853. Autographed Two Page Letter, Ink on Laid Paper with Embossed Device at header, 4" x 6.25", Very Good; mounted to larger sheet with inked notes, 10" x 12", Good with marginal tears & toning. John Hume (1777 - 1855), radical politician. During the debates on the Reform Bill, Hume suggested extending the franchise to the colonies.



    THE LOG OF A FORTY-NINER. Journal of a Voyage from Newburyport to San Francisco on the Brig General Worth Commanded by Captain Samuel Walton. Kept by Richard Hale Newbury, Mass. by Russ, Carolyn Hale; Richard Hale

    Boston, MA: B.J. Brimmer Company, 1923. Book. Very good+ condition. Half-Cloth. First Edition. Octavo (8vo). 183 pages of text. Hardcover binding in excellent condition, with a small tear and crease to the edge of page 37, and minor browning to the endpapers. The unclipped dustjacket is sunned on the spine, with minor soiling and minor rubbing to the extremities; protected in archival mylar. Contains 19 illustrations. Being a Record of Adventures by Sea and Shore to the California Gold-Fields and the Pacific Northwest, 1849-1854. Illustrated from original sketches by the author. Edited from the original manuscripts; here for the first time published. The text is clean and unmarked. First edition..



    ALS by McKinley, William (Future President)

    5 1/2" x 8 1/2" ). [TLS] 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Typed Letter Signed on McKinley's Canton, OH stationary to Mr. Will B. Smith: Mr. Will B. Smith,/Pasadena, Cal./ Dear Sir and Comrade:/For your letter of/ congratulations of the 22nd Ultimo I am /very grateful. You were very kind in-/deed to remember me./With best wished, I am/Very truly yours/ Wm. McKinley. Dated July 2, 1896 with stamped envelope. Very nice condition. Will B. Smith who served in the Civil War in Company K, 14th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted at the age of only 15, was a prisoner and a survivor of Andersonville. He had also written a book about his experience's written for "real boys and girls."



    Epistola de morte Hieronymi; Epistola ad Cyrillum de magnificentiis Hieronymi; Epistola de miraculis Hieronymi; Vita Sancti Hieronymi; Vita sancti Pauli; illuminated medieval manuscript on parchment by Pseudo-Eusebius of Cremona, Pseudo-Augustine, Pseudo-Cyril of Jerusalem, Jerome

    ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT IN LATIN ON PARCHMENT, Northern Italy, c. 1440-1470. 203 x 153 mm. 70 folios, complete (collation, i-vii10), remnants of quire and leaf signatures, flourished vertical catchwords, written in a humanist minuscule on 30 long lines (justification, 147-149 x 95-100 mm), horizontal lines ruled very lightly in ink, single vertical bounding lines ruled in lead, prickings remain in top and bottom margins on some leaves, rubrics and paragraph marks in pale red, two-line red or blue initials with contrasting pen flourishes in violet or red, two five-line blue initials, ff. 29v and 35, infilled and on square grounds of elaborate penwork; f. 64v, seven-line polished GOLD INITIAL with white vinestem decoration extending along twenty lines of text and into the upper margin, infilled and edged in deep red and blue with numerous tiny silver dots; f. 1, five-line polished GOLD HISTORIATED INITIAL of St. Jerome, bearded and dressed in red, standing before a Crucifix, with a hilly landscape in the background, on a white vinestem ground, extending into a FULL WHITE VINESTEM BORDER infilled and edged in deep red and blue with tiny silver dots and an erased coat of arms in lower margin, with modern? F.A.. BINDING: Early, almost certainly contemporary, reddish-brown leather over wooden boards, flat spine with three slightly raised bands, head and tail bands, clasp and catch fastening, front to back, with brass catch lettered ave, front cover decorated, most likely in the nineteenth century, with an attractive painted border in green, orange, and gray, connecting four brass studs, and the title, De laudibus et miraculis divi Hieronymi, with initials F.C. at the bottom, back pastedown is leaf from a late fourteenth-century Italian copy of Donatuss Latin grammar, front pastedown shows offset script from removed pastedown from a fourteenth-century Italian text in Latin verse. TEXT: This manuscript is a vivid witness to the importance of St. Jerome in fifteenth-century Italy, and includes the foundational texts for his cult: three letters regarding his death, miracles, and titles to glory and veneration and purporting to be written by three contemporaries of St. Jerome (c. 347-420), namely St. Eusebius of Cremona (d. 423), St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), and Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 313-386), but probably written in Rome at the end of the thirteenth or beginning of the fourteenth century; a life of St. Jerome by an unknown author, probably writing in Italy in the twelth century; and Jeromes own life of St. Paul the Hermit, written in 374 or 375. These texts were widely disseminated in both Latin and in vernacular translations, and they influenced the work of numerous writers and visual artists. ILLUSTRATION: The iconographical choice in the historiated initial (f. 1) to depict the ascetic Jerome contemplating the Crucifixion dates from c. 1400 in Italy, and can be particularly associated with Hieronymite congregations in Tuscany. PROVENANCE: Copied in Northern Italy in the middle years of the fifteenth century, as suggested by the evidence of the script and decoration; the penwork initials in particular seem to point to Northern Italy. The manuscript almost certainly once included the coat of arms of its original owner in the lower margin of the illuminated border on f. 1. Three sets of initials are inscribed, in three different hands, all possibly initials of owners: within the roundel on f. 1 a modern owner inscribed an outline of a shield in pen and the initials F.A.; inside front cover, white embossed seal, with the initials L.F.; on front cover, as part of the added decoration, F[?]. C[?]. CONDITION: Slight loss of the leather at the back, top of the spine, and over the lower band of the binding; top of the painted border on f. 1 is very slightly trimmed; f. 1 is darkened; and there is some soiling throughout, but overall in very good condition. Full description and photos available (TM 656).

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