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    The true secret history of the lives and reigns of all the kings and queens of England, from King William the First ... Collected chiefly from original manuscripts by John Somers

    Unknown, 1702. Hardcover. Acceptable. 1702. Vol I. 391 pages. No dust jacket. Black and brown leather boards. Pages are heavily yellowed with moderate cracking to hinges causing several pages to be limp, noticeable dog earing and scuffing included within. Moderate foxing and thumb prints throughout. Binding is firm with moderate corner bumping and scuffing around the edges of the boards. Spine has light creasing and rubbing to the ends.


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    The History of Great-Britain, from the first Inhabitants thereof, 'till the Death of Cadwalader, by LEWIS John d1615/6. LHUYD Humfrey 1527-1568 . TWINE Thomas 1543-1613

    London: Holborn. Covent-Garden. Pater-Noster-Row.: F Gyles. Woodman and Lyon. C Davis., 1729 Sm Elephant folio, VG+, 1st ed, 1729. In modern half calf with marbled boards, to style, some blind tooling. Spine, gilt decorative tooling, raised bands. contemporary gilt title on red calf label. Internally, new endpapers, rubricated title, [2], [1], 2-71, [1], 251, [1], [11], [1], [4], [1], [1], [1], 2-8, 13-32, 35-52, [2] wordes, (mis-numbered but correct). Faint initial at head of tp, British Museum 11804 stamp to tp verso, text block edges marbled red, occasional ink marginal note, main text block watermarked with Horse circled, Breviary watermarked 1723, 15&9.5 inches. (ESTC T113293. Allibone 1091. Brunet 1038). Pencil notes states only 200 copies published? Lewis, whose complete history was first published in 1729, over a century after its author's death, by the antiquary Hugh Thomas, perhaps using the text still extant in Harleian MS 4872 in the British Library. Like earlier Welsh historians, for instance Humphrey Llwyd (whose Breviary of Britayne is appended to the 1729 edition of Lewis's book), Lewis was reluctant to part with the much-criticized legends of ancient British kings, from Brutus the Trojan to King Arthur, as recorded by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Title continues: last king of the Britains ; and of the Kings of Scotland to Eugenev. As also A short Account of the Kings, Dukes, and Earls of Bretagne, 'till that Dukedom was united to the Crown of France, ending with the Year of our Lord 68 ; in which are several Pieces of Taliessin, an antient British Poet, and a Defence of the Antiquity of the Scotish Nation: With many other Antiquities, never before published in the English Tongue: With a Compleat Index to the Whole. By John Lewis, Esq ; Barrester at Law. Now first published from his original manuscript. To which is added, The breviary of Britayne, written in Latin by Humfrey Lhuyd, of Denbigh, a Cambre Britayne ; and lately englished by Thomas Twine, Gent.


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    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. Some ornamental initial letters printed in crimson ink. An edition of 350 copies. "Designed and printed by the press of A. Colish, New York."; 4to .


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    Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of Elizabeth Robins by ROBINS, Elizabeth (1862-1952)

    1912. No binding. 7 x 9 inches flat, folded to 7 x 4-1/2 inches. Autograph letter signed. Two pages. Dated Backset Farm, Sussex, June 2nd, [19] 12. Arranging a visit with Sir Edward Bush. Elizabeth Robins was an American/English actress, playwright, prolific novelist and suffragette. Robins spent most of her adult life living and working in England, first in London and later in Sussex as well. Robins, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was the first child of Charles E. Robins and Hannah M. (Crow) Robins. After 1880, Robins moved to New York City and began an acting career. She became a member of the Boston Museum Company, James O'Neill's Monte Cristo Traveling Company, and toured with Edwin Booth Lawrence Barrett. She appeared in such plays as A Celebrated Case, Julius Caesar, and The Merchant of Venice, first under the stage name Claire Raymond and later as Bessie Robins.


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    Lectures on the Catechism of the Church of England: with a Discourse on Confirmation by Secker, Thomas

    London: Printed for Longman & Co; Hatchard & Son [...]. Fair with no dust jacket. 1840. New Edition. Full-Leather. "Published from the original Manuscripts, by Beilby Porteus, D. D. & George Stinton, D. D. His Grace's Chaplains". [iv], 356 pages. Leather split along both joints. Considerable loss and shaving to leather. Leather on rear board 25% missing. Spine very worn and chipped. Dry rot to spine. Internally clean. Text block in good plus condition.; 12mo .


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    A Discovery of Two Forreigne Sects in the East-Indies, viz. the Sect of the Banians, the Ancient Natives of India, and the Sect of the Persees, the Ancient Inhabitants of Persia: Together with the Religion and Manners of each Sect. by LORD, Henry

    London: Lintot and Osborn, 1752. Detailed analysis of Banian and Parsi creationist beliefs, including the first humans, the first and second age of the world, God's communication to the world through Bremaw's book (Banian), ceremonial law, order of government, the derivation and meaning of 'Banian,' and 'Persee,' and more. This is the first printed summary of Hindu doctrines and practices to appear in Europe. Topics examined include idolatry, fire worship, immortality, rapture, vegetarianism, the Indian caste system and Hindu theory of world cycles - specifically Satya Yuga and Treta Yuga, as well as Persian migration to the East Indies, the prophet Zerdusht (Zarthusthra, Zarthost), so forth. A fascinating early treatise. Henry Lord's book was the first in English to be entirely devoted to discussion of Indian religions, and represents the first serious attempt to go beyond reports by travellers of the strange religious beliefs and practices that they had observed in India. Initially publishing his account in 1630, Lord was a chaplain, rather than a missionary, and made a serious attempt to understand the religions rather than condemn them. The display was used as a source by later European writers on Indian religions, most notably François Bernier. "Lord was sometime resident in India at Surat and Preacher to the Honourable Company of Merchants trading to East India (Cox I p.270)." Folio, measuring approximately 13.5 inches x 9 inches. 42 pages, numbered from 315 to 356, plus title page. In itself complete, this account is from Churchill's eight-volume work which contained numerous travel narratives, and was titled "A Collection of Voyages and Travels, Some Now First Printed from Original Manuscripts. Others Now First Published in English." These are the original pages printed in 1752. Mild foxing, otherwise in very good condition, clean and bright with wide margins, a lovely example of early printing. Attractively bound in recent green cardstock covers with label. .


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    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 Now Published from the Original Manuscript Prepared for the Press, with an Introduction and Notes by Frederick A. Pottle by Boswell, James

    William Heinemann, Melbourne, 1951. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. 850 g; XIV, 370 pages, includes two appendices, index, double page end page maps, frontispiece illustration by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Top edge of text block tinted dark blue. The other edges of the text block darkened with age. the colour illustrated dustjacket is missing a large piece at the top of the spine section, and there is offset tanning of both end pages. At the top of the frontispiece is a rust mark from a paper clip. Pages 309 – 336 are inserted loosely, never having been sewn in. This is the first Australian edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; England; Travel & Places. Inventory No: 0250487. .


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    $58,000.00

    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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    Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of William Blanchard Jerrold by JERROLD, William Blanchard (1826-1884)

    1879. No binding. Good. 7-1/8 x 4-1/2 inches flat but was folded.Autograph letter signed on 1 pp., front. (4pp). Dated Victoria Street SW on blind embossed "the Forum Club" note paper. Date of Oct. 24, [18)79 written with different pen. To an unnamed correspondent [My dear, but truant friend], arranging a visit. Had been affixed in an autograph book with some evidence, otherwise, very good condition. William Blanchard Jerrold was a well known English journalist and author. Jerrold became a writer and four of his plays, including Beau Brummel, were performed. He also worked as a journalist and on the death of his father in 1857, replaced him as editor of Lloyd's Weekly newspaper.


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    The Secret Correspondence of Madame De Maintenon with the Princess Des Ursins; from the Original Manuscripts in the posession of the duke of Choiseul. Transladed from the French. Volume II by Madame de Maintenon; Princess Des Ursins;

    London: Geo. B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, 1827 364pp. Volume II Only. Three Quarter Leather with marbled boards. Tips and spine ends are bumped and heavily rubbed. Top tip of front board is missing a small piece. Board edges are heavily rubbed. Lower edge of rear board has a couple of bumped spots. Top edge of front board is heavily chipped. Boards have heavy scuffs and light scratches. Spine edges are heavily rubbed. Spine ends are heavily chipped. Front board has a 2" detachment from the spine head. Spine has many heavy gouges. Former owner bookplate inside front board. Front hinge is partially open. Former owner name inside rear board. Inside boards, endpapers, frontispiece and title page have light foxing. Page edges have light foxing. Top edge of text block has dust staining. Ghost of frontispiece on titlepage. Text is unmarked. . Three-Quarter Leather. Fair/No Dust Jacket.


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    A scroll measuring 2526 x 265 mm. containing numerous illustrations - 105 panels - in pen and ink with grey, pink, and yellow wash of the art of hocho shiki [trans. kitchen knife ceremony] by (SHIJO SCHOOL, KNIFE CEREMONY SCROLL)

    N.p.: n.d. [but Japan: 19th century]. The Shijo school of hocho shiki, the oldest school of the special imperial knife ceremony, describes a ritual in which the chef carves fish and poultry using a special kitchen knife and metal chopsticks, without once touching the flesh with his hands. "Unlike the modern steak house chef who is a vaudeville version of a short-order cook, medieval chefs who performed knife ceremonies were not ordinary chefs: they were at the top of their occupation, employed only by the military and aristocratic elite…The Shijo [school] traced their genealogy back to a branch house - appropriately called the 'fish name branch' - of the northern branch of the Fujiwara family, which dominated government during much of the Heian period."-Rath, Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Japan, pp. 40-41. The scroll depicts in 105 finely drawn and colored panels, methods of cutting up various fish (78 panels of salmon, porgy, and carp); game including pheasant, crane, and geese (24 panels); and one panel each of octopus and crab. Each panel has a brief description giving the ceremonial purpose for each style of carving. There is a final panel depicts a cutting board with a manuscript legend stating "Shijo." At the end there is some manuscript text stating that this scroll was written to pass this special knowledge on to the next generation and was not to be given to outsiders (even if offered large amounts of money!). Some worming throughout, carefully repaired. It does not at all detract from the quality of the images.


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    LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER. Printed Complete from the Original Manuscript by Lawrence, (David Herbert)

    n.p. [Chicago Ben Abramson], 1930. Deep red cloth, with author, title, and device of Lawrence phoenix silver stamped on spine. Top edge stained red, others uncut. Some wear to front free endpaper, where an inscription appears to have been erased, else a very good copy. Stout 8vo. vii+417pp. This piracy conforms to entry 4.1 in Jay A. Gertzman's "A Descriptive Bibliography of Lady Chatterley's Lover" (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1989).


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    Black edges three page letter to the Rev. William B. Sprague, author of Annals of the American Pulpit. in Part: "I Have Just Followed to the Grave My Father in Law Capt. Marshall..." by Butler, William Allen

    NY. Good+. 1865. Letter. 8vo; October 14, 1865, three page autographed letter signed. ; Signed by Author .


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    Two original 1848 manuscript real estate maps detailing the plots owned by Jacob Harsen`s estate. - Stephen Colbert. - Jacob Harsen (1750-1835). - John J. Serrell (surveyor)..

    (New York), John Serrell, 1848.. 26 1/8 x 19 1/2 inches and 25 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches. Two original manuscript real estate maps detailing the plots owned by Jacob Harsen`s estate, situated between 54th and 53rd street and Broadway and Ninth Avenue, both titled: "Map of the Real Estate in the 12th Ward of the City of New York belonging to the Estate of Jacob Harsen, decd. Surveyed July 1848 by John J. Serrell City Surveyor" wove paper, pen, ink and wash plans, edged with cloth ribbon, backed onto linen, rolled. Both with light creasing, toning, and some light damage with small losses, edging defective. - Comprising: 1. `Map of the Real Estate...`, 26 1/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 9th to 8th Ave, between 54th and 53rd. - 2. `Map of the Real Estate...`, 25 1/2 x 18 5/8 inches, 8th Ave to `Bloomingdale Road ` [i.e. Broadway], between 54th and 53rd. - The present maps represent one of Jacob Harsen`s subsidiary holdings, and cover an area that now includes the the Midtown North Police Precinct building, the Midtown Community Court , as well as Studio 54 and the Ed Sullivan Theater (the home of `The Late Show` with Stephen Colbert). - The main Harsen holding was originally a 94-acre farm, bought for £450 by Cornelius Dyckman in 1701, centered on what is now Broadway and 73rd Street. Dyckman`s daughter Cornelia married Jacob Harsen, and the farm eventually passed into Harsen family ownership. - John J. Serrell is the eldest of three brothers who were surveyors or engineers with official connections to New York City. The New York Historical Society hold a number of his other surveys of the city.


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    The Log Of A Forty-Niner by Russ, Carolyn Hale

    Boston MA: B. J. Brimmer Company, 1923. Green hardback with brown leather-like spine and corners. Black print on orange paste-on on spine; black print on beige paste-on on front. Top layer on spine is coming loose along the back side - should be easily glued. Bumping and fraying to edges/corners of board. Scuffing to boards; darkening to edges of baords. Boards in Good or better condition. Pages tight but book will lay open (pages detached along inside spine/gutter). Pages clean/unmarked. 183 pages. "This Special Edition of The Log Of A Forty-Niner printed on Georgian hand-made Deckle edged paper, consists of one hundred and fifty-five signed and numbered copies of which this is Number 7 (folowed by author signature" Inside front board is written "15 - " "#98" "155 copies printed". Also on same page is a small ex-libris sticker and a small pasted on page with info about the book. Another POs name is writtern on top of the ffep along wth 1930. "The Logof a Forty-Niner ... Being the record of adventrues by sea and shore to the California God-Fields and the Pacific Northwest, 1849 - 1854. Illustrated from original sketches by the author. Edited from original manuscripts; now for the first time published." . Signed by Author. Numbered. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    $45.00

    Typed Letter Signed (TLS) of George Williams Brown - draft of a book review by BROWN, George Williams [1894-1983]

    1948. No binding. Very Good. Draft of a book review of a Report on the Public Archives of Canada Single sheet of lined paper, 4to, Written from the University of Toronto, in pencil on both sides. Signed George W. Brown. Dated circa 1848 by mention of the appointment of Dr. W.K. Lamb as Dominion Archivist. Frayed along the left side without loss of text and quite creased, otherwise in good condition. George Williams Brown PhD, LLD, FRSC was a Canadian historian and editor. In 1925 joined the History Department at the University of Toronto, where he taught Canadian and American History. From 1953 to 1954 he was Canadian visiting Commonwealth Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He served as president of the Canadian Historical Association (1943-44) and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1945. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 1952. In 1959 he retired and became Professor Emeritus and in the same year, became the founding General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography (DCB). A gold medal is presented annually in his name to the top graduating history student at Victoria College. A collection of Brown's papers, in particular with reference to his involvement with the Canadian Historical Review, is held in the York University Archives, Toronto.


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    AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS) FROM THIS IMMIGRANT, A U.S. ARMY VETERAN OF WORLD WAR I, TO THE BUREAU OF NATURALIZATION: by Crebere, Edward E

    1919. Original manuscript. Good . 2pp, written in black ink, in part: "...I applied for my naturalization papers while in the Co. H 23rd Inf 2nd Div. on the Rhein....At the same time I applied for my liberty bond....I wish the citizen papers and my bond sent to me at this address....[signed] Edward E. Crebere / per K." Stamped: "Bureau of Naturalization, Received Oct 28, 1919." 6.5" x 5" The Winnisimmet Lodge return address refers to Odd Fellows Lodge No. 24 in Chelsea, MA. The Lodge had been established circa 1843, based on a notice published in the "Symbol and Odd Fellows Magazine," Boston, 1843.


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    $875.00

    Illuminated Manuscript: Large Initial "C by [Illuminated Manuscript]

    Spain: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Large initial "C" cut from a Spanish antiphonal (c. 1500) richly painted on parchment. Initial painted in shades of brown and tan on a decorated purple background. Initial is framed in a lovely gold frame with custom matting and UV protected glass. A few spots of flaking around the border edge, otherwise fine. Frame Size: 10x12 inches (255x305mm); Cutting: 3x4.5 inches (75x115mm).


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    $450.00

    The Early History of Freemasonry in England by Halliwell, James Orchard

    London: John Russell Smith. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1844. Second Edition. Hardcover. Nice original condition. Spine faded. Some rubbing to boards. Sprinkle of foxing to endpapers.; A scarce title. 52 pages + frontispiece + 16 pages advertisements. Original cloth boards with printed paper label on front board. Page dimensions: 198 x 118mm. Owner's signature dated 1858 of "R B Willis" on front endpaper. Halliwell is best known as a Shakespearian scholar, and was not himself a mason. "The curious early poem on masonry, which was printed in this work for the first time, has been again compared with the original manuscript for the present edition; and a popular glossary of the obsolete words in it has been added [...]" - from the preface to this new edition. The poem "is on the constitutions of Freemasonry, and is taken from a very small quarto manuscript on vellum, written not later than the latter part of the fourteenth century, preserved in the Old Royal Library at the British Museum." - pp.10-11. "As this is admitted to be the oldest Masonic document extant, and as some very important conclusions in respect to the early history of the Craft are about to be deduced from it, a detailed account of it will not be deemed unnecessary." - from Mackey, Albert. History of Freemasonry, Chapter Five. ; 8vo .


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    Autograph Letter Signed ‘Anna Jameson'‚ to Mr. Colnaghi by JAMESON, Mrs. Anna Brownell, (née Murphy) [1794-1860] & COLNAGHI, Dominic Charles [1790-1879]

    1828. No binding. Good. Autograph Letter Signed 'Anna Jameson'‚ to Mr. Colnaghi in Cockspur Street‚ declining "absolutely the proposition you made to me yesterday - in accepting the sacrifice would be too great - and on calculation I should be a loser by it" ‚ and giving him a day to respond to her counter-offer‚ although "I understand yesterday that the offer you made was your definative". 2½ pages‚ stained‚ some fading as a result‚ but legible. Dated by the recipient‚ 10 October 1828. The multi-talented Victorian Irish author and art critic Anna Brownell Jameson [1794-1860] was one of the few female writers in the late 1820s to gain notoriety as not only an amazing writer, but also as a strong supporter of the feminist movement in all genres of literature. As a nomadic writer of fiction and stalwart researcher in women's studies, she was also among the female writers of her time who served to show just how far a writer is willing to go for inspiration. Her travels took her to Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, Canada and the United States, among others. Dominic Charles Colnaghi, London art dealer. In 1825, he and his Italian-born father, Paul Colnaghi (by then a dealer of long standing), began trading as P. and D. Colnaghi & Co., the name by which the firm is still known. Her first major published work was The Diary of an Ennuyée in 1825. This piece gained attention in the literary world when it was discovered that it was a fictitious account of her travels and exploits in Italy: an unique spin on a solid idea. Her first feminist oriented work which displayed powers of original thought was her Characteristics of Women [1832], an analysis of William Shakespeare's heroines. In later works, she focused her interest on questions affecting the education, occupations and the welfare of women. She would spend the rest of her single life focusing on women issues and the "women question" as it applied to the 19th century British Empire. As an art critic, she studied private art collections in and near London, and wrote several books in the 1840s about the collections. Her relationships with men dominated her life and seemed to go hand-in-hand with her free-spirited lifestyle. Her on-again, off-again romance with and stormy marriage to Robert Jameson ended in separation after two decades. Shortly after his death in 1854, it was discovered that he had left most of his estate to others and nearly nothing to her. Although Anna continued to write, finishing Sisters of Charity and The Communion of Labor, she died within a few years of her husband from an unknown illness.


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    $750.00

    Relation of the Pequot Warres Written in 1660 By Lieutenant Lion Gardener and Now First Printed from The Original Manuscript with an Historical Introduction by Gardiner, Lieutenant Lion

    Connecticut: Acorn Club, 1901. xxix + 33 pages, many unopened, unread; finely printed edition, limited number 75 of 102 copies only, the fourth publication of the Acorn Club, a membership organization of Connecticut historians; bibliograhical notes; and biographical, historical introductory material by W.N. Chattin Carlton; one page a facscimile of the first page of Gardener's Relation; good nicely bound in marbled-paper covered boards, dark brown morocco leather spine, gilt ruled and titled, top edge gilt; light wear to the binding; very good condition.. Leather. Very Good.


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    £40.00

    The Cultivated Oranges and Lemons of India and Ceylon - researches into their origin and the derivation of their names, and other useful information. (1888). [Alan Davidson's copy] by Bonavia. E

    Dehra Dun & Delhi: M/S Bishen Singh, 1973. Two volumes, 8vo and horizontal 8vo, pp xx, 384; (4), +259 outline plates, slightly weak and worn. The original Indian price is written in tiny red script at the coner of each front endpaper. [Alan Davidson's copy, with his "fish" bookplate. One of the most important figures in twentieth century culinary writing and scholarship, Davidson was a British diplomat and historian best known for his writing and editing on food and gastronomy. He was the author of the 900-page, encyclopedic The Oxford Companion to Food. In 1948, Davidson joined the Foreign Office and served in diplomatic posts in Washington, Tunis, Brussels, Cairo, the Hague; from 1973 to 1975, he was ambassador to Laos. While living in Tunis, his wife asked him to look for a cookbook on fish because she did not recognize any of the local varieties. Not being able to find one he wrote one himself. The original manuscript was copied with a stencil machine. A copy reached the British cooking guru Elizabeth David, who passed it on to Penguin Books, which published it in 1972 as Mediterranean Seafood. This was followed by Seafood Of South East Asia (1979) and North Atlantic Seafood (1979), for which he travelled throughout the region, gathering thousands of recipes from Portugal to Iceland.]. Cloth. Good.


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    Autographed Signed Letter (ASL) of Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell by CARDWELL, Edward, Viscount Cardwell (1813-1886)

    1867. No binding. 7 x 4-1/2 inches. 1864 water marked paper. Autograph letter signed. One page. Dated 74 Eaton Square. 4.26.1867. Confirming he will attend a meeting, " and render your brother any service in my power." Edward Cardwell, Viscount Cardwell was a British statesman Secretary of State for War (1868-74). Cardwell as Secretary of State for War designed the reforms that Gladstone supported in the name of efficiency and democracy. In 1868 he abolished flogging, raising the private soldier status to more like an honorable career. In 1870 Cardwell abolished "bounty money" for recruits, discharged known bad characters from the ranks. He pulled 20,000 soldiers out of self-governing colonies, like Canada, which learned they had to help defend themselves. The most radical change, and one that required Gladstone's political muscle, was to abolish the system of officers obtaining commissions and promotions by purchase, rather than by merit. The system meant that the rich landholding families controlled all the middle and senior ranks in the army. Promotion depended on the family's wealth, not the officer's talents, and the middle class was shut out almost completely.


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    Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 Now Published from the Original Manuscript Prepared for the Press, with an Introduction and Notes by Frederick A. Pottle by Boswell, James

    William Heinemann, Melbourne, 1951. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. 850 g; XIV, 370 pages, includes two appendices, index, double page end page maps, frontispiece illustration by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Top edge of text block tinted dark blue. The other edges of the text block darkened with age. This is the first Australian edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; England; Travel & Places. Inventory No: 0250486. .


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    Liber Amoris or the New Pygmalion by William Hazlitt with Additional Matter Now Printed for the First Time from the Original Manuscripts by Hazlitt, William; with an introduction by Richard Le Gallienne

    Privately Printed. Good+ with no dust jacket. 1894. Hardcover. Boards fairly clean. Some fading to inner margin of front board. No signatures. Gutters split at hinges. Some foxing.; 363, [1] pages + frontispiece + 1 plate + 2 facsimile letters. Buckram cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Deckle page edges. Wide margins. Page dimensions: 223 x 175mm.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .


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