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    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SOURCES, 1745-1799 (VOL. 32: MARCH 10, 1792-JUNE 30, 1793) by Washington, George; John C. Fitzgerald (editor)

    Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1939-01-01. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 557pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.


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    The Seats and Causes of Diseases, in three volumes by Morgagni, John Baptist

    Birmingham, Alabama: Gryphon Press for the Classics of Medical Library, 1983. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Near Fine. Numbered 2137 (on laid-in bookplate in Volume III, from the library of Ronald Litvack, M.D.) of a Limited Edition contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. Full gilt-embossed rust-colored leather, all edges gilt. Sewn-in linen ribbon bookmark to all three volumes. Volume I: xxxii + 868 pp.; Volume II: vi + 770 pp.; Volume III: 604 pp. + Index. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.


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    5 Birthday Odes & 1 Sonnet Written by Samuel R. Wiley, Written Annually to Silas Leach on the Occasion of (Wiley's) Birth 1889-1901 "On the recurrence of my Birthday

    A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old. An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries. . A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA. Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top. Some with red and black borders. Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian. A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th. Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899. Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889. Moving and thought provoking.


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    Pathology and Treatment of Diseases of the Skin for Practitioners and Students by Kaposi, Moriz

    Birmingham, Alabama: Gryphon Press for the Classics of Medical Library, 1985. Hardcover. Near Fine. Numbered 2137 (on laid-in bookplate in Volume III, from the library of Ronald Litvack, M.D.) of a Limited Edition contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. Full gilt-embossed olive-green leather, all edges gilt. xvii + 684 pp. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.


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    De la Mediterranee aux Etangs et Marecage [Alan Davidson's copy] by Centelles, Jacques

    Banyuls-sur-mer: Published by the author, 1981. Illustrated, thick 8vo, pp 416, paperback, very slightly worn. [Presentation copy from the author. Alan Davidson's copy, with his "fishy" 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.]. Signed by Author. Paperback. Good.


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    Original Manuscript for the 4th Batman Story by Fox, Gardner

    DC Comics, 1939. none. Very good. Original hand corrected typescript. The complete story from Detective Comics #30, here titled "The Batman and the Diamonds of Death" (the title changed when published to "The Return of Dr. Death"). 5 leaves (8" X 13"), 1,500 typed words plus 196 words of handwritten ink and pencil corrections, deletions, changes, and additions including a rewrite of the last scene on the back of page 5, with a sketch of a gliding Batman. Very good. This is Dark Knight incunabulum and rare as a 1 ended stick. I know of no other Batman manuscripts from this vintage, or even from near this vintage. In fact all DC super-hero manuscripts before 1945 are rare. Ex-Bob Kane. Ex-Sacripante. And (full disclosure) Ex-HA, $5,676, Nov. 23, 2013. Batman is the model for the modern super-hero without super powers. Always cryptic, fueled by his incomparable intellect, and powered by his fabulous toys, he first showed up 75 years ago in Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939) in a story written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane. Finger also wrote the second story (in Detective Comics #28). Then Gardner Fox took over, writing the next 4 (including this one). Finger and Fox collaborated on the 7th story (in Detective Comics #33), then Fox wrote the 8th one alone before moving on to a long, influential, career at DC, co-creating The Sandman, Flash, Hawkman, and the first super-hero team-up with The Justice Society of America (forerunner of The Justice League). Literary super-heroes trace back, at least, to Gilgamesh, and then through Achilles, Aeneas, Beowulf, Merlin, and Robin Hood, to shout out a few. They divide on 2 lines, some with super powers, some without. The modern take on the independent super-hero without super powers began with Rodolphe in Sue's Mysteries of Paris, followed by such as Monte-Cristo, Sherlock Holmes and Zorro. And then there was Batman. And since then, no one's done it better.


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    Time Between (Signed) by Counterculture - Williams, Paul & Family

    New York: Entwhistle Books, 1972. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edtion of this facsimile of the original manuscript written by Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy Magazine, the first journal to seriously critique the rock and roll scene. 186 pp. A collection of autobiographical essays, poems and other writings by Williams. Published in an edition of five hundered hand-numbered and SIGNED copies. This is number 50. Covers dusty with age, but a generally clean and sound very good copy in black boards printed in gold.


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    TYPED LETTER SIGNED, 2 MAY 1911, TO WILLARD BARTLETT OF BROOKLYN, ON STATIONERY OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE by Root, Elihu

    Single page, signed "Affectionately yours". Light old folds, Very Good. Root was a prominent New York lawyer and a pillar of the Republican Party. He served, not only as U.S. Senator from New York, but also as Secretary of War for President McKinley and Secretary of State for President Roosevelt. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. His amusing Letter to "Dear Willard," his friend, former law partner, and a Judge on New York State's highest court [the Court of Appeals], reads as follows: "I am much obliged to you for sending me the slip from the Brooklyn Eagle and the expression of your opinion about the Court of Claims grab game. I have read your article in the Luminary and it was admirable. I had already sent a copy of the pending bill to Wadhams with instructions to refer it to the Committee on Grievances, and to ask the Chairman or Secretary of that Committee to call a meeting of the Committee to take proper action upon it. "I think by the side of Tim Campbell's famous aphorism, 'what is the constitution between friends?', we must put another, 'what is civil service between enemies?' "It is a great thing to have a friend like Davenport. It is a great thing for an old and conservative Judge to have a friend like Davenport, who will pull him off the bench and whirl him through the country and let the wind whistle through his whiskers and increase the red corpuscles in his blood."


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    The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799 Volume 4 October, 1775 - April, 1776 by John C. Fitzpatrick, Ed

    Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1931. Hardcover. Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine; color markings back cover. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 590pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.


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    The Illuminated Manuscript by Backhouse, Janet

    Oxford: Phaidon, 1979. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/fine. 4to. Boards. Pp. 80. Illustrated. Over a thousand years manuscripts were illuminated. Here is a history of them, along with a description of how they were made.


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    TSL from Herbert Hoover to Mrs. Laserte asking for a donation for Boys' Clubs of America. by Hoover, Herbert [Clark] 1864-1964

    New York., 1/20/58. 7.5 x 10.5 Arena Bond Paper Rag Content by Ailing & Cory Co. Rochester, NY (1819-1999). Signed by Herbert Hoover in blue ink. Fine. "Dear Mrs. Laserte: I greatly dislike writing begging letters but I am as convinced of the great importance of the Boys' Clubs of America that I violate my rule in asking your consideration of a contribution among the many other calls upon you at this time. In this work there are 500 boys' Clubs with more thatn 425,000 boy members in the slum areas of 290 cities throughout the country where we definitely are reducing delinquency, improving health, morals and preparing them for the skilled trades. The are some 3,000,000 such boys and the country is in great need of expansion of this movement. We do no ask for much from any one individual and most gifts are from $10.00 to $25.00. They are, of course, tax deductible. I send you herewith a leaflet which explains the work. I hope it commends itself to you. Faithfully Herbert Hoover. P.S. Checks should be made payable to Boys' Clubs of America." Hoover was elected chairman of the board of BCA (founded in 1860) in 1936 and became a life long advocate, including doing the task of fundraising. Their name was changed in 1990 to include girls, BGCA..


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    A Collection of Voyages and Travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts. 1744-1746 [ Volume 5 ] by Churchill Awnsham & John

    London: printed and Assignment from Mess Churchill for Henry Linton & John Osborn, 1746. Book measures 14 x 9 1/4 inches. Collation, [4],708pp, 42 folding plates, 3 single page plates, [ ESTC, states 50 plates, so most likely this volume lacking 5 plates ]. Bound in full period calf, raised bands, ornate gilt tooling. Calf rubbed, worn with some loss on edges/corners, hinge joints cracked, but boards holding firm. Generally although worn, a good period binding. Internally, 2 plates have a short closed tear, 1 page has a short closed tear. Pages and plates in very good clean condition. A very nice copy, in an attractive period binding.. Third Edition. Full Period Calf. Near Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.


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    The Origins of Anesthesia by Nuland, Sherwin B

    Birmingham, Alabama: Classics of Medicine Library, 1983. Limited Edition. As New. Gift-quality condition, inside and out.Yet another fine contribution to the series, The Classics of Medicine Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama, and handsomely produced up to their usual high standards, taking classics from medicine and society, from laboratory and surgical clinics, from the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, printing in facsimile, and typically also with scholarly edifice, including full bibliography, index, notes and illustrations where first published, sometimes also with scholarly commentary on the provenance and meaning of the original manuscript. Sterling condition hardcover copy, with unbruised tips, tight binding, and clean internals, showing only very slight shelf- and edge-wear; not ex-library, with neither underlining nor highlighting anywhere. Rich light-blue leather covers with raised bands, gilt lettering to spine, gilt illustrations to covers. Apparently unread, spine still crackles. #2137 of this special limited edition. Gift-quality condition, inside and out. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.


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    WHIPT 'EM EVERYTIME by Malone, Bartlett Yancey; William Whatley Pierson, Jr., ed.; Bell Irving Wiley, general ed

    Jackson, Tenn.: McCowat-Mercer Press, 1960. 131 pages, plus portrait frontispiece and four leaves of plates. Original gray cloth. [20.9 cm.] Very nearly fine in like dust jacket. Book has some barely discernible evidence of spotting to covers. Dust jacket shows some very light rubbing. Still an excellent copy. First of this edition, with a new title, the text corrected against the original manuscript, and a new introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley. The first edition of 1919 appeared with the title reading simply: "The Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone." The author served in Company H, 6th N.C. Infantry, from July, 1861, to November, 1863, when he was captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland. Before his capture he participated in most of the important battles of the Army of Northern Virginia, including Gettysburg. "Because of the daily weather observations contained herein, Malone has been called `the unofficial meteorologist for the Army of Northern Virginia'." --CWB I, 127. Dornbusch II, 774.


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    Memoirs of the Reign of George the Second, from his Accession to the Death of Queen Caroline / by John, Lord Hervey. - edited., from the original manuscript at Ickworth, by the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker in two volumes by John Lord Hervey

    John Murray, London, 1848. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine Condition/No Dust Jacket. this two-volume first edition has been rebound in strong turquoise cloth with light-brown end-papers; b/w. frontis. illust. in volume one shows a bust of the author & in volume two the frontis. illust. shows a copy of a medal depicting George II, Queen Caroline & their children by John Croker Esq. First Engraver to the Mint in 1735. The author John Hervey was educated at Westminster School and at Clare College, Cambridge, where he took his M.A. degree in 1715. His father then sent him to Paris in 1716, and thence to Hanover to pay court to George I. In 1725 he was elected M.P. for Bury St. Edmunds. Hervey wrote detailed and brutally frank memoirs of the court of George II from 1727 to 1737. He gave a most unflattering account of the King, and of Frederick, Prince of Wales, and their family squabbles. For the Queen and her daughter, Princess Caroline, he had a genuine respect and attachment, and the Princess's affection for him was commonly said to be the reason for the close retirement in which she lived after his death. Size: Large Octavo. 520 & 593 pages. 2-volume set (complete). Bindings are tight, (rebound) covers and spines fully intact. Marbled edges in good condition. Gilt titles spines. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Royalty; Hanoverians; Georgian Era; Britain/UK; 18th century; History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3739. .


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    Signed Manuscript Documents - Moreni Oil Ventures - Investment Contracts of British Investors with Romanian Engineer & Inventor Richard Von Sickle by John Venn & Sons - Public Notaries

    London, 1911. London, 24 February, 1911. Three (3) Signed Manuscript Documents defining contractual agreements between Romanian engineer and inventor Richard van Sickle of Campina, and the Anglo-Moreni Oil Syndicate Limited, for gaining lucrative investments in the rich Moreni oil fields. An unusual bilingual document, made in both French and English, in adjacent columns. Folio double leafs, 8 pages combined, on the letterhead of public notaries John Venn & Sonns, watermarked paper made by W. King of Alton Mill in Hampshire, measuring approximately 21 x 34 cm. Each with the signature and stamp of the Consulate General of Romania, the signature of his vice-consul, the embossed stamp of the company, original signatures of 2 directors and the secretary, and a revenue stamp. Very good condition. Uncommon original manuscript documentation of British activity in the Romanian oil industry, these pertain specifically to the procurement of deeds and contracts in Moreni, some 100 km north-west of Bucharest, where in the spring of 1910 an extremely rich well had been struck, thus drawing foreign attention. Resident of Campina, then a center for oil extraction and processing, Mr. Richard van Sickle, is singularly being entrusted with a great deal of authority over the company's affairs. Each document is signed in the original by the company's directors, Harry Seymour Foster and Bertram Egerton Foster, as well as the secretary, Edward William Fellgate of Kent. Of the three documents, one appoints Mr. Sickle the title of General Representative of the Company "who shall represent [the company]... under the commercial code in respect of all the acts that the company shall do in Roumania." Another puts him in charge of all deeds, and further elects him to make application to the Roumanian government for a satellite office in their kingdom. In the third agreement, the Board of Directors transfers to Sickle all rights over "contracts of concession and lease, which were transcribed in the Special Register of the Tribunal, Prahova, Romania," the latter of which are listed by registration number. In 1910 the Royal Dutch fields in the Moreni area were producing approximately 1,500 tons of oil daily, and still anticipating prolific increases. However, methods and equipment for refining in particular, but also deep well boring, were in need of improvement in Romania at the time. Interestingly, a few months after these agreements were signed, on 16 December 1911, the Romanian engineer applied for a patent for a "boring process for deep wells." Patent US1065409-A was granted to him 24 June 1913. Romania as a pioneer city in the oil industry: Modern petroleum exploitation in Romania began in 1857 when the first commercial well was drilled. In 1857 Romania was the first country in the world with its petroleum production officially registered in the international statistics Bucharest was the first city in the world to be illuminated with kerosene, beginning on 1 April 1857, with oil supplied by Teodor Mehedinteanu and his brother Albeit operating by means of rudimentary manual equipment, some consider the refinery built circa 1856 by the Mehedinteanu brothers near the city of Ploiesti, in the historical region of Wallachia, to be the world’s first In 1861 Moreni became the first place in Romania (and third in the world) from where oil was extracted Between 1897 and 1898 Câmpina was the site of the largest oil refinery in Europe Romania was the first country in the world which exported gasoline, in 1900 In 1904 the first world's School of Driller Foremen was founded at Campina In 1914 there were over 100 companies Romania extracting and processing oil product, together producing 1,783,947 tones of oil, and making Romania one of the most important registered oil producers in the world As the center of oil production, Ploiesti was the most bombed city by the Allied Troops during Tidal Waves Operation in August 1943 The Moreni oil field is located in Dâmbovita County. It was discovered in 1890 and developed by Petrom. It began production in 1900 and produces oil. The total proven reserves of the Moreni oil field are around 800 million barrels, and production is centered on 3,000 barrels per day.. Very Good. Manuscript.


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    THE WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT 1745-1799, BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION EDITION, Volume 33, July 1 1794-October 9, 1794 by Fitzpatrick, John C, Editor

    Washington, DC: US GPO, 1940-01-01. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Black cloth covered boards with bright gilt lettering along spine. Binding and hinges tight and square; contents clean and unmarked. Tissued frontis. No dust jacket. 569pp. Index. Other volumes in series listed and available Additional photos available upon request. All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling.


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    1853 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER AND HANDWRITTEN RELIC OF SEA FARING COMMERCE HANDWRITTEN BY A CAPTAIN VERY SOON TO BE NOTED IN DISPATCHES FOR HIS GALLANT SAVING OF PASSENGERS AND CREW IN THE 'SAN FRANCISCO' SHIPPING DISASTER by C.B. PENDLETON, CAPTAIN

    MELITE'S BAY CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA, 1853. On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of mid 19th Century shipping and commerce handwritten by the renowned C B Pendleton noted in dispatches for his gallant help and aide to survivors of the shipping disaster at high seas on the cholera stricken 'San Francisco' while Pendleton was captain of the Lucy Thompson in 1857. This 1853 autographed letter [ALS] dated Melite's Bay [Cape Town South Africa] Sept of 1853 regarding his problems with setting out to sea because of the steamboat ballast, and decision not to transfer cotton to the steam boat Joseph Walker. He also mentions his ill health though it is improving. Blue folded letter is frank with a 3ct #11, with file fold through stamp. Some small split in a fold or two but overall G.. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript.


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    In Japan. by [Ninja Press] Gary Young

    Sherman Oaks, California:: Ninja Press,, 2017.. Edition of 75. 8.75 x 10.50; 36 pages. Letterpress printed in Meridien with Neuland for display on a Vandercook Universal I flatbed proof press. Printed on kitakata paper, handmade in Japan. Each text sheet folded at the foredge then painted by hand with walnut ink. Endsheets of kakishibu, a persimmon-washed, cinnamon-colored handmade Japanese paper. Bound in double layer of kyoseishi, handmade paper from Japan. Sewn using black silk thread exposed near the spine. Housed in a clear acrylic slipcase. Design, presswork, painting, and binding by Carolee Campbell at Ninja Press. Numbered. Signed by the poet. UCSC NewsCenter, April 19, 2017: "In Japan is the title of an elegant new collection of poems from UCSC humanities lecturer and alumnus Gary Young … published by Ninja Press. "The poems were written while Young was in Japan working on a book of translations of the calligraphy of the Zen priest Kobun Chino Otogawa. During this time, he had the great honor of staying in the Hokyoji Zen Monastery, where he was given access to Zen Master Dogen's original manuscripts, calligraphy, and other relics. "While traveling around Japan and working on the translations, Young also began to work on a series of original poems. "'This was only a few months after the earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster,' Young noted. 'My poems reflect my joy at being in Japan, but there is an undercurrent of grief and loss throughout the collection.'" Ninja Press: "These previously unpublished prose poems resonate with unerring clarity and a streamlined diction honed over years spent enveloped in the misty redwood forest and streams of his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. "Each faintly green text sheet is folded at the fore edge, then painted by hand with walnut ink. An enso (empty circle) inhabits each page and is printed in a second color. The enso is a brushed circular form common in Zen buddhist art representing the ultimate Zen theme suggesting both emptiness and completion. "The snow white cover is a double layer of kyoseishi which means 'strengthened paper.' This handmade paper from Japan is coated with konnyaku juice, a form of starch derived from the konjac plant, also known as devil's tongue, voodoo lily, or snake palm. Konnyaku juice gives added strength and impermeability to the paper. Strong, flexible, and water-resistant, historically it has been used to make clothing as well as paper. "A clear acrylic slipcase protects the book while revealing the cover, its sewing, and the foredge painting.


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    The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799; Volume 29 by John C. Fitzpatrick (ed.)

    Government Printing office. Reprint. Paperback. Good +. Good+ white/blue softcover. VOLUME 29. Sept 1,1786-June 19,1788. REPRINT. NO date to publication of reprint. Pages all appear clean. MILD TO MODERATE edgewear. Shallow tear to paper of rear cover. Soil spot to spine. LARGE/OVERSIZE volume. 566 pp.


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    LA CUISINIERE BOURGEOISE, suivie de l'office a l'usage de tous ceux qui se melent de depenses de maisons. [Alan Davidson's copy]

    Luzarches: Imprimeries Reunies de Senlis pour Daniel Morcrette, 1977. [1746]. Facsimile reprint, thick 12mo, pp viii, 400, (4). all edges gilt, full red calf, gilt decorations and inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers. [A fine copy of one of Daniel Morcrette's beautiful facsimiles]. [Alan Davidson's copy, with his "fishy" 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.]. Full-Leather. Very Good.


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    [Illuminated Manuscript] The Order of the administration of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion

    4to. 24.5 by 19 cm. 172 pp. 20 full page illuminated decoration. 28 decorated capitals. Decorative letters and vignette illustrations throughout, although the decoration is concentrated near the front. While textually the manuscript is complete, the illuminator probably intended to carry forward his artistry but for whatever reason, didn't carry through fully with his objective. Still, the decoration that is contained herein is lushly beautiful and very well-executed. Birds of various sort were most definitely a favorite subject of the artist -- they abound in the margins. But other animals and human figures are just as precisely and elegantly done in the various vignettes where they appear. We would also note that this manuscript has a lovely relief binding, with a cross forming the centerpiece on the front cover, a kneeling woman with a cross on the rear, and elaborate rinceaux, beaded bands and vine florets forming the decoration around these centerpieces. The binding was the artistry of F. Leake & Co. of Regents Street. Condition: spine rebacked inconspicuously with a matching brown calf.


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    Commonplace Book Illustrated in Pen and Ink and Watercolor- Birds, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, Joan of Arc

    A 21 page commonplace book complete with index and profusely illustrated in black and white with color embellishments. The index page is boarded by patriotic scenes of an eagle atop a shield and three American flags bordering the side. The subjects include Birds, The Tailor Bird, Wood Pecker, Spelling, Greek Architecture, The Eye, Trees, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Joan of Arc and finally Ar. Concludes with a lone canoer on a lake. Anonymous. Appears to be the work of a senior elementary or high school age child. Measures 8 1/2" 8". Housed in a school composition book. c 1910s.


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    Miniature Indian Manuscript with 19 Watercolor Paintings

    India. Hardcover. Good. Probably an early nineteenth century manuscript, of undeniable, and irresistible beauty. Oblong, 7.5 by 13.5 cm. 157 leaves with manuscript text (over 300 pages), written with a calligraphic hand and decoratively ruled around the perimeter, text almost always on both sides, and 19 original watercolor plates of hunt, martial, court, and fantastical scenes, featuring along with the high born and the lowly, horses, elephants, and other animals. The watercolors generally have rich and vibrant color, with scenes that are both palpable yet seem to float in a mist of fantasy. The paintings are in a traditional mode, with the flattening of perspective, and their subject matter, it seems to us, as non-specialists in this sort of manuscript. Condition: a more modern binding, with a cloth spine, marbled boards. The papers within are very fine and delicate. Some dampstaining and other soiling. Also some wormholing, and some edges chewed. A few tiny holes in the paper. We believe that the text, though, is overwhelmingly unaffected. Of the nineteen plates, two have considerable damage, suffering some loss of their imagery or a dulling of their color. Perhaps one or two others have minor loss in one way or another -- nothing that we think will disconcert. In other words, most of the watercolors should dazzle.


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    The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Edited by Her Great-Grandson, with Additions and Corrections Derived from Original Manuscripts, Illustrative Notes, and a Memoir; New Edition, Revised, in Two Volumes (Bohn's Standard Library: Biographical Library) by Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley; Lord Wharncliffe (Editor); Thomas, W. Moy (Editor)

    George Bell and Sons, 1887. Revised Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. New revised edition. Hinges of vol. 1 weak, spot on front panel of vol. 2. 1887 Hard Cover. Complete in two volumes. cxxxviii, 394, 32 (publisher ads); xxvi, 559, 32 (publisher ads). Burgundy cloth, gilt titles, blind-stamped publisher emblem on front panels, blind-stamped border on front & back panels. The well known letters of Lady Montagu, wife of the British ambassador to Turkey, described by Billie Melman as 'the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient' (from Women's Orients: English Women and the Middle East, Sexuality, Religion and Work, 1718


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