Documents & Manuscripts

Discover hand written letters, original manuscripts, historical documents, diaries, and so much more in this section. There's even a sub category for Illuminated Manuscripts, for those who search for gold!

Documents & Manuscripts Books & Ephemera

Memoires de M. du Gué-Trouin, chef d'escadre des armés de S.M.T.C. et Grand-Croix de l'Ordre Militaire de S. Louis.

Memoires de M. du Gué-Trouin, chef d'escadre des armés de S.M.T.C. et Grand-Croix de l'Ordre Militaire de S. Louis.

by DUGUAY-TROUIN, René

Amsterdam, Chez Pierre Mortier, 1730.. FIRST EDITION. 3 works in 1 volume. 8°, contemporary quarter calf over decorated paper-covered boards (corners worn); spine with raised bands in four compartments, contemporary paper lettering piece in compartment nearest head (some cracks to paper), text-block edges sprinkled red. Finely engraved vignettes on *2 and A1 rectos, each slightly less than a half page. Woodcut vignette on title, woodcut initial. Title-page printed in red and black. In fine condition.... Read more about this item
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£6,709.08
Mass Lectionary with Readings from the Epistles, In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment

Mass Lectionary with Readings from the Epistles, In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment

In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment, Northern Italy (Brescia), c.1461-1484. Dimensions 260 x 186 mm, lacking the last leaf of text, otherwise complete, horizontal catchwords mostly in swirling cartouches with wash and penwork, ruled in gray ink (justification 174 x 127 mm.), written in black ink in an Italian rotunda on 21 lines. BINDING: In its ORIGINAL BINDING with wooden boards, traces of tooling with an interlacing pattern on the back board, leather on binding removed, clasps and catches... Read more about this item
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£22,363.60
1931 Charming Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young Girl in the American Midwest during the Great Depression

1931 Charming Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young Girl in the American Midwest during the Great Depression

by Helen Frances Horning

On offer is a fascinating diary in very good condition by Helen Frances Horning, a fifteen-year-old girl in the early days of the Great Depression in the American Midwest. Horning (married name Hoskins) was born in 1915 and lived in Indiana her entire life. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 96. Graduating from high school in 1934, she didn't return to university until 1967. She became a teacher and taught for fifteen years, retiring at the age of 70. The diary was written when Horning was fifteen. It... Read more about this item
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£1,265.94
Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana; June 22, 1999; Sale NY7332

Fine Books and Manuscripts including Americana; June 22, 1999; Sale NY7332

by Sotheby's

New York: Sotheby's New York, 1999. 392 pp. 462 lots. Light bumping to corners, otherwise fine. Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana (lots 1-162 including a letter to Rhode Island Governor William Greene dated 2 June 1781, signed by George Washington, which sold for $34,500); Modern Illustrated Books and Fine Bindings (lots 163-196 including Longus Daphnis & Chloe. Paris: Teriade, 1961, with 42 colored plates by Marc Chagall, binding by Paul Bonet.); A Selection of Fruit Books from the Library of Robert... Read more about this item
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£14.38
Opposition et cases conjuguées sont reconciliées par Duchamp et Halberstadt = Opposition und Schwesterfelder sind durch Duchamp et Halberstadt versöhnt = Opposition and sister squares are reconciled by Duchamp et Halberstadt.

Opposition et cases conjuguées sont reconciliées par Duchamp et Halberstadt = Opposition und Schwesterfelder sind durch Duchamp et Halberstadt versöhnt = Opposition and sister squares are reconciled by Duchamp et Halberstadt.

by Henri Robert Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) and Vitaly Halberstadt with letter from Duchamp

112+[1 ad] pages with diagrams and errata laid in. Square folio (12 1/4" x 10 1/4") bound in original publisher's wrappers in original onionskin jacket with a handwritten letter signed by Marcel Duchamp housed in a handcrafted archival enclosure by Octavaye. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 2273) First edition.
Letter by Marcel Duchamp to Richard Hulbeck 25 October 1947. Reads as follows: Dear Hulbeck, The pictures are not back and I am afraid won't be back for some months. Schweizer, the... Read more about this item
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£5,990.25
The chorographical description or survey of the county of Devon / by Tristram Risdon : printed from a genuine copy of the original manuscript, with considerable additions

The chorographical description or survey of the county of Devon / by Tristram Risdon : printed from a genuine copy of the original manuscript, with considerable additions

by Tristram Risdon

Barnstaple: Porcupines, 1970. Book. Good+. Paperback. Pages a little tanned, foxing to those pages next to the cover and to page edges, previous owner's name on inside front cover, else internally in very good condition; plain card cover tanned and foxed, back cover has a corner crease and what appears to be a beverage stain, spine is darkened, not as unsightly as it sounds..
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£25.00
The Eric Voegelin Collection

The Eric Voegelin Collection

by Voegelin, Eric

Rare books, articles, and correspondence, 1928-1989. English and German language works. Voegelin, Erich: Ueber die form des amerikanischen geistes: Tübingen, Germany: Verlag von J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1928. First edition. Original paper wrappers. Minor creasing and edgewear to wraps; former library sticker to spine and two-inch sticker scar to front wrap; library stamp to title page with penciled strike-through; otherwise leaves bright and unmarked. A scarce and well-preserved first edition of... Read more about this item
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£19,967.50
“An Arabic Pompeii. Historic Discovery in Andalusia, Dec. 1910. Contributed by Special Correspondents from Seville. 9th December 1910” [Medina Azzahra]

“An Arabic Pompeii. Historic Discovery in Andalusia, Dec. 1910. Contributed by Special Correspondents from Seville. 9th December 1910” [Medina Azzahra]

by [Anon.] Manuscript

Handwritten notebook --author(s) unknown, comprising 22 pages on the above subject and 29 pp. on "Pyrolatry or Fire-Worship".
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The article "An Arabic Pompeii [Medina Azzahra] documents part of a trip by the correspondents to Spain to trace the roots of Arabic art and architecture for a proposed book. While there, they heard rumors of the excavation of an early Arabic site. This site and its contents were kept secret by the Spanish government, and the writers of this journal detail how they... Read more about this item
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£139.77
Manuscrit Venu De Sainte-Helene D'Une Maniere Inconnue

Manuscrit Venu De Sainte-Helene D'Une Maniere Inconnue

Bruxelles: Chez P.J. De Mat, 1817. First Edition. Small Octavo. Second state, 109pp., text in French with (3) pp. advertisements at rear of book. April 12, 1817, issued 18 days prior to the apparent second state which was issued on April 30, 1817. "Louis Fr. Baum" in faded ink to upper corner of half-title. Purportedly written by Napoleon, but wrongfully attributed to Constant or Mme. de Stael. The actual author was Jacob-Frederic Lullin de Chateauvieux.. Librairie Bellanger has the original manuscript... Read more about this item
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£159.74
Liber meneschalcie, Italian translation of Laurentius Rusius, Hippiatria sive Marescalia (Book on the Health of Horses)

Liber meneschalcie, Italian translation of Laurentius Rusius, Hippiatria sive Marescalia (Book on the Health of Horses)

by ANTONIO DAPERA and LAURENTIUS RUSIUS

RARE MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT ON THE HEALTH OF HORSES. In Italian and Latin, illustrated manuscript on paper, Northern Italy (perhaps Ferrara), dated 1434. Dimensions 283 x 217 mm, 82 folios, complete, watermark of three mountains, phrases in decorative cartouches, written in in a gothic bookhand influenced by humanistic script in two columns of 29-35 lines, large painted initials in red throughout, large divided initial in red and brown on f. 1, five marginal drawings in red or in brown with yellow wash.... Read more about this item
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£99,837.50
1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAYROLL AND REGIMENTAL RECORDS OF THE FAMED ROYAL  WILTSHIRES

1859 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAYROLL AND REGIMENTAL RECORDS OF THE FAMED ROYAL WILTSHIRES

by THOMAS EDWARD PINKETT

ALDERSHOT ENGLAND UK. Good. 1859. On offer is a super mid 19th Century manuscript relic of the noted British Army detachment the Royal Wiltshire Militia being a 150 page 1859 muster and payroll handwritten by Lieutenant Thomas Edward Pinkett which is chock full of data regarding the financial machinations of the noted regiment but also some diary entries relating to skirmishing, exercises, musketry training, records of letters sent and received plus: a number of double page monthly sheets are... Read more about this item
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£1,666.08
Armenia Kolebka Cywilizacji. Przelozyl Tadeusz Szafar

Armenia Kolebka Cywilizacji. Przelozyl Tadeusz Szafar

by Lang, David Marshall

Warszawa: Panstwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1975. Hardcover. 309p., numerous b&w and color plates (mostly churches and illuminated mss), text is entirely in Armenian. Hardbound in 9x6 inch openweave grey cloth boards titled red and decorated in blind, and enclosed in the dust jacket. Mild shelfwear to book itself, jacket is dirty, edgeworn, and has a three-inch verso tape repair. An else sound copy, clean within and unmarked. This translation renders the original English language issue, but at 1975 is too... Read more about this item
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£15.97
Typed letter, signed, on Office of the Vice President letterhead, regarding Christian A. Herter, Jr.

Typed letter, signed, on Office of the Vice President letterhead, regarding Christian A. Herter, Jr.

by Nixon, Richard

Washington, D.C.: Office of the Vice President, 1953. Near Fine. 1 typed letter on Office of the Vice President letterhead with eagl watermark, signed by Richard Nixon, dated 7 July 1953. Nixon was sending forms to Bryan F. LaPlante, Chief, Washington Area Security Operations, Atomic Energy Commission, to obtain a "Q" clearance for Christian A. Herter, Jr., who was to join Nixon's staff. Bears stamp of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission in lower corner. Christian A. Herter, Jr. (1919-2007), had... Read more about this item
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£185.30
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT - QUEEN OF SPADES [SIGNED]

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT - QUEEN OF SPADES [SIGNED]

by Curran, Tim

1994. ORIGINAL TYPED MANUSCRIPT COPY OF "QUEEN OF SPADES ." 10 pages with the author's corrections. A nice item for the collector. . Signed.
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£47.92
Memorials of the Most Reverend Father in God, Thomas Cranmer, sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Wherein the history of the church, and the primacy of the said Archbishop, are greatly illustrated; and many singular matters relating therunto, now first published. In three books. Collected chiefly from records, registers, authentick letters, and other original manuscripts

Memorials of the Most Reverend Father in God, Thomas Cranmer, sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Wherein the history of the church, and the primacy of the said Archbishop, are greatly illustrated; and many singular matters relating therunto, now first published. In three books. Collected chiefly from records, registers, authentick letters, and other original manuscripts

by STRYPE, John

1694 1ed Memorials Thomas Cranmer England Canterbury Reformation Strype Holbein

Thomas Cranmer was a 16th-century English reform leader known for his reign as Archbishop of Canterbury. Cranmer's life and ministry were recorded by numerous English author's in the following decades; however, none as are prominent as that of John Strype. Strype lived a century after Cranmer, but he was well respected for his historical biographies – including that on Cranmer.

'Memorials of Thomas Cranmer' is a complete... Read more about this item
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£634.97
Missal bi-folium, c.1400, Germany

Missal bi-folium, c.1400, Germany

Missal bifolium. On vellum. c.1400 Red and blue initials with some lettering in red. Gothic hand. Good condition. Each leaf 210 x 180mm. [Germany or Low Countries, fifteenth century]From a small European private collection.
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£200.00
THE LANDING

THE LANDING

by McClatchy, J. D

Stonington, 1994. Original manuscript (ALS) of single poem, signed and dated by McClatchy below the poem, with original mailing envelope. Size: 11 inches high x 8.5 inches wide, white watermark paper, black ink. Two folds for mailing, else clean and fine, with original mailing envelope. Unique.
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£79.87
Memoirs of the War of Secession From the Original Manuscripts of Johnsn Hagood

Memoirs of the War of Secession From the Original Manuscripts of Johnsn Hagood

by Johnson Hagood

The State Company, 1989. Hardcover. Very Good. in x in x in. The State Company, 1989 reprint. Pages clean and bright, binding firm. No dust jacket.
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£16.00
Typed Letter Signed

Typed Letter Signed

by Stafford, William

1985. TLS. 8.5 x 11 inch sheet, 20lb white stock. Dated "6 July 1985." Stafford writing to Louis McKee, the publisher of the literary magazine "The Axe Factory Review" apologizing profusely for his unintended duplicate submission. "I found to my horror that... "Listening to the Tide"... is alas at two places now... (and) the only thing to do was write this note in great haste, to minimize the damage..." Stafford goes on to explain his manuscript management, and how... Read more about this item
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£199.67
Log of the Milwaukee County Airport

Log of the Milwaukee County Airport

Milwaukee: January 1, 1927 to April, 1942. Folio manuscript ledger book recording primarily arrivals and departures, but also records of fuel and oil consumption, canteen vendors & sales, passenger records, locker assignment records, etc. For 1927 there is an entry for every day's arrivals and departures, with details on the weather and infrastructure, but after July 19 the entries are mere summaries of the number of arrivals and departures. 106 pages of manuscript entries, many blanks in the back half... Read more about this item
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£872.58
JOURNAL OF TRAVELS IN ENGLAND, HOLLAND AND SCOTLAND, 3 VOLUMES

JOURNAL OF TRAVELS IN ENGLAND, HOLLAND AND SCOTLAND, 3 VOLUMES

by SILLIMAN, Benjamin

1820. SILLIMAN, Benjamin. A JOURNAL OF TRAVELS IN ENGLAND, HOLLAND AND SCOTLAND, AND OF TWO PASSAGES OVER THE ATLANTIC, IN THE YEARS 1805 AND 1806; WITH CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS, PRINCIPALLY FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS OF THE AUTHOR. 3 VOLUMES. Third edition. New Haven: S. Converse, 1820. 311, 312, 309 pp. 8vo., mottled calf with gilt red leather spine labels, spines with gilt rules. Ex-library with faded 19th century paper spine labels, interior stamps. Bindings a bit edgeworn, leather attractive.... Read more about this item
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£299.51
Watch the Pony Grow!

Watch the Pony Grow!

by Hall, William; pictures by Charlotte Steiner

New York: Thomas Crowell, 1942. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illustrated die-cut boards with spiral binding, 22 cm, unpaginated. Staggered pages increasing in size (to reflect the growth of the little pony!). Top illustration has felt trimming. Very good copy. Christmas 1943 inscription on back side of front cover.
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£75.88