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    [Italian passport.] by Gargini, Gaicomo, & Signor Percy

    1843. Folio broadside (approx. 12½" x 8½"), on thick, laid paper, with a vignette wood engraving at the top of a horse-driven carriage with a top-hatted, whip-wielding driver, the body of the document partly printed and accomplished in manuscript, one facilitator of the travel apparently being Giacomo Gargini, and the traveler himself being "Signor Percy," likely someone from the lineage of the Dukes of Northumberland, whose family name was Percy. It has been suggested to me that Giacomo Gargini was a restauranteur and hotelier in Genoa in the mid-nineteenth century. Locations listed on the passport include Geneva, Genoa, and Torino. Docketed by Gargini on the verso.



    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.



    A Treatise on the Physical and Medical Treatment of Children by DeWees, William P

    New York: Classics of Medicine Library, 1995. Special Limited Edition. Hardcover. As New. Yet another fine contribution to the series, The Classics of Pediatrics Library - Gryphon Editions, published in Birmingham, Alabama and New York, 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. This is the first textbook on pediatrics ever published in the United States. Sterling condition hardcover copy bound in rich brown leather and with raised bands and gilt lettering and illustrations, 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. Volume contains scholarly apparatus in the form of, e.g., notes, index, and bibliography. 496 pp., and with gilt edging all around. Additional postage may be required for oversize or especially heavy volumes, and for sets.



    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.



    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 of the volume; nicely rebound in half red cloth over black cloth sides, gilt-lettered spine.



    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



    Shima Nikki [i.e. Island diary] by Kodera Osai

    Japan, 1796. Large 8vo, pp. [108]; old Japanese "grass" script with Chinese elements, 18 extraordinary double-page watercolor illustrations; sewn and bound in the oriental style (fukurotoji) in original speckled beige wrappers; very slightly worn, preserving the original manuscript label label; a very good, attractive example, beautifully illustrated. An account of a voyage through the Izu Islands, a chain of islands south of Tokyo Bay, including Hachijojima, Hidojima, Arajima, Ooshima, and Miyakejima. Apparently one of three volumes, but this trip is complete unto itself. Apparently this voyage came as the result of an order from the Kansei Shogunate. During this period there were a number of people who traveled at the government's request to record geographical and cultural observations all over Japan, including Ino Tadataka who is known for completing the first map of Japan. Among these travelers was a local magistrate by the name of "Ochu" ("Taichu") who lead an expedition in 1796 to the Izu Islands. With him was the artist Kodera Osai, and it is his art work that graces this spectacular manuscript. The textual account of the voyage, dated April to December, 1796, is also likely his. In it he records excursions to temples (on the island of Hachijo he used the Soufukuji Temple as lodging), recounts his experiences with the local cuisines (he's a fan of sake), takes note of the silk and weaving industry, and records incidents of family life (in one particular household he notes that there were 14 to 15 children, all of whom were hungry). He describes the flora and fauna (but not in scientific terms) and tells of fish, sea turtles, frogs, etc., as well as the local agriculture, mountains, and bamboo forests. He also has an interesting account of a family trying to fix their roof, and mentions that he can see Mt. Fuji in the distance across the sea. He also tells of the costume of the island inhabitants, how they fix their hair, how the women occupy themselves during the day and how they take care of their husbands at night. On the return voyage a storm was encountered and Kodera recounts the rough trip back. The illustrations include a wonderful cartographic illustration of Hachijo, the first island he visited, showing the topography, the villages, trees, a path, etc.; 2 botanical illustrations; 3 illustrations of fish; 3 illustrations of villages showing inhabitants at work and play; a rock lobster; a sea turtle being pulled and prodded ashore by nearly naked natives; two native women (one bare-breasted) before a mirror, as well as other general scenes of the islands and the inhabitants.



    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.



    Senior thesis of Phil J. Velie by Velie, Phil J

    [Allentown]: Pennsylvania State College in Textile Engineering, 1928. 2 volumes, original gray-black cloth, folio, 83 and 35 pages respectively, with over 200 tipped-in hand-drawn pattern samples (as well as several fabric samples), and with accompanying text in ink including a preface, and numerous sections on  "Weave Formation," "Satin Weave," "Drawing in Drafts," "Checked Brokue," "Steep Twills," "Sercuty Degree Twills," "Burned Twills," "Throwing of Silk," "Filling Backed Fabrics," etc. - the whole being a senior thesis of P.J. Velie, Pennsylvania State College in Textile Engineering, 1928. Minor binding wear, else near fine.



    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.



    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).



    Producers' names of Eastern Macedonia. Crops 1975 - 1988 / Ονοματα Παραγωγων Ανατολικης Μακεδονιας. Εσοδεια 1975 – 1988 by Ioannidis, Vassilis

    Manuscripts with thousands of producers and their villages in a paperback Dossier. In images you can see examples of prices (image_3) & villages (image_4). GREEK text.



    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.



    Minutes of the Board of Directors meetings / Πρακτικον Συνεδριασεων Διοικητικου Συμβουλιου by Various

    A near fine hardcover unique copy 3 volume manuscripts of the H. Moscoff Anonymous Tobacco Company in Thessaloniki . The 3 volumes contain all the minutes of the Board of Directors from the 1st to the last dissolving the Company. I. Αρ Πρακτικων 1 - 156. 31.12.1956 – 5.7.1970. / 31.12.1956 - 5.7.1970. Proceedings 1 - 156 II. Αρ Πρακτικων 156 – 296. Απο 23 Ιουλιου.1970 - 31 Μαιου 1989 / Proceedings 156 - 296. From 23 July 1970 - 31 May 1989 III. Αρ Πρακτικων 297 – 346. Απο Αυγ. 1989 - 4 Νοεμβ. 1994 / Proceedings 297 – 346. From Aug. 1989 - 4 Nov. 1994. GREEK text.



    Receipt book

    n.p., n.d., 1859. Oblong 8vo, 65 leaves, each interleaved with pink blotting paper, each page containing 3 pro-forma receipts (6 to a leaf), the first 23 leaves accomplished, the balance blank. Original full reversed calf, red morocco label on spine; very good. Apparently for a concern operating under the name of Murphey's. Several of the signatures are Japanese.







    The story of paper-making. An account of paper-making from its earliest known record down to the present time by Borchert, Viola M

    [Neeneh, WI, 1924. Original illustrated typescript, 8vo, 39 leaves in all; purple card wrappers, ribbon-bound; quite chipped at the extremities, the ribbon worn and loosening, but internally quite nice with numerous illustrations pasted in, as well as 8 (of 9) interesting paper samples (one - tar paper - is missing). Clearly this was a school project: on the last leaf is the approbation of a teacher, "Excellent 12/1/24 C. D. S." Largely extracted from Frank O. Butler's work The Story of Papermaking (1901).



    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..



    Tibetan manuscript book

    n.p. [Tibet], n.d. [19th century]. Manuscript in Tibetan, 5.75" x 14.75", 8 leaves, written in red and black on alternating lines; with unusual covers sporting a woven paper border on the outside covers and a flap on the inside covers under which is text written in white on black painted paper. Covers toned, worn and wormed, inner leaves toned at edges but generally very good. A portion of the cover text appears to refer to perfection in wisdom, one of the transcendent virtues - (transliteration: shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa).



    Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci: Compiled and Edited from the Original Manuscripts (2 Volumes,complete) by Da Vinci, Leonardo) Richter, Jean Paul Ed

    NY: Dover Books, 1970. Dover reprint of 1883 edition In pictorial wraps...c.886 pages, clean, unmarked. Paperback. Very Good. Illus. by over 1400 Illus. folio.



    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).



    Jackson, Henry A.C.Boletus Flavus L. Collected L'Islet County, Que. 1950. [Original watercolor with convolute of related materials]

    1950. Original watercolor, 17 x 22 cm. Labeled, signed and dated by the artist in pencil. On watercolor paper which had been mounted on a thicker card stock, now de-laminated, but in remarkably fine condition. Henry A.C. Jackson (1877-1960) was one of Canada's outstanding amateur naturalists. He was the elder brother of landscape painter A.Y. Jackson, and while A.Y. achieved great fame through his art, Henry chose to quietly document his mycological journeys in Quebec through copious note taking and watercolor paintings of the collected specimens. After his death in 1960, much of his work was donated to the National Gallery of Canada. In 1979 The National Gallery mounted an exhibition of the watercolors, and produced the catalogue, Mr. Jackson's Mushrooms which reproduces forty-odd images, and accompanies them with excerpts from his field notes. Very few of Jackson's mushroom watercolors have reached the market, with only a few having been given to friends and neighbors over the years. A small convolute of related materials accompanies the watercolor, including: The Fungus Records of Mr. H.A.C. Jackson From L'Islet Co., Quebec 1941-1960. (offprint from The Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 7, no. 4 (1963); Notes on the Higher Fungi Collected in Lasalle, Que., 1930-1940 offprint from C.F.N., vol. 62, no. 5. (1948); 18 pages of original manuscript and typescript of Jackson's Field notes from 1932 and 33; three original photographs, 6 x 9cm each. Two of the photos depict the artist, at a youthful age, in the field. The third depicts an unidentified fungus on a log.



    NLT Gospel of Matthew by St. Matthew

    The Scottish Bible Society is pleased to announce the launch of Matthew's Gospel in the New Living Translation (British text edition). The New Living Translation is a new translation which combines readability with faithful adherence to the original manuscripts



    Master canoeist [cover title]. Proposed log for master canoeist [title-p.] by BRETTLE, JAMES

    Geehi River, Australia, 1962. Original manuscript log, 4to (23 x 18 cm.), 47 pages, with numerous insertions, as below; hand-lettered tan paper covers; the manuscript is dampstained throughout. Contains an outline as to canoe construction, notes of the journey, 6 original photographs, 6 drawings including detailed maps, an eagle, a white cockatoo, a table of food taken, a table of gear taken, a large folding manuscript map (split at folds), plus information of position, time, distance, etc. Some inserts, likely photos, are clearly missing, but nonetheless this is an interesting canoeing item.



    Illuminated Manuscript: Prayer to God, the Father by [illuminated Manuscript]

    np: France. 1st Edition. No Binding. Very Good. Large illuminated manuscript leaf (c1480) with a miniature of God. Large leaf from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) containing the "Oraison à Dieu Le Pere TresDevote" from a Northern French Book of Hours (c. 1480) . 24 lines of text written in French in a gothic script in brown ink with red rubrics. Prominent miniature features God, the Father, in a red robe and golden crown. He stands before a bright gold background. Beautiful borders recto and verso with red & blue flowers, and blue & gold acanthus leaves. A large double line initial "M" painted in gold on a red background opens the prayer. Size: 212 x 136 mm (approx. 8.3 x 5.4 inches) Miniature: 51 x 46 mm The text in French: Oraison a dieu le pere tresdevote. Mon benoist Dieu, je croy de cueur et confesse de bouche tout ce que saincte Eglise croit et tient de vous et que ung bon catholique doibt de vous sentry et croire. Et proteste icy devant vostre tresnoble et precieuse figure que je vueil vivre et mourir en ceste foy et y persever toute ma vie. Et vous recongnois mon Dieu, mon pere et createur de tout le monde. Et moy, vostre pouvre creature, subjecte et servante, vous fais la foy et hommaige que je tiens de vous noblement, comme de vous mon souverain, l'ame et le corps et tous les biens naturelz, spirituelz et corporelz et temporelz que j'ay et que oncques je euz et que je attens a avoir en ce monde et en l'ature. Et de bon cueur treshumblement vous en remercie et loue et rens grace. ...Et en signe de recongnoissance vous paye de ce petit tribut au matin et au soir, c'est que je vous adore de cueur et de bouche en foy et esperance et charite... , de ceste petite oraison qui tant seulement appartient a vostre benoiste majeste, seigneurie et divinite. Et vous requires troys choses. La premiere est misericorde de tant de malz.

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