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    Edinburgh: Privately Printed. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1885. Paperback. Collectanea Adamantaea; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 64 pages; A True Narration of that Horrible Conspiracy against King james and the Whole Parliamentof England, Commonly Called the Gunpowder Treason. This is the original printing produced in printed vellum dustwrappers. This is one of a series that was edited by Edmund Goldsmid, mostly from previously unpublished original manuscripts, both historical narratives and literature and , it is said, in small editions of only 75-275. Text edges uncut [unopened]. Provenance- From the notable rare book collection of collector Alex M Hudnut with penciled shelf notation from him [or his assistant]. Partially printed in red and black. Worldcat locates 3 copies. .



    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 Ninja Press: "These previously unpublished prose poems resonate with unerring clarity and a streamlined diction honed over years spent enveloped in the misty redwood forest and streams of his home in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.



    LETTERS FROM THE LATE REV. WILLIAM ROMAINE, M.A. Rector of St. Andrew Wardrobe, and St. Ann Black Friars; and Lecturer of St. Dunstan's in the West, To a Friend on the Most Important Subjects, during a correspondence of twenty years. Published from the original manuscripts, by Thomas Wills, A. B. Minister of Silver Street Chapel, and formerly of Magdalen Hall, Oxford. by Romaine William 1714-95

    New Brunswick, N.J: Reprinted by Ambrose Walker for Richard Scott, Bookseller and Stationer, Pearl-Street, New York, 1809. Later edition. c.1795. Full tree calf, red spine title and 7 gilt bands. 12mo. pp. [2] blank, 240, [2] blank. Very Good. Cap and corner wear with edges lightly rubbed; foxing starting internally with quill owner and one notation. Fifty-one letters from December 1762 through May 1782 with Postcript and A Sermon, by the late Reverend William Romaine, M.A. on Jeremiah 8:22 (pp.211-240)..



    Illuminated Manuscript: Coronation of the Virgin Mary by Illuminated Manuscript

    France: np. 1st Edition. Very Good. Beautiful 15th-century leaf from a French Book of Hours with large miniature of the Coronation of Mary. On recto: Miniature of the Virgin kneeling before the enthroned God the Father, with an angel holding the crown of Mary. Behind them is a canopy. Miniature measures 100 mm x 65 mm (3.9 x 2.6 inches). The image is surrounded by a foliate border with red, blue, and pink flowers with green leaves; border also contains blue and gold acanthus leaves and penwork along left margin. One triple-line illuminated initial (the letter "C") in burnished gold and red with white details. One single-line initial in burnished gold and blue. The text, in gold-brown Latin gothic script, is from Psalm 84:5. On verso: 20 lines of text in gold-brown Latin gothic script on vellum. One double-line illuminated initial in burnished gold and blue with white details. 11 single-line illuminated initials in burnished gold and red/blue with white details. The text is from Psalm 69:2 and Psalm 128. Northern France (probably Normandy): c. 1475. Size: 155 mm x 105 mm (6.1 x 4.1 inches). Some residue on extreme margin of verso; very minor tiny bits of flecking. In decorative wood frame. The text in Latin: On recto (Psalmus 84:5): Converte nos Deus salutaris noster: et averte iram tuam a nobis. On verso: Psalmus 69:2: Deus in adiutorium meum intende: Domine ad adiuvandum me festina. Psalmus 128: Sæpe expugnaverunt me a iuventute mea: etenim non potuerunt mihi. Supra dorsum meum fabricaverunt peccatores: prolongaverunt iniquitatem suam. Dominus iustus concidit cervices peccatorum: Confundantur et convertantur retrorsum omnes, qui oderunt Sion. Fiant sicut fœnum tectorum: quod priusquam evellatur, exaruit: De quo non implevit manum suam qui metit, et sinum suum qui manipulos colligit. Et non dixerunt qui præteribant: Benedictio Domini super vos: benediximus vobis in nomine Domini. English translation: On recto (Psalm 84:5): Convert us, O God, our Savior, and turn your anger away from us. On verso: Psalm 69.2: O God, reach out to help me. O Lord, hasten to assist me. Psalm 128: They have often fought against me from my youth, yet they could not prevail over me. The sinners have made fabrications behind my back. They have prolonged their iniquity. The just Lord will cut the necks of sinners. Let all those who hate Zion be confounded and turned backwards. Let them be like grass on the rooftops, which withers before it can be pulled up: With it, he who reaps does not fill his hand and he who gathers sheaves does not fill his bosom. And those who were passing by have not said to them: "The blessing of the Lord be upon you. We have blessed you in the name of the Lord.



    The register of the Guild of Knowle in the county of Warwick 1451 1535 from the original manuscript in the Public Reference Library Birmingham - Warwickshire by Bickley, W.B. [ed]

    Walsall: For the Archaeological Section of the Birmingham and Midland Institute, printed by W.H. Robinson, 1894 xlii, [vi], 272, xxxix pages + plates. Numbered 62 and signed by the publisher. Leather spine and green cloth covered boards, some wear. Ink owner's name to the front pastedown. A heavy volume, extra postage will be required to send outside the UK. Browning to the pages adjoining the plates. Binding a bit shaken and rear hinge loose. Pages top edge gilt, others untrimmed which are browned and soiled.. Hard Cover. Good.



    To Mary in Heaven by Burns, Robert

    The Bibliophile Society, Boston, 1916. Edition Unstated. Hardcover. Very Good+/No Jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Text body is clean and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Ivory paper over boards, gilt stamped title on front cover, deckle edges, some pages uncut, 26 pages, title page in red, blue & black, embossed with Bibliophile Society's seal, facsimile fold-out of original manuscript of poem; remainder of text consists of quotations about Burns and his poetry by Swinburne, Whitman and more. Spine toned, cover toned in streaks, otherwise a nice copy. In a slipcase which is soiled and half of "spine" is missing and remainder is only attached on one edge. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 14 oz. Category: Poetry; Inventory No: 002011. .



    ORIGINAL TYPSECRIPT OF UNTITLED STORY (Published as Geometry of Love) by Cheever, John

    Near Fine. Quarto. Offered is a near fine twelve page unbound typed manuscript typed recto only. There are several holograph corrections, probably by the author, but this MS is not signed. A working title, this story later appeared under the title "Geometry of Love" in the Saturday Evening Post and "The Stories of John Cheever." With "Russell & Volkening, Inc., Literary Agents. 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10017" red ink stamp on cover page. Typscript pages are age toned.




    (Blewbury, England): Rocket Press, 1985. full leather (red spine and black covers, top edge gilt, slipcase. Rocket Press. small 4to. full leather (red spine and black covers, top edge gilt, slipcase. 18, (4) pages. With an introduction by Rev. Dr. Alan Stephenson. Limited to 525 numbered copies of which this is one of 10 special deluxe copies bound thus. Cover linocut by John R. Smith on slipcase. Tipped-in facsimiles of a portrait of Newman and the most significant page of his original manuscript on handmade paper. Printed on Mellotex cartridge paper by Jonathan Stephenson.



    Manuscript on paper on mine surveying, with 12 large & fine folding manuscript plates, heightened in grey, blue, pink, & yellow wash by (CLAUSTHAL: MINE SURVEYING)

    40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815]. A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: "Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden" ("On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out"), "Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte" ("On the naming of seams and fissures"), "Vom Observiren" ("On Observations"), "Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds" ("On measuring and defining a mining claim"), and "Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau" ("On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining"). This manuscript was probably prepared in 1815 - plate X has the entry "Markscheide 1.7.15" - at the newly founded mining school at Clausthal, the famous mining town of the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony (the fine plates name mining locations in the area). The most attractive plates - all of which contain a number of figures - depict mine shafts, mine surveying methods, cartographical considerations, techniques of prospecting and identification of mineral deposits, problems of ownership rights, and the constant problems of flooding. All the plates are finely drawn in black ink and have been heightened in grey, blue, pink, and yellow wash. Internally fine. Stamp of Georg Riemschneider (1888-1946), "Oberbergrat" of Clausthal-Zellerfeld.



    Bolinas Eyewash by Berrigan, Ted, and Tom Clark

    Bolinas, CA: Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark, undated [written 1971]. 1st edition. Soft cover. Fine/No Jacket (as issued). Fine. 4to,105 leaves (printed one-side), spiral-bound with color reproduction of the original Ted Berrigan MS cover. An exceedingly scarce reproduction of the original manuscript of this 1971 collaboration between Ted Berrigan and Tom Clark.


    AUD $30.00

    Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia [S.A. Branch] Inc. by Mander-Jones, Phyllis [Compiler]

    Adelaide: Branch] Inc.. 1981. Small Quarto Size. A Near Fine copy. Black & white illustrations. Limited edition of 300 copies. A lovely book in 'as new' condition. 54 pages. A catalogue of great interest to geographers of those interested in Australian history . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Rois De France. Original Manuscript by Fort, Paul

    Paris, 1930. Unbound. Paul Fort's original manuscript, neatly and beautifully written in ink; quarto, 79 leaves of heavy cream paper and laid loose into a green portfolio. Paul Fort drew much of his inspiration from the Middle Ages, and the aballad form that he used almost exclusively was taken from the same period. He filled some forty volumes with his delicate ballads. He was also active in the theatre, even before the turn of the century, writing some plays himself and producing what were considered "difficult" plays by some of his contemporaries. In 1956, he received the Grand Literary Prize of the City of Paris for his works. Fine. Together with the limited edition of the book (#48 of 200 copies), Inscribed to Madame Christian Schram Senior and with an 11 line holograph poem, initialed "P. F." and dated Paris, May, 1931; and with an excellent 4 page autograph letter signed and dated October 8, 1930. A near fine copy.



    TLS Thomas Parkinson to his wife, Ariel Reynolds Parkinson, January 25, 1973. RE: family by Thomas F. Parkinson (1920 - 1992)

    Berkeley, CA: Thomas F. Parkinson, 1973. Typed letter signed, Single Page, 8.5" x 11". Very Good. Written while Ariel Reynolds Parkinson was on a trip to NYC & elsewhere. Provenance: Peter Howard, Serendipity Books, Berkeley, Thomas Parkinson archive.



    The Works of the Late William Stark, MD. Consisting of Clinical and Anatomical Observations with Experiments, Dietetical and Statical, Revised and Published from his Original Manuscript by Smyth, James Carmichael

    London: J Johnson. Worn condition. Cover rubbed. Boards detached. Plates foxed. Content in overall good condition. Ex Royal College of Surgeons Ireland Library. 1788. First Edition. Brown hardback leather cover. 270mm x 220mm (11" x 9"). xxiv, 190pp + index+ plates. 3 folding engraved plates. .



    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.



    CODICIL TO WILL CIRCA 1820, HANDWRITTEN by May not be noted

    May not be noted.. Very Good with no dust jacket. Paperback. Philadelphia; PENNSYLVANIA; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; Codicil to will circa 1820, handwritten. My modest skills do not suffice to decipher the name of the writer, but it may be Kent. ; Signed by Author .



    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.



    Descent of the Sun, The; A Cycle of Birth - Translated from the Original Manuscript by Bain, F. W

    Methuen & Co. Ltd; London., 1914. Good. Lacking dust jacket. Average wear. A little toning to endpapers. Prev` owner name neatly penned to fly-leaf. Laid paper. Uncut pages. A nice little book.. Originally published by Messrs. James Parker & Co.. Hard. 12mo.. Good. Illus. by Tissue-guarded frontispiece. .



    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.



    THE PRODIGAL VIRGIN by Thomas, Homer G

    Dijon, France [New York?]: Intercontinental Classics, 1960. Original wrappers. Perfect-bound, externally side-stapled. Light shelfwear; some rubbing to covers. Else very good. 211pp. An erotic novel, originally published in a limited editon of 700, at Dijon (in reality, New York) by Percy Shostac in 1935. Verso of the title page reads "In our opinion this book is the greatest ever written. Sold for $50.00 a copy in its original manuscript form now available for the first time at this price $2.25."

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