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Manuscript "plat of the wharf lot near the bridge, a part of the estate formerly owned by the late James Sabin

Manuscript "plat of the wharf lot near the bridge, a part of the estate formerly owned by the late James Sabin

by Lockwood, Benoni, surveyor

Providence: January 4 (recorded January 10), 1826. Folio sheet (approx. 7½" x 12¼"), docketed on verso, and signed by Nathan W. Jackson, Town Clerk, in 1827, and W.R. Staples, Prop. Clerk; previous folds; very good. The description of this Providence lot bordering Elisha Dyer's land opens with "Laid out to Job Carpenter of Providence a piece of land situate in the town of Providence on the west side of the river containing 1926 square feet on the east side of the seven mile line..." This was land... Read more about this item
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NZ$807.02
Catalogo dos codices da livraria de Mao do Moseiro de Santa Cruz de  Coimbra na biblioteca publica municipal do Porto

Catalogo dos codices da livraria de Mao do Moseiro de Santa Cruz de Coimbra na biblioteca publica municipal do Porto

by Nascimento, Aires Augusto and José Franscisco Merinhos

Porto: Biblioteca Publica Municipal Do Porto. Very Good. 1997. Hardcover. 9726340896 . Cxiv + 524 pp. 80 black and white plates. Portuguese text. Burgundy cloth boards. Book is in very good condition clean minimal wear. Embossed by previous owner on front fly page and half-title page. Signed by previous owner in black pen on half-title page. ; Portuguese Edition; X X ; 524 pages .
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NZ$110.63
1931-1940 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a New England Man Closely Tied to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society

1931-1940 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a New England Man Closely Tied to the Lynn Museum and Historical Society

by Harry A. Jaques

On offer is the journal of Harry Archer Jaques, a fascinating notebook that grants a window into life in New England during the Great Depression. It is closely connected to a large and distinguished regional historical museum, the Lynn Museum in Massachusetts. This diary is a treasure trove of information for genealogists. It not only chronicles Jaques's life, but is brimming with names of local people and their varied connections. It is evident that the Lynn Historical Society was an important part of... Read more about this item
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NZ$5,260.71
A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE UNDERTAKEN BY HIS MAJESTY'S COMMAND

A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE UNDERTAKEN BY HIS MAJESTY'S COMMAND

by Phipps, Constantine John

London, 1774.. viii,253,[2]pp. plus three folding maps and twelve folding plates and plans. Original paper-covered boards, rebacked in vellum with original manuscript paper label laid down. Edges worn, corners renewed. Modern bookplate, minor foxing, faint dampstain to upper corner of some leaves and plates. A tall copy in very good condition. Untrimmed. An important work in early Arctic exploration, with significant information on early nautical science in the polar region. Two ships, the RACEHORSE and... Read more about this item
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NZ$5,779.20
Navigation [workbook]

Navigation [workbook]

by Bruce, William Collingwood, attributed to

[Newcastle: n.d., 1821. 4to, approx. 200 manuscript pages with entries covering the standard lessons and examples format found in other navigation manuscripts of this period. Bound in full polished calf, spine perished, inner hinges repaired, but the text clean and legible. Two old bookseller catalogue slips are pasted to the front pastedown attesting to Bruce's authorship. A manuscript note on the verso of the front free endpaper by the bookseller, W. H. Robinson also notes: This book was done by Dr.... Read more about this item
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NZ$1,424.16
1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY  BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND  CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING

1890 SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF A 3 WEEK CRUISE ON A 'MONKEY BOAT' THROUGH SOUTHERN ENGLAND'S SADLY DECLINING INLAND WATERWAYS AND CANAL SYSTEM AS RAILROADS BEGIN TO OVERTAKE BOATING

by RUTLAND BLEIGN" (?)

SOUTHERN ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN. Good. 1890. On offer is a super, original manuscript relic of travel through England on its inland waterways and canals as handwritten by the intrepid author "Rutland Bleign" [but really unidentified as it seems a pseudonym] who is travelling with his friend and illustrator, the brace working to publish the as titled book: "In Tow: The Chronicle of a Cruise in a Monkey Boat." Written from August 6th through the 28th in 1890 [he leaves off the year... Read more about this item
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NZ$7,572.39
1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF NOTED ABSTRACT ARTIST ROGER HILTON'S  MOTHER

1920 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF NOTED ABSTRACT ARTIST ROGER HILTON'S MOTHER

by SAMPSON, LOUISA HOLDSWORTH

NORTHWOOD LONDON ENGLAND ST IVES CORNWALL. Good. 1920. On offer is a densely written manuscript diary dated 1920 handwritten by Louisa Holdsworth Sampson, mother of artist Roger Hilton. Besides being a lovely account of daily life in a middle class family during the years immediately after the World War I in 1920 there is insight into the early life of Roger when he was still a child. [The book does not provide identification but this diary came from a larger archive providing provenance.] A total... Read more about this item
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NZ$3,774.63
Church of Christ in Swanzey. Report of Council. Dismissal of Rev. Ezra Carpenter

Church of Christ in Swanzey. Report of Council. Dismissal of Rev. Ezra Carpenter

by Carpenter, Ezra, Rev

Swanzey: March 15, 1769. Two-page holograph document of dismissal against Rev. Ezra Carpenter, folio, (approx. 12" x 15"), previous folds, browned, small holes at folds; very good and legible. Ezra Carpenter (1698-1785), a son of Nathaniel and Mary (Preston) Carpenter (his third wife), was born March 20, 1698, in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1720. He was married in 1723, to Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Thomas Greenwood of Rehoboth. Their children were: Elizabeth, Elijah,... Read more about this item
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NZ$712.08
INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF TECHNOLOGY 32B. BUILDING SUPERINTENDENCE/SPECIFICATION WRITING/SPECIFICATION-WRITING MEMORANDA/ESTIMATING AND CALCULATING/QUANTITIES/CONTRACTS/PERMITS.

INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF TECHNOLOGY 32B. BUILDING SUPERINTENDENCE/SPECIFICATION WRITING/SPECIFICATION-WRITING MEMORANDA/ESTIMATING AND CALCULATING/QUANTITIES/CONTRACTS/PERMITS.

Scranton: International Textbook Company., 1922. hard cover. Fine/No jacket. Extensively illustrated with fold-outs and full-pages. A fine copy. I do not think it was ever used. 1/2 maroon leather and black cloth. The original manuscripts were prepared by persons thoroughly qualified both technically and by experience to write with authority, and in many cases they were regularly employed elsewhere in practical work as experts.
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NZ$41.28
The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry and Prose

The Victoria Regia: A Volume of Original Contributions in Poetry and Prose

by Trollope, Anthony; Trollope; Theodosia [formerly Garrow, Theodosia]; Parker, Bessie R.; Tennyson, Alfred [the Poet Laureate]; Trollope, Thomas Adolphus; Lowell, James Russell; Meredith, Owen; The Earl of Carlisle; Doyle, Sir F.; Thackeray, William; Howet

London: Printed and Published by Emily Faithfull and Co., Victoria Press, (for the employment of Women). 1861., 1861, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good +. A Very Good + copy of "The Victoria Regia" printed and published by Emily Faithfull and Co.'s Victoria Press, in the Publisher's original green cloth with the front board decorated in gilt and the spine lettered and decorated in gilt, TOGETHER WITH AN ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED BY EMILY FAITHFULL on the recto of a small piece of headed... Read more about this item
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NZ$2,394.24
Smiles and Frowns

Smiles and Frowns

by Sheila E. Braine. Illustrated by Margret Roodhouse

Very Good. N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, a sweet poem about disposal of frowns, all nicely illustrated.
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NZ$206.40
Summons to the selectmen of Swanzey, Massachusetts before the Grand Jury

Summons to the selectmen of Swanzey, Massachusetts before the Grand Jury

by Brenton, Ebenezer

Bristol: January 20, 1718. Octavo sheet approx. 7½" x 6", pp. [2]; official red wax seal of Bristol County; docketed on verso, Charles Church, Sheriff. Ink browned, some bleed through, otherwise very good. At the time, the Rhode Island towns of Bristol, Warren, and Barrington were part of Bristol County, Massachusetts, and Bristol was the county seat. Swansea abuts Warren and parts of Barrington. This document is a summons for the selectmen of Swanzey: "In his Majesties Name you are here by required to... Read more about this item
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NZ$569.66
Papers relative to the seizure of the British sloop Providence in Bristol Harbor, with the decision of the Supreme Court at Newport

Papers relative to the seizure of the British sloop Providence in Bristol Harbor, with the decision of the Supreme Court at Newport

N.p., n.d. [Likely Newport, 1737. Folio, 12 pages, with legal glosses in the margins; some tears and chipping at the margins occasionally touching a letter or word (sense in most cases remains clear), old shadows, later pencil annotations in the margins; good and legible. This manuscript shows up via google in Norton's Catalogue of Rare Autographs, Coins, Etc. in 1862 priced at $2. The case is outlined succinctly in the Acts of the Privy Council (Colonial - 1738), pp. 603-5: "Reference to the Committee... Read more about this item
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NZ$8,544.96
Journal of a Whaling Voyage, 1864-1868

Journal of a Whaling Voyage, 1864-1868

by Penniman, Augusta; Partsch, Dorinda (foreword)

Eastham, Massachusetts: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1989. 2nd Printing. Stapled Binding. Near Fine. 7x5x1. 1989 second printing, from the original manuscript. Sticker on rear wrapper. Unpaginated. Foreword by Dorinda Partsch. Betsy Augusta (Knowles) Penniman spent many years at sea aboard the whaling vessel the Minerva. Her first voyage occurred ten years after her marriage to her husband, Edward. However, although Edward served as master of several vessels that spanned more than... Read more about this item
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NZ$57.79
Autograph Manuscript Signed

Autograph Manuscript Signed

by AICARD, Jean (1848-1921)

This well-known French poet, novelist and playwright was elected member of the Académie française in 1909; his home at La Garde on the French Riviera is now a museum. AMS, 20pp (rectos only). 8" X 10 3/4", n.p., n.y. [ca. 1890]. Very good to near fine. Custom bound in half grey cloth with gilt spine lettering and marbled paper over boards. Binding is very good, showing mild edgewear. Holograph manuscript for "La Noel du petit Jean," penned boldly in black ink on heavy stock leaves and boldly signed at... Read more about this item
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NZ$1,238.40
Expense Book of John Halsted, Commissary under Benedict Arnold, Before Quebec, 1776. Printed from the original manuscript book in the possession of Thos. O'Leary, Asst. Librarian, Chateau De Ramezay. (Cover-Title)

Expense Book of John Halsted, Commissary under Benedict Arnold, Before Quebec, 1776. Printed from the original manuscript book in the possession of Thos. O'Leary, Asst. Librarian, Chateau De Ramezay. (Cover-Title)

by HALSTED, John Edited by Thomas O'Leary

Montreal, C. A. Marchand, Printer. 1913. Soft cover. tall8vo, 24.3cm, 16p., original printed wrappers, very good to fine. (Amp).
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NZ$60.31
Manuscript, as below

Manuscript, as below

n.p., n.d.: but circa late 19th to, early 20th century. Folio ledger, containing approx. 190pp., including index, of more than 1500 family names describing the heraldic bearings of each, with numerous inserts tipped and pasted in, several original drawings of bearings and crests; all in a worn but sound ruled ledger bound in canvas with leather edges.
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NZ$474.72
English Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries: Also Colour Plate Books, Natural History, Reproductions of Illuminated Mss.,  Bibliography; Catalolgue 873

English Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries: Also Colour Plate Books, Natural History, Reproductions of Illuminated Mss., Bibliography; Catalolgue 873

London: Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1961. 71 pp. 618 items. Illustrated by frontis. (Title Page of P. Cramer, Papillons Exotiques, Amsterdam and utrecht, 1779-1791). Bumping to corners, rubbing, and discoloration near extremities of wraps. Inside clean. Highlights include Costumes (various countries): items 40-48; Ornithology (including Baron Cuvier's copy of Edwards-A Natural History of Uncommon Birds): items 119-134; Sporting: items 177-195; English Literature, Art, Bibliographies, Books about books,... Read more about this item
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NZ$24.77
Report of the commissioners on petition for change of boundary line between the towns of Warren and Bristol

Report of the commissioners on petition for change of boundary line between the towns of Warren and Bristol

by Easterbrooks, William Y., et al

Providence: Providence Press Company, 1873. 8vo, pp. 20; self-wrappers, stitched, as issued; very good. Property owners at the northern edge of Bristol seek to change the boundary between the two towns so they would live in Warren, the downtown of which much closer than the downtown of Bristol. Accompanied by a contemporary copy of the original manuscript petition of the Bristol residents, listing the names of 59 affected property owners, to the State of Rhode Island, a 7-page document outlining the... Read more about this item
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NZ$807.02
1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY  LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE  FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

1856 - 1858 ORIGINAL METICULOUSLY DETAILED JOURNAL AND LOG OF THE NEWLY LAUNCHED MERCHANT SHIP'S MAIDEN 3 YEAR VOYAGE CRISS CROSSING THE GLOBE FROM NEWBURYPORT TO CALCUTTA AND BEYOND

by CAPTAIN JAMES P. MARTIN

ASEA ABOARD BARQUE OAK HILL. Good. 1856. On offer is a super, original manuscript ship's log kept from 1856 - 1858 handwritten in a lovely, cultured hand by Captain James P. Martin while aboard and in command of the Barque 'Oak Hill' out of Boston. The very large folio book is completely filled with details of the ship and given this appears to be the ship's maiden voyage the captain has provided some 'genealogy': it begins with the ship being built in Scarborough, Maine in... Read more about this item
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NZ$6,036.77
Writ for the Arrest of Edward Thurston and Nicholas Brown

Writ for the Arrest of Edward Thurston and Nicholas Brown

by Ellery, Edmund T., Clerk

[Providence]: United States District Court, July 18, 1797. Pro-forma document (approx. 8" x 11¾"), accomplished in ink, signed Edmund T. Ellery, Clerk, docketed on verso with notice of the arrest of both men. Official embossed seal of the R.I. District Court, docketed on verso; toned, previous folds, small breaks; all else very good. Defendants Edward Thurston and Nicholas Brown, for whom Brown University was named, were well known merchants of colonial Providence and Newport. The complainants in this... Read more about this item
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NZ$1,519.10
1920 TYPEWRITTEN ARREST REPORT, STATE OF KANSAS VS. McCLELLAND FARMER AND JESSE OWNES

1920 TYPEWRITTEN ARREST REPORT, STATE OF KANSAS VS. McCLELLAND FARMER AND JESSE OWNES

by Kansas, Wyandotte County

Kansas City, Kansas, 1920. Original document. Very Good. One leaf, folio. Criminal docket form, accomplished by typewriter. In part: "One McClelland Farmer and one Jesse Owens with a deadly and dangerous weapon to-wit a revolving pistol ... did make an assault with intent ... to rob, steal, take, and carry away, one overcoat, of the value of $40, and one pen knife, of the value of $1.50 ... putting said R.E. Rose in fear of some immediate injury ...." Dated 16 December 1920. Signed by E.A. Enright,... Read more about this item
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NZ$57.79
Notes of the debates in the House of Lords, officially taken by Henry Elsing, Clerk of the Parliaments, A.D. 1621 / edited from the original manuscripts in the possession of Lieutenant-Colonel Carew, by Samuel Rawson Gardiner

Notes of the debates in the House of Lords, officially taken by Henry Elsing, Clerk of the Parliaments, A.D. 1621 / edited from the original manuscripts in the possession of Lieutenant-Colonel Carew, by Samuel Rawson Gardiner

by Elsynge, Henry (1606-1656). Gardiner, Samuel Rawson (1829-1902). Great Britain Parliament. House of Lords

New York: AMS, 1968. Facsimile Edition. Hardcover. Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Physical description: 158 pages ; 21cm. Subjects: 1603-1649 Politics and government. Great Britain History Early Stuarts, 1603-1649 Sources. Great Britain Politics and government 1603-1649. Grande-Bretagne Histoire 1603-1649 (Premiers Stuarts)... Read more about this item
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NZ$37.55
The Kiss of Death.

The Kiss of Death.

by LIPSKY, Eleazar.:

Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1949.. 1st Penguin edition. The outline of the original manuscript for this novel was made into a1947 film-noir starring Victor Mature and Richard Widmark. Pp.174, pages tanned. Paperback, slight darkening to spine and edges. G+.
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NZ$31.32
Acts of the Moscow Councils of 1666 and 1667. In Russian (ask us if in doubt)/Deyaniya Moskovskikh soborov 1666 i 1667 godov.

Acts of the Moscow Councils of 1666 and 1667. In Russian (ask us if in doubt)/Deyaniya Moskovskikh soborov 1666 i 1667 godov.

by n/a

Short description: In Russian (ask us if in doubt).7 stickers. Second edition of the Fraternity of St. Peter, Metropolitan, again verified from the original manuscript. Moscow: Synodal Printshop, 1893. In Old Slavonic. The book published the deeds of the Moscow Councils of 1666 and 1667, which were significant in the history of the schism of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17th century. We have thousands of titles and often several copies of each title may be available. Please feel free to contact us... Read more about this item
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NZ$658.83