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Manuscripts are handwritten documents, often letters or drafts of literature. Because of their unique quality and being inherently one-of-a-kind, manuscripts can be quite valuable and collectible. Handwritten drafts of book chapters, poems, or other works of art are very hard to find and provide tremendous insight into the thinking and expression of the author, and it can be fascinating to examine the differences in content between the original manuscript and the final, finished product. One notable example of a found manuscript that sparked controversy is the original manuscript of the Big Book, otherwise known as the the basic literature for Alcoholics Anonymous. The found manuscript included a lot more precise language about the role of God in recovery, and much of that content was edited or removed for the final version. While not all original manuscripts differ in content as the Big Book, it is clear that many original manuscripts are so valuable.

Ensemble complet des archives du Chevalier de Sade by SADE Louis, Chevalier de

1791. Fine. 1791-1832, divers, autre. - Exceptionnel ensemble des archives manuscrites inédites et complètes de Louis, Chevalier de Sade (1753-1832), auteur du Lexicon politique et cousin du Divin Marquis représentant environ 12 000 feuillets manuscr…

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Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probaly Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of hi…

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Russian Military Manuscript by Anonymous

A collection of original drawings on 13 thick folio paper sheets (c. 525 x 350 mm) with watermark J. Whatman Turkey Mill 1834, of which 9 water colour and 4 pen and ink drawings. All of them with calligraphed Russian captions or headings. No place (Moscow…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf


Petition to the Hon. Court of Assistants now Assembled in Boston this 10th day of September 1681 by Anthony Stoddard; Tho[mas] Brattle; John Joyliffe; Elisha Hutchinson; John Saffin; John Fayerweather; John Walley; Henry Alline (Allen); Theophilus Frary; Daniel Turell; Nathaniel Greenwood; John Maryon

A Petition to the Court of Assistants to Expel Henry Sherlott, a Dancing Master, signed by Anthony Stoddard; Tho[mas] Brattle; John Joyliffe; Elisha Hutchinson; John Saffin; John Fayerweather; John Walley; Henry Alline (Allen); Theophilus Frary; Daniel T…

From G.Gosen Rare Books & Old Paper, ABAA, ILAB


Symphony No. 3. "Thirty-Seven Years." Musical manuscript full score in a copyist's hand with extensive annotations, corrections, etc. in the hand of the composer. Signed in pencil at conclusion by EL-DABH, Halim 1921-2017

Full score: 133, [i] (blank) pp. Large folio. Notated in ink. With title ("Symphonie No 3 of 37 years") to head, composer's name and "Cairo 1953" to upper outer corner, and copyright notes to foot of first page. Copyright date of 2008 to right margin whi…

From J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC


Pierre-Jean de Béranger: Chansons Original Handwritten Working Manuscript by Béranger, Pierre-Jean de

1827 This is a one of a kind original handwritten working manuscript by the famous French chansonnier, Pierre-Jean de Béranger. These chansons are dated 1827 and were subsequently published in his fourth collection of chansons, the one which precip…

From Defunct Books


Album with 13 original wash-colour drawings with views in Rome. by Uggeri, Angelo (artist)

Brown and black pen- and ink-drawings with brown wash each (255 x 180 mm) with black frames surrounded by green wash borders. Each mounted on thin cardboard with manuscript captions andd numbering in lower margins. Rom around 1800. Contemporary green half…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf



Album d'Articles de Voyages d'après les Modèles de Messieurs Godillot Père et Fils, Brèvetès Malletiers du Roi by GODILLOT

Paris: Fabrique Générale d'Articles de Voyages, 1840. First Edition. Alexis Godillot (1816-1893) was a contemporary of Louis Vuitton (1821-1892) and first achieved renown in Paris for his beautiful hand-made luggage. With a workshop situated just a few…

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The Battle of Leyte Gulf - A Gathering of Original Combat Despatches and Various Original Ephemera From History's Greatest Naval Battle.

16 Radio Telegrams including detailed Action Reports, Tactical Operation Commands, Battle Assessments, Damage Reports, etc. spanning the full duration of The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 24 October - 28 October 1944. Imprinted upon wartime, U.S. Comm…

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB


Privilegium in Aromataria by Jacobo Carlis Coltroni

Privilegium in Aromataria (= illustrated title). Manuscript on vellum. Venice 1758. Pharmacy licence for Jacobo Carlis Coltroni. Richly illustrated and calligraphed manuscript on vellum in black and gold-coloured ink, signatures in various inks. 6 unnumbe…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf


Manuscript Orbis Pictus. by Anonymous

13 exceedingly charming, finely coloured original drawings each ca 190 x 155 mm, the first, designed as a title bears the manuscript inscription 'Titelbild' within a frame. The composition of the pictures is varied in the manner of a quodlibet with a cent…

From Antiquariat Banzhaf



Waynesboro, Pennsylvania: Privately written, 1863., 1863. First edition. A fascinating eyewitness account written by an unnamed resident of the town of Waynesboro, Pa., concerning Confederate troop activity in Pennsylvania near the Maryland border in the…




N.P.: 1933, 1933. First edition. One of four copies authorized by W. A. Graham, Colonel J. A. G. D. Chief, Military Affairs Section in 1933. Tall, thick quarto. Red buckram, gold stamping on spine, 676 pp. "On June 25-26, 1876, five companies of the…



Fancy on a Bach Air for solo cello. Autograph musical manuscript of the complete work by this award-winning American composer by CORIGLIANO, John b. 1938

Oblong folio (28 x 42 cms). 1 page. Notated in pencil on 16-stave Aztec brand paper. Undated, but 1996. For solo cello, with music encompassing both bass and soprano clefs, mostly unbarred. Signed at upper right, with autograph titling "Fancy on a Bac…

From J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC


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