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1751 Original, Superb Manuscript Book of Geography, Astronomy and Navigational Wisdom at the Then Apex of Scholarly Knowledge During the Age of Sail
England, 1751. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a superb, original ancient manuscript book of English origins, titled "Some Memorandums Relating to Geography and Astronomy.. Of the Figure and Extent of the Earth." Dated 1751, even casual reading finds the book filled with what was then cutting edge information being a mere 23 years after Newton's Principia appeared in English. The Age of Sail, Britain's dominance of the waves spurred science in the areas of navigation, astronomy and the mathematics of Geometry all related and discussed herein. Historians and researchers of the era will undoubtedly recall this was written at the time John Harrison the English clockmaker perfected his marine chronometer. Handwritten by 'W.B.' we surmise a professor or other academic or even perhaps someone with the Admiralty or even an active command along with a student or assistant as evidenced by a different hand. Sometimes WB offers a notation of the other's writings. Here are some examples: time calculation based on the known hour of day at another location on the globe: "The hour being given in any place, as at London, to find what hour it is in any other part of the world. Rectify ye globe for London.. fix ye index of ye dial plate to the hour given suppose 4 oclock in the afternoon, this being done turn the globe, & bring any places successively to ye Meridien then ye index or hour point will shew ye true hour at ye place required.. Rome.. Constantinople.. Fort St. George in East Indies.. Pekin in China.. Jamaica.. Barbadoes.." "On the Longitude and how to find it.. This is call'd the Longitude because the earth was supposed longer East to West, than from North to South.. to find the true distance from E. to W. see Gordon's table pa 9.. By this longitude here, is not meant that wch is so much sought for and desir'd, the Eastening & Westening of Vessels in their Voyages, call'd by Gordon the Opprobrium Navigatorum pa 15, but only the distance between the given place and the first Meridian inscrib'd on the Surface of the Globe, by Bringing the given Degree of Longitude to the Brazen Meridian and reckoning upon the same meridian.. To find the Longitude of any given place, bring it to the East side of the Meridien, and observe what degree of the Equator is cutt by the Meridien, for that is the Longitude of the given place.. reckoning upon the same Meridien the degree of Latitude given, make a mark with chalk on the point where the Long. & Lat. meet, for that is the place desired.." "The terrestrial Globe represents the true shape of the Earth (or very near it).. 1st by the Eclipses of the moon.. 2ndly by the roundness of all other planetary bodyes, as the Moon, Jupiter, etc. it may be inferred.. 3dly the Earth is demonstratively round because many persons keeping constantly from England in a Western Course of sailing have pass'd the Magellan Straits, gone on to the Philippine Islands, coasted down by Cochin China.. Cape of Good Hope, keeping still to a Western Longitude till they make the Canary Isles, made their return into the North of England." Other data required for navigators, explorers, horologists, clock-makers, cartographers, geographers, meteorologists and other academics of the time would all have interest in the exercises, examples and adding further depth are a number of illustrations hand drawn making for an instructional guide of geographical and celestial problems with solutions. Other subjects include: measurements of the earth, its geographic coordinate system, the significance of the earth's poles and axis, finding longitude or latitude, calculating the placement of the sun in respect to the earth at a certain time, planetary movement, celestial topics such as the rational horizon and the zodiac circle, eclipses, equinoxes and solstices, the oblique descension of the sun, the "brazen meridian," calculation of time including earth's seasons and lunar years, the origin and methodology of the Julian calendar, discerning distances around the world, and some geographical features of earth including equatorial islands. The subject of navigation appears on the first page with proof that the earth is spherical setting the tone for the next 44 pages or so. [We also note that in a few areas are side notes or addendums. For example one area contains Kingdoms of the World: Britain, France, Germany, Persia and Israel just to name a few. Another note shows the capital cities of the great nations and interestingly Jerusalem is specified as the capital of Israel.] 18 x 16 cm. Some age toning and rubbing to the edges, one leaf split at hinge but overall G+. Good+.
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Book number: 0002563
USD 8255.99 [Appr.: EURO 7031.25 | £UK 6233.25 | JP¥ 928624]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Longitude, Complex Mathematics, Complex Maritime Navigation, Marine, Mariners, Mathematical, Geography, Astronomy, Navigators, Explorers, Clock-Makers, Cartographers, Geographers, Meteorologists, Teachers, Longitude, Horology, Nautic

1859 - 1860 Hamasaef: The Hebrew Review and Magazine for Jewish Literature: The Journal of Hebrew Enlightenment and the First Modern Hebrew Periodical
London, 1859. Hard Cover, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hebrew, English, On offer the famed HEBREW PERIODICAL: HAMASAEF: The Hebrew Review, and Magazine for Jewish Literature. HaMasaef was the journal of Hebrew Enlightenment and the First Modern Hebrew Periodical New Series; Vol. 1, No. 1 - 48. London, 1859-1860. (i.e. October 1859 to September 1860.) 8vo. An extended run of 48 numbered issues bound in one volume. Individual issues in VERY GOOD condition, original boards, loose and shaken, spine replaced with crude tape. VERY RARE. Copac records only the British Library copy which contains only the first 10 issues [Ref: "Hameasef Breakthrough in Hebrew Periodical Literature: the History, Way and Essence of the First Modern Hebrew Periodical," Hadoar, 79]. Good.
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Book number: 000679
USD 1259.99 [Appr.: EURO 1073.25 | £UK 951.5 | JP¥ 141722]
Keywords: Bible Studies, Bible, Genesis, Birasheit, Bible Studies, Bible, Genesis, Hassidic, Hassidim, Chassidic, Judaism, Jewish, Judaica, Israel, Orthodox, Jewry, Jew, Talmud, Yiddish, Juden, Hebrew, Hebraic, Israel, Books and Manuscripts General Overview 19th Ce

C1860s CIVIL War Soldier's Ivory Pocket Diary Mounted with Silver Shield
1863. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. Very scarce collectible from a number of viewpoints this being an soldier's ivory six day diary as per Lord's Civil War Collector's Enclyclopedia, Volume III, page 94. A Civil War ivory pocket diary mounted with silver shield and catch. The soldier wrote his notes in pencil, traces can still be seen, then erased them when no longer needed. Monday through Saturday, 3 1/8" long x 1 5/8" wide, precisely the measurements in the Encylopedia. The inital R has been engraved into the silver shield and functional latch. Saturday has a blackish blotch on the back, Wednesday has a tiny edge missing. Very beautifully aged overall. Superb Civil War collectible. Good+.
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Book number: 000535
USD 785.99 [Appr.: EURO 669.5 | £UK 593.5 | JP¥ 88407]
Keywords: CIVIL War Era, Pioneer, CIVIL War, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Diary, Journal, Log, Keepsake, Writer, Hand Written, Documents, Signed, Letters, Manuscripts, Historical, Holograph, Writers, Diaries, Journals, Logs, Autographs, Per

Circa 1920s Set of Four (4) Postcard Books: French Castles Chateaux 80 Different Scarcer Postcards Cartes Postale
France. 4 X 6 INCHES APPROX. Postcard, Super collection of 4 postcard books each having 20 postcards, all intact. 1. Chateaux D'Ambroise. 2. Chaumont-Sur-Loire. 3. and 4. Langeais. Three books by LL & ND, the other Yvon. Overall in very good condition save for some general age-toning. Very Good.
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Book number: PCJT29
USD 99.99 [Appr.: EURO 85.25 | £UK 75.5 | JP¥ 11247]
Keywords: Post Cards, Postcards, Cartes Postale, Postal History, Architecture, French History, Castles, Chateaux, Manors, Estates 20th Century Ephemera

The Customs and Manners of the Bedouin Arabs: Designed Especially to Illustrate the Early Scripture History, Written for the American Sunday School Union - Personal Copy of Famed CIVIL War Army Chaplain Rev. B.W. Chidlaw
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Pa, American Sunday School Union. 1837. Leather Spine, 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. English, The Customs and Manners of The Bedouin Arabs: Designed especially to illustrate the Early Scripture History, written for The American Sunday School Union, revised by the committee of publication. Published by the Philadelphia American Sunday School Union, 1837, 6 1/8 x 3 3/4" with 160 pages has marbled end boards. The words 'Cherry Valley S. School' are inscribed first free endpaper. This book is in original condition with the spine cap being leather and gilt title treatment. There is a lengthy Contents page beginning with the Description of the Country, Climate, Hurricanes to the Government, Laws, Theft and Robbery and the Capture of Mr. Carne, Libertarian party+++. There's an Arabia map and an Introduction. Provenance: Personal copy of Rev. B.W. Chidlaw, Civil War Army Chaplain and member of the American Sunday School Union. Condition: Nicks and bumps along the outer edges/corners, light foxing, a couple of corners turned, and a nick out of the last page. Overall G. Good.
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Book number: 000975
USD 285.99 [Appr.: EURO 243.75 | £UK 216 | JP¥ 32168]
Keywords: Nomads, Beduin, Arab, Arabs, Bedouin, Middle East, Arabia, Antiquité, Manuscrit, D'Antiquariato, Manoscritto, Antigüedad, Papel, Books and Manuscripts General Overview

Haggadah Shel Pesach : Passover Haggadah with Commentary of Rabbi Shabbtai Cohen
Warsaw, Poland, 1870. Original Wraps, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ill.: . Hebrew, Judaica, 1870 Warsaw HAGGADAH. Rare. No copies in American auction records. Last similar book was 1868 Warsaw Haggadah sold in 1982. The Book: Haggadah Shel Pesach, Warsaw, 1870. 8vo. One must be more forgiving of the condition of Haggadot than other books. This is a very worn copy with 1/2 loss to rear board, partial loss to last leaf, partial loss to upper title, some fraying. However, it is a still a nice rare example of a Polish 19th century Haggadah. Poor.
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Book number: 000453
USD 199.99 [Appr.: EURO 170.5 | £UK 151 | JP¥ 22495]
Keywords: Bible Studies, Bible, Genesis, Hassidic, Hassidim, Chassidic, Judaism, Jewish, Judaica, Israel, Orthodox, Passover, Jewry, Books and Manuscripts General Overview 19th Century Judaica ,

Machzor - a Cycle: A Prayer Book for Shavuot with Yiddish Translation
Bazultzbach, 1895. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hebrew, On offer: Machzor - A Cycle, being a reference used for seforim containing prayers for unique days in the annual calendar cycle. [Today we only use this term for the High Holiday prayer book, since all other holidays are fit into the regular daily prayer book, but back in those days they used to publish a separate book for every holiday.] This is a prayer book for the Shavuot holiday with Yiddish translation. It also boasts of it's uniqueness due to insertions of laws pertaining to Holidays, and descriptive intentions imparted by the authors of the liturgical works. Published: 1895, Bazultzbach. Well used, well rubbed and generally soiled, leather covers loose, interior text age-toned. Overall F+. Fair+.
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Book number: RAB236
USD 349.99 [Appr.: EURO 298.25 | £UK 264.25 | JP¥ 39366]
Keywords: Maimonidies, Rambam, Chassid, Chusid, Chassidic, Chabad, Rosh Hashana, Megillah, Megilah, Bible Studies, Bible, Judaica, Juden, Jew, Hebrew Studies, Hebraic, Talmud, Kabbalah, Seferim, Sefer, Jewish Traditions, Customs, Liturgy, Manuscript, Antiquité, Con

Musaf L'Yom Kippur [the Mussaf Service for Yom Kippur] - Bijgevoegd-Gebed Voor Den Verzoendag
Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1850. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hebrew - Dutch, On offer: Musaf L'Yom Kippur [The Mussaf Service for Yom Kippur] - Bijgevoegd-Gebed Voor Den Verzoendag. A singular book with leather tips and gilt stamped cover treatment. A lovely book specifically for the longest and richest prayer of the year. Dutch-Hebrew. G+. Good.
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Book number: RAB3008
USD 349.99 [Appr.: EURO 298.25 | £UK 264.25 | JP¥ 39366]
Keywords: Maimonidies, Rambam, Chassid, Chusid, Chassidic, Chabad, Rosh Hashana, Megillah, Megilah, Bible Studies, Bible, Judaica, Juden, Jew, Hebrew Studies, Hebraic, Talmud, Kabbalah, Seferim, Sefer, Jewish Traditions, Customs, Liturgy, Manuscript, Antiquité, Con

Das Neue Und Verbesserte Gesang Buch... . Psalmen Davids Famt Einer Gammlung Alter Und Neuer Geistreicher Lieder... . Rebst Einem Anhang Des Hendelbergischen Catechismus... . Vor Die Evangelich Reformirten Gemeinen in Den Bereinigten Staaten Von America
Germantaun, Michael Billmeyer. 1799. Full-Leather, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. German Language, Full leather, clasps intact, overall very good save for rubbing to the edges and some chipping to the head of the spine. Lovely frontis woodcut with David at the harp praising God. 585 numbered pages, detailed index, pages of catechism. Good.
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Book number: 000811
USD 785.99 [Appr.: EURO 669.5 | £UK 593.5 | JP¥ 88407]
Keywords: Antiquité, Contrat, Vélin, Document, Manuscrit, Papier Antike, Brief, Pergament, Dokument, Manuskript, Papier Oggetto D'Antiquariato, Atto, Velina, Documento, Manoscritto, Carta Antigüedad, Hecho, Vitela, Documento, Manuscrito, Papel, Religion, Christiani

Seder Tefilos - Order of Prayers
Amsterdam, Netherlands. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hebrew, On offer: Seder Tefilos - Order of Prayers. This is an early 19th century Sephardic prayer book to be used on Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh (first day of Hebrew month), Chanukah, and Purim. Hebrew. Covers present but detached, loose pages. P. Poor.
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Book number: RAB3017
USD 289.99 [Appr.: EURO 247 | £UK 219 | JP¥ 32618]
Keywords: Maimonidies, Rambam, Chassid, Chusid, Chassidic, Chabad, Rosh Hashana, Megillah, Megilah, Bible Studies, Bible, Judaica, Juden, Jew, Hebrew Studies, Hebraic, Talmud, Kabbalah, Seferim, Sefer, Jewish Traditions, Customs, Liturgy, Manuscript, Antiquité, Con

1771 Handwritten Manuscript Bas Quebec Document: "Inventaire de la Commonauté Des Biens Qui Etat Entre Pour Genevieve Brisson and Joseph Mailliot"
St. Pierre L'Ebeaques [St. Pierre Les Beckets] Que, 1771. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. On offer is an original November 7th 1771 handwritten manuscript document from St. Pierre L'Ebeaques [St. Pierre les Beckets] Quebec [Lower Canada] "Inventaire de la Commonauté des biens qui etat entre pour Genevieve Brisson and Joseph Mailliot" being an early Bas Quebec marital communion of assets where we can find many great descriptions of furniture and house objects plus commentary. Research suggests that the author was most certainly a Jesuit priest acting as justice of the peace. Some old damp-staining in two spots and some separation at the folds but otherwise in fair condition. Fair. Autograph.
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Book number: 000962
USD 955.99 [Appr.: EURO 814.25 | £UK 722 | JP¥ 107529]
Keywords: Early Canada, Quebecois, Jesuits, Roman Catholic, Catholicism, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Diary, Journal, Log, Keepsake, Writer, Hand Written, Documents, Signed, Letters, Manuscripts, Historical, Holograph, Writers, Diaries, Jou

1843 Original Manuscript Letter Handwritten by a Gold and Silver Dealer from Rhode Island Trying to Make Sales in Mobile to No Avail
Mobile Alabama Al, 1843. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is an interesting, original manuscript relic of North-South trade being an 1843 handwritten letter dated Mobile Alabama as field representative A.C. Mathewson writes his head office of jewellers Mathewson Allen and Co. of Rhode Island. Addresses to the company his correspondent was likely his relation Nathan Fuller Mathewson, [born: 7 Sep 1814, Warren RI, Marriage: Susan Green Wightman about 1840 in Providence RI, Died: 27 May 1901, Jeweler and partner from circa 1835 to 1848 with Bradford Allen in Providence RI as MATHEWSON & ALLEN, listed in the 1836 city directory with a shop on the corner of Pine and Rhodes Streets] regarding the state of his gold and silver trade dealings. He reports he has had almost no business in Mobile but frequently mentions he expects better in New Orleans. He also notes business dealings between Rhode Island, New York and Charleston South Carolina too. Some small loss from opening at the seal and a mouse has done some nibbling. Overall G. Good.
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Book number: 0002312
USD 585.99 [Appr.: EURO 499.25 | £UK 442.5 | JP¥ 65911]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.C. Mathewson, Mobile Alabama, Deep South, Jewellery Trade, Gold and Silver, Precious Metals, Trade, Commerce, Economy, Southern Americana, Americana, Handwritten, Manuscript, Autographed, Authors, Document, Letter, Autograph, Keeps

1849 - 1860 Original Manuscript Financial Diary and Investor's Ledger Detailing the History of Two Ships Plying Their Trade on the Atlantic
Plymouth Massachusetts Mass Ma, 1849. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a super, original 1849 - 1860 financial and investment diary and ship owner's ledger handwritten by A.W. Kennedy one of many share owners and likely the 'Chief Operating Officer' in two stated ships; The "M.R.Ludwig" and the "Brig Darien". The many intimate details of the investors, costs related to ship building, supplies etc. are finely detailed and within the 136 pages a wealth of mid 19th century marine commerce is revealed. There are a few pieces of ephemera tucked in, one as early as 1821. The 13½ x 8½ inch folio sized book features a typed slip stating 'Plymouth Mass. Ship Log' pasted to the spine. Good+.
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Book number: 0002139
USD 2055.99 [Appr.: EURO 1751 | £UK 1552.25 | JP¥ 231255]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.W. Kennedy, Plymouth Massachusetts, Marine, Maritime, Trade, Commerce, M.R. Ludwig, Brig Darien, 19th Century, Ships, Ocean Going, Age of Sail, Ship Building, Ship Costs, Economics of Ship Ownership, Ocean Travel, Boat Building, Ch

1859 Original Manuscript Eyewitness Account of the Rare and Unusual Meteorological Event Known As Parhelia or Sun Dogs
Brookline Massachusetts, 1859. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a fascinating, original manuscript relic of mid 19th Century meteorological occurrence of note being a handwritten eyewitness account of what the Harvard College Observatory, Annals, Vol. 19 described as a "Parhelia of the usual form, but of remarkable brilliance." The account which includes a pen and ink drawing signed A.S. describes the observation which occurred in Brookline Massachusetts on April 2, 1859. The notes in part: "About one fifth of the distance between the first circle and the Zenith was a faint hole with the sun in its centre without its points.." "Dr Kane speaks of seeing it on several occasions in the Arctic regions, and was apparently greatly impressed with its beauty." Stated "For the Transcript". 2 pages, 5" x 7.75". Tear left side, else VG. Pen and ink drawing, 7" x 8.5". Some ink smudging, else VG. Very Good.
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Book number: 0002065
USD 2055.99 [Appr.: EURO 1751 | £UK 1552.25 | JP¥ 231255]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Meteorological, Meteorology, Parhelia, Brookline, Astronomy, Visible Sky Events, Massachusetts, Sky Watching, Sun Dog, Sundog, Mock Sun, Phantom Sun, Parhelion, Atmospheric Phenomenon, Ice Crystals, Diamond Dust, Americana, Celestial

1861 Original Manuscript Relic of Mid 19th Century German Military Artillery and Gunnery Skill and Technique
Ulm Germany, 1861. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. On offer is a superb relic of mid-19th Century militaria and German artillery and gunnery skills and technique being a manuscript book titled 'Portie-Tafeln nebst Ertäuterungen für sämmtliche Geschütze der Bundesfestung Ulm'. The 85 page handwritten book is a technically detailed manual with many tables, charts, graphs with explanations of the guns at the Federal fortress at Ulm in a beautiful calligraphic hand in German. Dated 1861 and with the name of 'A Gulhner' inscribed on the front page, one finds part of the Appendix (pages 75-85) which relates to gunnery at Berlin. A few blank leaves at the end, bound in the original grey-brown cloth, the ink slightly browned but very clean and sound (160 by 110mm). Some of the contents and guns detailed include: 24lb short cannon (kurze kanon); 18lb battery cannon (batterie kanon); 12lb battery cannon; 6lb battery cannon; 12lb field cannon (feld kanon); 6lb field cannon; 25lb long howitzer (lange haubitz); 25lb short howitzer (kurze haubitz); 10lb long howitzer; 10lb short howitzer; 7lb long heavy iron howitzer (lange schwert eiserne haubitz); 7lb long heavy bronze howitzer (lange schwere bronzene haubitz); 7lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 18lb battery cannon (rikoschetiren); Ricochets with 12lb battery cannon; Ricochets with 25lb short howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb long howitzer; Ricochets with 10lb short howitzer; Range under 60 deg elevation (bombenwerfen unter 60° elevation); Range under 45 deg elevation; Range under 30 deg elevation; Shell throw for 7lb mortar; Shell throw for 12lb mortar; Appendix (Anhang); (tempirung der Lundrohre); Shot Tables for the pulled fortress cannons at Berlin in the year 1861; (Schuss Tafeln für die gezogenen Festungs Geschütze Berlin im Jahr 1861); further reference to Berlin, January 1861+++. HISTORICAL NOTES: One online source provides: The Confederation Fortress of Ulm (built 1842-1859) was the central point and main training area for the defence of southern Germany and was one of five federal fortresses of the German Confederation. With its 9 km main circumvallation, Ulm was the biggest fortress in Germany in the 19th century and it is still one of the biggest in Europe. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1815 and the Treaty of Paris, the victorious powers agreed to defend the German Confederation states. The fortresses were one of the few realised projects of the Confederation. The fortress at Ulm was planned as a closed, polygonal wall system by the Prussian construction manager Moritz Karl Ernst von Prittwitz und Gaffron and built under his supervision. It straddled the Danube and surrounded the cities of Ulm in Württemberg and Neu-Ulm in Bavaria and had 16 detached forts and an extensive moat system. In war it was planned to place 20,000 men in the fortress (Ulm had at this time 16,000 citizens) and an expansion to hold 100,000 men was planned. In peace it was mostly occupied by 5,000 men of the federal army and the double-headed eagle, symbol of the Confederation, was embossed on all artillery. Today, about two thirds of the fortifications are preserved. Overall VG. Very Good.
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Book number: 0001517
USD 3085.99 [Appr.: EURO 2628.25 | £UK 2330 | JP¥ 347109]
Keywords: Keywords: Gulhner, Bundesfestung Ulm, Confederation Fortress of Ulm, Berlin, Artillery, Gunnery, Prussian, Fortifications, Explosives, Canon, Prussia, Germany, Haubitz, Armaments, Munitions, Bomb, Modern Warfare, History of 19th Century Warfare, Handwritt

1862 Original Intriguing Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Pennsylvania CIVIL Engineer and School Teacher Who Insists He Is "Innocent of All Charges"
Elmira Williamsport Luzerne County Pennsylvania, 1862. 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. On offer is an original rather enigmatic and very intriguing 1862 manuscript diary handwritten by A. K. Jacobs a 22 year old man [he is 23 years old on December 23rd] who at the beginning of the diary was a teacher at Eckley School and going to White Haven in Luzerne County. Soon he tires of teaching, a Mr. Tarbox takes over, and Mr. Jacobs heads to Philadelphia, then to Harrisburg, Williamsport, Elmira and finally ends up on the shores of Lake Erie where starts an engineering/surveying job [research finds a civil engineer, A. K. Jacobs, in the 1880 census, living in Lock Haven Pennsylvania, born in 1840 and married to a Mary and no doubt the same author of this book]. Historians and researchers of the era and the region will find a number of intrigues. In one case he seems to be caught up in some kind of scandal or legal troubles. He writes: "August 9th, Received a letter from L. Hyndman. Heard what the people at Eckley think of me. Have from all accounts a pretty hard name but am innocent of all the charges." In another circumstance that while there is hardly mention of the Civil War but Jacobs left drafts of two different letters in the back of the book on the blanks, one to a women he loves named Emma and the other, a 'Letter to the Editor' and in part it reads: "...The last battle before Richmond has caused the people in this (Erie) and adjoining counties to mourn for friends and relatives who laid down their lives for their country. They were principally of the 83rd Reg. Pvt. Col. McLane who was a citizen of Erie, I believe, was pretty badly cut up when he returned to camp..." Here are other snippets: 1862 "January 1st, Had a good crowd all day at the bar. Fell very tired at night." "April 9th, Wrote to J. L. Hyndman. Spent a very unpleasant day in school. Scholars very troublesome and mischievous. Felt bad because Jane did not give me an answer when I wanted to go up with her to Mary's." "April 12th, Went to White Haven in the afternoon. Brought a horse wagon over. Took Jane out to the valley. Had quite a happy time. Got back at 4 o'clock. Stayed with her till two." "April 23rd, Taught as usual. Made arrangements to stay with Jane. Attended church at the Episcopal Church. Had quite an exciting time with Jane. She got excited and got a fit." "May 23rd, Lieut. C. Straw and Jack Durst visited me this forenoon. School small today." "May 28th, Came back to Eckley this morning. I am going to quit teaching and am going into Engineering. Leave next Monday. Went to Jeddo after school. Engaged Mr. Tarbox to take my school next week." "May 31st, Came back to Eckley, ran around and settled my business. Stayed with Jane. Had a good time. Retired about 3 o'clock. Took Jane out riding, had a nice time." "June 4th, (in Philadelphia) Spent the day in visiting the Navy Yard. Evening went to the theatre. Welch arrived today." "June 6th, Looking up some records to assist us in the survey. Left Williamsport at 6 in the evening for Elmira. Arrived there at 4 in the morning. The train being detained by the freight train running off track." "June 7th, Ran around Elmira, visited the Water Cure. E. is quite a city. Left E. for Erie at 5 in the afternoon. Arrived in Erie at 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Went to bed at 3. Slept very sound." "June 15th, Went to church in the morning. Afternoon went down to the Lake. Went aboard a vessel there. Welch sketched Presque Island." (in Belle Valley) "July 20th, Spent the day at Stranahan. Had a good time with Jennie in the evening. Am going to take her to the ball on Friday next." "July 21st & 22nd, Moved our boarding place to Concord. Worked on the line and distributed stakes. Ran up to Corry...Worked on Hu Line. Did a good says work after which went to Huron for supper then to Stranahan's intending to come back but being prevailed upon to stay. We did. Stranahan and family are fine folks." "July 25th, Worked all day. Evening took Jennie Stanahan to a ball. Had a good time. Kept it up till day light." "July 27th, Arose at 8 o'clock. Took breakfast and went down to Stranahan's. Heard of some remarks made about my being "Light" at the ball last Friday night. Not true." "August 10th, Went to Corry to a war meeting held there. Saw quite a crowd. Took dinner at the Boston House with George McBride, engineer on the passenger train." "September 2nd, Welch and I went to Spring Creek. I had a good time with Miss Emma and we had a glorious time all around. Am going to correspond with her, Miss Emma. She is a mighty fine girl." "October 22nd & 23rd, Met Emack Davison. Garden party on the train. Came down with them and had a time with them...Stopped at the boarding house all day. Made drafts of bridges." "November 6th, Received a letter from Beisel. Run levels. Weather quite cold. Fire feels comfortable. David Tate, I am to pay 25 cents. Attended an apple cut in the evening at Capt. Graham's. Had a nice time." "November 21st, Spent the day at the boarding house. Attended a performance by Rivers Troupe in the evening. Very good performance." "December 19th, Went to Pittsfield and stopped all night. Attended a ball at Warner's Hotel. Met Emma there. Spent an hour pleasantly with her. Retired about 3 o'clock." Much of the diary was written in pencil and a few of the entries are a bit faded and smudged. There are a total of 227 days worth of entries and the back is also filled up with expense entries and additional notes. Much of those blank pages are from January 2nd to March 30th and then the entries become more regular. The diary measures about 3 ¼" x 5 ¾" and although all the pages are accounted for the binding is loose as are some of the pages so it does need some archival repair but overall the book is Fair+. Fair+.
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Book number: 0001394
USD 685.99 [Appr.: EURO 584.25 | £UK 518 | JP¥ 77159]
Keywords: Keywords: CIVIL War, Men's Studies, Pennsylvania, Eckley, Eire, Williamsport, Jacobs, Luzerne County, Ephemera, Hand Written, Personal, Americana, Memoir, Handwritten, Autograph, Autographs, Signed, Letters, Document, Documents, Manuscript, Manuscripts, W

1906 Original Handwritten Letter Concerning the Chartering and Piloting of a Ship and the Many Details to to Be Discussed and Ironed out in the Process
Fort Sanders Knoxville Tn Tennessee, 1906. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a letter from a Mr. A.R. Shouse to a Mr. Lawrence Mossby, concerning the hiring of of Mr. Shouse to charter and pilot a ship to haul cargo for Mr. Mossby. The letter is written from Fort Sanders (spelled ‘Saunders’), in Tennessee, and was written in 1906. The ship appears to be hauling cargo to Port-aux-Basque in Newfoundland. Mr. Shouse answers a number of questions posed by Mr. Mossby in his last letter, giving 9 answers to his questions. It seems Mr. Shouse is a ship captain, being recruited by Mr. Mossby to pilot a ship that he has chartered. “Your letter of March 6th which I told you of my last (?) I now endeavour to answer in detail..I have answered the recent and will be wary of most on the 15th of June. Answer 2. The price is (?) $200. Could not do better. Answer 3. According to the account I have heard she is comfortable, roomy and clean.” The letter proceeds in this form, seeming to disagree with the price Mr. Mossby wants to pay for his ship, “Vessel is about 35 tons about 15 tons larger than (?) and as a vessel of 35 tons cannot be had at a price unless for a longer time. I chartered her for one + 1/2 months.” He goes on to say, “Answer 5. I will settle the price when you come I will not be too hard on you.” He also says he will arrange the men to work on the crew. “As you have altered your plan coming to Port au Basque I will not take any men from here. We can get them where we (?) to and returning here will pick up our men here thus saving expense. I will have them June 3rd for Port au Basque as I (?) little time to look after the vessel as I have not seen her having accepted her on recommendation. The men I take from here will get $2.00 a day. The Captain provisions his crew as you desired.” He then writes, discouraging Mr. Mossby from bringing his canoe on board, as “my boat will do and if we need one.we can have one. I am arranging to save expense but as far as the canoe is concerned it is certainly a matter of your own choice.” The letter is one double-sided page long, handwritten in black ink. The writing is legible, but the script can be a bit difficult at times to decipher. The letter shows signs of wear, and there is some small discoloration around the folded crease marks. The crease marks also make the words around them slightly more difficult to decipher. Good.
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Book number: 0009042
USD 1255.99 [Appr.: EURO 1069.75 | £UK 948.5 | JP¥ 141272]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.R. Shouse, Lawrence Mossby, Chartered Ship, Ship Pilot, Fort Sanders, Tennessee, Port-Aux-Basque, Newfoundland, Early 20th Century, 35 Ton Vessel, Americana, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Writer, Hand Writte

1919 - 1920 Handwritten Journal Handwritten by a Crew Member of the U.S. S. Birmingham Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’S Destroyer Squadron As It Performs Post - Ww1 Duties, Exercises and Navy Publicity Along the West Coast of America
San Diego Los Angeles California Ca Panama Canal, 1919. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a journal and diary of A. N. Nelson, a crew member on the U.S.S. Birmingham, the flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron shortly after the end of World War 1. The diary is entitled above the first entry, “Cruise of U.S.S. Birmingham with Pacific Fleet on West Coast.” This is an accurate description of what takes place in the book. From July 17, 1919 to November 22, 1920, Nelson recounts the passage of the Birmingham as it leaves the Boston Navy Yard, goes through the Panama Canal, and then anchors in San Diego to serve as Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron. The whole book is written in one long, continuous paragraph. There are no stops or paragraph breaks. For the most part, the book is a matter-of-fact retelling of dates, positions, and activities of the Birmingham. There are also small breaks where Nelson recounts what he sees on board the ship as well as his days of shore leave and pleasure. The book begins, “Left Boston Navy Yard Thursday, July 17 after near six months repair work..First run started on our way for West Coast. The night before we pulled out we had a draft of 200 new recruits to replace the men paid off. I was on deck when we pulled out and felt kind of blue leaving after being near home for so long.” The ship passes through the Panama Canal on route to the West Coast. “We could see the part of the Canal the French Government started to build some old rusted dredges and dirt cans and old twisted nails. Well it took us about six hours to go through the canal there being six locks to pass.” At the end of July the ship reaches Balboa, Panama. Nelson takes shore leave and goes to watch a bullfight and cockfighting, remarking that “I don’t think much of their sports over here.” Leaving Balboa with a formation of 21 destroyers (all at the Birmingham’s stern) the squadron heads to San Diego, where they are met with scores of spectators. After a quick shore leave to Los Angeles and then San Francisco, the ship moves on to Portland, Oregon, going down the Columbia River. Nelson remarks often on the beautiful scenery and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. As Flagship of the Pacific Fleet’s Destroyer Squadron, Nelson writes of the various patrols, war games, and training that the Birmingham participates up and down the West Coast. There are also passages devoted to shore leave in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, as well as the occasional boat race against another destroyer. At the end of January, 1920, the Birmingham receives an emergency call at 2 A.M. from the army transport ship Mt. Vernon which has sprung a leak 500 miles out of San Francisco. The Birmingham escorts her back to harbor. In April, the Birmingham anchors in Pearl Harbor, and the Nelson visits the “Volcano Kilauea, which is the only active volcano that you can look into.” For the rest of the year, the Birmingham goes up and down the West Coast, being more a representative of the American Navy than anything else. In the summer of 1940 it even represents “the Navy in the American Legion Convention.” in Astoria, Oregon. The diary ends at the end of November 1920, with the Birmingham heading for San Diego “making 21 knots,” arriving in San Diego where the ship is refueled “five hundred fifteen tons” of coal. There are three loose newspaper clippings accompanying the writing, all relating to WW1 or the Birmingham directly. The book has 14 pages of writing, with each page except the last being full of writing. The book begins with about 10 pages of blank space and finishes with about 35 blank pages as well. Nelson’s handwriting is clean and crisp, very easy to read in a slightly faded black ink. It seems at a later date, Nelson might have gone back over or expanded some sections, as they are in a distinctly darker ink. The cover is cloth and shows a good deal of wear, but is still fully attached, and the name “A. N. Nelson,” can be faintly read at the top. There are a few words underneath that look to be “301st section” but they are considerably more faint. The whole book is in good condition. (Background: USS Birmingham (CS-2/CL-2), named for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, was a Chester-class scout cruiser, reclassified a light cruiser in 1920. Entering service in 1908, the ship became known for the first airplane takeoff from a ship in history in 1910. During World War I, Birmingham escorted convoys across the Atlantic. The cruiser was decommissioned in 1923 and sold for scrap in 1930. Following America's entrance into World War I, Birmingham patrolled along the northeast U.S. coast until 14 June 1917, when she sailed from New York as part of the escort for the first US troop convoy to France. After returning to New York she was fitted for service in Europe and in August reported to Gibraltar as flagship for Rear Admiral A. P. Niblack, Commander, US Forces Gibraltar. She escorted convoys between Gibraltar, the British Isles, and France until the Armistice. After a short cruise in the eastern Mediterranean, she returned to the United States in January 1919. From July 1919 to May 1922, she was based at San Diego, California as flagship of Destroyer Squadrons, Pacific Fleet, and then moved to Balboa, Canal Zone as flagship of the Special Service Squadron. After cruising along the Central American and northern South American coast, she returned to Philadelphia and was decommissioned there on 1 December 1923, being sold for scrap on 13 May 1930. Commanders: Franck Taylor Evans: 28 April 1919 – November 1919; George Bertram Landenberger: 1920 onwards.). Good.
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Book number: 0009029
USD 2455.99 [Appr.: EURO 2091.75 | £UK 1854.25 | JP¥ 276247]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.N. Nelson, U.S. S. Birmingham, Flagship, Pacific Fleet, Destroyer Squadron, Post-World War 1 America, Boston to California, Balboa, Panama Canal, San Diego Harbor, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon, Columbia R

1944 + 1945 Original Pair [2] of Manuscript Diaries Handwritten by a Sergeant of the Royal Canadian Air Force Describing His Training and Then Posting to British Columbia
Fingal Ontario Patricia Bay Port Hardy Kelowna Bc, 1944. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a super, historical manuscript pair [2] of diaries handwritten by A.C. Parker #8 BR Squadron RCAF originally of Toronto. Parker does a super job detailing his service beginning January 1st, 1944 with being trained and educated in the art of aerial warfare putting in hours and hours of flight time and on gunnery firing many 100s of rounds near daily in practice at Fingal Ontario. Flying over Lake Erie is a freezing cold experience he notes without complaining. Prior to posting to British Columbia he manages a visit to family and friends in Toronto for dancing at the Granite Club a bit of a distance from his home on Royal York Road. There is also a dance at Women's College Hospital. In all 1944 is completely full describing daily his training and duties: rifle and revolver sighting, time in the turrets, flights, Morse Code training and tests, camera gun exercise, boxing with a PTI Sergeant, his trip to Vancouver, Port Hardy, Kelowna and much, much more. Historians and Researchers of the era will be hard pressed to find a more conscientious diarist recording his daily life as an RCAF Sergeant. 1945 is filled sporadically from Jan 1 to March and then a final entry noting VE Day on May 7th 1945. The 5½ x 3¼ inch official RCAF diaries are in very good condition with some general ageing save for the 1945 book that has a small puncture on the spine. Overall G+. Very Good.
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Book number: 0001858
USD 1955.99 [Appr.: EURO 1666 | £UK 1476.75 | JP¥ 220007]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, A.C. Parker, Patricia Bay, Rcaf, Royal Canadian Air Force, Fingal Ontario, British Columbia, Air Warfare, World War II, Wwii, Ww2, Handwritten, Manuscript, Autographed, Authors, Americana, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Kee

1974 Expose Screenplay Manuscript: Witness to Murder Alleges History of Investigative Error, Duplicity and Corruption in Pre War New Jersey Including the Lindbergh Kidnapping and Trial
Bernardsville New Jersey Nj, 1974. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. On offer is an original manuscript by A. Ponds Orlando, personally inscribed to Erwin Richardt [noted anti government activist] in pencil - 'To Erwin, from Ponds'. In 1931 A. Ponds Orlando was an eyewitness to the Charles Cavanaugh murder on Sept 8, 1931, and this work recounts those events in detail, including how the state police chose an innocent scapegoat to pin the crime on, used third-degree tactics to force a false 'confession', fabricated false evidence, paid 'witnesses' to lie on the stand during the trial, hide and destroy actual and true evidence found at the crime scene, and disregarded the testimony of true witnesses. The scapegoat, Edward Kettering, was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison, and died in jail. [Both men were lifelong crusaders for justice and right, as well as residents of the Bernardsville, New Jersey area and this book having come from the Irwin Richardt Estate, Sons of Liberty Farm.] This manuscript is Ponds' fascinating expose of how the New Jersey State Police and Somerset County prosecutors fabricated evidence, paid witnesses, and suppressed the truth in several highly-publicized cases during the early 1930, notably the murder of Bernardsville Police Chief Charles Cavanaugh in 1931, and the framing and execution of Bruno Richard Hauptman for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby. Somerset County NJ cases also examined are the 1928 torch murder near Bernardsville, and the 1922 murder of Reverend Edward Hall and his mistress, Mrs. Eleanor Mills, a choir singer, near New Brunswick, NJ. The manuscript was written in 1974, and was intended to be published and produced as a television movie originally titled 'Why I Shot Cholly - The Truth of the Cavanaugh Case, The Lindbergh Case, The Orlando Case, The Misuse of Forensic Evidence and An Expose of Science vs. Justice'. Orlando later re-titled the manuscript to simply 'Framed Forensic'. Orlando fought for years to right this injustice, even under threat of harm and the murderous poisoning of his own family in 1935 - his father, grandfather, and sister died, his mother and another sister recovered and survived. The same officials involved in the Cavanaugh frame-up, were also directly involved in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and Orlando postulates with good cause that Bruno Richard Hauptman was also framed, had never been to the Lindbergh home, and was tried, convicted, and executed with false, manufactured evidence. Bound in a blue loose-leaf binder, the manuscript is over one hundred 8 1/2" by 11" pages of photo-static copies of typewritten pages - many with notes, corrections and edits in pencil or pen by the author. Also included are photo-stat copies of newspaper clippings, original and published 'letters to the editor' penned by Orlando regarding the frame-ups, copies of maps and photos showing the crime scenes. Also a published letter to Governor Kean implicating his father, Congressman Robert W. Kean, in forcing Governor Harold Hoffman to embezzle state funds, and then preventing him from giving pardon to Bruno Richard Hauptman on death row, in spite of the fact that Governor Hoffman believed that Hauptman was innocent, and that Robert Kean was in part responsible for Hauptman's execution and Governor Hoffman's suicide. Also included are copies of complaints filed by Orlando charging Detective Samuel Leon and Assistant Prosecutor T. Gerard Wharton with the felony murder of Edward Kettering and the poisoning murder of his father, grandfather and sister. VG. Good+.
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Book number: 000942
USD 1299.99 [Appr.: EURO 1107.25 | £UK 981.5 | JP¥ 146221]
Keywords: Charles Cavanaugh, Bussott, Sons of Liberty, Liberty Corner, Murder, Somerset County, New Jersey, Criminality, Crime, Police, Justice, Judicial, Lindbergh, Kidnapping, Americana, Memoir, Handwritten, Hand Written, Autograph, Autographs, Signed, Letters, D

Rare West to East to West Coast Travel Diary by Jo and Her Three Sisters
On the Road America Usa, 1908. Hard Cover, 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a really wonderful diary of a young Victorian woman during the year of 1908 as she travels aboard a train from the West to the East coast and then back to the West coast again. As the diary starts out she is leaving her home in California on January 7th and spends most of 1908 traveling with her three sisters and parents. In fact Jo does most of the writing but there are also many times when her sisters write. Jo gets sick at one point then the sisters take over writing and they talk about family being sick and some are quarantined. Her entries are descriptively written telling all about the sights and sounds along the way. In fact the first two entries really capture what this journal is all about. On the cover page is written; "Best wishes always to Jo from Marie, A line or two will quite suffice for the every day of life. Jot down things of interest while you think of it, lest you should forget." Then on January 1st Jo writes a small summary of what you can expect in the pages following: "This little book shall mostly tell of my trip to the dear "east" among people I know and love. I hope it will remind me of "feelings" more then of special events, of the things that are really living." The diary measures about 4 ¼" x 6 ¾" and is a "page a day" type diary which gives you lots of handwritten entries. She starts on January 7th and ends on August 7th and writes every day between those dates with most of the entries taking up the entire page. One could easily quote everyday as she has a wonderful way of writing. Here are some snippets: "The family rose early and we three girls walked to the train. I always feel unhappy enough when the time comes to say good-bye. Wallie rode as far as Napa with me and we saw a beautiful sunrise...Sidney and I were up in time for Los Angles things looked familiar. Rush was at the train but I could not tell him how glad I was to seem him, or how forlorn I was when he left. Such a feeling as the dingy tourist car gave me but Mr. Schnell he was fine. Kept the upper berth and talked to me through Banning, my first disappointment. We spent the evening in the observation car and saw Yuma...Today we found the country varied everglades and swamps, cotton, rice, lumber and sugar cane with cabins and Negroes. Mrs. DuBoss and I enjoyed the most gorgeous Texan sunset and we and the Warrums stopped at San Antonio. Saw the Alamo the narrow streets and enjoyed the sight of a southern city. Coffee and sandwiches on revolving stools...We were up early and had a poor breakfast, then I went to meet the Warrums. We took the "St. Charles" ride and the "Canal Belt" ride then out to Lake______. Had dinner at Fabecker's and then went to the wharf where we stayed and stayed...The sun was so warm that the eves dripped and the icicles melted. In the evening Roy and I went to see the people roller skate, caps and furs and ice skates look like the winters of old and the jingle bells gives me a queer longing. Wonder if I'll get a ride..We went to the concert that evening where I saw a good many friends. Mr. Hawthorne had already "squeezed my hand"...12:30 am, behold a figure with bare feet and bushy hair dressed in bathrobe, going up a stairway. Also three wet and most excited girls. Scenes in the sitting room in the morning told the tale...I sat with Aunt Ella and made a few button holes but came home to supper, she was so tired from washing. Uncle Jim sold the blacks...Such a beautiful day! People were able to wear white dresses and new hats and every one seemed to be having a ride in the afternoon. I was mostly new but my hide and Aunt Nell looked so well in her white suit..Drove across Still Water Bridge. Saw tobacco beds covered with cloth and the fields ready for the little plants and we saw tobacco barns. O these beautiful hills! And the wild flowers are appearing. Came home through the old historic town of Deerfield. The houses are old with barns attached. One had 1698 on the chimney. It was too cold for comfort but we'll remember the ride..My new dress promises to fade. Sadness...Were up early for our Westfield trip. The weather was some doubtful. The lively high school girls were so entertaining and the trolley ride was entirely beautiful but long. Mountains and streams everywhere. Orchards in white bloom, onion fields being weeded on the knee and tobacco fields, level and clean as well as beautiful clean, clean homes. Saw the logs on the river at Holyoke and the lumber yards and dams in the Connecticut with trees growing down to the water's edge...About a dozen Poles left for the old country on our train-tears..Were horribly hot when we went to bed but found morning damp and cold and we brought no warm garments. He took us on an auto sight seeing trip all historic Boston was shown to us from the huge car driven with such skill though the narrow winding streets...(she then goes on for the next couple of pages describing Boston)..Sailed down Narragansett Bay to Newport with Norma. It takes two hours. The shores were very green and the weather and the weather very fine. We took the ten mile shore drive and saw many great "cottages". Ate lunch on the beach in sight of the "cliffs". Returned by electric cars up the island of Rhode Island, across to mainland by ferry to Bristol and thence by electric train to Providence through Warren and Barrington...Shall not forget the view from Washington Monument. We're tired but have had a fine day. Band played "Abide with me" and the bell was tolled as we sailed past Mt. V. It and the tomb gave a very solemn feeling...Mrs. Sheffield and I had a delightful day, Mts. glaciers, snow rivers and torrents, also Jack from England and Mr. Seattle. Had a good storm at Glacier. Many got off at Banff but more got on. Wish it was full moon. I have a book that tells it all so won't attempt to write if the scenery but I've never seen the like before and shalln't soon forget the wonder of it...I went fishing down to the forks of the Skykomish. Fished without success for an hour then sat down and told stories awhile. It proved to be my first experience through the jungles. It's too deep to explain but worth your while to take the trip...We went up to Lena's (Index Washington). She has such a fine cozy spot on the river. After dinner we went up the train into the big timber and wonderful ferns. Sat in the shade of the house and I told about the East...The day passed quickly and very pleasantly. Read Hesper and sat on the upper deck. Mr. Allen, purser, and offers to send a wireless.." This diary goes on and on and you really get a great feeling of what it's like traveling during the Victorian era. She mentions tons of names, some of which are; John Warner, Bowie, Doyl, Gardiner, Hawthorne, Hirschy, Charley Ware, Robinson, Ed Childs, Hittabrand, Grossman, Upper, Hershaw, Rowbottom, Scheiffer, Morrison, Hopkins, Wilson, Packingham, Bertha Fox, Maggie Franceway, Katherine Brando, McGee, Whitaker, Dr. Love, Letha Watts, Dickerson and more. Places mentioned are; Washington D.C. Lancaster PA, Buffalo, Oberlin, St. Paul, Glacier, Banff, Mission Junction, Everett, Snomish, Index, Startup, Seattle, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, El Paso, San Antonio, New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, Granville, Tonica Minonk, Rotterdam, Conway, Westfield, Holyoke, Claremont, Cambridge, Mt. Auburn, Wesley, Providence, Newport, Nantucket, Narragansett, and much much more. Good+/No Jacket.
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Book number: 000011b
USD 1285.99 [Appr.: EURO 1095.25 | £UK 971 | JP¥ 144647]
Keywords: Hand Written, Personal, Americana, Memoir, Handwritten, Hand Written, Autograph, Autographs, Signed, Letters, Document, Documents, Manuscript, Manuscripts, Writers, Writer, Author, Holograph, Travel, Stagecoach, Train, Personal, Americana,Antiquité, Contr

1911 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Russian Born, Toronto Emigree and Zionist 16 Year Old Jarvis Collegiate Student and Future Patriarch of a Family of Doctors
Toronto Ontario on Rostov Russia, 1911. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is a remarkable original 1911 handwritten manuscript diary by a young Jewish boy named Aaron Glassberg [later Aaron Glassberg Volpe] living in Toronto Canada. All the more remarkable is the clear, articulate and fluent manner this 16 year old, who born in Rostov Russia in 1895, writes after having only lived in Canada for 5 years. Our writer is a smart, tough, mannered kid who experiences a young raw Toronto. Anti-semitism is a reality of the time and the city and this young Zionist is not a stranger to it. He so identifies with his Jewishness he identifies all his contacts by religion either by fact or intuition. He talks of many meetings of the Zionist Club. His family rents rooms and he bitterly complains of the sweet talking tenant who absconded owing $10. From Elizabeth Street near Kensington Market he travels across town daily to attend Jarvis Collegiate. Collectors and historians of early 20th century Toronto would be hard pressed to find a more explicit look at the times than this journal. On a biographical note the author goes on to become a chemist, pharmacist and successful business man and doctor who was the patriarch of a family of doctors. A full length photograph of the young Glassberg is pasted to the fep. Along with the diary, a large 6 x 7 inch journal style book, are a large number of ephemera pieces from 1906 through 1969 relating to Aaron Glassberg and his family. Overall G+. Very Good.
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Book number: 0001116
USD 2485.99 [Appr.: EURO 2117.25 | £UK 1877 | JP¥ 279621]
Keywords: Keywords: History of, Zionism, Zionist, Early Toronto, Russia, Rostov, Pogroms, Judaica, Jewish, Judaism, Anti Semitism, Canadiana, Toronto, Pre Wwi, World War I, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter, Autograph, Diary, Journal, Log, Keepsake, Writer,

From the File of Famed Bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps: 1753 Handwritten Autograph Letter to Antoine le Camus, Doctor of the Faculty of Medicine, Paris Regarding His Latest Writings "la Medecine de L'Esprit"
Paris, 1753. Manuscript, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ALS dated March 9th 1753, Abbe Ducarme writes a reassuring letter to Antoine Le Camus (1722 - 1772 physician, poet also noted for warning the women of his day against the use of cosmetics having mercury). A Monsieur Fueron has loudly criticized Camus' latest work entitled "La Medecine de l'Espirit" (The Spirit's Medicine). The Abbot insists on telling Camus his ideas are excellent explaining that he has noticed people inflicted with ailments and symptoms as desrcibed in Camus' work further attesting to the truths as printed by Camus. In very good shape save for slight fault to the at the top edge and where the letter was sealed. Biographical Notes: SIR THOMAS PHILLIPPS (1792-1872). Born in 1792, Sir Thomas Phillipps from childhood was obsessed with the idea of obtaining virtually anything written or printed on paper, including cartloads of documents from wastepaper merchants and the entire inventories of booksellers. "I wish to have one copy of every book in the world," he declared to a friend. He very nearly succeeded. His collection ultimately grew to more than 100,000 books and at least 60,000 manuscripts. As a result of his extravagant purchases, Sir Thomas was permanently on the verge of bankruptcy and was constantly pursued by creditors. So many books arrived at his house that it was impossible to unpack his acquisitions much less keep pace with them. Visiting scholars, driven to distraction, would spend days hunting for an elusive text in the dusty heaps that filled every room. Because Sir Thomas has a morbid dread of fire, most of his collection was housed in coffinlike boxes that could be carted away quickly. Visitors to Middle Hill were struck too, by the presence of numerous logs, a ploy he used to lure beetles away from his books. As Sir Thomas relentlessly pursued his passion, the house itself began to crumble and its floors started to sag under the cast weight of hundreds of tons of paper. His neglect of Middle Hill was partly deliberate, however. Sir Thomas's chief enemy in life, James Halliwell, had married his daughter against his wishes. It appears that Halliwell was, in Sir Thomas' eyes, the worst kind of criminal, a book thief who had stolen valuable works from university libraries and even from his father-in-law. Having no sons, Sir Thomas was unable to prevent Halliwell from inheriting his estate. To ensure that his detested heir would never receive anything of value, Sir Thomas's solution was to allow Middle Hill to fall unto complete disrepair. He even went so far as to chop down and sell for lumber the centuries-old oak trees that lined the majestic mile-long drive to his home. In 1863 Sir Thomas decided to move - in order to accommodate his books. With the aid of 160 men, 103 wagonloads of books and papers drawn by 230 horses, the books were lumbered from Middle Hill top their new estate in nearby Cheltenham. It is said that for years afterwards the countryside was littered with the remains of carts that had collapsed under the sheer weight of the Phillipps collection. Sir Thomas continues to add to his library until his death in 1872. After Sir Thomas's death, his immediate family had no room for his collection. So vast was the library that although individual items and large sections were sold privately or through numerous auction sales, the Phillipps collection is still being sold more than a century after the death of its owner. In the course of its sales, many treasures have come to light. As late as 1964, part of the long-lost and unique medieval manuscript of the Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses appeared and was subsequently reunited with its other half at Magdalen College, Oxford. Once destined for destruction as worthless wastepaper, this and many other priceless works were saved by the single-minded obsession of the greatest bibliomaniac of all time. Very Good. Autograph.
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Book number: 0TP111
USD 329.99 [Appr.: EURO 281.25 | £UK 249.25 | JP¥ 37117]
Keywords: Medicine, Medical, Handwritten, Manuscript, Handwritten, Hand Written, Manuscript, Scribe, Calligraphy, Document, Antiquité, Contrat, Vélin, Document, Manuscrit, Papier Antike, Brief, Pergament, Dokument, Manuskript, Papier Oggetto D'Antiquariato, Atto, V

1807 Handwritten Latin Book of Mathematics As Studied in the Collegio Romano Under the Famed Abbot Calandrelli
Collegio Romano Rome Italy, 1807. Original Vellum, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Latin, On offer is an original handwritten Latin mathematics manuscript detailing the instruction and works of Abbot Giuseppe Calandrelli (1749 - 1827) who was a famous Italian astronomer and mathematician. After the Jesuit order was suppressed, after the direction of the Collegio Romano was given over to priests from other orders, young Calandrelli perfected his scientific studies and became the substitute for his maestro, Father François Jacquier. He earned many prestigious titles: giving physics lessons after the professor died; director of the Accademia di Fisica, entrusted by the Pope to bring electricity to the Papal Palace on the Quirinal Hill, among others. He founded a school of astronomy in Rome. This manuscript dated 1807 is divided in IX books and is adorned with 24 original folding drawings in the end. On the frontispiece there is a Masonic drawing. Ex libris of Andrae Belli, surgeon, official and doctor at the hospital of Santa Maria della Consolazione in Rome. This manuscript is assuredly the geometry textbook Andrea Belli used for his mathematics lessons in Rome at the Collegio Romano with Giuseppe Calandrelli. Original full vellum binding. Pages: 4 + 166 + 24 folding drawings. Complete. Size: 20 cm x 13,50 cm; 7.80 in. x 5.50 in. G+. Good+.
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Book number: 0001239
USD 4985.99 [Appr.: EURO 4246.25 | £UK 3764.5 | JP¥ 560818]
Keywords: Mathematics, Physics, Geometry, Latin, Rome, Italy, Medicine, Medical, Surgeon, Astronomy, Jesuits, Calandrelli, Belli, Scrivener, Roman Catholic, Catholicism, Christianity, Religion, Collegio Romano, Papal, Pope, Handwritten, Manuscript, Document, Letter

1858 Charming Early Pioneer Handwritten Autograph Letter from Illinois
Giraed, Illinois, 1858. Manuscript, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Superb early pre Civil War letter in lovely hand by ABDIEL & JANE - ALS, GIRAED, ILLINOIS, 1858, 4 full pages, 4to. Wonderful letter to cousin urging him to come west, buy a farm and be their neighbor. Super snapshot of early life and family warmth. Fine. Very Good+. Autograph.
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Book number: 0MV208
USD 359.99 [Appr.: EURO 306.75 | £UK 272 | JP¥ 40491]
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