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'W.B.'
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. . 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+.; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, LONGITUDE, COMPLEX MATHEMATICS, COMPLEX MARITIME NAVIGATION, MARINE, MARINERS, MATHEMATICAL, GEOGRAPHY, ASTRONOMY, NAVIGATORS, EXPLORERS, CLOCK-MAKERS, CARTOGRAPHERS, GEOGRAPHERS, METEOROLOGISTS, TEACHERS, LONGITUDE, HOROLOGY, NAUTICAL, NAVAL, 18TH CENTURY, CARTOGRAPHY, CHRONOMETER, ASTRONOMICAL, THE AGE OF SAIL, JOHN HARRISON, D'HORLOGERIE, HANDWRITTEN, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, DOCUMENT, AUTOGRAPH, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, JOURNAL, LOG, PRIMARY SOURCE, NATURAL HISTORY, 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,BIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY PERSONAL NARRATIVES. Good+ .
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Book number: 0002563
USD 8855.99 [Appr.: EURO 7770.25 | £UK 7042.25 | JP¥ 950032]
Keywords: : Books General Overview 18th Ephemera

 
G I N
1818 Superb, Original 600+ Page French Manuscript Book of Complex and Advanced Mathematics, Geometry, Statistics, Navigation and More Beautifully Executed and Littered with 100s of Drawings, Graphs and Charts
1818. . On offer is a superb early 19th Century manuscript relic of complex French mathematics and arithmetic education and scientific lore being a handwritten journal with over 600 pages of handwritten questions, theories, examples and other complex mathematical and geometric forms and equations including statistics and navigation being what appears to be an advanced student of the subject's personal workbook in a fine small hand and very attractively drawn mathematical diagrams throughout. Very fine precise writing illustrated throughout by graphs and geometric forms. We surmise the book was being prepared for final submission to their professor though not done given the title page was stopped with only the three faint letters: "G I N". Polished mottled calf and all edges gilt; internally, signs of stains and old mold stains to prelims and last section, notably last leaves, otherwise some intermittent toning and browning, slightly cocked. 8 vo, 19 x 13 cm. Overall G+.; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, MAP MAKING, PHYSICS, GEOGRAPHY, SURVEYING, ENGINEERING, GEOMETRY, MATHEMATICS, ARCHITECTURE, ARCHITECTURAL, HANDWRITTEN, HANDDRAWN, HAND WRITTEN, HAND DRAWN, TECHNICAL DRAWING, WRITING, FRENCH, FRANCE, ECOLE, ART, WATERCOLORS, NAPOLEONIC ERA, NAPOLEON, UNIVERSITY LEVEL, GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA, CALCULUS, STATISTICS, SCIENTIFIC NOTATIONS, MATHEMATICAL EQUATIONS, CYPHERING, TRIGONOMETRY, CALLIGRAPHY, MATHEMATICS, ARITHMETIC, CIPHERING, CYPHERING, EDUCATION, TEACHING, MATHEMATICAL, COMPLEX MATHEMATICS, FEDERAL MONEY, STATISTICS, COMPLEX EQUATIONS, SCIENTIFIC NOTATIONS, HANDWRITTEN, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, JOURNAL, LOG, PRIMARY SOURCE, FIRST HAND ACCOUNT, SOCIAL HISTORY, PERSONAL STORIES, LIVING HISTORY, 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,BIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY PERSONAL NARRATIVES. Good+ .
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Book number: 0002556
USD 8855.99 [Appr.: EURO 7770.25 | £UK 7042.25 | JP¥ 950032]
Keywords: : Rare Books General Overview 19th

 
[TO MISS S. R. CRAGIN]
1846 Original Handwritten Manuscript Letter Describing a Rigorous Trip Up One of America’S Most Famous Ecological Landmarks, Mt. Washington, As Well As Detailing an Event in the Darker Side of Nature
MT WASHINGTON NEW HAMPSHIRE NH, CRAWFORD NOTCH, 1846. . On offer is an 1846 letter, containing 4 pages of writing, detailing the incredible account of a journey the unnamed author took up to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. It is addressed to a ‘Miss S. R. Cragin’ of ‘Westminster East Vt.’ In addition to this account, the author of the letter talks about the “Willey House” or cottage which was (and still is) standing at the time. The tragedy that befell the house and the family inside it in 1826 was an flood and landslide that killed the family of 9 and destroyed everything around it but the cottage itself. The letter begins, “Bethlehem Aug. 7, 1846. My Dear Friend, I received your kind letter yesterday and was very glad to find you kept your promise on hand tho you delayed so long to fulfill it…...I have spent my time very pleasantly this summer so far since I regained my usual state of health, which is about six or seven weeks ago and I have performed one great feat for so much of an invalid as I am. Would you believe it? I have been to the top of Mt. Washington, the highest point of land in the US this side of Mississippi River you know.” She continues, “my brothers, John and Charles, with their wives came here the last of June on their way to the mountains, and after their visit here we concluded to go with them to the ‘Notch’ about 17 miles and spend a day as to viewing the wondrous works of the Great Architect of nature.” The ‘Notch’ she speaks of is most probably Crawford Notch. “.I could not give you any adequate description of the awful grandeur of the place if I would, nor of the emotions of the bosom while passing there, other than that they were those of bordering upon the terrific. The mountains appear to have been sent asunder from the top to the foundation and separated just far enough to make a road through and for a small stream to run which soon became the Saco River. In looking up those giddy heights, almost directly over head and into the fearful chasms below, one feels like holding their breath in astonishment and exclaiming how came they so? No answer comes back but from the mountains themselves eloquent in their stillness, ‘the hand that made us is divine.’” The author then describes coming upon the Willey House, “that place of melancholy interest to those who have read the story of that ill fated family. You recollect a family of nine were destroyed twenty years ago this summer but an avalanche from the mountain...One can near fully realize the terrific scene by standing on the spot and have someone conversant with the affairs of late, the particulars, then by re-enacting the account.” The author and her party then return to the tavern to rest. They ascend the next day. “We presented a most curious spectacle that long cavalcade; making our way directly up that steep mountain. I thought of Bonaparte's army crossing the Alps...But we all got safely up to the pinnacle and seated ourselves by a cool spring by the side of the great rock and retired, then looked about, saw what we could, among other things a great snowbank as big as the garden then made the best of our way down.” She concludes the journey by saying, “I never felt more my insignificance than when standing alone upon that mountain; and yet I could not but feel that one in mortal soul was of more main account with Him who made them both, than all these stupendous works of his hands.” After the journey ends, the letter commences with the usual pleasantries, remembrances, and news between friends: “Remember me to your mother and sisters. How does little Frances and her sister, Mrs. Halton likewise. Have they opened their tavern yet?…...We had a sudden death in our neighborhood this morning. A man who was well Saturday night as usual was a corpse this morning at 6 o’clock. His death was caused by eating cherries.” Much of the last bit of the letter is written along the edges of the pages and can be a bit more difficult to decipher, as the script is smaller and denser. However, the handwriting is clean and the script can be worked out with just a bit more effort than takes to read the main portion of the letter. The letter is in fairly rough shape and has tears on many of the creases. It is still intact, and the entire thing can still be read if care and caution are taken. Each page measures about 7 1/2” x 10”. (Historical notes: The Willey House was built in 1793 or 1798 (some say 1820) as a public house in Crawford Notch, about 23 miles northwest of the village of North Conway, NH, in the White Mountains. In 1825 it became the homestead of Samuel Willey, Jr. and his family. They operated it as an inn to accommodate travelers passing through the mountains on the notch road. In August 1826, a violent storm occurred and the Saco River began to rise in front of the house. The family apparently left the house to escape the flood, only to be buried in a huge landslide. Mr. and Mrs. Willey, their five children, and two hired men all perished but their house was left untouched. It was protected by a rock ledge on the hillside above it that split the major slide into two streams that flowed around the house. After the tragedy at the Willey House, the White Mountains became a popular subject for hundreds of artists in the nineteenth century. The landscape scenes painted by artists became known as White Mountain Art. The house was later occupied and in 1844 the house and its stable were repaired and a seventy by forty foot hotel was built adjacent to it. The old house was a favorite tavern in the region and visitors were charged a small fee to be escorted through rooms of the house. The remnant of the rock which protected the house during the tragedy was still behind the house and the track of the slide could be ascended through a scattered forest of birch trees); Manuscript; Folio - over 12" - 15" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, S. R. CRAGIN, WESTMINSTER, VERMONT, MOUNT WASHINGTON, MT. WASHINGTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CRAWFORD NOTCH, PRESIDENTIAL MOUNTAIN RANGE, WILLEY HOUSE TRAGEDY, WHITE MOUNTAINS, TOURISM IN THE 19TH CENTURY, HIKING IN AMERICA, AMERICANA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, ANTIQUITÉ, CONTRAT, VÉLIN, DOCUMENT, MANUSCRIT, PAPIER ANTIKE, BRIEF, PERGAMENT, DOKUMENT, MANUSKRIPT, PAPIER OGGETTO D’ANTIQUARIATO, ATTO, VELINA, DOCUMENTO, MANUSCRITTO, CARTA ANTIGÜEDAD, HECHO, VITELA, DOCUMENTO, MANUSCRITO, PAPEL. Good .
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Book number: 0009064
USD 2255.99 [Appr.: EURO 1979.5 | £UK 1794 | JP¥ 242013]
Keywords: : .. . Diary Books General Overview 19th

 
1859 - 1860 Hamasaef: The Hebrew Review and Magazine for Jewish Literature: The Journal of Hebrew Enlightenment and the First Modern Hebrew Periodical
London, 1859. Hardcover. 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].; Hebrew, English; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall; 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,. Good .
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Book number: 000679
USD 1259.99 [Appr.: EURO 1105.75 | £UK 1002 | JP¥ 135166]
Keywords: All Books Manuscripts General Overview Book 19th Century

 
[HENRY MORTON STANLEY]
1890s Original Manuscript Notes on a Lecture by the Renowned African Explorer Detailing the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition
England, 1890. . On offer is a superb manuscript relic of Victorian Era exploration, travel and adventure being an original notebook handwritten by what appears to be a reporter's notes [there are editorial corrections in colored pencil] from a lecture given by Henry Morton Stanley concerning the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition and a journey into Darkest Africa. This notebook has 12 pages of handwritten notes written on one side of the page only plus the covers and one blank page at the end measuring about 9.5" x 6". The notes begin: "As Stanley entered the stage and walked to his seat he was greeted with loud applause which lasted for about one minute, then he was introduced and there was more applause, after the audience became quiet he began to speak. He began by saying my lecture tonight will be upon the preparations for the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition and of our march through Darkest Africa. The he went on and gave his impression of Emin Pasha, a very large broad shouldered military hero - a second Chinese Gordon...." It is known that following the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition into Darkest Africa Stanley went on a lecture tour in advance of publishing his book and this appears to be most assuredly the notes from one of those lectures. The handwriting is neat and legible and easily read. Overall VG. The following is some information on Henry Morton Stanley and the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition from Wikipedia: The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition of 1886 to 1889 was one of the last major European expeditions into the interior of Africa in the nineteenth century, ostensibly to the relief of Emin Pasha, General Charles Gordon's besieged governor of Equatoria, threatened by Mahdist forces. Led by Henry Morton Stanley, the expedition came to be both celebrated, for its ambition in crossing "darkest Africa", and notorious, for the bloodshed and death left in its wake. When the Mahdists captured Khartoum in 1885, Egyptian administration of the Sudan collapsed, and the extreme southern province Equatoria, located on the upper reaches of the Nile near Lake Albert was nearly cut off from the outside world. Emin Pasha was a German doctor and naturalist who had been appointed Governor of Equatoria. He was able to send and receive letters via Buganda and Zanzibar and had been informed in February 1886 that the Egyptian government would abandon Equatoria. In July, encouraged by the missionary Alexander Mackay, he had invited the British government to annex Equatoria itself. Although the government was not interested in such a doubtful venture, the British public came to see Emin as a second General Gordon in mortal danger from the Mahdists. By November, Scottish businessman and philanthropist William Mackinnon, who had been involved in various colonial ventures, had approached Stanley about leading a relief expedition. Stanley declared himself ready "at a moment's notice" to go. Mackinnon then approached J. F. Hutton, a business acquaintance also involved in colonial activities, and together they organized the "Emin Pasha Relief Committee", mostly consisting of Mackinnon's friends, whose first meeting was on 19 December 1886. The Committee raised a total of about 32,000 pounds. Stanley was officially still in the employment of Léopold II of Belgium, whom he had been employed by in carving out Léopold's 'Congo Free State'. As a compromise for letting Stanley go, it was arranged in a meeting in Brussels between Stanley and the king, that the expedition would take a longer route up the Congo River, contrary to plans for a shorter route inland from the eastern African coast. In return, Léopold would provide his Free State steamers for the transportation of the expedition up the river, from Stanley Pool (now Pool Malebo) as far as the mouth of the Aruwimi River. By 1 January 1887 Stanley was back in London preparing the expedition, to widespread public acclaim." ; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: EMIN PASHA RELIEF EXPEDITION, HENRY MORTON STANLEY, DARKEST AFRICA, EXPLORARTION ,TRAVEL, THE DARK CONTINENT, LEOPOLD II, BELGIUM, CONGO, CONGO FREE STATE, EQUATORIA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, DIARY, JOURNAL, LOG, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, DIARIES, JOURNALS, LOGS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, AMERICANA, Als, 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.. Very Good .
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Book number: 0001518
USD 1295.99 [Appr.: EURO 1137.25 | £UK 1030.75 | JP¥ 139028]
Keywords: : All Books Overview 19th Ephemera

 
F.M.B[UETTNER?]
1905 Original Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a Young American Girl on Her Way to Study Piano at One of the World's Most Prestigious Music Conservatories
BERLIN GERMANY, 1905. . On offer is an interesting original 1905 manuscript diary handwritten by a young woman identified on the inside cover by the initials F.M.B. We believe the 'B' stands for Buettner the surname name of her uncle. Researchers and historians will have many, many clues to use to confirm or deny as she is prodigious mentioning the names of all she comes in contact with. The diary starts off with our author and her friend Gertrude in the States heading to St. Louis through Burlington on board the train. They are heading to New York to catch the ocean liner Kronprinz Wilhelm which takes them to Berlin Germany. The reason our author is heading to Europe is because she is to study, piano we believe, at the famed Stern Conservatory in Berlin under the tutorship of Professor Gustav Hollaender. There are 109 well filed handwritten pages and the first 13 pages have to do with her trip to New York and on the ship and the rest have to do with her time in Germany. She is a wonderful writer - here are some snippets: 1905 "It has always been my ambition to make a trip to Europe for a combined visit for pleasure and study. How often have I longed for a time when everyday would be a holiday. Now in the year 1905 it seems that my dream is to come true for Thursday July 27th, finds me leaving home and dear one for a year beyond the deep blue sea. Gertrude and I leave at 10 in the morning and go to St. Louis via Burlington. The day is cool and rainy. Paul met us at the depot at 5:50 and we took the Suburban RR for his home. I had to wear a white handkerchief tied around my arm so he would recognize us. It began to pour and we had a terrible experience walking at least 8 blocks in mud and high weeds. Our arms and hands were nearly out of joint carrying so many things……(she goes on to talk about her nights stay at Paul's home until they left the next morning at 8:20 on the "Big Four")….Indianapolis, Indiana has a large depot. Ate supper on the dining car $1.00. Train went so fast that a swell colored waiter lost his balance and nearly fell on me. Changed trains at Cleveland Ohio at 11 o'clock at night….." "August 1st, We got up on this memorable day at 5 o'clock and managed to dress very nicely. I wore a short black skirt, a plaid silk waist, a white cap, white gloves and a light blue veil. The night before we had a shower of letters from our loved ones. Another surprise was that Ger---name was put on the door slate as Elsie. When we entered our cabin we saw 2 steamer chairs which had been sent to us by Mr. Wallace. The steamer left the pier at 8 o'clock and I had a bad spell of crying. But I tried to be brave and soon felt fine. We passed the beautiful Statue of Liberty. We have a fine place on deck for our chairs, also a fine place at `1st table. No land in sight at 9 o'clock. Saw the pilot leave the ship. My number at the table is 163. Gertrude is on one side and a young man on other. The napkins at the table are about 1 mile square. There is no drinking water anywhere last night and Ger and I took two good swallows of "schnapps". I was the only woman at the table." "August 3rd, Very damp in the morning. Spent day with Mr. and Mrs. Noel. In the eve Mr. Tarr took me to the first cabin to hear the concert. I saw the beautiful parlors, library, dining room, etc. we promenaded for a while and then sat on upper deck and talked. At 9 o'clock I went to the eve concert in our cabin with Mr. and Mrs. Noel and had a fine time." "August 5th, Took pictures. The dog "Noble" sat on my lap, what a wonder! Remember the "slop barrel". A case of small pox in 1st cabin reported. Ma Tarr brought me some peanuts. The fellow we call "The Anarchist" and who is looking for a wife makes great efforts to cultivate my acquaintances. Went to the eve concert with Mr. and Mrs. Noel." In Bremerhaven they take a few weeks I believe to see the sights and on August 30th she writes: "The day started in with a heavy rain. Went to the Conservatory and were ushered into a waiting room. Then the director, Prof. Gustav Hollander, examined us and told me I have such talent that he would have me take of Prof. Bohlmann instead of Prof. Dreyschock. Price 450 mks. We wrote out our programs at home. In the afternoon Uncle Franz Buettner came over in the eve." HISTORICAL NOTES: "It was a private school in Berlin with many notable tutors and alumni. It was originally founded in 1850 at the Berliner Musikschule by Julius Stern, Theodor Kullak and Adolf Bernhard Marx. It was originally founded in 1850 as the Berliner Musikschule by Julius Stern, Theodor Kullak and Adolf Bernhard Marx. Kullak withdrew from the conservatory in 1855 in order to create a new academy of sculpture and three-dimensional art. With Marx's withdrawal in 1856, the conservatory came exclusively under the Stern family and adopted its name. In 1894 it was taken over by Gustav Hollaender (the uncle of film composer Friedrich Hollaender), who moved the school's location to the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall on Bernburger Strasse in Berlin-Kreuzberg. In the course of the Gleichschaltung process, the Stern Academy in 1936 was renamed Konservatorium der Reichshauptstadt Berlin controlled by the Nazi regime. Gustav Hollaender's heirs were diseased, but for a few years they were able to run a "Jewish Private Music School Hollaender" until they were deported and murdered in 1941. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the school was again renamed as the Städtisches Konservatorium (City Conservatory) in what was to become West Berlin. In 1966 it was merged with the public Akademische Hochschule für Musik into the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Berlin State School of Music and the Performing Arts), since 2001 the Berlin." The 3¼" x 8" diary's first page has a small tear and a worn cover, but overall G+.; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, F.M. BUETTNER, STERN CONSERVATORY, BERLIN, PIANO, PIANIST, MUSICAL EDUCATION, GUSTAV HOLLAENDER, MUSIC STUDY, GRAND TOUR, EUROPE, BERLINER MUSIKSCHULE, JEWISH PRIVATE MUSIC SCHOOL HOLLAENDER, KONSERVATORIUM DER REICHSHAUPTSTADT, STÄDTISCHES KONSERVATORIUM, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, 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,. Good .
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Book number: 0001938
USD 2295.99 [Appr.: EURO 2014.5 | £UK 1825.75 | JP¥ 246304]
Keywords: : F.M. 20th Century Books General Overview

 
G.H.C[ELLA] ?
1927 Original Manuscript Travel Diary Handwritten by a Man of Wealth and Charm from Hobart Australia to Culpepper West Virginia and Some Very Exotic Ports of Call from Indonesia, the South China Sea, Singapore, Japan and Hawaii
INDONESIA JAPAN SINGAPORE CHINA HAWAII USA, 1927. . On offer is a sensational, original manuscript relic of extended global travel handwritten by a super diarist only identified with the initials "G.H.C." but whose last name we suspect is Cella as per some financial notes. With absolutely no other information one cannot wonder with a more than casual reading that the author was a known and maybe an historical figure on an unusual voyage through Asia and beyond not retold in a tourist like fashion. They certainly travel and tour and visit in a socially and economically elite manner. Beginning in Hobart Australia, GHC is quitting the company he's working for, selling off and packing all of his belongings and heading to America but not before stopping in some fabulous ports of call. On the first page of his diary he says "Sunday night arrive Hobart. Spent until morning of Wednesday July 13th packing up, selling off livestock and finalizing sale of home to Co." Fascinatingly GHC provides two pages of lists of the belongings they are taking by trunks and boxes and then all the things unsold. On July 16th, 1927 they board the steamship Tasman and sail for Makassar Indonesia. They spend a good deal of time in Indonesia and then on to Japan, Singapore, China, Hawaii, and finally the states arriving in San Francisco on October 17th. It doesn't stop there either, as they travel to Yosemite and then board a train to head east. The diary ends on November 20th on the way back to the West Coast. We note with interest that when he arrives in the East his mother meets him in Culpeper Virginia perhaps a clue to his origins. The diary is chock full with approximately 130 pages of wonderful anecdotal entries. Given the scarcity of diaries detailing sub continental trips to places like Indonesia, Japan, China and Hawaii collectors and researchers will find treasure trove of great writings. Here are some snippets from his arrival in Makassar: 1927 "August 2nd, Arrived Makassar at 7 A.M. Had early breakfast and motored to waterfall 25 miles into country Bantimurung thru markets at Maros. Took photos and bought bananas. Batimurung was very pretty, high overhanging limestone cliffs. Back to boat for lunch. Country low and swampy, rice and corn seemed main crops. Visited Chinese Cemetery in Makassar, also few shops but made no purchases. After lunch drove up to Hotel and walked back to ship thru Chinese quarter. Took snap shots. Saw lots of interesting things including stacks of tamarind pods in a store along street front. Met Wilson and Cahill on bikes seeing sights. Back to ship and sailed at 4 P.M." "August 4th, Arrived Surabaya 7 A.M. Michael Mgr. Java Motor Car Co. met us at boat with 4 Studebaker cars. To hotel (Oranje). Walked about bazaar nearly bought topi. Measured by Chinese tailor for white suit. Lunch. Walked about. Had good sleep. Then for drive at 5 P.M. Saw Chinese quarter, then Dutch homes, school etc. Dutch homes all open and a glare of lights. Looked very attractive. Dinner 8:30 P.M. Evening meal in Java, always late. 8:30 up to 10 or 11 P.M. Walked about shops, saw Cabaret and movie house. Very quiet. Ice ream at soft Dutch place then hotel and bed." "August 5th, Up at sic for 8 A.M. start to Tosari. Our car No. 51 with Michael as guide, Moore driver, Miss Harris, Adelaide, Mr. Capron, Perth (Govt. Rep) and (GHC)2. Splendid drive up thru rice, sugar, corn and tapioca fields. Climbed up 6,000 ft to Hotel Tosari reaching there at noon. 72 miles drive. Sharp turns and steep grade. Our room, same cottage as Mr. and Mrs. Meeks and Mr. and Mrs. Butler (Perth). After lunch slept until four then went for pony rides up to beyond Bromo Hotel which several hundred feet higher than Sanatorium where we stayed. Back at 5:30. Played tennis, later cards until dinner at 8:30." "August 6th, Up at 3 A.M. Had coffee and toast set out t 3:30 for Bromo Volcano on ponies with native for each to lead when necessary. Breakfast was carried over native's shoulders in tin boxes. One sedan chair carried by 8 natives also went. There were in the party; Mr. and Mrs. Butler, Miss Harris, Allan Crago, Membrey, Miss O'Sullivan, Miss Thompson, (GHC)2, Michael and his three guides. Procession lighted by torches made with bottles filled with oil with wick in neck. Reached top of ridge surrounding sand sea at day break. Splendid view of sea with mist veil spread out over it. Frost was showing everywhere on plants and grass. Elevation here about 7,000 ft. Leaving ponies with Native we decided into sand sea by steep path. B and I walked across the S.S towards Bromo which could now be heard boiling and roaring in the distance. Ponies finally caught up with the boys. Remounting we rode to foot of Bromo up steep path. From this point it was necessary to walk up 220 steps to the edge of the crater some 500 feet deep and half mile across. Boiling and rumbling was very loud and violent but no molten lava was visible. After taking pictures or two we descended to foot of stairway, had breakfast and started return journey arriving back at our hotel about 11:30 A.M. After bath and lunch we turned in for a sleep until 5 P.M. Sat about until dinner and to bed early." (Then: Djoka, Surakarta, Garoet, Poeruakerta, Tjigoegoer, and Bandoeng.) "August 16th, …..Champaign dinner given by Michael and speeches by various members of the party. Liquor supplied by Cooks (Membrey). Rough bunch of Dutch men half drunk made a nuisance of themselves in the dinning room. Late to bed." (Then Batavia and the steamship Melchior Treub for Singapore). "August 21st, Aboard S. S. M.T. for Singapore. We passed a number of interesting islands. A Coolie jumped overboard in straits of Banks. Boat circled and put down life boat. Picked him up but spent more time in chasing life belts which were thrown overboard. All K.P.M. belts are made in shape of horseshoes instead of the usual round. Trip across very hot but water still and boat made good time at 7 A.M. on morning of 22nd. Wharfs and natives much less neat and attractive as compared with Java. Grand mixture, Chinese, Malays, Indians, White people, more, awaiting the boat." (Then: Temples, Chinese Market, Naval Base and on to Johor). "August 26th, ……Party reached Malacca Priest House about 5 P.M. House quite new and clean. We had upstairs corner room. Took photo of beds. Took bath and walked out up to wharf and along sea in the dusk continued around fort to Chinese quarter where some sort of celebration was in progress with candles and joss sticks burning along the street. Back by jinrikisha via fruit market…" (Then: mines and Hill Jungle, Fraser Hill to Taiping). "September 2nd, Took train at 9 A.M. for Bangkok. Interesting ride during day. Crossed boarder into Siam at Padang (Big field) about noon. No trouble with customs or passport. Train comfortable, one sleeper reserved fro our party, each had lower. Close fitting nets provided for each bunk. Country flat, mostly with limestone hills rising abruptly from the plain. Much rice land. Water buffalo and men working in padi fields." "September 5th, Off at 6:15 for train for Ayudhya. Interesting ride thru splendid rice lands. Saw govt. aviation school practicing in the air. Met American Apostle of 7th day Adventist originally from Tenn. Spoke of conditions in Siam. Said new King had cut down govt. exp. by putting out some thousands of its employees also by paying of many foreign advisors who were no longer required. Mentioned some advisors from USA were drawing up to 2000 ___ per month. Mentioned there was dissatisfaction with the dismissed govt. employee's and those in control feared that an uprising might occur. Police force has been strengthened lately. Living conditions for whites was bad unless you could build your own house and screen it. 7th Day people are working thru the converted natives. On arrival at Ayudhya we were met by two launches one towed y the other. Hampers and provisions from hotel were placed aboard and off we went up the river passing floating shops and markets, many little boats full of native provisions. Finally reached the Front Palace and leaving the boat we motored to the back palace where visited old ruins to temples etc. which were destroyed by Burmese invaders….." (Then: Singapore, Hong Kong, Canton). "September 19th, Left for Canton on S. S. Taisham at 1 A.M. arriving Canton at 7:30 A.M. Cooks guide, Ah Kum, met us with three sedan chairs and off we went thru little narrow squalid streets of the old town to silk shops, bird feather jewellery, bought shawl for other and some jewellery. On thru the old town to temple now used as soldiers quarters. Saw sight one temple and pagoda now demolished. No Chinese will buy or use the ground. Saw furniture shops of almost every description. Many markets where bloody looking bits of fish were sold also bits of pork, goat, rice, fruit, etc. Visited Pagoda Temple saw three white jade Buddha's. Another large and old temple now partly occupied by soldiers. There were several nice wells here, water being very good and elevated above the rest of the town. Many beggars yelling at the top of their voices, lying wallowing on the ground at the same time. You are warned to give them nothing, not clear why but presumably they are then worse then ever. Our Coolies sang and yelled as they passed thru the narrow streets warning people out of our way……" (Then: Shanghai, Woosong, Shanghai, Nagasaki, the electric train to Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Yokohama). "October 1st, Yokohama to Honolulu 3400 miles……Much excitement over departure. Large crowd on wharf, some 5000 (est). More streamers than I have before seen on departure of boat from port. Considerable number of new passengers joined, principally Japanese. American party in 1st class consists of 9 and two Dutch. Mr. and Mrs. Stulshoff. American Mr. and Mrs. Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews, Mr. and Mrs. Savon and (GHC)2 and Mr. Campbell of Honolulu, Hulschoff's from Batavia (Ret. Govt. Servant), Dunn's Frisco Lawyer. Sailed into harbor at 3 P.M. but stayed until 5 P.M. inspecting passports. Medical and searching ship for stowaways. Water fairly smooth." (Then to Hawaii). "October 10th, Up early at six and saw land as we rounded Isle Lahaina. Lunch at twelve. Medical inspection 12:30 to 1:30 tied up at 2 P.M. Went ashore with Stulshoffe. Walked to Young's Hotel made our arrangements for Packard Car to take us around island for $15.00. 86 miles. After visiting bank for money we left in auto at 2:45 going up thru the Pali thence around island, back by Schofield barracks and Pearl Harbor. Fine trip but no time to stop for seeing coral reef from glass bottom boats. Road some concrete, some bit on macadam, some dirt, but generally good." They arrive in San Francisco on October 17th, then there are trips to Yosemite, through Colorado, Utah, Kansas City and much, much more. The 5" x 7" book is overall G.; Manuscript; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, CELLA, HOBART, AUSTRALIA, INDONESIA, MAKASSAR, TRAVEL, OCEAN TRAVEL, SUBCONTINENT, STEAM SHIP, SS TASMAN, ASIAN SUBCONTINENT, EXOTIC TRAVEL, YOSEMITE, HORSEBACK TO VOLCANO, AMERICANA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, AMERICANA, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, 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,. Good .
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Book number: 0001883
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L.H.
1928 Original Manuscript Travel Diary of a Young Teenage Girl Traveling to Finland the Home of Her Mother's Family and Her Father's Grave
FINLAND SCANDINAVIA, 1928. . On offer is a charming original 1928 manuscript diary handwritten by an unidentified, except by the initials 'LH', young girl, we estimate 13 or 14, maybe 15, who is traveling from we believe her home in New York to Finland, the birth country of her Mother. Using a 5 year diary gifted to her by her sister [?] Lea she writes regularly from July 1st through September 2nd and the sporadically through to November 26th. In a beautiful hand the girl writes with a joie de vivre always addressing her Diary as if it were a living being! A young maybe naïve girl she makes charming 'goofs' calling the steward the stewart, being shown some porcusos [porpoises] but goofs aside it is hard not to appreciate any young woman who can write: 'There's a movie tonight but I'm not going to go. I'm going to see some dreams.' Beyond this she is not too pleased initially with Finland. The home where she is staying is too primitive for her being wallpapered in newspaper and soot. The cemetery where her Grandmother and Father are buried is awful and unkempt and she promises herself to return and clear the mess and make them nice. She returns to better humor when they leave for other locales. Collectors and historians of early 20th Century Finland should be well pleased by the detail and observations of the charming precocious young woman. Here are some snippets: July 4 Then came dinner. They gave us each a whistle, hat and noise maker. I'm keeping them as souvenirs. I also swiped a menu and a flower from our table. I met a swell boy, he is a katzy dancer, that's how I met him. He's very interesting and he showed me some Porcuses (sic). Played a game of shuffleboard with him. There was dancing and fireworks until 10:30. July 12, they landed in Sweden: July 12 Well we landed and a great bus took us to the station at Goteburg. Here we tried to buy some oranges and I handed the lady 30 cents and she laughed at me, took the oranges away and handed me my money. Then I went to get Swedish money and got my oranges...Then we took a dinky train to Stockholm at 11:30pm. We didn't sleep a wink. But looked at scenery because it doesn't get dark here in Sweden. July 15 Well, I guess I am not going to like it any too well here. Where Martha lives it's halfway decent but at Laihoses it's awful. Gee the food is awful and they only have three rooms and the walls are papered with old newspapers and the roof is black with soot. Then we went to the graveyard to see my grandmother and grandfather's graves. They're left so carelessly that you can hardly tell they're there. I am going to fix both of them soon. She continued to find quite a difference between living in Finland and the USA: July 18 Anyway, after dinner we started and I was dressed in my best and so was Ma and we had to climb over 7 fences, and cross over 8 brooks, climb two big hills and walk thru two meadows so you can imagine what I looked like when I got there. July 19 Here we wash our clothes in the sauna and then carry them a mile and rinse them by the brook and carry them back again and try to hang them with what they call clothespins. They're like snappers and you press one end and the other end snaps and holds the clothes on the line. July 29 Well here we are in No Man's Land. There's only one house beside the one I'm staying in on the whole island. This morning for breakfast we had some flour pudding - ugh! Then I rowed Ma, Martha and me and 5 others to Putila - that's about three times the length of Baisly Lake. Oh Boy! I had some fun. Then we came back and for dinner we had potatoes and fish that wasn't so bad. Aug 18 Then we went to Lokalahti and were invited to stay overnight in Kelon Antila so of course we did. I slept with Martha awhile when I remembered the bed chamber pot full of p---. So I got up and asked Martha what I should do with it and she said "Throw it out of the window". I took her advice and hurried to bed. Aug 30 Then Martha came home and on the way she stopped for my pipe. I measured it and it's 29 inches long. I guess you can get mile long wiffs out of a pipe like that. In the evening we went to Roostens and I saw one of the first clocks used in Finland. The machine is made of wood and it only has one hand. So you can never tell how many minutes past anything it is. Had a nice evening.' ; Manuscript; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, TRAVEL, FINLAND, OCEAN TRAVEL, 20TH CENTURY, GENDER STUDIES, SOCIAL STUDIES, WOMEN'S STUDIES, EUROPEAN TRAVEL, SCANDINAVIA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, 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,. Good+ .
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Book number: 0001935
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[TO MARJORIE ELMS]
1928 Original Handwritten Parody Poem of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ Poking Gentle Fun at Prohibition and the Culture of the Roaring Twenties While Still Being Quite Wholesome at Heart
1928. . On offer is a cute and funny little piece of writing from the Prohibition Era in American History. The document in question is from 1928 and is a two page poem, a play on “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more commonly known by it’s first line, “Twas the Night before Christmas.” This poem begins, the same way, with that line known by so many, but it quickly goes off the normal script. “‘Twas the nite before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, the whale works were saused. The stockings were placed on the mantel with care; a couple of flappers did that on a dare.” The poem alludes to a night of drunken debauchery. “‘Twas a great party - from the very beginning; did I say ‘beginning?’ - Well, I meant ‘be-gin-ing.” The party is soon interrupted by a “some blooming idiot” who lets the “coppers all in.” “I ran to the window and let up the sash - and everyone there did a hundred yard dash!” The cops come in and arrest everyone to which they are taken to jail and ordered to pay fined a bit of money. “We all paid our fines, then sprang to our sleds; Oh, dear, what a hangover, felt like I was dead. I got home that morning- the house was a sight; said ‘Merry Christmas’ to all - and to all ‘A goodnite.’” The poem ends with its attribution: “From ‘Views on Reviews’ by L. Basil Abrams.” On the backside of one of the pages, there is a United States Post Office receipt, dated March 30th, 1928 and received by “Marjorie D. Elms.” The poem was sent by what appears to be the name “J. J. Radley.” Marjorie’s name is repeated above on some cardstock pasted onto the letter. The poem is a cutesy relic of the time, poking fun at Prohibition and the lax enforcement of its rules, as well as the ‘flappers’ who were at their height of style and influence in the ‘Roaring Twenties’. Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933 and One of the main reasons why Prohibition did not proceed smoothly was the inefficient means of enforcing it. This letter is a cute reminder of just how badly Prohibition proceeded. It was easy enough to obtain alcohol and all that happened if one was caught was a paltry fine. The letter is in good condition, showing some age-toning, especially at the creases and a small tear in the middle of the second page. The handwriting, in black ink, is still very legible and easy to read, and shows only minimal signs of fading or smudging. The handwriting on the U.S. Postal Service receipt however, is significantly more difficult to make out, in hurried pencil handwriting. (Background: The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. The result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century, Prohibition was difficult to enforce, despite the passage of companion legislation known as the Volstead Act. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor (known as “bootlegging”), the proliferation of speakeasies (illegal drinking spots) and the accompanying rise in gang violence and other crimes led to waning support for Prohibition by the end of the 1920s. In early 1933, Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th. It was ratified by the end of that year, bringing the Prohibition era to a close.) OVERALL: VG; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS, PARODY, PROHIBITION ERA, EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT, AMERICA AS A DRY COUNTRY, ILLEGAL CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL, LAX ENFORCEMENT OF PROHIBITION, FLAPPER, ROARING TWENTIES, 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN HUMOR, VIEWS ON REVIEWS, L. BASIL ABRAMS, AMERICANA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, JOURNAL, LOG, ANTIQUITÉ, CONTRAT, VÉLIN, DOCUMENT, MANUSCRIT, PAPIER ANTIKE, BRIEF, PERGAMENT, DOKUMENT, MANUSKRIPT, PAPIER OGGETTO D’ANTIQUARIATO, ATTO, VELINA, DOCUMENTO, MANUSCRITTO, CARTA ANTIGÜEDAD, HECHO, VITELA, DOCUMENTO, MANUSCRITO, PAPEL. Very Good .
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Book number: 0009154
USD 885.99 [Appr.: EURO 777.5 | £UK 704.75 | JP¥ 95045]
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GUNNER C.J. WALLACE O.F.C. 1612928
1943 Original Manuscript Diary of One British Gunner's Miserable 6 Months in Diego Suarez Madagascar
DIEGO SUAREZ MADAGASCAR INDIAN OCEAN, 1943. . On offer is a super, original manuscript diary and World War II relic of one British man's unwelcome service as a Gunner for His Majesty's Army in the East Africa Command. Handwritten by Gunner C.J. Wallace O.F.C. [Ordnance Factory] 1612928 while serving in Diego Suarez Madagascar the diary is kept in a small notebook and very neatly covers the six month period from January 1st 1943, four days before they embark by ship for Madagascar, to June 30th, at which point it ends because the book is full at 120 well filled pages. Madagascar was prior to early 1942 a French colony and Churchill feared that Vichy France would allow the Japanese to use the island as a base for operations in the Indian Ocean. This fear led to a British and Allied offensive in the spring of 1942 which successfully led to the invasion of the island. Wallace of the 152 E.A.H.A.A. Battery [152 East Africa Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery] was part of the East Africa Brigade based at the most important harbour, Diego Suarez, on the northern tip of the island and part of the all important defenses of Britain's strengthening hold of the area. He served as part of heavy artillery crew whose job was to defend against enemy aircraft or shipping. During the period of the diary there is little action save for a couple of times enemy aircraft flew over Diego Suarez and at one point there is concern over a ship sighted offshore but this proves not to be an enemy craft. The only "action" involves local people accidentally wounded during a training exercise. The diary does a superb job relating the day-to-day grind of an overseas posting. You get a real sense of the relentlessness of it all and it reflects the joyless, powerless, day-to-day experience of many young conscripts. The writer is bored, homesick and miserable. He and his comrades are often ill with diarrhoea or malaria. There is a constant low level grumbling: the weather; the filth, the squalor of the local town, the privations of the accommodation, the poor food, the failure of the army to keep his pay up to date, the poor transport infrastructure, the behaviour of the natives, the behaviour of the officers and - most of all - the constant, pointless emphasis on petty regulation and "spit and polish". There are numerous passages in the diary which could illustrate this. Here is a snippet: 'We had to change our beds today, for three planks of wood, everybody must have the same, even if you were nice and comfortable before. Just like our battery. I suspect it's all Godfrey's doings, even if you have your own camp bed, when the day comes for inspection, you have to hide it and show three planks with kit on.' Several times the author writes simply and rather movingly that he just wishes he could go home to his wife, Joan, whom he misses greatly. The only high points are the regular games of football, listening to the wireless when it works and a two week leave period at the town of Joffreville in a converted sawmill established to enable soldiers to request and recuperate. In June a brothel, "licensed by army medical authorities" with "white and almost white girls" opened in Diego Suarez for the use of officers. The writer hears rumours that a brothel for other ranks will follow with "girls from Kenya" but he finds this an appalling prospect. The diary is a small notebook with 104 pages, all of which are fully written on. There are no missing or damaged pages but the covers are detached from the single staple which holds the notebook together. Tucked in the diary is an abandoned draft of a letter from the author to his wife in south London, plus a couple of simple, rhyming poems in which the writer expresses his cynicism about the army life. He suggests the regimental motto should be "Semper in Excreta"! Overall G.; Manuscript; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF, C.J. WALLACE, EAST AFRICA HEAVY ANTI AIRCRAFT BATTERY DIEGO SUAREZ, E.A.H.A.A. BATTERY, GUNNERS, GUNNERY, ARTILLERY, INFANTRY, OPERATION IRONCLAD, OPERATION STREAMLINE JANE, ANTSIRANANA, MADAGASCAR, WW2, WWII, INDIAN OCEAN, SOUTH ASIA, WORLD WAR 2, WORLD WAR II, BRITISH FORCES IN DIEGO SUAREZ, GUNNER C.J. WALLACE O.F.C. 1612928, ENGLAND VS JAPAN, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, JOURNAL, LOG, PRIMARY SOURCE, FIRST HAND ACCOUNT, SOCIAL HISTORY, PERSONAL STORIES, LIVING HISTORY, 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,BIOGRAPHY BIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY PERSONAL NARRATIVES. Good .
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Book number: 0002270
USD 3585.99 [Appr.: EURO 3146.5 | £UK 2851.75 | JP¥ 384690]
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D.R.
1965 - 1968 Original Group of Four [4] Manuscript Diaries Handwritten by a Young 1st Lieutenant Serving His Country in a Ballistic Missile Bunker Ready to Defend America from the Soviet Threat
LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS AR AFB, 1965. . On offer is a fascinating group of manuscript relics of the Cold War being four [4] calendars used as diaries with handwritten notations and entries detailing the service and activities of a Titan II ICBM [Intercontinental Ballistic Missile] launch crew at Little Rock AFB, in 373 SMS/308 SMW from September 1964 to September of 1968 making for a one of a kind look at the height of the Cold War of an active duty ballistic missile combat crew. The author details everything from alerts, scrambles, recurring training, inspections, operational notes, promotions, and of course the author's personal notes of dates and parties are recorded in them. The last alert was on August 28, 1968, at Complex 3-6. [While the name of the author is known we will only provide initials for public use and provide the full name to the future owners of these diaries.] Historians and researchers will find a unique look into the life and service of a young American serviceman and a truly uncommon relic of America's Cold War with Russia a mere 3 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis. BIO NOTES: The author was one of the first 1st Lieutenants to get command of a launch crew. We also know the calendars, from the Kuhlman Electric Company, were supplied yearly by a family member. Overall VG.; Manuscript; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; KEYWORDS: HISTORY OF,TITAN II, ICBM, INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE, LAUNCH CREW, LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, COLD WAR, 373 SMS, 308 SMW, STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, COLD WAR ERA, ARKANSAS, ROCKETS, WARHEADS, SUB ORBITAL, DR. STRANGELOVE, FAIL SAFE, NUCLEAR WAR, NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR MISSILE DEFENCE, POST CUBAN MISSILE CRISES, PRE DÉTENTE, SOVIET UNION, WARSAW PACT, INVASION OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA, VIETNAM WAR ERA, EASTERN BLOC, OCTOBER CRISIS, THE MISSILE SCARE, CRISIS DE OCTUBRE, CUBA, CARIBBEAN CRISIS, KARIBSKIY KRIZIS, USSR, MUTUAL ASSURED DESTRUCTION, MAD, AMERICANA, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, AUTOGRAPHED, AUTHORS, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, ARCHIVE, DIARY, DIARIES, 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,. Very Good .
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Book number: 0002107
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N.
1998 - 2005 Original Diaries, Scrapbooks [7] and Related Ephemera Detailing One Young Woman's Descent Into Drug Abuse, Sexual Addiction and Obsession and Her Rehabilitation
1998. . On offer is an incredible archive of seven [7] diaries and scrapbooks along with related ephemera detailing the fall and rise of one young woman's life issues involving an ever increasing drug and alcohol addiction, her sexual obsession and addiction and her desperate attempts to improve her life and put her addictions behind her. The scrapbooks are all encompassing: Correspondence, Love Letters, Printed Emails, Poems, Hate Letters, Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards, Photographs, Small Written Notes, & Musings to and from her friends, family and enablers. In her words: "I was a young woman lost and struggling with the mundaneness of life. My Father died suddenly when I was 21 years old and I was left to find my own way in the world. I battled constantly with alcoholism, marijuana addiction, and sadly a very low sense of self-worth. I suffered from chronic Clinical Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which went unnoticed and undiagnosed because I became a master at hiding behind my smile, and behind the smoke screen I created which I called 'my life'. This journal exposes thoughts and actions I cringe about when I read today. Sometimes I find it difficult to believe 'I' was that person as it feels a lifetime away from who I am now. This is the reason I have decided to let go of these journals after all these years. I'm happy with who I am today. My life is simple and beautiful, and I don't feel I need any reminders of where I have come from, or the battles I have endured and overcome to get where I am in life." Collectors and researchers will find a very broad but deep look into this woman's life as she offers an inordinately intimate look at the spiral down and upward climb through her addiction experience. We withhold he name and location for privacy concerns. Overall G+.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall; KEYWORDS: DRUGS, DRUG ABUSE, ADDICTION, ADDICTS, ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOUR, GETTING CLEAN, GOING COLD TURKEY, DRYING OUT, GOING STRAIGHT, SELF MEDICATION, MORPHINE, COCAINE, WOMEN'S STUDIES, GENDER STUDIES, SOCIAL STUDIES, HEROIN, SEX ADDICTION, SEXUAL ADDICTION, SEXUAL OBSESSION, HANDWRITTEN, MANUSCRIPT, DOCUMENT, LETTER, AUTOGRAPH, DIARY, JOURNAL, LOG, KEEPSAKE, WRITER, HAND WRITTEN, DOCUMENTS, SIGNED, LETTERS, MANUSCRIPTS, HISTORICAL, HOLOGRAPH, WRITERS, DIARIES, JOURNALS, LOGS, AUTOGRAPHS, PERSONAL, MEMOIR, MEMORIAL, PERSONAL HISTORY, AMERICANA, Als, 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,. Good+ .
M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare ManuscriptsProfessional seller
Book number: 0001451
USD 3085.99 [Appr.: EURO 2707.75 | £UK 2454 | JP¥ 331052]
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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+.
M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare ManuscriptsProfessional seller
Book number: 000535
USD 785.99 [Appr.: EURO 689.75 | £UK 625.25 | JP¥ 84318]
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.
M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare ManuscriptsProfessional seller
Book number: PCJT29
USD 99.99 [Appr.: EURO 87.75 | £UK 79.75 | JP¥ 10726]
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. 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. ; English; 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; Nomads, Beduin, Arab, Arabs, Bedouin, Middle East, Arabia, antiquité, manuscrit, d'antiquariato, manoscritto, antigüedad, Papel,. Good .
M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare ManuscriptsProfessional seller
Book number: 000975
USD 285.99 [Appr.: EURO 251 | £UK 227.5 | JP¥ 30680]
Keywords: Antiquité All 19th Century Rare Books Manuscripts General Overview

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