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  • 1726 GERMAN PHILOSOPHICAL LEXICON First Edition SIGNED by J. F. CLASSEN Important Association Copy in Vellum Covers by Johann Georg Walch 1726 GERMAN PHILOSOPHICAL LEXICON First Edition SIGNED by J. F. CLASSEN Important Association Copy in Vellum Covers
    Johann Georg Walch

    PHILOSOPHISCHES LEXICON: Darinnen Die in allen Theilen der Philosophie, als Logic, Metaphysic, Physic, Pneumatic, Ethic, natu?rlichen Theologie... by Johann Georg Walch.

    LEIPZIG: Verlegts Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens seel. Sohn, 1726. FIRST EDITION.

    Vellum Covers, spine tooled in gilt, all edges stained red, [21], 3048 (columns), [90] pp., frontispiece portrait of Walch plus engraved initials and headpiece in the Introduction, 5.5x8.5 inches (14x21.5cm).

    The first major philosophical dictionary in German, with words from "Abend" to "Zwietracht".

    SIGNED and DATED by JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (aka J. F. Classen), with his SIGNATURE and the date 1753 at the bottom corner of the front free endpaper.

    GOOD PLUS Condition: Soiling and light wear to the vellum covers, spine gilt somewhat faded; inner pages age toned…

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    PHILOSOPHISCHES LEXICON: Darinnen Die in allen Theilen der Philosophie, als Logic, Metaphysic, Physic, Pneumatic, Ethic, natu?rlichen Theologie... by Johann Georg Walch.

    LEIPZIG: Verlegts Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens seel. Sohn, 1726. FIRST EDITION.

    Vellum Covers, spine tooled in gilt, all edges stained red, [21], 3048 (columns), [90] pp., frontispiece portrait of Walch plus engraved initials and headpiece in the Introduction, 5.5x8.5 inches (14x21.5cm).

    The first major philosophical dictionary in German, with words from "Abend" to "Zwietracht".

    SIGNED and DATED by JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (aka J. F. Classen), with his SIGNATURE and the date 1753 at the bottom corner of the front free endpaper.

    GOOD PLUS Condition: Soiling and light wear to the vellum covers, spine gilt somewhat faded; inner pages age toned with scattered faint marginal soiling and foxing, text largely unaffected. Overall a complete, fully legible, and amazingly solid copy of this 1726 philosophical dictionary / lexicon.

    RARE 1726 FIRST EDITION and an IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY with the Signature of J. F. Classen. Books with the stamp and marks of the Classen library that was built after his death are not uncommon, but books with his actual signature are rarely seen.

    About JOHAN FREDERIK CLASSEN (from Wikipedia):

    ******Johan Frederik Classen, frequently known simply as J. F. Classen, b.1725 d.1792, was a Danish-Norwegian industrialist, major general, landowner and founder of Det Classenske Fideicommis. He served as chancellery adviser to King Frederik V.

    A patron of literature, Classen bought books at home and abroad until he had amassed a large library. In his will Classen left all his assets and possessions to a charitable foundation, Det Classenske Fideicommis. It was to be used "to educate good people...and to help to alleviate poverty and misery." The fund still has considerable assets.

    The Classen Library (Danish: Det Classenske Bibliotek) in Amaliegade in Copenhagen was built at the time of Classen's death in 1792 to house his extensive library of some 20,000 volumes. It was a public library in Copenhagen, Denmark, the third largest library in the city, surpassed only by the Royal Danish Library and Copenhagen University Library. It existed until 1867 when it was merged with the Copenhagen University Library.****** (Read much more about J. F. Classen on his Wikipedia page.)

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  • 1750-1827 FULLER FAMILY of MIDDLETON, MA - HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS DEEDS & PAPERS 1750-1827 FULLER FAMILY of MIDDLETON, MA - HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS DEEDS & PAPERS

    HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS & PAPERS of the FULLERS of MIDDLETON, MASSACHUSETTS - from the COLONIAL, REVOLUTIONARY and POST-REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD, 1750-1823. Important for their Historic and Genealogical information. The papers are FULL of GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION related to the FULLERS and related families, including:

    THOMAS FULLER who came to Middleton from Woburn in 1663. He settled in a house on Old South Main Street. He was a blacksmith and iron worker. He died in 1698. BENJAMIN FULLER. Fifth son born in 1689. Died in 1754. BENJAMIN FULLER, JR. ARCHELAUS FULLER. Eldest son of Benjamin Fuller Jr. Born in 1727. Built a house in Middleton about 1759 (now knows as the "Daniel Fuller House"). Was a COLONEL IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 1775-76. Died…

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    HANDWRITTEN DOCUMENTS & PAPERS of the FULLERS of MIDDLETON, MASSACHUSETTS - from the COLONIAL, REVOLUTIONARY and POST-REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD, 1750-1823. Important for their Historic and Genealogical information. The papers are FULL of GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION related to the FULLERS and related families, including:

    THOMAS FULLER who came to Middleton from Woburn in 1663. He settled in a house on Old South Main Street. He was a blacksmith and iron worker. He died in 1698. BENJAMIN FULLER. Fifth son born in 1689. Died in 1754. BENJAMIN FULLER, JR. ARCHELAUS FULLER. Eldest son of Benjamin Fuller Jr. Born in 1727. Built a house in Middleton about 1759 (now knows as the "Daniel Fuller House"). Was a COLONEL IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, 1775-76. Died in 1776 as a result of smallpox he got during the Revolutionary War. DANIEL FULLER, Esq. Educated at Philips Andover in 1785. Married SALLY ETSY in 1798. JEREMIAH FULLER. Born 1809, died 1855. Married Eunice Pike. Lived with his sister SOPHONIA, a school teacher. and MANY OTHERS.

    THE DOCUMENTS are:

    1750 Original Document - Printed and Handwritten - TIMOTHY FULLER (b. 1706, d. 1796) deeds to ARCHELAUS FULLER; 1765 Original Indenture - Printed and Handwritten - Signed by ANDREW FULLER; 1781 Four Page Handwritten Document; 1782 Six Page Handwritten Probate Document. Lists ALL THE MANY LANDS / PROPERTIES being "divided and set off to the widow BETTY FULLER..."; 1785,1787, 1792 Three Probate Documents; 1793 Single handwritten sheet, accounting of ARCHELAUS FULLER; 1823 Four page memo on the personal estate of Betty Fuller; plus a few miscellaneous small pieces.

    There is much about the early FULLER FAMILY of MIDDLETON, MASSACHUSETTS to be found on the Internet.

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  • 1767 SENSATIONS & PASSIONS of the FIVE SENSES - TWO VOLUMES w/ 19 PLATES - Rare by Claude-Nicolas LE CAT 1767 SENSATIONS & PASSIONS of the FIVE SENSES - TWO VOLUMES w/ 19 PLATES - Rare
    Claude-Nicolas LE CAT

    TRAITÉ DES SENSATIONS ET DES PASSIONS EN GÉNÉRAL, Et Des SENS En PARTICULIER, by Claude-Nicolas LE CAT. (TREATISE on SENSATIONS and PASSIONS in General, and on the SENSES in PARTICULAR) PARIS: Chez VALLAT-LA-CHAPELE, Libraire au Palai, fur le Perron de la Sante-Chapell, M. DCC. LXVII. (1767). Ouvrage Divisé En Deux Parties / TWO VOLUMES - Complete in these Two Volumes. (A year later, in 1768, a third volume was issued "La théorie de l'ouie" - "theory of the eye" - which is not here; but this work is complete as originally issued in two volumes in 1767.) TWO VOLUMES. Hardcovers, leather covered boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, xcv, [1], 264; lvi, [4], 201-684.…

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    TRAITÉ DES SENSATIONS ET DES PASSIONS EN GÉNÉRAL, Et Des SENS En PARTICULIER, by Claude-Nicolas LE CAT. (TREATISE on SENSATIONS and PASSIONS in General, and on the SENSES in PARTICULAR) PARIS: Chez VALLAT-LA-CHAPELE, Libraire au Palai, fur le Perron de la Sante-Chapell, M. DCC. LXVII. (1767). Ouvrage Divisé En Deux Parties / TWO VOLUMES - Complete in these Two Volumes. (A year later, in 1768, a third volume was issued "La théorie de l'ouie" - "theory of the eye" - which is not here; but this work is complete as originally issued in two volumes in 1767.) TWO VOLUMES. Hardcovers, leather covered boards, spine decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled page edges, marbled endpapers, xcv, [1], 264; lvi, [4], 201-684. (Note that the numbered pages at the end of Volume One and the beginning of Volume Two are not consecutive - i.e. Volume one ends at page number 264, Volume Two begins with page number 201. This is as the Two Volumes were originally published - probable printer's error. Both volumes have been collated by me with rare copies from major National Libraries that have been digitized online.) PRESENTATION COPY. Each Title-Page is INSCRIBED with a HAND-WRITTEN PRESENTATION by THE AUTHOR: "JEAN CHARLES GROSSARD... ex Dono auctoris". CONDITION: TWO BOOKS. The leather covers of both volumes are rubbed and scraped, the spine ends are chipped, the bottom of the spine of Volume Two is peeling, the front spine hinge of each volume is split but holding well; overall the covers are worn but remain attractive and are still doing their job well. Internally, the front pastedown has a long vertical scrape, as if from the removal of a piece of tape at some point. There are relevant handwritten margin notes and marks, in pencil and in English, here and there throughout. I do not know who might have written them, but they are certainly by someone carefully studying the work. The inner pages of both volumes have a bit of toning, foxing and some margin shorelining, here and there throughout, but overall the inner pages are tight, bright and clean, a remarkably well kept, sharp, clear and lovely printing of this scarce book. ILLUSTRATED with 19 ENGRAVED PLATES: ENGRAVED PORTRAIT by Thomiers at the front of Volume One, Lovely FRONTISPIECE ENGRAVING by Bacheley at the front of Volume Two (showing Women using all five senses: Sight - looking in a mirror, Sound - playing music, Taste - pouring wine; Smell - smoke from an incense burner; Touch - toughing a newly hammered helmet); PLUS 17 additional engraved PLATES (16 of which FOLD-OPEN). Also ILLUSTRATED with lovely ENGRAVED VIGNETTES at the head of many chapters, and with ENGRAVED HEAD and TAIL PIECES. This specific work by LE CAT, TRAITÉ DES SENSATIONS ET DES PASSIONS, is VERY SCARCE. About Claude-Nicolas LE CAT (from Wikipedia): ******Le Cat (1700-1768) surgeon, anatomist, & physiologist. In 1736 he established a school for anatomy & surgery in Rouen. The 'Traité Des Sensations Et Des Passions'; is considered to be Le Cat's most important work. The work grew as much out of his researches in physics as in physiology. In it Le Cat presented a theory of the propagation of light contrary to that of Newtonian attraction. He further reported on the pigmented choroid coat of the eye and assigned it a common embryonic origin with the pigment of the skin. Le Cat's reputation in France and Europe is reflected by his numerous academic awards, publications, and by surgical renown.******

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  • 1799 REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE HANDWRITTEN SIGNED OFFICIAL LETTER Canton De Heudicourt 1799 REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE HANDWRITTEN SIGNED OFFICIAL LETTER Canton De Heudicourt

    HANDWRITTEN OFFICIAL LETTER from the 8th Year of the French Revolutionary Calendar (i.e. 1799). Printed on official stationery with République Française / Liberté Egalité letterhead. From Departement de la Somme, Canton D'Heudicourt. From Le Secretaire Du Canton D'Heudicourt, to "Citoyen". The document is written on both sides of an 6.75x8.5 (17x22 cm) piece of laid paper. TEXT IN FRENCH. GOOD condition, some folds, edge wear, and corner creases. Overall a sturdy copy with writing that is clear and legible. Please see the provided images to get a good idea of the letter, its contents, and its condition.

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  • 1829 JAMES CHALLIS *Inscribed* BODE'S EMPIRICAL LAW of the DISTANCES of PLANETS by James Challis 1829 JAMES CHALLIS *Inscribed* BODE'S EMPIRICAL LAW of the DISTANCES of PLANETS
    James Challis

    ON the EXTENSION of BODE'S EMPIRICAL LAW of the DISTANCES of the PLANETS from the SUN to the DISTANCES of the SATELLITES from their RESPECTIVE PRIMARIES, by JAMES CHALLIS. INSCRIBED by CHALLIS on the title page: "From the Author". Unfortunately the top margin of the title page has been clipped off, probably on purpose to remove the recipient's name which would have been right above the inscription. Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY and Printed by J. Smith, Printer to the University, 1829. First Edition. Disbound from a bound volume with remains of stitching still attached to the spine, 8.5x10.5 inches, 15 pages. GOOD Condition: Top margin of title page clipped off, as noted above, not affecting printed text; neat ink number…

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    ON the EXTENSION of BODE'S EMPIRICAL LAW of the DISTANCES of the PLANETS from the SUN to the DISTANCES of the SATELLITES from their RESPECTIVE PRIMARIES, by JAMES CHALLIS. INSCRIBED by CHALLIS on the title page: "From the Author". Unfortunately the top margin of the title page has been clipped off, probably on purpose to remove the recipient's name which would have been right above the inscription. Published by CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY and Printed by J. Smith, Printer to the University, 1829. First Edition. Disbound from a bound volume with remains of stitching still attached to the spine, 8.5x10.5 inches, 15 pages. GOOD Condition: Top margin of title page clipped off, as noted above, not affecting printed text; neat ink number in the upper corner of every other page; crease to the bottom corner and bottom margin, overall still bright, clean and clear. About James Challis (excerpted from Wikipedia): James Challis, b. 1803 d. 1882, was an English clergyman, physicist and astronomer. Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy and the Director of the Cambridge Observatory. He investigated a wide range of physical phenomena.

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  • 1845 CUBAN DOCUMENT Granting RIGHTS to a BLACK SLAVE Signed by GENERAL O'DONNELL by General Leopold O'Donnell 1845 CUBAN DOCUMENT Granting RIGHTS to a BLACK SLAVE Signed by GENERAL O'DONNELL
    General Leopold O'Donnell

    1845 Handwritten Document with Official Stamps. The document grants freedom of travel within Cuba to a Black Slave. SIGNED by LEOPOLDO O'DONNELL "PRESIDENTE GOVERNATOR Y CAPITAN GENERAL." An unusual document, because General Leopoldo O'Donnel is mostly remembered for his ordering the roundup, torture, and massacre of thousands of slaves in 1844, a year that became known as "The Year of the Lash". Handwritten on a single sheet of watermarked paper, 8.5x12", written on one side only though the ink shows through to the backside. GOOD condition. Leopoldo O'Donnel underlined his signature very firmly which caused a thin ear

    along the underlining. The paper has toned with age. Overall still solid with writing and stamps that are bright and clear. About…

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    1845 Handwritten Document with Official Stamps. The document grants freedom of travel within Cuba to a Black Slave. SIGNED by LEOPOLDO O'DONNELL "PRESIDENTE GOVERNATOR Y CAPITAN GENERAL." An unusual document, because General Leopoldo O'Donnel is mostly remembered for his ordering the roundup, torture, and massacre of thousands of slaves in 1844, a year that became known as "The Year of the Lash". Handwritten on a single sheet of watermarked paper, 8.5x12", written on one side only though the ink shows through to the backside. GOOD condition. Leopoldo O'Donnel underlined his signature very firmly which caused a thin ear

    along the underlining. The paper has toned with age. Overall still solid with writing and stamps that are bright and clear. About LEOPOLDO O'DONNELL (excerpted from Wikipedia): ******Don Leopoldo O'Donnell y Jorris, 1st Duke of Tetuan, 1st Count of Lucena, 1st Viscount of Aliaga, Grandee of Spain, (Spanish: Leopoldo O'Donnell y Jorris, I duque de Tetuán, I conde de Lucena, I vizconde de Aliaga, grande de España) (12 January 1809 - 5 November 1867), was a Spanish general and statesman. He was of Irish paternal descent, a descendant of Calvagh O'Donnell, Rí of Tyrconnell. He was born at Santa Cruz de Tenerife a son of Carlos O'Donnell y Anethan (born 1768) and wife Josefa Jorris y Casaviella, and paternal grandson of José O'Donnell y O'Donnell and wife Marie Anne d'Anethan. He had an uncle Francisco and an aunt Beatriz, married to Manuel Pombo y Ante (1769-1829), and had issue. O'Donnell was a strong supporter of the Cristinos, and backed the regency of Maria Cristina in the 1830s.

    When General Baldomero Espartero seized power in 1840, O'Donnell went into exile with Maria Cristina, and was involved in an attempted coup against Espartero in 1841. O'Donnell was soon back in power and was sent to Cuba as Captain General in October 1843. He is credited with the massacre of 1844 known as the repression of La Escalera. Thousands of slaves and "free-coloured" people in Cuba ended up in dark dungeons, were tortured and executed in what became known as the 'year of the lash'.******

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  • 1849 LETTER by EDWARD P. BARNUM - MASON GRAND MASTER, SON OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Edward P. Barnum 1849 LETTER by EDWARD P. BARNUM - MASON GRAND MASTER, SON OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION
    Edward P. Barnum

    FOUR PAGE MANUSCRIPT LETTER, written on a single-fold four-page sheet of paper, each page 8.5" x 9.75". A personal letter, full of flights of fancy, talk of spirits, advice for overcoming grief, humor (give them a kiss for me - or don't you do such a thing?), etc. WRITTEN BY A SON OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, FREE-MASON GRAND MASTER and GRAND COMMANDER in MAINE, and Resident of SACO and BANGOR MAINE and ROXBURY MASSACHUSETTS. You can find information on GRAND MASTER EDWARD PAYSON BURNHAM on various MASONIC related websites. You can research the GENEALOGY of EDWARD PAYSON BURNHAM, SON OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION on the Sons of the American Revolution, Maine Society, website.

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  • 1867 JULES-EMILE PLANCHON HANDWRITTEN LETTER to DR. V.A. SIGNORET, plus two of J.-E. Planchon's ORIGINAL WORKS on the FRENCH PHYLLOXERA VINEYARD PLAGUE, plus a SIGNED WORK by J.-E. Planchon's brother, GUSTAVE PLANCHON by JULES-EMILE PLANCHON, Gustave Planchon 1867 JULES-EMILE PLANCHON HANDWRITTEN LETTER to DR. V.A. SIGNORET, plus two of J.-E. Planchon's ORIGINAL WORKS on the FRENCH PHYLLOXERA VINEYARD PLAGUE, plus a SIGNED WORK by J.-E. Planchon's brother, GUSTAVE PLANCHON
    JULES-EMILE PLANCHON, Gustave Planchon

    1867 JULES-EMILE PLANCHON HANDWRITTEN LETTER to DR. V.A. SIGNORET, plus two of J.-E. Planchon's ORIGINAL WORKS on the FRENCH PHYLLOXERA VINEYARD PLAGUE, plus a SIGNED WORK by J.-E. Planchon's brother, GUSTAVE PLANCHON. THREE PAGE HANDWRITTEN LETTER by JULES EMILE PLANCHON to DR. VINCENT ANTOINE SIGNORET (addressed to "Monsieur", but clearly to Dr. Vincent Antoine Signoret, identified by the other included items that are described below). The letter is on a single-fold sheet, making 4-pages. Handwritten on the front page and the two inside pages, the back page is blank. Signed by J. E. Planchon at the end of his letter, with his current positions as Professor and Director of Pharmaceuticals in Montpellier, written beneath his signature. AN IMPORTANT LETTER -…

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    1867 JULES-EMILE PLANCHON HANDWRITTEN LETTER to DR. V.A. SIGNORET, plus two of J.-E. Planchon's ORIGINAL WORKS on the FRENCH PHYLLOXERA VINEYARD PLAGUE, plus a SIGNED WORK by J.-E. Planchon's brother, GUSTAVE PLANCHON. THREE PAGE HANDWRITTEN LETTER by JULES EMILE PLANCHON to DR. VINCENT ANTOINE SIGNORET (addressed to "Monsieur", but clearly to Dr. Vincent Antoine Signoret, identified by the other included items that are described below). The letter is on a single-fold sheet, making 4-pages. Handwritten on the front page and the two inside pages, the back page is blank. Signed by J. E. Planchon at the end of his letter, with his current positions as Professor and Director of Pharmaceuticals in Montpellier, written beneath his signature. AN IMPORTANT LETTER - Written during the time J-E PLANCHON was investigating the cause of the destruction of grape vines throughout Europe. Much of the letter discusses botany, with botanical words such as: Chènes, Coccus, Gramutii, Pulvinatus, Chermes, Cultivés, Coquilles, Èspece, etc. Much of the letter has to do with scale insects, a specialty of the letter's recipient, DR. V.-A. SIGNORET. The letter is dated: Montpellier le 10 Decembre 1867. It appears that the letter was originally sent to GUSTAVE PLANCHON, the brother of JULES EMILE PLANCHON, in response to a booklet written by Gustave Planchon titled: LE KERMES DU CHENE - AUX POINTS DE VUE ZOOLOGIQUE, COMMERCIAL & PHARMACEUTIQUE. But the letter by Signoret to Gustave Planchon was either intercepted by or forwarded to Jules Emile Planchon, who read it and responded to it. THE LETTER IN THIS AUCTION IS THE LETTER BY J.-E. PLANCHON to SIGNORET, it DOES NOT include the assumed letter written by Signoret to Gustave. However... GUSTAVE'S BOOKLET IS INCLUDED. The booklet has printed blue wrappers, sewn binding, 5.25x8.25", 47 pages. Published in PARIS and MONTPELLIER, 1864. The booklet is SIGNED and INSCRIBED by GUSTAVE PLANCHON at the top of the front cover: "hommage de l'auteur / Gustave Planchon (signed)". The booklet has the ink-stamped signature of SIGNORET on the half-title page, again on page 7 (the beginning of the text), and a third time on the blank bottom of the last page (page 47).

    Handwritten on the front cover, presumably by SIGNORET is "ecrit à M. Planchon le 21 Nbre 1867". This corresponds nicely with the December 10, 1867, date on the letter by E.-J. Planchon to (presumably) Signoret. The booklet also has a handwritten, single-line, relevant note on page 23, presumably by Signoret. ALSO INCLUDED are TWO BOOKLETS on GRAPE VINES and VINEYARDS by J. E. PLANCHON. (1) An 8 page booklet titled "LA PHTHIRIOSE ou PEDICULAIRE DE LA VIGNE CHEZ LES ANCIENS - Et Les Cochenilles de la VIGNE Chez Les Modernes". A separately bound extract from the Societe des Agriculteurs de France, 1870. (2) A 16 page booklet titled "NOTES ENTOMOLOGIQUES SUR LE PHYLLOXERA VASTATRIX". A separately bound extract from the Societe des Agriculteurs de France, 1869. IN SUMMARY, THIS AUCTION IS FOR: (1) A 3-PAGE HANDWRITTEN LETTER BY JULES-EMILE PLANCHON. (2) A 42 PAGE Booklet by GUSTAVE PLANCHON, SIGNED by GUSTAVE PLANCHON, and owned by VINCENT ANTOINE SIGNORET, with his stamped Signature and Handwritten notes. (3) AN 8 PAGE Booklet by JULES EMILE PLANCHON on VINES both Ancient and Modern. (4) A 16 PAGE Booklet by JULES EMILE PLANCHON on PHYLLOXERA, the Plague that was destroying the Vineyards of France and Europe. CONDITION: The letter is solid, there are some stains, spots, creases and edge toning but the writing is clear throughout. The letter has a number of folds from where it was folded, presumably to fit into a small envelope.

    The booklet by Gustave Planchon has a couple of creases and spots, but remains solid and nice.

    The 8 page booklet has some creases but remains sturdy, bright and clean. The 16 page booklet is soiled, has edge wear, creases, and tears, has some foxing, and has some early previous owner's margin marks and text underlining.

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  • 1868-1869 PORTOBELLO ROAD / PORTOBELLO ESTATE, LONDON - 62 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT INDENTURES with PLAT MAPS by CHARLES HENRY BLAKE, John Parson, Henry Bessemer, The Freehold Securities Company, The Land And House Investment Society, et al 1868-1869 PORTOBELLO ROAD / PORTOBELLO ESTATE, LONDON - 62 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT INDENTURES with PLAT MAPS
    CHARLES HENRY BLAKE, John Parson, Henry Bessemer, The Freehold Securities Company, The Land And House Investment Society, et al

    SIXTY-TWO (62) ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT INDENTURES relating to the PORTOBELLO ESTATE / PORTOBELLO ROAD AREA in NOTTING HILL, LONDON, accompanied with 62 HAND DRAWN COLOR PLAT MAPS, a CONVEYANCE and LEASE SCHEDULES. ALL are SIGNED by various notable individuals. These important real estate transactions took place in 1868 and 1869. Bound in hard covers.

    The main SELLER of the properties was CHARLES HENRY BLAKE and the main BUYERS were THE FREEHOLD SECURITIES COMPANY LIMITED, JOHN PARSON, and THE LAND AND HOUSE INVESTMENT SOCIETY. Sixty-one of the 62 indentures were transactions where C. H. Blake was the seller. Other individuals named in the indentures and conveyance include HENRY BESSEMER, Henry Hyde, William Honeywood, William Burchell the Younger, and other wealthy, movers and…

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    SIXTY-TWO (62) ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT INDENTURES relating to the PORTOBELLO ESTATE / PORTOBELLO ROAD AREA in NOTTING HILL, LONDON, accompanied with 62 HAND DRAWN COLOR PLAT MAPS, a CONVEYANCE and LEASE SCHEDULES. ALL are SIGNED by various notable individuals. These important real estate transactions took place in 1868 and 1869. Bound in hard covers.

    The main SELLER of the properties was CHARLES HENRY BLAKE and the main BUYERS were THE FREEHOLD SECURITIES COMPANY LIMITED, JOHN PARSON, and THE LAND AND HOUSE INVESTMENT SOCIETY. Sixty-one of the 62 indentures were transactions where C. H. Blake was the seller. Other individuals named in the indentures and conveyance include HENRY BESSEMER, Henry Hyde, William Honeywood, William Burchell the Younger, and other wealthy, movers and shakers of the day. Frank Richardson, Solicitor for both The Freehold Securities Company and The Land And House Investment Society, signed many of the indentures as a witness.

    The indentures and conveyance are bound in a book that was presumably made to hold them. Hardcovers, textured cloth covered boards with leather spine and corners, five raised spine bands, gilt title "PORTOBELLO ESTATE" on the front cover, 10x15 inches (25x38 cm), 147 pages (74 leaves). The indentures are all printed on watermarked laid paper.

    The first item is a long manuscript CONVEYANCE titled: "PORTOBELLO ESTATE In the parish of Saint Mary Abbott Kensington in the County of Middlesex - Copy of the CONVEYANCE of the above property to HENRY BESSEMER ESQUIRE and of the LEASES for which said property is subject". The INDENTURE that is part of the Conveyance is dated the 16th day of December 1869. It is 21 pages long and includes a FULL PAGE HAND COLORED PLAT MAP showing the properties on Golbourne (Golborne) Road between Portobello Road and Wornington Road, and a LEASE SCHEDULE that fully describes each parcel. Numerous signatures at the end of the Indenture / Conveyance.

    The subsequent 61 INDENTURES are between CHARLES HENRY BLAKE of Stanley Crescent, Notting Hill, in the County of Middlesex, and either JOHN PARSON, or THE FREEHOLD SECURITIES COMPANY LIMITED, or THE LAND AND HOUSE INVESTMENT SOCIETY. Nineteen are dated in 1868, the others in 1869.

    Each Indenture has a hand drawn plat map of the property in question, all presumably part of the Portobello Estate. Most of the indentures are 2 pages long, some longer.

    Condition: The covers have some old water staining / shorelining, scrapes, rubs, and general wear; the gilt title "Portobello Estate" is rubbed; else the covers are solid and doing their job well. The front and rear endpapers are recent. The bound in indentures have gray and brown stains, substantial on many of the pages, present on all the pages. Perhaps these are ink blotter stains, or offsetting from where these indentures were originally stored, or simply caused by unstable ink and colors, I do not know. The good news is that the manuscript writing is FULLY VISIBLE AND LEGIBLE beneath all the stains. The first two leaves have a 2x2.5 inch (5x7 cm) area of tearing, mostly in the blank spine gutter area but affecting some text words. The tears could be archivally repaired. The first two leaves, and a couple other pages, have a pea size hole that affects some letters. There is 1/2 inch (1 cm) of worming to the bottom blank margin of the last 3 leaves. The last leaf has a quarter (the U.S. coin) size hole in its center affecting some words. This last leaf is blank on the verso, so the affected words are only on the recto.

    An incredible group of important historic indentures with plat maps showing the Victorian Era property sales of the PORTOBELLO ESTATE that led to the development of the fashionable PORTOBELLO ROAD / NOTTING HILL region of London that we know today.

    This archive of PORTOBELLO ROAD indentures belongs in a museum, imho.

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  • 1878 EDWARD MATTHEW WARD - HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED to FRANK GASKELL by EDWARD MATTHEW WARD 1878 EDWARD MATTHEW WARD - HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED to FRANK GASKELL
    EDWARD MATTHEW WARD

    HANDWRITTEN LETTER by EDWARD MATTHEW WARD to FRANK GASKELL. Stationery is blind-stamped engraved "Glen Aray Lodge, Windsor". The letter is dated 3rd January 1878. (Ward died just 12 months later, 15 January 1879, a suicide.) Written on a single-fold piece of stationery, making 4 pages. The letter is on 2 pages, the front page and an inner page. The letter reads (as best I can make out): "My Dear Mr. Gaskell Many thanks for the Photo with which I was much pleased and by which I can imagine that the dress must have cut a very good figure in the room & I am glad that my suggestion was of any use to you in the matter. I very much…

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    HANDWRITTEN LETTER by EDWARD MATTHEW WARD to FRANK GASKELL. Stationery is blind-stamped engraved "Glen Aray Lodge, Windsor". The letter is dated 3rd January 1878. (Ward died just 12 months later, 15 January 1879, a suicide.) Written on a single-fold piece of stationery, making 4 pages. The letter is on 2 pages, the front page and an inner page. The letter reads (as best I can make out): "My Dear Mr. Gaskell Many thanks for the Photo with which I was much pleased and by which I can imagine that the dress must have cut a very good figure in the room & I am glad that my suggestion was of any use to you in the matter. I very much envy you your Roman trip which must have been very enjoyable to you more [especially] in such excellent companionship of Mr. W. Wood who must be so au fait in all that belongs to the Eternal City, and the funeral of the gook King must have been very [impressive] and interesting and a thing to have seen. It is now nearly thirty eight years since I was in Rome, where I remained three years, but I have a most vivid recollection of it & all its glories, & still live in hopes of again seeing it before I die, though at present I see no probability of my being able to enjoy so great a pleasure in [the] future. It must have greatly altered since I was there & I have no doubt in the main for the better, especially in a sanitary point of view, though perhaps not altogether in [picturesqueness], but on one point I am sure it must have done so & that is in its government which when I was there was simply diabolical. I hope that we shall have the pleasure of seeing your father down here during his stay in London and immediately on receiving your letter yesterday I wrote a letter off to him at Wootton to be forwarded & I have no doubt that he will receive it tomorrow. I shall however send him a line to the Reform Club to make matters more sure, as I am most anxious for him to come down here and see the Windsor Tapestry Manufactory should he be able to spare the time. Mrs. Ward unites with me in kindest regards to Mrs. Gaskell & the rest of your family circle. & believe me, Yours ever Sincerely, E. M. Ward". CONDITION: The letter has a vertical and horizontal fold, perhaps from being folded to fit into a small envelope. The blank backside has paper remnants, as if the letter had been glued to a mount at some point and later removed. There is a small ink-stamped name on the black backside "K. J. Turner". The writing remains bright, clear and fully legible. Edward Matthew Ward RA (London 14 July 1816 - 15 January 1879) was an English Victorian narrative painter best known for his murals in the Palace of Westminster depicting episodes in British history from the English Civil War to the Glorious Revolution.

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  • 1880 HISTORY of the MORISON or MORRISON FAMILY New Hampshire SIGNED & INSCRIBED by LEONARD A. MORRISON 1880 HISTORY of the MORISON or MORRISON FAMILY New Hampshire SIGNED & INSCRIBED
    LEONARD A. MORRISON

    THE HISTORY of the MORISON or MORRISON FAMILY, by LEONARD A. MORRISON. Subtitled: With most of the "Traditions of the Morrisons" (clan MacGillemhuire), hereditary judges of Lewis, by Capt. F. W. L. Thomas, of Scotland, and a record of the descendants of the hereditary judges to 1880. A complete history of the Morison settlers of Londonderry, N.H. (New Hampshire), of 1719, and their descendants, with genealogical sketches. Also, of the Brentwood, Nottingham, and Sanbornton, N.H. Morisons, and branches of the Morisons who settled in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nova Scotia, and descendants of the Morisons of Preston Grange, Scotland, and other families. Published by A WILLIAMS & CO., BOSTON, MASS., 1880. First Edition, with the date 1880 on both the…

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    THE HISTORY of the MORISON or MORRISON FAMILY, by LEONARD A. MORRISON. Subtitled: With most of the "Traditions of the Morrisons" (clan MacGillemhuire), hereditary judges of Lewis, by Capt. F. W. L. Thomas, of Scotland, and a record of the descendants of the hereditary judges to 1880. A complete history of the Morison settlers of Londonderry, N.H. (New Hampshire), of 1719, and their descendants, with genealogical sketches. Also, of the Brentwood, Nottingham, and Sanbornton, N.H. Morisons, and branches of the Morisons who settled in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nova Scotia, and descendants of the Morisons of Preston Grange, Scotland, and other families. Published by A WILLIAMS & CO., BOSTON, MASS., 1880. First Edition, with the date 1880 on both the copyright and title page. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED on the first blank page: "ERNEST N. MORISON / from his father / Dec. 27, 1880." Also SIGNED on the following blank page: "ERNEST N. MORISON / Dec. 27, 1880." Wonderful Provenance! Hardcover book, brown pebbled cloth covered boards, gilt titling on the spine, 6x9.5 inches, 468 pages. Includes numerous portrait plates of various Morisons, Morrisons and related; plus there is a fold open map of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. FAIR condition. The covers are very worn, frayed, worn and chipped at the spine ends, worn through and frayed at the corners, scraped at the edges, and rubbed; nonetheless the covers are original and still doing their job. Internally, the front and rear endpapers are lacking, the front and rear hinges are split and rough but holding, there is light water staining to the top margin of many of the pages, not affecting text, there is foxing, most noticeably on the margins of the plates and on the plates' tissue guards; a few of the plates tissue guards are lacking, including one for the frontispiece; the frontispiece has offsetting from the ink signature on its backside; and there is some corner creasing, edge wear, spotting and smudging here and there; overall the inner pages remain rather nice, with printing that is bright and clear. The fold open map has a 2 inch tear on each side of the horizontal center fold, and some creases, but is still sturdy, bright and opens well. 1880 First Edition Copy, SIGNED and INSCRIBED by a MORISON in the same year as its publication.

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  • 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS by Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod 1886 S.R. CROCKETT His First Book DULCE COR with ASSOCIATION to WILLIAM SHARP (aka FIONA MACLEOD) First Edition SCOTTISH WRITERS
    Samuel Rutherford Crockett, William Sharp, Fiona Macleod

    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE…

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    DULCE COR: Being the POEMS of FORD BERÊTON (pseudonym of SAMUEL RUTHERFORD CROCKETT). LONDON: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., MDCCCLXXXVI (1886). First Edition. Hardcovers, olive green cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: xii, 200 pages. Frontispiece portrait and one plate, both with their tissue guards. This is the FIRST BOOK by the SCOTTISH writer S.R. CROCKETT, b. 1860 d. 1914. It is a collection of poetry written under the pseudonym FORD BERÊTON. The book was published the year Crockett was ordained into the Church of Scotland. It would be seven years later, and after resigning his ministry, that Crockett would begin publishing his famous SCOTTISH STORIES, beginning with his successful THE STICKIT MINISTER. This copy has an IMPORTANT SCOTTISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION, with the penciled ownership SIGNATURE and handwritten ADDRESS of Scottish writer WILLIAM SHARP on the half title page. William Sharp wrote under his name and under the pseudonym of FIONA MACLEOD. He was a contemporary of Samuel Crockett. He was also a contemporary of William Butler Yeats who reportedly liked the writing of Fiona Macleod but not the writing of William Sharp. There is a lovely pictorial bookplate of Albert Harrison on the front pastedown. I have no idea who he might be. VERY GOOD condition, the covers have some wear and rubbing to the spine ends and corner tips, there is foxing here and there, most noticeable on the first and last few pages, the leaf consisting of pages 95/96 is missing its upper corner (probably from being roughly cut open), not affecting text; otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. The penciled signature and handwritten address of William Sharp are clear and legible. About S.R. CROCKETT (from Wikipedia): ******Samuel Rutherford Crockett, b.1859 d.1914, who published under the name S. R. CROCKETT, was a Scottish novelist. After some years of travel, he became in 1886 an Ordained Minister of Penicuik. During the same year as his ordination, his first book, Dulce Cor (Latin: Sweet Heart), a collection of verse under the pseudonym Ford Brereton, was published. That was the only book he published until he abandoned the ministry to become a writer. The success of J. M. Barrie and the Kailyard school of sentimental, homey writing had already created a demand for stories in Lowland Scots, when Crockett published his successful story of The Stickit Minister in 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway. Crockett made considerable sums of money from his writing and was a friend and correspondent of R. L. Stevenson. A substantial number of his works have been republished since the 100th anniversary of his death.****** About WILLIAM SHARP / FIONA MACLEOD (from Wikipedia): ******William Sharp, b.1855 d.1905, was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona Macleod, a pseudonym kept almost completely secret during his lifetime. Sharp's poem THE LONELY HUNTER inspired the title of Carson McCullers debut novel THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. His poem contains the lines "Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still, But my heart is a lonely hunter, that hunts on a lonely hill". In Disney's 2017 movie production of Beauty and the Beast, Belle recites to the Beast several lines of Sharp's poem A Crystal Forest: "Each branch, each twig, each blade of grass, / Seems clad miraculously with glass".******

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  • 1895 BRAM STOKER - SIGNED & DATED HANDWRITTEN NOTE on a LYCEUM THEATRE PROGRAM + Related Ephemera DRACULA AUTHOR by Bram Stoker 1895 BRAM STOKER - SIGNED & DATED HANDWRITTEN NOTE on a LYCEUM THEATRE PROGRAM + Related Ephemera DRACULA AUTHOR
    Bram Stoker

    BRAM STOKER - Handwritten SIGNED and DATED Note on a 5.25x6.5 inch (13x16 cm) piece of paper that is either a sheet of Lyceum Theatre stationery (the paper has an impressive watermark and has an area to put the date) or was torn from a Lyceum Theatre 1895-96 Touring Company Program.

    The note reads: "My dear sir // I enclose seats for (Wednesday?) 16th with // kind regards // (respectfully?) // Bram Stoker". It is hand-dated "12, 12, 1895"

    Accompanying the note are three single-fold, four-page Lyceum Theatre Programs where Bram Stoker was the Acting / Business Manager. Two of the programs, dated 1889 and 1892, have his name printed on the back page. There is a third program, likely…

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    BRAM STOKER - Handwritten SIGNED and DATED Note on a 5.25x6.5 inch (13x16 cm) piece of paper that is either a sheet of Lyceum Theatre stationery (the paper has an impressive watermark and has an area to put the date) or was torn from a Lyceum Theatre 1895-96 Touring Company Program.

    The note reads: "My dear sir // I enclose seats for (Wednesday?) 16th with // kind regards // (respectfully?) // Bram Stoker". It is hand-dated "12, 12, 1895"

    Accompanying the note are three single-fold, four-page Lyceum Theatre Programs where Bram Stoker was the Acting / Business Manager. Two of the programs, dated 1889 and 1892, have his name printed on the back page. There is a third program, likely from 1884, which does not carry his name.

    CONDITION: The signed note has edge chips, clipped corners, closed tears, and is tender, but Stoker's handwriting is clear and crisp. The note appears to have been previously mounted as the blank backside has glue stains to its top edge and also has clear tape repair / reinforcement along one of the folds. The backside also has an ink notation: "Bram Stoker / Novelist of Dracula 1897-1912".

    The 1889 and 1892 London Lyceum Theatre programs that note Bram Stoker as Manager are in FAIR to GOOD condition, there are folds and some tearing along the folds, but remain clear and bright. The earlier program is in POOR condition, torn in two pieces, chipped and soiledm but the collector had them all together, so I offer them as such.

    About BRAM STOKER (from Wikipedia):

    ******Abraham Stoker, b.1847 d.1912, was an Irish author, best known today for his 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and acting and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre, which Irving owned.

    Sir Henry Irving was the first actor to receive knighthood from the British Crown. Additionally he is said to have been the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.******

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  • 1899 DÉTERMINATION DES ORBITES / ORBITS OF PLANETS Tisserand / Perchot SIGNED & INSCRIBED with HANDWRITTEN TIPPED IN NOTES Astronomy Astrophysics by Felix TISSERAND, J. PERCHOT 1899 DÉTERMINATION DES ORBITES / ORBITS OF PLANETS Tisserand / Perchot SIGNED & INSCRIBED with HANDWRITTEN TIPPED IN NOTES Astronomy Astrophysics
    Felix TISSERAND, J. PERCHOT

    Leçons sur la DÉTERMINATION DES ORBITES Professées a la Faculté des Sciences de Paris, par F. TISSERAND. Rédigées et Développées pour les CALCULS NUMÉRIQUES par J. PERCHOT. (Lessons on the DETERMINATION OF THE ORBITS as Taught by the Paris Faculty of Science, by FELIX TISSERAND. Reedited and Developed for use in NUMERICAL CALCULATIONS, by J. PERCHOT. PARIS: Gauthier Villars, 1899. TEXT IN FRENCH. PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED and INSCRIBED in French on the title page by J. PERCHOT. The main work by Tisserand / Perchot is BOUND TOGETHER with TWO WORKS in SPANISH on the same subject. (1) ALEXANDER WILKINS, "DETERMINATION DE ORBITAS DE PLANETAS Y COMETAS", LA PLATA, 1939. (2) JULIO GARAVITO ARMERO, "UNA EXPOSICION ELEMENTAL DEL METODO DE OLBERS…

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    Leçons sur la DÉTERMINATION DES ORBITES Professées a la Faculté des Sciences de Paris, par F. TISSERAND. Rédigées et Développées pour les CALCULS NUMÉRIQUES par J. PERCHOT. (Lessons on the DETERMINATION OF THE ORBITS as Taught by the Paris Faculty of Science, by FELIX TISSERAND. Reedited and Developed for use in NUMERICAL CALCULATIONS, by J. PERCHOT. PARIS: Gauthier Villars, 1899. TEXT IN FRENCH. PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED and INSCRIBED in French on the title page by J. PERCHOT. The main work by Tisserand / Perchot is BOUND TOGETHER with TWO WORKS in SPANISH on the same subject. (1) ALEXANDER WILKINS, "DETERMINATION DE ORBITAS DE PLANETAS Y COMETAS", LA PLATA, 1939. (2) JULIO GARAVITO ARMERO, "UNA EXPOSICION ELEMENTAL DEL METODO DE OLBERS PARA EL CALCULO DE UNA ORBITA COMETARIA", no publication place or date. Bound in a FINE BINDING by M. PEREZ NAVAS with a small embossed label at the bottom margin of the inside rear cover that states: "ENCUADERNACIÓN / M PEREZ NAVAS / TLF 21310 / CARACAS". Calf Leather Spine and Corners with Marbled Paper Covered Boards, gilt titling to the spine, 9x11 inches. Pagination: (1) Leçons sur la DÉTERMINATION DES ORBITES, xiv, 123, [1] pages. (2) ORBITAS DE PLANETAS Y COMETAS, 70 pages. (3) METODO DE OLBERS, 14 pages (pages numbered 241 to 254). Previously the

    COPY of an ASTRONOMER / MATHEMATICIAN, perhaps a professor or student. There are 11 LENGTHY HANDWRITTEN MATHEMATICAL NOTES tipped in to 7 printed pages that refer to the subject matter on those pages. There are also relevant margin notes, in French, equations and marks here and there. All the tipped in paper and margin notes are on the first 37 pages of the Tisserand / Perchot work. GOOD CONDITION: The finely bound covers are very good, with some scrapes to the leather and paper covered boards, overall quite lovely. Internally, the pages are lightly toned; there is some foxing throughout, heavy on the last few pages; there are relevant handwritten margin notes and marks, and some tipped in pages of handwritten notes, as stated above; there are corner creases to the latter pages and some signs of handling here and there; overall a solid, nice copy. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: This book will require additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the additional charges and be able to accept or reject them before your payment is processed. Or you can contact us ahead of time to find out the shipping charge to your country. Thanks.

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  • 1909 GEORGE STERLING - A WINE OF WIZARDRY First Edition SIGNED, INSCRIBED, with HANDWRITTEN POEM by George Sterling 1909 GEORGE STERLING - A WINE OF WIZARDRY First Edition SIGNED, INSCRIBED, with HANDWRITTEN POEM
    George Sterling

    A WINE OF WIZARDRY AND OTHER POEMS, by GEORGE STERLING. His scarce second book.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1909. First edition, first printing, with the date 1908 on the copyright page and 1909 on the title page with no indication of additional printings (this book was copyrighted 1908 a few months before it was actually published in 1909).

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED by GEORGE STERLING on the front free endpaper: "With the best wishes of / George Sterling". Above Sterling's inscription is the previous owner's signature "J. E. Rankin", likely to whom the book is inscribed. There is a James Rankin, a businessman from Martinez California, who was an early member of the Bohemian Club, but from the…

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    A WINE OF WIZARDRY AND OTHER POEMS, by GEORGE STERLING. His scarce second book.

    Published by A. M. Robertson, San Francisco, 1909. First edition, first printing, with the date 1908 on the copyright page and 1909 on the title page with no indication of additional printings (this book was copyrighted 1908 a few months before it was actually published in 1909).

    SIGNED and INSCRIBED by GEORGE STERLING on the front free endpaper: "With the best wishes of / George Sterling". Above Sterling's inscription is the previous owner's signature "J. E. Rankin", likely to whom the book is inscribed. There is a James Rankin, a businessman from Martinez California, who was an early member of the Bohemian Club, but from the little I can find it seems he died in 1901, and if so, it's not him.

    Also, HANDWRITTEN BY GEORGE STERLING on a blank prelim is the entire LAST STANZA of his POEM "The Night of the Gods", which is printed in its entirety on page 48. This manuscript poem is SIGNED by STERLING, and in a bottom corner of the page he wrote "Page 48".

    Hardcover Book, burgundy cloth covered boards embossed in gilt, 5x8 inches, 137 pages. There is no embossed fountain on the front cover which, as I was once told by the late Peter Howard of Serendipity Books, Berkeley, indicates a first state cover, but I have not been able to verify this with certainty one way or the other.

    In addition to numerous poems the book contains Sterling's play written in verse titled Triumph of Bohemia. It is basically Sterling's tribute to the Bohemian Club. The play was performed as the Bohemian Grove Play of 1907.

    GOOD condition: The covers are lightly rubbed at the corner tips and spine ends, and darkened at the spine making the spine titling almost illegible (visible upon close examination), otherwise the covers are solid and clean, and the front cover gilt remains bright. Internally, the front and rear inner hinges are cracked but holding well, the front and rear flyleaf are browned, the front free flyleaf is has a vertical crease near its gutter edge making the joint somewhat tender, otherwise the inner pages are very nice, they have all been carefully cut open and are tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    A WINE OF WIZARDRY is one of George Sterling's most hard to find books, especially so INSCRIBED, SIGNED (twice), and with a HANDWRITTEN POEM.

    About George Sterling (from Wikipedia):

    ******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was an American writer based in San Francisco and Carmel-by-the-Sea. He was a prominent poet, playwright, and Bohemian.

    Sterling joined the Bohemian Club and acted in their theatrical productions each summer at the Bohemian Grove. For the Grove play of 1907 the Club presented Sterling's "The Triumph of Bohemia", a drama depicting the battle between the Spirit of Bohemia and Mammon for the souls of the Grove's Woodmen.

    After Sterling's poem A WINE OF WIZARDRY was published in the September 1907 issue of Cosmopolitan, Ambrose Bierce wrote a review that stated: "Whatever length of days may be accorded to this magazine, it is not likely to do anything more notable in literature than it accomplished in this issue by the publication of Mr. George Sterling's poem, A Wine of Wizardry." Bierce also wrote to Sterling: "I hardly know how to speak of it. No poem in English of equal length has so bewildering a wealth of imagination. Not Spencer himself has flung such a profusion of jewels into so small a casket".

    Despite such famous mentors as Ambrose Bierce and his long association with Jack London, Sterling himself never became well known outside California.

    Sterling carried a vial of cyanide for many years. In November 1926, Sterling used it while at his residence at the San Francisco Bohemian Club. Kevin Starr wrote that "When George Sterling's corpse was discovered in his room at the Bohemian Club... the golden age of San Francisco's bohemia had definitely come to a miserable end."******

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  • 1911 Charles Hanna THE WILDERNESS TRAIL Two Volume Set PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR Illustrated with 80 PLATES & MAPS First Edition by Charles A. Hanna 1911 Charles Hanna THE WILDERNESS TRAIL Two Volume Set PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR Illustrated with 80 PLATES & MAPS First Edition
    Charles A. Hanna

    THE WILDERNESS TRAIL; Or the VENTURES and ADVENTURES of the PENNSYLVANIA TRADERS on the ALLEGHENY PATH with Some New Annals of the Old West, and the Records of Some STRONG MEN and Some BAD ONES. By Charles A. Hanna.

    TWO VOLUME SET (Complete in these two volumes).

    PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION by the AUTHOR on the front free endpaper of Volume I to WALTER EDWIN FREW, whose bookplate is on the facing front pastedown. The inscription is in the Author's hand and is dated, but not signed:

    "Presented to Mr. W. E. Frew / by the Author / January 13th 1912." Walter Edwin Frew was President of the Corn Exchange Bank of New York, which over the years transformed into…

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    THE WILDERNESS TRAIL; Or the VENTURES and ADVENTURES of the PENNSYLVANIA TRADERS on the ALLEGHENY PATH with Some New Annals of the Old West, and the Records of Some STRONG MEN and Some BAD ONES. By Charles A. Hanna.

    TWO VOLUME SET (Complete in these two volumes).

    PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION by the AUTHOR on the front free endpaper of Volume I to WALTER EDWIN FREW, whose bookplate is on the facing front pastedown. The inscription is in the Author's hand and is dated, but not signed:

    "Presented to Mr. W. E. Frew / by the Author / January 13th 1912." Walter Edwin Frew was President of the Corn Exchange Bank of New York, which over the years transformed into what is now Chemical Bank. At the time, Frew was one of the youngest Presidents of a major U.S. bank. It is interesting to note that Charles A. Hanna was of Scotch-Irish descent and W. E. Frew was of Scotch descent; and also that Hanna wrote a genealogy of the Scotch-Irish of the Ohio Valley.

    Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1911. First edition. LIMITED to only 1000 COPIES. No additional copies were ever printed from the original type because, as stated on the limitation page: "Of the work one thousand copies have been printed from type, and THE TYPE DESTROYED."

    Two hardcover books, cloth covered boards, gilt lettering to the spines, 6x9.5 inches. Pagination: Vol. 1: [4], xxiv, 383. Vol. 2: [2], vi, 457.

    ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT with 80 PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS and MAPS. Volume I has a frontispice plus 46 illustrations and 9 maps, one of which is a large fold-open map of the Wilderness Trails bound in at the rear; Volume II has 16 illustrations and 9 maps. Many of the maps fold-open.

    An important, illustrated study of many Native-American tribes and indigenous cultures, including the Iroquois, Shawnees, Mingoes, Wendats, and Petticoats, as visited, seen and traded with by white traders, including George Croghan, along the Allegheny Path in the Ohio Valley and elsewhere along various wilderness trails.

    Condition: The covers are worn through at the spine ends and corner tips, have some edge wear, and have some scratches and rubs, but are still sturdy, doing their job well, and have bright spine gilt. Internally, the text pages are lightly toned with just a smattering of light foxing here and there, some front page edges remain uncut, there is a crease to the upper corner of the pages of Volume I, otherwise the pages of both volumes are just lightly used and still tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.. The MAPS and PLATES are all great, the plates are bright, clean and clear; the maps feel like they have only been opened once or twice at most, really nice.

    An Original 1911 Two Volume Set that is RARE & UNIQUE with the AUTHOR'S INSCRIPTION to fellow Scottsman Walter Frew.

    INTERNATIONAL BIDDERS PLEASE NOTE: This two volume set is heavy and will require substantial additional shipping charges. After placing your order you will be notified of the charges and be able to accept or reject them before payment is taken. Thanks!

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  • 1912 C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE Marriage of Captain Kettle **SIGNED with LONG HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION re: OCCUPATION of BELGIUM by the NAZIS** by C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE 1912 C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE Marriage of Captain Kettle **SIGNED with LONG HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION re: OCCUPATION of BELGIUM by the NAZIS**
    C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE

    THE MARRIAGE OF CAPTAIN KETTLE, by C. J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE. Published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianaplis, 1912.

    SIGNED following a LONG INSCRIPTION by C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE on the front free endpaper.

    "Modern Civilization has never been conquered (?) for long. We saw that in Egypt. It may be expensive to clear out the invasions of an inferior race, but it is always done sooner or later, generally by extermination. Presently Belgium will come to her own again, will (???) the surviving families of the Huns. / CJ Cutcliffe Hyne / Heaton Lodge / Bradford / 8 Dec 1914."

    The handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher so the above is only a partial transcription. However, the inscription clearly shows Hynes…

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    THE MARRIAGE OF CAPTAIN KETTLE, by C. J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE. Published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianaplis, 1912.

    SIGNED following a LONG INSCRIPTION by C.J. CUTCLIFFE HYNE on the front free endpaper.

    "Modern Civilization has never been conquered (?) for long. We saw that in Egypt. It may be expensive to clear out the invasions of an inferior race, but it is always done sooner or later, generally by extermination. Presently Belgium will come to her own again, will (???) the surviving families of the Huns. / CJ Cutcliffe Hyne / Heaton Lodge / Bradford / 8 Dec 1914."

    The handwriting is a bit difficult to decipher so the above is only a partial transcription. However, the inscription clearly shows Hynes belief that Belgium will eventually eliminate the invading and occupying Germans from its land. (Belgium was invaded and occupied by German troops beginning in August 1914, just a few months before this inscription was written. The occupation lasted until the end of WWI in 1918.)

    Hardcover Book, green cloth covered boards, embossed design on front cover and spine, 5x7.5 inches, 373 pages plus some unnumbered prelim pages.

    GOOD condition: Light wear and a few small spots to the covers, a previous owner's brief gift inscription on the front pastedown (dated in the same month and year as Cutliffe Hyne's inscription, so perhaps related in some way), offsetting to the front free endpaper, overall tight, bright, clean, clear and unmarked.

    Scarce with Cutliffe Hyne's long and interesting inscription on the front free endpaper.

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  • 1913 IRVIN S. COBB Book SIGNED & INSCRIBED to FRIEND & FELLOW AUTHOR SAMUEL G. BLYTHE by Irvin S. Cobb (Samuel G. Blythe association) 1913 IRVIN S. COBB Book SIGNED & INSCRIBED to FRIEND & FELLOW AUTHOR SAMUEL G. BLYTHE
    Irvin S. Cobb (Samuel G. Blythe association)

    BACK HOME, by IRVIN S. COBB. A novel based in Kentucky, a collection of short stories about a fictional Kentucky judge, Judge Priest. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by IRVIN COBB on the front free endpaper to His Friend and Colleague S(amuel G.) Blythe: "Jan 14, 1913 / To Old S. Blythe / from Young I. Cobb". Samuel G. Blythe, 1868-1947, was a friend of Irvin S. Cobb, and it was Blythe who brought Cobb to the New York World newspaper where Cobb eventually became the highest paid staff reporter in the United States. At the time that Cobb was hired, Blythe was head of the paper's Washington Bureau. Both Irvin S. Cobb and Samuel G. Blythe are renowned early American…

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    BACK HOME, by IRVIN S. COBB. A novel based in Kentucky, a collection of short stories about a fictional Kentucky judge, Judge Priest. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by IRVIN COBB on the front free endpaper to His Friend and Colleague S(amuel G.) Blythe: "Jan 14, 1913 / To Old S. Blythe / from Young I. Cobb". Samuel G. Blythe, 1868-1947, was a friend of Irvin S. Cobb, and it was Blythe who brought Cobb to the New York World newspaper where Cobb eventually became the highest paid staff reporter in the United States. At the time that Cobb was hired, Blythe was head of the paper's Washington Bureau. Both Irvin S. Cobb and Samuel G. Blythe are renowned early American humorists, columnists and reporters. One of Blythe's books, The Fun of Getting Thin, is still in print, and very funny. The humor in Cobb's inscription in this book is in the fact that Blythe is not much older than "young" Cobb, 1876-1944. Hardcover Book, green cloth covered boards, gilt title background on the front cover, gilt titling on the spine, 5x8 inches, 348 pages. Illustrated with 10 b&w plates. VERY GOOD condition, the cover's corner tips are slightly bumped, there is some wear to the spine ends, the spine gilt is somewhat faded, the inner pages are lightly toned at the margins, overall the book is very nice - tight, bright, clean and unmarked (except for the author's inscription, of course). An attractive and very presentable copy. The intimate inside joke inscription by Cobb to his friend Blythe makes this book special.

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  • 1915 LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON - SIGNED with FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION to GEORGE STERLING'S SISTER MARIAN - Copy of CECILY CUNHA, MARIAN STERLING CUNHA'S DAUGHTER, a Swimming & Surfing Champion, with her bookplate - First Edition by Charmian London 1915 LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON - SIGNED with FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION to GEORGE STERLING'S SISTER MARIAN - Copy of CECILY CUNHA, MARIAN STERLING CUNHA'S DAUGHTER, a Swimming & Surfing Champion, with her bookplate - First Edition
    Charmian London

    THE LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON (wife of JACK LONDON).

    NEW YORK: the Macmillan Company, 1915. First Edition. In professionally rebound covers.

    FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION by CHARMIAN LONDON to MARIAN (CUNHA, nee STERLING), sister of the poet GEORGE STERLING, JACK LONDON'S CLOSE FRIEND.

    "Here it is at last / my happy, only, book / and who should have a / copy more than you / who knew me so long before the Snark, and have / known me so long after- / word - Jack and me! / With all best remembrances / Affectionately yours, / Charmian / Honolulu, T. H. / March 22, 1916".

    Note that the inscription, dated March 22, 1916, was written while Jack…

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    THE LOG OF THE SNARK, by CHARMIAN LONDON (wife of JACK LONDON).

    NEW YORK: the Macmillan Company, 1915. First Edition. In professionally rebound covers.

    FULL PAGE INSCRIPTION by CHARMIAN LONDON to MARIAN (CUNHA, nee STERLING), sister of the poet GEORGE STERLING, JACK LONDON'S CLOSE FRIEND.

    "Here it is at last / my happy, only, book / and who should have a / copy more than you / who knew me so long before the Snark, and have / known me so long after- / word - Jack and me! / With all best remembrances / Affectionately yours, / Charmian / Honolulu, T. H. / March 22, 1916".

    Note that the inscription, dated March 22, 1916, was written while Jack London was still alive, dying just eight months later on Nov. 22, 1916. Also note that Charmian wrote: "Jack and me!". Both Jack and Charmian were close friends of George Sterling and, by association, Sterling's sister Marian (Sterling) Cunha.

    Provenance: COPY OF CECILY CUNHA, daughter of MARIAN STERLING CUNHA, with her bookplate on the front pastedown. Likely rebound by Cecily Cunha in the 1960s or 1970s after the book was passed down from her mother.

    Hardcover Book, professionally and attractively rebound in brown pebbled cloth covered boards, 4 raised spine bands, gilt titling to the spine, 5.5x7.5 inches, 487 pages plus 5 pages of Publisher's ads at the rear. Illustrated with 20 photographic plates, including the frontispiece photo.

    VERY GOOD condition, the rebound covers are FINE, the inner pages are lightly age toned, the title page has two small pieces of the frontispiece photo attached to it that apparently were pulled by the title page from the frontispiece at some point, there is some light foxing on the pages facing the plates, the plates have some wear to their edges as normal, a result of overhanging the text block just a bit; the plate facing page 250 has more substantial edgewear than the others, including some closed tears, but not affecting the images; otherwise tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.

    With the inscription and the association to George Sterling, the Sterling Family, the Cunha family, Hawaii, Swimming, Surfing, and the Pacific Ocean that Jack London so loved, this book is a UNIQUE TREASURE.

    About CHARMIAN LONDON (from Wikipedia):

    ******Charmian Kittredge London, b.1871 d.1955, was Jack London's second wife. He divorced Bess Maddern London in 1904 and married Charmian Kittredge the next year. Biographer Russ Kingman called Charmian "Jack's soulmate, always at his side, and a perfect match."******

    About GEORGE STERLING, brother of MARIAN STERLING CUNHA (from Wikipedia and The Poetry Foundation website):

    ******George Sterling, b.1869 d.1926, was a prominent poet and playwright and proponent of Bohemianism during the first quarter of the twentieth century. In 1905 Sterling moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he established a colony for like minded Bohemian writers. Despite his marriages and numerous affairs, Sterling was closest to Jack London and many consider Sterling London's best friend.******

    About MARIAN STERLING and CLARENCE CUNHA (from The San Francisco Call, Sunday, August 26, 1906, page 38):

    ******MISS MARIAN STERLING and CLARENCE C. CUNHA were married this morning at 8 o'clock in St. Francis de Sales Church...Cunha is the son of a wealthy sugar planter of the Sandwich Islands...His bride is a SISTER of GEORGE STERLING, the poet...******

    About CECILY CUNHA (from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 05 Jan 1979, page 37):

    ******CECILY A. CUNHA, 69, a famed swimmer. She moved to Hawaii at age 2 with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. (Marian) Clarence Cunha. As a teen age swimming champion she held the national junior title for the mile, and won the 440 and 880 yard Pacific Coast championships for women...She was also a distance swimmer in the Hawaiian Outrigger club, and among the early women surfers at Waikiki.******

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  • 1915 THE SUNBONNET BABIES IN HOLLAND, by EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** First Edition by EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER 1915 THE SUNBONNET BABIES IN HOLLAND, by EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER **SIGNED & INSCRIBED** First Edition
    EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER

    THE SUNBONNET BABIES IN HOLLAND : A Second Reader. By EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER. Illustrated by Bertha Corbett Melcher. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by the AUTHOR in FRENCH on a blank prelim: "A une chère petite amie. Avec mes bons voeux de Nouvelle Année. / 1918 / E. G. / 13 Janvier". (To a dear little girl friend. With my best wishes for the New Year / 1918 / E. G. (Eulalie Grover signed with her initials) / January 13.) The leaf on which the inscription is written is disbound, it has neatly torn away from the spine edge. It matches perfectly with the edge where it became disbound. It has a 1 inch closed tear starting at the top edge,…

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    THE SUNBONNET BABIES IN HOLLAND : A Second Reader. By EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER. Illustrated by Bertha Corbett Melcher. SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by the AUTHOR in FRENCH on a blank prelim: "A une chère petite amie. Avec mes bons voeux de Nouvelle Année. / 1918 / E. G. / 13 Janvier". (To a dear little girl friend. With my best wishes for the New Year / 1918 / E. G. (Eulalie Grover signed with her initials) / January 13.) The leaf on which the inscription is written is disbound, it has neatly torn away from the spine edge. It matches perfectly with the edge where it became disbound. It has a 1 inch closed tear starting at the top edge, not affecting text. The tear is tape repaired on the backside. (The closed tear does not show up in the photos, but it is there.) The leaf is rather fragile and is now housed in a plastic sleeve, for protection. Published by Rand McNally & Company, Chicago, 1915. First Edition, First Printing, with the date 1915 on the copyright page with no indication of additional printings. Hardcover Book, 6x7.5 inches, 150 pages. Illustrated throughout with lovely color drawings. GOOD condition. The front cover has a 3 inch thin bubble line, and a bump to its top edge; the rear cover has soiling and its upper front corner is bumped; nonetheless the covers are bright and doing their job well. The front and rear endpapers are toned; the page with the inscription is toned, disbound (as noted above), has a 1 inch closed tear starting at its top edge, and has tape to its upper corner on the written side and a couple strips of tape on its blank verso; pages 62 to 92 are creased at their upper edge; overall a nice copy that is bright, clean, and clear. RARE with the lovely HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION of EULALIE GROVER. About EULALIE OSGOOD GROVER (from the University of Pennsylvania website): ******Eulalie Osgood Grover was born on June 22, 1873 in Mantorville, Minnesota. She authored the SUNBONNET BABIES series, starting with The Sunbonnet Babies Primer, which was published in 1902. The books were based around a 150 word vocabulary and included songs which were used in schools throughout the United States. Her illustrator for the Sunbonnet series, Bertha L. Corbett, later Bertha Corbett Melcher, studied in Philadelphia under Howard Pyle. In 1905, Grover wrote a second series,

    The Overall Boys. She published twenty-seven books, including

    SUNBONNET BABIES IN HOLLAND (1915) and The Overall Boys in Switzerland (1916), drawing from her travels in Europe. These books were used by second and third grade students as geography textbooks. She also edited a book of nursery rhymes, Mother Goose: The Original Volland Edition (1915). She died in Winter Park, Florida on December 18, 1958.******

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