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1 DAS NEUE UND VERBESSERTE GESANG BUCH....PSALMEN DAVIDS FAMT EINER GAMMLUNG ALTER UND NEUER GEISTREICHER LIEDER....REBST EINEM ANHANG DES HENDELBERGISCHEN CATECHISMUS....VOR DIE EVANGELICH REFORMIRTEN GEMEINEN IN DEN BEREINIGTEN STAATEN VON AMERICA
Germantaun Michael Billmeyer 1799 Full-Leather Good German Language 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
Full leather, clasps intact, overall very good save for rubbing to the edges and some chipping to the head of the spine. Lovely frontis woodcut with David at the harp praising God. 585 numbered pages, detailed index, pages of catechism. 
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2 Attorney of the Real Audiencia for the Viceroy of New Spain EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT FIRST HAND TEXT OF MEXICAN HISTORY 1794 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK
New Spain, Mexico 1794 Full-Leather Fine None Spanish Language 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
Handsome Folio Manuscript in early calf with gilt written by the Attorney of the Real Audiencia (see Bibliografia Mexicana, 220) and prepared for the Viceroy. Lengthy stipulations of taxes for the freed mestizos, mulattoes, and negroes as well as exemptions for Indians of the repartimientos even when married to Spanish women. These taxes were the root of the perceived injustice that explains why freed men formed the core of the Revolution when it came. EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT FIRST HAND TEXT OF MEXICAN HISTORY. (see Archivo General de la Nation, "Los Precursores Ideologicos della Guerra de Independencia (1929) pgs 137.139." LAID IN NOTE: Arce Y Echeagary, J. Yinstruction para que los Administradores de Aduanas del Reyno de Nueva Espana hagan la legitima exaccion de los dros. de Alcabalas y Pulques en los casos que por lo regular se ofrecen en las propias Aduanas. Mexico, 1794. ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: In 1519 the Spaniards conquered Mexico. This led to the formation of a new state called New Spain and later into a new hybrid culture. Several military expeditions were led to extend 'New Spain'. The whole of Central America, West Indies, Philippines, and parts of the current Texas and California were later conquered to become part of New Spain. The Spanish political control over Mexico lasted for three centuries. The entire region was formed into a viceroyalty in 1535. The colony was divided into provinces ruled by governors. These provinces were divided into departments and subdivided into districts. Magistrates controlled the districts and mayors led smaller villages. The parliament court handled all political matters and the Council of Indies controlled the other administrative matters. Off course the supreme authority over the Spanish empire belonged to the king. This system was pretty inefficient as it took several years for directives from the king to be implemented at the lower levels. During the initial administration, grants called Encomiendas were given to colonists, which controlled Indian labor and produce. This led to the misuse of power and atrocities against the Indians increased. The Indians revolted against the Spaniards in 1541 but were easily subdued. The Spanish emperor Charles V, initiated the decline of the Encomienda system in 1542. This decline saw the emmergence of the Roman Catholic Church. The church was successful in carrying out mass conversions. The Spaniards protected the Indians that converted. Missions and monasteries dominated much of the land. The Spaniards thrived by the new found wealth in the colonies. They amassed huge wealth by controlling silver mining, large ranches and estates that grew wheat, sugarcane, and indigo for export. Spanish merchants exported such goods as cotton, silk, and dye that were produced by the Indians. The prosperity of New Spain began to decline in the 17th century. Disease and natural disasters destroyed most of the Indian population. Most others migrated slowly to remote parts. Mines were abandoned and large areas of farmland were destroyed. The economy of New Spain collapsed. In 1810, a catholic priest named Miguel Hidalgo called upon Mexicans to rise up and fight the Spanish. Although father Hidalgo was killed, another priest Jose Morelos continued to lead the fighting. New Spain finally won its independence from Spain in 1810 and came to be called Mexico. 
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3 DEUCHAR, DAVID AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF SCOTTISH HAND DRAWN AND ENGRAVED HERALDIC ARMORIALS CRESTS BY DAVID DEUCHAR THE FAMED ENGRAVER OF HANS HOLBEIN'S DANCE OF DEATH
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND WILLIAM F. CLAY Half-Leather Good+ None English Language Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall DAVID DEUCHAR 
HERALDIC CREST MANUSCRIPT. Large, thick Folio, late 18th century marbled boards and 1/2 sheep, crack to spine and partial unhinging of front board, age worn but otherwise well-preserved. A handsome and imposing manuscript of 1000s of engraved crests, including numerous crests drawn by hand, arranged by the famed engraver David Deuchar (1743-1808) interestingly organized according to device type (i.e. hands, lions etc.) Carefully compiled and researched manuscript, seemingly intended for publication, with numerous markings accorded to known and unknown heraldic crests and their corresponding family names. Pasted to first blank is a letter dated 1884 from the Edinburgh bookseller William F. Clay explaining how he "secured a unique collection of several thousand heraldic crests and devices, engraved and drawn in ink by the celebrated engraver David Deuchar and his son." He offers the manuscript for 30 shillings (1884). Clearly a working manuscript of the well regarded "Dance of Death" engraver and of great use for research. 
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4 Di Sileza, Hizkiya Pri hadash al-Sefer Orakh Hayim ve-Even ha-Ezer
Karlsruhe 1757 Original Wraps Good Hebrew, Judaica Folio - over 12" - 15" tall 
Original Printing in 1757. Concerning the famous legal code the Shulchan Aruch. The Book: Di Sileza, Hizkiya: Pri hadash al-Sefer Orakh Hayim ve-Even ha-Ezer. Karlsruhe, 1757. In original hardcover, with nice printer's marks and initials. 82pp + 32 ff. FOLIO. Title cut and loose, but without loss. Old boards and leather spine. Rav Chizkiyah di Silva, also known as the Pri Chadash after his important halachic work, was born in Livorno, Italy. 
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5 DR. JOHN [JAMES] HUME SPRY LATE 18th, EARLY 19th C. HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY OF THE GOSPELS IN GREEK BY THE RECTOR OF MARLEBONE AND PREBENDARY OF CANTERBURY
Good+ GREEK, eNGLISH 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer, two volumes in one book, being a printed version of the Gospels in Greek, bound in between blank pages wherein handwritten manuscript commentary and translation in English, by James Hume Spry, whose inscribed name appears on the free front endpapers. Research provides that the author was The Reverend John Hume Spry, Doctor of Divinity, Rector of Marlebone and Prebendary of Canterbury who died at his Residence 13 Devonshire Place in 1842. [There was a cousin James who was a Doctor of Medicine but this is clearly written by a very knowledgable and ecclesiastical minded individual. How the book's ownership is inscribed in James' name we can only surmise and making a fascinating book all the more enigmatic.] We believe this is Mr. Spry's life long work interrupted by his demise as there are pencil headings that were prepared for future writings. The handwriting changes over time and gets worse in the final entries, more ink stains etc. These volumes are not paginated, but the laid-in Greek text is, and it comes to a total of 504 pages. With what appears to be the only one exception, the Greek text is all very legible-just the final page has enough ink stains on it to make it very difficult to read. The condition of the boards is good but the binding is good+ and the inside is generally quite clean. The volumes measure 8 x 6 1/4." 
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6 G. MARCEL 1706 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK - CALLIGRAPHY TREASURE: TABLETTES CHRONOLOGIQUES CONTENANT LA SUITE DES PAPES, EMPEREURS ET ROYS QUI ONT RÈGNÉ DEPUIS LA NAISS. DE J. CHR. JUSQU'À PRÉSENT [CHRONOLOGISCHE TAFELEN BEHELZENDE D'ACHTERVOLGING DER PAUSEN...]
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Pierre [Petrus] Schenck 1706 Full-Leather Good+ French, Dutch, Latin 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall 
On offer is a remarkable testament to the art of calligraphy. An awesome manuscript book 'published' by the renowned engraver Schenck of Atlas Sanson fame. There are two [2] title pages, French and Dutch, the first being: "Tablettes Chronologiques contenant la suite des Papes, Empereurs et Roys qui ont règné depuis la naiss. de J. Chr. jusqu'à présent. Pour servir de Plan à Ceux qui lisent l'histoire profane. Présentées au Roy par G. Marcel, avocat au Parlement. Amsterdam Pierre Schenk 1706. [In Dutch: Chronologische tafelen behelzende d'achtervolging der pausen, keizers en koningen, welke geregeerd hebben federt de geboorte van I. Christus tot nu toe, dienende tot een grondbewerp aan de geenen die de wereldlijke hystorian....] A chronological atlas of the Popes and Royals from the birth of Jesus Christ. Previous owner on the fep has made a notation: Groningen J.H. De Vrier (?). Simply sensational manuscript work of very detailed miniaturized writing. Beautiful detailed vignette showing a crowned coat of Arms with two ramping lions. Dutch/Latin language. Lovely full 3-band leather binding with gold decoration (with a very small loss to some extremities and some scuffing). 7cm x 10cm - 45 pages. Good+. 
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1788 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DUAL PURPOSE BOOK: CIPHERING AND COMPLEX MATHEMATICS WITH NAUTICAL AND NAVIGATIONAL EXERCISES AND OBSERVATIONS HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADVANCED SCHOLAR BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED, GEORGE SHAPLAND
7 GEORGE SHAPLAND 1788 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DUAL PURPOSE BOOK: CIPHERING AND COMPLEX MATHEMATICS WITH NAUTICAL AND NAVIGATIONAL EXERCISES AND OBSERVATIONS HANDWRITTEN BY AN ADVANCED SCHOLAR BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED
England 1788 Vellum Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a simply smashing, original late 18th Century manuscript book handwritten and executed in a lovely, mature hand of an advanced student executed superbly with ochre [?] borders of complex mathematical diagrams, longitudinal and latitude charts, hand colored flourishes, illustrations and accents making for a wonderful, ancient book which is one part cyphering work book of complex mathematics, algebra, trigonometry etc. and when turned over a book of education and exercises in seamanship and nautical formulae with Chapters such as: Astronomical Definitions, Gnomonicks or The Art Of Dialling and much much more. Inscribed on the inside cover with a drawing done by the writer, 'George Shapland, His Book March 22 1788.' The first 74 pages of the 8 x 6.5 inch book are comprised of nautical and astronomical definitions presented in beautiful calligraphic hand with many, many confidently hand drawn illustrations. Reverse the book and there are 101 pages of mathematics explaining algebra and surd quantities with different chapters, such as 'substition' and the solution of 'quadratick equations'. Once a premium vellum journal the outside covers are soiled and there is an interior crack of the text block though still a remarkably tight volume making for overall G. 
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8 J. BRANDER [?] DOM: ANDERS CARL RUTSTROM - BIOGRAPHY [?] OF NOTED THEOLOGIAN, AUTHOR, RELIGIOUS ACTIVIST
STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 1766 Marbelized Paper Over Board Good+ Swedish 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is an original 1766 Swedish book, bound in contemporary marbelized papers over boards. While unable to translate research suggests this is a biography of Anders Carl Rutstrom who was a renowned professor of Theology, priest, author and activist. His work promoting Herrnhutismen also known as the Moravian Church saw Rutstrom banished from the Swedish realm. One online source provides: "This is a comprehensive story about the priest Anders Carl Rutström who was a member of the Hat Party. He became the subject of so many unfair and unreasonable persecutions that it reminds you of an inquisition. This work is an account of this remarkable campaign against Rutström, a campaign that did not end until after his death. Rutström’s Defense is also included. Rutström was forced penniless in exile in Germany and Denmark, where he was well received. When Hat Party was re-elected in 1769, he was recalled to Sweden, but was arrested in 1772 and died in prison just when he received word of the King." The boards are slightly rubbed and bowed but interiors are very good. Overall G+. 
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9 Jacobus Van Asten Leendanus [?] 1786 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT STUDY OF ASTRONOMY, CARTOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY AND PHILOSOPHY FROM THE FAMED UNIVERSITY OF LOUVAIN
Louvain Belgium Belge 1786 Leather Spine Very Good+ Latin 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Charles Becker 
On offer is a superb, fine and unique handwritten manuscript book representative of top tier 18th century European education and study of astronomy including theory, problems, corollaries and observations and with relation to map making, geography and philosophy. This elegant book would have served as a course 'text' at the Catholic University of Louvain as evidenced by the engraved title page vignette of a major building at Louvain straddled by portraits of Plato and Aristotle, while overhead the Latin motto "Porcus Alit Doctos" features Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus on one side and a caped shepherd on the other and then inscribed by hand in the central panel by or for philosophy student Jacobus Van Asten Leendanus ANNO 1786. One online source provides a succinct explanation as to the importance of astronomy at this time in history: "During the course of the eighteenth century the combination of theoretical and practical advances allowed astronomy to solve most of the outstanding problems that had been raised by the work of Newton and the earlier astronomers. New instruments such as the micrometer, reflecting telescope, and achromatic telescope allowed the cataloging of stars with increasing precision and the discovery of new phenomena such as aberration, nutation, nebulae, and a new planet - by the end of the century astronomy seemed to have become the most perfect science and astronomers were beginning to speculate concerning the origins and shape of the universe." In handsome cursive handwriting, 20 x 16.5 cm, 8vo, original calf, raised bands, and mottled paper boards there is some wear to the hinges but is otherwise sturdy; features nine engraved plates, many fold out and a number other graphics throughout [a previous bookdealer's notes identify the engraver as Charles Becker who worked at Louvain University at the time of the birth of Louis XVII (Benezit I pp.563)]. Approx. 150 pages. Complete. The manuscript has especially interesting section on the problems of map-making with latitude and longitude. VG+. 
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10 Johannes Biermannus Moses en Christus, of Tafereel der voornaamste voorbeelden des Ouden Testaments, uit Moses wet, en allerley Joodsche oudheden wydlopig t'samengesteld en op Christus en syn kerke geestelyk Toegepast
Rotterdam, Holland JOHANNES ROTTERDAM, Bookverkoper 1735 Original Vellum Good Dutch 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Moses en Christus, of Tafereel der voornaamste voorbeelden des Ouden Testaments, uit Moses wet, en allerley Joodsche oudheden wydlopig t'samengesteld en op Christus en syn kerke geestelyk toegepast / door Johannes Bierman. Good copy with usual general ageing of ancient vellum covers. Some number of pages loose but overall a very pleasing copy of this rare tome. Included is a mysterious small handwritten manuscript not found being used as a marker. 
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11 M. CHRIST. REINECCIO Grammaticae Hebraeo Chaldaicae Harmonice et synoptice adornatae. Editio novissima recognita, emendata & nonnullis in locis discentium commodo inmutata.
VIENNA AUSTRIA TYP. IOAN THOMAE Nob. de Trattnern 1774 Hard Cover Good Latin, Hebrew 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer: Grammaticae Hebraeo Chaldaicae Harmonice et synoptice adornatae. Editio novissima recognita, emendata & nonnullis in locis discentium commodo inmutata. 1774 publication date in Vienna. This an ancient Hebrew-Latin grammar book with the usual rubbing to the edges and dings to the tips but otherwise G. 
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12 MAUNDRELL, Henry A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697
London A. Peisley 1740 Sixth Full-Leather Very Good None English Language 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Printed 1740. Unusually Fine copy in Full Handsome Original Mottled Calf and Raised Bands minor chipping and split to rear upper spine. The Book: MAUNDRELL, Henry, A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem at Easter A.D. 1697. The Sixth Edition. The which is now added an Account of the Author's Journey to the Banks of the Euphrates at Beer, and to the Country of Mesopotamia. Printed at the Theatre, Oxford 1740. 6th and FINEST EDITION, 8vo. Engraved vignette on title, 14 engraved plates of which 8 are folding, FINE MOTTLED ENGLISH CALF, VERY FINE COPY THE MOST FAMOUS OF PALESTINE TRAVELOGUES. Henry Maundrell was the Levant Company's chaplain of Aleppo from 1696 to 1701. This work contains the first description of Balbec by an Englishman. Blackmer 1095. Cox i, p.119. Tobler 116d17. Travelogues written by Europeans visiting Palestine after that period point to a shift in Europe's relationship to the region. Where medieval pilgrims had often wept or gone into trances upon their arrival in Jerusalem, modern European visitors observed with curiosity what was before their eyes. They were traveling for pleasure and for cultural experiences; tourism was gradually replacing pilgrimage as a motive for visiting Palestine. By the end of the seventeenth century quite a few European tourists had already been to Jerusalem. The most famous among them was Henry Maundrell, the author of the book A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem in 1697. The book would prove to be one of the most popular books about the East for centuries to come. By 1749 seven editions in different European languages had appeared, and sections of the book continued to appear in collections of travel writings published both in the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries.[2] The lure of printed books in Europe and its American colonies might partially account for the initial popularity of A Journey, but it can not explain why the book remained popular for the more than two centuries after its original appearance. The latter could be explained by the fact that the book is the narrative of a tourist rather than that of a pilgrim, unlike the many other Palestine travel narratives that appeared before it. 
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13 NICOLAS MARY DESFONTAINES by way of JEAN BARATGIN 1759 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT FRENCH CATHOLIC RELIC: THE TRAGEDY OF SAINT ALEXIS [SAINT ALEXIS TRAGEDIE or L'ILLUSTRE OLYMPIE]: "Tragédie copiée par moy Jean Baratgin habitant du lieu de Bourisp le 24 May mil Sept Cent cinquante neuf 1759"
BOURISP FRANCE PYRENEES 1759 Manuscript Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Autograph
On offer is a super relic of French Catholic devotion being a manuscript book of the famed story "Saint Alexis" or "L'illustre Olympie" by Nicolas Mary Desfontaines [b. circa 1610 in Rouen, d. 4 February 1652 in Angers; actor, playwright and novelist and noted French poet [see BIO NOTES]. Over 80 pages handwritten by a young Pyrenees student in very nice, steady, calligraphic hand and as stated on the title page: "Tragédie copiée par moy Jean Baratgin habitant du lieu de Bourisp le 24 May mil Sept Cent cinquante neuf 1759". A separate title page at the rear identifies the Teacher, M. Jure and the Ecole Bourisp. One online source provides: "The best known of the early Old French saints' lives is the Vie de Saint Alexis, the life of Saint Alexis, a translation/rewriting of a Latin legend. Saint Alexis fled from his family's home in Rome on his wedding night and dwelled as a hermit in Syria until a mystical voice began telling people of his holiness. In order to avoid the earthly honor that came with such fame, he left Syria and was driven back to Rome, where he lived as a beggar at his family's house, unrecognized by all until his death. He was only identified later when the pope read his name in a letter held in the dead saint's hand. Although the saint left his family in order to devote his life more fully to God, the poem makes clear that his father, mother, and wife are saved by the Alexis' intercession and join him in Paradise. The earliest and best surviving text is in St. Albans Psalter, written probably at St Albans, England, in the second or third decade of the twelfth century. Saint Alexius or Alexis of Rome was an Eastern saint whose veneration was later transplanted to Rome, a process facilitated by the fact that, according to the earlier Syriac legend that a "Man of God" of Edessa, Mesopotamia who during the episcopate of Bishop Rabula (412-435) lived by begging and shared the alms he received with other poor people was, after his death there, found to be a native of Rome. The Greek version of his legend made Alexius the only son of Euphemianus, a wealthy Christian Roman of the senatorial class. Alexius fled his arranged marriage to follow his holy vocation. Disguised as a beggar, he lived near Edessa in Syria, accepting alms even from his own household slaves, who had been sent to look for him but did not recognize him, until a miraculous vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary singled him out as a "Man of God." Fleeing the resultant notoriety, he returned to Rome, so changed that his parents did not recognize him, but as good Christians took him in and sheltered him for seventeen years, which he spent in a dark cubbyhole beneath the stairs, praying and teaching catechism to children. After his death, his family found writings on his body which told them who he was and how he had lived his life of penance from the day of his wedding, for the love of God. St Alexius' cult developed in Syria and spread throughout the Eastern Roman Empire by the 9th century. Only from the end of the 10th century did his name begin to appear in any liturgical books in the West. Since before the eighth century, there was on the Aventine in Rome a church that was dedicated to St Boniface. In 972 Pope Benedict VII transferred this almost abandoned church to the exiled Greek metropolitan, Sergius of Damascus. The latter erected beside the church a monastery for Greek and Latin monks, soon made famous for the austere life of its inmates. To the name of St Boniface was now added that of St Alexius as titular saint of the church and monastery known as Santi Bonifacio e Alessio. It is evidently Sergius and his monks who brought to Rome the veneration of St Alexius. The Eastern saint, according to his legend a native of Rome, was soon very popular with the folk of that city, and this church, being associated with the legend, was considered to be built on the site of the home that Alexius returned to from Edessa. St Alexius is mentioned in the Roman Martyrology under 17 July in the following terms: "At Rome, in a church on the Aventine Hill, a man of God is celebrated under the name of Alexius, who, as reported by tradition, abandoned his wealthy home, for the sake of becoming poor and to beg for alms unrecognized." While the Roman Catholic Church continues to recognize St Alexius as a saint, his feast was removed from the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints in 1969, which lists the saints to be celebrated everywhere at Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Rite. The reason given was the legendary character of the written life of the saint. The Catholic Encyclopedia article regarding St. Alexius remarked: "Perhaps the only basis for the story is the fact that a certain pious ascetic at Edessa lived the life of a beggar and was later venerated as a saint." The Tridentine Calendar gave his feast day the rank of "Simple" but by 1862 it had become a "Semidouble" and, in Rome itself, a "Double". It was reduced again to the rank of "Simple" in 1955 and in 1962 became a "Commemoration". According to the rules in the present-day Roman Missal, the saint may now be celebrated everywhere on his feast day with a "Memorial", unless in some locality an obligatory celebration is assigned to that day. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates St Alexius on 17 March. Five Byzantine Emperors, four Emperors of Trebizond and numerous other eastern European and Russian personalities have borne his name. The tale of St Alexius has parallels with that of The Prodigal Son, as told in the biblical Book of Luke. As it appears in Legenda aurea (later retold in the Gesta Romanorum) it is almost identical with a tale told of the Tathagata Buddha in the famous Lotus Sutra. Dimensions : 24 cm X 19 cm. 81 hand numbered pages. Front cover torn away, back cover generally soiled and has some writings as if used as a blotter. Interior G+. 
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14 NICOLO ENZZO SAVIO [?] c. 1750 HANDWRITTEN ORIGINAL ITALIAN MILITARY MANUSCRIPT BOOK: OFFICER TRAINEE'S VADE MECUM
Italy 1758 Very Good Italian 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a super 1750s handwritten Italian manuscript book of militaria which appears to have been an officer in training's vade mecum notebook or journal as evidenced by an extensive three page 'Tavola' [Table] of Contents with chapters on military protocol, etiquette, theory, tactics and practice +++. This 250+ year old manuscript is bound in simple, though charming, beige colored thick card stock with a fold over flap and a very interesting binding on the spine. Both covers are blank with no writing, titles or designs with the exception of the letter "T" handwritten on the back cover. The text paper is of premium quality with a partial watermark discernible. As to authorship and ownership the only clues are on the last pages wherein our author made some personal notes including references to "Capitan Tenente [Lieutenant Captain], 10 Giugno 1758 and with a name "Nicolo Enzzo Savio[?]." Researchers with a facility for Italian will most assuredly be able to fill in the blanks. The book has one page preface, three page 'Tavola' of contents and then 158 pages of writing + 11 blank pages for a total of 175 pages. [The author hand numbered and miss-numbered the pages twice at pages 68 (for one extra page) and page 105 (for two extra pages) but stopped numbering at page 158.] There are also a number of stubs of paper having been cut or torn out but no evidence of any writing or ink anywhere on the stubs. The last page of text does seem to conclude this manuscript. 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" soft cover. Overall VG. 
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15 P. REYNAUD c1780s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF COMPLEX GEOMETRY AND MATHEMATICS HANDWRITTEN IN FRENCH BY AN ADVANCED STUDENT WITH 100 PAGES OF HUNDREDS OF EQUATIONS, GRAPHS AND FORMULAE
France 1780 Leather Spine Good+ Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is a superb, original late 18th Century French language manuscript mathematics book with approximately 100 pages of handwritten questions, theories, responses and other complex mathematical and geometric forms and equations being what appears to be an advanced student of the subject's personal workbook. An ownership inscription of 'P. Reynaud' and his same signature after most entries all in a very fine precise and sometimes teeny hand 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 letters: "GEO…" The book proper, a quality book with marbleized boards and leather spine cap has about 200 pages of which half were used and very well filled. While undated we believe the book is undoubtedly late 18th Century given the paper, ink and binding all appropriate to that era. The 10 x 8 inch book has a small puncture to the leather on the rear cover but is overall G+. 
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16 R. Brookes and Johannes (John) Prince 1776 RARE AMERICANA - THE GENERAL GAZETTEER OR COMPENDIOUS GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY WITH HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT LOG OF THE REVOLUTIONARY PRIVATEER 'THE PILGRIM' INCLUDING THE SPOILS OF WAR
Dublin 1776 Full-Leather Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Superb find of early Americana on offer: HANDWRITTEN DIARY NOTES ON THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND THE BOOK "THE GENERAL GAZETEER OR, COMPENDIOUS GEOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY" by R. Brookes. Dublin: Printed for J.Williams, 1776.Unpaginated. Original full leather binding with raised spine. This 230 year old book is tight and clean and in a fine state of preservation. This very scarce early book belonged to a sailor aboard the ship Pilgrim who kept a rare hand written account of one of the most successful privateers in the American Revolution. The diary starts July, 1779; "JOHANNES PRINCE Eyus Liber July the 9, 1779." John Prince, of Beverly, Massachusetts, likely an officer aboard the Pilgrim, who, research indicates became a Reverend at the First Church in Salem after the war. It is interesting to note that Prince, as one of the crew of the Pilgrim, was instrumental in founding the Philosophical Library that was the foundation for the Salem Atheneum. The Philosophical Library was founded in 1781 from the spoils of war. The Pilgrim captured the DUKE OF GLOUCESTER, the first of her nine valuable prizes, on September 5 in the Irish Channel. The ship was carrying the library belonging to Richard Kirwin (1733-1812). Kirwin's library was transferred to the Pilgrim and subsequently auctioned off in Salem. The library was purchased by Reverend Joseph Willard of the first Church in Beverly. Eventually the volumes were given to John Prince at the First Church in Salem and later became the beginning of the Salem Atheneum. Prince dates his writings with an inscription "1779" and the narrative covers the inside cover and endpaper of the book proper. Beginning at the top of the inside front cover "Pilgrim sailed April the 13 1779." The Pilgrim has been described as "one of the most famous of the privateers during the American Revolution was the PILGRIM sailing out of Beverly, Massachusetts. This ship-rigged vessel of 200 tons achieved results comparable to those of the LIVERPOOL PACKET, being credited with taking fifty British prizes..."(Howe 1922; 349, 352). This diary appears to cover only the year 1779 listing the prizes taken, and their respective sizes (how many guns and men, etc.) and also a very brief description of the battle (how many killed, how many taken prisoner). Most of this log is legible, however, there are several words that could not be made out. There is more writing on the back side of the endpaper. It starts "THE PIRATE RUNNER SCHOONER PHILANTHROPIST JOHN PRINCE COMMANDER IN PILLOW." Underneath reads "Wrote I expect by Mr. John Crop - mate 1795." A description of what appears to a Paris hospital is also penned. Rear endpapers have writings and notes of a financial nature. 
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17 Roberti Lowth [Robert Lowth] De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum, Praelectiones Academicae Oxonii Habitae
Oxoniensis Ditata 1770 Leather Very Good Latin, Hebrew 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
De Sacra Poesi Hebraeorum, Praelectiones Academicae Oxonii Habitae...Subjicitur Metricae Harianae Brevis Confutatio: Et Oratio Crewiana….Second Edition. Robert Lowth [1710 - 1787] delivered lectures as Professor of Poetry at Oxford between 1741 and 1748. He held long proposed that Hebrew is the language spoken in Heaven. This edition contains the principal notes of Professor Michaelis, and notes by the translator and others. A mere seven years after the printing of this edition in 1777 the author became Lord Bishop of London. VG copy save for some general light soiling to the ivory boards. Interior is fine save for the odd bit of foxing and agetoning. 
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18 SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE Blackstone's Commentaries: VOLUME 2 PART 2: WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES, OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTS BY TWO NOTED LOYALISTS - WILLIAM WYLLY AND CADWALLADER D. COLDEN
1810 Fair+ 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is an interesting and original book of historical significance being an inscribed copy of Blackstone's Commentaries Volume Two, Part Two, having further manuscript notes handwritten by two noted Loyalists. This copy belonged to Loyalist William Wylly as evidenced by his bookplate. He was the first King's Council in New Brunswick, later living in the Bahamas, appointed solicitor-general and surrogate of the court of vice-admiralty. In 1804 he was appointed advocate-general of the vice-admiralty court, in 1812 he became chief justice, and in 1822 chief justice of the island of St. Vincent. The stamped inscription states: To his friend Cd. D. Colden, aka Cadwallader D. Colden, also a Loyalist during the Revolution. Colden studied law under Wylly. He was mayor of New York from 1818 - 1821 and also served as Senator from 1825-1827. This copy has been bound so that every other page is blank, leaving space for hand-written notes, etc. Some of the blank pages have original handwriting in two different hands, older writing in ink, presumably Wylly's and more recent pencil writing, most likely Colden's. The book begins on page 257 and goes up to page 520, followed by the appendix and the index, and a few more pages of writing appearing to be an additional or amended handwritten index. Both covers are detached. But the text block is still tight. There is no title page, nor any publishing information save for the blindstamped title treatment of the spine but we suspect this was a special editor's copy. Overall Fair+. 
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19 UNIDENTIFIED c. 1730 - 1750s ORIGINAL 500+ PP MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF ANCIENT MONASTIC [?] ALCHEMY, CHEMISTRY, PHARMACOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL LORE
1750 Full-Leather Very Good Latin, Greek 6.25 X 5.5 X 2 IN. 
On offer is a superb, original 18th Century Latin, and some Greek, manuscript book of over 328+ hand-numbered and some unnumbered leaves of handwritten writings being a treasure trove of ancient medical and alchemy lore and history epitomizing the state of post Renaissance sciences, the book includes various charts, indices, remedies, tinctures, other pharmacological and chemical recipes, alchemy, observations, treatments and astrological notes. Circa 1730 to 1750s, as evidenced by the marbelized end papers and separator pages in this premium 6.25 x 5.5 x 2 inch oblong leather bound clasp enclosed book was an esteemed doctor's medical book or more likely a rich monastic hospital or library given there is are remnant of a paste-down label on the edges though the spine portion of the label is gone. There is a small heart encased by filigree stamped in gilt and a gilt frame on the cover. Research suggests this book was written by 2 or maybe 3 different but similar in style and quality hands giving further credence to a monastic effort. There is a stylized graphic border on each page framing the handwriting. Titles, capital letters, section headings, important notes or comments are in red with the balance in period brown ink. The book has approximately 500 pages handwritten as the numbering accounts for each leaf but the writings are many times on the reverse of the leaf too or 2 pages in other words. Shallow interior vertical crack to the rear cover, chipping to the tips of the spine, some rubbing and general ageing do not detract from this awesome work of ancient medical and alchemy history. Interior pages and text block is VG. 
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20 UNIDENTIFIED c. 1740s HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT, ORIGINAL LIMP VELLUM HANDWRITTEN OFFICER'S VADE MECUM IN A FINE CALLIGRAPHIC HAND FRENCH MILITARY THEORY AND PRACTICE: "TRAITE DE FORTIFICATION"
France 1740 Original Vellum Very Good French 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
On offer is a superb original French handwritten manuscript titled "Traite de fortification" circa 1740 bound in contemporary limp vellum. In a fine calligraphic hand this book, probably an officer's vade mecum details the epitome of military theory and practice of the era as evidenced by the authors referenced in the manuscript with the greatest frequency being Blondel (1618-1686) and the Comte de Pagan (1604 - 1665). The inclusion of the latter is particularly interesting because the Comte de Pagan is often thought of more as a theoretician than as a practical planner. This also helps date the manuscript as both had influence in military training up until the middle of the eighteenth century, which would make our manuscript no later than about 1750. Less frequently mentioned is the writer Mousquet (1633-1707) again suggests an early date, reinforcing our circa 1740, or even suggesting it may date from the early part of the eighteenth century. Table of Contents include: l'origine de notre maniere de fortifier ~ Maniere de representer La fortification ~ les Noms de Lignes d'un plan de fortification ~ les Noms de angles du plan de fortification ~ les Noms des parties du profil ~ de la fortification en general ~ Fortification Italienne ~ Quarre et pentagone fortifie a Italienne ~ Exagone fortiffie a l'Italienne ~ Eptagone fortiffie a l'Italienne ~ Fortiffication a la Francoise ~ L'octogone a la Francoise ~ Enneagone fortifie a la francoise ~ Fortification a la Holandoise ~ Pour faire la courtine double de la face ~ Octogone fortifie a la Holandoise ~ Dodecagone a la Hollandoise ~ Fortification du comte de Pagan ~ Pentagone et Dodecagone de la grande Maniere ~ Moyenne maniere ~ Pentagone et Dodecagone de la moyenne Maniere ~ Petite maniere ~ Fortification du quarre du comte de Pagan ~ De la grandeur des flancs ~ Du Rempart ~ Du Parapet ~ De la muraille ~ De la fausse-braye ~ Du fosse ~ Des dehors en general ~ Des rauelins ~ Des demilunes ~ Ouvrages Corne sur la pointe du Gastion ~ Des ouvrages a Corne sur les courtines ~ Des ouvrages a Couronne ~ dehors de la fortification du Comte de Pagan ~ De hors defendus au Mousquet ~ Des dehors du canon ~ Fortification deM. de Vauban ~ La fortification de M. Blondel ~ Solidite du Rempart. The vellum shows faint signs of having previously been used as a writing sheet with some general light soiling. Overall in very good original condition. An octavo volume, it measures approximately 17.5cm (7") x 10.5cm (4½") x 2.5cm (1"). Very neat fine calligraphic hand written in ink on paper, text written on both sides, pp. [2, blank leaves], 259 unnumbered text pages, 6 blanks leaves at the end. 
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