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1 Di Cesare, Carlo Antonio 1744 - 1764 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT VADE MECUM HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG JESUIT SCHOLAR DETAILING HIS LOGIC STUDIES UNDER PROFESSORE GIUSEPPE GUIDONE, HIS FINANCIALS, HIS BOOKS AND HIS NOTES OF HIS RELIGIOUS DEVOTIONS AND DEDICATION
NAPLES ITALY 1744 Original Vellum Good+ 64mo - up to 3" tall Autograph
On offer is a super manuscript relic of 18th Century religious devotion being a vellum covered notebook titled 'Memoria' handwritten by Carlo Antonio Di Cesare, a Jesuit in Naples between 1744 and 1764. Superbly intimate look into the life of this Catholic man using the book as a 'vade mecum' or catchall thusly a diary of notes detailing the life of this Jesuit scholar: it begins with his graduation into the Congregazione de' studenti sotto la protezzione dell'Annunciata of the Jesuit College Gesù Vecchio in Naples to study 'Logic' under Professore Giuseppe Guidone. On 24 November 1744, he passes his exam Confessione generale di tutta la vita and joins a Rosicrucian Brotherhood. What follows are his notes comprised of various lists: financials such as receipts and expenditures; what appears to be an inventory of a Library "Nota de' libri che tengo in Napoli 30. lugl. 1749" [or a reading list?] with the last entries dated November 1764. Italian language manuscript notebook on paper, 16mo (80 x 110 mm), approximately 100 pages, bound in original vellum, overall G+. 
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1763 - 1764 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF HER LIFE AND JOURNAL OF HER RELIGIOUS TURMOIL AND DESPAIR HANDWRITTEN BY THE SOON TO BE WIFE OF A NOTED ENGLISH CLERGYMAN, ELIZABETH KINGSLEY [later SYMONDS]
2 ELIZABETH KINGSLEY [later SYMONDS] 1763 - 1764 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF HER LIFE AND JOURNAL OF HER RELIGIOUS TURMOIL AND DESPAIR HANDWRITTEN BY THE SOON TO BE WIFE OF A NOTED ENGLISH CLERGYMAN
BEDFORD ENGLAND 1763 Very Good Manuscript 8vo - over 7¾ 
On offer is a sensational, original ancient 1763 through 1764 manuscript journal of thoughts, emotions, religious out pouring and continual internal dialogue threaded throughout diary entries of the author's daily life and family. The 144 page book was handwritten by Elizabeth Kingsley [later Symonds] when she married Reverend Joshua Symonds the noted clergyman who presided at the Bunyan Meeting Hall in Bedford and the man who took over after the death of the great John Bunyan author of "Pilgrims Progress." Dated October 20th, 1763 to June 30th, 1764 the 6 ¼" x 7 ½" book with a faded teal cover is marked No. 3, numbers, 1 and 2 lost to history, has another name; Elizabeth Emery, Bedford being her daughter, this manuscript relic offers a super insight into her life and times: her "attempts" to follow her teachings from the Bible and her teachers. She writes of the sermons of such preachers of the Evangelical Revival as Madan, Romaine, Venn, Brittain, Langford, Hogg, Brewer at Pinner's Hall and others. She writes of visits to "Wesley's" chapel and attending a Methodist meeting, though not a "follower". Descriptions of life include "The Lord Mayor's Parade", entries on their servants, including one who had died after leaving their service "a carnal woman", illness in the family and she is often "troubled with frightful dreams" and so much more. Here are some snippets of this intriguing diary: "I am at present slothful in religion, but I have no power to do anything; I can't help myself. My spiritual disease rages and gets head apace and at the same I fund my strength decay" and "A very stupid frame I have been in today; but O yet blessed be the Lord, he had not left me for some weeks past, to those great terrors which sometimes I have…"1763 "October 20th, But what can I hope for from the one who I have so often offended. I daily sin against my only remedy. The complicated woes that I feel, they are too great to be escaped. I am ready to give up all hope and lay down in perpetual sorrow. But then sometimes at the extremity, I cast my self before the only Savoir and pray that he will have mercy on me and pray that I may serve him, then my wounded conscience gets a little ease, and I think my conflicts are abated; but ah! Too soon they all return. Jesus, master, have mercy on me, O restore to me the joys of thy salvation. Do then heal all my diseases, take me as a poor lost sheep and carry me upon they shoulder, for I can't walk one step of the way to glory. I commit my soul to thee this night and will lay me down to rest, hoping for better times. Sleep begins to overpower me, praised be God that I have a comfortable bed to rest on. I have forfeited every mercy but yet he bestows many upon me." (She always talks about being "afflicted with drowsiness" and takes something for it.) "November 3rd, Yesterday there was a parting in the family. One went away who had been in the house near a year and half. I was sorry at first and retired as soon as I could and put up a few petitions for her and also for her that I expected to supply her place that her coming here might be for her good. But she never came and I have been all this day stirring about and had but little time for my soul, likewise have mist hearing Mr. Brittain. However in all things I say, thy will of the Lord be done. I would learn something from everything that happens; and from seeing how it is to be so full employed with worldly business, I would learn to be thankful that my dear friends are in such circumstances as to keep some body to do the work. Send us, O Lord, I pray thee, send a proper person if it be thy will, one that is of the household of faith….." "November 4th, Tis still bad as to the affairs of my soul. Have this day taken a stranger into the family. May I be interested in her behalf and endeavor to do her all the good that I possibly can; O help me Lord, to set a good example." "November 9th, This has been Lord Mayors day and a disagreeable day to me for I went to the show, to take my sisters who had never seen it before and were very desirous of it. I was but low in spirits yet that was much better than if I had been light and trifling. I thought what a deal of time there had been spent in preparation for a vain show and for the feasts and ball which was to be this evening. A friend of mine said how these people shame Christians, but that is for want of our having our end more in view. I desire to be very thankful that we are got safe home without the least accident, especially as we were in very imminent danger. We came out of the house too soon and just after there came such a violent crowd we could neither go on nor get back, and I really thought one of the children would have been killed. I don't know that when I was so frightened in my life; but yet not upon my own account, tho I was in danger, but I had two little ones to take care of and I thought they would either have been thrown down or trampled to death or have had their limbs broke. It was a great mercy they did not fall for if they had, there would have been no hope. My sprits were quite terrified, and it was not just a fright and then over but we stood for a long time in the street and I had my pocket pickt and lost six or seven shillings at least. The Lord did in my distress send me help and two men greatly defended me. May he reward them for it. One of them conducted me safe out of the crowd….." "November 18th, This morning when I wak'd I was much troubled; and wished to have returned to that state of insensibility that I had just left. I seem'd only to open my eyes to sorrow, and expected to have had a sad disconsolate day; but glory be to God he quickly gave me peace but I have not time to record particulars." "November 23rd, These words have often come into my mind lately, as applicable to me. Sensual, not having the spirit, and today I thought these words were very suitable. Malachi 1:10. I have no pleasure in you, with the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. God seems to reject all that I do; and indeed very justly, for my hands are full of wickedness, thou Lord art holy, just and true. This I will, I must confess, tho I should be miserable forever. The Lord won't accept any offering that I bring but what is the reason, why I offer him a corrupt thing; but I have not a male in my flock, else would I offer it. I pray that his little spark may be blown into a flame." "November 26th, I walk at present by some very faint glimmerings of light." "December 1st, ……I am at present very slothful in religion, but I have no power to do anything. I can't help myself. My spiritual disease rages and gets head apace and at the same I find my strength decay." "December 5th, In the day time I am commonly pretty well in spirit because there is one thing, or other to divert my attention but of a night; when I retire to my closet, and to my bed; then my distress and fear visit me. However I don't desire peace till it is of the right sort. I want not to have my thoughts diverted, I desire no rest, but what flows from the knowledge of my reconciliation to God and to know that I would give ten thousand worlds were they at my disposal." "December 14th, There has been company here yesterday and today which has put me into a hurry of spirits and I have had but little time for retirement because they lay at the house. However I was pretty comfortable yesterday and had some sweet seasons in prayer and I found as I went backward and forward to fetch and carry things, that I could many times life up my heart to God. I had a mind last night to write a letter to an old acquaintance that I had not seen since my being changed. I bed the assistance of the Holy Spirit in it. That he would dictate to me and I only have to write the words, but I did not find it so. I was much left to myself. I staid up till this morning to finish it then went to bed and slept not 4 hours, was but poorly as to my body when I got up…." We note this is the era of John Howard, a wealthy landowner in Cardington who would soon be High Sheriff of the county and from his experience resolved to devote his life to prison reform. Overall G+. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES: Elizabeth was born on July 16th, 1741 to the parents of Charles Kingsley and Elizabeth Kingsley. She married Reverend Joshua Symonds in 1767 and was the mother of Mary, Anna, Sarah, Esther, Elizabeth, Priscilla, John, Hannah, Thomas and more. In fact the couple had 12 children all together. She died on August 27th, 1792. So she was just 22 years old when writing in her diary. Elizabeth and her husband have some very historical and noteworthy backgrounds. [Two of Elizabeth Kingsley's closest friends were Hannah Wilberforce and Eliza Delafield. Hannah was married to the uncle of the future anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce, and bought him up after the death of his father in 1768, when he was still a child. It was she who inculcated him with Evangelical views, much to the horror of his mother and grandfather who a few years later took him back into their care. She was also the Great Aunt of the novelist Charles Kingsley.] Her soon to be husband, Joshua Symonds, was the son of an apothecary in Kidderminster. In the magazine: "The Baptist Magazine dated 1823: "On the 3rd of November, 1767, Mr. Symonds was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kingsley, daughter of an eminent druggist, who resided in Lime-street, London and who proved a most excellent Christian both in young and mature age; amiable, modest, benevolent, and heavenly minded, she was indeed the pastor's wife. Previously to her marriage much of her time had been spent with her friend, the late Mrs. Wilberforce, whose habitation was a heaven upon earth, and every day resembled a Sabbath. Here Mrs. Symonds no doubt in spiritual converse with her friend, acquired the habit of and delight in abstractedness from the world, and that deep toned piety which characterized the whole of her life." 
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3 HENDRIK VAN ALPHEN 1739 SUPERB ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN EARLY 18TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT TRAVEL DIARY AND JOURNAL OF THREE [3] DUTCH MEN IN GERMANY
HOLLAND THE NETHERLANDS GERMANY 1739 Leather Spine Very Good Manuscript 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
On offer is a superb, original historical early 18th Century travel journal of three [3] Dutch men, Daniel van Alphen, P. van Dorp and the writer of the journal Hendrik van Alphen (1708-1764) who travel from Holland to Germany from April 9th 1739 through late summer. Hendrik is listed on Dutch genealogical sites as a 'koopman' or in English a merchant and given the many references that include numbers the approximately 8 x 10 inch very full 133 hand numbered page book is unlike diaries there is little detail of the daily doings but rather Hendrik described landscape and the community, where they were, how long the journey from one city to another city took and why in some cases the trip took longer than planned. The influence of Daniel van Alphen, whom was probably a registrar during the journey, is very clear in the journal. On every location that the authors arrived a specific attention is paid to the religious situation in that city or village. Matters such as the number of churches in the city and the friction between the different groups of the church were described. The landscape of the cities are also described with detail and some background information, which makes the journal very enigmatic and interesting to wonder the true intent of their visit if one is driven to whimsy! The trip lasted at least from Vollenhove (The Netherlands) to Hanau (Germany). The author even mentions being in Heinheim a few times, but this is now most likely known as Heidenheim. That means that they at least covered a distance of 500 kilometers, which was travelled over water or by foot. And if the Heidenheim is meant by Heinheim, the trip covered at least 750 kilometers. Other places visited include Groningen, Friesland, Berlin, Leipzig, Coburg, Frankfurt etc. The pages are bound in a somewhat later half leather binding. ONLINE BIO NOTES: Hij is geboren op 21 april 1708 in Hanau. Hij is overleden op 18 mei 1764 in Amsterdam, hij was toen 56 jaar oud. Beroep: Amsterdam, koopman. BIO NOTES2: Daniel van Alphen, born on 7 November 1713 and died 16 July 1797, was a well known individual in Leiden (the Netherlands). In the year that the journal was written, his family was established for more than 200 years in Leiden. His grandfather was even the mayor of Leiden. Van Alpen started studying Literature, but he made progress and was assigned as a teacher in Law (Leeraar in de Rechten). Shortly afterwards he was promoted to registrar (someone supporting the lawyer and preparing the court). Daniel van Alphen also made a contribution to the Dutch literature. In 1755 he published the book Recht der Overheden over kerkelijke persoonen en zaken, which discussed the authority of the government over religious figures and matters in the community. Between 1770 and 1784 he published three books describing the city Leiden. Overall VG. 
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1786 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ACTIVE FARMER, TIMBERMAN AND JURY MAN ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND, JAMES BLAKEMAN, [sometimes BLACKMAN]
4 JAMES BLAKEMAN, [sometimes BLACKMAN] 1786 ORIGINAL NAIVE MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY ACTIVE FARMER, TIMBERMAN AND JURY MAN ON THE NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND SOUND
STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT 1786 Good+ Manuscript 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
On offer is a super, original, naïve 18th Century manuscript diary handwritten by James Blakeman [sometimes Blackman] of Stratford Connecticut and as inscribed on the title page: "My Journal for the year 1786 James Blakeman's Journal for the year 1786" a 4 x 6¼ inch 13 page monthly account [one title page and then one month to a page] of besides his numerous farming activities including cutting, carting, plowing, making cider, mending fences, transporting hay, flax+++ he tells much local history in his direct, terse notes: "I was at Fairfield on the jury. Came home, dressed flax. I went to sawmill. I was abord the Brig Lucretia and saw Brig to Millford. I went to Ripton." And much, much more. One page has been creases on the edge but overall G+. 
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1796 - 1801 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE NOTED BRITISH 4th BATTALION ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY - OF WHICH PARTS WERE LATER PUBLISHED AS 'VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE', RICHARD RENSHAW
5 RICHARD RENSHAW 1796 - 1801 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF THE NOTED BRITISH 4th BATTALION ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY - OF WHICH PARTS WERE LATER PUBLISHED AS 'VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE'
MANCHESTER LANCASHIRE UK AFRICA EGYPT 1796 Poor English 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
On offer is the original handwritten manuscript "Voyages and Travels of Richard Renshaw" of the British Army's heralded Royal Regiment of Artillery, Renshaw of the 4th Battalion. Some parts of this manuscript were later published as 'VOYAGE TO THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE' in 1804. Renshaw retells in detail and with a keen observer's eye the story of his service for Great Britain. He is an educated man who writes insightful and sometimes rollicking accounts of his and the group's adventures. He describes everything he sees through Africa and into Egypt as part of Admiral Nelson's fleet and the ill-fated, elderly Scot, Lieutenant-General Sir Ralph Abercromby being part of "war reserved for the British nation to annihilate their [Napoleon and the French] ambitious designs their fleet was attacked, defeated and destroyed in Aboukir…" An absolutely incredible first hand account of this robust man's life. Whether dodging buffaloes, doing a bit of amateur archaeology [grave robbing!] in Egypt and he does not hesitate to tell all in this very beaten up and we believe incomplete journal. We also suggest that Richard is writing the diary after the fact as he writes of the near past with near total recall and then seems to catch up to himself in around 1801. Here are snippets from the preface and other short quotes: "Voyages and Travels of Richard Renshaw, Preface. As the following voyages and travels are now made public I think it is proper to lay before the reader a short acct of my life previous to my leaving England. I was born in ManC[hester] in the County of Lancaster and chiefly educated there. My parents in the early part of my life were in affluent circumstances but in consequence of misfortunes in trade in he order of Divine providence they were visited with the bitter cup of adversity my mother being _____ of delicate feelings…. Her constitution was not …and terminated in her death. My Father knowing I had a natural inclination for the army…taking frequent opportunities to lay before me the shocking numbers in the papers of those slain in previous engagements…. I left my fathers house November 1795. I never had the happiness of seeing him after…. Without seriously weighing the circumstance of so important a nature I enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, the consequence of this step was in the following pages will inform the reader. I embarked aboard the Crescent Frigate at Spithead on the 28th of February 1796 & sailed in company with the Sceptre sixty four and some few transports the 1st of March the wind being tolerable fair…During my time in Africa we trained a Regiment of Hottentots…I was attacked by a buffalo but owing to a small lake…I escaped from him….On the 17th of August we disembarked the Island of Rhoda and joined Major General Baird…On the 12th of December 1801 we marched on Alexandria…. During my stay in Alexandria the plague was raging in an astonishing manner…" Renshaw has made numerous deletions and corrections to the narrative manuscript for future publication. NOTE: Curiously there is one handwritten note, upside down on a blank page titled "Cure for Love" which informs in a rather shaky, aged hand a sad, unhappy verse. The covers are detached but present, the text block in pieces though the narrative is complete from beginning but there are most likely a page or two missing from the end given the way it stops. There is no loss given the narrative begins in 1796 and continues through 1802 over 150 pp or so. The author wrote on the recto pages and saved the verso for later notes, clarifications etc. of which there are many. Truly a one of a kind historical diary of an important period of British Empire's glory. 
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6 RUDELLE DALZON [DALSON] 1745 - 1789 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL, LEDGER AND DIARY OF A WEALTHY LANDLORD ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA - EX LIBRIS HPK [HANS PETER KRAUS]
Toulon, France 1745 Hard Cover Good French Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
On offer is a stunning look into the the mind, finances and economy of Rudelle Dalzon a landlord, caterer and food supplier in pre Revolutionary France on the French Riviera. Many layered, very thick, elephant folio list many, many hundreds of transactions for rents, properties listed, supplies purchased, traded, sums loaned and paid plus many pieces of ephemera stuffed inside. Unpaginated, in original boards on thick paper there are at least 200 pages at two inches thick. Rudelle begins in 1745 and writes well into 1780s. There are at least two businesses running and ancilliary loans with corresponding notes. Mentions of trade with members of the King's staff. Many years of research in this ancient ledger. Rudelle diarizes his thoughts regarding most years in a special middle section of the book. Truly fascinating pre-Revolution manuscript and a delight for historians of the French Riviera. This journal boasts a very discreet Ex Libris HPK label identifying it from the library of the famed book collector Hans Peter Kraus. 
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