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1973 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK: 'PERISCOPE PERSONALITIES 1901-1972' ABOUT THE MANY SUBMARINE COMMANDERS, OFFICERS, MATES AND SEAMEN SERVING IN THE ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICES WRITTEN BY A BRITISH ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINER, HISTORIAN, AUTHOR AND 'PLUMBER'

By: HONEYWILL, LESLIE C.E.R.A.

Price: $2,355.99

Publisher: 1973

Seller ID: 0002029

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an original 1973 manuscript book titled 'PERISCOPE PERSONALITIES 1901-1972' written by British Warrant Engineer Leslie Honeywill who was a Chief Engine Room Artificer [CERA] or a plumber as he jokingly called himself, on a number of submarines. Leslie Honeywill published many articles and books on naval subjects he was Chief Engine Room Artificer born in St John Pembroke Dock in 1899 and died in 1979. He became a leading authority on Submarine Navy subjects and after the war was consulted by High Ranking Navy officers. Periscope Personalities is a typed manuscript bound as a single... View more info

TWICE SEVEN

By: HUXLEY, ALDOUS

Price: $549.99

Publisher: London, Reprint Society Ltd.: 1944

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 000474

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Fourteen short stories in "Twice Seven". Signed by the author on a free endpaper. Book is in very nice shape with only very light signs of ageing; some very light soiling to the boards and bumping to the tips. Paste down title treatment on the spine is bright, sharp and crisp. No fading to the spine at all. ; English Language; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall; Autograph, Signed, Literature, Philosophy, Arts, Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, ; Signed by Autograph View more info

A ZOLA DICTIONARY: The Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola

By: J. G. PATTERSON

Price: $225.99

Publisher: London, GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS: 1912

Seller ID: 000554

Condition: Good+


The Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola. Biographical and critical introduction, synopses of the plots, bibliographical note, map and genealogy. Would be very good save for some dingage to the head and tail of the spine. Gilt spine treatment still nice on the slightly faded spine. The endpapers are foxing. Must have for any lover of the Rougon-Macquart collector. View more info

c1950s ORIGINAL GROUP OF THREE [3] PORTFOLIOS DETAILING THE SUCCESS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF ONE OF ASIA'S MOST RENOWNED INFRASTRUCTURAL ENGINEERING FIRMS

By: J.C. GAMMON LTD

Price: $4,055.99

Publisher: INDIA, PAKISTAN, 1950

Seller ID: 0008134

Condition: Good +


On offer is a unique and rare group of three photo portfolios dating from mid-20th Century India and Pakistan. Each portfolio measures 14.5 inches by 10 inches and is laid out landscape-style. The first has 78 pages, the second 44 pages and the third 14 pages. All are 100% complete. The pages are thick, glossy paper and the photographs are black and white. The portfolios are a set, entitled Bridges by J.C. Gammon Ltd. Bombay. They contain over 150 black and white photographs of bridges constructed across Indian and Pakistan by J.C. Gammon Ltd, Gammon is one of the largest engineering and physi... View more info

1933 FASCINATING, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND BIBB COUNTY SURVEY ON AUTOMOBILE OWNERSHIP OFFERING AN INTERESTING GLIMPSE OF ECONOMIC LIFE AT THE TIME OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

By: JAMES M. SAPP

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: BIBB COUNTY, GEORGIA, 1933

Seller ID: 0008229

Condition: Good


On offer is an interesting automobile property survey completed for tax purposes in the interwar years in the American south. The survey was kept in a 3-ring binder, measuring 8.75 inches by 11 inches. There are 27 pages and they are 100% complete. The cover and ring clasp are in good condition. All of the pages are in good condition although several have pull loose from the rings. The handwriting is legible and a number of the entries are typed. This binder is a 1933 survey of motor vehicles owned in Bibb Co, Georgia. Bibb County includes the city of Macon, GA. The survey was conducted by Jam... View more info

1930s ORIGINAL, SIGNIFICANT HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK DEALING WITH THE ART AND CRAFT OF BOOKBINDING

By: JANE KIRKLAND GRAHAM

Price: $3,485.99

Publisher: USA, 1930

Seller ID: 0008103

Condition: Good


On offer is a most unique handbook on bookbinding. Measuring 9 inches by 5.5 inches, it contains about 308 pages and is approximately 65% complete. The thick paperboard cover is in good condition and all of the pages are securely attached. The handwriting is legible and easy to read. The author of this handbook is Jane Kirkland Graham, most likely the American author of the same name but there is no conclusive evidence. The handbook has a thumb index created by the author. The pages are not numbered. The book deals extensively with the art and craft of bookbinding and begins with an annotated ... View more info

1910 - 1930 ARCHIVE OF 4 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES AND ONE [1] JOURNAL OF A YOUNG ARIZONA GIRL GROWING UP JUST PRIOR TO THE START OF WORLD WAR I

By: JENNAVEVE JOHN [HOWLEY later]

Price: $1,585.99

Publisher: ARIZONA USA AZ, 1910

Seller ID: 000849

Condition: Good+


On offer are four [4] handwritten manuscript diaries [and one journal] starting December 6th 1910 to Aug 29 1913 detailing the intimate, emotional thoughts and feelings of a young Arizona woman on her journey to become a woman during the early years of the 20th century prior to and during and in a later book after the Great War. Historians and collectors of Arizona history will be delighted as Jennaveve proves to be an utterly charming young woman who gives a superb sense of the Arizona Territory as it enters the Union in 1913 as the 48th State and in the same year women's suffrage also comes ... View more info

1930s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HISTORY OF NATIVE INDIANS OF THE SOUTH EASTERN USA WRITTEN BY A NOTED HISTORIAN AND JURIST OF OKLAHOMA

By: JOHN BARTLETT MESERVE

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: TULSA OKLAHOMA SOUTH WEST USA, 1935

Seller ID: 0007026

Condition: Good+


On offer is a rare and fascinating manuscript by a noted lawyer, judge and historian in the United States. Dating from the 1930s, this outstanding manuscript is typed on 8.5 inch by 11 inch pages and bound in a 3 inch 3-ring binder. It contains approximately 250 sheets of paper; 3 ring punched, typed 1 side only. Included in the manuscript are 39 black and white illustrations. The binder is in good condition and the pages are all intact, save for the title page which is loose. The manuscript is typed with handwritten editing changes noted on various pages. John Bartlett Meserve was a noted Ame... View more info

THE NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL LOVER

By: John Le Carre

Price: $589.99

Publisher: London, Hodder and Stoughton: 1971

Edition: Uncorrected Proof

Seller ID: 000706

Condition: Good


Uncorrected proof copy, very scarce as such, of Le Carre's first novel departing from his famed espionage novels. The original cover is in somewhat poorer shape than the interior pages but overall good.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; NOVEL, SPY, SPYCRAFT, MYSTERY, LE CARRE, UNCORRECTED PROOF, ESPIONAGE, ROMANCE, FICTION, LITERATURE, View more info

JOHN UPDIKE'S PERSONAL COPIES WITH OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE ON TWO [2] FINE UNCORRECTED PROOF COPIES: LIKE LIFE AND HOUSE

By: JOHN UPDIKE - TRACY KIDDER - LORRIE MOORE

Price: $985.99

Publisher: New York NY, Houghton Mifflin: 1984

Seller ID: 000502

Condition: Fine+


This auction is for two uncorrected proofs in original wrappers, Like Life, by Lorrie Moore, and House, by Tracy Kidder. Both are John Updike's copies, with his ownership signature to the front covers. Laid into the proof by Kidder, who like Updike is a Pulitzer winner, is a publicity photo (of Kidder) and a typed letter to Updike signed by an editor at Houghton Mifflin (subtly) requesting a blurb for Kidder's book. Both proofs are in fine condition. The Lorrie Moore proof is an especially interesting association, in that Updike later included a story from this collection in his anthology Best... View more info

1934 PRE WORLD WAR II ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AND BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED AND HAND DRAWN NAVAL TRAINING COURSE NOTEBOOK KEPT BY A TALENTED AND ASTUTE STUDENT AT THE U.S. NAVY ELECTRICAL SCHOOL

By: JOSEPH A. CAMERATA

Price: $3,055.99

Publisher: US NAVY ELECTRICAL SCHOOL, HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA, 1934

Seller ID: 0009092

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating and one-of-a-kind document from the history of the United States Navy. It is an exceptionally curious and well-illustrated student’s workbook for a 6 month (24 week) course at the U.S. Navy Electrical School in Hampton Roads, Virginia, kept by Fireman Second Class Joseph Camerata. The book contains approximately 230 pages of detailed and handwritten class notes, drawings, graphs, schematics, and charts on a huge host of topics dealing with electricity and electrical engineering. The book is broken up into sections by week. Topics include sections on electrical theor... View more info

1940 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM DETAILING ONE YOUNG GERMAN OFFICER'S MEMORIES OF INVADING NORWAY

By: KARL GRABBLE

Price: $4,085.99

Publisher: NORWAY, 1940

Seller ID: 0001466

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original, significant manuscript and photographic relic of the German invasion and occupation of Norway during World War II. Karl Grable, a very young German officer, identified by the title page portrait, pictures begin with him and family prior to leaving for the army, on a train and then with his unit aboard ship on his way to Norway. This 25 x 17 cm album contains 85 original photos and 8 RPPC [real photo post cards] and makes for a one of a kind photographic diary of the German invasion. Overall VG. View more info

1943 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING THE STATE OF AMERICA'S AMMUNITIONS, ARMAMENTS AND METHODS OF BOMB MAKING: "MILITARY EXPLOSIVES REFERENCE"

By: L.E. FARINO, PFC, 4TH P.O.T.C. T-55

Price: $2,235.99

Publisher: SAVANNA PROVING GROUNDS ILLINOIS IL, 1943

Seller ID: 0001453

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original, manuscript relic of American World War II efforts being the handwritten 'Military Explosives Reference', handwritten and maintained by P.F.C. L.E. Farino, 4th P.O.T.C. T-55. The clamshell type cover protects hundreds of lined pages of illustrations, charts, data, observations and notes outlining the then state of the art 'Bombs, Explosives, Bullets and other Ordnance'. Dated 1943, Savanna Proving Grounds, measures approx. 9" x 11" x 1.5", details what then would have been secret information given the location being the Army's top secret base, [frequen... View more info

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1943 Engaging Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a World War II Private that Paints a Detailed Picture of Daily Life with the Aircraft Warning Service, a Little-Known but Fascinating Branch of the United States Army

By: L.W. Shatterly

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: Tampa, FL, 1943

Seller ID: 0010003

Condition: Very Good


On offer is the engaging daily diary of L.W. Shatterly, a World War Two private associated with the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), a little-known but significant element of the United States Army. His diary covers the period from March 2, 1943 until October 26, 1943, and contains intermittent entries until January 1, 1944. Also included is a pass that granted Shatterly an 18-hour leave. This accessible notebook paints a very human picture of a young man deployed away from home during WWII. For a military historian, it gives a detailed look at the daily routine of a private in a largely fo... View more info

"A CLUB MEMORY" - AN ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ANTI-WAR POETIC RANT BY WELL KNOWN CONTROVERSIAL AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, SOCIALIST, CHAMPION OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE, PACIFIST AND BOOKSELLER

By: LAURENCE HOUSMAN

Price: $5,285.99

Publisher: LONDON ENGLAND UK, 1916

Seller ID: 000839

Condition: Good+


On offer - "A CLUB DINNER MEMORY" A Poem by Laurence Housman March 6, 1916. Extraordinary rare signed manuscript with photograph; a most intriguing manuscript bound in marbled boards with handmade label on front. 8 x 10.5 inches. It begins with pasted down photo of Laurence Housman and others at a table at the club dinner [Research suggests that his brother is seated to his right]. Two pages of an original handwritten poem in Housman's hand on lined paper follow. The poem relates the joys of the dinner but is primarily a rant against the War, the author having come fresh off a ship, &#... View more info

1920s SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK HAND WRITTEN BY A MUSICALLY INCLINED MACHINIST'S MATE WHO CATALOGUED AND COMPILED POPULAR AND NAVAL SONGS FROM WWI THROUGH WWII

By: LEWIS SZAREK

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: U.S. Navy, 1920

Seller ID: 0008102

Condition: Good


On offer is an excellent small songbook kept by an American sailor. This notebook measures 6 inches by 3 3/4 inches and contains 140 pages. It is 60% complete. The cover and pages are in good condition and the handwriting is very legible. For centuries, sailors have used songs to help with their heavy work, to entertain themselves and to build the sense of crew spirit so needed to man ships for long periods of time in all kinds of weather. Lewis Szarek was no different. A Machinists Mate in the United States Navy, he apparently served from the late 1920's into WWII. He has written his name and... View more info

Der Bucheinband von seinen Anfängen bis zum Ende des 18

By: Loubier, Hans

Price: $199.99

Publisher: Leipzig, Klinkhardt & Biermann: 1920

Seller ID: 000448

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Classic monograph on the History of Bookbinding. Printed 1926, Loubier, Hans.[In German] Der Bucheinband von seinen Anfängen bis zum Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts. Mit 232 Abbildungen. Edition :2., umgearb. und verm. Aufl. Published : Leipzig, Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1926. Very Good and complete in 3/4 morocco and marbled boards (printed with quarter cloth and paper boards, so privately bound). An important and classic historical overview of bookbinding from the early Middle Ages to the 18th Century.; German Language; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Books, Book Binding, Book Making, Publishin... View more info

PICTURES OF RUINED BELGIUM, VISIONS DE LA BELGIQUE DETRUITE 72 PEN AND INK SKETCHES DRAWN ON THE SPOT - With NINE [9] EPHEMERAL ITEMS INCLUDING HANDWRITTEN LETTERS, POSTCARDS AND LETTER COPIES

By: LOUIS BERDEN, LOUIS de SADELEER

Price: $985.99

Publisher: Belgium, 1918

Seller ID: 0001686

Condition: Good+


On offer is a super archive of one [1] published book being, a bilingual [English and French] 2nd edition, 'Pictures of Ruined Belgium' by Louis Berden, a relic of war-ravaged Belgium, with a tipped in handwritten note dated 1918 and an official calling card affixed to the front free endpaper, as well as some correspondence [9 pieces in total] tucked in loosely. The illustrated book appears to be a gift addressed to Maria D. Norris signed by Louis de Sadeleer, Minister of State, Senator, Former President of the House of Representatives, Member of the Special Mission sent to the President of th... View more info

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1941-1951 Archive Lot of Deeply Personal Original Handwritten Diaries that Provide a Detailed Account of One Woman’s Life in Middle-Class America During and After World War II

By: Margaret Seaton

Price: $3,255.00

Publisher: United States, 1941

Seller ID: 0010005

Condition: Good


On offer is a very interesting collection of five diaries depicting a woman’s life in mid-twentieth-century America. The author of this group of diaries is Margaret Seaton. Casual research has not uncovered any biographical detail about her. The diaries span a 10-year period, and the mention of a 57th wedding anniversary suggests that she may have been elderly at the time of writing: “57th wedding anniversary. I did not see one of my family. Janice [ ] came for me at 2 P.M. Went to her country home stayed for tea and dinner, she and her husband drove me home at 9 P.M. They have 4 lovely ch... View more info

Image for 1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

1938-1941 Archive Lot of Four Original Manuscript Diaries, Four Ration Books, and a University of Michigan J-Hop 1949 Playing Card Case & Cards Belonging to a Very Successful American Finance and Accounting Professional

By: Maurice Hahn

Price: $2,599.99

Publisher: Indiana and Michigan, 1938

Seller ID: 0010004

Condition: Fair to Good


On offer is a fine collection of diaries and documents belonging to Maurice S. Hahn, CPA, a very successful finance and accounting professional in the United States. The diaries detail the life of a young student from rural Indiana at the end of the Depression—a man who would go on to build a very successful career and make a positive impact on his community. For an historian, they provide a fascinating look at mid-century student life at a major American university. The card and case are an excellent piece of memorabilia from an exciting university social event, while the ration booklets of... View more info