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Image for 1907 SUPERB, ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL WITH 100s OF DESSERTS, CONFECTIONS, BAKED GOODS AND EUROPEAN PASTRY RECIPES, PLUS ICING DESIGN ILLUSTRATIONS: A MASTER BAKER AND KONDITOR'S TREASURE TROVE

1907 SUPERB, ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL WITH 100s OF DESSERTS, CONFECTIONS, BAKED GOODS AND EUROPEAN PASTRY RECIPES, PLUS ICING DESIGN ILLUSTRATIONS: A MASTER BAKER AND KONDITOR'S TREASURE TROVE

By: MICHAEL KARNER, KONDITOR

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: GERMANY [?], 1907

Seller ID: 0002360

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational, original early 20th Century manuscript book of 100s of baking and dessert confection recipes handwritten and compiled as per the inscription on the pastedown: "Michael Karner Konditor 1907". Rarely have we seen such a comprehensive book of recipes of such breadth in the dessert arts. The book has an index at the beginning indicating 32 pages of German specialties: Makron Masse, Gefullte Makronen, Linzertieg, Klezen Brod, Maderaschnitten, Gugelhupf, etc. Then from page 34 on the next 200 or so pages written in excellent English peppered with the odd German wor... View more info

1920s ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN AND HAND DRAWN AUTOGRAPH MEMORY BOOK FROM THE OTIS SCHOOL OF ART IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA - INCLUDING FAMED DISNEY ANIMATOR 'FRENCHY' DE TREMAUDON, ARTISTS BILL BENDER AND F.J. ZIMERER

By: MILLICENT UMBACH [later LORD]

Price: $2,285.99

Publisher: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA CA, 1927

Inscription: Autograph

Seller ID: 000862

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original handwritten autograph and memory book approximately one-third full of drawings, poetry, well wishes etc. some sweet and some racy. While not identified save for 'Dear Millicent' in the messages this book comes from the William Umbach Lord estate whose mother was Millicent Lord nee Umbach. One of the messages in the book is signed by 'Lordy' - Ralph E.C. Lord - her future husband. Millicent was a student of the then recently opened Otis School of Art which was a starting point for much of Hollywood's future creative talent. Many notable alumni include Edith Head the fame... View more info

1943 ORIGINAL WORLD WAR 2 ERA TRAINING COURSE FOR A YOUNG NAVY SOLDIER LEARNING EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT PROPELLER PLANES IN A NAVAL AIRCRAFT TRAINING COURSE IN CHICAGO

By: MR. DEKKER

Price: $1,655.99

Publisher: NAVAL AIR TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTER CHICAGO, IL, 1943

Seller ID: 0009081

Condition: Good


On offer is a large and comprehensive notebook of handwritten, typed, and printed pages relating to a Naval Training course on plain propellers, their many parts, the way the work, and their maintenance. The course was taken by a man with the last name ‘Dekker’. The very first thing written is a definition of a propeller. “A propeller is an air screw. It is a series of twisted air foils of irregular planes and form. AIRFOIL - is any surface which when projected through the air produces some aero-dynamic usefulness.” Seven more terms are defined , and then a number of types of propeller... View more info

1906 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER FROM THE WIFE OF A PERSECUTED BELGIAN CONGO MISSIONARY INVOLVED IN THE NOTORIOUS INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL CONTROVERSY OF CRUELTY AND CANNABILISM: THE COMMANDANT HAGSTROM AFFAIR

By: MRS. REVEREND EDGAR STANNARD [?]

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: BELGIAN CONGO ALBERTVILLE, 1906

Seller ID: 0001393

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original letter, written in English, dated Haut (Upper) Congo, Nov 14th 1906, by an unknown female writer who appears to be the wife of a missionary who was being prosecuted by the Congo Police, (casual research suggest this is possibly the British Reverend Edgar Stannard). The letter specifically refers to implication in the "Commandant Hagström affair..." The tremendous political controversy surrounded a charge of libelling Congo police officer Hagström, made by the Governor General of the Congo Free State and King Leopold, against the Reverend who accused Hagström ... View more info

1914 - 1916 SUPERB, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT REGIMENTAL [RAMC] DIARY AND SIGNIFICANT RECORD OF THE 6 DIVISION BRITISH ARMY MEDICAL CORPS' 17 MONTH DAY TO DAY GRIND AT THE FRONT HANDWRITTEN BY AN ENGLISH MAJOR WHO WOULD GO ON THE AUTHOR BOOKS ON HIS SERVICE

By: NATHANIEL JOHN RUTHERFORD

Price: $5,585.99

Publisher: BRITAIN, 1914

Seller ID: 0008167

Condition: Good


On offer is a simply outstanding first hand record of life on the front lines of WWI. All units in the British Army were required after 1907 to keep a Unit war diary. This is not a personal record but rather a unit record of information such as orders, movements, location, activities, casualties, etc which can be used later for training purposes and as a starting point for a review of tactics - successful and otherwise. It also serves to to create a detailed historical record of each Unit for archival purposes. British Army Units have kept these from 1907 right up to the present day. The physi... View more info

HER PERSONAL COMPACT RESEARCH LIBRARY OF FAMED JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR AND ANTI-SHARIA FREEDOM FIGHTER

By: ORIANA FALLACI et al

Price: $9,525.99

Publisher: NEW YORK USA FLORENCE ITALY,

Seller ID: 0001350

Condition: Good+


On offer is a compact research library of the noted and famous journalist, author and untiring freedom fighter against sharia law and for women's rights Oriana Fallaci. This research library of 27 contemporary and one [1] antiquarian books [detailed below] were recently recovered from the same and original source of the research files of Ms. Fallaci that this company recently sold. Ms. Fallaci was of one of the 20th century's most celebrated, notable and influential women. A prolific writer and author and a world renowned interviewer and journalist, [a term she loathed to define her work] and ... View more info

Ships of the Royal Navies

By: OSCAR PARKES, BASIL LUBBOCK

Price: $655.99

Publisher: London England, Sampson Low Marston & Co.: 1937

Seller ID: 0002174

Condition: Good


On offer is a copy of the book 'Ships of the Royal Navies' by Oscar Parkes which lists all the ships used by the Royal Navies providing photos and general information about the ships with an interesting association. This particular book was owned by the marine author Basil Lubbock who added a couple of dozen or so handwritten notes on the fates of a number of these ships during World War II. For example for the aircraft carrier Courageous there is the following note "Sunk by German submarine on 18th Sept 1939, big loss of life". For the battleship Hood "June 1941 an unlucky shot fr... View more info

HIGHER MAGIC - MAGIC FOR THE ARTIST - SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

By: OSCAR S. TEALE

Price: $3,895.99

Publisher: New York NY, ADAMS PRESS PRINT: 1920

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 00MV92

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a very good edition of the book "HIGHER MAGIC - Magic for the Artist", by Oscar S. Teale an architect, friend of Houdini, President of Society of American Magicians. Published by Adams Press Print, 240 Broadway, New York, New York 1920, [1920]. Rarely available this copy is signed and inscribed on the first fly leaf by Oscar S Teale to William E. Locke, Aug 4 1920. Teale has also handwritten "Serial No. 83". The chapters in this book pertain to bizarre magic (including séance work). All items are concerned with visual, physical manifestations. Publisher's original ... View more info

1937 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BY OWEN RUTTER - THE ATLANTIC CROSSED BY STEAM

By: Owen Rutter

Price: $1,455.99

Publisher: 1937

Seller ID: 000601

Condition: Very Good


An original manuscript entitled "The Atlantic Crossed by Steam", 5000 words, dated 5-6 December, 1937, written over 14 foolscap sized (roughly 12 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches) pages, signed on the title page, first page and last page, by Owen Rutter, Anglo-Malay Colonial Administrator and an orientalist of some repute. The steamship SS Great Western (named for the Great Western Railway Company) was the first steamship purposely built for the Atlantic crossing. It was an iron-strapped wooden side-wheel paddle steamer (with auxiliary sails), designed by the great railway engineer Isambard Kingdom... View more info

1958 COPY OF 'HERE I STAND' BY ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST ICONIC AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES OF RAGE AND BITTERNESS BY ANOTHER RENOWNED AFRICAN AMERICAN

By: PAUL ROBESON, WESLEY A. WILLIAMS

Price: $8,255.99

Publisher: New York NY, 1958

Seller ID: 0002131

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, original relic of the Civil Rights era and the real bitterness and rage felt by some if not many on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement being the personal copy of the 128 page manifesto-autobiography 'Here I Stand' by Paul Robeson, published in 1958 by Othello Associates, New York, owned, annotated and underlined throughout by Wesley A. Williams [1897 - 1984]. The target of lifelong racism as the third African-American man ever to join, in 1919, the New York Fire Service Williams' ownership signature and despairing annotations fill the book from the front pastedow... View more info

I, ANNETTE VALLON - WILLIAM WORDSWORTH'S MISTRESS AND THE MOTHER OF HIS ILLEGITIMATE DAUGHTER

By: PEARLE LECOMPTE

Price: $1,289.99

Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico,

Seller ID: 000681

Condition: Very Good


On offer is an original typewritten unpublished manuscript titled, "I, Annette Vallon" by Pearle LeCompte. The work in novel form is a fictionalized biography of the woman who was the lover of William Wordsworth, the great Romantic Poet. She also bore his illegitimate daughter. Research suggests the work was created in the 1930 or 1940s, has an introduction of 13 pages and 449 pages numbered in pencil. The title page states 135,000 words. The author was very involved in the literary arts and theatre and in the education thereof. In 1931 her book 'Dramatics' was published. Upon retiring... View more info

BOOK ON CD: DIGITAL COPY OF ORIGINAL PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT GRIMOIRE OF RITUALS, SPELLS AND INCANTATIONS BY A GENERATIONAL, HEREDITARY HIGH PRIESTESS OF WICCA - EX LIBRIS JEWISH OCCULTIST ISRAEL REAGARDIE

By: Persephone Adrastea Eirene

Price: $385.99

Publisher: 1960

Seller ID: 000773

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a direct scan of an absolutely irreplaceable and rare book being an approximately 250 page handwritten manuscript book of spells, curses and enchantments; a true Book of Shadows by a High Priestess of Wicca, the daughter of a High Priestess and the granddaughter of a High Priestess. Hundreds of years of Wicca knowledge is handed down from the women of this witch’s family line and coalesced into this vintage “grimoire” or ritual book of spells and incantations. Authored by Persephone Adrastea Eirene, her Wiccan name, 3rd degree, and as such she claimed three names, she was a t... View more info

BOOK ON CD: DIGITAL COPY OF ORIGINAL PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT OCCULT ALCHEMY BOOK OF CURES, REMEDIES, POTIONS AND BALMS BY A GENERATIONAL, HEREDITARY HIGH PRIESTESS OF WICCA - EX LIBRIS JEWISH OCCULTIST ISRAEL REAGARDIE

By: Persephone Adrastea Eirene

Price: $285.99

Publisher: 1960

Seller ID: 000774

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a direct scan on CD of an absolutely irreplaceable and rare book being an approximately 200 page handwritten manuscript book of occult herbalist, alchemy and chemistry recipes, cures, ceremonial perfumes and balms used in Witchcraft, including cough syrups, dyes, beauty aids, how-to make hairspray, how-to make incense, liniment, teas, nerve tonics and liqueurs by a High Priestess of Wicca, the daughter of a High Priestess and the granddaughter of a High Priestess. Hundreds of years of Wicca knowledge is handed down from the women of this witch’s family line and coalesced into thi... View more info

1922 - 1925 + 1938 - 1939 SUPERB GROUP OF ORIGINAL PHOTO ALBUMS [5] DETAILING THE LIVES OF A BRITISH FAMILY IN MALAYA AND A WIDE LENS INTO BRITISH COLONIAL LIFE OF RUBBER PLANTATIONS, TIN MINING AND BRITISH SOCIAL LIFE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

By: PETER MOORE Snr. ?

Price: $6,495.99

Publisher: Malaya - Britain, 1922

Seller ID: 0008033

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating collection of photo albums depicting a British family living in Malaya in the post WWI era. There are 5 albums in the group. Four cover the period 1922 - 1925. They are approximately 12 inches by 9 inches in size (landscape layout) and contain 60 pages each. In terms of completeness, they are respectively 25%, 66%, 97% and 100 % complete. The fifth album covers the period 1938 - 39. It measures approximately 10 3/4 inches by 8 inches (landscape layout). It has 22 pages and is 100% complete. The photographs are a mix of colour and black & white with the great majority ... View more info

1950 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL AND DIARY OF A FAMED MYCOLOGIST, BOTANIST AND BIOLOGIST WORKING IN KENYA AFRICA

By: R. W. Rayner

Price: $1,645.99

Publisher: KENYA AFRICA AFRIQUE, 1950

Seller ID: 000810

Condition: Good


On offer is an original "Autograph East African Diary for 1950" - a large desk diary, 20 x 25 cm (7.5 x 10 inches) for the year 1950, with the name and address on front paste-down of R. W. Rayner, Box 4, Ruiru, Kenya. R. W. Rayner was an oft-noted botanist and biologist and later published in the field of mycology and natural history. This is a week-at-glance diary has hand written entries dealing with the owner's professional activities and the odd personal notes some social activities and rambles, and nature field-trips. Entries begin in March and continue through December. VG. View more info

1929 - 1931 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARIES [4] HANDWRITTEN BY A DOUBT FILLED SEMINARIAN AND HIS DEVOTED WITHOUT-A-DOUBT FUTURE WIFE

By: REVEREND JOHN C. STUFF & ISABELLE GISH [later STUFF]

Price: $2,395.99

Publisher: CHAMBERSBURG PENNSYLVANIA PENN PA, 1929

Seller ID: 0001398

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original grouping of four [4] manuscript diaries dated 1929 through 1931 handwritten by Reverend John C Stuff and Isabelle Gish [later Stuff] written during a period when John was in seminary and Isabelle was working in Chambersburg PA. Historians and researchers interested in the development and growth of a young man seeking a life in Christian outreach with all the passions, doubts and difficulties that occur with youth and young love will find a unique treasure trove having a pair of diaries from both sides of the relationship. With great charm we initially read a card at the... View more info

1942 HANDWRITTEN ORIGINAL WORLD WAR II MANUSCRIPT SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF GERMAN AVIATION, ROCKETRY AND ROCKET THEORY

By: RICHTER, HILLY

Price: $5,295.99

Publisher: Germany, 1942

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 000025B

Condition: Very Good


[Original Manuscript] GERMAN ROCKETRY. In German. 164 pages loose in old folder. Highly technical writings, mathematical equations and analysis, graphs, charts etc. Signed Hilly Richter 24 January, 1942. Entitled "Auftriebs verteilung Richtung flugeltiefe auf grund der theorie der dunnen Profile," relating to theories of lift distribution and flight direction. The folder labeled "Rakete Theorie". Clearly, the date of the manuscript would put in squarely in the period of World War II and the great German advances in aeronautics. Civilian and military efforts in the field of roc... View more info

MOBY DICK: MASSIVE 1952 HENDRICKS HOUSE EDITION OWNED BY MELVILLE EXPERT, PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR FILLED WITH COPIOUS NOTES DISSECTING ONE OF AMERICA'S LITERARY GREATS

By: ROBERT H. ZOELLNER, HERMAN MELVILLE

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: FORT COLLINS COLORADO, Hendricks House New York: 1952

Seller ID: 0002199

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a fascinating, significant handwritten relic of American literature being a 1952 "Hendricks House" edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, edited by Luther S. Mansfield and Howard P. Vincent that belonged to author and Colorado State University professor and Melville expert Robert H. Zoellner (1926 - 2001). This book, Zoellner's personal copy, he signs and dates the book 1962, is heavily annotated and underlined on nearly every single page with his handwritten notes minutely dissecting Moby Dick nearly word by word in many sections while he researched and wrote his opus &#... View more info

1950 SUPERB ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL OF HAND WRITTEN NOTES AND HAND DRAWN CHARTS, GRAPHS AND TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATIONS CREATED BY A GIFTED STUDENT OF MINING IN MICHIGAN

By: ROBERT J. RUBY

Price: $3,855.99

Publisher: UPPER PENINSULA; MICHIGAN, 1950

Seller ID: 0007015

Condition: Good


On offer is a superb collection of 3 notebooks of a student at one of America's top engineering and technology universities. The collection contains 3 hardbound notebooks, each measuring 5 inches by 7 inches and containing approximately 90 pages. They are respectively about 90%, 50% and 30$ complete. The notebooks contain meticulously written notes and clear, detailed drawings. The embossed covers are in good condition as are all of the pages within. There are some additional note pages, maps and drawings inserted into the books. Robert J. Ruby was a student attending Michigan College of Minin... View more info

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Scott Meredith, Pioneering Literary Agent's Biography, "Writing to Sell", Heavily Annotated by an Aspiring Writer, Plus Autographed Letter from Meredith

By: Scott Meredith

Price: $689.99

Publisher: United States, Scott Meredith Literary Agency: 1950

Seller ID: 0011023

Condition: Good+


On offer is a heavily annotated hard back piece of non-fiction by one of America's greatest literary agents - including a signed letter from him affixed to the book. The book is entitled Writing to Sell and is authored by Scott Meredith. Meredith formed the Scott Meredith Literary Agency in 1946 with his first client, P. G. Wodehouse. In the next 50 years, the agency sold 25,000 titles of which over 1,500 remain in print today. Scott Meredith was a pioneering literary agent. He was among the first agents to develop and sell movie tie-in books for films including "West Side Story" and &... View more info