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1906 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A YOUNG SAN FRANCISCO BOY WHO CHRONICLES HIS LIVING THROUGH THE EARTHQUAKE OF 1906 INCLUDING THE DESTRUCTION OF HIS HOME

By: JASPER W. O'FARRELL

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA, 1906

Seller ID: 0001861

Condition: Good


On offer is a sensational, original 1906 manuscript diary handwritten by a young man named Jasper W. O'Farrell, who we believe was the son or grandson of Jasper O'Farrell a famed early San Francisco resident, surveyor, land holder and Senator. [There are streets in San Francisco named after him and a chain of eateries!] All the more fascinating is the narrative by the young O'Farrell who lived through the notorious earthquake of 1906. Writing in fits and spurts throughout about a third of the book he does a good job detailing the tragedy of the earthquake and the wreckage it caused, even the d... View more info

1974 EXPOSE SCREENPLAY MANUSCRIPT: WITNESS TO MURDER ALLEGES HISTORY OF INVESTIGATIVE ERROR, DUPLICITY AND CORRUPTION IN PRE WAR NEW JERSEY INCLUDING THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING AND TRIAL

By: A. PONDS ORLANDO

Price: $1,599.99

Publisher: BERNARDSVILLE NEW JERSEY NJ, 1974

Seller ID: 000942

Condition: Good+


On offer is an original manuscript by A. Ponds Orlando, personally inscribed to Erwin Richardt [noted anti government activist] in pencil - 'To Erwin, from Ponds'. In 1931 A. Ponds Orlando was an eyewitness to the Charles Cavanaugh murder on Sept 8, 1931, and this work recounts those events in detail, including how the state police chose an innocent scapegoat to pin the crime on, used third-degree tactics to force a false 'confession', fabricated false evidence, paid 'witnesses' to lie on the stand during the trial, hide and destroy actual and true evidence found at the crime scene, and disre... View more info

1950s SUPER, ORIGINAL EARLY STATE OF ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES TRAINING NOTE BOOKS MAKING FOR AN UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE HISTORY OF WEAPONRY AND ARMS THE YOUNG STATE HAD TO SCAVENGE FROM POST WAR EUROPE

By: ABRAHAM GREENBERGER

Price: $5,255.99

Publisher: ISRAEL, 1950

Seller ID: 0008196

Condition: Fair


On offer are three [3] manuscript notebooks in Hebrew handwritten in 1950s by Abraham Greenberger with notes on use of various types of weapons used by the fledgling IDF, Israeli Defence Forces. They are regular 24-page school notebooks measuring 8.2' x 6.5', and 100%, 45%, and 12% complete. The pages are yellowed, covers of two notebooks are torn and detached, half of the last page in one of the notebooks is torn out and missing. The handwriting is very legible. It seems from the context that he probably was taking a course for firearm instructors - two of the books have the structure of less... View more info

1930 - 1941 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT ARCHIVE OF TWELVE [12] DEPRESSION ERA AND PRE WORLD WAR II DIARIES OFFERING A RARE DAILY LOOK AT THE PERSONAL, LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS AND POLITICS OF THE DAY AFFECTING A DOWN TO EARTH PENNSYLVANIA MAN

By: ALAN E. MAURER

Price: $2,245.99

Publisher: ORWIGSBURG PA PENNSYLVANIA, 1930

Seller ID: 000833

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a remarkable archive of twelve [12] handwritten manuscript diaries beginning in 1930 until the author's death in 1941. This archive chronicles the Depression Era and pre- World War Two era in superb fashion - the author Alan E. Maurer [1892-1941 son of William R. and Anna L. Maurer] was a meticulous, near obsessive diarist observing the world from a personal, local and national and international level as if he had a front row seat and never failing to present the details of the day. In a very neat manner of printing with a near calligraphic style the author notes everything - trial... View more info

1904 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK AND PRECURSOR TO HIS PUBLISHED WORK ON THE CHURCHES OF SUSSEX ENGLAND

By: ALFRED H. PEAT

Price: $1,255.99

Publisher: CHICHESTER ENGLAND SUSSEX, 1904

Seller ID: 0001936

Condition: Good


On offer is an original manuscript notebook, handwritten by published author Alfred H Peat, mainly on Sussex Churches. The book deals with over 40 churches and other topics, and was drawn on heavily for the author's published work "Churches and other Antiquities of West Sussex", published by J W Moore in Chichester in 1906. The book measures 23cm by 19cm, is signed "A H Peat, Chichester 1904" at the front, has 259 handwritten pages, and is bound in half red morocco, blue cloth boards. The binding is somewhat rubbed and scuffed (but intact), the contents are generally in good co... View more info

IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS

By: ANDRE GIDE

Price: $675.99

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1944

Edition: First American Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 000606

Condition: Very Good+


Super copy, of Gide's comments and observations of France immediately after the country's fall to the German Army. Unclipped, would be very fine save for the lightest of pencil notes in a small area at the rear endpapers. D/j is the lesser with some chipping to the extremities but professionally under mylar now. Scarce title with scarcer autograph. Translated by Malcolm Cowley. Signed on first title page by the author. View more info

1939 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF FIRST HAND OBSERVATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE ON DIET, NUTRITION, DIABETES, AND A HOST OF OTHER SUBJECTS DONE BY A YOUNG WOMAN LEARNING AND RESEARCHING AT THE BETH ISRAEL FOOD CLINIC

By: ANNIE MACLEOD

Price: $2,255.99

Publisher: BETH ISRAEL FOOD CLINIC, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MA, 1939

Seller ID: 0009094

Condition: Good


On offer are the fascinating observations, clinical notes, historical information, and more kept by a woman by the name of Annie MacLeod in 1939. Ms. MacLeod was a graduate student doing a course at the Beth Israel Food Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts at the time. Her copious notes have been thoroughly researched and compiled, showing a tremendous amount of knowledge in what was still a burgeoning field of medical study (For reference, the first diabetes textbook in the English language came out in 1916.) The book contains an tremendous amount of information related to: how much and what kinds... View more info

1920s - 1930s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF VOICE AND VOCALS HAND WRITTEN BY A RENOWNED AMERICAN COMPOSER, EDUCATOR, AUTHOR AND THEORIST

By: BAINBRIDGE CRIST

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: U. S., 1925

Seller ID: 0005059

Condition: Good


On offer is an outstanding manuscript for a book on vocal pedagogy. The volume contains approximately 300 pages and is about 75% complete. It measures 8 inches by 5.5 inches. Although the cover shows some wear, it is in fair condition and all pages are intact. The handwriting is legible. There are a number of loose pages inserted into the notebook, Bainbridge Crist was a noted American composer, conductor and educator. He was born in 1883 and died in 1969. He studied piano and flute. He earned a law degree from George Washington University However, music and vocals were his great love and that... View more info

1920s - 1930s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK OF VOICE AND VOCALS HAND WRITTEN BY A RENOWNED AMERICAN COMPOSER, EDUCATOR, AUTHOR AND THEORIST

By: BAINBRIDGE CRIST

Price: $4,455.99

Publisher: U. S., 1925

Seller ID: 0008059

Condition: Good


On offer is an outstanding manuscript for a book on vocal pedagogy. The volume contains approximately 300 pages and is about 75% complete. It measures 8 inches by 5.5 inches. Although the cover shows some wear, it is in fair condition and all pages are intact. The handwriting is legible. There are a number of loose pages inserted into the notebook, Bainbridge Crist was a noted American composer, conductor and educator. He was born in 1883 and died in 1969. He studied piano and flute. He earned a law degree from George Washington University However, music and vocals were his great love and that... View more info

AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR WITH HANDWRITTEN NOTES OF A FUTURE PROFESSOR EMERITUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

By: BOWDITCH/PAUL F. SMITH Ph.D

Price: $645.99

Publisher: WASHINGTON [DC], Washington General Printing Office 1939: 1938

Seller ID: 0001512

Condition: Very Good


On offer: AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR H.O. No 9 Bowditch, United States Navy Department Revised Edition of 1938 US Hydro-graphic Office. Published: 'Washington General Printing Office 1939'. This navigation and nautical astronomy book, [text pages (391pp) and table pages (387pp), 778pp total, 8vo beige cloth hardback] with illustrations, diagrams, formulas, tables, photograph depictions of marine navigation instruments and tools plus 13 pieces of old 1942 and assumed earlier ephemera tucked in: class handouts; tests on rough, yellowed uncoated paper stock, typed on an old typewriter in serif ... View more info

1901 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF DRUID RITUAL, PROCEDURE AND MUSIC HANDWRITTEN IN A BEAUTIFUL CALLIGRAPHIC HAND

By: BROTHER R.T. CROSOER, PGA

Price: $5,585.99

Publisher: MAIDENSTONE ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN UK, 1920

Seller ID: 0001795

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is a simply sensational manuscript relic of early 20th Century Druid culture and ceremonial knowledge. This beautiful full leather 7.25 x 5 inch book filled with procedures, music and ceremonial methods is believed to have belonged to Brother R.T. Crosoer, PGA, an editor of Druid publications and a well respected and recognised member of the Druid community in Britain. The book is dated January 29th 1901 based on a tipped in newspaper cutting regarding the re-opening of the Royal Arch Chapter in Maidstone. Entirely handwritten by an unknown writer in a lovely, tight calligraphic hand ... View more info

1944 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT PAIR [2] OF MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS DETAILING ONE KENTUCKY MAN'S SERVICE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC ON A VERY ACTIVE LIBERTY SHIP

By: C. W. [CHARLIE] LANNAN

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: SOUTH PACIFIC PHILIPPINES NEW GUINEA, 1944

Seller ID: 0007017

Condition: Good


On offer is a simply outstanding record of active service in the Pacific theatre of WWII. Comprising of two journals plus ephemera, these give a super daily accounting of U.S. naval service in the Far East. C.W. (Charlie) Lannan was married and lived in Louisville, Kentucky in 1944 when he entered service. He belonged to the United States Naval Reserve and served on the Liberty ship S/S Samuel W Williston (Hull Number 2163 [see Shellback Certificate]. The Liberty ship was a class of cargo ship built in the United States during World War II. By design, it was simple and economical to constructi... View more info

1920s ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF THREE [3] HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS DETAILING THE DEMISE OF ANCIENT PERSIA AND MARKING THE BIRTH OF MODERN IRAN CREATED BY A FUTURE AUTHOR AND RENOWNED EXPERT ON IRAN AND IRAQ

By: C.J. [Cecil James] EDMONDS (?)

Price: $22,995.99

Publisher: PERSIA IRAN, 1920

Seller ID: NNMV718N

Condition: Very Good+


On offer is an absolutely sensational, original set of three [3] historic photo albums, circa 1920 with one album identified specifically as 'October 11-29, 1920'. This is an outstanding, irreplaceable, one of a kind, collection of approximately 158 period photographs, each about 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches, wherein the photos include: Uman, summit of Latakuh Pass, the Gilan jungle, Lahijan, a super photo of a sailing barge on the Chamkhaleh, scenes around the Caspian, gypsies, a Ford vehicle stuck in a pond, a mosque in Kasvin, the Shah's Palace in Tehran, scenes of Baghdad, the bringing in of Bolsh... View more info

THE HAPPY RETURN aka BEAT TO QUARTERS

By: C.S. FORESTER

Price: $2,385.99

Publisher: London England, Michael Joseph: 1937

Seller ID: 0001552

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a super, autographed copy of the First Edition of the first book in the immortal Horatio Hornblower series: The Happy Return by C.S. Forester, signed on the fep, some light book dealer's pencil notes on another endpaper. Only 12,000 copies were printed of the First Edition thusly, signed, makes for an inordinately scarce title. This a VG copy, lacking the dustjacket, London green, silver gilt, crisp and save for a very slight cocking, very light sunning to the spine it would be near fine. View more info

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1946-1957 Original Handwritten Journal with ephemera by a US Navy Chaplain Serving in Asia and the Pacific after World War Two

By: Calvin H. Elliott

Price: $759.99

Publisher: UNITED STATES; MARSHALL ISLANDS; GUAM; SHANGHAI, 1946

Seller ID: 0010002

Condition: good


On offer is a fine hardcover notebook written by a United States Navy chaplain following World War Two. Included as well are a number of pieces of ephemera and legal documents, such as marriage licenses, an invitation to the wedding of the daughter of a US Navy Admiral, and various newspaper clippings. The author of the volume is Reverend Calvin H. Elliott, an Episcopalian minister and US Navy chaplain who served immediately after WWII. Not only does this detailed notebook provide insight into the thoughts of this Navy chaplain and his worldview, it also offers concrete and valuable geneal... View more info

1930s SUPER, ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT SHIP'S LOG DETAILING THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS OF ONE OF AMERICA'S FOREMOST YOUTH TRAINING PROGRAMS

By: CAPT. AUGUST C. WAHL, MATE PASHLEY, et al

Price: $3,355.99

Publisher: TORRESDALE, PENNSYLVANIA, 1931

Seller ID: 0008192

Condition: Good


On offer is a rare handwritten log book of an American Sea Scout unit in the years prior to WWII. The hard bound volume measures 12.5 inches by 8.25 inches. The book was printed with 476 numbered pages. However, the first 28 pages have been removed. The log actually begins on page 29. The book is about 25% complete. It spans the period 1931 to 1939. The cover, bindings and pages are all in good condition. The hand writing is legible. The Sea Scouts are a constituent part of the Boy Scouts of America. Founded in 1910 by Baden-Powell in England, the program was established in the United States i... View more info

c1940 ANNOTATED COPY OF 'ORACLES OF NOSTRADAMUS' WITH HANDWRITTEN AND TYPED NOTES BY FAMED OCCULTIST AND SPIRITUALIST AND DISCIPLE OF THE ENIGMATIC PRINCE RAKOCKZY, COMTE DE ST. GERMAIN

By: CECILIA RUTH STEVENSON and CHARLES A.WARD

Price: $5,285.99

Publisher: SENNEVILLE QUEBEC QC CANADA, 1940

Seller ID: 0001501

Condition: Good+


On offer is a sensational relic of mystic and occult study and observation being an annotated copy of 'Oracles of Nostradamus' by Charles A. Ward published in New York 1940. The handwritten and typed notes are by the occultist Cecilia Ruth Stevenson of Senneville Quebec Canada. She was a disciple of Prince Rakockzy the Comte de St. Germain. As stated in the book it is one of only 27 specially prepared copies for her occult initiates. Cecilia Ruth Stevenson, who owned a vast occult library and was the wife of the Canadian correspondent of the Times London newspaper and her son, Professor Ian St... View more info

ISRAEL UND SEIN LAND with Facsimile Holograph Forward By Albert Einstein

By: CHAIM WEIZMANN

Price: $89.99

Publisher: London England, Keren Hajessod: 1924

Seller ID: 0001009

Condition: Good


Israel und sein Land. Reden und Ansprachen. Mit einem Geleitwort von Albert Einstein. General signs of ageing and some dingage and rubbing to the edges. Otherwise G+. View more info

1902 ORIGINAL PRE PUBLICATION HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT BOOK ON BIRDS' NESTS BY ONE OF ENGLAND'S MOST PUBLISHED ORNITHOLOGISTS

By: CHARLES DIXON

Price: $2,485.99

Publisher: London England, 1902

Seller ID: 0002064

Condition: Very Good


On offer is a sensational, original 1902 manuscript book titled "Birds' Nests" handwritten by famed English ornithologist Charles Dixon. This 250 page book is a superb effort as to the depth of the subject matter and the regard held by the author who had the book specially bound by Zaehnsdorf of London, England obviously meant for his publisher as noted in the list of works listed below. Overall VG. WIKIPEDIA: Charles Dixon (1858-1926) was an English ornithologist, born in London. He discovered the St Kilda Wren and a new species in North Africa. He collaborated with Henry Seebohm on h... View more info

1911 - 1916 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT HANDWRITTEN LOGBOOK KEPT BY THREE SUCCESSIVE FOREST RANGERS AS THEY KEPT TABS ON THE CLAIMS OF THE MANY HOMESTEADERS WHO POPULATED THE WILDERNESS OF THE BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

By: CHARLES O'KEEFE and R.E. CLABBY

Price: $1,855.99

Publisher: BOISE NATIONAL FOREST, IDAHO, IO, 1911

Seller ID: 0009124

Condition: Good


On offer is a fascinating leather bound journal, kept by Forest Rangers in the Danskin District of the Boise National Forest in the early part of the 20th century. The book is a record of the homestead claims in the area from 1911 to 1916. Under the Homestead Acts, eligible American citizens were given ownership of land, called a "homestead", at no cost. The book’s claims are alphabetized by last name. In order to be granted a homestead, an applicant had to be the head of the household or at least twenty-one years old and they had to live on the designated land, build a home, make im... View more info