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Rare Original Manuscripts Books Rare & Antiquarian Books

Manuscripts are handwritten documents, often letters or drafts of literature. Because of their unique quality and being inherently one-of-a-kind, manuscripts can be quite valuable and collectible. Handwritten drafts of book chapters, poems, or other works of art are very hard to find and provide tremendous insight into the thinking and expression of the author, and it can be fascinating to examine the differences in content between the original manuscript and the final, finished product. One notable example of a found manuscript that sparked controversy is the original manuscript of the Big Book, otherwise known as the the basic literature for Alcoholics Anonymous. The found manuscript included a lot more precise language about the role of God in recovery, and much of that content was edited or removed for the final version. While not all original manuscripts differ in content as the Big Book, it is clear that many original manuscripts are so valuable.

Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probaly Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of hi...

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Asbab al-nuzul , early Arabic manuscript on the occasions of Quranic revelation dated 689 H., 1290 AD. ( أسباب النزول للواحدي) by by Ali ibn Ahmad al-Wahidi (d. 1075 AD.)

Early Arabic manuscript possibly copied in Yemen, dated 689 H., 1290 AD. complete copy in 200 p. of one of the earliest works on this subject. In red morocco ornamented full leather binding, 17th or 18th C. The manuscript is in mint condition. The earlie...

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Autograph Manuscript, Signed: "Does No One but Me at All Ever Feel This Way in the Least? by Frost, Robert

1952. Holograph manuscript on two leaves of white wove, three-holed, loose-leaf paper measuring 9 1/2 by 6 inches. At the bottom of the second leaf, in Frost's hand, the work is inscribed "Robert to Fred" (i.e. Frederick B. Adams, Jr.). A life-long bibli...

From Bromer Booksellers


Pierre-Jean de Béranger: Chansons Original Handwritten Working Manuscript by Béranger, Pierre-Jean de

1827 This is a one of a kind original handwritten working manuscript by the famous French chansonnier, Pierre-Jean de Béranger. These chansons are dated 1827 and were subsequently published in his fourth collection of chansons, the one which precip...

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POEMS (AND NEARLY) [and Untitled]. Two Presentation Portfolios of Manuscript and Typescript Poems by Dixon, Maynard

[ San Francisco, January 1915, and ca, 1936. Two volumes. [40] leaves, and [42] leaves. Quarto, laid into two folding portfolios (approx. 29 x 22 cm), the earliest being watercolor decorated paper over cardboard, with old calf fore-tips to the upper boar...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


The Battle of Leyte Gulf - A Gathering of Original Combat Despatches and Various Original Ephemera From History's Greatest Naval Battle.

16 Radio Telegrams including detailed Action Reports, Tactical Operation Commands, Battle Assessments, Damage Reports, etc. spanning the full duration of The Battle of Leyte Gulf, 24 October - 28 October 1944. Imprinted upon wartime, U.S. Comm...

From Heldfond Book Gallery, ABAA-ILAB


[Original Corrected Autograph Manuscript of:] CONRAD IN SEARCH OF HIS YOUTH AN EXTRAVAGANCE OF TEMPERAMENT.' by Merrick, Leonard

[ London, 1902. 227 numbered leaves, plus lettered inserts. Quarto. Closely written in black ink on lightly ruled paper, with frequent revisions and corrections. Evidently used as the setting manuscript, with occasional ink thumb prints and smudges, but ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Album d'Articles de Voyages d'après les Modèles de Messieurs Godillot Père et Fils, Brèvetès Malletiers du Roi by GODILLOT

Paris: Fabrique Générale d'Articles de Voyages, 1840. First Edition. A beautiful, rare and precious catalogue of the articles a traveller might require for voyaging elegantly and safely. The album features superb full page hand-coloured lithographs sho...

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Vingt-cinq costumes pour le théatre. [Twenty-five costumes for the theatre] ; Préface par Edmond Jaloux by George Barbier

Paris: Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927. First Edition. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs signed by leading French art deco designer George Barbier (1882-1932). Portrait frontispiece of Barbier by his friend and rival C...

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[ Np], 1949. 3 2/3 pages, in ink, on versos of printed quarto sheets (reuse of printed statements of terms for performances of Shaw's plays). With two typed onlays, one bearing substantive deletions and insertions in Shaw's hand. Accompanied by an early ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Hribeglias (?), Gregory]. Benedictina 1V Oct. Nov. Dec. by MANUSCRIPT HYMN BOOK

The fourth manuscript volume of a set of Benedictine hymn books relative to saints primarily in the Western European church, with emphasis on Germany and Britain. The text incorporates hymns for every portion of a saint's day and mainly in rhyme with ...

From Roger Collicott Books


[Autograph Manuscript, re: His Reflections on Economic and Political Matters] by Shaw, George Bernard

[London?], 1914. Two pages, closely written in pencil, with deletions and insertions, on two quarto sheets of pale blue T.H. Saunders letterstock (watermarked '1913'). Horizontal fold, with minor creases and smudges, but very good. An intriguing manuscr...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Autograph Letter, Signed, to Samuel G. Blythe] by Clemens, Samuel L

London, 1900. Two pages, in ink, on two panels of folded quarto sheet of letterhead (30, Wellington Court, Albert Gate). Folded for mailing, else near fine. To Samuel G. Blythe (1868-1947), then editor of the BUFFALO ENQUIRER: "Objections? Indeed no. On ...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


[Original Autograph Letter, Signed ("S. L. Clemens") to James R. Osgood] by Clemens, Samuel L

Hartford, 1883. 1 2/3 pages, in pencil, on two octavo lettersheets. Folded for mailing, filing pinhole through upper left corner, else very good or better. To James R. Osgood, then principal of Osgood & Company, and publisher of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER...

From William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB


Reality Jew by levy, d a

[Cleveland], 1964. Typescript, two pages, 4to (11 x 8.5 inches). With mailing folds. Two inked corrections. Published in 'The Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle' and anthologized in 'The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry,' ed. Alan Kaufma...

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