Dear Friend,
This Eastertide we're delighted to share a selection of our rarest books and manuscripts. John Piper's Sketchbook offers a lyrical record of an English summer in wartime; we have an alchemical manuscript written by a friend of William Blake, and a 17th century account of the trial and execution of Charles I.
From the Pack Horse Libraries - since reimagined by Jojo Moyes - we have a pair of volumes, as well as William James defending Spiritualism and the autograph manuscript of the songs from Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood.
Do please get in touch with any questions or requests and we hope to welcome you to Booth E20 at the New York Armory next week.
Best wishes,

ANNOTATED BY ROYALIST PRISONERS AT LAMBETH PALACE The Commentaries of Sr Francis Vere, Being Diverse Pieces of Service — Sir Francis Vere; William Dillingham — 1657

A remarkable copy shared and annotated by two prominent royalist prisoners who were interned in Lambeth Palace during the power vacuum of autumn 1659 following the death of Oliver Cromwell and the resignation of his son, Richard, as Protector. The original owner of this book, arch royalist Charles Stanley, 8th Earl Derby, and the man he loaned it to, Henry Norwood (recently returned from a difficult journey to Maryland and Virginia where his cousin was governor, and soon to be an emissary to Cha…… Read more


THE TEMPLE, SACRED POEMS AND PRIVATE EJACULATIONS By Mr. George Herbert [with] The Synagogue or the Shadow of the Temple. Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations. In Imitation of Mr. George Herbert — George Herbert - Christopher Harvey — 1667

One of the masterpieces of English verse, George Herbert's collection, The Temple together with Christopher Harvey's book-length homage, The Synagogue. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Herbert’s is the 9th edition of 1667 of the Temple, bound in contemporary sheepskin with gilt decoration; a little cracking to the external hinges over the tail of the spine which doesn’t affect the binding’s integrity. Browning to blank endpapers; *6 - A-I12, K6. Synagogue, pp72. A good clean example of these texts. OCLC: 1…… Read more


THE TRIAL & EXECUTION OF CHARLES I: A Journal of the Proceedings of the High Court of Justice... for the Trying and Judging of Charles Stuart King of England — [Henry Scobell] — 1680

Seventeenth century Westminster manuscript copy written by a Parliamentary scribe which recounts one of the most momentous events in British history: the trial and execution of Charles Stuart, the ‘Tyrant Traitor’ as he is described here. Taking place in Westminster Hall, the trial of Charles I was an unprecedented event which caused an English King to be tried and condemned to death whilst still monarch - the ramifications of which continue today. This manuscript which was copied from Parliamen…… Read more


WITH COMPELLING 17TH CENTURY NEW ENGLAND MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL: Grand Tour Commonplace Book — [Edward Randolph] — 1680-1780

Late 17th and early 18th century New England manuscript extracts contained within the paper layers of a pasteboard binding of a Grand Tour manuscript collection. The extracts include a contemporary - and textually distinct - copy of Edward Randolph’s 1676 report on Harvard University, business records from Salem in the 1710s, and a rare printed affidavit for shipping colonial goods under the 1764 Sugar Act. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Home-made manuscript (11x17cm) comprising six gatherings of various…… Read more


‘MY CONDUCT IN AMERICA’: Blame-Game for Defeat at the Hands of ‘General Washington’ in New York — General Charles Cornwallis, General William Howe — 1779

A remarkable document in which General Cornwallis defends British military strategy during 1776 and 1777, through the Battle of Long Island and his fruitless pursuit of ‘General Washington’ across New York and into New Jersey. This is a parliamentary scribal copy of the evidence given by Cornwallis to his superior officer, William Howe in front of the British parliamentary inquiry into the impending loss of the American colonies. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Eight foolscap pages (32x20.5cm) comprising t…… Read more


ARISTOTLE’S WORKS COMPLEATED IN FOUR PARTS. I The Compleat Master-Piece II His Compleat and Experienced Midwife III His Book of Problems IV His Last Legacy — Pseudo-Aristotle [William Salmon] — 1741

The first sex-manual in English, bound here with its three separately published companion-pieces from the 1740s: Aristotle’s midwife, his Problems ‘touching the state of Man’s Body’ and the ‘Last Legacy: Unfolding the Mysteries of Nature in the Generation of Man’ together with a general title page. First published in 1684, the Master-Piece appeared throughout the 18th century with some or all of these texts, mostly in undated editions and due to the nature of the content and poor quality of the…… Read more


ENGLISH ALCHEMY WRITTEN FOR THE ‘PHILOSOPHICAL EXPERIMENTALIST: A Clew to the Hermetic Labyrinth — John Augustus Tulk — 1807

Alchemical manuscript guide for the ‘philosophical experimentalist’ which emerges from a previously unsuspected English circulating manuscript alchemical group. A man of substantial means living in west London, John Augustus Tulk (1756-1845) was a friend of William Blake - with all his alchemical enthusiasms - of the Scottish inventor, publisher and Rosicrucian Alexander Tilloch as well as continental alchemists such as Sigismund Bacstrom and Augustus Nordenskjöld. As an early reader of Swedenbo…… Read more


AMERICAN PRIVATEERS OF THE CARIBBEAN - A Journal of the ‘Cut Throat War’ of 1812 by an English Officer who was Captured by an American Privateer out of Baltimore — Henry Senior — 1813

An extraordinary War of 1812 journal written by the young Ensign, Henry Senior, in which he recounts his capture and abuse by U.S. privateers in the Caribbean, the ‘refinement of cruelty’ he saw in war-torn Venezuela and an encounter with Simon Bolivar. Crossing the Atlantic, Senior describes his capture and brutalisation at the hands of the privateers aboard the American schooner Fox (out of Baltimore) which had received its Letter of Marque as a privateer from President Madison only weeks earl…… Read more



Manuscript notebook written by a British officer in Canada preparing for war with the USA over a disputed area of the border between New Brunswick and the state of Maine. The so-called Aroostook War was a military confrontation over this international boundary which involved local militia units but never actual combat - this document reveals the extent of the preparations made by the British military for potential engagement with American forces over the border. Charles Trollope (1808-1888) who…… Read more


JIM CROW! THE CELEBRATED N***** SONG, Sung by Mr Rice with unbounded shouts of applause at the Royal Surrey Theatre [with] Jim Crow’s Trip to Greenwich — Samuel Godbe [arranged]; Tom Rice — 1840

Rare, apparently unrecorded, English song-sheet edition of two of Thomas Rice’s black-face minstrel song as performed in the USA and exported to England by the ‘father of American minstrelsy’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION An unrecorded ‘Second edition’ of this racist London imprint priced at ‘1/6’ with a lithographed caricature of Rice depicted as a dancing African-American man on the cover; lithograph signed ‘Pell’(?). The sheet measures 24x34cm, ‘Sold by’ stamp trimmed by hand at base, and hand trimmi…… Read more


MILITARY CARTOGRAPHY: Old Quebec: a Hand Drawn Map Made for the British Commander in the City — Major General Charles Trollope — 1858

A map of Old Quebec - the most intact fortified town north of Mexico - drawn for the British commander in the city, Major General Charles Trollope - together with a vellum scroll presented to Trollope on his departure to Nova Scotia, signed by 36 of Quebec’s magistrates. Trollope (1808-1888) had served as a junior officer in New Brunswick during the Aroostook War of 1838-9 before postings in the Ionian Islands and Crimea, subsequently returning to Canada in the 1850s where he served in Quebec an…… Read more


‘ADAPTED FOR EMIGRANT FAREWELLS’ The Little Book bag or, Pocket Companion adapted for Railway Travellers, District Visitors, Mothers' Meetings, School Prizes, Emigrant Farewells — David Alfred Doudney — 1866

Seven unrecorded miniature booklets (of 10 first issued) still found in their printed cream book bag with draw string, ‘adapted for Railway Travellers, District Visitors, Mothers' Meetings, School Prizes, Emigrant Farewells’. We can locate no other copies of these imprints individually or collectively, let alone in their starry ‘Little Book Bag’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The cream drawstring, cotton bag (10x15cm) has been overprinted with a general title for the collection that names the titles of…… Read more


RARE EMIGRANT PERIODICAL PRINTED IN CALCUTTA The Marlborough Gazette, A Bi-Monthly Journal of Original & Other Articles — Tudor Trevor, Captain W D Hogg — 1866

A printed example of a manuscript shipboard periodical, originally written over seven weekly instalments on board the East India Ship Marlborough between London and Calcutta. One other copy, only, is known of this bound volume which contains blank leaves for the insertion of photographs which were advertised for sale separately at a rupee apiece. The magazine itself is a combination of ship’s log, articles about British colonies such as New Zealand and India as well as a series of adverts and re…… Read more


IN DARKEST AFRICA: An Archive of Documents related to a Key Officer’s Service in the Infamous Emin Pasha Relief Expedition — Captain Robert Nelson - Henry Morton Stanley — 1887

A collection of documents relating to Captain Robert Nelson’s involvement with Henry Morton Stanley in the Emin Pasha relief expedition. Robert Henry Nelson was one of Stanley’s key officers during his Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, commanding his No. 3 Company of Zanzibaris. Nelson was one of 5 out of 52 men that survived after being left behind by Stanley at what became known as ‘Starvation Fort.’ So this archive emerges from the last major private expedition in the Scramble for Africa which wa…… Read more


MANUSCRIPT CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY from the ‘Peking’ office of HSBC — [Edward Guy Hillier] — 1895

Manuscript Chinese-English manuscript dictionary from the ‘Peking’ - Beijing - office of HSBC written around the turn of the 20th century when the influential manager and Sinologist, Guy Hillier was in charge. Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation’s senior manager in Beijing, Edward ‘Guy’ Hillier, is revered in company history for his business deals and the value he put on a deep command of Chinese language and literature during his period in charge of the Peking office from 1895-1923. This…… Read more


PLACER MINING: A Handbook for Klondike and other Miners and Prospectors... Also a Map of the Yukon Valley — Colliery Engineer Company — 1897

‘The demand for this book is the excuse for its appearance. Thousands have rushed off to the Klondike’, as the Preface put it in December 1897. Nicely bound in pictorial boards, a little faded; adverts to the pastedowns; the fold-out map present opposite to the title page. Printed on high quality paper and illustrated throughout. A very good copy.… Read more


‘NO LIVING MAN WHOM WE MEN IN AMERICA FEEL A GREATER DEBT TO’ Illustrator William Hatherell’s Album of Professional Correspondence including a Famous Copy Letter from Thomas Hardy — [William Hatherell] Dean Cornwell; Charles Dana Gibson etc — 1899

The artist William Hatherell’s collection of letters and documents relating to his work as an illustrator in the 1890s-1920s. Among c70 items is Hatherell’s retained copy of a famous letter to him by Thomas Hardy praising his 1895 illustrations for Jude the Obscure, which the novelist wrote ‘to express my sincere admiration for the illustrations of “Jude at the Milestone”. The picture is a tragedy in itself & I do not remember ever before having an artist who grasped the situation so thoroughly……… Read more


J PIERPONT MORGAN’S CATALOGUER IN CHIEF A Catalogue of the Works of Art belonging to Dr G C Williamson, Burgh House, Hampstead, London [with] Some Works on Art and Artists by Dr George C Williamson — George Charles Williamson — 1909

Number 1 of 250 copies, the dedication copy, owned by the author’s wife with an original photograph of a Richard Cosway miniature and a printed broadside poem by Williamson laid in. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Small octavo bound in pebbled red road, rubbing to all extremities, quite severe at the tail of the spine and an old tear to the cloth on the upper board which has been laid down. Mrs Williamson’s bookplate appears on the first pastedown - ‘Gwendolen Mary Williamson, Burgh House, Hampstead, Londo…… Read more


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY Merrie England: Travels, Descriptions, Tales and Historical Sketches — Grace Greenwood — 1908

Stamped ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Green County/ Greensburg, KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who travelled on horseback with packs that could hold up to 100 books. The Packhorse Library project has been the subject of many historical treatments, notably Jojo Moyes 2019 novel The Giver of Stars. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Green linen…… Read more


‘”SCIENTIFIC” DEADHEADS AND DONKEYS’ The Philosopher and Psychologist William James Defends Spiritualism — William James — 1909

A remarkable letter defending spiritualism by the American philosopher and psychologist William James to a ‘Mrs Thaw’, possibly Mary Copley Thaw, mother of Harry Kendall Thaw, the murderer of Stanford White. James writes in December 1909 to defend the expensive US spiritualist tour (’taxi-cabs, dinners, theatres... stenographer, seance-room rent, fotographer, and apparatus’) being made by the visiting Italian medium Eusapia Palladino. James states that Palladino’s manager, the psychical investig…… Read more


BLACK CAMEOS by R Emmet Kennedy; Decorations by Edward Larocque Tinker — Robert Emmet Kennedy — 1924

Inscribed by the author in the January following publication, on the half title: ‘R Emmet Kennedy. Jan. 27-25.’ Mustard coloured publisher’s binding only a little faded; pictorial endpapers; a clean, square copy. A pencilled ownership inscription of ‘Miss Jem Smith 631 E Street, San Bernardino California’ to blank page 203. A mixture of stories, poems and Negro spirituals. Robert Emmet Kennedy, a Gretna, Louisiana, native and musician collected Negro spirituals and Chinese folksongs and wrote se…… Read more


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY The Slavic Immigrant Woman — Bessie Olga Pehotsky — 1925

A Pack Horse Library title - and a fascinating title to find bearing the stamp ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Cumberland County/ Burkesville, --KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who travelled on horseback with packs that could hold up to 100 books. The Packhorse Library project has been the subject of many historical treatments, nota…… Read more


PORTFOLIO OF 19 COMIC & MILDLY EROTIC DRAWINGS: ‘Rough Sketches C W Anderson 41 Wash[ington] Sq[uare] New York City’ — Clarence William Anderson — 1930

Portfolio of signed comic and erotic sketches by the Nebraskan born artist Clarence Anderson, compiled while living in Washington Square in New York City. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The sketches are housed in an ‘Anchor Clasp Envelope’ on which Anderson has written ‘Rough Sketches C.W. Anderson 41 Wash[ington’ Sq[uare] New York City.’ Old repairs to edges of the envelope. Anderson’s drawings are on thin paper (22x18cm), executed in black ink apparently as preparatory drawings for publication in a boo…… Read more


CODE: The Language of the Future: a Collection Tracing the History & Development of Computer Programming — Grace Hopper, Alan Turing, Maurice Wilkes, Kathleen Lonsdale, Haskell Curry et al. Early Computing — 1940

An extensive collection of materials on the history and development of computer programming. Computer code may be the single most important - and mostly widely used - language on the planet. This collection reveals how this versatile tool was forged, ranging across the decades from its earliest days to the most advanced developments. The collection features many of the foundational discussions of computer programming, including works by Grace Hopper, Alan Turing, Haskell Curry and Kathleen Booth…… Read more



A remarkably rich wartime sketch-book in which John Piper recorded his 1943 summer tour of Devon and Cornwall in the company of Geoffrey Grigson, sketched Welsh landscapes as well as the Victorian villas and churches of the English Midlands while he stayed at Renishaw Hall, home of his friends Edith and Osbert Sitwell. Piper’s sketches include churches in Exeter and West Ogwell in Devon, Lackington (later worked-up into an illustration to Betjeman’s Guide to English Parish Churches) and Hemingto…… Read more


ILLUSTRATED WITH 150 BRIDGE DRAWINGS! Bridge Problems; Bridge for Beginners; Bridge Examination Papers — J A J - Anonymous Mid-Century Bridge Enthusiast — 1946

Generously illustrated collection of over 100 Bridge problems and 149 drawings and miniature paintings - an elaborate entertainment on the subject of Conract Bridge, written entirely in earnest. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Small format (11.5x16.5cm) recently rebound in quarter deep blue morocco over blue cloth covered boards. New endpapers followed by original blue card wrappers and endpapers; a list of drawings (which refer to 149 images) that appear throughout the text, each one opposite the problems…… Read more


AUTOGRAPH MUSIC SCORE & BOOK DESIGN FROM THE J M DENT ARCHIVE Under Milk Wood — Daniel Jones - Dylan Thomas — 1954

Autograph musical manuscript (with editorial annotations) by Dylan Thomas’s great friend Daniel Jones which were reproduced in facsimile in the first edition of Under Milk Wood published by J M Dent from whose archive this manuscript comes. Dylan Thomas’s legendary radio play had its first reading in New York City at the Poetry Center on 14th May, 1953 with the poet reading ‘First Voice’ but Thomas did not survive the year, dying in November 1953. The following January 1954 the BBC broadcast the…… Read more


MULTIPLE WINSLOW FAMILY INSCRIPTIONS Mayflower Heritage A Family Record of the Growth of Anglo-American Partnership — D Kenelm Winslow — 1957

First edition inscribed by three members of the Winslow famly on the half title. A presentation inscription ‘To Major J W Whitlock... 19 Dec 1957’ is followed by the signature of Terence H Winslow ‘direct descendant of “Pilgrim” Edward 1595-1655’; the author and John Winslow ‘Son of the Author and Crew-man in “Mayflower II”’. A near fine copy of the book in a very good plus jacket.… Read more



A labour of love: a manuscript transcription of 50 of Emily Dickinson’s poems made by the British poet - and Dickinson’s editor with Faber and Faber - Ted Hughes. This little volume was created for Hughes’s daughter with Sylvia Plath, Frieda Hughes, and given to her on her 14th birthday in 1974. Dickinson’s imaginative recreation of the word is often compared to that of Plath; Hughes himself writing in May 196 that ‘I’ve just finished re-reading all Emily Dickinson for a small selection, and my…… Read more


FIRST EDITION Ark of Bones — Henry Dumas — 1974

First edition, published posthumously after the writer of these stories was shot dead by a New York Transit Police Officer six years earlier. Publisher’s grey-green boards and a black cloth spine, very clean. Internally fine. In a near fine jacket with the $5.95 original price present. A little toning and slight marking to the jacket which is very good plus, short closed tear at the head of the spine of the jacket. ‘Blackness and youth are the preoccupations of these moving stories’ - as the blu…… Read more


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