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Original Miniature Self-Portrait Cameo Pendant

Original Miniature Self-Portrait Cameo Pendant , Painted By Roosevelt Family Member Maud Sutton Pickhard, Circa 1900-1908.

Maud Sutton Pickhard Original miniature self-portrait painting by Roosevelt family member Maud Sutton Pickhard (née Fortescue 1880-1961), in a most elegant daytime "best" dress, signed MSP by the artist. As she looks fairly young in this image, had a London address, and at the time was still using the title "Mrs," the painting was made no earlier than 1900 and presumably in 1908 or earlier while she was still married. Inscribed in manuscript to verso "No 1. Title: A Study in Silver. Artist: (Mrs) Maud F Sutton Pickhard R.B.A. Flat 8, 31 Buckingham Gate S.W." Mounted in a large oval pendant with copper frame over glass, expertly crafted with six copper pins securing the cloth covered cardstock mount into the frame, measuring approximately 8 x 7 x 0,5 cm. Contained in a recent purpose-made clamshell box with foam padding for protection. Very slight age-toning to frame, otherwise in Very Good to Near Fine, original condition. A remarkable miniature oval self-portrait pendant with numerous illustrious Roosevelt connections, the artist herself being a published female author, little-known for her skill as a painter. The artist was a published female author born into the prominent Roosevelt family through rather scandalous circumstances. She is first cousin to President 'Teddy' Roosevelt, and first cousin once removed to Miss Eleanor Roosevelt. She is also twice connected to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, through lineage as fifth cousins once removed, and more closely through Eleonore's marriage to Franklin. Maud Sutton Pickhard née Fortescue (born 25 August 1880 in Manhattan, died 1961) was the illegitimate child of U.S. Congressman Robert Barnwell Roosevelt, Sr. (1829-1906) and his Irish immigrant mistress Marion Theresa "Minnie" O'Shea Fortescue (1849-1902).
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Five Manuscripts of Anatomical Pencil Drawings Made By a Pioneer Woman in the Medical Field.

Mary Pescod [Great Britain, circa 1890] 8vo. Five manuscript pencil drawings to illustrate the anatomical structure of the human torso, arms and cranium, identifying various muscles and skeletal bones, made by a female artist whose name Mary Pescod is found to lower margin of each leaf along with the heading. Text is in English and Latin. Hand trimmed leafs varying slightly in size, the smallest measuring approximately 12 x 19 cm, and the largest measuring approximately 15,5 x 21 cm. Minor age-toning to leaf, otherwise in very good condition. Contained in a recent string-tied archival folder for protection. Skillful pencil drawings of the human anatomy, this female artist in medical field, is illustrating in particular the muscles and bones of the back and arms, also one view of the front torso, featuring several parts labeled with scientific Latin terminology. It is notably early for a woman to be trained with this level of medical knowledge, evidently she was a physician, or in training. In this time period, there was great objection from the members of the male-dominated universities and hospitals. Women were traditionally limited to the work of a nurse. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician and suffragist, after much opposition, finally began her medical practice in 1865, becoming the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon. Beginning as a surgery nurse, and eventually permitted into the dissecting room, her presence became a point of contention among the male students who in 1861 presented petition against her admittance. She was obliged to leave the Middlesex Hospital but she did so with an honours certificate in chemistry and materia medica. She was subsequently refused admittance into at least six other medical schools. Persistently believing in her cause, Garrett managed to obtain her credentials by way of a "side door" through a loophole in admissions at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. Having privately obtained a certificate in anatomy and physiology, she was admitted in 1862 by the Society of Apothecaries who, as a condition of their charter, could not legally exclude her on account of her sex. In this year she graduated from medical school.
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Typescript Memorandum of Two Secret Diplomatic Meetings Concerning Peace Between China and Japan, Written One Week Before Battle of Nanking.

Anon Typescript memorandum of two meetings concerning peace between China and Japan, the first being a luncheon attended by British Ambassador Sir Robert Clive, Japanese Ambassador Yoshida Shigeru, political leader Ichiro Hatoyama on 22 November 1937, and the author; the second being a private meeting between Yoshida's Manchukuo adviser Arthur Henry Francis Edwardes and the author. Together with cursory manuscript notes taken during or after each meeting, which formats the typed memorandum. Quarto. Typed memorandum is 5 pages; manuscript meeting notes are 2 pages; all single leafs measuring approximately 20 x 26 cm, with text to rectos only. Partial age-toning to the first leaf and unobtrusive loss to upper margin from the staple, otherwise in very good and original condition. These documents were made on or after 22 November 1937, the day of the meeting. As it discusses the prevention of Nanking being taken, it had to have been written before 1 December, the start of the Battle of Nanking. Speculations and proposals of critical importance, concerning the Second Sino-Japanese War and the most imminent Battle of Nanking, were made by notable British and Japanese political figures secretly working together to find a solution for peace. Their discussions are recorded here, firsthand, by a participant and influential diplomat. Prior to the secret meeting described in the present document, the same aforementioned parties listed above had met secretly a few times from July 1936 to July 1937, these meetings later becoming known and coined "the Anglo-Japanese conversation." At the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war in July 1937, for political reasons, they claimed that the discussions "came to an abrupt end." Historical records show, however, that correspondence continued between them until the fall of Nanking in December 1937. The present documents further reveals that another face-to-face group meeting was held on 22 November 1937. British Foreign Secretary Robert Anthony Eden (1897-1977) played an integral part of the earlier meetings and the ongoing strategic negotiations for peace between China and Japan. The present memorandum suggests the most logical conclusion, that Eden is the writer, being present at the secret November luncheon with Clive and Yoshida, and also called upon by Edwardes in a private rendez-vous, to gather intelligence, for which Eden was reputedly accomplished.
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Manuscript Travel Diary, Together with 6 Photographs, from a Voyage to Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Saint Kitts, Tobago, Martinique, Trinidad, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and Venezuela.

An English Gentleman Manuscript travel diary, together with 6 large photographs, from a voyage to Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Saint Kitts, Tobago, Martinique, Trinidad, Grenada, Puerto Rico, Dominica, and Venezuela, on a merchant vessel of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company which served the West Indies inter-island service including also Venezuelan ports. 8vo. 32 pages in manuscript titled "West Indies revisited." Soft black boards, marbled endpapers, volume measures approximately 18 x 23 cm. Front cover bowed, otherwise in very good condition, numerous islands visited and described at the turn of the century. Accompanied by six stunning photographs of the islands visited, this journal is unique in that the writer was travelling on a mail or merchant ship, which presented the opportunity to visit where tourist ships did not go, including Margarita island where pearl fishing was the primary trade and Martinique's soot covered devastated town of St. Pierre not yet recovered. The photographs are superb. One of these shows a ruined beachfront building at St. Pierre, behind it a barren hill which had previously been covered in palms and other vegetation. Another captures a group of Trinidadians in full costume, celebrating Carnival at Port of Spain. Illustrating the modest lifestyles of the locals, a group of young children in tattered clothing play together near a simple wooden dwelling. A paved pathway lined with palms and passing botanical displays, in contrast, illustrates the opulence of the upper class. There are also two lovely turn of the century harbour views. The writer is an English gentleman who appears to be in the mid-life years, travelling with his wife and Harold, who appears to be an adolescent or adult son of theirs. As the writer visits many ports and town in the West Indies and coastal Venezuela, he makes daily diary entries of the sights and adventures, including Caribbean celebrations, exotic tropical flowering trees, bright warm ocean waters, colourful sailing crafts, sugar plantations, a cattle pen made of bull skulls and horns, quaint villages, mule-drawn carts, hilltop views overlooking lush terrain steeping to the ocean shores, remnants of a volcanic disaster, a bustling marketplace, private vistas, exquisite botanical gardens, pearl fishing, a rather strange zip-line of sorts, and more.
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Manuscript Signed Letter by a Scottish Art Collector, Concerning the Acquisition of Paintings by Crivelli.

James Dennistou, Scottish Art Collector Manuscript signed letter by Scottish art collector James Dennistoun to Lady Ann Cullum, while both are in Rome, concerning her acquisition of paintings by Crivelli, and making recommendation for a skilled local Italian restorer. 8vo. 3 pages in manuscript, double leaf measuring approximately 12,5 x 19 cm, with seashell watermark, integral address being simply 28 Corso, remnants of a green wax seal. Undated, but similar correspondence in the Cullum archives help to date this letter to the period before 1842. A small segment of mounting paper adhered to verso, loss to one corner at margin, text unobstructed, otherwise in very good condition. The paintings discussed in this correspondence are indeed treasures of antiquity, made by Carlo Crivelli (Venice c. 1430 - Ascoli Piceno 1495), Italian Renaissance painter of conservative Late Gothic decorative sensibility, who spent his early years in the Veneto, where he absorbed influences from the Vivarini, Squarcione and Mantegna. Crivelli's works are exceedingly scarce. Only two can be found today in Venice, both in the church of San Sebastiano. It is interesting to note that the present letter refers to more than one Crivelli painting, "the Crivellis. they" etc. Without seeing these specific art works, but holding the ancient artist in due high regard, Dennistoun states that they would surely equal Crivelli's other well-known and venerated pieces. He also estimates a value of 3,000 piastres [modest indeed for such an invaluable prize].
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Archive of 13 Manuscript Letters of Travels in Egypt, Written by an English Gentleman.

Fathur, an English Traveller Lot of 13 manuscript letters written by an English gentleman during his travels in Egypt, addressed to his wife and signed in his first name Fathur. 8vo. Double leafs measuring approximately 21 x 13 cm, most on hotel stationery, two on the stationery of a steamship during the voyage home. General creasing and age-toning, moisture discolouration to one letter, otherwise the lot is in very good condition, fascinating content. The writer makes a tour deep into the tomb chambers of both Amenhotep II and Seti I at the Valley of Kings, viewing both sarcophagi still lying in their original places. He visits the Temples of Philae, partially under water but still at their original location, where he observes Hermann Junker and crew actively excavating and preserving the temples' art. He takes a harrowing journey on the Nile's white-water rapids from the First Cataract to Aswan, and describes the spectacular view from Bigeh. These highly engaging primary source accounts of some of Egypt's prized antiquities and historic cities fill these letters, contain further descriptions of Cairo, Luxor, Karnak, the Valley of Kings, and Heliopolis, as seen over 100 years ago. Incidentally, the writer found himself in the company of famous British writer and dramatist Sir Hall Caine on the way to Aswan, and saw the Duke of Connaught on at least 3 occasions in and around Cairo, once travelling the Khedive [Abbas Hilmi Pasha, or Abbas II Helmy Bey, the last Khedive of Egypt ruling from 1892-1914].
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Manuscript Signed Letter By the Lessee of Two Plantations on the West Indies, Introducing a Notable Barrister to a Colleague in Edinburgh.

Thomas Swanston Manuscript signed letter by Thomas Swanston, lessee of two plantations on the island, introducing a notable barrister to a colleague in Edinburgh. 8vo. Double leaf watermarked paper, measuring approximately 18,5 x 22 cm, with integral address. Faint and sparse age-toning, otherwise in very good condition, West Indies correspondence of Scottish slave-holding interest. The writer, Thomas Swanston, ESQ. MD (circa 1793 - 18 November 1873) is recorded as having received slave-ownership compensation in 1835, being the awardee for 4 separate claims connected with plantations on St Kitts. Three of the claims were uniquely his, the largest one for approximately £273 was shared with George Henry Burt and a lesser known John Hazell. A memorial stone in St. Kitts notes that Swanston died at age 80 after residing in St. Kitts for 50 years. [This information is found in the most comprehensive database of colonial plantations, slave ownership, and compensation awards, is that of the University College London, titled " Legacies of British Slave-ownership."] The recipient, Francis Brodie, Esq. W.S., residing at 59 Northumberland Street, Edinburgh, is recorded in contemporary directories. As a Writer to the Signet (belonging to the ancient and elite society of Scottish solicitors), he may be a grandson or relation of the pre-eminent 18th-century Scottish cabinet maker Francis Brodie (1708-1782) descending from the Brodies of Brodie Castle. Swanston's letter introduces Mr. Smith, "a very prominent barrister on this island" to the recipient, advising that Smith would be in Edinburgh. He further remarks, "Every attention you can shew him during his stay will be particularly felt & acknowledged." The man whose visit is being announced, is James Royer Smith, Esq. Q.C., lawyer, member of the House of Assembly of St Kitts, W.I., slave-owner on St Kitts, and joint-owner of the "Dieppe Bay Estate" [sometimes given as Deep], who ten years later would move to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1833, where he founded a partnership to form the law firm "Smith and Hartshorn" and was appointed Registrar of Court of Vice-Admiralty.
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Early Latin Manuscript on Metaphysics, Drawing Largely from the Fourteenth Century Philosophies of the Famous John Duns Scotus.

D. Michael Albalate, A Franciscan Teacher Early manuscript on metaphysics, by Franciscan teacher D. Michael Albalate, drawing largely from the fourteenth century philosophies of the famous John Duns Scotus, and also mentioning Aristotle. Somewhat of a heading begins a chapter with the name "V.I.R. Dominguez," possibly from this point drawing from a local Spanish philosopher. All text is in Latin. Quarto. 267 pages including index, elegant initials and decorative embellishments, a few hand coloured. Author's manuscript inscription to a rather imperial-styled decorative first leaf. Vellum binding, two string catches to front, though lacking the matching ends for closure. Leafs with impressed lines for and wide margins. Volume measures approximately 16 x 21 x 2 cm. Indication of moisture and minor loss to binding at verso, otherwise in very good condition, a beautifully preserved and fascinating eighteenth century manuscript in a neat hand. In his introduction, Albalate addresses his "carissimi discipuli [dearest dsiciples];" he refers to "nostra schola [our school]" and "nostra academia [our academy]," which reveals that he was a professor or lecturer. He concludes by giving praise to St Francis [Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order], which reveals that he was a Franciscan, and the religious associations he makes to the science of exisitence and so forth, affirms it. He also gives due praise to Scotus, also a Franciscan, whose work he largely supports and teaches. Albalate may be a relative of Padre Fray Miguel de Albalate of Aragon, founder of the Franciscan mission in Cumana, Venezuela, who was killed there in 1683. An eighteenth century Franciscan teacher's one-off scholarly journal containing his lectures on metaphysics, examines the doctrines and theorem of the great high-medieval Franciscan philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus, respectfully referred to in the present work by his scholastic accolade "Subtilis Doctor [the subtle doctor]". The teachings in the present volume are divided into four parts: Questio Unica de Proaemialibus Metaphisicae [Questions on the Metaphysics Advantage]; De natura entis, de eius proprietatibus etstatibus [Natural Entities, its qualites and character]; De praedicamentis [A discourse]; De post praedicamentis [Conclusion].
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Lot of 50 Original Mining Company Stock Certificates from Constantinople (Turkey), for an Investment in the Silver Bearing Balia-Karaïdin Mine.

Anon. Lot of 50 original illustrated and numbered share certificates, 1923-1926, for the Société Anonyme Ottomane des Mines de Balia-Karaïdin, an investment in the silver bearing Balia-Karaïdin Mine situated in the Pontic region of Turkey, issued and dated in Constantinople, each with a value at 100 Francs. Beautifully designed with attractive vignette border with an allegoric woman providing light over a mining scene on the outskirts of a Turkish city on a sea coast, an 'extract of the statutes' to verso, each leaf also with 28 integral dividend coupons. Quarto. Single leafs measuring approximately 31 x 21 cm, all folded, most with blue ink stamps of the French firm. All text is in Ottoman Turkish and French. All are signed in the original, in ink, by the appointed administrators of the time. A substantial lot, half are complete leafs and half with trimmed bottom right margin to removing the blank portion of the document, presumably to prevent fraud. Some closely trimmed upper margins which excises the mine's name, occasional age-wear, otherwise the in very good and original condition, seldom seen in such quantity. Each certificate is for one free bearer share. The shares were quoted on the Paris stock exchange and paid good dividends up to 1914. The original share capital of 4.5 million Francs was increased to 6 million in 1904, and to 40 million in 1926. During the company's time, the Balia-Karaïdin Mine was the main producer of lead and silver in Turkey. In 1924, after the fall of the Ottoman empire, it became a Turkish joint stock company: Balia-Karaidin Turkish Mining Company. The principle owners and managers were French; 40 percent of the clerks were Greek; and there were some 4,000 to 5,000 Turkish labourers employed. This change is reflected in the present lot of certificates, as the earlier ones from 1923 to 1925 bear the original company name "Société Anonyme Ottomane." and the 1926 certificates state "Société Anonyme Turque."
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Four Manuscript Documents, Written, Signed and Stamped in Madrid, Concerning the Manila and Dagupan Railway in the Philippines, Including the Original Construction Agreement from 1888.

Anon. Four manuscript documents, written, signed and stamped in Madrid, concerning the all-important Manila and Dagupan Railway in the Philippines, including the original construction agreement from 1888, a contemporary translation for the English engineer, the inspector's notice of completion in 1894, and the inspector's announcement five weeks later of the railway's opening date. Folio, official documents on numbered leafs. 21 pages combined, with all original manuscript signatures, and official stamps from the Spanish government. Text is in Spanish, with the exception of the certified copy of the contract translated to English, made at the same time, also being a numbered document. Leafs measure approximately 32 x 22 cm, the translation being 1 cm taller. Some creasing and age-toning, otherwise in very good condition, superb primary source documents of the highest historical significance to Philippines transportation. Authoritative and singular documents which commenced the construction process of Manila-Dagupan Railway in the Philippines, approved completion to the standards set forth in the contract, and also declared the official opening date for public service. Antonio de la Cámara y Lopez de Roda, whose signature is found on the two railway completion certification documents from 1894, played an official role in the railway construction. By the Royal Decree of 28 December 1877, he was appointed First Engineer of Roads, Canals and Ports of the Philippine Islands. In 1884 he was also made Chief of Administration of Public Works in Batangas, Philippines, and in 1887 he was appointed Inspector of the Manila-Dagupan Railway. Promoted to Second-class Chief Engineer in 1894, he served in the General Inspection of Public Works, until 1897 when he requested to be discharged from the Philippine Islands and return to the Iberian Peninsula. The original witness statement, dated 27 March 1888 at Madrid, confirming the deposit of bonds paid to English engineer Don Edmund Sykes who was awarded the contract to build the Manila-Dagupan Railway, also noting the foregoing endorsement in the register of the Department of Effects, the previous day. It is further acknowledged that the transaction was recorded in the accounts by the treasurer Enrique Morales.
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Manuscript Letters on Astronomy by the First Government Astronomer of New South Wales.

Rümker, Carl Five manuscript signed letters by renowned astronomer Carl Ludwig Christian Rümker (1788-1862) who previously made a notable discovery whilst employed as astronomer at the Parramatta observatory in Australia; all letters addressed to another astronomer of high repute, John Lee (1783-1866), mainly concerning astronomical matters and observations, featuring 4 manuscript astrological data charts, two of these with Rümker's ephemiris calculations. 8vo. Double leafs, each letter with integral address, some with red wax seal. Some creasing and age-toning, otherwise in very good condition. Carl Ludwig Christian Rümker (1788-1862) was a German astronomer, who lived in Australia from 1821 to 1830, first arriving at New South Wales for his appointment by the new governor of New South Wales Sir Thomas MacDougall Brisbane, as astronomer at the Parramatta observatory. (Renowned Scottish astronomer James Dunlop was his second assistant.) Governor Brisbane's private astronomical observatory was constructed in 1822. That same year Rümker received, for his re-discovery of Comet Encke on 2 June 1822, the gold medal of the Institut de France, and the silver medal of the Royal Astronomical Society together with £100. The grateful governor bestowed on Rümker a grant of 1000 acres (405 ha) at Stonequarry Creek (Picton) on the west side of the Nepean River. After his important observation of Encke's Comet in 1822 while serving as Government Astronomer of the Colony of New South Wales, Carl Rümker continued his field of astronomy in his homeland, and evidently, within the broad scope of astrological subject matter, he maintained an interest in comets, as is discussed in some of his correspondence with John Lee.
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Scrapbook of Miss Harriett S. Grignon, a Descendant of the Duke of Grignon, a French Protestant Noble Exiled from France. Together with a Manuscript Ink Drawing from 1756 by Her Grandfather Claudius Grignon, Illustrating the Battle of Mahon.

Miss Harriett S. Grignon Scrapbook of Miss Harriett S. Grignon, a descendant of the Duke of Grignon, a French protestant noble exiled from France after the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685. Together with a manuscript ink drawing made on 7 November 1756 by her grandfather Claudius Grignon, illustrating the Battle of Mahon. Drawing is made on a hand-cut single leaf, with authorship inscription to verso, measuring approximately 14 x 10 cm, with fold at center. Volume features several manuscript texts and copper engraved illustrations, 2 exquisite watercolours and 1 equally skillful drawing. Also tipped in, are a manuscript genealogy and a manuscript letter in an elderly woman's hand, both of which trace her maternal lineage and ancestral connection to Miss Randall who married the Duc / Count de Grignon, these two evidently added later by a descendant of Miss Grignon. With the bookplate of C. Grignon to front pastedown. 8vo. 49 pages. Black calf boards, elaborately tooled allegorical Roman chariot motif recto and verso. Custom-designed gilt illustrated title page with Miss Grignon's initials HSG in monogram, publisher's details to bottom (Remnant & Edmonds of London). Very good condition. A pleasing and sentimental volume with a most fascinating connection to a French noble exiled from his country, together with an original drawing made by him, relating to the Battle of Minorca in 1756, this family's history illustrating 18th-19th century religious chasms as well as vacillating Anglo-Franco relations. The drawing, dated 7 November 1756, depicts Port Mahon, also known as St. Philip's Castle, the main naval base and port of the then British-occupied Minorca island, only a few months prior to its being besieged by the French. A peaceful image, British presence dominates the scene with five instances of the Flag of England, as well as British sentry poised with bayonets are dispersed throughout the grounds.
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Original Coolie Labour Contract in Spanish, With Chinese Signature of the Slave, Who Was Brought from Peru to Cuba.

CUBA Slavery contract issued, stamped and signed in Cuba, between the Spanish slave-owner José Maña Lanz, and the "coolie" slave here named Felpie Macau, native of China, evidently previously a slave in Soltera, Peru (approximately 200 km from Chincha Islands). Folio printed document, completed in manuscript. Signed in the original by a Spanish governor, the Spanish employer and possibly his assistant, and the slave himself, the latter signing his authentic name in Chinese. Single-leaf printed document completed in manuscript, recto and verso, measuring approximately 22 cm x 31,5 cm, featuring watermark "Jose" and partial armorial watermark to margin. Text is in Spanish. Some age-toning and creasing, otherwise in very good condition. This document is unique in that it suggests a possible kidnapping of a slave from a plantation or perhaps the Chincha Islands in Peru, transporting the slave to Cuba. At the very least, the slave had fulfilled a longer-term contract in Peru prior to emigrating to Cuba under this one-year contract. This would make him one of a small number of survivors who were victimized by the harsh conditions of working the Peruvian guano beds. Brought to Cuba in 1866 as a "colono" or so-called settler, at 34 years old, the indentured labourer's term set out herein is one year, both living and working in the residence of Don José Maña Lanz, to earn remuneration of nine pesos per month, in addition to two meals per day, two work outfits per year, and medical care should he need it, in exchange for a one year extension of his indentured servitude. The contract is signed by the Cantonese slave, in addition to José de Gomas, Adolfo Alvarez who were most likely plantation managers or Lanz's assistants in some capacity, and the Teniente Gobernador (Lieutenant Governor) Perecho[?] on 24 April 1866. The Cantonese man was most likely illiterate as his signature is poor and unclear, though his last name is assumed to be Zh? Dé, "Dé" meaning morality, or virtue.
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A Sketch of the History of the Knights Templars.

BURNES, James Only 100 copies printed. 8vo. 41 pages, plus prefatory [v], and appendix [x]. A lovely work featuring wide margins, engraved title page with tissue guard, monogram first letters and tailpiece engravings to each chapter, one large heraldic engraving, gilt edged leafs, rose coloured pastedowns. Publisher's limited edition notice pasted to front endpaper. Also with manuscript dedication by the author to front endpaper, addressed to Robert Rigsby, who was an antiquarian, author, and member of the Masonic Order of Saint John [Order of Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem], "To Robert Rigsby Esq with the author's best wishes, London July 16 1837." The recipient of the volume has mounted his armorial bookplate to front pastedown, and again at the end of the final leaf before the appendix. Perhaps due to censorship, or for personal reasons by the recipient, the volume is rather unique in that it lacks Chapter V 'The Knights Templars of Scotland,' comprising pages 42 to 59, these having been pasted together with the intervening pages excised. Publisher's original boards, with red Templar cross and gilt lettering "P.D.E.P." to front [Pro Deo et Patira, gilt lettering "V.D.S.A." to verso [Veut Dieu Saint Amour, or Vult Dei Sanctus Animus]. Volume measures approximately 21 x 17,5 cm. Significant loss to spine, boards and title page age-toned, otherwise in very good and original condition, an exceedingly scarce and fascinating volume. The author, James Burnes (1801-1862) was a Scottish Freemason, a doctor and surgeon in India who rose to the post of Physician-General of Bombay, and a writer. In 1828, Burnes became a Freemason in an English Lodge in Bombay [Mumbai], the Benevolent Lodge, No. 480, which no longer exists. In 1836 he was appointed by the Grand Lodge of Scotland to be the Provincial Grand Master of Western India. His jurisdiction was later extended and he became Grand Master of all Scottish Freemasonry in India. A long-standing legend, purportedly originating from Burnes himself, states that the Knights Templar members escaped from torture and persecution in Europe by heading for sanctuary in Scotland. "Chapter V - The Knights Templars of Scotland" intended for the present book, though not included here, memorialized exactly that scenario. Surely encountering much resistance to his theory and claim, it is quite conceivable that the Chapter V lacking in this volume, might have been suppressed. [Note: the chapter does appear in the second edition, published in 1840. It would be interesting to learn if any of the original 100 copies retained the controversial text at the time of distribution, or if they were all excised.]
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Manuscript Journal of a Female American Emmigrant in Berlin With Drawings and Watercolours.

American Woman Manuscript journal with ink drawings and watercolours, made by an American woman who travelled with a sister or friend, to emmigrate in Berlin, Germany, with remarks on their initial tours, discovering the culture, and subsequent sojourns in the country. Oblong art journal. 8vo. 24 pages. Beige cloth boards with pencil sleeve, thick art paper, original bookbinder's label (Keltz & Meiners, Berlin). Very good condition, a most eloquently written account, beautifully illustrated in the author's skilled hand. Acquainting herself with customs and the daily ways of life in the Kingdom of Prussia, also exploring the region and visiting places of historic interest, a well-spoken, upper-class young female from America records her observations as she settles into a new life in Berlin. he volume begins on 2 July 1901, with the writer describing the scene as a ship passed Lizard's Head, The German ship, on which she was a passenger, was called Borkum, her captain was Mr. Albrecht. On 4 July, the ladies arrive at Friedrichstrasse Bahnhof in Berlin. "The prettiest bit," she recollects, "is looking down Kaiser Wilhelm Str. from the Lustgarten". An entry dated 24 August 1901 confirms that the ladies had settled as residents in Berlin, "After having subscribed for a daily paper, the Lokalanzeiger, we began to feel ourselves real house-holders in Berlin. News from her homeland travelled overseas rather quickly by telegraph. She describes hearing about of the American president being assassinated, and how the news led her to connect with more American settlers in Berlin. Entries in June 1902 describe travels throughout the country, beginning with Freiburg im Breisgau by carriage, then to Basel, and the Black Forest. On August 18 she was at Baden-Baden where she indulged in a soak at the Augustabad bathhouse.
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Voyages autour du Monde – 2 Volumes – WITH ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT

Pagès, Pierre-Marie François De Two Volumes. 8vo, 432, 272 pages with 7 folding maps, two folding plates of vessels, and one folding plate of whale flensing; bound in original blue continental paper boards with paper labels on spine, untrimmed and uncut in very good condition. Seldom does one get to see such an entirely untouched set of books in original bindings and original condition. Together with a signed manuscript letter from Pierre Marie François, vicomte de Pagès (1740-1792), tipped-in to front of Volume II, relating to the journal from his first voyage around the world, and penned the day after being granted the rank of Commander by Louis XV, King of France, to subsequently join Kerguelen's second Antarctic Voyage. Addressed to the esteemed French scientist, politician and man-of-letters Jean-Pierre Marcassus de Puymaurin. Laid watermarked double-leaf measuring 21,5 x 17 cm, with beautiful red wax seal depicting a French Imperial army captain with Roman-style legionary helmet. De Pagès' manuscript letter is invaluable as it pertains to the first known primary source account of Texas, his own journal, the voyage of which would be published for the first time twenty years later - the first edition of the book present together with the letter. The correspondence reveals that De Pagès kept in hand his original diary, and produced a manuscript copy which he had presented to the French Minister of the Navy, in an effort to begin editing for publication. It would be interesting to confirm whether one or both journals still exist today.
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Rare Original Broadside Announcing the Quarantine Isolation of Gozo, Due to the Plague; Issued by Valletta’s Governor Secretary.

Valletta's Governor Secretary Original Maltese broadside announcement for the quarantine isolation of Gozo, due to the plague, issued by Valletta's Governor Secretary. Text is in Italian. Laid paper, leaf watermarked "Ascoli" and a star symbol, measuring approximately 24 x 35,5 cm. Minor creasing, otherwise in very good condition, beautifully preserved, clean and bright. This official decree was issued to the civilians of Malta during the Plague of 1813, to institute strict regulations for trade and travel between Valletta and Gozo, for the safety of the public. In view of preventing further deaths, and the spread of the deadly epidemic, Gozo was protected by segregation. Regulations were also put in place for unloading cargo, for disembarking people from the boats only after obtaining a certificate of clean health, for quarantine. Penalties would be doled out to violators, as this was of utmost importance. The final points reveal the severity of the mater, and just how much responsibility was placed on the Masters of the ships, as follows: Only six weeks before this broadside was printed, on 23 July 1813 the Malta Protectorate was transformed into a British Crown colony, and Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Maitland was appointed Governor of Malta. Reverend Francis Laing, who is named on the document, held the office of Public Secretary from 1811-1813, and then Chief Secretary from 1813-1815. The plague had broken out in Malta in March 1813, when a British merchant ship infected with the disease arrived from Alexandria. The disease began to spread in Valletta and the Grand Harbour area, and when Governor Maitland arrived, stricter quarantine measures were enforced, as seen by the present document. In spite of efforts, the plague did spread to Gozo by January 1814, but the islands were free of the disease by March of that year. Overall, 4,486 people died, approximately 4% of the total population.
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Journal of Manuscript Drawings, Made By a British Army Officer, Featuring Scenes From a Hunting Expedition with Young Prince George and His Adventure in Gibraltar.

Captain Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham Journal of manuscript drawings, some painted in watercolour, by British Army Captain Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham (1812-1851) beginning with scenes from a hunting expedition with young Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, and of subsequent sojourns and adventures during his time stationed in Gibraltar. Two volumes. 8vo. containing approximately 60 drawings, a scant few are double-leafs, approximately 12 of these are painted in watercolour. The vast majority are in one volume. Half black calf over blue marbled boards, gilt rules to spine, the first volume with manuscript title label to front reading, "1838. Figueres, Gibraltar, Tetuan, Tangier. Dudley Pelham." The second volume contains a few drawings from Gibraltar and Naples. Some wear to boards, two leafs excised from the volume but loosely placed within, otherwise in very good condition, a pleasing volume. Dudley Worseley Anderson Pelham (1812-1851) was a British naval commander and Whig politician, born into British peerage. Attaining the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy on 15 February 1836, he served in that capacity onboard the Wasp, in the Mediterranean, from 21 October 1837 to April 1840. During this time, he had the distinct pleasure of going on a sport-hunting expedition in Gibraltar with Prince George, evidently also accompanying him to Tetouan where the local Moroccan leader hosted the British royal and his entourage. Pelham was returned to parliament as one of two representatives for Boston in Lincolnshire at a by-election in 1849, a seat he held until his early death in April 1851, aged only 38. Firsthand scenes memorialized in manuscript drawings by a British peer and naval commander who accompanied Prince George, the First Duke of Cambridge, on a sport hunting expedition in Gibraltar, and a private reception where the prince was the guest of a Morrocan leader. Also featuring a tour of Tangier. A most unique nineteenth century sketch book with watercolours, encompassing scenes privileged to only a select few. There are 16 drawings made between 13-16 November 1838 during a hunting trip with an elite group inclusive of a British royal, Prinec George, Duke of Cambridge. As Royal Navy Commander, crusing Mediterranean waters from 1837 to 1840, and possibly longer, the artist would have visited the port of Gibraltar many times. Herein he sketches several delightful scenes.
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The West Indies, and Other Poems WITH Foredge Painting

MONTGOMERY, James 8vo. ii, Contents, 160 pages, gilt-edged leafs. Beautiful red morocco boards with six raised bands, elaborate gilt tooling, gilt title to spine. Ownership inscription to front endpaper. Bound together with a subsequent edition of Montgomery's earlier title, The Wanderer of Switzerland, 175 pages. Some wear to boards otherwise volume is in very good condition, with a fine fore-edge painting made by a talented contemporary artist. A stellar watercolour fanned fore-edge painting empathetically depicting the African slave-trade, made on a poetic work by a famous writer and abolitionist of the period. From the top of a hill, an African man and woman peer and point at a triple-mast slave ship approaching the coast in a sheltered bay, in the near distance below them. Their bodies curl inward to shelter their infant, and a sense of urgency exudes from their posture; escaping capture would be slim but worth every conceivable effort. Expertly executed, on a most unforgiving medium, the detail in this artist's painting is most impressive. The shape and shading of the human forms are remarkable, with the finest detail showing in the infant's face and even the woman's toes. Fine lines also make it clear that the vessel is a full-rigged-ship with square sails. Shadows in the terrain, the detail in the various vegetation, and exquisite colouring throughout, create depth and realism. A fore-edge painting is a scene painted on the edges of the pages of a book. Paintings executed on edges that have been fanned require extraordinary skill. As the name suggests, leaves of the book must be fanned to expose the edges of the pages, thus revealing the artwork. A fanned painting is not visible when the book is closed.