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Manuscript Letters Diary Account of a Nineteenth Century Housemaid of Her Travel in Italy and Switzerland

English Housemaid Manuscript travellogue of an English nanny and housemaid, whom is afforded a lovely 4 ½ month journey through Italy and Switzerland while employed by Mr. and Mrs. Jones, providing a primary source account of the form of pleasure travels chosen by early 1900s gentry in Britain. 8vo. 30 pages in manuscript, written on double-leaf illustrated stationery, six leafs from the Grand Hotel at Locarno, two leafs from the Grindelwald. Slight age-toning and creasing, otherwise in very good condition, a pleasing travel account from a young woman of the hired lower class. A delightful account of an English housemaid who was taken on an extended holiday, with two weeks in Florence, twelve days in Venice, three funicular rail adventures, numerous tours of historic cathedrals and museums, travels through the Italian and Swiss alps seeing glaciers, tunnels, and waterfalls, also taking boat tours and staying in the finest hotels of the most popular resort towns, concluding with nearly two weeks of tranquility at Thun. Accounts such as these are normally written by wealthy travellers. The writer is not identified, but her account is most unique for the period. Being of the lower working class, if not for her privileged employers, she would not have had the opportunity to tour the continent, nor stay in the finest hotels. It is interesting to note certain aspects of a servant's life which are revealed inadvertently through her notes, for example she requires permission to wear certain articles of clothing. In one instance of her reprimanding young Theo, the child's word holds more weight over the writer's, to a point of verbally shaming the young lady. Another incident reveals that in her position, she was not to speak out of protocol. Nonetheless, the Jones' seem to be fair in occasionally allowing her some private time to do as she pleases. A well written account, with pleasing details of the adventures and the remarkable sights, dispersed with some interesting commentary which illustrates the clear social gap between rich and poor at the turn of the century.
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Account of the Portuguese Belenzada Affair During the Counter-Revolution Begun by Queen Maria II of Portugal

British Marine Primary source account of the Belenzada Affair, by a British marine serving on HMS Cornwallis (1813) and participating in the event at Lisbon, describing daily and hourly actions taking place during the counter-revolution begun by Queen Maria II. Annotated by a contemporary transcriber who seems to be a friend of the diarist and presumably the recipient of the original letter, to front upper margin: "Extract Private letter" and to the end leaf: "Novr. 3d 1836 Revolution at Lisbon Copy of Wms Report of it". 8vo. 7 pages in manuscript. Two double leafs measuring approximately 21 x 26,5 cm. Occasional creasing, very minor loss to first leaf, not affecting legibility of context, otherwise in very good condition. The Belenzada, also known as the Belém Affair, was an attempted coup in November 1836 by Queen Maria II of Portugal and her husband Prince Ferdinand II, to remove the liberal government which had been established by the September Revolution, and to reinstate the Constitutional Charter of 1826. Despite enjoying diplomatic support from the United Kingdom and Belgium, the attempt was frustrated by the determination of the National Guard, the regular army and the general population of Lisbon. This primary source document provides a superbly detailed chronical of events of one counter-revolution in Imperial Portugal, initiated by Queen Maria II herself, as a response to the uprising of the Setembrismo and Cartismo movement to end the political "devorismo" ('devourism') as it was termed at the time. The event is all-but-forgotten by Western historians, albeit said to be one of the three most important of conspiracies or plots executed during this period of unrelenting political conflict.
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Rare Signed Original Document on Fake Horoscope Reading

Clay Burton Vance "Complete Life Reading." Fraudulent mail order document by Clay Burton Vance, pseudonym for Elmer Sidney Prather (1872-1939), who was an active conman and founder of a massive racketeering enterprise from 1907 and into the 1930s, this false astrological reading issued for a Miss E.B. Bell, Libra, born 18 October 1869 in Nunthrope, England. 8vo. 9 pages including typescript report signed in the original by Vance and dated 30 November, illustrated title page with some gilt, and a printed astrological chart for the year 1911, fastened with two large staples in upper margin. Together with a previous letter to the same Miss Bell, enticing the potential client to pay for his service. 8vo. 2 pages typescript, dated 21 November, also signed in the original, the first leaf bearing his ink stamped logo to upper margin. Very good condition, an elaborate document together with original letter, both issued to the same femal4e client, from a long-standing and profitable occult mail scam. Very little is written of con man Clay Burton Vance, apart from his international infamy as a mail fraudster. His perpetual illusivity is a direct result of being a false persona created by Elmer Sidney Prather (1872-1939), occultist, and one of the largest racketeers of the occult mail-order schemes, having founded his own publishing company to mass produce his fraudulent documents. From the few known surviving documents, it is evident that the Life Reading scheme of Clay Burton Vance largely targeted women as its victim audience. A likely group indeed, to be asking questions of their futures, this was an era of great change for women, the early era of women's suffrage movements and the beginning of equality in voting and employment. The documents' hopeful and flattering writing style, suggesting a great post in life, and limitless potential, was most cleverly written for the female audience of the day.
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Manuscript Signed Letter of Early Americana Interest, From a British Emigrant Who Arrived at Philadelphia During the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.

F. Nichols Manuscript signed letter written by F. Nichols who emigrated to Philadelphia during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794 and appears to have been in the army that quelled said rebellion, then settled in New York, with superb content including early whiskey distilleries, women, finance, freedom of religious speech and print, etc. Addressed to yeoman William Fothergill (1748-1836) of Carrend, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, being a grandson of the famous Quaker physician John Fothergill (1712-1780), who authored "Considerations for North American Colonies" and who co-operated with Benjamin Franklin to restore relations between America and Britain. Folio. 4 pages in manuscript. Double leaf measuring approximately 20 x 32 cm, with integral address, remnants of a red wax seal. Some wear at folds, affecting only one word which is easily discernable from the text, otherwise in very good condition, a most comprehensive commentary by an early British settler in America. The writer, who identifies himself as F. Nichols, emigrated from England to Philadelphia during the riotous era of the whiskey tax and its heavy opposition, most likely fighting the insurgents as part of the cavalry which successfully ended the Whiskey Rebellion. Nichols' well-written correspondence, interest in "high" literature, and the uncommon remark to encourage the publication of his observations, suggest that he may be part of the Nichols family of printers and antiquaries. The recipient of the present correspondence is yeoman William Fothergill (1748-1837) of Carrend near Askrig, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, who descends from the Fothergill Quaker lineage of Yorkshire fame, the family seat being at Carr End in Wensleydale, William spending most of his life and inheriting the family estate, to where the present letter was posted.
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Manuscript Account Pertaining to Napoleon’s Austrian Campaign.

Anon. Manuscript account, circa 1814, captioned "The Campaign of Napoleon 1809", detailing various theatres of war from Napoleon's Austrian Campaign, illustrated with detailed hand-drawn maps, written by a contemporary, unidentified by name, possibly a British Army officer who served in the Peninsular War, here presenting his in-depth knowledge of several of the campaigns' strategic positioning, and concluding with his own assessments of military tactics. 8vo. 82 pages in manuscript, plus title page and 7 detailed manuscript campaign maps on tissue paper, hand-coloured by the author and pasted within, (text pagination is 1-63, 76-93 with two consecutive leafs numbered as page 90). Brown calf boards, tooled edges, working brass clasp, continental endpapers, front titled by the author in ink and remaining partially legible. Volume measures approximately 10 x 17 cm. Contained in a recent cloth slipcase with label. Original boards, re-backed and professionally restored, otherwise in very good condition, a pleasing and well-written account by a knowledgeable contemporary. The volume was an heirloom of the Hall family of Somerset, when it was placed in 2014 into the British antiquarian market. The author is unconfirmed, however history records a Lieutenant Francis Hall (died in 1829), who began as a cornet in Wellington's army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, and serving in the Peninsular War as part of the cavalry of the 14th Light Dragoon (Duchess of York's Own). He was also a diarist during the war. The present volume is a detailed strategic and frontline tactical account of the War of the Fifth Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars, concluding with some fascinating evaluations and featuring stellar manuscript battlefield maps, written shortly after the fall of Napoleon, by a party most knowledgeable on the subject.
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WWI Photograph Album Containing Rare Scenes of British Participation in the Bombardment of Dardanelles.

PHOTO ALBUM Album of photographs containing rare primary source scenes of British participation in the bombardment of Dardanelles during the Great War, witnessed from the close proximity of the North Aegean Sea, as well as the transport of troops from Alexandria to France, captured in photographs taken by a Royal Navy officer who served onboard the all-but-forgotten HMT Transylvania. Contains 34 gelatin silver print photographs with manuscript captions, neatly ensconced behind window mounts recto and verso onto 8 thick cardstock leaves. Most photographs measure approximately 5,5 x 5,5 cm, with the exception of 2 miniature oval shape portrait images measuring 3 x 2 cm. Small oblong 8vo. album measuring approximately 19 x 11 x 2 cm, dark grey cloth over grey paper boards. Some captions faint, slight wear to album extremities and spine, otherwise in Very Good Condition, rare primary source photographic views concerning the Gallipoli Campaign. From the Gallipoli Campaign, the photographs shown here are some of the earliest of the HMT Transylvania, very scarce, showing a clear view of the wireless transmitter cabin and its operator, the gun company, and its complement of some 3,000 men on deck. From the Gallipoli Campaign, the photographs shown here are some of the earliest of the HMT Transylvania, very scarce, showing a clear view of the wireless transmitter cabin and its operator, the gun company, and its complement of some 3,000 men on deck.
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Archive of Military Service Papers and Identification Cards of Belgian Sergeant Major René Jules Charles Wege of Liège, Who Was Held Captive by the Germans for 53 days in 1941.

Sergeant Major René Jules Charles Wege of Liège Archive of military service papers and identification cards of Sergeant Major René Jules Charles Wege of Liège, a Walloon Belgian who was held captive by the Germans as a political prisoner of war for 53 days in 1941. Comprises 7 printed military documents completed in manuscript, bearing stamps and signatures, and including 4 small portrait identification photographs. All documents are in French, a single exception being the POW recognition card which is in both French and Dutch. Documents range in size, the smallest card being a single leaf measuring approximately 8 x 10,5 cm, and his personal army booklet being 21 pages and measuring approximately 10 x 14,5 cm. Together with a manuscript copy of a sympathetic letter received from the wife of a deceased German soldier, written in English, during or following the Second World War. Attached to the Belgian Army from the age of twenty-one, volunteering later in the Liberation Army to fight against the German occupation, then the Armed Resistance Forces, and being active in the clandestine sabotage efforts of the 'Union Nationale de la résistance', this gallant Sergeant was awarded the Resistance Army medal, and the Commemorative Medal of the 1940-1945 War (Médaille commémorative de la guerre 1940-1945). This fascinating and informative lot of military documents belonging to a surviving World War II Political POW taken by the German Gestapo outlines his valorous service in the fight for his nation's liberation. Further biographic research is warranted in terms of the Belgian Sergeant's captivity, release, and unexpected benevolence towards a German officer.
Eight Original and Rare Albumen Carte-de-Visite Photographs of China

Eight Original and Rare Albumen Carte-de-Visite Photographs of China,circa 1880, Produced By Pun Lung Studio of Hong Kong.

CHINA - CANTON - HONG KONG Eight (8) albumen carte-de-visite photographs, quite likely taken and produced by the leading Pun Lung studio of Hong Kong, mostly individual portraits of Chinese civilians, one being a group scene. Photographs measure approximately 9cm x 6cm, mounted onto heavy rose cdv cardstock measuring only slightly more. One mount is stamped 'Hong Kong. Canton.' to verso. Contained in a brown leather book-styled slipcase with gilt rules and gilt title 'Portraits' to spine, measuring approximately 11 x 7 x 3 cm. One card creased at center, otherwise the lot in very good condition, beautifully preserved and retaining a crisp image. The Pun Lun Studio was a large and successful studio producing various types of photographs, including landscape views, however most of the surviving works attributed to the studio are carte-de-visite portraits. The tell-tale simple and vivid pink card mounts are rather uncommon for the period, and were used by Pun Lung. The studio table and chair seen in two of the portraits are also well-known to have been in the Pun Lung studio and frequently used in his portrait sittings. Some of the striking images preserved in this lot show: An elderly woman with bound feet; A young man of the lower class holding a traditional woven hat typically worn by workers in the rice paddies or tea fields; A barber and his client; A water carrier boy whose two vessels surely weigh more than him when filled; A savant in fine silk clothing and adorned footwear; and A group of men peering on a broadside mounted to a stone pillar in the street. Pun Lun Studio, founded by brothers Wan Chik-hing and Wan Leong-hoi, was a leading Chinese photography studio active from 1864 to approximately 1907. It survived a serious fire, which destroyed the premises in June 1876. Throughout its existence, it was a leading producer and a serious competitor to all of the Hong Kong-based studios. Its longevity was impressive, and the studio's portrait work was in high demand.
Theatre and Cinema of Free China. Notes of a Soviet Director. This Book is in Russian

Theatre and Cinema of Free China. Notes of a Soviet Director. This Book is in Russian

Yutkevich, Sergei Iosifovich 8vo. 173 pages plus single page Table of Contents. Profusely illustrated with photographic scenes, 3 beautiful colour plates, and a vignette engraving for each chapter's title. All text is in Russian. Signed manuscript dedication, 25 December 1955, by the author, inscribed in ink to title page. Publisher's blue cloth boards titled in red, white, and gilt to front and spine. Volume measures approximately 17,5 x 22,5 cm. Front endpaper lacking, otherwise in very good condition. Rare. Not in OCLC. A fascinating assessment of Chinese theatre and film during a period of modernisation and social adjustment in China is presented here by a critically acclaimed Russian film writer, film historian, and professor of cinematography, Sergei Yutkevich. Sergei Iosifovich Yutkevich (1904-1985) was a leading Soviet film director and screenwriter. Revered by Russia's ruling Politburo, leaders of the motion-picture industry, and civilians alike. After earning his fame in the 1930's, he won two Stalin Prizes in the 1940's. He was bestowed the honourary title of People's Artist of the USSR in 1962, and on his 70th birthday, in 1974, he was honoured with the title of Hero of Socialist Labor, which is the Soviet Union's highest civilian award. Yutkevich was also a notable film historian, teaching at the Moscow Institute of Cinematography, where he was given the rank of professor in 1940. He earned a doctoral degree in the history of art in 1941. The present volume is a scarce example of his interest and works in the history of theatre and film, presenting a seldom seen examination of the Chinese theatrical arts.
J.R. Wellsted's Reisen in Arabien. [J.R. Wellsted's Travels in Arabia.] Halle (Saale): Verlag der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses

J.R. Wellsted’s Reisen in Arabien. [J.R. Wellsted’s Travels in Arabia.] Halle (Saale): Verlag der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1842.

Wellsted, James Raymond Full Tilte: J.R. Wellsted's Reisen in Arabien. [J.R. Wellsted's Travels in Arabia.] Halle (Saale): Verlag der Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1842. ".Deutsche Bearbeitung herausgegeben mit berichtigenden und erlaeuternden Anmerkungen und einem Excurs über himjaritische Inschriften von E. Rödiger." [German translation edited with corrections and explanatory notes and an excursus on Himyaritic inscriptions by E. Rödiger.] 2 vol. bound together. 8vo. xiv, 312; vi, 412 pages, respectively. First and only German edition. Text is in German. The complete work, with title pages, half-titles, 1 meteorological data chart, and 2 extra-large fold-out maps with multiple insets featuring inscriptions recorded by Wellsted. Brown cloth boards titled in gilt to front and spine, patterned endpapers. Minor age-toning, otherwise in very good condition, exceedingly scarce original maps printed the year of Wellsted's passing. Wellsted conducted the first European exploration of Oman and was the first to penetrate the interior. A successor Samuel Miles who travelled the country forty years later, said that even then, Wellsted's map of Oman was the most trustworthy delineation of the country. Wellsted's exceedingly scarce 1838 map of Oman and his illustrations of Himyaritic Inscriptions found on of the South Coast of Arabia, are here contained in a contemporary and also scarce work. The map of Oman charts Wellsted's route to the interior and along the coast in 1835-36, including dates of arrival and discovery, placing numerous villages Beouin encampments, and springs, also illustrating geographical features encountered by Wellsted and his travel companion Lieutenant Whitelock.
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Photograph Album Taken and Compiled by a German Marine Who Spent Some Time in Imperial China and in Japan, Onboard the SMS Leipzig.

Anon Album of photographs taken and compiled by a German marine who spent some time, 1907-1909, in Imperial China and in Japan, serving onboard the SMS Leipzig with the East Asia Squadron of the German Imperial Navy, featuring excellent snapshot scenes, as well as shocking professional photographs of Chinese justice, followed by a few beautiful photographs of tribal costume and island life captured during a voyage to the West Indies. Contains 143 gelatin silver print photographs, some of which are extra-large prints, and one panoramic view, most of which are captioned in manuscript, in German. Photographs vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 6 x 9 cm, and the largest 27 x 22 cm. With a manuscript title page illustrated with a photograph, also with a hand coloured manuscript nautical chart mounted to end pastedown showing a multi-national formation of vessels at the outer Firth of Forth, surrounding the Isle of May. Oblong Quarto album, maroon lacquered wood boards illustrated with floral motif featuring gilt vines and birds, thick cardstock leaves with gilt fore edge, green endpapers. Album measures approximately 37 x 27 x 6 cm. Some wear and minor chips to boards particularly at corners, otherwise in Very Good Condition, a pleasing album with numerous extra large and rare scenes. This album presents nostalgic and scarce photographs from multiple cities during the final years of Imperial China, pre-dating the influx of foreign occupation and the formation of the Republic of China, including uncommon photographs of the ancient Ming Tomb monuments prior to restoration.
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Archive of Unpublished Chinese Manuscripts, Pertaining to the History of Amoy , Translated into English By William Raymond Gingell, Sinologist, Interpreter and Consul in China.

Gingell, William Raymond (Translator) Unpublished Translations of Chinese Texts, comprising what appears to be the only translation of the "History of Amoy" which contains texts dated as early as 1788 and which predates the work for which Gingell is best known [an abridged translation of the Chow Le classic, completed in 1852]; also presenting a wide array of subjects surrounding customs, ancient inscriptions, government, riots and civil wars, by his translations of several short accounts and decrees by difference Chinese writers or offices; as well as a traditional Chinese calendar. Together with a contemporary manuscript letter to Gingell from the Consul at Foochowfoo containing praises from British diplomats for Gingell's work on the History of Amoy, double folio leaf, 2 pages. Together with some original Chinese texts in manuscript and in print, 17 pages combined. History of Amoy manuscript translation: Qto. approximately 300 pages, string-tied in five parts (one part in duplicate), penned to rectos only on blue leafs watermarked J. Whatman and J. Gater 1845 and measuring approximately 24,5 x 20,5 cm. Other manuscript translations: Varied sized leafs, approximately 485 pages combined, each account titled and string-tied separately, also on blue watermarked leafs measuring approximately 24,5 x 20,5 cm. Some creasing, otherwise in very good condition, exceedingly early manuscript documents made in China. Only one of the shorter translations in the present archive is known to have been published (Forms of Ceremonial suitable to be adopted in the Fokien Province on the occasion of the Dowager Queen.). All others appear to be unpublished. The earliest and most substantial of Gingell's unpublished works in the present archive are his translations of eighteenth and nineteenth century Chinese texts compiled and published by a Chinese historian in a monumental sixteen volumes, here headed "History of Amoy" and partially translated into English by Gingell in a manuscript work-in-progress. This work is accompanied by a manuscript letter addressed to Gingell, 15 November 1849, by the Consul of Foochowfoo Richard B. Jackson who relays praises for the work on the history of Amoy Throughout this substantial and already detailed work, Gingell adds explanatory notes, and writes names of places and people in Chinese characters beside the English. The first volume consists of "Imperial Discourses" pertaining to Qing ruled Formosa - providing a rare opportunity to study the matter from the Chinese perspective. Simply titled "Amoy" the second volume concerns the history of the city, especially its fortifications through army and naval defences, the distribution of military stations, the erection of a walled castle on Xiamen Island by Zhou Dexing in 1387, and the like. Volume three is titled "Research into the Military Regulations" which ultimately serves to provide an understanding of the so-called "sea barriers or sea fences" of Amoy. Volume four is essentially a detailed nautical guide imparting practical information for safe navigation between the Pescadores Islands [Penghu] and into the bays of the Formosa Strait [Taiwan], for passage to and from Amoy [Xiamen]. Volume seven deals with customs and duty tariffs, addressing matters such as prohibition, fixed duty servants, land revenue, salt duty, and the Amoy Customs House.
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Massive Primary Source Archive of over 700 Original Architectural Drawings of Swiss Architect David Rordorf-Mahler, architect in Zurich (1856-1936)

David Rordorf-Mahler The archive contains a plethora of material. Original Artwork in different formats, namely a collection of 14 original sketchbooks with numerous original colored drawings, approx. 540 original pencil drawings, 16 original water colored pencil drawings, 24 original watercolors, 15 original ink drawings, 32 original pencil ink drawings, 18 original watercolors, 79 original etchings, partly in aquatint, 30 manuscript pages of notes, 4 original oil studies and 3 photographs. Sheet dimensions from approx. 4 x 8 inches to approx. 22 x 26 inches. The archive includes manuscript cost calculations and numerous, partly large-scale construction drawings for the restoration work at the town hall Bülach. With his keen sense and appreciation of history, the Swiss architect Rordorf was an attentive observer of Swiss culture. As a result of the restoration work based on his designs at the town hall Bülach (around 1905) and in the Castle Greifensee (historic room conversions 1917) he drew the attention of the Swiss public to his work. Also, architectural and floor plan drawings, beautiful views (between 1876-1933) of Switzerland, including Bremgarten, Dübendorf, Effretikon, Lugano, Freiburg, New Bechburg, Thierstein, Bern-Thun, Mariastein, Aarberg, Castle Burgdorf, Kyburg, Locarno, Arbon, Brugg, Zurich, Erlach, as well as Italy, France and Germany. Documents include announcement and invitations and manuscripts of the Société "On the Wall" in Zürich, manuscript letters, poems, purchase contracts and dividing documents between David and Paul Rordorf, etc., as well as a district plan of the city of Zurich. Rordorf-Mahler was a member of the Zurich Artist Society, the Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects, the Société "On the Wall" in Zurich, and at times its President. All in all, an impressive archive of original drawings and at the same time, an important primary source material for the history of architecture in Switzerland.
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Archive of documents concerning the publication and production of several notable literary works and theatrical plays by Peter Ulrich Weiss

Peter Weiss, Playwright New York City, Frankfurt, Stockholm, etc., 1961-1966. Substantial archive of documents concerning the publication and production of several notable literary works and theatrical plays by Peter Ulrich Weiss, including correspondence, draft agreements, contracts signed with leading publishers and producers, as well as some programmes and peer reviews, being the working files of his New York agent, Joan Daves. Together with 3 LP record box sets of the first and complete Broadway original cast music recording for the Marat/Sade play. Octavo and Folio documents and letters, ranging in size and number of pages, some signed in the original. Most are in English; some are in German; the lot neatly contained in four ring binders. The vast majority of the documents date to the 1960s, with a scant few being later including a letter regarding a special television production in 1979 with NBC. Occasional wear to extremities, otherwise in very good condition, beautifully preserved, clean and bright. A generous and comprehensive archive chronicling the work and partnership of a leading literary agent in the rise of German-American publishing, and one of her notable German writers. Provenance: From the desk of Weiss' literary agent for the US, Joan Daves. Joan Daves (1919-1997) was a leading literary agent with her own agency in New York, whose client list boasts six Nobel Prize winners including Martin Luther King, Jr. Daves had a profound effect on the very existence of German literature in America. Born Liselotte Davidson in Berlin, she escaped Nazi Germany by fleeing to Paris and England before emigrating to the United States in 1940. Her agency, established in 1948, handled the original works of several American authors. She handled Martin Luther King, Jr.'s literary property from 1957 until her death. Of great emphasis with her firm was the representation of several major German publishers, such as Suhrkamp, Piper, S. Fischer Verlag and others. It was the prime time of German writers such as Peter Weiss, Uwe Johnson, Max Frisch, Heinar Kipphardt, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Hermann Hesse. In the mid-1960s, communication with German publishers was quite different from today. A shipment of galleys was prepared with a 'by sea mail' label. When the New York Times printed the date and time the next ship would leave the harbor, delivery of the parcels of documents to that specific ship was requested. Peter Ulrich Weiss (1916-1982) was a German author, playwright, and experimental filmmaker, who gained celebrity fame on Broadway in the 1960s. He is particularly known for his plays "Marat/Sade" of 1963/65 which is largely represented in the present archive and which was enormously successful, for "The Investigation" of 1965, and for his later novel "The Aesthetics of Resistance" (1971-81). In the 1960s Weiss also embraced and promoted politically controversial groups, standing for revolutionary Cuba, standing against US intervention in Vietnam, and joining Sweden's eurocommunist party.
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Der Ferne Osten. [The Far East].

Carl Fink Shanghai: C. Fink, Deutsche Druckerei und Verlagsanstalt, 1902-1906. Exceedingly scarce consecutive and nearly-complete run of the noteworthy and pioneering German illustrated monthly magazine, produced by Carl Fink, one of the foremost journalists and publishers in China who is regarded as the most important German in China during the period. The lot consists of the first three volumes; within these 11 of the 12 issues are present and complete. Edited and published by Carl Fink, at the German printing and publishing house in Shanghai. 8vo. Volumes 1 to 3, nearly complete with the exception of only one quarterly issue. Altogether 1219 pages of text with profuse illustration, plus title pages, frontispieces, additional photographic plates. Features some zincograph photos, and some coloured and gilted artistic frontis illustrations. All ads are present in the first seven issues. All text is in German. The seven earlies issues in original boards, illustrated paper over cloth, titled in German to recto, Chinese symbol to verso. A lovely circa mid-century binding houses five issues, one of which is a duplicate of the issues in original binding, this volume half calf over marbled boards, spine tooled and titled in gilt. Minor wear to boards, otherwise in very good condition, most pleasing with several issues in original binding, crisp and clean internally, exceedingly scarce to find so many consecutive numbers. Sets this complete are not found even in libraries.
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Massive Primary Source Archive of over 700 Original Architectual Drawings of Swiss Architect David Rordorf-Mahler, architect in Zurich (1856-1936).

David Rordorf-Mahler David Rordorf-Mahler, architect in Zurich (1856-1936). The archive contains a plethora of material namely a collection of 14 original sketchbooks with numerous original colored drawings, approx. 540 original pencil drawings, 16 original watercolored pencil drawings, 24 original watercolors, 15 original ink drawings, 32 original pencil ink drawings, 18 original watercolors, 79 original etchings, partly in aquatint, 30 manuscript pages of notes, 4 original oil studies and 3 photograps. Original Artwork in different formats. Sheet dimensions from approx. 4 x 8 inches to approx. 22 x 26 inches. The archive includes manuscript cost calculations and numerous, partly large-scale construction drawings for the restoration work at the town hall Bülach. Architectural and floor plan drawings, beautiful views (between 1876-1933) of Switzerland, including Bremgarten, Dübendorf, Effretikon, Lugano, Freiburg, New Bechburg, Thierstein, Bern-Thun, Mariastein, Aarberg, Castle Burgdorf, Kyburg, Locarno, Arbon, Brugg, Zurich, Erlach, Italy, France and Germany. Announcement and invitations and manuscripts of the Société "On the Wall" in Zürich, manuscript Letters, poems, purchase contracts and dividing documents between David and Paul Rordorf, etc. as well as a district plan of the city of Zurich. With his keen sense and appreciation of history, the Swiss architect Rordorf was an attentive observer of Swiss culture. As a result of the restoration work based on his designs at the town hall Bülach (around 1905) and in the Castle Greifensee (historic room conversions 1917) he drew the attention of the Swiss public to his work. He was a member of the Zurich Artist Society, the Swiss Association of Engineers and Architects, the Société "On the Wall" in Zurich, and at times its President. All in all an impressive archive of original Drawings and at the same time important primary source material for the history of architecture in Switzerland.
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Seventeen Manuscript Land Grants, Hand Stitched Together, on Vellum from the Reign of Elizabeth I, Concerning the Land Rights of a Thomas Wadelowe.

Anon. Seventeen manuscript land grants on vellum from the reign of Elizabeth I, concerning the land rights of a Thomas Wadelowe. All text is in Latin, some annotations to verso mostly indicating that each belongs to him. The lot stitched together by hand at left margin. Documents vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 23 x 5 cm, the largest measuring 24 x 13 cm. One of the documents faded though still legible, otherwise the lot in very good and original condition, exceedingly scarce as a sequential lot of documents recording the rights and conveyance of feudal land in Norfolk. Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. As such, these documents in that period. One of the documents appear to state its date as "die viginti Anno reign Elizabeth" which would be the twentieth year of her reign, thus being made sometime between 18 November 1577 and 17 November 1578. These documents provide insight into the Wadelow family's ancestral history of land titleship during Norfolk's feudal era, specifically that of a Thomas Wadelowe, whom, in one of the documents is having land conveyed to him from a Thomas Symes. A John Symes is named on the first document. Hand stitched together to the left margins, all documents intact, the condition and completeness of the lot reveal the land's ownership and/or leasehold history over many generations. It also illustrates that this family appreciated the perdurable value of land rights. Sixteenth century land indentures are scarce survivors in any form. To find a sequential lot of related deeds, kept neatly and safely together for some three to four hundred years, is exceptionally uncommon and indeed invaluable to the history of its related ancestry and locality.
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Six Manuscript Land Grants on Vellum, Hand Stitched Together, Spaning a Century or so, and Providing One Family’s History of Inheritable Land Rights During Norfolk’s Feudal Era.

Norfolk [Salthouse in Norfolk], circa 1509-1603. Six manuscript land grants on vellum, dealing with one specific feoffment in the coastal parish of Salthouse, in the Hundred of Holt, with dates ranging from the reign of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. All text is in Latin. The lot stitched together by hand at left margin. Documents vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 30 x 4 cm, the largest measuring 25 x 11 cm. Some age-toning, otherwise in very good and original condition, exceedingly scarce as a sequential lot of documents recording the rights and conveyance of feudal land. Henry VIII was King of England from 1509 until his death on 28 January 1547. Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. As such, these documents were made between the years 1509 and 1603. These documents span a century or so, and provide one family's history of inheritable land rights during Norfolk's feudal era. The name Robtus Bauman appears at the beginning of one of the documents. Hand stitched together to the left margins, all documents intact, the condition and completeness of the lot reveal the land's ownership and/or leasehold history over many generations. It also illustrates that this family appreciated the perdurable value of land rights. Sixteenth century land indentures are scarce survivors in any form. To find a sequential lot of related deeds, kept neatly and safely together for some three to four hundred years, is exceptionally uncommon and indeed invaluable to the history of its related ancestry and locality.
Mezzotint Engraved Portrait of David Livingstone

Mezzotint Engraved Portrait of David Livingstone, Large Limited Edition. Together with a Single Leaf Biographical Sketch.

Livingstone David Large Limited Edition mezzotint engraved portrait of David Livingstone, pioneer missionary and explorer, together with a single leaf biographical sketch. Painted and engraved by H. Scott Bridgwater from a painting made by F. Havill held in London's National Portrait Gallery. One corner of matte creased, otherwise in Very Good and original condition, protected with a tissue guard, clean and bright with strong impression, suitable for framing. A Rare and Large Portrait, Medium Quarto. Engraving measures approximately 9 x 11.5 inches. Matte measures approximately 18.5 x 23 inches. From a limited edition work (only 400 copies) issued by the museum from 1926-1929, titled "The Museum Galleries, London" and being a collection of coloured mezzotint artist signed portraits of famous men and women. Henry Scott Bridgwater (1864- 3 January 1950) was a British painter, draughtsman, mezzotint engraver, and etcher. He specialised in mezzotints after the works of Sant, Fildes, Leighton, Millais, Greuze, Romney, Reynolds and Hoppner, and exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1889 to 1946. Born in Dudley and lived in Bushey, Hertfordshire, he worked for most of the leading London print publishers and dealers. He has been called 'Henry' or 'Harry' and often his surname is misspelled 'Bridgewater'. He married landscape and genre painter H. May. Their son is watercolourist Phyllida Scott Bridgwater.