Manuscripts and Letters

The original works of scientists and travellers, written and/or drawn

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Reineck, A.
Anglertagebuch. Meine Erlebnisse am Wasser.
[Frankfurt am Main, unpublished, 1930-1933]. Oblong folio (20.5 x 26.4 cm). "Frontispiece" self-portrait of the author in pencil and watercolour; 40 pp. with handwritten text [in German] and numerous illustrations in pencil or ink, a cut-out ink drawing by the author mounted on the rear board. Bound in gilt-green-black pochoir "camouflage" boards. In a custom-made marbled slipcase (27.3 x 22.4 x 1.9 cm), with a photocopy of the latter drawing mounted on the front board.
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Angling stories, well told, in a nicely illustrated diary
Suite des...
Schwabe, C. and M. Maeterlinck [Illustrations de Carlos Schwab]
Suite des aquarelles originales exécutées par Carlos Schwab pour l'illustration de Pelléas et Mélisande.
Paris, H. Piazza, [1922]. Folio (29.2 x 24.8 cm). Original pictorial title page to the work of Maeterlinck in black ink; original black and green title – with printed text and hand-coloured Jugendstil border (with Carlos Schwabe's logo) – to this suite, mounted; ditto original dedication to Albert Dubosq; ditto original half title; and 31 original watercolours of which several mounted, and all signed and dated by Carlos Schwabe. Contemporary full blue morocco by Gruel; with intricate morocco inlays in red, black, yellow and gilt; gilt-lined edges, gilt, black and yellow borders inside; gilt silk endpapers; all edges gilt. Preserved in original, matching protective sleeve (30.3 x 27.2 cm) with blue half morocco over marbled blue paper covered boards, brown calf versos, four raised bands and gilt title on the 'spine'. This in turn protected in an original, matching blue marbled slipcase.
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Complete suite of original watercolours for Pelléas et Mélisande in fantastic master binding by Gruel
Das Thier...
Seder, A.
Das Thier in der decorativen Kunst. I. Serie. Die Wasserthiere [AND] II. Serie. Vögel. [Complete].
Wien, Gerlach & Schenk, 1896. Two large folio portfolios (57.9 x 44.3 cm) with one page of text, one illustrated title page and 29 stunning chromolithographed plates showing animals in a fabulous Art Nouveau style. Each original quarter linen portfolios has an impressive dragon on front, with the title artistically arranged around it.
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Fantastic Art Nouveau plates - a rare complete set
Das Neogen...
Tollmann, A.
Das Neogen am Südwestrand des Leithagebirges zwischen Eisenstadt und Hornstein. Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Wien.
Wien, [not published], 1953. Small folio (29.8 x 21.0 cm). 226 pp., 28 text figures (tipped in), three large folded maps (one hand-coloured), five folded tables and graphs. Black half cloth. Hand-written label on the spine.
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A well-executed original manuscript thesis on Tertiary invertebrates
Mission sc...
Vaillant, L. [L.] and M. [F.] Bocourt
Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l'histoire de la faune d'Amérique Centrale et du Mexique. Poissons.
Paris, Mission du Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale, 1874-[1915]. Large 4to (35.5 x 27.5 cm). Title to the Zoology section, title to part IV, half title to the ichthyology, [i ("avis"), 265 pp.; 31 plates, numbered 1-16, 1bis, 1ter, 5bis, 5ter, 5quat, 8bis, 9bis, 10bis, 10ter, 11quint (error for 10quint?), 11bis, 11ter, 11quat, 13bis, 13ter; all with original descriptive text leaves, of which 26 in fine chromolithography with additional hand-colouring; plates 1bis, and 1ter tinted, and plates 9bis, 10ter, and 10quint plain, as always. Printed wrappers to part IV, dated 1874, bound in. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt.
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A unique and extraordinary copy from the author's library with 11 unknown plates
Vanhaudt, J.
[Original watercolours of birds]
Flanders or northern France, ca. 1750. Four original watercolours (each ca 21 x 25 cm), mounted on larger sheets (each ca. 28 x 35 cm).
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Four fine, original watercolours of birds from 18th-century northern France or Flanders
Dutch auto...
[Various authors]
Dutch autographs. A collection of hundreds of autographs from the mid-19th century and earlier.
No place, no publisher, ca. 1858-1894. In 12 parts. (22.8 x 15.0 cm), and a general index (22.0 x 17.5 cm). With hundreds of mounted autographs on various types of paper. Uniform wrappers with handwritten titles. In contemporary marbled portfolio.
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19th-century Holland in original autographs
Original h...
Weech, S. V.
Original hand-coloured pen & ink drawings and watercolours of flowers.
Germany, not published, 1940-1947. A total of seven original drawings of which four are hand-coloured pen & ink, and three are watercolours. Various sizes. Loose in recent portfolio.
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Unique watercolours of beautiful flowering plants
Very early...
X-Rays: Friedrich Haller & Söhne Atélier und Laboratorium mit Röntgen'schen Strahlen
Very early applied radiology [Röntgen photographs, X-rays] including the first use of X-rays in authentication of fine art (i.e. painting by Albrecht Dürer).
Munich, Friedrich Haller & Söhne, Atélier und Laboratorium mit Röntgen'schen Strahlen, 1897. Loose in folio album. Set of nine extremely early, mint conditioned X-Ray-photographs mounted on six presentation cardboards (three with two photographs each) and with manuscript descriptions; the photographs measuring between 6.6 x 5.6 cm, and 34.4 x 23.6 cm, all housed in contemporary gilt cloth portfolio titled Album .
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First X-ray verification of fine art - Dürer meets Röntgen