Manuscripts and Letters
66 items found
Unknown illustrations for the "Universal Conchologist": Fine hand-coloured stipple engravings of lesser-known Indo-Pacific and South Pacific marine shells.
[London, the author], ca. 1780. Six oblong sheets (27.0 x 33.2 cm) with original stipple-engraved hand-coloured illustrations of shells.Read more
Two fine, original drawings of carriages.
No place, no publisher, 1906-1907. Two oblong drawings: one in thin ink lines with fine gouache colouring, over 15.0 x 23.0 cm, in oblong cardboard frame (30.5 x 23.5 cm); the other in sharp pencil, and with an overlaying, smaller board with the carriage top (over 16.2 x 24.7 cm) in oblong cardboard frame (32.1 x 43.4 cm).Read more
Trevor Lloyd's sketchbooks of New Zealand.
New Zealand, ca. 1925. In two volumes. Folio (35 x 25 cm, and 36 x 33 cm). The first of white paper, with his name handwritten on the second leaf, and (68 groups of) illustrations, mostly on leaf rectos only, a few using both sides of a leaf. The second, largest, of brown paper, with his name written on the front cover. Inserted: one sheet of trace paper with pencil drawing, and 24 leaves with colour pencil sketches of New Zealand landscapes, and people.Read more
[after T. H. Ekart]
Synopsis Hepaticarum. Descriptiones Jungermanniarum. [Original Manuscript].
France, no place, no date [ca. 1860-1880]. Small folio (24.7 x 20.0 cm). Manuscript of 46 pp. with 31 original, fine, mounted, ink drawings of liverworts, most with handwritten descriptions at the foot or on loose leaflets. Patterned quarter linen over burgundy grained linen. Marbled endpapersRead more
["JAM" (R. de Bouillé, Comte)]
[Original watercolour sketches of French landscapes]
[France], no place, no publisher, ca. 1863-1890. 13 oblong sheets (22.3 x 29.2 cm), all with fine watercolour paintings, either full-sized, or smaller, in a drawn rectangular frame. And one drawing on slightly smaller paper, more sketchy, in pencil.Read more
[Original orchid drawings and descriptions]
Amsterdam, [unpublished], ca. 1950-1975. A huge collection of more than a thousand sketches, drawings (b/w line drawings in pencil or ink, and in [full] colour) of wild orchids, with additional annotations - in Dutch, with Latin names. On 376 leaves, including 41 partially or (near) completely in original watercolours. Preserved in contemporary folders, titled by the author.Read more
[Original manuscript] Vita di Pierluigi Farnese. Primo Duca di Parma, Piacenza, e Castro.
Guastalla, 1778 [not published until 1821]. Folio (31.1 x 20.8 cm). Title and four additional chapter titles (all in red and black), [iv], 161 text pages; all carefully hand-written, and with floral vignettes in three colours at the end of two chapters. Four blank leaves in the rear. Contemporary full mottled calf. Spine rich gilt with floral vignettes and burgundy morocco label with gilt title. Boards with rich gilt ornamental borders and corner pieces; gilt-lined edges. Marbled endpapers. All edges red. (Italian binding).Read more