BOOKS, PHOTOGRAPHS, EPHEMERA

A Selection Of Rare Historical & Cultural Documents



BOOKS PHOTOGRAPHS EPHEMERA MAPS


ANTIQUARIAN & OTHER BOOKS

THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS - MILITARY ORDER OF CHRIST 1731

7970. MASSIVE AND UNIQUE EARLY PORTUGUESE BOOK FROM THE MILITARY RELIGIOUS ORDER OF CHRIST, SUCCESSOR TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS, 1731-1735. This entirely handwritten book is the official archives of the Comenda of Pombal, Portugal under the jurisdiction of the Order Of Christ, the successor order to the Knights Templars which had also been centered in this area. The book is a massive handwritten document of around 100,000 words, written by the judge of the Comenda. Much of the text deals with court cases brought before the comenda and the resulting sentences.

On the spine: Tombo Archive Comenda Of The Comenda Pombal at Pombal 1731.

A Comenda was a benefaction given by the King, which entailed jurisdiction over a certain area with responsibilities for its well being. The Comenda here had its jurisdictional center in the church of Sao Martinho (Saint Martin) in the village of Pombal, the modern town of Pombal in North central Portugal. The Comenda de Pombal was associated with the Ordem de Cristo. This Order of Christ was a Military Order, like the Templars. In fact they were the perpetuation of the Templars. When the Templars were disbanded by the Pope the Portuguese king at the time managed to transfer their goods to this new Military Order he founded. The area around Pombal had a long association with the Templars and then the Order of Christ.

The title page reads: TOMBO DA COMMENDA DE SAO MARTI NHO DA VILLA DE POMBALFEYTO NO ANNO DE MILE SETECENTOS TRINTA E TRIS A INSTANCIA do EXCELLENTISSIMO CONDE da Calheta Reposteiro mor (" reposteiro mor " Is an honorific title of the Count of Calheta. Literally it means the one in honorific charge to open the doors and windows to the king.) AFONSO DE VASCO CELLOS ESOUZA COMMENDADOR da mesma comenda de que soy Juiz O DOUTOR ANTONIO VIEIRA DE FREITAS.

This translates as: Archive of the Commenda of Sao Martinho of the village of Pombalfeyto in the year of one thousand seven hundred thirty and three by request of the most excellent Count of Calheta Afonso de Vasco (this was Afonso de Vasconcelos e Sousa Cunha Camara Faro e Veiga, 5 Count of Calheta, a town of the island of Madeira, born 17.1.1664, died Lisboa, S. Jos 2.2.1734) Celios e Souza, director of this same Comenda of which I am the judge the Doctor (of law) Antonio Vieira de Freitas (the writer of this archive)

A massive and unique one of a kind early handwritten historical document from the Order of Christ, the famous military religious order and direct successor to The Knights Templars. Dimensions: 12 x 17 x 4 inches. Weight: 15 lbs. In generally excellent condition with tight binding and all text legible.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at Berman's Auction September, 2004.

$12,000.



9991. HISTORIA SACRA ET PROFANA ARCHIEPISCOPATUS MECHLINIENSIS, 1725. At least 21 full page engravings of persons, cathedrals, and sculptural sepulchers including six foldouts. 717+ pages. 2.25 x 8.5 x 13.5 inches. Rebound in gold stamped cloth, a few pages loose at tops. Some excellent and very detailed architectural engravings.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show January, 2000.

$1450.



WORKS OF EPICTETUS THE STOIC PHILOSOPHER

9327. ANTIQUARIAN EPICTETUS. EPICTETI ENCHIRIDIUM CEBETIS THEBANI TABULA, 1723. 1.5 x 5 x 8 inches. 288 pages. Engraved frontispiece and folding plate, engraved chapter headers and initials. Title page printed in red and black. Gold stamped vellum armorial binding. Sound and tight in generally nice condition, damp stains in lower corner throughout. Works by the famous Stoic philosopher Epictetus printed in Greek and Latin side by side.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show November, 1999.

$600.



THE ROMAN FORUM 1876

11684. LE FORUM ROMAIN, ET LES FORUMS DE JULES CESAR, D'AUGUSTE, DE VESPASIEN, DE NERVA ET DE TRAJAN, Par Ferdinand Dutert, 1876. Elephant folio 13 x 20 x 0.75 inches. Original leather binding and finely marbled end leaves. 45 pages of text with interspersed engravings including a number of architectural coin reverses. 9 full page engravings, about half double page, one plate missing. Sound and in generally excellent condition with minimal foxing and matching protective leather strips on top and bottom of spine. Cover. End plate marbling.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show c. 2005.

$2000.



6590. LES CESARS DE L'EMPEREUR JULIEN, Baron Spanheim, 1728. contempory calf boards, rebacked, gilt stamped, marbled. Contains hundreds examples of Roman and provincial coins with choice engravings of most. 7.5 x 9.5". Generally excellent condition.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show February, 1999.

$1750.



TOBACCO ROAD - SIGNED FIRST EDITION 1932

10048. TOBACCO ROAD, by ERSKINE CALDWELL, 1932 First Edition in very fine condition signed February 23, 1971 in a bold hand by Erskine Caldwell with additional notes by my father Dr. Lyle Owen. Certainly no doubt about the signature in this case as I can personally verify it was signed by Caldwell on one of his visits to my father's home outside Branson, Missouri. In excellent clean condition with tight binding.

Provenance: Gift in the 1980's from my father Dr. Lyle Owen, retired head of the Economics Department at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

$6000.



8408. PIERRE LOUYS, ADVENTURES OF KING PAUSOLE, 1933. Erotic classic by the famous French author, illustrated by Beresford Egan, gold stamped leather spine, 312 pages. 6.5x9.5". Nice condition.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show April, 1999.

$200.



6229. SOTHEBY'S, THE NELSON BUNKER HUNT COLLECTION, HIGHLY IMPORTANT GREEK AND ROMAN COINS, December 4. 1990. Hard bound. As new. The billionaire oil tycoon's collection of some of the finest Greek and Roman coins known. Every coin illustrated enlarged and in color. Real eye candy for anyone who loves ancient Greek and Roman coins! With the finest coins of the several hard bound catalogues of the Nelson Bunker Hunt collection.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show October, 2001.

$200.



6230. SOTHEBY'S, THE CHRISTOS G. BASTIS COLLECTION OF GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES, December 9. 1999. Hard bound, choice condition internally, minor scuffs to dust jacket. Superb antiquities from a great European collection every piece illustrated in color.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at the NJ Book Show October, 2001.

$60.



PHOTOGRAPHS

10030. AMBROTYPE OF A WELL TO DO YOUNG MAN IN AN EXCEPTIONAL H.W. HAYDEN GUTTA PERCHA CASE, c. 1850's-60's. Exquisite 'Union" case signed by H.W. Hayden produced by S. Peck with molded girl and infant with exceptional detail and artistic rendering - certainly the finest I've carried. Slight flake at clasp & crack at lower hinge. Inside the hand-tinted image in an ornate brass mat with some spotting & separation near hands. 3.8". Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at an upscale New Jersey estate auction.

Gutta-Percha, a rare natural bioinert inelastic latex-like sap from SE Asia which became rigid upon drying and took very fine detail, was the chosen material for fine cases and plaques in the late 1800's prior to the development of plastics.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at Berman's Auction, NJ, December, 2000.

$850.



10038. FINE VICTORIAN GUTTA PERCHA PLAQUE, c. 1850-1870. Depicting a semi-nude maiden reclining in her bed embracing a dove which kisses her neck. 4 x 7 inches. Gutta Percha was also used in the exquisite 'Union' cases of top quality daguerrotypes which takes extremely fine detail. See our lot 10030 for an example of such a case. Excellent condition.

Gutta-Percha, a rare natural bioinert inelastic latex-like sap from SE Asia which became rigid upon drying and took very fine detail, was the chosen material for fine cases and plaques in the late 1800's prior to the development of plastics.

Provenance: A private American collection, acquired at Berman's Auction, NJ, May, 2001.

$1750.



EPHEMERA

10072. THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, JANUARY 16, 1901. Stories on everything from a grizzly charging on Teddy Roosevelt to the burning of a negro by a white crowd. All sorts of ads for everything from corsets to patent medicines to gold dental crowns for $5 to steamship schedules from the east. A truly fascinating view back into early American history! Note this is an original newspaper, not the usual reprints. 17 x 23 inches.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired in the early 1960s from a San Francisco book dealer.

$250.



10071. THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, NOVEMBER 16, 1898. Stories on everything from the Dreyfus trial, Spanish American War, US volunteers in Manila, the story of a boy captain navigating his ship, meteor showers, plans to measure the earth, mortal feuds of Chinese Tongs in San Francisco Chinatown, meeting of the anti-Saloon League, and many fascinating ads for patent medicines and tonics to cure every ill. A truly fascinating view back into early American history! Note this is an original newspaper, not the usual reprints. 17 x 23 inches.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired in the early 1960s from a San Francisco book dealer.

$150.



10070. THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, JULY 5TH, 1892. Stories on everything from 4th of July celebrations, election news, to the drowning of aeronauts in a balloon accident. All sorts of ads for everything from corsets to patent medicines and liquor. Railroad schedules and even news of the discovery of cuneiform tablets referencing a Pharaoh's daughter. A truly fascinating view back into early American history! Note this is an original newspaper, not the usual reprints. 17 x 23 inches.

Provenance: A private American collection. Acquired in the early 1960s from a San Francisco book dealer.

$150.



MAPS

LARGE HAND TINTED DOUBLE PAGE CITY VIEW OF CHESTER ENGLAND

10989. THE SOUTH WEST PROSPECT OF THE CITY OF CHESTER (England). Hand tinted Engraving dated 1728. With text below describing the city as the location of Julius Caesar and Claudius Caesar's encampments and the main landmarks of the city keyed to the city view. 10 x 27 inches on an 18 x 33 inch double page foldout. Somewhat dog eared around the edges with splits in the fold but the image area itself in generally nice condition. The engraving with very fine detail and excellent artwork.

Provenance: A private Midwestern collection, acquired in the 1980's from an American book dealer.

$300.