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Category Archives: Rare Books

NEWLY DISCOVERED OLDEST SURVIVING AMERICAN CHECKBOOK

Sometimes, we are fortunate to buy a truly amazing historical artifact .   This checkbook , which dates from the 1790s, was recently discovered at the bottom of a  trunk of personal papers that had descended in a NJ family.   Research indicates that it is the oldest surviving American Checkbook from the Bank of […]

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WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A RARE BOOK WITHOUT AUCTION RECORDS?

How does one price a rare book when there are no comparable records of its sale? As an example, I recently purchased a copy of Galeazzi’s important 18th century music treatise which includes a fascinating section on how to play the violin. A quick review of sale records in two modern databases- the ABPC database […]

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FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE FAVORITE AND CLOSE FRIEND OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I

A ROBERT DUDLEY BEAR BINDING WITH AN EARLY SCOTTISH VERSE INSCRIPTION by Patrick Home of Polwarth. Osorio da Fonseca, Jeronimo, 1506-80. Hieronymi Osorii de gloria libri V. Florence, Laurence Torrentinus, 1552…Bound with.. . De Nobilitate civili, libri duo…. – Florence, Laurence Torrentinus, 1552. 2 vols. in 1; 8vo., 22.5 x 15 cm. Contemporary calf gilt, covers with double fillet […]

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HOW TO VALUE A RARE EARLY PIECE OF AMERICANA

When traveling and purchasing rare books from estates and libraries, it is impossible sometimes to realize the value of every single book one encounters or even buys.  This is especially true with ephemera that has suffered from the ravages of time, and whose importance can easily be overlooked.  However, that is the fun of research! […]

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CLAUDE LORRAIN’S ‘LIBER VERITATIS” WITH 200 MAGNIFICENT MEZZOTINT PLATES

Printed 1777:  The earliest instance of a self-compiled catalogue raisonné and a landmark work history of copyright protection. [FINE PRESS] [HISTORY OF PRINTING][COPYRIGHT LAW] Lorrain, Claude [Laude Gelee] Liber Veritatis; Or, a collection of prints after the original designs of Claude Le Lorrain; in the collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire, executed by Richard Earlom… […]

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William Duncan’s 1794 New-York directory with the Map intact

[EARLY NEW YORK HISTORY] [EARLY NEW  YORK MAP] [EARLY AMERICAN DIRECTORY] Duncan, William. The New-York directory, and register, for the year 1794. : Illustrated with a new and accurate plan of the city and part of Long-Island, exactly laid down, agreeably, to the latest survey … New-York : Printed for the editor, by T. and […]

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WHAT IS MY OLD BIBLE WORTH?

One of the most common questions any rare book dealer receives is  “What is my Old Bible Worth?” With notable exceptions, most Bibles printed after 1800 in America and after 1700 in Europe are actually not worth very much money.  That is simply a consequence of the fact that so many Bibles were printed as […]

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The First Major Account of Discoveries and Invention in the NEW WORLD

PRINTED 1646:  2 VOLS in 1:   “The history of many memorable things lost” The Book: [SCIENTIFIC INVENTION] [THE NEW WORLD] [EARLY ENCYCLOPEDIA] Pancirolli, Guido ;  Salmuth, Heinrich];  Guidonis Pancirolli rerum memorabilium sive deperditarum pars prior[-liber secundus] : commentarijs illustrata, et locis prope innumeris postremum aucta, Publisher: Francofurti : sumptibus Godefridi Schonwetteri, 1646.   The […]

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FOLIO: PRINTED 1513: a “Sink of Lyes”

The Alcoran of the Franciscans- a Heap of Blasphemous Doctrines – a Sink of Lyes VERY INFLUENTIAL ON THE SPANISH MISSION IN THE NEW WORLD DEMONSTRATES THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF ST. FRANCIS IN RENAISSANCE ART AND LITERATURE The Book: [Liber conformitatum vite Beati Francisci ad vitam Jesu Christi, ed. J. Mapellus.] [Bartholomeus, de Pisis]. Opus […]

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PRINTED 1584: WILLIAM PARRY – THE REMARKABLE DOCTOR AND DOUBLE-AGENT

THE MYSTERIOUS PLOT TO ASSASSINATE QUEEN ELIZABETH EXTREMELY RARE WITH THE ADDITIONAL 7 PAGE “PRAYER FOR ALL KINGS” WONDERFUL PROVENANCE: THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE “BROXBOURNE COPY” The Book: A true and plaine declaration of the horrible treasons, practised by William Parry the traitor, against the Queenes Maiestie. The maner ofhis arraignment, conuiction and execution, […]

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