Manuscript. "A work written by hand" informs Glaister, synonymous with 'holograph'. Or, as is often abbreviated, Ms.
A 2-letter abbreviation that can cause the collector's heart to flutter; the curator's eye to gleam; the author to sigh in satisfaction on finishing.
Why this reaction? Perhaps it is the unique aspect inherent in the term? A printed book, by its very nature & concept, can be expected to be encountered in multiple copies, not so the manuscript that gave rise to the book. It is expected, more often than not, to be found in no more than one copy, with additional the variant, not the norm.
With this in mind then, Tavistock Books presents our list for March. In Manuscript. 30 items all created 'by hand'. Letters, book manuscripts, ledgers, journals, diaries, sketch books & even a few pencil sketchs [to round out the numbers].
Temporally, the items range from the 17th C. to the 20th. As is our custom & wont, subjects represented are diverse, from Rent Books, to Crossing the Atlantic, to Baseball. Prices range from $125 to $20,000.
Just click on the "Select Acquisitions" link on the left to take a browse.
Clinch, Bryan J[ames. b. 1843].
San Francisco: The Whitaker & Ray Company, 1904.
Price: $500.00more info