A simply exceptional, rare and completely untreated/unheated Sapphire from Mogok in Burma weighing an impressive 1.84ct. The colour is an almost pure hue of medium blue, not too light and not too dark, just as blue sapphire should be - extremely lovely indeed. The gem has *exceptional* clarity for an Unheated Burmese sapphire and is not only eye clean but simply has some tiny inclusions visible only under magnification...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420545 (stock #TBD00200)
Albumen photograph of the quay from across the water at Port Said with what is, I think, the light house that was built in 1869 and architecturally important because of the early, if not the first, use of reinforced concrete. Written in the negative, lower left, “Lankaki” and lower right, “Quai du Port Said.” The Zangaki brothers who often wrote Langaki were among the early photographers of Egypt. Photograph mounted on thin card and matted. Image 8 5/8 x 11 1/8 inches (22 x 28.5 cm)...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420543 (stock #TBD00299)
Albumen photograph depicting the city of Damascus in the distance with a town in the middle distance and a man standing in a graveyard toward the foreground. Written in the negative lower left, “Bonfils” and lower right, “402. Damas-Vue general de Damas prise de ‘Sulkirk’(?)” Laid on paper and matted. Image 8 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches (22 x 30 cm). Mat 16 x 20 inches (40.5 x 51 cm). Felix Bonfils (French 1831-1885) was one of the early photographers of the Middle East...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Maps : Pre 1800 item #1420357 (stock #JB02911)
Fine antique copper engraving map of Asia from the eastern Mediterranean to the western Pacific, with hand coloring, by Dutch cartographers Gerardo and Leonardo Valk, circa 1710. The map measures 20" by 24" and is laid down to a board as is often seen. Margins are adequate...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Maps : Pre 1837 VR item #1420273 (stock #JB02474)
This is a HAND DRAWN map, not a print of any kind, probably crafted, with great care, by an American school child, who did not add his or her name, but did date this in the year 1809. The title is "A Map of SPAIN & PORTUGAL from the best Authorities". Unframed, it measures 16 1/8" by 20 3/4". The work contains amazing, loving detail, with towns, rivers, provinces, even mountain ranges, drawn in. The provinces are outlined and colored, creating a patchwork effect that adds to the appeal...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420207 (stock #TBD00298)
A well composed albumen photograph of the Mosque of Sultan Sulieman with the Golden Horn in the distance. In the distance to the very far left of the photograph is the Hagia Sophia. In the golden Horn are both sailing ships and steamers. Written in pencil on the mount in the lower left is, “Constnatinople/Mosque of Sultan Suleyman/& the Golden Horn.” The image is 6 x8 inches (15 x20 cm)...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420206 (stock #TBD00297)
An albumen photograph of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque also known as the “Blue Mosque” in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey by Pascal Sebah taken circa 1880. The photograph is 10 ¼ by 13 ¼ inches (26 by 33.5 cm). It is mounted with clear photo corners in a 16 by 20 inch mat (40.5 by 50 cm). Printed on the photograph from the negative in the lower left, “58. Mosquee Sultan Akmed” and in the lower right “P Sebah.”

Condition; generally excellent...

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420204 (stock #TBD00996)
An oversize albumen photograph of the exterior of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul by the photographer Pascal Sebah. The view is taken from outside a stone wall pierced with grilled windows. The monumental structure rises behind the wall. Pascal Sebah (1823-1886) was born in Constantinople. His photographic studio there opened in 1857. In the lower left in the negative, “68. Mosquee St. Sophia” and lower right “P. Sebah.” The image is 10 ¼ x 13 1/8 inches (26 x 33 cm)...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420203 (stock #TBD00295)
An oversize albumen photograph of the exterior front of the Beylerbeyi Palace on the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul. The palace was built from 1861 to 1865 as an Imperial summer residence...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Places : Pre 1900 item #1420202 (stock #TBD00294)
An interesting view of the monumental Hagia Sophia rising above houses on either side and a man standing in a square(?) that is probably some distance from the mosque but with the perspective appears quite close. No writing in the negative and the identification of the view in pencil appears later than the image which is around 1880. It is attached to a thin paper page that from the roughness of the back side might have been an album page that was separated. The mat is protective. The image is 7...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Coins : Asian : Pre 1920 item #1420169 (stock #6383)
Collection of 5 silver Gaden Tangka Tibetan coins minted between 1840 and 1930. Frequently (and erroneously) called Dalai Lama coins which were struck as presentation gifts to monks in the late 1940s- were made of pure silver, these are approximately 70% silver mixed with 30% copper. The most common issues are from 1897 to 1925 and will date these as such. Reference: Oriental Numismatics Society, Occasional Paper #17, N.G. Rhodes 1983. These are quite attractive pieces with Tib...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Exonumia : Pre 1910 item #1419923 (stock #1294)
Micael Deconet 1754 Labeled Violin. Interior label reads 'Micael Deconet Fecit Venetiis 1754'. Circa 1900. {Approximate dimensions: 22 1/2 long x 8 1/4 inches wide.}. Condition: Interior dowel has come loose and is rattling around the interior. Some wear to the case with no apparent loss or cracking. With black plastic hardcase.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Maps : Pre 1800 item #1419784 (stock #JB02718)
Original map printed in the year 1739 in Nuremberg, Germany, titled in cartouche at upper left "Imperii Russici et Tartariae Universiae", published by the heirs of important cartographer Johann Baptiste Homanns. The attractive map shows most of Asia from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean, and from the Arctic Ocean to India, including the Korean peninsula, Japan, and Taiwan. The map measures 20" by 22 1/2" inside the mat and 25 1/2" by 28" as framed. Condition is excellent. I see at least o...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Autographs : Historical : Pre 1900 item #1419783 (stock #JB02716)
This is an actual antique page (not a reprint) from the Illustrated London News issue of April 1, 1843, the article describing in detail the efforts at the time to manufacture a flying machine powered by a light weight steam engine. The decorative and most interesting page features three detailed drawings of these primitive contraptions, all of which failed; Kitty Hawk was sixty years in the future. The drawings resemble some of the early drawings of flying machines by Leonardo da Vinci centur...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Maps : Pre 1700 item #1419567 (stock #JB02366)
Early map titled "A Description of the Land of Goshen and Moses passage through the desert", 1614, by the English cartographer William Hole. Hole was active in cartography from about 1601 to about 1624. The map measures 10 3/4" by 14" inside the present mats (not examined out of the frame but would be happy to do so upon request). This is an uncommon map with a compass rose at lower right and cartouches at upper portion, the cartographer's name at lower left edge. There is probably much late...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1970 item #1419560 (stock #JB02340)
Lowell Thomas at mid century (and well into the latter part of it, having passed away in 1981) was a pioneer in radio broadcasting, and early newsreel films, who lived a most interesting, full and unusual life of travel to some of the world's most distant and exotic destinations. Here, in this 1956 book, one of over fifty he penned starting in the 1920's, he describes his travels. The book is a first edition, and the author has signed it in bright green ink as shown. Lowell Thomas was a highl...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1930 item #1419500 (stock #JB01344)
This is the 1929 tome, measuring about 13" by 11", published by Mitchell Kennerley of New York, listing the total of then known graphic works by the major American painter Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928), compiled by Frederic Newlin Price. Price wrote in the front "For Dano (sp.?) Lorini (sp.?) ---with the best wishes and and (sic.) delightful confidence in the hope for art in America Frederic Newlin Price". This is a very useful book for those attempting to collect the graphic works of Da...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Geological : Loose Gemstones : Pre 1980 item #1419462 (stock #2406)
Galleria Verges
$120.00
This is a Beautiful AMETHYST Cluster. It measures about 8" X 5 1/2" X 3" ( 20.4 cm X 14.0 cm X 7.7 cm ).
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1419174 (stock #1-1194)
A group of 12 booklets, most of them illustrated, related to Japanese arms and armor. Here are their titles: - "Arms & armors of ancient Japan" , 1964, 64 pages, Illustrated. - "Japanese swords", a chart compiled and published by W.M. Hawley - "The Ito school pf tsuba makers", by Blaine Navroth, 11 pages, illustrated, 1976. - "Japanese ornamented arrow heads", Oslo Ethnographic Museum, 1931, illustrated. - "Introduction to Japanese swords" by W.M. Hawley, 1973, 19 pages, illustrated. - ...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : History : Pre 1900 item #1418650 (stock #JB02356)
This is a scarce and collectable book in the field of 19th century travel and exploration, the abridged single volume edition of 1856, "Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan". There was a multi-volume edition as well. I do see an errata slip so this particular copy must be from an earlier printing. The book does not appear to be a library book though on page 125 I see a pencil notation "Cal State Fullerton". The leather binding (book dimensions 9 7/8...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 2000 item #1418643 (stock #JB05356)
A clean nearly mint copy of the 1992 book "What Did I Do, The Unauthorized Autobiography", ***hand signed*** by Pop artist LARRY RIVERS (1923-2002). The book is signed by Rivers with felt marker on title page; what appear to be cross-outs of letters and actual drawings are in fact printed. Larry Rivers, born in the Bronx of Ukrainian Jewish parentage, is considered a major figure of the second generation of the New York School. According to the Wikipedia listing, he is considered by many art sch...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 2000 item #1418642 (stock #JB05305)
A clean copy of the 1997 softback book "Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective", by the important, pioneering, African-American photographer, photojournalist and film director GORDON PARKS (1912-2006), ***SIGNED*** by Parks in felt tip marker. The book was published by Bulfinch Press in association with the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Lavishly illustrated in black and white and color, it traces Parks' long and distinguished career in the arts, beginning with his humble beginnings in Fort Scott, Kansa...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Maps : Pre 1900 item #1418448
A set of five antique atlas maps, titled, "Oceanie", "Amerique Septentrionale", "Amerique Meridionale", "Europe", and "Asie", published in 1856 by A. Combette, and printed by Alfred Lemercier, Paris, after cartography by Victor Levasseur. The set is framed identically in dark, "distressed" style modern framing of good quality (each measures 15" by 22"). Maps are very clean, considering the age, with only the stray fox mark here and there. There is hand coloring of the boundaries of countries,...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Autographs : Political : Pre 1970 item #1418060 (stock #JB04182)
A fine black and white classic photo of Edward ("Ted") Kennedy, 1932-2009, United States senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, brother of President John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, hand signed and inscribed in ink, in the collar area: "To Ronald with this appreciation for your good work in August campaign/Ted Kennedy". (Last words difficult to decipher but this is my best guess of those final words). Judging from the youth of the subject, I would suggest the photo image itself dates...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Pre 1930 item #1417978 (stock #JB05282)
A scarce, first edition copy, (numbered in red ink #910 out of 1250 privately printed "for subscribers only" in New York in 1920) of D. H. Lawrence's famous book "Women in Love". The publication history, as per Wikipedia: "After years of misunderstandings, accusations of duplicity, and hurried letters, Thomas Seltzer finally published the first edition of Women in Love in New York City, on 9 November 1920. This had come after three drawn out years of delays and revisions.[2] This first limited...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Pre 1900 item #1417915 (stock #FNS7313)
The US Postal Service experienced its greatest growth during the Civil War. Soldiers were required or encouraged to write home to keep up morale in a divided nation. Scarce Nautical motif: A sailor sits on a ship’s rail with hat in hand and holding the flag. A coiled rope at his feet.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Paper : Pre 1900 item #1417746 (stock #FNS5176)
It is little known that the American Civil War precipitated the largest expansion in US postal service to date. Between the commerce generated by the war and the correspondence between soldiers and their families (it was an official government policy to require soldiers to write to their families) the use of the postal system bloomed. One of the curious effects of its increased popularity was the production of patriotic envelopes, a daily reminder of the division from which the country suffered....
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Coins : Ancient : Roman : Pre AD 1000 item #1417611 (stock #A1098)
First to Tenth century AD. Ten examples. Worn, but great to stimulate young minds. Collection of ten pieces as shown.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Autographs : Pre 1960 item #1417527 (stock #JB05010)
A nicely framed photograph of famed American naive artist GRANDMA MOSES (1860-1961) with a bold ink signature of the artist on a card, along with a charming and rare historical handwritten letter dated May 21, 1960, postmarked Eagle Bridge, New York, from Mrs. Forrest Moses, the daughter-in-law, to a fan in Lonoke, Arkansas who had requested an autograph or photo. In the charming letter, the daughter-in-law, married to Moses' artistic son Forrest (born 1893, died 1974), states she appreciates t...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Pre 1980 item #1416600 (stock #JB01118)
This is an interesting association item: at right, a color offset print of a tree in spring in full blossom, the work of the noted popular Italian contemporary artist MICHELE CASCELLA (1892-1989). In the blank left hand area, the artist wrote in French "Pour Jane Kroc, con touti saluti (avec mon coeur!), and signed by the artist and dated "Ott. 1971". I can't guarantee that this was given to the second wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, but there's an excellent chance it could indeed be insc...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Autographs : Historical : Pre 1910 item #1416236 (stock #JB01105)
For collectors of historical marine items and specifically memorabilia relating to the sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in the year 1912, here is a rare opportunity to acquire not only an interesting item relating to that sinking, but, also, a fine piece of American art. This is a pencil signed engraving, measuring 14" by 21" (the sheet itself), by the noted American artist FRANCIS DAVIS MILLET (1846-1912), who was one of the 1,000 people who perished on that infamous ship. Millet was a high...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : Fiction : Pre 1950 item #1416069 (stock #JB04829)
A scarce ink-SIGNED COPY of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' classic book about life in North Florida, "Cross Creek", published in 1942. This copy is NOT a first edition, lacking the "A" on the page where it would appear normally, and it is from 1945. This is a copy in average condition, with browning of the pages, some sunning, soiling of cover, and a large edge bump at bottom front. The signature is clear and bold. Former owner's price and so forth written in pencil on that page. An American cla...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : Bindings : History : Pre 1960 item #1416037 (stock #JB05128)
A set of two volumes in slipcase, "The King Ranch", 1957, published by Little, Brown & Co, Boston. This is a classic work of western Americana and Texas history, focusing on the country's largest ranch, in far southern Texas, measuring 1,289 square miles. The ranch is world-famous and its mystique is interwoven into the history of Texas. Volume one is signed in ink by the author on the half-title page. The books are in excellent, clean condition. The slipcase has moderate wear to corner...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Fine Art : Pre 1970 item #1416029 (stock #JB01322)
Offered is the complete artist reference set, this particular edition consisting of 8 volumes, formally titled "Dictionnaire de Peintres", the now famous, almost iconic creation of French artist E. Charles Benezit. The single word "Benezit" is in common, casual use today by those in the art community who discuss where an artist is "listed". The internet and all its resources notwithstanding, "Benezit" remains an old classic standby reference work. The first edition was published in 1949. It ...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Autographs : Political : Pre 1837 VR item #1415991 (stock #JB0966)
Scarce and desirable autograph signature of the 5th president of the United States, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848), **AND** of GEORGE GRAHAM (1772-1830), early Texas coast explorer, on a land grant document measuring 9" by 15", in a 7/8" wide simple wood frame. The land grant is referring to an 80 acre parcel in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit), and is dated February 1, 1827. Adams was the son of President John Adams and served as US president himself from 1825-1829. He was a senator, served i...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Ephemera : Photographs : Pre 1930 item #1415836 (stock #JB01135)
This is a scarce and desirable item---a vintage 1920's photograph of an unidentified young attractive pouty-lipped woman wearing her pearls or beads, the entire mat and photo together measuring 18" by 13" and a narrow period frame, signed in the mat "Man Ray Paris". The artist hardly needs introduction; he was a major Dadaist and surrealist painter and sculptor, the works of whom appear in major museums and galleries the world over. Some major works have brought into the millions of dollars at...