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Bhutan Stamps, Philatelic Bureau, Department of Posts & Telegraphs
1 Bhutan Stamps, Philatelic Bureau, Department of Posts & Telegraphs
Bhutan Bhutan Postal Corporation 2000 First Edition Decorative Cloth Fine Manuscript 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
The book front cover states, "Philatelic Bureau" and the rear cover logo states, "Royal P. & T. Deptt." [sic], a reference to the Department of Posts & Telegraphs. That Department existed from about 1974 to 1996, when it became the Bhutan Postal Corporation. This booklet of stamps could not have been issued prior to 2000, thus the designation is merely fanciful. Oblong, 6.25 x 9.25 inches. Royal blue silk [or silk-like] fabric binding with crisp white-stamped logos front and back. Ten pages of stamps, all in pristine condition, and with fine tissue guards tipped in. The pages are stiff board in charcoal color. The stamps are slipped in behind transparent Mylar windows. Stamps include: Greetings, Earth Rabbit Year 1999, a large sheet with one stamp and decorative border; Medicinal Plant, a large sheet with four stamps; Lunar Dragon Year 2000, a large sheet with one stamp and decorative border; Flowers of Bhutan, a large sheet with one stamp and decorative border; Rhododendrons, Our Nation's Wealth, a large sheet with six stamps and decorative border; a complete sheet with twelve bird stamps; a complete sheet with twenty-five insect stamps; The Medicinal Flowers of Bhutan, a large sheet with one stamp and decorative border, and flanked by two additonal flower stamps apparently from the same series; a page with six flower stamps and two animal stamps, including 1997 Cuon Alpinus and 1994 Wood Dog Year; and a page with eight flower stamps. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Chinese Bronzes: Oriental Culture Chart #14
2 Chinese Bronzes: Oriental Culture Chart #14
Hollywood, CA W. M. Hawley 1946 Presumed First Edition Unbound Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
This is a map from the Oriental Culture Chart Series, copyright 1946. In folded format the size is about 9 x 7 inches. The map unfolded measures 27 x 35 inches. With black figural drawings on heavy-duty beige paper. The map is in exceptionally fine condition, with no tears or stains or handwritten notes. There is very slight sunning to some of the outer edges of the reverse side, trivial. The map is enclosed in the original paper outer folder. The outer folder is sunned and is worn along the center fold. A Near Fine map.This chart shows 178 typical examples of bronze vases, food and wine vessels, measures, bells, mirrors, weapons, etc., of general and ritual use, as a guide to the identification and study of these most interesting works of art. All pieces have been selected from the catalogs of the great palace collections. Some old forms of the Chinese characters are given for comparison. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Colored Birds-Eye View and Good Auto Route Map of New York and Vicinity
3 Colored Birds-Eye View and Good Auto Route Map of New York and Vicinity
New York, NY George J. Nostrand Presumed First Edition Map Very Good Minus Map Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall 
Undated but believed circa 1925. Title page in bright orange lettering on a cream background, "Colored Birds-Eye View and Good Auto Route Map of New York and Vicinity showing suburban communities, harbors, water-ways, leading streets, avenues & highways." Dimensions as folded, about 7 x 4 inches. This is a one-sided [except for the title section], folded sheet, oblong, approximately 20.5 x 30.75 inches, printed in chromolithograph. Seas in blue, lands in green, large buildings in red, lettering in black. Several boats depicted at sea and an airplane in the sky at the top of the map. Unfolds accordian-style into 8 panels and then folds out top and bottom to 24 panels total. The full-color map with a red rule surround, Unobtrusive tape repairs to the underside of about four tears. A few 1/4 to 1/2 inch separations along the fold at interior corners, generally only visible when held up to bright light. Eight thumbtack holes around the outer margin of the map. Intermittent very light soiling but in general quite clean. Overall the condition of this piece of ephemera is Very Good Minus. Scarce in any condition. 
Price: 495.00 USD
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Ecclesiastes, the Words of the Preacher, the Son of David, King in Jerusalem
4 Ecclesiastes, the Words of the Preacher, the Son of David, King in Jerusalem
Iowa City, IA Prairie Press First Edition Thus Pamphlet Very Good Plus 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
No publication date given. This is believed to be one of 375 copies, but there is no limitation information to be found in the pamphlet. This book has been designed, handset and printed by Carroll Coleman at the Prairie Press in Iowa City. The type is American Uncial, cut by Victor Hammer. The paper is W&A ash white Arak.This is a sewn pamphlet of 25 numbered pages. Approx. 9.75 x 8.25 inches. Light gray-blue paper wrappers, with some minor mottling and with a 1/8 inch tear at the spine head, again quite minor. Else quite clean. The front wrapper with Ecclesiastes stamped in red. A Very Good Plus copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Europe 1939, A Map by Fortune
5 Europe 1939, A Map by Fortune
New York, New York, U.S.A. Fortune Magazine 1939 First Edition Map Near Fine Map Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall Fortune Art Department 
Issued as a supplement to the October 1939 issue of Fortune magazine. This is a double-sided, folded sheet, oblong, approximately 21.5 x 27 inches, printed on both sides. One side consists of a color map of Europe at the outbreak of World War Two, a war commencing either on August 31st or September 1st, 1939, depending on your source, when the German army iinvaded Poland. The other side consists of printed text. The chief colors of the map are red, blue and yellow on a background of eggshell-color, and the map text is in black. The map indicates air bases, naval bases, fortified lines, and secondary fortifications. Additionally, cities are indicated by population size. Later this map would be regarded as depicting the earliest version of the European Theater of Operations. The map, as it happens, was sent to the printer for final closing on the eve of the German invasion of Poland. The text side consistes of an article, "The War of 1939" and hinting at the initial popular belief that the war would probably not last long; "The FORTUNE Survey: Supplement on War" with interesting polling results; and an "Index to Map" identifying 665 European towns. The map and text sides are immensely clean, with no markings, tears or other demerits noted, apart from the fold lines. The sheet was apparently issued as a quarter-fold, i.e., folded once horizontally and then once vertically, resulting is a dimension of approximately 13.5 x 10.75 inches. At some point a previous owner folded the map twice more, to a dimension of about 6.75 x 5.4 inches. There is a hint of age-fading along the exposed edges of the text side, NOT of the map side. Overall the condition of this piece of ephemera is Near Fine. Scarce in any condition. An attractive item for a collection of WWII/ETO memorabilia. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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Folk Paper Cut-Outs of Chekiang, China
6 Folk Paper Cut-Outs of Chekiang, China
Fine Manuscript 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
This is not a book. This item consists of 10 hand-cut, paper cut-outs of various flora-and-fauna combinations. made in Chekiang, China and imported through Montreal, Canada. Most of the cut-outs are bird-and-flower, a few are of other animals with plants. Bright colored paper of various colors. Size at largest diemnsions is smaller than 7 x 5 inches. Superb condition. Housed in a light-weight, custom envelope with titling in Chinese and English. Presumed made in 1970s or 80s. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Good Old Granny Metcalfe's Household Helps for 1905
7 Good Old Granny Metcalfe's Household Helps for 1905
Cleveland, OH 1905 First Edition Pamphlet Good Plus 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Issued for the year 1905, this is an almanac and a guide for various folk remedies for various ailments and conditions. Printed in Cleveland, OH, by J. B. Savage Print. Color chromolithograph wrappers front and back, the front illustrating the eponymous Good Old Granny ringing three large bells, the back depicting a girl nestled against a protective Saint Bernard dog. Approximately 8.5 x 6.25 inches. 32 numbered pages. Small hole with pink string to the upper left corner, presumably for hanging the almanac at arm's reach. The interior is age-toned; the paper used is no doubt somewhat acidic. There is a brown blotch of approximately two square inches in size at the middle of the bottom of each page. Text covered by the blotch remains legible. Else generally a clean copy. Downgraded to Good Plus due to the blotch; otherwise would be very good. Treats of topics such as weather predictions, diptheria microbes, pine-tar-honey solution, walker's remedy, catarrh, and the like. The entire publication is essentially a folksy promotional for a product called Dr. Bell's Pine-Tar-Honey. 
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Japanese Art, 17th Century - 19th Century
8 Japanese Art, 17th Century - 19th Century
New York, New York, U.S.A. Sebastian Izzard Asian Art 2013 First Edition Unbound Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A promotional catalog for a gallery showing of Japanese art for sale at Sebastian Izzard, New York, 2013. There are fourteen sheets featuring various woodblock prints, ceramics and furniture. All photo-plates in color on white semi-glossy stock. Two of the sheets are folded double-sheets. On the reverse side of each sheet is a detailed description of the artist [if known] and the art object(s). Sheet size is about 8.75 x 6.25 inches. The double sheets are 17.5 x 6.25 inches. All housed in a simple gray card stock portfolio, the portfolio wtih plain black lettering. An immensely clean set of plates. A Fine copy in a Fine portfolio. Featured artists include Jihei, Sharaku, Eisho, Kunimasa, Hokusai, Masanobu, and Koryusai. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Le Isole Del Pacifico, Tahiti. Biblioteca Illustrata dei Viaggi Intorno al Mondo, N. 39
9 Le Isole Del Pacifico, Tahiti. Biblioteca Illustrata dei Viaggi Intorno al Mondo, N. 39
Milan, Italy Societá Editrice Sonzogno 1899 First Edition Pamphlet Very Good Magazine/Periodical 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
In Italian, not in English. 32 pages in pamphlet format. Complete, no missing pages. Issued October 1899 as issue no. 39 of The Illustrated Library of Voyages Around the World by Land and by Sea. 8.5 x 5.3 inches. Somewhat age-darkened beige wrappers, with charming period design in shades of green and beige to the front wrapper, and with black lettering to the front and back wrappers. No soiling to the wrappers though light foxing to the front wrapper. With a B&W map of Tahiti and several B&W drawings as well as several B&W photographs of native Tahitians in various costumes and poses. "Oceania" in pencil on the rear wrapper. Else a clean copy, inside and out. A Very Good copy, in exceptional condition for its age. Although aimed at arm-chair travelers rather than at academics, may be regarded as an important, if limited, ethnographic study and especially noteworthy for the documentary photographs. 
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New Map of North Wales Published By John Seacome, Bookseller, Chester
10 New Map of North Wales Published By John Seacome, Bookseller, Chester
Chester, England John Seacome, Bookseller Presumed First Edition Buckram Very Good Map 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 
A fold-out map in booklet form, the booklet measuring about 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Undated but circa 1830. Presumed first edition but may be a later printing. The publisher, John Seacome, Bookseller, Chester, Engalnd, was active from approximately 1828 to 1836. Published by him in association with R. Groombridge, London. Olive drab buckram hardboards, with a handsome if age-yellowed title label to the front board, the pasted-on label with black lettering and ornament. Presumed contemporary binding but may be later. The map is a 12-section folded sheet, oblong, approximately 13 x 16 inches, backed onto stiff muslin or similar. Consists of a color map of the northern half of Wales. Appears to be hand-colored. Chief colors are: pale yellow, pale red, and pale green on a background of eggshell-color, and the map text is in black. Map engraved by J. and A. Walker. The folds of the map fall into place very cleanly when folding the map back up. A charming and useful feature of this booklet, obviously designed to be pocket-sized for the convenience of the traveler, is a printed table, on the reverse of the front board, of distances from town to town in north Wales. "The names of the respective Towns are on the top and side, and the Square where both meet gives the distance." The map is exceptionally clean, with no markings, tears or other demerits noted, apart from very light and uniform age-fading. The map has a dimension of approximately 13.5 x 10.75 inches. Overall the condition of this piece of ephemera is Very Good. Scarce in any condition. 
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Nouveau Indicateur des Distances des principals villes du Royaume des Pays-Bas [map/table]
11 Nouveau Indicateur des Distances des principals villes du Royaume des Pays-Bas [map/table]
Rotterdam, Holland Chez Arbon & Krap 1826 Very Good Minus Map Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall Zürcher, J. C. 
Proposé à la vente est une carte antique, Nouveau Indicateur des Distances des principals Villes du Royaume des Pays-Bas. Publiée à Rotterdam par Chez Arbon & Krap. 1826. Carte gravée sur cuivre par J. C. Zürcher. Tableau répondant très-distinctement au but que le titre mentionne. Les coleurs différentes des diverses colonnes facilitent la recherché des distances. Quelques petites taches sombres dispersés, pas réputés être rousseurs. En outre, mystérieusement, quelques petits trous, parfaitement ronds. Flou marque, environ à la marge supérieure, pas dans la plaque. Sinon une feuille remarquablement propre. This is an attractive, copper-engraved 19th century table of distances regarding principal towns and cities in Belgium, more or less equivalent to the former Royaume des Pays-Bas. Engraved by J. C. Zürcher [1794-1882]. For ease of reading the columns are variously in light green, light yellow and light pink. Published in Rotterdam by chez Arbon & Krap. 1826. Believed first engraved and published in 1820. Includes publisher's small blindstamp. The table of distances, outlined in black, about 15 x 19 inches. The sheet measures about 19 x 24 inches. Presumed rag content paper. There are two gentle fold marks, one horizontal and one vertical, such that when fully folded the measurement is about 9.5 x 12 inches. A few scattered tiny dark spots, not deemed to be foxing. Also, mysteriously, a few tiny, perfectly round holes. Faint tidewater mark, about 3.5 x 1.5 inches, to the upper margin, not into the plate. Else a remarkably clean sheet. A Very Good Minus copy of a somewhat scarce item. After the Belgian revolution and succession [1830-39] the term Royaume des Pays-Bas was used to refer to the southern, or Belgium, provinces of the greater Netherlands. 
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Photograph, Bishop Museum, Honolulu
12 Photograph, Bishop Museum, Honolulu
Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. 1899 Very Good Photo 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
An original B&W photograph documenting the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii and its Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Seen are the Hawaiian Hall and the Polynesian Hall of the museum. Size of image is 5.8 H x 7.8 W inches, size of print including margins is 6.4 H x 8.4 W inches. The museum was founded in 1889 and construction was completed by 1898. Photograph presumed issued about 1899 or possibly reprinted from the negative at a somewhat later date. Very Good condition. Very light semi-creasing along the left side margin area. On the reverse side of the photograph is written in pencil, "Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Dec. 99.." A scarce item of Hawaiiana. The Bishop Museum purportedly contains the world's largest collection of Polynesian artifacts. The library of the museum has one of the most extensive collections of books, periodicals, newspapers and special collections concerned with Hawaii and the Pacific. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Photograph, King Kalakaua Jubilee Ho'okupa Calabash
13 Photograph, King Kalakaua Jubilee Ho'okupa Calabash
1886 Very Good Plus Photo 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 
An original B&W photograph documenting the 1886 Fiftieth or Silver Jubilee of King Kalakaua of Hawaii and illustrating multiple ho'okupa or gift calabash containers. A calabash was traditionally used for mixing and serving 'awa. Size of image is 7.5 H x 9.5 W inches, size of print including margins is 8.2 H x 10 W inches. Photograph presumed issued about 1886 or possibly reprinted from the negative at a somewhat later date. The calabash assemblage is presumed to be associated with the Luau feast at the Palace grounds, November 23rd, 1886. Very Good Plus condition with no sccratches, creases, discoloration or other significant demerits observed. A few scattered foxing spots to reverse side of photograph. On the reverse side of the photograph is written in pencil, "1886 King Kakakuau's Jubilee Hookupa Calabashes." A scarce item of Hawaiiana. 
Price: 495.00 USD
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PIASA Catalogue: Lettres et manuscrits autographes, cartes géographiques, souvenirs historiques. Paris, mardi 11 décembre 2012
14 PIASA Catalogue: Lettres et manuscrits autographes, cartes géographiques, souvenirs historiques. Paris, mardi 11 décembre 2012
Paris, France PIASA 2012 First French Edition Paperback Fine 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
This is a paperback edition, not hardback. Attractive full-pictorial wrappers, with crisp lettering and illustration. Unbumped spine head and tail, and with sharp corners. 10.5 x 8.25 inches. With 78 numbered pages and with numerous color plates on coated stock. An exceptionally clean copy, and very tight. Almost certainly unread. No remainder marks. A Fine copy. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Furniture History Society Newsletter No. 172: Cabinet Returns to Beckford's Tower; A Collector's Cabinet
15 The Furniture History Society Newsletter No. 172: Cabinet Returns to Beckford's Tower; A Collector's Cabinet
London, England The Furniture History Society 2008 First Edition Pamphlet Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
This is a pamphlet. NOT ex library. This is Newsletter No. 172, November 2008, of the Furniture History Society. Printed wrappers with stapled binding. 9.5.x 6.5 inches. 24 numbered pages, with 3 full-color figures. An immensely clean copy. A Fine copy. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Mainz Diary 1437-1440
16 The Mainz Diary 1437-1440
Madison, NJ Golden Hind Press 1940 First Edition Thus Pamphlet Very Good Plus Private Press 
Issued November 1940. 250 copies were bound in boards for the friends of the editor, and, supposedly, the balance of the sheets bound in with the text of the Christmas issue of Print. This copy may be anomalous in that it is clearly not a hardback and also not a part of Print magazine. It stands on its own as a large pamphlet. Set by hand in Weiss Antiqua and Original Oldstyle Italic by Arthur and Edna Rushmore. The paper is ash Arak by the Haddon Craftsmen, Camden NJ.This is a sewn pamphlet of xiv and 11 numbered pages, some of which are handsomely deckled. With three full-page illus. Approx. 10 x 6.75 inches. Cinnamon brown plain paper wrappers, exceptionally clean, with tiny semi-creased dog ears at the top corner, quite minor. Immensely clean interior. A Very Good Plus copy. 
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Tyrol [map], 19th Century
17 Tyrol [map], 19th Century
Very Good Minus Map 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
This is a charming, copper-engraved [?] 19th century map of the Austrian Tyrol and surrounding provinces. This is a topographical map and also features nation-state boundaries. Undated but presumed mid-19th century: no earlier than 1816 and no later than 1883. The map contains neither a legend nor other attributions as to the publisher or date of publication. Likely published and printed in Austria, or perhaps Germany, given that the names of provinces and major cities are rendered in German, as in Mailand for Milano, Venedig for Venezia, etc. This is a medium-sized fold-out map of 8 sections. Each section is approximately 8.5 x 5.75 inches and is backed onto linen [or linen-like] material. When unfolded the approximate dimensions of the map are 17.25 inches high by 23.5 inches wide. Latitudes and longitudes are indicated along the margins. Various provinces are outlined with hand-colored borders. The Tyrol is in blue, Salzburg and Venedig are in red, Lombardey and the Kingdom of Illyria are in yellow. Lightest age-toning to the map. Overall exceptionally clean. The linen reverse with very light soiling here and there. On one of the linen panels in a small neat ink hand, "Tirol." [sic] A Very Good Minus copy. One clue about the date of the map is that the Kingdom of Illyria [1816-1849] is clearly shown at lower right and conforms to known maps for the period. The kingdom, incidentally, appears to be designated, somewhat sentimentally, as Illyria-römisch. Another clue about the date of the map is that the lines of longitude do not conform to the Greenwich Prime Meridian. For example, Zurich should be approximately 47.4 North and 8.5 East [of the Prime Meridian]. However, according to this map, the longitude of Zurich is approximately 26 East. It follows that Paris would have a longitude of 20, using that system. In fact in 1634, Cardinal Richelieu used the westernmost island of the Canaries, Ferro, 19° 55' west of Paris, as the choice of meridian. Unfortunately, the geographer Delisle decided to round this off to 20°, so that it simply became the meridian of Paris disguised. As late as 1883 Austria and Germany were using Greenwich for sea charts but were using Ferol for land maps. This practice changed when in 1884, at the International Meridian Conference held in Washington, D.C., 22 countries voted to adopt the Greenwich meridian as the prime meridian of the world. 
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Companionship of Stars, Cary, Julia Metcalf
18 Cary, Julia Metcalf Companionship of Stars
New York, New York, U.S.A. Press of the Woolly Whale 1929 First Edition Pamphlet Very Good Minus Limited Edition 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 
Issued April 1929 in a limited edition of 12 copies only. This is a pamphlet. 6 x 4.25 inches. 8 unnumbered pages of stiff blue card stock. The type used is Astrée and the paper Kochi. The semi-still wrapper consists of two sheets of textured silver paper, top and bottom, laminated on to a middle sheet of plain brown paper. Bound by the original string in unfaded medium blue and fully intact. Note that the laminated silver paper is peeling back somewhat at the corners but is fully present. Extremely scarce in any condition. A copy of this pamphlet resides in the Yale University archives for the Woolly Whale. The Press of the Woolly Whale was founded in 1928 by Melbert B. Cary, Jr. The author of this pamphlet was his mother. Companionship of Stars is among the earliest publications of the press. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The Donkey, Chesterton, G. K.
19 Chesterton, G. K. The Donkey
David Magee 1939 First Edition Thus Very Good Plus Limited Edition 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
A poem in four stanzas by "G.K.C." 10 x 8 inches, printed on a sheet 10 x 16 inches and folded in half. Issued for Easter 1939. One of 15 copies only. Privately prrinted by David Magee. Strictly speaking not a broadside, as the paper is printed on both sides. L'Aiglon paper, with virtually no age-fading and very clean. No tears, stains, or other demerits noted. A Very Good Plus copy. Very scarce in any condition. 
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The Succession of King Kamehameha V to Hawaii's Throne, Dutton, Meiric; Harris, Charles Coffin
20 Dutton, Meiric; Harris, Charles Coffin The Succession of King Kamehameha V to Hawaii's Throne
Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. Loomis House Press 1957 First Edition Thus Pamphlet Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
20 pages in pamphlet format, with color frontis. portrait of King Kamehameha V. Complete, no missing pages. 8.5 x 5.3 inches. Light brown wrappers, and with dark brown lettering and crown to the front wrapper. An exceptionally clean copy, inside and out. A Very Good copy. Extremely scarce in any condition. At issue was the legality of the proclamation of Prince Lot Kamehameha as rightful successor to King Kamehameha IV. Harris was Attorney-General. Harris' memorandum was written November 30, 1863. Dutton's commentary was written in 1957. 
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