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Lot 6001

$400

Title: A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards; Accurately Exhibiting the Rules and Practice Admitted and Established by the First Players of the Present Day; and Illustrated with a Numerous Collection of Cases, Explanatory of Each of the Different Forms of the Game, Calculations for Betting, Tables of Odds, &c. &c.
Author: E. White, Esq.
Publisher: Printed for W. Miller
City: London
Year: 1807
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 212 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: Contents include the following chapters, among others: "The Game of Billiards by whom invented," "The general Objects of the Player in the Game of Billiards," "The angles of the Table, and directions for producing an even reverberation of the Ball from the Cushion," "The different games of Billiards," and "The Winning and Losing Carambole Game."

This first edition is bound in brown paper, with a brown cloth backstrip. The title and price are printed on a paper label on the front cover. This work contains a frontispiece and 17 plates.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume displays light scuffing, faint spots of soiling, and minor loss at the corners. The hinges are cracked. The pages exhibit mild age toning.

This volume has been collated and begins with 18 unnumbered pages, followed by 212 numbered pages, ending with 6 unnumbered pages. Volume contains frontispiece. Light pencil markings are present on the title page. A7 contains a wormhole on the bottom third of the page, text unobstructed. Entirety of signature A is detached from text block, however still bound within itself. C6 lacking partial outer edge, as far in as three quarters of an inch, text unobstructed. Pagination upside down on pages 180, 181.
Lot 6002

$475

Title: La secchia rapita: poema eroicomico
Author: Alessandro Tassoni - Alessandro Tassoni was an Italian poet and writer.
Publisher: Per Bartolommeo Soliani Stamp. Ducale
City: Modena, Italy
Year: 1744
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: lx/92/489 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11"
Book Details: This work is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece, a portrait of the author, twelve plates, and a number of decorated and historiated initials. In addition, there are three folding plates and two large folding maps (measuring approximately 14 3/4" x 18 14/" and 15" x 20"). The title page is printed in red and black and contains an engraved vignette. The book is bound in full leather and has been rebacked, with stamped gilt decoration on the spine. The edges of the text block are red.

"La secchia rapita" ("The Rape of the Pail") was written by Tassoni between 1614 and 1615 and first published in Paris in 1622. It was not to be published in Italy until Tassoni modified it slightly to accommodate the censorship of the Catholic Church. Tassoni paid for the first Italian edition, bearing his own name, in 1624 (the poem had been previously circulated under the pseudonym of Aldrovinci Melisone). The final edition was published in 1630.

The poem is loosely based on a war originating from the battle of Zappolino fought between Modena and Bologna in 1325. Most of the events reported in the poem are completely fictitious, even incorporating in the war the battle of Fossalta which had been fought almost a hundred years before. The central episode, in which the Modenese steal a bucket from their rivals, is not reported by the main contemporary historians, however a bucket, purported to be that very trophy, has been on display, in the basement of the Torre della Ghirlandina, from the times of the battle to present.

In the poem, the theft of the bucket results in the eruption of an extremely complicated war, where even the Olympian gods take part (this is in the tradition of classical poems such as Homer's "Iliad") and is eventually resolved by the intervention of the Pope.

The narration is dotted by references to situations and persons contemporary to the author, and with farcical appearances such as the "Conte di Culagna" (Count of Ass-land) probably the best known character of the book. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume displays scuffing with minor loss of the surface leather, mild bumping to the corners, and edge wear. The binding is separated between the front endpaper and a blank preliminary page. The pages, including plates, are generally clean and bright, with occasional marginal toning and/or faint smudging. Each of the two maps have a small horizontal tear near the gutter, ranging in size from approximately 3/4" to 1". There are small chips to the right fore corners of pages 133/4 and 183/4.

This volume has been collated. There are 60 introductory pages, followed by 92 plus 489 pages of text. Page number 462 is printed as 454 and 463 as 455; numbering continues at 464, and the text appears continuous.
Lot 6003

$45

Title: Clues of the Caribbees: Being Certain Criminal Investigations of Henry Poggioli, Ph.D.
Author: Thomas Sigismund Stribling - Thomas Sigismund Stribling (March 4, 1881 – July 8, 1965) was an American writer and lawyer who published under the name T.S. Stribling. He won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1933 for his novel "The Store" [Information Courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1929
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 319 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details: This is the scarce first edition of this work of collected detective stories, featuring sleuth Henry Poggioli. The title page and each of the five stories are on brightly-colored paper. The work features pictorial endpapers and the original magenta cloth-covered boards with a blue cloth spine cover.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is solidly bound in the publisher's cloth with very mild shelf wear. The book is protected by a clear mylar dust jacket. The book has pictorial endpapers and deckled edges. The pages are clean with very mild toning.
Lot 6004

$175

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique emblem book shown in the corresponding images.

This book, "Selectorum Emblematum Centuria Secunda" by Gabriel Rollenhagen, contains emblematic illustrations engraved by Crispijn de Passe the Elder. The emblems are circular, with a Latin motto around the perimeter and explanatory Latin couplet engraved beneath. Emblems 39 & 71 are in Italian, number 64 in Greek. The volume is bound in full vellum, with a portrait of the author is present at the front of the volume.

Emblem books are collections of allegorical illustrations. These books, popular in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, contained woodcuts or engravings with explanatory text--typically morals or poems. These emblems were meant to impart a moral lesson on the reader, subject to the reader's interpretation (courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Condition / Notes: This antique full-vellum volume measures 6.25" by 7.5". The exterior of the volume shows scattered soiling, especially at the fore edge of the front cover. The text block of this volume is cracked, and a number of the pages are loose. This volume lacks a title page. The armorial bookplate of Bibliotheque Schorsch appears on the front paste-down. A few pages at the front and rear of the volume are torn at the edges. The pages of this volume display scattered soiling and foxing.

This volume has been collated. The title page is missing. Signatures as follows: A2-A4, followed immediately by plate 1, then four blank leaves, then plates 2-100.
Lot 6005

$110

Title: Commentariorum de statu religionis et Reipublicae, Carolo V. Caesare, Libri XXVI.
Author: Johannes Sleidanus - Johannes Sleidanus or Sleidan (1506 – 31 October 1556) was a Luxembourgeois historian and annalist of the Reformation [Courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Apud Ioan. Th. Schonuuetterum
City: Frankfurt
Year: 1610
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 805 pages plus index
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details: From Wikipedia:
[The Commentariorum] was drafted with some care for impartiality, but this approach pleased no one . . . It remains a valuable contemporary history of the times of the Reformation, and contains a large collection of documents.

The 17th-century full-vellum volume contains a detailed engraved title page.
Condition / Notes: This antique full-vellum volume is beginning to separate from the binding. There is light to moderate external age/wear. A few blank preliminaries show tattering and loss. The text block is solid. The engraved title page is well preserved. The pages show mild to moderate toning and occasional light soiling.
Lot 6006

$110

Title: Staat- en zedekundige zinneprenten, of leerzame fabelen; die van den heere La Court speelswyze gevolgt.
Author: Jan van Hoogstraten (poet) - Jan van Hoogstraten was a Dutch poet and author, and the nephew of the Golden Age painter of the same name.
Publisher: Arnold Willis
City: Rotterdam
Year: 1731
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 1731
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This full-vellum Dutch volume consists of 100 fables rendered in verse form, each illustrated with an engraving by J. Gole.

See Landwehr, Emblems and Fable Books Printed in the Netherlands, 334
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full vellum and shows moderate external toning and bowing. There is some internal strain to the hinges. The text block is solid. The pages and engravings show mild age toning and scattered light marginal spotting/foxing.
Lot 6007

$90

Title: Lost on the Titanic
Author: Rob Shepherd
Publisher: Shepherds Sangorski & Sutcliffe and Zaehnsdorf
City: London
Year: 2001
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 60 pages
Width: 10" Height: 13"
Book Details: This is a limited edition of this work, numbered 153 of 750 on the copyright page and including 6 tipped-in color plates and 15 black-and-white photographs.

"The book tells the story of 'The Great Omar,' a magnificent jewelled binding of the 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam' that went down with the liner S.S. Titanic. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, the binding was the most ambitious commission ever undertaken by the firm of London bookbinders. It took two years of continuous work to complete and boasted over a thousand precious and semi-precious jewels inlaid into the book's covers. Finally completed in 1911, the book was on voyage to America when it was tragically lost and a few months later its creator Francis Sangorski drowned in a bathing accident" [From the laid-in prospectus].
Condition / Notes: This limited-edition volume is in excellent condition, with the cloth binding showing mild rippling on the back cover and clean, unmarked pages and plates.
Lot 6008

$100

Title: De aeterna felicitate sanctorum libri quinque: ad illust. et rever, D. Cardinalem Farnesium
Author: Robert Bellarmine - Saint Robert Bellarmine, (Italian: Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino) S.J. was an Italian Jesuit and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was canonized in 1930 and named a Doctor of the Church. Bellarmine is also widely remembered for his role in the Galileo affair. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)


Publisher: Sumptibus Bernardi Gualtheri
City: Cologne
Year: 1616
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 369 pages plus index
Width: 3.25" Height: 5.25"
Book Details: This full-vellum volume is the Cologne edition of a theological treatise on the Saints by the Italian Jesuit Bellarmino (1542-1621), first published in Rome in the same year.

See De Backer/Sommervogel I c. 1236 nr. 35. VD-17 12:100738C. Not in Paisey (BL London), BN Paris, Matagne (Namur).

Information courtesy Romantic Agony.
Condition / Notes: This antique small-format volume is solidly bound in vellum with moderate external toning, soiling, and wear. The title page features a vignette. The pages show light to moderate toning and occasional spotting/foxing, mostly marginal.
Lot 6009

$110

Title: Those Who Return (L'ombre)
Author: Maurice Level - Maurice Level (August 29, 1875 – April 15, 1926) was a French writer of fiction and drama who specialized in short stories of the macabre which were printed regularly in the columns of Paris newspapers and sometimes staged by le Theatre du Grand-Guignol, the repertory company in Paris's Pigalle district devoted to melodramatic productions which emphasized blood and gore.

Many of Level's stories were translated into English in the magazine Weird Tales.

H. P. Lovecraft observed of Level's fiction in his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927): "This type, however, is less a part of the weird tradition than a class peculiar to itself — the so-called conte cruel, in which the wrenching of the emotions is accomplished through dramatic tantalizations, frustrations and gruesome physical horrors". Critic Philippe Gontier wrote: "We can only admire, now almost one hundred years later, the great artistry with which Maurice Level fabricated his plots, with what care he fashioned all the details of their unfolding and how with a master's hand he managed the building of suspense" (courtesy Wikipedia).
Translor: Berengere Drillien
Publisher: Robert M. McBride & Company
City: New York
Year: 1923
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 243 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is the scarce first American edition of this French horror novel, bound in green pebbled cloth with stamped gilt lettering on the front cover and spine.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is solidly bound with light age/wear at the edges. The volume is slightly cocked. The pages show very mild age toning and some minor marginal spots near the end of the volume.
Lot 6010

$200

Title: Imprese sacre con triplicati discorsi illustrate & arricchite
Author: Paolo Aresi - Paolo Aresi was of a Milanese family. He entered the Order of Theatines in 1590, and afterward became a professor of philosophy and theology in Naples and Rome. He was a renowned preacher in Italy, and eventually became confessor to Princess Isabella of Savoy. In 1620, Pope Paul V ordained Aresi as Bishop of Tortona, a position which he held for twenty years.

Publisher: Per l'herede di Pacifico Pontio et Gio. Battista Piccaglia
City: Milan
Year: 1625
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: No
Width: 7.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This lot consists of three volumes of "Imprese Sacre," bound in two--with Volumes I and II bound into one volume, and Volume III bound separately.

The "Imprese Sacre" is a scriptural emblem book. The work was intended to provide material for sermons. Most of the mottoes are Biblical, while the discourses draw from ancient and contemporary authors.

Aresi worked on the "Imprese Sacre" for twenty years, completing the first volume in 1615, and the three complete volumes in this set by 1625. There were six volumes by 1635.

These volumes are bound in full vellum, with titles printed on the spines. The first volume features an engraved title page, with numerous historiated and decorative initials, as well as engraved head and tailpieces. The second volume displays a title page with engraved vignette, as well as numerous engraved vignettes adorning the text. The third volume is similarly outfitted with engraved title page, decorative initials and ornamentation, and engraved vignettes.
Condition / Notes: Both of these volumes have detaching/detached front boards, and the text block of Volume III is cracked. This antique set displays external wear, with cracking to the vellum at the heads of spines, scattered soiling, and rippling and small scuffs to the vellum. Both volumes lack front endpapers, and present the armorial bookplate of Bibliotheque Schorsch to the verso of the front cover. Volume I and II displays significant loss to the front paste-down. Volume III displays ink notes to the rear paste-down. Ink notes also appear on the title pages of these volumes. The interiors of these volumes are generally clean and bright, with minor creasing and rippling, and occasional mild foxing, soiling, or faint moisture.

Volume One: This volume has been collated and is broken into two titles, containing a total of 16 illustrations. First title “Libro Primo” begins with 40 unnumbered pages, followed by 146 numbered pages. Pagination as follows: 1-18, 23, 20-48, 81-82, 49-144. Illustrated title page shows slight ink markings.
Second title “Libro Secondo” begins after page 144 of first title; pagination resets, signatures continue. Title contains illustrated title page and begins with 4 unnumbered pages, followed by 420 numbered pages. Pagination as follows: 1-227, 230-312, 133, 314-386, 385-419. Closed tear on I3 extends 3/8” from top, text unobstructed. P2 marked as O2.

Volume Two: This volume has been collated and contains 16 illustrations, including title page, which shows light ink markings. Volume begins with 8 unnumbered pages, followed by 508 numbered pages, and ending with another 128 unnumbered pages. Pagination as follows: 1-61, 64-65, 64-140, 105, 142-157, 159-160, 160-177, 118, 179-188, 190, 190-207, 204, 209-224, 223-266, 269-308, 316, 310-441, 446-447, 444-477, 418-419 (hand corrected to read 478 and 479), 480-504, 555, 506-508. a2 marked as kk2. Ii marked as I. P6 marked as P4.
Lot 6011

$140

Title: The Secrets of Stage Conjuring
Author: Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin - Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin was a French magician. He is widely considered the father of the modern style of conjuring.
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons
City: London
Year: 1881
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/252 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: Robert-Houdin is American magician Harry Houdini's namesake. Some of Robert-Houdin's famous illusions include Second Sight, The Ethereal Suspension, The Marvelous Orange Tree, Robert-Houdin's Portfolio, and The Light and Heavy Chest.

This posthumous work includes the following chapters, among others: "The Theatre of Robert-Houdin," "A Conjuror's Stage Arrangements," "The Light and Heavy Chest," "The Ghost Illusion," "The Indian Basket Trick," "The Enchanted Portfolio," and "The Magic Drum."

This book is handsomely bound in red cloth, with stamped gilt and black illustration on the front cover and spine. Contained within are a number of textual illustrations.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume displays light smudging and edge wear. The spine is slightly cocked. The binding is sound. There are a small number of private library stamps on the preliminary pages and the title page. The pages exhibit mild age toning.
Lot 6012

$110

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique mysteries by Thomas Burke shown in the corresponding images.

Titles include "Twinkletoes," "Nights in London," "Limehouse Nights," "East of Mansion House," and others.

Thomas Burke (29 November 1886 – 22 September 1945) was a British author. He was born in Eltham, London (back then still part of Kent). His first successful publication was "Limehouse Nights" (1916), a collection of stories centered on life in the poverty-stricken Limehouse district of London. Many of Burke's books feature the Chinese character Quong Lee as narrator (courtesy Wikipedia).

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Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well, with light age/wear indicators.
Lot 6013

$90

Title: Cartas Familiares del P. Joseph Francisco de Isla, escritas a su hermana Dona Maria Francisca de Isla Losada, y a su cunado D. Nicolas De Ayala
Author: Joseph Francisco
Publisher: En la imprenta de La Viuda de Ibarra
City: Madrid
Year: 1790
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 4.25" Height: 6"
Book Details: This six-volume set contains the letters of Joseph Francisco to his sister, Dona Maria Francisca, and his brother-in-law, Nicolas De Ayala. This is the second edition of this set.

The set is bound in full leather, with gilt-lettered spine labels and marbled endpapers. Decorative initials appear in the text, as well as an engraved vignette on the title page.
Condition / Notes: The third volume of this set does not include a title page. These volumes display external wear, with rubbing, minor soiling, and a few small scuffs. The bindings of these volumes are sound. The volumes exhibit toning and soiling to the outer edges of the text blocks. Bookplates are present to the front paste-downs of these volumes, and previous owner's signatures to the title pages. The interiors are generally clean and bright, with sporadic mild foxing and a few moisture markings. Pages are mildly rippled from moisture.
Lot 6014

$90

Title: De Welvoorziene Wynkelder, In welken meenige dorstige Ziel zich geestelyker wyze laven en verquikken kan, en waar in zoete en zuure Wyn naar ieders smaak te vinden is.
Author: Abraham Van St. Clara - Abraham a Sancta Clara, German divine, was born at Kreenheinstetten, near Messkirch. His lay name was Johann Ulrich Megerle. He has been described as "a very eccentric but popular Augustinian monk" (courtesy Wikipedia).
Publisher: Jan Roman
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1737
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 540 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.25"
Book Details: This Dutch emblem book contains 50 images, with uplifting texts from Father Abraham of St. Clara. The work is bound in full vellum, and features both an engraved title page and a title page printed in red and black. The text is well-illustrated with engraved vignettes, and adorned with engraved tailpieces.
Condition / Notes: This vellum volume displays external wear, with scattered soiling to the covers and vertical cracking near the head and foot of the spine. The front hinge of this volume is cracked, and the text block displays internal strain. The armorial bookplate of Bibliotheque Schorsch is present to the front paste-down. The interior of this volume is largely clean and bright, with occasional spots of foxing or soiling.
Lot 6015

$70

Title: Origines Patriciae: or a Deduction of European Titles of Nobility and Dignified Offices, from Their Primitive Sources.
Author: R. T. Hampson
Publisher: Henry Kent Causton
City: London
Year: 1846
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 428 pages
Width: 7" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: From the preface:

"There are not many subjects that have been more sedulously investigated than the titles which time out of mind have been appropriated to the more considerable land-owners."

The volume contains an appendix with the poem "Rigs mal: an allegorical account of the origin of ranks and titles, composed in the 7th or 8th century," with English translation.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been rebound in library cloth with a partially separated rear board and other moderate age/wear indicators. There is a library blindstamp on the title page. A few signatures are loose in the text. The pages show mild age toning.
Lot 6016

$90

Title: Cobbett's Sermons on 1. Hypocrisy and Cruelty. 2. Drunkenness 3. Bribery. 4. Oppression. 5. Unjust Judges. 6. The Sluggard. 7. Murder. 8. Gaming. 9. Public Robbery. 10. The Unnatural Mother. 11. Forbidding Marriage. 12. Parsons and Tithes.
Author: William Cobbett - William Cobbett was an English pamphleteer, farmer and journalist, who was born in Farnham, Surrey. He believed that reforming Parliament and abolishing the rotten boroughs would help to end the poverty of farm laborers, and he attacked the borough-mongers, sinecurists and "tax-eaters" relentlessly. He was also against the Corn Laws, a tax on imported grain. Early in his career, he was a loyalist supporter of King and Country: but later he joined and successfully publicized the radical movement, which led to the Reform Bill of 1832, and to his winning the parliamentary seat of Oldham. Although he was not a Catholic, he became a fiery advocate of Catholic Emancipation in Britain. Through the seeming contradictions in Cobbett's life, his opposition to authority stayed constant. He wrote many polemics, on subjects from political reform to religion, but is best known for his book from 1830, "Rural Rides," which is still in print today.

Publisher: Printed and Published by C. Clement
City: London
Year: 1822
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 295 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This 1822 "stereotype edition" of this work collects a year of Corbett's fiery "Monthly Religious Tracts" pamphlets from March 1821 to March of 1822 in a single volume.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in plain boards, with archival tape reinforcing the spine. The binding is partially separated from the solid text block. The pages show light to moderate toning and spotting, particularly in the margins.
Lot 6017

$100

Title: Terror by Night
Author: Christine Campbell Thomson - Christine Hartley, better known as Christine Campbell Thomson was a British horror fiction author best known for the Not at Night series. She also wrote under the name Flavia Richardson (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Publisher: Selwyn & Blount, Ltd.
City: London
Year: c. 1934
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 252 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: This is the first edition of this work, lacking a date but circa 1934. "Terror by Night" was number ten in the British "Not at Night" series of horror stories published by Selwyn and Blount. The stories include "Behind the Yellow Door" by Flavia Richardson (the editor's pseudonym). Intended as a one-time publication, the "Not at Night" series eventually included eleven volumes and an omnibus edition between 1925 and 1937 (information courtesy Wikipedia).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is solidly bound in ted cloth with light to moderate external age/wear at the edges. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light foxing, mostly in the margins.
Lot 6018

$140

Title: Rome: Ancient and Modern and Its Environs
Author: Jeremiah Donovan
Publisher: Printed for the Author by Crispino Puccinelli
City: Rome
Year: 1844
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: No
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: Contents include chapters on the churches of Rome, the palaces and galleries, Roman architecture, ancient Roman roads, monuments of the Forum, and the Baths of Diocletian, among others. The work is illustrated with numerous plates, some folding.

This set is lacking the first volume.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of these antique volumes show soiling/smudging and mild edge wear. There are library markings at the foot of each spine. Each volume has an armorial bookplate from Stratheden House affixed to the front pastedown. The bindings are sound. The pages display mild age toning and a small number of instances of scattered light foxing.
Lot 6019

$70

Book Details: This lot consists of the author-signed horror by Ramsey Campbell shown in the corresponding images.

This collection of well-preserved horror titles in dust jackets are all signed by British horror writer Ramsey Campbell, who authored or edited each volume. Highlights include first American editions of "Superhorror" and "The Count of Eleven."

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Condition / Notes: These vintage and collectible autographed volumes are in excellent condition, with some toning to the pages of the older volumes.
Lot 6020

$90

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique bound compilations of The Outlook shown in the corresponding images.

This collection of uniformly-bound compilations of "The Outlook" magazine contains issues from between 1899 and 1922, including numerous photographs, articles on United States war involvement, and contributions by Theodore Roosevelt

The magazine was titled The Outlook from 1893 to 1928, reflecting a shift of focus from religious subjects to social and political issues. Theodore Roosevelt was an associate editor for The Outlook, and in 1900 Booker T. Washington published autobiographical pieces in The Outlook. These pieces were collected in book form and published in 1901 as "Up from Slavery."

In 1900, the ranking weekly magazines of news and opinion were The Independent (1870), The Nation (1865), The Outlook (1870), and, with a different emphasis, The Literary Digest (1890) [Courtesy Wikipedia].

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Condition / Notes: These antique bound compilations show well, with some light age/wear indicators. The volumes are bound in green cloth, and many of them feature marbled edges and endpapers.
Lot 6021

$55

Title: Miscellaneous Poems: Consisting of Originals and Translations
Author: Vincent Bourne - Vincent Bourne, familiarly known as Vinny Bourne, was an English classical scholar and Neo-Latin poet
Publisher: Printed for W. Ginger
City: London
Year: 1772
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xvi/352
Width: 8.25" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: There were nine editions of Bourne's Latin poems in all, of which the posthumous 1772 quarto was criticized for containing several that demonstrably did not belong to him.

William Cowper's too partial assessment of Bourne's poetry, in a letter to the Reverend John Newton dated 10 May 1781, frequently prefaced the various editions of his work. "I love the memory of Vinny Bourne. I think him a better Latin poet than Tibullus, Propertius, Ausonius, or any of the writers in his way except Ovid, and not at all inferior to him." Charles Lamb was also an admirer and translated eight more of his poems.[7] In an enthusiastic letter to William Wordsworth, written in 1815, he summed up Bourne's poetical approach as "sucking from every flower, making a flower of everything! His diction all Latin, and his thoughts all English!" (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

This work is bound in full leather
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume displays rubbing, scuffing, and edge wear. The book has been rebacked, with what appears to be the original spine label affixed to the new spine cover. The hinges are cracked. The pages show mild age toning and scattered foxing. There are black ink marks in the center of the front flyleaf.
Lot 6022

$35

Book Details: This lot consists of the eight bound compilations of issues of "The Nation" shown in the corresponding images.

These bound compilations contain issues of "The Nation" from between 1870 and 1876. Each issue features political news and current events, including information on the Boston Railroad scandal of 1875 and Tammany Hall.

"The Nation" is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, and the most widely-read weekly journal of progressive political and cultural news, opinion and analysis. It was founded on July 6, 1865, as a successor to William Lloyd Garrison's "The Liberator," with the stated mission to "make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred" (courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including rubbing and soiling to exteriors, chipping and cracking to spines, loose pages, and edge tears to pages. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 6023

$60

Title: Ancient Rome in the Light of Recent Discoveries
Author: Rodolfo Lanciani - Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani (1 January 1845 – 22 May 1929) was an Italian archaeologist, a pioneering student of ancient Roman topography, and among his many excavations was that of the House of the Vestals in the Roman Forum. Lanciani earned LL.D. degrees from Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Harvard and a Ph.D. degree from Würzburg [Courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Macmillan and Company
City: London
Year: 1889
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxix/329 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This antique volume on the history of ancient Rome is decoratively bound in red cloth with a stamped gilt front cover illustration. The work includes numerous textual illustrations, maps, and tissue-guarded plates.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has a cracked rear hinge and is bound in red cloth with light to moderate external age/wear. The pages show light to moderate toning and scattered spotting, concentrated in the margins. The work is profusely illustrated with textual figures, maps, and tissue-guarded plates depicting ancient Rome and its artifacts, including a frontispiece.
Lot 6024

$10

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique issues of Bibliotheca Sacra shown in the corresponding images.

This collection of approximately 80 antique theological journals contains issues from the late 1860s through the 1910s.

"Bibliotheca Sacra" is a theological journal published by Dallas Theological Seminary. First published in 1844, it is the oldest theological journal in the United States. It was founded at Union Theological Seminary in 1843, and after publishing three issues moved to Andover Theological Seminary (now Andover Newton Theological School) in 1844, to Oberlin College in 1884, and to Xenia Seminary in 1922. Dallas Theological Seminary (then the Evangelical Theological Seminary) took over publication in 1934 (courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Condition / Notes: These antique library compilations show some age/wear indications, including some separated wrappers.
Lot 6025

$60

Book Details: This lot consists of the books on the history of New York State shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are the author-signed copy of "The Tools that Built Niagara" by Mark H. Beecher, the author-signed copy of "Thundergate: the Forts of Niagara" by Robert West Howard," and "Rochester: A Sketch-Book."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including detaching/detached boards/spine covers, edge wear, and mild soiling. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.

Lot 6026

$175

Title: The Antiquities of Italy. Being the Travels of the Learned and Reverend Bernard De Montfaucon, from Paris through Italy, in the Years 1698 and 1699.
Author: Bernard de Montefaucon - Dom Bernard de Montfaucon, O.S.B. was a French Benedictine monk of the Congregation of Saint Maur. He was an astute scholar who founded the discipline of palaeography, as well as being an editor of works of the Fathers of the Church. He is regarded as one of the founders of modern archaeology.


Montfaucon was born on 13 January 1655 in the Castle of Soulatgé, a small village in the southern town of Corbières, then in the ancient Province of Languedoc, now in the modern Department of Aude. After one year he was moved to the Castle of Roquetaillade, residence of his family. When he was seven, he was sent to Limoux, to the college run by the Fathers of Christian Doctrine.


Montfaucon served in the French army as a volunteer and participated in the Franco-Dutch War of 1673. He was a captain of grenadiers and made two campaigns under the command of Marshall Turenne, participated in the Battle of Herbsthausen and fell ill in Saverne in Alsace. Because of his infectious illness he made a vow to Our Lady of Marceille to give one hundred livres to her sanctuary in Limoux and to become a monk, if he was able to return to his country as a result of her intervention.

After the death of Montfaucon's father at the Chateau de Roquetaillade, in 1675 he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine monastery of Bream in Toulouse. There he learned several ancient languages: Greek, Hebrew, Chaldean, Syriac, and Coptic.

In 1687 Montfaucon was called to the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres and he started to work on an edition of the works of the Greek Church Fathers.

In 1705 Montfaucon examined and described the manuscripts of the Fonds Coislin, in Bibliotheca Coisliniana (Paris, 1705). In 1708 in "Palaeographia Graeca" Montfaucon became the first to use the term "palaeography". The work illustrates the entire history of Greek writing. It contains Montfaucon's discussions of variations in Greek letter forms, the use of abbreviations in Greek manuscripts, and the process of deciphering archaic writing. It was Montfaucon's special interest. In this work he often cited Greek manuscripts in texts of Athanasius of Alexandria, Origen, and John Chrysostom. The book dealt so comprehensively with the handwriting and other characteristics of Greek manuscripts that it remained the leading authority on the subject for almost two centuries.

In 1714 Montfaucon published the fragments of "Hexapla" of Origen.

Montfaucon published 15 volumes of "L'antiquite expliquee et representee en figures" between 1719 and 1724. An English translation of this work was published in 1721–25 under the title "Antiquity Explained and Represented in Diagrams." The work contained copperplate folio engravings of classical antiquities. It included a depiction of the "Barberini Vase," more commonly known as the "Portland Vase." This book is published in English under the title "Antiquities." The materials used in this work were taken from the manuscripts deposited in French libraries. It contains many illustrative facsimiles, though they are engraved in a rather coarse way.

In 1719, Montfaucon was named by Philippe II, Duke of Orleans to the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. In 1719 after the death of the Jesuit priest, Michel Le Tellier (1643-1719), confessor to the late King Louis XIV, Bernard de Montfaucon then became confessor to the young King Louis XV.

Montfaucon died on 21 December 1741 at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where he was buried.


In a letter of 24 June 1786, Josiah Wedgwood explains that he had seen Montfaucon's engravings of the Portland Vase.

Montfaucon was the original editor of the homilies Adversus Judaeos by saint John Chrysostom along with many other works of the Fathers of the Church.

Montfaucon laid the foundation for the study of Greek manuscripts. Scrivener stated, that his work still maintains a high authority, even "after more recent discoveries," especially of papyri in Egypt. Present scholars agree that he created a new discipline, palaeography, and presented it in a perfected way.

Montfaucon is largely responsible for bringing the famous Bayeux Tapestry to the attention of the public. In 1724, the scholar Antoine Lancelot discovered drawings of a section of the tapestry (about 30 feet of the Tapestry's 231 feet) among papers of Nicolas-Joseph Foucault, a Norman administrator. (These drawings of the tapestry's images "classicized" the otherwise cruder Anglo-Norman style by adding shadows and dimensionality to the figures.) Lancelot, unsure of what medium these drawings depicted, suggested that they might be a tomb relief, stained glass, a fresco, or even a tapestry. When Lancelot presented Foucault's drawings in 1724 to the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in Paris, they attracted the attention of Montfaucon, who subsequently tracked down the textile in the drawings with help from his Benedictine colleagues in Normandy. This is often regarded as the modern "discovery" of the Bayeux Tapestry, which had gone on quiet display annually in the Bayeux Cathedral for possibly centuries. Montfaucon published the Foucault drawings in the first volume his "Les Monumens de la Monarchie Francoise." In anticipation of volume 2 of "Les Monumens," Montfaucon employed the artist Antoine Benoit and sent him to Bayeux to copy the Tapestry in its entirety and in a manner faithful to its style, unlike Foucault's "touched up" renditions which were more suitable to 18th-century French tastes. Emory University art history professor Elizabeth Carson Pastan criticizes Montfaucon for his "Norman Triumphalist" point of view in dealing with the story of the Tapestry, despite the fact that he asserted that one should trust "the best historians of Normandy." She does state, however, that modern scholars are indebted to him for his process of examining many accounts of the Norman Conquest in interpreting the Tapestry, and his highlighting of the Tapestry's ambiguity and enigma (such as why Harold Godwinson went to Normandy in 1064 or the identity of the elusive Aelfgyva). (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)


Editor: John Henley
Publisher: Printed by D.L. for J. Darby and ten others
City: London
Year: 1725
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 327 pages
Width: 10" Height: 15.75"
Book Details: This is the second edition of this work, "made English from the Paris edition, of the Latin original. Adorn'd with Cuts . . . Revis'd throughout;l with large improvements, and Corrections, communicated by the Author to the Editor."

The elaborate folio is profusely illustrated with textual engravings, and features a title page in red and black.
Condition / Notes: This antique full-leather volume has a separated front board and a cracked rear hinge, both with external archival tape repairs. The books shows moderate to heavy rubbing and scuffing. The text block is solid. The pages show moderate toning and scattered smudging, foxing, and moisture marking, concentrated in the margins.
Lot 6027

$80

Title: Wilson's Historical, Traditionary, and Imaginative Tales of the Borders, and of Scotland; with a Glossary of Scotch Words
Author: John Mackay Wilson - John Mackay Wilson (15 August 1804 – 2 October 1835) was a Scottish writer famous for the six volume "Tales of The Borders." He was born in Tweedmouth, on the border between Scotland and England. He gave many talks to Temperance societies.

It is likely Wilson died of an embolism. Two of his plays were The Gowrie Conspiracy and Margaret of Anjou. The Tales series ran to 73 under his authorship; it was continued by his brother, and then Alexander Leighton [Courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Robert Martin
City: New York
Year: 1848
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: No
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: "Wilson’s Tales of the Borders, and of Scotland. Historical, Traditionary and Imaginative," known more commonly as "Wilson’s Tales of the Borders" are a collection of some of the tales, stories, history and ballads, principally of the Borders of Scotland and North Northumberland. An area for many years known as “The Debatable Lands” as exactly where the Border lay was a rather vague concept to those living there as was the reality of whether either the Scots or English crown of the time had any real control over the area for many centuries.

They were first drawn together and published in weekly installments from 8th October 1834 by John Mackay Wilson, at the time also editor of the “Berwick Advertiser” . This was a common method of publishing at the time used by among others Charles Dickens and Walter Scott [Information courtesy the Wilson's Tales Project].

This antique half-leather set features an illustrated additional title page and tissue-guarded portrait of Wilson in the first volume, with additional engraved frontispieces in the later volumes.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is solidly bound in half-leather with marbled paper-covered boards and light to moderate external age/wear. There are raised bands on the spines. The pages and tissue-guarded plates show mild toning and occasional foxing/spotting.
Lot 6028

$55

Title: Opera Omnia, Tam Latino, quam Gallico Idiomate ab Aegidio Durant donata
Author: Joannis Bonefoni
Publisher: Ex Officina Wetsteniana
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1725
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 224 pages
Width: 4" Height: 6.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in full leather, with gilt lettering and decoration to the spine. The outer edge of the text block is tinted red, and the endpapers are marbled. The text is adorned with decorative engraved initials, headpieces, and tailpieces.
Condition / Notes: This volume displays external wear, with slight darkening at the edges, faint vertical cracking to the spine, and faint moisture markings. The front hinge is beginning to crack. A previous owner's signature appears on the verso of the flyleaf. Scattered moisture markings and spots of soiling are present to the volume's interior. Pages are very slightly rippled.
Lot 6029

$200

Title: Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries, From the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV.
Author: Jean Froissart - Jean Froissart was a medieval French author, who wrote several works, including Chronicles, the Meliador, a long Arthurian romance, and a large body of poetry, both short lyrical forms, as well as longer narrative poems. For centuries, Froissart's Chronicles have been recognized as the chief expression of the chivalric revival of the 14th century Kingdom of England and France. His history is also an important source for the first half of the Hundred Years' War. (Biography courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, and J. White
City: London
Year: 1805
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 12 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This is the second edition of Froissart's "Chronicles," translated from the French by Thomas Johnes. This 12-volume set is bound in full leather, with brown leather boards and black leather backstrip, gilt tooling to the boards, and gilt lettering and decoration to the spines. The volumes are adorned with marbled page edges and marbled endpapers.

Froissart's "Chronicles" (or Chroniques) are a prose chronicle of the Hundred Years' War written in the 14th century. The "Chronicles" open with the events leading up to the deposition of Edward II in 1326, and cover the period up to 1400, recounting events in western Europe, mainly in England, France, Scotland, the Low Countries and the Iberian Peninsula, although at times also mentioning other countries and regions such as Italy, Germany, Ireland, the Balkans, Cyprus, Turkey and North Africa (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Condition / Notes: External wear is visible to these volumes, in the form of library notations to the spines, rubbing/scuffing, soiling, and faint moisture markings. The bindings are generally sound, with a few volumes displaying internal wear to hinges. Each volume contains an ex-libris bookplate of Laurence A. Waldron on the front paste-down, and an ex-libris bookplate of Marino Killiney on the rear paste-down. Interiors are generally clean and bright, with sporadic foxing and occasional spots of soiling or smudging.
Lot 6030

$35

Title: Guililmi Hornii Poematum, ad Gulielmum III, Magnae Britanniae Regem
Author: Willem Horn
Publisher: Martinum a Loon
City: Rotterdam
Year: 1717
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 880 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75"
Book Details: This antique Latin volume of poetry contains a title page vignette.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has separated boards and lacks its spine cover, with some loose blank preliminaries and a loose final page. The text block shows light to moderate toning and occasional marginal spotting/foxing.
Lot 6031

$55

Title: Intera collezione di tutte le opere inventate e scolpite dal Cav. Alberto Thorwaldsen
Author: Alberto Thorwaldsen - Alberto Thorwaldsen was a Danish/Icelandic sculptor.
Publisher: Pietro Aureli
City: Rome
Year: 1832
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 12.25" Height: 18.25"
Book Details: This is the first volume only of this Italian folio of engraved plates depicting works of Thorwaldsen.
Condition / Notes: This antique folio has a printed paper-covered boards with moderate to heavy external age/wear and a solid text block separated from the boards. The pages and engraved plates show mild toning and scattered light foxing, concentrated in the margins.
Lot 6032

$80

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique mystery books shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "The Casebook of Lucius Leffing," "The Man in the Queue," and "What Dreams May Come."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including foxing, faint moisture markings, and edge wear.
Lot 6033

$100

Title: Respectability: Its Rise and Remedy
Author: Elbert Hubbard - Elbert Green Hubbard was an American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher. Raised in Hudson, Illinois, he met early success as a traveling salesman with the Larkin soap company. Today Hubbard is mostly known as the founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, an influential exponent of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Among his many publications were the nine-volume work "Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great" and the short story "A Message to Garcia." He and his second wife, Alice Moore Hubbard, died aboard the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland on May 7, 1915.
Publisher: Elbert Hubbard
City: Unknown
Year: 1905
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii / 122 / 1 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This is a scarce author-signed limited edition of this work, numbered 102 of 107 copies of the work printed on Imperial Japan Vellum and signed by the author at the limitation statement.

This philosophical text by Hubbard is housed in its original clamshell case with marbled paper covers. The volume is decoratively bound in three-quarter leather with marbled paper covers as well as raised bands and stamped gilt decoration to the spine. The pages feature decorative titles and historiated initials.

See McKenna 124.
Condition / Notes: This antique, author-signed limited edition is housed in the original clamshell case with moderate wear to the edges. The book is in excellent condition, and features three-quarter-leather binding, matching endpapers, and well-preserved page decorations.
Lot 6034

$55

Title: The Final Results of the Triangulation of the New York State Survey, together with a Description of the Methods Employed. Also, the Eleventh Annual Report of the Commissioners of the State Survey
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1887
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 214 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 12"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in blind-stamped black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. The work is illustrated with plates of surveying instruments and many sketches throughout text to illustrate and accompany measurements and tables. Five folding maps are laid in to a pocket at the rear of the volume.
Condition / Notes: This book shows external wear, with fraying and minor loss at ends of spine and corners. Faint moisture markings can be seen on front cover. Spotting also occurs at the outer edge of text block. The text block is cracked between pages 154 and 155.The endpapers display foxing. Page 157 and the plate opposite it display large tears. The lightly age-toned pages are otherwise clean and without markings.
Lot 6035

$80

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique travel and exploration books shown in the corresponding images.

Titles include "Cannibal Quest" by Gordo Sinclair, "The Great Horn Spoon" by Eugene Wright (in original dust jacket), and "Through Savage Europe" by Harry De Windt, among others.

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Condition / Notes: These antique travel volumes show well, with some light to moderate age/wear indicators. "The Great Horn Spoon" features an original dust jacket with mild edge wear/loss.
Lot 6036

$375

Book Details: This lot consists of the collectible horror and occult books published by Ash-Tree Press shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "The Moonstone Mass," "The Horror on the Stair," and "The Talisman."

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Condition / Notes: These volumes are well-preserved.
Lot 6037

$10

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique bound compilations of Bibliotheca Sacra shown in the corresponding images.

These antique library theological compilations contains volumes I through IV and VI through XII (lacking the fifth volume), covering the years 1844 through 1855.

"Bibliotheca Sacra" is a theological journal published by Dallas Theological Seminary. First published in 1844, it is the oldest theological journal in the United States. It was founded at Union Theological Seminary in 1843, and after publishing three issues moved to Andover Theological Seminary (now Andover Newton Theological School) in 1844, to Oberlin College in 1884, and to Xenia Seminary in 1922. Dallas Theological Seminary (then the Evangelical Theological Seminary) took over publication in 1934 (courtesy of Wikipedia).

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Condition / Notes: These antique library compilations show some age/wear indications, including some weaknesses to bindings.
Lot 6038

$55

Title: Belisaire
Author: Jean-Francois Marmontel - Jean-François Marmontel was a French historian and writer, a member of the Encyclopediste movement.

He was born of poor parents at Bort, Limousin (today in Corrèze). After studying with the Jesuits at Mauriac, Cantal, he taught in their colleges at Clermont and Toulouse; and in 1745, acting on the advice of Voltaire, he set out for Paris to try for literary success. From 1748 to 1753 he wrote a succession of tragedies (Denys le Tyran (1748); "Aristomene" (1749); "Cleopâtre" (1750); "Heraclides" (1752); "Egyptus" (1753)), which, though only moderately successful on the stage, secured Marmontel's introduction into literary and fashionable circles.

He wrote a series of articles for the Encyclopédie evincing considerable critical power and insight, which in their collected form, under the title "Eléments de Littérature," still rank among the French classics. He also wrote several comic operas, the two best of which probably are "Sylvain" (1770) and "Zémire et Azore" (1771). In the Gluck–Piccinni controversy he was an eager partisan of Piccinni with whom he collaborated in "Didon" (1783) and "Penelope" (1785).

In 1758 he gained the patronage of Madame de Pompadour, who obtained for him a place as a civil servant, and the management of the official journal Le Mercure, in which he had already begun the famous series of "Contes moraux." The merit of these tales lies partly in the delicate finish of the style, but mainly in the graphic and charming pictures of French society under King Louis XV. The author was elected to the Académie française in 1763. In 1767 he published "Bélisaire," now remarkable in part because of a chapter on religious toleration which incurred the censure of the Sorbonne and the archbishop of Paris. Marmontel retorted in "Les Incas" (1777) by tracing the cruelties in Spanish America to the religious fanaticism of the invaders.

He was appointed historiographer of France (1771), secretary to the Academy (1783), and professor of history in the Lycée (1786). As a historiographer, Marmontel wrote a history of the regency (1788). Reduced to poverty by the French Revolution, Marmontel retired during the Reign of Terror to Evreux, and soon afterwards to a cottage at Abloville in the département of Eure. There he wrote "Memoires d'un pere" (4 vols., 1804), including a picturesque review of his life, a literary history of two important reigns, a great gallery of portraits extending from the venerable Jean Baptiste Massillon, whom more than half a century previously he had seen at Clermont, to Honoré Mirabeau. The book was nominally written for the instruction of his children. It contains an exquisite picture of his own childhood in the Limousin; its value for the literary historian is great.

Marmontel lived for some time under the roof of Mme Geoffrin, and was present at her famous dinners given to artists; he was welcomed into most of the houses where the encyclopaedists met. He thus had at his command the best material for his portraits, and made good use of his opportunities. After a short stay in Paris when elected in 1797 to the Conseil des Anciens, he died at Abloville. See Sainte-Beuve, Causeries du lundi, iv.; Morellet, Eloge (1805).

He was a member of the Masonic lodge Les Neuf Sœurs.

John Ruskin named him as one of the three people in history who were the most influential for him.

Publisher: Uncredited publisher
City: Neufchatel
Year: 1767
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/283 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Book Details: "Belisaire" is a banned French novel on the life of the Byzantine general Belisarius (ca. AD 500 – AD 565). It popularized the apochryphal tale of his being reduced to beggary by Justinian I despite his great services to the empire, citing it as an example of the ingratitude of those in power towards their faithful servants and indicting the French king Louis XV by proxy as another such ungrateful monarch [Courtesy Wikipedia].

This early Neufchatel imprint of the work contains a frontispiece and several engraved plates illustrating scenes from the novel.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in marbled paper-covered boards with a leather spine showing stamped gilt ornamentation and raised bands. There is moderate external age/wear. The pages show mild toning and scattered smudging/spotting. The engraved plates show well, with occasional moisture marking (generally marginal).
Lot 6039

$150

Title: Stories in the Dark
Author: Barry Pain - Barry Eric Odell Pain (28 September 1864 – 5 May 1928) was an English journalist, poet and writer. [Courtesy WIkipedia]
Publisher: Grant Richards
City: London
Year: 1901
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 192 pages
Width: 4" Height: 6.5"
Book Details: This is an early edition of this work by English writer Barry Pain. The volume is bound in yellow cloth, with black stamped lettering to the front cover and spine and a pictorial design stamped in black and red to the front cover.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this volume displays significant rubbing, and faint moisture markings to the rear. The text block is cracked. The endpapers display mild toning, but the volume is otherwise internally clean and bright.
Lot 6040

$10

Title: Private Thoughts Upon Religion and a Christian Life
Author: William Beveridge - William Beveridge (1637–1708) was an English Bishop of St Asaph. [Courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Printed by Thomas Kite, for E. Littell
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1829
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxiv/325 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: Contents include the following chapters, among others: "I believe there is one God, the Being of all beings," "I believe, that Christ lived to God, and died for sin, that I might die to sin, and live with God," "I am resolved, by the grace of God, never to speak much, les I often speak too much; and not to speak at all, rather than to no purpose," "I am resolved, by the grace of God, always to speak reverently to my superiors, humbly to my inferiors, and civilly to all," and "I am resolved, by the grace of God, to improve every affliction God lays upon me, as an earnest or token of his affection towards me."

This work is bound in full leather, with gilt lettering on a leather spine label.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume displays light edge wear, minor bumping to the corners with fraying, and some scuffing. There is a library marking at the foot of the spine cover. The spine has been reinforced with brown cloth tape. The binding is separating. There are faint tide markings on the preliminary pages, including the title page. The title page bears a library blind stamp. The pages exhibit age toning and scattered spots of soiling.
Lot 6041

$70

Title: The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politicks, and Literature, of the Year 1761
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Edmund Burke - Edmund Burke PC was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.
He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro–French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox.
Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals in the 19th century. Since the 20th century, he has generally been viewed as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism, as well as a representative of classical liberalism. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed for J. Dodsley
City: London
Year: 1762
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 304 / 316 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This full-leather volume contains Burke's compilation of events, "characters," reviews, and more for the year 1761.

Political events for the year 1761 centered around the ongoing Seven Years' War in Europe and North America. Events in England included the coronation and nuptials of George III and Queen Charlotte. Also present are a brief account of Buccaneers in America; poems by David Garrick and Thomas Warton; an epitaph for Samuel Richardson; and reviews of MacPherson's "Final, an ancient epic..." and David Hume's "The History of England" (Julius Caesar to Henry VII).

Condition / Notes: The boards of this volume are separating, and the text block is split in two places. The exterior displays rubbing and scuffing. The interior displays previous owners' bookplates, scattered foxing, and toning.
Lot 6042

$30

Title: Hugo Grotius de veritate religionis Christianae.
Author: Hugo Grotius - Hugo Grotius (10 April 1583 – 28 August 1645), also known as Huig de Groot or Hugo de Groot, was a Dutch jurist. Along with the earlier works of Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili, Grotius laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. A teenage intellectual prodigy, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the intra-Calvinist disputes of the Dutch Republic, but escaped hidden (appropriately) in a chest of books. He wrote most of his major works in exile in France [Courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Apud Henricum Wetstenium
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1696
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 296 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.5"
Book Details: This seventeenth-century, full-leather theology volume in Latin contains engraved page ornamentation and a title page in red and black.
Condition / Notes: This antique full-leather volume has a cracked front hinge and moderate external age/wear. The text block is solid. The pages show mild age toning and scattered light smudging/foxing, mostly in the margins. There is also occasional pencil notation in the text and margins.
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