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Lot 3226

$30
Title: The Puritan Commonwealth: An Historical Review of the Puritan Government in Massachusetts in its Civil and Ecclesiastical Relations From Its Rise to the Abrogation of the First Charter
Author: Peter Oliver
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Printing Year: 1856

Condition/Details: Bound in three-quarter leather with paper-covered boards, gilt lettering and raised bands to the spine, and with gilt to the top edge of the text block, this antique volume is a scarce work on the role of the Puritan government in early Massachusetts. The volume shows external age/wear with rubbing and scuffing to the leather, and is bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages. The front three flyleaves are detached and present. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 3/4" and contains 502 pages. This volume is from the library of a historical society and bears corresponding indications, including a bookplate and a stamp on the title page.
 
Lot 3227

$250
Title: Oriental Rugs
Author: Ian Bennett, Erich Aschenbrenner, R. D. Parsons, K. Zipper, C. Fritzsche and Uwe Jourdan
Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club
Printing Year: Various Years, 1989-1996 1993 1996 1994 1995 1985
Number of Volumes: Complete five-volume set

Notes: Bound in gorgeous green cloth with bright gilt embossing on the front board and spine, this set was written by some of the world's most important scholars in the field of oriental carpets. All volumes are in the original dust jackets. The volumes cover various types of rugs, including Caucasian, Persian, carpets of Afghanistan, Turkish and Turkoman. Full-page, brightly colored illustrations fill each of the volumes, providing samples of a variety of rugs from around the world. Volumes one through four are later printings, from 1993 through 1996, and volume five is an original from 1985. The volumes show very mild external age/wear, with some sunning to the jackets and light rubbing to the boards. The volumes are very solidly bound with clean, crisp pages. The books measure approximately 8 1/2" x 10".
 
Lot 3228

$20
This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). This lot includes eleven volumes of Richard A. Clarke's The Scorpion's Gate. Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of Richard A. Clarke and is complete with dust jacket. This lot includes at least some first editions. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3229

$325
This lot includes the group of antique women's suffrage ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes a series of handwritten letters from Hamilton Willcox, dated January through May of 1884, on the letterhead of the "New York State Committee of Woman Suffrage Party," of which Willcox was on the executive committee. These letters discuss a bill proposed by William Howland while he was in office in the New York State Assembly. Also included are several telegraphs from Willcox to Howland during this time period. Additionally, this lot includes two letters from Zobedia Alleman written in 1898 and 1899 to Mr. Howland on the letterhead of the "New York State Woman Suffrage Association," requesting financial support, including one handwritten letter. These items have been carefully stored, and show minimal age/wear, with creasing where they have been folded and some patina to the paper.

These documents are part of the Howland estate available throughout this auction. William Howland was a member of the New York State Assembly from Cayuga County's second district in 1883 and 1884. The Howland family arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in Cayuga County, with William's father running a successful country store, William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles, and his sister, Emily, active in women's suffrage and the abolitionist movement. The family also played an active role in the Quaker community of the region.

Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3230

$110
Title: A Series of Progressive Lessons Intended to Elucidate the Art of Landscape Painting in Water Colours; with Introductory Illustrations on Perspective and Drawing with Pencil
Author: David Cox
Publisher: T. Clay
Printing Year: 1823

Condition/Details: Bound in quarter-cloth with marbled paper-covered boards, this antique volume is a scarce instructional work on water color painting. Author David Ruskin wrote that David Cox, the son of a blacksmith from Birmingham, went to London in 1803 and worked as a scenery painter at Astley Theatre. Later, he later he got a chair at the Royal Academy of Arts and published several books on watercolor and landscape painting and was elected a member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours. In 1826 he led a study trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and France. David Cox is considered to be one of the greatest English landscape painters and a forerunner of Impressionism.

The work is features 18 illustrations, eight of which are in color. The volume shows external age/wear with rubbing to the corners, surfaces and edges of the boards. The corners of the boards and the entire spine have been restored with modern green cloth. The upper right corner of the title page has been restored. The text block is solidly bound with age-toned pages which display scattered foxing. Many pages display large moisture marks. The volume displays some library indications. The book measures approximately 13 1/4" x 9 1/4" and contains 32 pages.
 
Lot 3231

$35
This auction lot includes the following group of decorative, antique titles on theology and Christianity:

- The Ministry of the Spirit by A. J. Gordon - Dated 1894 by Fleming H. Revell Company - The upper right corners of pages 77 to 143 exhibit some staining.
- The Bennett-Teed Discussion by Unattributed - Undated by D. M. Bennett
- Kindling; or, A Way to Do It by "A Sabbath School Teacher" - Dated 1856 by M. W. Dodd - The boards of this volume exhibit signs of advanced age/wear with moisture marks, staining, and some scuffing. The signature containing pages 53 to 70 has started detach from the spine.
- Moral Sketches of Prevailing Opinions and Manners, with Reflections on Prayer by Hannah More - Dated 1821 by N. Bangs and T. Mason - The rear board has started to separate from the spine. The leather has started to flake.
- Through a Glass Darkly by Rev. J. H. Timbrell - Dated 1888 by Palmer and Hughes
- Seventy Times Seven, or the Law of Kindness by Unattributed - Dated 1857 by Presbyterian Board of Publication - notation

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 3232

$90
Title: The DNA Story: A Documentary History of Gene Cloning
Author: James D. Watson & John Tooze
Publisher: W. H. Freeman and Company
Printing Year: 1981

Condition/Details: Bound in gray cloth-covered boards with blue lettering across the front board and to the spine. The work is illustrated with many photographs, drawings and facsimile documents. The title page bears an original signature of James D. Watson on the title page. The work is illustrated with many photographs and drawings of the uncovered relics, including several fold-out illustrations. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 8 1/2" x 11 1/4" and contains 605 pages.
 
Lot 3233

$110
Title: Animation: The Art of Friz Freleng
Author: Friz Freleng, with David Weber
Publisher: Donovan Publishing
Printing Year: 1994

Condition/Details: Bound in white cloth-covered boards with quarter leather to the spine featuring an illustrated front board, this limited edition is signed by Friz Freleng. This two-volume set features: a book with 239 pages filled with photos and drawings on Friz Freleng, his early life, his studio life, the war years, and more; a 32 page soft cover booklet titled Backstage with Friz and Co. with additional information on how a cartoon is made; a VHS cassette tape titled Frame by Frame; and an audio cassette titled Words and Music. The larger book is signed on the hologram page by Friz Freleng, and is numbered 838 of 4,000 copies. This set also includes a numbered registration card and certificate of authenticity matching the limited edition number (838/4000).

Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1905 – May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a passing resemblance) and Speedy Gonzales. The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio (a total of 266), and is also the most honored of the Warner directors, having won four Academy Awards. After Warners shut down the animation studio in 1963, Freleng and business partner David DePatie founded DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which produced cartoons (notably The Pink Panther Show), feature film title sequences, and Saturday morning cartoons through the early 1980s. The nickname "Friz" came from how "frizzly" his hair was at one time. (biography courtesy of Wikipedia)

The entire set measures approximately 11 1/4" x 10" in the decorative slipcase. This item is in like-new condition, and is complete with its original shipping box from Donovan publishing.
 
Lot 3234

$55
This lot includes the group of signed books authored by Elmore Leonard shown in the corresponding image(s). Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of Elmore Leonard. Titles include: Killshot, Pronto, Riding the Rap, Glitz, Freaky Deaky, Be Cool (two copies) and Bandits. Each volume is complete with dust jacket. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3235

$10
This lot includes the piece of ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This one-of-a-kind item is a journal of minutes from meetings of the Rochester Commons Club from 1922 to 1928. The volume includes notes on meetings, the financial records of the club, attendance records and other related entries. This bound volume displays signs of age/wear with rubbing to the corners, surfaces and edges of the boards. This volume lacks a spine cover and the boards have started to separate from the spine. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3236

$110
This lot includes the group of books on New Hampshire town histories shown in the corresponding image(s). Towns represented in this lot include: Londonderry, Claremont, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Lyndeborough, Walpole and Keene. These volumes include information on churches, landmarks and prominent citizens, among other historical information. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. These volumes are from the library of a historical society and may include library bindings. The volumes may bear corresponding indications such as labels, stamps, bookplates, etc.
 
Lot 3237

$90
This lot includes the group of seven original William McKinley presidential campaign pinback buttons shown in the corresponding image. These buttons come from McKinley's 1900 campaign. Three of the buttons are of President McKinley with his vice president Theodore Roosevelt, and four are of McKinley alone. The buttons do not contain a copyright date, but are presumed to be from approximately 1900. Five of the pins contain the original manufacturers' paper label inside of the button from Whitehead & Hoag Co. of Newark, NJ. Above the label on two of the buttons are advertisements from two different companies, Sweet Caporal Cigarette and National Equipment. All of the buttons measure between 7/8" and 1", and show well with some fine patina, with occasional oxidation.

Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3238

$100
Title: The Book of the Fair, an Historical and Descriptive Presentation
Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft
Publisher: The Bancroft Company
Printing Year: 1893
Number of Volumes: Complete 2-volume set

Notes: Rebound in library-issued brown cloth, this large antique set is a scarce history of the "World's science, art and industry, as viewed through the Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893." Hubert Howe Bancroft was born in Granville, Ohio, on May 5, 1832. After working for some time in the Buffalo, New York, book store owned by his brother-in-law, George H. Derby, Bancroft went to California in 1852 to establish a West Coast outlet for the shop. In 1855, after selling the initial stock, he went east and returned with sufficient books and stationery to open a San Francisco store the next year. Within two years the firm began to grow into a publishing house, issuing such items as law books and legal stationery, texts and maps for schools, and music, as well as printing colored labels for cans.

In 1860, as an outgrowth of assembling research materials for the publication of a Pacific Coast handbook, Bancroft began a collection of regional writings. This was the beginning of his astounding book collection. Within a decade he had 16,000 volumes, encompassing in area not only California and the Pacific Coast as the central focus, but also British Columbia and Alaska to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the east, and Mexico and Central American to the south, and extending back in time from the native Indian cultures of all these regions and the subsequent era of Spanish control. As Bancroft continued to acquire materials, he also planned a vast publication project of a series of histories of western North American, in the end numbering 39 volumes. (biographic information courtesy of Wikipedia)

The World's Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World's Fair, was a World's Fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. Chicago bested New York City; Washington, D.C.; and St. Louis, Missouri, for the honor of hosting the fair. The fair had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism. The Chicago Columbian Exposition was, in large part, designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted. It was the prototype of what Burnham and his colleagues thought a city should be. It was designed to follow Beaux Arts principles of design, namely French Classical Architecture principles based on symmetry, balance and splendor. (historical description courtesy of Wikipedia)

The work contains illustrations throughout. The volumes show external age/wear, with library-issued boards. The boards show significant moisture and rubbing indications. The text blocks are solidly bound with age toned pages, with occasional moisture indications, primarily on the first and last twenty pages. The books measure approximately 12" x 15 1/2".
 
Lot 3239

$10
This lot includes the 36 copies of Charles C. P. Clark's The Commonwealth Reconstructed shown in the corresponding image(s). The books vary in condition, showing signs of age/wear which include sunned spines, fraying cloth and shelf wear, among other signs. This work was published in 1878 by A. S. Barnes and Company. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3240

$100
Title: History of Coös County, New Hampshire
Edited by: Georgia Drew Merrill
Publisher: W. A. Ferguson & Co.
Printing Year: 1888

Condition/Details: Bound in maroon cloth-covered boards with bright gilt lettering to the spine, and full gilt to the edge of the text block, this antique volume is a scarce illustrated county history of Coös County, New Hampshire. The work is illustrated with many engravings and maps, some of which fold out. The volume shows external age/wear with the front board and spine cover separated from the spine. The hinge has cracked between pages 490 and 491. The volume is bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" and contains 956 pages. This volume is from the library of a historical society and may bear corresponding indications such as bookplates, stamps and labels.
 
Lot 3241

$400
This lot includes the group of antique ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes a large assortment of antique, original bills and receipts from the estate of William Howland, from the late 19th century and early 20th century. These bills are handwritten, on original company letterhead for a variety of grocers, tobacco companies, shoe and clothing companies, seed companies and much more. Many of the companies in this group are from the Central New York Finger Lakes Region, including Ithaca and the surrounding cities. These items have been carefully stored, and show minimal age/wear, with creasing where they have been folded and some patina to the paper.

These bills are part of the Howland estate available throughout this auction. William Howland was a member of the New York State Assembly from Cayuga County's second district in 1883 and 1884. The Howland family arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in Cayuga County, with William's father running a successful country store, William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles, and his sister, Emily, active in women's suffrage and the abolitionist movement. The family also played an active role in the Quaker community of the region.

Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3242

$60
This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of its respective best-selling author. Authors represented in this lot include: Clive Cussler, Patricia Cornwell, Walter Mosley, Robert B. Parker, John Updike and Scott Turow. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3243

$50
This lot includes the group of author-signed children's books written by celebrities shown in the corresponding image(s). Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of its respective author. Celebrities represented in this lot include: Terrell Owens, Caroline Kennedy, Tina Louise, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Foreman, Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Romano and Carl Reiner. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3244

$110
This lot includes the group of books on Rhode Island town histories shown in the corresponding image(s). Towns represented in this lot include: Barrington, Narragansett, Block Island, Aquidneck, Bristol and Brenton's Neck. These volumes contain information on local churches, prominent citizens, cemeteries and other historical information. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. These volumes are from the library of a historical society and may include library bindings. The volumes may bear corresponding indications such as labels, stamps, bookplates, etc.
 
Lot 3245

$475
Title: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Publisher: James Munroe and Company
Printing Year: 1849

Condition/Details: Appearing in a modern library binding of blue cloth-covered boards, new endpapers, and with bright gilt lettering to the spine, this antique volume is a scarce first printing, first issue of Thoreau's first book. "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers was made up largely—probably almost entirely—from Thoreau's Journal from the period of his earliest journalizing in 1837 to the time of the completion of the manuscript, which was probably 1847" (Allen, p. 4).

"1,000 sets of sheets printed at the author’s expense. 550 were bound as needed. Published 26 May 1849 A Week did not sell well and on 28 October 1853 the 706 remaining copies (256 bound copies and 450 in sheets) were shipped back to Thoreau to spend the next nine years in his attic bedroom, with Thoreau occasionally selling copies or distributing them to friends. On 12 April 1862 Ticknor and Fields bought the remaining 145 bound copies and the 450 in sheets for 40¢ each. The 450 sets of sheets were bound with a new title page tipped in for a second issue" (Borst). "On the page proofs Thoreau asked the printer to increase the space between two paragraphs at the bottom of page 396. The printer omitted entirely the following three lines: ‘winter before any thought will subside; we are sensible that behind the rustling leaves, and the stacks of grain, the bare clusters of the grape, there is the field of a.' Thoreau sometimes wrote in the missing lines" (Borst).

"Thoreau writes: ‘I have now a library of nearly nine hundred volumes, over seven hundred of which I wrote myself. Is not well that the author should behold the fruits of his labor? There was just one piece of good luck in the venture. The unbound were tied up by the printer four years ago in stout wrappers, and inscribed,—H.D. Thoreau's Concord River 50 cops. So Munroe had only to cross out 'River' and write 'Mass.' and deliver them to the expressman at once. I can see now what I write for, the result of my labors I believe that this result is more inspiring and better for me than if a thousand had bought my wares’" (Allen, pp. 3-4). (Allen, BAL 20104, Borst).

The volumes includes the publisher's advertisement after page 413 which reads "Will soon be published, Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry D. Thoreau." The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The title pages bears a few light marks in pencil, a library stamp, and a few minor stains. The book measures approximately 5" x 8" and contains 413 pages. This volume bears a library label on its spine.
 
Lot 3246

$175
Title: The History of King Lear, A Tragedy
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: C. Hitch and L. Hawes
Printing Year: 1763

Condition/Details: This antique volume is a scarce, small version of William Shakespeare's King Lear, with alterations by Nahum Tate. Nahum Tate is best known today as the author of the most famous—and infamous—adaptation of a Shakespeare play, his version of King Lear. During his lifetime, he established himself as an all-around man of letters, producing a wide range of poetry and drama, most notably satirical poetry; translations of Ovid, Juvenal, and the Psalms of David; one of the earliest and most successful English farces; and the libretto for the greatest English opera of the seventeenth century. In 1692 he succeeded Thomas Shadwell as poet laureate, a position he held for twenty-two years.

After the failure of his original play, The Loyal General, Tate limited his playwriting activities to adaptations of Renaissance texts. New versions of earlier plays that no longer pleased audiences had been a regular feature of the theatre since it reopened with the Restoration. The success of Dryden's All for Love (1677) intensified interest in neglected plays by Shakespeare, and Tate was but one of the many playwrights to attempt to cash in on the vogue. In quick succession, he offered versions of Richard II, King Lear, and Coriolanus. Tate applied the same general approach to each play, removing ambiguities from plots, characters, and language, and borrowing roughly fifty percent of his lines from Shakespeare's text. Each play, however, received a wildly different response.

As Tate explains in his dedication to King Lear, “I found the whole to answer to your account of it, a heap of jewels unstrung and unpolished, yet so dazzling in their disorder that I soon perceived that I had seized a treasure”. The result of Tate's work was the now infamous happy ending: the marriage of Cordelia and Edgar and the regularizing of Shakespeare's language for the more refined taste of the late seventeenth century; his characters by providing clear motivations for their actions; and his plot by removing indecorous comedy (such as the fool).

Tate's Lear was remarkably successful, perhaps the most successful Shakespearean adaptation of all time. It held the stage for 150 years as audiences continued to prefer it to the original. It is so enmeshed in the performance history of Shakespeare's masterpiece that it has a permanent place in our understanding of the play anointed by late twentieth-century critics as the greatest in English. It is hardly surprising, then, that with the growth of Bardolatry in the late eighteenth century and the return to Shakespeare's text for performance in the nineteenth century that Tate's play became a special focus for resentment against writers who had the audacity to pretend to improve upon the Bard. “Tatification” was the Victorian coinage to describe their contemptible practice. (description courtesy of the Literary Encyclopedia)

The volume shows age/wear, and is lacking the original boards. The text block has been restored in paper wrappers and stored in a protective folding thick paper case. The text block is solidly bound with clean, age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 4" x 6 1/2" and contains 69 pages.
 
Lot 3247

$1000
This lot includes the autograph letter signed by former President Theodore Roosevelt shown in the corresponding image. This letter was written in 1883. The letter reads as follows:

55 West 45th St. New York
Nov. 10th '83
Hon. Wm Howland;
My dear Mr. Howland, I am very glad that we are again to be together this winter at Albany. I write you now to ask - if you are not yourself a candidate - for your support in my contest for the speakership; for, having been nominated by the Republicans when the fight was a losing one, I would now like to try for the nomination when it means something. Is it troubling you too much to ask you to answer me, at your convenience?
Most Sincerely Yours
Theodore Roosevelt

Written on the back of the paper is "The Roosevelt." This letter is one of several in this auction that Roosevelt wrote to Mr. Howland in his campaign to gain the Speakership of the New York State Assembly in 1882 and 1883. These letters come from the collection of William Howland, a member of the New York State Assembly from Cayuga County's second district in 1883 and 1884. The Howland family arrived in Central New York in the late 1790s and became an important influence in Cayuga County, with William's father running a successful country store, William serving as a representative in the government and as a judge, among other key roles, and his sister, Emily, active in women's suffrage and the abolitionist movement. The family also played an active role in the Quaker community of the region.

Before becoming President (1901–1909), Roosevelt held offices at the municipal, state and federal level of government. In 1881, one year out of Harvard, he was elected to the state legislature as its youngest member. Roosevelt remained in the assembly until, in 1884, his first wife, Alice Lee Roosevelt, and his mother died on the same day. The double tragedy caused Theodore to bury himself in his work and up to fourteen bills a day poured out of his State Assembly City Affairs Committee. Roosevelt spent much of the next two years on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. In 1898, the Spanish American War broke out and he led a small regiment in Cuba known as the Rough Riders, earning himself a nomination for the Medal of Honor (which was received posthumously on his behalf on January 16, 2001). After the war, he returned to New York and was elected governor in a close fought election. Within two years he was elected Vice President of the United States. In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated, and Roosevelt became president at the age of 42, taking office at the youngest age of any U.S. President in history. (history courtesy of Wikipedia and the White House website)

This handwritten letter is on cream-colored paper, with black ink. The letter is in near perfect condition and has been carefully stored. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
 
Lot 3248

$40
Title: Rhode Island Historical Tracts
Author: Various Authors
Publisher: Sidney S. Rider
Printing Year: 1877-1899
Number of Volumes: 19 volumes

Notes: Bound in half-leather with marbled paper-covered boards, these antique volume are from the Rhode Island Historical Tracts series. This lot includes numbers 1-7, 11-18 and 20 from "Series 1," and numbers 1, 2 and 4 from "Series 2." Each series included 20 volumes, with each volume being limited to 250 copies. The work features illustrations of prominent figures from Rhode Island's history. The volumes vary in condition, showing signs of external age/wear that includes: rubbing to the extremities of the boards and spines, detached boards and flaking leather. Some volume show more advanced wear than others, with some displaying very light external age/wear. Some volumes contain pages which are detached and present. The text blocks are bound with age-toned pages. The books measure approximately 6 1/2" x 8 1/4". These volumes are from the library of a historical society and bear corresponding indications.
 
Lot 3249

$45
This lot includes the group of ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes a large assortment of pamphlets - including some from Roycroft, poetry booklets from Gloucester High School, nature-related, religious, WWII pamphlets, and more. Also included in this lot is a silk-lined jewelry box containing an assortment of costume jewelry. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3250

$50
This lot includes the group of author-signed literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Authors in this lot include James B. Stewart, Gary Pomerantz, Neal Pollack, Dorothy Stevens, Dave Pelzer, and more. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3251

$80
Title: An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History
Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Printing Year: 2000

Condition/Details: Bound in gray paper-covered boards, this volume is complete with dust jacket and bears an original signature of former First Lady, and current Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton's signature appears on the second flyleaf in bold, black ink. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 10 3/4" x 10 1/2" and contains 311 pages.
 
Lot 3252

$25
This lot includes the group of author-signed non-fiction novels shown in the corresponding image(s). Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of its respective author. Authors represented in this lot include: Robert and Michael Meeropol, Andrew Young, Gary Stromberg, Jane Merrill, Robert S. Levinson, Joseph O'Neill, Jane Smiley, James Alan McPherson and Stephen Jay Gould. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3253

$70
Title: The Works of Shakspere: Imperial Edition
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Virtue and Yorston
Printing Year: c.1870s
Number of Volumes: 3 volumes

Notes: Bound in half-leather with marbled endpapers, full gilt to the edge of the text block, and with raised bands and gilt lettering to the spine, these antique volumes are a scarce collection of works by William Shakespeare. The work is illustrated with many steel engravings.

Parker Norris wrote in 1888, "Knight's editions have been great favorites with the public, and their number is truly surprising. As before stated, his text is a very pure one; and the reverence with which he regarded Shakespeare is a very agreeable contrast to the patronizing spirit displayed by many of the editors of the former century. His essays on the plays are charmingly written, and the disquisitions on the text, etc., are scholarly and able. Knight did much to make Shakespeare's works appreciated and understood by the great mass of the reading public, and deserves in perpetuity the praise facetiously bestowed on him by a contemporary who, when the editor was leaving the room, called out, 'Good Knight!'"

This lot includes volumes one and two of Histories, Tragedies and one volume of Tragedies, Poems, Etc. (spine label reads "Vol. III"). The volume of Tragedies, Poems, Etc. features an illustrated title page and begins on page 265. The volumes show external age/wear with rubbing to the surfaces, edges and corners of the boards. The boards display moisture marks. The leather of each volume displays some rubbing. The volumes are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages that display some foxing. The books measure approximately 11 1/2" x 15".
 
Lot 3254

$25
Title: The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf
Author: Richard S. Tufts
Publisher: Richard S. Tufts
Printing Year: 1961

Condition/Details: Bound in gray cloth-covered boards with bright gilt lettering along the spine and complete with dust jacket, this vintage volume is a scarce 1961 edition of Tufts' work on the rules of golf. Called "The Man Who Was Pinehurst," Tufts served as President of the United States Golf Association, Walker Cup captain and was "...such a staunch believer in amateurism that he wrote a creed on the subject" (courtesy of the World Golf Hall of Fame). The work is illustrated with a frontispiece photograph. The volume displays light external age/wear with light foxing to the dust jacket, boards and edges of the text block. The jacket displays light wear to its edges. The volume is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8" and contains 122 pages.
 
Lot 3255

$90
This lot includes the group of books related to the histories of towns in Vermont shown in the corresponding image(s). Towns represented in this lot include: Williamstown, Windsor, Essex, Whitingham, Dummerston, Coventry, Vergennes, Williston, Craftsbury, Fairfield and Weston. These volumes contain information on local citizens, historic locations and the general history of the towns. Several volumes are dedicated to local churches. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Advanced flaws may include broken spines, detached boards, detached signatures and chipped pages. These volumes are from the library of a historical society and may appear in library bindings. Additionally, the volumes may bear corresponding indications such as labels, stamps, bookplates, etc.
 
Lot 3256

$60
This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). This lot includes ten volumes of Robert B. Parker's High Profile. Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of Robert B. Parker, and is complete with dust jacket. This lot includes at least some first editions. Many of these volumes feature protective mylar wrappers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3257

$60
This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). Each volume in this lot bears an original signature of its respective best-selling author. Authors represented in this lot include: John Grisham, Walter Mosley, Scott Turow and Robert B. Parker. This lot includes at least some first editions. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3258

$55
Title: Illustrated History of Kennebec County, Maine, 1799-1892
Author: Various Authors
Publisher: H. W. Blake and Company
Printing Year: 1892
Number of Volumes: Complete 2-volume set

Notes: Bound in green cloth-covered boards with bright gilt lettering to the spines, and with full gilt to the edge of the text block, this antique set is a scarce illustrated history of Kennebec County, Maine. The work is illustrated with many engravings of prominent citizens and famous landmarks. The volumes show mild external age/wear with some fading of the boards. The volumes are bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages. The hinge has cracked between pages 852 and 863 of volume two, with the signature containing pages 853-862 being detached and present. The books measure approximately 8" x 11". These volumes are from the library of a historical society and bear corresponding indications.
 
Lot 3259

$20
This lot includes the group of automobile-related ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes a 1933 issue of Automobile Digest, a service manual for 1959-1960 Volkswagens, and pieces on the 1973 Ford Bronco, 1974 and 77 Nova, the 1976 Chevette, the 1976 and 77 Chevelle, the 1976 Corvette and the 19787 Vega. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3260

$70
This auction lot includes the following group of antique estate titles:

- Principles of Government; A Treatise on Free Institutions by Nathaniel Chipman - Dated 1833 by Edward Smith - Bound in leather boards. Author-inscribed on front free endpaper, signed "The Author." Tightly bound with external rubbing.
- The Illiad of Homer Translated by Alexander Pope - Dated 1825 by W. Borradails - Two-volume set of small books. The volumes show wear with rubbing, boards separating along the external gutter and a small portion of the spine cover lacking on volume two.
- The Dialogues of Plato by B. Jowett - Dated c1900 by Edinburgh Society - Includes three of the "Classical Edition" four volume set, including volumes one, two and three. Several of the boards are detached and the spine covers are no longer present.
- Isabella D'Este, Marchioness of Mantua by Julia Cartwright - Dated 1914 by E. P. Dutton and Company - Volume two only, shows some wear, with external moisture indications and sunning.
- Monday-Chats by C. A. Sainte-Beuve - Dated 1877 by S.C. Griggs and Company - Adhered label inside of the front board.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 3261

$20
This shelf lot includes the group of antique estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 3262

$80
This lot includes the group of books related to the histories of towns in Maine shown in the corresponding image(s). Towns represented in this lot include: East Machias, Farmington, Dennysville, Dresden, Falmouth, Elliot, Chesterville, Dexter, Berwick and Embden. These volumes contain information on local citizens, historic locations and the general history of the towns. Several volumes are dedicated to local churches. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Advanced flaws may include broken spines, loose boards, detached boards, detached signatures and chipped pages. These volumes are from the library of a historical society and may include library bindings. These volumes are from the library of a historical society and may include library bindings. The volumes may bear corresponding indications such as labels, stamps, bookplates, etc.
 
Lot 3263

$70
This lot includes the group of ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes an assortment of pamphlets, advertisements, booklets, excised newspaper/magazine pages, and much more. Several circus and traveling zoo pieces are included, as well as a wrestling magazine, Victorian lithographs and a page of antique rifles and pistols. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
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