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Lot 4366

$10

Details: Bing Crosby made a lot of records, and this collection of 78s from the Decca label features some of them. Six of his albums are also in this lot, but none of the albums is complete, and some of them are completely empty. Altogether, there are about 45 records.

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Condition / Notes: These records are in fair to very good condition. None are broken.

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Lot 4367

$20

Title: La Nouvelle Heloise ou Lettres de deux amants habitants d'une petite ville au pied des Alpes
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism of French expression. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought.

His novel "Emile ou De l'education" is a treatise on the education of the whole person for citizenship. His sentimental novel "Julie, ou la nouvelle Heloise" was of importance to the development of pre-romanticism and romanticism in fiction. Rousseau's autobiographical writings-his "Les Confessions," which initiated the modern autobiography, and his "Les Reveries du promeneur solitaire"-exemplified the late 18th-century movement known as the Age of Sensibility, featuring an increasing focus on subjectivity and introspection that has characterized the modern age. His "Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inegalite parmi les hommes" are cornerstones in modern political and social thought.

Rousseau was a successful composer of music. He wrote seven operas as well as music in other forms, and he made contributions to music as a theorist.

During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophes among members of the Jacobin Club. Rousseau, a Freemason, was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death.

Publisher: Bossange, Masson et al.
City: Paris
Year: 1808
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Complete: Yes
Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in quarter leather with paper-covered boards. Volumes show external wear, with considerable rubbing to covers. Minor loss of material can be seen at ends of spines, along edges and at corners. Books are solidly bound. Lightly age-toned pages display foxing. Illustrated with six plates, four of which serve as frontispieces.


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Lot 4368

$100

Details: This ephemera lot contains many items ready for framing, including 14 handsome fish plates, five botanical prints, an original, colored political cartoon from an 1896 newspaper, a print of an engraving showing the New York City draft riots of 1863, and a dramatic print of Niagara Falls.

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Condition / Notes:
As with all the 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. A few pieces are tattered or missing pages or sections.


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Lot 4369

$35

Title: The Seasons by James Thomson. A New Edition. Adorned with a Set of Engravings from Original Paintings. Together with an Original Life of the Author and a Critical Essay on the Seasons
Author: James Thomson - Thomson was a Scottish poet and playwright loosely associated with the Graveyard School poets, friend and supporter of William Collins and rather well-connected member of the early C18 London literati. Thomson's major work was the long poem "The Seasons" (1726-1730), hugely influential for a generation of poets and writers (including Ann Radcliffe, who, famously, never spelled his name correctly); his sensitive depictions of nature are sometime cited as an important influence on Romanticism. He is, however, only tangentially related to the Graveyard School, largely through his interest in creating strong emotional responses in his readers, including a few almost-gloomy moments in "Winter."

, Robert Heron
Publisher: R. Morison and Son, Booksellers
City: Perth
Year: 1793
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: lii/250 pages plus 39 pages of critical essay
Width: 7.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with raised bands and stamped gilt lettering to spine. Gilt decorative designs can be seen on spine and along borders of front and rear covers. Front board is detached. Covers show spotting. Volume has marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Pages display very occasional light foxing and faint smudging in margins. Illustrated with full-page plates.

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Lot 4370

$60

Book Details: Readers in the Victorian era must have enjoyed works of imaginative exploration, a taste which these decorative, gold-stamped novels would fill. The work of Jules Verne is featured four books: "Five Weeks in a Balloon," "The Desert of Ice," "Michael Strogoff," and "At the North Pole."

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.


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Lot 4371

$175

Title: The Challenge to Liberty
Author: Herbert Hoover - Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). Hoover, born to Quaker parents of German, Swiss, Canadian and Irish descent, was originally a professional mining engineer and author. He achieved American and international prominence in humanitarian relief efforts and served as head of the U.S. Food Administration before and during World War I. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted partnerships between government and business under the rubric "economic modernization". In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no elected-office experience. Hoover is the most recent cabinet secretary to be elected President of the United States, as well as one of only two Presidents (along with William Howard Taft) elected without electoral experience or high military rank. America was at the height of an economic bubble at the time, facilitating a landslide victory for Hoover over Democrat Al Smith.

Hoover, a globally experienced engineer, believed strongly in the Efficiency Movement, which held that the government and the economy were riddled with inefficiency and waste, and could be improved by experts who could identify the problems and solve them. He also believed in the importance of volunteerism and of the role of individuals in society and the economy. Hoover, who had made a small fortune in mining, was the first of two Presidents to redistribute their salary (President Kennedy was the other; he donated all his paychecks to charity). When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months after he took office, Hoover tried to combat the ensuing Great Depression with volunteer efforts, public works projects such as the Hoover Dam, tariffs such as the Smoot-Hawley Tariff, an increase in the top tax bracket from 25% to 63% and increases in corporate taxes. These initiatives did not produce economic recovery during his term, but served as the groundwork for various policies incorporated in Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. After 1933 he became a spokesman in opposition to the domestic and foreign policies of the New Deal. In 1947 President Harry S. Truman brought him back to help make the federal bureaucracy more efficient through the Hoover Commission. The consensus among historians is that Hoover's defeat in the 1932 election was caused primarily by his failure to end the downward economic spiral. Hoover is generally ranked no higher than average among US Presidents.





Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1934
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 212 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this work by Herbert Hoover. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "To Whiney Darrow / In appreciation of great / effort to spread (T)his gospel. Herbert Hoover." The "T" is in different ink and presumably a later emendation.


Antique volume is bound in blue cloth, with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows external wear, with darkening to spine and along edges of covers. Binding is firm. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings.

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Lot 4372

$225

Title: The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft
Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft - Hubert Howe Bancroft was an American historian and ethnologist who wrote and published works concerning the western United States, Texas, Mexico, Central America, British Columbia and Alaska.
Publisher: The History Company, Publishers
City: San Francisco
Year: 1886-1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 38 Complete: No
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce antique collection of the works of American historian and ethnologist Hubert Howe Bancroft. This set lacks volume 28 and volume 24 is a smaller modern facsimile bound in black cloth. All volumes are ex-library, with the customary markings and attachments.

Antique set is bound in blindstamped brown cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show mild external wear, with faint soiling to ends of text blocks. A number of these volumes have cracked hinges. Pages are clean. Illustrated with numerous maps, several of which are well-preserved fold-out maps. Final volume contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author.

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Lot 4373

$25

Book Details: "The Story of Aunt Becky's Army Life" is a Civil War memoir by Sarah A. Palmer. Published in 1867, it was an account of the author's service in hospitals for wounded soldiers. Out of print since 1868, it was a scarce book until it was privately reprinted in 1996. This lot contains ten new, hardcover copies of that reprint.

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good, intact condition. Please note that some covers show external spotting.


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Lot 4374

$225

Title: To Galapagos on the Ara, 1926, the Events of a Pleasure-Cruise to the Galapagos Islands and a Classification of a Few Rare Aquatic Findings, including Two Specimens of a New Species of Shark Never Caught Before and Here Described for the First Time
Author: William K. Vanderbilt
Publisher: Privately Printed
City: Unknown
Year: 1927
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xv/161 pages
Width: 10.5" Height: 13.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in green cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows light external wear. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and bright. Lavishly illustrated.

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Lot 4375

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the group of vintage & antique books on books and literary history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are two editions of "The Battle-Pieces of Herman Melville" (Thomas Yoseloff, 1963, in dust jacket/Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1960), edited by Hennig Cohen, and a limited edition of "The Longfellow Collectors' Hand-Book: A Bibliography of First Editions" (William Evarts Benjamin, 1885), signed and numbered by publisher.

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Condition / Notes: 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.

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Lot 4376

$80

Book Details: This lot includes the antique handmade booklet containing music notation and lyrics shown in the corresponding image(s). This small volume contains a hand-painted title page, Title reads as follows "Dieses Sing-Noten-Buchlein gehort Lydia Federmannin." The date January 28, 1814 appears in annotation below title. Text is in German.

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Condition / Notes: Booklet is string bound, in original wrappers, showing minor loss at upper right corner of front cover and very light soiling to covers. Previous owner's name can be seen written in small letters in upper right corner of front cover. This songbook measures approximately 6.75" x 4.25". Binding is sound. Pages display light foxing. Handwritten sentences in ink, as if from copybook, appear at blank pages at front and rear

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Lot 4377

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a first edition of W. Sears Nickerson's "Land Ho! - 1620: A Seaman's Story of the Mayflower. Her Construction, Her Navigation and Her First Landfall" (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931), "Our Sea Saga: The Wood Wind Ships" (Self Published, 1929), signed by author Edmund Ogden Sawyer, Jr., and "The Greek Merchant Marine, 1453-1850" (National Bank of Greece, 1972, in dust jacket & slipcase).

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Condition / Notes: 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.

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Lot 4378

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a first printing of "The Captain from Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull" (Northeastern U. P., 1986, in dust jacket) by Linda M. Maloney, and a two-volume edition of "Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882" (United States Naval Institute, 1967

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Condition / Notes: 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.


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Lot 4379

$55

Book Details: This lot includes the group of new books on nautical history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Marine Art & Antiques: Jack Tar - A Sailor's Life, 1750-1910" (Antique Collector's Club, 1999, in dust jacket), "Dominic Serres, R. A., 1719-1793: War Artist to the Navy" (Antique Collectors' Club, 2011), and "Fired by Manley Zeal: A Naval Fiasco of the American Revolution" (Peabody Museum of Salem, 1977)

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Condition / Notes: These books are as new.

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Lot 4380

$25

Title: Facsimile-Atlas to the Early History of Cartography with Reproductions of the Most Important Maps Printed in the XV and XVI Centuries
Author: A. E. Nordenskiold - Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiold was born in Helsingfors, Finland, and studies at the university of his native city. In 1857, following some differences in political opinions with the Russian authorities, he was forced to leave Finland; he became a Swedish citizen, and was appointed Professor and Curator of the minearological collection of the Swedish State Museum. His career as an explorer began with his taking part in four expeditions to Spitzbergen in the 1860's. In 1870 he explored the Greenland ice sheet, and in 1871 he wintered in Spitzbergen. The expedition hich has made the name of Nordenskiold famed in the annals of exploration was his circumnavigation of the Eurasian land-mass, in 1878 and 1879, during the course of which he made the first northeast passage from Europe to the Orient by way of the Arctic Ocean north of Siberia. During the course of this voyage he spent the winter of 1878/9 in his ship, the Vega, in the Arctic Ocean just west of Bering's Strait. On his return, he was created a baron by the King of Sweden. In 1883 he again explored the east coasts of Greenland. Throughout his career, Nordenskiold made it his practice to search the earlier literature thoroughly for information regarding earlier explorers and their maps, Arctic ice conditions, and other data which would help him in his travels. (from "Preface to Reprint Edition" (Kraus Reprint Corporation, 1961) by H. P. Kraus)
Translor: Clements R. Markham, Johan Adolf Ekelof
Publisher: Kraus Reprint Corporation
City: New York
Year: 1961
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 141 pages plus 51 map plates
Width: 14.25" Height: 20.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce facsimile reproduction of Baron Nordenskiold's "Facsimile-Atlas" (1889).

Folio is bound in blue cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Ex-library volume shows external wear, with light soiling to covers and printed paper library label at foot of spine. Stamped library names on edges of text block have been blacked out. Binding is tight. Stamped library name at bottom margin of title page has also been blotted out. Card pocket is attached to rear pastedown. Interior is otherwise clean and bright. Text is in double columns. Volume contains numerous textual illustrations and well-preserved double-page map plates.

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Lot 4381

$10

Details: Odds & ends of a large vintage record collection are the backbone of this lot, which contains eight incomplete albums, novelty recordings, and many vintage paper record sleeves, most with the names and sometimes obscure old record companies on them. A few 33-1/3 rpm recordings are present, including one of a Romanian madrigal choir, another of the Bates College Choral Solciety of 1954, and a Smith-Corona touch typing course. Unusual 78s include "The Legend of Our Lady of Fatima," a sound effects record and a self-hypnosis record, and an early recording of Mockingbird songs by Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology.

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Condition / Notes: These items are in generally good condition.

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Lot 4382

$20

Title: The Dark Lady of Doona
Author: William Hamilton Maxwell - William Hamilton Maxwell in Musselburgh, Scotland) was a Scots-Irish novelist.
He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He claimed to have entered the British Army and seen service in the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo, but this is generally believed to be untrue. Afterwards he took orders, but was deprived of his living for non-residence.
His novels, "O'Hara" (1825), and "Stories from Waterloo" (1834) started the school of rollicking military fiction, which culminated in the novels of Charles Lever. Maxwell also wrote a "Life of the Duke of Wellington" (1839-1841), and a "History of the Irish Rebellion of 1798" (1845).

Publisher: Wallis & Newell, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1835
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 124 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in marbled paper-covered boards, with paper title labels to spine and front cover. Book shows light external wear. Binding is tight. Volume has new endpapers. Foxing appears throughout.

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Lot 4383

$15

Title: Photo Etching for Modellers
Author: Azien Watkin, Brian King
Publisher: Pier Books/Dupont Communications
City: Piermont, New York
Year: 2002
Binding Style: Softcover
Pagination: 64 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 11.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Volumes are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated.

Please note that this lot contains 80 copies of THE SAME TITLE.

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Lot 4384

$30

Book Details: This collection of literary history contains several sets: three volumes of "The Letters of Theodore Dreiser," and two volumes each on Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. Rounding out the lot are "Dickens' Working Notes for His Novels," and a bibliography, "Fine Bird Books 1700-1900" by Sacheverell Sitwell.

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Condition / Notes:
These books are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.


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Lot 4385

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are 41 copies of Charles G. Davis' "The Ship Model Builder's Assistant" (Edward W. Sweetman Company, 1970, with re-labeled spines) and 4 copies of "Making Model Ships' Fittings" (Model & Allied Publications, 1981).

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Condition / Notes: Books are in excellent condition.

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Lot 4386

$35

Title: The Yew-Trees of Great Britain and Ireland
Author: John Lowe
Publisher: Macmillan and Co., Limited
City: London
Year: 1897
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiv/270 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped dark green cloth, with bright stamped gilt lettering to spine and pictorial design representing yew tree on front cover. Book shows mild external wear, with minor loss at head of spine and light soiling to covers. Binding is firm. Previous owner's name and annotations in ink appear on front flyleaf. A small number of pages have pencil marginalia and underlining. Marginal foxing can be seen on a few pages. Volume contains photographic plates and in-text illustrations.

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Lot 4387

$35

Title: Slouching towards Kalamazoo
Author: Peter De Vries - Peter De Vries was an American editor and novelist known for his satiric wit. He has been described by the philosopher Daniel Dennett as "probably the funniest writer on religion ever".

He joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine at the insistence of James Thurber and worked there from 1944 to 1987, writing stories and touching up cartoon captions. A prolific writer, De Vries wrote short stories, reviews, poetry, essays, a play, novellas, and twenty-three novels. Films made from De Vries's novels include "The Tunnel of Love" (1958), which also was a successful Broadway play; "How Do I Love Thee?" (1970, based on "Let Me Count the Ways"); "Pete 'n' Tillie" (1972, based on "Witch's Milk"); and "Reuben, Reuben" (1970), which also inspired a Broadway play, "Spofford." Although he enjoyed success for five decades, all his novels were out of print by the time of his death.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1983
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 241 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this novel. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "Happy Birthday / to Janet / from / Peter De Vries / July 16, 1983."

Volume is bound in quarter black cloth, with blue paper-covered boards and bright gilt lettering to spine. Book shows light shelfwear. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and bright.

Price-clipped dust jacket is in excellent condition. Jacket is preserved in mylar.


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Lot 4388

$45

Details: This lot includes the group of antique New York state newspapers shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the issues in this collection are two from the time of the American Civil War, the New York Observer from June 18, 1863 and from October 27, 1864. The former contains a report from Calaveras County, California, on the giant sequoia trees, the latter issue offers a front-page report from the camp of the 84th Regiment of the National Guard of the State of New York. Other newspapers are a New York Observer from February 11, 1858, and a New York Tribune from December 27, 1859. The Tribune issue presents on its front page a lengthy contribution by American Transcendentalist and abolitionist Theodore Parker on John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry of the previous October.

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Condition / Notes: Newspapers show varying degrees of wear. The oldest issue, from February 11, 1858, displays heavy staining and small and/or closed tears, with minor loss of text. The October 1864 issue has vertical creasing and faint staining to front page, affecting small portions of one column in upper half. June 1863 newspaper has small tears along top edge and down one column at center of front page., with minor loss of text. New York Tribune issue has small tear at left side, with very minor loss of text. .

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Lot 4389

$45

Title: The Mackerel Plaza
Author: Peter De Vries - Peter De Vries was an American editor and novelist known for his satiric wit. He has been described by the philosopher Daniel Dennett as "probably the funniest writer on religion ever".

He joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine at the insistence of James Thurber and worked there from 1944 to 1987, writing stories and touching up cartoon captions. A prolific writer, De Vries wrote short stories, reviews, poetry, essays, a play, novellas, and twenty-three novels. Films made from De Vries's novels include "The Tunnel of Love" (1958), which also was a successful Broadway play; "How Do I Love Thee?" (1970, based on "Let Me Count the Ways"); "Pete 'n' Tillie" (1972, based on "Witch's Milk"); and "Reuben, Reuben" (1970), which also inspired a Broadway play, "Spofford." Although he enjoyed success for five decades, all his novels were out of print by the time of his death.
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
City: New York
Year: 1958
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 260 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this work. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "To the Darrows / with the blessings / of the Rev. De Vries / Peter."

Antique volume is bound in blue cloth, with stamped dark blue lettering to spine and pictorial design to front cover. Book shows darkening to spine. Binding is tight. Endpapers display light foxing and/or offsetting. Interior is otherwise clean and without markings.

Dust jacket shows wear, with small tear at upper right corner of rear panel and light foxing to rear panel and flaps. Jacket is preserved in mylar.

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Lot 4390

$25

Details: These antique instructional booklets on automotive and vehicular electrical wiring were published by the American Bureau of Engineering of Chicago in 1915-16. They range from the general to the specific, with diagrams for name brands like Westinghouse, Autolite, Bosch, Allis-Chalmers, and Delco, and other companies now obscure. There are 31 booklets in all.

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Condition / Notes: 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. They are, however, very dusty.

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Lot 4391

$35

Title: Naval Prints from the Beverley R. Robinson Collection, Volume I, 1514-1791
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Sigrid Trumpy
Publisher: Beverley R. Robinson Collection, United States Naval Academy Museum
City: Annapolis
Year: 1991
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 419 pages
Width: 11.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Book, dust jacket and slipcase are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated.

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Lot 4392

$45

Title: Embarrassments
Author: Henry James - Henry James was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

James alternated between America and Europe for the first 20 years of his life, after which he settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.

James contributed significantly to literary criticism, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in presenting their view of the world. James claimed that a text must first and foremost be realistic and contain a representation of life that is recognisable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are, most importantly, interesting. The concept of a good or bad novel is judged solely upon whether the author is good or bad. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel, biography, autobiography, and criticism, and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.
Publisher: The Macmillan Company
City: New York
Year: 1896
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 320 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in red cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is firm. Previous owner's signature and date of 1896 appear on front flyleaf. Pages are clean and without markings.

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Lot 4393

$200

Book Details: This collection of hardcover Oz books includes four by L. Frank Baum, and five by Ruth Plumly Thompson, who continued the series after Baum's death. These books are illustrated in black & white by John Neill. Titles are as follows:

The Wizard of Oz
the Tin Woodman of Oz
The Royal Book of Oz
The Lost Princes of Oz
Pirates in Oz
The Yellow Knight of Oz
Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz
The Hidden Valley of Oz
Handy Mandy in Oz

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.


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