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Lot 5001


Book Details: This lot is comprised of three volumes with fancy leather bindings from the Easton Press, as shown in the corresponding images. Each volume features elaborate gilt designs and moiré-cloth endpages. Titles found in this group are from the “100 Greatest Books Ever Written” and include:

The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot. With an Introduction by David Daiches and illustrated with paintings by Wray Manning, 1980.

The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper. Illustrations by Edward A. Wilson, 1979.

She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night, by Oliver Goldsmith. Illustrated and Decorated by T.M. Cleland. Introduction by Louis Kronenberger, 1978.
Condition / Notes: These beautifully bound volumes show very well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including very mild shelfwear. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 5002


Title: British Botanical and Horticultural Literature Before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography of Botanical and Horticultural Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the Earliest Times Until 1800
Author: Blanche Henrey - Blanche Elizabeth Edith Henrey was an English botanical writer and bibliographer, described in her Times obituary as "one of the most eminent among botanical bibliographers".
Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: London
Year: 1975
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 7.5" Height: 11"
Book Details: This complete three-volume set presented in a slipcase is bound in black cloth with gilt spine lettering. All three volumes feature an illustrated frontispiece, with volumes I and II enriched with numerous additional illustrations, both in black and white and color. Titles for each volume are as follows:

Volume I: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, History and Bibliography
Volume II: The Eighteenth Century, History
Volume III: The Eighteenth Century, Bibliography

Condition / Notes: This handsome set shows very well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and soiling to the boards. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. The slipcase shows some sign of wear, including rubbing and small tears.
Lot 5003


Title: A Spectrum of Fantasy: The Bibliography and Biography of a Collection of Fantastic Literature
Author: George Locke - George Locke is a British writer, one-time pharmacist, antiquarian bookseller and bibliographer.
Publisher: Ferret Fantasy Ltd.
City: London
Year: 1980
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 246 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 12"
Book Details: This scarce first and limited edition volume is bound in black cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and front board. The original yellow dust jacket with black lettering is present. A prospectus for this title is laid in. From the Notes: “This book is a discursive description of the author’s collection of science fiction and fantasy. It includes book and pamphlets, periodicals and a small number of manuscripts, typescripts and copies of television scripts. Although the vast majority of titles are fantasy or science fiction, a very small number of non-fantasy works of fiction are also included.” This title is the first in a sequence of annotated bibliographies of Locke’s own collection that constitutes Locke's central accomplishment in the field.
Condition / Notes: This title shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including very mild shelfwear. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 5004


Title: A Catalogue of Foreign Watermarks Found on Paper Used in America 1700-1835
Author: George Miller, Thomas L. Gravell
Publisher: Garland Publishing, Inc.
City: New York & London
Year: 1983
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 286 pages
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This very scarce title is bound in green cloth with gilt spine lettering. Reproductions of watermarks and biographical and bibliographical information about the papermakers appear in this volume. “This catalogue is intended as a companion volume to our “Catalogue of American Watermarks, 1690-1835”. Together, with the addition of future supplements, they attempt to identify the watermarks found on paper used in America during the period from 1690 to 1835, the handmade paper era. The first mill in the colonies, owned by William and Nicholas Rittenhouse in Germantown, Pennsylvania, began operations in 1690. By the mid-1830’s, handmade paper was essentially replaced by machinemade paper. Despite the early beginnings of the papermaking industry in this country, it was not until 1775 that American-made paper of fine quality began to be widely produced and used. Indeed, until 1775, just about all of the fine writing paper used in this country was imported from England, France, Holland, Italy, and, to a much less extent, Spain.” (From the Introduction)
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including very light shelfwear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. There is light foxing on the endpapers and text block edges.
Lot 5005


Details: This is an extremely rare antique first issue of the 1891 flash press Wall Street Farmer concerning the control of wealth by the "bears and wolves" of commerce.

This volume 1, number 1, printed while there were still farm fields on Manhattan Island, was a socialist response by farmers to Wall Street speculations. "The speculators are running agriculture in the interest of commerce, governed only by an insatiate greed for money."

We could find no other copies or issues of this publication.

Condition / Notes: This extremely rare antique flash press news paper shows well with indications of age/wear concentrated at the extremities including tearing and chipping. The text is clear and bright and the pages exhibit mild age toning throughout.
Lot 5006


Title: Ting-Ling and Mee-Too
Author: E. Keto
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1937
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 6.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This vintage volume is bound in illustrated paper-covered boards, and adorned with pictorial endpapers. The story is lavishly illustrated in bright color by the author. A picture book, this tale tells the story of two little Chinese boys who change places but are soon both glad to change back and be home again!
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is in very nice condition, with some shelfwear and rubbing to the exterior. The binding and text block are sound. Text and bright illustrations are clear and crisp on clean, unmarked pages.
Lot 5007


Title: Montgomery's Christmas Annual 1954: A Study in Pictures
Author: James Montgomery
Publisher: International Printing Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1954
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 64 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This very scarce 1954 issue is presented in a custom case made of red cloth-covered boards with gray paper lining. A limited edition of 300 copies, this Christmas Annual is a Sherlock Holmes/Arthur Conan Doyle-themed issue, described on the title page as “Being a “Trifling Monograph” on the Iconography of Sherlock Holmes. Containing also two reference Tables and an Index, as well as thirty-two Illustrations from the Canon”. A Christmas card with a Sherlock Holmes theme, signed by Montgomery, is laid in.
Condition / Notes: This vintage issue is in remarkable condition, exhibiting only mild age toning and wear to the covers. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. The slipcase shows mild shelfwear.
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