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Lot 2001

$175

Title: The Apples of New York
Author: S. A. Beach - Spencer A. Beach was undoubtedly one of the most well known and far seeing professional horticulturists of the early 20th Century.

In 1891 he became horticulturist at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva where for 14 years he was known as an outstanding pomologist and an individual with a broad educational viewpoint. His knowledge of apples, grapes and bush fruits was extensive and he published the classical apple cultivar publication "Apples of New York" in 2 volumes (1905). He initiated also the breeding program which has continued in New York up to the present.

In 1905 Professor Beach became Vice-Dean and head of the Department of Horticulture and Forestry at Iowa State College. The work in forestry at Ames owed its introduction and establishment to Professor Beach. He took a very active part in college administration and in work of the various departments. He particularly encouraged initiation of more intensive studies of genetics. He developed an extensive apple breeding program at Ames.

Professor Beach was possibly the leading figure in the initiation of the foundation of what is now the American Society for Horticultural Science. He was also a member of the Horticultural Society of London, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science as well as the Iowa and Midwest Horticulturist Societies.

Publisher: J. B. Lyon Company
City: Albany
Year: 1905
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: A scarce first edition of the classic work of pomology. This set is part of a larger series commissioned by the New York Agricultural Department, still valued today for their detailed descriptions and images.
Condition / Notes: Antique volumes are bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and decorative designs to spines and front covers. Books show moderate external wear/age, with first volume showing markings at head of spine and to rear cover. Books are solidly bound, with patterned endpapers. Volume I has light foxing to preliminary pages. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated with b&w and bright color plates.
 
Lot 2002

$550

Title: The Model Painter
Artist: Pablo Picasso
Medium: Lithograph
Features: Signed In Plate
Width: 24.0" Height: 19.75"
Art Details:
Condition / Notes: Lithograph is preserved under glass in gilt-edged matting within gilt wooden frame. Back side is covered with laminated compressed foam. Sides possess movable metal latches from which to hang work.
 
Lot 2003

$30

Details: This lot includes the antique document shown in the corresponding image. This is a petition to have a sunken ship removed from port entrance. It is signed by 30 ship captains.

Text reads as follows:

To the Hon. Secy of the Treasury / Washington D. C. / Honored Sir / We the undersigned respectfully petition to have removed or caused to be removed the wrek of the steamship (illegible name) and her cargo so as to form no obstruction to navigation. Said vessel stranded on the north bar of (illegible word) shoals have since made in leaving the wreck an extremely dangerous position, vellels can go between the wrek and the shoals. Velel lies in about 3 1/2 fathoms of water 1 1/2 mile to 2 miles from (illegible word) beach. Stern and stern post shows at low tide.
Condition / Notes: Presumably written on page from ledger. Tears at edges, with some light soiling. Measures approximately 8" x 12.5" folded.
 
Lot 2004

$650

Title: Child of God
Author: Cormac McCarthy - Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and modernist genres. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for "The Road." His 2005 novel "No Country for Old Men" was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He received a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1992 novel, "All the Pretty Horses." "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Road" were also made into major motion pictures.

"Blood Meridian" (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, alongside Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth, and called "Blood Meridian" "the greatest single book since Faulkner’s "As I Lay Dying"." In 2010 The Times ranked "The Road" first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner. McCarthy has been increasingly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Publisher: Random House
City: New York
Year: 1973
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 197 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Cormac McCarthy's third novel. Though the novel received critical praise, it was not a financial success. Like its predecessor, "Outer Dark," "Child of God" established McCarthy's interest in using extreme isolation, perversity, and violence to represent normal human experience. McCarthy ignores literary conventions - for example, he does not use quotation marks - and chops and changes among several styles of writing such as matter-of-fact descriptions, almost poetic prose, and colloquial first-person narration (with the speaker remaining unidentified).

Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce stated first edition of this the third novel from the critically acclaimed and highly regarded author. Top edges of volume show faint discoloration, book is otherwise in excellent condition. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and fresh. Dust jacket featuring a full rear panel photo of a young McCarthy is well preserved, without any clipping or markings.
 
Lot 2005

$25

Details: This lot features the following group of antique issues the Columbian Centinel, printed in Boston and dating from the early nineteenth century. There are 12 number of issues, with the earliest dated 1794 and subsequent issues with a date range of 1801 to 1825.
Condition / Notes: Most of the newspapers are intact and whole, some issues show signs of age/wear including chipping, small tears, foxing, etc. A few issues have reinforced seam folds.
 
Lot 2006

$70

Details: This lot includes the antique oak drop-down secretary desk shown in the corresponding images. This handsome piece of furniture has carved oak appointments, and retains its original hardware. This desk includes a key for a working lock, and has four fixed shelves and pigeon holes inside. This piece measures approximately 57" tall, 30.5" wide, and 11.5" deep at the widest point. This item is available for pick up only at our gallery in Ithaca, New York. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: This piece of furniture is generally in good condition, with some age/wear such as surface scratches, as well as a few faint moisture rings.
 
Lot 2007

$90

Title: Muggins Mouse
Author: Marjorie Barrows
Publisher: Whitman Publishing Co.
City: Racine, Wisconsin
Year: 1932
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 60 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 13"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in cloth-backed pictorial boards. Front cover has lightly bumped lower outside corner. Book otherwise shows only light shelfwear, and is tightly bound, with pictorial endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked, with b&w and bright color illustrations by Keith Ward. Dust jacket is intact, with small (closed) tears along top and bottom edges.
 
Lot 2008

$140

Title: Iliff's Imperial Atlas of the World: Geographical, Historical, Political, Astronomical, Statistical, Educational, Agricultural, Commercial and Descriptive. Compiled from the Latest Sources, Showing the Entire Railroad System in Detail, Post Routes, Historical and Geographical Description of Each State and Territory and of Every Country of the World, with Correct, Plain and Beautiful Maps, Showing All Railroad Stations, Post Offices, etc., etc. etc. Also a Complete Indexed List of Towns and Counties, with Their Population, according to the 1890 Official Census
Author: John Iliff
Publisher: John W. Iliff & Co.
City: Chicago
Year: 1892
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 356 pages
Width: 12" Height: 15"
Book Details: This is the Eleventh Census Edition.
Condition / Notes: Antique elephant folio is bound in maroon cloth with stamped gilt and black lettering and decorative design showing a crowned globe with regal appendages. Book shows tearing/fraying at edges, loss of material at ends of spine (with one small tear near mid-section), and light soiling to rear board. Hinges are cracked. Text block is intact. Pages show occasional finger smudging to margins, otherwise interior is clean and unmarked, illustrated with bright color maps and many in-text illustrations.
 
Lot 2009

$60
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Tattooed Muse by Kent Harrington - Dated 2001 by Dennis McMillan Publications - Signed Edition - This is a scarce first edition of this novel, signed by the author, the illustrator Scott Musgrove and publisher Dennis McMillan. Author's signature and inscription reading "The muse / be with / you" appear on title page, together with the date 12/15/01. Illustrator and publisher's signatures appear on copyright page. Volume and dust jacket are in excellent condition.
- Dark Ride by Kent A. Harrington - Dated 1996 by St. Martin's Press - Signed Edition - This is a scarce author-signed first printing of his debut novel. Book and dust jacket are in excellent condition.
- Red Jungle: A Novel by Kent Harrington - Dated 2004 by Dennis McMillan Publications - Signed Edition - This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this novel. The author has written "Remember Guatemala!" on the page opposite the signed title page. Volume and dust jacket are in excellent condition.
- The American Boys by Kent Harrington - Dated 2000 by Dennis McMillan Publications - Signed Edition - This is a scarce limited first edition of this novel, numbered and signed by the author on the limitation page. This is number 44 of 150. Volume, dust jacket and slipcase are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 2010

$10

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the large group of first edition modern literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Many of these volumes include a dust jacket. 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.
Condition / Notes: These volumes are generally in excellent condition, with only light shelf wear. Many of these volumes include a dust jacket.
 
Lot 2011

$90

Details: This lot features the following group of 21 vintage Fortune magazine issues These magazines are dated July-September 1946; July, November 1947; February-June 1952, September 1952; May 1953; April 1954 (2 copies), July 1954 (2 copies) - November 1954; November 1957.

Condition / Notes: These magazines show very nicely with beautiful color front and rear covers. Most of the magazines are intact and whole, some issues may show signs of age/wear including chipping, loose covers, etc.
 
Lot 2012

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books on the Adirondacks and upstate New York shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Adirondack Bibliography Supplement, 1956-1965," and "Holiday Tales: Christmas in the Adirondacks." To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

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.
 
Lot 2013

$275

Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P. L. Travers - Pamela Lyndon Travers OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff) was an Australian novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical nanny Mary Poppins. Her popular books have been adapted many times, including the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and the Broadway musical originally produced in London's West End.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1962
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 206 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed edition of this title. Bound in light brown cloth with black lettering and pictorial design representing title character. Book is in excellent condition. Pictorial endpapers and illustrations by Mary Shepard. Dust jacket shows light shelfwear, with faint water markings to spine.
 
Lot 2014

$20

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique greeting cards shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes holiday and birthday greetings, as well as some which are chromolithographs, or display other handsome design elements. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
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.
 
Lot 2015

$300

Details: This lot includes the group of antique original correspondence shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes bill heads, and stamped envelopes with postal cancels, among other items. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
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.
 
Lot 2016

$40

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique poetry books with chromolithographic illustrations shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Rosemary from Shakespeare" and "Flowers from Dickens." To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

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.
 
Lot 2017

$40

Title: Done in the Open
Author: Owen Wister
Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1904
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 11.5" Height: 16.5"
Book Details: B&W drawings by Frederic Remington with introduction and verses by Owen Wister and others. One double-page color illustration entitled "Caught in the Circle: The Last Stand of Three Troopers and a Scout Overtaken by a Band of Hostile Indians."
Condition / Notes: Elephant folio bound in quarter cloth with paper-covered boards, with color illustration to front board. Book shows shelfwear and water markings. Volume is disbound. Front flyleaf shows chipping along fore edge. Text block is intact. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with full- and double-page plates showing Western themes.
 
Lot 2018

$70

Details: This lot features the following group of antique issues of the Gazette of the United States, and Philadelphia Daily Advertiser dating from between 1795 and 1799. There are 5 issues.
Condition / Notes: These remarkably well-preserved newspapers are intact and whole, with minor signs of age/wear.
 
Lot 2019

$45

Title: Arlington Staten Island
Artist: E. Loeffler
Medium: Painting - watercolor
Features: Signed In Plate
Width: 19.0" Height: 15.5"
Art Details:
Condition / Notes: Watercolor laid on matting encased in elaborately decorated gilt frame. Author's clearly legible signature appears in lower right-hand corner. Caption identifying location of scene is written in at bottom margin of image. Numerals appear on lower right-hand margin of matting.
 
Lot 2020

$25

Title: H2SO4
Artist: M. Burke
Medium: Engraving
Features: Signature
Width: 15.0" Height: 12.25"
Condition / Notes: Well-preserved original engraving in clean and bright white matting with dent wire stencil on left-hand side. The following notations appear under bottom edge of engraving, reading from left to right, ending with the artist's name: 4-12 (2nd state), H2SO4 M. Burke 1985
 
Lot 2021

$40

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are "Coffee and Repartee," The Monastery," and "Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 2022

$60

Title: Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Author: Margaret Fuller Ossoli - Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli, commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement. She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book "Woman in the Nineteenth Century" is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was given a substantial early education by her father, Timothy Fuller. She later had more formal schooling and became a teacher before, in 1839, she began overseeing what she called "conversations": discussions among women meant to compensate for their lack of access to higher education. She became the first editor of the transcendentalist journal The Dial in 1840, before joining the staff of the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley in 1844. By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female, and became the first woman allowed to use the library at Harvard College. Her seminal work, "Woman in the Nineteenth Century," was published in 1845. A year later, she was sent to Europe for the Tribune as its first female correspondent. She soon became involved with the revolution in Italy and allied herself with Giuseppe Mazzini. She had a relationship with Giovanni Ossoli, with whom she had a child. All three members of the family died in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, as they were traveling to the United States in 1850. Fuller's body was never recovered.

Fuller was an advocate of women's rights and, in particular, women's education and the right to employment. She also encouraged many other reforms in society, including prison reform and the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Many other advocates for women's rights and feminism, including Susan B. Anthony, cite Fuller as a source of inspiration. Many of her contemporaries, however, were not supportive, including her former friend Harriet Martineau. She said that Fuller was a talker rather than an activist. Shortly after Fuller's death, her importance faded; the editors who prepared her letters to be published, believing her fame would be short-lived, were not concerned about accuracy and censored or altered much of her work before publication.

Publisher: Phillips, Sampson and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1852
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: These "memoirs" posthumously were published in February 1852 and edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Freeman Clarke, and William Henry Channing, though much of the work was censored or reworded. The three editors, believing the public interest in Fuller would be short-lived and that she would not survive as a historical figure, were not concerned about accuracy. Even so, for a time, it was the best-selling biography of the decade and went through 13 editions before the end of the century.
Condition / Notes: Antique volumes are bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spines. Soundly bound books show mild external wear, with minor loss of material at ends of spines and outside corners. Interiors are clean and unmarked.
 
Lot 2023

$50

Details: This lot includes the group of antique cabinet cards shown in the corresponding image(s). These photographs depict individual portraits, as well as groups of people. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
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.
 
Lot 2024

$15

Title: Structure Condition Report: Barge Canal - Western Section, Fairport to Lockport
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Materials Bureau, New York Department of Transportation
City: Albany
Year: 1977
Binding Style: Spiral Binding
Pagination: 416 pages
Width: 17.75" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: Report details the condition of the concrete in structures from the subject canal area and is intended to be used in conjunction with reports from other involved Bureaus and Subdivisions in evaluating overall canal condition. Contains historical data.
Condition / Notes: Oblong volume is bound in original wrappers. Book shows light soiling to covers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos, diagrams and maps.
 
Lot 2025

$45

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of New York state 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.
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.
 
Lot 2026

$30

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique photographs shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes stereoview cards, portraits, and photographs depicting children, families, landscapes, and nature, among other themes. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
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.
 
Lot 2027

$50

Details: This lot includes the group of chromolithographs shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes advertisements, holiday and birthday greetings, as well as pieces which portray children and nature, among others. There are approximately 125 individual pieces included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These pieces generally show well, with vivid color, and may show some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2028

$800

Title: The Naked and the Dead
Author: Norman Mailer - Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, John McPhee, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which superimposes the style and devices of literary fiction onto fact-based journalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with John Wilcock, Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.

Publisher: Rinehart and Company, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1948
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 721 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: "The Naked and the Dead" was based on his experiences with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) in World War II. It was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1958. A New York Times best seller for 62 weeks, it was hailed by many as one of the best American wartime novels. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked "The Naked and the Dead" 51st on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this seminal work with an inscription by its author on half title page. Inscription reads "To Harold P. Merry / with apologies - after / all, a first edition / should not have to / wait. / Cheers / Norman Mailer / Sept. '94."

Lower half of spine cover of volume is detached at front gutter and shows edgewear. Binding is cracking at title page. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and unmarked.

This is a first issue, with publisher's seal and copyright date of 1948 on title page verso. Intact dust jacket includes critical blurbs on the flaps and a photo of a very young Mailer on the back panel.
 
Lot 2029

$55

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique adventure books shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are "The Bush-Boys," "Plane and Plank," and "Life of George Washington," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Some volumes show more advanced external wear including some moisture indications and rubbing to boards.
 
Lot 2030

$90

Details: French-language legal document dated May 21, 1767, apparently relating to the delimitation of property belonging to Clement Charles Francois de Laverdy (or L'Averdy, 1723-1783), marquis de Gambais, finance minister (controleur general des finances) to Louis XV from 1763-1768. In 1765, L'Averdy acquired the chateau de Neuville in Gambais (today a commune in the Yvelines department in the Ile-de-France region in north central France).

This string-bound document has the words "Proces Verbal de Reconnaissance" at the top margin of first page, written in large letters, immediately connecting to the body of the text which continues "des Limites de La (word partially obscured by stamp) de Gambais, apartenant a Monsieur DeLaverdy, Ministre d'Etat, Con. Gen. des finances, avec..." (remaining words of paragraph are difficult to make out). An official stamp bearing the words "Gen. de Paris Extraordinaire" appears over title. The date "21 Mai 1767" can be seen in upper left-hand corner. Underneath date are the words "quinzieme lotte trente une" followed by "15 lotte 31" and and a signature. The names of Nicolas Francois Ponchon, "avocat en Parlement," and of others appear of first page of text. Text itself is divided into 116 numbered sections. Most of these subdivisions begin with the formula "A (number) perches (number) pieds de distance de..."

Document is made up of 20 leaves and 36 pages of handwritten text. Same stamp at top of first page appears at the top of the recto of every page. Lower left-hand corners show water stain; bottom edge shows minor chipping. Document measures approximately 8.75" x 13.25"

Laverdy was a member of the parliament of Paris when the case against the Jesuits came before that body in August 1761. He demanded the suppression of the order and thus acquired popularity.

King Louis XV named him Controller-General of Finances in December 1763, but the tasks at hand seemed to surpass Laverdy's financial abilities. Three months after his nomination, he forbade the publishing of any material concerning his administration, thus refusing both advice and criticism.

Laverdy used all means, sometimes illicit ones, to replenish the treasury, and was even accused of having himself profited from the commerce in wheat. A court intrigue led to his sudden dismissal on 1 October 1768. From that moment on, he lived in retirement until, during the French Revolution, he was involved in the charges against the financiers of the Ancien Régime. The Revolutionary Tribunal sentenced him to death, and he was guillotined in 1793.
 
Lot 2031

$200

Details: This lot includes the antique board game shown in the corresponding image(s). This game, titled "Game of Uncle Sam's Mail", was produced by McLouglin Bros. in 1893. The game is in its original chromolithograph box, and contains a playing board, cards, and wooden pawns. The playing board depicts a colorful map of the United States. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: The game is in generally good condition, with some age/wear indications. The playing board and game box show some rubbing to edges, with some light moisture indications. The box lid shows some loss at corners.
 
Lot 2032

$100

Details: This lot includes the antique pendulum clock shown in the corresponding image(s). This clock is in an auburn-hued wooden Victorian case with scalloped details. It measures approximately 42" tall, 14" wide and 6" deep. This lot includes the pendulum, keys, and antique W. E. Nye clock oil. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. This item is available for pick up only at our gallery in Ithaca, New York.
Condition / Notes: This clock shows some age/wear such as some loss to decorative wood frame of the clock face, and some surface scratches. The minute hand is detached but present.
 
Lot 2033

$10

Book Details: This lot includes the group of horticulture books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Both the sets in this lot are well preserved volumes in similar dust jackets. Books are profusely illustrated with bright color pictures and drawings.
 
Lot 2034

$15

Title: Experience of German Methodist Preachers. Collected and Arranged by Rev. Adam Miller, M. D. with an Introduction by Charles Elliott, D.D., and a Preliminary Discourse by L. L. Hamline, D.D.
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Adam Miller, D. W. Clark
Publisher: Methodist Book Concern
City: Cincinnati
Year: 1859
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 430 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique book bound in blindstamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Book shows moderate external wear. Book is solidly bound, Previous owner's name and stamp appear on front endpaper, together with pencil and crayon markings. Numbers in pencil can be seen on rear endpaper. Previous owner's stamp is also visible at top of title page. Lightly age-toned pages show occasional light foxing.
 
Lot 2035

$175

Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique sheet music shown in the corresponding image(s). This group contains covers and music pertaining to the following theme(s): Christmas, marches, patriotism, and love, among others. There are approximately 45 individual music pieces in this lot, most of which have beautiful color front covers.
Condition / Notes: The condition of these pieces varies; all covers are present, some are detached and there is some edge wear.
 
Lot 2036

$50

Title: Odds Against
Author: Dick Francis - Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis CBE was an English jockey and crime writer, many of whose novels center around horse racing.

Francis wrote more than 40 international best-sellers. In 1962 he published his first thriller "Dead Cert," set in the world of racing. Subsequently he regularly produced a novel a year for the next 38 years, missing only 1998 (during which he published a short-story collection). Although all his books were set against a background of horse racing, his male heroes held a variety of jobs including artist ("In the Frame and to the Hilt"), private investigator ("Odds Against," "Whip Hand," "Come to Grief," "Under Orders" - all starring injured ex-jockey Sid Halley, one of only two heroes used more than once), pilot, artist, wine merchant and many others. Details of other people's occupations fascinated Francis, and the reader finds him- or herself immersed in the mechanics of such things as photography, accountancy, the gemstone trade, restaurant service on transcontinental trains - but always in the interests of the plot. Dysfunctional families were a subject which he exploited particularly well.

Francis is the only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel, winning for "Forfeit" in 1970, "Whip Hand" in 1981, and "Come to Grief" in 1996. Britain's Crime Writers Association awarded him its Gold Dagger Award for fiction in 1979 and the Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award in 1989. In 1996 he was given the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award, the highest honour bestowed by the MWA. He was created an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 1983 and promoted to Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000.

Publisher: The Armchair Detective Library
City: New York
Year: 1991
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: iv/309 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: The author's fourth crime novel, originally published in 1965.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed limited edition of this title. It bears a letter "T" over the author's signature on the limitation page, one of only 26 to be so lettered. Volume is bound in maroon cloth binding, with bright gilt lettering to spine and blocked in gilt with the author's portrait in a diamond pastedown on the front cover. Volume is in excellent condition, in matching cloth slipcase.
 
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