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Lot 8001

$1800

Title: Naturalis Historiae Libri XXXVII
Author: Pliny the Elder - Gaius Plinius Secundus, better known as Pliny the Elder, was a Roman author, naturalist, and natural philosopher, as well as naval and army commander of the early Roman Empire, and personal friend of the emperor Vespasian (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Publisher: Apud Franciscum Muguet
City: Paris
Year: 1685
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 5 Full Set: Yes
Width: 8" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: The "Naturalis Historiae" (or "Natural History") is an early encyclopedia, in 37 books, known as one of the largest works to have survived from the Roman Empire to the present day. The work covers topics such as astronomy, mathematics, geography, ethnography, anthropology, human physiology, zoology, botany, agriculture, horticulture, pharmacology, mining, mineralogy, sculpture, painting, and precious stones. The "Natural History" became a model for later encyclopedias and scholarly works as a result of its breadth of subject matter, its referencing of original authors, and its index (courtesy of Wikipedia).

This five-volume set makes up the 37th book of the encyclopedia. The volumes are bound in full leather, with gilt lettering and tooling to the spines, as well as gilt page edges. Volume I features an engraved frontispiece. The text begins with an engraved headpiece and historiated initial, and decorative headpieces and initials continue throughout the text.
Condition / Notes: This set displays only mild external wear, with light rubbing and shelf wear to the covers. The bindings are firm. The interiors of these volumes are largely clean and bright, with occasional foxing. Some pages display mild rippling or creasing.
Lot 8002

$425

Title: The Works of Charles Sumner
Author: Charles Sumner - Charles Sumner (January 6, 1811 – March 11, 1874) was an American politician and senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War working to destroy the Confederacy, free all the slaves, and keep on good terms with Europe. During Reconstruction, he fought to minimize the power of the ex-Confederates and guarantee equal rights to the freedmen. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Lee and Shepard
City: Boston
Year: 1870
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 12 Full Set: No
Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: Present are the first twelve volumes (of 15) of a subscriber's copy of the works of Sumner, with an ink signature appearing to be Sumner's on a preliminary of the first volume.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are bound in half-leather with marbled paper covers . Most are soundly bound; some show cracked or strained hinges. There is moderate external age/wear. The books have marbled edges and endpapers. The first volume contains a frontispiece portrait of Sumner in addition to an ink signature. The pages show occasional light foxing.
Lot 8003

$275

Book Details: This lot consists of the uniformly-bound twelve-volume set of "The Waverley Novels" (Boston: DeWolfe, Fiske, & Co., Publishers, c.1890) shown in the corresponding images.

Titles in this set include "Peveril of the Peak," "Rob Roy," "The Fair Maid of Perth," "Waverley," and "The Black Dwarf."

These novels are bound in half leather, with marbled paper-covered boards and gilt lettering and decoration to the spines. The page edges and endpapers are also marbled. The volumes are illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispieces and plates.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes measure roughly 5.75" by 7.75". These volumes display external wear, with rubbing, scuffing, and faint vertical cracking to spines. Hinges of these volumes are generally weak/cracking, with text blocks generally sound. Interiors are largely clean and bright, with well-preserved plates.
Lot 8004

$110

Title: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Author: Kate Douglas Wiggin - Kate Douglas Wiggin was an American educator and author of children's stories, most notably the classic children's novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878 (the Silver Street Free Kindergarten). With her sister during the 1880s, she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labor.
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company
City: Boston / New York
Year: 1903
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 327 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. The inscription reads: "'God Bless Aunt Miranda; God bless the brick house that was; God bless the brick house that is to be.' Rebecca. Last page. Kate Douglas Wiggin."

This book is bound in dark green cloth, with pictorial designs and ornamentation.

"Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" is a classic American 1903 children's novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin that tells the story of Rebecca Rowena Randall and her two stern aunts in the fictional village of Riverboro, Maine. Rebecca's joy for life inspires her aunts, but she faces many trials in her young life, gaining wisdom and understanding. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays minor external wear, with a few faint marks of soiling and small bumps to the extremities. The binding is sound. The interior of the volume is clean and bright.
Lot 8005

$110

Title: Berkeley Breathed's Outland: The Complete Library. Sunday Comics 1989-1995
Author: Berkeley Breathed - Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip and more recent Internet cartoons that reflect sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987 [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: IDW Publishing
City: San Diego
Year: 2012
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 299 pages
Width: 11.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This is a scarce author-signed limited "Remarqued Edition" of this volume (numbered 72 of 100), including an original marker illustration of Opus the Penguin by Breathed.

From Wikipedia:
Outland is a comic strip written and illustrated by Berkeley Breathed from 1989 until 1995. It was a Sunday-only spin-off of Breathed's strip Bloom County, featuring many of the same characters.
Condition / Notes: This collectible author-signed limited edition is in pristine condition, with illustrated paper-covered boards and a red cloth spine bearing stamped gilt lettering. In addition to the complete run of color Sunday "Outland" strips, the volume contains additional illustrated pages and endpapers by Breathed.
Lot 8006

$250

Title: The Complete Works of Robert Burns (Self-Interpreting)
Author: Robert Burns - Robert Burns (also known as Robbie Burns, Rabbie Burns, Scotland's favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, Robden of Solway Firth, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as The Bard) was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.
He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.
As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose"; "A Man's A Man for A' That"; "To a Louse"; "To a Mouse"; "The Battle of Sherramuir"; "Tam o' Shanter"; and "Ae Fond Kiss".
Publisher: Gebbie & Co., Publishers
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1886
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: Contents include "Poor Mailie's Elegy," "I'll Go and Be a Sodger," "To a Louse," "Egotism from My Own Sensations," "Epistle to Hugh Parker," and many others. Stated on the title page, this work is illustrated with sixty etchings and woodcuts, maps, and facsimiles.

These volumes are uniformly bound in half-leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with stamped gilt decoration on the spines and gilt lettering on black or red spine labels. The endpapers and edges of the text blocks are marbled.
Condition / Notes: The exteriors of these antique volumes show scuffing, rubbing, edge wear, and some chipping. The bindings are sound. The front endpaper of the sixth volume is blank, not marbled. Most volumes contain armorial bookplates ("Ex libris Moran") affixed to the front pastedown. The pages display mild age toning and scattered foxing.
Lot 8007

$70

Title: Q. Horatius Flaccus, ex recensione & cum notis atque emendationibus Richardi Bentleii.
Author: Horace - Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian regarded his Odes as almost the only Latin lyrics worth reading, justifying his estimate with the words: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."


Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Sermones and Epistles) and scurrilous iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are playful and yet serious works, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings". Some of his iambic poetry, however, can seem wantonly repulsive.

His career coincided with Rome's momentous change from Republic to Empire. An officer in the republican army that was crushed at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, he was befriended by Octavian's right-hand man in civil affairs, Maecenas, and became something of a spokesman for the new regime. For some commentators, his association with the regime was a delicate balance in which he maintained a strong measure of independence (he was "a master of the graceful sidestep") but for others he was, in John Dryden's phrase, but for others he was, in John Dryden's phrase, "a well-mannered court slave."


His poetry became "the common currency of civilization", and he still retains a devoted following, despite some stigmatization after World War I (perhaps due to popular mistrust of old-fashioned patriotism and imperial glory, with which he was identified, fairly or unfairly). Horatian studies have become so diverse and intensive in recent years that it is probably no longer possible for any one scholar to command the whole range of arguments and issues., Richard Bentley - Richard Bentley was an English classical scholar, critic, and theologian. He was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Publisher: Apud Rod. & Jacob. Wetstenios & Guil Smith
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1728
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 717/239 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: Horace composed in traditional meters borrowed from Archaic Greece, employing hexameters in his "Satires" and "Epistles," and iambs in his "Epodes," all of which were relatively easy to adapt into Latin forms. His Odes featured more complex measures, including alcaics and sapphics, which were sometimes a difficult fit for Latin structure and syntax. Despite these traditional metres, he presented himself as a partisan in the development of a new and sophisticated style. He was influenced in particular by Hellenistic aesthetics of brevity, elegance and polish, as modeled in the work of Callimachus.

This book is bound in blind-stamped vellum, with the title handwritten on the spine. The work is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and engraved title page vignette.
Condition / Notes: The front and rear covers of this volume exhibit significant loss at the fore edge and head. There is some loss at the head of the spine cover, as well as general soiling to the exterior. The binding is sound. The pages display age toning and scattered foxing. There is a stamp from Harvard College Library on the verso of the title page. Brief marginalia is found on a very small number of pages.
Lot 8008

$500

Details: This lot consists of the approximately 100 decorative antique billheads shown in the corresponding images.

Among companies represented by the billheads in this lot are J. M. Smuckers Co. (of Smuckers jams); Church & Dwight Co. (soda manufacturers: Arm & Hammer); Clabber Girl baking powder, the Bell Telephone Company in Buffalo, NY; the Tropical Oil Company; the Steuben Cigar Co.; John Jovino: Manufacturer and Dealer in Police and Military Equipment; and the Dey Brothers & Co. department store in Syracuse, NY.

Also present are billheads from grocers, hotels, cotton/flax manufacturers, and sellers of clothing/shoes; and stationary from Myrtle Bank Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. The companies are based Ohio, New York City, and other parts of New York State. Some of the illustrations are in partial color.

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Condition / Notes: These pieces, ranging in size from approximately 8 1/2" x 4 3/4" to 8 1/2" x 11", may display some age/wear indications, including age toning, creasing, and minor chipping. The billheads are protected by plastic sleeves and housed in a black three-ring binder.
Lot 8009

$70

Title: The Constitutional and Political History of the United States
Author: Hermann Eduard von Holst - Hermann Eduard von Holst (June 19, 1841 – January 20, 1904) was a German-American historian [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Callaghan and Company
City: Chicago
Year: 1889-1892
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This antique set covers American history from the pre-Revolutionary era (1750) through to the early days of the Civil War in 1861, with an emphasis on the 1850s. The book is written from a "strongly anti-slavery point of view" (Wikipedia). The text is accompanied by an index volume.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is solidly bound in red cloth with light shelf wear. The pages show mild toning and very occasional light marginal spotting.
Lot 8010

$110

Title: Notes on Neotropical Plebejinae (Lycaenidae, Lepidoptera)
Author: Vladimir Nabokov - Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist. Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian. He then rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer.

Nabokov's "Lolita" (1955) is his most famous novel, and often considered his finest work in English. It exhibits the love of intricate word play and synesthetic detail that characterised all his works. The novel was ranked at No. 4 in the list of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels. "Pale Fire" (1962) was ranked at No. 53 on the same list. His memoir, "Speak, Memory," was listed No. 8 on the Modern Library nonfiction list. He was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction seven times, but never won it.
Contents
Publisher: Museum of Comparitive Zoology
City: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Year: c.1945
Binding Style: Softcover
Pagination: 61 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: This volume comes from the estate of Avgusta Jaryc, Vladimir Nabokov's colleague and rumored mistress and muse. Published originally in the magazine "Psyche," this reprint was published "with the aid of a grant from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College."

Avgusta (Augusta) Jaryc (1902-1994), a Russian Jew from Kiev, was a professor of Russian Language at Cornell University at the time that the famed novelist Vladimir Nabokov was teaching Russian Literature. Nabokov said of her: "The only courses in Russian language that still have value are those given by Mrs. Jaryc." She is mentioned in passing in several of Nabokov's biographies, including Diment's "Pniniad" which mentions that she was given an early copy of Lolita by Nabokov. The true extent of her connection with the author is a matter of much off-the-record speculation: she is rumored to have been his lover as well as the model for the titular character of his 1957 novel "Pnin" -- an eccentric emigre professor of Russian Language at the fictional "Waindell College."

Condition / Notes: This vintage publication displays minor external wear, with a faint moisture marking appearing on the front cover. The binding is sound, and the interior is clean and bright, with plates at the rear showing well.
Lot 8011

$55

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique books on American history in dust jackets shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are the author-signed copy of "America Goes to War" by Bruce Catton (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1958); "Nevada: A Guide to the Silver State"; and "Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including moisture markings, wear to dust jackets, and detaching/detached boards/pages. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8012

$70

Title: Li'l Gal
Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar - Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar started to write as a child and was president of his high school's literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper.

Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. His work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading critic associated with the Harper's Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, "In Dahomey" (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels; since the late 20th century, scholars have become more interested in these other works. Suffering from tuberculosis, Dunbar died at the age of 33.
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Co.
City: New York
Year: 1904
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 123 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in green decorative cloth, with pictorial design of daffodils on the front cover and gilt lettering. The work is composed of verse in dialect, accompanied by photographs by Leigh Richmond Miner of the Hampton Institute, noted for his fine photographic documentation of African American life on St. Helena's Island. The photographs and verses are bordered by decorations by Margaret Armstrong. BAL #4951
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays mild external wear, with fading to the spine and very mild bumping to the extremities. The text block is cracked, with some pages shaken. The pages and photos remain bright, with some mild scattered foxing appearing.
Lot 8013

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique American West-themed literature shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "Lonesome Land," "The U. P. Trail," and "An Army Wife."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including moisture markings, foxing, and cracking/cracked hinges/text blocks. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8014

$50

Title: Contes et nouvelles en vers
Author: Jean de la Fontaine - Jean de La Fontaine was the most famous French fabulist and one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his "Les Fables choisies, mises en vers par M. de La Fontaine" (1688-1694), which provided a model for subsequent fabulists across Europe and numerous alternative versions in France, and in French regional languages. According to Flaubert, he was the only French poet to understand and master the texture of the French language before Hugo (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Publisher: Editions Jules Tallandier
City: Paris
Year: c.1926
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: The numerous works of La Fontaine fall into three traditional divisions: the Fables, the Tales and the miscellaneous (including dramatic) works. He is best known for the first of these, in which a tradition of fable collecting in French verse reaching back to the Middle Ages was brought to a peak. Although these earlier works refer to Aesop in their title, they collected many fables from more recent sources.

These volumes are bound in half-leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with stamped gilt decoration on the spine and gilt lettering on a black spine label. The endpapers are marbled. Numerous engraved plates are found within.
Condition / Notes: The exteriors of these antique volumes display mild edge wear with minor loss at the corners. The bindings are sound. The pages show light age toning and scattered light foxing (most evident on the tissue guards).
Lot 8015

$150

Book Details: This lot consists of the "Ancient Classics for English Readers" series volumes shown in the corresponding images.

These antique volumes are uniformly-bound in quarter-vellum and include works by Virgil, Horace, Sophocles, Homer, Plautus, Aristotle, and more. The series was edited by W. Lucas Collins, and was published by William Blackwood and Sons in Edinburgh and London in the 1870s.

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Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are solidly bound, with moderate external age/wear, including loss to the upper corners of the pages of two of the volumes. The pages show mild toning and occasional foxing.
Lot 8016

$25

Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson
Author: James Boswell - James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck, was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.

Boswell's surname has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print. "In A Scandal in Bohemia," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes affectionately says of Dr. Watson, who narrates the tales, "I am lost without my Boswell."
Publisher: Printed for Gabriel Wells by Doubleday, Page and Company
City: New York
Year: 1922
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 10 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This antique ten-volume set is the Temple Bar Edition of this work, being set number 335 out of 785 sets printed. This biography by James Boswell is perhaps the most famous biographical work in history.

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and is described by the 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history" (courtesy of Wikipedia).

This set is bound in original parchment-backed paper boards, and is illustrated with engraved plates.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes display mild external wear, with chipping to glassine dust jackets and toning/cracking to backstrips. The bindings and text blocks are generally sound, with a few volumes showing cracking front hinges. The interiors are largely clean and bright, with some foxing appearing at the front and rear of volumes.
Lot 8017

$100

Title: Familiar Birds and What the Poets Sing of Them
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Susie Barstow Skelding
Publisher: White, Stokes, & Allen
City: New York
Year: 1886
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 134 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: This decoratively-bound antique volume contains ornithological poetry by poets such as Leigh Hunt, Alfred Tennyson, John Keats, J. G. Whittier, and many others, with color plates by Fidelia Bridges.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is solidly bound in green cloth with stamped gilt illustration. The volume shows light external age/wear. The pages show mild toning and occasional light marginal smudges. The plates are vividly colored, with loose tissue guards.
Lot 8018

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of the decorative antique books on books and literary history shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "The Queen of the Air" by John Ruskin and "On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle. Also present is the author-signed copy of "Whittier-Land" by Samuel T. Pickard.

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including foxing, soiling, and detaching/detached boards/pages. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8019

$20

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique Jewish history and Judaica shown in the corresponding images.

Notable titles include "The Three Rings: The History of the Spanish Jews" by Poul Borchesenius (in dust jacket), an author-signed "The Rise of Israel" by Jeremiah Ben-Jacob (in dust jacket), and "The Second Scroll" by A. M. Klein.

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Condition / Notes: These vintage and antique volumes show well, with light to moderate age/wera indicators. Dust jackets show some edge wear/loss.
Lot 8020

$80

Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique estate ephemera shown in the corresponding images.

Among the items in this lot are an envelope of presidential portraits, including a "presidential fact-finder wheel"; a glassine packet of prints depicting battles and scenes in World War II; a menu with illustrated cover from the Cafe Des Beaux Arts in New York City; and a framed aquatint of Vienna University by Hans Figura.

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Condition / Notes: These pieces, ranging in size from 7.25" x 11" to 16.25" x 13.5", may display some age/wear indications, including chips/tears to envelopes/packets, foxing, moisture markings, and toning. We identify any advance flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing.
Lot 8021

$30

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique theology books shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "The Book of Praise," "Christian Science" by Mark Twain (Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1907), a signed copy of "Gipsy Smith: An Autobiography," and "A Golden Treasury for the Children of God."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including age toning, foxing, edge wear, rubbing, chipping, and detaching boards. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8022

$20

Book Details: This lot consists of the collectible estate books shown in the corresponding images. Subject matter includes theology, history, collectibles, science, technology, architecture, agriculture, and more.

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8023

$90

Title: Dissertations on Inflammation
Author: John Burns - John Burns FRS, (13 November 1775 – 18 June 1850) was a Scottish surgeon [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Published by E. F. Backus, C. S. Van Winkle, Printer
City: Albany
Year: 1812
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 214 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This antique volume contains Volumes I and II bound in one.
Condition / Notes: This antique volumes displays a cloth tape backstrip with faded library markings and handwritten title. The hinges are cracked. The ex-library volume contains library markings and stamps, and there is a large ink marking blacking out some words on the title page. Foxing and ink spots can be seen scattered through the interior. Ink stains appear on the top edge of the text block.
Lot 8024

$90

Book Details: This lot consists of the decorative antique French drama shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "La tragedie d'Elektre, et d'Oreste," Volumes I and II bound in one of "Chefs-deouvres dramatiques de Voltaire," and "Les Jacobites."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including detaching/detached boards, pen markings, and tearing to pages. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8025

$45

Title: Plutarch's Lives. The Translation Called Dryden's. Corrected from the Greek and Revised
Author: Plutarch - Plutarch then named, on his becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist, known primarily for his "Parallel Lives and Moralia." He is considered today to be a Middle Platonist.
Editor: A. H. Clough
Translor: John Dryden - John Dryden was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John." He was made Poet Laureate in 1668.
Publisher: A. L. Burt, Publisher
City: New York
Year: c. 1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 5 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This decoratively bound set of Plutarch's Lives contains frontispiece portraits depicting Julius Caesar, Demosthenes, and others.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are firmly bound in half-leather with marbled paper covers. The exteriors show light to moderate age/wear indicators. Each volume contains a frontispiece. The pages are clean with mild toning concentrated in the margins.
Lot 8026

$55

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique reference books shown in the corresponding images.

Titles include the two 1917 volumes of "Explosives" by Arthur Marshall (lacking the later 1932 volume), "Manual of Geology" by James A. Dana, and a German geography set (two volumes) with chromolithograph plates.

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Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well, with some moderate age/wear indicators, including cracked hinges and/or bindings. Numerous plates and illustrations are present, including chromolithograph plates in the German volume.
Lot 8027

$250

Title: Theatre complet
Author: Alexandre Dumas, fils - Alexandre Dumas, fils was a French author and dramatist. He was the son of Alexandre Dumas, père, also a writer and playwright.
Publisher: Calmann Levy, Editeurs
City: Paris
Year: c. 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: These antique volumes are handsomely bound in marbled paper-covered boards with leather backstrips. The volumes display five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration to the backstrips, and gilt top edges to the text blocks.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes display minimal external wear, with only faint vertical cracking to the spine edges. A small bookplate is present on the front paste down of the first volume, and one volume displays a closed edge tear on the front flyleaf. The bindings and text blocks are generally sound, and interiors are clean and bright.
Lot 8028

$90

Title: Venus Castina: Famous Female Impersonators Celestial and Human
Author: Clarence Joseph Bulliet - Clarence Joseph "C. J." Bulliet (March 16, 1883 – October 20, 1952) was an American art critic and author [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Covici, Friede Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1928
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 308 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11"
Book Details: This limited-edition volume (numbered 941 of 960) is lavishly illustrated with plates by Alexander King. The work is decoratively bound in diamond-patternedblack-and-silver paper-covered boards with a black cloth spine.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is solidly bound with moderate external age/wear indicators. The pages and plates show mild toning and occasional light smudging, generally in the margins.
Lot 8029

$55

Title: Description d'une collection de mineraux : formee par m. Henri Heuland, et appartenant A.M. Ch. Hampden Turner, de Rooksnest, dans le comte de Surrey en Angleterre
Author: Armand Levy - Armand Levy was a French mathematician and mineralogist.
Publisher: F. Richter et Haas
City: London
Year: c.1838
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: unpaginated
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Levy settled in London where in 1820 he met a mineral dealer, Henry Heuland, who asked him to categorize his collection. In 1827, Levy went to Belgium to supervise the printing of the resulting book.

This lot includes the plate volume only of this work. Within are diagrams of numerous examples of gems and minerals, including quartz, topaz, pyroxene, iron sulfide, and roselite, among many others. The book is bound in full leather, with stamped gilt decoration on the covers and spine. Stamped gilt lettering appears on a black spine label. The endpapers are marbled.
Condition / Notes: The exterior of this antique volume shows scuffing, rubbing, and faint tide markings. The front hinge is beginning to crack. The plates show scattered foxing, age toning, and some instances of faint tide markings, including on the front pastedown. This volume does not contain a title page.
Lot 8030

$80

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

Among the titles in this lot are "Five Years--Five Countries, Five Campaigns"; "The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896"; and "Heroes of the Battle Road."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including foxing, moisture markings, and detaching/detached boards/pages. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8031

$130

Title: The Wonders of Geology
Author: Gideon Mantell - Gideon Algernon Mantell was an English obstetrician, geologist and palaeontologist. His attempts to reconstruct the structure and life of Iguanodon began the scientific study of dinosaurs: in 1822 he was responsible for the discovery (and the eventual identification) of the first fossil teeth, and later much of the skeleton, of Iguanodon. Mantell's work on the Cretaceous of southern England was also important (information courtesy of Wikipedia).
Publisher: Relfe and Fletcher
City: London
Year: 1839
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: From the preface: "In preparing the first edition of this Work for the press, I was greatly assisted by the kindness and zeal of my friend, G. F. Richardson, Esq. whose ability as as reporter enabled him to furnish me with copious notes of the Lectures which I delivered at Brighton . . . Those notes were the ground-work of the unpretending volumes which, under the title of 'The Wonders of Geology,' have met with so favourable a reception . . .
I have therefore carefully revised the Work, and made [some] corrections and additions . . .
The additional illustrations are both numerous and important."

These volumes are bound in full leather, with marbled endpapers and page edges. Both volumes are illustrated with numerous textual vignettes. The first volume contains an engraved frontispiece plate and a number of engraved plates at the rear, and the second contains a color frontispiece and color lithograph plates at the rear.
Condition / Notes: These volumes display detached/detaching spine covers, with Volume I lacking most of the spine cover. The exteriors also display rubbing, chipping, and cracking. The hinges of both volumes are cracked. Bookplates appear on the front paste-downs. The interiors are largely clean and bright, with foxing appearing at the front and rear of the volumes, especially on plates.
Lot 8032

$200

Title: The Popular History of England
Author: Charles Knight - Charles Knight was an English publisher, editor and author.

The son of a bookseller and printer at Windsor, he was apprenticed to his father. On completion of his indentures he took up journalism and had an interest in several newspaper speculations, including the Windsor, Slough and Eton Express.

In 1823, in conjunction with friends he had made as publisher (1820–1821) of The Etonian, he started Knight's Quarterly Magazine, to which Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Derwent Coleridge and Thomas Macaulay contributed. It lasted for only six issues, but it made Knight's name as publisher and author, beginning a career which lasted over forty years. One of his early publications was the diary of the naval chaplain Henry Teonge (c. 1620-1690).

In 1827 Knight was forced to give up publishing, and became the superintendent of the publications of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, for which he projected and edited The British Almanack and Companion, begun in 1828. In 1829 he resumed business on his own account with the publication of The Library of Entertaining Knowledge, writing several volumes of the series himself. In 1832 and 1833 he started The Penny Magazine and The Penny Cyclopaedia, both of which had a large circulation. The Penny Cyclopaedia, as a result of the heavy excise duty, was only completed in 1844 at a financial loss.

Besides many illustrated editions of standard works, including in 1842 an edition of the works of William Shakespeare entitled "The Pictorial Shakspere," which had appeared in parts (1838–1841), Knight published a variety of illustrated works, such as "Old England and The Land we Live in" and "The Pictorial Gallery of Arts - Useful Arts," the latter based on the Great Exhibition of 1851. He also undertook the series known as Weekly Volumes, himself contributing the first volume, a biography of William Caxton. Many famous books, Harriet Martineau's "Tales," Anna Brownell Jameson's "Early Italian Painters" and G. H. Lewes's "Biographical History of Philosophy," appeared for the first time in this series.

In 1853 Knight became editor of The English Cyclopaedia, essentially a revision of The Penny Cyclopaedia. Knight also launched the Local Government Chronicle in 1855, and at about the same time he began his "Popular History of England" (8 vols., 1856–1862).

In addition to being the editor and author of Penny Magazine and Penny Cyclopedia, and other popular works, Knight wrote "The Results of Machinery" (1831) and "Knowledge is Power," which was published in 1855. In 1864 he withdrew from the business of publishing, but he continued to write nearly to the close of his long life, authoring "The Shadows of the Old Booksellers" (1865), an autobiography under the title "Passages of a Working Life during Half a Century" (2 vols., 1864–1865), and an historical novel, "Begg'd at Court" (1867)



Publisher: John W. Lovell Company
City: New York
Year: c.1880
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 9 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This is the stated first American edition of this work.

These books are uniformly bound in three-quarter leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with stamped gilt lettering on red or brown spine labels. The endpapers are marbled. The volumes are illustrated with frontispieces and/or plates.
Condition / Notes: The exteriors of these volumes show mild edge wear, scuffing, and some chipping of the spine covers. Some preliminary pages, including the front flyleaf and title page, of the first volume are detached. The bindings of the remaining volumes are sound. The pages display mild age toning.
Lot 8033

$110

Title: Hand-Book of Chemistry
Author: Leopold Gmelin - Leopold Gmelin was a German chemist. Gmelin was professor at the University of Heidelberg among other things, he worked on the red prussiate and created Gmelin's test. He also developed a forerunner of the Periodic table and improved chemical equipment. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)



Translor: Henry Watts - Henry Watts was an English chemist.

He was born in London on 20 January 1815. He went to a private school, and was articled at the age of fifteen as an architect and surveyor; but went on to support himself by teaching, chiefly mathematical, privately and at a school. He then attended University College, London. In 1841 he graduated B.A. in the University of London.

In 1846 he became assistant to George Fownes, professor of practical chemistry at University College, and occupied this post, after Fownes's death in 1849, until 1857, under Professor Alexander William Williamson. Having an impediment in speech he found himself unable to obtain a professorship, and worked on the literature of chemistry. In 1847 he was elected fellow of the Chemical Society.

On 17 December 1849 he was elected editor of the Chemical Society's Journal, and about the beginning of 1860 he also became librarian to the society. Early in 1871 it was decided to print in the society's journal abstracts of all papers on chemistry appearing elsewhere. In February 1871 a committee was appointed to superintend the publication of the journal and these summaries, but soon the abstracts were left entirely to Watts.

In 1866 Watts was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 1879 he was elected Fellow of the Physical Society. He was an honorary member of the Pharmaceutical Society and life-governor of University College, London. He died on 30 June 1884. He had married in 1854 Sophie, daughter of Henri Hanhart, of Mülhausen in Alsace, by whom he had eight sons and two daughters.

n 1848 he was engaged by the Cavendish Society to translate into English and enlarge Leopold Gmelin's classic "Handbuch der Chemie," a work which occupied much of his time till 1872, when the last of its eighteen volumes appeared. In 1858 he was engaged by Messrs. Longmans & Co. to prepare a new edition of the "Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy" of Andrew Ure; but the book was obsolete, and he transformed it, with the help of a staff, into an encyclopaedia of chemical science. The first edition of "Watts's Dictionary of Chemistry," in five volumes, was completed in 1868; supplements were published in 1872, 1875, and 1879–81. A new edition, revised and entirely rewritten by M. M. Pattison Muir and Henry Forster Morley, was published 1888–94, 4 vols.

Watts also edited the tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth editions of Fownes's ‘Manual of Chemistry.’ (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)


Publisher: Printed for the Cavendish Society
City: London
Year: 1848-1871
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 18 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This eighteen-volume set from the Cavendish Society contains Gmelin's expansive work, translated into English by Henry Watts. The volumes are uniformly bound.

Each volume presents a table of contents. Volumes I-VI cover organic chemistry; volumes VII-XVIII inorganic chemistry. This set does not include Vol. XIX, a general index published in 1872.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are bound in the publisher's cloth stamped in gilt and blind. The volumes show light to moderate external age/wear, with some chipping to spines and strained/cracked hinges. The text blocks are solid. The pages show light to moderate toning and occasional foxing, generally marginal.
Lot 8034

$10

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique children's books in dust jackets shown in the corresponding images.

Among the titles in this lot are "Four Little Blossoms at Oak Hill School," "Cornelli: Her Childhood," and "Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm."

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Condition / Notes: These books may display some age/wear indications, including wear to dust jackets, toning, and foxing. Please note that some of these volumes may display detaching/detached boards/pages. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and/or attachments.
Lot 8035

$70

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique American history shown in the corresponding images.

Titles include "Retrospections of an Active Life" by John Bigelow (in three volumes), "A Genealogical History of Henry Adams . . . and His Descendants; also John Adams . . . 1632--1897" by Andrew N. Adams, "The History of the American Indians" by James Adair, among others.

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Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well, with some light to moderate age/wear indicators, including library material in the American Indian volume. Plates are present in the Adams and Bigelow volumes.
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