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Lot 7001


Title: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer Rendered into Modern English Verse
Author: Frank Ernest Hill - Frank Ernest Hill, son of photographer Andrew Putnam Hill (1853- 1922), born in San Jose, California, was a newspaperman, college professor, aviator, poet, and author. He received his A.B. (1911) and A.M. (1914) from Stanford University in English literature. His began his career as a poet, but later turned to expository prose and toward the end of his life wrote industrial history. , Geoffrey Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include "The Book of the Duchess," the "House of Fame," the "Legend of Good Women" and "Troilus and Criseyde," he is best known today for "The Canterbury Tales." Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.
Publisher: Limited Editions Club
City: London
Year: 1934
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 8" Height: 12.5"
Book Details: This two volume set of Chaucer shows well bound in half eggshell cloth and taupe boards with stamped lettering and heraldic adornment.

The text, "rendered into modern english verse by Frank Ernest Hill" is decorated with colored historiated initials. Hand numbered, this set is copy 1174 of 1500, signed by the printer at the colophon in the second volume.

Condition / Notes: This antique two volume set shows nicely with moderate signs of age/wear to the exterior concentrated at the extremities. The binding is sound and the boards show bright and clean. The interior pages show beautifully with mild foxing to the deckled page edges. The contents page in volume one has some random pen markings toward the bottom of the page.
Lot 7002


Title: The Book of Beauty (Late Victorian Era): A Collection of Beautiful Portraits with Literary, Artistic, and Musical Contributions by Men and Women of the Day
Author: uncredited
Editor: Mrs. F. Harcourt Williamson
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co.
City: London
Year: 1896
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 194 pages
Width: 13.5" Height: 16.75"
Book Details: This very impressive, rare elephant folio is bound in white cloth with gilt lettering and designs to the boards and spine. Limited to 100 copies, this copy is number 10 and is signed by the publisher. A cheaper, trade edition of this followed in 1897. This title is profusely illustrated with tissue-guarded photogravure portraits and other portraits and illustrations, with complete lists of subjects and artists/photographers.

From the Preface: “Following the footsteps of Lady Glessington, whose name is well remembered with its prefix of “gorgeous”, and of Mrs. Norton, who was one of the most intellectual as well as the most charming women of her day, it was almost impossible in this revival of the well-known Books of Beauty, not to run counter to many fixed ideas. Other times, other manners; and the exclusive, artistic, and literary productions of forty years ago, would scarcely satisfy a public taste pampered by the magnificent value now given by the illustrated papers, and by the development of photography, which has filled the shop windows with so may presentments of our prettiest and most interesting women. For this reason a modern volumes of the book of Beauty is necessarily comprehensive, and I have attempted, not only to collect reproductions of some of the most beautiful portraits by the best artists of our time, but also by the aid of original sketches, music, and writings of men and women of to-day, to give some impression to ages yet to come of the life we are living now, in this year of grace, ’96.”
Condition / Notes: This spectacular oversized volume shows nicely, with some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and soiling to the boards. The binding and text block are sound, however the hinges are weakening. Text and illustrations remain clear and crisp. Pages exhibit light age toning and foxing. Illustrations/portraits have been collated and all listed are present. A presentation inscription appears on the preliminary title page.
Lot 7003


Title: The Day of the Jackal
Author: Frederick Forsyth - Frederick McCarthy Forsyth is an English author, former journalist and spy, and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Kill List.
Publisher: The Franklin Library
City: Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
Year: 1987
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 380 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This handsome volume is bound in blue cloth-covered boards with a pebbled leather finish, silver lettering and ornamentation to the boards and spine, and full-edge silver. Decorative map-themed endpapers, fold-out diagram of a gun design, and three additional illustrations enhance this work. This volume is part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces, and is signed by the author.

“The Day of the Jackal” (1971) is a thriller novel by English writer Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organization, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The novel received admiring reviews and praise when first published in 1971, and it received a 1972 Best Novel Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The novel remains popular, and in 2003 it was listed on the BBC's survey The Big Read. The OAS does exist as described in the novel, and the book opens with an accurate depiction of the attempt to assassinate de Gaulle as led by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry, but the subsequent plot is completely fictional.
Condition / Notes: This handsomely bound title shows exceptionally well, in like-new condition. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp. There is tape residue on the rear endpaper.
Lot 7004


Title: Sketches of Western Adventure: Containing an Account of the Most Interesting Incidents Connected with the Settlement of the West, from 1755 to 1794; with an Appendix
Author: John A. M'Clung - John Alexander McClung
Publisher: Published by Richard H. Collins & Co.
City: Louisville, Kentucky
Year: 1879
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxix, 398 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in blindstamped cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation to the spine. A frontispiece portrait depicts M'Clung. This work includes numerous plates depicting interactions with Native Americans and other events on the Western frontier of the United States. Escapades of such frontier heroes as Daniel Boone, William Crawford and Francis Downing are detailed. Many of the Boone legends are attributed to this work. A biography of M’Clung by Henry Waller and “Additional Sketches of Adventure” compiled by the Publishers are included.
Condition / Notes: This antique volumes shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including some chipping and minor loss to the top/bottom of the spine cover. The binding and text block are sound. A previous owner's bookplate is affixed to the rear flyleaf. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 7005


Title: A Commented Bibliography of One Hundred and One Influential Books By and About People of African Descent (1556-1982): A Collector's Choice
Author: Charles L. Blockson - Black studies scholar and author Charles L. Blockson was born on December 16, 1933 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Blockson graduated from Penn State University in 1956, where he played fullback on a football team that included football greats Lenny Moore and Roosevelt Grier. He turned down an offer to play professional football for the New York Giants. Blockson was a member of the U. S. Army from 1957-1958. A natural historian, Blockson taught local and multicultural history while serving as a human relations advisor for the Norristown Area School District. He held seminars and workshops for teachers and other school district employees.

Blockson traveled extensively around the world, acquiring rare African, African American and African Caribbean publications dating back to the sixteenth century in addition to other materials. In 1984, Blockson donated these amazing items to Temple University, where he serves as curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. It includes prints, photographs, slave narratives, manuscripts, letters and sheet music as well as other objects. For example, within the Collection are first edition works by Phyllis Wheatley and W.E.B. DuBois; African Bibles; correspondence of Haitian Revolutionaries; Paul Robeson's sheet music; narratives by Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass; thousands of taped interviews and radio programs on African and African American history and culture; and over 500,000 photographs.

Blockson lectures internationally and organizes exhibitions and black studies programs throughout the country. He has served as director of the Pennsylvania Black History Committee, director of the Pennsylvania Afro-American History Board and governor's commissioner of the Governor's Heritage Program. Blockson has been a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the NAACP, the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Council, the Urban League and the American Antiquarian Society." [Courtesy]
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 74 pages
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: This scarce title is bound in black cloth-covered boards with white lettering to the spine. The original dust jacket is intact and present. From the Preface: “For nearly forty-five years, I have concerned myself with collecting black history, originally, the ‘delightful diversion’, which has afforded me so much enjoyment over the years. However, in retrospect I asked myself was it born in anger?—or was it confusion? With all due thanks to author Jessie Fauset for providing me with an expression, THERE WAS CONFUSION alright when my elementary school teacher told me that there was only a few notable black Americans such as George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington. Challenged, I set out to prove her wrong…The purpose of this book is to provide a record of books and documents by and about people of African descent that have influenced world history and literature.”
Condition / Notes: This scarce volume shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. The original dust jacket is intact and shows nicely.
Lot 7006


Book Details: Eight volumes featuring the history of American books and printing comprise this lot, as shown in the corresponding images. Titles in this group include:

The Hemingway Manuscripts: An Inventory, by Philip Young and Charles W. Mann, 1969.

Catalogue of the Whitman Collection in the Duke University Library Being a Part of the Trent Collection Given by Dr. and Mrs. Josiah C. Trent, Compiled by Ellen Frances Frey, 1945; uncommon cloth binding, presentation copy, with a facsimile at the rear.

Bulletin of The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Index to Volume 66 January-December 1962, 1962.

Men Call Me Lucky: Mark Twain and the Pennsylvania, by Edgar Marquess Branch, 1985; illustrated.

A Mythical Mayflower Competition: North Carolina Literature in the Half-Century Following the Revolution, by Roger Powell Marshall. Reprinted from The North Carolina Historical Review Volume XXVII, Number 2, April, 1950.

The Best of Friends: The Story of Hawaii’s Libraries and Their Friends 1879-1979, by Albertine Loomis; author-signed; illustrated.

The Life of John Lofland, “The Mildford Bard”, the Earliest and Most Distinguished Poet of Delaware. With Comments and Representative Selections from His Works, by William W. Smithers, 1894; limited edition; tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait.

The Anthony Memorial: A Catalogue of the Harris Collection of American Poetry with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes, by John C. Stockbridge, 1886; tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait; moisture marking/staining to front board, wear to spine, and scraped text block edge.
Condition / Notes: This collection displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and legible. Some volumes display mild/moderate age toning to pages and scattered writing in pencil.
Lot 7007


Title: Thiry Thousand Thoughts, Being Extracts Covering a Comprehensive Circle of Religious and Allied Topics, Gthered from the Best Available sources, of All Ages and All Schools of Thought; With Suggestive and Seminal Headings, and Homiketical and Illustrative Framework: The Whole Arranged upon a Scientific Basis. With Classified and Thought Multiplying Lists, Comparative Tables, and Elaborate Indices, Alphabetical, Topical, Textual, and Scriptural.
Editor: Charles Neil , H. D. M. Spence, Joseph S. Exell
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, and Co.
City: London
Year: 1884
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 7.25" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: This antique set is handsomely bound in navy cloth with gilt lettering to the spines and blind-stamped borders on the boards. These large books house an exhaustive compiling of writings on the subject of Christianity and related topics. From the preface:

"Thirty Thousand Thoughts" is a new departure in the history of Illustration-Dictionaries. It is an experiment, too, upon a very large scale, and worked upon a well-considered and carefully laid ground-plan. The first step in the present work seems to have been the last taken in all previous attempts. A full Index of Subjects to the book was made before a single extract was collected or a single line written.
Condition / Notes: This striking, large set shows well with mild to moderate signs of external wear and age, and bright gilt decoration. The hinges show some weakening and the pages are clean and clear. There are some non-circulating institutional treatments, principally in the form of stamps and labels on the front endpapers.
Lot 7008


Title: Becquer 1836-1870
Author: uncredited
Editor: Gerardo Diego
Publisher: Banco Iberico
City: Madrid
Year: 1970
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 184 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 11"
Book Details: This scarce vintage volume is decoratively bound in full, polished leather with gilt tooling to the boards and spine, and gilt lettering. A first and limited edition, this title is profusely illustrated, in both color and black and white, with some from photographs, and many mounted. The paper used is cream, pale green and dark green, and the book is further enhanced by pictorial endpapers and presented in a slipcase.

Gustavo Adolfo Claudio Domínguez Bastida, better known as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (17 February 1836 – 22 December 1870) was a Spanish Romanticist poet and writer (mostly short stories), also a playwright, literary columnist, and talented in drawing. Today he is considered one of the most important figures in Spanish literature, and is considered by some as the most read writer after Cervantes. He adopted the alias of Bécquer as his brother Valeriano Bécquer, a painter, had done earlier. He was associated with the romanticism and post-romanticism movements and wrote while realism was enjoying success in Spain. He was moderately well known during his life, but it was after his death that most of his works were published. His best-known works are the Rhymes and the Legends, usually published together as Rimas y leyendas. These poems and tales are essential to the study of Spanish literature and common reading for high-school students in Spanish-speaking countries.

His work approached the traditional poetry and themes in a modern way, and he is considered the founder of modern Spanish lyricism. Bécquer's influence on 20th-century poets of the Spanish language can be felt in the works of Luis Cernuda, Octavio Paz, and Giannina Braschi.

Bécquer influenced numerous later Spanish-language writers, including Luis Cernuda, Giannina Braschi, Octavio Paz, Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez. Bécquer himself was influenced by — both directly and indirectly — Cervantes, Shakespeare, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine.
Condition / Notes: This beautiful volume shows very nicely, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing concentrated on the spine. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages, exhibiting bright color. The slipcase shows mild wear and a small stain at the bottom of the spine portion.
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