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Lot 5408

$120

Details: The antique postcards in this collection range from the purely utilitarian advertising card to unique real photo postcards, a railroad cards and folders, and a fancy, embossed patriotic card with a tintype bound into it. Cards date mostly from the first years of the 20th century (although some are from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair) , and come from all over the U.S., including North Dakota. In addition, a handful of antique, colored cards are from Yellowstone National Park. There are about 150 postcards in this lot.

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Condition / Notes: As with all the ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. A few pieces are tattered or missing pages or sections.


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 5409

$90

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique books on the American Civil War shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Memories of the Old Emigrant Days in Kansas, 1862-1865. Also, of a Visit to Paris in 1867." (William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., 1926, in dust jacket) signed by author Mrs. Orpen, and "Prison Life of Jefferson Davis" (Carleton, Publisher, 1866).

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Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $15.50
Lot 5410

$90

Title: Case of Passmore Williamson: Reports of the Proceedings on the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Issued by the Hon. John K. Kane, Judge of the District Court of the United States for the District of Pennsylvania, in the Case of the United States of America ex Rel. John W. Wheeler vs. Passmore Williamson, including the Several Opinions Delivered; and the Arguments of Counsel, Reported by Arthur Cannon, Esq., Phonographer
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Uriah Hunt & Son
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1856
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 191 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: Passmore Williamson (February 23, 1822 - February 1, 1895) was an abolitionist in Pennsylvania who is best known for a legal episode challenging the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
On July 18, 1855, while working for the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, Williamson helped Jane Johnson and her two children (one 5 or 6, the other 11 or 12) escape enslavement from John Hill Wheeler who in 1855 was on a trip with his slaves from Washington, D.C., to Nicaragua as an ambassador. Williamson with a group of freemen, including William Still, forcibly took Wheeler's slaves from his possession and helped them to safety. When Wheeler tried to stop Johnson's escape, a minor scuffle ensued. That was enough to get all the participants charged with riot, forcible abduction, and assault.
Williamson, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and a well-known public figure, was later convicted of contempt of court by Pennsylvania District Court judge John K. Kane and served a sentence between July 27 and November 3, 1855, in Moyamensing Prison. While imprisoned, Williamson became a focus of the press, as northern publications spread the story throughout the country. Friends comfortably furnished his cell, and he received letters and several hundred visitors including both Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this legal document signed by litigant Passmore Williamson. Neatly written inscription on blank preliminary page reads "R. L. Bodley / With respects of Williamson."

Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to front cover. Small antique paper library label can be seen at foot of spine. Minor loss of material is visible at head of spine. Binding is firm. Fore edge, front flyleaf, title page and page 27 are stamped with the name "Broomall." Very small amount of light foxing appears toward end of volume. Pages are otherwise clean and without markings.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5411

$55

Book Details: These antique leather-bound books are early Quaker writings, including an 1823 catalog of the libraries of meeting houses in Philadelphia; an 1822 compilation of eulogies for the recently deceased; the journal of William Williams, minister to the Friends of White-water, Indiana; and an 1860 history of Quakerism in the American colonies, beginning in the 17th century. This last book is inscribed by its author, Ezra Michener.

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 5412

$15

Book Details: This collection of author-signed, first edition vintage novels features one writer with two names. As Michael Delving, Jay Williams wrote two thrillers in this group, while his other books range more widely. Some of these novels are set in the Middle Ages, while others are contemporary. One of the books is a travel memoir.

These books are from the estate of Abraham and Betty Ajay. Abraham (Abe) Ajay was an artist who was best known for his artistic contributions for New Masses magazine during the late 1930s and early 1940s and also for his creative use of reliefs made of found objects during the 1960s and beyond. Ajay was professor of visual arts at State University College at Purchase, New York from 1978 into the '90s.

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 5413

$40

Title: William H. Webb: Shipbuilder
Author: Edwin L. Dunbaugh, William duBarry Thomas
Publisher: Webb Institute of Naval Architecture
City: Glen Cove, New York
Year: 1989
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiv/240 pages
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Volume and dust jacket are as new.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5414

$50

Title: Infantry Tactics: or Rules for the Exercise and Manoeuvres of the United States Infantry
Author: Winfield Scott - Winfield Scott was a United States Army general, and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852.

Known as "Old Fuss and Feathers" and the "Grand Old Man of the Army," he served on active duty as a general longer than any other man in American history, and many historians rate him the best American commander of his time. Over the course of his forty-seven-year career, he commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, and, briefly, the American Civil War, conceiving the Union strategy known as the Anaconda Plan that would be used to defeat the Confederacy. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, longer than any other holder of the office.

A national hero after the Mexican-American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the United States Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, to nominate Scott in that year's United States presidential election. At a height of 6'5", he remains the tallest man ever nominated by a major party. Scott lost to Democrat Franklin Pierce in the general election, but remained a popular national figure, receiving a brevet promotion in 1856 to the rank of lieutenant general, becoming the first American since George Washington to hold that rank.
Publisher: George Dearborn, Publisher
City: New York
Year: 1835
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 119 pages
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this antique military handbook. This is volume two only, subtitled "School of the Battalion, and Instruction for Light Infantry or Rifle."

Antique volume is bound in pink cloth boards with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows external wear, with soiling to covers and loss at ends of spine and tips of corners. Binding is firm. Front pastedown has been removed. Blank preliminary shows loss at fore edge. Pages are clean and without markings. Work contains illustrated half title page and numerous well-preserved fold-out plates with diagrams illustrating military tactics.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5415

$40

Title: The Adventures of an Attorney in Search of Practice
Author: George Stephen
Publisher: Lea and Blanchard
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1839
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in blue cloth, with paper labels to spine. Books show mild external wear, with chipping to labels and light soiling to covers. Bindings are firm. Previous owner's signature appears on front pastedowns. Pages display foxing.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5416

$100

Title: The House of the Seven Gables: A Romance
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne - Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne) was an American novelist and short story writer.

He was born in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts to Nathaniel Hathorne and the former Elizabeth Clarke Manning. His ancestors include John Hathorne, the only judge involved in the Salem witch trials who never repented of his actions. Nathaniel later added a "w" to make his name "Hawthorne" in order to hide this relation. He entered Bowdoin College in 1821, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1824, and graduated in 1825. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled "Fanshawe," in 1828. He published several short stories in various periodicals which he collected in 1837 as "Twice-Told Tales." The next year, he became engaged to Sophia Peabody. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. "The Scarlet Letter" was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, and was survived by his wife and their three children.

Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. His published works include novels, short stories, and a biography of his friend Franklin Pierce.
Publisher: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields
City: Boston
Year: 1851
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 4 pages of advertisements, vi (2), 336 (pp. 9-344) pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows significant external wear, with soiling to covers and loss of material at ends of spine. Volume is slight cocked. Minor loss of material can be seen at corners. Text block is split at title page. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages show foxing throughout.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5417

$45

Book Details: This assortment of vintage estate books and ephemera includes a children's book on Iceland by the noted illustrator Kurt Wiese; antique, pre-WWI photographs of hunting, fishing, and sailing parties; a number of antique Sunday school tracts and publications; scrapbook pages with old photos and original drawings; a brand-new mother of pearl "Mother" pin, complete with miniature reproduction of Whistler's ma; and a cookbook, a Bible, and a catechism in a Slavic language, possibly Slovak. The Bible and catechism are both elegant books with embossed covers and slipcases, and are in particularly good condition. And there's more....

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $16.50
Lot 5418

$10

Book Details: These four books on books are all signed by their authors, and are works of literary history, criticism, compilation, or memoir. Included are "An Uncommon Scold" by Abby Adams, a collection of quotes from "witty and wicked women.;" "And Did You Once See Sidney Plain?" by Max Wilk, a memoir of S.J. Perelman; "Resistance and Caribbean Literature" by Selwyn R. Cudjoe, a study of the development of that region's novel; and "Intimation of Mortality" by Violet Weingarten, a journal of the author's two-year battle with cancer.

These books are from the estate of Abraham and Betty Ajay. Abraham (Abe) Ajay was an artist who was best known for his artistic contributions for New Masses magazine during the late 1930s and early 1940s and also for his creative use of reliefs made of found objects during the 1960s and beyond. Ajay was professor of visual arts at State University College at Purchase, New York from 1978 into the '90s.

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 5419

$25

Title: The Illustrated Historical Register of the United States Centennial Exposition, 1876
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Frank B. Norton
Publisher: Subscription Book Department, the American News Company
City: New York
Year: 1877
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 324 pages
Width: 12.25" Height: 16.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in pebbled black cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows external wear, with lettering entirely faded from spine and soiling to covers. Rear cover shows mild rippling that carries through to rear pastedown. Binding is cracked at rear. Pages 87 to 90 are detached. Interior is clean and bright. Lavishly illustrated, with sharp full- and double-page engravings and numerous in-text illustrations. Work also contains 2 chromolithograph plates of flags from different nations and a double-page facsimile of the Declaration of Independence.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 5420

$35

Book Details: This group of books focuses on nautical exploration and endurance sailing, but other topics are present as well. Notable is Patrick O'Brian's excellent biography of naturalist and chief spy, Sir Joseph Banks; "The Sea in Ships," by Alan J. Villiers; "Log of the Union: John Boit's Remarkable Voyage;" and the "Journals of Keeling and Bonner, 1615-1617." Polar adventure is explored in a biography of Sir Martin Frobisher and in "Hell on Ice: The Saga of the 'Jeannette.'" The book on the Keeling and Bonner expedition for the East India Company is a limited edition, and comes with a detached map.

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $13.50
Lot 5421

$20

Book Details: This is one of three lavish collections of beautiful, large-format books on gardening, garden design, and landscape architecture in this auction. The volumes in each of these generous lots consider gardens and gardening in a range of ways, from the historically or romantically appreciative to the creatively practical and instructive.

This particular lot also features books about creating spaces for outdoor living, and a history of influential 18th century gardeners Capability Brown and his protege, Humphrey Repton, both favorites of England's George III.

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Condition / Notes: All of the books in this lot are in excellent to nearly-new condition.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $29.50
Lot 5422

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique books on American history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a folio edition of "American Historical and Literary Curiosities; Consisting of Fac-Similes of Original Documents relating to the Events of the Revolution, &c. &c. With a Variety of Reliques, Antiquities, and Modern Autographs" (G. P. Putnam, 1861) and "Shoepac Recollections: A Way-Side Glimpse of American Life" (Bunce & Brother, Publishers, 1856).

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Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $15.50
Lot 5423

$10

Book Details: Included in this assortment of vintage and antique philosophy, history, and social commentary is a collection of editorials published in the Washington Post between February 1917 and November 1920, written and signed by Ira E. Bennett; an argument for internationalism (which paved the way for the League of Nations) by esteemed President of Columbia University Nicholas Murray Butler; Samuel Courtauld's thoughts on industrial relations and labor management; and a meditation on "Women's Possibilities and Limitations" written by an evangelical Christian in 1899.

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Condition / Notes: Most of these books are in very good condition with dust jackets. Some have age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.


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Lot 5424

$70

Title: Flora Cestrica: as Herborizing Companion for the Young Botanists of Chester County, State of Pennsylvania
Author: William Darlington
Publisher: Lindsay & Blakiston
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1853
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: cx/498 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in full leather, with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows moderate wear. Binding is tight. Volume has new endpapers. Pages display foxing. Hand-colored map at front is intact. Previous owner's name is stamped in top margin of title page. Heavy foxing is visible throughout interior.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5425

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the German-language newspaper compilation shown in the corresponding image(s). This folio volume contains issues of the illustrated Berlin daily Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung from January 1 to March 31, 1936. These newspapers contain a fascinating day-to-day chronicle of life in Nazi Germany, providing contemporary accounts of significant historical events such as the remilitarization of the Rhineland in March, the ongoing Italian invasion of Ethiopia and the election of a Popular Front government in Spain. This particular group also contains well-illustrated stories and reports on the Winter Olympics held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as uncommon reports on developments considered of relevance by the Nazi regime, among which are the murder of Wilhelm Gustloff, the third anniversary of Hitler's coming to power and Hitler's promotion of a people's car or "Volkswagen." It should be noted that many of the accounts of the official ceremonies attended by Hitler and Nazi and military officials are accompanied by the texts of the speech(es) given.

Also of note in this volume is an illustrated report of a Zeppelin and a number of pictures devoted to the car show of 1936 that include such brand names as Mercedes Benz.

There are also a number of interesting features common to all modern periodicals but which here reflect the condition of life in a totalitarian state, as is the case with the illustrated advertisements bearing swastikas or editorials parroting official slogans.

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Condition / Notes: This folio volume is bound in quarter cloth with marbled paper-covered boards and cloth-tipped corners. Black lettering and library marking(s) appear on spine. Ex-library book shows mild external wear, with some soiling to covers. Binding is firm. Text block is intact. Pages are clean and without markings. Pages very occasionally show closed tear or a very small amount of tape repair.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $16.50
Lot 5426

$35

Book Details: This assortment of estate books consists largely of 19th century magazine compilations, but also includes individual books. These are "Ben Shahn's Haggadah," "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters," vol. 1 of a 1776 edition of Thomas Gray's poems, an 1844 edition of Sir Walter Scott's "The Lady of the Lake," an 1828 school reader, a general anthology, vol. 1 of Johnson's "Natural History" (1868), and some early anthropology, vol. II of "The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World."

The collected magazines include "Munsey's" (1893-4); "The Cosmopolitan" (1893-4) with stories by Mark Twain, Edward Bok, and William Dean Howells; "Putnam's Monthly" (1854); and "The Century" from 1891, with contributions from Henry Cabot Lodge, William Tecumseh Sherman, Theodore Roosevelt, Horace Greeley, John La Farge, Edmund Gosse, and Hamlin Garland.

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. The spine of "The Lady of the Lake" is badly damaged and the front cover is detached. The spine of Johnson's "Natural History" is bound with duct tape.


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Lot 5427

$70

Title: Meehan's Monthly: A Magazine of Horticulture, Botany and Kindred Subjects
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Thomas Meehan - Thomas Meehan was a noted British-born nurseryman, botanist and author. He worked as a Kew gardener in 1846-1848, and thereafter he moved to Germantown in Philadelphia. He was the founder of Meehan's Monthly (1891-1901) and editor of Gardener's Monthly (1859-1888).

Meehan grew up on the Isle of Wight. His interest in plants was sparked by his father, who was a gardener. He published his first botanical contribution at age fourteen, which led to his membership of the Wernernian Society. His knowledge and skills resulted in his securing a position at Kew Gardens from 1846 to 1848, where he was influenced by William Jackson Hooker.

Meehan travelled to Philadelphia in 1848 and worked for the owner of Bartram's Garden, who was pioneer locomotive builder Andrew M. Eastwick (1811-1879) and who, with Thomas De Kay and Joseph Harrison, had contracted to build the first railroad in Russia . Meehan started a nursery in partnership with William Saunders in Germantown near Philadelphia, where he lived with his family for the rest of his life. When his business with Saunders ended, he started the Germantown Nurseries, which became Thomas Meehan & Sons in 1896. His brother Joseph Meehan (1840-1920) joined the firm in 1859. Thomas Meehan's three sons Thomas B. Meehan, Mendelson Meehan and J. Franklin Meehan also had notable careers while they ran the nursery. J. Franklin designed parks and golf courses including Spring Ford Country Club, Ashborne Country Club and North Hills (originally called Edge Hill Golf Club). He left Edge Hill to design Sandy Run Country Club, where he also served as its first president.

Meehan and family supplied plants to the United States and Europe for seven decades, expanding to cover 60 hectares in the twentieth century. Their specialty was ornamentals, such as Japanese maples. In 1888, Thomas Meehan rediscovered the Pink Dogwood Cornus florida var. rubra, which was thought to be extinct, along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, which is now part of Philadelphia municipal park system. Meehan's researches in botany led to his being the editor of The Gardener's Monthly (1859-1888), and then of Meehans' Monthly (1891-1902), two horticultural journals with the largest circulation at that time. Meehan wrote his own agriculture columns for five newspapers.

Meehan was a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the American Association of Nurserymen, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the American Pomological Society, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Philosophical Society. He was also an honorary member of the Royal Horticultural Society (London). He corresponded with foremost botanists William Darlington, Josiah Hoopes, William Saunders, George Engelmann, John Torrey, Asa Gray, Maxwell T. Masters, Ferdinand von Mueller, George Nicholson and Charles Darwin.


Publisher: Thomas Meehan & Sons
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1895
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 8" Height: 10.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce compilation of issues of the antique magazine Meehan's Monthly. This is volume V containing all twelve issues of 1895.

Magazine issues are bound in maroon cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows light external wear. Volume has marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Well-preserved original wrappers are included. Pages are clean and without markings. Magazines have color botanical plates by Prang & Co., as well as full-page and in-text illustrations drawings and photos. Issues also have illustrated advertisements. Text is in double columns.

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Lot 5428

$10

Title: American Statesmen
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company
City: New York
Year: 1898-1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 32 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is the complete series on American statesmen looking at the work and life of key historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Samuel Adams, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, William McKinley, etc., as well as lesser known statesmen like Salmon Portland Chase, Charles Sumner, Thomas H. Benton, and others.
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in green cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show external wear, with discoloration to spines and covers. Bindings are firm. Antique bookplate appears on front pastedowns. Interiors are clean and without markings. All volumes are illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispieces

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $32.50
Lot 5429

$20

Book Details: All of the books in this collection of vintage children's picture books are illustrated with photographs, some in black & white, others colorized. The whimsical work of Harry Whittier Frees is represented here, as are others he inspired, such as Dale & Sally rooks. The photographs of J.C. Allen which illustrate a book on farm animals takes a more realistic approach.

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


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 5430

$60

Title: The Gambling World: Anecdotic Memoirs and Stories of Personal Experience in the Temples of Hazard and Speculation. With Some Mysteries and Iniquities of Stock Exchange Affairs
Author: Henry Vizetelly
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
City: New York
Year: 1898
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/373 pages plus 3 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in dark blue cloth, with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial design to front cover depicting a royal flush. Book shows light external wear. Binding is firm. Interior is clean and without markings. Illustrated with plates.

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Lot 5431

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the German-language newspaper compilation shown in the corresponding image(s). This folio volume contains issues of the Berlin daily Vossische Zeitung from January 1 to February 28, 1933. These newspapers contain a fascinating day-to-day chronicle of life in Nazi Germany, providing contemporary accounts of significant historical events. This period saw the last days of the Weimar Republic, Hitler being named chancellor on January 30th and the burning of the Reichstag on February 27th. This particular publication had a illustrated supplement containing literary and art sections, one of which contains a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Wagner's death (other articles and reports of the same appear elsewhere).


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The Vossische Zeitung (more precisely: "(Koniglich Privilegierte) Berlinische Zeitung von Staats- und Gelehrten Sachen") was the well-known liberal German newspaper that was published in Berlin (1721-1934). Its predecessor was founded in 1704. Among the editors of the "aunt Voss" were Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Willibald Alexis, Theodor Fontane and Kurt Tucholsky.
Until the second year of the Third Reich's reign over Germany, the publication was generally regarded as Germany's national newspaper of record, just as The Times and Le Temps were to Great Britain and France, respectively. At this point, the Vossische Zeitung was dissolved by the official, state-sanctioned political party, the all-powerful NSDAP, which circulated its own nationally distributed newspaper, the Volkischer Beobachter.

Condition / Notes: This folio volume, measuring approximately 13.5" x 18.5", is bound in cloth-covered boards. Gilt-lettered label appears on spine. Ex-library book show external wear, with soiling to covers. Binding is firm. Text block is intact. Antique library bookplate appears on front pastedown. Pages are clean and without markings. Pages may occasionally show closed tear or small amount of tape repair.

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Lot 5432

$15

Book Details: What makes this interesting collection of books unusual is not the fact that they are all author-signed, but that they range widely and intriguingly in topic and in treatment. Biographer Lee Hall contributes two volumes, one on the marriage of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, and the other on the goddess Athena. Helen Nash contributes a book of gourmet kosher recipes, and J. Lawrence Pool offers "Adventures and Ventures of a New York Neurosurgeon." A novel by Violet Weingarten and a memoir by Henry Viscardi, Jr., round out the lot.

These books are from the estate of Abraham and Betty Ajay. Abraham (Abe) Ajay was an artist who was best known for his artistic contributions for New Masses magazine during the late 1930s and early 1940s and also for his creative use of reliefs made of found objects during the 1960s and beyond. Ajay was professor of visual arts at State University College at Purchase, New York from 1978 into the '90s.

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


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Lot 5433

$20

Details: This diverse selection of antique and vintage magazines includes an 1888 edition of the North American Review, a 1928 western ornithology periodical, a 1936 Natural History, a 1940 Harper's, Current Psychology & Psychoanalysis from 1936, three copies of Fortune from the 1930s, and domestic magazines from 1912 through 1954.

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Condition / Notes: As with all the ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.

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Lot 5434

$35

Details: This lavish assortment of vintage and antique magazines and periodicals contains rare treasures, such as an 1880 newspaper from Leadville, CO, or the issues of bilingual, German-English magazine published in 1887 for immigrant children. Of course, there is also more plebian fare, such as "Confidential" magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover; or the men's adventure pulp from 1958. Also included are many copies of general interest and literary magazines from the turn of the century, six issues of "Nature" (American, not the British academic science publication) from 1939-42, an 1896 bulletin reporting on politics and commerce in Latin America. There's more, including an 1840 newspaper for Baptists.

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


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Lot 5435

$150

Book Details: Among the titles in this collection of brand-new ship and aviation modeling books are three copies of "The Fully Framed Model: The HMN Swan Class Sloops of 1767-1780. Volume One" (Pier Books/Dupont Communications, 2005, in dust jacket) by David Antscherl; and "The Model Ship: Her Role in History" (Antique Collectors' Club, 2000) by Norman Napier Boyd. Other titles include "Secrets of Ships in Bottles" by Peter Thorne; "Ship Modeling Techniques," by Portia Takakjian; "Bottled Up: The Art of Building Airplanes in Bottles," by William Weiser; "A Modeler's Guide to Ancient and Medieval Ships," by Richard Mansir; "How to Model Small Boats," by the same author; and "The Amateur Ship Model Builder," by Dorie Krusz.

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Condition / Notes: These book are all new and unused, and in excellent condition. Some are still in shrink-wrap.

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Lot 5436

$15

Book Details: Missionary history if the focus of this group of books, with forays into New Guinea, California, China, Japan, and martyrdom. Also included is a booklet written in 1906 to help immigrant children assimilate and become Americans.

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. The cover has separated from the pamphlet for immigrants.


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