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Lot 8001

This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- News of the Plains and Rockies 1803-1865: Original Narratives of Overland Travel and Adventure Selected from the Wagner-Camp and Becker Bibliography of Western Americana by David A. White, uncredited Edited by David A. White - Dated 1996-2001 by The Arthur H. Clark Company - First Edition Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: No - This handsome eight-volume set is bound in tan cloth with bright gilt lettering stamped on dark red fields with gilt borders, with the name of the publisher stamped in red at the foot of the spines. The publisher's promotional brochure is laid in. A valuable reference of Western Americana. "This compilation pulls together...168 rare news reports of pioneers who epitomized the Western spirit" (introduction).

Volume 1: Early Explorers, Fur Hunters
Volume 2: Santa Fe adventurers, Settlers
Volume 3: Missionaries, Mormons, Indian Agents, Captives
Volume 4: Warriors, Scientists, Artists
Volume 5: Later Explorers 1847-1864
Volume 6: Gold Seekers in California; Railroad Forerunners
Volume 7: Mailmen, Gold Seekers, Pike’s Peak
Volume 8: Gold Seekers, 1858-1865; Series Index

These attractive books are in excellent condition, with all but one still in publisher’s shrink wrap. This set lacks supplementary volume 9.
- News of the Plains and Rockies, 1803-1865: Original Narratives of Overland Travel and Adventure Selected from the Wagner-Camp and Becker Bibliography of Western Americana by David A. White, Isaac Ingalls Stevens
Lot 8002


Title: A Collection of the Facts and Documents, Relative to the Death of Major-General Alexander Hamilton; with Comments: Together with the Various Orations, Sermons, and Eulogies, that Have Been Published or Written on His Life and Character
Author: William Coleman - William Coleman was the first editor of The New York Evening Post (today known as the New York Post), chosen by founder Alexander Hamilton.
Publisher: Printed by Hopkins and Seymour, for I. Riley and Co. Booksellers
City: New York
Year: 1804
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 238 pages
Width: 5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Presented in a later cloth binding, this antique text is an accumulation of documents and letters surrounding the duel between Aaron Burr, then Vice-President, and former Secretary of the Treasury and Revolutionary War hero, and author of many of The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton. The duel took place on July 11, 1804, on the Heights of Weehawken. William Coleman was a friend of Hamilton's and editor of the Evening Post, and was somewhat notorious for his own altercations and duels.
Condition / Notes: This book shows very well, with minimal indications of exterior age and wear. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. A book plate from a Masonic lodge is affixed to the front paste-down endpaper, and some writing in pencil appears on the preliminary pages, with a stamped number.
Lot 8003


Book Details: This lot is comprised of a collection of nine antique daguerrotypes in cases, three of which have mother-of-pearl inlay on their ornate cases. All of the cases/frames feature decorative gold embellishment; four of these pieces have intact folding cases, while the rest lack half of the folding case. Please see the corresponding images for more detail.

Condition / Notes: These antique daguerrotypes show very nicely, with some typical indications of age and wear, including rubbing and wear to the cases/frames. Some of these pieces lack a portion of the folding case.
Lot 8004


Title: Utopia: Containing an Impartial History of the Manners, Customs, Polity, Government, &c. of that Island. Written in Latin by Sir Thomas More, Chancellor of England. And Interspersed with Many Important Articles of Secret History, Relating to the State of the British Nation. Translated into English by Gilbert Burnet, Late Bishop of Sarum. To This Edition is Added, a Short Account of Sir Thomas More's Life and Trial: and a Prayer Made by Him While He Was a Prisoner in the Tower. The Whole Revis'd, Corrected and Greatly Improv'd, by Thomas Williamson, Esq.
Author: Thomas More - Sir Thomas More, known to Roman Catholics as Saint Thomas More since 1935, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He was an important councillor to Henry VIII of England and was Lord Chancellor from October 1529 to 16 May 1532. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1935 as one of the early martyrs of the schism that separated the Church of England from Rome in the 16th century. In 2000, Pope John Paul II declared him patron of Catholic statesmen and politicians.

More was an opponent of the Protestant Reformation, in particular of Martin Luther and William Tyndale. However, since 1980, he is also commemorated by the Church of England as a reformation martyr.

More coined the word "utopia" – a name he gave to the ideal and imaginary island nation, the political system of which he described in "Utopia," published in 1516. He opposed the King's separation from the Roman Catholic Church and refused to accept him as Supreme Head of the Church of England, a title which had been given by parliament through the Act of Supremacy of 1534. He was imprisoned in 1534 for his refusal to take the oath required by the First Succession Act, because the act disparaged Papal Authority and Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In 1535, he was tried for treason, convicted on perjured testimony, and beheaded.

More also helped to originate the phrase "grasp at straws" to mean "desperately trying even useless things", in his "Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation."

Intellectuals and statesmen across Europe were stunned by More's execution. Erasmus saluted him as one "whose soul was more pure than any snow, whose genius was such that England never had and never again will have its like." There was a more controversial side to More's life, because he advocated the persecution and execution of Protestants who refused to recant their faith. However, the judgement of history has been largely willing to forgive this in light of the times he lived in and his martyrdom in the Roman Catholic cause. Two centuries later Jonathan Swift said More was "the person of the greatest virtue this kingdom ever produced," a sentiment with which Samuel Johnson agreed. Historian Hugh Trevor-Roper said in 1977 that More was "the first great Englishman whom we feel that we know, the most saintly of humanists, the most human of saints, the universal man of our cool northern renaissance."
Editor: Thomas Williamson
Translor: Gilbert Burnet - Gilbert Burnet was a Scottish philosopher and historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Burnet was highly respected as a cleric, a preacher, an academic, a writer and a historian. He was always closely associated with the Whig party, and was one of the few close friends in whom King William III confided.
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxiv, 168 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in leather-covered boards with a leather spine and enhanced with engraved ornamental headpieces and tailpieces. Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia) is a work of fiction and socio-political satire by Thomas More (1478–1535) published in 1516 in Latin. The book is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs. Many aspects of More's description of Utopia are reminiscent of life in monasteries.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. There are scrapes and a small hole to the leather spine. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through through moderate age toning/foxing. The name of a previous owner appears on the front pastedown, and a small label with initials is affixed to the front flyleaf.
Lot 8005


Title: A Little Book in C Major
Author: H. L. Mencken - Henry Louis "H. L." Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, magazine editor, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English. Known as the "Sage of Baltimore", he is regarded as one of the most influential American writers of the first half of the 20th century.

Mencken is best known for writing "The American Language," and for his satirical reporting on the Scopes trial, which he named the "Monkey" trial. A keen cheer-leader of scientific progress, he was very skeptical of economic theories and particularly critical of anti-intellectualism, bigotry, populism, Christian fundamentalism, creationism, organized religion, the existence of God, and osteopathic/chiropractic medicine.

In addition to his literary accomplishments, Mencken was known for his controversial ideas. A frank admirer of Nietzsche, he was not a proponent of representative democracy, which he believed was a system in which inferior men dominated their superiors. During the World Wars, he was sympathetic to the Germans, and was very distrustful of British "propaganda".
Publisher: John Lane Company
City: New York
Year: 1916
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 79 pages plus 1 page of advertisements
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in maroon cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and the front cover. The title on the front cover appears within a gilt treble staff box. This work contains a collection of epigrams showing the influence of such authors as Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde and Friedrich Nietzsche.
Condition / Notes: This antique book shows mild external wear, with spine lettering completely faded. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning. An inscription to a previous owner appears on the front flyleaf.
Lot 8006


Title: The Big Green Book
Author: Robert Graves - Robert von Ranke Graves (also known as Robert Ranke Graves and most commonly Robert Graves) was an English poet, translator and novelist. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves' poems—together with his translations and innovative interpretations of the Greek myths, his memoir of his early life, including his role in the First World War, "Goodbye to All That," and his historical study of poetic inspiration, "The White Goddess"—have never been out of print.

He earned his living from writing, particularly popular historical novels such as "I, Claudius," "King Jesus," "The Golden Fleece," and "Count Belisarius." He also was a prominent translator of Classical Latin and Ancient Greek texts; his versions of "The Twelve Caesars" and "The Golden Ass" remain popular today for their clarity and entertaining style. Graves was awarded the 1934 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for both "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God."

Publisher: Crowell-Collier Press/Collier Macmillan Limited
City: New York/London
Year: 1968
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This volume is bound in green cloth with with black spine lettering and illustration to the front board. This is a stated first printing of the 1968 release of this title. Maurice Sendak, the illustrator, has signed the front free endpaper with the inscription "To the Eddy Collection". The original dust jacket is intact. This volume was part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

From the dust jacket: "Long ago a little boy named Jack discovered a big green book hidden under an old sack in a corner of the attic. He began to read it, hoping it was a story book, but he found it was something far better. It was a book full of magic spells. First Jack turned himself into an old man. Then he made himself disappear. And by the time he was ready to become Jack again he had transformed his prim aunt and uncle into likable, laughable people. Robert Graves's story of a little boy's triumph over adult rules and regulations, accompanied by Maurice Sendak's funny, fearsome pictures, is sure to delight young and old alike."
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear. The text and illustrations are clear and crisp.
Lot 8007


Title: The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in Their Botanical, Horticultural, and Popular Aspects
Author: Thomas Meehan - Thomas Meehan was a noted British-born nurseryman, botanist and author.

Publisher: L. Prang and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1878
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: No
Width: 7.75" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: These are the first two volumes of a four-volume edition of this work. This antique set has been rebound in quarter maroon cloth with stamped gilt lettering. Original marbled paper-covered boards have leather-tipped corners. Marbled endpapers and many chromolithograph plates with tissue guards enhance the text. Meehan was an Englishman, trained at Kew, who moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1853, where he spent the rest of his life running a nursery and editing various gardening periodicals. This is his masterwork, and one of the leading authorities on ferns in America. It is also a notable 19th-century American color plate book, issued by Prang of Boston, the leading chromolithographer of the period.
Condition / Notes: These volumes display light shelfwear and occasional offsetting. Binding of first volume is cracked at first page of preface; binding of second volume is firm. Pages exhibit mild/moderate age toning/foxing.
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