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Lot 2001

$325

Title: Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
Author: Mark Twain - American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

Twain was popular, and his wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers. Upon his death he was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

Publisher: The American Publishing Company
City: Hartford, Connecticut
Year: 1897
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 712 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This is the standard subscriber's first edition of Twain's final travel book, bound in blue cloth with the elephant inlay on the front cover and Hartford listed as the only publication city on the title page. The work is profusely illustrated with plates and textual figures.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in the publisher's decorated blue cloth. The book shows light shelf wear. The pages and plates are clean with occasional mild marginal toning.
Lot 2002

$225

Title: Regulations for the Army of the Confederate States, 1863. Revised and Enlarged with a New and Copious Index.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: J. W. Randolph
City: Richmond, Virginia
Year: 1863
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 420 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is the stated second "and only correct edition" of this book on the Confederate Army's regulations during the American Civil War. Included are several sample officer's reports.
Condition / Notes: This antique Confederate volume has separated boards and lacks its spine cover. There are library stamps on the title page. The text block has some strain to the binding. The pages show moderate toning and scattered foxing.

This volume has been collated and contains one plate. Both boards detached. Loss of material to pgs. 43/44 measuring .25” x .25”, text slightly obstructed. Closed tear to pgs. 135/136 measuring 2.25” from fore edge, text obstructed. Pages 177-184 detached. Closed tear to pgs. 241/242 measuring 3.25” from fore edge, text obstructed. Rear endpaper lacking top half. Pagination as follows: iv-xxiv, 2-74, 76, 76-360, 360a-360l, 361-420.
Lot 2003

$100

Title: Cavalry Tactics. In Three Parts. School of the Trooper, of the Platoon, of the Squadron, and the Evolutions of a Regiment.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington
Year: 1864
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 450 pages plus 120 plates & 20 bugle music sheets
Width: 4.25" Height: 6"
Book Details: This antique military manual is profusely illustrated with folding plates and diagrams depicting proper use of weaponry and uniform, tactical diagrams, and bugle calls. The signature of a former owner, "Major Haile," appears on the front pastedown.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in gray cloth covers with moderate toning and moisture marking. The pages and plates show occasional light moisture marking and spotting in the margins, with heavier moisture marking affecting the bugle calls.
Lot 2004

$80

Title: North of Boston
Author: Robert Frost - Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
City: New York
Year: 1915
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 137 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This is the stated third printing (October, 1915) of the second edition of Frost's second book, a poetry collection which introduced "Mending Wall" and "After Apple-Picking." It was originally published in 1914.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in the publisher's blue cloth with stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation. There is moderate external age/wear. The pages show mild toning and occasional light marginal foxing/smudging.
Lot 2005

$750

Title: A System of Surgery; Pathological, Diagnostic, Therapeutic and Operative
Author: Samuel D. Gross - Samuel David Gross was an American academic trauma surgeon. Surgeon biographer Isaac Minis Hays called Gross "The Nestor of American Surgery." He is immortalized in Thomas Eakins' "The Gross Clinic," (1875), a prominent American painting of the nineteenth century. A bronze statue of him was erected in Philadelphia. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Blanchard and Lea
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1862
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This is a scarce second edition of this medical work, "much enlarged and carefully revised" for publication during the Civil War. This work contains a great number of textual illustrations (title pages state "twelve hundred and twenty-seven engravings").
Condition / Notes: This set is bound in full brown leather with raised bands, gilt-lettered black leather spine labels, and gilt ruling. The words " U.S.A. Hospital Department" appear stamped in gold on the front covers. These books show light to moderate external age/wear wear. The bindings are firm. The endpapers have darkened edges. The pages show mild toning and scattered light foxing.
Lot 2006

$55

Title: "Boots and Saddles" or Life in Dakota with General Custer
Author: Elizabeth B. Custer - Elizabeth Bacon Custer was the wife of General George Armstrong Custer. After his death, she became an outspoken advocate for her husband's legacy through her popular books and lectures. Largely as a result of her endless campaigning on his behalf, Custer's iconic portrayal as the gallant fallen hero amid the glory of 'Custer’s Last Stand' was a canon of American history for almost a century after his death.

Publisher: Harper & Brothers Publishers
City: New York / London
Year: 1885
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 312 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is a later printing of the first edition of this work by the wife of George Armstrong Custer, containing the frontispiece portrait of General Custer, as well as an "Outline Map of portions of Montana & Dakota." The work is bound in the publisher's tan cloth covers with stamped black and gilt illustration/lettering.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays minor external age/wear. The binding is sound. Library bookplates and pocket remnants appear on the endpapers. The interior of the volume is clean with mild toning.
Lot 2007

$25

Title: The Cantos of Ezra Pound
Author: Ezra Pound - Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his promotion of Imagism, a movement that derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. His best-known works include "Ripostes" (1912), "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" (1920), and his unfinished 120-section epic, "The Cantos" (1917–1969).

Working in London in the early 20th century as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, Pound helped to discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He was responsible for the publication in 1915 of Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and for the serialization from 1918 of Joyce's "Ulysses." Hemingway wrote of him in 1925: "He defends [his friends] when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. ... He writes articles about them. He introduces them to wealthy women. He gets publishers to take their books. He sits up all night with them when they claim to be dying ... he advances them hospital expenses and dissuades them from suicide."

Outraged by the loss of life during the First World War, he lost faith in England, blaming the war on usury and international capitalism. He moved to Italy in 1924 where throughout the 1930s and 1940s, to his friends' dismay, he embraced Benito Mussolini's fascism, expressed support for Adolf Hitler, and wrote for publications owned by the British fascist Oswald Mosley. The Italian government paid him during the Second World War to make hundreds of radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in particular Jews—broadcasts that were monitored by the U.S. government—as a result of which he was arrested for treason by American forces in Italy in 1945. He spent months in detention in a U.S. military camp in Pisa, including 25 days in a six-by-six-foot outdoor steel cage that he said triggered a mental breakdown: "when the raft broke and the waters went over me." Deemed unfit to stand trial, a decision disputed for decades after his death, he was incarcerated in St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., for over 12 years.

While in custody in Italy he had begun work on sections of "The Cantos" that became known as "The Pisan Cantos" (1948), for which he was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1949 by the Library of Congress. The award triggered enormous controversy, mostly because of his antisemitism and the charge of treason, and in part because it raised literary questions about whether a supposedly "mad" poet who held such contentious views could produce work of any value. He was released from St. Elizabeths in 1958, thanks to a protracted campaign by his fellow writers, and returned to live in Italy until his death. His political views ensure that his work remains controversial; in 1933 Time magazine called him "a cat that walks by himself, tenaciously unhousebroken and very unsafe for children." Hemingway nevertheless wrote: "The best of Pound's writing – and it is in the Cantos – will last as long as there is any literature."

Publisher: A New Directions Book published by James Laughlin
City: New York
Year: 1948
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: "For more than twenty years Ezra Pound has been at work on a monumental poem of epic scale -- The Cantos . . . The present volume brings together all the Cantos which have been completed to date. "A Draft of XXX Cantos," "Eleven New Cantos," "The Fifth Decad [sic] of Cantos," and Cantos LII-LXXI" are reprinted here, and to them are added "The Pisan Cantos" (also available by themselves in a separate book) which were composed during :Pound's incarceration in the prison camp near Pisa" (from the dust jacket flap).

This volume contains a frontispiece portrait of Pound by Arnold Genthe and retains the front panel and rear flap of its original dust jacket.
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume is firmly bound in black cloth with stamped silver lettering on the spine. The endpapers show moderate toning and foxing. The pages show scattered light marginal toning/foxing. The front panel and rear flap of the original dust jacket are included, with the original price of $5.00 on the bottom of the unclipped front flap.
Lot 2008

$45

Title: The Irish Rebellion of 1916 and its Martyrs: Erin's Tragic Easter
Author: James Reidy, Mary J. Ryan, Mary M. Colum, Maurice Joy, Padraic Colum, Seumas O'Brien, Sidney Gifford, T. Gavan Duffy
Editor: Maurice Joy
Publisher: The Devin-Adair Company
City: New York
Year: 1916
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: ix/427 pages plus publisher's catalogue
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This antique volume, the first edition of the work, includes numerous photographic plates depicting scenes and important figures in the Easter Rising.

From the foreword:
"No apology would be needed for writing passionately about the recent Irish Rebellion, and no apology is needed for having written dispassionately about it. . . . Either Ireland is to become an independent nation or she is to remain within the British Empire . . . the latter conviction does not spring from any love of empire, but from a sense of political actualities. Among the writers of this book some hold one opinion, some the other. The Editor has allowed each writer to express his opinions freely."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in the publisher's green cloth covers with a full-color Irish flag on the front cover. There is light wear at the edges. The pages and plates are clean with mild toning.
Lot 2009

$55

Title: Letters from the Backwoods and the Adirondac
Author: J. T. Headley - Joel Tyler Headley (December 30, 1813 - d. January 16, 1897) was an American clergyman, historian, author, newspaper editor and politician who served as Secretary of State of New York.

He was born at Walton, New York to a Presbyterian clergyman father, and he determined to take up the same occupation. He graduated from Union College in 1839 and took a course in theology at the Auburn Theological Seminary in Auburn, New York. After being ordained, he preached at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, but soon had to give up his profession due to the strain, going to Europe in 1842. He turned to history writing, producing many works on various subjects. His writings were among the first to call attention to the Adirondack Mountains as a health resort. He later accepted the solicitations of Horace Greeley and became associate editor of the New York Tribune.

Headley was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co., 1st D.) in 1855; and was New York Secretary of State from 1856 to 1857, elected on the American Party ticket at the New York state election, 1855. He died in Newburgh, New York in 1897, having lived there for many years.

[Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: John S. Taylor
City: New York
Year: 1850
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 165 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This antique early printing of this work, which is bound in the publisher's cloth stamped in blind and gilt, features a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in the publisher's cloth, showing light to moderate external age/wear. The pages and frontispiece exhibit light to moderate foxing.
Lot 2010

$175

Title: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
Author: Ulysses S. Grant - Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) following his highly successful role as a war general in the second half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military; having effectively ended the war and secession with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. As president he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery. Upset over uncontrolled violence in the South, President Grant effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan in 1871 (courtesy of Wikipedia).
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Company
City: New York
Year: 1892
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This antique two-volume set is bound in green cloth, with gilt lettering and pictorial designs to the covers and spines. Each volume is adorned with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Grant, as well as additional maps and folding facsimile letters.
Condition / Notes: This antique American history set is bound in the publisher's cloth with light to moderate external age/wear. The front board of the first volume is partially separated from the text block, still as one with the spine cover and rear board. The pages, plates, and maps show light to moderate toning and occasional light foxing and/or moisture marking.
Lot 2011

$25

Title: Enemies in the Rear; or, a Golden Circle Squared. A Story of Southeastern Pennsylvania in the Time of Our Civil War
Author: Francis T. Hoover
Publisher: Arena Publishing Company
City: Boston
Year: 1895
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 604 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in burgundy cloth, with gilt lettering and decoration to the covers and spine.

From the preface:
"To say that a book has been written from patriotic, unselfish motives is not always to give a sufficient reason for its being; nevertheless this plea is respectfully offered on behalf of this semi-historical story. For everything connected however remotely with the stupendous conflict through which the United States passed from 1861-5 is of interest to every true American, and all agencies--fiction being by no means the most insignificant--that throw light on any phase of the struggle made by this great Nation for its life, must be regarded as legitimate and helpful to all lovers of their country."


Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays external wear, including mild fraying to the cloth at corners and spine extremities, mild soiling, and small bumps to edges. The hinges are cracked. The outer edge of the text block displays moisture markings. A previous owner's signature appears on the verso of the front flyleaf. Minor edge tears appear on the pages, and the interior is otherwise generally clean and bright, with a few very small pen markings on the rear flyleaf.
Lot 2012

$475

Title: Infantry Tactics, for the Instruction, Exercise, and Manoeuvres of the Soldier, a Company, Line of Skirmishes, Battalion, Brigade, or Corps d'Armee
Author: Silas Casey - Silas Casey was a career United States Army officer who rose to the rank of Major General during the American Civil War.
Publisher: D. Van Nostrand
City: New York
Year: 1862-1863
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.5"
Book Details: This small-format, three-volume set from the Civil War is uniformly bound in blindstamped cloth and includes a first volume printed in 1863 and second and third volumes dated 1862. The work is profusely illustrated with folding plates of tactical diagrams, plus additional plates.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is solidly bound in cloth with light to moderate external age/wear. There are some pencil notations to the preliminaries of the first volume. There are library blindstamps to the title pages. The pages and folding plates show light toning as well as scattered foxing/smudging, mostly near the beginning and end of the volume.
Lot 2013

$30

Title: Life with the Forty-ninth Massachusetts Volunteers
Author: Henry T. Johns - Henry T. Johns (April 8, 1828 - May 13, 1906) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Published for the Author
City: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Year: 1864
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 391 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is the first edition of this Civil War memoir by Union soldier and Medal of Honor winner Henry T. Johns. The work is profusely illustrated with plates depicting members of the 49th Massachusetts and battlefield views.

See Bruns (Supplement) H310.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in the publisher's pebbled cloth covers stamped in gilt and blind. There is moisture damage to the upper left corner of the front board. The rear hinge is cracked. The pages and plates show light toning and scattered light foxing, with some heavier foxing to the preliminaries.
Lot 2014

$600

Title: The War with the South: A History of the Great American Rebellion; Being a Complete Narrative of the Origin and Progress of the War, with Biographical Sketches of Leading Statesmen, Naval and Military Commanders, Etc.
Author: Benjamin G. Smith, Robert Tomes - Robert Tomes was an American physician, diplomat and writer.

Robert Tomes was born in New York City to Francis and Maria Tomes. He attended Columbia College Grammar School in New York, and Washington College (now Trinity College) in Hartford, Connecticut. After one year at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School he continued his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1840. After studying further in Paris, he moved back to New York to start his medical practice. Beginning to write around 1853, Tomes gradually relinquished his medical business and became an author. Dr. Tomes married Katherine Fasnet of Wiesbaden, Germany, and had one daughter and two sons. The family lived in New York City, Wiesbaden, Germany, and Rheims, France.

He graduated at Washington (now Trinity) college, Connecticut in 1835, and, after spending some time in the medical schools of Philadelphia, went to the University of Edinburgh, where he received the degree of M. D. in 1840. He then studied in Paris.

On his return to the United States Tomes settled in the practice of his profession in New York, but after a few years was appointed surgeon on a vessel belonging to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and made several voyages between Panama and San Francisco.

In 1865 Tomes was appointed U. S. consul at Rheims, France, which office he filled until 1867. Returning to the United States, he spent most of his life in literary occupation. He died in Brooklyn, New York, on August 28, 1882. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Virtue & Yorston, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1862-1865
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: This full-leather, three-volume set is profusely illustrated with tissue-guarded plates depicting important battles, officers, politicians, and maps of the Civil War.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is firmly bound in leather with moderate external age/wear. The pages and tissue-guarded plates display light toning and scattered light foxing.
Lot 2015

$30

Title: Revised United States Army Regulations of 1861. With an Appendix Containing the Changes and Laws Affecting Army Regulations and Articles of War to June 25, 1863
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington, D.C.
Year: 1863
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 594 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This antique Civil War-era military tactics book includes numerous diagrams. An ownership inscription on the front flyleaf reads "W. B. Barton / Col 48th NY Vol. / Carry [sp?] 2nd Brigade / 2nd Division / 10th ArRmy Corps / April 24th 1864."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has blindstamped cloth covers bearing the seal of the United Sates. The front board and spine cover are separated from the text block, still as one with the rear board. There is light external rubbing and chipping. The blank preliminaries prior to the title page are still attached to the front board. There are some additional loose pages. The pages show mild toning.
Lot 2016

$90

Title: Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age
Author: Joe Kindig
Editor: Mary Cresswell
Publisher: Trimmer Printing, Inc.
City: York, Pennsylvania
Year: 1960
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 561 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.75"
Book Details: From the preface: "This book is primarily intended to be an introduction to the Kentucky rifle as a work of art. I say an 'introduction' for two reasons: First, nothing has previously been written on the Kentucky from the artistic standpoint; and second, much more study and research is necessary for the Kentucky to be properly understood and appreciated both historically and artistically. Since it may well be considered the most artistic product of eighteenth century America, and since it was tremendously important to the expansion of our country, the Kentucky rifle unquestionably merits serious research and thoughtful study by students of beauty."

This vintage volume is bound in blue cloth, with gilt lettering to the front cover and spine. The work is profusely illustrated with full-page black and white photographs of rifles.
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume displays minor external wear, with faded lettering to the spine, a few small spots of soiling, and minor rubbing/scuffing to the exterior. The front hinge of the volume is cracked. The interior is clean and bright, with well-preserved photographs.
Lot 2017

$110

Title: Dred; A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
Author: Harriet Beecher Stowe - Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. Her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) was a depiction of life for African-Americans under slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and United Kingdom. It energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. She wrote more than 20 books, including novels, three travel memoirs, and collections of articles and letters. She was influential both for her writings and her public stands on social issues of the day.
Publisher: Phillips, Sampson and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1856
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: "Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp" is the second novel from American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was first published in two volumes by Phillips, Sampson and Company in 1856. Although it enjoyed better initial sales than her previous, and more famous, novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin," it was ultimately less popular. "Dred" was of a more documentary nature than "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and thus lacked a character like Uncle Tom to evoke strong emotion from readers.

This is a a rare first printing of the first edition of this work, with "d" in "dictatorial" almost directly below the terminal "r" in "rather" on p. 88 of volume 1 and the phrase "the Dicksons are fewer" appears on p. 370, line 9 from the bottom. The first volume contains a two-page preface ((iii)-iv). Six pages of advertisements appear at the end of the first volume. BAL 19389
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are ex-library, with spine markings and bookplates to the front paste-downs. The volumes display external wear, with bumping to the edges and corners and faint moisture markings to rear covers. The text blocks display internal wear, with pages remaining secure. A newspaper clipping is present to the front flyleaf of the first volume. The interiors are generally clean and bright, with occasional minor moisture markings.
Lot 2018

$40

Title: A Statistical View of the District of Maine; More Especially with Reference to the Value and Importance of its Interior.
Author: Moses Greenleaf
Publisher: Cummings and Hilliard
City: Boston
Year: 1816
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 154 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: From the Preface:
"The following work was originally designed to have been merely a general geographical description of that part of the District of Maine, which is as yet but little known to the public; and as an explanatory appendage to the Map, which accompanies it. Long and attentive inquiry and observation had convinced the writer, that the real value and character of the extensive wilderness in the interior was very imperfectly understood, even by those whom a correct knowledge of it was important."

This antique volume is bound in blue paper covered boards with tan paper covered spine. This volume contains statistical views and charts pertaining to the state of Maine. Greenleaf was a geographer and known as "Maine's First Mapmaker."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blue paper covers which show mild to moderate signs of wear/age, primarily around the edges. the front and back covers are separated and protected with a plastic cover which is cracked on the back.The spine is moderately cracked and the pages show mild to moderate smudging/toning to the text.
Lot 2019

$70

Title: A Little Tour in France
Author: Henry James - Henry James was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He was the son of Henry James, Sr. and the brother of philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

James alternated between America and Europe for the first 20 years of his life, after which he settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death. He is primarily known for the series of novels in which he portrays the encounter of Americans with Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.

James contributed significantly to literary criticism, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in presenting their view of the world. James claimed that a text must first and foremost be realistic and contain a representation of life that is recognisable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are, most importantly, interesting. The concept of a good or bad novel is judged solely upon whether the author is good or bad. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel, biography, autobiography, and criticism, and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.
Publisher: James R. Osgood and Company
City: Boston
Year: 1885
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 255 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is the 1885 Boston imprint of this work by James R. Osgood, bound in the Houghton Mifflin binding (c. 1889). Houghton Mifflin purchased all unbound sheets of this work from Osgood in the late 1880s.

From Wikipedia:
Originally published under the title "En Province" in 1883–1884 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, the book recounts a six-week tour Henry James made of many provincial towns in France, including Tours, Bourges, Nantes, Toulouse, Arles and several others. James gives the idea for the book in the first paragraph of the first installment of the original magazine serial: "France may be Paris, but Paris is not France." He conceived the book as a description of and even homage to the provinces. James had tried living in Paris before settling in London in 1876. He returned to France in 1882 to discover more of French provincial life than he had previously been able to see.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in brown cloth with light external age/wear. The pages are clean with light toning.
Lot 2020

$25

Title: Cease Firing
Author: Mary Johnston - Mary Johnston (November 21, 1870 – May 9, 1936) was an American novelist and women's rights advocate from Virginia. She was one of America's best selling authors during her writing career and had three silent films adapted from her novels [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Houghtin Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press
City: Boston / New York / Cambridge
Year: 1912
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 457 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This is an author-signed first edition of this novel of the American Civil War, limited to 500 copies. The book includes four color plates by N. C. Wyeth. The endpapers depict a map of the Mississippi River and its surrounds from Chattanooga to Atlanta.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in the publisher's gray cloth covers with a title label affixed to the spine. There is mild external age/wear. A Syracuse University Library label is tipped-in to the verso of the front flyleaf. The pages are untrimmed and show mild age toning. The color plates by Wyeth are clean and bright.
Lot 2021

$80

Title: The Northern Traveller: Containing the Routes to Niagara, Quebec, and the Springs, with the Tour of New-England, and the Route to the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania
Author: Theodore Dwight, Jr. - Theodore Dwight was an American author.

Theodore Dwight was born March 3, 1796 in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was Theodore Dwight (1764–1846) of the New England Dwight family. His mother was Abigail Alsop (1765–1846), the sister of Richard Alsop (1761–1815). He graduated from Yale College in 1814. He compiled the travelogues of his uncle, Timothy Dwight IV, previously president of Yale, which he brought to publication in 1821. In 1825 he published the second tourist guidebook in the United States, "The Northern Traveller," which he would update with regular editions until 1841. A commentator on American society, he wrote a number of works on child rearing, school reform, and in the 1850s and 1860s passionately advocated for the cause of Garibaldi and the unification of Italy. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Published by A. T. Goodrich
City: New York
Year: 1826
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 368 pages plus index
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details: This small half-leather volume contains numerous engraved views and maps of routes through the northeast United States and Canada.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in half-leather with marbled paper covers. There is moderate to heavy external wear, including chipping and moisture marking. There is some internal strain to the hinges. The text block is solid. The pages and engravings show light to moderate moisture marking and scattered foxing.
Lot 2022

$300

Title: The Lost Cause; A New Southern History of the War of the Confederates. Comprising a Full and Authentic Account of the Rise and Progress of the Late Southern Confederacy--the Campaigns, Battles, Incidents, and Adventures of the Most Gigantic Struggle of the World's History. Drawn from Official Sources, and Approved by the Most Distinguished Confederate Leaders
Author: Edward A. Pollard - Edward A. Pollard was an American journalist. From 1857 to 1861 he was clerk of the U. S. House Committee on the Judiciary. During the Civil War he was one of the principal editors of the Richmond Examiner.

In 1864 Pollard sailed for England, but the vessel on which he sailed was captured as a blockade runner, and he was confined in Fort Warren in Boston Harbor from 29 May until 12 August, when he was paroled. In December he was placed in close confinement at Fort Monroe by order of the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, but was soon again paroled by General B. F. Butler, and in January proceeded to Richmond, Virginia to be exchanged there for Albert D. Richardson (1833–1869), a well-known correspondent of the New York Tribune, who, however, had escaped before Pollard arrived. During 1867 to 1869 Pollard edited a weekly paper at Richmond, and he conducted the Political Pamphlet there during the presidential campaign of 1868.
His publications include "Black Diamonds Gathered in the Darkey Homes of the South" (1859), in which he advocated a reopening of the slave trade; "The Southern History of the War" (3 vols.: "First Year of the War," with B. M. DeWitt, 1862; "Second Year of the War," 1864; "Third Year of the War," 1864); "Observations in the North: Eight Months in Prison and on Parole" (1865); "The Lost Cause" (1866); "Lee and His Lieutenants" (1867); "The Lost Cause Regained" (1868), a southern view of Reconstruction urging the necessity of white supremacy; "The Life of Jefferson Davis" (1869), an arraignment of the Confederate president; and "The Virginia Tourist" (1870).

Publisher: E. B. Treat & Co., Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1867
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 752 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is the "new and enlarged edition," bound in brown cloth, with gilt decoration to the front cover and spine. The work is adorned with numerous tissue-guarded engraved portraits of Confederate war heroes, as well as a frontispiece portrait of the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. A color folding map is present.

From the introduction:
"The facts of the War of the Confederates in America have been at the mercy of many temporary agents; they have been either confounded with sensational rumours, or discoloured by violent prejudices: in this condition they are not only not History, but false schools of present public opinion. By composing a severely just account of the War on the basis of cotemporary [sic] evidence . . . the author aspires to place the history of the War above political misrepresentations."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays external wear, with rubbing to the edges and spine extremities, and fading to the lettering on the spine. The binding is sound. The interior displays scattered foxing. Creasing and minor edge tears are visible to the folding map.
Lot 2023

$30

Book Details: This group of Collectible books feature the History of General Custer, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include: "My Life on the Plains;" "An Account of Custer's Last Campaign and the Battle of the Little Big Horn" (Limited Edition Copy); and "General Custer's Libbie" (First Edition).

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Condition / Notes: These books show nicely with mild to moderate signs of age and wear.
Lot 2024

$175

Title: Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States
Author: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben - Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben (born Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben), also referred to as the Baron von Steuben, was a Prussian-born military officer who served as inspector general and Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army in teaching them the essentials of military drills, tactics, and disciplines. He wrote the "Revolutionary War Drill Manual," the book that served as the standard United States drill manual until the War of 1812. He served as General George Washington's chief of staff in the final years of the war.
Publisher: Anthony Haswell
City: Vermont
Year: 1794
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 94 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Book Details: This is the stated twelfth edition of this military manual, a Vermont imprint, "to which is added, the manual exercise & evolutions of the cavalry as practised in the late American Army." The volume contains three of the folding plates, an an ownership inscription reading "Samuel Creger [or possibly Cregies] his Steuben May the 10 1796."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full leather with moderate external age/wear. There is some internal strain to the hinges; the text block is solid. The pages show moderate toning and scattered foxing/spotting. The folding plates show heavy moisture marking and light to moderate edge wear.
Lot 2025

$120

Title: An Authentic Narrative of the Causes which Led to the Death of Major Andre, Adjutant-General of His Majesty's Forces in North America.
Author: Joshua Hett Smith - "Joshua Hett Smith, at whose house, near Stony Point, [Benedict] Arnold and Andre held their interview (September 22), was tried by a military court and acquitted. He was soon afterwards arrested by the civil authorities and committed to jail at Goshen, Orange County, whence he escaped and made his way through the country, in the disguise of a woman, to New York. Smith went to England with the British army at the close of the war, and in 1808 published a book in London entitled An Authentic Narrative of the Causes which led to the Death of Major André , a work of very little reliable authority. He died at New York in 1818." [Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Printed for Mathews and Leigh
City: London
Year: 1808
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 357 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This antique British history concerning events of the American Revolution contains a en engraved frontispiece portrait of Andre as well as an intact folding map.
Condition / Notes: This antique leather volume has separated boards and an intact spine cover elaborately stamped in gilt The untrimmed pages show mild toning and scattered light to moderate foxing. The folding map is well-preserved and shows moderate foxing.
Lot 2026

$60

Book Details: This group of decorative antique books feature American Revolutionary War juvenile fiction by James Otis, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include: "The Defense of Fort Henry. A Story of Wheeling Creek in 1777;" "With Warren at Bunker Hill. A Story of the Siege of Boston;" and "The Capture of Laughing Mary. A Story of Three New York Boys in 1776."

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Condition / Notes: These books show nicely with mild to moderate signs of age and wear.
Lot 2027

$30

Book Details: This group comprises books featuring Colonial history, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include: "Fort William Henry Digging up History;" "Robert Rogers of the Rangers;" and "History of the Campaign for the Conquest of Canada in 1776."

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Condition / Notes: These books show nicely with mild signs of age and wear.
Lot 2028

$30

Title: The Shenandoah; or the Last Confederate Cruiser
Author: Cornelius E. Hunt
Publisher: G. W. Carleton, & Co. Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1867
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 273 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This antique Civil War history volume contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece depicting the Shenandoah as well as decorative headpieces and tailpieces.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is firmly bound in the publisher's blue pebbled cloth stamped in blind. The exterior shows light to moderate age/wear. The pages and frontispiece show light to moderate toning and foxing.
Lot 2029

$35

Book Details: This group comprises the Confederate Civil War history books shown in the corresponding images.

Notable titles include: "An Irishman in Dixie;" "Season of Fire;" and "Gray Ghost, The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby."

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Condition / Notes: These books show nicely, with minimal signs of age and wear.
Lot 2030

$275

Title: War-Path and Bivouac, or The Conquest of the Sioux, a Narrative of Stirring Personal Experiences and Adventures in the Big Horn and Yellowstone Expedition of 1876, and in the Campaign on the British Border, in 1879.
Author: John F. Finerty - John Frederick Finerty (September 10, 1846 – June 10, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois [courtesy Wikipedia].
Publisher: Press of Donohue & Henneberry, Printers and Binders
City: Chicago
Year: 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 460 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This expansive history of the United States Army's battles with the Native Americans during the post-Civil War era is profusely illustrated with plates (both portraits and views) and a folding map of Sioux territory. The volume is bound in the publisher's original decorated cloth with marbled edges and patterned endpapers.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in the publisher's blue cloth stamped in gilt and black. The exterior shows moderate age/wear. There is some strain to the front hinge. The text block is solid. The pages and plates show light toning and scattered foxing, generally in the margins. The folding map is in excellent condition.
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