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Lot 2001


Title: The Original Mother Goose's Melody, As Issued by John Newbery, of London, circa 1760; Isaiah Thomas, of Worcester, Mass., circa 1785, and Munroe & Francis, of Boston, circa 1825. Reproduced in Fac-simile, from the First Worcester Edition, with Introductory Notes by William H. Whitemore. To Which Are Added The Fairy Tales of Mother Goose, First Collected by Perrault in 1696 Reprinted from the Original Translation into English, by R. Samber in 1729
Author: Charles Perrault - Charles Perrault was a French author and member of the Academie francaise. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include "Le Petit Chaperon rouge" ("Little Red Riding Hood"), "Cendrillon" ("Cinderella"), "Le Chat Botté" ("Puss in Boots"), "La Belle au bois dormant" ("The Sleeping Beauty") and "La Barbe bleue" ("Bluebeard").Many of Perrault's stories, which were rewritten by the Brothers Grimm, continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (such as Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty"), theatre, and film (Disney). Perrault was an influential figure in the 17th-century French literary scene, and was the leader of the Modern faction during the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns.
, Isaiah Thomas - Isaiah Thomas was an American newspaper publisher and author. He performed the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester, Massachusetts, and reported the first account of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He was the founder of the American Antiquarian Society. , John Newbery - John Newbery, called "The Father of Children's Literature", was an English publisher of books who first made children's literature a sustainable and profitable part of the literary market. He also supported and published the works of Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson. In recognition of his achievements, the Newbery Medal was named after him in 1922., William H. Whitmore - William Henry Whitmore was a Boston businessman, politician and genealogist.

He was the son of a Boston merchant, and was educated in Boston's public schools. He devoted the leisure from his business life to antiquarian research and authorship. For eight years, he was a member of the Boston Common Council, of which he became president in 1879, and he was a trustee of the Boston Public Library from 1885 to 1888. The degree of A.M. was conferred on him by Harvard and Williams in 1867.

About 1868 he was one of the patentees of a machine for making sugar cubes, and in 1882 he patented one for making hyposulphite of soda. His “Ancestral Tablets” (Boston, 1868) was an invention for genealogists, being a set of pages cut and arranged to admit the insertion of a pedigree in a condensed form.

He was a founder of the Historical Magazine in 1857, of the Prince Society in 1858, and of the Boston Antiquarian Society in 1879, to which the Bostonian Society succeeded. Whitmore was an editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, in which many of his papers first appeared, and The Heraldic Journal, which he established in 1863. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Translor: Robert Samber - Robert Samber was a British writer and translator. He is credited with the first English translation of the Mother Goose tales.
Publisher: Damrell & Upham
City: Boston
Year: 1892
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 117 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This handsome antique Victorian binding is housed in deep jade cloth with elaborate gilt lettering and embellishment. This interesting volume presents a history of presentations of the Mother Goose stories over a two-century period, beginning in 1696. Individual story titles presented include "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Fairy," "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood," "Cinderilla" [sic] and others.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in dark green cloth, with bright stamped gilt lettering to the spine and front cover. A pictorial design, stamped in gold, depicting a sculpture bearing the caption "Boston Stone 1737." The book shows beautifully with light shelfwear concentrated at the extremities. The binding is sound. The text block has red edges. The endpapers have decorative floral patterns. The front free endpaper is detached. The pages are clean and bright. This work is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Charles Perrault as well as facsimile reproductions of the text and illustrations.
Lot 2002


Title: A Story Teller's Story
Author: Sherwood Anderson - Sherwood Anderson was an American novelist and short story writer, known for subjective and self-revealing works. Self-educated, he rose to become a successful copywriter and business owner in Cleveland and Elyria, Ohio. In 1912, Anderson had a nervous breakdown that led him to abandon his business and family to become a writer.

At the time, he moved to Chicago and was eventually married three additional times. His most enduring work is the short-story sequence Winesburg, Ohio, which launched his career. Throughout the 1920s, Anderson published several short story collections, novels, memoirs, books of essays, and a book of poetry. Though his books sold reasonably well, Dark Laughter (1925), a novel inspired by Anderson's time in New Orleans during the 1920s, was his only bestseller.

Writers he has influenced include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe. It was Anderson's influence which saw both Faulkner and Hemingway first published.
Publisher: B. W. Huebsch, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1924
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 442 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in rust cloth-covered boards with yellow lettering to the front board and spine. The work is one of two memoirs written by the author, and bears his signature on two pages, one including an inscription.
Condition / Notes: This volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, concentrated on the spine and front board. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through moderate age toning.
Lot 2003


Title: Codices Latini Antiquiores - A Palaeographical Guide to Latin Manuscripts Prior to the Ninth Century
Author: not applicable
Editor: Elias Avery Lowe - Elias Avery Lowe was born in Moscow to a Russian Jewish family and emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1892. He became a respected palaeographer and was known in print as E. A. Lowe. Originally named Elias Avery Loew, he altered the spelling of his name in 1918. He was a lecturer, and then reader, at the University of Oxford from 1913 to 1936, and a professor at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study from 1936.
Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press
City: Oxford
Year: 1972
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: 60
Width: 12" Height: 17.5"
Book Details: This handsome elephant folio presents early Latin manuscripts found in Great Britain and Ireland. This section makes up the second part of the larger, twelve-volume work that is prized for its detailed entries and corresponding images. This volume represents a complete work in itself. This volume is part of the second edition, published after the passing of Dr. Lowe and incorporates updated and additions that he had planned to add to the first edition.

From the introduction:

"The volume does more than illustrate Insular palaeography. There is hardly a type of Latin writing practised between the second and ninth centuries that is not represented among its non-Insular items. There are specimens of rustic, early cursive, half-uncial, uncial from Italy, France, Spain, England, and even perhaps Byzantium, later Italian cursive, Luxeuil script, Laon script, early Corbie, early Tours, Visigothic, and other pre-Caroline types from Italy, France and Germany: in fact, one need not go beyond the covers of this volume to follow the long and varied course of Latin writing prior to the age of Charlemagne."
Condition / Notes: This massive volume shows very well with some light external marks. The binding is firm and secure. The pages are clean and bright and there are no prior owner inscriptions or bookplates present.
Lot 2004


Details: 9V Pulp Science Fiction ANTIQUE ISSUES WONDER STORIES Collectible Hugo Gernsback June July August 1930 December 1931 March June July August October 1932 Intact Covers Trapped in the Depths Captain S P Meek Flight of Mercury Charles R Tanner Radium Master Jim Vanny Time Stream John Taine Red April 1965 Frank K Kelly

This lot consists of nine antique issues of “Wonder Stories” edited by Hugo Gernsback. Issues included in this group are; June, July, and August 1930; December 1931; and March, June, July, August, and October 1932. All nine issues have attached front and rear covers with original livid, sensational artwork.

Some titles and authors represented in these issues include: “Trapped in the Depths,” by Captain S.P. Meek; “The Flight of Mercury,” by Charles R. Tanner; “The Radium Master,” by Jim Vanny; “The Time Stream,” by John Taine; and “Red April, 1965,” by Frank K. Kelly, among others.

“Wonder Stories” was an early American science fiction magazine which was published under several titles from 1929 to 1955. It was founded by Hugo Gernsback in 1929 after he had lost control of his first science fiction magazine, “Amazing Stories,” when his media company Experimenter Publishing went bankrupt. Within a few months of the bankruptcy, Gernsback launched three new magazines: “Air Wonder Stories,” “Science Wonder Stories” and “Science Wonder Quarterly.” “Air Wonder Stories” and “Science Wonder Stories” were merged in 1930 as “Wonder Stories,” and the quarterly was renamed “Wonder Stories Quarterly.” The magazines were not financially successful, and in 1936 Gernsback sold “Wonder Stories” to Ned Pines at Beacon Publications, where, renamed “Thrilling Wonder Stories,” it continued for nearly 20 years.

Condition / Notes: These volumes show well, retaining their front and back covers and vivid coloration. They display a typical range of age and wear indications including age toning, chipping to high points and spine, and some tape reinforcing tops and bottoms of spines.
Lot 2005


Title: More Letters of Charles Darwin: A Record of His Work in a Series of Hitherto Unpublished Letters
Author: Charles Darwin - Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.

Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book "On the Origin of Species," overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.

In recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence as a scientist, he was honoured with a major ceremonial funeral and buried in Westminster Abbey, close to John Herschel and Isaac Newton. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.

Editor: A. C. Seward, Francis Darwin
Publisher: D. Appleton and Comany
City: New York
Year: 1903
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This complete two-volume set is bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to the boards and spine. Each volume contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait and additional portraits throughout the texts. These volumes belonged to Henry Herbert Donaldson, the American neuroscientist and member of the Wistar Institute, the first independent biomedical research institution in the US. His blindstamp appears on the title page of each volume.

“We are fortunate in being permitted, by Sir Joseph Hooker and by Mr. Wallace, t puvlish certain letters from them to Mr. Darwin. We have also been able to give a few letters from Sir Charles Lyell, Hugh Falconer, Edward Forbes, Dr. Asa Gray, Professor Hyatt, Fritz Muller, Mr. Francis Galton, and Sir T. Lauder Brunton. To the two last names, also to Mrs. Lyell (the biographer of Sir Charles), Mrs. Asa Gray and Mrs. Hyatt, we desire to express our grateful acknowledgments.

The present volumes have been prepared, so as to give as full an idea as possible of the course of Mr. Darwin’s work. The volumes therefore necessarily contain many letters of a highly technical character, but none, we hope, which are not essentially interesting.” (From the Preface)

Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing. Volume II displays some small tears along the gutters. Both volumes have partially cracked hinges. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through mild to moderate age toning. Personal book-plates from a previous owner appear on the front pastedowns.
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