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Lot 3001


Title: The Art of the World
Author: uncredited
Editor: Ripley Hitchcock - Ripley Hitchcock, born James Ripley Wellman Hitchcock, was a prominent American editor. He edited the works of Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Zane Grey, Joel Chandler Harris, Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser. Hitchcock started work as a journalist for The New York Tribune in 1882. In 1890, he became literary adviser for D. Appleton & Company, in which capacity he edited Edward Noyes Westcott's narrative David Harum (1898) into a bestseller, later made into a film. From 1902 to 1906, he worked for A. S. Barnes as vice president. From 1906 onwards, he worked as an editor for Harper and Brothers. He also wrote books on art and the history of the West and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Century Association and the Authors Club.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1893
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 5 Full Set: No
Width: 15" Height: 19.5"
Book Details: This antique five-volume, limited edition, elephant folio set is bound in green pebbled-paper and maroon cloth with gilt lettering and a decorative bronze emblem to the front covers. The endpapers are decorative cream moiré paper and many of the illustrated plates are tissue-guarded. Plates in The Art of the World are photogravures in tints and typogravures in colors, with portraits and illustrations/photographs of sculpture and architecture in black and white. These volumes are five out of a set of ten, and include Sections 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10.

The World's Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival to the New World in 1492. The centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World. Chicago bested New York City, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the fair. The Exposition was an influential social and cultural event and had a profound effect on architecture, sanitation, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism.

Condition / Notes: This oversized antique set shows very nicely, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing to high points. Section 7 has cracked hinges and a torn portion on the board. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations remains clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 3002


Title: Picasso 347
Author: Aldo Crommelynck - Aldo Crommelynck was a Belgian master printmaker who made intaglio prints in collaboration with many important European and American artists of the 20th century. In 1955, the Crommelynck brothers, Aldo, Piero and Milan, founded a workshop in Montparnasse. Soon, Atelier Crommelynck began to attract stellar clients; Miró, Le Corbusier, Jean Arp, and Alberto Giacometti came to work in the studio. Picasso left Lacourière for the new shop, on the strength of a single print Crommelynck had made of his 1952 gouache “Le Crane de Chevre sur la Table” (“Goat skull on a table”), with the unconventional choice of printing its white with white ink. There, Georges Braque created a series of etchings and aquatints titled “L'Ordre des Oiseaux.”

In 1963, Picasso decided that he needed a printmaker close to his house in the south of France at Mougins. In response, Aldo and Piero Crommelynck set up a studio nearby, where they helped him to create approximately 750 prints. Among these were illustrations for a version of Fernand's “Le Cocu magnifique,” and the “Series 347” (1968), whose erotic images created a furor when they were exhibited simultaneously in Paris and Chicago in 1968.

After Picasso died in 1973, Aldo and Piero Crommelynck returned to Paris, where their atelier attracted established British artists Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin, as well as several younger American artists such as Jim Dine, Jasper Johns and David Salle. After a falling out in 1986, Aldo opened a second print shop on his own in New York City, in partnership with Pace Prints., George Bloch
Publisher: Random House/ Maecenas Press
City: New York
Year: 1970
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 16.75" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: This is the two-volume, monumental, cased set of works by Picasso. Housed in a royal purple felt-lined box with a feltpanel between the volumes, these panoramic folios are bound in deeply pebbled midnight black boards with gilt embellishment, matching the case lid, and the same coarse tan cloth that is on the hinge side of the box, is used for the spines.

The first volume contains text by Georges Bloch and A. and P. Crommelynck while the second volume presents carefully executed reproductions of the engravings Picasso executed at Mougins from March 16th to October 5th, 1968.
Condition / Notes: These folios show well and are in excellent condition with firm bindings and bright, clean pages. The plates are clean and clear. There are no previous owner inscriptions or bookplates in the books. The case shows shows some shelfwear and has separated at the corners.
Lot 3003


Title: Albert Schloss's Bijou Almanacs, 1839-1843
Author: Albert Schloss , Iain Bain
Publisher: Nattali & Maurice
City: London
Year: 1969
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 19/16 unnumbered pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This vintage volume is bound in quarter white cloth with red cloth boards, with gilt lettering to the spine. This is a scarce limited edition, being number 130 out of 150. The work is profusely illustrated with black and white plates, one of which is tissue guarded. A plate is tipped in at the rear of the volume from the 1843 almanac. Albert Schloss was one of the great miniature book printers. The steel plates for five of his almanacs were discovered in the 1960s and reprinted.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows well, with very mild shelfwear. The binding and text block are firm. The interior is clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket shows faint creasing and scattered light soiling and mild chipping. Tears to the dust jacket have been repaired on the verso with tape.
Lot 3004


Title: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Author: Ted William Lawson - Major Ted William Lawson was an American officer in the United States Army Air Forces, who is known as the author of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, a memoir of his participation in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942. The book was subsequently adapted into a film of the same name starring Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum.
Publisher: Random House
City: New York
Year: 1943
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 221 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: An antique first printing, this volume is bound in tan cloth with red lettering and an airplane design to the spine and front board. This volume is enhanced with illustrations from photographs, as well as pictorial endpapers. This book is signed by the editor, Robert Considine.

“I helped Bomb Tokyo on the Doolittle raid of April 18, 1942. I crashed in the China Sea. I learned the full, deep meaning of the term “United Nations” from men and women whose language I couldn’t speak. I watched a buddy of mine saw off my left leg. And finally I got home to my wife after being flown, shipped and carried around the world. Now I’m in line for the aeronautical engineering research job which I wanted in the first place. That’s the story, briefly. Maybe the cards would have dealt out that job to me if I hadn’t volunteered for the raid on Japan. Maybe not. I don’t really have regrets, now. At first it was a little tough People in little villages in China, in New Delhi and in Washington would look at me and feel sorry for me. And I’d have to curse or think hard about something else to keep from blubbering like a damned kid.” (From page 3 of the text)

Condition / Notes: This antique title displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and soiling to the covers. The rear hinge is cracked and the board is partially detached. The text block is partially cracked, however the binding is sound. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through mild age toning. There is mild soiling to the front and rear endpapers and a small sticker affixed to the front pastedown.
Lot 3005


Book Details: This lot is comprised of three antique book catalogs from The Roycroft Shop in East Aurora, NY, as shown in the corresponding images. Roycroft was a reformist community of craft workers and artists, which formed part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States. Elbert Hubbard founded the community in 1895, in the village of East Aurora, New York, near Buffalo. Participants were known as Roycrofters. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century.

Some Books for Sale at Our Shop. A List of Books Made During the Year 1899 by the Roycrofters at the Roycroft Shop, Which is in East Aurora, New York, with Other Matter More or Less Interesting Relating to an Industrial Experiment; illustrated paper wrapper; illustrated, with hand-illumined portions; a bookplate from Elbert Hubbard is affixed to a front endpaper; uncut pages, some soiling to the wrapper. This is a very scarce copy of the 1899 catalog, likely the the first year a catalog was issued.

The Roycroft Books: A Catalog and Some Comment Concerning the Shop and Workers at East Aurora, N.Y., A. D. 1900; illustrated paper wrapper.

The Roycroft Books: A Catalog and some Remarks Without Prejudice Concerning the Publications Issued from the Shop This Year. Herein is Included an Appreciation of East Aurora and Its Folks, the Same Casting Some Light on the Origin, Workings and Possible Final Destiny of the Roycroft Idea, East Aurora, N.Y., Anno Domini 1902; illustrated paper wrapper; illustrated, mounted illustrations from photographs; Roycrofter bookmark laid in.
Condition / Notes: This collection shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and light soiling to wrappers. Bindings are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and legible. Pages exhibit some age toning/foxing and occasional light soiling.
Lot 3006


Book Details: This lot is comprised of two privately-bound sheet music volumes from an Upstate New York Estate, presumably in the Dunkirk area. The names “Mary & Agnes Pearson” are presented in gilt on the leather cover label on the marbled-paper and leather bound volumes. Some titles have the embossed stamp of the store where they were sold. Many of the pieces in these volumes were published during the Civil War years, and one directly mentions a runaway slave; “When This Cruel War is Over” was sung by Wood’s Minstrels on Broadway; “It Was a Beauteous Lady, or, Allan Percy, a Ballad, bears a 1788 Massachusetts imprint. Examples of engraved titles and illustrations are found throughout these volumes. A sampling of pieces found in this set includes:

The Knapsack: A Collection of Beautiful Melodies, Popular Airs, Waltzes, Dances etc., Arranged in an Easy Manner for Beginners, by Robt. Denton; The Soldiers Battle Prayer, Words by Col. J. L. Geddes, Music by B. A. Whaples, 1865; Song of a Thousand Years, Solo and Chorus, Words and Music by Henry C. Work, 1863; When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Music Introduced in the “Soldier’s Return March” by Gilmore’s Band. Words and Music by Louis Lambert, 1863; Weeping, Sad and Lonely, or “When this Cruel War is Over.” Song, with Chorus, as Sung by Wood’s Minstrels, Broadway, N.Y., Words by Charles Carroll Sawyer, Music Composed and Arranged by Henry Tucker, 1863; They Worked Me All the Day, Music by L. V. C., Arranged for Piano by Mrs. Parkhurst.
Condition / Notes: This antique set displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. Both volumes are partially disbound, with detached boards and loss to spines. The text blocks are intact with music and illustrations clear and legible on pages with mild/moderate age toning/foxing.
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