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Lot 4001


Title: The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman: A Narrative of Real Life
Author: uncredited
Publisher: J. G. K. Truair and Co.
City: Syracuse, New York
Year: 1859
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 444 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in brown textured cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. An engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Rev. J. W. Loguen enhanced this book. “In a mere preface, it becomes us not to anticipate history; but in answer to the question, “Why should the history of Loguen be written?” we may say, that though God has distinguished other colored men, by genius, learning, eloquence, and high deserts, he has distinguished Loguen more than all others with that noble and enlightened courage, which, at the earliest moment, turned upon the tyrant and defied his power. Instantly upon the fugitive slave enactment, and before that even, he proclaimed, with a voice that was heard throughout slavedom-“I am a fugitive slave from Tennessee. My master is Manasseth Logue-the letter of the law gives him a title to my person-and let him come and take it. I’ll not run, nor will I give him a penny for my freedom.” He was an example of courage to white and black men alike, to set slave laws at defiance, and trample them under his feet,-at a time, too, when such an example was needed, to mesmerize the drowsy spirits of both classes, and move them to break the crust which pro-slavery usages formed over them, and let the waters of life flow freely.” (From the Preface)

Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen (5 February 1813 – 30 September 1872), born Jarm Logue, in slavery, was an African-American abolitionist and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and an author of a slave narrative.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including sheflwear and rubbing, with minor loss to high points. The binding is sound, however the text block is cracked. The text is clear and legible through mild to moderate age toning/foxing.
Lot 4002


Title: Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air, and Other Branches of Natural Philosophy, Connected with the Subject.
Author: Joseph Priestley - Joseph Priestley was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state, although Carl Wilhelm Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier also have a claim to the discovery.

During his lifetime, Priestley's considerable scientific reputation rested on his invention of soda water, his writings on electricity, and his discovery of several "airs" (gases), the most famous being what Priestley dubbed "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen). However, Priestley's determination to defend phlogiston theory and to reject what would become the chemical revolution eventually left him isolated within the scientific community.

Priestley's science was integral to his theology, and he consistently tried to fuse Enlightenment rationalism with Christian theism. In his metaphysical texts, Priestley attempted to combine theism, materialism, and determinism, a project that has been called "audacious and original". He believed that a proper understanding of the natural world would promote human progress and eventually bring about the Christian Millennium. Priestley, who strongly believed in the free and open exchange of ideas, advocated toleration and equal rights for religious Dissenters, which also led him to help found Unitarianism in England. The controversial nature of Priestley's publications combined with his outspoken support of the French Revolution aroused public and governmental suspicion; he was eventually forced to flee, in 1791, first to London, and then to the United States, after a mob burned down his home and church. He spent the last ten years of his life living in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

A scholar and teacher throughout his life, Priestley also made significant contributions to pedagogy, including the publication of a seminal work on English grammar, books on history, and he prepared some of the most influential early timelines. These educational writings were some of Priestley's most popular works. It was his metaphysical works, however, that had the most lasting influence: leading philosophers including Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Herbert Spencer credit them among the primary sources for utilitarianism.
Publisher: Printed by Thomas Pearson
City: Birmingham
Year: 1790
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: First published in six volumes from 1774-1786, Priestley's "Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" collects writings on Priestley's most important scientific works. The experiments detailed in this work helped to repudiate the theory of four elements. "Experiments and Observations" outlined several discoveries: "nitrous air" (nitric oxide, NO); "vapor of spirit of salt", later called "acid air" or "marine acid air" (anhydrous hydrochloric acid, HCl); "alkaline air" (ammonia, NH3); "diminished" or "dephlogisticated nitrous air" (nitrous oxide, N2O); and, most famously, "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen, O2) as well as experimental findings that showed plants revitalised enclosed volumes of air, a discovery that would eventually lead to the discovery of photosynthesis (courtesy of Wikipedia).

This 1790 Birmingham printing of "Experiments and Observations" is in three volumes, bound and re-backed in full red leather. The covers are adorned with gilt borders, and the spines with gilt lettering and decoration. The volumes are adorned with marbled endpapers, and each volume contains three folding engraved plates.
Condition / Notes: These striking volumes present well with some external age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. The front hinges of Volumes I and II are cracked, with the front board effectively detached. Volumes I and II show bookplates to the front paste-downs, and Volume III shows a bookplate to the rear paste-down. Volume III displays a previous owner's signature to the front flyleaf. The interiors are largely clean and bright, with scattered foxing and some occasional penciled marginalia. The plates present well with some foxing.

Volume I: This volume has been collated and appears complete. The three folding plates include the frontispiece. There is a handwritten chemical analysis tipped-in between pages 344-345. There are pencil markings to margins.

Volume II: This volume has been collated and appears complete. It contains three folding plates. There is a vertical tape repair to margin of page 105/106 that does not affect text. There are pencil markings to margins. This volume contains the following mis-numbered pages: 331 unnumbered, 375 as 575, 410 as 310, 432 as 43.

Volume III: This volume has been collated and appears complete. It contains three folding plates. There is some foxing/discoloration to beginning of book. This volume contains the following mis-numbered pages: 231 as 131, 281 as 218, 509 as 409, (in index) 570 as 750. The beginning page of Books IX (247), X (395), and XII (533) are unnumbered while the beginning page of Book XI is numbered (508).
Lot 4003


Title: A General History of Quadrupeds
Author: Thomas Bewick - Thomas Bewick was an English engraver and natural history author. By adopting metal-engraving tools to cut hard boxwood across the grain, he revolutionized the printing of illustrations using wood, and restored its popularity. As an engraver he took on all kinds of work such as engraving cutlery and making the wood blocks for advertisements, as well as illustrating children's books. Gradually he turned to illustrating, writing and publishing his own books, gaining an adult audience for the fine illustrations in "A History of Quadrupeds."

Publisher: Printed by Edward Walker, for T. Bewick, and Longman, Jurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London.
City: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Year: 1811
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: x, 525 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: This antique title features a handsome late 19th century deluxe fancy leather private binding in green leather and cloth with gilt lettering and detail and marbled endpapers. Woodcut engravings of animals appear throughout the text.
Condition / Notes: This beautifully bound volume shows very well, with light indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 4004


Title: Toward Liquor Control
Author: Albert L. Scott, Raymond B. Fosdick - Raymond Blaine Fosdick was an American lawyer, public administrator and author. He served as the president of the Rockefeller Foundation for twelve years (1936-1948). He was an ardent internationalist and supporter of the League of Nations, standing as its Undersecretary in its provisional organization before resigning after the failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the Covenant of the League of Nations. After stepping down from his position as Undersecretary, he started his law firm and grew closer to John D. Rockefeller Jr., which would lead to a long and fruitful relationship as a friend and adviser. From his position as a trustee on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation as well as numerous other Rockefeller philanthropies, he moved to being the president of the foundation. Fosdick lead the organization through the difficult years of the Second World War before retiring and becoming an author, documenting the history of the foundation and Rockefeller Jr.’s life.
Publisher: Harper and Brothers Publishers
City: New York and London
Year: 1933
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 220 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This antique first edition volume is bound in blue cloth with gilt spine lettering and presented in the original dust jacket. Under the assumption that the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) would be repealed, John D. Rockefeller sought to determine how to regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States. “Early in February, 1933, Mr. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., asked Messrs. Fosdick and Scott to make a thorough study of the methods employed in various countries of the world for handling the sale of alcoholic beverages…Assisted by an experienced and competent corps of research workers, the authors have achieved the purpose of their study. They have suggested a plan for solving the knotty problems of liquor control, viz., that which provides for a State Authority System. Realizing that in many parts of America public opinion may be for various reasons opposed to such a system, they discuss the possibilities of the license system for certain communities.”
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with some discoloration to the edges of the boards. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning. Deliberate margin notes in pencil appear throughout the text. “J.M.A. Jr. 1/23/34” is written on the title page; the identity of this person is unknown. The dust jacket exhibits chipping, small tears and age toning.
Lot 4005


Title: The Complete Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation, by Izaak Walton, and Instructions How to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream, by Charles Cotton. With Copious Notes, for the Most Part Original, a Bibliographical Note and a Notice of Cotton and His Writings, by the American Editor. (Geo. W. Bethune, D.D.) New Edition, with Some Additions and Corrections from the Editor's Own Copy
Author: Charles Cotton - Charles Cotton was an English poet and writer, best known for translating the work of Michel de Montaigne from French and for his contributions to "The Compleat Angler." The influential title "The Compleat Gamester" is also attributed to him. , Izaak Walton - Izaak Walton was an English write who is best known as the author of "The Compleat Angle." He also wrote a number of short biographies that have been collected under the title "Walton's Lives."
Editor: George W. Bethune - George Washington Bethune was a preacher-pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.
Of Huguenot descent, his father was Divie Bethune, a highly successful merchant in New York. Originally a student at Columbia College of Columbia University, Bethune graduated in 1822 from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and went on to study theology at Princeton University. He married Mary Williams in November, 1825.
In 1827, he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rhinebeck, New York. In 1830, he moved to Utica, New York; in 1834 to Philadelphia; and in 1850 to Brooklyn Heights, NY. He was offered the chaplaincy of the U.S. Military Academy, the Chancellorship of New York University and the Provostship of University of Pennsylvania, all of which he declined.
He was an outspoken Democrat in politics, opposed to slavery but unsympathetic to abolitionism.
Due to his Calvinist ideas about the unsuitability of such a hobby for a clergyman, Bethune, an avid fisherman, worked anonymously on five of the US editions of Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler" under the pseudonym "The American Editor."
He also wrote many hymns, some of which are still used today. One popular hymn he wrote is "There is no Name so Sweet on Earth." The hymn "When Time Seems Short and Death is Near" was found in his portfolio and was written on April 27, 1862, the day before his death.
While visiting Florence, Italy for his health, he fell ill after preaching and died of a stroke on April 27, 1862. His "Life and Letters" were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867.
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company
City: New York
Year: 1880
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This very scarce, beautiful production of this fishing classic is bound in green cloth with decorative gilt designs depicting fishes and dark swirls suggesting water. Gilt lettering to the front cover and spine, as well as top-edge gilt further enhance the binding. The work is illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispieces, plates and in-text illustrations.

“For the lover of angling books, and for the collector especially, there is no edition so useful as this.In his ‘Bibliographical Preface,’ the editor gives an extended catalogue raisonne of the earlier literature of the sport, and in the Appendix we have his ‘Waltonian Library,’ or list of angling books, including some three hundred works, besides many on ichthyology. He gives us also an enlarged list of the authorities referred to by Walton; another of the books formerly belonging to him (and containing his autograph inscriptions) in the cathedral library of Salisbury; a third of those which have been attributed to him; and a fourth of the works of Cotton. These addenda are gathered, of course, from various known sources, but nowhere else do we find united so complete a body of angling-book statistics, and so large an accumulation of collateral data.” (From a review in Westwood’s Chronicle, preliminary page)
Condition / Notes: These handsomely bound volumes show very nicely, with some indications of age and wear, including light shelfwear. Bindings and text blocks are sound, however both volumes have partially cracked front hinges. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning on clean pages. There is writing to the front flyleaf in each book. There is a small area of loss to the top right corner of the preliminary title page in volume 2, and the rear flyleaf is torn.
Lot 4006


Title: Perspective of Nudes
Author: Bill Brandt - Bill Brandt (born Hermann Wilhelm Brandt) was a British photographer and photojournalist. Although born in Germany, Brandt moved to England, where he became known for his images of British society for such magazine as Lilliput and Picture Post; later he made distorted nudes, portraits of famous artists, and landscapes. He is widely considered to be one of the most important British photographers of the 20th century., Chapman Mortimer, Lawrence Durrell
Publisher: The Bodley Head
City: London
Year: 1961
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 90 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This vintage volume is bound in decorative paper-covered boards with red lettering to the spine, and retains the original photo-pictorial dust jacket. A first edition, this book is a departure from Bill Brandt’s previous work of landscapes, portraits, and photographs of London. The work is illustrated with many reproductions of Brandt’s female figure studies. “Brandt used an old wooden camera with a wide angle lens for most of the pictures. Instead of making the camera register what he saw, he let himself be guided by the lens and made use of its acute distortion and unrealistically steep perspective. Thus the camera produced new anatomical images and shapes which his eyes had never observed. The lens helped him ‘to get rid of the accepted image and to view his subjects without the cellophane-wrapping of conventional sight’. Chronologically arranged, the photographs record the transition from an early romantic style to more classical themes, ending with the pure form of extreme close-ups, taken on the beaches of East Sussex, Normandy and the Mediterranean. The pictures have fascinated Braque, Picasso, Dubuffet, Jean Arp, Henry Moore, and Edward Steichen; and at a time when we are swamped by an inflation of mediocre snapshots, they should appeal to everybody who is visually alert.” (From the dust jacket)
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and markings to the head and foot of the spine. The original dust jacket exhibits mild soiling, chipping and some loss/tears to the upper spine area. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on mildly age-toned pages.
Lot 4007


Title: Washington: The Man and the Mason
Author: Charles H. Callahan
Publisher: Published Under the Auspices of the Memorial Temple Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association
City: Unknown
Year: 1913
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 380 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in black cloth with gilt lettering. The coat of arms of George Washington appears stamped in gold on the front cover. The work is profusely illustrated with a tissue-guarded color frontispiece portrait of Washington, as well as numerous plates offering additional portraits, images of landmarks and facsimiles of documents. The title page states: "Published under the auspices of the Memorial Temple Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association." A preliminary page presents an ornamental certificate, with the blind-stamp of this society, to a subscriber by the name of Wm. N. Scinski of New Jersey.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The front hinge is cracked, and the text block is partially cracked. The binding and text block are otherwise sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild/moderate age toning/foxing.
Lot 4008


Title: Submission of Recorded Presidential Conversations to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives by Richard Nixon
Author: Richard Nixon - Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a US representative and senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington, D. C.
Year: 1974
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 1308 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: This title bears the original printed blue paper wrappers. “On April 11, 1974, the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives of the Congress caused a subpoena to be issued to the President of the United States, returnable on April 25, 1974. The subpoena called for the production of tapes and other materials relating to forty-two Presidential conversations. With respect to all but three of these conversations, the subpoena called for the production of the tapes and related materials without regard to the subject matter, or matters, dealt with in these conversations… all or portions of the subpoenaed conversations that were recorded and of a number of additional non-subpoenaed conversations that clearly show what knowledge the President had of an alleged cover-up of the Watergate break-in and what actions he took when he was informed of the cover-up. The President believes that these are the matters that primarily concern the Congress and the American people.” (From pages 1-2)

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States during the early 1970s, following a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 1972, and President Richard Nixon's administration's subsequent attempt to cover up its involvement. After the five burglars were caught and the conspiracy was discovered—chiefly through the work of a few journalists, Congressional staffers and an election-finance watchdog official—Watergate was investigated by the United States Congress. Meanwhile, Nixon's administration resisted its probes, which led to a constitutional crisis.

The term Watergate, by metonymy, has come to encompass an array of clandestine and often illegal activities undertaken by members of the Nixon administration. Those activities included such dirty tricks as bugging the offices of political opponents and people of whom Nixon or his officials were suspicious. Nixon and his close aides also ordered investigations of activist groups and political figures, using the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as political weapons.

The scandal led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by members of the Nixon administration, the commencement of an impeachment process against the president, and Nixon's resignation. The scandal also resulted in the indictment of 69 people, with trials or pleas resulting in 48 being found guilty, many of whom were top Nixon officials.
Condition / Notes: This volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear, soiling, and small tears to the wrappers. The text block is sound. Text is clear and legible on clean pages.
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