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Lot 5001


Title: A Dictionary of Practical and Theoretical Chemistry, with Its Application to the Arts and Manufactures, and to the Explanation of the Phaenomena of Nature: Including Throughout the Latest Discoveries, and the Present State of Knowledge on Those Subjects
Author: William Nicholson - William Nicholson was a renowned English chemist and writer on "natural philosophy" and chemistry, as well as a translator, journalist, publisher, scientist, inventor, patent agent and civil engineer.

On 12 December 1783, Nicholson was elected to the "Chapter Coffee House Philosophical Society". He was proposed by Jean-Hyacinthe Magellan and seconded by horologist John Whitehurst.

Nicholson communicated to the Royal Society in 1789 two papers on electrical subjects. In the same year he reviewed the controversy which had arisen over Richard Kirwan's essay on phlogiston, and published a translation of the adverse commentaries by the French academicians (Lavoisier, Monge, Berthollet, and Guyton de Morveau) as ‘An Essay on Phlogiston, to which are added Notes.’

In 1797 he began to publish and contribute to the Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts, generally known as Nicholson's Journal, the earliest monthly scientific work of its kind in Great Britain— the publication continued until 1814. The journal included the first comprehensive descriptions of aerodynamics with George Cayley's "On Aerial Navigation",[3] which inspired the Wright brothers[4] a hundred years later.

In 1799 he established a school in London's Soho Square, where he taught natural philosophy and chemistry, with the aid of a grant of £1,500 from Thomas Pitt.

In May 1800 he with Anthony Carlisle discovered electrolysis, the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen by voltaic current. The two were then appointed to a chemical investigation committee of the new Royal Institution. But his own interests shortly turned elsewhere.

Besides considerable contributions to the Philosophical Transactions, Nicholson wrote translations of Fourcroy's "Chemistry" (1787) and Chaptal's "Chemistry" (1788), "First Principles of Chemistry" (1788) and a chemical dictionary (1795); he also edited the "British Encyclopaedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences" (6 vols., London, 1809). (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips
City: London
Year: 1808
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: unpaginated
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is solidly bound in plain paper-covered boards and re-backed with a leather spine bearing five raised bands. An antique chemistry reference work, this title is organized alphabetically, and is profusely illustrated with diagrammatic plates and folding charts.
Condition / Notes: This antique title displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with moderate loss to high points. The binding and text block are sound. Pages show light age toning and scattered foxing/smudging. The numerous plates and folding charts are well preserved.
Lot 5002


Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway - Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1952
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 140 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This vintage first edition volume is bound in blue cloth covered boards with original first state dust jacket with a blue tinted portrait of Hemingway. Identification points for this first printing include an 'A' and publisher's seal on the verso of title-page, and no mention of the Pulitzer Prize Hemingway was awarded the following year.

The Old Man and the Sea is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Bimini, Bahamas, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction by Hemingway that was published during his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it tells the story of Santiago, an aging Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Cuba. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume shows well, with some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and fading/discoloration to the cloth. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning, with darker age toning/foxing to endpapers. The original dust jacket shows nicely, with tiny areas of chipping to the head of the spine and age toning. The date “9/15/52” is written in pencil on the front flyleaf, likely by the original owner, as the date is two weeks after the publication of the first issue.
Lot 5003


Book Details: Six vintage and antique Big/Better Little Book titles featuring mysteries comprise this lot, as shown in the corresponding images. These titles retain the original pictorial covers/binding. Titles in this set include:

Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police, 1939; This rare volume is the first Charlie Chan Better Little Book.
Dick Tracy and the Hotel Murders, 1937
Radio Patrol, 1935; pages have been colored with crayon.
Radio Patrol: Outwitting the Gang Chief, 1939
Radio Patrol: The Radio Police Sleuths Trail the Safeblowers, 1937
The G-Man on the Crime Trail, 1937
Condition / Notes: These antique titles show well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. Bindings and text blocks remain sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through moderate age toning. “The G-Man” exhibits some loss to the upper portion of the spine and front board.
Lot 5004


Title: Tender is the Night
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald - Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels: "This Side of Paradise," "The Beautiful and Damned," "Tender is the Night" and his most famous, "The Great Gatsby." A fifth, unfinished novel, "The Love of the Last Tycoon," was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.

Novels such as "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender is the Night" were made into films, and in 1958 his life from 1937–1940 was dramatized in "Beloved Infidel."
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1982
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 319 pages
Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: Decoratively bound in a pale blue, cream and tan floral-patterned cloth, this out-of-sequence limited edition from The Limited Editions Club is signed by illustrator Fred Meyer and Charles Scribner III. Presented in a black slipcase with gilt lettering, this volume contains full-page color illustrations from gouaches by Fred Meyer.

Tender Is the Night is the fourth and final novel completed by American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was first published in Scribner's Magazine between January and April 1934 in four issues. The title is taken from the poem "Ode to a Nightingale" by John Keats.

In 1932, Fitzgerald's wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was hospitalized for schizophrenia in Baltimore, Maryland. The author rented the La Paix estate in the suburb of Towson to write this story of the rise and fall of Dick Diver, a promising young psychiatrist, and his wife, Nicole, who is also one of his patients. It was Fitzgerald's first novel in nine years and the last that he would complete. The early 1930s, when Fitzgerald conceived the book, were the darkest years of his life, and the novel's bleakness reflects his own experiences. The novel almost mirrors the events of Fitzgerald and Zelda's lives, as characters are pulled and put back into mental care, and the male figure, Dick Diver, starts his descent into alcoholism. While working on the book, Fitzgerald was beset with financial difficulties. He borrowed money from both his editor and his agent and wrote short stories for commercial magazines.

Fitzgerald considered Tender Is the Night to be his greatest work. Although it received a tepid response upon release, it has grown in acclaim over the years and is widely regarded as among Fitzgerald's best books. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked the novel 28th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
Condition / Notes: This beautifully bound book shows well, with minimal indications of age and wear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. The slipcase displays very mild shelfwear.
Lot 5005


Title: In the American West
Author: Richard Avedon - Richard Avedon was an American photographer. An obituary, published in The New York Times following Avedon's death said that, "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century."

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1985
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 11.25" Height: 14.25"
Book Details: This scarce hard cover edition folio is bound in tan cloth with black lettering and photographic illustrations pasted to the boards. Full-page black and white photographs of subjects, taken by Avedon in the Western part of the United States, comprise the volume.

“In 1978, the director of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, asked Richard Avedon to photograph a series of portraits that captured the spirit of the American West. From 1979 to 1984, Avedon made several trips through the western United States visiting locations such as state fairs, factories, slaughterhouses, ranches and roadside diners in 13 states and 189 towns from Texas to Idaho. The people he chose to photograph—drifters, coal miners, waitresses and factory workers among them—were not the brawny cowboys or rosy-cheeked frontier families of Western lore, but everyday people coping with the often-harsh reality of rural life.” (Stanford Report, February 16, 2007)
Condition / Notes: This volume shows well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 5006


Title: Marlborough: His Life and Times
Author: Winston S. Churchill - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1933
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: No
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to the spines, these antique volumes retain the original dust jackets. A first American edition, bearing the Scribner ‘A’, these are volumes I and II of the six-volume set. These volumes feature illustrated plates, facsimiles of documents and maps and plans.

Marlborough: His Life and Times is a panegyric biography written by Winston Churchill about John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. Churchill was a lineal descendant of the duke.
Condition / Notes: These volumes show well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. The original dust jackets exhibit chipping, creasing and small tears. Writing appears on the front flyleaves.
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