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Lot 6118

$35

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of military nautical history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6119

$40

Title: The Art of Rigging Containing an Explanation of Terms and Phrases and the Progressive Method of Rigging Expressedly Adapted for Sailing Ships
Author: George Biddlecombe - Sir George Biddlecombe was an English naval officer and author.
Publisher: Marine Research Society
City: Salem, Massachusetts
Year: 1925
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xix/155 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Publication number eight of the Marine Research Society.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Book shows light external wear. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and without markings. Illustrated with numerous plates. Intact dust jacket shows significant wear to edges and two small stains to upper portion of rear panel.
 
Lot 6120

$40

Title: A Millionaire of Rough-and-Ready
Author: Bret Harte - Francis Bret Harte was an American author and poet, best remembered for his accounts of pioneering life in California.
Publisher: The L=D Allen Press
City: Kentfield, California
Year: 1955
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 110 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: Edition limited to 220 copies. This is a psychological novel of California gold-mining days.
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in two contrasting handmade brown papers, with gilt lettering to spine and gilt decorative band running vertically along boards. Book shows very light external wear. Interior is clean and fresh. Publisher's promotional card laid in.
 
Lot 6121

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books about the history of commercial shipping shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are "Carrying British Mails Overseas," "Merchant Ships 1949-1950," and "The Iron Ships: A Maritime History of BHP," among others. Also included is "Olsen & Ugelstad 1915-1965," which is limited to 2000 copies, only 500 of which are in English. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6122

$15

Details: This lot includes the pair of antique stampless covers shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes a stampless cover from 1845 which is addressed to Suffolk County New York. Also included is an 1847 letter with cancels, addressed to Warren County, PA. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6123

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique children's books shown in the corresponding image(s). Included are juvenile series books such as the Campfire Girls, which are in dust jackets, Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," and two Disney Snow White books. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Dust jackets or wrappers may show some tearing and/or loss.
 
Lot 6124

$60

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique postcards, albums, and souvenir booklets shown in the corresponding image(s). The postcards in this lot portray travel destinations such as Florida, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, as well as artwork in the collection of the Louvre, among others. Also included are four oversized postcards depicting Yellowstone National Park. Souvenir booklets contain views of cities, states and landmarks such as Southern California, Nantasket Beach, MA, and Portland, ME. This group includes some items which are chromolithographs or real photographs, as well as other handsome design elements. There are two albums, 19 souvenir booklets, and approximately 100 postcards included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These items generally show well, with some age/wear indications. Many of the postcards are carefully stored in plastic sleeves in a binder. The albums show more advanced wear with some loose and/or detached pages, and some chipping and loss to pages. Most of the album pages are blank, and contents may be loose within the pages.
 
Lot 6125

$70

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique postcards shown in the corresponding image(s). The postcards in this lot portray views of Washington, D. C., Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado, among other themes. This group of postcards includes some which are chromolithographs or real photographs, as well as other handsome design elements. There are approximately 200 postcards included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These postcards generally show well with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6126

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books about the history of Navies shown in the corresponding image(s). Some topics include German Warships, ships of the Royal Navy, and heavy cruisers, among others. A copy of "Sailing Ships of War 1400-1860" is included, which has several letters addressed to and from the author, Dr. Frank Howard, enclosed. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6127

$45

Title: The Works of Rudyard Kipling
Author: Rudyard Kipling - Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including "The Jungle Book" (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), "Just So Stories" (1902) (1894), "Kim" (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888); and his poems, including "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The White Man's Burden" (1899) and "Ifó" (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works are said to exhibit "a versatile and luminous narrative gift."

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honors, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.

Kipling's subsequent reputation has changed according to the political and social climate of the age and the resulting contrasting views about him continued for much of the 20th century. George Orwell called him a "prophet of British imperialism." Literary critic Douglas Kerr wrote: "He [Kipling] is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement and his place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognized as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with."
Publisher: The Jefferson Press
City: New York
Year: circa 1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 10 Complete: No
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique decorative bound in three-quarter leatherette with marbled paper-covered boards. Spines show bright gilt lettering with decorative design. Volumes show external wear. One volume shows spine cover detaching at front gutter. Volumes show spotting to fore edges (with one volume also showing water markings). Books are tightly bound. Interiors are clean and without markings. Illustrated with frontispiece plates.
 
Lot 6128

$50

Title: A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland
Author: John Bernard Burke, John Burke
Publisher: Henry Colburn, Publisher
City: London
Year: 1848
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.75" Height: 10"
Book Details: First volume covers letters A through L, second M through Z.
Condition / Notes: Antique volumes have been rebound in green cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books are tightly bound and show very light external wear. Title page and initial pages of first volume show foxing. Much lighter foxing occasionally visible elsewhere.
 
Lot 6129

$45

Title: Picturesque Detroit and Environs
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Picturesque Publishing Company
City: Northampton, Massachusetts
Year: 1893
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 148 pages plus 3 pages of index
Width: 11.25" Height: 13.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in dark green cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial design to front cover. Book shows external wear, with fraying at ends of spine and rubbing, light scratching and darkening to covers. Binding is shaken. Rear hinge is cracked. Title page shows light foxing. Pages are otherwise clean and without markings. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs and drawings.
 
Lot 6130

$35

Details: This lot includes the piece of decorative antique sheet music shown in the corresponding image(s). This piece is entitled "The Wreck of the Titanic: A Descriptive Composition for Piano Solo." This piece was composed by William Baltzell and published by Aubrey Stauffer & Co in Chicago in 1912. The decorative front cover depicts a black and white illustration of lifeboats leaving the Titanic. The rear cover bears the text "In memoriam to the brave musicians who played the last requiem for the passengers of the Titanic." This work is five pages long. This is one of several lots of antique sheet music that we are selling at today's auction - please review our entire catalog to see other similar lots. To inspect and acquire more information about this lot, please attend our preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: This piece shows some age/wear with detached covers and some chipping and loss to edges.
 
Lot 6131

$20

Details: This lot includes the group of estate ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes advertising, catalogs, antique prints, and automotive related items, among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6132

$70

Title: The Military Heroes of the Revolution: with a Narrative of the War of Independence
Author: Charles J. Peterson
Publisher: William A. Leary
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1848
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 487 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine panels. Book shows external wear, with cracking along edges of spine and wear and minor loss at edges of boards. Binding is solid. Book has marbled endpapers and edges. Pages show foxing throughout (particularly heavy on tissue guards). Illustrated With many wood-engravings & plates and a tissue-guarded steel-engraved frontispiece depicting George Washington.
 
Lot 6133

$140
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- A Hoosier Holiday by Theodore Dreiser - Dated 1916 by John Lane Company - Shows some rubbing to boards.
- The American Claimant by Mark Twain - Dated 1892 by Charles L. Webster & Co. - Some foxing to pages, front endpaper shows some loss due to bookplate being removed.
- Sketches New and Old by Mark Twain - Dated 1893 by American Publishing Company - Some sunning to boards.
- They Call Me Carpenter by Upton Sinclair - Dated 1922 by Upton Sinclair - Some foxing to pages.
- The Rover by Joseph Conrad - Dated 1923 by Doubleday, Page & Company - Shows some cracking at front and rear hinges, some pencil marginalia on rear free endpaper.
- Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser - Dated 1911 by Harper & Brothers Publishers
 
Lot 6134

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). Titles included are "Japanese Prints and Their Creators" by Adophe Leibowitz, "The Torch Passes" by John Dunning, "The Takedown" by P. R. Hersey, and "Testament: The Unpublished Prologues" by David Morrell. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These volumes are generally in excellent condition with some light age/wear.
 
Lot 6135

$20

Details: This lot includes the group of antique folio leaves and plates shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes lithographs of engravings, featuring the works of the artists E. Nicol, J. D. Wingfield, Sir Edwin Landwseer, Joseph Durham, E. M. Ward, Thomas Faed, H. O'Neil, Birket Foster, and R. Gavin, among many others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications
 
Lot 6136

$50

Details: This lot includes the group of "Look" magazines from World War II years shown in the corresponding image(s). Some cover stories include "Hitler Wants Italy Out of the War," "There Is a War Job For You," and "How To Keep Peace With Germany," among others. There are 16 magazines in this lot, which have striking color front and rear covers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Some volumes may show age/wear such as chipping along the spine and some creasing to wrappers.
 
Lot 6137

$40

Title: The Private Soldier under Washington
Author: Charles Knowles Bolton
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1902
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiii/258 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: An attractive first edition of this work of military history bearing a presentation inscription to and the signature of Union general Galusha Pennypacker (1844 Ė 1916), who is to this day the youngest person to hold the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army; at the age of 20, he remains the only general too young to vote for the president who appointed him. Pennypacker's signature appears on blank preliminary page above the date Dec. 23, 1902.

Antique volume is bound in dark blue cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows light external wear. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with photographic plates, a number of which present documents from the time of the War of Independence.
 
Lot 6138

$35

Details: This lot includes the group of stage and screen-related ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes Baker's Edition of Plays such as "A Change of Color," "Miss Prim's Kindergarten," and "Double Dummy," as well as playbills and programs for The Metropolitan Opera and The Colonial Theatre, among other items. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6139

$130

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of nautical reference, shipbuilding, and boat design books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6140

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of ocean liner history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Several author-signed volumes are included in this lot, such as John Maxtone-Graham's "Cunaro: 150 Glorious Years," "Fifty Famous Liners 3" by Frank O. Braynard and William H. Miller, and "Normandie: Her Life and Times" by Harvey Ardman. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Dust jackets may show some tearing and/or loss.
 
Lot 6141

$140

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique American Revolution history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are "The Adventures of Ebenezer Fox, in the Revolutionary War," "The Rear-Guard of the Revolution," and Lossing's "The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6142

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique shipbuilding, boat design, and rigging books shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles include "The Art of Rigging," "Wooden Boat and Ship Building," and "Boatbuilding in West Cornwall," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6143

$120

Title: Works of Bayard Taylor
Author: Bayard Taylor - Bayard Taylor was an American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam
City: New York
Year: 1855, 1858-9
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Complete: No
Condition / Notes: This set includes the titles "Greece and Russia," "Northern Travel," "The Lands of the Saracen," and "India, China and Japan." There is some external wear such as rubbing to board edges. There is light foxing to some pages.
 
Lot 6144

$55

Details: This lot includes the group of 18th and 19th century ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes publications relating to Nathan Hale, church membership of the First Congregational Church of Waterbury, CT, handwritten correspondence, and billheads, among other items. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6145

$110

Title: The Holy Bible: with the Apocrypha, Psalms in Metre, and Marginal Reference and Readings, Brown's Complete Concordance to the Holy Scriptures: To Which Are Added a Pictorial History of the Books of the Bible / The Improved Pictorial Dictionary of the Bible / Christian Denominations of the World, Their Doctrines, Government and History
Author: Alfred Nevin, Clement M. Butler, Washington B. Erben
Publisher: John E. Potter and Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: circa 1885
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 768 pages
Width: 10.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: This antique family bible contains genealogical information relating to the Shaw family dating back to the 18th century.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather with gilt lettering and elaborate ornamental designs. Book shows external wear, concentrated at extremes. Binding is sound. Gilt-edged pages are clean and bright. Profusely illustrated with in-text and full-page engravings, as well as tissue-guarded color map.
 
Lot 6146

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique U. S. history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Some topics include Ulysses S. Grant, the French Revolution, and Highlanders in America, among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. This group does contain an ex-library volume.
 
Lot 6147

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the leather Robert Louis Stevenson set shown in the corresponding image(s). This set is bound in green and brown leather with decorative gilt tooling on the front boards and spines. Some titles included in this set are "Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes," "Across the Plains," "St. Ives," and "Familiar Studies," among others. There are 30 volumes included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: The condition of these volumes varies - some show edge wear and sunning, among other age/wear indications. All boards are attached.
 
Lot 6148

$25

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique postcards shown in the corresponding image(s). The postcards in this lot portray international travel destinations, such as England, France, and Switzerland. This group of postcards includes some which are chromolithographs or real photographs, as well as other handsome design elements. There are approximately 200 postcards included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These postcards generally show well with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6149

$140

Details: This lot includes the antique stacking barrister bookcase shown in the corresponding images. This handsome piece of furniture is made of finished oak, with the original hardware still present. It has hinged two glass-paneled sections. An original sticker of manufacture present at the rear of each shelf, which reads "Humphrey-Widman Sectional Bookcases, Detroit, U. S. A." This piece measures approximately 34" tall, 13.5" wide, and 13.5" deep at the widest point. This item is available for pick up only at our gallery in Ithaca, New York. This piece of estate furniture is one of several we will be offering at todayís auction. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: This item generally shows well, with some age/wear such as light chipping to some side edges.
 
Lot 6150

$1,000

Details: This lot includes original letters written principally by members of the Walling family, including a father and son-in-law who struggled to capitalize on the Oregon gold rush during the early 1860s. The letters portray the gritty, arduous and frustrating existence carved out by these fortune seekers who were among thousands of men all desperately scouring the landscape in search of elusive gold. Both men died in the gold fields, penniless and broken after just a few years of a struggle exhausting enough to ruin the health of them both.

Two letters are written by the father, John J. Holman, each to different daughters. An 1860 letter is addressed to Susan Wallen while the other was written in 1862 and is to Mary Ann Walling. The later letter relates details of the sad death of his son-in-law, Oscar S. Walling, to his daughter, Oscar's wife. There are seven letters from Oscar to his wife over 1860 and 1861, chronicling the menís struggle and his battle with degrading health issues. One letter dated February 15th (no year) is written onboard a ship named as "N. Light" and includes a reference to the coast of Cuba, suggesting that the fortune seekers opted for the then-popular Panamanian route to the west coast. With the exception of this onboard letter, all the letters from Oscar and John are addressed from Jacksonville, Oregon, a hotbed of gold rush activity beginning in the early 1850s. There is reference to a William in the fatherís letter and other familiar people, suggesting that additional family members or close family friends were also present in Jacksonville with the two men. There are also four letters written after Holman's death in 1863, from what appears to be an attorney in San Francisco and another party in Jacksonville, who handled the closing affairs and effects of the demised men. They paint a bleak picture to Mary Ann Walling of the failed mining interests of the father and son and the scant personal effect left behind to cover outstanding debts.

Two earlier letters from Oscar to Mary Ann are also in this group. One is written in 1849 from Tyrone, NY, in which Oscar speaks of being on the road as a traveling book salesman. The other later is dated 1858 and was written in Jamestown, NY, discussing financial arrangements. Additionally included is a letter to John Holman sent from England in 1832, bearing postal cancels, and a money transfer sent for seventy dollars in 1864 to Mrs. M. A. Walling of Germany, PA.

These letters provide a clear and vivid view of life on the gold fields as gold fever swept this country, drawing thousands of hardy, hopeful men of all ages to the valleys and streams of western America. Many fortunes were made but far more were never found. Johnís letter of 1862 includes the sentence, "To tell you the truth, I have been struggling against fate and almost against hope for the last three years." Within a few months, he would join his son-in-law and expire under the weight of this load.
Condition / Notes: These letters and documents are in pleasing condition. All writings are unfaded and readable, there is some separation areas along fold lines of some letters.
 
Lot 6151

$60

Title: A Buccaneer's Atlas: Basil Ringrose's South Sea Waggoner. A Sea Atlas and Sailing Directions of the Pacific Coast of the Americas 1682
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Derel Howse, Norman J. W. Thrower
Publisher: University of California Press
City: Berkeley
Year: 1992
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 314 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.5"
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in purple cloth. Upper outside corners of boards and dust jacket are lightly bumped. Book and dust jacket are otherwise in excellent condition.
 
Lot 6152

$80

Title: The Peter Pan Picture Book: The Picture Story Is Based on the Play of the Same Name
Author: J. M. Barrie - Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in "The Little White Bird"), then to write "Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up," a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularizing the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.
Publisher: Whitman Publishing Company
City: Racine, Wisconsin
Year: 1931
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 10" Height: 13"
Condition / Notes: Well-preserved antique folio volume is bound in blue cloth spine over illustrated paper-covered boards. Book shows light soiling to edges of boards. Binding is tight. Volume has illustrated endpapers and 23 bright color illustrations by Roy Best. Intact dust jacket shows light soiling and small tears/chipping to edges.
 
Lot 6153

$140

Title: The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts
Author: Cormac McCarthy - Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and modernist genres. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for "The Road." His 2005 novel "No Country for Old Men" was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He received a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1992 novel, "All the Pretty Horses." "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Road" were also made into major motion pictures.

"Blood Meridian" (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, alongside Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth, and called "Blood Meridian" "the greatest single book since Faulknerís 'As I Lay Dying.'" In 2010 The Times ranked "The Road" first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner. McCarthy has been increasingly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Publisher: The Ecco Press
City: Hopewell, New Jersey
Year: 1994
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 133 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This play focuses on the tribulations of the Telfair family over a three year period. The story is told by monologues of the character Ben Telfair, a 32 year old third generation stonemason. Two acts are taken up to provide back story which involves Ben's choice to not go to college and take up the family business of stonemasonry

Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in black cloth-backed gray boards, with silver lettering to spine. Book is in excellent condition. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and crisp. Cloth-covered slipcase shows light shelfwear, with spotting to one side. This is number 245 of 350 boxed copies. Numbered and signed on limitation page by Cormac McCarthy.
 
Lot 6154

$45

Title: Descriptive Catalogue of Patented Hardware Specialties, Manufactured by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Pa.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: uncredited
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1911
Binding Style: Softcover
Pagination: 132
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: Enterprise was the leading name in cast iron home implements and utensils in its day. This catalog of patented hardware specialties features items such as meat choppers, grinding mills, cobblers' kits, tobacco cutters, and lawn sprinklers, among many other items. This catalog is profusely illustrated, and contains pricing and statistics for each item being sold. This catalog has red wrappers and a stapled binding. The catalog generally shows well with some age/wear indications. There is some bleed-through of red dye on covers to beginning and tailing leaves. There is some tearing to the front wrapper, mostly concentrated toward the spine.
 
Lot 6155

$70

Title: A Companion to the Altar. Or, an Help to the Worthy Receiving of the Lords Supper; by Discourses and Meditations upon the Whole Communion Office. To Which Is Added, an Essay upon the Offices of Baptism, Catechism, and Confirmation.
Author: Thomas Comber - Thomas Comber was an English churchman, Dean of Durham from 1689.

Publisher: Robert Littlebury
City: London
Year: 1681
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: (16), 489, (7) pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: Third Edition.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume lacks boards. Text block is intact. Pages show (marginal) water markings throughout. Previous owner's markings appear on title page, at top of first page of introduction and on page 304.
 
Lot 6156

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the leather set of Thackeray books shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes are bound in dark green leather, with gilt tooling along the spines. There are thirteen volumes included, which contain titles such as "The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.," "The Newcomes," and "The Book of Snobs," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. These volumes show some sunning, mostly concentrated at the spines, and some edge wear to boards.
 
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