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Lot 8001

$225
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt, Undertaken by Order of the Old Government of France by C. S. Sonnini, J. Debrett - Dated 1800 by J. Debrett - First EditionThis tome contains two works on Ancient Egypt.


Antique volume has been rebound in brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering and ruling to spine. Book shows minimal exterior wear. Firmly-bound volume has new endpapers. Pages display foxing and occasional marginal moisture stains. Markings are more prominent at margins of plates. A number of pages have had restoration work at edges. Illustrated with an engraved portrait of the author, numerous plates and a large map with professionally reinforced versos.
- Report of the Commission of Arts to the First Consul Bonaparte on the Antiquities of Upper Egypt, and the Present State of All the Temples, Palaces, Obelisks, Statues, Tombs, Pyramids, &c. of Philoe, Syene, Thebes, Tentyris, Latopolis, Memphis, Heliopolis, &c. &c. from the Cataracts of the Nile to Cairo: with an Accurate Description of the Pictures with Which They Are Decorated, and the Conjectures That May Be Drawn from Them, Respecting the Divinities to Whom They Were Consecrated. Translated from the French of Citizen Ripaud, Librarian to the Institute of Egypt by Louis-Madeleine Ripault - Dated 1800 by J. Debrett - First Edition

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Lot 8002

$400

Title: Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas, with Physical Geography, and with Descriptions Geographical, Statistical, and Historical, including the Latest Federal Census, a Geographical Index, and a Chronological History of the Civil War in America
Author: Richard Swainson Fisher
Publisher: Johnson and Ward
City: New York
Year: 1863
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 15" Height: 18.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique folio is bound in blind-stamped green cloth with gilt-lettered leather spine and corner tips. Seal of the United States appears on front cover. Book shows external wear, with soiling to covers and scuff marks at corners. Minor chipping and fraying can be seen at ends of spine. Binding is firm. Volume has marbled endpapers. Pages with marble edges display faint staining at margins and corners, as well as sporadic light foxing. This atlas contains 97 numbered color maps. It should be noted that double maps receive a number per page and that the double map entitled "Vicinity of Richmond and Peninsular Campaign in Virginia" (between maps 33 and 34) is unnumbered. Lower half of map 47 (Indiana) is detaching. This volume is illustrated with a steel engraved plate before title page, bearing the words "American Atlas' over a scene depicting Native Americans on cliff looking down on settlement below, with large town in distance. Engraved vignettes also appear in maps and text.

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Lot 8003

$325

Title: Ill Seen, Ill Said
Author: Samuel Beckett - Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.

Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.

Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which-in new forms for the novel and drama-in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdana in 1984.


Publisher: Lord John Press
City: Northbridge, California
Year: 1982
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 45 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed limited edition of this short novel by Samuel Beckett. Author's signature appears on half title page. This is copy number 287 of 299.

Volume is bound in blue marbled paper-covered boards with gilt-lettered spine. Book is in excellent condition.

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Lot 8004

$500

Title: Picturesque America; or, The Land We Live In: A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Water-Falls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country
Author: uncredited author
Editor: William Cullen Bryant - William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1872/1874
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 10.25" Height: 13"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in full leather, with raised bands and stamped gilt lettering to spine. Front covers show stamped gilt lettering, with gilt ornamental borders to front and rear covers. Volumes are externally and internally in excellent condition. Books have marbled endpapers and gilt edges. Pages are clean and bright.

The work features many illustrations on wood and steel by eminent American artists and engravers, including: Harry Fenn, R. Swain Gifford, Granville Perkins, Alfred R. Waud, F. D. Woodward, W. H. Gibson, William Hart, R. Hinshelwood, S. V. Hunt, F. Holl and E. P. Brandard, among others.

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Lot 8005

$80

Title: Jungling in Jasper
Author: Lawrence J. Burpee - Lawrence Johnstone Burpee, FRSC was a Canadian librarian, historian and author.

Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, he moved to Ottawa at an early age, where from 1890 to 1905 he worked as private secretary to three federal ministers of justice. The following seven years he was librarian at the Ottawa Public Library, before becoming Canadian Secretary of the International Joint Commission in 1912, a post he occupied until his death.

Burpee helped found the Canadian Historical Association in 1922 and was its first president until 1925. He also was president of the Royal Society of Canada in 1936/37. He published many books and articles mainly related to Canadian history and geography and was the founding editor of the Canadian Geographical Journal.

Burpee was a fervent supporter of many causes, from the need for a national library to the independence of Poland. On the latter he published a 1939 wartime article "Poland's fight for freedom" in the Canadian Geographical Journal. On his way to Warsaw in 1946, Burpee died at Oxford, England. He is buried there, although he is also memorialized on a stone in Beechwood Cemetery.
Publisher: The Graphic Publishers Limited
City: Ottawa
Year: 1929
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 200 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this work. Inscription on blank preliminary page reads "To my very dear friend / James H. (illegible name) / from / L. J. B. / Ottawa / March 3. 1937."

Antique volume is bound in half dark blue leather over blue cloth. Front and rear boards show light soiling. Binding is firm. Volume has map endpapers. Pages are foxed. This work is illustrated with photographic plates.

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Lot 8006

$55

Title: An Abridgment of Mr. Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Author: John Locke
Publisher: J. White, Thomas & Andrews, D. West, E. Larkin, J. West and the Proprietor of the Boston Bookstore
City: Boston
Year: 1794
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 250 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 7.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather with gilt-lettered label and ruling to spine. Book shows external wear, with narrow cracking along front spine edge and minor loss of material at outside corners. Binding is firm. Endpapers and blank papers at ends of volume show darkening at borders. Previous owner's name and date of Oct. 2, 1801 appear in ink in upper right corner of front flyleaf. Lightly age-toned pages display sporadic foxing.

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Lot 8007

$130

Title: Picturesque Arizona: Being the Result of Travels and Observations in Arizona during the Fall and Winter of 1877
Author: E. Conklin
Publisher: The Mining Record Printing Establishment
City: New York
Year: 1878
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 380 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in dark green cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering and black ornamental design to spine. Front cover has encircled gilt illustration stamped on front cover over stamped title in black. Book shows light shelfwear. Binding is firm. Front pastedown displays remnants of antique bookplate. Pages are clean and without markings. This work contains numerous full-page illustrations by the Continental Stereoscopic Company of New York.

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Lot 8008

$150

Title: Biggle Farm Library
Author: Jacob Biggle
Publisher: Wilmer Atkinson Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1894-1906
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Complete: No
Width: 4" Height: 5.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce collection of volumes from this turn-of the century manual series. This set contains volumes 1-7 and volume 9, covering the breeding of horses, the culture of berries and fruit trees, the management of farm poultry, the raising of cows, swine, pets, as well as presenting a "guide to good health and long life."

Antique volumes are bound in blue cloth with stamped red lettering to spines and front covers. Pictorial designs relating to topic discussed appear on front cover. Books show mild external wear, with light soiling and occasional stain to covers. Bindings are sound. Pages of first volume display light foxing. Interiors are otherwise clean and without markings. This work is profusely illustrated, presenting bright chromolithographic plates, b&w photographic plates, as well as textual illustrations.

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Lot 8009

$175

Title: The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man's Recreation. Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing. In Two Parts. The First Written by Mr. Isaac Walton, the Second by Charles Cotton, Esq. Illustrated with Upwards of Thirty Copper-Plate Cuts of the Several Kinds of River Fish, of the Implements Used in Angling, and View of the Principal Scenes Described in the Book. To Which Are Prefixed, the Lives of the Authors. and Notes Historical, Critical, and Explanatory
Author: Charles Cotton, Isaac Walton, Sir John Hawkins
Publisher: John and Francis Rivington
City: London
Year: 1775
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: lxxviii/128 pages plus 8 unnumbered pages of index
Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce third edition of this work.

Antique volume is bound in full leather with raised bans and stamped gilt lettering and ruling to spine. Book shows moderate external wear, with mild rubbing to covers and chipping at edges. Binding is somewhat shaken, with one signature (pages 291-302 plus 3 plates) detached. Endpapers and title page display darkening at borders. Previous owner's name is written at top of title page. Frontispiece is detached. Pages are clean and without markings. This work contains a total of 31 copper plates, with 16 full-page plates (including the two frontispieces and two music scores) and 15 engraved vignettes depicting various types of fish.

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Lot 8010

$175

Details: Within this silver locket is a tiny book which contains perhaps the most famous poem in German, "Das Lied von der Glocke," or "Song of the Bell." It was written by the Romantic poet Friedrich Schiller, whose "Ode to Joy" inspired Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The locket bears Schiller's profile on the cover, and may have been commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Schiller's death in 1905. A bell decorates the back cover of the locket.

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Condition / Notes: The clasp on the locket is in good order, as is the hinge and exterior of the locket. The book has all its pages, but is no longer glued to the inside of the locket.

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Lot 8011

$90

Title: The Pears of New York
Author: U. P. Hedrick - Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick was an American botanist and horticulturist who specialized in spermatophytes. His main interest was cultivated fruit trees and he published a number of volumes dealing with such fruits as cherries, grapes, plums, and peaches.
Publisher: J. B. Lyon Company, Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1921
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xi/636 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 12.25"
Book Details: A title in the Fruits of New York series.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in green cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Ex-library book shows external wear, with rubbing to covers. Scratch marks can be seen in lower half of front cover. Library markings appear on spine, front flyleaf, blank preliminary page, with customary attachments to rear endpaper. Number in ink appears along bottom edge of title page. This volume is solidly bound with clean pages. Illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Marshall P. Wilder and many well-preserved bright color plates.

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Lot 8012

$120

Title: The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People Called Quakers: Intermixed with Several Remarkable Occurences. Written Originally in Low-Dutch, and Also Translated into English
Author: William Sewel
Publisher: Samuel Keimer
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1728
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 694 plus 10 unnumbered pages of index
Width: 7.75" Height: 11.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume lacks front and rear boards. Spine cover shows loss at head and foot. Book is preserved in archival folder with ribbons at fore edges. Wrappers have been taped at front and rear of volume. Front wrapper has antique library bookplate from Swathmore College. Text block is intact. Title page and a number of initial pages display professional repair work to fore edges. Previous owner's name and annotations in ink can be seen on upper half of title page Interior is foxed, with foxing most noticeable at front end of volume.

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Lot 8013

$110

Title: Poems on Different Subjects. To Which Is Added, a Descriptive Account of a Family Tour to the West; in the Year, 1800. In a Letter to Lady
Author: Sally Hastings - Sally Hastings was a Pennsylvania-born poet and pioneer.
Publisher: William Dickson
City: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Year: 1808
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 220 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather with faded gilt-lettered spine label. Book shows external wear, with rubbing and scuffing to covers. Minor loss of material is visible at corners. Binding is sound. Endpapers display darkening at edges, with front flyleaf displaying loss of lower right corner.. Previous owner's name is written in ink at top of blank preliminary page. Pages show foxing throughout.


Ten-page list of subscribers appears at end of volume.

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Lot 8014

$80

Book Details: This collection of new nautical history includes four copies of "The Heyday of Sail," part of an excellent pictorial series, Conway's "History of the Ship." From Caxton's Pictorial Histories comes "Navies and the American Revolution." Other titles include "The Tea Clippers" and "Herzogin Cecilie."

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Condition / Notes: These books are in generally excellent condition.

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Lot 8015

$175

Details: There are nine envelopes or covers dating from the Civil War in this lot, three of them with original correspondence. Most are illustrated with droll or patriotic cartoons. Where legible, cancellations are dated 1861, or do not include the year. These cancellations read Elmira, Big Flats, Horseheads, or Bath, NY.

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Condition / Notes: These envelopes are in generally good condition, and are preserved in individual plastic sleeves.

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Lot 8016

$20

Title: A View of the Last Dispensation of Light, That Will Be in the World: Taking into Consideration, Its Certainty - Its Effects upon Mankind - and the Time When This Light Will Be Dispensed
Author: Theophilus R. Gates
Publisher: Joseph Rakestraw
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1814
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 108 pages
Width: 4" Height: 5.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique small-format volume is bound is pink paper-covered boards with leather spine. Book shows moderate external wear, with rubbing to covers and loss at tips of corners. Binding is sound. Pencil annotations can be seen on front pastedown. Pages display foxing throughout.

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Lot 8017

$45

Title: Sign Writing and Glass Embossing; A Complete Practical Illustrated Manual of the Art. To Which Are Added Numerous Alphabets
Author: James Callingham
Publisher: Henry Carey Baird & Co.
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1895
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 210 pages plus 32 pages of publisher's catalogue
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: Chapters in this work explore the history of signs, sign painting and writing, the art of forming and cutting letters, drawing essential lines, classes of alphabets, ancient and ornamental alphabets, thicknesses and shadows, questions of perspective, use of color in sign writing, gold leaf and gilting, glass embossing, and burnished gilding on glass. Final chapter addresses "Orthographical and Other Errors," which includes a section on "ignorance and eccentricity of employers."
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is firm. Pages are clean and without markings. Book contains a number of illustrations, including an appendix with full-page samples of alphabet types.

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Lot 8018

$40

Book Details: This assortment of decorative antiquarian literature includes attractively illustrated stories and novels, some by noted authors like Anatole France, Daniel Defoe, and Howard Pyle. Titles include "Robinson Crusoe," "A Modern Aladdin," and "Francis Drake, A Tragedy of the Sea."

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


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Lot 8019

$45

Book Details: Antiquarian European travelogues is the theme of this lot, which includes narratives of France, New England, the Tyrol, Edinburgh, Normandy inns, Vienna, and other locations in Europe and in the East. Most of these handsome books are delightfully decorative.

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



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Lot 8020

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the antique volume of Meehans' Monthly shown in the corresponding image(s). This is volume 7 of this horticultural magazine, corresponding to the year 1897. This book is illustrated with colored lithographs by L. Prang & Co. and numerous copper and wood engravings. Texts appear in double columns.

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Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in pebbled brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Ex-library book shows mild external wear, with call number label taped to foot of spine. Binding is sound. Library stamps appear on front pastedown, bar code strip is attached to front flyleaf. Stamp can be seen on title page. No other institutional markings or attachments are visible. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. Color botanical plates are well preserved.

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Lot 8021

$60

Details: This collection of new old-stock (NOS) vintage postal ephemera consists of eighteen packets of unused patriotic stationery printed during World War II. Colorful graphics highlight both the sheets and envelopes, as well the large envelopes used to package them. These were all produced by the Jacques Minkus company of New York City.

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Condition / Notes: This stationery is in generally good condition, although yellowing has occurred on some packets.

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Lot 8022

$30

Book Details: Most of these antiquarian reference books are from the early decades of the 19th century, and were intended largely for the self-taught, or for school use. Topics include rhetoric, etymology, and other aspects of English usage, including quotations; legal matters, mathematics, and conducting orderly meetings. A book on chess and a thick. illustrated one purporting to be "The Book of Entertainment, of Curiosities and Wonders in Nature, Art, and Mind" complete the lot.

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


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Lot 8023

$30

Title: Fabulae Aesopi Selectae, Select Fables of Aesop, with an English Translation As Literal As Possible, Answering Line for Line thoughout, the Roman and Italic Characters Being Alernately Ued; So That It Is Next to an Impossibility for the Student To Mistake. The Second Edition Improved with a Compend of Latin Prosody
Author: Aesop - Aesop was a Greek writer credited with a number of popular fables. Older spellings of his name have included Esop(e) and Isope. Although his existence remains uncertain and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day. In many of the tales, animals speak and have human characteristics.

Scattered details of Aesop's life can be found in ancient sources, including Aristotle, Herodotus, and Plutarch. An ancient literary work called The Aesop Romance tells an episodic, probably highly fictional version of his life, including the traditional description of him as a strikingly ugly slave who by his cleverness acquires freedom and becomes an adviser to kings and city-states. A later tradition (dating from the Middle Ages) depicts Aesop as a black Ethiopian. Depictions of Aesop in popular culture over the last 2500 years have included several works of art and his appearance as a character in numerous books, films, plays, and television programs., James Ross
Publisher: James Maxwell
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1814
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 155 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather. Book shows external wear, with scuffing and rubbing to covers. Binding is sound. Bookplates and annotation in ink and pencil can be seen on front endpaper. Pages display light foxing throughout. Faint stain appears at bottom edge of preliminary and initial pages. Text has occasional pencil marginalia.

Text is bilingual in Latin and English.

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Lot 8024

$55

Title: Mountaineering in Colorado: The Peaks about Estes Park
Author: Frederick H. Chapin - Frederick H. Chapin was an American business man, mountaineer, photographer, amateur archaeologist and author. He is best known for his exploration of mesas and ruins found in the Mesa Verde area of Colorado. Although his book is relatively unknown today, his descriptions, maps and quality photographs are an important historical resource.


Chapin visited the Mesa Verde region during the summers of 1889 and 1890, using explorer Richard Wetherill and members of his family as guides. Although active in exploring and photographing the sites, Chapin was not heavily involved in excavating the ruins or collecting artifacts due to time constraints. He did, however, photograph artifacts collected by the Wetherills, and was glad to receive artifacts they collected and forwarded to him. Chapin also assessed the climbing possibilities of mesas and peaks in the area. He described the landscape and ruins in an 1890 article and later in a 1892 book, "The Land of the Cliff-Dwellers," illustrated with hand drawn maps and personal photographs. Chapin Mesa, which shelters many of the best known cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, is named for him.
Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club
City: Boston
Year: 1889
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 168 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in two-tone green cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Pictorial design depicting mountains is stamped in upper half of front cover, above title. Book shows mild external wear, with rubbing to covers and loss at tips of outside corners. Binding is firm. Antique bookplate belonging to Frank M. Chapin appears on front pastedown. Interior is clean and bright. This work contains photographic plates and in-text illustrations.

Book is preserved in transparent plastic cover.

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Lot 8025

$25

Title: History of St. Lawrence Co., New York. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, 1749-1878
Author: Henry B. Pierce, Samuel W. Durant
Publisher: L. H. Everts & Co.
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1878
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 521 pages
Width: 9.25" Height: 12.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique folio volume is bound in quarter leather over blind-stamped brown cloth. Spine has raised bands and stamped gilt lettering. Embossed lettering in gilt ornamental designs can be seen on front cover. Book shows external wear, with loss of material along top edge of front board and rubbing to covers. Minor loss is also visible along edges and at corners of boards. Binding is firm, with reinforced hinges. Gift inscription in ink appears on front pastedown. Gilt-edged pages are clean and without markings. This work contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece, numerous plates offering views and portraits, and in-text illustrations, as well as a full-page color map. Text appears in double columns.

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Lot 8026

$20

Book Details: The books in this antiquarian lot tell the histories of the north of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Some are beautifully decorative. Titles include "The Great North Road," a general history of Scotland with fold-out map and "Scotland's Church," and "The Sorrows and Glories of Ireland" and "The Irish Future and the Lordship of the World."

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



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Lot 8027

$45

Book Details: These vintage and antique books are all related to travel, with anecdotes, travelogues, a guide to the historic hotels of the world (signed by the author), and explorations of specific places. A charming 1909 guidebook to Naples, covered in red silk, has a large folding map in the back, but the printer accidentally inserted the textblock upside down. An 1894 volume provides information on the Alps, the lakes and cities of northern Italy, the Rhine, and Paris. An 1881 book reports on an American's trip to England and Italy. Dillon Ripley, noted ornithologist and curator at the Smithsonian Institution, wrote about a birding trip to Nepal, and signed the book. The lot is completed by a memoir of Elizabeth Gray Vining's four years as tutor to Crown Prince Akihito of Japan; and the author's signature is pasted onto the title page.

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


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Lot 8028

$175

Details: This comic book assortment is diverse, with a wide range in ages. About a quarter of the approximately 200 comics in this lot are priced at twelve or fifteen cents an issue, which dates them from the mid-1960s. These feature the Incredible Hulk, although a few other titles (like the first issue of "Miracle Man") were also published during this period. The most recent comics are from the early 1990s.

There are many Star Trek comics in this collection, as well as many "Personality Profiles: the Illustrated Biography Magazine." Each issue of these presents a character from either the original Star Trek series or from The Next Generation.

Other characters included in this lot are Superman, the X-Men, Venom, Dr. Who, Spawn, Predator, the Punisher, and Aquaman.

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Condition / Notes: Many of these comic books have all been preserved in individual plastic sleeves and protected from light. However, this lot has a strong musty smell, and some of the magazines are rippled.

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Lot 8029

$80

Details: The roughly 260 comic books in this lot are all issues of "Star Trek" published between about 1984 and 1992.

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Condition / Notes: All of these comic books have all been preserved in individual plastic sleeves and protected from light, and all are in excellent condition.

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Lot 8030

$50

Details: This collection of comic books dates from the mid-1980s through early 1990s, and there are about 165 copies in this lot. Included are what looks like the complete first installments of Transformers Universe and Terminator, as well as issues of Superman, X-Men, Wolverine, Star Wars, Weapon X, and probably others.

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Condition / Notes:
Most of these comic books have all been preserved in individual plastic sleeves and protected from light, and all are in excellent condition.

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Lot 8031

$50

Book Details: Although there are exceptions, this antiquarian collection of U.S. history focuses on the opening of the American frontier, which steadily moved west as the years advanced. In the limited edition "Four Great Rivers," the 1769 journal of Richard Smith of New Jersey, the frontier is still in the east: the rivers are the Hudson, the Mohawk, the Susquehanna, and the Delaware.

The real West emerges in "Desert Country," signed by its author, Edwin Corle, and part of the American Folkways series edited by Erskine Caldwell; in "Editor on the Comstock Lode," by Wells Drury; and in "Life on the Range and On the Trail," by R.J. Lauderdale and John M. Doak.

Other studies of American history are "Costume of Colonial Times," "Joseph Pennell's Pictures of the Wonder of Work (1881-1915)," and a "History of the Centennial Exhibition"

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



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Lot 8032

$45

Details: There are five deluxe, matching slip-cased albums in this philately collection. They are part of the the Heritage Collection put out by the Mystic Stamp Company. There are two volumes of First Day Covers: one contains FDCs issued from 1998-1999, and the other holds FDCs from 1998-2006. Two volumes give histories of the U.S. presidents, illustrated by stamps honoring achievements during their terms, and one album celebrates the fifty states, with each page decorated with the appropriate stamp(s).

Stamp collections, with explanatory material, inhabit the other albums. Two are devoted to American presidents, and contain stamps issued in many different decades. The remaining album holds stamps and information honoring the 50 states.

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Condition / Notes: All of this philatelic material is in excellent, well-preserved condition.

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Lot 8033

$25

Title: At Home in Fiji
Author: C. F. Gordon Cumming - Constance Frederica "Eka" Gordon-Cumming was a travel writer and painter. She was born on 26 May 1837 at Altyre, near Forres in Scotland, the 12th child of a wealthy family. Her parents were Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 2nd Baronet, and Elizabeth Maria (Campbell) Cumming. She was the aunt of Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 4th Baronet. She grew up in Northumberland, and was educated at Fulham, London. She taught herself how to paint, and had help from artists visiting her home, including one of Queen Victoria's favorite painters, Sir Edwin Landseer. After spending a year in India in 1867, she became interested in travel.
Gordon-Cumming was a prolific travel writer and landscape painter who traveled the world, mostly in Asia and the Pacific. She has painted over a thousand watercolors. Places she visited include Australia, New Zealand, America, China, and Japan. She arrived in Hilo, Hawaii in October 1879, and was among the first artists to paint the active volcanoes. Her Hawaii travelogue, "Fire Fountains: The Kingdom of Hawaii," was published in Edinburgh in 1883.
Her best known books are "At Home in Fiji" and "A Lady's Cruise on a French Man-of-War." The latter book resulted from an invitation to join a French ship put into service for the Bishop of Samoa so that he could visit remote parts of his far-flung diocese.
Miss Gordon-Cumming received much criticism from male writers of the era, perhaps because she did not fit in the traditional Victorian role of women, as she often traveled alone and unaided. Henry Adams said her books are a collection of anecdotes without much interest. In any case, her landscape drawings and watercolors seem to be universally admired.
Gordon-Cumming visited Yosemite Valley in April 1878, after visiting Tahiti. She intended to visit for 3 days, but ended up staying 3 months. She says "I for one have wandered far enough over the wide world to know a unique glory when I am blessed by the sight of one . . ." She published her letters back home as Granite Crags in 1884. While in Yosemite Miss Gordon-Cumming also drew watercolor sketches, which she displayed in Yosemite Valley-making it the first art exhibition in Yosemite.
In 1879, while visiting Peking, China, Miss Gordon-Cumming met William Hill Murray, a Scottish missionary to China. He had invented the Numeral Type system, through which blind and illiterate Chinese learned to read and write, by assigning numbers to each of the 408 Chinese Mandarin sounds. Gordon-Cumming wrote a book (1899) about the system and supported the school for the rest of her life. She died in Scotland on 4 September 1924, and is buried near Crieff.
The Honolulu Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California and the Yosemite Museum are among the public collections holding works by Constance Gordon-Cumming.

Publisher: A. C. Armstrong & Son
City: New York
Year: 1882
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: x/365 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Stated to be a new edition, "complete in one volume."

Antique volume is bound in green cloth with stamped black lettering and decorative designs to covers. Book is slightly cocked and shows external wear, with light soiling to covers and fraying at ends of spine and at corners. Rear hinge is cracked. Author's name and date appear at top of title page. Pages are clean and without markings. This work is illustrated with plates and well-preserved fold-out map at rear of volume.

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