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Lot 6001

$90

Title: Sertum Orchidaceum: A Wreath of the Most Beautiful Orchidaceous Flowers
Author: John Lindley - John Lindley FRS was an English botanist, gardener and orchidologist.
Publisher: Johnson Reprint Corporation
City: New York
Year: c1975
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: unpaginated
Width: 13.75" Height: 19.75"
Book Details: This elephant folio volume is bound in green cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and front cover. This work is illustrated with 50 bright full-page color plates. This is a scarce limited edition of this a re-publication of this 19th-century botanical work, being copy number 239 of 1,000.
Condition / Notes: The book is in excellent condition. The volume is preserved in a transparent plastic cover.
Lot 6002

$200

Title: The Fur Hunters of the Far West; A Narrative of Adventures in the Oregon and Rocky Mountains
Author: Alexander Ross - Alexander Ross was a fur trader and author.
Publisher: Smith, Elder and Co.
City: London
Year: 1855
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 333, 262, plus 16 pages advertisements
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Book Details: This antique mixed set from the same first edition printing is complete in two volumes. Volume I has a private 19th century fancy binding in blue cloth with with maroon leather and gilt lettering and tooling, as well as marbled endpapers. Volume II is bound in orange blindstamped cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Both volumes bear a frontispiece, and volume I contains a fold-out map of “the Oregon”. In 1825 Ross traveled from the Pacific to Red River, having been allotted lands there by Governor Simpson. This is the account of his trip; it has much information on the Indians Ross met with on his travels, and includes a Nez Perce vocabulary in the appendix. Sabin 73327; Streeter 3719; Field 1326; Graff 3578; Howes R449.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes display some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. Volume I contains a private bookplate and previous owner’s faint name/address stamp on the top text block edge, and the fold-out map has a small tear at one fold. Volume II displays soiling to the boards and partially cracked hinges, with a partially cracked text block. A personal bookplate and small sticker are affixed to the front endpapers. A previous owner’s faint name/address stamp appears on the top text block edge. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 6003

$55

Title: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Author: T. S. Eliot - Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM was a British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". He moved from his native United States to England in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working, and marrying there. He eventually became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, renouncing his American citizenship.

Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which was seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), "The Hollow Men" (1925), "Ash Wednesday" (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry". (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company
City: New York
Year: 1939
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 46 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Bound in gray cloth with black lettering to the spine, this first American edition has an orange title page with black line drawings by the author.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology. It is the basis for the musical Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum", in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and quickly re-published in 1940, illustrated in full by Nicolas Bentley. They have also been published in versions illustrated by Edward Gorey (1982) and Axel Scheffler (2009).

Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with fading to the covers. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 6004

$35

Title: Colorado: Its Gold and Silver Mines, Farms and Stock Ranges, and Health and Pleasure Resorts. Tourist's Guide to the Rocky Mountains
Author: Frank Fossett
Publisher: C. G. Crawford, Printer and Stationer
City: New York
Year: 1880
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 592 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is the stated second edition of this work, bound in green cloth with black stamped decoration and gilt lettering to the front cover and spine. The volume is profusely illustrated with textual illustrations, full-page illustrations, and maps, three of which fold out, and contains an appendix at the rear.

“This volume, as its name implies, is devoted to Colorado. Its contents are descriptive, statistical, and historical, and embrace a detailed account of the State’s resources, productions, and progress. For general convenience it has been divided into four parts. The first of these will answer for a traveler’s guide, and relates to routes of travel, health and pleasure resorts, scenic attractions and climate. The second part is historical, and the third contains much information concerning the State at large and the farming and live stock interests. Part fourth is devoted to the mines. As mining is Colorado’s main industry and source of wealth, it receives the space and attention its merits deserve.” (From the Preface)
Condition / Notes: This volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with soiling to the covers. The hinges and text block are cracked, however the text block is still intact. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through age toning/foxing and marginal moisture markings. There is an inscription to a previous owner on a front endpaper.
Lot 6005

$45

Title: Mystery Men of Wall Street: The Powers Behind the Market
Author: Earl Sparling
Publisher: Greenberg, Publisher
City: New York
Year: 1930
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 254 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: Bound in tan cloth with brown lettering to the spine and front cover, this antique first printing is embellished with illustrated portraits. “Wall Street once ran from a graveyard to a river. It runs now from an ocean to an ocean, and beyond. It has become, in Dr. Charles A. Beard’s measured words, a new Appian Way of the world. As the Street has changed, the men who rule it have changed, too. Giants of a new breed are in control today, as different from the Vanderbilts and Harrimans and Morgans of the past as the Street is different from the railroad right of way and the bankers’ byway it was formerly. This is the story of the new kings, whose shadows lengthen across a continent, and of the battlefield marshals who carry out their far-flung campaigns. In part also, it is the story of the “greatest bull market in history,” which they dominated, and the “worst collapse in stock values of all time,” which they survived.” (From the Introduction)
Condition / Notes: This volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through very mild age toning to clean pages.
Lot 6006

$90

Title: New-York: A Historical Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the Metropolitan City of America. By a New-Yorker.
Author: Daniel Curry
Publisher: Published by Carlton & Phillips
City: New York
Year: 1853
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 339 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This scarce antique volume has blindstamped brown cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation to the spine. Full-edge gilt and engraved illustrated plates enhance the text. The frontispiece depicts City Hall.

"It still appeared . . . that there was a want of a more popular history of our city than any we have hitherto possessed. The details of the city's local history appeared to him to be to much scattered and mixed with more general historical matter . . . As the result of this state of things, the facts of the city's history, as distinguished from that of the state or nation, are very imperfectly known to ordinary readers, even in the city itself. To bring the subject within the reach of all, is the design of this work." (From the Preface)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays indications of age and wear. The front board and spine cover are detached from the text block and remain attached to the rear board. There is some rubbing and chipping concentrated at the corners and at the top/bottom of the spine cover. The binding is shaken and the text block is cracked. The pages show mild age toning and scattered light spotting/foxing, mostly marginal. Pages 167 to 170 are torn across the center and the rear flyleaf has been excised.
Lot 6007

$45

Title: Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska
Author: Rockwell Kent - Rockwell Kent was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, writer, sailor and adventurer. An undergraduate background in architecture at Columbia University prepared Kent for occasional work in the 1900s and 1910s as an architectural renderer and carpenter. At the Art Students League he would meet and befriend the artists Wilhelmina Weber Furlong and Thomas Furlong. A transcendentalist and mystic in the tradition of Thoreau and Emerson, whose works he read, Kent found inspiration in the austerity and stark beauty of wilderness.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
City: New York and London
Year: 1920
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 217 pages
Width: 8" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: Bound in tan the cloth with gilt debossing to the spine and front board, with pictorial endpapers, this antique first edition volume provides an exquisite view into life in Alaska, including an introduction by Dorothy Canfield. In 1918-19 Kent and his nine-year-old son ventured to the American frontier of Alaska. Wilderness (1920), the first of Kent's several adventure memoirs, is an edited and illustrated compilation of his letters home.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with some soiling to the covers. The front hinge is cracked and loose, however the binding and text block remain sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing, with small areas of soiling to the foot and head of the text block. An embossed ownership stamp appears on the title page.
Lot 6008

$45

Title: The Unwritten Alliance: Speeches 1953 to 1959
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.
Editor: Randolph S. Churchill
Publisher: Cassell
City: London
Year: 1961
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 332 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, this stated first edition retain the original dust jacket. “In the course of these pages Sir Winston passes from the making of history and the writing of history, in a sense, into a living national memorial of the eighty-six years through which he has lived, and of the Nation, and Commonwealth, and Empire he has served. There are the unique experiences of his speaking at the unveiling of a statue of himself, and at a ceremony at Churchill College, Cambridge, found in his honour. The title, The Unwritten Alliance, is justified by the number of speeches which dwell on the paramount necessity of Anglo-American friendship. The phrase is taken from the speech he made at a dinner given by the English-Speaking Union on 8 June 1954 in honour of General Gruenther, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Supreme Allied Commander.” (From the Introduction)
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear, with fading to the head of the boards and minor loss to the hear and foot of the spine. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild age toning. The original dust jacket exhibits shelfwear and rubbing, with chipping and minor loss to the head and foot of the spine, as well as age toning/foxing. The jacket has been price-clipped. This volume is ex-library and bears residue from attachments and stamps to the front free endpaper and copyright page.
Lot 6009

$60

Title: Peculiar Penguins
Author: Staff of Walt Disney Studio
Publisher: David McKay Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1934
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 45 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This antique first edition is bound in red cloth with a color pictorial pastedown to the front cover. Color illustrations appear on each page of text. This is the book version of the Silly Symphonies Peculiar Penguins short film.

Silly Symphony is a series of 75 animated short films produced by Walt Disney Productions from 1929 to 1939. As their name implies, the Silly Symphonies were originally intended as whimsical accompaniments to pieces of music. As such, the films usually had independent continuity and did not feature continuing characters, unlike the Mickey Mouse shorts produced by Disney at the same time (exceptions to this include Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, and Three Orphan Kittens, which all had sequels). The series is notable for its innovation with Technicolor and the multiplane motion picture camera, as well as its introduction of the character Donald Duck making his first appearance in the Silly Symphony cartoon The Wise Little Hen in 1934. Seven shorts won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The series also spawned a Disney media franchise that included the Silly Symphonies newspaper comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicate, the Dell comic book series Silly Symphonies, as well as several children's books, many of which were based on Silly Symphony cartoons.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows very well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing, with some light fading/soiling to the color pastedown. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning, and the colors remain vibrant.
Lot 6010

$70

Title: The Ninth Regiment New York Volunteers (Hawkins' Zouaves) Being a History of the Regiment and Veteran Association from 1860 to 1900
Author: Matthew J. Graham
Publisher: E. P. Coby & Co.
City: New York
Year: 1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 634 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: Bound in tan cloth covers depicting a colorful illustration of a soldier, the work contains a frontispiece photograph of the monument at Antietam, as well as a Muster-Out Roll at the end of the text. This is a presentation copy of this Civil War history volume from Private John Creech to his comrade Private Michael Kane. The inscription on a blank preliminary page reads “Presented to / Michael Kane by his old comrade/ John Creech”. Both individuals are listed in the muster roll.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with soiling and minor loss to high points. The hinges are cracked, and the front is partially detached. The text block is partially cracked but remains intact. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning.
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