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Lot 9001

$175
Title: Where The Wild Things Are
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper & Row
Printing Year: 1963, Author-Signed Early Edition

Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author has signed the book on the half-title page and has included an original drawing of one of the "Wild Things" above his inscription to "The Eddy Collection." The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The original dust jacket bears the Caldecott Medal gold foil stamp on the upper right front corner; the front flap indicates an original price of $4.95 and has been clipped at the lower corner. Dust jacket is preserved in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 10 1/4" x 9 1/4" and contains 38 unnumbered pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9002

$325
Title: Winston S. Churchill, His Complete Speeches, 1897 - 1963
Editor: Robert Rhodes James
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers in association with R. R. Bowker Company
Printing Year: 1974 First Edition
Number of Volumes: Complete 8 volume set

Notes: Bound in red cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique set is a scarce collection of the speeches of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, FRS (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965), a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served as Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, an historian, writer and artist. To date, he is the only British Prime Minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the first person to be recognised as an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

Prior to this work, four-fifths of Churchill's speeches had never been published in volume form. To correct this, and to coincide with the Centenary of Churchill's birth, a team of Columbia University graduate students spent six months combing Parliamentary records, newspapers, pamphlets, Conservative Party and BBC broadcast transcripts. This massive work presents Churchill's speeches from the War in the Sudan in the late 19th century to the Berlin Wall in the 20th. This set contains a general index, a subject index, and a chronology. The work is illustrated with frontispiece portraits. The volumes show mild external age/wear, and are solidly bound with clean pages. Edges show mild spotting. The books measure approximately 7" x 9 3/4". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $25.50
Lot 9004

$100
Title: The Satanic Verses
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Viking (London)
Printing Year: 1988 Author-Signed First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in dark blue cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine, this volume is a scarce autographed original edition of this signature work by British-Indian novelist and essayist Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, KBE (b. 19 June 1947). This, his fourth novel, was the center of a great controversy, with protests from Muslims in several countries. Some of the protests were violent, with Rushdie facing death threats and a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, in February 1989.

The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact dustjacket is in protective plastic cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and contains 547 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9005

$90
Title: Dombey and Son
Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Bradbury and Evans (London)
Printing Year: 1848 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in half leather with raised bands, marbled boards and gilt lettering, this antique volume is a scarce edition of this work by celebrated English author Charles Dickens. The work is illustrated with a frontispiece, engraved title page and 38 plates by Hablot K Browne (Phiz). The volume shows external age/wear, with rubbed boards. Hinges are cracked. Mildly age-toned pages show occasional foxing; all plates are foxed at margins and on versos. The book measures approximately 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" and contains 624 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9006

$325
Title: The History of British India
Authors: James Mill & Horace Hayman Wilson
Publisher: James Madden and Co. (London)
Printing Years: 1840 - 1848
Number of Volumes: Complete 9 volume set

Notes: Bound in three-quarter leather with raised bands and marbled boards, this antique set is a scarce edition of this monumental historical work by James Mill (April 6, 1773 – June 23, 1836), a Scottish historian, economist, political theorist, and philosopher. He was a founder of classical economics, together with David Ricardo, and the father of influential philosopher of classical liberalism, John Stuart Mill. In 1818, "The History of British India" was published, and obtained a great and immediate success. It brought about a change in the author's fortunes. The year following he was appointed an official in the India House, in the important department of the examiner of Indian correspondence.

"The History of British India" is a work in which James Mill set out to display the history, character, religion, literature, arts, and laws of India, also explaining the influence of the Indian climate. He also aimed to locate the accumulated information on India within a wider theoretical framework. The work begins with a preface in which Mill makes virtues of having never visited India and of knowing none of its native languages. To him, these are guarantees of his objectivity, and he says – "A duly qualified man can obtain more knowledge of India in one year in his closet in England than he could obtain during the course of the longest life, by the use of his eyes and ears in India." However, Mill goes on in this preface to say that his work is a "critical, or judging history," encompassing singularly harsh judgments of Hindu customs and denouncements of a "backward" culture notable for superstition, ignorance, and the mistreatment of women.

From the historical perspective, Mill tells the story of the English and, later, British acquisition of wide territories in India, severely criticizing those involved in these conquests and in the later administration of the conquered territories, as well as illuminating the harmful effects of commercial monopolies such as that of the East India Company. As a philosopher, Mill applies political theory to the description of the civilizations of India. His interest is in institutions, ideas, and historical processes, while his work is relatively lacking in human interest, in that he does not seek to paint memorable portraits of Robert Clive, Warren Hastings, and the other leading players in the history of British India, nor of its famous battles. Indeed, the History has been called "...a work of Benthamite 'philosophical history' from which the reader is supposed to draw lessons about human nature, reason and religion".

Despite the fact that Mill had never been to India, his work had a profound effect on the British system of governing the country, as did his later official connection with India. This edition consists of a revision of Mill's work by Wilson, with notes (first six volumes), and a continuation of the work that covers the period from 1805 to 1835 (final three volumes). These handsome volumes show mild external age/wear, and are solidly bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages with gilt top edges. The books measure approximately 6" x 8 1/2". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $18.50
Lot 9007

$600
This lot features the following piece of artwork:

Artist: Maurice Sendak
Medium: Four-color lithography
Year: 1991
Dimensions: Unframed print measures 21 1/2" by 30 1/4"

Details/Condition: This limited edition print Freedom To Read, is hand-signed by Mr. Sendak as well as by forty other prominent authors, artists and actors who have experienced censorship in their careers. Some of the autographs included are: Harlan Ellison, Harrison Ford, Barry Moser, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Garry Trudeau, and many more. The image includes Mickey from In The Night Kitchen, as well as those of Huck Finn, Lewis Carroll's Alice, and others that have been banned at some point in time. This poster is numbered 71 of 90. The work is in excellent condition with no visible indication of wear. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 9008

$50
Title: Adam Bede
Author: George Eliot
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons (Edinburgh)
Printing Year: 1859 Third Edition
Number of Volumes: Complete 3 volume set

Notes: Bound in blindstamped orange-brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this antique set is a scarce early edition of this signature work by Mary Anne (Mary Ann, Marian) Evans (November 22, 1819 – December 22, 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, an English novelist and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. "Adam Bede" was her first novel. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The novel has remained in print ever since, and is used in university studies of 19th century English literature.

The volumes show mild external age/wear, with minor chipping at edges and along gutters. Top half inch of spine cover of second volume is detaching. The books are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. Publisher's catalogue appears at the rear of volume I. The books measure approximately 5 1/4" x 8 1/4". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 9009

$850
Title: Quotations from Chairman Mao
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Publisher: Central Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Beijing)
Printing Year: 1964 First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in original printed wrappers, this volume is a rare first issue of the second most printed book in the world after the Bible. It is estimated that 5 billion copies were published between 1964 and 2009, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. This earliest version collates with only 30 chapters, afterwards expanded to 33 chapters by August 1965. It contains extracts from Mao's speeches and published essays and was originally intended for high-ranking military officials, those in red vinyl binding for brigade teams of up to eight men and used for nightly study sessions. Copies in printed wrappers were issued first because there were delays in manufacturing the more durable red vinyl bindings.

An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Mao in September 1971 was attributed to Lin Bao, Mao's designated and constitutional successor and comrade-in-arms. To eradicate his name from modern Chinese history, owners were ordered by the government to tear out Lin's printed endorsement at the front of every copy of "Quotations," so that the majority of surviving copies are so mutilated. All copies of the "Little Red Book" published from 1971 onwards omitted these pages. This copy is, however, complete as printed.

The book is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Chairman Mao. The volume shows external age/wear, with damage at both lower corners of front cover, first 12ff with smaller defects at lower spine, also some top margins brown-stained. Printed areas are not affected. Ownership mark of Xu ZI Wu appears on half title page. The book measures approximately 4" x 5 1/2" and contains 250 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9010

$900
Title: Pictures by Maurice Sendak
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper and Row Publishers
Printing Year: 1971 Limited Edition with Author-Signed Pamphlet and Print

Condition/Details: This elephant folio brings together a rare collection of 20 plates of various sizes reproducing illustrations used in books illustrated by Maurice Sendak. This is copy number 187 of 500. The work contains a signed reproduction of a previously unpublished pencil drawing of Jennie, the Sealyham terrier who posed for the heroine of "Higglety Pigglety Pop!" Accompanying pamphlet with a text by Sendak is also autographed (on blank page opposite second page of text). The author's signature appears together with an original drawing. The signature and drawing appear on the inscription "To the Eddy Collection." (This work was part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University). Plates are loose in 9 paper folders, as issued, and come in cloth folding case with paper title label on upper cover. There are many oversized prints, in black and white and in color. Pamphlet shows marking across the top of first page. The case shows light external age/wear and measures approximately 17 1/4" x 26 1/4" (case comes in the original publisher's cardboard shipping box). It should be noted that this work is part of a large collection of Sendak books and material that are being offered in this auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50
Lot 9011

$850
Title:In The Night Kitchen
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper & Row
Printing Year: 1970, Author-Signed First Edition

Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author has signed the book on the front flyleaf and has included an original drawing of "Mickey" above his signature. The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The front flap of the dust jacket indicates an original price of $4.95 and has been clipped at the lower corner. Dust jacket is preserved in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" and contains 36 unnumbered pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9013

$20
This lot is part of a collection of X-Men related comic books from the copper and modern ages that we are selling at this auction. View our entire catalog to see additional lots - buy more than one and save on shipping. This particular lot features the following issues:

- Wolverine/Weapon X by Godwin and Byrne - Dated from 1990 to 1992, including issues 22, 23, 37, 72 through 87, 97, 99, and the 1995 and 1996 annuals
- X Factor by Simonson and Simonson - Dated from 1986 to 1993, including issues 10, 13, 14, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26 through 28, 30 through 33, 41, 96, and the 1992 and 1993 annuals
- Generation X by Lobdell and Bachalo - Dated from 1994 to 1996, including issues 1 through 4 and 6 through 21
- Classic X-Men by Claremont and Byrne - Dated from 1989 to 1990, including issues 41 through 43
- Cyclops and Phoenix by Milligan and Leon - Dated from 1996, including issues 1 through 3
- X-Men Adventures by Macchio and Wildman - Dated from 1992 to 1993, including issues 1 through 4, and 6 through 9
- The Uncanny X-Men by Claremont and Davis - Dated from 1987 to 1996 including issues 215, 217, 220, 226, 232, 246, 278 through 280, 284 through 299, 303, 305 through 311, 313 through 315, 318, 319, 321, 324, and the 1996 annual

These comics were very well cared-for and are in impressive, intact condition. All covers are present and most or all issues are in plastic sleeves. Some issues may show light age/wear. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $18.50
Lot 9014

$25
Title: Harry Potter and Leopard Walk Up to Dragon
Publisher: Nei Mong Gu Peoples Publishing Company
Printing Year: 2002 First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in original pictorial wrappers, this volume is a first fake "Harry Potter" in any language. The work is illustrated with 20 small headpiece illustrations, each at the start of a new chapter. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/4" and contains 198 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9015

$350
This lot features the following original vintage poster:

Title: Long Live the Friendship between the People and Army of China and the Soviet Union
Medium: Commercial lithography
Year: c1952
Dimensions: Unframed, measures 30 3/4" by 21 1/2"

Details/Condition: Produced in Beijing as part of The People’s Liberation Army Pictorial, this piece promoting Chinese-Russian relations, depicts sailors of both the Soviet Union and China in white uniforms, side by side with the open sea and flags beyond. The poster is in excellent condition with crisp edges and corners, the colors are bright and vivid, there are two gentle vertical creases. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9016

$300
Title: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Company
Printing Year: 1889 First Edition, First State

Condition/Details: Bound in original olive green cloth with bright gilt lettering and gilt and gray-blue decorative designs, this antique volume is a scarce original edition of this classic work by American humorist and writer Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910). S-like ornament appears on page 59 between the words "The" and "King" in the caption. The work is illustrated with many in-text and full-page drawings by Dan Beard. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 7" x 8 3/4" and contains 575 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9017

$550
Title: The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, in two volumes plus additional folio of 27 plates, one from each of the Grimm tales
Author: Lore Segal, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Printing Year: 1973, Author and Illustrator Signed Limited Edition

Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author and illustrator have signed Volume 1 on the front flyleaf. The volumes shows very light external age/wear, and are solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The front flap of the dust jackets indicate an original price of $12.95. Spine of dust jacket on Volume II shows a very small tear. The blue cloth slipcase exhibits minor sunning. The volumes measure approximately 5 3/4" x 7". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9018

$25
This lot includes the Baybrick Inn color poster shown in the corresponding image(s). This is a vintage poster for the Baybrick Inn, one of San Francisco's favorite and most popular lesbian / gay live entertainment venues during the early-middle eighties. Founded and owned by Lauren Hewitt, it was in operation from 1982 to 1987 and became best known for its lesbian burlesque. It became especially notorious in 1984 when entertainer Debi Sundahl (whose professional stage name as a pornographer was "Fanny Fatale") did an erotic strip show "For Lesbians Only, No Men Allowed" which raised $800 and launched the lesbian magazine "On Our Backs."

The poster is done in vibrant colors and shows two dancing ladies (somewhat stylized as drag queens). It measures approximately 11" x 17 1/2". To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 9019

$20
This shelf lot includes the group of books on art shown in the corresponding image(s). This lot is part of a large inventory of approximately 10,000 books which we will be offering this spring, all coming from a single book dealer who has closed his store due to medical reasons. His stock is heavy in history, military, aviation and other scholarly non-fiction genres. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $27.50
Lot 9020

$90
Title: The Zohar
Translators: Harry Sperling & Maurice Simon
Publisher: Soncino Press (London)
Printing Years: 1931 - 1934 Limited Edition
Number of Volumes: Complete 5 volume set

Notes: Bound in dark green cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique set is a scarce English-language edition of this fundamental work of Jewish Mysticism and the Kabbalah. This is copy number 297 of 1250. This work contains an introduction by J. Abelson. The volumes show mild external age/wear, and are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages with gilt top edges. Volumes show spotting on fore-edges. Marginalia and annotations appear in first volume. The books measure approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/2". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50
Lot 9021

$900
Title: Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Diogenes
Printing Year: 1967, Author-Signed First German Edition

Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author has signed the book on the half-title page and has included an original drawing of one of the "Wild Things" above his signature. The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. Bound with full color illustrated paper boards. The book measures approximately 10" x 9 1/4" and contains 38 unnumbered pages. Sited in Hanrahan, foreign editions section. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9022

$30
Title: Mark Twain's Views of Religion
Author: Caroline Thomas Harnsberger
Publisher: Schori Press (Evanston, Illinois)
Printing Year: 1961 Stated First Limited Edition Signed by Author & Publisher

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth with pictorial design showing a comet traveling through space, this volume is a scarce autographed edition of this work on American writer and humorist Mark Twain. This is copy 371 of 400. The work is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of the author. This book is signed by author Harnsberger on front flyleaf and by publisher Ward K. Schori on the publisher's page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 8 3/4" and contains 52 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9023

$60
This lot features the following original vintage poster:

Title: Marching to a Different Drummer
Artist: Kelly J. Hall
Medium: Commercial lithography
Year: 1982
Dimensions: Unframed measures 16 1/4" by 22 1/2"

Details/Condition: This original piece features a representation of men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII. The poster was used to promote the following:

Lesbian & Gay Americans During WW II. A Documentary Slide Presentation, with a focus on gay men, by Allan Bérubé, San Francisco Lesbian and Gay History Project. "... an immensely moving, powerful portrait of the oppression and the courage of lesbians and gay men during World War II. This show will make you angry, sad and proud" -- Joan Nestle, Lesbian Herstory Archives.

The piece was designed by artist Kelly J. Hall and is printed on heavier paper than what one usually finds used for early gay liberation posters. This original vintage poster from 1982 is signed in pencil by the artist in the lower right margin "Kelly J. Hall © 1982" and numbered in the lower left margin "8/65" indicating that only 65 copies of this poster were produced as an original graphic art silkscreen in silver, pink, purple, green, and black inks and this would be copy # 8; one assumes the poster was also manufactured as a photomechanical without this quality of reproduction techniques.
For several years numerous universities have had an undergraduate course in American Civilization and Culture which includes this lecture as part of its course readings dealing with issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality in the production of American society and culture. As such, the slide lecture that this poster is advertising/promoting was reprinted as Allan Berube, "Marching To A Different Drummer: Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II," in Martin Duberman, Martha Vicinus and George Chauncey, Hidden From History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past (New York: New American Library, 1989): 383-394 and the author has also extended his study to a full-length book "Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II." New York: The Free Press, 1990.
This poster is in excellent conditiong with crisp edges, no pin holes; it is shrink-wrapped and shows only very light age indications, limited to a few scattered foxing marks. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9025

$650
Title: Quotations from Chairman Mao
Author: Mao Tse-Tung
Publisher: Central Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army
Printing Year: 1964 Early Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in red vinyl, this volume is a rare early issue of the second most printed book in the world after the Bible. It is estimated that 5 billion copies were published between 1964 and 2009, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. This earliest version collates with only 30 chapters, afterwards expanded to 33 chapters by August 1965. It contains extracts from Mao's speeches and published essays and was originally intended for high-ranking military officials, those in red vinyl binding for brigade teams of up to eight men and used for nightly study sessions. Copies in printed wrappers were issued first because there were delays in manufacturing the more durable red vinyl bindings.

An unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Mao in September 1971 was attributed to Lin Bao, Mao's designated and constitutional successor and comrade-in-arms. To eradicate his name from modern Chinese history, owners were ordered by the government to tear out Lin's printed endorsement at the front of every copy of "Quotations," so that the majority of surviving copies are so mutilated. All copies of the "Little Red Book" published from 1971 onwards omitted these pages. This copy is, however, complete as printed.

The book is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Chairman Mao. The volume shows light external age/wear. Light soiling / marginal staining present on flyleaves and final pages of text. Lightly age-toned pages show no annotations. The book measures approximately 4" x 5 1/2" and contains 250 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9026

$35
It should be noted that these titles are part of a large collection of books illustrated by Maurice Sendak that are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Lullabies and Night Songs by William Engvick - Dated 1965 by Harper & Row, Publishers - Dustjacket. Music by Wilder
- The Big Book for Peace by Ann Durrell & Marilyn Sachs - Dated 1990 by Dutton Children's Books - First Printing in dustjacket
- The Miami Giant by Arthur Yorinks - Dated 1995 by Michael di Capua Books / Harper Collins Publishers - Stated First Edition in dustjacket
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak - Dated 1970 by Harper & Row, Publishers - dustjacket
- Dear Mili: An Old Tale by Wilhelm Grimm - Dated 1988 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Stated First Edition in dustjacket. Translated by Ralph Manheim.
- A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard - Dated 1981 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich - Stated First Edition in dustjacket. Illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9027

$25
This auction lot includes the following group of titles on German Military history:

- Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 by Joel S.A. Hayward - Dated 1988 by University Press of Kansas - First edition in dustjacket.
- The Mare's Nest by David Irving - Dated 1965 by Little, Brown and Company (Boston) - Illustrated, stated first American Edition in dustjacket.
- Das Kreuz: Autographs and Photographs of Knight's Cross Recipients edited by Roland Smith et al - Dated 1994 by uncredited publisher - Volume I, wrappers.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9028

$35
This shelf lot includes the group of books on hobbies, crafts and games shown in the corresponding image(s). Includes lage selections on scale model making and needlework &embroideryThis lot is part of a large inventory of approximately 4,000 books which we are offering during this auction, all coming from a single online bookstore that has closed rather suddenly due to medical reasons. This stock was well cataloged, with detailed descriptions and the online entries for all these books are available to winning bidders, making speedy upload of any books from this inventory to a new or existing bookstore, very easy. Visit our website to find the link for viewing these descriptions - simply cut and paste those that apply to any books you purchase from this group. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $82.50
Lot 9029

$60
This shelf lot includes the large group of mystery novels shown in the corresponding image(s). This lot is part of a large inventory of approximately 10,000 books which we will be offering this spring, all coming from a single book dealer who has closed his store due to medical reasons. His stock is heavy in history, military, aviation and other scholarly non-fiction genres. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $29.50
Lot 9030

$750
This lot includes the Autographed Clinton 1993 Inaugural Print shown in the corresponding image(s). Entitled "A Jubilant Welcome for Our New President and His Family! From the Children of America, Maurice Sendak and Harper Collins Publishers, January 20, 1993," this original two-color image print was commissioned as an official greeting to welcome in the Clinton era. The picture was also published in major national newspapers and sent selectively to leading bookshop clients who promote HarperCollins titles, and possibly given out as a keepsake souvenir at one of the Washington DC inaugural parties. The exact limitation is unknown.

The actual image appears to be a duotone from graphite, with red and blue single rules surrounding the image area. Caption containing title appears below. This work measures approximately 12 1/2" x 13".

This is Mr. Sendak’s only political poster, with portraits of the First Family along with characters from his yet to be published "We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy" issued later that year. No copies were ever available for commercial sale, nor were prints ever issued autographed, except for the copy sent to the White House. Maurice Sendak has SIGNED his full name in full ink just below the blue printed boarder. The work is in excellent condition and still retains the white paper cover sheet used in packaging, as well as its printed cardboard sleeve. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 9031

$800
This lot features the following original vintage poster:

Title: United We Stand
Produced by: People's Publishing House (Yu Nan Province)
Medium: Commercial lithography
Year: c1975
Dimensions: Unframed, measures 30" by 37"

Details/Condition: This piece is the central panel of a 3-sheet poster, showing Chairman Mao in a brown uniform, raising his left hand to salute the proletariat of the world, flanked by the spirits of Karl Marx and Lenin. The poster is in excellent condition with crisp edges and corners, the colors are bright and vivid, there are only faint occasional gentle fold indications near the edges, there is a red printer's stamp in lower right corner outside the image area. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9032

$45
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Volkstumliche Geschichte der Juden by H. Graetz - No date provided by Verlag von Oskar Leiner (Leipzig) - Three volumes in half-leather binding with marbled boards. Cracking and/or chipping appears at edges of spines.
- Geschichte der Juden: Des Volkes Weltwandern by B. Murmelstein - Dated 1938 by Verlag Joself Belf (Vienna)
- Der Jude: Deutsches Sittengemalde aus der ersten Halfte des funfzehnten Jahrhunderts byC. Spindler - No date by Hallberger'sche Verlagshandlung (Stuttgart)
- Die Juden im alten Wien by Ludwig Bato - Dated 1928 by Phaidon Verlag (Vienna)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $13.50
Lot 9033

$300
Title:King Grisly-Beard
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Printing Year: 1973, Author-Signed First Edition

Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author has signed the book on the front flyleaf and has included an original drawing of "the King" above his signature; it is also inscribed "To the Eddy Collection." The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The front flap of the dust jacket indicates an original price of $3.95. The book (Hanrahan A84) measures approximately 6" x 9". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. Dust jacket is preserved in Mylar cover. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9035

$50
Title: In The Night Kitchen Coloring Book
Author: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Harper & Row
Printing Year: 1970 Author-Signed First Edition

Details/Condition: Maurice Bernard Sendak (born June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," a Caldecott Medal-winning picture book about a boy banished to his bedroom without his supper. He deals with his anger by imagining himself king of an island filled with enormous, frightening monsters. Critically acclaimed and controversial, Sendak is one of the first children's writers to deal frankly with the fears and anxieties of childhood. "Where the Wild Things Are" is the first in a trilogy, to be followed by "In the Night Kitchen" (1970) and "Outside over There" (1981), which, in Sendak's words, are "all variations on the same theme: how children master various feelings--anger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy--and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives."

Mr. Sendak's original drawings are constantly in demand by museums, art galleries and collectors everywhere. Although most of his original work is archived at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, his pictures are represented in many major collections around the world. It understates his importance to simply call him a genius in his field: he has been called "the Picasso of Children's Books", and for more than a half-century his work has been critically praised, admired and emulated. Retrospective exhibitions have been held at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 1975), the Pierpont Morgan library (New York, 1981), the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1999), the Brennan Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta (2001, a version of which went on national tour), the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Books (November 2002), Brandywine River Museum (2003), and most recently a remarkable survey of his art at the Jewish Museum (New York, 2005) covering both his book work and sets/costumes for opera and ballet, subsequently extending the show to the Tampa Art Museum in Florida (2006).

It should be noted that this title belongs to a group of autographed Sendak books, often containing original ink sketches by the author, which are being offered in this auction. These volumes were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

The author has inscribed the book on the half-title page, "To the Eddy Collection." This well-preserved volume (referenced in Hanrahan A75.4) shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Small round sticker indicating price of $1.95 appears in upper right-hand corner of front cover. This soft cover book measures approximately 8 1/2" x 11 1/4". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50 Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9036

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Derevnya na golgofe: Letopis' kommunisticheskoi epokhi: ot 1917 do 1967g. by T. K. Chugunov - Dated 1968 by T. K. Chugunov (Munich) - original wrappers
- The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky - Dated 1961 by University of Michigan Press - dustjacket
- Memoirs of a Revolutionist by Peter Kropotkin - Dated 1930 by Houghton Mifflin Company - tattered dustjacket laid in

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 9037

$500
This group of rare Maurice Sendak promotional posters is part of a large consignment we are selling during this auction. The posters in this collection have been carefully stored and are in excellent condition. Browse other lots in this auction to view more pieces - buy more than one item and save on shipping.Condition/Details:Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He grew up in Brooklyn, the child of Polish immigrants, and worked as an illustrator of comics before getting work as an illustrator of other authors' books. After a brief stint as a window decorator for toy store F.A.O. Schwartz, Sendak turned to illustrating children's books full-time. He is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," published in 1963. Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating "Where the Wild Things Are," although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released.

As parts of Sendak's books are inspired by the author/illustrator's personal memories, so the monsters in "Where the Wild Things Are" were inspired by the artist's hated Brooklyn relatives. "I wanted the wild things to be frightening," Sendak remarked in "The Art of Maurice Sendak." "But why? It was probably at this point that I remembered how I detested my Brooklyn relatives as a small child.... They'd lean way over with their bad teeth and hairy noses, and say something threatening like 'You're so cute I could eat you up.' And I knew if my mother didn't hurry up with the cooking, they probably would."

Whereas illustrators look to create pictures from images and styles that influence them, Sendak the artist is unique as he adapts and blends these inspirations into his own forms which take on a vitality rather than shadow the work of others. From the spiritual mysticism of William Blake, the romantic artistry of Samuel Palmer and Philip Otto Runge, the Victorian ideals of Arthur Hughes and Randolph Caldecott, to the bold lines of William Nicholson and the delicate hues of Beatrix Potter, all these mix within Sendak's palette to present a world of new excitement where his Wild Thing creatures represent imaginary play-friends to the child in all of us.

Reflecting the view of many, critic John Rowe Townsend, in his "Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature," dubbed Sendak "the greatest creator of picture books in the hundred-odd years' history of the form."

It should be noted that this group of Sendak posters were part of the personal collection of Dr. Donald Davis Eddy, who had for many years a joint appointment in the English Department and the Department of Rare Books at Cornell University.

This group of posters include the following pieces:

11th Annual West Side Antiquarian Book Fair measures 14" by 21" – Red, one-color commercial litho with "Wild Things" character


10th Annual West Side Antiquarian Book Fair measures 12" by 18" – Blue, one-color commercial litho with "Wild Things" character


9th Annual West Side Antiquarian Book Fair measures 14" by 18" – Dark red, one-color commercial litho with "Wild Things" character


Pierpont Morgan Library Drawings and Watercolors by Maurice Sendak measures 17" by 23" – 1977, two-color printing


Galerie Daniel Keel Sendak Exhibit measures 23" by 32" – Full color reproduction of a "Wild Things" birthday party


Reading Is Fun measures 23 1/2" by 37" – 1979, full-color, features creatures and "Max" from "Where the Wild Things Are"


Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $15.50
Lot 9038

$100
Title: Biographies of Twelve Chinese Great Scholars
Publisher: uncredited publisher
Printing Year: circa 1910

Condition/Details: This accordion fold book within wooden boards is a scarce collection of biographies. Ages are printed on one side with texts in English and Chinese, and brightly colored portraits of the scholars are painted on silk panels bordered with cream ribbon on opposite page. The list of scholars whose lives are described is as follows: Yang Kwei-Shan, Li Chung-Ting, Chu Wen-ung, Su Wen-Chung, Su Wen-Ting, Li Tai-Pai, Han Wen-Kung, Pai Wen-Kudg, Yeu Chung-Chieb, Major General Wang, Chan Hsi-Shan, Tiger Head Koo. Pages are trimmed in gilt ink at top and bottom. Chinese character embossed on front board is filled in with green. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 8 1/2" and contains 24 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
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