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Lot 5001

$1100
This album contains a scarce complete collection of antique and vintage Hawaiian postage stamps. These stamps date back to the late nineteenth century and include stamped cards with captions in Hawaiian, Universal Postal Union cards. Also present in this collection are antique stamps from the Philippines, antique cards and envelopes from Cuba and Puerto Rico, as well as several from the Canal Zone in Panama. This group contains a great number of stamps, carefully collected and assembled.

This vintage stamp group is part of a large philatelic collection we are selling during this auction - check out our other auctions to view more antique and vintage stamp lots. Buy more than one lot and save on shipping. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50.
Lot 5002

$1500
Title: Harlem as Seen by Hirschfeld
Author: Al Hirschfeld & William Saroyan
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Printing Year: 1941 Limited Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in cream cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial front cover, this elephant folio is a scarce work by noted Jewish-American caricaturist Al Hirschfeld (1903 - 2003), with a six-page introductory text by novelist and playwright William Saroyan. This is copy number 714 of 1000. The work is illustrated with 24 tipped-in captioned lithographic plates by Hirschfeld. Lithographs are printed on handmade Canson paper. Five of these show Balinese themes while the other 19 depict life and entertainment in pre-war Harlem. This well-preserved volume shows light external age/wear, with mild soiling to covers, and is solidly bound with clean pages. This unpaginated book measures approximately 14" x 18". The six pages of text are interspersed with several black and white line-drawings. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $8.50.

Lot 5003

$70
Title: Pirates in Oz
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Publisher: Reilly & Lee Co.
Printing Year: 1931

Condition/Details: Bound in dark green cloth with bright pastedown to front cover, this volume is a scarce edition of an Oz story based on the work of L. Frank Baum. The work is illustrated by John R. Neill with a color frontispiece, 11 color plates and many black-and-white illustrations. The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Price-clipped dustjacket has a tear measuring an inch and a half that runs diagonally from top left-hand corner and several small tears along edges. The list of 29 titles on back flap ends with "Captain Salt in Oz." Dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 7" x 9.25" and contains 280 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5004

$100
This lot includes the antique and vintage advertising ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This group contains brightly illustrated material that includes Victorian lithographs, trade cards and illustrated catalogues and brochures offering samples of their product. Among the latter are a "Army and Navy Needle Book" with a color illustration of the warship "Iowa" on front cover, "Devoe Lead and Zinc Paint," and "Dutchmaid Creations." In addition, there are booklets and individual pieces advertising typewriters, overalls, thermometers, and records. The most prominent piece is a colorful "Havana Ribbon" cigar ad with an Indian in headdress represented on the upper half.

Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper 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 boxlot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these boxlots, these are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5005

$110
This lot includes the group of ornate nineteenth-century photo albums shown in the corresponding image. These antique albums, which date from the period between 1850 and 1880, all possess elaborate embossed binding with stunningly beautiful decoration (most still have glass beads on covers) and intact metal clasps (most in functioning order). One album has velvet covers with brass clasps. Most of these albums have mostly family portraits, with one in particular showing many children. The albums display a varying number of tintypes, some albums having only one or two and others possessing several. Due to the high volume of material 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50.
Lot 5006

$100
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
Editor: William Cullen Bryant
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
Printing Year: 1872 / 1874
Number of Volumes: 2 volume set

Notes: Bound in three-quarter leather with raised bands, beveled edges, bright gilt lettering and decoration of an artist's palette to front cover, this antique folio set is a scarce collection of views of American landscapes and cities, offering images of such natural scenes as Yellowstone Falls, the Smoky Mountains, and Mount Hood, as well as of major urban concentrations. Original text is by Oliver B. Bunce and others. The work was edited by poet, lawyer, and long-time editor of the "New York Evening Post" William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878), and was originally issued by subscription with semi-monthly parts being sent to paid subscribers for later binding into volumes. It is said that it cost Appleton the huge sum (for the day) of $250,000 to produce such a magnificent illustrated work. This set is illustrated with 49 bright steel engravings with tissue guards and hundreds of in-text and full-page wood-cut illustrations. The books show external age/wear, with bumped, frayed corners, and scuffing to edges of boards and spine. The volumes are solidly bound with marbled endpapers and clean, lightly age-toned pages with gilt edges. Early leaves show mild foxing. The books measure approximately 10 1/2" x 13". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $18.50.

Lot 5007

$110
Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Printing Year: 1952 printing in dustjacket

Condition/Details: Bound in dark blue cloth-backed spine with light blue boards, this volume is a very uncommon printing of the Hemingway classic. Accompanying documentation indicates that this book is a rare publicity copy. Flaps contain neither text or price. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact green dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" and contains 127 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5008

$275
Title: Thulia: A Tale of the Antarctic
Author: J. C. Palmer
Publisher: Samuel Colman
Printing Year: 1843

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped green cloth with bright gilt lettering and embossed decoration showing vessel at sea on front cover, this antique volume is a scarce lyrical account the Antarctic adventures of the United States' Schooner Flying-Fish in 1839. The work contains 12 (tissue-guarded) engravings by A. T. Agate. The volume is beautifully well preserved with elaborate decorative designs to boards. The book is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. Previous owner's gift inscription is penciled onto front endpaper. The book measures approximately 6" x 9" and contains 72 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5009

$18
Title: American Gold, 1862 - 1870 / Gold Clearings, 1869 / Gold Loans, 1869
Author: J. C. Merserau
Publisher: J. C. Mersereau, Register N. Y. Gold Exchange
Printing Year: 1870

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped purple cloth with gilt embossing, this antique volume is a very rare reference work containing gold exchange quotations from 1862 to 1869, a listing of daily gold clearings in millions for 1869, data relating to gold prices, and lists of both the members of the New York Gold Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. The volume shows external age/wear, with loss to portions of spine, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The book measures approximately 3.25" x 5" and contains unnumbered pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5010

$100
Title: The Innocents Abroad; or, the New Pilgrims' Progress: Being Some Account of the Steamship Quaker City's Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land, with Descriptions of Countries, Nations, Incidents and Adventures, as They Appeared to the Author
Author: Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)
Publisher: American Publishing Company
Printing Year: 1869 First Edition, Second Issue

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped brown cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce edition of Twain's best-selling work of travel literature. The work contains a tissue-guarded double frontispiece, numerous plates and in-text illustrations (with picture of Napoleon III on page 129). The volume shows light external age/wear, with fraying to extremities. The book is solidly bound with age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 6.6" x 9" and contains 651 pages plus 5 pages of publisher's advertisements (with 3rd page beginning "Personal History of Ulysses S. Grant"). Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5011

$20
This auction lot includes the following group of antique Riley titles with gilt embossing:

- Riley Farm-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley - Dated 1905 by Bobbs-Merrill Company (Indianapolis) - illustrations by Will Vawter.
- Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley - Dated 1905 by Bobbs-Merrill Company - illustrations by Will Vawter.
- Riley Love-Lyrics by James Whitcomb Riley - Dated 1905 by Bobbs-Merrill Company - photographs by William B. Dyer.
- Old School Day Romances by James Whitcomb Riley - Dated 1909 by Bobbs-Merrill Company - illustrations by E. Stetson Crawford.
- Riley Roses by James Whitcomb Riley - Dated 1909 by Bobbs-Merrill Company - illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy.

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: $8.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5012

$140
This shelf lot includes the group of collectible tobacco silk premiums shown in the corresponding image. These cigarette silks feature both actresses and baseball players. Appearing in the first group are Elsie Ferguson, Maud Lambert, Clara Lipman, May de Sous, Flora Zabelle, Marie Doro, Maxine Elliot, and Anna Held. The four baseball players are John W. Botes of the Philadelphia Nationals, Robert Byrne of the Pittsburgh Nationals, Arnold J. Hoover of the St. Louis Nationals, and Schaefer of the Washington Senators. There is also a premium displaying the flag of Australia. 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: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5013

$26
This lot includes the antique and vintage railroad ephemera shown in the corresponding image. Present in this lot are postcards, booklets, maps, time tables, magazines, exposition publications, rule books, and an album of 23 colored views from photographs entitled "Rocky Mountain Views: On the Rio Grande, 'Scenic Line of the World'" published by the Smith-Brooks Printing Company (Denver). Due to the high volume of material 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5014

$12
Title: History of the Bible
Publisher: J. H. & L. Baldwin
Printing Year: 1831

Condition/Details: Bound in leather with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce miniature bible. The work contains numerous tiny illustrations of key figures and scenes. This well-preserved volume shows light external age/wear, and is, with exception of detaching frontispiece, solidly bound with age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 2" x 2 1/4" and contains 192 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5015

$70
This lot includes the group of antique and vintage children's sheet music shown in the corresponding image. This material includes themes such as Teddy Bears, circus, brownies, and fairy tales. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper 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 boxlot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5016

$175
Title: Gladiators of the Prize Ring; or, Pugilists of America and Their Contemporaries, from James J. Corbett to Tom Hyer, with Biographical Sketches and Authentic Records of Their Victories and Defeats, Embracing All the Men of Note of All Nations Connected with the Pugilistic Arena
Author: Billy Edwards
Publisher: Athletic Publishing Co. (Chicago)
Printing Year: 1895

Condition/Details: Bound in black and orange cloth with embossed gilt, silver lettering and coats of arms at each corner of front cover, this antique folio is a scarce collection of illustrated biographies of the famous boxers of the day. Statistics and records are also offered. The work is illustrated with many full-page plates. The volume shows external age/wear, with soiling to covers and fraying to corners and head and foot of spine. Binding is shaken with hinges beginning to split. A total of three pages (including final two) are detached and laid in. One page shows 7" tear across its width, affecting photo and part of text dedicated to John L. Sullivan. Pages have smudging on margins of a few pages, otherwise they are clean and unmarked with illustrations showing quite well. Front endpaper bears a gilt and black gift bookplate of J. H. Fitch, a wholesale liquor merchant. This unpaginated book measures approximately 11 1/2" x 15". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50.

Lot 5017

$45
This auction lot includes the following group of antique children's titles in decorative binding with gilt embossing:

- Rollo in Geneva by Jacob Abbott - Dated 1864 by Sheldon & Company
- The Young Lady's Friend - Dated 1837 by American Stationers' Company (Boston)
- Young Folk's Illustrated Book of Birds by T. Bilby - no date provided by John W. Lovell Company
- A Walk in the Grisons: Being a Third Month in Switzerland by F. Barham Zincke - Dated 1875 by Smith, Elder & Co. (London)
- Fighting for the Right by Oliver Optic - Dated 1893 by Lee and Shepard (Boston)
- Little Wide-Awake: A Story Book for Little Children by Mrs. Sale Barker - Dated 1878 by George Routledge and Sons (London) - front board detaching from spine.
- Stories About Animals by Thomas Jackson - no date provided by Cassell Publishing Company

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: $10.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5018

$24
Title: College Songs for Banjo
Author: A. Baur & W. A. Cole
Publisher: Oliver Ditson & Company (Boston)
Printing Year: 1888

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped green cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique folio is a scarce collection of music for the banjo from "the leading college songs and songs of the day." The volume shows external age/wear, with soiling and dampstain to front cover. The book is solidly bound with age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 10" x 12.6" and contains 120 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5019

$225
Title: Leaves of Memory
Publisher: Scovill M'F'G Co.
Printing Year: 1889

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to front cover, this antique oblong volume is a scarce Pennsylvania photograph album. The work is illustrated with 44 bright photographs that show beautifully, with a great luxury of detail. Among the pictures are images of Renovo, Rockville, a lumber camp on Hall's Run, as well as of various railroad bridges, a local train and fire engine with its crew. Each photograph bears a hand-written caption in red ink. The volume is intact, showing external age/wear, and is solidly bound with pages that show rippling. This unpaginated book measures approximately 10 1/2" x 7 1/2". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5020

$35
Title: Le Japon artistique
Author: S. Bing
Publisher: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts (Paris)
Printing Year: circa 1890
Number of Volumes: 2 volume set

Notes: Bound in three-quarter cloth with pictorial boards, this antique set is a scarce collection of issue numbers 13 to 36 of a French-language periodical dedicated to the promotion of Japanese art and culture. Edited by Siegfried "Samuel" Bing (1838 - 1905), German-born Parisian art dealer, the leading light of Japonisme, this work truly defined the movement and had great influence on the development of European art.

These two volumes, the second and third of the series, contain plates, many in color, that show ceramics, swords, bronzes, art objects, flowers, scenes from history, actors and Japanese views etc by the leading Japanese artists of the day. Each plate comes with its accompanying text plus some text illustrations. The volumes show significant external age/wear. Second volume lacks cloth spine and third is present but quite worn. All text pages and plates loose (as issued). The books measure approximately 10" x 13". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $13.50.

Lot 5021

$650
This lot includes the rare antique photo album shown in the corresponding image. This deeply textured leather-bound album contains 97 photos that date back to circa 1865. The photos are mostly of men in uniform, a large majority of which are of men serving in the United States Navy. A great number of these photos bear the names and signatures of the person being photographed, as well as the name of foreign ports (largely East Asian: Hong Kong, Yokohama, Singapore, etc.) in which they were taken. In addition, a number of these pictures are of Russian origin and depict figures from the history and culture of that country, among others Czar Alexander II in uniform, a priest, peasants and military officers. Photos generally measure 2 1/2" x 4". Previous owner's name appears on reverse of free front endpaper. This album has silk endpapers and gilt edges. Chipping to head and foot of spine. 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: $4.50.
Lot 5022

$55
Title: Charlie Chaplin's Funny Stunts
Illustrator: F. C. Segar
Publisher: M. A. Donohue & Co. (Chicago)
Printing Year: 1917

Condition/Details: Bound in stiff colored wrappers, this antique oblong folio is a rare collection of comic strips featuring Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp." The work is illustrated bright color drawings over 8 leaves (16 pages) with additional black-and-white illustrations appearing on endpapers. These chromolithographed leaves each contain nine stories, each entitled "Charlie Chaplin's Comic Capers," and story boxes at the end of each story (a total of seven, one of which is in color). The volume shows external age/wear, with mild soiling, chipping and tears to edges of boards and spine. Rear board has creases and larger tear from the side edge measuring approximately 10 1/2". The book is solidly bound with unmarked age-toned pages whose only defect are small tears that appear on the upper edges of leaves. This unpaginated book measures approximately 16 1/2" x 12 1/2" . Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5023

$60
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on U.S. history with gilt embossing:

- Literary Shrines: The Haunts of Some Famous American Authors by Theodore F. Wolfe - Dated 1895 by J.B. Lippincott Company (Philadelphia) - three-quarter leather binding with marble boards and raised bands.
- The Mountain Angels: Trials of the Mountaineers of the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley by Richard Edward Beaty - Dated 1928 by R.E. Beaty (Front Royal)
- Cason Callaway of Blue Springs by Paul Schubert - Dated 1964 by Blue Springs (Hamilton) - signed and dedicated.
- The Great Galveston Disaster by Paul Lester - Dated 1900 by uncredited publisher
- Romantic America by Robert Haven Schauffler - Dated 1913 by Century Co.

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: $10.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5024

$40
Title: The Rubber-Oons: Being Book Number Two of the Gobbly Wobblyn Series
Author: H. S. Wittmaak
Publisher: Gobbly Wobblyn Publishing Co. (Erie, PA)
Printing Year: circa 1925

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with bright color pastedown to front cover, this antique volume is a scarce work of children's literature. The work is illustrated by Vogele & Zefers with many black-and-white drawings and several color plates. The volume shows external age/wear, with staining to back cover. Rear hinge is weak. Text block has unmarked, age-toned pages. Previous owner's name has been penciled into box on page facing title page. The book measures approximately 6.75" x 9.5" and contains 288 pages plus 3 pages (including endpaper) of lyrics and notes of the song "Let Us Sing." Please note that book number 1 in this series is also being offered in this auction. See lot #432. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5025

$130
This lot includes the group of antique turn of the century sheet music shown in the corresponding image. This material includes themes such as show tunes, waltzes, foxtrots, arias, and marches. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper 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 boxlot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5026

$55
This lot includes the three World War II posters shown in the corresponding image. Artists' signatures that appear within posters are Jerome Rozen and Schlaikier. These posters show quite beautifully. They measure 28 1/2" x 40". These posters have been folded. They have never been taped or pinned. Truly a remarkable find in this condition. 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: $4.50.
Lot 5027

$70
This auction lot includes the following group of illustrated antique children's titles:

- The Arabian Nights: Their Best-Known Tales by Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora A. Smith - Dated 1924 by Charles Scribner's Sons - illustrated by Maxfield Parrish.
- The Story of Roland by James Baldwin - Dated 1930 by Charles Scribner's Sons - illustrated by Peter Hurd.
- Tom Cringle's Log by Michael Scott - Dated 1927 by Dodd, Mead and Company - illustrated by Mead Schaeffer, gilt embossing.
- Washington by Lucy Foster Madison - Dated 1925 by Hampton Publishing Company - illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover, gilt embossing.
- Lincoln by Lucy Foster Madison - Dated 1928 by Hampton Publishing Company - illustrated by Frank E. Schoonover, gilt embossing and dustjacket.
- Tappan's Burro, and Other Stories by Zane Grey - Dated 1923 by Harper & Brothers - illustrated by Charles S. Chapman & Frank Street. Stated first edition with gilt embossing.

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. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5028

$155
This lot includes the group of seven pencil and ink drawings of antique cars shown in the corresponding image. These well-preserved car body panels were produced by the Derham Body Co. of Rosemont & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1887-1971), for different car companies, such as Rolls Royce, Packard, and General Motors.

Orphaned at a young age, 16-year-old Joseph J. Derham (1865-1928) came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1882 after completing his apprenticeship as a wheelwright in County Galway, Ireland. He soon found employment in the Philadelphia carriage shops of Ned Wiles. He reached his majority in 1887 and left Wiles to open his own shop in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, which is located 11 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. Known as Joseph J. Derham's Rosemont Carriage Works, his reputation grew and his Landaus, Victorias, Meadowbrooks, Phaetons and Broughams were soon in demand with wealthy Philadelphians who lived along the “Main Line” aka Lancaster Pike or present day Route 30. (Wiles spent the last years of his life working for his former employee in Derham’s Rosemont Shops.) Derham developed a good working relationship with his next-door neighbor, a blacksmith named Tom Ryan who did all of Derham’s early smith and forging work.

Derham’s earliest automobile work consisted of constructing enclosed bodies for customers who owned open touring cars, but desired to drive them through the winter months. Typically the customer would come in to have the bodies swapped in the early spring and late fall. After performing the body exchange, Derham would re-varnish, then store the body not currently in use until the next change of season. At that time it was cheaper to swap the bodies than to own and operate two different vehicles. By the early 1920s the expensive changeovers diminished as most wealthy people either owned both a summer and winter vehicle or utilized transformable town cars or convertible landaulets that could be driven year round.

Early on, Derham built small runs of duplicate custom bodies for New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania car dealers who were looking for custom bodies at a production body price. Now commonly referred to as semi-custom bodies, they were typically designed in conjunction with a large metropolitan dealer or dealer group who would then order five or more duplicates for exclusive sale through his dealership. They would be sold as custom bodies, but cost substantially less as the cost of the tooling could be spread out over a production run. The more bodies built, the cheaper they could be built.

For orders of 20 or more, it became feasible for Derham to build small assembly lines with individual hammer forms for the cowls, doors, and other body panels. Even on such a small number of bodies the benefits of mass production enabled them to produce a high quality body at an attractive price.

For example, the New York Packard dealer had their own custom body department headed by Grover C. Parvis. Derham would take a few sketches to Parvis’ office and together they would review them, choosing the most saleable candidates for a limited run of from 10 to 20 examples of each. Derham would then try to get additional orders for the same designs from other regional Packard dealers, which would spread the cost of the tooling across the highest possible number of examples, further reducing the costs for both Derham and its car dealer customers. Derham had similar arrangements with the Philadelphia Packard and Hudson dealer as well.

At the same time, Derham now had a workforce of 200 that produced an average of one finished body per work day, with gross sales of over $1,000,000. The vast majority of these were series customs built for the regional Packard and Hudson dealers, but a few dozen were one-off customs built for the wealthy inhabitants of Philadelphia and New York City. In addition to their series-built bodies, Derham built custom bodies on any chassis the customer supplied, from the fine European marques such as Rolls-Royce, Isotta-Fraschini, and Mercedes-Benz, through the top of the American market, Packard, Locomobile, Pierce Arrow, all the way down to the Ford Model T.  (Courtesy of Coachbuilt.com.)

From three of these original drawings, three blue prints/ schematics were produced. One of these impressive drawings, featuring a Packard four-passenger roadster has been framed. The body styles numbers presented in this group are as follows: 3721-A, 3510, 1172, 3343. These drawings measure approximately 20 1/5" x 11 1/2". The framed drawing measures 23" x 15". 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 5029

$10
This lot includes the group of four vintage squeaky kitten postcards shown in the corresponding image. One of these postcards has a cat with green glass eyes (caption at the top reads "Souvenir of Batavia, N. Y."). 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: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5030

$150
Title: The New Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company (Indianapolis)
Printing Year: circa 1939

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with bright black lettering, this volume is a scarce MGM movie edition of Baum's classic tale. The work is illustrated by W. W. Denslow with 8 color plates and many black-and-white illustrations. The volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages and the endpapers have photos from the original 1939 movie. Intact pictorial dustjacket has the purchase price of $1.19 on the front flap. Two bottom corners of front cover show small tears. The title on dustjacket front cover and spine reads simply "The Wizard of Oz". Dustjacket is in mylar cover. Inscription in ink on front endpaper. The book measures approximately 7.5" x 9.75" and contains 208 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5031

$45
This auction lot includes the following group of titles on Rochester, NY history:

- Stories of Rochester by M. Frances Logan - Dated 1914 by Rochester Shop School Press
- The Visiting Teacher in Rochester: Report of a Study by Mabel Brown Ellis - Dated 1925 by Joint Committee on Methods of Preventing Delinquency
- Greek Revival Architecture in the Rochester Area by Carl Schmidt - Dated 1946 by Carl F. Schmidt (Scottsville) - first printing.
- The Rochester Historical Society Publications XXV: Part I, The Architecture of Andrew Jackson Warner in Rochester, New York; Part II, The Importance in Early Iron Skeleton Construction of the Wilder Building (1887-88) in Rochester, New York, and Related Structures; Part III, The Gothic Revival Chapel of The Sacred Heart (1890), Rochester, New York by Susanne Keaveney Marouka et al. - Dated 1972 by Rochester Historical Society
- Canal Boats, Interurbans and Trolleys: The Study of the Rochester Subway by Ron Amberger et al. - Dated 1985 by Rochester Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society - oblong format in wrappers.
- Cobblestone Masonry by Carl F. Schmidt - Dated 1966 by Carl F. Schmidt

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: $10.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5032

$30
This lot includes the group of antique and vintage ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material features artistic illustrations often depicting historical figures and/or scenes, such as General George Washington, Prince Leopold, Mount Hood, Lord Stafford, the Battle of Hastings, as well as various life scenes. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper 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 boxlot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5033

$250
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on the family and ancestors of the famous portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925) :

- The Sargent Family and the Old Sargent Homes by Charles Edward Mann - Dated 1919 by Frank S. Whitten - wrappers, "Cape Ann in Story, Legend and Song: Section Five"
- Epes Sargent of Gloucester and His Descendants by Emma Worcester Sargent - Dated 1923 by Houghton Mifflin Company - tissue guarded plates
- The Standard Speller by Epes Sargent - Dated 1860 by John L. Shorey (Boston)
- The Smaller Standard Speller by Epes Sargent - Dated 1857 by Phillips, Sampson and Company
- Scrapbook of Gertrude Gurnsey Sargent

Also contained in this group are various ephemera, including letters and documents on vellum, pertaining to the Sargent family. 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: $10.50.
Lot 5034

$110
Title: The Cornell Navy: A Review
Author: C. V. P. Young
Publisher: Taylor and Carpenter (Ithaca, New York)
Printing Year: 1907

Condition/Details: Bound in maroon cloth with embossed lettering and design showing crossed oars, this antique volume is a rare history of rowing at Cornell. The work is illustrated with many bright photographs of Cornell rowers, rowing teams and a photographic account of race entitled "A Day at the Poughkeepsie Races, 1906." This historically significant volume shows significant external age/wear, with spine almost entirely absent and remains of taping attached to gutters of boards and bottom of spine. Tape repair visible over cracked front hinge and at various points internally. Pages show varying degrees of foxing, particularly at ends of text block. This book possesses elegant patterned silk endpapers. Included as well are numerous statistics regarding crew members between 1873 and 1906 and of contestants is order of finish. The book measures approximately 8 1/4" x 10 3/4" and contains 71 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50.

Lot 5035

$40
This shelf lot includes the group of vintage literature and theology books shown in the corresponding image. 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: $18.50.
Lot 5036

$16
Title: The Baby Book
Publisher: Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Chicago)
Printing Year: 1915

Condition/Details: Bound in original wrappers with pictorial color illustration to front cover, this antique volume is a scarce children and babies' spring clothing catalogue for the year 1915. The work is illustrated with many photographs of merchandise being offered. The volume shows light external age/wear, with minor chipping to extremities. The volume is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 8.25" x 11" and contains 74 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.

Lot 5037

$14
This auction lot includes the following group of antique and vintage children's titles:

- The Runaway Toys by Lillian Baker Sturges - Dated 1920 by Rand McNally & Company (Chicago)
- The Adventures of a Brownie by Dinah Maria Mulock - Dated 1929 by John C. Winston Company (Chicago) - dustjacket.
- The Brownies and Prince Florimel by Palmer Cox - Dated 1918 by Century Co.
- Bridgman's Kewts by L.J. Bridgman - Dated 1902 by H.M. Caldwell Company - front board detaching from spine.
- Obedience: Starring Three Little Dolls by Virginia Parkinson - Dated 1945 by J.L. Schilling Co. - spine slightly torn at bottom.

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. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
Lot 5038

$130
This vintage stamp group is part of a large philatelic collection we are selling during this auction - check out our other auctions to view more antique and vintage stamp lots. Buy more than one lot and save on shipping.

This lot features hundreds of unused stamps and envelopes with printed postage. It includes "The White Ace Historical Album for the Coronation H. M. Queen Elizabeth II" and "The White Ace Historical Album for Victory and Peace Issues of the British Empire" published by the Washington Press, as well as a great quantity of (unused) Canadian stamps. Much of the postage in this lot is unused, face value totals approximately $100.00.

Condition/Details: These items were well cared for and are in pleasing condition, with light age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50 Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50. This lot is part of a large collection of books and ephemera that we are selling during this auction, from the estate of Lewis E. Shuman, long-time collector from Rochester, New York.
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