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Lot 8001

$40

Title: Vermont in the Civil War. A History of the Part Taken by the Vermont Soldiers and Sailors in the War for the Union, 1861-5
Author: G. G. Benedict - George Grenville Benedict was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Benedict was awarded the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania on July 3, 1863. He was honored with the award on 27 June 1892. During his nine-month stint in the Army, Benedict wrote back letters to the newspaper, The Burlington Daily Free Press, for publishing. After the war he later compiled these letters into a two-volume work Vermont in the Civil War: A History of the Part Taken by the Vermont Soldiers and Sailors in the War for the Union 1861-1865 in 1866.

In 1895 he also published Army Life in Virginia: Letters from the Twelfth Vermont Regiment and Personal Experiences of Volunteer Service in the War for the Union 1862-1863.
Publisher: The Free Press Association
City: Burlington, Vermont
Year: 1886/1888
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 620, 808 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: These volumes are bound in green pebbled cloth with gilt titles on the spines. The work is illustrated with numerous tissue-guarded engraved portraits, as well as maps. The text itself collects the letters of Civil War hero and Medal of Honor recipient George G. Benedict during his nine months of service in the Union Army. These letters were first published in The Burlington Daily Free Press before they were collected into this 2 volume set.
Condition / Notes: This complete set shows very well, with some typical indications of age and wear,including mild shelfwear and rubbing. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. There is writing to the front endpapers in volume I.
Lot 8002

$150

Title: New York: Its Upper Ten and Lower Million
Author: George Lippard - George Lippard was a 19th-century American novelist, journalist, playwright, social activist, and labor organizer. He was a popular author in antebellum America.

A friend of Edgar Allan Poe, Lippard advocated a socialist political philosophy and sought justice for the working class in his writings. He founded a secret benevolent society, Brotherhood of the Union, investing in it all the trappings of a religion; the society, a precursor to labor organizations, survived until 1994. He authored two principal kinds of stories: Gothic tales about the immorality, horror, vice, and debauchery of large cities, such as The Monks of Monk Hall (1844), reprinted as The Quaker City (1844); and historical fiction of a type called romances, such as Blanche of Brandywine (1846), Legends of Mexico (1847), and the popular Legends of the Revolution (1847). Both kinds of stories, sensational and immensely popular when written, are mostly forgotten today.
Publisher: E. Mendenhall / A. Ranney
City: Cincinnati / New York
Year: 1854
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 284 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: This very rare antique volume is bound in decoratively blindstamped cloth with dark lettering and design to the spine. An engraved frontispiece portrait of Lippard enhances the text, which appears in two columns throughout. From the Preliminary Sketch: “Christmas Eve, 1823, was a memorable night in the history of a certain wealthy family in New York. The night was dark and stormy, but the tempest which swept over the bay, and whitened the city’s roofs with snow, was but a faint symbol of the tempest of human passion—jealousy, covetousness, despair—then at work, in the breasts of a group of individuals, connected with the old and distinguished family of Van Huyden.”
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with soiling to the boards. The front hinge is slightly cracked, however the binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through moderate/heavy age toning/foxing.
Lot 8003

$200

Title: Love Ain't Nothing but Sex Misspelled
Author: Harlan Ellison - Harlan Jay Ellison was an American writer, known for his prolific and influential work in New Wave speculative fiction, and for his outspoken, combative personality. Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho, described Ellison as "the only living organism I know whose natural habitat is hot water".

His published works include more than 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, and a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. Some of his best-known work includes the Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", his A Boy and His Dog cycle, and his short stories "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" and " 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman". He was also editor and anthologist for Dangerous Visions (1967) and Again, Dangerous Visions (1972). Ellison won numerous awards, including multiple Hugos, Nebulas, and Edgars.
Publisher: Trident Press
City: New York
Year: 1968
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 382 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Bound in brown paper and blue cloth with gilt lettering, this signed first edition is a relatively early title in Harlan Ellison’s career. “My book is a modern grimoire, in which is proved: God is mad, the old demons are still with us, women are not what they seem, and in the Land of Fear a brave man is thought a fool. My book is concerned with grabbing you by a tender place and shaking you till you yell I understand! It took a lot of years and a lot of miles and a lot of emotions to write this book, and I’ll be damned if I’ll settle for less from you, the reader. It took eight years to write these stories, and if you’re one of those mickeymouse speedreaders who can swallow all of this in forty minutes,you do it at the risk of me wishing terrible things upon you.” [From the dust jacket]
Condition / Notes: This book shows very well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including very mild shelfwear and mild age toning to pages. The original dust jacket exhibits mild rubbing and chipping to high points.
Lot 8004

$110

Title: British Sports and Sportsmen: Racing, Coursing and Steeplechasing
Author: Uncredited
Editor: "The Sportsman"
Publisher: "British Sports and Sportsmen"
City: London
Year: 1911
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 620 pages
Width: 11.75" Height: 15.25"
Book Details: Bound in red leather with decorative bright gilt embossing and raised spine bands, this limited edition two-volume set is a beautiful description of the history of British horse-racing. Along with gilded-page edges, the elephant folio volume contains marbled endpapers. This antique volume is a scarce collection of "...pictures of the leading events in connection with racing from classical times..." to the time the work was published.

This title features a large number (nearly 100) of photogravures, including a frontispiece illustration of King Edward VII, along with hundreds of other illustrations to support the text providing a wonderful visual history of racing. This set is numbered 734 of 1000.
Condition / Notes: These handsome oversized volumes display some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing concentrated on high points and the spines. Both volumes have solid bindings and text blocks; part II has a slightly detached rear board. Both volumes have had their hinges reinforced with red book tape. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 8005

$15

Title: Our Navy: A Book for the Use of Officials of the Navy Departments and Officers of the Navy Yards and Naval Stations of the United States
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: Press of J. W. Pratt & Son
City: New York
Year: c1895
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 120 pages
Width: 14" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in white cloth-covered boards with silver embossed insignia of the U.S. Navy. The work documents key personnel of the U.S. Navy, its ships in all classes, specifications, armaments, builder's histories, new weapons and naval equipment. Some of the ships profiled include the "Dynamite Cruiser Vesuvius," the "Double Turret Monitor Miantomoh," the "U.S.S. Yorktown," and the first "U.S.S. Quinnebaug." The work contains illustrations and photographs of ships and important people in the Navy.
Condition / Notes: The book shows some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with minor loss to high points. The spine is lacking a half-inch portion at the foot and shows loss at the head and gutters. The covers display light soiling. The binding is sound, however, the title page is detached. The pages are clean and bright.
Lot 8006

$25

Title: In Wheelabout and Cockalone
Author: Grace Rhys - Grace Rhys (née Little) was an Irish writer brought up in Boyle, County Roscommon.

Grace Rhys was both wife and literary companion to Ernest Percival Rhys whom she met at a garden party given by Yeats. They married in 1891 and sometimes worked side by side in the British Museum. Her first novel, Mary Dominic, was published in 1898. Several of her stories have an Irish setting, including The Charming of Estercel (1904) set in Elizabethan Ireland, which was illustrated by Howard Pyle in Harper's Magazine.

Her other work includes The Wooing of Sheila (1901), The Bride (1909), and Five Beads on a String (1907), a book of essays. She also wrote poetry and books for children, and had a son and two daughters of her own.

The Rhys were known for entertaining writers and critics at their London home on Sunday afternoons. Grace died in Washington DC while accompanying her husband on an American lecture tour.
Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company
City: New York
Year: c1917
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 239 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9"
Book Details: This rare first edition is decoratively bound in green cloth with a pictorial pastedown to the front cover. All four color plates by Margaret W. Tarrant are present in this antique fairy book. The text is is further enhanced with line drawings by Megan Rhys.
Condition / Notes: This book shows very nicely, with some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with minor loss to high points. The front hinge is cracked, with the rear hinge and text block partially cracked, however the binding and text block remain sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 8007

$45

Title: The Formation of Poisons by Micro-Organisms. A Biological Study of the Germ Theory of Disease
Author: G. V. Black - Greene Vardiman Black, commonly known as G.V. Black, is known as one of the founders of modern dentistry in the United States. He is also known as the father of operative dentistry. By the age of 17, Black began studying medicine with the help of his brother, Dr. Thomas G. Black. In 1857, he met Dr. J.C. Speer, who taught him the practice of dentistry. After the Civil War, in which he served as a union scout, he relocated to Jacksonville, Illinois (1864). It was here that he began an active career and research in the developing field of dentistry. He studied dentistry for 20 months (as was common at the time) followed by an apprenticeship. He taught in the Dental Department at the University of Iowa, beginning at 1890 before moving to Chicago.

Black researched many important topics to dentistry, including the cause of dental fluorosis and ideal cavity preparations. One of his many inventions was a foot-driven dental drill. He is also known for his principles of tooth preparations, in which he outlines the proper methods to prepare teeth for fillings. These cavity preparations used principles of engineering and material sciences to maximize strength and retention of the amalgam filling and minimize fractures as well as tooth anatomy, to minimize pulp exposure. The phrase, "extension for prevention," is still famous in the dental community today and represents Black's idea that dentists should incorporate more grooves and pits than those currently exhibiting decay as a preventive measure against those grooves and pits developing tooth decay in the future, although today ideas have changed and focus much more on minimal intervention. Black published his concepts and ideals in his text Manual of Operative Dentistry in 1896.
Publisher: P. Blakiston, Son and Co.
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1884
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 178 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This very rare antique scientific title is bound in brown textured cloth with gilt lettering. Topics discussed in this volume include germ theory, Pasteur, Bastian, archebiosis, Lister’s antiseptic surgery, Miasmatic contagion, infection experiments, Beale, Bacillus anthracis, Koch, pathogenic micro-organisms, bacteria, spores, yeast, cellular digestion, waste products, and much more.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very nicely, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. The front hinge is slightly cracked. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild age toning/foxing. There is a small moisture mark in the upper corner of the front endpapers.
Lot 8008

$120

Title: New York in the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865
Author: Uncredited
Editor: Frederick Phisterer - Frederick Phisterer was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Phisterer received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor. Phisterer's medal was won for actions at the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, now marked by the Stones River National Battlefield. He was honored with the award on December 12, 1894.
Publisher: J. B. Lyon Company, State Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1912
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 4499; 376 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This is the complete six-volume third edition of this work, in five volumes plus the additional index volume. This antique set is bound in blue pebbled-cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering to the spines. The volumes contain tissue-guarded color frontispieces depicting scenes from the US Civil War, and author/veteran Phisterer in the first volume. There are additional tissue-guarded color plates and maps illustrating these volumes, as well as in-text tables. A circular concerning muster rolls is affixed to the front pastedown endpaper.

From the Introduction: “This is not a work of fiction, it is composed of bare facts; it is not a work of comparisons; it is a record of the State of new York during a time which weighed heavily on her sons and daughters, made as complete, correct and concise as it was practicable to make it…The work consists of six parts; each part and division is preceded by remarks, which explain its scope and intent.”

CONTENTS
Part I. In the State.
II. In the field.
III. The roll of honor.
IV. Sketches of organizations and register of officers.
V. Appendices.
VI. Indices.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. The bindings and text blocks are firm. Text and illustrations/maps are clear and legible through mild age toning. There is some soiling/residue on the front pastedown and free endpaper of the Index volume. Spine labels state Third Edition 1909, but the publication date is 1912.
Lot 8009

$175

Book Details: This lot consists of sixteen issues of Amazing Stories magazine, as shown in the corresponding images. All issues feature vibrant original cover art. Issues in this collection include:

Volume 16 Number 7 July 1942
Volume 16 Number 8 August 1942
Volume 16 Number 9 September 1942
Volume 16 Number 10 October 1942
Volume 16 Number 11 November 1942
Volume 17 Number 12 December 1942
Volume 17 Number 1 January 1943
Volume 17 Number 2 February 1943
Volume 17 Number 3 March 1943
Volume 17 Number 4 April 1943
Volume 17 Number 5 May 1043
Volume 17 Number 6 June 1943
Volume 17 Number 7 July 1943
Volume 17 Number 8 August 1943
Volume 17 Number 9 September 1943
Volume 17 Number 10 November 1943

Hugo Gernsback launched this magazine in 1926; it was the first magazine devoted to science fiction. In fact, it was Gernsback, in 1929, who is credited with coining the term science fiction. By 1929 he was forced into bankruptcy and the magazine was acquired by a subsidiary of Bernarr Macfadden Teck Publications by 1931. The magazine again changed hands in 1938 when Ziff-Davis Publishing Company took over the through the 1940’s Raymond Palmer was the editor. The Magazine changed hands and names a number of times and has had many editors; it has also stopped publication a few times, but remarkably it was published in 2018 and again in the Spring of 2019. There were even 3 online issues: two in 2012 and one in 2014. The magazine has had a remarkable run for 93 years.(Do not confuse this magazine with the TV series by the same name: Steven Speilberg bought the name to use for his series) This magazine is not related to one done in Britain in 1951: Amazing Science Stories.
Condition / Notes: These antique magazine issues show exceptionally well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including chipping and small marginal tears to the covers. Some spines show minor wrinkling. Colors remain vibrant on the covers. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing.
Lot 8010

$50

Title: History of Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins, and Schuyler Counties, New York. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: Everts and Ensign
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1879
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 687 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Book Details: Bound in brown cloth with a leather spine with gilt tooling and lettering to the spine and front cover, this antique volume also displays full-edge gilt. Profusely illustrated with full-page and in-text engravings, including portraits and residences, this large volume presents a detailed history of four Central New York Counties, including Tioga, Chemung, Tompkins and Schuyler. Some of the towns mentioned include: Lansing, Ithaca, Danby, Jacksonville, Watkins Glen, Owego, Candor, Caroline, Ulysses, and many more.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with loss to high points. The hinges have been reinforced and the binding and text block are sound. The first eight pages are slightly loosened. There are small property stamps to the front and rear endpapers.
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