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Lot 8030

$175

Title: The Stonemason: A Play in Five Acts
Author: Cormac McCarthy - Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and modernist genres. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for "The Road." His 2005 novel "No Country for Old Men" was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He received a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1992 novel, "All the Pretty Horses." "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Road" were also made into major motion pictures.

"Blood Meridian" (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, alongside Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth, and called "Blood Meridian" "the greatest single book since Faulkner’s 'As I Lay Dying.'" In 2010 The Times ranked "The Road" first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner. McCarthy has been increasingly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Publisher: The Ecco Press
City: Hopewell, New Jersey
Year: 1994
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 133 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This play focuses on the tribulations of the Telfair family over a three year period. The story is told by monologues of the character Ben Telfair, a 32 year old third generation stonemason. Two acts are taken up to provide back story which involves Ben's choice to not go to college and take up the family business of stonemasonry

Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in black cloth-backed gray boards, with silver lettering to spine. Book is in excellent condition. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and crisp. Cloth-covered slipcase shows light shelfwear, with light spotting to spine. This is number 292 of 350 boxed copies. Numbered and signed on limitation page by Cormac McCarthy.
 
Lot 8031

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are an Ottoman-Turkish Conversation-Grammar" (Julius Groos, 1907). and Henry Hallam's "View of the State of Europe" (Harper & Brothers, 1837). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 8032

$100
This auction lot includes the following group of art items:

- Exposition Suite de 70 Dessins de Miro by Joan Miro - Poster / Original - Unknown - Poster for an exhibition held at the Galerie Madeleine. No place or year is indicated. Marked "K-159" in small print at lower right corner.
Original poster shows punctures at corners, several closed tears and scraping with minor loss of material at lower half of right edge. No folds are visible.
- Personnages inverses by Joan Miro - Poster - 1966 - Poster shows punctures at corners and dark markings to upper and right-hand margins. No tears or folds.
- Hommage a Jean Cocteau by Unknown - Poster / Original - 1964 - Well-preserved poster shows no tears or punctures, with very light creasing at top and at edge on right side. The number 300 is written in pencil at lower right corner.
- Schiele in Prison: A Film by Mick Gold by Andrew Barron - Poster / Original - 1980 - Poster shows two small closed tears to edges at top of poster and pin holes and taping at corners.
 
Lot 8033

$70

Details: This lot includes the group of 6 exhibition posters shown in the corresponding image. These well-preserved posters advertise shows of the works of English sculptor Henry Moore, American artist Marisol, American painter Sam Francis, and American sculptor Alexander Calder. Also present in this collection is a 1974 poster for the opening exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and a poster for the 10th Sculpture Conference, held in Toronto in 1978. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Posters are in fine condition and show no tears, creasing, punctures or markings.
 
Lot 8034

$100

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage "Esquire" and "Life" magazines shown in the corresponding image(s). There are 29 magazines in this lot, which date from the 1930s and 1940s. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These magazines generally show well with some age/wear. Some volumes show edge wear with some chipping and/or loss along spine.
 
Lot 8035

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the books on European art and literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Leger and the Avant-Garde" by Christopher Green (Yale U.P., 1976) and the exhibition catalogue "Abstract Art in England, 1913-1915" (d'Offay Couper Gallery, 1969). 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.
Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 8036

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the group of modern first edition books in dust jackets with glassine covers shown in the corresponding image(s). These books were part of a single collection of modern firsts, and we will be offering several similar lots throughout today's auction. Please see our catalog for additional listings. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books generally show well with light age/wear.
 
Lot 8037

$45

Title: Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story
Author: Anne Carroll Moore
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1924
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 331 pages
Width: 6" Height: 7.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in red cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and decorative pictorial design to front cover. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is cracked at front hinge. Pages are clean and without markings. Endpapers decorated with maps of Manhattan. Illustrated with tissue-guarded color frontispiece and other drawings and vignettes by Jay van Everen.
 
Lot 8038

$35

Title: The "Argonauts"
Author: George Whitman, Helen Ross, Joe Wershba, Lillian E. Ross, Mel Fiske
Publisher: Modern Age Books
City: New York
Year: 1940
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 340 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this work signed by all its authors and inscribed to American writer by Lillian E. Ross.

Inscription on half title page reads "To Lewis Gannett / Here is your idea - / we found a "sweet land" / too."

Volume bound in yellow cloth with stamped blue lettering and pictorial design. Covers show light soiling. Book is tightly bound. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings.  Intact pictorial dust jacket shows mild shelfwear, with darkening to spine and edges.
 
Lot 8039

$40
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Poems by Stephen Spender - Dated 1934 by Random House - Signed Edition - First edition signed by author on title page. In intact dust jacket.
- Collected Poems, 1928-1985 by Stephen Spender - Dated 1986 by Random House - First Printing
- Down There on a Visit by Christopher Isherwood - Dated 1962 by Simon and Schuster - First Printing - Intact dust jacket.
- Prater Violet: A Novel by Christopher Isherwood - Dated 1945 by Random House - First Printing - Dust jacket is intact.
- The Servant by Robin Maugham - Dated 1949 by Harcourt, Brace and Company - First US Edition - Pictorial dust jacket is intact.
- The Right to an Answer by Anthony Burgess - Dated 1961 by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. - First US Edition - Dust jacket is intact.
 
Lot 8040

$650

Title: Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly Edited and Published by Alfred Stieglitz
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Alfred Stieglitz - Alfred Stieglitz was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

Publisher: Alfred Stieglitz
City: New York
Year: 1904
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 46 pages plus advertisements
Width: 8.5" Height: 12"
Book Details: Camera Work was a completely independent magazine of pictorial photography that was meant to carry forth the same artistic standards of the Photo-Secessionist. Stieglitz was determined it would be "the best and most sumptuous of photographic publications", and from the start it lived up to his ideals. The first issue was printed in December 1902, and like all of the subsequent issues it contained beautiful hand-pulled photogravures, critical writings on photography, aesthetics and art, and reviews and commentaries on photographers and exhibitions. While there were many other magazines devoted to photography in the world, Camera Work was "the first photographic journal to be visual in focus."

Stieglitz was a perfectionist, and it showed in every aspect of Camera Work. He advanced the art of photogravure printing by demanding unprecedentedly high standards for the prints in Camera Work. The visual quality of the gravures was so high that when a set of prints failed to arrive for a Photo-Secession exhibition in Brussels, a selection of gravures from the magazine was hung instead. Most viewers assumed they were looking at the original photographs.

Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original stiff gray wrappers with white lettering to front cover. Covers are detached. Text block is intact. Interior is clean and without markings.
 
Lot 8041

$20

Title: I'll Tell You a Story
Author: Robert Ellice Mack
Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co.
City: New York
Year: circa 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 7.5" Height: 9.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume bound in pictorial paper-covered boards. Book shows mild external wear. Title page displays faint spotting, pages are otherwise clean and without markings. Colored illustrations by Lizzie Mack and vignettes by R. A. Bell. Color lithographs throughout.
 
Lot 8042

$175

Title: Gabare du roi: Le Gros Ventre. Designed by Jean-Joseph Ginoux, Produced in Bayonne by Leon Michel Guignace, 1766-1779
Author: Gerard Delacroix
Translor: Gilles Korent, Marie-France Saconie, Pierre de Granvillier
Publisher: Editions A.N.C.R.E.
City: Nice
Year: 2003
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Width: 9.75" Height: 13"
Book Details: Monograph giving comprehensive examination of the "gabare," a transport vessel used by the French Navy to supply the dockyards, squadrons at sea and the colonies. Aptly named, "le gros ventre" (the large belly), she was abandoned after the Kerguelen expedition in 1772 and sailing alone under the command of M. de St. Allouam; she went on the discover the west coast of Australia in March of 1772.. Her drafts are preserved in Vincennes at the Service Historique de la Marine.
Condition / Notes: Monograph in perfect binding and 34 folded plans are contained in a cloth-covered clamshell binder with jacket. Illustrated monograph has 135 pages.  Text, plans, binder and jacket are all in excellent condition.
 
Lot 8043

$100

Details: This lot includes the two artist's proofs by Arnold Blanch shown in the corresponding images. One of these works (measuring approximately 20" x 14") offers images of an African-American farm, with two female figures carrying tree branches and a bucket in the foreground and, to the right and further into the background, two male figures behinds plows, and houses and trees in the distance. A small wooden sign that reads "Jesus Saves" can be seen in the foreground, on the left. The other work (measuring approximately 14" x 19.25") depicts a large mountain looming in the background and gully moving toward the foreground. What is clearly a mining settlement is visible on the right. The landscape is dotted with various structures that seem to culminate in a wooden bridge in the foreground, over which a lone figure mounted on a donkey crosses, followed by two more donkeys bearing loads.

Condition / Notes: Original works are well preserved, with no tears, creasing, punctures or markings.
 
Lot 8044

$300

Details: This lot includes the group of antique pins, buttons and silver case shown in the corresponding image. This material features commercial advertisement for such companies as Spalding, Lion Coffee, Davis Baking Powder, Swell Newport Bicycles, and Sun-Proof Paints. Caption on the silver case advertising National Cigar Stands Co., featuring an embossed capitol building, reads "Operating 2,000 Cigar Stands - Better Cigar Values at Lower Prices Than Ever Before." 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 lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: 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.
 
Lot 8045

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of new books on ship modeling shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "A Modeler's Guide to Naval Architecture" by A. Richard Mansir and "Secrets of Ships in Bottles" by Peter Thorne. 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.
 
Lot 8046

$150

Title: The 20-Gun Ship Blandford
Author: Peter Goodwin
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
City: Annapolis
Year: 1988
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 199 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Title in the series Anatomy of the Ship.
Condition / Notes: Volumes and dust jackets are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos, plans and drawings.

Please note that this lot contains 18 copies of THE SAME TITLE. All but two of these books are in plastic wrapping.
 
Lot 8047

$130

Details: This lot includes the large group of posters shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes posters which promote exhibitions at art galleries, motion pictures, festivals, and World's Fairs, among other topics. There are approximately 50 posters included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

This lot comes from the collection of Charles Rand Penney of Lockport, New York, considered one of the great American collectors of the Twentieth Century. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1923, Penney acquired his BA from Yale University in 1965, a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1951, and in 1995 he was honored with a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the State University of New York for his life-long support for the arts. Dr. Penney received many other awards for his continuing contributions in this field.

Dr. Penney began collecting art by Western New Yorkers in the mid-30's, eventually collecting more than 100,000 objects that he kept and researched in his own home. Dr. Penney loaned his artwork extensively throughout Western New York and the rest of the world. In the early 1990s, he donated his collection of Western New York art to the Burchfield Art Center at Buffalo State College. As a result, the center was renamed the Burchfield-Penney Art Center to memorialize his generous and landmark donation.
Condition / Notes: These posters generally show well with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 8048

$60
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Age of the Galley: Mediterranean Oared Vessels since Pre-Classical Times by uncredited author - Dated 2000 by Chartwell Books Inc.
- The Line of Battle: The Sailing Warship, 1650-1840 -Edited by Robert Gardiner - Dated 2000 by Chartwell Books Inc.
- The Heyday of Sail: The Merchant Ship, 1650-1830 - Edited by Robert Gardiner - Dated 2000 by Chartwell Books Inc.
- Cogs, Caravels and Galleons: The Sailing Ship, 1000-1650 - Edited by Robert Gardiner - Dated 2000 by Chartwell Books Inc.
Books and dust jackets are as new. Profusely illustrated.
 
Lot 8049

$100

Details: This lot includes the large group of posters shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes posters which promote exhibitions at art galleries, motion pictures, festivals, and World's Fairs, among other topics. There are approximately 50 posters included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

This lot comes from the collection of Charles Rand Penney of Lockport, New York, considered one of the great American collectors of the Twentieth Century. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1923, Penney acquired his BA from Yale University in 1965, a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1951, and in 1995 he was honored with a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the State University of New York for his life-long support for the arts. Dr. Penney received many other awards for his continuing contributions in this field.

Dr. Penney began collecting art by Western New Yorkers in the mid-30's, eventually collecting more than 100,000 objects that he kept and researched in his own home. Dr. Penney loaned his artwork extensively throughout Western New York and the rest of the world. In the early 1990s, he donated his collection of Western New York art to the Burchfield Art Center at Buffalo State College. As a result, the center was renamed the Burchfield-Penney Art Center to memorialize his generous and landmark donation.
Condition / Notes: These posters generally show well with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 8050

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

- The Easter Parade by Richard Yates - Dated 1978 by Eyre Methuen - First Edition - Intact dust jacket is in fine condition.
- Liars in Love: Stories by Richard Yates - Dated 1982 by Eyre Methuen - First Edition - Intact dust jacket shows sunning to spine.
- A Good School: A Novel by Richard Yates - Dated 1978 by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence - First Printing - Intact dust jacket is in fine condition.
- Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates - Dated 1986 by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence - First Printing - Intact dust jacket in fine condition.
 
Lot 8051

$10

Title: Song of a Sailor Man: Narrative Poem
Author: Eden Phillpotts - Eden Phillpotts was an English author, poet and dramatist. He was born in India, educated in Plymouth, Devon, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer.

He was the author of many novels, plays and poems about Dartmoor. His Dartmoor cycle of 18 novels and two volumes of short stories still have many avid readers despite the fact that many titles are out of print.  Phillpotts also wrote many other books with a Dartmoor setting. He was for many years the President of the Dartmoor Preservation Association and cared passionately about the conservation of Dartmoor.

One of his novels, "Widecombe Fair," inspired by an annual fair at the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, provided the scenario for his comic play "The Farmer's Wife." It went on to become a silent movie of the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and filmed in 1927. The cast included: Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker and Gibb McLaughlin.

Phillpotts was a friend of Agatha Christie, who was an admirer of his work and a regular visitor to his home. Jorge Luis Borges was another admirer.

Publisher: The Macmillan Company
City: New York
Year: 1934
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 99 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in cloth-backed paper-covered boards. Book shows foxing to cloth. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and fresh. Intact dust jacket shows light soiling and small tear at bottom edge of spine.
 
Lot 8052

$150

Title: A Manual of Astrology of the Book of the Stars, Being the Art of Foretelling Future Events. By the Influences of the Heavenly Bodies in a Manner Unattempted by Any Former Author and Divested of the Superstitions of the Dark Ages by Raphael.
Author: Robert Cross Smith - Robert Cross Smith was an English astrologer, writing under the pseudonym of "Raphael". Smith was born in Bristol on March 19, 1795. He married in 1820 and moved to London, where he became interested in astrology. Together with G. W. Graham, he published a book on geomancy in 1822.

Smith began to edit a periodical entitled "The Struggling Astrologer" in 1824, but failed to receive enough subscribers and the periodical had to be discontinued after a few issues. He collected the issues of the failed periodical in a volume entitled "The Astrologer Of The Nineteenth Century" in the same year. The volume claimed to be the "sixth edition", but it is believed that editions one to five never existed. A substantially enlarged edition appeared in 1825 as the "seventh edition", with additional material attributed to "Merlinus Anglicus Junior" ("Merlinus Anglicus Junior: The English Merlin Revived" was the title of a 1644 book by William Lilly). It was printed by Knight & Lacey of London.

From 1827 until his death in 1832, he edited an astrological almanac, entitled "The Prophetic Messenger." Also published by Smith was "The Familiar Astrologer" and "A Manual of Astrology," both in 1828.

Smith died on February 26, 1832, in London. His almanac continued to be edited as "Raphael's Ephemeris" and would become a standard work in British and US American astrology. "Raphael's Ephemeris" popularized the system of Placidian system of astrological houses in the Anglosphere and in modern western astrology in general.
Publisher: C. S. Arnold
City: London
Year: 1828
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 256 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has detached front board, with binding separated at several points. Pages show light age toning and occasional foxing. Frontispiece plate and title vignette are hand colored. Contains an additional plate and diagrams throughout the text. Also presents a number of tables.
 
Lot 8053

$110

Details: This lot includes the group of vintage "Saturday Evening Post" magazines shown in the corresponding image(s). There are 20 magazines in this lot, which are dated from 1930 to 1932. Each volume has a beautifully illustrated color front cover, with advertisements on the rear covers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These magazines show some age/wear indications such as foxing to wrappers, edge wear, and/or some chipping or loss along spine.
 
Lot 8054

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of author reference books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this group are Mark Twain's "Is Shakespeare Dead: From My Autobiography" (Harper & Brothers, 1909) and "AE'S Letters to Minanlabain" (Macmillan, 1937). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 8055

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the books on United States history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Leaves from a Young Girl's Diary: The Journal of Margaret Gardiner, 1840-1841" Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1927) and four volumes of the Lincoln Association Papers (1928, 1930-1931). 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.
Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 8056

$90

Book Details: This lot includes the group of stated modern first editions and printings in dust jackets shown in the corresponding image(s). These books were part of a single collection of modern firsts, and we will be offering several similar lots throughout today's auction. Please see our catalog for additional listings. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books generally show well with light age/wear. Some dust jackets show some edge wear and minor loss.
 
Lot 8057

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of author-signed books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a first printing of Susan Sontag's "The Benefactor" and (dust jacket torn, binding cracked after title page) and Marc Connelly's "The Green Pastures" (Rinehart & Company, 1929). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 8058

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books written by Basil Lubbock shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are: The Colonial Clippers, The Down Easters, The Log of the 'Cutty Sark,' and The China Clippers, among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

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