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Lot 1001


Title: Monthly Letters: The First Fifty Monthly Letters, The Limited Editions Club, 1929-1933
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1987
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 9.25" Height: 12"
Book Details: This very rare volume is bound in half leather Nigerian goatskin over hand-marbled paper boards and is presented in a felt-lined brown cloth slipcase. A scarce limited edition of this work, this is number 229 of 550. Many of the newsletters are enhanced with illustrations.

“The Limited Editions Club was founded in 1929 by George Macy (1900-1956) to publish finely made and finely illustrated limited editions of the classics of literature - and of a few carefully selected contemporary titles, such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Most of the books were beautifully illustrated with original artwork by leading book illustrators. In most cases, the illustrators handsigned each copy of the books that they illustrated for the LEC. Some books were published without that signature due to the unexpected death of the artist before publication, as happened with the The Arabian Nights illustrated by Arthur Szyk, Comus illustrated by Edmund Dulac, and the Arthur Rackham illustrated Wind In The Willows.

George Macy also commissioned some major fine art artists to illustrate LEC books with original finely printed etchings, lithographs, and engravings, which were bound into the books; including artists such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marie Laurencin and other members of the Paris School of Art. He also commissioned a number of American masters of that period, largely from the Social Realism and American Regionalism schools of art. Included were Reginald Marsh, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry. In addition, he commissioned major photographers, including Edward Weston and Edward Steichen, to illustrate LEC books. Those artists and photographers handsigned all copies of the books that they illustrated.

Some LEC books were signed not only by the artist, but also by famous book designers and by the authors, such as The Complete Poems of Robert Frost (1950), which was signed by the poet, Robert Frost; the book-designer, Bruce Rogers; and the artist/illustrator, Thomas Nason. And most copies of the books, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original Alice, who inspired the story.

A small number of LEC books were issued unillustrated, in which case they were usually signed by the book-designer and/or the printer.” [Information from Montpellier Books and Art]
Condition / Notes: This volume is in excellent condition. The slipcase shows very mild wear. Case measures approximately 9.5 x 12.75 inches.
Lot 1002


Title: The Book-Bills of Narcissus
Author: Richard Le Gallienne - Richard Le Gallienne was an English author and poet. The American actress Eva Le Gallienne (1899–1991) was his daughter, by his second marriage.
Publisher: Frank Murray
City: Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, England
Year: 1891
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 87 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: This antique limited edition volume bears a deluxe private leather binding with raised spine and gilt lettering, and decorative marbled paper. The bookplate of Leory Truman Goble, who traveled in prominent Chicago literary circles, is affixed to the front pastedown. In addition to the author’s signature, this small volume features the signatures of eight men who were in some way connected to the Chicago literary renaissance:

Harold Witter Bynner, also known by the pen name Emanuel Morgan, (10 August 1881 – 1 June 1968) was an American poet, writer and scholar, known for his long residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and association with other literary figures there.

Morris Fishbein M.D. (22 July 1889 – 27 September 1976) was a physician who became the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) from 1924 to 1950. Fishbein was affiliated with the Universtiy of Chicago.

Jerome New Frank (10 September 1889 – 13 January 1957) was an American legal philosopher and author who played a leading role in the legal realism movement, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Frank attended the University of Chicago.

Henry Justin Smith (19 June 1875 – 9 February 1936) was managing editor of the Chicago Daily News.

Harry Hansen (26 December 1884 – 3 January 1977) was an American journalist, editor, literary critic and historian. He is notable as one of the many authors who wrote for the Random House Landmark Series of children's history during the 1950s and 1960s and he also edited the World Book from 1950 to 1965. Hansen also wrote for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune.

Robert Morss Lovett (25 December 1870 – 8 February 1956) was an American academic, writer, editor, political activist, and government official. Lovett was a professor at the Universtiy of Chicago.

Rudolph Altrocchi (31 October 1882 – 13 May 1953) was a scholar of Italian language and literature and a university professor, at one point on the faculty at the University of Chicago.

The Chicago literary renaissance was the flourishing of literary activity in Chicago during the period from approximately 1912 to 1925. The leading writers of this renaissance—Theodore Dreiser, Sherwood Anderson, Edgar Lee Masters, and Carl Sandburg—realistically depicted the contemporary urban environment, decrying the loss of traditional rural values in the increasingly industrialized and materialistic American society and the failure of the romantic promise that hard work would automatically bring material and spiritual rewards. Most of these writers were originally from small Middle Western towns and were deeply affected by the Regionalism of the 1890s that foreshadowed the Realism of 20th-century literature. The renaissance also encompassed the revitalization of journalism as a literary medium; writers such as Floyd Dell, Anderson, Dreiser, and Sandburg all were associated at one time with Chicago newspapers. The Little Theatre established in 1912 by Maurice Browne became an important outlet for the creative talents of young playwrights.

The first stirrings of the Chicago renaissance were felt after the World’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893, an event that attracted young Middle Western writers to the city. The Little Room, a literary group that included both artists and patrons of the arts, encouraged literary activity. The Dial magazine, established in 1880, grew to be a respected literary organ. Henry Blake Fuller and Robert Herrick, who belonged to the genteel tradition, wrote several novels that foreshadowed the later Realistic novels of Dreiser and Anderson. Hamlin Garland, already famous for novels on the bleakness of Middle Western rural life, was associated briefly with the Little Room.
Condition / Notes: This beautifully bound volume shows very nicely, with minimal indications of age and wear. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp.
Lot 1003


Title: Acts and Laws of His Majesty's English Colony of Connecticut in New-England in America 1752-1768
Author: uncredited
Publisher: uncredited publisher
City: Unknown
Year: Unknown
Binding Style: Other - see description
Width: 7" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: This section of a work is from the “Acts and Laws of His Majesty's English Colony of Connecticut in New-England in America”, dating from 1752-1768. The work features the colonial history of Connecticut, including acts and laws involving timber trespasses, wolves, thieves, vagabonds, prisoners of war, jury-men, work-houses, paper bills, excise, bribery, taxes, adultery, duty on tea, and much more.
Condition / Notes: This antique work is disbound, being pages 203-336 of a larger work. Text is clear and legible through moderate/heavy age toning/foxing.
Lot 1004


Title: The Army and Navy of America: Containing a View of the Heroic Adventures, Battles, Naval Engagements, Remarkable Incidents, and Glorious Achievements in the Cause of Freedom, from the Period of the French and Indian Wars to the Close of the Mexican War; Independent of an Account of Warlike Operations on Land and Sea; Enlivened by a Variety of the Most Interesting Anecdotes; and Embellished with Engravings
Author: Jacob K. Neff
Publisher: John H. Pearsol
City: Lancaster, PA
Year: 1850
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 684 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: Bound in leather with gilt lettering and tooling, this antique work is illustrated with engraved plates depicting battle scenes. In-text diagrams illustrating military operations/manoeuvres are also present. “The work now presented to the public is one of a peculiar character, and the only one that gives the reader a good idea of the battles fought in our country, unless he searches for a description of them through prosy and ponderous volumes. Too much space has hitherto been devoted to legislative proceedings, and too little to the battles. Nor is this all. The various military operations are mixed together in inextricable confusion in our ordinary histories, the same chapter often containing a number of battles. We have corrected this, and made a chapter of every battle, to set it forth clearly and distinctly, connecting only those extended operations, that were intended to aid each other.” (From the Preface)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well, with some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with a tear and minor loss to the spine. The front hinge is cracked, however the binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. There is writing by a previous owner to a front free endpaper.
Lot 1005


Title: Six Thousand Years of History
Author: Charles Morris, Edgar Sanderson, John Porter Lamberton
Publisher: Thomas Nolan
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1910
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 10 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to the spines, this complete ten-volume antique set is profusely illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispieces and half-tone plates. Titles in this set include:

Volume I: Ancient and Mediaeval History
Volume II: Modern Europe
Volume III: American History
Volume IV: Great Philosophers
Volume V: Famous Women
Volume VI: Famous Warriors
Volume VII: Foreign Statesmen
Volume VIII: American Statesmen
Volume IX: Literature of the XIX Century
Volume X: Achievements of the XIX Century

Condition / Notes: This complete antique set shows beautifully, with mild shelfwear. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 1006


Title: Histoire de la Revolution Francaise
Author: Louis Blanc - Louis Jean Joseph Charles Blanc was a French politician and historian. A socialist who favored reforms, he called for the creation of cooperatives in order to guarantee employment for the urban poor.
Publisher: Librairie du Progres
City: Paris
Year: c1880
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10" Height: 12.75"
Book Details: This complete antique small folio set is bound in red cloth with gilt lettering and ornamental designs to the leather spines, and decorative marbled endpapers. These expertly bound volumes are lavishly illustrated with nearly 600 engravings designed by Belgian painter and illustrator Hippolyte de la Charlerie (1827–1869), including vignettes, textual and full-page illustrations, and numerous portraits.

Condition / Notes: These small folios show beautifully with mild shelfwear. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 1007


Title: United States Cancellations 1845-1869: Unusual and Representative Markings
Author: Amos Eno, Hubert C. Skinner
Publisher: American Philatelic Society / Louisiana Heritage Press of New Orleans
City: State College, Pennsylvania / New Orleans
Year: 1980
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 362 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering and designs to the front board, this rare philately title is profusely illustrated with examples of cancellations. “The many striking, ingenious, and unusual cancellations devised by imaginative nineteenth-century postmasters and their clerks undoubtedly began to pique interest and curiosity among those who saw the markings, even in the 1840’s when the first simple designs were carved to “kill” or ‘cancel’ the early adhesive stamps. Simple grids or postal markings designed for other purposes (including rate stamps) were used initially to deface the first adhesives in order to prevent their re-use. By the early 1850’s, inventive and clever designs intended solely as cancellers appeared and, as these were seen by other postmasters, quickly spread and multiplied. The variety and abundance of interesting cancels continued to increase in the later fifties until in the sixties they became almost innumerable.” (From the Introduction)
Condition / Notes: This rare title shows well with some indications of age and wear, including soiling to the covers. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. There is mild age toning/foxing to endpapers, with a small personal label affixed to the front free endpaper.
Lot 1008


Title: Men with the Bark On
Author: Frederic Remington - Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, etcher, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry.

Publisher: Harper and Brothers
City: New York and London
Year: 1900
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 209 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: Bound in pictorial cloth with red and gilt lettering, this first printing is illustrated by the author. In rare condition, this well-preserved volume features war, soldiers, hunting, Native Americans, and the West.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows beautifully, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing.
Lot 1009


Title: Combination Atlas Map of Walworth County, Wisconsin. Compiled, Drawn and Published from Personal Examinations and Surveys
Author: uncredited
Editor: Everts, Baskin and Stewart
Publisher: Everts, Baskin and Stewart
City: Chicago
Year: 1873
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 73 pages
Width: 14.5" Height: 17.25"
Book Details: This antique folio atlas is bound in black blindstamped cloth with gilt lettering and design. Maps and lithographic views are included. Lithographic views include Geneva Lake and the Townships of Bloomfield, Lyons, Geneva, Spring Prairie, East Troy, Lafayette, Burlington, Troy, Linn, Walworth, Delavan, Whitewater, Sugar Creek, Lagrange, Richmond, Darien, and Sharon, with Elkhorn City and Delavan City. Some maps fold out and many are hand-colored.
Condition / Notes: This antique folio atlas displays some indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with loss to boards and spine. The hinges are cracked and the binding shaken. Pages and maps exhibit age toning/foxing and some marginal chipping and tears. The title page is detached and shows loss.
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