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Lot 1116

$15
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Typee; or, a Narrative of a Four Months' Residence among the Natives of a Valley of the Marquesas Islands; or, a Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville - Dated 1861 by John Murray - Antique volume bound in three-quarter leather with marbled paper-covered boards. Book shows significant external wear, with detached front board and detaching rear board. Pages are clean and without markings.
- Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life. During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas ; The Revised Edition, with a Sequel by Herman Melville - Dated 1855 by Harper & Brothers, Publishers - Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped cloth. Book lacks spine cover. Front and rear covers show light soiling/staining. Binding is cracking at front. Pages show foxing throughout.
- Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas - Herman Melville by Herman Melville - Dated 1861 by John Murray - Antique volume bound in three-quarter leather with marbled paper-covered boards. Book shows significant external wear, with loss of material to spine. Front flyleaf is detached. Pages display sporadic light foxing.
 
Lot 1117

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique theology books shown in the corresponding image(s). Some topics include Jesus Christ, foreign missions, and studies in Jewish Nationalism, among others. This lot includes a copy of "Determined to Live," which has been inscribed on the front free endpaper by author Brian Hession. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These books show some age/wear such as rubbing to board edges and some chipping along edges of spine. Some volumes are ex-library.
 
Lot 1118

$50

Title: The Rocksburg Railroad Murders
Author: K. C. Constantine - K. C. Constantine (a pseudonym for Carl Constantine Kosak) is an American mystery author. Little is known about Kosak, as he prefers anonymity and has given only a few interviews. He was born in 1934 and served in the Marines in the early 1950s. He lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with wife Linda.

He is an alumnus of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and claims that he "flunked freshman composition twice" because he "did not know how to make an English sentence." (As reported in the bulletin of that college's "Friends of the Library" Autumn, 1990.)

Other than that, information is sketchy. He may have been a minor league baseball player (some had even been suggesting that Kosak was a pseudonym for former Major League baseball player Phil Rizzuto) and he may have studied at the University of Iowa's writers' program in the 1960s. Other evidence suggests he never got near a baseball and instead was a journalist at a western Pennsylvania newspaper.

His most famous creation is Mario Balzic, police chief in fictional Rocksburg, Pennsylvania. Rocksburg is a by-product of Kosak's hometown McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. Kosak is much more interested in the people in his novels than the actual mystery, and his later novels become ever more philosophical, threatening to leave the mystery/detective genre behind completely.

In May, 2011, Kosak appeared in person for the first time at the 16th annual Festival of Mystery held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Oakmont, signing his books and giving a live interview.
Publisher: Saturday Review Press
City: New York
Year: 1972
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 188 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: The author's first book. This crime novel is set in 1970's Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania (modeled on the author's hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, adjacent to Pittsburgh, as well as his current place of residence, Greensburg, Pennsylvania).

Mario Balzic is the protagonist, an atypical detective for the genre, a Serbo-Italian American cop, middle-aged, unpretentious, a family man who asks questions and uses more sense than force.  As the novel opens, a man familiar to Mario has been found beaten to death with a Coke bottle on the platform of the Rocksburg railroad station. Mario becomes convinced that the man's stepson is the guilty party, but proving it will be a challenge.  It is the first book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series.

Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in cloth-backed green paper-covered boards. Book shows mild external wear. Spine is slightly cocked. Interior is clean and without markings. Second state of dust jacket, with reviews for the book on the rear panel. Outer edge of front flap is curled.
 
Lot 1119

$20

Title: Letters of Horace Walpole
Author: Horace Walpole - Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, "The Castle of Otranto." Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. He was the son of Sir Robert Walpole, and cousin of the 1st Viscount Nelson.

Editor: W. S. Lewis
Publisher: The Folio Society
City: London
Year: 1951
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 283 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce presentation copy with tipped-in inscription by editor W. S. Lewis and a laid-in typed letter to Lewis (who signs and is addressed as "Lefty."). Inscription on card (dated 16 Dec. '52) pasted to front pastedown reads "Dear (illegible name), / Here are a few / duplicates that may (remaining text illegible). Lewis." Another Lewis inscription appears on front flyleaf and it reads "To / Ward / from / Lefty / Farmington, December 7, 1961."

Volume is bound in blue cloth with stamped silver lettering and ornamental design to spine. Book shows mild external wear, with light sunning to spine. Book is tightly bound. Pages, with blue top edge, are clean and crisp. Illustrated with plates.

1951 newspaper clipping with review of Lewis' title laid in.
 
Lot 1120

$45

Details: This lot includes the group of antique and vintage philatelic ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This collection of Canada covers, ranging from the 1860's to 1970's, includes a group of circa 50 covers that include advertising, animals, small queens, topical cancels and a comics booklet. There is also another group of over 20 cancels with letters addressed to a naturalist shop in upstate New York, with interesting content regarding birds and supplies. 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 1121

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books and/monographs on tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Geotektonisches Symposium zu Ehren von Hans Stille" (Kommissions-Verlag, 1956) and "Workshop on Historical Seismicity of Central-Eastern Mediterranean Region" (ENEA CRE, 1987) , 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 1122

$50

Title: The Freemason's Monitor: To Which Is Added, a Monitor of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, Thirty-Three Degrees, Including Those Generally Known as the Ineffable Degrees
Author: E. T. Carson, Thomas Smith Webb
Publisher: Applegate & Company
City: Cincinnati
Year: 1858
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 298/120 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: A scarce first edition of this two nineteenth-century works on Freemasonry published in one volume.

Antique volume is bound in light brown cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate decorative designs. Book shows external wear, with rubbing and fraying at edges and corners. Binding is firm. Front flyleaf has been excised. Previous owner's name appears in ink on blank preliminary page. Pages have gilt edges. Pages 133 to 144 nearly detached. Interior displays foxing throughout. Illustrated with tissue-guarded portraits of the authors (front tissue marred by outline drawn from frontispiece) and many in-text illustrations.
 
Lot 1123

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books from the "Natural History of New York" series shown in the corresponding image(s). These four volumes, with texts by James Hall, Lardner Vanuxem, and Ebenezer Emmons, date from between 1842 and 1867, and contain in-text illustrations, plates and intact fold-out maps. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Two of these volumes are in original cloth binding, one has been recased and the fourth has modern library binding. All books are tightly bound, three with clean interiors that display no markings and one that show water markings to lower inside corners (not affecting text).
 
Lot 1124

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

- A Romance of a Mince-Pie; An Incident in the Life of John Chirrup, of Forty-Winks, Pastry-Cook and Confectioner by Angus B. Reach - Dated 1848 by D. Bogue - Originally bound in light green wrappers. Binding is separated at several points. Rear cover shows chipping and loss of material.
- The American Annual: A Gift Book for 1854 by uncredited author - Dated 1854 by Jacob Delamater
- Handy Andy: A Tale of Irish Life by Samuel Lover - Dated 1852 by Frederick Lover, Aldine Chambers
- Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray - Dated Unknown by Harper & Brothers, Publishers
- The Souvenir Gallery: An Illustrated Gift Book for All Seasons by Emily Percival, uncredited author Edited by Emily Percival - Dated 1852 by Phillips, Sampson, & Company - Decoratively bound antique volume shows loss of material to spine.
 
Lot 1125

$45

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group decorative antique literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots 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: Some volumes in this lot show more advanced age/wear, with chipping and/or loss at spine, cracking at hinges, and other indications.
 
Lot 1126

$175

Title: The Frigate Diana
Author: David White
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
City: Annapolis
Year: 1987
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 120 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Title in the series "Anatomy of the Ship." The DIANA was one of the few Royal Navy frigates for which nearly all records and drawings have survived, from its launching in 1794 to its decommissioning and sale to the Dutch in 1815. This volume offers close photographic studies of the several models that have survived, plus several score reconstructed detailed architectural drawings of her hull, deck plans, sail plan, stowage, armament, and outfitting.
Condition / Notes: Volumes and dust jackets are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated.

Please note that this lot contains 24 copies of THE SAME TITLE. All of these books are still in plastic wrapping.
 
Lot 1127

$55

Title: Memoirs of the Long Island Historical Society. Volume I. Journal of a Voyage to New York in 1679-80
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Long Island Historical Society
City: Brooklyn
Year: 1867
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xlvii/440 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume bound in blind-stamped green cloth with bright gilt lettering and seal to spine. Book shows very light external wear. Binding is tight. Remnants of antique bookplate visible on front pastedown. Pages are clean and without markings. Contains 12 plates at rear of volume, including a number of color and/or fold-out plates offering drawings, maps and colored views of New York..
 
Lot 1128

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books about the geology and paleontology of Britain shown in the corresponding image(s). Some publications include the "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London" and "Geological Account of Roxburghshire," among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These volumes show some age/wear such as creasing and/or chipping at the spines and some edge wear. Some of these volumes are ex-library, and may have stamps or other markings. A few volumes have been rebound into folios.
 
Lot 1129

$30

Title: Album of Mount Desert
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Unknown
City: Unknown
Year: circa 1880
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 12 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 7.5"
Condition / Notes: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce collection of views of Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. The woodcut-style illustrations are presented in accordion binding. A map of the village of Bar Harbor is pasted to rear panel. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages.
 
Lot 1130

$100

Title: The Congo and the Founding of Its Free State: A Story of Work and Exploration
Author: Henry M. Stanley - Sir Henry Morton Stanley, GCB, born John Rowlands was a Welsh journalist and explorer famous for his exploration of Africa and his search for David Livingstone. Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley allegedly uttered the now-famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
City: New York
Year: 1885
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique set bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spines and front covers. Volumes show moderate external wear, with light sunning to spines. Binding of second volume is separating at front hinge. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. Contains in-text and full-page illustrations and intact fold-out maps.
 
Lot 1131

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books of literature and literary criticism shown in the corresponding image(s). The four titles offered here are a first American edition "The Moons of Jupiter" by Alice Munro, a 1958 issue of Evergreen Review, with Edgar Morin's "The Case of James Dean," a first printing of Stanton Garner's "The Civil War World of Herman Melville," and a folding broadside of Pablo Neruda's poem "Ode to Some Yellow Flowers" with three poetry postcards and the photograph "Man on North Main" on one outside panel. 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 1132

$45

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of geology, paleontology, and natural history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots 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 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 1133

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books from the "Natural History of New York" series shown in the corresponding image(s). These four volumes, with texts by James Hall, Lardner Vanuxem, and Ebenezer Emmons, date from between 1842 and 1894, and contain in-text illustrations, intact fold-out (colored) plates and maps. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Two of these volumes are in original cloth binding and two are in modern library binding. All books are tightly bound. Volumes from the 1840's display foxing throughout.
 
Lot 1134

$30

Title: The Royal Illuminated Book of Legends. Narrated in Antient Ballad Form. With Appropriate Music, Arranged in an Easy Style, for Voice and Pianoforte, Suited to Little Folks or Great Folks, and Minstrels of All Degrees. Each Story, or Legend, Illustrated by a Set of Brilliant Pictures, Designed in the Quaint Spirit of Mediaeval Times, and Printed in Colors and Gold. Second Series
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: William P. Nimmo
City: Edinburgh
Year: c1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 11.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: Contains rhymed text, musical scores and 16 plates in fine chromolithography. There are four parts to this volume, each with 4 plates finely printed in color by Marcus Ward, making a total of 16 color plates. All parts have title and 4 pages of text and music. Texts: "Pocahontas: A Tale of Old Virginie," told in verse by Francis Davis, music by B. Hobson Carroll; "
King Alfred and Othere," poetry by Longfellow, music by B. Hobson Carroll; "The Marquis of Carabas; or, Puss in Boots," told in verse by Francis Davis, music by B. Hobson Carroll; "The Hind of the Forest," told in verse by Francis Davis, music by B. Hobson Carroll.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in dark blue cloth with bright color paste-ons on front cover. Book shows mild external wear, with fraying and/or minor loss of material at ends of spine and corners. Inner hinges have been reinforced. Binding is cracked at title page. Endpapers show foxing and soiling.
 
Lot 1135

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of publications on the mineralogy and petrology of Sweden shown in the corresponding image(s). There are fifteen volumes included in this lot, all written by Harry von Eckermann, which date between 1922 and 1937. One volume contains numerous black and white and color plates, some of which fold out. All volumes are in their original wrappers, and are inscribed by the author. Some are inscribed to W. F. Foshag and Henry S. Washington, while others state "with the author's compliments." 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. Many of these volumes are ex-library, and have stamps or other markings. There is some sunning to the wrappers.
 
Lot 1136

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books and/or monographs on the geology and paleontology of Brazil shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Diniz Gonsalves' "Bibliographia da geologia, mineralogia e paleontologia do Brasil" (1928) and John Casper Branner's "The Stone Reefs of Brazil, Their Geological and Geographical Relation, with a Chapter on the Coral Reefs" (Harvard University Press, 1904). 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 1137

$45

Details: This lot includes the group of estate ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes an autographed, signed letter from penology reformer Linda Gilbert, a "Stop McCarthyism" pamphlet, an autographed signed letter from William Allen Butler, and a Violet Oakley art exposition bulletin with a signed letter addressed to her enclosed, among other items. 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 1138

$25

Title: Dizionario compendiato di geologia e mineralogia
Author: uncredited author
Editor: G. Aschieri
Publisher: Tipografia e Libreria Pirotta
City: Milan
Year: 1855
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: lx/270 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in three-quarter vellum with bright gilt lettering to spine label. Book shows very light external wear. Binding is firm. 2 narrow strips of paper with catalogue descriptions are pasted to top edge of front flyleaf. Pages display light foxing.
 
Lot 1139

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books about man, evolution, and natural history shown in the corresponding image(s). Some topics include the glacial period, Greenland, and primates, among others. An author inscribed volume of Alexander Winchell's "Man the last Term of the Organic Series" is also included. This group includes some volumes which are decorative antique, as well as some foreign language titles and some bulletin-style publications in wrappers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These volumes show some age/wear such as creasing and/or chipping at the spines and some edge wear. Some of these volumes are ex-library, and may have stamps or other markings. Some volumes have been rebound into fresh wrappers or folios.
 
Lot 1140

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books about the geology and paleontology of insects shown in the corresponding image(s). Some topics include cavern insects, myriopods and insects of California, and morphology of the Galeodidae, among others. This group includes some foreign language titles as well as some bulletin-style publications in wrappers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These volumes show some age/wear such as creasing and/or chipping at the spines and some edge wear. Some of these volumes are ex-library, and may have stamps or other markings. Some volumes may have been rebound in fresh wrappers or folios.
 
Lot 1141

$25
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Art and the Sea by uncredited author - Dated 1998 by Museu Calouste Gulbenkian - This is a translation from Portuguese into English of the texts contained in the exhibition catalogue "A arte e o mar" (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, 1998).
- A arte e o mar by uncredited author - Dated 1998 by Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
- Turmoil and Tranquility: The Sea through the Eyes of Dutch and Flemish Masters, 1550-1700 - Edited by Jenny Gaschke - Dated 2008 by National Maritime Museum
- Havet/The Ocean by uncredited author - Dated 2002 by Bergen Kunstmuseum
- La devozione e il mare: aspetti di fede e religiosita in Liguria by uncredited author - Dated 2000 by Tormena Editore
- La mer: terreur et fascination by uncredited author - Dated 2004 by Bibliotheque nationale de France
- Aquaria: Uber die aussergewohnliche Beziehung von Wasser & Mensch/Aquaria: The Fascinating World of Man and Water - Edited by Barbara Wally - Dated 2002 by Publication PN1 Bibliothek der Provinz
 
Lot 1142

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique geology books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Hugh Miller's "The Testimony of the Rocks; or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed" (Adam and Charles Black, 1892) and his "The Old Red Sandstone" (Gould and Lincoln, 1858). 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 1143

$10

Title: On the Rocks in the Vicinity of Edinburgh
Author: Thomas Allan - The mineralogist Thomas Allan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, to a family of Scottish merchants and bankers. He took up banking for his profession, but he is remembered today for his contributions to mineral science.

At an early age Allan became fascinated with minerals and he began to accumulate a large mineral collection that was subsequently bequeathed to his son Robert Allan (18061863). This collection was later incorporated into Robert Greg's, which was ultimately purchased by the British Museum of Natural History in the mid-nineteenth century.

In 1813, Allan was influential in securing a position mineralogy post in the Dublin Philosophical Society for the German mineralogist Karl Ludwig Giesecke (17611833). Allan was elected a Fellow to the Royal Society of both London and Edinburgh, and in 1810, he was recognized with a new mineral species from Greenland, being named "Allanite" in his honor by Thomas Thomson.

Publisher: Royal Society of Edinburgh
City: Edinburgh
Year: 1811
Binding Style: Sewn Binding
Pagination: pages 406 to 433
Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Condition / Notes: Antique journal article has been sewn into modern protective boards with cloth backing. Paper label appears on front board. Firmly bound, with boards in excellent condition. Pages are clean and without markings. Contains fold-out plate.
 
Lot 1144

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles included are: A Lost Hero, The Four Gold Pieces, and Cast Up by the Sea, among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books show some age/wear such as rubbing to board edges and chipping along spine edges.
 
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