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Lot 2299

$40
This lot includes the group of decorative antique literary works shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes feature gilt embossing and tooling, pebbled cloth and other decorative features. Included in this lot is an early edition of Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 2300

$90
This lot features a group of bound early magazine compilations. As was a popular practice during the 1800s and early twentieth century, individual magazine issues were bound together in single hard-cover volumes. The compilations featured in this lot include the following issues of the Illustrated London News publication:

- edited by NA - Dated from July 1858 to December 1858
- edited by NA - Dated from July 1859 to December 1859
- edited by NA - Dated from January 1861 to June 1861
- edited by NA - Dated from September 1899 to May 1900

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2301

$30
This lot includes an assortment of titles privately published by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The volumes provide a unique history of the central New York region, with titles on Albany County, Greene County, the Christ Church of Poughkeepsie volumes one and two of Genealogical Records. The volumes in this lot are in like-new condition and include paper-covered boards and paper wrappers.
 
Lot 2302

$110
Title: Deh-He-Wa-Mis; or, A Narrative of the Life of Mary Jemison, Otherwise Called the White Woman
Author: James E. Seaver
Publisher: S. Thorne
Printing Year: 1847

Condition/Details: Bound in marbled-paper covered boards with green cloth spine and paper label on the front board, this antique volume is a scarce early edition of the story of Mary Jemison who, according to the title page, "was taken captive by the Indians in 1755; and who continued with them seventy-eight years. Containing an account of the murder of her father and his family; her marriages and sufferings; Indian barbarities, customs, and traditions." This volume is the first edition with writing from Ebenezer Mix on "The life of Hiokatoo and Ebenezer Allen; and historical sketches of the six nations, the Genesee Country, and other interesting facts connected with the narrative." The volume shows light external age/wear, with light rubbing along the extremities, and is solidly bound with age-toned pages. The rear board is separated from the text block along the internal hinge. Some light pencil writing is present on the front free endpaper. The book measures approximately 3.75" x 6.25" and contains 184 pages, followed by the publisher's advertisements.
 
Lot 2303

$110
This auction lot includes the following group of antique and vintage German volumes:

- Die Mestersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner - Dated 1868 by B. Schott's Sohnen - In original wrappers.
- Eine Amerikanische Tragodie Roman by Theodore Dreiser - Dated 1928 by Paul Zsolnay Verlag
- Deutsche Weihnachts Lieder by Helmut Walcha - by Im Infel
- Funs Sehr Anmutige Geschichten des Vielgelasterten by Giovanni Di Boccaccio - by Im Infel
- In Flandern Reitet der Tod by Gilder von O. U. Braffe - by Verlag Butzon & Bercter
- Karl Heinrich by Wilhelm Meyer-Forster - Dated 1904 by Newson & Company

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2304

$70
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Rise of the Dutch Republic: A History by John Lothrop Motley - Dated 1867 by Harper Brothers - complete three volume set, boards show some wear and moisture indications, these volumes contain bookplates and writing on the front endpaper
- The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle - Dated 1890 by Frederick A. Stokes Company - complete three volume set

This lot is part of a large inventory of books that we will be offering this spring and summer, all coming from a long-standing used and rare book business in the Ithaca, New York region that has closed suddenly due to health reasons. Due to the high volume of books we are selling from this collection, we will be offering a number of lots such as this one during the course of this auction. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books from this collection, these are generally in good to excellent condition with some age/wear indications; some of the books may have a mild tobacco smoke odor.
 
Lot 2305

$60
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are a range of rust, auburn, and bronze tones in color; preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2306

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of decorative antique estate books:

- Narragansett Bay: Its Historic and Romantic Associations and Picturesque Setting by Edgar Mayhew Bacon - Dated 1904 by G.P. Putnam's Sons - Decorative gilt embossing, first edition with all plates present.
- Census of the State of New York for 1875 edited by C.W. Seaton - Dated 1877 by Weed, Parsons and Company (Albany) - Decorative gilt embossing, light cracking to boards.
- The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan - Dated 1848 by The Century Co. - notation

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2307

$70
This shelf lot includes the group of literature titles 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. 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 2309

$55
This shelf lot includes the group of Scandinavian language books shown in the corresponding image(s). These books are handsomely bound, most with full or partial leather bindings, and come from a large, impressive collection we are selling over the course of this auction. The majority of the books in this collection are written in Swedish and/or Danish, with perhaps other Scandinavian languages represented. These books show beautifully and are in pleasing condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2311

$50
This lot features the following group of vintage magazine issues:

Title: Popular Science
Issue Dates: 1940s
Approximate Number of Issues: 30

Notes: These magazines show very nicely with vintage-styled color front and rear covers. Most of the magazines are intact and whole, some issues show signs of age/wear including chipping, loose covers, etc.
 
Lot 2312

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Robert Edward Lee by John Warwick Daniel & Robert Gray Williams - Dated 1931 by Shenandoah Publishing House
- A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States by Alexander H. Stephens - Dated 1868 by National Publishing Company - this volume shows advanced wear including the text block separating from the spine cover
- The American Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1861 - Dated 1862 by D. Appleton & Company - some foxing and cracking along front hinge
- Historic Views of Gettysburg by Robert C. Miller - Dated circa 1920 by Jennie Wade Museum - wrappers show some sunning, some separation of text block from the wrappers

This lot is part of a large inventory of books that we will be offering this spring and summer, all coming from a long-standing used and rare book business in the Ithaca, New York region that has closed suddenly due to health reasons. Due to the high volume of books we are selling from this collection, we will be offering a number of lots such as this one during the course of this auction. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books from this collection, these are generally in good to excellent condition with some age/wear indications; some of the books may have a mild tobacco smoke odor.
 
Lot 2313

$225
Title: Anecdotes of Painting in England; With Some Account of the Principal Artists
Author: George Vertue
Publisher: John Major (Shakespeare Press, London)
Printing Year: 1828
Number of Volumes: Complete five-volume set

Notes: Decoratively bound in maroon leather with raised spine bands and gilt lettering, this antique set provides an early history of painting in England. This work is profusely illustrated with full-page engravings. These volumes have been rebound in antique, fancy bindings, with bright gilt lettering, raised spine bands and gilt designs along the edge of the inside of the boards. The page edges were trimmed, with some loss along the edge of the gilded top edges. The volumes show mild external age/wear, with light shelf wear and some rubbing to the extremities. The volumes are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages, featuring brightly gilded top edges. The books measure approximately 6.5" x 10".
 
Lot 2315

$45
This lot includes the group of art reference books shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes feature the work of artists Masden Harlety, Gustave Dore, James N. Rosenberg, Roger Van Der Weyden, Richard Lindner and Tanagra, as well as volumes on French art of the 18th and 19th centuries, Pueblo pottery and artist-immigrants in America from 1876-1976. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 2316

$15
This lot includes the group of artwork shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books, ephemera and artwork 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. This lot includes 14 varied media original art pieces and a variety of prints. Included are prints, photographs, advertisements and more. Advertisements include Rose Gold Bartlett Pears and Rose Brand Apples. Also included is a framed antique engraving featuring women's fashion plates. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These pieces are in good to excellent condition with some light age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2317

$90
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are tan and light nut tones in color; preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2318

$30
This lot includes the group of antique theology books shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes works about Sunday school, a Bible dictionary, as well psalms and hymns. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Some volumes show more advance wear such as moisture indications or rubbing to board edges.
 
Lot 2319

$450
Title: Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Folio Edition 1623
Author: William Shakespeare, with an Introduction by Sidney Lee
Publisher: Oxford: At The Clarendon Press
Printing Year: 1902 Signed Limited Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in marbled paper-covered boards with half-leather, raised spine bands and gilt embossing, this antique volume is a reprint of the original 1623 First Folio Edition of Shakespeare's work. This limited edition volume is signed by Sidney Lee, author of the introduction and census of copies, hand-numbered 7 of 1,000 copies. This facsimile was taken from the Chatsworth Copy in the possession of the Duke of Devonshire, K.G. This volume has been rebound in modern marbled paper and leather. The binding shows well, being very tight. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 9.25" x 15.5" and contains 908 pages.
 
Lot 2320

$20
This lot includes the group of vintage & antique literature in dust jackets shown in the corresponding image(s). Some titles include Rumble on the Docks, Deep Streets, The Listening Woman, and Range Reckoning. This lot is part of a large inventory of books that we will be offering this spring and summer, all coming from a long-standing used and rare book business in the Ithaca, New York region that has closed suddenly due to health reasons. Due to the high volume of books we are selling from this collection, we will be offering a number of lots such as this one during the course of this auction. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books from this collection, these are generally in good to excellent condition with some age/wear indications; some of the books may have a mild tobacco smoke odor.
 
Lot 2321

$70
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are emerald and deeper greens in color; preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2322

$40
Title: Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age
Editor: Mary Ann Cresswell
Publisher: Trimmer Printing (York, Pennsylvania)
Printing Year: 1960 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering, this vintage volume is a work on the Kentucky Rifle. The work is profusely illustrated with plates of Kentucky Rifles, and pictorial endpapers. The volume shows light external age/wear, with rubbing along the extremities. The volume is solidly bound with age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 9" x 12" and contains 561 pages.
 
Lot 2323

$70
Title: Blue Ridge Billy
Author: Lois Lenski
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company
Printing Year: 1946 Stated First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in teal cloth with black lettering and in the original pictorial dust jacket, this vintage volume is a scarce author-signed children’s book from noted children’s author and illustrator Lois Lenski. Lenski signed the volume in blue ink on the half-title page. This volume is a stated first edition.

Lois Lenski (October 14, 1893 Springfield, Ohio - September 11, 1974) was a popular and prolific American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of her projects was a collection of regional novels about children across the United States. Titles in this series include her most famous work, Strawberry Girl, about a girl in Florida; Blue Ridge Billy, about a North Carolina youth living in rural Appalachia; and Bayou Suzette, among other titles. In 1946 she was awarded the Newbery Medal for Strawberry Girl.

For over fifty years Lois Lenski pursued her professional career as an illustrator and author of books for children. During that time she illustrated some fifty books for other authors, and wrote and illustrated nearly 100 of her own books. Lenski's writing included picture books and stories for very young children as well as intermediate works for older children and young adults. Although she wrote primarily prose, Lenski also published books of poetry, songs and plays for children. Lois Lenski's life was a unique balance of family and career. Her close family and small town upbringing provided a personal foundation and served as a strong influence in her writing and career. (biographical detail courtesy of Wikipedia)

This volume is part of a collection of signed and unsigned Lois Lenski books throughout this catalog. Please review the catalog for other titles.

The work contains in-text and full-page illustrations throughout and pictorial endpapers. The volume shows moderate external age/wear, with sunning and rubbing along the extremities. The jacket shows some wear, with a tear along the bottom of the spine and loss along the top edge of the spine, and some tearing and creasing along the edges. The text block is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 6.75" x 8.75" and contains 203 pages.
 
Lot 2325

$70
This auction lot includes the following group of bibliographic reference titles:

- Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, A Bibliography of First Prints of Their Fiction and Selected Nonfiction by L. W. Currey - Dated 1979 by G. K. Hall & Co.
- Ernest Hemingway, A Comprehensive Bibliography by Audre Hanneman - Dated 1967 by Princeton University Press
- A Bibliography of Anti-Masonry by Dr. William L. Cummings - Dated 1963 by Press of Henry Emmerson
- Gene Stratton-Porter, A Bibliography & Collector's Guide by David G. MacLean - Dated 1976 by Amewricana Books - Signed limited edition in dust jacket.
- Eighteenth Century Bibliographies by Francesco Cordasco - Dated 1970 by The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 2326

$10
This lot includes the group of large maps published by National Geographic Magazine shown in the corresponding image(s). These maps were previously owned by the Smithsonian Museum, and are in gorgeous condition. These maps range in size, and are as large as approximately 42" x 33". The unique maps have no fold-lines and no pinholes. Some pieces have minor edge wear from storage and handling. Geographic regions portrayed in this lot include The Red Planet Mars, Asia, Antarctica, Western Europe, The Far East, The Territorial Growth of the United States and the Holy Land Today. This lot may include some duplication.

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. 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 2327

$60
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are a range of rust, auburn, and bronze tones in color; preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2328

$130
This lot includes the group of vintage Norman Mailer books and magazines shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes signed copies of Harlot's Ghost, which has an extra, unused dust jacket, and Cannibals and Christians. Two first edition copies of The Faith of Graffiti are included in boards and wrappers, as well as an early edition of The Naked and The Dead. This lot includes magazines such as Esquire, True Adventure, Encounter, Look, and Life, whose dates range from approximately 1961- 1974.

This lot is part of a large inventory of books that we will be offering this spring and summer, all coming from a long-standing used and rare book business in the Ithaca, New York region that has closed suddenly due to health reasons. Due to the high volume of books we are selling from this collection, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of this auction. As with all the books from this collection, these are generally in good to excellent condition with some age/wear indications; some of the books may have a mild tobacco smoke odor.
 
Lot 2329

$35
Title: Wholesale Jewelry Catalog, 1932
Author: uncredited
Publisher: L. & C. Mayers Co.
Printing Year: 1932

Condition/Details: Bound in navy cloth with green and gilded design and lettering on the front board, this antique volume is a scarce 1932 catalog of jewelry and gift items that were available to independent retailers from L. & C. Mayers Co., importers and distributors of New York City. The work is illustrated with many illustrations, including many full-pages in color. The volume shows external age/wear, with moisture indications and rubbing to the extremities. The volume is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages, with some light moisture indications on the front pages. The order form in the rear of the volume is attached to the last page of catalog items. The book measures approximately 9" x 12" and is unpaginated.
 
Lot 2330

$25
This lot includes the pair of authentic antique maps shown in the corresponding image. These maps include a map of New York State from Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas, printed in 1863 by Johnson and Ward, and a map of Philadelphia from J.H. Colton & Co. printed in 1855. The Johnson's map comes with a certificate of authenticity from Art Source International of Boulder, CO. Both of these maps are colorful and show very well, with light age-toning to the paper. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
 
Lot 2331

$70
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are crimson and deeper shades of red in color; preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2332

$55
This lot includes the group of antique and vintage literature shown in the corresponding image(s). All books in this lot are in vibrant dust jackets, most are also in glassine. This lot is part of a large inventory of books that we will be offering this spring and summer, all coming from a long-standing used and rare book business in the Ithaca, New York region that has closed suddenly due to health reasons. Due to the high volume of books we are selling from this collection, we will be offering a number of lots such as this one during the course of this auction. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books from this collection, these are generally in good to excellent condition with some age/wear indications; some of the books may have a mild tobacco smoke odor.
 
Lot 2333

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

- Ocean Life in the Old Sailing-Ship Days by Captain John D. Whidden - Dated 1910 by Little, Brown, and Company
- Sailing Barges by Frank G. G. Carr - Dated 1931 by Hodder & Stoughton
- The Rigging of Ships in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast 1600-1720 by R. C. Anderson - Dated 1927 by Marine Research Society - dust jacket is included but is not intact
- American Merchant Ships and Sailors by Willis J. Abbot - Dated 1902 by Dodd, Mead & Company
- Merchant Ships 1949-50 by E. C. Talbot-Booth - Dated 1949-50 by Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd. - dust jacket shows exposure to moisture, with chipping and small holes

These books are from a large collection of antique and vintage nautical volumes. Some of these volumes may show more advanced indications of wear, including moisture indications, rubbing and tearing to the bindings, detached pages and more. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction or contact our gallery.
 
Lot 2335

$45
Title: History of the Republican Party
Author: George O. Seilhamer
Publisher: Judge Publishing Co.
Printing Year: c1900
Number of Volumes: Complete two-volume set

Notes: Bound in pebbled teal cloth with three-quarter leather, raised spine bands and gilt lettering, this antique set is a scarce history of the Republican Party, with a narrative and critical history, as well as biographies of noted party members. The work is illustrated with many portraits, including several full-page plates. The volumes show external age/wear, with the front board of volume two detached and the rear board of volume one separating. The boards and spine show rubbing to the leather and some moisture indications. The text blocks are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages, featuring gilded top edges. The books measure approximately 9" x 11.75".
 
Lot 2336

$150
Title: Primitive Christianity: Or, The Religion Of The Ancient Christians In The First Ages Of The Gospel
Author: William Cave
Publisher: R. Chiswell
Printing Year: 1676

Condition/Details: Bound in antique blind-stamped leather with raised spine bands and gilt lettering, this antique volume is a scarce early printing on ancient Christianity. The work features an engraved title page. This volume has been rebacked, with new leather spine and the original, antique leather boards. The volume shows light external age/wear, with rubbing and wear along the extremities. The volume is solidly bound with age-toned pages, with occasional foxing and light moisture indications. The engraved title page shows aging, with moisture indications and some light chipping along the edges. The book measures approximately 4.75" x 7.5" and contains 388 pages, followed by index and the publisher's advertisements.
 
Lot 2337

$50
This lot includes the group of large antique Bibles shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes include a Pronouncing Parallel Bible, a German Bible and others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. These volumes show advanced wear, with detached boards and spine covers, detached pages, age-toning and foxing, and other age/wear.
 
Lot 2339

$60
This lot includes a dozen titles from a large personal collection of full leather, fancily bound books. The books in this lot are maroon in color, with deeply textured boards. Preview other lots to see the full range of rich colors used by the binder in building this collection. The books are bound in quality leather with desirable features such as gilt tooling, raised bands, deep pattern blind-stamp tooling to the boards, and were executed with a high degree of competence. The quality of the leather and the workmanship shows beautifully, this was clearly a labor of love. The books have the appearance one would expect of important seventeenth or eighteenth century bindings, when they were new.

The contents of the books range widely; we've shown the spines with the titles, in the corresponding images. There are approximately 600 books in this collection; preview other lots to see additional offerings during this auction. These books are in excellent condition, like new externally with some mild age indications to the text blocks.
 
Lot 2340

$45
Title: A Field Guide to Western Birds
Author: Roger Tory Peterson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Printing Year: 1961 Author-Signed

Condition/Details: Bound in light green cloth with brown lettering and image of a bird and in the original mylar-covered dust jacket, this vintage volume is a scarce author-signed book from the acclaimed ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson. This volume is signed on the title page. Included with this book are papers from the previous owner, including a daily field check list from bird-watching. The work includes color plates and black and white illustrations throughout.

Roger Tory Peterson (August 28, 1908 – July 28, 1996), was an American naturalist, ornithologist, artist, and educator, and held to be one of the founding inspirations for the 20th century environmental movement. Peterson's first work on birds was an article "Notes from field and study" in the magazine Bird-lore, where he recorded anecdotally two sight records from 1925, a Carolina Wren and a Titmouse.
In 1934 he published his seminal Guide to the Birds, the first modern field guide, which sold out its first printing of 2‚000 copies in one week, and subsequently went through 6 editions. He co-wrote Wild America with James Fisher, and edited or wrote many of the volumes in the Peterson Field Guide series, on topics ranging from rocks and minerals to beetles to reptiles. He developed the Peterson Identification System, and is known for the clarity of both his illustrations of field guides and his delineation of relevant field marks. (biographical detail courtesy of Wikipedia)

The volume shows mild external age/wear, with light rubbing along the extremities. The volume is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The jacket shows some wear, with creasing and light tearing along the edges. Clear tape has been applied to the inside of the spine of the jacket. The book measures approximately 4 1/2" x 7 1/2" and contains 366 pages.
 
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