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Lot 6001

$250

Details: This lot includes the antique document signed by Frederick Douglass shown in the corresponding image(s). This is an 1873 indenture between Thomas M. Hanson and Eugene Carnie Trustees of the Central Building Association, of the first part, and Mark R. Wooduard, of the second part. Written notation on verso reads "Deed of Release / Thos. M. Hanson and / Carnie / to / Mark R. Wooduard / 1 15 p m / Received to Record / June 23, 1886 / Recordid (sic) in Liber. No. / 1191. folio 189 (illegible word) one / of the Land Records for / the District of Columbia / and examined by / Fredk. Douglass / Recorder."



African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Douglass was appointed the first African American Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia in 1881.



This document is accompanied by Mathew Brady picture of Frederick Douglass, presumably excised from book or periodical.




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Condition / Notes: Antique document is intact. It has been folded and very small tears appear at ends of folds. Exterior of document displays light soiling.
Lot 6002

$350

Title: "The Greatest Plague of Life." Or, the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant. By One Who Has Been "Almost Worried to Death."
Author: Augustus Mayhew - Augustus Septimus Mayhew was an English journalist and author, born in London. He wrote in collaboration with his brother Henry such works as "The Greatest Plague of Life, or the Adventures of a Lady in Search of a Good Servant" (1847, illustrated by George Cruikshank), and he joined H. S. Edwards in the production of such farces as "The Goose and the Golden Eggs" (Strand Theatre, 1859); "Christmas Boxes" (Strand, 1860); "The Four Cousins" (Globe Theatre, 1871). From 1848 to 1850 he edited The Comic Almanac, to which he had been a contributor since 1845, and his individual productions include "Paved with Gold, or the Romance and Reality of the London Streets" (1857) and "Faces for Fortunes" (three volumes, 1865)., Horace Mayhew
Publisher: David Bogue
City: London
Year: 1847
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 6 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This rare first edition is accompanied by two-page handwritten letter by Horace Mayhem, dated 1847, to illustrator George Cruikshank.



This is a scarce first edition in the original 6 parts, with each bound in printed yellow wrappers. Books show light soiling to covers. Bindings are sound. Pages are clean and without markings. Each book has vignette to front cover and six plates by George Cruikshank. Illustrated advertisements appear at front and rear of individual volumes. Books are preserved in red-cloth chemise, with bookplates of previous owners to verso of front panel, and red-cloth slipcase with gilt-lettered black spine.
Lot 6003

$425

Title: Finnegans Wake
Author: James Joyce - James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for "Ulysses" (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Other major works are the short-story collection "Dubliners" (1914), and the novels "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1916) and "Finnegans Wake" (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.

Joyce was born to a middle class family in Dublin, where he excelled as a student at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, then at University College Dublin. In his early twenties he emigrated permanently to continental Europe, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce's fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; "Ulysses" in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city. Shortly after the publication of "Ulysses" he elucidated this preoccupation somewhat, saying, "For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."
Publisher: The Viking Press
City: New York
Year: 1939
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 628 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: "Finnegans Wake" is a novel by Irish writer James Joyce which is significant for its experimental style and the resulting reputation as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language. Written in Paris over a period of seventeen years, and published in 1939, two years before the author's death, "Finnegans Wake" was Joyce's final work. The entire book is written in a largely idiosyncratic language, consisting of a mixture of standard English lexical items and neologistic multilingual puns and portmanteau words, which many critics believe attempts to recreate the experience of sleep and dreams. Owing to the work's expansive linguistic experiments, stream of consciousness writing style, literary allusions, free dream associations, and its abandonment of the conventions of plot and character construction, Finnegans Wake remains largely unread by the general public.



Despite these obstacles, readers and commentators have reached a broad consensus about the book's central cast of characters and, to a lesser degree, its plot. However, a number of key details remain elusive. The book discusses, in an unorthodox fashion, the Earwicker family, comprising the father HCE, the mother ALP, and their three children Shem the Penman, Shaun the Postman, and Issy. Following an unspecified rumour about HCE, the book, in a nonlinear dream narrative, follows his wife's attempts to exonerate him with a letter, his sons' struggle to replace him, Shaun's rise to prominence, and a final monologue by ALP at the break of dawn. The opening line of the book is a sentence fragment which continues from the book's unfinished closing line, making the work a never-ending cycle. Many noted Joycean scholars such as Samuel Beckett and Donald Phillip Verene link this cyclical structure to Giambattista Vico's seminal text "La Scienza Nuova" ("The New Science"), upon which they argue Finnegans Wake is structured.



Joyce began working on "Finnegans Wake" shortly after the 1922 publication of Ulysses. By 1924 installments of Joyce's new avant-garde work began to appear, in serialized form, in Parisian literary journals transatlantic review and transition, under the title "fragments from Work in Progress". The actual title of the work remained a secret until the book was published in its entirety, on 4 May 1939. Initial reaction to Finnegans Wake, both in its serialized and final published form, was largely negative, ranging from bafflement at its radical reworking of the English language to open hostility towards its lack of respect for the conventions of the novel.



The work has since come to assume a preeminent place in English literature, despite its numerous detractors. Anthony Burgess has praised the book as "a great comic vision, one of the few books of the world that can make us laugh aloud on nearly every page." Harold Bloom called the book "Joyce's masterpiece", and wrote that "[if] aesthetic merit were ever again to center the canon [Finnegans Wake] would be as close as our chaos could come to the heights of Shakespeare and Dante." In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Finnegans Wake 77th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows shelfwear, with light soiling to covers and fading to gilt lettering on spine. Binding is cracked at half title page, with blank preliminary page detaching. Endpapers display light foxing. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. Intact dust jacket, with price of $5.00 on front flap, exhibits light soiling. Jacket is preserved in mylar.
Lot 6004

$90

Title: Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln
Author: Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate.

After opposing the expansion of slavery in the United States in his campaign debates and speeches, Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and was elected president in 1860. Following declarations of secession by southern slave states, war began on April 12, 1861, and he concentrated on both the military and political dimensions of the war effort, seeking to reunify the nation. He vigorously exercised unprecedented war powers, including the arrest and detention without trial of thousands of suspected secessionists. He prevented British recognition of the Confederacy by skillfully handling the Trent affair late in 1861. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoted the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery.

Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the selection of top generals, including commanding general Ulysses S. Grant. He brought leaders of various factions of his party into his cabinet and pressured them to cooperate. Under his leadership, the Union set up a naval blockade that shut down the South's normal trade, took control of the border slave states at the start of the war, gained control communications with gunboats on the southern river systems, and tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond. Each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another until finally Grant succeeded in 1865. An exceptionally astute politician deeply involved with power issues in each state, he reached out to War Democrats and managed his own re-election in the 1864 presidential election.

Editor: John G. Nicolay - John George Nicolay was a German-born American biographer, secretary of US President Abraham Lincoln and member of the German branch of the Nicolay family.

In 1838, he immigrated to the United States with his father and attended school in Cincinnati. He later moved to Illinois, where he edited the Pike County Free Press at Pittsfield, and became a political power in the state. Then he became assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. While in this position, he met Abraham Lincoln and became his devoted adherent.

In 1861, Lincoln appointed Nicolay as his private secretary, which was the first official act of his new administration. Nicolay served in this capacity until Lincoln's death in 1865. Shortly before his assassination, Lincoln appointed Nicolay to a diplomatic post in France. After the death of the President, Nicolay became United States Consul at Paris, France (1865–69). For some time after his return to the United States, he edited the Chicago Republican. He was Marshal of the United States Supreme Court (1872–87). In 1881, Nicolay wrote The Outbreak of the Rebellion.

Nicolay and John Hay, who had worked alongside Nicolay as assistant secretary to Lincoln, collaborated on the official biography of the 16th President. It appeared in The Century Magazine serially from 1886 to 1890 and was then issued (1890–94) in book form as ten volumes, together with the two-volume "Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln." The resulting biography is a definitive resource on Lincoln and his times. Nicolay and Hay also edited Lincoln's Works in twelve volumes (1905). Finally, "Personal Traits of Abraham Lincoln" was published by Helen Nicolay in 1912.

Nicolay was a founding member of the Literary Society of Washington in 1874, according to a book about the society written by his daughter, Helen Nicolay. Both Nicolay and Hay were members of long standing in the society. (Biography courtesy of Wikipedia)

, John Hay - John Milton Hay was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln. Hay's highest office was serving as United States Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Publisher: Francis D. Tandy Company
City: New York
Year: circa 1905
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 12 Complete: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce complete set of the biographical edition of this work, "being the second printed from the plates of the celebrated Gettysburg edition." Title page states this to be a new and enlarged edition, "with a general introduction by Richard Watson Gilder, and Special Articles by Other Eminent Persons."



Antique set is bound in green cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering to spines. Books show occasional light soiling. Bindings are firm. Interiors are clean and bright. Each volume is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the 16th president. Work contains additional plates, including several fold-out plates.
Lot 6005

$130

Title: A Plea for the Non-Conformists: Shewing the True State of Their Case: And How Far the Conformist's Separation from the Church of Rome, for Their Popish Superstitions, &c. Introduc'd into the Service of God, Justifies the Non-Conformist's Separation from Them. In a Letter to Dr. Benjamin Calamy, on His Sermon (Call'd Scrupulous Conscience) Inviting Hereto. And a Parrallel Scheme of the Pagan, Papal, & Christian Rites and Ceremonies: And a Narrative of the Sufferings Underwent. By Thomas De Laune. With a Preface by the Author of the Review
Author: Thomas De Laune
Publisher: Printed for a Friend of the Author, and Sold by Wm. Marshall & Joseph Marshall
City: London
Year: 1712
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [2] + 16 + 144 [i.e. 134] + [2] pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is one of several edition printed the same year, this being the scarcer. This book contains three parts in one, with separate title pages, the added titles being: "The Image of the Beast" and "A Narrative of the Sufferings of Thomas De Laune for Writing, Printing & Publishing... 'A Plea for the Non-Conformists'...Directed to Dr. Calamy..." Defoe's preface occupies 16 pages. A difficult-to-find edition: ESTC locates only Folger, Newberry & U. Mich. in the US. De Laune, a convert from Catholicism, was repeatedly and persistently prosecuted and his books burnerd. He and his family died in Newgate.

This antique volume is bound in 19th-century leather-backed decorative paper-covered boards. Spine shows stamped gilt lettering. Book shows mild external wear, with rubbing to covers and edges of boards. Front hinge is cracked. Top edges of some leaves trimmed into the headings. There is a tiny worm hole affecting gutters of a few leaves with a slight impact on text (no loss of comprehension). Old names appear on title page. Work is mispaginated (as noted by ESTC T173196).
Lot 6006

$175

Details: This handwritten autograph letter from artist Andrew Wyeth is dated January 1971, and is addressed to Kenneth Lindsay, a professor of art at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Lindsay also served as a Monument Man at the end of World War II. The letter comes with its original envelope, and is a thank-you note for an art catalog Wyeth received.



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Condition / Notes: The letter is in very good condition. The envelope is in good condition, albeit lightly soiled.
Lot 6007

$225

Title: War and Peace: A Novel
Author: Leo Tolstoy - Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina," are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.

Translor: Aylmer Maude, Louise Maude
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: Glasgow
Year: 1938
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this classic of world literature, with a special introduction by Aylmer Maude, and illustrated with lithographs and drawings by Barnett Freedman. This is copy number 1102 of 1,500. "This edition is planned by John Easton and printed under his supervision by Robert MacLehose & Co. Ltd., The University Press, Glasgow, Scotland. The illustrations consist of line blocks and lithographs drawn on the stone by Barnett Freedman." (Colophon) Signature of Barnett Freedman appears on limitation statement at rear of volume six.




Volumes are bound in red cloth with black lettering to spine. Each volume has portrait of historical figure on front cover. Books are in excellent condition. Volumes has multi-colored endpapers and bright illustrations throughout. Original glassine covers are present, with those of first and final volume displaying tears and loss. Set is housed in two slipcases with printed paper spine labels. Slipcases exhibit light shelfwear.
Lot 6008

$140

Title: The Turquoise Lament
Author: John D. MacDonald - John Dann MacDonald was an American writer of novels and short stories, known for his thrillers.

MacDonald was a prolific author of crime and suspense novels, many of them set in his adopted home of Florida. His best-known works include the popular and critically acclaimed Travis McGee series, and his novel "The Executioners," which was adapted into the film "Cape Fear." In 1972, MacDonald was named a grandmaster of the Mystery Writers of America, and he won a 1980 U.S. National Book Award in the one-year category Mystery. Stephen King praised MacDonald as "the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller." Kingsley Amis said, MacDonald "is by any standards a better writer than Saul Bellow, only MacDonald writes thrillers and Bellow is a human-heart chap, so guess who wears the top-grade laurels?" (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1973
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 287 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is scarce author-signed copy of this mystery novel, the fifteenth in the Travis McGee series, and the first Travis McGee novel to be published originally in hardcover. Inscription on front flyleaf reads " For Sam and Evvie / with love and Xmas greetings / Ol' John D. / '73."



Volume is bound in black cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows light external wear. Boards are sprung so that fore edge sticks out further than the boards.. Pastedowns have red staining. The name "Prentiss" appears in upper left corner of front pastedown. Pages are clean and bright, though with slightly musty smell. Price-clipped dust jacket exhibits small tears at edges. Light foxing appears on verso of jacket. Blurb on the front flap of the dust jacket is by Kurt Vonnegut. Code 1073 appear at top edge of the same.



This volume is from a group of books inscribed by the author to family members who over the years accompanied him at his summer home in the Adirondacks.




John D. MacDonald was an award-winning mystery writer who authored 78 books and close to 500 short stories, including the celebrated Travis McGee series. MacDonald’s work has been produced in more than 75 million copies and he was given the Grandmaster Award in 1972 by the Mystery Writers of America, The American Book Award in 1980, the Ben Franklin Award in 1955 and was Guest of Honor at Bouchercon in 1983. Honorary Doctorates and a host of other awards have also been bestowed upon him.

MacDonald spent summers writing at the camp he and his wife, Dorothy, built at Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks in the 1940’s. Many of his most celebrated titles were authored during these summers in Upstate New York and other family members often joined the MacDonalds there over the course of each summer.

The book featured in this lot came from John D. MacDonald’s personal library at the Piseco Lake camp.

Lot 6009

$2300

Title: Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson
Author: Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781). Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France.
Jefferson was the first United States Secretary of State (1790–1793) serving under President George Washington. With his close friend James Madison he organized the Democratic-Republican Party, and subsequently resigned from Washington's cabinet. Elected Vice President in 1796, when he came in second to John Adams of the Federalists, Jefferson opposed Adams and with Madison secretly wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, which attempted to nullify the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Elected president in what Jefferson called the Revolution of 1800, he oversaw the purchase of the vast Louisiana Territory from France (1803), and sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) to explore the new west. His second term was beset with troubles at home, such as the failed treason trial of his former Vice President Aaron Burr. With escalating trouble with Britain who was challenging American neutrality and threatening shipping at sea, he tried economic warfare with his embargo laws which only damaged American trade. In 1803, President Jefferson initiated a process of Indian tribal removal and relocation to the Louisiana Territory west of the Mississippi River, in order to open lands for eventual American settlers.
A leader in the Enlightenment, Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages fluently and was deeply interested in science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy, interests that led him to the founding of the University of Virginia after his presidency. He designed his own large mansion on a 5,000 acre plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he named Monticello. While not a notable orator, Jefferson was a skilled writer and corresponded with many influential people in America and Europe throughout his adult life.
Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves, yet he was opposed to the ultimate continuation of the institution of slavery throughout his life and privately struggled with the dilemma of slavery and freedom and its compatibility with the ideals of the American Revolution. Historians are in disagreement with how much Jefferson was committed to the anti-slavery cause. After Martha Jefferson, his wife of eleven years, died in 1782, Jefferson remained a widower for the rest of his life; their marriage produced six children, of whom two survived to adulthood. According to many historians, Jefferson had a relationship with his slave Sally Hemings after his wife's death and fathered at least one and likely all of her six children, four of whom survived to adulthood, while various historians note that some evidence can also support other possible fathers. In 1807, President Jefferson signed into law a bill that banned the importation of slaves into the United States. Though Jefferson has been criticized by many modern day scholars over the issue of slavery he remains rated as one of the greatest U.S. presidents.
Editor: Thomas Jefferson Randolph
Publisher: F. Carr, and Co.
City: Charlottesville, Virginia
Year: 1829
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in full leather with gilt-lettered spine labels. Books show external wear, with rubbing to covers and cracking along spine edges. Minor chipping is visible on spines and wear can be seen on edges. Hinges of first and second volume are cracked and/or weak, with boards somewhat loose. Pages exhibit at times heavy foxing. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait and four fold-out plates with facsimiles of drafts of the Declaration of Independence.
Lot 6010

$120

Details: This lot includes the East Asian scroll shown in the corresponding image(s). This work shows 13 female figures, perhaps goddesses or muses, with the first and last holding an infant, and intermediary figures playing musical instruments. Chinese script appears at either end, with one stamp in red at left, and two red stamps at right. Scroll has faint green and red coloring. This piece measures approximately 55" x 8.5".




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Condition / Notes: This piece is intact, showing no tears or punctures. .
Lot 6011

$20

Title: [Lady of the House and Servant] & [Man Dictating to Clerk Seated at Desk]
Artist: Abel Faivre
Medium: Drawing
Features: Original
Print Year: circa 1925
Width: 15.5" Height: 11.0"
Art Notes: This work offers two images of everyday life within a traditional bourgeois order. The first shows a stout middle-aged woman in formal dress holding what appears to be a piece of meat in her outstretched hands. This woman, with expression of surprise, listens to woman dressed as maid, who seems to be cheerfully relating something to her. The second image has an old man bent over a desk, apparently working as a clerk in an office, while a faintly drawn gentlemen in elegant attire stands in front of desk, adopting a pose while he apparently dictates to the older man.
Condition: This piece contains two black ink drawings, framed together, which are matted and under glass. Wooden frame, with interior frame in gold, shows mild wear. Reverse side has cardboard backing with taping to edges. Annotation in ink on backing reads "1973.i.II, 12 / Abel Faivre / prov. Morssen (sic)." Typed label provides artist's name, dates of birth and death, titles, brief description and the statement "Ex Coll: Morrsen (Lugt n.d.) 144 x 121 mm. (5 5/8 x 4 3/4.) CX3Y070."
Lot 6012

$100

Details: This lot of antique ephemera consists of four 18th century documents relating to the Southworth family of Middleborough of the Plymouth Bay Colony/Plymouth County in Massachusetts. Three of these are deeds recordings sales of property, and the fourth is an inventory of the estate of Nathaniel Southworth, senior. Each document mentions a Nathaniel Southworth, and Ichabod and Edward Southworth are also mentioned in one. Dates on these items are 1709, 1711, 1716, and 1721.

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Condition / Notes: These documents are in fair condition with typical signs of age and wear. Note worn edge, notched corners, and small tears. Each of these documents was tearing along old creases, and was reinforced some time ago with tape.
Lot 6013

$10

Book Details: This shelf lot consists of vintage and antique books of literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Included are decorative sets by William Thackeray, Tobias Smollett, and Sir Walter Scott; and signed, contemporary novels.

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Condition / Notes:
Condition of these books can vary. Older items are more likely to have advanced flaws, including loss to binding or text block.
Lot 6014

$20

Title: Mountain Blood: A Novel
Author: Joseph Hergesheimer - Joseph Hergesheimer was a prominent American writer of the early 20th century known for his naturalistic novels of decadent life amongst the very wealthy.
Publisher: Mitchell Kennerley
City: New York
Year: 1915
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 312 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "To / Sinclair Lewis / from / Joseph Hergesheimer / Dowes House / Westchester / 1916."



Antique volume is bound in red cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Book shows light external wear. Binding is firm. Pages are clean and without markings. Volume is preserved in transparent plastic cover, with tears at top/bottom of spine.
Lot 6015

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of vintage and antique books of literature shown in the corresponding images. Some of these are children's books, some are decorative, and some are signed.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 6016

$50

Details: This vintage ephemera lot consists of about fifty issues of "The Saturday Evening Post" from the 1940s, mostly 1941 and 1942. In addition to articles related to World War II, are stories by P.G. Wodehouse and other popular writers. Cover art by Norman Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, J.C. Leyendecker and others reflect the concerns of the World War II years.


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Condition / Notes: These magazines are in generally good condition.
Lot 6017

$70

Title: Major Harris's Sports and Adventures in Africa
Author: William Cornwallis Harris - Major Sir William Cornwallis Harris was an English military engineer, artist and hunter.
Publisher: T. B. Peterson & Brothers
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1843
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 392 pages plus 14 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth. Book lacks spine cover and has extensive chipping to front and rear covers. Minor loss can be seen along edges and at corners. Binding is sound. Volume has yellow endpapers. Bookplate of Hugh C. MacDougall appears on front pastedown. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages exhibit light foxing. Text appears in double columns.
Lot 6018

$600

Title: Memoirs of the Hon. Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State, Vice-President, and President of the United States of America: Containing a Concise History of Those States, from the Acknowledgment of Their Independence. With a View of the Rise and Progress of French Influence and French Principles in That Country
Author: Stephen Cullen Carpenter
Publisher: Printed for the Purchasers
City: New York
Year: 1809
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in quarter green leather with raised bands and stamped gilt lettering to spines. Dark green cloth boards show rubbing. Spines display edgewear and minor chipping. Boards also have wear to edge and lightly bumped corners minor loss of material. Bindings are firm. Age-toned pages exhibit foxing and occasional water markings at margins.
Lot 6019

$55

Title: Dialogos sobre la utilidad de las medallas antiguas, principalmente por la conexion que tienen con los poetas griegos y latinos. Obra escrita en ingles por el caballero Joseph Addison y traducida al castellano con unas breves notas y correcciones por Don Pedro Alonso O-Crouley, teniente quadrillero mayor de la Santa y Real Hermandad Vieja de Toledo, socio de merito y literato de la Real Sociedad Bascongada, y miembre correspondiente de la de Antiquarios de Edimburgo, &c. &c. &c. Al fin va la descripcion del museo del traductor
Author: Joseph Addison - Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.
Translor: Pedro Alonso O'Crouley
Publisher: Placido Barco Lopez
City: Madrid
Year: 1795
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: x/585 pages plus 2 pages of errata
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This is a translation into Spanish of Addison's 1721 numismatic essay "Dialogues upon the usefulness of ancient medals, especially in relation to the Latin and Greek poets," with notes by the translator and a description of his own collection.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in quarter leather with marbled paper-covered boards. Spine has gilt-lettered green and red spine labels. Book shows moderate external wear, with mild rubbing to spine and minor loss at outside corners. Binding is firm. Volume has marbled endpapers. Stamps of Spanish bookstores appear on title page, as does date stamp of Aug. 30, 1946. Pages exhibit foxing and worm holes at margins. Work is illustrated with plates offering images of medallions.
Lot 6020

$120

Book Details: This lot consists of vintage books from the Limited Editions Club shown in the corresponding images. These well-made volumes are often illustrated by artists whose styles compliment the mood and historical period of the text, and usually include informative introductions that locate each book in a historical and biographical context. Titles include "Bel-Ami," "The Ambassadors," "Washington Square," "The House of Mirth," "Persuasion," "Silas Marner," "An Iceland Fisherman," and "Little Women."

Illustrations are by Henry C. Pitz, Yngve Berg, Lynton Lamb, Tony Buonpastore, Lily Harmon, Lawrence Beall Smith, Leslie Saalberg, and Bernard Lamotte.

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in very good to excellent condition with slipcases.
Lot 6021

$140

Details: This lot includes the antique South American manuscript shown in the corresponding image(s). This two-page document, apparently written by a notary of the Inquisition (the words "notario del Santo Oficio" can be made out at top of document, is dated 1610 at bottom of second page. Ornate signature appears at end of document. The number 446 in upper right corner of first page. Paper has watermark in the shape of an orb with cross visible within. Information provided by consignor indicates content to relate to what is today Bolivia.



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Condition / Notes: Leaf displays faint tide markings and has been folded along top edge. This piece shows no tears or punctures.
Lot 6022

$175

Title: The Letters of Pliny the Younger, with Observations on Each Letter; And an Essay on Pliny's Life, Addressed to Charles Lord Boyle
Author: John Earl of Orrery, Pliny the Younger - Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, born Gaius Caecilius or Gaius Caecilius Cilo, better known as Pliny the Younger, was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Pliny's uncle, Pliny the Elder, helped raise and educate him. They were both witnesses to the eruption of Vesuvius on August 24, 79 AD.
Pliny wrote hundreds of letters, many of which still survive. They are regarded as a historical source for the time period. Some are addressed to reigning emperors or to notables such as the historian Tacitus. Pliny served as an imperial magistrate under Trajan (reigned 98–117). Pliny was considered an honest and moderate man, consistent in his pursuit of suspected Christian members according to Roman law. He rose through a series of Imperial civil and military offices, the cursus honorum. He was a friend of the historian Tacitus and employed the biographer Suetonius in his staff. Pliny also came into contact with other well-known men of the period, including the philosophers Artemidorus and Euphrates during his time in Syria. (Biography courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed by James Betteham, for Paul Vaillant
City: London
Year: 1751
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce second edition of this work, as stated on title page of second volume.

Antique set is bound in gilt-stamped brown leather with red leather spine labels and raised bands. Books show external wear, with rubbing to corners and edges and minor wear to top/bottom of spine. Spine edges exhibit narrow cracking. Hinges are partially cracked but sound. Both volumes display armorial bookplate of noted historian Charles Alexander, Baron de Cosson, founder of the Kernoozers Club for collectors of arms and armor. Pages display slight toning at edges. This work is illustrated with vignettes.
Lot 6023

$250

Details: Three of the items in this collection of original antique Confederate Civil War ephemera are from South Carolina in 1864. Included are two issues of a daily newspaper, "The Camden Journal," from March 25th and August 10th; and a stock certificate issued by the Greenville & Columbia Railroad Company on February 24th to D. Wyatt Aiken for 58 shares.

The March newspaper has four pages, and includes a proclamation from Jefferson Davis, as well as other war news, highlighting Yankee losses and dissension. The hand-written name, "Capt. John McRea," appears on the upper right-hand corner. Only two pages remain of the August 10th issue. One article reprints a story about a woman who served alongside her husband in the Union Army of the Cumberland after their children were massacred by cavalry.

Also included are six official Confederate imprints, dated 1863-1865. Three are general orders from the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office in Richmond, one is from the Chief of Ordnance, and two are from the CSA House of Representatives. One of these is marked "Secret," and is a copy of a bill "To provide for the establishment of a Bureau for Special and Secret Service."

The lot is completed by a Confederate $5 bill, issued in Richmond on February 17th, 1864, with a handwritten serial number, 76321.

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Condition / Notes: The newspapers are in readable condition, with typical creases, discolorations from aging, and frayed or torn edges. The four-page issue also has tears along the hinge. Please note the notched corner, small edge tears, and fading of the Confederate currency. The official imprints are in generally good condition with normal signs of aging.
Lot 6024

$80

Book Details: This lot consists of collectible vintage and antique estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). Titles include a second printing of "Arrowsmith," by Sinclair Lewis; "Characters and Observations, An 18th Century Manuscript;" a 1915 genealogy of the Boyer family; "Western Reserve University, the Hudson Era;" "Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia;" and "The History of Tyler County, West Virginia, to 1984." Also included is a fancy, signed, leather-bound First Bicentennial Edition of "Lafayette in America," by Louis Gottschalk.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 6025

$110

Details: There are two items in this lot of antique ephemera. One is a hand-written agreement dated January 3,1832 that records that sixty dollars was paid by Joel D. Stokes and Stephen Lacoste to Mary Muldrow "for the hire of negro Cyrus until the first day of January, 1833."

The second item is a lithographed postcard showing the lynching of Allen Brooks in Dallas, Texas, on March 3, 1910. Until accused by another servant of molesting a 3-year-old white girl, the elderly Brooks had been a trusted family servant. During his trial, an angry mob stormed the courtroom and tossed him out of a second-story window to a mob below. He was attacked, stripped, mutilated, dragged through the streets and finally hanged from the telephone pole. A penciled note on the back of the postcard reads, "Dear Mama, This happened on the main st. I just thought you would like the card. Love, Verda." The card is postmarked Shreveport, and was sent to Stockton, California.

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Condition / Notes: Please note the water stain on the 1833 receipt. The lynching postcard is worn and creased.
Lot 6026

$30

Title: King Arthur
Author: Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was immensely popular with the reading public and wrote a stream of bestselling novels which earned him a considerable fortune. He coined the phrases "the great unwashed," "pursuit of the almighty dollar," "the pen is mightier than the sword," as well as the infamous opening line "It was a dark and stormy night."
Publisher: Hogan & Thompson
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1851
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 248/236 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce two-volumes-bound-as-one edition of this work of poetry.



Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering and ornamental designs. Book shows external wear, with tearing along spine edges and minor loss at top/bottom of spine, along edges and corners of boards. Covers display light soiling. Binding is sound. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages exhibit foxing and occasional staining, mostly at margins.
Lot 6027

$30

Details: This antique ephemera lot consists of about 140 copies of "The Youth's Companion," all dating from the 1910s. Pre-war, World War I, and post-war concerns are featured in this periodical, along with period advertising, fiction, and illustration. Most issues are in black and white with one color, although full-color issues are highlighted in the images.

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Condition / Notes: These periodicals are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 6028

$175

Book Details: This lot consists of a set of antique books of the works of Lord Byron shown in the corresponding image(s). Titles include his major poems, as well as plays, stories, and miscellanies. This attractive, decorative set is bound in half-leather with marbled boards and gilt-edged pages.

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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 6029

$60

Details: This lot consists of antique illustrations and pictures, most excised from books; others, still in book form but without covers. Subject matter is widely varied, including scientific and technological illustration, chromolithographs, landscapes, Arthur Rackham prints, scenes from Shakespeare reproductions of famous paintings, mythological and Biblical subjects, portraits, 1920s advertisements, etc. Sizes range from 15" x19" to 5.5" x 8.75". Color illustrations are included, but the majority are in black and white.

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Condition / Notes: These items are generally in good condition.
Lot 6030

$60

Details: This collection of original antique paintings was perhaps a souvenir of someone's Grand Tour. Done in Naples in the 1830s, these gouache paintings show romantic couples (labeled "faune et bacchante") in classical dress, clearly inspired by the ancient, erotic frescoes of nearby Pompeii. Each measures 9" x 12.5".

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Condition / Notes: These paintings are in very good condition, with minor edge wear.
Lot 6031

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique collectible estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains an author-signed first printing of Bert O. States's "Seeing in the Dark: Reflections on Dreams and Dreaming" (Yale U. P., 1997, in dj), an author-signed first printing of Jerome Weidman's "Praying for Rain" (Harper & Row, Publishers, 1986, in dj), a first edition of "Whalers of the Midnight Sun: A Story of Modern Whaling in the Antartic" (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934) by Alan Villiers, "The Book of Negro Folklore" (Dodd, Mead & Company, 1958), issue number 3 of "Arsenal: Surrealist Subversion" (Spring 1976, in stiff wrappers), and "Save America: Allegiance to the Constitution, Observance of Law" (Women's National Committee for Law Enforcement, circa 1924, in wrappers).

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing.
Lot 6032

$70

Book Details: This lot consists of antique and vintage books of literature with decorative dust jackets shown in the corresponding image(s). Titles include "The Whirlwind," "A Son of His Father," "Skookum Chuck," "The Woods Colt," "Faint Harmony," "Country Holiday," "The Windmill on the Dune," and "Balisand." Each book is protected by a mylar cover.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 6033

$40

Title: January Thaw
Artist: Edith Penman
Medium: Etching
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1889
Width: 29.5" Height: 14.75"
Art Notes: This work depicts winter landscape near New Paltz, New York. with creek at center and trees on either side, and open space on right side.
Condition: This etching, after a painting by Julian Rix, probably had a printing of 60 impressions or fewer (ref: "American Women of the Painter-Etcher Revival" Phyllis Peet/High Museum of Art, 1984, p.63). It is signed in pencil in lower left corner by Rix and in lower right corner by Edith Penman. Printed statement appears in upper right corner and reads "Copyright 1889 by C(hristian) Klackner 5 E. 17th St. N.Y." A Klackner inventory number, "B25533," is stamped with blue ink in bottom left corner. This work is printed in black ink on imitation wove parchment, with generous margins, as issued. This is a very good impression in good condition save for a printer's crease in upper left within image, a small nick in the left margin and tips of upper corners missing. Etching measures approximately 28" x 11.5", image 22" x 7.5". Piece is preserved in window mat, backing and transparent cover. Mat shows several small markings.
Lot 6034

$40

Title: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: A Novel
Author: Steven Spielberg - Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate. He is regarded as one of the finest directors in motion picture history. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing humanistic issues such as the Holocaust, the transatlantic slave trade, war, and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios.



Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). Three of Spielberg's films "Jaws" (1975), "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), and "Jurassic Park" (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3 billion.

Publisher: Delacorte Press
City: New York
Year: 1977
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 256 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in blue paper-covered boards with dark blue cloth spine with stamped silver lettering. Book shows very light shelfwear. Very minor closed tear appears at foot of spine. Binding is firm. Interior is clean and bright. Intact dust jacket, displaying price of $8.95 in upper right corner of front flap, also exhibits very light shelfwear. Rear panel presents b&w photo of a young Steven Spielberg.
Lot 6035

$35

Details: This lot consists of four original, lively, artist-signed, water-colored etchings of three Italian cities by Bela Sziklay . Pictured are scenes in Rome, Venice, and Florence. These matted prints measure 17.25" x 12".


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Condition / Notes: These vivid etchings are in generally good condition.
Lot 6036

$40

Details: There are four handsome, antique engravings in this lot. Included is an etching on laid paper by Daniel Chodowiecki (1726 – 1801) a Polish - German painter and printmaker who became the director of the Berlin Academy of Art. An interior scene of a library is signed "Josepho a Montalegre;" and a very busy country scene is by Bernard Picart (1673 – 1733). The lot is completed by a copper engraving titled "Moonrise," by J. Aliamet based on a painting by Vanderneer.


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Condition / Notes: These engravings are in generally good condition as pictured.
Lot 6037

$90

Details: This antique document, dated 1868, is from Cuba, and is a contract for an indentured Chinese laborer. The worker who signed this document was illiterate, and indicated his agreement with a cross mark.

During the mid-19th century, thousands of Chinese both voluntarily and involuntarily emigrated to Spanish colonies in the western hemisphere, where they labored on railroads and sugar plantations as indentured laborers alongside African slaves. Cuban consular agents would recruit workers with the promise of a better life, but often the emigrants would be captured by Chinese pirates and sold as slaves. Although British ports could not ship Chinese coolies to non-British destinations, many ships sailed to Macau where Portuguese-owned prison ships that transported slaves to Cuba.

Unlike those of African origin, the Chinese often signed contracts stipulating the terms of their labor -- hours worked per day, wages listed as 0 -- and were free Cuban citizens upon completion of their eight-year term. Eventually, Havana had the largest Chinatown in Latin America. The internationally known artist and protege of Picasso, Wilfredo Lam, was a descendent of a Chinese laborer and an African slave.

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Condition / Notes: This document is in generally good condition with typical signs of age and wear.
Lot 6038

$35

Title: The History of Charles XII, KIng of Sweden. To Which Are Prefixed, Anecdotes of Peter the Great, &c. &c. Translated from the French by John Joseph Stockdate. Dedicated to the Most Noble the Marquis Wellesley, Late Governor of India
Author: Voltaire - François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite strict censorship laws with harsh penalties for those who broke them.As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
Translor: John Joseph Stockdale - John Joseph Stockdale was an English publisher and editor with something of a reputation as a pornographer. He sought to blackmail a number of public figures over the memoirs of society courtesan Harriette Wilson, drawing the notorious retort from the Duke of Wellington, Publish and be damned! He also famously sued the parliamentary reporter Hansard over an allegation that he had published an indecent book and became involved in an important constitutional clash between parliament and the courts that ultimately brought about a change in the law. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed for John Joseph Stockdale
City: London
Year: 1807
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: iv (4) + 483 pages plus 1 page of advertisements
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: Voltaire's contribution to modern history was originally published as "Histoire de Charles XII, Roi de Suede" in 1731.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in half brown leather with pebbled black cloth and gilt-lettered black leather spine. Book shows external wear, with minor loss at top/bottom of spine, scuffing at edges and light soiling to covers. Spine has vertical crack from label to bottom edge. Minor loss of material is also visible at outside corners. Binding is firm. Frontispiece displays water markings at edges. Pages exhibit occasional light foxing. Work is illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Charles XII.
Lot 6039

$90

Book Details: This lot consists of vintage books from the Limited Editions Club shown in the corresponding images. These well-made volumes are often illustrated by artists whose styles compliment the mood and historical period of the text, and usually include informative introductions that locate each book in a historical and biographical context. Titles include ""The Rise of Silas Lapham," "The Shaving of Shagpat," "Tono Bungay," "Monsieur Beaucaire," "The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter," "The Man of Property," and "The Old Wives' Tale."

Illustrations are by Honore Gilbeau, John Austen, Charles Mozley, Michel Ciry, Lynton Lamb, and T.M. Cleland.


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Condition / Notes: These books are generally in very good to excellent condition with slipcases, with the exception of the slipcase to "The Old Wives' Tale," which is in poor condition.
Lot 6040

$200

Title: The Naked Lunch
Author: William Burroughs - William Seward Burroughs II (also known by his pen name William Lee) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century," His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.



He was born to a wealthy family in St. Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee. Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence. He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna. After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S. Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of which grew into the Beat Generation, and later the 1960s counterculture.



Much of Burroughs's work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American Amazon and Tangier in Morocco. Burroughs accidentally killed his second wife, Joan Vollmer, in 1951 in Mexico City, and was consequently convicted of manslaughter. In the introduction to "Queer," a novel written in 1953 but not published until 1985, Burroughs states, "I am forced to the appalling conclusion that I would have never become a writer but for Joan’s death ... [S]o the death of Joan brought me into contact with the invader, the Ugly Spirit, and maneuvered me into a lifelong struggle, in which I had no choice except to write my way out". (Queer, 1985, p.xxii). Finding success with his confessional first novel, "Junkie" (1953), Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel "Naked Lunch" (1959), a controversy-fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S. sodomy laws. With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut-up technique in works such as "The Nova Trilogy" (1961–64).



In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the "greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift," a reputation he owes to his "lifelong subversion" of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism. J. G. Ballard considered Burroughs to be "the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War", while Norman Mailer declared him "the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius."(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)


Publisher: The Olympia Press
City: Paris
Year: 1959
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 225 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: "Naked Lunch" (sometimes "The Naked Lunch") is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone. The vignettes (which Burroughs called "routines") are drawn from Burroughs' own experience in these places, and his addiction to drugs (heroin, morphine, and while in Tangier, "Majoun"—a strong marijuana confection—as well as a German opioid, brand name Eukodol, of which he wrote frequently).



The novel was included in Time magazine's "100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005". In 1991, David Cronenberg released a film of the same name based upon the novel and other Burroughs writings.



The book was originally published with the title "The Naked Lunch" in Paris in July 1959 by Olympia Press. Because of US obscenity laws, a complete American edition (by Grove Press) did not follow until 1962. It was titled "Naked Lunch" and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition, because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript in Allen Ginsberg's possession. The article "the" in the title was never intended by the author, but added by the editors of the Olympia Press 1959 edition. Nonetheless "The Naked Lunch" remained the title used for the 1968 and 1974 Corgi Books editions, and the novel is often known by the alternative name, especially in the UK where these editions circulated.(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first printing of this landmark Beat Generation novel. Statement on front cover indicates this book to be number 76 of the The Traveller's Companion Series. Price of 1,500 Francs appears in lower right corner of rear cover.



Volume is bound in original printed green wrappers. Book shows loss of material at bottom right corner of rear cover, with round white stains (presumably from glass) and creasing to outside corners of the same. Loss of material is also visible at foot of spine. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and bright.
Lot 6041

$25

Details: This lot consists of six attractive antique lithographs, some of which are hand-colored. These include "The Jewish Bride," and a lithograph signed by Gavarni (1804-1866). Also included is a German map of Switzerland and adjoining areas; a religious print on laid paper, and two matted covers of sheet music depicting the Holy Land.


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Condition / Notes: These lithographs are in generally good condition.
Lot 6042

$35

Book Details: This lot consists of vintage and antique signed books of poetry shown in the corresponding images. Authors include Edmund J. Burke, Severance Johnson, Caroline Lawrence Dier, George V.A. McCloskey, Ferdinand W. Lafrenk, Marie Cherry Edelson, Thornton B. Penfield, Jr., Katharine Huntington Day, H.L. Gardner, Richard F. Henchey, and Alis Alton. Marie Smith Inzer, Louise Godfrey Ogle, and Edith Deaderick Erskine collaborated on a single volume, and a book of "negro dialect" poems is by Herbert Flansburgh.

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Condition / Notes:

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