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Lot 4001


Title: Mysteria Patrum Iesuitarum. Ex ipsorum scriptis, cum fide eruta. In quibus agitur de Ignatii Loyolae ortu, et Apotheosi de societatis dogmatibus circa obedientiam cecam , circa Papae potestatem in Regam et Pricipum personas et status, fidem servandum, sigillum confessionis et aequivocationes etc.
Author: uncredited
Publisher: Apud Robertum Liberum
City: Lampropoli
Year: 1633
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 350 pages
Width: 3" Height: 5"
Book Details: This antique theological volume is bound in decorative paper-covered boards with vellum spine and corners. The Latin title translates loosely as: “The writings of the Jesuits, that from their own mysteries of His Father, with faith, are cut out. Which deal with the rising Ignatius Loyola, and the apotheosis; Blind obedience to the teachings of the Society ..”
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well with some age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing; there is mild soiling and bumping to the exterior. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible through moderate age toning/foxing. There are plates affixed to the front endpapers, with writing as well.
Lot 4002


Title: Orbis Terrarum Antiquus. Schul-Atlas der Alten Welt nach D'Anville, Mannert, Uckert, Reichard, Kruse, Wilhelm u. A. bearbeitet
Author: Dr. J. H. Moller
Publisher: Justus Perthes
City: Gotha
Year: c1842
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 22 pages, plus 15 sheets of maps
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows some age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing, with minor loss to boards and spine. Kurzer Abriss is complete, with age toning/foxing. The maps show nicely, with some age toning/foxing, and scattered light moisture markings and soiling. There is scattered marginalia in pencil.
Lot 4003


Title: Precis des Guerres de Cesar par Napoleon, Ecrit par M. Marchand a l'Ile de St. Helene Sous la Dictee de L'Empereur et Suivi de Plusiers Fragmens Inedits
Author: Napoleon Bonaparte - Napoleon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader of Italian descent who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French as Napoleon I from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over much of continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.
Editor: Louis-Joseph-Narcisse Marchand - Louis-Joseph-Narcisse Marchand was Napoleon Bonaparte's valet and the nominated liquidator of his succession. Born into a middle-class family from the Eure-et-Loir department, in 1811 he became an Imperial servant. He remained faithful to Napoleon after the first abdication and was selected to replace the Emperor's main valet who had fled. He followed the Emperor thereafter including to Saint Helena. Marchand remained faithful to Napoleon so much so that on the Emperor's deathbed, the title of count was decreed to him - a title which was confirmed to him in 1869 by Napoleon III. After the death of Napoleon I, Marchand returned to France where he married in 1823; he took part in the Retour des cendres (Return of the [Napoleon's] ashes) in 1840.

His memoirs have been helpful to historians, though the facts described were not written with impartiality and dispassion. A new edition of his memoirs was published by Greenhill Books in 2018.
Publisher: Chez la Redaction de la Collection
City: Stuttgart
Year: 1836
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 202, [4] pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 5.5"
Book Details: Bound in decorative paper-covered boards with a cream title label affixed to the spine, this French title translates as “Chronicles of the Wars of Caesar. Written while he was in exile at the Island of St. Helene. Transcribed by his valet, Louis Joseph Narcisse Marchand”. Marchand’s later memoirs were instrumental in establishing the legendary status of Napoleon. A fold-out diagram/map of bridges is tipped-in at the rear.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows very well, with mild shelfwear and rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. The title page is spliced, apparently replacing the original publishing information. This marrying of material in the title page is original, likely executed by the publisher.
Lot 4004


Title: Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph
Author: T. E. Lawrence - Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO, known professionally as T. E. Lawrence, was a British Army officer renowned especially for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule of 1916–18. The breadth and variety of his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, a title which was used for the 1962 film based on his World War I activities.
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1935
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 672 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: This antique first edition volume is bound in tan cloth with gilt lettering and ornament to the front board, and retains the original dust jacket. The work is adorned with a portrait frontispiece as well as illustrated portraits within.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918.

Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well with some age/wear indications, including mild age toning/foxing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. The original dust jacket is intact, displaying age toning, chipping, and areas of loss.
Lot 4005


Title: Railroad Gazette: A Journal of Transportation, Engineering and Railroad News. Fourteenth Quarto Volume. From January 1, 1882, to December 31, 1882
Author: uncredited
Editor: M. N. Forney - Matthias Nace Forney was an American steam locomotive designer and builder. He is most well known for the design of the Forney type locomotive. Locomotives that he designed served the elevated railroads of New York City for many years before that system converted to electric power. One example of a Forney 0-4-4T locomotive built in 1902 by Baldwin Locomotive Works has been restored for daily operations on the Disneyland Railroad in Anaheim, California, as the railroad's number 5, Ward Kimball.

Forney apprenticed with another prominent locomotive builder, Ross Winans, before joining the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) as a draftsman in 1855. He left the B&O in 1858, then worked for the Illinois Central Railroad from about 1861 to 1864. In that position, he patented an 0-4-4T locomotive that was the first of the "Forney" types of locomotives, characterized by the truck (US) or bogie (UK) under the coal bunker/water tank. In 1865 Forney changed employers again, this time to the Hinkley Locomotive Works, where he stayed until 1870. At that time, he started working as an associate editor for Railroad Gazette and quickly earned a reputation as an expert in steam locomotive theory. In late 1886, he bought the rival publication American Railroad Journal, as well as Van Nostrand's Engineering Magazine. He merged the two titles as The Railroad and Engineering Journal, describing himself as "Editor and Proprietor". Forney renamed the publication American Engineer and Railroad Journal in 1893., S. Wright Dunning - Silas Wright Dunning
Publisher: [unknown publisher]
City: New York
Year: 1882
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 812 pages
Width: 11" Height: 15.5"
Book Details: Decoratively bound in marbled paper-covered boards with leather spine and gilt lettering, this rare antique folio volume features numerous illustrations, including diagrams, tables, a map, and a portrait, with some being full-page and fold-out. A continuous-sheet illustration of the steel bridge over the Firth of Forth in Scotland is included, as well as a hand-colored plate of a design for a train station.

Railroad Gazette was a trade journal first published in April 1856 that focused on railroad, transportation and engineering topics. Master mechanics read and used the publication to share information about railway matters with one-another. An article in the publication documented what was purported to be the first locomotive run in the United States on a railroad, which was stated as performed by the author of the article. It also reported about the Erie Railroad's Rochester Division's electrification and about the opening of the Thebes Bridge. Over time Railroad Gazette editors included Arthur Mellen Wellington, Silas Wright Dunning (1838–1924) and Matthias Nace Forney with Horace Cleveland as an article contributor.

Other volumes of the Railroad Gazette are available in this auction catalog, please see similar listings for more information.
Condition / Notes: This rare volume displays some age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing, with loss to the spine and high points. The book is disbound, retaining the boards and spine, with some loss to the spine. The text block is cracked with loose sections and pages. Text and illustration are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. There is minor chipping to page edges.
Lot 4006


Title: Der Bau des Himmels, oder anschaulichste Darstellung des Weltsystems in Bildern. Für Schulen und für Freunde der Astronomie
Author: Asa Smith
Translor: Mayer-Meng
Publisher: Wilhelm Nitzschke
City: Stuttgart
Year: 1850
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 42 pages, 27 plates
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This complete antique two-volume set is bound in decorative blue paper with tan cloth spines. The plate volume is complete with 27 lithographs, two of which are hand-colored. The German title translates loosely as “The Construction of the Sky, or Most Vivid Representation of the World System in Pictures. For Schools and Friends of Astronomy”. The visual elements in Smith’s astronomical prints are characterized by large graphic blocks of white against black, repeating geometric forms, and linear elements, typically circles and ovals representing orbits. Asa Smith was a professor and director of a school in New York.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes in later, private bindings show well with some mild age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and images are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. The name of previous owner is written in ink to the front free endpapers.
Lot 4007


Title: Walden: or, Life in the Woods
Author: Henry David Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.
Publisher: The Franklin Library
City: Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
Year: 1976
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 408 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: Decoratively bound in green leather with gilt lettering and botanical design, this limited edition features full-edge gilt and green moiré cloth endpapers. This limited edition of Walden was published exclusively for subscribers to The Franklin Library Collection, and is one of “The 100 Greatest Books of All Time”. The text is enhanced with vignettes and in-text illustrations.

Walden, (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is a book by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.

First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau used this time to write his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The experience later inspired Walden, in which Thoreau compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.

The book can be seen as performance art, a demonstration of how easy it can be to acquire the four necessities of life. Once acquired, he believed people should then focus their efforts on personal growth.

By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau's other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period.

Thoreau makes precise scientific observations of nature as well as metaphorical and poetic uses of natural phenomena. He identifies many plants and animals by both their popular and scientific names, records in detail the color and clarity of different bodies of water, precisely dates and describes the freezing and thawing of the pond, and recounts his experiments to measure the depth and shape of the bottom of the supposedly "bottomless" Walden Pond.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows beautifully, with minimal age/wear indications, including very mild shelfwear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 4008


Title: The Poetical Works of Lord Byron, Complete
Author: Lord Byron - George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS , commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems "Don Juan" and "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

He travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died at 36 years of age from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi in Greece.

Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, rumours of a scandalous incestuous liaison with his half-sister, and self-imposed exile. It has been speculated that he suffered from bipolar I disorder.
Publisher: Published by R. W. Pomeroy
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1839
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 10 Full Set: Yes
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details: This lot consists of an antique uniformly bound, complete ten-volume set of The Poetical Works of Byron, as shown in the corresponding images. These books are bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to the spine and feature decorative illustrated faux title pages. Titles in this set include:

Volume I: Miscellanies
Volume II: Miscellanies
Volume III: Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
Volume IV: Tales
Volume V: Tales
Volume VI: Dramas
Volume VII: Dramas
Volume VIII: Dramas
Volume IX: Don Juan
Volume X: Don Juan
Condition / Notes: This complete antique set is in remarkably good condition, with generally mild exterior wear. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text is clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing. Volume I has a split spine and cracked front hinge; Volume II has a split spine and some loose leaves; Volume VI exhibits moisture markings to the rear board and some pages.
Lot 4009


Details: This lot is comprised of 12 vintage Flying magazine issues for the year 1949, as shown in the corresponding images. These issues retain the original covers and are profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and diagrams.

Flying, sometimes styled FLYING, is an aviation magazine published since 1927 and originally called Popular Aviation prior to 1942, as well as Aeronautics for a brief period. It is read by pilots, aircraft owners, aviation enthusiasts and aviation-oriented executives in business, commercial and general aviation markets worldwide.

This collection came from the personal estate library of an Upstate NY woman who became a pilot in the 1950’s. Please see other lots in this auction for more items from this estate. We also have a selection of vintage and antique magazines in this auction catalog, please see other similar listings.

Condition / Notes: These vintage issues show well with some age/wear indications appropriate to their age, please review the provided images. Issues retain the original covers; there is minor chipping/loss to covers.
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