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Lot 4001

$375
Hand signed by the 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt. This has been GAI authenticated (GV 538963) to be an original signature from T.R. and not a secretary. The letter is written to civil engineer Benjamin Harrod inviting him to be a part of the first Isthmian Canal Commission appointed for the building of the Panama Canal. It is professionally matted and framed with a photo of Roosevelt in a 19 x 15 frame. Teddy Roosevelt is well remembered for his energetic personality, range of interests, leadership of the progressive movement and "cowboy" image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and the short-lived Bull Moose Party. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $14.50
Lot 4002

$1000
Title: What Led to the Discovery of the Source of the Nile
Author: John Hanning Speke
Publisher: William Blackwood and Sons
Printing Year: 1864

Condition/Details: Bound in library binding of black cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce history of the explorer John Speke's search for the source of the Nile River. The work is illustrated with a frontispiece portraying Speke's escape from the natives, a fold-out map of Somali Land, listing the location of the various tribes, and a two-page map, with a red line showing the expedition routes. John Hanning Speke (4 May 1827 – 15 September 1864) was an officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa and who is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile. In 1844 during the Sikh War Speke served in the British Army under Sir Colin Campbell. He spent his leave exploring the Himalaya Mountains and once crossed into Tibet. In 1854 he made his first voyage to Africa, joining the already famous Richard Burton on an expedition to Somalia. The expedition did not go well. The party was attacked and Burton and Speke were both severely wounded. Speke was captured and stabbed several times with spears before he was able to free himself and escape. Burton escaped with a javelin impaling both cheeks. Speke returned to England to recover and then served in the Crimean War. In 1856, Speke and Burton went to East Africa to find the Great Lakes which were rumored to exist in the centre of the continent. Both men clearly hoped that their expedition would locate the source of the Nile. The journey was extremely strenuous and both men fell ill from a variety of tropical diseases. Speke suffered severely when he became temporarily deaf after a beetle crawled into his ear and he had to remove it with a knife. He also later went temporarily blind. After an arduous journey the two became the first Europeans to discover Lake Tanganyika (although Speke was still blind at this point and could not properly see the lake). They heard of a second lake in the area, but Burton was too sick to make the trip. Speke thus went alone, and found the lake, which he christened Lake Victoria. It was this lake which eventually proved to be the source of the River Nile. However, much of the expedition's survey equipment had been lost at this point and thus vital questions about the height and extent of the lake could not be answered. (courtesy of Wikipedia) The ex-library volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with age toned pages, with some occasional smudging. The fold-out map shows slight wear, with a small tear and some creases from folding at the corners. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8.5" and contains 372 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4003

$425
Title: The Double Helix
Author: James D. Watson
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Printing Year: 1968

Condition/Details: Bound in purple cloth with a bright gilt embossed design on the spine, this vintage volume is a scarce signed work by one of the co-discovers of the DNA structure. This work is considered one of the 100 best non-fiction books by Modern Library. Included with this volume is a certificate of authenticity from GAI, certifying the signature, with a number of GV 528993. The work contains many photographs and illustrations related to DNA. The volume shows well, with some minor edgewear to the jacket and the extremities of the boards. The text block is solidly bound with clean, crisp pages. The previous owner's bookplate is inside of the front board. The book measures approximately 5.75" x 8.5" and contains 226 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4004

$375
Title: Winnie-the-Pooh
Author: A. A. Milne
Publisher: Methuen Children's Books
Printing Year: 1973 Limited edition

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in navy blue morocco leather boards with gilt page edges, gilt illustration on front board and gilt embossing on spine, this vintage volume is a beautiful, scarce limited edition volume, signed by Ernest H. Shepard, the English artist and book illustrator. Included with the book is an authenticity certificate from Flat Signed Press, authenticating the signature. This is the first volume of stories in Milne's popular Pooh series, which was first published in 1926. This limited edition copy is numbered 110 of 300. The volume is full of wonderful color drawings, and illustrated endpapers. This book is housed in its original slipcase of navy cloth paper boards and gilt on spine and front cover. The volume shows well, with some light sunning along the spine and faint rubbing, and is solidly bound with clean, crisp pages. The book measures approximately 6" x 9.5" and contains 145 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4005

$650
Title: Battlefield Earth, A Saga of the Year 3000
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Printing Year: 1982 First, limited edition

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in brown leather with gilt page edges, decorative gilt on boards, and raised spine bands, and housed in the original slipcase, this modern volume is a scarce author signed edition of this book written by the founder of Scientology. This volume is a limited edition, number 357 of 500. L. Ron Hubbard was an American science fiction author who developed a self-help system called Dianetics, which was first published in 1950. Over the following three decades, Hubbard developed his self-help ideas into a wide-ranging set of doctrines and rituals as part of a new religion he called Scientology. Hubbard's writings became the guiding texts for the Church of Scientology and a number of affiliated organizations that address such diverse topics as business administration, literacy and drug rehabilitation. The volume shows beautifully, with a few very small nicks on the top of the spine, and is solidly bound with clean, crisp pages. The leather slipcase also shows very well, with bright gilt embossing on the front board. The book measures approximately 6.5" x 9" and contains 819 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4006

$325
Title: Bibliotheca Sacra, Seu, Thesaurus Scripturae Canonicae Amplissimus
Author: Petri Ravanelli
Publisher: Sumptibus Petri Chouet
Printing Year: 1660

Condition/Details: Rebound in maroon speckled paper boards with vellum spine cover, this antique Latin two-volume set is a scarce 1660 printing of Ravanelli's. The second volume includes two parts, the second of which is a supplement. The first volume is illustrated with a detailed frontispiece engraving and red and black title page. The large ex-library volumes show external age/wear, and are solidly bound with age toned pages. The books measure approximately 8.5" x 14". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $20.50
Lot 4007

$150
Title: How Many Strads? Our Heritage From the Master
Author: Ernest N. Doring
Publisher: William Lewis & Son
Printing Year: 1945

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in dark red leather boards with gilt-topped page edges, bright gilt and black embossing, this gorgeous, vintage volume is a scarce original tabulation of the violins produced by Antonio Stradivari, between 1666 and 1737, with a tribute to Stradivari. This volume is a limited edition first printing, number 718 of 1,400 copies. The work is illustrated with many photographs of the violins.

Antonio Stradivari (1644 – December 18, 1737) was an Italian luthier, a crafter of stringed instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars and harps. Stradivari is generally considered the most significant artisan in this field. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial, "Strad", is often used to refer to his instruments. Stradivari's instruments are regarded as amongst the finest bowed stringed instruments ever created, are highly prized, and still played by professionals today. Only one other maker, Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, commands a similar respect among violinists. Fashions in music, as in other things, have changed over the centuries, and the accepted supremacy of Stradivari's and Guarneri's instruments is only true today. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The ex-library volume shows beautifully, with light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, age toned pages. The book measures approximately 8" x 11" and contains 379 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4008

$80
This lot includes the group of limited edition Christmas greeting cards featuring the artwork of Eyvind Earle shown in the corresponding image(s). This lot includes nine large format cards signed by Earle on the front and unsigned inside of the card; five cards designed by Earle with personalized Christmas greetings, signed by Earle and Tony; and a collection of approximately twenty catalogs and other material on Eyvind Earle from the 1970s and later. The materials in this lot show well, with bright, vivid colors. 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.

Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American artist, author and illustrator, noted for his contribution to the background illustration and styling of Disney animated films in the 1950s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rahr West Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum have purchased Earle's works for their permanent collections. His works have also been shown in many one-man exhibitions throughout the world. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

This lot comes from the collection of photographer Fernand Fonssagrives. Fernand Fonssagrives (June 8, 1910 - April 23, 2003), born near Paris, France, was a fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s when he took pictures for Town and Country and Harper's Bazaar magazines known for his 'beauty photography'. The native Frenchman lived the last 30 years of his life in Little Rock, Arkansas. His later pictures featured female nudes with patterns of light on their skin. He was a professional dancer, one of the top photographers in NYC and at one point the highest paid photographer in New York. He was an award winning sculptor working in Bronze, and an avid painter who wrote prolifically. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 4009

$475
Title: Signaletic Instructions, Including the Anthropometrical Identification
Author: Alphonse Bertillon
Publisher: The Werner Company
Printing Year: 1896

Condition/Details: Bound in brown broads with three quarter leather and gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce English translation of Bertillon's work on methods of measuring features of the human anatomy. According to the title page, the work is illustrated with "132 figures, plates and tables, fully illustrating the Bertillon methods of measurement, description and statement of peculiar marks, including a large chromolithographic chart of the colors of the human eye". The work includes three fold-out illustrations.

Alphonse Bertillon (April 24, 1853 – February 13, 1914) was a French police officer and biometrics researcher who created anthropometry, an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified based on unreliable eyewitness accounts. The method was eventually supplanted by fingerprinting, but "his other contributions like the mug shot and the systematisation of crime-scene photography remain in place to this day." (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The ex-library volume shows some external age/wear, and is lacking the top two inches of the spine cover, with a tear along the spine approximately two inches down from the lacking portion. The text block is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6.5" x 9.25" and contains 260 pages, with 81 pages of plates and a 35 page index. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4010

$80
Signed by the 38th President of the United States Gerald Ford this is a copy of The Portsmouth Herald from Thursday evening August 8th 1974, the day before Richard Nixon officially resigned from the Presidency in response to the Watergate scandal. The headline reads "NIXON TO QUIT" and talks about the transition from Nixon to Ford and its implications. A copy of President Ford's publishing contract with FlatSigned Press is also included. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4011

$300
Title: Regulations for the Army of the Confederate States, 1863
Author: James A Seddon, Secretary of War, et al
Publisher: J. W. Randolph
Printing Year: 1863

Condition/Details: Bound in cobalt blue paper boards with leather spine, this antique volume is a scarce copy of the army regulations of the Confederate Army, listed on the title page as the "Second and Only Correct Edition." This volume comes from the collection of a historical society. The volume shows external age/wear, with the front and rear boards detached and the spine cover is lacking. The volume is solidly bound with age toned pages that contain some ink stains and water markings. The book is lacking its front free endpaper, and the rear endpaper has been cut in half. The book measures approximately 4.5" x 7.5" and contains 420 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4012

$25
This lot includes the group of scholarly titles shown in the corresponding image(s). The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 4013

$15
This lot includes the group of antique history books shown in the corresponding image(s). The books include works on the armies of the late 19th century; eight volumes on US Army regulations from 1895, 1901, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1917, and an appendix from 1901; a two-volume set on Berlin from 1879; King Edward VII; and Germany from 1918-1934, among other topics. The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $16.50
Lot 4014

$25
This very large shelf lot includes the group of books on the history of England shown in the corresponding image(s). The books in this lot are ex-library volumes and include such topics as Queen Victoria, John Wilkes, the British Empire, Sir Robert Peel, London, Gladstone, Chamberlain and George III. The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $61.50
Lot 4015

$35
Title: A Shadow of Dante, Being an Essay Towards Studying Himself, His World and His Pilgrimage
Author: Maria Francesca Rossetti
Publisher: Rivingtons
Printing Year: 1871

Condition/Details: Bound in library-issued navy cloth boards with gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce description of Dante's work. The volume includes a fold-out illustration of Dante's sections of Hell. Maria Francesca Rossetti (17 February 1827 - 24 November 1876) was an English author. She was the sister of artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as William Michael Rossetti and Christina Georgina Rossetti, who dedicated her poem Goblin Market to Maria. She was born in London. She was the author of The Shadow of Dante: Being an essay towards studying himself, his world, and his pilgrimage. (published 1871). At the age of 46, Maria joined the Society of All Saints, an Anglican religious order for women. She made an English translation of the Monastic Diurnal for her order, The Day Hours and Other Offices as Used by the Sisters of All Saints, which was used by her order until 1922. (courtesy of Wikipedia) The ex-library, rebound volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 5" x 7" and contains 296 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4016

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

- Experience: A Morality Play of Today by George V. Hobart - Dated 1915 by The H. K. Fly Company - Ex-library volume.
- Hokusai: Play in Fourteen Scenes by Gustav Eckstein- Dated 1935 by Harper & Brothers - Ex-library volume. Stated first edition.
- Riders of the Sky by Leighton Brewer - Dated 1934 by Houghton Mifflin Company - Ex-library volume, sunning to the spine.
- The Wife of His Youth by Charles W. Chesnutt - Dated 1899 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company - Ex-library volume, with wear to the spine and some pages detached.
- Kin O' Ktaadn: Verse Stories of the Plain Folk who are Keeping Bright the Old Home Fires Up in Maine by Holman F. Day - Dated 1904 by Small, Maynard & Company - Ex-library volume.

The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $8.50
Lot 4017

$140
Title: Regulations for the Army of the United States
Author: uncredited
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Publishers
Printing Year: 1857

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce review of pre-Civil War army regulations, with an introduction paragraph by Jefferson Davis, at the time the Secretary of War, who later became the President of the Confederate States of America. Below the introduction, a previous owner wrote that Davis was a traitor and "May he live to be captured and hung for his actions and conduct." The ex-library volume shows external age/wear, with the front board detached, and the spine cover only attached along the rear board. The text block is well bound with age toned pages and some darkening along the edges. The book measures approximately 5" x 7.5" and contains 457 pages, with a 21 page appendix. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4019

$45
This lot features the following group of Autocar antique magazine issues, from the collections of The Henry Ford:

Issue Dates: July 1921 - December 1921
Approximate Number of Issues: 28

Notes: Autocar is a weekly British automobile magazine published by Haymarket Motoring Publications Ltd. It is the oldest surviving car magazine in the world. The publication was launched as The Autocar "in the interests of the mechanically propelled road carriage" on 2 November 1895 when, it is believed, there were only six or seven cars in the United Kingdom. L. J. K. Setright suggests in his book on the social history of the motor car, that the magazine was set up as an organ of propaganda for Harry J. Lawson, who was an early journalist on the magazine, and the founder of the Daimler Motor Company. It claims to have invented the road test in 1928 when it analyzed the Austin 7 Gordon England Sunshine Saloon. It continues publishing weekly. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Overall, the magazines in this lot show very nicely with front and rear covers. Most of the magazines are intact and whole, some issues show signs of age/wear including chipping, loose covers, etc. The magazines contain many original advertisements and pictures of classic automobiles. This is one of several lots of antique Autocar magazines from the 1910s and 1920s in our current catalog, please review the remaining lots for more details. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $20.50
Lot 4020

$10
Title: Lettres Inedites de Napoleon I
Author: Leon Lecestre
Publisher: Librairie Plon
Printing Year: 1897
Number of Volumes: Complete two-volume set

Notes: Bound in library-issued marbled boards with three quarter leather, this antique set is a scarce French version of the unpublished correspondence of Napoleon. The ex-library volumes show external age/wear, volume one has tape along the spine and volume two is lacking its spine cover. The text block is tightly bound with clean, lightly age toned pages. The books measure approximately 6" x 8.75". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 4022

$375
Title: The Watergate Tapes
Author: Richard M. Nixon
Publisher: Flat Signed Press
Printing Year: 2009

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in black leather with gilt page edges, raised spine bands and bright gilt embossing, includes four cassette tapes all encased in a custom cherry wood box with brass hardware, this volume is a scarce work signed by President Richard M. Nixon. Number 1 in a limited edition of 94. President Richard M. Nixon: The Watergate Tapes is a limited edition book that chronicles the events of the Watergate Scandal, and is personally hand-signed by President Richard M. Nixon himself. President Nixon, like all authors who are having a Signed Limited Edition published, signed extra sheets to make sure there were sufficient signed sheets after any loss of the pages due to damage occurring during the printing and publishing process. FlatSigned Press has indirectly acquired the remainder of these sheets and bound them into this legendary quality leather book. This is only the third book in literary history to be published in a Signed Limited Edition posthumously. The previous authors who had Signed Limited Editions published after their deaths were Mark Twain with Works of Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling with Works of Rudyard Kipling. This impressive volume of history is bound in 100% black leather with 22k gold gilded page block edges, spine lettering, and cover accents. This book features moiré cloth end-leaves and end-pages, Smyth sewn pages, a permanent satin bookmark, and a hubbed spine. Limited to only 94 copies of this Signed Limited Edition, this book is made even more impressive when it is presented in a custom hand-made cherry-wood box with brass handles and hardware, featuring a molded foam insert lined in red-felt to protect the book itself, as well as to hold four audio cassettes of the infamous Watergate Tapes. These are the very same recordings that ultimately led to the only resignation of a President in United States History. Now you can read the history behind the scandal and listen to the recordings that made American history. This volume includes a certificate of authenticity from Flat Signed Press. The volume shows very well, and is like new in the protective case. The book measures approximately 6" x 9". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4023

$15
This auction lot includes the following group of biographical sets of authors:

- Joseph Conrad, Life and Letters by G. Jean-Aubry - Dated 1927 by Doubleday, Page & Co. - Two-volume, ex-library set, with sunning to the spines.
- The Diary of a Writer, F.M. Dostoyevsky Translated by Boris Brasol - Dated 1949 by Charles Scribner's Sons - Two-volume, ex-library set.

The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 4024

$35
This shelf lot includes the large group of children's books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $25.50
Lot 4026

$30
This very large shelf lot includes the group of books on the history of England shown in the corresponding image(s). The books in this lot are ex-library volumes and cover topics including Whitehall, London, the British Empire, Oliver Cromwell, John Wilkes, Piccadilly, Westminster Abby and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $49.50
Lot 4027

$20
Title: The Huguenots in the Nipmuck Country
Author: George F. Daniels
Publisher: Estes & Lauriat
Printing Year: 1880

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce description of the Huguenots in southern New England, where the Nipmuck Indians inhabited the land.

The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France (or French Calvinists) from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Since the eighteenth century, Huguenots have been commonly designated "French Protestants", the title being suggested by their German co-religionists or "Calvinists". Protestants in France were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s and the name Huguenots was already in use by the 1560s. By the end of the 17th century, roughly 200,000 Huguenots had been driven from France during a series of religious persecutions. They relocated primarily in England, Switzerland, Holland, the German Palatinate, and elsewhere in Northern Europe, as well as to what is now South Africa and to North America. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

This ex-library volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The front free endpapers are detached and the front and rear boards are cracked at the seam. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 7.75" and contains 168 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4028

$175
Title: History of the Pacific States of North America
Author: Hubert Howe Bancroft
Publisher: A. L. Bancroft & Company
Printing Year: 1882-1890
Volumes: Volumes I-XXVIII, XXXI-XXXIV, and two additional works by Bancroft

Notes: Bound in brown cloth with gilt embossing, this antique set is a scarce collection from Bancroft's famous thirty nine volume set on the Pacific states of North America. This ex-library set includes volumes on Central America, Mexico, Northern Mexico States, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, the Northwest Coast, Popular Tribunals, Essays and Literary Industries. This collection also includes two other books by Bancroft, California, Inter Pocula and California Pastoral, both published in 1888.

Hubert Howe Bancroft was born in Granville, Ohio, on May 5, 1832. After working for some time in the Buffalo, New York, book store owned by his brother-in-law, George H. Derby, Bancroft went to California in 1852 to establish a West Coast outlet for the shop. In 1855, after selling the initial stock, he went east and returned with sufficient books and stationery to open a San Francisco store the next year. Within two years the firm began to grow into a publishing house, issuing such items as law books and legal stationery, texts and maps for schools, and music, as well as printing colored labels for cans.
In 1860, as an outgrowth of assembling research materials for the publication of a Pacific Coast handbook, Bancroft began a collection of regional writings. This was the beginning of his astounding book collection. Within a decade he had 16,000 volumes, encompassing in area not only California and the Pacific Coast as the central focus, but also British Columbia and Alaska to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the east, and Mexico and Central American to the south, and extending back in time from the native Indian cultures of all these regions and the subsequent era of Spanish control. As Bancroft continued to acquire materials, he also planned a vast publication project of a series of histories of western North American, in the end numbering 39 volumes.

The ex-library volumes show external age/wear, with some boards and spine covers detached or splitting. Volume One has been rebound in marbled boards, with cloth taped along the spine. Overall, the volumes appear to be well bound with lightly age toned pages, and may contain water markings and other spotting or marginalia. The books measure approximately 6" x 9.25". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $75.50
Lot 4030

$120
Title: President John F. Kennedy, Assassination Report of the Warren Commission
Author: Gerald R. Ford, et al
Publisher: Flat Signed Press

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in maroon leather with gilt page edges, raised spine bands and bright gilt embossing, this volume compiles the government reports following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, signed by Gerald R. Ford, who wrote a foreword and exclusive material as a former member of the Warren Commission. This volume has been carefully sealed in plastic with a certificate of authenticity from Flat Signed Press with President Ford's signature. The volume shows very well, and is like new in the protective plastic. The book measures approximately 6" x 9.5". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4031

$30
This lot includes the group of books on New York State shown in the corresponding image(s). The works in this lot include Magical City, Intimate Sketches of New York, by Vernon Howe Bailey; The Peopling of Tompkins County inscribed by the author, Carol Kammen, and with original dust jacket; George F. Johnson and His Industrial Democracy by William Inglis, in original dust jacket; The University Campus, by the Cayuga Press; Souvenir of New York; The Iroquois Cook Book; and an antique Map of Syracuse. The books in this lot are ex-library volumes. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 4032

$30
Title: Recherches et Considerations sur Les Finances de France, Tome Second
Author: uncredited
Publisher: Basle
Printing Year: 1758

Condition/Details: Bound in leather boards with a hand written spine label and raised spine bands, this antique piece is volume one of a set detailing the finances of France from 1595 through 1721. The work is illustrated many tables and eleven fold-out charts detailing the finances of France. The ex-library volume shows some external age/wear, and is solidly bound with age toned pages, some of which have creases from folding at the corners. The book measures approximately 8" x 10" and contains 662 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4033

$55
This lot includes the set of typed manuscripts shown in the corresponding image. This material includes various typed pages from a French manuscript presumably by Fernand Fonssagrives titled La Lumiere Ressuscites, with his signature on one page. Also included is sheet music with the same title, handwritten by Fonssagrives. This lot also includes a typed English manuscript by David Tyson Which Came First? A Systematic Introduction to Philosophy, with handwritten edits. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.

This lot comes from the collection of photographer Fernand Fonssagrives. Fernand Fonssagrives (June 8, 1910 - April 23, 2003), born near Paris, France, was a fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s when he took pictures for Town and Country and Harper's Bazaar magazines known for his 'beauty photography'. The native Frenchman lived the last 30 years of his life in Little Rock, Arkansas. His later pictures featured female nudes with patterns of light on their skin. He was a professional dancer, one of the top photographers in NYC and at one point the highest paid photographer in New York. He was an award winning sculptor working in Bronze, and an avid painter who wrote prolifically. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $18.50
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