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Lot 4001

$250

Title: Hunting Reminiscences: Comprising Memoirs of Master of Hounds; Notices of the Crack Riders; and Characteristics of the Hunting Countries of England by Nimrod
Author: Charles James Apperley - Charles James Apperley, English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as Nimrod, the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf, was born at Plasgronow, near Wrexham, in Denbighshire, North Wales in 1777.

Between the years 1805 and 1820 Apperley devoted himself to fox-hunting. From 1813 to 1819 he was the agent for his brother-in-law's estates and lived at Tŷ Gwyn, Llanbeblig. Around 1821, under the pseudonym of "Nimrod", Apperley began to contribute a series of articles to The Sporting Magazine that covered horse races, hunt meets and other sporting events. His references to the personalities of the people he knew or met at such events helped to double the circulation of the magazine within a few years. Mr. Pittman, the proprietor of The Sporting Magazine, gave Nimrod a handsome salary and defrayed all the expenses of his tours. He also gave Nimrod a stud of hunters. After Pittman's death, the proprietors of the magazine sued Apperley for the money that had been advanced. To avoid imprisonment, Apperley moved to Calais in 1830, where he supported himself by writing. Apperley is best known for his two books, "The Life of a Sportsman," and "Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton," both of which were illustrated with coloured engravings by Henry Thomas Alken.

Apperley eventually returned to England and died in Upper Belgrave Place, London, on 19 May 1843.

Publisher: Rudolph Ackermann, Eclipse Sporting Gallery
City: London
Year: 1843
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: ix/332 pages
Width: 7" Height: 10.25"
Condition / Notes: Handsome antique volume is bound in full red leather, with raised bands and bright gilt lettering and elaborate ornamental designs to spine and covers. Binding in excellent condition, with marbled endpapers and gilt-edged pages. Previous owner's bookplate appears on front pastedown. Owner's neatly written pencil annotation can be seen in upper right corner of blank preliminary page with library stamp at lower right. No other library markings or attachments are present. Blank pages at front and end of volume, as well as title page and frontispiece tissue guard display foxing. Otherwise only light spotting is visible in margins of text. Illustrated with engraved half-title page, four full-page engravings as well as hand-colored maps and vignettes.
 
Lot 4002

$2,900

Title: Lithographs
Artist: Elizabeth Catlett
Medium: Lithograph
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1992
Width: 18.75" Height: 23.0"
Art Notes: This series of lithographs is number 97 of 99, individually numbered and signed by Elizabeth Catlett. The portfolio contains title page, colophon and the complete series of six full-page color lithographs designed to illustrate Margaret Walker's "For My People" published by The Limited Editions Club in 1992.

J. K. Fine Art Editions Co. printed the lithographs on 300 gm Arches cover.  Black cloth-covered case with inset gilt-lettered leather title label and velvet lining shows light shelfwear. Elephant folio case measures approximately 19.5" x 24". Please note that the Limited Editions Club publication referenced above is also being offered in this auction.

Condition: Prints are in excellent condition. Clamshell case shows light shelfwear.
 
Lot 4003

$250

Title: The Black Swan
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1990
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 183 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this novella by German Nobel laureate Thomas Mann, pencil signed by illustrator John Hejduk on the colophon page. This is number 375 of 375.

This volume is bound in full chocolate leather with stamped black lettering to front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains eight lithographs, of which seven are in color.

This text has been set in eighteen point Monotype Gill Sans by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golognooza Letter Foundry. The design is by Kim Shkapich. The lithographs were printed at Pondside Press by Melissa and Ted Braggins. The paper used for this edition is mould-made Rives Buff Cover. The book has been bound and slipcase made at Jovonis Bindery.

Black linen slipcase shows light shelfwear. Case measures approximately 9.75" x 12.5". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4004

$475

Title: The Naval History of Great Britain, from the Year MDCCLXXXIII to MDCCCXXII
Author: Edward Pelham Brenton
Publisher: C. Rice
City: London
Year: 1823-1825
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 5 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in full leather, with raised bands, elaborate gilt decoration, and gilt lettering to labels. Books show external wear, with cracking visible along front edge of first volume. First, second and fourth volumes display minor loss of material at ends of spine. Binding is fragile, as volumes have weakening hinges. Books have marbled endpapers and edges. Pages show varying degrees of foxing, at times heavy, particularly at margins and versos of plates and on opposing pages. Illustrated with tissue-guarded plates and intact fold-out maps.
 
Lot 4005

$550

Title: Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas, with Descriptions, Geographical, Statistical, and Historical
Author: uncredited author
Editor: A. J. Johnson - Alvin Jewett Johnson was a prolific American map publisher active from 1856 to the mid-1880s. Johnson was born into a poor family in Wallingford, Vermont where he received only a based public education. He is known to have worked as school teacher for several years before moving to Richmond, Virginia. Johnson got his first taste of the map business and a salesman and book canvasser for J. H. Colton and company. The earliest Johnson maps were published with D. Griffing Johnson (no clear relation) and date to the mid-1850s, however it was not until 1860 that the Johnson firm published its first significant work, the "Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas." The publication of the Family Atlas followed a somewhat mysterious 1859 deal with the well-established but financially strapped J. H. Colton cartographic publishing firm.  Early on Johnson described his firm as the "Successors to J. H. Colton and Company". Johnson's business strategy involved transferring the original Colton steel plate engravings to cheaper lithographic stones, allowing his firm to produce more maps at a lower price point. In 1861, following the outbreak of the American Civil War the Johnson and Browning firm moved their office from Richmond, Virginia to New York City. Johnson and Browning published two editions of the Johnson Atlas in 1860 and 1861.

Johnson maps from the Family Atlas are notable for their unique borders, of which there are four different designs, the "strapwork borer" from 1860 to 1863, the "fretwork border" from 1863 to 1869 and the "spirograph border" in 1870 – 1882, and a more elaborate version of the same from 1880-1887. In addition to the Family Atlas Johnson issued numerous wall maps, pocket maps, and in the 1880s the Cyclopedia. Johnson maps are known for their size, accuracy, detail, and stunning, vivid hand coloring. Johnson maps, purely American in their style and execution, chronicle some of the most important and periods in American history including the Civil War, the Westward Expansion, and the Indian Wars. Today Johnson's maps, especially those of the American west, are highly sought after by map collectors and historians.

J. H. Colton - Joseph Hutchins Colton, known professionally as J.H. Colton, founded an American mapmaking company which was an international leader in the map publishing industry between 1831 and 1890.

Colton was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and moved to New York in 1831 to establish his firm. For the first ten years, Colton licensed the use of maps from established engravers such as Samuel Stiles and David H. Burr. Colton went on to create railroad maps, immigrant guides, folding pocket maps, large wall maps, and elaborate atlases.

J.H. Colton Company maps were printed using engraved steel plates, which produced higher quality prints than maps made with less costly wax engravings. They were often individually hand watercolored and were recognized for their decorative borders.

Maps published by J.H. Colton can be found in the historical archives of most of the U.S. states, (including Mississippi, Louisiana, and Maryland) and of many national governments (including the United States Library of Congress). They are also found in university and museum collections (including at University of Kansas, University of Texas, and Princeton University).

Publisher: Johnson and Browning
City: New York
Year: 1860
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 99 pages plus 92 numbered maps
Width: 15.25" Height: 18.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a rare complete first edition of this atlas, with all 92 numbered maps and 1 unnumbered map of Washington, D.C. (between maps 30 & 31).

This antique volume is bound in leather-backed blind-stamped green cloth with gilt lettering and seal of the United States to front cover. Book shows significant external wear, with loss of material at ends of spine and tears to remaining upper portion. Lightly bumped leather corners and edges of boards also display minor loss of material. Covers show soiling. Binding is sound, with marbled endpapers and text block edges. Pages show light foxing and marginal staining (not affecting text or maps). Final page has significant loss due to tearing, with text appearing in lowest fourth of page absent. Scribbling in pencil occasionally appears on blank pages, versos of maps and, much more infrequently, in blank areas of maps. Diagram (numbered 8 in map sequence) does have green crayon markings. Map number 26 (Western New York) is detached with tears and minor loss to edges, as well as large stain to inside edge, i. e. mid-section of this detached portion of map. Small closed tear appears at bottom of map 27, only marginally affecting map. Map number 67 lacks lower outside corner (map only very marginally affected).

This volume is illustrated with a tissue-guarded steel engraved plated before title page, bearing the words "American Atlas' over a scene depicting Native Americans on cliff looking down on settlement below, with large town in distance. Engraved vignettes also appear in maps and text.
 
Lot 4006

$175

Title: The History of Freemasonry: Its Legends and Traditions, Its Chronological History
Author: Albert Gallatin Mackey, James Hughan, William R. Singleton
Publisher: The Masonic History Company
City: New York
Year: 1906
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 7 Complete: Yes
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique set is in excellent condition. Handsome volumes are bound in black pebbled faux leather boards with gilt spine titling. Tightly bound books have marbled endpapers and gilt top edges. Interiors are clean and bright. Lavishly illustrated, with numerous tissue-guarded plates.

A pamphlet entitled "The Working Tools of a Freemason" is laid into first volume.
 
Lot 4007

$110

Title: The 24-Gun Frigate Pandora, 1779
Author: John McKay, Ron Coleman
Publisher: Phoenix Publications Inc.
City: Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Year: 1992
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 128 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 10"
Book Details: Title is the series Anatomy of the Ship.
Condition / Notes: Volumes and dust jackets are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated with plans, drawings and b&w photographs.

Please note that this lot contains24 copies of THE SAME TITLE. Half of these books still in shrink wrap
 
Lot 4008

$300

Title: Requiem
Author: Anna Akhmatova - Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, better known by the pen name Anna Akhmatova, was a Russian and Soviet modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon.

Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems to intricately structured cycles, such as Requiem (1935–40), her tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror. Her style, characterised by its economy and emotional restraint, was strikingly original and distinctive to her contemporaries. The strong and clear leading female voice struck a new chord in Russian poetry. Her writing can be said to fall into two periods - the early work (1912–25) and her later work (from around 1936 until her death), divided by a decade of reduced literary output. Her work was condemned and censored by Stalinist authorities and she is notable for choosing not to emigrate, and remaining in Russia, acting as witness to the atrocities around her. Her perennial themes include meditations on time and memory, and the difficulties of living and writing in the shadow of Stalinism.

Primary sources of information about Akhmatova's life are relatively scant, as war, revolution and the totalitarian regime caused much of the written record to be destroyed. For long periods she was in official disfavour and many of those who were close to her died in the aftermath of the revolution.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 2000
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 14" Height: 16.5"
Book Details: "Requiem" is a lyrical cycle of elegy, lamentation and witness written between 1935 and 1940 by Anna Akhmatova. Akhmatova composed, worked and reworked the long sequence in secret, depicting the suffering of the common people under the Stalinist Terror. She carried it with her, redrafting, as she worked and lived in towns and cities across the Soviet Union. It was conspicuously absent from her collected works, given its explicit condemnation of the purges. The work in Russian finally appeared in book form in Munich in 1963, the whole work not published within USSR until 1987. It would become her best known work.

The work consists of ten numbered poems that examine a series of emotional states, exploring suffering, despair, devotion, rather than a clear narrative. Biblical themes such as Christ's crucifixion and the devastation of Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdelene, reflect the ravaging of Russia, particularly witnessing the harrowing of women in the 1930s. It represented, to some degree, a rejection of her own earlier romantic work as she took on the public role as chronicler of the Terror. This is a role she holds to this day. Following its publication, "Requiem" became known internationally for its blend of graceful language and complex and classical Russian poetry.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Akhmatova, signed by the illustrator Grisha Bruskin and composer Sir John Tavener, who has set the Requiem to music. This is number 228 of 300.

This folio is bound in in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine and to inset leather label on upper panel. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains full-page illustrations by Grisha Bruskin and a recording on a compact disk of Akhmatova Requiem by Tavener.

This edition was designed, composed, and printed by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry and Press, in Baskerville roman, italic, and Cyrillic type. The book is printed on Rives BFK paper. The etchings are printed by Peter Pettengil from plates made by Jon Goodman.

Clamshell case with gilt lettering to leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Box measures approximately 14.75" x 17.5". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4009

$2,300

Title: American Ornithology; or, the Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Plates Engraved and Colored from Original Drawings Taken from Nature
Author: Alexander Wilson - Alexander Wilson was a Scottish-American poet, ornithologist, naturalist, and illustrator. Wilson is now regarded as the greatest American ornithologist prior to Audubon. It was his meeting with Audubon in Louisville, Kentucky in 1810 which probably inspired the younger man to produce a book of his own bird illustrations, though Audubon's reaction to Wilson was decidedly ambiguous.

Several species of bird were named after him, including Wilson's Storm-petrel, Wilson's Plover, Wilson's Phalarope, Wilson's Snipe and Wilson's Warbler. The warbler genus Wilsonia was also named for him by Charles Lucien Bonaparte. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is also named after him.
Publisher: Porter & Coates
City: Philadelphia
Year: circa 1875
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 14.5" Height: 17.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique folio is bound in gray cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Ex-library volume shows external wear, with light soiling and fraying at ends of spine Blue tape is visible on spine. Binding is tight. Antique bookplate and library stamp appear on front pastedown. Light pencil markings can be seen on title page and copyright page. Plates bear small library stamp in lower right corner.
 
Lot 4010

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains titles by American authors, among which are Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" (1954) and Thornton Wilder's "The Bridge of San Luis Ray" (1962). These attractively illustrated books are signed by their illustrators. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. All of these books show light pencil markings to copyright page and, occasionally, to adjacent page and/or rear flyleaf. Stamped number in small print may appear at bottom of title page. Please note that the copy of "Ben Hur" in this lot displays damage to head of spine, with minor loss of material.
 
Lot 4011

$60

Title: A New Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar; and Present State of the Several Kingdoms of the World.
Author: William Guthrie
Publisher: Charles Dilly
City: London
Year: 1788
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 928 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Spine edges show repair. Front board is detaching. Ends of spine and corners show minor loss of material. Binding is separating at introduction. Front hinge also shows repair. Previous owner's signature appears in top margin of first page of introduction. Lightly age-toned pages display scattered foxing. All called-for maps are present. Intact maps are well preserved.
 
Lot 4012

$80

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains titles by Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville, among which are a collection of three tales by the former ("Youth," "Typhoon" and "The End of the Tether" (1972, in slipcase) and the latter's "Omoo" (1961). These attractively illustrated books are signed by their illustrators. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. All of these books show light pencil markings to copyright page and, occasionally, to adjacent page and/or rear flyleaf. Stamped number in small print may appear at bottom of title page.
 
Lot 4013

$50

Title: Sermons on Several Occasions. Volume VIII
Author: John Wesley
Publisher: Daniel Hitt
City: New York
Year: 1812
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 256 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: Contains the sermons "On the Education of Children," "On Obedience to Parents," "On Obedience to Pastors," "On Visiting the Sick," "A Sermon Preached before the Humane Society," "On Pleasing All Men," "The Duty of Constant Communion," "Of Former Times," "What Is Man?," "On Attending the Church Service," "On Conscience," "On Faith," "On God's Vineyard" and "On Riches."
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather. Book shows external wear, with cracking to hinges and scuffing at edges. Spine ends display minor loss. Antique library bookplates appear on front pastedown. Previous owner's name is written in ink on front flyleaf. Age-toned pages present scattered light foxing.
 
Lot 4014

$110

Title: Picturesque America; or, the Land We Live In: A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Waterfalls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country
Author: uncredited author
Editor: William Cullen Bryant - William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1872-1874
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 10.75" Height: 13.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in reddish brown cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate gilt and black ornamental designs to spine and front cover. Books show external wear, with tearing and peeling at spine ends and edges. Minor loss of material occurs at outside corners. Books are soundly bound. Gilt-edged pages are clean and without markings. Tissue-guarded plates are well preserved and show beautifully. Also contains numerous in-text illustrations.
 
Lot 4015

$140

Book Details: This lot includes the group of bound compilations of Harper's Weekly shown in the corresponding image(s). These issues date from the years 1901 and 1902 (January-June only). Harper’s Weekly (A Journal of Civilization) was an American political magazine based in New York City. Published by Harper and Brothers from 1857 until 1916, it featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects, and humor. During its most influential period it was the forum of the political cartoonist Thomas Nast, and also featured the work of some of the era’s most important illustrators: Winslow Homer, Granville Perkins and Livingston Hopkins. The issues included in this lot are originals and feature the following important articles and illustrations:

1901

Illustrations: Many illustrations present by John Cecil Clay, Frost, Keller, Rogers and many others. Increasing use of photography to illustrate stories and reviews.
Article Content: Features include: the death of Queen Victoria, Along a Persian Highway, fiction by Emile Zola, a profile of composer Giuseppe Verdi, as well as theatrical reviews, opinion, and humor. Some issues in this volume feature advertising in two-four colors.

1902

Illustrations: Contributions made by these artists: John Cecil Clay, William Allen Rogers, H. M. Pettit, William Hurd Lawrence.
Article Content: Subjects covered include Easter observances in Russia, Uncle Sam's Man-Factory in Porto Rico, San Francisco, volcano eruption in Martinique

Each folio volume measures approximately 11.5" x 16.25.

Condition / Notes: Issues are well preserved in sturdy library binding. Pages are clean and bright. They show occasional repair and taping. Initial 1902 front cover displays foxing. All front endpapers and first front covers bear library stamp
 
Lot 4016

$2,400

Title: Wutheriing Heights: Fifteen Lithographs and an Afterword by Balthus
Author: Emily Bronte - Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet, best remembered for her solitary novel, "Wuthering Heights" (1847), now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1993
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 208 pages
Width: 13" Height: 16.75"
Book Details: "Wuthering Heights" is the only published novel by Emily Brontë, written between October 1845 and June 1846 and published in July of the following year. It was not printed until December 1847, after the success of her sister Charlotte Brontë's novel "Jane Eyre" (1847), under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. A posthumous second edition was edited by Charlotte in 1850.

The title of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors of the story. The narrative centres on the all-encompassing, passionate, but ultimately doomed love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and the people around them.

Today considered a classic of English literature, "Wuthering Heights" met with mixed reviews and controversy when it first appeared, mainly because of the narrative's stark depiction of mental and physical cruelty. Although Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" was generally considered the best of the Brontë sisters' works during most of the nineteenth century, many subsequent critics of "Wuthering Heights" argued that it was a superior achievement. "Wuthering Heights" has also given rise to many adaptations and inspired works, including films, radio, television dramatisations, a musical by Bernard J. Taylor, a ballet, three operas (respectively by Bernard Herrmann, Carlisle Floyd, and Frédéric Chaslin), a role-playing game, and the 1978 chart topping song by Kate Bush.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this classic work of English literature illustrated and signed by Polish-French artist Balthus. This is number 228 of 300. Artist's signature in pencil appears on limitation page.

This elephant folio is bound in full leather with title stamped on front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains 15 lithographs by Balthasar Klossowski (or Kłossowski) de Rola (February 29, 1908 in Paris – February 18, 2001 in Rossinière, Switzerland), best known as Balthus, an esteemed but controversial Polish-French modern artist.

This edition was designed, set in Monotype Dante and printed by Michael aand Winifred Bixler. Bruce Porter of Trestle Editions, printed the lithographs, which were chine colled at Wingate Studio.

Clamshell case with printed leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4017

$750

Title: Africa
Author: Leni Riefenstahl - Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was "Triumph des Willens" ("Triumph of the Will"), a documentary film made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich, along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler, destroyed her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.

"Triumph of the Will" gave Riefenstahl instant and lasting international fame, as well as infamy. Although she directed only eight films, just two of which received significant coverage outside of Germany, Riefenstahl was widely known all her life. The propaganda value of her films made during the 1930s repels most modern commentators, but many film histories cite the aesthetics as outstanding. The Economist wrote that "Triumph of the Will" "sealed her reputation as the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century."

In the 1970s, Riefenstahl published her still photography of the Nuba tribes in Sudan in several books such as The Last of the Nuba. She was active up until her death and also published marine life stills and released the marine-based film Impressionen unter Wasser in 2002.

After her death, the Associated Press described Riefenstahl as an "acclaimed pioneer of film and photographic techniques". Der Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin noted, "Leni Riefenstahl conquered new ground in the cinema". The BBC said her documentaries "were hailed as groundbreaking film-making, pioneering techniques involving cranes, tracking rails, and many cameras working at the same time".

Publisher: Taschen Limited
City: Cologne
Year: 2002
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 559 pages
Width: 14" Height: 20"
Book Details: Published in conjunction with the 2002 centenary of the controversial photographer and filmmaker. This elaborate publication is Riefenstahl's monumental record of her Sudanese and other African travels

In the 1960s, Riefenstahl became interested in Africa from Hemingway's novel "Green Hills of Africa" and from the photographs of George Rodger. Rodger, who had taken the first photographs of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, refused to help Riefenstahl meet Africans, citing their respective backgrounds. Riefenstahl took up photography, documenting a diverse array of subjects. She traveled many times to Africa to photograph the Nuba tribes in Sudan, with whom she sporadically lived, learning about their culture so she could photograph them more easily. They readily accepted her since they knew nothing of her past. She began a lifelong companionship with her cameraman Horst Kettner, who was 40 years her junior and assisted her with the photographs; they were together from the time she was 60 and he was 20. She was granted Sudanese citizenship for her services to the country, becoming the first foreigner to receive a Sudanese passport.

Her books with photographs of the tribes were published in 1974 and 1976 as "The Last of the Nuba" and "The People of Kau" and were both international bestsellers. While heralded by many as outstanding colour photographs, they were harshly criticized by Susan Sontag, who claimed in a review that they were further evidence of Riefenstahl's "fascist aesthetics". The Art Director's Club of Germany awarded Leni a gold medal for the best photographic achievement of 1975. She also sold the pictures to German magazines.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of photographs by German artist Leni Riefenstahl, signed by author on the limitation page. This is number 414 of 2500.

This elephant folio is bound in blue cloth with stamped black lettering to spine. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains decorative endpapers, a color frontispiece protected by parchment guard and numerous color and b/w photographs (reproduced in Aniva) as well as many duo tone plates.
 
Lot 4018

$55

Book Details: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique Chinese books shown in the corresponding image(s). These colorful booklets appear to contain mostly children's literature. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 4019

$150

Title: Papiroflexia zoomorfica: construccion geometrica de los seres con papel plegado
Author: Vicente Solorzano Sagredo
Publisher: Published by the author
City: Valladolid, Spain
Year: 1962
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 9" Height: 12"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this Spanish-language work on creating animals from paper folding.

Volumes are bound in green cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spines and covers. Books show light external wear. Volumes are tightly bound. Cracking beginning to appear at front hinge of first volume. Stamp of "The Origami Center" in New York City appears at bottom margin of title pages. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos and over 4000 original drawings by the author.  Intact illustrated dust jackets show shelfwear.
 
Lot 4020

$15

Title: The Bazaar Cook Book, Compiled by the Ladies of the Gray Stone Church, West Hartford, Conn.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Press of The Fowler & Miller Company
City: Hartford
Year: 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 115 pages plus advertisements
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to front cover. Book shows external wear, with rubbing to covers and lightly bumped outside corners. Previous owner's inscription appears on front pastedown. Endpapers and pages display foxing.
 
Lot 4021

$30

Title: An Essay on the Ground and Reason of Punishment, with Special Reference to the Penalty of Death and a Defence of Capital Punishment. With an Appendix Containing a Review of Burleigh on the Death Penalty
Author: George Cheever, Tayler Lewis
Publisher: Wiley and Putnam
City: New York
Year: 1846
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xii/365 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Book shows external wear, with soiling to covers. Binding is tight. Endpapers and pages show water markings.
 
Lot 4022

$25

Details: This lot includes the antique seal and wax impressions shown in the corresponding image(s). These bear the heraldic seal of Andriani S. Theodorus. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Metal seal measures approximately 2" in diameter, with intact hinged handle on verso. Seal shows only minor wear. One wax seal is attached to small square board 5" x 5". The second is preserved in a small box.
 
Lot 4023

$90

Title: Serto di fiori per gli eccellentissimi sposi Michele de' Medici, Principe d'Ottaviano, e Carmela Filamarina de principi della rocca
Author:
Publisher: St. Amperia Muziana
City: Naples
Year: 1744
Binding Style: Sewn Binding
Pagination: 118 pages plus 2 pages of index
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in stiff wrappers. Book shows water markings and minor loss of material at lower right corner of front cover. Annotations in pencil appear on reverse side of front cover and in top margin of title page. Pages display sporadic light foxing and water markings. Title page is detached. Illustrated with title page engraving, engraved initial letters and vignettes.
 
Lot 4024

$10

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Chinese reference books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "The Works of Li Po, the Chinese Poet. Done into English by Shigeyoshi Obata" (Paragon Book Reprint Co., 1965) and volumes from the Pei Mei cook book series. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
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