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Lot 4203

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

- Vita del servo di Dio P. Simone Rodriguez della Compagnia di Gesu, uno dei primi compagni di S. Ignazio di Loiola by Giuseppe Boero - Dated 1880 by Tipografia della SS. Concezione - This text is bound with "Vita del servo di Dio P. Simone Rodriguez" (see accompanying entry).
- Storia della vita di S. Stanislao Kostka della Compagnia di Gesu, compilata sulle testimonianze giuridiche dei processi fommatisi per la sua canonizzazione - Edited by Giuseppe Boero - Dated 1872 by Tipografia di Giulio Speirani e Figli - This text is bound with "Vita del servo di Dio P. Simone Rodriguez" (see accompanying entry).
- Breve storia genealogica della famiglia Milazzi che giustificata con pruove autentiche in un sommario di scritture: si sottomette al giudizio dell'illustre Piazza Capoana a nome di d. Teodosio Milazzi duca di Casalaspro e di d. Teodosio Milazzi Barnone di Cancellara by Francesco Vargas Macciuca - Dated 1741 by Unknown - Covers and pages show staining. Lacks title page. Text block begins on page 3. Loose pages. A number of pages are neatly underlined in red pencil.
 
Lot 4204

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

- Documentos jesuiticos relativos a la historia de la Compania de Jesus en Venezuela - Edited by Jose del Rey Fajardo - Dated 1966 by Academia Nacional de la Historia - First Edition Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes - These volumes represent numbers 79, 118 and 119 in the series Fuentes para la historia colonial de Venezuela

- Las misiones de Piritu: documentos para su historia - Edited by Lino Gomez Canedo - Dated 1967 by Academia Nacional de la Historia - First Edition Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes - This title contains numbers 83 and 84 in the series Fuentes para la historia colonial de Venezuela
 
Lot 4205

$20

Title: Oeuvres philosophiques et dramatiques de M. Diderot. Tome second, contenant lettre sur les sourds & muets, a l'usage de ceux qui entendent & qui parlent; Lettre sur les aveugles, a l'usage de ceux qui voient
Author: Denis Diderot - Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent person during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.

Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with "Jacques le fataliste et son maitre" ("Jacques the Fatalist and his Master"), which emulated Laurence Sterne in challenging conventions regarding novels and their structure and content, while also examining philosophical ideas about free will. Diderot is also known as the author of the dialogue, "Le Neveu de Rameau" ("Rameau's Nephew"), upon which many articles and sermons about consumer desire have been based. His articles included many topics of the Enlightenment.
Publisher: uncredited
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1772
Binding Style: Other - see description
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 372 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in gray wrappers, with paper spine label. Writing in ink to label and front cover. Book shows external wear, with minor loss of material at ends of spine and light soiling to front cover. Pages are clean and without markings. Illustrated with 10 plates (4 in first letter, 6 in the second).
 
Lot 4206

$600

Title: Sunrise Is Coming After While
Author: Langston Hughes - James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue" which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue".

Editor: Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson) is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, numerous books of poetry, and is credited with a long list of plays, movies, and television shows. She is one of the most decorated writers of her generation, with dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (1969), tells of her first seventeen years, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

Angelou's long list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast member of the musical Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1991, she has taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.

With the publication of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Angelou was heralded as a new kind of memoirist, one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She is highly respected as a spokesperson of Black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou's major works have been labelled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She has made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, but she is also an established poet, although her poems have received mixed reviews.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1998
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 16" Height: 20.75"
Book Details: Maya Angelou selected the poems and wrote both an introduction and an afterward.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Langston Hughes, signed by editor Maya Angelou and illustrator Phoebe Beasley. This is number 228 of 300.

This elephant folio is bound in full rough purple cloth with inset gilt-stamped black leather cover label. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains silkscreens by Phoebe Beasley.

This edition was designed, hand-set in Monotype Perpetura, printed and hand-bound by Michael aand Winifred Bixler. The paper was made in France at Arches. Silkscreens were printed by the Drexel Press, Inc., Long Island City, New York.

Clamshell case with bright gilt lettering to inset leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 17" x 22.25". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4207

$25

Title: L'ortolano dirozzato. Volume secondo.
Author: Filippo Re - Filippo Re was an Italina botanist and agronomist. Filippo studied in a Jesuit’s college of Ravenna. He finished his studies in Reggio Emilia with a degree in mathematics. Since he was a boy, however his main interest was agriculture, which he practiced managing his father’s farms. Moreover, he spent much of his life travelling in Tuscany and Emilia to obtain a deep view of his time’s agriculture. He reported those voyages in an intensive correspondence with his sister-in-law.

In 1789 he became professor of Agriculture in the school started by Ercole II in Reggio Emilia. In this period he collected a herbarium of 7,835 plants, which is now held in the civic museum of the Emilian town. In politics, he took part in the revolts that resulted in the formation of Cisalpine Italy, governed by Napoleon.

In 1803 Napoleon offered him the chair of Agriculture at the University of Bologna, of which he was Dean in the academic year 1805/06. In 1807 he became secretary of the Society of Agriculture of Bologna. But in 1811 he resigned, as a protest against Napoleon’s decision to make the Society of Agriculture a mere section of Bologna University, reducing its freedom of research. After the Restoration that handed Bologna back to the Vatican State, Filippo Re returned to the dukedom of Modena & Reggio. Here Francesco IV gave him a chair at the University of Modena. He died of typhus in 1817.

Publisher: Presso Giovanni Silvestri
City: Milan
Year: 1811
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 400 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Book on gardening and horticulture which illustrates orchard practices according to the latest botanical discoveries reported in the European literature of the time. The book comprehends a comparative study of agronomic languages with which F. Re wanted to give a unitary frame to the Italian agricultural science: the Peninsula being then (as it is now) fragmented into many realities, differentiated not only from an environmental point of view but also socio-politically.

Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original wrappers. Book shows external wear, with light soiling to covers. Binding is shaken. Rear cover and final pages are detaching.
 
Lot 4208

$600

Title: For My People
Author: Margaret Walker - Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander was an African-American poet and writer. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she wrote as Margaret Walker. One of her best-known poems is "For My People."
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1992
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 18.75" Height: 22.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of poetry by Margaret Walker, signed in pencil by the author and illustrator Elizabeth Catlett on the colophon page. This is number 228 of 400.

This elephant folio is bound in red cloth with stamped black lettering on front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains 6 original full-page color lithographs by Elizabeth Catlett Mora (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012) , an American born Mexican sculptor and printmaker. Catlett is best known for the black, expressionistic sculptures and prints she produced during the 1960s and 1970s, which are seen as politically charged.

This edition was hand-set in Monotype Albertus and printed letterpress by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The lithographs were editioned at J. K. Fine Art Editions Co. The paper used throughout is 300gm Arches Cover. Two hundred copies were bound at Jovinis Bookbindery. Two hundred copies were bound at The Spectrum Bindery.

Black cloth clamshell case with inset printed leather titlelabel and velvet lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 19.75" x 23".
 
Lot 4209

$1,100

Title: The Langston Hughes Suite
Artist: Phoebe Beasley
Medium: Print
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1998
Width: 17.0" Height: 21.0"
Art Notes: This suite of prints is number 8 of 99, individually numbered and signed by Phoebe Beasley. The portfolio contains title page, colophon and the complete series of six silk screens designed to illustrate a selection of Langston Hughes poems entitled "The Sun Is Coming after a While" published by The Limited Editions Club in 1998.

The George Drexel Studio in New York printed the silk screens on Arches "88" paper.  Purple cloth-covered case with inset gilt-lettered leather title label and velvet lining is in excellent condition. Elephant folio case measures approximately 18.5" x 23". 

Please note that the Limited Editions Club publication referenced above is also being offered in this auction.
Condition: Prints and clamshell case are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 4210

$40

Title: Thoughts on Missions
Author: Sheldon Dibble - He was first stationed at the Hilo mission, but transferred to Maui island in 1836. He became a teacher at Lahainaluna School, the mission seminary founded by Lorrin Andrews at the time. He thought it strange that students were learning history of other nations, but had no books describing their own history. Starting in 1836 he organized a group of students collecting notes from the chiefs and elders of the community, guided by a questionnaire. One of the older students, David Malo, had served as court genealogist during the time of Kamehameha I so took the lead.

In November 1837 (after the death of his first wife) he left and returned to the Auburn Seminary in New York in spring of 1838. In the winter of 1838-1839 he toured the southern United States and gave lectures on Hawaiian history, publishing a 250 page volume of notes. By the fall of 1839 he sailed back to Hawaii, arriving again in the spring of 1840. At the general meeting of missionaries in May 1841 he was assigned the task of continuing to refine the book. Lorrin Andrews had a printing press delivered to the Lahainaluna school in 1833, and a number of students had been using it to print newspapers and short text books. The first edition was published on April 28, 1843. He helped establish a Royal Historical Society with Malo and Samuel Kamakau and others, and acted as the first secretary.

He translated books of the Old Testament of the Bible, and prepared text books on grammar and natural history in the Hawaiian language. He died on January 22, 1845, just before his 36th birthday. A second edition of his history was published in 1909 after the circulation of a letter from Dibble containing some corrections. Although his life was cut short, his students, especially Malo and Kamakau went on to be invaluable at preserving Hawaiian history.
Publisher: American Tract Society
City: New York
Year: circa 1845
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 225 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt lettering and decorative designs to spine. Book shows external wear, with soiling and minor loss of material at edges. Binding is sound. Faint writing visible on front pastedown. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages show (heavy) foxing throughout.
 
Lot 4211

$175

Title: Bibliography of the Fine Books Published by the Limited Editions Club, 1929-1985
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1985
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 182 pages
Width: 10" Height: 13.75"
Book Details: This bibliography contains a paragraph about each book in the series plus a cross-index by titles, authors, artists, designers, typefaces, printers, and binders.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this LEC bibliography. This is number 379 of 800.

This volume is bound in gilt-stamped half leather.with marbled paper-covered boards. Volume is in excellent condition. The design of this edition is by Harry Milliken, Ben Shiff and David Wolfe. The type was set at The Anthoensen Press. The presswork has been performed by The Anthoensen Press, Heritage Printers and Wild Carrot Letterpress. The paper used in this edition was made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The binding is Nigerian Oasis Goatskin and papers hand marbled by Faith Harrison. The book was bound by Denis Gouey.

Brown cloth-covered slipcase with red felt lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 10.25" x 14.25".
 
Lot 4212

$100

Title: Opera omnia medica et chirurgica notis observationibus nec non pluribus morborum historiis, & curationibus illustrata & aucta, cum appendice
Author: Paul Barbette - Paul Barbette was a celebrated Dutch physician.

After finishing his medicine studies at Leiden University in 1645, he practised both medicine and surgery in Amsterdam. He was a determined enemy of bleeding in all cases, relying chiefly on sudorifics. He proposed the operation of gastrostomy in cases of intussusception of the bowels, and introduced some improvements in surgical instruments.

He wrote many works, which have been frequently reprinted, and he was held as a high authority in his day. His writings, however, contain little that is original, but they display much learning and acquaintance with his profession. They are in Dutch and Latin, and have been collected in "Opera omnia medica et chirurgica" (Amsterdam, 1672, 8 volumes), which was translated in Italian, German, French, and English.
Publisher: Johann Ant. Chouet
City: Geneva
Year: 1683
Binding Style: Sewn Binding
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: (8) 273 (6) 174, 138 (40)
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in cloth-backed stiff wrappers. Book shows external wear, with soiling and moisture markings to covers. Title page has small burn marks that have created holes to each side of vignette. Lightly age-toned pages display foxing and water markings.
 
Lot 4213

$25

Title: Atlas of the State of New York Prepared under Direction of Joseph R. Bien, E. M. Civil and Topographical Engineer from Original Surveys and Various Local Surveys Revised and Corrected Based on the Triangulations of the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, U.S. Geological Survey, U. S. Lake Survey and the N.Y. State Survey
Author: Joseph R. Bien
Publisher: Julius Bien & Company
City: New York
Year: 1895
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 8 unnumbered pages plus 35 numbered maps
Width: 19.25" Height: 25.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique elephant folio is bound in half leather with bright gilt lettering and state seal at center of front cover. Book shows significant external wear, with both boards detached. Final signature is detaching. Front flyleaf displays a number of tears, including a large tear (approximately 12") moving diagonally into mid-section from fore edge. Title page displays darkening to outside corners. Maps have numbers lightly penciled in. Otherwise maps are clean and without markings.
 
Lot 4214

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection a three-volume " People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge" (Phillips & Hunt, 1879) and Thomas Moore's "Lalla Rookh, an Oriental Romance" (Leavitt & Allen, n.d.). 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 4215

$100

Title: The Leopard
Author: Giuseppe di Lampedusa - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was a Sicilian writer. He is most famous for his only novel, "Il Gattopardo" (first published posthumously in 1958, translated as "The Leopard"), which is set in Sicily during the Risorgimento.

Translator: Archibald Colquhoun
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1988
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 238 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 14"
Book Details: "The Leopard" ("Il Gattopardo") is a novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa that chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. Published posthumously in 1958 by Feltrinelli, after two rejections by the leading Italian publishing houses Mondadori and Einaudi, it became the top-selling novel in Italian history and is considered one of the most important novels in modern Italian literature. In 2012, The Observer named it as one of "The 10 best historical novels".

The novel was also made into an award-winning 1963 film of the same name, directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this historical novel by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, pencil signed by illustrator Piero Guccione on the colophon page. This is number 375 of 750.

This folio is bound in in full linen over boards with gilt-lettered leather spine label. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains an original etching by Piero Guccione as frontispiece.

The type of this edition was set in Monotype Caslon by and printed at Stamperia Valdonega in Verona. The paper for the text was made at Cariere Enrico Magnani in Pescia. The etching was printed at Vigna, Anotniniana in Rome. The design is by Benjamin Shiff. This book has been bound at Jensen Bindery in Austin, Texas.

Black cloth slipcase shows light shelfwear. Case measures approximately 10.5" x 14.25". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4216

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). These titles are all part of the series "The Evergreen Tales; or, Tales for the Ageless." This collection contains "Saint George & the Dragon," "The Whimsical History of Bluebeard," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood." The second of these titles is signed by Jean Hersholt, General Editor of the series. 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.
 
Lot 4217

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains works of English literature, among which are "The Ballads of Robin Hood" (1977, in slipcase) and a two-volume set of Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" (1953). 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 4218

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains titles relating to medieval culture. There are selections from the works of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1969) and "The Romance of Tristan & Iseult" (1960). 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 4219

$140

Title: Wau-Bun, the "Early Day" in the Northwest
Author: Mrs. John H. Kinzie
Publisher: D. B. Cooke & Co., Publishers
City: Chicago
Year: 1857
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 498 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in quarter leather, with marbled paper-covered boards. Spine has raised bands and bright stamped gilt lettering. Book shows very little external wear. Binding is sound. Pages display sporadic foxing. Top quarter of dedication page is detached. Illustrated with a lithograph frontispiece and five lithograph plates (with foxing).
 
Lot 4220

$650

Title: Heights of Macchu Picchu
Author: Pablo Neruda - Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Neruda became known as a poet while still a teenager. He wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and erotically-charged love poems such as the ones in his 1924 collection "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair."

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." Neruda always wrote in green ink as it was his personal colour of hope.

On July 15, 1945, at Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he read to 100,000 people in honor of Communist revolutionary leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During his lifetime, Neruda occupied many diplomatic positions and served a stint as a senator for the Chilean Communist Party. When Chilean President Gonzalez Videla outlawed communism in Chile in 1948, a warrant was issued for Neruda's arrest. Friends hid him for months in a house basement in the Chilean port of Valparaíso. Later, Neruda escaped into exile through a mountain pass near Maihue Lake into Argentina. Years later, Neruda was a close collaborator to socialist President Salvador Allende. When Neruda returned to Chile after his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Allende invited him to read at the Estadio Nacional before 70,000 people.

Translator: John Felstiner - John Felstiner is an American literary critic, translator, and poet. He is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and the author of multiple books and articles. His interests include poetry in various languages, environmental and ecologic poems, literary translation, Vietnam era poetry and Holocaust studies.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1998
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 15.5" Height: 12.25"
Book Details: "The Heights of Macchu Picchu" ("Las Alturas de Macchu Picchu") is Canto II of the Canto General. The twelve poems that comprise this section of the epic work have been translated into English regularly since even before its initial publication in Spanish in 1950, beginning with a 1948 translation by Hoffman Reynolds Hays in The Tiger's Eye, a journal of arts and literature published out of New York from 1947–1949, and followed closely by a translation by Waldeen in 1950 in a pamphlet called "Let the Rail Splitter Awake and Other Poems" for a Marxist publishing house in New York. The first mass-marketed commercial publication of the piece did not come until 1966 with Nathanial Tarn's translation, followed by John Felstiner's translation alongside a book on the translation process, "Translating Neruda" in 1980. Following that is Jack Schmidt's full translation of Canto General—the first to appear in English—in 1993. In recent years there have been several partial or full new translations: Stephen Kessler in 2001 for a photo/journey book on the ancient ruins ("Machu Picchu" edited by Barry Brukoff) and Mark Eisner's re-translation of seven of the twelve poems (Cantos I, IV, VI, VIII, X, XI, and XII) for an anthology celebrating the centennial of Neruda's birth in 2004, "The Essential Neruda."

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of poetry by the Chilean Nobel laureate, signed by illustrator Edward Ranney on the limitation page. This is number 228 of 300.

This oblong folio is bound in full dark green cloth with inset gilt-lettered black leather spine label. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains the original Spanish poem with facing English translation by John Felstiner. Illustrated with ten photogravures by Edward Ranney.

Edward Ranney (b. 1942) received a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature from Yale University and traveled to Peru on a Fulbright Fellowship (1964-1965) for anthropological and literary fieldwork. Ranney became captivated by Incan stonework and began an annual photographic pilgrimage to Peru, resulting in "Monuments of the Inca" (1982) and "Heights of Machu Picchu" (1998). He administered the archive of Cuzco photographer Martin Chambi and led an Earthwatch Expedition in 1977 to print and organize the collection. A native of Chicago, Ranney photographed the route of the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1992 and has annually photographed the "Star Axis" earthworks in New Mexico since 1978.

This edition was printed on Velin Arches. The typography was designed, set in Monotype Centaur, and printed by Dan Carr & Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry in Asbuelot, New Hampshire. The photogravures were made and printed by Jon Goodman in Hadley, Massachusetts, with additional printing by Peter Pettengill in Hinsdale, New Hampshire.

Black cloth clamshell case with inset gilt-lettered leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 16" x 13". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4221

$80

Title: The General Ahiman Rezon and Freemason's Guide: Containing Monitorial Instructions in the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow-Craft and Master Mason, with Explanatory Notes, Emendations and Lectures. Together with the Ceremonies of Consecration and Dedication of New Lodges, Installation of Grand and Subordinate Officers, Laying Foundation Stones, Dedication of Masonic Halls, Grand Visitations, Burial Services, Regulations for Processions, Masonic Calendar, Etc. To Which Is Added a Ritual for a Lodge of Sorrow, and the Ceremonies of Consecrating Masonic Cemeteries. Also, an Appendix, with the Forms of Masonic Documents, Masonic Trials, Etc.
Author: Daniel Sickels
Publisher: Masonic Publishing and Manufacturing Co.
City: New York
Year: 1867
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 408 pages plus 4 pages of publisher's catalogue
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and masonic symbols on front cover. Book shows mild external wear. Binding is tight. Pages show scattered foxing. Contains full-page illustrations and vignettes.

For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 4222

$60
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White - Dated 1972 by The Limited Editions Club - Signed EditionQuarter-leather volume is in slipcase. Light pencil markings to copyright page. Interior is otherwise clean and without markings.
- Audubon's Birds of America by Virginia Marie Peterson, Roger Tory Peterson - Dated 1981 by Abbeville Press Publishers - First EditionThis is the lavishly illustrated Audobon Society Baby Elephant Folio. This ex-library volume shows customary markings and attachments.


For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $20.50
Lot 4223

$60

Title: Historia general y natural de las Indias
Author: Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo - Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdes was a Spanish historian and writer. He is commonly known as "Oviedo" even though his family name is Fernandez. He participated in the Spanish colonization of the Caribbean, and wrote a long chronicle of this project which is one of the few primary sources about it. For three centuries, only a small portion of it was published, but this abridgement was widely read in the 16th century in Spanish, English, and French editions.

He was born in Madrid of a noble Asturian lineage and educated in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. At thirteen, he became page to their son, the Infante Juan (infante is a title bestowed on any of the Royal Family's children that are not heirs to the Spanish Crown). After the death of Infante Juan (October 4, 1497), Oviedo went to Italy, and there acted as secretary to Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba. In 1514 he was appointed supervisor of gold smeltings at Santo Domingo, and on his return to Spain in 1523 was appointed historiographer of the Indies. He paid five more visits to America before his death, which took place at Valladolid in 1557. At one point he was placed in charge of the Fortaleza Ozama, the famous fort in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where there is a large statue of him, a gift to that country from a King of Spain.

Oviedo's first literary work was a chivalric romance entitled, "Libro del muy esforzado e invencible caballero Don Claribalte" ("Book of the very striving and invincible knight Don Claribalte"). It was published in 1519 in Valencia by Juan Viñao, one of the prominent printers of that time. In the foreword, dedicated to Ferdinand of Aragón, Duke of Calabria (not to be confused with the King Ferdinand II of Aragon), Oviedo relates that the work had been conceived and written while he was in Santo Domingo. Therefore, it seems that this was the first literary work created in the New World.

Oviedo wrote later two extensive works of permanent value, which for the most part were not published until three centuries after his death: "La historia general y natural de las Indias" and "Las Quinquagenas de la nobleza de España." The former work was first issued at Toledo (1526) in the form of a summary entitled "La Natural hystoria de las Indias"; the first part of "La Historia general de las Indias" appeared at Seville in 1535; but the complete work was not published till 1851-1855, when it was edited by J.A. de los Rios for the Spanish Academy of History. The Quinquagenas is a collection of quaint, moralizing anecdotes in which Oviedo indulges in much lively gossip concerning eminent contemporaries. It was first published at Madrid in 1880, edited by Vicente de la Fuente.

The Historia, though written in a diffuse style, furnishes a mass of information collected at first hand. Las Casas, the fellow contemporary chronicler of the Spanish colonization of the Caribbean, denounced Oviedo and the Historia thus: "one of the greatest tyrants, thieves, and destroyers of the Indies, whose Historia contains almost as many lies as pages".The incomplete Seville edition was widely read in the English and French versions published by Eden and Poleur, respectively, in 1555 and 1556. It is through Oviedo's book that Europeans came to learn about the hammock, the pineapple, and tobacco, among other things used by the native Americans that he encountered. The first illustration of a pineapple is credited to him.

Publisher: Real Academia Espanola
City: Madrid
Year: 1959
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 5 Complete: Yes
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.75"
Book Details: Title in the series Biblioteca de Autores Espanoles (volumes 117-121). Edition and preliminary study by Juan Perez de Tudela Bueno.
Condition / Notes: Set is bound in printed wrappers. Light pencil markings to front covers of fourth and fith volumes. Previous owner's name discreetly signed at top of front flyleaves. Volumes are otherwise in excellent condition. Text is in double columns.

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Title: Viaggio a Pompei a Pesto e di ritorno ad ercolano ed a Pozzcoli dell' Ab. Domenico Romanelli. Parte Seconda
Author: Domenico Romanelli - Domenico Romanelli was an Italian historian, archaeologist and abbot.
Publisher: Tipografia di Angelo Trani
City: Naples
Year: 1817
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 276 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7"
 
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