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Lot 4069

$40

Book Details: This shelf lot consists of the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Included are a tribute to Allen Ginsburg, an 1862 red leather NYS legislative manual, a set of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire with etchings by Piranesi, a coffee-table book on the history of "The Watch, several volumes on Russian pottery and folk art, and books on nautical engineering and seamanship. and To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 4070

$1,150

Title: Color Etchings
Artist: Benny Andrews
Medium: Etching
Features: Signature
Print Year: 2005
Width: 19.5" Height: 25.75"
Art Notes: This suite of etchings is number 11 of 60, individually numbered and signed by Benny Andrews. The portfolio contains title page, colophon and the complete series of six color etchings designed to illustrate Flannery O'Connor's "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (1965).

The portfolio was editioned at the press of Peter Pertengill, on cream BFK Rives paper.

Red cloth-covered case with inset gilt-lettered leather title label and velvet lining is in excellent condition. Elephant folio case measures approximately 21" x 27.25".

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 4071

$15

Details: This lot includes the engraved map on laid paper shown in the corresponding image. This work of European cartography is entitled "Asien nach F. M. Fr. Schmitz" and is by Tranquillo Mollo (1767-1837), a Swiss-born Italian graphic artist, printer and publisher, active in Vienna. This 1807 map has hand-colored outlining, offering a view of both Asian states and European colonies then existing in Asia. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Map is preserved under glass, in wooden frame. Map shows toning and vertical fold to mid-section.
 
Lot 4072

$45

Title: The Natural History of Man; Comprising Inquiries into the Modifying Influence of Physical and Moral Agencies on the Different Tribes of the Human Family
Author: James Cowles Prichard - James Cowles Prichard, MD, FRS was an English physician and ethnologist. His influential "Researches into the Physical History of Mankind" touched upon the subject of evolution. He was also the first person to name senile dementia.

In 1813 he published his "Researches into the Physical History of Man," in 2 vols, on essentially the same themes as his dissertation in 1808. The book grew until the 3rd edition of 1836-47 occupied five volumes; second-fourth editions published under title: "Researches into the Physical History of Mankind." The 4th edition was also in 5 volumes.

The central conclusion of the work is the unity of the human species, which has been acted upon by causes which have since divided it into permanent varieties or races. The work is dedicated to Blumenbach, whose five races of man are adopted. Prichard differed from Blumenbach and other predecessors by the principle that people should be studied by combining all available characters.

Publisher: Hippolyte Bailliere, Publisher
City: London
Year: 1848
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xvii/677 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: "It is the design of the following work, to furnish for the use of general readers, a brief and popular view of all the physical characteristics, or varieties in colour, figures, structure of body, and likewise of the moral and intellectual peculiarities which distinguish from each other the different races of men. It is likewise intended, in the same treatise, to comprise such an account of the nature and causes of these phenomena as the present state of knowledge will afford. For the completion of this design, it was necessary to describe all the different tribes of people scattered all over the world, and to advert, however briefly, to their mutual relations, and to all that is known respecting their origin and descent, as discovered by historical and philological investigations." (Advertisement)

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce third edition of this work, enlarged, with colored engravings.

Antique volume has been rebound in red cloth, with gilt lettering to spine. Ex-library book shows external wear and has label over call number at bottom of discolored spine. Spine shows minor loss of material along bottom edge. Hinges have been reinforced. Title page displays light smudging. Pages are clean and without markings. Lower right outside corner of pages 53-54 has been clipped off, with only very minor loss to illustrations on those pages. Illustrated with color frontispiece, 55 plates and 97 engravings on wood. All but two of the plates are present (lacking one of two plates after page 569 ("A Woman of the Tuda Race") and one of three plates after 402 ("Mah-to-toh-pa, "The Four Bears," Second Chief of the Mandans")), with tissue guards to most plates.
 
Lot 4073

$55

Details: This lot includes the pair of framed hand-colored maps shown in the corresponding image (s). These engravings on laid paper appear to be twentieth-century reproductions of antique maps.

The map entitled "Nova Italia Delineatio" was originally produced in the early 17th century by the Dutch engraver and cartographer Joducus Hondius. This engraved map is characterized by a border incorporating 24 vignettes, with pictures of the best known Italian cities as well as a display of the typical fashion worn in those cities .

"Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica Ac Hydrographica Tabula auct Guiljelmo Blaeuw" (first issued 1606) is one of the finest and most famous world maps to appear in an atlas during the Golden Age of Dutch cartography. The map became Willem Janszoon Blaeu's standard world map in his atlases until 1662, when he added a double hemisphere map of the world and later a double hemisphere polar projection, which was apparently not issued during his lifetime, but was later issued Valck.

Condition / Notes: The world map, the larger of the two, measures approximately 28.75" x 22.5", the map of Italy 20.5" x 15.25". Neither of the maps shows tears, perforations or markings. The latter displays an uneven bottom edge. Frames show light wear.
 
Lot 4074

$300

Title: Description of a Masque
Author: John Ashbery - John Lawrence Ashbery is an American poet. He has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and won nearly every major American award for poetry, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his collection "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" . Renowned for its postmodern complexity and opacity, Ashbery's work still proves controversial. Ashbery has stated that he wishes his work to be accessible to as many people as possible, and not to be a private dialogue with himself. At the same time, he once joked that some critics still view him as "a harebrained, homegrown surrealist whose poetry defies even the rules and logic of Surrealism."

"No figure looms so large in American poetry over the past 50 years as John Ashbery," Langdon Hammer, chairman of the English Department at Yale University, wrote in 2008. "[N]o American poet has had a larger, more diverse vocabulary, not Whitman, not Pound." Stephen Burt, a poet and Harvard professor of English, has compared Ashbery to T. S. Eliot, calling Ashbery "the last figure whom half the English-language poets alive thought a great model, and the other half thought incomprehensible".
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1998
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 11.5" Height: 15.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by John Ashbery. This is number 228 of 300. It is signed by both the author and illustrator Jane Freilicher on limitation page.

This folio is bound in green cloth with inset printed leather label to front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains watercolor woodblock prints by Jane Freilicher.

This book was designed, set and printed by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press in Jannon-Garamond with Weiss titling. The paper was handmade for this edition at the H. M. P. mill. The illustrations by Jane Freilicher were printed by Keiji Shinohara on handmade Tosa Hanga paper.

Clamshell case with printed leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Box measures approximately 12.25" x 16.5". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4075

$225

Title: Ficciones
Author: Jorge Luis Borges - Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, known as Jorge Luis Borges, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His most famous books, "Ficciones" (1944) and "The Aleph" (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, philosophy, religion and God. His works have contributed to philosophical literature and also to the fantastic genre, a genre that reacted against the realism/naturalism of the nineteenth century. In fact, critic Angel Flores, the first to use the term, set the beginning of this movement with Borges's "Historia universal de la infamia" ("A Universal History of Infamy") (1935). Scholars have also suggested that Borges's progressive blindness helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination. His late poems dialogue with such cultural figures as Spinoza, Camões, and Virgil.

In 1914 his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school, receiving his baccalauraat from the College de Geneve in 1918. The family traveled widely in Europe, including stays in Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. In 1955 he was appointed director of the National Public Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961 he came to international attention when he received the first ever Prix International, sharing the award with Samuel Beckett. In 1971 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. Borges himself was fluent in several languages. Borges had dedicated his final work, "Los Conjurados" ("The Conspirators"), to the city of Geneva, Switzerland, and it was there, in 1986, that he chose to die.

His international fame was consolidated in the 1960s, aided by the "Latin American Boom" and the success of Gabriel García Márquez's "Cien Años de Soledad" ("One Hundred Years of Solitude"). Writer and essayist J. M. Coetzee said of him: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."

Translator: Anthony Kerrigan - Anthony Kerrigan was a poet and translator of works by Spanish and Latin American writers.

Mr. Kerrigan translated works by Jorge Luis Borges, including "Ficciones," "A Personal Anthology," "Poems" and "Irish Strategies," and by Miguel de Unamuno, the Spanish philosopher, including "Selected Works of Miguel de Unamuno," a seven-volume collection that Mr. Kerrigan helped edit. He won a National Book Award for his 1973 translation of Unamuno's "Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations."

He was born in Winchester, Mass., but lived in Cuba until the age of 12, when his father died and he was sent back to the United States to live with relatives.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1984
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 306 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: "Ficciones" is the most popular anthology of short stories by Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges, often considered the best introduction to his work. "Ficciones" should not be confused with "Labyrinths," although they have much in common. "Labyrinths" is a separate translation of Borges' material, by James E. Irby, that also appeared in 1962. Together, these two translations led to much of Borges' worldwide fame in the 60s. Several stories appear in both volumes. "The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim" was originally in "History of Eternity" (1936).

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of stories by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, pencil signed by illustrator Sol Lewitt on the colophon page. This is number 27 of 1500.

This square-shaped volume is bound in blind-stamped full black leather. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains 22 silkscreen prints by Sol Lewitt.

This edition was printed by the Anthoensen Press. The book was designed by Sol Lewitt and set in Cloister Bold by Mackenzie-Harris Corp. The drawings were silk-screened by Jo Watanabe. The book was bound by A. Horowitz & Sons.

Slipcase shows shelfwear. It measures approximately 8.75" x 8.75".
 
Lot 4076

$55

Details: Offered in this lot is an original, antique miniature Satsuma vase with elaborate decoration. The sides primarily display social gatherings of men and women while one side shows a floral display and a butterfly, centered in a heart-shaped border. The top area is decorated with a well-detailed floral pattern bordered in gilt. The piece is signed on the bottom. This piece stands approximately 3.25" tall.
Condition / Notes: The piece shows beautifully with strong coloring and gleaming gilt. There is a small chip on the lip, otherwise just very light scattered age/wear indications.
 
Lot 4077

$110

Title: The Captive Mind
Author: Czeslaw Milosz - Czeslaw Milosz was a Polish poet, prose writer and translator of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence "The World" is a collection of 20 "naive" poems. After serving as a Communist cultural attache for the People's Republic of Poland, he defected to the West in 1951, and his nonfiction book "The Captive Mind" (1953) is a classic of anti-Stalinism. From 1961 to 1998 he was a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Miłosz later became an American citizen and was awarded the 1978 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1983
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xi/172 pages
Width: 8.75" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: "The Captive Mind" (Polish: Zniewolony umysł) is a 1953 work of nonfiction by Polish writer, academic and Nobel laureate, Czeslaw Milosz, translated into English by Jane Zielonko and originally published by Secker and Warburg. The book was written soon after the author received political asylum in Paris following his break with Poland's Communist government. It draws upon his experiences as an underground writer during World War II, and his position within the political and cultural elite of Poland in the immediate post-war years. The book attempts to explain both the intellectual allure of Stalinism and the temptation of collaboration with the Stalinist regime among intellectuals in post-war Central and Eastern Europe. Milosz describes the book as having been written "under great inner conflict".
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, pencil signed by the author and illustrator Janusz Kapusta on the colophon page. This is number 27 of 1500.

This volume is bound in in full linen over boards with stamped black lettering to spine and front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This edition offers a new introduction by the author. This book contains 2 in-text line drawings and reproductions of 9 full-page color paintings, as well as an original lithograph of a frontispiece drawing laid in at the rear.

Janusz Kapusta is an award-winning artist and illustrator

This edition was printed by Darrell Hyder at his press in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. The text was set in Monotype Veronese by the Mackenzie-Harris Corporation, San Francisco. The book was designed by Janusz Kapusta. The frontispiece, a six color lithograph, was printed on Arches at the Water Street Press, New York City. The book was bound in imported Polish linen at Robert Burlen & Son, Higham, Massachusetts.

Gray paper-covered slipcase shows light shelfwear. Case measures approximately 8.75" x 12". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4078

$60

Details: This lot offers a pair of original antique miniature Satsuma vases. Appearing in traditional earthenware look, one base displays a random pattern in shades of chocolate while the other bears simple floral designs and borders in soft shades of dark blue-gray.
Condition / Notes: Both pieces show beautifully with no chips or cracks, just light scattered age/wear indications.
 
Lot 4079

$600

Title: Seven Years in Tibet
Author: Heinrich Harrer - Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland, and for his books "Seven Years in Tibet" (1952) and "The White Spider" (1959).

Translator: Richard Graves
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1993
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 260 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: "Seven Years in Tibet" (German: "Sieben Jahre in Tibet: Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama") is an autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War and the interim period before the Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded Tibet in 1950.

The book covers the escape of Harrer, and his companion Peter Aufschnaiter, from a British internment camp in India. Harrer and Aufschnaiter then travelled across Tibet to Lhasa, the capital. Here they spent several years, and Harrer describes the contemporary Tibetan culture in detail. Harrer subsequently became a tutor and friend of the 14th Dalai Lama.

"Seven Years in Tibet" was translated into 53 languages, became a bestseller in the United States in 1954, and sold three million copies.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Heinrich Harrer, pencil signed by author on the colophon page. This is number 228 of 300.

This volume is bound in white silk imported from India with a Tibetan good luck charm blind-stamped in the center of the front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains 6 photogravures by Harrer. A map of Harrer's journey is laid-in. The Dalai Lama contributes an introduction and a 1966 letter to Harrer reproduced at rear of volume.

This edition was designed, set in Monotype Joanna and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler.

The book is wrapped in a wrap-around cotton sleeve known as a "pi-chu" and sandwiched between two boards of magnolia wood ("lepshing") with a Tibetan good luck charm carved into the upper board. Strap is also present.
 
Lot 4080

$80

Title: Metamorphosis
Author: Franz Kafka - Franz Kafka was an influential German-language author of novels and short stories. Critics and academics, including Vladimir Nabokov, regard Kafka as among the greatest writers of the 20th century. The term "Kafkaesque" has become part of the English language.

Kafka was born to middle class, German-speaking, Jewish parents, in Prague, Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The house in which he was born, on the Old Town Square next to Prague's Church of St Nicholas, now contains a permanent exhibition devoted to the author.

Most of Kafka's writing, including the large body of his unfinished work, was published posthumously.

Translator: Edwin Muir - Edwin Muir was an Orcadian poet, novelist and translator born on a farm in Deerness on the Orkney Islands. He is remembered for his deeply felt and vivid poetry in plain language with few stylistic preoccupations. , Willa Muir
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1984
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xii/61 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Book Details: "The Metamorphosis" ("Die Verwandlung," also sometimes termed "The Transformation") is a novella by Franz Kafka, first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect-like creature. It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms, nor has Kafka given one.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this classic work of European literature, in the Muir translation, with introduction by Robert Coles. Signed by Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas on the colophon page. This is number 27 of 1500.  Slipcase shows light shelfwear.

Volume is bound in paper-covered boards with gilt-lettered leather spine/ Volume shows light shelfwear. Book is otherwise in excellent condition. Contains illustrations by Jose Luis Cuevas.

Cuevas is a Mexican artist and was one of the first to challenge the then dominant Mexican muralism movement as a prominent member of the Generacion Ruptura. He is a mostly self taught artist, whose styles and influences are moored to the darker side of life, often depicting distorted figures and the debasement of humanity. He has remained a controversial figure throughout his career, not only for his often shocking images, but also for his opposition to writers and artists who he feels participate in corruption or create only for money. In 1992, the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum was opened in the historic center of Mexico City holding many of his work and his personal collection of art.
 
Lot 4081

$55

Title: The Secret Sharer: An Episode from the Coast
Author: Joseph Conrad - Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski) was a Polish novelist who wrote in English, after settling in England.

Conrad is regarded as one of the great novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties (and always with a marked Polish accent). He wrote stories and novels, predominantly with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honour. Conrad was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature. While some of his works have a strain of romanticism, he is viewed as a precursor of modernist literature. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced many authors.

Writing in the heyday of the British Empire, Conrad drew upon his experiences in the French and later the British Merchant Navy to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a worldwide empire while also plumbing the depths of the human soul.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1985
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiv/49 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Joseph Conrad, pencil signed by Bruce Chandler on the colophon page. This is number 27 of 1500.

This volume is bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-lettered leather title label to front cover. Light pencil annotation can be seen on copyright page. Volume is otherwise in excellent condition. This book contains 3 etchings.

This edition was printed by Darrell Hyder. The text was set in Monotype Van Dijck at Mackenzie & Harris, Incorporated. This book was designed by Ben Shiff and Bruce Chandler who has printed the two-plate eching at The Heron Press. The second etching was printed at Water Street Press. The third drypoint was printed by R. E. Townsend. The papers in this edition were made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The book was bound by Dennis Gouey.

Black cloth clamshell case with inset gilt-lettered leather spine label is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 8" x 11". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4082

$450

Title: The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Author: John Steinbeck - John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952) and the novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1940
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Pagination: xxii/559 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: "The Grapes of Wrath" is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. For it he won the annual National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for novels and it was cited prominently when he won the Nobel Prize in 1962.

Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial and agricultural industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought jobs, land, dignity, and a future.

"The Grapes of Wrath" is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes due to its historical context and enduring legacy. A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made in 1940.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, pencil signed by illustrator Thomas Hart Benton on the colophon page. This is number 1030 of 1146.

This volume is bound in decorated burlap cloth boards with leather spines showing stamped silver lettering. Volume displays mild external wear. Books are tightly bound. Light pencil annotations appear on copyright pages and pages opposite copyright pages, with stamped number to bottom margin of these. Interiors are otherwise clean and without markings. This book contains color lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.

The lithographs to illustrate this edition of "The Grapes of Wrath" were made in two colors by Thomas Hart Benton, the work being done on lithographic zincs especially prepared by George C. Miller. The printing of both letterpress and lithographs were done under the supervision of Ralph M. Duenewald, and the binding by The Russell-Rutter Company. The edition was designed by George Macy.

Paper slips with information on the binding of this volume are laid-in.
 
Lot 4083

$50

Title: Report on the Select Committee relative to the Soldiers' National Cemetery, together with the Accompanying Documents, as Reported to the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, March 31, 1864
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Singerly & Myers, State Printers
City: Harrisburg
Year: 1864
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 108 pages plus 3 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 10"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering and decorative design to front cover. This ex-library book is taped at spine, with title written in gold letters on spine. Paper label with call number is taped to lower left corner of front cover. Antique bookplate with withdrawal stamp can be seen on front pastedown. Rear endpaper displays usual library attachments. Name of library is stamped in top and lower margins of title page, with stamped seal in lower right corner. Pages show occasional light foxing and withdrawal stamps. Book contains frontispiece map of Gettysburg Battlefield & Hospitals and a fold-out map of the National Cemetery.
 
Lot 4084

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Marion M. Weaver's "History of Tile Drainage (In America prior to 1900)" (Self-published, 1964) and William Chapman White's "Adirondack Country" (Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1954). 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 4085

$325

Title: Cathay: Poems after Li Po
Author: Ezra Pound - Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his promotion of Imagism, a movement that derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language. His best-known works include "Ripostes" (1912), "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" (1920), and his unfinished 120-section epic, "The Cantos" (1917–1969).

Working in London in the early 20th century as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, Pound helped to discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway. He was responsible for the publication in 1915 of Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and for the serialization from 1918 of Joyce's "Ulysses."

Outraged by the loss of life during the First World War, he lost faith in England, blaming the war on usury and international capitalism. He moved to Italy in 1924 where throughout the 1930s and 1940s, to his friends' dismay, he embraced Benito Mussolini's fascism, expressed support for Adolf Hitler, and wrote for publications owned by the British fascist Oswald Mosley. The Italian government paid him during the Second World War to make hundreds of radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and in particular Jews—broadcasts that were monitored by the U.S. government—as a result of which he was arrested for treason by American forces in Italy in 1945. He spent months in detention in a U.S. military camp in Pisa, including 25 days in a six-by-six-foot outdoor steel cage that he said triggered a mental breakdown: "when the raft broke and the waters went over me." Deemed unfit to stand trial, a decision disputed for decades after his death, he was incarcerated in St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., for over 12 years.

While in custody in Italy he had begun work on sections of "The Cantos" that became known as "The Pisan Cantos" (1948), for which he was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1949 by the Library of Congress. The award triggered enormous controversy, mostly because of his antisemitism and the charge of treason, and in part because it raised literary questions about whether a supposedly "mad" poet who held such contentious views could produce work of any value. He was released from St. Elizabeths in 1958, thanks to a protracted campaign by his fellow writers, and returned to live in Italy until his death. His political views ensure that his work remains controversial; in 1933 Time magazine called him "a cat that walks by himself, tenaciously unhousebroken and very unsafe for children." Hemingway nevertheless wrote: "The best of Pound's writing – and it is in the Cantos – will last as long as there is any literature."

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1992
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 34 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 12"
Book Details: Poetry collection originally published in 1915, containing, according to its title page, "translations by Ezra Pound for the most part from the Chinese of Rihaku." Yet in writing the poems contained in Cathay, Pound set out to do much more than transcribe Chinese poems word-for-word or line-for-line into English. He set out to redefine poetic translation itself, replacing long-held ideals like “accuracy” and “faithfulness” with a conviction that one could use old—even ancient—texts to make English poetry look and sound quite new.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of poetry by Ezra Pound, signed by illustrator Francesco Clemente in pencil on the limitation page. This is number 228 of 300.

This volume is bound in blue cloth with . Book shows fading to spine. This book is illustrated with seven color woodcuts by Francisco Clemente.

Francesco Clemente (born in Naples March 23, 1952) is an Italian and American contemporary artist. Influenced by thinkers as diverse as Gregory Bateson, William Blake, Allen Ginsberg, and J Krishnamurti, the art of Francesco Clemente is inclusive and nomadic, crossing many borders, intellectual and geographical. Dividing his time between New York and Varanasi, in India, he has adopted for his paintings a vast variety of supports and mediums, exploring, discarding, and returning to oil paint, watercolor, pastel, and printmaking. His work develops in a non linear mode, expanding and contracting in a fragmentary way, not defined by a style, but rather by his recording of the fluctuations of the self, as he experiences it. The goal is to embrace an expanded consciousness, and to witness, playfully, the survival of the ecstatic experience in a materialistic society.

This edition, designed by Dan Carr, was printed by Arthur Larson at Horton Tank Graphics, Hadley, Massachusets on handmade Japanese Ogawashi paper. The book was set in Monotype Lutetia by Julia Ferrari and Dan Carr at Golgonooza Letter Foundry, Ashuelot Village, New Hampshire. The woodblocks, cut by Michael Berdan, were editioned at Evans Editions, Inc., New York, New York.

Matching slipcase designed by Clemente is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 8.25" x 12.5".
 
Lot 4086

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique atlases and books with maps shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains the following titles: "The American Lawyer and Business-Man's Form-Book" (Phelps, Fanning & Co., 1852), "Mitchell's Modern Atlas" (E. H. Butler & Company, 1886), "The Century Atlas of the World" (The Century Co., 1914) and "The World Up to Date Commercial History: Geographical, Statistical and Industrial" (L. G. Stahl, 1904) by J. Martin Miller. 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 4087

$55

Title: Historia general de las conquistas del Nuevo Reino de Granada a la S. C. R. M. de D. Carlos Segundo, Rey de las Espanas y las Indias
Author: Lucas Fernandez Piedrahita - Colombian priest and historian. Bishop of Santa Marta (1669) and of Panama (1676). Author of "Historia general de las conquistas del Nuevo Reino de Granada" (1688), for whose writing he consulted a large number of unpublished documents and manuscripts in Madrid.

Publisher: Imprenta de Medardo Rivas
City: Bogota
Year: 1881
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 412 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound is quarter leather with paper-covered boards. Book shows external wear, with rubbing to boards and corners, with minor loss of material at corners. Binding is tight. Previous owner's signature appears on front pastedown. Lightly age-toned pages show sporadic foxing.
 
Lot 4088

$70

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 William Dean Howells' "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1961, in slipcase) and "Spoon River Anthology" (1942) by Edgar Lee Masters. 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.
 
Lot 4089

$40

Title: Lo spettacolo della natura, ovvero dialoghi intorno alle particolarita della storia naturale, che si son giudicate piu acconce a destar la curiosita nella Gioventu, e ad istruire la di lei mente. Tomo Sesto. Contenente cio, che spetta l'esterior, e l'interior della terra
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Francesco Ricciardo Stampatore del Real Palazzo
City: Venice
Year: 1741
Binding Style: Other - see description
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 385 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in crudely stitched stiff wrappers that show light wear and annotations to front cover. Book is soundly bound. Pages display occasional light foxing. Illustrated with 2 plates depicting fossils and fold-out map.
 
Lot 4090

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of collectible estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains a first printing of Walter Mosley's "Known to Evil" (Riverhead Books, 2010) signed by the author, a first edition of "D'Aulaires Trolls" (Doubleday, 1972), and a first printing of "Hockney Posters" (Harmony Books, 1987), with related ephemera laid in. 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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