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Lot 4135

$1,200

Title: The Richard Wright Suite
Artist: John Wilson
Medium: Etching
Features: Signed In Plate
Print Year: 2001
Width: 16.0" Height: 12.0"
Art Notes: This suite of etchings is number 35 of 60, individually numbered and signed by John Wilson. The portfolio contains title page, table of illus., colophon and the complete series of six dramatic two-color blue and black etchings with aquatint designed to illustrate Richard Wright's story Down by the Riverside (1938). This portfolio contains two extra etchings that were not used in the book and therefore constitutes a complete record of the artist's work on this project. The Limited Editions Club print portfolios of the past fifteen years have always contained the same images as the bound

The portfolio was editioned by James Stroud at the Center Street Studio, Boston, on Rives BFK.

Blue cloth-covered case with inset gilt-lettered leather title label and velvet lining is in excellent condition. Oblong case measures approximately 17.5" x 13".

Please note that the Limited Editions Club publication "Down by the Riverside" (2001) referenced above is also being offered in this auction.

Condition: Prints and clamshell case are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 4136

$100

Title: The Naval Cutter Alert 1777
Author: Peter Goodwin
Publisher: Phoenix Publications Inc.
City: Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Year: 1991
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 126 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 10"
Book Details: This is a title in the series Anatomy of the Ship.
Condition / Notes: Volumes and dust jackets are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated with plans, drawings and b&w photos.

Please note that this lot contains 28 copies of THE SAME TITLE.
 
Lot 4137

$35

Title: Ensayo de historia americana
Author: Felipe Salvador Gilij - Filippo Salvatore Gilii (Spanish: Felipe Salvator Gilij) was an Italian Jesuit priest who lived in Nueva Granada (in present day central Venezuela) on the Orinoco river. Gilii is a celebrated figure in early South American linguistics due to his advanced insights into the nature of languages.

Gilii was born in Legogne, Italy (Umbria region). Most of what is known about the ethnology of the Tamanaco Indians was recorded by Gilii.

Translator: Antonio Tovar
Publisher: Academia Nacional de la Historia
City: Caracas
Year: 1965
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This is a title in the series Fuentes para la historia colonial de Venezuela (numbers 71-73). Contains translation and preliminary study by Antonio Tovar.
Condition / Notes: Set is bound in original printed wrappers. Books show light external wear, with small stains to front cover of first volume. Pages display light pencil underlining throughout. Contains full-page illustrations.
 
Lot 4138

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Most of these books are about the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Every volume has been signed by the author.
This group of books is shown in the corresponding image(s). 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 4139

$1,150

Title: Un coup de des
Author: Stephane Mallarme - Stephane Mallarme, whose real name was Etienne Mallarme, was a French poet and critic. He was a major French symbolist poet, and his work anticipated and inspired several revolutionary artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurism.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1992
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 13" Height: 17.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this seminal work by French poet Stephane Mallarme, signed by American artist Ellsworth Kelly in pencil on the limitation page. This is number 228 of 300.

This folio is bound in full black leather with bright stamped gilt lettering to spine. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains the original French text of the poem and 11 lithographs in black and white.

Ellsworth Kelly (born May 31, 1923) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with Hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the Minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors. He lives and works in Spencertown, New York.

This edition was printed by Daniel Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress in Hadley, Massachusett, on a Velin BFK Rives paper. The book was hand-set in Monotype Bodoni by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry. Bruce Porter of Trestle Editions in New York City printed the lithographs on BFK Rives paper. This project was coordinated by Jack Shear.

Clamshell case with inset leather spine label and velvet lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 14" x 18.25".
 
Lot 4140

$100

Title: Oedipus
Author: Friedrich Durrenmatt - Friedrich Durrenmatt was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophically deep crime novels, and often macabre satire. Durrenmatt was a member of the Gruppe Olten.

Translator: Leila Vennewitz - Leila Vennewitz was born in England and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris where she began her study of German. She also spent twelve years in China studying Chinese and Italian. Vennewitz became known for her translations of Heinrich Boll, who would go on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1972). She also translated Martin Walser, Uwe Johnson, Hermann Hesse, Nicolas Born, Alexander Kluge, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Jurek Becker, Uwe Timm, Walter Kempowski and Alfred Andersch. Vennewitz received many awards during her life, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (1968), the Goethe House/PEN prize (1978) and the German Literary Prize (1989) from the American Translator's Association. She died in Vancouver, where she had lived for the last fifty years of her life.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1989
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 41 pages
Width: 11" Height: 14.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Friedrich Durrenmatt, pencil signed by both the author and illustrator Marie Cosindas on the colophon page. This is number 96 of 650.

This folio is bound in in full linen over boards with gilt-lettered burgandy leather spine. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains two photogravures by Maria Cosindas.

The text has been set in Monotype Walbaum at Out of Sorts Letter Foundery. This book was printed at Heritage Printers. The photogravure plates were made by Jon Goodman and the plates have been editioned at Renaissance Press and Wingate Studio. The gravures are printed on Arches Paper and the text on paper made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. This book was designed by Benjamin Shiff.

Black linen slipcase with burgundy suede lining is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 11.25" x 15". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4141

$250

Title: Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
Author: Washington Irving - Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846.

He made his literary debut in 1802 with a series of observational letters to the Morning Chronicle, written under the pseudonym Jonathan Oldstyle. After moving to England for the family business in 1815, he achieved international fame with the publication of "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." in 1819. He continued to publish regularly—and almost always successfully—throughout his life, and completed a five-volume biography of George Washington just eight months before his death, at age 76, in Tarrytown, New York.

Irving, along with James Fenimore Cooper, was among the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving encouraged American authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. Irving was also admired by some European writers, including Sir Walter Scott, Lord Byron, Thomas Campbell, Francis Jeffrey, and Charles Dickens. As America's first genuine internationally best-selling author, Irving advocated for writing as a legitimate profession, and argued for stronger laws to protect American writers from copyright infringement.
Publisher: Carey, Lea & Blanchard
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1836
Printing Information: First State
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: Classic early work on John Astor's Pacific coast fur trading enterprise, based in part on the journals of Robert Stuart, William Price Hunt, and Ramsay Crooks, along with extracts from Capt. Bonneville's notes on the western Indians.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition, Blanck's first state, with the copyright notice and imprint on the verso of the title page in the first volume, and the garbled footnote on page 239 of the second volume.

Antique set has been rebound in quarter red leather with marbled paper-covered boards. Spines have raised bands and bright gilt lettering. Binding is in excellent condition. Pages show scattered foxing. Previous owner's name is signed and dated (Nov. 1836) on preliminary blank page of second volume. Intact folding map, entitled "Sketch of the Routes of Hunt and Stuart," is present in pocket at rear of second volume.
 
Lot 4142

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

- El evangelio de Marcos en lengua Tuneba - Translated by Maria Elena Marquez - Dated 1975 by Centro de Lenguas Indigenas, Instituto de Investigaciones Historicas, Universidad Catolica "Andres Bello"

- Glosario de voces indigenas de Venezuela by Lisandro Alvarado - Dated 1921 by Ediciones Victoria - First Edition - Antique volume is bound in three-quarter leather.

- Escritos varios by Jose Gumilla - Dated 1970 by Academia Nacional de la Historia - First Edition - Title number 94 in the series Fuentes para la historia colonial de Venezuela

- Elegias de varones ilustres de Indias by Juan de Castellanos - Dated 1962 by Academia Nacional de la Historia - First Edition

- Folk Literature of the Warao Indians: Narrative Material and Motif Content by Johannes Wilbert - Dated 1970 by Latin American Center, University of California - First Edition - Latin American Studies Volume 15.

- Wild Scenes in South America; or, Life in the Llanos of Venezuela by Ramon Paez - Dated 1863 by Charles Scribner - Second Edition - Rebound book is in tight library binding.

- A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro, with an Account of the Native Tribes, and Observations on the Climate, Geology, and Natural History of the Amazon Valley by Alfred Russel Wallace - Dated 1889 by Ward, Lock and Co. - Second Edition - Volumes shows loss of material at ends of spine. Binding is cracked at title page.
 
Lot 4143

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains works relating to the history of the United States, among which are Booker T. Washington's "Up from Slavery" (1970) and "The Life of Washington" by Mason L. Weems (1974). 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 4144

$50

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of antique Italian-language literary and historical titles shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

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.
 
Lot 4145

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Codice d'instruzione criminale, coi motivi esposti dai Consiglieri di Stato, e coi rapporti fatti dalla Commissione di legislazione del Corpo legislativo sopra ognuna delle leggi componenti questo Codice. Tomo Secondo. Motivi e Rapporti by uncredited author - Dated 1809 by uncredited

- Lo stato presente di tutti i paesi e populi del mondo naturale, politiico e morale, con nuove osservazioni, e correzioni degli antichi, e modeni Viaggiatori. Volume IX. Dei regni di Boemia, e d'ungheria, dell'imperio germanico in generale, ed in particolare de circoli d'Austria, Baviera, Franconia, Sassonia, Superiore e Inferiore by uncredited author - Dated 1740 by Francesco Ricciardo

- Supplimento del bullettino della commissione feudale N. 8 by uncredited author - Dated 1838 by Tipografia Trani

- Legislazione civile commerciale e criminale ossia comentario e compimento dei codici francesi...Opera del Barone Locre by Giuseppe Cioffi, Jean Guillaume Locre de Roissy Translated by Giuseppe Cioffi - Dated 1841-1843 by Stablimento Letterario-Tipografico di Giuseppe Cioffi Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: No  - Volumes 4, 7, 12

- Giornale dell'Intendenza di Bari Num. 992 by uncredited author - Dated 1837 by uncredited - Antique volume is bound in quarter leather with marble paper-covered boards.
 
Lot 4146

$45

Title: A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy
Author: Laurence Sterne - Laurence Sterne was an Anglo-Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He is best known for his novels "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," and "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy"; but he also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics. Sterne died in London after years of fighting consumption.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: High Wycombe
Year: 1936
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: vi/135 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: "A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy" is a novel by the Irish-born English author Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765, Sterne travelled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a sentimental point of view. The novel can be seen as an epilogue to the possibly unfinished work "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," and also as an answer to Tobias Smollett's decidedly unsentimental Travels through France and Italy. (Sterne met Smollett during his travels in Europe, and strongly objected to his spleen, acerbity and quarrelsomeness. He modeled the character of Smelfungus on him.)

The novel was extremely popular and influential and helped establish travel writing as the dominant genre of the second half of the 18th century. Unlike prior travel accounts which stressed classical learning and objective non-personal points of view, "A Sentimental Journey" emphasized the subjective discussions of personal taste and sentiments, of manners and morals over classical learning. Throughout the 1770s female travel writers began publishing significant numbers of sentimental travel accounts. Sentiment also became a favorite style among those expressing non-mainstream views including political radicalism.

The narrator is the Reverend Mr. Yorick, who is slyly represented to guileless readers as Sterne's barely disguised alter ego. The book recounts his various adventures, usually of the amorous type, in a series of self-contained episodes. The book is less eccentric and more elegant in style than Tristram Shandy and was better received by contemporary critics. It was published on 27 February, and on 18 March Sterne died.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Laurence Sterne, pencil signed by designer Eric Gill and illustrator Denis Tegetmeier on the colophon page. This is number 1464 of 1500.

This volume is bound in original tan buckram with pink and blue stamped border design and ornate initials L S on both covers. Bright stamped gilt lettering appears on spine Volume shows darkening to spine and light shelfwear. Pencil annotations can be seen on copyright page, blank page opposite it, and in top left corner of rear flyleaf. Interior is otherwise clean and without markings. This book contains 8 full-page etchings by Tegetmeier.

Slipcase shows light external wear. Case measures approximately 9.75" x 12.25".
 
Lot 4147

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Chinese art books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Maggie Keswick's "The Chinese Garden: History, Art & Architecture" (Rizzoli, 1980) and Robert Hatfield Elsworth's "Chinese Furniture: Hardwood Examples of the Ming and Early Ch'ing Dynasties" (Random House, c.1970, in slipcase). Also included is a photo album in pictorial cloth, with color photographs and accompanying cards with notations. Photos appear to be from the Peking Opera. 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 4148

$45

Title: Delle forze dell'intendimento umano, o sia il pirronismo confutato, trattato di Lodovico Antonio Muratori, bibliotecario del serenissimo signor Duca di Modena
Author: Ludovico Antonio Muratori
Publisher: Giambattista Pasquali
City: Venice
Year: 1752
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 247 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in original wrappers. Book shows external wear, with loss of material to head of spine cover. Binding is solid. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings.
 
Lot 4149

$100

Title: The Magician of Lublin
Author: Isaac Bashevis SInger - Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born, Jewish-American author. He was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He won two U.S. National Book Awards, one in Children's Literature for his memoir "A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw" and one in Fiction for his collection "A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories."

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1984
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: x/220 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Nobel prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer, signed by the author and illustrator Larry Rivers on the colophon page. This is number 27 of 1500.

This volume is bound in leather-backed linen boards, with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book is in excellent condition. This book contains three original color lithographs by Rivers.

The composition in Monotype Van Dijck with Monotype Janson titling has been performed by the Mackenzie-Harris Corporation. The text has been printed by The Anthoensen Press. The book has been designed by Ben Shiff. The lithographs have been printed by the Water Street Press. This edition has been bound by Robert Burlen & Son.

Slipcase with stamped gilt lettering to spine shows light shelfwear. Case measures approximately 9.5" x 12.75". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4150

$1450

Title: Heart of Darkness
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: 1992
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 121 pages
Width: 10.5" Height: 12.25"
Book Details: "Heart of Darkness" is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It was classified by the Modern Library website editors as one of the "100 best novels" and part of the Western canon.

The story centers on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a river-boat captain in Africa. "Heart of Darkness" exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans' cruel treatment of the African natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time of writing the Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. In the story, Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.

This symbolic story is a story within a story or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts his Congolese adventure to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary from dusk through to late night. The passage of time and the darkening sky during Marlow's narrative parallels the atmosphere of the events he narrates.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Joseph Conrad, pencil signed by Sean Scully on the colophon page. This is number 228 of 300.  This volume is bound in in full leather with bright gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains four full- and four half-page etchings.

Sean Scully (born 30 June 1945) is an Irish-born American painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. His work is collected in major museums worldwide.  This book was set in Fourni at Golgonooza Letter Foundry by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari. The text was printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress on Lana Royal. Mohammad O. Khalil printed the etchings.

Velvet-lined clamshell case with inset gilt-lettered leather spine label is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 11.25" x 13.25".
 
Lot 4151

$50
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Illustrated Guide for Modeling the Royal Yacht Fubbs, 1724 by William J. Romero - Dated 1997 by Pier Books/Dupont Communications - First Edition - Volume is bound in original wrappers. Book is in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated.
 
Lot 4152

$850

Title: Science and Civilisation in China
Author: Joseph Needham - Noel Joseph Terence Montgomery Needham, also known as Li Yuese, was a British scientist, historian and sinologist known for his scientific research and writing on the history of Chinese science. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1941, and as a fellow of the British Academy in 1971. In 1992, the Queen conferred on him the Companionship of Honour and the Royal Society noted he was the only living person to hold these three titles.

In 1948, Needham, proposed a project to the Cambridge University Press for a book on "Science and Civilisation in China." Within weeks of it being accepted, the project had grown to seven volumes and it has expanded ever since. His initial collaborator was the historian Wang Ling, who he had met in Lizhuang and obtained a position for at Trinity. The first years were devoted to compiling a list of every mechanical invention and abstract idea that had been made and conceived in China. These included cast iron, the ploughshare, the stirrup, gunpowder, printing, the magnetic compass, and clockwork escapements, most of which were thought at the time to be western inventions. The first volume eventually appeared in 1954.

The publication received widespread acclaim which increased to the lyrical as further volumes appeared. He wrote fifteen volumes himself and the regular production of further volumes continued after his death in 1995. After volume III the volumes were split into parts and currently 24 volumes have been published. Successive volumes have been published as they became ready, which means that they have not appeared in the order originally contemplated in the project's prospectus.

Needham's final organising schema:
Vol. I. Introductory Orientations
Vol. II. History of Scientific Thought
Vol. III. Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and Earth
Vol. IV. Physics and Physical Technology
Vol. V. Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Vol. VI. Biology and Biological Technology
Vol. VII. The Social Background

The project is still proceeding under the guidance of the Publications Board of the Needham Research Institute, chaired by Christopher Cullen.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press UK
City: Cambridge, England
Year: 1954-2000
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 21 Complete: No
Width: 7.75" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: "Science and Civilisation in China" (1954–2008) is a series of books initiated and edited by British biochemist and sinologist Joseph Needham (1900–1995). They deal with the history of science and technology in China. To date there have been seven volumes in twenty-seven books. The series was on the Modern Library Board's 100 Best Nonfiction books of the 20th century.

In 1954, Needham—along with an international team of collaborators—initiated the project to study the science, technology, and civilisation of ancient China. This project produced a series of volumes published by Cambridge University Press. The project is still continuing under the guidance of the Publications Board of the Needham Research Institute (NRI), chaired by Christopher Cullen.

Needham's transliteration of Chinese characters uses the Wade-Giles system, though the aspirate apostrophe (e.g., ch'i) was rendered 'h'. However, it was abandoned in favor of the pinyin system by the NRI board in April 2004, with Volume 5, Part 11 becoming the first to use the new system.`

Vol. 1: Introductory Orientations; Vol. 2: History of Scientific Thought; Vol. 3: Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and Earth; Vol. 4, Part 1: Physics; Vol. 4, Part 2: Mechanical Engineering; Vol. 4, Part 3: Civil Engineering and Nautics; Vol. 5, Part 1: Paper and Printing; Vol. 5, Part 2: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Magisteries of Gold and Immortality; Vol. 5, Part 3: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Historical Survey, from Cinnabar Elixirs to Synthetic Insulin; Vol. 5, Part 4: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Apparatus and Theory; Vol. 5, Part 5: Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Physiological Alchemy; Vol. 5, Part 6: Military Technology: Missiles and Sieges; Vol. 5, Part 7: Military Technology: The Gunpowder Epic; Vol. 5, Part 8: "Work in progress"; Vol. 5, Part 9: Textile Technology: Spinning and Reeling; Vol. 5, Part 10: "Work in progress"; Vol. 5, Part 11: Ferrous Metallurgy; Vol. 5, Part 12: Ceramic Technology; Vol. 5, Part 13: Mining; Vol. 6, Part 1: Botany; Vol. 6, Part 2: Agriculture; Vol. 6, Part 3: Agroindustries and Forestry; Vol. 6, Part 4: "Work in progress"; Vol. 6, Part 5: Fermentations and Food Science; Vol. 6, Part 6: Medicine; Vol. 7, Part 1: Language and Logic; Vol. 7, Part 2: General Conclusions and Reflections;

Condition / Notes: This is a rare 21-volume set of this monumental scholarly study, with attached author autograph in both Chinese and English. Author's signature appears on small paper card now taped to preliminary page of first volume. This set contains volumes I, II, III, IV.1, IV.2, IV.3, V.1, V.2, V.3, V.4, V.5, V. 6, V.7, V.9, V.12, V.13, VI.1, VI.2, VI.3, VI.5, VII.1

Volumes are bound in cloth-backed pictorial paper-covered boards, with bright gilt lettering to spine. Books show mild external wear, with volumes IV.2, V.4, V.9 and VI.1 showing spotting to top edges. A small number of volumes may show occasional marginalia in the form of a (small group of) light pencil check mark(s). Lavishly illustrated, with b&w photos, fold-out plates and maps.  All but first volume have dust jackets.
 
Lot 4153

$350

Title: The Bottom of the Harbor
Author: Joseph Mitchell - Joseph Mitchell was an American writer best known for the work he published in The New Yorker. He is known for his carefully written portraits of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.

Mitchell was born on his maternal grandparents' farm near Fairmont, North Carolina, the son of Averette Nance and Elizabeth A. Parker Mitchell. The family business was cotton and tobacco trading, and family money helped to support Mitchell throughout his life.

Mitchell came to New York City in 1929, at the age of 21, with the ambition of becoming a political reporter. He worked for such newspapers as The World, the New York Herald Tribune, and the New York World-Telegram, at first covering crime and then doing interviews, profiles, and character sketches. In 1931, he took a brief break from journalism to work on a freighter that sailed to Leningrad and brought back pulp logs to New York City. He returned to journalism after this interlude and continued to write for New York newspapers until he was hired by St. Clair McKelway at The New Yorker in 1938, where he remained until his death in 1996.

Mitchell's last book was his empathetic account of the Greenwich Village street character and self-proclaimed historian Joe Gould's extravagantly disguised case of writer's block, published as "Joe Gould's Secret" (1964). Many of Mitchell's admirers agree that this last book sadly presaged the last decades of Mitchell's own life. From 1964 until his death in 1996, Mitchell would go to work at his office on a daily basis, but he never published anything significant again. In a remembrance of Mitchell printed in the June 10, 1996, issue of The New Yorker, his colleague Roger Angell wrote: "Each morning, he stepped out of the elevator with a preoccupied air, nodded wordlessly if you were just coming down the hall, and closed himself in his office. He emerged at lunchtime, always wearing his natty brown fedora (in summer, a straw one) and a tan raincoat; an hour and a half later, he reversed the process, again closing the door. Not much typing was heard from within, and people who called on Joe reported that his desktop was empty of everything but paper and pencils. When the end of the day came, he went home. Sometimes, in the evening elevator, I heard him emit a small sigh, but he never complained, never explained."

Perhaps an explanation does emerge, however, in a remark that Mitchell made to Washington Post writer David Streitfeld (quoted here from Newsday, August 27, 1992): "You pick someone so close that, in fact, you are writing about yourself. Joe Gould had to leave home because he didn't fit in, the same way I had to leave home because I didn't fit in. Talking to Joe Gould all those years he became me in a way, if you see what I mean."

Joseph Mitchell served on the board of directors of the Gypsy Lore Society, was one of the founders of the South Street Seaport Museum, was involved with the Friends of Cast-Iron Architecture, and served five years on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. In August 1937, he placed third in a clam-eating tournament on Block Island by eating 84 cherrystone clams. He died of cancer at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan at the age of 87.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1991
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 249 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Joseph Mitchell, pencil signed by the author on the colophon page. This is number 243 of 250.

This volume is bound in black linen boards with gilt-lettered black leather spine. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains Mitchell's stories about the New York City waterfront illustrated with five photogravures by Berenice Abbott.

The text was set in Monotype Bell by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The text was printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress on a paper made at Cartiere Enrico Magnani. The photogravure plates were made by Jon Goodman, and were printed by Sara Krohn and Wingate Studio on hand-made H. M. P. Paper

Velvet-lined black cloth-covered slipcase shows light shelfwear. Case measures approximately 9.75" x 12.5".
 
Lot 4154

$550

Title: My Sister Life
Author: Boris Pasternak - Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russia, Pasternak's anthology "My Sister, Life," is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language. Furthermore, Pasternak's translations of stage plays by Goethe, Schiller, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and William Shakespeare remain deeply popular with Russian audiences.

Outside Russia, Pasternak is best known as the author of "Doctor Zhivago," a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. Due to its independent minded stance on the socialist state, Doctor Zhivago was refused publication in the USSR. At the instigation of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, "Doctor Zhivago" was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year, an event which both humiliated and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In the midst of a massive campaign against him by both the KGB and the Union of Soviet Writers, Pasternak reluctantly agreed to decline the Prize. In his resignation letter to the Nobel Committee, Pasternak stated the reaction of the Soviet State was the only reason for his decision.

By the time of his death from lung cancer in 1960, the campaign against Pasternak had severely damaged the international credibility of the U.S.S.R. He remains a major figure in Russian literature to this day. Furthermore, tactics pioneered by Pasternak were later continued, expanded, and refined by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and other Soviet dissidents.

Translator: Mark Rudman - Mark Rudman is an American poet. He was Professor at Columbia University and New York University.  He graduated from The New School with a BA, and from Columbia University with an MFA. His work has appeared in Salt magazine, The Nation, and New York Review of Books.

Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1991
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 81 pages
Width: 16.25" Height: 19.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this collection of poetry by Nobel Laureate Boris Pasternak, signed by illustrator Yuri Kuper on the limitation page. This is number 243 of 250.

This folio is halfbound with a gray Nigerian oasis goatskin spine and the same leather used as strips on the fore-edge of each cover with treated handmade paper sides using the same paper as the text. Paper was made by hand to resemble the sort of stock produced in the 1920s in the Soviet Union. To attain this unique effect, Russian newspapers have been cut into minute pieces which were then incorporated with the rags and cotton pulp, and individual Cyrillic letters were floated into the mixture before the process was completed. Volume is in excellent condition. This book contains etchings by Yuri Kuper.

This edition was printed at Wild Carrot Letterpress. The text has been set in eighteen point English Monotype Scotch Roman by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari at Golgonooza Letter Foundry. The design is by Michael Anikst, London. The etchings were printed by Aldo Crommelynck in Paris, on Hahnemuhle paper. The paper used for the text is a handmade letterpress sheet by H. M. R. in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Slipcase in full cloth is in fine condition. Case measures approximately 16.5" x 19.75". Club Newsletter specific to this volume is laid-in.
 
Lot 4155

$100

Book Details: This lot includes the group of Limited Editions Club books shown in the corresponding image(s). This collection contains titles by Russian authors, among which are Pushkin's "The Golden Cockerel" and "The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov" (1973). 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. Slipcase containing Pushkin title shows damage to spine, top panel and fore edge.
 
Lot 4156

$120

Title: The Frigate Diana
Author: David White
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
City: Annapolis
Year: 1987
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 120 pages
Width: 10.25" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Title in the series "Anatomy of the Ship." The DIANA was one of the few Royal Navy frigates for which nearly all records and drawings have survived, from its launching in 1794 to its decommissioning and sale to the Dutch in 1815. This volume offers close photographic studies of the several models that have survived, plus several score reconstructed detailed architectural drawings of her hull, deck plans, sail plan, stowage, armament, and outfitting.
Condition / Notes: Volumes and dust jackets are in excellent condition. Profusely illustrated.

Please note that this lot contains 24 copies of THE SAME TITLE. All of these books are still in plastic wrapping.
 
Lot 4157

$25

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique decorative theology books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are an 8-volume set of "The Christian Herald Library" (1895, in case) and a 4-volume set entitled "The Illustrated Scripture History for the Young" (J. D. Carson & Co., n.d.) by John Howard. 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. Please note that first volume of "The Illustrated Scripture History" has detached title page.
 
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