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Lot 9001

$175
This lot includes the large etching of a famous aquarelle by American landscape painter and printmaker Winslow Homer, best known for his marine subjects. Entitled "A Voice from the Cliffs," this work is signed by W. Homer in the left side of the plate and by the etcher Teyssonnieres on the right side, both in the plate and, in pencil, just below the image. This is a deluxe edition on vellum, in its original frame. The work measures approximately 33 1/4" x 26".

The image is of three English fisherwomen, standing on the right side, looking left. Two hold baskets, while a third carries the fishing net over her shoulder. In the distance is a small sailboat on the calm water of the shore at the foot of the cliffs that loom in the background. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $49.50
Lot 9002

$850
Title: The Stock Market Crash - and After
Author: Irving Fisher
Publisher: Macmillan Company
Printing Year: 1930 Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped red cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a rare autographed book containing an analysis of the causes and effects of the stock market crash of 1929 by Yale economist Irving Fisher (1867 -1947). Fisher was one of the earliest American neoclassical economists and, although he was perhaps the first celebrity economist, his reputation today is probably higher than it was in his lifetime. Several concepts are named after him, including the Fisher equation, Fisher hypothesis and Fisher separation theorem.

The author states his purpose in writing this book in its preface: "This book is the outgrowth of several years' study of the stock market consequent on the publication by me, in newspapers, of weekly and daily index number of stock prices, sales and values. In trying to appraise the market crash during the autumn of 1929, I have made use of all sources of information available to me to date. Readers will doubtless find some inconsistencies between my previous writings and the present book, as I have modified my opinions from time to time with the march of events and with the unfolding of evidence. I may, and probably shall, further modify them with subsequent developments. The book is in no sense, therefore, an attempt to justify opinions hitherto expressed. It has been written without reference to any previous expressions. I had stated my opinion in September, preceding the panic, that the market had reached its peak, as proved to be the case. I also expressed the view that the recession would not be in the nature of a serous crash, in which I was mistaken. I also predicted that the new plateau of stock prices would survive any recession. This has proved true (see Chart 4). I have also tried in this book to set forth the chief opinions held by others, whether or not they agree with my own conclusions, past or present, in the hope that the reader will in this way have before him all the chief points of view that it is practicable to assemble. To publish the book now may seem audacious, but there is advantage in writing tentative conclusions while impressions and memories are still fresh. Someone has said that the "true perspective" of the historian really means he waits until everyone who could contradict him has died! It is, of course, too early to reach any absolutely sure conclusion; nothing is more difficult to analyze and understand thoroughly than a panic; especially, a panic so great and so peculiar as that which has visited the American stock market. It stands unique in the annals of finance. But even if some of the views here expressed should later be found in need of revision, I trust this book will have served its purpose by contributing somewhat toward a better eventual understanding of the problem. The ordinary explanations now finding the greatest currency seem to me far too simple and naive."

The author's signature appears on the free front endpaper. The work is illustrated with many charts. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and contains 286 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9004

$225
This lot is part of the personal library of scholar and feminist activist Marilyn French (1929-2009). We were recently contacted by her heirs to handle the sale of her personal collection of reference titles and literature and this lot is one of many we will be offering over the course of today’s auction, from that large collection. In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-dominated global culture. Ms. French was a prolific author whose novels as well as books of essays and literary criticism all explored this theme.

Title: Ulysses: A Critical and Synoptic Edition
Author: James Joyce
Publisher: Garland Publishing, Inc.
Printing Year: 1984
Number of Volumes: Complete 3 volume set

Notes: Bound in cloth with bright gilt embossing, this set is a scarce landmark scholarly edition of this most famous of modernist novels. With its complex mixture of narrative styles, including stream-of-consciousness techniques, and of Joyce's own extensive learning in both literature and history, "Ulysses" stands as one of the greatest literary achievements, in any language, of the 20th century. This is a "critical and synoptic" edition of the novel. The "synoptic" rendering of the text is printed on the left-hand pages (versos): these pages present diacritically the editor's collation of Joyce's revisions to all draft levels from fair copies to the first edition. The "critical" text is printed on the right-hand pages (rectos): these pages present the critically edited, reading text for the same portion of "Ulysses".

Since its first publication in serial form in 1918, Joyce's "Ulysses" has been plagued with textual errors. Over the years, corrected editions of "Ulysses" have fallen into three categories. In the first are editions that seek to correct errors introduced during the printing process. In the second are editions that seek to correct these printers' errors as well as errors introduced at earlier stages of the text's production, including errors on manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs by the author, typists, proof-readers and printers. To varying degrees, the Shakespeare and Company and Egoist Press printings, and the Odyssey Press editions fall into this second category. In the third, are "scholarly editions" that go back to the original documents to reconstruct a text critically, then provide alongside the critical, reading text, the material evidence for all editorial decisions. Hans Walter Gabler's edition of "Ulysses" falls into this third category. The reading text of the edition is widely accepted as the most accurate yet.

The volumes are in excellent condition, and are solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The books measure approximately 6 1/4" x 9 1/4". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9006

$800
Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
Printing Year: 1925 First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in dark green cloth with embossed lettering, this antique volume is a scarce first edition of this landmark work of American literature. Although it was adapted into both a Broadway play and a Hollywood film within a year of publication, it was not popular upon initial printing, selling fewer than 25,000 copies during the remaining 15 years of Fitzgerald's life. It was largely forgotten during the Great Depression and World War II. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the "Great American Novel." "The Great Gatsby" has become a standard text in high school and university courses on American literature in countries around the world, and is ranked second in the Modern Library's list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century.

This is a first edition, first issue, identifiable by the following points: "chatter" vs. "echolalia" on page 60, line 16; "northern" vs. "southern" on page 119, line, 22; "with sick in tired" vs. "sickantired" on page 205, lines 9-10; "Union Street Station" vs. "Union Station" on page 211, lines 7-8; and by the appearance of the Scribner seal on copyright page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. All preliminary pages (including title page) are lacking. The book is slightly cocked. Previous owner's stamp appears along bottom edge of page 93 (please see image). The book measures approximately 5 3/4" x 7 3/4" and contains 218 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50 Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50

Lot 9008

$90
Title: The Plays
Author: Edward Albee
Publisher: Atheneum Book MacMillan Publishing Company
Printing Year: 1991
Number of Volumes: Signed First Printing of Complete 3 volume set

Notes: Bound in blue cloth with bright silver lettering to spine, this set is a scarce autographed collection of the plays of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee (b. 1928), best known for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "The Zoo Story," "The Sandbox," and "The American Dream."

His works are considered well-crafted, often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugène Ionesco. Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee's daring mix of theatricalism and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post-war American theatre in the early 1960s. Albee continues to experiment in new works, such as "The Goat: or, Who Is Sylvia?" (2002). (Paragraph Courtesy Wikipedia)

The author's signature appears on the title page of each volume. The volumes are in excellent condition, and are solidly bound with clean, bright pages. New dustjackets are in mylar covers. The books measure approximately 6" x 8 1/2". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $8.50
Lot 9010

$45
Title: Movable Books: An Illustrated History
Author: Peter Haining
Publisher: New English Library
Printing Year: 1979

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth with bright silver lettering to spine, this large-format oblong volume is a scarce history of "folding, revolving, dissolving, mechanical, scenic, panoramic, dimensional, changing, pop-up and other novelty books from the collection of David and Briar Philips." English publisher and writer Peter Haining (1940 -2007) was responsible for bringing together a number of rare examples of mechanical books in this the first book to be devoted wholly to the subject. The work is illustrated with many photographs and drawings of these uncommon works. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages. The book measures approximately 12" x 13" and contains 141 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9012

$60
This lot includes the bright hand-colored copper engraving shown in the corresponding image. This plate is entitled "A View of Matlock Bath, Twelve Miles from Derby." It was drawn and engraved by British publisher John Boydell (1720 - 1804), noted precisely for his reproductions of engravings. He helped alter the trade imbalance between Britain and France in engravings and initiated a British tradition in the art form. A former engraver himself, Boydell promoted the interests of artists as well as patrons, and as a result, his business prospered.

This work offers in its stunningly vivid colors a landscape view from the bank of a pond to the area just beyond it, with a number of people from a variety of social classes interspersed at different points along the center axis. The image offers a juxtaposition of nature and civilization, with cliffs and forest to one side and well-proportioned buildings and rustic cottages on the other. Top right corner is marked 4. Bottom left corner states "Publish'd according to Act of Parliament by J. Boydell 1749." This engraving measures 18 3/4" and 13 1/4". Opposite corner bears the following caption: "J. Boydell delin. et Sculp." To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50
Lot 9014

$175
Title: The Godwulf Manuscript
Author: Robert B. Parker
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Printing Year: 1974 First Printing Inscribed

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with embossed design and gilt lettering, this volume is a scarce autographed edition of acclaimed American crime writer Robert B. Parker (b. 1932). His most famous works are the Spenser series, which achieved a far wider audience due to being dramatized as a television series, "Spenser: For Hire," on the ABC network during the late 1980s.

Set in the early 1970s, this novel serves as the introduction to Spenser, a private investigator in Boston. Spenser is hired by a university to recover a stolen illuminated manuscript, a medieval document of great historical and literary importance. At first, the case doesn't involve any violence. But eventually, someone ends up murdered. Even after being "fired" from finding the manuscript, Spenser continues to unravel a series of seemingly unrelated clues to discover the murderer. Terry Orchard, a university student, is the prime suspect in the murder. However, Spenser believes her to be innocent and is hired by her parents to prove so (summary courtesy of Wikipedia).

Author's inscription on half title page reads: "I had you in / mind when I / created Spenser / Robert B. Parker." The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages (edges of text block show light spotting). Intact dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6" x 8 3/4" and contains 186 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9015

$60
Title: Atlantic Ocean Pilot: The Seaman's Guide to the Navigation of the Atlantic Ocean, with Numerous Illustrations, Charts and Plans / To Which Is Added Notes on the Physical Geography of the Atlantic Ocean / Atlantic Ocean Pilot Supplement: Being Additional Information Respecting the Islands and Coasts of the Atlantic Ocean Which Has Come to Hand since the Publication of the Atlantic Ocean Pilot
Authors: J. F. Imray / W. H. Rosser / H. D. Jenkins
Publisher: James Imray & Son
Printing Year: 1895

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped maroon cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce nineteenth-century work of nautical reference originally published in 1884 that here appears with the 1895 supplement by H. D. Jenkins. The work is lavishly illustrated with in-text drawings, fold-out charts and plans. The volume shows external age/wear, with tearing along the top of front gutter and chipping at both ends of spine. The book is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 7" x 10 1/4" and contains 1008/104 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9016

$40
Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author / Artist: L. Frank Baum / Robert Sabuda
Publisher: Little Simon
Printing Year: 2000 Inscribed First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in glossy pictorial boards, this volume is a scarce collectible pop-up of Baum's classic tale with designs by Robert Sabuda (b. 1965), a leading children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer. This pop-up version of the Oz story is intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. This copy is made special by the inscription by Sabuda on the front flap: "Remember there's no place like home!" Sabuda's signature appears at the bottom of the flap. This is a wonderful accomplishment by one of the contemporary geniuses of paper engineering. There are seven double-page pop-ups in his highly intricate yet delicate style that gives new interpretation to this classic story. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 8 1/2" x 10 1/4". Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9018

$60
This lot is part of the personal library of scholar and feminist activist Marilyn French (1929-2009). We were recently contacted by her heirs to handle the sale of her personal collection of reference titles and literature and this lot is one of many we will be offering over the course of today’s auction, from that large collection. In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-dominated global culture. Ms. French was a prolific author whose novels as well as books of essays and literary criticism all explored this theme.

This auction lot includes the following group of titles by Margaret Atwood, all of which are first printings inscribed by the author to Marilyn French. All these books are in their original dustjackets and in excellent condition:

- Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983 - 2005 - Dated 2005 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
- The Door - Dated 2007 by McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
- Moral Disorder - Dated 2006 by McClelland & Stewart
- Morning in the Burned House - Dated 1995 by McClelland & Stewart
- The Tent - Dated 2006 by McClelland & Steward
- Good Bones and Simple Murders /b>- Dated 1994 by Nan A. Talese

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 9020

$90
Title: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
Author: Ian Fleming
Publisher: Random House
Printing Year: 1964 Stated First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce work of children's literature by Ian Fleming (1908 - 1964), the English author and journalist best remembered for creating the character of James Bond.

Fleming took his inspiration for the car from a series of aero-engined racing cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in the early 1920s at Higham Park, christened "Chitty Bang Bang." Fleming had known Higham Park as a guest of its later owner, Walter Wigham, chairman of Robert Fleming & Co. This work was made into a feature film in 1968. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious. The film was directed by Ken Hughes and produced by Albert R. Broccoli, best known as co-producer of the James Bond series of films, also based on Fleming's novels.

The work is illustrated with many in-text and full-page drawings by John Burningham. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact pictorial dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 3/4" x 9 1/2" and contains 114 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9022

$70
Title: The Redress of Poetry
Author: Seamus Heaney
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Printing Year: 1995 Signed First American Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in black quarter-cloth over white boards with bright gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed collection of 10 essays on poetry by Seamus Heaney (b. 1939), recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for Literature. These essays were adapted from lectures delivered at Oxford between 1989 and 1994. They "display much of the intellectual restlessness, linguistic wizardry and political conscience that have shaped Heaney's own poetry. His thesis is that poetry of the highest order must redress social imbalances, at once transfiguring the circumstances it observes and offering an unforeseen, more humane, aesthetic alternative. This is an abstract and rigorous idea, yet nonacademic readers will find much to savor as Heaney tests and refines his paradigm in light of a largely canonical selection of poets (most are from the British Isles). Ranging freely from a brief life of each poet to a close reading of a few poems by him or her, he addresses, for instance, how Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art" assuages the "loss" to which it alludes; how Christopher Marlowe's "Hero and Leander" "extended the alphabet" of Elizabethan sexual mores; and how 19th-century rustic poet John Clare achieved a truly lyrical local idiom at odds with official English. With their palpable evocation of the writing process and their disavowal of jargon and trendy political abstractions, these are exemplary essays and tell us much about the influences and obsessions of this year's Nobel laureate in literature."

The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume is excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean pages. New dustjacket, with photo of the author on rear cover, is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6" x 8 3/4" and contains 212 pages. It should be noted that several additional signed Heaney titles are being offered in this auction. Please also see lots 90, 124, 180, 314, 324, 394. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9024

$100
Title: Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life
Author: J. M. Coetzee
Publisher: Viking
Printing Year: 1997 Signed first printing

Condition/Details: Bound in light blue quarter-cloth with white paper boards, this volume is a scarce autographed first of a fictionalized autobiographical work by John Maxwell Coetzee, and focuses on his years spent growing up in South Africa. J. M. Coetzee, a novelist, translator and literary critic, won the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and has been awarded the Booker Prize twice (first for "Life & Times of Michael K" in 1983, and again for "Disgrace" in 1999). The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The book measures approximately 6" x 8 3/4" and contains 166 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9025

$100
Title: Twiddledetwit: A Fairy Tale
Author: Martha Finley
Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company Publishers
Printing Year: 1898

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with embossed pictorial front cover, this antique volume is a scarce work of children's literature by U.S. author Martha Finley (1828 - 1909), a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume "Elsie Dinsmore" series which was published over a span of 38 years. This fairy tale is illustrated with a frontispiece and full-page illustrations. The volume shows external age/wear, with soiling to covers. Book is slightly cocked. Binding is cracked. Text block is intact with unmarked pages that show occasional smudging. The book measures approximately 5" x 7 1/4" and contains 127 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9026

$22
This auction lot includes the following group of autographed titles:

- Babel Tower by A. S. Byatt - Dated 1996 by Chatto & Windus (London) - First printing in dustjacket
- Crabcakes by James Alan McPherson - Dated 1998 by Simon & Schuster - First printing in dustjacket
- Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry - Dated 2000 by Counterpoint - First printing in dustjacket
- Home Thoughts by Tim Parks - Dated 1988 by Grove Press - First printing in dustjacket
- Just As I Thought by Grace Paley - Dated 1998 by Farrar Straus Giroux - Stated first edition in dustjacket

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 9028

$20
Title: Ravelstein
Author: Saul Bellow
Publisher: Viking
Printing Year: 2000 Signed First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in brown quarter-cloth over cream-colored paper boards with bright gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of Saul Bellow's final novel. Bellow (1915 - 2005) received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976 and was the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and the only one to have been nominated for it six times.

The novel tells the tale of a friendship between two university professors and the complications that animate their erotic and intellectual attachments in the face of impending death. The novel is a roman à clef, written in memoir-form. The title character is based on the famous philosopher Allan Bloom, who taught with Bellow at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought.

The author has written his signature on the title page. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. New dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 3/4" and contains 233 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9030

$35
This lot is part of the personal library of scholar and feminist activist Marilyn French (1929-2009). We were recently contacted by her heirs to handle the sale of her personal collection of reference titles and literature and this lot is one of many we will be offering over the course of today’s auction, from that large collection. In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-dominated global culture. Ms. French was a prolific author whose novels as well as books of essays and literary criticism all explored this theme.

Title: Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum
Author: Brooke Davis Anderson
Publisher: American Folk Art Museum
Printing Year: 2001

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with bright embossed black lettering, this oblong volume is a scarce museum catalogue dedicated to the work of Henry Darger (1892-1973), a reclusive American writer and artist who worked as a janitor in Chicago, Illinois. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion," along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. Darger's work has become one of the most celebrated examples of outsider art.

This volume contains an essay by Michel Thevoz entitled "The Strange Hell of Beauty..." The work contains numerous full- and double-page color plates. The volume shows external age/wear, with sunning to edges of covers. The book is solidly bound with clean, bright pages and pictorial endpapers. Bright color dustjacket is intact and preserved in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 11 1/4" x 8 1/4" and contains 128 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50

Lot 9032

$24
This auction lot includes the following group of military history titles:

- Four Infantrymen by Ernst Johansen - Dated 1930 by Alfred H. King - Originally published in German as "Westfront 1918," previous owner's name and address on front endpaper
- Tagebuch des Capt. Wiederholdt: Vom 7 October 1776 bis 7 December 1780 by M. D. Learned & C. Grosse - No date provided by Macmillan Company - This book is a publication of "Americana Germanica" with a 14-page English-language introduction by M. D. Learned. It is the diary of an officer in the Hessian Auxiliaries that served in the American War of Independence. Text is in German

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9034

$120
Title: Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Technique and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking
Author: Julia Child
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Printing Year: 2000 Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in paper-covered boards, this volume is a scarce signed copy of Julia Child's last cookbook. This book provides basic recipes for soups, sauces, salads, dressings, vegetables, main dishes, eggs, and baked goods, along with variations and tips on kitchen techniques for each type of dish. The work is illustrated with photographs of Julia Child at work in the kitchen. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. Intact dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 7 1/4" x 8 3/4" and contains 127 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9036

$12
Title: Chistmas Alphabet Cards Collectible Tin Set
Author: Robert Sabuda
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Printing Year: 2005 Inscribed

Condition/Details: This scarce collection of twenty-six pop-up cards by Robert Sabuda appears in a tin box with cardboard wrap-around still attached. Sabuda's inscription reads: "Merry Christmas Alphabet! Best Wishes, Robert Sabuda." The tin box shows minor dents to edges of lid, and appears never to have been opened. The box measures approximately 10" x 8" (2" in height). Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9038

$55
Title: DNA: The Secret of Life
Author: James D. Watson
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Printing Year: 2003 Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth with bright silver lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of an introductory history of genetics by James D. Watson (b. 1928), an American molecular biologist, and one of the co-discoverers of DNA. The author here not only tells of the discovery of the structure of DNA, but also the gives a dazzling picture of the brilliance, ambitions and rivalries within the scientific community. This book is a companion volume to the PBS five-part television series.

Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material." He studied at the University of Chicago and Indiana University and subsequently worked at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory in England where he first met his future collaborator and personal friend Francis Crick.

In 1956 he became a junior member of Harvard University's Biological Laboratories until 1976, but in 1968 served as Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, New York and shifted its research emphasis to the study of cancer. In 1994 he became its President for ten years, and then subsequently served as its Chancellor until 2007, when he was forced into retirement by controversy over several comments about race and intelligence. Between 1988 and 1992 he was associated with the National Institutes of Health, helping to establish the Human Genome Project. He has written many science books, including the seminal textbook "The Molecular Biology of the Gene" (1965) and his bestselling book "The Double Helix" (1968) about the DNA Structure discovery. (biographical sketch courtesy of Wikipedia)

Signed by Watson in his diminutive hand on the title page. The work is lavishly illustrated with many color photographs, charts and diagrams. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. New dustjacket with is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 7 3/4" x 9 1/2" and contains 446 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9040

$16
This lot is part of the personal library of scholar and feminist activist Marilyn French (1929-2009). We were recently contacted by her heirs to handle the sale of her personal collection of reference titles and literature and this lot is one of many we will be offering over the course of today’s auction, from that large collection. In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-dominated global culture. Ms. French was a prolific author whose novels as well as books of essays and literary criticism all explored this theme.

Title: The Spenser Encyclopedia
Editor: A. C. Hamilton
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Printing Year: 1990

Condition/Details: Bound in gray cloth with bright gilt embossing, this volume is a scarce reference work relating to the life and work of the English poet Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599), best known for "The Faerie Queene," an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. This work contains nearly 700 entries and is illustrated with many drawings, photographs and maps. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 9 1/4" x 12 1/4" and contains 858 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9042

$45
This lot includes the group of German-language magazines shown in the corresponding image. There are three periodicals in this collection: 14 issues of "Das deutsche Volksspiel: Monatsschrift fur Spiel, Brauchtum und Volkstanz, Feier- und Frizeitgestaltung" (October 1936 - September 1938); third and fourth issues of "Spiel und Feier" (1938), 7 issues of "Die Jugendbuhne: Zeifschrift fur jugendliches und kindliches Szenenspiel" (November 1938 to May 1939, with three duplicate issues). Front covers bear the stamp of the the library of the "German Society of Pennsylvania." Issues of "Das deutsche Volksspiel" contain in-text drawings, silhouettes, and one tipped-in color illustration (issues show minor chipping to edges). One of the issues of "Spiel und Feier" has detached front cover. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 9044

$100
Title: Dangling Man
Author: Saul Bellow
Publisher: Vanguard Press, Inc.
Printing Year: Circa 1964 Signed second printing

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth with bright embossed gilt and silver lettering, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of the first published work by Saul Bellow (1915 - 2005), a Canadian-born American writer of Russian-Jewish origin, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts for his literary efforts. He is the only writer to have won the National Book Award three times, and the only one to have been nominated for it six times.

Written in diary format, the story centers on the life of an unemployed young man named Joseph, his relationships with his wife and friends, and his frustrations with life. Living in Chicago and waiting to be drafted, the diary acts as a philosophical confessional for his musings. It ends with his entrance into the army during World War II, and a hope that the regimentation of army life will relieve his suffering. Along with Bellow's second novel, "The Victim," it is considered his "apprentice" work. (Plot summary courtesy of Wikipedia).

The author's signature appears on the half-title. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact, well-preserved dustjacket, with photograph of author on the rear cover, is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 5 3/4" x 8 1/2" and contains 191 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9046

$60
This lot is part of the personal library of scholar and feminist activist Marilyn French (1929-2009). We were recently contacted by her heirs to handle the sale of her personal collection of reference titles and literature and this lot is one of many we will be offering over the course of today’s auction, from that large collection. Many of the books are signed by French as an owner's inscription. In her work, French asserted that women's oppression is an intrinsic part of the male-dominated global culture. Ms. French was a prolific author whose novels as well as books of essays and literary criticism all explored this theme.

This shelf lot includes the large group of books by/on English author Virginia Woolf shown in the corresponding image. It should be noted that complete sets of her letters and diary are present in this lot. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $39.50
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