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Lot 9268

$50
This lot includes the large watercolor on silk by Xavier Sager shown in the corresponding image. Xavier Sager (1870-1930) was a Belle Epoque postcard artist who illustrated Paris life in the first few years of the 1900s. It is estimated that he produced more than 3,000 postcard illustrations. Sager's postcards have become much sought after collectibles.

This work offers a risque representation of a young woman in intimate apparel and high heels, smoking a cigarette, looking out seductively from under a cap at the viewer. This watercolor painting appears in oval shape surrounded entirely by black and contained within a gilt frame. This work measures approximately 19 3/4" x 35". To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Please note that the companion piece to this work is being offered in this auction. See lot 288. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $39.50
Lot 9270

$20
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: Endlesse Worke: Spenser and the Structures of Discourse
Author: Jonathan Goldberg
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Printing Year: 1981

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce study of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser by Jonathan Goldberg, a literary theorist, who was until recently the Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at Johns Hopkins University. His work frequently deals with the connections between early modern literature and modern thought, particularly in issues of gender and sexuality. This title was the author's first book and is said to be "a pioneering application of modern critical thought to Spenser and the discursive practices that produced his texts." (dustjacket text).

The work contains a number of illustrations. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages that on a few pages show marginal markings (front endpaper contains a list of 9 pages that have been annotated). The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/4" and contains 177 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50

Lot 9272

$80
Title: The Forge in the Forest: Being the Narrative of the Acadian Ranger, Jean de Mer, Signeur de Briart; and how he crossed the Black Abbe; and of his Adventures in a Strange Fellowship
Author: Charles G. D. Roberts
Publisher: Lamson, Wolfe and Company (Boston)
Printing Year: 1896 Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine and front cover, this antique volume is a scarce autographed historical novel by Canadian poet and prose writer Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860 - 1943). This work presents Acadian themes, that is to say, themes tied to the French culture on Canada’s east coast.
Besides his own body of work, Roberts is known as the "Father of Canadian Poetry" because he served as an inspiration for other writers of his time. Roberts, his cousin Bliss Carman, Archibald Lampman and Duncan Campbell Scott were known as the "Confederation poets."

The author's signature appears on half title page. The work contains a tissue-guarded frontispiece illustration, plates and a map of the Peninsula of Acadie. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 5" x 7 1/2" and contains 311 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9274

$80
Title: Galapagos: A Novel
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher: Delacorte Press / Seymour Lawrence
Printing Year: 1985 Signed Stated First Trade Editon

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth spine on gray boards, this volume is a scarce autographed novel by Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007), an American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973). This work presents the author's satirical view of mankind's evolution.

Galápagos is the story of a small band of mismatched humans who get shipwrecked on the fictional island of Santa Rosalía in the Galápagos Islands after a global financial crisis has crippled the world's economy. Shortly thereafter, a disease renders all humans on earth infertile, with the exception of the people on Santa Rosalía, making them the last specimens of humankind. Over the next million years, their descendants, the only fertile humans left on the planet, eventually evolve into a species resembling seals: though possibly still able to walk upright (it is not explicitly mentioned, but it is stated that they occasionally catch land animals), they have a snout with teeth adapted for catching fish, a streamlined skull and flipper-like hands with rudimentary fingers. (Plot summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

The author's signature appears on title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact dustjacket is in mylar cover. Previous owner's name appears on the front endpaper. The book measures approximately 6" x 8 1/2" and contains 295 pages. It should be noted that other signed Vonnegut titles are being offered in this auction. Please also see lots 80, 148, 200, 348, 408. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9275

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of antique children's titles:

- The Charm of the Modern Child: Being a Little Book on the Modern Child by Hervey Elwes - Dated 1911 by Browne's Store (Chicago) - original wrappers
- Toy Bearkins at School by John Howard Jewett - Volume lacks title page and possibly other pages. Binding split at front hinge. Book still contains many unmarked colorful illustrations
- May Chester, or Home Light by C. A. Willard - Dated 1869 by Anson D. F. Randolph & Co. - Minor soiling to covers, markings to endpapers. Pages show occasional foxing.
- Peter and Polly by Elizabeth Hays Wilkinson - Dated 1912 by Doubleday, Page & Company - Photographs by Cornelia Clarke. Binding is split, pages are loose
- The Amazing Adventures of Bobbie in Bugabooland by Curtis Dunham - Dated 1907 by Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers - Pictures by George F. Kerr - Volume lacks spine cover. Front board is detached. Text block is intact with lavishly illustrated, unmarked pages that include color plates

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 9276

$10
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 shown in the corresponding image. 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: $32.50
Lot 9278

$45
This auction lot includes the following group of autographed titles:

- Night Passage by Robert B. Parker - Dated 1997 by G. P. Putnam's Sons - First Printing in dustjacket
- Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard - Dated 1990 by Delacorte Press - First Printing in dustjacket
- Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon - Dated 1995 by Fourth Estate (London) - dustjacket with small bump marks to front cover
- Summerland by Michael Chabon - Dated 2002 by Talk Miramax Books - First printing in wrappers
- Crabcakes by James Alan McPherson - Dated 1998 by Simon and Schuster - First Printing 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: $8.50
Lot 9280

$35
Title: Berenice Abbott: American Photographer
Author: Hank O'Neal
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company
Printing Year: 1982 Inscribed by Charlotte Sheedy

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with bright gilt lettering, this folio volume is a scarce study of the work of Berenice Abbott (1898 - 1991), an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s. This book has an introduction by John Canaday and a commentary by Berenice Abbott herself. The work is inscribed to Marilyn French by Charlotte Seedy, the prominent literary agent. The inscription reads: "I wish I had / come across this / earlier. / Love, / Charlotte Sheedy / 1985." The work is illustrated with many photographs of celebrities and sites in New York City. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages with yellowed edges. Well-preserved dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 10 1/2" x 14 1/2" and contains 255 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9282

$40
Title: A Letter from Rome, Shewing an Exact Conformity between Popery and Paganism: or, the Religion of the Present Romans, Derived from that of Their Heathen Ancestors
Author: Conyers Middleton
Publisher: Richard Manby (London)
Printing Year: 1741

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather, this antique volume is a rare theological work by English clergyman Conyers Middleton (1683 - 1750), and provides certain observations on the pagan origin of church ceremonies and beliefs. The volume is disbound. Age-toned pages are without markings. The book measures approximately 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" and contains 248 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9284

$100
Title:Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World
Author: Mihhail Gorbachev
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers
Printing Year: 1987 Signed First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with bright embossed silver lettering to spine and signature to bottom of front cover, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of the original English-language presentation of the former Soviet leader's plans for the political and economic reform of the Soviet Union. The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and contains 255 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9285

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

- The Life of Gen. Francis Marion, A Celebrated Partisan Officer in the Revolutionary War against British and Tories in South Carolina and Georgia by Horry & Weems - Dated 1837 by Joseph Allen (Philadelphia) - Bound in leather, detached boards
- Bullet and Shell by Geo. F. Williams - Dated 1884 by Fords, Howard, & Hulbert - Illustrated from sketches by Edwin Forbes, front hinge is cracked
- A Life of General Robert E. Lee by John Esten Cooke - Dated 1871 by D. Appleton and Company - "With illustrations, portraits, and maps," lacks boards and spine cover

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: $8.50
Lot 9286

$30
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 very large group of books shown in the corresponding image. 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: $550
Lot 9288

$50
This lot includes the large watercolor on silk by Xavier Sager shown in the corresponding image. Xavier Sager was a Belle Epoque postcard artist who illustrated Paris life in the first few years of the 1900s. It is estimated that he produced more than 3,000 postcard illustrations. Sager's postcards have become much sought after collectibles.

This work shows a young woman in male clothing, wearing a tie and what might be a military cap. She poses in profile holding a cigarette in one hand, while her other hand is tucked inside one of the pants pockets. This watercolor painting appears in oval shape surrounded entirely by black and contained within a gilt frame.This work measures approximately 19 3/4" x 35". To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Please note that the companion piece to this work is being offered in this auction. See lot 268. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $39.50
Lot 9290

$110
Title: The Best American Short Stories
Editors: Stephen King with Heidi Pitlor
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Printing Year: 2007

Condition/Details: Bound in blue and gold wrappers, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of this collection of titles selected and introduced by best-selling author Stephen King. "The Best American Series" is an annually-published collection of books, published by Houghton Mifflin, each of which features a different genre or theme. Each book selects from works published in North America during the previous year, selected by a guest editor who is an established writer within the given field. In this particular collection the stories "examine the turning points in the life when we, as children or parents, lovers or friends or colleagues, must break certain rules in order to remain true to ourselves."

The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" and contains 428 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9292

$80
Title: Practical Discourses on the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Being a Serious Call and Admonition to Watchfulness and Diligence in Preparing for Death and Judgment
Author: Benjamin Colman
Publisher: Rogers and Lowle (Boston)
Printing Year: 1747

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather with raised bands, this antique volume is a scarce thelogical work by one of Boston's leading Puritan ministers. Benjamin Coleman (1673-1747), was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was graduated at Harvard in 1692, began preaching soon afterward, embarked for England in July 1695, was captured by a French privateer, and reached England after a brief imprisonment. He there became acquainted with eminent nonconformist divines, and preached in Bath and other places. In 1699 he returned to take charge of the Brattle Street church, receiving ordination in London, because the society, just organized in opposition to the Cambridge platform, differed with the other churches in New England in regard to the forms of service, desiring to abolish the public relation of experiences, and to introduce reading of the Scriptures and recital of the Lord's prayer. He remained with the society, with which the other Boston churches long refused to hold communion, until his death, ranking among the first of New England clergymen, and exerting a powerful influence in civil affairs that sometimes drew censure upon him. He procured benefactions for Harvard and Yale Colleges, and interested himself in the mission among the Housatonic Indians and other benevolent enterprises. In 1724 he was offered, but refused, the presidency of Harvard. Many of his sermons, some poems, and a tract in favor of inoculation for small-pox, were published. His collected sermons were printed in three volumes (Boston, 1707-'22). See "Life and Character of Col-man," by his son-in-law, the Rev. Ebenezer Turell (Boston, 1749), and Hopkins's "History of the Houssatonnoc Indians." (Biographical information courtesy of "www.famousamericans.net")

The boards of this volume are detached. Age-toned and foxed pages are loose. Book lacks title page and various pages at beginning and end of book (Title has been written out on what appears to be a preliminary page from Erans American Bibliography no. 5921.) Pages v/vi of dedication are laid in. Page count begins at page 5. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and contains pages 5 - 338. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9294

$150
Title: The Executioner's Song
Author: Norman Mailer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Printing Year: 1979 Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with bright embossed gilt and silver lettering to spine, this volume is a autographed novel by Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007), one of the great American novelists of the twentieth century, an innovator of narrative nonfiction and a man of multiple talents, whose activities included work as journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter and film director. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published "The Village Voice," which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper initially distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from The National Book Foundation.

"The Executioner's Song" is a 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that depicts the events surrounding the execution of Gary Gilmore by the state of Utah for murder. The title of the book may be a play on "The Lord High Executioner's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado.

Based almost entirely on interviews with the family and friends of both Gilmore and his victims, the book is exhaustive in its approach. Divided into two sections, the book focuses on the events leading up to the murders and the trial and execution of Gilmore, including full documentation of Gilmore's court appearances and his decision to demand his execution rather than to continue the appeals process.

The first section of the book deals with Gilmore's early life and his numerous detentions in juvenile crime facilities and, later, prison. It details his release some months prior to his first murder and the relationships he establishes during that time. The second section focuses more extensively on Gilmore's trial, including his refusal to appeal his death sentence, his dealings with Lawrence Schiller and his attorney's refusal to accept his refusal, and their continued fight on his behalf. Gilmore was executed by firing squad on January 17, 1977, after appeals filed by his lawyers (in defiance of Gilmore's wishes) were rejected. The execution had been stayed on three previous occasions.

Notable not only for its portrayal of Gilmore and the anguish surrounding the murders he committed, the book also took a central position in the national debate over the revival of capital punishment by the Supreme Court as Gilmore was the first person in the United States executed since the re-instatement of the death penalty in 1976. "The Executioner's Song" was later turned into a TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones, a role for which he won an Emmy, directed by Lawrence Schiller, who is a main character in the second section of the book. Schiller went to great lengths to convince Gilmore to give him the exclusive media rights to tell his life story. (Plot summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact pictorial dustjacket, with minor tear to top edge of rear cover, is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and contains 1056 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9296

$45
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 books by/on Gloria Steinem in their dustjackets:

- Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem - Dated 1992 by Little, Brown and Company - First printing inscribed by Steinem to Marilyn French
- Moving beyond Words by Gloria Steinem - Dated 1994 by Simon & Schuster - First printing with inscription to Marilyn French
- Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem - Dated 1983 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston - First printing
- The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem by Carolyn G. Heilbrun - Dated 1995 by Dial Press - First printing

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 9298

$14
This shelf lot includes the group of German-language books from the 1920s and 30s shown in the corresponding image. 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: $20.50
Lot 9300

$70
Title: The Imperial Presidency
Author: Arthur M. Schlesinger
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Printing Year: 1973 Signed

Condition/Details: Bound in gray and red cloth with gilt lettering, this volume is a scarce autographed seminal history of the American Presidency by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (1917 - 2007), a Pulitzer Prize recipient and American historian and social critic whose work explored the liberalism of American political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy.

The author wrote "The Imperial Presidency" out of two concerns; first that the US Presidency was out of control, and second that the Presidency had exceeded the Constitutional limits. A presidency becomes imperial when it relies on powers beyond those allowed by the Constitution. The Constitution established three separate branches of government not for efficiency but to avoid the arbitrary exercise of power. The government outlined by the Constitution was to replace and improve upon the imperial executive government of British King George III. The book links the President’s accumulation of foreign powers during wartimes to the accretion of domestic powers.

The Constitution and its authors determined that the power to initiate a war belonged to the Congress. The President had the responsibility to conduct ongoing wars and ongoing foreign relations and respond to sudden attacks if the Congress was not in session. As the US became a great world power, and then a superpower, the Presidency acquired more war powers despite the Constitution. This reduced the Congress’ powers and the separation of powers, which is necessary to avoid the arbitrary use of power.

Through various means, Presidents subsequently acquired powers beyond the limits of the Constitution. The daily accountability of the President to the Congress, the courts, the press and the people has been replaced by an accountability of once each four years during an election. These changes have occurred slowly over the centuries so that that which appears normal differs greatly from what was the original state of the US. (Content summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

The author's signature appears on title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages. Intact dustjacket, with photo of the author on rear cover, is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" and contains 505 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9301

$22
This original World War I poster is part of a large collection we are selling during this auction. The posters in this group have been carefully stored for the past century and form an impressive, unique collection. Browse other lots in this auction to view more pieces - buy more than one item and save on shipping.

Stark image of struggling woman with infant children.

Title: Must Children Die and Mothers Plead in Vain
Artist: NA
Printer: Sackett & Wilhelms Corporation
Year: c1918
Dimensions: 30" by 40.25"

Condition/Details: Additional main body text includes: Buy More Liberty Bonds. Additional margin text includes: 1 - B

This bright, vivid poster shows beautifully and has some light creasing and wear concentrated at the edges. The poster lacks a portion on bottom left side measuring ten inches in length and goes in as deep as two inches. From that same side is another tear that comes in 3 1/2". There are three other tears from the bottom left and right, all measuring 2 1/2". This poster has never been folded, nor has it ever been taped or pinned. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $6.50

Lot 9302

$80
This auction lot includes the following group of autographed titles by former president Jimmy Carter:

- The Nobel Peace Prize Lecture - Dated 2002 by Simon & Schuster - first printing in dustjacket
- Sharing Good Times - Dated 2004 by Simon & Schuster - first printing in dustjacket
- The Blood of Abraham- Dated 1985 by Houghton Mifflin Company - first printing in dustjacket
- Palestine Peace Not Apartheid - Dated 2006 by Simon & Schuster - first printing in dustjacket
- Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation - Dated 1993 by Dutton Children's Books - first printing in dustjacket
- Living Faith - Dated 1996 by Times Books - dustjacket
- Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life by Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter - Dated 1987 by Random House - first printing 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 9304

$120
Title: The Satanic Verses
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Viking
Printing Year: 1989 Signed First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in black quarter-cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed copy of British Indian author Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, made famous due to the great controversy it caused among Muslims and the subsequent fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Supreme Leader of Iran, calling on all good Muslims to kill Rushdie and his publishers. Following the fatwa, Rushdie was put under police protection by the British government. Despite a conciliatory statement by Iran in 1998, and Rushdie's declaration that he would stop living in hiding, the Iranian state news agency reported in 2006 that the fatwa will remain in place permanently since fatwas can only be rescinded by the person who first issued them and Ayatollah Khomeini is no longer alive.

As of 2009 Rushdie has not been physically harmed, but others connected with the book have suffered violent attacks. Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese language translator of the book, was stabbed to death on July 11, 1991; Ettore Capriolo, the Italian language translator, was seriously injured in a stabbing the same month; William Nygaard, the publisher in Norway, barely survived an attempted assassination in Oslo in October 1993, and Aziz Nesin, the Turkish language translator, was the intended target in the events that led to the Sivas massacre on July 2, 1993 in Sivas, Turkey which resulted in the deaths of 37 persons.(This historical account appears here courtesy of Wikipedia)

The author's signature appears on the title page. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, unmarked pages. Intact dustjacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 6 3/4" x 9 1/4" and contains 547 pages. Please note that another signed Rushdie title is being offered in this auction. See lot 224. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 9306

$40
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 group of books shown in the corresponding image. 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: $32.50
Lot 9308

$30
This shelf lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image. 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: $22.50
Lot 9310

$14
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 writer 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 9312

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- A Pictorial History of the Navy of the United States by John Ledyard Denison - Dated 1862 by Henry Bill - Illustrated with numerous engravings, 7 of which are handcolored. Binding shows significant wear, pages have foxing throughout
- Jane's All the World's Aircraft, 1957 - 58 by Leonard Bridgman - Dated 1957 by Jane's All the World's Aircraft Publishing Co.Ltd. - ex-library volume with taping to spine and corners of covers, text is clean and unmarked
- Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop by Euell Gibbons - Dated 1965 by David McKay Company, Inc. - Inscribed and signed
- Snowland Folk by Robert E. Peary - Dated 1904 by Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers - "Illustrated by engravings of photographs by Commander Peary and of drawings by Albert Operti"
- Historic Hays by W. A. Hill - Dated 1938 by News Publishing Company - wrappers

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: $12.50
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