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Lot 6001

$10

Title: Avowals
Author: George Moore - George Augustus Moore was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist.
Publisher: Privately Printed for Subscribers Only Cumann Sean-eolais na h-Eireann in Gaelic characters
City: London
Year: 1919
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 310
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Limited edition number 179/1000 author signed copy.

What marks this period most clearly is Moore's focus, in Avowals (1919), Conversations in Ebury Street (1924) on establishing himself as a critic, and his canon-making activities: the revision of many of his early works, the attachment of prefaces and other interpretative devices to his novels, and in the creation of the several limited and collected editions of his work -- privately printed in expensive formats, signed and numbered (Courtesy http://www.noumenal.com/marc/moore/)
Condition / Notes: This volume a First edition hard back publishers original grey paper covered boards, paper title label to cream paper covered spine, deckled edges, grey paper end papers. The hinges and binding is firm and solid. There is minor age wear concentrated at the extremities of the dust jacket. The text is clear crisp and bright. This book appears to be unread evidenced by some of the pages remaining uncut at the top. No. 179 of 1000 Limited Edition copies. Signed by the author to the limitation page 'George Moore'.
Lot 6002

$275

Title: The Case of the Velvet Claws
Author: Erle Stanley Gardner - Erle Stanley Gardner was an American lawyer and best-selling author. He is best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, but he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces and also a series of nonfiction books, mostly narrations of his travels through Baja California and other regions in Mexico. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: William Morrow and Company
City: New York
Year: 1933
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 310 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This first edition copy of Erle Stanley Gardner's first independent full-length Perry Mason detective novel is inscribed and signed by the author and dated May, 1933. The text is bound with black cloth-covered boards with the title emblazoned in red letters on the front cover and spine.

The copyright page indicates that this volume is the second printing of the first edition, published in March, 1933.

This text is the first entry in what would become Gardner's acclaimed Perry Mason series. The volume introduces the attorney Perry Mason, his confidential secretary Della Street, and the private investigator Paul Drake as they team up to absolve one of Mason's clients by solving a murder mystery. An introductory page before the title page describes the novel as such: "Perry Mason, criminal lawyer, is retained by a much-too-beautiful woman who obviously is concealing more than she is telling. She has heard that Mason is not only a law unto himself, but that he never lets a client down. Having been rather indiscreet, she is involved in blackmail. The case is immediately complicated by murder, and Mason finds himself as busy keeping clear of the law himself as he is in saving his client. The action is swift, dramatic, convincing. The handling and solution of the case are well developed and accurate - perhaps because the author is a practicing lawyer with a trained legal mind. The solution, coming as a surprise in an argument between Mason and the Detective Sergeant, is logical. Can you find the clue?"

The items in this collection come to us from the estate of one of Erle Stanley Gardnerís close friends and neighbors. Many of these volumes were gifts from Gardner himself and contain personal inscriptions. Please see the rest of our catalog for specific details about which lots feature signed titles or attend our live sale to view this title and other interesting volumes in person.


Condition / Notes: This volume shows nicely and displays only some common indications of age and shelfwear on its boards. The binding and hinges are solid and intact. The inscription, signature, and text remain crisp and clear on lightly age-toned pages throughout the book.
Lot 6003

$20

Title: Register of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy of the United States Including Officers of the Marine Corps and Others to July 1, 1871
Author: Unknown
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington, D.C.
Year: 1871
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 67
Width: 5.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This volume has marble boards with leather binding and gilt letters on the spine.

This is a 1871 registry issued by the United States Navy of all Officers' names, ranks, home states, present duty or leave. Pay scales for each rank are also detailed in this volume.
Condition / Notes: This volume is a Register of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy of the United States Including Officers of the Marine Corps and Others to July 1, 1871. This volume has marbled boards, black leather binding, and gilt letters on the spine. The hinges and bindings are partially cracked but all pages appear secure. This volume has light to moderate wear with some staining around the edges of the endpapers and some wear around the edges. The pages of this volume are bright and clear. The text can be easily read.
Lot 6004

$60

Title: Apollo 13
Author: Jeffrey Kluger, Jim Lovell - James Arthur Lovell Jr. (born March 25, 1928) is a former NASA astronaut, Naval Aviator, and retired Navy captain. Lovell is known for being the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth through the efforts of the crew and mission control. In addition to being part of the Apollo 13 crew, Lovell was the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit.

He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon and the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice as well as the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing. Lovell was the first person to fly in space four times.

He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (in 1970, one of 17 recipients in the group Space Exploration).[1] (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin and Co.
City: New York
Year: 2000
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 378
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This 30th Anniversary Edition is bound in black paper covered boards with cloth spine cover and features original dust jacket with publisher's price of $26.00. The work is signed by Jim Lovell on the title page.

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (published in paperback as Apollo 13), is a non-fiction book first published in 1994 by astronaut James Lovell and journalist Jeffrey Kluger, about the failed April 1970 Apollo 13 lunar landing mission which Lovell commanded. The book is the basis of the 1995 film adaptation Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard.

Apollo 13 was the third mission of the Apollo program intended to land men on the Moon. An explosion of an onboard liquid oxygen tank in the Service Module, when the craft was close to reaching the Moon, crippled the electrical power generation and propulsion systems for the Command Module Odyssey. This necessitated the abort of the lunar landing, and placed the lives of astronauts Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise in serious jeopardy. The mission became famous for the safe return of the men, made possible by the flight controllers' resourceful adaptation of the electrical, propulsion, and life support systems of the LM (Lunar Module) Aquarius as a "lifeboat". (Courtesy WIkipedia)


Condition / Notes: This volume shows well in like new condition with some light wear to the dust jacket. The binding is tight and the pages are clean, bright and easy to read.
Lot 6005

$70

Title: Letter of the Secretary of War, Transmitting Report on the Organization of the Army of the Potomac, and Its Campaign in Virginia and Maryland, under the Command of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, from July 26, 1861, to November 7, 1862
Author: George McClellan - George Brinton McClellan was a major general during the American Civil War and the Democratic presidential nominee in 1864, who later served as Governor of New Jersey. He organized the famous Army of the Potomac and served briefly (November 1861 to March 1862) as the general-in-chief of the Union Army. Early in the war, McClellan played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army for the Union. Although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these characteristics may have hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points.

McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in 1862 ended in failure, with retreats away from attacks by General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and an unfulfilled plan to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond. His performance at the bloody Battle of Antietam blunted Lee's invasion of Maryland, but allowed Lee to eke out a precarious tactical draw and avoid destruction, despite being outnumbered. As a result, McClellan's leadership skills during battles were questioned by President Abraham Lincoln, who eventually removed him from command, first as general-in-chief, then from the Army of the Potomac. Lincoln offered this famous evaluation of McClellan: "If he can't fight himself, he excels in making others ready to fight." Indeed, McClellan was the most popular of that army's commanders with its soldiers, who felt that he had their morale and well-being as paramount concerns.

General McClellan also failed to maintain the trust of Lincoln, and proved to be frustratingly derisive of, and insubordinate to, his commander-in-chief. After he was relieved of command, McClellan was the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee opposing Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. The effectiveness of his campaign was damaged when he repudiated his party's anti-war platform, which promised to end the war and negotiate with the Confederacy. He served as the 24th Governor of New Jersey from 1878 to 1881. He eventually became a writer, defending his actions during the Peninsula Campaign and the Civil War.

The majority of modern authorities have assessed McClellan as a poor battlefield general. However, a small faction of historians maintain that he was a highly capable commander, whose reputation suffered unfairly at the hands of pro-Lincoln partisans who needed a scapegoat for the Union's setbacks. His legacy therefore defies easy categorization. After the war, Ulysses S. Grant was asked to evaluate McClellan as a general. He replied, "McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war." (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Unknown
City: Unknown
Year: 1862
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 242
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Very Rare First Printing of Major General George B. McClellan's report detailing the organization of the Army of the Potomac and its campaigns in Virginia and Maryland from July 26, 1861 to November 07, 1862.
Condition / Notes: Very Rare First Printing of Major General George B. McClellan's report detailing the organization of the Army of the Potomac and its campaigns in Virginia and Maryland from July 26, 1861 to November 07, 1862. This volume is covered in brown cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. The hinges and binding are intact and secure with some mild to moderate age wear at the extremities. There is some mild age toning of the pages. Overall this important Civil War volume shows beautifully with the text clear and easy to read.
Lot 6006

$60

Book Details: 23V Privately Printed BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S WRITINGS & AMERICAN HISTORY Artist Signed John De Pol Vintage Celebrations of Printing Week in New York Franklin & Women Silence Dogood

A selection of titles featured in this collection of twenty-two privately printed volumes commemorating the Celebration of Printing Week in New York and various anniversary years of the birth of Benjamin Franklin includes: "The Silence Dogood Letters II," (two copies) signed by its illustrator, artist John De Pol; "Franklin and Women"; "B. Franklin: Innovator"; "How George Washington Got His Gunpowder"; and "B. Franklin: 1706-1790: 'He Snatched the Lightning from Heaven, and the Sceptre from Tyrants.'"

Many of theses titles are adorned with decorative gilt ornamentation.

Please attend our live sale to view these texts and other interesting volumes in person.

Condition / Notes: These texts have been carefully preserved and show exceptionally well with only some minor indications of rubbing and shelfwear.
Lot 6007

$80

Book Details: A beautifully bound copy of the compilation of issues of "The Art Journal" for the year 1875. In full decorative Victorian gilt style with full gilt page edges, the volume houses articles with dozens of original steel engravings on heavy stock interspersed, along with in-text lithograph illustrations. Many artists' works are represented including J. M. W. Turner and Gustave Dore.
Condition / Notes: This large book shows beautifully with bright gilt debossing and decoration. The binding is firm and secure and the pages are clean with light toning. All the engravings and other illustrations are present. This is remarkable condition for one of these rare tomes, there is some extremity wear to the outside.
Lot 6008

$40

Title: THe Hunt for Red October
Author: Tom Clancy - An American novelist and video game designer best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghost writers, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees.

Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000.[1][2] His works, The Hunt for Red October (1984), Patriot Games (1987), Clear and Present Danger (1989), and The Sum of All Fears (1991), have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan; his second-most famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Clancy died on October 1, 2013, of an undisclosed illness (Courtesy Wikipedia).
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
City: Annapolis, Maryland
Year: 1984
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 387
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This early printing of "The Hunt for Red October," Tom Clancy's first novel, is hardbound in red cloth-covered boards, accompanied with dust jacket.

The Hunt for Red October is Tom Clancy's 1984 debut novel. The story follows a CIA analyst who leads a group of US Navy officers to take possession of a cutting-edge Soviet nuclear submarine from 26 defecting Soviet officers, and the intertwined adventures of Soviet submarine captain Marko Aleksandrovich Ramius and Jack Ryan, a Marine turned CIA analyst. It was loosely inspired by the mutiny on the Soviet frigate Storozhevoy in 1975. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This volume shows very well with only slight signs of age and wear on the dust jacket. The boards are clear and bright with only trace amounts of edge wear. The binding is tight and the contents are pristine with the notable exception of the author's personalized inscription.
Lot 6009

$50

Title: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Author: Dick Hebdige - Dick Hebdige is an expatriate British media theorist, sociologist, and Professor of Art and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work is commonly associated with the study of subcultures and its resistance against mainstream society. His current research interests include media topographies, desert studies, and performative criticism. [Courtesy Wikipedia] , Greg Tate - Greg Tate is an African-American writer, musician, and producer. The focus of his writing has been African-American music and culture. He is a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition and the leader of Burnt Sugar. [Courtesy Wikipedia], Klaus Kertess - Klaus Kertess was an American art gallerist, art critic and curator best known for his work on the 1995 Whitney Biennial. [Courtesy Wikipedia] , Rene Ricard - Rene Ricard was an American poet, actor, art critic and painter who wrote extensively on modern artwork. [Courtesy Wikipedia] , Richard Marshall - Richard D. Marshall was an acclaimed art historian and longtime curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. [Courtesy ArtNews] , Robert Farris Thompson - Robert Farris Thompson is an American historian and writer specialising in the art of Africa and the Afro-Atlantic world. He has been a member of the faculty at Yale University since 1965 and currently serves as the Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art
City: New York
Year: 1992
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Softcover
Pagination: 272 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Book Details: This profusely illustrated art text was published "On the occasion of the exhibition 'Jean-Michel Basquiat' at the Whitney Museum of American Art." Two pamphlets from this exhibition are included with the softcover text.

The volume features several essays regarding the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat from a variety of notable artists, art critics, and academics. Basquiat's work is known for its social commentary and criticism of racism, colonialism, and imperialist wealth. This text, published to commemorate a Whitney Museum retrospective of Basquiat's art, features numerous full-color illustrations.

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Condition / Notes: This volume has been carefully stored and shows exceptionally well.
Lot 6010

$10

Title: Red Jacket Last of the Seneca
Author: Arthur C. Parker - Arthur Caswell Parker was an American archaeologist, historian, folklorist, museologist and noted authority on American Indian culture. Of Seneca and Scots-English descent, he was director of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences from 1924 to 1945, when he developed its holdings and research into numerous disciplines for the Genesee Region. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.
City: Unknown
Year: 1952
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 228
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This first edition/first printing volume is bound in brown paper covered boards with cloth spine cover and features original dust jacket with publisher's price of $3.00. The work is inscribed by Parker on the free endpaper.

From the front flap of the dust jacket: Red Jacket, one of America's most remarkable Indians and the great chief of the powerful Seneca, is the subject of this original and exciting biography. By drawing on the writings of those who knew Red Jacket in real life, as well as upon his own lifetime study of the Northeast Indians, Arthur Parker dramatically reveals the part of this great Indian played in earl American history.

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Condition / Notes: This volume is in like-new condition, with the exception of the author's inscription on the freeplate and very light edgewear to the the dust jacket. Please see photos. You can attend our preview before the live auction to inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot in person.
Lot 6011

$30

Book Details: A beautifully bound copy of the compilation of issues of "The Art Journal" for the year 1879. In full decorative Victorian gilt style with full gilt page edges, the volume houses articles with dozens of original steel engravings on heavy stock interspersed, along with in-text lithograph illustrations. Many artists' works are represented including Sir Edwin Landseer and JD Crittenden.
Condition / Notes: This large book shows beautifully with bright gilt debossing and decoration. The binding is firm and secure and the pages are clean with light toning. All the engravings and other illustrations are present. This is remarkable condition for one of these rare tomes, there is some extremity wear to the outside.
Lot 6012

$25

Book Details: A selection of titles featured in this collection of eleven collectible volumes on art and art history includes: "How to Read Islamic Carpets"; "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet"; "The Male Journey in Japanese Prints"; "The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe"; and "The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection."

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Condition / Notes: These volumes have been carefully stored and show especially well with only some minor indications of age and use.
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