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Lot 5001


Title: The Records of the Virginia Company of London
Author: various
Editor: Susan Myra Kingsbury - Kingsbury was an American professor of economics and a pioneer of social research. She graduated with an A.M. in sociology from Stanford University in 1899, Phi Beta Kappa. Following the death of her mother, she moved to New York to study colonial economic history at Columbia University. In 1904, she taught history for a year at Vassar College. She graduated from Columbia with a Ph.D. in 1905, with a dissertation titled “An Introduction to the Records of the Virginian Company of London.” During her stay in London (1903–04), her readings inspired a personal interest in social reform. In 1906 she published the first of what would become a four volume set titled “Records of the Virginian Company of London,” with the final volume being completed in 1933. Her various publications, including “Labor Laws and Their Enforcement” (1911) and “Economic Efficiency of College Women” (1911) caught the attention of Martha Carey Thomas, president of Bryn Mawr College. After listening to an address by Dr. Kingsbury in 1912, Thomas invited her to come to work at the College. In 1915, Dr. Kingsbury became director of the Carola Woerishoffer Graduate Department of Social Economy and Social Research at the college. This was the first graduate department in the country to train students for careers in social service.
Publisher: Government Printing Office
City: Washington
Year: 1906-1935
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: These imposing, massive volumes are bound in coarse slate cloth with gilt embossing to the spines and front boards. The works present a landmark, exhaustive chronicle of a chapter in colonial American history. The work is complete in the four volumes, published across three decades, and is difficult to find, especially in this condition.

The Virginia Company of London was a joint-stock company chartered by King James I in 1606 to establish a colony in North America. Such a venture allowed the Crown to reap the benefits of colonization - natural resources, new markets for English goods, leverage against the Spanish - without bearing the costs. Investors, meanwhile, were protected from catastrophic losses in the event of the project's failure. The company established a settlement at Jamestown in 1607, and over the next eighteen years, the Crown granted the company two new charters, democratizing its governance and reforming its financial model. What began as an enterprise of investors seeking a dividend was funded a decade later almost exclusively by a public lottery. By 1618 the company had found a way to use its most abundant resource - land - to tempt settlers to pay their own passage from England to the colony and then, after arrival, to pay the company a quitrent, or fee, to use the land. Still, the Virginia Company and the colony it oversaw struggled to survive. Disease, mismanagement, Indian attacks, and factionalism in London all took a toll until, in 1623, the Privy Council launched an investigation into the company's finances. A year later, the company's charter was revoked and the king assumed direct control of Virginia. (courtesy of Encyclopedia Virginia)
Condition / Notes: These handsome volumes present very well and have seen very little handling. The gilt is bright and clear and the outsides show only minor shelf wear, concentrated at the extremities. The bindings are all sound and secure and the pages are clean and bright. There are no previous owner inscriptions or bookplates. The vast majority of the page edges remain unopened, indicating that most of the work has never been read. This is a pleasing example of this scarce complete work.
Lot 5002


Title: A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens - Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
City: London
Year: 1859
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 254 pages, plus advertisements
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This decoratively bound volume is a first edition, first state of the book form of this title. Identification points include: a “b” at the foot of the List of Plates page; ‘affectionately” is misspelled on line 12 of page 134; page 213 is misnumbered “113”. A rare notice for the merging of Household Words into All the Year Round, including advertising for A Tale of Two Cities. Add sections were retained and bound into this volume. Illustrations in this title are by English artist and illustrator Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882).

A Tale of Two Cities (1859) is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.

This handsome volume is one of dozens in a uniform collection we are offering during this auction, all coming from a private estate library. The books contain first and early printings of works by Charles Dickens and are all uniformly-bound in fancy three-quarter crimson leather with deep red marbled paper for endpapers and over the balance of the boards. The materials used for the bindings date the binding work to around 1890 and a bookplate is present on the front paste-down endpapers of most of the books, belonging to Julius Franke (1868-1936). Franke was a prominent New York City architect whose work included designing the Wurlitzer Building and it seems likely that he commissioned these bindings. Peruse our catalog to view additional offerings from this collection.
Condition / Notes: This handsome antique volume shows well with some age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing, concentrated on the spine and high points. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. Illustrations and advertising pages show moderate age toning/foxing, with scattered soiling. The title page has a small tear at the edge. There is a small number stamp to the title page. Original cloth covers are bound-in at the rear. All listed plates are present.
Lot 5003


Title: An historical disquisition concerning The Knowledge which the Ancients had of India; and the Progress of Trade with that Country prior to the Discovery of he Passage to it by the Cape of Good Hope. With an Appendix containing Observations on the Civil Policy - the Laws and Judicial Proceedings - the Arts - the Sciences - and Religious Institutions of the Indains.
Author: William Robertson - Rev William Robertson, was a Scottish historian, minister in the Church of Scotland, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh. "The thirty years during which [he] presided over the University perhaps represent the highest point in its history." He made significant contributions to the writing of Scottish history and the history of Spain and Spanish America. He was Chaplain of Stirling Castle and one of the King's Chaplains in Scotland.
Publisher: John Ershaw
City: Dublin
Year: 1791
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 349 main text, followed by a detailed index
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This handsome volume is housed in full leather with cat's paw decoration, a paper spine label and tooled gilt bands to the spine. This is the Irish printing of the first edition, published the same year as the London release. The work is enhanced by two large folding copperplate engraved maps, each showing the entire southeast part of Asia. The half-title page is present.

This work presents a thorough discussion of the history of India, dating back to ancient times, along with the evolution of trade and travel from Britain. The main text is followed by lengthy Appendix which discusses the civil policy, laws, judicial proceedings, arts, sciences and religious institutions of the country.

NCBEL II, 1721; Cox vol. I, page 304; Lowndes 2107
Condition / Notes: This attractive volume shows beautifully with some external shelf wear, concentrated at the extremities. The binding is sound and the pages are generally clean and bright, with a small amount of scattered toxing/toning/offsetting. The maps are in intact, excellent condition. There is a period owner's name written in fountain pen at the top of the title page and the last name is repeated on the front paste-down endpaper.
Lot 5004


Details: This lot features 18 intact vintage issues of the science fiction classic pulp magazine, "Thrilling Wonder Stories" which was published bi-monthly by Standard Magazines. These issues include content by celebrated sci-fi authors such as Kuttner, Leinster, Charteris, Heinlein, Fitzgerald, Van Vogt, Clarke, Bradbury, Blish, Vance, Wyndham, Pratt, Crossen and many others. Three complete years of these classic issues with terrific, lived covers are included, as follows:

February, April, June, August, October, December 1947
February, April, June, August, October, December 1949
February, April, June, August, October, December 1952

Condition / Notes: These intact issues show beautifully and all bindings are tight with no loose pages. No advertisements or other illustrations have been removed and all the spines are very legible. Some age toning and a few minor marks can be found internally, along with some scattered spine chipping and occasional corner wear externally.
Lot 5005


Title: A Visit to Egypt in 1872. Described in Four Lectures to the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Author: William George Armstrong - William George Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong CB FRS was an English industrialist who founded the Armstrong Whitworth manufacturing concern on Tyneside. Armstrong built Newcastle’s Swing Bridge and the hydraulic mechanism that operated London’s Tower Bridge. He was also an eminent scientist, inventor and philanthropist; he is regarded as the inventor of modern artillery. In collaboration with the architect Richard Norman Shaw, he built Cragside in Northumberland, the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, and reportedly planted in its grounds seven million trees.

Armstrong was knighted in 1859 after giving his gun patents to the government. In 1887, in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee year, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Armstrong of Cragside, the first engineer/scientist honored in this manner.
Publisher: Printed by J. M. Carr
City: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Year: 1874
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 176 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Bound in a period, full leather binding, likely done privately, this first edition is inscribed, signed and dated by Baron Armstrong on the title page “W C H Cadogan from W. G. Armstrong / May 1874”. This title comprises four of Armstrong’s lectures, and includes topics such as Alexandria, Cairo, Coptic Christians, Pyramids of Gheezeh, Zakkarah, Museum of Boulak, Hieroglyphics, Voyage up the Nile, Thebes, Temple of Luxor, Karnak, Gardens, Laies, Osiris, Adfoo, Quarries, Nubians, Temple of Isis, The Camel, White Ants, and much more. Seven illustrated plates/maps enhance the text.
Condition / Notes: This decoratively bound antique book shows very nicely with some shelfwear and rubbing, and minor loss to high points. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild/moderate age toning/foxing.
Lot 5006


Title: Casino Royale
Author: Ian Fleming - Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer. Fleming is best known for creating the fictional spy James Bond and the series of twelve novels and nine short stories about the character. Fleming was from a wealthy family, connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. and his father was MP for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through a number of jobs before he started writing.

The Bond books are amongst the biggest-selling series of fictional books of all-time, having sold over 100 million copies worldwide. Fleming also wrote the children's story "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and two works of non-fiction. Whilst working in British Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, Fleming was the involved in the planning stages of Operation Mincemeat and Operation Goldeneye, the former of which was successfully carried out. Fleming was also involved in the planning and overseeing of two active service units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force.

His experiences of the people he met during his wartime service provided much of the background and detail of the Bond novels and his career as a journalist added color and depth to the stories. In 2008, The Times ranked Fleming fourteenth on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Publisher: The Macmillan Company
City: New York
Year: 1954
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 176 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: Bound in green cloth with red lettering to the spine and front cover, this is a first printing of Casino Royale, the first novel by British author Ian Fleming.

Published in 1953, it is the first James Bond book, and it paved the way for a further eleven novels and two short story collections by Fleming, followed by numerous continuation Bond novels by other authors.

The story concerns the British secret agent James Bond, gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux to bankrupt Le Chiffre, the treasurer of a French union and a member of the Russian secret service. Bond is supported in his endeavours by Vesper Lynd, a member of his own service, as well as Felix Leiter of the CIA and René Mathis of the French Deuxième Bureau. Fleming used his wartime experiences as a member of the Naval Intelligence Division, and the people he met during his work, to provide plot elements; the character of Bond also reflected many of Fleming's personal tastes. Fleming wrote the draft in early 1952 at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica while awaiting his marriage. He was initially unsure whether the work was suitable for publication, but was assured by his friend, the novelist William Plomer, that the novel had promise.

Within the spy storyline, Casino Royale deals with themes of Britain's position in the world, particularly the relationship with the US in light of the defections to the Soviet Union of the British agents Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean. The book was given broadly positive reviews by critics at the time and sold out in less than a month after its UK release on 13 April 1953, although US sales upon release a year later were much slower.

Since publication Casino Royale has appeared as a comic strip in The Daily Express, and been adapted for the screen three times: a 1954 episode of the CBS television series Climax! with Barry Nelson as an American Bond, a 1967 film version with David Niven playing "Sir James Bond", and a 2006 film in the Eon Productions film series starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.
Condition / Notes: This vintage book shows well with some mild shelfwear and rubbing to high points. The binding and text block are sound. Text is clear and legible on clean pages. Some pages near the rear are slightly wavy.
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