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Lot 6001


Title: Hunting Trips of a Ranchman: Sketches of Sport on the Northern Cattle Plains
Author: Theodore Roosevelt - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States (1901–1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. Roosevelt was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons / The Knickerbocker Press
City: New York and London
Year: 1885
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 328 pages, plus advertising
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This antique first edition is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and decorative design to the spine. The work is illustrated with a captioned tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author, and twenty-five illustrated plates. Illustrations are by A. B. Frost, R. Swain Gifford, J.C. Beard, Fannie E. Gifford, and Henry Sandham.
Condition / Notes: This antique title displays some age/wear indications, including shelfwear and rubbing/soiling, with minor loss to high points. The binding is generally sound, however the front hinge is slightly cracked, the text block is partially cracked, and some pages at the front are beginning to separate. Text and illustrations are clear and legible through mild/moderate age toning/foxing, with scattered soiling and marginalia in pencil. There is residue from a bookplate on the front pastedown. All listed plates are present.
Lot 6002


Title: The Ruffed Grouse Book
Author: George Bird Evans
Publisher: The Amwell Press
City: Clinton, New Jersey
Year: 1977
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 257 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This signed limited edition is bound in green cloth with green lettering to the spine and green and black designs to the spine and front board. Presented in a green slipcase, this is copy 865 of 1000. The work is illustrated with drawings by Donald Shoffstall and the Foreword is by Jim Rikhoff.

“There are hunters and then there are grouse hunters-much in the same fashion there are fishermen and then there are trout fly fishermen. It is no odd coincidence that the men who enter grouse coverts in the fall are often the same sportsmen to be found on local trout streams in the spring…It’s probably safe to say that the gentlemen who devote their writing skills to stories on grouse and trout are no mean men with prose. If they are the best in the outdoor writing field-and the evidence points to that conclusion-then it takes an unusually talented man to edit a book on either subject. Since we are concerned with the American outdoor literature surrounding the ruffed grouse, it means that the man who has the responsibility for scanning and evaluating all that has been written on that most romantically perceived of all of North America’s game birds must be-excuse the words-a very rare bird indeed.” (From the Foreword)

Also included is another volume from this estate, “A Book About a Bird”, a one-off humorous tribute book to Harry Ferguson. The book is of hand-made paper, with illustrations from photographs and is presented in a decorative box. The work is accompanied by the creator’s letter, signed “Lee”.
Condition / Notes: This limited edition shows very well, with minimal age/wear indications. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp. The slipcase exhibits mild shelfwear. Illustrations affixed to pages in "A Book About a Bird" are separating from the pages.
Lot 6003


Title: Nimrud and Its Remains
Author: M. E. L. Mallowan - Sir Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan, CBE was a prominent British archaeologist, specializing in ancient Middle Eastern history. He was the second husband of Dame Agatha Christie.
Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company
City: New York
Year: 1966
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 9" Height: 12.5"
Book Details: This three-volume set is presented in the original publisher’s slipcase. Two volumes retain the original dust jacket, and the third volume containing folding maps, plans and sections of the site appears without a jacket, as issued. Volumes I and II are profusely illustrated with plates and in-text illustrations, many from photographs.

Nimrud was 20 miles south of the city of Mosul, Iraq. It was a major Assyrian city from about 1350 BC to 610 BC.Archaeological excavations at the site began in 1845, and were conducted at intervals between then and 1879, and then from 1949 onwards. Many important pieces were discovered, with most being moved to museums in Iraq and abroad. In 2013, the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council funded the "Nimrud Project", directed by Eleanor Robson, whose aims were to write the history of the city in ancient and modern times, to identify and record the dispersal history of artifacts from Nimrud, distributed amongst at least 76 museums worldwide (including 36 in the United States and 13 in the United Kingdom).

In 2015, the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) announced its intention to destroy the site because of its "un-lslamic" Assyrian nature. In March 2015, the Iraqi government reported that ISIL had used bull-dozers to destroy excavated remains of the city. Several videos released by ISIL showed the work in progress. In November 2016 Iraqi forces retook the site, and later visitors also confirmed extensive destruction.
Condition / Notes: This complete set shows very well, with minimal age/wear indications, including mild shelfwear. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. Dust jackets exhibit very mild wear/chipping; the slipcase shows mild shelfwear.
Lot 6004


Title: The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Author: Daniel Defoe - Daniel Defoe born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel "Robinson Crusoe," which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularize the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson, and is among the founders of the English novel. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including prison time. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
City: Boston and New York
Year: 1908
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: Handsomely bound in green paper-covered boards with tan cloth spines and tan spine labels, this complete four-volume set is a tightly limited edition, being 9 of 180 copies. Tissue guarded illustrated plates and frontispieces are from the designs by Stothard.

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents.

Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical desert island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before ultimately being rescued. The story has been thought to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called "Más a Tierra", now part of Chile, which was renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966.

Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. It is generally seen as a contender for the first English novel. Before the end of 1719, the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history, spawning so many imitations, not only in literature but also in film, television and radio, that its name is used to define a genre, the Robinsonade.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show very nicely, with minimal age/wear indications, including mild shelfwear and slight fading to the spines. Bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp on clean pages. Many pages remain uncut. There is a gift inscription written on the front free endpaper of each volume.
Lot 6005


Title: Fonti. Fascicolo IX. Discipline Generale Antique (IIe - IXe s.)
Author: Pericles-Pierre Joannou
Publisher: Tipografia Italo-Orientale / Grottaferrata
City: Roma
Year: 1962-1964
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 7.5" Height: 11"
Book Details: This complete four-volume set is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering to black spine labels. “The edition of the ninth issue of the first series of sources (Fonti) of the Eastern canonical Codifications, under the title Disciplina Generale Antica having been equated, the Commission for the drafting of the Code of Eastern Canon Law addressed the Tres Reverend Professor Joannou for a revision and a critical edition of the text of the ancient canons of the Eastern Church, sure that Professor Joannou, in his quality of professor of Byzantinology at the University of Munich was indicated for this task. Besides, his numerous works on the Byzantine texts, his profound knowledge of Byzantine history, which is also that of his people, prepared him to undertake such a work.” (Translated from the introduction)
Condition / Notes: This set shows well, with mild shelfwear. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Text is clear and crisp on clean pages.
Lot 6006


Title: The Cravath Firm and Its Predecessors 1819-1947 and 1819-1948
Author: Robert T. Swaine
Publisher: Privately Printed at Ad Press, Ltd.
City: New York
Year: 1946/1948
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: No
Pagination: 782, 798 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This two-volume set is bound in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. Each volume bears a frontispiece portrait and additional illustrated plates. Both volumes retain the original dust jacket. “This story should have been written by Carl A. de Gersdorff, who became associated with the Seward firm in 1892, while Clarence A. Seward was still in active practice. He was the connecting link between the Seward and the Cravath eras, and had a vast lore about the partners, the associates and the practice of the old days…In lieu of what he could have written, these volumes are intended to record, for the benefit of the men who have been in the office and for those to follow, something about the men who built its traditions and about the practice in which those traditions were built. They make no pretense either of popular interest or of philosophical interpretation. Their purpose is not to praise or to blame – or even to explain – but to tell objectively what has been dug out of dust-covered files accumulated over more than a century and, so far as possible, to let the partners of the past reveal, by what they themselves wrote, what manner of men they were and what they accomplished as lawyers.” (From the Foreword, Volume I) “Like Volume I, this Volume II is written for the Cravath associates, past, present and future, and is merely a factual chronicle, not a critical interpretation. Otherwise, the two volumes have little similarity. Volume I is historical narrative; Volume II is contemporary recording.” (from the Foreword, Volume II)

A signed letter written to Harry S. Ferguson by Robert T. Swaine, the author, is laid in.

Volume I: The Predecessor Firm 1819-1906
Volume II: The Cravath Firm Since 1906

Condition / Notes: These vintage volumes show well, with minor shelfwear. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. The original dust jackets exhibit age toning, chipping and small tears.
Lot 6007


Details: This lot consists of fifteen antique German notebooks, including journals, ledgers, sketchbooks, diaries, a musical score, and an autograph book. All of these items came from the same estate, and some are certainly related, although others may not have an affiliation with the estate. The date range for contents in these volumes spans decades, from 1820, through the lead up to WWI and into WWII. Items in this fascinating collection include:

Journal/diary from 1842 with pressed flowers/foliage.

An impressive larger folio with cat’s paw decoration is labeled “Gedanken Spaenne vom Jahre 1825 und 1826” (Collected Thoughts-Shavings) on the front cover and “Gesamelte Gedanken Spaenne on the elaborate handwritten title and section pages. Neatly and precisely written, the text mentions Ludwig XIVth, Pope Leo XIIth (1760-1829) and much more. Measurements for this folio are approximately 10 x 15.5 inches.

Four volumes of verse, similarly bound. The content appears to be mosly transcribed verse, with one volume entitled “Liedersammlung” (Song Collection). One volume has an envelope with the date 1919, writing to exterior, names Fr. v. Schillers, Don Carlos, Fr. Seegert on the exterior. The name “R. Feirgas”, or perhaps “Furgas”, with the date 16.1.1884 appears on a preliminary page in one of the volumes. The name “Michael Baer” appears in another volume.

A decoratively bound notebook with muscial notation, entitled “Arien fur Th: Bauer. 1824”.

A decoratively bound autograph book with beveled boards and an original block print, with the name Max Pekny at the top of the page. Dates in the book are from the early 1930’s.

A notebook with some hand-drawn artistic designs; the cover reards: “Geographie-Heft. 3. Heft. III. Kl. Baur”. A photograph of man in military uniform, with “Berlin, 1942” written on the verso is laid in, along with a 1921 document with an official seal that apparently came with the photograph.

A sketchbook containing a decorative handwritten title page with original artwork and a few rough sketches by Alois von Bauer-Bargehr.

Two sketchbooks, “Skizzenbuch” with pencil/charcoal drawings. One bears a label on the cover with “Pekny”.

Ledger for the year 1913-1914, with “Fieldpost” receipts for the year 1916 laid in.

Ledger dataing from 1904 to 1914 with an original wax seal on a preliminary page; the page is lacking the top half.
An elaborately bound leather journal with debossed design and gilt background, with ornate metal clasps. The title page is an original watercolor design, and entries date from 1899 to 1908.

Condition / Notes: This intriguing antique collection shows well with some age/wear indications appropriat to its age, please review the provided images. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing.
Lot 6008


Details: This c1845 scrapbook contains approximately 96 pages of plates featuring German and French engravings, etchings, drawings, paintings, and lithographs. Most of the plates are from a series of satirical, caricature pictures, including hand-colored copper plate engravings of artwork by J. Cajetan (1821-1864) and engraved by J. W. Zinke. Original drawings and paintings of dogs, rebus plates, pictures of balloons, silhouettes, and a trick horse shooting a flintlock pistol are a selection of the large number of artistic keepsakes found in this scrapbook. A smaller scrapbook containing clippings of French engravings is inserted.

Measurements for the scrapbook are approximately 10 x 15.75 inches.
Condition / Notes: This scrapbook displays some age/wear indications, including soiling and moisture markings to the exterior, with minor loss to high points. The volume is partially disbound, with the front board and spine mostly separated from the text block; the rear board is partially separated. The text block is partially cracked, however it remains intact. The hand-colored plates retain their vibrant coloration; plates and clippings show well through mild age toning/foxing, and scattered moisture markings/soiling.
Lot 6009


Book Details: Seven decorative antique volumes featuring astronomy comprise this lot, as shown in the corresponding images. Titles in this group include:

Astronomy for Schools and General Readers, by Isaac Sharpless and Prof. G. M. Philips; decorative gilt.
Curiosities of the Sky: A Popular Presentation of the Great Riddles and Mysteries of Astronomy, by Garrett P. Serviss, 1909; first printing; slightly cracked front hinge.
Astronomy in a Nutshell: The Chief Facts and Principles Explained in Popular Language for the General Reader and for Schools, by Garrett P. Serviss; cracked front hinge; marginalia in pencil/red pencil.
Recreations in Astronomy with Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work, by Henry White Warren; slightly cracked text block.
Astronomy with the Naked Eye: A New Geography of the Heavens, by Garrett P. Serviss.
The Call of the Stars: A Popular Introduction to a Knowledge of the Starry Skies with Their Romance and Legend, by John R. Kippax; color frontispiece; wear/soiling to exterior; cracked hinges; property stamps to front endpapers.
The Book of the Heavens, by Mary Proctor; decorative gilt, color pictorial pastedown; color frontispiece;
Condition / Notes: These books show well with some age/wear indications appropriate to their age, please review the provided images. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing. Please see individual descriptions for more information.
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