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Lot 7001

$35

Title: Fabularum Aesopiarum
Author: Aesop [c. 620-564 BCE]
Translor: Phaedrus - Phaedrus, Roman fabulist, was probably a Thracian slave, born in Pydna of Macedonia (Roman province) and lived in the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He is recognized as the first writer to Latinize entire books of fables, retelling in iambic metre the Greek prose Aesopic tales.
Publisher: Henricum Scheurleer
City: The Hague
Year: 1718
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: 398 pages
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This is a handsome copy of the fifth book of Phaedrus' translation of Aesop's classic fables, compiled by Petro Burmanno. Additional commentary is provided by other contributors and there is considerable prefatory text leading into the main writings, which are liberally notated.
Condition / Notes: This handsome book is bound in leather with gilt tooling and five raised bands on the spine. The exterior shows age wear, including clear tape covering the spine label. The binding is sound and the pages are clean and bright.
Lot 7002

$110

Title: Notes on Central America; Particularly the States of Honduras and San Salvador: Their Geography, Topography, Climate, Population, Resources, Productions, Etc. Etc., and the Proposed Inter-Oceanic Railway
Author: Ephraim George Squier - Ephraim George Squier was an American archaeologist and newspaper editor.

Squier was born in Bethlehem, New York, the son of a minister of English heritage and his Palatine German wife. In early youth he worked on a farm, attended and taught school, studied engineering, and became interested in American antiquities. The Panic of 1837 made an engineering career unfeasible, so he pursued literature and journalism. He was associated in the publication of the New York State Mechanic at Albany 1841-1842. In 1843-1848, he engaged in journalism in Hartford, Connecticut and then edited the Chillicothe, Ohio, weekly newspaper the Scioto Gazette.

During this period, Squier collaborated with physician Edwin H. Davis on the book, "Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley," which was issued in 1848. The work was a landmark in American scientific research, the study of the prehistoric Mound Builders of North America, and the early development of archaeology as a scientific discipline. The book was the first volume of the Smithsonian Institution's Contributions to Knowledge series and the Institution's first publication. Among Squier and Davis' most important achievements was their systematic approach to analyzing and documenting the sites they surveyed, including the Serpent Mound in Peebles, Ohio, which they discovered in 1846, and the mapping of the Mound City Group in Chillicothe, Ohio, which has been restored using their data and is now part of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. Squier and Davis's collection of ancient Mound objects is now kept at the British Museum.

He was appointed special chargé d'affaires to all the Central American states in 1849, and negotiated treaties with Nicaragua, Honduras, and San Salvador. In 1853 he made a second visit to Central America to examine a line for a projected interoceanic railroad, and to make further study of the archaeology of the country. In 1856 he received the medal of the French Geographical Society for his researches. In 1858, he married Miriam Florence Folline who had recently had a previous marriage annulled.

About 1860, he became editor-in-chief for Frank Leslie's publishing house, and supervised the publication of the first two volumes of Frank Leslie's Pictorial History of the American Civil War. In 1863 Squier was appointed U. S. commissioner to Peru, where he made an exhaustive investigation of Inca remains and took numerous photographs of them. He later gave a series of 12 lectures on "The Inca Empire" for the Lowell Institute for their 1866-67 season. In 1868 he was appointed consul-general of Honduras at New York, and in 1871 he was elected the first president of the Anthropological Institute of New York. He conducted ethnological studies, especially in Nicaragua, Honduras and Peru.

On returning from Peru, he continued working for Frank Leslie, but gave it up when his health failed. In 1873, his wife divorced him, and married Leslie a year later. In 1874 his health became so seriously impaired as to preclude further original research, and though he subsequently recovered sufficiently to direct the final preparation and revision of his work on Peru for publication, the affection resulted in his death. He was a member of numerous historical, archaeological, and scientific societies. He died in Brooklyn, New York. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1855
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 397 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth, with gilt lettering to the spine. This is a very rare volume, which presents an exhaustive view of this region at a dynamic time in its development in the mid-19th century. This work is illustrated with five folding maps and eight plates, including a large folding frontispiece map of Honduras and San Salvador (measuring approximately 31.75" x 22.5").

Squier served as Charge d'Affaires to Central America for the United States in 1849, the first of a number of posts in Central America which led to him becoming, in some opinions, the best single authority on Central America in that period. Russell traveled extensively in South and Central America and lived in Chinandega for a number of years. He was recommended to Vice President Andrew Johnson as a potential consulate for Nicaragua in 1862.

Sabin 89981
Condition / Notes: This handsome antique binding shows well with fine patina and some external age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. A small antique paper label appears at the bottom of the spine and there is an institutional bookplate on the front endpaper (no other library treatments are present). The endpapers display large areas of toning, seemingly sourcing from the adhesive used in binding the endpapers. The binding is sound and the pages are clean and without markings other than an ink inscription on the front free endpaper. The map of “Interoceanic Communication” exhibits a closed tear (measuring approximately 1”) and the frontispiece map also exhibits a small closed tear (measuring approximately 1 ½”) and very minor closed tears at the outside edges of the vertical folds and at the intersections of the folds.
Lot 7003

$130

Book Details: This group of Hurst & Co. decorative Victorian gilt bindings houses classic titles by Charles Dickens. Each volume is handsomely bound with rich gilt and black debossing to the spine and front board, adhering to the signature style of beautiful bindings produced at the time, around 1890. The titles included in this collection are:

Little Dorrit
Pickwick Papers
Martin Chuzzlewit
Our Mutual Friend
Nicholas Nickleby
Child's History of England
Old Curiosity Shop
Hard Times
Dombey and Son
Barnaby Rudge
Mystery of Edwin Drood
Great Expectations
Uncommercial Traveller
Bleak House
Miscellaneous (two appearances)
Condition / Notes: The books show beautifully with only light age/wear indications to the boards and spines. The bindings are all solid. The pages are clean and there are no inscriptions or internal writings.
Lot 7004

$20

Title: Songs of the Sierras
Author: Joaquin Miller - Cincinnatus Heine Miller, better known by his pen name Joaquin Miller, was a colorful American poet and frontiersman. He is nicknamed the "Poet of the Sierras" after the Sierra Nevada, about which he wrote in his "Songs of the Sierras" (1871).

Publisher: Roberts Brothers
City: Boston
Year: 1871
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 299 pages followed by 24 pages of reviews
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: This Roberts Brothers first edition volume of poetry by Joaquin Miller is bound by green cloth-covered boards with a gilt illustration on the front cover. The title and author's name are emblazoned on the spine in gilt letters.

In his preface to this work, Miller writes of these poems: "These lines were written on the rough edges of the frontier, amid the scenes described, where I have spent all but the last few months of my life. There, walled from the world by seas on one hand, and the Sierra Nevada mountains in savage grandeur on the other, the heart would sometimes hunger after a gentler life, and the soul go out after the sweet ideal, a dove on the waters, and bring back dreams, and with them clothe facts and tales taken from the lips of mountain men as they sat and told them around their camp and cabin fires. Of such creations are these songs."
Condition / Notes: This handsome victorian binding with gilt lettering and adornments shows some age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. The binding is secure with the exception of a weak front hinge. Internally, the pages are clean with some toning and an 1871 owner's inscription on the front free endpaper.
Lot 7005

$200

Title: Helen of Troy
Author: Andrew Lang - Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St. Andrews are named after him.
Publisher: George Bell and Sons
City: London
Year: 1882
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 196 pages followed by a one-page list of 3 works by Lang
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Book Details: This is a scarce Andrew Lang title and this is a first printing of the work. Bound in rich blue boards with beveled edges and gilt lettering, this is also quite a handsome book. The writing is in verse form and is followed by a lengthy 20-page note which begins with the following passage:

In this story in rhyme of the fortunes of Helen, the theory that she was an unwilling victim of the Gods has been preferred. Many of the descriptions of manners are versified from the Iliad and the Odyssey. The description of the events after the death of Hector, and the account of the sack of Troy, is chiefly borrowed from Quintus Smyrnaeus.
Condition / Notes: This attractively-bound volume shows well with bright gilt and some external age/wear. The binding is secure with some light beginning weakening in the rear hinge. The endpapers show some foxing otherwise the pages are bright and clean.
Lot 7006

$20

Title: The Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written by Himself
Author: Benvenuto Cellini
Translor: John Addington Symonds
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: Verona
Year: 1937
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 302 pages
Width: 10" Height: 13.25"
Book Details: This is a large-format, deluxe production of this classic Italian work. Housed in the original paper dust jacket and slipcase and finished with deckled page edges, this edition was translated and edited by John Addington Symonds and was illustrated by Fritz Kredel. An introduction by Thomas Craven is included in this edition. The original paper insert dated February 4, MCMXXXVII remains laid-in at the front endpaper. The colophon includes the limitation note indicating that this is copy number 1312 out of 1550 copies issued and the original signature by Fritz Kredel.
Condition / Notes: This handsome edition shows very well and is happily still in the original jacket and case. The dust jacket is quite clean with some edgewear, the patterned cloth boards show very well with some age/wear indications. The binding is strong and secure and the pages are bright with a small amount of scattered foxing. The slipcase shows some age/wear, concentrated at the extremities.
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