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Lot 5001

$1,050

Title: Lettres d'un cultivateur americain addressees a Wm. S. .. on Esq. despuis l'Anee 1770, jusqu'en 1786
Author: J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur - Michel Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur , naturalized in New York as John Hector St. John, was a French-American writer. He was born in Caen, Normandy, France, to the Comte and Comtesse de Creveoeur (Count and Countess of Creveoeur).

In 1755 he immigrated to New France in North America. There, he served in the French and Indian War as a surveyor in the French Colonial Militia, rising to the rank of lieutenant. Following the British defeat of the French Army in 1759 he moved to New York State, then the Province of New York, where he took out citizenship, adopted the English-American name of John Hector St. John, and in 1770 married an American woman, Mehitable Tippet. He bought a sizable farm in Orange County, New York, where he prospered as a farmer. He started writing about life in the American colonies and the emergence of an American society.

In 1779, during the American Revolution, St. John tried to leave the country to return to France because of the faltering health of his father. Accompanied by his son, he crossed British-American lines to enter British-occupied New York City, where he was imprisoned as an American spy for three months without a hearing. Eventually, he was able to leave for Britain.

In 1782, in London, he published a volume of narrative essays entitled the "Letters from an American Farmer." The book quickly became the first literary success by an American author in Europe and turned Crevecoeur into a celebrated figure. He was the first writer to describe to Europeans - employing many American English terms - the life on the American frontier and to explore the concept of the American Dream, portraying American society as characterized by the principles of equal opportunity and self-determination. His work provided useful information and understanding of the "New World" that helped to create an American identity in the minds of Europeans by describing an entire country rather than another regional colony. The writing celebrated American ingenuity and the uncomplicated lifestyle. It described the acceptance of religious diversity in a society being created from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. His application of the Latin maxim "Ubi panis ibi patria" (Where there is bread, there is my country) to early American settlers also shows an interesting insight. He once praised the middle colonies for "fair cities, substantial villages, extensive fields...decent houses, good roads, orchards, meadows, and bridges, where an hundred years ago all was wild, woody, and uncultivated."

From Britain, he sailed to France, where he was briefly reunited with his father. When the United States had been recognized by Britain following the Treaty of Paris in 1783, Crèvecœur returned to New York City. Anxious to be reunited with his family, he learned that his wife had died, his farm had been destroyed, and his children had been taken in by neighbors. Eventually, he was able to regain custody of his children. For most of the 1780s, Creveoeur lived in New York City. The success of his book in France had led to his being taken up by an influential circle, and he was appointed the French consul for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In 1784, he published a two-volume version of his "Letters from an American Farmer," enlarged and completely rewritten in French. A three-volume version followed in 1787. Both his English and his French books were translated into several other European languages and widely disseminated throughout Europe. For many years, Crevecoeur was identified by European readers with his fictional narrator, James, the 'American farmer', and held in high esteem by readers and fellow-writers across Europe.

By the time he published another three-volume work in 1801, entitled "Voyage dans la Haute-Pensylvanie et dans l'état de New-York," however, his fame had faded and the damages of the French Revolution and its aftermath had made people less interested in the United States. His book was ignored. An abbreviated German translation appeared the following year. An English translation was not published until 1964. Much of de Crevecoeur's best work has been published posthumously, most recently as "More Letters from the American Farmer: An edition of the Essays in English Left Unpublished" by Creveoeur, edited by Dennis D. Moore (Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1995).

Particularly concerned about the condition of slaves, he joined the Société des Amis des Noirs (Society of the Friends of the Blacks), founded in Paris.

In 1789, during a stay in France, he was trapped by the political upheaval that was quickly turning into the French Revolution. At risk as an aristocrat, he went into hiding, while secretly trying to gain passage to the United States. The necessary papers were finally denied to him by the new American ambassador to France, James Monroe, the new United States ambassador to France. At the end of his life Creveoeur returned to France and settled permanently on land he inherited from his father. On November 12, 1813, he died in Sarcelles, Val d'Oise, France.
Publisher: Cuchet Libraire
City: Paris
Year: 1787
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Book Details: "Lettres d’un cultivateur américain" was originally published by Jean de Creveoeur in 1782 as
"Letters From An American Farmer And Sketches Of Eighteenth-Century America" but written before the American Revolution. Creveoeur provided one of the first examples of American literature to Europeans. The French editions are considerably enlarged version than the English-language edition. It was the first work to describe life on the American frontier to a European reading public. It provided a more complete understanding of the customs, the education, and nature of life in America, from Nantucket to Charleston.

Through a series of letters, Creveoeur illustrates the idealized version of a free society, America. While the first letters portray a perfect conception of America, through his secluded farm called Pine Hill, the following letters depict a land damaged and destroyed by society and civilization. One such entity is slavery, which is described throughout the book.

The view of Crèvecœur on immigration and emigration is worthy of notice: "Ubi panis ibi patria".

Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering and ornamental designs to spines. Volumes show mild external wear. Books are solidly bound, with marbled endpapers and speckled edges. Previous owner's small pictorial bookplate appears in upper outside corner of pastedowns. Light pencil markings can be seen at top of title page and in top margin of blank page opposite. Interiors display scattered light foxing, with faint staining to several pages of first volume. Illustrated with a large fold-out map of the thirteen colonies at the front of first volume and two engraved plates. Map measures approximately 18.5" x 12.75" and has a small closed tear at mid-section of right side (approx. 2"). Fold-out map of Martha's Vineyard in second volume is also well preserved and measures 12.5" x 10.5". Third volume contains two fold-outs, one offering three maps of the Muskingham and Grand Castor Rivers (21.5" x 10") and the other presenting a sketch of a bridge over an Eastern Branch of the Thames River built by Elias Bliss a carpenter of New London (9.5" x 7.75"). Text is also adorned with a number of vignettes.
 
Lot 5002

$3,000

Title: A New Universal Atlas Comprising Separate Maps of All the Principal Empires, Kingdoms & States throughout the World: and Forming a Distinct Atlas of the United States Carefully Compiled from the Best Authorities Extant
Author: Jeremiah Greenleaf - Jeremiah Greenleaf is a little known but highly admired American cartographer of the early 19th century. He published from roughly 1830 to 1850. His most important work, "A New Universal Atlas; Comprising of all the Principal Empires, Kingdoms, & States Throughout the World and Forming a distinct Atlas of the United States." Many of his maps are reformatted versions of his contemporary David Burr’s much admired cartographic works. Greenleaf’s maps are extremely rare and admired for their stunningly vivid pastel color washes.

Publisher: G. R. French
City: Brattleboro
Year: 1840
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Table of contents plus sixty-four numbered plates
Width: 12.75" Height: 15"
Book Details: This is a scarce edition of an atlas by American mapmaker Jeremiah Greenleaf.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume in half leather binding, with black paper-covered boards. Paper circular label bearing name of author and title of book appears on front cover. Book shows shelfwear, with rubbing to boards and cracking along front spine edge. Corners and edges show minor loss of material, particularly at fore edge of front board. Front hinge is weak. Book has marbled endpapers. Title page shows spotting At times heavy foxing can be seen on maps. Contains 64 maps as issued. Map 13 has closed tear at mid-section of fore edge measuring approximately 1.75". Map which should be 57 according to its place in sequence is numbered 45. Annotations in light pencil appear at margins below maps 44 (Michigan) and 56 (Florida). Verso of map 28 has pencil markings (2 arithmetic operations).
 
Lot 5003

$275

Title: A Little Yes and a Big No: The Autobiography of George Grosz
Author: George Grosz - George Grosz was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933.
Translator: Lola Sachs Dorin
Publisher: The Dial Press
City: New York
Year: 1946
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 343 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: The English-language edition of George Grosz' autobiography appeared 9 years before the first German edition.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of the English translation of George Grosz' autobiography. Inscription on front flyleaf reads "To Peggy Scripps McCabe / to remember the opening / of the fine show at / Vera Lazuk Gallery / of my work May 3/59 / George Grosz."

Peggy Scripps McCabe was the wife of Charles McCabe, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.

This volume is bound in black cloth with stamped white lettering to spine and artist's facsimile signature on front cover. Book shows external wear, with light soiling to covers and white stains to rear cover. Ends of spine display mild fraying. Minor loss of material occurs at lower outside corners of boards. Small strip of tape residue appears at center of front pastedown. Small piece of tape can be seen on rear pastedown. Previous owner's name appears at bottom of front flyleaf. Narrow cracking appears between pages 64 and illustration on opposite page. Water markings can be seen in upper inside corners of a number of plates at mid-section of text block. Pencil markings are visible in margins of final pages.
 
Lot 5004

$250

Details: This lot includes the 20-franc gold coin shown in the corresponding image(s). This piece was known as the Gallic Rooster, or Coq Gaulois, as one side of the coin displays the unofficial national symbol of France as a nation, while the other displays the laureled head of Marianne, the national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason that are viewed as the values of the French state. This coin bears the date 1914. The words "Republique francaise" can be read on the obverse, "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" on the reverse.

Please note that this lot is one of ten of these coins (ranging from 1906 to 1914) that we are offering during this auction.

Condition / Notes: Coin is bright, with some age/wear indications. Coin measures approximately .75" in diameter.
 
Lot 5005

$350

Title: Le theatre de la foire ou l'opera comique. Contenant les meilleures pieces qui ont ete representees aux Foires de S. Germain & de S. Laurent.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: L'Honore et Chatelain
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1723-1724
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Complete: Yes
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce early collection of late 17th and early 18th-century plays from the theater put on at the annual fairs at Saint-Germain and Saint-Laurent in Paris. It features works (carnival plays) by Alain-Rene Lesage (1668-1747), Jacques-Phillippe d'Orneval (d. 1766) and others.

Antique set bound in full leather, with raised bands, gilt-lettered spine labels and gilt decorative designs to spine. Books show external wear, with minor loss of material at ends of spines, along edges and at corners. Covers display rubbing. Volumes are solidly bound. Pages with red edges show sporadic light foxing. Fourth volume displays faint water markings and light smudging to a small number of pages. Illustrated with numerous engraved plates. Musical scores ("Table des airs") appear at the rear of each volume.
 
Lot 5006

$700

Title: The Emerald City of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum - Lyman Frank Baum was an American author of children's books, best known for writing "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, laptop computers ("The Master Key"), wireless telephones ("Tik-Tok of Oz"), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations ("Mary Louise in the Country"), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing ("Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work").

Publisher: The Reilly & Britton Co. Publishers
City: Chicago
Year: 1910
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 295 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 9.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of the sixth of L. Frank Baum's fourteen "Land of Oz" books, lavishly illustrated by John R. Neill.

Antique volume is bound in light blue cloth with spine bearing black lettering and pictorial design in silver and black representing rabbit carrying a baseball bat and wearing bearskin hat with the letter "B." Bright color pastedown to front cover is intact. Book shows mild external wear, with very light rippling to rear cover. Binding is tight. Book has pictorial endpapers showing Dorothy wearing red headbands. Previous owner's name appears written in pencil in captioned box on illustrated preliminary page. 5 books by Baum are listed on the verso of the ownership plate, ending with "John Dough and the Cherub." Pages are clean and without markings. All sixteen full-page color plates embellished with metallic green ink are present. Also illustrated with numerous b&w textual illustrations.
 
Lot 5007

$70

Details: This lot includes the group of original tinted lithographs of engravings shown in the corresponding image. The plates in this collection are taken from Harper's Weekly and Leslie's, and depict battles and scenes from the Civil War, including the charge of Kimball's brigade in the Battle of Fredericksburg, scenes from the Burnside expedition, the reception of wounded solider by the national autorities at Fortress Monroe, and the Second Mississippi regiment (Wildcats) passing along Main Street, Winchester, on their way to Bunker Hill, Virginia.

Condition / Notes: Prints are in excellent condition, preserved in shrinkwrap. All but one of these matted engravings measures approximately 20.25" x 15.75", the smaller piece measuring 14.75' x 19.25".
 
Lot 5008

$1,600

Title: Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress
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.

Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly installments or parts, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularize at that time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialization, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

Dickens' work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Gissing and G.K. Chesterton; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticized it for sentimentality and implausibility.
Publisher: Richard Bentley
City: London
Year: 1838
Printing Information: First State
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: "Oliver Twist," also known as "The Parish Boy's Progress," is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published by Richard Bentley in 1838. The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities.

Oliver Twist is notable for Dickens' unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives. The book exposed the cruel treatment of many a waif-child in London, which increased international concern in what is sometimes known as "The Great London Waif Crisis": the large number of orphans in London in the Dickens era. The book's subtitle, The Parish Boy's Progress, alludes to Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress and also to a pair of popular 18th-century caricature series by William Hogarth, "A Rake's Progress" and "A Harlot's Progress."

An early example of the social novel, the book calls the public's attention to various contemporary evils, including the Poor Law, child labour, the recruitment of children as criminals, and the presence of 'street children'. Dickens mocks the hypocrisies of his time by surrounding the novel's serious themes with sarcasm and dark humour. The novel may have been inspired by the story of Robert Blincoe, an orphan whose account of hardships as a child labourer in a cotton mill was widely read in the 1830s. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.

"Oliver Twist" has been the subject of numerous film and television adaptations, and is the basis for a highly successful musical play and the multiple Academy Award winning 1968 motion picture made from it.

Condition / Notes: This finely bound three-volume set is a scarce first edition, first issue of this classic work of English literature. Book contains both the Fireside plate at the end of volume III and "Boz" title pages. "When Bentley decided to publish 'Oliver' in book form before its completion in his periodical , Cruikshank had to complete the last few plates in haste. Dickens did not review them until the eve of publication and objected to the 'Fireside' plate which depicted Oliver at Rose Maylie's knee [Vol. III, p. 313]. Dickens had Cruikshank design a new plate. This Church plate was not completed in time for incorporation into the early copies of the book, but it replaced the 'Fireside' plate in later copies. Dickens not only objected to the 'Fireside' plate, but also disliked having 'Boz' on the title page. He voiced his objections prior to publication and the plate and title page were changed between November 9 and 16" (Smith 4).

Handsome antique set has been bound in full green leather with raised bands and bright gilt lettering and ornamental designs to spines. Final volume shows small dent at bottom edge of front panel. Books otherwise display only mild external wear. Tightly bound volumes have gilt top edges. Well-preserved publisher's original reddish brown fine diaper cloth binding are bound in. Previous owner's antique bookplate appears on front pastedowns. Pages with gilt top edges are clean and bright. Darkening and/or foxing can occasionally be seen on edges of plates. Illustration list not found in many copies is present in first volume. Also present is Bentley's Standard Library advertisement at the front of third volume. This set contains all 24 tissue-guarded engraved plates by Cruikshank.
 
Lot 5009

$275

Title: The Photographic History of the Civil War in Ten Volumes
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Francis Trevelyan Miller - Francis Trevelyan Miller was an American writer and filmmaker. He is known for his books about exploration, travel and photography. Notable works from him including several books about the American Civil War, such as "The Photographic History of the Civil War, in Ten Volumes" (New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1912). He has also made several feature films and wrote the screenplay for the 1919 film "Deliverance" about Helen Keller.
Publisher: The Review of Reviews Co.
City: New York
Year: 1912
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 10 Complete: Yes
Width: 8.5" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: Vol. 1) The Opening Battles; 2) Two Years of Grim War; 3) The Decisive Battles; 4) The Cavalry; 5) Forts and Artillery; 6) The Navies; 7) Prisons and Hospitals; 8) Soldier Life, Secret Service; 9) Poetry and Eloquence of Blue and Gray; 10) Armies and Leaders.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce complete set of the Semi-Centennial Memorial edition preserved in pleasing condition.

Antique volumes are bound in blue cloth with bright gilt lettering and decorative design to spine. Embossed pictorial design appears on front covers. Small tears are visible at the head of spine of first and third volumes. Books otherwise show only light shelfwear and are solidly bound, with gilt top edges. Endpapers have decorative pictorial designs displaying capitol dome and portraits of Generals Grant and Lee. Profusely-illustrated interiors are clean and without markings.
 
Lot 5010

$35

Details: Calendar features 12 full-page b&w photographs by the noted French photographer. Bilingual calendar marks both American and French holidays in their original language. Brief introductory text appears in both English and French. Each calendar sheet measures approximately 12" x 12".

Condition / Notes: Calendar is well preserved. It shows no tears, creases, markings or punctures other than factory-made perforation for its hanging.
 
Lot 5011

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique world history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a complete four-volume set of Victor Duruy's "A General History of the World" (The Review of Reviews Co., 1912) and "Letters on the Study and Use of Ancient and Modern History: Containing Observations and Reflections on the Causes and Consequences of those Events Which Have Produced Conspicuous Changes in the Aspect of the World, and the General State of Human Affairs" (W. W. Woodward, 1814) by John Bigland, with notes by Jedediah Morse. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 5012

$175

Title: The Deranged Cousins or, Whatever
Author: Edward Gorey - Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his macabre illustrated books.
Publisher: The Fantod Press
City: New York
Year: 1971
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 30 unnumbered pages
Width: 6" Height: 5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work by Edward Gorey. This is one of 526 copies.

Stapled volume is bound in printed yellow wrappers, with illustrations to covers. Previous owner's stamp can be seen in upper outside corner of inside cover. Book is otherwise in excellent condition.
 
Lot 5013

$45

Title: The Royal Book of Oz in Which the Scarecrow Goes To Search for His Family Tree and Discovers That He Is the Long Lost Emperor of the Silver Island, and How He Was Rescued and Brought Back to Oz by Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion
Author: L. Frank Baum - Lyman Frank Baum was an American author of children's books, best known for writing "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works predicted such century-later commonplaces as television, laptop computers ("The Master Key"), wireless telephones ("Tik-Tok of Oz"), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations ("Mary Louise in the Country"), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing ("Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work").

Editor: Ruth Plumly Thompson - Ruth Plumly Thompson was an American writer of children's stories.  She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publication when William Lee, vice president of Baum's publisher Reilly & Lee, solicited Thompson to continue the Oz series. (Rumors among fans that Thompson was Baum's niece were untrue.) Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. (Thompson was the primary supporter of her widowed mother and invalid sister, so that the annual income from the Oz books was important for her financial circumstances.)

Thompson's contributions to the Oz series are lively and imaginative, featuring a wide range of colorful and unusual characters. However, one particular theme repeats over and over throughout her novels, with little variation. Typically in each of Thompson's Oz novels, a child (usually from America) and a supernatural companion (usually a talking animal), while traveling through Oz or one of the neighboring regions, find themselves in an obscure community where the inhabitants engage in a single activity. The inhabitants of this community then capture the travelers, and force them to participate in this same activity.

Another major theme has elderly characters, most controversially, the "Good Witch of the North," being restored to "marriageable" age, possibly because Thompson herself never married. She had a greater tendency toward the use of romantic love stories (which Baum usually avoided in his fairy tales, with about 4 exceptions). While Baum's child protagonists tended to be little girls, Thompson's were boys. She emphasized humor to a greater extent than Baum did, and always considered her work for children, whereas Baum, while first and foremost considering his child audience, knew that his readership comprised all ages.

Publisher: The Reilly & Lee Co.
City: Chicago
Year: Post-1951
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 312 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: "The Royal Book of Oz" (1921) is the fifteenth in the series of Oz books, and the first to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson after L. Frank Baum's death. Although Baum was credited as the author, it was written entirely by Thompson. Beginning in the 1980s, some editions have correctly credited Thompson, although the cover of the 2001 edition by Dover Publications credits only Baum. The original introduction claimed that the book was based on notes by Baum, but this has been disproven. Baum's surviving notes, known as "An Oz Book" are known from four typewritten pages found at his publisher's, but their authenticity as Baum's work has been disputed. Even if genuine, they bear no resemblance to Thompson's book.

Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in tan cloth with black lettering and pictorial design showing lion. Book shows light shelfwear. Binding is tight. Volume has pictorial endpapers. Pages are clean and bright. Illustrations in b&w by John R. Neill.  Dust jacket shows small tears at folds has taping to verso. List of Oz books on flaps ends with number 38
"The Hidden Valley of Oz."
 
Lot 5014

$110

Book Details: This is a lot of antique books on early New York history, particularly the 17th and 18th centuries. Included are three volumes of "Documentary History of New York," (1850), legal records from colonial Albany, and four volumes from the New York Historical Society covering the years 1879-1891. The "Documentary History" comes with many beautiful engraved plates and wonderfully detailed fold-out maps. These books are pictured in the accompanying photographs, but a full examination of them is available on site.
Condition / Notes: These books are in generally good condition for old books. Please note that one volume of the Documentary History has lost its spine, and another is damaged.
 
Lot 5015

$30

Details: This lot includes the group of original tinted engravings shown in the corresponding image. This collection of early 19th-century botanical plates are taken from "Curtis's Botanical Magazine" (originally founded in 1787 as The Botanical Magazine), the longest running botanical magazine. All these engravings have a detached page to verso providing nomenclature and detailed description. For information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These botanical plates are professionally matted and preserved in shrinkwrap. Colors are bright. All but one measure approximately 14" x 16.25", the smaller piece 13" x 14.25".
 
Lot 5016

$110

Title: George Grosz
Author: Marcel Ray
Publisher: Les Editions G. Cres & Cie
City: Paris
Year: 1927
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 70 pages plus 30 plates
Width: 6" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This title is part of the series "Peintres et sculpteurs".
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original brown paper wrappers with red lettering to front cover. Book is in excellent condition.
 
Lot 5017

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the pair of antique bibles shown in the corresponding image(s). One of these bibles contains genealogical information from the nineteenth century relating to the Maunsell Field family of New York , the other contains mention of the death of a member of the Whaley family (presumably also of New York), with 15 cartes de visite included in the section entitled "Family Portraits" at the rear of volume. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 5018

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of literary titles shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the books in this collection are a first edition of "The Pawnbroker" (Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1961) by Edward Lewis Wallant and a first edition of William Kennedy's "Ironweed" (The Viking Press, 1983).

This lot is from the personal estate library of Dan McCall (1940-2012), noted scholar and Cornell professor emeritus, author of over 20 titles, including "Jack the Bear"(1974), which was translated into a dozen languages and made into a feature Hollywood film in 1993. He was a much admired and appreciated professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at Cornell, where he taught for over forty years.

Condition / Notes: 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.
 
Lot 5019

$20

Title: L'Abbaye de Saint-Chef en Dauphine
Author: Eugene Loison, Mathieu Varille
Publisher: Pierre Masson
City: Lyon
Year: 1929
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 184 pages
Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original printed paper wrappers. Book shows light external wear, with glassine cover displaying small tear at lower left corner of front cover. Book is soundly bound. Partially uncut pages are clean and without markings. Contains in-text illustrations and loose photographic plates at rear of volume.
 
Lot 5020

$110

Title: Salmonia: or Days of Fly Fishing. In a Series of Conversations. With Some Account of the Habits of Fishes Belonging to the Genus Salmo
Author: Sir Humphrey Davy - Sir Humphry Davy, 1st Baronet FRS MRIA FGS was a British chemist and inventor. He is probably best remembered today for his discoveries of several alkali and alkaline earth metals, as well as contributions to the discoveries of the elemental nature of chlorine and iodine. Berzelius called Davy's 1806 Bakerian Lecture On Some Chemical Agencies of Electricity "one of the best memoirs which has ever enriched the theory of chemistry." This paper was central to any chemical affinity theory in the first half of the nineteenth century. In 1815 he invented the Davy lamp, which allowed miners to work safely in the presence of flammable gases.

Although Davy's most significant achievements were scientific -- he discovered the elements potassium, sodium, barium, strontium, calcium, and magnesium; and published important work on nitrous oxide (laughing gas), respiration, agriculture, and electromagnetism -- his interests ranged even more widely. He wrote poetry, and met both Coleridge and Southey in the 1790s at Clifton, a spa near Bristol. In 1803 he was admitted to the Royal Society as a fellow, becoming its secretary in 1807 and its president in 1820. An account from the generation after this period testifies to his signal importance in the life of that institution. Late in life he extended his attention somewhat from science to encompass travel writing and rural sports, publishing a work on fly-fishing.

Publisher: John Murray
City: London
Year: 1829
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiii/335 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Front board is detached, rear board is detaching. Both boards display burn markings at edges. Spine cover shows loss of material. Book has marbled endpapers. Front flyleaf and half title page are detached. Title page is detaching. Foxing is visible on plates and adjacent pages. Illustrated with 6 full-page engravings, as well as engraved plates of flies and textual illustrations.
 
Lot 5021

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of exhibition catalogues shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Alfred Steglitz" (Ikaros Forlag, 1977), "Oskar Kokoschka: Aus seinem Schaffen, 1907-1950" (Prestel Verlag, 1950), and "David C. Borower: Portraits of Money" (The Speed Art Museum, 2000). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with the books in the shelf lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws. Please note that "The Natalie Wood Collection of Pre-Columbian Ceramics" (Univ. of California, 1969) shows water markings and rippling along bottom edges of text block and endpapers.
 
Lot 5022

$25

Book Details: This consists of four books of poetry by A.R. Ammons, "The 100 Most Notable Cornellians," (Altschuler et al., 2003), a chapbook by Cornell M.A. candidates, and an inscribed, professionally framed photograph and poem showing an famously steep hill in Ithaca, NY.

This lot is from the personal estate library of Dan McCall (1940-2012), noted scholar and Cornell professor emeritus, author of over 20 titles, including "Jack the Bear"(1974), which was translated into a dozen languages and made into a feature Hollywood film in 1993. He was a much admired and appreciated professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at Cornell, where he taught for over forty years.

Condition / Notes: These items are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Please examine the photographs carefully.
 
Lot 5023

$80

Title: The History of America
Author: William Robertson
Publisher: J. J. Tourneisen and J. L. Legrand
City: Basil
Year: 1790
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: No
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce two-volume set (volumes 1 and 2 of three) of William Robertson's scholarly study of the exploration and colonization of America by the Spanish.

Antique volumes are bound in full leather with gilt ruling and gilt-lettered labels to spines. Books show external wear, with minor scuffing to covers and minor loss of material at lightly-bumped outside corners. Ends of spines display fraying. Books are firmly bound. Gift inscription can be seen on front pastedown. Pages are clean and without markings.

Please note that a four-volume first edition of the French translation of this work is also being offered at this auction. See lot 9302.
 
Lot 5024

$60

Title: The Ingoldby Legends or Mirth and Marvels
Author: Thomas Ingoldsby - Richard Harris Barham was an English cleric of the Church of England, novelist, and humorous poet. He was known better by his nom de plume Thomas Ingoldsby.

Richard Harris Barham was an English cleric of the Church of England, novelist, and humorous poet. He was known better by his nom de plume Thomas Ingoldsby.

Richard Harris Barham was born in Canterbury. When he was seven years old his father died, leaving him a small estate, part of which was the manor of Tappington, mentioned so frequently in his later publications "Ingoldsby Legends." At the age of nine he was sent to St Paul's School, but his studies were interrupted by an accident which partially crippled his arm for life. Thus deprived of the power of vigorous bodily activity, he became a great reader and diligent student.

During 1807 he entered Brasenose College, Oxford, intending at first to study for the Law. Circumstances, however, induced him to decide on a religious profession. In 1813 he was ordained and accepted a country curacy; he married during the next year, and in 1821 he obtained the appointment of minor canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, where he served as a cardinal. Three years later he became one of the priests in ordinary of the King's Chapel Royal.

In 1826 Barham first contributed to Blackwood's Magazine; and in 1837 he began to furnish to a recently-initiated magazine, Bentley's Miscellany, the series of tales (most of them metrical, some in prose) known as "The Ingoldsby Legends." These became very popular. They published in a collected form in three volumes between 1840 and 1847, and have since had numerous editions. They may perhaps be compared to Hudibras. The stories are generally whimsical, but based on antiquarian learning. (There is also a collection of Barham's miscellaneous poems, edited posthumously by his son, called "The Ingoldsby Lyrics.")

Barham was a Tory politically; yet he was a lifelong friend of the liberal Sydney Smith. Theodore Hook was one of his most intimate friends. Barham was a contributor to the Edinburgh Review and the Literary Gazette; he wrote articles for John Gorton's "Biographical Dictionary"; and a novel, "My Cousin Nicholas" (1834). He died in London on 17 June 1845, after a long and painful illness.
Publisher: J. M. Dent & Co.
City: London
Year: 1907
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xix/549 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in greenish brown cloth, with gilt lettering and pictorial designs to spine and front cover. This ex-library book shows significant external wear, with cracking along spine edges and taping or tape residue visible along edges of covers. Call number is written in ink at foot of spine. Rear hinge is cracked. Antique library bookplate can be seen on front flyleaf and traces of removal of library attachment are visible on rear endpaper. Title page displays light pencil markings and faint smudging to fore margin. Number is stamped at the bottom of page containing prefatory note. Pages xi to xviii have closed tear to fore edge. Pages with gilt top edges and deckle fore and bottom edges are clean and without markings. Beautifully illustrated with all 24 mounted color plates by Arthur Rackham, as well as 12 tinted plates and numerous textual illustrations. Captioned tissue guards protecting color plates are intact.
 
Lot 5025

$175
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Traite d'un nouvel hygrometre comparable, imite de celui de M. de Luc; contenant la description de cet instrument, la maniere de le graduer, &c. le resultat des observations faites par son moyen, & des remarques pour servir a faire connoitre l'influence des differens meteores sur la secheresse & l'humidite de l'atmosphere - Dated 1779 by Mequignon l'aine, Libraire - Bound together with "Meteorologie appliquee."

- Meteorologie appliquee a la medicine et a l'agriculture, ouvrage qui a remporte le prix au jugement de l'Academie Imperiale & Royale des Sciences & Belles-Lettres de Bruxelles, le 12 Octobre 1778; sur le sujet propose en ces termes: "Decrire la temperature la plus ordinaire des saisons aux Pays-Bas, & en indiquer les influences, tant sur l'economie animale que vegetale; marquer les suites facheuses que peuvent avoir des changements notables dans cette temperature, avec les moyens d'y obvier." by Noel Retz - Dated 1779 by Mequignon l'aine, Libraire - First Edition - Antique volume is bound in yellow paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering to spine label. Book shows external wear, with chipping along rear spine edge, minor chipping to front edge, and light soiling to covers. Spine is darkened. Binding is firm. Pages show very sporadic light foxing.
 
Lot 5026

$225

Title: Sixty Years in Cuba: Reminiscences of Edwin F. Atkins
Author: Edwin F. Atkins - Edwin F. Atkins (EFA) was born in 1850 to sugar plantation owner Elisha Atkins (1813-1888) and his wife Mary E. Freeman Atkins (1819-1897). The Atkins' sugar business was centered in Cuba, and in January 1866 at the age of 16, EFA first accompanied his father on a trip to Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba. Two years later, EFA began working with his father's company, and in 1874 he became a partner in E. Atkins & Co. Over the years, EFA was also involved in other business interests, including the Bay State Sugar Refinery, of which he was president from 1876 to 1888; Union Pacific Railroad, of which he was a director from 1888 to 1895; Aetna Mills and the Boston Wharf Co., for both of which he served as president until 1915; American Sugar Refining Co., of which he was chairman of the board until 1916; and Westinghouse Electric, of which he was a director and president (1915).

Edwin Atkins was a rich businessman who played an important role in this period mostly because of who he was and where he was. A Bostonian, he was also the largest American property owner in Cuba when the War for Independence broke out. Because of that, he knew more about Cuba than did almost any other prominent American of the time. His influence led American policy toward Cuba and Spain down a dead end that helped make war with Spain unavoidable and true Cuban independence unlikely.
Publisher: Privately Printed at the Riverside Press
City: Cambridge
Year: 1926
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xii/362 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in quarter dark blue cloth with light blue paper-covered boards. Spine displays stamped gilt lettering. Book shows light external wear, with very minor loss of material at outside corners of boards. Binding is tight. Pages with top gilt edge are clean and without markings. Illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author and photographic plates.
 
Lot 5027

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique medical books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "A Treatise on the Diseases of Females" (Lea & Blanchard, 1847) by William P. Dewees, "On Cataract" (S. Highley, 1842) by John Stevenson and "Notes on Noses" (Richard Bentley, 1859) by Eden Warwick. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: As with 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.
 
Lot 5028

$60

Book Details: This shelf lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). Highlights include a slip-cased limited edition of "Salome" by Oscar Wilde, books in French on language, literature, and Renaissance painting, a book on learning Persian, and many volumes of vintage children's literature. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots 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.

Condition / Notes: 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.
 
Lot 5029

$20

Title: Voyage autour du globe
Author: Isidore Eggermont
Publisher: Libraire Ch. Delagrave
City: Paris
Year: 1892
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 366 pages
Width: 9.25" Height: 12.5"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original maroon leatherette, with printed paper title label to front cover. Book shows external wear, with tearing at top of spine and discoloration to top margin of front cover. Text block is shaken, separating from binding at several points. Front flyleaf displays annotations in pencil. Partially uncut pages are clean and bright. Lavishly illustrated with engravings and maps.
 
Lot 5030

$50

Details: This lot includes the group of original antique color lithographs shown in the corresponding image. The botanical plates that make up this collection date from the nineteenth century. A number are taken from "Beautiful Wild Flowers of America" (D. Lothrop & Co., 1882), with watercolor drawings by botanical and ornithological painter Isaac Sprague (1811–1895). Others appear to come from "The New Practical Gardener, the Modern Horticulturalist" (William Mackenzie, 1875) or to be the work of American printer and lithographer Louis Prang. Four of the engravings have detached pages with nomenclature and description to verso. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Engravings are preserved in archival-quality matting. Colors are bright and fresh. The largest of these matted engravings measures approximately and the smallest 13" x 17.25", the smallest 12" x 15".
 
Lot 5031

$40

Details: This lot includes the group of hand-colored engravings and chromolithographs shown in the corresponding image. Among the items in this collection are works by S. Sidney from "The Book of the Horse" (c. 1890), Horace Vernet's "Deuxieme suite de chevaux" (number 19), handcolored by Levachez, and a depiction of "The Castle of Raincy," drawn by Constant Bourgeois. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Matted engravings are well preserved in shrinkwrap.
 
Lot 5032

$15

Title: De la vie. Seule traduction. Revue, corrige et annotee par l'auteur
Author: Leo Tolstoy - Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina," are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is equally known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views, which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the 1870s, after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformer.

Translator: Sophia Tolstoy
Publisher: C. Marpon & E. Flammarion, Editeurs
City: Paris
Year: 1889
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: xxi/308 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original printed paper wrappers. Front cover is detached. Binding has nearly separated at several points. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings.
 
Lot 5033

$10

Title: The Stepman
Author: David Margolis
Publisher: The Permenant Press
City: Sag Harbor, New York
Year: 1996
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 176 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this novel (limited 1400 copies). Inscription on front flyleaf reads "For Dan / With best wishes + thanks for your / encouragement + / support from then / until now. / David M. / Dec. 6, 1996."

Book and dust jacket are in excellent condition. This lot is from the personal estate library of Dan McCall (1940-2012), noted scholar and Cornell professor emeritus, author of over 20 titles, including "Jack the Bear"(1974), which was translated into a dozen languages and made into a feature Hollywood film in 1993. He was a much admired and appreciated professor of American Literature and Creative Writing at Cornell, where he taught for over forty years.
 
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