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Lot 5240

$130

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique volumes of the (Niles') Weekly Register shown in the corresponding image(s). These are volumes V, IX and XVI (Volume IV of New Series), corresponding to a period between 1813 and 1819. These book contains documents and essays on a variety of topics, including politics, history, geography, science and biography. All were edited by H. Niles. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Two of the volumes have detached boards, with the largest (1819) lacking rear board. Exteriors show significant wear, pages display foxing throughout, with extensive marginal staining to one volume. 1819 volume shows minor loss to some page edges at end of text block, with text marginally affected. Texts are otherwise legible.
 
Lot 5241

$20

Details: This lot includes the group of antique colored lithographs shown in the corresponding image. Among the items in this collection are full-page Harper's Weekly illustrations and artwork such as the reproduction of a panel from the ceiling of the eastern compartment of the south aisle of St. Mary's Church in Bury St. Edmund's in Suffolk. 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. Colors are bright.
 
Lot 5242

$80

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique books on the United States history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "The History and Antiquities of New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania" (Allyn Stillman & Son, 1856) by John Warner Barber and "An Accompaniment to Mitchell's Reference and Distance Map of the United States: Containing an Index of the Various Counties, Districts, Parishes, Townships, Towns, Etc. and an Index of the Rivers; Together with a Geographical Description of Every State and Territory in the Union; Also an Accurate Synopsis of the Population in the Year 1840, according to the Sixth Census, Alphabetically Arranged. In Addition to Which, There Are a Variety of Statistical Aggregates, Accounts of Railroads and Canals, Colleges, &c and a Synopsis of the New Postage Law" (S. Augustus Mitchell, 1845). 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. It should be noted that the Mitchell reference work has a number of newspaper clippings (a good portion of which are humorous illustrations) pasted from first page of index to page 39. Boards of "Horrors of Tornado Flood and Fire" show warping.
 
Lot 5243

$35

Title: The Negro in Ohio, 1802-1970: A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate Department of Western Reserve University for Securing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Author: Charles Thomas Hickok
Publisher: Western Reserve University
City: Cleveland
Year: 1896
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 182 pages plus 5 pages of index
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: Contains chapters on "The Slavery Clause in the Ordinance of 1787," "The Struggle for Political Equality from the Formation of the State to the Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment," "Educational and Industrial Opportunities Enjoyed by the Negro," and "Observations on the Slavery Sentiment in the State."
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in brown cloth, with gilt lettering and decorative design to spine. This ex-library volume shows mild external wear. Library markings are visible on spine. Hinges have been reinforced. Antique library bookplate can be seen on front pastedown. Original wrappers are present. Front cover is detached, displaying chipping at edges. Name of library appears perforated on title page. Previous owner's name in ink and date in pencil can be seen at top of title page. Lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. Contains intact fold-out table.
 
Lot 5244

$45

Title: "Ade, Witboi"
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.
Publisher: arani Verlags-GmbH
City: Berlin
Year: 1955
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xx pages plus 47 plates and index
Width: 8" Height: 11"
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in reddish orange cloth with stamped black lettering to spine and facsimile of artist's signature to front cover. Book shows very light external wear. Binding is tight. Interior shows light foxing to bottom margin of a small number of pages. Otherwise clean, with in-text illustrations and b&w full page plates, together with four bright color plates.

Intact illustrated dust jacket displays small stains on front cove and spine.
 
Lot 5245

$10

Title: Lifetime
Author: Scott Sommer - Scott Sommer was an American author. He was the author of four novels and one collection of short stories. He was also the screenwriter of the film CrissCross starring Goldie Hawn. His 1979 Novel Nearing's Grace was made into the 2002 feature film Nearing Grace. He also appeared as an extra in an episode of Crossing Delancy and an episode of Knot's Landing.

The Writer's Voice offered the "Scott Sommer Fiction Award" as late as 1999. The winner received $1,000 and a special reading.

Publisher: Random House
City: New York
Year: 1981
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 208 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this novel by Scott Sommer. Inscription on half title page reads "For Dan, / Teacher & Friend / Scott."  Volume shows light external wear. Interior is clean and without markings. Dust jacket displays shelfwear.

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.
 
Lot 5246

$10

Title: Brandy for Heroes: A Biography of the Honorable John Morrissey, Champion Heavyweight of America and State Senator
Author: Jack Kofoed
Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1938
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 282 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in red cloth, with red lettering to gold labels on spine and front cover. Book shows light shelfwear. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and without markings. Indentation from paper clip appears on top margin of front flyleaf and, ever more faintly preliminary pages, including frontispiece portrait and title page. Illustrated with plates.
 
Lot 5247

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique literature books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are a two-volume set of "The Heir of Redclyffe" (D. Appleton & Company, 1865) and Robert Louis Stevenson's "New Arabian Nights" (A. L. Burt, n.d.). 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 5248

$15

Details: This lot includes the pair of antique aquatinted seashell plates shown in the corresponding image. These plates are from George Perry's work "Conchology, or the natural history of shells" (1811), the only published book on seashells with such plates. They are numbered XLVI and XLI, and offer depictions of the genera Oliva and Aranea. Versos sheets (presumably from the 1811 publication) offering full page itemized descriptions of plates

Condition / Notes: Matted engravings are well preserved in shrinkwrap. Colors are bright. Pieces measure approximately 20" x 16.25".
 
Lot 5249

$60

Details: Offered in this lot is a "Sylvie" vase by the premier French firm Lalique. This vase was first offered in 1962. It is 8" tall and 4" wide, composed of clear and lightly frosted glass.
Condition / Notes: This signed Lalique vase is in very good condition with no chips or cracks. There is faint water residue inside the vase which is not visible from the outside. A small patch on the edge of the left bird's wing is not frosted (see photos); it is unclear whether this was original to the piece.
 
Lot 5250

$400

Title: Ecce Homo
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.
Publisher: Der Malik Verlag
City: Berlin
Year: 1923
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 10.75" Height: 14.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a rare first edition of this signature work by Grosz. This edition (Ausgabe D) contains 84 black-and-white drawings.

Volumes is bound in original wrappers, with illustrated front cover. Book shows light external wear, with light rubbing and small tears at edges and ends of spine. Interior is clean and without markings.
 
Lot 5251

$30

Book Details: This lot includes the group of author signed academic books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are M. H. Abrams "Doing Things with Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory" (W. W. Norton & Company, 1989) and "Better Than Second Best: Love and Work in the Life of Helen Magill" (University of Illinois Press, 1990) by Glenn C. Altschuler.

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 volumes and their dust jackets are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 5252

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of collectible vintage & antique literary titles shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are an advance review copy of "The Bridge over the River Kwai," a author-signed special advance edition of Salman Rushdie's "The Moor's Last Sigh" and an author-signed first edition of "Mooncoin Castle or Skulduggery Rewarded" (Viking Press, 1970). 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 5253

$60

Title: Old Marblehead Sea Captains and the Ships in Which They Sailed
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Benjamin J. Lindsey
Publisher: Marblehead Historical Society
City: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Year: 1915
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 137 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 10.25"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in dark green cloth with faded white lettering and pastedown showing sailing ship. Book shows mild external wear concentrated at extremities. Binding is sound. Previous owner's signature appears on front flyleaf. Pages are clean and without markings. Profusely illustrated. Numerous full-page plates, several in color. Includes paper insert of article found too late to be printed in the book.
 
Lot 5254

$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 1908. 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. Coin measures approximately .75" in diameter.
 
Lot 5255

$30

Details: This lot includes the group of antique royal acts shown in the corresponding image. This collection consists of parliamentary acts passed during the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria and relate to treaties on the abolition of the slave trade between Great Britain and Mexico and France and to the manner in which suppression of such trade was to proceed. 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 and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 5256

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique books on New York state history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "Gazetteer of the State of New York: Embracing a Comprehensive View of the Geography, Geology, and General History of the State, and a Complete History and Description Every County, City, Town, Village and Locality." (R. Pearsall Smith, 1860) by J. H. French, and "Historical Collections of the State of New York; Containing a General Collection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &c relating to Its History and Antiquities with Geographical Descriptions of Every Township in the State" (S. Tuttle, 1842) by John W. Barber & Henry Howe, with a fold-out map of the state. 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 5257

$50

Book Details: This lot includes the group of author-signed literary first editions/printings shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Harlan Ellison's "Strange Wine" (Harper & Row, 1978), Stephen Barnett's "The Road to Makokota" (MacAdam/Cage, 2003), with author's handwritten signed letter tipped in, and Paul Cody's "Eyes Like Mine" (Baskerville Publishers, 1996).

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: All volumes and their dust jackets are in excellent conditions.
 
Lot 5258

$70

Title: The Campaign of Lieut. Gen. John Burgoyne, and the Expedition of Lieut. Col. Barry St. Leger
Author: William L. Stone - At the age of 17, he became a printer in the office of the Cooperstown "Federalist," and in 1813 he was editor of the Herkimer "American," with Thurlow Weed as his journeyman. Subsequently he edited the "Northern Whig" at Hudson, New York, and in 1817 the Albany "Daily Advertiser." In 1818 he succeeded Theodore Dwight in the editorship of the Hartford "Mirror." While at Hartford, Jonathan M. Wainwright (afterward bishop), Samuel G. Goodrich (Peter Parley), Isaac Toucey, and himself alternated in editing a literary magazine called "The Knights of the Round Table." He also edited while at Hudson "The Lounger," a literary periodical which was noted for its pleasantry and wit. In 1821 he succeeded Zachariah Lewis in the editorship of the New York "Commercial Advertiser," becoming at the same time one of its proprietors, which place he held until his death. Brown University gave him the degree of A. M. in 1825.

Stone always advocated in his columns the abolition of slavery by congressional action, and at the great anti-slavery convention at Baltimore in 1825 he originated and drew up the plan for slave emancipation which was recommended at that time to congress for adoption. In 1824 his sympathies were strongly enlisted in behalf of the Greeks in their struggles for independence, and, with Edward Everett and Dr. Samuel G. Howe, was among the first to draw the attention of the country to that people and awaken sympathy in their behalf. In 1825, with Thurlow Weed, he accompanied Lafayette on his tour through part of the United States. He was appointed by President Harrison minister to the Hague, but was recalled by Tyler. Soon after the Morgan tragedy, Stone, who was a Freemason, addressed a series of letters on "Masonry and Anti-Masonry" to John Quincy Adams, who in his retirement at Quincy had taken interest in the anti-Masonic movement. In these letters, which were afterward collected and published (New York, 1832), the author maintained that Masonry should be abandoned, chiefly because it had lost its usefulness. The writer also cleared away the mists of slander which had gathered around the name of De Witt Clinton, and by preserving strict impartiality he secured that credence which no ex-parte argument could obtain, however ingenious. In 1838 he originated and introduced a resolution in the New York historical society directing a memorial to be addressed to the New York legislature praying for the appointment of an historical mission to the governments of England and Holland for the recovery of such papers and documents as were essential to a correct understanding of the colonial history of the state. This was the origin of the collection known as the "New York Colonial Documents" made by John Romeyn Brodhead, who was sent abroad for that purpose by Governor William H. Seward in the spring of 1841. In 1840 he was defendant in a suit brought by J. Fenimore Cooper on account of reviews in the "Commercial Advertiser" of "Home as Found" and the "History of the Navy," which were decided to be libelous by the supreme court of the state of New York, to the dismay of many who thought that the liberty of the press in the matter of literary criticism was endangered by this judgment. He was the first superintendent of public schools in New York city, and while holding the office, in 1844, had a discussion with Archbishop Hughes in relation to the use of the Bible in the public schools. Although the influence of Colonel Stone (as he was familiarly called, from having held that rank on Governor Clinton's staff) extended throughout the country, it was felt more particularly in New York city. He interested himself in religious enterprises and benevolent associations, especially the Institution for the deaf and dumb and the Society for the reformation of juvenile delinquents. (Biography courtesy of famousamericans.net).

Publisher: Joel Munsell
City: Albany
Year: 1877
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 461 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: Handsome antique volume is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial design to spine. Book is in excellent condition. Fold-out map at front of volume is well preserved.
 
Lot 5259

$40

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique books on world history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are "United States in War with Spain and the History of Cuba" (International Publishing Co., 1898) and John L. Comstock's "History of the Greek Revolution" (William W. Reed & Co., 1828). 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 5260

$45

Details: This numismatic lot consists of 80 Indian Head pennies from the years 1889-1907. Quantities are as follows: 1889 (1), 1890 (2) 1892 (3), 1893 (1), 1895 (5), 1899 (4), 1900 (3), 1901 (2), 1902 (17), 1903 (7), 1905 (9), 1906 (10), 1907 (16).

Condition / Notes: These pennies are ungraded, and some show considerable wear. Please examine the photos carefully.
 
Lot 5261

$60

Details: This lot includes the group of antique original lithographs shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the items in this collection are political cartoons (taken from issues of Harper's Weekly) and caricatures from the British weekly magazine Vanity Fair, including one of American-born British-based artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: Professionally matted lithographs are well preserved in shrinkwrap.
 
Lot 5262

$30

Title: Battles of the American Revolution, 1775-1781: Historical and Military Criticism, with Topographical Illustration
Author: Henry B. Carrington
Publisher: A. S. Barnes & Company
City: New York
Year: 1876
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: vi/712 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering and ornamental designs to spine. Front cover shows elaborate stamped gilt pictorial designs. Book shows external wear, with spine cover detaching, and wear and minor loss at corners. Circular paper sticker has been pasted near center of front cover. Hinges are cracked, with boards now loose. Antique library plate can be seeen on front pastedown. No other library marking or attachment is visible. Front flyleaf has been excised. Pages display occasional scattered foxing. Illustrated with numerous battle maps.
 
Lot 5263

$35

Details: This unusual, vintage ephemera lot includes a Montgomery Ward's wallpaper sample book and an electrical supply catalog from the 1950s; a catalog showcasing products for advertising and copies of a magazine for jewelry retailers, both from the 1920's; and bound copies of a 1927 French magazine , "L'Illustration," which discusses the work of Leon Bakst and Diaghilev, and contains many large pictures in color, some printed with metallic inks. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: As with all the ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications, such as tattered corners or bindings. Please examine the photos carefully.
 
Lot 5264

$40

Title: Godey's Lady's Book 1849
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Louis A. Godey
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1849
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 470 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 10"
Book Details: Godey's was a most popular magazine for women, most appreciated for its fashion plates. Most issues include literary texts, articles on fashion and needlework, a song (words & music), poetry, literary notices, etc.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in quarter leather with gilt lettering to spine. Binding has separated at several points, with spine cover now split in two parts. Pages show light foxing throughout. Contains a number of hand-colored fashion plates, engraved plates, textual illustrations, house plans and fold-out musical scores.
 
Lot 5265

$15

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique literary books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are George Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss" (P. F. Collier & Son, n.d.) and Cuthbert Bede's "Nearer and Dearer: A Nobelette" (Carleton, Publisher, 1864). 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 5266

$200

Details: This superb antique gold lady's pocket watch was manufactured by the American Watch Co. of Waltham, MA, and bears an inscription to Eva D. Spencer, December 25, 1886. Hallmarks include a crescent moon and star, the initials "C.W.C.Co.," and the numbers 65761. The outside of the case is beautifully engraved. On one side is a landscape surrounded by a floral wreath; on the other side is the same wreath with some initials in the center. The watch appears to be in working order but has not been calibrated for accuracy. It is 1-3/4" in diameter and 5/8" thick.
Condition / Notes: This watch is in very nice condition, with only a few slight scratches from use.
 
Lot 5267

$200

Details: This lot includes the group of ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material consists of six scrapbooks commemorating the GE executives' annual fishing trips of the 1950s and 1960s, along with a 1958 Executives Conference book. 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 and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 5268

$70

Book Details: This lot includes the group of collectible Melville titles shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the books in this collection are a leather-bound collector's edition of "Moby Dick" (Easton Press, 1977), with an introduction by Clifton Fadiman and illustrations by Boardman Robinson, a first printing of the 1981 University of California edition of the same novel.

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 5269

$35

Book Details: This lot includes the group of books on French military history shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the French-language titles in this collection are two-volume set of Charles de Gaulle's memoirs entitled "Memoires d'espoir" (Plon, 1970/1971), as well as his "La France et son armee" (Plon, 1938), in library binding. Also present is "Episodes de la guerre de 1870 et le blocus de Metz" by Marshal Bazaine (Gaspar, 1883), in three-quarter leather with marbled boards. 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.
 
Lot 5270

$25

Book Details: This lot of vintage books on the history of Albany and environs is extensive. Included are volumes pertaining specifically to Albany, such as a biography of Gansevoort family, a history of the Reformed Dutch Church, and "Minutes of the Albany Committee of Correspondence;" and more peripheral works, including a biography of Eliphalet Nott of Union College and a history of Ballston Spa (Saratoga County). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books 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 5271

$325

Title: Port d'eaux-mortes: recit orne de huit lithographies originales de Georges Grosz
Author: Pierre Mac Orlan - Pierre Mac Orlan, (born Pierre Dumarchey) sometimes written MacOrlan, was a French novelist and songwriter.

His novel "Quai des Brumes" was the source for Marcel Carné's 1938 film of the same name, starring Jean Gabin. He was also a prolific writer of chansons, many of which were recorded and popularized by French singers such as Juliette Gréco, Monique Morelli, Catherine Sauvage, and Germaine Montero.
Publisher: Au Sans Pareil
City: Paris
Year: 1926
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 80 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: "George Grosz (1893-1959) is best remembered for his violent satirical drawings of the decadent Berlin of the 1920s, which depict a corrupt world of leering businessmen pawing at prostitutes. These drawings were collected and reproduced in publications such as "Ecce Homo" (1923). "Ecce Homo" was seized by the Public Prosecutor, and in February 1924 Grosz was tried for obscenity and fined 6,000 marks. It was perhaps this that prompted an extended trip to France, for the whole of April and May of 1924, resulting in his first French exhibition in that November, and a further extended spell in France from June to October in 1925. Grosz had studied in Paris in 1912 at the Atelier Colarossi, at which time he met likeminded artists such as Moise Kisling and Jules Pascin, and made friends with Bohemian figures such as the writer Pierre Mac Orlan. It was to Mac Orlan that Grosz turned for guidance to the new post-war Paris. As Hans Hess writes in his excellent biography George Grosz, "In April 1924 Grosz travelled to Paris for the first time since the war. With his old friend, Pierre Mac Orlan, he visited Pascin, and with Francis Carco and Man Ray, explored 'Montmartre at night', making the typical remark all visitors make that they 'went to those hidden places which no foreigner ever gets to know'." The kind of hidden places Mac Orlan and Carco favoured is made clear in the subjects of Grosz's Paris drawings: the brothel Le petit moulin, another famous maison close in the rue Blondel, or the seedy Bar du Dingo, full of pimps and their girls.It was probably the following year that George Grosz made the eight original lithographs in this post, for a novella by Pierre Mac Orlan entitled "Port d'eaux-mortes" (eaux-mortes means a neap tide rather than the literal "dead waters", though no doubt Mac Orlan liked the metaphorical heft of the phrase). ...The presence of George Grosz in Paris had an electrifying effect on several Paris-based artists associated with Pierre Mac Orlan and Francis Carco. You can trace the influence on André Dignimont, on Chas Laborde, on Marcel Vertès, on Pierre Falké. Below is just a little gallery of images from these artists from 1926-1930, which show the impact of Grosz on the French scene. In the case of Laborde especially this case could be made more strongly with other material - etchings from Rues et visages de Paris (1926), for instance. Of course all these artists were also influencing each other, and were also working in the shadow of Pascin, but I think there is an identifiable shift towards a more expressionistic vision, especially in the art of Dignimont and Vertès." (Text courtesy of Neil Philip at adventuresintheprinttrade.blogspot.com)

Condition / Notes: This wonderfully preserved decoratively bound book is a rare French-language limited edition illustrated by George Grosz. This is number 869 of 1000.
Antique volume has been rebound in quarter vellum over blue cloth boards, with vellum at fore edges and stamped blue lettering to spine. Book is in excellent condition, with original wrappers intact, displaying mild sunning to edges. Interior is otherwise pristine. Red ribbon marker attached. Illustrated with 8 original lithographs with intact tissue guards.
 
Lot 5272

$120

Details: This lot includes the pair of issues of the antique art magazine Form shown in the corresponding image(s). These are issues for April 1916 (No. 1, Vol. 1) and April 1917 (No. 2, Vol. 1) published by John Lane in London. Issues are in original publisher's wrappers with vignettes. These magazines contain plates and illustrations after Spare, Charles Shannon, Charles Ricketts, Frank Brangwyn, and others, with literary contributions by Gilbert Cannan, A. L. Huxley, Ivor Brown, William Butler Yeats, W.H. Davies, and Alesteir Crowley (as "Edward Eastaway"). Each of these issues contains full- and double page illustrations. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Magazines show external wear, with chipping and minor loss of material to edges of covers. Covers and title pages have marking in blue pencil. Pages display occasional faint smudging to margins. Pages are otherwise clean and without markings.
 
Lot 5273

$90

Title: Nojoque; A Question for a Continent
Author: Hinton Rowan Helper - Hinton Rowan Helper was a Southern US critic of slavery during the 1850s. In 1857, he published a book which he dedicated to the "nonslaveholding whites" of the South. "The Impending Crisis of the South," written partly in North Carolina but published when the author was in the North, argued that slavery hurt the economic prospects of non-slaveholders, and was an impediment to the growth of the entire region of the South. Anger over his book due to the belief he was acting as an agent of the North attempting to split Southern Whites along class lines led to Southern denunciations of 'Helperism'

Helper was born near Mocksville, North Carolina. He was the son of a small slave-owning farmer in Western North Carolina. His father died before Helper was a year old, but he was cared for by a wealthy extended family and obtained a good education with the financial help of his uncle. He graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 1848, and went to California in 1851 in hopes of finding wealth, but came back in 1854 disillusioned.

In 1855 Helper wrote the book "The Land of Gold Versus Fiction," which widely ridiculed the state. Deeply opposed to slavery and the condition of Southern culture and lack of economic progress, Helper later wrote one of the most effective criticisms of the South titled "The Impending Crisis of the South." In it he argued the South's growth, prosperity, and cultural development were being held back by slavery. He deployed statistics from the census to show that land values, literacy levels, and manufacturing rates were considerably lower in the South than in the North. He warned of the devastation caused by slavery through deforestation. He proposed that slaveholders be taxed to colonize all free blacks in Africa or Latin America.

The success of "The Impending Crisis of the South" made Helper famous overnight. It also heightened the political crisis by raising fears among Southerners that poor landless Southern whites might turn against slavery if they saw that it did not benefit them. The fear of class divisions within the white community was enough to lead many Southerners who had previously been opponents of secession to embrace it after the election of Abraham Lincoln.

After the war Helper appeared as a white supremacist, urging the wholesale expulsion of former slaves. His hatred of blacks eventually became a phobia, to the point that he would not patronize hotels or restaurants that employed Negroes. Southern enemies of Reconstruction were unwilling, however, to forgive his previous opposition to slavery, and so he remained a marginal, and increasingly unstable, character in postwar America.

Lincoln appointed Helper as United States consul in Buenos Aires from 1861 to 1866. He spent most of the postwar years promoting a scheme to build an intercontinental railroad connecting North and South America, which would help replace black and brown peoples with whites. The "Three Americas Railway" was supposed to extend from the Bering Sea to the Strait of Magellan. His schemes never came to anything, and he died by his own hand in Washington, D.C.

Publisher: George W. Carleton & Co., Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1867
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 479 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: "Were I to state here, frankly and categorically, that the primary object of this work is to write the negro out of America, and that the secondary object is to write him (and manifold millions of other black and bicolored caitiffs, little better than himself,) out of existence, God’s simple truth would be told...” (Author's preface).
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. This ex-library book shows external wear, with traces of removal of library attachments from foot of spine. Hinges have been reinforced. Antique library bookplate appears on front pastedown. Library stamp is visible on title page along with annotations in ink and pencil. Copyright page also has library markings. Name of library is stamped on first and last page of text. The usual attachments can be seen at rear of volume. Pages are otherwise clean and without markings.
 
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