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Lot 1001


Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its sequel “Through the Looking-Glass”, as well as the poems “The Hunting of the Snark” and “Jabberwocky. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.
Publisher: University of California Press
City: Berkeley / Los Angeles / London
Year: 1982
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 149 + colophon
Width: 9" Height: 13.75"
Book Details: This Pennyroyal Edition is designed and illustrated by Barry Moser and signed by the artist. It is bound in purple and red cloth with the original dust jacket protected by plastic cover. Preface and notes are included by James R. Kincaid.

This classic, that tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures, is given a whole new look with Moser's artistic style.

The companion volume to this, The Pennyroyal Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice Found There, is also offered in this auction catalog.
Condition / Notes: This vintage classic edition shows extremely well due to the protection of the plastic covering. The price is clipped from the inside corners of the front dust jacket flap and is otherwise pristine. The binding is like new and the pages are clean and bright.
Lot 1002


Title: The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government
Author: Jefferson Davis - Jefferson Fine Davis was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, serving as President of the Confederate States of America for its entire history, from 1861 to 1865.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1881
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 707, 808 pages followed by 4 pages of ads in each volume
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This is an exceptional first edition copy of this important Civil War history told from the side of the South. Both volumes are in fancy leather bindings over marbled paper-covered boards, with the marbling extending to the endpapers and all three sides of the text blocks. The spines have raised bands and gilt lettering. The books are generously illustrated with engravings and lithograph plates, including a number of maps, fourteen of which are folding.

Davis served as President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War and he wrote the book as a straightforward history of the Confederate States of America and as an apologia for the causes that he believed led to and justified the American Civil War. His preface begins with the following paragraph:

The object of this work has been from historical data to show that the Southern States had rightfully the power to withdraw from a Union into which they had, as sovereign communities, voluntarily entered; that the denial of that right was a violation of the letter and spirit of the compact between the States; and that the war waged by the Federal Government against the seceding States was in disregard of the limitations of the Constitution, and destructive of the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
Condition / Notes: These handsome books show beautifully with some age/wear indications externally, concentrated at the extremities and high points. Both bindings are tight and secure. Internally, the books are clean and bright with no inscriptions or marginalia. All illustrations, plates and maps are present as are the original tissue guards facing the engravings. The folding maps are in excellent condition. These books show little, if any, indication of ever having been read.
Lot 1003


Title: Burma Painted and Described
Author: Robert Talbot Kelly - Robert George Talbot Kelly was an English orientalist landscape and genre painter, author and illustrator who lived in Cairo, Egypt from 1883 to 1915. He was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the son of Irish landscape and portrait painter, Robert George Kelly, from whom he received an art education. Kelly traveled to Burma, about which he wrote about and painted for two books.
Publisher: Adam and Charles Black
City: London
Year: 1912
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 261 pages plus map
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This lavishly decorated early printing is bound in original cloth with gilt lettering and adornment, embellished with a peacock design, on front board and spine.

This volume resulting of the author's travels to Burma and is illustrated with 75 of Kelly's paintings in coloured plates (including the frontispiece) each with captioned tissue-guard. This volume additionally contains a folding route map at the back and panels from the original dust jacket.
Condition / Notes: The decorative binding shows well with bright gilt and crisp debossing on the elaborately embellished peacock design on the front board and spine.

The book shows some age/wear indications externally concentrated at the extremeties, including beginning cracks in the gutter hinges, somewhat loose binding and light foxing on the page edges.

The text is clear, with light toning on pages throughout. The map is bright and clean. Pages 82-83 have marks from a pressed flower no longer present.
Lot 1004


Title: Animate Creation; Popular Edition of "Our Living World," A Natural History by the Rev. J. G. Wood. Revised and Adapted to American Zoology, by Joseph B. Holder, M.D.
Author: John George Wood - John George Wood, or Rev J. G. Wood, (21 July 1827 – 3 March 1889), was an English writer who popularized natural history with his writings. [Courtesy Wikipedia.], Joseph B. Holder
Publisher: Selmar Hess
City: New York
Year: 1898
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10" Height: 13"
Book Details: This deluxe set of six volumes is bound it fancy 3/4 leather Victorian bindings with full gilt page edging. The pebbled cloth boards with gilt lettering and adornments are further decorated with gilt lettering and tooling on the spines with raised bands.

Each volume of Animate Creation, "Fully Illustrated with Scientific Accuracy," is adorned with tissue-guarded, mounted chromolithographic plates and additional illustrations throughout.

Vols. 1 & 2: Mammalia
Vols. 3 & 4: Birds
Vols. 5 & 6: Fishes, Reptiles, &c.
Condition / Notes: This elegant complete set includes six volumes bound in black three quarter-leather with pebbled cloth covers. There bindings are solid and there is moderate to heavy rubbing to the edges/corners of the covers and to the spines.

The are bright and clean with mild age toning. This work is lavishly illustrated with numerous plates and textual figures.
Lot 1005


Title: A Testament
Author: Frank Lloyd Wright - Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1000 structures and completed 532 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.
His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright authored 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time." (Biographical information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Horizon Press
City: New York
Year: 1957
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 256 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.25"
Book Details: This first edition of Wrights last book, in its original dusk jacked, is bound is white cloth with black and red lettering and adornment. The volume is divided into two parts: autobiographical and a focus on the new architecture.

This work is profusely illustrated with black and white plans, photos, and sketches of Wright's work. Architect and visionary Wright gives the reader his own story of a lifetime of experience, distilling the essence of his life and work in a book of unprecedented range and fascination. Four-page fold out drawings and plan for the the mile-high Illinois, a 528 story cantilevered sky city, planned to be built of glass and gold metal.

These chapters and paragraphs by Wright, issued late in a long career, can be seen as coherent statements of principles of life, professional practice, and creative endeavor, or as self-serving, megalomaniacal, apologist homilies. Wright was self-possessed, controversial to the end.

Condition / Notes: This vintage first edition shows well with age/wear indications concentrated on the extremities. The dust jacked exhibits shelf wear, foxing and soiling.

The pages with their 210 illustrations are bright and clear and the fold out plans of the skyscraper are intact and clean.
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