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Lot 6186

$25

Details: This lot includes the group of original antique tinted lithographs of engravings shown in the corresponding image. These nineteenth-century pieces are from such publications as "Ballou's Pictorial" (1850's), "Picturesque America" (c. 1873), "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Companion" (c. 1854) and "American Scenery" (c. 1840). They offer scenes of Boston life that include images of landmarks, public buildings, thoroughfares, transportation, industry and historical sites. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These matted prints are in excellent condition and well preserved in shrinkwrap. Colors are bright. The two largest of these pieces measure approximately 15" x 12.25", the smallest 12" x 9.25".
 
Lot 6187

$90

Title: Das neue Gesicht der herrschenden Klasse: 60 neue Zeichnungen
Author:
Publisher: Malik-Verlag
City: Berlin
Year: 1930
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 126 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original printed paper wrappers, with pictorial designs by Grosz to covers. Book shows mild external wear, with light soiling and chipping to bottom edge of front cover. Binding is sound. Unmarked pages are clean and bright.
 
Lot 6188

$25

Title: Untitled
Artist: Wieslaw Obrzydowski
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1994
Width: 39.5" Height: 31.5"
Art Notes: Front side bears the artist's trademark "WO'" followed by number 94 in upper left hand side of painting. This work offers, on recto, image of a bearded man (presumably the artist) looking out at view, while holding baby's face against his own. Verso has large pink-faced baby between two vertical bars of bright pink, with six photos of father and child or children pasted on the right side and lower right margin.

Condition: This two-sided painting is well preserved.
 
Lot 6189

$90

Title: Autumn Sunset
Artist: Theodore Coe
Medium: Painting - oil on board
Features: Signature
Print Year: circa 1900
Width: 10.25" Height: 7.5"
Condition: There are no discernible imperfections to the image area. Before being recently framed, the back of this piece showed the following handwritten information: "Autumn Sunset / Looking toward the woods (West) / E. Sandwich Cape Cod."
 
Lot 6190

$110

Book Details: This lot includes the group of antique Modern Library volumes shown in the corresponding image. These attractive volumes are bound in leatherette with gilt lettering to spine and logo to front cover. They include works by such canonical authors as Hardy, Wilde, Pepys, Stevenson, Maupassant, Melville, Cervantes, Shaw, Zola, Annunzio, Joyce, the Brothers Goncourt, Chesterton, Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell. Due to the high volume of books and other interesting items on paper we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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 6191

$25

Book Details: This widely diverse lot includes a comprehensive book on fungi, the index to "Wildflowers of the United States;" children's books, including one by Watty Piper, the author of "The Little Engine That Could;" works of philosophy by Mao, Theodore Reik, and about Henri Bergson; and a handful of vintage young adult novels about aviation. This lot includes the group of books shown in the corresponding image(s). 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.
 
Lot 6192

$70

Details: A generous amount of antique correspondence forms this lot, with dates ranging from the 1890s through the 1930s. Most is from the 1900-1925 period. These covers are intact with their stamps. Some are billheads. There are over 100 pieces in this lot. Most are to and from Upstate New York.

Condition / Notes: These envelopes are dusty but largely intact, some have never been opened.
 
Lot 6193

$45

Book Details: This lot consists of thirteen fine quality, large-format books, all of which concern post-WWII American art. Artists represented include Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, and Joseph Stella. The books are shown in the corresponding image(s). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: Ten of these books have hard covers with dust-jackets. All of them are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 6194

$35

Title: History of a Crime (Deposition of a Witness)
Author: Victor Hugo - Victor-Marie Hugo was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France.

In France, Hugo's literary fame comes first from his poetry but also rests upon his novels and his dramatic achievements. Among many volumes of poetry, "Les Contemplations" and "La Légende des siècles" stand particularly high in critical esteem, and Hugo is sometimes identified as the greatest French poet. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels "Les Misérables" and "Notre-Dame de Paris" (also known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame).

Though a committed royalist when he was young, Hugo's views refined as the decades passed; he became a passionate supporter of republicanism, and his work touches upon most of the political and social issues and artistic trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon.
Translator: Huntington Smith
Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.
City: New York
Year: 1888
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 238 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce two volume set bound as one.  Antique volume is bound in brown cloth with bright gilt lettering and pictorial designs offering a portrait of Hugo on spine and imperial emblem on front cover. Book is in excellent condition.
 
Lot 6195

$55

Details: This lot includes the framed antique miniature map of southern Italy shown in the corresponding image. This is map #29 from "Atlas Minimus, or a New Set of Pocket Maps. Of the Several Empires, Kingdoms and States, of the known World. With Historical Extracts relative to Each Drawn and Engraved." by John Gibson (London: Bowen, 1792). Engraved map shows the Kingdoms of Sicily and Naples, with hand-colored outline. Map measures approximately 3" x 4.25"

Two pages providing the text to this map is laid into small envelope attached to back, as is a photocopy reproduction of the title page of this work.

Condition / Notes: Professionally matted and framed antique map shows light foxing. No tears, punctures, creasing or markings are visible. Metal frame displays minor wear.
 
Lot 6196

$10

Book Details: Four volumes comprise this lot of antique decorative children's literaure. Included are "Treasure Island," "A History of France," the "Railroad Picture Book," and in Russian, "Dostoevsky for Children." The railroad book is lavishly illustrated with colorful chromolithgraphs.

Condition / Notes: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. Please note that the spine of the railroad book has been mended with old, yellowed scotch tape, and that the cover shows that this book has been greatly enjoyed by children.
 
Lot 6197

$70

Title: Untitled
Artist: Wieslaw Obrzydowski
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1992
Width: 36.25" Height: 29.25"
Art Notes: Front side bears the artist's trademark "WO'" followed by number 92 in lower left corner of painting. This work offers, on recto, a representation of an American flag on left side and two figures on right. One of these appears to be a man, with a yellow beak for a nose, dressed in a business suit, and has emerging from his body two American flags. The more abstract figure seems to shadow him.

Verso shows a group of five people, posing as if for a family portrait, with a rocking horse in the background. What appear to be Polish words are painted in red along top margin

Condition: Two-sided painting in well preserved.
 
Lot 6198

$70

Details: This lot includes the group of original antique colored ornithological lithographs shown in the corresponding image. Among the plates in this collection are images of the blue and yellow macaw, the blue bellied lorikeet, the fire-backed pheasant, the cockatoo, the king of the birds of paradise, the toucan, and hummingbirds. These engravings are from Sir William Jardine's "The Naturalist's Library" (c. 1838-1850) and "The Natural History of Birds" (1815). 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 6199

$40

Details: This lot includes the antique Bible leaves shown in the corresponding image(s). These leaves are from the following works:

Condition / Notes: These leaves may show foxing. They do not display tears, creasing, punctures or markings.
 
Lot 6200

$50

Title: Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Author: Daniel Heinsius - Daniel Heinsius (or Heins) was one of the most famous scholars of the Dutch Renaissance.

, Horace - Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian regarded his Odes as almost the only Latin lyrics worth reading, justifying his estimate with the words: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."

Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Sermones and Epistles) and scurrilous iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are playful and yet serious works, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the heartstrings". Some of his iambic poetry, however, can seem wantonly repulsive.

His career coincided with Rome's momentous change from Republic to Empire. An officer in the republican army that was crushed at the Battle of Philippi in 42 BC, he was befriended by Octavian's right-hand man in civil affairs, Maecenas, and became something of a spokesman for the new regime. For some commentators, his association with the regime was a delicate balance in which he maintained a strong measure of independence (he was "a master of the graceful sidestep") but for others he was, in John Dryden's phrase, but for others he was, in John Dryden's phrase, "a well-mannered court slave."

His poetry became "the common currency of civilization", and he still retains a devoted following, despite some stigmatization after World War I (perhaps due to popular mistrust of old-fashioned patriotism and imperial glory, with which he was identified, fairly or unfairly). Horatian studies have become so diverse and intensive in recent years that it is probably no longer possible for any one scholar to command the whole range of arguments and issues.
Publisher: Jannsonio-Waesbergios
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1718
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 214 pages
Width: 2.75" Height: 4.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume has been rebound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Book displays very little external wear. Binding is tight. Title page bears names of previous owners and dates in top and bottom margins. Pages show faint water markings and scattered light foxing.  Text is in Latin.
 
Lot 6201

$20

Details: This lot includes the group of original antique (tinted) lithographs shown in the corresponding image. These pieces are from various architectural periodicals of the nineteenth century and offer plans and images of villas, family residences, farm house, as well as views of interior design and decoration, including one of a conservatory with aquarium, and an elaborate window decoration. 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. Pieces have varying sizes, with three largest measuring approximately 14.25" x 18", and smallest 12.25" x 13.25".
 
Lot 6202

$110

Details: About 35 stereoscopic view cards are included in this lot, along with a wood and metal Monarch viewer. Many of the cards show scenes from WWI, including gruesome shots of dead and wounded soldiers, life in the trenches, and devastated battlefields. Other cards show President Harding, both alive and dead, national parks, and foreign countries. Best of all is a card showing the zeppelin R-34 on Long Island.
Condition / Notes: These cards, although curved, are in otherwise very good, unfaded condition. The pictures are particularly sharp. The viewer is also in very good condition, with folding handle, unscratched lenses, and velveteen around the eyepiece.
 
Lot 6203

$110

Details: This lot includes the group of framed and matted paintings shown in the corresponding image. These works were done by Rochester Art Club President and architect Harwood B. Dryer, and are signed by the him in the lower corners. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These three paintings are well preserved under glass. Frames show small amount of chipping. The two larger pieces measure approximately 28.75" x 21.75", the third 21.75" x 17.75".
 
Lot 6204

$35

Title: The Novels and Tales of Robert Louis Stevenson
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson - Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde."

A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins."
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1922
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 12 Complete: No
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in green cloth, with gilt lettering to spine. Books are in excellent condition.  Dust jackets, if present, show significant wear.
 
Lot 6205

$25

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 mild shelfwear and light soiling. Binding is sound. Interior is clean and without markings. Illustrated with plates.
 
Lot 6206

$20

Title: Three Legends of the Christ Child
Author: Fiona Macleod - William Sharp was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona MacLeod, a pseudonym kept almost secret during his lifetime. He was also an editor of the poetry of Ossian, Walter Scott, Matthew Arnold, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Eugene Lee-Hamilton.

Publisher: Thomas B. Mosher
City: Portland, Maine
Year: 1908
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 4.25" Height: 5.75"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, with raised bands and gilt lettering and decorative designs to spine. Covers display elaborate gilt ruling. Book shows mild external wear, with cracking along spine edges. Binding is firm. Pages with gilt top edges are clean and bright.
 
Lot 6207

$200

Title: Figura
Artist: Josep Maria Morato Aragones
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Features: Signature
Print Year: 1961
Width: 24.0" Height: 29.5"
Art Notes: Image of young woman in sleeveless blouse, with arms resting on table before her, with a half empty glass and empty glass container in front of her. Her left arm is raised and curved fingers have been brought close to her face.
Condition: Painting is well preserved in simple white wooden frame.
 
Lot 6208

$35

Title: Creative Hairshaping & Hairstyling You Can Do
Author: Ivan Anderson
Publisher: Ivan Coiffure Studios
City: Hollywood
Year: 1947
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Spiral Binding
Pagination: 113 pages plus 6 sketches
Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this work. Inscription on verso of front cover reads "To Lucile- / It was a real / pleasure having you in / my class. IVAN."

Volume is bound in original stiff wrappers, with illustration to front cover. Book shows rubbing and scuffing to rear cover. Previous owner's name and address appear at top of verso of front cover. Otherwise interior is clean and without markings. Profusely illustrated with drawings and "salon sketches."
 
Lot 6209

$50

Title: The Fully Framed Model: The HMN Swan Class Sloops of 1767-1780: A Guide for Building the Hull of a Fully Framed British Navel Swan Class Ship-Rigged Sloop of the 1770's. Suitably Adapted, the Experienced Reader May Use This Book as Basis for Constructing Models of Most Naval Vessels of the 1760-1800 Period. Volume One
Author:
Publisher: Pier Books/Dupont Communications
City: Piermont, New York
Year: 2007
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Width: 9" Height: 11.5"
Condition / Notes: New books with in excellent condition. With dust jackets. Profusely illustrated with b&w photos and drawings.

Please note that this lot contains 20 copies of THE SAME TITLE. All of these copies are in shrink wrap.
 
Lot 6210

$10

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique girls' books shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the titles in this collection are Amy E. Blanchard's "Playmate Polly" (Hurst & Company, 1909), with pictorial dust jacket intact, and Nina Rhoades' "How Barbara Kept Her Promise," "Only Dollie" and "Little Miss Rosamond" (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1901-1906), all uniformly bound, with pictorial designs to front covers and spines. 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 6211

$55

Details: This amusing lot of vintage novelties and toys includes five dangling glass Christmas ornaments, a 7-Up keychain and a clever Seagram's whiskey cigarette lighter, a complete set of celluloid dominoes in original case, two packs of fortune telling cards, a 1930s gag gift, and a stuffable plastic Black Americana doll, "Uncle Mose."
Condition / Notes: All of these items are in remarkably good condition. The colors on the Christmas ornaments are intact and unfaded, the dominoes look like new with their instructions, the cards are in their original boxes. The lighter looks unused. Note that two corners on the "March of Time" box have split.
 
Lot 6212

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of eight fine quality, large-format books, all of which concern traditional, contemporary, and antique American crafts, furniture, and folk art. Topics represented include antique silver, porcelain, Philadelphia Empire furniture, Victorian art glass, and 20th century folk arts and skilled crafts. The books are shown in the corresponding image(s). To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: All of these books have hard covers with dust-jackets. All of them are in excellent condition.
 
Lot 6213

$25

Title: James Coignard: Catalogue raisonne de l'oeuvre grave III (1980-1986)
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Elisabeth Ljungberg, Gunnar Bergstrom, Sylvia Coignard
Publisher: Editions Sonet
City: Lidingo, Sweden
Year: 1986
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: 108 pages
Width: 9" Height: 8"
Book Details: On the work of James Coignard (1925-2008), French abstract artist. Coignard studied first at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Nice, then as apprentice to the painter Marchand des Raux. He is renowned for his use of vibrant primary colors and for his technical versatility in his mixed media canvases and works on paper. As a sculptor he also employs such material as bronze and glass.
Condition / Notes: Volume is in excellent condition. Dust jacket shows light shelfwear, with small tear at head of spine.
 
Lot 6214

$20

Details: This lot features the following group of four antique French newspaper issues. Included in this group are issue no. 79 of Nouvelles Ordinaires, dated July 9, 1644 (with page numbers 525 to 528); number 58 of Nouvelles Extraordinaires de Divers Endroits, dated July 21, 1775; number 307 of Gazette Nationale ou le Moniteur Universel, dated July 5, 1797; a January 16, 1833 issue of Le National.
Condition / Notes: These newspapers are intact and whole, occasional signs of age/wear including chipping, small tears, foxing, etc. Periodical from 1644 shows small perforations along one side and is otherwise extraordinarily well preserved.
 
Lot 6215

$20

Book Details: This lot includes the group of decorative antique adult and children's literary titles shown in the corresponding image(s). Among the books in this collection are "Jack & the Beanstalk" (McLoughlin Bros., 1988), with chromolithographs throughout, "The Master of Mary of Burgundy: A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau" (The Bodleian Library / George Braziller, 1970), in slipcase.

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 6216

$30

Title: Petticoat Court: Novel
Author: Maud Hart Lovelace - Maud Hart Lovelace was an American author best known for the Betsy-Tacy series.

Her first book was "The Black Angels," which was published in 1926 and is a historical novel set in Minnesota. She wrote several more historical novels, including the successful "Early Candlelight" in 1929.

She is best known for her books for children. The Betsy-Tacy series started in 1938 after Lovelace told stories about her childhood to her own daughter Merian. The first book in the series, "Betsy-Tacy," was published in 1940, and the last book, "Betsy's Wedding," was published in 1955. The first four books increase in reading difficulty so that the child can grow up along with Betsy-Tacy. The Betsy-Tacy books take place mostly in the fictional town of Deep Valley, Minnesota, which is based on Mankato. There are also three loosely connected books set in Deep Valley: "Winona's Pony Cart," "Emily of Deep Valley" and "Carney's House Party," in which Betsy and Tacy have minor roles. The series has been enduringly popular. The city of Mankato declared Betsy-Tacy Day on October 7, 1961

Publisher: The John Day Company
City: New York
Year: 1930
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 318 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this novel. Author's signature appears on title page.

Antique volume is bound in green cloth, with black lettering. Book shows light soiling to covers. Spine cover displays sunning. Hinges are cracked. Remnants of pasted front flap of dust jacket can be seen on front pastedown together with bookshop stamp. Flyleaves have been excised. Pages are clean and without markings.
 
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