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Lot 2001


Title: Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman Written by Himself
Author: William Tecumseh Sherman - William Tecumseh Sherman was an American soldier, businessman, educator and author. He served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861–65), for which he received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederate States.

Sherman served under General Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg on the Mississippi River and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee. In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war. He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln. Sherman's subsequent march through Georgia and the Carolinas further undermined the Confederacy's ability to continue fighting. He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April 1865.

When Grant assumed the U.S. presidency in 1869, Sherman succeeded him as Commanding General of the Army (1869–83). As such, he was responsible for the U.S. Army's engagement in the Indian Wars over the next 15 years, in the western United States. He steadfastly refused to be drawn into politics and in 1875 published his Memoirs, one of the best-known first-hand accounts of the Civil War. British military historian B. H. Liddell Hart famously declared that Sherman was "the first modern general".
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Co.
City: New York
Year: 1891
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This decorative two-volume autobiography of General Sherman shows nicely with green cloth binding, gilt lettering on front board and spine and decorative end papers.

This is a fourth edition, "revised, corrected and complete." The text, which includes illustrations and bound-in fold out maps has "an appendix, bringing his life down to its closing scenes, also a personal tribute and critique of the memoirs, by the Hon. James G. Blaine."

James Gillespie Blaine (January 31, 1830 – January 27, 1893) was an American statesman and Republican politician who represented Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1869 to 1875, and then in the United States Senate. He also twice served as US Secretary of State. Blaine was one of the late 19th century's leading Republicans and champion of the moderate reformist faction of the party known as the "Half-Breeds."

Condition / Notes: These decorative antique volumes show beautifully with green cloth binding and bright gilt lettering on spine and front board.

The books show very little age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities The bindings are tight and secure with cracked hinges in volume one and the pages are bright and clean.
Lot 2002


Title: The Annals of Sporting and Fancy Gazette; A Magazine, Entirely Appropriated to Sporting Subjects and Fancy Pursuits; Containing Every Thing Worthy of Remark on Hunting, Shooting, Coursing, Racing, Fishing, Cocking, Pugilism, Wrestling, Singlestick, Pedestrianism, Cricket, Billiards, Rowing, Sailing, Etc. Etc. Accompanied with Striking Representations of the Various Subjects
Author: Various
Publisher: Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones
City: London
Year: 1822 - 1828
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 13 Full Set: No
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: These volumes contain 77 issues of this important English sporting magazine, running through May of 1828. The title pages list the contents as relating to hunting, shooting, coursing, racing, fishing, cocking, pugilism, wrestling, single stick, pedestrianism, cricket, billiards, rowing, sailing, etc.. The books are bound in red leather over jade cloth boards and are generously illustrated. Of the 155 engraved plates, 54 are hand-coloured and a number are folding. There are also numerous woodcut illustrations within the texts and the illustrations present the work of artists such as Alken, Cruikshank, Roberts, Sutherland, Berenger, Landseer and others. Particularly attractive are the folding plans of horse race courses of the day and the reportedly scarce “Wrestling” folding plate is present. Inside the front board of the first volume is an excised section from an antique catalog from a bookdealer, purporting to present an inventory of the plates requisite to these volumes (see images), the source and credibility of this list is undetermined. The books in this listing differ from that inventory in the following ways:

Volume 3 also includes two folding charts relating to cock fighting that are not mentioned
Volume 6 has one fewer black and white plate
Volume 10 has two fewer black and white plates

“The Annals of Sporting” has been noted as being an excellent companion work to Ackermann's “Repository of the Arts.” Just as that work chronicled the taste and fashions of sophisticated metropolitan life, so the “Annals” provide a comprehensive view of the life and habits of those who lived in the English countryside. With a broader scope than the “Sporting Magazine” and with its fine series of colored plates, this is the most attractive periodical of its type.
Condition / Notes: These desirable volumes show external wear, with boards of several volumes detached. Volumes VI-X and XII are soundly bound. An antique armorial bookplate and a separate owner's name in ink appear on the front paste-downs. The plates show beautifully and the pages exhibit occasional light foxing/toning.
Lot 2003


Title: Nearest the Pole: A Narrative of the Polar Expedition of the Peary Arctic Club in the S.S. Roosevelt, 1905-1906
Author: Robert E. Peary - Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. was an American explorer who claimed to have led the first expedition, on April 6, 1909, to reach the geographic North Pole. Peary's claim was widely credited for most of the 20th century, rather than the competing claim by Frederick Cook who said he got there a year earlier. Both claims were widely debated in newspapers until 1913; modern historians generally think Cook did not reach the pole, and there are grave doubts that Peary did, though he may have been as close as 5 miles (8 km). (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company
City: New York
Year: 1907
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 411 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: This title is bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt and colored embossed pictorial decoration. Ninety-five photographs by the author, two folding maps and a color frontispiece are featured.

Chapter titles include: "From New York to Etah", "Autumn at Cape Sheridan", "Along the Greenland Coast the the 'Roosevelt'", "Westward Over the Glacial Fringe of Grant Land", "Report of Expedition of 1898-1902", and more.
Condition / Notes: Handsomely bound, this title shows well with some indications of age/wear, including possible moisture damage to the lower back board. The binding is sound, with a partially cracked back hinge. The text block is firm with clear text and illustrations. Folding maps are tipped-in to the rear endpapers.
Lot 2004


Title: The Drawings and Engravings of William Blake
Author: Laurence Binyon - Robert Laurence Binyon was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. His most famous work, "For the Fallen," is well known for being used in Remembrance Sunday services.
Editor: Geoffrey Holme
Publisher: The Studio, Limited
City: London
Year: 1922
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: ix pages plus 104 plates
Width: 12" Height: 16"
Book Details: This handsome antique folio is bound in full vellum over beveled boards, with the front cover displaying stamped gilt lettering with light brown borders. This is a scarce special edition, limited to 200 copies, of which this is number 97, and is housed in a dark gray cloth-covered portfolio with stamped gilt-lettering to front panel. The spine bears a gilt-lettered black leather label, raised bands and the words "The Studio Magazine" in gold at the bottom edge. The volume has gilt top edge, deckled edges, and richly grained/marbled dark green tissue endpapers. The plates are interwoven with text and the color plates are accompanied by guard sheets with descriptive letterpress text. A prospectus for the work is laid in at the front endpaper.

William Blake (1757 –1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced.” He created a diverse and symbolically rich range of works, and although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work.
Condition / Notes: This handsome volume shows beautifully with light external age wear. The binding is firm and the pages are bright and clean. An admirable copy of this rare book. There are no inscriptions or marginalia. The portfolio case shows significant edge wear to the 'spine' and rubbing at the extremities.
Lot 2005


Title: The History, Civil, Political & Military, of the Southern Rebellion
Author: Orville J. Victor - Orville James Victor was an American theologian, journalist, editor and abolitionist. He is reportedly cited as the originator of the dime novel. During the American Civil War he wrote two books: History of the Southern Rebellion and History of American Conspiracies.

Victor was born in Sandusky, Ohio. He wrote for the Sandusky Daily Register, the Cosmopolitan Art Journal, the United States Journal and the New York Saturday Journal. In 1863 he visited England and published a pamphlet there entitled "The American Rebellion: Its Causes and Objects."

He married Metta Victoria Fuller, an author, in 1856. She died in Hohokus Township, New Jersey on June 26, 1886.The now-defunct Orvil Township, in Bergen County, New Jersey, was named in his honor in 1885.

Victor died at his home in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, on March 14, 1910.
Publisher: J. D. Torrey
City: New York
Year: 1861
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 7" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: These antique volumes were are beautifully bound in tooled leather with gilt lettering and are adorned with a gilt American eagle stamped on the front boards.

Laid in are two interesting items. The first is a personalized business card specific to this set of books, hand signed by the seller This set would have been sold door to door as an advanced subscription and delivered at a future date. Also laid in is a very old undated newspaper clipping of a poem by Fletcher Bates entitled "The Clergyman and the Peddler."

This set covers the American Civil War "from Its Incipient Stages to Its Close: Comprehending Also All Important State Papers, Ordinances of Secession, Proclamations, Proceedings of Congress, Official Reports of Commanders, etc., etc."

It includes some of the most famous aspects of the American Civil War including: • Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Inauguration address • Southern interest in breeding slaves • Messengers to Fort Sumter, bombardment on Fort Sumter • Admission of Kentucky and Missouri into the Confederacy o “When Kentucky goes down, in will be in blood. Let that be understood. She will not go as other States have gone. Let the responsibility rest on you, where it belongs. We have more right to defend our Government than you have to overturn it.” (Senator Rosseau, speech given toward Southern rebels. Victor, II:170) • Battle of Wilson’s Creek
Condition / Notes: The decorative antique bindings on this set show well with gilt lettering and debossing on the elaborately embellished front board and spine plus marbled page edges and end papers.

Volume IV has been expertly rebound using the original boards which resulting in minor trimming and loss of page edge and end paper marbling.

The books show some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities, including some damage to backstrips.

The bindings are tight and secure, pages are bright and clean with scattered age toning and occasional foxing.
Lot 2006


Title: The Hitchcock Edition of Somerville and Ross
Author: Edith Anna OEnone Somerville - Edith Anna OEnone Somerville was an Irish novelist who habitually signed herself as "E. OE. Somerville". She wrote in collaboration with her cousin "Martin Ross" (Violet Martin) under the pseudonym "Somerville and Ross". Together they published a series of fourteen stories and novels, the most popular of which were The Real Charlotte, and The Experiences of an Irish R. M., published in 1899.
, Violet Florence Martin - Violet Florence Martin was an Irish author who co-wrote a series of novels with cousin Edith Somerville under the pen name of Martin Ross in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Publisher: The Derrydale Press
City: New York
Year: 1927
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 7 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: These tomes are handsomely bound in jade cloth with gilt top edges to the text blocks, gilt embellishment on the front covers in the form of two bright gilt crests within an inset with borders in gold, and mounted leather spine labels. This complete set is a limited edition from the Derrydale Press, printed by Eugene V. Connett and this is set #458 from a run of 500 copies. There is a strong, original signature from Somerville on the half-title page in Volume One. This edition has a foreword by Harry Worcester Smith and the work contains illustrations throughout, including frontispiece illustrations, full-page and in-text illustrations by E. OE. Sommerville, photographs and pictorial endpapers.

Somerville and Ross (Edith Somerville and Violet Florence Martin, writing under the name Martin Ross) were an Anglo-Irish writing team, perhaps most famous for their series of books that were made into the TV series. These volumes contain a collection of hunting and sporting stories derived from the travels of two sporting ladies. The titles included are:

Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.
Further Experiences of an Irish R. M.
In Mr. Knox's Country
Dan Russel, The Fox
All on the Irish Shore
Wheel Tracks
Irish Memories
Condition / Notes: This attractive antique set shows beautifully with some age/wear to the external extremities. All the bindings are firm and secure. The interiors are clean and bright. There are no owner bookplates or inscriptions in any of the volumes.
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