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Lot 3001


Title: Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
Author: Mark Twain - Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer who is generally considered the quintessential American author. Among his novels are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1875) and its sequel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1885). [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: The American Publishing Company
City: Hartford
Year: 1897
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 712 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This antique title is handsomely bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering and colored and gilt pictorial design.

"Following the Equator" (sometimes titled "More Tramps Abroad") is a non-fiction social commentary in the form of a travelogue published by Mark Twain in 1897.

The book is a social commentary critical of racism towards blacks, Asians, and Indigenous groups; oppressive imperialism in the British Empire; and religious intolerance through missionary efforts.

Although this social commentary is the great import of the book, it is notable that Twain also included a number of fictional stories in the body of what is otherwise a non-fiction work. In particular, the story of how Cecil Rhodes made his fortune -- by finding a newspaper in the belly of a shark -- and the story of how a man named Ed Jackson made good in life out of a fake letter of introduction to Cornelius Vanderbilt, were anthologized in Charles Neider (ed) "The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain", (Doubleday, 1957) where they are presented as fiction.
Condition / Notes: This antique title shows extremely well, with some minor indications of age/wear, including light rubbing. The binding and text block are sound. Text and copious illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 3002


Title: The Stand
Author: Stephen King - Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six nonfiction books. He has written around 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1978
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 823 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This author-signed and inscribed copy is bound in tan paper and black cloth with gilt spine lettering, and retains the original dust jacket designed by John Cayea.

"The Stand" is a post-apocalyptic horror/fantasy novel. It expands upon the scenario of King's earlier short story "Night Surf" and outlines the total breakdown of society after the accidental release of a strain of influenza that had been modified for biological warfare causes an apocalyptic pandemic, which kills off the majority of the world's human population.
Condition / Notes: This title shows well with minor indications of age/wear, including light shelfwear. The original dust jacket is intact, with minor chipping to high points. A book plate has been removed from the front free endpaper, and there are marks from tape residue on the endpapers. The text block is firm and the text is clear and legible through mild age toning. There is light soiling to the edge of the text block.
Lot 3003


Title: McClellan's Own Story: The War for the Union, the Soldiers Who Fought It, the Civilians Who Directed It, and His Relations to It and to Them
Author: George B. McClellan - George Brinton McClellan was an American soldier, civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac in the Eastern Theater; he served a brief period (November 1861 to March 1862) as general-in-chief of the United States Army / Union Army. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Company
City: New York
Year: 1887
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 678 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: The title of this leatherbound volume is emblazoned in gilt letters on a red field between decorative raised bands on the spine. Below, the word "Illustrated" is also emblazoned in gilt letters on a blue field on the spine. The endpapers are decoratively marbled, as are the page edges.

The text itself is a war autobiography by Major General George B. McClellan detailing his career and exploits during the American Civil War. A selection of chapter headings includes: Chapter I: Causes of the war - Principles of the Union - State-rights and secession - Slavery - Immediate and gradual emancipation - Douglas and Lincoln - War imminent - The South responsible - A slander refuted - McClellan always for the Union - Enters the service - Made major-general of volunteers in Ohio"; "Chapter XXVI: Continuation of the Seven Days' battles - Allen's field - Savage's Station - White Oak Swamp - Charles City cross-roads - Glendale - Malvern Hill - The army at Harrison's Landing"; and "Chapter XXXIX: Crossing the Potomac - The march of a great army - Overtaking the enemy - Another battle imminent - Removed from the command - Burnside brings the order - Farewells to the army."
Condition / Notes: This volume's boards show only minor to moderate sings of rubbing and shelfwear, particularly on high points and edges. This title is coming partially disbound, with the rear board nearly detached. There is a loose page in the Contents, however the text block is generally sound. Text and illustrations remain clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 3004


Title: On the Banks of Plum Creek
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura Ingalls Wilder (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957) was an American writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the television series Little House on the Prairie was loosely based on the Little House books, and starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls and Michael Landon as her father, Charles Ingalls.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers Publishers
City: New York and London
Year: 1937
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 239 pages
Width: 7" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Bound in tan cloth with pink lettering and cover illustration, this title is enlivened by a color frontispiece and several illustrations by Helen Sewell (the first illustrator of the "Little House" series) and Mildred Boyle.

"On the Banks of Plum Creek" is the fourth book in the "Little House on the Prairie" series. A synopsis by the publishers reads: "When the Ingalls moved to Minnesota they lived in a sod-house until Pa built them a shiny new home. Laura and Mary loved their new life and they were almost speechless with joy over the new house. Of course there were tragedies, the plague of grasshoppers, and the blizzard, but there was the creek to play in, and a golden straw-stack, there was the sweet song of Pa’s fiddle in the evenings, and all the beauty of life on the boundless prairie.”
Condition / Notes: This title shows well with some indications of age/wear, including mild shelfwear and some discoloration of the cloth on the front board. The binding is sound and the text block is firm. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 3005


Title: Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55
Author: Elisha Kent Kane - Elisha Kent Kane was a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin. He was present at the discovery of Sir John Franklin's first winter camp, but he did not find out what had happened to the fatal expedition.

Publisher: Childs & Peterson
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1856
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: A scarce account of the second search party sent after Sir John Franklin's party, led by U.S. naval physician Elisha Kane. This was one of the last of the expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin and the Northwest Passage, the second such search and rescue financed by American philanthropist Henry Grinnell. These expeditions had " parallel in maritime annals, and which, while prosecuting the main object of the voyages, turned the map of the Arctic regions north of America from a blank void into a grim but distinct representation of islands, straits, and seas” (DNB). “Kane was a far better writer than explorer…It was Kane’s graphic tale that fired the imagination of others and served as the impetus for the continuing polar quest” (Pierre Berton). "Arctic Explorations lay for a decade with the Bible on almost literally every parlor table in America” (DAB).

This antique two-volume first edition is bound in decorative stamped cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on the spine cover. The work is adorned with faux-title pages and frontispieces for both volumes as well as illustrated plates throughout. Volume 1 features a folding map.

The Second Grinnell Expedition of 1853 was an American effort, financed by Henry Grinnell, to determine the fate of the Franklin's lost expedition. Led by Dr. Elisha Kane, the team explored areas northwest of Greenland, now called Grinnell Land. While failing to determine the fate of Sir John Franklin, the expedition set a new record for northward penetration, delineated 960 mi (1,540 km) of unexplored coastline north of 82° latitude, and discovered the long-sought open Polar Sea. Kane collected valuable geographical, climate and magnetic observations before abandoning the brig Advance to the pack ice in 1855. While three members of the crew were lost, the epic journey of the survivors inspired the public as a vivid tale of Arctic survival.
Condition / Notes: This antique first edition set is bound in blindstamped brown leather, with raised bands, gilt lettering to the spines, and elaborate ornamental designs on the front and rear covers.

These books show external wear, concentrated at the extremities. The bindings are in tact and loose. The front loose end paper of volume I has a 3" tear from the top--on its verso have been pasted old catalog entries for this work. The pages are clean and show age toning throughout.
Lot 3006


Title: The Winter of Our Discontent
Author: John Steinbeck - John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novels "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952) and for the novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: The Viking Press
City: New York
Year: 1961
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 311 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This first edition of Steinbeck's classic is bound in blue cloth with silver lettering. The original dust jacket designed by Elmer Hader is intact.

"The Winter of Our Discontent" is John Steinbeck's last novel, published in 1961. The title comes from the first two lines of William Shakespeare's "Richard III": "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun [or son] of York".

From the dust jacket: "Steinbeck's versatility should no longer cause astonishment. Each of his books is apt to be a new departure, differing sharply from the one before. Yet this new novel will probably surprise even his warmest admirers. Instead of being set in the Far West, the scene of most of his books, this one takes place on the northeastern seaboard; instead of depicting simple, uneducated people, this deals chiefly with a well-born, well-to-do society with long traditions behind it. But it deals with it in a way that reveals the continuity within Steinbeck's diversity: through the lives of one family and their friends, he has taken that society apart, shown its frightening shams and shortcomings, and measured it against true human decency. The result is a novel in its very different way as powerful as anything he has done, and certain to stand as a major work in the Steinbeck canon."
Condition / Notes: This title shows well with minimal indications of age and wear. The front hinge is slightly cracked, however the binding is sound. Text is clear and crisp through mild age toning. A personal inscription appears on the front free endpaper. The original dust jacket shows well with some fading and rubbing; there is light soiling to the bottom right of the front portion.
Lot 3007


Title: The Great Salt Lake Trail
Author: Henry Inman - Henry Inman was a soldier, frontiersman, and author. He served the military during the Indian campaigns and the American Civil War, having earned distinction for gallantry on the battlefield. He was commissioned lieutenant general during the Indian wars. He settled in Kansas and worked as a journalist and author of short stories and books of the plains and western frontier. He was a friend and associate of Buffalo Bill and served under General Custer. , William F. Cody - William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa Territory (now the U.S. state of Iowa), in Le Claire but lived several years in Canada before his family moved to the Kansas Territory. Buffalo Bill received the Medal of Honor in 1872 for service to the US Army as a scout. One of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, Buffalo Bill became famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes, which he toured in Great Britain and Europe as well as the United States.
Publisher: The Macmillan Company
City: New York
Year: 1898
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 529 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: This antique first edition is handsomely bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board plus a debossed pictorial design on the front of a Native American tepee and the head of a chief on the spine.

This scarce volume is a first edition work by Colonel Henry Inman and Colonel William F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill") on the exploration in the Western United States. The work is profusely illustrated with portrait frontispiece, seven captioned tissue-guarded full-page plates a fold-out map and text illustrations throughout.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows beautifully, bound in brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Spine and front cover are decorated with elaborate pictorial designs depicting Native American scenes.

The book shows some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities. The binding is tight and secure and the pages are bright and clean. There is an ink gift inscription on the front free endpaper.
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