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Lot 8001

$275

Details: This signed print by Maurice Sendak was commissioned as an official greeting to welcome in the Clinton era on January 20, 1993. The image was also published in major national newspapers, sent selectively to leading bookshop clients, and possibly given out as a keepsake souvenir at one of the inaugural parties in Washington. No copies were ever available for commercial sale. Sendak's first political poster, the composition features portraits of the First Family along with character from his not-yet-published We Are All in the Dumps With Jack and Guy.

The print measures approx. 13"x12" and is signed in ink, lower right, for Sendak's agent, from whom the print comes to us.

Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Besides Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.

Please attend our live sale to examine this and many other rare and collectible Sendak items in person.
Condition / Notes: This print shows beautifully with very minimal signs of age or handling.
Lot 8002

$175

Title: Historical Cartoons; Or, Rough Pencillings of the World's History, From the First to the Nineteenth Century
Author: Gustave Dore - "Paul" Gustave Doré was a French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving., Thomas Wright - Thomas Wright was an English antiquarian and writer.

Wright was born near Ludlow, Shropshire, descended from a Quaker family formerly living at Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. He was educated at Ludlow Grammar School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1834.

While at Cambridge he contributed to the Gentleman's Magazine and other periodicals, and in 1835 he came to London to devote himself to a literary career.

His first separate work was "Early English Poetry in Black Letter, with Prefaces and Notes" (1836, 4 vols. 12mo), which was followed during the next forty years by an extensive series of publications, many of lasting value. He helped to found the British Archaeological Association and the Percy Society, the Camden and the Shakespeare Society. In 1842 he was elected corresponding member of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres of Paris, and was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries as well as member of many other learned British and foreign bodies.

In 1859 he superintended the excavations of the Roman town of Viroconium Cornoviorum (Wroxeter), near Shrewsbury, and issued a report.

A portrait of him is in the Drawing Room Portrait Gallery for 1 October 1859.

He was a great scholar, but will be chiefly remembered as an industrious antiquary and the editor of many relics of the Middle Ages.

He died at Chelsea, London in his 67th year. He is buried in Brompton Cemetery. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)





Publisher: John Camden Hotten
City: London
Year: 1868
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: unpaginated
Width: 14" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: "It was in the sixteenth year of his age that Dore drew the series of cartoons which are now published for the first time. They are not only the works of his very early youth, but they are some of the best efforts of his pencil. There is more of his absolute character in them, far more of genuine humour, than in his subsequent productions. There is, indeed, a quickness of perception, a wideness of feeling, and a general appreciation of the subject, which are, together, quite remarkable" (from the book's frontispiece).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is the first edition of a scarce work by Gustave Dore. The volume is bound in pictorial boards, with black cloth backstrip. The front cover of this work is stamped with red and black lettering in Dore's characteristic style. The pictorial design of the front cover features an ancient Briton, seated, with a battle axe and a bulldog. He appears to be contemplating the two characters on the opposite side of the front cover, a man and woman elegantly dressed in the modern fashions of the book's present time, with a Yorkshire terrier by their side.

The volume displays significant external wear, with rubbing, especially at the edges; a few scattered moisture markings; and faint cracking to the boards. The binding of this volume is cracked at the rear hinge, and the hinges have been reinforced. The text block is sound. A small bookplate appears near the hinge on the front paste-down, and a penciled list of plates and previous owner's signature are present to the front flyleaf. Scattered foxing and smudging are visible throughout. Sporadic small closed tears are occasionally visible on the bottom edge of the pages.

This antique work is profusely illustrated with Dore's penciled cartoons, depicting scenes of British and European history. Illustrations include "An Ancient Briton contemplating the Costume of his Descendants," "The Inquisition--Torture by Water," "Feudal Usage," "A Tournament--Beauty the Prize A.D. 1450" and "After Richelieu's Decree Against Dueling," among many others. This volume has been collated and appears complete, corresponding to the list of plates at the front.
Lot 8003

$55

Title: Discovery of the North Pole
Author: Frederick Cook - Frederick Albert Cook (June 10, 1865 – August 5, 1940) was an American explorer, physician, and ethnographer, noted for his claim of having reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908. This was a year before April 6, 1909, the date claimed by the American explorer Robert Peary, and the accounts were disputed for several years. His expedition did discover Meighen Island, the only discovery of an island in the American Arctic by a United States expedition.

After reviewing Cook's limited records, a commission of the University of Copenhagen ruled in December 1909 that he had not proven that he reached the pole. In 1911 Cook published a memoir of his expedition, continuing to assert their success. His 1906 account of having reached the summit of Denali has also been discredited. [Courtesy Wikipedia], 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). The first undisputed explorers to walk on the North Pole ice arrived decades later
Editor: J. Martin Miller
Publisher: J. T. Moss
City: Unknown
Year: 1909
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 428 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: "Graphic and thrilling stories of the greatest achievement by man since Columbus discovered America . . . also containing a true and authentic account of other great Polar expeditions."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in the publisher's red cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering and a blue-and-white illustrated pastedown on the front cover. The is black lettering on the spine. There is light to moderate rubbing to the exterior, with some fading to the gilt lettering. The binding is sound. The frontispiece portraits depict Cook and A. W. Greely, who also wrote the introduction. The pages show moderate to heavy age toning to the pages, evenly distributed. The work is illustrated with several plates.
Lot 8004

$110

Title: From Savagery to Civilization. The Canadian North-West: Its History and Its Troubles, from the Early Days of the Fur-Trade to the Era of the Railway and the Settler; with Incidents of Travel in the Region, and the Narrative of Three Insurrections.
Author: Graeme Mercer Adam - Graeme Mercer Adam (May 25, 1839 – October 30, 1912) was a Canadian author, editor, and publisher. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Rose Publishing Company / J. S. Robertson & Bros.
City: Toronto / Whitey
Year: 1885
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 390 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in orange cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/illustration on the spine and front cover. The front cover depicts an American Indian on horseback hunting a buffalo. The volume shows light shelf wear. The text block is separated between the frontispiece and the title page. The volume has brown endpapers. The tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait depicts Major-General F. D. Middleton. The pages show mild age toning. The work is illustrated with several plates of important historical figures of the region.
Lot 8005

$150

Title: The Wars in England, Scotland and Ireland. Or an Impartial Account of All the Battels, Sieges, and Other Remarkable Transactions, Revolutions and Accidents, Which Have Happened from the Beginning of the Reign of King Charles I, in 1625, to His Majesties Happy Restauration, 1660. Illustrated with Pictures of Some Considerable Matters Curiously Ingraven on Copper Plates
Author: Nathaniel Crouch (Richard Burton) - Nathaniel Crouch was a publisher and author, writing under pseudonyms or initials.
Publisher: Printed for Nat. Crouch
City: London
Year: 1683
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 231 pages plus 3 pages of advertisements
Width: 3.75" Height: 6"
Book Details: This is an account of the reign of Charles I and the English Civil War up to the Restoration.
Condition / Notes: This is a stated fourth edition, "very much enlarged."

This antique volume is bound in full leather. The book shows moderate external wear, with light soiling and mild rubbing to the covers. The binding is sound. The text block has marbled edges. The armorial bookplate of I. G. Schorsch is attached to the front pastedown, with the antique armorial bookplate of Hugh Cecil Earl of Lonsdale is affixed (upside down) to the rear pastedown. Annotations in ink can be seen on the front flyleaf. The pages exhibit light foxing. This work is illustrated with three engraved plates, including a frontispiece depicting meetings of the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Lot 8006

$175

Title: Adventures on the Columbia River, Including the Narrative of a Residence of Six Years on the Western Side of the Rocky Mountains, Among Various Tribes of Indians Hitherto Unknown: Together with a Journey Across the American Continent.
Author: Ross Cox - Ross Cox was an Irish clerk in the Pacific Fur Company and the North West Company, later writing of his experiences.
Publisher: Printed and Published by J. & J. Harper
City: New York
Year: 1832
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xv/335 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: Cox's "Adventures on the Columbia River" is one of the only contemporary sources of information on the early fur trade in what is now the Northwestern United States.
Condition / Notes: This is the first American edition of this work.

This antique volume is bound in green cloth, with a printed label on the spine. The exterior shows rubbing, some chipping at the extremities, scattered faint spotting, and fading of the spine label. The binding is separating. The pages exhibit age toning and scattered soiling/foxing, most evident at the beginning and ends of the volume. Tide markings can be seen at the foot of some pages. A previous owner's signature appears in ink on the front pastedown and again on the title page. The book is protected by a plastic jacket.

This volume has been collated and appears complete. Fifteen introductory pages are followed by 335 numbered pages of text. Page numbers start at 26, but no text appears to be lacking. Page 149/150 is lacking its lower fore corner; the loss measuring approximately 2” x 1 ½”. Pages 331-334 are beginning to detach.
Lot 8007

$175

Title: The Roman History, from the Building of the CIty, to the Perfect Settlement of the Empire by Augustus Caesar: Containing the Space of 727 Years. Design'd As Well for the Understanding of the Roman Authors, As the Roman Affairs
Author: Laurence Echard - Laurence Echard was a British historian.

Publisher: Printed for R. Bonwick and 11 others
City: London
Year: 1704-1707
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 5 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Volume I is from the 6th edition of 1707; Volume II is from the 4th edition, 1706; volumes III, IV and V are from the first edition of 1704. This study, interestingly, spans the course of Roman history from the founding of the city to fall of Constantinople, and includes the reign of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor.

These full-leather volumes are panelled and stamped in blind, and have raised bands and gilt lettered titles. Though several different editions, the books are similarly bound and uniform in appearance. The books show light soiling and staining to the covers, chipping and minor loss to the spine covers. A number of the hinges are cracked. The armorial bookplate of I. G. Schorsch appears on the front pastedowns. The title pages are printed in red and black. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing. Minor loss is visible at the fore edge of the first two pages of the dedication (without loss of text). The first volume lacks the frontispiece, which is present in the other volumes.

Lot 8008

$150

Title: Through Unknown African Countries: The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Rudolf.
Author: Arthur Donaldson Smith - Dr. Arthur Donaldson Smith (1866–1939) was an American doctor, hunter, and explorer of Africa. In the 1890s he made a geological expedition to Lake Rudolph (now Lake Turkana), passing through what was then Somaliland, southern Ethiopia and Kenya. In order to visit Ethiopia, he had to get permission from Menelik II. The trip lasted 18 months and took place between 1894 and 1895. In 1897 he published a book about his trip called, "Through Unknown African Countries: the First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Rudolf." [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Edward Arnold: Publisher to the India Office
City: London / New York
Year: 1897
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xvi/471 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: An American expedition largely financed by the author, who resided in Philadelphia. A previous hunting trip to Somaliland provided the impetus for what was deemed to be a hard and dangerous safari. Besides hunting big game, Smith made a number of valuable scientific observations and discoveries in zoology, geology, paleontology, and ethnography.
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce first edition of this work. The antique volume is bound in maroon cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/illustration on the spine. There is light external rubbing and toning, concentrated at the edges. The binding is solid. The tissue-guarded, engraved frontispiece portrait depicts the author, wit ha facsimile autograph. The pages show mild age toning. The work is profusely illustrated with numerous plates and textual illustrations. Six well-preserved fold-out maps are present at the rear of the text.

The volume is protected by a clear mylar dust jacket showing light rubbing/scuffing.
Lot 8009

$350

Title: The Strange and Prodigious Religions, Customs, and Manners of Sundry Nations. Containing, I. Their Ridiculous Rites and Ceremonies in the Worship of Their Several Deities. II. The Various Changes of the Jewish Religion, and the State It is Now In; With the Final Destruction of Jerusalem under Titus. III. The Rise and Growth of Mahometanism, with the Life of That Great Impostor. IV. The Schisms and Heresies in the Christian Church; Being an Account of Those Grand Hereticks the Adamites, Muggletonians, &c. All Intermingled with Pleasant Relations of the Fanatical Rites both of the Ancients and Moderns in the Celebration of Their Marriages, and Solemnization of Their Funerals. Faithfully Collected from Ancient and Modern Authors; And Adorned with Divers Pictures of Several Remarkable Passages Therein
Author: Nathaniel Crouch - Nathaniel Crouch was an English printer and bookseller, and under the pseudonym Richard Burton (or R.B.) wrote historical books as well. As a historian, he is considered a hack, borrowing material from other books and rewriting them under his pseudonym, then publishing and marketing them under the Crouch imprint. Though he was the type of writer/publisher denounced in the following century by writers such as Samuel Butler ("Prose Observations") and Alexander Pope ("The Dunciad"), more recent assessments of his life and career see him as an important figure in the development of historiography, especially in the popularization of a hitherto high-culture genre of discourse.

Around the date September 30, 1681, an unlikely forerunner of Readers' Digest, called "Historical Rarities in London and Westminster" was first published by Crouch. Robert Chambers' "Book of Days" (1864) elaborated:

"With probably little education, but something of a natural gift for writing, Crouch had the sagacity to see that the works of the learned, from their form and price, were kept within a narrow circle of readers, while there was a vast multitude outside who were able and willing to read, provided that a literature suited to their means and capacities was supplied to them. He accordingly set himself the task of transfusing large and pompous books into a series of small, cheap volumes, modestly concealing his authorship under his nom de plume. Thus, he produced "Surprising Miracles of Nature and Art," and many other treatises on very plain paper, and sold [them] at an exceedingly reasonable rate. His enterprise and diligence were rewarded by large sales and considerable wealth." (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)



Publisher: Printed for and Sold by Hen. Rodes
City: London
Year: 1683
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 228 pages plus 3 pages of advertisements
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been rebound in full leather, with stamped gilt lettering and ruling to the spine. The book shows moderate external wear. The binding is sound. The text block has gilt edges. The antique armorial bookplate of Rev. William Wilson appears on the front pastedown, with that of I. G. Schorsch on the front flyleaf. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing. This work contains four engraved plates. It should be noted that the initials R.D. on the title page are interpreted as the equivalent of R.B., or Richard Burton, a pseudonym commonly used by N. Crouch.
Lot 8010

$600

Details: This signed print from Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal Award Classic Where the Wild Things Are was manufactured in 1971 as part of a series of 19 images selected from eight different titles by Mr. Sendak and newly rephotographed from the original artwork at the Sendak Archives, Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, to allow friends and collectors the opportunity to acquire top-grade reproductions to hang on their walls without having to mutilate any of this books.

These prints were originally issued unsigned, but a select few were autographed by Sendak for friends and occasionally for concessionary sale; this particular print was signed in ink, lower right, for Sendak's agent, from whom the print comes to us.

This print is entitled The Morning After and measures approx. 11"x24".

Maurice Bernard Sendak (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Besides Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.

Please attend our live sale to examine this and many other rare and collectible Sendak items in person.
Condition / Notes: This print shows beautifully with very minimal signs of age or handling.
Lot 8011

$40

Title: By Canoe and Dog-Train among the Cree and Salteaux Indians
Author: Egerton Ryerson Young
Publisher: Hunt & Eaton / Cranston & Stowe
City: New York / Cincinnati
Year: 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: x/267
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in gray cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/ruling on the front cover and spine, as well as canoe and dog-train illustrations on the front cover. The exteriors show well, with light shelf wear at the extremities. The binding is solid. The front hinge is cracked. The volume has patterned endpapers. The frontispiece portrait depicts the author. The pages show mild age toning. The work is profusely illustrated with plates and textual figures, both drawings and photographs.
Lot 8012

$275

Details: This lot consists of the antique photograph albums shown in the corresponding images.

Subjects depicted in these photographs include Dayton and Harley motorcycles and side cars; family pets; automobiles; men in military uniforms; the Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania marathon on January 1st, 1916; tanks; bicycles; and an Adams Express horse-drawn wagon. It is estimated that there are over 500 photographs in these albums. Most of these photographs date from the 1910s through the 1950s.

To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These albums, ranging in size from approximately 7" x 6" to 13" x 10 1/2", may display some age/wear indications, including age toning, chipping, and curling of the pages. Most of the photographs are well preserved.
Lot 8013

$35

Title: Some Account of the Life and Gosepl Labours, of William Reckett, Late of Lincolnshire in Great-Britain. Also, Memoirs of the Life, Religious Experiences, and Gospel Labours, of James Gough, Late of Dublin, Deceased.
Author: James Gough, William Reckitt
Publisher: Pritned and Sold by Joseph Crukshank
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1783
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 164/xxiv/156 pages
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: This work contains two life accounts of 18th century Quakers.
Condition / Notes: This is the first American edition of this work, two volumes bound in one. The full-leather 12mo volume has separated boards. There are raised bands on the spine cover. There is moderate external rubbing/chipping. The pages show moderate age toning and marginal smudging/foxing.
Lot 8014

$10

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage American archaeology periodicals shown in the corresponding images.

This group contains issues of "The Journal of Hellenic Studies" and "Hesperia" from the 1930s through the 1980s.

This collection of books is from the holdings of Archaeologia Books and Prints. Established in 1983, Archaeologia was known for providing scholarly books of quality on the archaeology of Ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece & Rome, and the Pre-Columbian Americas. Several sessions from this fine inventory will be offered over the coming months.

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Condition / Notes: These vintage volumes show well. Some titles may show age/wear indicators such as chipping, fading, or light soiling.
Lot 8015

$50

Title: The Original, and Present State of Man, Briefly Considered; Wherein Is Shewn, the Nature of His Fall, and the Necessary, Means, and Manner of His Restoration, through the Sacrifice of Christ, and the Sensible Operation of That Divine Principle of Grace and Truth, Held Forth to the World by the People Called the Quakers. To Which Are Added, Some Remarks on the Arguments of Samuel Newton, of Norwich
Author: Joseph Phipps
Publisher: Re-Printed and Sold by Joseph Crukshank
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1783
Printing Information: First US Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [4], 209, [3] pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full contemporary leather, with raised bands. The book shows external wear, with light soiling and mild rubbing to the covers. Scuffing is visible at the edges, and minor loss can be seen at the outside corners of the boards. The front hinge is cracked. The armorial bookplate of I. G. Schorsch is affixed on the front pastedown. The early signature of John Watson is visible at the top of the front flyleaf. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing and a moisture marking to the bottom inside corners of pages 109-118 (not affecting legibility of the text). Evans 18139.
Lot 8016

$110

Details: These select six (6) original vintage color propaganda posters are rare and historically important relics of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China, an upheaval unique in world history. Instigated by Mao Zedong in 1967 to revive what he perceived as flagging revolutionary ardor, it caused one of the world's oldest cultures to turn violently against its own heritage. High-ranking Communist Party officials, intellectuals, and those suspected of sympathy with the West were demonized, many being sent to the countryside for "re-education," and many being executed. Some opportunistic political leaders and ordinary citizens exploited the chaotic environment to settle personal scores. The worst excesses ceased by 1972, but the movement continued in reduced form until 1976. Many posters such as these were ordered destroyed in the ensuing years and are thus highly desirable and collectible.

These posters are all in the approx. 20"x30" size range.

To inspect and acquire more information about this lot, please attend the live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These posters generally show boldly with typical signs of age and use, including some tears, creases, areas of toning, and occasional losses.
Lot 8017

$80

Title: Pirate Harbours and Their Secrets
Author: Basil Fuller, Ronald Leslie-Melville - Ronald Ruthven Leslie-Melville, 11th Earl of Leven and 10th Earl of Melville KT PC DL was a Scottish nobleman.
Publisher: Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd.
City: London
Year: 1935
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 286 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This scarce volume focuses not on the exploits of pirates, but rather on the locations and descriptions of their lairs or harbors. The scope of this volume ranges from Madagascar to Sierra Leone, from the West Indies and eastern seaboard of America to the British Isles, from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Borneo, and Sarawak.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is a first edition, bound in black cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. The volume's exterior displays mild bumping to corners and spine extremities, and mild rubbing to the covers. The binding is sound, and the text block displays mild foxing to the outer edge. A few bubbles are visible under the front paste-down. The interior is clean and bright. This work includes a photo frontispiece, and is richly illustrated with photographs and artwork depicting various pirate havens across the globe. This volume is preserved in an acetate dust jacket.
Lot 8018

$25

Title: All the Histories and Novels Written by the Late Ingenious Mrs. Behn, Intire in Two Volumes.
Author: Aphra Behn - Aphra Behn was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Published by Mr. Charles Gildon
City: London
Year: c.1910
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: Volume I contains the following titles: "The Life and Memoirs of Mrs. Behn," "The History of Oroonoko; Or the Royal Slave," "The Fair Jilt; or the Amours of Prince Tarquin and Miranda," and "The Nun, Or, the Perjured Beauty."

Volume II contains "Agnes de Castro, Or the Force of Generous Love," "The Lover's Watch; Or the Art of Making Love, Being Rules for Courtship for Every Hour of the Day and Night," "The Ladies Looking Glass to Dress Themselves by; Or the Whole Art of Charming All Mankind," "The Lucky Mistake. Memoirs of the Court of the King of Bantam," and "The Adventure of the Black Lady."
Condition / Notes: This is a 20th-century repreint of the 1735, eighth edition.

These antique volumes are bound in blue paper-covered boards with white backstrips. A spine label bears the title on each. The exteriors display age toning, scattered smudging, and edge wear with minor loss at the corners. The front boards, as well as a few preliminary pages, are detached in each volume. The rear board of the first volume is also detached. The pages exhibit light age toning.
Lot 8019

$80

Details: This original vintage black and red propaganda poster is a rare and historically important relic of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in China, an upheaval unique in world history. Instigated by Mao Zedong in 1967 to revive what he perceived as flagging revolutionary ardor, it caused one of the world's oldest cultures to turn violently against its own heritage. High-ranking Communist Party officials, intellectuals, and those suspected of sympathy with the West were demonized, many being sent to the countryside for "re-education," and many being executed. Some opportunistic political leaders and ordinary citizens exploited the chaotic environment to settle personal scores. The worst excesses ceased by 1972, but the movement continued in reduced form until 1976. Many posters such as these were ordered destroyed in the ensuing years and are thus highly desirable and collectible.

This 1967 poster, which features Chairman Mao superimposed over the rising sun, evokes the Marxist lyric "The East is red and the sun rises; in China there emerges Mao Tse-tung." It is handsomely framed in black and gilt molding with archival spacers. The frame measures approx. 11"x16" overall.

To inspect and acquire more information about this lot, please attend the live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: This poster shows very boldly with mild even toning and other minimal signs of age or handling.
Lot 8020

$130

Title: The Rambler
Author: Samuel Johnson - Samuel Johnson, often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson.

Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and attended Pembroke College, Oxford for just over a year, before his lack of funds forced him to leave. After working as a teacher he moved to London, where he began to write miscellaneous pieces for The Gentleman's Magazine. His early works include the biography The Life of Richard Savage, the poems "London" and "The Vanity of Human Wishes", and the play ""Irene."

After nine years of work, Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" was published in 1755; it had a far-reaching effect on Modern English and has been described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship." This work brought Johnson popularity and success. Until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 150 years later, Johnson's was viewed as the pre-eminent British dictionary. His later works included essays, an influential annotated edition of William Shakespeare's plays, and the widely read tale Rasselas. In 1763, he befriended James Boswell, with whom he later travelled to Scotland; Johnson described their travels in "A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland." Towards the end of his life, he produced the massive and influential "Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets," a collection of biographies and evaluations of 17th- and 18th-century poets.

Johnson had a tall and robust figure, but his odd gestures and tics were confusing to some on their first encounter with him. Boswell's "Life," along with other biographies, documented Johnson's behaviour and mannerisms in such detail that they have informed the posthumous diagnosis of Tourette syndrome (TS), a condition not defined or diagnosed in the 18th century. After a series of illnesses he died on the evening of 13 December 1784, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. In the years following his death, Johnson began to be recognised as having had a lasting effect on literary criticism, and even as the only great critic of English literature.

Publisher: Printed for J. Rivington and Sons and twenty-two others
City: London
Year: 1789
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Book Details: In 1750 Johnson began anonymously to write the essays which appeared in "The Rambler," a twopenny sheet which appeared twice weekly for two years starting March 1750 and concluding in March 1752. Each issue containing a single essay; 208 such periodical essays appeared, all but four written by Samuel Johnson.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in full leather with stamped gilt ruling on the covers and lettering/ornamentation to the spines. There is light rubbing and chipping to the exteriors. The first volume has a cracked rear hinge; the fourth volume shows both hinges cracked. The second and third volumes are soundly bound. The text blocks are solid. Armorial bookplates are affixed to the front pastedowns. Each volume features an engraved frontispiece. The pages show mild age toning.
Lot 8021

$25

Title: Sultan to Sultan. Adventures among the Masai and Other Tribes of East Africa.
Author: May French Sheldon - Mary French Sheldon (1847–1936) was an American author and explorer.
Publisher: Arena Publishing Company
City: Boston
Year: 1892
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/435 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: French-Sheldon was an open-minded New Englander who undertook a 1000-plus mile journey in East Africa, sometimes among hostile tribes, unattended by other than Zanzibari mercenaries. She saw the "natural primitives" she met or observed in the context of their environment and circumstances, and concluded that "the extreme measures employed by some would-be colonizers [as] unnecessary, atrocious, and without the pale of humanity."
Condition / Notes: This is the very scarce first edition of this work. The antique volume has been rebacked in red cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation on the front cover and spine. There is light rubbing and toning to the exterior. The binding is sound. A bookplate and stamp from the Harvard University library is affixed to the front pastedown. The tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait depicts the author. The pages show mild age toning. The work is profusely illustrated with textual figures and plates.
Lot 8022

$45

Title: Relation abregee, de quelques missions des peres de la Compagnie de Jesus dans la Nouvelle-France
Author: Francois-Joseph Bressani - François-Joseph Bressani, also named Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672), was a Jesuit and a missionary in New France .
Publisher: Des presses a vapeur de John Lovell
City: Montreal
Year: 1852
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 336 pages plus errata leaf
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been handsomely re-cased in full leather, with stamped gilt lettering and four raised bands on the spine. Most of the original spine is preserved, affixed to a blank preliminary. The exterior shows very mild shelf wear. The volume is adorned with marbled endpapers. There is an additional illustrated title page. The pages show mild age toning and occasional light marginal spotting/foxing. The work is profusely illustrated with plates and textual figures, including a fold-out map. There is an errata leaf at the end of the text.
Lot 8023

$400

Details: This lot comprises six (6) numbered and signed color screenprints by leading children's book illustrators from the Mother Goose Collection portfolio created in an edition of 300 by Paul Simon on behalf of the Children's Health Fund circa 1990 (originally to be sold for $3,000 per set).

The contributing artists are: Maurice Sendak (best known for Where The Wild Things Are); Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express); Barry Moser (Beauty and the Beast); Seymour Chwast (The Pancake King); Daniel Pelavin (Listen! The Wind); and Guy Billout (The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea). Each image is a distinctive take on a different Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

The serigraphs are printed on BFK Rives paper measuring approx. 27"x21" overall.
Condition / Notes: These colorful signed prints show boldly and beautifully with very minimal signs of age or wear.
Lot 8024

$15

Title: Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Susan Huntington, of Boston, Mass. With an Introductory Essay, and an Original Poem
Author: Benjamin B. Wisner, James Montgomery, Susan Mansfield Huntington
Publisher: Published by Crocker and Brewster
City: Boston
Year: 1829
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxxi/328 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: The author, Susan Mansfield Huntington (1791-1823), was the daughter and wife of ministers and in her short life was active in biblical and female societies. The memoir contains her many letters of spiritual advice to friends and relatives.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full brown leather, with a gilt-lettered red leather spine label and gilt ruling to the spine. The book shows external wear, with mild rubbing to the covers and scuffing at the edges. The binding is firm. The armorial bookplate of I. G. Schorsch is affixed to the front pastedown. A previous owner's name and the date of 1829 appear on the front flyleaf. The pages display light foxing and occasional pencil marginalia. Faint small moisture markings appear at the front and rear of the volume, including at the margins of the frontispiece portrait of Susan Huntington.
Lot 8025

$45

Title: Emblems Divine and Moral: Together with Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man
Author: Francis Quarles - Francis Quarles was an English poet most famous for his "Emblem" book aptly entitled "Emblems" (Biographical information courtesy of Wikipedia).

Publisher: Printed for Alex. Hogg
City: London
Year: 1778
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 289
Width: 5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This is a reissue of the 1777 edition printed by H. Trapp, with a cancel title page.

ESTC T94286

Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been rebound in half leather with marbled paper-covered boards, with five raised bands and a red spine label with gilt lettering. The volume shows only very minor rubbing to the corners and spine extremities. The binding is firm. The text block is adorned with a gilt top edge. The endpapers of this rebound volume are new. A bookplate is present to the front paste-down. The volume is largely clean and bright, with faint offsetting occasionally visible. This volume is well-illustrated with engraved plates.
Lot 8026

$150

Title: Plans of Various Lakes and Rivers, Between Lake Huron and the River Ottawa, to Accompany the Geological Reports of Canada, for 1853-54-55-56.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Printed by John Lovell
City: Toronto
Year: 1857
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 22 pages
Width: 18.75" Height: 24"
Book Details: Contents include the following waterways, among others: French River, Mattawa River, Ottawa River, Muskoka River, Lake of Bays, Cat-fish Lake, White Trout Lake, and Gull River.
Condition / Notes: This antique folio is bound in gray cloth, with black leather backstrip and corners. The title is gilt-stamped on a red leather label, affixed to the front cover. The exterior shows some scuffing, faint spotting, rubbing at the edges, and light soiling. The binding is sound. The pages exhibit age toning and occasional scattered foxing.

This work consists of double-page maps of lakes and rivers in Canada.
Lot 8027

$130

Title: Cyclopaedia: or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; Containing an Explication of the Terms, and an Account of the Things Signified Thereby, in the Several Arts, Both Liberal and Mechanical; and the Several Sciences, Human and Divine: the Figures, Kinds, Properties, Productions, Preparations, and Uses of Things Natural and Artificial: The Rise, Progress, and State of Things Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, and Commercial: With the Several Systems, Sects, Opinions &c. Among Philosophers, Divines, Mathematicians, Physicians, Antiquaries, Critics, &c. The Whole Intended as a Course of Ancient and Modern Learning. Extracted from the Best Authors, Dictionaries, Journals, Memoirs, Transactions, Ephemerides, &c. in Several Languages.
Author: Ephraim Chambers - Ephraim Chambers was an English writer and encyclopaedist, who is primarily known for producing the Cyclopaedia, or a Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences.
Publisher: Printed for R. Gunne, R. Owen, J. Leathy, and 6 others
City: Dublin
Year: 1742
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 11" Height: 16.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce 1742 fifth edition of this work, printed in Dublin. This antique two-volume set, in full leather, has six raised bands on each volume and faded gilt decoration on the spines. This set presents a separated front board and separating rear board on the first volume, and separating front and rear boards on the second volume. These volumes display significant external wear, with rubbing and chipping to the covers, especially at the corners; vertical cracking to the spines; and exposed bands at the gutters. The text block of the first volume is separated at "DEA."

The creased front flyleaves of both volumes are separated, and a stamp reading "Dens Murphy" appears on the front flyleaves and blank preliminary pages of both volumes. In the second volume, the blank preliminary page and title page are separated. The title pages of these volumes are printed in red and black. The frontispiece of the first volume shows significant loss, and has been reinforced with tissue paper. The volumes' interiors display scattered mild foxing and moisture markings, mostly confined to the edges. These volumes are well-illustrated with plates, including a number of fold-out plates. These plates correspond to the topics in the text: anatomy, astronomy, geometry, hydraulics, optics, ship's rigging, and more. The text of this work appears in double columns. An index is present at the rear of the second volume.

Vol. I has been collated and appears to be missing one plate. Ten plates are present. Vol II has been collated and appears complete. It contains 9 plates.

Lot 8028

$60

Title: The Raye Burns Course of Cartooning
Author: Raye Burns
Publisher: The Raye Burns School of Cartooning
City: Unknown
Year: 1931-1932
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Softcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 14" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: From the foreword:

Contrary to common opinion, one does not have to be BORN a Cartoonist - - - any one with the desire to learn to draw who is willing to apply himself to learning the simple elements and basic principles of drawing (and these are easier to master than it may seem at first sight) and devote at least five hours of PRACTICE a week to the following lessons, can positively become a good Cartoonist in a comparatively short time.
Condition / Notes: Bound in light blue oblong paper wrappers, this antique set is a scarce first edition of this two-volume set on cartooning, with volume one signed by Burns at the end of the foreword. The work contains typed instructions on cartooning and provides examples. The volumes show external age/wear, with creasing, moisture indications and light chipping to the wrappers. The rear wrapper is absent from volume two, and the spine covers are mostly lacking. The pages are age-toned and show light wear concentrated along the edges.
Lot 8029

$30

Details: This lot consists of the collectible antique books and ephemera shown in the corresponding images.

This lot includes twenty nine letters addressed to Miss Gertrud H. Eberling, with addresses in New York, New York, Jersey City, and Bayonne, New Jersey, almost all of which are partially or completely unopened. Also present in this lot is "Select Fables of Aesop," and a limited edition of "Aphrodite in Aulis," being copy number 1303 out of 1825.

To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.

Condition / Notes: These books and correspondence may display some age/wear indications, including soiling, detaching/detached boards/spine covers, and ink markings. We identify any advance flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing.
Lot 8030

$200

Title: Jacques Cartier and His Four Voyages to Canada: An Essay with Historical, Explanatory, and Philological Notes
Author: Hiram B. Stephens
Publisher: W. Drysdale & Co., Publishers
City: Montreal
Year: c. 1890
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xii/163 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: Jacques Cartier (Breton: Jakez Karter; December 31, 1491 – September 1, 1557) was a French explorer of Breton origin who claimed what is now Canada for France. Jacques Cartier was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the shores of the Saint Lawrence River, which he named "The Country of Canadas", after the Iroquois names for the two big settlements he saw at Stadacona (Quebec City) and at Hochelaga (Montreal Island). [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in half-leather with cloth covers and stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation to the covers and spine. There are raised bands to the spine. The exterior shows moderate rubbing and toning. The front hinge is cracked. The text block is solid. The volume is adorned with marbled edges and endpapers. The tissue-guarded frontispiece depicts Cartier. The pages show mild to moderate age toning and scattered light foxing/smudging. The work is illustrated with numerous tissue-guarded plates showing maps of Cartier's voyages.
Lot 8031

$10

Title: The New York Directory for 1786
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Published by the Trow City Directory Company
City: New York
Year: 1889
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 214
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details: The New York Directory gave lists of names, occupations and addresses. It also served as an Almanac, listing government officials and members of prominent organizations, such as the Masons and the Society of the Cincinnati. These are followed by the Annals, which relate the events in New York for the year 1786 day by day.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is a facsimile reprint of the 1786 New York Directory. This volume is lacking its covers and last page. The text block of this volume displays toning to the outer edge. Chipping and small edge tears are visible to the page edges, and the interior is lightly toned. This volume is illustrated with a damaged fold-out map, displaying large edge tears, a large tear down the center crease, and some minor loss at the center tear. The volume contains copious illustrated advertisements from the 19th century, including advertisements for alcohol, cologne, street cars, and Cuban cigars.
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