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Lot 1001

$45
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Corinth: Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Vol. I. Part VI. The Springs, Peirene, Sacred Spring, Glauke by Bert Hodge Hill - Dated 1964 by The American School of Classical Studies in Athens Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No This gilt-lettered red cloth portfolio contains 13 loose plates, numbered I-XI, XVII, and XVIII. These well-preserved plates offer a large plan of the court at Peirene, plan showing periods, and other plans, perspectives, reproductions of friezes and other illustrations. Portfolio is in excellent condition.
- The Temple of Zeus at Nemea by Bert Hodge Hill - Dated 1966 by American School of Classical Studies at AthensThis work consists of a single volume in wrappers (measuring approximately 9.25" x 12.25"), containing text, and a elephant portfolio, in gilt-lettered maroon cloth, containing 29 loose plates. The plates, volume and the portfolio are in excellent condition.The volume is preserved in envelope attached to the verso of the front cover. The portfolio is housed in original cardboard box.
Lot 1002

$750

Title: Ecce Homo
Author: George Grosz - George Grosz was a German artist known especially for his savagely caricatural drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. He was a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic before he emigrated to the United States in 1933.
Publisher: Der Malik Verlag
City: Berlin
Year: 1923
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 16 watercolors plus 84 plates
Width: 10.5" Height: 14.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a rare copy of the "C" edition ("Ausgabe C") of this work, with the impressive watercolor illustrations.

This antique volume is bound in its original illustrated wrappers. The book shows external wear, with loss of material visible at the foot of the spine and minor tears along the edges of the front and rear covers. The covers also display very light soiling. The binding is sound. The verso of the front cover has mild residue from removed plate. An annotation in pencil appears at the top of the front flyleaf. Small tears are visible along the fore edge of the page presenting the list of watercolors. A small spot appear in the top margin of plate 12 and, more faintly, plate 13. Plates are otherwise clean and without markings. Watercolors show brightly.
Lot 1003

$375

Title: An Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and Some of His Officers, Who, in August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet Belonging to the Honourable East India Company
Author: George Keate - George Keate was an English poet and writer.

He was son of George Keate of Isleworth, Middlesex, who married Rachel Kawolski, daughter of Count Christian Kawolski. He was born at Trowbridge in Wiltshire, where his father had property, on 30 November 1729 (according to Daniel Lysons, his baptism was not entered in the Isleworth register until 29 November 1730). Together with Gilbert Wakefield, William Hayley, Francis Maseres, and others, he was educated by the Rev. Richard Wooddeson of Kingston upon Thames.

On leaving school he was articled as clerk to Robert Palmer, steward to the Duke of Bedford. He entered the Inner Temple in 1751, was called to the bar in 1753, and made bencher of his inn in 1791, but never practised the law. In 1750, Henderson inherited his family's money when his mother died. Keate's money came from the dozens of houses that his family owned in Whitechapel. Eight years after his death the income was worth £700 per year.

For some years he lived abroad, mainly at Geneva, where he knew Voltaire, and in 1755 he was at Rome. After settling in England Keate began to write. He was in turn poet, naturalist, antiquary, and artist. A founder member of the Society of Artists in 1761, he was one of those who left it for the Royal Academy in 1768. He was elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and Fellow of the Royal Society in 1766.

Fanny Burney describes Keate in her "Early Diary," especially his habit of talking about his own works. Other stories of Keate are in Richard Brinsley Peake's "Memoirs of the Colman Family," and Mary Delany in her "Autobiography" describes visiting his museum in 1779.

During the last few years of life his health visibly declined, and he died suddenly at 10 Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury, on 28 June 1797. He was buried at Isleworth on 6 July, and a white marble monument, with bust by Joseph Nollekens, was placed near the spot where he and his wife, who died 18 March 1800, aged 70, were buried. His specimens of shells were sold by auction after his death. Francis Douce's gift of coins to the Bodleian Library included the collection of Keate. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)


Publisher: Printed for Captain Wilson; And Sold by G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty
City: London
Year: 1788
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxvii/378 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 12"
Book Details: Keate's "Pelew Islands" was one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, and remains the main source for early knowledge of the Palau Islands in Micronesia. In 1783, the Antelope was wrecked on an uncharted reef near Palau; the crew reached shore and were well treated by the indigenous population. From the wreck they built a small boat which they managed to get to Macao, taking with them Prince Lee Boo, the son of King Abba Thule. Lee Boo, who travelled with them to England but died soon after of smallpox, did much to reinforce the idea of "the noble savage": his effect can be judged by the quite substantial quantity of publications devoted to him. Bernard Smith has pointed out that Keate's portrayal of Lee Boo and his father echoes Voltaire's "Ingenu," and indeed Keate had known Voltaire in the 1750's. Keate's book is both "a splendid yarn of danger and adventure in the South Seas and the most thoroughgoing and elaborate presentation of the noble savage in the literature of the South Seas." ("European Vision and the South Pacific," pages 136-7) Hill, p. 160.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been bound in quarter brown leather and brown cloth with leather-tipped corners. The spine has bright gilt-lettered red leather label and gilt ruling, with date of publication at the bottom edge. The edges of the spine and the outside corners of the boards are rubbed. The front cover displays light wear. The binding is sound. The volume has new pastedowns. Preliminary and final blank pages have darkening at the edges. An annotation in pencil appears in the bottom outside corner of the verso of the title page. The pages are clean and without markings. This work contains an impressively well-preserved fold-out map at the front of the volume, opposite the first page of the introduciton, an engraved portrait of Captain Henry Wilson as frontispiece, and 15 engraved plates, including an intact fold-out panoramic view of the Pelew Islands.
Lot 1004

$2500

Details: This elaborate antique photograph album of approximately 70 pictures is entirely or primarily, an album of actors and other members of the Sam Sharpley's Minstrel Group. The album has a date on the first page showing "Rochester N.Y. 1878". Sharpley's Minstrel Group was a popular troupe during the mid to latter 1800's started by Sam Sharpley who's show was later bought out by "Tony Pastor an American impresario, variety performer and theatre owner who became one of the founding forces behind American vaudeville." (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Included in this unique album are cartes-de-visite and tintypes with original autographs by members of this minstrel group. There are photographs of actors in blackface, including one playing a banjo, as well as at least one photograph of Sam Sharpley, along with at least one of his wife.

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Condition / Notes: This photograph album has brass clasps, gold tooling and the spine has raised bands. Note that the spine is partially detached and one of the two claps used to close the album is missing the bottom piece.
Lot 1005

$325

Title: Les oiseaux dans la nature: description pittoresque des oiseaux utiles
Author: Eugene Rambert, Leo Paul Robert
Publisher: Lebet, editeur
City: Lausanne, Switzerland
Year: circa 1879
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes
Width: 12.75" Height: 17"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique folio set is bound in brown cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering and elaborate ornamental designs in gold and, on rear covers, in black. The books show external wear, with small tears to the gutters and fraying at the top/bottom of the spines. The covers display light soiling. The front hinge of the second volume is cracked, binding of the third is cracked after half title page.The binding of the first volume is sound. These volume has blue endpapers. The previous owners' names appear on the front flyleaves. The pages exhibit scattered foxing. This work is illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispieces, title page vignettes, and tissue-guarded plates, as well as historiated initials and textual illustrations. There are a total of 60 color plates.
Lot 1006

$90

Title: Mercurialis oder Winter-grun, Das ist: Anmuthige und Kurzweil-volle Geschichte und Gedichte. Worinnen unterschiedliche sittliche Lehr-Puncten und sehr reicher Vorrath biblischer Concepten zu finden: Allen betrubten und freudenreichen Gemuthern, Pfarrherren, Predigern, wie auch Geistlichen Ordens-Personen, ingleichen allen Privat-Lesern zur erspriesslichen Zeit-Vertreibung, namentlich, freudig zu leben und freudig zu sterben zusammen getragen durch P. Abraham a S. Clara, Weyland Augustiner Baarfusser und Kayserl. Prediger: Und mit saubern Kupfern geziert/Mit Erlaubnis der Obern
Author: Abraham a Sancta Clara - Abraham a Sancta Clara, Austrian divine, was born at Kreenheinstetten, near Messkirch. His lay name was Johann Ulrich Megerle (Not to be confused with his uncle Abraham Megerle (de), composer (1607–1680)).

He has been described as "a very eccentric but popular Augustinian monk."

In 1662 he joined the Catholic religious order of Discalced Augustinians, and assumed the religious name by which he is known. In this order he rose step by step until he became prior provincialis and definitor of his province.

Having early gained a great reputation for pulpit eloquence, he was appointed imperial court preacher at Vienna in 1669.

The people flocked to hear him, attracted by the force and homeliness of his language, the grotesqueness of his humour, and the impartial severity with which he lashed the follies of all classes of society and of the court in particular. In general he spoke as a man of the people, the predominating quality of his style being an overflowing and often coarse wit. There are, however, many passages in his sermons in which he rises to loftier thought and uses more dignified language. He died at Vienna on 1 December 1709.

In his published writings he displayed many of the same qualities as in the pulpit. Perhaps the most favorable specimen of his style is his didactic novel entitled "Judas der Erzschelm" (4 vols., Salzburg, 1686–1695).

His works have been several times reproduced in whole or in part, though with many spurious interpolations. The best edition is that published in 21 vols. at Passau and Lindau (1835–1854). See Th. G von Karajan, "Abraham a Sancta Clara" (Vienna, 1867); Blanckenburg, "Studien über die Sprache Abrahams a S. C." (Halle, 1897); "Sexto, Abraham a S. C." (Sigmaringen, 1896); Schnell, Pater A. a S. C. (Munich, 1895); "H Mareta, Über Judas d. Erzschelm" (Vienna, 1875). (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Christoph Riegel
City: Nuremberg
Year: 1734
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [4], 491, [37] pages
Width: 7" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full leather with raised bands and stamped lettering and ornamentation to the spine. The book shows external wear, with rubbing to covers and loss at the top/bottom of the spine and at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. The antique bookplate of book dealers "Benziger Bros." of New York and Cincinnati appears in the upper left corner of the front pastedown. The title page is printed in red and black. Rector and verso of the title page have library markings. The age-toned pages display light foxing. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece engraving, textual woodcuts, head- and tailpieces.
Lot 1007

$900

Title: Album of Taste and Fashion and Book of Commercial and General Information
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: George Hennelle
City: London
Year: 1877
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 72 pages plus advertisements
Width: 12.75" Height: 16"
Book Details: This is an illustrated guide to the city of London, "with an Appendix of great leading firms in many branches of Commerce and Industry," together with a "complete and accurate Shipping Intelligence of all the principal Lines of Ships trading to all parts of the world."

This book contains information relating to hotels, boarding-houses and apartments, restaurants, cabs and cab fares, omnibuses and their routes, tramways, railways, steamboats, postal regulations, chief districts of London, principal streets and squares, principal suburbs, gateways and arches, the river Thames, parks and gardens, the zoological garden, palaces and mansions, St. Paul's cathedral and principal churches, cemeteries, public buildings and institutions, docks, hospitals, principal charitable institutions, the British Museum, museums and places of public instruction, markets, scientific and learned societies, picture galleries,


Condition / Notes: This handsome antique folio volume is bound in blind-stamped green cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering and elaborate ornamental designs. The English Roya Coat of Arms is reproduced in gold at the top of the front cover. The book shows external wear, with staining to the fore edge of the front cover. The binding is firm. The volume has gilt edges. A small bookplate appears in the upper right corner of the front pastedown. Annotations in pencil can be seen at top of the front endpaper. The pages exhibit occasional smudging. This work is lavishly illustrated, with many textual illustrations offering views of historical sites and landmarks, building plans, decorative initials, head- and tailpieces. The section containing advertisements has plates, in-text and full page illustrations, a number of which has tipped-in reproductions of photographs, as well as mounted color labels in the section on alcoholic beverages. The final section offers illustrated plans of the then-existing theaters, with prices of admission and seat numeration. The volume is preserved in transparent plastic cover with small tear at edges, and loss to the rear cover.
Lot 1008

$275

Title: Steep Trails: California, Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, the Grand Canon
Author: John Muir - John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. One of the best-known hiking trails in the U.S., the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. Other such places include Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, John Muir College, Mount Muir, Camp Muir and Muir Glacier.



In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park bill that was passed in 1890, establishing Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature expressed in his writings inspired readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas. He is today referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" and the National Park Service has produced a short documentary about his life.



Muir's biographer, Steven J. Holmes, believes that Muir has become "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," both political and recreational. As a result, his writings are commonly discussed in books and journals, and he is often quoted by nature photographers such as Ansel Adams. "Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world," writes Holmes. Muir was noted for being an ecological thinker, political spokesman, and religious prophet, whose writings became a personal guide into nature for countless individuals, making his name "almost ubiquitous" in the modern environmental consciousness. According to author William Anderson, Muir exemplified "the archetype of our oneness with the earth", while biographer Donald Worster says he believed his mission was "...saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism."(Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
City: Boston
Year: 1918
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: ix/390 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: Contents:

Wild wool.--A geologist's winter walk.--Summer days at Mount Shasta.--A perilous night on Shasta's summit.--Shasta rambles and Modoc memories.--The city of the Saints.--A great storm in Utah.--Bathing in Salt Lake.--Mormon lilies.--The San Gabriel Valley.--The San Gabriel Mountains.--Nevada farms.--Nevada forests.--Nevada's timber belt.--Glacial phenomena in Nevada.--Nevada's dead towns.--Puget Sound.--The forests of Washington.--People and towns of Puget Sound.--An ascent of Mount Rainier.--The physical and climatic characteristics of Oregon.--The forests of Oregon and their inhabitants.--The rivers of Oregon.--The Grand Cañon of the Colorado.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of large-paper edition of this work. This is copy number 5 of 350.

This antique volume is bound in green paper-covered boards and green cloth spine with a gilt-lettered black leather spine label. The book shows mild external wear, with light soiling to its covers and minor chipping to label. The binding is firm. The front hinge is beginning to crack. The pages are clean and without markings. This work is illustrated with a color frontispiece engraving offering a view of Mount Shasta from Stewart Lake as well as a number of photographic plates.
Lot 1009

$375

Title: The Evil Sleep!
Author: Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) - Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.
Publisher: Falcon Books, Inc., Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1952
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 129 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of Ed McBain's second novel, signed under the pseudonym Evan Hunter. The signature appears on the title page. This is Falcon No. 41.

This vintage pulp volume has staple-bound wrappers, with bright color illustration to front cover. This remarkabley well-preserved book shows very light external wear. The binding is sound. The pages are clean and without markings. The price of 35 cents appears in lower right corner of the front cover.
Lot 1010

$1250

Title: Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu Latium id est, Nova & Parallela Latii tum veteris tum novi descriptio. Qua quaecunque vel Natura, vel Veterum Romanorum Ingenium admiranda effecit, Geographico-Historico-Physico Ratiocinio, juxta rerum gestarum, Temporumque seriem exponitur & enucleatur
Author: Athanasius Kircher - Athanasius Kircher, S.J. (sometimes erroneously spelled Kirchner) was a 17th-century German Jesuit scholar and polymath who published around 40 major works, most notably in the fields of Oriental studies, geology, and medicine. Kircher has been compared to fellow Jesuit Roger Boscovich and to Leonardo da Vinci for his enormous range of interests, and has been honored with the title "Master of a Hundred Arts". A resurgence of interest in Kircher has occurred within the scholarly community in recent decades.

Kircher claimed to have deciphered the hieroglyphic writing of the ancient Egyptian language, but most of his assumptions and translations in this field were later found to be nonsensical. He did, however, correctly establish the link between the ancient Egyptian and the modern Coptic languages, and some commentators regard him as the founder of Egyptology. He is known to have read the work of Ibn Wahshiyya, who had proposed the link between ancient and Coptic Egyptian centuries earlier.

Kircher was also fascinated with Sinology and wrote an encyclopedia of China, in which he noted the early presence there of Nestorian Christians while also attempting to establish links with Egypt and Christianity that modern scholars regard as largely imaginary.

Kircher's work in geology included studies of volcanoes and fossils. One of the first people to observe microbes through a microscope, Kircher was ahead of his time in proposing that the plague was caused by an infectious microorganism and in suggesting effective measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Kircher also displayed a keen interest in technology and mechanical inventions; inventions attributed to him include a magnetic clock, various automatons and the first megaphone. The invention of the magic lantern is often misattributed to Kircher, although he did conduct a study of the principles involved in his Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae.

A scientific star in his day, towards the end of his life he was eclipsed by the rationalism of Rene Descartes and others. In the late 20th century, however, the aesthetic qualities of his work again began to be appreciated. One modern scholar, Alan Cutler, described Kircher as "a giant among seventeenth-century scholars", and "one of the last thinkers who could rightfully claim all knowledge as his domain." Another scholar, Edward W. Schmidt, referred to Kircher as "the last Renaissance man". In "A Man of Misconceptions," his 2012 book about Kircher, John Glassie writes that while "many of Kircher's actual ideas today seem wildly off-base, if not simply bizarre," he was "a champion of wonder, a man of awe-inspiring erudition and inventiveness," whose work was read "by the smartest minds of the time." (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Publisher: Apud Joannem Jannssonium a Waesberge
City: Amsterdam
Year: 1671
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [20], 263, [9] p., [36] leaves of plates
Width: 10.25" Height: 15"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this work of Jesuit scholarship presenting topographical impressions of the Roman campagna, its monuments and landscape.

This antique volume is bound in quarter leather and marbled paper-covered board with leather-tipped corners. The spine has raised bands and stamped gilt lettering. The book shows external wear, with rubbing and scuffing to covers. The binding is firm. A small library label appears in the upper left corner of the front pastedown. The pages display light foxing. This work is illustrated with an additional allegorical title by Romey de Hooghe, ornamented initial letters, tailpieces and 20 textual engravings. The volume is preserved in transparent plastic cover.
Lot 1011

$90

Title: The Sacred and Prophane History of the World Connected, from the Creation of the World to the Dissolution of the Assyrian Empire at the Death of Sardanapalus, and to the Declension of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel, under the Reigns of Ahaz and Pekah
Author: Samuel Schuckford
Publisher: Printed for R. Knaplock and J. Tonson
City: London
Year: 1731/1740
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in blind-stamped full leather with raised bands, gilt-lettered spine labels and ornamental designs in gold to the spines.The books show external wear, with rubbing to covers, chipping to the spines, and minor loss at the outside corners of the boards. The front cover of the first volume displays what may be shallow wormholes along the left hand side. The third volume is in a lighter brown and without blind-stamped designs to its covers and with double gilt ruling to the edges of the front and rear cover. The third volume shows narrow cracking at the spine edges. The bindings are sound. The first and second volumes have loss in the upper left corner of the front pastedown. Annotations by previous owners appear on the front endpaper. Front pastedown of the third volme has library notations in ink. All endpapers display foxing and/or mild staining. Title pages are printed in red and black. An embossed library stamp is visible on each title page. Previous owner's annotation and/or library marking can be seen on the verso of each title page. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing and very occasional light pencil marginalia. Pages 179-180 lack outside bottom corner, without loss to text. This work is illustrated with head- and tailpieces as well as decorative initials. The first volume contains two intact fold-out maps.
Lot 1012

$70

Title: Tractatus de incarnatione verbi divini. Quo eae continuantur theologicae praelectiones, quas usui Seminarirum & praevis ad Gradus Theologicus examinibus accommodare adorsus est Honoratus Tournely Sacrae Facultatis Parisiensis Doctor, Socius Sorbonicus, Regius & emeritus Professor, Sacro-sanctae Capellae Regii Palatii Parisiensis Canonicus. Tomi Quarti Pars Prima
Author: Honore Tournely - Honore Tournely was a French Catholic theologian. He was a Gallican opponent of Jansenism.

Publisher: Ex Typis Nicolai Pezzana
City: Venice
Year: 1758
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Complete: No
Pagination: xii/756 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 6.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is the first part of the fourth volume of a two-volume first edition of this work.

This antique volume is bound in full leather with raised bands, stamped gilt lettering and ornamental designs in gold to the spine. The book shows external wear, with cracking, chipping and loss of material to spine. The front and rear covers display rubbing. Loss of material appears at the top/bottom of the spine and at the corners of the boards. The bottom of the spine has a small paper label with a library call number. The binding is sound. The volume has edges tinted red. An old strip of paper with handwritten name can be seen in the the upper left corner of the front pastedown, with stamp underneath. An old library card pocket is attached to the rear pastedown. Library markings can be seen on the verso of the title page. The pages exhibit light foxing. The work is illustrated with a title page vignette, headpiece and decorative initial letters.
Lot 1013

$550

Title: Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness
Author: Edward Abbey - Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel "The Monkey Wrench Gang," which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work "Desert Solitaire." (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company
City: New York
Year: 1968
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xiv/269 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: ""The desert is ...atonal, cruel, clear, neither romantic nor classical, motionless and emotionless at one and the same time... Like death? Perhaps. And perhaps that is why life nowhere appears so brave, so bright, so full of oracle and miracle as in the desert."
So Edward Abbey, novelist and poet, describes the desert he loves and in which he spent several seasons as a park ranger. "Desert Solitaire" is the story of his sojourn, and while it is full of the sights, the feel, the silence of the desert, it is above all an introspective book -- the observations of a man who left the world behind to think about it." (Opening paragraphs of the front flap of the dust jacket)


This work is centered around the author's activities as a park ranger at Arches National Monument (now Arches National Park)
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first edition of this novel.

This novel is bound in brown cloth with stamped white and brown lettering to the spine. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The interior is clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket, with price of $5.95 of the front flap, shows light shelfwear. The drawings and jacket design are by Peter Parnell.
Lot 1014

$140

Details: This lot contains the antique original glass plate negatives shown in the corresponding images.

This group of antique original glass plate negatives, many from Upstate New York, includes photographs of a bank vault, automobiles, bloomers, humor photo, headstones, theater, and other visual delights of the times.

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Condition / Notes: These negatives are in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. Note some older negatives are more likely to exhibit advanced flaws. Negatives measure approximately 5" x 7". One glass negative is cracked.
Lot 1015

$90

Details: This large collection of philately includes stamps of birds, olympics, fish, Christmas, flowers, space, transportation, and stamps from around the world. Also included are envelopes, US Post office souvenirs, stamp collecting paraphernalia, foreign cancelled stamps, First Day Issues from Canada, and more in this lot than we can describe. There is something for every philatelic.

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Condition / Notes: These stamps are in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1016

$60

Details: This group of collectible estate ephemera of more than 20 items includes vintage "Bambi" four color comics, a hand-made blank journal with vellum covers, official world's fair pictures from 1933, guides from the 1964/1965 World's Fair, Expo 67 guide, cancelled postcards First Day Issue of 1964 World's Fair, vintage WWF real photo postcards of Hulk Hogan, Chris Adams, Ricky Steamboat, and Tony Atlas, a 64' NY World's Fair license plate, and more.

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Condition / Notes: These items are in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. Older items are more likely to exhibit advanced flaws.
Lot 1017

$275

Details: This lot is fresh from a Rochester New York private estate collection. Included is a signed Christmas card from the then Senator John F. Kennedy and reads "May the Blessings of Christmas be upon you and yours. Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy". The card is signed "Best Wishes Jack".

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Condition / Notes: This signed Christmas card from John F. Kennedy is in good condition with some age/wear.
Lot 1018

$80

Book Details: This group of collectible illustrated literature includes copy 351 of "On the Slain Collegians", by Herman Melville and signed by the artist Antonio Frasconi, "Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural", and "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", by T.S. Eliot, to list a few.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing. Most books include dust jackets.
Lot 1019

$55

Book Details: This group of vintage Arch Merrill titles in dust jackets includes many author-signed titles (all but 4 titles are signed) such as: "Fame in Our Time", "Bloomers and Bugles", "Tomahawks and Old Lace", "Shadows on the Wall", "The White Woman and Her Valley", "Land of the Senecas", "Pioneer Profiles", and more.

"Archie Hayes Merrill (August 5, 1894 - July 15, 1974) was an American journalist, author, and poet sometimes called the 'Poet Laureate of Upstate New York'." (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Condition / Notes: These Arch Merrill titles all have their dust jackets and are in good condition with some wear/age indications. Note that "The White Woman..." dust jacket is torn at the bottom spine.
Lot 1020

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Julian: A Novel by Gore Vidal - Dated 1964 by Little, Brown and Company - Signed EditionThis is a scarce author-signed first edition of this work. The author's signature appears on the title page.

This volume is bound in gray cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. This volume has top edges tinted black and map endpapers. The pages are clean and without markings. The bottom right corner of pages 35-36 has printer's error resulting in enlarged corner. The intact dust jacket, with price of $6.95 on the front flap, exhibits small tears at lower bottom corner of front panel and along the top edge of rear panel. Jacket also has some minor creasing.
- Burr by Gore Vidal - Dated 1973 by Random House - Signed EditionThis is a scarce author-signed first edition of this historical novel. The author has signed his name at the top of the title page.

This volume is bound in maroon cloth with stamped gilt lettering and ornamental design to the spine and front cover. The book shows light shelfwear, with minor staining to the top and bottom of the spine. The binding is sound. The top edge of the text block is tinted red. The edges of the text block display light foxing. The pages are clean and bright. The price-clipped jacket shows light shelfwear.
Lot 1021

$50

Book Details: Among the titles in this collection of Nonesuch and Story Classics vintage literature are: "A Woman's Life", by Guy de Maupassant, "The Beggar and Other Stories of Anton Chekhov", "The Treasure of Franchard", by R.L. Stevenson. These books include deluxe printings in slipcasesAll titles in this lot are in slipcases.

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Condition / Notes: These books are in pleasing condition with some age/wear indications. All titles are in slip cases. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 1022

$325

Title: The Phantom of the Opera
Author: Gaston Leroux - Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux was a French journalist and author of detective fiction.

In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel "The Phantom of the Opera" ("Le Fantome de l'Opera," 1911), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. His novel "The Mystery of the Yellow Room" is also one of the most famous locked room mysteries ever written.
Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1911
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 357 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: "The Phantom of the Opera" ("Le Fantome de l'Opera") is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialisation in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. It was published in volume form in April 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. The novel is partly inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and an apocryphal tale concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in Hector Berlioz's 1841 production of "Der Freischutz."

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first American edition of this popular French novel. The bottom margin of the copyright is stamped "Press of Braunworth & Co. Bookbinders and Printers, Brooklyn, New York."

This volume is bound in blind-stamped terracotta cloth with bright stamped white lettering to the spine and front cover. The front cover has embossed pictorial design depicting phantom and an design at mid-section of the spine representing phantom's mask. The book shows very light shelfwear. The binding is solid. A previous owner's name and address, with the date February 4, 1911, appears on the front flyleaf. The tissue guard of the color frontispiece displays some creasing. The pages are clean and bright. This work has four well-preserved double-page color plates.
Lot 1023

$140

Title: Sancti Thome a Villanova Archiepiscopi Valentini ex ordine eremitarum S. Augustini opera omnia quae hactenus reperiri potuerunt. Editio novissima emendatior
Author: Tomas de Villanueva - Saint Thomas of Villanova O.S.A. was a Spanish friar of the Order of Saint Augustine who was a noted preacher, ascetic and religious writer of his day. He became an archbishop who was famous for the extent of his care for the poor of his see.
Publisher: sumptibus Ignatii Adami & Francisci Antonii Veith Bibliopolarum
City: Augsburg
Year: 1757
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [5], XVI, [4] pages, 980 columns, [62] pages
Width: 9" Height: 14"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in full leather with raised bands and stamped gilt lettering/ornamentation to the spine. This ex-library book shows external wear, with rubbing to the covers and chipping to the spine. The foot of the spine has small round paper label with library markings. The front spine edge has tear at the top. The rear spine edge has small perforations at the top and bottom. Minor loss of material is visible at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. The endpapers have darkened edges. A small library stamp can be seen in the upper left corner. The rear pastedown has an attached library card pocket. A library stamp also appears on the half title page. The title page is printed in red and black. The pages exhibit light foxing. Page containing columns 145 and 146 has loss of the greater part of the text. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece engraving depicting Saint Thomas, a title page engraving, head- and tailpieces. The caption underneath frontispiece reads "Franc. Fontebasso inven. J. Rud. Stórcclin Cath. Sc. A.V." The typographical marking under the title page vignette reads "Jos. Erasm. Belling Sc. A. V." The first page of text has engraving at the top and historiated letter at the beginning of the text. The Latin-language text appears in double columns.
Lot 1024

$25

Title: An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergence of Global Warming and What We Can Do about It
Author: Al Gore - Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. is an American politician, advocate and philanthropist, who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States (1993–2001), under President Bill Clinton. He was the Democratic Party's nominee for President and lost the 2000 U.S. presidential election despite winning the popular vote. Gore is currently an author and environmental activist. He has founded a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alliance for Climate Protection, and has received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in climate change activism.

Gore was an elected official for 24 years. He was a Congressman from Tennessee from 1977–85 and from 1985–93 served as one of the state's Senators. He served as Vice-President during the Clinton administration from 1993-2001. In the 2000 presidential election, Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College to Republican George W. Bush. A controversial election dispute over a vote recount in Florida was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 in favor of Bush.

Gore is the founder and current chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection, the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management, the co-founder and chair of the now-defunct Current TV network, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., and a senior adviser to Google. Gore is also a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, heading its climate change solutions group. He has served as a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Fisk University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of World Resources Institute.

Gore has received a number of awards including the Nobel Peace Prize (joint award with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) (2007), a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album (2009) for his book "An Inconvenient Truth," a Primetime Emmy Award for Current TV (2007), and a Webby Award (2005). Gore was also the subject of the Academy Award-winning (2007) documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2006. In 2007 he was named a runner-up for Time's 2007 Person of the Year. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Rodale Books
City: Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Year: 2006
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 325 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: "An Inconvenient Truth" is a 2006 Academy Award winning documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a comprehensive slide show that, by his own estimate made in the film, he has given more than a thousand times.

Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opening in New York City and Los Angeles on May 24, 2006, the documentary was a critical and box-office success, winning two Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song. The film grossed $24 million in the U.S. and $26 million in the foreign box office, becoming the ninth highest grossing documentary film to date in the United States.

The idea to document his efforts came from producer Laurie David who saw his presentation at a town-hall meeting on global warming which coincided with the opening of "The Day After Tomorrow." Laurie David was so inspired by Gore's slide show that she, with producer Lawrence Bender, met with Guggenheim to adapt the presentation into a film.

Since the film's release, "An Inconvenient Truth" has been credited for raising international public awareness of climate change and reenergizing the environmental movement. The documentary has also been included in science curricula in schools around the world, which has spurred some controversy. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this work. Al Gore's signature appears on the title page.

This volume is bound in original printed wrappers. The book is in excellent condition. The work is profusely illustrated.
Lot 1025

$70

Title: The Sentries: A Novel
Author: Ed McBain - Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
City: New York
Year: 1965
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 319 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: "A cadre of trained men, ld by a ruthless former naval officer, succeeds in taking over a small town on the Florida coast and shutting it off completely from all communication with the outside world. Why? What is their goal? As suspensefull as it is frightening, "The Sentries," piles excitement as a group of super-patriots mounts an almost foolproof scheme to force America's hand in the Cold War and change the course of history. It is chilling tale of what could happen tomorrow in today's balance-of-terror world." (Text from the front flap of jacket)
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this suspense novel. The author has autographed the title page.


This volume is bound in red paper-covered boards and white cloth spine with stamped blue and red lettering. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The interior of the volume is clean and without markings. The price-clipped dust jacket displays light shelfwear. A b&w photo of the author wearing sunglasses can be seen on the rear dust jacket flap. The jacket design is by Paul Bacon.
Lot 1026

$90

Title: Illustrissimi Marchionis Scipionis Maffeii Historia theologica dogmatum et opinionum de divina gratia, libero arbitrio et prædestinatione quæ viguerunt, ecclesiæ primis quinque saeculis, in qua item singulari studio colligitur & exponitur, hac ipsa de materia S. Augustini doctrina nec non ostenditur, quantum pugnent proscriptae per bullam Unigenitus, centum et una propositiones earumque tentatae a variis Vindiciae cum traditione catholica. Ex italico latine reddidit Fridericus Reiffenbergius, Soc. Jesu Presbiter, cujus propia dissertatio hactenus inedita de divina gratia atque illustrissimi authoris opuscula omina apologetica contra historiae hujus impugnatores antehac separatim impressa, huic editioni accedunt
Author: Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei - Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, was an Italian writer and art critic, author of many articles and plays. An antiquarian with a humanist education whose publications on Etruscan antiquities stand as incunabula of Etruscology, he engaged in running skirmishes in print with his rival in the field of antiquities, Antonio Francesco Gori.
Publisher: Apud Franciscum Varrentrapp
City: Frankfurt am Main
Year: 1756
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 13, [6], xii-xxvii, [3], [1]-512, [8] pages
Width: 9" Height: 13"
Book Details: A translation of "Istoria teologica delle doctrine e delle opinione corse ne cinque primo secoli della chiesa in proposito della divina grazia, del libero arbitrio e della predestinazione," published in Trent in 1742. This defense of the orthodox system of grace against the doctrine of the Jansenists was written at the request of the Jesuits. This work includes "Elogium" of the author by F. Reiffenbergio
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blind-stamped vellum with raised bands. The author's name and title are written at the top of the spine, with library annotation at the bottom. The front board is slightly warped. The book shows external wear, with covers displaying light soiling. The binding is sound. The edges of the volume are tinted red. A small antique bookplate appears in the upper left corner of the front pastedown. A small wormhole can be seen in the lower left corner of the same. An annotation in ink is visible in the upper edge of the front flyleaf. A library card pocket is attached to the rear pastedown. An old annotation in ink has been written in at the top edge of the title page. Library stamps and small plate are present on the verso of title page and the dedication page. The title page is printed in red and black. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing. Two pages have small tears with loss at fore edge. This work presents a frontispiece portrait of the author, as well as head- and tailpieces. The text appears in double column. An index, three pages of errata and publisher's catalouge are present at end.
Lot 1027

$60

Book Details: This lot of antique books with decorative bindings includes "Memoirs of the Courts of Europe" covering Marie Antoinette, Lady Hamilton, Court of Charles II, and others. Also included is a book covering inventions (1883).

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Condition / Notes: These items are in functional or better condition with some age/wear
indications. Older items are more likely to exhibit advanced flaws.
Lot 1028

$140

Details: This lot includes the items shown in the corresponding images.

These antique original negatives and glass plate negatives include images of Jefferson Park, NY, women in antique clothing, and children with cats. In one scene, three men sit in front of a building in a camp like setting, playing an auto harp, a violin and a straw broom. Another has a large arched walkway over water with an oriental style building in the background. Older vehicles depicted include a trolly, an automobile, and some negative proofs of an Indian motorcycle. Most measure approximately 5"x7".

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Condition / Notes: These items are in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. Older items are more likely to exhibit advanced flaws.
Lot 1029

$80

Book Details: This group of deluxe printings includes Folio Society titles such as: "Nana", by Emile Zola, "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde", by Robert Lewis Stevenson, "The Young King", by Oscar Wilde, "Carmen", by Prosper Merimee, "Incognita...", by William Congreve, "The Importance of Being Earnest", and "The Decameron of Boccaccio".

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Condition / Notes: These items are in functional or better condition with some age/wear
indications.
Lot 1030

$150

Title: Doors: A Novel
Author: Ed McBain (Ezra Hannon)
Publisher: Stein and Day, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1975
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 239 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this novel. The author's signature appears on a laid in card signed "Best, Ed McBain."

This volume is bound in green paper-covered boards and light brown cloth spine with stamped gilt lettering. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The pages are clean and bright. The intact dust jacket, with price of $7.95 on the front flap, displays light shelfwear. The jacket is by Tim Gaydos.
Lot 1031

$55

Title: A Narrative of the Voyages round the World Performed by Captain James Cook. With an Account of His Life during the Previous and Intervening Periods
Author:
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott & Co.
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1865
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 424 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. This book shows moderate external wear, with sunning to the spine and minor fraying at the top/bottom of the spine. The binding is sound. Old gift inscription, dated 1868, appears on a blank preliminary page. The pages exhibit scattered foxing.
Lot 1032

$60

Title: Second Ending: A Novel
Author: Ed McBain (Evan Hunter) - Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
City: New York
Year: 1956
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 359 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing. The inscription on the front flyleaf reads "To Stan / with all best wishes / Evan Hunter."

This volume is bound in green cloth with black paper-covered boards, with gilt lettering to dark green field at the top of the spine and green lettering to the spine. A facsimile of the author's signature appears in gold on the front cover. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The pages are clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket, with a price of $3.95 of the front flap, shows light shelfwear. A b&w photo of the author appears at the top of the rear panel.
Lot 1033

$225

Title: El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha compuesto por Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, "Don Quixote," considered the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called "la lengua de Cervantes" ("the language of Cervantes"). He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios ("The Prince of Wits").
Publisher: G. Fincke
City: Berlin
Year: 1831
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Complete: Yes
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce complete set of of a 19th-century German edition of Cervante's classic novel, with the final volume presenting a Spanish-German glossary by Juan Basilio Vilelmo Beneke.

This antique set is bound in marbled paper-covered boards. The spines have red spine labels with stamped lettering. These books show external wear, with rubbing to covers and minor loss at the outside corners of the boards. The bindings are firm. The edges of the text blocks are tinted red. Three of the volumes have a previous owner's name on the front endpaper. The pages are clean and bright.
Lot 1034

$55

Book Details: This lot contains the items shown in the corresponding image(s). This group of author signed literature includes such authors as Martha Grimes Nelson DeMille, Alice Sebold, Micky Spillane, Sidney Sheldon, James Patterson, Clive Cussler with the following titles:

The Dirty Duck
By The Rivers of Babylon
Lucky
Bloodline
Windmills of the Gods,
The Midnight Club
Deep Six
Vixen 03

All titles have labels on glassine which cover the dust jackets.

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Condition / Notes: The books are in good condition with labels on glassine which cover the dust jackets.
Lot 1035

$35

Title: Dickens' Working Notes for His Novels
Author: Charles Dickens - Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.

Many of his writings were originally published serially, in monthly installments or parts, a format of publication which Dickens himself helped popularize at that time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialization, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next installment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

Dickens' work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Gissing and G.K. Chesterton; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticised it for sentimentality and implausibility.
Editor: Harry Stone
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
City: Chicago
Year: 1987
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxxv/393 pages
Width: 12.75" Height: 12.5"
Book Details: "This volume collects for the first time all of Charles Dickens' extant plans and notes for his novels. Dickens wrote his novels in segments during the course of serial publication. Beginning with Dombey and Son, the sixth novel, he wrote out plans for each segment as he went along, sketching future developments, querying himself about options, noting motifs, establishing recurrent images, working out chronologies, experimenting with names, and, in general, reminding himself of what he had done and what he should do next. Some notes survive from before Dombey and those for a few novels after that are incomplete or abbreviated, but for the most part the plans from these notes is reproduced here in actual-size photographic facsimile and is transcribed on the facing page in typographic facsimiles a format that preserves Dickens' holographic nuances and at the the same time allows for the instant decipherment of his often difficult hand."
Condition / Notes: This volume is bound in red cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and a facsimile signature in gold on the front cover. The book shows very light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The pages are clean and bright. This work is illustrated with reproductions of manuscript pages and plates.
Lot 1036

$45

Title: The Youths' History of the United States from the Discovery of America by the Northmen, to the Present Time
Author: Edward S. Ellis - Edward Sylvester Ellis was an American author who was born in Ohio and died at Cliff Island, Maine.

Ellis was a teacher, school administrator, journalist, and the author of hundreds of publications that he produced by his name and by a number of noms de plume. Notable fiction stories by Ellis include "The Huge Hunter, or the Steam Man of the Prairies" and "Seth Jones, or the Captives of the Frontier." Internationally, Edward S. Ellis is probably known best for his "Deerhunter" novels read widely by young boys until the 1950s.

During the mid-1880s, after a fiction-writing career of some thirty years, Ellis eventually began composing more serious works of biography, history, and persuasive writing. Of note was "The Life of Colonel David Crockett", which had the story of Davy Crockett giving a speech usually called "Not Yours To Give". It was a speech in opposition to awarding money to a Navy widow on the grounds that Congress had no Constitutional mandate to give charity. It was said to have been inspired by Crockett's meeting with a Horatio Bunce, a much quoted man in Libertarian circles, but one for whom historical evidence of is non-existent.

Publisher: Cassell & Company, Limited
City: New York
Year: 1887
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in half leather and pebbled dark brown cloth. The spines have raised bands and stamped gilt lettering. Ornamental lettering in gold appears on the front covers. The books show external wear, with rubbing at extremities and minor loss of material at the outside corners of the boards. Cracking can be seen along front spine edge of the first volume. The front board of the first volume is loosely attached. The binding of the second volume is sound. The volumes have gilt edges and marbled endpapers. The pages are clean and bright. This work is illustrated with plates and numerous textual illustrations.
Lot 1037

$120

Details: This item is a beautiful 1915 Austrian Gold Ducat depicting Austrian Franz Joseph who was "Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916" (Courtesy of Wikipedia) on the front of the coin with the inscription "Franc Ios I D G Avstriae Imperator" and the code of arms with an inscription on the other side. This is the perfect coin to own for any collector.

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Condition / Notes: This coin is in functional or better condition.
Lot 1038

$20

Book Details: This group of vintage literature in dust jackets includes such titles as a second printing of "Tropic of Cancer", by Henry Miller, "The Bostonians", by Henry James, a second printing of "B by E", by Rockwell Kent and "The Aspern Papers" and "The Europeans", by Henry James to name a few.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloguing. All books have their dust jackets.
Lot 1039

$175

Title: The 87th Precinct
Author: Ed McBain - Ed McBain was an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
City: New York
Year: 1959
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/472 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: An omnibus volume with the first U.S. hardcover publications of "Cop Hater," "The Mugger" and "The Pusher," which were first published as paperback originals.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed first printing of this Inner Sanctum Mystery Trilogy. The author has signed his name on the title page. This edition has an introduction by Anthony Boucher.

This volume is bound in yellow cloth with stamped gilt lettering against green field. The book shows external wear, with light soiling to the covers and minor creasing to the spine. The binding is sound. The lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. The intact dust jacket, with price of $3.95 on the front flap, shows light soiling, with small tears and minor loss at the top and bottom of the spine panel. The edges of the top and bottom of the jacket display minor creasing and tears.
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