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Lot 4001


Title: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
Author: Ulysses S. Grant - Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant was the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877) following his highly successful role as a war general in the second half of the Civil War. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military; having effectively ended the war and secession with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox. As president he led the Radical Republicans in their effort to eliminate all vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery. Upset over uncontrolled violence in the South, President Grant effectively destroyed the Ku Klux Klan in 1871.
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Company
City: New York
Year: 1885
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This 2 volume set is beautifully bound in rich green cloth boards with decorative end papers and gilt lettering and elaborate embellishment stamped on both boards and spine.

These volumes include illustrations and maps with tipped in facsimile correspondence and an extensive index.
Condition / Notes: These decorative antique bindings show beautifully with bright gilt and crisp debossing on the embellished boards and spine.

The books show some age/wear externally, concentrated at the extremities. The bindings are tight and secure and the front hinge on volume I is cracked. Pages are bright and with moderate age toning throughout. There is an ownership signature in pencil on the front flyleaf of volume I.

Lot 4002


Title: The Yosemite
Author: John Muir - John Muir (April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains", was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism has helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and many other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization. The 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail, a hiking trail in the Sierra Nevada, was named in his honor. In Scotland, the John Muir Way, a 130-mile-long route, was named in honor of him. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: The Century Co.
City: New York
Year: 1912
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 284 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This volume is handsomely bound in the original gilt pictorial green cloth, with top edge gilt. Thirty-two full page plates from photographs and three folding maps
enhance the text.

From the text: "The most famous and accessible of these canon valleys, and also the one that presents their most striking and sublime features on the grandest scale, is the Yosemite...The walls are made up of rocks, mountains in size, partly separated from each other by side canons, and they are so sheer in front, and so compactly and harmoniously arranged on a level floor, that the Valley, comprehensively seen, looks like an immense hall or temple lighted from above..But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life. Some lean back in majestic repose; others, absolutely sheer or nearly so for thousands of feet, advance beyond their companions in thoughtful attitudes..."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is in admirable condition, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning. All thirty-two illustrated plates are present, as are the three folding maps.
Lot 4003


Title: The History of Our Country From its Discovery by Columbus to the Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of its Declaration of Independence
Author: Abby Sage Richardson
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company/The Riverside Press
City: Boston/Cambridge
Year: 1881
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 635 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This antique title features a deluxe fancy leather binding. The brown leather is blindstamped and the lettering is gilt, with raised spine bands and fully marbled page edges. The volume is "Beautifully and Profusely Illustrated by Engravings from Original Designs by Granville Perkins, C.G. Bush, and Felix O. C. Darley, and Portraits of Distinguished Discoveries, Statesmen, Generals, and Heroes".

Full title: "The History of Our Country From its Discovery by Columbus to the Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of its Declaration of Independence: Embracing and Account of its Discovery; Narratives of the Struggles of its Early Settlers; Sketches of its Heroes; The History of the War for Independence, and the War for Nationality; Its Industrial Successes, and a Record of its Whole Progress as a Nation"

Some chapter titles include: "Naming of America, and Other Discoveries", "English and French Explorers", "The Swedes in New Jersey and Delaware", "Affairs in Virginia", "Defeat and Victory in the South", "Invasion of Mexico", and "Events from 1869 to 1872", among others.
Condition / Notes: This decoratively bound antique volume shows very well, with minimal indications of age/wear, including rubbing and minor loss to the leather. The binding is firm, and the text block is sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 4004


Title: The Naked and the Dead
Author: Norman Mailer - Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.

Along with Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, John McPhee, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism, which superimposes the style and devices of literary fiction onto fact-based journalism. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice and the National Book Award once. In 1955, Mailer, together with John Wilcock, Ed Fancher and Dan Wolf, first published The Village Voice, which began as an arts and politics oriented weekly newspaper distributed in Greenwich Village. In 2005, he won the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation.
Publisher: Rinehart and Company, Inc.
City: New York
Year: 1948
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 721 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This vintage second printing of the first edition is wrapped in an original second state dust jacket protected by Mylar. laid in IS a photographic portrait of the author, signed by Mailer himself.

This seminal work was based on Mailer’s experiences with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign (1944–45) in World War II. It was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1958.

A New York Times best seller for 62 weeks, it was hailed by many as one of the best American wartime novels. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked "The Naked and the Dead" 51st on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Condition / Notes: This vintage volume shows nicely, bound in black cloth with silver spine lettering, in its original dust jacket.

The book shows some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities, including some loss at top and bottom of the dust jacket.

The binding is tight and secure, pages are bright and clean and the laid in signed vintage glossy photo is in excellent condition. There is an ownership signature in pencil on front fly leaf.

Lot 4005


Title: The Giant Horse of Oz
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson - Ruth Plumly Thompson was an American writer of children's stories.

She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publication when William Lee, vice president of Baum's publisher Reilly & Lee, solicited Thompson to continue the Oz series...Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year.

Thompson's contributions to the Oz series are lively and imaginative, featuring a wide range of colorful and unusual characters.
Publisher: The Reilly & Lee Co.
City: Chicago
Year: 1928
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 283 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This antique volume has red cloth covers, with black lettering/illustration on the spine and a color illustrated title pastedown on the front cover. The text block is adorned with pictorial endpapers. The color frontispiece depicts the monster "Oniberon".

"The Giant Horse of Oz" (1928) is the twenty-second in the series of Oz books created by L. Frank Baum and his successors, and the eighth written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. It was illustrated by John R. Neill. Two identification points of interest are: "Oniberon" on the frontispiece should be "Quiberon"; and "morning" on page 116 is perfectly printed.
Condition / Notes: There is moderate rubbing and shelf wear to the exterior, concentrated at the edges and corners. Front and back hinges are cracked. There is loss to the front free endpaper and a small area of insect damage on the upper right of the text block. The text block is solid, with clear and crisp text and illustrations through mild age toning.
Lot 4006

This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Dore Bible Gallery: Containing One Hundred Superb Illustrations and a Page of Explanatory Letter-Press Facing Each by Gustave Dore - Dated Unknown by John W. Lovell Company - This antique title is decoratively and uniformly bound in red cloth with black, silver, and gilt embossed pictorial design and lettering on the front board, a blindstamped design on the rear board, and black lettering and decoration on the spine.

Illustrations are by Gustave Doré from his immensely successful work done for the 1843 French translation of the Vulgate Bible, popularly known as the "Bible de Tours".

From the Preface: "This volume, as its title indicates, is a collection of engravings illustrative of the Bible--the designs being all from the pencil of the greatest of modern delineators, Gustave Dore. The original work, from which this collection has been made, met with an immediate and warm recognition and acceptance among those whose means admitted of its purchase, and its popularity has in no wise diminished since its first publication, but has even extended to those who could only enjoy it casually or in fragmentary parts...To each cut is prefixed a page of letter-press, in narrative form, and containing generally a brief analysis of the design."

This decoratively bound antique volume shows well with some indications of age/wear, including shelfwear, rubbing to high points and light soiling. The binding and text block are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
- Purgatory and Paradise by Henry Francis Cary, Henry C. Walsh, Dante Alighieri Edited by Henry C. Walsh Translated by Henry Francis Cary - Dated Unknown by John W. Lovell Company - This antique title is decoratively and uniformly bound in red cloth with silver and gilt embossed pictorial design and lettering on the front board, a blindstamped design on the rear board, and black lettering and decoration on the spine.

Illustrations are by Paul Gustave Louis Christophe Doré (6 January 1832 – 23 January 1883), who was a French artist, printmaker, illustrator, comics artist, caricaturist, and sculptor who worked primarily with wood engraving.

This antique title shows well with some indications of age/wear, including mild shelfwear and light soiling to the cloth. The binding and text block and sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning.
Lot 4007


Title: Francis Parkman's Works
Author: Francis Parkman - Francis Parkman was an American historian, best known as author of "The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life" and his monumental seven-volume "France and England in North America." These works are still valued as history and especially as literature, although the biases of his work have met with criticism. He was also a leading horticulturist, briefly a Professor of Horticulture at Harvard University and the first leader of the Arnold Arboretum, and author of several books on the topic.

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.
City: Boston
Year: c1895
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 12 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This attractive twelve-volume set of uniformly-bound works of Francis Parkman are bound in green publisher's cloth with gilt lettering. These books are adorned with numerous maps and plates. Parker's works highlight his explorations, travels and historical research and cover a considerable expanse of North American history including the initial settlers, American colonies, Native American Indians and First Nations peoples, the opening of the American West and much more. The titles in this set include:

Pioneers of France in the New World
The Jesuits in North America
LaSalle and the Discovery of the Great West
The Old Regime in Canada
Count Frontenac and New France under Louis the XIV
A Half Century of Conflict (two volumes)
Montcalm and Wolfe (two volumes)
The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada (two volumes)
The Oregon Trail - Sketches of Prairies and Rocky-Mountain Life

Condition / Notes: These books are in excellent condition and show beautifully with bright gilt and clean boards. There is some light edgewear to the exteriors. The bindings are firm and secure and the pages are bright and clean. An admirable example of this desirable set.
Lot 4008


Book Details: This lot contains nine decorative antique volumes on historical subjects, as shown in the corresponding images.

Titles include: “Coaching Days and Coaching Ways” by W. Outram Tristram, with 214 illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton; “On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History” by Thomas Carlyle, in a green suede binding (suede is faded, rubbed, and lightly soiled); “Chronicles of England, France, Spain, and the Adjoining Countries, From the Latter Part of the Reign of Edward II to the Coronation of Henry IV” by Sir John Froissart, front hinge cracked; “Normandy Picturesque” by Henry Blackburn; “A Tour Around the World: Being a Narrative of the Incidents and Events of His Journey through Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium…” by General Grant, “Embellished with Nearly 200 Fine Historical Engravings and Portraits” (cracked hinges, lacking front free endpaper; “The Great Battles of the British Navy from the Earliest Period Down to the Present Time” by Lieutenant Charles Rathbone Low; and “The Works of Charles Lamb” Vols. I – III of IV, 1850, full leather binding, gilt tooling, marbled endpapers and edges, personal library plates affixed to front pastedown.

Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well with some typical indication of age and wear including shelfwear, rubbing and mild age toning.
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