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Lot 1001

$175

Title: The Fern Herbal: Including the Ferns, the Horsetails, and the Club Mosses
Author: Elfriede Abbe - Elfriede Martha Abbe was an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe created numerous hand-printed books, which she printed on a printing press in her studio. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Press of Elfriede Abbe
City: Manchester Center, Vermont
Year: 1981
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 103
Width: 10" Height: 14"
Book Details: This large botanical volume comes bound in decorative green and tan cloth, with title on the spine.

This author signed limited edition volume is number 96 of 100 copies. The paper is Strathmore Pastelle. The type faces are Goudy Deepdene Italic and Goudy Oldstyle and Italic. The illustrations are wood engravings printed from the original blocks, and drawings printed from metal plates. The design of the end papers is from frost crystals on a window pane.

Many beautiful illustrations, both color and black & white, appear throughout this book.

This book also reveals a handwritten inscription to Dick Lewis, the "Director who made the Plantations' hopes and dreams come true, by his many friends and admirers." (As seen on the limited edition page.)

Elfriede Martha Abbe was an American sculptor, wood engraver and botanical illustrator, often displaying nature and simple country living inspired by her Upstate New York home. A self-publisher, Abbe created numerous hand-printed books, which she printed on a printing press in her studio. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This book shows well with mild signs of age and wear.
Lot 1002

$175

Title: A Summer Ramble in the Himalayas: With Sporting Adventures in the Vale of Cashmere
Author: W. Wilson
Editor: W. Wilson
Publisher: Hurst and Blackett, Publishers
City: London
Year: 1860
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 358 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This first edition expedition volume comes bound in brown decorative cloth with title and publisher on spine.

An illustrated plate appears at the start of this volume and an introduction by James Hume is also included in the volume.

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time. Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

The cover boards reveal signs of soiling and exposure to sunlight. The first illustrated plate is loose and separated from the book.

Soiling and foxing appear throughout the pages of the volume.

This volume has been collated and contains a single frontispiece plate, which is present but detached. Pagination as follows: iv, 2-358. Signatures are present from A to AA with no signature V or W. Numering of signatures follows 1-4 with A and AA only numbered to 2 and L numbered to 3. Standard pagination continues.
Lot 1003

$90

Title: The Buccaneers of America. A True Account of the Most Remarkable Assaults Committed of Late Years Upon the Coasts of the West Indies by the Buccaneers of Jamaica and Tortuga (Both English and French)
Author: John Esquemeling - Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin (also spelled Esquemeling, Exquemeling, or Oexmelin) was a French writer best known as the author of one of the most important sourcebooks of 17th century piracy, first published in Dutch as De Americaensche Zee-Roovers, in Amsterdam, by Jan ten Hoorn, in 1678.

Born about 1645, it is likely that Exquemelin was a native of Harfleur, France, who on his return from buccaneering settled in Holland, possibly because he was a Huguenot. In 1666 he was engaged by the French West India Company and went to Tortuga, where he stayed for three years. There he enlisted with the buccaneers, in particular with the band of Henry Morgan, whose confidante he was, probably as a barber-surgeon, and remained with them until 1674. Shortly afterwards he returned to Europe and settled in Amsterdam where he qualified professionally as a surgeon, his name appearing on the 1679 register of the Dutch Surgeons' Guild. However, he was later once again in the Caribbean as his name appears on the muster-roll as a surgeon in the attack on Cartagena in 1697.

The bibliographic legacy of Exquemelin's "History of the Bouccaneers of America" is complex. It has rightly been said that perhaps no book of the 17th century in any language was ever the parent of so many imitations and the source of so much fiction. The German translation, published in 1679 is a faithful translation of the original Dutch. A Spanish translation, published in 1681, however adds new material quite freely and without acknowledgment, and mistranslates the Dutch frequently, while the English translation of 1684 appears to be as much a translation of the Spanish edition, including most of its deviations from the Dutch original. The French translation of 1686, however is substantially a new work with many additions, including new pirate biographies and complete rearrangements in some sections incorporating new material of unknown source. Subsequent editions and translations added additional new material and whole biographies.

Peter Benchley, in his book "The Island," referred to Exquemelin at length, having used his work in his research.
Publisher: Swan Sonnenschein & Co.
City: London
Year: 1893
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 508 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: This antique volume comes bound in black cloth with title, author and image appearing, in gold lettering, on the spine.

From the introduction: "The term Buccaneer, in French Boucanier, is usually applied to certain pirates who during the seventeenth century committed great ravages upon the Spanish settlements in the West Indies, the adjacent main land, and the coast of Chili and Peru, and whose exploits it will be our province to describe in the following pages."

This volume is also adorned with a frontispiece, as well as several black and white plates and maps, including at least one folding map.

Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin (also spelled Esquemeling, Exquemeling, or Oexmelin) (c. 1645–1707) was a French, Dutch or Flemish writer best known as the author of one of the most important sourcebooks of 17th-century piracy, first published in Dutch as De Americaensche Zee-Roovers, in Amsterdam, by Jan ten Hoorn, in 1678. (Courtesy Wikipedia)


Condition / Notes: This book shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

The inner hinge is starting to crack and light foxing appears throughout the pages of the book.
Lot 1004

$175

Title: Russell Chatham
Author: Etel Adnan, Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Fergus, Jim Harrison, Russell Chatham - Russell Chatham (born October 27, 1939) is a contemporary American landscape artist who spent most of his career living in Livingston, Montana. The artist is the grandson of landscape painter Gottardo Piazzoni, though he is essentially a self-taught artist. His work has been exhibited in over 400 one man shows and in museums and galleries over the last five decades. Notable art critic Robert Hughes is numbered one of Chatham's collectors and there are others as diverse as Paul Allen and actor Jack Nicholson. Chatham's work eschews the narrative tendency of much western art and presents landscapes that stand in intimate relationship towards the human figure even in the absence of it. In the early 1980s Chatham began making lithographs and now stands as one of the world's foremost practitioners of that craft. (Courtesy Wikipedia), Thomas McGuane
Publisher: Winn
City: Seattle
Year: 1984
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 61 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This author signed first edition collection of works by artist Russell Chatham comes bound in tan cloth, with a red block containing title and year on the front cover board.

This book is author signed and inscribed, by Russell Chatham, on the half title page. The inscription is to Douglas Fairbanks. This book also includes an engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplate.

Also included in this book are two limited edition tissue- guarded engravings, found in the back of the book in a pocket.

Russell Chatham (born October 27, 1939) is a contemporary American landscape artist who spent most of his career living in Livingston, Montana. The artist is the grandson of landscape painter Gottardo Piazzoni, though he is essentially a self-taught artist. His work has been exhibited in over 400 one man shows and in museums and galleries over the last five decades. Notable art critic Robert Hughes is numbered one of Chatham's collectors and there are others as diverse as Paul Allen and actor Jack Nicholson. Chatham's work eschews the narrative tendency of much western art and presents landscapes that stand in intimate relationship towards the human figure even in the absence of it. In the early 1980s Chatham began making lithographs and now stands as one of the world's foremost practitioners of that craft. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.
Condition / Notes: This book shows mild signs of age and wear.

Rubbing and light soiling appear on the cover boards.
Lot 1005

$35

Title: Cronologia Ecclesiastica La quale contiene Le Vite De Pontefici Da S. Pietro, Sino Al Regnante Alessandro VII
Author: Vittorio Baldini
Publisher: Per Giaconio Monti
City: Bologna
Year: 1666
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 264 pages
Width: 4" Height: 6.5"
Book Details: This small Italian Volume has been rebound in modern red and blue paper and cloth, as well as with new added endpapers.

The title translates to "The ecclesiastical chronicle which contains the v ' Peter to the reigning Alexander 8. Names, surnames, and their homeland. ... The holidays of the Apostolic See, the true effigies of each pope, the laws, chapters, and orders that appear in the creation of the Supreme Pontiff. ... Collecting in writing writers."

The volume chronicles the lives of several Popes, laws, orders, chapters, etc. etc, as indicated in the translation, with engravings to feature each listed Pope.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

The cover boards and endpapers have been reinforced with a beautiful new binding. The pages, however, continue to show signs of light soiling, rubbing and foxing. Page 29 reveals a large tear in the center of the page.
Lot 1006

$90

Title: Campaigns of the Civil War
Author: Author Uncredited
Editor: Broadfoot Publishing Company
Publisher: New Material Copyright by Broadfoot Publishing Company 1989/Original Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons
City: Wilmington, North Carolina
Year: 1989
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 17 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.5" Height: 9"
Book Details: This reprinted unnumbered 17 Volume Set comes bound in blue cloth, with title and publisher on spine.

These volumes are unnumbered and a variety of titles and authors exist in this set, regarding the American Civil War. Some include: "The Mississippi" by F.V. Greene; "The Army of the Cumberland" by Henry M. Cist;" and "The Virginia Campaign of 1864 and 1865" by A.A. Humphreys.


Condition / Notes: These volumes show mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

Some volumes show light signs of edgewear, rubbing and foxing.

6 of the 17 volumes are still wrapped in their plastic wrapping.
Lot 1007

$50

Title: War in South Africa and the Dark Continent from Savagery to Civilization. The Strange Story of a Weird World from the Earliest Ages to the Present, Including the War with the Boers Embracing the Explorations and Settlements, Wars and Conquests, Peoples and Governments, Resources and Products, of This the Least Known, Yet by Nature Endowed as the Richest and Most Wonderful of Continents. And a Detailed History of the Causes and Events of the British-Boer War. With a History of the Australian Contingents in the South African War, Their Work for Queen and Empire
Author: Donald MacDonald - Donald Alaster Macdonald was an Australian journalist and nature writer.

Macdonald was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, the elder son of Donald Macdonald and his wife Margaret, née Harris. Macdonald was educated at the Keilor state school where he became a pupil-teacher in 1876. He later joined the Corowa Free Press and then the Melbourne Argus newspaper in 1881.

Macdonald was first Australian war correspondent at the South African War; during the war he was besieged at Ladysmith. Macdonald's dispatches from Ladysmith were eventually sent to Australia and published in the Argus. (Courtesy Wikipedia), William Harding
Publisher: Printed by the Dominion Company for The Australian Publishing Company
City: Melbourne
Year: 1899
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 674 pages
Width: 7" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This antique volume, published in 1899, has a leatherbound decorative spine with raised bands and embossed gold lettering. The boards are cloth covered and the page edges are marbled. The text details the history of European imperialistic advances in South Africa and discusses at length the Boer War and the Dreyfus Affair.

Please attend our live sale to view this and other volumes in person.
Condition / Notes: This volume displays some signs of age and wear. The boards show signs of soiling and bear minor markings. There are indications of shelfwear and edging on high points. Age toning is apparent in the text itself though the book remains clear, bold, and legible. Some pages have come loose but nothing appears to be lost.
Lot 1008

$90

Title: Done in the Open
Author: Frederic Remington - Frederic Sackrider Remington was an American painter, etcher, illustrator, sculptor, and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West, specifically concentrating on the last quarter of the 19th century American West and images of cowboys, American Indians, and the U. S. Cavalry. (Courtesy Wikipedia.)
, Owen Wister - Owen Wister was an American writer and "father" of western fiction. He began his literary work in 1891. Wister had spent several summers out in the American West, making his first trip to Wyoming in 1885. Like his friend Teddy Roosevelt, Wister was fascinated with the culture, lore and terrain of the region. On an 1893 visit to Yellowstone, Wister met the western artist Frederic Remington; who remained a lifelong friend. When he started writing, he naturally inclined towards fiction set on the western frontier. He was a member of several literary societies and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University. (Courtesy Wikipedia). , Various Authors
Publisher: P.F. Collier & Son, Publishers
City: New York
Year: 1904
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 11.25" Height: 16.25"
Book Details: This antique large format volume is bound with paper boards. The front cover bears colored lettering and imagery.

The text features color and black and white illustrations by Frederic Remington along with verses by various authors about the American West, its Native inhabitants, and cowboys on the frontier.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this volume in person.


Condition / Notes: This volume displays some signs of age and wear. There are markings on the boards and the colors seem to have faded with time. There are indications of shelfwear and light age toning though the text and images remain clear, bold, and legible.
Lot 1009

$45

Title: Picturesque Kashmir
Author: Arthur Neve - Arthur Neve, MD (1859–1919) was a Christian medical missionary who felt the call to serve abroad early on in life. As a well distinguished doctor, Neve willingly left home at a young age when he was called to Kashmir to continue the medical missions of Dr. Theodore Maxwell and Dr. William Elmsie. He moved to Asia and never looked back, soon becoming the head of the Kashmir Medical Mission where he would go on to serve the sick in Kashmir for the next thirty four years by building the Kashmir Mission Hospital with his brother, Ernest. Influenced by his strong roots in his religion, Neve served the people of Kashmir while also spreading his Christian message to a predominantly Muslim and Brahman area. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Sands & Company
City: London
Year: 1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 163 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 10"
Book Details: This volume is cloth bound with a gold embossed cover and spine binding. The text is written by the British missionary and doctor Arthur Neve and features illustrations by Geoffroy W. Millais along with in-text photographs.

"Picturesque Kashmir" discusses the landscape and features of the Kashmir region in Asia through Neve's experiences.

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.


Condition / Notes: This volume is cloth bound and shows slight indications of soiling and minor markings. There are signs of shelfwear and chipping high points. Many page headers bear signs of moisture, though the text itself is unaffected.
Lot 1010

$225

Title: Cannery Row
Author: John Steinbeck - John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952) and the novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: The Viking Press
City: New York
Year: 1945
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 208 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This first edition, by renowned author John Steinbeck, comes bound in yellow cloth with title and author on front cover board.

This volume includes an engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplate.

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American writer. He is widely known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and "East of Eden" (1952) and the novella "Of Mice and Men" (1937). He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Cannery Row is a novel by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1945. It is set during the Great Depression in Monterey, California, on a street lined with sardine canneries that is known as Cannery Row. The story revolves around the people living there: Lee Chong, the local grocer; Doc, a marine biologist; and Mack, the leader of a group of derelicts. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.
Condition / Notes: This book shows mild signs of age and wear.

The back cover board shows significant signs of rubbing and soiling and is also lacking the dust jacket.
Lot 1011

$30

Title: Country Notes
Author: V. Sackville-West - Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. A successful and prolific novelist, poet, and journalist - she was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems - today she is remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst she created with her diplomat husband, Sir Harold Nicolson. She is also remembered as the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of the historical romp Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend and admirer, Virginia Woolf, with whom she had a decade-long affair. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Harper and Brothers
City: New York/London
Year: 1940
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 219 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10"
Book Details: This first edition volume, by V. Sackeville-West, comes bound in tan cloth, with title and author in black lettering on the front cover board, as well as on the spine.

This book contains the notes of Sackeville-West on a variety of country topics; country life, Winter, botany, flora and fauna, seasonal changes, fishing, shooting, gardening and more.

This volume includes photographs by Bryan and Norman Westwood. Also included in this volume is an original engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplate.

Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. A successful and prolific novelist, poet, and journalist - she was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems - today she is remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst she created with her diplomat husband, Sir Harold Nicolson. She is also remembered as the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of the historical romp Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend and admirer, Virginia Woolf, with whom she had a decade-long affair. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.
Condition / Notes: This book shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.
Lot 1012

$100

Title: Rome Oriental Series: Northern India According to the Shui Ching Chu
Author: Luciano Petech - Luciano Petech (8 June 1914, Trieste – 29 September 2010, Rome) was an Italian scholar of Himalayan history and the early relations between Tibet, Nepal and Italy. He was Chair of History of Eastern Asia at the University of Rome from 1955 to 1984. He is the most renowned of the students of Giuseppe Tucci. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Istituto Italiano Per Il Medio Ed Estremo Oriente
City: Rome
Year: 1950
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 89 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This vintage expedition volume features brown cloth bound cover boards with leatherbound corner edges and spine. The title and author appear on the spine in silver lettering. This book is number 2 in a series of expedition books by Luciano Petech. An additional plastic wrap dust jacket has been added to the volume.

The travels of the Chinese Buddhist pilgrims to India have always drawn a great deal of attention from Western Scholars; so have also the accounts of India and its kingdoms found scattered in the twenty-four dynastic histories of China. But, strange to say, there is one Chinese text which has not yet received its due consideration, at least as far as India is concerned. This text is the Water Classic and its commentary. (Taken from Luciano Petech's introduction in the book)

Luciano Petech (8 June 1914, Trieste – 29 September 2010, Rome) was an Italian scholar of Himalayan history and the early relations between Tibet, Nepal and Italy. He was Chair of History of Eastern Asia at the University of Rome from 1955 to 1984. He is the most renowned of the students of Giuseppe Tucci. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time. Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.


Condition / Notes: This volume shows well with mild signs of age and wear.
Lot 1013

$50

Book Details: This group features journals and publications on history.

There are 28 volumes in this group, including: “Foreign Affairs April 1968”; “Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London, February, 1857”; and “Asian Review: The Journal of the Royal Society for India, Pakistan and Ceylon.”

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.




Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. Because these volumes are all paperback pamphlets, many of them show moderate signs of age and wear including chipping high points and partial tears. The text in each volume remains clear and legible.

Lot 1014

$15

Book Details: This group consists of the volumes on art and art history shown in the corresponding images. Titles, authors, and subject matter include: "The Portrait in the Renaissance"; John Pope-Hennessy; "The Aesthetics of Italian Renaissance Art"; Parmigianino; E.H. Gombrich; "The Heritage of Apelles"; "Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects"; H.W. Janson; "History of Art"; "After Raphael"; Mannerism; Renaissance; "Michelangelo: The Bruges Madonna and the Piccolomini Altar"; "Ruben and the Classical Tradition"; "Bellini and Titian at Ferrara"; and more.

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




Condition / Notes: These books may display some age and wear indications. Some of these volumes may contain library markings and attachments.
Lot 1015

$175

Book Details: This group features vintage and antique volumes on religion and theology.

There are 5 volumes in this group, including: “Buddhist Records of the Western World”; “The Islamic Jesus: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources in English and French”; and “The Word of Lalla the Prophetess: Being the Sayings of Lal Ded or Lal Diddi of Kashmir.”

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.





Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. The title page of "The Islamic Jesus" is stamped "Cornell University Libraries" but otherwise bears no ex-library indications.

Lot 1016

$20

Title: One of Us: A Novel in Verse
Author: Gilbert Frankau - Gilbert Frankau (21 April 1884 – 4 November 1952) was a popular British novelist. He was known also for verse (he was a war poet of World War I), including a number of verse novels, and short stories. He was born in London into a Jewish family, but was baptised as an Anglican at the age of 13. After education at Eton College, he went into the family cigar business and became Managing Director on his twenty-first birthday, his father, Arthur Frankau, having died in November 1904. A few months before his death, at sixty-eight, from lung cancer, he converted to Roman Catholicism. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Chatto and Windus
City: London
Year: 1912
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 173 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9"
Book Details: This epic poem, by Gilbert Frankau, comes bound in dark brown and tan cloth, with title and author on front cover board. It is a novel written in verse and broken up into many cantos. It is reminiscent of the great poets; Homer, Dante, Wilcox and Pope.

This volume includes an engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplate. It also includes a ex-libris stamp belong to Gilbert Miller; a well known American theatre producer.

Gilbert Heron Miller (July 3, 1884 - January 2, 1969) was an American theatrical producer. Born in New York City, he was the son of English-born theatrical producer Henry Miller (1859–1926) and Bijou Heron, a former child actress. Raised and educated in Europe, he returned home to follow in his father's footsteps and became a highly successful Broadway producer. Miller served as director of the League of New York Theatres as well as an officer of the Actors Fund. He also managed the St James's Theatre in London. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Gilbert Frankau (21 April 1884 – 4 November 1952) was a popular British novelist. He was known also for verse (he was a war poet of World War I), including a number of verse novels, and short stories. He was born in London into a Jewish family, but was baptised as an Anglican at the age of 13. After education at Eton College, he went into the family cigar business and became Managing Director on his twenty-first birthday, his father, Arthur Frankau, having died in November 1904. A few months before his death, at sixty-eight, from lung cancer, he converted to Roman Catholicism. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.

Condition / Notes: This book shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

The cover boards reveal light signs of soiling, edgewear and rubbing. Light soiling and fading appear throughout the pages of the volume.
Lot 1017

$55

Title: The Story of Little Black Mingo
Author: Helen Bannerman - Helen Bannerman was a Scottish author of children's books. She is best known for her first book, "Little Black Sambo." (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers
City: New York
Year: c.1900
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 142 pages
Width: 3.25" Height: 5.5"
Book Details: This antique small format volume has color illustrations throughout. The story takes the form of a traditional fairy tale about a little girl, an evil old woman, a crocodile, and a mongoose.

This book is a companion to Helen Bannerman's other most well known work,"Little Black Sambo." While today we recognize some uncomfortable racial overtones in these stories, Wikipedia notes of "Little Black Sambo": "Critics of the time observed that Bannerman presents one of the first black heroes in children's literature and regarded the book as positively portraying black characters in both the text and pictures, especially in comparison to the more negative books of that era that depicted blacks as simple and uncivilised." The same could be said about "Little Black Mingo," which portrays the heroine as a thoughtful and brave protagonist.

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Condition / Notes: This volume shows moderate signs of age and wear. The spine is partially frayed and the boards have faded colors, rubbings and chips. The front board is partially cracked though it remains intact. The text and images are printed on one side of the pages, and though there are minor indications of age toning and and some occasional signs of soiling and pencil markings, the illustrations and accompanying text remain bold, clear, legible, and bright throughout.
Lot 1018

$45

Book Details: This group features volumes on Italian Art History, some of which are in their original Italian language.

There are 6 volumes in this group, including: “Five Centuries of Italian Majolica” by Giuseppe Liverani, featuring tipped in plates; “Dosso and Battista Dossi: Court Painters at Ferrara”; and “Newnes' Art Library: Filippino Lippi.”

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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. Some volumes are partially disbound or have cracked hinges.

Lot 1019

$225

Book Details: This group features volumes on Asian and Indian travel and history.

There are 6 volumes in this group, including: “Sport and Travel in the Far East” by J.C. Grew with a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1910; “Travels in the Mogul Empire, 1656-1668” by Fancois Bernier, Oxford University Press, London, 1914; and “A Lonely Summer in Kashmir” by Margaret Cotter Morison, Duckworth and Co., London, 1904.

Also included is a first edition copy of "Golden Doorway to Tibet" by Nicol Smith, Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc., Indianapolis, 1949.

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Their expedition was sponsored by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time. Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.


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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications.

Lot 1020

$60

Details: This lot comprises approximately 35 pieces of vintage and antique estate ephemera.

These include: several travel guides, a Batsford Bookshop Christmas Catalogue, several book catalogues, magazine copy of Robinson Crusoe, an illustrated guide to battle fields, an album of Ireland and an album of Dublin, several erotica magazines and cartoon pin-ups, an Egyptian travel guide, a miniature Keats book and more.

The largest piece measures 7'' x 10''.

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Condition / Notes: These pieces show a typical range of handle and wear.
Lot 1021

$40

Title: The Himalayan Letters of Gypsy Davy and Lady Ba
Author: Robert LeMoyne - Robert L. Barrett was a wealthy explorer and traveler who founded the Association of American Geographers. Barrett traveled through the Canadian Rockies and later financed an expedition into the Himalayas. Barrett is also credited with beginning the Three-Corner-Round nonprofit organization's expeditions through the Sierra Nevada which continue to this day as an outdoor experience for young people.
Publisher: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd
City: Cambridge
Year: 1927
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 280 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: This hardcover decorative volume contains a folding map and a pull out map along with some brief snippets of musical notation of traditional Himalayan folk songs. The text is a series of letters detailing a journey through the Himalayan region in Asia and relating some of the folktales told by local villagers. Among the other interesting oral histories and tidbits related by the author, there is a tale recounted from the perspective of villagers in the Himalayas about British explorer and military man Francis Younghusband who famously crossed the treacherous mountain range and uncharted desert territories as a young man.

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.
Condition / Notes: This volume displays mild indications of age and wear. There are slight signs of edgewear and a minor scuff on the back board. The pages show some age toning and there is minimal foxing on the front paste down. The text is legible throughout though there are some markings made in pencil by a previous owner.
Lot 1022

$30

Title: Walt Disney World
Author: Author Uncredited
Publisher: Walt Disney World Productions
City: Unknown
Year: Circa 1989
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 160 pages
Width: 9" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: This very rare Walt Disney World travel book, comes bound in white cloth with title and image of the Magic Kingdom Castle on the front cover board. It outlines various places throughout Walk Disney World; The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney MGM Studios and Vacation Kingdom.

This copy is signed and inscribed by the one and only, Mickey Mouse. It is inscribed to Mr. Fairbanks and welcoming him to Walt Disney World.

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.


Condition / Notes: This book shows mild signs of age and wear.
Lot 1023

$40

Book Details: This group features volumes on Kashmir History and Politics.

There are 8 volumes in this group, including: a first edition copy of "The Development of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir," 1980; “Nehru: The Lotus Eater from Kashmir”; “British Policy Towards Kashmir”; and “Secular Crown on Fire: The Kashmir Problem.”

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.



Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications.

Lot 1024

$55

Book Details: This group of vintage and antique books features History of Britain, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include:

An author signed and inscribed copy of "English Sporting Prints" by James Laver. The inscription is to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., with good wishes.

An author signed and inscribed copy of "Where has Last July Gone?" by Drew Middleton. The inscription is to Douglas and in regards to their trip to Iceland.

"Elizabeth and Essex: A Tragic History" by Lytton Strachey. This book features an inscription from Gladys, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s Aunt. The copy of "John, Duke of Bedford" also includes an inscription to Douglas and Mary Lee Fairbanks, Jr., from their friend Brian.

Many books in this lot also include engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplates.

This lot was part of the personal library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., famed actor, director and producer. Born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood, he was the son of Douglas Fairbanks who married pioneering silent film star icon, Mary Pickford. The two went on to become producers and together founded United Artists. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. first married Joan Crawford, then survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and this personal collection was generously donated to a local non-profit by his widow, Vera Fairbanks. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be sold during this auction, peruse other lots to find additional titles.
Condition / Notes: These books show mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

The copy of "Thames Triumphant" reveals a crack inner hinge.
Lot 1025

$110

Book Details: This group features volumes on travel and mountaineering.

There are 8 volumes in this group, including: “The Road to Shalimar”; “Peaks and Lamas”; and “When Men and Mountains Meet.”

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.




Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications.

Lot 1026

$25

Book Details: This group features volumes on history, art, and architecture.

There are 9 volumes in this group, including: “Four Centuries of Scenic Invention”; “The Antiquities of the Christian Church Translated and Compiled from the Works of Augusti”; and “Raphael's Bible.”

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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. "The Antiquities of the Christian Church Translated and Compiled from the Works of Augusti” shows significant loss on its spine.

Lot 1027

$45

Book Details: This group features volumes on the history of India and Kashmir.

There are 11 volumes in this group, including: “India Wins Freedom: An Autobiographical Narrative” by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad; “The Shi'a of India”; and “A History of Kashmiri Pandits.”

Also included is a 3 volume set written in German entitled "Die Burushaski-Sprache von Hunza und Nager."

This material comes to us directly from the personal library of James Hurley, a former Vice Consul at the United States Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, and most notably a member of the 1960 International Saltoro Expedition which made the first attempt on the unclimbed K12 Peak, the 24,370-foot mountain in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. The Royal Society and the Royal Geographic Society sponsored their expedition and Hurley was trained in the elements of climbing by the famous explorer Eric Shipton, who made the first reconnaissance visit to K12 in 1957. Aside from the historic ascent attempt, Hurley's objective in the region was an ethnographic study of the Epic of King Gesar. The Rajah of Khaplu arranged for a scribe to take down the Baltistan/Kashmir version of this important Central Asian epic poem from the bard Abdur Rahim. Sadly this fascinating manuscript has been lost to time.

Please attend our live sale to inspect this and numerous other fascinating lots from the Hurley collection of South and Central Asian books and ephemera.




Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. Volumes 2 and 3 of "Kings of Kashmira" and Volume 1 of "Farmers of India" are part of larger sets that are not included in this lot.

Lot 1028

$25

Title: The Spectator
Author: Author Uncredited
Editor: Joseph Addison [1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719], Richard Steele - Sir Richard Steele was an Irish writer and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine The Spectator.
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co.
City: London
Year: 1897
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This 8 Volume Set comes bound in gray and brown cloth, with title, volume number and publisher on spine cover.

The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England, lasting from 1711 to 1712. Each "paper", or "number", was approximately 2,500 words long, and the original run consisted of 555 numbers, beginning on 1 March 1711. These were collected into seven volumes. The paper was revived without the involvement of Steele in 1714, appearing thrice weekly for six months, and these papers when collected formed the eighth volume. Eustace Budgell, a cousin of Addison's, and the poet John Hughes also contributed to the publication. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: These volumes show moderate to significant signs of age and wear.

All of the volumes reveal cracked and slightly separated spine covers. Light foxing and soiling appear throughout the pages of the volumes.
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