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Lot 5001


Title: Meehan's Monthly: A Magazine of Horticulture, Botany and Kindred Subjects
Author: Thomas Meehan - Thomas Meehan was a noted British-born nurseryman, botanist and author.

Publisher: Thomas Meehan & Sons
City: Germantown, Philadelphia
Year: 1893
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: 191 pages
Width: 8" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: Beautifully bound in green and brown leather with marbled paper, this antique copy of Volume III of “Meehan’s Monthly” also features raised spine bands, gilt lettering and detailing, marbled endpaper, and top-edge gilt. Twelve color plates with tissue guards by Louis Prang & Co., and numerous copper and wood engravings enhance the text.

Thomas Meehan was a noted British-born nurseryman, botanist and author. He worked as a Kew gardener in 1846-1848, and thereafter he moved to Germantown in Philadelphia. In 1888, Thomas Meehan rediscovered the Pink Dogwood Cornus florida var. rubra, which was thought to be extinct, along the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, which is now part of Philadelphia municipal park system. Meehan’s researches in botany led to his being the editor of “The Gardener’s Monthly” (1859-1888), and then of “Meehans' Monthly” (1891-1902), two horticultural journals with the largest circulation at that time.
The chromolithograph plates featured in “Meehan’s Monthly” are the work of Louis Prang, known for cutting edge lithography, album cards, and greeting cards, as well as colored printing of advertising and other forms of business materials. L. Prang & Co. was quite successful, and became known for war maps, printed during the American Civil War and distributed by newspapers.

Condition / Notes: This beautifully bound volume shows exceptionally well with minimal indications of age and wear. The leather bindings are firm, with minor shelfwear and rubbing to high points. Text and chromolithograph illustrations, as well as black and white illustrations and diagrams, are clear and vibrant.
Lot 5002


Title: The Irving Gift: being Choice Gems from the Writings of Washington Irving
Author: Washington Irving - Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer and historian of the early 19th century. He was best known for his short stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle", both of which appear in his book "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." His historical works include biographies of George Washington, Oliver Goldsmith and Muhammad, and several histories of 15th-century Spain dealing with subjects such as Christopher Columbus, the Moors, and the Alhambra. Irving also served as the U.S. minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Editor: George P. Putnam - George Palmer Putnam was an important American book publisher.
Publisher: Phinney & Co.
City: Buffalo
Year: 1857
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 270 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7"
Book Details: This antique book shows beautifully with brown cloth cover lavishly decorated with gilt debossing and lettering plus a gilt depiction of Irving's character, Diedrich Knickerbocker, on the front board. The volume contains illustrations, borders around the text on each page, and marbled page edges.

A card bearing Washington Irving's original fountain pen signature and "Sunnyside Dec 15th 1851" is laid in to this volume and appears to have been trimmed from something larger.

Diedrich Knickerbocker, persona invented by American writer Washington Irving to narrate the burlesque A History of New York (1809). An eccentric 25-year-old scholar, Knickerbocker relates this comic history of Dutch settlers in the American colony of New Amsterdam, satirizing Dutch-American mannerisms and retelling Dutch legends.
Condition / Notes: This decorative antique work shows beautifully with bright gilt and crisp debossing on the elaborately adorned front board and spine as well as marbled page edges.

The book shows some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities. The binding is secure, pages are bright and clean and there is occasional foxing.
Lot 5003


Book Details: This group of forty volumes of G. P. Putnam's Sons decorative Victorian gilt bindings houses classic titles by Washington Irving and is produced with a fine attention to detail. This collection is packaged as the "Holly Edition" and each volume is handsomely bound in deep red cloth with rich gilt lettering and tooling to the spine and boards, adhering to the signature style of beautiful bindings produced at the time. The volumes are dated in a tight range of years in the mid-1890's and this complete set is number of 762 out of a limited edition of 1,000 sets. The plates are printed on fine silk tissue which is corner-mounted to heavier stock leaves, and protected by tissue guards. The titles included in this collection are:

"The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent." (two volumes) - includes "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
"Bracebridge Hall" (two volumes)
"Tales of the Alhambra" (two volumes)
"Astoria" (two volumes)
"The Life of George Washington" (eight volumes)
"The Life of Oliver Goldsmith" (two volumes)
"The Adventures of Captain Bonneville" (two volumes)
"Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada" (two volumes)
"The Sketch-Book" (two volumes)
"Mahomet and His Successors" (three volumes)
"Knickerbocker's History of New York: (two volumes)
"Tales of a Traveller" (two volumes)
"Voyages and Discoveries
of the Companions of Columbus" (five volumes)
"Salmagundi" (two volumes)
"Spanish Papers"
"Reviews & Miscellanies"
Condition / Notes: The books show beautifully with only light age/wear indications to exteriors and some variation to the sunning of the spines. The bindings are all solid. The pages are clean and there are no inscriptions or bookplates.
Lot 5004


Title: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies ca. 1800-Present
Author: Gregory Schaaf
Editor: Dick Howard
Publisher: CIAC Press
City: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Year: 1998
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 199 pages
Width: 9" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This deluxe, limited and signed first edition is bound in full buff leather with a blindstamped pictorial design and title, as well as a gilt spine title.

Numbered 14 of 200, this title from the "American Indian Art Series" includes 500 illustrations, bibliographical references, a biographical index, a value/price guide and over 20 years of auction records.

From the Introduction: "The value of this book - from statements collected from the artists and their families - was best explained by master potter Dextra Quotskuyva. She is the great-granddaughter of Nampeyo, the most famous Hop-Tewa potter in history. "The potters and their families will have something to feel proud of, looking back at these people and their work. It gives a lot of credit to them." We honor the artists with respect for their remarkable artistic achievements..

The artists include people of Hopi and/or Tewa ancestry. The largest group of Tewa clans arrived from New Mexico ca. 1700. They retained their Tewa language and traditions, centered at Tewa Village on First Mesa. The history of pottery in the Southwest stretches back more than two thousand years. While pottery making is much older in Mexico, Central and South America, perhaps the oldest pottery in the Southwest has been found in southern Arizona and New Mexico, dating 300 B.C."
Condition / Notes: In a deluxe slipcase, this handsomely bound volume displays minimal indications of age and wear, including mild rubbing. The binding and text block are firm and the text and illustrations are clear and vibrant. The slipcase is in excellent condition.
Lot 5005


Title: An Exposition of Views Respecting the Principal Facts, Causes & Peculiarities Involved in Spirit Manifestations Together with Interesting Phenomenal Statements and Communications.
Author: Aidin Balou - Adin Ballou was an American prominent proponent of pacifism, socialism and abolitionism, and an early convert to the propagation of Christian Spiritualism through his Hopedale community, Massachusetts. Through his long career as a Universalist, and then Unitarian minister, he tirelessly sought social reform through his radical Christian and socialist views. His writings drew the admiration of Leo Tolstoy, who sponsored Russian translations of some of Ballou's works.
Editor: G. W. Stone - G. W. Stone was an English mesmerist whose interests lay in Electrobiology, a mode of inducing hypnotism by the subject looking steadily at metallic discs. This would have been in some respects breaking away from the traditional mesmeric procedures. The subject would need to concentrate and was given verbal suggestion. Stone would have been an early demonstrator of this system that arrived in Britain in 1851-2 from America.

Publisher: H. Bailliere
City: London
Year: 1852
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 257 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7"
Book Details: This rare antique volume is bound in cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.

This example of early American thought on spiritualism and occult offers testimony and story of experiences beyond explanation.

Condition / Notes: This rare antique volume shows well bound in cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.

The book shows light age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities. The binding is secure and cracked in multiple places. The text is clear with mild age toning throughout.
Lot 5006


Title: GM Sunraycer Case History
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc.
City: Warrendale, PA
Year: 1992
Binding Style: Softcover
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Book Details: This softcover title features a photograph of the GM Sunraycer solar car on the front, with logos from many companies involved in the development of the vehicle.

From the Foreword: "In the Spring of 1987, General Motors, with Hughes Aircraft company, subsidiary of GM Hughes Electronics, decided to enter the November 1987 World Solar Challenge race across Australia for solar-powered cars. They enlisted the participation of AeroVironment Inc. plus a dozen groups within the GM family of companies. The Sunraycer was developed and won the race by a substantial margin."
Condition / Notes: This title shows well with some typical indications of age and wear including mild shelfwear and creasing at high points. The binding and text block are sound; text and illustrations are clear and crisp. There is faint soiling to the edge of the text block.
Lot 5007


Title: The Trip of My Life: By Way of the Soo-Pacific: Mountains, Valleys & Canyons
Author: Uncredited
Publisher: W. R. Callaway
City: Unknown
Year: 1909
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Other - see description
Width: 13.25" Height: 10"
Book Details: This antique oblong staple-bound volume is in its original illustrated wrappers.

"The Trip of My Life" leads along a wondrous pathway, from the Great Sault Rapids in Michigan to the Pacific Coast, passing through the granary of the Continent, the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota and the province of Saskatchewan, the marvelous Canadian Rockies are reached at Canmore, Alberta. Thence the way leads upwards and upward, scaling heights, crossing abysmal chasms, twisting and turning, doubling back, passing always sublime views -- all different, all wonderful. This continues through both the Rocky and Selkirk Mountains, to Pacific Tidewater.
To Spokane and Portland is by way of the Canyons, through the famed Kootenay Country and down the Valley of the Columbia River.

The collection of views herein are the choicest obtainable of this vast and beautiful highway and are gathered into this form as a remembrance of the magnificent and wonderful scenes of the trip, and truly portray "The Trip of My Life."
Condition / Notes: The mildly creased covers display light soiling and show minor loss at the corners and edges. The binding is sound. Ink stamps of Chicago Great Western R. R. appear on the copyright page. The pages are clean and without markings.
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