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Lot 6077

$25
Title: A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the Emigration of Its First Planters, from England, in the Year 1630, to the Year 1764; and to the Close of the Indian Wars
Author: Benjamin Trumbull
Publisher: Maltby, Goldsmith and Col and Samuel Wadsworth
Printing Year: 1818 Volume 2 Only

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather with gilt lettering to red spine label, this antique volume is a scarce history of Connecticut by Benjamin Trumbull (1735-1820). The volume shows lage/wear concentrated at the edges and high points, scuffing to the boards. Binding is solid, pages have some foxing, no marginalia or inscription. The book measures approximately 6" x 9" and contains 548 pages.
 
Lot 6078

$25
This lot features the following piece of artwork:

Artist: P. Haas
Medium: hand-tinted copper engraving
Year: 1781-1795
Dimensions: plate measures approximately 8" by 5"

Details/Condition: This original, antique hand-tinted copper engraving is on laid paper with a watermark in the upper left-hand corner. This work features an image of a Uranoscopus Scaber, or the Star Gazer fish. The backside of the engraving is blank. This plate is excised from Ichtyologie ou Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particulière des Poissons by Marcus Eliezer Bloch (1723-1799). Bloch was a German ichthyologist and physician. He was one of the foremost scientists in this field. His “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische" with 432 excellent copper etching plates of fish, published in Berlin between 1781 - 1795 in 12 volumes. This was the most important work on ichthyology in the 18th century. (Biography information courtesy of www.philographikon.com/blochfish.html). The work shows light age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. We will be selling several similar fish plates throughout this auction - check out our other listings for details.
 
Lot 6079

$15
Title: Ancestors of American Presidents
Compiler: Gary Boyd Roberts
Publisher: Carl Boyer, 3rd, Santa Clarita, CA in association with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston
Printing Year: 1989 Author-Signed Preliminary Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with bright gilt embossing, this volume is a scarce autographed genealogical study by noted American genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts (b. 1942), known for his scholarship in Americans of royal descent, the ancestors of American presidents, and notable kin. Roberts is the retired Senior Research Scholar of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The work contains charts drawn by Julie Helen Otto. Gary Boyd Roberts has written a long dedication to librarian Gerald Parsons (?) on the front flyleaf. The volume is in excellent condition, and is solidly bound with clean, bright pages. The book measures approximately 6.25" x 9.25" and contains 306 pages.
 
Lot 6080

$55
Title: A Month At Constantinople
Author: Albert Smith
Publisher: David Bogue
Printing Year: 1850

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth, this antique volume is a scarce first edition work on Constantinople, written by the prolific and comic writer Albert Smith. The work contains numerous in-text illustrations, as well as several full-page, including a hand-colored frontispiece. The volume was rebound in the mid-twentieth century, with the original spine bound pasted-down onto the rear free endpaper. The volume shows light external age/wear. The front free endpaper is detached and there is tape attaching the frontispiece to the binding. Otherwise, the pages are securely bound with light age-toning and gilded top edge. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8" and contains 236 pages.
 
Lot 6081

$20
This auction lot includes the following group of three editions of Natural History of Selborne titles:

- Natural History of Selborne & Observations on Nature by Gilbert White - Dated 1895 by D. Appleton & Co. - Two-volume set, with a signature from John Burroughs at the end of the introduction, which he wrote. A handwritten note in pencil is present stating that the author signed the work on December 11, 1913.
- The Natural History & Antiquities of Selborne in the County of Southampton by Gilbert White - Dated 1911 by Macmillan and Co. - With illustrations by George Edward Collins.
- The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White - Dated 1898 by C. Appleton and Company - The "Aldine Edition".

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6082

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of original currency from the Confederate States of America. These bank notes hand signed in ink.

- 1 Piece of Fifty Cents from Confederate States of America - Dated April 6th,1863 - shows some wear concentrated at the extremities, edges show some chipping and loss
- 1 Piece of Ten Dollars from Confederate States of America - Dated February 17th, 1864 - hand numbered in ink, shows some wear concentrated at the extremities, some creasing and loss at edges

The currency in this lot shows well, with some light age/wear indications as noted above.
 
Lot 6083

$15
Title: American Political Ideas Viewed from the Standpoint of Universal History: Three Lectures Delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in May 1880
Author: John Fiske
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Printing Year: 1885 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce first edition of a work by American philosopher and historian (1842-1901). The volume shows light external age/wear, with markings to front cover. The book is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. Previous owner's name and date appear at top of title page (name alone also appears on front endpaper). The book measures approximately 5.25" x 7.75" and contains 158 pages plus 24 pages of publisher's advertisements.
 
Lot 6084

$110
This shelf lot includes the group of world history books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6085

$110
Title: Das sechste und siebente Buch Mosis, das ist; Mosis magische Geisterkunst, das Geheimnis aller Geheimnisse
Publisher: Verlag von J. Scheible, Stuttgart
Printing Year: 1851

Condition/Details: Bound in half leather with marbled boards, this antique volume is a early edition of magical text allegedly written by Moses and passed down as hidden (or lost) books of the Five Books of Moses or Pentateuch. The work contains numerous illustrations as well as fold-out plates. The volume shows external age/wear, with some rubbing to boards and spine. Remnants of paper dust jacket flaps are adhered to the endpapers. The book is solidly bound with age-toned pages that show light foxing throughout. The book measures approximately 4.25" x 6" and contains 151 pages plus 3 pages of advertisements.
 
Lot 6086

$20
This lot includes the group of antique original color lithographs and chromolithographs shown in the corresponding image. These works feature scenes such as fruit, horses, rock formations, and political cartoons. As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6087

$45
Title: Richardson's Monitor of Free-Masonry; Being a Practical Guide to the Ceremonies in all the Degrees Conferred in Masonic Lodges, Chapters, Encampments, &c. Explaining the Signs, Tokens and Grips, and Giving All the Words, Pass-Words, Sacred Words, Oaths, and Hieroglyphics Used by Masons. The Ineffable and Historical Degrees Are Also Given in Full
Author: Jabez Richardson
Publisher: Dick & Fitzgerald
Printing Year: 1860 Apparent First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce early printing of this work on freemasonry. The work contains numerous in-text illustrations. Volume shows some age/wear concentrated at the edges and high points, binding and hinges are intact, free endpapers are absent. Pages are generally clean with some age toning, pencil scribbles to about three pages and front endpaper. The book measures approximately 4.5" x 6 3/4" and contains 192 pages.
 
Lot 6088

$60
This shelf lot includes the group of vintage and antique children's books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6089

$30
This lot includes the original antique map shown in the corresponding images. This is an engraved English map on a continuous sheet. These facing pages are from "Tindal's Continuation of Mr. Rapin's History of England." It dates back to circa 1745 and offers a bird's eye view of the fortified Dutch city of Mechelen (traditionally Mechlin in English, and Malines in French), which, the captions tells us, is "capital of one of the ten Provinces of the Netherlands in Brabant an Archbishoprick, situated upon y Dyle." Map is blank on verso. This map measures approximately 19" x 16". To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
 
Lot 6090

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of antique literature titles:

- The Vision of William, Concerning Piers The Plowman by William Langland and Rev. Walter W. Skeat - Dated 1886 First Edition by Oxford University Press - Two-volume set.
- The Best Plays of The Old Dramatists - Mermaid Series by various authors - Dated 1887 by Vizetelly & Co. - Four volumes.
- Idyls of the King by Alfred Tennyson - Dated 1859 by Ticknor and Fields
- The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling by Henry Fielding - Dated 1819 by J. Walker - Two-volume miniature set.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6091

$50
Title: Mormonism Unveiled; Including the Remarkable Life and Confessions of the Late Mormon Bishop, John D. Lee; and Complete Life of Brigham Young, Embracing a History of Mormonism from Its Inception down to the Present Time, with an Exposition of the Secret History, Signs, Symbols and Crimes of the Mormon Church. Also the True History of the Horrible Butchery Known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre
Author: John D. Lee
Publisher: Royal Publishing Col, St. Louis, MO
Printing Year: 1891

Condition/Details: Bound in rebacked maroon cloth with gilt lettering to front board, this antique volume is a scarce history of the Mormon religion by John D. Lee (1812-1877), a prominent early Latter-day Saint who was executed for his role in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857. The work is illustrated with many color and black & white plates. The volume shows external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, crisp pages with marbled edges. The book measures approximately 6.25" x 9.25" and contains 413 pages.
 
Lot 6092

$25
This auction lot includes the following piece of original antique currency from the Confederate States of America. This bank note is hand numbered and hand signed in ink.

- 1 Piece of One Dollar from the Confederate States of America - Dated December 2nd, 1862 - This banknote shows age/wear indications, concentrated at extremities. There is some creasing, tearing, and loss.

The currency in this lot shows some age/wear indications as noted above.
 
Lot 6093

$35
Title: Doomsday Book
Author: Connie Willis
Publisher: The Easton Press
Printing Year: 2001 Collector's edition

Condition/Details: Decoratively bound in genuine black leather with four raised spine bands and decorative gilt decorations and lettering, this volume is the collector's edition of this science-fiction work by award winning American writer Connie Willis. This handsome Easton Press edition features a color frontispiece by Jerry Vanderstelt and a loose page of "Collector's Notes" from the publisher. This volume, in once-read condition, shows little external age/wear. The text block is solidly bound with clean, bright pages, featuring brightly gilded page edges. A previous owner's bookplate is on the front free endpaper. The book measures approximately 6.25" x 9.25" and contains 445 pages.
 
Lot 6094

$35
This shelf lot includes the group of philosophy and theology books as well as books-on-books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6095

$10
Title: Memorial of the Sprague Family: A Poem Recited at a Meeting in Duxbury of the Descendants and Connections of Hon. Seth Sprague, on the Occasion of His Eighty-Sixth Birth-Day, July 4th, 1846, with the Family Genealogy and Biographical Sketches in Notes
Author: Richard Soule, Jr.
Publisher: James Munroe and Company, Boston
Printing Year: 1847 Subject-Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce 19th-century genealogy. The work is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Seth Sprague and 3 plates containing a samples of Sprague signatures and views of family mansions. Also present is an intact fold-out illustration containing facsimiles of a warrant and a manuscript. Seth Sprague's inscription appears on the rear flyleaf and reads "John Porter MD / from his friend / & Serv / Seth Sprague / August 20 1849." The volume shows external age/wear with the lower half of the spine cover detached. The front board is shaken. The text block is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages that display occasional, scattered foxing. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8" and contains 191 pages.
 
Lot 6096

$50
This shelf lot includes the group of vintage and antique children's books shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of large lots such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6097

$40
Title: THE SPANISH FAIRY BOOK (CUENTOS DE HADAS)
Author: Gertrudis Segovia
Publisher: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers
Printing Year: 1918

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering, this antique volume is a scarce collection of fairy tales from Spain. The work is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece and six other color plates by George Hood. This is a title is the "Fairy Series." The volume shows external age/wear, particularly visible at edges. The book is solidly bound with clean pages. It measures approximately 6" x 8.5" and contains 321 pages.
 
Lot 6098

$40
This antique postcard group is part of a large collection we are selling during this auction - check out our other auctions to view more antique decorative and photographic postcards and albums. Buy more than one lot and save on shipping. This lot includes the following:

Theme: Easter
Number of cards in this group: approximately 55

Condition/Details: Most of the cards in this lot are Victorian chromolithographs. Many of the cards bear a floral theme, others depict crosses and animals such as chickens, rabbits, and dogs. Several postcards are gilt embossed. These postcards show well with bright, vivid colors and some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6099

$25
Title: Polish Fairy Tales
Author/Translator: A. J. Glinski/Maude Ashurst Biggs
Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head, London
Printing Year: 1920

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with rebacked spine, this antique volume is a rare edition of a collection of Polish fairy tales. "These are selections from a large collection made by A. J. Glinski, printed in Wilna in 1862. These fairy tales come from the past and may even date from primitive Aryan times. They represent the folklore current among the peasantry of the Eastern provinces of Poland, and also in those usually known as White Russia. They were set down by Glinski just as they were related to him by the peasants.

In the translation it was of course necessary to shorten them considerably; the continual repetition - however quaint and fascinating in the original cannot be easily reproduced. Portions, too, are often told in rhyme, or in a species of rhyming prose that we associate with the ancient ballad. The obvious likenesses between these and the folklore of Germany, the Celtic national, or the Indian fairy tales, will strike every reader." (foreword by M. A. Biggs).

The work is illustrated with vignettes and color plates by Cecile Walton. All called for illustrations are present and well preserved. This ex-library volume shows external age/wear, with fraying to fore edge of front board. Rear hinge is cracked. Text block ends at page 96 (with rear flyleaf no longer present). Pages are clean and bright. Scribbling in crayon and withdrawal stamp can be seen on rear endpaper (some of the crayon markings carry over to final page, along with some in pen). Scribbling also appears on front endpaper. Copyright page and following page show library pencil markings. The book measures approximately 8" x 10.5" and contains 96 pages.
 
Lot 6100

$80
This auction lot includes the following group of children's titles:

- Babar's Cousin: That Rascal Arthur by Laurent de Brunhoff - Dated 1948 by Random House, Inc.
- The Travels of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff - Dated 1934 by Random House - An early book in the extensive Babar collection. Shows some advanced wear.
- The Toy Workshop by Tamara Ramsay - Dated 1932 by Albert Whitman & Company
- The Jolly Jump-Ups Vacation Trip by Geraldyne Clyne - Dated 1942 by McLoughlin Bros. - Classic pop-up book, with several of the mechanics completely functioning. Several pop-ups show wear.
- The Jolly Jump-Ups Favorite Nursery Stories by Geraldyne Clyne - Dated 1942 by McLoughlin Bros. - Classic pop-up book, with several of the mechanics completely functioning, including the pop-up of "Little Black Sambo". Several pop-ups show wear.
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Illustrated by Walt Disney - Dated 1938 by Grosset & Dunlap

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6101

$15
Title: The Turquoise Mask
Author: Phyllis A. Whitney
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY.
Printing Year: 1974 Author-Inscribed First Edition.

Condition/Details: Bound in light green cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed original edition of this novel by American mystery writer Phyllis A. Whitney (1903-2008). Given the title of the "Queen of the American Gothics" by the New York Times, Whitney received the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award in 1988 for lifetime achievement. Inscription on the half title page reads as follows: "For Edith Hall/ Thank you for liking/ my books. I hope you'll/enjoy this glimpse of Santa Fe./Best wishes,/Phyllis A. Whitney/June 1974/Brookhaven." Boards have minor wear around edges with chipping in corners and some fading. Volume is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6" x 8.5" and contains 323 pages.
 
Lot 6102

$45
This lot features the following group of antique & vintage magazine issues:

Titles: The American Mercury, Harpers Magazine, Scribner's Magazine
Issue Dates: 1935-1937
Approximate Number of Issues: 32

Notes: These magazines show very nicely with beautiful color front and rear covers. Most of the magazines are intact and whole, some issues show signs of age/wear including chipping, loose covers, etc.
 
Lot 6103

$25
Title: A Peep at Buffalo Bill's Wild West
Publisher: McLoughlin Brothers
Printing Year: 1887

Condition/Details: Bound in stiff paper pictorial wrappers, this antique volume is a scarce work of juvenile literature. The work is richly illustrated, including full and double-page illustrations. This volume displays rubbing to the edges, corners and surfaces of the covers. Rear cover is detached and the front cover has started to separate from the text block. Front cover shows tears and loss of material. Some pages display occasional foxing. The interior illustrations display well, remain clean and bright. The book measures approximately 10" x 12" and is unpaginated.
 
Lot 6104

$20
Title: Catalogue of the Library of the Long Island Historical Society, 1863-1893
Author: various authors
Publisher: The Long Island Historical Society
Printing Year: 1893
Number of Copies: 24

Condition/Details: Handsomely bound in various color pebbled cloth with bright gilt lettering, this lot includes X copies of this antique volume providing a detailed catalog of the books in the library of the Long Island Historical Society. The work is arranged in alphabetical order of author's last names. A number of the volumes in this lot show well, having been carefully stored over the past century. Several volumes show some extensive wear, with detached boards and other wear. The works are solidly bound with clean, lightly age-toned pages. The books measure approximately 7.25" x 11" and contain 801 pages each.
 
Lot 6105

$10
Title: The History of Great Britain on a New Plan: from the First Invasion of It by the Romans under Julius Caesar. Written on a New Plan
Author: Robert Henry
Publisher: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, London
Printing Year: 1788 Volume 5 only

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather with gilt embellishments to spine, this antique volume is a scarce work of history of Great Britain by Scottish historian Robert Henry (1718-1790). This volume covers the period from the landing of William, Duke of Normandy, to the death of King John. The front board is detached, age/wear/stains to the outside, rear gutter splitting. Lower portion of spine missing. Binding is solid, pages are quite clean and bright, no foxing noted after the preliminaries. Some ink writing on endpapers The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8.5" and contains 453 pages.
 
Lot 6106

$80
This lot includes the group of books on the architecture of the Middle East shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes provide detail on Muhammadan Architecture in Egypt and Palestine, the Byzantine Churches of Istanbul, Byzantine Architecture, the architecture of Islamic Cairo, and general volumes on the architecture of Islam. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 6107

$15
Title: The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, Late President of the College at Princeton, New Jersey, to Which Is Prefixed an Account of the Author's Life, in a Sermon Occasioned by His Death
Author: John Rodgers
Publisher: William W. Woodward, Philadelphia
Printing Year: 1800 Volume 3 only

Condition/Details: Bound in full brown leather, this antique volume is a very scarce collection of texts by John Witherspoon (1723-1794), signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New Jersey (1768-94; now Princeton University), he trained many leaders of the early nation and was the only active clergyman and the only college president to sign the Declaration. The volume shows age/wear around edges of leather, chipping at top of spine, spine label intact and somewhat legible. Rear hinge loosening. Text block is sturdy. Some soil to page edges and esp. pp. 16-17, other scattered spotting throughout but very readable. The book measures approximately 5.75" x 8.75" and contains 611 pages plus 9 pages of subscribers' names and 1 page of publisher's booklist.
 
Lot 6108

$20
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Marvels of the New West by William M. Thayer - Dated 1891 by The Henry Bill Publishing Company - some cracking and separation at front hinge
- New Hampshire Town Officer: Containing The General Laws of 1878 by Charles Robert Morrison - Dated 1886 by J. B. Sanborn - cracking along front hinge and gutter, rubbing and moisture indications to boards
- The International Cook Book by Margaret Weimer Heywood - Dated 1929 by Merchandisers Inc. - stamped by distributor on front endpaper
- Matrimony, As Taught by Phrenology and Physiology by Prof. O. S. Fowler - Dated circa 1860 by O. S. Fowler - shows some moisture indications and foxing
- The Home Cook Book - Dated 1876 by J. Fred. Waggoner - shows some moisture indications, rubbing to boards
- Boston: A Guide Book by Edwin M. Bacon - Dated 1903 by Ginn & Company

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 6109

$40
Title: Whys and Other Whys, or Curious Creatures and Their Tales
Authors: S. H. Hamer
Publisher: E. P. Dutton and Co.
Printing Year: c1895

Condition/Details: Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards with red cloth spine, this antique volume is a scarce work of children's literature. The work is illustrated with many drawings by Harry B. Neilson. Volume shows external age/wear with rubbing to the edges, corners and surfaces of the boards and spine. The spine displays clear tape repair. The boards display some soiling. With a split text block, some signatures are beginning to separate from the spine. The text block is bound with mostly clean pages. Some pages display foxing and/or staining. The book measures approximately 9" x 11.25" and contains 109 pages.
 
Lot 6110

$30
This lot features the following piece of artwork:

Artist: etched by Ludwig Schmidt after Krüger Jr.
Medium: hand-tinted copper engraving
Year: 1781-1795
Dimensions: plate measures approximately 8" by 5"

Details/Condition: This original, antique hand-tinted copper engraving is on laid paper. This work features images of the Zeus Gallus and Zeus Insidator fish. The backside of the engraving is blank. This plate is excised from Ichtyologie ou Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particulière des Poissons by Marcus Eliezer Bloch (1723-1799). Bloch was a German ichthyologist and physician. He was one of the foremost scientists in this field. His “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische" with 432 excellent copper etching plates of fish, published in Berlin between 1781 - 1795 in 12 volumes. This was the most important work on ichthyology in the 18th century. (Biography information courtesy of http://www.philographikon.com/blochfish.html). The work shows light age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. We will be selling several similar fish plates throughout this auction - check out our other listings for details.
 
Lot 6111

$25
Title: Readings of the Paradiso of Dante, Chiefly Based on the Commentaries of Benvenuto da Imola
Author: William Warren Vernon.
Publisher: Methuen & Co., London.
Printing Year: 1909 Second Revised Edition.
Number of Volumes: Complete 2 volume set

Notes: Bound in blue cloth with embossed gilt lettering to spine, this antique set is a scarce edition of this work by William Warren Vernon (1834-1919), second son of renowned Dante scholar George John Warren Vernon, 5th Baron Vernon (1803-1866). This set is part of a series of readings on the "Divina Commedia" for which W. W. Vernon became best known. "...his "readings" have special merits of their own, which give them permanent value. Not the least of these was his insistence on the fact that Dante was a Tuscan. During his residence of many years in France (sic) Mr. Vernon had familiarized himself not only with the language, but with the every-day life of Tuscany, the life of the contadino as well as of the town-dweller. This familiarity enabled him to point out and illustrate to his readers expressions and images peculiar to Tuscany which occur in the Divina Commedia, and which had proved stumbling-blocks to previous English commentators, and in some cases even to non-Tuscan Italians themselves." (from obituary in The Times, Nov. 14, 1919).

The work is illustrated with frontispiece portraits. The volumes show some age/wear outside concentrated at the edges and high points, bindings are intact, front hinge of vol. ii cracked. Pages are generally clean with light age toning, illustrated with color fold-out plate. The books measure approximately 5.5" x 7.75".
 
Lot 6112

$15
Title: The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Editors: Robert Latham and William Matthews
Publisher: University of California Press and Bell & Hyman
Printing Year: 1971-79
Number of Volumes: Complete Eleven-volume set

Notes: Bound in green cloth and most volumes in the pictorial dust jackets, this antique set provides a descriptive view of the English naval administrator Samuel Pepys' life, taken from his noted diaries. These volumes come from various printing editions and two publishers, the University of California and Bell & Hyman. The volumes show mild external age/wear, with tearing and loss to several jackets. Volume four is lacking its jacket. The volumes are solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The books measure approximately 5.5" x 9".
 
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