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Lot 2338

$10
Title: The History of England, from the Revolution in 1688, to the Death of George the Second: Designed as a Continuation of Hume
Author: T. Smollet
Publisher: A. Wilson (London)
Printing Year: 1812

Condition/Details: Originally bound in three-quarter leather with marbled boards, this antique volume is a scarce one-volume edition of this historical work by Scottish author Tobias George Smollett (March 19, 1721 – September 17, 1771). The volume lacks spine cover and boards are detached. Text block is intact. Mildly age-toned pages are almost entirely unmarked (with very occasional foxing present along margins of isolated pages). Edges are marbled. The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 10" and contains 948 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2339

$24
This auction lot includes the following group of antique and vintage titles on the history of science:

- Wonders of Acoustics by Robert Ball - Dated 1870 by Charles Scribner & Co. - decorative gilt binding.
- Three Men Discuss Relativity by J.W. N. Sullivan - Dated 1926 by Alfred A. Knopf - decorative gilt binding.
- A Popular History of Science by Robert Routledge - Dated 1881 by George Routledge and Sons (London) - decorative gilt binding. Front endpapers separated from spine.
- The Sciences and Philosophy by J.S. Haldane - Dated 1929 by Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc. (Garden City) - decorative gilt binding.
- History of the Inductive Sciences, From the Earliest to the Present Time by William Whewell - Dated 1875 by D. Appleton and Company - complete two volume set. Spine of volume two slightly torn.
- Some Early Tools of American Science by I. Bernard Cohen - Dated 1950 by Harvard University Press (Cambridge)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $13.50
Lot 2340

$22
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Lewis Tappan and the Evangelical War against Slavery by Bertram Wyatt-Brown - Dated 1969 by Press Case of Western Reserve University - dustjacket
- Gothic Politics in the Deep South by Robert Sherrill - Dated 1968 by Grossman Publishers - Stated First Printing in dustjacket
- The Southern Highlander and His Homeland by John C. Campbell - Dated 1921 by Russell Sage Foundation
- A Saga of the South by Edward P. Lawton - Dated 1965 by Island Press (Ft. Myers Beach, Florida)
- The Slave States (Before the Civil War) by Frederick Law Olmsted - Dated 1959 by Capricorn Books - dustjacket

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 2342

$90
This lot features a bound early magazine compilation. As was a popular practice during the 1800s and early twentieth century, individual magazine issues were bound together in a single hard-cover volume. The compilation featured in this lot contains the following issues:

Title: The Sporting Magazine or Monthly Calendar of the Transactions of the Turf, the Chace (sic). And every other Diversion interesting to the Man of Pleasure and Enterprise
Editor: NA
Issue Date Range: April through September 1793


Notes: Bound in half leather with marbled boards, this antique volume is a scarce collection of issues from "The Sporting Magazine" (1792 – 1870), the first English sporting periodical to devote itself to every type of sport, thus providing the historian with a reasonably comprehensive source. Annexed to this compilation are issues of the "Racing Calendar," dating from March to August of 1793.

"The Sporting Magazine" was published in London, but was able to offer extensive coverage of events nationally because the editor, John Wheble, had established a wide ranging network of informants, writers and contributors throughout the shires. Much of the information in the magazine stemmed from the readers themselves, who were urged to contribute material. The editor insisted that information should be accurate, rejecting contributions where he had doubts. Readers would also respond to one another's letters and sharp debates often occurred within the magazine's columns, acting as an additional check on the accuracy of material. The editor refused to settle disputes, but was very conscientious in supplying the best information available to him. Cumulatively, this provided an immense amount of detail. The journal transformed the subject by providing a treatment that was both deeper and more wide reaching in scope. Unlike its predecessors, it embraced everything that was regarded as sport and aimed at presenting an accurate, accessible record. By doing so, it mapped the subject out, presenting a thematic framework, which others were to develop. A range of issues that were to become associated with established sporting literature first became accessible to a wider audience via its columns. (background information courtesy of Wikipedia).

This work is illustrated with twelve well-preserved engraved plates and vignettes. Front gutter and hinge show cracking. Mildly age-toned pages show occasional light spotting. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and contains 384 / 46 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $5.50
Lot 2344

$18
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Five Fair Sisters: An Italian Episode at the Court of Louis XIV by H. Noel Williams - Dated 1906 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
- Lafayette in the French Revolution by Gottschalk & Maddox - Dated 1969 by University of Chicago Press - dustjacket
- Louis XI by Pierre Champion - Dated 1929 by Dodd, Mead & Company
- A Daughter of France by Eliza F. Pollard - Dated 1900 by Thomas Nelson and Sons - decorative binding
- The Diamond Necklace: Being the True Story of Marie-Antoinette and the Cardinal of Rohan by Frantz Funck-Brentano - Dated 1901 by J. B. Lippincott

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 2345

$10
This shelf lot includes the group of antique and vintage books on world history shown in the corresponding image. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $22.50
Lot 2346

$35
Title: New York in the Revolution
Editor: Berthold Fernow
Publisher: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers (Albany, NY)
Printing Year: 1887 Volume I

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped dark brown cloth with bright gilt lettering and design to spine, this antique volume is a scarce collection of state documents from the New York State Archives relating to that state's role in the War of Independence. The volume shows light external age/wear, with small tears along top edge of front cover and spine. The book is solidly bound with mildly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 9 1/2" x 12" and contains 638 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2347

$18
This auction lot includes the following group of antique decorative titles on English history:

- Early Britain, Celtic Britain by J. Rhys - Dated 1884 by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (London)
- Pictorial History of England by Hume & Smollett - Dated 1850 by Phillips, Sampson, & Co. (Boston)
- Highways and Byways in Oxford and the Cotswolds by Herbert A. Evans - Dated 1905 by Macmillan and Co. - illustrated.
- Ancient Streets and Homesteads of England by Alfred Rimmer - Dated 1877 by Macmillan and Co. (London)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 2348

$20
Title: The Life of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; in which are Included the Life of His Brother the Rev. Charles Wesley, A.M., Student of the Christ Church, and Memoirs of Their Family: Comprehending an Account of the Great Revival of Religion, in which they were First and Chief Instruments
Author: Rev. Henry Moore
Publisher: N. Bangs and J. Emory
Printing Year: 1824 /1826

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather, this antique volume is a scarce biography of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist movement. These are two volumes bound as one. The work is illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispiece portraits. The volume shows external age/wear, and is solidly bound with age-toned pages that show foxing and water markings. The book measures approximately 5 3/4" x 9" and contains 467 / 324 pages. Final three pages of three volume are duplicated after the end of pagination. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2349

$24
This shelf lot includes the group of antique and vintage books on history shown in the corresponding image. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $20.50
Lot 2350

$22
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- A Pictorial History of America, Embracing both the Northern and Southern Portions by S. G. Goodrich - Dated 1852 by House & Brown
- The Puritan in Holland, England, and America by Douglas Campbell - Dated 1893 by Harper & Brothers Publishers - 2 volumes, never read, with page edges still closed
- The American Revolution by John Fiske - Dated 1891 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company - 2 volumes

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50
Lot 2352

$20
This auction lot includes the following group of autographed titles by Richard Parrish. All these books are in their original dustjackets with mylar covers:

- Our Choice of Gods - Dated 1989 by Carol Publishing Group - First Printing
- Nothing But the Truth: A Joshua Rabb Novel - Dated 1995 by Dutton - First Printing
- Abandoned Heart - Dated 1996 by Dutton - First Printing
- Versions of the Truth - Dated 1994 by Dutton - First Printing
- The Dividing Line - Dated 1993 by First Printing

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 2353

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on the U.S. Civil War:

- Young Folks' History of the Civil War by C. Emma Cheney - Dated 1885 by Estes and Lauriat (Boston) - decorative gilt binding. Spine shows minor wear.
- The Mississippi by Frances Vinton Greene - Dated 1882 by Charles Scribner's Sons
- Women of the War by Frank Moore - Dated 1867 by S.S. Scranton & Co. (Hartford)
- Diary for 1861 by Alexander Means - Dated 1949 by Emory University (Atlanta) - wrappers.
- Jay Cooke: Financier of the Civil War by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer - Dated 1907 by George W. Jacobs & Co. (Philadelphia) - decorative gilt binding.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 2354

$20
Title: A Treatise on Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Religion: In Which Are Illustrated the Profession, Ministry, Worship, and Faith of the Society of Friends
Author: Jesse Kersey
Publisher: Daniel Cooledge (Concord)
Printing Year: 1818

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather with gilt lettering to spine panel, this antique volume is a scarce theological work expounding tenets of the Quakers. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages that show occasional foxing. Bookplate of previous owner appears on front endpaper. The book measures approximately 3 3/4" x 6" and contains 142 pages plus 2 unnumbered pages of contents. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2356

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

- History of the Early Settlement of the Juniata Valley by U. J. Jones - Dated 1940 by Telegraph Press (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
- George Logan of Philadelphia by Frederick B. Tolles - Dated 1953 by Oxford University Press - dustjacket
- The Journal of William Maclay - Dated 1927 by Albert & Charles Boni
- Brandywine Days; or, the Shepherd's Hour-Glass by John Russell Hayes - Dated 1910 by Biddle Press (Philadelphia)
- The Making of Philadelphia by Sydney George Fisher - Dated 1896 by J. B. Lippincott Company (Philadelphia) - front hinge cracked, frontispiece and title page detached

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 2358

$12
Title: Passages of the Life of a Radical
Author: Samuel Bamford
Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. (London)
Printing Year: 1844 Volume II Signed

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt lettering, this antique volume is a scarce autobiographical work by Samuel Bamford (February 28, 1788 – April 13, 1872), English radical and writer, the most famous of the Lancashire radicals. The bottom of the title page bears the signature "Samuel Bradford" above the date 1844 (please see image).
The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 4 1/2" x 7" and contains 282 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2359

$50
This shelf lot includes the group of five softcover books on marionettes and ventriloquism shown in the corresponding image. This group includes Books 1 - 4 of "Treasure Chest of Marionette Hobby-Craft" by Helen Fling (Treasure Chest Publications Inc., 1937) and "Ventriloquism Hobby-Craft" (Treasure Chest Publications Inc., 1937). All of these books are in excellent condition with bright pictorial covers. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2360

$80
This lot features the following group of vintage magazine issues:

Title: Life
Issue Dates: All 1945 issues except the following: January 15, February 19, April 23, July 23, October 29
Number of Issues: 48

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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $8.50
Lot 2362

$18
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- An Outline of the Life and Works of Col. Paul Revere with a Partial Catalogue of Silverware Bearing His Name - Dated 1901 by Towle Mfg Company Silversmiths (Newburyport, Massachusetts)
- Little Pilgrimages among Old New England Inns by Mary Caroline Crawford - Dated 1907 by L. C. Page & Company (Boston)
- Historic Pilgrimages in New England by Edwin M. Bacon - Dated 1898 by Silver, Burdett & Company
- Three Heroines of New England Romance by Harriet Prescott Spofford et al. - Dated 1894 by Little, Brown and Company

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $8.50
Lot 2363

$24
This auction lot includes the following group of antique and vintage titles on U.S. history:

- History of the United States, From Their First Settlement as Colonies to the Close of the War with Great Britain in 1815 - Dated 1829 by Collins and Hannay - front board and spine separated from textblock.
- A Comic History of the United States by Livingston Hopkins - Dated 1880 by American Book Exchange - decorative gilt binding. Front board detaching from spine.
- Pennsylvania Biography; or, Memoirs of Eminent Pennsylvanians edited by J.R. Goodman - Dated 1839 by J. Crissy (Philadelphia) - spine shows wear.
- Incidents in American History by J.W. Barber - Dated 1847 by Bazin & Ellsworth (Boston) - gilt embossing.
- The Story of a Pioneer by Anna Howard Shaw - Dated 1915 by Harper & Brothers - gilt embossing.
- Men of Our Times; or, Leading Patriots of the Day by Harriet Beecher Stowe - Dated 1868 by Hartford Publishing Company (Hartford) - raised bands and gilt embossing. Front board detaching from spine.
- Aesculapius Comes to the Colonies: The Story of the Early Days of Medicine in the Thirteen Original Colonies by Maurice Bear Gordon - Dated 1949 by Ventnor Publishers, Inc. (Ventnor)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $12.50
Lot 2364

$22
Title: History of New Jersey: From the Earliest Settlements to the Present Time Designed for Common Schools, Academies, Colleges, Families and Libraries
Authors: J. R. Sypher & E. A. Apgar
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott & Co. (Philadelphia)
Printing Year: 1870

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce early history of the State of New Jersey. The work contains engraved vignettes. The volume shows external age/wear. Front hinge is cracked. Lightly age-toned pages are unmarked. The book measures approximately 5" x 7 3/4" and contains 273 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2365

$35
This shelf lot includes the group of antique and vintage books on art and medicine shown in the corresponding image. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $22.50
Lot 2366

$40
Title: The Geology and Fossils of the Tertiary and Cretaceous Formations of Sussex
Author: Frederic Dixon
Publisher: NA
Printing Year: 1850

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped brown cloth, this antique folio volume is a rare first edition of this geological work. The work contains in-text illustrations and 44 engraved plates (two of which are handcolored). The volume lacks front board and most of spine cover, as well as preliminary pages, frontispiece and title page. First page of this work is now dedicatory page, followed by the editor's advertisement (both sections are detached). Text block appears to be complete. The book measures approximately 10 1/2" x 12 3/4" and contains 422 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 2367

$18
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on home furnishings and architecture:

- The Lure of the Antique by Walter A. Dyer - Dated 1910 by The Century Company
- The Quest of the Colonial by Robert and Elizabeth Shackleton - Dated 1907 by The Century Company
- Early American Inns and Taverns by Elise Lathrop - Dated 1926 by Robert M. McBride & Company - decorative gilt binding.
- Early American Churches by Aymar Embury II - Dated 1914 by Doubleday, Page & Company (Garden City)
- The Homes of America by Martha J. Lamb - Dated 1879 by D. Appleton and Company - gilt edged pages, raised bands.
- Historic Houses of Early America by Elise Lathrop - Dated 1927 by Robert M. McBride & Company

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $16.50
Lot 2368

$175
Title: Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Random House
Printing Year: 1957 Stated First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with gilt lettering, this volume is a scarce original edition of this philosophical novel by Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982).

This was Rand's fourth, longest and last novel, and she considered it her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. As indicated by its working title "The Strike," the book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry, while society's most productive citizens, led by the mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the "minds" that drive society's growth and productivity; with their strike these creative minds hope to demonstrate that the economy and society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive.

The volume shows light external age/wear. Front hinge is cracked. Unmarked pages are clean and bright. New York Herald Tribune book review (dated October 6, 1957) is laid in. Previous owner's name (and short text) appears on front flyleaf. The book measures approximately 6" x 9" and contains 1168 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2370

$45
Title: Traite de la Mort et de sa Preparation, Tiré des Livres Saints. Dans lequel on expose, par les prorpes paroles de l'Ecriture, tout ce que le Chrétien doit fiar pour se menager une sainte mort. Ouvrage util a tous les Fidéles qui desiresnt de bien mourir: a tous ceux qui sont chargées de les instruire, de les consoler, de les assister a la mort.
Author: Abbe Le Pelletier
Publisher: Huart & Ganeau (Paris)
Printing Year: 1747

Condition/Details: Bound in full leather with raised bands with gilt lettering and decorative designs to spine, this antique volume is a scarce work of theology in the French language. Pelletier is described on the title-page as "Chanoine de Reims." The volume shows external age/wear, and is solidly bound with marbled endpapers and clean pages. Faint stamps appear on title page. Brief annotations appear in pen and pencil on blank page opposite title page. The book measures approximately 4" x 6 3/4" and contains 344 pages. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2372

$12
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Newgate Calendar - Dated 1926 by Edwin Valentine Mitchell (Hartford, Connecticut)
- The Amazing Life of John Law, the Man behind the Mississippi Bubble by George Oudard - Dated 1928 by Payson & Clarke Ltd.
- A Short Life of Social Life in England by M. B. Synge - Dated 1906 by Hodder and Stoughton (London)
- Gog and Magog: The Giants in Guildhall by F. W. Fairholt - Dated 1859 by John Camden Hotten (London) - shaken binding
- The Edinburgh Review, or Critical Journal for Nov. 1817 ... Feb. 1818 - Dated 1818 by Archibald Constable and Company (Edinburgh) - front board is detached

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
Lot 2373

$24
This auction lot includes the following group of antique decorative poetic titles:

- The Lazy Minstrel by J. Ashby-Sterry - Dated 1888 by T. Fisher Unwin (London)
- Trelawny's Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron by Edward Dowden - Dated 1923 by Humphrey Milford (London)
- Essays and Letters by Percy Bysshe Shelley by Ernest Rhys - no date provided by Walter Scott (London)
- Sea Songs and Ballads by Christopher Stone - Dated 1906 by Clarendon Press (Oxford)
- Essays on the Greater German Poets and Writers by Thomas Carlyle - no date provided by Walter Scott (London)
- Walden by Henry David Thoreau - no date provided by Walter Scott (London)
- Warreniana - Dated 1851 by Ticknor, Reed, and Fields (Boston)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $7.50
Lot 2374

$26
This auction lot includes the following group of titles on William Penn:

- Remember William Penn, 1644 - 1944: A Tercentenary Memorial by William Penn Tercentenary Committee - Dated 1945 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg)
- Memoirs of the Private and Public Life of William Penn by Thomas Clarkson - Dated 1827 by Samuel C. Stevens (Dover, NH) - full-leather binding
- The True William Penn by Sydney George Fisher - Dated 1900 by J. B. Lippincott Company (Philadelphia)
- William Penn: Quaker and Pioneer by Bonamy Dobree - Dated 1932 by Houghton Mifflin Company
- William Penn as the Founder of Two Commonwealths by Augustus C. Buell - Dated 1904 by D. Appleton and Company
- History of William Penn: Founder of Pennsylvania by William Hepworth Dixon - Dated 1872 by Hurst and Blackett, Publishers (London)

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $10.50
Lot 2375

$10
This shelf lot includes the group of antique and vintage books on theology and philosophy shown in the corresponding image. Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities 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. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $18.50
Lot 2376

$90
Title: The Megha Duta; or, Cloud Messenger
Author: Kalidasa
Publisher: Williams and Norgate (London)
Printing Year: 1868

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with bright gilt lettering, this antique volume is a scarce edition of a lyric poem by Kālidāsa, considered to be one of the greatest Sanskrit poets.

A short poem of only 111 stanzas, it is one of Kālidāsa's most famous works. It recounts how a yaksa, a subject of King Kubera (the God of Wealth) after being exiled for a year to Central India for some unknown transgression, convinces a passing cloud to take a message to his wife on Mount Kailāsa in the Himālaya mountains. The yaksa accomplishes this by describing the many beautiful sights the cloud will see on its northward course to the city of Alakā, where his wife awaits his return.

This work was originally translated in 1813 into English verse by Professor Horace Hayman. Wilson, Ouvry's translation in prose is considered a more accurate, if dry, rendition. Ouvry himself writes in the preface: "The Mehga Duta, or Cloud Messenger, of Kalidasa, is unknown to English readers except through the poetical paraphrase of Wilson, which gives as much idea of the original as Pope's paraphrase does of the Iliad of Homer. ...Now I would submit that if such an accomplished Sanscrit scholar as Wilson failed in in ascertaining the meaning of the Sanscrit text, what chance has an ordinary student? The Author of the present endeavoured to arrive at the meaning by aid of Wilson's paraphrase, and having submitted his attempt to a friend, who is a perfect Sanscrit scholar, it was found to be full of errors. Very kindly he pointed out the Commentary of Mallinatha, as well as a German translation by Schutze, to the Translator; and with these aids the whole has been revised, and it is hoped that it will now serve to lighten the labour of others who are engaged in the study of the Sanscrit language."

The volume shows external age/wear, with spotting to front cover.. Binding is cracked at title page. Mildly age-toned pages are unmarked. The book measures approximately 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" and contains viii / 67 pages plus 1 page of publisher's advertisements. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $4.50
Lot 2377

$24
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Power of Faith by Isabella Graham - Dated 1837 by James Duncan (London) - weak hinges
- The Life of Mrs. Mary Fletcher by Henry Moore - Dated 1843 by G. Lane & P. P. Sanford - leather-bound volume, front board detached
- Our Mother: A Memorial of Mrs. S. C. Farly Maxwell - Dated 1860 by Massachusetts Sabbath School Society (Boston)
- Autobiography of Peter Cartwright, the Backwoods Preacher by W. P. Strickland - Dated 1857 by Carlton & Porter
- A Sketch of the Life and Labors of the Rev. Justin Edwards by Rev. William A. Hallock - Dated 1855 by American Tract Society
- Chronicles of the Schonberg-Cotta Family by Two of Themselves - Dated 1864 by M. W. Dodd
- The Life of Rev. David Brainerd by President Edwards - No date provided by American Tract Society

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications. Shipping cost (within the U.S.) for this lot will be: $9.50
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