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Lot 2001

$110

Title: The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer; Done into Modern English Verse by Frank Ernest Hill and Newly Revised for This Edition: With Miniatures by Arthur Szyk
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer - Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to have been buried in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include "The Book of the Duchess," the "House of Fame," the "Legend of Good Women" and "Troilus and Criseyde," he is best known today for "The Canterbury Tales." Chaucer is a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin. (Courtesy Wikipedia), Illustrated by Arthur Szyk - Arthur Szyk was a Polish-Jewish artist who worked primarily as a book illustrator and political artist throughout his decades-long career. Szyk became a renowned artist and book illustrator as early as the interwar period. His works were exhibited and published not only in Poland, but also in France, the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States. He gained broad popularity in the United States primarily through his political caricatures, in which, after the outbreak of World War II, he savaged the policies and personalities of the leaders of the Axis powers. After the war, he also devoted himself to political issues, especially the support of the creation of the state of Israel. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Translor: Frank Ernest Hill
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1946
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 550 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: This volume is signed by its illustrator Arthur Szyk and is number 631 of an edition limited to 1500 copies. The cloth covered boards are decorated with an intricate Medieval style pattern and bound together with a leather spine cover. The text is complete with a matching decorative slipcase.

"The Canterbury Tales" is one of the most famous works of English literature. The story follows a group of travelers on the road to Canterbury in 14th century England and the stories they tell to pass the time. The tales themselves vary significantly as different characters take over the narrative and are sometimes dramatic, bawdy, humorous, and irreverent.

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Condition / Notes: This volume displays boldly with only minor signs of age on its leather spine which shows some chipping and wear. The boards and slipcase display their bright colors vividly with very slight indications of shelfwear on high points. The text itself is clean and clear and the glossy illustrations are brilliant and crisp.
Lot 2002

$250

Title: Through Unknown Tibet
Author: Montagu Sinclair Wellby
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1898
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 428 pages
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This volume, by Captain M.S. Wellby, comes bound in tan cloth, with illustration in black on front cover board, along with title and author.

This book features a tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece, as well as many other illustrations, drawings and engravings throughout the book.

In publishing the following account of a journey across Tibet and China, it has been my object to describe in a simple manner all that I did and saw from beginning to end in the hope that some future traveller may learn, not so much what he ought to do, as what he ought not to do. Those who have experienced the charms of a nomad's life, will, I trust, be once more reminded of happy days of freedom, will sympathise with us in our difficulties, and share the pleasures which they alone can appreciate. Should others, by chance, find some little interest in perusing these pages, and be tempted to taste for themselves the sweets of wandering through little known lands, they will be recompensed for doing so, and I shall have found my reward. (Taken from the book Preface)
Condition / Notes: This book shows mild to moderate signs of age and wear.
Lot 2003

$90

Title: The Bay of San Franscisco: The Metropolis of the Pacific Coast and its Suburband Cities - A History
Author: Author Uncredited
Editor: The Lewis Publishing Company
Publisher: The Lewis Publishing Company
City: Chicago
Year: 1892
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Book Details: This antique Two Volume Set comes bound in decorated leather with title on front cover board and title, volume number also found on the lifted spine. These books also feature beautifully decorated endpapers.

These two volumes, as indicated in the title, are a history of the bay of San Francisco, and feature many tissue guarded illustrated plates and pictures throughout.
Condition / Notes: These volumes show mild to moderate signs of age and wear.

Scuffing, rubbing and edgewear appear on the cover boards of both volumes and light soiling can be seen in the pages of the books as well.
Lot 2004

$30

Title: Illustrations of British Ornithology
Author: Prideaux John Selby - Prideaux John Selby was an English ornithologist, botanist and natural history artist. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: W. H. Lizars
City: Edinburgh
Year: 1833
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: No
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: This antique two-volume set is bound in marbled paper covered boards with green half leather. These volumes are text volume only of "Land Birds" and "Water Birds." This second edition set features charts and historical and scientific information on the subject of ornithology.


Condition / Notes: This antique set shows mild to moderate signs of age/wear with rubbing to the boards as well as edgewear and cracking to the spine cover labels. The page edges are gilt on all sides. The interior pages show light age toning/foxing.
Lot 2005

$80

Title: Black Sand and Gold
Author: Edward B. Lung - Edward B. Lung's diary of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 was combined with recollections by his daughter Ella Lung Martinsen about the nature of prospecting in the Canadian wilderness. , Ella Lung Martinsen - Ella Lung Martinsen was the daughter of Edward B. Lung. Together they authored a book about their experiences during the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush beginning in 1896.
Publisher: Vantage Press
City: New York
Year: 1954
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 419
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: This first edition volume is signed by its author, Ella L. Martinsen, and is complete with its original dust jacket. Using the diary of her father, Edward B. Lung, Martinsen tells the story of the eventful days of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896 by combining her recollections with Lung's firsthand account of his experiences.

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Condition / Notes: The dust jacket to this volume is intact with some slight indications of shelfwear, chipping high points and minor soiling. The book is bound with cloth boards and emblazoned with gold lettering on its spine. The pages are slightly age toned though the text itself remains bold and legible throughout.
Lot 2006

$30

Title: My Country: The Story of Modern Israel
Author: Abba Eban - Abba Eban (2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages. In his career, he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and President of the Weizmann Institute of Science. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Random House
City: New York
Year: 1972
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 304 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: This book, by Abba Eban, comes bound in dark blue cloth, with image in gold on lower left hand corner of the cover board, accompanied with dust jacket.

This volume is author signed and inscribed, by Abba Eban, on the first free endpaper. The inscription does not reveal a name it is addressed to, but likely it is addressed to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Abba Eban (2 February 1915 – 17 November 2002) was an Israeli diplomat and politician, and a scholar of the Arabic and Hebrew languages. In his career, he was Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister, Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and ambassador to the United States and to the United Nations. He was also Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly and President of the Weizmann Institute of Science. (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.
Lot 2007

$55

Title: Georg Ebers's Works
Author: Georg Ebers - Georg Moritz Ebers, German Egyptologist and novelist, discovered the Egyptian medical papyrus of c.1550 BCE. The Ebers Papyrus was discovered at Luxor (Thebes) in the winter of 1873–74 and is now held in the library of the University of Leipzig. The Ebers Papyrus is among the most important ancient Egyptian medical papyri. It is one of two of the oldest preserved medical documents on record.

Ebers attempted to popularize Egyptian lore by means of historical romances. He published several well received novels set in ancient Egypt which did much to make the public familiar with the discoveries of Egyptologists. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Translor: Clara Bell - Clara Bell was an English translator fluent in French, German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, and Spanish who was most notable for her translations of works by Henrik Ibsen, Balzac, Georg Ebers, Huysmans, Maupassant, and others. Bell was educated in France, where she became fluent in French and German; she did not acquire her knowledge of the other languages until after her fortieth birthday. She spent most of her life in London. Bell's translations have been noted for their close adherence to the source texts and their high degree of readability. (Courtesy Wikipedia)




Under the direction of George Saintsbury, Bell, Ellen Marriage, and Rachel Scott were responsible for translating the vast majority of Balzac's Human Comedy into English, superseding earlier translations that had generally been regarded as stilted. The low pay that translators received at that time required Bell and her colleagues to complete work quickly, but
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1891-1892
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 8 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: This 8 volume set is uniformly bound with patterned cloth front boards and gold embossed decorative spines.

The set features Clara Bell's English translation of several of famed Egyptologist Georg Ebers novels and romances, many of which are set in ancient Egypt.

Some volumes are bound with more than one title included. The titles in this group are as follows: "Margery"; "The Bride of The Nile"; "Joshua"; "The Burgomaster's Wife"; "The Emperor"; "The Sisters"; "A Word, Only a Word"; "Homo Sum"; "Serapis"; "Uarda"; and "An Egyptian Princess."

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Condition / Notes: These volumes show well despite displaying some minor indications of age and wear. There are signs of shelfwear on high points along with slight markings and scratches on the boards. The pages show some minor age toning though the text remains bold and legible throughout.
Lot 2008

$15

Title: The Dawn of Civilization: Egypt and Chaldea
Author: G. Maspero - Gaston Camille Charles Maspero was a French Egyptologist.
Editor: A.H. Sayce
Translor: M.L. McClure
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1894
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 800 pages
Width: 8" Height: 11"
Book Details: This antique book, by Professor G. Maspero and translated by M.L. McClure comes bound in black cloth, with title, author and illustration on front cover board.

This book contains many illustrations, fold out maps, charts, graphs and pictures throughout.

Sir Gaston Camille Charles Maspero (June 23, 1846 – June 30, 1916) was a French Egyptologist known for popularizing the term "Sea Peoples" in an 1881 paper. Maspero's son, Henri Maspero, became a notable sinologist and scholar of East Asia. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Professor does not need to be introduced to English readers. His name is well known in this country as that of one of the chief masters of Egyptian science as well as of ancient Oriental history and archeology...in the present work he has been prodigal of his abundant stores of learning and knowledge, and it may therefore be regarded as the most complete account of ancient Egypt that has ever yet been published. (Editor's Preface)


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

The cover boards show slight signs of rubbing and the inner hinge and spine is cracked, making some groups of pages fall loose of the book.
Lot 2009

$60

Title: Thirty-One Years on the Plains and in the Mountains or, The Last Voice from the Plains: An Authentic Record of a Life Time of Hunting, Trapping, Scouting and Indian Fighting in the Far West
Author: William F. Drannan - William F. Drannan was a frontiersman and author of some highly popular titles during his time. It has recently come to light that many of the adventures Drannan claimed to have had were highly embellished at best or entirely fabricated at worst.

The blog "Rational Rant" notes:

The real William Drannan continues to elude researchers. He apparently was involved in the hotel and restaurant businesses in Seattle and Portland during the 1890s, and he and his wife hawked his books - according to some his wife actually wrote them - around the country during the early years of the twentieth century. Not much else seems to have turned up on him.
Publisher: Rhodes & McClure Publishing Company
City: Chicago
Year: 1904
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 586 plus advertisements
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This cloth bound volume is emblazoned with a decorative pattern and lettering in bright silver on the front board and spine.

"Thirty-One Years on the Plains and in the Mountains" was a popular account of author William F. Drannan's adventures on the frontier of the American West. It has since become apparent, however, that many of Drannan's adventures either never happened or are egregiously exaggerated. Historians have concluded that Drannan, whose other work is entitled "Captain W. F. Drannan - Chief of Scouts," was neither a captain nor a chief. While it appears that Drannan did have some experience on the frontier, he recounts personal adventures with the legendary Kit Carson during the Modoc War that historians have been unable to verify, and he most certainly fabricates some events entirely. That said, Drannan's work received praise from Robert E. Howard (creator of the "Conan The Barbarian" comics) and science-fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft. This volume, like other frontier histories and adventure stories, was hugely popular among young boys at the turn of the 20th century.

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Condition / Notes: This volume is in exceptionally nice condition with only slight indications of shelfwear and age. The binding and hinges are strong and intact. The pages show some natural age toning though the text remains clear and legible throughout. The decorative boards and spine display boldly with only minor markings on the blank back board.
Lot 2010

$25

Title: The Life and Works of Charles Lamb
Author: Charles Lamb - Charles Lamb was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian, best known for his "Essays of Elia" and for the children's book "Tales from Shakespeare," co-authored with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847).

Friends with such literary luminaries as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and William Hazlitt, Lamb was at the centre of a major literary circle in England. He has been referred to by E. V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as "the most lovable figure in English literature". (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Editor: Alfred Ainger - Alfred Ainger was an English biographer and critic. He wrote memoirs of Thomas Hood and George Crabbe, but is best known for his biography of Charles Lamb and his edition of Lamb's works in 6 volumes (1883–88). He was a contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography, writing the entries on Lamb, Alfred Tennyson, Frederick Tennyson, Charles Tennyson Turner and George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier, under the initials "A.A."
Publisher: The Edinburgh Society
City: London/Boston
Year: 1883-1888
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 7 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: Each volume of this antique 7 volume set appears to have been privately bound with cloth boards held in place by a leather spine cover which features gold embossed text and raised bands. These volumes are from an out of sequence limited edition set published by The Edinburgh Society between 1883 and 1888.

The books comprise several works by Charles Lamb: "The Last Essays of Elia"; "Mrs. Leicester's School"; "The Essays of Elia"; 2 volumes of Lamb's letters; and 2 volumes of Lamb's plays, poems, and essays.

Also included is Alfred Ainger's biography of Charles Lamb which contains other works by Lamb including "The Adventures of Ulysses" and "Guy Faux."

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Condition / Notes: These volumes display a typical range of age and wear indications. Some volumes have slight soiling on their spine covers. 4 volumes are half leatherbound and the complete set has uniform spines. The pages display slight signs of age toning though the text and illustrations remain bold, clear, and legible throughout.
Lot 2011

$100

Book Details: This group features volumes on genealogy and ancestry from Rhode Island.

There are 7 volumes in this group including volumes 4-9 of "Rhode Island Vital Records, New Series" which bear titles such as: “Washington County, Rhode Island Marriage from Probate Records 1685-1860”; “East Greenwich and West Greenwich, Rhode Island Births from Probate, Grave, and Death Records, 1680-1860”; and “Washington County, Rhode Island Births 1760-1860 from Death and Marriage Records.”

Also included is "The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came before 1690. (With Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation)."

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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. "The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island" appears to bear some edits and hand written notes expanding on the genealogical information of certain individuals.

Lot 2012

$45

Book Details: This group of books features Collectible Literature & Children's Books, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include:

A set of volumes, 6 total, featuring the works of James Fenimore Cooper. Some of the works included are "The Prairie," "The Spy" and "Mohicans."

Two copies of "Princess April Morning-Glory" by Letitia Fairbanks. Letitia is the niece of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.

An author signed and inscribed copy of "The Adventures of Prince Albert and the Royal Dinosaurs" by Frank A. Mason. The inscription is addressed to a young friend of Douglas Fairbanks.

Several other books in this group feature gift inscriptions from friends and loved ones to the members of the Fairbanks family. Additionally, many of the books in this group also contain 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 "Chinese Fairy Tales" reveals loose and separated cover boards.
Lot 2013

$40

Title: Antichita D'Italia Meridionale memorie poligrafe iconografiche tratte de varie opere di Grido e da classici monumenti
Author: Gherardo Bevilacqua Aldobrandini - Gherardo Bevilacqua Aldobrandini (1791 - 1845) was a painter, stage director and Italian librettist . He was part of the aristocracy of Bologna and was a patron of the Liceo Musicale of this city. He provided accommodation to Rossini while writing Ciro in Babylon while helping to paint the stage scene. He subsequently adapted a book by Felice Romani for Adina, and collaborated with Edoardo and Cristina and affirmed the authorship of the trio L'usato ardir de Semiramide. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Publisher: Dalla Stamperia Di R. De Stefano E Soch
City: Napoli
Year: 1835
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 48 pages plus fold out plates
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: This antique first edition Italian volume features marbled paper bound cover boards with a leather bound spine.

The title translates roughly to "An analytical essay and iconographic polygraphic memories drawn from various works of classical authors contemporaries."

This book includes 36 lithographic folding plates.

Gherardo Bevilacqua Aldobrandini (1791 - 1845) was a painter, stage director and Italian librettist . He was part of the aristocracy of Bologna and was a patron of the Liceo Musicale of this city. He provided accommodation to Rossini while writing Ciro in Babylon while helping to paint the stage scene. He subsequently adapted a book by Felice Romani for Adina, and collaborated with Edoardo and Cristina and affirmed the authorship of the trio L'usato ardir de Semiramide. (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: The following information is provided courtesy of the previous owner:

Somewhat worn and foxed; several plates torn at folds, one with a portion torn away but present; some mispagination.
Lot 2014

$10

Details: This original manufacturer's brochure shows off a classic American muscle car, the 1965 Corvette Sting Ray. The brochure details the features and options available for the '65 Sting Ray with vibrant pictures and intricate diagrams.

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Condition / Notes: This brochure displays very slight indications of age and wear. The front and back covers have minor markings and sparse marginal creasing. The images and text inside are bright, clear, legible, and bold.
Lot 2015

$30

Book Details: This group features collectible, vintage, and antique estate books.

There are 12 volumes in this group, including: a leatherbound 3 volume set entitled “A Religious Encyclopaedia: or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology”; a first edition copy of “The Triumph of an Idea: The Story of Henry Ford” complete with its original dust jacket; and a decorative copy of Washington Irving's “Old Christmas” emblazoned with gilt patterns and lettering on the front board and spine and full gilt page edges.

Additionally, this group features a volume entitled "Fancy Work for Pleasure and Profit" which contains chromolithographic illustrations.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. Though "The Triumph of an Idea" is complete with its dust jacket, the dust jacket does have some significant signs of wear including chipping high points and partial marginal tears.

Lot 2016

$25

Book Details: This group consists of volumes on World History, British History, Philosophy, and Theology shown in the corresponding images. Titles and subject matter include: "Pilgrimage to Canterbury"; "God's First Love"; "Einsteins Legacy"; "The Return to Camelot: Chivalry and the English Gentleman"; "The Last Hours with Jesus"; Holy Bible; "The Chronicles of the War of the Roses"; "Splendors of the Past: Lost Cities of the Ancient World"; "Censorship: 500 Years of Conflict"; "The Forbidden City"; Religion; "The Sway of the Grand Saloon: A Social History of the North Atlantic"; "Cites in the Sand"; Christianity; "Barcelona Style 1989-90"; "Hong-Kong"; "The Past Times Book of Right Honourable Insults"; "The Age of Arthur"; "The Passover Plot"; and more.

The books in this lot were part of the personal library of famed actor, director, and producer Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. whose father was a star of silent films including “The Mask of Zorro,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “Robin Hood.” Fairbanks Sr. is also notable for his marriage to silent film icon and star Mary Pickford. The couple, together with Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith, founded United Artists in 1919.

Fairbanks Jr. was born into the epicenter of emerging Hollywood and became an actor in his own right playing supporting roles in several successful films. Fairbanks Jr. later married Joan Crawford, survived his second wife, Mary Lee, and lived out the rest of his life with Vera Fairbanks. Mrs. Fairbanks generously donated the personal collection of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to a local non-profit. Many other books from the Fairbanks library will be available during this auction.

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

Lot 2017

$25

Book Details: This group of books features Collectible Military History, as shown in the corresponding images.

A sample of titles in this group include:

A photographer signed and inscribed copy of "Victory in Europe: D-Day to V-E Day" by Max Hastings and George Stevens. The inscription is addressed to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

An author signed and inscribed copy of "Duel of Eagles" by Peter Townsend. The inscription is addressed to Douglas.

An author signed and inscribed copy of "To Sea in a Sieve" by Peter Bull. The inscription is addressed to Douglas.

Several other books in this group contain gift inscriptions from friends and loved ones to various members of the Fairbanks family. Additionally, several books in this group 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.
Lot 2018

$35

Title: Doctor Zhivago
Author: Boris Pasternak - Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russia, Pasternak's anthology "My Sister, Life," is one of the most influential collections ever published in the Russian language. Furthermore, Pasternak's translations of stage plays by Goethe, Schiller, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and William Shakespeare remain deeply popular with Russian audiences.

Outside Russia, Pasternak is best known as the author of "Doctor Zhivago," a novel which takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Second World War. Due to its independent minded stance on the socialist state, Doctor Zhivago was refused publication in the USSR. At the instigation of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, "Doctor Zhivago" was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year, an event which both humiliated and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In the midst of a massive campaign against him by both the KGB and the Union of Soviet Writers, Pasternak reluctantly agreed to decline the Prize. In his resignation letter to the Nobel Committee, Pasternak stated the reaction of the Soviet State was the only reason for his decision.

By the time of his death from lung cancer in 1960, the campaign against Pasternak had severely damaged the international credibility of the U.S.S.R. He remains a major figure in Russian literature to this day. Furthermore, tactics pioneered by Pasternak were later continued, expanded, and refined by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and other Soviet dissidents. (Courtesy Wikipedia)



Translor: Manya Harari, Max Hayward
Publisher: Collins and Harvill Press
City: London
Year: 1958
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 510 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: This vintage volume, by Boris Pasternak and translated from the Russian by Max Hayward and Manya Harari, comes bound in red cloth, with accompanying dust jacket.

This volume, specifically, is a second printing of the first UK edition. Additionally, this book includes an engraved Douglas Fairbanks bookplate.

Doctor Zhivago is a novel by Boris Pasternak, first published in 1957 in Italy. The novel is named after its protagonist, Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, and takes place between the Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Civil War. Due to its independent-minded stance on the October Revolution, Doctor Zhivago was refused publication in the USSR. At the instigation of Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the manuscript was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year, an event which embarrassed and enraged the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The plot of Doctor Zhivago is long and intricate. It can be difficult to follow for two main reasons: first, Pasternak employs many characters, who interact with each other throughout the book in unpredictable ways, and second, he frequently introduces a character by one of his/her three names, then subsequently refers to that character by another of the three names or a nickname, without expressly stating that he is referring to the same character. To avoid this confusion, the summary below uses a character's full name when the character is first introduced. (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 dust jacket on the book is significantly torn, ripped and separated in two pieces.
Lot 2019

$55

Title: Ulysses
Author: James Joyce - James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for "Ulysses" (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Other major works are the short-story collection "Dubliners" (1914), and the novels "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (1916) and "Finnegans Wake" (1939). His complete oeuvre includes three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.

Joyce was born to a middle class family in Dublin, where he excelled as a student at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, then at University College Dublin. In his early twenties he emigrated permanently to continental Europe, living in Trieste, Paris and Zurich. Though most of his adult life was spent abroad, Joyce's fictional universe does not extend beyond Dublin, and is populated largely by characters who closely resemble family members, enemies and friends from his time there; "Ulysses" in particular is set with precision in the streets and alleyways of the city. Shortly after the publication of "Ulysses" he elucidated this preoccupation somewhat, saying, "For myself, I always write about Dublin, because if I can get to the heart of Dublin I can get to the heart of all the cities of the world. In the particular is contained the universal."
Publisher: The Modern Library
City: New York
Year: 1946
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 767 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This volume, by James Joyce, comes bound in red cloth, with emblem on front cover board and title and author on spine, with accompanying dust jacket.

The following information provided courtesy of the previous owner:

JAMES JOYCE ULYSSES annotated by Odell Shepard (1938 Pulitzer Prize winner), Modern Library 1946 ULYSSES by James Joyce, published by Modern Library/Random House, 1946, with a Foreword by Morris L. Ernst and the Decision of the United States District Court Rendered by Judge John M. Woolsey.

ODELL SHEPARD copy with his signature on inside front cover and many annotations in pencil by him throughout the text. Odell Shepard (1884-1967) was a poet, writer, and editor who won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for his biography “Pedlar’s Progress –The Life of Bronson Alcott” and was Connecticut Lieutenant Governor from 1941-43. His pencil annotations are mostly references to other authors reflected in parts of Joyce’s lengthy, complex work, with some stylistic notes and many underlined passages and passages with pencil lines alongside them. This signed and annotated copy presumably was used by Odell Shepard in English courses he taught at Yale and Trinity College; examples of annotations for passages of “Ulysses” are “metrical”, “moon as Penelope”, “cf [confer] page 141 [on page 138]”, “lovely language!”, the best example of Shepard’s references to other English authors’ influences on the text is in the unnumbered chapter beginning “Deshil Holles Eamus” with Shepard’s pencil note “This chapter an imitation of styles in chronological order” with the first marginal note “Celtic” and subsequent notes “Medieval Latin…Anglo-Saxon…Chaucerian…Malory”, etc. through other notable English authors.

Included with the book is a copy of “The Griffin, June 1957” with a photograph of James Joyce on the cover and an article on him by Lionel Trilling titled “Impersonal/Personal” and a copy of a 1928 letter from H. G. Wells to Joyce. In the Trilling article are a few pencil lines next to passages and also laid in with the book is a clipping of a N. Y. Times, July 22, 1959, article headlined “Excerpts From Court Ruling on ‘Lady Chatterley.'


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

The dust jacket shows well with some light transparent soling and spots of edgewear. The front cover board is beginning to loosen from the book.
Lot 2020

$55

Title: The History of the Cresaps
Author: Bernarr Cresap, Joseph Ord Cresap
Publisher: The Cresap Society
City: McComb, Mississippi
Year: 1937
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 495 plus general and genalogical indexes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Book Details: This vintage volume is bound in brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. The work is housed in a brown cloth-covered slipcase. The text block is adorned with gray endpapers. This work is illustrated with several plates depicting members of the Cresap family. A 1926 photograph of members of the Cresap Society, including a young George Cresap on the stairs of the Memorial Wing of the Ohio State Archeological & Historical Society building, is tipped in at the rear endpapers.

This work tells the story of Colonel Thomas Cresap (1694- January, 1790), "an English-born settler and trader in the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania" who was involved in a boundary dispute that became known as "Cresap's War." The Cresap's trace their genealogy from Colonel Thomas Cresap to the publication of this work in 1937. This volume contains a genealogical index of the Cresap family line.

(All quotes courtesy of Wikipedia)


Condition / Notes: The exterior of the slipcase shows light rubbing and sunning. The boards are protected by a clear mylar dust jacket. The binding is strong and intact. Some pencil notations appear on the endpapers and in margins scattered through the text. The pages show mild indications of age toning though the text and images remain legible, bold, and clear throughout.
Lot 2021

$20

Book Details: This group features decorative and antique volumes of poetry and literature.

There are 9 volumes in this group, including: volumes 2, 4, and 6 of “The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith” which feature leather spine covers and decorative boards; “Gray's English Poems, Original, and Translated from the Norse and Welsh”; and “Poems by George Santayana.”

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Condition / Notes: These volumes exhibit a typical range of age and wear indications. "The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith" lack volumes 1, 3, and 5 of the 6 volume set.

Lot 2022

$70

Title: La Moda a Venezia nel Secolo XVIII
Author: G. Morazzoni
Publisher: Edite a Cura De L'Associazione Gli Amici Del Museo Teatrale Alla Scala
City: Milano
Year: 1931
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 108 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: This large antique first edition Italian volume comes bound in brown illustrated paper, with title on front cover board.

The title translates to "Fashion in Venice in the 18th Century."

The following information is provided courtesy of the previous owner:

La Moda a Venezia nel Secolo XVIII Note di G. Morazzoni Edite a Cura de l’Associazione Gli Amici del Museo Teatrale alla Scala. Milano: 1931. Quarto. Original publisher’s dark brown cloth-packed decorative dark ivory boards. 101 pp. text printed
within decorative borders, pp. 102-105 (notes), [i] (blank), 1f. (recto “Tavole,” verso blank), + 108 illustrative plates printed on rectos only, 1f. (recto “Indice delle Tavole,” verso blank), [iii] (“Foggie Maschili,” Foggie Femminili”), [i] (blank), 1f. (recto colophon, verso blank).



Condition / Notes: The following information is provided courtesy of the previous owner:

Binding slightly worn; edges of boards slightly rubbed and bumped. Minor internal wear; staining to inner margin of verso of title
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