National Book Auctions



Sunday, November 4, 2018

Page 1

Realized Prices


Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Lot 7001


Title: California: For Health, Pleasure and Residence. A Book for Travellers and Settlers
Author: Charles Nordhoff - Charles Nordhoff was an American journalist, descriptive, and miscellaneous writer. He was educated in Cincinnati, and apprenticed to a printer in 1843. In 1844, he went to Philadelphia where he worked for a short time in a newspaper office.

He then joined the United States Navy in 1845, where he served three years and made a voyage around the world in the USS Columbus (1819), which was engaged in first attempts at opening up Japan to the U.S.A, and in establishing full diplomatic relations with China. After his Navy service, he remained at sea from 1847 in the merchant service, and then whaling, mackerel fishery ships until 1854.

From 1853 to 1857, he worked in various newspaper offices, first in Philadelphia, then in Indianapolis. He was then employed editorially by "Harpers" in 1857 until 1861, when he went to work the next ten years on the staff of the "New York Evening Post", 1861-1667, and he later contributed to the "New York Tribune". From 1871 to 1873 Nordhoff traveled in California and visited Hawaii. He then became Washington correspondent of the "New York Herald" 1874-1890.

Publisher: Harper & Brothers
City: New York
Year: 1873
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 255 pages
Width: 6.75" Height: 9"
Book Details: This antique volume is decoratively bound in maroon cloth with black stamped designs and gilt lettering. The text is enhanced by numerous illustrations and maps.

From the preface: "The first part of this book will interest mainly travelers and tourists, and in it I have aimed to give a plain and detailed statement of the routes across the continent, and of what the traveler should see by the way; of the notable sights of California, and how they may best be visited; and a table of expenses, and of time needed for different excursions. There is also a chapter on health resorts for invalids, and there are some hints to sportsmen. Comsumptives will find in Southern California a climate remarkably mild and healing.

The remainder of the book is devoted to accounts of the agriculture and fruit culture of Southern California a region almost unknown, and just now opened to settlement by the completion of several lines of railroad; and which, by reason of its fine healthful climate, its rich soil, and its remarkably varied products, deserves the attention of farmers looking for pleasant homes and cheap and fertile lands, combined with a climate the best, probably, in the United States."
Condition / Notes: This antique title displays some typical indications of age and wear including shelfwear and rubbing to high points. There is significant fading to the spine, with small tears. Both hinges are slightly weakened, yet the binding and text block remain firm. Text and illustrations remain clear and legible through mild age toning and foxing. There is soiling to several pages in the beginning of the book and a previous owner's signature appears on a front free endpaper.
Lot 7002


Title: Racing at Home & Abroad
Author: Charles Richardson - Charles Richardson was an Englishman with a lifelong experience of cross-country horse racing, beginning in his early boyhood and included upwards of forty Grand Nationals and all the more important steeplechases decided in Britain over a long period of years. He was present at Baden-Baden races in 1872 when the famous dual Grand National winner, The Lamb, was killed.
Publisher: The London & Counties Press Association Ltd.
City: London
Year: 1923, 1927
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: No
Pagination: 367, 321 pages
Width: 10.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: This pair of massive, deluxe bindings is from a limited printing in this format of just 475 copies, with these being from copy number 448. These sumptuously produced books are bound in full pebbled leather with bright stamped gilt lettering to the spines and front covers and bound-in silk bookmarks. The text blocks are produced on heavy rag paper with gilt top edges and deckled fore and bottom edges. This work is richly illustrated including engraved plates with captioned tissue guards. Addtionally, each volume contains a frontispiece etching that bears an original pencil signature by the author, with Alick P. F. Ritchie being the artist in the first volume and Charles Simpson in the second. The books were printed by Unwin Brothers, Limited at the Gresham Press in London and Woking.

These monumental surveys of horse racing provide comprehensive studies of flat racing, steeplechasing, breeding, training, stable management and sporting history. The first volume is subtitled "British Flat Racing and Breeding, Racecourses, & the Evolution of the Racehorse," with the second volume named, "British Steeplechasing."
Condition / Notes: These impressive volumes show beautifully with bright gilt and some external age/wear, concentrated at the extremities. The bindings are sound and firm and the pages are clean and fresh. There are no previous owner inscriptions or bookplates present. A gratifying example of this ambitious work.
Lot 7003


Title: Historia Provinciae Societatis Jesu Germaniae Superioris
Author: Ignatio Agricola
Publisher: Georgii Schluter & Martini Happach
City: Augustae Vindelicorum (Augsburg)
Year: 1727
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 352 plus Index
Width: 8.25" Height: 13.25"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in an elaborately blind stamped vellum over wooden boards with partial remains of the original clasps raised bands on the spine.

This handsome Latin work is a history of the Society of Jesus and the Jesuit people in Germany. The work is adorned throughout with ornaments and historiated capitals.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well bound in blind stamped vellum.

The book shows mild to moderate signs of age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities. The boards show moderate rubbing and soiling with the partial remains of the original brass and leather clasps, one showing a feather design.

The binding is tight and the interior pages show well with light occasional age toning and scattered foxing plus some light indications of moisture. The front free endpaper and half title are partially separated.
Lot 7004


Title: Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Being for the Most Part Contributions by Union and Confederate Officers. Based upon "The Century War Series".
Author: Uncredited
Editor: Clarence Clough Buel - Clarence Clough Buel (born in Laona, New York and died in Sleepy Hollow, New York) was a United States editor and author. Buel was connected with the New York Tribune from 1875 to 1881, when he joined the staff of Century Magazine, and, in 1883, in conjunction with Robert Underwood Johnson, began the editing of the celebrated Century articles on the American Civil War. These articles were afterward expanded and compiled into the notable book Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (1887). He was associate editor of Century Magazine 1909-13, advisory editor until May 1914. (Courtesy Wikipedia)., Robert Underwood Johnson - Robert Underwood Johnson was a U.S. writer and diplomat. A native of Washington, D.C., Johnson joined the staff of The Century Magazine in 1873. He became the magazine's associate editor in 1881, and in 1909, on the death of Richard Watson Gilder, succeeded to the editorial chair, which he occupied until May 1913. Johnson was also a longtime writer and editor for Scribner's Monthly.

Using the influence of The Century Magazine, Johnson, in conjunction with famed naturalist John Muir, was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Yosemite National Park in the California in 1890.

French and Italian governments. He had a hand in many important publishing undertakings, and it was on his persuasion that Ulysses S. Grant wrote his Memoirs. He became permanent secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy from April 1920 to July 1921, and represented the United States as observer at the San Remo conference of the Supreme Council of the League. He was decorated by the Italian government in recognition of his work in behalf of good relations between Italy and the United States. (Courtesy Wikipedia).
Publisher: The Century Co.
City: New York
Year: 1884-1887
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Book Details: This is the "Grant-Lee" edition of this title from the editorial staff of the "Century Magazine", with four volumes bound in eight. Each volume is bound in tan cloth with a gilt-lettered title pasted to the spine, and top-edge gilt. The work is profusely illustrated with drawings, photographs, and maps, with frontispieces in the first part of each volume.

A series of articles published between 1884 and 1887 in "The Century Magazine" and then assembled into a four-volume set of books, this title includes battle studies by Union and Confederate commanders of all ranks, from Ulysses S. Grant down to company officers. (In the 1990s, additional related material was compiled into two more volumes.) Accounts are usually first-hand and often written by an officer actually in command in a subject engagement or campaign.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are firmly bound in the publisher's tan cloth with light external age/wear. The pages are clean and without markings. Volumes have a blue stamp on the front pastedown.
Lot 7005


Title: The Pears of New York
Author: U. P. Hedrick - Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick was an American botanist and horticulturist who specialized in spermatophytes. His main interest was cultivated fruit trees, and he published a number of volumes dealing with such fruits as cherries, grapes, plums, and peaches.
Publisher: J. B. Lyon Company, Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1921
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 636 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in original green cloth covered boards with gilt title on the front board and spine cover. The work, the sixth in the series of monographs of the Fruit of New York, is profusely illustrated with color plates of pears of various varieties in stages of growth. The work is also adorned with a portrait frontispiece.

From the preface: "Broadly speaking, the aim is to make "The Pears of New York" a complete record of the development of the pear wherever cultivated up to the present time. With this end in view an attempt is made: To give an account of the history and uses of the pear; to depict the botanical characters of cultivated pears; to describe pear growing in this country and more particularly in New York; and, lastly, to give in full detail the synonymy, bibliography, economic status, and full descriptions of the most important cultivated pears with brief notices of varieties of minor importance."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well with light rubbing to the boards. Text and beautifully illustrated plates show nicely with occasional light age toning.
Lot 7006


Title: De Antiqua Ecclesiae Disciplina Dissertationes Historicae
Author: Louis Ellies du Pin - Louis Ellies du Pin, or Dupin (17 June 1657 – 6 June 1719) was a French ecclesiastical historian, who was responsible for the "Nouvelle bibliothèque des auteurs ecclésiastiques". About 1684 Dupin conceived the idea of his “Nouvelle bibliothèque des auteurs ecclésiastiques”, the first volume of which appeared in 1686. In it he treated simultaneously biography, literary criticism, and the history of dogma; in this he was a pioneer leaving far behind him all previous efforts, Catholic or Protestant, which were still under the influence of the Scholastic method. He was also the first to publish such a collection in a modern language. Unfortunately he was young and worked rapidly. In this way errors crept into his writings and his productions were violently attacked. Du Pin was a voluminous author. Besides the “Nouvelle bibliothèque ecclésiastique”(58 vols. 8vo with tables), the “Remarques” by Petit-Didier, and the “Critique’ by R. Simon reprinted in Holland (19 vols. 4to). It was translated into English and annotated by William Wotton in 13 vols. 1692-9. Dupin edited the works of Gerson (Paris, 1703), “Optatus” of Mileve (Paris, 1700), the Psalms with annotations (1691), and published “Notes sur le Pentateuque” (1701), an abridgment of “L'histoire de l'Eglise” (1712), “L'histoire profane” (1714–1716), “L'histoire d'Apollonius de Tyane” (1705, under the name of M. de Clairac), a ‘Traité de la puissance ecclésiastique et temporelle”, a commentary on the Four Articles of the clergy of France (1707), the “Bibliothèque universelle des historiens” (1716), numerous works and articles on theology, reprints of former works, etc.
Publisher: Sumptibus Huguetanorum
City: Coloniae Agrippinae
Year: 1691
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 592 pages, plus index
Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in original leather boards with later leather spine cover with raised bands and gilt lettering. The work is adorned with an elaborate engraved frontispiece as well as decorated capitals and ornaments throughout. This history of ancient church discipline is presented in Latin with seven studies, including a study on the deposing power of the church.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows well with mild indications of age and wear to the original boards, with light cracking to the leather and occasional edgewear. The later spine cover shows well with mild rubbing. The interior pages show nicely with occasional mild age toning/foxing to the margins.
Lot 7007


Title: Picturesque America; or, the Land We Live In: A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes, Forests, Waterfalls, Shores, Canons, Valleys, Cities, and Other Picturesque Features of Our Country
Author: uncredited
Editor: William Cullen Bryant - William Cullen Bryant was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post.
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1872 / 1874
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10.5" Height: 13"
Book Details: This decorative antique set features two oversized volumes bound in full leather with lavish gilt adornment and lettering on spine and covers, “with illustrations on steel and wood, by eminent American artists.”

Organized by region, the editor’s stated purpose is to "present full descriptions and elaborate pictorial delineations of the scenery characteristic of all the different parts of our country." The essays, together with its nine hundred wood engravings and fifty steel engravings, had a profound influence on the growth of tourism and the historic preservation movement in the United States.

Both of these volumes, with marbled endpapers and gilt page edges, contain tables of contents with the author of the text and the artist's name.

Contributing American artists and engravers include: Harry Fenn, R. Swain Gifford, Granville Perkins, Alfred R. Waud, F. D. Woodward, W. H. Gibson, William Hart, R. Hinshelwood, S. V. Hunt, F. Holl and E. P. Brandard, among others.

Condition / Notes: This decorative antique set shows well, bound in full leather with bright stamped gilt lettering and adornment and gilt page edges.

The books show light age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities including scuffing and discoloration. The bindings are secure with cracked and weakening front hinges. The text is clear with mild age toning throughout.
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

© 2018 National Book • 2085 Dryden Road (Route 13), Freeville, NY 13068 • 607-269-0101 • All rights reserved. For more information, contact us.