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Lot 7387

$200

Title: The Greely Arctic Expedition as Fully Narrated by Lieut. Greely, U.S.A., and Other Survivors
Author: Adolphus Washington Greely
Publisher: Barclay & Company
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1884

Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 105 pages plus a single page of publisher's advertisement
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Description: A scarce history of Lieut. A. W. Greely's arctic expedition, with an account of Commander Schley's report. The work is illustrated throughout with black and white illustrations of the explorers, the ship and other images from the exploration.

In 1881, First Lieutenant Greely was given command of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition on the ship Proteus. Promoted by Henry W. Howgate, its purpose was to establish one of a chain of meteorological-observation stations as part of the First International Polar Year. The expedition also was commissioned by the US government to collect astronomical and polar magnetic data, which was carried out by the astronomer Edward Israel who was part of Greely's crew. Another goal of the expedition was to search for any clues of the USS Jeannette, lost north of Ellesmere Island.
Greely was without previous Arctic experience, but he and his party were able to discover many hitherto unknown miles along the coast of northwest Greenland. The expedition also crossed Ellesmere Island from east to west and Lt. James B. Lockwood and David L. Brainard achieved a new "farthest north" record of 83 24'.

In 1882, Greely sighted a mountain range during a dog sledding exploration to the interior of northern Ellesmere Island and named them the Conger Range. He also sighted the Innuitian Mountains from Lake Hazen. Two relief parties failed to reach Greely's party encamped at Fort Conger on Ellesmere Island. Thanks to the persistence of Greely's wife, Henrietta, the search was never abandoned.

A later expedition, led by Capt. Winfield Scott Schley, the USRC Bear, a former whaler built in Greenock, Scotland, was sent to rescue the Greely party. By the time the Bear, and ships, Thetis and Alert, arrived on June 22, 1884 to rescue the expedition (which by then had painstakingly relocated to Cape Sabine), nineteen of Greely's 25-man crew had perished from starvation, drowning, hypothermia, and in one case, gunshot wounds from an execution ordered by Greely. Greely and the other survivors were themselves near death; one of the survivors died on the homeward journey. The returning survivors were venerated as heroes, though the heroism was tainted by sensational accusations of cannibalism during the remaining days of low food.

Condition: The volume shows some external age/wear, with light tearing along the edges of the wrapper and small drop stain to front cover. The lightly age-toned pages are well bound. Bright illustrations.
 
Lot 7388

$20

Title: Church Controversy: A Collection of Pamphlets Which Have Appeared in the Case of the Rev. Cave Jones
Author: William White
Publisher: D. & G. Bruce
City: New York
Year: 1811-1812
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 5.5" Height: 9"
Description: This is a compilation of antique theological texts relating to Reverend Cave Jones, who was an assistant minister of Trinity Church in New York. Included in this collection are the following pamphlets:

A Solemn Appeal to the Church; Being a Plain Statement of Facts in the Matters Pending between Dr. Hobart with Others, and the Other. Together with Appendix, Containing a Statement of the Case of the Rev. Mr. Feltus, under His Own Hand. Published 1811 for the author. 104 pages.

A Word in Season, Touching the Present Misunderstanding in the Episcopal Church. Authored by "A Layman" Printed by D. & G. Bruce, New York, 1811. 59 pages.

Dr. Hobart's System of Intolerance Exemplified in the Late Proceedings against His Colleague, the Author. By the Rev. Cave Jones. Printed for the author, 1811. 82 pages.

The Resolutions Adopted at a Meeting of the Episcopalians at Mechanic Hall; Also Two Letters from the Honorable John Jay to the Rev. Case Jones. 1812. 12 pages.

Prelatical Usurpation Exposed: or, A Vindication of the Exclusive Right of Jurisdiction in the Right Rev. Samuel Provoost, as Diocesan Bishop of the P. E. Church in the State of New York. With an Appendix, relating to the Case of the Rev. Case Jones. By Vindex. 1812. 71 pages.

Serious Thoughts on a Late Administration of Episcopal Orders, Submitted to the Calm Reflection of the Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church. WIth a Postscript in Answer to Dr. Bowden's "Essentials of Ordination Stated." By Hieronymous. New York, 1812. 80 pages.

Condition: Antique leather-bound volume shows significant external wear. Lacks spine cover, front board is detached. Boards show rubbing. Volume has marbled endpapers. Blank pages at front and rear of book show foxing. Text block is intact. Previous owner's markings are visible on a preliminary page. Previous owner's name appears in the upper right-hand corner of title page of first pamphlet; a small hole can be seen in the title page of the third pamphlet. Text block is otherwise clean, with unmarked pages.
 
Lot 7389

$30

Description: This lot includes the group of three original 18th century engravings on laid paper shown in the corresponding images. These pieces were engraved by I. Kip after L. Knuff, and are from the same series depicting elaborate English manors. We are also offering several other engravings from this series throughout this auction.

The engravings in this lot depict Hamstead Marshall in the County of Bercks, and Alhdowne Parke in the County of Bercks, both seats of the Rt. Honorable William Lord Craven Barron Craven of Hamstead Marshall in the County of Bercks. The third engraving depicts Haigh in the County Palatine of Lancaster, the Seat of Sr. Roger Bradshaigh Baronett.

These engravings measure approximately 24.75" x 20.5".
Condition: Some engravings in this lot show more advanced age/wear indications including edge wear and tearing. The engravings have vertical folds at the center.
 
Lot 7390

$40

Description: This lot includes the group of antique bibles shown in the corresponding image(s). Some volumes have decorative gilt tooling and/or raised bands. Also included is a profusely illustrated volume of "The Hieroglyphic Bible." To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: Some volumes in this lot show more advanced age/wear indications.
 
Lot 7391

$80

Description: This lot includes the group of vintage and antique Buffalo, New York postcards shown in the corresponding image(s). These postcards depict landmarks such as Peace Bridge, McKinley Monument, Shelton Square, and City Hall, among others. This material includes postcards that are real photographs and chromolithographs among other handsome design elements. There are approximately 350 postcards included in this lot. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 7392

$50

Title: Canaries and Cage-Birds
Author: George H. Holden
Publisher: George H. Holden
City: New York
Year: 1883
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 364 pages plus 8 pages of index and advertisements
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.5"
Description: This is a first edition of a lavishly illustrated nineteenth-century work of ornithology with rare color gold plates. Full-page and in-text illustrations also appear in this exhaustive study of all aspects of the keeping and breeding of birds. Articles appear on a great variety of birds, as well as chapters on bird exhibitions, "bird-architecture," food and care, as well as diseases and medicines. This book also contains an uncommon illustrated price catalogue of bird cages
Condition: Antique volume bound in green cloth with gilt decorative designs showing birds on spine and front cover. Book shows external wear, with fraying at corners and ends of spine. Binding is cracked at front hinge and title page. Age-toned pages are clean and without markings. Eight color-litho plates with tissue guards are well preserved and show brightly.
 
Lot 7393

$70

Title: Old Calabria
Author: Norman Douglas
Publisher: Martin Secker
City: London
Year: 1915
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 352 pages plus 16 pages of publisher's catalogue
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Description: This is a scarce first edition of this uncommon and important title. It brought its author public recognition as an author. While working for the Foreign Office Douglas had written several zoological monographs but his first travel writing, "Unprofessional Tales," was a collaboration with his then wife which was published under the pseudonym Normyx. Douglas' life was marred by both poverty, at times extreme, and sexual scandals. Unhappy at boarding school in England after the death of his father, he is reputed to have given his mother the ultimatum that either she remove him, or he would arrange to be expelled for "sexual malpractice." Sexual malpractice seems to have been a recurring theme with Douglas, as he was forced to leave the country he was living in several times in order to avoid investigations into his relationships with minors. Despite these controversies, Douglas' writing was admired by his contemporaries, his book "South Wind" was praised for its humane values by Virginia Woolf, and he developed closed friendships with other early 20th century writers including D. H. Lawrence and Compton Mackenzie. Douglas died in 1952 on the island of Capri, a place where he had spent many years of his life.

Condition: Bound in blindstamped green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt with decorative ornament to front board. Tightly-bound volume shows mild shelfwear, with drop stain appearing at head of spine. Pages are clean and without markings. Tissue-guarded frontispiece and plates are bright.
 
Lot 7394

$15

Description: This lot includes the group of art exhibit catalogs shown in the corresponding image(s). Some artists represented in this lot are Picasso, Jasper Johns, and Milton Avery. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 7395

$25

Description: This lot includes the group of New York state ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes a framed photograph of a Binghamton scene, a New York City souvenir book, pamphlets, programs, letterheads, advertisements, and a birth certificate, among other items. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 7396

$60

Title: Paneros
Author: Norman Douglas
Publisher: G. Orioli
City: Florence
Year: 1930
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 166 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Description: This number 50 of 250 of this author-signed limited edition of an essay on aphrodisiacs. It is title number 5 of the Lungarno Series. From 1920 until 1937 Douglas was settled in Florence. As his fame grew, he became much visited by inter-war writers, and forged close friendships with D. H. Lawrence and Bryher. During these years he lived with the publisher Giuseppe (Pino) Orioli, who helped him publish several limited editions, most of which were later commercially published in London.
Condition: Bound in elegantly patterned, fine brown cloth, with small, dark blemish to spine. Soundly bound volume with still partially uncut pages that have water markings along upper rim of text block and staining to bottom portion of pages 129-159.
 
Lot 7397

$30

Description: This lot includes the group of antique Italian souvenir books shown in the corresponding image(s). These volumes are profusely illustrated with both color and black and white photographs, showing the areas of Roma and Genova. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These volumes show some age/wear indications, such as rubbing to edges, and some chipping to wrappers. The interior pages are clean, with beautiful, vivid images.
 
Lot 7398

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

- The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History by George F. Black - Dated 1946 by The New York Public Library - This volume shows some moisture indications.
- The Book of Record: A Diary Written by Patrick First Earl of Strathmore and Other Documents Relating to Glamis Castle 1684-1689 by A. H. Millar - Dated 1890 by T. and A. Constable - Boards show some moisture indications.
- My Windows on the Street of the World by James Mavor - Dated 1923 by J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. - Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: No - Exteriors show some wear and sunning, some darkening to endpapers.
- Carillon Music and Singing Towers of the Old World and the New by William Gorham Rice - Dated 1925 by Dodd, Mead and Company - This volume shows some cracking at hinges. A name is written in ink on front free endpaper.
- The Gothic Quest by Ralph Adams Cram - Dated 1907 by The Baker and Taylor Company - Boards show some moisture indications, stamp on front free endpaper.
 
Lot 7399

$120

Description: This lot includes the group of Roycroft publications in suede wrappers shown in the corresponding image(s). Included in this lot are several books written by Elbert Hubbard, such as "The Man of Sorrows," and "Little Journeys" featuring Andrew Carnegie, John B. Stetson, and Philip Armour.

Elbert Hubbard founded the Roycroft community in 1895 in the village of East Aurora, Erie County, New York, near Buffalo. The work and philosophy of the group, often referred to as the Roycroft movement, had a strong influence on the development of American architecture and design in the early 20th century.

Condition: The suede wrappers of these volumes show some wear and chipping. The bindings are generally tight with clean pages.
 
Lot 7400

$30

Description: This lot includes the group of New York state and New York City ephemera shown in the corresponding image. This material includes city guide books, driver's manuals, pamphlets, yearbooks, and the Ithaca High School Glee Club songbook, published in 1926 among other items. This lot also includes an upstate New York photo album, circa WWI. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 7401

$30

Title: A Defence of the Old Testament, in a Series of Letters, Addressed to Thomas Paine, Author of a Book Intitled "The Age of Reason, Part the Second, Being an Investigation of True and Fabulous Theology."
Author: David Levi
Publisher: Hogan & McElroy
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1798

Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 207 pages plus 4 pages of subscribers' names and 2 pages of publisher's advertisements
Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75"
Description: In addition to supplying basic information about Judaism to Jews and Christians in England, Levi defended Judaism against deists--the followers of Spinoza, Voltaire, Hume, Bolingbroke and Thomas Paine--who had appeared in both the Jewish community and in the general English society. Levi responded to the attempts by Joseph Priestly and others to convert the Jews. In this volume, he offered a refutation to Thomas Paine's attack on biblical religion.
Condition: Antique volume in full leather binding shows external age/wear, with light soiling of boards. Hinges are cracked, with front board detaching at front hinge. Text block is intact. Water markings are visible at front and rear of volume (including title page). Lightly age-toned pages show mild foxing and occasional marginalia.
 
Lot 7402

$350

Title: The Caroline Almanack and American Freeman's Chronicle for 1840
Author: uncredited
Editor: William Lyon Mackenzie
Publisher: Mackenzie's Gazette Office
City: Rochester
Year: 1839
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 124 pages
Width: 4.25" Height: 8"
Description: This is a rare first edition of this periodical, intended as a practical almanac, yet it is almost entirely a political tract devoted to the 1837 Rebellion in Upper Canada, attacking both British and American policies of the time. It was the only issue published. The almanac took its name from the steamer "Caroline," a ship at the center of a series of events beginning in 1837 that strained relations between the United States and Britain.

A group of Canadian rebels, led by William Lyon Mackenzie, seeking a Canadian republic, had been forced to flee to the United States after leading the failed Upper Canada Rebellion in Upper Canada (now Ontario).

They took refuge on Navy Island on the Canadian side of the Niagara River, which separates the two countries (between Ontario and New York) and declared themselves the Republic of Canada under MacKenzie's "general" Rensselaer Van Rensselaer (nephew of General Stephen Van Rensselaer). American sympathizers supplied them with money, provisions, and arms via the steamboat SS Caroline.

On December 29, Canadian loyalist Colonel Sir Allan MacNab and Captain Andrew Drew of the Royal Navy commanding a party of militia, acting on information and guidance from Alexander McLeod, crossed the international boundary and seized the Caroline, towed her into the current, set her afire, and cast her adrift over Niagara Falls, after killing one black American named Amos Durfee in the process. His body was later exhibited in front of a recruiting tavern in Buffalo, New York. US illustrations in the press showed the burning ship going over the falls with men falling headlong into the chasm. In reality, the ship did not immediately go over the falls. She grounded and later broke up and the pieces went over the falls later on.

It was falsely reported that dozens of Americans were killed as they were trapped on board; in fact the ship had been abandoned before being set adrift. Public opinion across the United States was outraged against the British. President Martin Van Buren protested strongly to London, but was ignored.

The cover of the almanac depicts a night scene of a man lying dead beside a river, with the S.S. Caroline burning in the background on the very lip of Niagara Falls, and page 3 has an illustration of two rebels hanged in Toronto, other faces at the prison window, and the bold lines "Canada's Martyrs - Royal Mercy: Rob the People First, Then Murder 'Em for Defending Themselves" and "People of America, Take Warning by the Past !". On page 92 is the full page woodcut "View of the Battle of Windmill Point, Below Prescott, Upper Canada".

Only a dozen copies of this almanac are known to exist today.

Condition: Bound in three-quarter leather with marbled boards. Volume lacks spine cover and shows external wear concentrated at edges. Boards are loose but attached. Text block is intact. Pages show (heavy) foxing throughout. Water stain is visible at lower inside corners of initial pages. Previous owner's name, address and date appear in pencil on blank preliminary page. One other preliminary appears to have been excised. Illustrated title page has small closed tear to left-hand side of bottom half of page, from second line to seventh line of introductory paragraph. There is also a closed tear across pages nine and ten, from left-hand side to center of text.
 
Lot 7403

$25
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Notre Belle Patrie Sites Pittoresques de la France by J. Monnier - Dated 1904 by Librairie Hachette et Cie. - This volume is handsome red leather with gilt tooling, raised bands, and marbled endpapers and page edges. This volume shows cracking at both hinges and gutters with loosening boards, pages show some foxing.

- Captain Cook's Three Voyages Round the World by Charles R. Low - Dated 1895 by George Routledge and Sons, Limited - Contains handsome color plates and black and white illustrations throughout. This volume shows some advanced age/wear indications, including some loose and/or detached pages.

- Venice: Its History, Art, Industries, and Modern Life by Charles Yriarte - Dated 1896 by Henry T. Coates & Co. - The gilt tooling on the front board and spine is handsome and bright. This volume shows wear to edges and corners of boards, pages show some moisture indications. The fold out map is generally intact, with some tearing and loss at one crease.

- Stanley's Adventures in the Wilds of Africa by Willis Fletcher Johnson, J. T. Headley - Dated 1890 by Edgewood Publishing Co. - This volume shows some advanced age/wear indications.

- The Doctor's Scrapbook by J. W. Torbett, Sr. - Dated 1947 by uncredited - Author-inscribed on the front free endpaper. This volume shows advanced wear and loss to dust jacket. Some cracking at hinges.
 
Lot 7404

$110

Description: This lot includes the group of paperbound Nazi picture books shown in the corresponding image(s). These books were all edited by Heinrich Hoffmann, Adolf Hitler's official photographer and publisher of Nazi propaganda.:

- Hitler in seiner Heimat. Foreword by Otto Dietrich- Dated 1938 by Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, Berlin (231. bis 260. Tausend) - Book shows light external wear, dust jacket intact with wear particularly noticeable at edges. Rear cover shows small scratch at its center, front cover has markings to left-hand side of top margin. Rear flap is pasted to reverse of rear cover.

- Hitler befreit Sudetenland. Foreword by Konrad Henlein. - Dated 1938 by Zeitgeschichte-Verlag, Berlin (181. bis 190. Tausend) - Volume shows light external wear, dust jacket is intact with wear particularly noticeable at edges.

- Mit Hitler in Polen. Foreword by Wilhelm Keitel. - Dated 1939 by Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, Munich (326. bis 375. Tausend) - Book shows light external wear. Dust jacket shows shelfwear, flaps pasted to reverse of boards.

- Mit Hitler im Westen. Foreword by Wilhelm Keitel. - Dated 1940 by Verlag Heinrich Hoffmann, Munich (551. bis 600. Tausend)- Book shows three small stains to top of front cover. Interior is clean and bright. Dust jacket shows significant external wear and taping to top of spine. Front flap is detached and pasted to reverse of front cover. Rear flap nearly torn from cover.
 
Lot 7405

$45

Description: This lot includes the large, elaborate Victorian valentine shown in the corresponding image(s). This valentine features a chromolithograph cameo, surrounded by gathered fabric and shaped celluloid trimming. This piece measures approximately 13" by 13". To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: This valentine shows beautifully, with some light age/wear indications. There are some moisture indications on one part of the decorative paper tubing.
 
Lot 7406

$55
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Art Training for Life and for Industry by Charles Alpheus Bennett - Dated 1923 by The Manual Arts Press - Author-inscribed. Author-signed letter tipped in to rear free endpaper.

- Speech Out of the Rooted Tree: A Selection of Poems by Madeleine Schetty - Dated 1947 by Hippogryph Press - Author-inscribed on the half title page. Dust jacket shows some tearing and loss.

- Here I Stand by John Beecher - Dated 1941 by Twice A Year Press - First Edition - Author-inscribed on half title page, limited edition number 280 of 400. Some wear to dust jacket.

- Charlie: The Improbable Life and Times of Charles MacArthur by Ben Hecht - Dated 1957 by Harper & Brothers - Author-signed on front free endpaper. Dust jacket shows some rubbing and wear, foxing to dust jacket and endpapers.

- Colebrook: A Historical Sketch by William H. McNeill - Dated 1996 by The Colebrook Historical Society - Author-signed on the half title page. Slight wear to dust jacket, binding is tight and pages are clean.

- The Charcoal Iron Industry in the Perkiomen Valley by Alfred Gemmell - Dated 1949 by Hartenstine Printing House - Author-signed on the title page, limited edition number 42 of 200. Spine shows some sunning.
 
Lot 7407

$275

Description: This lot features the following group of antique magazine issues:

Title: Look
Issue Dates: 1939
Number of Issues: 26

These magazines show nicely with beautiful color front and rear covers. Some cover stories include war propaganda, Hitler, Hollywood, baseball, and Joan Crawford. We are offering multiple lots of "Look" magazine throughout this auction - please see our catalog for additional listings.

Condition: Most of the magazines are intact and whole, with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 7408

$35
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- Catalogue of Painters and Draughtsmen Represented in the Library of Reproductions of Pictures & Drawings by Robert & Mary Witt Edited by Robert & Mary Witt - Dated 1920 by Privately Printed - This volume has the signature of Paul J. Sacks on the front free endpaper. The boards of this volume show some moisture indications.

- Catalogue of the Italian Paintings Before 1800 by Peter Tomory - Dated 1976 by The Stinehour Press - Binding is tight, pages are clean.

- Materials for the Study of the Mosaics of St. Sophia at Istanbul by Cyril Mango - Dated 1962 by J. J. Augustin - Boards show some sunning, binding is tight and pages are clean.

- The Toledo Museum of Art: Catalogue of Inaugural Exhibition - Dated 1912 by The Toledo Museum of Art - Printing of this catalogue was limited to one thousand copies. This volume has the signature of Paul J. Sacks on the front free endpaper. Shows some cracking at back hinge.

- Paintings in the Hermitage by Colin Eisler - Dated 1990 by Stewart, Tabori & Chang - This volume shows well with its original dust jacket, which shows minimal wear. Binding is tight, and text block is clean.
 
Lot 7409

$55

Description: This lot includes the group of estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes book and art reference, as well as Western literature. An author-inscribed volume of George Rainey's "No Man's Land" is also included. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These books are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws. "Gunman's Territory" is an ex-library volume with stamps and/or other markings internally. Some dust jackets show tearing and/or chipping.
 
Lot 7410

$225

Description: This lot includes the piece of antique ethnic jewelry shown in the corresponding image(s). This ornamental necklace originates from China, of the Miao minority. Miao silver ornaments have a history of over 400 years. This piece is composed of nine rings, each made up of fours strands of twisted square wire with half-sun markings. This piece is hand-hammered, made up of 30% silver and 70% white brass. The dimensions are approximately 9" by 8", and it weighs approximately 2.75 pounds. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: This piece shows well with some light age/wear indications, including some tarnish.
 
Lot 7411

$15

Title: Old Greenock Characters, Second Series
Author: John Donald
Publisher: Milne, Tannahill & Methven
City: Perth
Year: 1930
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 192 pages
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Description: Local history of the city of Greenock in western Scotland.
Condition: Bound in green cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume shows mild external wear, with markings to upper and lower edges of front cover. Binding is tight. Pages are clean, without markings, with numerous plates. Previous owner's elegantly designed bookplate appears on front endpaper. Author's inscription can be seen on front flyleaf. It reads "To / Mr. M. E. Tracy / New York, U. S. A. / With / The Author's Compliments." Author's signature appears under frontispiece portrait. Tattered dust jacket has detached rear flap.
 
Lot 7412

$50

Description: This auction lot is for the antique Chinese hand-carved wooden basket shown in the corresponding image(s). This basket has intricately carved ornamentations on the handle, some in braided or floral patterns. The lid is detachable with a metal ring handle. This basket was likely used as a lunch basket by a field worker. This basket measures approximately 17.5" tall, with an 8" diameter. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: This basket shows some age/wear indications such as surface scratches, and some chipping and loss. There is some separation between the two halves of the basket's lid.
 
Lot 7413

$40

Description: This lot includes the group of oversized art reference books shown in the corresponding image(s). Topics included are Mayan art, mural paintings of Diego Rivera, and mural paintings of the Mexican Revolution. These volumes are profusely illustrated with photographs and handsome artwork. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These volumes show beautifully, with tight bindings, and clean, bright pages. The dust jackets show some light wear - "Mural Painting of the Mexican Revolution" shows some loss to dust jacket.
 
Lot 7414

$70

Title: The Right to an Answer
Author: Anthony Burgess
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
City: New York
Year: 1961
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 255 pages
Width: 6" Height: 8.5"
Description: This is a first U.S. edition of this darkly comic novel, the first of Burgess' repatriate years (1960-69). One of its themes is the disillusionment of the returning exile. The critic William H. Pritchard described the novel in a 1966 publication as "surely Burgess' most engaging novel."

Condition: Volume and dust jacket are in excellent condition. Dust jacket is in mylar cover.
 
Lot 7415

$10

Description: This lot includes the antique unequal-arm balance scale shown in the corresponding image(s). The various pieces included are a mahogany arm with inlaid brass markings and fittings, a wrought iron hook, a cast iron 10-kilogram weight, and a pan. The mahogany arm measures approximately 22.75" long. The diameter of the pan is approximately 9.75".

This type of scale is made with one arm of the balance much longer than the other. An object to be weighed is placed on one end of the beam on the pan, while a small known weight is moved out along the longer arm until balance is achieved. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These items are in generally good condition with some age/wear indications.
 
Lot 7416

$120
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- A Flower Book by Eden Coybee - Dated 1901 by Grant Richards - This volume has handsome color plates throughout. Boards show some age/wear, binding is loosening at some signatures.

- Little Ella, and Her Rocky Parlour by Mrs. Henry Crewe - Dated Unknown by The Religious Tract Society - Wrapper is detached from text block and shows some chipping and loss concentrated at the spine.

- R. Caldecott's Picture Book by Randolph Caldecott - Dated Unknown by Frederick Warne & Co. - Profusely illustrated, with several vividly colored chromolithographs. Spine cover is lacking, binding is tight, age toned pages.

- Jessy Moore's Four Gifts - Dated 1861 by The Sunday School of Calvary Church - Shows some wear to exterior, some moisture indications or darkening to pages.

- Picture Pranks - Dated Unknown by Ernest Nister - Profusely illustrated, with a beautiful chromolithograph frontispiece. Some wear and chipping to boards and spine. Some cracking at hinges and foxing to endpapers.

- Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll - Dated 1894 by Macmillan and Co. - Beautifully illustrated throughout. Boards show some rubbing and wear. Shows cracking at hinges, and pages show some foxing.
 
Lot 7417

$15

Description: This lot includes the scrapbook album shown in the corresponding image(s). This album is dated between 1926-28, kept by a pharmacy medical student at the University of Buffalo. Many of the contents are travel related, with items relating to destinations such as Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Other contents include report cards, photographs, and newspaper clippings. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: This album shows some age/wear indications, including tearing and/or loss to pages due to the removal of some contents.
 
Lot 7418

$10

Description: This lot includes the group of antique estate books shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes books on theology, hymn books, and arithmetic among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: These volumes show significant age/wear indications.
 
Lot 7419

$350

Title: Phelps's Travellers' Guide through the United States; Containing Upwards of Seven Hundred Rail-Road, Canal and Stage and Steam-Boat Routes, Accompanied with a New Map of the United States
Author: uncredited
Editor: Humphrey Phelps
Publisher: Ensigns & Thayes
City: New York
Year: 1849

Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 70 pages
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Description: A rare edition of this antique pocket book guide published by a firm known in the mid-nineteenth century for its prints and maps, and, most famously, after 1838, for its Travellers' Guide series. These books always featured a large fold-out map. The elegantly designed map in this volume was particularly successful, as it was based on the latest topographical findings, documenting all of the state boundaries and most important transportation routes in the U.S. east of Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana. The territories of the Plains Indian tribes are also indicated.
Condition: Bound in Original red morocco with decorative design to front cover showing steam engine and steam ship "St. Louis," and gilt-lettered title within an ornamental border. Volume shows light wear to edges and more significant wear at ends of spine. Book is solidly bound. Preliminary pages show pencil markings. Gilt-edged pages have very occasional, light foxing. With marbled rear flyleaf

Present at rear is a large fold-out map of the United States by J. M. Atwood, measuring approximately 24.75" x 20.5", with brightly hand-colored outlines and border of engraved portraits views and seals of states. Contains inset maps of Oregon, California and Texas. Tape repairs to map folds.
 
Lot 7420

$25

Description: This lot includes the group of New York City and New York State related ephemera shown in the corresponding image(s). This material includes items relating to Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, Hudson River, and the Larkin Soap Manufacturing Company, among others. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition: As with all the books and ephemera in these lots, these items are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
 
Lot 7421

$100

Title: The Last of the Medici Done into English
Author: Harold Acton
Publisher: G. Orioli, Lungarno, Corsini
City: Florence
Year: 1930
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 159 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9"
Description: This is a privately printed limited edition of a translation by Acton of a 18th-century memoir of Giangastone de' Medici. It is number 116 of 365 and title number 2 of the Lungarno series. It contains an introduction by Norman Douglas.
Condition: Bound in original brown cloth with gold-gilt embossed medallion of Gian Gastone De Medici on the front cover. Volume is in excellent condition. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and bright. Book is protected by transparent plastic cover.
 
Lot 7422

$60

Title: Deeds of Daring by Both Blue and Gray: Thrilling Narratives of Personal Adventure, Exploits of Scouts and Spies, Forlorn Hopes, Heroic Bravery, Patient Endurance, Imprisonments and Hair-Breadth Escapes, Romantic Incidents, Hand to Hand Struggles, Humorous and Tragic Events, Perilous Journeys, Bold Dashes, Brilliant Successes, Magnanimous Actions, Etc. on Each Side of the Line during the Great Civil War
Author: D. M. Kelsey
Publisher: Scammell & Company, Publishers
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1884

Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 608 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Description: This is a scarce edition of an illustrated history of the U. S. Civil War, presenting both full-page and in-text illustrations.
Condition: Bound in blue cloth with decorative gilt and silver designs, this antique volume show light external age/wear. Book is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. Previous owners' stamps and signature appear on front endpaper. Pages are unmarked.
 
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