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Lot 3001

$120

Title: The Grapes 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, State Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1908
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xv/564 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 12.25"
Book Details: This is the second in the series of fruit publications by the New York Agricultural Experiment Station. "The Grapes of New York" offers a comprehensive survey of both table grape and wine grape varieties grown in the state, and the volume is justly celebrated for its detailed color illustrations. The work is illustrated with 101 magnificent full-color plates.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in green cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spine and front cover. This book shows age/wear indications, with light soiling and mild rubbing to the covers. The hinges are cracked. The pages are clean and without markings. Pages 385-400 display creasing.This work offers a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Edward Stanford Rogers. The plates are clean, with vivid coloring.
Lot 3002

$400

Title: The Compleat Troller, or the Art of Trolling. With a Description of All the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling, and Materials Requisite Thereto: With Rules and Directions How To Use Them. As Also a Brief Account of Most of the Principal Rivers in England.
Author: Robert Nobbes
Publisher: T. James for Tho. Helder
City: London
Year: circa 1790
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [20], 78, [2] pages
Width: 3.75" Height: 5.75"
Book Details: "Nobbes is commonly called 'The father of trollers'... He was the earliest, indeed, that discoursed at large, and in a substantial shape upon the subject" (Westwood & Satchell).

Trolling is defined as fishing by trailing a baited line from behind a slowly moving boat.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce 18th century edition of a noted early work on angling.

This antique volume is bound in contemporary leather, with stamped gilt ruling to the spine. The book shows external wear, with light soiling to the covers. Minor staining can be seen in the upper outside corner of the back cover. Minor loss of material is visible at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. An early armorial bookplate appears on the front pastedown. The interior displays scattered light foxing, with moisture marking in the upper outside corner of text block from page 37. This work is illustrated with woodcuts in the text. This work has been collated. All pages are present.

Westwood & Satchell, p. 156; Heckscher 1445; Wing N-193
Lot 3003

$110

Title: Limonium Syriacum; Calamentha Angustifoliis; Coronopus
Artist:
Medium: Engraving
Features: Original
Print Year: 1713
Width: 16.5" Height: 20.75"
Art Notes: Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done.
Condition: BESLER, Basil (1561-1629). [Statice or sea lavender] Limonium Syriacum; [Small calamint] Calamentha Angustifoliis; [Buckhorn] Coronopus. Eichstatt: 1713, 3rd edition. Hand-colored engraving on laid paper. Two losses in left hand margin, light edgewear and age discoloration. Sheet size: 20 5/8 x 16 3/8 inches.
Lot 3004

$225

Title: The Herbal of Pseudo-Apuleius from the Ninth-Century Manuscript in the Abbey of Monte Cassino [Codex Casinensis 97] together with the First Printed Edition of Joh. Phil. de Lignamine [Editio princeps Romae 1481] Both in Facsimile
Author: Pseudo-Apuleius
Publisher: E. J. Brill
City: Leyden
Year: 1935
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxxviii/161 pages
Width: 17.25" Height: 22.5"
Book Details: "Pseudo-Apuleius" is the name given to the author of a 4th-century herbal known as "Pseudo-Apuleius Herbarius" or "Herbarium Apuleii Platonici." He is not identical with Apuleius of Madaura (124–170), the Roman poet and philosopher. Little or nothing else is known of Pseudo-Apuleius apart from this. The oldest surviving manuscript of the Herbarium is 6th-century Leiden, MS. Voss. Q.9. Until the 12th century it was the most influential herbal in Europe, with numerous extant copies surviving into the modern era. Thereafter it was more or less displaced by the Circa instans, a herbal produced at the school of Salerno. "Pseudo-Apuleius" is also used as a shorthand generic term to refer to the manuscripts and derived works.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition, being number 64 of 200. This antique folio is bound in gray paper-covered boards and a white cloth backstrip. The book shows external wear, with light soiling and rubbing to the covers. Tearing is visible at the top/bottom of the spine. Minor loss can be seen at the outside corners. The binding is sound. The bookplate of The Cleveland Garden Center appears on the front pastedown. A white library sticker is attached at the bottom edge of the rear pastedown. Library notations in pencil can be seen at the bottom of the title page. The interior is clean and bright. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of Cardinal Francesco Gonzanga (to whom the first edition was dedicated) and manuscript facsimiles, with the first printed edition appearing on opposite pages. There are appendices and a table of the names of plants.
Lot 3005

$225

Title: Captain Cook's Journal during His First Voyage round the World Made in H. M. Bark "Endeavour" 1768-71: A Literal Transcription of the Original MSS. With Notes and Introduction
Author: James Cook - Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.

Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and joined the Royal Navy in 1755. He saw action in the Seven Years' War, and subsequently surveyed and mapped much of the entrance to the Saint Lawrence River during the siege of Quebec. This helped bring Cook to the attention of the Admiralty and Royal Society. This notice came at a crucial moment in both Cook's career and the direction of British overseas exploration, and led to his commission in 1766 as commander of HM Bark Endeavour for the first of three Pacific voyages.

In three voyages Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved. As he progressed on his voyages of discovery he surveyed and named features, and recorded islands and coastlines on European maps for the first time. He displayed a combination of seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills, physical courage and an ability to lead men in adverse conditions.

Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th century and numerous memorials worldwide have been dedicated to him. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Elliot Stock
City: London
Year: 1893
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: lvi/400 pages
Width: 8.5" Height: 11"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in green cloth over beveled boards, with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. A facsimile of James Cook's signature is stamped in gold on the front cover. The book shows a black stain to the mid-section of the spine and the lower half of the front cover. The binding is sound. A library card pocket is attached to the front pastedown. The lightly age-toned pages are partially uncut. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece, four plates and three well-preserved fold-out maps. A fourth map, entitled "Modern Chart of the South Ocean," facing page 32, has separated at its mid-section. There are in addition three folding maps in a pocket at the rear of the volume. One of these maps, "East Australian Coast Lane," has three small perforations along one vertical fold. A second has very small tears at the fold junctions, and a small ink spot in the upper right quadrant. All pages are present.
Lot 3006

$300

Details: This lot includes the incunabulum shown in the corresponding image(s). This is a large leaf from the Nuremberg Chronicle, with the words "Quita eras mudi / Folio" appearing in the top margin, and the Latin number LXXXI in the upper right corner of the recto, and "Quinta etas mundi" in the top margin of the verso. The in-text woodcut illustrations on the recto depict Marco Emilio, Paulus feruius, Lucius Mallius vulfo, and others, while the verso features portraits of Demetrius Fother, Antoich fili epihpanis, Judas machabeus, and others. These finely hand-colored woodcuts are by Michael Wolgemut (1434-1519), who taught Albrecht Durer, and may well have participated in designing some of the illustrations for the specialist craftsmen (called "formschneider"s) who cut the blocks, onto which the design had been drawn, or a drawing glued.

""The Nuremberg Chronicle" is an illustrated biblical paraphrase and world history that follows the story of human history related in the Bible; it includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel, with a version in German, translation by Georg Alt, it appeared in 1493. It is one of the best-documented early printed books—an incunabulum —and one of the first to successfully integrate illustrations and text.

Latin scholars refer to it as "Liber Chronicarum" (Book of Chronicles) as this phrase appears in the index introduction of the Latin edition. English speakers have long referred to it as the Nuremberg Chronicle after the city in which it was published. German speakers refer to it as "Die Schedelsche Weltchronik" (Schedel's World History) in honour of its author."

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Condition / Notes: This leaf, measuring approximately 11.5" x 17.5", shows some staining/smudging in its margins as well as lighter age markings in the text and illustrations. Some edge wear is apparent, and woodcut illustrations show vivid hand-coloration. Pencil printing in the bottom margin of the verso reads "Schedler: Latin Nuremberg Chronicle (Woodcuts by M. Wholigemut, teacher of Overer, hand-colored contemporary) Nuremberg, Koberager 1493."
Lot 3007

$130
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- De Bojorum Migrationibus nec non De Claris Bohmeris : ad Virum Maxime Reverendum & Excellentissimum Dn. Ludovic-Philippum Böhmervm In Academia Julia hactenus Professorem Moralium celeberrimum, jam vero Ecclesiarum principatus & urbis Göttingensis Superintendentem Generalem, in Electorali, quod Göttingæ floret, Pædagogio S.S. Theologiæ Professorem P. nec non ad D. Johann. ibidem Pastorem Primarium, Dissertatio Epistolica Joachimi Meieri J.U.L. & in d. Pædagogio Professoris P. by Philipp Ludwig Bohmer, Joachim Meier - Dated 1701 by Literis Josquini WoykenThis volume is bound with text by Hector & Angelus Felicius.

- Joachimi Meieri J. U. L. in Electorali Paedagogio Goettingensi Profess. P. De Bojorum migrationibus & origine : nec non de claris Bohmeris dissertatio epistolica by Joachim Meier - Dated 1702 by Sumtibus Johann. Christophor. Konigii Bibiopol. - First EditionThis volume is bound with text by Hector & Angelus Felicius.

- Georgi[i] Henrici Goezi[i] D. P. ac Superint. Annaemontani, De Imperatoribus Romano-Germanicis, Qvi Fidem Lutherano-Evangelicam Morte Confirmarunt, vel Von Lutherischen Romischen Kaysern : Dissertatio by Georg Heinrich Gotze - Dated 1701 by Apud Johann Christ. Miethen - First EditionThis volume is bound with text by Hector & Angelus Felicius.
- Dn. Hect. Felicii, Iurisconsulti Italiae Praeclarissimi, Tractatus desideratissimus De Communione seu Societate, Deque Lucro item ac Quaestu, Damno itidem ac Expensis, Omnibus Tum In Scholis Tum In Foro versantibus utilis ac necessarius. Accessit demum Index rerum, verborum, ac materiarum locupletissimus. Cum notis & additionibus H. Boxelli J. C. Groinchemiensis by Hector Felicius, Angelius Felicius - Dated 1677 by Sumptibus Leonardi ChouetThis antique volume is bound in early vellum, with handwritten titles on the spine. A small circular paper label appears at the foot of the spine. The book shows external wear, with a small tear at the top of the front spine edge and soiling to the covers. The binding is sound. The front pastedown has a bookplate and library markings. Library stamps can be seen on the title page. The pages are clean and without markings.

This volume is bound with several other titles.
Lot 3008

$325

Title: Nova Hispania et Nova Galicia
Artist: Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Medium: Engraving
Print Year: 1657
Width: 25.0" Height: 19.0"
Art Notes: This map is decorated with cathedral symbols around major cities as well as ships in the lower left, near the compass rose. Other decorative images around the map include cherubs and armadillos. Descriptions are in Latin.
Condition: This 17th century engraved map of Mexico on laid paper depicts the cities and churches of the Spanish colony in great detail. Mexico City is depicted with its lakes, and Puebla is labeled by its alternate name, "Angelorum ciutas" (City of angels).

Hand coloring remains vivid throughout, and shows particularly well around the map's title. Some edge wear is apparent and a closed tear in the top center extends approximately 2.25 inches into the piece, with other closed tears and minor losses. Image is clean and crisp.
Lot 3009

$650

Title: A Select Collection of Views and Ruins in Rome and Its Vicinity; Executed from Drawings Made upon the Spot in the Year 1791
Author: James Merigot
Publisher: Published by R. Edwards and Sold by Edwards and Robinson
City: London
Year: 1797/1799
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: "James Merigot was a landscape artist and master drawing teacher in Paris in 1772. He moved to London sometime after 1791. In London, he was able to established himself as a drawing master and publisher of meticulously made aquatint etchings that appeared in numerous British publications." (Courtesy of the Beaux Arts Gallery in Dallas at http://www.beauxartsart.com/about.html)
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce two-volumes-bound-as-one edition.

This handsome antique volume has been rebound in later half leather and marbled paper-covered boards. The spine has stamped gilt lettering and ruling. The book shows moderate external wear, with mild rubbing to the covers. The binding is firm. This volume has new endpapers. The pages and engraved plates display sporadic light foxing. An engraved half title page, with the words "Ruines de Rome," appears in the first volume. The first volume has a frontispiece and 30 plates, the second volume has 31 plates. The text is bilingual in French and English.
Lot 3010

$175

Title: Hawaii: Fifty Photographs by Brett Weston
Author: Brett Weston - Brett Weston was the son of photographer Edward Weston. He began to take photographs in the 1920s in Mexico, where he lived with his father. He traveled widely in search of subject matter, taking photographs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. From 1978 onward Weston spent much of his time in Hawaii.
Publisher: Photography West Graphics
City: Carmel, California
Year: 1992
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 50 pages
Width: 12.75" Height: 12.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed limited edition, being copy 248 of 300. The author's signature and limitation notice appear on the final page.

This volume is bound in decorative green cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering. This book shows very light external wear, with slight scuffing to the front cover. The binding is firm.The interior is clean and very-well preserved, This work is illustrated with fifty black-and-white plates.

This volume is housed in a green cloth slipcase with stamped gilt lettering matching the cover of the book. This slipcase shows very light scuffing.
Lot 3011

$25

Title: The "Halls"
Author: George F. Scotson-Clark
Publisher: Fisher-Unwin
City: London
Year: 1899
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 47 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a rare work by a noted commercial artist of the turn of the 20th century.

Scotson-Clark was a contemporary of Beardsley, Nicholson and Whistler and his work very much resembles Nicholson's poster design and graphic work.

This antique volume is bound in publisher's pictorial brown cloth, repairs to a spine showing tears and fraying at its edges. The covers display light soiling. Minor loss is visible at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. The hinges are cracked. This volume has pictorial green endpapers. The pages and plates exhibit occasional light foxing and marginal smudging. This work is illustrated with color woodcuts throughout.
Lot 3012

$55

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique estate books shown in the corresponding images.

Notable titles include "Wireless Telegraphy and Telephony" by A. P. Morgan, "The Bell Telephone System" by Arthur W. Page (in dust jacket), and "Letters of a Canadian Stretcher Bearer" by R. A. L.

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Condition / Notes: These items show well with some age/wear indicators such as chipping, fading, and light soiling to exteriors.
Lot 3013

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique author-signed literature shown in the corresponding images.

Author-signed titles include a first edition of "Paradise" by Esther Forbes, "It's a Great War!" by Mary Lee, "Syrian Yankee" by Salom Rizk, "All the Wonders We Seek" by Felix Marti-Ibanez, "The Heart of Philura" by Florence Morse Kingsely, and "A Modern Tragedy" by Phyllis Bentley. Other signed titles include "The House" by Grace Kellogg Griffith, "The Wolfshead" by Jere Wheelwright, and "The Lively Arts of Sister Gervaise" by John L. Bonn, in upside-down binding. "True" by Julia M. Burnett is signed by her son Charles Burnett, author of the introduction.

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Condition / Notes: These items are in pleasing condition, with age/wear indicators concentrated at the extremities.
Lot 3014

$40

Details: This lot consists of the antique Societe D'Aquarellistes Francais engravings and lithographs shown in the corresponding images.

The Societe d'aquarellistes francais, or "society of French watercolorists," often referred to as the Societe des aquarellistes francais, was an association of painters in watercolor in nineteenth-century France. It held annual exhibitions of works by members; the first of these was held in the gallery of Paul Durand-Ruel at 16 rue Laffitte, Paris, in 1879. The society ceased to be active in 1896. [Courtesy Wikipedia.]

This collection of engravings and lithographs collected by the society includes works by Tony Robert-Fleury, J. A. Rixens, Jules Worms, A Toulmonche, and E. Pagliano.

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Condition / Notes: These items show well with some paper discoloration, edge wear, and sporadic moisture markings.
Lot 3015

$500

Title: The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; With the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ's Hospital
Author: William Combe - William Combe was a British miscellaneous writer. His early life was that of an adventurer, his later was passed chiefly within the "rules" of the King's Bench Prison. He is chiefly remembered as the author of "The Three Tours of Dr. Syntax," a comic poem. His cleverest piece of work was a series of imaginary letters, supposed to have been written by the second, or "wicked" Lord Lyttelton. Of a similar kind were his letters between Swift and "Stella". He also wrote the letterpress for various illustrated books, and was a general hack.(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann
City: London
Year: 1816
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 369 unnumbered pages plus 48 color plates
Width: 11.75" Height: 14"
Book Details: A history of the great Public Schools of England from their foundation to the beginning of the 19th century. It was seen by Ackermann as an obvious adjunct to the earlier works, as the "principal schools of England" were also the "nurseries of the Universities" and thus deserved a work that was the equal of the two earlier works on Oxford and Cambridge. "The text, with the exception of the parts dealing with Winchester [56pp.], Eton [72pp.], and Harrow [40pp.] (the work of W.H. Pyne), were entirely written by [William] Combe [Westminster 27pp.; Charterhouse 32pp.; St. Paul's 34pp.; Merchant Taylors 22pp.; Rugby 34pp.; Christ's Hospital 43pp. The] same artists were employed in its decoration, the highest praise for which is that it equals, if not surpasses, that of Oxford and Cambridge. The original drawings for the forty-eight coloured plates were distributed among Westall, who executed fifteen, and Pugin and Mackenzie, who did fourteen each, while one is by J. Gendall, who besides illustrating Ackermann's publications was employed for some years in managing his business, particularly in developing the new art of lithography. The actual engraving was done by Havell and Stadler, with a few plates by Bluck and Bennett, and four line engravings of costume by Agar after Uwins. … This and the [History of the University of Oxford (1813) and History of the University of Cambridge (1814)]… with the kindred nature of their subject and the splendour of their illustrations, form a magnificent trilogy." (Martin Hardie).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is disbound. The text block is intact. The tissue guard before the title page, the title page and a number of pages display light foxing. The text block has a gilt top edge. Old damp staining slightly affects the upper blank margins of eight plates and about 17 text leaves. This work is illustrated with 48 hand-colored plates (forty-four aquatint views and four engraved plates of scholars), by Havell, Stadler, Bluck, and others, after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and others (second state of Plate 6 ["Winchester College, from the Meadow"] dated "Jany. 1, 1816"; second state of Plate 23 ["Westminster School Room"] with the masters' heads covered; third state of Plate 26 ["Charter House"] with the plate title re-engraved, and depicting boys playing cricket on the lawn instead of two washerwomen laying out linen). The text is watermarked 1816; plates watermarked 1812-1820. Pagination is discontinuous. This work has been collated.

Lot 3016

$40

Title: Metropolitan Improvements; Or, London in the Nineteenth Century: Displayed in a Series of Engravings of the New Buildings, Improvements, &c., by the Most Eminent Artists, from Original Drawings, Taken from the Objects Themselves Expressly for This Work. With Historical, Topographical, and Critical Illustrations. -
Author: Thomas H. Shepherd - Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was a topographical watercolour artist well known for his architectural paintings.

Thomas was the brother of topographical artist George "Sidney" Shepherd, Thomas was employed to illustrate architecture in London, and later Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol. His paintings were the basis for steel engravings in many books.

Shepherd's work, mostly topographical, is characterized by an attention to detail, along with lifelike scenes that contained people, carriages and horses. His first acclaim came with "Metropolitan improvements," a publication of modern London architecture commissioned by Jones & Co. He worked mostly for Frederick Crace, who employed him to paint old London buildings prior to their demolition, with much of the work surviving in the Crace collection at the British Museum. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)



Publisher: Published by Jones & Co.
City: London
Year: 1827
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [i]-vi; [7]-12; [1]-172; [i]-ii
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been rebound in modern red cloth, with a gilt-lettered black leather spine label. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The volume has new endpapers. An 1839 inscription, signed C. le H. Renette, appears on a blank preliminary page, together with an early signature. Heavy foxing can be seen on the engraved additional title page. The pages display light foxing. illustrated with a steel-engraved frontispiece, a title page with a large vignette, one full-page engraved plan of Regent's Park, and 160 engraved views on 80 leaves, by Wallis and others after Shepherd. There is some spotting and marginal browning to the plates, and at least one preliminary leaf lacking at the front.
Lot 3017

$130

Title: English Botany; or, coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added, occasional remarks.
Author: James Edward Smith - Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.

Smith was born in Norwich in 1759, the son of a wealthy wool merchant. He displayed a precocious interest in the natural world. During the early 1780s he enrolled in the medical course at the University of Edinburgh where he studied chemistry under Joseph Black and natural history under John Walker. He then moved to London in 1783 to continue his studies. Smith was a friend of Sir Joseph Banks who was offered the entire collection of books, manuscripts and specimens of the Swedish natural historian and botanist Carolus Linnaeus, following the death of his son Carolus Linnaeus the Younger. Banks declined the purchase but Smith bought the collection for the bargain price of £1,000. The collection arrived in London in 1784 and in 1786 Smith was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

Between 1786 and 1788 Smith made the grand tour through the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland visiting botanists, picture galleries and herbaria. He founded the Linnean Society of London in 1788, becoming its first President, a post he held until his death. He returned to live in Norwich in 1796 bringing with him the entire Linnean Collection. His library and botanical collections acquired European fame and were visited by numerous entomologists and botanists from the entire Continent. In 1792, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Smith spent the remaining thirty years of his life writing books and articles on botany. His books included "Flora Britannica and The English Flora" (4 volumes, 1824 – 1828). He contributed 3,348 botanical articles to Rees's "Cyclopaedia" between 1808 and 1819, following the death of Rev. William Wood, who had started the work. In addition, he contributed 57 biographies of botanists. He contributed seven volumes to the only major botanical publication of the eighteenth century, Flora Graeca, the publications begun by John Sibthorp. A fruitful collaboration was found through descriptions Smith supplied to publisher and illustrator, James Sowerby. Depiction of flora in England had previously only found patronage for aesthetic concerns, but an interest in gardening and natural history saw illustrated publications, such as the exotic "A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland" and the 36-volume "English Botany," reaching new audiences.

In 1797 Smith published "The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia," the earliest book on American insects. It included the illustrations and notes of John Abbot, with descriptions of new species by Smith based on Abbot's drawings.

Smith's friendship with William Roscoe (after whom he named the genus Roscoea) saw him contribute 5000 plants between 1806 and 1817 to supplement the Roylean Herbarium. This was to become the Smith Herbarium held by the Liverpool Botanic Garden. After Smith's death the Linnean Collection, together with Smith's own collections, were bought by the Linnean Society for £3,150.

He was married to Pleasance Reeve (1773–1877). She survived her husband by 49 years and edited his memoirs and correspondence. They are buried together at St Margaret's, Lowestoft.

The standard author abbreviation Sm. is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Publisher: James Sowerby
City: London
Year: 1797
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: English Botany is the title of a major publication of British plants, an enormous set of volumes that was issued between 1790 and 1813. The brief, but formal descriptions were supplied by the founder of the Linnean Society, James Edward Smith, and published and illustrated by the botanical illustrator and natural historian, James Sowerby.

The Periodical was published in 36 volumes over 23 years and was given the full title, English Botany or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms and Places of Growth, the descriptions supplied by Sir James E. Smith were illuminated by Sowerby's 2,592 hand-colored plates. The volumes were issued by subscription, as a part work over 23 years, until its eventual completion in 1813. This amounted to 36 volumes which came to be referred to 'Sowerby's Botany', though somewhat erroneously.

While extensive, the work was never intended to be comprehensive; Smith would be the first to do such a survey with his first two volumes of Flora Britannica at the end of that century. The descriptions given are accurate and systematic, in the use of binomial nomenclature, with Latin and English description; but a wider audience was intended with digression into general discussion and cultivation. Combined with increased sales of books, and the amateurs and gardeners enthusiasum for botany, the volumes were to become well known. Identification of the plants, in correspondence with the details in the plates, gave the work accuracy and utility beyond that of decorative books and more akin to formal botanical works.

Smith and Sowerby's partnering was not their only one, other early publication of Smith's descriptions with Sowerby plates, included Icones pictae plantarum rariorum descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae during 1790-93 and A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland, a survey of exotic species found in the new colonies of Australia. However, the first four volumes of English Botany came to be misattributed due to a request by Smith to remain anonymous on the title. Sowerby's name as the publisher, with a credit to himself as illustrator, allowed those enamoured by the novelety of his illustrations to perpetuate this misnomer. The title is still given in book sales as "Sowerby's".

The illustrations allowed a reader not familiar with botany to identify plants; also, the aesthetic appeal of the vivid hand colored engravings earned Sowerby much praise. However, Smith was derisive of the ability of images alone to describe a plant. The graphics needed the formal description and explanation, without which only a 'superficial knowledge' could be gained from the text. Despite disagreement between the two men, they continued to issue the work: the absence of Smith's name in the title was corrected in later volumes and editions.

Considered to be the first extensive coverage of British flora, there was none of the kingdom Fungi. Without Smith, Sowerby added colored figures of English fungi, (1797–1815) for the species of this domain. Later editions of the book were to take advantage of a mechanical color printing, further increasing the affordability of the book. The third edition in 1883 saw editor John Boswell alter the text and include a "popular portion".[Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Condition / Notes: This is the sixth volume of a thirty-six volume botanical series illustrated by James Sowerby. This antique volume is bound in leather with stamped gilt ornamentation on the spine. The book shows moderate external wear including rubbing and spotting to the front and back covers and rubbing to spine and spine edges. The front and rear hinges are cracked and the boards are beginning to separate. The bookplates of a previous owner are affixed to the front and rear pastedowns, and some pencil notation is visible on the front pastedown..

Moderate soiling and spotting arevisible on the endpapers and title page. The hand-colored plates and text are clean with moderate age toning. The hand-coloring remains vivid.
Lot 3018

$425

Title: Catalogue of the Library of Robert Hoe of New York: Illuminated Manuscripts, Incunabula, Historical Bindings, Early English Literature, Rare Americana, French Illustrated Books, Eighteenth Century English Authors, Autographs, Manuscripts, Etc.
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: The Anderson Auction Company
City: New York
Year: 1911/1912
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: A complete set of this valuable record of one of the greatest ever American private libraries to be offered at auction.
The library was offered in a series of sales (24 April - 5 May 1911; 8-19 January 1912; 15-16 April 1912; 11-22 November 1912). The present catalogues cover all of these sales, and it is noted at the end of the final volume that the total realised was previously priced $1,932,056. Hoe, a successful businessman and a founder member of the Grolier Club, had catholic tastes: in addition to the 709 lots of bibliography, the remaining 13,879 lots included illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, historical bindings, early English literature, rare Americana, French illustrated books, 18th-century English authors, autographs and other manuscripts.
Condition / Notes: This antique set is bound in contemporary dark green morocco over green cloth-covered boards, with raised bands and spines stamped in gold. The front boards of the first three volumes are detached or detaching. Both boards of the fourth volume are detached. The covers display light soiling and mild rubbing. The spines have chipping and/or minor loss. These volumes have a gilt top edge and marbled endpapers. The title pages are printed in red and black. The lightly age-toned pages are clean and without markings. This work is illustrated with plates. Indices and prices-realised lists are at the back of each volume.
Lot 3019

$40

Details: This lot consists of the framed print and artwork shown in the corresponding images.

This pair of framed pieces includes:

-A limited-edition (numbered 1093 out of 3000), pencil-signed T.H. Farnsworth print, "Red-Tailed Hawk," matted in wooden frame with original sleeve and provenance in back.

-An original drawing and watercolor by Theresa Ferber Bernstein, matted in metal frame.

The larger piece, "Red-Tailed Hawk," measures approximately 25.5 inches by 30 inches. The smaller, the Bernstein, measures approximately 17 inches by 21 inches.

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Condition / Notes: These items are in pleasing condition, with vivid colors, and are well-preserved in frames under glass. "Napoleon" and "Red-Tailed Hawk" feature decorative wooden frames, while the Bernstein features a reflective metal frame.
Lot 3020

$225

Title: The Palatial Mansion of the Late James Henry Smith, No. 871 Fifth Avenue (Northeast Corner of Sixty-Eighth Street), New York City and Its Exceedingly Rare and Costly Artistic Furnishings and Embellishments
Author: uncredited author
Editor: Thomas E. Kirby
Publisher: The American Art Association, Managers
City: New York
Year: 1910
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 180 unnumbered pages
Width: 10.5" Height: 13.5"
Book Details: "This magnificent mansion, which is one of the most admirably appointed and most superbly decorated houses in New York, was practically entirely rebuilt for Mr. William C. Whitney by the well-known architects, Messrs. McKim, Mead & White. The splendid interior decorative work was carried out by Mr. Stanford White, and the mansion is, in many respects, the finest product of that distinguished artist's constructive and decorative skill. Situated at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 68th Street, with a frontage of 54 feet, 11 1/2 inches of Fifth Avenue and 200 feet on 68th Street, covering an area 11,000 square feet, it is in the very heart of the choicest residence district in New York." (Opening paragraph of introductory text by Barr Ferree, editor of American Homes and Gardens)

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce deluxe illustrated edition, one of 275 numbered copies, this being copy 61. This is a catalogue for a "sale held on the premises of Smith mansion, 871 Fifth Avenue, New York City from January 18th to 22nd in the afternoons; evening sales at American Art Galleries on January 20th and at Mendelssohn Hall on January 21st."

This antique volume is bound in contemporary half red leather and red cloth, with spine in six compartments with raised bands. Bright stamped gilt lettering can be seen in the second and bottom compartments. The book shows light shelfwear. The binding is firm. The stamp of Howard Young Galleries of New York appears at the top of the front pastedown. The pages are clean and bright. This work is profusely illustrated with photogravure plates and in-text illustrations.
Lot 3021

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the Heritage Press American literature in slipcases shown in the corresponding image(s).

Highlights of this lot include "The Alhambra" by Washington Irving, "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Other titles include "All Men Are Brothers" by Pearl S. Buck and "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes are in pleasing condition with some age/wear indicators such as chipping, fading, and light soiling. All volumes are in slipcases.
Lot 3022

$60

Book Details: This lot includes the Heritage Press titles in slipcases shown in the corresponding image(s).

Highlights of this lot include "The Compleat Angler" by Izaak Walton, "Idylls of the King" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, and "Ben Hur" by Lew Wallace. Other titles include "The Age of Fable" by Thomas Bulfinch, "The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams, and "Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes show well, with mild age/wear indicators such as chipping, fading, and light soiling. All volumes are in slipcases.
Lot 3023

$200

Details: This lot consists of the antique French zoological engravings on laid paper shown in the corresponding images.

These plates come from the forty-four volume encyclopedic Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière which revolutionized the study of natural history and was instrumental in both popularizing and elevating the field to the status of a serious discipline. With its comprehensive descriptions, exhaustive theories on botany, geography, zoology, and geology, and innovative approach to topics such as species classification and evolution, Buffon's publication was regarded as the seminal work on natural science. Issued in numerous successive editions in multiple languages, Histoire Naturelle was an overwhelming success that "rivaled Diderot's Encyclopedie in prestige and circulation, and ranks with that Enlightenment classic as an apotheosis of an age which sought to set down and explain everything" (Kestner, p.122). The publication of this monumental work established Buffon's reputation as the chief authority on natural history and as one of the most prominent figures of the Enlightenment.

Jacques de Sève was a prolific artist, who contributed illustrations to Buffon's Receuil de Vingtquatre Plantes et Fleurs (1772) and completed plates and vignettes for the works of Duhamel du Monceau, Perrault and others. His son, Jacques Eustache also worked as an artist and engraver.

(Cf. Dibner, Heralds of Science 193; cf. Kastner, A Species of Eternity (1977); cf. Benezit, Dictionnaire de Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, vol. 12, p. 713.)

Hand-colored engravings include:

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Marcassin [&] Le Cochon de Lait . Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring by C. F. Fritzsch, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Petit Danois [&] Le Rouquet. [Pl. XLI]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. Baquoy, hand-coloured, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Musc. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring by O. de Vries, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 9 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Chevre Naine. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring by B. de Bakker, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 9 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Chat Sauvage de la Nouvelle Espagne. [XXXV]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring by C.F. Fritzsch, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Nilgaut Femelle. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring by O. de Vries, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 x 8 inches.


DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Chevrotain de Java. [Pl. XXIII, Vol. XVI]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring, printed on fine laid paper. Plate mark: 8 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches. Sheet size: approximately 10 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches.

FRITZSCH, C.F. Le Kwagga. [Pl. VI, Vol. V]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring, printed on fine laid paper. Plate mark: 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches.

DE BAKKER, B. Le Tzeiran. [Vol. III]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving with original hand-colouring, printed on fine laid paper. Plate mark: 8 1/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches.

Black-and-white engravings include:

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Moufflon. [Pl. XXIX]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. F. Fritzsch, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 11 x 8 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Le Coquallin. [XIII]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by P. F. Tardieu, printed on fine laid paper. Slightly uneven left margin. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788). Le Caracal. [Pl. XXIV]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. Baquoy, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . L' Axis Mâle. [XXXVIII]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. Baquoy, printed on fine laid paper. Slightly uneven left margin. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Le Dromadaire. [IX]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. Baquoy, printed on fine laid paper. Slightly uneven left margin. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Le Daim. [XXVII]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. Baquoy, printed on fine laid paper. Slightly uneven left margin. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Le Patas à Bandeau Blanc. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by Le Grand, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Chien Turc Metis [&] Le Chien Turc. [XLII]. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. F. Fritzsch, printed on fine laid paper. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.

DE SÈVE, After Jacques (active 1742-1788) . Le Petit Danois [&] Le Roquet. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1783. Engraving by C. F. Fritzsch, printed on fine laid paper. Slightly uneven left margin. Sheet size: approximately 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.

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Condition / Notes: These antique engravings are in pleasing condition with some age discoloration and rippling concentrated at the edges. Marginal foxing appears on certain items.
Lot 3024

$70

Title: The Frankfort Book Fair: The Francofordiense Emporium of Henri Estienne. Edited with Historical Introduction, Original Latin Text with English Translation on Opposite Pages and Notes
Author: James Westfall Thompson - James Westfall Thompson was an American historian specializing in the history of medieval and early modern Europe, particularly of the Holy Roman Empire and France. He also made noteworthy contributions to the history of literacy, libraries and the book trade in the Middle Ages.

Born to a Dutch reform minister's family in Pella, Iowa, Thompson received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in 1892 and a PhD in history from the newly founded University of Chicago in 1895. Thompson remained at Chicago as a professor of history until 1933, when he left for the University of California, Berkeley. He remained at Berkeley until his death in 1941.

Thompson was one of the most prolific academics of his generation and wrote on a wide range of subjects, from the French Revolution to the economic structures of the Carolingian Empire to the history of espionage in early modern Europe. Some of his most important scholarly contributions came from his research on literacy and book collecting. His 1939 book "The Literacy of the Laity in the Middle Ages" remains a classic study of the subject. Thompson's two-volume study of the social and economic history of medieval Germany, "Feudal Germany," appropriated elements of Frederick Jackson Turner's famous "Frontier Thesis" and applied them to the colonization of Slavic central Europe by German settlers in the Middle Ages.

Thompson served as president of the American Historical Association in 1941, but died before completing his term. His planned presidential address to the Association's annual meeting on the origins of critical historical scholarship in eighteenth-century France was edited by his students and published posthumously in the 1942 edition of the American Historical Review. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)



Publisher: The Caxton Club
City: Chicago
Year: 1911
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xviii/204 pages
Width: 8.25" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: Henri Estienne (1528 or 1531 – 1598), also known as Henricus Stephanus, was a 16th-century French printer and classical scholar. He was the eldest son of Robert Estienne.

He displayed in his youth a genuine enthusiasm for Greek and Latin; and his father took special pains with his education, and, as a part of his general training, he undertook in his nineteenth year a protracted journey to Italy, England, and Flanders, where he busied himself in collecting and collating manuscripts for his father's press.

In 1554, he published at Paris his first independent work, the "Anacreon." Then he went again to Italy, helping Aldus at Venice, discovered a copy of Diodorus Siculus at Rome, and returned to Geneva in 1555.

In 1557, he seems to have had a printing establishment of his own, and, in the spirit of modern times, advertised himself as the "Parisian printer" (typographus parisiensis). The following year he assumed the title, illustris viri Huldrici Fuggeri typographus, from his patron, Ulrich Fugger.

In 1559, Henry assumed charge of his father's presses, and distinguished himself as the publisher, and also as the editor and collator of manuscripts. Works of Athenagoras of Athens, Aristotle, and Aeschylus appeared in 1557; Diodorus Siculus, 1559; Xenophon, 1561; Sextus Empiricus, 1562; Thucydides, 1564; Herodotus, both 1566 and 1581; and Sophocles, in 1568. His complete edition of Plato's dialogues in 1578 is the basis of their now standard Stephanus pagination. He improved old translations, or made new Latin translations, of many Greek authors.

His most celebrated work, the "Thesaurus graecae linguae," or Greek thesaurus, which served up to the nineteenth century as the basis of Greek lexicography, appeared in four volumes in 1572, with a supplement in two volumes. This work was begun by his father.

Of the editions of the Greek New Testament that went forth from his presses, those of Beza with his commentary deserve mention. A triglot containing the Peshitta appeared in 1569, of which some copies are in existence, bearing the date Lyon, 1571. In 1565, a large French Bible was printed.

Henry's own editions of the Greek New Testament of 1576 and 1587 are noteworthy; the former containing the first scientific treatise on the language of the apostolic writers; the latter, a discussion of the ancient divisions of the text. In 1594, he published a concordance of the New Testament, the preparatory studies for which his father had made.

Much earlier, he had translated Calvin's catechism into Greek, which was printed in 1554 in his father's printing room.

He died in Lyon in 1598.

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition, one of 300 copies on English hand-made paper.

This antique volume is bound in publisher's vellum-backed boards. A stamped ornamental design appears on the front and rear cover. The book shows moderate external wear, with light soiling to the covers and very minor loss of material at the outside corners of the boards. The binding is sound. The volume has endpapers with decorative designs. A 1933 gift inscription appears on a blank preliminary page. The pages are clean and bright. This work contains numerous plates and illustrations.
Lot 3025

$50

Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique estate books and ephemera shown in the corresponding images.

Items include almanacs and genealogical materials. A compilation of "Middlebrook's New-England Almanacs" are hand stitched together. There is a Genealogical Record from records made by Thomas E.V. Smith, and "Genealogical Data From Inventories Of New York Estates 1666-1825". Other items of note include "Illustrations Of Trades", "Memoir Of Mrs. Harriet Newell Wife Of The Rev. Samuel Newell, Missionary To India", a publication c1820 by The American Tract Society, "Life Of Abraham Lincoln In Verse", and "Heads Bodies & Legs", a changeable picture book.

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Condition / Notes: These items may exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at thee extremities.
Lot 3026

$45

Book Details: This lot includes the Heritage Press English literature books shown in the corresponding image(s).

Highlights of this collection include "Ivanhoe" by Walter Scott, "The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler, and "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater" by Thomas de Quincy. Other titles include "The Life of Samuel Johnson" by James Boswell, "Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding, and "The Prisoner of Zenda" by Anthony Hope.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes show well, with mild age/wear indicators such as chipping, fading, and light soiling. All volumes are in slipcases.
Lot 3027

$130

Details: This lot consists of the antique lithographs and engravings shown in the corresponding images.

Included in this collection are hand-tinted engravings and lithographs of Spanish aristocracy, ancient Egypt, Greek mythology, and European gentry life. Artists include Boldini, Moro, Cooke, Nasmyth, and Lance.

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Condition / Notes: These items are in pleasing condition with some signs of age discoloration and edge wear. Color items show vividly.
Lot 3028

$90

Book Details: This lot consists of the collectible cartoon and comic strip volumes shown in the corresponding images.

Included in this lot are first printings of four of Walt Kelly's "Pogo" collections: "Pogo Sunday Parade," "Pogo's Sunday Punch," "Deck Us All with Boston Charlie," and "The Jack Acid Society Black Book." Also included are six volumes in three decorative slipcases of "The Complete Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz, covering 1950 through 1962.

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Condition / Notes: The Peanuts collections are well-preserved with minimal signs of wear to slipcases, dust jackets, and covers, clean pages, and attractive illustrations of Peanuts characters on exteriors. Pogo volumes show some signs of age/wear including chipping, fading, and light soiling to covers and spines.
Lot 3029

$140

Title: Chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Exposition Universelle de Paris, 1889
Author: William Walton
Publisher: George Barrie/Barrie Freres
City: Philadelphia/Paris
Year: 1889
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 4 Full Set: Yes
Width: 14.25" Height: 19.25"
Book Details: A contemporary critical review of the arts as they were represented at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889: noted and illustrated are works by Frederick Lord Leighton, L. Boldini, W.A. Bouguereau, L.A. Lhermitte, Alfred Stevens, Tissot, Whistler, Klimt and many others.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited "Edition de Grand Luxe," being number 206 of 500 copies. This antique set is bound in brown leather with gilt ornamentation and lettering on the spines and covers, with some chipping evident to edges and spine covers and a cracked front hinge on volume I and cracked rear hinge on volume IV. The volumes feature well-preserved reflective green marbled endpapers.

The textblock shows gilt edges, and pages are clean with some age toning.The titles are in red and black, and the text is in English. There are fifty photogravure plates, forty-nine of them present in two states: uncoloured and hand-coloured and window-mounted, twenty-five other plates (some printed in a tint), numerous illustrations (some printed in a tint). This set lacks the hand-coloured state of "Mara Lamétrie" by A. Roll in volume III.

Provenance: Ellen M. Whitney (Detroit, Michigan, subscriber).
Lot 3030

$40

Details: This lot consists of the antique engraved map of New Brunswick and Lower Canada shown in the corresponding images.

Featherstonhaugh, James D.; and Richard L. Mudge. Map of that Portion of Her Majesty's Colonies of New Brunswick and Lower Canada the Title to Which Is Disputed by the Government of the United States. London: James Wyld, circa 1840. Engraved map.

"Territorial encroachments initiated by Maine on British lands in Aroostook culminated in 1839 with the menacing encampment of 10,000 Maine troops on British borders. General Winfield Scott was sent by the Federal Government to negotiate a truce with the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. Great Britain, now convinced of the gravity of the situation, authorized a boundary commission headed by Mudge and Featherstonhaugh. Their findings were incorporated into the Webster-Ashburton Treaty (1842) which allowed for free navigation of the St. John River and rectified the boundaries at the head of the Connecticut River, the north end of Lake Champlain, in the Detroit River and at the head of Lake Superior" (Siebert).

The present map is a reduced issue of Map A, from the report, and is engraved by Wyld.

(Cf. Phillips, p. 603; cf. Streeter sale 3706; cf. Siebert sale 24.)

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Condition / Notes: This item is well-preserved with minor age discoloration and some chipping and discoloration at extremities.
Lot 3031

$20

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique estate books shown in the corresponding images. Authors and subject matter include Robert Burns, Robert Browning, John Masefield, and the art of Goya. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Condition / Notes: These items are in functional or better condition, with some age/wear indications. Older items are more likely to exhibit advanced flaws.
Lot 3032

$110

Title: Art Treasures for America. An Anthology of Paintings & Sculpture in the Samuel H. Kress Collection
Author: Charles Seymour, Jr., John Walker
Publisher: The Phaidon Press
City: London
Year: 1961
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxii + 218 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 12.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This vintage volume features special designer full morocco binding by Kiernan, with stamped gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine and front cover. The volume features marbled endpapers. The binding is sound. Light notation in pencil appears at the top of the front fly-leaf. The frontispiece is a full-color representation of "The Presentation in the Temple" by Hans Memling. Pages are clean and well-preserved, and many black-and-white and full color illustrations and plates are included.
Lot 3033

$60

Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique stage,screen, music and literary ephemera shown in the corresponding images.

The excised title page from "The Cabala" by Thornton Niven Wilder is author-signed and inscribed. A photograph of "The Lone Ranger" John Hart is also signed. Also included is a scrapbook of motion picture stars, a 1906 playbill from the Boston Theatre with performances starring Mme. Sarah Bernhardt, and a volume of engraved sheet music with "Scottish Melodies".

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Condition / Notes: These items exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities. Compilation with engraved sheet music has more significant condition issues including damage to pages.
Lot 3034

$110

Title: English Botany; or, coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added, occasional remarks.
Author: James Edward Smith - Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.

Smith was born in Norwich in 1759, the son of a wealthy wool merchant. He displayed a precocious interest in the natural world. During the early 1780s he enrolled in the medical course at the University of Edinburgh where he studied chemistry under Joseph Black and natural history under John Walker. He then moved to London in 1783 to continue his studies. Smith was a friend of Sir Joseph Banks who was offered the entire collection of books, manuscripts and specimens of the Swedish natural historian and botanist Carolus Linnaeus, following the death of his son Carolus Linnaeus the Younger. Banks declined the purchase but Smith bought the collection for the bargain price of £1,000. The collection arrived in London in 1784 and in 1786 Smith was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.

Between 1786 and 1788 Smith made the grand tour through the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland visiting botanists, picture galleries and herbaria. He founded the Linnean Society of London in 1788, becoming its first President, a post he held until his death. He returned to live in Norwich in 1796 bringing with him the entire Linnean Collection. His library and botanical collections acquired European fame and were visited by numerous entomologists and botanists from the entire Continent. In 1792, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Smith spent the remaining thirty years of his life writing books and articles on botany. His books included "Flora Britannica and The English Flora" (4 volumes, 1824 – 1828). He contributed 3,348 botanical articles to Rees's "Cyclopaedia" between 1808 and 1819, following the death of Rev. William Wood, who had started the work. In addition, he contributed 57 biographies of botanists. He contributed seven volumes to the only major botanical publication of the eighteenth century, Flora Graeca, the publications begun by John Sibthorp. A fruitful collaboration was found through descriptions Smith supplied to publisher and illustrator, James Sowerby. Depiction of flora in England had previously only found patronage for aesthetic concerns, but an interest in gardening and natural history saw illustrated publications, such as the exotic "A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland" and the 36-volume "English Botany," reaching new audiences.

In 1797 Smith published "The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia," the earliest book on American insects. It included the illustrations and notes of John Abbot, with descriptions of new species by Smith based on Abbot's drawings.

Smith's friendship with William Roscoe (after whom he named the genus Roscoea) saw him contribute 5000 plants between 1806 and 1817 to supplement the Roylean Herbarium. This was to become the Smith Herbarium held by the Liverpool Botanic Garden. After Smith's death the Linnean Collection, together with Smith's own collections, were bought by the Linnean Society for £3,150.

He was married to Pleasance Reeve (1773–1877). She survived her husband by 49 years and edited his memoirs and correspondence. They are buried together at St Margaret's, Lowestoft.

The standard author abbreviation Sm. is used to indicate this individual as the author when citing a botanical name. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)

Publisher: James Sowerby
City: London
Year: 1801
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: English Botany is the title of a major publication of British plants, an enormous set of volumes that was issued between 1790 and 1813. The brief, but formal descriptions were supplied by the founder of the Linnean Society, James Edward Smith, and published and illustrated by the botanical illustrator and natural historian, James Sowerby.

The Periodical was published in 36 volumes over 23 years and was given the full title, English Botany or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with their Essential Characters, Synonyms and Places of Growth, the descriptions supplied by Sir James E. Smith were illuminated by Sowerby's 2,592 hand-colored plates. The volumes were issued by subscription, as a part work over 23 years, until its eventual completion in 1813. This amounted to 36 volumes which came to be referred to 'Sowerby's Botany', though somewhat erroneously.

While extensive, the work was never intended to be comprehensive; Smith would be the first to do such a survey with his first two volumes of Flora Britannica at the end of that century. The descriptions given are accurate and systematic, in the use of binomial nomenclature, with Latin and English description; but a wider audience was intended with digression into general discussion and cultivation. Combined with increased sales of books, and the amateurs and gardeners enthusiasum for botany, the volumes were to become well known. Identification of the plants, in correspondence with the details in the plates, gave the work accuracy and utility beyond that of decorative books and more akin to formal botanical works.

Smith and Sowerby's partnering was not their only one, other early publication of Smith's descriptions with Sowerby plates, included Icones pictae plantarum rariorum descriptionibus et observationibus illustratae during 1790-93 and A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland, a survey of exotic species found in the new colonies of Australia. However, the first four volumes of English Botany came to be misattributed due to a request by Smith to remain anonymous on the title. Sowerby's name as the publisher, with a credit to himself as illustrator, allowed those enamoured by the novelety of his illustrations to perpetuate this misnomer. The title is still given in book sales as "Sowerby's".

The illustrations allowed a reader not familiar with botany to identify plants; also, the aesthetic appeal of the vivid hand colored engravings earned Sowerby much praise. However, Smith was derisive of the ability of images alone to describe a plant. The graphics needed the formal description and explanation, without which only a 'superficial knowledge' could be gained from the text. Despite disagreement between the two men, they continued to issue the work: the absence of Smith's name in the title was corrected in later volumes and editions.

Considered to be the first extensive coverage of British flora, there was none of the kingdom Fungi. Without Smith, Sowerby added colored figures of English fungi, (1797–1815) for the species of this domain. Later editions of the book were to take advantage of a mechanical color printing, further increasing the affordability of the book. The third edition in 1883 saw editor John Boswell alter the text and include a "popular portion".[Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Condition / Notes: This is the thirteenth volume of a thirty-six volume botanical series illustrated by James Sowerby. This antique volume is bound in leather with moderate chipping and rubbing to the edes and surface of the covers and spine. The front hinge is cracked. The bookplates of previous owners are affixed to the front and rear pastedowns. The text block is well-preserved.

The hand-colored plates and text are clean with moderate age toning. Impressions of the text appear on several plates. The hand coloring remains vivid.
Lot 3035

$150

Title: Sir John Soane and London
Author: Ptolemy Dean - Ptolemy Dean is a British architect, television presenter and the 19th Surveyor of the Fabric of Westminster Abbey. He specializes in historic preservation, as well as designing new buildings that are in keeping with their historic or natural settings. He is best known for his appearances on two BBC television series, "Restoration" and "The Perfect Village."
Publisher: Lund Humphries
City: Aldershot, England
Year: 2006
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 248 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 10.75"
Book Details: Sir John Soane RA (born John Soan; 10 September 1753 – 20 January 1837) was an English architect who specialised in the Neo-Classical style. The son of a bricklayer, he rose to the top of his profession, becoming professor of architecture at the Royal Academy and an official architect to the Office of Works. He received a knighthood in 1831.

His best-known work was the Bank of England (his work there is largely destroyed), a building which had a widespread effect on commercial architecture. He also designed Dulwich Picture Gallery, which, with its top-lit galleries, was a major influence on the planning of subsequent art galleries and museums. His main legacy is an eponymous museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises his former home and office, designed to display the art works and architectural artifacts that he collected during his lifetime. The museum is described in the Oxford Dictionary of Architecture as "one of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived."

Condition / Notes: This volume is bound in dark brown cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to the spine. The armorial bookplate of British architecture professor Patrick Horsbrugh appears on the front flyleaf. The book and dust jacket are in excellent condition. This work is illustrated with numerous b&w photos.and full-page reproductions of the author's watercolor drawings.
Lot 3036

$40

Book Details: This lot consists of the Heritage Press Russian literature shown in the corresponding images.

These decorative editions of works by classic Russian authors include "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy, "The Torrents of Spring" by Ivan Turgenev, and "The Posessed" and "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

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Condition / Notes: These decorative items are in pleasing condition, with some fading and light soiling to covers and spins. Several volumes contain editorial prospectuses, and all save "Old Russian Stories" feature slipcases.
Lot 3037

$175

Title: Sketches Illustrative of the Manners and Costumes of France, Switzerland, and Italy
Author: John William Polidori - John William Polidori was an English writer and physician. He is known for his associations with the Romantic movement and credited by some as the creator of the vampire genre of fantasy fiction. His most successful work was the 1819 short story, "The Vampyre," the first published modern vampire story. Although originally and erroneously accredited to Lord Byron, both Byron and Polidori affirmed that the story is Polidori's. (Courtesy of Wikipedia), Richard Bridgens, Richard Bridgens
Publisher: Published by Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy and Hatchard and Son
City: London
Year: 1821
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [2], iv, [2] pages, [45] leaves, [49] leaves of plates (1 folded)
Width: 9.75" Height: 12.5"
Book Details: This work offers a collection of hand-colored egnraved plates illustrating the traditional dress of Italy (42 plates), France (6 plates) and Switzerland (2). Accompanying text by J.W. Polidori appears on pages facing plates. This work was dedicated to Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in contemporary half leather over contemporary marbled paper covered boards. The rear board is detached. The front board is loose. The boards display archival repair, with the outside corners of boards displaying new black leather. The book shows significant wear to the spine, with loss to the cover, cracking to the spine, and rubbing to the covers. The antique bookplate of Haverhill Public library appears on the front pastedown. This work is a title page with an uncolored engraved vignette, and a hand-colored etched additional title, and 49 (of 50) hand-coloured aquatint plates (1 folding), all by Bridgens. This copy lacks plate 3 "Coshois Dieppe and a text leaf, with one plate trimmed and mounted to a larger sheet. Also lacking is the text leaf to plate 220.

Forty of the plates include subjects of Italian interest, with most of the remainder being French. The hand colouring in the present copy is particularly delicate: reminiscent of the fine translucent washes of the watercolour originals. Bridgens professional interests were wide-ranging: he worked as an architect and designer (initially for George Bullock), and moved to Trinidad in 1825 ( he published a series of West Indian views in about 1836).

Abbey Travel I, 21; cf. Lipperheide Cm1 (1835 edition); Colas I, 444.

Lot 3038

$25

Book Details: This lot consists of the antique poetry shown in the corresponding images.

Many of these volumes are in decorative bindings. "Cornhuskers" by Carl Sandburg is a first edition, second state (with page 3 unnumbered). "Vale & Other Poems" by A. E. (George Russell), is in dust jacket. Other items include volumes I and II of "Cowper's Poems", "Lowell's Poems" and "Willis's Poems".

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Condition / Notes: These items exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities. Volume one of "Cowper's Poems" had detached front board.
Lot 3039

$225

Details: This lot consists of the collectible New England-related ephemera shown in the corresponding images.

Items include an antique original document from the state of New Hampshire, a "Walton's Vermont Register and Farmers' Almanac for 1880", an 1878 Insurance Document from Vermont, and the centennial edition a modern reprint of the "Atlas of Windham Co." Vermont. Pieces of correspondence include a letter from the "Executive Mansion" c1887, a letter addressed to Benjamin Livermore of Heartland, Vermont, a letter referencing the Vermont Canals, and censored soldier's mail. Many of the items in this lot are from a single St. Johnsbury estate and include materials from the Hinman and Hutchins families. One piece of correspondence from this estate is a letter written in Chinese with a hand-drawn New Year's greeting, in a original decorative envelope.

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Condition / Notes: These items exhibit some age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities.
Lot 3040

$225

Title: The World: Or, the Present State of the Universe. Being a General and Complete Collection of Modern Voyages and Travels. Selected, Arranged, and Digested, from the Narratives of the Latest and Most Authentic Travellers and Navigators
Author: Cavendish Pelham
Publisher: Printed by W. Stratford for J. Stratford
City: London
Year: 1806/1808
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 9" Height: 11"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique full-leather set shows loss of the rear board of the first volume, the front board of the second volume, a detached rear board, and detaching spine covers. The text blocks are intact. An armorial bookplate appears on one of the front pastedowns, with an antique bookdealer label in the upper outside corner of the same. A page with a handwritten index is attached to a blank preliminary page in the second volume. The pages exhibit occasional light foxing. This work is illustrated with engraved plates and maps, some of which fold out, including a double-page fold-out frontispiece world map from an original drawing by J. Russell in the first volume, and a frontispiece with an allegorical illustrations in the second.. This set includes material relating to Captain Cook and La Perouse. The text appears in double columns.

The first volume is numbered to 764, with 754 physical pages of text (lacking pages 657-660; pagination jumps from 752 to 759. This volume has 53 engraved plates.

The second volume has 843 physical pages, with pagination ending at number 870. There is duplication of pages 11 and 12 (without text being affected) and lacks pages 251 to 274, with pagination after page 482 returning to 474, without text being affected. Pages 579 to 590 are not present. Pagination jumps from 710 to 801, Page number after 812 reverts to page 809 (text not affected), then jumps to 817 when reaching page 812 in the second numeration. Page 839 appears three times (text not affected). There are 68 engraved plates, with a number displaying closed tears.
Lot 3041

$175

Book Details: This lot consists of the vintage and antique estate books shown in the corresponding images.

"The Temple Sacred Poems & Private Ejaculations" by George Herbert is a limited edition by Nonesuch Press in decorative embroidered cloth cover. "Audubon's America" by Donald Curloss Peattie is a signed limited edition is slipcase. The limited edition of "Philip The King" is signed by the author John Masefield, and the illustrator Laurence Irving. This volume, in slipcase, contains tipped-in plates. "Boswell's Life Of Johnson" has soft leather boards. "Benedetto Croce An Autobiography" is in dust jacket. Other volumes are in decorative bindings.

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Condition / Notes: These volumes show well with age/wear indications concentrated at the extremities.
Lot 3042

$80

Title: The Landscape Gardening and Landscape Architecture of the Late Humphry Repton, Esq. Being His Entire Works on These Subjects. A New Edition: With an Histocial and Scientific Introduction, a Systematic Analysis, a Biographical Notice, Notes, and a Copious Alphabetical Index.
Author: J. C. Loudon - John Claudius Loudon was a Scottish botanist, garden designer and cemetery designer, author and garden magazine editor.
Publisher: Longman & Co.
City: London
Year: 1840
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 619 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has been rebound in burgundy cloth board covers with stamped gilt lettering on the spine. A library notation appears on the spine in white ink, and library reference stickers/bookplates appear on the front and back pastedowns. Endpapers feature a spiderweb design. The binding is sound, and the pages are clean with moderate age toning. The frontispiece shows a portrait of Humphry Repton. Many plates are included.
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