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Lot 3001

$425

Title: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Author: Ernest Miller Hemingway - Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, strongly influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and his public image. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works during his lifetime; a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction works were published posthumously. Many of his works are classics of American literature.

Hemingway was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. After leaving high school, he worked for a few months as a reporter for The Kansas City Star, before leaving for the Italian front to become an ambulance driver during World War I. In 1918, he was seriously wounded and returned home within the year; his wartime experiences became the basis for his novel “A Farewell to Arms.” In 1922, Hemingway married Hadley Richardson, the first of his four wives, and the couple moved to Paris, where he worked as a foreign correspondent. During his time there, he met and was influenced by modernist writers and artists of the 1920s expatriate community known as the "Lost Generation". His first novel, ”The Sun Also Rises,” was published in 1926.

After divorcing Hadley Richardson in 1927, Hemingway married Pauline Pfeiffer; they divorced following Hemingway's return from covering the Spanish Civil War, after which he wrote “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Martha Gellhorn became his third wife in 1940; they separated when he met Mary Welsh in London during World War II. During the war, he was present during the Normandy Landings and the liberation of Paris.

Shortly after the publication of “The Old Man and the Sea” in 1952, Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in a plane crash that left him in pain or ill-health for much of the rest of his life. Hemingway had permanent residences in Key West, Florida, and Cuba during the 1930s and '40s, but in 1959 he moved from Cuba to Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.
Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
City: New York
Year: 1940
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 471 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War. As a dynamiter, he is assigned to blow up a bridge during an attack on the city of Segovia.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first printing of Hemingway's Spanish Civil War novel, with letter "A" on copyright page.

Volume is bound in publisher's full oatmeal boards, with black lettering on red panels on spine and author's stamped facsimile signature on cover. Book shows light external wear. Binding is firm. Previous owner's small sticker appears on front pastedown. Pages are clean and without markings. Intact dust jacket displays very light shelfwear. Jacket is preserved in mylar.
Lot 3002

$1150

Title: The Kafir Wars and the British Settlers in South Africa. A Series of Picturesque Views from Original Sketches by T. W. Bowler. WIth Descriptive Letterpress by W. R. Thomson
Author: Thomas William Bowler, W. R. Thomson
Publisher: Day and Son, Limited
City: London
Year: 1865
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 11.5" Height: 15.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to front cover and decorative blind-stamped margins to front and rear covers. Spine cover lacks top 4 inches and displays cracking/chipping along edges. Lower outside corner of rear board is bumped. Binding is detached at front hinge.Text block is somewhat shaken. Antique library bookplate can be seen on front pastedown. Annotation in ink with date of 1911 appears at top margin. Tissue-guarded plates exhibit foxing. This volume contains all called-for twenty tinted lithographs with tissue-guards and accompanying letterpress
Lot 3003

$70

Title: Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and the Ninth Army Corps: A Narrative of Campaigns in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, during the War for the Preservation of the Republic
Author: Augustus Woodbury
Publisher: Sidney S. Rider & Brother
City: Providence
Year: 1867
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: viii/554 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped maroon cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows external wear, with tears at head of spine and discoloration and minor stains to spine cover. Binding is firm. Previous owner's sticker and old signature appear on front endpaper. Pages exhibit scattered light foxing. Work is illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Burnside and a number of plates, including several battle maps.
Lot 3004

$130

Title: Sea and Sussex from Rudyard Kipling's Verse. Illustrated by Donald Maxwell. With an Introductory Poem by Rudyard Kipling
Author: Rudyard Kipling - Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including "The Jungle Book" (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), "Just So Stories" (1902) (1894), "Kim" (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888); and his poems, including "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The White Man's Burden" (1899) and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works are said to exhibit "a versatile and luminous narrative gift."

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined.

Kipling's subsequent reputation has changed according to the political and social climate of the age and the resulting contrasting views about him continued for much of the 20th century. George Orwell called him a "prophet of British imperialism." Literary critic Douglas Kerr wrote: "He [Kipling] is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement and his place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognised as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and an increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him a force to be reckoned with."
Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company
City: Garden City, New York
Year: 1926
Printing Information: Signed Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 94 pages
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce author-signed limited edition of this work. This is copy number 48 of 150. Author's signature appears on limitation page.

Volume is bound in original paper-covered boards backed with Japanese vellum. Book shows mild external wear, with slight soiling and just minimal spine wear. Binding is firm. Interior is clean and without markings. Photo of Norfolk Hotel is glued onto front pastedown. Work is llustrated with twenty-four tipped-in color plates by Donald Maxwell.
Lot 3005

$110

Title: De Laurence's Catalog of Books for Mystics: Together with a Complete "Cabinet" of Materials Accessory to the Pursuit of Mystic Study
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: The de Laurence Co. Inc.
City: Chicago
Year: 1947
Binding Style: Perfect Binding
Pagination: 576 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Catalogue contains lists of/extracts frombooks and essays by L. W. de Laurence, books publishedby The de Laurence Co. Inc., a general catalogue of books, illustrated sections of premiums, symbolic and talismanic jewelry, incense, candles, perfumes, devotional materials for "The Mystic," Scroll Sets, "Important Notices," and Instructions for ordering.
Condition / Notes: Volume is bound in original illustrated wrappers. Book shows external wear, with soiling to covers, closed tears to mid-section of front cover and edges of rear cover. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and without markings. Profusely illustrated advertisements throughout.
Lot 3006

$250

Title: Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt
Author: Sir Charles William Wilson
Publisher: D. Appleton and Company
City: New York
Year: 1881 / 1883
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 11" Height: 13.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique set is bound in half leather with raised bands, pebbled red cloth, stamped gilt lettering and ornamental designs. Books show moderate external wear, with cracking to lower spine edge of front cover of second volume and rubbing along edges of both. Bindings are firm. Volumes have gilt edges and marbled green endpapers. Pages are clean and without markings. This lavishly-illustrated work contains tissue-guarded frontispieces, as well as numerous in-text and full-pages illustrations.
Lot 3007

$90

Title: 17th and 18th Century Ship Models from the Kriegstein Collection
Author: Arnold Kriegstein, Henry Kriegstein
Publisher: Pier Books/Dupont Communications
City: Florence, Oregon
Year: 2007
Printing Information: First Printing
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 215 pages
Width: 12.5" Height: 10.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: These new, lavishly illustrated books are still in their original shrink-wrap, and are in excellent condition. (The shrink-wrap has been removed from two books so they could be photographed.)
Lot 3008

$250

Title: Notes on the State of Virginia, with an Appendix Relative to the Murder of Logan's Family
Author: Thomas Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the third President of the United States (1801–1809). At the beginning of the American Revolution, he served in the Continental Congress, representing Virginia and then served as a wartime Governor of Virginia (1779–1781). Just after the war ended, from mid-1784 Jefferson served as a diplomat, stationed in Paris. In May 1785, he became the United States Minister to France.
Jefferson was the first United States Secretary of State (1790–1793) serving under President George Washington. With his close friend James Madison he organized the Democratic-Republican Party, and subsequently resigned from Washington's cabinet. Elected Vice President in 1796, when he came in second to John Adams of the Federalists, Jefferson opposed Adams and with Madison secretly wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, which attempted to nullify the Alien and Sedition Acts.
Elected president in what Jefferson called the Revolution of 1800, he oversaw the purchase of the vast Louisiana Territory from France (1803), and sent the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) to explore the new west. His second term was beset with troubles at home, such as the failed treason trial of his former Vice President Aaron Burr. With escalating trouble with Britain who was challenging American neutrality and threatening shipping at sea, he tried economic warfare with his embargo laws which only damaged American trade. In 1803, President Jefferson initiated a process of Indian tribal removal and relocation to the Louisiana Territory west of the Mississippi River, in order to open lands for eventual American settlers.
A leader in the Enlightenment, Jefferson was a polymath who spoke five languages fluently and was deeply interested in science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy, interests that led him to the founding of the University of Virginia after his presidency. He designed his own large mansion on a 5,000 acre plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia, which he named Monticello. While not a notable orator, Jefferson was a skilled writer and corresponded with many influential people in America and Europe throughout his adult life.
Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves, yet he was opposed to the ultimate continuation of the institution of slavery throughout his life and privately struggled with the dilemma of slavery and freedom and its compatibility with the ideals of the American Revolution. Historians are in disagreement with how much Jefferson was committed to the anti-slavery cause. After Martha Jefferson, his wife of eleven years, died in 1782, Jefferson remained a widower for the rest of his life; their marriage produced six children, of whom two survived to adulthood. According to many historians, Jefferson had a relationship with his slave Sally Hemings after his wife's death and fathered at least one and likely all of her six children, four of whom survived to adulthood, while various historians note that some evidence can also support other possible fathers. In 1807, President Jefferson signed into law a bill that banned the importation of slaves into the United States. Though Jefferson has been criticized by many modern day scholars over the issue of slavery he remains rated as one of the greatest U.S. presidents.
Publisher: Printed by Wilson & Blackwell
City: Trenton
Year: 1803
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 363 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique full-leather volume has been rebacked with gilt-lettered new leather. Old leather covers display wear at edges and minor loss at corners. Book has new endpapers. Title page and index have darkened edges. Old signature of Jos. Kent appears on title page. Dark markings with some bleedthrough are also visible on title page. Pages exhibit a small amount of light foxing. Interior is otherwise clean and without markings. Intact fold-out table has some creasing.
Lot 3009

$80

Title: Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail
Author: Theodore Roosevelt - Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States (1901–1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.
Publisher: The Century Co.
City: New York
Year: 1899
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 186 pages
Width: 7.75" Height: 11"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in greenish gray cloth with bright stamped gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Cover bears embossed figure over gilt depicting bronco-riding, with figure reproduced in blind on rear cover. Book shows moderate external wear. Binding is firm. Old signature of Hungerford with date of Nov. 1900 appears on front pastedown. Pages exhibit sporadic light foxing. Work contains numerous textual and full-page illustrations by Frederic Remington.
Lot 3010

$300

Title: Travels through the Morea, Albania, and Several Parts of the Ottoman Empire, to Constantinople during the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801. Comprising a Description of Those Countries, of the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, &c. &c.
Author: Francois Charles Hugues Laurent Pouqueville - Francois Charles Hugues Laurent Pouqueville was a French diplomat, writer, explorer, physician and historian, member of the Institut de France.
First as the Turkish Sultan's hostage, then as Napoleon Bonaparte's general consul at the court of Ali Pasha of Ioannina, he travelled extensively throughout Ottoman occupied Greece from 1798 to 1820.
With his far reaching diplomacy and with his writings, he became a prominent architect of the Philhellenism movement throughout Europe, and contributed eminently to the liberation of the Greeks, and to the rebirth of the Greek Nation. (Biographical information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips by Barnard & Sultzer
City: London
Year: 1806
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 192 + [4] pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: Published as part of "A Collection of Modern and Contemporary Voyages & Travels: Containing, I. Translations from Foreign Languages, of Voyages and Travels Never Before Published. II. Original Voyages and Travels Never Before Published. III. Analyses of New Voyages and Travels Published in England"


Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in marbled boards, later leather spine. Book shows light external wear. Binding is firm. Volume has new endpapers. Plates and adjacent pages display light foxing. Work is illustrated with frontispiece and well-preserved fold-out plates. Ilustrated with one fold-out plate ("Castle of the Seven Towers at Constantinople"), one full-page plate (depicting native soldier attire), a fold-out map ("Plain of the Tripolitza"), and a fold-out table. Contains index.
Lot 3011

$50

Title: Sport in the Olden Time
Author: Sir Walter Gilbey - Sir Walter Gilbey, 1st Baronet DL was an English wine-merchant and philanthropist.

Sir Walter Gilbey also became well known as a breeder of shire horses, and he did much to improve the breed of English horses (other than race-horses) generally, and wrote extensively on the subject, including the encyclopedic ''Animal Painters of England From the Year 1650: A brief history of their lives and works. He became president of the Shire Horse Society, of the Hackney Horse Society, and of the Hunters Improvement Society, and he was the founder and chairman of the London Cart Horse Parade Society. He was also a practical agriculturist, and president of the Royal Agricultural Society. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Essex in 1906.

Publisher: Vinton & Co.
City: London
Year: 1912
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: [8] + 117 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements
Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Book Details: The first sentence in the introduction reads "No pastime has ever held in England the position which was held for centuries by cock-fighting."

Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in original orange cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cloth. Pictorial design in gilt depicting rooster appears on front cover. Book shows milt external wear, with light soiling to covers. Binding is firm. Interior is clean and bright. Work is illustrated with plates.
Lot 3012

$275

Title: Les incas, ou la destruction de l'empire du Perou; Historiographie de France, l'un des Quarante de l'Academie Francoise
Author: Jean-Francois Marmontel - Jean-François Marmontel was a French historian and writer, a member of the Encyclopediste movement.

He was born of poor parents at Bort, Limousin (today in Corrèze). After studying with the Jesuits at Mauriac, Cantal, he taught in their colleges at Clermont and Toulouse; and in 1745, acting on the advice of Voltaire, he set out for Paris to try for literary success. From 1748 to 1753 he wrote a succession of tragedies (Denys le Tyran (1748); "Aristomene" (1749); "Cleopâtre" (1750); "Heraclides" (1752); "Egyptus" (1753)), which, though only moderately successful on the stage, secured Marmontel's introduction into literary and fashionable circles.

He wrote a series of articles for the Encyclopédie evincing considerable critical power and insight, which in their collected form, under the title "Eléments de Littérature," still rank among the French classics. He also wrote several comic operas, the two best of which probably are "Sylvain" (1770) and "Zémire et Azore" (1771). In the Gluck–Piccinni controversy he was an eager partisan of Piccinni with whom he collaborated in "Didon" (1783) and "Penelope" (1785).

In 1758 he gained the patronage of Madame de Pompadour, who obtained for him a place as a civil servant, and the management of the official journal Le Mercure, in which he had already begun the famous series of "Contes moraux." The merit of these tales lies partly in the delicate finish of the style, but mainly in the graphic and charming pictures of French society under King Louis XV. The author was elected to the Académie française in 1763. In 1767 he published "Bélisaire," now remarkable in part because of a chapter on religious toleration which incurred the censure of the Sorbonne and the archbishop of Paris. Marmontel retorted in "Les Incas" (1777) by tracing the cruelties in Spanish America to the religious fanaticism of the invaders.

He was appointed historiographer of France (1771), secretary to the Academy (1783), and professor of history in the Lycée (1786). As a historiographer, Marmontel wrote a history of the regency (1788). Reduced to poverty by the French Revolution, Marmontel retired during the Reign of Terror to Evreux, and soon afterwards to a cottage at Abloville in the département of Eure. There he wrote "Memoires d'un pere" (4 vols., 1804), including a picturesque review of his life, a literary history of two important reigns, a great gallery of portraits extending from the venerable Jean Baptiste Massillon, whom more than half a century previously he had seen at Clermont, to Honoré Mirabeau. The book was nominally written for the instruction of his children. It contains an exquisite picture of his own childhood in the Limousin; its value for the literary historian is great.

Marmontel lived for some time under the roof of Mme Geoffrin, and was present at her famous dinners given to artists; he was welcomed into most of the houses where the encyclopaedists met. He thus had at his command the best material for his portraits, and made good use of his opportunities. After a short stay in Paris when elected in 1797 to the Conseil des Anciens, he died at Abloville. See Sainte-Beuve, Causeries du lundi, iv.; Morellet, Eloge (1805).

He was a member of the Masonic lodge Les Neuf Sœurs.

John Ruskin named him as one of the three people in history who were the most influential for him.

Publisher: Lacombe Libraire
City: Paris
Year: 1777
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Complete: Yes
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition, the first of many editions listed by Sabin, 44652 (The first edition was followed by one with the same imprint, but smaller format and no plates).

Antique set is bound in old mottled leather with gilt borders (worn away in places), nicely rebacked with leather. Spines have bright stamped gilt lettering and ruling. Bindings are firm. Volume has all edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Signature of N. Ziboulsky appears at the top of title pages. Books have no half title pages, otherwise set is complete with frontispiece and 10 engraved plates after Moreau. Errata slip for both volumes is attached at the rear of first volume. This is Philip Stanhope's copy, with his armorial bookplate in each volume.
Lot 3013

$60

Details: There are 29 issues of "Popular Mechanics" magazine in this lot, dating from the years 1934 through 1936. Each has a colorful, dramatic cover showcasing the latest technology -- or in some cases, imagining the next technology, sometimes with amusing results. Aviation is a big theme, along with other modes of transportation -- railroads, shipping, etc. Lee DeForest, an inventor of radio, promises television "soon." One 1934 issue features color photos from the Century of Progress world's fair in Chicago.

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Condition / Notes: These magazines are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3014

$40

Title: The Journal of Claude Blanchard, Commissary of the French Auxiliary Army Sent to the United States during the American Revolution. 1780-1783. Translated from a French Manuscript
Author: Claude Blanchard - Blanchard was commissary of the French Auxiliary Army sent to the U.S. during the American Revolution.
Editor: Thomas Balch
Publisher: J. Munsell
City: Albany
Year: 1876
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xvi/207 pages
Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition in English.

Antique volume has been nicely rebound in light blue cloth with brown cloth spine. Spine has gilt-lettered leather label. Book shows no external wear. Binding is firm. Volume has new endpapers. Original wrappers are bound in. Wrapper and 2 blanks are chipped at edges. Library stamped appears on verso on title page, with 2 other small library notations. New USiana.
Lot 3015

$425

Book Details: This lot includes the antique compilation of Civil War-era issues of Harper's Weekly shown in the corresponding image(s). This volume contains issues from January to December of 1865. These magazines contain full- and double page illustrations, as well as a great number of textual illustrations, maps and illustrated advertisements. This weekly offered depictions of battle scenes, portraits of military and political leaders, views of the war on land and at sea, as well as a variety of representations of the United States in the last year of its civil war. Of particular note is the coverage of, and illustrations relating to, the assassination of President Lincoln.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in black cloth with red leather spine and tips. Spine displays stamped gilt lettering and ruling. Book shows external wear, with rubbing to covers and minor loss at top and fore edge of rear cover. Binding is separated between pages 446 and 447. A number of pages have detached or are detaching. Numerous pages have been excised, including illustration by Winslow Homer in issue of August 26. A small number of pages have had sections clipped out. Pages are generally clean and without markings.
Lot 3016

$150

Details: There are about 38 copies of "Pencil Points" magazine in this lot, all dating from the late 1920s. This publication for architects and draftsmen is filled with articles about architecture and design, discussions of construction techniques, and advertisements for various building products

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Condition / Notes: These magazines are generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.

Lot 3017

$30

Book Details: Books for both children and adults are in this collection of decorative antique volumes. One of the most beautiful is a handsomely illustrated edition of Schiller's "Song of the Bell." Among the other titles are "City Ballads," by Will Carleton; "Her Letter," by Bret Harte; an ornate gift book, "Be Strong," which is illuminated with much gold ink; and "The Doings of the Bodley Family." A child's pocket-sized Sunday school book, printed in large type, is also included.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3018

$45

Book Details: The history of Worcester, Massachusetts, and some of its most important institutions and prominent people, are documented in this collection of antique books. Several of these books are parts of sets. Titles include "The History of Worcester County...With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men" (1889, vol. 1 only); "Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and personal Memoirs of Worcester County: (1907, vols. 2 and 3); "History of Worcester and Its People" (1919, vol. 2 only); "Through Glade and Mead, A Local Contribution to Natural History" (1894); a 1930 cookbook compiled by the ladies of Emanuel Lutheran church, a history of the Worcester National Bank, 1804-1904; and the "North" volume of "Picturesque Worcester" (1895).

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3019

$55

Book Details: Historical fiction predominates in this large collection of vintage and antique literature, which leans toward novels about American pioneers, and the western stories of Zane Grey and others. Other authors include Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton, Jules Verne, and the anonymous writer of "Wine, Women, and War: A Diary of Disillusionment."

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3020

$200

Details: There are about 260 postcards in this lot, all of which display scenes of cities, towns, and landmarks in the United States. These postcards have been carefully curated alphabetically by state and protected by individual plastic sleeves. The states represented in this collection Alabama, Arkansas, and Arizona; California, Colorado, and Connecticut; Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, and Iowa; Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, and Massachusetts; Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Montana; Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota; Oklahoma and Oregon; Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas; Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C.

Of special interest is a large subgroup of postcards in the state capitol buildings series. There are 23 of these cards, which are lavishly enhanced with gold ink, and embellished with the state seals.

The labeled dividers will remain with this lot to preserve its organization.


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Condition / Notes: These postcards are in generally good condition; most have been used.
Lot 3021

$20

Title: A Life of George Washington, in Latin Prose: By Francis Glass, A.M., of Ohio
Author: Francis Glass
Editor: J. N. Reynolds
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
City: New York
Year: 1835
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 245 pages plus 1 page of advertisements
Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering and eagle to spine. Top of spine is detaching and corners show minor loss of material. Rear hinge is cracked. Rear endpaper displays soiling. Pages exhibit scattered light foxing. Work is illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispiece of Washington.
Lot 3022

$140

Title: Washington and His Masonic Compeers, Illustrated with a Copy of a Masonic Portrait of Washington, Painted from Life, Never Before Published. With Numerous Other Engravings
Author: Sidney Hayden
Publisher: Masonic Publishing and Manufacturing Co.
City: New York
Year: 1866
Printing Information: Second Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 407 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8"
Book Details:
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped brown cloth with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Washington portrait appears stamped in gilt on spine; coat of arms can be seen in gilt on front cover and stamped in blind on rear. Book shows external wear, with large circular black marking to front cover (presumably from small plate or saucer). Small black markings are also visible on spine and bottom edge of text block. Closed tear is visible along top portion of rear gutter. Binding is firm. Previous owner's inscriptions appear on front flyleaf. Old signature of J. Doak is visible at center of title page. Faint damp staining occurs along margins of frontispiece and title page, as well as along edges of rear endpaper. A small number of pages exhibit light foxing. Work is illustrated with frontispiece, intact fold-out facsimile of Washington letter (with wrinkling), and numerous in-text illustrations.
Lot 3023

$130

Details: There are about 200 antique specialty postcards in this collection, all of which have been carefully curated, sorted by subject matter and preserved in plastic sleeves. Greeting cards included are for the New Year, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. Other themes included are patriotic cards, humorous or comic cards, and cards with little calendars attached to them. The labeled dividers will are part of this lot to preserve its organization.


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Condition / Notes: These cards are in generally good condition, with some indications of their age and wear. Most have been used.
Lot 3024

$250

Title: The British Burma Gazetteer in Two Volumes
Author: uncredited author
Publisher: Government Press
City: Rangoon
Year: 1880
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 11 + 716 + 35 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 10"
Book Details: An in-depth 19th-century guide to Burma, with chapters on geography, history, ornithology, and numerous other subjects, as well as a pronunciation guide.
Condition / Notes: This is the first volume of a two-volume edition of this work.

Antique volume is bound in original light brown leather boards with gilt stamped red leather and brown leather spine labels, spine bands. Book shows mild wear to covers and minor edgewear. Binding is firm, with hinges professionally reinforced. Volume has marbled endpapers. Pages exhibit slight toning, occasional minor pencil marginalia and spotted edges. Work is illustrated with a sepia photograph of a Buddha statue as frontispiece, with intact tissue guard.
Lot 3025

$90

Book Details: This collection of antique decorative books is filled with information on the natural world and its denizens, with scientific theory and philosophical digressions sparked by experiences in nature. Included are works by Darwin, Thoreau, and Thomas Huxley, as well as "Poultry Guide Post" and "Singular Creatures." Other titles are "The Famous Parks and Gardens of the World," "The Ocean World," "The Water World," and "Beautiful Joe."

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3026

$30

Details: This mixed and miscellaneous collection of antique and vintage advertising ephemera includes several different types of food and grocery products. Items include beverages such as coffee, tea, cocoa, Ovaltine, and Postum; biscuits, crackers, and cookies; fruits, juices, walnuts, coconut, Kool-Aid, and Jello. Some of the ads feature pictures of farm animals and horses, such as the flying red horse that represented Mobil gasoline. There are about 175 advertisements all together, most in color, and each one is protected by cardboard and wrapped in plastic.

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Condition / Notes: This material is generally in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications; older items are more likely to have advanced flaws.
Lot 3027

$90

Book Details: Classic stories from Shakespeare and Hans Christian Andersen highlight this collection of decorative antique children's literature, which features attractively bound volumes. Other titles include "The Rollo and Lucy First Book of Poetry," Jack in the Bush," "The Pussy Tip-Toes Family," "Chimes for Childhood," "The Asbury Twins," and an illustrated "Life of Washington."


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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3028

$175

Details: The group of issues of "Life" magazine dates from 1947, and continues to reflect the changes in American society in the aftermath of World War II. Stories on trends in fashion and pop culture and the more dignified forms of celebrity gossip predominate, but don't completely preclude coverage of more poltiical developments worldwide. The content of "Life" generally followed the same template for the next four decades: short, entertaining, articles of no more than two pages, most of which were taken up by eye-catching photography. The ratio of serious news content to entertaining "life-style" and fashion puff pieces stayed at about 1/3.5, and the covers of the magazines reflected that as well. Among the articles in this collection of issues are pieces on Gregory Peck, the U.S. occupation of Germany, the challenges of re-integrating veterans back into society and the G.I. Bill, with many ex-soldiers now in college; the growing social importance of teenagers, and lots of tasteful, slightly risque girly pictures.

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Condition / Notes: These magazines are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3029

$40

Book Details: Handsome, gold-stamped bindings decorate this collection of antique literature and poetry, which includes "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today" by Mark Twain & Charles Dudley Warner; and "The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Other titles include two books about dogs, "Greyfriars Bobby," by Eleanor Atkinson; and "The Dark Gentleman," by G.B. Stern, described by Heywood Broun as "one of the few sophisticated stories ever written about dogs. "Flirtations in Fashionable Life," by Catherine Sinclair bridges the gap between Jane Austen and Edith Wharton.

Also included in this lot is a gift annual with a very pretty gilt cover.

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Condition / Notes: These books are typically in functional or better condition with some age/wear indications. We identify any advanced flaws that come to our attention during cataloging.
Lot 3030

$70

Title: The Napoleon of Notting Hill
Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton - Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KCSG better known as G.K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."
Chesterton is well known for his fictional priest-detective Father Brown, and for his reasoned apologetics. Even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both Progressivism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify this position more and more with Catholicism, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from High Church Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius." Biographers have identified him as a successor to such Victorian authors as Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Cardinal Newman, and John Ruskin. (Biographical information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: John Lane
City: London / New York
Year: 1904
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 300 pages
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: "The Napoleon of Notting Hill" is a novel written by G. K. Chesterton in 1904, set in a nearly unchanged London in 1984.
Although the novel is set in the future, it is, in effect, set in an alternative reality of Chesterton's own period, with no advances in technology or changes in the class system or attitudes. It postulates an impersonal government, not described in any detail, but apparently content to operate through a figurehead king, randomly chosen. (Summary courtesy of Wikipedia)

Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition of this novel. Book is in a first binding.

Antique volume is bound in original cloth stamped in black and red, with pictorial designs to spine and front cover. Covers show light soiling, with small black spots to upper half of front cover. Edges of spine are lightly rubbed. Binding is firm. Pages display light foxing. This work has "seven Full-Page Illustrations by W. Graham Robertson and a Map of the Seat of War."
Lot 3031

$25

Title: An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord God M.DCC.XCV. Being the Third after Bissextile or Leap-Year, Wherein Are Contained Necessary Rules, and Useful Tables, with a New Chronology of Remarkable Events; Also, the Proper Days and Hours for Transferring Stocks and Receiving Dividends; and a List of Holidays Kept at the Publick Offices, &c. Calculated by John Goldsmith
Author: John Goldsmith
Publisher: Printed for the Company of Stationers; and Sold by Robert Horsfield
City: London
Year: circa 1795
Binding Style: Other - see description
Pagination: 48 pages
Width: 2.5" Height: 4.5"
Book Details: Contains lists of authors, remarkable events, financial information, etc.
Condition / Notes: Antique booklet is bound in limp leather. Small black stain appears at center of front cover. Binding is sound. Old name is written on blank preliminary page. Title page and calendar are printed in black and red. Pages are clean and without markings.
Lot 3032

$60

Title: Des conflits entre chasseurs fermiers & proprietaires
Author: Ferdinand Gislain
Publisher: Adolphe Wesmael, fils, Imprimeur-Editeur
City: Namur, Belgium
Year: 1865
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: vii/240 pages plus 11 pages of supplement
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: An account of conflict between French hunters, farmers and landowners.
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in later cloth-backed marbled endpapers. Book shows external wear, with light soiling and fraying to spine. Binding is firm. Volume has marbled endpapers. Front flyleaf is detached. Pages are clean and without markings. Work is illustrated with an attractive extra vignette title page by Felicien Rops. Last 11 pages are a postscript dated 1866.
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