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Lot 2001


Title: New York in the War of the Rebellion 1861 to 1865
Author: Uncredited
Editor: Frederick Phisterer - Frederick Phisterer was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Phisterer received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor. Phisterer's medal was won for actions at the Battle of Stones River at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, now marked by the Stones River National Battlefield. He was honored with the award on December 12, 1894.
Publisher: J. B. Lyon Company, State Printers
City: Albany
Year: 1912
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Pagination: 4499; 376 pages
Width: 8" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This is the complete six-volume third edition of this work, in five volumes plus the additional index volume. This antique set is bound in blue pebbled-cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering on the spines. The volumes contain tissue-guarded color frontispieces depicting scenes from the US Civil War, and author/veteran Phisterer in the first volume. There are additional tissue-guarded color plates and maps illustrating these volumes, as well as in-text tables.

From the Introduction: “This is not a work of fiction, it is composed of bare facts; it is not a work of comparisons; it is a record of the State of new York during a time which weighed heavily on her sons and daughters, made as complete, correct and concise as it was practicable to make it…The work consists of six parts; each part and division is preceded by remarks, which explain its scope and intent.

Part I. In the State.
II. In the field.
III. The roll of honor.
IV. Sketches of organizations and register of officers.
V. Appendices.
VI. Indices.”
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well with some typical indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear. There is evidence of moisture on the covers and parts of the text blocks. The bindings and text blocks are firm. Text and illustrations/maps are clear and legible through mild age toning.
Lot 2002


Title: The Origin and Progress of Writing as well as Hieroglyphic as Elementary
Author: Thomas Astle - Thomas Astle was an English antiquary and palaeographer. "And keeper of the records in the Tower of London."
Publisher: T. Bensley
City: London
Year: 1803
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 240 pages
Width: 9.25" Height: 11.25"
Book Details: This hand-illuminated antique volume is handsomely bound in leather with gilt tooling to the boards and stippled end papers.

The work is lavishly illustrated with fold-out and in text engraved plates, "from marbles, Manuscripts and Charters, ancient and Modern," many of which are hand illuminated. From the title page, "Also some account of the Origin and Progress of Printing."

The volume is complete with 31 engravings plus the frontispiece. In addition, there is a plate mounted containing an early portrait of the author with a handwritten note. It is likely not original to the book, but definitely from the period.

The front pasted end paper contains three book plates of interest. The first is from Reverend John Smith, Vicar of St Nicholas, Newcastle on Tyne. The other two are from the Batterson family of Connecticut, Mary Batterson Beach and J. G. Batterson.

James Goodwin Batterson (23 February 1823 in Bloomfield, Connecticut – 18 September 1901 in Hartford, Connecticut) was an American designer and builder, the owner of New England Granite Works from 1845 and a founder in 1863 of Travelers Insurance Company, both in Hartford, Connecticut. He introduced casualty insurance in the United States, for which he was posthumously inducted into the Insurance Hall of Fame (1965).
Condition / Notes: This hand-illuminated antique volume shows well bound in leather with gilt tooling to the boards and stippled end papers.

The books show some age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities, including a dis-bound text block. Both boards are detached and present.

The pages are bright and the engravings are clear and crisp.
Lot 2003


Title: Theologi Consummati: Dissertationum Philologico-Theologicarum. Accedunt Orationes
Author: Frid. Adolphi Lampe - Friedrich Adolph Lampe was a German Pietist pastor, theologian and professor of dogmatics. He was a Cocceian, and follower of Johannes d'Outrein. He is known as the first Pietist leader from a Calvinist rather than Lutheran background.

Lampe was especially influenced by pietism and saw inner life development as very important, and he was also a strong believer in the divinity of the church. His most prominent work was "Geheimniß des Gnadenbunds...", published in six volumes from 1712. In 1726 he published Synopsis historiae sacrae. He also published a number of catechisms; among them were Milch der Wahrheit, nach Anleitung des Heidelberge Katechismus (1718), Einleitung zu dem Geheimnis des Gnadenbundes, and Delineatio theologae activae, considered to be the "first system of ethics derived from federal theology".
Publisher: Apud Adrianum Wor, & Haered
City: Amstelodami
Year: 1737
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 1 Full Set: No
Pagination: 680 pages
Width: 6.25" Height: 8"
Book Details: This antique Latin volume, Vol. II only, is bound in decoratively blindstamped vellum. The spine features a very neat handwritten ink title, raised bands, and stamped tooling. Engraved capitals, in-text ornamentation and ornament to the title page enhance the text. There are copious indices. This volume contains the philological-theological dissertation of Friedrich Adolph Lampe.

Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows nicely with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and light soiling. The front hinge is slightly cracked, however the binding and text block remain firm. The text is clear and crisp through very mild age toning. The front pastedown bears the bookplate of Henry James Grasett, Canadian army and militia officer and Toronto police chief, who is the longest-serving police chief in the history of the Toronto Police, having served for 34 years from 1886 to 1920 as Chief Constable. A plate from the Wycliffe College Library in Toronto is affixed to the endpaper flyleaf which also bears a price sticker. The pastedown endpapers show mild tears.
Lot 2004


Title: The Moon Jumpers
Author: Illustrated by Maurice Sendak - Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are," first published in 1963. , Janice May Udry - Janice May Udry is an American author. She was born in Jacksonville, Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University in 1950. Her first book, "A Tree is Nice," was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for Marc Simont's illustrations. Udry's papers are held at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers
City: New York, Evanston, and London
Year: 1959
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 7.5" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: This vintage title is bound in illustrated paper-covered boards with the original dust jacket of the same design. The signature of illustrator Maurice Sendak appears on the front flyleaf.

From the dust jacket: "The warm night-wind tosses our hair. The wind chimes stir. And we all dance, barefooted. Over and over the grass. We climb the tree just to be in a tree at night." Here is a child's exhilaration and enchantment with the loveliness of summer nights, with the magic of moonlight. The goldfish play with the moonfish in the lily pond, the fireflies come from the woods, and a giant moth flies by on his search for moonflowers. At this time the call of "Children, oh children" from the house is meaningless, for there are no children present, only Moon Jumpers."
Condition / Notes: This vintage children's title shows very nicely, with minimal indications of age and wear. The front flap of the dust jacket is clipped in the lower corner.
Lot 2005


Title: The Illustrated History of Rome [From the Founding of the city by Romulus, 753 B.C. , to the Capture of Constantinople by the Turks, 1456 A.D.]
Editor: George A. Smith - George A. Smith was a noted historian and contributed to many important works including chronicles of the Paris Exhibition and Salon. He was based for at least part of his professional life in Philadelphia.
Publisher: Gebbie & Co., Publishers
City: Philadelphia
Year: 1884
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 12" Height: 15.25"
Book Details: These deluxe, mammoth volumes are bound in leather over pebbled cloth with raised bands on the spine and gilt lettering and ornamentation to the spine and boards. Each volume is liberally illustrated with steel and wood engravings including maps and in-text vignettes and the text blocks have been gilded on all three sides.

From the preface:

“I purpose that the reader of this complete Illustrated History of Rome shall be aided and interested in his study by such a panorama of Historical Pictures and other illustrations as has never before embellished the history of any nation. On a recent visit to Europe, while visiting the great Galleries of Painting and Sculpture, and turning over the Portfolios of Engravings in the Public Museums, I was struck with the number and the beauty of subjects devoted to the illustration of Roman History.” “We know that the early History of Rome, like that of all nations, is legendary; but the legendary traditions of the Roman people are so rich and so beautiful, that they give an insight into the early genius of the people. Moreover, mingled with these poetic traditions, there are accounts of laws and institutions which undeniably existed.”
Condition / Notes: This handsome, imposing set shows well with some external signs of wear and age, concentrated at the extremities. The front board on volume one is separated and the rear hinge is weak. The bindings are other wise solid and secure. The plates are clean and bright with some scattered edge toning/marks.
Lot 2006


Title: To Mary in Heaven
Author: Robert Burns - Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, Ploughman Poet and various other names and epithets, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a light Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these writings his political or civil commentary is often at its bluntest.

He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world. Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television channel STV.

As well as making original compositions, Burns also collected folk songs from across Scotland, often revising or adapting them. His poem (and song) "Auld Lang Syne" is often sung at Hogmanay (the last day of the year), and "Scots Wha Hae" served for a long time as an unofficial national anthem of the country. Other poems and songs of Burns that remain well known across the world today include "A Red, Red Rose", "A Man's a Man for A' That", "To a Louse", "To a Mouse", "The Battle of Sherramuir", "Tam o' Shanter" and "Ae Fond Kiss".
Editor: William K. Bixby - William K. Bixby was a collector of art and rare books, and is known for his significant philanthropic contributions around the St. Louis area.
Publisher: Privately Printed
City: Saint Louis
Year: 1916
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 26 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: This very rare author signed true first edition was privately printed and bound in paper covered boards and gilt stamped lettering on the front. The volume is wrapped in a marbled-paper wrapped cloth dust jacket with no markings.

The volume is inscribed to Bert Walker from William Bixby. Bert Walker, also known as George Herbert Walker Sr. (1875-1953), was maternal grandfather to the Late President George H.W. Bush and a great-grandfather of President George W. Bush, both of whom were named in his honor. He was also an American banker and businessman, whose brokerage firm eventually became part of Merrill Lynch.

The text includes a facsimile of "The most beautiful of all the lyrics by Burns and one of the most celebrated poems ever written" in addition to an introduction by Bixby. This private printing as followed by a limited edition published by the Bibliophile Society.

Laid in to this volume is a very old letter written on stationery from the The Brown Hotel, a, historic 16-story hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The letter is signed only Joseph but requests the recipient write to him in care of The Neil House, another historic hotel that stood across the street from the Ohio Statehouse. It had several incarnations, from the original 1820s tavern to the final hotel that was demolished in 1981.

Condition / Notes: This antique author signed true first edition shows well privately printed and bound in paper covered boards with gilt lettering and a marbled-paper lined cloth dust jacket.

The books show moderate age/wear externally concentrated at the extremities. The text block is intact and detached from the boards which are present. The dust jacket has some edge wear and cracking to the marbled paper lining. The front free end paper is detached and present. The text is clear and pages are bright with scattered foxing and moisture staining not affecting the text.
Lot 2007


Title: The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry
Author: James Russell Lowell - James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.
Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. The couple soon became involved in the movement to abolish slavery, with Lowell using poetry to express his antislavery views and taking a job in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the editor of an abolitionist newspaper. After moving back to Cambridge, Lowell was one of the founders of a journal called The Pioneer, which lasted only three issues. He gained notoriety in 1848 with the publication of "A Fable for Critics," a book-length poem satirizing contemporary critics and poets. The same year, he published "The Biglow Papers," which increased his fame. Lowell went on to publish several other poetry collections and essay collections throughout his literary career.

Maria White died in 1853, and Lowell accepted a professorship of languages at Harvard in 1854; he continued to teach there for twenty years. He traveled to Europe before officially assuming his role in 1856. He married his second wife, Frances Dunlap, shortly thereafter in 1857. That year Lowell also became editor of The Atlantic Monthly. It was not until 20 years later that Lowell received his first political appointment, the ambassadorship to Spain. He was later appointed ambassador to England. He spent his last years in Cambridge, in the same estate where he was born, and died there in 1891.

Lowell believed that the poet played an important role as a prophet and critic of society. He used poetry for reform, particularly in abolitionism. However, Lowell's commitment to the antislavery cause wavered over the years, as did his opinion on African-Americans. Lowell attempted to emulate the true Yankee accent in the dialogue of his characters, particularly in "The Biglow Papers." This depiction of the dialect, as well as Lowell's many satires, was an inspiration to writers like Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken.
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin and Company/The Riverside Press, Cambridge
City: Boston and New York
Year: 1899
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 11 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 0"
Book Details: This eleven-volume antique Riverside Edition set is bound in red cloth with gilt spine lettering and top-edge gilt. Each volume contains and index. Titles for these volumes include:

Literary Essays
Political Essays
Literary and Political Addresses
Latest Literary Essays/Old English Dramatists
Earlier Poems/The Vision of Sir Launfal, Etc.
The Biglow Papers
A Fable for Critics/Under the Willows, Etc.
War Poems/Heartsease and Rue, Etc.
Condition / Notes: This antique collection shows well, with minimal indications of age and wear, including mild shelfwear and rubbing. The bindings and text blocks are sound. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild uniform age toning.
Lot 2008


Title: Hunting Big Game in the Wilds of Africa Containing Thrilling Adventures of the Famous Roosevelt Expedition
Author: J. Martin Miller - Miller, James Martin
Publisher: Geo. W. Bertron
City: Unknown
Year: c.1908
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 400
Width: 7" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: This volume is decoratively bound by teal cloth covered boards with the title emblazoned on the front cover in black and gilt lettering alongside a detailed chromolithographic illustration. The title is printed in gilt on the spine cover above a stamped illustration of a giraffe.

The title page to this text provides more context about its content. The extended title reads "Hunting Big Game in the Wilds of Africa Containing Thrilling Adventures of the Famous Roosevelt Expedition in Search of Lions, Rhinoceri, Elephants, Hippopotami and Other Ferocious Bests of the Jungle and Plain Including Journeys in Unknown Lands, Miraculous Escapes, Curious Customs of Savage Races, and Marvelous Discoveries in the Dark Continent Together with Graphic Descriptions of Beautiful Scenery, Fertile Valleys, Vast Forests, Mighty Rivers and Cataracts, Inland Seas, Mines of Untold Wealth, Etc., Etc. The Whole Comprising a Vast Treasury of All That is Marvelous and Wonderful in Darkest Africa."

This text features a pair of chromolithograph illustrations and boasts 34 full page engravings.
Condition / Notes: This volume shows nicely bound in abundantly decorated green cloth with a chromolitho on the cover and back and gilt stamped lettering.

The book exhibits signs of age/wear concentrated at the extremities including light soiling and rubbing on the boards. The binding is intact and solid with a cracked back hinge. The text and illustrations themselves are clear and bright and the pages display some age toning throughout.
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