Sale 526: Rare Books & Manuscripts(222 Lots)
222 lots | 221 with images
February 9, 2014Live Auction
133 Kearny Street 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108 USA
Phone: (415) 989-2665
Fax: (415) 989-1664
February 9, 2014Live Auction
133 Kearny Street 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94108 USA
Phone: (415) 989-2665
Fax: (415) 989-1664
Description: 8 pp. Illustrated with photographs of Los Angeles sponsors and organizers of the event (including several prominent civil rights lawyers) as well as award recipients Jesse Graves, Lena Horne, Rex Ingram, Dooley Wilson, and white actress Bette Davis (honored for her contribution to inter-racial harmony). 13x10" original pale green wrappers, printed in black.Signed by Dooley Wilson, best-remembered as Sam, the piano player in the classic film, “Casablanca”, on front cover, and by actors Mantan Moreland (who played detective Charlie Chan in several films), and “Nicodemus” Stewart (Cotton Club Vaudevillian who later starred in the Amos n’ Andy TV series). Also signed by Jesse Graves by his photograph within the program. This World War II forerunner (by 24 years) of the later NAACP Image Awards – a sort of Black parallel to the Oscars – might have signaled a new age of Black progress in Hollywood, had it not been for the unfortunate choice of Hattie McDaniel as the keynote speaker. A racially-integrated crowd of 3000 who gathered in the auditorium of a Black Baptist church, including Hollywood stars, writers, producers and studio executives, listened to McDaniel, the first African-American to be honored with an Oscar (for her role as “Mammy” in “Gone With The Wind”) read a 30 minute speech, in which she outlined the progress of Black entertainers in the industry, defended Black actors and actresses – such as herself – who had accepted menial roles that portrayed domestic servants, and paid tribute to Black soldiers who were then fighting abroad in the World War. All went well until the 49 year-old McDaniel, praised Lena Horne, the beautiful 27 year-old actress and singer who had won substantial roles in several musicals, as “a representative of the new type of Nigger Womanhood”. The derogatory word was pronounced so distinctly, that, according to a white Los Angeles journalist who was present, the crowd “sat in stunned silence”, while McDaniel backtracked by emphasizing, “I said Negro womanhood.” The reporter, who claimed Horne herself was so embarrassed that she began to “sweat”, wrote a front-page story about the unfortunate “Slip of the Lip”, which was picked up by a Baltimore Black newspaper with national readership under the headline, “Miss McDaniel Accused of Using Offensive Epithet”. This so enraged McDaniel that she lashed out at the “prejudiced” white journalist in a long vitriolic letter to a Los Angeles Black paper, saying the audience had responded with laughter rather than shock to her “regrettable error”, which had been “falsely exaggerated” to sow “seeds of discord and malicious antagonism.” As a result, McDaniel’s career (and her standing in the Black community) suffered – and the first “annual” award ceremony was also the last, not reprised by the NAACP until 1968. As many of those in attendance probably preferred to forget what might otherwise have been an historic event, this ephemeral “souvenir” is very rare, and especially desirable with the Wilson and other signatures.
Condition Report: Faint creasing to wrapper edges, yellowing and light soiling to wrappers; dampstain to upper edge of all leaves, does not affect the Graves autograph within; very goodView additional info and full condition report »
Description: 8pp. (numbered 3 to 10). With original mailing envelope, sent to Hamilton Gray, Bolsover Castle, Chesterfield.Though lacking Smith’s cover letter, the manuscript itself is apparently complete, the 1200-word account of a once-enslaved Black woman, written by a white clergyman who knew her in Jamaica before her return to Africa as a missionary. The story of Catherine Zimmerman-Mulgrave (1826-91) has recently been of special interest to historians because, following her providential rescue from slavery, her education in Jamaica, and a failed “arranged” marriage to the Black Liberian missionary with whom she sailed back to Africa, she remarried, while in Ghana - to a white missionary, an inter-racial union that was virtually unheard of in the mid-19th century. Born in the Congo or Angola in the 1820s, she was kidnapped as a child by slave traders. En route to Cuba, the slave ship foundered in a storm; she was one of a few survivors, rescued by British sailors, then cared for and given an education by the wife of Lord Mulgrave, the Governor of Jamaica who presided over the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. Taking the surname of her patroness, as a teenager, Catherine volunteered to be “repatriated” to Africa to help form a Black Christian community on the Gold Coast. It was then, in 1843, that Rev. Smith met and heard Catherine’s own account of her early life. He was undoubtedly aware of the pressures brought to bear on “Kitty” to convince her that she was “most suited” to be the “partner” of another Black missionary before their return to Africa, an “arrangement”, writes Smith ambiguously, “not carried out without some difficulty.” That marriage was to end when the husband, says Smith, “fell into grievous sin” and was expelled from the missionary community. Catherine then remarried, her second husband, Johannes Zimmerman (1825-1876), being a German scholar of African culture and language, who married her over the strong objections of fellow white missionaries, knowing that he could never bring his wife or their children to Europe. The writer of this account, Rev. Smith, was a stalwart of the British and Foreign Bible Society (and a passionate amateur Botanist) who arrived in Ashborne, east of Liverpool, in 1854, which helps confirm the estimated date of the manuscript. Also at that time, the recipient, Rev. John Hamilton Gray, was Vicar of Bolsover, 40 miles from Ashbourne. Why Gray wanted Smith’s recollections of Mulgrave is unknown; both he and his wife published a number of books and monographs, but neither he nor Smith – who wrote a book on ferns – had any clear links to the anti-slavery movement of that era. Some details in Smith’s manuscript are clearly faulty – such as the surname he erroneously ascribed to Mrs. Zimmerman’s white husband; others are based on hearsay and ten year-old memories. But Smith’s recollection of his conversations with Catherine in the 1840s are still a valuable – and previously unknown – supplement to equally questionable missionary records and an account by Catherine’s disgraced ex-husband. Full transcript of the text available on request.
Condition Report: Very good condition.View additional info »
Description: 3pp.+ original mailing envelope.John Skirving writes to Jordan L[awrence] Mott in New York: “Whilst in Washington, I saw [Samuel] Colt riding in a Carriage…It will be no use trying to get him, as sit he will not. I have been in town 3 times to see [R.?] Cornelious, he has moved to his country seat some 8 miles from Phila. and at the Factory they say it is very uncertain when he will be in town… Mr. McCormick seems determined that we shall not fail in his portrait for I received another [telegram] last night and I think the operators in Chicago beat the rest in the Union or elsewhere…your Cousins the Japanese in Washington desire to be remembered. I…visited them thrice, so much for friends at Court. Brady told me he was then two weeks before he could get at them…Mr. Schussele is driving along and today the Carpenters are taking off the roof of the house and in two weeks are to have a room 16 feet high by the whole size of the house completed ready for use - to have a large Skylight and all that will be required to make a first rate Studio. He is determined to make the picture a good one but never can do it in the small room he now paints in…” An important letter about the making of the first classic work of art to pay tribute to American invention and technology. In 1859, Skirving, a Philadelphia architect and engineer, well-known in Washington for designing the heating and ventilation systems of major government buildings, convinced his friend Jordan Mott, New York industrialist and inventor of the anthracite burning stove, to underwrite artist Christian Schussele’s painting of a 6 foot by 4 foot group portrait of the nation’s best-known living inventors. The painting, titled “Men of Progress”, would show Mott himself, Samuel Morse, Samuel Colt, Cyrus McCormick, Charles Goodyear and 14 others who had “altered the course of contemporary civilization”, gathered together beneath a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The assembly would, of course, be fictional; each of the rich prima donnas would have to be convinced – by the persuasive Skirving – to visit Schussele’s Philadelphia studio for individual sittings. Skirving hoped the finished work would be “one of the most valuable historical paintings ever executed”, inspiring young engineers and scientists to follow in the footsteps of these heroic technological trail-blazers. This letter, naming Colt, McCormick and Schussele, is a significant account of the making of the portrait, particularly intriguing as it also mentions Robert Cornelius, owner of a large lighting factory in Philadelphia, who was also a chemist and American photographic pioneer, his 1839 daguerreotype self-portrait being one of the first photographs of a human ever produced. Though Cornelius does not appear in “Men of Progress”, this letter implies that he was on Skirving’s original list for inclusion – possibly because of his youthful work in photography; this was undoubtedly a field of interest for Skirving, who also here mentions Matthew Brady’s photographic portrait, later that year, of the first Japanese ambassadors to the United States. Historians now hail Men of Progress as a turning point in American art, aesthetically honoring scientific innovation and helping idolize technology in popular culture. (Copied as an engraving by John Sartain, it would later be mass-distributed by “Scientific American”). The painting, which Schussele completed for Mott the following year, with a smaller copy for Skirving, long graced a wall of the White House; it is now held by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Condition Report: Fine condition.View additional info »
Description: 44 Autograph Letters Signed (totaling 95 holograph pages + stampless address leaves).Important archive illuminating the foundations of Botanical Science and its relation to Medicine in the new American Republic, where the study of “natural history” was first advanced by passionate scientific amateurs. Among these, Bigelow is often remembered as author of a bibliophilic landmark - the first American book with printed color plates, his 3-volume Medical Botany of 1817-20. Hailed by his friend Oliver Wendell Holmes as an accomplished scientific scholar, eminent physician and social innovator who had great influence on American medical practice, he also wrote the first American book on “Technology” and was later a founding father of MIT. But these letters date from the earliest years of his career, when, as a young Harvard Professor of Medicine and “Applied Sciences”, he roamed through the Massachusetts hills to collect plant specimens and wrote his first book on Bostonian flora, prelude to his color-plate magnum opus, and then edited the first American Pharmacopoeia, sanctioned by the first conventions of American physicians. Beyond offering unpublished details of these scientific and medical “firsts”, the strength of the archive is in the wide range of correspondents, such as 22 year-old John Torrey, later Botanical chronicler of the Fremont, Marcy and other western exploring expeditions; Philadelphia bookseller Hamilton Hall, future publisher of the magnificent Wilson American Ornithology; U.S. Senator Samuel Mitchill, a statesman and physician of scientific genius in the Franklin and Jefferson vein; Dr. Thomas Wray of Georgia, who acted as Bigelow’s intermediary with artist John Abbott, famed for his watercolor illustrations of Southern birds; and, another Georgian, Dr. Jacob de la Motta of Savannah, acknowledged by Jefferson and Madison as a spokesman of the American Jewish community, and one of the first Jewish-American men of science. Also mentioned in the letters are eminent naturalists Thomas Nuttall, Stephen Elliott, Constantine Rafinesque, Henry Muhlenberg, Charles-Alexander Leseur, Frederick Pursh, John Bradbury, John Eatton LeConte, Augustin de Candolle, William Bartram, and geologist William Maclure. This archive - probably the most notable Bigelow papers not held by Harvard and other institutions – is thus of botanical, scientific, medical, and bibliophilic interest. For a detailed description of the letters, and a full transcription, Click Here.The correspondents of the archive, in brief:Zaccheus Collins. 3 ALsS, Philadelphia, October 20, 1814; April 16, 1817; October 11, 1818. 6pp.George Ticknor. 3 ALsS. Gottingen, Germany. December 7, 1815, June 23 and July 12, 1816. 9pp.Samuel Mitchill. New York, October 27, 1816 and July 29, 1821, 7pp.Harrison Hall (Bookseller). 3 ALsS. Philadelphia, January 8, April 2 and June 12, 1818. 7ppJohn Torrey. New York, April 6, 1818 and November 22, 1820. 6pp.Pliny Hayes. Canandaigua, N.Y., April 20, 1818. 2pp.Thomas H. Palmer. 2 ALsS. Philadelphia, June 12, 1818 (as Corresponding Secretary of the Philadelphia Botanical Society); and August 8, 1822. 3pp.Jacob de la Motta. Savannah, Georgia, June 24, 1818. 2pp.William P.C. Barton. Philadelphia, August 22, 1818. 1pg.George Watterston, (Librarian of Congress), as Secretary, Washington Botanical Society, Washington [D.C.], September 1, 1818. 3pp.James Eastburn & Co. (Bookseller). NY, September 11, 1818. 2pp.Corresponding Secretary, Baltimore Physical Association. Baltimore, October , 1818. 1 pg.John Locke. New Haven, November 27, 1818 2pp.Thomas J. Wray. Augusta, Georgia, June 6, 1819. 3pp.William Zollickoffer, 2 ALsS. Baltimore, July 31, 1819 and January 12, 1820. 3pp.Lyman Spalding. 8 ALsS. New York, [Feb. 6], March 16, April 25, June 12, June 20, July 3, July 6 and August 15, 1820. 22 pp.Robert Carr. Philadelphia, August 28, 1820. 1 pg.Hottinguer & Co., Havre (France), March 18, 1820. 2pp.Thomas T. Hewson, 5 ALsS. Philadelphia, January 4, January 17, February 11, March 3, and April 4, 1821, 12pp.Thomas T. Hewson and Thomas C. James. ALS. Philadelphia, February 24, 1821. 1pg.Francis Boott. London, May 12, 1821, 3pp.John Eberle. 2 ALS. Philadelphia. August 27  and June 28, 1823. 3pp.
Condition Report: Some normal aging to the paper, overall in fine condition.View additional info »
Description: 1 pp. 6¾x7¾".To David Rittenhouse, Treasurer of the Council: “Pay to James McCutcheon on order the sum of Twenty four pounds one shilling and sixpence in full of his account for 963 lbs. of Beef furnished to a number of the natives of China and India under the Resolution of November the 7th, 1785” Receipt for the payment inscribed on verso by McCutcheon’s son. This historic document records charitable assistance of the new American nation to the first Chinese (and first Indian Asians) to set foot on US soil after the Revolution - sailors from the ship Pallas, an Indiaman which docked at Baltimore on August 9, 1785, being the second ship chartered by two former Continental Army officers to inaugurate trade between the United States and China. The arrival of the Pallas, with its $50,000 cargo of teas, porcelain, silks and satins, excited the ship’s owners, including Robert Morris, leading financier of the Revolution War, and even George Washington, who sent a shopping list to a Maryland friend with instructions to purchase Chinese imports “if great bargains are to be had.” A Baltimore newspaper hailed the start of this “distant but beneficial Trade” with Asia and the “pleasing sight” of the ship’s crew of Chinese, Malays, Japanese and Moors, “employed together as brethren” in commerce which “binds and unites all the nations of the globe with a golden chain.” But this rosy view faded when the Pallas, after unloading its cargo, suddenly set sail, leaving stranded 35 of its sailors – 3 Chinese and 32 East Indians. Unable to find a Baltimore ship to carry them back across the Pacific, the sailors made their way to Philadelphia, where, on October 24, one of the Indians, Sick Keesar, presented a petition to the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, complaining that he and his fellows had been “compelled by force of arms” to sail the ship from the East Indies, that on the passage they had been “much ill treated” by the Captain, being given “a very narrow allowance of provision”, that they had come to Philadelphia hoping in vain to find a ship to carry them home “to their friends and their country”, and that “they are now in a very distressed situation..." The cause of these unfortunates was taken up by Benjamin Franklin, just returned from a diplomatic embassy to France to become Council President. On November 3, Franklin told the Council that the sailors were “now without money, and at once unaccustomed to the manners, language and climate of this country, they were induced to pray for the interposition of government, and beg from it” a “supply of food and clothing”. Franklin insisted that it was “a matter of some importance that these people should not be permitted to carry home with them any well-founded prejudice against either the justice or humanity of these United States” and urged the Council to make provision “for their immediate health and comfort.” The Council agreed, and over the ensuing year approved seven expenditures for feeding the sailors – five for hundreds of pounds of beef and two for bread. The document offered here records the second of those payments, signed by Council Vice President Charles Biddle, himself a seafaring man and Naval veteran of the Revolution. But the charitable spirit wore thin after a year had passed with the sailors still left penniless in Philadelphia, and the Council decided on September 2, 1786 that Asian “natives” who had been “for some months past supported at the expence of this State”, should be sent back to Baltimore and left to their own devices. The last Council expenditure for the Pallas sailors was on October 3, to Dr. John Foulke, a friend of Franklin’s, for his treatment of several Chinese and Indian sailors who had died. It is not known how many of the sailors survived, whether they ever found passage on a ship back to Asia - or whether any remained to become the first Asian immigrants of the new nation.
Condition Report: Yellowed with tiny spots of foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: Halftone photograph of the four members of the seminal pop band standing on a platform, in pea jackets or leather coats, signed and inscribed in ink. This is a page from the Tour Book Concert Program for the Beatles' first nation-wide U.S. tour in 1964, with pictures on the verso as well. 30.5x30.5 cm. (12x12").Iconic photo of the Fab Four, inscribed by George Harrison, "To Liber-archie best wishes from the Beatles," below which each of the band members has signed, over their image, "John Lennon (a band)"; "George Harrison"; "Ringo Starr"; "Paul McCartney (a fan)" - the "band" and "fan" offering a humorous rhyming counterpart. "Liber-archie" would BE the entertainer, pianist and showman W?adziu Valentino Liberace, known simply by his last name. Undoubtedly they inscribed the image to Liberace at the time of their August 1964 show in Las Vegas, where the pianist regularly performed. A rare and desirable image, wittily inscribed and signed by all four members of the most influential and popular pop/rock band of all time.
Condition Report: Left edge a little rough where removed from the probram; very good.View additional info »
Description: Comprises:The XXI Days by Wilder Bentley, April-May 1953 [Field Notes on Landscape as the Expression of a Peculiar Order of Perfection...]The XXII to the XLIII Day (Second Fascicle) May-June 1953. [Field Notes - and Plantings... Being a Continuation of The XXI Days]The XLIV to the LXIII Day (Third Fascicle) June-July 1953.[Field Notes - and Plantings... Being a Continuation of The XXI Days]Together, 3 fascicles. 32 or 48 pp. Handwritten in ink by Wilder Bentley. 33x25 cm. (13x10"), wrappers.Philosophical, artistic, and intellectual meanderings by the Berkeley-based proprietor of the Archetype Press. Each inscribed to William Willeford of Tulare, with note in the first fascicle "One copy of The XXI Days hand written for William Willeford of Tulare..."
Condition Report: Wrappers a little dusty; very good.View additional info »
Description: 62-page manuscript on laid paper with a full page painted coat of arms, which appears to be dated 1690.31.5x22 cm. (12½x8½"), limp vellum.The name calligraphed on the front of the flexible vellum binding appears to be Elfenoz D. Diego de Zunigay Iob. The manuscript is written in cursive and the title page does make reference to Chile. It is signed by at least eight people at the end with an official seal. There is a rubber stamp which appears twice within the text that reads “ Sello Quarto, Anodemil Y Seiscientos Y Noventa”.
Condition Report: Very good condition with some edgewear.View additional info »
Description: , 100 pp. (4to) 23x18 cm (9x7") period full morocco bordered in gilt with floral devices at corners, spine gilt.A manuscript copy of the maxims of Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689). 1166 maxims, divided into 12 'centuries', the final century comprising only 66 maxims. Neatly written in an early hand on laid paper with a Van Der Ley watermark. Queen Christina Vasa was the daughter of Sweden's warrior-king, Gustavus Adolphus, Protestant champion of the Thirty Years War, (and the grand-daughter of Charles IX, who had usurped the throne from his Catholic nephew, Sigismund), Christina abdicated in order to convert to Catholicism in 1654, and moved to Rome. All her life, she was an independent, intellectual, and highly unconventional personality. She is one of only a few women buried in the Vatican grotto
Condition Report: Binding lightly rubbed; very good.View additional info »
Description: Typed Note, signed, on 28 Hyde Park Gate stationery. Approximately 8x5". Framed, overall 10¾x7½".In full: "Thank you for your most kind thoughts of me on my birthday."
Condition Report: Creased at center, through signature; very good.View additional info »
Description: xiv,  verso blank, 465 pp. Color frontispiece from a portrait by Leonebel Jacobs; other illustrations from photographs. (8vo) original cloth-backed boards, maroon leather spine label lettered in gilt. No. 239 of 294 copies subscribed prior to publication (there were an additional 15 copies reserved for presentation). First Edition.Signed by Darrow at the limitation statement. Includes Darrow's account of the Leopold and Loeb case and the Scopes "Monkey Trial".
Condition Report: Spine sunned and lightly foxed, label lightly chipped along the right edge, corners rubbed; very good.View additional info »
Description: Image 20x15 cm. (7¾x6") plus margins, matted & framed under plexiglass.Fine portrait of Albert Einstein by the German artist J.J. Muller, signed by both of them in pencil in the lower margin, and initialed by the artist in the plate.
Condition Report: Fine condition.View additional info »
Description: viii, 296 pp. (8vo) original printed wrappers. Custom chemise and brown morocco-backed slipcase. First American Edition.With a leaf of original manuscript in the hand of Carlyle's American Editor and friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson giving his suggested lay-out for the title page of the American edition and the text for the "American Editor's Notice" which appears on page iii of the published work. Signed by Emerson and dated Concord, 1 May, 1843. BAL 5194. Leather book label of Sydney Sanner on outside of slipcase.
Condition Report: Wrappers chipped, rear wrapper detached, some light wear at edges; leaf with creasing and some light edge wear; small (spindle?) hole through one word; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Three vellum leaves, approximately 34.5x16.5 cm (13½x6½"). Title leaf lettered in gilt on recto, verso blank; second leaf in 10 lines on recto lettered in gilt, red, and blue with a large (14.5x11.5 cm) illuminated initial letter at the start, 12 lines on verso lettered in black with the first word of each stanza in gilt, red, or blue; third leaf in 12 lines on each side, lettered in black with initial letters in red or blue; the margins of the second and third leaves filled with elaborate pen work of vines, leaves and flowers. Interleaved with yellow silk; housed in a black leather folder, decoratively stamped in blind.A beautiful modern illuminated manuscript, the artist unidentified.
Condition Report: A bit of spotting and rippling to vellum; very good.View additional info »
Description: Printed in four columns, in Spanish, French, English and Dutch, the English column filled out in ink, granting safe passage for William Coit, master of the ship Ann, from New York to Hull, with a cargo of "Iron, Serpentine, Rosin... Cotton... Flour, Rice..." etc. Signed in ink by Thomas Jefferson as President, and James Madison as Secretary of State, with embossed paper seal. 44x55 cm. (17½x21½"), framed and matted under plexiglass, with portraits of Jefferson and Madison, and two metal title-plaques; overall 115x67 cm. (45½x26¼").A fine example of ship's papers from the beginning of the 19th century signed by two Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States (serving 1801-1809), and by his successor James Madison, then Secretary of State, who was to succeed him as president, serving from 1809 to 1817. Thomas Jefferson's influence on the founding and early years of the United States cannot be overstated. As the prime author of the Declaration of Independence, his vision of the nation is felt to this day, as are his efforts at expanding the borders from sea to sea. James Madison, the fourth president, was only slightly less influential, hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights, and his keen understanding of affairs of state set up the fledgling U.S. as an equal to the great European powers of the day. A splendid document signed by two of the Founding Fathers of the United Sates, who served for 16 successive years as president, domination the early decades of 19th century American politics.
Condition Report: Old folds, as is inevitable with such papers, a few small neat repairs at the folds with slight loss of text, very good or better, the signatures clear and bold.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Illustrated. (8vo) publisher's green cloth, blindstamped with repeating bell patterns, gilt-lettered spine, bell patterned endpapers, tan dust jacket, lettered and decorated in black and red. First Edition.Inscribed on the half title page from the author, "Christmas 1960. For Jackie, with love on a memorable Xmas. John." With Mrs. Kennedy's engraved bookplate laid in (was once on the front pastedown, as there is still glue residue there). This book was offered in the monumental Sotheby's auction in 1996 of The Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as Lot 205. It sold for a hammer price of $5,750. The book comes with all the accompanying documentation from Sotheby's including the 584 page auction catalog, which lists 1,195 lots, plus the complimentary photographic chronicle of the auction provided by Sotheby's to its bidders. Plus the lot tag, invoicing paperwork, and some of the original packaging.
Condition Report: Preserved from the 1996 Sotheby's auction (with the exception that the bookplate glue has dried, and bookplate is laid in loose): jacket spine a touch yellowed, a touch worn at spine ends; volume fine in a near fine jacket.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Engraved document on vellum, filled out in ink, appointing William H. White as a Brigade Surgeon of Volunteers. Signed by Abraham Lincoln as President, and Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. 46x36.5 cm. (18x14¼"), matted and framed under plexiglass along with engraved portrait of Lincoln; overall 70x86.5 cm. (27½x34").Document signed by signed by the man considered by many to be the greatest of all U.S. Presidents, credited with saving the union from dissolution, and setting it upon a long path of progressive development that would bring at least partial fruition to the lofty ideals of the founding fathers. The attractive military appointment features an engraving of an eagle carrying arrows and an olive branch in its talons at the top, and the bottom flags and various implements of war. Although military appointments signed by Lincoln are not that uncommon, appointments of medical officers are much scarcer. William H. White, having left his practice to join the Army for patriotic reasons, was to serve in McClellan's Army of the Potomac, and was captured and held prisoner at Libby Prison in Richmond before being exchanged and returned to service.A portion of his diary recording his service is available at http://www.williamdwhite.com/dr-william-h-white-civil-war-diary/.
Condition Report: Old folds, with minor wear, the Stanton signature is bisected by a fold, but the Lincoln signature is free from incumberance, a clear and bold example. Very good, handsomely framed.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Elaborate 20-page bound folio manuscript written in German on vellum apparently for the family of Johann Peter Wotapeck von Mitterwald, containing a full page painted coat of arms with the Austrian national eagle symbol, as well as an extremely fancy calligraphed text with ornate borders and initials. 36.7x30.5 cm. (14½x12"). velvet-covered boards.The manuscript is signed by Maria Theresa (1717-1780) and other individuals and dated at the end, 1764. Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina was the female ruler of the Hapsburg dominions and the last of the House of Hapsburg, the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia etc. Attached to the document with a cord is a large red wax seal encased in a heavy 6” circular brass case weighing just under one pound. The binding which is velvet fabric over boards with marbled endpapers is probably 19th century.
Condition Report: The text pages are very good. The page spread with the coat of arms is dust soiled and a bit darkened probably as the book was laid open to exhibit over the years. A piece of the ribbon marker that was attached to the cover exterior has come loose, and is laid in. The red velvet cover has faded, and exhibits some wear on the edges. Overall, very good condition with a beautiful calligraphed text.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: One page, in ink, written in English. 24x19.5 cm. (9½x7¾").The noted French mathematician writes to “My lord”, probably Edward Stanley, Lord Derby. Hermite writes, in slightly uncomfortable English, “It is with a profound feeling of gratitude that I received your kind invitation to the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. No testimony could be more precious for me than that of the honorable Members of a Society renowned in the whole Europe for the services it has rendered to Science. I would have been very happy to find at the Meeting several friends, since a long time already my fellow labourers, but imperious duties compel me to renounce to this satisfaction, the epoch of the Meeting being this where I am obliged to do the Examines of admission for the Polytechnic School…” Called by one historian “the father of modern mathematical analysis”, Hermite (1822-1901) was the most renowned French Mathematician of his day, famous for his theorems and research in Physics as well as Mathematics. His accomplishments (“application of elliptic functions to provide the first solution to the quintic equation” and “the first proof that e is a transcendental number, not the root of any algebraic equation with rational coefficients”) are perhaps most intelligible to his mathematical descendants, who commonly refer to “Hermitian forms”, but as more general proof of his eminence, both a crater on the moon and two streets in Paris were named in his honor. This letter, written a year after publication of some of his major discoveries, is rare. Only one Hermite letter has sold (at auction in Germany) during the past 35 years.
Condition Report: A little creasing and a few short tape repairs; very good.View additional info »
Description: 460 pp. Finely engraved frontispiece in an allegorical Directoire style. The world, amid signs of discord, is being showered with flowers by the cherubic personification of art. All this amid the quotation “Le discord ravage le monde, les arts en sont les delicer.” Discord ravages the world, the arts are the only delight. (8vo) 19.5x12 cm (7¾x4¾") period full calf with modern rebacking, black leather spine label lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. "Nouvelle Edition." Volume 20 (only) from the Oeuvres Completes de J.J. Rousseau.Bonaparte’s signature is bold and clear on the verso of the front free endpaper. It is of the type associated with his early career, 1800-1804. This is the time when Napoleon was First Consul. This volume also bears the fine heraldic Bonaparte bookplate of Louis Napoleon III with the crown of the pretender to the throne. This would date it pre-1848. Louis Napoleon was the son of Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, and Hortense De Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine (later Empress) and General De Beauharnais. She was also the beloved adopted daughter of Emperor Napoleon. It appears that this book, along with others of lesser importance, was a gift from Louis Napoleon to Jerome Napoleon during the year 1836. He was forced to flee France at that time because of plotting to place him on the throne. He found asylum in America with his Baltimore relations. He returned to Europe shortly afterwards, however, strong family ties continued. Jerome Napoleon Sr. and Jr. visited his royal court several times. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), extended the boundaries of France far beyond those of the Holy Roman Empire and Charlemagne. His importance can be compared to that of Caesar, Alexander or Washington. J.J. Rousseau was the most influential French Revolutionary philosopher of the 18th century. His writings include, Confessions De, and Le Social Contract. He was also a favorite author of Napoleon. It is said he even brought Rousseau with him on his campaigns. (Durant, Age of Napoleon, page 286.) His writings were often anti-government, anti-church and revolutionary in nature. As a result many were banned and burned in virtually every country in Europe. He also wrote widely on music and musical theory. The French Revolution celebrated him as its spiritual father, and held festivals in his honor. This volume appears to be from the set published by Beaumarchais which is considered one of the most important publishing efforts of the 18th century after the Dictionary and Voltaire. Provenance: First Consul (later Emperor) Napoleon Bonaparte, Hortense De Beauharnais, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte, Baltimore, Md., Jerome N. Bonaparte Jr., 1847, Harvard, Cambridge, Mass., Glenn F. DiMaggio, Newport Beach, Calif. Recently acquired from a Southern California estate, purchased at auction and accompanied by an album documenting aspects of its provenance.
Condition Report: Boards worn; erasure holes on half title, some faint staining, light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 7 pp. total + stampless address leavesGeorge Arms writes to his cousin Christopher Tilden, Palmyra [Manchester], New York. Written as a traveling daguerreotypist in upstate New York, most of the letters are family news, descriptions of the countryside and agricultural gossip. But the 19 year-old youth also describes the hard life of the wandering daguerreotypist, six years after Daguerrian photography came to America: “You perhaps will think from my staying so long at Penn Yan that my business here must be very good, but nothing extra, it has taken so long to wake up the people. there was no less than six opperators here at this place who reside here, had I known that, I should not have stoped here. the people had got happily sick of Daguerreotypes & would not even look at my work at first, but I managed to sell two or three that I took extra pains with - they were so much better than any here before that I have done a little. Shall leave here for Ovid next Wednesday… I was a few days at Branchport…not altogether the most delightful spot I have seen, situated on the west branch of Crooked Lake…We (as I have taken in with me a partner who so far I think very well of, if it is not as profitable is more pleasant & we have fine times together) were favoured with seranades every night from frogs & Mosquetoes. They comence their concert about 5 oclock P.M. & when we are trying to get sleep they present their bills to be settled which call for all the blood we could spare… Our Board here [Ovid] is first rate & we are expecting fine times, but cannot tell how business will be as we only arrived to day, but have pitched our tent & taken two pictures, better so far than I have done before & better than is usually done I think by my brother operators…" Arms did not long pursue the unprofitable life of a photographer, but returned to his home in a farming community north of Schenectady, later moving to Michigan to become a prosperous lumberman.
Condition Report: A little wear, very good.View additional info »
Description: On 8x15 cm. panel of paper, mounted and framed under plexiglass with portrait of Washington and engraved metal title-plaque. Overall 37x52 cm (14½x20").A fine example of George Washington's signature frank on an envelope panel, hand-addressed by him to one of the important generals in the Continental Army during the heart of the American Revolution. Washington was Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States at the time this envelope was signed, writing to Major-General Arthur St. Clair. The envelope reads: "On Public Service. Major General St. Clair. On the route to Springfield. G. Washington." It seems likely this was executed after St. Clair's unsuccessful defense of Fort Ticonderoga, which fell to the superior forces of British General John Burgoyne in the summer of 1777. Following his defeat and retreat from the fort, St. Clair was removed from command, and subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by a court martial in the fall of 1778. Though not given any further field commands during the Revolution, he did serve as aide-de-camp to Washington, and was present at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered.
Condition Report: Neat repair to vertical split, very good condition, a clear signature, handsomely displayed.View additional info »
Description: Approx. 55 lines, in ink, with numerous corrections, deletions and additions. 25x19.5 cm. (9¾x7¾").Leaf from the manuscript of Noah Webster's American Dictionary OR 1828, the most influential of all American dictionaries "which almost at once became, and has remained, the standard English dictionary in the United States" - Printing & the Mind of Man, which goes on to note that Webster, who had been active in the American Revolution, "was an ardent nationalist, and...wanted to stress the political separation from Britain by the cultivation of a separate American language... Under the influence of his friend Benjamin Franklin he turned his attention to `a reformed mode of spelling'; and although he rejected the radical phonetic innovations proposed by Franklin, he went far enough to give many printed American words a distinctive appearance... the book marked a definite advance in modern lexicography, as it included many non-literary terms and paid great attention to the language actually spoken..." The recto of the leaf has definitions for about nine words, from Admit ("To suffer to enter; to grant entrance; whether int a place, or an office, or into the mind or consideration...") to Admixture ("The substance mingled with another..."). On the verso is a nine-line definithion of Admonish, which has been crossed out, and another begun. There are numerous corrections, offering a glimpse into the mind and method of the great lexicographer. The great bulk of the manuscript is at the Morgan Litary, but perhaps some 50 or so leaves were otherwise dispersed by Webser, most to his family members. Manuscript leaves from Webster's dictionary are perhaps the only examples of s holograph manuscript of Printing and the Mind of Man work that are possible to obtain.
Condition Report: Paper a bit toned, top corners with small chips affecting a few words, left edge a little rough where removed from his notebook, else very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 7 issues (of 12) in 6, comprising Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 10-11, & 12. Illustrated from drawings sketches, photographs of sculptures, etc. Most 4 pp., a few folding out. 48.5x32ccm. (19x12¾") or a bit smaller, unbound as issued.Rare issues of the short-lived avant garde art and literary publication produced by the art gallery located at 291 Fifth Avenue in New York City created and managed by photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Featured are creations by many of the pioneering artists and photographers of the day, including Edward Steichen (drawings, not photographs), M. de Zayas, Katherine N. Rhoades, Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire, Francis Picabia, A. Walkowitz, an others.
Condition Report: A little wear with a few corner creases and bumps; overall fine.View additional info »
Description: , 64, 55, , 55, , 64 pp. (A4, *4, B-I4, 2B-2H4, 3A-3G4, 4A-4H4). With engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved added pictorial title-page, & 80 engraved plates (metal cuts). (4to) 21.2x15 cm. (8½x5¾"), modern full brown levant morocco ruled in gilt, spine elaborately tooled in gilt, raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt.Rare first Ogilby translation of Æsop's Fables, basically the earliest obtainable edition in English. With 80 engraved copperplate illustrations. Handsomely bound, Wing A689.
Condition Report: Slight indent to rear cover, occasional minor soiling within, bookplate, fine condition.View additional info »
Description: Frontispiece portrait, title-leaf, , 485,  pp. With 26 engraved plates, 13 of them folding. (4to) 20x14 cm. (7¾x5½"), 19th century quarter morocco & boards. First Edition.Rare Spanish work on anatomy, surgery and surgical instruments. OCLC/WorldCat lists eleven copies only, six of them in the United States. There are no auction records with American Book Prices Current, and no copies are currently available though online retail sites.
Condition Report: Wear to covers, front joint cracked; title-page detached, backed with paper, stained; some staining within, a few plates with splits along folds, a preliminary leaf with margins trimmed; about very good, rare.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Printed in Hebrew, Latin & Greek, in 2 parallel columns. (folio) 36.5x26 cm. (14¼x10¼").Two original printed leaves from the first printed polyglot of the entire Bible, initiated and financed by Cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436–1517) and published by Complutense University. Of the 600 printed six-volume sets, only 123 are known to have survived.
Condition Report: Some foxing and darkening; very good.View additional info »
Description: Bound in 2 volumes, the break occurring after folio 345. Foliated: Fascimile title-page; [4 (of 20)], 437, , 438-532; , 137 leaves (without the 10 unnumbered index leaves after f. 137). Text in 2 columns, shoulder notes throughout. Occasional woodcut illustrations & maps; woodcut initials. (folio) 38x26 cm. (15x10¼"), modern half calf & cloth, spines lettered in gilt.Apparently the largest 16th century English Bible, and the most desirable format of the Geneva Bible after the first edition, handsomely printed in black letter type, with the extensive notes in the margins in both roman and black letter. This has become a very difficult Bible to find complete. This copy is fundamentally textually complete though lacking most of the preliminaries, the end matter and 3 internal leaves. The main text begins with the Books of Genesis. The New Testament has its own title-page, as does the Apocrypha. There are a few errors in foliation. Herbert 178; STC 2136.
Condition Report: First 15 leaves or so with repairs to margins, some soiling and stains, also some minor staining to last few leaves; a few dampstains within, but overall the contents are very clean, printed on excellent paper which is well preserved.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 29 leaves, numbered 74-102. 4K-4N8 (-4K1, -4N7-8). Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials. 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Complete Book of Maccabees from an early folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. Produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568, the Bishops' translation was substantially revised in 1572, and this revised edition was the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Some light marginal staining and other minor aging; very good or better.View additional info »
Description: Includes:The first booke of Esdras. [bound with] The second book of Esdras, otherwyse called the booke of Nehemia. [bound with] The booke of Esther. 16 leaves, numbered 121-136.The Thyrde booke of Esdras. [bound with] The fourth booke of Esdras. 22 leaves, numbered 2-32 [i.e. 23].Together, 5 books bound in 2 volumes. Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials. (folio) 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Five books from the third folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. First appearing in 1568, the Bishops' Bible was an attempt to replace the Calvinistic Geneva Bible with a translation more in tune with the Episcopalian aims of the Church of England. It was extensively revised for the 1572 second folio edition, which is closely followed by this 1574 printing. This revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Some aging and occasional minor worming; very good.View additional info »
Description: Includes:The Actes of the Apostles. 18 leaves, numbered 60-77. With half-page woodcut map on the first leaf under the heading "The description of the holy lande, conteyning the places mentioned in the foure Euangelistes, with other places..." On the recto of the final leaf is a smaller woodcut map of the eastern Mediterranean, :The Cart Cosmographie, of the Peregrinations or journey of Saint Paul..."The Epistle of the Apostle Saint Paul to the Romans. [bound with] The Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Corintians. Together, 18 leaves, numbered 78-95. Woodcut illustration.Together, 3 books bound in 2 volumes. Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials. (folio) 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Three books from the third folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. First appearing in 1568, the Bishops' Bible was an attempt to replace the Calvinistic Geneva Bible with a translation more in tune with the Episcopalian aims of the Church of England. It was extensively revised for the 1572 second folio edition, which is closely followed by this 1574 printing. This revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Some aging to contents, repairs to some margins, about a third of folio 93 in Corinthias torn off and lacking, a few other tears, some marginal worming; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Volume II (of 4) only. 209 leaves. Text in Hebrew, in 2 columns surrounded by extensive commentary. Title-page with elaborate woodcut border in the form of a doorway. (folio) 40x26 cm. (15¾x10¼"), modern cloth.Rare single volume from the editio princeps of the Rabbinic Bible - the Mikraot Gedolot - printed by Daniel Bomberg, consisting of the Hebrew text plus rabbinical commentaries, printed between 1516 and 1517. This is the second volume, traditionally called "First Prophets" consisting of the Books of Joshua through Kings II. Bomberg, a Christian born in Antwerp, found a ready audience among the Jews of Italy, whose numbers had been swelled by exiles from Spain and Portugal, and his presses eventually produced some 230 Hebrew books, his innovations in Hebrew typography setting the standard for later printers.
Condition Report: Title-page with top 4" or so excised, affecting the top of the woodcut doorway and several lines of text on verso; occasional mostly marginal repairs within, some minor marginal wormingand staining; overal very good, quite rare.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Introductory text by Laurence Binyon and Geoffrey Keynes. Six fascicles comprising text and color facsimile plates. (Large 4to) 38x29.5 cm (15x11¾") original wrappers, house in a later blue cloth box. A magnificent production, showing for the first time the three colored sets and the drawings for the smaller set, as well as reproducing in fine facsimile the proof issue of the first printing. Issued in a small edition and hard to find in good condition. Bentley, Blake Books, 374: “The 134 plates of this excellent edition include Blake’s pencil drawings and water-colours and proofs of his engravings. For the genesis of Job it is of crucial importance.” Despite the Trianon Press edition of 1987, this edition is still a necessity as it reproduces both the Butts and Linnell sets of Job watercolors in color which are only found in black and white, much reduced in size, in the Trianon edition.
Condition Report: Box with a bit of wear; else fine.View additional info »
Description: Includes:Tract Map Dana Point. S.H. Woodruff Community Developer. 69x87 cm. OCLC/WorldCat lists only 1 copy, at Yale. (A few small tears at folds.) . Three brochures for homes in Dana Point. Letterhead of Dana Point Inn.Photograph of an architectural drawing of the residence of Mrs. Franz H. Foss, titled and dated in the plate, with pencil note at the top "One of the many beautiful homes in Dana Point now under construction."Little archive relating to this real estate development by Sidney H. Woodruff. In mid-1926, Woodruff formed a group of investors as a means to finance the purchase, subdivision, and development of roughly 1,400 acres of coastal property at Dana Point, a town on the Pacific coast in Orange County, California. As the head of this group, known as the Dana Point Syndicate, Woodruff was instrumental in designing the Dana Point development and promoting its coastal amenities through a nationwide publicity campaign. The centerpiece of the development was to be the luxurious cliff-top Dana Point Inn, which was modeled on similar buildings located on the Italian and French Rivieras. Although successful in its early stages, Woodruff's Dana Point development effort failed in 1930, due primarily to the effects of the 1929 stock market crash upon the finances of the investors. Despite setbacks, Woodruff still hoped that his project would come to fruition throughout the 1930s. His alternative financing methods failed, however, and in February 1939, Woodruff, as president of the Dana Point Corporation, received permission to sell off the syndicate's interests. In the end, thirty five houses and a number of commercial buildings were constructed by the Dana Point Syndicate, and the hotel itself never went beyond the foundation stage.
Condition Report: Very good or better condition.View additional info »
Description: xvi, 454 pp. Illustrations from photographs, etc.; four large folding maps (one detached). (8vo) modern black leather-backed cloth, red leather spine label, edges marbled. First Edition.The youngest son of the Earl of Southesk, Carnegie (1871-1900) left Ceylon, where he had been a tea planter, in 1892 to join the gold rush to Western Australia. With money raised at home in England by his fellow prospector Lord Percy Douglas, Carnegie set out in 1894 on his first expedition in which he covered some 850 miles. Despite having had to abort another expedition due to ill health, Carnegie set off in 1896 on his most important journey during which he explored the deserts of the interior covering some 3000 miles, carrying out work which earned him the Royal Geographical Society's Gill Memorial medal.
Condition Report: Rebound; a few small tape repairs to map versos, one map laid in loose; very good.View additional info »
Description: , 616 [i.e. 612],  pp. A7 (2d and 5th l. signed: A2; dedication leaf which should be A2 bound after C2), c2, B-R4, S3, T-2O4, 2P3, 2Q-4I4, 4K2. Translated by John Phillips. With copper-engraved frontispiece (mounted) & 8 copper-engraved plates, each bearing two images. (folio) 31.5x18.5 cm. (12½x7½"), period calf, later morocco spine label. First Illustrated Edition in English.First illustrated edition available in the English language of one of the high spots of world literature. Wing C1774A.
Condition Report: Spine refurbished; some soiling within, 2 leaves with lower margins slightly extended, last two leaves with lower corners missing not affecting text; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 4 volumes. Engraved frontispiece in Volume 1 plus plates within. (8vo) half speckled calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. Fifth Edition.Each with the engraved armorial bookplate of Asa P. French on front pastedowns.
Condition Report: Volume IV lacks top (title) morocco spine label, a touch rubbed at extremities; very good.View additional info »
Description: 210,  pp. With two original color lithographs by Marc Chagall created especially for the book; illustrations in color throughout reproducing preliminary and finished drawings by Chagall, and the finished windows. (4to) 32.6x24.5 cm. (12¾x9½"), original red cloth; illustrated paper jacket, clear acetate jacket. First American Edition.Chagall designed the stained glass windows of the synagogue at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. Especially noteworthy for the two original color lithographs.
Condition Report: Slipcase with some sunning, a few short tears at top panel; volume, jacket and adetate in fine condition.View additional info »
Description: Foreword by James McClatchy. Profusely illustrated from paintings, prints, facsimiles, etc., mostly in color. (Small folio), green cloth, color pictorial cover label, paper spine label, publisher's slipcase. One of 450 copies designed and printed under the supervision of The Yolla Bolly Press.Prospectus laid in. Scarce and important Book Club of California title. Over-subscribed upon publication. BCC 212.
Condition Report: Fine.View additional info »
Description: xvi, 380 pp. Woodcut illustrations by Alfred Barton; two folding maps at rear. (8vo) period black half morocco and cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.The author had hoped to reach India via Tibet but was forced to turn back. He recommends to the Government the Brahmaputra river and Tibet as a route from India to China.
Condition Report: Binding rubbed; foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 50 pp. Illustrations from photographs, map on front endpapers. 16x11 cm (6¼x4¼") original blue cloth lettered in gilt. First Edition.Sights seen on a gunboat on the Upper Yangtze from I-Chang to Chungking. "Dedicated to those who served with him on the Upper River 1926-28 and 1932-34."
Condition Report: Light wear, owners' names on endpapers; very good.View additional info »
Description: [iv], 515, , 6 pp. Frontispiece and 18 plates (one folding). (8vo) 23x15 cm (9x6"), later three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, top edge blue. Original wrappers bound in. Second EditionExpanded greatly from the first edition of 1902.
Condition Report: Some light wear; very good.View additional info »
Description: , 136 pp. Illustrations from photographs. 22x16 cm (8¾x6¼") pictorial boards, string bound. Second Printing."A chronological record of events in the life of the Fleet Flagship during the Sino-Japanese "incident" while moored opposite the Shanghai Bund in the Whangpoo River."
Condition Report: Light wear and soiling to boards, very good.View additional info »
Description: , xii, 408 pp. Numerous plates from photographs; folding map at rear. (Large 8vo) original cloth, top edge gilt, dust jacket flaps (trimmed) laid in. First Edition.Signed by Wilson on the half title. Wilson is considered one of the greatest of plant explorers; he made four trips to China between 1899 and 1911, he was the keeper of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Condition Report: Ligth wear; near fine.View additional info »
Description: Comprises:Official Program / International Karate Championships / 1964 / Municipal Auditorium / Long Beach, California1965 International Karate Championships / Official Program / Municipal Auditorium / Long Beach, CaliforniaTogether, 2 programs, Illustrated. 28x21.5 cm. (11x8½"), pictorial wrappers.The 1964 martial arts tournament, with 650 competing contenders, was the first of an annual event still in existence, held at a time when, perhaps because of the mass media spy craze, there was growing general interest in Karate outside of military and aficionado circles – the 1964 program includes congratulatory ads by movie stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and “Pink Panther” film director Blake Edwards. The 21st item on the 1964 program was “Demonstration by Bruce Lee”. There is also a photograph of him on the Demonstrations page, captioned “a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…” (including two-finger push-ups). That was the San Francisco-born 23 year-old’s 8½ -minute public debut, the start of a remarkable, if tragically-short career, which made him the best-known martial artist in the world who did much to change the racist depiction of Asian in American films. way Asians were depicted in American films. Lee did not appear at the 1965 event, but a photograph of his 1964 appearance was included in the photo-montage on the verso of the 1965 title-page. These programs, sold only at the tournaments, are even more rare than Lee’s 1963 book, “Chinese Gung-Fu, The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense”, published in Oakland in a limited edition of 500 copies. A half-dozen American institutions hold copies of the original book, while no institutional holdings of the tournament program are recorded in WorldCat.
Condition Report: Both fine or nearly so.View additional info »
Description: 120 + 2 pp. of ads for other Rand McNally publications. 16.2x9 cm. (6½x3½:), original red cloth with color pictorial cover label. First Edition.The authors were sisters of mixed race, their mother Chinese, their father British. Sara was a Boston artist, while “Watanna”, the pseudonym of Winnifred Eaton, published some of the most popular Japanese-themed novels at the turn of the century. (Still another sister, Edith Eaton, was a writer (as “Sui Sin Far”) of the first Chinese-American fiction. This landmark cookbook offers nearly 200 recipes for “oriental” dishes like Lychee Chicken, Beef “Chou Main”, Gar Lu Chop Suey, Bird’s Nest Soup, Broiled Lobster and Stewed Pigeon, using “simple and clean ingredients” which would hopefully convince “Westerners” to “cease to feel that natural repugnance which assails one when about to taste a strange dish of a new and strange land.”
Condition Report: Former owner's large presentation ink inscription, dated 1920, San Pedro, Calif., written vertically across title-page; spine lettering partially flaked off. Very good or better. Quite scarce, especially in such nice condition.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: x, 813 pp. Double-page lithograph frontispiece; woodcut plates and in-text illustrations. (8vo) original brown cloth, spine gilt. First Edition.The lithograph frontispiece is a plan for laying out a country place of 60 acres; with chapters on orchards, farms, gardens, greenhouses, etc.
Condition Report: Recased, spine ends repaired, endpapers replaced; a few ink and pencil notes within; very good.View additional info »
Description: , 130, , 140, [2 blank], , 255,  pp. (8vo) 18.6x13.5 cm (7¼x5¼") modern brown calf, spine gilt, red morocco label. Second Edition.Second edition after a first edition of only 40 copies. Richard Cosin was an English jurist and prominent ecclesiastical lawyer. In the present work he defends the authority of the ecclesiastical courts. STC 5821; Lowndes II, p. 529 ("learned and excellent work").
Condition Report: Several early owner's markings on title page, worming through title leaf and adjacent 5 leaves affecting a few letters on title and first text leaf, marginal worming to final four leaves; very good in a fine modern binding.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: xi, 144 pp. Illustrated throughout with drawings by the author. 10x8¼, original glazed pictorial boards. First Edition.The fourth book in the Brownies series. Inscribed by Cox on the front free endpaper with a small sketch of a Brownie. Inscription dated 1908.
Condition Report: Boards soiled and with some pencil scribling; about very good.View additional info »
Description: 2 parts in 1. , 140, , 206,  pp. Copper-engraved frontispiece portrait. (8vo) 18x11 cm. (7¼x4¼"), period calf, rebacked with later leather. First Edition in English.Classic works of early science fiction, translations of "Histoire comique des états et empires du soleil" and of "Histoire comique des états et empires de la lune". Each of the parts with a separate title-page and pagination. Wing C7717. Early ink ownership signature on front flyleaf, with a 4-line ink inscription to the front free endpaper.
Condition Report: Rounding to the top corners of early leaves, neat repairs to title-page and following leaf; very good.View additional info »