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Fine Books with Early Works and Bibles
437 lots | 436 with images
December 19, 2013Live Auction
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Description: [iv], 111,  pp. Frontispiece, folding plan. (8vo) period full tan calf, spine gilt, black leather labels. First Edition.Includes a floor plan of the museum.
Condition Report: Lightly rubbed; very good.View additional info »
Description: 209,  pp. Woodcut vignettes throughout. (12mo) 16.5x9.5 cm (6½x3¾") later half cloth and marbled boards. A scarce American imprint.
Condition Report: Spine sunned, some edge wear; foxing throughout; very good.View additional info »
Description: Illustrated with 24 color plates by Cecil Aldin. 11¼x9¾" re-bound tan cloth-backed boards, with original illustrated front cover label laid down, original illustrated endpapers.
Condition Report: Some restoration to top edge of original cover label and front pastedown; very good.View additional info »
Description: Chromolithograph, hand-finished in color & heightened with gum arabic. 12¼x17¾ plus margins, matted.Striking color lithograph of hunters shooting at two bears in the Hungarian wilds, mortally wounding one of them, with crags towering above. From Les Chasses et le sport en Hongrie.
Condition Report: Tipped onto matt board on verso at top edge with 3 small pieces of cloth tape; else fine.View additional info »
Description: 84 pp. 46 black and white plates. (8vo) original printed wrappers. First Edition.The first major work on Cubist art. Includes the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Fernand Leger, Francis Picabio, Marcel Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, etc.
Condition Report: Some light wear to wrappers, front free endpaper lightly chipped; text leaves a touch browned; very good.View additional info »
Lot 6: Sporting; Embellished by Large Engravings and Vignettes Illustrative of British Field Sports, from Pictures Painted by T. Gainsborough, E. Landseer, A. Cooper...Edited by Nimrod. With Literary Contributions by Thomas Hood; John Hamilton
Description: 144 pp. With 23 steel-engraved plates, including frontispiece and additional pictorial title page; plus 15 wood-engraved vignettes throughout. (Folio) 35.5x25.5 cm (14x10"), later black half morocco and blue cloth, spine gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt. First Edition.Includes literary contributions by Charles Apperley, Thomas Hood, John Hamilton Reynolds, and other contemporary sporting writers. Schwerdt I, p. 40.
Condition Report: Binding rubbed, some light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Lot 7: Specimens of Gothic Architecture Consisting of Doors, Windows, Buttresses, Pinnacles &c.; With the Measurements Selected from Ancient Buildings at Oxford &c;.
Description: Drawn and etched on 61 plates (including the illustrated title page) by F. Mackenzie and A. Pugin. 10½x8¼", half calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine.Bookplate of Kenneth Clark Saltwood on front pastedown.
Condition Report: Front cover detached; faint dampstain to each leaf at top corner/top edge, lightly foxed; else very good.View additional info »
Lot 8: Housing New York's Millions: The part lime plays in solfing this problem together with a pictorial review of a small portion of one year's building accomplishments
Description: 32.  pp. Illustrated throughout from photographs of residential buildings in New York City. 28x21.5 cm. (11x8½"). wrappers lettered and decorated in gilt, with small photo pictorial cover label.Promotional booklet produced by the Rockland and Rockport Lime Corporation of Rockland, Maine, whose signature quicklime product was instrumental in the protection of interior walls and ceilings of the countless new apartment buildings being built in Greater New York City. The story of quicklime production and use is told, but most interesting are the many photographs of identified apartment buildings. No copies of this booklet are listed in OCLC/WorldCat.
Condition Report: Light foxing to title-page, other light wear, very good.View additional info »
Description: , 348 ff. Woodcut illustrations. (4to) 28x21.5 cm (11x8½") later full tree calf. First Edition.Magnificent genealogical work regarding the Andalusian aristocracy. Woodcuts of armorial devices throughout. Rare. Palau 16170.
Condition Report: Binding rubbed, front joint splitting; old repairs to a few pages, a few more with short tears; foxing, table of the genealogy of the Kings of Austria (ff.52) trimmed with loss of a bit of text at bottom; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 5 volumes. Engraved frontispiece in each volume. (8vo) period full calf. Translated from the Italian and with notes by John Hoole.
Condition Report: Bindings a bit rubbed; light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: vi, 384 pp. Illustrations complete (although many are not facing the proper page), containing 29 steel engravings of art, plus 7 engravings from sculpture. 12½x9¾, half morocco and boards, gilt lettered cover and spine, all edges gilt. New Series.
Condition Report: Moderately rubbed extremities, corners and spine ends peeling in places; a few signatures a bit loose; very good.View additional info »
Description: vi, 380 pp. Illustrations complete, containing 32 steel engravings of art, plus 4 engravings from sculpture. 12½x9¾, half morocco and boards, gilt lettered cover and spine, all edges gilt. New Series.
Condition Report: Rubbed along edges, some scratches and one spot of peeling to morocco; many plates with a faint dampstain on upper fore corner; else very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: vi, 384 pp. Illustrations complete, containing 28 steel engravings of art, plus 8 engravings from sculpture. 12½x9¾, half morocco and boards, gilt lettered cover and spine, all edges gilt. New Series.
Condition Report: Moderately rubbed and worn spine, corners and extremities; some cracking at gutters between signatures; some plates with dampstain on bottom fore corner; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Original drawing in ink on paper, signed Sally Michel and dated 1959. 11x8½" paper.The drawing is of a mustachioed man, seated with a cup he's raising to his lips. The sketch could quite possibly be of her husband and fellow artist, Milton Avery. Sally Michel Avery (1902-2003) was an American artist. She was a freelance illustrator in New York.
Condition Report: Paper taped to matt board on verso of top edge of paper, resulting in several tears at top corners, paper evenly toned with age; worthy of repair.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: [iv], 248 pp. Metal cut portrait frontispiece. Woodcut title page. (4to) 29x19 cm. (11½x7½") period full calf, endpapers replaced. First Edition.With "Souldiers" spelling at Page 3, Line 12. STC 1159 (sheets possibly mixed with sheets from STC 1160).
Condition Report: Front cover loosely attached; light foxing; internally very good.View additional info »
Description: 3 volumes. Translated by Thomas G. Bergin. Illustrated by Leonard Baskin. (Folio) cloth-backed boards, slipcase with printed paper label.Inscribed and signed by Leonard Baskin on the front free endpaper of Volume 1.
Condition Report: Some wear to slipcase; one leaf in Volume 3 with corner wear, another gift inscription on front free endpaper of Volume 1; else near fine.View additional info and full condition report »
Description:  page text booklet and 36 mounted illustrations, several in color. (Folio) 47x35 cm (18½x13¾") loose in cloth-backed portfolio, as issued. Adolf von Hildebrand (1847 – 1921) was a German sculptor. Hildebrand was born at Marburg. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, with Kaspar von Zumbusch at the Munich Academy and with Rudolf Siemering in Berlin. A friend of Hans von Marées, he designed the architectural setting for the painter's murals in the library of the German Marine Zoological Institute at Naples (1873). He spent a significant amount of time in Munich after 1889, executing a monumental fountain there, the Wittelsbacher Brunnen. He is known for five monumental urban fountains.
Condition Report: Portfolio worn, lacking one flap; plates very good.View additional info »
Lot 18: The Birth, Life and Acts of King Arthur, of His Nobel Knight of the Round Table, Their Marvellous Enquests and Adventures, the Achieving of the San Greal and in the End Le Morte Darthur with the Dolourous Death and Departing Out of this World of Them
Description: liv, 624 pp. Illustrated with 20 full page plates, including 2 from etchings and 18 from woodcuts (five are double-page) by Aubrey Beardsley with tissue-guards, plus approx. 280 woodcut chapter headers, initials, borders and ornaments throughout the text. Introduction by John Rhys. Note on Aubrey Beardsley by Aymer Vallance. Note on the designs omitted from the first edition by R. A. Walker. Caxton's Preface from the 1485 edition. Glossary. 11½x8¾, original gilt decorated and stamped green cloth, untrimmed, top edge gilt. One of 1500 copies. Second Beardsley Edition. Beardsley's first major work. An elaborately illustrated edition of Sir Thomas Malory's masterpiece in facsimile format from Caxton's 1485 typographic classic. Beardsley's illustrations to Le Morte d'Arthur are a mix of knights and fauns, swans, fantasy figures, all in his "fin de siecle" style.
Condition Report: Spine sunned, light wear to cloth; very good.View additional info »
Description: 2 volumes. (8vo) 23.5x16 cm (9¼x6¼") three-quarter red morocco and cloth, spines ruled and lettered in gilt, raised bands, top edges gilt.Finely bound by Bayntun, Binder of Bath, England.
Condition Report: Minor wear; about fine.View additional info »
Description: vi, 314 +  ad pp. Ten plates engraved by John Scott, including additional pictorial title page and folding plate of Mr. Beckford's plan for a dog kennel. (8vo) 22.5x14 cm (8¾x5½"), later three-quarter red morocco and cloth, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt.Originally published in 1781. Bound by Riviere. Podeschi 64; Schwerdt I, p. 56.
Condition Report: Lightly rubbed; very good.View additional info »
Description: 3 parts in 1 volume. 28 engraved plates + 2 textual drawings. (4to) modern red morocco gilt-lettered spine, period marbled boards. First American Edition from the Second London Edition.In addition to the 28 engraved plates, there were three additional plates that served as "Outline for Pl. 1" for example.
Condition Report: Hinges repaired; all leaves with faint dampstain at bottom corner, lightly foxed; very good.View additional info »
Description: Includes:Bentham, Jeremy. Defence of Economy Against the Right Hon. George Rose. -332 pp. (8vo) disbound. London, 1817. Apparently an offprint or extract from the 'Pamphleteer' Vol. X, No. XX . Bentham was one of the most influential utilitarians, partially through his writings but particularly through his students all around the world. These included his secretary and collaborator on the utilitarian school of philosophy James Mill, James Mill's son John Stuart Mill, several political leaders, and Robert Owen, who later became a founder of socialism. Bentham argued in favor of individual and economic freedom, including the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, animal rights, the end of slavery, the abolition of physical punishment (including that of children), the right to divorce, free trade, the defence of usury, and the decriminalization of sodomy. He supported inheritance tax, restrictions on monopoly power, pensions, and health insurance.Owen, Robert. Observations on the Effect of the Manufacturing System: With Hints for the Improvement of Those Parts of it Which are Most Injurious to Health and Morals. Dedicated most Respectfully to the British Legislature. The Third Edition. -264 pp. Apparently an offprint or extract from the 'Pamphleteer' Vol. XI, No. XXI. . Robert Owen argues against some moral evils that are now promoted by the industrial economy in Britain, and includes his legislative proposals to limit the work day and prevent children under the age of 12 from working in mills and otherwise.
Condition Report: Disbound; second publication leaves are nearly all detached but present and complete; near fine.View additional info »
Description: viii, 456 pp. Wood engravings by T. Bewick throughout, within text. (8vo) period full calf, gilt-lettered morocco spine label, spine with raised bands, gilt-decorated compartments. Re-backed with original spine laid down. First Edition.With two bookplates at front endpapers: Engraved armorial bookplate of Henry Ralph Lambton; and one of Robert H. Brannan.
Condition Report: Re-backed with original spine laid down; contents near fine.View additional info »
Description: 267 pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece; woodcut illustrations in text. (8vo) 18.5x12 cm (7¼x4¾"), original brown cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Third Edition.Third edition of the second American book on billiards. Phelan, generally considered the father of American billiards, was also the author of the first American book on the game, "Billiards Without Master", in 1850. Both works are rare in any early edition.
Condition Report: Spine sunned, ends frayed; separation in gutter after title page, paper a bit browned; very good.View additional info »
Description: viii, 499 pp. Profusely illustrated. (Folio) green cloth, pictorial dust jacket. First Edition.A massive and wonderfully presented history of the game spanning seven centuries, with over 700 illustrations.
Condition Report: Light wear to jacket; a few small splash marks on cloth; near fine.View additional info »
Description: 186,  pp.(8vo) original vellum over boards, elaborately embossed with a peacock and floral design by Edward B. Edwards, Jr. One of 300 copies on Italian hand-made paper.Translated and with an introduction and notes by G.R. Carpenter.
Condition Report: Light wear at spine ends; near fine.View additional info »
Description: 84 pp. 35 chromolithographed illustrations by Job, including some double-page. 14x11½", green cloth, front cover elaborately illustrated in gilt, blue, white, brown, red, and blue, gilt-lettered spine, all edges gilt.
Condition Report: Worn at spine ends, touch of shelf wear; hinges a bit tender; very good.View additional info »
Lot 28: The Bindings of To-morrow: A Record of the Work of the Guild of Women-Binders and of the Hampstead Bindery
Description: Unpaginated. 50 color plates interleaved with descriptive text on facing pages. (4to) 25.5x19.5 cm (9¾x7¾") full brown morocco with meandering floral designs, top edge gilt. No. 351 of 500 copies. First Edition.Wonderful color-illustrated catalog of works bound by the members of the League of Women Binders. Scarce.
Condition Report: Spine ends chipped, edges rubbed, hinges cracked, front free endpaper partially detached; about very good.View additional info »
Description: Includes: The Artist & The Book, 1860-1960. Cloth, dust jacket. Second Edition. . * Bader, Barbara. American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within. Cloth, dust jacket. First Edition. . * Cave, Roderick. The Private Press. Cloth, dust jacket. First Edition. . * Modern Book Production. Vellum-backed boards. 1928. Together 4 volumes.A wealth of information on the book arts.
Condition Report: Light wear, overall very good or better.View additional info »
Description: (iii)-viii, 524,  errata pp. Half title not present. (8vo) 20.5x13 cm(8x5"), later full calf, red morocco label, custom chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. First Edition Second State.Second state with p. 121 corrected; page 237 with "Kings and subjects"; page 299 with "Mrs. Thrale" added.
Condition Report: Rubbed, front joint and hinge cracked; very good.View additional info »
Description: 4 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispiece in Volume 1; two folding facsimile plates. (8vo) period full calf, black leather spine labels. Fourth Edition, Revised and Augmented."With this edition began the practice of enlarging the text with unpublished letters which had not been available to Boswell A considerable number of new notes were also added, including some by Dr. Kearney'"(Pottle). Pottle 83.
Condition Report: Bindings rubbed; some foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: Illustrated. (4to) half brown leather and cloth, gilt-lettered spine, cloth slipcase with gilt-lettered leather label. With a lithograph laid in titled "The Collector". All from an edition of 1200, this book is No. 504 of this deluxe leatherbound edition.Signed by Charles Bragg at the limitation leaf.
Condition Report: Fine.View additional info »
Description: With a preface by Lawrence Durrell and an introduction by Chapman Mortimer. (4to) pale blue patterned boards, lettered in red, dust jacket. First Edition.The first published set of nudes, photography by Bill Brandt, best known for his photography of London and celebrities.
Condition Report: Light crinkling edge wear to jacket, a few short closed tears at edges; a touch bumped at volume extremities; near fine volume in very good jacket.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 330, + ad pp. (8vo) original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First American Edition.The first novel written by Bronte, composed in 1845-1846, but not published until 1857, three years after her death. Bookplate and ownership signature of William H. Ludlow.
Condition Report: Spine sunned, light wear; foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 483 pp. (12mo) original blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Second American Edition.Preceded by a Harper & Brother edition a few months earlier.
Condition Report: Edges worn, spine ends chipped, hinges cracked; foxing and some staining within; fair.View additional info »
Description: 288 pp. (12mo) original brown cloth. First American Edition.Falsely attributed on the title page as by "The Author of Jane Eyre" Charlotte Bronte but was, of course, authored by her sister Emily. The only published work of Emily Bronte, who died at the end of 1848 at the age of 30. Scarce.
Condition Report: Spine faded and leaning, ends chipped, rear joint with old glue repair, some spotting to cloth, corners showing, previous owner's name on front endpaper; foxing throughout; good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: , lxi,  blank, 136 pp. Half title present. (8vo) 16x10 cm (6¼x4"), later full sprinkled calf. Second Edition.The first edition to included Johnson's Life of Thomas Browne. Courtney & Smith
Condition Report: Head of spine lightly rubbed; foxing; near fine.View additional info »
Lot 38: Hydriotaphia, Urne-Buriall, Or, A Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes Lately Found in Norfolk. Together with The Garden of Cyrus, Or the Quincunciall, Lozenge, or Net-work Plantation of the Ancients, Artificially, Naturally, Mystically Considered.
Description: [xiv], 102 (i.e. 202), ,  ad,  blank,  pp. Errata slip pasted to leaf at rear. Second work with a separate title page, pagination continuous. Frontispiece for each work. (8vo) 16.5x10 cm (6½x4"), later full calf. First Edition.While the nominal subject was the discovery of a Roman urn burial in Norfolk. The discovery of these remains prompts Browne to deliver, first, a description of the antiquities found, and then a survey of most of the burial and funerary customs, ancient and current, of which his era was aware. The most famous part of the work, though, is the fifth chapter, where Browne turns to discuss man's struggles with mortality, and the uncertainty of his fate and fame in this world and the next, to produce an extended funerary meditation tinged with melancholia. George Saintsbury called it "the longest piece, perhaps, of absolutely sublime rhetoric to be found in the prose literature of the world," Wing B5154; Keynes 93; Pforzheimer 110.
Condition Report: Lightly rubbed, bookplate removed from front pastedown; faint staining; very good.View additional info »
Description: 100 pp. (12mo) original cloth, paper spine label. First Edition.BAL 1621.
Condition Report: Some light wear to cloth, penciled poems on blanks by a previous owner, clippings tipped to rear flyleaf; good.View additional info »
Description: 19 leaves. 16 engravings by Bucaille. 25x16.5 (9¾x6½") loose in printed wrappers, as issued, glassine jacket. No. 24 of 50 copies on Normandy Vellum from a total edition of 650 copies. First Edition.A superb example of surrealistic illustration.
Condition Report: A touch of edge wear; near fine.View additional info »
Description: Black cloth, dust jacket. First Edition.One of only 1500 copies printed. Dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell.
Condition Report: Minor wear to jacket edges; fine.View additional info »
Description: 2 volumes. xii, (7)-240; 201pp. 36 page publisher's catalog at rear. (12mo) original cloth, paper spine labels. First American Edition.
Condition Report: Cloth faded and with some wear, labels chipped, bookplates removed from front endpapers; foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: Three parts in one volume, second and third parts with separate title pages bearing different imprints. , 221,  blank, , 223-412; , 254 pp. (8vo) 17x10 cm (6¾x4"), period full calf with modern rebacking, black leather spine label.
Condition Report: Boards rubbed, ownership marks on endpapers; very good.View additional info »
Description: 17 volumes. Engraved frontispiece and additional illustrated title page in each volume. (Small 8vo) 16.7x10.5 cm. (6½x4") green half morocco and marbled boards, spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt.Originally intended to comprise 14 volumes, expanded to 17 volumes in 1833.
Condition Report: Spines sunned, some extremity wear; foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: xii, 310,  ad pp. (8vo) original cloth-backed boards, remnants of paper spine label. First English Trade Edition.Carlyle's most influential work, an inspiration to the American transcendentalists.
Condition Report: Backstrip detached, board edges worn; light foxing; good.View additional info »
Description: 160 pp. (4to) cloth, dust jacket. First Edition.
Condition Report: Corners lightly bumped; very good.View additional info »
Description: xiv, 439,  pp. Portraits and facsimile autographs. (4to) original limp vellum, stamped in gilt on spine and front, edges untrimmed.A translation of the sixteenth century classic.
Condition Report: Vellum lightly soiled, hinges starting; very good.View additional info »
Lot 48: The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha: And his Trusty Squire Sancho Pancha. Now Made English according to the Humour of our Modern Language. And Adorned with several Copper Plates
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: 2 volumes. Frontispiece in each volume, photograph illustrations within. 24.5x18.5 cm (9½x7¼") red leather-backed cloth, gilt-lettered spine, top edges gilt. First Edition.Volume 1 is inscribed, "With author's compliments & regards, Herbert Cescinsky, May 9th, 1927," on a blank preliminary leaf.
Condition Report: Tiny spots of rubbing at extremities, tiny spots of soiling to cloth; very good.View additional info »