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"Painted" Sheet of Ten Cupon de Racionamiento,  Post-Spanish Civil War Falange Ration Stamps
1 "Painted" Sheet of Ten Cupon de Racionamiento, Post-Spanish Civil War Falange Ration Stamps
1944 NA Good 
The pictorial side of the coupons shows a fighter holding two flags. While printed, one can easily perceive this image as having been painted directly onto the sheet, and this lends excitement to the image. Both sides of the sheet are stained, but not so much as to compromise the image, and we believe as an unused sheet this is a rare survivor. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Album with green felt binding and silver foil onlays and original artwork within
2 Album with green felt binding and silver foil onlays and original artwork within
Salzburg, Austria 1813-1815 Felt. Decorated paper slipcase. Very Good 
Oblong, 9 by 14 cm. 12 leaves, a few with content on both sides, and each having an artwork of some kind. Five of these are watercolors applied directly to the paper (we would say original watercolors, although two are common images and so might well be copies), one pencil drawing, four hand-colored prints, one cut-out silhouette, and arguably the most interesting of all, embroidery into the paper, with the image thus on both sides of the paper (we are counting this as one piece). We would describe the album as a fairly typical example of a Germanic album amicorum of the period -- the Napoleonic era, or more loosely, the Biedermeier period -- with the textual entries written invariably in neat yet now inscrutable hands -- the style of cursive writing is now obscure. The original pictorial content is also of a high quality, not that that is also not fairly typical of the genre. Again, we would consider the embroidered specimen, which is of folk art-ish flowers and a hummingbird and sun, as the most unique. Other imagery is of flowers, a bucolic landscape, a funereal landscape with an urned monument at its center, as the norm. In fact, the silhouette is also a roughly similar funereal landscape. The other special aspect of this album is the green felt binding. The centerpieces are of a Roman chariots made of silver foil -- there is a slight variation to the image between the front and the rear cover, and around the perimeter of both sides is a silver foil tracery of flowers contained within a narrow band. The slipcase, which is also period, has also restrained classical decoration, in this case the center pictorial cameo is of seraphs. The slipcase is moderately soiled, and there is wear to the album itself. Minor loss to the silver foil. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Austrian Album with original pencil drawings and cut-outs
3 Austrian Album with original pencil drawings and cut-outs
Salzburg, Wien, etc. 1841-1845 Full Leather Box Very Good 
Oblong, 9 by 16 cm. 24 leaves of content, 12 of which have original artwork. Two of the specimens of artwork are delicate folk art-ish cut-outs -- one, a seraph surrounded by a wreath, the other, a brown tree. The rest are pencil drawings, a few qualifying as exquisite miniatures. Of these, one is of a bridge and castle, another, a lodge atop a hill -- this one being executed with a folk art sensibility. One of the remaining images is of a barefoot beggar in a long coat. Especially pleasing to us is a drawing of a dagger of sorts inserted diagonally through a laurel. Such albums would appear incomplete without the requisite tombstone or monument and landscape with ruins, and both are present here. The album overall is fairly typical of the more attractive sort of Biedermeier period album amicorum. In this case, the box is especially lovely, with its inlays of red leather and extensive gilt ornamentation, not to mention its gilt edging. Also some blank sheets, with a ribbon pull housed within. Moderate wear generally. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Biedermeier Period Game Board of 84 European City Views
4 Biedermeier Period Game Board of 84 European City Views
Germany Very Good 
Lovely vignette views from the Biedermeier era. N.d., circa 1830. All the cities are in Europe, with Constantinople being the partial exception, as it has an Asian side. The backgrounds of the vignettes are alternately blue, orange, pink and white, and each of the cities are numbered, 1 being Contantinople, and 84, in the dead center, being Dresden. We do not have instructions for the game nor a box or sleeve, but one can surmise that players moved pieces along in a race to the center, and one can further surmise that the game is of Saxon origin and probably from Dresden. For many of the cities, the representative view is the same today, while for just as many, it is something no longer possible to experience, whether because of war or growth. Many of the views have tiny human figures in the foreground, just like typical larger print panoramas. The game board is a square, each side being 39.5 cm, and folds twice for compact storage. The city square vignettes face in all four directions, but nonetheless, the open board would make for an appealing framed wall hanging. The light soiling does not undermine the visual charm of the board. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
5 Comus Diamond Jubilee 1857 1931 Comus Carnival Bulletin
New Orleans Carnival Press 1931 First Edition Wraps. Brochure Near Fine 
Colorful Mardi Gras commemoration, with 20 color plates depicting the whimsical parade avian or ornithological chariots of that year organized under the auspices of the Mistick Krewe of Comus. 4to. 30 by 22.5 cm. Unpaginated, 36 pp., plus wraps. Also two colorized photo plates -- one of the New Orleans City Hall, the other, St. Louis Cathedral. Only two copies located on OCLC FirstServe (Tulane, Historic New Orleans Collection). Also with advertisements -- the colorized photos are part of ads, and other ads sometimes come with black and white photos. Light wear. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Japanese Album of Woodblocks Mostly of Abstract Designs, with Some Stylized Zoological and Human Subjects as well
6 Japanese Album of Woodblocks Mostly of Abstract Designs, with Some Stylized Zoological and Human Subjects as well
Wraps, string ties. Very Good 
Circa 1915. 24 by 16.5 cm. 25 leaves (50 pp.) doubled over, in the Japanese style, of which 37 pages are color plates, and nine pages are of calligraphy or text. Of the illustrations, three are two page spreads. Subject-wise, we count 21 of the illustration pages devoted to abstract designs, ten with animal studies, some of which are also abstract to some degree, whether in the stylization of the animal or in the background, three are predominantly of human subjects, and three are a hybrid. These categories are somewhat abitrary, admittedly. Generally the colors are bright and vivid, and many of the abstract designs, the dragons, and ornate birds are extraordinarily striking. The animal studies, besides dragons, include a monkey and fish. Many of the designs would have had a general applicability but would certainly have been possible kimono styles. Soiling on the wrap covers. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Kamishibai -- Japanese Paper Theater.  Picture Story Show of Ikkyu-san
7 Kamishibai -- Japanese Paper Theater. Picture Story Show of Ikkyu-san
1941 NA Very Good 
Scarce intact Japanese kamisibai paper theater stage, glass screen and complete set of 14 pictorial cards. Kamishibai frame was illustrated by Koide Shin'ichi. The text and illustrations of the Ikkyu-san story by Kiyohar Takashi. Kamishibai, or Japanese paper theater, was a phenomenon of the first half of the 20th century, until the lure of television killed it off. The Kamishibai performers -- mostly men -- were itinerate street storytellers who eked out a living by selling candy to their audience members. Daily they would travel from place to place via bicycle, with their stage and stock of sweets in tow, and they would clap two wooden sticks to announce their presence and draw children to them. As they narrated their story, they would slip one card after another into the grooves on the stage to illustrate the action. The typical Kamishibai story had a strong moralistic message. During the Second World War, not surprisingly, the stories took on more patriotic themes. The performer would conclude a day with a cliffhanger, and so the listeners would have to return the following day to hear what happened. While Kamishibai is a thing of the past, its influence is evident in the work of many manga artists. The central character of the three stories contained in the cards on offer here, Ikkyu-Sojun, is a Buddhist priest of Daitoku-ji Temple, a figure well-known to Japanese audiences of the time as a clever, crafty problem solver. Paper theater has suffered minor insect damage, with occasional marks. Top card is creased. Scattered foxing and soiling of cards besides. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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L'Amour et les Belles Pour l'Année 1818
8 L'Amour et les Belles Pour l'Année 1818
Paris [Marcilly] 1817 First edition Full Leather Very Good 
28 by 18 mm. 64 pp. With eight copper engraved plates. Welsh 221. Scarce (OCLC First Search shows copies only at Morgan, Arkansas, Virginia, Yale, Grolier). Publisher not given, but Marcilly. Gilt figurative decoration on front and rear board, and gilt ornamentation on spine. Light wear. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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Lecciones de Fortificacion de Campaña,  sacadas de las obras modernas que tratan del arte militar, y particularmente de la obra clasica francesa titulada diario del oficial de ingenieros.
9 Lecciones de Fortificacion de Campaña, sacadas de las obras modernas que tratan del arte militar, y particularmente de la obra clasica francesa titulada diario del oficial de ingenieros.
Paris Libreria Americana 1830 First edition Quarter Calf. Marbled boards. Good 
Scarce, with only copy found on OCLC First Search at the BNF. 12mo. 13.5 by 9 cm. 114 pp. Divided into 12 lessons. Foxing throughout, as to be expected with the particular paper stock. Spine calf rubbed, worn, with cracked joint. Still fully intact and legible. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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Lilliputian Sisters Lucy & Sara Adams
10 Lilliputian Sisters Lucy & Sara Adams
Portland, Oregon 1906 Brochure. Wraps Very Good 
Illustrated promotional brochure for diminutive sister act, "the most interesting and cleanest program we have ever seen", consisting of recital, song, cantata and tableaux. 8vo. 18 by 13.5 cm. 4 pp., folded sheet. The event being promoted is at Association Hall, Vineyard Haven, on Martha's Vineyard. Photos include image of one sister blowing a horn while airbourne, and the sisters performing together in different costumes. One sister was supposedly 46 inches, the other, 49. The sisters were performing professionally from about 1880 into the early 20th century with the General Tom Thumb Company, Barnum & Bailey's Circus and the Liliputian Opera Company. They hailed from Martha's Vineyard originally, and they were supposedly direct descendants of patriot Samuel Adams and collateral relatives of John and John Quincy Adams. The last page is given to testimonials and press notices. Scarce, with only a single copy located on OCLC First Search at UC Santa Barbara. Light wear. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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Optocht Fehouden te Haarlem Den 1en April 1872
11 Optocht Fehouden te Haarlem Den 1en April 1872
Haarlem Emrik & Binger, Lith. 1872 Paper pastedown on boards Very Good Minus 
29 by 36 cm, closed. With 24 panels of chromolithographic illustration of a festival procession. Among the many horses and traditional costume (men in armor, etc.) are also those dressed as jockeys. Also floats, and many men in top hats. Soiling and foxing scattered throughout. Modern cloth binding, with original pastedown cover with title, etc. preserved and mounted on front cover. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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The Marriage of the Midgets or The Tom Thumb Wedding.  A Unique Entertainment A Novel Home Talent Play that Delights Everybody.  Wholesome, Full of Fun;  Helpful to the Children.
12 The Marriage of the Midgets or The Tom Thumb Wedding. A Unique Entertainment A Novel Home Talent Play that Delights Everybody. Wholesome, Full of Fun; Helpful to the Children.
Kansas City, Missouri Kellogg-Baxter Printing Co. 1914 Good 
Loopy Little People-iana! A promotional brochure for an amateur theatrical entertainment featuring an all juvenile cast playing adult midget roles in a recreation of the marriage of Tom Thumb. The brochure is 28 by 20 cm, and 4 pages. It includes nine b/w photos of the players: the bride and groom, three old maids, the clergyman, bachelor friends, best man, a guest, a rejected suitor. Also press comments, comments from personal letters, and most unusual, a list of churches where the play had been staged and their ticket sales. Lest the reader of the brochure gets any brazen ideas, there is a stern warning that the work is copyrighted and any violation of the copyright will result in a suit for damages. Scarce, with no copies found anywhere on OCLC First Search. A few short tears along folds -- the brochure had been double folded. Moderate soiling. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The Story of the Saragossa Sea
13 The Story of the Saragossa Sea
Wraps Very Good 
Wonderful, wicked children's story with fun, idiosyncratic and eccentric illustrations about a funny man's moustache, mermaids, and details that can not be properly related without presenting the entirety of the narrative, told largely, but not entirely, in verse. N.d., circa 1900. Oblong, 18.5 by 28 cm. 16 pp., plus wrap covers. Including cover, back and rear, nine (or ten, if one counts the inside of the front cover which has printed cut-outs pasted, whereas elsewhere the artwork is done directly onto mounted paper or is original but cut-out and pasted, as on the outside of the cover). In our view, the story and illustrations were done by an adult for the benefit of a child or grandchild -- a first page dedication suggests so much. And the illustrations are intentionally done in a somewhat naive and slapdash manner, to suggest the handiwork of a child. The illustrations unfailingly please, and they evoke the artwork of Lear, Tenniel, and countless other Victorian artist humorists. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Un Chef-D'Oeuvre du Siecle D'Or
14 Un Chef-D'Oeuvre du Siecle D'Or
Rotterdam. Printed in Leiden Bureau de Publicite Erasmus. Printed at Rotogravure Mij First edition 
Fun, colorful and unusual promotion for the Dutch spirits industry and more specifically a drink called "Advocaat". Brightly colored fifties types -- the dowdy Mamie-ish housewife and portly husband, the artiste and Bohemians, the glam movie star, the gangster and general, are depicted in bright colors and superimposed on black and white photos as they are shown traveling to the Netherlands, sightseeing, and visiting a distillery in a droll narrative-driven text in which they are guided by a Rembrandt-era burgher. (There are other illustrations and illustrated elements in color.) N.d., circa 1950s. 8vo. 19.5 by 13 cm. 28 pp., plus wraps. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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[Faux Book] Pewter Flask Shaped Like a Book with Renaissance-Style Ornamentation Decorating the "Boards"
15 [Faux Book] Pewter Flask Shaped Like a Book with Renaissance-Style Ornamentation Decorating the "Boards"
Very Good 
Highly unusual and striking book-shaped flask, with "raised bands" on the "spine" and elaborate decoration on both the front and back. Impossible to date with certainty, but definitely 19th century, and probably mid-19th century when Renaissance Revival became a popular and prevalent style, especially in the Teutonic world, and while we can't place the flask's provenance with certainty either, our strong intuition is that it did come from the German-speaking world, where, we would add, Renaissance Revival was virtually adopted as a national style in an area covetous for historical roots to its nationalistic strivings. The heavy flask -- heavy in both its appearance and actual weight, which is 2 pounds, 10.8 ounces -- measures 20 by 14.5 cm, and 5 cm thick. If one measures the height from the base to the top of the handle, held up high, the height is 26.5 cm, moreover. This is no pedestrian piece of pewter work. The decoration on the front is different from the back, for example, with the rear a decidedly more formal looking armorial diaper, with a regal lion beneath the coat-of-arms. The front still has a mostly symmetrical design of floral flourishes, yet there is a freer flow to the shapes, accentuated by its slightly cocked vaguely escutcheon-shaped centerpiece. Surrounding the decorative fields both front and back are raised bands with braided metalwork and clover repeats. The flash as bent, or dinged corners, but its essential visual integrity is unimpaired and whole. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Faux Book] Stone Book made of a black marble with crimson veining and a butterscotch-colored marble for the spine and the corners
16 [Faux Book] Stone Book made of a black marble with crimson veining and a butterscotch-colored marble for the spine and the corners
NA Near Fine 
A beautiful near miniature stone book, measuring 113 by 73 by 10 mm and weighing 8.1 ounces. We particularly like the contrast of the spine and corners, suggesting of a half calf binding. There are other details to note, such as the indentation for the "text block" and the bands on the spine. The two stones also couldn't be more different, with the yellow-ish stone nearly a solid color (with tiny vanilla bean flecks) and the darker stone rich in veining and highlights. A few very tiny edge chips do not diminish this stone book, which we would still grade fine, or near fine. Sleek and smooth, this would make for a wonderful paperweight. Dating is elusive, as is the exact provenance. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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[Faux Book] Stone Book with bands of different marbles for the spine
17 [Faux Book] Stone Book with bands of different marbles for the spine
NA Near Fine 
A beautiful stone book made of marbles, with its multi-colored spine and contrasting corners, measuring 146 by 78 by 19 mm and weighing 20.4 ounces, or 1 pound, 4.4 ounces. The bands of orange, green, white, yellow and black marbles on the spine, most of which have veining and other highlighting, lend the most character to this faux book. For the "joint", there are long narrow strips of the yellow-ish marble. The "boards" are primarily a black marble with white and yellow veining. Corners are of the brown/orange marble, suggestive of leather corners. Sleek and smooth, this would make for a wonderful paperweight. Dating is elusive, as is the exact provenance. With a few tiny edge nicks, but we are comfortable grading this stone book as fine. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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[Movable] Comic Valentine Card on Mansell Lace Paper with a Gentleman Whose Pants Hike Up
18 [Movable] Comic Valentine Card on Mansell Lace Paper with a Gentleman Whose Pants Hike Up
Very Good Minus 
N.d., circa 1860. The card measures 17.5 by 11.5cm. Depicted is a gentleman in a top hat, blue coat and checked pants. When you pull a tab at the bottom, his pants rise to reveal his spindly legs. The verse beneath reads: "Why are pegtops worn by noddies,/ Is't to ornament their bodies;/ Or is it__Oh! great Jove, I see/ The secret lies twixt you/ and me." Slight loss of lace at edge, by upper right corner. Light wear besides. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] R. Desgrais.  Fabrique d'Appareils acoustiques et microphoniques contre la Surdité.  Ententrd c'est Vivre
19 [Trade Catalogue] R. Desgrais. Fabrique d'Appareils acoustiques et microphoniques contre la Surdité. Ententrd c'est Vivre
Paris Wraps Fine 
Unusual trade catalogue for horns and other equipment to aid the hard of hearing -- but no modern hearing aids. N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 15.5 by 25 cm. Unpaginated, 13 leaves, two different paper stocks -- one light and newspaper thin, the other, glossy and thicker. With different equipment recommended based on the amount of hearing loss, and a questionnaire for the hearing impaired to evaluate for himself his level of loss. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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20 ?????????, ?. ?. , and ?. ?. ????????? ????? ??????????? ??????
?????? 1952 Hardcover. Cloth spine. Paper pastedown, with so Very Good 
A catalogue, and course on, knitwear, for men, women and children, including sweaters, jackets, dresses, etc. 4to. 108 pp. 58 styles shown on 47 plates, about half of which are in color. Ex-library, with a few markings but none bothersome. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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