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Jack in the Pulpit Preaches To-day., McLeod, BA
81 McLeod, BA Jack in the Pulpit Preaches To-day.
Wraps Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 13 leaves of card stock onto which the once popular poem by Clara Smith was written by hand in a calligraphic script and watercolor decoration ornaments four leaves in addition to the front cover. The artist signed the watercolors with BAMcLeod. While the sweet, doggerilish verse may not suit modern tastes -- it is bound to be viewed with the same condescension as the Joyce Kilmer poem, "Trees" -- it did inspire commercial book illustrators, and this manuscript version more than holds its own with published versions, and the warmth of the watercolors, unmediated by a printing press, immeasurably enhances the visual pleasure these vignettes of the natural world are bound to impart. While we know nothing of BA McLeod, strangely the comparative anonymity of the artist adds an element of interest and mystery to this as a document. The production is bound amateurishly, but firmly, with a strip of parchment, and holes were punched into the bound margin presumably to allow the book to be housed in a looseleaf binder. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Scrap Book Vol. I Poetry Album with Naive Watercolors, Moggridge, M. Weston
82 Moggridge, M. Weston Scrap Book Vol. I Poetry Album with Naive Watercolors
England 1845 Leather spine, marbled paper on limp card for boa Very Good 
Charming naive watercolors illustrating well-known poems and excerpts from Shakespeare. 8vo. 19 by 16.5 cm. Unpaginated, 90 pages of verse and 46 watercolored illustrations. Most of the watercolors are on rectos, a few on versos, and a few instances of both. While only two of the watercolors is full page, most dominate their page, regardless of size, arresting the eye, whether place above, below, in the middle, or to the side and wrapping around the verse. The poetry is wide-ranging, with some prevalance of battle, patriotic and Scottish subject matter. Poems include "The Battle of Trafalgar", "Ode on the death of a cat", "The Bonnets of bonnie Dundee", "The Inchcape Rock", "Chevy Chase", "The Cheviot Hills", or from Shakespeare, "Ariel's Song", long passages from "Julius Caesar", "Richard II" and "Henry IV". As to the folk art-ish quality of the artwork, our supposition is that these were done by an adolescent man. The human figures are generally rather simply rendered, lacking perhaps in detail and individualized nuance, while never violating proportion and never coming off as coarse. Ships, foliage, background, virtually everything else, is done prettily. Overall this album has a lovely cohesive charisma that sets it apart from so many early Victorian albums of the type. The name of M. Weston Moggridge is inscribed and dated on the inside cover and so we presume he is the artist. Moderate wear. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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Early Manuscript Copy of Three Mozart Piano Quartets (the two piano quartets written as such and a transcription of a piano woodwind quintet), Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
83 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Early Manuscript Copy of Three Mozart Piano Quartets (the two piano quartets written as such and a transcription of a piano woodwind quintet)
Half Calf over Marbled Boards Good 
N.d., late eighteenth or probably very early nineteenth century. Oblong, 12 by 9 inches, 31 by 22 cm. This is a copy of the three works by hand, as was common at the time. Inscribed on the FEP is the name, in an old-fashioned cursive, U. L. Viner of Bath, and there is pricing information neatly written in a corner, indicating that this copy was made in England. The three works contained in their entirety, with all instrumental parts, are the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478, the Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493 and the Piano-woodwind Quintet, K. 452. Such transcriptions were common in the day, when to enjoy a piece of music outside the concert hall often required being able to play it. Other than the first and last two leaves, which have some foxing, the interior is generally clean and attractive, with a handsome and thick paper stock used. The first prelim blank, made of a lighter paper, has a crease. The leather is heavily worn. The joints are starting, and there is a tissue repair not holding very well. 
Price: 1475.00 USD
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The Coming Man.  A Tragedy., N.B. (?)
84 N.B. (?) The Coming Man. A Tragedy.
Wraps Very Good 
An extraordinary love missive, from a lovelorn lady whose long wait for her suitor goes unrewarded. The suitor in the graphic story is a Mr. Jones, while the booklet bears the inscription of a John L. Flagg, dated September 11th, 1859. Was he in fact the suitor, or some confidante of the artist? Or was the story not autobiographical at all, but rather just a creative expression of the plight that women such as the presumed artist must endure? To us, it should be of little consequence either way, and who is to whether true or fictional makes the story the more poignant! The story is told in seven captioned pen and ink drawings that show a young lady with a hoop dress excitedly reading a letter from the beloved Mr. Jones that he would be coming. We then see her practicing on the mandolin for him, preparing a pudding for him, setting up a room for him, dressing up for him, waiting for him by a window, only to burst out in tears upon the receipt of a second letter than he wouldn't be coming. The drawings are the work of an accomplished amateur, in our judgment, their touch of naivete an aspect of their charm. The artist includes details such as furnishings and tschotschkes, but so with a sketchy economy that avoids distraction while convincingly conveying the setting. One might even say that in this she showed a sureness that transcends the typical amateur restraint. Perspective is only most loosely adhered to -- it is impossible to know whether this was a deliberate choice or not, but it also is something that curiously enhances the pictures. In terms of the artistry, the cleverest manifestation is unquestionably the title page in which she creates the lettering out of male and female full figures (and one horse) and the letters for "A Tragedy" out of their faces. The best word to describe this is "brilliant", and part of its brilliance is its subtlety -- one may well miss it at first glance. We assume the author/artist had initials "N.B." since the inscription states it is from N.B., but of this we can't be certain. We also can not tell whether the source were English or American, but we lean towards the latter, mainly because the young woman would appear to be of comfortable means and yet there is no sign of a servant, even when she prepares a pudding. That was unusual on both side sides of the ocean, undoubtedly, but probably less so in America. The setting up a room for Mr. Jones is also an enigma. Was she running an inn of sorts? Or was he a friend of the family? No respectable woman would be having a male caller stay overnight otherwise. 8vo. 22 by 16 cm. Eight leaves. Age toning and light wear. 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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85 Nicholson, Samuel (1793-1885) Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine Watercolored Vignettes
Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ) 1811 Half Leather (Sheep) with Marbled Boards Very Good 
33 by 20.5 cm. 81 leaves, or 162 pp. Math problems are set out in an exceptionally neat hand, with topical titles done calligraphically. It is the exquisite vignettes, though, that truly set this apart from other surviving student notebooks from this era. Besides the many mathematical drawings, there are over 50 examples of watercolor work, not including the coloring of the lettering of headings. These include eighteen miniature paintings of such things as ships, towers, hills, soldiers, dogs, houses, trees and topography, the remainder being the coloring in of shapes, both regular and irregular, and not infrequently there might be a colored fleur-de-lys serving as a directional guide . Of the letters that are colored, we note one instance in which it was done with a striking plaid pattern. The math problems encompass geometry, logarithms, trigonometry, topography, and the Pennsylvania method of calculation (of location). But by no means is the drawing all about color. Even the unembellished geometric schemata are rendered with precision and are lovely to behold as a result. It would appear that Nicholson came from a prosperous family, and might be surmised just on the basis of the level of education he attained as reflected by this notebook. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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86 Nitney, Alice J. The Seasons
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 12 leaves on heavy paper, or card, with each leaf representing a month. On each leaf there is a watercolor vignette accompanying a line or two of verse, written out by hand with calligraphic lettering. Also featuring a hand-done diaper, or pattern, decoration for the endpapers and bound in an album format, with As the heyday of the sentiment book, with snippets of verse, famous, saccharine and/or precious accompanying soft illustrations of pretty scenes, flowers, clouds and sunsets, was fading in the realm of commercial publication, there were still hobbyists, most probably young adults, who emulated the tradition and produced manuscripts that should inspire considerable awe nowadays in their fineness and beauty. It is inconceivable that a young person would produce a document such as this in today's age! We know the identity of the creator -- Alice J. Nitney -- but nothing more about her than her name. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Historia Cuculi Canori, Pagesmith, Gordon
87 Pagesmith, Gordon Historia Cuculi Canori
1943-1949 Custom half morocco box Very Good 
Highly unusual, handsome manuscript of the scientific data, findings and proceedings of a small ornithology club dedicated to the collection and study of cuckoo eggs, enlivened with sixteen original watercolors of cuckoos, club members, etc. Folio, 39.5 by 29 cm. 171 leaves. (First part unpaginated, followed by 117 pp.) The club was called the Cuculus Canorus Club and was formed in 1943, with four members -- Gordon and Saxon Pagesmith and Douglas and Walter Kemp. A stated objective of the club was to present the collection it would be assembling to the Natural History Museum, and in fact, Gordon Pagesmith did make a significant contribution of bird eggs to that museum, separate from the club's collection. The club ended up collecting about 83 clutches of eggs of cuckoos and the host birds. Besides the diligent compilation of scientific data presented in the text, a source of interest is this club's eccentric rules and proceedings. One of the most entertaining watercolors is of a dinner of the club members, in which they are caricatured. This is in addition to the charming colorful portraits of the birds, their eggs, and various locations. The front cover states it is Vol. 1. Vol. 2 is included, and this manuscript is complete. Housed in a custom half red morocco box. Heavy soiling of the front cover, and some lighter soiling on just a few other leaves. Mostly clean. The manuscript's leaves are loose, with some leaves collected into loose gatherings. A few creases along the edges. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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The Simple Life De Gang, Phyllis
88 Phyllis The Simple Life De Gang
Piedmont, California 1904 Cloth Very Good 
Oblong, 20 by 27 cm. 14 pp. of ink and watercolor drawings of amusing, preposterous cartoon scenes mostly of family life in a decidedly upper crust, eccentric California family. The artwork resembles the modern cartoonist Roz Chast, whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker. The most striking illustration is a double paged depiction of "Maddie's Birthday Party", which would appear to have been a masquerade party with the guests dressing up as characters mostly from opera and operetta (Tannhauser, The Mikado, Carmen). While the figures in all the drawings have a rough crudity about them, this is also the source of their subversive charm, and the corseted times are upended into something more spontaneous, slapdash and not entirely removed from our more unbuttoned culture. Whether or not the artist was capable of realistic portraiture, she surely knew how to capture movement, and all the drawings convey action and movement very effectively. We may not be privy to the inside jokes at the bottom of the drawings, but it really doesn't matter, as the color, joy and dynamism of the cartoons come together to pull us in. On the cover is written The Century Co., New York, but surely this was the author/artist having a bit of fun, for this is an unpublished manuscript. The title page in facts states a location of Piedmont, which is in the East Bay of San Francisco. The surname of the artist is unknown. Soiling to the cloth cover. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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[Manuscript Copy] Facillima Methodus Delineandi Omnes Humani Corporis.  Nouveau Livre du Dessein Qui Continent XXV Figures Dessinee Par le Celebre Jean Baptista Piazzeta, Piazzetta, Giambattista [after].  Anonymous copyist,
89 Piazzetta, Giambattista [after]. Anonymous copyist, [Manuscript Copy] Facillima Methodus Delineandi Omnes Humani Corporis. Nouveau Livre du Dessein Qui Continent XXV Figures Dessinee Par le Celebre Jean Baptista Piazzeta
Full Vellum Very Good 
N.d., but late 18th century, after the publication of the original work in 1760, published in Venezia by Remondi. Large 8vo, 25 by 20 cm. 25 pen and ink pages of illustration. These begin with the elaborate pen and ink Baroque title page, with architectural decoration, followed by page showing drawings of hands, a second title with what we presume the one more fully original work by the copyist of seraphs holding up drapery with the title and a woman painter working before an easel, and other illustrative decoration (a broken sculpted head on the ground, etc.). Then 23 pages of pen and ink nude male studies, the figures very Michelangelo-esque in the musculature, and their overall sculptural quality. We would speculate that this copyist was in fact a woman, based on the second title illustration. This particular illustration is delightful, if the human figure itself doesn't have quite the polished execution of the copied material. Inked title on the vellum spine. The vellum is quite soiled. Otherwise, the paper within is of high quality and clean. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Histoire de Belle-Isle-en-Mer, R. P. François de Belle-Isle, Capucin, and  R. P. le Gallen (also spelled
90 R. P. François de Belle-Isle, Capucin, and R. P. le Gallen (also spelled "le Galen" on first title page). Histoire de Belle-Isle-en-Mer
Belle Isle en Mer 1754, 1840 Full Morocco Near Fine 
Manuscript local history of Breton island written with a beautiful cursive hand, a beautiful watercolor of a shore panorama and a highly decorative title page. 4to. 25.5 by 19 cm. 650 pp. (325 leaves.) The watercolor is actually dated 1840, and this suggests strongly to us that the manuscript text was of this later date, and probably a copy of an earlier manuscript, especially since the ruling on the pages and the style of cursive is entirely consistent with that of the mid-19th century. Bound by Bauzonnet Trautz in full brown morocco, tooled turn-ins. Belle-Isle is in the Department of Morbihan, a part of ancient Brittany. It was the last stronghold of about 7,000 Royalists in 1795. With several small ports, the island's economy was heavily reliant on pichard fishing. In more recent times it has become predictably a favored location for second homes. The history begins with the formation of the island, its place in antiquity and indigenous population. The island does have historic significance as an important vantage point during wartime. The island was also closely associated with the Fouquet family. Condition: leather with rubbing and some abrasions, but still attractive. Interior tight and clean. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Lob Frankfurts, Rudolf G. Binding.  Watercolors and calligraphy by Mk. Neubold.
91 Rudolf G. Binding. Watercolors and calligraphy by Mk. Neubold. Lob Frankfurts
Frankfurt 1946 Full Calf, with Box FIne 
A stunning illustrated manuscript that celebrates Frankfurt as it was before the devastation of World War Two. 4to. 23, [1] pp. With seventeen watercolor illustrations of the buildings of Frankfurt. Two of these watercolors are full page. The text is written by hand in a German Fraktur Gothic script -- one that is easy to read. The writing and watercolors were executed by Mk. Neubold, and he signs the colophon. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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92 Samoda, Ada Photographs with Illuminated Borders.
Hardcover. Velvet Very Good 
N.d, circa 1900. Folio, 41.5 by 32.5 cm. Nine leaves of heavy card, each with brilliant illumination and original artwork (some pencil and ink), all framing rather flat pietistic-themed photos of artwork. Happily the original contribution of the amateur illuminator Ada Samoda dominates the page. The illumination is more or less standard in its subject matter -- a Gothic window frame, intertwined vines, etc. -- but is a fine example of Victorian era amateur illumination, with rich reds, blues, greens in addition to gilt, and meticulous actualization of foliate patterns of an impressive variety. Also worked in are expressions written in elaborate calligraphy, all of which is faithful to the pre-printing press tradition. Interest in things Medieval began in the 18th Century and flourished throughout the nineteenth century. In the arts, much of this interest expressed itself in the movement known as Gothic Revival, and interest in illuminated manuscripts and their decorative vocabulary was very much a part of the movement. During the same period, as the ranks of the affluent swelled, many more people had leisure time ont their hands to pursue hobbies such as the arts. Both men and women, and especially young women, devoted energy and passion to creating albums of artwork of a wide variety. Thus was the cultivation of illumination really a confluence of these two larger phenomena. Handsome purple velvet binding, with brass edges and a brass monogram mounted onto the front cover. One brass edge needs new brads and is thus loose. The spine velvet is worn thin and perished in places. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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[Manuscript] M.A.D. Silhouettes, Saudelet, A. Howard
93 Saudelet, A. Howard [Manuscript] M.A.D. Silhouettes
Brattleboro, Vermont 1884-1885 With limp manuscript slipcase/chemise Good 
23 by 17 cm, stab bound above by ribbon. 11 card leaves, including front cover, all painted, mostly with silhouettes. Front cover, with a period aesthetic style design, has Greek ornamentation and other period vignette illustrations, does not have silhouette illustrations, and a few elements of illustration elsewhere are not silhouette. That said, we count 26 silhouette illustrations, which count might be adjusted slightly up or down on one's judgment of whether something is a separate illustration or not, with a few additional silhouette drawings on the chemise slipcase. Generally the illustrations are clever and humorous, and the combination of those on a single leaf can relate a coherent narrative like a comic strip, a form that had as yet not been created in newspapers but which did have prior roots, most notably with Topffer's comical multi-cell illustrations. Condition: slipcase ribbon edge somewhat tattered and partly loose on bottom edge. Considerable wear and spotting on this slipcase, yet its pictorial integrity remains well preserved. Ribbon used to bind the manuscript proper replaced. Cloth used along upper edge as repair material to recreate holes of stab binding. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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94 Sheila E. Braine. Illustrated by Margret Roodhouse Smiles and Frowns
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, a sweet poem about disposal of frowns, all nicely illustrated. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Sketches for A.H. from S.T.S. [Album of Comical Pen-and-Ink Sketches Mostly (23 ink drawings, one pencil, and one photo)], Smith, Thayer
95 Smith, Thayer Sketches for A.H. from S.T.S. [Album of Comical Pen-and-Ink Sketches Mostly (23 ink drawings, one pencil, and one photo)]
Half Morocco. Marbled paper pastedown on boards. Very Good 
Sketches that effortlessly transport us back to Victoria England as experienced by the upper classes. N.d., circa 1870s to 1880s. Folio, 36 by 27.5 cm. The drawings were dedicated to Anna Hill, who herself was the subject of many of them, beginning with the title page illustration which depicts her in Egypt reading a letter from home. This title page reveals instantly the cleverness of the artist's conception as well as his proficiency in executing his artistic vision. A contemplative Anna is in the center, surrounded by vignettes of ancient Egypt that somehow are of one piece but also distinct from one another and interspersed with the title lettering. Hovering above, as in a cloud, is a picture of a High Head Castle, Anna's home in Cumberland (Cumbria). Thanks to a penciled caption beneath this mounted title illustration, we also know some of the details of the Hill family. The illustrations that follow are almost all comical, some broadly so, others, more subtly, some relying entirely on the visual depiction, while others derive their humor in part from a caption. One can easily imagine almost any of these illustrations as coming from "Punch" or another satirical magazine. In "A nice set (?) of audience", a man is reciting something to a small party of women and one older man. One of the woman is listening with a large horn hearing aid, while another is fast asleep. The others are completely ignoring the speaker as the older man endeavors to flirt with them. We especially like an illustration of a woman frightened by a headless scarecrow who appears to be pointing a handgun in her direction. Or another, showing "an interruption in an afternoon billiard party", which has the middle aged and older men staring out the window as two comely young women are playing on a swing, one of whom appears quite cognizant of the effect she is having on the men. Other subjects include a wedding, a flooded basement, the hiring of a cook and a maid, a lady on a high wheeled early bicycle, a knight and a barbarian with a club, etc. One can only fully appreciate the quality and fun of the illustrations by actually beholding them. The photo is of "the George Inn", with a horse and card waiting outside, and the final sketch is of a lady with a parasol reading a letter. This illustrations is dated June 2, 1881. Thayer Smith was the godfather to the Hills Family of High Head Castle, Cumberland, in England -- the castle was destroyed by fire in the 1950s. One of the children for whom this story was prepared, John Waller Hills (1867-1938) was a British Liberal MP from 1906 until his death and was due to be conferred a baronetcy but died prior. Scattered light soiling of the card stock onto which the drawings are mounted. Rubbing and wear to the morocco and edgewear to the boards. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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The Adventures of Sir Paladin He goes a-giant-killing, Smith, Thayer
96 Smith, Thayer The Adventures of Sir Paladin He goes a-giant-killing
Half Calf Very Good 
A gory original monster epic with exceptional, and graphic, artwork deemed to shocking for children at the time! Oblong, 24 by 33.5 cm. Unpaginated, 48 pp. With mounted artwork on 23 of those pages, 22 of which are pen and ink work, and one, a watercolor. The story can be viewed as a broad, but adulatory, parody of Malory, Tennyson and all the epic literature of chivalrous knights going out to slay the foe. Here the story is told in a matter-of-fact, pared down prose style, until the end when the point of the tale is imparted in a poem. The entertainment value of the manuscript resides decidedly in the tightly drawn, deliciously gruesome illustrations. We see limbs lopped off, squirting blood, human carcasses hung on meat hooks, and all kinds of repugnant imagery that was as sure to produce a belly laugh as shock the children to whom the tale was dedicated. We know the identity of the author artist of this manuscript children's tale from notes written in the front, which we accept as true. There it is also stated that Thayer Smith was the godfather to the Hills Family of High Head Castle, Cumberland, in England -- the castle was destroyed by fire in the 1950s. One of the children for whom this story was prepared, John Waller Hills (1867-1938) was a British Liberal MP from 1906 until his death and was due to be conferred a baronetcy but died prior. Rebacked. Scuffs and rubbing to binding corners, and light soiling to the pebbled cloth. A few leaves with soiled margins, and moderate general wear, including a few minor closed tears, crease lines, etc. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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[Illuminated Manuscript] Break, Break, Break, Illuminated, Tennyson, Lord Alfred.  Leonard Charles Price, probable artist and illuminator
97 Tennyson, Lord Alfred. Leonard Charles Price, probable artist and illuminator [Illuminated Manuscript] Break, Break, Break, Illuminated
Full Morocco Very Good 
An unusual subject for illuminated manuscript treatment, and pulled off with panache. Ten leaves of fine watercolor and ink illustrations, calligraphy and sublime ornament in the tradition of Victorian illuminated manuscripts, all with ship or boating interest. Oblong, 8.5 by 14 inches, 22 by 36 cm. Some artwork mounted, most done directly on card, all by the same hand, and presumably of Price, whose bookplate is mounted onto the FEP. Shelfwear to leather, heavy along edges. Rebacked. Leaves on heavy card, and these are clean and bright. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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98 Terry, Major Astley, of The Army Service Corp. The National Heraldry of the United Kingdom
Colombo (Ceylon, now Sri Lanka) 1903 Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. 18.5 by 14.5 cm. iv, 44 pp., the leaves made of heavy card stock. The author, a colonial officer for the British army, would later publish "The Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps," which contained his color illustrations of uniforms, arms and equipment, and other works. From this work, it is clear he had artistic aptitude, and as an officer in Ceylon, undoubtedly a lot of free time to indulge in the creation of this work. It would seem that this work was written with an eye on possible publication, but that did not come to be. Few will not be charmed by the many vignettes of badges and coats-of-arms, mostly rendered in bright watercolors, with some done as ink drawings. Also illustrated are flags and banners. Some of the tissue guards are heavily foxed, while the cards proper sometimes have offsetting from this soiling. A large chipped loss to the leather spine, with a partial loss of one letter of title. Still a very handsome album. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Max The Mouse who Made the Met, Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002)
99 Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002) Max The Mouse who Made the Met

This is an early home-made book by an eighteen year old (or 17) Tom Yakutis, who went on to a highly successful career as an animator. His later credits include Popeye (1978 - 1981), Challenge of the SuperFriends, and many stints as director, designer, or artist on episodes of such beloved cartoons as the Jetsens, the Flintstones, etc. He began his career at Disney and worked at many of the major animation studios subsequently, including Hanna and Barbera, Warner Brothers, etc. Already in this illustrated manuscript we can see the polish of his renderings, with the mice and human characters endowed with real expressiveness. The short text is not really commensurate with the quality of the illustrations, and from the many misspellings we might wonder whether Mr. Yakutis was dyslexic. The story flows crudely, but thankfully, the drawings delight and more than compensate. The setting of this mouse tale at the Met is also interesting. There is an element of humor in the tiny creature living in so grand a place, and then upending it. At the time the Met loomed larger in the American landscape as a temple of high culture, and it was a time when top singers there had a presence in popular culture as well, with singers such as Rise Stevens, Laurence Tibbett, Lily Pons, Jamila Novotna, etc. enjoying significant movie careers in popular movies. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37, Vierster, Werner
100 Vierster, Werner Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37
1937 Custom-made half leather folder Fine 
A most unusual, bizarre, comical home-made book of a Nazi training camp for the SA! 20 pp., plus wraps. 29 by 25 cm. If one could overlook the sinister associations, much of the satire could apply to any military boot camp, but of course one can not escape the invidious context. In a way, this might be viewed as a pity, because the illustrations and accompanying light verse are superb, and this can be seen as plausibly publishable, but for the irredeemably unsavory context. Yet it is on the other hand a most interesting primary source document on the life of an ordinary member of the SA and by extension, other Nazi units. So we find mocked the task master commander, the morning wake-up and ablutions, the constant drilling, exercise and sporting regimen. Quite graphically depicted is the group shower, among other things. Interestingly, women were a part of the camp experience -- they lived separately, but there was mingling. Much of the training would appear to have been indistinguishable from standard military training. Was this in keeping with the paramilitary nature of the SA, or was it somehow related also to the German not so furtive strategems to evade the restrictions placed on its military activities by the Treaty of Versailles? In any case, there is strangely no allusion to Jews in the entire work. The most disturbing aspect of the work may be that, notwithstanding the gently cynical tone, the author would appear to have emerged from the program an enthusiastic member of the SA! Now housed in a handsome half-black morocco over green cloth folder. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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