With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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1 "Santiago de Cuba"
Box Very Good 
Extraordinary group of ten original "postcards" with mixed media artwork depicting the sights of Santiago de Cuba. N.d., 1950s. With each folk art-y depiction of a monument, building or the like there is a combination of wafer thin pieces of wood pasted down and watercolors and pen and ink applied directly to the card. On to the wood is applied inkwork as well. The sights include the Jose Marti monument, the Abel Santa Maria monument, the cathedral, the Moncada, the Pdre Pico stairs, the Castello del Morro, the Diego Velazquez balcony, the Plaza de la Revolucion Antoni Maceo, the Granjita Siboney, and the City Hall. Homemade box, with faux wood panels -- the faux finish is carried over to the interior of the box as well -- alligator trim and card label made to look like sign nailed down. We would guess that the cards and box were made by a local artist for sale to a visitor, but we can't say for sure that they were not made by an enthusiastic, talented tourist. Either way, does it really matter? Somehow, to the whole production, something of the improvisational, original and quirky spirit of Cuba itself is captured! The box measures 14 by 12 by 2 cm. The cards are 13.5 by 10 cm. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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"Spider Web" Valentine With Tab Pull, to Hugh O'Brien
2 "Spider Web" Valentine With Tab Pull, to Hugh O'Brien
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. Usually the cobweb is pulled with a string, but here one uses a decorative tab instead. Underneath is a handsome courting couple in a bucolic setting. The card is semi-homemade, with an gilt angel and three small gilt rings pasted on and the words, "You are the one for me", among other things, added. The border has elaborate relief lacework decoration. The card is of modest dimensions, measuring 18 by 12 cm. It has minor soiling. Most importantly, the intricate cobweb is in pristine condition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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3 Card Game with Black Jazz Saxaphonist on Box
Very Good 
24 cards, two for each number up to 12, featuring naive illustrations of children, circa 1920s. The rules of the game are unknown, but the illustration on the box alone is worth the price of the deck. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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4 Deck of 48 Dutch cards depicting mythological figures
Netherlands Near Fine 
A scarce set of learning cards on mythology, dating to around 1800. There is one card for each figure from Roman or Greek mythology: Saturn, Cybele, Ceres, Jupiter, Juno, Apollo, and on and on. Each card has a small woodcut vignette medallion of the figure, followed by a description of the god and his place in the firmament. The backs of the cards are blank. The cards measure 12 by 8 cm, or 4.5 by 3 inches, each. The top card, No. I of De Fabel, has light soiling. Otherwise, the cards are quite clean, with trivial wear evident in some corners. Comes with a plain modern box with a label. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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5 Deck of 49 cards depicting the kings of France
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1800. There is one card for each French monarch, beginning with Pharamond and continuing to Louis XVII who died in 1795. Each card has a numismatic-like portrait followed by a brief biography, generally two or three paragraphs long. The backs of the cards are blank other than a neat ownership inscription of "A. O. Sullivan". The cards measure 10 by 7 cm, or 4 by 2. 75 inches, each. There is some light soilage here and there and light toning throughout. All cards are stiff as they should be and without creasing. There is no box. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Deck of Miniature Playing Cards, Uncut
6 Deck of Miniature Playing Cards, Uncut
Austria Heller Fine 
N.d., circa 1900. The cards are very much in the style, pictorially, of a Piatnik deck, with lush color and ornate, literal detail, except these are truly miniature cards, with each card measuring 2 by 1.4 cm, and they are uncut! Truly a rarity as well as a novelty. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Elaborate Dance Card Sample from the "Fancy Order of Dance", Brooklyn, New York, circa 1880
7 Elaborate Dance Card Sample from the "Fancy Order of Dance", Brooklyn, New York, circa 1880
NA Fine 
Highly unusual layered sample card, with elaborate "Dresden"-style decoration on the front, featuring a butterfly, lace faux flowers, wax leaves, several blue beetle figures, ribbons and a wax hand, all atop gilt lace. The card itself is standard size, nearly 12 by 8.5 cm, and it opens to a blank page on the recto where information about a particular dance, its sponsors and sequences would be furnished, and on the facing verso we are given the name of the business, Fancy Order of Dance, and its Brooklyn address, and nothing more. This all comes in a plain box, which being in an excellent state of preservation, has also done its job preserving the delicate card all this time. The card was also protected by typical tissue paper 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Game of Dr. Busby
8 Game of Dr. Busby
New York J.H. Singer NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880s. Twenty cards, as called for, with colorful chromolithography and box. Lacking instruction booklet. The five families, or suits, are the Melons, the Bulls, the Corns, the Cods and of course, the Busbys. The Melons are a black family, and its members are Caesar Melon, Dr. Busby's Coachman, Dinah Melon, his wife, Cantaloupe Melon, his daughter, and son Washington Melon. Besides the watermelon symbol on each of these cards, the ludicrousness of the caricatures can leave no doubt of the creator's prejudices -- the Corns and the Busbys are depicted as funny caricatures, of course, but not with anywhere the same level of exaggeration and mean-spirited absurdity. This version of the game should be understood as a period piece and a relic that is a reflection of late nineteenth century popular attitudes on race. The game itself was a very popular card game, originating probably in the 1840s, and there were many graphic versions of the game, as well as similar games with slightly different names. While we believe rules might have been furnished in the box, the rules of the game were such that most people would have known them anyway and so the rules would not have been essential. The cards have light soiling here and there. The box has unattractive tape repairs along all its sides, both of the lid and the base, but the top title graphics survive. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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9 H-Bar-O
NA Very Good 
Mid-20th Century card game of the Wild West. Racial stereotyping involved with the Wong Lee character, as a for instance. 31 of 32 cards present. With instructions manual fold-out and mailing envelope. Other than missing card, fine condition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Historical Cards Exhibiting the Grecian History
10 Historical Cards Exhibiting the Grecian History
London John Wallie Box Good 
N.d., late 18th century. With 31 (of 32) cards, each with a colored medallion of a Greek ruler, general or warrior, or adversary of note -- the emphasis is squarely on the powerful and martial, not the cultural. The figures include Aridaeus, Pisistratus, Agesilaus, Epaminondas, Philip, Darius II, Bessus, Brennus, Agis, Philopeomenes, Cleomenes, Antigonus, Antiochus the Great, Scipio, Perseus, Lysander, Themistocles, Cassander, Agis, Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Sosthenes, Cimon, Alexander the Great, Thrasybulus, Aegialeus, Medon, Agamemnon, Laomedon, Cecrops and Aratus. The coloring adds charm to the otherwise brief, matter-of-fact brief biography. Not that these are men who would have played themselves in the movies, based on the images! Scarce, with the only known copy owned in the past by the British Museum (and possibly now in the British Library, although nothing shows up in its general catalogue). The cards have soiling, with one of the cards having minor loss (a letter or two of a word) along a crease. Surviving also is the original box, which has substantial losses along the edges and is heavily soiled, but the top with the title is still legible. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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11 Illustrated Chinese Maxims. Or known as Family Rules of Conduct. Illustrated in 60 color pictures. With English version and notes on back
New York Joseph Tuck Very Good 
Not "Confucius say" parodies, nor gussied up fortune cookie nonsense, these. N.d., circa 1930. Cards are 6.5 by 5 cm each, with pretty pictures of Chinese life on primary side and Chinese character captions there, with English translations on back. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC or elsewhere. Box with closed tear to one edge and light wear overall. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Japanese Lacquer Album and Music Box Housing a Collection of Liebig Cards
12 Japanese Lacquer Album and Music Box Housing a Collection of Liebig Cards
Lacquer Very Good Plus 
A highly unusual album with a splendid collection of Liebig cards. N.d. The cards were produced during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and the lacquer album itself is from the mid-twentieth century -- it could be from the twenties to the fifties -- but since it is probably that the collection of Liebig cards dates to the earlier part of that range, the album itself is surely from the earlier part of that range. 60 leaves, containing 180 Liebig chromolithographic cards, six per leaf, plus a larger chromo, or overlay of a few chromos, on first card leaf, featuring a Caucasion woman wearing a kimono and holding a Japanese umbrella. The album has dimensions of 28 by 40 cm oblong, by 6 cm tall (leg to top of front cover). After being wound on the bottom, the music plays when the cover is opened. Liebig is a company that has produced extract of meat products from the 1860s to the present day. It early on took to marketing through issuing decorative chromolithographic cards, with one card per purchase, and typically six cards forming a set built around a theme, which was often educational in some manner. The cards became a highly popular collectible, and arguably, the Liebig name became as well known for its cards as it was for its actual products. The lacquer, as the norm, has striated cracks, and there are a few minor chips. Within, the second leaf has remnants of paste and paper where there was once cards pasted -- the collector must have decided it was not a good idea then to have cards on the versos. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Joe Michl's Fifty Little Orphans.  Smoke the
13 Joe Michl's Fifty Little Orphans. Smoke the "Little Orphan" Cigar. Best on Earth for 5 Cents. Manufactured by Jos. Michl, Decatur, Ill.
Decatur, IL. Printed in Philadelphia Joe E. Harris & Sons 
Bizarre large trade card that uses cherubic-looking orphans to market a cigar. N.d., circa 1900. Card measures 10.5 by 18 cm. Unquestionably a novelty, with ophans pushing cigars. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 Kargo Card Golf

Deck of 53 playing cards for the game Card Golf. N.d., circa 1920s. Golfers will get a kick from the quaint golf terminology: "spoon", "niblick", "mashie". With very amusing pictures of the king, queen and jack attempting all kinds of golfing feats, with their features full of concentration (and frustration)! In a lovely plush red box. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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15 Marchen-Quartett
Ravensburg Ravensburger; Otto Maier 
N.d., circa 1900. German card game based on fairy tales, with charming color illustrations on each of the 48 cards, or four cards for each of twelve groups. Complete, with rules included. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Metamorphic Portrait Cards
16 Metamorphic Portrait Cards
London R. Ackermann 1819 First Edition Box Very Good Plus 
English match game housed in its original treen slide-top box. With 79 of 84 pieces, which are three segments of a total of 28 hand-colored cards. Each of the cards is split into three sections -- top of head; nose; mouth, chin and shoulders. Originally 28 cards, for a total of 84 pieces, the fun is the mixing and matching. Missing from this set are five of the 84 pieces -- one head piece and four nose pieces. Still this allows for a staggering number of permutations -- something close to 20,000 possibilities -- and one is unlikely to notice the tiny deficiency when casually viewing the contents. The portraits, unscrambled, include that of Napoleon and Admiral Nelson. The slide lid has a lacquered print applied to it. When pulled out, it reveals three wells or sections, the center nose section being thinner than that of the head and lower piece. The box has some wear on the print and elsewhere. . 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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17 Miniature Playing Cards from the Mid-Nineteenth Century

A full deck of 52 cards from the Civil War Era. No box. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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My Card Collection
18 My Card Collection
Hardcover. Paper pastedown. String ties. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1930s. 4to. 29 by 22 cm. 65 pp. with playing cards, generally four per page, and a total of over 240 cards in the album, including decorative backs that are of dogs, cats, grandfather clocks, horses, soldiers, girlie cheesecake, . The album binding was created specifically for a playing card collection, but the playing cards were all gathered or compiled by the collector, as evident by a number of empty leaves, plus the printed preface that speaks tersely about playing cards, their endless variety and the virtue of this album for preserving specimens. Front board reattached. The leaves are dried and brittle, with chips and the like, as typical of album papers of the late 1800s into the 20th century. Still, the album cover, with its colored shallow relief decoration of a joker and four aces, is quite attractive. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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Nos Baptemes
19 Nos Baptemes
1928 Stiff Wraps Very Good Plus 
4to. 30 by 24 cm. 18 leaves, with a prototype baptism announcement card mounted on every page, for a total of 36 such cards. The cards are of varying styles and print media, with an Art Deco aesthetic and pochoir process decidedly dominant, as befitting the time of issue. The cards are mounted on a light card stock, and printed on this card is inventory stock numbering and a name for the card, with such titles being things like "Serenite", "Charme", "Silhouettes", "Caresses" or "Au Temps Jadis". On the cards proper are printed dates and Christian names, as if the cards were actual announcements. The base cards over have each two bands of gilt decoration. Between each of the card sheets are tissue guards. The folio cover is of a very heavy card stock and is decorated with light gilt lettering in the title and also a band of wavy Art Deco ornamentation. Decorative brass florets hold together the stab binding. Alas, there is no information on the issue of this catalogue. A few of the cards have small signatures of the artists, whose names do not necessarily sound French, so one can infer that the same cards could be found perhaps in the U.K. and the U.S. However, a good number of cards are unmistakably Gallic in their flair and style. Other than evidence of light wear on the cover, clean and fine. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Poison Valentine With Movable Part Mocking a Vain Man
20 Poison Valentine With Movable Part Mocking a Vain Man
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 23 by 19 cm. The centerpiece of the card is a flower, a peony or carnation, which you can pull back to reveal a beau brummel dandy in top hat and cravat. Underneath is an arch eight line poem mocking such a man, as the norm in vinegar valentines, this one being set apart by the movable piece. Framing the illustration and verse is lacey relief decoration. The Valentine has some spots of soiling and neat fold lines. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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