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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61 Ethel Watts Mumford, Oliver Herford and Addson Mizner The Entirely New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1905
San Francisco Paul Elder and Company 1904 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
12mo. Unpaginated, about 240 pp. Full of witty, ironic aphorisms and duotone whimsical illustrations of animals, jokers, and the like. The larger-than-life playboy, architect and polymath Addison Mizner was a contributor! With plaid fabric covers. The fabric colors are sunned a bit. Otherwise, tight and clean. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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62 Ezekiah (?) Album with Original Illustrations, many featuring pioneers versus Indians, from the 1860s mostly
Quarter Morocco. Paper pastedown on boards. Good 
8vo. 24 by 19 cm. With 29 full page drawings, all done with pencil, and often color pencils or crayons. In our view, ten read as fully colored drawings, and another twelve have partial coloring (just a detail, or just one color used, or dominated by black pencil), and the remaining seven are entirely done with black pencil. There is a handwritten, in thick blue pencil or crayon, numbering of the leaves, going from 1 up to 39, but skipping some numbers, which we assume are leaves that were excised. In total, about 60 pages of content (we hesitate to furnish an exact number as meaningful content is borderline on a few pages). The album appears to have had at least three lives. It was created, or intended, as an account book by a Boston shipping firm in the 1850s. This we know from the pages with blank entries meant to document the movement of goods from a warehouse to a wharf, with 185- and Boston printed above the space meant for a descriptive entry to be entered. Perhaps the book was used as such, with the pages with entries removed. The album was then used in three ways -- as a handwriting and/or calligraphy practice notebook, as a sketchbook, and as a notebook for creative writing. We think it is quite possible that the same person used the book for all three purposes, but we are not of the view that the same person did all the artistic, penmanship and literary work, as the handwriting is not of a single piece. But we are of the opinion that all the artwork is by one hand, and since the captions are written in a neat cursive consistent with some of the calligraphic practice, we tend to think that these pieces of writing were by the same person. However, there are some stories written out in a sloppier hand, and so at some point the album was passed on or shared with someone else. Finally, in its final incarnation, the album became something of a scrapbook, with newspaper articles and pictures pasted onto the pages throughout, often obscuring in all or in part the artwork and writing. (We have endeavored to remove these newspaper clips that conceal artwork, but plenty of clips remain.) The artist could have begun the scrapbook pasting, but we find it implausible that he would have covered up so much of his own creative work, even if he later came to find it of little merit. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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New American Atlas, Designed Principally to Illustrate the Geography of the United States of North America Sold by Charles Mould, No. 53, Wall St., Finley, Anthony
63 Finley, Anthony New American Atlas, Designed Principally to Illustrate the Geography of the United States of North America Sold by Charles Mould, No. 53, Wall St.
Philadelphia Anthony Finley 1826 First edition thus Full Morocco Casing Very Good Plus 
Scarce pocket version of Finley's atlas! With fifteen hand-colored maps. 15 by 12 cm case. The maps open up to be 54 by 44 cm. Maps are of North America; the United States at the time; Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island; New York; Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; Virginia and Maryland; the Carolinas and Georgia; Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama; Kentucky and Tennessee; Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and part of the Michigan territory; Missouri and part of the Arkansas territory; Florida and elevation of mountains; the West Indies; and South America. The leather case has moderate soiling throughout, and a crack with a dry patch along the joint, or top of the flap. The gilt lettering is all legible. The first and last map are soiled, with the first, or North American map, more heavily so. Otherwise, the maps are generally bright and clean and in fine or near fine condition. All the maps are well-preserved physically -- there are no tears along the flaps, for example. 
Price: 14500.00 USD
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64 Gardyne, Mary Elkins. Introduction by Bessie Simmons Pease Oup in Ole Vermont and Other French Dialect Poems
Boston Richard G. Badger. The Gorham Press 1920 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 64 pp. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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65 Grandfather Merryman Home Recreation: A Collection of Tales of Peril and Adventure, Voyages and Travels, Biography, Manners and Customs, Poetry, and Other Entertaining Sketches. A New Gift Book for Young Readers.
New York D. Appleton & Company 1850 Blindstamped Cloth Good 
Small 8vo. 238, [1] pp. With 9 hand-colored plates. Like a children's magazine, with numerous short pieces, riddles, sketches, poetry. Some foxing throughout. Soiling to blindstamped boards. Small closed tears by gutter. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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66 Greer, G., author of verse. MF (?), artist "Land of Love"
Oakland, CA (?) 1912 (?) NA Very Good 
Fun poem about barbecue picnic outing among redwoods, illustrated with utterly charming vignettes of the various doings of the party. With frame, 54 by 39 cm. The picture itself is 50 by 35 cm. The poem is nine stanzas, each four lines and rhymed fluently in an ABAB scheme, and it captures with levity a lazy afternoon in the country, with good food, friends, and merriment. The artwork is folksy, just like the poem. Together the two capture a wistful "innocent" pleasure offered by the outdoors and cameraderie, and the work evokes a nostalgia even for those who didn't participate, and perhaps, a sharper nostalgia for those who can only be vicariously transported to the time and place. Light scattered foxing. The black frame is simple but appropriate. The dating is based on "12" written below the name of the poet and the initials of the artist, and this date is completely in line with the clothing and other aspects of the work. The artist's initials are not clearly legible -- our best guess is MF, with possibly a middle initial of R, but the initials could be otherwise, and for that matter, the initials tell us little about the identity of the draftsman. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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67 Henckel, Charles, artist. Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Drawings from life by Charles Henckel.
Munich Bruckmann-sche Buchdruckerei 1891 Leporello. Cloth. Paper pastedown. Very Good Plus 
Oblong, 12.5 by 17 cm. Eleven panels depicting the exploits of Buffalo Bill. Sold as a souvenir to his Wild West Show, which famously toured Europe. So captions in English, French and German. Age toning and light soiling and wear to paper pastedown on cover. Also a neat inked inscription along side. Clean within, with light to moderate wear evident along folds. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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68 Henckel, Charles, artist. Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Drawings from life by Charles Henckel.
Munich Bruckmann-sche Buchdruckerei 1891 Leporello. Cloth. Paper pastedown. Fair 
Oblong, 12.5 by 17 cm. Eleven panels depicting the exploits of Buffalo Bill. Sold as a souvenir to his Wild West Show, which famously toured Europe. So captions in English, French and German. Heavy age toning. Ugly tape repairs at all folds converting this into a booklet from a leporello, and the body is detached from the covers. Still, all images are present and these are unblemished. The paper is brittle and there are some edge chips. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Comic Natural History of the Human Race, Henry L. Stephens.  Lithography by L. Rosenthal
69 Henry L. Stephens. Lithography by L. Rosenthal Comic Natural History of the Human Race
Philadelphia Samuel Robinson. Color lithography by Rosenthal. 1851 First Cloth Very Good Minus 
N.d., 1851. Large 8vo. 216 pp. 38, of 40, chromolithographs, and these have hand-colored touch-ups. Missing the Alm's House Bird and the Frontis. The plates and accompanying sketches lampoon various well-known Philadelphia figures of the day. While most of the personages may now be obscure, a knowledge of them is not a prerequisite for enjoying the droll illustrations and the mock scholarship of the text describing the particular pseudo-species depicted. Ex-lib, with indicia the buckram cloth binding, the library call number lower spine, a library bookplate on FEP and a mounted check out slip on RFEP. Happily none of the text pages nor plates have any library markings. The pages are heavily age toned, with occasional fox marks and light soil marks. Plates, other than the toning, generally clean. Cracked hinge. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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70 Howard M. Sachar A History of the Jews in America
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1992 0394573536 / 9780394573533 First Edition Cloth Fine No DJ Jacket 
Lightly used, as apparent with spine. Otherwise, fine, tight condition. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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71 Isaac D. Smead Ventilation and Warming of Buildings, Upon the Principles as Designed and Patented by Isaac D. Smead, Now owned and controlled (under 13 patents)
Toledo, OH Isaac D. Smead & Co. Printed by Henry O. Shepard & Co., Chicago 1889 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Inscribed by Snead under his frontis portrait (possibly holographic) and FFEP. 4to. 154 pp. With fourteen pages of chromolithographs, some full page plates, and many other illustrations of schools, heating systems and the like. The primary thrust of this promotional book is the application of the heating system to schools, but even those not particularly fascinated by the topic will find the illustrations pleasing, and as a sales-oriented book this one stands out as especially elaborate for its day. The work also addresses other piquant topics such as "The Dry Closet System of Disposing of Excrement," "The Physiology of Respiration", etc. Much of the text is presented as a dialogue, making this work a precursor of sorts for the modern day infomercial. Referred to in Romaine,Guide to American Trade Catalogs, p. 263. A few shallow blisters of cloth, and some other light, inconspicuous soiling of boards. Generally clean and tight. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs, Jane
72 Jacobs, Jane The Death and Life of Great American Cities
New York Random House 1961 First Cloth Near FIne Very Good Jacket 
8vo. 459 pp. Minor corner bump to cloth binding. A light soil spot on front cover of cloth. Inked owner's former owner's name at center of FEP, with light fade spots around this inscription. DJ has toning. A few very tiny edge chips and a short closed tear, upper edge. DJ is not price clipped, showing price of $5.95. Overall an attractive copy of this classic influential work that bucked the urban renewal orthodoxy of the day. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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73 Jacques Barzun The House of Intellect
New York Harper & Brothers 1959 First Edition Cloth Very Good Good Jacket 

Price: 14.00 USD
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The Floral Keepsake and The Language of Flowers [The Floral Keepsake, with Thirty Engravings Elegantly Colored from Nature], Keese, John, editor
74 Keese, John, editor The Floral Keepsake and The Language of Flowers [The Floral Keepsake, with Thirty Engravings Elegantly Colored from Nature]
New York Leavitt & Allen Decorated Cloth Very Good Plus 
N.d., Circa 1850s. 111 pp. plus the 30 hand-colored floral plates. 4to, 10.25 by 8 inches, 26 by 20 cm. Overall clean and bright, with only the most occasional of minor fox or other soil marks. Tissue guards mostly present, with a few that do have creases, tears, etc. Colored decorated front board has some fading of the gilt and some sunning along the perimeter but it remains attractive. Spine rebacked with original decorated spine almost entirely preserved and pasted on. Tight and attractive overall. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Fairbank's Drawing and Painting Book Showing The Gold Dust Twins at Work and Play., Kemble, E. W., artist
75 Kemble, E. W., artist Fairbank's Drawing and Painting Book Showing The Gold Dust Twins at Work and Play.
Chicago N. K. Fairbank Company 1904 Very Good 
12mo. 17 by 11 cm. Unpaginated, 17 pp., including cover. (One leaf, with one page of content, was tipped in, and this is how it always was.) Nine pages with color illustrations, and seven pages with black and white illustrations, which the child is supposed to color. We believe that accompanying the issuance of this brochure might have been a paint box, which is shown on the third page of the brochure (on the tipped in leaf), with directions on how to use (to keep the colors pure). Unlike many a coloring book that also comes with color illustrations, the black and white illustrations are NOT the same as the color ones here. The child was suppose to base his color choices on what he saw in the color illustrations, but he was not merely supposed to copy. All the illustrations are accompanied by six lines of doggeril verse, telling of the two black twins reckless high jinx. Below this is in bold, small type, a product pitch for the company's detergent powder. Condition: age toned. Cover lightly soiled. Minor closed tear and dogear on rear cover. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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76 Kennedy, John Barkley ((1863-1938) Sketchbook of pencilled portraits
Ware, Massachusetts (Springfield) and New Haven, Connecticut 1881-1888 Quarter modern calf. Pebbled cloth boards. Good 
Oblong, 11 by 20 cm. 36 leaves, all portraits, 117 in all, and two still lifes, on rectos. Some portraits are captioned with names and dated, and a few leaves are also signed, with location given. The portraits are clearly by an amateur, or a developing, hand, yet even the most awkwardly executed of these portraits, one can sense, imparts a rather credible likeness of the subject, with a few of the portraits undeniably life-like. All of the portraits render their subjects with serious, rather grim expressions. We can't say whether this reflects a limitation by the artist or was deliberate, as sober expressions were the norm back then. Whether intentionally or not, Kennedy would appear to capture a cross-section of middle class or upper middle class New Englanders of the day, and we regard this sketchbook as a rather special specimen of late nineteenth century Americana. Kennedy, the artist, came from the Springfield, Massachusetts area, where he worked first in a woolen mill and later as a book-keeper. After marrying a woman from New Haven in 1892, he moved there and worked both in the insurance industry and as a railroad clerk. He ultimately retired back in Ware, where he was born. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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His Feet's Too Beeg for de  Bed!!, Marilyn McGaughey, illustrator
77 Marilyn McGaughey, illustrator His Feet's Too Beeg for de Bed!!
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940. 9 page story. The story is told in quasi-black dialect, and there is probably a racist dimension to the story involving a black family, although the author may not have had an invidious intent at the time. While the illustrations are a bit crude, and possibly deliberately so, the author does have a comedic spark, notwithstanding the offense someone might take to it. Certainly an interesting relic from an era when there were no inhibitions with regard to stereotyping. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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78 Maurice, Arthur Bartlett, Edited and With Forward by How They Draw Prohibition
New York The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment 1930 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
Unpaginated, 48 leaves, each 10 by 9 inches, with 7 pp introduction, about 76 full page cartoons, and short humor essay at end by Edward Hope. A good synopsis of prohibition and its unintended nefarious consequences via a light, satiric prism. Also a separate sheet listing the newspapers in the syndicate which carried the cartoons contained in the book. Age toning to the leaves. Light soiling to the wrappers. Age toning to the leaves within. A few minor edge creases or tiny chips. A very nice piece of scarce ephemera. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Picture of Philadelphia (2 volumes contained in one) Vol 1:  Giving an Account of its Origin, Increase and Improvements in Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, Commerce and Revenue.  With a Compendious View of its Societies, Literary, Benevolent, Patriotic and Religious.  Etc.   And about thirty Plates and Wood Cuts.  Vol 2: From 1811 to 1831.   Giving an account of the Improvements of the City, During that Period.  Embracing the Public Buildings, etc.  With about thirty Plates and Wood Cuts., Mease, James and Thomas Porter
79 Mease, James and Thomas Porter Picture of Philadelphia (2 volumes contained in one) Vol 1: Giving an Account of its Origin, Increase and Improvements in Arts, Sciences, Manufactures, Commerce and Revenue. With a Compendious View of its Societies, Literary, Benevolent, Patriotic and Religious. Etc. And about thirty Plates and Wood Cuts. Vol 2: From 1811 to 1831. Giving an account of the Improvements of the City, During that Period. Embracing the Public Buildings, etc. With about thirty Plates and Wood Cuts.
Philadelphia Robert Desilver 1831 Full Morocco Very Good Plus 
358, viii, 128 pp. 8vo, 7.25 by 4.5 inches. Of interest beyond parochial Philadelphia history, since picks up quite a lot of general interest on the industrialization of America, attitudes towards blacks, religious attitudes, etc. But this is not to minimize its value and enjoyment as a snapshot on Philadelphia at the zenith of its relative importance within the new Republic. Moderate toning/browning of leaves, but otherwise mostly clean. Some soilage evident on foreedges. Recased, with original spine label preserved. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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[Sheet Music] Viva L'America, Home of the Free National Song, Millard, H.
80 Millard, H. [Sheet Music] Viva L'America, Home of the Free National Song
New York Firth, Pond & Co. 1859 First Edition Presumed Wraps Very Good 
33.5 by 26 cm. Title with red litho of patriotric iconology (eagle, flags, horns, etc.), blank, 3 pp. of music. There were two editions of this song released as sheet music -- one in B flat, and this one, in the key of G. Age toning around the perimeter, edge wear, some soiling. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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