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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
61 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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62 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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63 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: 100.00 USD
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64 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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65 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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66 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
67 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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68 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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69 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
70 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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71 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
72 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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Silver Birch Cut-out Album, Kellogg, Carrie
73 Kellogg, Carrie Silver Birch Cut-out Album
Birch Bark Very Good 
A most extraordinary, and unique, example of American folk art. Within the covers made of silver birch bark are 43 "leaves", or pages, with intricate cut-outs of silver birch into silhouette-like illustrations, except ones to which fine penwork adds details. These also bear a resemblance to Chinese paper cut designs, but unquestionably working with the thin wood was even more demanding. Even more remarkable is that everything is threaded together in a loose pictorial narrative revolving around a countess and her pets. The illustrations themselves are enchanting, with the book opening with a depiction of her pet parrot, her pet monkey, the countess giving alms, boys chasing the cat, and on and on. The story itself is beside the point, except it does contain an element of caricature. The attention to detail is exemplified in such things as one illustration with the cat's tail raised in the air, its fur standing on end. No cat owner wouldn't recognize the fidelity to reality of the representation. The story and cut-outs are entirely on the recto, with sometimes a single picture, other times, up to four, on the page, and the facing page has offsetting, which here is entirely for the good, as the sharp offsetting, no doubt a result of the sap in the birch, is a truly silhouette impression which picks up the birch but not the inkwork, and this different but complete image is itself quite satisfying to view. N.d., circa late 19th century. It is unknown where Ms. Kellogg created this album, but it is presumed to be either New England or New York State. Oblong, 13 by 20 cm. The birch cover has had several archival tape repairs done on the inside, one to counter a split that occurred down the horizontal center in front. A similar split down the center of the first blank leaf has also been repaired, but without the use of archival tape. The birch of the cover remains brittle and needs to be handled tenderly. Besides this, a few leaves have minor corner creases and/or insignifcant corner chips. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Fairbank's Drawing and Painting Book Showing The Gold Dust Twins at Work and Play., Kemble, E. W., artist
74 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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75 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
76 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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77 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
78 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: 750.00 USD
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[Sheet Music] Viva L'America, Home of the Free National Song, Millard, H.
79 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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A New and Improved School Atlas, To Accompany The Practical System of Modern Geography., Olney, J.
80 Olney, J. A New and Improved School Atlas, To Accompany The Practical System of Modern Geography.
Hartford, CT D. F. Robinson & Co. 1832 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
14 leaves, plus yellow wraps. With 11 hand-colored maps. Early American school atlas that depicts Texas as part of Mexico, California as an "unexplored region", Argentina as the United Provinces, Columbia as including Venezuela, Ethiopia as encompassing much of lower (Southern) Africa, and many other boundary and national curiosities. Maps are dated 1828 to 1830. Contents, listed on the front cover, include maps of the World, North America, the United States, New England, the Middle and Southern States, Ohio and Indiana, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as well as two charts. 4to, 11.5 x 9.25 inches, 29.5 x 23.5 cm, with printing on one side of each leaf. Wraps, made of card stock, have considerable amount of soiling and a few edge chips, now nicely repaired (filled in) and stabilized. Spine reinforced with sympathetic yellow cloth. Maps have soiling as well, albeit much might be deemed simply age toning. Maps and charts are nonetheless still clearly legible, without loss, and handsome. Binding resewn and thus stable, making somewhat trivial a closed tear and crease affecting some leaves on the lower part by spine. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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