15 Books We Didn’t Show in New York

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We couldn’t make it to the great antiquarian and rare book fair this past weekend in New York, but here’s a short list of interesting items we would have been proud to show.

Included are some photo albums, association copies, manuscript material, and other one-of-a-kind items.

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  • Souvenir Kodak Competition 1905 by Stieglitz, Alfred; Edward J. Steichen; et al.
    Stieglitz, Alfred; Edward J. Steichen; et al.
    Souvenir Kodak Competition 1905

    First Edition

    Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Co, [1906]. [14 leaves]; letterpress, offset lithography, and 10 mounted original photographs (including a vignette on the cover). Among the original photographs are prints by Eduard Steichen (Lady and Child, which won first prize in the contest; probably printed from a copy negative); Alfred Stieglitz (Soap Bubbles; believed to have been printed from the original negative); and Harold Baker (The Fairy Tale, "re-developed", according to the caption).

    Kodak announced a large photography contest for 1905, looking to spur popular adoption of photography. The winning entries were shown in New York and other locations as part of a touring exhibit. The winning images mostly show the influence of the Photo-Secession movement.

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    Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak Co, [1906]. [14 leaves]; letterpress, offset lithography, and 10 mounted original photographs (including a vignette on the cover). Among the original photographs are prints by Eduard Steichen (Lady and Child, which won first prize in the contest; probably printed from a copy negative); Alfred Stieglitz (Soap Bubbles; believed to have been printed from the original negative); and Harold Baker (The Fairy Tale, "re-developed", according to the caption).

    Kodak announced a large photography contest for 1905, looking to spur popular adoption of photography. The winning entries were shown in New York and other locations as part of a touring exhibit. The winning images mostly show the influence of the Photo-Secession movement.

    In addition to reproducing some of the winning entries, Kodak used this publication to showcase various types of photographic paper and processes. The papers used for the original tipped-in prints are Velvet Velox, Portrait Velox, Sepia Paper, Carbon Velox, W-D Platinum, and Mezzo-Tone.

    The Souvenir was apparently produced in small numbers, perhaps for the New York exhibit at Madison Square Garden Concert Hall in November 1906. In any case, it's rather uncommon now, with just four holdings in OCLC (nos. 4017664 and 195139087). The only sale at auction in recent years was Swann Galleries' 2013 sale no. 2335, lot 20, $5250. ISBN: 281AIB1038547.

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    First edition (first printing). Complete with all tipped-in images. A near fine copy in wrappers. Corners a bit bumped; some offsetting from tipped in images to the blank facing pages.

    Book ID: 193828
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  • Wei-Hai-Wei (Port Edward) China Photo Albums by Beckwith, E.
    Beckwith, E.
    Wei-Hai-Wei (Port Edward) China Photo Albums

    1905. Two photo albums, 6 by 9 inches, each with 24 pages with two photographs per page. The albums appear to have been prepared by a British soldier, E. Beckwith, for two different people, and there is some duplication of images. In total, there are 76 unique images and 20 duplicate prints, with one additional photo mounted to the back cover of one album. The photoraphs are mostly 4 by 3 inches.

    The images appear to have been taken by a British soldier stationed at Port Arthur, a leased port at the entrance to Wei-Hai-Wei bay, in China. The British controlled this territory between 1898 and 1930, and the U.K.'s First Chinese Regiment was stationed there.

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    1905. Two photo albums, 6 by 9 inches, each with 24 pages with two photographs per page. The albums appear to have been prepared by a British soldier, E. Beckwith, for two different people, and there is some duplication of images. In total, there are 76 unique images and 20 duplicate prints, with one additional photo mounted to the back cover of one album. The photoraphs are mostly 4 by 3 inches.

    The images appear to have been taken by a British soldier stationed at Port Arthur, a leased port at the entrance to Wei-Hai-Wei bay, in China. The British controlled this territory between 1898 and 1930, and the U.K.'s First Chinese Regiment was stationed there.

    Unlike many such albums of snapshots, Beckwith was interested in occupational scenes and set out to document village life--indeed, that is the title he gave one album, "Village Life in China." He captured scenes of shops and workers and in most cases captioned them with British equivalents.

    Among the subjects in these albums are grocers, fishmongers, a fish auction, shoe repair, an outdoor restaurant, the corn harvest, shipbuilding, sailmaking, ropemaking, street merchants, families doing laundry in streams, the mail, and a unique kind of cart indigenous to the region, where the goods are supported on poles with draft animals at either end.

    The final leaves of one album are devoted to a funeral. Other sections document several kinds of local theater and statues of gods in the temple.

    One album was presented to a "Mr. and Mrs. Harvey" in 1905. In it, Beckwith refers to the main figure in many images as "John," a sort of everyman, and offers rather condescending descriptions intended to be humorous. The second album has captions that reflect a more dismissive and perhaps honest view of the Chinese. For example, in the Harvey album, the photograph of the shoe repairer is captioned, "The American Book Emporium." In the second album, the same image is titled "Village Snob."

    Beckwith also documents women in village life, with photographs of a bride in her wedding costume, a woman with bound feet walking on the street, women making sails, women in the market, women working on a farm, and several images of women in the cangue, the Chinese pillory (one image shows three women wearing a single large board). He shows children at play, at work, and doing chores.

    In all, a superb pair of albums showing rural Chinese life at the turn of the 20th century.

    About Beckwith, not much is known. A short note in an envelope addressed to Major Beckwith MC provides some clues. An E. Beckwith earned a Military Cross (MC) at Gallipoli and a field promotion to Major as an officer in the Royal Fusiliers Machine Gun Corps. He was wounded but survived the First World War and was in Essex in 1920.

    The location of the images was identified from a distinctive market building and an arch that frequently appear in other photographs of Port Edward. ISBN: 281AIB1042166.

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    Both volumes very good or better. A few images are light, but there are better prints of the same image in the other volume. One leaf beginning to separate from binding. Overall, a nice pair of albums.

    Book ID: 212230
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  • [Spanish Illuminated Manuscript] Carta executoria de hidalguia 1655 (Spanish nobility patent) by [Garcia Hidalgo, Andres]
    [Garcia Hidalgo, Andres]
    [Spanish Illuminated Manuscript] Carta executoria de hidalguia 1655 (Spanish nobility patent)

    Granada, Spain: 8-3/4 by 13 inches (22 by 33 cm). Dated 19 October 1655, and addressed to Don Phelipe (King Felipe IV). 89 parchment leaves with a final paper leaf. With a full-page allegorical miniature of Christ on the cross; a full-page coat of arms; an elaborate opening page with a nature scene in brown ink; a 6-line drawing of a farm scene in brown ink (12v); and 47 decorated initials with fine drawings in brown ink, most five or six lines, with a few smaller. The text is written in an attractive, neat calligraphy throughout.

    This manuscript attests to the nobility of Andres Garcia Hidalgo, who had died by the time the decades' long process of obtaining…

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    Granada, Spain: 8-3/4 by 13 inches (22 by 33 cm). Dated 19 October 1655, and addressed to Don Phelipe (King Felipe IV). 89 parchment leaves with a final paper leaf. With a full-page allegorical miniature of Christ on the cross; a full-page coat of arms; an elaborate opening page with a nature scene in brown ink; a 6-line drawing of a farm scene in brown ink (12v); and 47 decorated initials with fine drawings in brown ink, most five or six lines, with a few smaller. The text is written in an attractive, neat calligraphy throughout.

    This manuscript attests to the nobility of Andres Garcia Hidalgo, who had died by the time the decades' long process of obtaining the official approval was done, and of his son, Juan Garcia Hidalgo. The Garcia Hidalgos lived in the village of Puente de Don Gonzalo, now Puente Genil, in Cordova, Andalucia, Spain.

    This carta executoria is recorded in Barea Lopez, Heraldica y genealogia en el suroeste de Cordoba (Ss. XIII-XIX), vol. 2, p. 311 and Extracto de los expidientes de la Orden de Carlos 3o by Vicente Cardenas, p. 65. ISBN: 281AIB1041863.

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    An attractive Spanish Renaissance hidalguia manuscript, with very good pen-and-ink miniatures throughout and clear calligraphy. In a contemporary red velvet over thin wood boards; two silver clasps; red silk protective sheet between the title page and the coat of arms. Overall, very nice condition, with the velvet worn through at the edges; some cockling and cracking to the illuminated pages, one of which seems to have had a figure painted out at an early date.

    Book ID: 210531
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  • California Hills and Other Wood Engravings by Landacre, Paul
    Landacre, Paul
    California Hills and Other Wood Engravings

    First Edition

    Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. 25 leaves, including 14 with woodblock prints captioned below in type. With two additional small engravings, one printed on the title label mounted to the front board and a second vignette on the colophon page, both as issued. Printed from the original blocks by Harold Young. 9-3/4 by 12-3/4 inches. "A masterpiece in its genre, California Hills complimented and counterpointed the scenic photographs of Edward Weston and the poetic evocations of Robinson Jeffers and remains today an outstanding artistic achievement of the Depression era. Forced by his medium to capture essentials, Landacre depicted the hills of the California coast in their intrinsic structural power as the architecture of the planet itself"--Kevin Starr, Material Dreams:…

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    Los Angeles: Bruce McCallister, 1931. 25 leaves, including 14 with woodblock prints captioned below in type. With two additional small engravings, one printed on the title label mounted to the front board and a second vignette on the colophon page, both as issued. Printed from the original blocks by Harold Young. 9-3/4 by 12-3/4 inches. "A masterpiece in its genre, California Hills complimented and counterpointed the scenic photographs of Edward Weston and the poetic evocations of Robinson Jeffers and remains today an outstanding artistic achievement of the Depression era. Forced by his medium to capture essentials, Landacre depicted the hills of the California coast in their intrinsic structural power as the architecture of the planet itself"--Kevin Starr, Material Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920s, p. 330. The American Institute of Graphic Arts named California Hills one of the 50 best-designed books of the year. With an introduction by Arthur Millier. Published in an edition of 500 signed and numbered copies. ISBN: B002SLHCOQ.

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    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in decorated paper-covered boards. The book shows only minor wear to the corners, virtually no tanning or offsetting of ink on the interior pages. An attractive bookplate is mounted on the inside front cover. Based on the condiiton, this would be an exceptionally nice copy, but to make it even better, this example preserves the rarely seen original unprinted dust jacket. The jacket is missing a two-inch triangle along the bottom edge and shows minor loss at the corners. The spine is a bit tanned. All in all, a remarkable book. This is copy 278, signed by Landacre on the colophon.

    Book ID: 183212
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  • Klamath Basketry Designs by Pupils of Morek SD [School District]
    Pupils of Morek SD [School District]
    Klamath Basketry Designs

    (Near Weitchpec, California): [ca. 1929]. 9 by 12 inches. 35 leaves plus cover, bound with brads at the top edge. An extraordinary collection of drawings of Yurok and Hupa basket designs, made by students at the Morek School District about 1929. The current site of the Morek School is on a remote stretch of the Klamath River, north of Weitchpec, in eastern Humboldt County, California. At the time, the region was identified as "Klamath" in the US census (today, Klamath designates an unincorporated area at the mouth of the Klamath River).

    This region was traditionally Yurok territory, but it is close to the Hoopa Valley and census records identify the families in the area as belonging to both…

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    (Near Weitchpec, California): [ca. 1929]. 9 by 12 inches. 35 leaves plus cover, bound with brads at the top edge. An extraordinary collection of drawings of Yurok and Hupa basket designs, made by students at the Morek School District about 1929. The current site of the Morek School is on a remote stretch of the Klamath River, north of Weitchpec, in eastern Humboldt County, California. At the time, the region was identified as "Klamath" in the US census (today, Klamath designates an unincorporated area at the mouth of the Klamath River).

    This region was traditionally Yurok territory, but it is close to the Hoopa Valley and census records identify the families in the area as belonging to both tribes.

    This collection of drawings was apparently a school project, with students assigned to draw formal pictures of baskets.

    On the cover is a decorative drawing of a woman weaving a basket. At the top of each basked drawing is a flattened crayon diagram of the decorative pattern; below is a drawing of the basket itself. The students, aged 10 to 12 years old, drew with varying levels of skill, but that they drew baskets at all was remarkable.

    At the time, the federal government and the various Indian agencies were attempting to eliminate most Indian culture and language. Here we have students interpreting their traditional art form in Western-style drawings. Several students signed their drawings, including Elgina (Elsie?) Young, Rena (Reyna) Reed, Herman Peters, and Minerva (Minirva) Billie.

    Native American manuscripts from this era are very scarce. The dating is based on census documents and internal evidence. Perhaps not coincidentally, Lila O'Neale was doing the fieldwork in the area for her landmark book, "Yurok-Karok Basket Weavers", at about the same time. ISBN: 281AIB1036241.

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    Small repair to front cover, else nearly fine. [webonly]

    Book ID: 174227
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  • Needful Things by King, Stephen
    King, Stephen
    Needful Things

    First Edition

    New York: Viking, 1991. 690 pages. A novel set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The premise is that a demon or perhaps the Devil himself sets up shop where he sells the items people most covet, like a Sandy Koufax baseball card, for absurdly low prices. Mayhem then ensues. ISBN: 9780670839537.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket (scuffing to covers). This copy is inscribed to King's friend and fellow baseball fan, the evolutionary paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould.

    Sometimes a book makes your humble cataloguer sad. This is such an instance. Clearly King had great affection for Gould, beyond a shared love of baseball, even if they were passionate about different teams (a rivalry that played out in their books: see Gould, Wonderful Life, footnote on page 285, and the acknowledgements page of King's The Tommyknockers). But alas, Gould left us too soon and his books are now destined for other owners, a situation that Gould, as a book collector, well understood.

    The inscription reads, "For Steve and Deborah Gould - with lots of love to [the children] as well. Steve, I know you don't believe in the devil, but I'm sure you DO believe that, if there WAS such a creature, he would undoubtedly ensnare the souls of young boys by offering them Brooklyn Dodgers baseball cards cheap! Love you guys. Steven King. 9/14/91."

    This novel was published on September 30, 1991; given that the inscription is dated two weeks earlier, it is almost certainly one of King's author copies. It is hard to imagine that there is a better copy.

    Book ID: 194232
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  • The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition [Coffin Signed Limited] by King, Stephen
    King, Stephen
    The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition [Coffin Signed Limited]

    First Edition

    New York: Doubleday, 1990. xxviii, 1241 pages. Pretty much everyone's choice for King's best book, and the rare uncut version that may actually be better (most books would be improved if they were shorter--following Elmore Leonard's dictum, "Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip").

    This signed, numbered limited edition is also one of the most sought-after King limited editions, in large part due to its clever design. Only the large print run, 1250 copies, keeps this from being ridiculously expensive (instead of just a regular level of expensive).

    The book, a darkly religious novel, is bound in black leather, not unlike a Bible. It is laid into a black wooden box,…

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    New York: Doubleday, 1990. xxviii, 1241 pages. Pretty much everyone's choice for King's best book, and the rare uncut version that may actually be better (most books would be improved if they were shorter--following Elmore Leonard's dictum, "Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip").

    This signed, numbered limited edition is also one of the most sought-after King limited editions, in large part due to its clever design. Only the large print run, 1250 copies, keeps this from being ridiculously expensive (instead of just a regular level of expensive).

    The book, a darkly religious novel, is bound in black leather, not unlike a Bible. It is laid into a black wooden box, giving it the colloquial name, "the coffin edition"--which also suits a book with a body count north of 5 billion souls. Each copy is signed by King and the illustrator, Berni Wrightson, on the limitation page. ISBN: 9780385413084.

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    First edition (first printing). A fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket, as issued. Glassine tanned as usual. Wooden box fine. In the original mailing box. Copy 979 of 1250.

    Book ID: 208883
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  • The Eyes of the Dragon by King, Stephen
    King, Stephen
    The Eyes of the Dragon

    First Edition

    Bangor, ME: Philtrum Press, 1984. 314 pages. 8-1/4 by 13 inches. Printed by the Stinehour Press in an edition of 1250 copies. One thousand copies for sale numbered in black ink and 250 numbered in red for private distribution. Illustrated by Kenneth R. Linkhauser. One of King's few fantasy novels, loosely set in the Dark Tower universe. In the mid-1980s, King dabbled in producing his own limited editions through his Philtrum Press. This is one of the most substantial publications he issued. ISBN: B00FN9LZE8.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in a fine dust jacket with minor wear to the corners. In a near fine slipcase with light shelfwear. This is no. 74 of 250 copies numbered in red for private distribution.

    This copy is inscribed on the title page to King's friend, fellow author, and baseball fan, Stephen Jay Gould: "For Stephen Jay Gould--with immense respect and admiration--hope you (and maybe your kids) like this simple story. Stephen King. 5/2/85." [Association copy].

    Book ID: 209380
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  • Cruise of the Mauretania to the Mediterranean 1923 (Photo Album) [cover title]
    Cruise of the Mauretania to the Mediterranean 1923 (Photo Album) [cover title]

    Stamford, CT: Publishers Photo Service, Inc, 1923. [114] leaves. 13-3/4 by 10-1/4 inches. Photo album of the first luxury cruise of the RMS Mauretania (Cunard Line), following its sixteen years of service as a transatlantic ocean liner and World War One hospital ship.

    This bespoke album contains 113 black-and-white photographs, 9-1/2 by 7-1/2 inches each, tipped-in recto only, one per leaf, with caption labels in varying fonts glued beneath.

    Includes two full images of the Mauretania herself, one in Corsica and one from the Grand Corniche Drive in the French Riviera, plus one of the bow taken aboard at the landing at Ponta Delgada in the Azores.

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    Stamford, CT: Publishers Photo Service, Inc, 1923. [114] leaves. 13-3/4 by 10-1/4 inches. Photo album of the first luxury cruise of the RMS Mauretania (Cunard Line), following its sixteen years of service as a transatlantic ocean liner and World War One hospital ship.

    This bespoke album contains 113 black-and-white photographs, 9-1/2 by 7-1/2 inches each, tipped-in recto only, one per leaf, with caption labels in varying fonts glued beneath.

    Includes two full images of the Mauretania herself, one in Corsica and one from the Grand Corniche Drive in the French Riviera, plus one of the bow taken aboard at the landing at Ponta Delgada in the Azores.

    The photos depict idyllic stops in Spain, Algiers, Monte Carlo, The French Riviera, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Istanbul, Athens, Giza, Cairo and Portugal, and includes a smoking Mt. Vesuvius.

    Despite the opulence, the luxury tourists were shocked after landing in Turkey among desperate refugees. Three photos show refugees in a camp on the Bosphorus Strait, one with a child who died while the photo was taken, and other children who would die of starvation or diphtheria within hours or days.

    Most captions do not personally identify the people depicted, but one exception is a photograph of Judge Elbert H. Gary (who paid $25,000 for his suite on the ship) and his wife in Madeira. Gary was the founder of U. S. Steel, and for whom the city of Gary, Indiana was named. After the cruise Gary was quoted in American papers, "I was shocked by the deplorable conditions at Constantinople, at Athens and in the Near East, where many thousands of starving refugees are huddled in rags and filth in wretched, insanitary hovels."

    Fellow passenger H. A. Tallmadge, owner of the Toledo Blade newspaper, "corroborated the steel maker's description of the horrible condition of the Christian refugees in the Near East, saying that Greece is unable to handle the situation and must have more medical aid or thousands will perish."

    This first cruise of the RMS Mauretania was commissioned by the American Express Travel Company, and aimed exclusively at the wealthy, with prohibitively costly ticket prices.

    Advertisements announced that the Mauretania would be diverted from her regular ports "to make an epoch in cruising history." Ads ran widely in magazines including Travel, National Geographic, Country Life, The Dial, Current Opinion, Literary Digest, and elsewhere. The cruise left the Port of New York on February 10, 1923 and returned the following April.

    At the time, Mauretania was the blue riband record holder for the fastest ship on the Atlantic, an honor it held for 20 years. Newspapers at the time reported the cruise was re-christened mid-voyage as "The Hundred Million Dollar Ship” due to its moneyed patrons.

    The London Illustrated Police News on April 12, 1923 noted the "Ship Full of American Millionaires" was not only a costly affair but also "one of the wettest voyages made by Americans since prohibition. Considerably more than £10,000 pounds worth of liquor was consumed.". ISBN: 281AIB1036891.

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    Black leather covers over black pages bound with two heavy rivets. Title and original owner's name stamped with gilt on cover. Edges worn and outside hinges starting to crack. Missing 6 pages that were cut or torn out. Most photos fine, though a few are lightly scuffed. Former owner's printed address sticker on front blank reinforced with scotch tape. Scarce.

    Book ID: 180325
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  • Autograph Poem Manuscript of Why Viking Lander? Why the Planet Mars? by Bradbury, Ray
    Bradbury, Ray
    Autograph Poem Manuscript of Why Viking Lander? Why the Planet Mars?

    First Edition

    1976. 11 leaves, 6 by 8 inches, written on one side only. An original poem handwritten in a burst of inspiration in late June 1976, as the Viking spacecraft was entering Martian orbit. The poem was published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, June 27, 1976, and in the September Bradbury special issue of Xenophile (#26). The published text in the Times is different in many small ways and significantly at the end, omitting the entire last page of the manuscript.

    The history of the poem is given in notes written by Bradbury in the margins and between the lines on the first page: "Written in Disney projection room! R.B." Followed by, "Ray Bradbury, written on Thursday,…

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    1976. 11 leaves, 6 by 8 inches, written on one side only. An original poem handwritten in a burst of inspiration in late June 1976, as the Viking spacecraft was entering Martian orbit. The poem was published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, June 27, 1976, and in the September Bradbury special issue of Xenophile (#26). The published text in the Times is different in many small ways and significantly at the end, omitting the entire last page of the manuscript.

    The history of the poem is given in notes written by Bradbury in the margins and between the lines on the first page: "Written in Disney projection room! R.B." Followed by, "Ray Bradbury, written on Thursday, June __, 1976. 10:30-10:37 A.M. then to Times at 12:30 that morn." This note seems to have been written after the fact as Bradbury was unsure of the exact date which, if it was a Thursday, was probably either June 17 or 24. The final note reads, "And now for Bruce Francis with love from R.B. Oct. 6, 1978." Francis was a friend of Bradbury's and a fellow author.

    With the original envelope, addressed by Bradbury in two colors of ink, both of which are used in the manuscript.

    Autograph manuscripts from Bradbury are scarce. ISBN: 281AIB1043231.

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    Fine.

    Book ID: 217992
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  • Picturesque Tour through the Oberland in the Canton of Berne, in Switzerland by [Lory, Gabriel, the Younger]
    [Lory, Gabriel, the Younger]
    Picturesque Tour through the Oberland in the Canton of Berne, in Switzerland

    First Edition

    London: Published at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1823. viii, 120 pages, plus 17 handcolored aquatint plates by Lory and a map of the Glaciers of the Canton of Berne. Large octavo, 10-5/8 by 7-1/4 inches. The first book edition of this travelogue, which originally appeared in Ackermann's Repository of the Arts, series 2, volumes XI to XIII. A classic British travel book, with lovely illustrations. The text is a collection of uncredited travelogues, including a first-person account of the Meyer brothers' 1812 ascent of the Jungfrau and Finsteraarhorn (pages 60 to 86). See Abbey, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860, volume I, 57; Hardie, English Coloured Books, pp. 112-3; Prideaux, Aquatint Engraving, p. 347 and 377 (but dated incorrectly). ISBN: 281AIB1039087.

    First edition (first printing). Original fine-ribbed orange-brown cloth, blindstamped on boards and decorated in gilt on the spine; top edge gilt; expertly recased, preserving the original endpapers. Bookplate of Robert Duckle on front pastedown. The map is not colored, as seen in some copies. The plates in this copy are found in several states. Five of those present here include the titling and numbering from the magazine issue (probably representing plates left over from the periodical binding). The map is rather foxed; one plate has a few small water spots; but generally clean and attractive.

    Book ID: 197663
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  • Archive of Letters and Typescripts Sent to Richard E. Geis of Science Fiction Review by Anthony, Piers
    Anthony, Piers
    Archive of Letters and Typescripts Sent to Richard E. Geis of Science Fiction Review

    1969-1973. Geis was a prolific writer of soft-core pornographic novels, which for many years was his main source of income. As a hobby, he published several fanzines, the best-known of which was Science Fiction Review (SFR). According to the Fancyclopedia 3, Geis's various fanzines were among the most influential in science fiction in the 1960s and 1970s. Geis was nominated for 30 Hugos in the fanzine category and won thirteen.

    This archive consists of 19 typed notes and letters, signed (TNS and TLS), and 6 typescripts by Anthony, plus 10 carbons of letters from Geis to Anthony. Most of Anthony's letters are densely typed, with narrow margins. The paper is often low quality and tanned. All items are…

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    1969-1973. Geis was a prolific writer of soft-core pornographic novels, which for many years was his main source of income. As a hobby, he published several fanzines, the best-known of which was Science Fiction Review (SFR). According to the Fancyclopedia 3, Geis's various fanzines were among the most influential in science fiction in the 1960s and 1970s. Geis was nominated for 30 Hugos in the fanzine category and won thirteen.

    This archive consists of 19 typed notes and letters, signed (TNS and TLS), and 6 typescripts by Anthony, plus 10 carbons of letters from Geis to Anthony. Most of Anthony's letters are densely typed, with narrow margins. The paper is often low quality and tanned. All items are ribbon copies, unless noted. Many of the letters have lines in the margin made by Geis, perhaps for editorial purposes. Many of the letters were written as Letters of Comment (LoC), intended for publication.

    The archive consists of:

    1) July 8, 1969. 5 pp. TLC, written as an LoC, a wide-ranging commentary on science fiction novels and publishing. In it, Anthony describes himself as "one of the youngest and turkiest of the young turks."

    2) December 20, 1969. 4 pp. TLS LoC.

    3) February 10, 1970. 2 pp. TLS Chatty letter mentioning a dispute with Ballantine Books.

    4) April 12, 1970. 2 pp TLS on one sheet. About sending Anthony's archive to Syracuse University.

    5) May 31, 1970. 2 pp. TLS on one sheet. Chatty letter on books and science fiction gossip.

    6) July 2, 1970. 3 pp. TLS LoC complaining about a bad review of Anthony's novel Macroscope in SFR.

    7) October 18, 1970. 1 p. TLS transmitting Anthony's periodic column for SFR, "Off the Depend" (a pun on "off the deep end). With the 5-page typescript of the column stapled to the letter. The column focuses on "hack" writing using L. Ron Hubbard's Fear as the main example.

    8) December 19, 1970. 1 p. TLS about collaborative novels.

    9) February 8, 1971. 2 pp. TLS on one sheet. Chatty letter about writing science fiction for a career and its connection to the pornographic book market.

    10) February 18, 1971. 3 pp. TLS about a proposed novel collaboration between Geis and Anthony. With a 3 pp. carbon copy of a letter from Geis in response. Geis's letter is typed on the back of the 1971 Hugo Award nomination form.

    11) February 27, 1971. 3-1/2 pp TLS LoC on three sheets. With a half-page holograph postscript. Geis had lined out two paragraphs, probably indicating editing for publication.

    12) April 23, 1971. 1-1/2 pp. TLS on one leaf. About collaborative novels and offering consolation on the end of Science Fiction Review.

    13) May 3, 1971. 2pp. TLS on one leaf, about Geis and Anthony's proposed collaborative novel, Sword of the Golem.

    14) November 13, 1971. TNS with a carbon of Geis's response stapled to it.

    15) December 14, 1971. TNS.

    16) April 22, 1972. 2 pp TLS on one sheet. Much about Anthony's unpublished pornographic novel 3.97 Erect.

    17) April 30, 1972. Acknowledging Geis's withdrawal from the collaborative novel project. With rather unsympathetic comments about Geis's personal life.

    18) May 30, 1972. 2 pp. TLS LoC for the second issue of Geis's new eponymous fanzine.

    19) February 5, 1973. 5 pp. TLS, divided into several sections, covering watches, bicycles, typewriters, diabetes, kidneys, collaboration, and non-fiction.

    20) Ca. 1969? Half-page typescript review of The Ring of Ritornel by Charles L. Harness.

    21) Ca. 1970. Two-page typescript review of The Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson Tucker, with a three-page typed list of copyediting corrections. All five pages on standard typing paper.

    22) Ca. 1970. Four-page typescript of an Off the Depend column, a rambling essay on science fiction books and writers, with much on Jack Vance.

    23) Ca. 1970. Review of A Case of Conscience by James Blish in the form of an Off the Depend column. Five page carbon typescript; marked by Geis for issue #31, about 1970.

    24) Ca. 1970. 8 pp. carbon typescript of an Off the Depend column about Anthony's difficulty in finding a publisher for his novel Hasam, based on the Arabian Nights.

    25) 9 carbon copies of Geis's letters to Anthony, with a stray letter from a reader about Mario Puzo's The Godfather and what science fiction writers can learn from it. ISBN: 281AIB1041702.

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    Letters very good to near fine; most folded for mailing. Paper of some letters beginning to chip at the edges.

    Book ID: 209884
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  • The Kopje Garrison: A Story of the Boer War [Original Cover Art]
    The Kopje Garrison: A Story of the Boer War [Original Cover Art]

    (ca. 1900). Image size 7-1/4 by 7-1/2 inches on a 9-1/4 by 9-1/2 Bristol board. The original painting for the cloth cover of G. Manville Fenn's juvenile novel of the Boer War (published London: W. & R. Chambers, 1901). The painting is yellow and white on a green background, with gilt lettering for the titles. The board appears to have been cut down after the painting was complete and some notes and a preliminary sketch are cut off at the edges.

    Examples of original artwork for publishers bindings are quite unusual; sadly, the artist here is not identified. ISBN: 281AIB1041030.

    Margins grubby, but painting in good condition. Offered with a copy of the original book.

    Book ID: 206967
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  • Working Copy for a New Edition of The History of the Greek and Roman Theater by Bieber, Margarete
    Bieber, Margarete
    Working Copy for a New Edition of The History of the Greek and Roman Theater

    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1955. 465 pages. The author's copy of the first edition, rebound in buckram and paper-covered boards, and annotated for a revised edition.

    Bieber (1879-1978) was pioneering female art historian and archaeologist. She was one of the first women to earn a full professor position in her native Germany (see Dictionary of Art Historians). She left for England and then the United States in 1933 when the Nazis fired her and many other Jewish academics from their teaching positions. While she published extensively--her last book saw print when she was 97--this is her major work, the leading book on ancient Greek and Roman theater for three decades.

    This copy is extensively…

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    Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1955. 465 pages. The author's copy of the first edition, rebound in buckram and paper-covered boards, and annotated for a revised edition.

    Bieber (1879-1978) was pioneering female art historian and archaeologist. She was one of the first women to earn a full professor position in her native Germany (see Dictionary of Art Historians). She left for England and then the United States in 1933 when the Nazis fired her and many other Jewish academics from their teaching positions. While she published extensively--her last book saw print when she was 97--this is her major work, the leading book on ancient Greek and Roman theater for three decades.

    This copy is extensively marked up for the second edition, published in 1961. There are revisions on nearly every page, totalling many thousands of words written in pencil holograph. There are also a number of loose sheets, typed and handwritten, and two drawings. The notes and additions are in English, with a few exceptions written in German. A one-of-a-kind look at a major scholar's process of revision. ISBN: 281AIB1039088.

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    Very Good

    Book ID: 197664
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  • Botanique micrographic [Manuscript Botany Notebook] by Vairet, Ernest
    Vairet, Ernest
    Botanique micrographic [Manuscript Botany Notebook]

    Lyon, France: (ca. 1890). Two oblong volumes, 10-1/2 by 8 inches. Approximately 200 pages, in French; pen and ink and pencil, often on the same page. Two notebooks, filled with botanical drawings and detailed texts about botany. These were made for a practical course on botany (Cours le botanique (travaux practiques) taught by Georges Eugene Charles Beauvisage, president of the Societe Botanique de Lyon. His student went on to be a pharmacist. The first volume explores plant structures, with detailed drawings of cross sections, probably done with a microscope. The second volumes covers specific plants, with notes on their properties. The drawings are competent, but workman-like. The handwriting is mercifully easy to read. ISBN: 281AIB1037797.

    Very good, with some wear to corners. Several leaves laid in at the back of the second volume, possibly extracted from another notebook.

    Book ID: 187392
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