Books and Maps: Timed Online Auction<br> Bidding Opens on February 11, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 12:00 PM ET Starting Time
Monday, February 22, 12:00 PM ET Closing Time

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Our Book and Map Auction features many examples of early and handmade books and papers. The Martyr's Mirror (1748-1749, Lot 4) was an early printing by the Ephrata Cloister, a religious community founded in 1732 in Lancaster County, PA. The community, as was the case with many other religious settlements, emphasized hard work and self-sufficiency. They established milling, carpentry, papermaking and printing businesses, as well as attending to the business of farming for subsistence. One emphasis of the sect was education, thus printing and translations of significant works were important. This volume was translated and printed at the request of neighboring Mennonites, who purchased most of the 1300 original volumes. This was the largest book printed in America before 1800, at 8.5 x 14 inches, on only the second German press in the colonies, and was nicely bound in beveled boards with brass hardware (corners, clasps). A Confession of Faith (Lot 5) is only the second work known to have been printed in Connecticut (1710), although this example is a later printing, ca 1760.

A group of rare volumes is Dard Hunter's books on papermaking in India, Japan, Korea and China and South Siam as well as his work on cultural uses of paper in Chinese Ceremonial Paper (Lots 10 - 13). There are also two of Hunter's autobiographies detailing his interest in paper (Lot 9). Bruce Rogers focused on book design, including typefaces. Two of his designs appear here: Homer's Odyssey (Lot  15) and Joseph Pennell's Glory of New York (Lot 14). Charles Dawes (Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize co-winner for his Dawes Plan for WWI reparations) memorialized his son, who drowned during a break from Princeton, in a small volume printed on handmade Italian paper and bound in boards covered in handmade paper (Lot 16).

More recent printings include a set of 7 of the 8 books printed by the Stanton Press in the 1920s by Robert Stanton Lambert (UK) (Lot  19) and the first nine hand-printed and –bound Beanville stories from Philip Sutherland's Press at Diamond Hill (Brandon, VT) (Lot 20 ). The latter lot also includes four letters from Sutherland to Emerson Wulling, a "hobby printer" (Sumac Press) and professor of English in Wisconsin.

Other unusual printing and binding examples include a volume of Thomas Moore's poetry features a fore-edge painting of a naval battle (Lot 17). There is also an example of Lafcadio Hearn's series of Japanese Fairy Tales printed on crepe paper and bound with silk cord (The Old Woman Who Lost her Dumplings) (Lot 18).

A number of volumes feature illustrations, both artistic and scientific. There are a number of Art Journals, the Complete Works of Shakespeare illustrated by Rockwell Kent (Lot 41), History of Don Quixote illustrated by Gustave Dore (40), Buffon's Natural History of Birds (Lot 56), and five sets of the Natural History of New York (Paleontology, Mineralogy, Flora, Fauna, Agriculture) (Lots 57-61).

Travel volumes include early travel in North America (Michaux, 1805) (Lot 22), Sir Richard Burton's travels to Dahomey and Italy (Lots 26) and more (Lot 25), plus Major H.R. Davies' travels to Southeast Asia (1909) (Lot 34).

For those preferring a more visual format, there are also early maps of Louisiana and the River Mississippi (1719) (Lot 78), Sanson's depiction California as an island which he  declared to be Atlantis (Atlantis Insula) (Lot 76), and Ortelius' three regions of Spain (Lot 75). On a more practical note, White's County and District Map of the State of West Virginia (Lot 85) issued a call for investments in a state barely a decade separated from its parent, Virginia, and details natural and mineral resources.

The sale contains more traditional volumes as well, such as early editions of Little Women (Lot 31), Huckleberry Finn (Lot 30), Lewis Carroll's Alice and Through the Looking Glass (Lot 28), and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (Lot 32). Plus many more scarce and collectible titles. 


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Lot #1 - History of the Warres of the Emperour Justinian, 1653
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Sold: $216.00
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Lot #2 - Guarini, Battista: Il Pastor Fido
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Sold: $48.00
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Lot #3 - Samuel Willard, A Compleat Body of Divinity, Previously Owned by Joseph Pitkin, the Brother of William Pitkin, 2nd Colonial Governor of Connecticut
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Sold: $390.00
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Lot #5 - A Confession of Faith, Early Connecticut Imprint Regarding the Saybrook Platform, 1760
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Sold: $168.00
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Lot #6 - Three Pamphlets Printed in Cincinnati, Local History and Botany
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Sold: $168.00
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Lot #7 - Four Almanacs Printed in Cincinnati
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Sold: $540.00
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Lot #8 - Two Early Boston Imprints Including 1823 Directory and 1852 Almanac
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Sold: $108.00
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Lot #9 - Two Autobiographies of Dard Hunter
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Sold: $228.00
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Lot #10 - Papermaking of India, Dard Hunter
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Sold: $540.00
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Lot #11 - Dard Hunter Papermaking Pilgrimage to Japan, Korea and China
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Sold: $1,140.00
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Lot #12 - Dard Hunter Chinese Ceremonial Paper
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Sold: $4,500.00
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Lot #13 - Dard Hunter Papermaking in Southern Siam
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Sold: $1,920.00
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Lot #14 - The Glory of New York by Joseph Pennell, Bruce Rogers Design
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Sold: $1,320.00
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Lot #15 - Bruce Rogers' Design, The Odyssey of Homer
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Sold: $3,120.00
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Lot #16 - Funeral Tribute to Rufus Fearing Dawes
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Lot #17 - Poetry of Thomas Moore, with Fore-edge Painting
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Sold: $120.00
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Lot #18 - Lafcadio Hearn's Japanese Fairy Tale No. 24
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Sold: $60.00
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Lot #19 - Group of Stanton Press (UK) Books, 7 of 8 Published
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Sold: $300.00
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Lot #20 - Nine Beanville Books, Hand-Printed and Bound, from the Collection of E. Wulling, Plus Correspondence
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Sold: $0.00
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Lot #21 - The Colophon: A Book Collector's Quarterly, First 20 Issues Housed in Publisher's Art Deco Boxes
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Sold: $840.00
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Lot #23 - Johnston, Robert. Travels in Russia, 1815.
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Sold: $192.00
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Lot #27 - Sir Richard Burton, Life and Works, 21 Vols.
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Sold: $180.00
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Lot #28 - Carroll, Lewis, Alice; Through the Looking Glass, London: 1866; 1872
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Sold: $3,900.00
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Lot #29 - Lewis Carroll, Rhyme? and Reason? and Hunting of the Snark
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Sold: $120.00
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Lot #30 - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, First Edition
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Sold: $1,020.00
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Lot #31 - Little Women, First Edition
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Sold: $1,680.00
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Lot #32 - [Literature] Anna Karenina and More
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Sold: $96.00
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Lot #33 - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress, 19th Century Printing, Previously Owned and Signed by James Fenimore Cooper, Jr.
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Sold: $180.00
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Lot #34 - J.M. Barrie, "Peter Pan" and More
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Sold: $168.00
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Lot #36 - Ariosto and Tasso, Classics in European Literature
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Lot #37 - Thackeray's Works, in 12 Volumes, 1879
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Sold: $168.00
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Lot #38 - Pepys Diary, Ed. Wheatley, 1928
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Sold: $300.00
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Lot #39 - Don Quixote and Biography of Sir Walter Scott
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Lot #40 - The History of Don Quixote, Illustrated by Gustave Dore
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Sold: $60.00
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Lot #41 - Rockwell Kent, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, 1936, 2 Volumes, Signed
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Sold: $330.00
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Lot #42 - Shakespeare, Illustrated
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Lot #44 - The Art-Journal, Lot of 5
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Lot #45 - Illustrated Poetry Books, Lot of 7
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Lot #46 - Explorations for a Pacific Railroad Route, 13 Vols.
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Sold: $900.00
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Lot #47 - The Novels and Stories of Willa Cather, Autograph Edition
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Sold: $2,400.00
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Lot #48 - Rosenbach, Book Hunter's Holiday 1936, Signed
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Sold: $108.00
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Lot #49 - Hermitage-Zoar Note-Book
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Lot #50 - Hazlitt, Political Essays
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Lot #51 - World History, Illustrated
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Lot #52 - Geographical, Historical and Commercial Grammar
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Sold: $84.00
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Lot #53 - Early 19th Century Imprints, Including Life of Napoleon and History of Pirates, Plus
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Sold: $48.00
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Lot #54 - Gleanings from the Desert of Arabia, 1881
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Lot #55 - Set of Jefferson's Writings
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Lot #56 - Buffon, Natural History of Birds, in 9 Vols.
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Sold: $300.00
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Lot #57 - Natural History of New York Introduction and Fauna
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Sold: $150.00
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