Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print reference books and books about books for sale at Horizon Books.
ANKER, Jean; Bird Books and Bird Art. An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology Bird Books and Bird Art; An Outline of the Literary History and Iconography of Descriptive Ornithology. Copenhagen [New York], Levin & Munksgaard [Maurice Martino], 1938 , reprint of the 1938 first edition, limited to 300 copies, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; xviii, 251 pp, 14 plates including frontis, index of names and geographical index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, 2 pages with barely visible foxing in margin, else a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
Based mainly on the collection of books containing plates with figures of birds and their eggs now in the University Library at Copenhagen and including a catalogue of these works, the book includes an important and detailed 87 page description of the literary history of bird books and their illustrations, woodcuts, art of printing, engraving, early illustrated works from the beginning of printing to the 20th century. The catalogue of over 900 of the most important illustrated bird books gives complete description, collations, description of the importance of each book, etc, making this work and important reference on the subject.
US$35. bookID # 13868
ANON, ; Catalogue of the Library of the Linnean Society of London. London, Longmans, Green and Co.; Williams and Norgate, 1896, new edition, thick 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; [iv], 727 pp,, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine faded but lettering clear, endpaper bookplate of Henry Jerome Turner, very good overall, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.
Descriptions of thousands of books and periodicals in this important botanical and natural history library.
US$40. bookID # 13365
BARKER, Nicolas [introduction]; An Important Botanical Library, Part I & Part II (complete). New York, Christie's New York, 1997, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, 258; 185 pp, numerous colored and black and white plates and illustrations, including folding, indexes, bibliography, includes the original printed prices realized for each volume, original pictorial heavy paper covers with title lettering on spines and cover, few notes of original owner, but very good+ condition.
An important reference of 691 auction lots containing thousands of books with detailed descriptions and considerable commentaries on the more important items. Includes books from the rare book library bequeathed by Kenneth K. Mackenzie in 1934 to the Horticultural Society of New York, sold to Robert de Belder in 1981; and Robert de Belder s other acquisitions, including the library of Philippe de Vilmorin; books from the Boissier-de Candolle collections; significant auction purchases of a number of books from the sale of the Arpad Plesch collection (de Beider being the single largest buyer), as well as at sales from the libraries of the Earl of Derby, the Linnean Society of London and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, with many other books added.
US$35. bookID # 13870
BARTON, Barbara J.; Gardening by Mail, A Source Book, Everything for the Garden and the Gardener. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, , fourth edition, updated and revised, 4to [27 x 21.5 cm]; unpaginated but about 400 pages, illus, tables, indexes, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, clean, near fine, unmarked.
A directory of mail order resources for gardeners in the United States and Canada, including seed companies, nurseries, suppliers of all garden necessaries and ornaments, horticultural and plant societies, magazines, libraries and a list of useful books on plants and gardening.
US$3. bookID # 10791
BASTIN, John; and Bea Brommer; Nineteenth Century Prints and Illustrated Books of Indonesia. Utrecht, Spectrum Publishers, , First edition, 4to [29.5 x 21 cm]; [xiv], 386 pp, 107 colored illustrations on plates, 371 monochrome illustrations on plates, bibliography, index, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, slight stain at lower spine else near fine in very good dj (short tear, light stain at edge).
A profusely illustrated work based on the collection of the Tropen museum in Amsterdam but with consultations of collections in Netherlands and United Kingdom. It discusses each of the hundreds of prints and books, that were published in Netherlands, United Kingdom and Indonesia in the nineteenth century, with collations, details of publication, artists, engravers, biographical information, etc, with a section on early lithographic printing in Indonesia.
US$240. bookID # 13573
BLAKE, S. F. and Alice C. Atwood; Geographical guide to floras of the world; Part I: Africa, Australia, North & South America, Islands of the Atlantic, Pacific & Indian Oceans [AND] Part II, Western Europe. New York and London, Hafner Publishing; US Department of Agriculture, 1967, 1961, First edition of volume II, reprint of volume I, 8vo [24 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes complete, [iv], 336; [ii]. 742 pp, author index, geographical index, original cloth, spine title lettering, volume I is ex-library, title stamp and spine wear but interior clean and unmarked, volume II is fine and clean.
A thorough standard reference work with both volumes, with very detailed descriptions of thousands of books, papers, arranged by region with good indexing.
US$9. bookID # 13490
BLAND, David; A History of Book Illustration; The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book. Cleveland and New York, The World Publishing Company, , First edition, 4to [28 x 19 cm]; 448 pp, 17 fine mounted color plates including frontis, 395 illustrations, mostly on plates (complete), bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, name on endpaper, fine and clean condition.
A classic and highly respected reference work covering the earliest books, oriental and Byzantine illustrations, medieval, Hebrew Illumination, China, Japan, illustration during the period of the first printed books, up to the twentieth century. Beautifully illustrated from the original sources.
US$25. bookID # 12657
BRIDSON, Gavin; The History of Natural History; An Annotated Bibliography. New York and London, Garland Publishing, 1994, , 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xxxi, 740 pp, bibliography, detailed indexes, original green cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean fine copy, as new.
Published in the Smithsonian Institution's Bibliographies on the History of Science and Technology series, the highly qualified author, has produced a superb and very useful reference in all aspects of natural history. It gives details on thousands of works, books, articles, in general natural history, botany, zoology, broken into detailed categories, such as microscopy, aquatic biology, natural history exploration, classification, botanical gardens, illustration, zoological gardens, herbaria, museums among many others. This edition is superior to the later edition in that its printed on acid-free, 250-year-life paper.
US$70. bookID # 13844
CALAPRICE, Alice; The New Quotable Einstein. Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, , First edition thus, of this expanded edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; xxxvii, [iii], 407 pp, frontis and full page illustrations (mostly portraits of Einstein), bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, spine and cover title lettering, fine, clean, as new condition.
With a foreword by Freeman Dyson, this is an enlarged commemorative edition published on the 100th anniversary of the special theory of relativity. The author/editor has spend decades working with Einstein material.
US$3. bookID # 13662
CLARK, Thomas D.; Travels in the Old South, A Bibliography. Norman, University of Oklahoma, , First edition was 1956, this being the second printing, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 3 volumes, xix, 327; xv, 289; xviii, 403 pp, illustrations, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt decorations, very fine and clean (as new) in original slipcase with original printed labels (fine with small repair at corner).
A major bibliographical work undertaken by twelve experts in the area, the set lists and describes over one thousand travels books published up to 1860. Volume one deals with the formative years, 1527-1783, from the Spanish explorations through the American revolution. Volume two, on the expanding south, 1750-1825, covering the Ohio Valley and the cotton frontier. Volume three on the ante bellum south, 1825-1860, with a focus on cotton, slavery and conflict. Detailed and critical descriptions of each entry are provided.
US$140. bookID # 12661
COLE, Michael, series editor; International Rare Book Prices (Annual Register of Book Values); Voyages, Travel & Exploration, 12 volumes. York, Picaflow; The Clique, 1988-1999, First editions, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 12 volumes, a complete run from 1988 to 1999, each volume has 244 to 250 pages, original pictorial boards with titles on spines and cover, clean, unmarked, fine set.
Each volume is an annual register of values based on hundreds of booksellers' catalogues, each volume has thousands of books listed, arranged alphabetically by author, each with title, collation information such as plates, maps, pages, date published and prices in dollars and pounds sterling. Each volume has a list of booksellers. Published in the heyday of catalogue selling, the set is valuable for getting information on books either not found on the internet or, if found, are so poorly described on the internet that supplementary information is needed to determine if its the book you want. Shipping cost will be based on the actual postage.
US$50. bookID # 13517
CONRAD, L. J.; Bibliography of Antarctic Exploration; Expedition Accounts from 1768 to 1960. Washougal, L. J. Conrad, , First edition, limited edition to 1,000 copies, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xv, 424, [i] pp, indexes, original blue cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, quite fine, clean, unmarked.
Each expedition has its own section, which contains expedition account, accomplishments, historical importance, bibliographical information. Includes references to recent research. All of the expeditions are included, with each book described.
US$60. bookID # 13766
CORDIER, Henri; Bibliotheca Indosinica. Dictionnaire Bibliograpique des ouvrages relatifs á la Péninsule Indochinoise. Mansfield Center, Martino Fine Books, nd , limited edition of 100 copies, reprinted from the original, 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 5 volumes in 3 with 3,030 pages plus 309 pages of indexes, a complete set, original cloth, gilt spine title letting in gilt borders, fine, clean and unmarked, the set is complete and as new.
This is the most important bibliography describing about 20,000 items covering all fields and was the pioneer work in the field and still the standard bibliography of Indochina. The main arrangement is by country (Laos, Siam, Assam and Burma, Malaya, French Indochina and Cambodia) but also with subject divisions, such as languages, customs, history, geography, government, religion, literature, etc. Besterman 3050. Sheehy DE212. Walford II: 278.
US$140. bookID # 13094
CORDIER, Henri; Bibliotheca Japonica. Dictionnaire Bibliographique des Ouvrages Relatifs a l'Empire Japonais ranges par ordre chronologique jusqu'a 1870 suivi d'un appendice renfermant la liste alphabetique des Principaux Ouvrages parus de 1870 a 1912. Paris; Staten Island, Ernest Leroux; Maurizio Martino, 1912, , reprint, limited to 100 copies, of the first edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14,5 cm]; xii, 762 pp, index, published in columns, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering in gilt and red border, fine, clean, unmarked, as new copy.
The standard reference with about 3,500 works cited, and with the Cordier's appendix bringing it up to date. Arranged by subject including much on travels and exploration.
US$42. bookID # 13098
CURLE, Richard; The Ray Society; A Bibliographical History. London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1954, First edition, 12mo [22 x 14.5 cm]; vi, 101 pp, photo frontispiece, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, clean and unmarked, fine copy, includes a four page 'Report of the Council of the Ray society for 1958-59', inserted loose.
The author gives a detailed history of the Ray Society, one of the most important natural history organizations of the time, together with an annotated bibliography of the society with full details including collations, plate lists, number printed, etc, arranged by subject. At the end is a listing of every publication of the society by year published beginning in 1844.
US$6. bookID # 13883
DAY, A. Grove; Pacific Islands Literature; One Hundred Basic Books. Honolulu, The University Press of Hawaii, 1971, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xxiv, 176 pp, bibliog, illus, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, bit faded), small colonial press ink stamp on endpaper, very good interior is clean and unmarked, in fine, clean cover, dj is very good.
The author has studied South Seas literature for 30 years, and after an introductory essay, describes 100 of the best of Pacific works, mainly 19th and 20th century travel and adventure books, each by a different author, excluding New Zealand and Hawaii. The authors' other important works are mentioned together with a list of other references on the Pacific Islands.
US$10. bookID # 13605
DESMOND, Ray; Kew; The History of the Royal Botanic Gardens. London, The Harvill Press with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, , First edition, 4to [27 x 19 cm]; xvii, 466 pp, 34 colored plates, double-page plans, hundreds of illustrations, biographies of persons that helped develop Kew, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), pictorial endpapers, small remainder mark on lower outer edge, else a fine clean copy, unused.
Beautifully illustrated from original sources, books, paintings, etc, the well-respected gardening author and chief librarian at Kew provides a detailed and comprehensive description of its fascinating history. A large and heavy book.
US$15. bookID # 13827
DORF, Philip; Liberty Hyde Bailey; an Informal Biography. Ithaca, Cornell University Press, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 259 pp, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine in damaged dj (price clipped, hole in spine area with no loss to lettering).
A good bibliography of the most famous and prolific US garden and horticultural writer of the early twentieth century with a list of books and articles by him and about him, his awards, etc.
US$12. bookID # 12752
DOW, Charles Mason; Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls. Albany, State of New York, 1921, First Edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, xvi, 690; [ii], 693 - 1423 pp, color plates, numerous other plates, including facsimiles from early sources, maps including folding, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, slight cover use but a clean fine and complete set.
Still the standard reference covering the early period of discovery to travelers' original accounts, flora and fauna, science, geology, preservation, maps and pictures. It has a comprehensive listing of hundreds of books, including even books just mentioning Niagara, with extracts from the books and descriptive information. Since this was a cross-road area and a great attraction, most travellers in general area made it a point to visit, making this an excellent and comprehensive reference source.
US$22. bookID # 13636
EBERT, John & Katherine; Old American Prints for Collectors. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, , First edition, 4to [26 x 19 cm]; ix, 277 pp, hundreds of illustrations in color and black & white, bibliography, glossary, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (bit price clipped), very light signs of use, very good+, clean, unmarked.
With good chapters on printmaking, early prints and engravings, American lithography, Currier and Ives, nature prints, etc, and with a final chapter on care, preservation and buying prints, including framing, the book is an excellent reference. There are also appendices on print terms, brief biographies of American printmakers, 12 page list of nineteenth century color plate books.
US$10. bookID # 13762
FITZPATRICK, T. J.; Rafinesque; A Sketch of His Life with Bibliography. Des Moines, The Historical Department of Iowa, 1911, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 16 cm]; 241 pp, portrait frontis and 31 facsimiles of title pages, bibliog, original cloth-backed boards, gilt stamped title on front cover and spine, slight shelf wear, else a fine clean and partly unopened copy.
Bridson (The History of Natural History) Ba1401. A biography and the main bibliography of this leading nineteenth century American naturalist and botanist. The bibliography cites over 1,000 items. The author was a descendent of Thomas Jefferson, president of the US, for whom he was named.
US$45. bookID # 6138
FRANKLIN, Colin; Themes in Aquatint. San Francisco, The Book Club of California, 1978, First edition, limited edition of 500 copies, folio [37.5 x 25 cm]; vii, 104 pp, 16 plates from original aquatints, mostly colored, index, original cloth backed marbled boards, gilt spine title lettering, very fine and clean, unmarked and unused, with the orig plain dj (short tear), with the extra loose plate in orig printed folder prospectus, with the orig receipt from publisher dated 1979.
This is the finely produced limited edition, printed at Cambridge University Press for The Book Club of California with colour plates printed at the Curwen Press, London, typographical design by John Dreyfus. An excellent and impressive work covering early books on aquatint, sport, the common life, doggerel, city and cottage, view, tours and the visual book, showing the use of aquatint printing of plates through the ages. The illustrations are taken from some of the finest illustrated books from 1775 to 1842, the golden age of aquatint.
US$40. bookID # 12597
FUSSELL, G. E.; The Old English Farming Books from Fitzerbert to Tull 1523 to 1730 [with:] More Old English Farming Books from Tull to Board of Agriculture 1731 to 1793. London, Crosby Lockwood & Son, 1947, 1950, First edition of each volume, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; 2 volumes, [viii], 141; [x], 186 pp, 24 plates, author and title indexes in each volume, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dust jackets (price clipped, light wear at spine ends), fine and clean.
A well-respected reference book, both volumes in dust jackets. The plates are taken from title pages, plates or portraits from the books.
US$40. bookID # 13241
GABLER, James M. and a foreword by Maynard A. Amerine; Wine into Words; A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language. Baltimore, Bacchus Press Ltd, , First edition, large 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; xvi, 403 pp, frontis, illustrations, indexes of titles and years, original cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, pictorial endpapers, very fine and clean in fine dj.
The standard reference on the subject with a comprehensive bibliography. The most complete reference available, includes descriptions and comments, as well as biographical details on many authors.
US$10. bookID # 13727
GAY, Jean; Bibliographie de l' Afrique et de l' Arabie; Catalogue Methodique de tous les ouvrages français & des principaux en langues étrangères traitant de la Géographie, de l'Histoire, de Commerce, des Lettres & des Arts de l'Afrique & de l'Arabie. Mansfield Centre, Martino Fine Books, nd , , 8vo [21.5 x 14.5 cm]; [viii], 312 pp, detailed indexes, original red cloth with gilted spine title lettering, clean, quite fine, as new.
A useful reference covering about 3,700 works appearing in all languages on Northern Africa and Arabia, and including all aspects such as travel, exploration, geography and philosophy. The work gives detailed information on illustrations, size, collation of the book, editions, description of book, etc.
US$55. bookID # 13339
HARDIE, Martin, introduction by James Laver; English Coloured Books. London, Fitzhouse Books, , reprint of the 1906 first edition, large 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; xxiv, 340 pp, frontis, 28 plates, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (price clipped), fine and clean, unmarked.
There are two detailed chapters on the origins of coloured printing and of the methods of book illustration from 1500 to 1800. These are followed by 22 detailed chapters on individuals, publishers and the development and improvement of methods and techniques to the twentieth century. There are appendices on colored books with plates by Baxter, Ackerman, Rowlandson, Alien.
US$6. bookID # 13475
HEIMANN, Willy; A Catalogue of the Works of Linnaeus, issued in Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Birthday of Carolus Linnaeus 1707-1778. Stockholm, Sanbergs Bokhandel, 1957, First edition, 8vo [21 x 13.5 cm]; 179 pp, illustrations from early sources, glossary, indexes, original heavy paper wraps, title lettering on cover and written on spine, cover with engraved vignette of Linnaeus, near fine, clean throughout.
A very useful reference work on one of the most influential naturalists of all time, listing and describing almost 900 works, including all Linnaeus major works and almost all his minor works.
US$15. bookID # 12879
HEWETT, Mary Crane, and others; Catalogue of the Library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; part I, alphabetical list of authors and titles; part II, subject catalogue. Cambridge, Mansfield, Maurizio Martino Publisher, 1918-20, Facsimile of the 1918-20 First Edition, Strictly Limited to 150 Copies, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; viii, 372; x, 373-587 pp, table of subjects, two parts in one volume, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very slightly rubbed at corner, else fine, unmarked and clean copy.
A detailed listing of about 22,000 books, pamphlets, nursery and seed catalogues, periodicals. The work is arranged in two parts. The first part contains an alphabetical list of authors and titles, while the second part includes a classified arrangement of the same material under detailed subject headings. A valuable reference.
US$20. bookID # 13821
HILER, Hilaire and Meyer, edited by Helen Grant Cushing; Bibliography of Costume; A Dictionary Catalog of About Eight Thousand Books and Periodicals. Mansfield, Maurizio Martino Publisher, , limited edition of 250 copies, first edition was 1939, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [ii], xl, 911 pp, original cloth, spine title lettering, fine, clean, unmarked and unused copy.
A massive reference work covering all aspects of costume through the ages, citing some 8,000 works, with details on each. There is an extensive and valuable introduction by Hiler, that provides a historical framework. Many of the works cited are related to travels in various countries. Its cross-referenced with Colas and Lipperheide.
US$20. bookID # 13103
HUNNEWELL, James F.; Bibliography of the Hawaiian Islands. Boston, Mansfield Centre, Martino Fine Books, , well-produced limited edition facsimile of the original edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [ii], 75 pp, includes the original illustrations, original cloth (hardcover), gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean condition, unused, unmarked.
A fine quality reproduction of the original first edition of 1869, with the detailed 16-page introduction by author, providing a good historical perspective, and descriptions of over 1,000 items relating to Hawaii.
US$16. bookID # 13613
IBRAHIM-HILMY, H. H. Prince; Literature of Egypt and the Soudan from the Earliest Times to the Year 1885 Inclusive; A Bibliography Comprising Printed Books, Periodical Writings, and Papers of Learned Societies; Maps and Charts; Ancient Papyri, Manuscripts, Drawings, &c.. Cambridge [London], Maurizio Martino Publisher, nd , limited to 250 copies, thick 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, viii, 398; [ii], 459 pp, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering on black label, gilt rules, fine, clean and unused copy.
A massive 860 page reference covering thousands of books, articles, etc, and a standard reference on Egypt and Sudan. Sudan at the time this bibliography was written covered a much larger area than present day Sudan.
US$65. bookID # 13372
ICIMSOY, A. Oguz & Hamza Kandur; A Bibliography of Books in English on Turkey 1700-1990. Istanbul, Librairie de Pera, 1995, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 15.5 cm]; xi, 273 pp, author index, title index, original boards (hardcover) with title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, unmarked.
Citing over 3,500 books in English, the work is arranged by subject including philosophy and religion, social sciences, language, science, fine arts and archeology, literature, geography and travel, history, etc, and with excellent indexes.
US$40. bookID # 12866
JUDD, Bernice; enlarged & edited by Helen Yonge Lind; Voyages to Hawaii before 1860; A Record Based on Historical Narratives in the Libraries of the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society & the Hawaiian Historical Society, Extended to March 1860. Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii for Mission Children's Society, , second edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xviii, 108 pp, bibliography, original pictorial cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, a clean and fine copy, unmarked.
A good reference that gives a chronological list of vessels, an index of vessel and persons, a list of important expeditions to Hawaii, plus a bibliography of about 250 books, which indicate the number of illustrations of Hawaii, etc. The first edition of 1929 became a standard reference and this edition was enlarged and corrected by Lind.
US$18. bookID # 13618
KAUL, H. K.; Travels in South Asia; A Selected and Annotated Bibliography of Guide-books and Travel Books on South Asia. np, Humanities Press, , , 4to [27 x 22 cm]; 215 pp, indexes by title, author, geography, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, a fine and clean copy.
Detailed descriptions of 1016 items, each describing the areas covered and topics. Very well indexed and organized by geographical region including India (98 regions), Burma, Ceylon, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet, etc.
US$40. bookID # 13373
KERNER, Robert J.; Northeastern Asia: A Selected Bibliography - Contributions to the Bibliography of the Relations of China, Russia, and Japan with Special Reference to Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia and Eastern Siberia, in Oriental and European Languages. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1939, First edition, thick 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes complete, xxxix, 675; xxxi, 621 pp, indexes, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, library stamps on endpapers and title pages, spine number blacked out, text pages are clean and unmarked, still quite a good copy, sound and tight, of the original edition.
A massive work, over 1,300 pages, with reference to almost 14,000 works in all subjects, and a basic reference in this area. Includes extensive introductions in each volume.
US$65. bookID # 12900
KIFFER, Selby, George Snyder; Important American Voyages and Explorations; Property From a Private Collection. New York, Sotheby's, 1985, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 21.5 cm]; unpaginated, illustrations including full page, reproduced from the books being auctioned, original red pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, mounted plate on cover in gilt border, fine and clean condition.
The October 31, 1985 auction of 43 superb books on American voyages and explorations, each with detailed descriptions and bibliographical detail, most illustrated, including the rare The General History of Virginia by John Smith, published in 1624.
US$7. bookID # 12772
KING, Edmund M. B.; Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings, 1830-1880; A Descriptive Bibliography. London, New Castle, The British Library and Oak Knoll Press, , First edition, 4to [28 x 22 cm]; xxiii, [iii], 324 pp, numerous illustrations including in color, bibliog, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on spine in gilt border, gilt titling on cover, fine, clean, unmarked, as new in original clear glassine jacket.
Nicely illustrated with over 200 illustrations and 91 colored plates of book covers and bindings, the work describes in detail 752 books, with these fabulous bindings, the books covering various subject areas, from literature to travels. As well there is good introductory material, including of biographies of artists and binders, illustrations of bookbinders' tickets, etc.
US$35. bookID # 13109
KINGSFORD, William; The Early Bibliography of the Province of Ontario, Dominion of Canada, with other Information; A Supplemental Chapter on Canadian Archaeology. Toronto, Montreal, Rowsell & Hutchison, Eben Picken, 1892, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 140, addendum, index, original red cloth, gilt spine lettering, black cover lettering, cover vignette, spine slightly faded but clean fine copy.
The bibliography is well annotated with descriptions and comments on each book and a good introduction.
US$18. bookID # 10177
KNIGHT, David; Zoological Illustration, an essay towards a history of printed zoological pictures. Folkstone, Dawson, , First Edition, 8vo [23 x 18 cm]; xii, 204 pp, over 100 illustrations, including full-page, bibliography, pictorial endpapers, original cloth, spine title lettering, spine a bit foxed, slight wear to cover, internally clean, unmarked and near fine.
A useful survey with chapters on techniques, works to the time of Linnaeus, the great age of illustrated works and the modern period with each chapter followed by an extensive bibliography.
US$20. bookID # 13464
KNUTSON, Amy, Colleen Sell (editors); BIBLIO, the Magazine for Collectors of Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera. Eugene, Aster Publishing, 1996-1999, First editions, 4to [28 x 21 cm]; complete in 31 issues, all published, from Volume 1, Number 1 (the scarce premiere issue) to volume 4, number 4, filled with colored and black and white illustrations, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, fine and clean condition.
A complete set of all 31 published numbers of this short-lived but impressive magazine covering all aspects and fields of book-collecting, with detailed articles by many of the more famous experts in their fields. Fascinating and well-written and illustrated articles.
US$50. bookID # 11070
LADA-MOCARSKI, Valerian; Bibliography of Books on Alaska Published Before 1868. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1969, First edition, 4to [28.5 x 21.5 cm]; vii, 567 pp, frontis is title in Russian with illus, 161 plates are reproductions of title pages, indexes in English and Russian, bibliog, original red blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked.
The best and most useful reference on the subject with an introduction by Archibald Hanna Jr. Each of the books cited has a detailed description and full collation, includes English translations of Russian titles.
US$150. bookID # 12831
LEFANU, William; Nehemiah Grew; A Study and Bibliography of his Writings. Winchester, St Paul's Bibliographies, 1990, First edition, edition limited to 500 copies, 8vo [22.5 x 14 cm]; xvii, 182 pp, frontis (portrait), illustrations from Grew's works, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine, clean copy, unmarked, as new with no defects.
The best bibliographical reference to this pioneer botanist and biologist. His works, especially The Anatomy of Plants, were very influential in the history of science.
US$5. bookID # 13566
LOWTHER, Barbara J., Muriel Laing; A Bibliography of British Columbia; Laying the Foundations 1849-1899. Victoria, University of Victoria, , First edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; xii, 328 pp, pictorial endpapers, detailed index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, pictorial gilt crest, cover very slightly used but a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
A detailed description of over 2,000 publications, including explorations, travellers, native peoples, etc. A valuable reference.
US$16. bookID # 13472
LUST, John; Western Books on China Published Up to 1850, in the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; A Descriptive Catalogue. London, Bamboo Publishing, 1987, First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xii, 331, [ix] pp, illustrations including of title pages, tables, indexes of titles, names, subjects, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (short tear), fine and clean in very good+ jacket.
A standard reference, describing 1,283 items in detail, published over a 300 year period, with collations, etc, and with valuable source and other information.
US$35. bookID # 13608
MARTIN, Edward A.; A Bibliography of Gilbert White, The Naturalist & Antiquarian of Selborne; With a Biography and a descriptive Account of the Village of Selborne.. London, Dawson's of Pall Mall, 1970, , 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; viii, 193, [vii] pp, frontis portrait of White, illustrations from photos on plates and drawing, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, small spot on cover, dj (price clipped), fine, clean and unmarked copy.
This is the standard bibliography on White and on Selbourne, first published in 1897, revised and greatly expanded in 1934 and published in 1970 with an additional bibliography brought up-to-date, describing books published about Selbourne and White since the earlier edition. All White's publications are described in detail and there is an extensive introduction and historical details.
US$22. bookID # 13482
MEISEL, Max; A Bibliography of American Natural History; The Pioneer Century, 1769-1865; The Role Played by Scientific Societies, Scientific Journals, Natural History Museums & Botanic Gardens, State Geological & Natural History Surveys, Federal Exploring Expeditions. New York, Maurizio Martino Publisher (The Premier Publishing Co.), 1994, Edition limited to 100 copies, complete reprint of the First edition of 1924-29, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; 3 volumes, 244; xii, 741; xii, 749 pp, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine, a very fine, clean, unmarked and complete set, as new.
A detailed and important source work including annotated bibliography, bibliography of biographies, institutions and their works, bibliography, indexes of authors, naturalists, subjects, etc. Includes all of the original material. A massive work.
US$70. bookID # 13366
MENDELSSOHN, Sydney; with an introduction by I. D. Colvin; Mendelssohn's South African Bibliography. Being the Catalogue Raisonne of the Mendelssohn Library of Works Relating to South Africa, including the Full Titles of the Books, with Synoptical, Biographical, Critical, and Bibliographical Notes. . . .. Cambridge, Maurizio Martino Publisher, [c1993], limited edition reprint, very thick 8vo [23 x 16 x 14 cm thick]; 2 volumes, lxxii, 1008; [x], 1139 pp, illustrations, frontis in each volume, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine, clean and unmarked.
A massive 2,200 page reference with over 10,000 works cited. A standard reference to Southern Africa which also includes sections on cartography, blue books, magazine articles, appendices, etc.
US$100. bookID # 13625
MONAGHAN, Frank, supplement by Samuel J. Marino; French Travellers in the United States 1765 - 1932. New York, Antiquarian Press, 1961, revised edition, limited to 750 copies, the first edition with the supplement, 8vo [25 x 18 cm]; xxii, [ii], 130 pp, frontis portrait of Lafayette, 10 illus/plates from early sources including portraits, title pages, etc, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine bit faded, interior is clean, unmarked, overall near fine and sound.
A useful bibliography and reference, listing hundreds of books, each with bibliographical detail, collations, descriptive information, etc. The supplement added many additional books not in the original list. There is also a chronological list of French travellers.
US$35. bookID # 12776
NISSEN, Claus; DIE ILLUSTRIERTEN VOGELBUCHER. Ihre Geschichte und Bibliographie [The Illustrated Bird Book, their history and bibliography]. Stuttgart, Hiersemann Verlag, [1976, Second and best edition, 4to [30 x 21.5 cm]; 222 pp, frontis from drawing by Murr, 16 plates, index, original blue pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, gilt designs, fine, clean and as new condition.
The best bibliography of bird books, citing 1031 books, with a detailed history (in German). A standard reference. Besterman 4367. The later reprint is quite inferior.
US$80. bookID # 13016
NOAKES, Vivien; Edward Lear 1812-1888, with introduction by Sir Steven Runciman, essay by Jeremy Maas. New York, Harry N. Abrams, , First American edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 216 pp, 272 illustrations including 60 color plates from Lear's paintings, portrait, chronology, bibliography, index, original soft cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover and spine, minor rubbing at edge, else fine and clean.
Based on the landmark exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1985, this beautifully-illustrated work describes Lear's wide range of work in detail, including the nonsense books, his fine works on ornithology, his travel books, etc, and describes all his books, providing an important reference.
US$5. bookID # 13469
ORCUTT, William Dana; In Quest of the Perfect Book; Reminiscences & Reflections of a Bookman. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1926, First edition, edition limited to 350 copies of which this is number 98, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; [vii], 316, [i] pp, color frontis with tissue guard, numerous plates, portraits, facsimiles, manuscripts, including the 6 plates that are only in the limited edition, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine slightly darkened, endpaper bookplate of Brownie W. McCormick, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition.
The author was able to find books now only found in major libraries but its a pleasure to read about his finds and discoveries, including illuminated manuscripts, finely printed books, early books, manuscripts, typography, Laurenziana, etc.
US$28. bookID # 12655
ORCUTT, William Dana; The Kingdom of Books. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1927, First edition, edition limited to 450 copies of which this is number 267, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 290, [i] pp, color frontis with tissue guard, numerous plates and illustrations, facsimiles from early or rare books, portraits, including the 6 plates only in the limited edition, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine a little darkened, endpaper bookplate of Charles Willcox, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition.
Detailed discussions of great books published through the ages, masters of typography, bindings, etc, and the authors explorations in hunting for them, including chapters on modern masters of typography, old book stalls in Paris, incunabula, bookbinding, etc.
US$35. bookID # 12654
ORCUTT, William Dana; The Magic of the Book; More Reminiscences and Adventures of a Bookman. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, 1930, First edition, edition limited to 350 copies of which this is number 230, signed by the author, 8vo [24.5 x 16.5 cm]; xii, 314 pp, colored frontis with tissue guard, 70 plates, portraits, including from photos and facsimiles from rare books, manuscript, etc, bibliog, index, original vellum backed boards, gilt spine title lettering, top edge gilted, spine a little darkened, endpaper bookplate of Barbara Horton, original ribbon bookmark, fine and clean condition, partly unopened and unread.
Detailed discussions of great books published through the ages, masters of typography, bindings, etc, and the authors explorations in hunting for them, including chapters on the Vatican library, type, Sweynheym, Pannartz, Bodoni, Red Cross archives, book investments, etc.
US$35. bookID # 12653
PEEL, Bruce Braden; A Bibliography of the Prairie Provinces to 1953 with Biographical Index. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, , Second edition, enlarged edition, 8vo [25 x 17 cm]; xxviii, 780 pp, bibliography, detailed indexes by subject, title, author, original cloth, title lettering on cover and spine, edges slightly rubbed, fine, clean and unmarked.
A standard reference with 4408 items listed, each with description, dates, etc. The author index includes biography of each author. This edition includes the 1963 supplement and is a major expansion of the earlier edition.
US$32. bookID # 13468
PRITZEL, G. A.; Thesaurus Literaturae Botanicae Omnium Gentium: Inde a Rerum Botanicarum Initiis Ad Nostra Usque Tempora, Quindecim Millia Operum Recensens. Koenigstein, Otto Koeltz Antiquariat, 1972, reprint of the 1877 work, 4to [31 x 24 cm]; [vi], 576. [i] pp, double columns, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, as new, clean and unmarked.
"Remains the single most useful answer book for tracing a botanical title before 1870.The chronological topical indexes provide a reference list of short titles not easily picked up elsewhere" [Lubrecht]. A basic reference work in the field.
US$50. bookID # 13504
RABINOWICZ, Harry M.; Treasures of Judaica. South Brunswick, New York, London, Thomas Yoseloff, , First American edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 240 pp, hundreds of illustrations including in color, many on plates, glossary, bibliography, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, fine and clean in good dj (wear, repairs, not price clipped, short tear).
The author describes the collections housed at the British Museum, British and Foreign Bible Society, Lambeth Palace Library, Mocatta Library, St. Paul's Library, Monument Room of Westminster Abbey, Wiener Library, Sassoon collection, John Rylands Library and others, very well-illustrated, reproducing documents, books, portraits, etc.
US$2. bookID # 13375
RAWAT, Indra Singh; Indian Explorers of the 19th Century; Account of Exploration in the Himalayas, Tibet, Mongolia & Central Asia. New Delhi, Director Publications Division; Information and Broadcasting, , , 8vo ]24.5 x 16 cm]; xix, 228 pp, illustrations on plates, including portraits, map endpapers showing routes of explorers, glossary, original grey cloth, title lettering on spine and cover, dj (chipped at spine ends, spotted, not price clipped), near fine in good jacket.
The author spent 41 years with the Survey of India, and explored the Himalayas extensively, and here describes the travels and explorations in that area of Nain Singh, Kishen Singh, Kalian Singh, Ugyen Giatso, Kinthup, Hari Ram and many others, giving details not available elsewhere.
US$50. bookID # 13571
RENARD, Gaston; Catalogue of a Major Collection of Rare Australiana, Pacific Voyages, and Other Books. Melbourne, Australia, Leonard Joel, 1988, First edition, large 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xvi, 220, [iii] pp, illustrations, including 8 colored plates, references, original printed paper heavy wraps, with the original Prices Realized included loose, fine, clean and unmarked.
An important sale of 922 lots of travel as well as natural history, ornithology books, including Bank's Florilegium, with detailed descriptions.
US$25. bookID # 13759
RICKS, Melvin; edited by Stephen W. and Betty J. Haycox; Mevlin Ricks' Alaska Bibliography: An Introductory Guide to Alaskan Historical Literature. Portland, Binford & Mort, , First edition, large 8vo [27 x 18 cm]; xvi, 270 pp, frontis portrait, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, fine, clean and unmarked.
An annotated and encyclopedic bibliography covering thousands of books, papers, articles, pamphlets based on over 25 years of study, preceded by an introduction and guide. A very useful reference.
US$20. bookID # 12829
RIPLEY, S. Dillon and Lynette L. Scribner; Ornithological Books in the Yale University Library including the Library of William Robertson Coe. Mansfield, Martino Press, nd [c 1990], limited to 275 copies, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; [x], 338 pp, frontis, illustrations including full-page, original cloth gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean copy, unmarked.
Describes thousands of titles, including many not in earlier references such as Zimmer and Wood, and gives details on collations, plates, maps, etc. Most useful.
US$12. bookID # 13865
ROBERTSON, James Alexander; Bibliography of the Philippine Islands, Printed and Manuscript; Preceded by a Descriptive Account of the most important Archives and Collections containing Philippina. New York, Cleveland, Kraus; The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1970 , reprint of the scarce first edition which was printed in only 150 copies, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 437 pp, indexes, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine, clean and unmarked.
Besterman 4786. Includes detailed descriptions of over 4,000 books, pamphlets, manuscripts covering all aspects of the Philippine Islands.
US$15. bookID # 13340
ROHDE, Eleanor Sinclair; The Old English Gardening Books. London, Marin Hopkinson and Company, 1924, First Edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xii, 144 pp, illus, 16 plates, 8 plans, title page vignette, index, original cloth-backed boards, original paper labels, fine, clean and unmarked in the scarce dust jacket (short tear, slight wear but quite good), with an extra loose title label.
An important and detailed contribution with plates and bibliography mainly 16th and 17th century. With a chapter on William Lawson, Gervase Markham, John Parkinson.
US$180. bookID # 11846
ROOS, Frank J.; Bibliography of Early American Architecture; Writings on Architecture Constructed Before 1860 in Eastern and Central United States. Chicago, University of Illinois Press, 1968, , 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; [x], 389 pp, bibliog, index, original cloth, spine title lettering, dj (price clipped, short tears), else clean solid copy.
First edition was 1943, this edition is revised, updated and extensively annotated and hence much more useful, being a comprehensive geographical bibliography of books and articles, containing 4,377 entries, with 1,600 entries more than the first edition.
US$1. bookID # 10049
SABIN, Joseph; Dictionary of Books Relating to America from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York, Mini-Print Corp., , reprint of original edition, oblong 4to [20 x 25 cm]; 29 volumes in two, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spines and covers, clean, unmarked, fine.
This is the most important reference dealing in Americana, including north, central and south America. Originally printed in 29 volumes over 70 years, 1868-1939, this more compact edition, in two volumes contains all the material of the original, with eight pages of the original printed on each page of the oblong quarto volumes. The micro-print version of this monumental bibliography of books relating to America begun by Joseph Sabin, continued by Wilberforce Eames and completed by Robert Vail . It includes over 106,000 entries of books, pamphlets and periodicals that were written by Americans or relate to America no matter where they were printed Each entry includes descriptive material, collations, many details, often with compilers' comments, etc. Breslauer & Folter 129. The two massive volumes are heavy and may require extra postage.
US$230. bookID # 13758
SAUER, Gordon C.; John Gould the Bird Man; a Chronology and Bibliography. Melbourne, Sydney, New York, London, Lansdowne Editions, , First edition, large 8vo [28 x 18 cm]; xxiv, 416 pp, frontis, numerous colored plates, plus many other illustrations from contemporary sources, maps, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, quite fine, clean and unused.
A detailed and scholarly work, an essential reference to this important artist and ornithologist including genealogy, major published works, chronology and life, year by year, and a detailed bibliography.
US$25. bookID # 10747
SCHAFER, Joseph; A History of the Pacific Northwest. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1921, revised and rewritten edition, the first edition being 1905, 8vo [20.5 x 14 cm]; [x], 323 pp, double-page colored map frontis with insets of Philippines, Hawaii, Wake Island, Guam, Puerto Rico, plates from photos, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering and vignette, name on endpaper, else fine and clean.
This is a completely rewritten and revised version of the earlier edition, based on new material found, and covers from the period of the early explorers of the Pacific Coast, the discovery of Puget Sound and Columbia River, Lewis and Clark, through the pioneer period, migrations, railways, developments, etc.
US$10. bookID # 12656
SCOTT, Ernest; Australian Discovery By Sea [and] By Land. London, Toronto, J. M. Dent and Sons, , First editions, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, xxxvi, 412; xxxii, 422 pp, 31 plates and maps including 12 portrait plates, 18 maps, other plate, frontis in each volume, bibliog, complete set, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt spine decoration, short tear at upper spine, light foxing on few pages, spines a little faded, good sound set, unmarked and clean throughout.
Scott, who was a professor of history at Melbourne provides good detailed introductions to each volume, and then lets the explorers and travelers speak for themselves. He covers all the main explorers to and in Australia, from Cook, Tasman, Dampier, Bligh, Laperouse, Flinders, Drake to Blaxland, Evans, Oxley, Hume, Hovell, Sturt, Eyre, Burke and many others. The plates and maps are from contemporary sources and there are lists of principal dates from 1521 to 1874.
US$22. bookID # 9886
SCOTT, N. C.; A Dictionary of Sea Dayak [Dyak]. London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1956, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xi, 218 pp, table of spelling, abbreviations, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine faded, note on endpaper, interior clean and fine in very good cover.
The Sea Dayaks are in Borneo, Sarawak. This edition has the supplement of additional words collected by G. Bruggeman.
US$120. bookID # 10677
SITWELL, Sacheverell; Handasyde Buchanan, James Fisher; Fine Bird Books 1700 - 1900. New York, The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990, , 4to [31 x 24 cm]; xi, 180 pp, numerous color plates, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean, fine and unmarked in dj (spine faded but lettering clear, not price clipped, very good+).
Originally published in 1953 in a limited edition and very expensive, this new edition has additional introductory material including a forward by S. Dillon Ripley. Its the most comprehensive illustrated guide and bibliography to collectible color plate bird books ever published.
US$5. bookID # 13726
SOTHEBY'S, ; Atlases, Travel and Natural History. London, Sotheby's, 1990, , 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 198, [xiv] pp, many illustrations, including colored, including many full-page, maps, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on spine and cover, fine, clean, and with the prices realized on a loose sheet.
This sale of fine books on 29 November 1990 includes the properties of the 9th and 10th Dukes of Northumberland, Duke of Wellington (45 lots), Sir William Curtis, etc, in 362 lots, 219 of which are on travel covering all areas. A useful reference.
US$3. bookID # 13361
SOTHEBY'S, ; Natural History, Travel, Atlases and Maps. London, Sotheby's, 2002, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 278 pp, hundreds of colored illustrations, including many full-page, some double-page, some black and white illustrations, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of travel books, maps, atlases and paintings on the middle east, describing 453 lots in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 14 November 2002. A very useful reference. Includes items from most parts of the world including the libraries of the Fane Family, Lady Herries, Brigadier C. E. Tryon Wilson, Neville L. Fakes, etc, with 89 lots on natural history. Sale L02304.
US$5. bookID # 13334
SOTHEBY'S, ; Sammlung Rudolf Von Gutmann; including Chinese School Watercolours in Two Albums Containing Fine Landscapes and Interiors ( c. 1790); Melchior Pfintzing Teuerdank Printed on Vellum (1517) and the Talman Albums c. 1720. London, Sotheby's, 1993, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 117, [x] pp, many illustrations, almost all colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial boards (hardcover), title lettering on spine and cover, fine, clean, unmarked and unused, with the original loose sheet of the prices realized.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of important books, from the library of noted collector, describing the items in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 2 April 1993. A useful reference.
US$4. bookID # 13369
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Continental Library of Archibald, 5th Earl of Rosebery and Midlothian. London, Sotheby's, 1995, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 222, [x] pp colored frontis plate, hundreds of fine illustrations, mostly colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, index of provenance, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, with the loose leaf of prices realized, pictorial endpapers.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of books, from a collection amassed over many years, describing 408 lots in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 25 May 1995, sale LN5576. A very useful reference with a detailed and illustrated introduction describing the building of this fabulous library.
US$5. bookID # 13377
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection of Important Books and Manuscripts. London, Sotheby's, 1998, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; unpaginated, [over 300 pages], many illustrations, including colored, full-page, colored frontis, preface by Pierre Beres, indexes by provenance, author, illustrator, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, fine and clean, unmarked, with prices realized on loose sheets.
Sale 7119. An impressive sale catalogue, with detailed and scholarly descriptions, of some of the great works of literature including Diderot, Buffon, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Hugo, Apollinaire, Proust, etc, many with royal provenance, plus incunabula's, early bibles, illuminated manuscripts, fine bindings, atlases, etc. Includes hundreds of illustrations of bindings and parts of the books and manuscripts. The sale took place April 21, 1998.
US$5. bookID # 13513
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of a Gentleman: Early Trade and Exploration in the East. London, Sotheby's, 2000, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 167 pp, many illustrations including selections from the original books, maps, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on spine and cover, clean, near fine.
Detailed descriptions and useful reference material of 344 lots sold on 6 June 2000, with an extensive illustrated introduction by Paul Quarrie, sale L00211. Descriptions of many famous works in travel literature. A useful reference work.
US$10. bookID # 13417
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of H. Bradley Martin; John James Audubon, Magnificent Books and Manuscripts. New York, Sotheby's, 1989, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 21.5 cm]; unpaginated, portrait of Martin, colored plates and other illustrations, black and white photos, original pictorial cloth with mounted colored plate in gilt border, gilt title on cover and spine, fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet, and the loose prospectus of the full library of Martin with portrait & illustrations.
A very well-illustrated auction sale of 38 lots, described in detail, sale held 6 June 1989. The sale includes Audubon's books and manuscripts, letters related to Birds of America, with illustrations of his manuscripts, etc.
US$12. bookID # 13800
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of Henry M. Blackmer II. London, Sotheby's, , , 4to [27.5 x 21.5 cm]; [xvi], 636, [xii] pp, hundreds of colored & uncolored illustrations & plates, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial cloth, with mounted picture on front cover, title lettering on spine and cover, clean, fine and unmarked with the loose list of prices realized and the buyers for the October 11-12, 1989 sale.
The author assembled this superb collection over many years, including some of the finest books on travel, architecture, art, archaeology, costume, commerce, history, politics of the Ottoman Empire, the Levant, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, in 1515 lots, each with a description such as number of plates, importance, etc. Beautifully illustrated and an excellent reference.
US$70. bookID # 13623
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of Robert Michael Burrell, Books on the Middle East. London, Sotheby's, 1997, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 161, [i] pp, many illustrations, including colored, full-page, colored photo of Burrell with introduction, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few notes from previous owner, very good, with prices realized on loose sheets.
Sale LO9217. An impressive sale, with detailed descriptions of 912 lots, very well-illustrated of the Sotheby's sale held in London 14 October 1999. Burrell's library covers all part of the Middle East as well as Arabic culture, language, archaeology, history, exploration, art, bibliography, current affairs, economics, etc, collected over 40 years, with books published from 1488 onward. An excellent reference on middle eastern antiquarian books.
US$7. bookID # 13512
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Longueville Collection of Voyages and Travels to Australia and the South Seas. , Sotheby's, 1993, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 159, [xiii] pp, many illustrations, including colored, including many full-page, maps, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, with the loose leaf of prices realized and with the loose prospectus for the sale including colored illustrations.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of books on Australia and Pacific, from a collection amassed over many years, describing 278 items in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London, 25 June 1993. A very useful reference covering a period of 400 years of exploration beginning with the first publication of Rotz's great atlas from 1542 and including Pacific voyages and discovery, the first fleet and settlement of Australia, first fleet association copies, coastal surveying of Australia, inland exploration, etc.
US$22. bookID # 13370
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Mercator Atlas of Europe; from the collection formed by the British Rail Pension Fund. London, Sotheby's, 1996, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 34, [xiv] pp, numerous colored plates and illustrations, bibliography, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, fine and clean.
Sale LN6719. A very well-illustrated description of the Sotheby's sale held in London 26 November 1996 of this famous atlas which had been previously been auctioned 17 years earlier. Mercator was the greatest cartographer of the modern era and this atlas is the most important surviving ensemble of his works anywhere and the only collection ever likely to appear for sale. It consists of the only two known autograph manuscript maps by him, the only surviving copy of his Europe wall map of 1554, other rare wall maps, etc. With detailed and scholarly descriptions.
US$5. bookID # 13599
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Otto Kallir Collection of Aviation History. New York, Sotheby's, 1993, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; unpaginated, frontis, colored plates, black and white photos, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few small notes from original bidder, else fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet.
A very well-illustrated auction sale of 211 lots, described in detail, sale held 14 June 1993. Includes a biography of Otto Kallir by Jane Kallir. The sale includes books, letters, manuscripts, photographs, etc of historical importance, Roald Amundsen, Richard E. Byrd, Amelia Earhart, Otto, Lilienthal, Charles Lindbergh, Saint-Exupery, Wright brothers, ballooning, dirigibles, early airplanes, first flights, first letters sent by air mail, documents, etc.
US$20. bookID # 13342
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Scientific Library of the late Soren Madsen. , Sotheby's, 1996, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 80, [viii] pp, many illustrations, including colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, with the loose leaf of prices realized.
A well illustrated Sotheby's sale of books on science and technology, from a collection amassed over many years, describing 379 items in detail, sale held in London, 14 March 1996, sale LN6196. A very useful reference covering a period of 500 years of scientific books. Madsen was the president of the society of the Danish Museum of Science and Technology. Besides the first books on electricity and magnetism, there are first editions of works by Newton, Galileo, Lambert, Tycho Brahe, Kircher, etc.
US$8. bookID # 13378
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Travel Sale: Mediterranean & Middle East. London, Sotheby's, 2001, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 172, [xxxiv] pp, hundreds of colored illustrations & maps, including many full-page, some black & white illustrations, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few marginal bidding notes, very good, with the prices realized on loose sheets.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of books, maps and paintings on the middle east, describing 597 lots in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London 17 October 2001. A very useful reference. Includes large sections on Greece, Turkey, North Africa, etc. Sale L00719.
US$5. bookID # 13620
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Travel Sale: Mediterranean & Middle East. London, Sotheby's, 2002, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 266 pp, hundreds of colored illustrations, including many full-page, double-page, frontis, index of artists, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few small creases, fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheets.
A beautifully illustrated Sotheby's sale of books and paintings on the middle east, describing 709 lots in detail, very well-illustrated, sale held in London 15 October 2002. A very useful reference. Includes large sections on Greece, Turkey, etc. Sale L02954.
US$5. bookID # 13330
SOTHEBY'S, ; Valuable Printed Books, Comprising Natural History, Atlases, Travel, Natural History, Continental & Early Printed Books, Science & Medicine including the property of Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem & Dr Victor Klemperer of Dresden. London, Sotheby's, 1991, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 279, [i], [iv] pp, many illustrations, mostly colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, a few notes from original owner, else near fine, includes the original printed sheet of prices & purchasers inserted loose.
An impressive sale, with detailed descriptions of 641 lots, very well-illustrated of the Sotheby's sale held in London 27 and 28 June 1991. The items from Kollek's library relate to Jerusalem and the middle east, including some 16th century books. Klemperer's items relate to travel in Europe, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, Middle East and general travel, and his science and medicine books and manuscripts.
US$5. bookID # 13486
SOULSBY, B. H. (compiler); A Catalogue Of The Works Of Linnaeus (And Publications More Immediately Relating Thereto) Preserved In The Libraries Of The British Museum [With:] And Index To The Authors (Other Than Linnaeus) Mentioned In The Catalogue Of The Works Of Linnaeus in BM. London, British Museum, 1933, 1936, Second edition, 4to [28.5 x 22 cm]; 2 volumes, xi, 246, 68; 59 pp, frontis and plates in first volume, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, second volume in original printed heavy paper wraps, number removed from first volume, spine end chipped, small stamp on inside cover of second volume, interior quite clean and unmarked, overall very good.
The main volume lists about 4,000 works, arranged by date, and this second edition has the addenda and corrigenda with 59 pages of additional works. The second volume, not always found with the main volume, lists the works by others, arranged by author. Together a useful reference work on Linnaeus, the greatest and most influential naturalist of his time.
US$55. bookID # 12878
STOCK, K. L.; Rose Books; A Bibliography of books and important articles in journals on the genus Rosa, in English, French, German & Latin, 1550-1975. Milton Keynes, England, published by K. L. Stock, distributed by Wheldon & Wesley, , First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; x, 533 pp, original navy blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean and fine.
With descriptions of over 3,200 books on roses, this book is the most comprehensive work and the standard reference on the subject. Each entry contains information to determine the exact edition, etc, including collations, plates, book size, descriptive material, dates, publisher, location, number of copies printed where relevant, etc.
US$55. bookID # 13819
STORM, Colton; A Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana; [with:] Index to Maps in the Catalogue of the Everett D. Graff Collection. Chicago, The Newberry Library, University of Chicago Press, 1968, First editions, large 8vo [26 x 19 cm]; xxv, 854 pp, frontis portrait of Graff, detailed index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, lightly foxed at outer edge of text block, near fine, clean and unmarked.
A detailed description of 4801 items including collations, commentary, historical significance, etc, for one of the most important libraries of western Americana ever assembled. The Index of Maps to the collection, is in original heavy paper wraps, published separately in 1972, as a supplement to the main work, but often not found with it. It has 4 small maps and detailed index and is in fine clean condition.
US$40. bookID # 13480
STREETER, Thomas Winthrop, Edward J. Lazare (index); The Celebrated Collection of Americana formed by the late Thomas Winthrop Streeter. New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1966-1970, First edition, 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; 8 volumes including the index, over 3,330 pages, numerous plates, frontis, reproductions of maps, title pages, etc, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spines and covers, lightly faded, many lots with light pencil price realized, else clean near fine and complete set.
The work, describing 4421 lots of fine American amassed by the premier collector of his time, has become an important reference and bibliography for Americana. The index volume includes the prices realized of each item.
US$600. bookID # 11009
TAYLOR, Nancy M.; Early Travellers in New Zealand. Oxford, at the Clarendon Press, 1959, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm; xxx, [ii], 594 pp, 5 maps (as called for) including folding, glossary of plants and birds, bibliography, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, library withdrawal stamp on title page, but no other library markings, interior clean and unmarked, cover unmarked with minor wear, overall very good, sound copy.
A detailed and scholarly work covering each explorer/traveller with separate chapters, including Colenso, Selwyn, Charles Abraham, John Johnson, Heaphy, Brunner, Thomson, Percy Smith, A. J. Barrington, Herbert Meade, and others.
US$45. bookID # 13462
THEBERGE, C. B.; Canadiana on Your Bookshelf; Collecting Canadian Books. Toronto, Dent, , First paperback edition, 12mo [20 x 13.5 cm]; 134 pp, well-illustrated including photos, title-pages, bibliography, original heavy paper pictorial wraps, title lettering on cover and spine, clean and near fine.
Written by a long-time collector, book provides a useful and practical guide on collecting books and pamphlets on Canada, covering all aspects including searching, specializing, judging and including detailed glossary with definitions commonly used.
US$1. bookID # 13451
TOOLEY, R. V,; Collector's Guide to Maps of the African Continent and Southern Africa. London, Carta Press, 1969, First edition, 8vo [25 x 19 cm]; xvi, 132 pp, 100 plain plates at end, 6 coloured plates including frontis, other illustrations in text, index, original cloth with gilt spine title lettering, dj (light wear, price clipped), near fine, clean and unmarked.
A beautifully illustrated reference work describing about 500 maps in detail, that allows identification, including size, date, edition, full title, maker, variations, etc. Author was the premier map expert and wrote several books on subject.
US$50. bookID # 13476
TRASK, David, Michael C. Meyer, Roger R. Trask; A Bibliography of United States - Latin American Relations Since 1810; A Selected List of Eleven Thousand Published References. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, , , 4to [26 x 18.5 cm]; xxxi, 441 pp, abbreviations, key to journals, index, original blue cloth, clean and fine condition.
A basic reference covering each country in Central & South America and Mexico with sections on each historical period.
US$5. bookID # 7063
TUCKER, Ethelyn Maria, under direction of Charles Sprague Sargent; Catalogue of the Library of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Cambridge, Arnold Arboretum, Cosmos Press, Martino, 1915 , limited edition facsimile of the original edition, 8vo [23 x 17.5 cm]; [vi], 782 pp, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean, unmarked, fine condition.
Listing of thousands of books and periodicals in separate sections, with author, title, publisher, place, collations, plates and other information. A very useful reference for horticulture, botany, forestry, etc, and includes most of the older books that one is ever likely to find and all of the books in this field that Harvard had accumulated.
US$45. bookID # 13820
WABER, A.; Bibliographie der Schweizerischen Landeskunde : Unter Mitwirkung der hohen Bundesbehorden, Eidgenossischer und Kantonaler Amtsstellen und zahlreicher Gelehrter; Landes und Reisebeschreibungen; Descriptions Geographiques et Recits de Voyages et Excursions. Bern; Staten Island, NY, Verlag von K. J. Wyss, Maruzio Martino, 1899, 1909, reprint published c1996, limited edition of 175 copies, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes in one, xxiii, 440; [ii], xvi, 172, [ii] pp, indexes, original grey cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean, unmarked.
Two volumes in one, consisting of Fascicules III and III-2. The full title of first volume is Landes und Reisebeschreibungen; Ein Beitrag zur Bibliographie der schweizerischen Reiselitterature 1479-1890 zusammengestellt von A. Waber, originally published Bern 1899. The second title is Descriptions Geographiques et Recits de Voyages et Excursions en Suisse (fin du fascicle III); Contribution a la Bibliographie de la Literature Suise des Voyages de 1891 a 1900 avec dos supplements relatifs a la periode anterieure a 1891, par A. Waeber, Berne 1909. The combined volumes are a comprehensive bibliography describing thousands of articles, books, on country and descriptions of Swiss travel literature in the period 1479-1890. They are the complete works related to travel, voyages, excursions and descriptions from a larger work on the bibliography of Switzerland.
US$150. bookID # 12871
WANTRUP, Jonathan; Australian Rare Books 1788-1900. Sydney, Hordern House, , First edition, 8vo [25.5 x 18 cm]; x, 468 pp, mounted colored frontis plate, numerous illustrations from early sources including many title-pages reprinted, endpaper maps, index, special index of artists and engravers, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine, clean, unmarked, as new condition.
The standard reference book, includes an extensive bibliographic checklist detailing the 260 major printed sources discussed in the text together with a glossary of terms used in book collecting. Excellent chapters from the Founding Fathers to later explorations with an impressive chapter on the Wild Scenery of Australia: Fine Early Plate Books. The checklist includes a collation of each book with plate and map counts, plus good descriptive material.
US$120. bookID # 13101
WEBER, Shirley Howard; Voyages and Travels in the Near East Made During the XIX Century; [bound with] Voyages & Travels in Greece, Near East & Adjacent Regions made previous to the Year 1801. Princeton, Staten Island, American School of Classical Studies at Athens; Maurizio Martino, , reprint of the 1952-1953 editions, this reprint strictly limited to 200 copies, 8vo 21.5 x 14.5 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, xi, 252; [viii], 208 pp, general index in each volume, indexes of travelers and authors, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, very fine and clean, as new, unmarked.
This edition contains both books, usually found separate. It contains detailed reference, collations, annotations, etc to 2,066 works in the Gennadius Library in Athens and is a very useful reference for travels in the regions for all periods prior to 1900
US$120. bookID # 12863
WICKERSHAM, James; A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature 1724-1924, Containing the Titles of All Histories, Travels, Voyages, Newspapers, Periodicals, Public Documents, Etc., Printed in English, Russian, German, French, Etc. . . from 1724 to and including 1924. Fairbanks/Cordova, Alaska, Alaska Agricultural College & School of Mines; Cordova Daily Times Pri, 1927, First edition, 8vo [24 x 16 cm]; xxvii, 635 pp, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine, clean and unmarked.
A standard reference covering over 10,000 items and preceded by an extensive introduction providing a good historical perspective.
US$60. bookID # 12830
WILGUS, A. Curtis; Latin America: A Guide to Illustrations. Metuchen, NJ and London, The Scarecrow Press, 1981, First edition, 8vo [22 x 14.5 cm]; xxviii, 250 pp, bibliog, indexes, original cloth with title on front cover and spine, fine and clean.
The first work to index illustrations for Latin America, by an esteemed Latin Americanist, historian and scholar. The work provides very detailed indexes by country, time period, activity, building, culture, environment, flora, fauna, cities, towns, archaeology, religion, economy, transportation, politics, etc, and indicates where appropriate illustrations can be found. A detailed analytical outline of topics is provided, as well as a reference-key index.
US$45. bookID # 9059
WOOD, Casey A.; Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology. Hildesheim; New York, Georg Olms Verlag, 1974, exact reprint of 1931 first edition published in London by Oxford University Press, 8vo [[23 x 16 cm]; xix, 643 pp, frontis, indexes to authors, titles, original brown cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, joints with some wear, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, interior is clean, fine and unmarked.
Preceded by a detailed 148 page introduction, the book describes thousands of the most important books and other works on the subject, including books on birds, fish, etc, with descriptions giving date, collations and most with descriptions of the importance and significance of the work. A standard reference. Included is an article, inserted loose, on the Collecting the Firs Peterson Bird Guides by Cassie.
US$15. bookID # 13867
WOOD, Hugh B.; Nepal Bibliography. Eugene, The American-Nepal Education Foundation, 1950, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 18.5 cm]; [ii], 108 pp, paper covered boards (hardcover), cloth spine, title lettering on cover, small light cover erasure and light stain, few pencil marks in text, else very good.
A useful reference covering books and magazines. There are frequent brief comments by the author for many of the references. This copy has a typed review of book by Werner Levi, University of Minnesota, inserted loose. The original work was issued in wraps, but this copy has been bound in cloth backed cover with wraps mounted on boards.
US$20. bookID # 13371
WORK, Monroe N.; A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America. Mansfield Centre, Martino Fine Books, nd (1998, limited edition facsimile reprint of the original 1928 edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; xxiii, 698 pp, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine, clean and unused, as new condition.
A massive reference covering Africa, United States, West Indies and Latin America, with a detailed table of contents by subject areas, including history, customs, languages, music, culture, colonization, slavery, religion, economic, education, literature, etc.
US$40. bookID # 12901
YOUNG, R. T. [Robert Thompson]; Biology in America. Boston, Richard G. Badger, , First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 509 pp, frontis portrait of Audubon, 229 illustrations, mostly photos, some drawings, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, cover lightly worn, small name on upper endpaper, very good, interior is quite clean, unmarked and near fine.
A survey, covering all aspects, including early biologists, explorers and travelers, collectors, institutions, geology, experimental biology, color in nature, aquatic biology, relation to medicine, etc. Very well-illustrated.
US$2. bookID # 13470
ZIMMER, John Todd; Catalogue of the Edward E. Ayer Ornithological Library. Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, 1926, reprint of the scarce 1926 edition and limited to 300 copies, 8vo [21 x 13 cm]; 2 volumes bound in one, x, 706 pp, frontis of Ayers, full page illustrations, original cloth, fine clean copy, unmarked.
This has become a standard reference in ornithology, with collations, numbers of plates, etc, as well as useful descriptions and importance of the thousands of books described. Wilfred H. Osgood provides a historical preface. The catalogue "includes the splendid collection of books dealing wholly or in part with birds which has been presented to Field Museum by Edward A. Ayer, and all other works in the library of the museum which are entirely ornithological."
US$35. bookID # 13866
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