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E-List #20: June Miscellany

Herein are 23 fresh to market items. Highlights include a 1st edition of Heinlein's Methuselah's Children signed by Heinlein, a book signed by baseball player turned evangelist Billy Sunday and a late 19th century pop-up children's book.

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Mark & Nora
(719) 434-1952

This Ain’t for Tenderfoots
1. Adams, Andy. The Outlet. Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 195. Octavo, decorative cloth, 371 pages + adverts. 6 plates illustrated by E. Boyd Smith. Moderate surface and edge wear to cloth, title page lacking. INSCRIBED by Adams to Col. Bob [Robert] McReynolds – soldier, frontiersman and author.
Adams here gives a lively account of a cattle drive starting in Texas and ending in Montana. Adams worked many cattle drives over an 8 year period, and his experiences brought an authenticity to cowboy life often lacking in contemporary western fiction.
Apocalypse of the German Soul
2. Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Apokalypse der deutschen Seele. Studien zu einer Lehre von letzten Haltungen. I. Der deutsche Idealismus. II. Im Zeichen Nietzsches. III. Die Vergöttlichung des Todes. Leipzig: Anton Pustet. 1937-1939. Three volume set, octavos, 734 + 419 + 459 pages. Surface and edge wear to jackets; volume three lacks jacket. Overall very good.
Balthasar’s first major work, an expansion of his thoughts regarding German literature, theology and philosophy. Much of his life and writings focused on his desire to offer a Catholic response toward modernity, often in an eclectic manner peculiar to him – in many ways he felt that Christianity should not be an easy choice for modern man.
The Last of Their Kind
3. BB. [Watkins-Pitchford, Denys. The Little Grey Men. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1948. Tall octavo, cloth in DJ, 190 pages + 8 color plates. The first reprint. Moderate surface and edge wear to DJ; inscription on front free end page.
The adventures of four gnomes, very likely the last of their kind in England, marvelously told and illustrated by Watkins-Pitchford. The story unfolds across the seasons in the idyllic surroundings of the English countryside.
He Who Has Ears to Hear
4. Bent, Samuel Arthur. Short Sayings by Great Men with Historical and Explanatory Notes. Boston: James B. Osgood & Co., 1892. Large octavo, ½ green morocco over marbled boards, 610 pages. Gilt decoration and title to spine compartments. End pages marbled. Top edge gilt. Moderate surface and edge wear, bookplate on front pastedown. Cloth place holder detached but laid-in. Very good.
Wisdom from the ages housed in an attractive binding.
The World is Wrong Side Up
5. Brown, Elijah P. The Real Billy Sunday. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914. Octavo, decorative cloth, 285 pages + advert. Illustrated with photographic plates. Light rubbing to spine, several small white spots on back board, the letter ‘R’ perished from Brown’s name on front board. Overall very good. SIGNED by Billy Sunday under his portrait on the frontispiece.
A popular athlete and an outfielder in baseball’s National League in the 1880s, Billy converted to Christianity, left baseball, and became one of the most celebrated evangelists in the first two decades of the 1900s. With a surname of Sunday, perhaps it was destiny.
The Great Commoner
6. Bryan, William Jennings. The Old World and its Ways, Describing a Tour Around the World and Journeys Through Europe. St. Louis: The Thompson Publishing Co., 1907. Quarto, ¼ leather over cloth, 574 pages. Illustrated. Page edges marbled. Front board detached. SIGNED and dated by Bryan on front free end page.
A look at Europe through the eyes of ‘The Great Commoner,’ orator, populist and Democratic Presidential nominee: William Jennings Bryan.
Pie in Your Eye
7. Bryant, Sara Cone. Epaminondas and his Auntie. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1938. Slim octavo, cloth in DJ, 16 pages. Later printing. Scotch tape repair to back of DJ, former owner’s inscription on front free end page. Wonderfully illustrated by Inez Hogan.
Failing to please his Aunt and her persnickety demands, Epaminondas finds revenge in a most delicious manner.
To Belong to Somebody
8. Clark, Ann Nolan. Looking-for-Something. The Story of a Stray Burro of Ecuador. New York: The Viking Press, 1952. Tall octavo, cloth in DJ, 55 pages. First Edition. Moderate surface and edge wear to DJ; name on front free end page. Nicely illustrated by Leo Politi.
Gray Burro explores Ecuador only to find the object of his desire was waiting for him in his hometown.
French Cooking for the German Market
9. Escoffier, A. Kochkunst-Fuhrer. Ein Hand und Nachschlagebuch der Modernen Franzosischen Kuche und der Feinen Internationalen Kuche. Frankfurt: Internationalen Verbandes Der Koche, 1914. Thick octavo, gilt blocked ¼ leather over cloth, 959 pages + adverts. End pages marbled. Moderate surface and edge wear else all very good.
August Escoffier and his recipes featuring the best of French tradition here translated into the German language.
Periodic Excitement
10. Hawkesworth, John. The Adventurer. A New Edition. London: Printed for W. Strahan, J. Rivington and Sons, and et al., 1778. Volumes One and Two only [of four], octavos, parchment, 308 + 292 pages. Page edges and end pages marbled. Bookplate of Henry and Anne Rebecca Collins on front paste down of each volume. Engraved frontispiece in first volume. Parchment split along front joint of first volume. Text very good.
Self-educated, Hawkesworth rose through the ranks of British society to become Director of the East India Company, to edit Cook’s Account of the Voyages Undertaken, for which he reportedly received 6000 pounds, and to start and heavily contribute to the popular periodical The Adventurer.
From One Wife to Another
11. [Heidegger, Elfride]. Ermisch, Hubert Georg. Der Dresdner Zwinger. Dresden: Sachsenverlag, 1956. Slim quarto, cloth, 105 pages + 88 photographic plates. Damp warping to lower page corners. INSCRIBED by Elfride Heidegger.
Inscription from Elfride Heidegger, Martin Heidegger’s wife, to Ursula Gray, wife of American philosopher James Glenn Gray who was also the editor in charge, at Harper & Row, of the translation and publication of Martin’s work for the American market.
Who Wants to Live Forever?
12. Heinlein, Robert A. Methuselah’s Children. Hicksville: Gnome Press, [1958]. Cloth in DJ, octavo, 188 pages. First state of the First edition. Publishers black cloth with red lettering on spine. Several small chips to DJ as well as some surface wear including a small stain on the front. $3.00 price intact on jacket. The usual light age-toning to pages. SIGNED by Heinlein on the title page; also; INSCRIBED warmly by Heinlein on half-title.
As indicated by the title, Methuselah’s Children centers around a group of families who have, over several generations, achieved extended lifespans primarily through selective breeding. Part of the Future History series.
Man versus Bug? or, Man versus Man?
13. Heinlein, Robert. Starship Troopers. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1959. Cloth in DJ, 309 pages. First printing of the First edition. Publisher’s blue cloth with silver lettering and stars. Moderate surface and edge wear to DJ including a former owner’s address on the back inner flap. $3. 95 price intact on jacket. Former owner’s name (J. Baker) on front free end page.
One of Heinlein’s more controversial titles, Starship Troopers was written in response to Eisenhower’s decision to suspend US nuclear testing at the height of the Cold War. A veteran of the US Navy, Heinlein held opinions forged by his experience in the military which informed much of his writing in the novel, among them corporal and capital punishment. Heinlein ended his partnership with Scribner’s after they refused to publish it.
He Followed in the Steps of Bierstadt
14. [Hurley, Wilson]. Wilson Hurley. An Exhibition of Oil Paintings. Kansas City: The Lowell Press, 1977. Oblong quarto, ¼ vinyl over cloth complete in slipcase, [86] pages. Limited First Edition numbered and SIGNED by Hurley, this being #46 of 150. Laid-in are a folded exhibition brochure, and exhibition card invitation and an envelope. Light surface and edge wear to slipcase. Very good.
Wilson Hurley (1924-2008) was one of the premier American landscape artists of the 20th century. Following in the tradition of Bierstadt, Church and Moran, Hurley brought Western realist landscape painting to the forefront of American art.
A Light in the Darkness of Space
15. Irwin, James B.; Emerson, Jr., William A. To Rule the Night. The Discovery Voyage of Astronaut Jim Irwin. Philadelphia: A. J. Holman, 1973. Octavo, gilt blocked cloth in DJ, 251 pages + photographs. First edition. Tag scuff and price-clip to DJ; book VG. SIGNED by Irwin on the half-title.
The 8th person to walk on the moon, Irwin became a devout Christian after his experiences in space. Regarding his feelings he said, “I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.” He expounds on his time in space, God and more in this book.
The Icebox of the Nation
16. [Polk, R. L.] Polk’s Leadville (Lake County, Col.) City Directory, 1965. Kansas City: R. L. Polk & Co., 1965. Octavo, ¼ cloth over card boards, 60 + 82 + 28 + 8 + 3 pages. Some edge wear to boards else all very good.
Includes names, phone numbers, addresses, a ‘yellow’ pages for business, local adverts and more. An ideal reference for genealogists.
Oh, the Pedestals of History
17. Saltus, J. Sanford; Tisne, Walter E. Statues of New York. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1923. Large octavo, cloth in original paper DJ, 164 pages + 82 full-page photogravures. Edge wear to upper edge of front board, sustained chipping to the uncommon DJ, bookplate on front pastedown, back joint cracked. Contents very good.
Compellingly illustrated with 82 photogravures this work examines the history of Statues in New York, including biographies of those whose lives inspired such commemoration. As per the ever spinning cycles of history, pertinent once again.
We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident
18. Sanderson, John; Conrad, Robert T. (Editor and Reviser). Sanderson’s Biography of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia: Thomas, Copperthwait & Co., 1848. Quarto, gilt labeled calf, 834 pages + engraved plates featuring portraits of the signers. Engraved frontispiece and title page. Fold-out facsimile of the hand-written draft of the Declaration as well as facsimile autographs of the signers. Page edges and end pages marbled. Surface and edge wear to calf, 1’ tear to foot, small scuff on front paste down, lightly shaken, intermittent foxing (mostly to fly leaves and tissue guards). The overall tenor of the text and engraved plates is very good.
Originally issued in 9 volumes, this 1848 printing offers a condensed compilation which still manages to please with informative biographies, engraved plates and facsimile manuscript examples.
I’m So Rumbly in my Tumbly
19. Shepard, E. H. (Illustrator). Pooh, His Art Gallery. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1957. Collection of 8 large color prints featuring the artwork of E. H. Shepard. Light smudging to right margins of 3 prints else very good. Housed in the original cardboard box which is in very good condition.
When many people think of Winnie the Pooh they inevitably imagine the loveable bear illustrated for the world by Ernest Howard Shepard. These 8 full color prints delightfully capture Pooh and his world.
Like Father, Like Daughter
20. Thackeray, Miss [Anne Isabella]. Old Kensington. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1873. Tall octavo, gilt-blocked ¼ morocco over marbled card boards, 531 pages + illustrations. End pages marbled. Moderate surface and edge rubbing, bookplate on front paste down name in pencil on title. Overall very good.
The eldest daughter of noted novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, Anne Thackeray was herself an accomplished author and a central figure in the later stages of the Victorian literary scene. In this novel Thackeray offers a nostalgic perspective of a Kensington she had experienced as a child, the plot of which unfolds in a somewhat parallel manner to the structure of her father’s Vanity Fair.
Neptune’s Curse
21. Thomas, Lowell. Count Luckner, The Sea Devil. Garden City: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1928. Octavo, cloth, 309 pages + photographic plates. Sustained surface rubbing, bookplate on front paste down. An honest exemplar. INSCRIBED by Thomas on the half-title.
Thomas’s biography of Count Luckner, the German ‘Sea Devil’ who, alongside his men onboard the Seeadler, captured 14 enemy ships during WWI. Nicely illustrated.
Always Will I Love You
22. Trimpey, Alice Kent. Becky, My First Love. Baraboo: Remington House, 1946. Tall octavo, cloth in DJ, 59 pages + photographic plates. Several small chips to DJ. SIGNED by Trimpey on front free end page. Laid-in is an original large full color photograph of Becky.
Surreal, yet genuine, account of Trimpey’s steadfast love for her doll, Becky. A precursor, perhaps, of the impending spate of humans experiencing and professing love for their robots?
Mrs. Tabitha’s Cats Academy!
23. [Weatherly, F. E. and M. Hedderwick-Browne]. The Children's Tableaux: A Novel Colour Book with Pictures Arranged as Tableaux.  London and New York: Ernest Nister and E. P. Dutton & Co., [c. 1880's]. Quarto. Illustrated. Unpaginated [32 pp.]. Original quarter red cloth over pictorial boards. Boards rubbed and marked. Hinges split. Pencil drawing throughout. Fair. Uncommon.
With five double-page color chromolithographic pop-up scenes. Scenes include Mrs. Tabitha's Cats Academy, railway station with locomotive, army of geese in uniform, children at the seaside and a cats' circus. Pop-ups appear complete, though upside-down kitty from first pop-up detached and several pop-up hinges separated from pages. Printed in Bavaria where chromolithography reached its zenith in the later part of the 19th century.
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