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New York: Swann Galleries, 2005-2007. Wraps. First Edition. First Printing. 162, 170, 187 pp. 4to. Light wear and scuffing but very clean with no markings within. Absentee bid sheets removed from Volumes I and II. Prices realized for each auction laid into each volume.
Christian Fechner (1944-2008) was one of the premiere collectors of magic memoribilia. This three part sale, over three years, was one of the largest of its kind and was completed a year before Fechner's death at the age of 64. Very Good.
Dallas, TX: Pressworks Publishing, 1981. Hard Cover. Limited Edition. 90 pp. 4to. Light buff colored blank dust jacket. Quarter cloth binding with list of books within printed on pastepaper cover, very light color variation. Clean and crisp with errata slip laid in.
Published in an edition of 225 copies, 1-200 offered for sale. Unisgned, and appears to be copy "B", see photograph. Fine / Fine.
New York: Hastings House, 1941. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. xxvi, 595 pp. 8vo. Dark blue cloth boards with gold embossed title to cover and spine. Front endpapers illustrated with a map of Utah keyed to tours described within, rear ednpapers illustrated with transportation map of the state. No separate map as issued.
A volume in the important WPA American Guide Series. Very Good.
Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1937. Hardcover. First Edition. Second Printing. 436 pp. 8vo. Green buckram library binding with white printed titling and call numbers on spine. Borrower card pocket and call numbers in ink on front pastedown. Call numbers in ink and pencil on title page along with blind embossed library stamp. Tear 1/2 way up folding History map, p. 17. Minor soiling wihin from use. Missing: 1/2 of Relief map, p. 73; Resources map, p. 165, Highway map following Index.
The first, and rarest volume of the WPA American Guide Series. Although a second printing, retains the larger format that was sized down and consistent in subsequent state volumes. Although ex-library and missing 2-1/2 maps, still scarce. Good...
London: Royal Society of London, 1850. Hardcover. First Edition. vii, -844, 13 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound.
Also contains William Parson's (1800-1867) paper that first identifies the spiral nebulae,"Observations on the Nebulae" pp. 499-514 and cataloged separately as our inventory #27507. Very Good.
Siegl, Helen. Barre, VT/West Burke, VT: Barre Publishing Company, Inc./Janus Press, 1970. Wraps. Limited Edition. Unpag. 8vo. Purple paper tri-fold folder with titling to front cover, light soiling and sunning from age. Encased in golden paper covered slipcase with some soiling. Features woodcut engravings celebrating twelve famous Christmas carols.
Printed on Japanese paper at the Janus Press in an edition of 900 signed and numbered copies, this being #186 and signed by Helen Siefl in pencil on the colophon. Very Good.
Fine, Ruth E. Newark, VT: Janus Press, 1987. Wraps. Limited Edition. Unpaginated. 8vo. Light beige wraps with some fading from time. that folds out to a 34" printed broadside linoleum cut by Ruth E. Fine, with Burke's poem printed along outer edge. Quite stunning production.
Printed in an edition of 150 copies, signed by Burke and Fine on the colophon. Very Good.
Tucson, AZ: The Peccary Press, 1985. Hardcover. 47 pp. 8vo. Orange dust jacket with minor sunning to spine. Brown cloth boards with orange circle design at lower right corners that mimics design on dust jacket. Clean and crisp throughout.
Handbound in an edition of 250 copies by Saltbush Studio. Fine / Very Good.
Rio di Janeiro/Salvador, Brazil: Livraria Kosmos Editora Ltda/Fundacao Cultural do Estado da Bahia, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition. 146 pp. 4to. Light wear and chipping to dust jacket, now in mylar cover. White glossy cover boards with gray titling to cover and spine. Clean within. Heavily illustrated survey of decorative tiles of the Bahia region of Brazil. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1939. Illustrated Boards. First Edition. First Printing. Unpag. 4to. Color & b/w ills. Cover shows Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket with their shadows looming behind them -- full color on a light brown background. Navy backstrip has yellow lettering on spine. Corners are bumped and rubbed. Some edgewear. Spine cloth rubbed at hinges, slightly sunned. Bright yellow endpapers have articles from the toy workshop in red surrounding Pinocchio. Rear eps lightly soiled. From the Collodi book, this is the movie version of the story of the mischievous wooden puppet. Illustrations. taken from the motion picture. Pages have an occasional light fingerprint. Very Good.
New York/Norwalk, CT: Abrams Press/Easton Press, 2009. Full Leather. Facsimile Edition. 223 pp. 4to. Full green leather binding with gold stamped title to cover and spine which is decorated with three raised bands; Rockwell illustration of Santa reading letters at a small desk inset on cover. Gold silk ribbon, moire endpapers, all edges gilt.
Easton Press packaged the 2009 reprint edition of as one of their leather bound books. No Easton Press imprint to be found, but perfectly matches their style. Fine.
England: The Alpine Garden Society of Great Britain, 1930-1986. Hardcover. First Edition. Green cloth-covered boards with gold embossed titling to spines. Set consists of a complete run of Volumes I-LIV spanning the years 1930 to 1986, as well as the four Index Volumes: I-XV, XVI-XXX, XXXI-XL, and XLI-L; and the International Conference Report of 1971. An important reference work in Alpine Plants. Very good.
Lancaster, PA: American Physical Society, 1951. Wraps. First Edition. 349-262 pp. 4to. Green paper wraps with slight darkening at edges of covers from age. Clean within.
Announcement of the discovery of Positronium, an atom that consists of an electron and its antiparticle, a positron, and is therefore the lightest atom. The orbit of the two particles is similar to that of the hydrogen atom (electron and proton). Because the electron and positron annihilate one another, positronium has a very short half-life (approximately 125 picoseconds). Very Good.
Easton, PA: American Chemical Society, 1919. Wraps. First Edition. , -120, -1030 pp. [4 pp. ads]. 8vo. Green paper covers with slight darkening at edges of front and rear covers from age, 1/2" loss at head of spine. Clean within.
In this 1819 paper Irving Langmuir (1881-1957) proposed a set of eleven postulates describing the arrangement of electrons in shells and layers, and used the postulates to derive the properties of the chemical elements. In the same paper he also coined the term “covalence.” Langmuir was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “for his discoveries and investigations in surface chemistry.”. Very Good.
Gotha, Germany: Friedrich Andreas Perthes, 1871. Hardcover. As. 290,  pp. 4to. Recent, half-leather binding with brown leather spine, five raised bands, gold embossed titling, brown marbled paper boards. Interior clean and tight. Ex-library with two ink stamps on title page. Text in Latin.
This is the 1871 reprint of the first edition of 1809 that contains Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss's (1777-1855) famous calculations of the orbits of asteroids and other bodies orbiting around the Sun. Also included his description of least-squares. Fine.
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1955. Wraps. As.  pp. 8vo. Two staples at spine. Offprint of Salpeter's important paper on Initial Mass Function (IMF).
The properties and evolution of a star are closely related to its mass, so the "initial mass function (IMF) is an important diagnostic tool for astronomers studying large quantities of stars. For example, the initial mass of a star is the primary factor determining its colour, luminosity, and lifetime. In 1955, Edwin Salpeter (1924-2008) was the first to quantify the IMF of stars more massive than our sun. Very Good.