From Mark Twain’s Library
(Samuel Clemens) Marguerite d’Angouleme, Queen of Navarre (1492-1549). THE HEPTAMERON OF MARGARET, QUEEN OF NAVARRE. London: Henry G. Bohn (Bohn’s Extra Volume), 1864. 427 pages, in full blind-stamped decorative brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine. Cloth spine separated from and expertly rejoined to back cover. Otherwise tight and clean. Front and back pastedowns together with free endpapers and adjoining preliminary and supplemental leaves display Bohn advertisements. Samuel Clemens’s penciled autograph , “Saml L. Clemens, Hartford 1875” on recto of frontispiece portrait of author. Trustee’s signed bookplate affixed to verso of front-free endpaper authenticates that this volume was sold at the February, 1911 auction of Clemens’s library. Its later provenance probably includes a member of Bertha Boeing’s New York banking family. The volume is part of the William E. Boeing library but is not described with the other Samuel Clemens books in Part II of the Boeing library catalogue. Clemens alluded to and quoted from The Heptameron, observing that “Margaret of Navarre [wrote] The Heptameron and some religious books – the first survives, the others are forgotten - wit and indelicacy being sometimes better literature-preservers than holiness.”
(Edgar Cherry & Co.) REDWOOD AND LUMBERING IN CALIFRNAI FORESTS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS. San Francisco: Edgar Cherry & Co,, 1884. 10.3/4 x 8.3/8”’ [ii] ii. 107 pages. Twenty-four randomly enumerated photographic plates mounted within printed frames on stiff paper; fourteen of the mountings are annotated with descriptive legends. Fine in full dark red cloth, gilt lettering n the spine, light wear at the head of spine. Boeing Library II, page 144. KURUTZ, California Books Illustrated with Original Photographs,. 7, page 16. $9000.
(Spanish-American War) Map and Poster (25” x 35” mounted). Depicts the deployment and movements of the opposing United States and Spanish fleets at the battle of Santiago de Cuba. July 2, 1898. Published aboard Admiral Schley’s flagship, the USS Brooklyn (CA3) and distributed only to the ship’s crew. Accompanied by a diary in manuscript by ship’s quartermaster, A..E. Streitberger, together with ephemera that includes rare service medals and a piece of the Brooklyn’s battle flag. $5000.
Herman Melville. OMOO: A NARRATIVE OF ADVENTURES IN THE SOUTH SEAS; BEING A SEQUEL TO “THE 'RESIDENCE IN MARQUESAS ISLANDS.” First edition, first state. Murray’s Colonial Home Library. London: John Murray, 1847. xiv, 321 pages (plus advertisements). Very good in original full red cloth. Short title, “ ADVENTURES IN THE SOUTH SEAS,” in gilt on spine. Boeing Library II, page 69. $ 1000.
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William Manning. ARCHAEOLOGIA AMERICANA: TRANSACTIONS AND COLLECTONS OF THE AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY. Volume I. Worcester, Massachusetts, 1820.436 pages in very good full brown calf. Gilt title on light tan leather label on spine; gilt faux bands on spine. Five folded maps. $600.
(Addison and Steele) THE SPECTATOR. Six volumes. Stereotype edition. London: Andrew Wilson. (1812). Three quarters brown calf over marbled paper. Gilt floral images and gilt lettering on green leather labels on spine. $400.
Lewis Carroll. THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND WHAT ALICE SAW THERE. Fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. London: Macmillan and Co., 1872. 224 pages plus last page with four advertisements in full red cloth gilt triple-ruled borders with single round cameo-like image of different Wonderland characters on front and back covers. All edges gilt. Very good in like clamshell box with gilt lettering on rounded spine. Page 21: line two of Jabberwocky reads “wade” instead of the later “wabe.” Lacks page enumeration at page 98. A very good early copy of the first edition. $3000.
Joel Chandler Harris. UNCLE REMUS [,] HIS SONGS AND HIS SAYINGS [,] THE FOLK-LORE OF THE OLD PLANTATION. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881. First edition, first issue. 231 pages plus eight pages of advertisements. Illustrations by Frederick E. Church and James H. Moser. In full russet-colored cloth with gilt and black illustrated front cover, gilt lettering on spine. Light wear at extremities of spine. Page 9, last line, reads “presumptive in me.” BAL 9100 Grolier / American 83. $6200.
Margaret Landon. ANNA AND THE KNG OF SIAM. New York: John Day Company, 1944. 360 pages in full dark brown cloth, gilt image and lettering on spine. Original dust wrapper in transparent cover, a few chips at extremities. The basis of the ever-popular Broadway musical, “The King and I.” Very good. $125.
John Buchan. THE KINGS GRACE 1910 – 1935. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1935. 285 pages plus color frontispiece portrait of George VI and twenty-four leaves of black and white photographic illustrations depicting the reign f the British monarch. Fine in light cream-colored cloth, gilt lettering and emblem on front cover, gilt lettering on spine. $175.
Richard Bach. JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL: A STORY. New York: Macmillan Company, 1970. 93 pages including many full page black and white photographic illustrations by Russell Munson. Fine in like dust wrapper. Gift inscription to Mrs. William E. Boeing. $175.
Mat Lamberton Becker, editor. THE HOME BOOK OF CHRISTMAS. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941. Later printing. 746 pages in full red cloth, bright gilt lettering in front cover and spine. Spine sunned. An anthology of favorite Christmas stories from many sources ranging from scripture to modern writers. From the William E. Boeing Library. $12.
T.G. Crippen. CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS LORE. London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1923. x, 221 pages including index. Seven black and white plates plus frontispiece. A comprehensive history of Christmas and its traditions. $25
Christopher Morley. DON’T OPEN UNTIL CHRISTMAS. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1931. 26 pages in half read cloth over decorative paper-covered boards. Light sunning to head of cover, otherwise very good. $25.
Phyllis McGinley. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. London: Secker & Warburg, 1958. 48 pages in half beige cloth over decorative red paper on boards; red lettering on spine. Occasional and full-page color illustrations by Ilonka Karasz. Fine in like dust wrapper. $35.
Henry Van Dyke. THE STORY OF THE OTHER WISE MAN. Mount Vernon, New York. Sixty-one pages in full decorative paper covered boards. Occasional and full page color illustrations by Ruth McCrea. Fine in like dust wrapper, black lettering on spine. $35.