Books and Ephemera - McCarthy, Picasso, Antiques, etc.Platinum House 436 lots | 435 with images
January 29, 2012Live Auction
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Sale NotesThis catalog features a broad range of rare antique and vintage books, as well as a large collection of intriguing ephemera and artwork. Of particular note are rare first editions of 19th century and modern titles as well as a very large collection of signed modern first editions. The books in these collections are impressive both for their quality and condition. We will also offer a select group of estate furniture and other antiques.
Important books in this auction include first editions, many of which are author-signed. Noteworthy examples include first editions of three Cormac McCarthy entitled "The Orchard Keeper," "Child of God," and "The Stone Mason." Also offered are first American and English editions of Herman Melville's landmark 1847 title, "Omoo." Other lots include decorative antique sets by classic authors such as Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas, along with Justin Winsor's eight-volume 1884-1889 work entitled, "Narrative and Critical History of America." Modern works in this catalog include hundreds of signed first editions by prominent writers such as Norman Mailer, Michael Crichton, Ken Follett, Dan Brown, Dick Francis and Amy Tan, to name just a few.
Found throughout this catalog are pleasing groups of ephemera and artwork. Leading the field is a pencil-signed lithograph of "The Model Painter" by Pablo Picasso, offered with provenance. A vast array of ephemera lots are included in this catalog with vintage and antique items dating back to the 17th century. Themes of the ephemera lots include early engravings and lithographs, travel-related, transportation (aviation, automotive, and railroad), antique photographs (including tintypes) , magazines, early ship cargo manifests and original documents, artwork, advertising-related items, original Civil War material, tobacciana, breweriana, large quantities of original correspondence with postage and early cancels, and many other genres.
This catalog also includes other antique items. Featured are antique bookcases and desks along with early stoneware pottery and a pendulum clock.View all lots in this auction
Description: Title: The Apples of New YorkAuthor: S. A. Beach - Spencer A. Beach was undoubtedly one of the most well known and far seeing professional horticulturists of the early 20th Century. In 1891 he became horticulturist at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva where for 14 years he was known as an outstanding pomologist and an individual with a broad educational viewpoint. His knowledge of apples, grapes and bush fruits was extensive and he published the classical apple cultivar publication "Apples of New York" in 2 volumes (1905). He initiated also the breeding program which has continued in New York up to the present.In 1905 Professor Beach became Vice-Dean and head of the Department of Horticulture and Forestry at Iowa State College. The work in forestry at Ames owed its introduction and establishment to Professor Beach. He took a very active part in college administration and in work of the various departments. He particularly encouraged initiation of more intensive studies of genetics. He developed an extensive apple breeding program at Ames.Professor Beach was possibly the leading figure in the initiation of the foundation of what is now the American Society for Horticultural Science. He was also a member of the Horticultural Society of London, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science as well as the Iowa and Midwest Horticulturist Societies. He was one of the founders of the two letter organizations. He was also a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi.Professor Beach was undoubtedly one of the most active and productive horticulturists of the early 20th Century. Publisher: J. B. Lyon CompanyCity: AlbanyYear: 1905Printing Information: First EditionBinding Style: HardcoverNumber of Volumes: 2 Complete: YesWidth: 6.5" Height: 9.5"Book Details: A scarce first edition of the classic work of pomology. This set is part of a larger series commissioned by the New York Agricultural Department, still valued today for their detailed descriptions and images.Condition / Notes: Antique volumes are bound in green cloth with gilt lettering and decorative designs to spines and front covers. Books show moderate external wear/age, with first volume showing markings at head of spine and to rear cover. Books are solidly bound, with patterned endpapers. Volume I has light foxing to preliminary pages. Pages are clean and unmarked. Illustrated with b&w and bright color plates.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $9.50View additional info »
Lot 2002: Pablo Picasso MODEL PAINTER 1961 Pencil-Signed Lithograph From Estate Of Art Curator Alfred Collette
Description: Title: The Model PainterArtist: Pablo PicassoMedium: LithographFeatures: Signed In PlateWidth: 24.0" Height: 19.75"Book Details: Condition / Notes: Lithograph is preserved under glass in gilt-edged matting within gilt wooden frame. Back side is covered with laminated compressed foam. Sides possess movable metal latches from which to hang work.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $10.50View additional info »
Description: Details: This lot includes the antique document shown in the corresponding image. This is a petition to have sunken ship removed from port entrance. It is signed by thirty ship captains.Text reads as follows:To the Hon. Secy of the Treasury / Washington D. C. / Honored Sir / We the undersigned respectfully petition to have removed or caused to be removed the w5rk of the steamship (illegible name) and her cargo so as to form no obstruction to navigation. Said vessel stranded on the north bar of (illegible word) shoals have since made in leaving the wreck an extremely dangerous position, vellels can go between the wrek and the shoals. Velel lies in about 3 1/2 fathoms of water 1 1/2 mile to 2 miles from (illegible word) beach. Stern and stern post shows at low tide.Condition / Notes: Presumably written on page from ledger. Tears at edges, with some light soiling. Measures approximately 8" x 12.5" folded.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $6.50View additional info »
Description: Title: Child of GodAuthor: Cormac McCarthy - Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist and playwright. He has written ten novels, spanning the Southern Gothic, Western, and modernist genres. He received the Pulitzer Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction for "The Road." His 2005 novel "No Country for Old Men" was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. He received a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award for his 1992 novel, "All the Pretty Horses." "All the Pretty Horses" and "The Road" were also made into major motion pictures."Blood Meridian" (1985) was among Time magazine's list of 100 best English-language books published between 1923 and 2005 and placed joint runner-up in a poll taken in 2006 by The New York Times of the best American fiction published in the last 25 years. Literary critic Harold Bloom named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, alongside Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Philip Roth, and called "Blood Meridian" "the greatest single book since Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"." In 2010 The Times ranked "The Road" first on its list of the 100 best fiction and non-fiction books of the past 10 years. He is frequently compared by modern reviewers to William Faulkner. McCarthy has been increasingly mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.Publisher: Random HouseCity: New YorkYear: 1973Printing Information: First EditionBinding Style: HardcoverPagination: 197 pagesWidth: 6" Height: 8.5"Book Details: Cormac McCarthy's third novel. Though the novel received critical praise, it was not a financial success. Like its predecessor, "Outer Dark," "Child of God" established McCarthy's interest in using extreme isolation, perversity, and violence to represent normal human experience. McCarthy ignores literary conventions - for example, he does not use quotation marks - and chops and changes among several styles of writing such as matter-of-fact descriptions, almost poetic prose, and colloquial first-person narration (with the speaker remaining unidentified).Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.Condition / Notes: This is a scarce stated first edition of this the third novel from the critically acclaimed and highly regarded author. Top edges of volume show faint discoloration, book is otherwise in excellent condition. Binding is tight. Interior is clean and fresh.Dust jacket featuring a full rear panel photo of a young McCarthy is well preserved, without any clipping or markings.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $4.50View additional info »
Description: Details: This lot features the following group of antique issues the Columbian Centinel, printed in Boston and dating from the early nineteenth century. There are 12 number of issues, with the earliest dated 1794 and subsequent issues with a date range of 1801 to 1825. Condition / Notes: Most of the newspapers are intact and whole, some issues show signs of age/wear including chipping, small tears, foxing, etc. A few issues have reinforced seam folds.For lots which include only books, our shipping charge applies to any address within the fifty United States. For lots which are not books, the stated shipping cost in this listing will apply only to addresses within the continental 48 states. Within those parameters, the shipping cost for this lot will be: $6.50View additional info »