NEW YORK – The liquidation of an antiquarian book dealer’s private collection continues in a Jasper52 auction on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The auction, which contains many items never listed before in any forum, has many titles focusing on U.S. history. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will open with the sale of Henry Howe’s landmark encyclopedia of the state of Ohio in excellent condition (above). The two-volume set, an updated and expanded version of the original 1847 edition, is rebound in excellent condition. It contains the state’s history, both general and local, geography with descriptions of counties, cities and villages, its agricultural, manufacturing, mining and business development, and sketches of eminent and interesting characters. This Ohio Centennial Edition is Illustrated with about 700 engravings. It is expected to sell for $95-$115.
An 18th century account by Capt. Jonathan Carver of the Provincial Troops in America is contained in Three Years Travels through the Interior Parts of North-America. The book containing an account of the “Great Lakes, and all the Lakes, Islands and Rivers, Cataracts, Mountains, Minerals, Soil and Vegetable Productions of The Northwest Regions Of That Vast Continent, With A Description Of The Birds, Beasts, Reptiles, Insects and Fishes Peculiar To The Country” (est. $550-$570).
Zadoc Cramer’s The Navigator contains “Directions for Navigating the Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers” with descriptions of towns and harbors along the way. The 304-page book contains 28 full-page woodcut maps. First published by Cramer in Pittsburgh in 1818, the book was the “most widely used guide to western waters in the early period both before and after the application of steam in 1807.” Of interest is the appearance in this later edition of an account of Louisiana and the Missouri and Columbia rivers as discovered by Lewis and Clark (est. $1,850-$1,870).
An author-signed first edition of The Works of Dwight James Baum, Architect contains 191 plates including several of Wildflower, Arthur Hammerstein’s estate. Hammerstein (1872-1955) was an American songwriter, dramatist, playwright and theater manager.
A complete 10-volume limited edition of classic literature in collectible condition was privately printed by the Aldus Society for its members in 1901. Each book of the set is hand-numbered “549” (of 1,000) (est. $325-$345).
Of special interest is a scarce California item titled Redlands, a nearly 100-year-old hardbound presentation containing sepia-toned photos of classic homes and other architectural treasures from this iconic community when it was still fairly young.
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