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[Art]  Hundertpfund, Libertat (translated From The German Of): The Art Of Painting: Restored to its Simplest and Surest Principles. 1849. David Bogue. London, England. Hardcover. 1st British Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good- / Color Illustrations 122p. This book is in Very Good- condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The book and its contents are in generally clean condition. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some bumping, rubbing and wear. The covers have noticeable fading and spotting and has been well handled. The inner hinges are somewhat loose, as is the sewing. The text pages are generally clean. Both inner hinges are cracked and the front endpaper has been torn away. This copy includes a color frontispiece, a folded analytical chart of color, and 19 of 20 illustrated plates (one of which is various paintbrushes, the others are different color variations of a fold of cloth). One plate (featuring an artist's palate) is missing. "M. Libertat Hundertpfund, the historical painter at Augsberg, has published a work, entitled The art of Painting brought back to it's simplest and surest principles, in which a very valuable discovery has been applied to the practice of oil-painting, so as to render it comparatively easy, and to ground it on an intelligble theory. While he was busied with experiments to find out a better mode of imitating the transparency of the natural shadow, a glass prism fell into his hands. This was a source of great delight to him. The colours produced by it, and their operation on each other, became an engrossing subject of his thoughts; and on one occasion his fancy led him to imagine the three primitive colours, - red, blue, and yellow - springing like rays from the centre of a circle to three equidistant points in its circumference, and affecting the intermediate spaces there by producing their three derivative colours - purple, orange, and green. This was a mere play of imagination; for at the moment of its occurance, he had not any idea of the discovery up to which he was subsequently led." (Year Book of Facts in Science and Art (1848) ) Record#A37651             $1000.00



[Californiana] Waters, R. J. : Photograph: "Sierra Nevada, Wood & Lumber Co''s Incline" : Lake Tahoe Series. 1880. R. J. Waters. Lake Tahoe, CA. Other. Very Good+ / Photographs by R. J. Waters. This is a cabinet card (8 1/2" x 5 1/3" including card) on a tan card and has rounded corners. Albumin print entitled "Sierra Nevada, Wood & Lumber Co''s Incline" on the front (along with R. J. Waters' and Lake Tahoe Series) and on the reverse, the photographer's information and a map of Lake Tahoe. The card is in Very Good+ condition, with light beginning bumping to the corners. ""R. J. (Raper James) Waters was born in Virginia City, NV, and worked out of Gold Hill, NV, until his move to San Francisco. He became best known for his photographs of the aftermath of the San Francisco Fire and did some innovative work for the Pan Pacific Exposition in 1915 by launching a camera in a balloon contraption to get the first "aerial photos" of the exposition. He had two studios in San Francisco: 110 Sutter Street from 1895 to 1900 and the other at 717 Market Street. " (Stanford Library website) Record#A37869                       $250.00



[Ephemera]Lash's Bitters Co.: Lash's Kidney and Liver Bitters 1893. Lash's Bitters Co. . San Francisco, CA. Paperback. Very Good / B&W Illustrations Unpaginated C1893 (when the company moved to San Francisco) This is an oblong booklet with illustrated covers and a stapled spine. The booklet is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The covers have some light bumping and edge wear, along with a crease to the top front corner. The text pages are clean, but noticeably toned. There is an ink stamped business name and address on the introduction page. "John Spieker then established a new company called Lash’s Bitters Co. And continued to manufacture Lash’s Bitters, and a few other medicines, including Homer’s Kidney & Liver Cure, a product he purchased from Homer Williams. The company moved to San Francisco in 1893, and a year later, it was officially incorporated as Lash’s Bitters Co. The business was very successful and in 1901, the Chicago office was opened, and in 1904, the New York City office. Their financial situation was quite promising, and the rights to make Peruvian Bitters, another already successful product, was purchased. The new labels included: “Lash‘s Bitters Co. ”" (Bottles & Extras Magazine via website) Record#A37703                                                                          $75.00




[Ephemera] [Photograph] George Fiske, Photographer: Carte De Visite Photograph Of A Group Of Campers In Yosemite Valley In 1884 By George Fiske 1884. George Fiske, Photographer. Yosemite, CA. Photograph. Very Good / B&W Photographs by George Fiske. This is a large cabinet card Very Good condition. The cardboard has several spots of foxing to both sides. "George Fiske was born October 22, 1835, in Amherst, New Hampshire, and raised on the family's farm. In 1858, at the age of 22, he moved west to Sacramento, California, looking for broader opportunities. There, he worked as a banking clerk for his half-brother Thomas Fiske, of Thomas Fiske & Co. It was probably serendipity, given his later career that this enterprise was located in the same building as the bank was the Vance & Weed Photographic Gallery, owned by Robert H. Vance and managed by Charles Leander Weed, the first photographer of Yosemite Valley. In the years following his removal to California, Fiske received extensive of photographic training. It is not known, however, from who he learned and when. However, in 1864 he was working as a freelance photographer in San Francisco. " (Arthur Pillsbury website)  Record #A37840                                                                                   $250.00





[Ephemera] [Photograph] [Oregon] [Carte De Visite]: Photograph Of The First Customs House On The Pacific Coast : C 1870's. . No Publisher Listed. . Astoria, OR. Other. Very Good / B&W Illustrations This is a large cabinet card (approx. 9" x7") with faded pencil notation with description (unfortunately no date included). The card is a light tan color and has rounded corners. The photograph is an albumin print (possibly by L. W. Park or J. J. Van Duyn) . The carte de visite is in Very Good condition, with some minor bumping to one edge. The photo is somewhat faded. "Lewis & Clark stayed near present day Astoria during the winter of 1805-06, and built Fort Clatsop for shelter. Clatsop County was named for the Clatsop Indians, one of many Chinook tribes living in Oregon. Members of the Pacific Fur Company, owned by John Jacob Astor, arrived in March of 1811 and established Fort Astoria. Several years later, the company failed, and the fort and fur trade were sold to the British in 1813. The fort was restored to the U. S. In 1818, though the fur trade would remain under British control until American pioneers following the Oregon Trail began filtering into the port town in the mid-1840's. In 1847, the first post office west of the Rockies was established in Astoria by James Shively. The first U. S. Customs house was established in Astoria in 1849." Record #A37841                                                                       $250.00



(Ephemera) [photograph] [Japan]: Two Carte De Visites From Nagasaki, Japan C1880's-1890's : View of the "Temple of the Devils" and the "Bund of Ohuda". 1880. No Publisher Listed. . Nagasaki, Japan. Other. Very Good+ / B&W Illustrations Two Carte de Visites from Nagasaki, Japan c1880-1890's. The first view is of the Bund of Oura - the waterfront where westerners were allowed, with Sampans in the water. The Second view is "Oni no Jere" The Temple of Devils on a hillside. Both cards are in Very Good+ condition, with some beginning tidemarking / foxing to the edges. "A series of encounters between the West and Japan in the 1850s ended Japan's isolationist trade policies. In particular, the treaty with Russia, signed on February 7, 1855 established Nagasaki as an open port and, further, granted extraterritoriality privileges to foreigners living in Japan. These encounters finally culminated in 1859 when the Ansei Treaties, and in particular the Harris Treaty with the United States, took effect. These treaties demanded immediate opening of ports, and also established generally unequal trade relationships between the Western powers and Japan. In 1860 development of the area around Oura Creek began; by August 15, 1862, Japanese officials ordered foreign residents of Nagasaki into this new settlement area." Record#A37876                                                                                                                                                                                            $300.00

[Ephemera], [World War I] [Aerial Photography], [Scrapbooks]: World War I Scrapbook Of A United States Aerial Photographer / Observer 1918. Hardcover. Very Good / B&W Illustrations 48p. World War I Scrapbook (13" x10" approx.) with 48 pages from an instructor at the Second Aviation Instruction Center at Tours France, 1918. The scrapbook was the property of and photographed by James F(Fred) Chappell, who is best known as one of the early photographers at the Lick Observatory, and for whom the Chappell Crater on the Moon is named. The scrapbook includes 48 pages of various sized photographs taken by Chappell, starting with photographs of shipboard activities on the transport from the US to Tours France, candid photos of France and the French rural folk on their travel from the coast to Tours, and then to the compound of 2nd AIC (Second Aviation Instruction Center) which was founded by the French at the Tours Aerodrome and then given over for the use of the United States as a place for instructors in aerial observation and aerial gunnery to teach students. James F. Chappell became an instructor in Aerial Observation -- and ironically because the airplanes were crashing so often and had so many injuries and fatalities, Chappell and other instructors were forbidden from flying into combat, to keep from having excessive losses in the instructor corps. The latter half of the scrapbook includes many photographs of different styles of airplanes (both whole, and in pieces) , the ambulance crew, fire brigade, the camera guns, and aerial photographs and sundry accoutrement dealing with aerial photography, gunnery or observation. There are several rank advancement tickets, small souvenirs and occasional newspaper clippings associated with the school. Chappell graduated as one of the first classmen of the U. S. Army Aerial Photography class held at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In all 278 photographs plus other ephemera regarding Chappell's tour of duty, starting from his transport in the US to the fields of Tours, France. This scrapbook holds an amazing amount of visual information regarding the early days of the Army Air Corps which became the United States Air Force in 1947. Record #A37870                                               $5000.00



[Horror] Bachman, Richard (Pseudonym Of Stephen King) : Roadwork 1981. Signet / New American Library. New York. Paperback. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / 246p. "The pseudonym King originally selected (Gus Pillsbury) is King's maternal grandfather's name, but at the last moment (due to the pseudonym being ousted) King changed it to Richard Bachman. Richard is a tribute to crime author Donald E. Westlake's long-running pseudonym Richard Stark. (The surname Stark was later used in King's novel The Dark Half, in which an author's malevolent pseudonym, "George Stark", comes to life. ) Bachman was inspired by Bachman–Turner Overdrive, a rock and roll band King was listening to at the time his publisher asked him to choose a pseudonym on the spot." Record #A37971                                                           $400.00





[Music] The Hoosier Hot Shots: The Original Hoosier Hot Shots : Album of Songs & Photographs. 1938. The Hoosier Hot Shots. Chicago, IL. Paperback. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good+ / B&W Illustrations 47p. SIGNED EDITION. This is an overiszed paperback with illustrated covers and a stapled spine. The book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. The spine ends and corners of the book covers have some light bumping, rubbing and wear. There is a light crease to the front cover. The text pages are clean and bright. This copy has been signed by Nate Harrison on the table of contents. "The Hoosier Hot Shots were an American quartet of musicians who entertained on stage, screen, radio, and records from the mid-1930s into the 1970s. The group formed in Indiana where they performed on local radio before moving to Chicago and a nationwide broadcasting and recording career. The group later moved to Hollywood to star in western movies." "The story of the Hoosier Hot Shots begins in the first years of the 20th century on the Trietsch family farm near Arcadia, Indiana, about 20 miles north of Indianapolis. The Trietsch family grew to be one of four girls and five boys, two of which—Kenneth and Paul—were to become the nucleus of the Hot Shots. Growing up in rural Indiana and aided by the example of a banjo-playing father, Kenneth, Paul and the other Trietsch children developed a keen interest in music and developed their various talents. An ensemble featuring father and sons toured the American and Canadian vaudeville circuit for several years. After the family act broke up, Ken and Paul went to work with another vaudeville group called Ezra Buzzington's Rube Band. It was while touring with the Rube Band that they met another Hoosier, Charles Otto Ward, known to his audiences as Gabriel Hawkins. "Gabe" became the third Hot Shot." (from Wikipedia) Record #A37789                                                           $75.00




[Mystery] Fleming, Ian: Octopussy and the Living Daylights 1966. Jonathan Cape. London, England. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Fine. 95p. "Fleming also worked with Colonel "Wild Bill" Donovan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's special representative on intelligence co-operation between London and Washington. In May 1941 Fleming accompanied Godfrey to the United States, where he assisted in writing a blueprint for the Office of the Coordinator of Information, the department that turned into the Office of Strategic Services and eventually became the CIA. Admiral Godfrey put Fleming in charge of Operation Goldeneye between 1941 and 1942; Goldeneye was a plan to maintain an intelligence framework in Spain in the event of a German takeover of the territory. Fleming's plan involved maintaining communication with Gibraltar and launching sabotage operations against the Nazis. In 1941 he liaised with Donovan over American involvement in a measure intended to ensure that the Germans did not dominate the seaways. " (from Wikipedia) Record #A37906                                                                         $550.00



[Mystery] Rohmer, Sax: The Shadow of Fu Manchu 1952. Herbert Jenkins Limited. London, England. Hardcover. 1st British Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Very Good+. 252p  Sax Rohmer, without any prior knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture, decided to start the Fu Manchu series after his ouija board spelled out C-H-I-N-A-M-A-N when he asked what was the most dangerous competition to the white man. During the time period, the idea of the Yellow Peril was spreading in North American society. Western people had feared that Chinese people would elevate drug hysteria while simultaneously work harder physically and graduate colleges at higher rates.  The image of Orientals “invading” Western nations became the foundation of Rohmer’s commercial success, being able to sell 20 million copies in his lifetime. Record #A37954                                                                         $200.00






[Poetry] Duncan, Robert: Medieval Scenes 1950. Centaur Press. San Francisco, CA. Paperback. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good+ / Unpaginated Limited to 250 unnumbered copies, signed by the author. Small press - block print by Kermit Sheets. This book is in Very Good+ condition and was issued without a dust jacket. Saddle Stitched with cardstock covers. The covers have some light fading, and there is some light bumping to the spine ends and corners. There are two minor spots to the front cover. The title page is illustrated with color. The text pages are clean and bright. This is the author's third book of poetry. "Not only a poet, but also a public intellectual, Duncan's presence was felt across many facets of popular culture. Duncan's name is prominent in the history of pre-Stonewall gay culture and in the emergence of bohemian socialist communities of the 1930s and '40s, in the Beat Generation, and also in the cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s, influencing occult and gnostic circles of the time. During the later part of his life, Duncan's work, published by City Lights and New Directions, came to be distributed worldwide, and his influence as a poet is evident today in both mainstream and avant-garde writing." (from Wikipedia)Record#A37833                               $225.00




[Science Fiction / Fantasy] Brooks, Terry: The Sword Of Shannara 1977. Random House. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / Fine. 726p. This book is in Near Fine condition and has a Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is crisp and clean. “Brooks began writing The Sword of Shannara in 1967 when he was twenty-three years old. He started writing the novel to challenge himself and as a way of staying "sane" while he attended law school at Washington and Lee University Brooks had been a writer since high school, but he had never found 'his' genre: "I tried my hand at science fiction, westerns, war stories, you name it. All those efforts ... weren't very good." When he was starting college, he was given a copy of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings to read for the first time. From then on, Brooks knew that he had found a genre he could write in. Writing Sword took seven years, as Brooks worked on it only sporadically while also completing his law school courses and rewrote it many times. Record#A37943                                            $500.00







[Science Fiction / Fantasy] Goldman, William: The Princess Bride 1973. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Very Good+. 308p. "Rob Reiner, who had been enamored with Goldman's book ever since he was given it as a gift from his father Carl Reiner, realized he wanted to make the film adaptation after successfully demonstrating his filmmaking skill with the release of This Is Spinal Tap in 1984. During production of Stand by Me, released in 1986, Reiner had spoken to an executive at Paramount Pictures regarding what his next film would be, and suggested the adaptation of The Princess Bride.” (from Wikipedia) Record #A37983                                                                                   $700.00