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Adventures at the Auction: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction -- In Person and Online
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Adventures at the Auction: The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction -- In Person and Online

By HINDMAN, Leslie

New York: Clarkson Potter, 2001. Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan and beige paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 242pp. Color illustrations. Fine/fine. A pristine and tight first edition of this broad survey from Chicago's preeminent auctioneer. Press release laid in.

$25.00

Professional Gunsmithing: A Textbook on the Repair and Alteration of Firearms -- with Detailed Notes and Suggestions Relative to the Equipment and Operation of a Commercial Gunshop
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Professional Gunsmithing: A Textbook on the Repair and Alteration of Firearms -- with Detailed Notes and Suggestions Relative to the Equipment and Operation of a Commercial Gunshop

By HOWE, Walter J.

Plantersville, SC: Small Arms Technical Publishing Company, 1946. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. ix, 526pp, (10 ad). Frontispiece, numerous illustrations and line drawings. Near fine. Nonauthorial 1946 gift inscription on front flyleaf. A superbly tight and nice first edition of this very hands-on how-to handgun repair manual.

$55.00

John and Thomas Seymour: Cabinetmakers in Boston 1794-1816
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John and Thomas Seymour: Cabinetmakers in Boston 1794-1816

By STONEMAN, Vernon C.

Boston: Special Publications, 1959. Hardcover. 4to. Brown cloth gilt spine lettering and decoration. 393pp. Color frontispiece, extensive illustrations. Near fine -- but for minor discoloration to upper outer corner of last dozen or so leaves. A superb, tight first edition (limited to 2000 copies) of this outstandingly illustrated study of these celebrated father and son New England furniture masters.

$75.00

American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries with a Few Pieces of Domestic Plate
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American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries with a Few Pieces of Domestic Plate

By CURTIS, George Munson (introduction)

Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1911. Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan cloth spine and tan paper over boards with black lettering. xxv, 163pp. Numerous captioned tissue-guarded full-page plates. Very good. Faint binding wear to otherwise tight and internally fine copy. An attractive first edition of this famed exhibit held July to December 1911 -- superbly illustrated.

$55.00

Autograph Letters and Documents Relating to the History of America from the Private Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Sang

By (SANG, Philip D.)

Iowa City: State University of Iowa Library, 1956. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 114pp. Very good. Outer wrappers (only) lightly age toned. Tight, nice sole printing of this scholarly exhibition catalogue, a chronological survey of this famed collection from pre-colonial up through mid-20th century documents.

$35.00

Museum People: Collectors and Keepers at the Smithsonian
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Museum People: Collectors and Keepers at the Smithsonian

By THOMSON, Peggy

Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc, 1977. Hardcover. Illustrations by Joseph Low. Small 4to. Beige linen with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 305pp. Frontispiece, map, numerous line drawings. Fine/very good. Faintest jacket edgewear at spine head/tail (only), else fine. Superbly tight and handsome first edition of these informal behind-the-scenes essays about the Smithsonian's many people and their varying specialties. Nicely inscribed and signed in red ink on half-title page "for Eb Malott / a museum person herself / not to mention a surprising / authority on the sea cow / Peggy Thomson / 1979." (Elizabeth "Ibby" Malott, d. 2003. was wife of Robert Malott, 1926-2018, noted Chicago businessman, CEO of FMC Corporation, Republican politico and philanthropist.).

$50.00

Autographs: A Collector's Guide
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Autographs: A Collector's Guide

By PATTERSON, Jerry E.

New York: Crown Publishers, 1973. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black glossy paper over boards with red metallic spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. vii, 248pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Tight, handsome first edition of this standard how-to, badly outdated in terms of pricing and values but still useful.

$20.00

English Goldsmiths and Their Marks: A History of the Goldsmiths and Plate Workers of England, Scotland, and Ireland

By JACKSON, Charles James

Los Angeles: Borden Publishing Company, n.y.. Hardcover. 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 747pp. Extensive illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear, with single archivally closed (on verso) edge tear. A tight, handsome modern undated reprint of the 1921 second edition of this enormous and still-indispensable reference.

$50.00

The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle

By KAUFFMAN, Henry J.

Harrisburg: Stackpole Books, 1960. Hardcover. 4to. Brown cloth with black lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 374pp. Numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket slightly edgeworn and a bit rubbed, with couple tiny edge chips. A tight and quite nice first edition of this well-regarded and well-illustrated study, featuring biographies of gunsmiths and other useful reference data.

$50.00

Collecting Autographs for Fun and Profit

By PELTON, Robert W.

White Hall, VA: Betterway Publications, 1987. Paperback. 4to. Stiff glazed pictorial wrappers. 160pp. Numerous illustrations. Fine. First edition, tight and handsome, of this (to cite the front wrapper) "Complete, Accurate, and Up-To-Date Guide for Collectors and Dealers." Tipped to the title page is an archival bookplate bearing a bold "Best regards / Robert W. Pelton" in red ballpoint. This how-to is a good primer -- while the prices cited are woefully out-of-date, the basics on how and who to collect, how to display and take care of a collection, etc., are as true today as the day it was published. An absolutely pristine copy bearing a lovely signed bookplate.

$20.00

Dime-Store Dream Parade: Popular Culture 1925-1955

By HEIDE, Robert, and GILMAN, John

New York: E.P. Dutton, 1979. Paperback. Small 4to. Stiff glossy pictorial wrappers. 128pp. Frontispiece, extensive illustrations (some color). Fine. A tight and pristine first softbound edition, signed boldly by both authors in black fineline on the title page.

$50.00

Oriental Lowestoft Chinese Export Porcelain Porcelaine de la Cie Indes: With Special Reference to the Trade with China and the Porcelain Decorated for the American Market
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Oriental Lowestoft Chinese Export Porcelain Porcelaine de la Cie Indes: With Special Reference to the Trade with China and the Porcelain Decorated for the American Market

By HYDE, J.A. Lloyd

Newport, Monmouthshire: The Ceramic Book Company, 1954. Hardcover. 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering. viii, 166pp. Top edge gilt. Color frontispiece, 3 full-page color plates, 32 full-page plates. Very good. Mild corner and edgewear, with spine faintly sunned and small chip at spine head; ownership signature on inner flyleaf; internally tight and fine. A tight and nice second edition, limited to 1500 copies.

$55.00

The Art of the T'ang Potter

By PRODAN, Mario

New York: The Viking Press, 1961. Hardcover. 4to. Tan cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. Tipped-in color frontispiece, line drawings, illustrations, numerous tipped-in color plates. Near fine/good plus. Jacket typically edgeworn, with several edge chips and archivally-closed (on verso) edge tears -- but complete and overall fairly attractive. Tight and nice first U.S. edition of this outstandingly-illustrated survey of T'ang dynasty (618-906 A.D.) pottery.

$50.00

The Blue Book of the Furniture Trade: Twenty-Fourth Edition. July 1, 1885
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The Blue Book of the Furniture Trade: Twenty-Fourth Edition. July 1, 1885

By TALCOTT, M.D.

Chicago: National Furniture Association, 1885. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue blind-embossed cloth with gilt lettering. 447pp, (12pp). Very good. Mild edgewear. A tight, attractive copy of the 24th edition of this thorough state-by-state directory of all those involved in the furniture business throughout the U.S., closing with a small section on Canada -- an exceptional wealth of dense data for the historical researcher. Neatly tipped to the front pastedown is a printed "Key to Reference Book and Correction Sheet," tipped to the front flyleaf is a printed letter describing this edition and tipped to the rear pastedown is a printed "Law and Circulation Department of the National Furniture Association" circular. Rear flyleaf bears interesting ink ownership inscription: "Mrs Eva Best / Detroit Free PRess Household / Dayton Ohio, / July 17 -- 1890." Eva Best (born 1851) was a Chicago-born poet, short story writer and popular dramatist who in 1882 became editor of the household department of Detroit's major newspaper. Odd that such a specialized reference work would find its way into her library, though perhaps her newspaper position put her in a position to make consumer recommendations. Nice and unusual copy of a scarce title.

$150.00

Old English Lustre Pottery
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Old English Lustre Pottery

By JOHN, W.D., and BAKER, Warren

Newport, England: R.H. Johns Ltd, 1951. Hardcover. 4to. Red cloth with gilt lettering and decoration. xx. 132pp. Color frontispiece, numerous illustrations (some color). Very good. Endpapers and page edges faintly foxed and age toned; spine ever-so-slightly sunned, else internally fine. A tight, quite nice first edition of this classic history of the early 19th century porcelain or pottery with the metallic glaze -- this copy boldly signed and inscribed by a co-author in blue ballpoint on front flyleaf: " 'May this add lustre to your collecting'-- ' / Warren Baker - M.D. / May 5, 1960." A lovely copy of an uncommon title seldom found signed.

$125.00

The National Archives of the United States

By VIOLA, Herman J.

New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1984. Hardcover. Introduction by David McCullough. 4to. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 282pp. (5pp). Color frontispiece, extensive illustrations (many color), pictorial endpapers. Fine/fine. A superb, tight and pristine first edition of this heavily pictorial guide through the "nation's attic" -- and with an archival decorative-edged bookplate signed boldly by Viola in black fineline on the front flyleaf.

$50.00

Great Tapestries: The Web of History from the 12th to the 20th Century

By JOBE, Joseph (editor)

N.p.: S.A. Lausanne, 1965. Hardcover. Translation by Peggy Rowell Oberson. Folio. Red cloth with gilt spine lettering and gilt decoration, slipcase. 278pp. Extensive color illustrations (many tipped in). Near fine/very good. Mild slipcase edgewear. A tight and quite handsome first English-language edition of this large and heavy standard survey, beautifully illustrated. Pierre Verlet addresses "Gothic Tapestry," Michel Florisoone addresses "Classical Tapestry," Adolf Hoffmeister addresses "Contemporary Tapestry" and Francois Tabard addresses "The Weaver's Art." Some copies have dust jacket and slipcase (as issued), some have d.j. and no slipcase, some have neither -- and this one has slipcase and no d.j.

$55.00

San Sylmar: A Treasure House of Functional Fine Art

By O'KELLEY, Connie

Los Angeles: Merle Norman Cosmetics, 1978. Hardcover. Photographs by Dennis R. Millard. 4to. Red pebble-grained cloth with copper embossed lettering and decorations, pictorial dust jacket. 277pp. Extensive color illustrations. Fine/very good. Mild bit of jacket edgewear; ownership signature on front flyleaf. First, unspecified limited edition of this sumptuous production, with "The Sounds of San Sylmar" 45prm record in sleeve housed in rear pastedown pocket. Heavily pictorial tribute to the "Merle Norman Tower of Beauty in Southern California," the Nethercutt Collection of vintage automobiles (one of the finest collections in the U.S.), automated musical instruments and antiques, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Sylmar.

$65.00

American Firearms Makers: When, Where, and What They Made from the Colonial Period to the End of the Nineteenth Century

By CAREY, A. Merwyn

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1953. Hardcover. Small 4to. Brown cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 146pp. Illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn, with lightly sunned spine; nonauthorial gift inscription on front pastedown. A tight and nice first edition of this slim (to cite front jacket panel) "cyclopedia of the makers of American firearms, fully described and alphabetically arranged in more than 2100 entries." An excellent reference.

$25.00

Country Blacksmithing

By McRAVEN, Charles

New York: Harper & Row, 1979. Hardcover. Illustrations by Chandis Ingenthron and author. Square 8vo. Black paper over boards with silver spine lettering, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 191pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations and line drawings. Near fine/near fine. Faint circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on front flyleaf. A superb, tight first edition of this outstanding (to cite front jacket panel) "complete, step-by-step guide to working with iron."

$40.00

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