USSR: c 1941-1945. A collection of 20 Russian medals from the WWII era housed in a shadowbox. The medals present include the following: Capture of Konigsberg; Medal for Valor; Medal for Combat Service; Defense of Kiev; Defense of Stalingrad; Victory over Japan; Victory over Germany; Defense of Odessa; Capture of Berlin; Defense of Moscow; Capture of Budapest; Defense of Caucasus; Defense of Sevastopol; Defense of Soviet Polar Region; Defense of Leningrad; Defense of Prague; Liberation of Warsaw; Liberation of Belgrad; Capture of Vienna; and Medal for Meritorious Labor during the Great Patriotic War. A copy of this inventory is included with the lot. Condition: Very Good. Medals and ribbons both show some signs of age (tarnish, some change of color in the ribbons0 but the imprints on the metal are still very sharp.
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Maryland. Sepia photograph (15 x 10.5 in) mounted on board, matted and framed. The artifacts wired around the photo include four iron nails, a spring-loaded sash window “catch,” and a skeleton key; the texts mounted on the mat describe the original locations of these objects and the history of Duddington Manor. The home belonged to the Carrolls of Duddington, a branch of the prominent Maryland Carroll family and relatives of the Charles Carroll who signed the Declaration of Independence. Photograph condition: Very Good. Mat shows some age-toning and soiling. Wooden frame in poor condition. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 29 x 24 inches. Provenance: This item came from a direct descendent of Charles Carroll.
China. This collection includes a pair of three-tiered red lacquered wedding baskets, four transom wood carvings, a two-drawer wooden box, a hanging mirror behind wooden doors, a three-drawer vanity chest with fold-up mirror, two rosewood brush holders inlaid with jade, and a carved wooden Foo (also spelled Fu) dog. The two-drawer box might have been used for pet crickets as one drawer is ventilated on both sides. Foo dogs are actually lions. They resemble the Chow Chow and Shih Tzu breeds, hence the English misnomer of Foo dog. A pair of male and female stylized lions guarded the entrance of palaces, temples and homes of the elite. The male holds a ball; the female, a cub. The Foo dog in this lot appears to have earned his keep holding down the fort (see images for details of damage and imperfections). Each basket: w 16.25 in x h 23.75. Four transom carvings: 3 in x 28 in, 4.5 in x 32.75 in, 4 in x 32.5 in, 4 in x 32.5 in, 4.75 in x 26.5 in; two-drawer box: w 5 in x h 7 x d 9.5 in. Hanging mirror: w 8 in x h 10.75 in x d 0.75. Vanity chest: w 9.75 x h 7 in x 12”L. Each brush holder: w 3.75 in x h 6 in. Foo dog: w 4 in x h 10.5 in x d 5.5 in.
Lovanii: Apud Hieronymum Wellaeum, 1566. 193 numbered leaves (386 pp.). Text in Latin. Small octavo in an early vellum binding. Cropping to handwritten marginalia indicates that the volume has been rebound at least once. Condition: Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and the boards slightly warped. Minor insect damage to spine. The pastedowns have torn in several places due to shrinking vellum, but the binding is overall very tight. There are some pencilled notes on endpapers and in margins and ink marginalia throughout the body of the text. The interior is age-toned. Dimensions 4 x 5.875 x 1.125 inches. Shelved case 3.
c 1765. Two extracts from the folio edition of Diderot Encyclopédie, circa 1765. Manufacture des Glaces: nine pages of text and 46 plates. Depicts the production of plate glass, along with the tools and machinery employed. Lunettier: one page of text and four plates. Depicts an optician’s shop making lenses, and the tools and machinery employed. The importance of Diderot’s Encyclopedie as a revolutionary text is in part due to its embracing of an unprecedented range and depth of subjects. Through this, both the text and illustrations provide valuable insights into the materials and methodologies used by the artists and craftsmen of Diderot’s day. These details were rarely recorded, which makes glimpses captured in the Encyclopedie entries uniquely important and fascinating. Condition: Good. A fascicle in brown paper wraps with mild chipping and wear. Scattered spotting and slight browning consistent with age. Light and scattered pencil notations. Dimensions 10.75 x 15.875 x 0.625 inches.
c 1700s. A pair of hand-colored engravings shows the original quadrangle of Jesus College above the second quadrangle ornamented with Dutch gables. Robed faculty and students stroll across the quadrangles. A capital letter marks the corners of each courtyard. Condition: very good with no apparent issues. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions : visible paper: w 18 in x h 18 in.
Four small maps framed together, each illustrating some portion of North and South America. The set includes the following: 1) Nova Virginiae Tabula, by Pieter van den Keere and Jan Jansson, Amsterdam, 1631. A fine example of the 1631 German edition of Jansson’s derivative of John Smith’s highly important map of 1612, which was the only regional map of North America to appear in the Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris. The map shows a fascinating early look at the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding environs, including American Indian tribes, villages, rivers, and other early details. According to Burden, this is the first derivative of the Smith map to appear in an atlas, pre-dating the Hondius map by two years. 2) America, from Gerard Mercator’s Atlas Minor. This extremely popular volume was first published in 1607, but this map is c. 1610. 3) L’Amerique septentrionale, by Guillaume de Lisle (1675-1726). This map is taken from La science des personnes de la cour, de l'épée et de la robe, volume 1. This encyclopedia was published in Amsterdam by Francois L’Honore in 1707. 4) Descriptio Terrae Novae: Virginia et Nova Francia, 1618. This charming miniature map depicts the east coast of North America, and is based on Hondius’s world map from 1611. It does not incorporate new information from Samuel de Champlain (in Canada and along the Great Lakes) or of John Smith (in the Chesapeake Bay are and New England). The area from present-day New York to Maine is labeled Norenbega, and the area further south is labeled Virginia, with the Chesapeake Bay noticeably missing. A region just east of a large mountain range (the Appalachian mountains) is labeled Alpachen, and the St. Lawrence River features prominently at the top. Latin text on verso. Condition: all Very Good, with light to moderate even age toning. One map (3) shows a light crease, and one (2) appears to have a small tear at the bottom margin which does not impact the image. Double matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 23.75 x h 18.5 in.
Regensburg: Zunkle, 1756. Text in German, Translated to German by D. Martin Luther; Elephant folio. Full leather binding with elaborate blind tooling on covers and spine, and with gilt lettering on spine. Brass corner guards and clasps (fully functional). Text printed in blackletter, with some small inset illustrations and occasional full-page plates. Text block is free of writing. This book is a 1756 printing of the German translation of the Bible prepared by Martin Luther, one of the foremost figures of the Reformation movement. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German was wildly popular, owned by perhaps one third of all literate Germans during Luther’s own lifetime. Luther’s was not the first translation of the Bible into German, but it was the first to bypass the Latin Vulgate, and work instead directly from Hebrew and Greek texts. It had a transformative impact on the German language, much as the writings of Shakespeare or the King James translation of the Bible did in English. Condition: Good to Very Good. The covers show shelf wear, and one corner guard is slightly bent. There are crease lines on the spine and some cracking to joints and hinges. The textblock has some wear to edges, as well as foxing and age-toning on pages. Minor soiling from handling on end papers, bubbling on paste downs. Cracking to the lower half of the gutter between pages 544 and 545. Dimensions 12 x 17.625 x 5 inches.
Columbus Erdglobus, 1937/1938. A terrestrial globe produced by the German company Columbus Erdglobus. This model shows, in addition to contemporary political boundaries, global sea routes. It is mounted on a wooden stand. Condition: Good. Some cracking and separation at the seam at the equator, and some minor general scuffing to the surface of the globe. Dimensions w 14 in x h 26.5 in.
1944. This 1944 volume was jointly published by the U.S. Army and Navy, to provide American soldiers with a guide to the uniforms of enemy soldiers.It is heavily illustrated in full color, and each page is dated with a month and year to indicate the currency of the information given. Condition: Good only. The cover has become detached, though it is still present, and the cloth binding shows some evidence of wear. The pages show some age toning and, on the first page, age spots, but the text block is free of markings. Dimensions w 10 5/8 in x h 6.5 in.
Paris: H. Agasse, 1805. Quarto. Full tree calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on paneled spine; hand-printed blue and white end papers. The text block is clean, and the leaves are printed on one side only. The volume presents a number of plates from an earlier dictionary of fine arts, which depict tools, techniques, and studio scenes for various categories of fine art. Condition: Good only. The binding shows minor fraying, scratches, and shelf wear consistent with age. Several plates are detached but present or damaged: “Composition et Expression” has been tipped in and then cut out with no damage to the plate. Plate 13 under Dessin [Drawing], “Jambes et Pieds,” has been cut out and then tucked back into the book in its original place. Plate 1 under Sculpture en Bois [Sculpture in Wood], “Vignette, atelier du sculpteur en boise, et outils,” has been removed and cut into three sections. As it originally depicted three separate images on a single page, only one of the three images was damaged in this process, but the printed title that accompanied the image has been lost. In addition, the final page of the table of contents has been removed and cut down slightly, but the page is tucked into the volume and there is no damage to the text. Two plates are absent from the book. Plate 8 under Gravure en taille-douce [Intaglio], “Gravure en manière de crayon,” has been removed. Plate 38 under Dessin [Drawing], “Proportions de la Vénus de Médicis,” is likewise absent. Dimensions 9.25 x 12 x 1.375 inches.
Paris: Lapina. Imp. This poster is mounted on canvas and has a dark beige background. The poster’s image depicts a religious figure in long white, red and gold robes holding a staff. Below the figure are several figures in a black and white rendering. The caption at the bottom of the drawing reads: Le Cardinal Mercier Protege La Belgique. Condition: Good- to Good. There are four horizontal creases across the poster. One chip to the top left corner. Otherwise the surface of the poster has mild smudges. Minor crinkling to the edges. Printed by Lapina. Imp., Paris. Dimensions w 31 1/8 in x h 46 3/8 in.
c. early 1600s. The first page of the Dominica IV post Pentecosten in Gregorian notation on vellum from an early 17th-century manuscript. Condition: good. Several apparently much later alterations and additions of the reverse of the sheet which are faintly visible from the front. Dimensions vellum: w 15.5 in x h 22.75 in mat w 18 in x h 28 in.
A blueprint and production design for the mail robot from the television show The Americans, given to former FBI and CIA counter-intelligence analyst Christopher Lynch by the show's creators, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. Lynch's book, The C.I. Desk, was the inspiration for incorporating the mail robot into the show. This lot also includes a copy of Lynch's book. Condition: Very Good to Excellent with only slight rippling. Dimensions 35 x 24 inches.
A map of Calabria Citra, a historical region of Italy once part of Magna Graecia and heavily populated with Greek settlers in antiquity. Condition: Very Good. A central crease showing minimal wear with light age toning and age spotting. Framed but not matted; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 24 3/8 in x h 20.5 in.
A colored map of the Orinoco River and its tributaries. Churches are indicated with small symbols dotted in red, but the primary focus is on topographical features, including rivers and forests. All text in French. Condition: Very Good. Several creases are visible, but these show no evidence of wear. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 22.75 in x h 20 5/8 in.
A colored map of Basse Alsace (Lower Alsace), a historical region on the borders of modern France and Germany. The map shows the locations of numerous towns and churches, as well as topographical features. Condition: Very Good. Some limited age toning and age spotting, and a few light creases are visible. Tastefully matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 19 3/8 in x h 16 5/8 in.
Leksand, Sweden: 1956. Original poster advertising the July 1956 performances of the play Himlaspelet in Leksand, Sweden. Himlaspelet, or The Heavenly Play, by Swedish screenwriter Rune Lindström, recounts a young man’s journey to demand that God return his sweetheart to earth after she is executed for witchcraft. When the young man fails in his quest, it is through his sweetheart’s intervention that the two are reunited in heaven. The play has been performed regularly in Leksand, Sweden since the summer of 1949. The poster is mounted on foam core. Condition: Very Good. Slight age-toning; evidence of damp-staining at upper left edge. Small closed tear at upper right corner. Dimensions 27.5 x 39.375 inches.
Japan. A pair of two Japanese fan paintings dating to the Edo period (1603-1868). The first painting depicts a woman gesturing to a man seated on green tatami with three women watching from outside. The second painting depicts a man speaking to three other men seated around him by a river. A fabric screen gives them some privacy while a man and woman wait by the speaker’s jinrikisha. Much of the surfaces on both paintings are covered in gold leaf. These paintings were not made into fans so there are no creases. Each painting is taped to brown mat board. These paintings are not framed and are not signed. Both good to very good. First painting has a 1” closed tear to gold leaf at top left edge. Second painting has moderate pigment loss throughout the painting. Both paintings are on stiff paper with another layer of paper glued to the verso. Dimensions : Each painting: w 20.5 in x h 10 in.
Lancaster: John R. Mathews, 1807. A volume of regulations pertaining to the operation of Pennsylvania's militia, published in Lancaster by John R. Mathews in 1807. Condition: Good only. The front cover and spine are absent, though the pages are still firmly attached. The pages are significantly age toned, with evidence of water damage throughout, and some handwritten text on the title page. Corners and spine are significantly bumped. Dimensions w 4.25 in x h 7 in.
Napoli: Ente Provinciale per il Turismo, c 1955. Travel poster depicting scenes of Pompei. Published c. 1955 by Ente Provinciale per il Turismo--Napoli. Condition: Good. Two minor closed tears in upper right corner. One larger partially open tear (approx. 4.5 in or 114 mm) at bottom edge, with some discoloration evident where tape was used. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 28.875 x 43 inches.
Six chargers, each of which display similar scenes with common elements of house, water, mountains, figure. All are painted in deep blue tones. All very good with no significant issues. Dimensions: Various. Diameters are 14.5in, 14 7/8 in, 15.5 in, 16 in, 18 in, and 18 in. Heights range from 2 in to 2.5 in.
Missouri: 1898. A Roll of Honor from the Spanish-American War, giving the names of men mustered into the United States Army at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on May 16th, 1898. Also included with this lot is an identification tag of W. O. Royce, one of the men named on the Roll of Honor. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significant age-toning. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 15.5 x 19.5 inches.
Chicago: 1973. The headline from the 24 January 1973 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, which announced the beginning of the cease-fire which marked the beginning of negotiations to end the Vietnam War. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significantly age toned; a small open tear on the left edge and a small dark stain in the bottom left corner. Matted and framed; not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 17.5 in x h 20.5 in.
A map of the Tartar Kingdom, extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to North America in the east. This map was the work of Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), one of the most famous 16th century cartographers, and was published in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern world atlas. This copy is delicately colored. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and a few age spots; a central crease which shows no wear. Framed and matted. Dimensions w 26 in x h 21 1/8 in.
Based on material collected by the Dutch Astronomer Peter Laicksteen, who travelled to the Holy Land in 1556. Christian Sgrooten (here written “Schrot”), royal geographer to King Phillip II of Spain produced a nine-sheet map of Palestine in 1570 from Laikstain’s information. This map was condensed into the present form by Abraham Ortelius. Ortelius, the creator of the first modern atlas, collected and edited maps from all over Europe for his book. Many of the original mapmakers rose to fame solely through Ortelius’s decision to include their maps in his atlas. Laicksteen took thorough and accurate notes, and the original Laicksteen and Sgrooten map contained improvements over earlier maps. For instance, the River Kishon is here shown as flowing from the mountains near the Sea of Galilee, not, as was previously thought, from the Sea of Galilee itself. However, the Levantine coastline Sgrooten (and Ortelius) depicted is hardly recognizable to modern eyes. The map is replete with fanciful bays and peninsulas, though some of the most recognizable features of the coastline, such as the outcrops of land at Haifa and Beirut are absent. Ortelius had originally used another map of the Holy Land (by cartographer Tilleman Stella) in the early editions of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. It covered a far more extensive territory, including part of Egypt and Syria. Oddly, the coastline in this first map was much more accurate than in the Sgrooten map. Laicksteen and Sgrooten’s original map included a small inset with an extended geography. However, their mapping of the Dead Sea and surrounding areas was so controversial that Ortelius chose to leave out this region completely. The strange anecdote written in the Dead Sea is Ortelius’s own addition. It describes how the Dead Sea was once a fertile valley, but was transformed by an act of God into a barren sea to punish the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the bottom left hand corner is a hand colored illustration of the story of Jonah. Above the luscious cartouche Ortelius has added three miniatures featuring the Crucifixion, the Nativity, and the Resurrection of Christ. The French text on the verso, a long-winded description with little relevance to the map, was changed to a more “reader-friendly” version shortly after the publication of this edition. 525 copies were made of this edition of Ortelius’s map. Condition: Very Good. Age toning; central crease. Matted and framed between two panes of glass so that the text on the reverse of the map is visible. Dimensions w 27.75 in x h 22 7/8 in.
Washington, D.C. Abdon Daoud Ackad, 1939. One mounted photograph, with the signature of Thomas Dewey below; There is also a TLS on 'The District Attorney, County of New York' letterhead, signed by Dewey, thanking Ackad for the photographs.; JK consignment. Shelved in Netdesk office, above Ephemera Sections.
Washington, D.C. 1960. One mounted photograph, measuring 9 1/4" x 13 1/4", on which Robert A. Taft has inscribed his best wishes to the photographer, Abdon Ackad. Text to his signature is the commemorative stamp of Taft which used this very photograph. 'Sen Robert A. Taft / 4 cents stamp' is written on the rear. JK consignment Shelved in Netdesk office, above Ephemera section.
A signed abstract watercolor by Italian painter Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), known as Afro. Signed “Afro” in lower right corner. Condition: very good. Minor denting and creasing to edges of painting, not impacting images. The edges of the sheet are unevenly trimmed. Slight marking to mat. Matted but not framed. Dimensions mat w 16 in x h 12 in sheet w 11 7/8 in x h 9 1/8 in.
Paris: La Villette, 1793. Two volumes; octavo. The first volume is 336 pages; the second volume is 451 pages. Both volumes are bound in contemporary full calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine and gilt ornamentation on the edges of the boards. The endpapers are marbled. A folding plate map of the east coast of the United States appears at the beginning of the first volume. The second volume includes three plates: a depiction of an Indian warrior, a folding plate depicting a British fortification, and a folding plate image and diagram of a fort at the end of the second volume. Also included with this lot are the title page of a Christie, Manson, and Wood catalogue for a 1926 auction of fine books, and a clipping, presumably from this catalogue, which lists these volumes as among the lots for that auction. In addition, the lot includes a typewritten letter, dated October 9, 1935, which discusses various English translations of the work and describes its historical significance at the time of first publication. Volumes condition: Good. Both volumes exhibit notable wear, including fraying at the foot and edges, loss of gilding, damage to labels, and water damage visible on end leaves and first several pages and final several pages of both volumes. Both volumes have clean text blocks. Letter and catalog sections condition: Good. All exhibit creases, minor tears and punctures, and yellowing consistent with age. The second page of the letter also has two closed tears along the horizontal crease and a partially open tear from the bottom of the page to the horizontal crease. These do not impact legibility. Dimensions 5.25 x 8 x 3.25 inches Shelved case 9.
A signed original drawing by French artist Aristide Maillol. Maillol (1861-1944) was accepted into the Ecole des beaux-arts in 1885, where he studied under several notable painters. He subsequently joined Les Nabis, a group of young French artists, at the recommendation of Gauguin, and began working in tapestry. Failing eyesight prompted him to focus increasingly on sculpture, particularly representations of female nude figures, though he periodically explored two-dimensional media as well. Condition: good to very good. Minor chipping and closed tears to edges of sheet, none of which impact the image. Signed in lower right corner. Dimensions mat w 13.75 in x h 16 7/8 in sheet w 9 3/8 in x h 13 3/8 in.
Cairo: Egyptian State Tourism Department. c. 1960. Artwork by M. Azmy; printed in Egypt by Institut Graphique Egyptien. Issued by the Egyptian State Tourism Department. Condition: Very Good. Slight age toning; one small tear (which does not interfere with the image) visible in upper right margin. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 29.5 x 41.25 inches.
c 1950-1960s. New Orleans travel poster from the 1950s or 1960s depicting a Mardi Gras parade scene. Condition: Very Good. Small tear (3/16 in. or 5 mm) in margin of lower left corner; tear of same depth at upper right corner. Slight cockling at upper left corner. Crease in lower right corner. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 23 x 35 inches.
A pencil portrait of a woman by Hungarian artist Béla Czóbel (1883-1976), signed in the lower right corner. Born in Budapest and trained in Munich and Paris, Czóbel joined an artistic group known as The Eight, who played a key role in introducing new artistic styles into Hungarian art circles. Condition: very good, with some even age toning. Dimensions sheet w 9.75 in x h 13.25in.
A watercolor on paper by Béla Kádár (1887-1956). An influential Hungarian avant-garde artist, Kádár was influenced by both contemporary artistic movements, including Cubism and Futurism, and Hungarian legends. Condition: very good; some age-toning to paper and mat. Matted but not framed. Dimensions mat w 10.75 in x h 12 in sheet w 4 7/8 in x h 5.5 in.
New York: Rabinovitch, c. 1930. Ben Magid Rabinovitch. Just Out: A Portfolio of Ravgravures. New York: Rabinovitch, c. 1930. Limited edition; edition number 17/100. Set contains ten folio-sized prints, nine of the original set plus one extra plate, which is the work of the same artist but was originally sold separately. All are signed in the lower right corner by Rabinovitch, with the title of the piece in pencil on the reverse. Housed in original gray portfolio. The inside of the front cover includes the original limitation sheet as well as the description of the portfolio, pasted down as issued. The pictures vary in size from 6 x 8 to 10 x 13 inches, all on 14 x 18 sheets. Nine of the original tissue-guards are present. Contains The Katharine Cornell, Marie Ouspenskaya, Carlotta Monterey, The Girl In Black, Mrs. G. E. Calthrop, Michio Ito, The Tartar Dance of the Chauve-Souris, Nude - Dance Figure (D.H.), and Nude - Cruciform Figure (P.G.). Lacking The Sad Clown of the Chauve-Souris. Originally sold separately, this portfolio also includes the Nude - Torso (P.G.). Condition: Very Good. Some age-toning to all prints. Portfolio case has received some repair, including a brown spine; some tears and missing material on protective flaps. Dimensions 15 x 19.25 inches.
A map of the Touraine region of France published in Amsterdam by Dutch cartographers Willem and Johannes Blaeu. Condition: Very Good. Age toning and several small age spots. A central crease. Matted and framed, with some chipping and loss of material to the frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions w 26.75 x h 22 3/8 in.