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CAPTAIN FURY, OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS [synopsis]

By Skinner, Cornelia Otis; Mary Kennedy

New York: James B. Pinker & Son, Inc., 1925. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. [1925]. Leaves 11 x 8½ inches in 11½ x 8¾ folder. 17 typescript leaves bradbound in brown paper folder with typed title and printed paper label of James B. Pinker & Son. "Property of James B. Pinker & Son" inkstamp on first leaf. Occasional pencil corrections and marginal marks throughout. Minor chipping to edges of folder and fore-edge of text leaves, else near fine. Prose synopsis for a play about two unlikely pirates in the Caribbean in the early 1700s. Timothy, a kind, widowed innkeeper of Portsmouth, England, who serves sailors and has always dreamed of the open sea, has lost his "strange, gentle" beloved daughter, Janet, to a rake who has whisked her off to parts unknown. One night long after the disappearance, Janet's forsaken sweetheart rushes to the inn telling Timothy he has killed the seducer in a rage but failed to learn of Janet's whereabouts. The same night, a mysterious old sea captain, "dressed in the most garish of tattered finery," drinks too much and offers to trade places with Timothy and his ship, "The Holy Innocents," for the tavern. Timothy agrees and soon finds himself the commander, "Captain Fury," of a pirate ship, bound for the New World with his would-be son-in-law, where he hopes to find his daughter. In the meantime, a scourge has befallen the West Indies in the shape of a merciless, mysterious woman pirate, the "Dark Angel of St. Barts," and her loyal crew. An dramatic encounter between her and "Captain Fury" is inevitable, and the reunion between father and daughter, and the daughter's own tale of her transformation, concludes the story. Cornelia Otis Skinner (1899-1979) co-wrote the play in part as a vehicle for her father, the famous actor Otis Skinner (1858-1942), whom she said has "always wanted to act in a pirate play." An actor, heself, she would later play a major role in developing "monologue-dramas" and became a pioneer in the one-person show in America. Skinner's fellow author was Mary Kennedy (1896-1987), also an actor and writer. CAPTAIN FURY played in 1925 and 1926 at the Shubert Pitt Theater in Pittsburgh.

$75.00

JOURNAL OF AN EXPLORING TOUR BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE A. B. C. F. M. PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1835, '36, AND '37; CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE GEOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY, CLIMATE, AND PRODUCTIONS; AND THE NUMBER, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS OF THE NATIVES. WITH A MAP OF THE OREGON TERRITORY
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JOURNAL OF AN EXPLORING TOUR BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE A. B. C. F. M. PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1835, '36, AND '37; CONTAINING A DESCRIPTION OF THE GEOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY, CLIMATE, AND PRODUCTIONS; AND THE NUMBER, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS OF THE NATIVES. WITH A MAP OF THE OREGON TERRITORY

By Parker, Rev. Samuel

Ithaca, N.Y.: Published by the author. Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff, Printers, 1838. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. 371 pp. plus engraved plate and large folding map. Modern blue cloth, front free endpaper renewed, original printed paper spine label laid down. Pencil ownership inscription, "Tho. M. Rogers 1840," on title page, later ownership ink stamp of L. D. Oliphant on first leaf of text. Text and plate foxed and toned. Map virtually unfoxed, clean, and bright. Overall very good. Complete first edition of a major early Pacific Northwest travel narrative. The Rev. Samuel Parker (1779-1866) was a Massachusetts-born Presbyterian missionary, joining a party of the American Fur Company on an expedition west from Council Bluffs to Walla Walla in 1835, himself under the direction of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Howes describes his map of the Oregon Territory as the "earliest showing accurately the Oregon interior." With early vocabularies of the Nez Percé, "Klicatat," "Calapooa," and "Chenook." Howes P-89 "aa," Wagner-Camp 70.

$600.00

LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]
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LES VOLEURS ET LES DILIGENCES [holograph poem]

By [Richet, Charles Robert]

[Lebanon], 1920. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. [ca. 1920] Approximately 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches. In French. Faintly ruled paper. Early horizontal fold, minor soiling in upper-right corner. Near fine. Unpublished holograph poem by Charles Richet, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, composed en route between Chtaura, Lebanon, and Beirut. The poem is a wistful meditation on the passing of the era of “monks and lances,” the “grand-routes de Castille,” and stagecoach robbers – “les voleurs des diligences.” Brigands, once adventure seekers looting carriages, have become shrewd: they have traded their places in the corners of the woods for offices and can now themselves be seen in the stagecoaches, rubbing their hands together. Charles Robert Richet (1850-1935) is best known for his work in experimental physiology, particularly in the areas of neurochemistry, digestion, and anaphylaxis, the latter for which he won the Nobel Prize. His wide-ranging interests, however, extended far beyond medicine and conventional science. He composed poetry and drama throughout his life and was internationally distinguished as a historian, pacifist, aviation pioneer, and researcher of the paranormal (coining the term, “ectoplasm,” in 1894). Underlying all of these pursuits was a lifelong romantic orientation to the world and a deep humanity, as reflected in the poem here. A transcription and basic English translation are available upon request. DSB XI, pp.425-432.

$350.00

A DIRECTORY OF NAMES, PENNANT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHIP MASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES. . . APRIL, 1907
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A DIRECTORY OF NAMES, PENNANT NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHIP MASTERS' ASSOCIATION OF THE GREAT LAKES. . . APRIL, 1907

By [Great Lakes Shipping]

Toledo: E. G. Ashley, Grand Financial Secretary, 1907. Hardcover. Near fine. 24 pp. including in-text figures and photographic portraits. Printed in red and black. 12mo. Original flexible black cloth, stamped in gilt. 3/4-inch closed tear in front free endpaper, else near fine. In addition to the directory, the volume includes an "early history" of the association, a "list of vessels of the Great Lakes, American and Canadian, with names and addresses of owners," "other information of a miscellaneous nature of interest in shipping circles in the Great Lakes," and scores of advertisements for marine suppliers in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Milwaukee, and various other Great Lakes cities. Several of the different companies' advertisements contain wood-engraved or photographic views of their buildings, ships, or machinery. Scarce.

$150.00

THE CAVERNS OF LURAY. REPRINTED FROM THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF A VISIT TO THE LURAY CAVERNS, IN PAGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, JULY 13TH AND 14TH, 1880
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THE CAVERNS OF LURAY. REPRINTED FROM THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF A VISIT TO THE LURAY CAVERNS, IN PAGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, JULY 13TH AND 14TH, 1880

By [Shenandoah Valley Railroad]

[Virginia: Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad, 1881]. First Separate Edition. Softcover. Very good. [4],13,[3] pp., including two-page map, three full-page engravings, and illustrated advertisement. Original printed wrappers. Neat five-inch separation of wrapper at spine, very light soiling to wrappers, else near fine. An attractive advertisement for Virginia's Luray Caverns, evidently issued by the Luray Cave and Hotel Company and Shenandoah Valley Railroad for the 1882 tourist season. The pamphlet prints a detailed account of the wonders of the caves by an 1880 Smithsonian expedition, together with a railroad map of the eastern United States leading to Luray, with illustrations of the caverns and the Natural Bridge landmark. A full-page advertisement for the Luray Inn includes a large woodcut view of that institution. OCLC locates no copies. Rare.

$60.00

JEUX OLYMPIQUES AMSTERDAM 1928 ... [cover title: 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM]
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JEUX OLYMPIQUES AMSTERDAM 1928 ... [cover title: 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM]

By [Olympics]

Haarlem: International Olympic Committee (Printed by Joh. Enschedé en Zonen), 1928. First Edition. Softcover. Near fine. Jos Rovers and Jan Wijga. 1928 IXe OLYMPIADE AMSTERDAM [cover title]. [1927 or 1928]. 38,[10] pp. including numerous in-text illustrations, plus wrappers printed recto and verso and [4]-page bifolium laid in containing two color plans. In French. Original pictorial color wrappers. Light wear, corner crease in upper corner of rear wrapper, else near fine. An rare guide to the 1928 Summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam, with striking color lithographic covers. The front cover, by Jos Rovers, prints the IX Olympiade's official poster design featuring a runner near a coliseum, a Greek column, and an Olympic flag. The International Olympic Committee never ultimately received copyright to the image, which may account in part for the scarcity of this publication. The rear cover, designed by Jan Wijga, shows a worker's arm holding up a gear before the Dutch colors, advertising the 1928 Industrial Exposition in Rotterdam. The program's contents include lists of officials and dignitaries, comments by IOC President Comte de Baillet-Latour, a description of the Olympic stadium, and various additional articles, plans, and photographic illustrations. The removable pamphlet includes a color plan of "Amsterdam et ses environs," a folding color plan of Amsterdam proper, and a program for the 1928 Winter Olympics at St. Moritz, which had taken place earlier that year. The guide was produced by Joh. Enschedé and Sons, one of Holland's oldest and most prestigious printing firms. OCLC records one copy, at the International Olympic Committee Library in Switzerland.

$100.00