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Stikhotvoreniia (Poems)

By Lokhvitskaia (Zhiber), M. A.

Moskva (Moscow): Vysochaishe utv. T-vo Skorop. A. A. Levenson, 1896. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 8 x 5 3/4; pp. [1], II-IV, [2], 1, [7], 9-184; red cloth over boards and 1/4 red morocco with four raised bands; gilt title to spine (faded); silk page marker; a few small spots to cloth; a bit of wear to corners and tips of spine; lacking ffep, else complete; illustrated with a small vignette to title page; text mostly clean, with a few occasional spots and offsetting to paper; overall in very good condition. Mirra Lokhvitskaia - Zhiber [Mariia Aleksandrovna Lokhvitskaia] (1869 - 1905), called the "Russian Sappho" for the erotic sensuality of her poems and considered one of the most important figures of the Silver Age of Russian Poetry and founder of Russian women's poetry, was also the sister of famous Russian humorist Nadezhda Lokhvitskaia - Teffi and White Army General Nikolai Lokhvitskii. Although several of her poems were published in the "Sever" journal in 1888, she did not begin gaining fame until 1891, when her first long poem "U moria" was featured in the "Russkoe obozrenie" magazine. Mirra's first major book "Poems (1889 - 1895)," the current one, brought her a tremendous success and won her The Pushkin Prize, the most prestigious award for the highest standard of literary excellence, in 1896, the year it was published. In the following 8 years, she would release 4 more volumes of her poetry. During the Soviet Era, Lokhvitskaia's work was dubbed "vulgar and narrow-minded" and largely ignored. That changed in the 1990s and she has been receiving, anew, the recognition she deserved.

$2750.00

Charges Against Officers of the Penitentiary, District of Columbia. Message from the President of the United States, Transmitting the Information Required by the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the 17th Ultimo, in Relation to Charges Preffered Against Certain Officers of the Penitentiary in the District of Columbia, &c. April 8, 1842. Reffered to the Committee for the District of Columbia. 27th Congress, 2d Session. Doc. No. 174

By Various

Washington DC: s. n. , 1842. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 8 3/4 x 5 1/2; pp. [1], 2-63; removed; very minor age-toning to margins; illustrated with tables; very good condition. The document, which contains abstracts from well-known, early-19th century names, including Daniel Webster, John Tyler, and others, documents the charges against one Isaac Clarke, Warden of the Penitentiary of Washington, DC, which include letting prisoners outside the walls of the facility and forcing them to work for his own benefits, thus allowing several of them to steal from unsuspected businesses and even escape, taking prison property and selling it for his own profit, to none other, but inspectors of the said penitentiary, as well as being tyrannical and oppresive towards his charges, among other things. The paper also includes testimonies and resolutions.

$80.00

Morning Greetings from The Inside Inn. P.P.I.E. Start Smiling Breakfast Menu (Two Menus)

By The Inside Inn

San Francisco: By the author, 1915. First Edition. Near fine. Two menues; 7 x 3 3/4; single sheets, text to recto only; cream card stock, printed in black, with an intricate gilt border; two punctures to upper margin for filing (as issued); very mild age-toning and wear; near fine condition. Scarce mementos from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the menus, for Thursday and Friday, listed the varied breakfast items at the famed The Inside Inn. The hotel, nowadays long gone, as it was torn down after the exposition closed, was built right on the grounds, at the Baker Street entrance, thus allowing the fortunate-to-be-able-to-book-a-room attendees the ability to spend their entire time at the event. It boasted 610 rooms and the capacity to house nearly 3000 people. The menus featured Salt Mackerel, Breaded Veil Cutlets, Eggs in various preparations, Wheat Cakes, Coffee, Postum, and more.

$100.00

Muchnye i krupianye izdeliia (Flour and Cereal Dishes)

By Astravlianchik, Nina

Minsk: Polymia, 1983. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 7 3/4 x 5; pp. 3-142, [1]; glossy, green, illustrated wraps; slight, vertical crease to margin of front wrap; light wear to tips of spine and corners; a small rubbed spot to back wrap; illustrated with drawings at the beginning of each chapter; very good condition. An all-encompassing collection of recipes with various grains, the book features cakes, porridge, puddings, and more.

$25.00

Belorusskaia kukhnia (Belorusian Cuisine)

By Bolotnikova, Valentina; et al

Minsk: Uradzhai, 1984. Second Edition. Very good. Second, revised edition; 8 3/4 x 5 1/2; pp. 3-95, [1]; glossy, illustrated wraps; creasing to corners; a few spots to margins of first and last few leaves, else clean; illustrated with color plates and tables; in about very good condition. A delightful compilation of Belarusian dishes, the book features recipes for traditional main meals, desserts, and even sauces and preserves.

$20.00

120 bliud Evreiskoi kukhni (120 Jewish Dishes)

By Girshovich, M.

Tallinn: Kooperativ "Iana", 1990. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 8 x 5 1/2; pp. [1], 4-62, [2]; illustrated wraps; light age-toning along margins; small creases to corners; small nick to head of spine; illustrated with drawings at the beginning of each chapter and an abbreviated calendar; very good condition. An interesting and fairy comprehensive array of Jewish dishes, the book includes recipes for salads, soups, main meals, and desserts.

$25.00

An Archive of Printer’s Samples

By B. & K.

S. l. (San Francisco [?]): B. & K., 1920. First Edition. Very good. Seventy two samples, n. d. (ca1920); various sizes; cream, blue, pink, and white card stock sheets, some folded to resemble greeting cards; some with deckled edges; embossed, illustrated, gilded, and plain; all with abraded spots to verso (previously pasted in a sample book [?]), else minor wear, with occasional spotting and small creases; condition varies from very good to near fine and better. A massive archive of printing samples, from an elusive printer, possibly from the San Francisco Bay Area (provenance – previous owner), the cards presented a beautiful and quite comprehensive array of options, including menus, programs, advertising, etc. Each card included a sample number and types of inset and envelop to go with it. It also contained a unique word – “NARCOTIC,” OBLIVIOUSLY,” “NAPPY,“ and so on, and one could order the desired design by simply telegraphing that particular word to the company.

$650.00

A Collection of Snap Paper Popper Design Samples

By Sportswood Spec Co.

Lexington, KY: Sportswood Spec Co., 1950. First Edition. Very good. Eleven samples, n. d. (ca 1950); approx. 8 x 4 1/2; thin, die-cut paper stock, text and illustrations to recto only; held together by a single staple to left margin; a light spot to bottom of first one and a small nick to edge of last one, else very minor wear; very good to near fine condition. In the early 1950s, the Sportswood Spec Co. produced a series of cardboard, advertising toys, shaped like a gun, which made a snapping noise, when the toy was whipped through the air. The pop came from an illustrated piece of paper (the advertising part of the toy), attached to the underside, which briskly unfolded with the motion. Big companies and businesses, including Coca-Cola, and shows and performances used them to promote their fares. The current samples presented various designs and images for the above-mentioned paper piece. The illustrations included baseball and football players, Santa Claus, Presidents, Animals, and more.

$95.00

Malenkie khitrosti

By Gustinovich, V. F.

Minsk: Polymia, 1987. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 8 x 5; pp. 3-93, [1]; illustrated wraps; minor wear to tips of spine and corners; several small spots to margins of wraps; a few sentences underlined in pencil; illustrated with drawings; very good condition. An amateurs' manual to mainenance, repair, cooking, etc. around one's home, the book is written with a humorous undertone and also includes chapters on dealing with one's car, gardening, and more.

$25.00

Iabloko na nashem stole (An Apple on Our Table)

By Semchuk, N. A.; et al

Minsk: Polymia, 1988. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 7 3/4 x 5; pp. 3-143, [1]; glossy, illustrated wraps; minor wear to tips of spine and corners; a few small spots to wraps; illustrated with small drawings; very good condition. A fine example of Belarusian cuisine recipes, the book features the apple as the star of each of them, listing an amazing array of dishes, including soups, salads, meat and vegetable meals with apples, desserts, and more.

$35.00

Illustrated Catalogue and Price-list of the Eureka Incubator & Brooder, 1886-87

By Campbell, J. L.

West Elizabeth, PA: J. L. Campbell, 1886. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 5 3/4 x 4 3/4; pp. [1], 4-80; light-brown wraps, printed and rled in black; small chips to corners; thin splits and loss of paper to tips of spine, else wraps and pages bright and clean; illustrated with numerous woodcuts; very good- condition. Also included is a tipped-in leaflet by the author, titled "Moisture Gauge." J. L. Campbell (1846 - ?) began his career in the early 1870s building coal barges. He started pattenting and manufacturing incubators in 1878 and rapidly became one of the leading names in the business. He also made bread-raisers (described in the catalog, as well). His current, 9th, catalog included descriptions, plans, specifications, prices, illustrations, advice for the buyers, testimonials, etc. Interestingly enough, the front wrap featured the following text: "Owing to the large number of catalogues that we have to send to those who do not buy, we are compelled to charge for them. Keep the book clean, and if you think it is not worth the price, return it, and we will gladly return you the five cents."

$150.00

Arthur McEwen's Letter. Vol. I, No. 2

By McEwe, Arthur

San Francisco: By the author, 1894. First Edition. Very good. First edition; 14 x 10 1/2, folded in half; pp. [1], 2-4; small nick to upper left corner; second leaf with a closed tear and creasing to upper corner, affecting two words; very good- condition. A single issue of a short-lived, 19th-century San Francisco periodical, it was published from February, 1894 until June of 1895, for a total of 49 issues. A crusading newspaper, especially concerned with the corruption of city officials and the power and influence of "big-money" businesses, it targeted particularly often The Southern Pacific Railroad and the author's personal nemesis - Leland Stanford. Arthur McEwen (1851 - 1907) began his journalistic career with the Virginia City Evening Chronicle in the 1870s, before moving to San Francisco to become the Managing Editor of William Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner. He also wrote several works of fiction, which were published in various periodicals. He would eventually move to the East Coast to help John Wanamaker (1838 - 1922) in his crusade against "political machines."

$45.00

A Manuscript Circus Drawing, Mentioning "Barnum's Circus"

By Chip

New York: By the author, 1892. First Edition. Very good. Manuscript; single sheet, folded, 6 3/4 x 4 1/2; pp. [4]; laid paper, illustrated in pencil and ink on first page only, with a 6-line text below; a few spots, mostly to margins; upper right corner trimmed; very good condition. An interesting, curcus-related ephemera piece, it was most probably created as a memento to one family's visit to the big top. It showed a somewhat-stylized depiction of a circus tent, a gentleman on a casual stroll, and a father (Chip) with four small children surrounding him. The text read: "Chorus of little Chips - 'Oh, Papa, who is that nice looking man, that just went by?' Big Chip - 'That is Jody Hamilton, the press agent of Barnum's Circus. He is going to send me four seats for the show next week. I told him to address them to 113 West 133rd Street'."

$45.00

Boots in "Hot Panties"

By Oliver Droopydrawers

S. l. : s. n. , 1935. First Edition. Very good. First edition, n. d. (ca 1935); 5 3/4 x 4 1/4; pp. 1-16; olive-green wraps, illustrated and titled in red; fading to margins; a bit of creasing and wear to edges; black and white illustrations and text; very good condition. Considered predecessors to the underground comix genre, deemed illegal, and sold in secret, the so called Tijuana bibles (allegedly so called, because it was believed they were printed and smuggled into the US from Tijuana, Mexico) were pornographic comic books produced between the 1920s and the 1960s, with their reaching a peak in popularity during the Great Depression and slowly losing momentum from the end of WWII onward. Most of them were small, 8-page booklets, cheaply printed, crude, and hastily stapled together. The number and identity of the artists working on the bibles, as well as the exact number of publications is unknown, but it is believed to be between 700 and 1000. In addition to the 8-pagers, a small number of deluxe, 16-pagers were created, example of which is the current copy, more elaborate, more precisely drawn, a lot more expensive, and showcasing the artists' best work. Allegedly, only about 40 of those were ever made.

$200.00

Elisha, and the Widow's Cruse of Oil.

By Anonymous

New York: J. Q. Preble, 1851. First Edition. Very good. First edition presumed, n. d. (1851 - based on a date in one of the illustrations and publisher's years' of operation); 10 1/2 x 6 3/4; pp. [1], 2-8; tan wraps, illustrated with a wood engraving by J. W. Orr; a few very small spots of foxing to margins of front wrap and a bit of fading and spotting to back wrap; small, closed cut to tail of spine; text to one side of each leaf only; hand-colored woodcuts throughout; overall in very good condition. A charming bible story for children, it was illustrated, at least in parts by John William Orr (1815 - 1887) - a prominent Irish-American wood engraver and printer, known for not only engraving, but also creating most of the illustrations himself. Uncommon, with OCLC listing 3 copies at institutions and none other in the trade (as of August 2019).

$180.00

"Brush Away Just Like Old Boots..." (A Vinegar Valentine)

By Anonymous

S. l. : S. n., 1875. First Edition. Very good. A vinegar valentine, n. d. (ca 1875); single sheet, folded, 6 1/2 x 4; pp. [4]; embossed margin of first leaf; engraved, hand-colored illustration with a four-line poem below; a crease to margin of second leaf; small spot to pp. 3; very good condition. Comic valentines, later to become known as vinegar valentines, began to flourish in the US and Britain in the 1840s. Unlike the pretty, sentimental, conventional ones, the former were cheap, teasing, or even downright mean and insulting, and they usually made fun of traits, physical characteristics, or professions. Although produced in tremendous quantities, given their popularity, not many of the early ones have survived, as people naturally got rid of the nasty notes. The current one depicted a dapper gentleman, holding a boot, standing next to a work table with shoe-polishing equipment and read: "Brush away just like old boots, / Now's your time or never, / Follow up your own pursuits / I cut you altogether."

$80.00

Bourdonis et Mintonis. Pompa funerea et tristis crematio apud Universitatem Californiae, celebratum a classe nonaginta sex Vicensimus octavus Aprilis MDCCCXCIII

By Anonymous

S. l. (Berkeley): S. n., 1893. First Edition. Very good. Leaflet; single sheet, folded, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2; pp. [4]; printed and ruled in black; old, intersecting fold lines; a bit of age-toning and wear to edges; illustrated with a picture of a devil over a coffin and a drawing of a coffin, skull, and bones; in about very good condition. In Dog Latin and English. A long-gone ceremony of UC Berkeley students, the "Burial of Bourdon and Minto" was based on a similar tradition at Yale University. It was held annually from 1878 until 1903 and revolved around freshmen burning their textbook copies of Louis Pierre Marie Bourdon's "Elements of Algebra" and William Minto's "Manual of English Prose Composition." It also featured the ceremonial burrial of the ashes. Over the years, the process became more elaborate and included a mourners' procession and a bonfire. When the festivities began spilling outside the campus, onto residential streets, and more and more often students became injured, the university administration cancelled the ceremony. The current leaflet was the invitation to the event, meant to be passed around among the students. Written mostly in Dog Latin, it also included a poem in English, part of which read: "Oh, dog-eared and mangled Minto, / Oh, Bourdon, our fated foe, / You are lost and gone forever, / Down to Hell's deep pit below."

$225.00

Auction Sale. Machinery and Equipment of Excelsior Metal Product. To Be Sold on Premises at 5171 Mission Street, San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, Oct. 8th 1934, at 1:00 P. M. Sharp

By Feigenberg, B. and Newburg, Fred, Wholesale Auctioneers

S. l. (Oakland [?]): By the auctioneers, 1934. First Edition. Very good. Advertising broadside; 11 x 8 1/2; off-white stock, printed in black; faint, old fold lines; age-toning mostly to verso; very good condition. An interesting piece of local California history, the broadside advertised the auction sale of the machinery and equipment of a San Francisco metalworking business, by a small auction house, possibly based in Oakland, of which very little information could be found. The sheet listed many of the items to be sold, including Electric Grinding Machine, Excelsior Gas House Hot Air Furnaces, Work Bench, and so on.

$40.00

Grocery Auction Sale. Stock and Equipment of F. D. La Bonta to Be Sold on Premises at 148 So. Wilson Way, Stockton, California on Friday, Jan. 27th 1933, at 11 a. m. Sharp

By Freigenberg Bros., Wholesale Auctioneers

S. l. (Oakland [?]): By the auctioneers, 1933. First Edition. Very good. Advertising broadside; 11 x 8 1/2; off-white stock, printed in black; faint, old fold lines; age-toning mostly to verso; very good condition. An interesting piece of local California history, the broadside advertised the auction sale of the inventory and equipment of a grocery store, by a small auction house, possibly based in Oakland, of which very little information could be found. The sheet listed many of the items to be sold, including Pickle Stand Jars, Enamel Butcher Pans, National Cash Register, Fish of All Kinds, Soups, and so on.

$35.00

Exequiae extremae tristesque ad pyram. Bourdonis et Mintonis a Classe Anni Mille Octingenti Nonaginta tres Observatae in Campo Apud Universitatem Californiensem...

By Anonymous

S. l. (Berkeley): s. n., 1895. First Edition. Very good. Leaflet, n. d. (ca 1895); single sheet, folded, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2; pp. [4]; printed and ruled in black; old, intersecting fold lines; a bit of age-toning and wear to edges; illustrated with drawings of coffins, skull, and bones; in about very good condition. In Dog Latin and English. A long-gone ceremony of UC Berkeley students, the "Burial of Bourdon and Minto" was based on a similar tradition at Yale University. It was held annually from 1878 until 1903 and revolved around freshmen burning their textbook copies of Louis Pierre Marie Bourdon's "Elements of Algebra" and William Minto's "Manual of English Prose Composition." It also featured the ceremonial burrial of the ashes. Over the years, the process became more elaborate and included a mourners' procession and a bonfire. When the festivities began spilling outside the campus, onto residential streets, and more and more often students became injured, the university administration cancelled the ceremony. The current leaflet was the invitation to the event, meant to be passed around among the students. Written mostly in Dog Latin, it also included a poem in English, part of which read: "...And Minto, Bourdon's fate will share, / To burn them well's our only care / Our authors style goes up in smoke, / Our old note books we'll put in 'soak'..."

$225.00

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