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BARNUM, P. T. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS).

PT Barnum

Bridgeport, CT, 30 January 1877. A two-page letter on the front and verso of a 5-1/8" x 8" sheet with a blue ink stamp of Barnum addressed to an unknown recipient regarding employment and SIGNED as "P. T. Barnum."

In part: "You are declining the American tour…. My respected father-in-law is I fear rather too timid. My son-in-law … filled the position of traveling Treasurer 4 or 5 years without inquiry, and hundreds are doing the same every year. We think it is a most healthy calling. It is lively, busy & exciting, but not sickening nor killing. My partners would only have allowed $25 per week & I should have paid the other $15 from my own pocket for the sake of having you see if the business would suit you, and also see if an opening could be made for you whereby you could gain an independence. The disappointment to me is not at all serious on my account—more so on yours. But it is all for the best no doubt. I still think I shall have a permanent place of amusement in New York City, where you can have a situation & a chance to own an interest which will be sure to be valuable. We will talk it up when we meet.”

Scattered toning and soiling,

Offered by Charles Agvent and found in "African-Americana, Magic/Circus, Etc."

 

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EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FOLIO DOCUMENTING THE EFFECTS OF THE ATOMIC BOMB ON JAPAN
9th Photo Tech Squadron, compiler.

The Atomic Bomb.

Atomic Bomb

N.p. [Guam]: 947 Engineer Aviation Topographic Co., [ca. 1945]. Oblong folio (18” x 21”), pictorial paper covers, blue spiral binder at spine. [34] pp., 20 photographic illus. (from 7.25” x 8.25” to 18” x 21”), 2 maps of Japan including the front-cover map (18” x 21” and 9.25” x 20.75”). The name of the original owner, Benjamin M. Mott, Sgt. A.C., has been added by hand, perhaps by stencil, to the lower-right corner of the front cover. CONDITION: Very good, front cover lightly chipped and creased, rear cover with some dampstains, chipping to margins, creasing, and toning, light dampstains throughout, light creasing to upper-right corner of the first few leaves.

A visually striking, profoundly disturbing, and apparently unrecorded folio volume, with a dramatic cover map, comprising photographic illustrations and maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki before and after an atomic bomb was dropped on each, powerfully communicating through graphics the sheer enormity of the event. While this publication does not seem to have been classified, its rarity and military provenance suggest that it was issued for limited internal circulation.

Dedicated to the servicemen of the Air Force who lost their lives in the war and “to all the men who helped to bring the conflict to a victorious close,” this horrifying U.S. military publication documents and commemorates this earthshaking event. The front cover features a map of Japan with the ominous shadows of two bombers superimposed on it and arrows pointing to Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The contents consist of photographic illustrations of each city pre- and post-bombing, as well as text by the U.S. Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific covering the details of the strikes. Complementing the aerial shots of the massive destruction are four ground views taken in Nagasaki, some of which show civilians walking amongst the rubble. 

This volume was compiled and designed by the 9th Photo Tech Squadron of the 20th Air Force, the division responsible for the bombings. The 9th operated the largest photo processing center in the Pacific at Harmon Field in Guam (the U.S. having turned the island into a base for Allied operations after recapturing it from the Japanese in 1944). The photographs reproduced here were taken by the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, V.H., of the 20th Air Force. These include some of the first images of the bombings, among them one of the infamous mushroom cloud, and images of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 100 days after the bombings.

The publisher, the 947 Engineer Aviation Topographic Co., was part of the 20th Air Force and was based on Guam from at least 1945 to 1947. Other works they published include The 331st Bombardment Group (VH) from Activation until V-J Day (Guam, ca. 1945); War Journal: Ninth Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Forces (N.p., ca. 1945); 16th Bombardment Group History (N.p., 1945); 330th Bomb Group Digest (N.p., 1946), and Island of Guam Road Map (Guam, 1947).

The original owner of this volume, Sergeant Benjamin M. Mott (1918–1984), served in the Navy during World War II. He enlisted in June 1942 and was discharged in October 1945.

No copies of this publication are recorded in OCLC, nor have our google searches located any other examples.

An exceedingly scarce large-format survey documenting the catastrophic effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Offered by James Arsenault & Company and found in "Recent Acquisitions in Maps."

 

ARS LIBRI LTD.

 

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MANET, ÉDOUARD. Study for “Rendez-vous des chats.”

Rendez-vous des chats (Study) Manet

Graphite, black ink, and white gouache, on buff laid paper (watermark indistinct). 140 x 98 mm. (ca. 5 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches), slightly irregular. Signed in pencil at lower right: manet.

Provenance: Sold by the artist to Alphonse Daudet; Hôtel Drouot, Sale April 1, 1942, lot 116 (sold for 4,600 francs by the expert Cailac, according to Guérin); bought by Viscount Alain de Léché; by whom sold to Gérard Cramer; Gérard Cramer, Genève, by whom sold to the father of the present owner July 6, 1951.

Literature: De Leiris, Alain: The Drawings of Édouard Manet (Berkeley/Los Angeles, 1969), no. 228 ("Chats"); Rouart, Denis & Wildenstein, Daniel: Édouard Manet: Catalogue raisonné (Lausanne/Paris, 1976), Vol. II, p. 218, no. 618 (with illus.); cf. Guérin, Marcel: L'œuvre gravé de Manet (Paris, 1944), no, 74 (with illus.); cf. Philadelphia Museum of Art: Édouard Manet 1832-1883. Catalogue by Anne Coffin Hanson (Philadelphia, 1966), no. 90 A preliminary design for the famous lithograph "Le rendez-vous des chats" (Guérin 74), which was to serve as a poster for the second edition of the book "Les chats" by Champfleury, published in Paris in 1870. Alain de Leiris, discussing the preparatory drawings for the lithograph in his authoritative study "The Drawings of Édouard Manet," notes that this drawing is the first study to show Manet's conception of representing cats in an outdoor setting: "In 1868, the publication of Manet's lithograph 'Le Rendez-vous des chats' was a pioneering step in launching the poster as an art form. It prefigured the accomplishments of Chéret, Lautrec, and Bonnard in the later decades of the century. Manet had illustrated the book entitled 'Les chats,' written by his friend Champfleury, with an etching, 'Le chat et les fleurs' (Guérin, no. 53)-a technically elaborate and exotic image. The lithograph 'Le Rendez-vous des chats' was planned as a poster to advertise the book. The genesis of this image is of particular interest since the final lithograph is the most stylized work of Manet. First came the direct sketches of animals in action, their characteristic poses caught in silhouetted form. Three of these drawings appear on a single sheet…. Manet repeated this motif without change in a small pencil and wash drawing (illustrated in Guérin under no. 74), contrasting it on the same page with another cat differing in pose and much more stylized in form. This drawing appears to be the first stage of a composition representing cats in an outdoor setting. A large drawing presents the final synthesis. Its form is caricatural, and the pattern is dense. The two cats are now the protagonists in a ritual dance. The black cat is reminiscent of the animal in 'Olympia.' The caricatural element and picturesque subject matter (the moonlight setting and the ghostly actors: cats and chimney pots) produce a haunting mixture of the strange and the familiar." Paris, 1868. 

Offered by Ars Libri and found in "Electronic List 143."

 

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STERN, Jack, and WM. Tracy
         
[Sheet music]: You'd Better Be Nice to Them Now

You'd Better be nice to them now

New York: Douglas & Newman Music Co., 1918.

Softcover. First edition. Cover art by Barbelle. Folio. One sheet folded to make four pages. Music shop stamp on the front cover, toning, light edgewear, a small smattering of purple ink on the back cover, and a small dampstain to the top of the spine, very good. For voice and piano. A song about women entering the workforce during World War I with lines such as, "It's all on account of the war / Your job ain't safe anymore" and "Say, don't be surprised if we have lady 'Cops' in time / And if we do, the men will all commit some crime / And when the cops get'em / They'll love'em and pet'em / You'd better be nice to them now." While some other lines might feign positivity about women's ability to "make good at everything they try," it's truly a song that could have only come from such a time and place as America in 1918. A fascinating, albeit at times unsettling piece of music and women's history.

Offered by Between the Covers Rare Books and found in "e-List 191: Women."

 

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Daniel DeFoe

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner.

Robinson Crusoe, Mariner Daniel Defoe

London: Ward, Lock, and Tyler, 1868.

Binding designed by John Leighton. Brown cloth over beveled boards, elaborate gilt designs to front panel and spine; all edges gilt; brown clay-coated endpapers, 7-1/4” tall, 312 pp. Engraved frontispiece and over a hundred engraved illustrations within the text; printed by the Dalziel Brothers, one of the most influential wood engraving companies of Victorian England. Light wear to corners and spine ends, gilt bright and cloth is clean.

A fun and beautiful edition of this classic, the front cover features cameo portraits surrounding a central ship image, interspersed with vines. John Leighton was one of England’s foremost book designers and helped pioneer the pictorial ornamentation style.

Offered by Scott Givens and found in "Publishers' Bindings" (item #7).

 

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Lee, William (Pseudonym Of William Burroughs) / Maurice Helbrant: Junkie / Narcotic Agent: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict.

Junkie

1953. Ace Books. New York, NY. Paperback. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good. Cover Art by Al Rossi.  This is a mass market paperback book (PBO). Ace Double Book number D-15, priced at 35cents. The book is in Very Good condition and was issued without a dust jacket. There is light rubbing and edge wear to the spine ends, corners and spine joints. The text pages are clean, with noticeable generalized toning. This is William Burroughs first published book and was published with the encouragement of Allen Ginsberg who not only had regular correspondence with Burroughs throughout the writing but handed the book over to Ace books to help it get published.

"Ace Books renamed the book from Junk to Junkie, possibly because Junk implied the book itself was poor quality, and added the subtitle Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. Ace took advantage of Burroughs' provocative subject by creating a 'lurid' book cover, but also censored the book's language, removed certain passages, and added editors' notes and disclaimers. To avoid the perception that his company endorsed drug use, Wyn chose to bundle Junkie with a reprint of Narcotics Agent, a 1941 book by Maurice Helbrant chronicling his work in the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. " (from Wikipedia)

Offered by S. Howlett-West Books and found in "Pulp Fiction and Unusual Science Fiction Paperbacks."

 

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Mascall, Leonard.

A book of the Art and maner, howe to plante and graffe all sortes of trees.

Leonard Mascall

London, H. Bynneman for J. Wight [1572].

4to (183 x 133 mm.). [xxiv], 90 [10]p. Black Letter type (roman for dedication and section headings, scattered italic), historiated woodcut initials (one of a man plowing), FULL PAGE WOODCUT OF TEN GRAFTING INSTRUMENTS with letterpress captions, SIX TEXT WOODCUTS showing, i.a., grafts, plants and seeds (one repeated), title woodcut of a man grafting (repeated from the text).

Blue paper wrappers, blue morocco backed blue paper chemise (signed Devauchelle, misdated “1569” on the spine) with a blue paper slipcase.

SECOND EDITION of English naturalist Leonard Mascall’s first publication. It is “a major landmark in the development of British arboriculture… the first readily available text on…the care of trees to be published in the English language…. He is an undoubted champion of the professional gardener and arborist…Mascall…displays an awareness of basic arboriculture that is far in advance of other British texts from the sixteenth century” (Johnston).

Emphasizing both practical experience and familiarity with local conditions, Mascall details the planting, cultivating, propagating, grafting and transplanting of trees and vines of all sorts, including pear, fig, peach, apricot, damson, apple, medlar, quince, cherry, mulberry, gooseberry, chestnut, almond, grape and hop. He illustrates the necessary tools — pruning knives, saws, chisels, a mallet and hammer with file — and the most effective grafting methods. He takes up how to improve fruit flavor, prevent infestations of ants, caterpillars, snails and worms and HOW TO MAKE WINES AND CIDERS. Knowledgeable, accomplished and enterprising, Mascall drew on the work of French Benedictine horticulturist David Brossard and unidentified German and/or Dutch sources. He served as kitchen clerk to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

This edition is dated after the final line on C3v. Our copy contains two quires (A, N) from the first edition and an apparently unknown setting of type in the outer forme of quire D (the inner forme is from the first edition. 

A good copy (minor ink smudges, title soiled and with two short tears — one blank margin brusquely repaired), scattered contemporary annotations, contemporary inscription of Thomas Johnson on the title (trimmed), slightly later signature of Edward G(u)ardiner on the final verso. My thanks to Dr. Aaron Pratt and Mr. Stephen Tabor for their insights.

Offered by Bruce McKittrick Rare Books and found in "Seven Books You Weren't Thinking About This Morning."

 

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Watch Your Step ... We Guarantee Our Work. Have Your Shoes RE-BUILT. [Drop title]. [Set of Six Posters]

Watch Your Step (Posters)

St. Louis: Trade Promotion Bureau, National Shoe & Leather Finders' Assn., (n. d.), circa 1930. 14 x 11 inches. Broadsides. Heavy white cardstock printed in multiple colors, with each broadside having a different background color and a white border. Light bumping and wear, with loss to lower corner of one broadside, mostly affecting border only; light dampstaining to some borders; dampstaining and soiling to verso of first broadside in the series ("Monday"); light scattered soiling. Good.

Presumably a complete set of these promotional posters, which urge readers to "Watch Your Step" on every day of the week except Sunday. Each accompanying illustration shows a different reason why readers should have their shoes "re-built": to prevent accidents caused by faulty shoe soles; to keep one's feet dry when stepping in puddles; to look fashionable, presentable and reliable; and to prevent injury when stepping on sharp objects.

During the Great Depression -- when we speculate these posters were produced -- thousands of unemployed workers from other sectors of the economy went into the shoe repair business, likely because the cost of entry was low and the need for reliable footwear was constant. However, given their lack of training, the overall quality of shoe repairs plummeted. At the same time, the National Leather & Shoe Finders' Association (NLSFA) found that nearly 75% of Americans opted to replace, rather than repair, their shoes. Faced with this twin calamity, the NLSFA embarked on an ambitious program to identify major areas the shoe repair industry needed to focus on, redecorate existing places of business so they looked more professional, form a guild to ensure quality and consistency throughout the industry, and promote quality and workmanship through advertising and displays. Although the guild eventually fizzled out in the 1940s, the NLSFA remained the premier organization of the industry, and still exists today as the Shoe Service Institute of America. (https://www.ssia.info/awards/history/)

Not located in OCLC or other online resources.

Offered by Kate Mitas, Bookseller and found in "E-list No. 21."

 

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RAGING BULL (Feb 1, 1979) Revised draft lm script + 2 draft analyses

--Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull

[New York]: 1979. Vintage original lm script, 11 x 8 1⁄2" (28 x 22 cm.), 101 pp. Lacks blank front wrapper, brad bound, small tear to left middle of title page, overall very good+ or better.

[sold with:]

Two analyses of earlier drafts of the script done by a staff member at the Chartoff-Winkler production company, one 10 pp. dated 7/11/78 and one 7 pp. dated 11/14/78.

A very interesting copy of this script, containing 4 pp. of holograph notes most likely in the hand of Nicholas Colasanto, who played maa boss Tommy Como. In these pages he both writes out his lines and makes notes about them. The verso of one of the analyses has a page of MS notes in another, unknown hand. The script is dated 2-1-79 and this draft is noted as by “M.S.” (Martin Scorsese) and “R.D.N.” (Robert De Niro).

Raging Bull is now considered one of the crowning achievements of director Martin Scorsese and the actor most associated with him, Robert De Niro. In addition to Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, it won two: Best Actor (De Niro) and Best Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker).

Although this is essentially the movie’s shooting script, there are still major differences between what is on the page and the completed lm. For example, the title sequence of the MS/RDN screenplay opens with “Stone Cold Dead in the Market” by Louis Jordan on the soundtrack, and “CLOSE-UPS of a fighter’s body,” intercut with the titles, only at the end of which “WE CATCH A GLIMPSE of young JAKE LAMOTTA.”

Compare this to the movie’s actual title sequence—the iconic long-shot black-and-white image of De Niro as LaMotta alone in the ring, practicing his boxing moves in slow motion, while on the soundtrack we hear the lyrical Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. However, Jake’s monologue has been completely rewritten. It’s funnier. Only its closing line remains the same, “That’s Entertainment!” So it goes throughout the remainder of the screenplay and film. The structure remains the same. The essential content of each scene remains the same. But the dialogue, frequently profane, may differ, due to the fact that the actors—particularly De Niro as Jake,and Joe Pesci as Jake’s brother, Joey—were encouraged by Scorsese to improvise during shooting, taking off from what was written on the page.

Forty years after it was written, Raging Bull is still cinema’s denitive analysis of toxic masculinity.

Offered by Walter Reuben, Inc and found in "Catalog 53."

 

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Circa 1845 – Wood engraving of the Quarantine Station and Marine Hospital for emigrants at Staten Island, New York

Staten Island Quarantine

Leipzig, Germany. Illustrite Zeitung (Illustrated Newspaper), Circa 1845. Disbound.

This wood engraving clipped from an unidentified edition of the Illustrite Zeitung (Illustrated Newspaper), known colloquially as the ‘Leipziger,’ is undated, but information on the reverse indicates that it was published by J. J. Weber of Leipzig, Germany. It is titled, Quarantine und Marinehosital fur Einwanderer auf Staten Island, Newyorf (Quarantine Station and Marine Hospital for Immigrants at Staten Island, New York). It is in nice shape with some light toning.

It can be dated as locations of the buildings and dock exactly as shown almost identically match those shown on a map of the grounds, “Marine Hospital Ground, Staten Island . . . made by John Ewein. Dated March 1845 . . . City Surveyor.” The large building in the foreground is “[St. Nicholas] Hospital.” The center building on the hill is the “Yellow Fever Hospital.” The building to the far right is the “Small Pox Hospital.” The small buildings on the “Wharf” and “Pier” are a “Shed” and “Store House.”

Between 1795 and 1798, Yellow Fever killed thousands in New York City, spurring passage of a quarantine law that funded the construction of the New York Marine Hospital on this site. At its peak, the hospital could house 1,500 patients and was treating more than 8,000 per year. Before landing at New York, all vessels were boarded by inspectors, and if they found any trace of disease, everyone was unloaded at the Quarantine. First-class passengers spent their quarantine at the St. Nicholas while lower-class passengers were held in shanties not visible in the wood engraving.

There was considerable local opposition to the hospital, both from land developers who wished to use the grounds for projects and locals who blamed outbreaks of disease on the passengers under quarantine. The tension escalated and in 1856, a local health board prohibited anyone, including staff, from exiting the building by land. On the first of September 1858, the same board passed a resolution declaring the facility to be ”a pest and a nuisance of the most odious character, bringing death and desolation to the very doors of the people [who must abate] this abominable nuisance without delay.” That night a giant mob attacked the hospital, and after evacuating patients and staff from the buildings, burned most of the complex to the ground. The following night, they burned the rest. When later brought to trial, the mob leaders were acquitted, the jury deciding that they had acted in self-defense.

In his semi-autobiographical novel, Redbun: His First Voyage, Herman Mehlville recounts a typical chaotic scene as ships were searched and inspected by health officials and later expresses relief when upon returning to New York harbor as his ship passed the Staten Island complex, apparently unnoticed by port officials, and escaped inspection.

(For more information, see Stephenson’s “"The Quarantine War: the Burning of the New York Marine Hospital in 1858" in the Jan-Feb 2004 issue of Public Health Reports, available online.)

Uncommon. Wood engravings of the Staten Island hospital from illustrated magazines and auctions occasionally appear at auction. The majority are post-attack illustrations showing the ruins or replacement buildings.

Offered by Kurt A. Santfleben, LLC. and found in "Catalog 24-2."

 

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A splendid set of exquisitely etched early nineteenth century alphabet cards by the French miniaturist Joseph François Le Roy, whose name appears at the foot of the first card. Of the greatest rarity, and still preserved in its original, somewhat worn, box.

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