R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
515 ART: UTAMARO - JAPANESE WOODCUTS ($45-Up)
Gorgeous presentation “Utamaro: Portraits in the Japanese Woodcut.” Text by Lubor Hajek. London, Spring Books, no date [ca. 1960]. Small 4to, full-color paper, string bound, in gorgeous hard cloth illustrated tan and brown case with gilt lettering, fastened by a silk cord and wooden button. Numerous black and white and color illustrations. Some toning to left edge and spine of case, otherwise fine.
516 ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY USES: SMYTH REPORT ($375-Up)
“A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy for Military Purposes Under the Auspices of the United States Government 1940-1945.”H.D. Smyth. Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945. Small 4to, paper. Written at the request of Maj. Gen. Leslie R. Groves. Owner’s note on foreword page, handstamp on cover. Soiled, toned, overall very good. This is the original version of the famous Smyth report, released to the public in August, 1945, after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, and gives the first official public account of the Manhattan Project.
517 BALLADS OF A CHEECHAKO ($150-Up)
“Ballads of a Cheechako.”Robert W. Service. New York, Barse and Hopkins, 1909. Small 8vo, green cloth with gilt lettering and spine. Cover rubbed with faded spots, shaken with split in endpapers at hinge, otherwise good/very good.
518 BEHIND THE SCENES IN WASHINGTON ($50-Up)
“Behind the Scenes in Washington...Account of the Credit Mobilier Investigation.”Edward Winslow Martin, Washington, The Continental Publishing Co., . 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt design and spine. Dusty cover with sunned spine and scuffed edges, otherwise very good. The Credit Mobilier scandal rocked US Grant’s administration, which may have been the most corrupt in the country’s history.
519 BENNER’S PROPHECIES 1900 ($110-Up)
“Benner’s Prophecies of Future Ups and Downs in Prices.” Samuel Benner. Cincinnati, Robert Clarke, 1900. Thirteenth edition “With forecast for 1900”. 12mo, original pebbled cloth with gilt letters, illustration, and spine. Some rubbing and minor chipping of boards, otherwise very good.
520 BIBLE, 1868 ($50-Up)
“The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: translated out of the original tongues...”New York, American Bible Society, 1868. 12mo, full leather with pressed designs. Gift inscription to Willie Crandall of TN, 1868, with his initials stamped on bottom edge of pages. Age-toned, with glue discolorations to endpapers, rubbed and bumped cover, otherwise very good.
521 A BOOK OF OLD MAPS ($110-Up)
“A Book of Old Maps.”Emerson D. Fite and Archibald Freeman. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1926. Large folio with gold lettering and spine. Contains 74 early maps of the Americas and the globe. Light cover rubbing and soiling, overall fine.
522 BROWNE’S “CERTAIN MISCELLANY TRACTS” ($160-Up)
“Certain Miscellany Tracts.”Thomas Brown[e]. London, Charles Mearne, 1684. 12mo, later [18th century?] leather with blind design, gilt and banded spine. Boards detached but present. Owner’s bookplate on front pastedown. Interior toned, otherwise very good/fine.
523 CRILE’S “MAN AN ADAPTIVE MECHANISM” ($40-Up)
“Man - an Adaptive Mechanism.” George W. Crile, NY, MacMillan, 1916. 8vo, deep blue cloth with gilt spine. No jacket.