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.
cloth pressed designs, gilt spine, illustrated. Slight foxing throughout, slight chipping at edges, punch holes in blank margins of frontispiece. Very good.
554 LOWELL’S “A CRITICAL FABLE” ($220-Up)
“A Critical Fable.” By “A Poker of Fun” [Amy Lowell]. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1922. 8vo, original color-illustrated paper, but double bound in 1/4 leather with blue cloth, banded spine. Original paper spine tipped to inside back cover. Toned, original wraps lightly worn and soiled, otherwise very good.
555 MACKENZIE’S “LIFE OF PAUL JONES”  ($200-Up)
“The Life of [John] Paul Jones.”Alexander Slidell Mackenzie. Boston, Hilliard, Gray & Co, 1841. 2 vols., small 8vo, brown textured cloth, gilt spine with anchor design. Owner’s pen note in both volumes. Label remnant on spine of vol. 2, clipping tipped into vol. 2, spines sunned, minor damage to endpapers, some foxing, otherwise very good.
556 MANUSCRIPT BOOK: SPHERICAL TRIGONOMETRY, 1780 ($325-Up)
Outstanding Autograph Manuscript Signed on free front endpaper by its author, “William Turnbull / Perth, 1st December 1780.”His handsomely written guide to “Spherical Trigonometry.” With his label tipped to front pastedown. 8vo, 1/4 leather, with gilt title on cover. Several hand-drawn figures, one fold-out; second half of book blank. Front board and first few pages detached but present. Spine intact but leather worn off. Interior especially fine. A fascinating and beautiful work.
557 COL. MAY’S JOURNEY TO THE OHIO COUNTRY 1st Ed. ($375-Up)
“Journal and Letters of Col. John May, of Boston Relative to Two Journeys to the Ohio Country In 1788 and ‘89.” John May, with Rev. Richard S. Edes and Wm.M. Darlington. Cincinnati, Robert Clarke & Co, 1873. 8vo, green cloth, gilt spine & tops. Wraps loose from top edge of spine, but attached. Minor soiling and toning, otherwise very good.
558 MELVILLE: SELECTED POEMS ($65-Up)
“Selected Poems of Herman Melville.”Norfolk, CT, New Directions, no year . From the “Poets of the Year” series. 8vo, sea green cloth with red design and lettering, original green dust jacket. With protective cellophane jacket. Toned, light soiling on cover, otherwise fine.
559 MASSACHUSETTS CONSTITUTION, 1805 ($40-Up)
“The Constitution of the State of Massachusetts, and That of the United States; the Declaration of Independence, with President Washington’s Farewell Address.” Boston, Manning & Loring, 1805. 12mo, no boards, but previously bound. Adopted in 1780, the MA Constitution is the oldest in continuous use, and was largely the work of John Adams. First 12 pages detached but all present.
560 THE MOTT STREET POKER CLUB ($200-Up)
“The Mott Street Poker Club. The Secretary’s Minutes.” Illustrations by M. Woolf. New York, White & Allen, 1889. 8vo, 1/4 red cloth with illustrated boards. Amusing but not what one would call sensitive to Asian-Americans, the book tells of a poker game in New York’s Chinatown. Bookseller’s label on free front endpaper. Edges worn, overall very good. A scarce book!
561 PAGE’S “TWO LITTLE CONFEDERATES” ($60-Up)
“Two Little Confederates.”Thomas Nelson Page. NY, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1931. 8vo, brown cloth with illustrated cover. No jacket. With halftone illustrations. Very good.