New York: n.d. 1990. 1 sheet. 44 15/16 x 32 15/16" (22.9 x 114.1 x 83.6 cm). Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957–1996) was a Cuban born American artist. Using images taken from Time Magazine for this work of conceptual art, the sheet lists the names of 460 individuals killed by gunshot during the week of May 1–7, 1989, cited by name, age, city, and state, with a brief description of the circumstances of their deaths along with their images. At the MOMA where it was exhibited, it was in a stack approximately 9 inches high; and the public was encouraged to read the sheets and take them away, as they would be reprinted as the stack was depleted. Since at least 2014 it was not on view at the museum. A near fine copy, minor spotting on verso.
New York: Totem Press, 1959. 8 pp. 8vo. Illustrated paper wrappers. First edition. Inscribed by the author to Bill Targ (who would go on to publish Targ Editions). Published by Leroi Jones as Blue Plate #2 in an edition of 750 copies. McClure's third book. Provenance: Tony Weinberger (husband of Diane Wakowski), his signature. Toning to the title page and colophon else near fine. Clements A3.
London: (Printed by Tho. Newcomb), 1681. 1 sheet [2 pp.]. 4to. First edition. Begins with a report from Cadiz where Sir William Booth (c.1634Ð1703) captured the Golden Horse of Algiers after a ferocious fight on 8 April 1681. "Captain Booth in the Adventure engaged the Golden Horse, mounted with upwards of 40 guns, 508 men, Morat Raiz a Dutch Renagado Commander...about two o'clock in the morning near Cape de Gat; the fight continued till about three in the afternoon, when the Algerine having her Main mast shot by the Board, and her Captains Thigh broke with a musket bullet, the Turks resolved to yield." But they fought on when both ships mistook another British ship for a Turkish one...A lawsuit was later to follow. Also a long please to the King to look kindly on Windsor, despite some of its leaders not supporting the True Protestant religion by Law Established," most likely referring to the aftermath of the so called "Popish Plot." Margin dampstain else very good, trimmed.
Le Mans, France: Imprimerie Monnoyer, 1912. 3 pp. Illus. with b/w in-text drawings. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. Offprint. Extrait du "Bulletin de la SociŽtŽ prŽhistorique franaise". 25 juillet 1912. About very good copy, front wrapper browned, with few marginal tears, partiallty detached from contents.
Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1928. 100 pp. Illus. with 9 b/w plates and 23 figures. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. Department of Anthropology Leaflet No. 27. Covers the giraffe in Ancient Egypt, Africa, Arabia, Persia, China and Chinese art, Constantinople, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and 19th c. Bibliography. Berthold Laufer (1874-1934) was an anthropologist and Orientalist at the Field Museum in Chicago. A near fine copy, shadow of removed price sticker on wrapper.
Nashville [TN]: 1847. Sm. 4to. Broadside. Printed document completed in manuscript, appointing a Commissioner of Tennessee for Pennsylvania concerning Probate and Deeds. Signed by the Governor, Neil S. Brown, and the Secretary of State, John S. Young, and dated in Nashville 17 November, 1847. Neil Smith Brown (1810-1886) served as Governor of Tennessee from 1847 to 1849, and later as Minister to Russia. Though a Whig who tried to keep Tennessee in the Union prior to the Civil War, with the advent of war, he joined the Confederacy. Very good, prior folds, edges slightly worn and browned, with a few marginal tears, traces behind embossed state seal.
Caracas: Editorial Elite, 1943. 79,  pp. 8vo. Paper wrappers. First edition. "Texto de la conferencia pronunciada por su autor el 23 de julio de 1943, publicada como edición separada del 'Boletin del Instituto venezolano británico, no. 18'." A very good unopened (uncut) copy with small chips on extremities. Palau 108710.
New Haven and Chicago: Yale Univ. Press / Alfred Smart Museum of Art, (2001). 150 pp. Illus. with color plates and b/w and color photos. Folio. Cloth. First edition. A suite of 33 landscape paintings and 66 sheets of prison writings which formed the Yale exhibition on which this book is based. “… his life under Mao was one of extreme hardship; he was imprisoned three times over a period of 10 years and spent 18 months in solitary confinement. At the start of the Cultural Revolution, 20 of his manuscripts and 500 paintings were destroyed. The Yale exhibition presented virtually the only surviving works predating his 1982 immigration to the U.S. (he has since published 12 books of poetry, essays and fiction and is a prominent literary figure in the Chinese diaspora). The gouache-and-ink landscapes (they measure 13 by 7 inches, a small size that facilitated hiding) demonstrate not only a powerful awareness of the Chinese classical tradition but also a vivid understanding of Western art, particularly that of the Renaissance. Indeed, Mu Xin so thoroughly internalized the values of Western painting that his references to the sfumato of Leonardo seem natural rather than forced or grandiose. His range of effects is unusually eloquent; there is something of the monoprint to them, as well as elements of the Surrealist techniques of decalcomania and frottage. The atmospheric quality gives the work a mysterious sadness--a melancholy that references both the events of the artist's life and the passing of the high classical tradition in Chinese art,” Jonathan Goodman in Art America. Printed by the Stinehour Press. A fine copy in avery good dust jacket.
Albany: 1840. 1 sheet. Folio (15 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches). William H. Seward, as Governor of New York, appoints John K. Thurman Adjutant of the 23rd Regiment of Infantry as of September 7, 1838 in a document signed and dated, 2 April 1840. Also signed by Rufus King, the Adjutant-General. Seward would become Lincoln's secretary of State. Old cellotape stain and tear in blank area at bottom, folds,otherwise a very good copy.
Albany: 1913. 1 loose sheet. Folio. "William “Plain Bill” Sulzer (1863–1941) was the first and only governor to be impeached. Prior to taking office, Sulzer served in the State Assembly and for eight terms in the United States House of Representatives. Elected governor with the support of Tammany Hall, he angered its leader, Charles F. Murphy, when he distanced himself from Tammany’s influence and supported primary elections. With Tammany’s encouragement, the State Assembly voted to impeach Sulzer on October 17, 1913. Convicted by a special court, Sulzer returned to New York City, but a month later was again elected to the State Assembly" (Hall of Govenors.NY.gov). Sulzer designated James P. Maher to Represent New York at the Federal Aids Good Roads Convention, 1913. Signed 10 February 1913. James Paul Maher (1865-1946) was a U.S. Representative from New York. Very good, slightly creased and edge worn, with penciled notation in corner.
New York: 1916. 1 sheet. 4to. Immigration form for Naturalized U.S. citizens entering the United States. This form for Waldemar Emanuel Forsberg, traveling from Gothenburg 20 September 1916, 3rd class on the S.S. Stockholm, Swedish American Line, naturalized a year earlier and now living in Meridian, Connecticut. Forsberg was born 9 Feb. 1889, in Brevensbruk, Kilsmo, Sweden. Very good, with some closed tears at the folds, and one open marginal tear on bottom edge.
[Paris]: n.p. . 1 sheet. 38 x 19 cm. Later printing. Famous caricature of Jacobins masquerading as animals in a carnival procession. Approximately 2 cm of the top excised, leaving only the lower part of figure 29, La Renomee, four corners attached to gray sheet, some foxing, but still a nice image with good hand coloring. De Vinck, 6479.
1949 & 1954. 3 sides on two stapled sheets and 6 sides on 3 sheets. Sm. 8vo. As international musicians the Beechams had rather complicated finances. The first letter, from Betty Beecham, March 5th, 1949, while her husband was ill, concerns royalties on the Delius recordings. The second, from Sir Thomas Beecham, September 12th, 1954 concerns his need to straighten out his finances and property ownership and to sell "outright, some of my royalties with Columbia Records." Betty Humby Beecham (1908-1958) was a British pianist. Her best-known recording is that of the Delius Piano Concerto, with her husband conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in October 1946, shortly after he had founded it. Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) was one of the most important conductors of the 20th century. Both letters are to George Shimmerlik (of Adelstein, Burak, and Shimmerlik) the Beechams' U.S. accountant, as he was for many musical figures including Dohnányi, etc. His recorded reminiscences are part of an archive concerning those in the music world at The Port Washington Library. Very good, folded, edgeworn with a few penciled notations and underlining.
Fairbanks: 1909. 1 sheet. 8 x 6 3/4 inches. Gold was discovered at Chicken Creek Alaska in the late 19th century, with some mines still working today. This claim lists that gold was discovered on September 16, 1909, the claim filed on November 3rd in the Fourth Judicial Division, by B. Andersen, B. Mcurdy, J. Aldrige, and H. Reader. Chicken Creek is in the Otter Recording District. Very good, browned, and lightly foxed, with few penciled notations and marginal nicks.
New York: Swann Galleries, 2003. Unpaged. Illus. with color & b/w photos. 8vo. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. 307 items with prices realized laid in loose. Gemology, Mineralogy, Travel & Exploration, Illustrated Books, Diamonds & Mining, French Crown Jewels, Rare Catalogues. A very good copy, wrappers lightly worn, with one small dampstain inside cover, owner's initials inked in on title.
London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1853. 9 pp., . Illus. with 1 folding plan, 22 x 28 inches. Sm. 4to. Stitched self wrappers. Patent for "Improvements in the Treatment and Scouring or Cleansing of Textile Fabrics.... relates more essentially to the treatment of woven goods by what is known as the 'sulphuring' process for bleaching or finishing. Instead of depositing the fabrics in a sulphuring chamber, the sulphur is applied without the introduction of the goods therein at all. The fabric to be treated is on a beam at one end of the chamber, and it is carried from this beam over suitable guides and passed over the sides and top of the chamber in contact with an endless web of some thick material as hair, cloth, or felt. This thick web is constantly traversed through the chamber, over suitable guides, and so gets saturated with the sulphurous vapor. The chamber has two narrow slits in it, one on each side near the bottom, and the thick web passes up out of the chamber by one aperture, and thence proceeding along outside over a reel, it enters again the chamber by the other passage.... The fabric thus receives from the endless web as much sulphurous acid as is required. This contrivance is also suitable for 'steaming or damping goods.' Goods may also be sulphured by hanging them on a frame, such frame being run in and out [of the sulphuring chamber] as may be necessary on a railway, two frames being in use, so that one may be filling whilst the other is in the sulphur chamber, and the frames are so contrived with a solid side that they will fill up the side of the chamber when placed therein; or if the goods are on rolls, they may be drawn directly off from the interior of the chamber through a slit, and wound upon a beam in readiness for the next process of treatment." William Fulton, Laird of Glenfield, rose from humble beginnings as a weaver to eventually became a rich industrialist, founding in the 1820s a bleachworks. The company, William Fulton and Sons survived well into the late 20th c. Edges soiled and worn, last blank and plan separated, folding plan with tear at the fold.