c1938 – MASKEE – A SHANGHAI SKETCHBOOK by FRIEDRICH H. SCHIFF

c1938 – MASKEE – A SHANGHAI SKETCHBOOK by FRIEDRICH H. SCHIFF

Accordian, concerina-style album, measuring about 7 5/8 inches by 10 1/2 inches, bound in red silk covers. 21 plates of hand-coloured cartoons. Copy 239 of an unstated limited edition, Title page signed by the artist. A couple plates exhibit some foxing spots – first two relatively blank pages the worst, and one illustrated below.

Friedrich H. Schiff (1908 -1968): was an Austrian-Jewish artist, arriving in Shanghai in 1930 when he was 22 years old, and lived there until 1947. He was a keen observer of the Chinese spirit, showing fascinating visual insights into life in Shanghai – then a major metropolis. His cartoons captured the foreign community’s interest in the local life, and were published in local newspapers and journals such as the China Journal & the North China Daily News. He illustrated several books on China, a number of Shanghai postcards, and decorated the walls of the well known French “Cercle Sportif” and other clubs. His works depicted some darker sides of life such as prostitutes, taxi-girls and beggars.

the image below shows one of two pages with the most noticeable foxing – on left

Price $1200 – (Order Number eb1714)
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1883 – BROOKLYN BRIDGE OPENING INVITATION – TIFFANY & CO. ENGRAVING

1883 – BROOKLYN BRIDGE OPENING INVITATION
TIFFANY & CO. ENGRAVING

Original engraved invitation by Tiffany & Co., measuring about 8 9/16 inches by 6 1/4 inches, printed on a “heavy stock” paper. With a light touch you can feel the raised engraving. The rear is blank. This invitation was never filled out and not used. Invitation only, no envelope. One of my favorite books is David McCullough’s THE GREAT BRIDGE written in 1972 about the bridge’s construction.

I purchased this invitation in the mid-1990s. I have an ebay auction sale from July 1998, with a used example selling for $615.59 (I will include that print out). One sold at Skinner’s for $764 that had been hand-colored and had a program and ticket. In 2018 at Leland’s Auction an example with a ticket sold for $1,998. And, another is currently offered on ebay for $4,500. PLEASE NOTE – the toning on my scanned image is more pronounced than the toning to the edges really is. Hard to see in real life.

Price – $700 (Order Number eb1718)
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1906 – BUSTER BROWN’S AMUSING CAPERS — COMIC STRIP

1906 – BUSTER BROWN’S AMUSING CAPERS — COMIC STRIP

Copyright by New York Herald Company, published by Cupples & Leon Company, New York.

Cloth spine, pictorial boards (not thick and heavy) and pages printed on heavy newsprint. Measures about 11 inches by almost 16 inches, many of the stapled pages are loose from the staples, and the book block has separated from the flimsy cloth spine. This was a title done for a short life, thus hard to find after 100 years – the way it was produced was not for the long term. There are Fourteen pages of cartoon panels and with some chipping on the edges.

UNCOMMON – Price $250 – (Order Number eb1706)
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c1910 – LARDER LODGE – VERSES BY B. PARKER and ILLUSTRATED BY N. PARKER – SEASIDE RESORT

c1910 – LARDER LODGE – VERSES BY B. PARKER and ILLUSTRATED BY N. PARKER – SEASIDE RESORT

Published by: W. & R. Chambers, Limited, London & Edinburgh. Pictorial boards with edgewear as seen in the images – measuring about 9 1/4 inches by 12 3/4 inches. Sepia toned illustrations, and fantastic color chromoliths. Some pages tad loose since not a sewn binding.

This is a story told in verse of a family of foxes that open a boarding house by the sea. In no time at all, they are host to a family of pigs, a family of dogs, a hedgehog and a bear.  Their hopes are of attracting a meal. er, customers.

UNCOMMON – Price $225 – (Order Number eb1705)
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1898 – PICTURES FROM SCRIBNER’S – SELECTED FROM SCRIBNER’S MAGAZINE

Reprints of illustrations from Scribner’s magazine from roughly the years 1888-1898. Published in about 1898 in a fold over portfolio with cloth hinges and wood veneer boards.  Inside are the black and white prints on sheets measuring about 9 3/4 inches by 13 inches. This is a broken set. Prepared with 50 prints, there are only 43 remaining. Lacking are plates 2, 3, 33, 41, 42, and 43. Plates are semi-gloss on image side (some smudges on edges that can be matted over) and matte finish on the rear. These are illustrations from the magazine, again dated from 1888 to 1898, and include some of the most prominent illustrators of that period, including: Edwin Abbey, F. S. Church, A. B. Frost, Howard Pyle, Charles Dana Gibson, C. S. Reinhart, F. Hopkinson Smith, A. B. Wenzell, A. Castaigne, Daniel Vierge, Will H. Low, Albert Lynch. Images include people riding bicycles, hunting, a men’s social dinner, historical illustrations of famous Revolutionary War scenes, etc. Incomplete set — 43 of 50 plates — full sets seldom seen. Original portfolio case in poor condition

at one point in time a sheet of paper (above) was affixed over the title printing on the wood veneer.

Price – $120 (Order Number eb1562)
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1928 – UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SONG BOOK and NEW HAMPSHIRE COLORS

1928 – UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SONG BOOK
and NEW HAMPSHIRE COLORS

Perfect gift for your historically minded UNH student, graduate, or your own collection. Offered together from the original family, whose member attended UNH, are the UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SONG BOOK, hardcover measuring about 7 3/8 inches by 10 1/2 inches with 106 pages of music scores and lyrics, and a softcover 4-page Songsheet – NEW HAMPSHIRE COLORS with words by E. Y. Blewett (Class of ’26” and music by L. C. Swain (Class of ’18)

PRICE – $20 for both items (Order Number eb1696)
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1921 – FINGER PRINT MAGAZINE – 12 ISSUES – COMPLETE YEAR

1921 – FINGER PRINT MAGAZINE – 12 ISSUES – COMPLETE YEAR

“A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Science of Finger Print Identification” published by the University of Apple Science, Chicago, Illinois. First published in 1919, and continued to about 1972 from what I can ascertain. Each issue measures about 7 3/4 inches by 10 5/8 inches and shows two folds probably from mailing in an envelope. On each issue some light wear, soiling, few small tears. Great ads for fingerprinting equipment. Included are:

January, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 7 – 8 pages – articles include: Two Experts in the Navy Department, The Modification and Extensions of the Henry System, and more
February, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 8 – 8 pages – articles include: Washington DC fingerprinting, Man Palms Himself into the Penitentiary, and more
March, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 9 – 8 pages – articles include: Walter S. Kaye, Chief of Identity Section, War Department, Thumb Trace Classification, and more
April, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 10 – 8 pages – articles include: Vancouver’s New Chief of Police, Blackmailer Sealed His Own Fate, How to Powder a Latent Print, and more
May, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 11 – 8 pages – articles include: One Finger System (Five Page Article), and more
June, 1921 – Volume 2, Number 12 – 8 pages – articles include: Found Guilty of Burglary on Finger Print Evidence Alone, New Ideas on Contact Photography, and more
July, 1921 – Volume 3, Number 1 – 8 pages – articles include: Finger Prints – Versus Politics, A Home Made Finger Print Camera, and more
August 1921 – Volume 3, Number 2 – 8 pages – articles include: Thumb Print on Glass Causes Man to be Convicted in Burglary Case, The Identification Expert as Witness, and more
September, 1921 – Volume 3, Number 3 – 8 pages – articles include: Finger Prints Lead to Arrest of Two, Convicted on Palm Prints, and more
October, 1921 – Volume 3, Number 4 – 16 pages – articles include: University of Applied Science – Alumni Number (most pages mug shots of alumni), Finger Printing a Nation, and more
November, 1921 – Volume 3, Number 5 – 8 pages – articles include: PRESIDENT HARDING’S FINGER PRINT CARD ON FRONT COVER – THE PRESIDENT IS FINGERPRINTED, Finger Prints on Opened Safe Bring Conviction, and more
December, 1921 – Volume 3, Number 6 – 16 pages – articles include: Annual Convention Digest, and more

Below you see President Harding’s fingerprint card on the cover


and some sample two page spreads

Price – $70 for the set (Order No. eb1683)
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WATERBURY CLOCKS: HISTORY, IDENTIFICATION & PRICE GUIDE by Tran Duy Ly.

WATERBURY CLOCKS: HISTORY, IDENTIFICATION & PRICE GUIDE by Tran Duy Ly.

Published by the Arlington Book Company, Arlington, Virginia, 1989. Softcover, 304 pages, about 8 3/8 inches by 10 7/8 inches. Black and White illustrations. Instead of cataloguing this copy on my various (unillustrated websites) I am listing it here with illustrations to show the edge wear to the covers. Not affecting the interior or the information you desire, but I am fussy, and want you to see the wear. Illustrated are 1387 various clock models from advertisements. Book starts with some tips and Waterbury Clock Company history. Ly did a number of similar clock books which are highly collectible.

PRICE — $45
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c1880s BOUDOIR PHOTO J. A. FRENCH – JAFFREY CENTER, NH – MEETING HOUSE, CUTTER’S HOTEL

Uncommon Jaffrey Center, New Hampshire Boudoir size mounted photograph on card measuring 5 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches (named Boudoir size). Images found in this size dating from 1850s to 1920s. This image taken by photographer J. A. FRENCH from Keene, NH. Only French is indicated on the rear of the card. In 1871, French bought out the interests of his partner, thus this card is after that date, and prior to 1901 when the Cutter’s Hotel on the right side of the image burned. I found a French image on-line of only the hotel, dated circa 1890. This image is most likely mid to late 1880s.

On the left, The Meetinghouse was raised in 1775, its tower and belfry added in 1822. A floor was added, in 1870 to provide for a school on the lower floor and town use above. To the right of center is the now First Church In Jaffrey UCC. Moving to the right hand building, on Third New Hampshire Turnpike, stood the Danforth Tavern, built in 1792. Later owned by Asa Brigham, it catered to lively stage traffic. After a disastrous fire in 1816, Brigham rebuilt, bigger and better, and of brick this new structure on the site of the old wooden tavern. In 1820 he lost the property to mortgagee holders in Boston. After that date it became the tavern of Ethan Cutter, who became innholder as early as 1826, becoming a popular place as a hotel for summer boarders visiting nearby Mount Monadnock. The hotel burned in 1901, and a home now occupies the spot facing the Common on one side, and Cutter Park along the current Route 124 – Main Street.

PRICE – $60 – (order number eb1685)
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1927-1928 – LE MIROIR DE LA BELGIQUE – Three Volume Set – THE MIRROR OF BELGIUM

Introduction du Comte Carton de Wiart, Ministre d’Etat. Texte de MM. Thomas Braun; Georges Virrès; Georges Garnir; Baudoin van de Walle; Rodolphe de Saegher; Ed. de Bruyn; Jules Destrée; Joseph Demarteau; Charles Gheude. Published by Aux Editions N. E. A, Paris.

Bound in 3/4 leather with marbled boards and endpapers, there is some deterioration, wear and breaking to the leather as seen in images below. Text blocks measure about 10 inches by about 12 3/4 inches. Color frontispieces/covers, sepia toned illustrations touring you around the country. Purchased from the estate of the original owner with his bookplate on preliminary blank leaf in each volume. Text in French.

Volume I – 204 pages
Volume II – 198 pages
Volume III – 224 pages

PRICE – $100 for the set – (Order Number eb1675)
Shipping – $8.85 (heavy and large) packed in cardboard and with tracking
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