Silent Auction of Collectible Books

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Silent Auction of Collectible Books will take place from November 1-29 at the Library.  Featured are many interesting and collectible books, including some SIGNED, FIRST, and LIMITED EDITIONS.

The 16 books will be in the Display Case in the main room of the Library and will be available for inspection on Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., and Wednesday, November 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bids may be entered in the notebook on the service counter.

The highest bidder on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. will be the winner.

The featured books are:

TOUR OF THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS – Jules Verne

(H. M. Caldwell, no date)

This is the classic story of Phileas Fogg, a punctilious bachelor in London.  He makes a wager with the members of his club that he can travel around the world in 80 days and bets his entire fortune to back it up. Many adventures follow with his newly-hired servant, Passepartout.

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE – B. Traven

(First Printing, the Forum Books Edition, World Publishing Co., April 1947)

Two Americans, searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them look for gold in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. The book was written in 1927 by a novelist in Germany whose real name and nationality is one of the literary mysteries of the century.

THE BURGESS BIRD BOOK FOR CHILDREN – Thornton W. Burgess

(Little, Brown and Co., 1927)

This rare book is a zoology book written in the form of a story featuring Peter Rabbit.  Peter learns from his friend Jenny Wren all about the Birds of North America. Thornton W. Burgess was a conservationist and author through his children’s books and his newspaper column, “Bedtime Stories.” Illustrated by Louis Agassiz Fuertes.

BIRD-LORE: An Illustrated Bi-Monthly Magazine – Frank M. Chapman

(The Macmillan Co., 1905, 1906)

The official organ of the Audubon Society, Bird-Lore was published as a bi-monthly magazine devoted to the study and protection of birds. Included are many wonderful illustrations and photographs of birds.

GOOD MEDICINE – Charles M. Russell

(Garden City Publishing 1930)

This book includes letters from author and illustrator Charles M. Russell to his many friends.  The letters portray the color and movement of the vanished West.  Filled with philosophy and humor, each letter is accompanied by bright sketches and drawings.  Forward by Will Rogers.

HOW I FOUND LIVINGSTONE – Henry M. Stanley

(First Edition, Scribner, Armstrong and Co., 1872)

Leather-bound, this is a fascinating account of Henry Stanley’s trek across Africa and ultimate meeting with Dr. David Livingstone on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

GOD SAVE THE CHILD – Robert Parker

(First English Edition, Andre Deutsch 1975)

This book is the second one in Parker’s Spenser series and was first published in 1974.  Spenser is hired to find Kevin Bartlett, a missing 15-year-old boy, by the child’s parents.  This novel introduces the detective’s longtime love interest, Susan Silverman, and his friend Lt. Healy.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL LETTERS OF WANG YANG-MING – Julia Ching

(Limited Edition, First American Edition, University of South Carolina Press 1973)

Wang Yang-Ming was a philosopher and Government official during the Ming dynasty in China and is commonly regarded as one of the most important of the Neo-Confucian thinkers. This volume has English translations of some of Wang’s most thought-provoking letters to many officials throughout Asia, complete with annotations and references.

(Limited Edition, #408 of 999 copies).

ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE, BOTH THE CANONICAL AND THE APOCRYPHAL – Calvin E. Stowe

(First Edition, Hartford Publishing Co., 1867)

In 1867, Professor C.E. Stowe (Doctor of Divinity) first advanced his extensive treatise on the origins and history of the books that made up the New Testament.  He aimed to show what the Bible “is not, what it is, and how to use it.”  Stowe’s wife was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

YOSEMITE AND THE RANGE OF LIGHT – Ansel Adams

(Signed, Special Edition, Time-Life 1980)

Beautifully illustrated, with reproductions of 116 Ansel Adams photographs of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

(Signed by Adams in a special plate in the front of the book).

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail – Brian King

(Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Rizzoli 2012)

This lovely book celebrates the history and splendor of the trail with stories and photographs and includes a detailed map of the trail. Forward by Bill Bryson.

AD HOC at HOME – Thomas Keller

(Artisan 2009)

In September, 2006, Chef Thomas Keller opened the doors to Ad Hoc, his casual dining venue for showcasing the American comfort food of his childhood.  Located in Yountville, CA, Ad Hoc has joined the ranks of the other Keller restaurants in the Napa Valley.  A beautiful book with recipes and photographs.

EMPEROR SHOMU AND THE SHOSOIN – Yone Noguchi

(First Edition, Kyo Bun Kwan 1941)

The Shosoin is a repository and treasure house in Nara, Japan.  It houses more than 9,000 artifacts connected to Emperor Shomu (701-756). This set of books contains both Volume I and II.  Volume I contains text, a fold-out frontispiece and several plates.  Volume II contains 52 plates (no text) with several 2-page spreads or foldouts.

THE FRENCH WAY WITH DESIGN – Betty Lou Phillips

(Gibbs Smith 2014)

This book lavishly presents a new look in French design.  Along with signature pieces of the national identity, European mid-century modern furnishings are also pictured in this age of merging trends.

THE BOOK OF GOETIA OF SOLOMON THE KING – Aleister Crowley

(First Facsimile Edition, The Equinox, February 1976)

Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, magician, poet, painter, novelist and mountaineer.  He founded the religion of Thelema, identifying himself as the prophet and gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime. Goetia is a practice that includes the conjuration of demons, especially the ones summoned by the Biblical figure of King Solomon. This is a rare 1976 reprint of Crowley’s writings.

AES/AES+ F – Vladimir Gusyev, Director

(Signed and Dated, First Edition, Palace Editions, the Ludwig Museum in the Russian Museum 2006)

AES is a group of Russian artists who work in the genres of installation, photography, video and sculpture. This is a volume filled with the retrospective of their past innovative and sometimes shocking projects shown in Moscow.