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Gallagher Books
Don and Sue Gallager
1428 South Broadway on Denver's Antique Row Denver CO 80210
303-756-5821 or 866-425-5225
www.gcbooks.com
books@gcbooks.com
Fine Bindings, Antiquarian, Modern Firsts, Western Americana, Children's, Railroad, Fire Fighting
Booth Number: 53

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New Universal Atlas Comprising Maps of the Various Empires, Kingdoms, States and Republics of the World, With a Map of Each of the United States, Plans of Cities. S. Augustus Mitchell. Philadelphia, Charles DeSilver, 1856.

Later Edition. Cover title: Mitchell's Universal Atlas. Folio, about 17.75 inches (45 cm) tall, in half red leather on red cloth covered boards, leather title label in leather gilt on cover. 76 numbered sheets with 145 hand-colored maps, printed on rectos only but for a color frontis representation of the heights of mountains and lengths of rivers and 3 double sheet maps including a particularly desirable U.S. map. 32 maps cover states and territories of the U.S. Of particular note is the map of the Kansas and Nebraska territories, this edition having the first appearance of a map that reflected the Kansas-Nebraska Act. This was obtained at the final dispersal of personal property of the family of James W. Denver for whom the city of Denver was named. Although this book has no indication of the early ownership, other books from the auction did have his signature. A lovely copy, soundly bound (but front hinge starting), with all maps clean and bright, no foxing. The endpapers are modestly soiled. The covers are edgeworn with some bumps and abrasions; spine ends with loss of surface color. a couple of small gouges to the rear cover with a couple of square inches of cloth around one of the gouges separating from the board. Spine gilt and cover label are bright. Hardcover. Very Good+.

Genre: Americana

Price $7,500.00

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The Field of Honor: Being a Complete and Comprehensive History of Duelling in All Countries. Ben C. Truman. New York, Ford, Howard, & Hulbert, 1884, First Edition

Duodecimo, about 7.5 inches, in bright red cloth decorated in gilt, beveled boards 599 pages. This copy belonged to James W. Denver, SIGNED BY DENVER in pencil, dated Feb. 1st, 1889, on the title page. The book contains a lengthy discussion of Denver's duel with Edward Gilbert, a San Francisco newspaper editor in 1852. Denver was the Secretary of the State of California at the time. Gilbert was killed. Denver later served for a short time as the Governor of the Kansas Territory, when, in 1858, the city which would become the capitol of Colorado was named after him. He later served as a general in the Civil War, and was considered as a candidate for president in the 70s and 80s but his rejection was generally attributed to the duel. The binding is sound but the last text page (577 is detached. The pages are somewhat toned but not foxed. There is a bookseller tag on the front pastedown. The covers are a bit soiled with a couple of fade spots, the spine is lightly but noticeably sunned, and the edges and extremities are modestly worn with minor fraying at the spine ends. Hardcover. Very Good.

Genre: Western Americana

Price $800.00

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A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on Horses and on the Moral Duties of Man Towards the Brute Creation [Volume I]. John Lawrence. London, T.N. Longman, 1796, First Edition.

Octavo, just over 9 inches (23 cm) tall, in original green paper covered boards backed by green cloth spine with paper title label on spine. 391 pages plus a publisher ad for the future publication of volume II of this work "in the New Year". It would follow in 1798. This item is volume I only. A relatively scarce book and rare in original boards. The author wrote several books on livestock and farm animals and he consistently advocated the humane treatment of animals especially those used for food. Covers moderately edgeworn with corner rounded, irregular fading and spotting. The spine label looks remarkably fresh, readable with no loss of material. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on the front pastedown along with an old seller notation in pencil - "extremely scarce" - on the free endpaper. The front endpaper is open but the hinge is not shaken in the least. All edges of the text block are untrimmed leaving the exposed edges soiled. For all its grubby appearance, this is a solid, well preserved copy. Hardcover. Very Good.

Genre: Horses

Price $700.00

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Butcher's Crossing. John Williams. New York, Macmillan, 1960, First Edition.

Octavo, about 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) tall, in half red cloth on gray cloth boards. 239 pages. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR WITH A DATED IMPERSONAL INSCRIPTION . This is the author's second novel. He would share the National Book Award for his fourth, "Augustus". A nice copy of a scarce book. The text is modestly toned as usual. The inside is clean and soundly bound. The covers have very light edge wear. The jacket has a tiny chip at the bottom of the front flap fold and light edge wear. The front flap is clipped top and bottom, but the jacket price is still there. Very Good+ in Very Good Dustjacket.

Price $1,250.00 ** This item has been sold **

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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism: [AA Big Book] [Ninth Printing [Alcoholics Anonymous]. New York, Works Publishing, 1946, First Edition, Ninth Printing.

Octavo, about 8.5 inches tall, in blue cloth with gilt stamped spine title, blind stamped title on cover. 400 pages. All in all, a wonderful copy in a very attractive, virtually complete, unfaded jacket with a small collection of insignificant flaws. The book's extremities barely rubbed, the stamp of an AA unit in Austin TX on the front endpapers and on the last page of text; binding sound and interior otherwise clean. The jacket is complete but for a tiny chip at top of each spine fold and one at the bottom front flap fold. Edge and extremity wear is light. There is a one-inch tear at the top front panel with associated creasing and a shorter tear with creasing at the top front flap fold. Finally, there is a tear of about a half-inch at the head of the spine, also with an associated crease. Very Good+ in Very Good Dustjacket.

Genre: Medicine

Price $2,000.00


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