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