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Non-Sport - Books, Artwork and John Wayne Collectibles

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Lot 1.  Original 1933-34 “Sky Birds” Artwork of Canadian WWI Pilot Lt. Alan A. McLeod. This original gouache painting, approximately 4.75” x 5.75”, was used to create card #85 in the 108-card set National Chicle issued in 1933 and 1934. According to text on the card back, McLeod was the only bomber pilot in World War I to earn the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for British and Commonwealth forces for gallantry in the face of the enemy. We have not been able to confirm that he was the only bomber pilot honored, but he definitely deserved and received the award. While growing up in Manitoba Province in Canada, McLeod was only 15 when he first tried, unsuccessfully, to enlist in the military to serve in World War I. At the age of 18, he was more successful, and after training, he was shipped to France. He was still only 18 on March 27, 1918 when, flying over Albert, France, in a Whitworth F.K.8, he and his observer, Lt. Arthur Hammond, destroyed an enemy triplane. Immediately they were attacked by eight planes; they brought down three. During the battle, McLeod and Hammond both were wounded by machine gun bullets. When their plane’s gas tank was punctured and the aircraft set on fire, McLeod maneuvered the plane into a very steep side-slip to fan the flames away from him and Hammond. The flames continued to scorch him, however. To escape them, he then jumped out of the cockpit onto the left wing and crouched low, with the joystick pulled hard over in his right hand. Next he smashed a hole through the fabric in the fuselage so that he could reach the rudder-wire with his left hand and guide the plane. His action kept the flames away from him and Hammond and prevented the aircraft from burning up. During this time, the plane apparently remained under enemy fire. When it finally crashed in No Man's Land, McLeod, despite his own injuries, dragged Hammond from the burning wreckage and, under heavy fire, carried him to relative safety before collapsing from exhaustion and loss of blood. McLeod had three wounds; the six Hammond received caused him to lose a leg. Prior to this encounter, McLeod apparently was known for using his bomber as a fighter plane when he could. He and his observer had shot down several German aircraft. To recuperate from his injuries, McLeod returned to Manitoba. He was only 19 when the Spanish influenza epidemic claimed his life there. At the invitation of McLeod’s family, Hammond moved to Manitoba after the war. He remained in Canada and died there in 1959 at the age of 69. This one-of-a-kind National Chicle artwork of McLeod shows a number of tiny, light stains. It is free of creases and displays beautifully. (For an example of McLeod’s “Sky Birds” card, please see Lot 648.)
Winning Bid $3,146     

Lot 719.  3 Vintage Mathematics Books – 2 by Joseph Ray, 19th Century Math Educator. All three books are hardbacks without dust jackets. Ray was a Cincinnati area medical doctor who became a high school teacher and principal and then a college professor. Mathematics was his specialty, and he wrote a series of books that were used as arithmetic and algebra textbooks in much of the U.S. in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was only 47 when he died in 1855, but posthumous sales of his books were strong. By 1913, his series of books had sold an estimated 120 million copies, with annual sales estimated at 250,000. At the time, total sales put him in the same class as “Webster’s Dictionary” and McGuffey’s Readers. His two books here are “Ray’s Higher Arithmetic: The Principles of Arithmetic, Analyzed and Practically Applied for Advanced Students,” 1856, published by Wilson, Hinkle & Co., g+, pencil writing on front end-paper, back end-paper missing. And “Ray’s New Higher Arithmetic: A Revised Edition of the Higher Arithmetic,” 1890, published by American Book Co., p+, leather missing from the spine, binding loose, front end-paper and some page inside written on in pencil. The third book is “The Pilot Arithmetics: Book One,” by Lou Belle Stevens and James H. Van Sickle, 1923, illustrated front cover, vg. If “new math” or some other modern arithmetic system has you puzzled and perplexed, you can return to basics with the 1,000+ pages of math in these three volumes.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 720.  5 Books of Poetry and Prose Including Poems by Longfellow and Illustrations by Harlow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Flower-de-Luce” was published in 1867. The first edition hardcover is f+ with cloth missing from the spine and writing on the flyleaf. The book is complete and intact. It contains “Christmas Bells,” familiar as the song “I heard the bells of Christmas day….” It also has illustrations by Harry Feen, a prominent landscape illustrator; Granville Perkins, whose illustrations appeared in many magazines; Solomon Eytinge, Jr., who provided illustrations for Dickens and Tennyson as well; William Waud, who created sketches for news publications during the Civil War, and S. Colman, Jr., a painter known for his Hudson River paintings. Illustrations by Louis K. Harlow highlight “Living Waters,” an 1889 softcover book of 30 poems compiled by Alice L. Williams. Harlow was a painter and etcher known for his New England landscapes, fishermen, farms, boats, and coastal scenes. Robert Browning and Samuel Johnson are among the poets in Williams’ book. The covers and pages of the apparent first edition are separated; the front cover is torn and missing a small section of paper. The pages display nicely with two punch holes in the border at the left. “The Golden Hour” by James W. Foley is a 1915 gift-style hardbound booklet that contains five pages of poetry and five-pages of color illustrations. Near fine booklet in a dedicated vg box. Foley was a poet, journalist and secretary to North Dakota political figures. He produced more than a dozen books of poetry, and his prose appeared in “The New York Times” and “the Saturday evening Post.” One book has both poetry and prose: “American Satire in Prose and Verse,” edited by Henry C. Carlisle, Jr., 1962 first printing, ex-library book, f-g. Carlisle was an editor and novelist who joined Soviet dissident writers in opposing government censorship. The book contains writing on a wide range of topics – politics, racial issues, the arts and much more – and works by such authors as Mark Twain, John Updike, Benjamin Franklin, S. J. Perelman and Will Rogers. “Modern Eloquence” edited by Thomas B. Reed contains orations, or lectures, by Matthew Arnold, the English poet and cultural critic; Henry Ward Beecher, influential Congregationalist clergyman and abolitionist; Charles Farrer Browne, better known as Artemus Ward, generally regarded as the first American stand-up comedian; Edward William Bok, “Ladies Home Journal” editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The 394-page hardcover book is Volume IV in a series of books. F, and complete.
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 721.  5 Books: Vintage Prose and Poetry with Religious and Spiritual Content. These books, all hardbacks but one, span 1886 to 1963. The earliest, “Leaves of the Tree of Life,” was self-published by Charles D. Parker, a New Jersey minister. In this 256-page book, Parker presents brief stories that he connects with Bible verses. Some stories result from his experiences, and many come from various published and unpublished sources. Apparently produced without a dust jacket, the book is g with some spots of discoloration on the cover and some pages, and fraying at the base of the spine. The binding is tight, and the pages of this 135-year-old book are vg-ex. The most famous author represented here is Charles Dickens, whose “The Life of Our Lord” was first published in 1934. Dickens wrote this book about Jesus for his children between 1846 and 1849. Each Christmas, he read it to them. Dickens insisted that this book should never be published. In fact, he urged one relative to make certain that every family member “would never even hand the manuscript, or a copy of it, to anyone to take out of the house.” His wish prevailed until 1933, 63 years after his death, when a descendant sold world publication rights for the book to the “Daily Mail” of London for $210,000. Subsequently, the United Features Syndicate purchased rights to serialize the book in North and South America. “The Life of Our Lord” appeared in serial form in many U.S. newspapers in March 1934. Among them was “The Washington Daily News,” which published the book in 11 Chapters, and 14 installments. Readers of the newspaper received a “first edition” scrapbook saving the installments. Included here are two g+ to vg copies of the scrapbook. One is unused and shows light wear and some stains on the covers and a small chip on the back cover. The other contains the newspaper installments. Nine installments are glued in. The other five remain on partial newspaper pages, folded and residing in the scrapbook. It’s not clear whether all of the illustrations are present. Each of the five installments still in newspaper form has an illustration. For the nine installments glued into the scrapbook, there are five illustrations. Here are the three other books: “Black Popes - Authority: its Use and Abuse” by Archbishop “Thomas” Roberts, S.J., 1954 first edition, g+ to vg with fraying at the top and bottom of the spine. Roberts argued that effective authority needs to be based on responsibility, openness and free-flowing two-way communication, not “blind obedience,” which can result in abuse. “Poems” by Rev. John W. Wootten, 1962, self-published by the Methodist pastor, vg+ book with a stain from a price sticker on the cover and a name on the flyleaf; apparently published without a dust jacket. Wootten’s mint 9 signature is on the title page. Wootten reveals his sense of humor and the depth of his faith in more than 100 pages of verse. And “Sing, O Mountaineer!” by Walter Willard Price, self-published, 1963, near fine book with no dust jacket. Price’s mint 9 signature and inscription are on the flyleaf. Price is described by an admirer as “one of the passing generation of true mountaineers” who worked as a country school teacher, a salesman, a newspaper report, a laborer, and a railroad telegrapher. His poetry is inspired by “the magic of communication between man and man” and his love of his native West Virginia. Price’s tribute to his mother is particularly moving and provides insight to the culture of the state.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 722.  9 Books on Math, Science, Veterinary, Cosmetology or Instrument Flying. Interesting and educational assortment of vintage hardback books without dust jackets. 1. “The Modern Arithmetic” by George Drayton Strayer, 1904, f+, intact, complete, 208 pages. (Note: In this book, 6 + 2 and 3 + 5 still = 8.) 2. “The Art of Computation Designed to Teach Practical Methods of Reckoning with Accuracy and Rapidity” by David White Goodrich, 1874, g, 206 pages. (So who needs a calculator or computer?!). 3. “The Pocket Guide to Science” edited by E. E. Free, from “Popular Science Monthly,” 1930 sixth edition, fourth printing, near fine, 234 pages. Hundreds of questions and brief answers, some controversial or politically incorrect. 4. “Steele’s New Physics – Fourteen Weeks in Physics” by J. Dorman Steele, 1878, f-g, complete and intact, 306 pages. 5. “Drugs” by Walter Modell and Alfred Lansing, 1967 from the Life Science Library with Rene Dubos and C. P. Snow as consulting editors, nf, 200 pages extensively illustrated, lengthy articles on eight different topics. 6. “The Universe, Earth and Man,” 1962 from C. S. Hammond & Co., vg+, 66 pages about 9.25” x 12.25” with more illustrations than text looking at “Man in Relation to”: the Universe, the Earth, His Past, His Environment, Himself and His Future. 7. “The Merck Veterinary Manual,” Second Edition, 1961, O. H. Siegmund, editor, vg, 1628 pages. 8. “Standard Textbook of Cosmetology” from the Washington D.C, Beauty Academy (in Maryland), 1972, vg+, 494 pages with helpful illustrations. 9. “Through the Overcast: The Art of Instrument Flying” by Assen Jordanoff, 1938, 356 pages, f-g, complete and intact.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 723.  4 Vintage Non-Sport Books – Kentucky History, W. H. Belk and a McGuffey’s Reader. The oldest book in the group is “McGuffey’s New Sixth Eclectic Reader: Exercises in Rhetorical Reading, with Introductory Rules and Examples” by William H. McGuffey, 1857, g+ to vg hardback. This 460-page book, which focuses on formal speaking, contains classic literature and orations by Patrick Henry, Dickens, Scott, Irving, Shakespeare, Longfellow and others. In another hardback, Elizabeth Shelby Kinkead provides “A History of Kentucky,” 1896, 288 pages including some illustrations, vg. A snapshot of the U.S. and the world are provided in “The Cincinnati Commercial Tribune Almanac and World Encyclopedia 1898,” a 448-page g+ softcover. The life of “William Henry Belk: Merchant of the South” is presented by LeGette Blythe in a 1958 hardback, ex+. Belk created the eponymous chain of retail stores in the southeast and was a merchandising innovator.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 724.  6 1907-1917 Novels by Grey, the Williamsons, Kyne, Field, Dowding and Hall. All of the books are hardcovers. One of the more intriguing novels of the period is Henry Wallace Dowding’s 1910 “The Man from Mars or Service, for Service’s Sake.” Dowding was a British clergyman who emigrated to the U.S. in 1889. In the book, his protagonist searches for an elusive document and spends time on Mars. The book has a pictorial cover printed in white on light blue-gray cloth. G+ first-edition hardcover with cracked hinges, covers showing wear, and an inscription on the flyleaf; complete with the covers firmly attached. Zane Grey’s contribution to this collection is “Wildfire,” printed in Jan. 1917, g+, cracked hinges, covers tight, no dust jacket. Edward Salisbury Field wrote “A Six-Cylinder Courtship,” 1907 first edition, near fine. The book has an embossed cover with a color illustration by Harrison Fisher. Besides being an author, Field was a playwright, poet, journalist and artist. His novel “Twin Beds” was turned into four different movies from 1913-42. Peter B. Kyne is the author of “The Last Chance,” 1914 first edition, vg, name on the flyleaf. As many as 100 of Kyne’s novels were turned into movies. “Set in Silver” is a 1909 first-edition novel by the Williamsons, C. N. (Charles Norris) and A. M. (Alice Muriel). Although many novels were attributed to this husband and wife, apparently they were written largely by A.M., the author of numerous other novels under her name alone. More than 20 of her individual or joint efforts were turned into movies. The book has an embossed cover with a paste-down photo. G-vg, cracked hinge inside the back cover, otherwise a nice used book. Emmett Campbell Hall was a prolific screenwriter and occasional actor and novelist. One of his stories is presented in a 1914 novel, “The Beloved Adventurer,” vg, flyleaf toning, no dust jacket. The story was produced as a series of 15 photoplays featuring Arthur V. Johnson and Lottie Briscoe, who appear in photos throughout the book. Romance, science fiction, the old West, adventure – this group of books offers vintage entertaining reading.
Minimum Bid $25     

Lot 725.  6 Vintage Books, One by Steinbeck, for Teen Readers. Also, a seventh book for elementary school students. All hardbacks. Five of the teen books are novels, including “The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck, 1945 first edition with illustrations by Wesley Dennis, g-vg with some fraying of the cloth at the corners and at the bottom of the spine, owner’s bookplate inside the front cover, tight binding, no slipcase. Except as noted, the other books have illustrated covers and were published without dust jackets. “Silver Chief to the Rescue” by Jack O’Brien, 1937 first edition, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, g, hinge cracked, complete with a couple of pages loose. O’Brien was an adventurer who accompanied Admiral Richard E. Byrd Jr. on his first expedition to Antarctica in 1928. “The Red Cross Girls in the National Capital” by Margaret Vandercook, 1920 first edition, g-vg. Vandercook wrote not only for the Red Cross Series of novels, but also for the Ranch and Camp Fire Series for girls. She was known as the “queen” of the Camp Fire writers. “The Starry Flag or, the Young Fisherman of Cape Ann” from the “American Boys Series” by Oliver Optic, 1895 edition, f-g, back hinge cracked, pages water stained, tight binding, cover has a g appearance. Optic was a pseudonym for William Taylor Adams, a teacher and member of the Massachusetts House of Representative. He wrote more than 100 books. “Oakdale Boys in Camp” by Morgan Scott, 1912 first edition, fair, complete. Two books are textbooks: “Stepping Stones to Literature: A Reader for Seventh Grades” by Sarah Louise Arnold and Charles B. Gilbert, 1898 first edition, f-g, complete. This book contains the works of Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Alice Cary, Margaret J. Preston, Henry David Thoreau, George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln and other greats of early American literature. And some political greats too. The book for younger readers is “Graded Literature Readers First Book,” edited by Harry P. Judson and Ida C. Bender, 1899, f-g.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 726.  Franklin Mint U.S. Bicentennial Collection of 10 “Cameos in Crystal.” Created for the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, these ornaments revive an almost-forgotten technology to honor five American patriots of the Revolutionary period and five Frenchmen who contributed in some way to American independence and establishment of a nation. The technology for embedding bas-relief sculptures, or cameos, in lead crystal became well developed in the early 1800s and faded in popularity toward the onset of the 20th century. It was often used to honor leaders and important historical figures. Each of these ornaments consists of a small ceramic sculpture, a cameo, or “sulphide,” in glass made with lead. Each is almost 3” in diameter at the base, almost 2” high and weighs slightly more than one pound. These creations are meant to be handled, with the cameos viewed with varying appearances through the multiple surfaces of the glass. The pairs of cameo sculptures are: George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette, who fought in the Continental Army with Washington, provided tactical leadership and got 6,000 French troops to aid the Americans. Thomas Jefferson and Jean-Jacques Rosseau; both were philosophers of freedom, recognizing individual rights and opposing government tyranny. John Paul Jones and Admiral de Grasse, who provided vital assistance at the Battle Yorktown. Benjamin Franklin and King Louis XVI of France, who created the French-America Alliance that benefitted America during the War of Independence and afterwards; they shared an interest in science. And John Adams and Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu, who articulated the theory of the separation of governmental powers, which Adams helped to put in action. The cameos in crystal are nm-m to mint, each pair in a special protective case that could also be used for displaying them. Each ornament comes with a Franklin Mint Certificate of Authenticity; the CoA for Lafayette is missing. Each pair of ornaments is accompanied by a booklet describing the relationship of the heroes and their contribution to American independence. A slipcase houses the booklets. Franklin Mint’s sculptors and engravers worked with Cristalleries de Baccarat and Cristal d’ Albret of France to produce the cameos in crystal.
Minimum Bid $70     

Lot 727.  Marc Chagall’s “Le Violoniste Vert” or “Green Violinist” Print. It’s not surprising that this artwork causes many viewers to think of the play “Fiddler on the Roof.” Chagall, the early modernist artist, who was born in Lithuania, lived in Russia and moved to France, is often credited with inspiring the play’s title. That link is disputed, but it does seem that either this Chagall painting or an earlier creation influenced the appearance of the play’s Tevye. In his notes, Jerry Robbins, who directed the play, wrote that after reading the script in 1963, “In searching for a comparative vision, the paintings of Chagall came the closest.” Over his career, Chagall produced a number of renderings of violinists, including the painting for this performer in 1923-24. The original is in the Guggenheim in New York. This 15.25” x 28” print, professionally matted and framed to 26.25” x 39.25”, is mint. Chagall’s life spanned 1887-1985.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 728.  “The Battle of First Manassas” Art Print Signed by the Artist, James Thomas Neumann. Detailed artwork by Neumann represents intense fighting at 2:30 p.m. on July 21, 1861, near Manassas, VA - only 30 miles away from Washington, D.C. in the first major battle of the Civil War. Union forces called it the First Battle of Bull Run. Whatever the designation, the battle ended with a Confederate victory that dashed Union expectations and hopes that a war with the South could be easily won. The print, approximately 28.5” x 20.5”, is mint and framed to 31” x 23”. It is from the Southern Historical Art Chronology Series “Chronology of the Civil War: Year 1861.” Neumann’s pencil signature is mint 9.
Winning Bid $35     

Lot 729.  “Fort Sumter” Civil War Art Print Signed by the Artist, James Thomas Neumann. The first fighting in the Civil War began at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, when the South Carolina Militia initiated a 34-hour artillery attack on the Union garrison in Charleston Harbor. The next day, Union forces surrendered and evacuated the facility, which was poorly supplied. Neumann’s painting shows bombardment of the fort. Dated 1980, the 28.5” x 20” print is from the Southern Historical Art Chronology Series “Chronology of the Civil War: Year 1861.” The unframed print is mint. Neumann’s pencil signature is mint 9 and dated 1979.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 730.  “John Hunt Morgan” Civil War Art Print Signed by the Artist, James Thomas Neumann. Known for “Morgan’s Raid,” Morgan was a Kentucky resident who initially supported President Lincoln but eventually joined the Confederate cause. He had early battlefield success as a colonel leading the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, which he established. He was promoted to brigadier general in December 1862. In the summer of 1863, he launched his famous raid in an effort to divert Union attention from Confederate operations around Vicksburg and Gettysburg. The raid was centered in southern Indiana and Ohio and reached as far north as Salineville, OH. That’s where he was captured and then sent to the Ohio Penitentiary. He and several of his men escaped and returned to active duty. He was killed by Union forces in 1964. The Neumann print of Morgan leading his raiders is 20” x 24”, unframed and mint. It is from the Southern Historical Art Chronology Series “Chronology of the Civil War: Year 1861.” Neumann’s pencil signature is mint 9 and dated 1978.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 731.  Jimi Hendrix Print Commemorating His Woodstock Performance. The 11” x 13.75” print, framed to about 14.5” x 17.5”, features two images of Hendrix, one of his guitar, and a painting of a ticket for his Aug. 17, 1969 Woodstock appearance. Nm-m print with an artist identified as “Freeman.”
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 732.  1993 “A Tribute in Art to John Wayne” Signed by John Hagner, Stuntman, “Artist to the Stars.” Originally from Baltimore, Hagner joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served as assistant to the chaplain on the “USS Philippine Sea,” Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s flagship for his Antarctica expedition in 1946. In 1960, he moved to California, where his career developed as a Hollywood Stuntman and an artist as well. He appeared in such films as “The Great Race” and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and in such TV shows as “Batman” and “Outer Limits.” He doubled for Gregory Peck, Walter Pidgeon, John Ireland and others. In 1973, he created the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame in Moab, Utah. Hagner died in 2018 at the age of 90. His signature is on the cover of the title page of his tribute to Wayne, and he added “Happy Landing!” above his gem mint 10 signature. His book is spiral-bound and contains 42 pages, 8.25” x 11”, printed on one side only. More than 20 pages have a single John Wayne illustration. The book is nm, and the illustrations are detailed and nicely executed.
Winning Bid $25     

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