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Original Cartoon Illustration: "The Balance of Power - The Invincible U.S. Air Force - Communism's Overwhelming Ground Forces"

Original Cartoon Illustration: "The Balance of Power – The Invincible U.S. Air Force – Communism’s Overwhelming Ground Forces"

JENKINS, Burris (1897-1966) An absolutely stunning drawing by Burris Jenkins, long-time staff cartoonist for the New York Journal-American. Jenkins was best known for his sports cartoons, which documented the major sporting events of the day, but he was also a prolific editorial cartoonist. The current example combines elements of both genres, with a foreground dominated a swooping, indomitable, and very athletic-looking American airman hovering over a defiant (but overmatched) Soviet army, in his hands a pair of enormous bombs — a terrific piece of American Cold-War propaganda. The inscribee, E. Maurice Bloch, was an art historian, long-time professor at UCLA, and founder of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts in Los Angeles. His distinguished collection of graphics was auctioned by Christie’s in 1991; this drawing was part of Lot 241 in Part 2 of the Bloch sale. Original drawing in graphite and ink, with white ink highlights. Sheet size 33cm x 58cm (ca 13" x 23") with ca. 1" margins. Titled in pencil, top margin. Signed in image, lower right; additionally inscribed in lower margin: "With best wishes to Professor E. Maurice Bloch / Burriss Jenkins," undated but ca 1950. Smudging in margins; compositor’s directions written below image; Near Fine. Archivally mounted to a hinged gallery mat with mylar window.
Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement. A General

Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement. A General, Political, Legal and Legislative History from 1774, to 1881

WOMEN] ROBINSON, Harriet H. Significant title providing details of the woman suffrage campaign in Massachusetts between 1774-1881, including accounts of the various attempts by women to gain voting rights and statistical information on women’s employment. Robinson (née Hanson, 1825-1911) was a former Lowell Mill operative during the 1830’s-40’s, who after the Civil War, together with her husband William Stevens Robinson, became active in the cause of woman suffrage and social reform. This edition contains an additional 14pp not found in the first (1881) edition. Not an institutional rarity, but moderately uncommon in commerce. KRICHMAR 1944. Octavo (17.75cm); goldenrod cloth, with titling and decorative rule stamped in gilt, black, and in blind to spine and covers; floral endpapers; [xii],[7]-279,[5]pp. Mild dustiness and a few tiny scuffs to covers, else Near Fine. Laid into this copy are three ephemeral items, presumably from the original owner, Harriet A. Plimpton of Boston: a) Massachusetts Woman Suffrage Association membership ticket for the year 1898, signed by Plimpton, b) membership card for the Boston Equal Suffrage Association for Good Government, signed by Plimpton, with manuscript note at lower margin ("It would be impossible for me to do any action work"), c) small 4pp pamphlet The Boston Political Class, Thirteenth Season 1897-98.

Signed Naval Commission, Appointing Isaac McKeever to the Rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, 1814

PRESIDENTIAL - WAR OF 1812] MADISON, James A significant appointment. Isaac McKeever (1791-1856) joined the Navy as a midshipman in 1809, ultimately attaining the rank of Commodore. He never retired, dying of natural causes while still in service, in 1856. McKeever’s forty-seven year Naval career was highly distinguished, especially in the War of 1812. As a young lieutenant – and just five days after receiving this commission! – he valiantly commanded a gun-boat at the Battle of Lake Borgne (a losing effort in which the American forces were vastly out-manned; many, including McKeever, were taken prisoner). As late as 1852 McKeever was still in active service at sea, commanding the flagship U.S.S. Constitution during the Navy’s peace-keeping mission to Brazil. At his death he was Commander of the Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia. Partially printed vellum document, 18" x 13-1/2." Accomplished in manuscript, dated December 9th, 1814. Signature of President James Madison at lower right; countersigned by B.W. [Benjamin Williams] Crowninshield as acting Secretary of the Navy (Crowninshield would not be officially appointed until January 1815); embossed seal affixed at lower third, center. Verso blank. The document appears to have been lifted from earlier backing, with paper residue to verso. Expected cockling to vellum, with faint damp-stains at margins; some ink portions faint, but Madison’s signature clear and legible. Overall a well-preserved example.
Miscegenation: The Theory of the Blending of the Races

Miscegenation: The Theory of the Blending of the Races, Applied to the American White Man and Negro

RACIST LITERATURE] [CROLY, David Goodman, George Wakeman, and E.D. Howell] Anonymously-written pamphlet, originally published in New York (1864), co-authored by three members of the New York World staff as part of an anti-Lincoln Copperhead campaign in advance of the 1864 presidential election. "The principal author was Croly, an Irish-born journalist who coined the term ‘miscegenation’ and used it here first.the seventy-two page work casued quite a stir among abolitionists, southerners, and politicians. It was a subject so fraught with explosive feelings on both sides, that society tried to ignore what many members casually accepted in private. The true meaning of the term became the subject of debate in Congress, churches, barbershops, and sewing circles throughout the nation" (BLOCKSON 37). Besides introducing a new word into the English language, a significant work for its attempt to control the narrative around racial equality. WORK, p.578. Slim 12mo. (17.5cm); blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine, blind-ruled border and decorative emblem stamped on covers; vi,[7]-91,[5]pp. Contemporary owners inked name to front pastedown (Moore, 1865), hinges cracked but holding, with front endpaper loose but attached; cloth rubbed, with scattered soil, and starting splits along joints; Good, complete copy.

Christosophia, oder, Der Weg zu Christo. Verfasset in neun Büchlein, nun in acht, zusammen gezogen welche handeln von wahrer Busse, und vom Schlüssel göttlicher Geheimnisse; vom H. Gebet; von der wahren Gelassenheit; von der Wiedergeburt; vom übersinnlichen Leben; von göttlicher Beschaulichkeit: nebst einem Gespräch einer erleuchteten und unerleuchteten Seele; wie auch von der vier Complexionen

EPHRATA] BÖHMEN [i.e. BÖHME, BOEHME], Jacob Arndt calls for five plates; this appears to be an unlisted variant containing both a portrait frontispiece (not called for in this edition) and an extra plate. The first printing in America of this devotional work by the Christian mystic and visionary Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), originally published in Goerlitz in 1624. The allegorical plates, all heavily imbued with Böhme’s idiosyncratic cosmology, appear to have been re-cut from those of the first collected edition of Böhme’s works (Leiden: 1730). The current edition was printed at the Ephrata Cloister, a utopian community of radical German Pietists, by Jacob Ruth, who appears to have been active at Ephrata only in the years 1811-12. SEIDENSTICKER p.181. ARNDT 1805. Erste Americanische Auflage. 12mo (16cm). Contemporary sheep, with leather spine label; 395pp (but 400 – see note); portrait frontispiece and six inserted leaves of plates. The text consists of eight parts, all but the second with separate half-title. Pages 288-400 are mis-numbered 284-396 (as usual). Expected scuffing and wear to binding, with bit of erosion to leather at crown; text darkened, trimmed a little closely at upper margin, but complete and clean. A sound, Good or better copy.