Model Steam Engines: The Story of a Clergyman's Hobby

This antique hardcover collector's autobiography has a light blue-gray cloth cover with white illustration and lettering.  Cover and foredge soil; inner pages with some light intermittent foxing, tanned pages, wear, and soil.  The Rev. J. Shores recalls his lifelong enthusiasm for model steam engines, giving tips to other collectors on the purchase and maintenance of these items.  Frontispiece has a photo portrait of Rev. Shores, and there is a 66-page inset at the rear of the book of black-and-white photo plates of many of his steam engines and locomotives.  56 pages, plus plates; approx. 5"x7".

  • Rev. J Shores
  • Andrew Reid & Company, Ltd., 1911

Diseases of Infancy and Childhood

This antique medical reference is bound in full leather, with black leather spine label. Some scuffs marks and wear to leather covers, name written in ink on front. Pages show some light browning and foxing. 6 x9 with 836 pages.

  • J. Lewis Smith
  • Henry C. Lea's Son & Co., 1881
  • 5th edition

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: a History of Nazi Germany

Likely the best-known and regarded history of Nazi Germany during World War II, this copy of "The Rise and Fall" is signed by Shirer on title page as "William L. Shirer". Mapped innerboards. Owner's address label on front endpaper. Clean with minor wear. 6 x 9 with 1245 indexed pages.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: a History of Nazi Germany
  • William L. Shirer
  • Simon and Schuster, 1960
  • 6th printing

U.S. "Snap Shots" - antiquarian illustrated American history and reference book from 1890s

This antique hardcover book (presumed circa 1893 -- no date of publication listed) is bound in brown cloth boards, with reverse lettering on the spine, and etched gilt lettering and decoration on the front. Cover soiled; spine darkened; corners bumped; foxing to endpapers. Illustrated throughout, this is a look at late 19th-century America, with information about its history and its elected officials. 565 pages; approx. 5"x8".

  • Oliver McKee
  • Derby & Miller

World-Noted Women; or Types of Womanly Attributes of All Lands and Ages

Stunning antiquarian book bound in full leather. All edges gilt, with gilt decoration on front and rear of tooled leather covers. Five raised bands on spine. Marbled endpapers. 

17 biographies of famous women each with a engraved portrait by Charles Staal. Includes: Sappho, Lucretia, Aspasia, Cleopatra, St. Cecillia, Heloise, Laura, Valentine De Milan, Joan of Arc, Margaret of Anjou, Isabella of Castile, Lady Jane Grey, Pocahontas, La Valliere Maria Theresa, Catherine II, and Florence Nightingale.

Spine ends and corners worn, but overall leather is dark and gilt is bright. Hinges a bit worn, but holding. Some light foxing.  8 inches by 11 inches with 407 pages.

  • World-Noted Women; or Types of Womanly Attributes of All Lands and Ages
  • Mary Cowden Clarke
  • D. Appleton and Company, 1867

Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography

Volume 29 of the series, this book is bound in red cloth boards with pebbled red spine and corners. Top page edge is gilt. Spine has bright gilt lettering. Stain on rear cover, some light cover soil, but mostly clean; inner pages faintly browned at foredge, but clean inside. Illustrated with photogravures throughout, this book profiles some notable men of Pennsylvania's history. 431 pages; approx. 8"x11".

  • Alfred Decker Keator, editor
  • Lewis Historical Publishing Co. Inc., 1945

Romantic Incidents in the Lives of Naturalists and Celebrated Travellers

First edition from 1862, this anthology of biography contains stories on famed adventurers such as Michel Adanson, Humboldt, Joseph Dombey, John Sibthorp and others. Pages are generally clean. Cover wear and a well-faded spine. A few spots of foxing. 4 * 7 with 343 pages.

  • Romantic Incidents in the Lives of Naturalists and Celebrated Travellers
  • C. L. Brightwell
  • T. Nelson and Sons, 1862
  • First edition

Sweet Cicely

Lovely decorative cover on this antiquarian copy of American humorist Marietta Holley's satirical commentary on U.S. society and politics. This antique book is bound in orange boards with dark brown and gilt decorations. Spine lettering is dark brown on a gilt background, with a background field of brown dots; cover has a lovely illustration of leaves and flowers, with dark brown title lettering on a bright gilt background. Edgewear, soil; inner pages faintly browned, mostly at front and rear of book, owner's bookplate and stamp. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings throughout. 381 pages; approx. 6"x8".

  • Marietta Holley ("Josiah Allen's Wife")
  • Funk & Wagnalls, 1887