Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2013 Issue

38th Annual Book Sale at the C. H. Booth Library in Newtown Connecticut

African queens

The African Queen, a very rare book

This past December the citizens of Connecticut experienced the horrific outcome of a murderer methodically killing small children, their teachers and other adults in Newtown.  We are grown accustomed to random murders and mayhem but are almost always insulated from the reality that seeps antiseptically through the diodes and tubes of our televisions, computers and phones to inform and unsettle.  Newtown though is a familiar if distant place for other reasons, they the same Newtown that for 38 years, come summer, have provided an extraordinary book fair that although far away, for most seems in their tragedy and recovery united with us and we with them in our awareness and familiarity.   We have seen their faces and their mourning, and now in their resolute determination to move ahead we remember this is the same town and the same people we have for many years written about in AE Monthly in July.  Their book fair is a long-standing tradition and its July appearance evidence that the town and its citizens endure and recover.  Life goes on, if not with quite the light step of years past and we write about them once again, hoping for the best outcome.

Toni Earnshaw, the fair’s liaison to AE for many years mentioned, when asked how the community and the library are doing said, “We heal and the library has been playing a role.  The Booth, like all good libraries, comforts and inspires the community in good times and bad.  We’re getting through this and hope the book fair will do well again this year.  The library depends on us.”

As in past years more than a hundred thousand books, tapes, DVDs and CDs have been collected, and organized, the work of some fifty volunteers over the past dozen months, and will be offered during a five-day event to raise money for the C.H. Booth Library.  The fair could be called Promise Meets Reality because all items are initially attractively priced to entice interest [Day 1] Saturday July 13th when, for $5.00, you get the run of the place and first dibs on the more than 120,000 items up for sale. On Day 2 Sunday the 14th admission is free.  On Monday July 15th all that remains is half price and on Tuesday the 16th all material sold at the rate of $5.00 per full bag.  On Wednesday the 17th, the final half day all remaining material is free.   This ensures waves of interest each day, the crowds powered by the hamburgers and hotdogs over the weekend sold by the boy scouts to fund their projects from year to year.

As in past years John Renjilian is organizing the fair’s rare book room.  Here’s a list of some of the books that will be available:

Anon. Minstrelsy of the Woods. London: Harvey & Darton, 1832. 17 small (5 X 8) hand colored engravings of birds. Very good.  $95.00.

Bowen, Louise de Koven. Growing Up With a City. NY: Macmillan, 1926. Bowen worked at Hull House and various other social charities as well as the suffrage movement. Generic two-line inscription by the author on front endpaper. Very good in worn jacket. $45.00.

Christopher, Milbourne, comp. The Sphinx Golden Jubilee Book of Magic. NY: Sphinx, 1951. Seven-line inscription with drawing on front fly by John Mulholland. Spine very slightly faded. $25.00.

[Cronau, Rudolph?]. Woman Triumphant[:] The Story of Her Struggles for Freedom, Education and Political Rights. NY: Cronau, nd(c1919). Preface signed by Cronau. Front cover illustrated with paste-on of a presumably triumphant woman voting. Very good, probably not issued in jacket.  $30.00.

Edwards, William H. A Voyage Up the River Amazon, Including a Residence at Para. London: Murray, 1847. Murray’s Home and Colonial Library. First English edition, same year as American. Backstrip largely lacking, covers worn, scribbling on front endpage. As is. $100.00.

Forester, C S. The African Queen. Boston: Little Brown, 1935. First American edition. Very good; jacket with minor tears, lacking ½ X ½ inch at spine foot, tape stains inside.  $1,500.00.

Goodrich, Phineas G. History of Wayne County [PA]. Honesdale, PA: Haines & Beardsley, 1880. ½ X 1 inch lacking at head of spine, foot worn. $30.00.

Hallock, Julia Sherman. Broken Notes from a Gray Nunnery. Boston: Shepard, 1896. Fictionalized story of a Newtown farm through the 12 months. Covers a bit worn, especially at front corners. $15.00.

Makins, Clifford (text), and Frank Bellamy (art). The Happy Warrior; The Life Story of Sir Winston Churchill. London?: Hulton Press, nd(1958). Taken from the pages of Eagle weekly magazine for boys. Some photos, but largely (47 pages) in “picture-strip,” graphic-novel style. Illustrated covers. Some wear at head and foot of spine. $20.00.

 

Milosz, Czeslaw. The Land of Ulro. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, nd(1984). First printing. Signed on front endpaper by Milosz. Fine with fine jacket. $50.00.

Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope. NY: Crown, nd(2006). First edition. Signed by the author on title page. Fine with fine jacket. $75.00.

O’Leary, Jeremiah. My Political Trial and Experiences. With a Biographical Sketch by Major Michael Kelly. NY: Jefferson, 1919. A vocal American of Irish descent who was imprisoned and accused of treason following the Easter Uprising in Ireland. He was later vindicated of all charges,  Spine lettering worn, minor cover wear. $45.00.

[Rosenberg, Ethel and Julius]. Memorial Meeting Wednesday, June 16, 1954 8:30 P.M. 516 Clinton Ave., Newark Dramatic Program  Speaker: David Alman. “Never let them change the truth of our innocence”  Ethel and Julius Rosenberg June 19, 1953 – June 19, 1954  Remember the Rosenbergs! Justuce for Morton Sobell! NY: National Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell, (1954). Four-page leaflet with photo of the Salendre monument in Paris, 16-line poem by Ethel Rosenberg. Very good. $35.00.

Strutt, Joseph. Sports and Pastimes of the People of England. London: Tegg, 1845. New edition, with index by Hone. Half leather, spine slightly worn. $50.00.

[Verne, Jules] New York Weekly Magazine of Popular Literature, Science and Art, 26 January 1867 – 30 March 1867. A very early, probably first, English printing of Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon. Sadly lacking the issue of 16 March containing chapters 20-21 (never bound in), and pages 709-712, which would have completed chapter 3 (also never bound in). A rare railroad newsstand magazine. Lacking front cover and spine. With all faults. $250.00.

Wilde, Oscar. Salome. London: Lane, 1907. First edition with the 16 Aubrey Beardsley illustrations. Some foxing to endpapers, stock ex libris; Gilt cover by Beardsley slightly tarnished. $200.00.

The dates and hours of the fair are:

Saturday July 13, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  $5.- admission [18 and under free]

Sunday July 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Free admission

Monday July 15, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Free admission, all material half price

Tuesday July 16th, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Free admission,  $5.- per bag full

Wednesday July 17th, 9:00 am to Noon.  Free admission, everything left is free

For more information or to contact the Friends go to www.boothbooksale.org.

If you cannot come in person and wish to make a contribution toward the fair proceeds you can send a check to:

Friends of the C. H. Booth Library

25 Main Street

Newtown, Connecticut 06470

From year to year the fair earns about $100,000 and this year, as in past years, there are always more things to support than there are dollars to go around.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.

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