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Articles - November - 2014 Issue

Bookish Brooklyn with Heather O’Donnell

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Heather O’Donnell, owner of Honey & Wax Booksellers, is our guide to bookish Brooklyn.

A few years ago Heather O’Donnell of Honey & Wax Books left her job selling rare books on Madison Avenue to launch Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn. At that time she found “There was no established rare book scene in the borough – no galleries, no auctions, no fairs – but the active interest and investment in print culture, old and new, made Brooklyn seem like a promising place to develop new collectors.” And she asserts, “Over the past decade … 21st-century Brooklyn has emerged as a vital center – if not the center – of reading and writing in the New York City area.”

 

Historically, she noted, Brooklyn has long had its historic claims to literary greatness: Walt Whitman and Hart Crane, Betty Smith and Richard Wright, Thomas Wolfe and Henry Miller to name a few authors associated with Manhattan’s neighbor.

 

“There was already a wide (and expanding) range of ambitious secondhand dealers,” she wrote in a recent email, “from deep generalists like P.S. Bookshop and Book Thug Nation to more specialized open shops like Unnameable Books, Freebird Books & Goods, and Terrace Books.”

 

“Booksellers like Singularity & Co. and Molasses Books have been experimenting with new business models, publishing under their own imprints as well as selling,” she added.

 

For the past two years, the Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair at the Old Stone House in Park Slope has served as an annual one-day showcase for vintage, out-of-print, and secondhand booksellers in Brooklyn. This year’s event on Saturday, December 6 will be its third year.

 

This fall Marvin Getman launched the first large-scale rare book fair in Brooklyn, in Greenpoint’s new convention center: the Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair, which drew dealers from across the eastern seaboard. There are plans to reprise the event in September of 2015.

 

“So,” she pointed out, “there is definitely momentum, in terms of creating an audience for rare books here.”

 

Other examples that the life of the mind is alive and well and living in Brooklyn include a literary pub crawl through Brooklyn Heights that covers the waterfront, celebrating the dive bars and neighborhood joints of the neighborhood’s legendary writers, held on Sundays this Fall.

 

The Brooklyn Book Festival is now the largest free literary event in the city, drawing tens of thousands to Borough Hall each September. Independent literary and critical journals like n+1, Cabinet, and Slice offer an alternative to mainstream quarterlies (As Malcolm Gladwell smugly remarked: “Intelligent thought is not dead in New York. It has simply moved to Brooklyn.").

 

Local small presses sign authors too offbeat or specialized for the big houses, often to surprising success: see Melville House’s iconic Art of the Novella series, Akashic’s blockbuster Go The F**k to Sleep, and Archipelago’s prescient translations of Karl Ove Knausgaard.

 

Booklyn Artists Alliance in Greenpoint and the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg showcase the work of book artists, famous and anonymous. Fine presses like Strike Three Press and Ugly Duckling produce inventive limited editions, while quirky public reading rooms like Proteus Gowanus and Mellow Pages encourage casual browsing and conversation.

 

“Brooklyn,” she wrote, “is home to some of the city’s most ambitious independent bookstores, providing their neighborhoods with a constant stream of signings, readings, and events: DUMBO’s (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge) Power House Arena, Cobble Hill’s BookCourt, Park Slope’s Community Bookstore, Fort Greene’s Greenlight Bookstore, Williamsburg’s Spoonbill & Sugartown, Greenpoint’s WORD. Smaller shops, like Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop and Idlewild (dedicated to travel books), offer greater depth in their areas of expertise.

 

So while it may be true, as Thomas Wolfe famously said, “that only the dead know Brooklyn,” here’s a list provided by Heather and some links researched by AE to bring AE Monthly readers up to speed on one of America’s most thriving literary and bookish enclaves and encourage them to visit the area in person and via the internet.

 

Because Heather is our tour guide we take the liberty to list her first and include a few words about her distinguished background.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers: www.honeyandwaxbooks.com

O’Donnell grew up in the library stacks and bookstore aisles of suburban Delaware. In 1989, she moved to New York City, where she studied English at Columbia, and held down a series of bookish jobs on the side: working the cash register at the Strand, shelving photo books in the Avery Library, sifting the slush pile at Grand Street.

 

While writing her doctoral dissertation in the Yale English department, she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Beinecke Library, where she developed an eye for rare books.

 

From 2001 to 2004, she joined the Princeton Society of Fellows, teaching in the English and American Studies programs, and then left academia to pursue the rare book trade full-time.

 

For seven years, she was a bookseller in the flagship New York gallery of Bauman Rare Books, dealing in a wide range of material, from incunabula to modern firsts, Shakespeare to Audubon to Churchill.

 

In the fall of 2011, she founded Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn. The firm has so far issued three striking catalogs, each one with the header: “Use BOOKS as BEES use FLOWERS. Reach her at heather@honeyandwaxbooks.com.

 

Here are numerous other links to the local scene. In some cases AE has taken a few words of description from their web pages.

 

Brooklyn Literary Pub Crawl: literarypubcrawl.com/brooklyn-literary-tour

Hosts a variety of literary tours including a Brooklyn Pub Crawl and a similar event in Greenwich Village

 

Brooklyn Book Festival: brooklynbookfestival.org

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City (area), presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace. Dates for next year’s event in Sept. 2015 have yet to be announced.

 

n+1: nplusonemag.com

DUMBO based n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year. It also posts new online-only work several times each week and publishes books expanding on the interests of the magazine.

 

Cabinet: cabinetmagazine.org

Although core activity of this non-profit organization is the production of Cabinet magazine, they also publish books and CDs, and organize exhibitions, readings, panels, workshops, screenings, and conferences. In late 2008, Cabinet opened its own event and exhibition space in Gowanus .

 

Slice: slicemagazine.org

Slice, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit print magazine, was launched in 2007 and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. “We simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends.”

 

Melville House: mhpbooks.com

Independent publisher with offices in Brooklyn and London. Melville House's founder, Dennis Johnson, was one of the earliest and most influential critics of Amazon's transformation of the book trade.

 

Akashic Books: akashicbooks.com

Wants you to know that “You Have to F**king Eat” a sequel to its best seller “You Have to F**king Sleep” is coming Nov. 12. Akashic bills itself as “the home of reverse gentrification of the literary world.”

 

Archipelago Books: archipelagobooks.org

A non-profit press devoted to contemporary and classic international literature celebrating its tenth anniversary

 

Booklyn Artists Alliance: booklyn.org

Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit, consensus-governed, artist and bookmakers' organization headquartered in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

 

Brooklyn Art Library: sketchbookproject.com

This is the home of The Sketchbook Project collection in its physical form. Their walls are lined with shelves that hold the tens of thousands of sketchbooks created by members of the public currently in the collection. The Williamsburg library serves as a reading room. Its storefront encourages interaction between artists and their audience, and introduces members' work to new viewers. Brooklyn Art Library also hosts readings, artist presentations, and welcomes group visits.

 

Strike Three Press: strikethreepress.com

Strike Three Press is committed to the quality and craft of bookbinding. They produce limited edition hand bound books mostly letterpress printed. Their latest book is Brooklyn’s Rescued Bestiary written by Virginia Cahill with engravings by David G. Klein.

 

Ugly Duckling: uglyducklingpresse.org

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was transformed from a 1990s ‘zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective. It has published more than 200 titles to date. UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements. Their Gowanus office and letterpress workshop is located in The Old American Can Factory and is open to the public by appointment.

 

Proteus Gowanus: proteusgowanus.org

Founded in 2005 Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room located centrally among several vibrant Brooklyn communities. It features exhibits of art, artifacts and books organized around a yearlong theme. They are exhibited in The Proteus Room, their central gallery space

 

Mellow Pages: mellowpageslibrary.com

Mellow Pages is an independently-run library & reading room located in Bushwick focused on providing limited-print fiction, poetry, philosophy and graphic novels to the local community. With a collection of over 4,000 titles, Mellow Pages is an important source for small and independently-pressed books, including ‘zines and chapbooks. Though the reading room and space are free and open to the public seven days a week, membership is required to check out books. This can be done for free by loaning books of your own to the collection, or by donating $20 for a year.

 

powerHouse Arena: powerhousearena.com

The Arena is a gallery, boutique, book store, performance, and events space located at 37 Main Street, in DUMBO. With soaring 24 foot ceilings on the 5,000 square foot ground The ARENA showcases a series of landmark exhibitions, performances, and controlled mayhem fusing the worlds of art, photography, design, fashion, pop culture and much more.

 

BookCourt: bookcourt.com

Established as an independent neighborhood bookstore in the Fall of 1981, BookCourt is a Brooklyn family-run, literary mainstay, offering an expansive inventory, the most competitive book discounts in NYC, and one of the top events series in the country. The Village Voice named it one of the best bookstores of 2012.

 

Community Bookstore: communitybookstore.net

This independent neighborhood bookstore is located in the Park Slope neighborhood. Founded in 1971, it is the oldest independent bookstore in Brooklyn.

 

Greenlight Bookstore: greenlightbookstore.com

Opened in 2009, Greenlight was named one of the best family bookstores of 2012 by TimeOut New York Magazine. It’s stocked with a selection that goes well beyond best-sellers. The store hosts reading events for both adults and children, often with local writers.

 

Spoonbill & Sugartown: spoonbillbooks.com

According to their website this firm specializes in Used, Rare, and New Books on Contemporary Art, Architecture, and various Design fields, with an emphasis on Imported or hard-to-find titles. Located in Williamsburg it’s been in business since 1999.

 

WORD: wordbookstores.com

Neighborhood independent bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City.

 

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop: berlspoetry.com

Berl’s bills itself as the only all poetry bookstore in the area. They specialize in indie press chapbooks and books.

 

Idlewild: idlewildbooks.com

Idlewild is a travel specialist with locations in Cobble Hill and Manhattan. The New York Times gives it high marks for travel texts, guidebooks, maps and phrasebooks grouped with literary fiction, memorairs, and novel.”

 

P.S. Bookshop: psbnyc.com

Part of DUMBO since 2006 it asserts “a used bookstore’s very charm is its leaning toward the past.”

 

Book Thug Nation: bookthugnation.com

This Williamburg emporium boasts quality used books at low prices. Its focus is Literary Fiction, Film and Philosophy, as well as Sci-Fi, Mystery/Noir, Poetry, Drama, History, Erotica, Foreign Language, Graphic Novels, Art, Martial Arts, and Children’s books too.

 

Unnameable Books: unnameablebooks.blogspot.com

Unnameable Books is located in the heart of Prospect Heights where they buy and sell new and used books. They are known for their deep literature and philospohy sections as well as their reading series.

 

Freebird Books & Goods: freebirdbooks.com

On the Brooklyn Waterfront since 2004 Freebird is a general used bookstore specializing in New York history and culture.

 

Terrace Books: terracebooks.com

A community bookstore located in Windsor Terrace.

 

Singularity & Co.: singularityshop.com

DUMBO based Singularity features vintage sci-fi, fantasy and pulp, hard copy and e-books, also gifts and the like. They revive lost and forgotten sct-fi and fantasy titles as e-books.

 

Molasses Books: facebook.com/molassesbooks

Opened in 2012 Molasses books is billed as Bushwick’s first bookstore and also hosts a variety of bookish events. Along with being the only bookstore in Brooklyn where you can trade secondhand books for a drink at the bar, Molasses is expanding into publishing.

 

Brooklyn Antiques and Book Fair: brooklynantiquesandbookfair.com

1st event just held in September, planning now underway for 2015.

 

Notwithstanding Thomas Wolfe’s much quoted lines: "Map or no map," I says, "yuh ain't gonna get to know Brooklyn wit no map.” The Brooklyn public library has aliterary map of Brooklyn. www.bklynlibrary.org/map/literary/

 

Click on the pushpin and get a verse or snippet of written tribute to some aspect of Brooklyn. While you’re checking out the map take a look at other portions of the web site of the Brooklyn Public Library

 

Incidentally, they’re looking for a communications coordinator, and it sounds like a fascinating paid position. www.bklynlibrary.org/jobs-business/jobs/communications-coordinato

Applicants send inquiry with qualifications to job2173@bklynlibrary.org.

 

Another map showing many of the local Brooklyn neighborhoods and a best book associated with that particular area is at map of best Brooklyn book for each neighborhood

www.bkmag.com/2014/09/29/a-brooklyn-literary-map-the-best-book-for-each-brooklyn-neighborhood/

 

And just to make sure you don’t lack for Brooklyn themed reading materials Conde Nast lists 10 essential Brooklyn books.

www.cntraveler.com/stories/2012-02-07/brooklyn-by-the-book

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> LAUTRÉAMONT. <i>Les Chants de Maldoror.</i> 1869. First edition, unbound, one of the rare copies dated 1869. €100 000 to €150 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> PAUL VERLAINE. Poème saturnien. March 31st -June 1st, 1885. Autograph poem signed and illustrated. €12 000 to €15 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ. <i>L’Après-midi d’un faune.</i> 1876. Inscribed to Paul Gauguin. €30 000 to €40 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. <i>[La Cloche fêlée,</i> 1851–1855.] Signed autograph manuscript of one of the poems of Les Fleurs du mal. €25 000 to<br>€35 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ. <i>Le Tombeau d’Edgar Poe.</i> Circa 1889. Signed autograph manuscript inscribed to Edmund Gosse. €40 000 to €60 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> GÉRARD DE NERVAL. Manuscrit autographe. 1855. Rare manuscript fragment of Aurelia with corrections. €20 000 to €30 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> PAUL VERLAINE. <i>La Bonne chanson.</i> 1870. First edition. One of 20 copies on Hollande paper in a mosaic binding by Noulhac. €15 000 to<br>€18 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> ARTHUR RIMBAUD. Autograph letter to his sister, July 10, 1891. One of the most beautiful letters by Rimbaud, about his last moments, illustrated with drawings of his leg. €80 000 to €100 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> GUSTAVE FLAUBERT. <i>Salammbô.</i> 1863. First edition. One of 25 copies on Hollande paper, this one inscribed to Théophile Gautier. €30 000 to<br>€40 000
    <center><b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII :<br>XIXe siècle (1840–1898)<br>First editions – Reviews – Autograph letters and manuscripts<br>Auction in association with Binoche & Giquello on October 9th.</b></center>
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. <i>Les Fleurs du mal</i>. 1857. First edition, unbound.<br>€15 000 to €20 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> CHARLES BAUDELAIRE. Barbey d’Aurevilly caricature. Original drawing (208 x 130 mm). 1865.<br>€20 000 to €30 000
    <b>Bibliothèque R. & B. L. VII, Oct. 9:</b> OSCAR WILDE. <i>The Ballad of Reading Goal by C.3.3.</i> 1898 First edition, publisher’s binding, one of 30 on Japan paper. €10 000 to €12 000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Cartwright (George). <i>A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador...,</i> first edition, with A.L.s. from the author, 1792. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Swift (Jonathan). <i>Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World,</i> 2 vol., first edition, Teerink's "A" edition, Printed for Benj. Motte, 1726. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Fourier (Jean Baptiste Joseph). <i>Theorie Analytique de la Chaleur,</i> first edition, Paris, chez Firmin Didot, 1822. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Boccaccio (Giovanni). <i>Genealogiae Deorum,</i> additions by Dominicus Silvester and Raphael Zovenzonius, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1472. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Mary I. Letter signed at the head "Marye the Quene" to Lord Paget, 1 page, 7th June 1556. The recall from exile of nine persons opposed to the Marian regime. £10,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Nelson (Horatio). Autograph Letter signed "Horatio Nelson" and written to Francis Drake, British Minister at Genoa, discussing the disposition of his "Cruizers" near Genoa. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Darwin (Charles). Unpublished Autograph Letter signed to Walter Raleigh Browne, playing down his scientific knowledge of comparative anatomy, 1881. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Murphew (J.). <i>The fair in an uproar, or, the dancing-doggs.</i> As they perform in Mr. Pinkeman's New Opera in Bartholomew Fair, 1707. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Chaucer (Geoffrey). <i>The Workes,</i> by [Nicholas Hill for] Thomas Petit, dwellyng in Paules churche yarde at the sygne of the Maydens heed, 1550. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. September 27, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Austen (Jane). <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> 3 vol., first edition, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>Stamboul Train,</i> first edition, first issue, 1932. £8,000 to £12,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 27:</b> Churchill.- Fearon (Percy Hutton) "Poy". “Eat More Beef,” pen and ink cartoon with shading in blue pencil, [July 1928]. £400 to £600
  • <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>

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