Rare Book Monthly

Articles - September - 2015 Issue

Annual Labor Day Weekend Mark Twain Library Fair in Redding Connecticut, Boxborough Paper Fair Set This Month


Mark Twain in Redding in 1909, from film by visitor and friend Thomas Edison.

A pair of well-established book and paper fairs are scheduled for this month in New England. There is no better time to get out and travel New England than late summer when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and the kids are safely back in school.


First up, in its 55th year, is the Mark Twain Library's Annual Book Fair in Redding, Connecticut. It takes place Labor Day weekend. Twain built a large house in Redding in 1908, where he died two years later. He founded the Mark Twain Library Association, which operates the fair. Twain will welcome you if you attend, in spirit if not in person.


The Twain Library Fair works on a sliding scale – the longer you wait, the less you pay, but naturally, some of the most desirable items will likely be gone.


The fair opens at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, and for the first hour, the admission price is $15. This is evidently a bargain as the library notes some book dealers start holding places in line as early as three days in advance to get first shot at the books. It remains open until 6:00 p.m. There will be a special afterschool "children's event" that afternoon from 2:30 until closing. On Saturday, hours are from 10:00 – 4:00, and both days, book prices are as marked. On Sunday, the fair is also open 10:00 – 4:00, but this is "half price day." Finally, on Monday, hours are 9:00 – 4:00 and this is "boxing day," where you can buy a whole box of books for $10. Other than the first hour on Friday, admission is free and parking is free. Along with the books, you can buy refreshments and credit cards are accepted.


The fair will be held at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road. Library Fair co-chair Ginny Beasley noted, "We are proud to say our book fair has the reputation as one of the best. People travel from Maine to Maryland to find the bargains and the rare treasures that the Mark Twain Library Book Fair always has in abundance."


The fair committee issued a list of notable books from their "Collector's Corner," but with almost 60,000 items being offered (all organized and categorized for convenience), there will undoubtedly be many "sleepers." Here is their list.


Aragon, Luis; Cantique A Elsa; Editions de la Rue Fontaine, Algeria 1942; First edition, #66/600, green paper wraps. Good condition, with some wear and stains to paper wraps not affecting text, which is in fine condition. Aragon dedicated "Hymn to Elsa" to his wife, muse and fellow member of French Resistance, Elsa Triolet. $50


Blackmore, R.D.; Lorna Doone; Thomas Crowell, New York, 1893; green cloth with gilt-stamped decorative cover; 2 vols bound in one, very good; including heavy original brass plate used to gold-stamp cover artwork. $200


Bonnant, P. A.; Les Vignettes Parlantes; Bonnard, Geneva, 1855; paper covered boards; missing title page. French text, 46 proverbs illustrated with wood engravings. $50


Bingham, Hiram; Inca Land, Explorations in the Highlands of Peru; Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1922; Good condition, no dust jacket, moderate wear to head and tail of spine. Inscribed by author on ffep. Popular account of Bingham's work in Peru, which brought attention to spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu. $50


[Bradley, W. M.], Bradley's Atlas of the World; Wm. M Bradley & Co, Philadelphia, 1889.
Elephant folio, 14" x 19", bound in brown calf with marbled endpapers. Rebacked. All 75 maps present, many double-fold measuring 19" x 26", all maps in fine condition. Some foxing to endpapers, not affecting maps. $450


Buckley, William F.; God and Man At Yale, The Superstitions of Academic Freedom;
Regnery, Chicago, 1952; First edition, fifth printing; very good in a good dj. $50


Corso, Gregory; The Happy Birthday of Death; New Directions, 1960; first printing (no subsequent printing noted on copyright page); paperback, fine. $25


Dumas, Alexandre; The Three Musketeers; George Routledge & Sons, London, 1894; Edition du Luxe 181/750. 2 volumes, large quarto, full leather bound, brown morocco, leather doublures and silk endpapers. Very good condition. Translated by William Robson, 250 illustrations by Maurice Leloir.$400


Jullien, Adolphe; Hector Berlioz, Sa Vie Et Ses Ouevres; Paris: Librairie de L'Art; 1888; folio, fine, rebound in 3/4 red morocco over marbled boards. Includes 14 original lithographs by Fantin-Latour. French text, copiously illustrated. $300


Gaskell, Mrs. [Elizabeth]; Cranford; MacMillan & Co. London and New York, 1892; Deluxe large paper edition, bound in full crushed green morocco with leather doublures and silk moire endpapers by French Binders of Garden City, NY. Over 100 illustrations by Hugh Thomson, all expertly hand-colored by am unknown artist, which makes this copy unique. $1000


Gorey, Edward:


[with Victoria Chess], Fletcher and Zenobia; Meredith Press, 1967, first edition. $20

["Ogdred Weary"]; The Curious Sofa; Dodd, Mead 1980 2nd edition, signed. $50

The Blue Aspic; Hawthorne, 1968 4th printing, signed. $50

The Gilded Bat; Dodd Mead, 1979, 2nd edition, signed. $50

[with Beatrice Schenk De Regniers], Red Riding Hood, Atheneum, 1972, 1st ed. no dj. $20


Gurney, James; Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time; Turner Publishing, Atlanta, 1992; first edition, second printing; fine in fine dj; signed by author with sketch of dinosaur on half title page. $50


Hecht, Anthony and Baskin, Leonard; The Seven Deadly Sins; Gehenna Press, Northampton, 1958; First printing, copy "E", of 300. Fine, no dj as issued, half-bound green cloth over paper covered boards, with gold stamped leather spine label. Signed by both author and illustrator, with seven wood engravings by Baskin. Per Gehenna Press, this is an "extra" copy, bound matching first 100 copies of the first edition. $1000


Irving, Washington; Rip Van Winkle; Elbert Hubbard, Roycroft Shop, East Aurora, 1905; bound in crimson suede, very good. $40


James, Henry; The Letters of Henry James to Walter Berry; Black Sun Press, Editions Narcisse, Rue Cardinale, Paris, 1928; First edition, paper wraps, in expertly made half-leather clamshell case. Fine condition throughout. $350


Lawrence, D.H.; Lady Chatterley's Lover; PIRATED EDITION, actual publisher unknown, circa 1929. An exemplar of the most widely pirated book of all time, this copy is an elaborate forgery. Use of better quality paper makes the text block 25% thicker than the true first edition. To cap it off, the book was professionally rebound in 3/4 leather. Note: This is a FAKE. $300


Powys, Llewelyn; illustrated by Ward, Lynd; Now That The Gods Are Dead; Equinox, New York, 1932; limited edition 311/400 signed by author and illustrator, hand bound in blue cloth, spine darkened, otherwise very good. No dj, as published. $100


Prosek, James; Trout, An Illustrated History; Knopf, New York, 1998; Tenth printing. Fine in fine dustjacket. Signed by author/illustrator on title page with sketch of trout fly. $40


Proulx, Annie; Close Range, Wyoming Stories; Scribner, New York, 1999; First printing. Fine in fine dj. Signed by author (and illustrator, William Matthews) on title page. First appearance of Brokeback Mountain. $50


Rabelais, Francois; The Complete Works of Doctor Francois Rabelais. Boni & Liveright, New York, 1927; two volumes, black cloth, in slip cases, very good. $75


Sharon, Ariel [with Chanoff, David]; Warrior, The Autobiography of Ariel Sharon; Simon and Schuster, 1989; first edition; fine in fine dj; signed by author on title page. $300


Steinbeck, John; Nothing So Monstrous; Pynson Printers, New York, 1936; limited edition of 350. marbled paper covered boards, cloth spine, fine, presentation copy to Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of N.Y.Times. $150


Thacker, John; The Art of Cookery; J. Thompson & Co.; Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1758; small octavo, 5" x 8.5" in original calf binding, rough unrestored condition, as befits a 267 year old cookbook. Missing several pages at end, including index. In clam-shell case. $250


Trump, Donald J. [with Schwarz, Tony]; Trump, The Art of the Deal; Random House, 1987, second printing; fine in fine dj; signed by Trump on ffep. $100


Walker, Alice; In Love and Trouble, Stories of Black Women; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1973; First edition "BCDE", probably 2nd printing. Near fine in very good dust jacket, Alice Walker's fourth book and first collection of short stories. $50


Wegman, William; ABC; Hyperion, New York, 1994; First edition, fine in fine dj, signed by author/photographer on half-title. Alphabet book featuring the Weimaraners. $30




Over 100 Heritage Press titles.


Large collection of vintage "Juvenile Series" books, especially Horatio Alger and baseball stories.


Much, much more.


The second event on tap this month is the annual Boxborough Paper Town – The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This will take place on Saturday, September 19, at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Exhibitors from the Northeast and Canada will present a wide array of books and ephemeral items, including maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising materials, board games, classic vinyl, and much more. The hours will be 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., with admission $7 for adults, $4 ages 12-21. Those under 12 are free with an adult. You can save $1 by printing out the coupon here. Free parking is available.


John Bruno, star of the PBS television series Market Warriors, and other appraisers will be available from 12:00 – 2:00 to provide appraisals at $5 per item.


What sort of material can you expect to find? Here is a partial list of specialties featured by the exhibitors: Advertising Covers, African American, Americana, Architecture, Art, Art Deco, Auctions, Autographs, Aviation, Baseball, Books, Bibles, Black History, Black Power, Calendars, Calling Cards, Christmas, Circus, Civil War, Cook Books, Charts, Children’s Books, Cocktails, Design, Dogs, Die Cuts, Documents, Engineering, Engraving, Ephemera, Erotica, Esoterica, Fantasy, Fashion, Fishing, Floridiana, Folklore, Folk Music, Foreign Language, Furniture, Games, Gardens & Horticulture, Graphics, Historic Documents, Horses, Hunting, Illustrated Books, Interior Design, Japan, Judaica, Letters, Logbooks, Manuscripts, Maps, Maritime, Medicine, Middle East, Military, Modernism, Music, Native American, Natural History, Nautical, Naval, New York City, New York State, New Jersey, Novelties, Olympic Games, Pacifica, Photographs, Photography, Pochoir, Polar, Pop-Ups & Moveable Books, Poetry, Postcards, Posters, Presentation Copies, Presidential Archives, Press Books, Prints, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Psychedelica, Puppetry, Puzzles, Railroad, Reference, Revolutionary War, Russia, Scholarly, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Sporting, Technical, Theatre, Theology, Trade Cards, Trade Catalogues, Travel & Exploration, Travel Brochures, Typography, U.S. Coastal History, Vanity Fair Prints, Valentines, Voyages, Watercolors, Whaling, Wine, Yachting.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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