• <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Allen Ginsberg, 11 autograph manuscripts, including 10 drafts of poems & a page of notes, circa 1948. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Joan Miró, illustrated autograph note signed to MoMA Director of Exhibitions & Publications, 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Carl Gustav Jung, typed letter signed to a colleague, 1948. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Gustav Mahler, ALS, arranging a meeting during his historic visit to New York, circa 1908. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Mark Twain, ALS, explaining the target of his new book, 1902. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Charles Dickens, ALS, accepting an invitation in the voice of a <i>Martin Chuzzlewit</i> character, 1843. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Jacob Lawrence, illustrated greeting card signed, 1960. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 8:</b> Robert E. Lee, ALS, to the colonel of the Kanawha Valley volunteers, boosting morale, 1861. $15,000 to $25,000
  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €

Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2018 Issue

Going Home to the Place I Never Left

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The McKinneys [L to R], Bruce, Linda, Tom and Adelaide on Huguenot Street after high school graduation in 1964

Jenny and I flew to New York on Tuesday 4 September and drove up to Lake Mohonk at New Paltz in Ulster County. From age 5 to 21 New Paltz was my home town.  We’re going for a week; for the chance to visit my brother who lives there still and who’ll be 77 this fall.  My sister Linda who has lived in Maine for the past thirty years is also joining us.  We get together at Mohonk several times a year.

 

Two years ago, when I reached 70, I set aside $150,000 to support various projects near and around New Paltz that my family, newspaper publishers in their prime, supported during their lifetimes.  My mother’s preferences are clearer because she lived longer, into the summer of 1987.  My father died just short of his 62nd birthday in 1974.  Over the past two years the amount gifted rose to $180,000 as specific proposals emerged that I knew to be consistent with my mother’s  thinking.  This year, at 72, I’m setting out to gift a further $150,000 to be dispersed before I reach 74, God willing. 

 

New Paltz has long been associated with history.  It is an early Dutch settlement whose local interest in preservation has ensured its early old stone houses, some dating to the late 17th century, survived, even prospered.  In the 1950’s and ‘60’s when I lived there, its University, SUNY New Paltz, was a house cat.  Today it’s a lion, covering a significant portion of the town and providing education to some 8,000 full and part time students.  it’s a storied old town now defined by its biggest business:  education.

 

Typical of what has changed are the Elting Memorial Library and P & G’s Bar across the street.  The library is a revered institution, located in one of the community’s old stone houses.  Across the street is one of the town’s four bars that is packed at every hour of the day and today a valuable business while the library makes appeals for funds to continue its operations.

 

New Paltz, in many ways, is a more significant place today than it was in the 1950’s but it is substantially so because it is a different place.  The surest way to succeed today is to cater to the University’s community.  But many too are the people interested in preserving area history, even as the University’s footprint grows.  They believe. As do I, that there can be an understandable balance between past and present.

 

In going back to visit New Paltz I carry with me the goal/ambition of supporting, in this and surrounding southern Ulster communities, they that are trying to preserve the past, an important goal, and see in that process, some potential to resolve other long term issues as well.

 

There are six elements or aspects of local history in Ulster County that I can identify; the health and survival of local history organizations, the collection and recording of local history, the acquisition and collection of local material by collectors, the building of a database that converts all relevant text and images into easily searched results, a location and mechanism to physically display and explain material that tells the story of the past and suggests its relevance to today and the future.   And finally, I see a way to test/evaluate how best to convey this history to future generations.  The University at New Paltz, that has transformed the community, if they can accommodate a plan to embrace the history of southern Ulster as their own history, may become the bulwark for defending, explaining and promoting local history specifically and as well as history more generally because the lessons we learn here will apply generally, certainly to the other universities in the New York State system, to the other 61 counties in the state, and to all the 50 states. New Paltz and southern Ulster, as the test tube for the worldwide challenge of translating the past to those who will be our future:  this is our opportunity. How will the past fit into the future?   This question has an answer and I propose we find it here.

 

Not yet mentioned, but also part of my thinking, are a series of paintings by Lenny Tantillo:  the Ulster County Cycle.  They are envisioned as eight paintings of local places that will connect passersby with aspects of southern Ulster history.  The first is a painting of the Burning of the Normal School at New Paltz in 1906.  The next is a depiction of the industrial center of Ulster County at Rondout in the later 19th century, the third reflecting the nearby town of Lloyd. 

 

These are all simply elements.  What will connect them?

 

It will require a shared database and in time shared space.

 

The ideal location will be the Sojourner Truth Library at the University.  The space is exceptional, bright and very alive.   It provides all the environmental controls any archivist could imagine, various sized areas for storage and display and various discussion areas nearby.  Some work space for historians would also be accommodated.

 

Various Ulster County history organizations, of which there are many, would divide responsibility for arranging speakers so that, throughout the year, there would be regular talks as well as changing focuses and displays.  Many disciplines would be involved, be they printed and manuscript material of all description, objects, art and paintings. We live in a more intense world these days and these talks and their supporting material would seek to reflect that intensity.

 

This is important because, in addition to providing support and organization for the sharing and merging of individual groups, we would have the opportunity to test the relationship between history as we have known it and the next generation that will interact with it.  The old model is in decline but I have confidence we can figure out how to fit historical perspective into the emerging world and the University would be an exceptional place from which to confront this challenge.

 

Finally, because the University is very large we’ll have the opportunity, via announcements, to test responses and in time know what resonates with students.  Our findings will help other organizations in other places find their places in their world.

 

This ultimately is the goal and I will support this project.

 

We can expect wide interest and broad participation among the many elements that today comprise the field.  And I will of course, circumstances permitting, continue to further invest in the area every two years where I grew up but, in fairness to my family, will keep such commitments to 2 years.  My family will have their own preferences after I have exited stage left.

 

We’ll see what can be done.


Posted On: 2018-10-06 02:46
User Name: mairin111

A noble plan, Bruce, and your love & memory of New Paltz, New York are palpable. Yes, many of us do return (finally) to our early beginnings as a way of maintaining connection with personal history and identity. But your projected enterprise, especially the funding you're putting behind it, valuably intersects with higher regional and national values. I like that. Thank you for sharing this. Enjoyed the family photo, too. Keep us current on project status. ~ Maureen E. Mulvihill, Rare Book Hub Member & Guest Writer.
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  • <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. Sold for $97,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. Sold for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</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. Sold for $87,50
    <b>Bonhams: Sale Results from <i>Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I.</i> September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. Sold for $8,750
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. Sold for $37,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. Sold for $6,875
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25 results:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. Sold for $3,750
  • <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir. <i>Aurora Australis. Printed at the Winter Quarters of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907, During the Winter Months of April, May, June, July, 1908.</i> $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HUMBOLDT, Alexander von, and Aime J. A. BONPLAND. <i>Vues des Cordillères, et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique.</i> Paris, 1810. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> COOK, James, Captain. [Collected Voyages]. London: Strahan and Cadell, 1773, 1777, 1784. First editions of the second and third voyages. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836.</i> $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SPILBERGEN, Joris van (1568-1620). <i>Speculum orientalis occidentalisque Indiae navigationum.</i> Leiden: Nicolaus van Geelkercken, 1619. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> DRAKE, Francis, Sir. <i>Sir Francis Drake Revived. Who is or may be a Pattern to stirre up all Heroicke and active Spirits of these Times…</i> London, 1653 [i.e. 1652]. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest Henry, Sir, Louis C. BERNACCHI, and Apsley George Benet CHERRY-GARRARD, editors. The South Polar Times. London, 1907-1914. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> ANSON, George. <i>A Voyage round the World, In the Years 1740...</i> 1744. London: John and Paul Knapton for the author, 1748. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. <i>Description des Indes Occidentales, Qu'on appelle aujourdhuy Le Nouveau Monde...</i> Amsterdam: Michel Colin, 1622. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: The Adventure & Exploration Library of Steve Fossett. October 31, 2018</b>
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> NOORT, Olivier van. <i>Description du Penible Voyage fait entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre...</i> Amsterdam: Cornille Nicolas, 1610. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes. <i>A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian.</i> London: George Bishop, 1600. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman, Oct 31:</b> SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon. <i>Journal ou Description du Merveilleux Voyage de Guillaume Schouten, Hollandois natif de Hoorn, fait es années 1615, 1616, & 1617.</i> 1619. $4,000 to $6,000

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