Source : Kraus

Source Title Americana Vetustissima, Catalogue 185
Description For half a century H.P. Kraus has been established at 16 East 46th Street, New York, in a five-story brownstone amid the skyscrapers of mid-town Manhattan. This small cultural oasis epitomizes the world of rare books whose inhabitants need, as well as scholarship and knowledge, the persistence and intuition of a good detective. In the words of the firm’s late founder, life in this field of rare books “involves research carrying one back through all of recorded history, across the world, and into just about every human activity.”

Some of the most magnificent achievements of Western civilization in the form of early manuscripts and printed books have passed through our hands. Treasures such as the Hours of Catherine of Cleves (Morgan Library), the Rothschild Apocalypse (Cloisters, MMA), the Giant Bible of Mainz (LC), the Gutenberg Bible and the Shakespeare Folios; libraries such as part of the enormous collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, the princely library of Lichtenstein, and much of the ducal one of Arenberg. One rarity which eluded Hans Kraus all his life was finally acquired by the firm in 1991, and a copy of the 36-line Bible, much rarer than the Gutenberg Bible, is now in the W.H. Scheide library at Princeton.

As well as early manuscripts and incunabula, our stock includes European books on a variety of subjects from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, early Americana, maps, and bibliography. We issue three or four catalogues yearly in different fields, and are always pleased to assist new collectors in those areas.
Scope of Text In an extraordinary tour-de-force the esteemed booksellers H. P. Kraus of New York City prepared an unusual catalogue of Americana to honor the five hundredth anniversary of Columbus arriving in the new world – Americana Vetustissima (Catalogue 185). To create this catalogue that they issued in 1991, they organized an absolutely extraordinary group of important pieces most of which date to within 50 years of Columbus’ discovery. Of course the first item is a Columbus Letter printed in Rome in the late spring of 1493. For those who love the earliest materials what follows is an absolute tour de force of absolutely impeccable examples. There’s a 1504 Vespucci Letter and a 1507 Waldseemuller, a 1521 Peter Martyr, a 1532 Cortes Letter and a 1553 Lopez de Gomara. To read this catalogue you could begin to think that such material is actually obtainable when in fact it is very rarely seen. For those who are momentarily transported back to a time when such material could be found, one is brought back to reality by the prices which reflect that these pieces, while rare in any condition, are themselves, in every case in this catalogue, condition rarities.

It is one thing to look through great catalogues of 75 years ago and think that a few dollars invested then would have yielded extraordinary returns today. But we all know that such materials haven’t just risen in price, they have also disappeared almost entirely.”
Total Records in AED 569
  • <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer. Scarce first UK edition (and true first) in the original cloth.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye. An iconic work of American literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Goethe, Faust: Ein Fragment. Rare first publication of Goethe’s masterpiece.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. First editions of Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire. Highspot of American theater.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility. Austen’s first published book.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman. A lovely copy, signed by the author.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Jean de La Fontaine, Fables choisies. A tall paper copy of the famous Oudry edition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> John Milton, Paradise Lost. First illustrated edition of Milton’s masterpiece of English literature.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. Highspot of children’s illustrated books.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Offered here in exceptional condition.
    <b>Whitmore Rare Books.</b> Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian. Most important work of American fiction from the 1980s.
  • <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 1. John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men: A Play in 3 Acts New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1937. Est $1,000
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 2. John Le Carré. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy New York: Knopf, 1974. Est $900.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 3. Ross MacDonald. 2 Rare Working Galleys: The Far Side of the Dollar, The Instant Enemy. Est $3,400.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 6. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban London: Bloomsbury, 1999. Est $1,500.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 9. Alexander Forbes. A History of<br>Upper and Lower California from Their First Discovery to the Present Time. Est. $1,200.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 11. Edith Wharton. Italian Villas and their Gardens New York: The Century Co., 1904. Est $6,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 18. Yoko Ono. Grapefruit London: Sphere Books, 1971 18. Est $3,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 18. Jean Toomer. Cane San Francisco: Arion Press, 2000. Est $900.00.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 29. Jean Dubuffet. Parcours New York: Pace Editions, 1981. Est $10,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 30. Doris Ulmann. Roll, Jordan, Roll New York: Robert O. Ballou, 1933. Est $30,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 31. Manilo Morgagni; Photographs by Frederico Patellani, Stefano Bricarelli, Lucio Ridenti and Stefani... Est $1,500.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 32. Josef Hoffmann. Viribus Unitis: Das Buch vom Kaiser Vienna: Max Herzig, C. 1898. Est $1,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 34. Attributed to the Marques de Rubí Cayetano Pignateli, Third Marquis of Rubí, 9th Baron of Llinars (1730 - ?). Est $5,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 48. Features plates by various artists, including: Barbier, Brunelleschi, Iribe, Vallée, Wegener, Bakst and Simeon... Est $5,000.
    <b>Auctionata March 30:</b> Lot 48. Henri Vever Bijouterie Francaise au XIXe Siecle Paris: H. Floury, 1906-1908. Est $1,500
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> HARRIS, Captain W. Cornwallis. Portraigs of game and wild animals. Est $2000/4000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> VALENTIJN, François. Rare<br>first edition of a remarkable and compendious work relating to Dutch ventures. Est $20,000/30,000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> WEEKLY TIMES ANNUAL. Group of six issues. Estimate $400/600.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. CASINO ROYALE. 1953. First edition. Est $1000/2000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. LIVE AND LET DIE. 1954. First edition. Est $3000/5000.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FLEMING, Ian. THUNDERBALL. 1961. First edition. Est $200/300.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, March 30th:</b> FHUNTER, Dard. 1943 First edition PAPERMAKING. Est $100/200.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
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    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
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    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.