Source : John Howell Books Americana

Source Title Americana - Books, Manuscripts, Maps, Prints, Photographs, Paintings - The Inventory of John Howell - Books Part I
Description Various material from the inventory of John Howell - Books.
Scope of Text "Antiquarian booksellers lead privileged lives. They are merchants, to be sure, but what merchandise they buy and sell! It is the very stuff of human life, wisdom and vanity, nobility and squalor, adventure and serenity, distilled into words and preserved on paper. A bookseller can never be lonely; his shop is always full of people (though at times he may wish more of them were in the aisles rather than on the shelf, customers rather than tenants.)

Partly no doubt from necessity but largely as a result of their own enthusiasm good booksellers are teachers. A neophyte collector will learn from bibliographies but he will learn far more by frequenting the company of the leading members of the book trade. In my thirty years as a curator I gained as much from Warren Howell and his peers as from academic historians and bibliographers. A lifetime spent with books can bring much curious knowledge to an enquiring mind, and men like Warren gladly shared that learning.

Good booksellers not only know good books, they know where they belong. There is a certain intoxication in the power to choose which collector, personal or institutional, shall have first opportunity to acquire a rare title. Every great collection owes more to booksellers than it ever had to pay in dollars on invoices submitted. Certainly the Yale Collection of Western Americana owed much to Warren. Out debt was small compared to that of his beloved Bancroft Library, but it included many choice titles. And we were only two among many collections which he helped to build.

Now his books are being dispersed at auction. The firm of John Howell - Books has ceased to exist. But long after all of us who knew Warren have disappeared, generations of scholars will have cause to be grateful to him. That is monumental enough for any bookman."

Archibald Hanna,
New Haven, Connecticut
November 1984

From the preface to the sale catalogue.
Total Records in AED 718
  • <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Manuscripts
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Miniatures
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Early Printed Books
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Jason Master, Haarlem, c. 1475-80
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Boucicaut Master, Paris, c. 1415
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Rohan Master, probably Troyes, c. 1415-20
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Julius Caesar, De bello Gallico, manuscript on vellum, Milan, c. 1450-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Biblia Latina, Paris, 1476-77, first edition of the Vulgate printed in France
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Ludolph of Saxony, Vie du Christ, illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse, 1506-08
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>King David, miniature on vellum, Bologna, c. 1470
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Christ calling St. Peter, miniature on vellum, by Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Siena, 1471
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Presentation in Temple, miniature on vellum, Nuremberg, c. 1490-1500
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Bible, illuminated in the <i>primo stile</i>, Bologna, c. 1250-70
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Valturio, De re militari, Verona 1483, first edition in Italian
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Celestial vision at Constantinople, single-leaf woodcut, Nuremberg,<br>c. 1490-91
  • <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> CASSATT, Mary (1844-1926). Document signed three times. Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> LENNON, John and Yoko ONO. Document signed ('John Lennon'; 'Yoko Ono'). Est. £4,000-6,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>BOCHIUS, Joannes (1555-1609). Book describes in great detail ... visiting Archduke Albert of Austria and wife. Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> CAVENDISH, William, 1st Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676). <i>A General System of Horsemanship in all its Branches.</i> Est. £3,500-4,500.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> FERNÁN GONZÁLEZ,<i>Conde Fernan Gonzalez. Cronica del noble cavallero el conde Fernan Gonçalez.</i> Est. £5,000-£8,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>SEWELL, Anna (1820-1878). <i>Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions. The Autobiography of a Horse.</i><br>Est. £4,000-£6,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9th: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> WISDEN, John. <i>Cricketers' Almanack for 1898.</i> Est. £3,000-5,000.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b> IMPERATO, Ferrante (1550-1625). Historia Naturale. Venice: Combi & La Noù. Est. £2,500-3,500.
    <b>Christie's London June 9:</b><br>PEIGNOT, Etienne-Gabriel (1767-1849). Dictionaire raisonné de bibliologie. Paris: vols I-II = Villier, 1802. Est. £8,000-£12,000.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue - The Russian Turmoil 1917-45: An Émigré perspective
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> S. Anichkova, Baroness Taube, [The Enigma of Lenin]. Prague, c. 1934.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> V. Purishkevich [The Diary of State Duma Member Vladimir Mitrofanovich Purishkevich]. Riga, 1924.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> O. Kugusheva [Wolf Pack]. Berlin, 1940.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> B.M. Kuznetsov [To Please Stalin / 1945-1946]. Canada, 1968.
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Voices of the 20th Century, 16 June 2015</b>
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT. 1896-1940. <i>The Great Gatsby.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Est. $80,000-100,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> CAMUS, ALBERT. 1913-1960. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Albert Camus"). Est. $40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> KING, MARTIN LUTHER, JR. 1929-1968. Autograph Letter Initialed ("MLK") [August 3, 1962]. Est. $25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> MAO<br> ZEDONG. 1893-1976. <i>Quotations<br>from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.</i>.<br>Est. $20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> VIETNAM ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT. Hettenbahc, Stephen and Robert Yagura, Designers. Est. $5,000-8,000.
    <b>Bonhams London: Fine Books and Manuscripts, 24 June 2015</b>
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> ENGELS (FRIEDRICH). Papers of Friedrich Engels as Corresponding Secretary. Est. $160,000-240,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> BRITISH ARCTIC EXPEDITION 1875-6. Illustrated autograph journal kept <br>by Commander Albert Hastings Markham. Est. $160,000-240,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> TURING (ALAN). Autograph letter signed ("Alan Turing"). Est. $63,000-94,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> MALLORY (GEORGE LEIGH). Series of thirty-four autograph letters and cards.<br>Est. $63,000-94,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> JOYCE (JAMES). <i>Ulysses</i>, First Edition, Number 282 OF 750 Copies. <br>Est. $94,000-130,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Andy Warhol, <i>Wild Raspberries</i>, <br>signed and inscribed, New York, 1959. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Pablo Picasso and l'Académie Goncourt, <i>Regards sur Paris</i>, signed<br>by all artists and authors, Paris, 1962. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Hans Christian Andersen, <i>Fairy Tales</i>, with original watercolor and signature by Arthur Rackham, London, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Compositions, Couleurs, Idées</i>, complete portfolio<br>of 40 pochoir plates, Paris, 1930. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> James Joyce's <i>Ulysses</i>, with 26 plates by Matisse, published by the Limited Editions Club, signed by both, New York, 1935. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Andy Warhol, <i>A Gold Book</i>, with 4 hand-colored plates, signed and inscribed, New York, 1957. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> <i>Derrière le Miroir</i>, group of 73 <br>issues from the collection of<br>Monroe Wheeler, Paris, 1946-82. $6,000 to 9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Ovid's <i>l'Art d'aimer d'Ovide</i>, illustrated by Salvador Dalí, Paris, 1978.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Tristan Tzara, <i>De Mémoire d'Homme</i>, with 9 lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1950. $5,000 to $7,500.