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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2010 Issue

New Acquisitions at the Arader Galleries

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Recent acquisitions at the Arader Galleries.


By Michael Stillman

The Arader Galleries has issued a catalogue of Recent Acquisitions May 2010. The Arader Galleries specializes in books, maps and art, with this catalogue being devoted to the first two of those categories. That is not to say that the maps, illustrations, and bindings are not works of art themselves, rather that they were originally created for more practical purposes. The reality is that these are classic examples of a marriage of form and function, beauty and practicality combined in one. Here are some of these remarkable new acquisitions.

The great mapmakers of the 16th and 17th centuries came from the Netherlands. They started with the maps and atlases of Gerard Mercator in the first half of the 16th century, and ran through the great 17th century atlases of the Blaeus. In between came what is frequently referred to as the first modern atlas, the magnificent Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of Abraham Ortelius. First published in 1570, it grew as more and more maps were added in later editions through the end of his lifetime (1598). Offered is a copy of the second Latin edition from 1584. It contains 112 double-page engravings of the latest maps of the world, all in contemporary hand coloring. This copy came from the library of Louis II, Duke of Bourbone-Vendome, who lived from 1612-1669. Louis was a grandson of French King Henry IV. After his wife's death, Louis became a Cardinal. Priced at $365,000.

Next we have a first Latin edition of the Speculum Nauticum, or what was known in Dutch as the Spieghel der Zeevaerdt (Mariner's mirror) when first published in 1584. The first Latin came two years later. It was produced by Lucas Waghenaer, a man who spent 30 years at sea before settling down to produce his atlas. In his years at sea, Waghenaer had gathered charts and other information from seafarers of various nations. His atlases provided charts and other directions and instructions necessary for safely navigating the waters off the European coast. It was immediately in great demand, leading to translations into several other languages as well. $185,000.

Other cartographers appeared in the years after the great Dutch mapmaking era, including the Frenchman Guillaume de L'Isle. Offered is a composite atlas of his and a few other maps which came from his widow circa 1731. Included is his famous Carte de la Louisiane et du Cours du Mississippi, one of the most important maps of the American West. At the time, France controlled Louisiana and the Mississippi, while other lands to the West belonged to Spain. De L'Isle combined maps from the French explorer La Salle with those of the Spanish expeditions to provide a look at this mostly unknown land. His accuracy and skill led to King Louis XIV creating the post of First Geographer to the French Monarchy specifically for him. $135,000.

Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was the son of British Prime Minister Robert Walpole, a politician in his own right, writer, and perhaps most notably designer of Strawberry Hill, his neo-gothic home. Among his works is Fugitive Pieces in Verse and Prose, which he printed on his Strawberry Hill press in 1758. This copy was given to Mary Delaney, a close friend of Walpole for many years. Mary was an artist and widow at this time, though this was in no way a scandalous relationship. Just friends. She writes on the recto of the first blank leaf, "M Delaney 1763 given me by ye author." The two used the old form "ye" in their correspondence over the years, an indicia of their warm friendship. $8,000.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on 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. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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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