Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2010 Issue

The West and More from Clark Rare Books

Clark943

From the West and more from Clark Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Clark Rare Books has released Catalog 943 of Americana, The West, and General. The American West is the primary focus of this catalogue, but there are exceptions. Admiral Richard Byrd, who makes an appearance, was noted for his missions to the very far north and south, not west. Still, this is a catalogue for collectors and readers whose interests run to the land west of the Mississippi.

While most of what is offered is old books, Clark maintains a relationship with Arthur H. Clark publishing and the University of Oklahoma Press, so they also present a few new items about the Old West. Item 1 is Will Bagley's So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812-1848, published this year. Bagley has used extensive research of primary materials such as personal letters, journals, and newspapers to tell the story of the early years of travel along the Oregon Trail. Priced at $45. Item 2 is the collector's edition, one of 50 signed copies. $150.

Most of our accounts focus on the people who moved west. This book tells about the animals and wagons that made the journey. Item 15 is Wagons, Mules and Men: How the Frontier Moved West, by Nick Eggenhofer, published in 1961. $1,200.

Item 124 is an account of a unique battle in the Indian Wars, Charles Collins' Apache Nightmare: The Battle at Cibecue Creek (published 1999). Apaches living along Cibecue Creek in Arizona were under the influence of a medicine man, Nock-ay-det-klinne (one of numerous English spellings of his name). There was fear that the Apache spiritual leader would convince his followers to drive white settlers from the area, so the command at Fort Apache sent some soldiers and Apache scouts, under Col. Eugene Carr, to take him into custody. Nock-ay-det-klinne acquiesced, believing the soldiers would not harm him, but some of his followers followed, and a skirmish erupted. Orders were to kill Nock-ay-det-klinne should an attempt be made to free him, which is what the soldiers did. The result was the only case where Indian scouts ever rebelled against their U.S. Army commanders, joining other Apaches in the battle. Not surprisingly, the story of this incident has generally been told from the point of view of only one side, and many myths about it have been passed around over the years. Collins investigated numerous records and contemporary accounts from both sides to present the most accurate portrayal of the incident, its causes and aftermath, as possible. $26.50.

Item 23 is a defense from a collector of Mormon-related material to charges of theft in the early 1990s. John Hajicek was (and is) evidently a very major collector, owning many first editions of the Book of Mormon along with much in the way of far rarer material. He was accused of stealing a Book of Mormon and a separate, very rare title, from libraries. A group of librarians, along with police from the University of Missouri, stood against him. Hajicek responded with his own evidence, their inability to locate any stolen material in his possession, records that indicated he was far from the scene of the crime when it occurred, and tampering of evidence by a police officer. Eventually, that officer was convicted and Hajicek acquitted. Hajicek believed suspicion fell on him for religious, not evidentiary, reasons. He and the accusing librarians came from different Mormon sects (neither being the major LDS Church in Utah). His beliefs followed the "Strangites," a group that followed James Strang, one of the potential Church leaders after Joseph Smith died (most members of the Church eventually followed Brigham Young). Hajicek's book is entitled "Outrages Beyond All Description": A Historical Analysis of Cultural Intolerance in the Case of the Missing Rare Mormon Books, published in 1995. $34.

The last third of this catalogue consists of items that were offered previously, and have now been marked down 30%. For example, item 209 comes from the previously mentioned Admiral Richard Byrd, Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic. The Flight to the South Pole. Published in 1930, it recounts Byrd's expedition to the Antarctic and his flight over the South Pole. This is a 1930 first edition signed by the author. Price before discount is $75.

Clark Rare Books may be reached at 405-307-0088 or info@clarkrarebooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
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    <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
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    <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 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.
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    <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
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