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

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    <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.
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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 Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
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    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
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    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</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. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
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    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
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