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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2010 Issue

A New Miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller

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A new miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole.


By Michael Stillman

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, has issued a New Miscellany #29. For those who don't like seeing too much of the same thing, Karmiole's catalogues are perfect. They are impossible to classify by subject. You may, and probably will, find just about anything in these catalogues. There are items from the 15th through the 20th century, languages from old Latin to modern English, and a variety of topics too numerous to mention. Here are a few of these varied items.

Item 10 is one of those critical pieces for a collection of Texiana. It is Mary Austin Holley's Texas. Mrs. Holley was a cousin of Stephen F. Austin, the founder of the first Anglo colony in Texas, often referred to as the "Father of Texas." The first edition had been published in 1833, when Texas was still a Mexican state. The author's purpose was to promote settlement by Americans. Here offered is a second edition from 1836. This edition, which was expanded to include a history of Texas, was still intended to encourage settlement, but under very different circumstances. The Texas Revolution intervened between editions, and by this point, Texas was now an independent republic. This copy is lacking the map. Priced at $1,250.

Of course, Texas isn't the only place with an interesting history. Item 30 is A Complete History of England...from the Descent of Julius Caesar, to...1748, by Tobias Smollett. That's a long time (Smollett tells us 1,803 years), requiring four volumes to recount. This is a first edition from 1757-58, and it runs from the not so well known Roman period in England to what was almost the present two and one-half centuries ago. $1,000.

Here is a work by a man who lived in the middle of that long English history. Item 48 is Summa de Regimine Vitae Humanae, by Johannes Gallensis, or John of Wales. This is an incunable, the last 15th century edition of Gallensis' collected works, published in 1496. John was a Franciscan Friar who lived several centuries earlier, writing his works in the mid-13th century. His topics, not surprisingly, are geared toward men of the Church, providing them with moral guidance. $4,000.

Item 65 is an early printing of one of America's most important documents. It is General Order No. 1... A Proclamation... All Persons Held as Slaves Within Any State...in Rebellion Against the United States, Shall Be Then, Thenceforth, and Forever Free. This proclamation is, of course, better known as the Emancipation Proclamation. It was issued from the War Department's Office in early January of 1863. This was the final, official text of the order that freed the slaves, now known to be the fifth printing of the proclamation, all within a few days of issuance. $2,500.

Item 52 is the first English edition of what may be the first psychological, maybe even the first modern novel published, The Princess of Cleves. Originally published in French in 1678, the English edition was printed the following year. It is a tale of a woman of noble, though not high noble background, who marries an acceptable, though not a particularly accomplished man, the Prince of Cleves. However, she later falls in love with another, the suave Duc de Nemours, and eventually admits to her affair to her husband. Her husband becomes ill, and on his deathbed, begs his wife not to marry the Duke when he is gone. Duty wins out in the end, as the Princess does not marry her love interest, and their relationship fades away. The book was published anonymously, but it has been determined that the author was Madame de La Fayette, who wrote several anonymous works and was friendly with many of the notable writers of her time. $3,000.

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., may be reached at 310-451-4342 or Karmbooks@aol.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
    <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>
  • <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

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