Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2010 Issue

Film, Literature and More from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper196

James Pepper's 196th catalogue.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has published their Catalogue 196. Their specialty is material related to film and theater, literature, science and detective fiction, with other types of material scattered within. Many of the pieces are signed or inscribed by the writers or actors and actresses who played the parts on the big screen. Here are some of the items offered in this latest selection.

Item 129 is an inscribed copy of what is undoubtedly one of the greatest pieces of 20th century American literature: The Grapes of Wrath. For those who think times are tough now, this book is a reality check. Offered is a third printing of the 1939 first edition of John Steinbeck's novel about a family of dust bowl "Okies," driven from their Oklahoma farm to the fields of California in search of work. This copy is inscribed by Steinbeck to actress Dolores Costello, whose married name at this time was Dolores Vruwink. Costello was a notable silent film actress, at one point married to John Barrymore (she is Drew Barrymore's grandmother), who made a reasonable transition to sound movies. Priced at $5,000.

Item 84 is the autobiography (with a little help) of a man essentially known for one role, with which he became virtually synonymous: I Was That Masked Man, by Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson. Of course, that masked man was the Lone Ranger, and while others appeared in that role at various times, it was mostly Moore behind that mask when the western hero galloped across our TV screens in the 1950s. Moore again appeared in the public eye in the 1980s when the owner of the rights to the Lone Ranger sued to prevent Moore from appearing in character (Moore made his living doing personal appearances as the Ranger by then). It won Moore much public sympathy and the right to resume his role. His book was published in 1996 and signed by Moore in 1997, as well as inscribed by Thompson. Moore died two years later at the age of 85. $275.

Item 91 is an original script for the 1969 Broadway play Minnie's Boys, written by Robert Fisher and Arthur Marx. "Minnie's Boys" were none other than the Marx Brothers, and Arthur was Groucho's son. Shelley Winters played the role of Minnie while Lewis J. Standlen was Groucho. The play was a comedy based on the brothers' early days. Offered is a special copy - Groucho's personal one. Groucho served as a consultant for the play, and his copy of the script has several of his notations and corrections along with his signature (twice). $3,000.

While Groucho was getting laughs, Hoagy Carmichael was making music. So many classics from the 30s and 40s were written by Carmichael, Georgia on My Mind, Up a Lazy River, Heart and Soul, Rockin' Chair, and the one he is most associated with, Stardust. Item 22 is An Exhibition Honoring the Seventy-Fifth Birthday of Hoagy Carmichael, which event occurred in 1974. It was published by the Lilly Library, Carmichael having been a graduate of the University of Indiana. $125.

Item 115 is a signed letter from a man better known for his inkblots than his writing. Hermann Rorschach was a psychiatrist, and on March 21, 1922, he wrote a letter concerning a patient to fellow psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler, a colleague of Freud. It was certainly one of his last letters as the 37-year-old Rorschach suffered from a burst appendix and died just 11 days later. He is famous, naturally, for his Rorschach test, which asks people to describe what they see in an inkblot, what they see helping to determine the mental makeup of the person. $7,500.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <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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