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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2010 Issue

Book Arts from the Veatchs

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Book arts from the Veatchs.


By Michael Stillman

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has released its latest collection of the book arts in Catalogue 67. The Veatchs offer books as art in its various forms. That can mean private press issues, fine bindings, handmade paper, woodcut and other distinctive illustrations, or books about book arts, such as catalogues for printing equipment, bibliographies of fine presses, type specimens, etc. Here are a few available in this latest catalogue.

For those who believe size matters, we start with Bruce Rogers' The World Bible, published in 1949. This exquisite folio Bible comes in at healthy 24 pounds. The word of God is weighty. Rogers spent four years designing and producing this behemoth, from choosing typefaces and paper to printing the 975 copies (that's almost 12 tons, though loss of some 325 sets of sheets reduced the number of copies to 650). Item 130. Priced at $3,500 (or $145/lb.).

Now let's go to the other extreme. Item 33 is a collection of seven miniature books by Sandy Connors, published from 2004 to 2006. Each book contains two wood engravings, most hand colored, printed on various fine papers. They are about six pages each and measure 1 3/4 x 2. Two were limited to 150 copies, the others to 100 each. $300.

Item 78 recounts a 1936 journey to the Far East by printer Dard Hunter, A Papermaking Pilgrimage to Japan, Korea, and China. Hunter took up printing after moving to Ohio around 1920, but his first career, and lifetime interest, was as a papermaker. Along with the text of his travels, this book has 51 specimens of papers bound in at the end. It is one of 370 copies printed, each signed by Hunter and printer Elmer Adler. $2,500.

Item 22 is a book about The Book Called Holinshed's Chronicles. The author of the original was Raphael Holinshed; the writer of the book about it was Stephen Booth. Holinshed's Chronicles was the most thorough history of England written at the time of its publication, the late 1500s. It was the source of the history that Shakespeare used for many of his plays. This work was published by the Book Club of California in 1968. It is one of 60 out of a print run of 500 to contain a leaf from the original, in this case, the opening page from The Historie of Scotland. $395.

Item 61 is A Bibliography of the Gehenna Press 1942-1975, by Stephen Brook, published in 1976. The Gehenna Press was established by the artist and sculptor Leonard Baskin. His artwork can be seen in places such as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington. Offered is #1 of the 50 deluxe copies of this bibliography that were printed. $300.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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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