Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2004 Issue

Books About Books and Bibliographies<br>From Oak Knoll Books

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For those interested in how the other half lives, there is Paul Mellon's Reflections in a Silverspoon, a Memoir. Paul Mellon was the son of famed banker Andrew Mellon. Despite all the advantages of wealth, young Mellon apparently had an unhappy childhood, "being," in the words of Oak Knoll, "shuttled from mansion to mansion." It was a tough life. He followed his father into banking, but in 1941 resigned his directorships and settled into a life of philanthropy. Item 383. $55.

If you are a librarian, dealer, or collector of rare books, you will want to know how to care for them. Here is a guide: The Care of Fine Books, by Jane Greenfield. It tells you about how books are constructed and how to store, handle, protect, clean and repair them. Item 242. $19.95.

Item 411 is Moveable Feasts by Arnold Palmer. This 1953 title purports to tell about the origins and fluctuations of mealtimes, especially luncheon and afternoon tea. Of course, the name Arnold Palmer would become synonymous with afternoon "tee" instead of "tea" within a few short years of 1953, as he was the world's most famous golfer. The author of this book would appear to be a totally different Arnold Palmer, but expect to find this book lost among the other Arnold Palmer's golfing titles if you ever search for it online. $25.

Among the bibliographies offered is Bibliotheca Americana Nova, or, a Catalogue of Books in Various languages, Relating to America, Printed Since the Year 1700. This would not include everything up to the present since its three volumes were printed in 1835, 1844 and 1846, but it does provide the best bibliography/catalogue of Americana available at the time. Bibliographer Obadiah Rich was primarily a bookseller, and he is noted as the first specialist in Americana. He is credited as the first bookseller to understand the potential value of Americana and assisted some of the earliest collectors, such as John Carter Brown, in building their collections. Interestingly, Rich's shop was located in London. Item 651. $450.

Item 753 is Bibliotheca Americana Vestustissima, a Description of Works Relating to America Published Between the Years 1492 and 1551, Additions. In 1866, Henri Harrisse published his bibliography of very early Americana. In 1872, he published this collection of 186 additional titles missed the first time around. $95.

Item 781 is a five-volume bibliography of one of the most famous libraries ever in America, that of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson's library would become the foundation of the Library of Congress. E. Millicent Sowerby compiled this Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson between the years 1952-1959. $750.

For those interested in antiquarian book catalogues, there is the General Catalogue of Books Offered to the Public at the Affixed Prices by Bernard Quaritch, the Supplement: 1875-1877. Described as one of the largest antiquarian book catalogues ever produced, this 1672-page catalogue includes 21,470 entries. Item 871. $275. Item 870 is an earlier and smaller catalogue from the famed London bookseller, dating from 1868, containing only 1130 pages and 12,000 listings. $250.

Oak Knoll Books may be located on the web at www.oakknoll.com and their phone number is 302-328-7232.

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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