Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2011 Issue

A Variety of Material from Peter Harrington

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Andy Warhol's Marilyn on the cover of Peter Harrington's latest catalogue.

We have received Catalogue 74 from Peter Harrington, a collection divided into three sections. There are 12 featured items, followed by the main catalogue, and then a gift selection. This review may be a bit late for the gift season, but after the holidays it is permissible to buy them for yourself. The material in each section is widely varied, the difference being the prices are in descending order. Harrington evidently expects you will not spend quite as much on a gift as you will for yourself. They understand human nature. Whether buying for yourself or others, you are bound to find lots of books and related items of great interest among the 400+ offered. By the way, that's a portrait or something of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol on the cover. Give Andy credit for finding a way to make even Marilyn look creepy. Only an artist of great skill could pull that off. Here are some other items offered in this catalogue.

 

Item 4 is a copy of the classic of American youth, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This is a first printing of the first American edition from 1876. The book was first published in London as Twain wanted to secure a British copyright, but the story was intended primarily for American boys. As we know, its appeal extends way beyond American boys. Along with Sawyer, the book introduced his "comrade" Huckleberry Finn, featured player in a book to come out a decade later. This original edition is on wove paper with the gilt-lettered blue cloth cover. Priced at £ 67,500 (British pounds, or approximately $106,517 in U.S. Dollars).

 

From a boy who made the most of his youth, we go to one who wasted his. Life could have been different for Ebenezer Scrooge if he thought about anything but money, but he didn't, and you know the rest of the story. Item 6 is a first edition, first issue of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, published in 1843. This story still comes around every Christmas, to teach us a lesson we soon forget. £ 12,500 (US $19,725).

 

Item 139 is a catalogue of Unfinished Paintings and Objects by Yoko Ono, an exhibit that was put on at the Indica Gallery in London in 1966. This exhibition would probably have been forgotten had not gallery owner John Dunbar invited a friend, John Lennon, to a preview. Lennon was intrigued by Ms. Ono's work and as they say, the rest is history. £ 875 (US $1,380).

 

Item 17 is a first U.S. edition, and the first in English of Satchmo. My Life in New Orleans. This could only be a biography of Louis Armstrong, leading to the question, if Armstrong's autobiography was not first published in English, in which language did it first appear? His gravelly voice may not always have been clear, but that was definitely English he was speaking. Armstrong's book was originally published in French in 1952, two years before this English language edition. I'm not sure whether Satchmo had to translate his book back into English or if he kept his original manuscript. Armstrong has inscribed this copy to Jeff Atterton, a British jazz journalist. £ 2,500 (US $3,945).

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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