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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2011 Issue

James Cummins Bookseller Offers a Miscellany

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The latest miscellany from James Cummins Bookseller.

James Cummins Bookseller has issued Catalogue 107 Fall Miscellany. We are a bit late for fall, but bookseller catalogues are generally intended to last for a long while, so this is acceptable. A few months late isn't too bad for books that can be centuries old. Cummins offers a varied collection, including books, manuscripts, and ephemera, and this is top tier material. It's worth the wait.

 

For those with the largest budgets, and this first item is not typical of the prices here, there is one of the most important books for the founding of that new nation, the United States of America. The year was 1788, and three of America's Founding Fathers wanted to convince their countrymen to adopt the new constitution their representatives had hammered out in Philadelphia. So, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay began publishing a series of essays to make their point. They were published anonymously, and although we now know who the authors were, there is still some uncertainty as to who wrote each essay (though we can make an educated guess based on styles). These essays were compiled and published in two volumes, and as you probably know, the book was given the name The Federalist. Its influence on the public was likely critical in the adoption of the republican form of government America enjoys today. Item 80. Priced at $195,000.

 

A few years later, a neighbor to the south drew up its first constitution too. Item 83 is Constitucion federal de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos… published in 1824. These were the other United States, the United States of Mexico, and they had just won their independence from Spain. This was their first constitution, and thereby the first independent constitution for today's American Southwest, including the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, then part of Mexico. $6,500.

 

A century-plus later, it would be time for an amendment to the American constitution. Item 23 is an inscribed copy of Woman Suffrage by Federal Constitutional Amendment, by Carrie Chapman Catt. Ms. Catt had succeeded Susan B. Anthony as head of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. This was published in 1917, and women's long battle for equal rights at the polling place was finally nearing its end. Three years later, victory was at long last achieved. This copy is inscribed by Ms. Catt to New York Congressman Frederick C. Hicks. Hicks left his wife's deathbed, at her insistence, to cast a crucial vote in Congress for the amendment. Naturally, his was a vote in favor, but had he voted the other way, the amendment would have fallen short of the two-thirds vote necessary for adoption. $2,500.

 

Eleanore Roosevelt was certainly a supporter of women's rights too, yet her answer to whether a woman could become President is perhaps a bit more cautious than one might expect. Item 99 is a signed carbon typescript of an article she wrote for Cosmopolitan around 1936. Pointing to the classic difference between the words "can" and "may," Mrs. Roosevelt writes that, "a woman can be elected President, in all probability some time a woman will be, but she MAY not, in my opinion, be elected at the present time, or in the near future." Fair enough, as 74 years later this has still not come to pass, but she seems to discourage the idea, saying that a vast majority of women are not quite objective enough in their work or impersonal enough in their contacts. She sees no reason to push women into a role untenable for them due to prejudice. The need for a President who can lead a spiritual, moral, and mental reawakening is so great she did not feel it wise to add the complication of a change of sex to the office of president. $5,000.

 

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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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