Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2011 Issue

Winter Sale Offered by David Schulson Autographs

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A winter sale from David Schulson Autographs.

David Schulson Autographs has released their Winter Sale Catalog 2011. We would encourage those who collect autographed material to get a hold of this catalogue quickly as winter is almost over, and the discounts will be ending soon. Every price listed here is 40% off previously listed prices, but the discounts are scheduled to expire shortly. The autographed items all come from people of importance in their fields. Many are scientists, artists, writers and composers, along with some from the political and military worlds, religion, medicine, acting, and various other fields. Here are just a few samples of the material to be found in this discounted catalogue.

 

Item 14 is a letter from John Burroughs, one of America's most noted conservationists and writers, dated June 11, 1914. It was written to Madeline Edison, Thomas Edison's daughter, evidently in response to a wedding invitation. Burroughs was unable to attend. "I wish I were to attend your wedding and see that lucky young man carry off such a prize. But I shall have to deny myself." Burroughs was a friend of Miss Edison's inventor father. A few years later, Burroughs and Edison, along with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone would take a road trip through the Appalachian Mountains, the conservationist Burroughs seemingly an odd fit with the three industrialists, but they were all great friends. Madeline probably appreciated this kind note from her father's friend since her parents were less than pleased with her marrying John Eyre Sloan, not the industrialist they preferred and a Catholic to boot. Still, of Edison's six children, all four of his grandchildren were the offspring of John and Madeline Sloan. Sale priced at $225.

 

You might expect something edgy in the writing of General George Patton. He was not a man of reserved emotions or speech. Nonetheless, what we have here is a paper Patton wrote about the Sargasso Sea, that dead area in the North Atlantic Ocean, home to a lot of seaweed but not much else. Surrounding ocean currents keep this area relatively motionless. Writes Patton, "The Sargasso Sea is one of the unexplored mysteries of the world. Though discovered as soon as North America no one has ever yet explained its unfathomable depths for the weed is so thick that niether [sic] stream nor sail can find its way to the center..." Patton can be forgiven the spelling mistakes, and the un-Pattonlike flatness of the essay. "Old Blood and Guts" was just 13 years old, writing an essay for school at the time (1899). His teacher has kindly corrected some of his mistakes. $2,310.

 

Item 38 displays some of the early difficulties Charles Guiteau was experiencing in life. In 1868, when he wrote this letter to his brother-in-law, Guiteau was suffering from financial difficulties. His advertising business was not going well. Guiteau attempted to get some money from the Oneida Community, for spreading God's message on their behalf in earlier years, but the Community declined his entreaties. Even by this time members of the community saw Guiteau as something of a nutcase. After describing his financial problems, Guiteau continues, "I should be glad to continue my law studies in your office. I had rather study with you than any one else." Guiteau would then move to Chicago and obtain a law license, but did not do well as a lawyer. He would return to religion and then move on to politics. He wrote and gave a speech supporting the candidacy of James Garfield for President, and when Garfield won, he believed he was largely responsible. Guiteau figured he deserved an ambassadorship or some such office in return, but none was forthcoming. Spurned by the President and his cabinet, Guiteau assassinated President Garfield on July 2, 1881. A year later, he was hanged for his crime. $1,200.

 

Item 6 is something of a surprising signed quotation from Maximilian Berlitz, the turn of the century language teacher who founded the very successful Berlitz language schools. One would expect an educator to focus on the value of education, but it sounds like Mr. Berlitz believed it was useless to educate people without strong native intelligence. He writes, "Education is a very poor substitute for intelligence. An educated donkey is still a donkey. The promiscuous [sic] over education of the masses has done more harm than good, making turbulent parasites out of elements that would have been useful laborers and farmers." He does have something of a point there, though I would still argue that an educated donkey is better than a dumb ass. $1,470.

 

David Schulson Autographs may be reached at 973-379-3800 or info@schulsonautographs.com. Their website is www.schulsonautographs.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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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