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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>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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