Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2011 Issue

Rare and Colorful Books from the Arader Galleries

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Some books for springtime.

The Arader Galleries is offering A Selection of Rare Books Spring 2011. There is a touch of spring in the works presented. Many of the items are color-plate books of flowering plants and birds, a sure sign that spring is coming. Others can be a bit darker, such as one of the more brutally honest looks at slavery by a Dutchman hired to help put down a slave rebellion. His account played an important role in turning public opinion against the awful practice. You will also find some major travel books in this catalogue from the Age of Exploration. Perhaps these too can be looked at as springtime books as they also represent new beginnings. The Arader Galleries are known for offering works of art as well as text, so books they offer usually come with illustrations that are bordering on works of art themselves. Here are some samples of the books offered by the Arader Galleries.

 

If bright colors and birds are a sure sign of spring, what could better combine these than a book about parrots? Actually, this one is about lories, which author St. George Jackson Mivart describes as "a very attractive group of small birds." Lories are colorful members of the parrot family that inhabit Australia and various South Pacific islands and parts of southeast Asia. Mivart's book is entitled A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-Tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae, published in 1896. It contains 61 hand-colored lithographs by the noted illustrator of birds Johann Keulemans. Keulemans' talent at creating scientifically accurate depictions of birds resulted in his illustrations being used in many ornithological works during the latter part of the 19th century. Author Mivart was an important biologist of the time, a man whose attempts to reconcile Darwin's theory of natural selection with his own Catholic faith ended up leading to major schisms with both. Priced at $24,000.

 

A list of the most important voyages of discovery would certainly include the three of Capt. James Cook. The first voyage was undertaken primarily to view the transit of Venus, which would help scientists discover the distance of the sun from the Earth. However, many more discoveries were made along the way, including the first mapping of the entire coast of New Zealand. The second voyage was perhaps the most important as Cook disproved the commonly held belief that there was a massive continent to the south. Cook sailed deeply into waters where such a continent was supposed to exist. The third voyage took Cook to the west coast of North America as well as discovering Hawaii. Part of the aim was to find a northwest passage. While that goal proved elusive, much was learned about the area from today's Pacific Northwest through Alaska. The Arader Galleries is offering a complete set of the official accounts of all three voyages, in first editions, ranging from 1773-1784. There are a total of ten volumes, eight of text plus two atlases. $74,000.

 

Next is an 1813 second edition (after the first of 1796) of one of the most influential depictions of slavery in the New World, John Stedman's Narrative of a five years' expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam… Stedman, deeply in debt after the death of his father, signed on with Dutch forces to put down a slave rebellion in Surinam. This book is his account of the five years he spent there. It covers much about the land in great detail, including the operations of society, his interactions with various social classes from slaves up to the Governor, and the flora and fauna of the countryside. However, it was his account of slavery that gathered most of the attention. Stedman filled his role in helping to put down the rebellion, and was not an abolitionist, seeing slavery as something of a necessity. Nonetheless, he was horrified by the treatment of the slaves, which he vividly describes, including the brutality and torture used against them. His account, plus the illustrations of torture scenes he provided, would have a strong impact on people back in Europe, many of whom would see in this a call to put an end to slavery. There are 81 plates and maps in the book, including 16 of the finest engravings created by William Blake. $6,400.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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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