Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2011 Issue

Fine Press Books and Much More from The Kelmscott Bookshop

Kelmscott6

The sixth catalogue from The Kelmscott Bookshop.

The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books has issued their Catalog 6. The extended title describes it well:  Artists' Books, Private Press, the Pre-Raphaelites, William Morris, Children's Books, Art & Photography, Fine Literature, & More. Not much more we can say by means of description, so let's just take a look at a few items offered within.

 

William Morris was a notable artist and writer of the second half of the 19th century, along with being a devoted socialist. However, he may be more remembered as the founder of perhaps the best known of all private presses, the Kelmscott Press (after which this bookseller is named). He only went into fine press printing during the last five years of his life, but the books published by Kelmscott are all highly desirable. Item 55 is a pre-Kelmscott book by Morris, Signs of Change:  Seven Lectures Delivered on Various Occasions, published in 1888. The lectures were on Morris' favorite political issue - socialism. What is particularly interesting about this copy is Morris' inscription - "Georgie from WM." Morris married Jane Burden in 1859, and they remained married until he died in 1896, but for most of those years it was an unhappy marriage. Georgie was Georgiana Burne-Jones, wife of artist and business partner Edward Burne-Jones. Both were in unhappy marriages, so they provided each other with needed comfort and support. Priced at $9,700.

 

Item 90 is a bound run of The Loiterer, A Periodical Work. Brothers James and Henry Austen had published 60 issues of this periodical from 1789-90 while at Oxford. It consisted of whatever the Austen brothers felt like writing about at the time. After publication ceased, James had the issues bound into volumes and published a few of these. This, however, is the Dublin edition, which is believed to have been pirated. The Austen brothers are not that well remembered, but their younger sister, Jane Austen, is well known for her writing. While it has not been substantiated, Kelmscott notes that many believe an anonymous letter in issue #9, attributed to "Sophia Sentiment," was written by their then 13-year-old sister. The letter chides them for picking the "stupidest" subjects and asks for "sentimental stories about love and honor and all that." $4,000.

 

A.A. Milne will forever be associated with Winnie-the-Pooh and that series of children's books, but he wrote some serious works too. Item 105 is Milne's Peace With Honour:  An Enquiry into the War Convention, published in 1934. Milne had served in the First World War and came away thinking that war really wasn't a good idea. Offered is a 1935 fourth edition with a handwritten poem by Milne, more the whimsical Milne of his children's stories than the serious author of this war and peace tract. Writes Milne to his friend, playwright and poet John Drinkwater,

 

"I remember, I remember,

The road where I was born.

The bicycle I fell off,

The stockings that were torn.

Ah, little did I think then

That road would come to be

The home of two such famous men

As you - dear John - and me."

 

$450.

 

Item 15 is Nikki Thomson's Collapse, published in 2007 by the Deconstructed Artichoke Press. I guess if you deconstruct an artichoke it collapses. It contains poems the author has described as being about "architecture and love gone bad." The deep-red paper, cover and tie-string of this accordion-style foldout book are meant to show heartbreak. This is number 11 of a limited edition of 20 copies. $250.

 

Item 21 is another accordion book, Party Dress. Artist Catherine Michaelis has created eight cutout dresses, even with the paper tabs to attach them to a paper doll (we don't recommend you actually cut them out). The text is about the artist's mother's pre-party rituals. Published in 25 copies in 2004 by May Day Press. $200.

 

Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books may be reached at 410-235-6810 or info@kelmscottbookshop.com. Their website is www.kelmscottbookshop.com.

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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