Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2011 Issue

New Material from the Old West from Gene W. Baade

Baade411

Books West and more.

Gene W. Baade Books on the West just sent out their Catalogue 411, this time containing books on the American West and a few more. There are some items relating to the other side of the Mississippi. As Baade notes, most of the items pertain to "the now safe tensions, battles, scams, honest toil, human / natural interaction, & even literature that was daily fare in the Old West." It is better to read about the barrel of a gun then look down it. Here are a few samples from the newest stock being offered in this latest catalogue.

 

Item 117 is a scientific study of one of "the last ofs," The Medical History of Ishi, by Saxton Pope. Ishi was a member of the Yahi, a division of the Yana Indian tribe of California's Sacramento Valley. In the 19th century, the tribe, once several thousand strong, was virtually hunted down by the waves of settlers seeking their own fortunes and better lives. A massacre in 1865 left the tribe with only 30 members remaining, and at this point the survivors took to the hills, disappearing in the forests and rugged terrain, attempting to avoid annihilation. One by one they died off. By 1911, only Ishi, just six years old at the time of the massacre, was left. Finally, all alone, Ishi emerged. When he did, anthropologists took him to the University of California, both to study and protect him. He lived there until the man known as "the last of the wild Indians" died in 1916. This book about his medical history, including a postmortem examination, was published in 1920 and is quite scarce. The widow of the anthropologist most involved with Ishi published an account of Ishi's life some 40 years later that is more commonly found. Priced at $175.

 

Item 59 is a compilation of political speeches given by a most fascinating man, F. Augustus Heinze. Heinze was a New Yorker who went to the School of Mines at Columbia University and then west to find his fortune. He became one of the most noted "copper kings" in the mines of Butte, Montana. Competition was fierce, particularly with Amalgamated (now Anaconda). Heinze was known to bend the rules, hire lots of lawyers, maybe pay a few bribes, whatever was necessary to get ahead. Nonetheless, he was very popular with the miners. Heinze was able to garner political power, and friendly judges, by making himself popular with the workers. He instituted an eight-hour workday while his competitors demanded ten. When others cut wages, Heinze held his steady. Item 59 is Heinze's The Political Situation in Montana 1900-1902, privately printed in Butte in 1902. In it, he takes on Amalgamated and Standard Oil, enormously powerful New York trusts headed by Morgans and Rockefellers. Heinze was not afraid. He would later sell out his Butte mining interests when his opponents finally outmaneuvered him, become a financial operator in New York, return to the mines, and then be forced out of the company by its shareholders. He died in 1914 at the age of 44, likely from the affects of too much drinking. $200.

 

Not sure whether this one pertains to the land west of the Mississippi or east of the Mississippi. In a sense it is both. Item 23 is Riding the Wildman Plains:  The Letters and Diaries of Tom Cole 1923-1943, published in 1993. Cole was a cattleman, drover, horse breaker, buffalo and crocodile hunter. Yes, crocodile hunter, which explains the unexpected location of this tale. Cole was born in England, but migrated to Australia at the age of 17. Along with his exciting activities, Cole wrote several books about Australia and New Guinea. While this book covers the first 20 years that Cole wrote letters back to England after arriving in Australia, he continued to write almost until his death in 1995. This book covers the earlier years of his life in Australia's outback a couple of generations ago. It is a place that made the American West look like populous civilization. $27.50.

 

This was the American West in the days before expansion into the Louisiana Territory moved the boundary westward. Item 104 is the Gogebic Range Directory 1938. Some of you, I'll bet most, don't know where the Gogebic Range is. The answer is that this directory covers Gogebic and parts of surrounding counties. For those still unsure, Gogebic County is the westernmost county in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. The largest city is Ironwood, but it is hardly a metropolis. Not many people live there, despite the beautiful scenery around Lake Superior. Even with its limited population, a rather extensive directory was put together in 1938, and it includes much about its towns, businesses, residents, and government. It also contains numerous local ads. $200.

 

Gene W. Baade Books on the West may be reached at 425-271-6481 or bookwest@q.com. The website is www.booksonthewest.com.

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  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <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>
  • <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.

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