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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2011 Issue

Children's Books from Aleph-Bet Books

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Children's books from Aleph-Bet.

Aleph-Bet Books has published their Catalogue 97 of Children's Books & Illustrated Books. With very few exceptions, most of the material qualifies as both - illustrated children's books. There is not much that can compare to the whimsy and fantasy to be found in these titles. There is an innocence to youth that draws us back to the simple joys of childhood. That is not to say all of these books are innocent. Some carry political and social messages that, at times, can be downright ugly. After all, they were written by adults. Still, the bulk is no more weighty than Peter Rabbit or the Cat in the Hat. Sure, there may be a message about disobedience and theft in Peter's story, but it is hardly the heavy-handed approach we get in the news. These books are fun, which is why they appeal to us to this day. Here are a few samples of the 600 books being offered.

 

Item 57 is a first/first of a second. That needs clarification. It is a first edition, first issue of the second Oz book, The Marvelous Land of Oz, published in 1904. In some ways, it might be the most important of the Oz books. Author L. Frank Baum scored a major success with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. However, that was a one-time success. It was not clear where Baum would go from there. Indeed, he would follow up with a couple of non-Oz books. What this second Oz book revealed was that the Wizard was not a one-hit wonder, but a series that could be continued indefinitely. Baum would go on to write 12 more Oz books after this sequel, and others, notably Ruth Plumbly Thompson, would continue the series at least until the 1960s, a minimum of 40 titles. More continue today though there is debate as to whether these titles are "canonical." The Marvelous Land of Oz was the first of the Oz books illustrated by John R. Neill, who would illustrate 35 of the main 40 books, and write three of them in the 1940s. Priced at $15,000.

 

Item 59 is the last of Baum's Oz Books, Glinda of Oz. Glinda, of course, was the good witch among the bad. This is also a first edition, first state of the 14th book in the Oz series. It was published in 1920, the year after Baum died. $1,250.

 

Speaking of first editions, here is a first edition of Winnie the Pooh that probably most Pooh collectors do not have. It is Winnie-The-Pooh in one volume, published in 1934. While it contains the Pooh text, this edition is missing the classic illustrations by Ernest Shepard. There is good reason. This is the first edition of the Pooh stories in Braille. $1,850.

 

Item 18 is an odd alphabet book. It is Mother Goose up to date, published circa 1905 by the Glauss Shear Company. It was designed to promote the company's scissors, razor blades, and other such things you would like your children to play with. The letters are introduced though rhymes. For example, for the letter "N":  Needles and pins, / Needles and pins. / When a man marries / his trouble begins. / Needles and pins / and a pair of Glauss shears / All of his trouble / at once disappears. The rhyme does not make clear exactly how the husband is to use his Glauss shears to make the troublesome wife disappear. Item 18. $300.

 

Here is a book that might have made use of a set of Glauss shears:  Heads, Bodies & Legs. This is "slice book," in which those parts of the human anatomy can be separated from each other. The authors of this 1946 title were Denis Wirth-Miller and the appropriately named Richard Chopping. Actually, this book is not quite so gruesome as it sounds. It is one of those books where the pages are cut into three sections, enabling the head from one picture to be lined up with the body of a second picture and the legs from a third. It's all good fun. Item 368. $300.

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    <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
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    <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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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
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  • <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.

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