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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2011 Issue

Travel, History, and More from Helen R. Kahn and Associates

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Catalogue 81 from Helen R. Kahn.

Helen R. Kahn and Associates have issued their Catalogue 81 - Voyages & Travel, History & Natural History, Religion & Politics. While the majority of items have a connection to the Americas, there are works related to Europe and Asia to be found here as well. There are books that range from the 17th century to the 20th, though most fall in the 18th or 19th. Many are pioneering works of exploration and discovery - geographical, anthropological, and scientific. There are also political disputes, theological beliefs, and more pertaining to a time long ago. Here are some examples of what can be found in Helen Kahn's latest catalogue.

 

Item 68 is one of the most thorough early looks at some of the American Indians, particularly the Iroquois tribes. Author Joseph Francois Lafitau was a Jesuit missionary who spent six years in Canada from 1712-1718. After returning to France, the Jesuits did not send him back to Canada, though his services were requested as a result of his great familiarity with the Indians and their language. Instead, Lafitau wrote about what he knew, a detailed account of the customs, religion, etc., of the natives. His book, Moeurs des Sauvages Ameriquains… was published in 1724. Lafitau also had an interesting theory. Based on comparisons of personal features and customs of the Indians, he concluded they had descended from the Tartars of Central Asia. Most amateur anthropologists of this time and even much later tried to trace the Indians to the Lost Tribes of Israel, but Lafitau's conclusion is consistent with today's beliefs of the Indians' origin, crossing over from Asia on an Ice Age land bridge. Priced at $9,000.

 

Item 14 is the first English language edition of A Voyage round the World, by Lewis (Louis-Antoine) de Bougainville. Bougainville traveled from 1766-1769, first delivering possession of the Falkland Islands to Spain, as required by treaty, and sailing across the Pacific, visiting various islands on the way. He brought back information about their natives that spurred the belief in the "noble savage," noble though uneducated people who lived idealistic lives. When he made it home, Bougainville had accomplished the first circumnavigation by a French captain. $8,250.

 

Item 32 is a Supplement au Voyage de M. de Bougainville…Fait par MM Banks & Solander, Anglois, en 1768…1771. Despite the title, this is not really a supplement to Bougainville's voyage. That title was probably used to extract greater interest among French readers. It is actually a translation of the unauthorized account of James Cook's first voyage that is generally attributed to James Magra. The Monsieurs Banks and Solander named in the title were the naturalists on Cook's first voyage. $1,750.

 

Here is another supposed translation from English to French, but this one is a fake. The title is Le Patriote Anglois… or the patriotic Englishman. This "patriotic Englishman" opposed England during the Seven Years' War and supported the righteousness of the French cause. The problem is that there was no such Englishman. The book was a piece of French propaganda, pretended to come from an English politician to make it sound more objective. Much of this book relates to the war in America, where it was referred to as the French and Indian War. Item 70, published in 1756. $2,750.

 

Item 108 is another one of those beating-the-gun accounts, but of a far less pleasant journey than that of Captain Cook. Pascoe Thomas traveled to South America with George Anson in 1740. The aim was to harass Spanish shipping along the west coast of South America. Anson had little success in this goal, and the journey was a total disaster for most of his men. Not for Anson, however, who emerged a wealthy man. All but one of Anson's six ships either sank or was forced to return before rounding the horn. Over two-thirds of his men died, most of scurvy, and some went through harrowing survival journeys back to civilization after their ships sank. On his way home, Anson lucked on a ship loaded with Spanish treasure, which he pirated, returning an enormously wealthy man. Thomas was fortunate enough to be on Anson's personal ship, so he, too, made it home alive. While on the journey, Thomas kept a detailed daily journal, which is the basis of his book, A True and Impartial Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas, and Round the Globe, In His Majesty's Ship the Centurian, Under the Command of Commodore George Anson. It was published in 1745, three years ahead of Anson's own account. $2,150.

 

Item 57 reminds us too much of things going on today:  The Third Afghan War 1919 Official Report. As the number implies, this was not the first time the British found themselves battling Afghanistan and its varying tribes and unfriendly terrain. In this case, Afghanistan attacked British India in May of 1919. Why is unclear, though internal political considerations were evidently important. Two months later, the war came to an end, technically a British victory as they beat back the Afghans and maintained the border. However, the British and their Indian allies suffered more casualties, and Afghanistan emerged fully independent, not beholden to British influence. $225.

 

Helen R. Kahn and Associates may be reached at 514-844-5344 or hrk@hrkahnbooks.com. The website is www.hrkahnbooks.com.

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  • <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600
  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <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>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.
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    <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <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: 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
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    <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

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