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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2011 Issue

Texas and the American West from Kenston Rare Books

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Books from Texas and the West from Kenston Rare Books.

Kenston Rare Books has issued their catalogue for Summer 2011. It comes with the subtitle, Fine Books on Texas and the American West. This is predominately a catalogue of Texiana, yet other areas of the American West are well represented. We find books going as far east as Florida (who knew Florida was cattle country?), west as California, and north all the way to Canada. While the geography is wider than Texas, the topics, from cowboys and cows to gunfighters and lawmen, are quintessentially Texan. Here are a few of the items that you will find.

 

There were a couple of ill-fated attempts to start a community of Frenchmen in Texas. Item 267 is a tale of one of those accounts:  The Story of Champs d'Asile as Told by Two of the Colonists… This first edition in English was edited by Fannie Ratchford and published by The Book Club of Texas in 1937. Something in the area of a couple of hundred officers and others who had served Napoleon attempted to settle along the Trinity River in 1818. They built a fort, and planned to do some farming to make a living. The Spanish, still in control of Mexico (including Texas) at the time were not amused to see a French settlement on their land. They marched toward the Frenchmen's fort, and figuring they would be seriously outnumbered, the French decided they best move on, and quickly. They hightailed it back to Galveston, from which they sailed back to Louisiana with help from the French pirate Jean Laffite. Priced at $225.

 

The French refugees came to Texas a little too soon. Had they waited a little over a century longer, they could have attended the Gainesville Community Circus, much more pleasant than dealing with angry Spaniards. Item 108 is Gainesville Community Circus Magazine and Daily Review - the Only Show of its Kind in the World! This 1941 publication (pictured on the catalogue's cover) describes this unusual community circus put on by the good folks of Gainesville, Texas, near the Oklahoma border. The circus began in 1930 when the Gainesville Little Theater, in debt and needing to find a source of funds, decided to try putting on a circus. It was an immediate success. Indeed, it was so successful that the show hit the road. It performed around the country, despite the fact that all of its performers were unpaid amateurs from the tiny North Texas community. The circus garnered great attention and admiration through the 1930s and 1940s, but after a bad fire, the death of its founder, and popularity of a new invention called TV, the circus was forced to wind down, and closed in the late 1950s. $85.

 

Gainesville wasn't always such a fun and happy place. Item 20 is The Great Hanging at Gainesville, the Texas State Historical Association's 1961 reprint of a book by Thomas Barrett first published in 1885. The Great Hanging was a truly ugly affair. Confederate authorities believed Union sympathizers in North Texas were planning an attack, and proceeded to round up dozens of locals they thought were involved. Many, if not most, were not, but it didn't matter. Trials, featuring a majority of slave owners on the jury, were conducted, and sentences carried out swiftly. Forty men were hanged, two others shot trying to escape. The affair proved to be an embarrassment for Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy, who were trying to paint the Union as brutal. The author of this book, Thomas Barrett, was one of the jurors, and he maintained the jurors were a reasonable bunch and that, but for his influence, many more would have been executed. $85.

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  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <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
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <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
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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.
    <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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