Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2011 Issue

Rare Books, Atlases, Manuscripts, Etc. from Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books

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Books, atlases, manuscripts and more.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books have offered a catalogue of Rare and Important Atlases, Autographs, Books, Drawings and Manuscripts. We are a little behind in receiving this catalogue from the Netherlands, but that only serves to make the antiquarian works a few months older. Offered is a variety of material hard to pigeonhole, but certainly an interesting mix of significant material. Despite the location of the booksellers, there is material appropriate for not only European collections, but those of America, both north and south, Australia, and there are a few items from the Orient. Now, here are some samples from this catalogue.

 

Item 15 presents a look at Louisiana shortly before the Louisiana Purchase: Vue de la Colonie Espagnole du Mississipi, ou des Provinces de Louisiane et Floride Occidentale, En l'annee 1802. The work has been attributed to Pierre Louis Berquin-Duvallon, about whom not much is known. He had been a planter in Santo Domingo who was forced to flee during the Haitian slave revolt. He went to Baltimore, and then on to New Orleans, still a Spanish possession at the time. He stayed there from 1799-1802, a year before the Purchase. Streeter describes the work as "an entertaining and gossipy first-hand picture of life in New Orleans." However, the author also describes the natural features and commerce of Louisiana and West Florida, and included two maps, one that shows the Mississippi and goes as far north as the Great Lakes. Priced at 3,950 (euros, or about $5,657 in U.S. currency).

 

Item 54 was a massive, 20-year undertaking, the greatest of encyclopedias - Denis Diderot's great Encyclopedie. While Diderot provided much of the material for this work of science, arts and letters, he called on many of the great names of 18th century France to contribute sections. It contains 71,818 entries from more than 200 great minds of the era. There are over 22,000 pages, 2,796 engraved plates. This set includes the Supplement and Analytic Tables. While primarily an accounting of then modern civilization, the democratic ideals espoused by the Encyclopedie would prove to be an inspiration for the later French Revolution. €75,000 (US $106,259).

 

By the time this book was published in 1806, Sweden's glory years as a military leader were almost a century past, but at one time, the now peaceful Scandinavian nation was a major European military power. Item 217 is a book of engravings by Anders Skjoldebrand of century and one-half year old drawings and paintings by Count Erik Dahlberg and Johann Lembke from Sweden's war in 1655-58 against Poland and Denmark, under the leadership of King Charles X Gustav. The war was something of a standoff, though Sweden had to match up against several nations and their allies. The Swedish were incessantly at war at the time, much like the British and French, and frequently expanded their holdings to neighboring lands. It would not be until the early 18th century that Peter the Great would defeat the Swedes and permanently remove them from the list of major military powers. €5,500 (US $7,825).

There was great inhumanity by man towards man centuries ago, even more than there is today. Yet always, there were voices that spoke out, against the odds, for standards that would one day come to be expected. Item 182 is Two Voyages to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, with a description of the present condition of that interesting colony: including facts and observations relative to the state and management of convicts of both sexes. Author Thomas Reid served as the surgeon on two British "transportation" voyages to Australia. At the turn of the 19th century, England was shipping many convicts off to Australia as a way to be rid of them. Conditions on the ships were abominable, and life not all that much better after they arrived in the new colony. Reid traveled on two transportations, one for men, one for women, and wrote about the deplorable conditions the convicts were forced to endure. His book was published in 1822. €1,250 (US $1,755).

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 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.
  • <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

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