Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2004 Issue

Literary Classics from<br>James Cummins Bookseller

R6b

Little Caesar was one of the first of its genre.


There are a couple of "Alice" items available. The first is a pair, a second edition (first English from London) of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, along with a first edition of Through the Looking Glass. Item 29. $9,500. Item 30 is a Limited Editions club set from 1932. Each copy in this pair was signed by "Alice" herself, Alice Hargreaves (ne Alice Liddell). Liddell was a young girl when she encouraged Professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) to tell her and her sisters stories, stories which grew into two books with "Alice" as the lead. In her later years, Mrs. Hargreaves signed these sets to help pay the bills. $6,000.

Next is another, more recent children's classic, Charlotte's Web. Who would think to make a spider the star of a children's book? The answer is E.B. White, and this is a 1952 first edition of this book, complete with dust jacket. Item 74. $1,500.

In 1963, on a cross-country trip, I briefly stopped by Cheyenne, Wyoming. Unfortunately, I left Cheyenne without picking up a copy of Leaving Cheyenne, written by Larry McMurtry and published in that very same year. Big Mistake. Here is a first edition that still has its price tag: $4.95. Today's price is $2,500. Item 88.

Next is a series everyone knows, the four "Rabbit" books by John Updike: Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit is Rich; Rabbit at Rest. The first, from 1960, has some light wear and creasing in the dust jacket, while the others, dated 1971, 1981, and 1990 are in fine condition with fine dust jackets. Who knows what they will be worth when they hit the century mark, but if you buy these for your grandchildren today, they will one day be very appreciative. Item 113. $1,500.

Item 44 isn't something to add to your collection. It is a collection. This is 25 first editions by or about Nathaniel Hawthorne. It starts with Twice-Told Tales from 1837 and runs through a 1902 biography. Along the way are classics such as The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables. There's even the less well-remembered The Life of Franklin Pierce. Then again, Pierce is not so well remembered himself. Hawthorne is. $17,500.

Finally, here is a book better remembered for its movie. It became the granddaddy of gangster flicks. The author is W.R. Burnett. The book is Little Caesar. The movie launched the career of Edward G. Robinson as the quintessential tough guy. Of course, the gangster movie would become a staple of American film, witness successors such as The Godfather. Burnett's book was published in 1929, a year before the big screen adaptation. Item 8. $8,500.

James Cummins Bookseller is located on the web at www.jamescummingsbookseller.com, and may be reached by phone at 212-688-6441.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.

Review Search

Archived Reviews

Ask Questions