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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2011 Issue

Maritime Works from the Ten Pound Island Book Company

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A maritime list from Ten Pound Island.

The Ten Pound Island Book Company has published their Maritime List 207. Old, Rare & Exquisite. That title tells the story of what can be found within its pages. These are old and rare books about the sea, boats, sailors, admirals, voyages, and such. Be prepared to get your gills wet as we take a look at a few of the books offered within the pages of this latest list.

There have been few voyages as remarkable, or as well known, even after more than two centuries, than the one retold here: A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty. Captain William Bligh and his crew were on a rather pedestrian mission, to transport breadfruit trees from Tahiti to the Caribbean. The plan was that this would provide a cheap source of food for the slaves. However, a little ways out of Tahiti, Bligh was in for a major surprise. Part of his crew mutinied. Bligh, and some loyal crewmen, were forced into a longboat, and probable death at sea. History has not always been kind to Bligh, though he was not the tyrant some depicted the man. He was more pompous than cruel. On this occasion, Bligh rose to unimaginable heights. Instead of disappearing into the sea, he led his men on an incredible 3,500-mile journey to rescue in Batavia in this small boat, even charting some of the northern coast of Australia along the way. When Bligh made it back to England, he felt compelled to quickly recount his tale so that authorities would know who were the good guys and who were the bad. Two years later, he wrote a more extended version of this tale, but this book, published in 1790, is the first account. Item 7. Priced at $15,000.

Item 47 is a copy of the 1718 edition of Woodes Rogers' A Cruising Voyage Round the World...Containing an Account of Alexander Selkirk's Living Alone... Rogers was a privateer, a polite word for pirate, who cruised the coast of South America, stealing from Spanish ships. The pilot for this voyage was another noted privateer, William Dampier. This work is considered a “buccaneering classic,” though the most interesting part relates to the rescue of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk had wisely asked off of a ship of dubious seaworthiness years earlier on deserted Juan Fernandes Island. He was expecting another ship to come by shortly, but it was almost five years until Rogers arrived and rescued him. Selkirk's name may not be that well known today, but he was the inspiration for the well-known fictional character of Robinson Crusoe. $3,500.

Item 58 pertains to a case from a time when failure at sea was treated far more harshly than it is today: An Appeal to the People: Containing the Genuine Entire Letter of Admiral Byng... along with Further Particulars in Relation to the Case of Admiral Byng, both from 1756. Admiral John Byng rose in the British military without seeing much action, but he came with a fine pedigree. His father had been an admiral. During the early years of the Seven Years War, he was sent out with a fleet to defend the British island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean Sea, from the French. The French were in the process of seizing the outpost, and were perhaps better equipped than Byng's British forces. Byng engaged the French, but after indecisive results, retreated for repairs and reinforcements, rather than pursuing the French. Unfortunately for Byng, regulations at the time called for pursuit regardless of perceived difficulties, and the penalty for not pursuing was death. Byng was placed on trial and convicted. Despite Byng's high standing, and friends who called for a pardon, Byng was made into an example, and executed for his “crime.” $750.

Item 30 is a manuscript Journal Kept by George Barnes Aboard HMS Terrible, Off Sevastopol Between July 17th and December 6th 1854. Barnes served on board during the Crimean War, and part of his journal is an account of one of the more infamous chapters in British military history. This incident would become very famous as a result of Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. There was a miscommunication of orders, resulting in the Light Brigade being sent on a suicide mission. The men attacked bravely, but futilely, and many died in a clearly doomed mission. $5,000.

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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