• <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
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Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2012 Issue

American Pamphlets, Contentious and Otherwise, from Garrett Scott, Bookseller

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Miscellaneous pamphlets from Garrett Scott.

Garrett Scott, Bookseller, has released his 36th catalogue, Miscellaneous Pamphlets. This is a collection of “260 interesting and obscure American pamphlets,” the bulk of which, Scott notes, “impressed me with its inherent contentiousness or combativeness.” Americans are a contentious lot, especially when discussing politics, religion, or just about anything else. We aren't happy if we aren't unhappy with someone. That is not to say that everything here reflects some sort of unpleasantness. There are some positive works as well, but it does seem that complaints are more likely to get us to grab our pens than are positive thoughts. These are a few of the pamphlets offered.

What is even worse than slavery? English spelling. Working all day in the hot sun and being whipped for it is in no way as awful as having to figure out how to spell words like “though.” As Rev. Thomas Goodwin tells us, in a much more appropriate form of spelling, our current form of spelling is “a more formidabl rong than African Slavery ever woz.” Item 95 is Goodwin's The Duty of Literary Men, from an address he gave in 1878 before the alumni of the precursor of today's DePauw University. His printed version of the lecture uses the Spelling Reform Association spellings adopted in 1870. There were many attempts at spelling reform in the 19th century, but as generations of schoolchildren have known ever since, none ever made much headway. Priced at $100.

And what is as bad as opium? Bad literature. So sayeth Bartholomew Moore in An Address Delivered Before the Two Literary Societies of the University of North Carolina, published in 1846. Moore sternly points out, “This species of reading, quickly becomes a passion, creates a dreamy existence, from which the victim awakes with the same restless feelings, as does the confirmed eater of opium; both, alike, find life intolerable without the poison...” Take that, Nora Roberts! Item 244. $150.

Here is something else bad that leads to even worse consequences – bad feet. Item 250 is McComber's Tracks: or, his Impressions of the Human Foot. Joel McComber notes, somewhat wittily, that phrenologists (who supposedly could determine everything about your personality by examining the shape of your head) “have made an elevated mistake.” McComber, who – surprise, surprise – sold shoes, says that applying gentle pressure on the foot “produces the most striking mental and moral demonstration.” “Thus,” he concludes, “an abnormal foot makes an abnormal brain and character.” So, if you have been acting immorally lately, blame it on your feet. $250.

While most 19th century writers wanted to prohibit something, a few fun-loving souls spoke out against prohibition. Item 1 is Anti-Prohibition. Mr. Julius L. Brown Discusses the Prohibition Question from a Legal, Moral, Political and Business Stand Point, and shows that it will not do to put the law in force in Fulton County, published in 1885. As Brown explains, “I am not willing to put a law in force that will affect the most ignorant negro, that does not apply equally to myself...” Those are good sentiments, though I still don't like the way the Georgia lawyer expresses them. He points out if we prohibit alcohol now, who knows what will come next, “say groceries, then furniture, then dress, and so on.” I like the slippery slope argument as much as anyone, but did he really imagine they would next prohibit groceries? Despite Brown's argument, the good folks of Fulton County, home to Atlanta, voted for prohibition anyway, with, as Scott points out, one unintended, though enormously significant side effect. There was a popular French wine being sold at the time that was laced with coca leaves. It had inspired Atlanta druggist John Pemberton to develop “Pemberton's French Wine Coca.” However, prohibition put an end to this lucrative trade, forcing Pemberton to develop a nonalcoholic coca substitute. What he invented as an alternative was a soft drink he named “Coca Cola.” $150.

Those who believe we should be reducing the number of people eligible to vote will appreciate James R. Leib's Thoughts on the Elective Franchise. In this presentation copy from Leib to Benjamin Franklin's grandson Franklin Bache, the U.S. diplomat explains that the right to vote is not an end, but a means of government. The end is the happiness of the people, which can be best achieved by electing the most competent lawmakers. Leib felt this could be best accomplished by raising the voting age to 33. This pamphlet was published in 1839. Wait a minute. Wasn't the average lifespan in 1839 around 33 years? This would be like raising the voting age to 78 today. I think we would have a lot of campaigning about social security if this plan were adopted. Item 209. $175.

Here is an item, gentlemen, you should not give to your wife, or if you do, do so anonymously. It is Joel Hawes' A Looking-Glass for Ladies, or the Formation and Excellence of the Female Character. Hawes, a clergyman, advocated a traditional role for women back in 1845, with skill in domestic affairs paramount to all else. Reminding women that their husband's reputation depended on their domestic skills, he explains, “...that husband is ruined, who does not find his house a respectable, social, neat home; and such a home he will never find it, if his wife is a slattern, or is indolent, and unskilled in domestic affairs.” Hopefully, this book was helpful to slatternly indolent women of the 19th century, though they, like obnoxious men, were probably beyond the reach of reason. Item 256. $50.

Item 140 is Charles Tyrell's Why We Should Bathe Internally: An Exposition of the Value of Intestinal Cleanliness through the use of the FamousJ.B.L. Cascade. 'Nuff said. You know what this is about. You don't want one. J.B.L. stood for “joy, beauty, life,” but an enema is still an enema. Published all too recently – 1927. $75.

We will conclude with some good, intelligent advice, as not every pamphlet writer is crazy. Francis Wayland issued his sermon at the First Baptist Meeting House in Boston in 1825: The Duties of an American Citizen. Noting that the spread of education and cheap newspapers would help spread the cause of liberty, Wayland asks of his congregants, “I would plead with you, instead of engaging in political strife, to put forth your hands to do the work of making your fellow citizens wiser and better. I pray you think less of parties and more of your country; and instead of talking about patriotism, to be indeed patriots.” Wise words, then and now. Amen. Item 58. $40.

Garrett Scott, Bookseller may be reached at 734-741-8605 or garrett@bibliophagist.com. The website is www.bibliophagist.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <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 Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.

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