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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2012 Issue

A Variety of Material from Peter Harrington

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The 81st catalogue from Peter Harrington.

We are slightly behind on Peter Harrington's Catalogue 81, it having been issued for Christmas 2011. Nevertheless, booksellers' catalogues are intended for many months of use, and the material herein offered is good any time of the year. Harrington offers a range of material, from pure fiction and children's stories, to that of a most factual and serious nature. There is something here for everyone, at least for those who collect on a high level. Here are a few samples.

This may be a quintessentially American book, but the first edition was printed in England. Mark Twain had his best known titles first printed on the other side of the Atlantic. He did so to secure English copyrights, plus his works were well appreciated in the old country. Item 33 is a first edition, published in London in June of 1876, of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The first American edition of this tale of youth along the Mississippi would not be released until December of that year. Priced at £25,000 (British pounds, or about $38,373 in U.S. Dollars).

There are but a handful of books that compete for the most important of scientific texts. Here is one of them. Item 101 is a first English edition of Isaac Newton's The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. This is the work best known by its Latin title – Principia. The first English edition was published in 1729, two years after Newton's death. Ironically, though Newton was an Englishman, it had to be translated to English by Andrew Motte. Newton wrote it in Latin. Copernicus and Galileo had before Newton revealed some of the greatest mysteries of the universe, notably that the sun, not the Earth, was the center of the solar system. It was Newton who was able to provide the why, explaining the immutable laws of nature that governed bodies, on Earth and in the sky. £50,000 (US $76,747).

Winston Churchill, along with being one of the greatest statesmen and leaders ever known, was a prolific writer. His histories of the Second World War and of English civilization are among the best written on the topics. However, he started writing much earlier. Item 25 is a first edition, second state, of Churchill's first book, published in 1898: The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Churchill was stationed in India at the time, and he volunteered to serve on this mission to punish some tribes that had been conducting raids. Churchill talks of the brutality of these tribal people, unaware that in time he would have to deal with a far greater level of brutality at home in Europe. £5,000 (US $7,674).

Item 146 is a set of The Life of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort, by Theodore Martin. It is a tribute to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who died at the age of 42. She lived another 40 years, all in grieving for the loss of the love of her life. This is a mixed set by edition, as is often the case, but is notable for its inscription. It comes from the Queen herself, to General Sir Evelyn Wood. It was made “In recollection of his Visit to Osborne after his return from South Africa whither he accompanied the Empress Eugenie to the fatal spot where her brave son fell with his face to the foe.” It is dated 1881. Eugenie was the widow of Napoleon III, who had been run into exile in England by the French in 1870. Napoleon III and Eugenie had only one son, and he was killed in 1879 in the Zulu wars. Eugenie grieved mightily, finally embarking on a visit to the spot where he fell, accompanied by General Wood, recipient of this inscription. Victoria, who grieved the loss of her husband so intensely, obviously could feel the pain Eugenie experienced. £4,000 (US $6,138).

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  • <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
  • <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>

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