Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2012 Issue

A Selection of Material from Asher Rare Books and the Antiquariaat Forum

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Books taken to the California Fair.

Asher Rare Books and the Antiquariaat Forum recently published A Selection of Autographs, Drawings, Photographs and Printed Books. This was a selection that the Dutch booksellers brought to America for the California Antiquarian Book Fair held last month. Not surprisingly, they brought a large number of works that pertain to America to show an American audience, though they also brought many other types of works as well. We are not so parochial as to be unable to collect anything but our home country! So, we have a nice mix of material, most, in keeping with the booksellers' names, rare and antiquarian. Here are a few of the selections.

Item 55 is Het Britannische ryk in Amerika, the 1721 Dutch translation of John Oldmixon's The British Empire in America. Oldmixon was a historian who wrote about many things British, this one being focused on its possessions in the Americas. The first volume covers the North American continent, while the second focuses on England's possessions in the Caribbean. It contains eight folding maps, covering the colonies from the Carolinas to Nova Scotia, the various islands, and one of North America that still shows California as an island. Priced at $8,000.

Heinrich Zimmermann could be described as a “sooner” though his extensive travels never took him to Oklahoma. Zimmermann signed on to James Cook's third voyage as a regular sailor, serving on the lower deck. Despite his common origins, he was a surprisingly literate man, and he kept notes about the journey which took him to Australia, Hawaii, and the west coast of America among other places. On return, those who accompanied Cook were warned that they could not publish any accounts of the voyage until the official report was released. Zimmermann paid them no mind. He was a German national, out of reach of English authorities. Instead, he published this book, Reise um die Welt, mit Captain Cook, in 1781, three years ahead of the official account. It is uncertain whether Zimmermann's or another book by Rickman was the first published account of Cook's third voyage, both having rushed their books to press. Item 18. $48,000.

Here is another item with a Cook connection. Item 27 is Characteres generum Plantarum... by Georg and Johann Reinhold Forster. When Joseph Banks, naturalist on the first of Cook's voyages, refused to go on the second in a dispute over quarters, the job went to the Forsters, father and son. Offered is a 1776 second edition of their illustrated account of the plants they found. The drawings were provided by the Forsters. $5,750.

Item 70 is a rare pamphlet that would play a role in the early westernization of Hawaii. The title is A narrative of five youth from the Sandwich Islands. It was published in 1816, a time when most English-speaking people still referred to Hawaii as the “Sandwich Islands.” The five youths were brought to New York and Boston to be educated, their being notably ignorant in the tenants of Christianity. Said ignorance of the islanders aroused great concern among the religious of New England, and led to the Hawaiian missionary movement that began in 1819. This movement would profoundly change the culture of a land that only a few decades earlier had been unknown to the West. $4,750.

Item 11 is a collection of four letters between Kiliaen van Rensselaer and Hillegonda van Byler, two from each, written before their marriage in 1616. Van Rensselaer would play an important role in the development of New Netherland, roughly today's New York and New Jersey, though he never lived there. He was a Dutch jeweler, quite successful, who became an early subscriber of the Dutch West India Company. That company was given the task of developing trade with and settlement of the colony in America. It was patterned on the Dutch East India Company, an enormously powerful and successful company operating primarily in today's Indonesia. The West Indies version was not so successful. Trade was never that good, and by the 1670s, the British had run the Dutch colonial government out of America. The company did set up a system known as the patroon system, where large tracts of land were made available under the condition of settlement by the owners. The patroons mostly failed, except for that of van Rensselaer. His land was situated around the current location of Albany, New York, all of which once belonged to him. Even after the Dutch government was driven out, his descendants continued to own most of the land all the way into the 19th century, and many prominent New Yorkers of the time carried the van Rensselaer name (as does the city across the Hudson River from Albany). These van Rensselaers all descended from one of Kiliaen's sons who settled there, as Kiliaen apparently never even visited his colony. $9,500.

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www.forumrarebooks.com. Asher Rare Books may be reached at +31 255 523839 or info@asherbooks.com

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    <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
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    <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.
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    <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.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

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