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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2012 Issue

A New Miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller

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A New Miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole.

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, has issued a New Miscellany #33. Karmiole’s catalogues truly are miscellanies, the material so varied it is hard to describe. There are ancient Latin treatises, often translations from Greek and Roman times, travel books, Americana, several California items from the Zamorano 80, medical books, children’s books, fine press books… The list goes on. All we can do is provide a few samples, with the understanding that they are in no way representative of the wide variety of material you will find in this catalogue.

Item 41 is Erasmus Darwin’s The Temple of Nature: or, the Origin of Society. Those Darwins were always writing about the origin of something! Erasmus was Charles Darwin’s grandfather, a great botanist and scientist in his own right. At times, he wrote his scientific observations in the form of poems, as is the case with this, his last work. It was published in 1803, the year after he died. Erasmus Darwin was an evolutionist long before his grandson. He is not credited for the discovery as, unlike Charles, he never figured out the mechanism, though he recognized that organisms were evolving into new forms. This poem (which, despite its title, is not about “social Darwinism”) shows how life emerges in more advanced forms, culminating in man. $850.

A century before Erasmus Darwin there was another great botanist in England by the name of John Ray. Ray based his ideas on empirical observations, somewhat obvious now, but original in his era when rationalists believed things could be better understood through intellectual reasoning. Ray is particularly noted for coming up with a solid definition for species, concluding that differences between individuals from the same seed were not different species, while the similarities regularly present were characteristics of a species. He was essentially correct, although evolutionary theory would later establish that gradual changes between plant/animal and offspring could eventually lead to new species. Item 98 is a copy of the second and enlarged edition (1692) of Ray’s The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation. $600.

Item 69 is an early work from the preeminent economist of the 20th century, John Maynard Keynes. Keynes would argue during the Depression for government borrowing, in effect priming the economy when no one else was spending. We hear both sides of his argument again today. While he was engaged in economics from the time he entered college, Keynes also wrote about probability theory. Item 69 is his a Treatise on Probability, published in 1921. $600.

Item 6 is one of those Zamorano 80 numbers, number 14 to be exact. It is titled California and New Mexico. Message from the President of the United States… That President was Zachary Taylor, though he had died before this was published in 1850. It is a thorough account of these territories/states in the period of 1847-50, the time of the Mexican War and the seizure of the land. It covers the formation of a provisional government, natural history, transition of California to statehood, Fremont’s expedition, and mining. $1,000.

Item 115 is a sad tale that is based on a true story, though undoubtedly with much embellishment. It is the tale of Amos Wilson, whose actual name was apparently William Wilson, but became “Amos” for some unknown reason. As the story goes, his sister Harriot, whose real name was “Elizabeth” (another mystery), was condemned to death. Amos/William managed to secure a pardon from the Governor, but on his way to deliver it, he was delayed by a swollen stream. He arrived too late. Not surprisingly, it was a devastating event for Mr. Wilson. He deserted society, went off to live in a cave near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he stayed for the remaining 19 years of his life. He became known to locals as the “Pennsylvania Hermit.” Item 115 is one of the books about him, The Sweets of Solitude, published in 1822. $150.


Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., may be reached at 310-451-4342 or Karmbooks@aol.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
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    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
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