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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2012 Issue

Western Books from Gene W. Baade

Baade412

More Books on the West.

Gene W. Baade Books on the West has put together a new catalogue of works on the American West. It is a mix of books old and recent, some collectible, some for reading, on a variety of subjects related to this colorful section of the globe. As a Washington State bookseller, there are many items related specifically to the Pacific Northwest, but all sections of this land are represented, from the Canadian border to South Texas. Now, here are some samples from Baade's Catalogue 412.


We will start with the first exploratory expedition into the Pacific Northwest. That would naturally be Lewis and Clark's expedition from 1804-1806. This was territory newly acquired from France at the time, and President Jefferson wanted to know what it was he bought. History writer Reuben Gold Thwaites put together a massive compilation of material relating to this journey in time for its centennial in 1904. Fifty-five years later, this edition was reprinted, and offered is a copy of this 1959 reprint, set 250 of 700 numbered copies. The Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806 contains 8 volumes, including notebooks, letters, maps, and other material related to what was undoubtedly America's most important internal expedition. Item 81. Priced at $1,250.

It is a good thing Lewis and Clark did not have to investigate this territory around 15,000 years earlier. It would have been a dangerous place to be. Item 132 is Bretz' Flood: The Remarkable Story of a Rebel Geologist and the World's Greatest Flood, by John Soennichsen, published in 2008. J. Harlen Bretz was a young geologist when he began studying the unusual erosion patterns in eastern Washington. Rather than the tapered, V-shaped erosion patterns one expects from rivers, the area had a wide, rectangular shape. Bretz concluded this must have been the result of periodic massive flooding. The geologic community of the 1920s was not buying into his theory. He was subject to the usual academic attacks for a theory that contradicted the predominant belief that geologic processes are more gradual in nature. It took several decades for the community to come around, but the accuracy of his theory was finally confirmed in the 1970s. Bretz received the Geologic Society of America's highest award in 1979, at the age of 96 (he wistfully told his son, “All my enemies are dead, so I have no one to gloat over”). The explanation was that during the last Ice Age, a tall and wide ice dam formed in western Montana, creating historic Lake Missoula, a vast lake whose ice dam would periodically break, causing the great floods in eastern Washington. $30.

Item 47 is an important Native American study by anthropologist Walter Dyk, resulting from his visits to the Southwest in the 1930s: The Son of Old Man Hat: A Navajo Autobiography (1938). Dyk conducted extensive interviews, and this book is focused on those with Left Handed, an elderly Navajo, who recounts his own history and that of his tribe, some legendary, some exaggerated, but as one might expect an Indian to tell his stories to a white man. Dyk's “autobiography” is considered one of the best personal accounts of an Indian ever written. This copy has been inscribed by Dyk. $200.

Item 127 is the story of Pink Higgins, the Reluctant Gunfighter and Other Tales of the Panhandle, by Jerry Sinise (1973). John Pinckney “Pink” Higgins was a Texas cattleman, driver, and guard. He is believed to have killed at least 14 men, and yet he is not nearly as well known as gunmen with far fewer notches on their belts. That is likely because Higgins never went into self-promotion of his career. He was just into protecting his own interests and those of the people for whom he worked, and in days when legal convictions were hard to get, Higgins determined that he had to enforce the law himself. The result was a couple of notorious feuds, and a few rustlers being dealt quick justice on the spot. Offered is copy 46 of a limited Collectors Edition of 100 signed by the author. $175.

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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