Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2012 Issue

Fine Books from the Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Veatchs 72.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book are now up to their Catalogue 72Fine Books. Books may have been invented as a means of relaying information, but they have been collected as works of art at least since the time of Jean Grolier. Grolier would undoubtedly be amazed at the array of ways books can be art today, he being a collector of fine bindings. Much in the way of art now comes from private presses focused on the artistic qualities of their works. Illustrations and color are available on a level impossible in Grolier's time. There is much to collect now in the way of book arts, and the Veatchs offer material that fits within the many subsets of what are now called the “book arts.”

There is probably no name more closely associated with typefaces than that of Giambattista Bodoni. Perhaps the “Giambattista” part is not so familiar, but Bodoni type is certainly as well known as they come. Bodoni, unsurprisingly, was an Italian printer and engraver, though now most known for his prolific creation of typefaces. He created great specimen books and fine editions of ancient works. However, he never got to see his masterpiece. Item 11 is the Manuale Typographica, two volumes containing over 250 specimens, published in an edition of 290 copies. Bodoni never saw it as he died five years before it was published in 1818. His widow and foreman worked together to publish this final tribute. Priced at $42,000.


Here is a book about another prolific type designer, one from the other side of the Atlantic, and the other side of a century in time. Frederic Goudy's extensive work in creating typefaces is even more remarkable since he didn't get started until he was 40 years old. His Goudy Old Style remains popular today, but there are many more created in his second 40 years. Item 99 is A Goudy Memoir, Essays by and about America's great type designer, published in 1987. $250.

Do you remember how hard it was sometimes to hold open a large broadsheet newspaper (do you remember newspapers)? Try this one on for size – Five Meters of Poems. These measured poems were written by the Peruvian poet Carlos Oquendo de Amat, who died in 1936. The translation and introduction come from David M. Guss, with woodcuts provided by the South American artist Antonio Frasconi. The concrete poetry (also called visual poetry) is described as “typographically playful.” The format could be called playful too, being a 5 meter wide accordion fold. Item 2. Published in 1986. $600.

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 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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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