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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2012 Issue

Signed Material from David Schulson Autographs

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Schulson's Catalog 151.

David Schulson Autographs has released their Catalog 151 of signed material. The catalogue offers material from a wide range of notable personalities, from writers to artists, poets, musical composers, musicians, political leaders, actors, scientists, cartoonists, and others of note. Schulson catalogues regularly offer a mix of famous people from America and Europe. Many entries are full, handwritten letters, others briefer notes or signed documents. If your interest is in autographed material, you will likely find something you want here. These are just a few of the items being offered in this latest Schulson catalogue.

Item 24 is a letter (in French) dated March 24, 1813, from Napoleon to one of his generals. It provides great insight into how Napoleon managed his military campaigns. He was preparing for the German campaign, and Napoleon provides details on how various regiments should be moved around on the field. Normally, you would expect an overall strategy from a commander, particularly one who was also the political leader, but it is obvious that Napoleon micromanaged his campaigns, leaving nothing to chance, or to the discretion of others. He has signed the letter “NP.” Priced at $2,850.

Next is a man of whom we don't know if he was friendly with Napoleon, but was well acquainted with Mrs. Napoleon, the Empress Josephine. Indeed, he was a favorite of the distaff side of French royalty for a long time, first Marie Antoinette, then Empress Josephine, and later Maria Amelia, Queen during the rule of Louis Phillippe. Despite the changing of the guards, including the violent one during the French Revolution, Pierre-Joseph Redouté escaped any bad repercussions. He was not a political man. He was an artist. His specialty was painting roses and lilies, and two centuries later he is still regarded as the greatest artist at painting roses. His Les Roses is one of the most valuable of books you can purchase. Item 28 is a receipt from 1820 headed, Les Roses, par P.J. Redouté. In it, Redouté acknowledges payment in full for Les Roses from a subscriber, Mr. Pivote. He has signed the receipt “Redouté.” It is accompanied by an 1832 letter from the secretary of Queen Maria Amelia, stating, “The Queen asked me to let you know that she spoke with interest of your business with...the Count de Montalivet and that she obtained the promise that the payment you have been waiting for will be made as soon as possible...” The Count served as Minister of the Interior under Louis Phillippe, a position which, perhaps, didn't pay quite enough to keep the Minister current on his bills. $3,750.

Visual artists aren't the only ones who often found themselves in financial straits. Dylan Thomas spent much of his early career scrounging for money, though not always through collecting debts for work performed. Charitable contributions were one of his means of getting by. Thomas' work caught the eye of several poets when he began publishing in the 1930s, but that critical reputation did not quickly turn to commercial success. By the early 1940s, he was only earning very small fees for his writing. He was heavily indebted to friends when he turned to seeking financial support from established literary figures, nicely fitting the role of starving artist. Item 32 consists of several letters from 1940 that were sent to Sir Michael Sadler, a British historian and promoter of public education, who also championed Thomas' cause. One letter says that “unless he is able to raise £70 almost immediately his wife will be turned out.” Thomas was in debt at the time. Another reports, “we have received altogether £126.12.0 for Dylan Thomas. This sum ought to pay off all the debts and give him a bit of a start.” A letter from Thomas himself says, “It was a marvelous result, more than I dared hope, and I want very much to thank you for your generosity. People's kindness has changed everything...” Unfortunately, Thomas would spend far too much of his money on booze, and drank himself to death by the age of 39. $4,375.

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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