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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2012 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Peter Harrington

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A summer catalogue.

Peter Harrington of London has issued a catalogue for Summer 2012. Harrington offers a variety of types of material. There is much in the way of notable literature, but then again, there is much of other types of works – photography, children's books, exploration and discovery, art, fine press works, and more. You really need to look inside one of these catalogues to understand what is there, which we will make an attempt to do now.

Item 12 could be described as the “First Folio,” but one at a far more affordable price than the version featuring the plays of William Shakespeare. Two more folio collections of British plays were produced in the first half of the the 17th century, also put together by admirers of the playwrights. Neither quite reached the same caché as the Bard. One was for Ben Jonson, and this one for Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. It bears the similar title of Comedies and Tragedies Never Printed Before... and although not published until 1647, they also wrote during Shakespeare's time (Beaumont died in 1616, Fletcher in 1625). At times they collaborated, but some plays were written individually or with others. Fletcher actually worked with Shakespeare on a couple of plays, and wrote a sequel to The Taming of the Shrew. If these playwrights are not as well remembered now, Goodspeed points out that many phrases still used today originated with these plays, such as “beggars must be no choosers,” “as cold as cucumbers,” and “kiss till the cows come home.” This copy is from the second state. £4,750 (British pounds, roughly $7,496 U.S. dollars).

Americans may associate witch trials with Salem, Massachusetts, but the French were perfecting the art many years earlier at Aix-en-Provence. Published in 1612, item 180 is The Life and Death of Lewis Gaufredy: A Priest of the Church of the Accoules in Marseilles in France, (who after hee had given him selfe soule and bodie to the Divell) committed many most abhominable Sorceries, but chiefly upon two very faire young Gentle-women, Mistris Magdalene of the Marish, and Mistris Victoire Corbier... It seems the “abhominable sorceries” Louis Gaufridi may have committed on one of the women, Miss Magdalene, were what we would refer to as sexual acts today. If there is a lesson in this story, it is do not get involved in this manner with a partner who is a head case. Magdalene claimed that Gaufridi possessed her with demons, ones that led her to acquiesce to behavior in which she undoubtedly would not have participated were she not under their control. Other women in the convents soon discovered they too were possessed by Father Gaufridi's demons, and began acting in strange ways, similar to the pattern to be repeated by the young girls in Salem many years later. As you might guess, this is not leading to a good conclusion. Under the influence of enhanced interrogation, Father Gaufridi signed a confession, and the court would not hear of his retraction when such techniques were not being applied to his being. Gaufridi was burned alive, whereupon Miss Magdalene immediately recovered, though she would suffer recurring bouts of possession through the remainder of her life. £5,750 (US $9,072).

Item 30 is an account of one of the most important archeological explorations ever made: The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen discovered by the late Earl of Carnavon and Howard Carter... by Carter and A.C. Mace. Carter was the archeologist, the Earl being primarily the financier of the search. King Tut's tomb was the extreme rarity, one that had survived the millennia untouched by grave robbers and other looters. It provided an undisturbed look back to the time when the boy king ruled Egypt. £2,250 (US $3,549).

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  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000

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