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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2005 Issue

Books On The West From Gene W. Baade

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Books on the West from Gene Baade


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade
offers catalogues of "Books on the West." Catalogue 1104 (did he really start with #1?) is a collection of intriguing books and ephemera of both the "Cowboys and Indians" Old West and the more realistic version. Virtually all are priced within the reach of collectors of modest means, and these are books you will not only want to collect, but read as well. Baade's catalogue is a fun read for anyone who likes the Old West, and everyone will find something they especially like within its pages. Here are a few examples.

William S. Hart was the pioneer of the western movie. Hart was born in 1865 in the very un-cowboy town of Newburgh, New York, but spent many of his early years in the Dakotas as his father looked for work. Unlike most Hollywood cowboys that would follow, he actually lived in and experienced the Old West before it completely disappeared. On maturity, Hart returned to New York where he became a Shakespearean actor. He resisted the movies, which received little respect in their early days, but finally succumbed when given the opportunity to portray the West. While Hart included a share of sentimentality and good over evil endings, his portrayals of the West and those who lived there was based on reality. Even the dialogue, limited by the fact that this was still the silent movie era, attempted to portray the rough speech of this rough land. By the time talkies appeared, Hart, once the most popular cowboy of all, had slipped at the box office. After completing what is probably his best film, "Tumbleweeds," in 1925, he dropped from site. Those who followed, from the more glamorous Tom Mix, to the sterile and perfect cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, are better remembered today, but Hart was the one who portrayed the real cowboy of the Old West. Item 55 is a first edition of his autobiography from 1929, My Life East & West. Priced at $50.

Speaking of cowboys, item 32 is Cow People by J. Frank Dobie. Cow People? I know we use terms like "firefighter" and "flight attendant" to be gender neutral, and that's a good thing, but I think cowboys and cowgirls should always be "cowboys" and "cowgirls," not "cow people." Actually, Dobie was one of the great Texas cowboy writers of the 20th century, and this is undoubtedly a most interesting book. It is a first edition from 1964. $25.

If you ever stayed at some out of the way lodge, you probably signed their guestbook. Ever wonder what happens to these years later, long after the lodge has closed its doors? Here's one answer. Item 9 is the guestbook from Fred and Evelyn Johnson's fishing lodge somewhere along Deer Creek, California. There's a bowlegged cowboy carved in relief on the cover, and he's been hand-painted in orange and yellow. Inside are 14 pages of notes and signatures from the happy campers who visited the lodge between 1938 and 1948. If you're from the area, you may recall some of them. It will take you back to a time when you couldn't take the interstate to get to Deer Creek, and the fish you caught weren't filled with mercury (or if they were, you didn't know it). $100.

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    Bonhams June 8: ARISTOTLE.<br>384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus <br>US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Anne & Margot Frank's copy of <i>Grimm's Fairy Tales</i>, in which Anne wrote her own and Margot's name, circa 1940. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Albert Einstein, group of 4 letters Signed to Helmut L. Bradt regarding Bradt's emigration to the U.S., one bearing Nazi censor ink stamps, 1939-40. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Archive of items from Ludwig Bemelmans to producer Mary K. Frank, concerning <i>The Street <br>Where the Heart Lies</i>, 1959-62. <br>$10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Archive of correspondence to<br>Edwin A. Van Valkenburg from President Theodore Roosevelt and members of his family, 1913-21. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Oscar Wilde, manuscript notes panning a book on book collecting, circa 1886. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b><br>John Hancock, partly-printed document Signed as Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, 1781.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Franz Liszt, Autograph Letter<br>Signed to Carl Gille, Rome, 1869. $4,00 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b> Joseph Conrad, photograph Signed and dated, 1918. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 5:</b><br>Two Guns White Calf, photograph postcard Signed with his pictogram, 1929. $800 to $1,200.
  • Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 18. Blaeu, <i>Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $14000-$17000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 20. Pitt, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula</i>, 1680. Est. $9500-$11000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 65. Ortelius, <i>Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio</i>, 1571. <br>Est. $6000-$7000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 84. Bailleul, <i>L'Amerique Divisee en Ses Principales Parties</i>, 1752.<br>Est. $19000-$22000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 99. Sayer & Bennett, <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas</i>, 1776. <br>Est. $10000-$12000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 269. Reid, <i>Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1796. <br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 291. Carleton, <i>Map of Massachusetts Proper</i>, 1801. Est. $12000-$14000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 378. Keulen, <i>Pas Kaart vande Noord Oost Kust van Cuba en d'Oost Kust van Florida</i>, 1695. Est. $3250-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 651. Ptolemy/Fries, <i>Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae Maioris</i>, 1541.<br>Est. $3000-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 688. Wit, <i>Nova Africa Descriptio</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 706. Ortelius, <i>Maris Pacifici</i>, 1589.<br>Est. $8000-$9000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 727. Audubon, <i>Least Stormy-Petrel</i>, 1836. Est. $1400-$1700
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 741. Bordone, <i>Isolario</i>, 1547.<br>Est. $16000-$19000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 747. Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $2000-$2750
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 752. Colton, <i>Colton's Atlas of the World Volume I and II</i>, 1856.<br>Est. $2500-$3250
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 760. Prevost, <i>Histoire Generale des Voyages ... Tome Quatorzieme</i>, 1757. <br>Est. $2400-$3000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. <i>A superb collection of manuscripts signed by Lincoln and relics related to Lincoln’s death</i>. Washington, 1864-1865
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Rare Relic of the Underground Railroad (1857). <i>$500 Reward Ran away ...</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> CARTER, SUSANNAH. <i>The Frugal Housewife,</i> (1772) the second American cookbook, plates by Paul Revere.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SCHIRRA, WALTER M.. Icon of the American Space Program. <i>A Complete Set of Schirra’s Flight Log Books (1947-69).</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A fine pair of daguerreotypes, one a black nurse holding a white baby, the other the white parents. Maryland, c. 1853.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> The Internet. (COMPUTERS.) CERF, VINTON & KAHN, ROBERT. <i>"A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication" in IEEE Transactions on Communications.</i>

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