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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2012 Issue

Historical Treasures from the Raab Collection

Raab74

Historical Treasures.

The Raab Collection has issued a catalogue for their 23rd anniversary. It is their Catalogue 74, or Historical Treasures. In keeping with their 23rd anniversary, it contains 23 items. These are mainly American documents, with a couple of notable exceptions. Exceptions or not, all are exceptional. Here are a few, starting with one of those un-American pieces.

Item 4 is the notes Winston Churchill wrote for a speech he would give to Parliament on April 13, 1939. They would be the basis for the typed speech he would have his secretary, Kathleen Hill, prepare before speaking to Parliament. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had already been embarrassed by Hitler's going back on their agreement by invading Czechoslovakia. Meanwhile, Mussolini did the same invading Albania. Still, Chamberlain clung to the hope that his appeasement policy would work, that Hitler would go no further. He also made inadequate preparations, in Churchill's view, to prepare for war. Churchill's speech was nothing new for him. He had been warning of the dangers of an aggressive Germany since the early 1930s, but his warning had mostly fallen on deaf ears. Now, the British were starting to see what Churchill had envisioned years ago. In a few more months, Germany would attack Poland, drawing Britain into the war, and just over a year after the speech, Churchill would be selected P.M. in a wartime unity government. Among Churchill's comments in his notes are, “Disillusion & disappointment. Neville – who has been a second time deceived by the Dictator in whom he particularly trusts, & invites us to trust.” He also pens the Churchillian warning, “There is great danger in refusing to believe things you do not like.” However, one place where Churchill still had a ray of hope was with Italy. He felt Hitler was trying to provoke Italy into a war with Britain and France, so as to prevent Mussolini from joining with the Allies later. He thought that might still be prevented, a hope that soon would be dashed. These notes were given by Churchill to his secretary, Mrs. Hill, from whose effects they came. Priced at $47,000.

Theodore Roosevelt served in several public offices in the 1890s, an elected state assemblyman, and a couple of national appointed offices. None exactly made him a household name or a force on the political scene. However, with the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he put together a group of volunteers, the “Rough Riders,” who achieved great acclaim for their exploits in Cuba. He was now a popular figure, and Roosevelt quickly parlayed that popularity into a run for the New York governorship. The Republican machine was not enamored of the reform-minded Roosevelt, but he promptly got his name on the ballot as a third party candidate, forcing the Republicans to nominate him or face the inevitable loss of having the party vote split. Even so, it was a close race, but late on election night, with the votes counted, Roosevelt emerged the winner. It was then that he hand wrote the words on this document, to be read to the press that night. Roosevelt wrote that he appreciated the honor and responsibility, and pledged to do all in his power “to redeem every promise I have made, expressed or implied.” He also promised “to administer the office of governor in the interests of the whole people,” singling out independents and Democrats as well as those of his own party. It was an election of momentous importance, not so much for New York, but because it propelled Roosevelt onto the national stage. As Governor of what was then the largest state in the nation, he was nominated by his party for vice-president in 1900, and when President McKinley was assassinated, it made Roosevelt the unexpected President. Few presidents have had as much impact on the course of a nation's history as did Theodore Roosevelt. Item 21. $21,500.

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  • <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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