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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2012 Issue

English Books and Manuscripts from Pickering & Chatto

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English Books and Manuscripts.

This month we review our first catalogue from Pickering & Chatto of London, England. It is not their first. Actually, it is Catalogue 789. That large number is probably best explained by their age, as they have been selling books since 1820. It is always nice to find someone older than myself. This most recent catalogue is titled English Books and Manuscripts. That could mean either of two things, these are books published in England, or books written in the English language. It turns out that, for the most part, both apply. With the exception of a small number of items published in America, these books and smaller form printed and manuscript items came off an English press or pen. As for the English language option, all of the material is in that language. So, these are definitely English books and manuscripts. Here are a few of them.

We start with an honest obituary, which is not necessarily a good thing for this man: The Life, Reign, Death, and Funeral, of His Most Gracious Majesty, King Geo IV. George IV succeeded his father, the George Americans loved to hate during the Revolution, in 1820, though he had effectively served that role for the preceding decade as Prince Regent. George III went insane. George IV served a decade as King until his death in 1830. Few mourned all that deeply. He had lived a lavish lifestyle, often beyond his means, and to his father's exasperation, while the latter still had his marbles. He had an unhappy marriage to his Queen, almost all of it spent apart, and she was forbidden to attend his coronation. He did have mistresses, and a personality that did not always engender admiration. In his kingly years, his health deteriorated while his body size grew, and he spent much of the time suffering various illnesses. This obituary is unrecorded, and Pickering & Chatto believes that it was likely suppressed for its honesty. It speaks of his younger days in “dissipated” and “immoral” circles, his illegal marriage to Maria Fitzherbert, his extravagant lifestyle and his debts. Item 55. Priced at £500 (British pounds, or about $801 in U.S. currency).

Not everyone was living a life of profligate luxury at the turn of the 19th century like the future George IV. Item 39 is The Covenant of an Indenture of Apprenticeship, printed in 1798. It spells out the duties of an apprentice. He was bound to serve his master for seven years. Among the requirements was no dealing on his own behalf, no marriage or fornication, no card playing, dice or other unlawful games, nor haunting taverns or playhouses. Otherwise, they were free to live it up. Item 39. £500 (US $801).

The opponents of women's rights aren't always men. Item 123 is Mixed Herbs: A working woman's remonstrance against the suffrage agitation: by M.E.S. That would be Maud Ellen Simkins, and she explains she isn't one of those women who opposes suffrage “as unwomanly through some finikin conception of a woman's place in life as sheltered and luxurious.” No, Maud tells us she is “a working woman,” whatever that may mean. After apologizing that - “I am no novelist: the disclaimer is doubtless superfluous in view of the simplicity, the clumsiness of my attempt at narrative,” she says that women need help. Perhaps she drew too much on her own personal situation. Published in 1908. £250 (US $400).

Speaking of working women, Item 145 is a collection of a dozen bulletins from the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, dated from 1920 through 1960. We will not comment further on The Employment of Women at Night. However, there are other favorites such as The Employment of Women in Slaughtering and Meat Packing, and The Effects on Women of Changing Conditions in the Cigar and Cigarette Industries. £285 (US $456).

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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