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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2013 Issue

Catalogue Fifty from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

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Catalogue 50 from John Windle.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued Catalogue Fifty. Windle, after 45 years in the book trade, is not a promiscuous cataloguer. This is his first in over a year. What this does allow for is much material that is new and worth the wait. Windle offers top notch, highly collectible works. Beyond that, we won't attempt to describe what is in the catalogue as it is a variety, although we do note much in the way of private press and other books that fit the description of art as well as text. Rather, we will take a look inside at a few examples.

Item 61 includes the earliest photographs of Yosemite you are likely to ever obtain. Joseph Le Conte, a geology and natural history professor at the newly formed University of California, set out with a group of students and others (including John Muir) in 1870 for six weeks on the land. At that point, Yosemite was mostly unknown to outsiders, the first significant visits by whites not occurring until the 1850s. Le Conte would later write, “I never enjoyed anything so much in my life.” Yosemite is one of the most beautiful and spectacular places on earth, and one can only imagine what these people experienced on seeing it for the first time. In 1875, Le Conte published, A Journal of Ramblings through the High Sierras of California by the “University Excursion Party.”  It is his account of a journey that included both Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada and includes nine mounted photographs, eight in the mountains, and one in San Francisco where the party broke up. Although this first edition states only 20 copies were printed, it appears that the actual number is perhaps around 120, ten for each of the 12 members of the party (or 12 for each of the 10 members, I have seen it described both ways and am unsure which is right). This book is included among the Zamorano 80 of most collectible California books. Priced at $9,500.

Item 3 is L. Frank Baum's first attempt to put his creative genius telling children's stories to paper. It was not, however, his first children's book published. His Father Goose and even The Wizard of Oz were published slightly earlier. This book is A New Wonderland, and Baum had written it several years before. Baum used to make up stories to tell his children, and his mother-in-law, suffragist Matilda Gage, encouraged him to write them down. The publication of his New Wonderland was delayed for various reasons, but with the emerging success of his other books, this one was released in 1900, slightly after the first of the Oz books. The inspiration, quite naturally, for this and his strange world of Oz, was quite naturally Lewis Carroll's Wonderland of Alice. Baum's name for his new Wonderland is the similar sounding Phunnyland. While this was the first children's book Baum wrote, it should be noted that he earlier wrote about raising poultry, the Hamburg breed in particular. $6,950.

Item 56 is the most celebrated of all private press works. William Morris, a poet, writer, artist, and political (socialist) advocate practically invented the modern concept of the private fine press late in his life when he opened the Kelmscott Press. He wished to resurrect the quality and individual handwork of printing of the earliest, 15th century printers. Morris was, in a manner of speaking, picking up where Gutenberg left off. He opened the press in 1891, at which point he was already conceiving his masterpiece. It would take almost four years to complete the project, but in 1896, the year Morris died, he published The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Most now simply refer to it as the Kelmscott Chaucer. This copy comes in a Guild of Women Bookbinders binding. It is otherwise hard to describe the art of this book with words, but we will assume anyone seriously interested in purchasing a Kelmscott Chaucer is already quite familiar with it. $95,000.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
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    <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.
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    <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>

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