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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2013 Issue

Books and Art from the Veatchs Arts of the Book

Veatchs74

Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has issued a new selection of works in the “books about books” and book arts fields. This one is their Catalogue 74. It includes items from such areas as private presses, fine bindings, specialty papers, specimen books, leaf books, and similar topics. These are books that will catch your eye. Here are a few.

Item 5 is The First Part of the Histoire of the Valorous and Wittie Knight-Errant Don-Quixote of the Mancha. This two-volume, 1927-1928 set came from the Ashendene Press of Charles Henry St. John Hornby. This one features woodcut decorative letters by Louise Powell, and the Veatchs note that this was atypical of Honby's work. It is the only one of his works with such ornamental calligraphy, similar to the work done at the Kelmscott Press. This copy is bound in full dark green morocco by W.H. Smith and Sons. Ashendene bindings produced by Smith were the work of noted bookbinder Douglas Cockerell. Priced at $8,000.

Item 107 is An Essay by William Morris & Emery Walker. It was printed neither by Morris' Kelmscott Press nor Walker's Doves Press. Rather, it was the first work from the press of a man who would become more famous for other aspects of printing. It was printed by the Village Press, then of Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1903. It had been set up by Frederic Goudy, in the early days in partnership with Will Ransom. Goudy was inspired by Morris' work, and the book followed a similar style. The book was printed in Goudy's Village type, the first he designed, which was inspired by one Morris used at Kelmscott. In the years ahead, Goudy would print many more books, but he was even more prolific in designing types, for which he is remembered today. He designed over 100, some still in use. $600.

For those interested in American bibles, here is a one-book shortcut to an extensive and important collection: The American Bible, Original Leaves from Rare and Historic Bibles printed in the Colonies and the United States during the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries. The book contains 38 leaves from original bibles. Included are the Eliot Indian Bible, the first printed in America, along with others in indigenous languages, plus the first complete American bibles in English, French, Hebrew and Spanish, and the first New Testaments in Greek, Portuguese, Dutch, and Swedish. Other leaves from important English bibles are included, along with one from a hieroglyphic bible for children printed by Isaiah Thomas. While the bibles represented are all quite old, the leaf book, with introduction by Michael Zinman, was published in 1993. Item 13. $6,000.

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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 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, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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