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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2013 Issue

Miscellaneous Antiquarian Works from Antiquates Fine and Rare Books

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A miscellany from Antiquates.

This month we received our first catalogue from Antiquates Fine and Rare Books, a bookseller located in Corfe Castle, County of Dorset, in the U.K. For Antiquates, this is Catalogue 5Antiquarian Books, a Miscellany. A miscellany is by definition hard to peg, but we can say that Antiquates specializes in English and Continental works, and the material is old, ranging from old to very old. They are antiquarians. You will find disputes involving kings and theologians, works of science, medicine, and math, books concerning travel, shipwrecks, wars, the theater, literature, witchcraft, etiquette, and probably just about anything else. It is, after all, a miscellany. Here are a few samples of what Antiquates has to offer.

John Wesley is known as a theologian, the founder of Methodism. However, he was more, a generous man with concerns for the poor. Among his non-theological works, though there is a “faith-based” bent here, is Primitive Physic: Or, an Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases. Of course, there aren't easy and natural ways of curing most diseases, but this was the 18th century, when new medicines, real and worthless, were regularly being discovered based on isolated cases, rather than scientific studies. Wesley compiled a list of home remedies for various diseases. Most were based on ingredients found in the home or readily available. His intent was to serve the poor, those unable to afford the surgeons or costly “remedies” of the day. He was condemned by many surgeons, but his remedies were probably as good as those of others. Some, through the test of time, have proven to be helpful, others, such as cold water baths for rabies, were based on misconceptions. Still, it was as good a medical aid as one could hope for in its time. Item 154 is a ninth edition (of 23 published during his lifetime – it was popular) from 1761. It is the first to contain the two-page postscript on electrical therapy. Wesley was enamored of this new force, which would revolutionize the world a century and a half later, but was less effective in the ways Wesley imagined, such as curing blindness and shingles. Priced at £250 (British pounds, or roughly $400 in U.S. dollars).

Perhaps if Wesley had been born a few decades earlier, he would have had to deal with less pleasant theological issues. At the turn of the 18th century, witchcraft was a major issue of the day, particularly in America. Item 15 is An Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions and Witchcraft, by John Beaumont, published in 1705. Beaumont was a geologist, not a theologian, and wrote about his personal experiences, rather than looking for excuses to burn someone else. He had visitations from ethereal beings, and as might be expected of someone experiencing such visitations, it became a major focus of his life. For a three-month period, he wrote, he was visited by various beings who spoke to him, played music, and otherwise interacted with their human host. Such visitations might keep one up at night, particularly when they announce, as they did to Beaumont, they would kill him if he went to sleep. After a few days, he finally was forced to challenge them on this point, and Beaumont successfully called their bluff, as he lived until 1731. Today, we might say Beaumont was crazy, or at a minimum hallucinating, but to him, the visits were real, and he expands upon these experiences and explains what he thinks they mean. £950 (US $1,519).

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  • <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
  • <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

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