Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2013 Issue

85 Antiquarian Books from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books

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Eighty-Five Books.

Bruce McKittrick Rare Books has published a catalogue of Eighty-Five Books. That describes the quantity, so we will have to add a note about the what. What we find is old books, very old books. This catalogue even has a section of incunabula. Much of the remaining material is almost as old. You will need to brush up on your Latin for some of these titles. They are also European in origin, though they all found their way to America in the past 500 years.

The catalogue is broken down into sections. They are: Art & Architecture, Bindings, Children & Education, Economics & Law, Festivals & Spectacles, Incunabula, Language & Literature, Maps & Geography, Medicine, Military & Warfare, Natural History, Religion, Science & Technology, and Women. Women aren't last for some disrespectful reason. The topics are arranged alphabetically. Here are a few of these antiquarian eighty-five.

We will start with a true rarity – the only surviving copy of the 1482 edition of Hic incipit liber magistri Esopi. It was published in Vicenza, most likely by Jacopo de Dusa, whose other four books were also printed in 1482. This book is Aesop of the Middle Ages, containing a selection of 65 12th century fables unique to this and two other text-only 15th century editions. Item 28. Priced at $85,000.

Here is another book McKittrick informs us is a one of a kind: Schola textoria nova, by Daniel Kruger. Published in 1664, it is the “first edition of the first printed book on weaving.” There had been another copy, but it was destroyed during World War II. Item 83. $8,500.

Christian Europe often had need for understanding passages of the Hebrew Bible, but few could understand the language. Antoine Chevalier was one of the individuals who attempted to assist by publishing a basic introduction to Hebrew in 1566. The title is Alphabetum hebraicum and it provides pronunciation with transliterations of the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer. Item 14. $7,500.

Item 49 is an unusual piece. It is an uncut sheet designed to be cut into a deck of 52 playing cards. Called Les Tables de geographie, this set was printed around 1690, though originally designed by Pierre Du Val in 1669. Since the cards are in the four suits and numbered, it could be used for ordinary card games, but each card is also packed with geographical information, so perhaps it came with its own set of rules. Du Val was French King Louis XIV's geographer, and these were originally created for his son, Louis, later known as “le Grand Dauphin.” Louis was known as the “Grand Dauphin” because his son, known as the “Petit Dauphin” (small) was born while his father continued to reign. Incredibly enough, Louis XIV outlived both dauphins, the crown passing to his great-grandson when he finally died. The aces in this set consist of four continents, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. As was believed at this time, the American map shows California as an island. The cards were dedicated to the Dauphin. $3,500.

Denis Fournier was a Parisian surgeon, well respected in his time, which was the second half of the 17th century. He developed several surgical instruments along the way to aid in his practice. He was particularly well known as an expert in matters relating to the heart and pulmonary system. In 1678, he self-published the first and only edition of his experiments and beliefs in a book entitled L'Anatomie pacifique nouvelle et curieuse. Item 53. $13,500.

Item 19 is a 16th century German epic poem by Georg Rollenhagen entitled Der Froschmeusler. That sounds really serious, but in fact this was a witty, humorous poem. It is based on an ancient Greek verse, Batrachomyomachia, usually attributed to Homer, but whose actual creator is uncertain. It is the epic “Battle of Frogs and Mice,” a parody of epic war stories of the time. Instead of heroic Greek warriors, the combatants are frogs and mice. This ancient story has been particularly popular in Germany, this version remaining in print into the 20th century. Offered is a first edition from 1595. $11,500.

Bruce McKittrick Rare Books may be reached at 610-660-0132 or info@mckittrickrarebooks.com. Their website is www.mckittrickrarebooks.com.

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  • <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
  • <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>

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