• <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2013 Issue

British and American Private Press Works from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

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Private press books.

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books has issued a third volume in the ongoing series of The Hanson Collection of British and American Private Press Books. This one contains the subheading Including Works from the Cresset, Essex Houses, Golden Cockerel, Gregynog, Nonesuch, Shakespeare Head, Allen & Grabhorn Presses. This one differs somewhat from the earlier catalogues in that it can add “and American” to the title. The previous two catalogues were dedicated to the Kelmscott, Doves, and Ashendene Presses. We now include many others, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Clarence B. Hanson, Jr., was a newspaperman, and therefore a logical person to be interested in fine press works. He was the publisher of the largest newspaper in Alabama, the Birmingham News, for over 35 years. Most people might not think of Alabama as a place to find a spectacular collection of fine press works, but Mr. Hanson did a fine job of breaking those stereotypes. He was deeply involved in the arts in his community. Mr. Hanson died in 1983, so naturally you will not find works from the more recent of private presses in his collection. That collection ranged from the late 19th century works of the Kelmscott Press, to the 1970s. Here are a few of the works from the varied British and American presses he collected.

Item 10 is The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette by A.F. This book, by A.F. Hester, was originally published in 1838, but this is the Golden Cockerel Press edition published in 1928. Golden Cockerel operated from 1920-1961, but the late 20s and early 30s were probably its highpoint. This was the period it was owned and operated by Robert Gibbings. Gibbings was particularly focused on illustrations, and this one includes four copper engravings by Hester Sainsbury. The book itself covers such important subjects, Schneideman tells us, as “introductions, salutations, dress, fashion, visitors and visiting, gossiping, tattling, dancing, marriage, servants, etc.” Priced at £140 (British pounds, or roughly $212 in U.S. dollars).

Here is a later work from the Golden Cockerel Press, during the time it was operated by Christopher Sandford. Item 13 is Harriet & Mary Being the Relations Between Percy Bysshe Shelley, Harriet Shelley, Mary Shelley and Thomas Jefferson Hogg as Shown in Letters Between Them Now Published for the First Time, published in 1944. These must be some interesting letters. It was a mess. Percy was married to Harriet, his first wife, but his his close friend, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, had shown a little too much interest in her. Percy should have left well enough alone. He would soon tire of Harriet and become infatuated with Mary Godwin, daughter of the brilliant early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft. Along with Percy's letters to Hogg are some from Mary to Hogg after Percy left his wife for her. The book was edited by Walter Sidney Scott, who had married into the Hogg family. £160 (US $242).

Item 43 provides a look back at the Gregynog Press during its first incarnation: The Gregynog Press. A Paper read to the Double Crown Club on 7 April 1954. Gregynog was formed by sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies in 1922. They were not likely candidates for forming one of the 20th century's preeminent fines presses, it was just that press work had once been done at their estate, Gregynog Hall, and they wished to renew traditions. Fortunately, they had a good advisor in in Dr. Thomas Jones, who helped steer the sisters and the business in the right direction. The original Gregynog operated from 1922-1940. After Gwendoline died in 1954, the equipment was donated to the National Library of Wales, and it eventually made its way to the University of Wales, where the press began its second life under the name Gwasg Gregynog. This talk delivered, by Mr. Jones in 1954, was published by the Oxford University Press, and also contains a full bibliography of the books published by the original Gregynog. £90 (US $136).

We now move across the ocean to America, and to the press that is probably the closest to being America's Kelmscott, the Grabhorn Press. Formed by brothers Edward and Robert Grabhorn in 1920 in San Francisco, it operated until Edward died in 1965, when it was renamed Grabhorn-Hoyem as Robert went into partnership with the much younger Andrew Hoyem. It would become Arion Press (which still survives) after Robert died in 1973. Item 75 is likely one of their most important books, both from a production and content standpoint: The Santa Fe Trail to California 1849-1852. It was taken from a manuscript by H. M. T. Powell that the Grabhorn Press possessed. Powell left Illinois with a group from the area in 1849 to seek their fortune in California. They traveled the trail through Sante Fe and on to San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Schneideman notes the account “is full of drama – illness, many tribes of American Indians, the Rockies, Sierra Nevada, buffalo, elk, forts, Mexicans, stampedes – in fact anything one might wish for.” £1,400 (US $2,124).

Here is a necessary book for the Grabhorn collector: Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press (two volumes – 1915-1940 and 1940-1956) and Bibliography of the Grabhorn Press 1957-1966 & Grabhorn-Hoyem 1966-1973. That covers it all. It contains numerous color reproductions, original leaves, and other illustrations. The first two volumes were produced by the Grabhorn Press in 1940 and 1957, the third by Andrew Hoyem for John Howell Books in 1977. Item 81. £2,750.

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books may be reached at 020 8354 7365 or sophie@ssrbooks.com. Their website is www.ssrbooks.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
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