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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2013 Issue

Spring Arrivals from James Cummins Bookseller

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Will H. Bradley art on the cover of Cummins' Catalogue 117.

The latest from James Cummins Bookseller, Catalogue 117, comes with the title Spring Arrivals. What has arrived is a variety of material, what you might call a “miscellany.” As such, it is hard to describe, so instead, we will proceed immediately to a few samples of the items to be found this time around.

When Lewis and Clark set out on their journey to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, they didn't have a lot of information they could access. It was uncharted territory. One resource they did consult was this item - Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768. Author Jonathan Carver hoped to find a passage to the Pacific, but that was a journey too far. Nonetheless, he penetrated further west than any other Englishman in the days prior to the American Revolution. Carver tried to find a water passage, traversing the Great Lakes and then traveling toward the head of the Mississippi in what was then thought of as the Northwest. From there he proceeded up the St. Pierre (now Minnesota) River to where it forms the border between Minnesota and the Dakotas before turning back. We now know he still had a long way to go. Carver did return with tales from the Indians he met of a great mountain range to the west, which proved to be correct, and the belief that from the other side rivers flowed to the Pacific. Item 17 is a third and “best” edition from 1781. This edition includes a biography of Carver and a colored plate of a tobacco plant not present in earlier editions. Priced at $6,000.

That image you see on this catalogue's cover is from the original watercolor art by Will H. Bradley for a poster for The Echo magazine. Bradley is known as “the foremost American Art Nouveau designer of his time.” He is particularly known for his poster art. At this time, Bradley was a very busy man. He was providing artwork for his own periodical as well The Echo. This publication was described as a “humorous and artistic fortnightly,” and promoted as “Chicago's new paper – in which will appear a series of colored frontispieces by Will H. Bradley.” It ran from 1895-97. Apparently all of this work became too much for Bradley, who had a breakdown and sold his press. Fortunately, the effects weren't permanent as he went on to live to be 94. While Bradley was a prolific artist, Cummins notes that his original artwork is extremely rare on the market. Item 11 includes not only the original art, but an original lithograph poster advertisement for The Echo based on Bradley's drawing. $18,500.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” That is one of those iconic lines, taken from Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural speech, probably better known than any inaugural quote except maybe Kennedy's “ask not.” Item 48 is the Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States, delivered on March 4, 1933. Actually, it's not quite as delivered, but close. This is an advance copy, and one of a small number printed on large paper. It was bound in blue cloth. This copy is signed by Eleanor Roosevelt Roach, daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt's brother Hall. Roosevelt planned to read the speech from a printed copy, but at the last minute decided to use a typewritten copy with a few hand corrections he had made. That is why this copy is slightly different from the actual address and later copies of it which incorporated Roosevelt's changes. In his address, Roosevelt states his intention to ask Congress for broad powers to attack the economic crisis, the Great Depression, which resulted in an unemployment rate of 25% at this time (we think we have troubles now!). That would be a promise Roosevelt would quickly carry out once he took office. Item 48. $22,500.

Here is a classic with some archaic spelling: Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle. This book was originally printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1496, but this is the 1903 fine press edition by Charles Henry St. John Hornby's Ashendene Press. The book is attributed to Dame Juliana Berners, though no one is certain she wrote it, or that she even existed for that matter. If she did, she enjoyed fishing, and among the illustrations is one of a woman, we presume Dame Juliana, pole in hand, fish at the end of her line. Ashendene re-cut woodcuts of the original illustrations from the 1496 edition. Item 2. $2,500.

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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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