Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2013 Issue

A Varied List from Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books


Hapsburg royalty.

Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books have published a 2013 June List. This was published in advance of the recent London Antiquarian Book Fair, so there is a good mix of material from various countries offered by the Dutch booksellers. As for the type of material, it is too varied to adequately describe. We can say that it is primarily nonfiction, often works of travel, science, politics and the like. Here are a few samples.

Item 54 is a history of Austria and the House of Hapsburg, about three centuries worth, though it still cuts off in the middle. The title is Annales rerum belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principus... It provides a genealogy of the family, portraits (see image on front cover of this catalogue), and coats of arms. The work was written by Dutchman Gerardus de Roo, and edited by his friend Conrad Dietz, secretary to Archduke Ferdinand II. It was published in 1592. The years covered are 1273-1555. The starting date of 1273 marks the beginning of the Hapsburg dynasty when Rudolph I became King of Germany, but it continued long after 1555, ruling countries as late as the 20th century. Priced at €8,500 (euros, or approximately US $11,317).

Item 40 is an interesting and lengthy piece from the era of the Seven Years War. The title is L'Observateur hollandois... seven volumes containing 46 letters sent to a Dutchman by Jacob Nicolas Moreau. The letters were an attempt to stir up anti-British feeling during this war between England and France. It includes much information on the French and English colonies in North America where this battle was being waged under the name of the French and Indian War. Moreau would be disappointed by the outcome, but he would go on to obtain much support from the French court. He was an ardent royalist, whose later works would include an attack on the Encyclopaedists and others of the Enlightenment, as he supported the absolute power of the monarchy. It would also earn him various appointments at the court, including as tutor to future King Louis XVI and librarian to Marie-Antoinette. Perhaps he wasn't quite as evil as he sounds, as he believed everything should be done for the people, just nothing by them. His opinions would not be such as to set him well during the revolution. He was relieved of all duties in 1790 and the fortune he made in his years serving the King was confiscated. He was confined to his house, and yet, amazingly enough, he was never carted off to the guillotine. He survived even the Reign of Terror and lived to the beginning of the 19th century. €4,950 (US $6,590).

Item 61 is a treatise on fossilized invertebrates, trilobites in particular: Naturhistorische abhandlungen und erläuterungen besonders die petrefactenkunde. The author is given as Adolph von Tilesius, who evidently is Wilhelm Gottlieb Tilesius von Tilenau. Tilesius was a naturalist, physician and explorer who participated in von Krusenstern's first Russian circumnavigation and later assembled the first wooly mammoth from its skeleton. This book focuses particularly on trilobites, those exoskeletal creatures that once swam or slithered along the bottom of the world's oceans in great numbers. They were perhaps the most dominant of life forms in the Cambrian period, beginning a little over 500 million years ago, when suddenly all sorts of life forms suddenly appeared after billions of years of single cell or primitive multi-cell animals. Thousands of species of these creatures developed, and for another 250 million years they continued to inhabit the oceans, finally disappearing in a massive extinction event, greater than that which later eliminated the dinosaurs, 250 million years ago. €12,500 (US $16,643).

Next up we hear A Voice from the Bush in Australia. That voice belonged to Thomas Pope Besnard, an Irishman who moved to the land down under and thought others should join him. This 1839 book consists of letters Besnard wrote from New South Wales, describing the opportunities available in this country. He made a living as an overseer of a chain gang (his charges probably didn't have such a positive view of Australia). Presumably, there were better opportunities for his fellow Irishmen Besnard hoped to convince to come. Item 7. €4,000 (US $5,325).

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  • <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to General James Clinton, preparing for the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, 1778. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising to send reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Edison, Autograph Letter Signed, to Western Union President William Orton, 1878. $10,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> William, Bishop of Coventry, vellum charter granting the church of Rochdale to the Cistercian Abbey of Stanlaw, in Latin, 1222. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> FDR, Photograph Signed & Inscribed, framed with wood removed from the White House roof, 1927. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Dubuffet, archive including many letters written while painting in NYC, 1951-72. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Mohandas K. Gandhi, Autograph Letter Signed, describing the source of his patience, 1939. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Lithograph portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck, signed by both, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Charles The Bold, Duke of Burgundy, Letter Signed to Johann IV of Nassau, in French, 1470. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Cocteau, Autograph Letter Signed, in French, 1919. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Louis Armstrong, two Autograph Letters Signed to Erich Kauffmann, his lip salve purveyor, 1965-70. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Wernher von Braun, Autograph Letter Signed to Jonathan Cross, 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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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