• <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE GUTENBERG BIBLE, MAINZ. Price realized: $5,390,000. Oct 1987, NY.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> LEONARDO DA VINCI, Codex Hammer. Price realized: $30,802,500. Nov 1994 NY
    <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE FORBES COLLECTION, Price realized: $40,900,000. Mar 2002, New York.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> ANDRE FRANQUIN, SPIROU ET FANTASIO. Price realized: €157,500. Apr 2014, Paris, France.
    <b>London, King Street: 27 May 2015</b>
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE GREAT HOURS OF GALEAZZO MARIA SFORZA. Price realized: £1,217,250. Jul 2011, London.
    <b>CHRISTIE'S EXCEPTIONAL PRICES:</b> THE ROTHSCHILD PRAYERBOOK. A Book of Hours, use of Rome, in Latin. Price realized: $13,605,000.
  • <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Bartolus, Super Prima Parte Infortiati (Venice, 1478). See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England (Philadelphia, 1771-73). First American edition. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book<br>Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Blackstone, The Great Charter (Oxford, 1759). First edition. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Boniface VIII, Liber Sextus Decretalium (Venice, 1491). In a remarkable binding. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Darrow, Autograph Letter, Signed (February 26, c.1930). See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Dugdale, Origines Juridiciales (London, 1671). Extra-illustrated on 138 leaves. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Gratian, Decretus Gratiani (Venice, 1514). With 130 woodcuts. See at the 2015 NY ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Gregory IX, Decretales (Nuremberg, 1482). Koberger imprint with exquisite initials. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Holmes, Flirtatious Autograph Letter, Signed (Boston, December 4, 1897). See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Jodocus, Vocabularius (Strasburg, 1500) [&] Formulare Registrorum (Leipzig, 1506). See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Story, Commentaries on the Constitution (Boston, 1833). First edition. See at the 2015 NY Antiquarian Book Fair Booth C26.
    <b>Lawbook Exchange: </b>Catalogue 79 - March 2015. Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
  • <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Manuscripts
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Miniatures
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Early Printed Books
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>St. Paul’s epistles, manuscript on vellum, illuminated by the Simon Master, c. 1150-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Boucicaut Master, Paris, c. 1415
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Rohan Master, probably Troyes, c. 1415-20
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Julius Caesar, De bello Gallico, manuscript on vellum, Milan, c. 1450-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Bible Historiale, illuminated manuscript in French on paper, Amiens, c. 1480-85
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Miniature Book of Hours, illuminated by Simon Bening, Bruges, c. 1530-35
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Saintly Pope, miniature on vellum, by Pacino da Bonaguida, Florence, c. 1310-15
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Christ calling St. Peter, miniature on vellum, by Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Siena, 1471
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Presentation in Temple, miniature on vellum, Nuremberg, c. 1490-1500
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Pliny, Historia naturalis, Treviso: Manzolus, 1479
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  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> J.J. Audubon, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (NY, 1845-54): The largest successful colour plate book of 19th-century America.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2013 Issue

Modern Literature from Peter Harrington

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Modern Literature Part Two.

Peter Harrington has published a new catalogue of Modern Literature Part Two L-Z. As you might guess, this is the second part of a two-part series. Part One was issued early this summer and a review of this catalogue can be found by clicking here.  The second catalogue adds almost 500 items to the first, creating a wide selection of 20th century literature to suit all kinds of literary tastes. Here a few of them.

 

Since Harrington is a British bookseller, what better way to start than with a quintessentially American book? Item 747 is Shane, Jack Schaefer's 1949 novel set in 19th century Wyoming. Shane is the prototypical mysterious stranger, who abhors having to use guns but is forced to do so to protect the good people from their evil nemesis. In the story, a large cattle rancher is attempting to force the homesteaders from their farms. They are just simple farmers, not able to adequately resist the rancher and his hired gun. Fortunately, in rides the mysterious Shane. He is stronger willed than the farmers, and knows right from wrong. He doesn't want to do it, but ultimately, he is forced by his righteousness to strap on those guns once more and put a few bullets through the bad guys. There is a morality play along with a good story here. Shane was later made into a movie and a television series. Priced at £3,750 (British pounds or approximately $6,006 in U.S. dollars).

 

Item 505 is an unusually inscribed copy of The Night Manager by John le Carré, published in 1993. Writes le Carré, “With all good wishes to the good soul who buys this book – if you would like your name added to it, please send it back to me via Hodder's and I will illuminate it for you...” And then, on the dedication page, he has written, “and for Nigel Williams, whom I take to be a wise, altruistic, benign book buyer and seller with a noble stance.” Le Carré has even added a drawing of a character with a handful of books. Nigel Williams was a London bookseller of literary firsts who died in 2010. £1,000 (US $1,601).

 

Next is an item from George Bernard Shaw, but it is not one of his plays or stories. This represents a serious slice of real life. Shaw had prepared a statement concerning censorship for a committee of the two Houses of Parliament. Not surprisingly, he was very much against it. The committee had little use for Shaw's words and declined to print them as part of the official record. So, Shaw printed them himself. Item 753 is his Statement of the Evidence in Chief of George Bernard Shaw, before the Joint Committee on State Plays. It was published in 1909 in a limited edition of 250 copies. It contains an inscription to American short story writer Frances Noyes Hart noting that the committee had refused to accept it. £1,000 (US $1,601).

 

Item 624 is Patrick O'Brian's Three Bear Witness. While this sounds like an account of what Goldilocks saw, it is actually the story of an Oxford man who goes to the Welsh countryside to cure his illness. He is helped by the wife of a neighboring farmer, and... you can guess the rest. This is the English edition, as the American one had a different title – Testimonies. O'Brian's choice was the American title, but the English publisher thought “Testimonies” dull and not something that would grab book buyers' attention. Both editions were published in 1952. £575 (US $920).

 

Item 528 is a thoroughly offensive sounding title, though one has to look a bit deeper to understand what Wyndham Lewis was saying: The Jews. Are They Human? The title was a take-off on a satirical book with a similar title except substitute “English” for “Jews.” Lewis was a rare combination of an accomplished artist and writer. He also harbored somewhat rightist political beliefs. In 1931, he wrote a book praising Hitler, describing him as a man of peace. However, Lewis visited Berlin in 1937, and what he saw deeply disturbed him. In 1939, he wrote a book about the cult of Hitler as well as this title. In this book, he defends the Jews and praises their accomplishments. £750 (US $1,201).

 

Peter Harrington may be reached at +44 (0)20 7591 0220 or books@peterharrington.co.uk. Their website is www.peterharrington.co.uk

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