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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

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <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

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