• <b>Bonhams History of Science and Technology. September 21. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts. September 22. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
  • <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 8. Estados Unidos de Mijoco... John Disturnell (1801-1877). Est $90,000-125,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 33. Shipping off Charlotte Amalie in the Danish West Indies. Est $12,000-15,000. Start Bid $7,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 36. Poppy, F.19. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 37. <br>White Iris, F.9. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 38. Peach, F. 66. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $100,000-120,000. Start Bid $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 39. Pomegranate. 1560's. Est $200,000-300,000. Start Bid $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 40. Flamingos. Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Est $60,000-80,000. Start Bid $36,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 57. The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire... Est $10,000-15,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 59.<br>The West-India Atlas ... JEFFERYS, Thomas, 1775. Est $22,000-25,000. Start Bid $13,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 62. The Natural History of Barbados. Est $10,000-12,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 64. A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves... Est $24,000-28,000. Start Bid $14,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 65. Bucaniers of America... Est $12,000-16,000. Start Bid $7,000.
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 3. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition under the Command</i>... 1814. $50,000-$70,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 90. Audubon, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States</i>... $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 19. Hutchins, Thomas and George Louis le Rouge. <i>Partie Occidentale de la Virginie,</i> ... $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 88. Truman, Harry. Signed Presidential Proclamation ... Surrender of Germany. 1945. $6,000-$8,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 15. <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas ... Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies</i>... $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 95. Buller, Walter Lawry. <i>A History of the Birds of New Zealand</i>. London, 1873. First edition. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 89. Audubon, John Hames and John Bachman.<i>The Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1852-1854. 3 vols. Complete. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 124. Bracciolini, Poggio. <i>Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi</i> ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 85. Book signed by H. Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 252. Carroll, Lewis. <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass</i>. 2 vols. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 78.<br>Currier and Ives. <i>A Midnight Race on the Mississippi</i>. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 268. <br>(The Beatles) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)

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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2013 Issue

Astronomy from Antiquariats Kuhn and Banzhaf

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Astronomie.

Antiquariat Michael Kuhn and Antiquariat Banzhaf have joined forces to create a catalogue of Astronomie. Translation of the title from German, we will assume, is not necessary. Descriptions of the works in it include more than enough English for those unfamiliar with German to have no trouble reading. There is much material here that is uncommon. It is unlikely you will run across it again. Descriptions, drawings, photographs from many solar eclipses can be found. There are several broadsides depicting comets from the 19th century. Then, there are numerous detailed explanations of astronomical and geophysical features. Most material is printed, but there are many manuscripts to be found, from scientists to students. With a very few exceptions, the material is old, 19th century or earlier. Here, now, are a few samples of items to be found in this catalogue of astronomie.

 

August Heinrich Christian Gelpke undertook an exercise in comparative geophysical anatomy in this book from 1811: Allgemeine Darstellung der Oberflächen der Weltkörper unseres Sonnengebietes. Gelpke charted the heights of mountains on the Earth, moon, Venus and Mercury. Along with providing textual descriptions of his findings and theories, Gelpke provided two large charts. They display mountains from various locations in the solar system as differently colored graph heights. It offers an easy comparison from one celestial body to another. Item 36. Priced at €1,800 (approximately US $2,426).

 

Speaking of charting celestial spheres, J. F. Julius Schmidt undertook a massive project during the years 1840-1874. The results of his years of work are found in item 59: Charte der Gebirge des Mondes. This is a major chart of “the mountains on the moon.” Actually, it is filled with craters. Schmidt managed to find over 33,000 of them to show. That's why it took so long to complete. The previous greatest attempts found under 8,000. Naturally, there was an enormous amount of observation and thousands of drawings before Schmidt could put it all together. If all the pieces to the chart are assembled, it is over 6 ½ feet long. €4,500 (US $6,069).

 

Item 33 is a description of what was evidently one of the most spectacular auroras ever witnessed. It was seen in other continents of the Northern Hemisphere as well, but this description by Johann Silberschlag comes from observations in Europe: Sendschreiben uber das am 18ten des Janners im Jahre 1770... Silberschlag was a German theologian and natural scientist, and his paper includes illustrations which provide a sense of how spectacular this display on January 18, 1770 was. €1,400 (US $1,888).

 

Next we hear of another of those spectacular celestial phenomena, almost a century later. On August 7, 1869, a total eclipse of the sun spread from Russia to Alaska, western Canada, the American Midwest and Northeast, concluding its journey a little way out in the Atlantic. Item 44 is a compilation of material concerning the eclipse published under the authority of the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, edited by J. H. C. Coffin: Reports of observations of the total eclipse of the sun, August 7, 1869, made by parties under the general direction of Professor J. H. C. Coffin. Coffin's party traveled to Burlington, Iowa, to observe the eclipse. While the photography was not the first of a solar eclipse, it is among the earliest, particularly for such sharp images. Item 44. €700 (US $944).

 

Astrophotography, if that's a real word, advanced quickly over the next few decades. Item 80 is Selection of photographs of stars, star-clusters and nebulae... by Isaac Roberts, two volumes from 1893-1899. Roberts was a pioneer in deep space photography. He had access to some of the most powerful telescopes which he would point at dim objects far in the distance and use long exposures to make their light appear much brighter. The process effectively made the telescopes more powerful in their ability to reveal what was otherwise too faint to see. The book contains 53 photographic plates in the first volume, 28 in the second. €3,800 (US $5,124).

 

This is an unusual item from the first manned mission to the moon: La conquete de la lune. It is a folder of exceptional photographs of the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. It was published the same year. Photographs include numerous lunar and sky scenes as well as of the astronauts. The folder was privately distributed by the watchmaker Omega as a Christmas gift to clients. Each of the astronauts, including those for many years on other missions, wore an Omega Speedmaster watch. Item 82. €2,500 (US $3,372).

 

Antiquariat Banzhaf may be reached at 0049-(0)7071-552314 or Antiquariat-Banzhaf@t-online.de. Their website is found at www.antiquariat-banzhaf.de. Antiquariat Michael Kuhn may be contacted at 0049 – (0)30 86 39 69 34 or kuehn.rarebooks@arcor.de. The website is www.kuehn-books.de.

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