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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2013 Issue

James Cummins Bookseller Offers Fall Arrivals

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Fall Arrivals.

James Cummins Bookseller has issued Catalogue 120 Fall Arrivals. Each time we receive a new catalogue from Cummins, we struggle to come up with a description of the material inside. It is always virtually impossible. Cummins offers a wide variety of items, so much so that trying to sum up what it contains is hopeless. Ultimately, we are left with explaining this is all top material, important, highly collectible pieces. Next, we present a few samples, knowing there is much to be found that is totally unrelated to the samples we select. So, here we go.

 

We begin with what is likely the first separately issued pocket map of New York's Central Park. Central Park first opened in 1857. In 1859, P. Burger & Co. issued A Pocket Map and Visitor's Guide to the Central Park, in the City of New York, with all the necessary explanations. It includes a fold-out map, text describing the park, and 15 pages of advertising. Park commissioners and construction officers are listed, including the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmstead and Robert Vaux. The map shows areas that are completed and those that are not, it being almost a decade and a half before all work would be done. The description notes that areas now completed include “...the old and new reservoirs, play ground, parade ground, promenade, arsenal, nursery, botanical garden, skating pond, cave, walks, carriage drives, bridle roads, vista rock, and last, though not least, that at present most beautiful and delightful portion called 'The Ramble.'” Item 12. Priced at $5,000.

 

Item 36 is an interesting survival from over five centuries ago. It is an original woodblock of an elephant with a riding platform on its back. It was created for an illustration in the book Libellus de Natura Animalium, first published in 1508. It was the first book printed by Vincenzo Berruerio of Mondovi, Italy. This book was a bestiary, and evidently a very popular one as it went through several editions. It uses animals to set out moral lessons to be learned from nature. The image is is still in excellent condition in case you would like to use it in a newer book. $9,000.

 

This next document represented a happy day in the life of its recipient, though in time it would prove to be his greatest tragedy. Item 61 is an engraved broadside appointment of Robert S. McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It is dated January 21, 1961, and is signed by President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. McNamara came to the Department of Defense from Ford Motor Company, where he had served as President. He had a sterling reputation and was well regarded during the years of the Kennedy Administration. After Kennedy's assassination, McNamara continued to serve under President Lyndon Johnson, and that is where everything went wrong. He engineered the massive buildup of troops in Vietnam, McNamara being a leading symbol of a war that would later turn terribly unpopular. In time, McNamara became disenchanted and tried to hold back American involvement, but Johnson pushed ahead. McNamara resigned in late 1967, about a year before the end of Johnson's term. In later years he would look back with regret at what proved to be a failed and costly strategy. McNamara died in 2009 at the age of 93. $35,000.

 

There are but a handful of books that count among the most important science texts ever written. They come from names like Kepler, Galileo, Darwin and Einstein. And then there is this one: Philosophiae naturalis Principia mathematica, by Isaac Newton. Galileo had provided the calculations that could predict how the planets and other heavenly bodies would move, but Newton was the one who provided the why. With theories such as that of gravity he could explain why objects moved as they did on earth and in the skies. Offered is the expanded second edition of 1713, the second of three published during Newton's lifetime. Item 68. $27,500.

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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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