Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Antiquarian Works from Antiquates Fine and Rare Books

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Antiquates Catalogue 6.

Antiquates Fine & Rare Books, the Corfe Castle, Dorset, UK based bookseller, recently issued Catalogue 6 – Antiquarian Books from the Sixteenth – Twentieth Centuries. Offered is a variety of material, most of it at least multiple centuries old, predominantly English material, both in publishing location and language, but with a very large selection of European works as well. The major subjects, as often for works of this age, are theology, government, politics, travel, and military. These are a few of the books and other works on paper you will find.

 

Much of the theological material is not very friendly toward the Catholic Church, as one might expect from English writings several centuries old. Henry VIII's wish to divorce his wife had a major impact on British theological thinking for centuries. Item 99 is A Present for a Papist: Or, the History of the Life of Pope Joan, From Her Birth to her Death, a second edition published in 1740. This supposed biography is little more than a not very thinly disguised attack on the Catholic Church. The author claims that not only was there once a Pope Joan, but that “Being hardly warm in her Papal seat, her piety gave place to her Leachery” as she gave birth to a child which caused her death. Deeper research into history has shown that Pope Joan never existed, let alone was a lecherous lady, but this book was meant more for propaganda purposes than serious scholarship. Priced at £350 (British pounds, or about $572 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is some more religious material, but it is the provenance that is likely more interesting than the text. Item 92 is Seventeen Sermons, on Practical Subjects, by Joshua Parry, published in 1783. Presbyterian minister Parry, naturally enough, was around to give these sermons, though not to see them published, his having died in 1776. Then again, he really had no need to read them. The provenance for this copy is that it belonged to his grandson, Sir William Parry. His grandson was one of the great Arctic explorers, coming as close as anyone until many years later to finding the long-sought Northwest Passage, and his attempt to reach the North Pole in 1827, while unsuccessful, was the farthest north ever reached at the time, a record that stood for nearly half a century. £450 (US $735).

 

This next piece is slightly theological, though more political and practical. This is His Majesties Declaration to All His Loving Subjects. Of the 12 of August, 1642. The problem was that not quite enough of His Majesty's subjects were loving. This was an argument by King Charles I for his right to rule England. It could not stop the brewing civil war, which would continue through most of that decade. In this piece, Charles states the religious argument – the divine right of kings – as well as constitutional and historical reasons why he had the right to rule. It proved to no avail, and eventually Charles was defeated, tried, and beheaded. However, he would make these same arguments as to his right to rule as a last statement shortly before he was executed. Item 19. £250 (US $408).

 

Item 52 is Substance of the Speech of the Right Honourable Lord Grenville, In the House of Lords, on Monday, June 27, 1814, In Moving for Certain Papers Relative to the Revival of the Slave Trade. William Lord Grenville was serving in the House of Lords at this time, but had previously served many years in Commons, rising to a brief (one-year) term as Prime Minister in 1806-07. He headed a coalition that fell after its inability to get royal approval for Catholic emancipation. However, Grenville's government had one major accomplishment – passing two bills that outlawed the slave trade, first prohibiting the importation of slaves into British colonies by British subjects, and then outlawing the slave trade. Grenville's opposition to the slave trade is reaffirmed in this 1814 speech at a time when he feared it might be reintroduced. £200 (US $326).

 

While religious tolerance was not always a common trait in old England, one man who was a very strong proponent was William Penn. Of course Penn, as a leader of the Quakers, felt the sting of intolerance repeatedly. Such can be the case when you are part of a small sect of believers. However, Penn's beliefs would be very influential in America where he formed the colony known as Pennsylvania. Item 93 is Penn's The Reasonableness of Toleration and the Unreasonableness of Penal Laws and Tests. Published anonymously in 1687, the views expressed here are consistent with those of Penn, who pushed the Crown to a more tolerant viewpoint. £300 (US $490).

 

Antiquates Fine and Rare Books may be reached at 07921 151496 or tom@lintern-mole.com. Their website is found at www.antiquates.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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