• <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
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Valturio, De re militari, Verona 1483, first edition in Italian
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Celestial vision at Constantinople, single-leaf woodcut, Nuremberg,<br>c. 1490-91
  • <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 - January - 2014 Issue

Artists' Books, Private Press, Art, Illustration, Literature and More from The Kelmscott Bookshop

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The latest from The Kelmscott Bookshop.

Recently issued was Catalogue 8 from The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books. Their listed categories are “Artists' Books, Private Press, Art & Illustration, William Morris & the Pre-Raphaelites, Literature, & More.” With that, and no need for further delay, we will open the pages of this catalogue and take a look at a few of the items inside.

 

There is no better way to start a Kelmscott Bookshop catalogue than with an item from the press for which the bookseller was named. Item 57 is the third book from the Kelmscott Press - The Love Lyrics and Songs of Proteus by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt... The Kelmscott Press was sort of the grandaddy of private presses and fine printing. There were others before, but Kelmscott brought back the tradition while taking it to a much higher level. William Morris only lived long enough for five years of production, and the Press closed two years later after finishing what he had started, but Kelmscott is still the standard for fine, private presses. This third book was published in 1892, and Kelmscott, the Bookshop not the Press, has a story to tell about it. Apparently, Blunt had recently concluded an affair with Margaret Talbot. One of the poems referred to that affair and Ms. Talbot wanted it suppressed. The result was 18 pages were removed and completion of the book delayed. Priced at $2,000.

 

The year after Kelmscott's William Morris died (1896), H. Buxton Forman wrote this bibliography and account of his works: The Books of William Morris: Described with Some Account of His Doings in Literature and in the Allied Crafts. Morris had a long career in printing, art, writing, and political thought before he started up the Kelmscott Press at the age of 57. Forman's bibliography covers his books, including many contributions he made to The Commonweal. Morris was a dedicated socialist. Sadly, Forman's name will always bear the tarnish of his association with the noted forger Thomas Wise, not revealed until almost four decades after this bibliography was published. Item 55. $250.

 

The Essex House Press was formed in 1898 as the Kelmscott Press was closing by C.R. Ashbee and Laurence Hodson. Their wish was to keep the tradition of Kelmscott alive, bringing in a pressman and compositors from Kelmscott. They also used the Kelmscott presses. Essex House printed 90 books during its 12 years of operation. Item 10 is their printing of Miss Kilmansegg and Her Precious Leg, A Golden Legend, published in 1904, number 142 of 200 copies. Thomas Hood had written his mock epic poem sixty-some years earlier. It is satire about greed and its dehumanizing effect. Miss Kilmansegg, a wealthy heiress with a name not coincidentally referring to the goose's golden eggs, is eventually beaten to death with her golden, artificial leg. $150.

 

This book could be said to have been thousands of years in the making. Item 23 is Signs from the Stone Age: Found in the Cave of Lascaux… This was finally concluded by Romano Hanni in 1988. Hanni has provided modern interpretations of prehistoric images found in the caves of France. Photographic reproductions of the original cave drawings are shown with Hanni's art. Item 23. $360.

 

Once in awhile, a book comes along that is truly original in its subject matter. Item 31 is Toilet Worship, by M.J. Bole, number 31 of 40 deluxe copies published in 2012. We are informed that Mary Jo Bole is a sculptor who also does installations. The book discusses varieties and uses of toilets, plumbing, advertising, related products, influence on popular culture, and other “interesting facts.” According to Bole, the book “collages fifty years of scatalogical meanderings, segues, tangents, & autobiographical intricacies of bathroom minutia.” It also has a fold out double-sided illustration with moving sand grains that, when tilted, “the sand moves to make it look like a man is drinking liquor in one image, and using the toilet in the other.” I can imagine what the first image looks like but am uncertain about the latter. $450.

 

The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books may be reached at 410-235-6810 or info@kelmscottbookshop.com. Their website is www.kelmscottbookshop.com.

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