Rare Book Monthly

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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  • <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>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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.

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