Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

Artistic Works from Sophie Schneideman Rare Books

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Artistic books from Sophie Schneideman.

From Sophie Schneideman Rare Books we have received a copy of Catalogue 19. Illustrated & Private Press Books, Artists' Books, Bookbindings, Art. This is a selection of items that belong to the “book arts,” some being deliberately so, such as fine press editions of earlier titles, to others that are artistic even if that was not the original intent. Most of those created to be works of art date from the 20th century and come from private presses. Other works of artistic merit can be found dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These are a few of the items offered in this new catalogue.

 

William Morris is most noted for his brief but pioneering private press, the Kelmscott Press, that he operated during the last years of his life, in the 1890s. However, he had a long artistic career, both in terms of visual and written art, before he became a pressman. Item 101 is a copy of his epic poem, The Story of the Volsungs & Niblungs with Certain Songs from the Elder Edda, published in 1870. Morris was fascinated with ancient Norse peoples at the time, having translated several works from their original Icelandic. The saga is based on an ancient Icelandic tale. This copy was inscribed by Morris to his friend, the notable poet Algernon Swinburne. Priced at £2,400 (British pounds, or approximately US $3,922).

 

At the time Morris was creating his art, a young lady also from England was perfecting her artistic skills. This was Beatrix Potter, and her drawings were meant to appeal to children. With the turn of the century, she would add words to her illustrations, which generally featured anthropomorphic animals, rabbits in particular. Everyone knows Peter Rabbit, but she wrote many other stories featuring humanized rabbits and other fauna. Item 39 is a collection of 16 of Potter's books, most first editions, most published between 1903 and 1913. Peter isn't here, but among the tales included are those of Benjamin Bunny, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, Little Pig Robinson, and the Flopsy Bunnies. Each of these copies was signed on one date late in Ms. Potter's life – August 23, 1941 (she was 75 at the time). £29,000 (US $47,400).

 

Item 9 is a copy of a special copy of explorer Richard Burton's translation of The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night and Supplemental Nights (16 volumes of what is commonly known as The Arabian Nights). The unillustrated first edition was published by Burton's invented “Kama Shastra Society” 1885-1888, but with two copies containing illustrated frontispieces and illustrations throughout. This edition was copied from the one that was originally presented to the Prince of Wales. It was made up from sheets originally used with the first edition, and must have been published around 1901 as it notes that the Prince of Wales is “now King Edward VII.” £13,500 (US $22,059).

 

This is not a book, nor even technically a “work on paper,” though it is akin to a photograph. It is an uncommon item with an unusual background. Item 36 is a collection of 64 photographic slides circa 1900 of different varieties of grapes and grape growing. A few show other farming scenes, including cherries, pears, livestock, and farm equipment. They were part of a traveling show put on by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They had a railroad car set up to show these slides. It would visit various locales to instruct farmers in growing crops. These particular slides were likely used in presentations in California. £950 (US $1,552).

 

Item 18 is The British Herbal: An History of Plants and Trees, Natives of Britain, Cultivated for Use or Raised for Beauty. This is a 1756 first edition of John Hill's herbal, containing 75 plates displaying about 1,500 plant specimens. Hill was a prolific writer on numerous subjects, including books and regular contributions to periodicals. He even wrote a cookbook under a fictitious woman's name. He also found himself in numerous word battles with various people he believed wronged him in one way or another. While his personality did not always make friends, his botanical works in particular were well respected. £1,250 (US $2,043).

 

Sophie Schneideman Rare Books may be reached at 020 8354 7365 or sophie@ssrbooks.com. Their website is www.ssrbooks.com.

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    <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>
  • <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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