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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2014 Issue

More Variety from Peter Harrington

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The latest from Peter Harrington.

Peter Harrington released a catalogue for December 2013, for which we are only slightly behind. Offered are over 200 items, a mix of types and dates, nothing you can pin a real label on. Mostly, it contains interesting books and related items in top condition. Something for everyone. Here are some samples.

 

For boys who don't want to grow up, or women who know they must, item 5 is Peter and Wendy, by J. M. Barrie, a first edition first issue published in 1911. Barrie took his successful 1904 play, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, and extended it into a novel. Peter still wouldn't grow up. Nonetheless, his story would become a favorite for generations of children who probably shared his sentiments. Priced at £750 (British pounds, or about $1,222 in U. S. dollars).

 

Item 25 was Winston Churchill's first book, though it would certainly not be his last. Churchill would go on to be an incredibly prolific author, though writing was just his spare time activity. This book is titled Story of the Malakand Field Force. An Episode of Frontier War, published in 1898. Churchill had volunteered to serve on a mission against some unhappy tribes in India who did not appreciate the British generosity in trying to civilize them. Churchill was destined for much greater heights both in his roll as writer and public servant from these early beginnings. £3,750 (US $6,113).

 

France of two centuries ago would hardly seem a locale for a most popular American theatrical production of today, but over the past couple of decades, Les Miserables became one of the longest running Broadway musicals in history. Item 96 is the original, at least in English. It is the first English edition of Victor Hugo's classic, published in 1862, only months after the first one in French. £6,000 (US $9,783).

 

One of the most popular, as well as more copious, of American writers of the 19th century was James Fenimore Cooper. He had both notable followers and critics. More than anyone, he told tales of the early American frontier and the land's natives, as well as many stories of the sea, his having served in the U. S. Navy. Some consider him America's first true novelist. For another American touch, Cooper grew up in Cooperstown, New York, named for his father, which today is famous as the home of Baseball's Hall of Fame. Item 40 is The Writings, published 1895-1900. It consists of 33 volumes and includes a manuscript page bound in. This page comes from Chapter 3 of Oak Openings. This comes from a limited edition of just 63 sets, this being number 48. Harrington describes the set as “The finest edition of Cooper's Writings available.” £15,000 (US $24,450).

 

Here is a tribute to another, though very different man named “Cooper”: Blinds & Shutters. This Cooper was Michael, a photographer of rock and roll bands, most notably the Rolling Stones. Oddly, his most most famous photo was that of the Beatles, the cover for their Sgt. Pepper album. However, the great volume of his work came from being with the Rolling Stones during the 1960's. Cooper died of an overdose in 1973, with this tribute being published in 1990. The book contains both photographs of Cooper's and interviews with those who knew him. It includes forwards by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, an introduction from Terry Southern with whom Cooper was closely associated, with Bill Wyman serving as a consultant. It was produced in an edition of 5,000, with copies being signed by different combinations of contributors. This one has been signed by 13 of them, including Wyman, Cooper's son Adam, Allen Ginsburg and Peter Blake. Item 41. £1,750 (US $2,852).

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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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