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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2014 Issue

Arts, Architecture, Fine Press, and More from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books

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Catalogue 33 from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books.

This month we have our first catalogue from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books. This is Catalogue 33. Braiterman describes their specialties as decorative arts and design, architecture and landscape, press books and fine printing, 16th-20th century illustrated books, and Judaica. We can also put some national guidelines on this catalogue. There are American books, naturally enough for the New York bookseller, as well as English titles. From Europe, we find numerous titles in French, German, and Russian. It is an intriguing mix. Here are a few samples.

 

Item 3 celebrates the opening of one of the world's great architectural landmarks – the Empire State Building. Completed on the site of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1931, it was for 40 years the tallest building in the world. Since then, buildings have grown ever taller, the Empire State now being fourth tallest in America and 23rd in the world. This 1931 publication, entitled Empire State: A Pictorial Record of its Construction, features an embossed white image of the building on its cover over a blue background. Inside is a pictorial and textual record of its construction, starting with the demolition of the old Waldorf-Astoria, featuring one color and 24 black-and-white drawings by Vernon Howe Bailey. Priced at $750.

 

Here is another architectural masterpiece located in New York, but that is about all these first two items have in common. Item 54 is an invitation to the Inauguration of the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World by the President of the United States on Bedlow's Island, New York, Thursday, October 28, 1886. Liberty Enlightening the World, now better known as the Statue of Liberty, was the gift of the people of France to the United States for that nation's centennial a decade earlier. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi's had conceived of the idea several years before the centennial, had picked out Bedlow's Island (later renamed Liberty Island) as a logical location, and had met with many Americans, including President Grant, to discuss the idea. It led to a massive fundraising effort, the building of the statue, its shipment in parts from France to the U.S., the building of its large base, and finally the raising of the statue. In October 1886, with President Grover Cleveland leading the ceremonies, the official inauguration was held. This invitation is inscribed by Richard Butler, Secretary of the American Committee, to George R. Turnbull, Second Vice President of the Guarantee Trust Co. It commemorates the alliance between France and the U.S., leading back to the American Revolution, and includes the poem The Bartholdi Statue by John Greenleaf Whittier. $1,500.

 

Item 36 is an odd piece from late 19th century French politics. Its title is Une Election a Tigre – Sur-Mer, an 1890 book pertaining to an election the previous year. It appears like a children's book, with cartoonish drawings of an abbot instructing a child, with a narrative by “Bob.” The author was “Gyp,” actually Countess Sibylle Riqueti de Mirabeau. She wrote many books under her three-letter name, revealing her far right political views. She hated democracy and republican government, idolized Napoleon, proudly described herself as an anti-semite, and would later become an anti-Dreyfusard, those opposed to reopening the case of the wrongful treason conviction of Jewish French military officer Alfred Dreyfus. The election discussed in this book was one where she campaigned for the Boulangiste candidate in the small village where she spent her summers. Georges Boulanger was a general and politician around whom various anti-democratic forces such as monarchists and Bonapartistes coalesced, as well as those seeking revenge on Germany. His supporters looked for him to overthrow the democratic government, and he might have succeeded, only he preferred to spend his time with his mistress. When his arrest was ordered, he fled the country, disillusioning his supporters, and in 1891 committed suicide on the grave of his mistress. $875.

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  • <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
  • <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

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