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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2014 Issue

Aleph-Bet Books Offers 500 Books and a Top 100 List

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500 books and a top 100.

Aleph-Bet Books recently released their Catalogue 106 of Children's Books & Illustrated Books. With few exceptions, most books offered are both. This catalogue is slightly different from the typical Aleph-Bet catalogue. There are 500 items offered instead of the usual 600, but that is made up for with Helen Younger's updated list of the 100 most collectible children's books. She originally composed the list 20 years ago. Some changes have been made as a few books are no longer in as high demand, while some more recent titles, favorites of today's collectors when they were young, have replaced them. One thing I immediately noticed about this list is how many of them I have read. Sadly, I doubt the same would be true of the top 100 books for adults. No wonder children's books are so highly collectible. They bring back memories. Here are a few of the 500 being offered for sale.

 

We will start with a follow-up of the first American appearance of the popular Italian marionette, Pinocchio. The title appears a strange combination of titles – Pinocchio's Adventures in Wonderland. When originally published in Italy, the book was simply the Adventures of Pinocchio, but in America, publisher Jordan Marsh figured they could play on the popularity of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, so they gave Pinocchio's neighborhood the same name. However, it is still Carlo Collodi's original work, translated to English. Jordan Marsh, a Boston department store that also published some books at the time, originally published this in 1898, as this book is dated. However, this version includes four color plates by Rene Quentin dated 1899 that were added the following year. As such, it is the first American edition of Pinocchio to contain color plates. Item 101. Priced at $1,200.

 

In the decade before the birth of Peter Rabbit (the 1890's), Beatrix Potter supplemented her income with drawings of animals in her inimitable style for other publications. She also drew more serious, scientific illustrations, notably of fungi. Rabbits and frogs were her favorite creatures for children's books. Among her pre-Peter illustrations were three full-page drawings, signed “HBP,” that appeared in Comical Customers at the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Pictures, published in 1896. These accompanied a rhyme entitled The Frog Who Would A Fishing Go. The book also contains illustrations of cats by Louis Wain and W. Foster. Item 363. $2,500.

 

Along with all of this children's fiction, it's nice once in a while to find a “true” story. Here is one: Captured by a Gorilla. A True and Startling Account Received from Rev. John Onslow (pseud.) by the Late Rev. Dr. Livingstone. That would be the notable explorer David Livingstone, I presume, though at the time of this publication – 1867 – Dr. Livingstone may have been “late” for some of his appointments in darkest Africa, but was still quite alive. Perhaps the author assumed he was dead since he was out of contact with the outside world at the time. Stanley would set him straight. Returning to the account, this love-crazed gorilla was said to have abducted the beautiful daughter of an African gem dealer. Shades of King Kong. “Truth” is stranger than fiction. More likely, this was a bit of sensationalism intended to boost sales rather than inform the public about gorillas. Item 202. $350.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Aldo Mazza, <i>Torino / Esposizione Internazionale</i>, 1911. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Robert Motherwell, <i>Julliard School / Dedication - Lincoln Center</i>, 1969. $3,000 to $4,000
  • <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. London, 1687.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Josephus. <i>De antiquitate Judaica.</i> Lubeck, 1475-76.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Carlerius. <i>Sporta fragmentorum, Sportula fragmentorum</i>. Brussels, 1478-79.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Fridolin. <i>Der Schatzbehalter</i>. Nuremberg, 1491.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…

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