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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2014 Issue

Some Exceptional Material from Raptis Rare Books

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William Shakespeare graces the cover of Raptis' sixth catalogue.

Raptis Rare Books has issued their sixth untitled catalogue, this one recognizable by the large picture of William Shakespeare on the cover. The Bard is appropriate for a cover picture since, while the catalogue is divided into several subjects, the largest of them is literature. There is no greater name in English literature than Mr. Shakespeare. Other topics include economics and finance, science, biography and autobiography, presidents and world leaders, sports and leisure, children's literature, art and photography, and architecture. The common thread of their business, Raptis explains, is offering books in exceptional condition. The books are pretty exceptional too. Here are a few.

 

There's no more logical place to start than with our cover boy. Offered is a copy of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. This copy is a second folio, published in 1632. Shakespeare never published any of his works. They might well have been lost to history had not some of his friends determined to preserve them after his death. Shakespeare died in 1616, but a collection of his writings was not published until 1623, the first folio. Three more folios were published during the 17th century, after which the gates were opened to printing his work, his genius fully recognized. Raptis notes that no more than 1,000 copies of the second folio are believed to have been printed, with fewer than 200 copies surviving. Priced at $100,000.

 

From England's greatest writer we turn to the man many think was America's greatest – Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway once said of Huckleberry Finn that it was the best book America ever produced; there was nothing of such significance before or after. Offered is a first edition from 1885. This copy belonged to another quintessentially American writer – Zane Grey. Grey was noted for his westerns, while Huck Finn inhabited the middle of the continent. The book contains Grey's blind stamp. $8,500.

 

Here is another American classic, though not humorous like Twain's tale. John Steinbeck's story of the Jodes, driven from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to farm worker poverty in California during the Great Depression, was all too real. Offered is a first edition, first issue of The Grapes of Wrath, a reminder of how well off we are, even if these aren't the best of times. This copy is inscribed to Steinbeck's friend, movie producer Jules Buck, his wife and daughter. On a lighter note, Steinbeck has sketched his symbol, a drawing of “Pigasus,” the winged pig. $45,000.

 

You would have a hard time finding a greater expert on finance than this writer – Andrew Carnegie. While Carnegie wrote a few books, he is best remembered for his enormous wealth. He made hundreds of millions of dollars in the late 19th century, when that sum of money was unimaginable. He made his money primarily in steel, though he also was invested in railroads and other businesses. He cashed out at the turn of the century when he sold his steel business to J. Pierpont Morgan. Carnegie's book, published in 1901, is entitled The Gospel of Wealth and Other Timely Essays. The lead essay was written a dozen years earlier. It is not what you might expect. It is not a railing against taxes, redistribution of wealth, and other views common to wealthy industrialists. In many ways, it's the opposite. Carnegie believed it was appropriate to spend part of one's life amassing wealth, but then he believed it was the wealthy person's responsibility to spend the remainder redistributing that wealth, doing good deeds, particularly ones that would help poor people reach better lives. He supported high estate taxes believing heirs would just waste their parents' money. He was against ostentatious living by the wealthy. It was their duty, he believed, to use their wealth to advance society. He also was not keen on leaving the money to charities after death, believing those who earned the money could do the best job of assuring it was used for the good of society. Carnegie's charitable work is best remembered for the great number of libraries he financed all across the land, believing education to be a major public benefit. He gave most of his money away before he died. $1,250.

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  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 10,000-15,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown SOYUZ-3 space navigation indicator with unflown on-ground transformer. <br>US$ 30,000-40,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown on SOYUZ 9<br>An exhaustive manuscript on life in space. [Trans: On-Board Flight Journal for Spacecraft Soyuz-9, 1970]. US$ 6,000-9,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> SOYUZ 18? Flown Navigation Celestial Globe. Soyuz 18 lasted from May 24-July 26, 1975. US$ 30,000-40,000
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Space Suit from ISS Expidition 6. Worn by Flight Engineer Don Pettit on his dramitic return to earth. US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Original Gemini 133P Trainer Assembly Five Part Electrical System & Attitude Maneuver ... US$ 60,000-90,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Rover Development. Collection of 11 vintage gelatin silver prints and 4 vintage NASA lithographs. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000.
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Lunar Orbiter I. The first image of the earth as seen from the moon. Gelatin silver print. August 23, 1966. US$ 2,500-3,500
    20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Michael Collins' Flown Crew-Signed Apollo 11 Emblem. One of the very few Armstrong signed mission artifacts. US$ 50,000-70,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Flown Apollo 11 Navigational Chart. Taken to Lunar surface mapping the start of the <br>first manned lunar descent. <br>US$ 25,000-35,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> FFlown Apollo 11 Flight Plan Sheetmission Day One. Some of the first words and data values written by Neil Armstrong. US$ 18,000-25,000
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Apollo 12 - Alan Bean in the Ocean of Storms. Signed and inscribed by Bean. <br>US$ 2,000-3,000
  • <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Leaves from<br>George Washington's Own Draft <br>of His first Inaugural Address. An Extraordinary Rarity!
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Tyler 1818 - First Print with Facsimile Signatures.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Thomas Jefferson Signed Act of Contress Authorizing Alexander Hamilton to Complete Famous Portland Maine Lighthouse.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Emanuel Leutze. Silk Flag Banner designed by Leutze, created by Tiffany & Co., and presented to Gen. John A. Dix, 1864.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> The "greatest of early American maps … a masterpiece" (Corcoran). Thomas Holme.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Lincoln Summons His Cabinet for a Historic Meeting to Discuss Compensated Emancipation.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph Letter Signed. Einstein Counsels His Son ... Meaning of Life.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Normal Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Rockwell's "Barbeshop Quartet", 1936.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Frederick Douglass. Autograph Letter Signed to unknown correspondent. Washington, D.C.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Harry Truman. Autograph Manuscript Notebook for Kansas City Law School Night Class.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> Robert E. Lee. Autograph Letter Signed, June 11, 1782. Hours after the Battle of Culpeper Court House, Lee Escapes Again.
    <b>Seth Kaller:</b> George Washington. Letter Signed, as Commander-in-Chief, Continental Army, to Elias Dayton, Headquarters, [Newburgh, N.Y.], June 11, 1782.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>The Chap Book</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,<br><i>Troupe de Mlle Églantine</i>, 1896.<br>$20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Philippe Henri Noyer, <br><i>Limonade Brault</i>, 1938. <br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br><i>The Great Men of the World</i>,<br>designer unknown, circa 1945-46. <br>$7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>James Montgomery Flagg,<br><i>Wake Up, America!</i>, 1917.<br>$4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Alfred F. Burke, <i>Share / Jewish <br>Relief Campaign</i>, circa 1915.<br>$3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b><br>Ludwig Hohlwein, <i>Marke Pkz / <br>Burger - Kehl & Co.</i>, circa 1911. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 3:</b> <br>Gian Emilio Malerba,<i> E.A. Mele / Modo e Novita per Signora</i>, circa 1900. $7,000 to $10,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies,</i> 1632.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.

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