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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2014 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Sevin Seydi Rare Books

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A summer fair catalogue.

Sevin Seydi Rare Books of London has issued a Summer Fair Catalogue 2014. Sevin Seydi offers an atypical mix of books. Most works are early - 16th-19th century, languages are diverse, though English and French predominate, topics tend to be intellectual in nature, though the intelligence of a few of the writers might be questioned, and there is not a lot here that you will find everyday. Look for the unexpected. Here are a few samples.

 

Item 30 is an important work in American archeology, the first English (published the same year as the American first) edition of John Lloyd Stephens Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan. Stephens traveled to Central America with artist/architect Frederick Catherwood. They came upon some spectacular Mayan ruins, unknown to the outside world. Stephens began to account for what they saw while Catherwood provided illustrations. They concluded they must have come from some ancient and very skilled civilization long forgotten. Many of the sites depicted in these two volumes have since been destroyed or damaged. This account of Stephens and Catherwood's second journey to Central America was published in 1843. Priced at £500 (British pounds, or $842 U.S. dollars).

 

Victor Henry was a respected philologist (studier of languages) at the turn of the century in Paris. He was a professor of Sanskrit, but also was expert in numerous other languages. It enabled him to do comparative studies of languages. Henry wrote numerous books about language, but this one stands out as atypical, and a real oddity. Perhaps the professor was a bit gullible. Item 49 is Le Langage Martien (the Martian language). One might wonder how he learned this language back in 1901 when this book was published. It long precedes the various Mars probes. It turns out Henry learned Martian from Helene Smith, a spiritual medium. Ms. Smith was in contact with beings from Mars, who gave her 800 words in the Martian language. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of this claim. Henry then analysed the words and Martian sentence structure in detail. He determined that their sentence structure was similar to French, coincidentally enough, the only language Ms. Smith spoke. £250 (US $421).

 

Thomas Hobbes was one of the most important of political philosophers ever. Living through most of the 17th century, he promoted the concept of a “social contract” between sovereign and people. While believing in the rights of the sovereign, he also promoted the responsibilities of that authority to the people, the equality of men, and many values of liberal society. Hobbes also wrote on numerous other topics, including mathematics and physics, though not as well. Hobbes had much to say, and continued to say it for a very long time. Item 11 is his Decameron Physiologicum: or ten Dialogues of Natural Philosophy. It was published in 1678, when Hobbes was 90 years old. It was his last book. £2,500 (US $4,217).

 

It's been 200 years since England and America went to war with each other, but this next item harkens back to that last confrontation: Journal of a Cruise made to the Pacific Ocean in the United States Frigate Essex, in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814. Containing Descriptions of the Cape Verde islands, coasts of Brazil, Patagonia, Chile, and Peru, and of the Gallapagos Islands. This may sound like a travelogue, or an exploratory expedition, but it was not. It was closer to legalized piracy, something the British were long experts on themselves. The book is by David Porter, who is noted for the first capture of a British warship during the War of 1812. He then spent the next couple of years sailing the oceans, seizing British whalers and taking prisoners of their crews. The Essex became the first American warship active in the Pacific. After the war, Porter was placed in charge of suppressing piracy in the West Indies, but when he attacked Spanish Puerto Rico without authority, in response to their imprisoning one of his officers, he was suspended and court martialed. Porter promptly resigned and took on the job as head of the Mexican Navy for three years, where he was free to attack the Spanish. He would later regain the government's good graces and serve as an American ambassador for many years. Item 25. Published in 1815. £1,000 (US $1,683).

 

Here's a word you don't see everyday: Neurypnology, or, The Rationale of Nervous Sleep... Author James Braid, for whatever reason shortened the term “neurohypnology” to “neurypnology.” That really doesn't make it any easier to spell or pronounce. Braid was an Edinburgh physician, noted for successful surgeries on club foot and correcting other deformities. However, after viewing an exhibition of what was then usually referred to as “mesmerism” or “animal magnetism,” he became interested in hypnotism. He pursued his research, first on himself, then on others, discovering much about how the process works on the mind. It achieved for him the sobriquet of “Father of Modern Hypnotism.” This copy is inscribed to author James Gaskin. Item 44. Published in 1843. £2,000 (US $3,366).

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 $10,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, Chicago, 1968). <i>Collection of papers of John M. Bailey, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, concerning the convention</i>. Various places, 1968.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES. <i>A Trip to the Moon.</i> New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893. Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> KEY, FRANCIS SCOTT. <i>A Celebrated Patriotic Song, the Star Spangled Banner.</i> 1814.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> [COLUMBUS, CHRISTOPHER, Amerigo Vespucci ..] Bernardus Albingaunensis .. Dialogo nuperrime edito Genue in 1512.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (WATKINS, TABER &c.). <i>An album of 32 photographs of the Yosemite and American West Various places</i>, c. 1890s
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (BATTLE OF CONCORD.) <i>Powder horn used by Minuteman Oliver Buttrick at the Battle of Concord</i>, April 19, 1775.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> (CIVIL WAR.) <i>An Extraordinary Confederate Photograph and Autograph Album of Dr. R. L. C. White</i>, 125 original mounted salt prints. 1859-61.
  • 20 Jul 2016, starts at 1pm EDT, NY
    <b>Bonhams Jul 20: </b> Full scale vintage <i>Sputnik-1</i> EMC/EMI Lab Model, with live transmitter. US$ 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.

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