• Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
    Christie's: The first four Folios of William Shakespeare’s collected works will be auctioned on 25 May.
  • <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 1. Silver coin (1455), celebrating expulsion of English people in 1451.<br>Est: € 12,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 7. Heures à l’usage de Coutances. Paris, last quarter of 15th century. Est: € 30,000-40,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 9.<br>TERENCE. Lyon, Jean Trechsel, 1493. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 8. Biblia latina. Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1478. Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 11. [Francesco Colonna]. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Venise, Alde Manuce, December 1499. Est: € 150,000-200,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 14. Marco<br>Vigerio della Rovere. Decachordum christianum. Fano, Girolamo Socino, 1507. Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 18. CONSTANTIN VII. De notevoli et utilissimi ammæstramenti dell’agricoltura. Venise, Gabriele Giolito de Ferrari, 1542. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 19. TITE-LIVE. Latinæ historiæ principis. Lyon, Sébastien Gryphe, 1548.<br>Est: € 15,000-20,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 38. OTTOMAN CORAN. 17th century by Muhammad Hafiz (Imam Mehmed Effendi).<br>Est: € 20,000-30,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 45. Blaise PASCAL. Pensées. Paris, Guillaume Desprez, 1670. Est: € 100,000-120,000.
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 52. George EDWARDS. A Natural History of uncommon birds. London, the author, 1743-1751. Est: € 20,000-30,000
    <b>ALDE May 24:</b> Lot 59. Jean de LA FONTAINE. Fables choisies. Paris, Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1755-1759. Est: € 40,000-50,000.
  • <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 10.<br>Caxton (William, printer). Polycronicon, 53 leaves, after<br>July 1482. £10,000-£15,000
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 15. Cookery recipes. C17th/18th manuscript, 127pp., recipes include "To make Rasberry Creame" & "To make the Oxford Ginger Bread". £2,000-£3,000
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 32. Churchill (Winston S.) The Second World War, 2 vol. (of 6), signed and inscribed, 1950-51. £1,000-£1,500
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 34. "Lewis Carroll". The Nursery "Alice", with 7 autograph notes & letters, inscribed. 1891. £25,000-£35,000
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 39. Childers (Erskine) The Riddle of the Sands, first edition, in morocco binding, 1903. £700-£900.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 42. Ono (Yoko) and John Lennon. Grapefruit, signed by Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1971. £700-£900.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 58. Rodchenko (Alexander) Krasnaia Armiia [Red Army], 1938. <br>£1,800-£2,200.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 66. Henning (Veit Balthasar) Perpetual Almanac, 1750. £2,000-£3,000.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 73. Gillray (James) Dido in Despair, original hand-coloured caricature, 1802. £1,500-£2,000.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 94. Norris (Herbert) A good group of mostly Shakespearean and Elizabethan C20th costumes. £1,200-£1,800.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 106. Beardsley (Aubrey, illustrator) The Cambridge A.B.C., June 1894.<br>£1,000-£1,500.
    <b>Bloomsbury May 25:</b> Lot 133. Perry (Charles) A View of the Levant, George IV's copy, the Beckford Rosebery copy, 1743. £5,000-£7,000.
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Mary Stuart. Ms. Parliament document (contemp. copy). 1567. <br>Est: € 2.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Latin and French Book of Hours. About 1480. Est: € 65.000.
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Book of Hours by Germain Hardouyn. 1533. Est: € 18.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> G. P. Gallucci, Theatrum mundi. 1588. Est: € 5.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> J. Hill, The vegetable system. 1761-75. Est: € 60.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>J. Honter, Rudimentorum cosmographicorum libri III. 1549.<br>Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> Two terrestrial and celestial globes by J. G. Doppelmayr. 1789 or later. Est: € 40.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>G. de Maupassant, Contes choisies. 1891-92. Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Rare Books Auction on May 23/24.</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>K. Schwitters, HahnePeter. 1924.<br>Est: € 6.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>I. G. Chernikhov, Arkhitekturnye fantazii. 1933. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>E. Baj, La Cravate. 1972. Est: € 3.000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May Auction:</b> <br>H. Bellmer & G. Bataille, Histoire de l'oeil. 1944. Est: € 3.000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2014 Issue

Artful Books from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Arts of the book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book recently issued their Catalogue 79. Their specialty is books as art, books notable for their beauty. Among those offered in this selection are books that first introduced two of the most notable 20th century typefaces, Bruce Rogers' Centaur type in Maurice de Guerin's The Centaur, and Frederic Warde's Arrighi in Robert Bridges' The Tapestry. Here are a few more of the selections you will find.

 

We start with a book that takes us back to the early days of writing: The Origin and Progress of Writing, as well Hieroglyphic as Elementary. The author is Thomas Astle, the Keeper of Records at the British Museum, with the year of publication for this second (expanded) edition being 1803. The Veatchs describe this as “the first major English work of paleography,” paleography being the study of ancient writing. The plates (some hand colored) display numerous forms of ancient writing and alphabets, such as Phoenician, Greek, Celtic, and Franco-Teutonic. Astle believed printing originated in China, likely the case, though not with moveable type. The text is printed in English, Latin, and Greek. This is a rare large paper copy of this folio book, which allows the plates to lie flat. Item 3. Priced at $1,500.

 

Item 59 is another first, “the first major American bookbinding manual.” It is A Manual of the Art of Bookbinding, by James B. Nicholson, a first edition published in 1856. Binding machinery is illustrated. The work encompasses Charles Woolnough's 1853 manual on marbling. $650.

 

Next comes yet another first, and it comes in a 1926 publication on behalf of Cleveland's Rowfant Club. This was the first separate edition of Rudyard Kipling's On Dry-Cow Fishing as a Fine Art. It was originally published in The Fishing Gazette in 1890, but never published separately. It is a short story. Seems Kipling was a fisherman, and one day while about to cast his line, he instead hooked a cow in the ear on his back swing. The cow was displeased and ran. Kipling, unwilling to surrender his fishing pole, chased after her. He had no knife to cut the sturdy line. He eventually found himself in a herd of cows she joined, still clinging to his pole. As she rested, a wary Kipling, one eye watching the cow and the other the pole for any signs of movement, began biting the line, finally chewing his way through. He had his pole, and the cow had a hook and 20 feet of line. Offered is number 97 of 176 copies. Ornaments and drawings were provided by Bruce Rogers. Item 65. $950.

 

Item 67 is Mr. Rogers' masterpiece: The Odyssey of Homer. Newly Translated into English by T. E. Shaw. “T. E. Shaw” was a not very well disguised pseudonym for T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Rogers convinced him to take part in the project. This work is generally regarded as Rogers at his finest, combining his design skills and his newly created Centaur type. He brought in 81-year-old Emery Walker, a generation or two earlier an associate of William Morris, and for a few years a partner in Doves Press, to assist with the printing. The Odyssey was published in 1932 in a run of 530 copies. $6,000.

 

Nature printing had a brief run of popularity in the 1850's. The process involved using a specimen itself to create an impression in a plate, from which images could be printed. Plant material, leaves in particular, were a favorite subject as flat, thin items are easiest to use. Item 4 is Die Entdeckung Des Naturselbstdruckes... by Alois Auer, published in Vienna in 1854. In England, Henry Bradbury was noted for the process, though Auer claimed authorship. The title translates to “The Invention of the Nature Printing Process.” Along with leaves and flowers, Auer also nature printed a fish skeleton, fossils, a bat wing, and a snake skin. Item 4. $5,500.

 

The Veatchs Arts of the Book can be reached at 413-584-1867 or veatchs@veatchs.com. Their website is www.veatchs.com

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  • Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, 8 June 2016, New York
    Bonhams June 8: ARISTOTLE.<br>384-322 B.C.E. De animalibus <br>US$ 300,000-500,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. Iconic signed Darwin photograph "I like this photograph much better than any other which ..."
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. <i>Autograph Letter Signed</i>. Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> WRIGHT, WILBUR. Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8, no. 4 (August, 1903).
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Signed and dated Oxford 1931.
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> GARDNER, ALEXANDER. Antietam Bridge, Maryland. "One of the memorable spots in the history of the war."

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