• <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> MIGUEL COSTANSO. 1741-1814. The suppressed report of the portala expidition. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> FELIPE DE NEVE. 1724-1784. FIRST LAWS OF CALIFORNIA. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES O. PATTIE. c.1804-c.1850. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky. US$ 30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>KARL BODMER. 1809-1893. Pehriska-Ruhpa, Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOEL PALMER. 1810-1881. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOHANN AUGUSTUS SUTTER. 1803-1880. Letter Signed ("JA Sutter").<br>US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> J. ELY SHERWOOD. California: Her Wealth and Resources... US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> [JOHN LINVILLE HALL and GEORGE G. WEBSTER.] Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES A. READ and DONALD F. READ, illustrators. Journey to the Gold Diggins. By Jeremiah Saddlebags. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> WILLIAM BESCHKE. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> LORENZO D. ALDRICH. 1818/1819-1851. A Journal of the Overland Route to California! US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JOHN WOODHOUSE AUDUBON. 1812-1862. Illustrated Notes of an Expedition Through Mexico and California. US$ 80,000-120,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> J.J. Audubon, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (NY, 1845-54): The largest successful colour plate book of 19th-century America.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.
  • <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> J.C. Buttre, Wartime-Published Leatherbound Portfolio of 50 Engravings. Est $1000-$1500. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Kennedy For President Campaign Poster.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Albumen CDV of a Mexican couple in fancy clothing.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Quarter Plate Daguerreotype and Enlarged<br>Painted Portrait of Same Gentleman. Est $200-$400. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Real Photo Postcards of Helena, Montana, Plus.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> [Japan] Lafcadio Hearn, Life, Letters and Musings.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> CDVs related to P.T. Barnum, Including Barnum, His Daughter, Tom Thumb, Com. Nutt.<br>Est $200-$300. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Recipe Pamphlets from the 1960s. Est $20-$40. Bidding Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Image of the Sternwheeler Washington. Est $100-$150. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Civil War letters from Little Family of Farmersville, New York, 94th and 105th NY Infantry. Est $150-$250.<br>Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> A Fine and Unusual American Prosthesis. Est $300-$500. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Hamilton & Hoyt Stereoviews of Plains Indians and <i>Spirit Canon</i>. Est $300-$500. Starts Mar 5th.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2014 Issue

Signed and Inscribed Association Copies from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

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Association books.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued the third part of their collection from an obviously well-heeled collector: Catalogue 60: Books from a San Francisco Private Library Part 3. Association Books. This selection confirms what we learned from the previous two – this was an important library. These are books signed and inscribed by their authors or others. The common thread is their importance, as there is not much in common with styles. They range from Shaw and Wilder, to Dylan Thomas and Frost, to Milne and Beatrix Potter. Throw in Tallyrand and Elizabeth Custer. That is a diverse group of people, the common thread being we know them all. Here are a few samples.

 

Lord Alfred Douglas was a turn of the century poet, though he is best remembered for things other than his poetry. Lord Douglas had a deserved reputation as a spoiled rich kid. His father came to despise him, both for his homosexual behavior and his insolence to the hand that fed him. He was Oscar Wilde's lover, and it was his father's countersuit against Wilde's claim of libel that landed the latter in prison, his health and spirit broken. Lord Douglas had no trouble turning on Wilde. Eventually, Douglas would end up in prison himself for libeling Winston Churchill. Item 7 is Douglas' copy of a fourth impression of the Collected Poems 1909-1935 by T. S. Eliot. Douglas was not fond of “modern” poetry. He didn't consider it even to be poetry, it not meeting, in his opinion, the formal requirements. T. S. Eliot was at the top of his list of disliked “poets,” and he gave a speech to the Royal Society of Literature in 1943 on the subject, much focused on Eliot. That disdain is repeated in Douglas' inscription in Eliot's book: “The worst indictment that could possibly be brought against this age of idiocy is that it has accepted this contemptible, impudent jackass T.S. Eliot as a 'poet.'” Priced at $3,500.

 

One person with whom Douglas corresponded, and to whom he expressed his contempt for Eliot, was George Bernard Shaw. Shaw was more ambivalent about Eliot, and cautioned Douglas not to be so dismissive, that like his style or not, Eliot was a serious poet. However, item 27 finds Shaw in a different, more humorous, albeit sarcastic, mood. Shaw had received a copy of his 1934 The Complete Plays from an owner who asked Shaw to sign it. Shaw interpreted the request as motivated not by the man's admiration for his plays, but by a desire to increase the value of his copy so he could sell it for a profit. So, Shaw inscribed his opinion in the book, which undoubtedly makes it all the more valuable. Writes Shaw, “Mr. Fred Chapman of Manchester... has speculated in this edition de luxe on the chance of my autographing it and thereby enabling him to sell it at a considerable profit. I trust that the few hundred thousand or so of his fellow purchasers will, before following his example, apply the Kantian test to their conduct and ask themselves what would happen to me if I devoted the rest of my life to signing copies... Still, to reward Mr. Chapman’s cheek...” $750.

 

This is one of the more ironically titled books around: My Life on the Plains. Or, Personal Experiences with Indians. The author of this 1874 book was General George Armstrong Custer, who is known mostly for his personal experiences with Indians. Of course, he was unable to write about his most notable personal experience with Indians. This copy comes with a letter from his widow, Elizabeth Custer, who spent the remaining 50-plus years of her life rehabilitating her husband's reputation. In it, she builds up his earlier days to soaring heights, as she was wont to do: “...the last year of the Civil War when he was the youngest General in the Service and commanded thousands of troops was intense for months at a time... a ‘boy General’ at twenty-three leading thousands in the charges for which he was famous...” Item 6. $2,250.

 

Item 29 is an 1892 edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin, with a poignant letter from author Harriet Beecher Stowe's daughter, also named Harriet Beecher Stowe. The letter is to a Mr. W. H. Cathcart, who evidently requested Mrs. Stowe write a section from Uncle Tom's Cabin in his copy. Her daughter explains that “writing is an effort for her now,” and she was concerned an attempt to write in the book might deface it. Instead, after several tries, she succeeded in having her mother write a section on a separate piece of paper. Her daughter writes, “I have had her attempt two or three times to write for you but without success until to day, when what she has written is quite as good as we can ever expect from her again...” The senior Harriet Beecher Stowe was 81 years old at the time and suffered from dementia. $25,000.

 

Item 36 is Our Town. A Play in Three Acts, published in 1938. The copy is inscribed by author Thornton Wilder, but there is much more. It is also signed by all 48 members of the original cast, and many years later, it was signed by Paul Newman, who played the stage manager in a 2003 production. $3,750.

 

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at 415-986-5826 or john@johnwindle.com. Their website is www.johnwindle.com.

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