• <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 Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man.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."
  • <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, Iakov Georgievich, Arkhitekturnye fantazii. 1933.<br>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
  • Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 18. Blaeu, <i>Nova et Accuratissima Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $14000-$17000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 20. Pitt, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula</i>, 1680. Est. $9500-$11000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 65. Ortelius, <i>Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio</i>, 1571. <br>Est. $6000-$7000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 84. Bailleul, <i>L'Amerique Divisee en Ses Principales Parties</i>, 1752.<br>Est. $19000-$22000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 99. Sayer & Bennett, <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas</i>, 1776. <br>Est. $10000-$12000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 269. Reid, <i>Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia</i>, 1796. <br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 291. Carleton, <i>Map of Massachusetts Proper</i>, 1801. Est. $12000-$14000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 378. Keulen, <i>Pas Kaart vande Noord Oost Kust van Cuba en d'Oost Kust van Florida</i>, 1695. Est. $3250-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 651. Ptolemy/Fries, <i>Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae Maioris</i>, 1541.<br>Est. $3000-$4000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 688. Wit, <i>Nova Africa Descriptio</i>, 1660.<br>Est. $2750-$3500
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 706. Ortelius, <i>Maris Pacifici</i>, 1589.<br>Est. $8000-$9000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 727. Audubon, <i>Least Stormy-Petrel</i>, 1836. Est. $1400-$1700
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 741. Bordone, <i>Isolario</i>, 1547.<br>Est. $16000-$19000
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 747. Teesdale, <i>A New General Atlas of the World</i>, 1835. Est. $2000-$2750
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 752. Colton, <i>Colton's Atlas of the World Volume I and II</i>, 1856.<br>Est. $2500-$3250
    Old World Auctions (May 4): Lot 760. Prevost, <i>Histoire Generale des Voyages ... Tome Quatorzieme</i>, 1757. <br>Est. $2400-$3000
  • 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.

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.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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