• <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 95. The Hours of the Cross, Use of Metz in Latin. Est. £40000–60000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 86. The Mckell Medical Almanack, in German [Alsace, c .1445]. £60000–80000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 87. Psalter for Dominican Use, in Latin and German. Est. £25000–35000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 88. Sermon collection, in Latin, 220 leaves, Illuminated manuscript on parchment. Est. £15000–20000.
    <b>Bloomsbury: Western Manuscripts & Miniatures, 08 July 2015.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 100. Book of Hours, Use of Rome, with numerous other devotional texts, in Latin and French. Est. £30000–50000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 62. St. Denis holding his severed head, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, in Latin. Est. £4000–6000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 54. The Annunciation to the Virgin, large miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours. Est. £4000–6000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 53.<br>A Physician with Two Amputees, miniature from an early copy of Bartholomaeus Anglicanus.<br>Est. £8000–12000.
    <b>Bloomsbury: Western Manuscripts & Miniatures, 08 July 2015.</b>
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 10.<br>Isaiah, fragment of a leaf from a monumental Carolingian Bible, in Latin. Est. £15000–20000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 14. The<br>relic list of Bishop Werinharius of Merseburg, from a Romanesque manuscript. Est. £8000–12000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 8. Fragment from the earliest copy of St. Augustine. Est. £20000–30000.
    <b>Bloomsbury, July 8:</b> Lot 7. Latin text, most probably an official document, on papyrus. [Egypt or perhaps Italy, probably first century BC.-first century AD.] Est. £8000–12000.
  • Alexander Historical Auctions: Lot 1. Watercolor painting of a church by Adolf Hitler. US$ 15000-20000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 207. SS Honor Goblet presented to SS-Hauptstrumfuhrer Gerhald Pleiss. US$ 10000-15000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions: Lot 380. "The Goring Telegram". Hermann Goring's Telegram to Hilter advising he would assume control of the Reich. US$ 15000-20000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 381. First public knowledge that Germany had surrendered - Teletype print-out and punch tape from the Pentagon's war message room.<br>US$ 8000-10000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions: Lot 721. Breeches buoy life fring from the sinking of the R.M.S. LUSITANIA. US$ 10000-12000
    Alexander Historical Auctions: Lot 759. Japanese body armor ca. 16th-17th century. US$ 10000-12000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 935. Union lieutenant colonel's uniform jacket. US$ 5000-7000
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 937. A surgeon's boxed set of amputation implements possibly used during and after the battle of Gettysburg. US$ 4000-5000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 1106. Black Voters Are Disenfranchised In Pennsylvania. Constitutional convention of 1837<br>in November 1838. US$ 300-400.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 1133. "Alaska Views" Klondike photo albums (2). US$ 5000-8000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions:<br>Lot 1253. Kaiser Wilhelm II personally owned and worn Garde Hussar pelzmuetze ("busby")... <br> US$ 15000-20000.
    Alexander Historical Auctions: Lot 1459A. Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat original art - mutually executed and signed fingerprint cards. US$ 12000-15000.
  • <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0110.<br>John James Audubon. <i>Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> The Birds of America from Drawings. Est. $10,000-15,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0116. Letter from John James Audubon to Robert Havell, His Engraver, signed "John J. Audubon", 1839. Est. $4,000-6,000.
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0141. George Washington Revolutionary War, 1779 letter to Brigadier General James Clinton. Est. $20,000-30,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0142.<br>Thomas Jefferson letter, 1802. One page letter written to his master carpenter, James Dinsmore.<br>Est. $15,000-25,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0170. William Bligh's <i>A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty</i>.<br>Est. 15,000-20,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0181. <i>Georgia Scenes Characters, Incidents, Etc.</i>, by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet. <br>Est. $2,000-3,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0190.<br>[Hariot’s Virginia] <i>Wunderbarliche</i> doch Warhafftige Erklärung. Est. $50,000-70,000.
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0200. FDR’s copy of <i>The American Traveller; or Guide to the United States</i> by H. S. Tanner, 1837, with Franklin D. Roosevelt's ownership signature. Est. $500-800
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0205. Fine Pair English Globes John & William Cary London, 1800. Est. $15,000-25,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0220. Maris Pacicici [quod vulgo Mar del] by Abrahamus Ortelius, Antwerp, 1589. Est. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot 0263. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell [signed]. Est. $2,000-4,000
    <b>Brunk Auctions:</b> Lot One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. First Edition, signed. Est. $2,000-4,000
  • <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 1.<br>THE RESURRECTION, large historiated initial on a leaf from an Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum.<br>£40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 2. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT (1175-1275), <i>Quia tractare intendimus</i>, with Tables of Consanquinity and Affinity. £30,000-£50,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 6. The Lamb in the Mist of the Elders, and the Opening of the Book, two miniatures. £40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 7. <br>The Prophet Nahum and A Man Playing an Organ, two historiated initials on a leaf of a Bible in Latin.<br>£50,000-£80,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 20. The <i>'Gospels of Queen Theutberga'</i> in Latin, Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum. £1,000,000-£1,500,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 26. <i>Book of Hours</i>, use of Metz, in Latin and French, Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum. £80,000-£120,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 51. SHEPARD, E. H. (1879-1976) and<br>A. A. MILNE (1882-1956). <i>Vespers</i>. £30,000-£50,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 83. DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). <i>La Commedia</i>. Commentary by Cristoforo Landino. £40,000-£60,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July 2015. Valuable Books and Manuscripts including Cartography.</b>
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 106. FRITH, Francis (1822-1898). <i>Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: Series of Twenty Photo ...</i> £80,000-£120,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 114. MAN RAY (1890-1976). An album of gelatin silver prints, c.1920-c.1930. £60,000-£90,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 150. MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). <i>Neues Blumenbuch</i>. Nuremberg: Johann Andreas Graff, 1680. £200,000-£300,000.
    <b>Christie's London, 15 July:</b> Lot 157. WEINMANN, Johann Wilhelm (1683-1741). <i>Phytanthoza iconographia; sive Conspectus aliquot millium ...</i> £70,000-£100,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2014 Issue

World Travel and Voyages from the William Reese Company

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World Travel & Voyages.

The William Reese Company has published their 313th catalogue, World Travel & Voyages. They range from 16th century expeditions by some of the earliest explorers, to Nixon's visit to China in 1972. Along with the more famous travels we have many 19th century accounts, often manuscript diaries and books kept by sailors out to see the world. Those were no cruise ships they sailed, conditions being unpleasant to tragic. It is easier to be an armchair sailor looking back centuries in time. Here are some travel books and manuscripts offered by the William Reese Company.

 

We start with one of the great voyages, the second circumnavigation, after that of Magellan. It was commanded by the English captain, later vice-admiral and knight, Francis Drake. His exploits made him a hero in his native land, but his acts of piracy made him an outlaw to the Spanish. Drake headed east to steal from Spanish shipping with six ships in 1577. By the time he rounded the Strait of Magellan, he had only one left. It was enough. He intercepted a couple of Spanish ships laden with riches along the west coast of South America. He proceeded north, looking for more, but instead found what we now call “California.” He named it “New Albion,” or New Britain. Drake's claiming it for England would be a source of that nation's claim on the American west coast as late as the 19th century. Drake stopped to rest in a bay. No one knows for sure where that was. The most widely held belief today is that it is a bay about 30 miles north of San Francisco. Drake then proceeded west, completing the circumnavigation and returning home in 1580. Queen Elizabeth did not want the Spanish to know exactly where Drake had been, nor to appear supportive of his piracy. The result was details of Drake's journey were kept private. An account was finally published in 1628, and item 51 is a copy of the first edition of The World Encompassed by Sir Francis Drake... Drake was long gone by then, but the account was compiled mainly from notes by Francis Fletcher, who was the chaplain on the journey. This copy includes the portrait of Drake and the very rare map. $225,000.

 

Many ancient voyages were unpleasant, but few can match this one for horror. It became the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Item 24 is a Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex... by Owen Chase, published in 1821. He was one of the few survivors. In a turn about, perhaps fair play, the Essex was struck by an angry whale, rather than the other way around. It sank, the 21 survivors cramming onto three small boats. The nearest islands were 1,200 miles to the West, but the crew feared they were inhabited by cannibals. They went east instead. They were temporarily saved when they discovered uninhabited Henderson Island. They did not realize Pitcairn Island, home to the Bounty mutineers, was only 100 miles away. Food and water soon became scarce on Henderson, so 18 of the 21 survivors took to the boats again. They set out on a journey of thousands of miles on small boats meant only for short distances, little food or water with them. The three boats separated, one lost forever, while on the other two, the men began dying. The survivors were forced to eat their dead, and in one case, drew lots to determine who would be sacrificed when no one died quickly enough. Eventually, eight were rescued, all near death, including the three who stayed on Henderson Island. $13,500.

 

Here is an account from a man who did get to ride on a modern ocean liner instead of a primitive sailing ship, yet still suffered a harrowing, life-threatening experience. Allan Beattie was a passenger on the Lusitania when it went down in 1915. The Lusitania was nearing England during the middle of the First World War when she was struck by torpedoes from a German U-boat. Within a matter of minutes, she sank to the bottom. This violation of civilian shipping would be one of the reasons for the U.S. entering the war on the side of England and against Germany in 1917. Once Beattie got to land, he wrote this 12-page letter. When the first torpedo hit, he wrote, “I got an awful smash in the back from the water and was thrown about thirty feet on my face.” He found his mother, rushed below to get his life jacket, and found her again. She said she did not believe there was much danger, to which Beattie replied that it looked as bad as it could get. He strapped the jacket to his mother and kissed her. He never saw her again. Just as he finished adjusting the straps, the boat went down. “I was sent sliding the whole width of the deck.” He was thrown into the ocean, luckily rescued quickly by a lifeboat. “Mother is gone, and altho we have not heard of her I don't think that she can be alive.” Almost 1,200 people died, with about 760 surviving. Item 97. $15,000.

 

Next we have another account from a seaman, a man who signed on with the U.S. Navy from 1843-1845. Item 11 is his manuscript, with the title Private Journal of W. M. Beers. He boarded the Macedonian in Philadelphia on a mission to Liberia, the Cape Verde Islands, and the west coast of Africa. Its job was to attack pirates and interdict the slave trade. Beers was shocked by some of the behavior on board. In Philadelphia, people observed the Sabbath, but on board the ship, the sailors were forced to perform tasks that could well have waited for another day. In a letter he sent to a friend (Beers has transcribed the letters he sent in his journal), Beers writes, “I cannot describe to you the feelings that I experienced the first day,” before proceeding to describe them. “I was shocked...to hear such blasphemy and curses which accompanied almost every sentence and I feel these things much more keenly as I had but just emerged from the society of those who had [thought] for the welfare of their eternal souls...” These sailors behaved like... sailors. $900.

 

Item 34 is the rather bland sounding A Discourse Upon Some Late Improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. It was delivered to the Royal Society in 1776 by a man not well-remembered, John Pringle. The speech was of enormous importance to travel and exploration. Pringle was reading a report created by Captain James Cook, who couldn't read it himself as he was off on his third voyage. In it, Cook explains the steps needed to prevent scurvy, the scourge of early sea travel that was more threatening to missions than storms or pirates. Cook discovered that pickled cabbage and malt juice, along with cleanliness, were the solution to this terrible problem. This item is bound with five other Discourses from Pringle between 1774 and 1778. $48,500.

 

The William Reese Company may be reached at 203-789-8081 or amorder@reeseco.com. Their website is www.reeseco.com

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