• <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
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  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2015 Issue

Western Books from Gene W. Baade

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Books on the West.

Gene W. Baade Books On The West has issued Catalogue 1214. These western books aren't going to break your bank. Prices are mostly in the double digits, with many to the lower end of that spectrum. There are many books here not just for collecting, but also actually to be read! You can learn about the characters of the Old West, some famous, some obscure, who lived the lives we dreamed about growing up. Sometimes, the pen is mightier than the gun. Here are a few.

 

We will start with a trial statement arising from a major confrontation at an Idaho mine at the turn of the century: The Closing Argument of W. E. Borah for the Prosecution, in the Great Coeur D'Alene Riot Murder Trial, Delivered July 27, 1899. The Coeur D'Alene Riot arose seven years after another confrontation at the mines, this time involving a local mine that did not employ union miners, and was cutting wages. Miners from the area determined to blow up the mine's mill, making it impossible to process the ore. They commandeered a train, picking up hundreds of miners along the way, plus a heavy load of dynamite. By the time the train arrived at the site in Wardner, it was joined by hundreds of other miners who walked there. The charge was set, the mill destroyed, and two miners killed, including one non-union man who worked at the mine. Idaho Governor Steunenberg, thought to be somewhat sympathetic to miners, called for federal troops. Hundreds of miners were rounded up and eventually held in the “bullpen,” an unsanitary structure, and held for as long as a year with no charges. Never mind niceties like habeas corpus. Meanwhile, one mine official, Paul Corcoran, was charged with the non-union miner's death. He was placed on trial, with William Borah brought in to prosecute the case. His closing argument evidently swayed the jury. Corcoran was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 17 years in prison. He was pardoned two years later. Borah would be called in again in 1907 to prosecute a case against three other union officials for the murder of Governor Steunenberg, who was assassinated in 1905. This time, he was up against Clarence Darrow for the defense, and he lost. Borah, who had only recently been elected as a senator from Idaho, went on to serve in the senate until his death in 1940, the longest serving senator at the time. Despite his confrontation here with labor, he was known as a progressive senator. Item 20. Priced at $23.50.

 

We all know who killed Billy the Kid – Pat Garrett. So, who killed Pat Garrett? Twenty-seven years later, the ex-sheriff himself was gunned down, not in a wild shoot out, but while urinating alongside a wagon on a trip through rural New Mexico. Gun downed when most vulnerable. He was traveling with two others, one who hated him, the other probably didn't much like him. Wayne Brazel, who leased some land from Garrett, and was arguing with him during that trip, admitted to killing him but claimed it was self-defense. He was tried and acquitted. Item 134 purports to give the answer: Shotgun for Hire: The Story of “Deacon” Jim Miller, Killer of Pat Garrett. The author of this (1970) book was western writer Glenn Shirley. Miller, also known as “Killer” Miller, was a hired gun with a long string of killings to his name. He was a professional. He was also related to the wife of Carl Adamson, the other man traveling with Garrett that day. It is possible that a land dispute was the cause of the killing, but there were other possibilities, as by that time in his life, Garrett had a lot of enemies but few friends. There is a third suspect with other motivations whose name also pops up. Most still think it was Brazel, but no one knows for certain, and the townspeople at the time had little interest in digging too deep, be it out of fear or relief that the disliked Garrett was gone. If Miller was Garrett's assassin, then the next question is who killed Miller? The answer is a whole bunch of people, dozens. The hired gun was arrested or tried for numerous killings but always beat the rap. The last time, he was being held for trial in Ada, Oklahoma, following a killing a year after Garrett died. The good people of Ada feared he would get off again, so in the middle of the night, they took Miller and three co-defendants out of their jail cells and hung them in an old barn. This copy of Shirley's book was signed by the author. $150.

 

We have just touched the surface when it comes to people from the Old West who were handy with a gun. Here's where you can read about a thousand more: The Biographical Album of Western Gunfighters, by Ed Bartholomew, published in 1958. It covers gunfighters on both sides of the law, outlaws, sheriffs, marshals. Sometimes, gunfighters plied their trade on both sides of the law. Along with the descriptions, the oversized book contains over 600 rare photographs of the gunfighters described. Item 16. $225.

 

Next up is an autobiography of a man who lived a long and active life: Memoirs of Orange Jacobs written by Himself, Containing Many Interesting, Amusing and Instructive Incidents of a Life of Eighty or More Years, Fifty-Six Years of Which Were Spent in Oregon and Washington. Jacobs was born in Geneseo, New York, went to Michigan in his youth where he attended University of Michigan and became a lawyer, and then, in 1852, made the long trek to Oregon. He would spend the rest of his life there and in Washington, holding numerous offices along the way. He served two terms as Washington's territorial representative in the other Washington, was an Associate then Chief Judge of the territory's Supreme Court, and was a mayor of Seattle. He received the first honorary degree ever awarded by the University of Washington. His autobiography was published in 1908 when Jacobs was 81, and he would add 6 more years before the conclusion of his interesting and amusing life. He has signed this copy. Item 65. $100.

 

I am familiar with the six flags over Texas, but 46 of them? Item 40 is The Romantic Flags of Texas, a signed presentation copy of this 1936 book by Mamie Wynne Cox. Ms. Cox was a teacher, writer, historian, and member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Many of these flags were never official. They are various proposed designs, or ones used by the Texians when they were fighting for independence from Mexico. $250.

 

Gene W. Baade Books on the West may be reached at 425-271-6481 or bookwest@q.com. The website is www.booksonthewest.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> William Oden Waller studio, <i>Manhattan Mary</i>, gouache and graphite, 1927. Sold for $77,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28:</b> Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold for $112,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b> Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first printed use of “Virginia” on a map, Paris, 1587. Sold for $80,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold for $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed, Boston, 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5:</b> Henry Ossawa Tanner, <i>Flight into Egypt</i>, oil on canvas, circa 1910. Sold for $341,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Lonely House</i>, etching, 1923. Sold for $317,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7:</b> George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:</b> Saul Leiter, <i>Waiter, Paris</i>, chromogenic print, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: </b> A. M. Cassandre, <i>Normandie / Maiden Voyage</i>, 1935. Sold for $20,000.

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