• <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2015 Issue

From the Archives of Victor Gollancz Offered by Peter Harrington

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From the archives of Victor Gollancz.

Peter Harrington has issued a catalogue From the Archives of Victor Gollancz Ltd. Victor Gollancz was a man of strong political beliefs who worked in the printing business as a young man. His views ranged from liberal to socialist to sympathetic to communism for awhile, but he changed his opinion of the last of those after the Soviet-Nazi treaty of 1939. Gollancz was one of the first to understand the dangers of the rise of the Nazis in Germany and later realize the extent of the horrors being inflicted in that land during the war. In 1927, he set up his own publishing company, to help print the works of those who espoused similar views, but he would go on to publish many other types of books as well, including much fiction. His use of bright yellow dust jackets with recommendations and other enticing comments on the covers was designed to draw attention to the firm's books.

 

Victor Gollancz died in 1967. His company, Victor Gollancz Ltd., passed to his daughter, and was sold to outside publishers in 1989. It has since changed hands a few times and today still exists as an imprint for science fiction and fantasy books. The books in this archive were acquired from Gollancz's successors. They had been file copies and most are stamped as such. They have been kept together, out of circulation for a long time, and are mostly in very good condition or better, dust jackets included. Harrington notes that most are very uncommon if not seriously rare. Gollancz tended to publish first editions in short runs to see if there was a market before rolling them out. The catalogue describes 332 of them, but Harrington notes that there are more available online. Most were printed in the 1930's but a few come from the closer years of the adjoining decades. Here are a few of these titles.

 

Victor Gollancz had pacifist sympathies, so this book would have been a natural: Robert Bernays' Naked Fakir, published in 1931. It is the author's account of India's Mahatma Gandhi, who led his nation to independence through non-violent resistance. Gandhi had been promoting a break from Britain during the 1920's and in 1930, India's Congress declared its independence from the mother country, a declaration ignored by the colonial power. Gandhi participated in a major protest against the salt tax that year (Americans can relate to such a tax protest against the British), though in the year this book was published, he reached a pact with the British viceroy that restored some order to the colony. Nonetheless, Gandhi would press on to his ultimate goal of independence, finally achieved in 1947. Item 75. Priced at £85 (British pounds, or roughly $129 in U.S. dollars).

 

Item 185 is the first edition in the English language of a major work that left us with the expression “kafkaesque” to describe a bizarre, irrational situation. The Trial, Franz Kafka's unfinished masterpiece, was first published in German in 1925. This edition, translated by Edwin and Willa Muir, was published by Gollancz in 1937. It is the story of a man, known only as “K,” who is arrested on unstated charges. He faces various proceedings, never knowing what he has supposedly done wrong, in a surrealistic court, represented by a lawyer who isn't of much help. Eventually, he is hauled off and executed. Kafka wrote the unfinished book ten years before he died, evidently abandoning it and wishing it never be published. He left instructions that it be destroyed after he died, but fortunately, his literary executor ignored his wishes and had it published. £8,750 (US $13,273).

 

This next item is also a product of Gollancz's political views: Native Son, by Richard Wright. Published in 1940, this is a first UK edition of a book first published the previous year in America. It is the black writer's fictional account of a young black man, growing up in utter poverty in Chicago, and the despair and tragedy to which it inevitably leads. It was controversial in its day, long before the Civil Rights movement began to draw sympathy from much of white America. Item 326. £275 (US $417).



This is the strange story of Gaspard Hauser. The Orphan of Europe. Published in 1930, it is a first edition in English of a French book about a young man who died almost a century earlier. Kaspar Hauser showed up in the streets of Nuremberg one day around the age of 16 with a note and a very strange story. He claimed to have been raised in a tiny, dark cell, with almost no human contact. His story elicited both curiosity and sympathy. No one could figure out his true identity or history. Some believed he was the captured son of a nobleman. In the years following, he was taken in by various sympathetic people. Ultimately, it appears that just about every one of them came to believe Hauser was a liar and a fraud. He died in 1833 of a stab wound, which many believed was self-inflicted, the knife stuck in a little too deep by a faker trying to rekindle interest in his plight. Octave Aubrey's historic novel was originally published in French in 1928. Item 32. £85 (US $129).



Item 19 comes from 1929, the first UK edition of The Polar Adventure. The “Italia” tragedy seen at close quarters, by Odd Arnesen. This is an account of the tragic second North Pole expedition by Italian Umberto Nobile, originally published in Norwegian. In 1926, Nobile and Norwegian Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, piloted a semi-rigid airship over the North Pole. It may, or may not, have been the first such overflight, depending on whether you believe Richard Byrd's earlier claim. Nobile and Amundsen later had a split, and in 1928, Nobile set out on a second such expedition. On the return flight, the Italia crashed. Only six of the sixteen on board survived, Nobile being one of them. Amundsen put away his hard feelings and joined the search. He was lost, his precise fate unknown. Nobile lived another half century. £175 (US $265).



Peter Harrington may be reached at +44 020 7591 0220 or orders@peterharrington.co.uk. Their website is www.peterharrington.co.uk.

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  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

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