• <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2015 Issue

Fine Press, Books About Books, and Some Totally Unrelated Items from Oak Knoll Books

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Books about books and other things.

Oak Knoll Books recently released their Catalogue 307 Fine Press and Books about Books. Their specialty is the book arts, with this catalogue broken into sections to guide readers to items of greatest interest. The section headings are: featured book, bookbinding, printing history, miniature books, private and fine press, the Limited Editions Club, book illustration, book design, type specimens, papermaking, reference and bibliography, books about books, and miscellaneous titles. Most of those headings are self-explanatory, but that one about “miscellaneous titles” is a real grab bag. These are not typical Oak Knoll items, making this an intriguing catalogue even for those who don't collect in the book arts. Variety is the spice of book catalogues. Here are a few items from this latest Oak Knoll selection.

 

We start with the first item in the catalogue, the “featured book.” Item 1 is the History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark... a first edition (1814) of the official account of the most significant U.S. internal expedition ever undertaken. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the expedition to the American Northwest, exploring the newly acquired Louisiana Territory at the direction of President Jefferson. There are few books as important to an Americana collection as this one. This copy is not in perfect condition, and is lacking the separately issued folding map, but is available at one-tenth the price that some copies command. Priced at $12,500.

 

Next we have an item Oak Knoll describes as a “spectacular book.” That is a fair description. Item 218 is A Book of Samples of Papers manufactured to Print Properly All Kinds of Illustrations. Together with a Book of the Same Papers Printed and Lithographed in All of the Principal Processes Used for Illustration. It was published in 1922 by the Champion Coated Paper Company. Champion, which later changed its name to Champion International paper, existed for over a century until purchased by International Paper in 2000. This is a demonstration book with samples of 328 different papers, followed by illustrations printed on the same types of paper. $275.

 

Here is an unusual title from the category of book illustration: Life in London; or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, the Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees through the Metropolis. This is the work of Pierce Egan, a British novelist, sportswriter, and chronicler of contemporary culture, published in 1821. Wood engravings were provided by Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, Sr. Oak Knoll describes this illustrated work as “a beautiful book.” Item 185. $625.

 

It's common to see classic literature, religious texts, or even fantasy turned into miniature books. This seems like a bit of oddly heavy text to be used for a miniature – 1918-1923 German Hyperinflation, by Marjorie Palmer, published in 1967. German inflation was anything but miniature in this period. Germany chose borrowing to fund its war effort during the First World War. The result was that the exchange rate went from 4 marks to the dollar to 9 by war's end. By the end of 1919, the exchange rate had ballooned to 32 marks to the dollar, and 90 in 1921. It was then that Germany had to begin paying reparations to the allies. It had to pay in either gold or foreign currency, and lacking sufficient gold, it began printing more and more paper marks to buy foreign currency. The more it printed, the more the mark's value dropped, requiring more and more newly minted marks to buy decreasing amounts of foreign currency. By the end of 1921, the exchange rate had skyrocketed to 330-1. The hyperinflation had barely begun. At the conclusion of 1922, the exchange rate reached 800-1. Then came the serious hyperinflation. People would spend their marks as soon as they got them, knowing that tomorrow, they would be worth much less. By the end of 1923, it took an astronomical 4.2 trillion marks to buy one U.S. dollar. At that point, Germany issued a new mark to replace the worthless old ones, and the hyperinflation was brought under control. Item 45. $350 (or 1.5 quadrillion old marks).

 

This next book comes from the field of bibliography, and it covers the granddaddy of sporting books: A Bibliography of the Complete Angler of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton. Arnold Wood's bibliography won't provide any recent printings; it cuts off in the year it was published – 1900. However, it will cover the antiquarian editions. Annotated descriptions are provided for 140 editions, with 86 of the title pages reproduced. It was printed for Charles Scribner's Sons at the DeVinne Press. Item 232. $750.

 

Item 289 is a book you will think has to do with color printing based on its title: Introduction to the Study of Colour Phenomena, published in 1905. It doesn't. It was primarily concerned with beer, though the application of the technology has now gone way beyond such spirited usages. This item comes from Oak Knoll's miscellaneous category. Joseph Lovibond was a brewer, plying his family trade, when he noticed you could determine the quality of a beer by observing its color. He determined to create a device that could be used to gauge color. What he came up with was the first practical colorimeter, an item using colored glass slides. The idea came to his mind after observing stained glass windows. The slides were colored in various shades of beer, and by eyeballing them next to a brew, he could determine its quality. The company Lovibond founded to produce his invention still exists today, and while their colorimeters are not ideal for perfectly matching colors, they are close enough for field work, their being portable for use on site. $225.

 

Oak Knoll Books may be reached at 800-996-2556 or orders@oakknoll.com. Their website is www.oakknoll.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.

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