• <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>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
  • <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2015 Issue

Arctic & Canadiana from Patrick McGahern Books

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Arctic & Canadiana.

Patrick McGahern Books of Ottawa has issued a catalogue of the Arctic & Canadiana. Some of these works actually sneak below the Canadian border, but they pertain to places where winter is at least cold if not brutal. For Americans, it may seem odd to see a different take on our battles against the British before we learned to bury the hatchet once and for all in the mid-19th century, but Canada made the split more slowly. Here are a few of the items Patrick McGahern Books is offering pertaining to northern lands.

 

We begin with Life With The Esquimaux. A Narrative of Arctic Experience in Search of Survivors of Sir John Franklin's Expedition. This is a copy of the 1865 “popular edition.” Hall, a self-made explorer, set out in 1860 in hopes of finding survivors of the Franklin Expedition, which disappeared 15 years earlier. By 1860, based on reports from natives and artifacts found, most everyone had concluded there were no survivors of the earlier expedition, but Hall remained optimistic and persistent. He criticized the English government for giving up when, he believed, evidence pointed to there being survivors. Naturally, he did not find any survivors, there being none, and on his second expedition later that decade he finally came to that realization. Unlike Franklin, Hall communicated frequently with the natives and in so doing learned much about their lives and environment. His book focuses on natives around Baffin Island and Frobisher Bay where he searched for Franklin. Item 11. Priced at CAN $250 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $205 U.S. dollars).

 

Next we go south of the border to an account of a war that drove settlers from Yonkers, New York, and other areas in the mid-17th century. The pamphlet is entitled Indian Wars and the Uprising of 1655 – Yonkers Depopulated, a paper by T. Astley Atkins read to the Yonkers Historical Society in 1892. Today, Yonkers is a suburb just north of New York City, but in 1655, it was a rural area indefensible by the Dutch from what was then New Amsterdam when a large number of Indians attacked. It was known as the Peach War for an Indian girl killed by Dutch settlers for stealing a peach, though the cause was likely more complicated, emanating from rivalries between the competitive European colonial powers and various Indian tribes with different loyalties. It would take awhile for the Dutch to reestablish their position, and ultimately it would be for naught, as while they survived the attacks of the Susquehannock Indians, they would succumb to the greater power of the British a decade later. Item 25. CAN $85 (US $70).

 

Those who love to hear debates would have enjoyed this one from long ago: The Burgess-Underwood Debate, commencing June 29, 1876, at Aylmer, Ontario, and continuing four days, between Prof. O. A. Burgess, and B. F. Underwood. These two had little in common except the ability to talk for days. O. A. Burgess was the President of Northwestern Christian University in Indianapolis, a proponent of that old time religion. Benjamin Franklin Underwood was a free thinker from New York, what they themselves jokingly referred to as “infidels,” a believer in Darwin's theory of evolution and the preeminence of the scientific method. The local newspaper referred to Burgess as “an eloquent speaker” whose words “cannot fail to find a responsive echo in the heart of every Christian.” However, it also gave Underwood his due, noting that he made an impact on thinkers with his “facts, authorities and theories,” and that he was “not inferior to Burgess as an orator.” Item 77. CAN $100 (US $82).

 

Most Canadians undoubtedly know the man who first crossed the nation, Alexander Mackenzie, in 1793. Who was the first to cross the land by automobile? His name is likely unfamiliar. It was T. W. (Thomas William) Wilby. He wasn't even Canadian. He was an American automobile adventurer who decided to make the journey just a century ago. By that time America had its Lincoln Highway, a rutty, dirt road that at least provided a route from the middle of the country to the Pacific. Canada lacked such a road. It all ended at Lake Superior. From there, Wilby, who started in Halifax, had to find local roads and trails to follow. As if that weren't bad enough, the Canadian Rockies formed what many thought would be an impenetrable barrier. Nonetheless, Wilby, with the assistance of locals along the trip, was always able to find a way. Sometimes, they would lead him, other times someone would ride along in his car to show him the way. Somehow, in the span of less than two months, Wilby reached his destination of Victoria. Item 143 is his account: A Motor Tour Through Canada, published in 1914. CAN $75 (US $62).

 

Wilby undoubtedly could have used this guide, but it wasn't published until 1934: Socony-Vacuum Company Trouble Shooting. Motor Car Troubles...and Cures. Socony, Standard Oil of New York, was one of the many corporations created from the break up of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. Vacuum Oil had been purchased by Rockefeller, but was spun back off after the break-up as well. Socony's first President is well-known to book collectors. It was Henry Folger, the great Shakespeare collector and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, possessor of the greatest number of First Folios. In 1931, Socony and Vacuum merged, and later adopted the more consumer friendly name Mobil. The guide promotes the quality of Socony's service, a reminder of the days when gas stations were also known as service stations, rather than convenience stores. Item 26. CAN $40 (US $33).

 

Patrick McGahern Books may be reached at 613-230-2277 or books@mcgahernbooks.ca. Their website is www.mcgahernbooks.ca.

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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>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

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