Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2015 Issue

Medicine, Military, Literature, American History and More from Yesterday's Muse Books

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Books from yesterday.

Yesterday's Muse Books recently published their May 2015 Catalog. We are a little behind on that, but close enough. There is a variety of material here, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. A few topics have particular concentrations. There are many medical books from the 19th century, military works pertaining to the great wars, quite a few literary works, a few children's books, some American history, and various other topics. It is worth a look for collectors in numerous fields. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with one of those books relating to American history, in this case, history in the making. Item 10 is The Life and Public Services of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, with a Portrait on Steel. To Which is Added a Biographical Sketch of Hon. Hannibal Hamlin, by D. W. Bartlett. Lincoln, of course, was a president and Hamlin was his first vice-president. However, this is not a biography of a president and vice-president. It was published in 1860, at which time Lincoln was but a former one-term congressman while Hamlin had been a senator, governor and congressman from Maine. Safe to say, this biography was written to promote their ticket for national office, and while we don't know whether it played any role, it certainly didn't hurt. Priced at $175.

 

Around the time Lincoln was thinking of running for President, Charles Reemelin had other issues in mind. He was concerned about the quality of wine produced in the United States. To alleviate these concerns he published a book, The Vine-Dresser's Manual, An Illustrated Treatise on Vineyards and Wine-Making. This is an 1859 printing of an 1855 book. Reemelin was an immigrant from Germany who brought old-world wine making skills to the new world. He provides instructions on planting and cultivating a vineyard and producing "good, wholesome wine." Reemelin announces that "the use of wine as food must necessarily be a part of the social enjoyments of our people." A century and a half later, many Americans have come to agree with his assessment. Item 1. $250.

 

Next up is a medical text with a focus on a most amazing case: Life and Letters of Dr. William Beaumont, Including Hitherto Unpublished Data Concerning the Case of Alexis St. Martin, published in 1912. The authors are Jesse Myer and William Osler, along with the contributions of Dr. Beaumont, though he died almost 60 years prior. William Beaumont is known as the "Father of Gastric Physiology" for his pioneering work on gastric digestion, though it was poor Alexis St. Martin who enabled him to conduct his extensive research. In 1822, Canadian fur trapper St. Martin was shot in the stomach at close range. Beaumont, an army physician, treated him, not expecting that he would live. He did, but the hole never completely healed. It offered Beaumont an amazing opportunity. He could peer inside of St. Martin's stomach and observe what was going on. He even put pieces of food on a string in there and then pulled it out to observe what had happened. For a while, no longer able to trap, St. Martin worked as Dr. Beaumont's handyman, giving the doctor regular access, though St. Martin moved on to other endeavors. And, despite the hole in his stomach, St. Martin lived to a ripe old age, dying in 1880 at the age of 78 (some records say 86, giving him an earlier birth date). Dr. Beaumont's work is considered the most important in the field prior to Pavlov. Item 39. $45.

 

Here is another work related to Dr. Beaumont, sort of a centennial celebration of Beaumont's most important book, published in 1833. Item 47 is William Beaumont (1785-1853): The Centenary of the Publication of His Contributions to Medicine. Naturally, it was published in 1933, this copy having been signed by author Nolie Mumey. Mumie was himself a physician and a noted writer on medical history. This book is a limited edition, copy #18 of 100. $75.

 

We all want to save money on food, so here is a cookbook that will help you. It has to help because it comes from a time of rationing. Item 15 is The Victory Binding of the American Woman's Cook Book: Wartime Edition, with Victory Substitutes and Economical Recipes for Delicious Wartime Meals. Ruth Berolzheimer's 1943 cookbook, published during the heart of the Second World War, was designed to help people stretch their budgets and food sources in these difficult times. It is likely that these recipes will be more healthy than what is found in most diets today with all their fat, corn syrup, and processed foods. Don't forget your victory garden – free, healthy food. Ms. Berolzheimer teaches us how to feed a family of five on $15 a week. That may not be realistic 70 years of inflation later, but I reckon these recipes are still a good deal as you will struggle to feed a family of one for $15 a day now. $95.

 

Yesterday's Muse Books may be reached at 585-265-9295 or yesterdays.muse@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.websterbookstore.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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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