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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2015 Issue

Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books Release Their Summer Catalogue

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Summer Catalogue 2015.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books have issued their Summer Catalogue 2015. What is in it? Here is their listing of subjects – architecture, art, autographs, book history, cartography, education, exploration, history, hunting, law, literature, maritime history, medicine, military history, natural science, philosophy, religion, science, sports, technology. There can't be too many books that don't fit into one of those categories. Here are a few of the books to be found in this collection.

 

We begin with what is always a favorite topic – pirates! This is probably the most important of pirate books, an account of the true pirates of the Caribbean. Alexandre Exquemelin was a Frenchman who went to the Caribbean as an indentured servant. He learned the skills of a barber and a surgeon, an odd combination today but common at the time (both required cutting skills), but when his servitude expired, he signed on with the famous pirate Henry Morgan. For five years he plied the seas in his illicit trade before he returned to Europe to adopt literary and other more respectable pursuits. In 1678, he published this first edition of his tales, the first being written in Dutch – De Americaensche zee-roovers. This is really the only reasonably good resource about pirates in the 17th century. The book recounts how pirates went about their business, tells of their weapons and provisions. It quickly became a very popular book, pirates evidently fascinating people of the 17th century as much as they do those of the 21st. The book would go on to be published in many languages, with the tales being adjusted in accordance with the perceived desires of each audience. Obviously, not everything can be perfectly accurate under such circumstances and Exquemelin was not a perfect journalist, but this first edition is likely the least adjusted for its audience and the most accurate description of what it was like to be a pirate during this time. Item 64. Priced at €45,000 (euros, or approximately $49,815 U.S. dollars).

 

Here is a booklet about another pirate, except that he operated with the blessings of Queen Elizabeth, so he became a knight and is officially referred to as a "privateer" instead. Sir Francis Drake stole from Spanish ships, which was fine with Elizabeth because he took in a lot of valuables and shared them with his Queen. However, this book pertains to a later mission of Drake's. After his success at pirating, Drake was appointed a vice-admiral and was a participant in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. This led an appointment the subject of this booklet – Drake and Sir John Norris were sent to destroy the remnants of the Spanish Armada, overthrow the King of Portugal (who was also King of Spain), and capture the Azores. This one didn't turn out so well. The English expected the Portuguese would rebel against their King, but it didn't happen. Between storms, disease, and a stronger defense than expected, the British were unsuccessful in achieving any of their goals. Item 55 is Brevis et fida narratio, et continuatio rerum omnium a Drako et Norreysio, an attempt to put a good face on a failed mission. This is a second edition, published in 1590, the first one published outside of England (Frankfurt). €25,000 (US $27,651).

 

Next up is what appears to be a first edition and the only known such copy of a tale that is either a miracle or not entirely true: Verissima relacion embiada a Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin... It was taken from a manuscript account by Andres de Santa Maria, the Cochin Bishop in Goa, and published in 1609. According to the story, an Islamic beggar, a 380-year-old man whose hair was still black and whose teeth had fallen out twice but grown back, had, as a young man, spotted what appeared to be a Christian monk on the other side of the Ganges River, seeking help to cross. Being a gentleman, he helped the man across the river, whereupon the latter revealed himself to be St. Francis of Assisi, who rewarded his helper with a pledge of youth, good health, and black hair until the end of his life. Presuming the Bishop heard about the man a few years earlier, the timing holds up well as St. Francis died about 380 years prior to the book being published. However, there is no record of St. Francis ever traveling east of the Holy Land. Whatever happened to the beggar, or whether he is still alive, is unknown, or perhaps none of this is really quite so verissima as the title claims. Item 163. €18,500 (US $20,454).

 

Item 112 is the most important book of internal exploration in America, Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. This is the official account of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, authorized by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and Joseph Clark up the Missouri to find its headwaters, and across the Northwest to find out what was there and begin trade with the natives. This is a copy of the "corrected" London edition of 1815 (however, this second London did not correct the misspelling of Clark's name as "Clarke"). The first edition was published in Philadelphia the prior year, followed by a London edition. This one is a year later, but sells for around 10% of the cost of the first. Importantly, it contains all the maps, including the large fold-out. €10,500 (US $11,601).

 

You may reach the Antiquariaat Forum at +31 (0)30 6011955 or info@forumrarebooks.com. Their website is www.forumrarebooks.comAsher Rare Books may be reached at +31 (0)30 6011955 or info@asherbooks.com. Their website is www.asherbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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

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