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  • <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Seba, Albertus. <i>Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri.</i> Amsterdam: J. Wetsten, 1734[-1769]. €350,000–550,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Janssonius, Joannes. <i>Novus Atlas Absolutissimus</i>. Amsterdam: J Jansson, 1658 [after 1664]. €250,000–450,000
    <b>Christie’s Paris, Nov. 28:</b> Goya, Francisco de. <i>[La Tauromaquia.] Treinta y tres estampas, que representan diferentes suertes y actitudes del arte de lidiar los Toros</i>. Madrid: [Rafael Esteve, 1816]. €150,000–250,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>On residual rays – and guilt about an old girlfriend</i>. Prague, 26 December 1911. US$10,000–15,000
    <b>Christie’s Online, Nov. 29 – Dec. 06:</b> Einstein, Albert. <i>‘What is logically simple is so difficult mathematically'</i>. Princeton, 16 August 1949. US$20,000–30,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Yorktown Campaign manuscript map. ‘No 1 Carte générale de l’Isle de New York et des Environs...No 2. Reconnoissance Geometrique…’ n.p., c. 1781–1782. US$150,000–200,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 5:</b> Le Hay, Jacques and Ferriol, Charles de (1637–1722). <i>Recueil de cent estampes représentant differentes nations du Levant</i>. Paris: Le Hay and Duchange, 1714. US$30,000–40,000
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Cresswell, Samuel Gurney. <i>A Series of Eight Sketches … of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Investigator during the Discovery of the North-west Passage</i>. London: 1854. US$30,000–40,000.
    <b>Christie’s New York, Dec. 7:</b> Veer, Gerrit de. <i>Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum</i>. Amsterdam: Cornelius [Claesz], 1598. US$25,000–35,000
  • <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 95. Turing. <i>Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals</i>. Offprint. London, 1939. Robin Gandy's Copy. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 98. Zernike, Fritz. The 1953 Nobel Prize for Physics: The Invention of the Phase-Contrast Microscope. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 111. Apple 1 Computer, operational, with exceptional provenance. $400,000 to $600,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1074. Bruce, Lenny. An unreleased 16 mm film by "Count" Lewis DePasquale featuring Lenny Bruce. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1254. Hirohito. Manuscript in Japanese, "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1095. Goldman. Emma. Large archive of correspondence, much of it to Warren Starr Van Valkenburgh. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: History of Science and Technology. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 109. Wozniak and Jobs. The First Digital "Blue Box", Berkeley, 1972. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 46. Newton, Isaac. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica</i>. 1st issue. London, 1687. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 49. Newton. Autograph Manuscript in English, a portion of a draft of Newton's study on revelation. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams: Voices of the 20th Century. Wednesday, December 6, 2017. New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1027. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. 1st edition, 1st issue. Scribners, 1925. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1042. Hemingway., Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. Presentation copy, one of 15 copies. Scribners, 1940. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 6:</b> Lot 1215. A 48-star American Flag, flown from LCT-703, sunk on Omaha Beach, December 1944. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <b>ALDE - Modern Illustrated Books - Original Drawings. 22 November 2017</b>
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> DEGAS (Edgar). Danseuses au repos. Charcoal drawing. 30,000€ to 40,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> ERNST (Max). Une Semaine de bonté ou Les Sept éléments capitaux. Deuxième cahier. L'Eau. 1934. With an original collage signed by Max Ernst. 15,000€ to 20,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> BALZAC (Honoré de). Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu. 1931. Illustrated edition by Pablo Picasso of 12 original etchings. 20,000€ to 30,000€
    <b>ALDE, Nov. 22:</b> GIACOMETTI (Alberto). Paris sans fin. 1969. Last illustrated book of Giacometti. 15,000€ to 20,000€

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2015 Issue

Rare and Interesting Material from Canada's Patrick McGahern Books

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Rare and interesting books.

Patrick McGahern Books has published a catalogue of Rare, Scarce and Interesting Books. The number of Canadian items will quickly lead you to conclude this must be a Canadian bookseller. That is true, but since so much of this material is historical in nature, we find many items related to the three other countries big in Canada's history – the United States, England, and France. All three have been friends, enemies, and have fought on Canadian soil (or sometimes Canadian ice). It is a large land with an exciting history, too often overlooked by its American neighbor, but that's because they don't cause problems for us like some lands far, far away. There are thousands of miles of border, but no fences or walls. Here are a few items found in this latest McGahern catalogue.

 

We will start with an early journey that is important both to Canadian and American history. Indeed, Louis Hennepin was the first European to view the quintessential meeting point of the two countries – Niagara Falls. He exaggerated its height, but Father Hennepin was prone to exaggeration on occasion. Hennepin was a Recollet missionary, though better known for his explorations than his ministering. Hennepin was sent by his order to Quebec, and then accompanied La Salle west in 1678. He was there for the building of Fort Crevecoeur, which the Indians called "Checagou" (Chicago). After that, he was sent off with two others to travel down the Illinois River to the Mississippi, but to then proceed north up the river, rather than south as had been done before. He would do that, be captured by Indians, and later ransomed free. During his travels, he discovered St. Anthony Falls (which he named) and went as far north as the site of today's Minneapolis. Hennepin had traveled farther into the heartland of America than any European before him. He wrote a couple of books after returning to France. Item 29 is a first edition of Nouvelle decouverte d'un tres grand pays situe dans l'Amerique, entre le Nouveau Mexique et la mer Glaciale, published in 1697. Hennepin's reputation was damaged by his lack of complete honesty, such as claiming he also traveled all the way down the Mississippi to its mouth. Time would not have permitted such a journey, and his description was cribbed from La Salle. Still, for those locations he visited, he was often the first and he provided readers with the first information about these distant places. Priced at CN $25,000 (Canadian dollars, or roughly US $19,807).

 

Long before Hennepin came to America, the Englishman Thomas Gage arrived, though his travels took place south of the U.S. border. Gage came in 1625, which was not early for a Spaniard to visit Central America, but a first for his countrymen. The Spanish, fearful that knowledge of the their Central and South American colonies would make it easier for other countries to loot them, kept foreigners out. However, Gage had gone to Spain in 1612 where he abandoned his Anglican faith and joined up with the Dominicans. Still he would not have been permitted to travel to their colonies, so Gage had to be smuggled on board a ship. He would serve as a missionary in Guatemala, but also traveled around Mexico and Central America. After a lengthy stay, Gage decided to go, leaving without telling his order, and returning to England. He then rejoined the Anglicans and served to advise the English on how to attack the Spanish colonies, his guidance being helpful when they attacked Jamaica in 1655. He accompanied the British to Jamaica and died there the following year. Item 24 is his book The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land: Or, a New Survey of the West Indies, containing a Journal of Three hundred Miles within the main Land of America, published in 1648. It was the most authoritative account of the Spanish colonies in America available to anyone outside of Spain at the time. CN $5,500 (US $4,358).

 

Item 18 is a story of surprising bravery by part of the crew of the British East Indiaman the Sussex: A Genuine Account of the Ship S-----x, in the Service of the East India Company. It was written by the survivor, John Dean, and published in 1740. The Sussex was sailing home off the coast of Africa when struck by a violent storm. The Captain, officers, and most of the crew decided it best to abandon the ship and ride home with a sister ship. However, 15 of the crewmen believed the Sussex could be saved and chose to remain with her. Over the course of four days, they steered her to shore in Madagascar and repaired the boat. They set out home, only to hit a rock and begin a slow descent to the bottom of the sea. Eight of the men decided to get on the pinnace, a small boat used to visit other ships or shore, while the others thought their chances better remaining with the Sussex. They were wrong. Still, three of the eight were washed away, while after a harrowing 17 days, the remainder made it to shore. Three of those men died in Madagascar, and the fate of another is unknown. All we know is that Dean was the sole survivor to make it back home, where he wrote this account. The East India Company evidently valued his bravery and service, granting him a generous pension and naming him a company official. Dean died in a hospital in 1747. CN $2,500 (US $1,977).

 

Here is a most remarkable letter, though with few ties to North America. Written in Italian, it is a letter from André-Hercule de Fleury, dated November 17, 1726, thanking Pope Benedict XIII for his appointment as a cardinal. He had already been a priest for almost half a century by the time. De Fleury was serving in the court when he was appointed tutor to King Louis XIV's great-grandchild in 1715. Since Louis' son and grandson had already died, his great-grandchild was his heir, and a few months later, at the age five, he ascended to the throne as King Louis XV. Cardinal de Fleury continued as tutor, and when the young king reached adulthood, he retained his great trust in his tutor. Despite Cardinal de Fleury's reluctance, Louis XV named the recently appointed Cardinal his Chief Minister, though de Fleury was now 73 years old. Nevertheless, Cardinal de Fleury served a long term in this position, during which he repaired France's tattered finances and mostly kept her out of war (particularly with England), though at times he could be a bit heavy handed. Cardinal de Fleury died in 1743, at the age of 89. It is likely he was effectively France's ruler during much of his incumbency, and his years are generally regarded as the most successful of Louis XV's rule. The King did not appoint anyone else as Chief Minister after de Fleury's death. Item 22. $350 (US $276).

 

Here is an opportunity for collectors on a more limited budget. It is a collection of Annual Closing programs for the Carleton School for Girls in Ottawa. There are eight of them (just $6.25 each) from the years 1922-1926 (three are duplicated). It was founded in 1905 on the site of a previous girls' school whose head had committed suicide. Miss Claribel Smith wasted little time in taking over the property, though she moved the school five years later to her home on Argyle Ave. The school must have been a success as it remained in operation from 1905 until sometime in the early 1930's when it closed due to the death of Miss Smith. It was out of business by 1934 as by that time the building was occupied by her sister, Winnifred, who was renting out rooms. The property was sold to the government after Winnifred died in 1943 and as best I can tell there are currently apartments on the site in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District across from the Canadian Museum of Nature. Item 46. CN $50 (US $39).

 

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>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Walt Whitman. Poetical manuscript from <i>Leaves of Grass</i> (1865)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Daniel Boone.) Filson. <i>The Discovery ... of Kentucke</i> (1784)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Edgar A. Poe. <i>Tales</i> (1845) original cloth
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy!</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Emerson. Autograph letter signed on his philosophy of poetry (1841)
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Fitzgerald. <i>This Side of Paradise</i> (1920) presentation copy
  • <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on November 20th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br><i>Biblia latina</i>, Nuremberg 1475. <br>Est: €18,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>Latin and French Book of Hours, Paris around 1490. Est: €60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>P. J. Redouté, <i>Les Roses</i>, Paris 1828-29. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on November 20th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>G. W. Knorr, <i>Deliciae Naturae Selectae</i>, Doordrecht 1771. Est: €10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>J. J. Spalowsky, <i>Beytrag zur Naturgeschichte der Vögel</i>, Vienna 1790-92. Est: €20,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>H. A. Châtelain, <i>Atlas historique</i>, Amsterdam 1718-20. Est: €20,000
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on November 20th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>K. Rasmussen, Thule-expedition, around 1925-33. Est: €28,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>E. Cerillo, <i>Dipinti murali di Pompei</i>, Napels 1886. Est: €3,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>W. Shakespeare, <i>The plays</i>, London 1807. Est: €1,500
    <b>Ketterer Kunst Hamburg: Rare Books Auction on November 20th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br>G. Klimt, <i>Das Werk</i>, Vienna 1914. Est: €15,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br><i>International Exhibition of Modern Art</i>, New York 1926. Est: €3,500
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books Nov. 20:</b><br><i>Arp – Delaunay – Magnelli – Taeuber-Arp</i>, Paris 1950. Est: €1,500
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Norman, <i>The American Pilot</i>, complete copy with 11 folding charts, Boston, 1810. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>John Smith, <i>New England</i>, London, 1616. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Plancius Petrus, <i>Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus</i>, Amsterdam, 1594. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Martin Waldseemüller, <i>Tabula Terre Nove</i>, woodcut, Strasbourg, 1513. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Forlani & Zaltieri, <i>Il Disegno del Discoperto della Noua Franza</i>, Venice, 1566. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first appearance of "Virginia" on a printed map, Paris, 1587. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pieter van den Keere, <i>Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Geographica</i>, Amsterdam, 1608. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Abraham Ortelius, <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i>, Antwerp, 1584. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>George B. Goode & Samuel A. Kilbourne, <i>Game Fishes of the United States</i>, New York, 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:<br>Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>William Faden, <i>The Province of New Jersey</i>, London, 1777. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>James Gillray, <i>The Plumb-Pudding in Danger</i>, hand-colored etching, London, 1805. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b><br>Pierre Belon, <i>L'Histoire de la Nature des Oyseaux</i>, with woodcut illustrations, Paris, 1555. $8,000 to $12,000.

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