• <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>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SAINT-EXUPERY, ANTOINE DE. Kodachrome Film (16mm) showing Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Consuelo on a boat, 1942. JOINED: Guestbook for the Boat, signed, with a drawing of the Little Prince. 15 000 to 20 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CANDEE, HELEN CHURCHILL. Autograph manuscript. TITANIC, 40 leaves. Original account of the most famous shipwreck, by a survivor of the ordeal. 300 000 to 400 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> TITANIC. Collection of 7 documents relating to the shipwreck of the Titanic (14 April 1912). 20 000 to<br>30 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> DUPLEIX DE CADIGNAN, JEANBAPTISTE. Signed autograph manuscript. Thirty years of memoirs related to military services and important information on the American War of Independence.<br>40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> CURTIUS. Faiz et Conquestes d'Alexandre [Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand]. In French, illuminated manuscript on paper and parchment, 16 large miniatures. 300 000 to<br>500 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> NELSON, HORATIO. Signed autograph letter, ‘Nelson & Bronte,” aboard the Amazon, 14 October 1801, addressed to Sir William Hamilton. 4 000 to 5 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> GIROLAMO FRANCESCO MARIA MAZZUOLI DIT LE PARMESAN. Le couple amoureux. Pen and brown ink. 80 000 to 120 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SADE, DONATIEN-ALPHONSE-FRANÇOIS, MARQUIS DE. Autograph manuscript. The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinage, 1785.<br>4 000 000 to 6 000 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> MIRÓ, JOAN. Signed autograph correspondence to Thomas and Diane Bouchard (1949-1976). 50 000 to 60 000 €
    <b>Les Collections Aristophil:<br>December 20, 2017</b>
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> BALZAC, HONORÉ DE. Signed autograph manuscript, Ursule Mirouët, [1841]. One of only two manuscripts of novels by Balzac in private hands. 800 000 to<br>1 200 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> LENOIR, ALEXANDRE. Essai sur l'histoire des arts en Egypte pouvant servir d'appendice au grand ouvrage de la Commission. autograph manuscript with numerous additions and corrections. 40 000 to 50 000 €
    <b>Collections Aristophil, Dec. 20:</b> SCHRÖDINGER, ERWIN. Autograph manuscript [Spring 1946, sent to Albert Einstein]. 1 500 to 2 000 €
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 14:</b> William Oden Waller studio, <i>Manhattan Mary</i>, gouache and graphite, 1927. Sold for $77,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 28:</b> Missionary archive of Samuel W. and Gideon H. Pond, Minnesota, 1833-93. Sold for $112,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 5:</b> Richard Hakluyt, <i>Novus Orbis</i>, first printed use of “Virginia” on a map, Paris, 1587. Sold for $80,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 17:</b> Aegidius Romanus, <i>Lo libre del regiment dels princeps</i>, first edition in Catalan, Barcelona, 1480. Sold for $50,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed, Boston, 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 5:</b> Henry Ossawa Tanner, <i>Flight into Egypt</i>, oil on canvas, circa 1910. Sold for $341,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 2:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Lonely House</i>, etching, 1923. Sold for $317,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 7:</b> George Washington, Autograph Letter Signed, to his spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge, New Jersey, 1780. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 19:</b> Saul Leiter, <i>Waiter, Paris</i>, chromogenic print, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 26: </b> A. M. Cassandre, <i>Normandie / Maiden Voyage</i>, 1935. Sold for $20,000.
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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2015 Issue

Rare Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

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No. 145 of Rare Americana.

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued No. 145 of Rare Americana. It contains books, pamphlets, broadsides and manuscripts pertaining to America, primarily during the 18th and 19th century. Most items are uncommon, some unique one-of-a-kind documents. They cover such issues as politics, religion, war, peace, revolution, rebellion, slavery, abolition, crime, prisons, arms, medicine, women's rights, death and taxes, all the big issues of the day. Come to think of it, we are still fighting over these issues. Doesn't anything ever get resolved? Here are a few examples.

 

We start with a contemporary manuscript copy of a resolution introduced by Alexander Hamilton and adopted by Congress on May 26, 1783. It is not one of our more honorable acts, but displays the founders ambivalence with the institution of slavery, one that most did not like but defended as a current necessity, hoping it would fade away with future generations. This resolution came at the end of the Revolutionary War, and was sent to George Washington as directions for his peace negotiations with the British. The British had promised many American slaves that if they fought on their behalf, they would be granted their freedom. Of course, the British assumed they would win the war. Now defeated, and planning their departure from the continent, the British were faced with either keeping their promises or abandoning those slaves that helped them. This resolution from the American Congress calls on the British to remove themselves "with all convenient speed, and without causing any destruction, or carrying away any Negroes or other property of the American inhabitants..." Hamilton, like many others, shared the ambivalence to slavery, being intellectually opposed, even helping form the Society for the Promotion of the Manumission of Slaves in New York, while participating in slave purchase and sale transactions on behalf of his wife's slave owning family. Ultimately, the British kept their word to the former slaves and ignored this demand, boarding some 3,000-4,000 on ships in New York sailing to England or its colonies in Canada and Jamaica. A manuscript copy of this resolution was prepared for Washington by Congress' Secretary Charles Thomson. This is a copy, evidently prepared at the same time, and while it also indicates being signed by Thomson as was the original, this one appears to have been written by his assistant, George Bond. Item 27. Priced at $12,500.

 

Politics has become uglier in recent years, but rather than reaching new lows, perhaps we have just returned to the level of invective of earlier years. Item 29 is Letter No. 1 of eight printed letters promised by Hiram Cunningham in 1845, though he never published any more. Cunningham provides his opinion of ex-President John Tyler, and while you might think he would have moved on after Tyler left office, Cunningham had a few choice words to say, summed up by the title: Secret history of the perfidies, intrigues, and corruptions of the Tyler Dynasty, with the mysteries of Washington City, connected with that vile administration, in a series of letters to the ex-acting President, by one most familiar with the subject. Avenging justice, though sometimes slow, yet always sure, will soon thunder down anathemas upon your head. The accumulated misery your perfidy has caused, will yet be seen, like foul spirits, passing before your vision, and make you curse the day that gave you birth. If he wrote that today, he soon would have had a visit from the Secret Service, and perhaps that is why he wrote no more. We have not been able to determine who this Hiram Cunningham was or what his particular beef was with Tyler, though Tyler is certainly in the running for honors as the least popular president in American history. Item 29. $250.

 

Item 105 is an account of a murder with a certain irony. The title is An Authentic Life of John C. Colt. Now Imprisoned for Killing Samuel Adams, in New York, on the Seventeenth of September, 1841. It was written by Charles F. Powell, who visited Colt in prison, and published the account the following year. Colt was no common criminal. He was a bookkeeper, teacher, and law clerk. Colt wrote the quintessential textbook at the time on double-entry bookkeeping, not part of the profile of the typical killer. Colt owed Adams an amount of money (said to be $1.35) for printing. Colt claimed Adams attempted to choke him with his tie, whereupon Colt grabbed what he thought to be a hammer and struck his creditor four or five times. It turned out he had grabbed a hatchet instead. His quadruple-entry hacheting finished Adams off. Colt then did what anyone would do who had accidentally killed a man in self defense. He salted the body, packed it in a shipping crate, and sent it from his home in New York to a non-existent address in New Orleans. The jury didn't buy the excuse and he was sentenced to death. Numerous appeals and requests to the Governor from important people for a pardon were denied. Colt only avoided the hangman's noose by stabbing himself to death the morning he was to be executed. As for the irony, it was in Colt's choice of a hatchet as the murder weapon. Colt was the brother of the famous gun maker Samuel Colt. $600.

 

Here is a picture of a man who did use a gun to kill his victim, though it wasn't one of Colt's. Item 77 is a mugshot of Leon Czolgosz, showing head-on and profile views of the killer. Czolgosz was an anarchist. He felt the government was aligned against the interests of the working people and decided to do something about it. In 1901, he shuffled off to Buffalo to attend the Pan-American Exposition. He wasn't there to see the exhibits. Instead, he stood in a receiving line to greet President William McKinley, and when his turn came, he pulled out his pistol and shot the President. McKinley died of his wounds eight days later. Czolgosz, pleased with what he had done, refused to testify at his trial and would not even cooperate with his lawyers. He was quickly convicted and 45 days after McKinley died, Czolgosz went off to join him from his seat in the electric chair. The back of the photo is signed by James F. Vallely, Chief of Detectives for the Pan-Am Exhibition, and Detective Sergeant C. H. Reynolds. It was Vallely who captured Czolgosz and took him into custody. $1,500.

 

Next is one more item filled with irony. Item 54 is Fourteen Months in American Bastiles by Frank Key Howard, published in 1863. Howard was a Baltimore newspaper editor with southern sympathies. At the time of the Civil War, Maryland was a border state, with many southern sympathizers. When war broke out, there were riots in the city. President Lincoln responded by suspending habeas corpus. Howard attacked the move in his editorial, whereupon he was arrested and incarcerated, the subject of this book. Here is the irony – Howard was detained at Fort McHenry. It was from imprisonment on a ship in the harbor that his Grandfather, Francis Scott Key, observed the bombing of Fort McHenry and wrote the Star Spangled Banner. It should be noted that despite Key's stirring lyrics, and personal abhorrence of slavery, he was also stridently anti-abolition and once, in his role as a federal prosecutor, prosecuted a man for simply possessing some anti-abolition literature. The man spent eight months in prison awaiting trial, and though acquitted, contracted tuberculosis in prison and later died from it. What goes around... $150.

 

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books may be reached at 203-389-8111 or dmlesser@lesserbooks.com. Their website is www.lesserbooks.com

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  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique Association Copy of Signed Limited Roosevelt, African Game Trails, Extra-Illustrated. $5,000 - 7,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 24 Volumes Henry James in 1/2 Morocco - Alvin Langdon Coburn Frontis Illustrations. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> French Surrealism by Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, 1930 Limited Edition in Lovely Condition. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Unique and Beautifully Written Manuscript of 650 Quarto Pages - Unpublished History of Belle-Isle-En-Mer, 1754. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> William Beebe's Classic 4 Volume Work on "The Pheasants," Signed and Inscribed in 1919. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Three Volumes of Washington's War Era Letters Published in New York in 1796. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 19th C. Vintage Album with 48 Sepia Toned Albumen Prints by Fratelli Alinari et. al.<br>$1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Report of Phipps' Voyage in 1773 In Search of a Passage to India Via the North Pole. $1,500 - $2,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 17 Volumes of Wallace's American Trotting Register, 1874-1891. $1,500 - $2,500
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: Fine Books, Including the Alan Culpin WWI Art Collection – Live Online Auction. Dec. 18, 2017</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Rare First English Edition of Monardes, Joyfull Newes, 1577, Woodcut Illustrations.<br>$1,500 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> 6 Volume Shakespeare Presented to Virginia Congressman Involved in the "Trent Affair". $1,200 - $1,500
    <b>Cowan’s, Dec. 18:</b> Classic Lothar Meggendorfer Movable Book Complete with 8 Chromolithograph Plates, Ca. 1890. $750 - $1,000
  • <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>

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