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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2015 Issue

Early Imprints from Yesterday's Muse Books

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Early Imprints.

Yesterday's Muse Books has released a catalogue of Early Imprints. The books range from the 17th through the 19th century. Many originate from America, though the oldest ones tend to be European. Subjects are widely varied, making a topical description difficult. Therefore, we will just provide a few descriptions of some of the items we found herein.

 

Abuse and defamation of minorities is nothing new, even if the groups targeted for such treatment may change over time. In 17th century America, the victims were often Quakers. Item 6 consists of two books, bound together, that were Quaker defenses against the attacks: New-England Judged by the Spirit of the Lord. As the full title continues, "Wherein their Merciless Whippings, Chainings, Finings, Imprisonings, Starvings, Burning in the Hand, Cutting Off Ears, and Putting to Death, with Divers Other Cruelties, Inflicted upon the Bodies of Innocent Men and Women." That sort of clarifies the point George Bishop was attempting to make. Howes wrote of this book, and the treatment of the Qaukers, "Most exhaustive contemporary indictment of God-fearing Puritans driven by insensate religious fervor to sickening brutalities against other religious fanatics who dared to differ from themselves. Witch-hunting was bad; this was worse." This is the 1703 edition of a book first published in 1660. It is bound with Truth and Innocency Defended; Against Falsehood and Envy, which is described as an answer to noted Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather's "calumnies, lyes, and abuses." Priced at $1,250.

 

Although there was much internecine warfare among Protestant sects, the big guns were usually aimed toward Catholics. Item 3 is Four Dialogues Between the Apostle Peter, and His Holiness the Pope of Rome... This 1811 tract was written by "A Friend to St. Peter." In this book, St. Peter conducts a dialogue with then pope Pius VII, herein called a "Man of Sin," which tells you which side Peter's friend was on. Catholicism, at least in this age, is described as "dishonouring to God...unscriptural and impious." And St. Peter himself says so! The book was sold at the Methodist Book-Room. $375.

 

As long as we are focusing on theological disputes, here's another. Item 23 is A Series of Letters, Addressed to Rev. Hosea Ballou, of Boston; Being a Vindication of the Doctrine of a Future Retribution, Against the Principal Arguments Used by Him... by Charles Hudson. Ballou was a self-taught theologian who became one of the most notable leaders of the Universalist movement in the early 19th century. Hudson was also an ordained Universalist minister, who later went on to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives. The debate was whether all punishment for sins is doled out here on earth, or whether there is Divine punishment meted out in the afterlife as well. Ballou believed there is no further punishment in the next life (don't we all hope he is right), Hudson that there was more to come for wicked behavior. Exactly how either knew is unclear, neither having much experience in the after-world at that point. However, since this book was published in 1827, we can be confident that both have now had the opportunity to learn first hand the correct answer. The advantage goes to Hudson. If Ballou was correct, neither of them were punished in the after-world, while if Hudson was correct, only he was spared punishment in the afterlife. $125.

 

Item 38 is an 1825 second edition of New Guide to Health; or Botanic Family Physician. The author was Samuel Thomson, a self-taught medical theorist ("self-taught" and "medical" are not words that generally go well together). Thomson believed in herbal remedies, and while his medical theories, known as "Thomsonian Medicine," were generally useless, unlike many "remedies" of the day, at least they weren't harmful. Thomson opposed the use of bleeding and various other "cures" of the day which killed more people than they ever helped. $250.

 

We conclude with an item within everyone's budget, and good for a few laughs to boot. Item 22 is Thomas Hood's The Comic Annual for 1830. This eventually ran for 11 issues. It's filled with short stories, poems and such, such as Sonnet to a Cat; The Drowning Ducks; The Kangaroos A Fable; The Sorrows of an Undertaker; and many more. These may not be all that hilarious by current standards, but one can't be too picky for $15.

 

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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