• <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ortelius. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp, 1570. FIRST EDITION. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Shakespeare, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar. London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. $50,000 to $70,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Ernst, Max. Mr. Knife and Miss Fork. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. $7,000 to $10,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. June 12, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of Winnie-the-Pooh books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. $7,000 to $10,000
  • <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General George Custer's Officer, James McLean Steele, 1868-1869 Diary. $30,000 - $50,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Exceptionally Rare Anti-Slavery Broadside, “A Crusade Against Slavery”. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Revolutionary War General Richard Montgomery, Exceptionally Rare War-Date ANS. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albumen Photograph of the "Scouts of the Plains," from Cody's Personal Collection. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Jefferson Davis, CDV, Signed and Dated to his Imprisonment in Fortress Monroe. $4,000 - $6,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Robert E. Lee, CDV Signed Twice. $2,000 - $4,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> “Si Clack: Co. Q, 100th Indiana Vols.,” Written & Illustrated by Civil War Veteran, P.M. Radford. $2,500 - $3,500
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> General Meade Inspecting the 5th Corps, Civil War-Era Sketch by Alfred R. Waud. $2,000 - $3,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Rare Huey Newton Black Panther Party Poster. $3,000 - $5,000
    <b>Cowan’s Auctions: American History - Premier Auction. June 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Lloyd's New Political Chart, 1861. $800 - $1,200
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> William J. Ferguson, “Our American Cousin” Cast Member, Lincoln Assassination Archive. $8,000 - $10,000
    <b>Cowan’s, June 22:</b> Albert Einstein, Signed Photograph in his Favorite Leather Jacket. $2,000 - $4,000
  • <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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Paine, Autograph Letter Signed to Ira Allen, on a rendezvous at the Boston–a Paris café for political exiles, 1790s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Paul Revere, Autograph Document Signed, certifying the discharge of a captain from his regiment, 1779. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Pay order to express rider Jonathan Park to warn Congress of arriving British warships, 1776. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Autograph Letter Signed to Thomas Sim Lee, stating that the government is not authorized to intervene in the Citizen Genêt affair, 1793. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to Nathanael Greene, suggesting a way to obtain money for the Continental Army, 1780. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, Autograph Letter Signed to Senator John H. Eaton, on the Seminole Wars & Spain’s duplicity, 1819. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Harry S. Truman, Photograph Signed and Inscribed, showing a false newspaper headline about the 1948 presidential election. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Benjamin Franklin, vellum Document Signed, as President of the Supreme Executive Council of PA, 1786. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Henry Dearborn, two Autograph Manuscript items including a drawing of Bunker’s Hill, unsigned, 1818. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 21:</b> Andrew Jackson, <i>A New Map of the United States,</i> lithograph, circa 1828. $3,000 to $4,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2015 Issue

Something Affordable for Everyone from Peter L. Masi Books

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A variety of material.

Peter L. Masi – Books has issued Catalogue 229. These items won't break your bank account. Most everything is priced in double digits, and what isn't is more likely to be priced in fewer, not more. What can you get for so little? The answer is a fascinating collection of obscure, interesting (okay, occasionally boring) glimpses of yesterday. There will be pieces that fit in all kinds of collections, other than those that require everything cost a fortune. Subjects are too varied to try to describe for these 567 pieces. The 19th and early 20th centuries predominate, though there is some more recent material. You will find everything from medicine to "medicine," sports, cooking, religion, Americana, various American states, advertising, travel and tourism, books about books, architecture, the list goes on and on. This is definitely a something for everyone collection. Here are a few samples.

 

Would you like to be a phrenologist? You can learn from this booklet: The Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology and Physiology. Phrenology was a pseudoscience popular in the 19th century. It believed (correctly) that different functions were controlled in different parts of the brain. However, it then concluded (incorrectly) that personalities and different mental attributes of a person could be determined by measuring the size of the skull over the related portions of the brain. A phrenologist would examine and measure an individual's skull and from this reach conclusions about his mental state. Perhaps the most notable of American phrenologists were brothers Orson Squire and Lorenzo Niles Fowler. They wrote numerous books and pamphlets on the subject, including this one, published in 1857. In addition to writing, the Fowlers did many phrenological readings (for a fee), and a website on the subject (I cannot vouch for this) says Lorenzo read the heads of Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Clara Barton. If so, Twain and the others should have had their heads examined. There is a shortage of phrenologists today, so if you would like to fill the void, this book (item 448), with diagrams and illustrations of many head shapes, will teach you how for a mere $50.

 

The Marquis de Lafayette, though a Frenchman, was one of the greatest heroes of the American Revolution. He helped arrange financing in his home country, and came to America to lead American troops. He was one of the most beloved of figures in America, though he soon returned home, and but for one return visit in 1824, spent the remainder of his life in France. He was never forgotten here. When he died in 1834, he was the last survivor of the leaders of the Revolution, but a stirring Oration on the Life and Character of Gilbert Motier de Lafayette was given in Congress by the son of founder John Adams, former President and now Congressman John Quincy Adams. His speech was given on December 31, 1834, and published in 1835. Item 21. $10.

 

A tribute to Lafayette by John Quincy Adams is not unexpected, but how about this one: The Time of the End; a Series of Prophetic Bible Studies upon The End of this Present Age and Events & Dates Approximately Arranged, by John Quincy Adams. What's going on here? Did John Q. need the services of a good phrenologist? It turns out this was not written by the sixth President after all. The 1924 publication date of this tract from The Prophetical Society of Dallas gives this away. The Prophetical Society believed the world would end in 1931, which was off by at least 84 years, hopefully a great many more. As for the author, it was Rev. John Quincy Adams, not President J.Q.A., and here is a caution if you hope to learn more about him. There have been at least 3 or 4 Reverends John Quincy Adams over the years. It will not be easy to keep them straight. Item 465. $35.

 

Item 528 offers a fantastic adventure for tourists from Boston in 1881: Grand Excursion to Colorado & California: A Forty-four Days' Trip (April 18 to June 1, 1881), for Only Four Hundred Dollars, Traveling & Hotel Expenses Included. That sounds like a fabulous deal, but $400 would have consumed a year's wages for most workers in 1881. This would have targeted Boston's Brahmins. The tour actually hit more stops than Colorado, where it visited mines and scenic locations, and California, with San Francisco, Yosemite, and "big tree groves." Along the way, they made stops in Chicago and Salt Lake City. Tourists rode the rails in "palace cars," and extended carriages chauffeured them around various cities. "Every arrangement is first class." $35.

 

It wouldn't be that much longer before people would be designing their own tours. The auto age was just around the corner. If you wanted to drive from Boston to California in 1916, this is the road you would have taken: The Complete Official Road Guide of the Lincoln Highway. It was published by the Lincoln Highway Association, created in 1913 to promote the use of this road. It includes a folding map, advertisements for hotels and garages along the way, and a lined section for notes. Four pages of penciled notes from a 1917 trip have been entered there. The Lincoln Highway was not a new construction, but a route cobbled together from existing roadways, only half of which were paved, with many, particularly in the west, in deplorable shape. Mud and ruts made travel next to impossible at times. Many years later, President Eisenhower would begin the construction of the interstate highway system, his inspiration for the new roadways being a trip in 1919 as part of an army convoy across the miserable conditions of the Lincoln Highway. Item 107. $75.

 

Here is an unusual but inexpensive item for collectors of muckraker Upton Sinclair. He is best known for his 1906 classic, The Jungle, where he exposed unsanitary conditions in the meatpacking industry. However, it was not his intention to expose how unsafe the food was. What he intended to expose was how bad the working conditions were for those employed in the industry. Sinclair fought for the poor and downtrodden all of his life. In 1934, he decided to run for Governor of California. He received the nomination of the Democratic Party. Item 333 is Epic Answers: How to End Poverty in California. It was published in 1934 as part of his campaign. Sinclair received 879,000 votes, but his Republican opponent got about a quarter of a million more. So, there is still poverty in California. $50.

 

Peter L. Masi – Books may be reached at 413-367-2628 or masibook@verizon.net.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, To the Sources of the Missouri…</i> 1814, first edition. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan. <i>Tales.</i> New York: Wiley And Putnam, 1845. First edition, first printing, first issue. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Dürer, Albrecht, and Johann Stabius. [Map of the World as a Sphere.] [Vienna,] 1781 (From Woodblocks Cut In 1515). $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Ferdinand, Franz — Lala Deen Dayal [Photographer]. VISIT OF H.I. & H.R. THE ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND OF AUSTRIA ESTE TO HYDERABAD (DECCAN), JANUARY 1893. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 18 - 28:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Manuscript Letter Signed ("Yours Truly A. Lincoln") as Sixteenth President to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Regarding William Johnson. $200,000 to $300,000
  • <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> ACCADEMIA ERCOLANENSE DI ARCHEOLOGIA. <i>Ornati delle Pareti</i>, Naples 1796. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> AMERICAS. <i>Il Gazzettiere Americano…</i>, Livorno, 1763. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BARROW, John. <i>Travels in China…</i>, London, 1804. £600 to £800
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> BENOIST, Felix. <i>Album de L'Ile de Jersey</i>…, Paris & Nantes, 1870. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> GAIL, Wilhelm. <i>Erinnerungen aus Spanien,</i> Munchen, [ca. 1837]. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HANCARVILLE, Pierre d'. <i>Recherches sur l'origine…,</i> London, Appleyard, 1785. £1,5000 to £2,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> HULLEY, T. <i>Six Views of Cheltenham.</i> London, R. Ackerman, 1813. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. <i>Notes on the state of Virginia</i>…, London, 1787. £12,000 to £18,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> LEWIS, John F. <i>Lewis's illustrations of Constantinople…,</i> London, McLean, 1837. £3,000 to £4,000
    <center><b>TIMED ONLINE AUCTION<br>June 11 - 25, 2018</b></center>
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MARQUARD, Johann. <i>Tractatus politico-juridicus,</i> Frankfurt, 1662. £1,800 to £2,200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> MAUND, Benjamin. <i>The botanic garden,</i> London, 1825-42. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, Jun 11 - 25:</b> Willughby, Francis; John Ray (ed.). <i>Ornithologiæ libri tres</i>. London, John Martyn, 1676. £1,500 to £2,000

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