Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2016 Issue

A Variety of Items for the Holidays from James Cummins Bookseller


James Cummins' Catalogue 310.

James Cummins Bookseller recently published Catalogue 130 for the just completing Holiday 2015 season. If it is too late to purchase one of these books or other paper items as a gift, it is never too late to purchase one for yourself. Charity begins at home. You will be quite pleased with your gift. There are items for a wide range of interests worthy of your consideration. Here are a few.


We begin with a book that is perhaps not the greatest literary work ever, but an extremely popular one whose lead character lives on a century after his literary birth. Item 16 is a first edition, first issue of the first Tarzan book, Tarzan of the Apes. Taken as a child to Africa by his parents Lord and Lady Greystoke, Tarzan was raised by apes after his parents died. Cummins informs us of something I never knew before – "Tarzan" means "white skin" in ape language. I don't know how author Edgar Rice Burroughs determined that, since as best I know apes can at most only use sign language which has no inherent pronunciations. Nonetheless, this did not diminish Tarzan's popularity, as he went on to star in many books and movies in the ensuing century. Priced at $4,500.


Item 91 is a Souvenir of the New York Stock Exchange, published during its 100th centennial in 1893. It includes photographs, a list of members, and a history of the exchange, along advertisements from various brokers, banks and others. Ironically, it pronounces, "The New York Stock Exchange is indeed one of the greatest bulwarks against panics that the business community could have." It didn't prove to be much of a bulwark in October 1929 when the stock market crashed, ushering in the Great Depression. $6,000.


Next up is Alice's Avonturen in het Wonderland, the 1899 first complete edition in Dutch of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This was the fantastical world of young Alice created by mathematician Charles L. Dodgson, also known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. This copy comes with a special provenance. It once belonged to Alice herself. While the Alice in the story was obviously quite fictional, Dodgson based her character on a very real girl, Alice Pleasance Liddell (later Hargreaves after she married). Alice has signed this copy "Pleasance Hargreaves." It is also signed by Maude (Standen) Ffooks, another of Dodgson's "child friends". Item 30. $2,250.


Item 3 will grab the attention of those with an enduring interest in automobiles. From the dawn of the era of horseless carriages comes Auto-Cars. Car, Tramcars, and Small Cars. This is an 1896 English translation of a book first published that same year in French. The author was D. Farman, described as a "mechanical engineer." This is actually a highly technical work, surprising for such an early time in automotive development. Numerous diagrams are included to help explain the technical aspects of engines and cars. Mr. Farman notes that there are several types of engines – steam, electrical, compressed air, and petroleum. He covers them all, but focuses primarily on "petroleum motors, which, in our estimation, seem to have a brilliant future before them." $1,750.


Item 74 is a rare advance copy of the Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States. Delivered at the Capital, Washington D. C. March 4, 1933. This is the address that began with the immortal words, "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The line was delivered 3 ½ years after the aforementioned stock market crash, the fearful nation now enveloped in the Great Depression. Roosevelt placed the blame squarely on bankers and businessmen who who put monetary profits ahead of social responsibility. This all seems to have some resemblance to 2008. At the last minute, Roosevelt chose to read the speech from his typed notes, rather than a printed copy, and his notes contained some handwritten corrections. Those corrections were incorporated into later printings of the inaugural address, so this is a rare original version of his words. This copy is signed by Eleanor R. Roach, Eleanor Hall Roosevelt Roach. Mrs. Roach was the daughter G. Hall Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt's only brother as well as a more distant relative of the President himself. $22,500.


Item 83 is The Sneetches and Other Stories, by the inimitable Dr. Seuss, published in 1961. It contains The Sneetches and three other stories. The Sneetches has a lesson to teach children, though adults may be in more need of its lessons. Sneetches are yellow creatures, some of whom have a green star on their bellies, some do not. The ones with the stars think they are superior. Along comes a clever salesman with a machine that will imprint green stars on Sneetch bellies. The star-less jump at the chance to purchase stars. However, those who had stars before no longer are able to identify themselves as special. The salesman has an answer. He sells them star removal services. The Sneetches go back and forth until finally no one knows who was an original star belly and who was not. The salesman leaves with all of the money they have spent on stars, and the Sneetches are left with a valuable lesson. The tale was inspired by Seuss' abhorrence of racial discrimination and antisemitism. $750.


James Cummins Bookseller may be reached at 212-688-6441 or info@jcbookseller.com. The website is www.jcbookseller.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 7. Ritter's unusual sun-dial world map, 1607. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 16. Fascinating Japanese satirical map published prior to WWII, 1932. Est. $1400 to $2000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 30. Newton's 2" miniature terrestrial globe, 1833. Est. $3500 to $4500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 318. Braun & Hogenberg's first plan of Moscow in contemporary color, 1575. Est. $2750 to $3500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 346. One of the most decorative 18th century maps of Malta, 1680. Est. $1200 to $1500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 412. The first printed map devoted to the Pacific in full contemporary color, 1589. Est. $8000 to $10000
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 425. Rare set of celebrated explorers of the New World, 1592. Est. $1900 to $2300
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 436. Two superb miniature atlases bound in one volume with 98 maps, 1682. Est. $5500 to $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 445. Part IV of de Bry's "Grand Voyages" by Girolamo Benzoni, 1613. Est. $2000 to $2500
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 447. Tallis' "History of the United States of America" in six volumes, 1850. Est. $1500 to $1800
    <b>Old World Auctions (March 21-28):</b> Lot 448. Mallet's miniature military masterpiece, 1672. Est. $1400 to $1700
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Malcolm X, Autograph Letter Signed, from prison, 1950. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Letter from Moses Walker, an enslaved Georgia man, to his mother at another plantation, 1854. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Signed cabinet card of Frederick Douglass, albumen photograph, Boston, circa 1879. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Placard from the Memphis Sanitation Worker's strike, 1968. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b><br><i>The North Star,</i> volume 1, issue 27, Rochester, NY, 1848. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Hand-tinted tintype of John Brown, circa 1860. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29: Printed & Manuscript African Americana</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster signed & inscribed by Huey Newton, circa 1967. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Album of aerial views of the march on Montgomery, taken by federal troops, 1965. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 29:</b> Poster for the SNCC, photograph by Danny Lyon featuring John Lewis, circa 1962. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000

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