• <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>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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
  • <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

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2016 Issue

Artists' Books to Astronomy (and More) from The Kelmscott Bookshop

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Catalog 13 from The Kelmscott Bookshop.

The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books has released their Catalog 13 – Artists' Books, Private Press, Children's Books, 19th Century Literature, Art, Pre-Raphaelites, Letters, Manuscripts, Astronomy, & More. That is a wide and unusual array of topics. The earlier material, artists' books and private press, is filled with recent publications, many from 2015. As you go farther back in the catalogue, you go back in time, reaching into the 19th century with literature, letters and manuscripts, and sometimes a couple of centuries even farther back. The range is as wide as the distance from artists' books to astronomy. Here are a few samples of the items to be found in this latest selection from The Kelmscott Bookshop.

 

We begin with a couple of recent examples of artists' books that push the meaning of the word "book" beyond its traditional definition. Item 6 is a set of miniature books, replete with its own miniature wooden bookshelf, created by the Bo Press in 2014. Miniature is no exaggeration for these books as they stand a mere one inch tall. The bookshelf, however, is twice that size. The books themselves are a set of six Jane Austen novels... sort of. How on earth can you jam a Jane Austen novel into a book this size? The answer is you can't. The pages are blank. Then again, so many people place books on bookshelves for decoration, rather than reading, why bother pretending? This is meant to be a work of art, not text. Priced at $175.

 

What is to be done with the millions of old, but not valuable books out there that no one wants? One answer has been to sell them by the foot as decorations for bookshelves, their text no more important than they are in the aforementioned Jane Austen "novels." Here is another solution – change them into something new. Item 36 is what is known as an altered book, created by Carol Owen in 2004. We let Ms. Owen describe an altered book: "I am often asked to describe altered books to people who are unfamiliar with them. I explain it this way: I start with an old, unloved book and transform it with paint, photos, and other embellishments. The end result is a book that has become a work of art, with pockets, niches, and secret compartments, enticing the viewer to keep turning pages." Ms. Owen is not alone in creating art from old books, and we think it's a great way to give new life to books that would otherwise be headed to the pulp mill. $350.

 

Here is a book by another individual who created original books, but in a different way. William Henry Ireland was a forger. His father was a great Shakespeare collector, and William appreciated the Bard as well. As he explained it, he started out by trying to fulfill his father's greatest wish – to have a document in Shakespeare's handwriting. William turned his father's wish into a business, as he continued to produce numerous manuscripts in Shakespeare's "hand." Although some people were dubious, he got away with it for a while. His downfall was to overdo it. He eventually created an entirely new play "written" by Shakespeare. It didn't measure up to his other works. Eventually, he confessed as otherwise suspicion would have fallen on his father. In 1805, Ireland wrote this book in an unsuccessful attempt to salvage his reputation: The Confessions of William-Henry Ireland. Containing Particulars of His Fabrication of the Shakespeare Manuscripts... This copy bears the bookplate of Elihu Root, Nobel Peace Prize winner and notable American statesman, who served as Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt as well as other high offices. Item 94. $350.

 

Item 123 is the History of Delaware County, and the Border Wars of New York. This is an interesting account of early Delaware County, in rural upstate New York, made even more interesting by the nature of its author. The "border wars" refers to attacks by Indians in what was an outpost in the wilderness in pre-revolutionary America. The book's author was a young surveyor, who spent several years in his trade in upstate New York. However, he was an ambitious young man, and at the time of its publication, twenty-year-old Jay Gould was just starting to enter his first major business venture – a tannery. Gould would become far better known for his investments in another industry, railroads, which began in the following decade. He would go on to become the ninth richest person in American history, according to Fortune Magazine. He also developed one of the worst reputations in the era of robber barons, using bribes and various forms of political influence to get his way and not showing much in the way of compassion for his employees. The book states it was published in Roxbury, New York, though Sabin says it was actually printed in Philadelphia. Sabin also reports that it is rare because most copies were destroyed in a fire, while Howes adds that Gould in his wealthy years wished to suppress the book, buying up copies and destroying them. $250.

 

This next book was written by a remarkable 19th century woman, and it comes under the topic of astronomy. Mary Ward (The Hon. Mrs. Ward) was a self-taught scientist, self-taught reflecting the virtual impossibility of a woman obtaining a scientific education in the 19th century. However, she came from a family of scientific developers in Ireland, was very smart, and gravitated to the field. Her specialties included studying insects and astronomy, the very small and very large. She wrote books on each subject, her target being average people rather than scientists, those wishing to learn about the field. Item 119 is Telescope Teachings, published in 1859. Her cousin had built the world's largest telescope at the time, so she had access to it to make observations. Sadly, the scientific curiosity of her family was also Mary Ward's downfall, and resulted in her being an interesting footnote in history. A couple of her cousins had built an early steam-powered vehicle. They believed it represented the future of travel, but while steam was used to power trains, its weight was such that it didn't work out for travel on the dirt roads of the day. One day, Mrs. Ward was riding in their car when she was thrown from it while rounding a curve. She fell under the wheels and was crushed, making Mrs. Ward the first fatality from an automobile accident. $175.

 

The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books may be reached at 410-235-6810 or info@kelmscottbookshop.com. Their website is www.kelmscottbookshop.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> The Breviary of Marie (1344-1404), Duchess of Bar, Daughter of Bonne of Luxembourg and King John II (the Good) of France, Franciscan Use, in Latin with a few rubrics in French [France (Paris), c.1360]. £500,000 to £700,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> John Chrysostom, Homilies on Matthew’s Gospel, in Greek [Byzantine Empire (Constantinople), late 9th century]. £200,000 to £300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Bible, with prologues and interpretations of Hebrew Names, in Latin [France (Paris), c.1250]. £80,000 to £120,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian Books.<br>July 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Euclides. Elementa Geometriae [Translated by Adelardus Bathoniensis, Edited by Johannes Campanus]. Vicenza: Leonardus Achates de Basilea and Guilielmus de Papia, [13 May Or 20 June] 1491. £40,000 to £60,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis. Single Leaf from a Block Book [Schreiber's Edition III]. [The Netherlands, C. 1465-1470]. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London, July 3:</b> Seneca, Lucius Annaeus. Opera Philosophica. Epistolae [Edited by Blasius Romerus]. Treviso: Bernardus De Colonia, 1478. £20,000 to £30,000

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