• <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Extremely Fine Copy of Fantasy Classic. Tolkien (J.R.R.) <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again,</i> L. (George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Museum Street) 1937. €20,000 to €30,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Incunabula. [Sirectus, Antonius] O’Fihely (Maurice)Abp. <i>Formalitates de Mente Doctoris Subtilis Scoti Nec Non Stephai Burlifer cum novis additionibus…</i> Venice 14th December 1051 (ie. 1501). €3,000 to €4,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Original Book Illustrations by Pamela Leonard. Illustrations: Regan (Peter) Touchstone, 8vo D. (Mount Salas Press) 1989. €3,500 to €4,500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> [Petit (Jean), Prevel (Jean) & Gregory (Pope)] [Gregorius]. <i>Compendium Textuale Compillationis decretalium Gregorri noni sine qua…</i>, Paris [Dec. 1524]. €350 to €500
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Excessively Rare – V. Fine Copy. [Mac Mahon]. <i>Jus Primatiale Armacanum, In Omnes Archiepiscopos, Episcopos, et Universum Clerum</i>… [n.p.] 1728. €750 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Madden (R.R.). <i>Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia and Palestine in 1824, 1825, 1826 and 1827,</i> 2 vols. 1822. €500 to €700
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Early English Herbal. Gerarde (John). The Herball or General History of Plants, thick folio L. (John Norton) 1597. €700 to €1,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The Tehran World War 2 Conference Photograph: [Tehran Conference 1943] An important and iconic Group Photograph showing Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. €80 to €120
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Natural History Specimens from Jersey Jersey Islands: Westacton [Mrs Acton] Collection of 53 original dried examples of Seaweed collected in Jersey, c. 1860. €300 to €400
    <b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers:<br>Rare & Collectors’ Sale. May 2, 2018</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> Plyglot Bible: Hutteri (Eliae). <i>Biblia Sacra, Ebraice, Chaldaice, Graece, Latinae, Germanice, Sclavonice.</i> Lg. folio Nurimberg 1599. €250 to €350
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> The American Invasion 1888: “First Ever G.A.A. Hurling Match in America” Medal: G.A.A., The Invaders, 1888. €2,000 to €3,000
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, May 2:</b> “Babe” Ruth and the G.A.A. G.A.A. & Baseball: A unique and early Sporting Association. An original Spalding B12 Baseball Bat. €4,000 to €6,000
  • <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 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.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2016 Issue

A Selection of Artistic Books from Librairie Michel Bouvier

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A winter selection.

This month we received our first catalogue from Librairie Michel Bouvier. Michel Bouvier has been in the trade for 40 years and operates in a most traditional, and perhaps today unusual way. Librairie Michel Bouvier has a bookshop in the heart of Paris, and sells through catalogues and their website. They do not participate in the major book listing sites, finding that the essence and charm of books is lost in the mass of listings. This latest catalogue is entitled Sélection d'Hiver (Winter Selection), and contains material that is both textual and artistic, and quite old. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with one of the earliest, and most notable manuals for training horses in its day. Federico Grisone was an Italian nobleman who set up a school for training and riding horses in Naples in 1530. His name is often associated with dressage, the art of show riding. Offered is the first German edition of his notable work, Künstlicher Bericht und allerzierlichste Beschreybung, published in 1570 (the original was published in Italian in 1550). The book contains all sorts of information about horses and riding them, from breeding and caring for their medical issues, to riding them for show or in battle. It contains many woodcuts, showing the training of horses, tournaments, their anatomy and equipment. On the downside, Grisone's methods of training horses often involved cruelty to force them to behave as he wished. The book was very popular in its time, being printed in dozens of editions in numerous languages during the century after it was first published. Item 2. Priced at €6,000 (euros, or approximately $6,680 in U.S. dollars).

 

Olfert Dapper was a Dutch physician and travel writer of the second half of the 17th century. He signed himself as a medical doctor although there is no evidence he was actually so trained. That is appropriate enough as Dapper was a travel writer who never left his home country. However, he assiduously researched his work and corresponded with travelers, while taking an unbiased view of the places he described. The result is that his writings were unusually accurate despite his lack of first hand experience. Dapper is best known for his book about Africa, but this one concerns an attempt by the Dutch to establish trade relations with China in the 1660's. Item 6 is Denkwürdig Bedrijf der Nederlandsche Oost Indische Maetschappye op in Kuste in het van Keizerrijk Taising of Sina. It was published in Amsterdam in 1670. Dapper's descriptions of China came from two missions by the Dutch East India Company. Balthasar Bort conducted two expeditions along the Chinese coast in 1663 and 1664, most of his time spent in Taiwan. A few years later, Pieter von Hoorn attempted to set up a mission in China. If it sounds like these must have been long journeys, they emanated from the company's location in Batavia (today Jakarta, Indonesia), not the Netherlands. Von Hoorn's attempt to establish trading relations was not successful, but did provide us with the information for this book. €5,000 (US $5,573).

 

Johann Elias Ridinger may not be a household name today, but he was an exceptional artist of the 18th century. Born in 1698, he began training as a painter at the age of 14. A few years later, he moved to Augsburg where he began drawing animals, horses in particular. This would lead to something of a sabbatical where he spent a few years hunting and riding, only to return to Augsburg to learn etching and engraving. Finally, at the age of 25, he opened his own studio and publishing house, where he sold prints of his artwork. He remained focused on animals, including wild ones as well as horses. Over the course of his 69-year lifespan, Ridinger created 1,600 engravings of animals. Obviously, his work was very popular. His style is generally referred to as rococo, there being a certain flair and drama to his drawings. Item 8 is a complete set of four engraved prints of hunting scenes by Ridinger, each with trilingual poems (Latin, German, and French). Among the animals dramatically presented in the hunt are dogs, bear, deer, boar, and quail. Item 8, circa 1730. €7,000 (US $7,811).

 

Item 7 is a different set of four Ridinger prints. It also includes images of bear, boar, deer, hunting dogs and hunters. These undated prints are circa 1725. €2,000 (US $2,231).

 

This next item comes from one of France's greatest writers, but it is neither a book nor a manuscript. It is a drawing. Victor Hugo is better known for Les Misérables and (the Hunchback of) Notre Dame de Paris. However, he was a talented artist, and some believe he might have been the greatest of his time were he not primarily a writer, art being a hobby. Item 16 is one Hugo's drawings, done in black and brown pen and ink wash, without color, as typical of most of Hugo's paintings. This one was done on a trip to Bruges, Belgium, in the late summer of 1837. There is a signed inscription at the bottom, difficult to read, but likely points to the time and place of the landscape scene. Hugo had traveled to Belgium with Juliette Drouet. Hugo was devastated a few years earlier when he found his wife had cheated on him, but was pulled from his despair by Drouet, his secretary and love, with which he would remain close for the remainder of their lives. €85,000 (US $94,854).

 

Librairie Michel Bouvier may be reached at +33 (0)1 46 34 64 53 or or mbouvier@noos.fr. The website is

www.librairiemichelbouvier.com.

 

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  • <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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