Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2016 Issue

Graphics of Radical Social Movements from Lorne Bair Rare Books

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Radical & social movement graphics.

Lorne Bair Rare Books has issued Catalog 23 Radical & Social Movement Graphics. Or perhaps, based on the cover, we can call it Think. Lorne Bair specializes in material related to social movements, most often from the left, but occasionally from the right. It is generally fairly radical stuff. This particular catalogue is focused on the graphic arts and illustrated books. Much of it comes from the collection of Robert Brand and Elizabeth Werthen. Over the years, they put together one of the largest collections of social and political art ever assembled. Here, now, are a few of these items.

 

This being a presidential year, we will begin with a look back to an earlier such year – 1968. That was a year with a nation as divided as it is today, with riots in the streets and great division over the Vietnam war. A couple of items in this catalogue reflect a split, but not the one in the nation as a whole. This is a split between two radical candidates with no chance of winning. The Peace and Freedom Party nominated the Black Party leader Eldridge Cleaver. Their thoughts of actually winning can be seen by the fact that Cleaver was not old enough to serve if he had been elected. Meanwhile, a faction of the Peace and Freedom Party split off and formed the Freedom and Peace Party. Confusing. They were not on the ballot, so they waged a write-in campaign for their nominee, the comedian turned activist Dick Gregory. Gregory outpolled Cleaver anyway, 47,097-36,623 (Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey each polled over 31 million). Item 3 is a poster, meant to look like a "wanted" poster. Gregory is pictured face first and in profile, with the bold heading NEEDED. Item 4 is one headed Cleaver for President, with Cleaver's picture and the slogan "All Power to the People." Items 5-7 are posters for the Peace and Freedom Party. Item 5 shows a woman bedecked with jewels, wearing a mink coat, with the heading You don't have to be Underprivileged To register Peace and Freedom. Item 6 displays a white woman and the caption You don't have to belong to a minority group To register Peace and Freedom. Item 7, with a motto that sounds like it comes from the current election – Had Enough? - urges voting for Peace and Freedom. All posters are priced at $450 each.

 

Many people think we are experiencing hard times today, but this is nothing like the Great Depression. With people losing their life savings in banks and the stock market, and unemployment at 25%, those were hard times. In November 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized a new program, the Civil Works Administration. It created 2 million temporary public works jobs, taking on short term projects. These were not major projects, as the agency only lasted until the following March. At that point, Roosevelt authorized the much better known WPA (Works Progress Administration) that undertook major projects, and offered longer lasting jobs, through the remainder of the Depression. Item 109 is America Fights the Depression: A Photographic Record of the Civil Works Administration, by Henry G. Alsberg. Published in 1934, it compiles photographs of and information about the short-lived CWA, taken from the records of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, which operated the program. $350.

 

The smiling faces in this next item belie the horror that was beginning to take place. It consists of two hook-work parade banners, celebrating the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Tens of thousands died, others had their lives destroyed as they were shipped to the countryside to better appreciate the wonders of Mao's rule. One banner depicts Mao saluting an adoring crowd. The other shows him next to his second in command, Lin Biao, who would soon be disgraced and die in an airplane crash attempting to flee the country. In the posters, the crowds, and in one, Lin Biao himself, hold copies of Mao's Little Red Book in the air. Each banner states (in Chinese) Chairman Mao Reviewing the Great Army of the Cultural Revolution. They are dated 1967 and 1968. One of the banners adds, "Long Live Chairman Mao," and "Sailing the seas depends upon the helmsman," a quote from Lin Biao, who was also responsible for compiling the Little Red Book of Mao's quotes. The Cultural Revolution would come to a crushing halt in the days after Mao's death in 1976. Item 18. $5,000.

 

This next item is a silkscreen that took an iconic image and combined it with a new message. You probably can picture the proper mustachioed British gentleman wearing a boating hat, a cup of tea in his hand. He appeared for generations on boxes of Lipton tea. The man was actually Thomas Lipton himself, founder of the tea company. He first made his fortune in the grocery business, and then seeing an unfilled demand among the working class for low priced tea, decided he could fill it by eliminating the middleman. Tea, not revolution, for the workers of the world. He bought up plantations in Ceylon from which he produced his own tea. Thomas Lipton has been gone for 85 years, but his tea lives on. In 1972, San Francisco artist Rupert Garcia created this poster featuring the image of Lipton and his teacup over the red background the tea advertisements used. However, instead of having the one-word caption, "Brisk," this one says, Ceylon Tea: Product of European Exploitation! Item 13. $2,000.

 

Lorne Bair Rare Books may be reached at 540-665-0855 or info@lornebair.com. Their website is www.lornebair.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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

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