Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2016 Issue

Rare Books for the Fair from Librairie Thomas-Scheler

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Rare books for the fair.

Bernard and Stéphane Clavreuil of Librairie Thomas-Scheler published a selection of Rare Books for the 49th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. These would be special books, worth bringing all the way from Paris to Los Angeles. Additionally, they would be of interest to American collectors, though they are European books, ranging from old to very old. There are many important works, often in the field of science, but covering many other endeavors as well. If you missed the Clavreuils in California, they will be exhibiting again in Mastricht this month and New York next month. Here are a few of the books they offered.

 

In 1896, Henri Becquerel discovered radiation was spontaneously emitted by uranium. Marie Curie was fascinated by the discovery, and along with her husband Pierre, undertook to study the phenomenon. They observed the same phenomenon with thorium, found the radiation intensified with the amount of uranium, and concluded the radiation came from the atomic structure of the minerals. What she didn't realize was how dangerous the radiation was, and eventually it took her life. Along the way, they discovered radium and polonium, and coined the term "radioactive." Item 21 is a copy of her presentation to the faculty of sciences in Paris in 1903, Recherches sur les substances radioactives. Priced at $19,500.

 

Nicolaus Steno is considered one of the founders of modern geology and stratigraphy. His study of the earth's crust led to some modern understandings in a time when most explanations for what was found were based on ancient suppositions. Steno was the one who concluded that layers seen in rocks were laid down long ago, and were horizontal at the time they were formed. He studied fossils and concluded these were ancient animals. At the time, most believed they somehow formed spontaneously within the earth, or even that they fell from the sky. Item 67 is a copy of his book, De solido intra solidum naturaliter contento dissertationis prodromus, published in 1669. The title translates to being a dissertation on a solid body contained within another solid body, which would refer to fossils or other minerals found within rocks. Surprisingly, Steno moved on to study for the priesthood, became a bishop, and did not publish any further significant scientific works. He was beatified by the Church in 1988 and may one day be recognized as a saint. Offered is a presentation copy of his book. $65,000.

 

There is not much science in this next book. It's events would be miraculous if they weren't fantasy. Item 16 is the best known Italian children's book, and one of the best known such books of any nationality, Le Avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un Burattino. This is the first book edition, published in 1883, of the story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with the long nose. Unlike Washington, he could tell a lie. This first edition features the illustrations of Enrico Mazzanti, along with the story by Carlo Collodi. It had previously run as a serial publication in a magazine, but this was the story's first appearance in book form. $80,000.

 

Item 37 is Essai sur l'education des aveugles (essay on the education of the blind), published in 1786. This is a first edition of the first book intended to be read by the blind. The author was Valentin Haüy, a linguist and "interpreter to the king," a sighted man who saw blind people being ridiculed in Paris and determined to help them improve their status. He opened the first school for the blind, the Royal Institution for the Young Blind, in 1784. His books used raised Latin letters blind youth could read by touch. The letter could also be inked to make the books readable by the sighted. Among Haüy's students was Louis Braille, who invented Braille, the embossed lettering system for reading used by the blind today. Rather than copying the shapes of actual letters, Braille uses a system of dots that can be read more quickly, not needing the extensive following of letter shapes required by Haüy's system. $5,500.

 

Item 17 is an official document from 1716 announcing the appointment of John Law as director of the Company of the West and the Private General Bank. It was Law who engineered the infamous Mississippi Bubble. Stock was sold on exaggerated claims of wealth in the Louisiana country. Investors bought up shares, the stock price skyrocketed, but in time it became clear that there was very little value out there and the stock crashed. It was sort of like the tech stock bubble of 2000, only worse. Law fled the country of France, never to return. $3,250.

 

Librairie Thomas-Scheler may be reached at +33 (0)1 43 26 97 69 or basane@thomas-scheler.fr

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  • <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> John Muir. <i>My First Summer in the Sierra</i>, Boston, 1911.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ernest Hemingway. <i>For Whom the Bell Tolls</i>, New York, 1940. First edition later printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Upton Sinclair. <i>The Jungle</i>, New York, 1906. First edition.
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    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> George Orwell. <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, 1949. First American edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Harper Lee. <i>To Kill a Mocking Bird</i>, 1960. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Richard Wright. <i>Native Son</i>, New York, 1940. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Dryden, Congreve, and others. <i>Ovid’s Art of Love</i>, London, 1764. English translation of Ovid’s work.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> S. E. Hinton. <i>The Outsiders</i>, New York, 1967. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, Boston, 1951. Book club edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ayn Rand. <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>, New York, 1957. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters</i> and <i>Seymour: An Introduction</i>, Boston, 1963. First [book] edition, third state.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Tennessee Williams. <i>Sweet Bird of Youth</i>, 1959. First edition.
  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>[Zodiac]</i>, 1900. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
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