Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2016 Issue

Artistic Books from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books


Catalogue 34.

Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books is offering their Catalogue 34, a selection of books and related items with an artistic bent to them. In some cases they are the work of artists. Others are beautiful books, while still others are pieces such as advertising brochures that make use of artistic representations. Art helps sell products, or at least we would assume that from the use of an art deco gas pump to help sell motor oil. The French can find beauty anywhere. Here are some samples of these items.


We begin with an artistic presentation of some earlier art, much earlier. Item 5 is Frijoles Canyon Pictographs. Recorded in Woodcuts and Hand Printed... The artist and writer of this 1939 artist's book was Gustave Baumann. Baumann was born in Germany, moved to America at the age of 10, and approaching age 40, he made his way to the American Southwest. Baumann settled in Santa Fe, where he remained the rest of his life. One of the subjects of his art was the pictographs and petroglyphs created by ancient Indians of New Mexico (petroglyphs are carvings in rock, while pictographs are rock paintings using some form of pigment). Frijoles Canyon, in Bandalier National Monument, is the location of many ancient ruins, some decorated by Indian art. To what extent their drawings were art versus text is unknown. The ancient Indians had no written language, and what messages they wished to convey through their art can only be speculated upon. They lived in the area roughly from the years 1000 – 1500. Five hundred copies of this work were created. Priced at $2,000.


Not much was known about Japan in the outside world in the 17th century. There were few visitors, but the Dutch did have a leg up. The Dutch were important in world trade, and their map making and literary skills helped to cement their leadership. They were most significant in Asia, where the Dutch East India Company in effect became a major colonial power. It was the company's contacts with Japan that enabled Arnoldus Montanus to produce this extensive description of the land, Atlas Japannensis: Being Remarkable Addresses by way of Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Emperor of Japan... Item 41 is a 1670 London first English edition, the year following the first, published in Amsterdam. The book is filled with information about Japan, including its customs, descriptions of its people, and views of its cities and scenery. Montanus was not a first-hand observer. He used some previously published material and, more importantly, East India Company records, and reportedly, four unpublished manuscripts produced by company employees. He also obtained some original drawings made in Japan, which enabled Montanus to richly illustrate his book. $18,500.


In the years after the Second World War, French automobile manufacturer Renault was famous for smaller, budget conscious cars. However, before the war, they produced some luxury automobiles under the "Stella" moniker. Item 94 is a brochure for their luxury Stellas from 1933. It contains color images of the cars, black and white photos of the factory, and pictures of beautiful people engaged in rich people pastimes. It is hard not to be smitten by these beautiful, classic automobiles. $1,200.


London has been a center for the theater at least since Shakespeare's time. While in some places the theater was long considered something of a shady place, not for respectable people, London theaters were fine institutions. Item 11 provides a look at some of those notable locations as of 1826, Historical and Descriptive Accounts of the Theatres of London, Illustrated with a View of Each Theatre... Descriptions were provided by Edward Wedlake Brayley, with 14 hand-colored plates "drawn and engraved by the late Daniel Havell." Presumably, he drew and engraved them before he became late. Among the theaters shown are Drury Lane, Covent Garden, Haymarket, and Sadler's Wells. $7,000.


For a look at more of London than its theaters, there is Select Views of London; with Historical and Descriptive Sketches of some of the most Interesting of its Public Buildings. This large, beautiful book was the work of John Buonarotti Papworth. Papworth was both an architect and an artist. He adopted the middle name "Buonarotti" as an adult, and if you are wondering where he came up with that, his friends described him as a second Michelangelo. Buonarotti was part of Micheangelo's complete name. This book contains 76 hand-colored aquatints of London scenes, including five folding panoramas. The book was published in 1816 by R. Ackermann, noted for the highest quality of printing in that day. Item 47. $8,000.


Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books may be reached at 212-585-4373 or Marilyn@BraitermanBooks.com. Their website is www.BraitermanBooks.com.

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  • <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
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to General James Clinton, preparing for the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, 1778. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising to send reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Edison, Autograph Letter Signed, to Western Union President William Orton, 1878. $10,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> William, Bishop of Coventry, vellum charter granting the church of Rochdale to the Cistercian Abbey of Stanlaw, in Latin, 1222. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> FDR, Photograph Signed & Inscribed, framed with wood removed from the White House roof, 1927. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Dubuffet, archive including many letters written while painting in NYC, 1951-72. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Mohandas K. Gandhi, Autograph Letter Signed, describing the source of his patience, 1939. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Lithograph portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck, signed by both, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Charles The Bold, Duke of Burgundy, Letter Signed to Johann IV of Nassau, in French, 1470. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Cocteau, Autograph Letter Signed, in French, 1919. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Louis Armstrong, two Autograph Letters Signed to Erich Kauffmann, his lip salve purveyor, 1965-70. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Wernher von Braun, Autograph Letter Signed to Jonathan Cross, 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <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>

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