Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2016 Issue

Rare Books, Including Atlases, Maps, and More from High Ridge Books

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Guides, maps and more from High Ridge Books.

High Ridge Books has published their Catalog 66 Rare Books Recent Acquisitions. There is a wide variety of material available here, including some very old European books. Nevertheless, the concentration is in America, with much that would be of interest to 19th century travelers and settlers. Many of the items herein are American atlases and maps, from railroad guides, to local directories, tourist and immigrant guides, and insurance maps. You don't know what you may find, but a lot of it will help you get around. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with an important report concerning early transportation in America. In 1825, the Ohio General Assembly published this Report of the Canal Commissioners, to the General Assembly of Ohio. This was before the railroads had spread very wide and canals were still the preferred method of hauling substantial quantities of freight. A couple of routes were proposed for a canal which would link Lake Erie with the Ohio River. Once completed, it would link New York and the Atlantic, via the Erie Canal, with New Orleans and the Mississippi via the Ohio River. Shipments could readily be made from one end of the country to what was effectively the other in the days before the West was settled. A notable development is recorded herein, the decision to have the Lake Erie terminus be in Cleveland. At the time, Cleveland was a small town with a few hundred residents. The canal would soon change that community's place in history, leading to its rise from small town to major city. Item 80. Priced at $425.

 

Flooding in New Orleans has been a major concern since long before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The city built levees to protect itself from flooding of the Mississippi River, but steamboat Captain John Cowdon was not convinced this was sufficient. He had an alternate plan, as explained in The Outlet System; Its Effect on the Commercial and Agricultural Industries and Sanitary Conditions of New Orleans and the Mississippi Valley, published in 1881. Cowdon noted that the river flows faster upstream than down because of a steeper decline in altitude. The result is the fast flowing waters become slowed downstream during a flood, inundating New Orleans and other areas. His answer was to cut an opening from the Mississippi to Lake Borgne, long ago eroded into an outlet of the Gulf, not a true lake. Since the drop in altitude to Lake Borgne would be much shorter than following the river's path through the delta, this would enable the Mississippi to drain faster before flooding the city. He doubted whether the levees would even be necessary if this were done. It was a nice theory, but did not take into account Hurricane Katrina, where not only did the river flood, but the storm surge raised the level of the water in Lake Borgne. Item 54. $475.

 

Jeremiah Greenleaf was a Vermont atlas publisher. In 1842, he created an atlas, though the maps were mostly based on David Burr's atlas of a few years earlier. In 1848, he republished the atlas with changes. Item 9 is a copy of the 1848 update of his Universal Atlas. A few new maps were not from Burr, such as one of Texas, a bit dated as it shows Texas during its Republic time. However, Florida has achieved statehood. The Wisconsin/Iowa map is also new. Iowa is mostly undeveloped, only a few counties in the east shown, while its northern border extends all the way to Canada. $9,500.

 

Here is a guide for those looking to do some touring. Item 20 is Bachelder's Illustrated Tourist's Guide to the United States. Bound with: Popular Resorts and How to Reach Them... John Bachelder's tourist guide was published in 1873. The second part features various resorts from Pennsylvania to Maine, including Martha's Vineyard and Shelter Island. The first section is focused primarily on Gettysburg, and includes his large folding Panorama of the Gettysburg Battlefield. It's interesting how soon after the Civil War Gettysburg became an attraction for the curious. $575.

 

This is a book that will tell you a few things about Napoleon. Warning – it might not be entirely objective. The title is Some Account of the History and Character of Buonaparte: Shewing that He is Degraded by Every Vice which Brands with the Epithet of the Infamous; and that He is Possessed of No Virtue... published in 1814. It was released prior to Waterloo, but the anonymous author correctly predicted that if the Allies hang in there and pursue the battle a little longer, they will put an end to "this impudent usurper and atrocious and execrable Tyrant." Whoever the author was, he didn't much like Napoleon. Perhaps we can explain his feelings based on the publishing location – London. Item 66. $350.

 

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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>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.

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