• <b>Announcing a new Books for Sale platform hosted by Biblio!</b>
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  • <b>Results from Bonhams’ sale of <i>Fine Books & Manuscripts Featuring Exploration and Travel</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Columbus. De Insulis nuper in mari Indico repertis. Basel, 1494. SOLD for $751,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cook in Tahiti. [Playbill]. [Germany, c.1840.] SOLD for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Aa, Pieter van der. Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen. Leyden, 1706-8. SOLD for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Dürer. Underweysung der messung [and two more]. Nuremberg, 1525-8. SOLD for $175,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 26:</b> Cortes, Hernan. A Pleito signed by Antonio de Mendoza in the case of Hernan Cortes. 1542. SOLD for $8750
    <b>Results from Bonhams’ <i>The Air and Space Sale</i></b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Russian Kholod 5D67 HFL Rocket Engine. SOLD for $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Neil Armstrong Apollo Era Training Glove. SOLD for $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Full Scale Sputnik-1 EMC/EMI Lab Model. SOLD for $847,500
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> SOLRAD GREB Spy Satellite Engineering Dummy. SOLD for $10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 27:</b> Soviet LK-3 Lunar Lander Model. SOLD for $25,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Redouté, Pierre Joseph, and Claude Antoine Thory. <i>Les Roses</I>. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817–1824. Est. $225,000 to $325,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Jakob Christoph. <i>Hortus Nitidissimis Omnen Per Annum Superbiens Floribus</i>… Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750 [–1786]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Trew, Christoph Jakob, and Benedict Christian Vogel. <i>Plantæ Selectæ</i>…[Nuremberg:] 1750–1773; Supplement, [Augsburg:] 1790 [–1792]. Est. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s New York: The Magnificent Botanical Library of D. F. Allen. October 26, 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Jacquin, Nikolaus Joseph von. <i>Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schönbrunnensis Descriptiones Et Icones.</i>Vienna; London; Leiden, 1797–1804. Est. $180,000 to $250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s NY, Oct. 26:</b> Weinmann, Johann Wilhelm. <i>Phytanthoza Iconographia; Sive Conspectus Aliquot Millium, Tam Indigenarum Quam Exoticarum</i>… Regensburg, 1735–1737–1745. Est. $120,000 to $180,000
  • <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.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <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.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <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].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2016 Issue

Travel and Exploration from Peter Harrington

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Travel & Exploration.

Peter Harrington's latest catalogue targets the field of Travel & Exploration. It covers both the obvious names in the field, such as Cook and Burton, along with many not so well known. While England was the starting point of many of these explorers, other nations are well represented too. Some were intended to be explorations, while others resulted from more immediate concerns, such as fighting wars. Harrington presents a collection of over 200 books, offering many choices for those interested in long ago travels. Here are a few.

 

We begin with not the oldest book in this catalogue, but the oldest journey. Item 13 is The Voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates... taken from Arrian's ancient account and edited by William Vincent, published in 1797. Nearchus' voyage actually occurred a couple of millennia before this first English edition of his travels was published. Nearchus was the equivalent of a high ranking admiral under Alexander the Great. While Alexander was pushing into India, he sent Nearchus down the Indus River to explore. He entered the Arabian Sea, headed west, and into the Persian Gulf, ascending the Tigris and Euphrates. Nearchus in effect discovered the Arabian Peninsula for Greece, and heard of the Omani Emporium. When this message got to Alexander, he ordered Nearchus to circumnavigate the Arabian Peninsula, but Alexander died before this mission could be undertaken. Priced at £2,500 (British pounds or roughly $3,620 U.S. dollars). Note: Overseas buyers may now find better prices as these are pre-Brexit exchange rates.

 

Captain James Cook brought back much new knowledge of the Pacific from his three voyages, but here is some information that was not used in the best of ways. He had landed at Botany Bay in Australia, a place that showed promise for settlement. And settle the British did, but not in the way Cook might have imagined. In 1779, the year Cook died on his third voyage, the House of Commons was discussing a problem back home. Their prisons were overcrowded, and the hulks in the Thames that were used as jails were in deplorable shape. There was no obvious answer other than executing more people for petty crimes, not exactly a good alternative. They needed someplace to send prisoners, far away where it was unlikely they would be able to escape and return home. They had used their American colonies at times for this purpose, but with the colonists acting all uppity in 1779, that was not an option. Ah ha. Australia! Item 16 is the Report from the Committee... That there be laid before this House, an Account of Persons convicted of Felonies or Misdemeanours, and now under Sentence of Imprisonment, in the Gaols and Houses of Correction... published in 1779. Joseph Banks, the naturalist on Cook's second voyage, when asked where was the most suitable place to send criminals, answered that Botany Bay would be an ideal location. Within a decade, England would be loading up ships with people convicted of crimes large and small, and shipping them off to Australia. This copy is inscribed by Sir Charles Bunbury, the committee chairman. £9,750 (US $14,121).

 

This book provides an account of what may well be the most important scientific expedition of them all. It didn't seem so at the time. It consisted of two journeys to Patagonia. The first, from 1826-1830, was commanded by Philip Parker King. The second, from 1831-1836, was commanded by Robert Fitzroy. Their account, three volumes and an appendix, was published in 1839 under the title Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle... King wrote the first volume, Fitzroy the second. Oh, the third was written by the naturalist on board the Beagle on the second voyage – Charles Darwin. Darwin observed flora and fauna on the South American mainland and offshore islands, as well as fossils, and noted similarities and differences between them. He did not express any earth-shattering conclusions about what he saw for another twenty years, but at some point, he put two and two together and came up with a theory to explain it – evolution by means of natural selection. Item 46. £87,500 (US $126,726).

 

Next is the product of one of the more thorough investigations ever. In 1798, Napoleon, still a general, not yet an emperor, undertook a mission to Egypt. His mission was twofold – control the land, and disrupt British trade with Asia. Since Napoleon planned on controlling the country, he figured it was important for France to fully understand the land. So, he took a large coterie of scientists, artists, historians, antiquarians, and the like along with him. They commenced work on this enormous report, Description de l'Egypte. The leader of this part of the mission was Vivant Denon, founder of modern Egyptology and later first director of the Louvre. Among the mission's many discoveries was the Rosetta Stone. However, things did not go as planned for Napoleon. Internal rebellions, attacks from the Turks, confrontations with the British, and disease all conspired to make Napoleon's situation tenuous. He hightailed it back to France, where his military leadership would prove much more successful... for a time. Meanwhile, work continued on the account after the participants returned, and the information was so valuable Napoleon wanted the report printed anyway, which was accomplished over several years, beginning in 1809. This set has been bound in 26 volumes. Item 37. £225,000 (US $325,829).

 

John Heygate was a baronet and a writer, though, at least according to Wikipedia, that is not what he is best known for. Rather, it says he is best remembered for having an affair with the wife of the more notable author, Evelyn Waugh. The marriage disintegrated, Heygate married the former Mrs. Waugh, only to have that marriage end in a divorce a few years later too. Oh well, at least he is remembered for something. And, to a lesser extent, he is remembered for Motor Tramp, published in 1935. Heygate drove around Europe in the early 1930's in his MG, and wrote about his adventures. However, this is not a typical travelogue. He visited Germany twice during the period, both just before and just after Hitler came to power. Heygate had very far right political views and was sympathetic to the Nazis. That is not to say he had no reservations, tempering his tendencies to the militaristic, nationalistic enthusiasm that excited him with his innate British reserve. Still, it is hard to imagine anyone not being repulsed by what he saw. Heygate did serve with the British Army during the war, so perhaps his views evolved as Europe devolved. Item 76. £875 (US $1,267).

 

Peter Harrington may be reached at 020 7591 0220 (USA 011 44 20 7591 0220) or mail@peterharringtonbooks.com. Their website is www.peterharrington.co.uk or www.peterharringtonbooks.com (for U.S. customers).

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br><i>The Centenary Edition of the Works of Ian Fleming</i>, one of 26 lettered sets, 18 volumes, London, 2008. $25,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> William Faulkner, <i>The Marble Faun</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to Dorothy Wilcox by Faulkner & Phil Stone, Boston, 1924. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Maurice Sendak, <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, first edition, signed & inscribed to William Archibald, New York, 1963. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anne Frank, <i>Het Achterhuis</i>, first edition, in first state jacket, Amsterdam, 1947. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Roald Dahl, <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory</i>, first edition, signed, New York, 1964. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b><br>Ray Bradbury, <i>Fahrenheit 451</i>, first limited edition bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, New York, 1953. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Benjamin Graham, <i>The Intelligent Investor</i>, first edition, in original dust jacket, New York, 1949. $4,500 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Anna Sewell, <i>Black Beauty</i>, first edition, inscribed, London, 1877. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Arthur Conan Doyle, <i>A Study in Scarlet</i>, first American edition, Philadelphia, 1890. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14: 19th & 20th Century Literature</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> James Fenimore Cooper, <i>The Last of the Mohicans</i>, first edition, two volumes, Philadelphia, 1826. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Amelia Earhart, <i>20 hrs. 40 mins. Our Flight in Friendship</i>, limited first edition, signed, New York, 1928. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 14:</b> Philip K. Dick, <i>World of Chance</i>, first edition, signed, London, 1956. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Beethoven, Ludwig van. Autograph Manuscript of the Canon "Ewig Dein" Woo 161, signed at the end ("...[Ewig] Dein...Freund Ludwig Van Beethowen"). Est. £120,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Brahms, Johannes. Autograph Manuscript of the "Geistliches Wiegenlied", Op.91 No.2, for Contralto, Viola And Piano, the original version of 1864, signed and inscribed at the end by the composer. Est. £200,000 to £250,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Chopin, Frédéric. Autograph Manuscript of the Opening of the Étude Op.25 No.2, in A-Flat Major, signed and dated ("Paris Ce 28 Avril F. Chopin"). Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London: Fine Autograph Letters and Manuscripts from a Distinguished Private Collection. Part I: Music. 26 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Haydn, Joseph. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jos Haydn[Paraph]"), to the Baden Choirmaster Anton Stoll, 30 July 1802. Est. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Autograph Working Manuscript of a scene from Ernani. Est. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s London Oct 26:</b> Verdi, Giuseppe. Highly Important Series of Thirty-Six Autograph Letters Signed to The Librettist Salvadore Cammarano, written between 1844 And 1851, the greater part unpublished and unrecorded. Est. £250,000 to £300,000
  • <b>Sotheby’s Paris: Books & Manuscripts. 30 October 2017</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> MARCEL PROUST. Du côté de chez Swann. Grasset, 1913. First edition. One of 5 copies on Japan paper, inscribed by the author to Louis Brun. Est. €400,000 - 600,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Saint-Exupéry. <i>25 Autograph Illustrated Letters to his Friend Charles Sallès</i>. Est. €30,000-50,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> French Revolution, 1793. Déclaration des droits de l’Homme. 2,55 x 1,30m. A monumental wallpaper poster of the 1793 version, with hand-colored highlights. Unique copy. Est. €100,000 - 150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> GIAMBATTISTA PIRANESI. <i>Vedute di Roma</i>, 1748-1775. 107 etchings. An exceptional copy, printed and bound before 1780. Est. €50,000 - 80,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Paris, Oct. 30:</b> Picasso, Pablo -- Fernando de Rojas. LA CÉLESTINE. [PARIS, EDITIONS DE L'ATELIER CROMMELYNCK, 1971.] One of the 30 copies hors commerce (n° X). 66 original etchings by Picasso. Signed. Est. €30,000 - €35,000

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