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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2017 Issue

New Acquisitions from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Veatchs Catalogue 85.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book recently published their Catalogue 85. It is shorter than their usual catalogue, but is filled with new acquisitions. They are in the process of drawing their regular inventory out of storage and getting back to normal following the move to their new home in Hamburg, New York. Here are a few selections from these new acquisitions.

 

We begin with one of the 40 books published by the Doves Press from 1900 until 1916. It is Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Anthony and Cleopatra, published in 1912. Doves was noted as one of the best of the fine presses, but it might also be considered a tragedy itself, the tragedie of Thomas and Emery. Thomas Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker founded the press as partners. Both had been cohorts of the late William Morris and his Kelmscott Press, the finest press of them all. However, the partnership did not work well. Cobden-Sanderson thought Walker insufficiently dedicated. It broke apart, but the two had an agreement that the typeface and related equipment of Doves would go to Walker if Cobden-Sanderson died first. When the latter determined to close the press in 1916, but was not yet dead, he decided that the Doves type would never be used for inferior productions. Since the only way he could assure the same from then until forever was to destroy the type, he proceeded to throw it all in the Thames River. It led to his poor widow being sued after he died. Ironically, the Doves typeface was recently reproduced electronically, technology eventually overcoming all obstacles. You can now use it for your dime store novel or scandal sheet. Fortunately, books such as this Doves Shakespeare are still around to appreciate the type in a form of which Thomas Cobden-Sanderson approved. Item 14 is one of the 200 copies printed. Priced at $1,750.

 

Speaking of the Kelmscott Press, item 22 is one of three of their works offered in this catalogue, Maud, A Monodrama, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It was originally published in 1855, but the Kelmscott edition was released in 1893. The Veatchs describe it as, "A fine, partially unopened, almost pristine copy." It is one of 500 copies on handmade paper. $2,500.

 

Next up is a leaf book, though it is quite a bit more than simply a vehicle for a few leaves. The title is A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books 1900-1999, by Martin Hutner and Jerry Kelly. It was published by the Grolier Club in 1999. This is one of 50 Deluxe copies signed by the authors. The Veatchs describe it as "A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue of 100 books from American and European presses, notable for their beauty and excellence of production." It contains 46 color illustrations and 54 halftones (46+54=100). Then there are the leaves. There are five leaves, taken from twentieth century fine press books. They include one from the Limited Editions Club, Officina Bodoni, Hermann Zapf, Arion Press, and Stanbrook Abbey Press. Item 18. $825.

 

Here is a very different sort of leaf book: The Lambiad. A Collection of Leaves from the Offices of Famous Printers, Showing Variations in the Treatment of a Similar Themes. It was published by the Columbiad Club in 1936 in a run of 30 copies. It contains five leaves, from books published by Aldus Manutius, Caxton, Barbou, "Baalow" (Barlow), and Bodoni. No it doesn't. This was all a hoax. None of the leaves was real, though the quality of the fakes is exceptional. The Caxton not only featured woodcuts, but even has wormholes. This copy belonged to club member Harold Hugo, later President of Meridian Gravure. Item 35. $1,200.

 

After a year of divisive elections, it's nice to have a reminder of our common heritage as Americans. Item 3 is the Constitution of the United States. Published for the Bicentennial of its Adoption in 1787. This was published on behalf of the Library of Congress, naturally enough in 1987. Most appropriately, it makes use of the colors red, white and blue throughout. This printing of the Constitution was produced by San Francisco's Arion Press. This was the press founded by Andrew Hoyem in 1973, a successor to the legendary Grabhorn Press. $1,600.

 

The Veatchs Arts of the Book can be reached at 716-648-0361 or veatchs@veatchs.com. Their website is www.veatchs.com.

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  • <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Adams (Richard). <i>Watership Down,</i> FIRST EDITION, author inscription on front free end paper, folded map tipped in, original boards, dust-jacket. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bowles (John). <i>Several Prospects of the Most…la Ville de Londres, avec des Remarques Historiques fort Succinctes, qui les Regardant,</i> 20 double page engraved plates only, of 23, 1724. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Auden (W.H.). <i>Our Hunting Fathers,</i> FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, 1 of 22 copies, COPY B OF 5 PRINTED ON NORMANDIE, original patterned wrappers, Cambridge, for Frederic Prokosch, 1935. £800 to £1200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Barrie (J. M.) & Attwell (Mabel Lucie, illustrator). <i>Peter Pan & Wendy,</i> FIRST EDITION, 12 chromolithograph plates, publisher's blue cloth, original printed dust jacket, [c.1920]; and 3 others (4). £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bartolozzi (Francesco). Genius Calling Forth the Fine Arts to Adorn Manufactures and Commerce; Agriculture (Husbandry Aided by Arts and Commerce), glazed and framed. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> A collection of engraved caricatures, including Gillray ([James]) Tales of Wonder!, 1802; Rowlandson (Thomas) Sports, Smock Racing, 1811;Irish Jaunting Carr, 1814. £400 to £600
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Bennett (Charles H, illustrator). <i>Æsop’s Fables,</i> 1875; Buchanan (Robert). <i>Ballad Stories of the Affections,</i> [1866]; Douce (Francis), The Dance of Death, 1833. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Chinese Illustrations. A group of 6 Cantonese rice paper illustrations, depicting scenes of torture with different instruments, gouache, c.340 x 220mm, original wrapper boards preserved, [c. 1800]. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Dulac (Edmund). <i>The Queen of Romania, The Dreamer of Dreams,</i> 5 coloured plates, [1915]; and others illustrated by Edmund Dulac. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions: Summer Books. August 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Fronth (Per). Xingu Chronicles, the portfolio, comprising 30 plates, photogravues in colours, each signed, dated and titled in pencil, each numbered 10/35, on wove paper, 790 x 600 x 60mm, 1997. £300 to £400
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> Pasternak (Boris). <i>Doctor Zhivago,</i> FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, original red publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket, 4to, Collins & Harvill Press, 1958. £200 to £300
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Aug. 22:</b> 13 sepia photographs of visitors to the Thermes Nationaux d’Aix-les-Bains, c. 150 x 105mm, c.1890 (12). £300 to £400
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.

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