• <b>Bonhams History of Science and Technology. September 21. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts. September 22. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
  • <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 8. Estados Unidos de Mijoco... John Disturnell (1801-1877). Est $90,000-125,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 33. Shipping off Charlotte Amalie in the Danish West Indies. Est $12,000-15,000. Start Bid $7,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 36. Poppy, F.19. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 37. <br>White Iris, F.9. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 38. Peach, F. 66. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $100,000-120,000. Start Bid $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 39. Pomegranate. 1560's. Est $200,000-300,000. Start Bid $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 40. Flamingos. Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Est $60,000-80,000. Start Bid $36,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 57. The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire... Est $10,000-15,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 59.<br>The West-India Atlas ... JEFFERYS, Thomas, 1775. Est $22,000-25,000. Start Bid $13,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 62. The Natural History of Barbados. Est $10,000-12,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 64. A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves... Est $24,000-28,000. Start Bid $14,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 65. Bucaniers of America... Est $12,000-16,000. Start Bid $7,000.
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 3. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition under the Command</i>... 1814. $50,000-$70,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 90. Audubon, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States</i>... $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 19. Hutchins, Thomas and George Louis le Rouge. <i>Partie Occidentale de la Virginie,</i> ... $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 88. Truman, Harry. Signed Presidential Proclamation ... Surrender of Germany. 1945. $6,000-$8,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 15. <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas ... Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies</i>... $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 95. Buller, Walter Lawry. <i>A History of the Birds of New Zealand</i>. London, 1873. First edition. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 89. Audubon, John Hames and John Bachman.<i>The Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1852-1854. 3 vols. Complete. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 124. Bracciolini, Poggio. <i>Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi</i> ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 85. Book signed by H. Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 252. Carroll, Lewis. <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass</i>. 2 vols. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 78.<br>Currier and Ives. <i>A Midnight Race on the Mississippi</i>. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 268. <br>(The Beatles) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2005 Issue

Old English Books and Manuscripts From Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books

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John Wagstaffe questioned the reality of witchcraft.


If the latter half of the 17th century was a time of foolishness and hysteria, there was one voice of reason. In 1671, John Wagstaffe published his, The question of witchcraft debated. Or a discourse against their opinion that affirm witches, considered and enlarged. In 1669, Wagstaffe had published his original edition of "The Question of Witchcraft Debated." This work was attacked in a 1670 book called, "The Opinion of Witchcraft Vindicated." That led to this 1671 expansion of Wagstaffe's original work, plus a necessary defense against charges that his questioning claims of witchcraft established that he was an atheist. In his book, Wagstaffe states that belief in witchcraft is based on "the knavish and gainful impostures of some men," and the "vain foolish credulity and frightful fancies of other men." His opinions did not exactly make Wagstaffe a popular man in his lifetime, but his book would be reprinted twice in the 18th century when witchcraft claims were finally being debunked. Item 117. £1,000 (US $1,795).

In the 17th and 18th centuries, "bills of mortality" were kept for London and surrounding parishes. These weekly reports may have been the first systematic attempt to keep track of the causes of death, valuable medical information. However, they were not entirely scientific. Generally, they were compiled by some poor person, frequently an old woman, desperate enough for pay to go to the homes of people who had just died and ask the cause. As the reports show, the next of kin did not always have an accurate understanding. Among the causes were headmouldshot, horshoehead, lunatick, purples, rising of the lights, St. Anthony's fire, water in the head, and the quite frequent griping of the guts. The most common cause was convulsion, with fever, consumption and age all vying for second place. For those who avoid the dentist, many deaths were attributed to the deceaseds' teeth, and five died of worms. The copy of this report can be seen on the image of the cover of this catalogue which appears on page one of this article. Item 85 is the report of April 24, 1722. £1,250 (US $2,243).

One of those deaths was attributed to drowning in the River Thames. This would certainly not have been an issue in the middle of the winter of 1715-16. That was one of those rare cold winters where the Thames froze solid. In those rare years, an event known as the "Frost Fair' took place. Dancing, drinking, eating and other festivities would be arranged on the frozen river. A mobile press was dragged onto the ice in 1716 and this broadside celebrating "the wonders of this icy year" was printed. Other notable freezes occurred in 1683-84, 1739-40, and 1813-14, when the last Frost Fair was held. Item 41. £1,500 (US $2,693).

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