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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2017 Issue

A 30th Anniversary Catalogue from Zephyr Used & Rare Books

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Giraffe-Neck women and more from Zephyr Used & Rare Books.

Zephyr Used & Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Thirtieth Anniversary Catalogue Rose City Book Fair 2017. That celebrates two events, owner Kol Shaver's 30 years in the book trade, and the recent annual book fair in the Rose City, aka Portland, Oregon. It is hard to describe the material as it is an eclectic combination of obscure books, posters, advertising material, and various other ephemera. It makes an interesting read, and it's hard to emerge from its pages without wanting a few of the items. Here are some samples of what you will find.

 

We begin with an item designed to inspire pride in young African Americans at a time when Jim Crow was rampant in America – 1921. The title is Colored Girls' and Boys' Inspiring United States History and a Heart to Heart Talk about White Folks, by William Henry Harrison, Jr. Harrison began as a steelworker in Pennsylvania, but turned his attention to inspiring young blacks. This book describes the first slaves brought from Africa to the Virginia colony in the 17th century, contributions by African Americans in the French and Indian War and Revolution, the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and more. He also mentions the all-black town of Boley, Oklahoma, founded in 1904. Harrison describes opportunities for African Americans in California, and the reality of poor treatment of black athletes. This William Henry Harrison, Jr., was not the son of America's shortest serving President of that name with a suffix of "Sr.". His son named W. H. H., Jr. died in 1838, over half a century before this W. H. H., Jr., was born. Priced at $1,250.

 

This next gentleman certainly did not have to suffer the challenges typical to African Americans in this day. He was not only white, but born to enormous wealth. His name was William Kissim Vanderbilt, Jr., best known as "Willie K." This is the second of his log books he had privately published of his automobile travels, Vanderbilt being an auto and racing enthusiast: Log of My Motor 1908-1911. Vanderbilt created the first major auto racing trophy, the Vanderbilt Cup, which was awarded from 1904-1968. The book describes Vanderbilt's auto travels around Europe during the stated time period. He drove a Renault, which is probably not a car he would be driving were he alive today, and later a Mercedes. About 200 copies of Vanderbilt's log book were printed for friends, detailing his journeys, including mileage, road conditions, places visited, and performance of his cars. This copy was inscribed in 1941 by Peter Breymeier whose father was a racing enthusiast who received his copy from Vanderbilt. $2,000.

 

Ethel Mannin was a British national whose father was an ardent socialist. She adopted socialist, even communist positions as a young woman. In 1936, she made a trip to the Soviet Union, expecting to find the ideal state. She did not. She trekked around some of the outer regions of the country, where she was less than welcome by officials, but she persisted. By the time her journey was over, Ms. Mannin was quite disillusioned. She found it a place of stifling bureaucracy, which in hindsight we know was hardly the worst thing about the Soviet Union in that era. She came away realizing that Stalinism had little to do with the idealistic socialism of her father. She emerged more of an anarchist. Offered is a copy of her book South to Samarkland, published in 1937. $95.

 

You are probably wondering about those "Giraffe-Neck Women of Burma" on the cover of this catalogue. I was too. It turns out that this isn't some P. T. Barnum type invention, but is real. One particular, not very large Burmese tribe reveres women having long necks. Starting as young girls, they place rings around their neck, adding more as they grow older. Do these tight rings actually stretch their necks over time? National Geographic once x-rayed some of the women to find out. It turns out they don't. They push the collar bone and ribs down, thereby creating the illusion of longer necks. This image is one of a series of 16 original paintings for side-show posters circa 1950. The artist is unknown except for the initials S. H. Their purpose also is unclear, since many are of acts from long before this time, so they weren't created for live appearances. Other stars of the sideshow to be memorialized in these posters include The Albino Family; Ubangi Savages Africa; Malaka - and Her Serpents, Two-Headed Girl; The Marvelous Pig Lady of London; LaTena’s Trained Wild Animals; Lentini 3 Legged Man; The Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng; Fiji Island Mermaid Captured Alive; The Lion King; El’Toro Crocodile Wrestler, Bingo the Human Chimp; Pigmy Tribe, Zelda the Half Girl; Capt. Cutter Knife Artiste, Zarof Fire Eater; Unis; Fat Fannie; and Chief Short Horn, Terror of the West. $850.

 

Here is a treat for your palate: Some of the favorite ways of preparing Booth's sardines... It turns out there are a whole lot of ways to prepare Booth's sardines. This is going to make your mouth water, but here are a few – sardine omelets, fried sardines, sardine salad, stuffed egg sardine salad, sardine stuffed pepper, and sardine loaf. Booth's sardines appear to have been born, and disappeared, in the first half the 20th century. Its producer, Monterey Packing & Fishing Co., became Pacific Fish Company, which apparently no longer exists either. Perhaps it was subsumed by another during the era of cannery consolidation in California. However, while Booth's no longer exists, I'm sure these recipes will be just as delicious if used with a different brand of sardines. $100.

 

Zephyr Used & Rare Books may be reached at 360-695-7767 or zephyr@worldaccessnet.com.

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  • <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Aegidius Sadeler (Flemish, 1570-1629), engraving on laid paper "Madonna and Child in a Landscape", after a drawing by Albrecht Durer. $800 to $1,200
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Anders Zorn (Swedish, 1860-1920), drypoint etching on paper "On Hemso Island", 1917, pencil signed. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Joseph Pennell (American, 1860-1926), etching on paper "Setting Up Columns", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Lee Hankey (British, 1869-1952), drypoint etching on paper "Affection", pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> William Walcot (English, 1874-1943), drypoint etching on paper "Lower Broadway, New York", 1924, pencil signed. $200 to $300
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Auguste Brouet (French, 1872-1941), color etching "La Pirouette", pencil signed, ed 111/250. $400 to $600
    <center><b>William Bunch Auctions<br>October Fine Art and Prints<br>October 29, 2018</b>
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889-1975), lithograph on paper "The Boy", pencil signed. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> John Stockton de Martelly (American, 1903-1979), lithograph on paper "Looking at the Sunshine", pencil signed, original AAA certificate. $400 to $600
    <b>William Bunch Auctions, Oct. 29:</b> Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian-American, 1915-1985), woodcut on paper "Moppet", pencil signed and dated 1965, ed 118/250. $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Jean de Mandeville, <i>Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land,</i> Strassburg, 1488. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Titus Livius, <i>Las Quatorze Decadas,</i> Zaragoza, 1520. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Printed <i>Book of Hours</i> with 20 full-page illustrations, Paris, 1509. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Jean La Fontaine, <i>Fables Choisies, mises en Vers,</i> first editions, Paris, 1668. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Giovanni Boccaccio, <i>De las mujeres illustres en romance,</i> Zaragoza, 1494. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Giovanni Boccaccio, third edition of the first published work of female biography, Louvain, 1487. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Andreas Vesalius, <i>Icones Anatomicae,</i> Munich, Bremer Press, 1934. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 16:</b> Joseph Boneta y Laplana, <i>Gritos del Purgatorio, y Medios para acallarlos,</i> Manila, 1711. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b> The Library of Pierre Bergé<br>Auction Pierre Bergé & Associés<br>in association with Sotheby’s<br>Paris-Hôtel Drout<br>December 14, 2018<br><br>New York Exhibition<br>Oct. 16 to Oct. 20</b>
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> BARTHOLOMEUS ANGLICUS. <i>Le Proprietaire des choses.</i> Lyon, [circa 1484]. 150 000 / 200 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONTAIGNE, Michel de. <i>Essais.</i> Bordeaux, 1580. 400 000 / 500 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> PROUST, Marcel. <i>Du côté de chez Swann.</i> Paris, 1914 [1913]. 600 000 / 800 000 €
    <b>The Library of Pierre Bergé, NY exhibition 10/16 to 10/20:</b> MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. <i>Le Premier [-Tiers] Volume des Cronicques.</i> Paris, circa 1503.<br>300 000 / 400 000 €
  • <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>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000

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