Rare Book Monthly

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.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 372: Martin Luther King Jr. March for Freedom Now! Placard. Chicago, 1960. 28 x 22”. $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 567: Warhol, Andy. Tate Gallery Exhibition Booklet, Signed on the Cover by Warhol. Tate Gallery, 1971. $700 to $900
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 72: Mitchell, Margaret. <i>Gone With the Wind.</i> New York: The Macmillan Co., 1936. First edition, first issue. $4,000 to $5,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 468: Photo Archive Documenting the 1930s—50s Chicago Jazz and Night Club Scene. A significant collection. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 143: Dr. Seuss. <i>Oh Say Can You Say.</i> 1979, First Edition, Signed. $200 to $300
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 285: [Maps] Thomas G. Bradford. <i>A Comprehensive Atlas, Geographical, Historical & Commercial.</i> Boston: William D. Ticknor, 1835. First Edition. $1,600 to $1,800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 69: Herman Melville. <i>Moby Dick, or The Whale</i>. New York: Random House, 1930. First Kent Trade Edition. $400 to $600
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 295: John James Audoban. Group of 148 Lithographs from the Birds of America. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, ca. 1840s. $600 to $800
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 54: Langston Hughes. <i>One-Way Ticket.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First edition. $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions: Fine Books & Manuscripts. July 28, 2018</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 7: Ray Bradbury. <i>The Martian Chronicles.</i> With a Wine Label Signed by Bradbury. Garden City: Doubleday, 1950. First edition $300 to $500
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 121. Frank L Baum. <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> Chicago: George M. Hill Co., 1899, 1900. First Edition. $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter Auctions, July. 28:</b> Lot 369. [Declaration of Independence] Peter Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence. One page; 29 x 26”. From the "American Archives" 1837-1853 series of books. $15,000 to $20,000
  • <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.
  • <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: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.</i> London, 1623. 1st appearance in print, Complete from the First Folio. Sold for $175,000
    <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: 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>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Zane Grey, Inscribed photograph album depicting Grey and party at Catalina, fishing, and in Arizona. $700 to $1,000
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Eric Taverner, Salmon Fishing...London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1931. $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> The Gentleman Angler. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Ken Robinson, Flyfishers' Progress. [London: The Flyfishers' Club, 2000. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> G. H. Lacy, North Punjab Fishing Club Angler's Handbook. Calcutta: Newman & Co., 1890. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> J. Harrington Keene, Fly-Fishing and Fly-Making for Trout, etc. New York, 1887. $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, online only: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake" Johnson. July 13-24, 2018</b>
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Arthur Macrate, The History of The Tuna Club, Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California, 1948. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Joseph D. Bates Jr. Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: The Stackpole Company, 1966. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Paul Schmookler and Ingrid V. Sils. Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, online only Jul 13-24:</b> Herbert Hoover, Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House, 1963. $400 to $600

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