Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2005 Issue

Travel, History, and Early Geologic Books from Schoyer's Books

Soldiers

Pictures from a soldier's scrapbook on his way to the Philippines.


George Francis Train was a larger-than-life figure of 19th century America, an eccentric tycoon who succeeded at most everything he did. An orphan at age 4, by the time he was 20, he was enormously successful managing his uncle's shipping business. Breaking out on his own, he became wealthy operating shipping from Australia. At one point Australian miners, seeking independence from Great Britain, asked him to become their first president once the revolution succeeded. Train declined. However, his popularity made him a sought after figure by various revolutionary movements, though he was something of a pacifist. While he made his fortune in ocean shipping, Train would go on to establish early streetcar systems in England, and railroads in America, including involvement in the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. He became a public speaker, and was much sought out on the speaking circuit. He toured Kansas in 1868 with Susan B. Anthony, supporting women's suffrage. He befriended Brigham Young and spoke glowingly of the Mormons, a group despised by most of the population at the time. However, he was not a proponent of Black suffrage, favoring "intelligent" suffrage, which at the time was code for granting voting rights to women first, then, maybe, Blacks. It was a position held by Ms. Anthony as well. He toyed with a presidential run in the 1870s, but did not have sufficient support. However, item 105 is about none of these. It is called Round the World with Train, by S.W. Wall. The adventurous Mr. Train embarked on a voyage around the world in 1870. He got caught up in revolutionary activity in the Paris commune and was jailed for awhile. After being released, he resumed the voyage, completing it in 80 days (not including jail time). He was the inspiration for Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne's famed novel "Around the World in 80 Days." However, item 105, from 1891, recounts his 1890 journey when Train completed his circumnavigation in just 67 days, then a record time. His starting, and ending point was Tacoma, Washington. Two years later, he made it in 60 days. $125.

Item 186 is, The Theory of the Earth, Containing an Account of The Origin of the Earth... bound with several other works by Thomas Burnet. Burnet was a chaplain to the English king and a geological theorist in the late 17th century. He attempted to explain the geologic features of the Earth consistently with scripture. Like many others, he attributed fossils and other geologic features to the great flood of Noah. He believed that the Earth had been a perfectly round, featureless surface prior to the flood. Within the planet, strata had precipitated according to density, with rock and heavy metals deep, and pockets of water near the surface. He concluded that the flood waters must have ascended from these water pockets because there was not enough water on the surface to explain the event. However, this water pocket theory was not always popular with church authorities who saw the center of the Earth as being hot as Hell, quite literally. According to Burnet, at the time of the flood, the waters burst up to the surface, breaking the Earth's perfectly smooth surface like an eggshell. Those shell fragments created mountains and rocks. The waters eventually receded back into the Earth, but the surface was left in ruins, ruins which we see today. Burnet's books are priced at $1,500.

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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>

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