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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

The Latest from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

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The latest from the Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has released their Catalogue 87 Fall 2017. It includes books and various ephemeral items in the book arts. The latter ranges from portfolios of artwork to individual broadsides, specimen books, proofs, collections of items, and more. Anyone who appreciates books as an expression of art will enjoy seeing what is in this catalogue. Here are few specimens.

 

We begin with a later edition of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. This long poem was originally published in 1922, but this edition is from 1961. It was published by Faber & Faber, for whom Eliot served as a director for most of his adult life. The printing was done in Dante type by Giovanni Mardersteig on the hand-press of the Officina Bodoni in Verona. This is a signed limited edition, one of 300 copies, signed when Eliot was 73 years old. Item 22. Priced at $3,250.

 

Next is one of the greatest color plate books of America, Victoria Regia; or the Great Water Lily of America, published in 1854. It contains six plates, one by the author, John Fisk Allen, and the other five by William Sharp. The Amazonian native water lily was illustrated in Salem, Massachusetts, up the road from Boston where the book was published. Victoria Regia is a giant lily, leaves up to six feet long, flowers over a foot in diameter. It can support the weight of a child. Originally discovered in the Amazon, it was brought to England in the first year of Queen Victoria's reign, hence its name. Like the lily, William Sharp immigrated to America. He came to America around the time the lily went to England. He learned his techniques in Europe, becoming the first chromolithographic printer in the States. According to Reese, Sharp "printed colors with a delicacy of execution and technical brilliance never before achieved in the United States." The book is short, 16 pages plus the plates, but the size is large, 20 ½ x 26 ½, to properly display the lilies. Item 3. $55,000.

 

Here is another signed book, but one with many more signatures. Item 37 is Hockney's Alphabet, illustrations by David Hockney, edited by Stephen Spender, and published in 1991. Hockney has created 26 whimsical letters, one for each letter in the alphabet. He then sought contributions from different writers for each letter. They each provided a story, poem, or other thought. The only writer that declined to participate was Normal Mailer, but he wrote such a polite refusal that his response is also included. This is one of 300 copies, and along with Hockney and Spender, it has been signed by 22 of the contributors, including Doris Lessing, Seamus Heaney, Susan Sontag, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, Erica Jong, Arthur Miller, William Golding, V. S. Prichett, Margaret Drabble, Iris Murdoch, and even Mailer. It was published by Faber and Faber, though long after Eliot was gone, on behalf of the Aids Crisis Trust. All proceeds went to benefit the trust. $2,000.

 

Item 66 is The First Set, Selected Ephemera 1974-1994. It consists of approximately 185 printed examples from the first 20 years of the Pentagram Press, based in Minneapolis. Actually, it isn't all from Minneapolis as prior to 1987, Pentagram was located first in Milwaukee and then Markesan, Wisconsin. According to the University of Delaware Library, which holds a substantial collection of their material through 1999, it began as a one-man operation of Michael Tarachow, who did everything including designing, typesetting, printing, binding and publishing. He even wrote some of the poetry the press published. Pentagram is noted for very fine press work, limited edition books, and works by midwestern poets. This collection is housed in three cases and includes everything from a printed button to a musical scroll, printed bag, announcements, greetings, small keepsakes, broadsides, letterheads, bookmarks, bookplates, business cards, and booklets. $1,300.

 

Here is a history of printing, Typographia: An Historical Account of the Origin and Progress of the Art of Printing...with a Description of Stereotype and Lithography, by Thomas Curson Hanard. Don't look for any up-to-date information about printing. It was published in 1825. This is a large book, 939 pages, 28 plates, and many text illustrations. The Veatchs describe it as "a comprehensive manual with a nice section on presses." Item 34. $550.

 

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>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
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <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>

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