Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

The Latest from The Veatchs Arts of the Book


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>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Jenner (Rev. George Charles). <i>The Evidence at Large...Respecting Dr Jenner's Discovery of Vaccine Inoculation,</i> presentation copy from Edward Jenner to Rev. Rowland Hill, 1805. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Houdini (Harry).- Maggi (Girolamo). <i>De tintinnabulis liber postumus...de equuleo liber,</i> Harry Houdini's copy, Amsterdam, H. Wetstein, 1689. £600 to £800
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Meyer (Henry Leonard). Coloured Illustrations of British Birds, and their Eggs , 7 vol. in 2 plus Illustrations of British Birds, 4 vol., 1842-50 and [1835-51]. £5,000 to £7,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>An Entirely New Romantic Drama, in Three Acts, by Mr. Wilkie Collins, called The Frozen Deep,</i> 1857. £3,000 to £4,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Lighthouses and Islands of Ireland, c. 125 drawings, 1867. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Shelley (Lady Jane). Diary, 1853 & 1860. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Scottish Binding.- The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, bound in contemporary brown polished calf decorated with the figure of a Chinese spearman, by ?James Scott of Edinburgh, 1778. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Man Within,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1929. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Mellan (Claude, 1598-1688). The Holy Face, or the Veil of St Veronica, [c. 1649 and later]. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Forum Auctions: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper. March 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Desaguliers (John Theophilus). <i>A Dissertation concerning Electricity,</i> W. Innys, and T. Longman, 1742. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Le Jeune (Paul). <i>Relation de se qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France en l'anné 1636 enuoyée au R.Pere Provincial de la Compagnie de Iesus en la Province de France,</i> 1637. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Mar. 22:</b> Stumpf (Johann Rudolph). <i>Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen und Völckern Chronicwirdiger thaaten beschreibung, </i> Zurich, Froschauer, 1586. £3,000 to £4,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> George Washington, Letter Signed to General James Clinton, preparing for the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, 1778. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising to send reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Thomas Edison, Autograph Letter Signed, to Western Union President William Orton, 1878. $10,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> William, Bishop of Coventry, vellum charter granting the church of Rochdale to the Cistercian Abbey of Stanlaw, in Latin, 1222. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> FDR, Photograph Signed & Inscribed, framed with wood removed from the White House roof, 1927. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Dubuffet, archive including many letters written while painting in NYC, 1951-72. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Mohandas K. Gandhi, Autograph Letter Signed, describing the source of his patience, 1939. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Lithograph portrait of Albert Einstein by Hermann Struck, signed by both, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Charles The Bold, Duke of Burgundy, Letter Signed to Johann IV of Nassau, in French, 1470. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22: Autographs</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Jean Cocteau, Autograph Letter Signed, in French, 1919. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Louis Armstrong, two Autograph Letters Signed to Erich Kauffmann, his lip salve purveyor, 1965-70. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 22:</b> Wernher von Braun, Autograph Letter Signed to Jonathan Cross, 1975. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <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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