Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

The Latest Variety from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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No. 6.

Honey & Wax Booksellers has issued a new catalogue, simply No. 6. Honey & Wax catalogues are not easy to describe because they do not follow any particular format. There are many books with some artistic connections, but others not so. There is important literature, but then again, other books are obscure. Some have interesting connections, a notable provenance. You never know what you will find in one of these catalogues without opening its pages. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with what Honey and Wax calls "the single most famous American poem of the nineteenth century." I'm not sure that even the century qualifier is necessary as nothing more famous from America immediately comes to mind. Item 61 contains the first edition in book form of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. That bird's vocabulary was limited, but his one line in unforgettable. Poe was self-deprecating in describing his poems in the preface to this collection of poetry, The Raven and Other Poems, published in 1845. However, the bookseller tells us even Poe recognized he had a masterpiece here, "the greatest poem ever written." Forevermore. Priced at $12,500.

 

This novel gained more than its share of notoriety when first published in 1857. It is from the school of "realism," the story of a young woman married to a good but less than exciting doctor, who becomes involved in a couple of affairs that do not pan out for her. It was her behavior that got her creator, author Gustave Flaubert, in trouble with the law, though he was ultimately acquitted on charges of obscenity. It ended better for Flaubert than for Emma Bovary, who ends up in debt as a consequence of her desire for luxury goods and takes her own life. The title of the book is Madame Bovary, and this is the 1900 Bibliotheque-Charpentier edition which includes transcripts from Flaubert's trial. The copy is signed, but obviously not by Flaubert, as he died in 1880. Rather, it bears the signature of James Joyce, dated June 1901, when he was only 19 years of age. This was his personal copy of a book that was influential on his writing. Joyce would deal with similar legal challenges on obscenity grounds a couple of decades later with the publication of Ulysses. Item 2. $25,000.

 

Here is another book signed by a famous author who was not the the writer of the book. Item 11 is an 1867 edition of the writings of Italian philosopher and poet Petrarch, Rime di Francesco Petrarca. This most certainly wasn't signed by Petrarch, who died in 1374. Petrarch was a noted humanist, considered as one of those most responsible for bringing about the Renaissance. We can all be grateful. This copy is inscribed by the 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was inscribed in 1876 to "Edith Longfellow with her father's love." Longfellow and his daughter shared a love for Italian literature and often read together when she was young. Edith later married Richard Henry Dana III, whose father wrote Two Years Before the Mast. $1,250.

 

Next is the perfect book for the season, perhaps the most famous Christmas story outside of the biblical one. Item 18 is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. This is a first edition, first impression, first binding from 1843. There are other details of color of endpapers and such from which experts can attempt to discern priority. We will only note that Honey and Wax has found this "appears to be an unrecorded variant." Dickens' tale is a story of poverty and great travails, but unlike the more "realistic" Madame Bovary, this one at least has a happy ending. Merry Christmas! $28,000.

 

This is a cute cookbook especially for children. It uses humorous instructions, coupled with whimsical illustrations, to interest young folks in cooking. However, there was undoubtedly a hidden message for mothers too. It was published by Westinghouse Electric Corporation, its author, Julia Kiene, being the Director of the Westinghouse Home Economics Institute. Westinghouse Electric made electric ranges they wished to sell to your mother. This booklet was a giveaway piece. Still, the commercial intentions do not detract from the fun nature of the book. Ms. Kiene offers observations such as, "Vegetables cooked properly make you strong and healthy little men and women. Learn to like them. You can if you want to, and anyway, it isn't polite to grumble about your food." In a cake recipe she exhorts, "Keep on beating. Don't get lazy..." The cookbook's title is Sugar an' Spice and All Things Nice. Item 7, published in 1950. $40.

 

This is An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England, by the author/voyager Vincenzo ("Vincent") Lunardi. Lunardi was an Italian diplomatic assistant well familiar with the ballooning craze that had just developed in France when he went to England. The English were more skeptical, but an enormous crowd came out to watch when Lunardi took off on England's first aerial voyage in 1784. Unlike many of these early experiments, Lunardi had a successful flight. He became a local celebrity, his balloon put on display. Lunardi would later write, "It is difficult to imagine any thing more pleasing than the solicitude which multitudes of beautiful women express concerning dangers that are past..." Indeed, his flight was a success. Item 13. $3,500.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers may be reached at 917-974-2420 or info@honeyandwaxbooks.com. Their website is www.honeyandwaxbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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

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