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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2018 Issue

A Wide Range of Material from Back of Beyond Books

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Catalogue No. 19.

Back of Beyond Books has issued their Catalogue #19. Back of Beyond was, and still is, a specialist in books about the American Southwest, but in their last couple of catalogues have expanded the offerings substantially. Here are the subjects represented in this latest selection: Western Americana, Exploration, Mormon, Photography, Travel and Railroad, Environmental Activism, Literature, Americana, Native Americana, Promotional, Mining, Trade Catalogues, Art, and Poetry. That should provide something for everyone. We can't cover all of these topics. but here are a few of the selections to be found in this wide-ranging collection.

 

We begin with the official account of the most important internal expedition of America. That would naturally be History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark... It was finally published in 1814, eight years after they returned. Lewis and Clark headed up the Missouri River, final destination the Pacific Ocean, at the behest of President Jefferson. Jefferson had only made the Louisiana Purchase a year earlier and wanted to know what was out there. It contains information about the geography, geology, flora, fauna, native peoples, and the journey. It contains Clark's detailed maps, including the large, loose folding map that was not provided with all copies, and is now missing from many that once held it. Unnumbered item. Priced at $72,500.

 

Item 163 contains one of America's most important documents, a preliminary printing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The preliminary draft was completed by President Lincoln on September 21, 1862. It was General Orders No. 139. It declares that all slaves within a state at war with the United States, meaning the Confederate States, would be free on January 1, 1863. It, in effect, gave the South a deadline to cease hostilities. Item 163 is a bound collection of General Orders No. 15, dated May 4, 1861, through No. 216, dated December 26, 1862. This is the first War Department printing of the Emancipation Proclamation and, Best of Beyond believes, most likely the fourth official printing of it. Item 163, $1,500.

 

This is one of the foundation works of the environmental movement. Item 131 is a first edition, first printing of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It came out in an era when few people were aware of risks to the environment caused by human activities. There seemed to be enough land, air, and wildlife for humans to do as they pleased without causing any serious damage. Carson wrote about the effects of man-made chemicals, particularly pesticides, on the environment. Most notable was her description of how DDT, then regularly used to kill insects, was also killing birds. This copy includes three reviews of the book by publisher Houghton Mifflin's Publicity Department, and a typed "With Compliments of the Publishers" leaflet to Anne Ford, a company publicist, and other items. $800.

 

Next is a campaign flyer from the time leading up to Prohibition in 1920. It is headed United California Industries? and depicts a saloon, gambling hall, and brothel. It was issued by Frederick Head, who was the Prohibition Party candidate for Congress from the Napa County area in 1916. He was not successful. Referring to the liquor and associated industries displayed in the drawing, Head warns us "the products of these industries are: drunkards, harlots, paupers, insane, criminals, murderers, vagrants, tramps, bums, degenerates, feeble-minded, disease and death. Are these necessary to the prosperity of the state?" In hindsight, I guess we can answer Head's question with a "yes," since California has all of these, and is nonetheless quite prosperous. Item 184. $250.

 

This must have been one of the earliest of automobile travel guides. C. S. Medenhall of Cincinnati published touring guides during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Item 119 is Medenhall's Guide and Road Map of Ohio for the year 1905. What percent of Ohioans owned automobiles in 1905? It must have been tiny. Perhaps it reached a few others since it says the maps are meant for "Touring Automobilists, Cyclists and Wagon Road Travelers..." The cover depicts four men riding in a very early automobile. The driver is on the right side, the front passenger holding what is likely the map. Mendenhall's Guides had maps, but mostly it was a textual set of directions on traveling from one town to another. I have not been able to determine what happened to the company, but I don't find any of their maps after the late teens. $300.

 

Your automobile will need to replace tires and the Kenmore Manufacturing Company was there to fill your needs. Item 245 is a 16-page trade catalogue from 1914 of Kenmore tires, along with a wholesale price list and a letter to an inquirer. This is another company I have not been able to trace. They were making automobiles a few years earlier, but I don't know when they stopped making cars and tires. Nor can I find any connection with the Sears' Kenmore brand, though both were located in Chicago. $30.

 

You don't know how to read to appreciate this book. Item 273 is Ed Ruscha's Then & Now, Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004. In 1973, Ruscha drove up and down Hollywood Boulevard, capturing every inch of the 12-mile route with a camera mounted on a tripod on the back of a pickup truck. He photographed both sides in black and white. In 2004, he repeated the process, only using color film this time. The book consists of sequential running images of the buildings alongside the road, 1973 on the top half of each page, 2004 on the bottom. $375.

 

Back of Beyond Books may be reached at 435-259-5154 or andy@backofbeyondbooks.com. Their website is www.backofbeyondbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <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

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