Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2018 Issue

Some Gifts from Shapero Rare Books

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Gifts to Treasure.

Shapero Rare Books has created a catalogue of Gifts to Treasure. Now that the giving season is over, you are free to surprise yourself with a gift, and Shapero has 155 suggestions. They have divided them into sections: Fiction, Poetry & Prose, Children's & Illustrated, Visual & Performing Arts, History & Natural History, and Special Interest & Sport. Surely you will find something suitable for your interests here. These are just a few examples.

 

We begin with a set of books you would have given your young children when they were new. Now that they're old and collectible, you wouldn't let the children anywhere near them. These are not meant for grubby little fingers. It is a complete set of first editions of the Pooh books, the classics for the very young by A. A. Milne. It includes When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-the Pooh (1926), Now We Are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Of course, that includes all the folks at the Hundred Acre Wood and Christopher Robin, who was Milne's real life son. Almost as enchanting as Milne's prose are the illustrations by E. H. Shepard, and I don't imagine there can be too many people who cannot picture the characters just as Shepard drew them. The first in the set is inscribed by Milne. The books have their dust jackets. Item 76. Priced at £14,000 (British pounds, or approximately $18,647 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is a book you wouldn't have given your young children even when new. It is not a book of fantasy, although perhaps conservative economists would disagree. Item 143 is John Maynard Keynes' The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published in 1936. It came during the midst of the Great Depression, when traditional economic theory that the free market will take care of itself did not seem to be working for many people. Keynes advocated a proactive role for government. Contrary to policy espoused by Herbert Hoover when the Depression set in, that is, balance the budget, Keynes advocated deficit spending to pull the economy out of recession. Shapero notes this book is "regarded as one of the most influential social science treatises of the century, it quickly and permanently changed the way the world looked at the economy and the role of government in society." £1,850 (US $2,463).

 

If you were really good, you may want to give this book to yourself. This is undoubtedly the most significant book of the arts and crafts, fine printing movement of the late 19th century. Item 39 is the finest work of the finest fine press, the Kelmscott Press. It is The Works, by Geoffrey Chaucer, published in 1896. Everyone today simply knows it as the Kelmscott Chaucer. William Morris had been around a long time as an artist and ardent socialist, but in 1891, he began printing exquisite editions from his fine press. It only continued for five years (plus a brief wind down period) as Morris only lived for five more years. All of his work was good, but this was his masterpiece. Printing and the Mind of Man described it as "perfect ..both in design and in the quality of printing...the last and the most magnificent the Kelmscott Chaucer." There were 438 copies printed, 425 on paper, as is this. Item 39. £65,000 (US $86,556).

 

Next we have an ABC book, but this is not meant for the children either. Item 100 is Hockney's Alphabet, by David Hockney, edited by Stephen Spencer. Hockney got more than a little help from his friends in writing the text. He reached out to numerous authors for a contribution for each letter. They responded with stories, poems, or other thoughts. The list of writers is impressive, including William Golding, Seamus Heaney, Margaret Drabble, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Erica Jong, Susan Sontag, Dorris Lessing, John Updike, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Gore Vidal, Ted Hughes, V. S. Prichett, Kazuo Ishiguro, and many others. This book was published by the Aids Crisis Trust in 1991, all proceeds going to benefit the trust. The copy has been signed by Hockney and Spencer. £600 (US $799).

 

This book will not appeal to everyone, only a very select group. That is the very devoted group of fly fishers. They are fanatic about their flies, those artificial insects designed to fool a fish into biting the hook. Item 133 is The Fly Fisher's Guide, Illustrated by Coloured Plates, representing upwards of Forty of the Most Useful Flies, accurately copied from nature. The author was G. C. Bainbridge, the book published in 1816. This is one of only 12 presentation copies printed, inscribed "To Charles Rogers from his sincere friend the author." This is one of the earliest books to include color plates of tied flies, the first with trout and salmon ties. £12,500 (US $16,647).

 

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.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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