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

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    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
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    <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>
  • <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>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
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    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
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