Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2018 Issue

Catalogue XXV of Mixed Items from Samuel Gedge Ltd.

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Samuel Gedge Catalogue XXV.

Samuel Gedge Ltd. has issued their Catalogue XXV. Gedge's catalogue includes some books, but more in the way of other sorts of related items – pamphlets, documents, manuscripts, broadsides, letters, prints, drawings, and even more ephemeral items. The 18th and 19th centuries dominate, with a few items even older. These are a few samples of what can be found in Gedge's 25th catalogue.

 

Anglican missionaries had a tough time in America once the Revolution came along. The Anglican Church was closely associated with England, its missionaries effectively English loyalists. Item 41 is A sermon preached before the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts... by Richard Hard at the Parish Church of St. Mary-Le-Bow in 1781. At this anniversary meeting, Hurd had to break some bad news, "The society having received the certain but disagreeable information, that Mr. Fayerweather, missionary at Narragansett in Rhode Island, had...against the approbation of his parishioners, freely and voluntarily taken the oaths to the rebel states of America, he has been necessarily struck off the list of missionaries..." Priced at £650 (British pounds, or approximately $870 U.S dollars).

 

Item 68 is a broadside description of what must be a beautiful South Atlantic island paradise. The perfect getaway. The lovely island was under the control of the British East India Company in 1814, long a stopping point for ships. It describes the island's history, pleasant climate, cultivation of fruit and other crops, the English town, and its inhabitants. The following year, control was ceded to the British government, which had a new purpose for the island. This is The Island of St. HELENA, and this island in the middle of the South Atlantic, thousands of miles from anywhere, would be the new exile home for Napoleon, the not-so perfect getaway. The extreme isolation would keep him from making another escape back home. Some people might like this far off "paradise," but it was no place for Napoleon. Unfortunately, he had no choice. The British took him there in 1815, and he remained trapped on St. Helena until he died in 1821. After he died, control was returned to the East India Company. £750 (US $1,004).

 

This is a creepy business to be in, but someone had to do it. Item 65 is an invoice from April 17, 1841, from Aaron Freit of London to "Mr Hancock, leech dealer, Bath." This was a time when the use of leeches for blood letting was quite popular in England. It seems that Mr. Freit was a leech importer, while Mr. Hancock was a merchant, likely selling to physicians. The order was for 500 green leeches and 200 speckled ones. Gedge informs us that the speckled leech is considered preferable for medical treatment as it has a gentler bite and is less likely to cause irritation than is the green one. That is something to remember if ever you need to be treated with leeches. Item 65. £250 (US $335).

 

Item 35 is a children's book circa 1820. Most children's books at the time tended to be religious or moralistic, but not much entertainment, so it is nice to see one that attempted to entertain the young ones, even if it wasn't all that sophisticated. The title is The World Turned Upside Down; or No News, and Strange News. No author is given but it was printed by James Kendrew of York. It contains 29 woodcuts of the world turned upside down, with rhymes such as, "Here you may see what's very rare, the world turn'd upside down; a tree and castle in air, a man walk on his crown." £450 (US $603).

 

Mr. Emanuel offered a service to English tourists visiting the Netherlands city of Rotterdam around 1795. You would think they had walked there, but not likely since the countries are separated by water. Item 64 is a handbill he has provided in English announcing "Mr. Emanuel, Respectfully in forms the Ladies and Gentleman that he Extracts Corns in the most easy and fast manner he practiced many years in London..." He also "Prepared the imperial violit tooth Powder which Prevents the scurvy in the Gums and makes the teeth as With as ivory..." Despite an English clientele, one imagines English was Mr. Emanuel's second language. £350 (US $469).

 

Item 10 is a gentleman's writing box. It is covered in sharkskin-patterned black leather, and opens with working hinges, clasps, and lock. Inside is a domed lid for more space with interior compartments lined with pink silk. One of two brass-lidded ink bottles is still remaining. Space is available for stationery, letters being written and read, quill pens, blotting paper, and everything a traveling gentleman would need. Think of it as the laptop of 1780. It's size is roughly 8 ½" x 10 ½", perfect for a laptop, although its depth of 2 ½" is a bit thick for the latest models. £2,750 (US $3,686).

 

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)1263 768 471 or rarebooks@samuelgedge.com. Their website is www.samuelgedge.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 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
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <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

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