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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 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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