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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2005 Issue

Western Books From Gene W. Baade

Baade1105

Gene W. Baade has issued catalogue 1105


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade Books On The West
has released their catalogue #1105 just in time for the holidays. Not that there is any particular connection between this collection and the holidays other than if you are looking for an excuse to give yourself a gift, Baade has provided one. Fortunately, his prices will leave you plenty of room to buy gifts for persons other than yourself. There are many fascinating stories within the covers of these books, so plan on spending some time reading, rather than just admiring them on your shelf. Let's take a look at a few of the titles you will find within this catalogue.

Two books on the life of the notorious James Brothers, written by J.A. Dacus, are available. The first was published in 1880, while Jesse was still alive; the second in 1882 shortly after a bullet brought the final chapter on his life to a close. The James Brothers started their "careers" with Confederate partisans working behind Union lines in loyalist Missouri. The partisans harassed, pillaged, and killed Union soldiers and sympathizers during the Civil War. After war's end, they continued their activities against the Reconstruction forces and businesses. Their activities turned from being part of a political cause to good old-fashioned outlawry. However, many who still harbored Confederate sympathies after the War lionized them as modern-day Robin Hoods. This life would not be all fun and games. They would reap great financial rewards, but be hounded for the rest of Jesse's life. At one point, Pinkerton detectives attacked their family home. A younger half-sister was killed and their mother lost an arm. Finally, while living anonymously under the name D.J. Howard, Jesse was shot and killed by a neighbor looking to collect a reward. Frank would later turn himself in, be excused for his past, and live out a natural life in Oklahoma.

Item 29 is Decus' 1880 edition, Life and Adventures of Frank and Jesse James the Noted Western Outlaws. Priced at $350. Item 28 is the 1882 edition, Illustrated Lives and Adventures of Frank and Jesse James and the Younger Brothers, the Noted Western Outlaws. This edition includes the death and funeral of Jesse James, plus 42 new pages on the Younger Brothers. The Youngers were the James' confederates in crime, until a botched robbery in Minnesota brought their careers on the run to an end in 1876. The James carried on without them until Jesse's death. $150.

Among the most valuable of books are those which inspire successful movies, such as 'Gone With The Wind.' Well, how about a book that started a whole series of movies? Such is the case with Betty Bard McDonald's 1945 classic The Egg and I. You don't remember? This film starred Fred McMurray and Claudette Colbert in a story about a young couple that moves to sticks to operate a chicken farm. The hijinks that result are as one might expect. The story reflected some of Mrs. Bard McDonald's experiences in the backwoods of the Olympics of Washington State. However, the academy award nomination the film received did not go to either McMurray or Colbert, its stars. The nomination was received by Marjorie Main for her portrayal of Ma Kettle.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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>

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