Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2006 Issue

A Variety of New Acquisitions from Bauman Rare Books

Bauman

New acquisitions from Bauman Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Bauman Rare Books
recently issued a catalogue of New Acquisitions from December. This is not material that can be pigeonholed into some particular category, but what it does have in common is that it is all top shelf. Bauman offers a selection of important and highly collectible work, much of it signed, that runs the gamut from politics to history, science, arts, literature, poetry, children's books, Americana, and more. Here are a few items from this latest collection.

Item 190 must be Nirvana for collectors of signed books. It is called Liber Scriptorum, published in two volumes, 28 years apart. The book was published by the Author's Club of New York, formed to assist young writers. To raise funds, each of the club's members contributed a story, poem, essay or the like, which was never to be published elsewhere. Just 251 copies of the first edition were printed. There were 213 contributors, and 204 of them signed volume 1. The most prominent were Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, and Andrew Carnegie. The book was printed in 1893 by Theodore de Vinne. The book sold for $100, a lot of money in those days (but not to Carnegie). Profits were $10,500. Despite the plan, Twain's Californian's Tale, first published here, was republished later. The Club planned to publish the second volume on the 25th anniversary of the first, but because of the War, it was delayed until 1921. It follows the same format as number one. Priced at $8,500.

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway, is one of the most collectible of modern firsts. The book launched Hemingway into iconic status. This copy comes in the rare first issue dust jacket, which Bauman notes is one of the two most prized dust jackets of 20th-century American literature (the other being The Great Gatsby). Item 6. $75,000.

Item 8 is a rare piece of correspondence between President Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan. In 1861, Congress authorized the appointment of an additional aide-de-camp for all major generals. McClellan, commander of the Union forces, was so entitled, and so he requested the appointment of Richard Irwin as his aide. Offered is McClellan's letter, endorsed by Lincoln: "Let the appointment within requested be made. A. Lincoln." Of course, the relationship between these two would deteriorate as Union forces struggled, and Lincoln would remove McClellan from command for being too cautious and timid. McClellan would in turn challenge Lincoln for the presidency as the Democratic nominee is 1864, but Union victories before the election doomed McClellan's chances. $31,000.

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  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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