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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Classic Dutch Works from the Antiquariaat Forum

Antforum

Catalogue of books being shown at the Amsterdam Book Fair.


By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum has issued a "Short Title List" in conjunction with the upcoming 27th Amsterdam Antiquarian Book and Print Fair, from April 6-8. It should come as no surprise that a Dutch bookseller's inventory for a Dutch book show would primarily be Dutch books. They certainly know their market! This will undoubtedly be an enjoyable show for collectors of Dutch and European works, and a great excuse to visit Amsterdam in spring. Besides which, Americana collectors will note that some of these titles intrude upon their continent, fitting into the category of European Americana. Here are a couple of samples of what you will find at the show.

Item 48 is Johannes Pontanus' Rerum et urbis Amstelodamensium historia. This is a 1611 first edition of what is described as "the earliest description of Amsterdam, its history and institutions." However, it not only includes details about the city, but information about voyages undertaken by or on behalf of its citizens. This includes voyages to the East Indies by the Dutch East India Company, Willem Barentsz' third voyage as far as Novaya Zembla in attempt to find a Northeast Passage, Dutch trips to Greenland, and Henry Hudson's exploration of America on behalf of the Dutch company. Priced at €9,540 (Euros, or approximately $11,481 in U.S. dollars).

Speaking of Dutch journeys to Greenland, item 15 is the Historie van Groenland, by David Cranz. This recounts the history of the Moravian mission to Greenland, including descriptions of the natives and the land. It then moves on to provide information about early Moravian missions to America as well. €1,010 (US $1,215).

Item 1, George Adams' Verhandeling over het zien, is a 1792 first and only Dutch edition translated from the second English edition of the same year of "An Essay on Vision? Adams was an optician to King George III, and he explains the anatomy of the eye, the use of glasses, and how to determine whether these are needed and choosing ones that won't damage the eyes. €1,590 (US $1,915).

Item 14 is the first complete Dutch collection of the voyages of Captain James Cook. Captain Cook was, of course, the British navigator who undertook three famous expeditions to the Pacific. The first explored the eastern coast of Australia and New Zealand, the second established that there was no massive southern continent as was generally believed at the time, and the third brought him to the west coast of North America, and Hawaii, where he was killed by natives. Along the way, he discovered how to prevent scurvy through a proper diet, this illness long having caused the death of large numbers of voyagers. This first Dutch edition of his travels was published in 14 volumes from 1795 to 1809 under the title Reize rondom de wereld, door James Cook, vertaald door. €7,950 (US $9,561).

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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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