• <b>Bonhams History of Science and Technology. September 21. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
    <b>Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts. September 22. Consignments Now Invited.</b>
  • <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 8. Estados Unidos de Mijoco... John Disturnell (1801-1877). Est $90,000-125,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 33. Shipping off Charlotte Amalie in the Danish West Indies. Est $12,000-15,000. Start Bid $7,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 36. Poppy, F.19. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 37. <br>White Iris, F.9. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $90,000-120,000. Start Bid $50,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 38. Peach, F. 66. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, 1560's. Est $100,000-120,000. Start Bid $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 39. Pomegranate. 1560's. Est $200,000-300,000. Start Bid $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 40. Flamingos. Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Est $60,000-80,000. Start Bid $36,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 57. The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empire... Est $10,000-15,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 59.<br>The West-India Atlas ... JEFFERYS, Thomas, 1775. Est $22,000-25,000. Start Bid $13,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 62. The Natural History of Barbados. Est $10,000-12,000. Start Bid $6,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 64. A Voyage to the Islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves... Est $24,000-28,000. Start Bid $14,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Aug 5:</b> Lot 65. Bucaniers of America... Est $12,000-16,000. Start Bid $7,000.
  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 3. Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. <i>History of the Expedition under the Command</i>... 1814. $50,000-$70,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 90. Audubon, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States</i>... $30,000-$50,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 19. Hutchins, Thomas and George Louis le Rouge. <i>Partie Occidentale de la Virginie,</i> ... $8,000-$12,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 88. Truman, Harry. Signed Presidential Proclamation ... Surrender of Germany. 1945. $6,000-$8,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 15. <i>The American Military Pocket Atlas ... Maps, both General and Particular, of The British Colonies</i>... $4,000-$6,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 95. Buller, Walter Lawry. <i>A History of the Birds of New Zealand</i>. London, 1873. First edition. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 89. Audubon, John Hames and John Bachman.<i>The Quadrupeds of North America</i>. New York, 1852-1854. 3 vols. Complete. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 124. Bracciolini, Poggio. <i>Poggii Florentini Oratoris Clarissimi</i> ... Argentinae, 1513. 2 parts in one. $3,000-$5,000
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Fine Books and Manuscripts, August 5th.
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 85. Book signed by H. Hoover and over 190 members of his administration, 1929-1933. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 252. Carroll, Lewis. <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass</i>. 2 vols. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 78.<br>Currier and Ives. <i>A Midnight Race on the Mississippi</i>. New York, 1860. Large folio lithograph, hand-colored. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Leslie Hindman Aug 5:</b> Lot 268. <br>(The Beatles) Autographed note card signed in pen by all four members. Framed and matted with repro photo. $3,000-$5,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Catalogue 160: Magnificent Books, Manuscripts, & Photographs
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Charles Darwin family photograph album
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Spectacular album of mammoth photos of the American West by Watkins & others
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Washington family copy of The Federalist (1788)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Underground Railroad runaway broadside (1857)

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2006 Issue

Rare and Important Books from Martayan Lan

Perse

Heineken's views on perspective.


Item 11 is a significant item of Americana. By Francisco Ibar, it is Muerte Politico de la Republica Mexicana, published in Mexico City in 1829. This is a volume of periodicals concerning U.S.-Mexican relations during the early days of the Mexican Republic. It is filled with attacks on the U.S., which is accused of dishonesty and bad faith in its desire to expand into Mexican territory. That may have seemed unfair to the U.S. at the time, but the accusation of expansionist intentions would prove to be true during the 1840s, as the U.S. absorbed Texas and entered into the Mexican War, taking California and the Southwest as a result. $1,850.

Item 76 may be the first design for building an airship on lighter-than-air principles. Titled Prodomo overo saggio di alcune inventioni nuove premesso all'arte maestri, the author of this 1670 work was Francesco Lana Terzi. His concept was to build four large thin copper spheres, from which heat would be used to remove most of the air. These now lighter-than-air spheres would be used to lift a ship. Unfortunately, Lana Terzi's idea never got off the ground, so to speak. Some of the top scientists of the day examined the idea, and concluded that air pressure would quickly crush the copper spheres. $14,000.

Sir John Ross was one of the more notable early Arctic explorers. In 1818, he was placed in command of an exploration to find a northwest passage to the Pacific. Like so many others, before and after, he failed. In Lancaster Sound of far Northern Canada, Ross concluded that distant mountains, which he called the "Crocker Hills," blocked further progress. This conclusion was challenged by some of his subordinates, including William Parry, but Ross decided to return to England. Parry would later establish that the Crocker Hills were but a mirage. Nonetheless, Ross brought back much useful information about the area, though he was never given command of another naval expedition. Still, he would undertake a privately financed voyage to the Arctic in 1829, and again in 1850 at the age of 72, in an unsuccessful attempt to find missing explorer John Franklin. In his later years, Ross apparently hoped to publish an autobiography, but this never came to pass. Some pieces of his manuscript are around, but item 5 is a particularly substantial one. This is an unpublished and previously unknown autobiographical manuscript from Ross covering the years from his birth in 1777 to his first voyage in 1818. It appears that he wrote these 500 pages about his early life in 1853. $38,500.

Among the more interesting of illustrated books are those on perspective. As numerous paintings from the middle ages showed, many artists could illustrate, but their drawings never looked natural, as they had not mastered the techniques of getting perspective right. Item 136 is a guide from Paul Heineken, Lucidum Prospectivae Speculum... Published in 1727, the image on this page (click to enlarge) gives a sample of Heineken's skills. Item 137. $15,000.

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