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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2006 Issue

The Wild West from Gene W. Baade

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Gene Baade's catalogues aren't fancy, but they are interesting.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade
has issued Catalogue 806 of Books On The West. With a very few exceptions, that's the American West, and most pertain to what we know as the "Old West." That can only mean cowboys and Indians, gunslingers, outlaws and lawmen, overland journeys, railroads, buffalo, mining camps and ghost towns, and some of the usual celebrities, such as Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, and George Armstrong Custer. There is both good reading and collecting available within the pages of this latest Baade catalogue. Here is a glimpse of a few of the 200+ items being offered for sale.

Item 50 is a classic Indian history, Massacres of the Mountains. A History of the Indian Wars of the Far West. Howes dubbed this title the "best single volume covering this subject." Tribes described include the Apache, Navaho, Pueblo, Spokane, Couer d'Alene, Nez Perce and Ute. While primarily covering wars of the far west, Little Big Horn does make it into the pages. This is an 1886 first edition, written by Jacob Dunn. Priced at $275.

Item 181 is a very different, though still interesting Indian piece. It is Sioux Indian Claims, a legal brief prepared in 1939 by attorney Ralph Hoyt Case on behalf the Sioux. An act adopted in 1928 allowed the Sioux to file claims for horses taken from them by the U.S. after the cessation of various hostilities. Some of these claims went as far back as 1863. Of course, losing horses was undoubtedly more meaningful in 1863 than in 1939. Nonetheless, the history provided in this legal brief should be interesting for those conducting research or just trying to better understand U.S.-Indian history. $175.

Item 34 is your requisite Davy Crockett book. It is Davy Crockett's Own Story as Written by Himself. However, it was not published by himself, as it was released in 1955, over a century after the frontiersman and former congressman died at the Alamo. The year 1955 was the height of the Davy Crockett craze. Fess Parker was appearing on screen as Davy, and Bill Hayes topped the musical charts with the "Ballad of Davy Crockett." Crockett may not have been the clean-cut Hollywood type portrayed by Disney, but he was nonetheless a remarkable man, unsophisticated Tennessee hick in the Halls of Congress, defender of the downtrodden Indians, Texas hero at the Alamo. $10.

For those looking for a word with more "A's" than Alaska, item 4 is A Treasury of Alaskana. Ethel Becker's book about the land of the midnight sun was published in 1969 in Seattle, the sunny south compared to its subject. Item 4. $25. Item 21 sounds downright painful: 92 Days in the Saddle. Mike Butler's 1975 book is about modern cowboys in Wyoming and North Dakota. $13.50.

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    <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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