Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2006 Issue

Some Varied "Newe Arryvals" From Between The Covers Rare Books

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"Newe Arryvals" from Between The Covers.


By Michael Stillman

From Between The Covers Rare Books we have received a catalogue of Newe Arryvals. Their proofreader is going to be in deep stuff for that one! There is a mix of types here. There's some literature, some mysteries, some history, a few children's books, some sports books, and an occasional ephemeral item. As usual, Between The Covers provides a photograph of each item, maybe more, along with a description. These are always fun and entertaining catalogues, along with offering some very good books for your collection. Here are a few.

Item 50 is Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life, by Eleanor Ruggles. Hopkins was a 19th century transitional poet who didn't publish very much as he decided to enter the priesthood. However, it is not Hopkins that makes this book interesting. This copy was a gift to an English teacher, and it is signed by each of the members of her class for Christmas of 1944. One of those students was the future author of Class of '44 and Summer of '42, Herman Raucher. Priced at $275.

Item 11 is another school related book. It is Lindbergh the Flier of Little Falls. Charles Lindbergh was a graduate of Little Falls High School in Minnesota, and the year after his historic transatlantic voyage of 1927, the classes of 1928 and 1929 published this tribute to their illustrious alumnus. This tribute comes in stapled blue wrappers and includes some local and news photographs. $150.

Just forty years after Lindbergh stunned the world by flying across the Atlantic, astronauts were circling the earth from space. But that was a very dangerous business. Item 6 is Gemini: A Personal Account of Man's Venture into Space, by Virgil "Gus" Grissom. Grissom died in 1967 when fire broke out in his capsule while running a simulated mission. $350.

We generally associate Carl Sandburg with Lincoln and poetry. Here is his more practical side: How Commonwealth Edison Stings The People With High Prices. Electricity prices were high when this small handbill or broadside was published (circa 1913-15), though probably not as high as today. It is not signed, but Sandburg included it with another small broadside identified as his, which he sent to a friend working on his bibliography. Sandburg had worked for the Wisconsin Social Democratic Party before returning to Chicago to pursue journalism and poetry, so this attack on Chicago's power company fits in with his views. Between The Covers notes that this is a rare, and possibly unique, Sandburg item. $1,000.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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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