Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2006 Issue

Some Gift Suggestions From Bauman Rare Books

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Bauman Rare Books has some gift suggestions.


By Michael Stillman

Bauman Rare Books
has issued a catalogue just in time for the holiday season - Gift Suggestions. You can prove your love to someone special by presenting him or her with one of these fine works. There is undoubtedly someone in your life worthy of a gift of lasting value and interest, and you probably are struggling to think of what to buy that person anyway, so you might give Bauman a call. There is not a particular theme which runs through this catalogue, so there is likely something for everyone on your gift list within the pages. Since there is not a specific theme other than quality, we can only display a few samples, with the caution if none of these is quite right, there is probably something else among the 200 listings that is.

What could be more a propos to the Christmas giving season than a book about a trip to the North Pole? Admiral Robert Peary didn't find Santa Claus, but he was the first to reach the North Pole. At least he probably was the first, though rival explorer Frederick Cook claimed to have beaten him (unlikely), and some question whether Peary actually reached the Pole. However, most credit Peary as the first, and he certainly reached someplace very cold. Peary's 1910 account of his year earlier journey is offered in The North Pole. This is one of only 500 copies signed by Peary, and includes maps and numerous photographs, along with an introduction by Theodore Roosevelt. Item G153. Priced at $2,800.

Robert Scott must have been looking for the anti-Santa. Poor Scott achieved his goal of reaching the South Pole, only to find that Roald Amundsen had beaten him to it, and then paid for his journey with his life on the way back. Scott reached the South Pole on January 12, 1912, only to be greeted by a note from Amundsen left a month earlier. Not as well prepared as Amundsen, Scott and his party succumbed to the elements before making it back to camp. In 1913, his diaries, discovered eight months later where he died, were published as Scott's Last Expedition. Item G155. $1,600.

Tevye's Daughters, a 1949 book by Sholom Aleichem, is not the most famous book ever written, but it spawned one of the most popular theatrical plays ever. That, of course, would be "Fiddler on the Roof." To find out whether the play did justice to the book, you can order item G8, a first edition of Aleichem's work. $1,250.

Here is a classic you can give your children: Histoire de Babar, Le Petit Elephant. This is the 1931 first issue of the first edition of the first Babar book. It is, naturally, in French, as Babar was a francophonic elephant. This is one of the early, oversized books created by Jean de Brunhoff, although it is only standard folio in size, not elephant folio. That's because, as the title says, Babar was a "petit" or little elephant. Item G37. $3,800. On second thought, maybe you shouldn't give this book to your children.

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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