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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2007 Issue

Texas and Outlaws from Maggie Lambeth Rare Books

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Texas and Some Outlaws from Maggie Lambeth.


By Michael Stillman

Maggie Lambeth Rare Books
has issued a new and extensive catalogue of Texas and Some Outlaws. There is also a bit of New Mexico in here, but perhaps they are unreconstructed Texans who still believe in those old boundaries which placed most of New Mexico within the borders of the Lone Star state. Offered are 425 items, few very expensive, and yet many fairly obscure and providing information that will be hard to find elsewhere. For example, there are numerous county histories available. Texas has a lot of counties, and you will not find information about them all that easy to obtain. County histories tend to be short-run printings with limited distribution, but Maggie Lambeth manages to come up with several that will appeal to those focused upon a particular region in this large state. Here are a few of the items from this latest catalogue, which provide samples though hardly an overall view of the varied subjects these books cover.

John Lomax was the premier preservationist of America's folk music. Along with his son Alan, he traveled the American South during the 1930s, using relatively new portable recording equipment to record rural folk musicians. He especially focused on prisons, where he found many black folk and blues singers whose art was still mostly uninfluenced by jazz and more modern musical trends. His recordings, gathered for the Library of Congress, preserved countless examples of traditional American music that otherwise would have been lost. However, long before he packed up his car with recording equipment and hit the road, John Lomax was already preserving traditional music, especially from his home state of Texas. One of these contributions is the 1919 book Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp. This is a moo-ving tribute to the music of the real cowboys, before they were co-opted by the Hollywood singing "cowboys." Item 239. Priced at $125.

Here is the story of one of those outlaws: Rube Burrow; King of the Train Robbers. Burrow was an Alabama native, an apparently law abiding son of a respectable family who set off for Texas as a young man to become a cowboy. Somewhere along the way of his cow-poking career, Burrow decided to go for the bigger and easier money afforded by train robbing. His first heist came in 1886 when he robbed $300 from a train in Bellevue, Texas. This was followed by a more successful $4,000 haul, which in turn led to a long string of robberies. His modus operandi was to sneak into the cabin at a stop, and force the engineer to halt the train somewhere out of town. Burrow developed something of a reputation as a Robin Hood as he only stole from the rich. Well…duh. He apparently did help out some people in need, particularly family when he returned to Alabama. On a less pleasant note, he is believed to have killed a postmaster and perhaps a few others. In 1890 he was captured, escaped, but shot and killed by one of the men who had captured him. Carl Breihan's 1981 book about Burrow is item 67. $100.

For those with an interest in cookbooks, here is an unusual title: Mrs. Rasmussen's Book of One-Arm Cookery. The book was written by Mary Lasswell in 1946 and carries her inscription. Ms. Lasswell believed a cook should be able to prepare a meal in one pot over an open fire. The book and its strange title were named for a lady who supposedly cooked with only one arm so that her other hand would be free to hold a beer. This really sounds more like a cookbook for men. Item 122. $60.

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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
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  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
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  • <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].
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    <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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

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