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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2007 Issue

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Catalogue 161 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books
has issued their Catalogue 126 of rare and collectible books and ephemera. Along with books there are photographs, filmscripts, posters, manuscripts, and even a pair of pants. Here are a few examples.

Item 28 is an unusual piece of Civil War memorabilia. It is a hand-drawn sketch of the inside of the house in Appomattox where Lee surrendered to Grant. It was drawn by Union General Ely Parker from memory sometime around 1880. Parker was a Seneca Indian who served as Grant's aide and witnessed the surrender. In fact, he wrote up the surrender documents Grant and Lee signed. Parker had become friends with Grant while working in pre-Civil War Illinois, and it was only through his friend's intervention that he was able to rise in the military. He would later become the first Indian to serve as Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Parker's diagram shows the positions of those present at the surrender, Lee and Grant included. Priced at $7,500.

Item 46 is a signed first edition, first issue of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night. Published in 1934, this is one of the signed copies Fitzgerald gave his wife, Zelda, to present to her friends. A small note dated November 2, 1934, states that it was given "from Mrs. F. to M.S.D." Mrs. F. was the second half of this dysfunctional couple. $28,500.

Item 82 is a heartrending broadside tribute to transatlantic flight pioneer Charles Lindbergh, published to celebrate his flight across the ocean in 1927. It includes twenty sample congratulatory telegrams admirers could send to Lucky Lindy to honor his achievement. Touching sentiments such as "It's true you belong to history, but you also belong to us. Welcome home," can be wired for a mere sixty cents. The selfless publisher of this patriotic, emotive poster was the Postal Telegraph Cable Company. $125.

Item 61 is a surprising early campaign financial disclosure from President Warren Harding. Harding was first elected to public office in 1899, when his constituents selected him to serve in the Ohio State Senate. In 1901, he ran for reelection, and during that campaign, he filled in this disclosure form and signed it three times. In it, he lists his campaign expenditures, which totaled a whopping $91.50. Harding would be elected president in a landslide in 1920, but died in office, his administration racked with scandal, though Harding himself was evidently unaware of and did not benefit from the illegal activities of his associates. $1,500.

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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].
    <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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