Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2007 Issue

A New York Book Fair List from Antiquariaat Forum


Antiquariaat Forum's "Short Title List" for the New York Book Fair.

By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum put together a catalogue of 105 items for the recent New York Antiquariaan Book Fair, A Short Title List with recent acquisitions and a selection from our stock. As a Netherlands bookseller, it is not surprising that these would be European books, in various western languages, with somewhat of a skew towards Dutch titles. Nevertheless, the subject matter encompassed takes us to all parts of the world, new and old. And, as "antiquariaat" is the seller's first name, you can expect to find that most items easily qualify for the category of "antiquarian." Here are some of the items that appeared recently in New York.

What could be more appropriate for a Dutch bookseller in New York than a letter pertaining to Peter Stuyvesant? Stuyvesant was a Dutchman and original governor of New York back when it was still known as New Amsterdam. The city was founded in 1625, and held by the Dutch until 1664, when it was seized by the English. However, Dutch colonists living in the area were promised freedom and tolerance, in keeping with the city's tradition. Stuyvesant fled to Holland to report on events, but was allowed by the British to return in 1667, where he settled for the remainder of his life on the outskirts of town. Item 96 is a safe-conduct pass dated January 25, 1667, for the diplomatically named ship Nieuw Jork, to trade in the colony recently named New York. This was the ship that brought Stuyvesant back to his New World home. The pass is, logically enough, signed by the Duke of York, who would later become King James II, and for whom the city was renamed. Item 96. Priced at $52,500.

Item 46 is Der Zee-vaert lof by Elias Herckmans. This is a history of navigation, all the way back to Noah's time, in verse, written by a man who was himself a navigator. However, it is not so much Herckmans' verse that makes this book special as the illustration by the artist Rembrandt van Rijn. This is one of only half a dozen illustrations Rembrandt made for books. $31,575.

Item 26 is a rare Russian work about North America that apparently was not translated into English. The title is Etwas iiber die Natur-Wunder in Nord-America, by Charles Cramer. It was published in two volumes in 1837 and 1840 in St. Petersburg. It was so rare even a century ago that Sabin, who had not seen the first volume, thought it was just a first edition of the 1840 second volume. It is an illustrated work describing many natural wonders in North America, including 13 caves and a natural bridge in Virginia, Mammoth Cave and several others in Kentucky, Niagara and other waterfalls, and a few places in Mexico and South America as well. $16,450.

Speaking of Russia, here is a book that was once in the library of Czar Alexander I. It is La Navigation, Poeme, by Joseph Esmenard, a second edition published in 1806. It is a poem about major historic voyages of discovery, including Columbus' trip to the New World. Item 34. $9,850.

For those who collect science, item 68 is Die galvanische Kette, mathmatisch bearbeitet. The author is a name associated with electrical discoveries, Georg Ohm. This is regarded as one of the more important books written about electricity. It was published in 1827. $26,250.

You may visit the Antiquariaat Forum online at www.forumrarebooks.com, telephone +31 (0)30 6011813.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <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>

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