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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2007 Issue

San Francisco and Northern California from The Arader Galleries

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San Francisco and Northern California from Arader Galleries.


By Michael Stillman

The Arader Galleries has issued a catalogue of Views and Maps of San Francisco and Northern California. It includes both printed and painted views, maps, and those items that are somewhere in between -- the bird's-eye view. These are definitely pieces meant to be mounted on the wall, not placed on a bookshelf. The Arader Galleries has five locations coast to coast, though it is not hard to recognize that these are featured by the San Francisco gallery. For those with a connection to this region, or a simple love for beauty, there is something here you will enjoy. Let's take a look.

Here is one of those bird's-eye views: Official Bird's-Eye View of the California Midwinter International Exposition -- San Francisco California. The exposition was held in Golden Gate Park in 1894. Thirty-eight nations, along with six states and territories and numerous California counties participated. The timing (midwinter) was designed to display California's pleasant climate. Daily reenactments of the Gold Rush days were performed. California's wine country and agriculture were featured, including a knight and horse made from prunes. I will refrain from any jokes here because they are too obvious. Arader notes that many of the structures still exist, though the most notable at the time was “Bonet's Tower." This was something of a play on the recently constructed Eiffel Tower, about one-third its size, but highlighted with a spectacular lighting featuring the latest invention, the light bulb. This is a chromolithograph by Charles Graham, who had been the official artist for the famed Columbian Exposition in Chicago the previous year. Priced at $15,000.

If you ask most people what is the best-known event ever to take place in San Francisco, they will probably name the earthquake of 1906. Some 3,000 people are believed to have died during the disaster and most of the city's residents were forced to flee. As bad as the earthquake itself was, the fires that came later were even worse. Broken gas mains started the fires, while broken water lines prevented the fire department from being able to put them out. The city resorted to blowing up blocks of buildings in an attempt to establish a firebreak. Still, it took four days before the blaze was finally brought under control. Offered is a 1906 chromolithograph by Francis Ficke, Destruction of San Francisco by Earthquake and Fire, April 18th, 1906. This view overlooking the city from nearby hills shows the fires raging out of control in the heart of town. $9,500.

For a map of San Francisco at this time, there is The Rand McNally Vest Pocket Map of San Francisco published in 1906. This shows one of the few features that were largely unchanged by the disaster. The streets weren't affected by the earthquake and fire, though so many of the structures along them disappeared. $5,800.

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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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