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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2008 Issue

A List for the Stuttgart Fair from the Antiquariaat Forum

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A short list for the Stuttgart Fair.


By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum is a regular participant in book fairs all over the world. They issue brief catalogues of items of local as well as international interest to be brought to these fairs. Here is such a Short Title List with recent acquisitions and a selection from our stock, this one prepared for the fair in Stuttgart, Germany, this past weekend. It contains 64 antiquarian and rare books published in Europe, most from the distant past. Here are a few.

Item 25 is the account of a spectacular, but ultimately doomed royal marriage of the late 16th century. The young Duke of Julich-Cleves-Berg (part of the Holy Roman Empire) Johann Wilhelm had been the Bishop of Munster, but when his older brother died, he was called back to the secular world to become heir to his father. Johann Wilhelm was a grandson of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I and his father was a very wealthy man. Unfortunately, his father was becoming insane, a condition that would soon afflict Johann Wilhelm as well. Nonetheless, he and Jacoba von Baden were wed in 1585, among much intrigue. Catholics and Protestants were battling for control of the various parts of the empire, and the beautiful Miss von Baden was apparently something of a stalking horse for the Catholics. The plan failed, the Duke became increasingly insane, Miss von Baden provided no heir, and reportedly the Duke's sister decided it was time to seize control of the Duchy. Von Baden was accused of adultery and murdered in her bed, likely at the behest of her husband or one of her in-laws. The Duke later remarried, but still had no heirs, and the branches of the family as well as the different religious groups would fight over the large inheritance when he died in 1609. However, that was all down the road when this account of the spectacular wedding was published in 1587. An enormous amount of money was spent on this celebration with 1,500 invited guests. This account, by Theodor Graminaeus, includes the first views of Dusseldorf ever printed. It was the presentation copy of Maria Magdalena von Hochsteden, one of the bridesmaids. Priced at €37,100 (Euros, or approximately US $54,431).

Here is a book Miss von Baden should have read before she married the crazy Duke. It might have saved her life. Item 46 is Les abus du marriage (the mistakes of marriage) by Crispijn de Passe (the younger). It includes 50 portraits designed to show the evils that can occur in marriage, adultery being high on the list. Unfortunately, it was published in 1641, too late to provide a warning to Miss von Baden. €19,100 (US $28,022).

Item 36 is Histoire generalle des Indes Occidentales et Terres Neuves... This is a rare early French translation of Lopez de Gomara's look at the West Indies and New World, published in 1578. It describes Hernan Cortes' expedition along with the native peoples, flora and fauna of America. €10,070 (US $14,774).

Item 39 is Meteranus Novus, by Emanuel van Meteren. This is one of the most important Dutch histories of the late 16th early 17th centuries. This first German translation was published in 1633-35. It was printed by famous Dutch atlas publisher Willem Blaeu and includes seven maps from his atlas. Van Meteren was an influential individual who not only wrote about history but participated in many of the events he recorded. €63,600 (US $93,311).

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500
  • <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 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.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <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
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <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
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <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
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750

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