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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2008 Issue

More Works of Film, Literature, Mystery and More from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper170

Catalogue 170 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books
has issued their Catalogue 170, otherwise unnamed, likely because of the diverse offerings. As usual, there are many items related to the theater and film, literary first editions and mystery, but where do you categorize We Saw Lincoln Shot. One Hundred Eyewitness Accounts? We'll let you contemplate that mystery, and proceed to a few examples of what is offered, with the caveat not to assume that we are at all covering all of the subjects you may find within the pages of this catalogue.

Item 126 is a copy of the first edition (in the spring issue of Pharos, published in Murray, Utah) of Tennessee William's first published full-length play and book. It is Battle of Angels, not his most successful work, printed in 1945. In the following decade, it was republished under the title "Orpheas Descending." However, while this work was more obscure, Williams was bursting into the public eye at the time as "The Glass Menagerie" had just made its debut on Broadway. Offered for $750.

Item 5 is the biography of a poet who suffered terribly through most of his life and was rewarded by being, essentially, forgotten. What a happy story this is! The book is The Life of Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, Esq., written and published by his wife, Jane Fairfield, in 1847. Fairfield was an only child, dominated by his mother, who achieved little financial success and was unable to cope with his failure, exacerbated by the fact that he had five children to support. That eventually fell to Jane while he wallowed in misery and died at a relatively early age (40). You can read his depressing story and three of his lengthy poems, including "The Sisters of Santa Clara," and what his wife describes as the "pathetic and beautiful poem" he wrote for her shortly before he died. This copy is inscribed by Mrs. Fairfield. $125.

How many of you remember Jim Backus? He was a character actor of the mid-20th century, playing the stuffy Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island and James Dean's father in Rebel Without a Cause. He even had his own television program, the Jim Backus Show, for one year. However, he is probably best remembered for his invisible role, as the voice of Mr. Magoo (he looked a little like Magoo). Backus (with his wife) also wrote a few books, and recorded a couple songs. His record, Delicious, from the 1950s, where an inebriated Backus and equally drunk lady friend enjoy a glass of champagne is a classic. Item 10 is Backus Strikes Back, inscribed by authors Jim and Henny Backus, with a forward by George Burns. Published in 1984. $150.

Certainly you must remember the television show Manolo of the Seven Seas. It featured actor Jon Hall, who had appeared in several South Seas movies in the 1940s and starred in the early television show Ramar of the Jungle, as Dr. Tom "Ramar" Reynolds. If you're still drawing a blank on Manolo, it's understandable. It never made it to the small screen. And if Hall is kind of obscure, his wife of several decades, Frances Langford, was a well-known singer and actress of the era, as well as half of the famous feuding Bickersons. Item 88 is Hall's copy of the never-produced Manolo of the Seven Seas. $250.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>The Sportsman's Portfolio of American Field Sports.</i> 1855. Est: $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Bishop's Birds. Etchings of Water-Fowl and Upland Game Birds.</i> 1936. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting Big Game in Far Northwest British Columbia</i>. 1904. Est: $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Mananaland. Adventuring with Camera and Rifle Through California in Mexico.</i> 1929. Est: $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Grand Canyon Trails.</i> 1924. Est: $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>A Sporting Trip through Abyssinia. A Narrative of a nine months’ journey..</i> 1902. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting in Tanzania [...in Zimbabwe; ...the Sudan; ...in Botswana; ...in Ethiopia; ...in Zambia; ...in South Africa; ...in Kenya]</i>. 1991-2000. Est: $800 to $1200
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hounds and Hunting through the Ages ... with an Introduction by the Earl of Lonsdale</i>. 1928. Est: $600 to $900
  • <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:</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

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