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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2008 Issue

Gene Baade Offers More Books on the West

Baade208

Catalogue 208 from Gene W. Baade.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade Books on the West
has issued Catalogue 208, a brief collection of items from their stock. This is a group of works ranging from a few decades ago to the days when the Old West was still new. Baade offers an interesting group of titles, both readable and collectible, and few will break the bank. There are many intriguing books for those fascinated with the West in the days before it was won. Now, here are a few.

Item 5 is the first complete edition of the other Audubon's travels of the mid-19th century: Audubon's Western Journal. 1849-1850 Being the MS. Record of a Trip... John Woodhouse Audubon was the son of the famous ornithologist John James, and helped his father enormously with the publishing of his books. John Woodhouse reduced many of his father's illustrations for the octavo edition of his "Birds of America," the edition that was financially successful. The son also drew half of the illustrations for his father's "Quadrupeds of America" and continued later publications of his father's works after the latter died. However, he also found time for this trip which took him from New York to Texas, Mexico, and the gold fields of California. This first complete printing of the younger Audubon's trip account was one of the earlier Arthur H. Clark titles, published in Cleveland in 1906. It contains a biographical memoir of the second generation Audubon by his third generation daughter, Maria R. Audubon. Priced at $85.

Who would have thought of this one: The Catholic Church in Utah 1776-1909. Of course Utah is closely associated with a church, but not often the Catholic Church. However, the first Europeans were the Spanish missionaries, there to convert the Indians who roamed the land for centuries. Item 43, by Dean Harris, published in 1909. $110.

Here is a book more tragic than any Shakespearean tragedy. It is the story of Ishi in Two Worlds. Ishi was of what is called the Yahi, a division of the Yana Indian tribe of California's Sacramento Valley. At once perhaps several thousand strong, they were forced out and hunted down by settlers in the 19th century. The Yahi fared the worst. After several attacks, most notably the Three Knolls Massacre of 1865, several dozen of the remaining Yahi were killed, leaving only about 30. At this point, the surviving Yahi took to the mountains, leading a secretive, nomadic existence to avoid slaughter. One by one, they died off, until just one, Ishi, six years old at the time of the massacre, survived. He emerged from hiding near Oroville in 1911, and was taken to the University of California by anthropologists for his own protection. He continued to live there until 1916, when the man known as "the last of the wild Indians," died. Ishi's major contact with the western world was through famed anthropologist Alfred Kroeber of the University, who extensively studied this last man of his kind. Kroeber died in 1960, and the following year his widow published this work. Theodora Kroeber never knew Ishi herself, but had her husband's notes and stories to rely upon. Item 53. $27.50.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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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