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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2008 Issue

Catalogues for Two Fairs from the Antiquariaat Forum

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Two catalogues for two shows.



By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum attends numerous book fairs over the course of a year, and prints up small catalogues for each show. Last month was a particularly busy one as they participated in shows in both New York and Paris. First it was the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the beginning of the month, followed by the Salon International du Livre Ancien in Paris two weeks later. That is a lot of miles and a lot of effort, but the Antiquariaat Forum offers books appropriate for fairs which attract the highest level of collectors. For each appearance, the Dutch bookseller printed a Short Title List for visitors. Here are a few selections from those lists.

La Galerie Agreable du Monde, by Pieter van der Aa, published in 1729. The Antiquariaat Forum describes this 66-part in 20-volumes folio set as "Absolutely the biggest map and print book ever published and definitely the rarest book ever to be found complete. Never before nor ever after was such an ambitious and costly project realized, to offer the public a truly universal pictorial encyclopedia of the world." There are almost 4,000 engravings in this set, which reportedly was published in only 100 copies. Price on request.

The Scholemaster, a 1571 work on education by Roger Ascham (bound with A Report and Discourse, written on the Affairs of State of Germany...). Ascham propounded a kinder and gentler form of education, using encouragement rather than physical coercion. His strange views were taken seriously as he had been the private tutor for Queen Elizabeth in her pre-queen years. $12,650.

Aventures d'Alice au Pays des Merveilles. This is a first French edition of "Alice's Adventures in the Country of Wonders," an 1869 printing of Lewis Carroll's classic of convoluted logic. This copy comes with an autographed letter in French from the author. $10,300.

Roadsters Album, by C.B. Newhouse. If you are looking for fast cars, look again. This item was published in 1845, and all of these roadsters needed to be pulled by horses. $37,200.

Voyage Pittoresque Autour du Monde. This is Ludovik Choris' voyage around the world, described by the Antiquariatt Forum as "one of the rarest and most beautiful of all Pacific voyage plate books..." It includes scenes of natural history and native life along the Pacific coast of North America, from California to Alaska, as well as Hawaii and other islands. Published from 1820-22. €153,700 (approximate equivalent of US $243,256).

Album de Redoute, the rarest of major works from famed French rose artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Published in 1824, Redoute combined plates from various of his other works, including "Les Roses" and "Les Liliaces." Each album is unique as they were assembled from stock by Redoute himself. Price on request.

The Antiquariaat Forum may be reached at +31 (0)30 6011955 or or info@forumrarebooks.com Their website is www.forumrarebooks.com.

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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