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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2008 Issue

Bibliographies and Book-Related Works from Hes & De Graaf Publishers

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The latest catalogue from Hes & De Graaf Publishers.


By Michael Stillman

Hes and De Graaf Publishers of the Netherlands has just issued their General Catalogue 2008-2009. These are not antiquarian books, though many are antiquarian works. Hes and De Graaf specializes in publishing books that are related to the field of books, both more recent works and reprints and facsimiles of much older texts. They have been at this for quite awhile, so they have built up a library of many titles that are still available.

Hes and De Graaf break down their books by nine subjects: book history and bibliography; fine arts; history of cartography, cosmography, navigation and travel; history of sciences; history and historiography; humanism and neo-Latin: literary history and linguistics; theology and church history; and varia. These in turn are divided into numerous subheadings, making it easy to find books in specific fields of interest. If this isn't enough, there is also a detailed index to locate the many items in this almost 200-page catalogue. Here are a few of them.

Perhaps the greatest bibliography of incunabula is the Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library. The first of these 13 volumes was published in 1907, with each one covering works from various countries. All but two of these are now out of print. Herein offered is one of those two, and the most important for those who collect works in the English language - Part 11, covering works printed in England prior to 1501. The first English book was not printed until 1476, some 20+ years after Gutenberg began to slowly crank out his Bible. A total of 395 items are known to have been printed in 15th century England, with the British Library owning 323 copies representing 221 separate editions. The BMC (British Museum Catalogue) is no mere bibliography, but is filled with information about each book in its possession, including material on production and provenance. Priced at €1,325 (approximately US $2,045).

The only other volume of the Catalogue of Books Printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library still in print is Part 13, Hebraica. The British Library has one of the finest collections of Hebrew incunabula to be found, 100 copies representing 87 separate editions. Most were printed in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Descriptions are thorough and illustrations are provided. €1,325 (US $2,045).

Thorough descriptions of early Dutch American books can be found in Hendrik Edelman's Dutch-American Bibliography 1693-1794. A descriptive catalogue of Dutch-language books, pamphlets and almanacs printed in America. These works would have come some 25 or more years after the Dutch were forced from their colony in New Amsterdam, since renamed New York. Still, the Dutch influence on America was enormous, particularly in New York, whose history is filled with names such as Stuyvesant, Schuyler, and Roosevelt. €50 (US $77).

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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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