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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2008 Issue

Part II of 18th Century Works From Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers

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Part II of 17th and 18th century books from Jarndyce.


By Michael Stillman

Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers has issued Part II of their catalogue of Books and Pamphlets of the 17th and 18th Centuries. This one covers 18th century letters I-Z. A wide variety of works may be found here, including fiction and nonfiction, plays, political and religious polemics, and much more. Most books are British, Jarndyce being a London bookseller, but there are a few works here which will challenge your fluency in French. This is a fascinating collection with many intriguing and entertaining stories to tell. Here are a few.

This is a book that seems current again, though over two centuries old: Thoughts on the Causes and Consequences of the present high price of provisions. This 1767 second edition of Soame Jenyns' work has an explanation that may ring true to many in America these days - "...the present high price of provisions arises from...increase of our national debt, and the increase of our riches; that is, from the poverty of the public, and the wealth of private individuals..." Item 7. Priced at £120 (or US equivalent of approximately $234).

If you try hard enough, you can say something nice about almost anyone, as Edward Lewis proved in The Patriot King Displayed: in the life and reign of Henry VIII. King of England: from the time of his quarrel with the Pope, to his death. Interestingly, Henry was more or less sane until the time of his quarrel with the Pope, after which he began to slip into deep paranoia, executing just about anyone he was unhappy with, including a couple of his own wives. Nonetheless, Lewis managed to describe the maniacal ruler as "a person of great sagacity and judgment." He did so despite the book being published in 1769, with two centuries of hindsight from which to know better. Item 56. £110 (US $215).

Here's a biography of someone who could disabuse Mr. Lewis of the notion that Henry was such a nice guy: The Life of Sir Thomas More, Kt. Lord High Chancellor of England under K. Henry the Eighth...By His Great Grandson. More was both a major political figure and writer, most noted for Utopia, but he was also a strong defender of the Catholic faith, even going so far as to approve the execution of some Protestants. This was all well and good until Henry wanted to divorce his wife for Anne Boleyn. More was willing to go along with the divorce, though the Pope disapproved, but when Henry went so far as to overthrow the Church's authority in England, that was a bridge too far. More lost his power and eventually came into too much contention for Henry's taste. Henry's "great sagacity and judgment" was to cut off More's head. This biography by his great grandson was published in 1726, almost two centuries after its subject was beheaded. Item 105. £250 (US $488).

Item 173 is The Man of The World, by Charles Macklin, one of the greatest actors of the 18th century. Macklin pulled himself up from being a poor Irish immigrant to one of the most popular actors in England. This book was published in 1793 to raise money for the actor four years after he retired from the stage. Some have placed Macklin's birth as early as 1690, but more likely it was around 1700, which still would have made him 93 at the time his book was published. £50 (US $98).

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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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