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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2008 Issue

Spectacular Signed Documents from the Raab Collection

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Queen Victoria ruled Britain longer than any other monarch. Succeeding to the throne shortly after her 18th birthday, she would rule as queen for another 63 years. However, she was anything but the longest serving monarch when she penned her name to item 17, a message confirming the appointment of her ambassador to Sardinia. King William IV had died just a week earlier, and now, as the new 18-year-old queen, she needed to officially notify other governments that the crown's ambassadors still retained their positions. Here she notifies King Charles Albert of Sardinia of the death of her "most honored and beloved uncle" as well as her own ascension to the thrown, and reconfirms the appointment of Sir Augustus John Foster as ambassador. $3,500.

Item 25 is a fascinating autograph album from Civil War times, specifically 1861-62. It was evidently passed around the halls of Washington as it is filled with the signatures of the major political leaders of the time, though the album was also placed in front of the pens of a few other notable people. The most famous signature is the classic "A. Lincoln," with the added notation "Springfield Illinois." Other signers include Vice-President Hannibal Hamlin, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, General and future President U.S. Grant, General William T. Sherman, future Vice-President Schuyler Colfax, former Senator John Crittenden, author of the last attempted compromise to stave off the Civil War, New York political boss Roscoe Conkling, and noted anti-war northerner, the infamous Copperhead Clement Vallandigham. Other signers include Erastus Corning, a New York congressman at the time, but better known as a railroad and industrial magnate, and General Abner Doubleday, better remembered for inventing baseball than his military career. $13,000.

Fast forward a century and we have another massive autograph album. This one was kept by Carl Kunaniec, a police captain assigned to security at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. A lot of famous people passed through that airport from 1960-66, and it seems he must have obtained the autograph of just about every one of them. He has the signatures of all three Kennedy brothers, John, Robert, and Edward (Ted). There were several more presidents, both past and future who signed, including Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Nixon didn't sign, but his wife, Pat, and vice-president, Spiro Agnew, did. So did losing presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, Secretaries of State Dean Rusk and Christian Herter, several governors, including California's Pat Brown, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and the still missing Teamster's leader James Hoffa. Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King and James Meredith have left their autographs, as have Earl Warren and four other U.S. Supreme Court justices. Alan Shepard, John Glenn and a couple of other astronauts have signed, as has World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker. There are autographs from journalists Edward R. Murrow and Drew Pearson, playboy Hugh Heffner and some bunnies, TV and movie stars including Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Lawrence Welk, Jimmy Stewart, Woody Allen, and many, many more, Rev. Billy Graham from theology, and a bunch of baseball and other sports stars, such as Willy Mays, Casey Stengel, Brooks Robinson, Weeb Ewbank and Rocky Marciano. This album is the '60s. Item 54. $8,500.

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 Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

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