Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2008 Issue

Fiction, Film, Art, Mystery, &c. from Waverly Books

Waverly156

List 156 from Waverly Books.


By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books does not spend a lot of time coming up with titles for their catalogues, their latest being called List 156, but they do manage to find some unusual titles to include in them. It isn't always easy to describe a Waverly catalogue, as there is quite a variety. It skews to fiction, but among the fields with several works this month are mystery, art, film, photography, baseball and hunting. Add to that works by or about many known authors and you have a broad outline of this catalogue. Now, here are a few specifics.

Item 6 is an anthology of The Best American Short Stories 1943, edited by Martha Foley. Among the names still popular today are Eudora Welty, James Thurber, John Cheever and William Faulkner. This anthology includes the first book appearance of Faulkner's short story The Bear. Priced at $125.

Move forward ten years and Waverly has another anthology, Stories of Sudden Truth, edited by Joseph Greene and Elizabeth Abell. Eudora Welty is back for another appearance, as are Arthur Miller, William Saroyan, and Truman Capote. This anthology contains the first book appearance of Capote's classic story The House of Flowers. Item 7. $150.

Item 48 is The Charlie Chaplin Book, generally regarded as the first book about Chaplin. It was published in 1916. Chaplin had burst on the scene just two years earlier, appearing in short films for Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios. The audiences fell for his "Little Tramp" character, so much so that by 1916 he was commanding a hefty salary to produce short films, and he even rated this biography. However, his best and most significant work was still ahead, first feature length movies, and later "talkies." $250.

Item 15 is what Waverly describes a "remarkable survival," a Petty Girl calendar from the year 1947. George Petty was known for his drawings of voluptuous women, depicted even better than nature intended. They especially featured extraordinarily long legs. These girls would have made fine basketball players as well as models. Unfortunately, they were products of his imagination. Nevertheless, they became products of many others' imaginations as well, particularly soldiers during the Second World War. This copy comes with its original pictorial mailing envelope. For those seeking a calendar for practical rather than artistic uses, this calendar should again be accurate to use in 2014. $200.

These images may not be quite as provocative as Petty's, but they are beautiful in their own way, and much more real. Item 104 is The Land of Little Rain, featuring the photography of Ansel Adams. The book was written by Mary Austin, who spent 15 years wandering the deserts of southern California in the late 19th century. She wrote of the land and its people, notably the native Indians of the area. Her book was originally published in 1903, but this edition, from 1950, was the first to include pictures from the famed photographer Adams. $200.

What happens when you bring a great actor and a great playwright together? You get item 94. This is a first edition from 1980 of This Life by Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier. It is inscribed to a great playwright and his wife - "To Mr. & Mrs. Neil Simon with love & affection. Sidney P." $500.

Waverly Books may be reached at 310-393-4593 or waverlybks@aol.com. The website is www.waverlybooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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

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