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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2008 Issue

A Summer Miscellany from James Cummins Bookseller

Cumminssummer

Summer Miscellany from James Cummins Bookseller.


By Michael Stillman

James Cummins Bookseller has issued a Summer Miscellany, and a miscellany it is. You can find anything here, from exploration to film, literature, children's books, photographs, peep show freaks, ship logs, items from President Roosevelt's vacations, and even a Lincoln broadside. That's not all, but we will save the rest for those who read this catalogue. As a preview, however, here are a few of the items you will find.

Item 10 is a children's classic, Little Lord Fauntelroy, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is the tale of an ordinary American boy who discovers he is an heir to British aristocracy. Along the way, he teaches his noble grandfather a thing or two about manners. Cummins notes that "[Reginald] Birch's illustrations of Fauntleroy set the style of upscale boys' clothing for years - much to the distress of the boys." This is a first edition, first issue, published in 1886. Priced at $1,500.

Here is one more for the kids. Item 39 is the first appearance of "Mary Had A Little Lamb," or as it was known at the time, Mary's Lamb. It appeared in the September/October 1830 issue of The Juvenile Miscellany. The work is generally credited to Sarah Hale, though there have been claims that others may have written part of the nursery rhyme. $2,000.

Item 54 is a 20-page autographed manuscript sermon from the last in the line of America's most famous theological family. The Mathers are remembered as both leading theologians and historians in the early days of America. Starting with Richard, the succeeding generations became even more noteworthy, first Increase, and than Cotton. Cotton's reputation was permanently darkened by his association with the Salem witch trials, but he was still the leading theologian of his era. Both Increase and Cotton died in the 1720s, leaving the family legacy to Samuel Mather, the fourth generation. Unfortunately, the family legacy faded away long before Samuel passed on. He was not nearly so influential, and was discharged from is church in 1741 for "improper conduct." He formed another church in Boston where he preached for the remainder of his life. One of those sermons is the one here offered, entitled Union between Christ and the Saints, written in 1777. It must be noted of Samuel Mather that though not the most gifted of preachers, and despite being the brother-in-law of Massachusetts's last colonial governor, the rabidly pro-British Thomas Hutchinson, Mather was a vehement supporter of the American Revolution. He was one of the nation's early patriots. $2,500.

Item 86 is a copy of the Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley from 1909, but it is what is tipped into the famed explorer's biography that is interesting. It is a handwritten application by Stanley for a license to marry Dorothy Tennant, dated May 24, 1890. Tennant was a noted artist, while Stanley, almost 50 by the time, was past the era of his major explorations. Instead, he settled down and became a Member of Parliament, a role he apparently disliked. Cummins notes of the marriage, "Though Stanley writes in this letter to apply for a marriage, it was actually Miss Dorothy Tennant who wooed Stanley and insisted on the union. The explorer suffered under his wife; she forbade his traveling to Africa again, forced him to run for Parliament, and exiled him to an English country house and an early death at 63." Other than that, she was a charming wife. $5,000.

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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