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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2008 Issue

More Film and Literature from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper174

Catalogue 174 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has just issued Catalogue 174. Like most Pepper catalogues, it is focused on literature, mystery, and the most famous business of Southern California - film. There are always a few exceptions, so this month we find books from Babe Ruth and a man who explored the Arctic with Peary. And, there are a few books from rock and rollers. There are many instantly recognizable names to be found within this catalogue along with the occasional obscurity. Here are a few samples.

For those who collect art books, item 29 is an inscribed copy of La Conquette de L'Irrational by Salvadore Dali. This 1935 Paris first edition features a color reproduction of Dali's portrait of his wife, Gala, and 35 black and white images. Among these are his most famous painting, "Le Persistence de la Memoire" (you know, the one with the melted watches). This copy was inscribed by Dali to Rene Magritte. Magritte was a fellow surrealist artist, capable of creating images as strange and thought provoking as those of Dali. Priced at $16,500.

Item 1 is a biography of an incongruous life of a man who must have a remarkable outlook. It is From the Holocaust to Hogan's Heroes. The Autobiography of Robert Clary. Clary, raised in France, was just 16 years old when he was deported to Nazi concentration camps in 1942. He was one of the few to survive (the only survivor of 12 members of his family so deported). With liberation finally coming almost three years later, he returned to France and managed to pick up his dreams where they left off. He wanted to be a singer-performer-comedian. Add to that, he also wanted to be an artist. In the years since, he has been all of these. In 1949, he emigrated to America, where he was most known in the early years as a singer. However, it would be the strangest of roles from which he gained his greatest recognition. He played prisoner of war Louis LeBeau, an inmate in, of all places, a Nazi prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. Somehow he managed to overcome the horrors of his own experiences to emerge both strong and with his sense of humor intact. This copy is inscribed by Clary. $65.

Item 19 was published in 1933 in Tarzana, California, and that can mean only one thing - this book was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. However, this is not a Tarzan novel. Though Burroughs is by far best known for his Tarzan stories, he wrote many other types, notably science fiction, and even an occasional western. Here is one of the latter: Apache Devil. Burroughs inscribed this copy to his daughter and son-in-law, Joan and James Pierce, "with love and faith." James had starred in the title role in the 1928 silent film Tarzan and the Golden Lion, and he and Joan reprised Tarzan and Jane in the serialized radio show Adventures of Tarzan in the 1930s. $3,000.

Most people don't think of George Herman Ruth as an author. The Babe spoke with his bat rather than his pen. Nevertheless, you will find his name on Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball. This copy is part of a deluxe limited edition and is signed by Ruth. It was published in 1928 when the Babe was in the prime of his career. $16,500.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.
  • <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Collection of 131 Herbert Ponting gelatin silver contact prints of Antartica, £6000-8000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of several lots of Henri Cartier-Bresson gelatin silver prints, £200-300
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Vintage gelatin silver print of Diego Rivera by Leonard McCombe, £300-500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Julia Margaret Cameron of Sir John Herschel (April, 1867), £30,000-50,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Julia Margaret Cameron, Love, 1864 (from the Norman album), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print by Lewis Carroll of Twyford School Eleven (Summer Term, 1859), £1000-1500
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Albumen print portrait by Lewis Carroll of Xie Kitchin as 'Dane' (Oxford, 1873), £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Calotype print (c1845) by Hill & Adamson of Lady Elizabeth (Rigby) Eastlake, £3000-4000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Group of 12 waxed paper negatives of Scottish scenes by Thomas Keith, mid-1850s, £3000-5000
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> One of 15 lots of Roger Fenton salt prints of his work in the Crimea, mid-1850s, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Quarter plate ambrotype (c.1860s) with ethnographic portrait of a woman seated at a table, £400-600
    <b>Dominic Winter, March 9:</b> Rare whole plate thermoplastic union case of the Landing of Columbus (c.1858),part of the John Hannavy collection, £1500-2000
  • <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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