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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2008 Issue

25 Varied Items from John Michael Lang Fine Books

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List 26 from John Michael Lang Fine Books.


By Michael Stillman

John Michael Lang Fine Books has published their Recent Acquisition List 26. These lists are notable for being both short and varied. Lang does not cram a lot of works into his lists. This one offers but 25 items. However, to say Lang is a generalist would be an understatement. Just about anything can show up on these lists, and it seems that it does. This one includes everything from books about art to aviation, atlases, children's books, exploration, wine, literature, book collecting, humor, biography, Hawaiian volcanoes, and a tuberculosis hospital. All of this and more offered in just 25 items! Here are a few.

Bobbi Trout may not be as well known as Amelia Earhart, but her accomplishments as a pioneering aviatrix were such that she deserved to be. She took her first airplane ride in 1922, and six years later, she had a license and her first solo flight. Hers was only the fifth airplane license granted to a woman. By the following year, she was breaking women's endurance records, starting with a flight of just over 12 hours. She would lose and regain that record, along with setting records for altitude and being the first woman to pilot an all-night flight. She would also break records for longest time in the air with assistance from co-pilots. She hoped to stay in the air for a month, but her planes sputtered out. The trick, or course, was in-the-air refueling. Trout participated in the Women's Transcontinental Air Derby, better known as "Powder Puff Derby" of 1929. She, like most competitors, suffered various forced landings, such as one wonders how they survived, but she managed to finish the race. At the end, several of the flyers, including the aforementioned Earhart, formed a women's flying organization, "The Ninety-Nines." Bobbi Trout was the last survivor of those pioneers, passing away in 2003 at the age of 97. Item 3 is Just Plane Crazy. Biography of Bobbi Trout, by Donna Veca and Skip Mazzeo, published in 1987. This copy is both signed and separately inscribed by Trout, and comes with a laid in handwritten note by Trout. Priced at $125.

Item 24 is an account of one of the most important expeditions into the American West. This is the senate issue of the Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 and to Oregon and Northern California in the Years 1843-44, by John Charles Fremont. Fremont led four expeditions to the West, and came back with maps, discoveries, plants, and lots of descriptions. The first two trips, which are the ones covered in this official report, were the most successful. His last two, including one where he attempted meddle in the affairs of Mexican California, and a disastrous trip to the Southwest, were less noteworthy. Fremont would find himself in hot water, though by 1856, he had returned to sufficient good graces to become the first Republican presidential nominee. However, these two first expeditions were the great accomplishments of his long, controversial career. This book contains 22 plates and five maps, including the large folding map by Charles Preuss. $1,500.

Item 7 is number 81 for those who collect the Zamorano 80, the Holy Grail for collectors of Californiana. It is a copy of the original publishing of the 80 titles the Zamorano Club recommended for a California collection. The official title is The Zamorano 80: A selection of distinguished California books made by members of the Zamorano Club, published in 1945. $250.

Here is the work about the tuberculosis infirmary. Item 19 is Firland. A Story of Firland Sanitorium. We tend to forget, but these institutions were once found throughout the land, when TB was a common disease. Firland operated in Seattle from 1911-1973, with this book detailing the hospital's history published around 1935. $150.

John Michael Lang Fine Books is reached at 206-624-4100 or jmlbooks@isomedia.com. The website is www.jmlbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>The Sportsman's Portfolio of American Field Sports.</i> 1855. Est: $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Bishop's Birds. Etchings of Water-Fowl and Upland Game Birds.</i> 1936. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting Big Game in Far Northwest British Columbia</i>. 1904. Est: $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Mananaland. Adventuring with Camera and Rifle Through California in Mexico.</i> 1929. Est: $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Grand Canyon Trails.</i> 1924. Est: $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>A Sporting Trip through Abyssinia. A Narrative of a nine months’ journey..</i> 1902. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting in Tanzania [...in Zimbabwe; ...the Sudan; ...in Botswana; ...in Ethiopia; ...in Zambia; ...in South Africa; ...in Kenya]</i>. 1991-2000. Est: $800 to $1200
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hounds and Hunting through the Ages ... with an Introduction by the Earl of Lonsdale</i>. 1928. Est: $600 to $900
  • <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:</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

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