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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.

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  • <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. $100,000 to $150,000
    <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. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Bonhams: Fine Books and Manuscripts. 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. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. $200,000 to 300,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. $80,000 to $120,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Copper Printing Plate for "Marshall's Household Engraving of Washington." $500 to $1000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Important Documentary Painting Showing Baseball Great Ty Cobb in Cuba. $1,000 to $2,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> <i>Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age</i>, Inscribed by Bill Wilson. $500 to $1,000
    <b>Leland Little: Important Spring Auction. March 3, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983), <i>Prise à l'hameçon.</i> $3,000 to $6,000
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> Maurice Dufrène (French, 1876-1955), <i>Rayon des Soieries</i>. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Mar. 3:</b> William Pope.L (American, b. 1955), <i>Intimacy Project</i>. $2,000 to $4,000
  • <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>
  • <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.
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    <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.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.

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