Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2004 Issue

Continental Books from<br>Bernard J. Shapero

Continental

Continental Books from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books of London has issued a catalogue of “Continental Books.” The “continent” here is, of course, Europe, so that unlike the catalogue, the books themselves are not in English. German, French, Latin and Italian are most likely to be found. Titles are generally from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, and there are sections on scientific works and the Reformation, plus many titles classified as “miscellaneous.” Anyone whose collection focuses on early (but post-incunabula) European works is likely to find this catalogue of great interest.

Item 12, Massanielli seditio Neapolitana by Count Majolino Bisaccioni concerns a revolt in Naples in 1647. Naples was under control of Spain at the time, and provided the Spanish king with a hefty source of income. Heavy taxes, particularly on fruit, led to resentment on the part of the locals. A protest headed by Masaniello, the son of a fisherman, turned into a riot where a mob of angry common people ransacked the city. Mansiello briefly gained concessions from Spanish authorities, but he was assassinated ten days later. By the following year, order, as the Spanish wanted it, was restored. Priced at £280 (British pounds).

The Order of St. Stephen was formed by Cosimo de Medici in 1562 to defend Christendom from the Turks and other enemies. The Order put together a fleet of ships and took part in one of the major victories against the Turks, the 1571 Battle of Lepanto. Item 23 is a 1701 Florence imprint by Fulvio Fantana describing the Order’s naval battles against the Turks and the Barbary pirates. £3,500.

Fencing is an ancient sport that still lives today, even if it doesn’t fill huge stadiums. In 1628, Girard Thibault published what has been described as the greatest work on this sport. It includes numerous illustrations which may make you think twice before taking up this sport. Item 82. £30,000.

It’s hard to find Americana in a catalogue so continental as this, but look hard enough and, voila, there it is. Item 24 is Kleine Schriften meist in der Manier des Zuschauers… Don’t be fooled by the title. This is the life and works of Benjamin Franklin, translated, naturally, into German. It is a first German edition from 1794, priced at £500. Item 59 is from Johann Marquard (or Marquart), Tractatus Politico-Juridicus… This is a 1662 treatise on world commerce, much with America and the colonies. Most of the original documents on which it was based are now lost. £4,500.

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  • <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
  • <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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