Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2008 Issue

More Literature, Film, Mystery, and a Surprise, from James Pepper Rare Books

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Catalogue 176 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued a new catalogue, this one being Catalogue 176. As usual, the focus is on literature, film and mystery, with most items being from the twentieth century. There is one major exception to this rule, which we will get to later, but all in all, those who have found items of interest in previous Pepper catalogues will undoubtedly do so once again. Here are some of the 142 items offered for sale this month.

Albert Speer is one of those figures that history has struggled to evaluate. A young architect in Germany in 1931, he was spellbound by a Hitler speech, which led him to join the Nazi Party. His architectural skills made him a favorite of Hitler, and he was commissioned to design many buildings for the Third Reich. Hitler would later put his skills to more practical use during the war, making him Minister of Armaments, where Speer efficiently pumped out arms under difficult conditions. Of course, much of this was accomplished through forced labor under the most inhumane of conditions. Speer would later deny knowledge of the more brutal aspects of the Nazi regime, though admitting he chose not to look when news came his way that would draw suspicion. At the end of the war, Speer was convicted at Nuremberg and sentenced to twenty years in prison, a light sentence for someone so high up in the government and personally close to Hitler. He was one of the few defendants to apologize for the regime's behavior, and acknowledge his responsibility for the crimes as a high-ranking government official. It will probably never be known how much Speer knew, and how someone with at least a measure of conscience and humanity could become involved in such a regime, or be so enthralled with the likes of Hitler. However, whatever one thinks of Speer personally, he was certainly one of the best chroniclers of the Nazi regime from the inside. Item 122 is a second printing of the first English edition (1970) of Inside the Third Reich. Memoirs by Albert Speer. This copy has been inscribed by Speer. Priced at $1,650.

From real Nazis, we go to fake ones, and Nazi refugees. Item 78 is Otto Klemperer. His Life and Times. Volume 1 1885-1933. Otto Klemperer was a great German conductor, who being Jewish, wisely fled Germany shortly after the Nazis came to power. He conducted orchestras in the U.S. and, after the war, returned to work in Europe. This biography was written by his son, Werner Klemperer, who is well known to American audiences as the actor who portrayed the Nazi commandant, Colonel Klink, in the television series Hogan's Heroes. It is inscribed by the younger Klemperer in 1986 to another great conductor, Zubin Mehta. $150.

Here is an interesting collection of literature: Playboy Stories. The Best Forty Years of Short Fiction. Edited by Alice K. Turner and published in 1994, it contains over 600 pages of short stories that originally appeared in the pages of Playboy, from writers such as Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Irving, James Thurber, and many others. This is a book for those people who actually did buy Playboy for the articles. The copy is signed by Hugh Hefner. Item 60. $225.

Item 114 is a copy of Stallion Road, by Stephen Longstreet, published in 1946. The following year, it was made into a movie, and this copy is signed by almost 50 members of the cast and crew of that film. Among those who signed was Ronald Reagan, who played the role of a horse veterinarian. It also contains the rare signature of major American cinematographer Arthur Edeson. $1,750.

Now for that chronological exception to most items offered by Pepper. Item 129 is a contract signed by Italian renaissance artist Tintoretto (or Jacopo Robusti). Tintoretto, so named because as a youth he apprenticed as a tinter or dyer, was a 16th century resident of Venice. Offered is a contract he signed to create two paintings, one of Lazarus' resurrection, the other of Moses receiving the law. The contract was signed by Tintoretto in 1572. $65,000.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is found at www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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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