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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2008 Issue

Books on the West from Gene W. Baade

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Books on the West Catalogue 1108 from Gene W. Baade.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade Books on the West has issued their Catalogue 1108 of... you guessed it. Everyone will enjoy this catalogue since everyone loves the Old West. However, Baade gives us some additional reasons for buying books in these troubling times. "A Good book soothes your soul when the market is falling. An inspiring book quickens your mind when you are depressed. A stimulating book warms your blood when it's running cold." What's more, if you pick books that are rare and of significant interest, you can make money on them over the long haul, even as they bring pleasure an entry in your broker's report will never afford. So, you may want to consider his advice..."Buy books!" Here are a few to consider.

Item 96 is a book recently made timely by tragic events: Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. This 1999 book recounts the Galveston hurricane of 1900. This terrible storm which flooded the entire island caused some 6,000 or more deaths, the worst such tragedy ever. As a result, Galveston built its seawall, which provided some, though not complete relief from the wrath of Hurricane Ike in September. Between the seawall and the advance warnings not available in 1900 that enabled people to flee before the storm, the fatalities were nothing like thousands this time. Eric Larson's book is written from the point of view of Isaac Monroe Cline, who was sent to Houston to open a new section of the U.S. Weather Bureau at the turn of the last century. The copy is signed by Larson. Priced at $30.

Item 129 is one Baade says is "not exactly a western book," and yet the inventor memorialized was critical to the opening of the west in the days before the railroads. This is The Life of Robert Fulton, by J. Franklin Reigert. Fulton, of course, was noted for developing the first commercially viable steamboat. While Fulton plied his invention along the Hudson River in the early 19th century, it would soon become a fixture along other rivers, including the Mississippi. This biography is not quite contemporary, but its date of 1856 places it much closer to Fulton's lifetime than we are today. $125.

Banks are certainly in the news these days. Here is the story of what was once the biggest bank in the Rocky Mountain West, a leader in the development of the area. Item 2 is The Pioneer Western Bank - First of Denver: 1860-1980. It helped finance the railroads, mining, and oil and gas development (the latter helping lead to its downfall). It was once robbed by Butch Cassidy. Its first woman director was Audrey Meadows, better known as Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph. Alas, banks get overextended, and Denver's pioneering bank was sold to First Interstate in 1980, which fifteen years later was taken over by Wells Fargo. Ironic, as Wells Fargo also was a pioneer that began operations around the same time. $32.50.

Thermopolis, Wyoming, is not one of the larger towns you will ever visit, but it does claim to have the world's largest collection of hot springs. I do not know whether this is true, but I can attest that what they do have is spectacular and worth a visit. It was even worth a visit back in 1910, when transportation to this out of the way location was much more difficult. Item 101 is a Pictorial Souvenir of Thermopolis Wyoming, privately published by A.G. Lucier in 1910. We would imagine that most of the town of Thermopolis has changed in the past century, but hot springs spring eternal. $300.

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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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