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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2008 Issue

Waverly Books Features Literature, Film, Sports, Etc.

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The latest from Waverly Books.


By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has published its List 160 of books and related items for sale. Most of the works offered are from the 20th century, with literature, film, mystery, and sports predominant. If this is your field, then you should find much of interest among the 184 items in this latest offering. Here are a few.

Item 127 is a photoplay of what is probably the greatest of American political films: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Every election cycle we replay the longing for another Mr. Smith, the honest but naïve citizen who goes to the Senate and stands up for the little people against the myriad special interests that dominate government. Unfortunately, waiting for Mr. Smith is like waiting for Godot. This 1940 second printing contains numerous photographs from the movie, with the cover featuring Jimmy Stewart (Mr. Smith) and costar Jean Arthur. Priced at $150.

In the real world, politicians are rarely naïve outsiders such as Mr. Smith. Item 132 is a biography of the ultimate insider, a politician who knew every trick to make the system work: The Professional: Lyndon B. Johnson. William S. White's book was published in 1964, when Johnson was at the height of his popularity. Johnson's legacy is perhaps the most mixed of any president, combining the greatest advances in civil right and help for the poor with the tragedy of the Vietnam War. This copy of White's work is signed by LBJ. $350.

Item 49 is a first trade edition of William Faulkner's The Wild Palms. This 1939 work, now often subtitled "If I Forget Thee Jerusalem," weaves two stories together. One, "The Wild Palms," tells of a turbulent love affair, the second, "Old Man," of an escaped convict during the time of a flood. Faulkner alternates chapters from each tale through the course of the book. $1,650.

Boxing is rarely connected to literature, except when it's boxing literature. Here the fist meets the head, figuratively rather than literally. Item 24 is Somebody Up There Likes Me, by Rocky Graziano (with Rowland Barber). This is a 1955 first edition of the life of Graziano, a street kid overcoming a youth filled with crime and abuse, to become middleweight boxing champion. This real-life Rocky held the crown for only a year, from 1947-48, but earned a reputation as one of the hardest punchers in the sport. This book was made into a film in 1956 and Graziano had the good fortune to be portrayed by Paul Newman. In the years after this book, Rocky went on to have a minor career under the spotlight as a comedian and actor. $150.

Perhaps the most controversial boxer ever, or at least pre-Ali, was Jack Johnson. In an era when blacks were not permitted to participate in most professional sports, or even appear in many public places, Johnson managed to embarrass a white heavyweight champion into a fight, which he won handily. From 1908-1915 he ruled the division, much to the consternation of whites. He defeated a host of "great white hopes" using his superior boxing skills at a time when most fighters did little more than punch. Despite the enormous prejudice and discrimination he faced, Johnson refused to be subservient, always speaking and doing as he pleased, usually with a smile. How he survived his era is hard to fathom. Item 26 is Jack Johnson - In The Ring - And Out. Johnson's book was published in 1927. $200.

You may reach Waverly Books at 310-393-4593 or waverlybks@aol.com. Their website is www.waverlybooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>
  • <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

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