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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2009 Issue

Literature, Film, Arts, Biography, Etc. from Waverly Books

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List 161 from Waverly Books.


By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has issued a new catalogue, with the brief title List 161. Waverly regularly presents lists of the material they carry. This generally consists of 20th century literature, along with items pertaining to film, art, music, photography, and similar topics. Among these books are several biographies. A great many of the items are signed by their authors or subjects. We will take a look at a few offered for sale this month.

Item 68 takes us back to early in the career of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's his second novel, The Beautiful and the Damned. This is a 1922 first edition, and Waverly notes, "A better copy would be difficult to obtain." Fitzgerald, though only 26 at the time, was already a celebrated writer, heading for all the personally destructive issues he and his famous wife Zelda would encounter in their short, tumultuous lives. Priced at $1,000.

If you are looking for something more recent, item 102 is Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men. This 2005 work received four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Offered is #298 of a limited, numbered edition of 325 copies, signed by McCarthy. This copy is in mint condition, still in its protective shrink-wrap. Waverly notes that this limited edition sold out upon publication. $1,500.

Wolfman Jack may not have quite the literary reputation of McCarthy, but his signed book could be harder to find. Item 149 is his book Have Mercy, a 1995 first edition. It is inscribed by the legendary disc jockey, television host, and movie actor (appearing as himself) of American Graffiti fame. Sadly, his signature on this book is uncommon as the Wolfman died suddenly in the early days of the book signing tour. Clap for the Wolfman. $350.

Item 34 is something everyone wants, even if it is a bit dated - a 1995 Anna Nicole Smith calendar. She has signed the calendar on its front cover. This was a sad year for Anna Nicole, as she became a widow that year, after barely a year of marriage. She had married oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall only a year prior, but their days together were short, perhaps owing to his being 90 years old. This led to a long, nasty battle with his children over the estate for the remainder of her life, which was cut much shorter than Marshall's when she died in 2007 at age 39. Reportedly, the cause was an accidental drug overdose. Smith's case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, establishing her place in history for something other than her body and her celebrity life. $450.

Item 113 is David Outerbridge's Without Makeup: Liv Ullmann. A Photo-Biography. This is a 1979 first edition, signed by the Swedish movie star. My guess is she looked fine even without her makeup. $75. Raquel Welch had no doubts about how she looked. Her 1984 book is entitled Raquel: Total Beauty. Item 114 is a first edition inscribed by her total beautiousness. $75.

Item 26 is 20 Tanks from Kasseldown, published in 1946. This is a single sheet broadside poem, the first separately published work by poet and novelist Charles Bukowski. It precedes his first book by 14 years. $750.

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

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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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