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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2009 Issue

20 Antique Books from Libreria de Antano

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20 Antique Books from Libreria de Antano.


By Michael Stillman

Libreria de Antano has issued its E-List #8, 20 Antique Books. This is a reversal of the expected, where a catalogue is converted from ink and paper into electronic bits. While this calls itself an "e-list," what I see before me is a catalogue in a form even Gutenberg would recognize. This is a paper catalogue, with illustrations along with descriptions in both Spanish and English. The works are primarily Spanish or Latin American in origin, the exceptions being a couple of works published in London, but written in the Spanish language. These are some of the items within these very real and tangible pages.

Item 11 is one of those Spanish works published in London, in the year 1828. Author Pablo Mendibil was residing in England for the very good reason that he had been exiled from Spain. He was a reformist and liberal, and such did not sit well in Spain at the time. Mendibil published a literary journal from his exile in London, but also put out this work: Resumen historico de la Revolucion des los Estados Unidos Mejicanos. This book was based on an earlier work by Carlos Bustamante. It describes events leading up to the revolution which eventually gained Mexico its independence. Priced at $2,650.

Item 17 is a most unusual and fascinating work: El mundo cientifico. Inventos modernos. Published in Barcelona, this is an 11-volume set on modern, scientific inventions from the turn of the century. It is filled with pop-up diagrams and descriptions of automobiles, trains, airplanes, motors, and all types of machines. All diagrams are in color. This set was evidently not aimed at the general public, but those with a higher degree of technical understanding. $9,500.

Item 12 is the first printed edition of the autobiography of Palafox: Vida interior del Ilustrissimo, Excelentissimo y Venerable Senor D. Juan de Palafox y Mendoza. Published in 1691, it printed the autobiography Palafox had written under a more modest title years earlier. Palafox was sent to Mexico to serve as a bishop in 1640. For the next 15 years, he tried to serve the natives humanely, and reform the economic and political system he encountered. The result was conflict with the Jesuits. He was officially supported by the Church, but called back home in 1655, essentially a rebuke of his reformist activities. Libreria de Antano describes his book as "fundamental for the study of the Jesuits in Mexico." This edition contains Orozco's rare full page engraving of Palafox. $2,350.

Item 5 is a description of the "pearl" of the Americas, Santa Maria province of Colombia. Located on the coast, it is one of Colombia's oldest regions, settled by early Spanish visitors. It is a source for gold, silver, and, naturally, pearls, and today is also a favored tourist location. However, this book describes a much earlier Santa Maria: La perla de la America, provincia de Santa Maria... It was written by the Jesuit settler Antonio Julian, and published in 1787. The book describes the local culture, natives, mines, and language. Julian also offers the opinion that cocaine would be beneficial to the poor as it makes people more energetic while suppressing their appetite. $4,800.

Liberia de Antano may be contacted at (5411) 4822-7178 or info@antano.com.ar.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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

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