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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2009 Issue

The Latest Features at the Arader Galleries

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A recent Director's Report from the Arader Galleries.


By Michael Stillman

We recently received a copy of the Arader Galleries' bimonthly Director's Report. We are slightly behind schedule, as this is the January/February 2009 issue, but the material has not lost any luster with the changing months. The Galleries have six locations in five cities, coast-to-coast across the U.S.A., for those planning a visit. These are a few of the items they featured in this latest report, though there is much more to be found in their specialties of books, maps, art, and related material at the galleries.

They are featuring a pair of magnificent atlases with a notable history in New York. Sir Thomas Egerton was a barrister in Elizabethan England. After an impressive pleading in a case against the Crown, the Queen appointed him Queen's Counsel, one of various legal and judicial positions he would hold for most of his life. Egerton was also appointed to the House of Lords. Egerton continued to serve into the reign of James I, and was named the First Viscount of Brackley in 1616, a late-in-life honor. He died the following year. As a respected nobleman, Egerton would have been a man of means, and included in his library were these two atlases. One is Saxton's Atlas of England and Wales, the other Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. As Arader notes, these two atlases from Egerton's library have finally been reunited after 400 years.

The Houston Gallery features Carl Nebel's hand-colored lithographs prepared for the 1851 publication, The War between the United States and Mexico, Illustrated, edited by George Wilkins Kendall. Kendall, a war correspondent for the New Orleans Picayune, witnessed some of the battles, and visited other battlegrounds shortly thereafter. There are a dozen scenes from the war, eleven of which took place in what is now Mexico, and one, the Battle of Palo Alto, which took place just north of Brownsville, Texas, on present-day American soil.

In San Francisco, the gallery features several drawings of pine and sequoia trees by artist Frederick Catherwood. Catherwood was an Englishman and architect by trade, whose interest in art and exploration took him on many remarkable journeys. In 1824, he was expedition artist on an exploration up the Nile. The late 1830s and early 1840s found him traveling through the jungles of Central America, visiting Mayan ruins. In 1850, he went to California at the height of the Gold Rush. He provided engineering work on the first railway in the state. During this period, he created these striking illustrations. Catherwood left California in 1853, and tragically died in an accident at sea the following year.

The Denver Gallery displays a map of Chicago from the period shortly after the great fire. It was published by Rufus Blanchard, who produced street guides for the area for almost half a century. This is a large, hand-colored lithograph map of the streets of Chicago and nearby areas.

You may contact the Arader Galleries New York office at 212-628-3668 or info@aredergalleries.com. Their website is www.aradergalleries.com.

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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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