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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2009 Issue

36 Books and Manuscripts Not Online from Libreria de Antano

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Not Online from Libreria de Antano.


By Michael Stillman

Most catalogues are notable for what they are. Here is one noted for what it is not: Not Online. This is a catalogue from Buenos Aires bookseller Libreria de Antano, with the subheading: 36 Rare Books and Manuscripts that cannot be found for sale on any online database. Naturally, this is an appropriate catalogue for those who collect rare and uncommon works. More specifically, it is perfect for those who collect rare works related to Spanish and Portuguese America, especially in times long ago. Here are a few of the uncommon thirty-six.

Item 4 is a 10-volume history of the nation now known as Gran Colombia (officially, it was the Republic of Colombia, but that is also the name of the current, smaller nation). The title is Historia de la Revolucion de la Republica de Colombia, by J.M. Restrepo. Restrepo served as Secretary of the Interior under Latin America's great liberator, President Simon Bolivar from 1821-1830. Bolivar had led the revolution that overthrew Spanish rule and set up this independent nation in the area now home to Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador, along with parts of other states. Restrepo's work includes three volumes of documents and an atlas. The set was published in 1827, at the height of this country's brief existence. Despite Bolivar's best efforts, he was not able to stem regional rivalries, and Gran Colombia split apart in 1831. Priced at $6,400.

Item 31 is a collection of four very old documents related to slavery. The first is a 1550 sale of a slave, the second a 1561 power of attorney from Arequipa resident Cosme Espinoza to Bartolome de Pradanos so that the latter can receive a slave he purchased in Cuzco, the third another power of attorney from 1568 from merchant Don Juan de Solorzano allowing for the collection of debts in La Paz in the form of gold, currency, slaves, and other merchandise, and the fourth an 1874 Cuban sale of a slave. $2,700.

Item 27 is Instruccion para la Infanteria Ligera del Ejercito Mexicano... This is an instruction manual for the Mexican Army, and bears the label of Second Lieutenant Fernando Poescel. The timing is interesting. It is dated 1846, which was the year the Mexican Army would go to war with the United States. The U.S. victory in the Mexican War two years later enabled the U.S. to annex Texas, California, and New Mexico. $2,200.

Item 15 is a Tratados celebrados... an 1825 treaty between Chile and the native Mapuche Nation. While nominally subjugated by the Spanish, the Mapuche effectively controlled their region during the period of colonization, while trading with the Spanish. They maintained treaties with the Spanish, and once their rule came to an end, they continued with this treaty with the newly independent Chilean government. It is still claimed as a source of rights by the Mapuche to this day. $4,500.

Witold Gombrowicz was a Polish writer who took a cruise to South America shortly before the beginning of the Second World War. When war broke out, he decided to wait it out in Buenos Aires. In the end, he stayed far longer, most of the rest of his life. Item 17 is a copy of El casamiento, published in 1948, with an inscrutable (to me, at least) inscription: "To Edith in remembrance of the pants of Husserl, of the pocket of existentialism, of the dwarf ghost coffee with milk." Hopefully, Edith understood. $2,000.

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

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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