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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2009 Issue

A Summer Catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books

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A summer catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Just in time for the advent of summer is the latest catalogue from Leo Cadogan Rare Books: Catalogue Two - Summer 2009. Cadogan does not specialize in a particular field, but the overwhelming majority of their books are easily defined as "antiquarian," mostly from the 16th through the 18th century. Considering the time period and Cadogan's London location, you would expect primarily English and European texts, but this collection also contains a large number of early Latin American items. Many involve the theological, political, and national issues of a time when tolerance of differing opinions was limited, and European nations seemed always to be at war with one another. These are some of the antiquarian writings Cadogan is serving up for the summer.

Item 22 is a very odd biography of English kings by Dutch physician Johan van Dueren: Vertoog van de Ongelukkige Regeringe... published in 1696. Described are the lives of six kings whose names are all their second coming - William II, Henry II, Edward II, Richard II, Charles II, and James II. Cadogan speculates that perhaps the reason for this odd manner of selecting subjects was a veiled excuse to write about James II, who had recently been forced out by William III. William had invaded England from the Netherlands where he had ruled as William of Orange. Priced at £480 (or roughly $790 in U.S. dollars).

Item 31 marks the outbreak of the war which would remove Sweden from the stage as a world power. Not everyone is aware, but at the beginning of the 18th century, Sweden was still a major international force. Item 31 is Discussio Criminationum, quibus usus est Moscorum Czarus, cum bello Svecis... by Olof Hermelin. At this time, Sweden controlled the Baltic Sea, and many of the Baltic states, including Estonia, from where Hermelin writes this pro-Swedish peace. On the other side of this dispute was an alliance headed by Russia, along with many of greater Sweden's neighbors, Denmark-Norway, Poland-Lithuania, and Saxony. Despite the alliance, Sweden's King Charles XII achieved many victories in the opening years of the Great Northern War. However, it would drag on for two decades, and the tide turned as Peter the Great and his allies gained the upper hand. By war's end, the Swedish were forced to give up their possessions in the area, Russia had gained access to the ocean through the Baltic Sea, and Russia was now the major power in northern Europe, not Sweden. Hermelin's book was published in 1700, at the beginning of the war, when the situation still looked favorable for the Swedes. £575 (US $946).

Item 55 is Pragmatica que su Magestad manda publicar sobre la reformacionex exceso... a 1674 publication of Spanish sumptuary laws. These were laws designed to prohibit what we would now call "conspicuous consumption." Specifically, these targeted dress, such as expensive silks, and other luxurious appearing items. At times, penalties were harsh, such as four years banishment to Africa for a first offense of painting or gilding a coach, and eight years in the galleys for a second offense. These laws were generally designed to prevent commoners from imitating royalty, but also had some practical purposes. In this case, the rules were designed to prohibit trade with France. It should be noted that sumptuary laws tend to run against human nature, and as a result generally are of limited success. £245 ($403).

Item 20 is a very ancient work republished for more modern concerns: De la singularite des clercs, ou de l'obligation ou sont les ecclesiastiques de vivre separez des dames. This is a call for clerics to live singularly, that is, apart from women. The work has been attributed to St. Cyprian of Carthage, a third century bishop, though this is by no means certain. Whoever wrote it, it is very old, and goes back to a time when celibacy was not always demanded of the clergy, and certainly not always observed. This edition was printed in 1718, at a point when women were forbidden to the clergy of the Catholic Church, but some felt the prohibition should be reconsidered. £260 (US $427).

You may reach Leo Cadogan Rare Books at +44 (0) 20 7607 3190 or leo@leocadogan.com. The website is found at www.leocadogan.com.

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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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