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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2009 Issue

Literature, Filmscripts and More from Waverly Books

Waverly165

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By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has issued List 165, a new collection of 181 books and ephemeral items. The focus is primarily on literature and film, but with a bow to photography, art, music, sports, travel and other fields. There are also many signed items for those who prefer autographed pieces. Here are a few of the items you will find in this latest collection of 181 books, filmscripts, manuscripts and photographs from Waverly.

Item 136 is a screenplay for a new-old movie, that comes with a "riot of signatures." It is a screenplay for Mel Brooks' 1976 film, Silent Movie. In typical Brooks absurdity, his character sets out to save a small studio from being bought out by "Engulf and Devour" (a thinly disguised parody of the once enormous conglomerate Gulf and Western). His means of saving the studio is to produce the first silent film in 40 years. Like its subject, Brooks' film was itself a silent movie, save for one word spoken by the most famous of all mimes, Marcel Marceau. The film is filled with sight gags, such as the old comedic silents depended upon for laughs. Brooks managed to gather a large cast of famous names for his film, some appearing in roles as themselves. That has led to the collection of tipped-in signed plates of actors and actresses who appeared in this film, including Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caeser, Anne Bancroft, Burt Reynolds, Henny Youngman, Bernadette Peters, James Caan, and others. Priced at $350.

If this seems absurd, how about all of those people who take Star Trek seriously? Here is the ultimate in taking Trekking seriously: The Star Trek Guide, a third revision from April 17, 1967. This was a guide prepared for writers of Star Trek scripts. It contains all the arcane "facts" of this imaginary world, so that writers' scripts would remain consistent with all the details of previous episodes. Item 157. $250.

Item 12 is a most humorous, albeit sarcastic letter from the illustrator and author Rockwell Kent. It is important to note with this letter that Kent had veered into radical, leftwing politics by the 1930s, when this letter was written, so he wouldn't have had much love for corporate America. It is a 1936 letter to Esquire magazine editor Arnold Gingrich (whom Kent has misspelled "Gringrich"). Evidently, Gingrich had sent out the ultimate of uninteresting gifts to some of the magazine's contributors, a set of cufflinks. Writes the acerbic Kent, "Now that I have, thanks to you, a swell set of cuff links, I'll get myself a swell shirt to wear them in, have my dinner jacket (that's the best I can boast) pressed, and sit around and wait for an invitation to a function... How would you like a fabric picture of me for Esquire with cuff links glued on? Or a miniature drawing of the Herculean artist-writer-explorer, R.K., brandishing the cuff links over his head like dumb bells? Anyhow I am all for Esquire's policy of trying to make its contributors look like the gentlemen that its editors so obviously are." Ouch. $650.

Everyone in the book trade is familiar with the classic Abbie Hoffman title "Steal This Book." Many bookstores found it unprofitable to stock this item when it came out as too many browsers took the title seriously. Few took the title of this later book so seriously. Item 69 is the lesser known work by the 60s radical cum humorist entitled Steal This Urine Test. In this 1987 book, Hoffman attacks the accuracy and constitutionality of drug testing, newly in vogue then, far more widespread now. Hoffman died a few years later when his body failed the ultimate drug test, an overdose. This first edition is signed by Hoffman. $125.

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  • <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>Aurora Australis.</i> Printed at the sign of 'The Penguins'; East Antarctica, 1908. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Shackleton, Ernest. <i>South Polar Times.</i> 1st edition, limited issue. from the library of Michael Barne. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> General Washington's <i>Proceedings of a General Court Martial... of Major General Lee.</i> Philiadelphia, 1778. 100 copies printed for Congress. BOUND WITH: ...Court Martial... of St Clair and ...Schuyler. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>The Voice of the People.</i> Boston, 1754. Rare pamphlet on the Excise Tax. Nathaniel Sparhawk's copy. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Autograph Letter Signed ("S.L. Clemens"), offering extensive hard-earned advice on writing, 5 pp, 1881. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> After Fra Egnazio Danti. <i>L'Ultime Parti not:e nel Indie Occid:ntli" [The last known parts of the Western Indies].</i> Painted Map of California, Western Mexico, and Japan. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Ptolemaeus, Claudius. <i>Geographie opus nouissima...</i> 1513. The most important edition of Ptolemy, containing the Admiral's Map. $250,000 to $350,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> De Arellano, Don Alonso. Manuscript, his <i>"Relación mui singular y circunstanciada... Capitán del Patax San Lucas,"</i> manuscript copy from the Sir Thomas Phillips collection. $50,000 to $80,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Purchas, Samuel. <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes.</i> First edition. With John Simth's engraved map of Virginia. $70,000 to $100,000
    <b>Bonhams: Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana, Part I. September 25, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> Lewis, Meriwether. Contemporary manuscript true copy of his final power of attorney, 1809. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>A New Method of Macarony Making, as Practiced at Boston in North America.</i> Mezzotint. London, 1774. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 25:</b> <i>Scientific Base Ball Pitching: A Treatise on the Pitcher, Pitching, Origin and Philosophy of the Curve.</i> Chicago, 1897. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Published Half Plate Ambrotype of a North Carolina Confederate Officer. $2,000 to $4,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two 19th Century Books Pertaining to Canada's Red River Settlement. $400 to $800
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Two Books With Fore-Edge Paintings of British Architectual Landmarks. $400 to $600
    <b>Leland Little: Important Fall Auction. September 22, 2018</b>
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), "Torte a la Dobosch" from <i>Wild Raspberries</i>. $1,000 to $3,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990), <i>Pop Shop II,</i> One Plate screenprint in colors, on wove paper, 1998. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Leland Little, Sep. 22:</b> Thomas Rowlandson (British, 1756-1827), Twenty-Two Prints from the <i>Tours of Dr. Syntax</i>. $500 to $1,000
  • <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>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Franklin H. Brown, <i>State Sovereignty, National Union,</i> Chicago, 1860. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b><br>The Aitken Bible, Philadelphia, 1781. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francisco Loubayssin de Lamarca, probable first edition of the first novel set in the Spanish New World, Paris, 1617. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Juan de la Anunciación, <i>Sermonario en lengua mexicana,</i> first edition, first book of sermons in Nahuatl, Mexico, 1577. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Maturino Gilberti, <i>Thesoro spiritual en lengua de Mechuacá,</i> first edition, Mexico, 1558. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Commission of William O. Stoddard as secretary to the president, signed by Lincoln, Washington, 1861. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> <i>Clay and Frelinghuysen,</i> flag banner, circa 1844. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Daguerreotype of a man believed to be Frederick Granger Williams Smith, son of Joseph Smith, circa late 1850s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> John C. Wolfe, <i>Portrait of Abraham Lincoln,</i> oil on board in period wooden frame, circa 1860s. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 27:</b> Family letters from two young daguerreotype artists, 1826-79. $10,000 to $15,000.

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