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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2009 Issue

Literature, Film, Science Fiction and More from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper184

Catalogue 184 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued Catalogue 184 of books and ephemera in their fields of specialty, including literature, film, detective and, this time, a large selection of science fiction. Offered are 142 items in these areas, along with a few from other fields such as sports and aviation. Here are a few samples.

We start with an item for collectors of Truman Capote, looking for an early item from the renowned author to complete their collection. Item 15 is the original typescript for This is for Jamie, presumably written in 1941. If the story is unfamiliar even to the serious Capote devotee, the explanation is that this was written for his 11th grade teacher, Catherine Wood. Wood was the first person to fully recognize Capote's writing talents and made it her job to encourage his career. The typescript comes heavily corrected by both Capote and Ms. Wood. It is said to be unusually accomplished for one of Capote's age, an insight into the writing that was to come. Priced at $7,500.

Item 44 is a notable piece of Greta Garbo ephemera. It is a 109-page mimeographed screenplay for The Divine Woman, produced in 1927. It is the story of a poor 19th century French girl who comes to Paris and must choose between a young man and an older producer who offers fortune and fame. The Divine Woman is the only "lost" Garbo film. Only a 9-minute reel, along with the script and various publicity pieces are known to survive. This film came at the height of her silent career, which would soon end with the invention of talking films. $1,350.

For fans of science fiction, item 122 is a copy of The Twilight Zone Companion, inscribed to perhaps the greatest fan the genre has ever known. This is a 1992 second edition of Marc Scott Zicree's show-by-show reference guide to the memorable television show of the 1960s, featuring Rod Serling. Zicree has inscribed this book "To Forry on his 90th birthday - a fellow citizen of the Zone... A man without whom most of the writers in this book would not have been what they were." "Forry" was Forrest J Ackerman, a writer, producer and agent who is best remembered for his support of science fiction and its writers, and his enormous personal collection in the field. Ackerman died in December 2008. By the way, we did not forget the period after the "J" of Ackerman's middle initial. He never used one. $150.

Item 59 is a copy of Gold Dust: A Collection for the Golden Counsels for the Sanctification of Daily Life. The book offers a collection of Christian devotional thoughts, originally published in French, but translated and published for the benefit of Americans in 1880. This copy contains the inscription of one Grace Hall Hemingway of Oak Park, Illinois, later wife of Dr. Clarence Edmonds "Doc Ed" Hemingway, to her mother: "Mama from Grace, July 8th, 1889, Chicago." Grace Hemingway was an accomplished musician and artist. She was a talented opera singer, but settled into a life writing and teaching music from the large home she shared with her physician husband and six children. While an accomplished person, Grace probably would have been lost to history were it not for a momentous event which occurred 10 years and 13 days after she inscribed this book to her mother - the birth of her son, Ernest Hemingway. $350.

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  • <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>The Sportsman's Portfolio of American Field Sports.</i> 1855. Est: $600 to $900
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Bishop's Birds. Etchings of Water-Fowl and Upland Game Birds.</i> 1936. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting Big Game in Far Northwest British Columbia</i>. 1904. Est: $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Mananaland. Adventuring with Camera and Rifle Through California in Mexico.</i> 1929. Est: $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle: Hunting Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson. Online only auction Aug 3-14</b>
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Grand Canyon Trails.</i> 1924. Est: $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>A Sporting Trip through Abyssinia. A Narrative of a nine months’ journey..</i> 1902. Est: $200 to $300
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hunting in Tanzania [...in Zimbabwe; ...the Sudan; ...in Botswana; ...in Ethiopia; ...in Zambia; ...in South Africa; ...in Kenya]</i>. 1991-2000. Est: $800 to $1200
    <b>Doyle, Online only auction Aug 3-14:</b> <i>Hounds and Hunting through the Ages ... with an Introduction by the Earl of Lonsdale</i>. 1928. Est: $600 to $900
  • <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:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000

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