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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, 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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