• <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> MIGUEL COSTANSO. 1741-1814. The suppressed report of the portala expidition. US$ 80,000-120,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> FELIPE DE NEVE. 1724-1784. FIRST LAWS OF CALIFORNIA. US$ 120,000-180,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES O. PATTIE. c.1804-c.1850. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie of Kentucky. US$ 30,000-50,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>KARL BODMER. 1809-1893. Pehriska-Ruhpa, Moennitarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Danse.<br>US$ 20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015, San Francisco</b>
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOEL PALMER. 1810-1881. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b><br>JOHANN AUGUSTUS SUTTER. 1803-1880. Letter Signed ("JA Sutter").<br>US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> J. ELY SHERWOOD. California: Her Wealth and Resources... US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> [JOHN LINVILLE HALL and GEORGE G. WEBSTER.] Journal of the Hartford Union Mining and Trading Company. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JAMES A. READ and DONALD F. READ, illustrators. Journey to the Gold Diggins. By Jeremiah Saddlebags. US$ 8,000-12,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> WILLIAM BESCHKE. The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures of an Overland Party of Emigrants to California. US$ 15,000-25,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> LORENZO D. ALDRICH. 1818/1819-1851. A Journal of the Overland Route to California! US$ 25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams 9 Feb 2015:</b> JOHN WOODHOUSE AUDUBON. 1812-1862. Illustrated Notes of an Expedition Through Mexico and California. US$ 80,000-120,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Gold mining boomtown collection of 23 photos<br>of Goldfield, Nevada (1905)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> Columbus and New World Exploration manuscript (1512)
    <b>19th Century Shop.</b> A. J. Russell.<br>The Great West (1869) 50 original mounted photos
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i> (1687).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Shakespeare's <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. John Rockefeller. Ambrotype, the earliest known photograph of Rockefeller.
    <b>19th Century Shop</b>. Muybridge, <i>Animal Locomotion</i> (1887) subscriber's copy.
  • <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Latest catalogue: 50 Fine Books 2015
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> M. Catesby,<br>The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1729-77).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility (London, 1811). First edition of the Austen’s first published novel.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Koronatsionniy sbornik [Album of Nicholas II's coronation] (St. Petersburg, 1899): preferred deluxe version in Russian.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> A complete set of John Gould's magnificent bird books in attractive contemporary bindings (1831-88).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Andy Warhol, Bald Eagle from Endangered Species. Screenprint in colours, 1983, signed in pencil.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Sir Ernest Shackleton, South: The story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914-1917 (London, 1919).
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> J.J. Audubon, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (NY, 1845-54): The largest successful colour plate book of 19th-century America.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, The Works (Kelmscott Press, 1896). One of the finest illustrated books ever produced.
    <b>Shapero Rare Books:</b> Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Moscow, 1879):<br>first edition in book form of the celebrated novel.
  • <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> J.C. Buttre, Wartime-Published Leatherbound Portfolio of 50 Engravings. Est $1000-$1500. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Kennedy For President Campaign Poster.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Albumen CDV of a Mexican couple in fancy clothing.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Quarter Plate Daguerreotype and Enlarged<br>Painted Portrait of Same Gentleman. Est $200-$400. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Real Photo Postcards of Helena, Montana, Plus.<br>Est $100-$200. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> [Japan] Lafcadio Hearn, Life, Letters and Musings.<br>Est $50-$100. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> CDVs related to P.T. Barnum, Including Barnum, His Daughter, Tom Thumb, Com. Nutt.<br>Est $200-$300. Starts Mar 5th.
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    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Image of the Sternwheeler Washington. Est $100-$150. Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> American History: Timed Online Auction Bidding Starts March 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> Civil War letters from Little Family of Farmersville, New York, 94th and 105th NY Infantry. Est $150-$250.<br>Starts Mar 5th.
    <b>Cowan's Auctions: </b> A Fine and Unusual American Prosthesis. Est $300-$500. Starts Mar 5th.
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Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2009 Issue

Antiquarian Americana from Kaaterskill Books

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Americana from Kaaterskill Books.


By Michael Stillman

Kaaterskill Books has issued their 11th catalogue of Americana. It is difficult to use any more limiting terms to describe this catalogue beyond the title, as all sorts of material related to America can be found. We will say that these are antiquarian works, the great majority coming from the 18th and 19th centuries. Otherwise, we will let the catalogue speak for itself. Here are some of the items it contains.

Item 25 is the 1876 edition of George Catlin's Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, & Conditions of the North American Indian. Catlin had toured the West in the 1830s, creating some 600 paintings from 48 tribes in the last days before their culture was overwhelmed by settler influences. His book was originally published in 1841, and while some of the earlier editions were colored by hand, this 1876 edition was the first to be printed in color. As far back as 1922, Maggs Bros. described this edition as "very scarce." Priced at $4,800.

Fears of a swine flu pandemic make this 1879 book current: A History of the Yellow Fever. The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878, in Memphis, Tenn., by J.M. Keating. In the spring of 1878, there was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in the Caribbean, Cuba in particular. Ships came into the port at New Orleans, and despite local officials' attempts at quarantine, cases of the illness arose in that city. People fled New Orleans, while cargo continued to be shipped out. Through one of these carriers, the disease reached Memphis. As people became ill, huge numbers of the population began to flee. They filled up every available railroad car, carriage, wagon, furniture van, whatever they could find. Some made it to places where they were welcome, though other communities stationed armed guards at their borders to chase the refugees away. Over half the population escaped. Those who remained suffered terrible casualties. By the time the epidemic ended, over 5,000 residents of Memphis had died, over 10% of the population. Of course, this was long before antibiotics, and most of the remedies of the day, such as bleeding, were useless if not harmful. Item 86. $200.

Item 52 is American Political Ideas by John Fiske, published in 1885. Fiske was a follower of Herbert Spencer, one the great thinkers of the 19th century who developed a series of evolutionary theories after reading Darwin. Spencer applied evolutionary thought to fields such as culture and politics. It was Spencer who coined the phrase "survival of the fittest." Fiske has inscribed this copy of his work to Spencer. $125.

Item 166 is an Essay on the Causes of Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species by Samuel Stanhope Smith, and it includes something of an early American theory of evolution. Smith was a liberal minister and philosopher, one of the founders of both Hampden-Sydney and Washington and Lee Universities, and a long-time President of Princeton. He was an early supporter of separation of church and state, and a strong supporter of scientific studies because he believed that science and religion would always reach the same conclusions. Smith also believed in the equality of the races, not a widely held view at the time. He rejected the prevailing view that the races had been created separately and unequally, describing differences as something of an evolutionary process, humans adapting to their surroundings. A bit naively, he thought lighter skin and more Caucasian features of American blacks versus African natives was an adaptation to being surrounded by whites. $125.

Item 29 is a copy of Lucien B. Chase's History of the Polk Administration. It was published in 1850, just a year after President James Polk left office. History has never quite known what to do with Polk. He greatly expanded the territory of the United States, adding California, Arizona and New Mexico, while welcoming the rebellious Texas Republic to the American fold. It would be hard to imagine America without these states today. However, he achieved his dream of "manifest destiny" by inciting a war with Mexico that enabled him to grab this territory away from that nation. What's more, the addition of this land at the time, and the question of whether it would be free or slave, set North and South against each other as never before, and set the nation rapidly down the road to civil war. $350.

Kaaterskill Books may be reached at 518-589-0555 or books@kaaterskillbooks.com. Their website is www.kaaterskillbooks.com.

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