Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2010 Issue

Signed Copies from Acorn Books Northwest

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Signed titles from Acorn Books Northwest.


By Michael Stillman

Acorn Books Northwest of Silverdale, Washington, has sent out their Catalog Five. Signed, Inscribed, and Association Copies. You will find books of fiction and nonfiction, with topics as diverse as one might find in a library. There are, however, two threads which connect these various books. One is the obvious connection mentioned in the title. They have been signed if not inscribed by their authors. The other common element is that these are recent works, almost all having been published within the past few decades. Many come from authors still active, perhaps a chance to collect their works before they (and their prices) peak. Others have recently concluded their careers. A few are not so much authors as artists, but their works are featured in books herein offered. Here are a few.

We will start with an artist who is no longer active, having passed on in 1984, but he is universally recognized as one of the greatest nature photographers ever. Ansel Adams is noted for his vivid natural scenes, taken in black and white, from Yosemite Park and other locations primarily in the American Southwest. Item 2129 is a first edition, first printing of Adams' 1979 elephant folio Yosemite and the Range of Light. It contains 116 of Adams' black and white photographs taken over decades of work at one of the world's most spectacularly beautiful sites. This copy has been signed on the half-title by Adams at Brentano's in Beverly Hills, one of his last public signings. Note: this is not the later Time-Life edition with a signed bookplate, but is a first edition signed on the page. Priced at $775.

One man who has been writing for 70 years and keeps on going is the mystery/science/fantasy fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and so many more, his work has been translated to film, theater, and television as well. Item 1481 is a copy of The Halloween Tree, a 1988 15th anniversary reprint, signed by Bradbury. $60.

Charles Kuralt was a newsman with CBS for decades, a one-time hard news reporter. However, he made his greatest impact with a series of spots called On The Road on Walter Cronkite's long-running broadcasts. Kuralt would hit the road in his camper and travel all across America, particularly its backwoods locations, to provide stories about the nation and its people. It is those travels which inspired this 1995 book, Charles Kuralt's America. This is a first printing and is signed by Kuralt. Item 1240. $40.

Item 2241 is Graeme Base's The Worst Band in the Universe, replete with CD for those who would like to hear what the worst band sounds like (the CD is unopened, which is understandable since this is the worst band). The book is actually a children's work, a story about a band competition in outer space where worst is best. This is a first American edition, from 1999, signed by the author. $37.50.

Here is a man who might be the singer/songwriter for the worst band in the world, though we won't say whether by "worst" we mean so in the traditional sense or the previous title's synonym for best. Rod McKuen is best known as a very popular, if not always critically acclaimed poet, as well as song writer/singer. He has given us familiar titles such as Jean, Seasons in the Sun, and the obscure but unforgettable When Oliver Twist Meets the Duke of Oil. Item 2404 is The Songs of Rod McKuen, a first printing from 1969, inscribed in 1990 by the writer. $75.

Item 2507 is a 2001 first printing of Puget Sound Ferries. From Canoe to Catamaran, by Carolyn Neal and Tom Janus. These ferries are critical to transportation in the area as they never got around to building many bridges up there. This copy is signed by the authors, and who knows, you might even be able to wheedle an inscription out of Mr. Janus, since he and Elizabeth Kilday are the owners of Acorn Books Northwest. $36.50.

Acorn Books Northwest may be reached at 360-692-4761 or Acornbooksnorthwest@comcast.net.

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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