Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2010 Issue

New Acquisitions and On Sale Americana from Clark Rare Books

Clark942

Americana and the West from Clark Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Clark Rare Books has released Catalog 942 of Americana, The West, and General. This catalogue is broken down into two sections, one of new acquisitions, the other for previous inventory now on sale for 30% off. The new acquisitions are mostly related to the West, while the material on sale is more general Americana. While there is much of interest in both sections, we will focus in this review on books among their new acquisitions.

No American President is more closely associated with the Great American West than Theodore Roosevelt. He loved to visit/explore/hunt the great, untamed spaces and tell of his adventures to the folks back east. Long before he became a recognizable name in the political world, he wrote a series of articles for Century Magazine about life in the West. These six articles would later be compiled in book form, but item 159 consists of volumes 35 and 36 (1887-88) of the magazine, containing Roosevelt's articles on Ranch Life in the Far West. These articles also contained the first major series of illustrations from the great western artist Frederic Remington, who became close friends with the future President. Priced at $90.

Remington may be best remembered for his illustrations, but he also became a notable western writer. Item 5 is a first edition of his Crooked Trails, published in 1898, and both written and illustrated by Remington. $125.

Item 119 is a collection of early Mormon pamphlets, but they were not published in Salt Lake, or Nauvoo, or Missouri, Ohio, or New York. No, they were published in, of all places, Liverpool, England. The author of these eleven items was Orson Pratt, one of the original twelve apostles (and the last surviving) of the Church. He had been baptized very early (1830) and was involved in many of the great travels, including to Utah, but also spent many years overseas as a missionary. He was briefly excommunicated after his return from England in 1841. Founder Joseph Smith had begun teaching plural marriage, and apparently he had requested that Orson's wife, Sarah, who had remained behind, be one of those wives. Orson was not pleased, which led to his excommunication, but while Sarah never accepted it, and eventually left Orson and the Church, her husband reconciled with Smith. He evidently became a wholehearted supporter of plural marriage as he died having 7 wives and 45 children. In 1848, Pratt returned to the English mission where he stayed until 1851, successfully recruiting many new members. It was during this time that he wrote and published the 11 pamphlets here offered, including Divine Authority, or the question, was Joseph Smith Sent of God? and Divine Authority of Book of Mormon. $375.

Item 77 is a second printing of Jonathan Carver's Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768. Carver made the deepest penetration into the American West of any Englishman in colonial times. He traveled through the Great Lakes region, visiting the most outlying British posts, and then, with native guides, crossed the Mississippi and traveled up to the source of the St. Pierre River in today's Minnesota/Dakota border area. He had hoped to make it to the Pacific, but as we now know, he was still quite a ways away. He did bring back Indian tales of a great mountain range to the west which time did prove to be accurate. This issue was printed in 1779. $2,850.

Nolie Mumey was a westerner of notable accomplishments in various fields. Those involved with western books will undoubtedly be familiar with his name, as he authored numerous titles on the West, Colorado in particular, including many biographies. He was also a poet. However, Mumey was trained as a physician, and was also an accomplished aviator, having served as a flight surgeon in the First World War. Item 1 is one of his physician/aviator books, written with John S. Chase and published in 1931: Physical Requirements for Commercial Flyers. For anyone looking for an author to collect who offers many books to accumulate, but at reasonable prices, Mumey is a logical prospect. $95.

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Caius Julius Hyginus, <i>Poeticon Astronomicon,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1482. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Giovanni Botero, <i>Le Relationi Universali... divise in Sette Parti</i>, Venice, 1618. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> <i>L'Escole des Filles</i>, likely third edition of the first work of pornographic fiction in French, 1676. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Illuminated Book of Hours in Latin on vellum, Flanders, early 16th century. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes Regiomontanus, <i>Calendarium,</i> Venice, 1485. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Pedro de Medina, <i>Libro d[e] gra[n]dezas y cosas memorables de España,</i> Alcalá de Henares, 1566. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:<br>Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b><br>Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> Salamanca, circa 1496-97. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Andrés Serrano, <i>Los Siete Principes de los Ángeles, válidos de Rey del Cielo,</i> Spain, 1707. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 8:</b> Johannes de Sacrobosco, <i>Sphaera mundi,</i> first illustrated edition, Venice, 1478. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> A Rare 3-rotor German Enigma I Enciphering Machine. $70,000 to $90,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Important collection of correspondence between Werner Heisenberg and Bruno Rossi. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Walt Whitman Autograph manuscript containing his thoughts on death. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> David Roberts. <i>Holy Land</i>. Six volumes. 1842-1849. First edition. $15,000 to $25,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Extensive collection of Ray Bradbury's primary works, most signed or inscribed. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Peter Force. Declaration of Independence. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Steinbeck. <i>Grapes of Wrath</i>. A fine copy of the first edition. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Lewis & Clark. <i>Travels to the Source of the Missouri River</i>... First English edition, extra-illustrated. 1814. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> Manuscript document signed by Nuno de Guzman relating to Hernan Cortes, 1528. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Feb. 11:</b> “Nos los inquisidores..." The first book in English printed West of the Mississippi. [1787]. $5,000 to $8,000.

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