Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2010 Issue

The West and More from Gene W. Baade

Baade310

The latest collection from Gene W. Baade.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade has issued Catalogue 310 of Books on the West. Baade notes that this catalogue contains some items beyond "cowboys and Indians," including more general Americana and a few totally unrelated items. Nonetheless, it is western America (including Canada) that is the focus of Baade's catalogues and this is no exception. Here are a few samples.

Here is a title so long that you might think it would take three weeks to write it, but in reality, the entire book was written in just three weeks: The Life, Times and Treacherous Death of Jesse James. The only correct and authorized edition. Giving full particulars of each and every dark and desperate deed in the career of this most noted outlaw of any time or nation. The facts and incidents contained in this volume were dictated to Frank Triplett by Mrs. Jesse James, wife of the bandit, and Mrs. Zeralda Samuel, his mother. Consequently every secret act, every hitherto unknown incident, every crime and every motive is herein disclosed. Truth is more interesting than fiction. Author Frank Triplett whipped this biography out in just three weeks from the time James was assassinated, taking advantage of the great interest in the infamous bandit (in hindsight, we know such a rush was unnecessary as interest in James remains intense almost 130 years later). However, Triplett's book remains controversial. Despite the title's claim, James' mother and wife denied they had participated, a claim made dubious by the fact they shared in the book's royalties. They may have been concerned that statements attributed to them implicating Jesse's brother Frank could hurt him in his upcoming trial. Not only were the James women unhappy with the book, but Governor Crittenden is also said to have suppressed it as Triplett charged him with complicity in James' murder. The result is that first editions, such as this (1882), are quite scarce. Item 150. Priced at $2,500.

A decade after the James Brothers, and their cohorts, the Younger Brothers, rode for the last time, some relatives of the Youngers, the Dalton Brothers, took up the trade. The three Dalton Brothers led a gang that was skilled at robbing trains. However, when they attempted to extend the franchise into bank robbery, they were not so skilled. It was perhaps a particularly bad mistake to rob two banks in their hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas, where despite the fake beards and wigs, they were quickly recognized. In the ensuing shoot-out, two of the Daltons were killed, while the third brother, Emmett, shot twenty-something times, survived. He survived to spend 14 years of a life sentence in prison before being pardoned. That was 1907, and Dalton later married his childhood sweetheart, moved to Hollywood, played himself in the movies, and became a building contractor. He also became an author, and item 26 is a first edition of his book When the Daltons Rode, published in 1931. Dalton lived not far from another famed western gunslinger in Los Angeles, Wyatt Earp, and while we do not know whether the two ever met, both were friends of the most notable western actor of the 1920s, William S. Hart. Dalton died in 1937 at the age of 65, his body broken down, in part due to his gunshot wounds of four decades earlier. $395.

Item 20 is The First Hundred Years of Nino Cochise. The Untold Story of an Apache Chief. This is a bit of an exaggeration as Ciye Nino Cochise was only 97 when this book was published in 1971, but he made up for it by living to 110. Nino was the grandson of the legendary Chief Cochise, born the year his grandfather died. His band of Apaches (the Chiricahua) were mostly carted off to Fort Sill and their reservation disbanded by whites after Cochise's death, but Nino tells of his surviving with others who escaped on a mountain ledge community in Mexico for years. Eventually, he returned, and ended up playing in movies, even reprising the role of his grandfather on film. $50.

Item 28 is The Life and Death of Julia C. Bulette "Queen of the Red Lights," by Zeke Daniels and Ben Christy, published in 1958. Ms. Bulette's appellation did not come from her being a traffic cop, though she was an honorary member of the Virginia City fire company. Men liked her. Apparently, they liked her a lot, enough so that she is probably still the most famous lady of the red light profession ever to arise from Virginia City, which had a lot of them back in the day when Ben Cartwright and his sons were running the Ponderosa. Sadly, a drifter one day wanted too much from Miss Julia, taking, along with her honor, her possessions and life. The latter he took most brutally, but justice prevailed for her and him at the end of a rope. $27.50.

Gene W. Baade Books on the West may be reached at 425-271-6481 or bookwest@q.com. The website is www.booksonthewest.com.

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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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