• <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>Feb 26th Auction Bidding Now Open!</b>
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Early 8"x10" Vintage John F Kennedy SP. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> A New Era in World Affairs, Speeches and Statements of Harry S. Truman, Signed. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Abraham Lincoln Partially engraved military appointment. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Fantastic Signed Image of Albert Einstein. BID NOW!
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    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Thomas Edison Signed Photograph. BID NOW!
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    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Front-Cover Signed Beatles on Broadway Fan Book. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Extremely Rare Johns Hopkins ALS (Love letter to Cousin). BID NOW!
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    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Photograph of the Three Stooges in tuxedos signed on Shirts. BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Winston Churchill. <i>1941 Agreement Freeing Poland of Soviet Control.</i><br>BID NOW!
    <b>One of a Kind Feb 26 Auction:</b> Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States 1817 Inscribed to Commodore Bainbridge. BID NOW!
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 19. John James Audubon. Grey Fox, Plate 21. Est. $20,000-22,000. Retail: $48,000
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 51. American Bison (female), Plate 57. Est. $15,000-20,000. Retail: $47,500
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b><br>Lot 54. John James Audubon. Silver Fox, Plate 116, the hardest to find of Audubon's Quadruped. Est. $25,000-30,000. Retail: $45,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 58. John James Audubon. Ocelot, Plate 86, one of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000. Retail: $45,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 59. John James Audubon Jaguar, Plate 101, another of Audubon's four great cats. Est. $12,000-18,000.<br>Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 62. John James Audubon. Common Mouse, Plate 90, Audubon's Great Genre Scene. Est. $10,000-15,000.<br>Retail: $35,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 74. John James Audubon. Armadillo, Plate 146. Est. $7,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $17,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 86. John James Audubon. Grizzly Bear, Plate 131. Est. $8,000-10,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 89. John James Audubon. Cougar (Female and Young), Plate 97. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 95. John James Audubon. Common Deer, Plate 136, Audubon's Most Arresting Composition. Est. $20,000-30,000. Retail: $42,500.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 142. Karl Bodmer. Pehriska-Ruhpa, A Minatarre or Big-Bellied Indian. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $22,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 144. Karl Bodmer. Bison-Dance of the Mandan Indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $20,000.
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    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 145. Karl Bodmer. shi-chida and maschi karehde, Mandan indians. Est. $10,000-12,000. Retail: $25,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 156. Karl Bodmer. Fort Union on the Missouri. Est. $10,000-12,000.<br>Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 157. Karl Bodmer. Junction of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries Feb 28th:</b> Lot 159. Karl Bodmer. View of the rocky mountains. Est. $8,000-10,000. Retail: $18,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2010 Issue

A History of Ideas from Sotheran's

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A History of Ideas from Sotheran's.


By Michael Stillman

Henry Sotheran Ltd., or Sotheran's, the venerable London bookseller, has issued a new catalogue of the History of Ideas. The catalogue is filled with antiquarian (and some not so old) books filled with great thinking, from philosophy, science, mathematics, natural history, politics, theology and the arts. A lot of brainpower went into creating these works. These are a few of them.

We will start with one of the most important books ever published in the fields of natural history and science, as it entirely changed the way we think about ourselves: The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. Item 33 is one of the 1,250 copies of the first edition published in 1859. Darwin had noticed similarities, but differences, between species he found in South America and those on Pacific Islands, and concluded that this represented evolution in response to the local environment. Though he reached his momentous conclusions early on after his journey in the 1830s, he sat on his theory for almost two decades, until similar, independent conclusions reached by Alfred Russel Wallace necessitated his releasing them to the public. After publishing a preliminary journal article with Wallace the previous year, Darwin released the full details of his theory in this book, which sold out immediately. Priced at £75,000 (British pounds, or about $113,510 in U.S. dollars).

Winston Churchill proved prophetic when he published this article in 1924: Shall We Commit Suicide? Churchill was anticipating the atomic weapons that would arise just two decades later when he asked, "Might not a bomb no bigger than an orange be found to possess secret power to destroy a whole block of buildings nay, to blast a township at a stroke?" Regrettably, the answer was yes. Churchill also speaks of these bombs being guided automatically in flying machines, another regrettable development which would arise a few years later. Item 94. £750 (US $1,135).

Some great ideas are better than others. Here's one that's not so great: Warm Beer: Or a Treatise wherein is Declared by Many Reasons, that Beer so Qualified, is Far More Wholesome than that which is Drank Cold... And you thought substituting horrible tasting "healthy" versions of foods was a new phenomenon? The editor of this piece, who wisely only identified himself with the initials "F.W.," answers the objection "some will say, cold beer is very pleasant to one that is thirsty" with "I answer it is true: but pleasant things are for the most part very dangerous." F.W. goes on to rhetorically make the critical point, "How many have you known and heard of, who by drinking a cup of cold beer in extream thirst, have taken a surfeit and killed themselves?" Actually, not many, unless they went driving. Perhaps the virtue of warm beer is that no one would drink it. Item 81 is a 1724 second edition of this work first published in 1641. £2,500 (US $3,783).

Item 84 is a remarkable, if chilling photo album. It is a collection of photographs taken by Charles W. Alexander at the Nuremburg war trials. From November 1945 through October 1946, the allies conducted trials for the most egregious of crimes against humanity against various officials of the Nazi regime. Alexander's photographs include those of the courtroom, judges, prosecutors, and naturally, the defendants. The album contains a July 26, 1946 inscription from Robert Jackson, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice and the chief U.S. prosecutor at the trials, to David Maxwell-Fyfe, one of the prosecutors from Britain. £9,995 (US $15,130).

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