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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2010 Issue

More Literary and Film-Related Items from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper191

The 191st catalogue from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued Catalogue 191. It offers books and ephemera in the fields of film, literature, and mystery, with an occasional item outside the box of their usual specialties. Here are a few of the items available this time around.

What happens to a book that is inscribed to a couple that is no longer a couple? It generally ends up with a third party, as neither of the recipients are likely to want to keep it. Item 5 is a copy of Sun and Shadow, written by the noted French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. Aumont was a prolific actor, appearing in dozens of films over a 65-year career, as well as fighting with the French resistance during the Second World War. This book is his autobiography, published in 1977 (it is incomplete as he acted for another 20 years and lived another 25). It is inscribed to film director Peter Bogdanovich and his companion at the time, actress Cybill Shepherd, whom he had directed in The Last Picture Show. Within a couple of years, they were a couple no more. Priced at $95.

Here is an item from a couple that did work out. Arthur Miller was a writer while Inge Morath was a photographer. They met while she was photographing still shots for the 1961 film The Misfits, written by Miller and starring his then-wife Marilyn Monroe. Monroe led a troubled life and her relationships, including that with Miller, were ultimately doomed. However, after their divorce, Miller remarried photographer Morath, a very successful union that lasted until her death 40 years later. Item 92 is a copy of In Russia, a book written by Miller published in 1969 about their visit to what was then America's arch enemy. Morath provided the photographs. Both Miller and Morath have signed the book. $125.

We'll complete this section with one more couple, neither one that got married and lived happily ever after or one that broke up. This one is something in between. Item 62 is an inscribed copy of Zane Grey's most famous western novel, Riders of the Purple Sage. This is a Special Deluxe Tenth Anniversary Edition printed by Harpers in honor of their most successful author at the time. Grey has inscribed this book to Mildred Smith, and there is a photograph of Smith on horseback in Monument Valley, next to a riderless horse, affixed to the front pastedown. That was likely Grey's horse and he was the photographer. Smith was Grey's assistant, and a little more - his mistress and lover for many years. However, Grey had a wife and other lovers along the way. Perhaps he was the Tiger Woods of his day. Success can do things to people. Smith was the favorite of the lovers the western author accumulated along the way. $4,000.

Item 148 is Tennessee Williams' first published play, Battle of Angels. It appeared in the spring 1945 edition of Pharos, published in Murray, Utah. It was not a notable success, and this might have seemed an inauspicious start for the writer. Fortunately, Williams' Glass Menagerie was debuting on Broadway the same year, and that would make up for any disappointment he might have experienced over this work. $450.

Item 69 is a thorough study of one genre of film, which was covered from the year 1927 to what was at the time of publishing the present (1981). Why only starting at 1927? The answer is that this was not about westerns, or dramas, or comedies. The genre Clive Hirschhorn covered was The Hollywood Musical. You could have silent versions of comedies and dramas, but a silent film version of a musical just wouldn't have cut it. $95.

Item 88 is David Mamet's early (1978) paperback work Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Duck Variations. That sounds really perverse, but it's not quite that bad. The Duck Variations is a second play, not a continuation of the title of the first. $75.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

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    <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
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    <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
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  • <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
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    <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.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.

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