Rare Book Monthly Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Chapelh

Some Very Rare Americana from Chapel Hill Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Chapel Hill Rare Books has published a new collection of Rare Americana -- New Acquisitions. This one is an inch thick and filled with fully described rarities, 346 in all. While Chapel Hill catalogues are an outstanding source for material about the Old South and Confederacy, there is much more here, including the American North, West, Revolutionary War and Colonial times. Here are some samples of the type of material that is available in this most fascinating new catalogue.

The Civil War did not begin in 1832, but it might well have. Just as they would almost t...

Lesser89

Rare and Unusual Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

By Michael Stillman

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has published its newest catalogue of Rare Americana, number 89 for the Woodbridge, Connecticut, bookseller. Lesser offers primarily 1...

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Bau

Spectacular Works from Bauman Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Bauman Rare Books of New York and Philadelphia has issued its first catalogue of New Acquisitions for 2006. Bauman material is always of the first tier. These are all import...

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Cummins95

Literary Titles from James Cummins Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

James Cummins Bookseller's catalogue number 95 is titled Literature, an apt name for a collection of literary works. However, these are not ordinary editions of important wo...

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Baade306

Robbers, Liver-Eaters, Bigfoot and More from Gene W. Baade

By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade's latest catalogue (number 306) of Books on the West follows his tradition of offering unusual western items, and at prices any budget can afford. Most are col...

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List06-1

Early Architectural Classics From Charles B. Wood

By Michael Stillman

Charles B. Wood Rare Books has issued a list of twenty-six Early Editions of Architectural Classics. Architectural books is one of Wood's specialties, and those who collect ...

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Al9

Modern and Traditional Poetry and Literature from Alexander Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Alexander Rare Books has issued their ninth catalogue of Literary Firsts and Poetry. This catalogue is filled with works from modern, or at least relatively so, poets. This...

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Clark926

Western Americana from Arthur H. Clark

By Michael Stillman

Just arrived is catalogue number 926 from The Arthur H. Clark Company. Clark offers catalogues in Americana with a focus on the American West. Material runs from contemporar...

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Antforum

Classic Dutch Works from the Antiquariaat Forum

By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum has issued a "Short Title List" in conjunction with the upcoming 27th Amsterdam Antiquarian Book and Print Fair, from April 6-8. It should come as no ...

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Aud

Audubon Works from William Reese

By Michael Stillman

John James Audubon's drawings of birds are today among the most revered of American works of art. They are of such extraordinary beauty that it's hard to remember that they ...

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Bearv

Bear Valley Irrigation Co. Photographs Offered By Dawson's

By Michael Stillman

This is not the typical booksellers' catalogue we receive, but it is certainly one of the most stunningly attractive. The Michael Dawson Gallery, in conjunction with Paul M....

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Stlutz

Signed Historic Documents from Stuart Lutz

By Michael Stillman

This is our first review of a catalogue from Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, and this is a most intriguing collection. These are primarily signed documents from people you k...

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19110

Books and Manuscripts from The 19th Century Shop

By Michael Stillman

The 19th Century Shop has issued a new catalogue of Rare Books and Manuscripts of All Ages, Catalogue 110. The material they offer is the very top of the line, from manuscrip...

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Manh

Literature, Art and Science from Manhattan Rare Book

By Michael Stillman

The Manhattan Rare Book Company has sent out its latest Selection of Fine Books, and they are fine indeed. This is not a long list, but it contains some of the greatest lite...

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Raab52

Important Signed Documents and Autographs from The Raab Collection

By Michael Stillman

Just released is Catalogue 52 from The Raab Collection. Raab offers autographs, manuscripts, and other signed items. Most signers are either household names or people who p...

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V55

Book Arts From The Veatchs

By Michael Stillman

We are reviewing our first catalogue from The Veatchs Arts Of The Book, though this is their 55th such publication. Its title is Recent Acquisitions in Fine Printing, Type S...

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Gs150

Rare and Unusual Americana from Michael Ginsberg Books

By Michael Stillman

We have received our first catalogue from Americana bookseller Michael Ginsberg Books, of Sharon, Massachusetts. This is Ginsburg catalogue 150 of Rare and Unusual Americana...

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Lang16

A Variety of Books from John Michael Lang

By Michael Stillman

This is our first review of a catalogue from John Michael Lang Fine Books of Seattle, Washington. This, their 16th catalogue, was prepared in association with Taylor Bowie, ...

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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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