Rare Book Monthly Reviews - May - 2006 Issue

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The Strange and Unusual from Garrett Scott

By Michael Stillman

Garrett Scott, Bookseller, seems to specialize in the odd and unusual. That's not to say every book in his 17th catalogue, Spring Miscellany, is strange. It is just that there are many quite odd works to be found here. Strange science, unusual theology, medical advice you would not want to follow, and the like can be found, along with some sensible treatises thrown in to bring us back to the path of reason. Scott's catalogues are always entertaining and if you would like to own some of these amazing works, the good news is there is little here that will break the bank...

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Rare Books and Ephemera from Ian Brabner

By Michael Stillman

This is our first catalogue review for Ian Brabner, Bookseller. Brabner is an ABAA-ILAB bookseller from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been selling books since 1995. His speci...

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Ewens

Canadiana and Other Curious Things from David Ewens

By Michael Stillman

We have received our first catalogue from Canadian Bookseller David Ewens. His Catalogue 60 is headed Canadiana, Americana, Directories, Arctic, and Curious Things. That is e...

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Wood126

19th Century Photography from Charles Wood

by Michael Stillman

If a picture is worth a thousand words, it will be impossible to do Charles Wood Bookseller's latest catalogue justice. Catalogue 126 is titled Nineteenth Century Photography...

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Windle41

Children's Books from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller's 41st catalogue is dedicated to our childhood. It is entitled Children's Books. This catalogue will bring you back to the days of your you...

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Car

Spectacular Atlases and Maps from Bernard Shapero Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Here is a catalogue you might consider as stunning as the material it describes were it not for the fact that these items are utterly spectacular. The catalogue is Cartograph...

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C397

American Travels and Explorations from George MacManus Co.

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 397 from the George S. MacManus Company is titled Travels and Explorations with a Focus on American Travels. For those who collect American travels, overland in par...

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Ashort

New Acquisitions from Argentine Bookseller Libreria de Antano

By Michael Stillman

We recently received a new catalogue from Libreria de Antano entitled A Short Title List of Recent Acquisitions. It is perhaps not the newest of new, since it is dated Februa...

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Ci

The Civil War from Chapel Hill Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Though the last soldier to fight in this great war died half a century ago, it still rages on in the minds of collectors, historians, descendants, and all kinds of students ...

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Rlist156

American Historical Documents from Joe Rubinfine

By Michael Stillman

Joe Rubinfine has issued his List 156 of American Historical Autographs, and there are some real gems in this one. There are some standard autographs of famous people, a few ...

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Lutz

Some Fascinating Looks at History from Stuart Lutz

By Michael Stillman

Stuart Lutz Historic Documents offers a wide and fascinating collection of autographs and signed documents. Included are both the famous and near famous, along with some int...

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Be

Some Unusual New Arrivals at Between The Covers Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Between The Covers Rare Books has issued a catalogue of New Arrivals, number 121 for the Merchantville, New Jersey, bookseller. Most of the books they offer fall under the c...

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Antks

Antiquarian Books About Books from Oak Knoll

By Michael Stillman

Most of Oak Knoll Books' catalogues follow a basic format, so we were pleased to find something a little different when we received their catalogue number 272. Yes, it is st...

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Entre

A Catalogue from Four French Booksellers

By Michael Stillman

Parlez-vous francais? I don't, which makes reviewing this interesting new concept in catalogues very difficult. Four Parisian booksellers have joined together to publish a ...

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R245

German Americana from William Reese

By Michael Stillman

Americana seller William Reese Company has issued a catalogue dedicated specifically to German Americana. This includes publications written in German, books by German author...

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Clark927

Western Americana from Arthur H. Clark

By Michael Stillman

We just received the latest catalogue from The Arthur H. Clark Company. This is number 927 for this century-old bookseller from Spokane, Washington. Clark specializes in Amer...

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1forum

European Classics from Antiquariatt Forum

By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum recently printed a "short title list" of books to coincide with their participation in the New York Antiquarian Book Fair a week ago. The Antiquariaat...

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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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