Rare Book Monthly Reviews - April - 2011 Issue

Harrington75

75 Important Works from Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington has issued 75, perhaps the shortest title for a catalogue we have seen. This not only places the catalogue in Harrington's numerical sequence, but describes the number of items offered as well. Each of these is a work of major significance and importance. Many are rare, but none are obscure. Others are not terribly rare, but of high value anyway because of the law of supply and demand. There are never enough copies of books such as Darwin's Origin of Species to fill the demand for works of such monumental importance to our understanding of the world that we inhabit. We will...

Pagesyesteryear04-11

The Uncommon from The Pages of Yesteryear

This month we have our first catalogue from The Pages of Yesteryear, of Newtown, Connecticut. We will admit to being a bit late as this is titled Holiday List. Easter? Not likely. We are late, but ...

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Orssich71

Spanish and Portuguese Related Works from Paul Orssich

Paul Orssich recently released Catalogo 71 Libros Antiquos. As one might expect from a catalogue so named, the focus is on works related to Spain. That's a bit too narrow a description, as Portugue...

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Windle48

A Variety from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued his 48th catalogue, Omnium Gatherum. He explains that this erudite-sounding Latin term "is a fancy way of saying a hodgepodge."  Among the subject...

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Almagre62a

The American Southwest, Mexico, and Latin America from Almagre Books

Almagre Books of Santa Fe has issued their List 62A, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California. Mexico and Latin America. Once upon a time, they could have called this just "Mexico and Latin Americ...

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Eigl35

Travel and Exploration from Antiquariat Eigl

Antiquariat Eigl has issued their Katalog 35, Reisen und Expeditionen / Travel and Exploration. Two things you might gather from this title is that the catalogue contains books about travel an...

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Rubinfine167

Signed American Documents from Joe Rubinfine

Joe Rubinfine has issued a new collection of American Historical Documents - List 167. These autographs and signed documents mainly come from political and military leaders, though you will find an...

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Macmanus407

Rare Americana from the George S. MacManus Co.

The George S. MacManus Company has issued their Catalogue 407 of Rare Americana. This is a selection filled with important items for collectors of Americana, whether from Colonial, Revolutionary or...

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Fragmenta104

Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages from Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta

Antiquariaat Fragmenta Selecta has issued their Catalogue 104. Classical Antiquity & Middle Ages (A-K). Fragmenta Selecta issues very large catalogues, over a thousand items in each, thus the n...

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Araderspring2011

Rare and Colorful Books from the Arader Galleries

The Arader Galleries is offering A Selection of Rare Books Spring 2011. There is a touch of spring in the works presented. Many of the items are color-plate books of flowering plants and birds, a s...

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Oldwest30

Rare Books on the American West from Old West Books

Old West Books has issued Catalog 30 of Rare, Out of Print Books on the American West. Not a lot more need be said to describe what can be found in this catalogue. We all know that the Old West was...

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Scott32

Recent Acquisitions in the Unusual from Garrett Scott, Bookseller

From Garrett Scott, Bookseller, comes Catalogue 32 Recent Acquisitions. Scott specializes in the unusual, sometimes the ridiculous, in mostly American (some British) pamphlets from the 18th through...

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Reese282

Recent Acquisitions at the William Reese Company

The William Reese Company has published a catalogue of Recent Acquisitions in Americana, their 282nd catalogue. This one contains a wide variety of material - 176 items in all - with the common thr...

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Voyagerjohnston

Earliest Sub-Sahara African Recordings Offered by the Voyager Press

The Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts is offering a remarkable collection of an ephemeral nature, material of great historical significance. Offered is a collection of 36 wax cylinder reco...

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Lessercheap16

Inexpensive Americana from David M. Lesser Antiquarian Books

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued Part 16 of their Inexpensive Americana series. The listings of inexpensive Americana are very similar to the regular catalogues of rare Americana, ...

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Beattiesl3

From Russia (and Europe) with a Short List from Simon Beattie

Simon Beattie Antiquarian Books and Music has issued Short List 3, a very large catalogue for a small number of items. This is a 26-page large folio presentation, containing large photographs and e...

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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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