Rare Book Monthly Reviews - May - 2012 Issue

Bair14

To the Far Left and Right from Lorne Bair Rare Books

Lorne Bair Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera has issued a new catalogue, and despite the image on the cover, which might lead you to believe its title is “Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People,” it is actually simply called Catalog 14. That piece on the cover is not surprising for Bair, who generally specializes in material well to the left of center. However, the Winchester, Virginia, bookseller also frequently includes some items far to the other side of the spectrum (what you won't find here is much material from the center). This time, there is also a substan...

Bostonrmny2012

Maps, Broadsides and More from Boston Rare Maps

Boston Rare Maps recently published a collection of Highlights exhibited at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Boston Rare Maps, quite naturally, is a map specialist, that specialty being American...

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Wayfarerny2012

Travel Books and Photographs from The Wayfarer's Bookshop

The Wayfarer's Bookshop recently printed a catalogue for the New York Antiquarian Book Fair 2012. It is filled primarily with travel material. This makes sense, since Wayfarer's had to make the lon...

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Crouch4

Spectacular Maps and Other Cartographic Items from Daniel Crouch Rare Books

Daniel Crouch Rare Books, the London-based merchant of maps, atlases, and other high-end cartographic items, recently released their Catalogue IV. This is a thick, 127-page tall volume offering jus...

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Selvaggio138

World's Fairs from Mark Selvaggio Books & Ephemera

Mark Selvaggio, Books & Ephemera, is offering a catalogue of shorter form material relating to a very specific type of event – World's Fairs & Expositions. These are mainly printed pieces you would...

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Aforum111

Twenty-Five Books and Other Important Works on Paper from Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books

The Antiquariat Forum and Asher Rare Books have issued their Catalogue 111, Twenty-Five Autographs, Drawings, Manuscripts, Printed Books, and Views. It is always a tip off that the items will be sp...

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Karmiole33

A New Miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, has issued a New Miscellany #33. Karmiole’s catalogues truly are miscellanies, the material so varied it is hard to describe. There are ancient Latin treatises, often ...

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Raab71

Important Historical Material from the Raab Collection

The Raab Collection recently issued a new selection of historical material, Catalog 71. These are, for the most part, signed historical documents, though there are a few not amenable to such a desc...

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Cummins111

Bible, Early Books, and Fine Bindings from James Cummins Bookseller

In the Beginning... James Cummins Bookseller has issued Catalogue 111. Bible, Early Books, & Fine Bindings. These are works overwhelmingly with a theological bent. With a concentration on very earl...

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Banzhafny2012

Antiquariats Banzhaf and Kuhn at the New York Book Fair

Antiquariat Banzhaf and Antiquariat Michael Kuhn created a pocket catalogue for the recent ABAA Antiquarian Book Fair in New York. These booksellers traveled from Germany to New York to display the...

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Rootenbergny2012

Science, Americana, Literature and More from B & L Rootenberg

B & L Rootenberg Fine & Rare Books recently prepared A Selection of Books Exhibited at the International Antiquarian Book Fair New York. Their catalogue is divided into four sections, (1) Science, ...

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Pharringtonny2012

Spectacular Books for the Fair from Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington published a catalogue of Books Exhibited at New York Antiquarian Book Fair 2012. One hopes the London bookseller heavily insured this collection, as it is filled with some of the m...

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Baade412

Western Books from Gene W. Baade

Gene W. Baade Books on the West has put together a new catalogue of works on the American West. It is a mix of books old and recent, some collectible, some for reading, on a variety of subjects rel...

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Macmanus408-1

The Civil War from the George S. MacManus Company

The George S. MacManus Company has begun publishing a new series of catalogues on America’s Civil War. The Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, bookseller issued a series of catalogues on America’s epic strugg...

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Bestebreurtje54

Africa from Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books

Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books has issued a new collection, titled List 54: Africa. This is Africa primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries, and Africa as seen through the eyes of Europeans. T...

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Reese291

The United States Navy from the William Reese Company

The William Reese Company has now issued their 291st catalogue, this one entitled The United States Navy. Most items do pertain to the nation's seagoing military forces, though a few items stray to...

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Heald05-12

Highly Important American Maps and Atlases from Donald Heald Rare Books

Donald Heald Rare Books has published a catalogue of Highly Important Maps and Atlases. These are, as the title says, highly important, almost all either focused on, or containing significant mater...

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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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