Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2013 Issue

38th Annual Book Sale at the C. H. Booth Library in Newtown Connecticut

African queens

The African Queen, a very rare book

This past December the citizens of Connecticut experienced the horrific outcome of a murderer methodically killing small children, their teachers and other adults in Newtown.  We are grown accustomed to random murders and mayhem but are almost always insulated from the reality that seeps antiseptically through the diodes and tubes of our televisions, computers and phones to inform and unsettle.  Newtown though is a familiar if distant place for other reasons, they the same Newtown that for 38 years, come summer, have provided an extraordinary book fair that although far away, for most seems in their tragedy and recovery united with us and we with them in our awareness and familiarity.   We have seen their faces and their mourning, and now in their resolute determination to move ahead we remember this is the same town and the same people we have for many years written about in AE Monthly in July.  Their book fair is a long-standing tradition and its July appearance evidence that the town and its citizens endure and recover.  Life goes on, if not with quite the light step of years past and we write about them once again, hoping for the best outcome.

Toni Earnshaw, the fair’s liaison to AE for many years mentioned, when asked how the community and the library are doing said, “We heal and the library has been playing a role.  The Booth, like all good libraries, comforts and inspires the community in good times and bad.  We’re getting through this and hope the book fair will do well again this year.  The library depends on us.”

As in past years more than a hundred thousand books, tapes, DVDs and CDs have been collected, and organized, the work of some fifty volunteers over the past dozen months, and will be offered during a five-day event to raise money for the C.H. Booth Library.  The fair could be called Promise Meets Reality because all items are initially attractively priced to entice interest [Day 1] Saturday July 13th when, for $5.00, you get the run of the place and first dibs on the more than 120,000 items up for sale. On Day 2 Sunday the 14th admission is free.  On Monday July 15th all that remains is half price and on Tuesday the 16th all material sold at the rate of $5.00 per full bag.  On Wednesday the 17th, the final half day all remaining material is free.   This ensures waves of interest each day, the crowds powered by the hamburgers and hotdogs over the weekend sold by the boy scouts to fund their projects from year to year.

As in past years John Renjilian is organizing the fair’s rare book room.  Here’s a list of some of the books that will be available:

Anon. Minstrelsy of the Woods. London: Harvey & Darton, 1832. 17 small (5 X 8) hand colored engravings of birds. Very good.  $95.00.

Bowen, Louise de Koven. Growing Up With a City. NY: Macmillan, 1926. Bowen worked at Hull House and various other social charities as well as the suffrage movement. Generic two-line inscription by the author on front endpaper. Very good in worn jacket. $45.00.

Christopher, Milbourne, comp. The Sphinx Golden Jubilee Book of Magic. NY: Sphinx, 1951. Seven-line inscription with drawing on front fly by John Mulholland. Spine very slightly faded. $25.00.

[Cronau, Rudolph?]. Woman Triumphant[:] The Story of Her Struggles for Freedom, Education and Political Rights. NY: Cronau, nd(c1919). Preface signed by Cronau. Front cover illustrated with paste-on of a presumably triumphant woman voting. Very good, probably not issued in jacket.  $30.00.

Edwards, William H. A Voyage Up the River Amazon, Including a Residence at Para. London: Murray, 1847. Murray’s Home and Colonial Library. First English edition, same year as American. Backstrip largely lacking, covers worn, scribbling on front endpage. As is. $100.00.

Forester, C S. The African Queen. Boston: Little Brown, 1935. First American edition. Very good; jacket with minor tears, lacking ½ X ½ inch at spine foot, tape stains inside.  $1,500.00.

Goodrich, Phineas G. History of Wayne County [PA]. Honesdale, PA: Haines & Beardsley, 1880. ½ X 1 inch lacking at head of spine, foot worn. $30.00.

Hallock, Julia Sherman. Broken Notes from a Gray Nunnery. Boston: Shepard, 1896. Fictionalized story of a Newtown farm through the 12 months. Covers a bit worn, especially at front corners. $15.00.

Makins, Clifford (text), and Frank Bellamy (art). The Happy Warrior; The Life Story of Sir Winston Churchill. London?: Hulton Press, nd(1958). Taken from the pages of Eagle weekly magazine for boys. Some photos, but largely (47 pages) in “picture-strip,” graphic-novel style. Illustrated covers. Some wear at head and foot of spine. $20.00.

 

Milosz, Czeslaw. The Land of Ulro. NY: Farrar Straus Giroux, nd(1984). First printing. Signed on front endpaper by Milosz. Fine with fine jacket. $50.00.

Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope. NY: Crown, nd(2006). First edition. Signed by the author on title page. Fine with fine jacket. $75.00.

O’Leary, Jeremiah. My Political Trial and Experiences. With a Biographical Sketch by Major Michael Kelly. NY: Jefferson, 1919. A vocal American of Irish descent who was imprisoned and accused of treason following the Easter Uprising in Ireland. He was later vindicated of all charges,  Spine lettering worn, minor cover wear. $45.00.

[Rosenberg, Ethel and Julius]. Memorial Meeting Wednesday, June 16, 1954 8:30 P.M. 516 Clinton Ave., Newark Dramatic Program  Speaker: David Alman. “Never let them change the truth of our innocence”  Ethel and Julius Rosenberg June 19, 1953 – June 19, 1954  Remember the Rosenbergs! Justuce for Morton Sobell! NY: National Committee to Secure Justice for Morton Sobell, (1954). Four-page leaflet with photo of the Salendre monument in Paris, 16-line poem by Ethel Rosenberg. Very good. $35.00.

Strutt, Joseph. Sports and Pastimes of the People of England. London: Tegg, 1845. New edition, with index by Hone. Half leather, spine slightly worn. $50.00.

[Verne, Jules] New York Weekly Magazine of Popular Literature, Science and Art, 26 January 1867 – 30 March 1867. A very early, probably first, English printing of Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon. Sadly lacking the issue of 16 March containing chapters 20-21 (never bound in), and pages 709-712, which would have completed chapter 3 (also never bound in). A rare railroad newsstand magazine. Lacking front cover and spine. With all faults. $250.00.

Wilde, Oscar. Salome. London: Lane, 1907. First edition with the 16 Aubrey Beardsley illustrations. Some foxing to endpapers, stock ex libris; Gilt cover by Beardsley slightly tarnished. $200.00.

The dates and hours of the fair are:

Saturday July 13, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  $5.- admission [18 and under free]

Sunday July 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Free admission

Monday July 15, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Free admission, all material half price

Tuesday July 16th, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Free admission,  $5.- per bag full

Wednesday July 17th, 9:00 am to Noon.  Free admission, everything left is free

For more information or to contact the Friends go to www.boothbooksale.org.

If you cannot come in person and wish to make a contribution toward the fair proceeds you can send a check to:

Friends of the C. H. Booth Library

25 Main Street

Newtown, Connecticut 06470

From year to year the fair earns about $100,000 and this year, as in past years, there are always more things to support than there are dollars to go around.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800

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