Rare Book Monthly

Articles - July - 2014 Issue

39th Annual Newtown Book Sale July 12-16

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If it is July it is time for the annual Newtown, Connecticut book fair organized by the Friends of the C. H. Booth Library.  This event, which begins on Saturday July 12th, runs through the following Wednesday.  It is one of the largest book fairs outside of America’s major cities.  As in past years more than one hundred thousand items will be offered including, in addition to books, CDs, DVDs and LPs.  For the rare and collectible book acquirer there is a special section under the direction of John Renjillian who has for many years evaluated and supervised the annual cache of rare collectibles found among the generous donations the Friends of the library receive throughout the year.  Here are representative examples:

 

SELECT LIST OF ITEMS FROM THE SPECIALS ROOM, FRIENDS OF C H BOOTH JULY 12, 2014

 

[Bermuda] Residence in Bermuda. Np, Bermuda Trade Development Board, 1936. #535 of 2,000 copies. Large folio.  Slight wear at spine head and foot, generally very good.   $50.00.

 

Berzelius, J J. The Use of the Blowpipe in Chemistry and Mineralogy. Boston: Ticknor, 1845. Four folding plates at rear, publisher’s one page catalog. Small chips at spine head and foot, corners slightly worn, rear upper corner slightly bumped.  $75.00.

 

Carey, H C. The Slave Trade , Domestic and Foreign. Phila: Norton, 1859. 3rd edition. Owner’s inscription dated 1871. Backstrip slightly faded, otherwise very good.  $75.00.

 

Chojinacki, Stanislaw. Ethiopian Icons. Milan: Skira, 2000. Fine in fine jacket.   $250.00.

 

[Cookery] Boston Cooking-School Magazine, volume 11, 1906-7, through volume 18, 1913-14; later, American Cookery, volume 19, 1914-15, volume 22, 1919-20, through volume 30, 1925-26. Together 18 volumes, bound uniformly in brown half leather with the exception of the owner’s initial at spine foot changing from SNS to TCL between volumes 22 and 23. Ex Normal School library, occasional scuffs but generally very good.  An exceptional run.   $500.00.

 

[Crowley, Aleister] Liber CCCXXIII The Book of Lies. L: Wieland, 1913. Errrata slip, page 61. Very good. $600.00.  

 

Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Annual Catalogue. Two issues, 1853-4 (Nothrampton: Hopkins Bridgman, 1854), 1860-1 ( Springfield: Bowles, 1861). Each with minor soiling, edge wear. $15.00 each.

 

______. Historical Sketch of Mount Holyoke Seminary. Springfield: Bryan, printers, 1876. Minor edgewear, dog ears.   $15.00.

 

[Nautical] Ships’ ledgers. Record of accounts between John Fletcher and various vessels, including the ship American (1839, Charleston, Mobile,Halifax, Mater Is), ship Spring (1840, Liverpool, 1841, Rio de Janeiro), bark Moro (1842), and ship Sarah & Arsilea (1842, Rotterdam). Covers wages, pilotage, customs and other harbor fees, supplies, cargo, services (“paid the painter’s bill”, “paid for compressing cotton”, “paid for getting a man into the hospital”), repairs, and many other entries. Approximately 13 double-sided leaves of entries, some with colorful scraps pasted over. The remainder of the book has no entries and has been entirely pasted over with scraps. Some water staining, occasional leaves excised, binding weak, backstrip lacking.   $125.00.

 

Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged. NY: Random, nd(1957). Stated first printing. Slightly dulled, front hinge beginning to crack, no jacket.  $50.00.

 

Savary, John. Poems of Expansion. NY: Neeley, nd (1898). Wear at edges and corners. Pictorial cover with crossed US and Cuban flags.  $95.00.

 

Steere, R[euben] A[llen] [1838-1915]. Sketch of the Life, Personal Appearance, Character and Manners of Col. R. A. Steere and Wife Including the history of Their Travels, Courtship and Marriage. Danielsville, CT: Scofield for the author, 1883. 20 pp. One copy on Worldcat (Cleveland Health Science Library). Promotional booklet for the Steeres. Steere and his wife, Rebecca Ann Myers Steere, claimed to be “the two smallest married people in the world.” Some staining, worn, front wrap almost detached. As is, $250.00.  

 

[Theater] Books from the library of Glenn Close. The highlight is Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues NY: Villard, nd (1998). Stated first edition. Six line inscription “To Glenn / a magnificent artist . . .”. Together with an interesting pictorial notecard with a twelve line inscription from Ensler, “dearest Glenn – To The queen of vagina land”, signed Eve with a most touching ending. Soft cover, fine. Together with: Nicholas Gage, Hellas A Portrait of Greece, NY, Villard, 1987, 7 line inscription to Close by Gage, 14 March 1995, fine with fine jacket; Ray C Anderson, Mid-Course Correction, Atlanta, Peregrinzilla Pr, 1998, 5 line inscription to Close by Anderson, 17 January 2000, soft cover, fine; Artes An International Reader of Literature Art and Music, NY, Echo Pr, 1994, with a generic letter to reviewers and a personal letter from the editors to Close pointing out an essay by Erland Josephson speaking “quite warmly of you and your work”, soft cover, fine; Wendy B Smith, Youth Leaving Foster Care, NY, Oxford UP, 2011, fine with fine jacket. Together, five books with additions.  $500.00.

 

Trail, Mrs. The Backwoods of Canada: Being Letters from the Wife of an Imigrant [sic] Officer. London: Nattali & Bond, nd. Rear hinge, backstrip quite worn. Early owner’s name, P Pinkerton lay.   $150.00.

 

Vera, Andre. Les Jardins. Paris: MiLe-Paul, 1919. #23 of 300 copies. Original soft binding, worn, unopened.  $100.00.

 

Days, Hours and Offers:

 

Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm         Prices as marked

Sunday 9:00 to 5:00 pm                  Prices as marked

Monday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm                       Half Price

Tuesday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm          Books by the bag – $5.00

Wednesday 9:00 to Noon                All remaining material – free to a good home

 

Admission on Saturday July 12th is $5.00.  All other days are free.

 

Admission to the Rare Book Room and first admissions to the entire fair is established by ticket number.  Tickets for Saturday go on sale at 7:00 am.  A line forms earlier.

 

Refreshments are available.

 

Driving Directions to the Book Fair

 

The Friends of the C.H. Booth Annual Book Sale is held at the Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane, Newtown, CT. Once you reach Newtown, keep your eyes open for "BOOK SALE" signs directing you to the school parking areas.

From Hartford, Eastern Connecticut, Central Massachusetts, Boston and Beyond

Depending on your initial location, take the Mass Turnpike (I-90), I-91, Route 9 (Connecticut), or Route 2 (Connecticut) to I-84 West. Take Exit 11 in Connecticut and make a left turn at the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp. At the next traffic light (approximately 1 mile), make a right turn into the school parking areas.

 

From Western Connecticut, Eastern New York State, Metropolitan New York City and Beyond

Depending on your initial location, take the New York Thruway (I-87), the Taconic State Parkway, I-684, or Route 7 (Connecticut) to I-84 East. Take Exit 11 in Connecticut and make a left turn at the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp. At the next traffic light (approximately 1 mile), make a right turn into the school parking areas.

 

From Mid- and Southern Connecticut, and Rhode Island

Depending on your initial location, take the New England Thruway (I-95) to Exit 27A, Route 25 North (Connecticut) or the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway to Exit 49, Route 25 North. Take Route 25 north through Trumbull and Monroe into Newtown, following the "BOOK SALE" signs. At Wasserman Way (approximately 4 miles from the town line,) make a right turn at the traffic light at Wasserman Way. At the next traffic light (approximately 1 mile), make a left turn into the school parking areas.

 

From New Haven and environs

Take Route 34 North across the Stevenson Dam and into the Sandy Hook section of Newtown. At the traffic light right after the I-84 underpass, make a left turn. Proceed straight (past the exit ramp to I-84 and traffic light). At the next traffic light (approximately 1 mile), make a right turn into the school parking areas.

 

Please note that there is no bus or rail service to Newtown, Connecticut.

 

Here is a link to the event website

 

www.boothbooksale.org

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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
  • <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.

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