Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2017 Issue

13 New Catalogues Reviewed This Month


13 New Catalogues Reviewed This Month.

For December, we have 13 new bookseller catalogues to review. Perhaps in keeping with the season, gift-giving for friends and family with varied tastes, we have a few more catalogues with a variety of offerings than usual. You can call them a variety or a miscellany, but what you can't easily do is categorize them. Falling into this group are the latest collections from Raptis Rare Books, Honey & Wax Booksellers, Whitmore Rare Books, and Respess Rare Books. Perhaps they lean somewhat to what we might expect, literature from Whitmore, well-known classics from Raptis, the artistic and eclectic from Honey & Wax, but there is too much outside of what we might expect to try to define this group.


As for the others, Lorne Bair Rare Books focuses on material related to radical causes. Less political, but often appealing to a similar audience, Brian Cassidy Bookseller offers countercultural material, along with some that's more plain cultural. Even less political, but artistic and beautiful, are the works offered by The Veatchs Arts of the Book. Shapero Rare Books crosses cultures with this one, entitled "Polyglossia," which refers to multiple languages.


Langdon Manor Books features American personal narratives. The William Reese Company focuses on the "Best of the West," the American West, that is. Not so of Hordern House, which has a catalogue simply titled "Australia." Peter Harrington covers them all with a catalogue of travel books. Finally, Aleph-Bet Books has items that no one can resist – a selection of children's books and ephemera.


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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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