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Articles - November - 2019 Issue

Sometimes Worlds Converge

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Kevin Kelly, Candidate

Kevin Kelly, an ABAA dealer and resident of New Paltz, New York is someone I’ve known for many years.  I grew up in New Paltz and was first introduced to book collecting there by Bill Heidgerd in the 1950’s.  In time, having moved away, I became a serious book collector.   Kevin fifteen years ago was a rare book dealer in New York City and I saw him at shows from time to time.  Then I learned he was moving upstate, to New Paltz, after which we have regularly exchanged notes on our different perceptions of the place.

 

Recently learning that he’s a candidate for Justice of the Peace in New Paltz I offered to write a letter to the editor on his behalf to the New Paltz Times, a very good country weekly, that my family competed with under a series of changing names for more than fifty years.  Today the Times continues while the five newspapers my family published were dispersed years ago.

 

So, I don’t have a stake in the game but I do have some perspective.

 

Most often, when book dealers and the law are mentioned in the same sentence, it’s because a bookdealer has been sentenced but, truth be told, most dealers are hardworking, fair, and generous.  They are also invariably intelligent.

 

Kevin falls into the hardworking, fair, generous and intelligent category and he’s now looking at dividing his time between major book fairs and presiding on the bench in New Paltz.  If elected, he’ll do a very good job.

 

If you would like to support his candidacy with your own letter it should be emailed to the New Paltz Times at newpaltztimes@ulsterpublishing.com

 

Here’s mine.

 

To The New Paltz Times

 

Letter to the Editor

 

I’m writing on behalf of Kevin Kelly, candidate for Town Justice of New Paltz and who is on the ballot in November on the Green Party ticket.  I grew up in New Paltz some years ago, now live in San Francisco, and occasionally return to New Paltz to caucus with family and friends to remember the years growing up while marveling that the small 1950’s town we knew then has grown into a complex intersection of history and future.  If I’m part of its past, Kevin is part of its future.

 

With his aspirations he brings a keen mind that has been sharpened by decades in the rare book trade yet manages to be young enough to have a 25 year career in public service ahead.  While our times in New Paltz did not intersect, I have come to know Kevin through our connections to the book trade.  To be a successful Justice requires intelligence and a firm hand.  He’ll have both but, more than any other characteristic, he’ll bring balance.  We all in time stand before judges.  What you want is fairness and my experience suggests that in voting for him you are voting for a competent and impartial Judge.

 

 

Bruce McKinney

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 54. Fanciful engraving of earth's interior with magma core and errupting volcanoes (1682). $1500 to $1800.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 743. A cornerstone piece in the mapping of Australia and New Zealand (1726) Est. $6000 - $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.

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