Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2003 Issue

An Addict Is Born: AE Database Dabbler To Immersed Wants List Junkie In Less Than 10 Easy Steps

AE DatabaseMidland Notes 72-520


By Abby Tallmer

As readers of AEM may remember from last month’s issue, I, like others on the AE staff, am participating in a project called The Collaborative Project (or TCP for short) which involves us each choosing a topic of our choice to research on the AE Database and carrying that research through to its logical conclusion by either “buying” the books on internet bookbuying sites or obtaining reading copies of them from libraries and the like.

My topic of choice was and is anti-slavery materials printed in the 19th century and either written by, or addressed to, a female audience. My interest in this topic might, to some, take some explaining. Yes, I am a 21st century Caucasian woman. However, I have had a longstanding academic, intellectual, and personal curiosity both about 19th century women’s studies and about African-American studies (not necessarily in that order) and I wanted to pick a topic that would bring these two often overlapping worlds together. In particular, I have always been unable to fathom how women could have cooperated with the institution of slavery (as many did, of course) and I have always admired all of those, female and male, who fought to overcome it– but I admit a special curiosity about the women, black and white, who were brave enough to resist the this vile system. Finally, this specific topic is one that I have done a bit of research and minor collecting on already, thus insuring that I wouldn’t “go in cold” to a topic about which I knew nothing.

When we last ended off I had been using what to me is a crazy, antiquated system of checking the AE Database search by search and then cutting and pasting the “matches” into a word document, which I then planned to weed for duplications. And as I recall, I had a 150-odd page Microsoft word document of “matches” to be weeded against each other for duplications. I also still had many remaining “Keyword Searches" to perform as well as a remaining list of some 30 to 50 names which had come up in “matches” but which I had yet to check further.

Well, that was back in my 19th century!

Since then, we staffers at AE have been treated to our own private versions of the new AE “Wants List” Software. And a treat it is! This new “Wants List” Software has made just about everything I did last month, except the brainwork and the bibliographic research culled from reading the bibliographic records, obsolete. No longer am I working with a 150-plus page Microsoft Word document that holds all my “cut and paste” records and my notes about what to do next.

Now, I simply perform searches, and using the “Wants List” Software technology I am able to save my “matches” onto what is called a “Provisional List.”

There are many huge bonuses to AE’s “Wants List” Software. Because I have been busy editing this magazine and have not used it to its fullest potential, I can only name the advantages I have come across so far.

Rare Book Monthly

  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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