Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2008 Issue

<i>In The News:</i> Ebay Thief Sentenced, Two Exhibitions, Abe's Top 10


If this is not enough for the child in you, get on I-95 and ease on down the road to Philadelphia. There, the Rosenbach Museum and Library has totally updated its exhibition of the work of children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Though the exhibition opened during the spring, the Rosenbach recently replaced all of the items on display. In other words, if you have already seen the exhibition, you haven't. There are all new wild things there now. Among the items newly on display are original watercolors for Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, a typed manuscript for the first work Sendak wrote, Kenny's Window from 1956, an early sketch he drew for Ruth Krauss' A Hole is to Dig (1952), and an original drawing for Where the Wild Things Are which was never published. The Sendak exhibition at the Rosenbach will continue until May 3, 2009, with another rotation of items on display scheduled for January. Numerous special events are planned along the way.

AbeBooks has released a list of the ten most expensive books sold on their site during the month of August. While we do not know how many books Abe sells per month, it is in the hundreds of thousands, so these are certainly the cream of a large crop. Here they are:

9 (tie). Excavations at Olynthus Vols 1-11, by David Robinson, a complete set detailing artifacts from 4th and 5th century Greece. $4,500.

9 (tie). Destiny and Control in Human Systems: Studies in the Interactive Connectedness of Time, by Charles Muses. I will not even attempt to describe, nor understand, this esoteric work concerning time. $4,500.

8. Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands, by Mrs. Francis Isabella Sinclair, containing 44 plates of watercolors by artist Sinclair. $4,661.

7. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway, a 1938 reprint inscribed by the author "To Lisa and Henry." Lisa Molony's mother instructed Hemingway in the Basque language. $5,000.

6. An autographed letter from New Zealand short story writer Katherine Mansfield, written four months prior to her death in 1923 from tuberculosis. $5,414.

5. The Philosophical Transactions and Collections to the End of the Year 1700 (-1744), an abridged edition edited by John Lowthorp et al. The first three volumes go up to the year 1700, while numbers 8 and 9 update through 1744. $6,500.

4. Physiologie du Gout, by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. This 1826 French text is not about the painful foot disease, but about good food, "gout" meaning "taste" in French. $7,021.

3. Another copy of Ernest Hemingway's Men Without Women, this time a first American edition from 1927, with the first state dust jacket and an inlaid slip of paper inscribed by Hemingway to Marian Spies. One suspects women could have done without Hemingway. $8,000.

2. Biblia Latina Cum Postillis Nicolai De Lyra et Additionibus Pauli Burgensis, by Anton Koberger. This is the third volume of a monumental 1497 bible from the Nuremberg printer. $8,500.

1. L'Abou Naddara, Journal Arabe Illustre (1878-1884), by James Sanua. This is a set of journals published by the Egyptian Sanua (aka Yaqub Sanu and "Abou Naddara" - Father Spectacles). They were published from Paris as these political and revolutionary journals were suppressed in Egypt. $13,000.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother (horizontal),</i> silver print, 1936. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Group of 32 WWII-era identification badges for manufacturing & military-related companies, 1940-50s. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Julia Margaret Cameron, <i>Alfred, Lord Tennyson,</i> albumen print, 1869. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Arnold Genthe, <i>Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt,</i> silver print, circa 1908. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Edward Curtis, <I>Oasis in the Badlands,</I> toned platinum print, 1905. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Francis Frith, three volumes, approximately 140 photographs, 1860-70s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Eugène Atget, <i>20 Photographs,</i> gold-toned silver prints by Berenice Abbott, 1898-1927. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Neil Leifer, <i>Muhammad Ali,</i> chromogenic print, 1965. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b><br>A group of approximately 50 Photomatic selfies of the same man taken over a period of time, 1940s. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). <i>The Pastures of Heaven.</i> New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). <i>Tender is the Night.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STOKER, Bram (1847-1912). <i>Dracula.</i> Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> GOLDING, William (1911-1993). <i>Lord of the Flies.</i> London: Faber and Faber, 1954. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> SALINGER, J. D. (1919-2010). The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). <i>The Torrents of Spring.</i> New York: Scribner's, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HUXLEY, Aldous (1894-1963). <i>Brave New World.</i> London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> WELLS, H.G. <i>The Time Machine, an Invention.</i> New York: Henry Holt, 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> DAHL, Roald (1916-1990). <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HERBERT, Frank (1920-1986). Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> KESEY, Ken (1935-2001). <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.</i> New York: The Viking Press, 1962. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr. (1922-2007). <i>Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade.</i> New York: Seymour Lawrence Delacorte Press, 1969. $2,000 to $3,000.

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