Rare Book Monthly Articles - September - 2018 Issue

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Michael R. Thompson [1940-2018]

Michael Thompson was a bookseller, rising through the chances and opportunities that life provided, to ply the trade for essentially his entire life.  He was bookman of the old school.
 
The road to perdition and ruin was discovered early, when he was a graduate student at the University of Texas and met Jake Zeitlin, then a bookseller, publisher, collector, poet and intellectual in Los Angeles.  Michael was already a bookseller but unschooled and unseasoned.  One thing led to another and Mr. Thompson was hired by Mr. Zeitlin where he did yeoman service and learned the...

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ABAA Calls For Help Locating Material Taken from the Carnegie Library

The ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America) has issued a call to the public to help locate books missing from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. Recently, the Carnegie Library's rar...

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Saturday Morning on Mainline Television

On a recent Saturday, flipping through the now hundreds of TV channels looking for something worth watching I chanced across the future of important rare and collectible paper auctions.  There...

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LiveAuctioneers Rapid Growth - A Sign of the Times

LiveAuctioneers reported record sales and substantial growth during the first half of 2018. LiveAuctioneers conducts online bidding for almost 5,000 auction houses, galleries, and dealers in the fi...

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J.G. Stedman - All isn’t so well that ends even worse...

In 1772, John Gabriel Stedman, a young and “romantic” English soldier, embarked for the New World to fight against the “revolted Negroes” of Surinam. The narrative of this e...

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Texas Man Charged in $100,000 Comic Book Theft

A Texas man has been arrested on two counts of burglary of a habitation for stealing comic books, along with a couple of rugs and other things. Marcus Alan Benner, 41, was charged with taking the c...

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Oak Knoll Fest October 5 -7

Oak Knoll Fest XX is scheduled for October 5th – October 7th, 2018.  The theme this year is “Bringing it on Home” in which printers, booksellers, and collectors discuss that ...

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Boxborough Paper Town Set for September 15

Always a collector's favorite, Boxborough Paper Town will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Subtitled "The Vintage Paper, Book & Advertising Collectibles Show," you will find all sorts o...

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The San Francisco Map Fair: September 21 – 23, 2018

The San Francisco Map Fair will take place in the Lodge at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter Street, in San Francisco, California.
 
The San Francisco Map Fair is sponsored by the History...

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The Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair, September 8-9

You know summer is almost over if the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair is about to happen.  It is, in keeping with the name, in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, at 72 Noble St...

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Sep. 12: Dominic Winter Auctioneers' 30th Anniversary sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts

This month, UK-based auction house Dominic Winter Auctioneers is celebrating its 30thanniversary with 180 lots of Fine Books & Manuscripts organized under six headings: earl...

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Now thru Sep. 12: Early hand colored maps, atlases and more at Old World Auctions

Old World Auctions, the online-only auction house specializing in maps and cartography since 1977, is currently hosting its 169thauction comprising 823 lots of antique maps, plans, charts, globes, ...

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Ever Wondered Where English Law Comes From? This Book Provides the Answer

For those with an interest in learning from whence came English law, The Lawbook Exchange has published a paperback edition of a book that takes us back to the days when people used words like "whe...

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Three Catalogues Reviewed This Month

With summer winding down, many people have been off on vacation, and not too many booksellers are sending catalogues to people who aren't there. The result is we have only three new catalogues to r...

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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