Rare Book Monthly Articles - December - 2020 Issue

For those who collect on faith: How values change

Those who collect, collect on faith.  We accept we’re paying up and hope time confirms our enthusiasms and heal our overpayments.  So be it.  It’s such a pleasing field.  I recently re-read Scribner’s 1947 Catalogue No. 135:  Rare Books in all fields of collecting.  We have many Scribner catalogues in Transactions+ because they have long been appreciated as gems of focus, selection and concision but this was a new one to me.  And then I thought I’d like to see how their offers have held up in the 73 years since they committed their thinking to print. And it was interesting.   These days a...

It all started with a Baedeker: Bernard Shapero's Life in Books

I was 13 years old and I finally went into Eric and Joan Stevens Bookshop, which I had cycled past many times on my way to the sweet shop. Wow, you can travel the world and not leave your bedroom; ...

The Kirkbride Caper

This recollection was written recently.  The author has been a book dealer in Philly so long 17 year locusts have thrice come by. A couple of months ago an old friend of mine sent me an article th...

Statue to Honor Feminist Writer Mary Wollstonecraft Proves Highly Controversial

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Ten years ago, a group of people organized a campaign to honor Mary Wollstonecraft with a statue on London's Newington Green. Wollstonecraft, the 18t...

How Big Is Your Book Collection? This Man Says His is 1.5 Million Books

So you think you have a large book collection? Anke Gowda probably doesn't think so. Gowda is a man from the Indian countryside who started collecting books as a young man. He is 72 now. As he expl...

Virtual Book Fairs Continue To Proliferate - ABAA And IOBA Hosted Online Events In November

As the pandemic spreads and live events shut down around the country, virtual book fairs (VBF) continue to expand. Last month Rare Book Hub covered online events presented by Marvin Getman. This mo...

Material that makes the heart flutter

For many years, as a book collector, I’ve read dealer catalogues, combed listing sites and walked the aisles of book fairs to find additions to my focuses. In that way I acquired hundreds, I suppos...

Arader Galleries announce an auction on December 5th: Classics of Pen, Brush and Press

Arader Galleries announces an important auction, Classics of Pen, Brush and Press on December 5th, 2020 including icons of natural history and cartography, beautiful examples of Audubon's Birds of ...

ILAB Webinar Invitation: Wrapping up 2020 - We did it! But how?

ILAB Booksellers meet again and look back at a year of challenges, innovation and newly found skills   In April earlier this year, ILAB invited to a webinar with booksellers from across the globe...

Now thru Dec. 17: Monticello, the Republic of Texas, and Marilyn Monroe stand out at One of a Kind Collectibles

Collectors of autographs and letters, you'll thank me later if you weren't already aware of this auction taking place... One of a Kind Collectibles’ sale this month brings 260 lots of interesting a...

Antoine Bret, or the Dream Life of Ninon de Lenclos

Ninon de Lenclos (1616-1706) represents the French liberated woman and the feminine “bel esprit”. She was a free thinker, and very modern in the way she lived her love and sex life and attracted re...

Jeschke Van Vliet Auctions Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Rare Books, Prints and Historical Photography Sale December 4

Jeschke Van Vliet Auctions of Berlin is celebrating a milestone, their 30th anniversary in the trade. They specialize in auctions of books, art, and related material. This auction is focused on old...

Another Library Plans Sale of a $13 Million Collection

Last month we wrote about the sale of a Shakespeare First Folio by Mills College of Oakland, California. They did so not to pare their collection, or update it with new material, but to raise cash ...

“Mission Impossible” Theft Books Returned to Joyous Owners

All but four of the books stolen in the $3 million “Mission Impossible” book theft have been returned to their rightful owners. Returned were 240 of the valuable books taken by thieves from a Londo...

Cowan's American Historical Ephemera and Photography Delivered on Nov. 19

Cowan’s American Historical Ephemera and Photography Auction Exceeds Presale Estimate by Nearly $300,000   93% of Lots Sell with Early Photography and Manuscript Archives in High Demand   CINCI...

School Sells Off Over $1 Million in Books from Its Library

Another institution has sold some of their old books, and as always, it causes some controversy, though not as much this time. The institution was the Rugby School, in Rugby, England. And yes, the ...

Owner of Stolen Comic Book Collection Takes No More Chances – Sold at Auction

There are many ways to dispose of a book collection, some good, some bad. Randy Lawrence has experienced both. He has seen his valuable comic book collection stolen, but then it was recovered and n...

Six New Catalogues Reviewed

This month we review six new dealer catalogues. Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller focuses on science, medicine, natural history, bibliography, bindings, and more. Zephyr Rare Used Books targets material...

Rare Book Monthly

  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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