Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2010 Issue

Film, Literature and Mystery from James Pepper Rare Books

Pepper193

The latest collection from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has just come out with their Catalogue 193. Pepper's catalogues are issued almost monthly, and the type of material offered - literature, film related, and mystery - is a constant. Only the titles change. Here are a few selections from this latest catalogue.

Item 80 is an obscure and sometimes overlooked item for Sinclair Lewis collections. The reason it can be overlooked is the author was Albert Payson Terhune, not Lewis. It is a Civil War novel entitled Dad, published in 1914. Terhune was a journalist and prolific writer, and later would become best known for dog books and being a breeder of collies. However, despite his ability to write many books, he was running behind deadline with this one, so he called on Sinclair Lewis to help him out with a few chapters. Lewis wrote chapters 21-23. If you are wondering how a lesser-known writer such as Terhune was able to secure the assistance of a giant like Lewis, in 1914, Terhune was the better known writer. Lewis had just published his second book that year, and would not have significant commercial success until 1920. In 1914, he was helping other writers on the side to earn enough money to get by. Priced at $5,000.

Item 81 is another unattributed Lewis book, Tennis As I Play It, by Maurice E. McLoughlin, published in 1915. McLoughlin, the "California Comet," was the top-rated tennis player of 1914, known for his hard serves and aggressive style of play. However, he was evidently not a great writer, so Lewis was called in to ghostwrite his story. This book is not as pricey as the Terhune volume as, because it carried McLoughlin's name, it was a better seller, resulting in more copies being printed. $450.

Next we have an artist's book from one of today's notable bibliophiles. Yoko Ono was the talk of the recent ABAA Book Fair in New York, her presence probably the most discussed occurrence at the show. Of course, she is known to millions if not billions of people worldwide as the wife of John Lennon, the famed musician and member of the Beatles. Perhaps we will never be able to evaluate her art on its own right because of the enormous fame she received by being John Lennon's wife. Item 99 is Pennyviews, a fine press book of her artwork printed on two types of Japanese paper in 1995. It is a limited edition signed work, just 125 copies being produced. $650.

You generally don't need to know French to read Orson Welles, but every rule has its exception. Item 133 is Une Grosse Legume, literally "a big vegetable," colloquially a "big shot." It is the story of a small country in the midst of competition between communists and capitalists, and Coke and Pepsi. I can't tell you much more as my French is not good enough to understand a book very well, and this one was never published in English. It was to be a screenplay, but the project was shelved. However, Maurice Bessy translated Welles' work into French and it was published in Paris in 1953. This copy is warmly inscribed by Welles to legendary New York Post theater and gossip columnist Leonard Lyons. $3,000.

So what ever happened to Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, those icons of your youth? Well, the inevitable - they got old. Item 36 is an ink and pencil drawing by Disney animation artist Jack Kinney, from 1988. The illustration was created for Kenney's book Walt Disney and Other Characters, but never used. In it, Donald Duck is wearing thick glasses and using a walker, Goofy is limping and using a hearing device while saying "Eh," (implying he is either deaf or a Canadian), while a wobbly Pluto, trying to catch his breath, goes "Puff, Puff." $250.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

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  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
  • <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
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    <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.
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    <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.
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  • <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.
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    <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.
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    <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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