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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2010 Issue

Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts from Samuel Gedge Ltd.

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Catalogue VIII of antiquarian material from Samuel Gedge Ltd.


By Michael Stillman

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books has issued their Catalogue VIII. It contains no further title, which is understandable as there is a wide variety of material offered. There are not only books, but numerous ephemeral paper items, and a few not made from paper. The material can all be fairly described as "antiquarian," ranging from a century and a half to many centuries in age. A few manuscript items are even older than printing itself. Samuel Gedge offers a most fascinating assortment of material, primarily of British origin. Let's take a look.

Item 19 presents a reminder of a long ago medical "cure." It is a manuscript account of the number of persons "touched for the Evill" along with medals presented between January 1682 and July 1683. The number so touched was 4,566. In those days, it was believed that being touched by the King could cure one of the "King's Evill," a disease now known as scrofula (a form of tuberculosis that attacks the lymph nodes). This would have been one of the drawbacks of royalty - having to make physical contact with thousands of diseased persons. Nevertheless, King Charles II must have been sufficiently happy with his restoration to take on this responsibility toward his subjects. It is estimated that Charles "touched" 100,000 victims during his reign, with his most active day during this period being February 11, 1682, when he touched 379. Offered is a manuscript account by a Dr. Montagu Clerk of the Closet of people touched on each day, and of medals commemorating the touching they were given. Priced at £450 (approximately $662 in U.S. currency).

We don't know whether King James touched the sick, but he did sign passports. Here is proof. Item 60 is a passport for Sir John Vans of Barnbarroch, dated August 16, 1602. The Vans, or Vaus, or Vaux, were noble people from Scotland, Sir John's father having served as Ambassador to Denmark. It is unknown whether Sir John was on a mission for his King or simply on a visit, but whatever the reason, King James provided him with a passport good for seven years to visit various European lands, or wherever he might choose to go. Among the safeguards provided are that no other travelers or mariners transporting him shall accuse Sir John of criminal activities. This passport is signed by James as James VI rather than James I. At the time, he was simply King James VI of Scotland. The following year, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth, he would become James I of England. £4,000 (US $5,882).

Item 105 is a pamphlet from 1588 that was apparently meant to be frightening. It is titled Le vray discours de l'armee, que le Roy Catholique dom Philippe... It is a French translation of an accounting of the Spanish Armada, originally published in Spanish. It describes the name and type of each ship in the Armada, along with data on the size of their crew and weaponry. It was reputed to have been ordered printed by King Philip II to dishearten the English, its intended victim. As we know from the benefit of hindsight, the English were not frightened, and went on to thoroughly whip the Spanish Armada. £3,750 (US 5,512).

Item 5 is a 14th century document relating to the Church at Mende (southeast France). It is an uncommon type of document not just for its age (May 31, 1393) but because it comes from the Church at Avignon, under the rule of Antipope Clement VII, during the Western Schism. The schism arose after French Cardinals, under threat of mob violence in Rome, helped elect Pope Urban VI. They soon came to regret their move, as the new Pope came across as arrogant and subject to fits of temper. The French Cardinals thereby chose to revoke their vote, excommunicate Urban, and set up Clement VII as Pope in Avignon. It was during this period that the document here offered was created. The schism would continue until 1417, by which time there were three claimants to the position of Pope. A council was held, two resigned, and while Clement's successor refused to follow that lead, even the French government signed onto the arrangement and Church authority was for the most part restored to Rome. Since it was Urban, not Clement, who was elected by the traditional rules, the Church does not recognize Clement as a legitimate pope. £1,250 (US $1,839).

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  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman<br>Highly Important Printed and Manuscript Americana<br>April 13, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> The first book-form printing of the Declaration of Independence. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> (Paine, Thomas) <i>The American Crisis. Number I.</i> "These are the times that try men's souls." $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> First printing of the Treaty of Paris, with distinguished contemporary provenance. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Passion of American Collectors: Property of Barbara and Ira Lipman<br>Highly Important Printed and Manuscript Americana<br>April 13, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> Washington, George. Letter signed as first President-Elect. Washington prepares to embark "again on the ocean of publick affairs." $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> (Hamilton, Alexander). Manuscript document. The launch of one of the most consequential careers in American public life. $180,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> (Lexington & Concord). <i>A Bloody Butchery, by the British Troops…</i> $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Apr. 13:</b> (Yorktown Campaign—Jean-Nicolas Desandrouins). A Yorktown Campaign map from the personal archive of the Comte de Rochambeau. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <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.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <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.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Lyscosthenes, Conrad. <i>Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon,</i> Basilea: Henricus Petrus, c. 1557, first edition, folio. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Collection of Ethiopic Religious Texts, in Ge'ez , illuminated manuscripts on vellum, c. 1700-20th c. (5 pcs.) $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Augustinus, Aurelius Sanctus.<br><i>De Civitate Dei,</i> Venice: Bonetus Locatellus per Octavianus Scotus, 9 Febbraio, 1486, 4to. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Choiseul-Gouffier, Marie Gabriel Comte de. <i>Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece,</i> Paris, J.J. Blaise, 1782-1809-1822, first edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Rufinus, Tyrannius (c. 345-411). <i>Expositio in symbolum apostolorum,</i> [Cologne, Ulrich Zel, c. 1472], first edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Magnus, Albertus. <i>Summa de eucharistiae sacramento,</i> Ulm: Johann Zainer, 1474. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b><center>Neal Auction Company<br>Spring Estates 2021<br>April 16-18</b>
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Strabo. <i>Rerum geographicarum libri septemdecim. A Guilielmo Xylandro Augstano magna cura recogniti…,</i> Basel, Henricpetri, (August 1571). $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Riou, Stephen (1720-1780). <i>The Grecian Orders of Architecture. Delineated and Explained from the Antiquities of Athens,</i> London, 1768. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Mair, Paul Hektor. <i>Geschlechter Buch...der...Statt Augspurg,</i> Frankfurt am Maim, Sigmund Feyerabend, 1580. $1,800 to $2,500.
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    <b>Neal Auction Co., Apr. 16:</b> Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. <i>Columna Antoniniana Marci Aurelii Antonini Augusti rebus gestis insignis Germanis simul...,</i> Rome, [1672]. $1,000 to $1,500.
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  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
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    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
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