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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2004 Issue

Books About Books and Bibliographies<br>From Oak Knoll Books

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Oak Knoll Books' Catalogue 256


By Michael Stillman

Oak Knoll Books
, the "books about books" specialist, has recently issued its 256th catalogue. This one is divided into two sections, books about books, and bibliography and reference material. Most of these books are targeted to very specific niches, but there are also some with broader appeal. Here are just a few examples.

Americans are generally only familiar with the American Revolution from one point of view, that of the colonists, but there was another side. Here is the British view from a 1976 exhibition at the (British) National Maritime Museum. The exhibition was called 1776, the British Story of the American Revolution. This book provides an overview of the ideas and battles which were contested, and describes 595 items from the exhibit. Item 9. Priced at $20.

Item 305 is a Washington Irving first edition some Irving collectors may have overlooked. It is unusual since this first edition was printed in 1934, about a century later than most Washington Irving firsts. This is called simply Journal, 1803, and it was taken from a manuscript then in the possession of Mrs. Sheldon Tilney of New York City. It was printed by the Oxford University Press. $55.

Item 220 is a collection of articles on forgery. Entitled Forged Documents, Proceedings of the 1989 Houston Conference, Texas was the perfect setting for such a meeting. Forgeries and stolen books have been a particular problem in the Lone Star State. This book contains 13 articles and 4 discussions on the impact of forgeries on collectors, booksellers, and libraries. $45.

Speaking of forgeries and other nefarious behavior, Item 613 is D.F. Foxon's Thomas J. Wise and the Pre-restoration Drama, a Study in Theft and Sophistication. Wise is well-known for his forgeries, but what is not as well remembered is that he was also a thief. He stole leaves from books in the British Museum to complete volumes missing a page or two in his possession, books he later sold to unsuspecting collectors. $35. Item 614 is Wilfred Partington's Thomas J. Wise in the Original Cloth. This 1946 first edition was the first biographical study of Mr. Wise. There's a note which indicates it originally came from the University of Texas Library in Austin, but we will presume it was removed in the proper manner. $75. To learn more about Wise and a bibliography of Wiseana, see the following article from the August 2004 edition of AE Monthly: www.americanaexchange.com/aemonthly/exhibition_detail.asp?eid=176

For those interested in American libraries at the nation's 100th birthday, item 350 is a circa 1971 reprint of the 1876 Public Libraries in the United States: Their History, Condition, and Management. This three-volume set covered every type of library in existence, from schools, colleges, and law to prisons and reformatories. $125.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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