Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2010 Issue

Important Works from Peter Harrington


One of Ansel Adams' Sierra Nevada photographs.

Item 12 is a first edition, first printing of Ansel Adams' Sierra Nevada. The John Muir Trail. This collection of photographs was published in 1938, by which time Adams' reputation was already well established. This was part of a signed, limited edition, which was additionally inscribed by Adams in 1941. £6,000 (US $9,573).

Item 148 includes two first edition, first impressions from children's author Beatrix Potter. One is The Tailor of Gloucester, published in 1902, the other Peter Rabbit's Almanac for 1929. Both contain inscriptions to Ms. Potter's friend Marian Perry. Additionally, there is a letter from Ms. Potter to Perry, written on July 3, 1939, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. She writes to her friend in America about various items of personal interest, but, describing Hitler as "that homicidal monster," states, "There is no doubt he intends to take Dantzig. Whether his cleverness and Mr Chamberlain's 'caution' will enable the Poles to be snuffed out without a general conflagration remains to be seen." It did not. £15,000 (US $23,934).

Peter Harrington Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at +44 (0)20 7591 0220 or mail@peterharringtonbooks.co.uk. Their website is www.peterharringtonbooks.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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