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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2011 Issue

The Americas from Helen R. Kahn and Associates

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The Americas from Helen R. Kahn.

Helen R. Kahn and Associates has issued a catalogue, number 80 so far, devoted to The Americas. While all of the Americas are considered, the books mostly concern North America, with a few related to the West Indies and South America. As a Canadian bookseller, there are more titles in French than one might typically expect to see for a catalogue of the Americas, but most books were written in English. Titles are mostly quite old, with many emanating from the U.S. and Canada's colonial past. These are a few examples.

 

How much a few years can change things. Item 35 is A Sermon Preached before His Excellency Thomas Pownall… by Samuel Cooper, from 1759. Cooper extols the Massachusetts men who fought in Canada during the French and Indian War, and lauds British power and culture over that of its vanquished rival France. The clock would be running on Cooper's love of the British. In time he would become one of the great proponents of the American Revolution, and associate of Massachusetts patriots such as Hancock and the Adamses. Priced at $700.

 

Item 133 is a similarly ironic piece:  Four Dissertations, on the Reciprocal Advantages of a Perpetual Union between Great Britain and her American Colonies. Relations were already becoming strained at the time these pieces were written - 1766 - but few would have foreseen the break that would come a decade later at that time. These writers would change their minds as well. One, Francis Hopkinson, became a signer of the Declaration of Independence, two others actively involved in the revolution. $2,500.

 

For an understanding of this dramatic change by the colonists, especially in Massachusetts, item 58 is a bound collection of five Intolerable Acts from 1774. Of course by 1774, the Stamp Act and other indignities had already driven the colonists to the brink of revolution. Taxation without representation had led to the Boston Tea Party by that time. Rather than looking for a way to smooth over the conflicts, the British came down hard on the citizens of Massachusetts. The first four of these acts punished Bostonians by closing the Port of Boston until the East India Company was paid for the spilled tea, changed the colony's royal charter, required citizens to quarter British troops, and gave accused colonial officials the right to have their trials held in England. The fifth sounded much more liberal - it provided for freedom of religion and restored French civil law in Quebec as well as extending its boundaries. However, this graciousness to French Canadians was seen as a slap in the face of the British colonists, rather than newfound sympathy for the ethnic French of Quebec. The British attempt to put down recalcitrant colonists ended up only fanning the flames of revolution. 18,500.

 

Here is an unusual piece. Item 1 is a personal album of pressed Flowers of Colorado, created in 1877. The creator used an album produced by Marcus Ward & Co. of London and Belfast to press specimens of flowers and trees into the book's 50 leaves. The plants displayed are native to Colorado. $400.

Item 10 provides a look at the Louisiana Purchase from the French side, with an important bit of geographical history. The title is Histoire de la Lousiane et la Cession de cette Colonie par la France aux Etats-Unis... or History of Louisiana and the cession of that colony by France to the United States. The author is Francois de Barbe-Marbois, who helped negotiate the sale on the part of France. A most notable point in his book is the statement that the Louisiana Territory ended at the 110th meridian, which would place the boundary in the Rocky Mountains. America would use the purchase to claim land rights all the way to the Pacific coast. $1,500.

 

Helen R. Kahn and Associates may be reached at 514-844-5344 or hrk@hrkahnbooks.com. The website is www.hrkahnbooks.com.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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