Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2011 Issue

16th-19th Century Works from Librairie Thomas-Scheler

Antiquarian books from Librarie Thomas-Scheler.

Bernard and Stephane Clavreuil of Librairie Thomas-Scheler of Paris have just issued a new catalogue:  Livres Ancien du XVI au XIX siecle (Antiquarian Books of the 16th-19th century). As would be expected of such a title, the catalogue is primarily in French. This is true of many, though not all of the books. Older titles, in particular, are often in Latin, and there are a few in other languages, including English. Various subjects are covered by the 70 books offered herein, from science to literature, medicine, art, travel, and more. The common theme is that these are notable works from long to very long ago. Here are a few of them.

 

Item 14 is one of the scientific works of the 16th century Italian mathematician/physician/scientist Girolamo Cardano:  De Subtilitate. This is a first edition, published in 1550. Cardano was a man of many skills, solving mathematical equations, designing mechanical devices such as the combination lock, and making scientific discoveries. He also dabbled in the occult and alchemy, but this was the 16th century, when belief in such things was practically universal. Among the scientific observations Cardano makes in this book is the difference between the attractive power of rubbed amber (static electricity) and lodestone (magnetic), that natural law could be determined through observation and experiment (something of a radical idea in these rationalist times), and a pre-evolutionary belief in the progressive development of creation. His father was a friend of da Vinci, who may have provided some inspiration for Cardano's learning. Priced at €30,000 (euros, or approximately $41,065 in U.S. dollars).

 

Tobacco didn't always have a bad press. Centuries ago, it was looked on as something of a cure-all for all sorts of diseases, rather than a cause for them as we now know today. Item 53 is Traicte du Tabac, ou Nicotiane… by Johann Neander. This is a first French edition, published in 1626. It was originally published in 1622 under the title Tabacologia. Neander promoted tobacco not as a stimulant, but as a medicine. This book is noted for containing the earliest illustrations of American natives cultivating the plant. €4,500 (US $6,168).

 

Item 24 was one of the more popular, scandalous French novels of the 19th century, though not as well known as some others of its genre today. The book's title is Fanny, and its author Ernest Feydeau. It rivaled Madame Bovary for popularity at the time. It was Feydeau's first novel, a tale of adultery and jealousy, but he was never able to improve upon his work in subsequent novels, perhaps accounting for his popularity declining over time. €1,200 (US $1,647).

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  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
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    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.

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