Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2011 Issue

Rare and Colorful Books from the Arader Galleries

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Some books for springtime.

The Arader Galleries is offering A Selection of Rare Books Spring 2011. There is a touch of spring in the works presented. Many of the items are color-plate books of flowering plants and birds, a sure sign that spring is coming. Others can be a bit darker, such as one of the more brutally honest looks at slavery by a Dutchman hired to help put down a slave rebellion. His account played an important role in turning public opinion against the awful practice. You will also find some major travel books in this catalogue from the Age of Exploration. Perhaps these too can be looked at as springtime books as they also represent new beginnings. The Arader Galleries are known for offering works of art as well as text, so books they offer usually come with illustrations that are bordering on works of art themselves. Here are some samples of the books offered by the Arader Galleries.

 

If bright colors and birds are a sure sign of spring, what could better combine these than a book about parrots? Actually, this one is about lories, which author St. George Jackson Mivart describes as "a very attractive group of small birds." Lories are colorful members of the parrot family that inhabit Australia and various South Pacific islands and parts of southeast Asia. Mivart's book is entitled A Monograph of the Lories, or Brush-Tongued Parrots, composing the Family Loriidae, published in 1896. It contains 61 hand-colored lithographs by the noted illustrator of birds Johann Keulemans. Keulemans' talent at creating scientifically accurate depictions of birds resulted in his illustrations being used in many ornithological works during the latter part of the 19th century. Author Mivart was an important biologist of the time, a man whose attempts to reconcile Darwin's theory of natural selection with his own Catholic faith ended up leading to major schisms with both. Priced at $24,000.

 

A list of the most important voyages of discovery would certainly include the three of Capt. James Cook. The first voyage was undertaken primarily to view the transit of Venus, which would help scientists discover the distance of the sun from the Earth. However, many more discoveries were made along the way, including the first mapping of the entire coast of New Zealand. The second voyage was perhaps the most important as Cook disproved the commonly held belief that there was a massive continent to the south. Cook sailed deeply into waters where such a continent was supposed to exist. The third voyage took Cook to the west coast of North America as well as discovering Hawaii. Part of the aim was to find a northwest passage. While that goal proved elusive, much was learned about the area from today's Pacific Northwest through Alaska. The Arader Galleries is offering a complete set of the official accounts of all three voyages, in first editions, ranging from 1773-1784. There are a total of ten volumes, eight of text plus two atlases. $74,000.

 

Next is an 1813 second edition (after the first of 1796) of one of the most influential depictions of slavery in the New World, John Stedman's Narrative of a five years' expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam… Stedman, deeply in debt after the death of his father, signed on with Dutch forces to put down a slave rebellion in Surinam. This book is his account of the five years he spent there. It covers much about the land in great detail, including the operations of society, his interactions with various social classes from slaves up to the Governor, and the flora and fauna of the countryside. However, it was his account of slavery that gathered most of the attention. Stedman filled his role in helping to put down the rebellion, and was not an abolitionist, seeing slavery as something of a necessity. Nonetheless, he was horrified by the treatment of the slaves, which he vividly describes, including the brutality and torture used against them. His account, plus the illustrations of torture scenes he provided, would have a strong impact on people back in Europe, many of whom would see in this a call to put an end to slavery. There are 81 plates and maps in the book, including 16 of the finest engravings created by William Blake. $6,400.

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  • <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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