Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2011 Issue

New Material from the Old West from Gene W. Baade

Baade411

Books West and more.

Gene W. Baade Books on the West just sent out their Catalogue 411, this time containing books on the American West and a few more. There are some items relating to the other side of the Mississippi. As Baade notes, most of the items pertain to "the now safe tensions, battles, scams, honest toil, human / natural interaction, & even literature that was daily fare in the Old West." It is better to read about the barrel of a gun then look down it. Here are a few samples from the newest stock being offered in this latest catalogue.

 

Item 117 is a scientific study of one of "the last ofs," The Medical History of Ishi, by Saxton Pope. Ishi was a member of the Yahi, a division of the Yana Indian tribe of California's Sacramento Valley. In the 19th century, the tribe, once several thousand strong, was virtually hunted down by the waves of settlers seeking their own fortunes and better lives. A massacre in 1865 left the tribe with only 30 members remaining, and at this point the survivors took to the hills, disappearing in the forests and rugged terrain, attempting to avoid annihilation. One by one they died off. By 1911, only Ishi, just six years old at the time of the massacre, was left. Finally, all alone, Ishi emerged. When he did, anthropologists took him to the University of California, both to study and protect him. He lived there until the man known as "the last of the wild Indians" died in 1916. This book about his medical history, including a postmortem examination, was published in 1920 and is quite scarce. The widow of the anthropologist most involved with Ishi published an account of Ishi's life some 40 years later that is more commonly found. Priced at $175.

 

Item 59 is a compilation of political speeches given by a most fascinating man, F. Augustus Heinze. Heinze was a New Yorker who went to the School of Mines at Columbia University and then west to find his fortune. He became one of the most noted "copper kings" in the mines of Butte, Montana. Competition was fierce, particularly with Amalgamated (now Anaconda). Heinze was known to bend the rules, hire lots of lawyers, maybe pay a few bribes, whatever was necessary to get ahead. Nonetheless, he was very popular with the miners. Heinze was able to garner political power, and friendly judges, by making himself popular with the workers. He instituted an eight-hour workday while his competitors demanded ten. When others cut wages, Heinze held his steady. Item 59 is Heinze's The Political Situation in Montana 1900-1902, privately printed in Butte in 1902. In it, he takes on Amalgamated and Standard Oil, enormously powerful New York trusts headed by Morgans and Rockefellers. Heinze was not afraid. He would later sell out his Butte mining interests when his opponents finally outmaneuvered him, become a financial operator in New York, return to the mines, and then be forced out of the company by its shareholders. He died in 1914 at the age of 44, likely from the affects of too much drinking. $200.

 

Not sure whether this one pertains to the land west of the Mississippi or east of the Mississippi. In a sense it is both. Item 23 is Riding the Wildman Plains:  The Letters and Diaries of Tom Cole 1923-1943, published in 1993. Cole was a cattleman, drover, horse breaker, buffalo and crocodile hunter. Yes, crocodile hunter, which explains the unexpected location of this tale. Cole was born in England, but migrated to Australia at the age of 17. Along with his exciting activities, Cole wrote several books about Australia and New Guinea. While this book covers the first 20 years that Cole wrote letters back to England after arriving in Australia, he continued to write almost until his death in 1995. This book covers the earlier years of his life in Australia's outback a couple of generations ago. It is a place that made the American West look like populous civilization. $27.50.

 

This was the American West in the days before expansion into the Louisiana Territory moved the boundary westward. Item 104 is the Gogebic Range Directory 1938. Some of you, I'll bet most, don't know where the Gogebic Range is. The answer is that this directory covers Gogebic and parts of surrounding counties. For those still unsure, Gogebic County is the westernmost county in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. The largest city is Ironwood, but it is hardly a metropolis. Not many people live there, despite the beautiful scenery around Lake Superior. Even with its limited population, a rather extensive directory was put together in 1938, and it includes much about its towns, businesses, residents, and government. It also contains numerous local ads. $200.

 

Gene W. Baade Books on the West may be reached at 425-271-6481 or bookwest@q.com. The website is www.booksonthewest.com.

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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.
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    <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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