Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2011 Issue

Iberian and Latin American Works from Paul Orssich

Orssich72

Paul Orssich's 72nd catalogue.

Paul Orssich has released Catalogo 72. Orssich is the London bookseller who specializes in Iberian material, along with works pertaining to the Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the New World. While the material pertains to Spain and Portugal, much of it is written in English, and some in French, as well as the Iberian languages. The catalogue itself is primarily in Spanish. While Portugal, being much smaller than Spain, and having but one American colony (Brazil), often seems like an afterthought in Iberian and South American catalogues, we find a good selection of books pertaining to this nation that was once a major force in global exploration. Here are a few examples of material to be found.

 

Item 120 is an interesting, contemporary look at the Caliphate of Cordoba. It was, naturally, printed much later as the Caliphate existed five centuries before printing. The title is Historia de los Jueces de Cordoba por Aljoxani. Author El Joxani writes about leading figures and social life in Cordoba during the 10th century. This period was the height of Moorish Spain. The Moors had gained control of the area during the 8th century, but the pinnacle of their rule came during the period of the Caliphate, beginning in 929 when the Emir of Cordoba, Abd-ar-Rahman III, declared himself Caliph (a caliph is a descendant of Muhammad, thus a more prestigious title). At this point the Muslim Moors from North Africa controlled all but the farthest northern part of the Iberian Peninsula, still ruled by scattered Christian tribes. It was a period of prosperity and power for the government in Cordoba. However, after the death of the second Caliph in 976, the Caliphate began a process of disintegration, with it coming to an end in 1031. This would be followed by a slow retreat by the Moors until they were finally pushed out of Iberia entirely by Ferdinand and Isabella in the late 15th century. This account is limited to the Caliphate's best of times, as its author died in 971 while it was at its peak. Offered is the first Spanish translation of El Joxani's Arabic account published in 1914. Priced at £280 (British pounds, which translates to roughly $450 U.S. dollars).

 

Item 2 is an English tourist's look at Europe from the 19th century:  From the Pyrenees to the Channel in a Dogcart. Actually, the author, Mrs. C.E. Acland-Troyte, was not mushing her huskies through Europe. A horse pulled her dogcart. The book was published in 1887, so she could not have driven an automobile, and Mrs. Acland-Troyte wished to visit some out-of-the-way places not accessible by rail. According to a contemporary review in the Athenaeum, Mrs. Acland-Troyte "writes pleasantly," and "enjoyed her drive immensely," though it cautions that the book is "a great deal too lengthy," and contains "some pieces of distinct padding." Think of it as getting more for your money. £120 ($194).

 

Item 83 is one of the most thorough studies of the Portuguese people you will ever find:  Etnografia Portuguesa. This detailed study was published in five volumes from 1933-1967, making it difficult to find complete sets. Author Jose Leite de Vasconcellos believed that a people could best be understood by knowing their past. He thereby set about learning everything possible about Portugal's cultural history. As the size of this work attests, he learned a lot. £250 (US $404).

 

Item 76 is an account of the formation of Portugal's only colony in America - Brazil. While Portugal had but one colony, it should be noted that Brazil far outsizes any other country in South America. Even before the land was first claimed by Portugal, the Pope had set a demarcation line - Spain got everything to the west, Portugal to the east. As it turned out, only Brazil lay to the east, while many more lands were west. However, the Portuguese would succeed in expanding their territory by taking colonies from France and Britain, who ignored the Pope's assignment of territories in the New World. Portugal first claimed Brazil at the start of the 16th century, and remained in control until after the Napoleonic wars. The Portuguese monarchy set up shop in Brazil when forced to flee their homeland ahead of Napoleon's invaders. However, when the monarch returned after Napoleon was defeated, the Brazilian people grew restless of Portuguese control and by the 1820s, the colonial era was over. Item 76 is Historia da Colinizacao Portuguesa do Brasil, published in three volumes from 1921-1926. £180 ($291).

 

Paul Orssich can be reached at 020 7787 0030 (International 44 + 20 7787 0030) or paulo@orssich.com. Their website is www.orssich.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 Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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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