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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2011 Issue

New Arrivals at Between The Covers Rare Books

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New Arrivals from Between The Covers.

We recently received Catalog 170 of "new arrivals" from Between The Covers Rare Books. You will find a variety of material in this catalogue that makes it hard to characterize. However, the table of contents helps describe what is offered by breaking it into sections:  Literature and Miscellaneous Non-Fiction; Children's Books; Music; Mystery and Detective Fiction; Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; and Sports. Each item comes with both a description and four-color photograph. These catalogues are fun to read, the material most intriguing. Here are some samples.

 

It is hard to think of this title without picturing Audrey Hepburn, though she had nothing to do with the book. Item 19 is a first edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's, actually a novella combined with three short stories that appeared in 1958 under the "Tiffany's" name. It is signed by the author, a personality as distinct as Hepburn's, though for other reasons - Truman Capote. The novella would become the very successful movie of the same name with Hepburn starring as the lead character. Priced at $7,500.

 

Item 62 is a Kennedy family book that manages to turn a dictionary into a humorous title. It is a copy of the 1966 edition of The Random House Dictionary of the English Language. It is inscribed in that year by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to then New York Senator Robert Kennedy as follows:  "To Bobby who has never been at a loss for words, with best wishes on his birthday." This would have been gentle humor as McNamara was long a close ally of the Kennedys. Incidentally, this was the first book ever totally composed on a computer. $4,500.

 

Item 157 is a poignant reminder of the first (of many) Kennedy family tragedies, which leads us to wonder what might have been. It is a copy of a 1924 edition of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It contains the bookplate of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and has the juvenile signature, "Joe Kennedy." Joe Kennedy, Jr., was the first son of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, older brother of three of America's most noted political figures of the 20th century, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Edward Kennedy. His father, industrialist Joseph Kennedy, Sr., was determined to have his son one day be President, and young Joe was being groomed for the role. All evidence suggests he was well suited for a leadership role even among those in such a high-powered family. Unfortunately, Joe, Jr., was killed in an airplane explosion during World War II, and his father's ambitions to have a presidential son were transferred to Joe's younger brother, John F. Kennedy. Naturally, signatures of young Joe Kennedy are very uncommon. $8,500.


Andy Warhol's art brings many millions of dollars today, but here is a chance to pick up ten of the artist's signatures for a very small percentage of that sum. Item 137 is a set of volume 1, number 3, of Aspen:  The Magazine in a Box. Published in 1966, this "magazine" was an assortment of pieces held within a box. There's a tabloid newspaper, various ephemeral printed pieces, and a flexi-disk recording of the song Loop, by the Velvet Underground. It was the first commercially available recording by this enormously influential rock band. Among the contributors to this "magazine," besides Warhol and the Underground, were Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Timothy Leary. Ten of the pieces, including the recording, are signed by Warhol. $22,500.

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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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