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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2011 Issue

Arts of the Book from the Veatchs

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The latest from the Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has published their latest selection:  Catalogue 69. It features fine printing and binding, type specimens, and many other items relating to printing, fine and private presses in particular. There are also numerous works relating to papermaking, several with samples. The Veatchs offers works for those who see printed material as more than just vehicles to transmit information, but as works of art as well. Indeed, they are "arts of the book." Here are few from this latest presentation.

 

Item 72 is a work the Veatchs describe as "the first great technical work on papermaking." The title of this 1761 pioneering French work is Art de Faire le Papier. It is a thorough study of papermaking techniques, little changed at the time since before the invention of printing, by Jerome de Lalande. It describes the different processes for making paper and their costs. However, the author was not a papermaker, and his reputation has little to do with paper or printing. He was a scientist, an astronomer in particular. He corrected some of Edmond Halley's works, and was a leader in the study of the two transits of Venus that occurred during the late 18th century, which helped to determine the size of the solar system (viewing the 1769 transit was the primary purpose of James Cook's first voyage). He apparently was also the first to view Neptune, but attributed its planetary movement to an observation error rather than realizing it was a planet. Priced at $3,600.

 

Item 115 is a work important for reasons that go beyond even the store of information contained within its pages:  The History of Printing in America. With a Biography of Printers and an Account of Newspapers. This was the first history of American printing. Published in 1810, it was written by the noted Revolutionary Era printer Isaiah Thomas of Worcester, Massachusetts. It is on the list of the Grolier Club One Hundred Influential American Books, noted for containing much material that "can be found nowhere else." Thomas was also a great collector of American works, though he really was more preserver than collector. Preparing this history spurred him to obtain material for his collection, which he bequeathed to an organization he was instrumental in founding, the American Antiquarian Society. That society to this day holds the greatest collection of American printed works up to the post-Civil War period. $1,400.

 

Item 57 came off of one of the presses of the greatest 19th century American producer of printing presses. It is an in-house work, so to speak, by R. Hoe and Sons. The Hoe family is noted for the development of high-speed presses during the 19th century, but the firm started with a different product line, which continued even as the press business became huge. Item 57 is a broadside for R. Hoe & Co. Cast Steel Saws. It was printed by a Hoe press in the 1860s, at which point Hoe was better known for the rapid presses that allowed for the printing of newspapers in large volume. The third generation of the Hoe family, Robert Hoe III, became one of America's greatest book collectors, and the auction after his death in 1909 was, at the time, the largest book auction in terms of value ever in American history. Interestingly, the printing press business came to an end after the firm's bankruptcy in the 1970s, but the saw business continues as Pacific/Hoe Saw and Knife, which makes, among its products, saws used in paper manufacture. $800.

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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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