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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2011 Issue

Rare Books, Atlases, Manuscripts, Etc. from Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books

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Books, atlases, manuscripts and more.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books have offered a catalogue of Rare and Important Atlases, Autographs, Books, Drawings and Manuscripts. We are a little behind in receiving this catalogue from the Netherlands, but that only serves to make the antiquarian works a few months older. Offered is a variety of material hard to pigeonhole, but certainly an interesting mix of significant material. Despite the location of the booksellers, there is material appropriate for not only European collections, but those of America, both north and south, Australia, and there are a few items from the Orient. Now, here are some samples from this catalogue.

 

Item 15 presents a look at Louisiana shortly before the Louisiana Purchase: Vue de la Colonie Espagnole du Mississipi, ou des Provinces de Louisiane et Floride Occidentale, En l'annee 1802. The work has been attributed to Pierre Louis Berquin-Duvallon, about whom not much is known. He had been a planter in Santo Domingo who was forced to flee during the Haitian slave revolt. He went to Baltimore, and then on to New Orleans, still a Spanish possession at the time. He stayed there from 1799-1802, a year before the Purchase. Streeter describes the work as "an entertaining and gossipy first-hand picture of life in New Orleans." However, the author also describes the natural features and commerce of Louisiana and West Florida, and included two maps, one that shows the Mississippi and goes as far north as the Great Lakes. Priced at 3,950 (euros, or about $5,657 in U.S. currency).

 

Item 54 was a massive, 20-year undertaking, the greatest of encyclopedias - Denis Diderot's great Encyclopedie. While Diderot provided much of the material for this work of science, arts and letters, he called on many of the great names of 18th century France to contribute sections. It contains 71,818 entries from more than 200 great minds of the era. There are over 22,000 pages, 2,796 engraved plates. This set includes the Supplement and Analytic Tables. While primarily an accounting of then modern civilization, the democratic ideals espoused by the Encyclopedie would prove to be an inspiration for the later French Revolution. €75,000 (US $106,259).

 

By the time this book was published in 1806, Sweden's glory years as a military leader were almost a century past, but at one time, the now peaceful Scandinavian nation was a major European military power. Item 217 is a book of engravings by Anders Skjoldebrand of century and one-half year old drawings and paintings by Count Erik Dahlberg and Johann Lembke from Sweden's war in 1655-58 against Poland and Denmark, under the leadership of King Charles X Gustav. The war was something of a standoff, though Sweden had to match up against several nations and their allies. The Swedish were incessantly at war at the time, much like the British and French, and frequently expanded their holdings to neighboring lands. It would not be until the early 18th century that Peter the Great would defeat the Swedes and permanently remove them from the list of major military powers. €5,500 (US $7,825).

There was great inhumanity by man towards man centuries ago, even more than there is today. Yet always, there were voices that spoke out, against the odds, for standards that would one day come to be expected. Item 182 is Two Voyages to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, with a description of the present condition of that interesting colony: including facts and observations relative to the state and management of convicts of both sexes. Author Thomas Reid served as the surgeon on two British "transportation" voyages to Australia. At the turn of the 19th century, England was shipping many convicts off to Australia as a way to be rid of them. Conditions on the ships were abominable, and life not all that much better after they arrived in the new colony. Reid traveled on two transportations, one for men, one for women, and wrote about the deplorable conditions the convicts were forced to endure. His book was published in 1822. €1,250 (US $1,755).

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  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <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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