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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2011 Issue

New Acquisitions at Peter Harrington

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Catalogue 178 from Peter Harrington.

The bookselling firm of Peter Harrington has published their Catalogue 78. The common thread among items in this catalogue is not topic nor even that they are books (though most are). It is that they are recent acquisitions. Harrington offers a broad range of material, notable for its importance and condition. Subjects, however, can vary from novels to historical works to children's books, art and more. Here are a few samples from this latest issue.

We will start with the data. The interpretation came later. Item 43 is the Journal of researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S. Beagle…1832-1836, published in 1839. This is a presentation of the natural history of southern South America and area islands by the Beagle's naturalist Charles Darwin. It was originally one volume of a four-volume account of the Beagle's expedition presented by Captain Robert FitzRoy. However, Darwin's volume was of greater interest to many readers, so it was then published separately, making this a first edition and first separate issue of Darwin's first book. It would be from the data that he garnered on this journey that Darwin would develop his theory of evolution over the next two decades, regarded by many as the most important scientific finding of the 19th century. Priced at £8,500 (British pounds, or roughly $13,358 U.S. Dollars).

Some writers are prolific with their signatures during their lives, but none was more prolific at signing books after his death than Mark Twain. Well, perhaps that's not entirely accurate, but several Twain books published after his death came with his signature. Give Twain credit for preparing for all contingencies, including his own demise. In 1906, in preparation for a complete collected edition of his works, Twain sat down and signed his name to just over 1,000 leaves to be included in this work. He signed them both with his penname, Mark Twain, and actual name, S.L. Clemens. However, the project became delayed for many years. Twain died in 1910, but the 37-volume set of his collected works was not published until 1922. Fortunately, the publisher kept the signed leaves in storage all of those years, so when the set finally was published, they included Twain's signatures, clear as life. Item 31 is a signed complete set of The Complete Writings. £8,750 (US $13,732).

On March 7, 1950, Jack Kerouac wrote this letter to his fellow writer and friend from his younger days in Lowell, Massachusetts, Ian MacDonald. Among his comments, Kerouac writes, "Your notes concerning my book were most heartening…but I want to write a better one next." Indeed he did. Kerouac had just published his first book, but he was then working on his second, the one for which he would always be known - On The Road. He would finish that book the following year, though it would take until 1957 before he finally got it published. Item 92 is Kerouac's letter. £3,000 (US $4,712).

Punch must be the longest running, most popular humor magazine ever published. With the full name of Punch or the London Charivari (named after a French publication), it began in 1841, and quickly became known for its cartoons. Its circulation grew for a hundred years; its readers included many of the greatest names in politics and literature. The circulation finally began to wane after the Second World War, and it closed in 1992, after a 150-year run. For those who love Punch, item 132 is your gift - a complete run, 300 volumes bound in 214, from 1841-1992 (not including the brief re-launch from 1996-2002). £6,000 (US $9,421).

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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 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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