Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2011 Issue

Antiquarian Catalogues from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books

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A small catalogue of catalogues.

Here we have a new catalogue that is certainly atypical for the genre. It wouldn't quite qualify for status as a miniature book, but it is the smallest we have seen in eight years of reviewing booksellers' printed selections, roughly 5" x 5". Variety is the spice of cataloguing. It comes from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, and it is titled Catalogs. Art, Books & Museums. It consists of 15 numbered selections and two unnumbered assemblies of catalogues, and as the title says, they are catalogues of artworks, books and museums. Some are auction catalogues, others simply presentations of collections. Of the auction catalogues, most have prices added by hand. Their dates range from the 17th through the 19th century. These are quite old for auctions and catalogued collections. As one would expect for such older catalogues, they are European in origin, even if McKittrick is located just outside of the city where America declared its independence from the Old World - Philadelphia. Here are some of the items McKittrick is offering in what could fairly be described as a "catalogue of catalogues."

Item 6 is a very early and important catalogue, Bibliotheca Telleriana, published in 1693. It is a catalogue of the library of Charles Maurice Le Tellier, Archbishop of Rheims. Le Tellier's father had served King Louis XIV, but Charles chose an ecclesiastic route. Nonetheless, he was supportive of the state in various disputes with the Church, evidently enabling him to earn the support of the state while remaining in the good graces of the Church. As Le Tellier traveled around Europe, he collected books, very many of them, and the best editions available. Eventually, rather than selling his collection, Le Tellier decided to give it to the library of Sainte-Geneviève, a Parisian abbey even then well over a millennium old. His collection more than doubled the size of the ancient library. Due to the extensiveness and importance of Le Tellier's collection, his catalogue was long used as a bibliography. Offered is a first and only edition of this important presentation. Priced at $8,800.

Item 1 is the Catalogue Des Livres (Catalogue of Books) of Joseph Antoine Crozat, Marquis of Thugny. Crozat obtained his fortune the old-fashioned way - he inherited it. His father and uncle, born of a peasant family, became enormously wealthy merchants. His father found favor in the court of King Louis XIV, and at one time he had exclusive trade rights in Louisiana (one of the few things he did not make money from). Joseph Antoine held various government posts, though it appears his primary avocation was collecting things with the money provided by his father and uncle. While this catalogue of the auction of his books contains 7,000 titles, his major collections were of paintings, engraved stones, and other works of art. Crozat died in 1751, and his books were put up for auction through this catalogue in the same year. Prices have been added by hand. Joseph Antoine, having no children, left much of the remainder of his collection to his brother, and through the latter's will, much of those proceeds were used to benefit the poor of Paris. $5,500.

One of the collections of catalogues offered consists of 20 auction catalogues from Brussels, dated 1754-1770. Sixteen are dated 1760-1765. These are primarily art catalogues, with over 14,000 lots offered. Nine are devoted to paintings, seven to prints, and there is one of books. Five have price annotations in contemporary manuscript. $18,000.

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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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