Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2011 Issue

Part II of the William Boeing Library from Restoration Books

Kentfjord

Rockwell Kent's Sermilik Fjord.

The next item relates to Boeing's other major pre-aircraft business – lumber: Redwood and Lumbering in California Forests with Illustrations, from Edgar Cherry & Co. This book was meant to show incredulous folks back east the astronomical size of these massive trees. It was also intended to describe how trees so large were harvested and, naturally enough, promote use of the wood. Each copy of this book contained 24 photographs, but the photos and their order was never identical, so each copy is unique. It was published in 1884, and Boeing would later own stands in these redwood forests. $11,500.

Next is an item that relates to perhaps the most unpleasant incident in Boeing's career, the eventual break up of his company into three: Testimony of William E. Boeing. Hearings Before the Special Committee on Investigation of Air Mail and Ocean Mail Contracts. The year was 1934, and the hearing later led to the dismantling of his airplane conglomerate. Boeing, in his testimony, noted that his firm carried 45% of air mail poundage but received 36% of revenues, which he said showed “...we are carrying air mail cheaper than others.” It was to no avail. The company was broken apart and Boeing responded by divesting himself of his stock in the company, though he would return to assist the company as it ramped up for the Second World War.

This book displays a somewhat surprising friendship, that of Bertha Potter Boeing and Rockwell Kent. Kent was an artist, writer, printmaker, and far left radical in his politics. Mrs. Boeing, obviously enough, was the wife of a very successful businessman. We do not know how the two became acquainted or why they were friendly, but this copy of Kent's N By E is “Inscribed to Mrs. Boeing by her friend Rockwell Kent, 1930.” Kent has added a pen and ink sketch of a mountain range with a fir tree in front. The book is about Kent's journey to Greenland and the sinking of the boat that took him there. $950.


Also by Kent in the collection is a lithographic print of Sermilik Fjord (1931). Kent stayed on in Greenland despite the isolation and boredom of life in the cold, sparsely populated land. Kent's drawing shows the icebergs around the fjord, his tent, and a small delegation of natives who dropped by for a visit. It was a friendly meeting though Kent could not understand a word they said. $2,100.

One of William Boeing's activities at Aldarra Farms was cattle breeding and raising. He brought in a herd of Herefords, and had plans to breed the best, but died unexpectedly in 1956 before advancing very far with his plans. Here is the auction catalogue for the W.E. Boeing Estate Registered Hereford Dispersion on April 12, 1958.


This is a play that more than any other belonged in the Boeing library, though it would not have arrived until after William Boeing's passing. Perhaps Bertha got a laugh. It is the 1960s play (later movie) Boeing Boeing. It is the story of a Parisian male who balances his romantic interests with three of what were then called airline stewardesses. Since the three are constantly flying the world, he has their flight schedules perfectly balanced so that no two are in Paris at the same time. With the help of a housekeeper who rotates the photographs and furnishings in his apartment for the appropriate girlfriend, he is able to pull this off, until Boeing produces a faster airplane that throws the timing off. Now, the ladies have more time in Paris and their schedules begin to overlap. $25.

For questions about the items or to obtain a catalogue, you should contact Joseph Baillargeon of Restoration Books at 206-322-8852 or jcb@restorationbooks.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. The Rocky Mountains. Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1866. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in English]. <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English.</i> Rheims, 1582. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in Latin]. <i>Biblia latina.</i> Venice: Franz Renner of Hailbrun [Heilbrunn], 1483. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Autograph letter signed ("P. B. S."), to Charles Ollier. Florence, Italy, 15 December 1819. “MY PROMETHEUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER WROTE.” $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> RAMSAY, David (1749-1815). <i>The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina…</i> Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BINDINGS]. MUIR, John (1838-1914). <i>The Writings of John Muir.</i> Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1924. 10 vols. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [CHICAGO] -- <i>Park & Guide Map of Chicago.</i> Chicago: Jas. Van Vechten, 1873. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [ALLEN PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). <i>Romeo and Juliet.</i> Greenbrae: Allen Press, 1988. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BEMELMANS, Ludwig (1898-1962). Pencil drawing on paper. 247 x 198 mm, sight, matted and framed. Showing a child shooting at a baby's balloon. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [LOGAN ELM PRESS]. HARVEY, Rebecca. <i>Any Number of Things.</i> Ohio State University, 2013. Single sheet paper scroll. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BINYON, Laurence (1869-1943). A small archive of letters and pamphlets. $200 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Daniel Giraud Elliot. <i>A Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,</i> 1870-1872, coloured plates. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Georg Braun und Franz Hogenberg. <i>Civitates orbis terrarum.</i> Cologne, 1597-c.1606, 5 volumes, hand-coloured, calf. £140,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Qianren Huang. "Blue Map" of China. [Daoguang, 19th century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> 1595. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Maxime Du Camp. <i>Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins Photographiques.</i> Paris, 1852. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>China, Canton School. A superb album of 141 watercolours, c.1800. £70,000 to £100,000.

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