Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2011 Issue

Manuscripts from Simon Beattie and Justin Croft

Manuscripts.

Simon Beattie and Justin Croft have issued a catalogue of More Manuscripts. It is not hard to figure out what you will find here. Most manuscripts were created in the 17th or 18th century, though they do extend to centuries both before and after. Many are original items, though some are hand copies of others. Many contain primarily text, but some include drawings, calligraphy, and several feature musical notation. Topics range from music to science, politics, poetry, military, religion, or just lettering. In other words, there is a variety of material here, with created by hand being the common thread. Here are a few examples.

Item 9 is a student drawing book with over 30 sketches by Florence Chaplin and her fellow student, Ernest Shepard. The two attended the Royal Academy together, and their friendship obviously developed into something more, as they married a few years after this circa 1900 book was filled. It begins with numerous sketches by Chaplin, but later adds those of Shepard, including several sketches and a finished watercolor he drew of Florence. The pair earned several Academy prizes at the turn of the century, and by 1904, were married. Shepard served in the First World War, and there are some manuscript leaves from this time by him inserted at its end. After the war, Shepard found employment with Punch magazine, and the fact that Florence was the founder's granddaughter couldn't have hurt. It was there that he made the connection from which he is best known. He became friends with A.A. Milne, who chose Shepard to illustrate his Pooh books. His illustrations, under the moniker E.H. Shepard, are almost as well known as the writing itself. Florence died during the run of Pooh books, succumbing during a routine operation in 1927, though Ernest lived until 1976. Priced at £2,000 (British pounds or approximately $3,153 in U.S. Currency).

Item 30 is a household book for the residence of the Sun King of France, Louis XIV. It is from 1693, and there was a famine across the land that year, but fortunately, Louis and his entourage were not affected. This book describes many of the meals served, and there were plentiful quantities of beef, veal, mutton, game and fish, along with bread, fruit, vegetables, and of course (this is France), wine. Many of the accounts show the quantity and cost of the various provisions, as well as allocations and distributions of gifts to members of the household. There is also information about the personal expenses of Louis' son, “Le Grand Dauphin” Louis. King Louis evidently prospered under this diet as he ruled for 72 years, longer than any other European monarch, and was succeeded by his great grandson, having outlived both his son and grandson. £2,500 (US $3,943).

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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.

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