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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2012 Issue

Rare Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

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Rare Americana from David Lesser

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued catalogue No. 122 of Rare Americana. Lesser specializes in pamphlets and other shorter forms of paper, such as manuscript ledgers, diaries, and similar material. It is overwhelmingly 18th and 19th century in origin, and as might be expected of pamphlets, the printed items tend to deal with the issues of the day. However, you will also find an occasional book in here, though you won't find much in the way of fiction, or at least not intentionally so. Here are a few items from this latest catalogue, which includes many new acquisitions by the Connecticut bookseller.

With the all-important South Carolina primary coming up soon, it is instructive to look back at past elections in the Palmetto State. Not everyone always thought them to be honest. Item 134 comes from the Union Republican party in 1880: The Election of 1880 in South Carolina... Detailing the Frauds, Violence and Intimidation, by which South Carolina was Carried for Hancock. Winfield Scott Hancock was the Democratic nominee. The Republicans charged his party with ballot stuffing, ballot destruction, fraud and voter intimidation, among other questionable practices. Many Republicans, they claimed, were “assaulted and badly beaten,” some were “pursued with dogs, and only escaped by taking the swamp and swimming the creek near by.” As to why the Democrats would have spent so much energy on voter fraud in what was probably the safest state in the Union for the party is unclear. Perhaps the margin was so great because of the fraud? Hancock carried the state by an almost 2-1 margin, greater than in any other state, but it didn't make any difference. While Hancock carried every state in the South, and the popular vote was virtually evenly split, Republican James Garfield carried almost every state in the North, and their greater electoral votes, to easily sweep to victory. $250.

It wasn't just Democrats and Republicans who battled each other during the 19th century. In the 1820s, it was the Methodists vs. the Presbyterians in Virginia. Item 142 is a Review of the Controversy Between the Methodists and Presbyterians in Central Virginia, published in 1829. According to the author, the Presbyterians showed “patient endurance” against the Methodists' “battering machinery.” “The Methodists are accustomed to assail and to misrepresent the doctrine of God's Decree, including the Decree of Election.” I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the author was a Presbyterian. $500.

Epic poems don't have quite the following they once had, and Thomas Hedges Genin is a name few remember. Genin was a lawyer and active abolitionist in antebellum America. Genin provided us a poetic look at Napoleon's campaigns in The Napolead, in Twelve Books, published in 1833. This is all bound in one volume so don't worry about it taking up too much shelf space. Item 57. $175.

Poems about Napoleon aren't of much practical use, but here is a description of a product that many would use today were it still available: A Treatise on the Hair. Published by R.P. Hall & Co. Proprietors of Hall's Vegetable Sicilian Hair Renewer... Reuben Hall's 1866 pamphlet touts his “entirely new scientific discovery,” “scientific” evidently having a different meaning back then. Hall's hair restorer both promoted the growth of hair and the restoration of its natural color. He claimed to have obtained the formula from a poor Italian sailor, as if anyone who actually discovered a cure for baldness would be poor for long. Item 63. $175.

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  • <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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