Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2012 Issue

More from the Book Arts from the Veatchs

The 71st catalogue from The Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has issued a new catalogue, Catalogue 71 for the Northampton, Massachusetts, bookseller. The Veatchs are focused on books as works of art, which includes such fields as private presses, fine binding, highest quality printing and paper, and similar attributes. The subtitle of this catalogue explains what is offered with more precision: Recent Acquisitions including Binding, Exotic Types, Color Printing, Fine Press Books, Decorated Papers, The Pennyroyal Press, Stamperia del Santuccio.

Pennyroyal is the press of artist and illustrator Barry Moser. One of the greatest illustrators of his generation, Moser set up Pennyroyal to print artistic books featuring his illustrations. Forty years after its founding, the work continues, and Moser's name is certainly legendary in the field. However, I will have to admit to being stumped by Stamperia del Santuccio. Stamperia del Santuccio was the name for the press of Victor Hammer. Hammer was born in Austria, and as a young man his interests were in architecture and art. At the age of 40, he moved to Italy, where he began designing type and opened his press (hence its Italian name). In the 1930s, he returned to Austria to teach, but after the Nazis took over, he moved to America. He taught at Wells College in upstate New York, but reaching retirement age, he accepted an artist-in-residence position at Transylvania College in Kentucky. He reestablished his Stamperia del Santuccio, explaining why it has a second life of books published in America, and he remarried Carolyn Reading (Hammer) of the Anvil Press. Now, with that brief explanation, we will move on to the catalogue.

Item 110 is one of those pieces from Stamperia del Santuccio's second incarnation: Some Fragments for C.R.H. (Carolyn Reading Hammer), published in Lexington, Kentucky. It is an account written by Victor Hammer of his early life and career in Europe, and set by Hammer in his type. Published in 1967, and printed by Carolyn Hammer, it was Victor's last book. He died a short time later. Priced at $750.

From the previously mentioned Pennyroyal Press, item 89 is their edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Barry Moser undertook several major printing projects between 1982 and 1985, his version of the Wizard being the last in this sequence. He has used different colors for running titles, opening initials, and page numbers to show the evolution of the storyline. They move from blue to green to red and finally grey as the story returns to Kansas. This copy comes with a laid-in pencil sketch of the Scarecrow. $3,500.

Item 6 takes us back earlier, to the Ashendene Press of Charles Henry St. John Hornby. This private press operated from 1895-1935 in Chelsea, England, averaging a book a year. This book was published in 1903, though it dates back over four centuries earlier: The Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle (they liked to use more Y's back then). This came from a book supposedly written by Dame Juliana Berners, supposedly born around the late 14th century. We use a lot of “supposedlys” here as no one is certain she wrote it, or even who exactly she was or for certain whether she existed. A brief attribution to her and there being a Berners family (though a Juliana is uncertain) is about the extent of the evidence. Ashendene has re-cut woodcuts from the 1496 edition by Wynkyn de Worde (who also liked Y's). $2,000.

Item 26 is Typographia Naturalis, by Roderick Cave and Gregory Wakeman, from the Brewouse Press, 1967. The book includes two original specimens of nature printing, one being a leaf from the Nature-Printed British Ferns by the master of the technique, Henry Bradbury. This is sort of a leaf of a leaf. $400.

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  • Sotheby’s
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
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  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
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    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
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    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
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    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.

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