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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2012 Issue

A Variety of Material from Peter Harrington

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The 81st catalogue from Peter Harrington.

We are slightly behind on Peter Harrington's Catalogue 81, it having been issued for Christmas 2011. Nevertheless, booksellers' catalogues are intended for many months of use, and the material herein offered is good any time of the year. Harrington offers a range of material, from pure fiction and children's stories, to that of a most factual and serious nature. There is something here for everyone, at least for those who collect on a high level. Here are a few samples.

This may be a quintessentially American book, but the first edition was printed in England. Mark Twain had his best known titles first printed on the other side of the Atlantic. He did so to secure English copyrights, plus his works were well appreciated in the old country. Item 33 is a first edition, published in London in June of 1876, of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The first American edition of this tale of youth along the Mississippi would not be released until December of that year. Priced at £25,000 (British pounds, or about $38,373 in U.S. Dollars).

There are but a handful of books that compete for the most important of scientific texts. Here is one of them. Item 101 is a first English edition of Isaac Newton's The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. This is the work best known by its Latin title – Principia. The first English edition was published in 1729, two years after Newton's death. Ironically, though Newton was an Englishman, it had to be translated to English by Andrew Motte. Newton wrote it in Latin. Copernicus and Galileo had before Newton revealed some of the greatest mysteries of the universe, notably that the sun, not the Earth, was the center of the solar system. It was Newton who was able to provide the why, explaining the immutable laws of nature that governed bodies, on Earth and in the sky. £50,000 (US $76,747).

Winston Churchill, along with being one of the greatest statesmen and leaders ever known, was a prolific writer. His histories of the Second World War and of English civilization are among the best written on the topics. However, he started writing much earlier. Item 25 is a first edition, second state, of Churchill's first book, published in 1898: The Story of the Malakand Field Force: An Episode of Frontier War. Churchill was stationed in India at the time, and he volunteered to serve on this mission to punish some tribes that had been conducting raids. Churchill talks of the brutality of these tribal people, unaware that in time he would have to deal with a far greater level of brutality at home in Europe. £5,000 (US $7,674).

Item 146 is a set of The Life of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort, by Theodore Martin. It is a tribute to Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who died at the age of 42. She lived another 40 years, all in grieving for the loss of the love of her life. This is a mixed set by edition, as is often the case, but is notable for its inscription. It comes from the Queen herself, to General Sir Evelyn Wood. It was made “In recollection of his Visit to Osborne after his return from South Africa whither he accompanied the Empress Eugenie to the fatal spot where her brave son fell with his face to the foe.” It is dated 1881. Eugenie was the widow of Napoleon III, who had been run into exile in England by the French in 1870. Napoleon III and Eugenie had only one son, and he was killed in 1879 in the Zulu wars. Eugenie grieved mightily, finally embarking on a visit to the spot where he fell, accompanied by General Wood, recipient of this inscription. Victoria, who grieved the loss of her husband so intensely, obviously could feel the pain Eugenie experienced. £4,000 (US $6,138).

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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