Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2005 Issue

Americana and The West from Arthur H. Clark

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The latest catalogue from century-old bookseller Arthur H. Clark


By Michael Stillman

The Arthur H. Clark Company
of Spokane, Washington, has been in the bookselling and publishing business for over a century. Their specialty is America and the West. Recently they published their catalogue number 916, "Americana, The West, and General." It is a collection of 329 items, most easily within the financial means of virtually any collector. Many cover places and people that are not well known, and will be of greatest interest to specialty collectors, while others pertain to events familiar to all. This is a catalogue filled with items you won't see everyday. Here are a few samples.

Item 38 is a book that will be of interest to those who collect western photography and American politics. That's an odd combination. It's Arizona Portraits, the second edition published in 1940, containing 24 black and white photographs of Arizona landscapes and Indians. But why politics? It seems the young photographer was one Barry Goldwater, who self-published this collection. Goldwater would go on to serve as an Arizona senator and be the Republican presidential nominee in 1964. While unsuccessful, his campaign would transform the Republican Party of Roosevelt and Eisenhower to that of Reagan and Bush, though Goldwater himself would not have approved of all of the changes. Priced at $70.

Alexander Hamilton, one of the "Founding Fathers" who had been more or less in eclipse for many years, has been rediscovered recently thanks to some newly published books. Here are a couple that recounted his illustrious career back before he was in vogue, and will be worth a look by those who recognize the importance of this early advocate of a strong federal government. Item 84 is the two-volume set Alexander Hamilton, by Broadus Mitchell, published in 1962. This is one of the most detailed biographies produced of this important leader. $67.50. Item 85 is Alexander Hamilton: Portrait in Paradox, by John C. Miller. This 1959 biography focuses primarily on Hamilton's public career. $45.

General George Armstrong Custer is a western military figure who still fascinates us today, over a century after meeting his untimely end at Little Big Horn. Of course if Custer had died half a century later in a Veteran's Hospital somewhere, we probably never would have heard of him, so that unfortunate incident at least left him with a lasting reputation, though not one he would have wished for. Arthur Clark offers eleven titles in the field of "Custeriana." For example, item 152, Cyclorama of Custer's Last Battle or the Battle of Little Big Horn, contains complete reports of the battle from Major Reno, Captain Benteen, and Sitting Bull, along with a defense of her husband from Mrs. Custer. Edited by A.J. Donnelle and originally published in 1899, this is a 1966 reprint. $32.50. Item 153 is Colonel Graham's The Story of Little Big Horn: Custer's Last Fight. Published in 1926, this book did much to rekindle interest in this event as it was fading from the nation's collective memory. $145. Item 161, by David Humphreys Miller, provides a different take on the story. It's called Custer's Fall. The Indian Side of the Story. Miller interviewed 71 Indians who had participated in Little Big Horn before publishing his book in 1957. This copy is signed by the author. $42. Among other Custer titles offered is one about the life of Mitch Boyer, the mixed-blood scout who died with Custer, and another which makes the controversial claim that Custer's men panicked and committed suicide.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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