Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2012 Issue

Edwards Collection of Australiana Offered by Hordern House

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The Robert Edwards collection.

Hordern House has released a detailed and extensively illustrated catalogue of The Collection of Robert Edwards AO (Order of Australia). Mr. Edwards, along with being a notable contributor to Australian cultural institutions, is a major collector of Australiana. He has spent most of his lifetime since he was a boy collecting books in his field of interest. Much of that time was spent in English bookshops, the land which became the source of so many of the people, and so much of the culture, that would become today's Australia. His collection became a major part of his life, and inspiration for his success. However, there eventually comes a time when collectors must deal with what comes next for their books, Mr. Edwards noting, “life is not a series of easy choices.” As he explains, “...finally I realized that I would ultimately have to come to terms with parting with this library gathered over a lifetime with care and enjoyment. It was a decision made with great reluctance.” The result is the offering of this library, and with it an opportunity for the next generation of collectors to trace Mr. Edwards' steps, but in their own unique ways.

While most of the material is closely related to Australia, its explorations, first by sea, then overland to the interior, its settlement, its natives, transportation and its life as a penal colony, there are also works with a wider perspective. Material is available pertaining to Cook's voyages, which reached Australia, but many other places as well. There is a first edition set of George Vancouver's explorations, which were a major source of information about western Australia, but are better remembered for their discoveries along the Pacific coast of North America. We even find accounts of William Bligh's voyage as Captain of the Bounty, and the notorious mutiny that occurred on board. Bligh would later be appointed Governor of New South Wales, the founding colony in Australia. Here are a few other works offered from this collection.

We will start with the “foundation book” for Australia: The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay, with the Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island... Arthur Phillip, an experienced sea captain, was put in charge of the voyage and settlement of the first colony in Australia. As such, he was named as the first Governor of New South Wales. Phillip put together a fleet of ships to make the journey from England. Their primary cargo was convicts. Running out of places to put criminals at home, the British decided to ship them off to the far off end of the earth, where they could be a bother no more. Of course, this meant that Governor Phillip would have to build a colony and farm the land primarily with convict labor, few of whom were skilled artisans or farmers. After landing at Botany Bay, where Captain Cook had spent time, Phillip concluded the area was not suitable for agriculture, which led to his move to Port Jackson (now Sydney Harbour). Still, it was a difficult time for the first few years, food shortages and other problems making the colony less than a happy place. Phillip finally managed to take his leave in 1792 after almost five years, by which time many more convicts, along with people of more reputable backgrounds, had arrived (around 4,000 total, three-quarters of whom were criminals). By then, food shortages had been resolved, and the colony was on more solid footing. Offered is a copy of the rare hand-colored deluxe first edition, published in 1789. Item 99. Priced at $48,000 (Australian dollars, which at this time are worth almost the same – slightly more – than U.S. dollars).

Item 1 is a broadside account of a horrible tragedy on one of the notorious transportation voyages, headed Frightful Wrecks! On August 25, 1833, the ship Amphitrite sailed from England toward Australia, carrying 106 women prisoners, 12 of their children, and a crew of 16. It was under the captaincy of John Hunter, with Surgeon James Forrester responsible for the convicts. The ship never came anywhere close to its destination. She ran aground half a mile off the port at Boulogne, France. A French pilot boat offered assistance, but Hunter refused all help. Offers were made to bring the women ashore for the night, but Forrester refused to let them out of his control. Hunter figured that the rising tide would free the ship, but as the tide rose, a terrible storm came up. Still, the officers refused assistance, and quickly, the seas now battering the ship, it broke apart. All of the women perished, only three crewmen who were able to swim to shore surviving. Hunter and Forrester were among those who paid dearly for their obstinacy. This unrecorded broadside is undated but has a handwritten notation of “Sept 1833.” $18,500.

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  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1032. RATZER, BERNARD. Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1011. [BROADSIDE]. Life, Last Words and Dying Confession, of Rachel Wall... $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1055. BEATON, CECIL. Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1051. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre." $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1037. The Campaign Speeches of Nixon of Kennedy, inscribed to William Safire by Richard Nixon and secretarially for John Kennedy. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1036. Celebration of the Commencement of Work on Rapid Transit Railroad. March 24th 1900, one o'clock, City Hall Park, New York. $200 to $300.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1005. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball including Jackie Robinson. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 12. OKLAHOMA! Celeste Holm's vocal score for Oklahoma! inscribed by Richard Rodgers. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 20. WILSON, DOOLEY. Fine inscribed photograph to Celeste Holm with Casablanca reference. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 79. Original production script of the Broadway musical CATS with notes written by Claude Tessier. $600 to $900.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 139. STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Autographed musical manuscript signed for "Broadway Baby" from Follies. $500 to $800.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 180.<br>Cecil Beaton. Headdress for Liza at the Ball, from My Fair Lady, circa 1962. $700 to $900.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 177.<br>Cecil Beaton. Set Design for The Gainsborough Girls, 1951. $2,000 to $3,000.
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    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
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    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
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    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
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