Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2012 Issue

A Miscellany from Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller

A new miscellany.

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, has issued New Miscellany #34. There are very old books, as far back as the 15th century, and some as recent as the 1990s. There are works in Latin, as favored in those olden times, but more in English, plus a few other European languages. Topics are too varied to peg. Here are a few samples of the miscellaneous items being offered.

Item 2 has been described as the “first book by a North American on the antiquities of Mexico.” It is An Inquiry into the Origin of the Antiquities of America, by John Delafield, published in 1839, a few years ahead of John Lloyd Stephens' volume. Delafield strays from straight anthropology as he looks to stories of creation and the flood to explain what he found in Latin America. It contains 10 plates, 5 hand colored. The second part of the volume is James Lakey's A View of the Causes of the Superiority of Men of the Northern Over Those of the Southern Hemisphere. Dr. Lakey, quite obviously a Northern Hemisphere man, had a theory that some sort of exhalations from the Earth made not only humans, but animals of the south inferior to those of the north. Priced at $450.

Item 40 is Michaelis Mercati's Metallotheca. Opus Posthuman... a second issue from 1719 (the first was 1717). However, this was long after Mercati's time (he died in 1593). It is a great work on minerals and fossils collected by Pope Sixtus V. Mercati was in charge of the collection formed by Sixtus, an extraordinarily busy man who converted the Vatican's deficits to large surpluses, built great structures, and was politically very active, while also antagonizing many with his high taxes. His active papacy was short, running from 1585-1590. Mercati oversaw this great collection, which was dispersed shortly after Sixtus V's death. However, Mercati did not understand the source of fossils in those days long before Darwin evolved. He concluded they were rocks whose odds shapes were somehow created by the influence of celestial bodies. $7,500.

Here is a book for dog lovers, and I read somewhere that 40% of American households have at least one dog. This is a two-volume set by Edward Ash, published circa 1927, entitled Dogs: Their History and Development. Ash wrote several books about dogs, and as best I can tell, is regarded as one of the greatest writers on the subject. Item 9. $400.

For those with an interest in Baja California, item 73 offers about as thorough a resource for anyplace imaginable. It is a complete set of the Baja California Travel Series published by Dawson's Book Shop. This series was published from 1965-1992, 51 volumes in all. It covers not just travel and exploration, but its history, natural and human, and just about everything else pertaining to this peninsula south of the American border. The volumes were produced in limited runs, ranging from 300-900 copies. $3,000.

Item 28 is Kunst in Schachspiel ein Meister zu Weden, a 1771 third German edition of manuals for the game of chess by Philip Stamma and Francois Philidor. These names may not mean much to the average person, but will be instantly recognizable to the chess aficionado. While there were no official tournaments at the time, Stamma was generally recognized as the greatest chess master around the middle of the 18th century. Philidor would be the man to defeat him, raising his own standing to preeminent chess master. Philidor was known for the sort of amazing feats we now see performed by the greatest of chess players. He would take on such challenges as playing two opponents at once – blindfolded. $750.

Item 94 is a classic study of how society breaks down economically, published over a century ago (1899) by Thorstein Veblin: The Theory of the Leisure Class. Veblin concluded that most of the hard work and contributions to society were not performed by those who were the highest compensated financially. Rather, lower classes did most of the work, while those in the elite, the “leisure class,” received most of the rewards. Those who were most highly compensated would then use their rewards on self-indulgence, often items of what he labeled with a term still used today - “conspicuous consumption.” $1,500.

Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc., may be reached at 310-451-4342 or Karmbooks@aol.com.

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    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 546. Christoph Jacob Trew. Plantae selectae, 1750-1773.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 70. Thomas Murner. Die Narren beschwerung. 1558.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 621. Michael Bernhard Valentini. Museum Museorum, 1714.
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    Auction 151
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    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 545. Sander Reichenbachia. Orchids illustrated and described, 1888-1894.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1018. Marinetti, Boccioni, Pratella Futurism - Comprehensive collection of 35 Futurist manifestos, some of them exceptionally rare. 1909-1933.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 634. August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof. 3 Original Drawings, around 1740.
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    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 671. Jacob / Picasso. Chronique des Temps, 1956.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1260. Mary Webb. Sarn. 1948. Lucie Weill Art Deco Binding.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 508. Felix Bonfils. 108 large-format photographs of Syria and Palestine.
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    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 967. Dante Aligheri and Salvador Dali. Divina Commedia, 1963.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1316. Tolouse-Lautrec. Dessinateur. Duhayon binding, 1948.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1303. Regards sur Paris. Braque, Picasso, Masson, 1962.
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    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: McCarthy (Cormac). Cities of the Plain, N.Y., 1998, First Edn., signed on hf. title; together with Uncorrected Proof and Uncorrected Advance Reading Copies, both signed by the Author. €800 to €1,000.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Stanihurst (Richard). De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis, Libri Quattuor, sm. 4to Antwerp (Christi. Plantium) 1584. First Edn. €525 to €750.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Fleischer (Nat.) Jack Dempsey The Idol of Fistiana, An Intimate Narrative, N.Y., 1929, First Edn. Signed on f.e.p. by Rocky Marciano. €400 to €600.
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    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Smith - Classical Atlas, Lond., 1820. Bound with, Smiths New General Atlas .. Principal Empires, Kingdoms, & States throughout the World, Lond. 1822. €350 to €500.
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    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: [Mavor (Wm.)] A General Collection of Voyages and Travels from the Discovery of America to the Commencement of the Nineteenth Century, 28 vols. (complete) Lond., 1810. €300 to €400.
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    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Mc Carthy (Cormac). Outer Dark, N.Y. (Random House)1968, Signed by Mc Carthy. €250 to €300.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Three signed works by Ted Huges - Wodwo, 1967; Crow from the Life and Songs of the Crow, 1970; and Tales from Ovid, 1997. €200 to €300.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: The Garden. An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Horticulture in all its Branches, 7 vols. lg. 4to Lond. 1877-1880. With 127 colored plates. €200 to €300.
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    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Procter (Richard A.) Saturn and its System: Containing Discussions of The Motion (Real and Apparent)…, Lond. 1865. First Edn. €160 to €220.
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    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of Vellutello's Commentary on Petrarch, With Map, 1525.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: Finely Bound Definitive, Illustrated Edition of I Promessi Sposi, 1840.
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