Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2012 Issue

More from the American West from Old West Books

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Old West Catalog 34.

Old West Books has released Catalog 34 of rare and out of print books on the American West. Old West Books is located in Colorado Springs, and owner Tim Phelps recounts the harrowing experience of last summer's devastating fires. They came as close as the other side of the street. It is a stark reminder that, like real estate, they aren't making any more copies of old books, though unlike land, they can disappear in a moment. Get them while they are... no, “hot” is not a well-chosen word for the occasion. “Get 'em while you can” is better. Here are a few that are still available.

For those looking to start a new life on the prairie, item 3 is W.C. Avery's Cattle Raising in South Dakota The Most Profitable Field in the West and Why? The Best and Cheapest Lands and the Healthiest Climate. The claims about cheapest land may have been accurate, but I'm not so sure about the most profits and healthiest climate. This booklet was put out by the Forest City & Gettysburg Railroad Co. in 1904. That is Gettysburg as in Gettysburg, South Dakota, not Pennsylvania. The line ran 19 miles from Gettysburg to Forest City, and evidently the railroad hoped that bringing in more ranchers would be good for their struggling business. Gettysburg is the county seat of Potter County, but even today, barely 2,000 people inhabit the entire county. The railway was used to ship agricultural products to Forest City on the Missouri River, where steamboats could carry them to market. It didn't work out that well and by 1911 the railroad had closed down. This booklet provides data on climate, soil, price of land, cost of raising cattle, etc. There is a map and photographs of local scenes, including a group of Indians at council after a white man was shot. Priced at $2,250.

A costly defeat in battle made General George Armstrong Custer one of the most collectible figures from the West. After his demise, his widow, Elizabeth Custer, spent the remainder of her 50+ years of life trying to rehabilitate his reputation. Item 30 is Tenting on the Plains or General Custer in Kansas, published in 1889. This copy was inscribed by Mrs. Custer many years later near the end of her life. She has written, “Motto on General Custer's Spanish Sword, Do Not Draw Me Without Cause, Do Not Sheath Me Without Honor.” It is signed and dated 1930. Mrs Custer had lived to see warfare – with airplanes and bombs – that her husband could not have imagined when he died on the battlefield in 1876. $2,500.

Item 129 is another signed edition, this coming from a famous explorer not known for his travels in America. Nonetheless, he did do some exploring in this land, and wrote about it many years later in My Travels and Adventures in America and Asia. The author was Henry M. Stanley, known mostly for finding Dr. Livingston in the heart of Africa in 1872. However, Stanley came to America in 1859, and found himself briefly fighting for both sides during the Civil War. After the war, he became a correspondent for the New York Herald, visiting Asia before undertaking his notable assignment to Africa to track down the missing missionary. Stanley did not publish his American adventures until many years later – 1895. This copy was signed and dated in 1899. $3,750.

Item 71 is The Life and Daring Adventures of This Bold Highwayman and Bank Robber and His No Less Celebrated Brother Frank James... Hm... Wonder who that could be? This book was published in 1883, the year after Jesse James was gunned down. It is one of several books published on the notorious outlaw after his death, seeking to make the most (financially) of his demise. It's supposed to be one of the better of these tomes and a worthy item for any James collector. $850.

Some emigrants made their way over the Oregon Trail virtually without incident. For others, it was a nightmare beyond description. Such was the case for the Utter-Myers party that traveled west in 1860. They made it as far as the Snake River in Idaho when events turned tragic. They were attacked by Indians, not just shooting from afar but a full-fledged slaughter. They circled the wagons but kept on getting picked off. Finally, they decided to make a run for it, scattering as fast as they could, leaving their wagons and possessions behind. Those who survived hid at a river bank. They moved at night, hid during the day, repeating this until they felt they were safely away. However, they had no food and hunger soon set in. They killed a couple of dogs and gathered a few provisions, but it was not nearly enough. They came across some less hostile Indians who were willing to trade, but it meant giving up clothing, which in turn led to shivering nights. When they mentioned they were waiting for soldiers to rescue them, the Indians became frightened and left the area. Finally, like the Donner party, they were forced to resort to cannibalism, eating those who died from starvation. By the time rescue came, only 15 of the party of 54 were still alive. One of those was Emeline (Trimble) Fuller, who wrote the only account of this journey by a member of the party. The title is Left by the Indians the Story of My Life, published in 1892. $2,500.

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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 €
  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.

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