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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2013 Issue

A Winter Miscellany from James Cummins Bookseller

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A Winter Miscellany.

James Cummins Bookseller has released Catalogue 115, Winter Miscellany. There's not much one can say about a miscellany other than it is a miscellany, but we will add this is a very good one. The material is interesting, often important, and in top condition. It is a collector's miscellany. Here is a look inside.

We will start with a very old text, Catechismus, ex decreto Concilii Tridentini, from 1566. It is the Catechism arising from the Council of Trent in the mid-16th century, the Catholic Church's answer to the Protestant Reformation. The catechism was prepared to instruct the clergy in the doctrines of the Church. It was felt, at the time, that many were woefully ignorant of what it was they were teaching others. These teachings were evidently built to last, as it would remain the Church's authoritative catechism for over 400 years. Item 13. $20,000.

This one is going to generate all kinds of cruel and undeserved jokes, but here we go: Newark Parlor Album of Distinguished Jerseymen, Art and Architecture. No, Snooki isn't one of the “distinguished” Jerseymen (or women). It was published in 1879-1880, long before she graced this earth. But, it does include Thomas Edison. Take that, all of you Jersey bashers. There have been few in history who could match the inventive genius of this Jerseyite. Then there is General Kearney, who fought the Indians out west, along with Benedict Prieth, Chancellor Runyon, Frederick L. Lehlbach, Rev. Jonathan Forrester, George C. Ludlow and others. Never heard of any of them, but hey, did I mention Thomas Edison was from New Jersey? This collection of photographs was published by the photographer, Emil P. Spahn, in 12 parts, with both English and German language editions. This one is a mix – 1-4 in English, 5-12 in German. Item 29. $1,750.

There are many works of art in this catalog, and this certainly is one, though not of art in the sense of great paintings and literature. Item 6 is Nicolas-François Blondel's L'Art de Jetter les Bombes, or the art of throwing bombs. That is an art form too, though a destructive, rather than creative one. Blondel was a mathematician, architect, engineer, diplomat, and teacher. A veritable renaissance man during the Renaissance was he. While in the military, Blondel noticed that bombardments made by his troops tended not to hit their targets, so he devised practical mathematical rules for aiming them in the right direction. Though he devised the rules in 1677, they were not printed until 1683. It was delayed by King Louis XIV who was not too keen on instructing his enemies on better targeting. Apparently, French gunners didn't use his advice until many years later either. Offered is a sixth edition of Blondel's work, published in 1699. $2,000.

Item 48 is a wild signed contract between Michael Philip Jagger and writers Christopher Gibbs and Nigel Mesmoir-Gordon. For those not familiar with Michael Philip Jagger, most people know him simply as “Mick.” Jagger signed up the writers to create a filmscript for a rendition of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, in which he was to play the Knight. High on his success, or something else, Jagger wanted to expand his repertoire beyond music in 1967, clearly a mistake. Stick to what you do well. Accompanying the contract is a 16-page script for The Story of Venus and the Quest for King Arthur's Kingdom. Don't look for this film at a theater, or even on a classic movie channel. It never came to pass. $4,500.

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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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