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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2013 Issue

Miscellaneous Antiquarian Works from Antiquates Fine and Rare Books

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A miscellany from Antiquates.

This month we received our first catalogue from Antiquates Fine and Rare Books, a bookseller located in Corfe Castle, County of Dorset, in the U.K. For Antiquates, this is Catalogue 5Antiquarian Books, a Miscellany. A miscellany is by definition hard to peg, but we can say that Antiquates specializes in English and Continental works, and the material is old, ranging from old to very old. They are antiquarians. You will find disputes involving kings and theologians, works of science, medicine, and math, books concerning travel, shipwrecks, wars, the theater, literature, witchcraft, etiquette, and probably just about anything else. It is, after all, a miscellany. Here are a few samples of what Antiquates has to offer.

John Wesley is known as a theologian, the founder of Methodism. However, he was more, a generous man with concerns for the poor. Among his non-theological works, though there is a “faith-based” bent here, is Primitive Physic: Or, an Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases. Of course, there aren't easy and natural ways of curing most diseases, but this was the 18th century, when new medicines, real and worthless, were regularly being discovered based on isolated cases, rather than scientific studies. Wesley compiled a list of home remedies for various diseases. Most were based on ingredients found in the home or readily available. His intent was to serve the poor, those unable to afford the surgeons or costly “remedies” of the day. He was condemned by many surgeons, but his remedies were probably as good as those of others. Some, through the test of time, have proven to be helpful, others, such as cold water baths for rabies, were based on misconceptions. Still, it was as good a medical aid as one could hope for in its time. Item 154 is a ninth edition (of 23 published during his lifetime – it was popular) from 1761. It is the first to contain the two-page postscript on electrical therapy. Wesley was enamored of this new force, which would revolutionize the world a century and a half later, but was less effective in the ways Wesley imagined, such as curing blindness and shingles. Priced at £250 (British pounds, or roughly $400 in U.S. dollars).

Perhaps if Wesley had been born a few decades earlier, he would have had to deal with less pleasant theological issues. At the turn of the 18th century, witchcraft was a major issue of the day, particularly in America. Item 15 is An Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions and Witchcraft, by John Beaumont, published in 1705. Beaumont was a geologist, not a theologian, and wrote about his personal experiences, rather than looking for excuses to burn someone else. He had visitations from ethereal beings, and as might be expected of someone experiencing such visitations, it became a major focus of his life. For a three-month period, he wrote, he was visited by various beings who spoke to him, played music, and otherwise interacted with their human host. Such visitations might keep one up at night, particularly when they announce, as they did to Beaumont, they would kill him if he went to sleep. After a few days, he finally was forced to challenge them on this point, and Beaumont successfully called their bluff, as he lived until 1731. Today, we might say Beaumont was crazy, or at a minimum hallucinating, but to him, the visits were real, and he expands upon these experiences and explains what he thinks they mean. £950 (US $1,519).

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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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