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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2005 Issue

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Catalogue 259 from Oak Knoll Books.


By Michael Stillman

Oak Knoll Books
is one of today's most prodigious book catalogue publishers. They regularly publish catalogues in their specialty, and most carry around a thousand listings. They have now issued their 259th catalogue in the field of books about books, and it offers 978 listings. We will offer just a handful of examples, though they may not be the most typical listings. Among the other 970 entries you will find much material about the details of book publishing and printing, including such specialties as papermaking, marbling, typography, binding, private presses, illustrations, and bibliography. For those interested in the details of book production, Oak Knoll catalogues are a requirement.

One of the most collectible and favorite American books of all time is Audubon's "Birds of America." What can be forgotten is that while one of the earliest, he was not the first to study American birds. Item 6 is a book that will tell you more about the pre-Audubon era, and some of the books that would form such a collection. Written by Elsa Allen and published in 1979, the book is The History of American Ornithology Before Audubon. Priced at $45.

An important biography of the nation's first president, aptly called George Washington, was published by an obscure New Jersey teacher in 1897. It looks at how the times shaped the man, and how that great leader in turn shaped his times and, ultimately, the nation in which Americans live today. However, what makes this biography particularly intriguing is that its obscure author, fifteen years later, would himself rise to the high office Washington had pioneered, president of the United States. The author is Woodrow Wilson. Item 628. $75.

Everyone knows George Washington was America's foremost "founding father," but who was its "founding horse?" The answer is Messenger. Messenger was a successful if not spectacular English racehorse brought to America in the 1780s not to run, but to sire. What a tough life. In a nation of ordinary horses, Messenger brought a pedigree that would enable the country to develop a stock of racehorses. His descendants today fill the nation's race tracks, both thoroughbred and trotters. Descendants include such names as Man o' War and Secretariat from the thoroughbred side, Hambletonian from the trotters. His influence is far more widespread than Messenger could ever have imagined, if a horse can imagine. The book is Messenger: The Great Progenitor. Published in 1935. Item 203. $275.

Item 304 is the program for an exhibition held in Leipzig to honor the 500th anniversary of Gutenberg's invention of the press. The book, which details the exhibit, was helpfully translated from German to English to assist English-speaking visitors. Still, one wonders how many such visitors attended. The title is Gutenberg, Reich Exhibition, Leipzig, 1940. How many English speakers would have wanted to travel to Germany in 1940? $35.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. Copperplate engraving with original hand color. London, 1755. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $175,000 to $225,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: 1827-1838. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> GONZALES DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545 - 1618). <i>The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China…</i> London, 1588. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623-1688). [World Map] Kun-Yu Ch'uan-Tu. Engraved twelve sheet map with vertical sections joined to form six sheets. Korea, Seoul, c. 1860. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> SANGGI, Chong (1678-1752). Korean Atlas. Manuscript map on mulberry bark paper. C. 1750-1790. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AKERMAN, Anders (1721-1778). & AKREL, Frederik (1779-1868). Pair of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. Stockholm, c. 1800. 23 inch diameter, each. $60,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> BENNETT, Lieut. William Pyt (d. in action, 1916). AN IMPORTANT AND APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED SERIES OF GELATIN SILVER PHOTOGRAPHS OF LHASA AND TIBET TAKEN DURING THE CELEBRATED YOUNGHUSBAND MISSION OF 1904. $60,000 to $80,000

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