Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2013 Issue

America's Natives Featured at Back Of Beyond Books

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Rare books from Back of Beyond.

Back of Beyond Books has published their Rare Book Catalog #9. This one features selections from their Native Americana collection. America's natives almost always received the short end of the stick. Treaties were usually either unfair from the beginning, or ignored by the American government if they were not. The Indians were regularly described as “savages” by those who took their land, destroyed their sources of food, and looked for any excuse to wage war on them. Not all of the whites behaved in such a manner. We also find works by people who respected America's natives, who tried to preserve their culture and treat them fairly. Sadly, for all the noble efforts, the Indians always ended up on the short end. They were simply outnumbered. Here are some of these works pertaining to the settlement of America and its impact on her natives.

We will start with one of the most important looks at the Plains Indians while still relatively untouched by western influences. This is not a first edition, but that would cost something north of $100,000, probably eliminating most readers from contention. Item 52 is the History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas McKenny and James Hall. Originally published in three volumes 1842-44, this three-volume set was published by John Grant in 1933. It contains 123 full-page color lithographs, mostly from drawings by Charles Bird King, with Hall's text. McKenney, who lost his job as Superintendent of Indian Affairs when President Andrew Jackson took office in 1829, decided he needed to head west and pictorially preserve the remnants of traditional Indian life before it was too late. Most of the plates depict individual Indians. Fortunately, McKenney had these published in book form as all but five of the portraits were lost in the Smithsonian fire in 1865. This 1933 set includes the rare dust jackets. Priced at $1,275.

Another man who undertook a similar mission during the 1830s was George Catlin. Catlin was an artist who went out west to sketch the Indians. He published his drawings in 1844, but Catlin also took his artwork on the road. He traveled around North America and Europe showing his images of what must have appeared to westerners as exotic people. Later on, he also took some Indians with him to Europe to make his show even more compelling to local audiences. Item 12 is Catlin's Adventures of the Ojibbeway and Ioway Indians in England, France, and Belgium, a self-published third edition from 1852. It recounts his travels around Europe with his collection and his Indian representatives. $500.

Financial difficulties forced Catlin to sell his collection in 1852. However, he continued to travel, and visited tribes in South America as well during the 1850s. He wrote about his many adventures among the Indians in a book for children published in 1867: Life Amongst the Indians: A Book for Youth. Those original portraits Catlin was forced to sell ended up being donated to the Smithsonian by the purchaser's widow in 1879, where unlike King's original drawings destroyed in a fire, they survive. Item 13. $150.

One person who fought for Indian rights was Helen Hunt Jackson. She heard Indians speak of their plight and undertook extensive research. She was appalled by such things as land confiscation and forced removal. In 1881, she published this book: A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Governments Dealings with Some of the Indian Tribes. Just to make sure her point was heard, Mrs. Jackson sent a copy to every member of Congress. It may have raised some sympathy, but little action. She would have more success in arousing the public a few years later when she wrote a fictional tale of an Indian woman entitled Ramona. Item 42. $125.

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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 €

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