Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2013 Issue

New Arrivals from Between The Covers Rare Books

New arrivals at Between The Covers.

Between The Covers Rare Books has issued Catalog 181 New Arrivals. New Arrivals is as good a name as one could ask for this catalogue. It is the one common thread. Otherwise, there is more of a literary nature, fiction than nonfiction in this collection. There is a variety of types of material, not just books but play and radio scripts, photographs, even a stereoscopic book of images from the Vietnam War. Most items date from the 20th century, though there is an occasional exception. We will just present a few samples here in hopes that they convey the flavor.

For those who don't know much about life in Philadelphia, here is a good place to start: The Philadelphia Story. This book, or play, was published in 1939. It was written by Philip Barry with actress Katherine Hepburn in mind. She was evidently the right choice, as she starred first in the play version on Broadway, and later in the movie, to which she had obtained the rights. Hepburn plays the leading role as a high society divorced woman on the eve of her remarriage. Cary Grant plays her ex-husband, while James Stewart is a reporter who has come to write about the wedding. A series of comic hijinks leads to her fiance falsely questioning her loyalty, which leads Hepburn to break off the marriage. However, the wedding is set to begin and all of their guests are there. Stewart offers to marry her since he was part of the cause of the question of Miss Hepburn's fidelity, but ultimately she chooses to remarry Grant, her ex-husband. Only in Philadelphia! Offered is a first edition with the dust jacket depicting Hepburn in the starring role. This copy has been signed by Director George Cukor and all of the major cast members, including Hepburn, Grant and Stewart. Stewart won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1940 for his performance. Priced at $9,500.

Harry Angstrom began his long run back in 1960 with this novel, Rabbit, Run. He would later appear in three more novels, as John Updike traced the life of this not particularly likeable Pennsylvania businessman and his exploits. For the record, “Rabbit” would be 79 today were he alive, but he isn't. He burned out his candle long ago. Item 58 is a first edition of the first book in the Rabbit series. $750.

Next we have one of the older items, even though it is a “New Edition” of The Experienced English Housekeeper. This is an 1808 edition of a popular guide first published in 1769. It features 800 original recipes (at the time, most cookbooks recycled recipes from earlier collections). The author was Elizabeth Raffald, and she was certainly an experienced housekeeper, having worked for 15 years at the estate of Lady Elizabeth Warburton, to whom she dedicated this book. Mrs. Raffald was evidently an unusually gifted housekeeper. She was better educated than most, her father having been a teacher, allowing her to write a book despite her modest upbringing. Once she left the Warburton estate, she operated several food-related businesses and catered for others. She made what would have been an enormous sum of money for the time when she sold the rights to her book. Unfortunately, Mr. Raffald, who was a gardener at the Warburton estate, was a spendthrift and alcoholic who managed to lose money as fast as she could make it. Along with her 800 recipes, Mrs. Raffald produced almost as many daughters. That is a bit of an exaggeration, but she had somewhere between 6 and 16, depending on whose count you go by, but she outlived all but three (though she only lived to be 48). Why there is such a wide range is unclear, but perhaps once you reach 6 daughters it becomes hard to keep track of them all. Item 18. $375.

Hopalong Cassidy appeared on the western stage in 1906, the creation of cowboy writer Clarence E. Mulford. Cassidy bore 28 novels, a testament to the popularity of his and his various sidekicks' characters. When the books came to a close in the early 1940s, Cassidy became a popular figure in films, radio, and after that, he was the premier television cowboy in the early days of that medium. By 1950, Hopalong Cassidy films, comics, and all sorts of merchandise was raking in big dough. However, his popularity receded with the decade, and while Hopalong was a 50s guy, he was not a man of the 60s. Still, those who lived during his heyday can no more forget the fictional Hopalong Cassidy then the half-real, half-fictional cowboys like Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey, who would develop their own large followings. Item 70 is not a Cassidy book, at least directly. It is Mulford's Mesquite Jenkins, who is described as “Hopalong Cassidy's pal.” Cassidy had sort of adopted the brash young cowboy in earlier appearances, with Mesquite graduating to his own book in 1928. Item 70. $450.

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  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of Piccolomini's De La Sfera del Mondo (The Sphere of the World), 1540.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of Vellutello's Commentary on Petrarch, With Map, 1525.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: Finely Bound Definitive, Illustrated Edition of I Promessi Sposi, 1840.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: Rare First Edition of John Milton's Latin Correspondence, 1674.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: Giolito's Edition of Boccaccio's The Decamerone, with Bedford Binding, 1542.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of the First Biography of Marie of the Incarnation, with Rare Portrait, 1677.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Aldine Edition of Volume One of Cicero's Orationes, 1540.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of Bonanni's Illustrated Costume Catalogue, with Complete Plates, 1711.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: An Important Incunable, the First Italian Edition of Josephus's De Bello Judaico, 1480.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: First Edition of Jacques Philippe d'Orville's Illustrated Book of the Ruins of Sicily, 1764.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: An Incunable from 1487, The Contemplative Life, with Early Manuscript.
    Leland Little, Apr. 26: Ignatius of Loyola's Exercitia Spiritualia, 1563.
  • Jeschke Jadi
    Auction 151
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 546. Christoph Jacob Trew. Plantae selectae, 1750-1773.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 70. Thomas Murner. Die Narren beschwerung. 1558.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 621. Michael Bernhard Valentini. Museum Museorum, 1714.
    Jeschke Jadi
    Auction 151
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 545. Sander Reichenbachia. Orchids illustrated and described, 1888-1894.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1018. Marinetti, Boccioni, Pratella Futurism - Comprehensive collection of 35 Futurist manifestos, some of them exceptionally rare. 1909-1933.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 634. August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof. 3 Original Drawings, around 1740.
    Jeschke Jadi
    Auction 151
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 671. Jacob / Picasso. Chronique des Temps, 1956.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1260. Mary Webb. Sarn. 1948. Lucie Weill Art Deco Binding.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 508. Felix Bonfils. 108 large-format photographs of Syria and Palestine.
    Jeschke Jadi
    Auction 151
    Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 967. Dante Aligheri and Salvador Dali. Divina Commedia, 1963.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1316. Tolouse-Lautrec. Dessinateur. Duhayon binding, 1948.
    Jeschke Jádi, Apr. 27: Lot 1303. Regards sur Paris. Braque, Picasso, Masson, 1962.
  • Doyle, May 1: Thomas Jefferson expresses fears of "a war of extermination" in Saint-Dominigue. $40,000 to $60,000.
    Doyle, May 1: An exceptional presentation copy of Fitzgerald's last book, in the first issue dust jacket. $25,000 to $35,000.
    Doyle, May 1: The rare first signed edition of Dorian Gray. $15,000 to $25,000.
    Doyle, May 1: The Prayer Book of Jehan Bernachier. $10,000 to $15,000.
    Doyle, May 1: Van Dyck's Icones Principum Virorum Doctorum. $10,000 to $15,000.
    Doyle, May 1: The magnificent Cranach Hamlet in the deluxe binding by Dõrfner. $7,000 to $10,000.
    Doyle, May 1: A remarkable unpublished manuscript of a voyage to South America in 1759-1764. $3,000 to $5,000.
    Doyle, May 1: Bouchette's monumental and rare wall map of Lower Canada. $12,000 to $18,000.
    Doyle, May 1: An rare original 1837 abolitionist woodblock. $8,000 to $12,000.
    Doyle, May 1: An important manuscript breviary in Middle Dutch. $15,000 to $25,000.
    Doyle, May 1: An extraordinary Old Testament manuscript, circa 1250. $20,000 to $30,000.
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Rare Book & Collectors Sale
    24th April 2024
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: McCarthy (Cormac). Cities of the Plain, N.Y., 1998, First Edn., signed on hf. title; together with Uncorrected Proof and Uncorrected Advance Reading Copies, both signed by the Author. €800 to €1,000.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Stanihurst (Richard). De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis, Libri Quattuor, sm. 4to Antwerp (Christi. Plantium) 1584. First Edn. €525 to €750.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Fleischer (Nat.) Jack Dempsey The Idol of Fistiana, An Intimate Narrative, N.Y., 1929, First Edn. Signed on f.e.p. by Rocky Marciano. €400 to €600.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Rare Book & Collectors Sale
    24th April 2024
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Smith - Classical Atlas, Lond., 1820. Bound with, Smiths New General Atlas .. Principal Empires, Kingdoms, & States throughout the World, Lond. 1822. €350 to €500.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Rare Auction Catalogues – 1856: Bindon Blood, of Ennis, Co. Clare: Sotheby & Wilkinson. €320 to €450.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: [Mavor (Wm.)] A General Collection of Voyages and Travels from the Discovery of America to the Commencement of the Nineteenth Century, 28 vols. (complete) Lond., 1810. €300 to €400.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Rare Book & Collectors Sale
    24th April 2024
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Mc Carthy (Cormac). Outer Dark, N.Y. (Random House)1968, Signed by Mc Carthy. €250 to €300.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Three signed works by Ted Huges - Wodwo, 1967; Crow from the Life and Songs of the Crow, 1970; and Tales from Ovid, 1997. €200 to €300.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: The Garden. An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Horticulture in all its Branches, 7 vols. lg. 4to Lond. 1877-1880. With 127 colored plates. €200 to €300.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Rare Book & Collectors Sale
    24th April 2024
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: Procter (Richard A.) Saturn and its System: Containing Discussions of The Motion (Real and Apparent)…, Lond. 1865. First Edn. €160 to €220.
    Fonsie Mealy, Apr. 24: [Ashe] St. George, Lord Bishop of Clogher, A Sermon Preached to the Protestants of Ireland, now in London,... Oct. 23, 1712, London 1712. Second Edn. €130 to €180.

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