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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2013 Issue

Spring Arrivals from James Cummins Bookseller

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Will H. Bradley art on the cover of Cummins' Catalogue 117.

The latest from James Cummins Bookseller, Catalogue 117, comes with the title Spring Arrivals. What has arrived is a variety of material, what you might call a “miscellany.” As such, it is hard to describe, so instead, we will proceed immediately to a few samples of the items to be found this time around.

When Lewis and Clark set out on their journey to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, they didn't have a lot of information they could access. It was uncharted territory. One resource they did consult was this item - Travels Through the Interior Parts of North America in the years 1766, 1767, and 1768. Author Jonathan Carver hoped to find a passage to the Pacific, but that was a journey too far. Nonetheless, he penetrated further west than any other Englishman in the days prior to the American Revolution. Carver tried to find a water passage, traversing the Great Lakes and then traveling toward the head of the Mississippi in what was then thought of as the Northwest. From there he proceeded up the St. Pierre (now Minnesota) River to where it forms the border between Minnesota and the Dakotas before turning back. We now know he still had a long way to go. Carver did return with tales from the Indians he met of a great mountain range to the west, which proved to be correct, and the belief that from the other side rivers flowed to the Pacific. Item 17 is a third and “best” edition from 1781. This edition includes a biography of Carver and a colored plate of a tobacco plant not present in earlier editions. Priced at $6,000.

That image you see on this catalogue's cover is from the original watercolor art by Will H. Bradley for a poster for The Echo magazine. Bradley is known as “the foremost American Art Nouveau designer of his time.” He is particularly known for his poster art. At this time, Bradley was a very busy man. He was providing artwork for his own periodical as well The Echo. This publication was described as a “humorous and artistic fortnightly,” and promoted as “Chicago's new paper – in which will appear a series of colored frontispieces by Will H. Bradley.” It ran from 1895-97. Apparently all of this work became too much for Bradley, who had a breakdown and sold his press. Fortunately, the effects weren't permanent as he went on to live to be 94. While Bradley was a prolific artist, Cummins notes that his original artwork is extremely rare on the market. Item 11 includes not only the original art, but an original lithograph poster advertisement for The Echo based on Bradley's drawing. $18,500.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” That is one of those iconic lines, taken from Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural speech, probably better known than any inaugural quote except maybe Kennedy's “ask not.” Item 48 is the Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States, delivered on March 4, 1933. Actually, it's not quite as delivered, but close. This is an advance copy, and one of a small number printed on large paper. It was bound in blue cloth. This copy is signed by Eleanor Roosevelt Roach, daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt's brother Hall. Roosevelt planned to read the speech from a printed copy, but at the last minute decided to use a typewritten copy with a few hand corrections he had made. That is why this copy is slightly different from the actual address and later copies of it which incorporated Roosevelt's changes. In his address, Roosevelt states his intention to ask Congress for broad powers to attack the economic crisis, the Great Depression, which resulted in an unemployment rate of 25% at this time (we think we have troubles now!). That would be a promise Roosevelt would quickly carry out once he took office. Item 48. $22,500.

Here is a classic with some archaic spelling: Treatyse on Fysshynge with an Angle. This book was originally printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1496, but this is the 1903 fine press edition by Charles Henry St. John Hornby's Ashendene Press. The book is attributed to Dame Juliana Berners, though no one is certain she wrote it, or that she even existed for that matter. If she did, she enjoyed fishing, and among the illustrations is one of a woman, we presume Dame Juliana, pole in hand, fish at the end of her line. Ashendene re-cut woodcuts of the original illustrations from the 1496 edition. Item 2. $2,500.

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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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