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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2013 Issue

Spring Arrivals from James Cummins Bookseller

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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  • Sotheby’s
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    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
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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