Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2013 Issue

New Arrivals at The Veatchs Arts of the Book

The 75th catalogue from The Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has reached a numerical milestone: Catalogue 75. Spring Arrivals, Including Artists' Books, Barbarian Broadsides, Munder's Poetry Broadsides, Laboratory Press Student Projects, the International Printers' Specimen Exchange. Actually, it contains quite a bit more. That title couldn't possibly cover the entire variety of material herein. However, as to be expected, it all fits within the book arts category. Here are some samples.

Most items in this catalogue are from the 20th century, or even the 21st. We will start with a noticeable exception. Item 12 is a copy of the Gospels in Arabic, published by the Typographia Medicea (Medici Oriental Press) in 1591. It was founded by Ferdinand de Medici, of that famous family. That connection enabled him to become a cardinal at the age of 14, though he wasn't a priest. He later married and ruled Tuscany. Unlike some of his relatives, Ferdinand had a reputation for generosity and ruled with justice and consideration for minorities. Among his works was the foundation of this press, whose purpose was to spread the Gospels to the oriental or Arabic world. Evangelium Sanctum Domini Nostri Jesu Christi is an example of an attempt to convert Moslems. The Medici Oriental Press, which operated from 1584-1614, also published scientific books written in the Arab world in the original Arabic, perhaps to bring advanced leaning from that part of the globe to Europe. Priced at $2,850.

Item 20 is not so old, though it does take us back: Nineteenth Century Type Displayed in 18 Fonts. It displays complete alphabet specimens in various colors, identified by name, size, date and foundry. This book was published in 300 copies by the most famous of American private presses, the Grabhorn Press, in 1959, and is signed by the Grabhorns. $225.

Item 55 is a 10” x 7” fragment of a 19th century ream wrapper from Eureka Mills for 1st Class Commercial White Wove Ruled Note Paper. It is decorated with various type faces and traditional American symbols. A penciled note on the front provides the price – 8 cents per quire, 35 cents per package. A quire generally consists of 24 or 25 sheets. This wrapper comes with something extra special. On the back is a handwritten recipe for peach pudding from Carrie M. Streeter's household. $75.

Item 32 is a large collection from one of the more unusual of private presses, something of a legend. The Laboratory Press was established in 1924 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. The purpose was to train students in typographical design and other issues concerned with operating a fine press. It was an odd marriage – instruction in fine press work at a technical school in an industrial city. Nonetheless, it was the first of its kind – a fine press devoted to education and instruction. The press was the brainchild of Porter Garnett, who headed up instruction and ran the press until he retired in 1935. It then closed down, though a later version reopened in the 1950s. This collection consists of specimens from 92 student projects between 1924 and 1933. They range from small pamphlets and books to large folders and broadsides. All were exercises in typographical design. They employed the best foundry types and were hand-printed on hand-made paper. The names of the designer and printer for each project is listed. $1,600.

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    Modern First Editions
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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
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 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
  • Manuscript Masterpieces from the Schøyen Collection
    London auction, 11 June
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    Christie’s, Explore now: The Holkham Hebrew Bible. In Hebrew, decorated manuscript on vellum [Toledo, 2nd quarter 13th century]. £1,500,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Crosby-Schøyen Codex. In Coptic, manuscript on papyrus [Upper Egypt, middle 3rd century / 4th century]. £2,000,000–3,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The Geraardsbergen Bible. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Southern Netherlands, late 12th century]. £700,000–1,000,000
    Christie’s, Explore now : Jean de Courcy (fl. 1420). The Chronique de la Bouquechardiere. In French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1480]. £200,000–300,000
    Christie’s, Explore now: The ‘Catherine de Medici’ Hours. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Paris, c.1485]. £120,000–180,000
  • 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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