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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2013 Issue

Six Hundred Children's Books from Aleph-Bet

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Books for children.

Aleph-Bet Books has released Catalogue 104 of Children's Books & Illustrated Books. Aleph-Bet's are the most consistent of catalogues we receive. Each includes 600 items, every item illustrated and described. Practically all qualify as being both for children and illustrated. You can count on finding the most familiar of children's authors, the Seusses, Sendaks, Baums and Disneys, along with the obscure. Most are in English, but other languages will also be found. Most are fun, but a few reflect ugly prejudices of their times and authors. Everyone will find something that will bring you back to your childhood. Here are just a few.

We will start with one of those books that are not in English, Paraplyernes Opror (Umbrellas Revolt). Aleph-Bet assures us, “You don't need to read Danish to enjoy this book.” A good thing, since not many people do. Author Kjeld Abell's “almost surreal” illustrations do the trick even if you can't follow the text. You will never think of umbrellas quite the same once you realize what happens when they rebel. Published in 1937. Item 41. Priced at $200.

While there was fun coming off the presses in Denmark in the late 1930s, it was pure ugliness in their neighbor to the south. Item 374 is Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) by Ernst Hiemer, published in Nuremberg in 1938. During the war, Hiemer served as editor under Julius Streicher (later executed for war crimes) of the rabidly anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer. It regularly advocated the extermination policies carried out by the Nazis. Hiemer shared its most repugnant views. This book is filled with hideous stereotypes of Jews, designed to sew hatred among German youth. $6,000.

Today society encourages children to get out and play, rather than sit around the house, as being important to physical health. This reality was recognized over 200 years ago, as shown in this book published by J. Johnson of Philadelphia, circa 1805: Youthful Recreations. As it points out, “For he who sits by the fire all day, And never goes abroad to play, May keep himself from being cold, But may not live till he is old.” Truer words were never rhymed. This book includes descriptions and illustrations of various games of the day, such as football (“a manly exercise not proper for girls”), archery, battledore, shuttlecock, hopscotch, rocking horse, kite flying, rope skipping, bait the bear, and marbles (that last one doesn't sound too athletic). Item 193. $1,850.

Here are some more rhymes: Rhymes of Real Children, by Betty Sage, illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith. Published in 1903, it includes six large color plates by Smith. This copy contains an original two-page typed and signed poem mounted to the front endpaper. The writer is William Lloyd Garrison, Jr., son of the famed abolitionist of the same name. Abolition already achieved, the younger Garrison was an outspoken advocate of women's rights and suffrage. Item 541. $675.

I'm not sure how Jack Lait got all of the necessary approvals to put out this book in 1926: All the Funny Folks. He has managed to take many of the leading cartoon characters of the 1920s and weave them together into one story. So here we find Jiggs and Maggie, Krazy Kat, Happy Hooligan, Tillie the Toiler, the Katzenjammer Kids, Dinty Moore, Barney Google and many others. Barney should sue that internet company for stealing his last name. I remember many of these characters, though from days later than the 20s, but don't know whether any are still active. Item 118. $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.
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    <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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