Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2013 Issue

Books from a Fair from Samuel Gedge Ltd.

A catalogue for a fair.

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books recently issued A List of Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera for the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The annual Olympia Fair concluded about two weeks ago, but these books are as good as ever. Samuel Gedge offers much in the way of British works, though there are numerous items from the Continent as well. These are early works, ranging from the 16th century to the early 19th. There is a mix of types, including books, letters, pamphlets and various ephemeral pieces. Here are just a few examples.

We start with Annotations upon the Book of Psalms, by Henry Ainsworth. Offered is a second edition from 1617. Ainsworth was a “teacher” in the Ancient Separatist Church in Amsterdam, composed of English exiles who rejected the authority of the Church of England. It was from this group that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1621 arose. Indeed, they carried a copy of this second edition of Ainsworth's book with them on the Mayflower. Item 140. Priced at £3,600 (approximately $5,600 in U.S. currency).

Item 163 is a letter of remarque and reprisal, issued to Captain Francis May of the ship Unity on May 23, 1806. These letters were issued to enable ships to act as privateers, in effect legalized pirates, on behalf of their nation. The Unity was herein permitted “to set forth in a warlike manner...and therewith by force of arms to apprehend seize and take the ships vessels and goods belonging to the King of Prussia...” Earlier in the year, Napoleon had forced a treaty on the Prussian King that closed North Sea ports to the British and gave Hanover, seized from England, to Prussia. It effectively drove a wedge between Britain and Prussia, and the two would go to war a month later. £1,250 (US $1,944).

Item 174 is a piece from one of those bizarre pamphlet wars of an earlier time: A new-years-gift for Doctor Witty; or the dissector anatomized: which is a reply to the discourse intituled. An answer to all that Doctor Tonstall has writ, or shall hereafter write, against Scarbrough spaw. The author of this 1672 piece is, naturally enough, Dr. George Tonstall. In it, he attacks the “petrifying property” of the mineral waters at Scarborough Spaw. Tonstall had once been a big fan, but no longer. He now knew better. However, this is not an attack on the myth that these mineral spas actually did people any good. Rather, Tonstall was pushing a rival spring at Knaresborough. He cites one William Beckwith, who contracted “fits of stone” from Scarborough water, but was cured by the waters at Knaresborough. £750 (US $1,166).

Next is The Humble Petition of the Protestants of France, made to French King Louis XIV in 1681. The French Protestants, also known as the Huguenots, were not being treated well in the predominantly Catholic nation. Almost a century earlier, King Henry IV had issued the Edict of Nantes, which provided many rights to the Protestant minority, including the right to work in any field or for the state. However, while granting these rights on paper, the rules were not always observed in practice. By 1681, French Protestants were being evicted from public office, prevented from working in some trades, and were limited to one schoolmaster per town regardless of that town's size. This petition represented an attempt to secure the protections promised in law. King Louis, who was not too keen on any deviations from the state line among his people, responded four years later by revoking his grandfather's Edict of Nantes. The result was a mass exodus of Huguenots. Item 81. £650 (US $1,011).

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  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • 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
  • 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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