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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2013 Issue

Summer Arrivals at the Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Books as art.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has issued Catalogue 76. Summer Arrivals. Fine Printing, Bindings & Other Book Arts. All books are visual, but for some, that simply means they make use of the eyes to transmit textual messages. For these, the primary messages are nonverbal. These are books as art, books that undoubtedly carry a written message, at times the text of great writings, but that is not why these editions are of note. It is their beauty, their essence as works of art more than works of text, that make them desirable. They speak to us in ways other than that of the ordinary book. These are a few of the books-as-art the Veatchs are offering for the summer.

For those who appreciate fine wood engravings, there was no greater master of the art than Thomas Bewick. Bewick cut his teeth, or more precisely, cut his blocks, in the late 18th century, and into the first couple of decades of the 19th century. He provided woodcut illustrations for the books of several authors, along with a few of his own. Among his most notable was A History of British Birds and A General History of Quadrupeds. These required a substantial amount of time in the countryside observing the animals he would later put to art. While Bewick died in 1828, fortunately, and amazingly, many of his woodblocks still survive. That has allowed later printings to be made, printings which focus on the engravings themselves rather than the particular subject. Item 11 is Thomas Bewick Portfolio: Containing twenty-four impressions printed directly from the original wood blocks engraved by the English master, Thomas Bewick at Newcastle-on-Tyne. This later printing of Bewick's blocks was published by the Cherryburn Press in 1945 and prepared by R. Hunter Middleton, who has signed one of the illustrations. Among the 24 images are quadrupeds, birds, and vignettes. Priced at $475.

Next we have an alphabet most fowl featuring the work of a contemporary wood engraver and illustrator, Alan James Robinson. Item 24 is A Fowl Alphabet, created at Robinson's Cheloniidae Press in 1986. Along with 26 wood engravings from Robinson the book features the lettering of Suzanne Moore. Robinson has used birds to represent the alphabet, including their common and scientific names. Offered is one of the 50 copies of the deluxe edition, which includes a separate suite of Robinson's signed engravings. $1,200.

Item 76 comes with the odd title Remembering the Moon. It was written by the leading newsman of his era, Walter Cronkite, and published in 1989 by Thornwillow Press. It is unlikely anyone has forgotten about the moon, but this was released to celebrate a particular event – the 20th anniversary of mankind's first landing on the moon. This is one of 250 copies printed and is signed by publisher Luke Pontifell. It is a fine work. $500.

A year earlier, Thornwillow Press remembered the man who was most responsible for enabling this wondrous event to happen: J.F.K. Remembered. It was John F. Kennedy who pledged in the early 1960s that America would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and his countrymen did not let him down. This book was written by the noted historian Arthur Schlesinger, who served as a Special Assistant to the President during the Kennedy administration. A total of 425 copies were printed. Item 77. $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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