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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2013 Issue

Books from the European Enlightenment from Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books

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Catalogue Nineteen.

Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books has released their Catalogue Nineteen. This is our first catalogue from the London based bookseller and I found it somewhat difficult to describe the mix of material offered. So, I went to their website and will let let her describe their specialties: “rare books of the European Enlightenment, economics, trade and commerce, arts and manufacturing, social sciences, history of ideas, and book history.” As might be expected for the European Enlightenment, books will be found in several languages, and are well within anyone's definition of “antiquarian.” Beyond that, there is quite a variety. Here are a few.

 

We will start with a fiction, a satiric catalogue of the Bibliotheque de la Cour de la Ville. This is a 1789 “bibliography” that has been attribute to Abbé Rive. Rive was the librarian of the Duc de la Valliere, one of the greatest book collectors of the time. The titles listed in the library take real personalities of the time and combine them with satirical titles. Often, the titles are scandalous. Cardinal Rohan is connected to dangerous liaisons. The cross-dresser La Chevalier d'Eon is connected to the island of Hermaphrodites. The timing of the book is important as it was the eve of the French Revolution and all sorts of radical thoughts were beginning to spread around the land. Item 10. Priced at £650 (British pounds or approximately $1,044).

 

Henri Grégoire was a remarkable man from the era of the French Revolution. From the early days of it the priest Grégoire was a fighter for good. He wrote for the emancipation of the Jews, against slavery and the slave trade, denounced the prejudices against those of a darker skin. Over the years, he would be involved in many political battles until his radical ideas finally forced him into retirement. In 1815, he anonymously published Plan d'association generale entre les savans, gens de lettres et aristes, pour accelerer les progres des bonnes moeurs et des lumieres. Grégoire calls for sort of a united nations of intellectuals and artists to work together for international cooperation and a better world. Item 45. £1,950 (US $3,135).

 

For those into bird catching (or watching), here is a guide to a place you may not know: Bird-Catching, or, The northern adventurers: being an account of several methods of taking birds in the the Feroe Islands, and some other places. This is a children's book by Theodosia Candler, published in 1823. For the rare person who might not know where the Feroe Islands, more commonly known as the Faroe Islands, are located, they are a Danish possession located in the middle of nowhere. It is between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, between Norway and Iceland, cold, damp, windy, rainy, a place one wonders why even birds would go. But they do. Actually, they fly a long ways to get there. Goes to show you. The book is arranged as a series of questions between a son and his mother, where answers speak of the birds and fish of the islands, as well as some insights into the lives of the islanders. This copy has the inscription of five-year-old Sir Henry Holland, a British Secretary of State for the Colonies (but not at the time he signed this book). Item 68. £600 (US $965).

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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.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <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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