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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2013 Issue

James Cummins Bookseller Offers Fall Arrivals

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Fall Arrivals.

James Cummins Bookseller has issued Catalogue 120 Fall Arrivals. Each time we receive a new catalogue from Cummins, we struggle to come up with a description of the material inside. It is always virtually impossible. Cummins offers a wide variety of items, so much so that trying to sum up what it contains is hopeless. Ultimately, we are left with explaining this is all top material, important, highly collectible pieces. Next, we present a few samples, knowing there is much to be found that is totally unrelated to the samples we select. So, here we go.

 

We begin with what is likely the first separately issued pocket map of New York's Central Park. Central Park first opened in 1857. In 1859, P. Burger & Co. issued A Pocket Map and Visitor's Guide to the Central Park, in the City of New York, with all the necessary explanations. It includes a fold-out map, text describing the park, and 15 pages of advertising. Park commissioners and construction officers are listed, including the park's designers, Frederick Law Olmstead and Robert Vaux. The map shows areas that are completed and those that are not, it being almost a decade and a half before all work would be done. The description notes that areas now completed include “...the old and new reservoirs, play ground, parade ground, promenade, arsenal, nursery, botanical garden, skating pond, cave, walks, carriage drives, bridle roads, vista rock, and last, though not least, that at present most beautiful and delightful portion called 'The Ramble.'” Item 12. Priced at $5,000.

 

Item 36 is an interesting survival from over five centuries ago. It is an original woodblock of an elephant with a riding platform on its back. It was created for an illustration in the book Libellus de Natura Animalium, first published in 1508. It was the first book printed by Vincenzo Berruerio of Mondovi, Italy. This book was a bestiary, and evidently a very popular one as it went through several editions. It uses animals to set out moral lessons to be learned from nature. The image is is still in excellent condition in case you would like to use it in a newer book. $9,000.

 

This next document represented a happy day in the life of its recipient, though in time it would prove to be his greatest tragedy. Item 61 is an engraved broadside appointment of Robert S. McNamara as Secretary of Defense. It is dated January 21, 1961, and is signed by President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk. McNamara came to the Department of Defense from Ford Motor Company, where he had served as President. He had a sterling reputation and was well regarded during the years of the Kennedy Administration. After Kennedy's assassination, McNamara continued to serve under President Lyndon Johnson, and that is where everything went wrong. He engineered the massive buildup of troops in Vietnam, McNamara being a leading symbol of a war that would later turn terribly unpopular. In time, McNamara became disenchanted and tried to hold back American involvement, but Johnson pushed ahead. McNamara resigned in late 1967, about a year before the end of Johnson's term. In later years he would look back with regret at what proved to be a failed and costly strategy. McNamara died in 2009 at the age of 93. $35,000.

 

There are but a handful of books that count among the most important science texts ever written. They come from names like Kepler, Galileo, Darwin and Einstein. And then there is this one: Philosophiae naturalis Principia mathematica, by Isaac Newton. Galileo had provided the calculations that could predict how the planets and other heavenly bodies would move, but Newton was the one who provided the why. With theories such as that of gravity he could explain why objects moved as they did on earth and in the skies. Offered is the expanded second edition of 1713, the second of three published during Newton's lifetime. Item 68. $27,500.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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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