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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2005 Issue

John Windle Offers a Variety of Antiquarian Books

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John Windle's California Book Fair catalogue


By Michael Stillman

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller
has issued a catalogue in conjunction with the California International Antiquarian Book Fair held this past month. Windle offers a wide variety of material, ranging from very early European books to 19th century Americana. While the type of material varies, the common thread is that Windle specializes in fine and important material. Here are a few of the items being offered for sale.

Item 103 is the Stockdale London printing of George Washington's famous A Circular Letter from George Washington...to His Excellency William Greene, Esq., Governor of the State of Rhode Island. Written from his headquarters in Newburgh, New York, in 1783, Washington resigns his position as Commander of the Continental Army. Washington expresses his desire to retire from public life, while promoting a strong union and strong military. He notes the great opportunities now open to the new nation, but also understands it is at a major crossroads from which that opportunity will be lost if the nation does not act wisely. Priced at $2,250.

Only a few years later, France would undergo its revolution, and despite an auspicious start, that revolution would soon breakdown into anarchy and bloodshed. In the early days, hope was strong. Item 37 is a 1791 printing of the new French Constitution, La Constitution Francaise...Presentee au Roi le 3 septembre 1791....This constitution, which established a constitutional monarchy, gave legislative power to a new constituent assembly, but retained veto power in the king. This constitution would last only a year, effectively overturned by the insurrection of August 10, 1792, which would throw Louis XVI from power and start the deadly chaos which would soon overtake the country. $3,750.

In better days, Hugh Latimer preached The fyrste sermon of Mayster Hughe Latimer, whiche he preached before the Kinges Maiestie in 1549. Ordained a Catholic priest while a young man, Latimer became a devoted follower of the Reformation. This put him in good stead when Henry VIII removed the Catholic Church from authority in England and replaced it with his own church. The King, of course, was motivated more by a desire to dump his wife than promulgate new religious doctrines. In fact, Latimer's views may have been a bit too reformist, and he soon found himself in and out of prison and living on the fringes of the court through the remainder of Henry's reign. When Henry died, and Edward VI, the boy king, took over, Latimer became an immensely popular preacher. Edward, or perhaps his handlers, were strong supporters of the Reformation. This sermon, preached in 1549 before the 12-year-old king, came during Latimer's zenith. Unfortunately for Latimer, Edward would die at the age of 15, to be replaced by his half sister Mary Tudor, or "Bloody Mary." Queen Mary was a fanatical supporter of the Catholic Church, and her plan to restore the Church's authority included doing away with those who supported Protestantism. In 1553, Latimer was arrested on charges of treason, and in 1555, he and fellow preacher Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake. It was all for naught. Mary died childless in 1558, and her half sister Elizabeth would return the thrown, once and for all, to the Anglican Church. Item 59. $9,750.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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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