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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2014 Issue

Arts, Architecture, Fine Press, and More from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books

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Catalogue 33 from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books.

This month we have our first catalogue from Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books. This is Catalogue 33. Braiterman describes their specialties as decorative arts and design, architecture and landscape, press books and fine printing, 16th-20th century illustrated books, and Judaica. We can also put some national guidelines on this catalogue. There are American books, naturally enough for the New York bookseller, as well as English titles. From Europe, we find numerous titles in French, German, and Russian. It is an intriguing mix. Here are a few samples.

 

Item 3 celebrates the opening of one of the world's great architectural landmarks – the Empire State Building. Completed on the site of the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1931, it was for 40 years the tallest building in the world. Since then, buildings have grown ever taller, the Empire State now being fourth tallest in America and 23rd in the world. This 1931 publication, entitled Empire State: A Pictorial Record of its Construction, features an embossed white image of the building on its cover over a blue background. Inside is a pictorial and textual record of its construction, starting with the demolition of the old Waldorf-Astoria, featuring one color and 24 black-and-white drawings by Vernon Howe Bailey. Priced at $750.

 

Here is another architectural masterpiece located in New York, but that is about all these first two items have in common. Item 54 is an invitation to the Inauguration of the Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World by the President of the United States on Bedlow's Island, New York, Thursday, October 28, 1886. Liberty Enlightening the World, now better known as the Statue of Liberty, was the gift of the people of France to the United States for that nation's centennial a decade earlier. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi's had conceived of the idea several years before the centennial, had picked out Bedlow's Island (later renamed Liberty Island) as a logical location, and had met with many Americans, including President Grant, to discuss the idea. It led to a massive fundraising effort, the building of the statue, its shipment in parts from France to the U.S., the building of its large base, and finally the raising of the statue. In October 1886, with President Grover Cleveland leading the ceremonies, the official inauguration was held. This invitation is inscribed by Richard Butler, Secretary of the American Committee, to George R. Turnbull, Second Vice President of the Guarantee Trust Co. It commemorates the alliance between France and the U.S., leading back to the American Revolution, and includes the poem The Bartholdi Statue by John Greenleaf Whittier. $1,500.

 

Item 36 is an odd piece from late 19th century French politics. Its title is Une Election a Tigre – Sur-Mer, an 1890 book pertaining to an election the previous year. It appears like a children's book, with cartoonish drawings of an abbot instructing a child, with a narrative by “Bob.” The author was “Gyp,” actually Countess Sibylle Riqueti de Mirabeau. She wrote many books under her three-letter name, revealing her far right political views. She hated democracy and republican government, idolized Napoleon, proudly described herself as an anti-semite, and would later become an anti-Dreyfusard, those opposed to reopening the case of the wrongful treason conviction of Jewish French military officer Alfred Dreyfus. The election discussed in this book was one where she campaigned for the Boulangiste candidate in the small village where she spent her summers. Georges Boulanger was a general and politician around whom various anti-democratic forces such as monarchists and Bonapartistes coalesced, as well as those seeking revenge on Germany. His supporters looked for him to overthrow the democratic government, and he might have succeeded, only he preferred to spend his time with his mistress. When his arrest was ordered, he fled the country, disillusioning his supporters, and in 1891 committed suicide on the grave of his mistress. $875.

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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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