Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2014 Issue

A Varied List from Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books

A list from two Dutch booksellers.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books of the Netherlands published a 2014 February List to bring to the recent California Book Fair. The booksellers traveled from the Netherlands with a mix of material pertaining to their native country, Europe, Dutch possessions, Asia, and of likely particular interest to fairgoers, the Americas. As this covers a wide range of material, it cannot be readily described other than to present a few examples.

 

We will start from the end of the alphabet. Item 76 was written by Heinrich Zimmermann, an ordinary sailor who participated in an extraordinary voyage. He took part in the third and final voyage of Captain James Cook. Like his earlier voyages of discovery, Cook's third took him to Australia and New Zealand, and various Pacific islands. However, this one also went farther north. He was the first to visit Hawaii, and then proceeded to the Pacific coast of North America. He sailed up the coast to northern Alaska, his mission being to find a northwest passage home, but like so many others, was not successful. He returned to Hawaii where a misunderstanding with previously friendly natives led to his being killed. The mission continued without him, making one more unsuccessful attempt to find the passage, then back along the Asian coast before returning home. The completion of Cook's official account was left to his successor, Capt. James King, which took several years. However, a few crewmen beat the official account with books of their own. This violated the rules of the mission, but it didn't matter to Zimmermann, who returned to his native Germany, out of reach of British authorities. In 1781, he published his account, Reise um die Welt, mit Capitain Cook. Item 76 is a first edition. It remains unclear whether Zaimmermann's or another “sooner's” book, that of John Rickman, was the first account of the third voyage and the death of Cook. Priced at $51,500.

 

Here is a book you would not expect to have made its way to the Netherlands. I'm not sure why it did, but item 64 is the Ordinances and Decrees of the Consultation, Provisional Government of Texas and the Convention, Which Assembled at Washington March 1, 1836. By Order of the Secretay [sic] of State. The date of that convention for adopting ordinances for independent Texas was a bit optimistic. The month of March would see the two biggest disasters of the Texas War of Independence, the killing of all of the defenders at the Alamo, and the mass execution of Texian soldiers in the Goliad Massacre. Those at the convention would be forced to flee later in March to avoid advancing Mexican troops (the convention was held in Washington, Texas, not Washington, D.C.). All of this would change in April with the surprising, overwhelming victory of the Texians in the Battle of San Jacinto, where Santa Anna was captured and forced to grant Texas its independence. This compilation of documents was printed in 1838, and includes not just material from the March 1 convention, but includes Texas' earlier Declaration of Independence from Mexico, and the establishment of an interim government on March 16, 1836, just before the delegates fled Washington. $12,950.

 

Item 26 is a rare offprint of a tribute Albert Einstein wrote about the man who may have been the most influential in his life: H. A. Lorentz et la cooperation international. Einstein wrote the piece in January of 1828, shortly before Lorentz died. A postscript at the end notes Lorentz's passing in February. This article refers to Lorentz's work in seeking international cooperation after World War I. However, Einstein's connection to Lorentz came about from the work both did in the field of physics. Explanations of Lorentz's work, and Einstein's theories of relativity, are beyond the scope of this review. Suffice it to say they deal with electrons, magnetism, atoms, the speed of light, and such. The work of Lorentz provided the base from which Einstein expounded his Theory of Special Relativity in 1905. $1,700.

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  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD

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