Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2014 Issue

Fine Books and Manuscripts from Donald Heald Rare Books

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Books and manuscripts in time for the fair.

Donald Heald Rare Books has published A Selection of Fine Books and Manuscripts. These are a combination of important texts and beautiful illustrations, very fine books indeed. The catalogue is broken down into sections, those being: Americana & Canadiana; Travel, including Atlases; Colour Plate & Illustrated Books; Natural History; and Photography. This catalogue was especially prepared for this month's ABAA book fair in New York, so if you are in the area, you may want to stop by and take a look. Here are some of these special items.

 

We will start with an item that combines text and images, bringing together a writer and a photographer notable in their specialty – the American Southwest. The photographer/artist is Ansel Adams, the greatest photographer of the Southwest, and one of the best of anything. He has provided 12 mounted photographs. The writer is Mary Austin, perhaps not quite as well known, but the author of a notable book on the desert Southwest almost 30 years earlier. The title is Taos Pueblo, and it looks at the Indians and their home around Taos, New Mexico, in 1930. As a book of Adams' photographs 40 years later described this work, it is “a true and beautiful book by two consummate artists.” To assure the printing lived up to the quality of the book, it was printed by the legendary Grabhorn Press. It was published in a limited run of 108 copies, this one being number 44. Priced at $75,000.

 

From the Southwest we go to the Northwest, and America's greatest internal exploration. Item 21 is the History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, Thence Across the Rocky Mountains and Down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed During the Years 1804-5-6. This first edition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's official account was finally published in 1814, Lewis' intervening death having slowed publication. Lewis and Clark departed on their expedition at the request of President Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had recently purchased an enormous amount of land from France, the Louisiana Purchase, and wanted to know just what he had bought. There was no buyer's remorse. For $15 million, Jefferson had doubled the size of the United States, and as a result of this expedition, America began to understand the vast territory that was now a part of the nation. This copy contains the maps and charts, including the large folding map often missing. $150,000.

 

Our next stop takes us even farther north, to Canada. Item 16 is an album of 42 watercolor scenes of Canada by the career military man and amateur artist Edmund Gilling Hallewell. Hallewell was a soldier and officer, and from 1841-1847, was stationed in Bermuda, not a hotspot of military adventures, but Hallewell was also the private secretary of the Governor, whose daughter he married. The Governor was impressed by Hallewell's paintings of Bermuda, leading to a suite of his Bermuda lithographs being published in London in 1848. In 1847, Hallewell was transferred to Canada, where he remained through 1853. It was during this time that he painted various views in eastern Canada, with scenic views being his specialty. After 1853, Hallewell was sent to Crimea (wars never end there) and then to Malta, dying in 1869 at the age of 47. $75,000.

 

For the next stop we reverse direction and head south, as far south as any man had traveled at the time of publication – 1825. Item 51 is A Voyage towards the South Pole, performed in the years 1822-24. Containing an examination of the Antarctic Sea, to the seventy-fourth degree of latitude... The author was James Weddell, and he was a sealer, not an explorer. An earlier voyage to southern waters had been very profitable, but as competition for seals increased, Weddell headed for more distant southern waters, beyond the Falklands, South Shetlands, and Georgia Island. In this journey, Weddell proceeded farther south than anyone before, and the open water led him to conclude that there were open seas all the way to the South Pole. However, it was just an unusually warm year that opened the sea, and he turned around just short of reaching the Antarctic continent. On his return to England, Weddell was encouraged to write an account of his voyage, of which this is the first edition. The Weddell sea off the coast of Antarctica is named for this sealer cum explorer. $3,250.

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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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