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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2014 Issue

A Spring Miscellany from Sotheran’s

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Spring Miscellany.

Henry Sotheran Limited, or Sotheran’s for short, recently released a Spring Miscellany 2014. A miscellany is just that – a little of everything, or something for everyone. The variety is too broad to describe, ranging from children’s books to historical accounts. However, there is a large selection of books specifically from the library of the late British film producer Michael Winner. Most of the books in this section relate to movies and the people who starred in them. Here are a few books from this recent catalogue.

 

In America, John James Audubon is renowned for his drawings of birds, in England, it is John Gould. However, long before either was born, the man known as the “father of British ornithology” was capturing the images of hundreds of different birds using his artistic skills. That man was George Edwards, who traveled around Europe drawing birds and other animals. His drawings of birds would be made available in his one or two sets of books (depending on how you look at them):  A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and Gleanings of Natural History. The first was published from 1743-1751, the latter from 1758-1764. While published separately, the latter is considered a continuation of the former. Here, the seven volumes have been bound in four. While these illustrations are not quite on the level of Audubon – Sotheran’s describes them as being in the “primitive style,” with birds posed on tree trunks – these are still excellent illustrations that accurately introduced these species to the public. Almost 600 illustrations are contained in this set. Item 82. Priced at £30,000 (British pounds, or roughly $50,942 in U.S. currency).

 

Item 194 is an early correspondence course, and likely the first one for automotive repair. This is a fifth edition, “revised and enlarged,” circa 1915, of Dyke’s Auto & Gas Engine Instructor. Andrew Lee Dyke was an automotive pioneer, though he was not a traditional automobile builder. In 1899, he opened the first mail order automotive parts business in St. Louis. From there,  he next offered build-it-yourself car kits, and even preassembled Dyke-Britton touring cars. However, he did not sell too many of these, so Dyke focused on parts and then various automotive manuals, which were something of a bible for those who tinkered with cars for many years. His course contained four work books and working models. It also provided instructions on other types of engines, marine, submarine, aircraft and motorcycles, including Indian and Harley Davidson. At the end of the work books was a test, which you would fill in and send back to Dyke’s company. Once all were completed, he would send you a diploma. This set was evidently never used, but we won’t vouch that if you take the exams and send them in, you will receive a diploma from Dyke’s. £1,750 (US $2,971).

 

Item 261 is a collection of definitely unreligious bibles. It is a group of 79 Tijuana Bibles, the name given for a type of cheap, pornographic booklet popular during the last century. These date from 1920-1965. Most are 8-page, crudely printed pamphlets. They are done in cartoon style, with sexually explicit illustrations, some displaying artistic talent, others not so much. The paper is cheap. Writers and artists are mostly unknown (these were not creations for which people generally wanted to take credit), though some were from prolific bible artist “Doc” Rankin and Wesley Morse. Morse was later known for the “Bazooka Joe” comic strip older readers will remember finding with their bubble gum. There may not be much in the way of quality here, but these pamphlets were pioneers in the now popular field of underground comics. £3,500 (US $5,943).

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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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