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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2005 Issue

Fact, Fiction, and More from Bauman Rare Books

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Latest catalogue from Bauman Rare Books


By Michael Stillman

Bauman Rare Books
, of New York and Philadelphia, recently issued a catalogue of "New Acquisitions." There are no particular limits on the type of material Bauman offers, but here are the concentrations we found in this catalogue: most works are in the English language, primarily American, though many are from Britain. There are numerous works of historic and scientific importance, many signed first editions of great 20th century literature, as well as classic children's books, and collections of great works. Again, these are concentrations. There are others in this catalogue outside of these areas. You will have to see it to appreciate the depth. The common thread that runs through everything in the Bauman catalogue is that there is nothing of insignificance. A work had to be of importance to be included. Here are some of the things we found.

Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural speech was a masterwork, as was his famed Gettysburg Address. However, events so quickly overtook it that this speech quickly faded to irrelevancy. After Lincoln's election, the southern states announced their secession, well before Lincoln actually took office. Nonetheless, in his inaugural address, Lincoln held out the olive branch of peace. He reassured the southern states that he would not interfere with slavery in the South, nor inhibit enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Laws. He felt the only serious issue to be resolved was whether slavery would be extended to the new territories, which he believed could be settled peaceably. Lincoln even went so far as to say he would not confront localities which had denied entrance to federal officials, preferring to allow hostilities to settle down before enforcing federal rights. However, the one issue on which he was firm and unyielding was the preservation of the Union. This would be defended whatever the cost. Lincoln concluded by tossing the ball into the Southerners' court: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect, and defend it." The South would respond within a few weeks at Fort Sumter, and Lincoln's spirit of conciliation would be replaced by his unbreakable will to preserve the Union. A copy of the second printing of Lincoln's first inaugural, as ordered by the Senate four days after it was given, is offered by Bauman Rare Books as item 122. Priced at $6,000.

If Lincoln's first inaugural is not that well remembered, FDR's is one of his most famous speeches. It is best remembered for his line, uttered in the sinking depths of the Great Depression, "let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself; nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." Using Biblical parallels, Roosevelt lays the blame for the nation's financial problems on greedy individuals who control the exchange of goods, the "money changers." He calls on the nation to reach for higher principles. "The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit," says Roosevelt. Roosevelt castigates those who put the possession of money above the joy of work and accomplishment, and pledges to enact programs to bring work back to unemployed America. Item 9 is an advance issue of the first edition of Roosevelt's 1933 inaugural. $32,000.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> MITCHELL, John (1711-1768). A Map of the British and French Dominions in North America. Copperplate engraving with original hand color. London, 1755. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Brown Pelican (Standing), Plate 251. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $175,000 to $225,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London: 1827-1838. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> GONZALES DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545 - 1618). <i>The Historie of the great and mightie kingdome of China…</i> London, 1588. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> VERBIEST, Ferdinand (1623-1688). [World Map] Kun-Yu Ch'uan-Tu. Engraved twelve sheet map with vertical sections joined to form six sheets. Korea, Seoul, c. 1860. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> SANGGI, Chong (1678-1752). Korean Atlas. Manuscript map on mulberry bark paper. C. 1750-1790. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>April Auction<br>April 4, 2020</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AUDUBON, John James (1785 - 1851). Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Plate 66. Aquatint engraving with original hand color. London, 1827-1838. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> AKERMAN, Anders (1721-1778). & AKREL, Frederik (1779-1868). Pair of Celestial and Terrestrial Globes. Stockholm, c. 1800. 23 inch diameter, each. $60,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Apr. 4:</b> BENNETT, Lieut. William Pyt (d. in action, 1916). AN IMPORTANT AND APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED SERIES OF GELATIN SILVER PHOTOGRAPHS OF LHASA AND TIBET TAKEN DURING THE CELEBRATED YOUNGHUSBAND MISSION OF 1904. $60,000 to $80,000

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