Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2014 Issue

Unusual and Surprising from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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Honey & Wax.

We have received the newest catalogue from Honey & Wax Booksellers of Brooklyn. It has no stated title, but, based on others, I think it is safe to call it Catalogue 3. After a couple of years as a home-based bookseller, they have opened up a location elsewhere in the New York City borough. It is “past the pickle factory, next to the movie prop shop.” Presuming there aren't another pickle factory and movie prop shop in close proximity in Brooklyn, that should provide sufficient direction. Honey & Wax's catalogues don't fall into clear subject matter delineations, but here is what I like about them. As they explain, they place their “emphasis on unusual and surprising copies.” It's not just that the book or edition is uncommon, the book, or ephemeral item, is often something unusual in kind. It is always fun to find things you don't expect. Here are a few of these items.

 

We start with Orlando Furioso in English Historical Verse, the second English edition of Lodovico Ariosto's adventures of an Italian knight, published in 1607. The translator was John Harrington, and there is a tale behind his translation. Harrington was Queen Elizabeth's godson, and she was evidently displeased when he first translated and circulated a racy fragment of the text among her ladies. She banished him from court until he produced a complete translation. However, Harrington was not fooled as to what the people wanted. In his “apologie,” Harrington humorously writes, “methinks I see some of you searching already for these places of the book, and you are halfe offended that I have not made some directions that you might finde out and read them immediately.” Methinks he is correct. Item 3. Priced at $8,500.

 

Here is a clever book: Punctuation Personified: or Pointing Made Easy. By Mr. Stops. “Mr. Stops,” unsurprisingly, is an alias. The book contains amusing rhymes that teach children about punctuation, a field of study in desperate need of anything to make it more entertaining. So, Mr. Stops tells us, “Here counsellor Comma the reader may view, / Who knows neither guile nor repentance; / A straight forward path he resolves to pursue / By dividing short parts of a sentence.” Or, how about “See, how Semicolon is strutting with pride; Into two or more parts he'll a sentence divide.” I think this stuff is neat, but I suspect today's youth would not be so enthralled. In this day of texting and Twitter, do they even know about punctuation, or is it a lost art, like spelling? Item 7, published in 1824. $3,000.

 

For those children looking to become scientists or engineers, perhaps this instruction book will be of more use: Marmaduke Multiply's Merry Method of Making Minor Mathematicians. Mathematicians are alliterate. This 1816-1817 book, published in parts, contains rhymes and illustrations to teach the multiplication tables. For example, “Six times 8 are 48. Dear Aunt! your dress is out of date,” and “Seven times 8 are 56. That fellow merits twenty kicks.” Okay, these rhymes aren't nearly so clever, but the illustrations are very good. Item 9. $4,500.

 

Item 63 is a circa 1830 edition of Picture of New-York, published by Mahlon Day. This miniature book, with woodcuts throughout (some crudely colored) was meant to introduce the city to children. This copy belonged to, and bears the bookplate of, the legendary bookseller A. S. W. Rosenbach. Rosenbach was certainly among the pantheon of the greatest booksellers ever. Operating during the first half of the 20th century, “the Doctor” sold to the most important and wealthiest book collectors of the golden age of book collecting. While Rosenbach sold the most important books printed, he only collected in a few areas for himself. One was children's books, and this book appears in his 1936 catalogue Early American Children's Books. Rosenbach noted that Mahlon Day had a habit of promoting itself in its stories, and a woodcut of their Manhattan store appears in this book. $1,800.

 

Here is a board game with a somewhat unsettling name: The New Game of Human Life. Is it playing with human life? Or maybe it's a game involving genetic engineering? Not likely, since it was created in 1790. No, it's actually quite harmless. It contains 84 human characters in various squares from which you move up or back, depending on whether you landed on a positive or negative character. It's kind of like Hooks and Ladders with moral input. The Studious Boy advances to become the Orator, the Negligent Boy stays in place, the Prodigal is sent back to the place of the Careless Boy. Other characters include the Philosopher, the Patriot, Rebellious Youth, Lover, Drunkard, and Hypochondriac. You win the game by succeeding the Immortal Man. The game advises you use a six-sided totum, a kind of spinning device, rather than dice because of the bad connotations that go with those. Item 1. $5,000.

 

Item 12 is a great item for those who love the Blues (we mean the music, not feeling low). It is The Paramount Book of Blues. This is a 1927 catalogue of blues music recordings, including such legendary names as Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon. Paramount started as the Wisconsin Chair Company, but made the odd transition to recording company to help sell the phonographs it made. $950.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers may be reached at 917-974-2420 or info@honeyandwaxbooks.com. Their website is www.honeyandwaxbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €
  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.

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