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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2015 Issue

Children's Books from a Private Library from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

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Children's literature and illustrations.

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller has issued the fifth part of a catalogue from a private collection: Catalogue 60: Books from a San Francisco Private Library Part 5. Children's Literature and Illustration. This collector built a library covering many subjects, with the common thread being collecting at a high level. These are all important books in the field, many of which come with signatures or inscriptions. Here are a few of them.

 

Shiver me timbers! Here is the book that turned pirates from being the ISIS of the seas to popular storybook characters. Item 32 is a first edition, first issue of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale Treasure Island. It made treasure hunting popular too, which is much nicer than dealing with pirates. Windle describes this as a “fine copy,” worthy of a treasure hunt. Published in 1883. $9,500.

 

Next is an anthology of cartoons about a family like yours or mine: Addams and Evil. Okay, maybe the Addams family was just a little more special than ours. This is the second anthology of Charles Addams' cartoons about his (we hope) fictional family. His cartoons became a hit in the New Yorker, famous for its cartoons, around 1940. His ghoulish looking family would later become the stars of a hit television series and several movies. Addams has inscribed this 1947 first edition of his book to Daise Terry. She was an office manager at the New Yorker who was an early advocate for Addams' work. He has drawn an original watercolor in the book of Lurch, the family's tall, zombie-looking butler. Item 1. $3,750.

 

Here is another extra illustrated book by its author. Item 30 is a later edition of Where The Wild Things Are, the most famous book by author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. Sendak has added an extra drawing of a wild thing as well as signing and inscribing the book. The recipient was Charles Mikolaycak, an illustrator of over 60 children's books who received several awards for his work. $5,000.

 

Item 14 is Toad of Toad Hall, A. A. Milne's dramatization of a part of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. It was published in 1929 (21 years after Willows) in a limited edition of 200 copies. This is number 7. It was printed on handmade paper and is signed by both Grahame and Milne. It is accompanied by a letter to Helen Brown, of Mole End, Heswall, Cheshire, dated 1923. Milne is amused at Miss Brown's naming of her home “Mole End,” as that was the name Grahame gave the home of one of his characters, the mole, quite naturally. Milne writes, “If ever we have a house in the country we are going to call it Toad Hall.” He goes on to write, “You may like to know that I am making a play of it [The Wind in the Willows]. Mole End doesn't come into it. (Do you mind very much?) It was that or Badger's House, and I had to have Badger's. I am sorry about Mole End, because my wife and I love the chapter more than any...” $6,950.

 

Item 34 is Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gullivar... Of course, it was not written by Lemuel Gullivar. Gullivar was created from the imagination of the actual author, Jonathan Swift. The book today is more familiarly known simply as Gulliver's Travels. Swift's world of strange people, giants and tiny creatures and more, has been copied by several very popular writers of the last century. It is interesting that Swift was not out to create a children's adventure like those that came later. He was actually writing political satire, though most of his points are now obscure or forgotten. The story, however, endured. This is a copy of the 1726 true first edition with all first issue points, including all of the maps and travel plans, and (as usual) the second state portrait of Gulliver. The copy contains the armorial bookplate of Thomas Macro, University Librarian at Cambridge. He died in 1743 or 4 and may well have been the original buyer. $65,000.

 

Item 6 is a first edition of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, published in 1884. The first was published in London, a few weeks ahead of the American edition. Twain did this to be certain he had a valid local copyright so that his books could not be pirated in England. This copy is bound with staples, unlike most which used string. There is no known priority. The experiment with staples didn't work out so well, but this one is in “desirable condition.” $2,500.

 

John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller may be reached at 415-986-5826 or john@johnwindle.com. Their website is www.johnwindle.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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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