Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2015 Issue

Scarce and Interesting Books from Patrick McGahern Books

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Rare and interesting books.

Patrick McGahern Books has released their Catalogue 236 Rare, Scarce, and Interesting Books. In other words, we have a variety of uncommon, intriguing books here. McGahern is located in Ottawa, so there is more Canadian material than in most catalogues, but hardly dominating. There is much from south of the border and across the ocean. We even find an item of incunabula, which obviously is not going to be Canadian in origin. Here are a few of the items you will find in this interesting catalogue.

 

Item 32 is an item from that most difficult period in relations between Britain and the United States after the Revolution. The U.S. found itself close to war at times with both sides in the Napoleonic conflicts. Both England and France interfered with American shipping, trying to prevent the other from conducting trade. Americans believed they should be free to trade with whomever they wished. However, the British had one additional annoyance. They impressed American seamen into the Royal Navy, contending they were born British citizens and therefore were eligible to be drafted. In 1807, this situation was ratcheted up when supposedly British seamen deserted and later sailed on American ships. The British got wind that some deserters were sailing on the American ship Chesapeake. When the Chesapeake, sailing off the coast of Virginia, did not comply with British orders, the HMS Leopard fired upon her. The Chesapeake was not prepared. Three of its crew were killed, many more injured, and Commodore James Barron quickly surrendered. The aftermath was four deserters were captured. Three, American citizens, were ultimately returned, but the one who was a British citizen was hanged. Commodore Barron was court-martialed and suspended for five years. Meanwhile, the American public was angered. It was one more humiliation that would eventually lead to the War of 1812. Item 32 is Papers Presented to the House of Commons, Relating to the Encounter Between His Majesty's Ship Leopard, and the American Frigate Chesapeake, published in 1809. Priced at CN$350 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $285 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is an unusual employment opportunity for British young men in 1836. Item 13 is a broadside headed Notice. About Twenty Young Able Bodied Farm Laboring Servants, newly married, (or with not exceeding one child each) are required to go to North America, in the month of May, next. The term is stated as five years with pay at £17 per annum. At the end of the five years the not quite so young any longer men and their brides get a choice. If they wish to return to England, free passage will be provided. If they would rather stay, they may, if their employers were satisfied with their performance, receive a grant of free land. CN $1,000 (US $815, or 30 years worth of labor at £17 per annum).

 

Did you know T. S. Eliot's mother was also a poet? I didn't either. She was, and here is proof – Savonarola, A Dramatic Poem. With an Introduction by T. S. Eliot, published in 1926. Even with a six-page introduction by her famous son, this first edition was only printed in 300 copies. Charlotte Eliot had been writing poems long before her son, but they mostly appeared in religious periodicals. Her celebrity was quite limited. Still, her influence on at least one notable poet was great. Savonarola was a typical subject for Mrs. Eliot. He was a religious leader in late 15th century Florence. He combined reform and vigorous attacks against corruption in the Church with an extreme rejection of worldly goods and pleasures worthy of the purist of the Puritans. Eventually, his extreme positions and attacks on the Church led to his downfall. He was excommunicated and shortly thereafter hanged, his body burned. Item 24. CN $350 (US $285).

 

Next is the report of the first thorough geological survey of Newfoundland. It took place in 1839-1840 and was undertaken by the preparer of this report, Joseph Beete Jukes. The interior of the then British colony was virtually uncharted at the time. Item 56 is the General Report of the Geological Survey of Newfoundland...During the Year 1839 and 1840, published in 1843. The report was first published the previous year as part of a separate publication, but this issue contains the first comprehensive map of the interior of Newfoundland. CN $1,500 (US $1,222).

 

Item 20 is an autograph letter from George Ramsay, Ninth Earl of Dalhousie, or simply Lord Dalhousie. Dalhousie served as Governor General of Canada from 1820-1828, along with numerous other posts throughout his career. Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, along with many other things Dalhousie in Canada are named for him. He tried to bring order and progress to Canada, but it was a tough battle between competing British and French populations and other divisions. It was trying for Dalhousie, who was rather aristocratic and not very tolerant of disobedience. In 1828, the British deemed it best to transfer him to India. In this letter, Dalhousie orders two pipes of wine and a half a cask of sweet malmsey, a sweet wine. I am not sure what these old English measurements come to – perhaps 250 gallons of wine – but whatever it is is not small. It should be noted that this was intended to last for a substantial amount of time, it having to be shipped from England. Dalhousie does, in his polite aristocratic manner, point out his supplier's previous shortcoming, writing, "I am sorry to say that my last wine by the Phaeton was by no means so great as what you formerly sent me." CN $1,200 (US $978).

 

Patrick McGahern Books may be reached at 613-230-2277 or books@mcgahernbooks.ca. Their website is www.mcgahernbooks.ca

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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.

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