Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2015 Issue

Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books Release Their Summer Catalogue

Summer Catalogue 2015.

The Antiquariaat Forum and Asher Rare Books have issued their Summer Catalogue 2015. What is in it? Here is their listing of subjects – architecture, art, autographs, book history, cartography, education, exploration, history, hunting, law, literature, maritime history, medicine, military history, natural science, philosophy, religion, science, sports, technology. There can't be too many books that don't fit into one of those categories. Here are a few of the books to be found in this collection.

 

We begin with what is always a favorite topic – pirates! This is probably the most important of pirate books, an account of the true pirates of the Caribbean. Alexandre Exquemelin was a Frenchman who went to the Caribbean as an indentured servant. He learned the skills of a barber and a surgeon, an odd combination today but common at the time (both required cutting skills), but when his servitude expired, he signed on with the famous pirate Henry Morgan. For five years he plied the seas in his illicit trade before he returned to Europe to adopt literary and other more respectable pursuits. In 1678, he published this first edition of his tales, the first being written in Dutch – De Americaensche zee-roovers. This is really the only reasonably good resource about pirates in the 17th century. The book recounts how pirates went about their business, tells of their weapons and provisions. It quickly became a very popular book, pirates evidently fascinating people of the 17th century as much as they do those of the 21st. The book would go on to be published in many languages, with the tales being adjusted in accordance with the perceived desires of each audience. Obviously, not everything can be perfectly accurate under such circumstances and Exquemelin was not a perfect journalist, but this first edition is likely the least adjusted for its audience and the most accurate description of what it was like to be a pirate during this time. Item 64. Priced at €45,000 (euros, or approximately $49,815 U.S. dollars).

 

Here is a booklet about another pirate, except that he operated with the blessings of Queen Elizabeth, so he became a knight and is officially referred to as a "privateer" instead. Sir Francis Drake stole from Spanish ships, which was fine with Elizabeth because he took in a lot of valuables and shared them with his Queen. However, this book pertains to a later mission of Drake's. After his success at pirating, Drake was appointed a vice-admiral and was a participant in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. This led an appointment the subject of this booklet – Drake and Sir John Norris were sent to destroy the remnants of the Spanish Armada, overthrow the King of Portugal (who was also King of Spain), and capture the Azores. This one didn't turn out so well. The English expected the Portuguese would rebel against their King, but it didn't happen. Between storms, disease, and a stronger defense than expected, the British were unsuccessful in achieving any of their goals. Item 55 is Brevis et fida narratio, et continuatio rerum omnium a Drako et Norreysio, an attempt to put a good face on a failed mission. This is a second edition, published in 1590, the first one published outside of England (Frankfurt). €25,000 (US $27,651).

 

Next up is what appears to be a first edition and the only known such copy of a tale that is either a miracle or not entirely true: Verissima relacion embiada a Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin... It was taken from a manuscript account by Andres de Santa Maria, the Cochin Bishop in Goa, and published in 1609. According to the story, an Islamic beggar, a 380-year-old man whose hair was still black and whose teeth had fallen out twice but grown back, had, as a young man, spotted what appeared to be a Christian monk on the other side of the Ganges River, seeking help to cross. Being a gentleman, he helped the man across the river, whereupon the latter revealed himself to be St. Francis of Assisi, who rewarded his helper with a pledge of youth, good health, and black hair until the end of his life. Presuming the Bishop heard about the man a few years earlier, the timing holds up well as St. Francis died about 380 years prior to the book being published. However, there is no record of St. Francis ever traveling east of the Holy Land. Whatever happened to the beggar, or whether he is still alive, is unknown, or perhaps none of this is really quite so verissima as the title claims. Item 163. €18,500 (US $20,454).

 

Item 112 is the most important book of internal exploration in America, Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. This is the official account of the famous Lewis and Clark expedition, authorized by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and Joseph Clark up the Missouri to find its headwaters, and across the Northwest to find out what was there and begin trade with the natives. This is a copy of the "corrected" London edition of 1815 (however, this second London did not correct the misspelling of Clark's name as "Clarke"). The first edition was published in Philadelphia the prior year, followed by a London edition. This one is a year later, but sells for around 10% of the cost of the first. Importantly, it contains all the maps, including the large fold-out. €10,500 (US $11,601).

 

You may reach the Antiquariaat Forum at +31 (0)30 6011955 or info@forumrarebooks.com. Their website is www.forumrarebooks.comAsher Rare Books may be reached at +31 (0)30 6011955 or info@asherbooks.com. Their website is www.asherbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.

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