Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2015 Issue

New Acquisitions from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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The fourth catalogue from Honey & Wax Booksellers.

Honey & Wax Booksellers has released a new catalogue. It is unnamed, so we will just call it Catalogue 4. I won't try to describe what's in it as even they have punted on that one. It's a mix of whatever suits the bookseller's imagination. Heather O'Donnell notes in her introduction it contains 59 new acquisitions ranging "from canonical landmarks to unexpected survivals," which doesn't exactly pinpoint the topics. But here's the good thing about such a broad brush. As she says, "We hope that every reader will be genuinely surprised and delighted by at least one book in these pages." You get 59 chances, so the odds are good, but we only have space for a few of them here.

 

We start with a 25-volume set of The Writings of George Eliot, with a signed letter from Ms. Eliot tipped in. First the books. This set of Eliot's books was published by Houghton Mifflin in a limited edition of 750 copies in 1908. This is set #10. It is a very attractive set, bound at the Riverside Press. The letter, quite naturally, is much earlier, Eliot having died in 1880. "George Eliot" was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, adopted by her on the basis that readers were more likely to buy a book by a man than a woman. This letter is dated April 1873, and she has signed it M. E. Lewes. Lewes was the last name of her sort of husband, George Lewes. At least someone in the family was actually named "George." In it, Eliot seeks a house for herself and Lewes in the countryside for the fall. She notes that it is very difficult to find a house that meets all of their needs. Eliot writes, "We desire perfect seclusion & yet nearness to a town." Good luck with that. Eventually they found a house called Blackbrook in Kent, but reluctantly returned to London in October as it was inconvenient. Item 6. Priced at $7,500.

 

Here is an interesting piece for those who collect the "Lost Generation," those American expatriates who found themselves in Paris after the First World War, trying to find their way. Item 10 is Americans in France: A Directory, 1925. It was put out that year by the American Chamber of Commerce in France. The directory provides services available to Americans living in Paris, including the English-language lending library at Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare and Company ("Publishers of ULYSSES by James Joyce"). It also provides names and contact information for numerous expats, including Sylvia Beach, Mina Loy, Gertrude Stein, Man Ray, Edith Wharton, Robert McAlmon, and William Carlos Williams. Where's Hemingway? I'm not sure why he isn't on the list. Perhaps it was compiled while he was off in Spain that summer watching bullfights. $500.

 

This is an interesting book on the ideals of feminine beauty, thanks to Ernestus Vaenius, who gave us Tractatus Physiologicus de Pulchritudine in 1662, a first and only edition. The chapters begin with descriptive verses in Latin, such as "thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus," and "thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from Mount Gilead," and "thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins." I'm assuming those are the deer species roe, not fish eggs. Perhaps long noses and hair that looked like a goat's was fashionable in 1662. To be fair to Mr. Vaenius, he did not originate these verses. They come from the Bible, the Song of Solomon, or Song of Songs. That was a very long time ago, and standards of beauty may have been very different then. Interestingly, Vaenius promotes the concept of "black is beautiful," praising darker skins and considering whiteness to be cold. Such observations have not always come out of Europe. Item 3. $2,800.

 

Item 48 is Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Lemuel Gulliver. Of course, it wasn't written by Gulliver. Lemuel Gulliver was simply the lead character in the book now better known as Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. Swift's book was meant to be a satire on some of the political issues of the day, along with the then popular genre of travel books. However, long after those underlying issues were forgotten, the book continues as popular as ever, never going out of print. Many other books have since adopted Swift's idea of fantastic journeys to unbelievable lands. The book was first published in 1726. Offered is a first illustrated edition, dated 1727 (actually 1728). After the book's initial success, Swift was approached by his publisher about an illustrated edition. Swift was reluctant, concerned about its cost, but suggested ways to combine scenes into one print to reduce its expense. The publisher followed Swift's guidance. It contains four full-page plates, three with scenes combined as suggested by Swift, and six maps and plans. $6,500.

 

This is an appropriate book for a Brooklyn-based bookseller – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty White. This is the 1943 first edition of this coming of age story under difficult circumstances. The protagonist, a young lady, and her brother grow up in turn of the century Brooklyn tenements. Their parents are immigrants, their father in and out of work, a less than successful dreamer with a drinking problem. Their mother is a hard worker, enabling the family to scrape by. Nonetheless, the children have to help them get by, while the daughter works her way to finally getting the education that will help her rise above her tough beginnings. Item 58. $4,800.

 

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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