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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2015 Issue

The Latest Variety from James Cummins Bookseller

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Catalogue 129.

James Cummins Bookseller has prepared the firm's Catalogue 129. Cummins offers a varied selection of fine material. Items range from books to documents, photographs, and archives. Subjects vary widely and include both fact and fiction. Here are a few samples.

 

First up is The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony... This is a two-volume set written by Ida Husted Harper published in 1898. Anthony had been at work pushing for women's rights and the right to vote for 50 years by that time, but she was still alive and well. In fact, she has inscribed both of these volumes to fellow suffragette Charlotte A. Thomas of Portland, Maine. One wishes a Happy New Year, the other expresses "love and admiration," from "her sincere friend and co-worker." A third volume was published after Anthony died which, not surprisingly, is not with these signed volumes. Charlotte Thomas came from a family that vigorously supported woman suffrage and abolition in Maine. Their home hosted women's advocates Susan Anthony and Lucy Stone, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, and was a stop along the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves. Item 2. Priced at $6,500.

 

Next we have another inscribed book, from a contemporary of Ms. Anthony, though his reputation came from fantasy, not cold reality. Item 25 is King George's Middy, by William Gilbert, published in 1871. The inscription comes not from Gilbert, but from the better known author Horatio Alger. Alger was a prolific writer, and his most successful novels followed a predictable path. A poor but hardworking boy does some wonderful deeds and ends up being recognized and rewarded, often by someone rich, and goes on to live a good middle class life. They are the classic rags to riches stories. Alger inscribed this copy to George Seligman in 1871. Alger was hired by young George's father to tutor his five sons. George and his brother Isaac were particularly fond of their instructor, as was their father, on whose recommendation Alger would later tutor future Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo. $2,500.

 

Item 66 is an unexpected item for 1796 Virginia, A Dissertation on Slavery: With a Proposal for the Gradual Abolition of it, in the State of Virginia. The author was St. George Tucker, a highly respected lawyer and judge in the state. Tucker thought slavery a blight on the state. It was inconsistent with the democratic and free ideals of the state. Europeans had come to America to enjoy these great rights, but Africans were denied them. Tucker consulted with leaders from the North to discuss how they dealt with slavery. Gradual emancipation was applied in some northern states, and Tucker came up with such a plan for Virginia. It had to do with gradual emancipation of the female children of slaves, which would eventually do away with slavery altogether. Tucker was not a racial egalitarian. He admitted to some prejudices, and the freed slaves would have had virtually no rights in Virginia. It was essentially a plan to free the slaves and encourage them to move elsewhere. Nonetheless, his plan was way too sympathetic to the slaves for the Virginia planters who owned slaves and controlled the legislature. It went nowhere. $2,000.

 

Item 75 consists of a scrapbook with 51 photographs, 15 other photographs, newspaper clippings, a menu, concert program, and other materials from the little-known Sosua community during World War II. In 1938, a conference – the Evian Conference – was held to deal with the plight of Jewish refugees escaping from Nazi controlled territory in Europe. Franklin Roosevelt called the conference in hopes of getting other nations to take in refugees, as the idea was not popular in the U. S. The conference proved a failure from an absence of takers. There was, however, one exception. Dominican Republic leader Rafael Trujillo agreed to take in 100,000 Jewish refugees and provide them with land to settle and farm. Trujillo, eventually overthrown and killed by his own people, was a dictator and generally not a notable humanitarian. Undoubtedly, he was to a large extent motivated by bringing in people he believed would help the island's economy. Nonetheless, it was a remarkable and otherwise solo gesture. Ultimately, only 800 Jewish refugees made it to Sosua, though they were able to operate a dairy and cheese factory. Germany shut off the flow of refugees out of Europe, preferring murder instead. The archive includes a typed signed letter from Trujillo promising more land if more refugees arrived and saying workers must have a place to rest and take holidays. $12,500.

 

Item 39 is a first English edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, published in 1960. It is in fine condition with an almost fine dust jacket. To those not familiar with the book, it is a prequel to author Harper Lee's recent best-seller, Go Set A Watchman. $1,200.

 

James Cummins Bookseller may be reached at 212-688-6441 or info@jamescumminsbookseller.com. The website is www.jamescumminsbookseller.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 €

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