Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2015 Issue

Art (and a Couple of Books) from August Laube

Art and books.

August Laube Buch und Kunstantiquariat (antiquarian books and art) of Zurich, Switzerland, has published their Katalog 2015. Their specialties are old master prints, modern prints, rare books, drawings, and Swiss artists. We will focus on the printed material, which in this case is primarily prints, rather than on original artwork. Some are very old, dating back to the 15th century. Theological subjects dominate this early work, while later paintings and prints found in the catalogue are mainly of beautiful scenes.

 

The catalogue is bilingual, making it accessible to those who don't speak German. The other language is English, with each description provided in German and English side by side. Prices are a compromise – they are in Swiss francs. Here are a few samples of what is to be found.

 

Saint Veronica holding the Sudarium and two Apostles S. Peter and S. Paul on either Side. This is a pre-1460 woodcut of unknown origin. It was found glued inside the back cover of an early 15th century manuscript. Peter and Paul are depicted in side sections of the image, while the center shows St. Veronica, holding her sudarium with an image of Jesus on it. A sudarium is a cloth used to wipe one's face. According to legend, when she saw Jesus carrying his cross, she gave him her veil to wipe his forehead. Jesus accepted the offer and returned it to Veronica, whereupon his face appeared on it. It is this legend the very old woodcut illustration depicts. Price on request.

 

St. Christopher. This 1511 woodcut depicts St. Christopher carrying a child across a river, struggling from his burden. This legend says that a huge, fearsome looking man called Reprobus (scoundrel) went looking for the greatest king to serve. He found one, only to find him crossing himself in fear of the Devil. So, Reprobus found the Devil, only to find he feared Christ. Reprobus asked a hermit how he could serve Christ, and was told that if he used his size to carry people across a dangerous river, this would be pleasing to Christ. He did this until one day he carried a child who became so heavy during the journey Reprobus barely made it across. When he commented to the child it felt as if he were carrying the weight of the whole world, the child said that he was, along with its maker. The child revealed he was Christ, and renamed Reprobus Christopher (Christ-bearer). This is how St. Christopher became the patron saint of travel and children, though the Catholic Church no longer officially recognizes him as a saint. Priced at CHF 24,000 (Swiss francs, or approximately $23,606 in U.S. dollars).

 

Piscium vivae Icones. This is a collection of 16 sea-related engravings – fish, shellfish, sea mammals and freshwater fish, presented in a sea-themed environment. They were printed around 1600, possibly in Venice. They are bound in a contemporary binding with a manuscript title. CHF 8,000 (US $7,868).

 

Versuch einer Beschreibung historischer und naturlicher Merkwurdigkeiten der Landschaft Basel. This translates roughly to "an attempt at a description of the historical and natural sights of the countryside around Basel." This one is a book, in fact, seven volumes worth. The author is Daniel Bruckner, a lawyer and official from Basel who became a local historian through the study of the archives of Basel and surrounding towns. Illustrations were provided by Emanuel Buchel, a baker from Basel who changed careers to become an artist and illustrator. This extensive set was published from 1748-1763. CHF 17,000 (US $16,731).

 

August Laube Buch und Kunstantiquariat may be reached at +41 (0) 44 256 88 99 or augustlaube@augustlaube.ch. Their website is www.augustlaube.ch.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.

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