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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2015 Issue

Seven Adventurous Women's Travels from Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books

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Adventurous ladies from Charlotte Du Rietz.

Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books has issued a catalogue that is unusual in its subject matter. It is a book of long ago travels to far off, exotic lands (from a European perspective). However, these were not your typical travelers. These were all women, often setting off alone in a world that was not terribly welcoming to women who didn't know their place in society. It didn't stop them. Sometimes, these seven women had to disguise themselves as locals to be acceptable. Their safety was often at risk. But, these were courageous women, unafraid to explore the unknown.

 

The title of this catalogue is Adventurous Ladies. Seven Courageous Women and Their Amazing Travels. Since this is an unusual catalogue, we will not review it the typical way. Instead of describing some of the 24 books by or about these women offered, we will provide a brief description of the women themselves. Details about the books can be found on the Charlotte Du Rietz website, which includes a downloadable catalogue.

 

Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope (1776-1839) – Lady Hester, after the death of her mother at a young age, ended up with her uncle, Prime Minister William Pitt (the younger). She served as an exceptional hostess, but she was also an eccentric. In 1810, she set off for the east, never to return to Britain. She spent most of her time in Syria and Lebanon, conducted early archaeological explorations in the Holy Land, and organized a Druze revolt against the Egyptians. She settled down in an old monastery in Lebanon, but as she became more eccentric, her help left. She died alone.

 

Annie Taylor (1838 -1921?) - A missionary in China, Taylor concluded God wanted her to go to Tibet, "the most unfriendly country in the world." She was robbed several times and her companion betrayed her. Just three days short of her goal, she was forced to turn back.

 

Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900) – For her first 30 years, Mary Kingsley stayed at home caring for her mother, but after her parents died, she set off for Africa. She took two trips to West Africa, where she worked as a small time trader. In the process, she conducted zoological research and wrote books. In 1900, she volunteered to be a nurse in the Boer War, but died shortly after arriving in South Africa.

 

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) – Born to a wealthy family, after her father died, she headed east. She spent her life in areas you wouldn't want to go today – Syria and Iraq, along with the heart of Arabia. She served British intelligence during the First World War and later was a political advisor to Iraqi King Faisal I.

 

Alexandrine David-Neel (1868-1969) – David-Neel was a Frenchwoman who studied Buddhism and set off for the Far East at the age of 40. She stayed away from home for 14 years, traveling to Japan, Korea and Burma, before settling into a nomadic life in China. She too traveled to Tibet. She later returned to France and spent the last 20 years of her 100-year long life in the south of France.

 

Ella Maillart (1903-1997) – A native of Switzerland, Maillart set out for Russia in 1929, eventually living among tribes in Turkestan. She then became a correspondent for a French newspaper, sent to China to observe the Japanese occupation of Manchuria. After more travels, she spent the Second World War in India before returning to Switzerland, where she stayed the remainder of her life.

 

Osa Johnson (1894-1953) – Osa Leighty, later Johnson, grew up in Kansas. She didn't make it to Oz, but Johnson and her husband explored unknown lands in East and Central Africa, British Borneo, and the South Pacific islands. She became a filmmaker with her husband, and after he died in a plane crash, she continued their work alone. She led Twentieth Century Fox's expedition in 1938 to film Stanley and Livingstone.

 

Charlotte Du Rietz Rare Books may be reached at +46 704 411 183 or charlotte@durietzrarebooks.com.Their website is found at www.durietzrarebooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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