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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2016 Issue

A Variety of Items for the Holidays from James Cummins Bookseller

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James Cummins' Catalogue 310.

James Cummins Bookseller recently published Catalogue 130 for the just completing Holiday 2015 season. If it is too late to purchase one of these books or other paper items as a gift, it is never too late to purchase one for yourself. Charity begins at home. You will be quite pleased with your gift. There are items for a wide range of interests worthy of your consideration. Here are a few.

 

We begin with a book that is perhaps not the greatest literary work ever, but an extremely popular one whose lead character lives on a century after his literary birth. Item 16 is a first edition, first issue of the first Tarzan book, Tarzan of the Apes. Taken as a child to Africa by his parents Lord and Lady Greystoke, Tarzan was raised by apes after his parents died. Cummins informs us of something I never knew before – "Tarzan" means "white skin" in ape language. I don't know how author Edgar Rice Burroughs determined that, since as best I know apes can at most only use sign language which has no inherent pronunciations. Nonetheless, this did not diminish Tarzan's popularity, as he went on to star in many books and movies in the ensuing century. Priced at $4,500.

 

Item 91 is a Souvenir of the New York Stock Exchange, published during its 100th centennial in 1893. It includes photographs, a list of members, and a history of the exchange, along advertisements from various brokers, banks and others. Ironically, it pronounces, "The New York Stock Exchange is indeed one of the greatest bulwarks against panics that the business community could have." It didn't prove to be much of a bulwark in October 1929 when the stock market crashed, ushering in the Great Depression. $6,000.

 

Next up is Alice's Avonturen in het Wonderland, the 1899 first complete edition in Dutch of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This was the fantastical world of young Alice created by mathematician Charles L. Dodgson, also known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. This copy comes with a special provenance. It once belonged to Alice herself. While the Alice in the story was obviously quite fictional, Dodgson based her character on a very real girl, Alice Pleasance Liddell (later Hargreaves after she married). Alice has signed this copy "Pleasance Hargreaves." It is also signed by Maude (Standen) Ffooks, another of Dodgson's "child friends". Item 30. $2,250.

 

Item 3 will grab the attention of those with an enduring interest in automobiles. From the dawn of the era of horseless carriages comes Auto-Cars. Car, Tramcars, and Small Cars. This is an 1896 English translation of a book first published that same year in French. The author was D. Farman, described as a "mechanical engineer." This is actually a highly technical work, surprising for such an early time in automotive development. Numerous diagrams are included to help explain the technical aspects of engines and cars. Mr. Farman notes that there are several types of engines – steam, electrical, compressed air, and petroleum. He covers them all, but focuses primarily on "petroleum motors, which, in our estimation, seem to have a brilliant future before them." $1,750.

 

Item 74 is a rare advance copy of the Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt President of the United States. Delivered at the Capital, Washington D. C. March 4, 1933. This is the address that began with the immortal words, "...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." The line was delivered 3 ½ years after the aforementioned stock market crash, the fearful nation now enveloped in the Great Depression. Roosevelt placed the blame squarely on bankers and businessmen who who put monetary profits ahead of social responsibility. This all seems to have some resemblance to 2008. At the last minute, Roosevelt chose to read the speech from his typed notes, rather than a printed copy, and his notes contained some handwritten corrections. Those corrections were incorporated into later printings of the inaugural address, so this is a rare original version of his words. This copy is signed by Eleanor R. Roach, Eleanor Hall Roosevelt Roach. Mrs. Roach was the daughter G. Hall Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt's only brother as well as a more distant relative of the President himself. $22,500.

 

Item 83 is The Sneetches and Other Stories, by the inimitable Dr. Seuss, published in 1961. It contains The Sneetches and three other stories. The Sneetches has a lesson to teach children, though adults may be in more need of its lessons. Sneetches are yellow creatures, some of whom have a green star on their bellies, some do not. The ones with the stars think they are superior. Along comes a clever salesman with a machine that will imprint green stars on Sneetch bellies. The star-less jump at the chance to purchase stars. However, those who had stars before no longer are able to identify themselves as special. The salesman has an answer. He sells them star removal services. The Sneetches go back and forth until finally no one knows who was an original star belly and who was not. The salesman leaves with all of the money they have spent on stars, and the Sneetches are left with a valuable lesson. The tale was inspired by Seuss' abhorrence of racial discrimination and antisemitism. $750.

 

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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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>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.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The Library of Dawson Turner<br>4 March 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Beck (Henry). <i>London Underground Transport,</i> 1934. Iconic original poster. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Turner (Dawson, 1775-1858). ‘Journal of a Three Weeks' Tour, with Thos. Phillips’, 1815. Unpublished illustrated manuscript. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Sander (Frederick). <i>Reichenbachia,</i> 4 volumes, 1st edition, 1886-95. Ex libris Sir David Salomons (1797-1873). £3,000 to £5,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The Library of Dawson Turner<br>4 March 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Mary I, Queen of England (1516-1558). Illuminated grant of arms on vellum to John Hombreston, 1554. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Restoration London. Album of important autographs, c.1660-90. Including a letter from Sir William Petty to John Evelyn. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Levellers. <i>The Womens Petition to Over Cromwell,</i> 1651. Extremely rare broadside, 2 copies in libraries. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The Library of Dawson Turner<br>4 March 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Catherine of Siena. <i>Lettere devotissime,</i> Venice, 1562. Ex libris Giacomo Castelvetro (1546-1616), with marginalia. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Kane (Brig. Gen. Richard, 1666-1732). ‘A Plan of the Town, Mountain and Bay of Gibraltar’, 1712. Pen and ink and watercolour. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Costa (Emanuel Mendes da). <i>A Natural History of Fossils,</i> 1st edition, 1757. £600 to £800.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>Printed Books, Maps & Documents, The Library of Dawson Turner<br>4 March 2020</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Blaeu (Johannes). <i>Britannia Anglo-Saxonum,</i> c.1646. £700 to £1,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Donne (John). <i>Devotions,</i> 1st edition, 1624. Contemporary vellum gilt, £700 to £1,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Mar. 4:</b> Baden-Powell (Robert). <i>Scouting for Boys,</i> 1st edition, 1908. £800 to £1,200.

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