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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2005 Issue

Jesse James' Mother, Tom Mix's Horse, & More From Gene W. Baade

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Gene Baade's Catalogue 505.


By Michael Stillman

Gene W. Baade
is offering his Catalogue 505 of "Books on the West." It is certainly an eclectic collection of items you don't often find. They range from old and collectible books to reading copies to more recent publications. The common thread is America's West, and if you share an interest in this subject, then this is a catalogue for you. Here are a few of the items.

We all know the story of Frank and Jesse James, but how about that of their mother, Zerelda James Samuel? Daughter of a respectable Kentucky family, Zerelda married the Reverend Robert James in 1841 at the age of 17. It's hard to imagine what a man of the cloth would think of sons like these, but we will never know, since he died while they were young. She remarried Dr. Reuben Samuel, and both mother and stepfather would be fiercely loyal to the James boys, though their occupation would bring much suffering to the family. The book is titled The Empty Sleeve, and it refers to the right sleeve of her clothing, her arm having been blown off in a raid of her home by Pinkerton detectives. A young son was also killed by the Molotov cocktail-like device thrown through their window. Zerelda was instrumental in promoting the theory that her boys were not criminals, but loyal Confederate soldiers, being persecuted by Radical Republicans for their loyalties. The James brothers had joined a group of Missouri Confederate guerrillas, whose outlaw behavior even the Confederate authorities disowned. It evolved to pure outlawry. However, Zerelda's claim was sufficient to generate support from many who still held onto their Confederate sympathies. Jesse died in 1882, shot in the back of his head for reward money, but Zerelda lived on until 1911. She died on a train trip returning from a visit with her retired, other infamous son, Frank. This 1961 first edition was written by Martha McKelvie, and has her signed presentation. Item 104. Priced at $45.

If we can have a book about Jesse James' mother, how about one on Tom Mix's horse? Tom Mix, for those who have forgotten, and many have, was one of the first cowboys of the silver screen. He was enormously popular, making as much as $10,000 a week in the 1920s, when it took the average citizen a few years to earn that much. Mix was a big favorite of silent movie fans, but his voice was evidently not as appealing as his visual persona. His career slipped along with the economy in the 1930s. But, back in his heyday, before anyone had ever heard of Trigger or Silver, there was Tony the Wonder Horse. Tony learned many tricks, though none quite as spectacular as some portrayed on the screen, such as untying his bound master or running off to summon help in an emergency. Tony appeared in Mix's movies until 1932, when the aging cowboy was no longer confident riding an aged horse. Tony was replaced by Tony II. However, Tony had the good horse sense to retire quietly to the farm. His daring master, who survived all kinds of risky adventures on and off horseback, died in a freak auto accident in 1940, when swerving to avoid road workers in his custom Cord, a suitcase smashed into the back of his head. Tony died two years, to the day, after Tom. The book is Tony and his Pals by H. and F. Christeson, published in 1934. Item 32. $50.

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  • <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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