• Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Audubon Birds of America, 1st Octavo Edition; 5 vols plus Journals, ex. J.J. Pringle. $4,000 to $4,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: American Ornithology Plates Folio in 2 Vols, A. Wilson and C. Bonaparte. $3,400 to $3,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell. $1,800 to $2,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Cormac McCarthy, Signed 1st Editions, The Passenger & Stella Maris Box Set. $1,700 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Oliver Buell Cabinet Photograph, Chief Crowfoot. $1,400 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Colton's Atlas of the World, 1856, in Two Volumes; plus Africa / Mahdist War Map. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Barflies and Cocktails, Harry McElhone, First Edition Mixology Book. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1861 U. S. Grant Broadside Proclamation, Paducah, KY. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 2 John Overton Signed Letters, 1803, re: TN Statehood. $800 to $900.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Simon Wastell "Microbiblion or The Bibles Epitome: in Verse" 1629. $600 to $700.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Thomas Lewis Family Letter Archive; Boston, Massachusetts. $400 to $500.
  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2016 Issue

Arctic & Canadiana from Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller

Arctic & Candiana.

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller has released a catalogue of Arctic & Canadiana. The image on the cover, drawn by Walter William May on one of the many expeditions to find the lost ships of Sir John Franklin, is a fitting introduction. Much of what you will find here relates to explorations that required overcoming intense cold, while other works refer to places that are just cold, but not so intensely. It took hardy souls to explore the Arctic, or settle Canada. This catalogue is a tribute to them. Here are a few of the works you will find.

 

The first item is a finely bound set of John Barrow's two histories of Arctic voyages. The first is A Chronological History of the Voyages into the Arctic Regions; Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific... published in 1818. It covers everything from early Scandinavian voyages to the departures of those of Ross and Buchan in 1818. Barrow had proposed those two expeditions. The second volume is Voyages of Discovery and Research within the Arctic Regions, From the Year 1818 to the Present Time... published in 1846. It is a sequel. Barrow himself had visited warmer climes, serving in South Africa and Asia. However, from his position in the British Admiralty, he became the major proponent of Arctic exploration. Like others before him, he vainly sought to find the mystical Northwest Passage, that could have saved so much time for Asia traders in the days before the Panama Canal. This copy of Barrow's voyages came from the Lighthouse Trust. A few years ago, the Trust was tasked with selling books long owned by Britain's Northern Lighthouse Board. The agency had determined it no longer made sense for a board tasked with operating British lighthouses to bear the expenses of maintaining a collection of valuable books of no practical use for their mission. Item 1. Priced at CAD $4,000 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $3,099 in U.S. currency).

 

Of all the attempts to find a northwest passage, none was as well-known or consequential as the 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin. That is not because he found the passage or much else. Rather, he got trapped in ice and for many years, no one knew what happened to him. Ultimately, the ending was tragedy. All of his men either starved, died of disease, or froze. However, his voyage led to an enormous number of rescue missions, and once it was recognized that the cause was lost, others to determine the details of his fate. In the process, much new information was learned about the Canadian Arctic. Item 3 is The Last of the Arctic Voyages. Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.D. Assistance, Under the Command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher, C.B., in Search of Sir John Franklin, during the Years 1852-53-54, written by Belcher and published in 1855. This was the last of the official rescue missions, though Mrs. Franklin backed a few private ones. Belcher did not find Franklin, though ironically, he did rescue Robert McClure, who was also out searching for Franklin. Belcher came back with much in the way of scientific and geographical information, though he lost four of his five ships and never again was given such a command. CAD $4,500 (US $3,489).

 

The ultimate non-practical achievement of Arctic exploration was reaching the North Pole. Many tried, but obstacles, climate and ice, made it extremely difficult. In 1907, Frederick Cook claimed to have reached the pole, but that clearly was incorrect if not downright fraudulent. The goal was finally reached in 1909 by Robert Peary, though he too has his doubters. Item 58 is the first British edition of The North Pole by Peary, published in 1910. Peary, along with Matthew Henson and four Inuits said they reached the pole, and most today give them credit. Questions were raised as some believe a journey to the pole from his last support station would have taken longer than the time claimed by Peary. $450.

 

Alexander Mackenzie was not attempting to find the colder reaches though he inadvertently did so on his first expedition. Mackenzie was trying to make it across the North American continent well before Lewis and Clark embarked on their journey. The difference is that Mackenzie was taking a route through Canada. On his first journey in 1789, Mackenzie traveled up a river he thought would lead to the Pacific. He thought wrong. What he followed is today known as the Mackenzie River, and it flows into what he called the "Frozen Ocean" – the Arctic. Undaunted, Mackenzie tried again a few years later. This time, he followed the Peace River, then overland to what he thought was the Columbia River, but was in fact the Fraser River. Unable to follow it too far because of the torrential currents and warnings by natives, he went overland again, crossing some mountains before reaching the Bella Coola River. This route finally brought him to the Pacific. He became the first to cross the continent in 1793. Item 38 is his account in an exceptional binding, Voyages from Montreal, on the River St. Laurence, through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; In the Years 1789 and 1793... published in 1801. $9,000.

 

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian born son of recent Icelandic immigrants, was a notable early 20th century Arctic explorer. He was also controversial in his day. His greatest accomplishments came from the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913-1918, though he had spent much time in the far north before that. What was notable about Stefansson, that many other explorers neglected, was his determination to understand the ways of the native Inuit, to recognize how they survived the extreme climate and apply their lessons. However, many thought he was a poor leader, particularly after 11 of his men died when their ship became trapped in ice and sank. His reputation suffered further after the expedition when he attempted to settle Wrangel Island, north of Siberia, for Canada when it was recognized as Russian territory, losing four ill-equipped settlers. He moved to the U.S. and focused on teaching and writing. Item 75 is Stefansson's My Life with the Eskimo, published in 1924. It describes his earlier expedition, 1908-1912, in northern Canada and Alaska. $125.

 

Bjarne Tokerud Bookseller may be reached at 250-381-2230 or bjarnetokerud@shaw.ca. Their website is www.bjarnetokerud.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000
  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000
  • Finarte, July 4-5: FERMI, ENRICO. Letters, 1923. €30,000 to €40,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The comedy, 1477. €45,000 to €50,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The Comedy [Commentary by Christophorus Landinus]. Addition: Marsilius Ficinus, Ad Dantem gratulatio [in Latin and Italian], 1487. €40,000 to €60,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ASTRONOMIA - CALENDARIO - REGIOMONTANUS, JOHANNES (MÜLLER, JOHANN, OF KÖNIGSBERG) Kalendarium, 1483. €5,000 to €7,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: CATERINA II DI RUSSIA, Parchment diploma granted by Catherine II of Russia, 1778. €15,000 to €20,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: VICO, GIAMBATTISTA New Science Principles, 1725.

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