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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2016 Issue

Canadiana, Americas, Travel and Antiquarian Books from Patrick McGahern Books

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Canada, America, travel and old.

Patrick McGahern Books recently issued a new catalogue of Rare, Scarce and Interesting Books. Canadiana, Americas, North American Travel & Antiquarian Books. That places most books from or about North America, with a few exceptions, mostly from England. With only a couple of outliers, the items are in the English language. Here are a few.

 

While McGahern carries much in the way of Canadiana, as befits an Ottawa bookseller, this book will be of primary interest to American collectors, even if it is written in French. The title is Mémoires de Paul Jones... or, the Memoirs of [John] Paul Jones in English. The remainder of the long title in French translates to, "it describes his principal services, and recalls what happened to him most remarkably during the course of the American Revolution, particularly in Europe, written by himself in English, and translated under his eyes by the citizen André." Americans will remember John Paul Jones as the "Father of the American Navy." At the time of the Revolution, America had no navy, so it was an opportune time for a father to emerge. Despite an absence of boats, the Americans did manage to scrounge up a few, and Jones commanded several. His most notable feats came when, undermanned, he harassed shipping off of England's coast and improbably won a battle. It was then that he uttered his most memorable words, "I have not yet begun to fight." Jones was honored not only by the Americans, but the French as well, whose antagonism toward the British long preceded that of the Americans. It was in connection with the French honors that Jones prepared a manuscript of his adventures fighting the hated British. Since Jones did not speak much French, his aid, Benoit André, prepared a translation, which was presented to King Louis XVI. The book of his exploits, the first printed biography of Jones, was not published until 1798 in André's French translation. Item 27. Priced at CAD $10,000 (Canadian dollars, or approximately $7,670 U.S. dollars).

 

Next up is a look at primarily Atlantic Canada in the first half of the 19th century, which contains a notable reference to the early days of the nation's national pastime. Sir Richard George Augustus Levinge was a 7th Baronet of something, but also a captain in the army. He was sent to Canada around the time of the rebellion (1837) and stayed a few years. He recorded his observations, and wrote them in his book, Echoes from the Backwoods: or, Sketches of Trans-Atlantic Life, published in 1846. Levinge provides tips for emigrants, covering costs of provisions, clothing, livestock, and farming tools, reports on trade and the proposed railway, hunting and fishing trips. He describes the tense political situation at the time in Lower and Upper Canada, and his trip to the U. S. Of particular note, he describes the still new game, imported from England, being played in Canada. It involved knocking a ball around with a stick until you could get it in a goal, but since Canada is frozen over so much of the time, they were playing the game on ice. Levinge provided the first description of hockey in Canada, other than one presented earlier by explorer John Franklin, when the men on one of his expeditions to the far north played the game on a lake in the Northwest Territories. Item 34. CAD $1,500 (US $1,150).

 

Here is a book of interest to collectors of both Canadiana and Americana. Alexander Ross was born in Scotland, but emigrated to Canada as a young man. He spent most of his career in the fur trade in the west, often living in the wilderness. This was an area whose ownership was contested, primarily by the U.S. and Britain (for their Canadian colony), with lesser claims by Spain and Russia. Item 50 covers a relatively brief period in Ross' career: Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted out by John Jacob Astor, to Establish the "Pacific Fur Company;" with an Account of Some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific. This first edition was published in 1849, though Astor's trading post at Astoria had a brief lifespan, from 1811-1813. Astoria is notable as the first American outpost on the Pacific coast, part of the justification for America's claim to Oregon. It was hard to make a go of Astoria, particularly with trade disruption caused by the War of 1812. Astor sold his Pacific assets to the North West Company, and Ross went on to work for them and later the Hudson Bay Company. Item 50. CAD $2,000 (US $1,530).

 

France supported the aforementioned John Paul Jones and the American Revolution not so much out of a love for freedom as their hatred for their long-time enemies the British. Similarly, the British aided South American revolutionaries not out of love for freedom but out of their desire to dismantle their rival, Spain's, empire. This is why George Washington warned against becoming involved in entanglements with European powers. Their wars never ended. Gustavus Hippisley was a colonel with the First Venezuelan Hussars, a brigade sent to South America to assist Bolivar and the revolutionaries in their war for independence. The account covers his journey to South America and stops along the way, the work of the brigade, and includes an appendix of various documents including orders issued by Bolivar and others. It was a terrible experience, most of the men succumbing to disease rather than battle wounds. Hippisley provides a warning to others. McGahern notes that this is "a fascinating account of South American independence movements," despite Sabin's claim (quoting an 1834 issue of Blackwood's Magazine) that "Lord Byron made use of this work to put himself to sleep." The title is, A Narrative of the Expedition to the Rivers Orinoco and Apure, in South America, published in 1819. Item 24. CAD $3,000 (US $2,297).

 

John Stuart Mill was a philosopher, a Utilitarian, who supported many liberal causes of his day – democracy, freedom of speech, women's rights – all controversial in the 19th century. Utilitarianism preaches that choices should be made on the basis of what provides the most good for the most people. However, Mill realized there was a problem with this. The majority could impose tyrannical rule on the minority, even in a democratic society. There needed to be protection of individual liberty within a utilitarian society. Mill described his ideals in On Liberty, this first edition published in 1859. McGahern notes that this was the second most famous book published in England in the year 1859, it also being the year that Darwin published his On the Origin of Species. Item 37. CAD 4,500 (US $3,447).

 

Patrick McGahern Books may be reached at 613-230-2277 or books@mcgahernbooks.ca. Their website is www.mcgahernbooks.ca.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> RATZER, Bernard. <i>Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767.</i> London: Jefferys and Faden, “Jan.y” 12, 1776. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COCKERELL, Sydney C. <i>Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 [issued 1898]. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. KEATS, John. <i>Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems.</i> Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center> <b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GRANT, Ulysses S.— GRANT, Julia, First Lady]. Carved Applewood and 18-karat Gold Jewelry Suite, Browne & Spaulding, Jewelers, New York City, 1865. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [LINCOLN ASSASSINATION]. GARDNER, Alexander. <i>Incidents of the War |Sic Semper Sicariis</i> [caption title]. Washington, D. C.: Philip & Solomons, 1865. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> A COMPLETE COLLECTION of 115 titles published in R. R. Donnelley's Lakeside Classics series. Chicago, 1903-2017. COMPLETE RUN OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING CONTINUOUS SERIES OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD. $5,000 to $7,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> GLEIZES, Albert. METZINGER, Jean. <i>Du Cubisme.</i> Paris, 1947. LIMITED EDITION, number 19 of 20 copies on papier d'Auvergne. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [THE LITTLE REVIEW]. ANDERSON, Margaret, ed. POUND, Ezra, ed. HEAP, Jane, ed. <i>The Little Review.</i> Vol. I, No. 1 through Vol. XII, No. 2. 1914-1929. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [MOUNTENEY, Leonard, binder]. LOUŸS, Pierre. <i>Songs of Bilitis.</i> Chicago: Argus Books, 1931. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [HANCOCK, John]. Partly-printed U.S. Loan-Office Transfer Certificate issued on behalf of Hancock. Sgn’d on recto by William Imlay, as Commissioner of Loans of Connecticut. 28 February 1793. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DE CORDOBA, JACOB. <i>Map of the State of Texas.</i> New York, 1866. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ARNOLD, BENEDICT. Autograph bookseller's receipt for Dr. John Dickinson, Signed ("B. Arnold"), February 1767. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("A Einstein") to Cleveland E. Dodge offering early reports on the meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") to General Henri Giraud written from a secret bunker in Gibraltar on the eve of Operation Torch, November 4 [but 6], 1942. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> Early Broadside Printing of the GADSDEN PURCHASE, Puebla, August 16, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ALLEN, ETHAN. Autograph Letter Signed to Crevecouer during the Constitutional Debates in Congress, 2 pp, August 29, 1787. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> London John Murray, 1859. FIRST EDITION. THE VERY FINE MELLON-GARDEN COPY. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> ECKERT, J. P, H. H. GOLDSTINE, and J. G. BRAINERD. <i>Description of the ENIAC and comments on electronic digital computing machines.</i> N.p., 1945. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY GOLDSTINE. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> EUCLID. <i>Elementa geometriae.</i> Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY]. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays…</i> New York: John and Andrew M'Lean, 1788. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Dialogo...Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano.</i> Florence, 1632. FIRST EDITION. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY JOYCE. $120,000 to $180,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> KEYNES, John Maynard. <i>The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.</i> London: Macmillan, 1936. FIRST EDITION. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> NEWTON, Isaac, Sir. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> London: Joseph Streater for the Royal Society, 1687. FIRST EDITION. $150,000 to $250,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> ROWLING, J. K. <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.</i> London: Bloomsbury, 1997. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ROWLING. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> SMITH, Adam. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.</i> London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. FIRST EDITION. $70,000 to $90,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Sir Isaac Newton, <i>Opticks,</i> first edition, first issue, London, 1704. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Johannes Jacobus Canis, <i>De modo studendi in utroque iure,</i> first edition, Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Pope Clemens V, <i>Constitutiones,</i> Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis, <i>Lectura super V libris Decretalium,</i> Basel, 1480-81. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Michael Faraday, <i>Experimental Researches in Electricity,</i> complete set, first editions, London, 1832-56. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> William Gilbert, <i>Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete,</i> Sedini, 1628. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> John Bulwer, <i>Philocophus,</i> first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> James Cook, complete set, 9 volumes, London, 1773-84. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Bertrand, <i>Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita,</i> with the earliest known view of the city of Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.

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