Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2017 Issue

A Varied Selection from the Heritage Book Shop

A fair catalogue from Heritage Book Shop.

The Heritage Book Shop prepared a catalogue especially for the not too long ago 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. Heritage is a long-time southern California institution, recently having moved to Tarzana, a little outside of L.A. They specialize in fine, rare and unusual books from the 15th-20th centuries. That leaves their selections open to a wide array, but these are all books of interest and significance. Here are a few of them.

 

We will begin with as close as you will ever come to owning the first book ever printed, a Gutenberg Bible. I don't know that a Gutenberg Bible will ever come on the market again, but occasionally you can find a page or two. Here is one from a leaf book that was published in 1921. Bookseller Gabriel Wells had obtained an incomplete copy which he used to create the book A Noble Fragment. Being a Leaf from the Gutenberg Bible 1450-1455. Wells had enough leaves to create 600 copies of his book, which he had designed by one of the best in the business, Bruce Rogers. A bibliographical essay by A. Edward Newton was included, along with, of course, the Gutenberg leaf. Priced at $85,000.

 

This book combines one of the 20th century's great writers with one of its great artists. It also may be the most significant book published by the legendary Limited Editions Club. Club founder George Macy's goal in founding it was to combine exceptional editions of classic works with artwork by notable artists and illustrators. This was his piece de resistance. The book is Ulysses, this edition published in 1935. Ulysses was barely a teenager at the time, having first been published 13 years earlier, but was already recognized as a classic. To provide the illustrations, Macy brought in Henri Matisse, the famed French painter. Matisse's illustrations were not so much based on Joyce's book as they were on the Odyssey, but Ulysses could be considered an odyssey with a small "o." One suspects it may be that Matisse didn't read Ulysses – it isn't easy. The Limited Editions Club printed 1,500 copies, and they were to be signed by both writer and artist. Matisse signed all 1,500, but Joyce stopped at 250. It may have been because he wasn't pleased with Matisse's illustrations, though this is not clear. Offered is one of the 250 copies signed by both. $22,500.

 

This is the first and scarcest work published by Robert Louis Stevenson. He would go on to be one of the 19th centuries best known novelist-poets, but in 1866, he was a mere lad of 16 living at home. The title is The Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. It is a pamphlet based on the history of the Scotch Covenanters, learned from stories Stevenson was told as a child. His father had the book published and bought up most of the copies. The size of the run is not known but it was not long. Likely, it was only small double digits. The family later sold his father's copies after Stevenson became well known. $5,000.

 

Here is another author's first work, but in a case of the first shall be last, it was her last novel to be published. This is The Professor, A Tale. It is attributed to Currer Bell, but of course that was a pseudonym. When Charlotte Bronte and her sisters first began publishing books, they were afraid women authors would not be well received, so they all used pen names that were gender neutral, so readers could think what they wanted. By 1857, when this book was finally published, there was no need to disguise Charlotte or her sisters, all of whom had died by then, but the novel was originally distributed to potential publishers in 1846 under the name Currer Bell. $7,500.

 

We all know Thomas Paine's Common Sense, a call for democracy and independence for England's American colonies. Less well known is this rebuttal: Plain Truth, Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, containing, remarks on a late pamphlet, entitled Common Sense. To the victor goes the spoils, and being remembered as well. The book was attributed to "Candidus," but the actual author of this 1776 response was wealthy Maryland planter James Chalmers. Chalmers argues that the colonists are highly indebted to the British and that democracies usually fail. He does make an interesting point, though. He says that none of the great powers, such as France and Spain, will come to the aid the colonists as they will be fearful of starting movements for democracy in their own countries. He was incorrect that they would not provide aid, as help from France was critical to the revolution's success, but King Louis XVI might have had second thoughts later when revolution broke out in his own country. Chalmers had a point. He would later write another attack on another Paine book, but this time from his new home in London. $7,500.

 

Heritage Book Shop may be reached at 310-659-3674 or heritage@heritagebookshop.com. Their website is www.heritagebookshop.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000
  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Potter (Beatrix). Complete set of four original illustrations for the nursery rhyme, 'This pig went to market', 1890s. £60,000 to £80,000.
    Forum, May 30: Dante Alighieri.- Lactantius (Lucius Coelius Firmianus). Opera, second edition, Rome, 1468. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, May 30: Distilling.- Brunschwig (Hieronymus). Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis, first edition of the so-called 'Grosses Destillierbuch', Strassburg, 1512. £22,000 to £28,000.
    Forum, May 30: Eliot (T.S.), W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, & others. A Personal Anthology for Eric Walter White, 60 autograph poems. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum, May 30: Cornerstone of French Enlightenment Philosophy.- Helvetius (Claude Adrien). De l'Esprit, true first issue "A" of the suppressed first edition, Paris, 1758. £20,000 to £30,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    30th May 2024
    Forum, May 30: Szyk (Arthur). The Haggadah, one of 125 copies, this out-of-series, Beaconsfield Press, 1940. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Fleming (Ian). Casino Royale, first edition, first impression, 1953. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, May 30: Japan.- Ryusui (Katsuma). Umi no Sachi [Wealth of the Sea], 2 vol., Tokyo, 1762. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Computing.- Operating and maintenance manual for the BINAC binary automatic computer built for Northrop Aircraft Corporation 1949, Philadelphia, 1949. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, May 30: Burmese School (probably circa 1870s). Folding manuscript, or parabaik, from the Court Workshop at the Royal Court at Manadaly, Burma, [c.1870s]. £8,000 to £12,000.

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