• 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.
  • 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    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil.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
  • 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.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2017 Issue

A Variety of Exceptional Material from Raptis Rare Books

The latest from Raptis Rare Books.

Raptis Rare Books recently issued a new catalogue. While I have not been able to locate a title, it does provide a useful guide to what is inside – a table of contents. Here are the subjects covered within: New Arrivals, Modern Literature, Children's Literature, History & World Leaders, Philosophy & Religion, Science & Exploration, Economics & Finance, Art & Architecture, Sports & Leisure. My guess is you will recognize most of the books or their authors. This is important and highly collectible material, condition generally excellent. Serious collectors in a variety of fields will appreciate what is offered. Here are a few samples.


We begin with a work of which Printing and the Mind of Man said "No other work of the sixteenth century equals it." The author was Andreas Vesalius, who quite literally, looked inside ourselves as no one had before. Vesalius was a physician and professor at the University of Padua who studied human anatomy. At the time, physicians still relied upon the teachings of Galen, 1,400 years old, much of which was speculative rather than based on observation. In Roman times, Galen was only permitted to dissect animals, not humans. Vesalius had the advantage of a local judge making the bodies executed criminals available to him for dissection, which he was willing to undertake. The result of his investigations was this book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem (on the fabric of the human body). The book not only contains Vesalius description of the human anatomy, but over 200 woodcut illustrations. The accuracy of both illustrations and text was exceptional. Printing and the Mind of Man further explains, "Galen was not merely improved upon, he was superseded; and the history of anatomy is divided into two periods, pre-Vesalian and post-Vesalian." Offered is a first edition, published in 1543. Item 30020. Priced at $145,000.


Next is an autographed personal letter from Mark Twain to Bram Stoker, best known for his novel Dracula. You might assume this is a case of one notable author writing to fellow writer, but that was not the case. The letter reads, "My Dear Stoker: It is a wonderful picture. I have never seen one of Irving before that could at all compare with it. I don't know how to thank you enough, Sincerely Yours S.L. Clemens December 27, 93." While he wrote other books, Stoker's by far best known work is Dracula, and that was not published until 1897. Rather, Stoker was better known at the time as the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre of London and the personal assistant of famous actor and manager of the theater Henry Irving. It was in this role that Stoker accommodated Twain with a picture of Irving, for which the latter was very grateful. Item 31008. $6,000.


Here is another letter signed by a most notable American, and one that seems very odd today. The writer was President Abraham Lincoln, and in the midst of his challenging presidency, he seeks a free one-way railway pass for a man he didn't even know. It is amazing what was expected of presidents in those days. The recipient was some sort of medical volunteer during the Civil War, and as such, Lincoln figured he deserved a free train ride home. So, he wrote a letter in hopes of securing one, though his tentative endorsement of the recipient himself and lack of knowledge of what he did indicates he knew nothing about the man. Writes Lincoln, "I suppose this man has been doing something for our sick soldiers, and I should think it would be no more than fair that he should have a Railroad pass to his home in Albany, New York. A. Lincoln. July 2, 1862." Item 32009. $16,000.


If that is a strange message from a president, this one is stranger still. It comes from Richard Nixon, and it is considerately inscribed by a President whose national reputation wasn't much better than that of Lincoln in the South. Writes Nixon, "To Ward Thompson, with appreciation for his service to the nation and best wishes for Christmas 1978." Actually, it is a tribute to Nixon that he wrote such a polite letter to Thompson, rather than saying what he must have truly felt about the man. Thompson was an IRS agent. Prior to the more notable Watergate scandal, Nixon was involved in one involving his taxes. Nixon opened his tax returns to the public, starting a tradition that was in place all the way until this most recent election. Nixon paid a price for his openness - $67,000 to be exact. Further examination revealed that Nixon owed $67,000 in taxes. Thompson was the agent put in charge of auditing Nixon's taxes, and had to receive an authorization from the IRS (a photocopy is included) to ask Nixon for his autograph. The inscription comes within a copy of Nixon's 1978 book, The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. Item 4510. $2,200.


It probably wouldn't be all that surprising to hear that the all-time best selling children's book is The Tale of Peter Rabbit. What is the second best selling such book? Raptis provides the answer, and it was a major surprise to me. Perhaps it shouldn't have been, as I had a copy when I was young and so did my children, but it is still not one that immediately comes to mind. The answer is Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt. It is not the writing that makes this book so popular, but its interactive nature, designed for the youngest of children. It contains a few very simple things a young child can do, and when you are very young, they are exciting. You can, as the title says, pat the bunny, which is to say touch a piece of cotton shaped like a bunny. You can peekaboo with a mirror, feel Daddy's scratchy, unshaven face, put your finger in Mommy's ring, or poke a ball that squeaks in return. The presence of the ball reveals this to be a first edition, first issue from 1940. The ball was quickly replaced by perfumed flowers as the squeaker regularly failed. Sadly, I have never seen a copy listed where the squeaker still worked, and, alas, that is true of this one too. Item 30007. $5,500.


Of all the comic book superheroes, none has matched the reputation of the original, Superman. The Man of Steel first appeared in a 1938 issue of Action Comics, and this creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster has made his way to books, television, and the big screen in the years since. In 1942, he found himself in the pages of a book, in this case written by George Lowther and illustrated by Shuster. The title is The Adventures of Superman, and this copy is inscribed by Lowther. Collecting Superman in books is much less intimidating than collecting him in comics, as that first edition of Superman in comic book form can cost you almost 100 times what the book sells for. Item 32042. $4,000.


Raptis Rare Books may be reached at 800-727-3266 or mail@raptisrarebooks.com. Their website is found at www.raptisrarebooks.com.

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  • 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

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