• <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702). <i>Micrographia: Or Some Psychological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses.</i> London: for James Allestry, 1667. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution…</i> $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> FUCHS, Leonhart (1501-1566). <i>Histoire des Plantes de M. Leonhart Fuschsius, avec les noms Grecs, Latins & Fraçoys.</i> Paris: Arnold Byrkman, 1549. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800). <i>Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis.</i> Paris: Desray, An XIII [1799-1800]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>Journals of the Congress...</i>Volume I (Sept. 5, 1774-Jan. 1, 1776) through Volume XIII (November 1787-November 1788). $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [UNITED STATES CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. <i>The Journals of the Proceedings of Congress. Held at Philadelphia, from January to May, 1776.</i> $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [TEXAS]. <i>Map of Bexar County, Texas.</i> San Antonio and Austin: Samuel Maverick & John H. Traynham, 1889. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> GARDNER, Alexander (1821-1882). Imperial albumen Photograph. <i>Scenes in the Indian Country</i> [Fort Laramie]. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> WILLIAMS, H. Noel. <i>Madame Recamier and her Friends.</i> London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1906. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b><center>Hindman:<br>Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>November 9-10, 2021
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. <i>The Holy Bible. Containing All the Books of the Old and New Testaments.</i> North Hatfield, MA and New York City: Pennyroyal Caxton Press, 1999. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [PRINTS]. MOSER, Barry. Alice in Her Sister’s Reverie. [1982]. 433 x 552 mm. Signed and captioned by Moser in pencil, designated artist’s proof (“ap”). $1,000 to $1,500.
    16 <b>Hindman, Nov. 9-10:</b> [MOSER, Barry, illustrator]. A group of 4 wood-engraved plates for the Pennyroyal Press edition <i>The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.</i> [West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press, 1985]. $600 to $800.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Pancho Villa, passport for a news correspondent covering the Mexican revolution, signed, 1914. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Nirvana’s <i>Nevermind,</i> CD insert signed & inscribed days after release by Cobain, inscribed by Novoselic, 1991. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Robert Indiana, <i>The Book of Love,</i> complete portfolio, artist’s proof set, 1997. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Marcel Vertés, Colette, <i>Chéri,</i> two volumes, deluxe edition, signed by the artist, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Orlando,</i> first trade edition, first impression, London, 1928. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Mark Twain, receipt for payment of the Mark Twain Public Library Tax, 1908. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 28:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> portfolio, collotype plates, 1918. $15,000 to $20,000.
  • <center><b>The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop<br></b>Catalogue 190:<br>Magnificent Books & Photographs<br><b>Free on request</b>
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Shakespeare. <i>The Second Folio</i> (1632).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Abraham Lincoln. Autograph note on Black troops in the Union Army (1865).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Neil Armstrong. The largest known U.S. flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11 (1969).
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> William Henry Fox Talbot. <i>The Pencil of Nature</i> (1844-1846) the first photo illustrated book.
    <b>19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop:</b> Albert Einstein. Letter on relativity and the speed of light (1951).
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>26th-29th of October 2021</b>
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Manuscripts and autographs
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Artist books
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Cars & more
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th:</b><br>Magazines
    <b>Gonnelli Auction 31, Oct. 28th- 29th:</b><br>Books from XV to XX Century

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2017 Issue

A Variety of Rare Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books


Rare Americana.

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books recently published their catalogue No. 155 of Rare Americana. It is filled with books, pamphlets, broadsides, cartoons, illustrations, manuscripts and other ephemeral items relating to historic America (and a few from the old colonial masters in England). Those who collect Americana will always find things of interest in a Lesser catalogue. Here are a few selections from this latest one.


We begin with an untitled broadside celebrating the British victory at Bunker Hill in the early days of the American Revolution. If ever there was a pyrrhic victory, this was it. Dated June 26, 1775, and printed by loyalist printer John Howe, it proclaims the British victory over the rebel forces. "This action has shown the Bravery of the King's Troops, who under every Disadvantage, gained compleat Victory over Three Times their Number, strongly posted, and covered by Breastworks. But they fought for their KING, their LAWS, and CONSTITUTION." After the patriots had driven English troops back to Boston during the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the British attacked the American stronghold on nearby Bunker and Breed's Hill. It was a fierce battle, and technically, Howe was right. The British succeeded in driving the patriots from the hill. However, the British losses were heavy, so much so that they never again attempted to drive the Americans from the hills surrounding Boston again. From there, the Americans could watch what was going on in town, and lob cannonballs at the British whenever they wanted. The British could do little in return, and the following year, concluded it was better to simply desert Boston than to continue trying to hold the town. Item 28. Priced at $20,000.


Next we have a British item, though it pertains to the horrors that led to America's most divisive internal debate, the slave trade. Item 4 is the Report from the Select Committee of the House of Lords, Appointed to Consider the Best Means which Great Britain Can Adopt for the Final Extinction of the African Slave Trade... Issued in 1849, America had long prohibited the trade in African slaves, though slavery, and the internal trading of slaves, was still quite legal. However, others continued to bring slaves from Africa to the Americas, and the British were leaders in using their navy to stop it. This report is filled with data about the trade, plus details of the horrors those enslaved in Africa faced on the journey west. "Every slave, whatever his size might be, was found to have only five feet six inches in length and sixteen inches in breadth to lie in. The floor was covered with bodies stowed or packed according to this allowance...The men were chained two and two together by their hands and feet, and were chained, also, by means of bolts which were fastened to the deck." An illustration of the ship's deck makes clear how bad the packed the ships were. The report notes other horrors the slaves faced, whippings, disease, lack of food and water. Such was the Africans introduction to the "civilized" world. $3,500.


Item 150 is an attack on the intolerance of the Know-Nothing Party with some major irony the author obviously missed. It is A Letter to Hon. N.G. Foster, Candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District of GA, in Reply to a Speech Delivered by Him Against the Democratic Party, and in Favor of the Know-Nothings, in Eatonton, on Thursday, 16th August, 1855. The writer was J.A. Turner, and he attacks the Know-Nothings opposition to "religious tolerance," which he notes is "the corner stone of our political edifice. You can't destroy that without pulling down the whole superstructure." Wise words worth remembering today. The Know-Nothings, who had a brief but strong run at public office in the 1850's, were anti-immigrant, those who were Catholic anyway. Turner defends the loyalty of American Catholics against charges they were loyal only to the Vatican. He praises the "great Empire" that "sprung up, almost by magic," under a half century of Democratic leadership. However, he then attacks the Know-Nothings for "pandering to the abolition influence at the North," and for favoring congressional power to limit the expansion of slavery into the western territories. While not an abolitionist party, the Know-Nothings were not pro-slavery either, being surprisingly tolerant toward black people considering their hostility toward Catholics. $600.


Spelunkers take note! Item 89 is An Account of Knoepfel's Schoharie Cave, Schoharie County, New York... by W.H. Knoepfel, published in 1853. Knoepfel thought it was a spectacular place, though perhaps he wasn't objective, considering he owned it. Schoharie County has several underground caverns. They stretch for miles. Some can be quite challenging as they are narrow and waterlogged, at times requiring crawling on one's belly to enter or move along. The best known is Howe Caverns, followed by Secret Caverns. Knoepfel's cave may have been connected to one of these, or perhaps it was Secret Caverns, I'm not quite sure. This book may provide enough clues to make the identification. $275.


In 1870, Bayard Taylor published his The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln. The very condensed epic poem (eight pages, half of which are illustrations) is an abbreviated account of Lincoln's life. It builds him into a mythical character, a man of total honesty, hard work, dedication, every other positive adjective of which you can think. Had he chopped down a cherry tree, he would undoubtedly have told his father the truth, only Abraham would never have chopped down the cherry tree in the first place. Instead, he chopped down chestnut trees to build a fence for his father's farm. Naturally, this poem is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true in that it accurately displays the love and respect so many of his countrymen had for him ("east and west" as Taylor says, knowing "north and south" won't work). Item 60 includes a copy of this poem, but that is secondary. It also includes the four original color illustrations by Solomon Eytinge, Jr., that illustrate the poem. They further display the admiration so many held for this man. If not entirely accurate, they are certainly authentic representations of the artist's feelings. They show Lincoln meeting a crowd of people, most of them black, hammering a wedge into a log to build a fence, rowing a flat boat down the Mississippi, and taking the oath of office, also next to a crowd of people, but all of them white and male. If you would like to see a copy of this poem and the four illustrations, you can find it here on the Hathitrust website: babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t22b9kk3x;view=1up;seq=1. Not great art, but if you too adore Lincoln, you will love them. Item 60. $5,000.


David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books may be reached at 203-389-8111 or dmlesser@lesserbooks.com. Their website is www.lesserbooks.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS REVEALS HIS SPIRITUAL SIDE. Autograph Letter to Tim Brown, 1974. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> DIDEROT, DENIS. 1713-1784; & JEAN LE ROND D'ALEMBERT. 1717-1783, EDITORS. <i>Encyclopedie, ou dictionnaire raisonne des sciences, des arts et des metiers.</i> $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. Evanston, Illinois: Library of Living Philosophers, 1949. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE, 1982. Earliest known to appear at auction. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> TRINITY PROJECT: STAFFORD L. WARREN. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> JIMMY HARE PHOTOGRAPH OF WRIGHT FLYER SIGNED BY BOTH WRIGHT BROTHERS, 1908. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> HAGELIN CX-52 CIPHER MACHINE, Type D, Switzerland, Crypto AG, 1950s, no 33454. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> FEYNMAN WORKING ON QUARK THEORY. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> STEVE JOBS SETS THE STAGE FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING. Signed document, 1982. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> MEMORYMOOG PLUS, THE CLASSIC ANALOG POLYSYNTH OF THE 1980S. $7,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Nov. 3:</b> WRIGHT BROTHERS: DAYTON 1909, <i>The Nation State and City Welcome the World's Greatest Aviators.</i> $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Ricky Jay Collection<br>October 27 & 28, 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> "Remarkable Persons". A remarkable collection of remarkable characters. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Scot, Reginald. A serious debunking witchcraft and demonology. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> (Buchinger, Matthias). Buchinger's own family tree. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Bibrowski, Stephan. Most likely reading A Midsummer Night's Dream. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 27-28:</b> Kellar, Harry (Heinrich Keller). Kellar loses his head. $4,000 to $6,000.

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