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Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2017 Issue

The Paul Zimmerman Collection from Quill & Brush

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The Paul Zimmerman Collection.

Quill & Brush is offering a catalogue of Highlights from the Collection of Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman. "Dr. Z" was a notable sportswriter for half a century, first with several newspapers in New York, then for 30 years with Sports Illustrated. He was much noted for predicting the outcome of football games. His legendary prediction came in 2008, when he correctly foresaw the New York Giants' massive upset of the undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. But, you saw that coming too, right? Zimmerman retired later that year after a stroke. He wrote several books pertaining to sports, but was also collecting books on the side. What we note, perhaps surprisingly, from this selection is that unlike his own books, these are fiction and they aren't about sports. Sports may be others' escape from work, but that wasn't possible for Dr. Z. Here, now, are a few selections.

 

Rudyard Kipling is evidently one of Zimmerman's favorite authors, based on his collection. Here is one of his books you won't know unless you are a devotee. Actually, while a Kipling book, it is not all Rudyard. The title is Quartette, The Christmas Annual of the Civil & Military Gazette, published in 1885. Kipling was an Indian-born British national, back in colonial days. His father was assigned to India. Rudyard was educated in England, but then returned to India, and was working for the Civil & Military Gazette, a newspaper in Lahore, at the time. "Quartette" refers to there being four writers. However, they were all Kiplings, his parents John and Alice, and his sister, Beatrice ("By Four Anglo-Indian Writers"). Rudyard many years later wrote that in the cold of winter, "we four made up a Christmas annual called QUARTETTE, which pleased us a good deal and attracted a certain amount of attention." Of the 16 pieces in the annual, Rudyard Kipling contributed five poems and three stories. Only two stories from these were ever reprinted in later collections. Item 8. Priced at $12,500.

 

Item 10 is an 1893 printing (first published in 1890) of Plain Tales from the Hills. This is certainly a special copy. It is a presentation copy, inscribed and signed by Kipling "To the Captain of the 'Indiana.'" The captain was Admiral Robley D. Evans. Facing the title page Evans has attached a portrait of Sgt. Mulvaney (a Kipling character introduced in this book) inscribed to Evans by the artist, R.F. Zogbaum. Kipling has added a poem referencing himself, Zogbaum, and Evans. It begins:

 

"Zogbaum draws with a pencil,

And I do things with a pen;

And you sit up in a conning tower

Bossing eight hundred men."

 

It concludes:

 

"'To him that hath shall be given,'

And that's why these books are sent

To the man who has lived more stories

than Zogbaum or I could invent!"

 

In his autobiography, Evans wrote that Kipling had come on board for breakfast one morning in New York, and a few weeks later sent him this book. The poem, naturally, was never published, other than in Evans' autobiography. $15,000.

 

Next up is a lot containing three books. First is A Handbook of Classical Geography, Chronology, Mythology, and Antiquities, by T.P. and W.F. Allen, published in 1861. The second is An Introduction to the Greek Language, by Asahel C. Kendrick, published in 1846. The third is Excerpta Ex Scriptis Publii Ovidii Nasonis, excerpted writings by Ovis published in 1848. What is this? Zimmerman's schoolboy books? Almost, but not quite. They are the schoolboy books of science fiction and fantasy writer H.P. Lovecraft. His signatures in the first two indicate they were written at a younger age than the more mature signature in the last volume. They also have his address and notes. The second contains Lovecraft's index of vocabulary words running down many pages. He has explained, "This book was indexed by HP Lovecraft Sun Sep 24 1905." The third has Lovecraft's notes running through the first four sections. The first book is also signed by Franklin C. Clark and dated February 25, 1865. After his father's death in 1898, Lovecraft and his mother lived with other family members, including an aunt who married Dr. Clark in 1902. Lovecraft cited Clark as an early influence on him. Item 14. $4,000.

 

Next is Lovecraft's "legendary still-born first book," The Shunned House. It was printed in 1928 by Recluse Press, but they never published it. In fact, it was never bound. Originally, it was to appear in The Recluse, but for an unknown reason, publisher W. Paul Cook decided to release it as a small book. He printed sheets for around 300 copies, but that is as far as it went. In 1934, Robert Barlow received 225 sets, around 50 of which he distributed, some unbound, others bound. Eventually, 150 usable sets made their way to Arkham House around 1959. Arkham House was a midwestern publisher formed by two friends twenty years earlier to specifically publish works by Lovecraft (and later similar authors). Lovecraft had died in 1937 and was virtually unknown at the time, a condition that would likely have remained were it not for the efforts of Arkham. Of those 150 sets, Arkham issued 50 sets unbound, and 100 sets bound. Item 15 is one of those 100 bound copies, finally published in 1961. $9,500.

 

Here is one more author Zimmerman must like considering he has a set of The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, twelve volumes published 1909-1912. Bierce wrote science fiction and horror, as did Lovecraft, but unlike Lovecraft, he wrote just about everything else as well. He was a journalist, writer of war fiction (he served in the Civil War), literary criticism, satire, short stories, poetry, fables, and perhaps is best known for his humor. Well, except maybe even better known for his unknown ending. In 1913, aged 71, he set off for Mexico, a sort of journalist, perhaps participant, maybe with Pancho Villa's forces, but then again maybe with the Federales. Maybe he was killed by one or the other. Maybe he died after making his way back across the border with other refugees. Perhaps he never even made it to Mexico. Maybe he killed himself and this was all a ruse to hide his suicide. Many theories have been floated, many have investigated and reached widely different conclusions. The reality is no one knows what happened to Ambrose Bierce. Fortunately, only a year before he disappeared, this set of his collected works was completed, and this is a specially bound presentation set, part of a limited issue of 250 copies, each volume signed by Bierce. Item 1. $9,500.

 

Quill & Brush may be reached at 301-874-3200 or firsts@QBbooks.com. Their website is www.QBbooks.com.

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  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Nebel, Carl. The War Between the United States and Mexico. New York, 1851. $270,000 - $300,000 MXN / USD $15,000 - $16,666
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Nebel, Carl. The War Between the United States and Mexico. New York, 1851. $270,000 - $300,000 MXN / USD $15,000 - $16,666
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Bolaños, Joaquín. La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte... (“The Portentous Life of Death”) México, 1792. $50,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,777 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Tratado de Paz… entre la República Mexicana y los Estados Unidos. (“Treaty of Peace… Between the Mexican Republic and the United States”) 1848. $80,000 - $90,000 MXN / USD $4,444 - $5,000
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Fabregat, Josep Joaquín. Vista de la Plaza de México… (“View of the Square of Mexico”) México, 1797. $60,000 - $100,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $5,555
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Hidalgo y Costilla, Miguel. Invitación al Coronel Narciso de la Canal… (“Invitation to Coronel Narciso de la Canal…”) 1810. $170,000 - $200,000 MXN / USD $9,444 - $11,111
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Gálvez, Joseph de. Real Cédula de Erección de la Compañía de Filipinas. (“Royal Notice of the Creation of the Company of the Philippines”) 1785. $40,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,222 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Colección de Constituciones de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (“Collection of Constitutions of the United Mexican States”) México, 1828. $50,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,777 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Ruelas, Julio. Poemario Manuscrito Ilustrado, Dedicado a Lorencita Braniff (“Collection of Illustrated Poem Manuscripts, Dedicated to Lorencita Braniff”). 1903. $60,000 - $70,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $3,888
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Espinosa de los Monteros, Juan J. Aviso de la Junta Soberana al Público (“Notice of the Sovereign Meeting to the Public”) 1821. $60,000 - $80,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $4,444
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Constitución Federal de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos... (“Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States”) México, 1824. $140,000 - $150,000 MXN / USD $7,777 - $8,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Alcaraz, Ramón. Apuntes para la Historia de la Guerra entre México y los EU (“Notes on the History of the War between Mexico and the United States”). 1848. $40,000 - $50,000 MXN / USD $2,222 - $2,777
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
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    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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