• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> de Bry, Theodor. Allegory of The Discovery of America or Americae Retectio - Series of Four Plates. $8,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> de Wit, Frederik. Map of the World published 1670 - Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula ex Officina F. de Wit Amstelodami. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> Chéret, Jules. Maitres de l'Affiche by MUCHA - La Samaritaine. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>July 24, 2021</b>
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> Gould, John. Eagle Owl. Folio lithograph from <i>Birds of Great Britain</i>. $2,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> Valentijn, Francois. First Printed Map of Formosa, Taiwan. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> Catherwood. Las Monjas Chichen Itza. Folio lithograph from <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan</i>. $1,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Trillium, July 24:</b> Roberts, David. The Great Sphinx, Pyramids of Gizeh. Lithograph from <i>Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia</i>. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>July 24, 2021</b>
  • <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Summer 2021 Auction<br>July 24 & 25</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> <i>The Writings of Henry David Thoreau,</i> Manuscript Edition, 20 vols., 1906. Published signed. $5,200 to $6,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Thomas McKenney and James Hall. <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> vol. one (only). 32 plates present. $2,400 to $2,800.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Harry Truman. Signing Pen for Bill, Signed Photo, and additional Truman photos. $1,400 to $1,800.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Summer 2021 Auction<br>July 24 & 25</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Johannes Zahn. Pair of 17th century hand colored, copperplate engraved Baroque celestial maps. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> NASA Astronaut Related Archive with autographs, 89 items. $1,000 to $1,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Columbia STS-1 Archive, incl. Flown Artifacts. $1,200 to $1,400.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Summer 2021 Auction<br>July 24 & 25</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Archive: Wm. Vance of Memphis, TN, Slave and Lincoln Assassination interest. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Civil War CDV Album, incl. Presidents, Union & Confederate Leaders. $800 to $850.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Group of 4 Limited Editions Club Signed Books, incl. R. Bradbury, H. G. Wells. $800 to $1,000.
    <b><center>Case Antiques<br>Summer 2021 Auction<br>July 24 & 25</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Document archive related to the family of Judge John Williams Green of Culpeper County, Virginia, 80 items total. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Governor of Tennessee Samuel Houston (1793-1863) signed land document. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, July 24-25:</b> Archive of fifty-eight (58) items pertaining to Peter Gordon, Merchant of Alexandria and Fredericksburg, Virginia. $500 to $600.
  • <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. FROG TEACHER LEADING ELF PUPILS ... Watercolour, c.1920.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> SATO, Gyro. [GENDAI RYOKI SENTAN ZUKAN]. Tokyo : Shinchosa, 1931.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> CARROLL, Lewis. ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. London : Macmillan and Co., 1868.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> FLEMING, Ian and MILLER, Albert. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. New York : Random House, 1968.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> PHOENIX. Adelaide : Adelaide University Union, 1939.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> BOWEN, Emmanuel. A complete map of the Southern Continent. London : 1744.
    <b>ANZAAB Highlights Catalogue:</b> NORTHFIELD, James. AUSTRALIA. Melbourne : Northfield Studios and J.E. Hackett, c.1935

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

Counterculture and Whatever from Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

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Catalogue 12.

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller has issued Catalogue 12. There is no further explanation given and I suspect that is because he has as much trouble describing what is in here as I have. I could take the easy way out and call it a "miscellany," but that would be cheating. It isn't a typical miscellany. It is mostly unusual, avant-garde or counterculture or whatever is the term for this particular type of unusual material. Lots of beats, punks, and the like in here. There is much from the 50s and 60s, when I grew up, but so many of these publications and writers are unfamiliar to me because I didn't grow up in New York City or California. It didn't always reach the hinterlands. These were writers and publishers who didn't care who they offended, and others who probably did and then set out to deliberately to offend them. It was a fun time. Of course, there are other items from earlier, and later times, and a few things for "normal" people. We will describe a few items and let you decide for yourself what this catalogue should be called.

 

I don't know if this is quite "counterculture," though it certainly isn't mainstream. It is a set of 16 issues in four volumes of Jay's Journal of Anomalies, published 1997-2000. Ricky Jay is a magician, actor and writer. He is also a collector of books and ephemera related to magic and other sideshow type of arts. For four years he published this magazine of material taken from his personal collection. It includes "conjurers, cheats, hoaxters, pranksters, jokesters, imposters, pretenders, side-show showmen, armless calligraphers, mechanical marvels, popular entertainments." Jay later used these journals for a book of the same name. Cassidy notes that "individual issues are uncommon, sets scarce," and that they have it "on good authority" that this set came from the first official subscriber. Item 12. Priced at $3,200.

 

Next we have an exhibition catalogue for a major event in the career of pop artist Andy Warhol. Warhol had already achieved significant recognition when the Curator of the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art put on this exhibition in October of 1965. Curator Sam Green wanted to make the most of the opportunity so he gave out thousands of invitations to a gallery that could hold 300. He hoped this would be enough to fill the hall. Green underestimated Warhol's reputation. Instead, thousands arrived. Warhol attended the opening and came to realize that it wasn't so much his art as it was he himself who had become a phenomenon. The catalogue for this important event contains some of his iconic art as of the time, with the wraps featuring his most famous image of all, the Campbell Soup cans. Item 62. $3,000.

 

It may be a little late to use this book for its intended purpose, but it is still a reminder of the good old days. Item 14 is Nocturnal Paris: The Only Genuine Night Guide for Gentlemen; An Indispensable Companion for the Stranger. Paris After Dark: Containing a Description of the Fast Women, Their Haunts, Habits, Etc... You know what this is. Sadly, these fast women are very slow now, this edition of the guide which ran from 1873-1895 coming from 1877. The English language of the guide is a tip off that it was designed for Englishmen visiting Paris. The anonymous British author implies the ladies of Paris were far more inviting than their London counterparts. He provides guidance as to the neighborhoods where they could be found, in some cases giving specific addresses and reviews of specific women. We will not ask how he obtained the information on which to base his reviews. Cassidy informs us that at the time, French police estimated some 400,000 transactions were taking place daily, and that author Maxime du Camp wrote that there were 155,000 officially sanctioned prostitutes, but that over 700,000 had been arrested for illicit transactions. Considering that Will Durant estimated the population of Paris in 1880 to be 650,000, this is a very high percentage of the residents of Paris. $3,750.

 

This is something of an unintentional work of art. It is called The Book of Bread, by Owen Simmons, published in 1903. Simmons loved bread and was an expert on it. He wrote up his book which is somewhat technical in nature and commissioned some fine photographs of his subject. The result is 12 full-page color illustrations, eight tipped-in halftones, and two tipped in original silver prints. These large, close-up photographs of bread have come to be viewed as almost surreal art rather than a technical bread-baking guide. Item 74. $2,500.

 

Here is a truly ugly novel, Negotiable, by Edwin M. Thomas, published in 1908. Not having read it, I will have to go with Cassidy's description of the plot line in this virulently racist book. A young, northern businessman, first name "Harvard," takes over a manufacturing company in Alabama from its aging owner. He soon finds himself in a labor dispute with his black workers, whom the narrator describes as "dissolute and worthless...living a life of vagrancy, debauchery and crime." Despite warnings from his foreman that he does not understand the Negro, Harvard decides to implement a policy of kinder treatment, thinking this will change their attitudes. Instead, they become more undisciplined. Realizing he cannot solve his labor problem with black workers, Harvard fires them all and replaces them with immigrant European workers. However, when he discovers that his southern belle love interest has been attacked by a "burly negro," Harvard turns to the southern way of justice. He organizes a lynch party. The narrator explains this is necessary because even in the South, "the negro's friends" have infiltrated the courts with bribes and perjury, making extra-legal justice a necessity. The book follows with a description of the lynching from which Cassidy has spared us in his catalogue. Item 109. $1,250.

 

Item 100 is a typescript account, with 49 silver prints mounted throughout, headed Judgment at Nuernberg [sic]. It was prepared by U.S. Air Force officer Ellis C. Pyle in 1953. Pyle was chief interrogator in Germany in 1945. As such, he interviewed and came to know several Nazi leaders, Hermann Goring in particular. In this remembrance, Pyle describes the proceedings and quotes from some of the Nazis he interviewed. Speer, Hess, Ribbentrop, Doenitz, and Streicher are among the infamous names about whom he writes. He describes Goring as having a "charming manner" and "sense of humor." He notes Goring's sorrow when thinking of his family, while showing no remorse about his murderous career. Goring killed himself before he could be executed. $3,500.

 

Brian Cassidy Bookseller may be reached at 301-589-0789 or books@briancassidy.net. The website is www.briancassidy.net.

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  • <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies.</i> London, Tho Cotes, for Robert Allot, 1632.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> STAHL, Augusto. <i>Panorama of Rio de Janiero.</i> c.1859. 3-part albumen print panorama (266 x 1186mm.).
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> WILDE, Oscar. <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i>. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1893. Presentation copy.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> DE TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis. <i>De la Democratie en Amerique.</i> Paris: Pagnerre, 1850. Thirteenth Edition. Presentation copy.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> CHAUDRON, A[delaide] de V[endel]. <i>Chaudron’s Spelling Book.</i> Mobile (AL): S.H. Goetzel, 1865.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> SAINT CHER, Hugh of. <i>Commentary on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, with the Abridgement of the Sentences.</i> Eastern France, illuminated manuscript., first half of the fifteenth century.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> LANE, Thomas. <i>The Crystal Palace.</i> London, 1851.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> B[ULWER], J[ohn]. <i>Anthropometamorphosis: man transform’d: or, the artificiall changling historically presented…</i> London: William Hunt, 1653.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. <i>Oeuvres de M. de Voltaire.</i> Dresden, George-Conrad Walther (i.e. Leipzig, Breitkopf), 1748-1750.
    <center><b>The Transatlantic Book Fair<br>July 22-27, 2021</b>
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> HAWKING, Stephen & Leonard Mlodinow. <i>The Grand Design.</i> London: Bantam Books, 2011.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> FIELDS, James T. <i>Yesterdays with Authors.</i> With fine manuscript letter by Charles Dickens, and autograph letters from Forster, Landor, Mitford and others.
    <b>Transatlantic Book Fair, Jul. 22-27:</b> <i>Kit, the Arkansas Traveller Broadside.</i> Chromolithograph.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jul 15:</b> Jessie Tarbox Beals, archive of signed photographs, 15 silver prints, c. 1930. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.

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