Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2017 Issue

The Latest Variety from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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No. 6.

Honey & Wax Booksellers has issued a new catalogue, simply No. 6. Honey & Wax catalogues are not easy to describe because they do not follow any particular format. There are many books with some artistic connections, but others not so. There is important literature, but then again, other books are obscure. Some have interesting connections, a notable provenance. You never know what you will find in one of these catalogues without opening its pages. Here are a few samples.

 

We begin with what Honey and Wax calls "the single most famous American poem of the nineteenth century." I'm not sure that even the century qualifier is necessary as nothing more famous from America immediately comes to mind. Item 61 contains the first edition in book form of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. That bird's vocabulary was limited, but his one line in unforgettable. Poe was self-deprecating in describing his poems in the preface to this collection of poetry, The Raven and Other Poems, published in 1845. However, the bookseller tells us even Poe recognized he had a masterpiece here, "the greatest poem ever written." Forevermore. Priced at $12,500.

 

This novel gained more than its share of notoriety when first published in 1857. It is from the school of "realism," the story of a young woman married to a good but less than exciting doctor, who becomes involved in a couple of affairs that do not pan out for her. It was her behavior that got her creator, author Gustave Flaubert, in trouble with the law, though he was ultimately acquitted on charges of obscenity. It ended better for Flaubert than for Emma Bovary, who ends up in debt as a consequence of her desire for luxury goods and takes her own life. The title of the book is Madame Bovary, and this is the 1900 Bibliotheque-Charpentier edition which includes transcripts from Flaubert's trial. The copy is signed, but obviously not by Flaubert, as he died in 1880. Rather, it bears the signature of James Joyce, dated June 1901, when he was only 19 years of age. This was his personal copy of a book that was influential on his writing. Joyce would deal with similar legal challenges on obscenity grounds a couple of decades later with the publication of Ulysses. Item 2. $25,000.

 

Here is another book signed by a famous author who was not the the writer of the book. Item 11 is an 1867 edition of the writings of Italian philosopher and poet Petrarch, Rime di Francesco Petrarca. This most certainly wasn't signed by Petrarch, who died in 1374. Petrarch was a noted humanist, considered as one of those most responsible for bringing about the Renaissance. We can all be grateful. This copy is inscribed by the 19th century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was inscribed in 1876 to "Edith Longfellow with her father's love." Longfellow and his daughter shared a love for Italian literature and often read together when she was young. Edith later married Richard Henry Dana III, whose father wrote Two Years Before the Mast. $1,250.

 

Next is the perfect book for the season, perhaps the most famous Christmas story outside of the biblical one. Item 18 is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. This is a first edition, first impression, first binding from 1843. There are other details of color of endpapers and such from which experts can attempt to discern priority. We will only note that Honey and Wax has found this "appears to be an unrecorded variant." Dickens' tale is a story of poverty and great travails, but unlike the more "realistic" Madame Bovary, this one at least has a happy ending. Merry Christmas! $28,000.

 

This is a cute cookbook especially for children. It uses humorous instructions, coupled with whimsical illustrations, to interest young folks in cooking. However, there was undoubtedly a hidden message for mothers too. It was published by Westinghouse Electric Corporation, its author, Julia Kiene, being the Director of the Westinghouse Home Economics Institute. Westinghouse Electric made electric ranges they wished to sell to your mother. This booklet was a giveaway piece. Still, the commercial intentions do not detract from the fun nature of the book. Ms. Kiene offers observations such as, "Vegetables cooked properly make you strong and healthy little men and women. Learn to like them. You can if you want to, and anyway, it isn't polite to grumble about your food." In a cake recipe she exhorts, "Keep on beating. Don't get lazy..." The cookbook's title is Sugar an' Spice and All Things Nice. Item 7, published in 1950. $40.

 

This is An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England, by the author/voyager Vincenzo ("Vincent") Lunardi. Lunardi was an Italian diplomatic assistant well familiar with the ballooning craze that had just developed in France when he went to England. The English were more skeptical, but an enormous crowd came out to watch when Lunardi took off on England's first aerial voyage in 1784. Unlike many of these early experiments, Lunardi had a successful flight. He became a local celebrity, his balloon put on display. Lunardi would later write, "It is difficult to imagine any thing more pleasing than the solicitude which multitudes of beautiful women express concerning dangers that are past..." Indeed, his flight was a success. Item 13. $3,500.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers may be reached at 917-974-2420 or info@honeyandwaxbooks.com. Their website is www.honeyandwaxbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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