Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2018 Issue

Some Gifts from Shapero Rare Books

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Gifts to Treasure.

Shapero Rare Books has created a catalogue of Gifts to Treasure. Now that the giving season is over, you are free to surprise yourself with a gift, and Shapero has 155 suggestions. They have divided them into sections: Fiction, Poetry & Prose, Children's & Illustrated, Visual & Performing Arts, History & Natural History, and Special Interest & Sport. Surely you will find something suitable for your interests here. These are just a few examples.

 

We begin with a set of books you would have given your young children when they were new. Now that they're old and collectible, you wouldn't let the children anywhere near them. These are not meant for grubby little fingers. It is a complete set of first editions of the Pooh books, the classics for the very young by A. A. Milne. It includes When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie-the Pooh (1926), Now We Are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Of course, that includes all the folks at the Hundred Acre Wood and Christopher Robin, who was Milne's real life son. Almost as enchanting as Milne's prose are the illustrations by E. H. Shepard, and I don't imagine there can be too many people who cannot picture the characters just as Shepard drew them. The first in the set is inscribed by Milne. The books have their dust jackets. Item 76. Priced at £14,000 (British pounds, or approximately $18,647 in U.S. dollars).

 

Here is a book you wouldn't have given your young children even when new. It is not a book of fantasy, although perhaps conservative economists would disagree. Item 143 is John Maynard Keynes' The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published in 1936. It came during the midst of the Great Depression, when traditional economic theory that the free market will take care of itself did not seem to be working for many people. Keynes advocated a proactive role for government. Contrary to policy espoused by Herbert Hoover when the Depression set in, that is, balance the budget, Keynes advocated deficit spending to pull the economy out of recession. Shapero notes this book is "regarded as one of the most influential social science treatises of the century, it quickly and permanently changed the way the world looked at the economy and the role of government in society." £1,850 (US $2,463).

 

If you were really good, you may want to give this book to yourself. This is undoubtedly the most significant book of the arts and crafts, fine printing movement of the late 19th century. Item 39 is the finest work of the finest fine press, the Kelmscott Press. It is The Works, by Geoffrey Chaucer, published in 1896. Everyone today simply knows it as the Kelmscott Chaucer. William Morris had been around a long time as an artist and ardent socialist, but in 1891, he began printing exquisite editions from his fine press. It only continued for five years (plus a brief wind down period) as Morris only lived for five more years. All of his work was good, but this was his masterpiece. Printing and the Mind of Man described it as "perfect ..both in design and in the quality of printing...the last and the most magnificent the Kelmscott Chaucer." There were 438 copies printed, 425 on paper, as is this. Item 39. £65,000 (US $86,556).

 

Next we have an ABC book, but this is not meant for the children either. Item 100 is Hockney's Alphabet, by David Hockney, edited by Stephen Spencer. Hockney got more than a little help from his friends in writing the text. He reached out to numerous authors for a contribution for each letter. They responded with stories, poems, or other thoughts. The list of writers is impressive, including William Golding, Seamus Heaney, Margaret Drabble, Arthur Miller, Iris Murdoch, Erica Jong, Susan Sontag, Dorris Lessing, John Updike, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates, Gore Vidal, Ted Hughes, V. S. Prichett, Kazuo Ishiguro, and many others. This book was published by the Aids Crisis Trust in 1991, all proceeds going to benefit the trust. The copy has been signed by Hockney and Spencer. £600 (US $799).

 

This book will not appeal to everyone, only a very select group. That is the very devoted group of fly fishers. They are fanatic about their flies, those artificial insects designed to fool a fish into biting the hook. Item 133 is The Fly Fisher's Guide, Illustrated by Coloured Plates, representing upwards of Forty of the Most Useful Flies, accurately copied from nature. The author was G. C. Bainbridge, the book published in 1816. This is one of only 12 presentation copies printed, inscribed "To Charles Rogers from his sincere friend the author." This is one of the earliest books to include color plates of tied flies, the first with trout and salmon ties. £12,500 (US $16,647).

 

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000
  • <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> WETZEL, CHARLES M. American Fishing Books. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> BISSELL, ALFRED E., <i>In Pursuit of Salar.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> <i>The Settler and Sportsman in Anticosti.</i> $400 to $600
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> CARLETON, HENRY GUY, <i>Advice to Young Anglers.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> ROBINSON, ROLAND EVANS, <i>Forest and Stream Fables. By Awahsoose the Bear.</i> $300 to $500
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SAWADA, KEN, <i>The Art of the Classic Salmon Fly.</i> $300 to $500
    <center><b>Doyle: Angling Books from the Collection of Arnold "Jake” Johnson<br>Online Only Auction ending Dec. 18</b>
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, Arnold “Jake” Johnson Online-Only Auction, ending Dec 18:</b> SOUTHARD, CHARLES ZIBEON, <i>Trout Fly-Fishing in America.</i> $400 to $600
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jean de Mandeville, <i>Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land,</i> Strassburg, 1488. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. Sold for $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. Sold for $65,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Louise Bourgeois, <i>He Disappeared Into Complete Silence,</i> portfolio with complete text & 9 engravings, 1947. Sold for $413,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Erich Maria Remarque, <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first American edition, Boston, 1929. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sir William Russell Flint, gouache & watercolor illustration for Homer's <i>Odyssey,</i> 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, London, 1893. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>St. Moritz,</i> 1918. Sold for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> R.J. Waters, 3 panoramas of the San Francisco earthquake & fire, 1906. Sold for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Album with 200 cartes-de-visite, including images by Felice Beato, John Thompson & F.W. Sutton, Japan & China, 1863-69. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. Sold for $40,000.

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