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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2018 Issue

Social Movements from Lorne Bair Rare Books

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Social movements from Lorne Bair Rare Books.

Lorne Bair Rare Books recently published their Catalog 29. Bair specializes in material related to social movements, or as they say, "American (and un-American) social movements." "Un-American" could refer to social movements outside of the U.S., but generally it refers to the label put on groups from the left by those on the right. Think of the House Un-American Activities Committee. You can find something in here from the radical right, but the topics listed give away from which side of the spectrum most of this material emanates. Here they are: African American History & Literature; Radical, Social & Proletarian Literature; Radical History & Social Movements; Women's History & Literature; and Graphics, Art & Photography. Now, some specific examples of movement literature and art mostly from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

 

We will start with an iconic image of Jim Crow at its worst, a gruesome lynching in 1930. Lynchings are almost synonymous with the South, but this one occurred much farther north, in Indiana. Indiana was a hotbed of Klan activity in the 1920s. On August 6, 1930, a crowd estimated at 4,000 white people gathered around the jail in Marion, Indiana. They were after three young black men, accused of killing a white man and raping his girlfriend. They came with a rope. They overpowered the Sheriff, broke open the cells with a sledgehammer, and dragged out and beat Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, before hanging them from a nearby tree. Later, they dragged the third man to the tree and tied a rope around his neck, but returned him to the jail when someone called out that he was innocent. He eventually was convicted as being an accessory to murder and given a four year sentence. The other two, obviously, never received a trial. The girlfriend later recanted the rape claim. Lawrence Beitler was a local professional photographer. Normally, he did portraits and weddings and the like, but this night, he took his camera out to the scene a few hours after the lynching. Shipp and Smith were still hanging from the ropes, and part of the crowd was still milling around. Beitler's photograph is horrific, showing both the hanging bodies and part of the crowd. Some look happy, others eye the camera without notable expressions. One man points to the bodies. No one looks upset. That is almost as terrifying as the sight of the corpses. We don't know how Beitler felt about the scene, but it appears to have been more of a business opportunity to him. He sold thousands of these photographs at 50 cents apiece. Item 3. Priced at $1,500.

 

Item 45 will be a favorite for those who like left-leaning folk singers. It's a copy of American Favorite Ballads: Tunes and Songs as Sung by Pete Seeger, published in 1961. Seeger was a compatriot of Woody Guthrie, a voice for the poor and working people. He was one of the four founders of the Weavers in 1948, who skyrocketed in popularity, only to be shot down and practically banned from performing during the Red Scare of the early 1950s. Seeger would go on to have a long singing career, continuing to be a voice for the forgotten up until his death in 2014 at age 94. Seeger inscribed this songbook "For Fred - who knows all these songs already." Of course he did. Fred was Fred Hellerman, one of the other founders and the last surviving Weaver when he died in 2016. $750.

 

George Washington would have been horrified to see his name associated with this group. Item 67 is a broadside headed, George Washington Birthday Exercises - Mass Demonstrations For True Americanism at Madison Square Garden Monday, February 20, 1939. This self-styled "Pro-American Rally" was put on by the German American Bund, little more than a front organization for the Nazis. It is addressed "To All American Patriots: The increasingly violent, malicious and poisonous attempts to silence and cripple the German American Bund by lying press and radio propaganda... prove that the communistic and other subversive, Jewish-Marxist powers directing these persecutions are in mortal fear of the Bund's reaching and enlightening those Americans still in the dark concerning the red scourge!" It goes on to say "The Bund is an Organization of American Citizens unequivocally committed to the Defense of the Flag, Constitution and Sovereignty of these United States..." The broadside claims that "100,000,000 Aryan (White Gentile) Americans" are "the Only means of preserving Independence and the Christian Culture and Civilization of the Country today!" This stuff sounds so eerily and frighteningly similar to words spoken today. What was it Santayana said about those not learning from history being doomed to repeat it? $1,250.

 

Now we get to see the handiwork of the Bund's "pro-American" friends. Item 71 is an album titled Conc. Camp Dachau, published by the International Office for the Former Concentration Camp Dachau after the war. The album was assembled by The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, and it documents what went on at this concentration camp. It contains 41 images of the facilities and grounds at the camp, liberated prisoners, the crematory, and "a staggering number of corpses." It also contains photos of the Nazi officers at their subsequent trials. Text is written in English, French, Polish, and German, so that many will understand. $1,000.

 

The Communists were noted for many things, but fine press work wasn't one of them. Indeed, life was supposed to be austere, dull, and undistinguished, the basic everyone is the same philosophy where there was little wealth to be shared among people other than party leaders. At least, that was life in the mother country, the Soviet Union. However, this broadside, published in the Stalin era, was printed in America. It came from the Alameda County Committee (Oakland, California), Communist Party. It is headed A Re-Declaration of Independence On July 4th, 1937. It was hand-printed in only 50 copies. It is an anti-fascist, pro-working class declaration, saying, "This day we declare our independence of the old-line politicians, and highly resolve to build a People's Democracy, free of the taint of greed and exploitation." Item 63. $850.

 

This is a very strange take on baseball and other trading cards. Item 103 is a collection of 25 trading cards of 25 Japanese Class A war criminals, photographed at Sugamo Prison, 1946-1947. These were reputedly sold on behalf of the prisoners to generate pocket change to buy cigarettes and personal items. The cards also have a word or two listing the prisoners' sentences, such as "Life," "20 Years," or "Hanged." The most notable inmate depicted in Hideki Tojo, Japan's Prime Minister during the Second World War, who was hanged in 1948. $1,500.

 

Lorne Bair Rare Books may be reached at 540-665-0855 or info@lornebair.com. Their website is www.lornebair.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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