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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2018 Issue

A New Selection from The Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Catalogue 89 from the Veatchs.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has issued their Catalogue 89. Since their name gives away what sort of material you can expect to find in the catalogue, we will get straight to some examples. The material in some way or other relates to the book arts, but there is a wide variety of items within this category.

 

We begin with a book that is not a first edition, but is what the Veatchs describe as "undoubtedly the finest printed edition of Eliot's work." That work is Four Quartets, originally published in 1943. This is a 1960 edition by Faber and Faber. The two Fabers was the house where Eliot served as director and was employed most of his working life. This edition features quarter vellum with marbled boards, the top edge in gilt, and a marbled slipcase. It was printed at the handpress of Offcina Bodoni, in Dante type on paper by Fratelli Magnani. The result is you may see it listed under the publishing house location, London, or that of the printing, Verona. The edition was printed in a limited run of 290 copies and was signed by Eliot. This is copy number 193. Item 15. Priced at $3,500.

 

Item 43 is a collection of broadside monthly calendars printed by the Marchbanks Press. Marchbanks printed these calendars as promotions for their business from 1915-1936 and during a brief revival in 1951. Each year they would select a different designer to create the calendars for that year. This collection is not complete, but contains 202 of the calendars, including complete years for 1925, 1927-1930 and 1933. Five other years have 11 calendars. $850.

 

A man who got his start as a salesman for Marchbanks Press in the 1920s was Joseph Blumenthal. However, Blumenthal quickly became tired of standard press work and determined to learn more about fine presses. While still employed by Marchbanks, in 1931, he opened the Spiral Press. He did fine work for clients such as the Limited Editions Club, the Museum of Modern Art, and President Franklin Roosevelt. He closed it for a few years during the Depression and again during the Second World War, but for the most part continued in the business until a final closing in 1971. Lessing J. Rosenwald was also noted for his connection with books, though he was neither a printer nor publisher. Rather, he was a collector. Rosenwald's father was Chairman of Sears, Roebuck, in the days when it was still America's premier retailer, and Lessing succeeded him in that position when he died. Obviously, the Rosenwalds must have made quite a fortune as Lessing retired in 1939 at the age of 48, to devote his life to book collecting and charitable activities. All of this serves as introduction to this self-explanatory 9" x 11" broadside printed by the Bird & Bull Press. It reads, "To all bookmen, collectors, printers of books, librarians, and bibliomaniacs in general. Greetings. Know you that this paper was made from Lessing J. Rosenwald's shirt and Joe Blumenthal's sheet, as a memento of their visit to the Bird & Bull Press, March 14, 1973." I'm reluctant to call this "rag paper" considering the nobility of these two gentlemen, but it is a unique example of papermaking. Item 6. $500.

 

Here is another tribute. The recipient was Robert L. "Doc" Leslie. "Doc" wasn't just a nickname. Though Leslie is best known for his work with typography, he was also a medical doctor. He worked in the printing business to pay for his college tuition, including a stint with Theodore DeVinne. He then went to work as an industrial physician for the publisher McGraw-Hill (I never knew publishers had house physicians). He next began work on the side developing new technology for typesetting, which led to a long career in the business. Item 76 is A Garland of Tributes to Robert Lincoln Leslie for his 100th Birthday, published in 1985. This was not a posthumous tribute. Leslie was still around to enjoy it. The lot consists of 20 printed tributes from individuals and private presses, mostly broadsides, along with a large booklet entitled A Brief Chronology of Printing, 1885-1985, as Experienced or Witnessed by Dr. Robert Lincoln Leslie, by Herbert Johnson. Leslie lived to be 101. $150.

 

Item 84 is a collection of six woodblock engravings of Philadelphia scenes from the 1860s-1870s. The places depicted are Independence Hall, Girard College, Girard Bank, Merchants Exchange, Fairmount Water Works, and a shipyard. All are signed on the back by N. J. Wemmer, who prepared box wood for engravers. Two are signed by "Frazer." It is not clear who Frazer was, but the Veatchs have two possible suspects. $1,800.

 

Next is a triptych entitled Ginsberg's Farm, published by the Caliban Press in 2006. The two outer panels feature a pair of Tibetan deities. The center panel displays a poetic tribute to Allen Ginsberg. It opens to show a previously unpublished silver gelatin photograph of Ginsberg in his garden, holding a large melon. It is housed in a paper portfolio also containing a vial of earth taken from Ginsberg's garden. You will have to take their word on that last one. Item 10. $375.

 

The Veatchs Arts of the Book can be reached at 716-648-0361 or veatchs@veatchs.com. Their website is www.veatchs.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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

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