Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2018 Issue

A Wide Variety of Material from Riverrun Books

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The many subjects covered in Riverrun's latest catalogue.

Riverrun Books & Manuscripts recently published their Catalogue 4. What sort of material does it contain? The list is too long to write. So, we will let Riverrun tell us what is inside. Just click on the image of the catalogue to the left. That way the cover will be displayed large enough to read what is on it. It is a list of the numerous subjects covered herein. It's as wide as a river. Now, with that explained, we can proceed to some examples of just a few of those subjects included.

 

We begin with a man who was well ahead of his time when it came to advocating for women's rights, especially impressive since most men have perennially been behind their times in this area. Item 2 is A Treatise of the Nobilitie and Excellencye of Woman Kynde, Translated out of Latine into Englysshe by David Clapham. The author was Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, the publication date 1542. Agrippa was a controversial person in his day. He dabbled in the occult, which led some to believe he was a sorcerer. He wrote his treatise in 1509, but did not publish it in Latin until 1529, and the English edition came out after he died. Some have questioned his sincerity, since he argued not only the equality of women, but their superiority. Those who questioned him undoubtedly were men. He makes his case with arguments that anticipated the women's movement centuries later. Agrippa writes, "[God] hath given but one similitude and lykeness of the sowle both male and female, between whose sowles there is noo maner dyfference of kind. The woman hathe that same mynd that a man hath, that same reason and speche, she goeth to the same end of blyssfulness, where shall be noo exception of kynde." He recounts how women were highly respected in biblical times and antiquity, but have had their roles diminished through denial of education and other opportunities by men. Item 2. Priced at $80,000.

 

The next writer's name is known because he had a disease named after him. Such are the rewards of medical discovery. Thomas Hodgkin was the first to understand and describe Hodgkin's Disease, a form of lymphoma. Others had been aware of some of the symptoms, but did not realize they were the result of a separate disease, not symptoms of another condition. Hodgkin described his findings in a lecture before the Medical and Chirurgical Society in 1832, and published them a short time later in their journal, Medico-Chirurgical Transactions. The title of his article is On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbant Glands and Spleen. Item 45. $8,000.

 

Item 68 is Album of the Assembly. New York. 1866 (spine title). This is an album of 143 photographs. It includes large photographs of Governor Reuben E. Fenton, the Lieutenant Governor and Assembly Speaker, smaller pictures of various state and assembly officials and employees, and all of the assemblymen. They are sort of distinguished looking, typical Civil War-era portraits of men (they were men). Perhaps they weren't all as respectable as they looked. The inscription is most interesting. It was presented to Benjamin Wood, a New York City newspaper publisher and southern sympathizer during the war who was arrested for sending coded messages to the South in his newspaper. His brother was the notorious Copperhead mayor of New York, Fernando Wood. Nonetheless, Benjamin managed to get elected to the New York Senate shortly after the war. The inscriber was George M. Curtis, most likely George Martin Curtis who is pictured among the assemblymen in this album. Curtis writes, "To Hon. Ben. Wood with compliments of quite an old friend this in part 'Rogue's Gallery' is given. It will remind him of some men at least who should be doing service at Sing Sing and not at Albany. Nov. 20. 1867." Sing Sing is a maximum security prison in New York housing some of its most notorious criminals. $1,500.

 

Here is another "Rogues' Gallery" of New Yorkers, a good complement to the last item. It is entitled Defenders and Offenders, published in 1888. It contains mug shots of 210 defenders and offenders. Ten are of defenders, members of "New York's finest." The other 200 come from the other side of the law. Most are white men, though there are around 25 women and a few African Americans. Some are actually western outlaws rather than people who made their name on the streets of New York. The album was evidently offered in exchange for cards given to purchasers of Buchner Tobacco Co. products. Item 20. $900.

 

As long as we are discussing criminals, here is another representative, though these gangsters are fictional. Item 76 is an archive of material relating to Mario Puzo and his seminal book, The Godfather. There is not a lot you don't already know about this work, if not from the book, then surely from the movies. The archive belonged to William Targ, Editor-in-Chief of Putnam's, from 1968-1978. Targ acquired the rights to publish Puzo's book for $5,000 after it was rejected by two other publishers. Among the items are a Puzo inscribed copy of the book to Targ, letters and documents from Puzo and others, some including changes requested and made (or rejected). Among the most notable is a scathing criticism of the work by Walter J. Minton, Putnam's plainspoken, perhaps abrasive, President. Minton had picked up the unedited manuscript and was unimpressed. He wrote a memo to Targ describing the book as repetitious, underdeveloped, and "recounted by the author in long, dull blocks of not very distinguished prose." In what may have provided important direction, Minton says Michael Corleone "could have been the heart of the book - the boy born into this family of hoods, does the ivy league bit - then finds he can't escape the web that his family and heritage have woven for him." But then he adds, "But Mario just has not got the skill to handle this rather dramatic potential." Ultimately, Michael did become the focus of the series of movies. Minton got it wrong on the paperback rights. He writes, "Whether we can stick somebody for the paper rights I do not know. But it sure as hell will have to be on the basis of the promise of the movie." The Godfather went on to be enormously successful both in print and on film, and Putnam was able to stick somebody for the paperback rights for $410,000.

 

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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>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.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s New York<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts Online<br>Ending December 17</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies…</i> The Second Impression. 1632. $100,000 to $150,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> GEORGE CURZON, 1ST MARQUESS CURZON OF KEDLESTON. “Curzon Tiger Hunt.” [India: circa 1901]. 120 albumen photographs. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> (CASSADY, NEAL). Kerouac, Jack. <i>On the Road.</i> New York: Viking Press, 1957. Inscribed. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> VEGA, JOSEPH PENSO DE LA. <i>Confusion de Confusiones. Dialogos curiosos entre un Philosopho agudo, un Mercader discrete...</i> Amsterdam, 1688. $200,000 to $300,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, Now - Dec 17:</b> RACKHAM, ARTHUR — [WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE]. "The Moon Like to a Silver Bow New-Bent in Heaven," original illustration for <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream.</i> $12,000 to $18,000
  • <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

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