Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2018 Issue

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and More from Whitmore Rare Books


The 18th catalogue from Whitmore Rare Books.

Whitmore Rare Books has issued their Catalogue 18. It is not topic-specific, and has no further title. What you will find is a mix, novels and nonfiction, throw in some poetry and children's books, and add a cookbook. What is in common is the significance of the books and that they are in top condition. Those two are specialties of Whitmore. Here are some examples.


Item 36 is The Firste [and The Laste] Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Ireland. This is a 1577 first edition of the history by Raphael Holinshed, commonly known as Holinshed's Chronicles. The Chronicles were conceived three decades earlier by printer Reginald Wolfe. Wolfe's plans were more ambitions. He wished to create a history of all the nations of the world. He set Holinshed and others to the task. It was still incomplete when Wolfe died in 1573. It was then revised to a less ambitions goal, a complete history of the British Isles. When published in 1577, it was the most thorough history of England, Scotland and Ireland published to date. Holinshed's Chronicles are particularly noted for being the basis of some even greater works. Shakespeare used his history to write several of his plays, including Macbeth, King Lear, and Henry III. Priced at $75,000.


Here is a man who must have been a real joy to behold. He devoted his life to self-righteous, vicious attacks on others, and on any hint of people having fun. He would not have appreciated the aforementioned Shakespeare. Item 53 is Histrio-Mastix. The Players Scourge, or the Actors Tragaedie... by William Prynne, published in 1633. Prynne was not fond of plays or anything associated with them. He believed they were the work of the Devil. He particularly objected to cross-dressing males, common in plays of the day as women were usually not allowed to perform. For those who did, he had a personal epithet, "notorious whores." It was typical of the way Prynne described those with whom he disagreed. There were lots of other things that Prynne didn't like, including dancing, which was not the wisest of opinions to voice since Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, held parties featuring activities that he condemned. Prynne was tried, sentenced to having parts of his ears chopped off, and life in prison. He was sentenced to life in prison several times but each time he was freed much sooner. When let out, Prynne returned to his diatribes, had even the stubs of his ears cut off, was branded on his cheeks with stigmata, and sentenced to another life sentence. If nothing else, one has to admit that Prynne held to his principles. Eventually, he was returned to official respectability after the Restoration. $3,500.


Next we have Charles Darwin's application of his theory of evolution, first enunciated a decade earlier, to humans, as if the original wasn't controversial enough! Item 14 is The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, published in 1871. Darwin concluded that humans arose from the same processes as did other animals. In looking for their origin, he figured it must be where other closely related species, now extinct, lived. Since the most similar animals, apes, lived in Africa, he figured, correctly, that this was most likely humans' starting point. Darwin believed women played a major role in human evolution through their power to select a desired mate. He also notes how particularly human developments, such as sympathy and medicine, have altered the process of natural selection for this species. It was in the Descent that Darwin first introduced the term, which did not appear in his earlier Origin of Species, to describe the process - "evolution." $9,500.


From the greatest scientist of the 19th century we seamlessly move to the greatest scientist of the 20th. Item 19 is Die Grundlage der Allgemeinen Relativitastheorie, by Albert Einstein, published in 1916. This is the first edition, written in Einstein's native language, German. At least Darwin's theory was understandable to laypeople. Einstein's brain was on another level. This is the book where he enunciated his general theory of relativity, and it explains so much of how the universe operates to those few people with the capacity to understand it. He explains such seemingly illogical things as light traveling at the same speed to an observer regardless of their own speed, the concept of space time, and other ideas hard to comprehend or accept that have continually been borne out a century later as greater abilities to observe and measure phenomena have arisen. In his book, Einstein explains how the universe, through its physical laws, can operate on its own, unlike Newton, who concluded that God must interact with it on occasion to keep everything moving as it should. $8,500.


This next item is an important piece in the development of women's rights. It comes, appropriately, from the first centennial of the United States, July 4, 1876. Item 70 is a four-page pamphlet signed in type by leaders of the women's suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Belva Lockwood, and twenty others. It is headed, Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by the National Woman Suffrage Association July 4th, 1876. It was prepared for a celebration of the centennial at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. During the proceedings, Anthony arose from her seat, ascended the stage, and began reading the document, to the bewilderment of the presiding officer. By this point, black men, long held in slavery, had been granted the right to vote by constitutional amendment, and yet women still lacked the franchise. The Declaration states, "We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters, forever." It took almost another half century, but in 1920, women's right to vote was finally recognized. $37,500.


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  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br> The Library of Henry Rogers<br>Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven<br>Part I<br>18 May 2022</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> John James Audubon and James Bachman. <i>The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.</i> New York: J.J. Audubon, 1845-1848. £150,000 to £250,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Thomas and William Daniell. <i>Oriental Scenery,</i> London, 1795-1807 [but 1841], 6 parts in 3 volumes, folio. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Mark Catesby. <i>The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...</i> London, 1731-1743, 2 volumes. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Gould and Lear. <i>A monograph of the Ramphastidae,</i> 1854; <i>Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae,</i> 1832. £60,000 to £90,000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Graphic Design<br>May 19, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, <i>Triplex,</i> pencil maquette, 1930. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Claude Fayette Brandon, <i>The Chap Book,</i> circa 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Various Artists, a complete set of <i>Das Plakat,</i> set of 10 hardcover volumes, 1912-21. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Javier Gómez Acebo & Máximo Viejo Santamarta, <i>San Sebastian / XI Circuitto Automovilista,</i> 1935. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Ephraim Moses Lilien, <i>Berliner Tageblatt,</i> circa 1899. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Birds.- Gould (John). <i>The Birds of Great Britain,</i> 5 vol., first edition, [1862-]1873. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Canadiana.- Cockburn (Maj. Gen. James Pattison, 1779-1847), After. [Six Landscape of Quebec City and Six Views of Niagara Falls], 2 suites in 1 vol., comprising 12 aquatints, 1833. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses,</i> number 218 of 150 copies on verge d'arches, Paris, Shakespeare & Company, 1922. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first paperback edition, signed by the author, 1997. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Du Maurier (Daphne). <i>Rebecca,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to her governess, 1938. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Magna Carta.- An exact copy of King John's Great Charter of 1215, transcribed from the fire damaged but legible manuscript in the Cottonian Library, British Library, J. Pine, 1733. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Woolf (Virginia). <i>Mrs Dalloway,</i> first edition, Hogarth Press, 1925. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Tudor exiles opposed to the Marian regime.- Mary I (Queen of England) Letter signed "Marye the Quene" to Lord Paget, signed at head, titled at head "By the King and Quene", 1556. £8,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> America.- Newfoundland.- Whitbourne (Sir Richard). <i>A discourse and discouery of Nevv-found-land…,</i> second edition, By Felix Kingston, 1622. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Cervantès Saavedra (Miguel de). <i>El Ingenioso Hidalgo Do Quixote de la Mancha,</i> 4 vol., Madrid, Por Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Stubbs (George). <i>The Anatomy of the Horse,</i> first edition, first issue, Printed by J. Purser, for the Author, 1766. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Cardiology.- Lower (Richard). <i>Tractatus de Corde item De Motu & Colore Sanguinus et Chyli in cum Transitu,</i> first edition, 1669. £5,000 to £7,000.
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>Initial A on vellum, Cologne around 1300. Est: €25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>J. Androuet du Cerceau, <i> Bastiments de France,</i> 1607. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>E. Cerillo, <i>Dipinti murali di Pompei,</i> 1886. Est: €2,500
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>L. de Austria, <i>Compilatio de astrorum scientia,</i> 1489. Est: €9,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>B. Besler, <i>Hortus Eystettensis,</i> around 1750. Est: €50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br><i>PAN,</i> 1895-1900. Est: €15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>F. Colonna, <i>Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,</i> 1545. Est: €40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>F. Schiller, <i>Die Räuber,</i> 1781. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>J. Albers, <i>Formulation : Articulation,</i> 1972. Est: €18,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>G. B. Ramusio, <i>Delle navigationi e viaggi,</i> 1556-1613. Est: €14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>M. Wied Neuwied, <i>Reise in das Innere Nord-America,</i> 1839-41. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>E. Paolozzi, <i>Bunk,</i> 1972. Est: €25,000

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