• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Albert Einstein, typed letter signed, explaining the nature of his personal atheism and belief in God. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington. Autograph letter signed to Bryan Fairfax, looking forward to the Treaty of Paris, 5 February 1783. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Alfred Swaine Taylor. Early “photogenic drawing,” photograph of a fern, dated 2 December 1839. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> "Departure of Mr. Lincoln—Parting Address" in the <i>Weekly Illinois State Journal,</i> Vol. XXX, No. 1541, Springfield, February 13, 1861. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Harrison document signed certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a black Revolutionary soldier. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Front page printing of the Articles of Confederation in the <i>New-Jersey Gazette,</i> Vol. 1, No. 22. Trenton, April 29, 1778. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> George Washington Funeral Procession Broadside. Boston, January 6, 1800. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Philippe Laroque, printed score for “The Heroe of New Orleans Battle.” Philadelphia, 1815. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Report of the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle in the War of 1812, in <i>Supplement to the Quebec Gazette,</i> 24th October 1812. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Including the Eric C. Caren Collection Part 8<br>Online July 6 - 21, 2020</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> His Majesty's Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, On Tuesday the Eighteenth Day of November, 1760. London, 1760. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Elegy on the Death of James Lawrence, Esq. late Commander of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake. [Boston]: A. Bowen, 1813. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jul. 6 to 21:</b> Benjamin Lincoln's Commission as Major General, signed by John Hancock, 19 February 1777. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>Great Blue Heron,</i> hand-colored aquatint and engraved plate, 1834. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson, <i>A Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia,</i> Dalrymple edition, 1755. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b><br>John James Audubon, <i>The Birds of America,</i> sign & inscribed to Brantz Mayer, 1840-44. $18,000 to $22,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Vincenzo Maria Coronelli & Jean Baptiste Nolin, Paris, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Henri Abraham Chatelain, <i>Atlas Historique,</i> 7 volumes, Amsterdam, 1705-1720. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Johann Baptist Homann, <i>Atlas Mapparum Geographicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, circa 1750s. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Lowell Mason, <i>Musical Exercises for Singing Schools,</i> Boston, 1838. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 9:</b> Alexander Wilson, <i>American Ornithology,</i> 9 volumes, Philadelphia, 1808-14. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ptolomaeus (Claudius). <i>Cosmographia,</i> first edition, Vicenza, Hermann Liechtenstein, 13 September 1475. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Schoener (Johann). <i>Opera mathematica,</i> 3 parts in 1, first edition,The Honeyman copy in contemporary binding, Nuremberg, J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Lucian of Samosata. <i>Dialogoi, editio princeps,</i> with fine illuminated title-page, Florence, Lorenzo de Alopa, 1496. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Pian (Jean Baptiste de). [Architectural Alphabet], 26 chromolithographs by Leopold Muller after Pian, Vienna, 1842-44. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Rogers (Bruce).- Holy Bible (The)..., one of 200 copies on handmade paper, designed by Bruce Rogers, bound in modern crimson morocco, gilt, Oxford, 1935. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Jenner (Edward). <i>An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae…,</i> first edition, Printed for the Author, by Sampson Low, 1798. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Voyages.- Cook (Capt. James).- Parkinson (Sydney). <i>A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour,</i> second edition, Charles Dilly...& James Phillips, 1784. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Clemens (Samuel Langhorne)] "Mark Twain". <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> first edition, first state, New York, Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Voight (Hans Henning)], "Alastair". Herod, for 'Salome: Drame en un Acte', original drawing in red & black ink over pencil, [c.1922]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> James (M.R.) <i>Ghost Stories of an Antiquary,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to A.C. Benson, 1904. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Remarque (Erich Maria). <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1929. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ashendene Press.- More (Sir Thomas). <i>A Fruteful and Pleasaunt Worke...Utopia,</i> one of 100 copies, bound in black goatskin by J.Franklin Mowery, Ashendene Press, 1906. £3,000 to £4,000.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Very scarce autograph letter, signed, by Emily Tennessee Donelson, wife of Andrew Jackson Donelson, who served as First Lady / White House Hostess to President Andrew Jackson from 1828 to about 1834. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Thirteen Edward Wells maps plus title page from his rare atlas, A NEW SET OF MAPS BOTH OF ANCIENT AND PRESENT GEOGRAPHY. $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> L.B. Folger and C. Kallenback: MEMPHIS - BIRD'S EYE VIEW - SUPPLEMENT TO THE APPEAL. Scarce lithograph on paper. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Large NASA-Space Race era archive of material related to Colonel Michael J. Vaccaro, director of administration of the Marshall Space Flight Center of Huntsville, Alabama. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> 1836 slavery related document signed by President Andrew Jackson, Andrew Jackson Jr., and Andrew Jackson Donelson. $800 to $1,100.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Roger Sherman Signed CT Land Grant, 1757. $600 to $700.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Letter archive related to the Randolph family of Virginia, including Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson Randolph, Lewis Meriwether Randolph – the grandson of President Jefferson. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Louisiana, as formerly claimed by France, now containing part of British America to the East in Spanish America to the West of Mississippi map, by Thomas Kitchin, 1765. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Andrew Jackson manuscript document, unsigned, containing notes on several Tennessee legal cases, including one regarding a slave, circa 1790-96. $350 to $450.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Sale<br>July 11 & 12, 2020</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> VA Civil War Photo, Alexander Gardner – Timothy O'Sullivan. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Military Archive, WWI/WWII French Soldier Paul Didier. $400 to $450.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 11 – 12:</b> Early Virginia Map, B. Tanner, J. Reid, 1796. $300 to $400.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2018 Issue

The Unusual and Uncommon from Walkabout Books

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The uncommon and unusual from Walkabout Books.

Walkabout Books has released their Catalogue Five of Books, Manuscripts, Photographs, Archives, Ephemera. If you have a penchant for the odd, or a sense of humor, you are going to love this catalogue. That's not to say everything is weird. There are some wonderful collections of photographs and other historic and serious material. It's just that it's hard to overlook items that are really weird, and this catalogue has its share. There's some great entertainment here, and very few of these items will make much of a dent on your budget. Here are a few.

 

We begin with an example of the weird, which just happens to be the item pictured on the cover. The title is Satan's Reception of John D., John D., naturally, being John D. Rockefeller. The author is Josiah L. Young, about whom Walkabout was able to find nothing. The publication date was 1907, and while Rockefeller was 68 at the time, he was still very much alive with another three decades still to go. Satan can wait. This is a scathing indictment of the world's richest man, presented in a 54-page poem running to 1,070 lines. Young seriously did not like Rockefeller. In it, Rockefeller appears before St. Peter and pleads his case to be admitted to heaven. Peter is filled with replies which eventually force the oil baron to go to Hell, quite literally. For example, Rockefeller points out the moneys he has given to charity. St. Peter responds, "Ten millions to some charity you sent / Then raised the price of oil one-half percent." Item 86. Priced at $500.

 

Harlow Linzel Erskine had it hard. Not only was he serving in the Civil War, a brutal conflict from which he fortunately survived, but also had to endure loads of guilt dished out by his parents. Item 31 consists of seven letters Erskine received from family members in 1864-5. His father lectures him about not telling them enough, particularly about his health and a stay in the hospital. Optimistically, sort of, he writes, "I hope you will live to see the conclusion of the war and not be disabled or broken down, or taken prisoner. I know that is asking much." His mother warmly tells him, "just think of your Pa and I poor old cripples here alone, must work sick or well, the chores must be done." Perhaps they harbored a grudge over Harlow leaving the farm at age 19 to find his own place in the world several years before enlisting in the army. Ma ads, "when I have been sick three days to get a letter from you I get up go to work. It is better than a quart of medicine." $350.

 

For those who think mileage standards for automobiles are too tough for makers to meet, here is one that was achieving over 32 miles per gallon in 1914. Maybe they should look at Franklin's technology. Item 15 is a pamphlet headed Franklin National Economy Test. Ninety-four Cars Average 32.8 Miles on One Gallon of Gasoline. A National Proof of Franklin Economy. The proof was based on Syracuse, New York based Franklin having dealers across the U.S. test 94 Franklin cars. Each put one gallon of gas in their tanks and measured how far they went before they ran out of gas. The best car went an amazing 51.2 miles. Of course, we don't know if the dealers followed testing standards the government would require be met for making such claims today. Perhaps the dealer in Milwaukee who reached 51.2 miles was driving downhill. Without having access to a 1914 Franklin, I can't be sure. $175.

 

If you are ready for a road trip in a car that did not achieve 32 mpg, here is a possibility. No, actually this is not a good idea. It was very dangerous at the time of this trip (1924), but today it would be totally insane. Item 1 is Into Forbidden Afghanistan, Peshawar to Kabul and Back by Buick. It is an account of journalist Lowell Thomas' journey through Afghanistan in a Buick adapted for racks of photographic equipment and extra gasoline. Perhaps the 32 mpg Franklin would have been more suitable. This booklet tells us about the scenery and people encountered on this journey through the back country. The unknown author writes of the travelers' encounters with "natives with accurate rifle-aim and sensitive trigger fingers." They are described as "a bloodthirsty lot." We also hear about sandstorms, punishing heat, perilous roads, inferior treatment of women, and "pathetically secluded lives." As bad as it was then, such a trip through Afghanistann would be far more dangerous today. While the focus of this booklet is Afghanistan, it obviously was intended to promote Buicks, as it was published by General Motors Export Co. $450.

 

Welcome to the Hotel California. Such a lovely place. Item 21 is a promotional brochure for The California, San Francisco. Circa 1891, the California opened in 1890 as an eight-story luxury hotel. Indeed, it was "unquestionably the most beautifully and luxuriously furnished hotel in America," an unquestionable proposition undoubtedly questioned by other hoteliers. It featured a first-class restaurant, domed music room, arched gentleman's reading room, billiard room, wine room, smoking room, and ladies conservatory filled with tropical plants and rare flowers. What's more it was "positively fire-proof." I don't know about that earlier claim, but this one was positively false. It was consumed by the fire that followed the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. $350.

 

Do you know which one is the Sunshine State? Wrong! It's South Dakota. It says so right here - South Dakota, The Sunshine State, Offers You a Homestead for as Little as $1 per Acre and 20 years to Pay. Even I could handle 5 cents a year. As for the sunshine, it does shine a lot up there, though it isn't much stronger than starlight in winter. "If you are dissatisfied with your lot in life, if you are tired of the worries and uncertainties of city life...if you have only become a cog in the machine...here is offered a golden opportunity to build a future as you would like to have it." Indeed, this was a great chance to exchange the worries and uncertainties of city life for the greater worries and uncertainties of life in rural South Dakota. This brochure was published circa 1930s. Item 90. $75.

 

Here is a bit of American history you don't know. Item 78 is a poster for James G. Blaine, Twenty Second President of the United States, Presented by the Toledo Blade. Grover Cleveland didn't know that piece of history either. This one has shades of the Chicago Tribune's embarrassing "Dewey Beats Truman." This was a very tight race and obviously the Blade called it a little too early. President Blaine joined the ranks of President Samuel Tilden, President Al Gore, and President Hillary Clinton. $275.

 

Here is something you can do even if you didn't know it. You have the ability to handle incendiary bombs. It's a snap. Item 120 is a 1942 broadside from the Portland (Oregon) Fire Department and Civilian Defense Council, headed Incendiary Bomb Control. With fear on the west coast of an attack from Japan, the fire department and defense council reassure the citizens of Portland they can handle the bombs themselves. A garden hose should do the trick. They tell citizens "DON'T call the Fire Department unless the fire from the bomb gets out of control... DON'T fear incendiary bombs. They CAN BE CONTROLLED without danger to yourself." I'm not sure whether this advice is reassuring or frightening. $50.

 

Walkabout Books may be reached at 949-588-6055 or books@walkaboutbooks.net. Their website is walkaboutbooks.net.

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  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> Acted at the Dukes-Theatre. London: printed for William Cademan, 1673. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> MUYBRIDGE, EADWEARD. Panorama of San Francisco, from California-St. Hill. [San Francisco:] Morse's Gallery, 1877. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> BRUNUS ARETINUS, LEONARDUS. <i>De bello Italico adversus Gothos gesto.</i> Venice: Nicolas Jenson, 1471. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HILL, JOHN. <i>Compleat Body of Gardening.</i> London: printed for T. Osborne; T. Trye; S. Crowder and Co.; and H. Woodgate, 1757. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> GASPAR DE PORTOLA. Document Signed Twice ("Gaspar de Portola," & "M. Portola"), 29 pp, Puebla, Mexico, December 10, 1780. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> VINGTIEME SIECLE. A complete set of the second series of <i>Vingtieme Siecle (XXe Siecle),</i> together with all fourteen special numbers. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>Online Only<br>25 June to 8 July 2020</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> HAYEK, FRIEDRICH AUGUST. Autograph Manuscript, "Discipline of Civilisation." $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ADAMS, HANNAH; ADAMS, THOMAS "BOOK". Daubuz, Charles. <i>A Perpetual Commentary On The Revelation Of St. John.</i> London: Printed for Benj. Tooke, 1720. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> EMPEROR NORTON. Photograph signed ("Norton I"), albumen print carte-de-visite. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun. 25 – Jul. 8:</b> ROBERTS, DAVID. <i>Egypt and Nubia from Drawings Made on the Spot ... with Historical Descriptions by William Brockendon.</i> London: F.G. Moon, 1846-9. $4,000 to $6,000.

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