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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2019 Issue

An Interesting Mix from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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The seventh catalogue from Honey & Wax Booksellers.

Honey & Wax Booksellers has released their seventh catalogue. It is untitled and undescribed, which makes it a challenge to provide a reasonable description. I am not up to the challenge. I will just say it is a variety, an eclectic variety of items that are hard to categorize. So, we will proceed inside and list a few of the books or other items we found inside that you may find interesting.

 

The three "Bell" sisters started as just about the most unsuccessful authors ever. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte published a book of poetry in 1846. Fearful that women authors would not be well accepted, they used the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. They figured those to be gender uncertain names. That book of poetry sold an estimated 2 copies. Perhaps if they had used their actual names they only would have sold one? They didn't give up, at least not on writing. They turned to novels instead of poetry, and each soon achieved success. Charlotte Bronte's success came with Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell, published in 1847. Even then, she was still using the name "Currer Bell." It was into the third edition the following year before the author's true identity was revealed. Item 46 is the three-volume first edition, complete with publisher's advertisements dated October 1847. Priced at $40,000.

 

Henry Highland Garnet was a minister, orator, abolitionist and American diplomat. He was also an escaped slave, running away with family members at the age of 9. His father enrolled him at the African School in New York, an education that led him to the pulpit. He spoke eloquently in favor of abolition, using the Bible to support his views. However, he did become estranged from Frederick Douglass and some other leaders of the movement because he favored the colonization of Liberia by African Americans, believing they would be better off in a place where they could control their own destiny. As such, he was a founder of the African Civilization Society, a pro-emigration organization run by black Americans. During the Civil War, Garnet was a strong supporter of the use of black troops to fight for the Union. When the government finally approved of black troops, Garnet was an active recruiter and moral supporter of the troops. As a result of his pro-Union activities, Garnet was invited to speak before Congress. Item 14 is A Memorial Discourse by Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, Delivered in the Hall of the House of Representatives, Washington City, D. C. on Sabbath, February 12, 1865. This was the first address delivered to Congress by an African American. This copy contains the ownership signature of Lottie Wilson Jackson, one of the few African American members of the National American Women's Suffrage Association. She attempted, without great success, to get that organization to oppose the Jim Crow laws of the era. $4,500.

 

Today, we send out prepackaged Valentine cards to show our affection. They contain some trite pledge of undying love, written by a copywriter and printed off a press. There was a time when Valentines were more personal. Item 4 is The Gentleman's Love Feast: A New and Complete Original Valentine Writer, Consisting of a Collection of Amusing and Affectionate Epistles, Suited to Various Conditions and Circumstances, published in London in 1822. This is a book filled with verses you could copy on a card to prove your love and devotion. These were no one-size-fits-all verses as found on today's Valentine cards. These were words written to show heartfelt emotions in accordance with one's particular line of work. For example, there are words for a bookseller, florist, gardener, butcher, musician, servant, and fishmonger among others. The baker could tell his love, "I roll in love, indeed I do, Until my heart is soft as dough; It late was hardened to a crust; But to cupid yield we must." Perhaps that sounded romantic in 1822. In defense of those who used such books to express their emotions, it must be remembered that few people were well educated in that day, so that original words to express feelings might have been difficult to come by. Item 4. $2,800.

 

Item 9 is a scrapbook of original notes taken by Horace Traubel during his interviews of Walt Whitman in 1888-1889. Whitman, who died in 1892, was around 70 years old at the time. Traubel, forty years younger, became close friends of the poet in the latter years of his life in Camden, New Jersey. Traubel wrote poetry himself, and was noted for literary criticism and as publisher of a literary journal. He was a great admirer of Whitman, and looked after his friend in those last years, as his companion, secretary, and nurse. Traubel carried on daily conversations with Whitman and kept extensive notes of them. They formed the basis of his nine-volume set, Walt Whitman in Camden. These notes were cut and pasted into a scrapbook of 39 pages, captioned and dated. Traubel gave it to his friend, William Gable, as a Christmas gift in 1910. There is also a letter from Traubel to Gable from 1917 included. In these pages, Whitman reminisced about his past, speaks of his contemporaries, and adds thoughts about the direction of the world. Traubel's notes quote Whitman as saying, "not Phila alone, Camden alone, even New York alone, but all together - all nations - the globe - intercalation - fusion - no one left out!...Solidarity is the future." Those are comments worth considering in this era of nationalism and divisions among people. $8,500.

 

Here is another poet, not as well known for her poetry as her her advocacy writing on behalf of America's natives. Nonetheless, Helen Hunt Jackson was an admired poet in the 1870s, who published her poems in periodicals. Ralph Waldo Emerson included her poems in an anthology and read them aloud on occasion. She was a classmate of Emily Dickinson and the two corresponded throughout her life. Item 26 is an 1880 edition of her book, Letters from a Cat. Published by her Mistress for the benefit of all Cats and the amusement of little Children, first published in 1879. This is Jackson's lighter side. However, 1879 was the year Jackson went to hear a lecture by Chief Standing Bear, and it so moved her, she spent the remainder of her life devoted to correcting the injustices America's natives had endured. She spelled it out clearly in A Century of Dishonor (1881). She sent a copy to every member of Congress. However, she determined that she needed to make her case to the public in a form that would greater interest them, so she wrote a novel, Ramona (1884), which showed some of the injustices suffered by Indians in a form more accessible to people who read primarily for entertainment. Ramona was a huge success, bringing her message to many readers, but Jackson died the following year before having a chance to push much further toward her goals. $600.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers may be reached at 917-974-2420 or info@honeyandwaxbooks.com. Their website is www.honeyandwaxbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Sir Isaac Newton, <i>Opticks,</i> first edition, first issue, London, 1704. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Johannes Jacobus Canis, <i>De modo studendi in utroque iure,</i> first edition, Padua, 1476. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Pope Clemens V, <i>Constitutiones,</i> Nuremberg, 1482. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Panormitanus de Tudeschis, <i>Lectura super V libris Decretalium,</i> Basel, 1480-81. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Michael Faraday, <i>Experimental Researches in Electricity,</i> complete set, first editions, London, 1832-56. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> William Gilbert, <i>Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete,</i> Sedini, 1628. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> John Bulwer, <i>Philocophus,</i> first edition of the first book in English on the deaf, London, 1648. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> James Cook, complete set, 9 volumes, London, 1773-84. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 24:</b> Nicolaus Bertrand, <i>Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita,</i> with the earliest known view of the city of Toulouse, 1515. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> RATZER, Bernard. <i>Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767.</i> London: Jefferys and Faden, “Jan.y” 12, 1776. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. COCKERELL, Sydney C. <i>Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897 [issued 1898]. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS]. KEATS, John. <i>Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of Saint Agnes and Other Poems.</i> Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center> <b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [GRANT, Ulysses S.— GRANT, Julia, First Lady]. Carved Applewood and 18-karat Gold Jewelry Suite, Browne & Spaulding, Jewelers, New York City, 1865. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [LINCOLN ASSASSINATION]. GARDNER, Alexander. <i>Incidents of the War |Sic Semper Sicariis</i> [caption title]. Washington, D. C.: Philip & Solomons, 1865. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> A COMPLETE COLLECTION of 115 titles published in R. R. Donnelley's Lakeside Classics series. Chicago, 1903-2017. COMPLETE RUN OF THE LONGEST-RUNNING CONTINUOUS SERIES OF BOOKS IN THE WORLD. $5,000 to $7,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana<br>November 6, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> GLEIZES, Albert. METZINGER, Jean. <i>Du Cubisme.</i> Paris, 1947. LIMITED EDITION, number 19 of 20 copies on papier d'Auvergne. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [THE LITTLE REVIEW]. ANDERSON, Margaret, ed. POUND, Ezra, ed. HEAP, Jane, ed. <i>The Little Review.</i> Vol. I, No. 1 through Vol. XII, No. 2. 1914-1929. $3,000 to $4,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [MOUNTENEY, Leonard, binder]. LOUŸS, Pierre. <i>Songs of Bilitis.</i> Chicago: Argus Books, 1931. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 6:</b> [HANCOCK, John]. Partly-printed U.S. Loan-Office Transfer Certificate issued on behalf of Hancock. Sgn’d on recto by William Imlay, as Commissioner of Loans of Connecticut. 28 February 1793. $2,000 to $3,000
  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DE CORDOBA, JACOB. <i>Map of the State of Texas.</i> New York, 1866. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ARNOLD, BENEDICT. Autograph bookseller's receipt for Dr. John Dickinson, Signed ("B. Arnold"), February 1767. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 4 Typed Letters Signed ("A Einstein") to Cleveland E. Dodge offering early reports on the meetings of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D. Typed Letter Signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower") to General Henri Giraud written from a secret bunker in Gibraltar on the eve of Operation Torch, November 4 [but 6], 1942. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> Early Broadside Printing of the GADSDEN PURCHASE, Puebla, August 16, 1854. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ALLEN, ETHAN. Autograph Letter Signed to Crevecouer during the Constitutional Debates in Congress, 2 pp, August 29, 1787. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> DARWIN, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> London John Murray, 1859. FIRST EDITION. THE VERY FINE MELLON-GARDEN COPY. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions Auctioneers, Nov. 5:</b> ECKERT, J. P, H. H. GOLDSTINE, and J. G. BRAINERD. <i>Description of the ENIAC and comments on electronic digital computing machines.</i> N.p., 1945. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY GOLDSTINE. $5,000 to $7,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> EUCLID. <i>Elementa geometriae.</i> Translated from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 25 May 1482. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> [HAMILTON, Alexander, James MADISON and John JAY]. <i>The Federalist: A Collection of Essays…</i> New York: John and Andrew M'Lean, 1788. FIRST EDITION. $60,000 to $80,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> GALILEI, Galileo. <i>Dialogo...Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernicano.</i> Florence, 1632. FIRST EDITION. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1922. FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 100 COPIES SIGNED BY JOYCE. $120,000 to $180,000
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Library of a Midwestern Collector<br>November 5, 2019</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> KEYNES, John Maynard. <i>The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.</i> London: Macmillan, 1936. FIRST EDITION. $5,000 to $7,000
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    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> ROWLING, J. K. <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.</i> London: Bloomsbury, 1997. FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY ROWLING. $80,000 to $120,000
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 5:</b> SMITH, Adam. <i>An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.</i> London: for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. FIRST EDITION. $70,000 to $90,000

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