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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2019 Issue

Graphic Arts, Bindings, Specimens, Fine Printing & More from the Veatchs Arts of the Book

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Catalogue 90 from the Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book has released their Catalogue 90. They provide a concise description of what can be found inside: "recent acquisitions, graphic arts, bindings, Koops 1800, Senefelder 1818, fine printing, type specimens, rare imposition sheet, Victorian house colors, & Art Deco elevators." Some of those are broad categories, others unique or unusual items. Everyone knows what graphic arts and bindings are, but Koops and Senefelder may not be as familiar. The catalogue explains them all. As for Art Deco elevators, it is possible to imagine what they might look like even if you have never actually seen one. Here are a few of the items we found inside this catalogue.

 

We will begin with "Koops 1800": Historical Account of the Substances Which Have Been Used to Describe Events, and to Convey Ideas from the Earliest Date to the Invention of Paper. The author was Matthias Koops, the publication date 1800. This is a look at various materials used to make paper, or "substances which have been used to describe events, and to convey ideas." For this book, Koops has used paper manufactured entirely from straw. The seven-page appendix was made of paper manufactured from wood pulp. Koops describes contemporary papermaking in mills throughout Europe as he searched for rag substitutes. Papermaking expert Dard Hunter wrote of Koops, "In search for new papermaking materials the work of Matthias Koops towers above all his predecessors, for Koops is responsible for the growth of the paper industry as it is today." Item 44. Priced at $2,400.

 

Here is another book that comes with a superlative endorsement. Item 74 is Specimens of Printing Types from the Bruce Typefoundry from 1882. Printer and Typographer Henry L. Bullen described this as "the most notable type specimen book ever issued anywhere." It contains 352 pages, along with nine loose supplements and price lists from 1882 and 1886. It was printed by Theodore De Vinne. The Veatchs note that "this is a type specimen to be read, combined with a text which is also a type specimen." The Veatchs have not been able to locate another copy with a comparable set of supplements or the 1886 price list. $3,700.

 

Next we have Saint Dominic's Press, A Bibliography 1916-1937. St. Dominick's Press was founded by Douglas (later Hilary) Pepler. Pepler obtained an early Stanhope press and set up shop with the assistance of his close associate, the noted sculptor and type designer, Eric Gill. The press was initially set up in Gill's barn and former sculpture studio. They were instrumental in setting up the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic. Gill engraved many of the illustrations Pepler used from 1915-1924, after which the two split. This bibliography was produced by Michael Taylor and Brocard Sewell in 1995, and features four color plates and 12 tipped-in letterpress facsimiles. Item 69. $250.

 

Item 16 is a type of handout popular in the 19th century. It was given out by newspaper carriers (or paperboys) to their subscribers during the holidays. This one is a broadside headed New Year's Address by the Carriers of The Public Ledger, January 1, 1852. That was the Philadelphia Ledger, a popular newspaper through the 1920s that saw a major decline in readership during the Depression. It closed in 1942. The broadside features a picture of Hoe's 8 cylinder printing press, the Ledger being the first printer to use this modern rotary press. This New Year's Address features a patriotic theme, extolling the virtues of America compared to the despotic regimes of Europe. It pronounces, "How vast the contrast 'twixt our land of Right, And Europe, crushed beneath tyrannic might." It concludes with wishes for a happy new year. The aim of these handouts was not so much to promote patriotism, nor even the local newspaper. It was to encourage subscribers to leave their carriers a generous holiday tip. $300.

 

This is the Art Deco elevator piece, Elevator Cars. Elevator Entrances, published by the Tyler Company in 1927. Founded in the 19th century, Tyler Elevator was once a major employer in Cleveland. It still exists today as a division of the Witter Group, with facilities in Twinsburg, Ohio. This catalogue contains 195 pages, about half of which are plates, facing pages with diagrams and descriptive copy. These are from the days when there were few self-service elevators. Most were larger and run by an operator. Training to be an elevator operator turned out not to be a good career move. These are some artistic and beautiful elevators, unlike the typical ones I remember from years ago. Perhaps Otis didn't have Tyler's artistic touch. Item 73. $975.

 

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>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 14. [CRIMEAN WAR] HAMLEY. <i>The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol.</i> 1855. £150 to £200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 17. JONGH & D'ALMEIDA. <i>L’armee Russe...</i> c.1898. Colour plates and many illustrations. £500 to £600
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 18. [RUSSIA] LE PRINCE. <i>Oeuvres. 1782.</i> Rare folio format with 80 etchings and 74 aquatints. £4000 to £6000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 21. [RUSSIA] MORNAY. Set of 8 hand-coloured aquatints of carriages, sleighs and occupants. c.1825. £1200 to £1800
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 33. BOWDICH. <i>Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo.</i> 1825. A fine copy. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 37. QUIN. <i>An Historical Atlas.</i> 1836. 2nd edn, 21 hand-coloured maps revealing civilisation. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 39. LE BRUN. <i>Voyages [...] par la Moscovie, en Perse...</i> 1718. 300+ engravings, panorama. £4500 to £5500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 48. BRIERLY. <i>The English and French fleets in the Baltic.</i> 1855. Colour lithographs. £7000 to £9000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 60. DELLA VALLE. <i>Reise Beschreibung... in Turckey, Egypten, Palestina[...].</i> 1674. £1500 to £2000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 77. MURRAY, Mrs. Watercolour Album of Heaths. c.1860. 55 original watercolours. £750 to £1000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 91. ADDISON. <i>Works...</i> 1721. 4 vols, large paper copy, English red morocco. £2500 to £3500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 96. HOLBEIN. Imitations of original drawings. 1792-1800. Exceptional copy. £4000 to £6000

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