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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2019 Issue

A Melbourne Fair Catalogue from Douglas Stewart Fine Books

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Melbourne 2018.

Douglas Stewart Fine Books published a catalogue for Melbourne 2018. That was the book fair recently held in Melbourne, Australia. Naturally, there is much that would be of interest to an Australian collector, but this is not a catalogue of Australian material. Historic material covers a wider range, mainly Asia and the Pacific. Other items, particularly in the arts, extend to Europe and America (such as The Philosophy of Andy Warhol). This is a varied and fascinating catalogue, one easy to appreciate. Here are a few selections.

 

We begin with one of the earliest European travelers to Asia. Marco Polo headed east from his home in Venice with his father and uncle in 1271. He did not return until 24 years later. Item 2 is the third Spanish edition of his travels, Libro del famoso Marco Polo Veneciano... published in 1529. His travels took him through Arabia, the Holy Land, Turkey, Persia, China and Tibet. His account, for the first almost two centuries available only in manuscript form, was for years the only reasonably reliable source of information for Europeans on this part of the world. Conflicts on the Italian peninsula led to Polo being imprisoned until 1299, affording him time to write his account. This edition was translated by Rodrigo Fernandez de Santaella, who has included the account of 15th century traveler Nicolo Conti, who visited some of the same lands. It also contains Santaellas Cosmographia. Santaella had concluded very early on that the East and West Indies were separate lands, not the same one approached from different sides. He so concluded based on differences between natural resources and the environment of the two places. He also believed that "Antilla" was a corruption of "Antindia," meaning the opposite of India. Priced at AU $220,000 (Australian dollars, or approximately $157,840 in U.S. dollars).

 

Next we have a study of the fruit that led to the most famous sea mutiny in history. It was not the breadfruit's fault. Item 9 is Vom Brodbaum (on the breadfruit) by Georg Forster, published in 1784. Forster and his father were naturalists on Captain James Cook's second voyage. The breadfruit was a food staple on the Pacific islands, and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks had brought samples back to Britain on Cook's first voyage. This is a first edition, printed for private distribution in Kassel (Cassel, Germany) where Forster was a professor of natural science. As such, it is quite uncommon. Back in England, Banks had concluded that the large breadfruit would be a great source of food for the slaves in the Caribbean. Banks successfully promoted a mission by the Royal Navy to gather some breadfruit trees in Tahiti and transport them to the Caribbean. Placed in charge of that mission was William Bligh, commander of the not so good ship Bounty. You know the rest. AU $8,500 (US $6,106).

 

Talk about mutinies, this one made the one on the Bounty look like fun. Technically, this was not a sea mutiny. It occurred on land, after the shipwreck of the Batavia. It did result in the publishing of the first images of Australia, but the price was hardly worth it. Here is the terrible story. The Batavia was headed for Batavia (today Jakarta), but was off course when it was wrecked off the western Australian coast in 1629. Forty of the passengers drowned, but around 300 made it to the shore of a couple of islands. It was an inhospitable site, with little fresh water available. Commander Francois Pelsaert and a few of his men headed for the Australian coast, hoping to find water. They found a dry desert. Realizing the potential for disaster, Pelsaert decided to take the longboat and head for Batavia. It took them 33 days, but the commander was able to secure a rescue ship, with which he rushed back to the location where the survivors were stranded. What Pelsaert found when he returned was beyond shocking. The man he had left in charge, Jeronimus Cornelisz, and his band of mutineers, had initiated a reign of terror on their fellow survivors. Over 110 men, women, and children had been murdered by the mutineers, the women made into sex slaves. Cornelisz quickly killed anyone he feared might be a threat to his rule. Fortunately, when Pelsaert returned, a few of the survivors, left on an island to die, reached him first and told the commander the grisly news. Justice prevailed. The worst of the mutineers were tried, tortured, and executed on the spot. Cornelisz had his arms cut off with a hammer and chisel before being hanged. Two of the mutineers were dumped off on the Australian mainland, never to be heard from again. Others were returned to Batavia for trial. Pelsaert's book, Ongeluckige voyagie, van't schip Batavia, nae de Oost-Indien, not only recounts this horrific tale, but includes drawings of the west Australian coast, the first European images of Australia. This is an extremely rare first edition, published in 1647. Item 4. AU $400,000 (US $287,360).

 

Item 36 is a photograph album from the maiden voyage of the German warship SMS Bismarck in 1879-1880. The photographs document visits to Patagonia, Samoa, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, Sydney, Peru, and the Falkland Islands. The photographer was Claus Franzen, and while Stewart has been able to locate many others of his photographs, they have not found a comparable portfolio to this. This one was given to Chancellor Bismarck himself, possibly by the ship's captain when he personally visited with Bismarck on December 26, 1880. The Bismarck was primarily employed during the 1880s during the colonization of Africa. The Bismarck was decommissioned in 1888, and though an overhaul was planned, that plan was abandoned. She then served only as a barracks ship until broken up for scrap in 1920. It should be noted that this was not the same ship as the battleship Bismarck of "Sink the Bismarck" fame, sunken off the French coast during World War II. AU $42,000 (US $30,193).

 

Item 38 is an archive of material relating to the Swedish Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. The highlight is an unpublished manuscript by the expedition's meteorologist and hydrographer, Gosta Bodman. It also contains 270 pages of letters Bodman wrote, his journal, and 50 photographs taken on Snow Hill Island, where six of the men were stranded for two years. The mission was a reasonable success in terms of information gathered, but the price was many hardships suffered. Bodman's account describes his observations concerning the environment, descriptions of his companions, his scientific findings, and the harsh living conditions and ordeal they endured. They had planned to spend a year on Snow Hill Island, but ended up there for two when the main ship, which was to pick them up, sank. Antarctic winters are not pleasant. Finally, they were rescued by the Uruguay, a rescue ship sent by Argentina. There is also a letter from Bodman to his mother written from the Uruguay. AU $85,000 (US $60,991).

 

Douglas Stewart Fine Books may be reached at +61 3 9066 0200 or info@douglasstewart.com.au. Their website is found at www.douglasstewart.com.au.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest Hemingway's Typewriter Used to Write "A Moveable Feast", Impeccable Provenance From His Biographer A. E. Hotchner. $50,000 to $100,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Samuel Colt, "The Gun that Won the West": 3 Signed Patent Items for "Revolving Cylinder Guns". $40,000 to $50,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Jack Kerouac's Own Typewriter From His Estate Used to Write His Very Last Book. $18,000 to $20,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Rare Force Engraving of the Declaration of Independence Printed in 1848. $15,000 to $18,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Superb Tchaikovsky ALS to Napravnik, 4pp on "Mazeppa". $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Wounded Knee Massacre Same Day Eyewitness Account by Participant, "the 7th needn't be ashamed of today's record". $10,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> F. Scott Fitzgerald Signed Gordon Bryant Portrait -- Finest Known. $8,000 to $9,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Neil Armstrong ALS on NASA Letterhead Regarding His X-15 Flights. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> M. Gandhi Letter: "the life span of human beings is preordained..." -- Fantastic Spiritual Content. $7,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>University Archives<br>Autographs, Books & Relics Including Kerouac Estate<br>& Hemingway<br>February 26, 2020</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> "Damn the torpedoes!" Riveting 24pp ALS of Admiral Farragut's Steward Describing the "Battle of Mobile Bay”. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Order to Suspend Execution. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 26:</b> Napoleon DS Featuring Imperial Eagle and Enormous Great Seal Appointing Norman Politician Baron of the Empire. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Nebel, Carl. The War Between the United States and Mexico. New York, 1851. $270,000 - $300,000 MXN / USD $15,000 - $16,666
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Nebel, Carl. The War Between the United States and Mexico. New York, 1851. $270,000 - $300,000 MXN / USD $15,000 - $16,666
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Bolaños, Joaquín. La Portentosa Vida de la Muerte... (“The Portentous Life of Death”) México, 1792. $50,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,777 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Tratado de Paz… entre la República Mexicana y los Estados Unidos. (“Treaty of Peace… Between the Mexican Republic and the United States”) 1848. $80,000 - $90,000 MXN / USD $4,444 - $5,000
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Fabregat, Josep Joaquín. Vista de la Plaza de México… (“View of the Square of Mexico”) México, 1797. $60,000 - $100,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $5,555
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Hidalgo y Costilla, Miguel. Invitación al Coronel Narciso de la Canal… (“Invitation to Coronel Narciso de la Canal…”) 1810. $170,000 - $200,000 MXN / USD $9,444 - $11,111
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Gálvez, Joseph de. Real Cédula de Erección de la Compañía de Filipinas. (“Royal Notice of the Creation of the Company of the Philippines”) 1785. $40,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,222 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Colección de Constituciones de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (“Collection of Constitutions of the United Mexican States”) México, 1828. $50,000 - $60,000 MXN / USD $2,777 - $3,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Ruelas, Julio. Poemario Manuscrito Ilustrado, Dedicado a Lorencita Braniff (“Collection of Illustrated Poem Manuscripts, Dedicated to Lorencita Braniff”). 1903. $60,000 - $70,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $3,888
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Espinosa de los Monteros, Juan J. Aviso de la Junta Soberana al Público (“Notice of the Sovereign Meeting to the Public”) 1821. $60,000 - $80,000 MXN / USD $3,333 - $4,444
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Constitución Federal de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos... (“Federal Constitution of the United Mexican States”) México, 1824. $140,000 - $150,000 MXN / USD $7,777 - $8,333
    <b>Morton Subastas, Feb 25:</b> Alcaraz, Ramón. Apuntes para la Historia de la Guerra entre México y los EU (“Notes on the History of the War between Mexico and the United States”). 1848. $40,000 - $50,000 MXN / USD $2,222 - $2,777
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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