Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2019 Issue

Eighty Great Works from Raptis Rare Books

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80 Great Works.

Raptis Rare Books has published a catalogue Presenting 80 Great Works. They have broken the selections down to seven categories, Opening Selections, History & World Leaders, Americana, Scientific Discovery, Business & Economics, Literature, and Children's Literature. These are great works all. Here are a few samples.

 

Would you like to learn how to draw? There is no better way than to learn from the master. However, you will need to brush up on your Italian. Item 95780 is Trattato della Pittura di Leonardo da Vinci (treatise on painting of Leonardo da Vinci), a first edition. While this is a very old book, published in 1651, you may recall that da Vinci lived during an even earlier time. He died 132 years before this first edition was published. Da Vinci's notes on painting had been compiled by a student and passed around in manuscript form, but were not printed until all these years later. Da Vinci was not only the painter of Mona Lisa and other great works, but a scientist, inventor and anything else he wished to be, the ultimate Renaissance Man at the beginning of the Renaissance. Herein, the master gives his advice on lighting, perspective, and other aspects of the art of drawing. Priced at $7,500.

 

This next gentleman would not be called a "Renaissance Man." Rather, he had one particular skill at which he was good, more so then anyone else of his era, and when compared to his contemporaries, like no man ever. Babe Ruth could bash a baseball like no one else. The result is he is still the best known baseball player ever, though it has been over eight decades since he last played ball. Item 95879 is The Babe Ruth Story, an autobiography of the Babe, as told to sportscaster Bob Considine. Ruth discusses the high and low points of his life, his friendships, loves and feuds, and his career. Recently, an average ballplayer made news when he said he could play better than Ruth. His point was that far greater demands are made on baseball players today. Ruth was not known for a conditioning regimen such as demanded of players today. His energy drink was beer. Still, one must be seen in his time, compared to his contemporaries, and for a current baseball player to out-power hit Ruth by the same margin on that basis, he would need to hit a couple hundred home runs per year. Ruth was that dominant. This copy has been inscribed by Ruth "To my good friend Ed Tillman." The book was published in 1948 and evidently Ruth signed it before the middle of the summer, perhaps at a spring book signing he attended, as he died on August 16 of that year $11,000.

 

Next is a first edition, first printing of what Raptis describes as "one of the most important works in the history of American literature." That comment is actually fact, not hyperbole. Item 95139 is Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, published in 1845. It is the granddaddy of detective fiction, and you could throw in mystery, science fiction and such as well. It is a collection of short stories by Poe, whose tormented life probably prepared him for such writing. Haycraft-Queen's list of cornerstones of detective stories describes it as "the first and greatest, the cornerstone of cornerstones in any readers' or collectors' guide, the highest of all high spots." It contains three Auguste Dupin stories, including The Purloined Letter, and other mysteries such as The Gold Bug, The Black Cat, and The Fall of the House of Usher. $35,000.

 

It is common for First Ladies to publish memoirs today, but that was not always the case. Here is the first such First Lady memoirs published during the author's lifetime. The writer was Helen Taft, though, in keeping with the times, it is attributed to "Mrs. William Howard Taft." The title is Recollections of Full Years, and it was published in 1914. Julia Grant had attempted to publish her memoirs, but could not find a publisher, their finally reaching the press in 1975. Taft was not a lucky President. He served as Vice-President under Theodore Roosevelt, and was hand-picked as his successor by the latter when he unexpectedly declined to run for a second term. However, Taft proved not to be the progressive Roosevelt expected, leading T.R. to run against him as an independent when Taft sought reelection in 1912. The result was that Taft finished third, while Woodrow Wilson was elected President. This copy has been signed by both Helen and William Howard Taft. Item 95234. $6,800.

 

Next is a pioneering work in the field of space travel, The Astronauts: The Story of Project Mercury, America's Man-In-Space Program. America was caught flat-footed when the Soviet Union became the first country to put a man in space. The nation had some catching up to do, and acted quickly, initiating the Project Mercury program. It would take a few years to catch the Soviets, and finally overtake them in 1969 by putting the first man on the moon. This is a special copy. It has been inscribed to a Pearl Salvick by all seven of the original Mercury astronauts (using their formal names) - John H. Glenn, Jr., Walter D. Schirra, M. Scott Carpenter, Virgil I. Grissom, Donald W. Slayton, Leroy G. Cooper, Jr., and Alan B. Shepard, Jr. Alan Shepard was the first American in space, sent on a suborbital flight in 1961, the year after this book was published. "Gus" Grissom was the second American in space and, with two others, the first to die on a space mission when their space capsule caught fire on the ground during a pre-flight test. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, later was a U. S. Senator, and then became the oldest man in space many years later when he flew at the age of 77. He was the last surviving Mercury astronaut when he died in 2016. "Deke" Slayton took part in the first joint American-Soviet mission in 1975. Item 95986. $12,500.

 

Raptis Rare Books may be reached at 561-508-3479 or mail@raptisrarebooks.com. Their website is found at www.raptisrarebooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 €
  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.

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