• <b>Chiswick Auctions:</b> Rowling (J.K). <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £15,000 to £20,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, seeking consignments:</b> Thornton (Samuel). <i>A Large Drought of the North Part of China Shewing…the Harbour of Chusan,</i> copper engraved map, 1711. £600 to £800
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, seeking consignments:</b> Stuart (Helen). Portrait of a Maori, over-painted gelatin silver print, signed and dated, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, seeking consignments:</b> Picasso (Pablo). Minotaure vaincu, plate 89 from La Suite Vollard , signed, Paris, 1939. £4,000 to £5,000
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, seeking consignments:</b> Pissarro (Camille). Vachère au Bord de l'Eau, NUMBER 14 OF 100 PROOFS, etching, 1890. £800 to £1,200
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, seeking consignments:</b> Einstein (Albert). Copy of typewritten script of the episode "The Atom" of the TV programme "Your World Tomorrow", signed by Einstein. £2,000 to £3,000
  • <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> André Breton, <i>Second manifeste du Surréalisme,</i> Paris, Editions Kra, 1930
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Paul Eluard and Pablo Picasso, <i>La Barre d’appui,</i> Paris, Editions « Cahiers d’Art », 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Blaise Cendrars and Fernand Léger, <i>La Fin du monde filmée par l’ange N.-D.,</i> Paris, Editions de la Sirène, 1919
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Hans Bellmer, <i>Die Puppe,</i> Paris, G.L.M., 1936
    <b>Christie’s Paris:</b> Salvador Dali, <i>La femme visible,</i> Paris, Editions Surréalistes, 1930
  • <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE Typed letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $400 to $600
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Important archives related to the development of fashions for Mrs. Kennedy… $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> [CASSINI-KENNEDY FASHIONS] Detailed ledger of the Kennedy White House years… $500 to $800
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KELLY, GRACE. Four autograph letters to Oleg Cassini. $5,000 to $8,000
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini. June 27</b>
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Group of Kennedy-era original fashion sketches. $1,000 to $1,500
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> KENNEDY ONASSIS, JACQUELINE. Autograph letter signed to Oleg Cassini. $800 to $1,200
    <b>Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini:</b> CASSINI, OLEG. Fashion sketch titled “Mrs. Kennedy-Palais de Versailles-State Dinner.” $800 to $1,200
    Doyle, The Estate of Oleg Cassini: [CASSINI, OLEG - KENNEDY, JACQUELINE.] Group of approximately 130 original fashion designs… $800 to $1,200.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> NYC pride parade photos by Hank O’Neal, annotated on verso by Allen Ginsberg, 1970s. Pictured is Marsha P. Johnson. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> David Wojnarowicz, <i>Neon Dancer,</i> postcard signed to Jim Fouratt, 1982. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Personal papers of Candy Darling, New York, circa 1950s-1973. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Walt Whitman, <i>Memoranda of the War,</i> Remembrance Copy, inscribed to Peter Doyle, from “the author with his love,” Camden, 1875-76. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People,</i> first edition, signed, London, 1899. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> James Baldwin, <i>Giovanni’s Room,</i> first edition, presentation copy, New York, 1956. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> JEB (Joan E. Biren), <i>Ginger and Catherine,</i> silver print, 1972. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Su Negrin, <i>Gay Liberation,</i> photograph by Peter Hujar, poster published by Times Change Press, 1970. $400 to $600.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Harvey Milk, Autograph Letter Signed, as acting Mayor of San Francisco, March 7, 1978. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 23:</b> Lester Beall, <i>Rural Electrification Administration,</i> 1939. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Gerda Wegener, <i>Two Women in a Window,</i> watercolor, chalk & wash, circa 1920. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Jean Cocteau, original sketchbook, <i>Le Mystère et Antigone,</i> including sketches of his lover Jean Desbordes, 1932. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 20:</b> Djuna Barnes, <i>Ladies Almanack . . . Written & Illustrated by A Lady of Fashion,</i> limited edition, signed & inscribed to her literary executor, 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2019 Issue

Lives from the Past Rediscovered by Langdon Manor Books

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Catalog 7 of the extraordinary.

Langdon Manor Books, purveyor of "the extraordinary history of the every day," has issued their Catalog 7. The material they offer, often archives, come from "ordinary" people, but no one is ordinary, and often these people are truly remarkable. Most are no longer living, but they lived interesting lives, and what they created and collected generally touches their most significant times. What we see here is fascinating, at times uplifting, at other times dark and foreboding. This is life. Here are a few examples.

 

We begin with a lengthy letter from a California Gold Rush prospector and entrepreneur, an optimistic tome with an unexpected, rather than happy, ending. Miles Palmerton sent this approximately 1,400-word letter home from Sacramento in 1851. He had come from Saratoga, New York. Palmerton writes that he started by owning a store in Fiddletown (west of Sacramento), abandoned it with $600 in his pocket, bought a claim, which he traded "for a horse and rode him out of the diggins for some better place." He next purchased a claim for a quartz mine with some partners, hit a vein, and sold shares in the mine. Palmerton noted, "That is the way with mining, a man may work a year and not more than make his board and then in a week make up for the whole year." He said he wouldn't sell his share for $5,000, and yet he quickly turned to looking for gold. "I believe there will be more gold taken out this summer than there has been taking for the last two years... There is gold all through the earth." Next, Palmerton writes of the wonders of California. "We can have vegetables fresh the year round in the valleys. We have no winters here. It is the greatest country for stock I ever saw...there is the prettiest valleys here I ever saw." He continues in that vein until returning to the other. "I will know in a few weeks how our vein will turn out and I will let you know if it proves to be rich and extensive. We have enough claimed for 100 fortunes." He did not let them know. The family never heard from Miles again. A note has been written on the margin in a different hand - "Last letter from Miles P - fate unknown - thought murdered. Item 13. Priced at $575.

 

Next we have a collection of over 100 lantern slide glass transparencies from Frank E. Moore's production of the Song of Hiawatha. Longfellow's poem was first turned into a performance at the turn of the century by Louis Olivier Armstrong. He put together a large cast of American natives, and created a play based on the poem which toured America and later spent six months in London. Armstrong came up with the idea while on a camping trip with Longfellow's daughters. He discontinued the show around 1905, but not too long thereafter, Moore came up with his own version. He too gathered a large cast of Indians from various tribes, east and west, but rather than have them speak, they simply acted while a narrator read the poem. They toured, performed traditional dances, wore native clothes, often pitched teepees along a stream and performed to audiences on the other side. These images were copyrighted in 1908 and appear to be taken from the show. In 1912, Moore used his show to create the first film using a cast of entirely Native Americans. It had a cast of 150. Parts of it have been lost, but the Library of Congress has an abridged version. Here is a clip from YouTube. We don't know when the performances were discontinued, but the latest reference Langdon Manor found came from 1914. Item 33. $4,500.

 

There is another Native American archive offered, but this one is too extensive to describe in a short review. It was compiled by Frank S. Cummings, an engineer from California who became friendly with Harry Goulding. Goulding had set up a trading post and lodge in Monument Valley, near the Arizona-Utah border and adjacent to Navajo land. Goulding succeeded in convincing John Ford to shoot several of his western movies in Monument Valley. Cummings was riding with Goulding one day when he stopped to give a ride to some Navajos making a long trek on foot back home. It was the start of a long friendship between Cummings, an amateur anthropologist, and various Navajo and other natives. This archive mainly comes from 1950 through the middle 1960s. It consists of over 1,000 photographs and slides, 17 hours of audiotape, and several hours of videos. The tapes contain numerous interviews, in English and native languages, many of aged tribe members recounting stories that went well back into the 19th century. They tell of forced movement, battles with both whites and Utes and other tribes, and the hardships of ordinary life they faced. The photograph on the cover of this catalogue is one of the thousand-plus in the collection. If this is of interest to you, you should contact Langdon Manor for more information as it is unlikely there is anything else quite like this. Item 32. $55,000.

 

This next photo album is not of an ordinary person. It documents a major trip by a President of the United States, to promote an idea that proved to be ahead of its time for his country. In September 1919, President Woodrow Wilson headed west on a trip to convince the American public to support the formation of the League of Nations. The Great War had been won, and Wilson believed the League could serve as a deterrent against future wars, providing a place to reconcile differences while providing for mutual defense of its members. However, the idea had much opposition, particularly from Republicans, who believed America would be giving up too much of its sovereignty. So, off went Wilson on a strenuous tour. This album documents his time in Seattle on September 13. The album has 118 leaves, each with a photograph printed on it. The President is seen on arrival, in a parade through the streets of Seattle, on ships in the harbor, along with numerous other photographs of ships, sailors, and other events of the day. Whatever success Wilson had with the public did not transfer to the Senate and he could not get America to join the League of Nations. Meanwhile, Wilson returned to the White House later that month exhausted, and on October 2, suffered a stroke. For the remainder of his term, Wilson was limited in his activities and many believe his wife was effectively President for the rest of his presidency. Item 71. $1,200.

 

The worst race riot in Arkansas history, perhaps the country, took place at this time. Black sharecroppers were meeting to consider organizing. The area around rural Elaine was 10-1 black, but white landowners held all the cards. They determined what the back farmers received for their cotton, and forced them to buy from overpriced plantation stores. The farmers were always in debt. A pair of deputized white men arrived at the meeting, shots were fired under unknown circumstances, one of the whites killed. Rumors were spread, with the help of the local press, that the blacks planned to kill all whites in the area. Five hundred to 1,000 whites, from the area and elsewhere arrived, and the killing started. By the end on October 1, 1919, 100-240 black people had been killed. Five whites died. Local and federal officials began arrests. They arrested 285 blacks, no whites. A total of 122 were indicted, 73 charged with murder, 12 convicted and sentenced to death. Eventually, six had their convictions overturned in state court, six by the U. S. Supreme Court. An account of this event from something other than a southern white perspective can be found in this rare book from 1920, The Arkansas Race Riot, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett. She was born a slave, became a journalist and founding member of the NAACP. She tells the real story, including of the beatings and electric shocks inflicted on the black prisoners. Item 5. $20,000.

 

That item tells the horror story in words. This simple photograph tells the story of racism in one horrible image. It is of Frank Embree of Fayette, Missouri, on July 22, 1899. He was accused of raping a white girl. Embree said he was innocent. He did not get a fair trial. He didn't get any trial. As too often the case, a mob abducted him from jail, and whipped him over 100 times. That is when this photograph was taken, his hands in shackles, clothes removed. Then the crowd, said to be of 1,000 people, lynched him. A few of those people can be seen behind Embree. In these days, when racism seems to have become more acceptable again, this photo is a stark reminder of where it can go. Item 4. $1,350.

 

Langdon Manor Books may be reached at 713-443-4697 or LangdonManorBooks@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.langdonmanorbooks.com.

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  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Book of Hours. Illuminated manuscript, Flanders or northern France, c. 1450. With 12 full-page illuminated miniatures. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Zahrawi, Abu’-Qasim, al- (c. 936-1013). <i>Albucasis chirurgicorum omnium,</i> Strasbourg, 1532. The first comprehensive illustrated treatise on surgery. £3,000 to £5,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Milles, Thomas. <i>The Custumers Alphabet and Primer,</i> 1608. Gilt supralibros of 17th-century English bibliophile Edward Gwynn. £2,000 to £3,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Guillemeau, Jacques. <i>Child-Birth or, the Happy Deliverie of Women,</i> 1st edition in English, 1612. The second midwifery manual printed in English. £1,500 to £2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Rabisha, William. <i>The Whole Body of Cookery Dissected,</i> 1st edition, 1661. Rare. Five copies in libraries. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Royal binding. <i>An Abridgment of the English Military Discipline,</i> 1678. Contemporary red goatskin gilt by Samuel Mearne for Charles II (1630-1865). £1,500 to £2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Pallavicino, Ferrante. <i>The Whores Rhetorick,</i> 1st edition in English, 1683. Rare anti-Jesuit satire. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>The Benefit of Farting,</i> 1st London edition, 1722. Teerink 19. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Edwards, George. <i>Natural History of Uncommon Birds</i> [and] <i>Gleanings of Natural History,</i> 7 volumes, 1743-64. Contemporary tree calf, 362 hand-coloured engraved plates. £8,000 to £12,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>The Library and Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey<br>June 26</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Campbell, Patrick. <i>Travels in the Interior Inhabited Parts of North America,</i> 1st edition, 1793. Howes C101; Sabin 10264. Uncut in original boards. £5,000 to £8,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Hearne, Samuel. <i>A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay, to the Northern Ocean,</i> 1st edition, 1795. Sabin 31181. Large-paper copy. £2,000 to £3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>June 26:</b> Edgeworth, Maria. <i>The Match Girl, A Novel,</i> 1808. £1,000 to £1,500
  • <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> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
    <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.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Online<br>Now through June 21</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i> Walden: or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $15,000 to $20,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> BUKOWSKI, CHARLES. Archive of Correspondence Addressed to Kay "Kaja" Johnson, Los Angeles, California: July – November 1961. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> DICKENS, CHARLES, AND GEORGE CRUIKSHANK [ILLUSTRATOR]. Unpublished autograph letter signed, to Cruikshank, completed on the artist's proof, related to the publication of The Pic-Nic Papers. $7,000 to $10,000
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts Online<br>Now through June 21</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD. <i>"Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> As Told to Ralph Leighton. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1985. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> GERSHWIN, GEORGE. Autograph music manuscript of "Leavin’ for de Promise’ Lan’" from the opera Porgy and Bess, Act One Scene Two. $25,000 to $35,000
    <b>Sotheby’s Online, June 21:</b> LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Document signed ("Abraham Lincoln") as sixteenth president, being a military commission for Rufus H. Johnson. $8,000 to $10,000

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