• <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Extensive archive of papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> George Catlin, <i>North American Indian Portfolio,</i> 1844. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Carefully Translated…after the Best Jewish Authorities, Philadelphia, 1853-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Wedding book of Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, Earl Miller, signed by the Roosevelts, 1932. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Textile titled <i>The Resignation of Pres’t Washington,</i> Scotland, circa 1800. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Gideon Welles, Pass for President Lincoln’s White House funeral, 1865. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Confirmation of arms and nobility in favor of the Diez y Mora family, Madrid, 1710. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Conquest of Peru.- Cieza De León (Pedro de). <i>Parte primera de la chronica del Peru,</i> first edition, Seville, Martín de Montesdoca, 1553. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Mandeville (Sir John). <i>Tractato bellissimo delle piu maravigliose cose & piu motabile che sitrovino nelle parte delmondo,</i> Florence, [Lorenzo Morgiani], 1496-99. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Bible leaf, Latin. Single leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, [Mainz], [Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust], [c.1454/55]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Publicius (Jacobus). <i>Ars oratoria. Ars epistolandi. Ars memorativa,</i> first edition, Venice, Erhard Ratdolt, 1482. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Biblia Pauperum.- Single leaf from a blockbook Biblia Pauperum in Latin, from the Wiblingen copy of Schreiber's edition III, Netherlands, 1465. £25,000 to £35,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Brazil.- Steinmann (Johan Jacob). <i>Souvenirs de Rio de Janeiro,</i> Paris, chez Rittner & Goupil, 1837. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Polo (Marco). <i>In cui si tratta le meravigliose cose del mondo per lui vedute,</i> Venice, Matteo Pagano, 1555. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Sir Joshua Reynolds' copy.- Donne (John). <i>Poems, by J.D. With elegies on the authors death,</i> the Joshua Reynolds-Philip Bliss copy of the first edition, Printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for Iohn Marriot, 1633. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Gilbert (William). <i>De Magnete,</i> first edition, Peter Short, 1600. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Audubon (John James). <i>The Birds of America,</i> 8 vol., New York, George R. Lockwood, [c.1889]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Pratchett (Terry). <i>The Colour of Magic,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1983. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Flaubert (Gustave). <i>Trois Contes,</i> first edition, one of 100 copies on papier de Hollande, Paris, Charpentier, 1877. £5,000 to £7,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2019 Issue

The World On Stone from Shapero Rare Books

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The World On Stone.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled The World On Stone. To understand that title, you need to divide it into its composite parts. First is the world. The books in here are primarily based on travels, sometimes nearby, other times distant, by English and other European travelers. However, these are not accounts of expeditions and explorations typical of travel books. Rather, these are visual accounts, renderings by artists who visited expressly for the purpose of painting these scenes or were in distant lands for other purposes and made the most of the opportunity. The stone part of the title refers to the process. The images were created on stone, that is, through lithography. Developed in the late 18th century, lithography made it possible to create better quality printed drawings than were seen before. That date of invention also dates the books herein. With cheaper processes developed later on, the 19th century was the high point, though fine work is still done this way. The result is that what we have here is a catalogue of books filled with beautiful artists' views published during the 19th century. Here are a few.

 

We will start with a pictorial record of one of the greatest of world's fairs, the first one on such a grand scale. Its major patron and promoter was Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who envisioned a major exhibition to display the world's progress in many fields. It was spectacular. Joseph Paxton designed the hall, the famed Crystal Palace. It was 1,851 feet in length, 408 feel wide, and 128 feet tall. It was constructed from steel and plate glass. Exhibitors came from 26 countries, 14,000 of them in all. More than 100,000 objects were placed on display. Over six million people attended. The exhibitions were divided into four main categories, arts, manufactures, machinery, and raw materials. There were steam engines, hydraulic presses, carriages along with numerous smaller items displayed. When the fair was over, Londoners loved the palace so much that it was picked up and moved to a new location. It remained there until 1936 when it was consumed by fire. While the structure was steel and glass, sadly, the floor was wood. Item 24 is Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, from the Originals Painted for H.R.H. Prince Albert. It was published by the Dickinson Brothers in 1854. It comes in two volumes and contains 55 chromolithographs after Joseph Nash, Louis Haghe, and David Roberts. Priced at £15,000 (British pounds, or approximately $18,946 in U.S. dollars).

 

Speaking of David Roberts, he is noted as the artist on two of the most spectacular illustrated works of the 19th century. Those two amazing works are one on the Holy Land, and this, Egypt and Nubia from Drawings Made on the Spot by David Roberts, published 1846-1849. Roberts actually began his work on this large project in 1838 when he traveled to Alexandria to prepare his plans. He was the first European to get unlimited access to the mosques in Cairo and then was able to sail up the Nile to visit the ancient monuments. He was back in London in 1840 with his artwork, which was placed on exhibition. However, convincing someone to publish the book was not easy as the cost would be great, but Francis Graham Moon agreed to put up £50,000, an enormous sum in the day. Item 46 is in the deluxe format with colored and mounted pictures. It cost three times as much as the basic format. £150,000 (US $189,469).

 

One spectacular book deserves another. This one comes in nine elephant folio volumes, weighing about 65 pounds each. You don't read this in bed. It contains great textual detail, though it is the illustrations that are even more amazing. The title is Antiquities of Mexico: comprising facsimiles of ancient Mexican paintings and hieroglyphics... The author was Edward King, Viscount Kingsborough. He brought in Italian artist Augustine Aglio to create the facsimiles of all sorts of ancient Mexican art and documents. King and Aglio traveled far and wide to create this printed collection, but not to Mexico. Rather, they visited numerous libraries in England and on the continent that possessed this ancient material. There is much pre-Columbian history here though it also documents the Spanish arrival and destruction of the Aztec empire. King had become fascinated with ancient Mexican history while at Oxford and wished to make this history, scattered throughout European libraries, readily available to scholars. He was also a follower of a prevalent theory of the day, that the American natives were a lost tribe of Israel. Aglio's illustrations are filled with bright colors and the early Mexican art is almost surrealist, or reminiscent of Picasso. This was another extremely expensive undertaking, and Irish nobleman King ended up in a debtor's prison in Dublin when he couldn't pay his paper manufacturer. There he caught typhus and died. Two years later his father died, and he would have received more than enough in inheritance to pay his debts and carry on the project. Item 31. £90,000 (US $113,661).

 

George French Angas was an English explorer, naturalist, and artist who traveled to Australia in the 1840s and stayed for many years. He accompanied an inland expedition in 1844 and became familiar with the young land. He put his artistic talents to work in this book, South Australia Illustrated, published in 1847. Quoting Wantrup (and I will confess to not knowing him), Shapero says, "...his views of towns and scenery of the Aborigines and of the flora and fauna offer an outstanding - if romantic - interpretation of the Australian landscape. It is a rare book...and one that has always been held in high esteem." Item 6. £22,500 (US $28,454).

 

Here is another from Angas illustrating Australia's neighbor. Item 5 is The New Zealanders Illustrated, also published in 1847. From Australia, Angas went to New Zealand where he traveled on foot for 800 miles. He visited the wildest regions of the country, sketching the countryside and the native Maori people. £17,500 (US $22,128).

 

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.com.

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  • <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> John Adams Signed Ship's Passport, partly printed DS as president, signed “John Adams.”
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Extremely Rare James Garfield DS as President Appointing Revenue Service Agent.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Babe Ruth 1939 Cooperstown cover boldly signed — with photo.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Incredible Harry S. Truman Kansas City Auto Club sales ledger maintained by Truman!
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Important Herbert Hoover 4 pg ALS about Chinese Gold Mining.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Rare Calvin Coolidge ALS as President.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Appointment.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Ironic John Kennedy Jr. Handwritten report on why he is accident report form when he attended Collegiate School in 1975.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Katherine Bates Signed -“America! America! God shed his grace on thee.”
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Apollo 11 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Amassed Over Four Decades, an impressive 1100+ piece collection of entertainment and notables.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens Signed Letter and Card.
  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.

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