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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2019 Issue

Other Places, Other Lives from Shapero Rare Books


Other Places, Other Lives.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled Other Places, Other Lives. Travel & Exploration. The travelers and explorers were mostly Europeans. The places they went were... everywhere! The catalogue is divided into sections based on destinations (or in one case, the named explorer). Here they are: Richard Burton; Africa; The Americas; Antarctica; Central Asia; China; Europe; Greece, Turkey, the Levant & the Middle East; India & South East Asia; and The Pacific. These are a few selections from these travels.


We will begin with an account of one of the most important explorations in terms of archaeological findings ever. Howard Carter was an archaeologist and Egyptologist who spent years searching for the perfect tomb filled with untouched artifacts. The problem was that grave robbers had swiped most of the best stuff from the ancient pyramids, leaving little for scholars to study by the time of the 20th century. Carter was fortunate in having a wealthy sponsor for his work in Lord Carnarvon, but eventually even he tired of funding unsuccessful missions. Carter managed to talk him into one last attempt in 1922 and this one hit the jackpot. Carter found the undisturbed tomb of King Tutankhamen, the boy king. "Tut" ascended to the throne at the age of 9, and was dead by 19, probably from disease or an infection resulting from an accident. When Carter realized he was on to something, he called for Carnarvon to join him as he slowly and carefully made his way to the burial chamber. Along with the untouched artifacts was the body of Tuthankamen, remarkably well preserved for someone who had been dead for over 3,200 years. Carnarvon died only a few months later, but the discovery was such a public sensation that Carter was able to carry on his work for years. Indeed, he spent another ten years on his find, publishing, in three volumes, from 1923-1933, this work - The Tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amen Discovered by the late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter. The first volume was co-written, actually mostly written, by Carter's assistant, A. C. Mace. Item 96. Priced at £3,250 (British pounds, or approximately $4,135 in U.S. dollars).


Here is another look at the past in Egypt and the Middle East, though not nearly as distant as the time of the Pharaohs. John Gardiner Kinnear came from a family of bankers and headed to this region on business, but ended up doing more in the way of personal exploring. He wrote a bunch of letters back home which became the basis of his book, Cairo, Petra, and Damascus, in 1839. With remarks on the government of Mehemet Ali, and on the present prospects of Syria, published in 1841. He arrived in Cairo in 1839 and met up with a friend whose book was also being created in Egypt at the same time, but whose work is far better known and will cost you a lot more, John Roberts. Roberts' Egypt and Nubia was created from some of the same wanderings, but while Kinnear was writing letters, Roberts was drawing what he saw. Kinnear's book is dedicated to his friend. The two split up when Kinnear continued on to Syria. Syria was in transition at this point, the European nations forcing Ali out of the area and limiting his rule to Egypt and Sudan. As such, he was demonized in the West, but Kinnear speaks more positively of his rule. Certainly, Syria could not have been worse off than it is today. Item 105. £1,500 (US $1,902).


We travel across the ocean to America for this next one. It takes place in today's American Southwest. Item 32 is Narrative of an Expedition Across the Great South-Western Prairies, from Texas to Santa Fe with an Account of the Disasters which Befell the Expedition. This is an 1845 second edition of George Wilkins Kendall's description of a failed attempt by Texas to seize a part of New Mexico. It was originally published the preceding year. Having won their independence from Mexico a few years earlier, the Republic of Texas figured New Mexicans would feel the same desires. Besides which, they believed that Texas' boundary continued along the Rio Grande far beyond El Paso, which placed the eastern part of New Mexico and part of Colorado, even Wyoming, within their perceived borders. The Texans were not welcomed as they expected. They were not well-prepared, but the Mexican Army was. The locals wanted nothing to do with them. The Texans were routed, but were fortunate in that rather than executing them on the spot, the Mexican Army marched them to Mexico City, 2,000 miles away. The U.S. government intervened to get them released. Kendall provides a first-hand account of the disaster as he was a participant. A few years later, the U.S. would seize the territory from Mexico during the Mexican War, but as part of a deal to pay off Texas' debt from its republic days, Texas gave up its claims to this territory which became parts of the new state of New Mexico and others. £850 (US $1,078).


Ephraim Paggitt was a 17th century English clergyman who seemed to dedicate much of his life to criticizing the theology of anyone who did not share his Puritan, Calvinist theology. This doesn't sound like a topic for a catalogue of travel books, but here is the connection. This title takes a look at Christians around the world, that is, those not living in the major Christian nations of Europe. Item 109 is his Christianographie, or, a Description of the multitudes and sundry sorts of Christians in the world not subject to the Pope. With their unitie, and how they agree with the Protestants in the principall points of difference betweene us and the Church of Rome. Published in 1635, you can guess from the title that this is a book not favorable to the Catholic Church. This attitude is not surprising for an English Protestant of his day, but a few years later, he would also write a book attacking many sects of Protestantism that differed from his own views. Unfortunately for Pagitt, his traditionalist views also made him a strong royalist, which did not sit well during the English Civil War. He was forced into retirement. Perhaps what is more notable than its theology about Christianographie is its four folding maps, designed to show all the non-Papist Christians in the world. It is more interesting today for its mapping of foreign lands as believed to be in 1635. £2,000 (US $2,537).


Here is a look at what was a somewhat mysterious land at the time, but it's a book that's hard to know exactly what to make of it. It is one of several concerning Siam, now known as Thailand, written by Anna Leonowens. Leonowens was the widow of a British public servant who had worked in the East. She taught and operated a school in Singapore after her husband's death, which led to an opportunity to be a teacher and governess for the King of Siam. She accepted and for six years was deeply involved in the King's household, perhaps even wielded a small amount of influence with him. She had her differences with the King's views, not surprising considering the gap in culture. He found her difficult but put up with her anyway. She returned to England for some rest after six years. The King died shortly thereafter, and while she maintained a friendly correspondence with his son and new King, she was not invited back. She wrote a couple of books, including this one, The Romance of Siamese Harem Life, published in 1873. Her books have a mixed reputation. She relayed much information about a world otherwise not well known, but her accounts appear laced with exaggeration and perhaps some fictionalization. Some less pleasant characteristics attributed to the King have been challenged by those more familiar with him and the Court. All of this probably would have been forgotten long ago except that one of her books became the basis for the novel Anna and the King, which was the basis for the much more popular Rogers and Hammerstein musical play and movie, The King and I. Item 124. £1,250 (US $1,586).


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Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 €
  • <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.
  • <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>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.

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