Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2019 Issue

Magnificent Books and Photographs from the 19th Century Shop

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Magnificent Books & Photographs.

The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop has published a catalogue of Magnificent Books & Photographs. There's not much you can add to that. I will only say that "magnificent" is not an exaggeration. I imagine the unidentified man on the cover, who must be Walt Whitman, would probably agree, since a first edition of Leaves of Grass and other Whitman items are found in this catalogue. Here are a few other examples of what can be found in this selection.

 

As we are in the midst of political debate season, there seems nowhere more appropriate to start than with the most significant and famous American political debates ever. That could only be Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas in the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois. This is an account of the Lincoln-Douglas debates that occurred in Illinois in that state's senate race, two years before the two faced off in the momentous presidential election of 1860. Though Lincoln lost that senate election, it was his Republican Party that published the account of those debates. Lincoln kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings recording the speeches with hopes of having them published some day. In late 1859, the Republican State Central Committee in Ohio did him the honor of publishing it for him. It also includes Lincoln's famous house divided speech where he said that a nation could not long endure half slave and half free, and that he did not believe the house would remain divided or fall, that it would become one or the other. All of those soon came to pass, thanks to Lincoln's unwillingness to let the house fall. This compilation of the debates was used by Republicans in the 1860 election to help Lincoln overcome Douglas the second time around. Priced at $7,000.

 

Lincoln's reasoning was clear and logical, but today's political debates seem to follow the type of logic expressed in this other 1860s book. This is the first edition, second issue of that classic of logic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll, pen name for mathematics and logic professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, wrote this book of stories he made up for neighbors' children at the urging of one of those children, Alice Liddell. Carroll obtained the services of illustrator John Tenniel, and then had the first edition printed in London in 1865. Once it came off the press, Carroll distributed around 50 copies to his friends. However, Tenniel was displeased with the quality of the reproduction of his illustrations and wanted the printing destroyed. Carroll agreed, and wrote his friends asking they return their copies, that he would provide them with replacements when they were printed. The result is there are only around 20 copies of the first edition, first issue in existence, making it virtually unobtainable. Still, the publisher did not want to destroy the leaves they had printed for around 1,000 copies of a first edition because Tenniel and Carroll didn't think they were quite up to snuff. So, they bound up the sets, created a new title page, and shipped them off to America where standards, presumably, were not so demanding. The result is that the first American edition is the first edition, second printing, and the only obtainable first edition. The British got a superior copy, but it is the second edition. $48,000.

 

Next we have a collection of ten photographs related to what was essentially America's natives' last battle to retain their homeland. It turned out to be more of a slaughter than battle. The photographs were taken by James Mooney in the years 1892-93. That was two years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, but they pertain to the activity that led to that tragedy, the Ghost Dance. The Ghost Dance was a ritual taught by the prophet Wovoka, or Jack Wilson. It came to him in a vision and he taught that it would resurrect the dead from his people, would protect them from the white man's guns, and drive the intruders from their land. The Indians were desperate by this time, many starving, and many believed in Wovoka's vision. We now know it did not turn out as he expected. Instead, 150 Indians were massacred on the Lakota Sioux reservation in Dakota. Mooney came to South Dakota in 1890 to investigate what had happened and was able to earn the confidence of several Indian tribes. He was allowed to participate in and photograph native dances and was even able to interview and photograph Wovoka. $35,000.

 

Here is another set of Western American photographs from the 19th century, but without the sad association of the Ghost Dance photos. This is a collection of 50 photographs of the West taken by Timothy O'Sullivan (35) and William Bell (15). They were taken from 1871-1874 during George Wheeler's survey of the West, covering parts of the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Idaho. O'Sullivan was the primary photographer, but Bell filled in for a while when he was sent on another assignment. Some of the most dramatic photographs were taken when they proceeded up the Colorado River, taken in the Black Canyon (where Hoover Dam was later built) and the Grand Canyon. There are others taken on Indian pueblos and Canyon de Chelly. Only 50 albums containing all 50 photographs were created, though a larger number containing just 25 were produced. Among the recipients were President Rutherford Hayes and the Library of Congress. $680,000.

 

One good western exploration deserves another. This next one took place at the beginning of the century, in the American Northwest rather than Southwest, and is the most famous of all American internal explorations. That would be Lewis and Clark's expedition. President Thomas Jefferson had wanted to explore the territory, but once the Louisiana Purchase was completed, he had the opportunity. He sent Captains Merriwether Lewis and William Clark off on their mission in 1804 and they went all the way from Missouri to the Pacific coast and back, returning in 1806. They issued their official report under the title History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. While this is a first edition, it was not published until 1814, intervening events causing the long delay. The map was issued as a separate item so only a limited number of copies contain the map. This is one. $175,000.

 

The 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop can be reached at 347-529-4534 or 410-602-3002, or at info@19thshop.com. Their website is found at www.19thshop.com.

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  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Book of Hours with Illuminated Miniatures, France, mid-15th century. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Conradus de Alemania [Halberstadt the Elder], <i>Concordantiae Bibliorum,</i> Strassburg, 1474. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Christopher Marlowe, <i>The Jew of Malta,</i> London, 1633. Earliest extant edition of this antiauthoritarian Elizabethan play. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b><br>Sir Isaac Newton, <i>The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,</i> first edition in English, 2 volumes, London, 1729. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> John Rae, <i>Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847,</i> first edition, London, 1850. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Philip Pittman, <i>The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi…,</i> first edition, London, 1770. $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Cyanotype of an anatomy class at Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1895. $300 to $400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Oct 27:</b> Equine veterinary formulary, manuscript on paper, East Earl, Pennsylvania, circa 1860. $400 to $600.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000

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