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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2019 Issue

"Oh, The Places We Will Go" with Zephyr Used & Rare Books

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Oh The Places We Will Go.

Zephyr Used & Rare Books has published a catalogue titled "Oh, The Places We Will Go." This refers not just to physical places, in effect a travel catalogue, but to new technology, ideas, and such. This is a journey taken not just through books, but even more so by ephemeral items, including catalogues, manuscripts, photographs, maps, scrapbooks and the like. There is no shortage of fascinating material to be found, primarily American and 20th century. So, let's begin our ride.

 

We begin with an item that certainly went places, although they were all within the state of Alabama. The title is The Movable School Goes To The Negro Farmer, by Thomas Monroe Campbell. This was published in 1936, in the midst of the Depression. This was a tough time for most everyone, so it was particularly bad for those on the low end of the pole. The Tuskegee Institute was equipped to help poor black farmers who had nowhere else to turn, but many could not afford to make the trip. So, Tuskegee sent out a truck with a home agent and nurse to help out poor rural African American farmers. They would demonstrate both modern farming methods and provide advice on health and sanitation, often dealing with individuals' health problems. Originally designed by George Washington Carver, it promoted education and his ideals of self-sufficiency and self-improvement. This copy has been inscribed by Campbell. Item 2. Priced at $500.

 

If you want to go someplace, it will certainly be handy to have a map. I can think of worse places to visit than California and Nevada, so that will be our next destination. Item 42 is a Mileage Map of the Best Roads of California and Nevada Showing Paved Roads - Road Distances... As a caution, it may be a bit out date. It was published circa 1923. This is a Clason Map, Clason being one of the first companies to publish road maps, along with Rand-McNally. Unlike the latter, Clason did not survive the 1930s. By 1923, some states had begun to assign numbers for roads, but the federal highway numbering system was not initiated until 1926. The result is that interstate routes had names instead of numbers. These names include the famous Lincoln Highway, Dixie Highway, National Trails Route, Overland Highway, Old Spanish Trail, National Roosevelt Highway, and Bankhead Highway. You can see this quickly became confusing, leading to the assignment to route numbers. In those days, the federal government provided some financial aid to the states, but was not yet in the road building business. Private organizations, which did not actually build roads, would find the best interstate routes by combining existing state and local roads and giving them a name and road signs, so travelers could find their way. $150.

 

What would you like to get you there? How about a Locomobile! Founded in 1899, Locomobiles were once very popular cars. They were produced for three decades, succumbing in that watershed year, 1929. Item 29 is a color catalogue for the 1909 Locomobile. The catalogue is beautiful and so are the cars. The company labeled their automobiles "the best built cars in America." Based on their prices, one would hope so, but I don't know. After all, how many Locomobiles are still on the road? $300.

 

Here is another traveling show, but unlike the Tuskegee one, this is downright creepy. This is a book for The Alert America Convoys Sponsored by Valley Forge Foundation in Cooperation with Federal Civil Defense Administration... It was published in 1952, at the height of the Cold War and paranoia over nuclear war. The Alert America Convoys were traveling civil defense exhibitions. They would come to your town and tell you how to prepare for nuclear annihilation. Duck and cover. The exhibitions used shock value, including displaying the effects of atomic warfare, which somehow was supposed to help you survive the unsurvivable. It's the thought that counts. Item 75. $450.

 

Our next trip takes us to the future, although this future is now the past. Item 155 is Le Vingtieme Siecle. La Vie Electrique (The twentieth century, the electric life). The author was Albert Robida and this is a science fiction novel. Published in 1890, it is designed to predict the impact of electricity and technology on the world in 1952. Oh my, duck and cover. Based on Zephyr's description, it looks like Robida was amazingly prescient, predicting the atomic bomb and many other things that came to pass. Zephyr writes, "Robida spins a tale surrounding a world filled with videoconferencing, television, television news, records, tape recording devices, surveillance cameras, intercom systems, women's suffrage, weapons of mass destruction, and even the dangers of chemical and industrial pollution destroying the environment." Sounds like he was quite a prophet. $1,250.

 

What could be more satisfying than a salad? Lots of things, but Ida Bailey Allen claimed to find a way to be both satisfying and healthy in her book Satisfying Salads, the Perfect Health Food... published circa 1925. Ms. Allen wrote over 50 cookbooks and claimed to be the first person to host a cooking show on the radio. At its peak in the late 1920s, it was broadcast for two hours five days a week by CBS. She is also said to have been the first female host of a cooking show on television, though I have been unable to determine when or from where it was broadcast. This book provides menus and recipes for 365 fruit, frozen, and green salads. You got to eat steak for one day on leap year. Ms. Allen lived to be 88 so her salads must have been healthy after all. Item 93. $100.

 

Next we have a 1936 Disney comic book titled Mickey Mouse and Pluto the Pup. The cover shows a happy Mickey and Pluto playing. Don't be fooled. This one is heavy. It is based on the 1935 Disney film Pluto's Judgment Day. In it Pluto chases a kitten to which Mickey warns him he will have much to answer for on Judgment Day. C'mon, Mick. That is some heavy guilt to lay on a poor little puppy. I can only quote The Disney Wiki for the plot of this short cartoon: "When Mickey catches Pluto chasing a kitten, he angrily scolds and punishes his dog, who falls asleep by the fire and dreams that he is put on trial in Hell by a judge and jury of vindictive cats. He is found guilty of several crimes against cats, which involve the cats being scared or dying, which is surprisingly dark for a Disney cartoon. As he is about to be burned to death, he awakens with a newfound appreciation for the kitten after Mickey tells them to 'kiss and make up.'" Thanks, Walt. Item 85. $550.

 

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  • <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). <i>Commedia.</i> Venezia: Vindelino da Spira, 1477. Estimate: € 40.000 - 60.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DALI, Salvador (1908-1989) - William SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616). <i>Romeo e Giulietta.</i> Milan: Rizzoli, 1975. Estimate: € 25.000 - 35.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> MALVASIA, Cornelio; MONTANARI, Geminiano. <i>Ephemerides novissimae motuum coelestium.</i> Modena: Cassiani, 1662. Estimate: € 8.000 - 12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> JANSSONIUS, Johannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, Orbem maritimum [Novus Atlas, volume V: carte marittime].</i> Amsterdam: Janssonius, 1650. Estimate: € 12.000 - 18.000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>A Record Breaking Season</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> <i>The Book of Mormon,</b> first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold Sept. 30 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Vincent Van Gogh, <i>Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, Evening,</i> etching, 1890. Sold Nov. 2 — $161,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edward Ruscha, <i>Stains,</i> title page, one of 70, signed, 1969. Sold Nov. 9 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26,</i> hand colored aquatint, 1828. Sold Dec.9 — $137,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edmund Dulac, <i>The Snow Queen,</i> watercolor, gouache, pen & ink, 1910. Sold Dec. 16 — $125,000.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Biggs (Thomas, Hope, Theodore C & Fergusson, James). <i>Architecture at Ahmedabad, The Capital of Goozerat,</i> 1st edition, London: John Murray, 1866. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Daniell (Thomas and William). <i>Oriental Scenery. One Hundred and Fifty Views of the Architecture, Antiquities and Landscape Scenery of Hindoostan,</i> 6 parts, 1812-16. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Hamilton (Sir William & Pierre Francois Hugues d'Hancarville). Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon.ble Wm Hamilton, volumes I & II only (of 4), Naples, 1766-67. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Moore (Lieutenant Joseph & Captain Frederick Marryat). Eighteen Views taken at & near Rangoon, [1825]. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Williamson (Captain Thomas & Howitt, Samuel). <i>Oriental Field Sports; Being a Complete, Detailed and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East;</i> 1st edition, London, 1807. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Knoop (Johann Hermann). <i>Pomologia, dat is Beschryvingen en Afbeeldingen van de beste zoorten van Appels en Peeren, Fructologia …,</i> 3 volumes in 1, Leeuwarden: A Ferwerda and G. Tresling, [1758]. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> North America. Wyld (James), Map of the Colony of British Columbia and the British & American Territory West of the Rocky Mountains, Including Vancouvers Island and the Gold Fields, 1858. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Pocket Globe. A Correct Globe with the New Discoveries, circa 1785. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Wales. Morden (Robert), Twelve 'playing card maps' of Wales, circa 1676. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Society of Dilettanti. <i>Antiquities of Ionia,</i> 5 volumes: 1821, 1797, 1840, 1881 & 1915. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Churchill (Winston Spencer). <i>The People's Rights,</i> 1st edition, 1st issue, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1910]. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Paz (Octavio). <i>Blanco,</i> 1st edition, limited numbered edition, Mexico: Joaquín Mortiz, 1967. £500 to £800.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br> Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana<br>Online<br>Now through January 25, 2022</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Audubon, John James. The "Wild Turkey" manuscript — capturing one of the nation's most iconic symbols of unity. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> (Flag) — Commemorative Thirteen-Star Flag. Pre-Civil War, Thirteen-Star Flag of the United States, from the collection of Charles Kuralt. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Fitzgerald, F. Scott. <i>Tender is the Night</i>. First edition, presentation copy, and a former mystery. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Audubon, John James. The "Wild Turkey" manuscript — capturing one of the nation's most iconic symbols of unity. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Salinger, J.D. <i>The Catcher in the Rye.</i> A strikingly fresh first edition of Salinger's essential novel. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Whitman, Walt. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> “America's second Declaration of Independence” — signed by Whitman. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> [Dylan, Bob]. Some of the earliest known professional portraits. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Y-Worth [Yarworth], William. <i>Cerevisiarii Comes: Or, the New and True Art of Brewing…</i> A rare and early English work on the art of brewing. $5,000 to $7,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBERG’S PERSONAL COPY OF THE 1957-58 HARVARD LAW REVIEW, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S TEXTBOOK FOR HER “CIVIL PROCEDURE” CLASS AT HARVARD, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S TEXTBOOK FOR COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL CLASS ON JURISPRUDENCE, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> HONORARY DOCTORATE AWARDED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG BY SMITH COLLEGE, 1994.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A COPY OF JUSTICE GINSBURG’S ARTICLE, “WOMEN IN THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE JUSTICE TO SENATOR NANCY KASSEBAUM.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A COPY OF SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR’S ARTICLE, “THEY OFTEN ARE HALF-OBSCURE: THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE LEGACY OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,” PRESENTED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A DELUXE EDITION OF ANTONIN SCALIA’S MAKING YOUR CASE: THE ART OF PERSUADING JUDGES, FROM AN EDITION OF 2000, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S <i>MY BELOVED WORLD,</i> SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF AL GORE’S “THE ASSAULT ON REASON,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> <i>BELOVED</i> BY TONI MORRISON, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO RUTH AND MARTIN GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF GLORIA STEINEM’S “MY LIFE ON THE ROAD,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.

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