• <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.
  • <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2019 Issue

Explorations to the Frozen Regions of the Earth from the William Reese Company

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It's Still Cold in the Arctic.

The William Reese Company has issued a new catalogue entitled Still Cold. The "Still" part refers to it being a follow-up to a catalogue they published in 2003 titled simply "Cold." The chilly title is explained by the subtitle, Travels & Explorations in the Frozen Regions of the Earth. These are overwhelmingly related to journeys into the Arctic or near Arctic areas of the planet. Of course, these places are still cold, although with climate change, not quite as cold as they were a century or more ago when these travels took place. All types of explorations were conducted in those long ago days, but many of these involve two subjects in particular. One was the search to find the illusory Northwest Passage, the other to find the missing John Franklin expedition, lost attempting to find that illusory passage. Here are a few samples from this catalogue of frozen explorations.

 

Perhaps we shouldn't begin with the solution to one of these mysteries, but we will fast forward to the conclusion to the four-century search for a Northwest Passage. The Northwest Passage is a route from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Arctic Ocean, north of mainland Canada. Such a route was highly sought in the days before the Panama Canal, when travel between East Asia and Europe required sailing all the way around the southern tip of South America through the treacherous Straits of Magellan. By the time Roald Amundsen finally found the passageway, construction of the Panama Canal was already underway. Amundsen's route would not create competition for the canal anyway. It is too narrow and shallow for ships of any size to navigate, and it is frozen over for all but a short period of time in the summer. However, warming seas resulting from climate change could someday create a usable alternative. Item 9 is a first American edition of Amundsen's The North West Passage Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Gjoa" 1903-1907. For all the major explorations, Amundsen had a crew of but six people and a 30-year-old ship. It proved to be enough. Amundsen's fame would become greater still when the Norwegian became the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911. Some now question whether Robert Peary's claim to have reached the North Pole on foot in 1909 is accurate, or whether Richard Byrd's claim to have flown over it on May 9, 1926 is correct. If neither is, Amundsen's airship flight over the North Pole on May 12, 1926, is fully verified, which would make him first to have reached both poles as well as discovering the Northwest Passage. Priced at $850.

 

Speaking of Robert Peary and his generally, though not universally accepted claim to have been the first person to reach the North Pole, item 99 is an amazing collection of photographs from the first part of his expedition. Item 99 is an album of 238 photographs taken by George Frederick Norton. Norton was an adventurer, big game hunter, and amateur photographer, who helped with the financing of Peary's expedition. He also made several hunting trips to Alaska, donating collected specimens to the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, so he had some familiarity with cold climates. Norton did not travel to the North Pole or particularly close to it, but he did accompany Peary as far as Etah, which is on the far northwestern coast of Greenland. That's cold enough for most people. Many of the photos were taken aboard Peary's ships, the Erik and Roosevelt, including panoramas of icebergs along the Greenland coast. There are numerous portraits of Inuits and members of the expedition. Those include Peary and Matthew Henson, who, along with Peary and four Inuit natives, made the final journey to the North Pole. Henson is particularly notable as he was an African American and this was a time of such deep discrimination and segregation that his skills had to be extraordinary to be chosen for a journey of such importance. $35,000.

 

Arctic exploration was always filled with risk. This is one of those cases where risk turned to tragedy. The Jeannette was a ship fitted to test a theory of a warm Pacific current reaching far into the Arctic. A few decades before Peary's journey, an attempt to reach the North Pole via this warm current was headed by Captain George W. De Long. One of his officers was John Wilson Danenhower. They believed they could follow this current by boat to a point where they could reach the North Pole. It didn't turn out that way. North of Siberia, the Jeannette became trapped in ice. It could not be freed, and 19 months later, the ship was crushed by the ice. The 33 men on board began the arduous task of pulling three smaller boats across the ice until finally reaching the open sea. From there, they headed south towards Siberia. Unfortunately, a storm came up and the three boats were separated. One boat disappeared, never to be found, its men lost. Another, Capt. De Long on board, made it to the coast but at an isolated point. Two men were sent out to find help, and were eventually rescued by natives. They were in bad shape but were taken to a village. The third boat, with 11 on board, also made it to the coast, but these men were rescued by natives. They were reunited the with other two men, but search attempts for the others that fall were futile, and De Long and the others froze or starved to death before being found the following spring. The 13 survivors returned home, with Danenhower preparing this account, Lieutenant Danenhower's Narrative of the "Jeannette," published in 1882. It tells of the journey out and the desperate attempts to reach rescue after being trapped. Another account, by De Long (based on his notes and edited by his widow) was also published. Danenhower was already suffering from failing eyesight, a problem that interfered with his later career and depressed him. He took his own life in 1887. Item 43. $900.

 

In the 19th century, teenage boys weren't playing video games and the like. They were living real adventures. Daniel Weston Hall only wishes he could have spent his youth playing games. At the age of 15, he set off on a New Bedford whaler. He was badly mistreated by the Captain of the whaling ship Condor, but at least got to spend three months in Hawaii. He writes of witnessing a volcanic eruption among other things. He was already plotting his escape when the ship left for less pleasant waters, this time along the Siberian coast. Here, he finally made his escape, to a Russian penal colony. Obviously, his treatment must have been really awful for this to be an improvement. Eventually, he was rescued through the efforts of his father back home. Item 58 is Hall's account of his adventures, Arctic Rovings: Or, the Adventures of a New Bedford Boy on Sea and Land, published in 1861. One of his reasons for writing this book was to expose the cruel treatment and punishments meted out to seamen in the whaling fleet. $850.

 

Item 7 is another set of photographs, 24 taken mostly around Nome, Alaska, circa 1900. The photographs contain printed identifying captions. They show "Mining on the Beach," Nome from a distance with hundreds of prospectors' tents, sled dog teams, a Fourth of July celebration, J. F. Giese's hardware store occupying "the finest building in Nome," and the most important local businesses, Wyatt Earp's Dexter Saloon, Northern Saloon, and the Hunter Saloon ("the finest in Nome"). From Juneau there are five views, including a brewery housed in the first church. They knew how to get these tough men to attend church. $2,000.

 

The William Reese Company may be reached at 203-789-8081 or amorder@reeseco.com. Their website is www.williamreesecompany.com.

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  • <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.

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