• <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.
  • <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Churchill (Winston) & Others. 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, 27 April 1944. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses.</i> First English edition, 1922. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Belzoni (Giovanni Battista). <i>Plates Illustrated of the Researches and Operations...in Egypt and Nubia,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1821-1822. £14,375 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Astor (John Jacob). A collection of rare letters, 9 January 1812- 4 September 1837. £26,000 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first issue, 1997. £27,500 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Royal Family. Photograph of Queen Elizabeth, George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, signed, 1946. £3,640 inc Buyers Premium.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Seeking Consignments.</b> Collodi (Carlo). <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> FIRST EDITION, 1883. £8,401 inc Buyers Premium.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.</i> Hartford: The American Publishing Company, 1876. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> BATEMAN, JAMES. <i>The Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala.</i> London: J. Ridgway & Sons for the author, [1837]-1843. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> WHITMAN, WALT. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn: [For the author by Andrew and James Rome,] 1855. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> LEE, HARPER. Three “Seckatary Hawkins”-related books inscribed and signed by Harper Lee. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> POE, EDGAR ALLAN. <i>The Raven.</i> New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. $120,000 to $180,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2019 Issue

Travel, Exploration, Voyages, and the Arctic from Patrick McGahern Books


Travel, Exploration, Voyages, Arctic.

Patrick McGahern Books has issued a catalogue of Travel, Exploration, Voyages, Arctic. This is not the typical McGahern catalogue, or perhaps we should say, it is only half so. McGahern is a Canadian bookseller and most of the books they offer pertain to the far northern climates, Canada and the many explorations that took place in the Arctic territories over the centuries. The exceptions are usually of explorations at the other end of the globe, the far south, Antarctica. This catalogue is split between travels and explorations in the polar regions and those to places located closer to the equator. There are numerous books dealing with Arabia and the Holy Land, Asia and Europe. The entire world is fair game for this catalogue. These are a few selections.


We begin with a map that is far removed from the poles. It is A New Topographical, Physical, and Biblical Map of Palestine, published in 1901. This is a detailed map of the Holy Land on a scale of one inch per four miles. It ranges from Beirut in the north to Arabah (around the Dead Sea) in the south, and east as far as Damascus. The map, which comes in covers (detached) with an index, says it was compiled from the latest surveys, and shows Biblical sites and current place names. Roads, railways, and points of interest are also displayed. Inset maps include one of Jerusalem. The map was produced by John Bartholomew and Son, or specifically, J. G. Bartholomew. John George was the the third of what would be five generations of Bartholomew family cartographers to run the business. Founded by his grandfather in 1826, it remained in the family until 1989 when merged by his grandson into Harper Collins. John George's father, John Jr., is noted for creating the system of brown and green coloring to denote differences in altitude on maps, still used today. John George is the one who gave the continent of Antarctica its name. It had once been known as Terra Australis, or to some Australia, until the continent once known as New Holland was given that name. The south polar continent went nameless, called such things as “Antarctic land,” until J. G. began calling it “Antarctica.” Item 3. Priced at CA $300 (Canadian dollars, or approximately US $226).


Next we have an account that ties together America, Canada and Britain, though not in the most cordial of relations. The year was 1777 and the American colonists had declared themselves independent of England. The British did not accept that declaration and determined to put those uppity colonists in their place. They had a plan – divide and conquer. They would split the Americans, divide New England from the middle Atlantic and southern states. Since Britannia ruled the seas, if they could put a land wall between the two sides, they would not be able to communicate or assist each other. The Americans would become easy pickings. To accomplish this goal, they sent troops down from Canada. They would travel down through northern New York to the Hudson River, and from there to New York City. The colonies would be cut in half. The British assigned Gen. John Burgoyne the task, and with 5,000 troops he headed south. He made it as far south as Saratoga when he was confronted by American troops, some 15,000-20,000 of them. As anyone who has visited today's Saratoga and its famous horse racing track knows, those are not fair odds. The Americans, led by Gen. Horatio Gates and another patriotic American general, Benedict Arnold (times change), routed the British. The easy victory the British anticipated in the Revolution had eluded them. Meanwhile, the Americans gained self-confidence, and potential supporters, such as France, came to believe the Americans had proven themselves worthy of their support, which would prove to be crucial. Of course, when he returned home, Burgoyne was immediately blamed for the defeat. Under attack, he wrote this account to defend himself, A State of the Expedition from Canada, as laid before the House of Commons. This is a second edition, published in 1780. Burgoyne points out that he had told authorities he needed 12,000 troops to succeed, but received only half of what was needed. Burgoyne was held responsible for the defeat anyway and received no further commands. However, he did not end up despised by his countrymen as did one of the victors, Gen. Arnold. Item 10. $3,800 (US $2,874).


In 1911, there was a race to be the first to reach the South Pole. It pitted a noted British explorer against an expert Norwegian counterpart. As in all races, there is a winner and a loser. In this case, the loser lost far more than a race. He lost his life. McGahern has accounts from both sides. The winner was the Norwegian, Roald Amundsen. Item 1 is the first Canadian edition, first issue of Amundsen's The South Pole. An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912, published in 1912. Amundsen had heard of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott's plans to reach the South Pole and prepared for his assault as quickly as possible. Scott was more heavily supplied, but Amundsen had better equipment and was more knowledgeable. He knew how to navigate the ice, planned his supply stops better, and picked a shorter route. With a head start, he also enjoyed better weather. On December 14, 1911, Amundsen's team became the first to reach the South Pole. CA $3,500 (US $2,651).


For Scott, it was an entirely different story. They too made a run on the pole, arriving on January 17, 1912, only to be greeted by a Norwegian flag, a tent, and a note by Amundsen. Scott was devastated, and now faced the 800-mile trek back. The men got about halfway before conditions rapidly deteriorated. They were not able to hook up with needed supplies and the weather turned far worse. They faced blizzard-like conditions and despite it being Antarctic “summer,” the temperature dipped to 40 below. Two of the five who made it to the pole died along the way before Scott and two others holed up in a tent, unable to proceed any further through the extreme weather. They died there. Item 36 is Scott's Last Expedition, a second edition published in 1913. It contains Scott's journals and reports by others on the mission. He wasn't first, and it ended badly, but Scott and his men emerged with a reputation for incredible bravery under the most unimaginable of conditions. CA $1,100 (US $833)


From the 19th century comes this travel account: Views in India, China, and on the shores of the Red Sea; Drawn by Prout, Stanfield, Cattermole, Purser, Cox, Austen, &c. from original sketches by Commander Robert Elliott. With descriptions by Emma Roberts, published in 1835. Emma Roberts was an English poet and travel writer well-respected in her time. She traveled to India with her sister and brother-in-law who had taken work there. She returned a few years later and produced this book. The beautiful illustrations of India and China make this a noteworthy volume. Roberts returned to India in 1840, this time making an overland journey about which she wrote, but took ill and suddenly died later that year. Item 31. CA $1,500 (US $1,136).


Patrick McGahern Books may be reached at 613-230-2277 or books@mcgahernbooks.ca. Their website is www.mcgahernbooks.ca.

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  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> [EINSTEIN, ALBERT]; JOHN GRAUDENZ [PHOTOGRAPHER]. Photographic portrait of Albert Einstein by John Graudenz, taken circa 1928. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> ENIGMA M4. A fully operational four-rotor ("M4") Kriegsmarine Enigma Cipher Machine. Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany, Heimsoeth und Rinke, 1942. $300,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> FEYNMAN, RICHARD P. <i>“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”. Adventures of a Curious Character.</i> New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1985. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> An intact egg of the Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird. Pre-17th century, Madagascar. $35,000 to $45,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 17:</b> Palm frond with fish. Green River Formation, Wyoming, United States. <i>Sabalites sp.,</i> and <i>Diplomystus dentatus</i> Cenozoic, Eocene (53-33 million years ago). $60,000 to $70,000.
  • <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Dec. 18:</b> <i>The Birds of America; from Original Drawings by John James Audubon</i> $6,000,000 to $8,000,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Currier & Ives, <i>The Mississippi in Time of Peace,</i> hand-colored lithograph, 1865. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Hartmann Schedel, <i>Liber Cronicarum...,</i> Nuremberg, 1493. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Claudius Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographicae Enarrationis Libri Octo,</i> Lyons, 1535. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Thomas Jefferys, <i>The American Atlas,</i> London, 1776-77. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> John Speed, <i>A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World,</i> 20 miniature maps, London, 1665. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> <i>Biblia Das ist: Die Gantze Heilige Schrifft Durch D. Martin Luther Verteutscht,</i> illustrated cartographic Bible, Basel, 1665. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Early Hawaiian-language school geography, Lahainaluna Seminary, 1840. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Cornelis de Jode, <i>Africae Vera Forma, et Situs,</i> Antwerp, 1593. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Maria Vincenzo Coronelli, <i>America Settentrionale Colle Nuove Scoperte Sin All Anno,</i> Venice, 1688. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Christoph Volkamer, <i>Nürnbergische Hesperides,</i> Nuremberg, 1708-1714. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Johann Bayer, <i>Uranometria, Omnium Asterismorum Continens Schemata...,</i> 51 celestial charts, c. 1603. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 17:</b> Manuscript map of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship squadron at Edo Bay, with manuscript sketchbook, ink & watercolor, Japan, c. 1853. $2,500 to $3,500.

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