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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2020 Issue

A Holiday Catalogue from Whitmore Rare Books

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Whitmore Rare Books' Holiday catalogue.

Whitmore Rare Books recently issued their Holiday Catalogue. While they don't specify a topic, it is filled with great literature. Novels are the largest part of the selection, but there is also some history, sport, poetry, home and garden books, and children's books. These are significant works and their condition is highly collectible. These are a few.

 

No list of great American writers can not contain the name of John Steinbeck. His novels, primarily set in California, provide some of the most realistic portraits of individuals ever put to text. He wrote during the middle of the twentieth century, which included the Great Depression. His novel, The Grapes of Wrath, written during that hard time, is likely the best portrayal of that era ever written. However, after the war, Steinbeck wanted to write something more upbeat, which takes us to this book, Cannery Row, published in 1945. It is also set during the Depression, on Cannery Row, a street along the California coast in Monterrey. It was so called because of the sardine canneries located along the street. The book follows the lives of several people living in the area and their attempts to return the favors of a character based on Steinbeck's close friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts. Some are down and out, and undoubtedly would be even if it weren't the Great Depression, but people get by. In the years since this book was published, the sardines have gone away and the canneries closed down. The street, which was then officially Ocean View Avenue, was renamed “Cannery Row,” and it has become a tourist attraction, based largely on the association with Steinbeck's novel. Item 76. Priced at $1,500.

 

This is one of the foundational works of the modern environmental movement. Item 13 is Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, published in 1962. At the time, few people were aware of the extent of the environmental damage being caused by chemicals, in this case, pesticides in particular. DDT was the most used insecticide then and it was not only killing insects, but birds as well. DDT would get into the birds' food supply. It altered their calcium balance, with the result being their eggshells were thinner. They would break before they could hatch. Carson's book brought this to the attention of the public, leading to pressure on the government to take action. Within a few years, DDT was banned and the government created the Environmental Protection Agency. $750.

 

Here is another influential book, even more so, published a century earlier. Item 81 is Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriett Beecher Stowe, published in 1852. This one hardly needs introduction. It is the story of slave life in the South before emancipation. There were already many people in the country opposed to slavery on intellectual grounds, but it was Mrs. Stowe's novel that truly portrayed the practice in human terms. Stowe had been inspired to write her novel by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, that forced people in non-slave states to participate in the practice by requiring they return runaway slaves to their masters. Uncle Tom's Cabin stirred great moral outrage and determination that slavery needed to be abolished. Printing and the Mind of Man says of this book, “the social impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the United States was greater than that of any book before or since.” This copy includes a letter written by Mrs. Stowe in 1889 in response to a letter from an autograph seeker. She received many of these, but by this point was suffering from dementia and needed much help from her daughter in providing these responses. $6,500

 

Britain's most notable traveler, explorer, adventurer of the nineteenth century was Richard Burton. He visited numerous places in the Middle East and Africa, including one to find the source of the Nile, even once went to America to visit Salt Lake City. Among his most important and dangerous was a visit to Mecca during the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the Holy City Muslims are expected to make sometime in their lives. The problem is that only Muslims are allowed to visit the Holy City and Burton was a Christian. For non-Muslims to attempt this journey was to put their lives at grave risk. The result was that Burton needed not only to learn the language, accent, and the religion, he had to learn the customs, dress, and the habits of a Muslim, in his case, that of an Afghan Muslim whom he was attempting to impersonate. Burton was a learned and clever man and somehow managed to pull it off without being exposed. He made his journey in 1853 and in 1855, published this account of his trip, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage of El-Medinah and Meccah. Item 10. $5,000.

 

This is the autobiography of a President who rarely shows up on people's lists of the greatest or their favorite Presidents. However, he was high up on Ronald Reagan's list and of some others of conservative leanings. Item 16 is The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge. “Silent Cal” certainly fit the model of a conservative. He inherited the presidency in 1923 when Warren Harding died in office, ran successfully in his own right in 1924, and left office in 1929, declining to seek reelection. Coolidge promoted tax cuts, was somewhat isolationist in foreign policy, and opposed extensive government programs and involvement in the economy. It came from his own values of hard work and frugality. It is ironic that he served in a period when the dominant ethic was the opposite – the Roaring Twenties. Coolidge disapproved of such behavior, but did little to curb its excesses. The result of such economic behavior would be left for his successor, Herbert Hoover, to handle a short time after his exit in early 1929. Timing is everything. In his autobiography, Coolidge describes his life in the years both before and during his presidency. Published in 1929, item 16 is part of a signed limited edition. $1,250.

 

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  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Daniel Giraud Elliot. <i>A Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,</i> 1870-1872, coloured plates. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Georg Braun und Franz Hogenberg. <i>Civitates orbis terrarum.</i> Cologne, 1597-c.1606, 5 volumes, hand-coloured, calf. £140,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Qianren Huang. "Blue Map" of China. [Daoguang, 19th century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> 1595. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Maxime Du Camp. <i>Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins Photographiques.</i> Paris, 1852. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>China, Canton School. A superb album of 141 watercolours, c.1800. £70,000 to £100,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. The Rocky Mountains. Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1866. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in English]. <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English.</i> Rheims, 1582. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in Latin]. <i>Biblia latina.</i> Venice: Franz Renner of Hailbrun [Heilbrunn], 1483. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Autograph letter signed ("P. B. S."), to Charles Ollier. Florence, Italy, 15 December 1819. “MY PROMETHEUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER WROTE.” $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> RAMSAY, David (1749-1815). <i>The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina…</i> Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BINDINGS]. MUIR, John (1838-1914). <i>The Writings of John Muir.</i> Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1924. 10 vols. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [CHICAGO] -- <i>Park & Guide Map of Chicago.</i> Chicago: Jas. Van Vechten, 1873. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [ALLEN PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). <i>Romeo and Juliet.</i> Greenbrae: Allen Press, 1988. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BEMELMANS, Ludwig (1898-1962). Pencil drawing on paper. 247 x 198 mm, sight, matted and framed. Showing a child shooting at a baby's balloon. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [LOGAN ELM PRESS]. HARVEY, Rebecca. <i>Any Number of Things.</i> Ohio State University, 2013. Single sheet paper scroll. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BINYON, Laurence (1869-1943). A small archive of letters and pamphlets. $200 to $300.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mariette (Pierre-Jean). <i>Traité des pierres gravées / Recueil des pierres gravées...,</i> 2 vols., 1750. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> [Bryant, Jacob & William Cole]. <i>Gemmarum Antiquarum Delectus, [Marlborough Gems],</i> 2 volumes, [privately printed, 1780-83], £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Caylus (Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de). <i>Recueil d'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Estrusques, Grecques et Romaines,</i> 7 volumes, Paris, 1756-67, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Devonshire Gems. <i>Duke of Devonshire's Collection of Gems,</i> privately printed, c. 1790, [one of 8 copies], £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Goltz (Hubert). <i>Le Vive Imagini di tutti quasi gl'Imperatori,</i> Antwerp, 1557, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Manuscript. <i>An Explanation of Dassier's Medals, by Charlotte Hanbury,</i> c. 1795-1800, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Paoletti (Bartolomeo and Pietro). A collection of 300 plaster cameos presented in 7 leather-bound double-sided faux book boxes, Rome, c. 1820, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mayer (Luigi). <i>Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings, in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie,</i> London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1805, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Blaeu (Willem Janszoon & Johannes). <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus, pars quarta</i> [England and Wales], Amsterdam: Johannem Blaeu, 1648, £6,000 to £8,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Reuter (O.M. & Mela, A.J.). <i>Finlands Fiskar. The Fishes of Finland,</i> 12 parts (complete), Helsingfors: G.W. Edlund, 1883-93, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Lunardi (Vincenzo). <i>An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England,</i> 2nd edition, London: Printed for the Author, 1784, £700 to £1,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> North America. Jansson (Jan). <i>Virginiae partis Australis et Floridae partis Orientalis,</i> circa 1641. £400 to £600.

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