Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2020 Issue

A Holiday Catalogue from Whitmore Rare Books


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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  • <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.

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