Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2020 Issue

Various Subjects from Raptis Rare Books


The latest from Raptis Rare Books.

Raptis Rare Books has issued a new, untitled catalogue, described by its table of contents. Here it is: History, Philosophy & Religion, Exploration & Scientific Discovery, Americana, Literature, Children's Literature, Economics & Industry, Sports, Entertainment and Arts. Books offered by Raptis are noted both for their importance and excellence of condition. These are a few.


Since there isn't a separate military section, we will place this with history. It is a very old book, that is, it was written long ago, two millennia before printing. This is a first English language edition of what is usually known as “The Art of War,” but is here titled The Book of War: The Military Classic of the Far East. It was published in 1908 but the book was written around 500 BCE. The author was Sun Tzu, a Chinese general about whom not much is known other than that he was an official of the state. All these years later, Sun Tzu remains a well-respected and read military strategist, particular in Asia, but in the West as well. His enormous contribution to military strategy was his employment of various tactics other than just battling the other side in war. That included such things as spying, deceit, temporary strategic submission, and making alliances. He knew all the tricks of the trade to enable even a weaker foe to overcome the odds. Item 100855. Priced at $6,500.


Next we have a photograph, and it is one of the most iconic political pictures ever. It depicts President Harry Truman on a platform on a train in St. Louis. Just two days earlier, the election of 1948 took place and no one thought the incumbent Truman has a chance against the challenger, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Among those was the Editor of the Chicago Tribune. Based on reports from their Washington correspondent and polling, they were confident of the outcome. As a result, in their early edition, not to be beaten to the punch, they screamed in bold headlines, “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” That was a colossal error. As Truman was leaving by train for Washington from St. Louis two days later, someone handed him a copy of the paper. He held it up with both hands and a big smile. Photographers clicked away. This is one of those classic photographs, but this one has been inscribed by Truman below the photo, “Kindest Regards to Myra Lee Phillips,” and is signed by Truman and dated Jan. 28, 1949. Phillips was the secretary of White House Council Clark Clifford. Item 95352. $3,200.


Charles MacKay was a Scottish journalist who published a book debunking what he described as popular delusions. Published in 1841, the title is Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. He has divided this into three categories, national delusions, peculiar follies, and madness of crowds. His description of certain economic delusions are particularly notable and serve as reminders to investors still today. This includes some notable economic bubbles – the Mississippi Company, South Sea Bubble, and Tulipmania. It seems every generation has to learn this advice the hard way. Other delusions MacKay took on include prophesies, duels, the Crusades, alchemy, haunted houses, and witch hunts. This copy comes with an autograph letter from MacKay while Editor of the Illustrated London News. Item 81224. $14,000.


This is one of the gangster classics. It is the first book from W.R. Burnett, who went on to write many more, a few well known. The title is Little Caesar and it was published in 1929. Better known is its film adaptation, which introduced the little known actor Edward G. Robinson to the public. He would go on to play many gangsters and tough guys through a long career. The film adaptation of Little Caesar is considered the originator of the gangster film genre. Item 102243. $7,500.


John Muir is one of America's most influential naturalists and preservationists. His most noted explorations were in California and the Pacific coast. Muir wrote many books on the subject, was instrumental in expanding national parks, and giving that designation to Yosemite in particular, and was a founder of the Sierra Club among his many accomplishments. So, here is an atypical title for him: The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 is Search of DeLong and the Jeanette, published many years later in 1917. The Jeannette sailed from San Francisco in 1879, hoping to find a warm water channel between Russia and Alaska that would allow them to reach close to the North Pole. It didn't turn out that way. North of Siberia, the Jeannette got trapped in ice. There they stayed, for 19 long months until the pressure of the ice crushed their boat. The 33 men took their small boats and headed south for open water, from which they would seek the Siberian coast. The boats soon were separated in a storm. One disappeared, never to be heard from again. The other two made it to separate locations along the coast. From one, all the men were found by natives and survived. From the other, two men set off to find rescue, which they barely did, but by the time rescuers reached the others, all had died of starvation or exposure. When Muir saw an opportunity to study natural history on some of the islands in the Bering Sea, something he long wanted to do, he jumped at the opportunity by joining the search mission. Item 97365. $3,000.


Here is an account of another journey into a very cold place, though it was much farther south. The altitude made it cold. This is the story of The Ascent of Everest. There had been many attempts before this, but this was the one that finally reached the top. It was published in the year of the achievement – 1953. The author was John Hunt. His name is not the most remembered because, while he was the mission leader, he was not one of the two to reach the top. They were Edmund Hillary and Sherpa guide Tenzig Norgay. The 16th chapter was written by Hillary to describe the final ascent to the top. This copy has been signed by both of the men to reach the top, Hillary and Norgay, along with three others from the mission, including Jim Whitaker, who ten years later was the first American to reach the summit. Item 102345. $6,500.


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  • <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Harriet Tubman Cabinet Card by H.S. Squyer, Auburn, NY, 1892. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Scarce <i>Events of the Tulsa Disaster,</i> First Edition, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Unpublished CDV of Frederick Douglass by Benjamin F. Smith, 1864. $3,000 to $5,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> California Imprint of <i>President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation</i> Broadside, 1864. $10,000 to $15,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> John C.H. Grabill Cabinet Card of Buffalo Soldier Wearing Buffalo Coat, ca 1886. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare <i>What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking,</i> 2nd Cookbook Published by African American. $6,000 to $8,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Frederick Douglass Walking Stick, 1888. $3,000 to $5,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Only Known Slave Narrative Published Independently in California, <i>Life and Adventures of James Williams.</i> $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Rare First Edition of History of Black Literature, Abbé Grégoire <i>De La Littérature des Nègres</i>. $2,500 to $3,000
    <center><b>Cowan’s Auctions<br>The Road West: The Steve Turner Collection of African Americana<br>February 20, 2020</b>
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> African American Soldier and Medal of Honor Winner Christian A. Fleetwood CDV, PLUS. $8,000 to $10,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries Pennant, 1910 Reno, Nevada. $2,000 to $4,000
    <br>Cowan’s, Feb. 20:</b> Joe Gans Photograph at 1906 Goldfield, Nevada Fight by Percy Dana. $600 to $800
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense and Sensibility: A Novel, By a Lady,</i> 3 volumes, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>Kew Gardens,</i> limited edition, signed by Woolf & Bell, London, 1927. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> <i>[Arabian Nights],</i> Calcutta II version, 4 volumes, Calcutta & London, 1839-1842. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 ALS to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor, anticipating Christie’s sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Emma,</i> first edition, London, 1816. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Hirohito & Nagako, Emperor & Empress of Japan, 2 photographs signed, showing Nagako in kimono & obi bearing the imperial seal. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Princess Diana, 6 autograph letters signed to <i>Harper’s Bazaar</i> editor Elizabeth Tilberis, anticipating Christie’s announcement of a sale of her dresses for charity, 1995-97. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Sarojini Naidu, complete galley proof of <i>The Broken Wing</i> signed with several holograph pages & an autograph letter signed to writer Edmund Gosse, 1916. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Fernando Pessoa, <i>Mensagem,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, Lisbon, 1934. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Graham Greene, <i>The Basement Room,</i> first edition, Greene’s personal copy, signed with annotations throughout, London, 1935. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b> Abraham Lincoln, partly-printed document signed, call for troops issued during America’s first national draft just days before the NYC draft riots, 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 20:</b><br><i>Les Chansons de Bilitis</i> by Pierre Louÿs, illustrated by George Barbier & F.L. Schmied, Paris, 1922. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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