• Finarte, July 4-5: FERMI, ENRICO. Letters, 1923. €30,000 to €40,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The comedy, 1477. €45,000 to €50,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The Comedy [Commentary by Christophorus Landinus]. Addition: Marsilius Ficinus, Ad Dantem gratulatio [in Latin and Italian], 1487. €40,000 to €60,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ASTRONOMIA - CALENDARIO - REGIOMONTANUS, JOHANNES (MÜLLER, JOHANN, OF KÖNIGSBERG) Kalendarium, 1483. €5,000 to €7,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: CATERINA II DI RUSSIA, Parchment diploma granted by Catherine II of Russia, 1778. €15,000 to €20,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: VICO, GIAMBATTISTA New Science Principles, 1725.
  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000
  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000
  • Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Audubon Birds of America, 1st Octavo Edition; 5 vols plus Journals, ex. J.J. Pringle. $4,000 to $4,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: American Ornithology Plates Folio in 2 Vols, A. Wilson and C. Bonaparte. $3,400 to $3,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell. $1,800 to $2,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Cormac McCarthy, Signed 1st Editions, The Passenger & Stella Maris Box Set. $1,700 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Oliver Buell Cabinet Photograph, Chief Crowfoot. $1,400 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Colton's Atlas of the World, 1856, in Two Volumes; plus Africa / Mahdist War Map. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Barflies and Cocktails, Harry McElhone, First Edition Mixology Book. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1861 U. S. Grant Broadside Proclamation, Paducah, KY. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 2 John Overton Signed Letters, 1803, re: TN Statehood. $800 to $900.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Simon Wastell "Microbiblion or The Bibles Epitome: in Verse" 1629. $600 to $700.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Thomas Lewis Family Letter Archive; Boston, Massachusetts. $400 to $500.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2020 Issue

Baedeker and Other Travel Guides from Shapero Rare Books

Baedekers and other guides.

This month, Shapero Rare Books takes us on an international trip. The catalogue's title is Baedeker & General Travel Guides. While not as well known in America, the “Baedekers” have been the most used of travel guides on the Continent and England for almost two centuries. They have been favored since people were getting around in boats, on horses, and on foot.


Baedeker is a German firm, established by Karl Baedeker in 1827. While guides were published in Germany, there have been editions in French and English since the second half of the 19th century. They have helped travelers visit places throughout Europe, and occasionally more exotic locations, like India, Egypt, Palestine, Russia, and the United States. The Baedekers are usually comprehensive guides with maps to help tourists get around. They point out the important sites.


The survival of Baedeker in the 20th century is in itself a remarkable feat. The firm was doing very well, with its British English-language guides quite popular, when World War I broke out. Those guides would come to a halt, and German tourists, naturally, stopped traveling to English-speaking and various other locales. After the war, resentment made Germany less than a desirable tourist spot, and next came the Great Depression and the rise of Nazism. Follow that up with World War II and the division of Germany into East and West and it was a rough few decades for Baedeker. Nevertheless, the Baedeker family persevered and started up again after WWII. They continued until 1984, when running out of heirs to continue the business, it was sold to corporate owners. It continues today. Here are few selections from the 423 travel guides found in this catalogue, 304 of them Baedekers.


After Karl Baedeker died in 1859, management of the firm went to his eldest son, Ernst. Ernst lived for only two more years, but it was during his brief tenure that Baedeker published its first guide in English. The title is Rhine from Switzerland to Holland. That includes Northern Germany and Berlin along with a side trip to Copenhagen. The 260-page guide contains 12 engraved views and 24 maps and plans. Item 52 is a first edition, published in 1861. There would be 18 subsequent editions until the last, in 1926. Priced at £3,000 (British pounds, or approximately $3,984 U.S. dollars).


The fourth Baedeker to run the company was Fritz, and his era saw the greatest expansion. In 1893, he published the first guide to America, United States with an Excursion into Mexico. This was the first Baedeker guide originally written in English. The writer was James Muirhead, who would go on to publish another series of well-known travel books, the “Blue Guides.” Item 102 is the first edition, containing 17 maps and 22 plans. £400 (US $527). Shapero also has later editions of this guide, from 1899 and 1909.


A year later, Baedeker evidently concluded the French would also like to visit America. Published in 1894, item 121 is Etats-Unis (United States). This one also has the 17 maps and 22 plans. It is hard to find. £350 (US $466).


Next is Southern Germany, and the end of the best times for Baedeker. It was published in 1914, the last pre-war edition. It was the twelfth edition of this guide, and only one more would be published, in 1929, just before another disaster hit. Item 55. £80 (US $104).


Here is a guide published at a notable moment in time in Germany. It is Deutsches Reich und Einige Grenzgebiete (German Empire and some border areas), published in 1936. It was published in conjunction with the Olympics of that year, a tense event as other nations came to a country controlled by Hitler. A plan for the games was provided in the rear pocket. It contains 33 maps and 75 plans. Most of the town squares, bridges, etc., show the Germanized names given by the Nazi regime. There is also a slip noting the change in the name of Saarlouis to Saarlautern. The “louis” part of Saarlouis was named after French King Louis XIV and the Nazis were not going to accept cities named for French rulers. It changed back in 1945. Item 177. £325 (US $422).


This is an atypical Baedeker guide. The title in Generalgouvernement. That was the name given to a part of Poland that was occupied by Germany in 1943. The name went back to Russian days in the territory and was used by the Germans from 1914-1918 during the previous war. The German government requested Baedeker publish this guide for occupation troops. This is the first and only edition, from 1943. Item 179. £250 (US $333).


Item 371 is La Belgique et Nassau; ou le touriste continental (Belgium and Nassau, or the continental tourist), published in 1838. This is an “other” guidebook, that is, not from Baedeker. It was published by Black & Armstrong of London. It is a scarce French edition. This copy is notable as it came from the library of Empress Marie-Louise. She was the second wife of Napoleon. He divorced #1, Josephine, because she bore him no children and Marie-Louise was the daughter of the Austrian King, giving the Emperor more of the royal legitimacy he lacked. They were together for a few years, and evidently reasonably happy, but he went into exile, she left France, and remarried after Napoleon's death in 1821. She lived another 26 years, which explains her owning an 1838 guide. £1,250 (US $1,666).


Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD

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