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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2020 Issue

Antiquarian Books and Ephemera from Samuel Gedge Ltd.

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Antiquarian Books and Ephemera.

Samuel Gedge Ltd. has issued their Catalogue XXIX. Gedge offers books and ephemera, though mostly ephemera. There are many documents, letters, handbills and such, all very old. “Remarkable survival” would probably apply to half the material herein. There is one type of book they always seem to find somewhere – turn of the 19th century novels, many if not most in the French language. These are mostly obscure and not often the greatest literary masterpieces, but “hard to find” undoubtedly applies. These are a few selections from this 29th catalogue.

 

George Catlin was one of a handful of artists who painted pictures of America's natives in the days before photography, and the days before their culture was inalterably changed by the arrival of Europeans. Catlin visited the West and began drawing his images in the 1830s. They are still regarded as among the best ever created. Rather than selling his artwork, Catlin went on the road to put it on display. People would come to learn about these natives with whom they were mostly unfamiliar. Catlin next went on the sea, taking his displays to England in 1840. A few years later, he bettered himself. He brought along several Native Americans who would perform some of their rituals for the public. Item 85 is a handbill for such a performance in 1844. The bold headline states The Fourteen Ioway Indians From the Rocky Mountains, in America, Vauxhaul Gardens. It noted they will participate in “Dances, Games, Ball Plays, Songs, Archery, and Equestrian Exercises.” A bit less tastefully it says, “Mr. Catlin...will turn the fourteen Ioway Indians loose for a few days, where they can be seen to great advantage, in all the freedom of savage, forest life; their tents (or wig-wams) brought with them from their country...” Priced at £1,950 (British pounds, or approximately $2,549 in U.S. currency).

 

Next we have a drawing of a creature that co-inhabited the American Plains with the Indians. It is an image created through pen lithography of an American bison. An ink annotation on the bottom is evidently that of the artist, as it names “Revd. Mr. Rackett.” Rev. Rackett was an English clergyman from Dorset who was also interested in the sciences. Gedge has not been able to locate any other copies of this lithograph and believes it was most likely created by Rev. Rackett for a small number of friends. Gedge estimates the likely date, and why an English clergyman came across a bison in the first place, to 1821. That year, there was an exhibition in London of “the Bonassus from the Apalachian Mountains of America.” Most of us just call them “buffalo.” Item 86. £750 (US $977).

 

You can't see the drawing of that buffalo, but if you could, you would notice his long beard. Here is someone else who had a long beard. Item 17 is a handbill headed Facts! Amazing Facts! Never Exhibited in England, Mademoiselle Lefort, A first rate Phenomenon of French Production, In whom the Sexes are so equally blended that it is impossible to say which has the Predominance... The text explains that her “hands, arms, feet and bust, possess perfect feminine beauty, likewise the upper part of the face...” However, it continues that “the lower part is also beautiful, but possessing the accompaniments of beard, mustachioes and whiskers.” It concludes, “the curious must be amply gratified by the contrasting beauties of her person...” She was appearing at Portland Place on Beaumont Street in 1818. £450 (US $585).

 

This lady had no beard, which was just a part of her appeal. Item 31 is a print of a fashionably attired young lady sitting on a park bench, relaxing with her feet up along the bench. She looks straight out at you. This was undoubtedly a provocative pose for its day, circa 1780. The caption says, A Man-Trap. Indeed. A sign in the background reads “Spring guns set here.” Spring guns were used at the time to trap poachers. Signage was required as a warning if these were employed. In this case, it is a warning about this “man trap.” The artist was Carington Bowles, who was noted for such humorous images. £450 (US $585).

 

Item 15 is a receipt from May of 1624 with diplomatic overtones. It certifies payment to French nobleman Jacques de Bonnevau for delivery of a gift. The gift came from French King Louis XIII to English King James I. Since it states it was for falconry, it is likely a gift recorded in English records for that year of 16 hawks. De Bonnevau had the job of delivering the gift to the English King. Both Louis and James were known as avid participants in the sport of falconry, so this was something they strongly had in common. The English record also notes that James went off to participate in the sport in the countryside against the advice of his physician. James was already suffering from ill health by then and died the following year. James, who reigned from 1603-1625, was not without his faults, but he was known as a peaceful king, bringing tranquility to his land. Considering how many wars European countries engaged in, and how many times England and France were at each others' throats, James' peace was welcome. This gift is evidence of the good relations the two often rivals had at this time. Item 15. £1,250 (US $1,627).

 

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)1263 768 471 or rarebooks@samuelgedge.com. Their website is www.samuelgedge.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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 €
  • <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.

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