• <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books and Medieval Manuscripts<br>Online Auction 7-14 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Isaac Newton. <i>Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica.</i> £280,000 to £350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Johann Sebastian Bach. Two early editions: Fantaisie pour le Clavecin. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Mozart. Early edition, in parts, of the Concerto in A for piano and orchestra. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Music, Continental Books and Medieval Manuscripts<br>Online Auction 7-14 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Beethoven. First edition, second issue of the Ninth Symphony op.125. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Cervantes. <i>Don Quixote,</i> Barcelona, 1617. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Johann Sebastian Bach. Three first and early editions of music for organ. £1,200 to £1,500.
  • <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> O'Fihely, Maurice Abp. <i>Questiones subtilissme Scoti in metaphysicam Aristotelis</i>, Venice (Octavianus Scoti) 20th November 1497. 8,000 to 12,000 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Pococke (Richard). <i>A Description of the East and some other Countries,</i> 3 vols. in 2, L. (W. Bowyer) 1743. 2,250 to 3,500 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Keogh (John). <i>Botanalogia Universalis Hibernica, or A General Irish Herbal Calculated for this Kingdom, giving an account of the Herbs, Scrubs…</i>, Corke (George Harrison) 1735. 1,000 to 1,500 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Perry (Charles). <i>A View of the Levant particularly of Constantinople, Syria, Egypt and Greece,</i> L. (T. Woodward) 1743. 800 to 1,200 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Shaw (Thomas). <i>Travels, or Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant,</i>, Oxford (The Theatre) 1738. 600 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (Nicholas) Bishop of Ferns] Attributed, <i>Recit Exact et Fidele de la Vente et Partage du Roiaume d'Irlande Fait Sous Charles II…,</i> Milan (Chez Charles Joseph Quinto) 1724. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> [French (V. Rev.Dr. Nicholas, Bp of Ferns.)] <i>The Unkinde Desertor of Loyall Men and True Frinds,</i> 12mo, n.p. 1676. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>Plays and Controversies,</i>, N.Y. (The MacMillan Company) 1924, Signed Limited Edn. 500 to 700 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Barrie (J.M.) & Thomson (Hugh) illus. <i>Quality Street, a Comedy in Four Acts,</i> L. (Hodder and Stoughton) 1901, Limited Edition, signed by the artist. 500 to 700 €
    <center><b>Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers<br>The Collectors’ Sale<br>July 7 – 15, 2020</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Molyneaux (William). <i>The Case of Ireland's being bound by Acts of Parliament in England Stated,</i> [London 1719]. 200 to 300 €
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Jul. 7 – 15:</b> Johnston's (W. & A.) Map of South Africa, to illustrate the Military Operations 1900. 100 to 150 €
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ptolomaeus (Claudius). <i>Cosmographia,</i> first edition, Vicenza, Hermann Liechtenstein, 13 September 1475. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Schoener (Johann). <i>Opera mathematica,</i> 3 parts in 1, first edition,The Honeyman copy in contemporary binding, Nuremberg, J. Montanus and U. Neuber, 1551. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Lucian of Samosata. <i>Dialogoi, editio princeps,</i> with fine illuminated title-page, Florence, Lorenzo de Alopa, 1496. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Pian (Jean Baptiste de). [Architectural Alphabet], 26 chromolithographs by Leopold Muller after Pian, Vienna, 1842-44. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Rogers (Bruce).- Holy Bible (The)..., one of 200 copies on handmade paper, designed by Bruce Rogers, bound in modern crimson morocco, gilt, Oxford, 1935. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Jenner (Edward). <i>An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae…,</i> first edition, Printed for the Author, by Sampson Low, 1798. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Voyages.- Cook (Capt. James).- Parkinson (Sydney). <i>A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's Ship the Endeavour,</i> second edition, Charles Dilly...& James Phillips, 1784. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Clemens (Samuel Langhorne)] "Mark Twain". <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> first edition, first state, New York, Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> [Voight (Hans Henning)], "Alastair". Herod, for 'Salome: Drame en un Acte', original drawing in red & black ink over pencil, [c.1922]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>July 16, 2020</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> James (M.R.) <i>Ghost Stories of an Antiquary,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to A.C. Benson, 1904. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Remarque (Erich Maria). <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first English edition, signed presentation inscription from the author, 1929. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, July 16:</b> Ashendene Press.- More (Sir Thomas). <i>A Fruteful and Pleasaunt Worke...Utopia,</i> one of 100 copies, bound in black goatskin by J.Franklin Mowery, Ashendene Press, 1906. £3,000 to £4,000.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 1. Albertus Magnus, De Natura Locorum, 2nd edn, 1515. £3000 to £4000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 22. George Cooke, Scenery of the East India Islands, 1811-13. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 23. J.M. Crozet, Nouveau vouage a la Mer du Sud, 1st edn, 1783. £4000 to £6000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 27. J.P.J.Du Bois, Vies des Gouverneurs Generaux, 1st edn, 1763. £1200 to £1800.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 28. Wm Ellis, Authentic Narrative...Captain Cook, 1st edn, 1782. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 31. Thomas Forrest, Voyage to New Guinea, 1st edn, 1779. £1500 to £2000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 32. Forster & Forster, Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1777-78. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 38. Gianetti, Elogy of Captain James Cook, 1st edn, 1785. £2500 to £3500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 46. Otto von Kotzebue, Entdeckungs Reise, 1st edn, 1821. £3500 to £4500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 52. Alejandro Malaspina, Viaje politico-scientifico, 1st edn, 1885. £2000 to £3000.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 60. Sydney Parkinson, Journal of Voyage to the South Seas, large paper, 1773. £4500 to £5500.
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 16:</b><br>Lot 64. Nathaniel Portlock, A Voyage round the World, 1st edn, 1789. £4000 to £6000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2020 Issue

Primary Source American Material from Primary Sources, Uncharted Americana

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Uncharted Americana.

Primary Sources, Uncharted Americana recently published their Catalogue 3. They offer catalogues with just 25 items, but each is extensively documented, described, and photographed. These items all fit within the category of Americana, but there aren't many books here (only one to be precise). What they offer is original source material, the kinds of things others use as sources to write books. These are first person accounts, documents, photographs and similar items and archives. Here are a few.

 

Most Americans have stories like this one in their family history. Other than Native Americans, we are a land of immigrants. Item 9 is a diary kept by Ann Smith, once of the small town of Snaith in England, who made the crossing in 1843. Her ultimate destination was Circleville, Ohio. Today, you could make the journey in less than a day. It took Ann Smith two months. She had to take various riverboats from her small town to Liverpool, where she, her husband and daughter, set sail for America. She expresses much sadness about leaving her home and friends behind, and her husband even offered their daughter the fare back home, but ultimately they all go. The ocean voyage is the longest part of the trip, five weeks, some of it favorable, other times stormy and frightening. The high waves of stormy weather also leaves them terribly seasick. When they do arrive in New York, Mrs. Smith is most impressed with the city, but they don't stay long. They must make innumerable connections along the way to make it to Circleville. The next day, they are on a steamboat up the Hudson River to Albany. Then it's onto a canal boat and a nine-day trip along the Erie Canal to Buffalo. She is surprised by upstate New York. Expecting wilderness, she sees farms and beautiful homes. From Buffalo, it's a steamer on Lake Erie to Cleveland and many more connections before finally reaching their destination. Priced at $3,500.

 

Next are nine historic photographs from ethnographer/photographer James Mooney. He was active in the late 19th and early 20th century, and devoted much of his time to studying America's Plains Indians. That brought him to a Cherokee Reservation in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma, in 1890. It was a time of great fervent. The Ghost Dance movement, which would lead to the terrible slaughter at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, was underway. A tribal leader in Nevada had a vision that if Indians participated in the Ghost Dance, they would become immune to the white man's bullets and would recover the lands that had been taken from them. As the Ghost Dance spread, the U.S. military became more concerned and took steps to prevent it. This action culminated in the Wounded Knee Massacre. Among Mooney's photographs are three he took in 1890 of the Oklahoma Cherokees participating in the Ghost dance. The other six are of preparations for a Sun Dance by the Southern Arapahoes in 1893. This dance was also controversial because it involved some self-injury and pain. Mooney's photographs of the Sun Dance involve only preparation, not the dance itself. It is not known whether Mooney chose not to photograph the dance itself or was forbidden to do so. Item 22. $12,500.

 

In the days before movies, particularly the mid-19th century, some artists created large panoramas which they would display. They operated like scrolls, moving along by unrolling one side while rolling up the other. There was a particularly famous one of the Mississippi River which allowed the audience to sort of take a trip down the Mississippi, viewing the scenery as it went by. It required someone to draw the scenery along the entire river's length. Item 16 is a large promotional broadside for a showing of Otis Bullard's panorama of New York City. It covers one and a half miles of waterfront and then turns up Broadway for another four and one-half miles. The panorama itself was well over half a mile long and weighed about 2,000 pounds. It took Bullard four years and $15,000 to create it. Bullard or an associate would narrate what was being displayed as the scenery scrolled along. Sometimes, a stationary boat or some vehicle would be placed in the foreground to enhance the sense of motion. It first went on display in Hartford in 1850 and then proceeded to tour the country for many years. Bullard died in 1853, but his associates continued the displays long after. Previously, the last known showing had come in Detroit in May 1867, but Primary Sources' broadside was for April 1868 in Muscatine, Iowa. Where it went next or whatever happened to Bullard's panorama is unknown. $850.

 

This is an undated manuscript of a speech by an unnamed writer, likely from 1832 or 1833. It promotes the aims of the American Colonization Society. This was a group whose cause was sending free blacks in America to Africa, Liberia in particular. It was formed by an odd combination of people with differing intentions. Those sympathetic to American blacks, as this author evidently was, had concluded they would never be treated fairly by American whites so it was in their own best interests to move elsewhere. Others were motivated not by the best interests of blacks, but by removing free black people from the country for their own benefit. Particularly in the South, they feared free blacks would encourage the slaves to revolt. This fear was particularly fierce at this time as the manuscript was written not long after Nat Turner's rebellion. This took place in Virginia, where Turner had a vision that he was called to lead a rebellion for the freedom of the slaves. Gathering a group of believing slaves and free blacks, he struck on August 21, 1831. Turner and his followers killed at least 57 whites in and around Southampton, Virginia. The rebellion was quickly put down. Many more blacks were killed in retaliation, some after trials, others not, including many innocent of any crimes. Still, Turner's rebellion created great fear among southern whites. It led some to seek a gradual end to slavery, but ultimately, it led to an even greater crackdown on slaves. Any thought of freeing them, whether sent back to Africa or not, quickly disappeared. In his speech, the writer speaks of the pain of the families of Turner's victims, while acknowledging the rebellion “was one of the legitimate fruits of slavery.” He continues, “But it was only as a drop to the ocean compared with the dangers our southern brethren are hourly exposed to suffer, a danger which nothing short of colonization now effectively begun & hereafter perseveringly prosecuted can avert or lessen.” Item 6. 4,500.

 

In the late 18th century, Noah Webster became a very successful writer with his “blue-backed speller,” officially the American Spelling Book. It sold over 1 million copies, but few remember him for his spelling book. In 1806, he published his first dictionary, but that was not much of a success. It was his American Dictionary, first published in 1828, for which Noah Webster is known today. It was such a success in America because it was designed to define the English language as it was spoken in America rather than England. Webster spent many years and much money compiling the 70,000-word dictionary, well beyond what previous lexicographers had accomplished. For all the investment, Webster's publisher concluded he would need some reputable endorsements to generate the number of sales needed for the project to succeed. In 1826, publisher Sherman Converse put together a prospectus and wrote to several important Americans for their endorsement. He managed to gather endorsements from several of them, including James Madison. Only three of these solicitations are known to survive and this is one of them. It was sent to Joseph Story. Story is one of a handful of giants in American legal history. He served on the Supreme Court from 1812-1845 and his Commentaries of the U.S. Constitution is still regularly cited today. Converse's letter succeeded with Story. He wrote a glowing endorsement. Item 5. $2,250.

 

Primary Sources Uncharted Americana can be reached at 734-355-2986 or primarysources25@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.psamericana.com.

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  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Elizabeth I. Early letter signed, to Edward North, First Baron North 1560. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Catherine II. Empress of Russia Letter signed to Prince Grigori Aleksandrovich [Potemkin] 1784. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Nelson. Autograph letter signed, to Captains of Egyptian Club, 3 August 1798. £12,000 to £18,000,
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>The Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript<br>Online Auction 8-15 July
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Charles Darwin. Photograph signed, c.1871 by Oscar Gustave Rejlander. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> T.E. Lawrence. Autograph letter signed, to Major Littleton, 14 October 1918. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s:</b> Napoleon. Letter signed, ordering General Desaix to sail to Malta, prior to the Egyptian Expedition, 1798. £2,000 to £3,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>N.C. Wyeth, <i>The Black Arrow,</i> oil on canvas, for the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1916. $150,000 to $250,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Laurent de Brunhoff, mixed media color study for <i>Babar’s World Tour,</i> 2005. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Hilary Knight, <i>Eloise with Valentine,</i> watercolor, ink & pencil, 2015. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Howard Pyle, <i>It was a Comrade from His Own Regiment,</i> oil on canvas, for <i>Harper’s Monthly Magazine,</i> 1909. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Coby Whitmore, <i>‘Poor baby! You want me so much,’ she said,</i> acrylic, for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1968. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Al Hirschfeld, <i>Charley’s Aunt,</i> pen & ink, for the Broadway revival, <i>The New York Times,</i> 1940. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b><br>Erté, <i>Décor de Laideronnette,</i> gouache set design for third movement of <i>Mother Goose,</i> 1949. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Vince McIndoe, <i>Villainous Last Supper, DC Comics,</i> oil on canvas, 2016. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries July 16:</b> Arthur Getz, <i>Rooftop Party,</i> casein tempera, cover illustration for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1970. $2,000 to $3,000.

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