• <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> John Adams Signed Ship's Passport, partly printed DS as president, signed “John Adams.”
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Extremely Rare James Garfield DS as President Appointing Revenue Service Agent.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Babe Ruth 1939 Cooperstown cover boldly signed — with photo.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Incredible Harry S. Truman Kansas City Auto Club sales ledger maintained by Truman!
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Important Herbert Hoover 4 pg ALS about Chinese Gold Mining.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Rare Calvin Coolidge ALS as President.
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Abraham Lincoln Signed Appointment.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Ironic John Kennedy Jr. Handwritten report on why he is accident report form when he attended Collegiate School in 1975.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Katherine Bates Signed -“America! America! God shed his grace on thee.”
    <center><b>One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions<br>Rare Autograph & Documents<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Apollo 11 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Amassed Over Four Decades, an impressive 1100+ piece collection of entertainment and notables.
    <b>One of a Kind, Sep. 29:</b> Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens Signed Letter and Card.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Antiquarian Books<br>Including a series of views of Milan<br>September 27 to October 4</b></center>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Livius, Historia Romanae decades, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1470, contemporary Morocco. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Blaeu, Nieuw Stedeboeck van Italien (Piemont), The Hague, 1724-1725, 8 volumes, marbled calf gilt. €70,000 to €90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Baysio, Rosarium decretorum, Venice, 1481, later vellum. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> [Niccolò da Poggibonsi], Viaggio da Venetia al santo Sepulchro, Venice, 1529, later half calf. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Hieronymus, Epistole [Italian], Ferrara, 1497, blue crushed morocco with the Rocco di Torrepadula arms. €12,000 to €15,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2020 Issue

Literature Offered by Shapero Rare Books

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Literature.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue titled, simply, Literature. Since that is a fairly broad swath, they have provided a table of contents to be more specific. Those categories are: Antiquarian; Literary Sets; Private Press & Limited Editions; 19th Century Literature; Detective, Thriller & Spy Fiction; Horror, Gothic & Supernatural; Fantasy & Science Fiction; Children's Literature; and Modern Literature. These are a few of the literary masterpieces to be found in this collection.

 

I'm not sure whether this constitutes a book review, but Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Michael Musmanno wrote that it is “...not a book. It is a cesspool, an open sewer, a pit of putrefaction, a slimy gathering of all that is rotten in the debris of human depravity.” If that doesn't make you want to read it, I don't know what will. The book is Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, and it proved to be a landmark in terms of obscenity and book censorship in America in the 1960s. To put it another way, it resulted in a landmark case concerning freedom of speech. First published in France in 1934, where moral standards were not so uptight as in America or the English-speaking world in general, it was quickly banned in the United States. Miller spoke too freely about sexual encounters for the American morality police. Finally, almost three decades later, an American publisher decided it was time to test the rules in America. The Grove Press published the book only to be immediately sued in jurisdictions all over the country. The above quote came from a verdict that it was obscene by the high court of Pennsylvania. The publishers took the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where they won, the court ruling it was not obscene by a 5-4 majority. Even then, the majority of justices could not agree on why they so concluded. Citing their opinion in a companion case the same day concerning an allegedly obscene film, two Justices overturned on the grounds that to be obscene, the material must be “utterly without redeeming social importance,” two Justices said that such censorship is always unconstitutional, and a fifth Justice, Potter Stewart, overturned the conviction based on one of the most remembered lines ever issued is a Supreme Court case. Wrote Stewart, only hard-core pornography could be banned, and as to how he determined whether this was such pornography, he wrote, “I know it when I see it.” He did not see it in Tropic of Cancer. Item 260 is a copy of the first American edition from Grove Press, but it is not an ordinary copy. It is one of 100 specially bound copies signed by Miller. Priced at £1,950 (British pounds, or approximately $2,544 in U.S. dollars).

 

This is a piece of detective mystery fiction from a most unlikely source. Actually, it shouldn't be. The author was A. A. Milne, and if you associate him with anything other than Winnie-the-Pooh and children's books, than you know him better than most. The reality is Milne had been writing for two decades before he penned a story for children. He made numerous contributions to his employer, the humorous periodical Punch, after graduating college. He then published 18 plays and three novels before Winnie was “born.” This is one of them – The Red House Mystery. It is one of a sealed house, a cast of characters trapped in a place where one is murdered. The mystery is whodunnit. It was published in 1922. The first of his children's books came two years later. Once the fourth of the Pooh books was completed in 1928, Milne went back to writing other sorts of material. Still, the success and popularity of the Pooh books is such that most people know Milne only for this part of his writing career. Item 127. £9,500. (US $12,417).

 

There were 14 books written by Ian Fleming featuring secret agent James Bond, and they were among the most popular and successful of this sort of story. Still, on their own, James Bond would not be the legendary, though fictional character he is. This is why this book, the sixth in the James Bond series, is the most significant. Item 105 is a first edition, first impression in a second state binding of Dr. No, published in 1958. This one is set in Jamaica, where Fleming went to write it. The villain in this novel is Dr. No, an improbable character, but ordinary bad guys was not the stuff of Bond novels. They had to be spectacularly evil. The reason that Bond is such a legend today, and such an incredibly lucrative franchise, is because of the film adaptations of his character. Starting in the 1960s with Sean Connery in the lead roll, the films continue to roll out with more actors now having portrayed Bond than I can recall. However, it was Dr. No that started it all. Though the sixth Bond story, it was the first turned into film, and its success led to all that has followed. £2,250 (US $2,955).

 

This is a work of science fiction, an invasion by aliens whose weapon to destroy mankind sounds eerily similar to what we are doing to ourselves today. The title is The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham, published in 1953. In it, unseen aliens land on Earth, but not in the usual location. They appear to have come from a giant planet where the stronger gravitational pull results in higher pressure. As a result, rather than settling down on land, the aliens go to the place where pressure is highest. They colonize the bottom of the ocean at its lowest depths. You might think the two species could coexist since there is little interaction between these locations, but problems occurred, and the aliens at times attack humans on the sea or along the coast. Humans, in turn, unsuccessfully try to bomb the ocean depths. Ultimately, and ironically considering what we are doing to ourselves, the aliens attack by melting the polar ice caps. The resulting water raises the oceans and inundates much of the earth's surface. Most of mankind is wiped out before humans finally develop an ultrasonic weapon that destroys the aliens at the bottom of the sea. Item 163 is a first edition, first impression of this cautionary tale. £550 (US $723).

 

One good underwater tale deserves another. Next up is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, an adventure classic by Jules Verne. Originally published in French in 1871, this is a true first English edition, first impression, published in 1873. It's the story of three men who search for a reputed sea monster, only to discover it is a submarine. You will immediately see that this is a futuristic work of science fiction as submarines were new and primitive in 1873. This one possesses capabilities well beyond those extant in 1873. Unable to leave, the three travel around in this submarine manned by a captain escaping land-based governments. It is a look at the worlds, some real, some fictional, as exist under the oceans. Item 63. £16,500 (US $21,620).

 

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

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Extensive archive of papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> George Catlin, <i>North American Indian Portfolio,</i> 1844. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Carefully Translated…after the Best Jewish Authorities, Philadelphia, 1853-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Wedding book of Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, Earl Miller, signed by the Roosevelts, 1932. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Textile titled <i>The Resignation of Pres’t Washington,</i> Scotland, circa 1800. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Gideon Welles, Pass for President Lincoln’s White House funeral, 1865. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Confirmation of arms and nobility in favor of the Diez y Mora family, Madrid, 1710. $2,500 to $3,500.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Conquest of Peru.- Cieza De León (Pedro de). <i>Parte primera de la chronica del Peru,</i> first edition, Seville, Martín de Montesdoca, 1553. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Mandeville (Sir John). <i>Tractato bellissimo delle piu maravigliose cose & piu motabile che sitrovino nelle parte delmondo,</i> Florence, [Lorenzo Morgiani], 1496-99. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Bible leaf, Latin. Single leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, [Mainz], [Johann Gutenberg & Johann Fust], [c.1454/55]. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Publicius (Jacobus). <i>Ars oratoria. Ars epistolandi. Ars memorativa,</i> first edition, Venice, Erhard Ratdolt, 1482. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Biblia Pauperum.- Single leaf from a blockbook Biblia Pauperum in Latin, from the Wiblingen copy of Schreiber's edition III, Netherlands, 1465. £25,000 to £35,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> South America.- Brazil.- Steinmann (Johan Jacob). <i>Souvenirs de Rio de Janeiro,</i> Paris, chez Rittner & Goupil, 1837. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Asia.- Polo (Marco). <i>In cui si tratta le meravigliose cose del mondo per lui vedute,</i> Venice, Matteo Pagano, 1555. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Sir Joshua Reynolds' copy.- Donne (John). <i>Poems, by J.D. With elegies on the authors death,</i> the Joshua Reynolds-Philip Bliss copy of the first edition, Printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for Iohn Marriot, 1633. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Gilbert (William). <i>De Magnete,</i> first edition, Peter Short, 1600. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on paper<br>Thursday 29th September 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Audubon (John James). <i>The Birds of America,</i> 8 vol., New York, George R. Lockwood, [c.1889]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Pratchett (Terry). <i>The Colour of Magic,</i> first edition, signed by the author, 1983. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, Sep. 29:</b> Flaubert (Gustave). <i>Trois Contes,</i> first edition, one of 100 copies on papier de Hollande, Paris, Charpentier, 1877. £5,000 to £7,000.

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