• <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2020 Issue

The First Printed Catalogue from Type Punch Matrix

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The first printed catalogue from Type Punch Matrix.

This month we received our first catalogue from Type Punch Matrix. It is actually their first catalogue, or at least, their first printed catalogue. Type Punch Matrix was founded by two well -established booksellers, Rebecca Romney and Brian Cassidy. Each has deep roots in the field, Rebecca Romney as a manager of Bauman Rare Books and principal of Honey & Wax Booksellers, Brian Cassidy for the past 15 years as the operator of Brian Cassidy Booksellers. Type Punch Matrix is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. This first catalogue does not have a title nor a description of the material. It is a variety of books and ephemeral items but otherwise hard to categorize. We will provide a few samples of what can be found, but there is much more.

 

Since the bookseller's name refers to parts used in letterpress typesetting, which dates back to early printing, where better to start than with the earliest of press printing with movable type? That, of course, would be the press of Johannes Gutenberg of Mainz. No, Type Punch Matrix does not have a complete Gutenberg Bible to sell. Only 21 complete copies survive, the last sale being in 1978. What they do have is a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, which is the most you can hope to obtain today. The leaves from this Bible are beautiful works of art. Gutenberg was competing against handwritten and drawn manuscripts in 1455, so he needed to produce books of comparable quality. This leaf contains sections from the Book of Isaiah and contains a hand-drawn red initial. It came from an incomplete Gutenberg Bible that was broken up by bookseller Gabriel Wells in 1921. It was Gutenberg's invention and his Bible that opened the door to learning on a large scale, and with it the Renaissance and its flowering of knowledge. Item 3. Priced at $115,000.

 

If only more American leaders thought as this Congressman from Massachusetts did in 1830, America could have avoided one of the most shameful episodes in its history. Edward Everett was a young Congressman in 1830. He would later go on to be an ambassador, Secretary of State, Governor and Senator, as well as President of Harvard. He generally tired of these roles and did not hang around too long. In the 1850s, he became a forceful advocate of preserving the Union, desperately trying to find compromises that were acceptable to both North and South. He did not succeed, and while at first wary of Lincoln, came to be a strong supporter. Like Lincoln, he died in 1865. While holding various public offices, Everett's great renown was as a public speaker. He was considered the greatest orator of his time. It was Everett who was called on to give the main address at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery. His erudite, almost two-hour long speech was overshadowed by Lincoln's two minute one. With that introduction, we return to Everett's earlier speech before the House of Representatives in 1830. This is a first edition of his Speech...on the Bill for Removing the Indians from the East to the West Side of the Mississippi. Everett's oratorical skills were already on display as he made an impassioned plea on behalf of America's natives living in the East. He vehemently argued against the pretense that this was in the Indians' best interest, as President Jackson attempted to argue. Everett described the forced removal as “unmitigated evil,” saying, “The evil, sir, is enormous; the violence is extreme; the breach of public faith deplorable; the inevitable suffering incalculable.” Everett was right, but ignored. The natives were forced to move away from their homeland, the atrocity culminating in the Trail of Tears forced march where so many died. Item 50. $300.

 

These were the real pirates of the Caribbean, a tale told by one who participated with them for five years. Alexander Exquemelin hooked on with one of the most famous pirates, Henry Morgan, as a barber surgeon. That would be an unusual pairing today, but each required skills with sharp instruments. It should be noted that while generally considered a pirate by most, Morgan was a privateer, in effect a pirate who attacked ships with his nation's approval. Morgan attacked Spanish ships and for his official sanction, paid a portion of the loot to the crown. He was knighted for his efforts. When Exquemelin's pirating days were through, he returned to Holland and wrote a book, published in Dutch in 1678. This is a first edition in English from 1684. It was Exquemelin's book that gave Morgan his reputation and fame he still enjoys today. However, Morgan was not entirely pleased with claims that he tortured people and such and successfully sued Exquemelin's English publisher. The title of this account is Bucaniers of America; or, a true account of the most remarkable assaults committed of the late years upon the coasts of the West-Indies, by the Bucaniers of Jamaica and Tortuga, both English and French. This book was very popular, published in several languages, with some changes targeted to the specific audience. Pirates have fascinated people ever since. Exquemelin later reprised his role as a barber-surgeon and again headed off to the Caribbean, but whatever became of him then is unknown. Item 44. $16,000.

 

There weren't a lot of organized sports, particularly on the professional level, when this book was published in 1866. The title is The Play Ground; or, Outdoor Games for Boys. Sports for girls was barely an afterthought at this time. This is a rule book and instruction manual for such beloved games as Baste the Bear, Hook 'em Sniffey, Duck on the Rock, and Teetotum. These games have not survived the test of time. However, one described herein has. It then went by various names, one being Base-ball. There is a ten-page section on this game, complete with illustrations and diagrams. There are instructions on measuring the field and preparing the field, batting styles, positions and duties of outfielders, and a description of equipment. Importantly, it provides the rules and regulations adopted by the National Association of Base-ball Players in New York on December 9, 1863. Baseball spread around the country, but each area tended to have its own unique rules. This helped to provide a uniform set of rules so teams from different places could play each other. While many long-forgotten games are described, the author seemed to know that this one would be special. The book states, “This game, which is Rounders, or Town Ball, reduced to a system, and governed by scientific rules, is a graceful and invigorating pastime, and bids fair to become to this country what cricket is to England – the national game.” Or, as it came to be known, the national pastime. The author was prescient. Item 58. $1,800.

 

Prisoners don't have many friends, and probably had even fewer back in the 19th century, but in the 1840s, they had friends in brothers Charles and John Murray Spears. They served as editors of The Prisoner's Friend, a journal “wholly devoted to the abolition of capital punishment and the reformation of the criminal.” They saw the role of prisons as being to reform criminals rather than simply punish them. They were also abolitionists. This was consistent with their religious beliefs, both being Universalist ministers at the time (though John Murray later became a Spiritualist with an odd set of beliefs). Item 43 is Voices from Prison, being a Selection of Poetry from various Prisoners, written within the cell, edited by the brothers and published in 1847. Some of the poet-prisoners were contemporaries, including “one of whom is now within the walls of our own penitentiary,” while others were historic figures such as Daniel Defoe and Lady Jane Grey. $500.

 

Type Punch Matrix may be reached at 301-589-0798 or info@typepunchmatrix.com. Their website is www.typepunchmatrix.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.

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