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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2020 Issue

Western Nations' Law from The Lawbook Exchange

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The law, America, Great Britain and Europe.

The Lawbook Exchange has issued a catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, Broadsides and Pamphlets on Law and Related Fields. America, Great Britain & Europe 16th to 20th Centuries. One of the nice things about lengthy titles is they can describe what is in a catalogue without need for further explanation. This title covers what is to be found in this selection completely. We might add that the law books in here are both of the technical sort, of interest to legal scholars, and those that were prepared for the rabble, such as accounts of sensational trials. Whatever your interest in the law, there is a good chance you will find it here. These are a few of the less technical works.

 

If you think the picture on the cover of this catalogue looks like an old style, you are right. It comes from an edition of the Constitutiones Clementinae of Pope Clement V. It is a codification of canon law issued by Clement V. Not even this book is as old as the issuance of this statement as it came in 1314. Clement V died shortly thereafter, leaving some doubt as to their legitimacy, but that was cleared up when they were reissued by his successor, John XXII. This edition was printed in 1482, before artists knew much about perspective. It came from the press of Anton Koberger of Nuremberg. Item 24. Priced at $12,500.

 

Extreme religious views can lead to unpleasantness in Salem, Massachusetts, as some supposed “witches” could attest. This one came much later. George Barrell Cheever was a new Congregationalist minister in town is 1833. He was of intense moral views. It made him a fierce supporter of abolitionism and temperance. He also had less than complimentary views on the theology of the Unitarian Church, a powerful force in Salem. John Stone was a deacon in that rival church whose primary occupation was running a distillery that had been in the family for three generations. Cheever attacked, with an illustrated broadside and newspaper article. It depicted a “Deacon Giles” in a most unfortunate manner, as a greedy, advocate of the Devil and other such unflattering attributes. It didn't take the townfolk much time to identify who “Deacon Giles “ was, Unitarian Deacon Stone. They were outraged. Rev. Cheever was tried for libel and convicted. He was fined $1,000, an enormous sum of money in those days, horsewhipped, and sentenced to 30 days in jail. This pamphlet was written by one of Stone's defenders, Charles W. Upham, The Charge of Ignorance and Misrepresentation Proved Against the Rev. George B. Cheever. Cheever later moved to New York where he continued to carry on his attacks on slavery and alcohol. Item 121. $750.

 

If you think Rev. Cheever must have let it go after that humiliating verdict, you are underestimating his determination. He continued to have his broadside published for many more years. Here is one from 1865-1867, printed by the National Temperance Society and Publication House, in New York. It is headed Deacon Giles's Distillery. The large image depicts a distillery being run by several devil-looking creatures with barrels labeled “Deacon Giles Distiller” and “N. E. (New England) Rum.” A business office to the side has a sign reading “Deacon Giles's Counting Room Bibles For Sale” to reinforce Cheever's claim that Stone loved money. Item 20. $1,500.

 

I always thought that the guillotine was an original invention of French physician Joseph-Ignace Guillotin. It turns out similar devices were employed for several centuries before Dr. Guillotin appeared. One such device was the “Maiden” which was employed in Scotland from 1565-1710. It consisted of a heavily weighted blade which, when set loose, slid down some grooves in its sideboards and struck the neck of the condemned. Sounds very much like the guillotine. It is illustrated in this much later account of the device (1870), History of the “Maiden” or Scottish Beheading Machine, With Notices of the Criminals Who Suffered by It, by William Thompson M'Culloch. Item 66. $750.

 

Here is a book with an interesting provenance. The title is Remarks on the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial... by Thomas Frederick Simmons, published in 1852 (a fourth edition). It was the standard British work on courts martial at the time. This copy was owned by J. E. B. Stuart. Stuart was an officer in the U. S. Army, promoted to Captain shortly before tendering his resignation in May 1861. He joined the Confederate Army, rising to general and having a storied career. Penciled into this copy is “J. E. B. Stuart. 1st Cavalry.” That would date it to 1855-1861. Could Stuart have been concerned that this might be his fate if he supported the Confederacy? He never had to worry about it, but for the wrong reason. Stuart was killed in action in 1864. Item 96. $3,500.

 

The Lawbook Exchange describes this book as being “an early form of consumer protection.” The title is The Tradesman's Lawyer and Country-Man's Friend. There is no stated author or editor, but it was taken from various historic legal treatises. The purpose was to protect regular folks, the “tradesman” and “countrey-man,” from being victims of the wealthy, whose privilege allowed them to be learned in the law. The book is designed to help balance the scales of knowledge and justice. The author explains, “As for the Persons of higher Rank they have both Learning and Leisure to read the Law; but for the Commonalty and ordinary Tradesman most are wanting in the first, many cannot obtain the latter, and some are strangers to both...” It sets them up to be “put upon by cunning Men, who contrive to prey upon their ignorance.” This is a first edition, published in 1703. Item 53. $5,000.

 

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mariette (Pierre-Jean). <i>Traité des pierres gravées / Recueil des pierres gravées...,</i> 2 vols., 1750. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> [Bryant, Jacob & William Cole]. <i>Gemmarum Antiquarum Delectus, [Marlborough Gems],</i> 2 volumes, [privately printed, 1780-83], £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Caylus (Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de). <i>Recueil d'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Estrusques, Grecques et Romaines,</i> 7 volumes, Paris, 1756-67, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Devonshire Gems. <i>Duke of Devonshire's Collection of Gems,</i> privately printed, c. 1790, [one of 8 copies], £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Goltz (Hubert). <i>Le Vive Imagini di tutti quasi gl'Imperatori,</i> Antwerp, 1557, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Manuscript. <i>An Explanation of Dassier's Medals, by Charlotte Hanbury,</i> c. 1795-1800, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Paoletti (Bartolomeo and Pietro). A collection of 300 plaster cameos presented in 7 leather-bound double-sided faux book boxes, Rome, c. 1820, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mayer (Luigi). <i>Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings, in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie,</i> London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1805, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Blaeu (Willem Janszoon & Johannes). <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus, pars quarta</i> [England and Wales], Amsterdam: Johannem Blaeu, 1648, £6,000 to £8,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Reuter (O.M. & Mela, A.J.). <i>Finlands Fiskar. The Fishes of Finland,</i> 12 parts (complete), Helsingfors: G.W. Edlund, 1883-93, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Lunardi (Vincenzo). <i>An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England,</i> 2nd edition, London: Printed for the Author, 1784, £700 to £1,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> North America. Jansson (Jan). <i>Virginiae partis Australis et Floridae partis Orientalis,</i> circa 1641. £400 to £600.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Daniel Giraud Elliot. <i>A Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,</i> 1870-1872, coloured plates. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Georg Braun und Franz Hogenberg. <i>Civitates orbis terrarum.</i> Cologne, 1597-c.1606, 5 volumes, hand-coloured, calf. £140,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Qianren Huang. "Blue Map" of China. [Daoguang, 19th century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> 1595. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Maxime Du Camp. <i>Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins Photographiques.</i> Paris, 1852. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>China, Canton School. A superb album of 141 watercolours, c.1800. £70,000 to £100,000.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. The Rocky Mountains. Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1866. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in English]. <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English.</i> Rheims, 1582. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in Latin]. <i>Biblia latina.</i> Venice: Franz Renner of Hailbrun [Heilbrunn], 1483. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Autograph letter signed ("P. B. S."), to Charles Ollier. Florence, Italy, 15 December 1819. “MY PROMETHEUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER WROTE.” $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> RAMSAY, David (1749-1815). <i>The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina…</i> Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BINDINGS]. MUIR, John (1838-1914). <i>The Writings of John Muir.</i> Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1924. 10 vols. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [CHICAGO] -- <i>Park & Guide Map of Chicago.</i> Chicago: Jas. Van Vechten, 1873. $2,000 to $3,000.
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    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BEMELMANS, Ludwig (1898-1962). Pencil drawing on paper. 247 x 198 mm, sight, matted and framed. Showing a child shooting at a baby's balloon. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [LOGAN ELM PRESS]. HARVEY, Rebecca. <i>Any Number of Things.</i> Ohio State University, 2013. Single sheet paper scroll. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BINYON, Laurence (1869-1943). A small archive of letters and pamphlets. $200 to $300.

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