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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2020 Issue

New Acquisitions at The Veatchs Arts of the Book


Catalogue 94 from The Veatchs Arts of the Book.

The Veatchs Arts of the Book have released their Catalogue 94 Mostly New Acquisitions Not on Our Website. Many dealers often give their catalogue subscribers first shot at new material, a chance to beat the crowd. Naturally, the material offered pertains to the book arts, books that are notable for reasons other than just their text. Here are a few selections from these latest acquisitions.


When it comes to learning about the birds and beasts, William Shakespeare had a thing or two to say. Actually, he had at least 55 things to say. University of Massachusetts Professor Arthur F. Kinney provides Shakespeare's quotes and commentary, while illustrations and engravings come from Alan James Robinson. It was published by Robinson's Cheloniidae Press in 1990. Depicted are 21 birds and 17 beasts, some with multiple appearances to reach 55. The quotes and commentary are printed in red and black ink with Prof. Kinney explaining the importance of animal imagery in Shakespeare's works. This is one of 100 copies bound in full leather out of a total run of 155, signed by Robinson. It is bound in two volumes. The title is Birds and Beasts from Shakespeare. Item 13. Priced at $3,750.


In 1915, the Grolier Club published a book called New York. It documented the city's rapid growth to being the most important city in the world. Rudolph Ruzicka provided eight color engravings for that issue. In 2002, Kenneth Auchincloss published an update depicting the continued rise of the city through the twentieth century. Its title is New York Revisited. Gaylord Schanilec provided illustrations for this update and printed it at his Midnight Paper Sales press. It includes events in New York's history through the tragedy of September 11. A separate portfolio includes Ruzicka's eight engravings, printed by Schanilec from Ruzicka's original woodblocks. Additionally, it contains Schanilec's engravings of important New York scenes, such as lower Manhattan, Times Square, Grand Central, and the World Trade Center. This is #48 of 50 deluxe signed copies. Item 1. $2,800.


Item 27 is a combined effort of Joseph W. Reed and Paul Revere. They did not work together. They were separated by close to two centuries. Reed is an emeritus professor at Wesleyan, but also a most unusual artist. He is known for becoming highly focused for a while on certain subjects and for combining things that don't belong together. The Veatchs note that as an artist, he “almost defies categorization.” For example, you can see President Benjamin Harrison with fish from his series “Chief Executives Underwater.” Or, there is “First Ladies in Space.” If you prefer, he offers Mamie Eisenhower with Cardinal Richelieu. Even if not separated by several centuries, it's hard to imagine what they would have had in common. How about General Custer sitting on Whistler's mother's lap? On Custer's mother's lap, maybe, but Whistler's? And then there is “History of the Western Ant.” It was here, in 1970, that Reed cooperated with Revere, even if Paul didn't know it. He provides an update on Revere's 1768 work, A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New England and British Ships of War Landing Their Troops. From Boston Harbor, you can see Britain unloading troops the colonists were not too happy to see. However, if you look a little closer, you will notice those little soldiers don't look quite as expected. They are ants. That is what is distinctive about Reed's “History of the Western Ant,” in which he painted for a few years. The paintings are “peopled” with ants. $3,500.


Alois Auer was an Austrian printer and illustrator as well as a creative and inventive man. He invented several printing related processes such as the one demonstrated in this book, Die Entdeckung Des Naturselbstdruckes Oder Die Erfindungen... That roughly translates to the discovery or invention of nature printing. Nature printing is the process of making an impression of an object to make the printing plates. It is known mostly for creating images of plants, but can be used for anything. Herein, he provides nature printings of flowering plants, a snake skin, wood grain, a fossil fish, leaves, ferns, and more, over 40 in all. Some are in more than one color. Text is provided in German, English, French and Italian. Auer describes the invention and makes his case as the inventor. Eventually, he ended up in a dispute with Englishman Henry Bradbury, who used Auer's invention but made some improvements without recognizing Auer. It depressed Bradbury who committed suicide. Item 2. $3,900.


Hermann Zapf was a German calligrapher and type designer, who later became known for his work in computer typography. He lived a very long life (96 years), some of it spent teaching in the United States. Item 49 is a collection of 14 ephemeral items from Zapf. There are four Christmas cards, two signed, a dust jacket printed from Zapf's calligraphy, some broadside type specimens, and four letters, two to Professor Trump. The President's MIT professor uncle? Not likely. More likely it is type designer Georg Trump. $275.


The Veatchs Arts of the Book can be reached at 716-648-0361 or veatchs@veatchs.com. Their website is www.veatchs.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 12. OKLAHOMA! Celeste Holm's vocal score for Oklahoma! inscribed by Richard Rodgers. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 20. WILSON, DOOLEY. Fine inscribed photograph to Celeste Holm with Casablanca reference. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 79. Original production script of the Broadway musical CATS with notes written by Claude Tessier. $600 to $900.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Stage & Screen<br>Auction April 28</b>
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 139. STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Autographed musical manuscript signed for "Broadway Baby" from Follies. $500 to $800.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 180.<br>Cecil Beaton. Headdress for Liza at the Ball, from My Fair Lady, circa 1962. $700 to $900.
    <b>Doyle, Stage & Screen:</b> Lot 177.<br>Cecil Beaton. Set Design for The Gainsborough Girls, 1951. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 54. Fanciful engraving of earth's interior with magma core and errupting volcanoes (1682). $1500 to $1800.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 165. Rare state of Jefferys' influential map of New England in contemporary color (1755). $8000 to $9500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 177. Mouzon's foundation map of the Carolinas (1775). $10000 to $13000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 183. Very rare first state of De Fer's map of the Lower Mississippi Valley (1715). $20000 to $25000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 253. Scarce Scottish edition based on Ellicott's plan of Washington, D.C. (1796). $2400 to $3000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 313. Stunning view of Philadelphia by John Bachmann (1850). $3250 to $4250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 338. Rare Civil War map based on Bucholtz map of Virginia (1862). $9500 to $12000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 667. First map to accurately show Luzon in Philippines (1590). $6000 to $7500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 682. Rare map of Shanghai International Settlement published just after WWI (1918). $7000 to $9000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 738. Coronelli's superb map of the Pacific showing the Island of California (1697) Est. $2400 - $3000
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 743. A cornerstone piece in the mapping of Australia and New Zealand (1726) Est. $6000 - $7500
    <b>Old World Auctions (April 28):</b><br>Lot 781. An uncommon signature during Jefferson's Governorship of Virginia (1779) Est. $9500 - $11000
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1032. RATZER, BERNARD. Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1011. [BROADSIDE]. Life, Last Words and Dying Confession, of Rachel Wall... $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1055. BEATON, CECIL. Scrapbook prepared by Cecil Beaton over the period 1935-1944, with some later inclusions. $800 to $1,200.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>Timed auction, April 29</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1051. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre." $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1037. The Campaign Speeches of Nixon of Kennedy, inscribed to William Safire by Richard Nixon and secretarially for John Kennedy. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1036. Celebration of the Commencement of Work on Rapid Transit Railroad. March 24th 1900, one o'clock, City Hall Park, New York. $200 to $300.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 1005. 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball including Jackie Robinson. $3,000 to $5,000.

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