• <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
    <center><b>Il Ponte Casa d'Aste<br>Books and Manuscripts<br>26 January 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Schedel (Hartmann). <i>Liber Chronicarum,</i> first edition, Nuremberg, Anton Koberger for Sebald Schreyer and Sebastian Kammermeister, 1493. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Greek Orthodox Church].- <i>Menaion,</i> manuscript in Greek, on paper, in Greek letters, [Eastern Mediterranean], [c. 1400]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> American Revolution.- Loyalist's cow powder horn, engraved with the cypher "GR" for George III surmounted by a crown, an inscription, and on reverse an engraving of the "North River" [Hudson River], 1777. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Illuminated prayer book.- <i>Maria Carcer y Trigueros... Santa Misa y Oraciones,</i> illuminated manuscript in Spanish, on paper, [c. 1850]. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Hardy (Thomas). <i>The Mayor of Casterbridge,</i> 2 vol., first edition in book form, original cloth, 1886. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> [Austen (Jane)]. <i>Emma: A Novel,</i> first edition, Printed for John Murray, 1816. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Brontë (Charlotte). <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography,</i> 3 vol., first edition, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Cruikshank (George). <i>The Road to the Derby,</i> one of two proof copies, Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1882. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Meunier (Charles, binder).- Gruel (Leon). <i>Manuel Historique et Bibliographique de l'Amateur de Reliures,</i> 2 vol., Paris, 1887.-1905. £3,000 to £4,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>and Works on Paper<br>28 January 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Burne-Jones (Sir Edward). <i>The Work of Edward Burne-Jones,</i> edited by Philip Burne-Jones, one of 200 copies, [c.1900]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Nazraeli Press.- <i>Six by Six,</i> 36 vol. [a complete set], one of 100 sets, each with signed photograph, Portland, Or., 2010-16. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Jan. 28:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $125,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Fish Hawk or Osprey, Plate 81.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $145,000 to $175,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>Brown Pelican, Plate 421.</i> London: Robert Havell, 1827-1838. $75,000 to $100,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DE BRY, Johann Theodore, attributed to. Pair of Watercolor studies of Tulips. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> FUERTES, Louis Agassiz. <i>Alaskan Brown Bear.</i> Watercolor and gouache on board. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> HILL, Thomas. <i>Big Trees.</i> Oil on canvas. c. 1903. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Macropodidae or Family of Kangaroos.</i> London: by the author, August 1st 1841-May 1st 1842. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> GOULD, John. <i>A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America.</i> London: Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, [1844]-1850. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> JANSSONIUS, Joannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, orbem maritimum seu omnium marium…</i> Amsterdam: Joannes Janssonius, 1652. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <center><b>Arader Galleries<br>January Auction<br>January 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> DONCKER, Hendrik. <i>De Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Waereld, vertoonende alle de Zee-Kusten van het bekende deel des Aerd-Bodems.</i> Amsterdam: Henrick Doncker, [1658-1665]. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> BURR, David. <i>Map of the City and County of New York with the Adjacent Country.</i> Engraved map with original hand color. Ithaca, NY: Stone & Clark, 1839. $9,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Arader Galleries, Jan. 23:</b> CURRIER, Nathaniel and IVES, James Merritt. <i>The City of New York.</i> Lithograph with original hand color. New York: Currier & Ives, 1884. $15,000 to $20,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2020 Issue

Important Works from Raptis Rare Books

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Raptis Rare Books has issued a new catalogue of books for those who collect at the highest level. These are books that you know, important titles in literary history. There are also some ephemeral items, such as personal correspondence and manuscripts of great writers. Raptis provides a table of contents in their catalogues to make it easier to understand what sort of material is available. Here are the categories covered this time: Ancient History, Philosophy & Religion, Travel & Exploration, Americana, Science & Natural History, Modern History & World Leaders, Literature, Economic & Political Philosophy, Children's Literature, and Fine Art. Here are a few samples of what you will find.

 

In 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald was an unknown writer with a few short pieces to his name when he published his first novel, This Side of Paradise. It looks at the “Lost Generation” which emerged after the First World War. It combines failed romances, social climbing, and greed, issues that would become rampant during the Roaring 20s, and that would soon tear apart Fitzgerald's own life. It would not end well, despite Fitzgerald's literary success. This copy was inscribed by Fitzgerald in 1936, “For William Henneman – with best wishes – this old old book; the sight of it reminds me all too dramaticly [sic], that I'm almost forty.” We are not able to identify this William Henneman, but he must have had some good literary connections as we also found a record of a book inscribed to him in 1937 by John Steinbeck. Item 90472. Priced at $22,500.

 

This book was published almost five centuries ago, but it was still written much earlier, by about two millennia. It takes us back to ancient Greece and the fifth century B.C. The title is The Hystory, Writtone by Thucidides the Athenyan, of the Warre, Whiche was Betwene the Peloponesians and the Athenyans, better known as The History of the Peloponnesian War. This is the first edition in English, published in 1550. Thucydides was a Athenian, but was noted as being a true historian, not just a promoter of his side. Indeed, many consider him the first true historian, attempting to write historically and scientifically accurate accounts of the past. He wrote as the war between Athens and Sparta proceeded from 431-404 B.C. He believed a retelling of the past was essential as he thought, long before the expression came in vogue, that those who didn't learn from the past would be doomed to repeat it. Item 111546. $32,500.

 

This book has been printed in over 10 million copies, but this is the one-of-a-kind original. Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree is one of the most popular and acclaimed children's books ever written. It is also one of the more controversial, its exact meaning debated. It is the story of a young boy who befriends a tree. He climbs her branches, eats her apples, and has a wonderful time with his friend. The tree's greatest joy is in making her friend happy. As the years go by, the boy grows up, visits the tree less often, and then only because the tree continues to give him things, apples when he is hungry, her branches so he can build a house, her trunk for a boat. By the end, both are aged, the “boy” now a decrepit old man, the tree but a stump. The tree can no longer give to the “boy,” but he no longer can use those gifts anyway, other than the stump for a place to sit and rest. But, the tree is happy to still be able to do this. The story has received various interpretations. The tree seems to represent unselfish love, the boy quite the opposite, but what is the message (presuming there is one)? What Raptis has to offer is the true first, Silverstein's original manuscript. It is marked up with his drawings and corrections. One notable change is the ending, which he changed from “and the boy and the tree were happy” to just “and the tree was happy.” The boy is never satisfied. Item 116388. $125,000.

 

“Widely considered the greatest novel ever written” is an impressive introduction to this book. I wouldn't want to argue with that point of view. This is the first American edition of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece, War and Peace. It is a lengthy and detailed look at Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, a nation struggling to survive an attack on its existence. Tolstoy presents a wide range of characters, a complexity you might think would make the book hard to follow, and yet they all have their place and weave understandably together. It truly is as great as Raptis says. This lengthy novel comes in six volumes. Item 115458. $8,800.

 

This next item is as short as the last one was long. It is not a book, rather, a birthday note. The writer was Vice-President and future President George H. W. Bush. The recipient was President Ronald Reagan. Addressed “Dear Mr. President” and dated Feb. 6, 1984, Bush writes, “Barb and I sing 'Happy Birthday to you' – with many happy returns! All Bushes join in – George.” Bush lost the primary election to Reagan in 1980, but accepted the latter's offer to be the vice-presidential nominee. Bush would succeed Reagan after winning the presidential election of 1988. Item 114005. $7,500.

 

Raptis Rare Books may be reached at 561-508-3479 or mail@raptisrarebooks.com. Their website is found at www.raptisrarebooks.com

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph F. Kernan, <i>College Football,</i> oil on canvas, <i>The Saturday Evening Post</i> cover, 1932. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Joseph C. Leyendecker, <i>Golfer Lighting a Cigarette,</i> oil on canvas, c.1920. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Howard Chandler Christy, <i>In the Field,</i> charcoal & watercolor, published in <i>Scribner’s,</i> 1902. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> N.C. Wyeth, <i>Standish Reading,</i> pen & ink, for <i>The Courtship of Miles Standish,</i> 1920. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Johnanna Stewart Mapes, <i>A Fairy Book,</i> conté crayon, for <i>St. Nicholas Magazine,</i> 1907. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Arnold Lobel, pen & ink, for <i>The Frog & Toad Coloring Book,</i> 1981. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Antonio Lopez, <i>Today’s Fashions,</i> study for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1981. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>“I’ll have to go back to the house…I forgot my rubbers…”</i> pen & ink, original 4-panel <i>Peanuts comic,</i> 1960. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jan 28:</b> Constantin Alajalov, <i>Family Tree,</i> watercolor and gouache, cover for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.
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