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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2020 Issue

Science, Medicine, Natural History, & More from Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller

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Catalogue 232 from Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller.

Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller has issued their Catalogue 232 – Science, Medicine, Natural History, Bibliography, Bindings, A Book Printed on Vellum, & a Manuscript by George Sand. Most of the books are quite old, pre-20th century, some going back to the 16th. Along with those categories, Hill has a usual selection of antiquarian auction catalogues, from the 18th or early 19th century. Here are a few particular items.

 

We start with a classic geological book, although the author is not that well known. His name was Jean de Charpentier, his book Essais sur Glaciers at sur le Terrain Eratique du Bassin du Rhone, published in 1841. After a tragic flood when the breaking of a glacial dam in Switzerland allowed a torrent of water to flow out, Charpentier began studying glaciers. He noticed that in the Rhone Valley, large granite boulders were scattered in the plain, the same type as high in the Alps. He concluded that the explanation was that they must have been moved by glaciers, which in turn must have been the result of colder temperatures, an ice age. He delivered a paper on this theory in 1834, but few believed him. The prevailing theory was that the earth was steadily if slowly cooling down from the days of its molten formation. Charpentier invited others to come see his discoveries, and one of his takers was the better known American scientist Louis Agassiz. Agassiz was a believer, developed the theory further, and published a book explaining the theory a few months before Charpentier published his. It is Agassiz who now is generally given credit for developing the theory of glacial movement and ice ages, though it originally came from Charpentier. Item 32. Priced at $1,650.

 

Next is a pioneering work in the use of inhaled gasses for medicinal uses. It precedes the revolutionary discovery of ether for relieving pain during surgery by half a century. The co-author was Thomas Beddoes, a Bristol physician, who studied the use of inhaled gasses in treating diseases, tuberculosis in particular. The book's title is Considerations on the Medicinal Use, and on the Production of Factitious Airs. For the unfamiliar, “factitious” refers to artificially created. This is a five part book bound as one, parts 1-2 the third edition, parts 3-5 the first (1795-96). Part 1, by Beddoes, covers his experiments, Part 2, by co-author James Watt, discusses preparation of the gasses, while Parts 3-5 offer accounts of treatment by other well-known figures. Beddoes founded the Pneumatic Institution in Bristol to study and determine how to produce the gasses. It was there in 1799 that pure nitrous oxide was produced, which provides pain relief, though it is now most commonly associated with dentistry. Item 21. $5,000.

 

Item 67 is a a portfolio of photographs from the steel works of Friedrich Krupp, in Essen, Germany. While the Krupp company bears the name of Friedrich, it was a struggling business during his management early in the 19th century. It would be his son, Alfred, who turned it into the largest manufacturer in Europe. Krupp's specialty was weapons, always in high demand, particularly in Europe where countries were constantly fighting each other. Krupp sold their wares to numerous nations and armies. Alfred Krupp was not just a master of weapons development, but also a master marketer. He had Hugo van Werden, a distant relative, trained in photography. This portfolio was prepared for various heads of state and military leaders, potential customers of their weapons. This copy belonged to their most important client, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It contains 53 photographs, with the presentation slip to Bismarck from Krupp laid in. $9,500.

 

This is a work that will appeal to those interested in the history of firefighting. The title is Beschryving der nieuwlyks uitgevonden en geoctrojeerde Slang-Brand-Spuiten, en Haare wyze van Brand-Blussen, which roughly translates from the Dutch to the description of newly invented and patented fire extinguishing equipment. The author was Jan van der Heyden, who is best known as a painter. However, he was also an Amsterdam official and an inventor who focused on firefighting equipment. He developed a suction pump that could be used to draw water from a reservoir to a fire. He, along with his brother, also developed a sturdy, flexible fire hose. The brothers were put in charge of firefighting equipment for the city of Amsterdam. This is an expanded second edition from 1735. Plates are used to depict the van der Heyden equipment. Item 58. $6,500.

 

John Michell was an 18th century scientist, not well-remembered today which is odd because he was well ahead of his time. He made numerous discoveries in astronomy, geology, magnetism, and, in this case, seismology. The title is LV. Conjectures concerning the Cause, and Observations upon the Phaenomena of Earthquakes; particularly of that great Earthquake of the First of November, 1755, which proved so fatal to the City of Lisbon... The Lisbon earthquake was one of the most devastating ever, with the ensuing tsunami and fires adding to the almost complete destruction of the city. An estimated 30,000-50,000 people died. It brought about investigations as to the cause of earthquakes, with Michell devising the best explanation. He noticed the proximity of earthquakes to volcanoes, both resulting from activity deep in the earth's crust. He also came up with the theory of seismic waves generated within the crust, extending outward, but weakening as they did, like ripples in a pond. Many consider Michell the “father of seismology” as a result of his efforts. Item 77. $2,000.

 

Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller may be reached at 646-827-0724 or jonathan@jonathanahill.com. The website is www.jonathanahill.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother (horizontal),</i> silver print, 1936. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Group of 32 WWII-era identification badges for manufacturing & military-related companies, 1940-50s. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Julia Margaret Cameron, <i>Alfred, Lord Tennyson,</i> albumen print, 1869. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Arnold Genthe, <i>Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt,</i> silver print, circa 1908. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Edward Curtis, <I>Oasis in the Badlands,</I> toned platinum print, 1905. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Francis Frith, three volumes, approximately 140 photographs, 1860-70s. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Eugène Atget, <i>20 Photographs,</i> gold-toned silver prints by Berenice Abbott, 1898-1927. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b> Neil Leifer, <i>Muhammad Ali,</i> chromogenic print, 1965. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 11:</b><br>A group of approximately 50 Photomatic selfies of the same man taken over a period of time, 1940s. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). <i>The Pastures of Heaven.</i> New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). <i>Tender is the Night.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STOKER, Bram (1847-1912). <i>Dracula.</i> Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. $5,000 to $7,000.
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    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> GOLDING, William (1911-1993). <i>Lord of the Flies.</i> London: Faber and Faber, 1954. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> SALINGER, J. D. (1919-2010). The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). <i>The Torrents of Spring.</i> New York: Scribner's, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HUXLEY, Aldous (1894-1963). <i>Brave New World.</i> London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> WELLS, H.G. <i>The Time Machine, an Invention.</i> New York: Henry Holt, 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> DAHL, Roald (1916-1990). <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. $2,000 to $3,000.
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    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HERBERT, Frank (1920-1986). Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> KESEY, Ken (1935-2001). <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.</i> New York: The Viking Press, 1962. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr. (1922-2007). <i>Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade.</i> New York: Seymour Lawrence Delacorte Press, 1969. $2,000 to $3,000.
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  • <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Verlag, Luzern, Publishers: <i>The Book of Kells,</i> the most precious illuminated manuscript of the early Middle Ages, now reproduced, the FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE FINE ART FACSIMILE EDITION. €5,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone,</i> 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1997, First Deluxe Edn., Signed by the Author on title page. €4,000 to €5,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Gilbert (John T.) Account of Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland, from the earliest extant specimens to A.D. 719. €2,000 to €3,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> <i>The Georgian Society Records of Eighteenth-Century Domestic Architecture in Dublin [-Ireland],</i> 5 vols. lg. 4to D. 1909 - 1913. Limited Editions. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>The Poems of W.B. Yeats,</i> 2 vols., roy 8vo, L. (MacMillan & Co.) 1949, Limited Edn., No. 185 (of 375 copies). Signed. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Crone (John S.)ed. <i>The Irish Book Lover, A Monthly Review of Irish Literature and Bibliography.</i> Vol. I No 1 August 1909 - Vol. XXXII No. 6, September 1957. €1,250 to €2,000.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (John Butler) <i>An original self-portrait Sketch,</i> Signed and dated April 1919, N[ew] York. €1,200 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Photograph Album. Entitled ''A Souvenir of the Visit to Jeypore Samasthanam of His Excellency the Right Hon'ble Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst… 14th December 1927''. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Pistolesi (Erasmo) <i>Il Vaticano,</i> 8vols. large atlas, folio Rome (Tipografia della Societa..) 1829. €500 to €600.
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    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Chagall (Marc)illus., Legmarie (Jean) comp., <i>The Jerusalem Windows,</i> folio N.Y. (George Braziller) 1962. €400 to €500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Bullitt (Thos. W.) <i>My Life at Oxmoor,</i> Life on a Farm in Kentucky before the War. Roy 8vo Louisville, Kentucky, 1911. Privately Printed No. 86 of 100 Copies Only. €300 to €400.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Popish Plot: Oates (Titus) <i>The Popes Whore House or The Merchandise of The Whore of Rome,</i> folio L. 1679. First Edn. €100 to €150.

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