• <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.
  • <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
    <b><center>Christie’s<br>Paul Destribats:<br>Une Bibliothèque des Avant-gardes<br>Part III<br>2-3 and 4 February 2021</b>
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Rare 1778 Engraved map of Colonial Philadelphia after George Heap (1714-1752) and Nicholas Scull (1687-1761). $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Author signed and inscribed <i>THE FOUNTAINHEAD,</i> stated First Edition, by Ayn Rand, published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, New York, 1943. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> John James Audubon (American, 1785-1851) hand-colored aquatint engraving, "Yellow-billed Magpie, Stellers Jay, Ultramarine Jay and Clark's Crow," Plate Number CCCLXII. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) autograph letter, signed, as President, to Nathan Reid detailing Jackson’s intervention on behalf of Reid's grandson. $1,800 to $2,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Edward Steichen (Luxembourg/American, 1879-1973) portfolio of photographs, "The Early Years 1900-1927, 12 Hand-Gravure Prints" #41/1000, printed in 1981. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, TLS, one-page typed letter on The White House, Washington, D.C., stationary to John Marshall Butler. $1,400 to $1,600.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two Pre-Civil War slave related letters, including one written by Mariah, a female domestic slave of James Vincent Musgrove (1814-1890) to her daughter. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Two author signed and inscribed Ayn Rand related books, including one Rand signed <i>WE THE LIVING,</i> London 1940 edition. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> PLAN DE LA VILLE DE MEMPHIS (ETATS-UNIS) 40,000 HABITANTS pen and ink with watercolor hand drawn drainage system map, circa 1870. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Winter Auction<br>Jan. 30 & 31, 2021</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> Scarce Mezzotint portrait of Thomas Pownall, Colonial Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1757-1760) and South Carolina (1760). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> VIEW OF NORFOLK FROM COSPORT, VIRGINIA, John Hill, engraver, after John Shaw (U.K., 1776-1832). $600 to $700.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jan. 30-31:</b> THE BURNING OF THE MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE, NEW YORK CITY -THE GREAT FIRE OF DECEMBER, 1835. Scarce color lithograph, a 1909 reissue of the original 1836 print. $500 to $700.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2020 Issue

A Holiday Catalogue from Whitmore Rare Books

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Holiday Catalogue 2020.

Whitmore Rare Books has published their Holiday Catalogue 2020. This is a fine and varied collection of books and a few ephemeral items. They would make great personal gifts, either for people with whom you are close, or for that really personal gift, for yourself. The holidays are almost here, so let's take a look inside at a few samples of what you will find.

 

We begin with an account by an American hero from a time when women weren't supposed to do such things, but she did them anyway. Amelia Earhart was an aviator when being a stewardess was as close as women were supposed to get to planes. She made a flight across the Atlantic in 1928, not long after Charles Lindberg's flight. She did not do it alone and William Stultz did most of the piloting, but four years later she would make the transatlantic flight alone. Item 15 is an account of that first flight, published in 1928, 20 Hrs. 40 Min.: Our Flight in the Friendship. It combines her entries in the log book with memories of her childhood and interest in flying, along with thoughts about women and aviation. Today, she is remembered even more for her disappearance. In 1937 she attempted to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by air, and came close, but her plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific on the last leg back to California. Many theories have been put forward, but even after most of a century, no one is certain what happened to her. Priced at $2,500.

 

Now we go from Amelia to Alice. Unlike Amelia, Alice was fictional. Maybe not entirely fictional as there was a real Alice, but the stories in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland are certainly all a fiction. They are straight from the twisted logic of the inventive mind of mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Whitmore points out that this book has been published in at least 112 languages, which gives us an idea as to how many editions must have been published. This one is right near the top, though we may have to go down the rabbit hole to determine how these earliest ones play out. The first edition was published in 1865, but most of the few copies were quickly recalled. Carroll, and illustrator John Tenniel, were displeased with the quality of the printing of the illustrations. Thus this second, but first published edition, was printed and distributed later that year. Meanwhile, publisher Macmillan was stuck with the pages for almost 2,000 copies they were not about to toss in the dumpster. So they did the next closest thing – shipped them off to America where a less discerning audience would not notice the poorer quality. They were bound and distributed the following year. Thus technically, the first American edition is also the second issue of the first edition, while the copy here offered is the second edition, even though it was published prior to the second issue of the first edition. Curiouser and curiouser. Item 9. $8,500.

 

This is the most notable of biographies of the most notable of Americans, the “father of his country,” George Washington. The author was his friend and later Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court for 35 years, John Marshall. His court decisions, which favored a strong federal government, likely would have sat well with Washington. The title is The Life of George Washington... and it was published in five text and one atlas volumes from 1804-1807. This is a complete set, including the scarce atlas, all ten maps, and the 22-page subscriber's list. Marshall's lengthy biography also covers the early days of the new nation. The other notable biography of Washington at the time was that of Parson Weems, noted for being willing to aggrandize Washington (including the invented cherry tree/not tell a lie story). Marshall was focused on accuracy, undoubtedly understanding that Washington needed no exaggeration to be recognized as a most remarkable person and leader. Item 38. $5,000.

 

Next is a signed manuscript of a song written by Woody Guthrie dated September 7, 1949, at Coney Island, New York. Guthrie was a quintessential American folksinger, a child of the Depression and Dust Bowl Oklahoma who advocated for workers, minorities and the poor through his songs. His left-of-center views became more controversial after the war during the Red Scare era and resurgent racism. On August 27, 1949, singer Raul Robeson was scheduled to perform a concert in Peekskill, New York. Robeson had similar political views plus was black. A riot ensued, involving displeased locals supported by the KKK. Robeson was forced to cancel the concert. He vowed to be back, this time with friends, and on September 4, he returned with Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Lee Hayes, and a concert was held on the grounds of the old Hollow Brook Golf Course. There were 20,000 in attendance, along with 2,500 trade union members who created a human wall to protect the singers. When Guthrie returned home, he wrote this song, titled Peekskill Golf Grounds. It recounts that day. It became part of a larger group known as the Peekskill Songs that Guthrie wrote but never recorded. Item 24. 12,500.

 

This is a book that also takes us back to the Depression, and while Guthrie headed east, most from Oklahoma and other hard-hit areas of the West headed farther west, to California. This is the story of two migrant farm workers in that era, an unusual pair. It is a fictional story by a writer known for tales of California in that time, John Steinbeck. The title is Of Mice and Men, the lead characters being the reasonably intelligent George and the intellectually slow but powerful Lennie. Lennie is goodhearted but unable at times to control his passions, with dire consequences considering his strength. Published in 1937. Item 66. $3,850.

 

Whitmore Rare Books may be reached at 626-714-7720 or info@whitmorerarebooks.com. Their website is www.WhitmoreRareBooks.com.

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    <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.

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