• <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> BLAEU, Joannes and Martinus MARTINI - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Novus Atlas. Pars sexta. Novus Altas Sinensis.</i> Amsterdam: Blaeu, 1655. €8.000 to €12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> ORTELIUS, Abraham - <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum.. Nomenclator ptolemaicus.</i> Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1579. €10.000 to €15.000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Jan. 31:</b> PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista - <i>Carceri d'invenzione.</i> [Rome: G.B. Piranesi, second half of the 18th century]. €20.000 to €30.000.
  • <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Gideon Welles, <i>Extensive archive of personal and family papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy,</i> 1791-1914. Sold September 29 — $281,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Rock Climbers,</i> cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> watercolor, ink and gouache, 1954. Sold December 15 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Brontë, <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell,</i> three volumes, first edition, 1847. Sold June 16, 2022 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. Sold October 13 — $106,250.
    <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32),</i> silver print, 1936. Sold October 20 — $305,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> George Washington, Autograph Document Signed, with two manuscript plat maps in holograph, 1751. Sold October 27 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Winfred Rembert, <i>Winfred Rembert and Class of 1959,</i> dye on carved & tooled leather, 1999. Sold October 6 — $233,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> M.C. Escher, <i>Relativity,</i> lithograph, 1953. Sold November 3 — $81,250.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Original Film Posters<br>27 January - 10 February 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Vertigo (1958), poster, US. The ultimate poster on this classic Hitchcock title, one of three known examples. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Lawrence of Arabia (1962), roadshow poster, US. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Star Wars (1977), style C poster, printer's proof, US. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> The Navigator/ La Croisiere du Navigator (1924), re-release poster (1931), French. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Bullitt (1968), special test poster, US. £3,000 to £5,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2021 Issue

An Interesting Mix from Honey & Wax Booksellers

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The latest selection from Honey & Wax Booksellers.

Honey & Wax Booksellers has issued a new catalogue without a title or number. We will identify it by the quote on the inside front cover from civil rights activist Pauli Murray, “One person plus one typewriter constitutes a movement.” You can tell that quote is at least several decades old. Each time I receive a Honey & Wax catalogue I struggle to describe it and invariably fail. It is too much of an eclectic mix of various types of material, from literature to art to anything else. Hopefully, a few samples will provide a little of the flavor of what can be found in this latest selection.

 

We start with an unusual French book from two centuries ago. The title is Les Spectacles Instructifs from 1817, by Mme B, née V (pseudonym) illustrated by Jean Démosthene Dugourc. The text may be in French but the illustrations are in a universal language. The idea was to encourage children to improve their skills through practice. The method seems a bit odd. The illustrations display trained animals performing various tasks. The premise is that if animals can be trained to perform “difficult exercises for which they were never born,” surely children can do them. Perhaps Miss B didn't have children. Among the illustrations, some of which seem a bit extreme, are a falcon released for a hunt, a dancing marmot, a rabbit who plays the drums, monkeys in military costumes with bayonets, and warlike canaries who execute a deserter with a miniature cannon. Item 52. Priced at $4,000.

 

Item 7 consists of 16 hand-drawn and painted designs for a much larger mural. They were created around 1940 by New York artist Ruth Van Cleve. They are happy scenes designed to appeal to children. They depict mixed race children at work and play, washing up, putting clothes on a clothesline, ice skating, skiing, playing ball, playing music, fishing and jumping rope. There are boys in cowboy costumes with a lassos and a guitar. Outside of some clowns in a circus parade, there are no adults. A drum in the parade bears the legend “PQ6 Band.” PQ6 was the children's psychiatric ward in New York's Bellevue Hospital, where the mural was painted (there are 12 black and white photos of the finished mural). The scenes are aspirational views of the outside world for the children inside. Belleview was noted as a pioneer in children's medicine, but in later years, its psychiatric ward came under scrutiny for experimental procedures, such as electroconvulsive therapy. $2,800.

 

If 16 sounds like a lot of illustrations, how about this one? Item 45 contains 106 poster-size sheets containing 6,892 color illustrations. These aren't large illustrations, but still, that is a lot of work. They were created by an unknown artist in Switzerland from 1940-1946. One imagines there were limited amounts of things one could do during World War II, even in Switzerland, so this certainly filled a lot of time. Most of the images have captions, but they are in an unknown, probably imaginary language. They are drawn in pastel, pencil, watercolors and crayon. Sheets contain 42-81 images each. While resembling a storyboard or comic strip presentation, they don't seem to follow any theme. There are landscapes, portraits, still lifes, domestic scenes, etc. You can see many of these images and speculation as to their source on this website: www.instagram.com/europaredux. $38,000.

 

Next is a postcard announcement of a talk for which you are a bit late since it was held in 1959. The place was New York, but the speaker was from Paris, though she was originally from America. The title of the talk was The American and French of the Twenties Meet in the Rue de L'Odéon. The speaker was Sylvia Beach, proprietor of one of the most famous bookshops in history, though it didn't have a long life - Shakespeare and Company. During the 1920s, her shop and that of her partner across the street on the Rue de L'Odéon were the meeting place of many of the great writers of the time. Not only were there French authors, but aspiring American ex-pats, most notably, Ernest Hemingway. Eliot, Fitzgerald, Valery, Joyce and Stein were a few of those who frequented her shop. Beach and Shakespeare & Co. are particularly famous for having the courage to first publish James Joyce's Ulysses. No publisher in the English speaking world was willing to risk putting their name on the controversial work. The book shop was forced to shut down after Germany occupied France during World War II and did not reopen after the war. Beach published an account of the firm's history in 1959 and it appears this talk was part of its promotion. This postcard was sent to Fred W. McDarrah, a photographer for the Village Voice. Item 1. $550.

 

Item 44 is a complete run of the Charles Boni Paper Books and Bonibooks collection. They were published by the Boni Brothers, Charles and Albert, from 1929-1931. They were publishers before and after this relatively short run. They came up with the idea of publishing classic books as paperbacks, making them very affordable, and then sell them in a book-of-the-month club style. For $5, you would get a classic book every month for a year. Of course, the timing of the venture, if you note the beginning year, was less than ideal. It's hard to sell books to people who can't afford food, and of those who were still working, not all were interested in “classics” they didn't know. In 1930, they changed the name from Boni Paper Books to Bonibooks and sold them in bookstores instead. The price was 50 cents each. They also offered hardback versions, with cover designs from Rockwell Kent and others, for $1. A total of 53 books were printed before they abandoned the project. Offered, along with all 53 titles, is the publisher's wooden display shelf, with “50¢ BONIBOOKS” lettered on top. Also provided is A Checklist of the Bonibooks and and Boni Paper Books published in 1994. $4,200.

 

Item 3 is a watercolor painting by Robert Andrew Parker depicting the house at 99 Ryerson Street in Brooklyn in 1855. From May 1855-May 1856, Walt Whitman lived in the house, and it was there that he wrote Leaves of Grass. The painting is undated, though it would be at least a hundred years later than the scene depicted. Honey & Wax notes that Ralph Waldo Emerson came to this house to congratulate Whitman on his work and that it is the only Whitman residence in New York City that is still standing. A note on the back says the painting was commissioned by the New Yorker though it does not appear to have been printed in that magazine. Item 3. $850.

 

Honey & Wax Booksellers may be reached at 917-974-2420 or info@honeyandwaxbooks.com. Their website is www.honeyandwaxbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Black Sun Press] Proust, Marcel, 47 Unpublished Letters from Marcel Proust to Walter Berry, Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963), <i>Spring and All,</i> first edition, Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Washington, George (1732-1799), Autograph Letter Signed. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849), Autograph Letter Signed. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862), Autograph Manuscript. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Paris Commnue], Photograph album. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Fleming, Ian (1908-1964), <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Audubon, John James and the Rev. John Bachman, <i>The Quadrupeds of North America,</i> New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, 1854. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Lewis, C.S. (1898-1963), <i>The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,</i> first edition, London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd, 1952. $600 to $800.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Bhagavad Gita] Wilkins, Charles, trans., <i>The Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon…,</i> first edition, London: Printed for C. Nourse, 1785. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, <i>Faust: Eine Tragodie von Goethe,</i> Hammersmith: Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press, 1906-1910. $800 to $1,200.
  • <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Thomas Paine ALS Confirming Christmas Eve Attack Likely Based on Anti-Christianity, “The account you heard of a man firing into my house is true.” $24,000 to $35,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Washington Gives a Horse and Guns to His Loyal Guard 10 Days Before Resigning as Commander-in-Chief. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> John Hancock ALS, “General Howe is bent on coming here” - Troops, Martha Washington, & 1777 Continental Congress, to Wife Dolly! $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Abraham Lincoln Boldly and Fully Signs Appointment of Consul Who Would Facilitate Bond Sales in Europe Financing Civil War. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> The Rarest of Dual Signed Kennedy Items! 1963 Christmas Card with "Blessed Christmas" Removed at the Last Minute for Kennedy's Jewish Friends. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> George Gershwin Signed Contract for 1st Production of <i>Porgy and Bess,</i> Also Signed by Dubose Heyward & Ira Gershwin, Historic! $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Einstein Signed, “Two years after the fall of the German Goyim” 1st Ed. of <i>Mein Weltbild.</i> $12,000 to $14,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Walt Disney <i>Fantasia</i>-Era Boldly Signed TLS Re: "Special Effects Department," PSA Certified Authentic & With Phil Sears COA. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> 1996-97 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Home Game-Worn Jersey Showcasing "Light" Evident Use, MEARS A5. $6,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>University Archives<br>Rare Manuscripts, Books & Sports Memorabilia<br>February 1, 2023</b>
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Wayne Gretzky’s 1994 All-Star Used Game Jersey, Inscribed to Former MLB Player! $4,500 to $5,500.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> <i>The Astronauts</i> Signed by All 7 Mercury Astronauts! $4,000 to $5,000.
    <b>University Archives, Feb. 1:</b> Fabulous Edison, Firestone, Burroughs Signed Journal With 44 Original Photos, Very Rare. $4,000 to $5,000.
  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>including Americana<br>February 16, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. <i>The Works…now newly imprinted.</i> Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879–1955)]. –– ORLIK, Emil (1870–1932), artist. Lithograph signed (“Albert Einstein”). N.p., 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel. <i>[The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Two Towers.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Return of the King.</i> 1955. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain") and Charles Dudley WARNER. <i>The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.</i> Hartford and Chicago, 1873. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> LOVECRAFT, Howard Phillips. <i>Beyond the Wall of Sleep.</i> Collected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943. $2,000 to $3,000.

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