• <b><center>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books, Autographs & Manuscripts<br>11th-12th of October 2022
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alfieri Vittorio, <i>Vita [...] scritta da esso,</i> 1968. Starting Price: €900,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collection of 25 albumin photographs depicting Italian, French and Swiss places. Late 19th century.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Brandolini D’Adda Brandolino, Duale. <i>Poesia [...] e incisioni di Sandro Martini,</i> 1976.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alighieri Dante, <i>La divina commedia di Dante</i> edizione illustrata da 30 fotografie tolte da disegni di Scaramuzza, 1879. Starting Price: €500,00.
    Gonnelli Oct. 12th: Cervantes Saavedra Miguel (de), <i>El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española, 1780. Starting price: €12.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collodi Carlo, <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> 1883. Starting price: €6.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Wilde Oscar, <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray [...]</i> with original images & notes on the text by Jim Dine, 1968. Starting price: €1.500,00
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> The smallest tarot cards in the world. 21st century.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Antiquarian Books<br>Including a series of views of Milan<br>September 27 to October 4</b></center>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Livius, Historia Romanae decades, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1470, contemporary Morocco. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Blaeu, Nieuw Stedeboeck van Italien (Piemont), The Hague, 1724-1725, 8 volumes, marbled calf gilt. €70,000 to €90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Baysio, Rosarium decretorum, Venice, 1481, later vellum. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> [Niccolò da Poggibonsi], Viaggio da Venetia al santo Sepulchro, Venice, 1529, later half calf. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Hieronymus, Epistole [Italian], Ferrara, 1497, blue crushed morocco with the Rocco di Torrepadula arms. €12,000 to €15,000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Extensive archive of papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> George Catlin, <i>North American Indian Portfolio,</i> 1844. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Carefully Translated…after the Best Jewish Authorities, Philadelphia, 1853-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Wedding book of Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, Earl Miller, signed by the Roosevelts, 1932. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Textile titled <i>The Resignation of Pres’t Washington,</i> Scotland, circa 1800. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Gideon Welles, Pass for President Lincoln’s White House funeral, 1865. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Confirmation of arms and nobility in favor of the Diez y Mora family, Madrid, 1710. $2,500 to $3,500.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2021 Issue

The American West from Old West Books


Books on the American West.

Old West Books recently published their Catalog 53, January 2021, of Rare, Out of Print Books on the American West. That description may be brief, but it still sums up the type of books you will find here. They are about the Old West, and most are accurate, or reasonably so, rather than fictional exaggerations of the place. Those who collect the real American West will find much of collecting interest here. These are a few selections.


We begin with one of those stories generally known as “Indian captivities,” but this is not the typical such book. The title is A Condensed History of the Apache and Comanche Indian Tribes for Amusement and General Knowledge Prepared from the General Conversations of Herman Lehmann, Willie Lehmann... by Jonathan H. Jones, published in 1899. Herman Lehmann was 11, Willie 8 when they were captured from their field by Apaches in 1870. Willie escaped a short time later, but Hermann did not. He was taken off to live with the Apaches, adopted by one of their families. He grew to be an Apache warrior, and was involved in their battles with the Texas Rangers and others. About six years later, Hermann killed a medicine man who killed his master, determining he had to flee for his life. He spent a long time living on his own before securing a welcome from the Comanche tribe. He became close to their legendary leader, Quannah Parker. With the Comanche forced on a reservation, he was taken to see his mother and family, whom he no longer recognized. For the rest of his life, he lived between the two civilizations, spending time in the white world and on the reservation. Many years later (1927), an older man in the last years of his life, Lehmann wrote an autobiography. Item 58. $3,950.


This is the second description of Texas by an American visitor, preceded only by Mary Austin Holley's account. This author arrived shortly before Stephen Austin's cousin, but she published first. The title is A Visit to Texas, Being the Journal of a Traveller Through Those Parts Most Interesting to American Settlers with Descriptions of Scenery, Habits, &c. &c., published in 1834. It has been attributed to M. Fiske though this is uncertain. Fiske (or whomever) purchased land sight unseen from the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company. In fact, like many, he had never been anywhere near Texas let alone to his land. He came to see what he had purchased and check the security of his title. Fiske describes his travels around Texas, and likes it, but becomes ill and ends up returning east, well before the Texas Revolution. Item 36. $1,250.


Next is an obscure account of crossing the plains to California by a then young woman. Her name was Mrs. Lee Whipple-Haslam, her book Early Days in California Scenes and Events of the '50s as I Remember Them. That was the 1850s. Her father had gone west by boat in 1850 to find gold, established a claim, returned home and then took his family overland in 1852 to California. The trip, not surprisingly, was tough, but better than many. They saw many abandoned possessions, bones of dead cattle, abandoned wagons, even the bones of a young child, but by traveling slowly and taking time to feed their animals, they avoided major problems. The Indians they met were interested in trade, not attacking them. Unfortunately, a few years after they arrived in California, her father was murdered. Her mother opened a boarding house which leads to a notable event in her book. Mark Twain stayed at the boarding house for a while. She at first considered him “green,” but quickly realized he was far from that. “I was afraid of his quick repartee and sarcasm, even while I admired his versatility and conversational ability,” she says. She described their guest as a “visionary.” She says she advised him, “Why not write, as I know only you can? Grasp for fame, and strive to live in the memory and admiration of coming generations. Fame and gold will come at your bidding.” That seems almost too perfect, but perhaps her memory had become enhanced between the 1850s and 1922 when she wrote the book (published in 1925), but it does make a wonderful story. Item 74. $1,850.


This is an uncommon perspective on life in the Old West. We have some accounts by women, who provide a different perspective than do most books about the West, but this one comes from an upper-class British woman, and not just a visitor, but a settler. Isabel F. Randall was a 24-year-old woman in 1884 when she accompanied her husband to America to move to a ranch they purchased in Montana. He felt they could make a fortune raising horses. It wasn't so easy. Nothing was in the Old West. Her book is A Lady's Ranche Life in Montana, published in 1887. It consists of letters she wrote to family and friends in England from Montana. It was a difficult life, lots of work, limited rewards, and cultural differences with other women on ranches and farms in Montana who mainly came from very different, less affluent backgrounds. Nonetheless, she still manages to find humor in her situation as she describes her ranch life. They did not make the fortune they imagined, and two years later, returned to England where she gathered her letters and published this book. Item 52. $300.


Here is an account of another wealthy man who became a western rancher, among many other avocations, but he was nothing like Mrs. Randall. He thrived on the hardships, the harder the better. Overcoming challenges is what he lived for. Item 28 is Roosevelt in the Bunk House and Other Sketches: Visits of the Great Rough Rider to Wyoming in 1900 and 1910, by William Chapin Deming, the first edition published in 1926. Deming was a newspaperman, editor of the Wyoming State Tribune. Like most others, Deming was enamored by the man. His presence was spellbinding. Deming gathered his account from various people in Wyoming who had contacts with Theodore Roosevelt, but the most notable descriptions come from a meeting in a ranch bunk house in 1910. Roosevelt, recently returned from his famed African expedition, went to Wyoming. For an hour, he met with some newspapermen, ranchers, local politicians, and ranch hands and answered their questions. As Deming describes it, “we...asked him many questions that would help us to gain some understanding of this human dynamo, this composite man of the north and south, the east and west, whom all respect, and none quite comprehend.” Deming later adds, “He is a rare combination of unconventionality, candor, self-confidence, fearlessness, aggressiveness, and nervous physical energy...” Item 28. $750.


Old West Books may be reached at 719-260-6030 or oldwestbooks@earthlink.net. Their website is www.oldwestbooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 109. Miguel de Cervantes. <i>The History of Don-Quichote. The first parte.</i> London: William Stansby for Edward Blount, 1620. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 43. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. <i>Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.</i> Washington: The White House, Christmastide, 1942. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 113. Charles Darwin. A collection of 26 titles including <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 210. Philip Guston. Important correspondence between Philip Guston and Ralph and Martha Hyams. New York, 1967-76. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 26. John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Signed guest book and original photos from the May 19, 1962 reception. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 194. J.R.R. Tolkien. <i>The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.</i> London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1954-1955. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 164. Max Beerbohm. Autograph Manuscript for The Happy Hypocrite, circa 1896. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 158. Mark Twain. <i>The Writings.</i> Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1899-1907. The Autograph Edition. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 150. Lady Dilke. <i>French Painters of the XVIIIth Century.</i> London: George Bell, 1899. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 200. Ludwig Bemelmans. Original sketch of Madeline, ink and gouache. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.

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