• <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.
  • <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.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2021 Issue

Catalogue Two from Voewood Rare Books

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Catalogue Two.

Voewood Rare Books has published their Catalogue Two. They don't issue a lot of catalogues, Catalogue One having come two years ago, but they are very special catalogues when they do arrive. This one contains 85 well-described and illustrated items that can reasonably be described as a variety. While technically only a couple years old, Voewood is the successor of the long-established Simon Finch Rare Books. Voewood Rare Books is located in an estate built early in the twentieth century in the English countryside, County Norfolk. It is a perfect setting for the finest of books. These are a few selections from this latest catalogue.

 

We begin with what sounds like it must be the most spectacular find ever, perhaps the greatest printed document known to man. It's heading is A Copy of a Letter written by Our Beloved Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It begins with a letter by Jesus concerning keeping the Sabbath and such. There is then a letter from King Agbarus of Edessa, an ancient city in what is now Turkey. The King writes that he has heard that Jesus cures illness without medicines or herbs, that he makes “the blind to see and the lame to walk.” Concluding that this means Jesus must either be God or the son of God, Agbarus requests that Jesus come to his city, where he will be safe, and heal him of his ills. Jesus responds that he is preoccupied with the mission on which he has been sent, but that after he has been taken up, he will send one of his disciples to heal the King. If so, it worked for a while as Agbarus survived Jesus by around twenty years. It is said that the letter was found under a stone by the foot of the Cross. The original appearance of the letter is quite old (though not as old as Jesus' time), having been discovered in the archives of Edessa by Eusebius in the third century. It had many believers during the Middle Ages, but you won't find many if any believers in its authenticity among scholars today. Its supposed history seems preposterous. Most likely it was created to support one side's view among the theological disputes of the third century. This English translation was printed around 1725. Item 34. Priced at £750 (British pounds or approximately $1,015 in U.S. dollars).

 

Jane Austen is known for her writing, but writing music? She came from a very musical family and played music, but perhaps by saying she wrote music we are being a bit misleading. That is literally true, but “copied” music might be a more accurate description. Item 1 consists of two volumes, approximately 550 pages, of handwritten music, including music notations and lyrics. They were compiled by members of the Austen family, including, along with Jane, her sisters-in-law Elizabeth and Eliza, nieces Fanny and Elizabeth, and three others unknown. Watermarks place the likely dates of the first volume from 1798-1804. The second is watermarked 1818 and these are all in the hand of Jane Austen's niece, Elizabeth Austen Knight. The volumes are in half morocco with gilt lettering that reads Songs, Duetts & Glees. Most songs are from known or popular composers of the day but a few were written by friends. Four of the songs in the first volume are in Jane's hand. They are, No Riches from his Scanty Store, by Johan George Graeff (lyrics by Helen Maria Williams), The Cheshire Tragedy by James Hook, Hail Lovely Rose sung by Miss Tyrer in the Farce of Catch him who can, also by Hook, and Before Jehovah's aweful throne by Martin Madan. If you are unfamiliar with these tunes, you can purchase this manuscript and play them yourself (if you can read music). Price on request.

 

Next we have another complex manuscript, five volumes in all, by a man as obscure as Austen is famous. However, he is also the author of his work. His name was Alfred Pratt and he lived during the late 19th century. The title of his work is Popular History of Freemasonry. Pratt was obviously a devoted Mason as he put a lot of effort into his history of English Freemasonry, going all the way back to its beginnings in India and Egypt. In the introductory prospectus he explains his purpose is to provide the general public with a book that will “lay hold of the whole of a doctrine, the influence that it has exercised upon civilisation, the progress it has realised and the destiny that it is promised in the future.” That was an ambitious task Pratt took on but there is no sign his work was ever published. Item 32. £3,750 (US $5,077).

 

This is the earliest written treatise on English law (though not the first printed one). The title is Tractatus de legibus et consuetudinibus regni Angliae, Tempore Regis Henrici Secundi... (treatise on the laws and customs of the Kingdom of England, during the time of Henry II), by Ranulf de Glanville. It was written no later than 1189 as that is when Henry died. Henry was a powerful king who expanded England's territory, but he could be brutal, was unpopular, and by the end, his reign devolved into family fighting to the point that he had been defeated in war by his own sons shortly before he died. However, he is remembered for reforming the nation's legal system and is credited with creating the common law. However, the legwork was done on his behalf by Glanville. His book is more a treatise on legal procedures than case law. It was so highly regarded that it remained in use for centuries. Unfortunately, Glanville was not as highly regarded by Richard I, Henry's successor, who kicked him out of office, imprisoned him until he paid ransom, after which Glanville joined the Crusades and died the following year. This is a first edition published in 1554 by Richard Tottel, the official legal publisher for many years. It is bound with the 1604 (later) edition of Christopher Saint Germain's Dialogus which looks at the issue of equity in law. Item 59. £4,750 (US $6,437).

 

Now we have some satire combined with bad taste. What could be better than that? The author was Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, also known as Crébillon fils to distinguish him from his father. The book title is The Skimmer: or the History of Tanzai and Neadarné, published in English in 1735 (after the French of 1734). It is the story of Tanzai, who wants to marry Neardarné, but the fairies of this mythical land will not permit it as Tanzai is only 18 years old and the requirement is to be 21. His guardian fairy comes to his aid, and then we'll let Voewood explain what happens: “There follows a series of adventures involving the replacement of Tanzai’s genitalia with a skimmer (the flat ladle with holes used to take the fat off simmering stock), broken teeth, sex with old hags, the restoration of sexual organs and the final licking of the skimmer by a high priest.” Crébillon went to prison for this, but not because it was in bad taste. It was a thinly disguised attack on the church and the Ancien Regime. Item 5. £850 (US $1,150).

 

Voewood Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0) 1263 715539 or andrew@voewood.com. Their website is found at www.voewoodrarebooks.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <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.
  • <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.

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