• Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Audubon Birds of America, 1st Octavo Edition; 5 vols plus Journals, ex. J.J. Pringle. $4,000 to $4,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: American Ornithology Plates Folio in 2 Vols, A. Wilson and C. Bonaparte. $3,400 to $3,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell. $1,800 to $2,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Cormac McCarthy, Signed 1st Editions, The Passenger & Stella Maris Box Set. $1,700 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Oliver Buell Cabinet Photograph, Chief Crowfoot. $1,400 to $1,800.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Colton's Atlas of the World, 1856, in Two Volumes; plus Africa / Mahdist War Map. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1805 Thomas Jefferson Inaugural Speech. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Barflies and Cocktails, Harry McElhone, First Edition Mixology Book. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 1861 U. S. Grant Broadside Proclamation, Paducah, KY. $1,000 to $1,200.
    Case Antiques
    2024 Summer Fine Art & Antiques
    July 6-7, 2024
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: 2 John Overton Signed Letters, 1803, re: TN Statehood. $800 to $900.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Simon Wastell "Microbiblion or The Bibles Epitome: in Verse" 1629. $600 to $700.
    Case Antiques, July 6-7: Thomas Lewis Family Letter Archive; Boston, Massachusetts. $400 to $500.
  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2021 Issue

Children's Books from Type Punch Matrix

Children's books from Type Punch Matrix.

Type Punch Matrix has issued a catalogue of Children's Books. The appeal is too easy. Everyone loves children's books. We were all children once, even if our interests have branched out since we became adults. You may be unfamiliar with books in other categories, but we all know the books in this catalogue and they bring back memories. This catalogue is filled with the favorites we grew up with, and now they are here to take us back. These are few of the selections you will find.


We begin with a story that every child's parents must read to them as an inspiration to push yourself to do your best. Even if the task seems impossible, just repeat the mantra, “I think I can. I think I can.” This is, of course, The Little Engine that Could. The story had been retold many times so as to become a folk tale without a clear author. However, the version we all learned was first published in 1930 by The Platt & Munk Co. The author is listed as “Watty Piper,” but there is no such person. Rather, it was a name used by the publisher, the retelling coming from Arnold Munk. He also brought in famed author and illustrator Lois Lenski, early in her career, to provide the illustrations. There is no need to retell the story as you already know it, but the little blue engine teaches us that you can do near anything if you really try your best. Item 69. Priced at $1,500.


Next we have another author/illustrator of children's books at the beginning of what would become an illustrious career. Type Punch Matrix describes it as “A holy grail copy: the touchstone of any Tudor collection.” That would be Tasha Tudor, and this is her first book, published in 1938, in a career that would take her into the 21st century. The title is Pumpkin Moonshine, but being her first book does not make it a “holy grail.” This copy is inscribed to her niece. It reads, in part, “A wee story for a very sweet wee person called Sylvie Ann, with just no end of love from her Aunt.” It was specifically for her niece Sylvie Ann that Tudor wrote this first book. It comes with two letters. One is from Sylvie Ann's mother effusive with praise for Tudor's book. The second is from Tudor to Sylvie Ann four years later for her birthday. Item 1. $12,500.


This is not the typical children's book, but it is a groundbreaking one. The title is I am Pueblo Indian Girl. The author was E-yeh-Shure (Blue Corn), also known as Louise Abeita. She was 13 years old when her book was published in 1939. She was a member of the Isleta Pueblo of New Mexico. Her father, Diego Abeita, was so impressed with his daughter's writing that he decided to publish this book. It contains her poetry and prose. As her father was a founder of the National Gallery of the American Indian, he was able to gather the work of artists from several tribes to illustrate her work. It has been called “the first truly Indian Book,” and the first to attempt to present Pueblo art and culture to non-Indian viewers. This is a limited first edition, #46 of 500 copies, signed by the author. Item 12. $1,000.


Item 77 is an inscribed copy of the rhymes Kermit's Garden of Verses, published in 1982. This is the Kermit who is generally known by his species identification. And yes, the inscription is from the “author.” You may be wondering how he grabs a pen with those webbed feet. I am too. The inscription reads “...from Kermit the Frog & Jim.” Perhaps Jim helped Kermit sign the inscription since their handwriting looks similar. “Jim” would, of course, be Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. $2,000.


Here is a representative of the species precocious child. The title is Pippi Langstrump, better known in the English-speaking world as Pippi Longstocking. This is the first edition of the tale of the adventurous young lady in the original Swedish. It was published in 1945, five years before the first English translation. Author Astrid Lindgren created the tale after her nine-year-old daughter asked her mother for a story. Item 43. $2,000.


This is a book you may not know, unless you are Australian, in which case you almost certainly do. It is likely the most popular Australian children's book ever written. The title is The Magic Pudding: Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. The author and illustrator was Norman Lindsay, otherwise an artist and sculptor, rather than a writer. It came about after a debate between Lindsay and a friend as to what type of book is most popular with children. Lindsay said books about food, and whether he was right or wrong at the time, he is right now about Australian children, thanks to his book. The book is a very strange tale. It is about this pudding with arms and legs, a crotchety personality, and a desire only to be eaten. If that sounds like a death wish, the answer is no. He simply regrows the eaten parts. Obviously, this is not a typical book about food. The plot revolves around attempts by pudding thieves to steal the pudding, the possession of Bunyip Bluegum, a koala, Bill Barnacle, a sailor, and Sam Sawnoff, a penguin. This is a 1918 first edition, first issue of a book that has been republished many times in Australia but not so much elsewhere. Item 90. $6,000.


Type Punch Matrix may be reached at 301-589-0798 or info@typepunchmatrix.com. Their website is www.typepunchmatrix.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000
  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000
  • Finarte, July 4-5: FERMI, ENRICO. Letters, 1923. €30,000 to €40,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The comedy, 1477. €45,000 to €50,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ALIGHIERI, DANTE. The Comedy [Commentary by Christophorus Landinus]. Addition: Marsilius Ficinus, Ad Dantem gratulatio [in Latin and Italian], 1487. €40,000 to €60,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: ASTRONOMIA - CALENDARIO - REGIOMONTANUS, JOHANNES (MÜLLER, JOHANN, OF KÖNIGSBERG) Kalendarium, 1483. €5,000 to €7,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: CATERINA II DI RUSSIA, Parchment diploma granted by Catherine II of Russia, 1778. €15,000 to €20,000.
    Finarte, July 4-5: VICO, GIAMBATTISTA New Science Principles, 1725.

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