Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2021 Issue

A Mix from Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books

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Carnival!

We are admittedly a bit late here, but Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books published a catalogue for Christmas 2020. It's okay to be late as this is not a particularly Christmassy catalogue. It is simply a collection of interesting books and other items that would be equally appropriate if we renamed the collection a more timely Valentine's Day 2021. There is a mix of material here that is hard to easily classify so we will just proceed to describing a few samples of what can be found.

 

We begin with a book in French by an Italian that's about America. The author is Filippo Mazzei, an Italian immigrant who settled in Virginia close to Thomas Jefferson. They became close friends, and Mazzei a supporter of America and its cause during the Revolution. He came to know many of America's founders. He has been credited by John F. Kennedy as coining the phrase, or something close to it, “all men are created equal,” which Jefferson inserted in the Declaration of Independence. Mazzei originally came to America to test numerous plantings, and he instructed Jefferson on growing grapes, but he also talked to him about liberty and freedom. During the Revolution, he returned to Europe, but this time, instead of coming back with plants and seeds, he brought back weapons. In 1788 he published his book about America, Recherches Historique at Politiques sur les Etats-Unis de l'Amerique Septentrionale... He looks at America's history, the reasons for its separation from England, its government, economy, slavery, immigration, Indians, and more. He opposed slavery and noted that while Americans thought of Indians as savages because they thought their culture superior, the Indians thought the same of theirs. Mazzei is a mostly forgotten person, but he was an American hero, a transplant similar to Lafayette. This four-volume set of Mazzei's book is a first edition, first issue, uncut and unopened. Priced at $1,200.

 

I don't know whether Filippo Mazzei ever attended this event, but he could have before coming to America. This is Il Carnevale Italiano Mascherato... (the Italian masked carnival) by Francesco Bertelli, published in 1642. This is about the Carnival of Venice, dating back to the 12th century, but forced to close down at the end of the 18th. It finally reopened 40 years ago and is once again a regular event. This very rare first edition features engravings of costumes and masquerades worn at the Venetian carnival. The masks allowed people of all classes to mingle as one's status was unknown behind a mask and costume. It also allowed for satire and criticism otherwise risky in public. Carnival takes place before Lent, making it somewhat akin to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. There are 25 plates depicting costumes and scenes regularly seen during the festival. $20,000.

 

Here is a book whose premises are probably needed more today than when it was printed in 1853, though standards have certainly changed. The title is True Politeness. A Handbook of Etiquette for Gentlemen, by an American Gentleman. One thinks a polite gentleman would have given his name. Advice is offered such as #1, “The inferior should always be introduced to the superior.” Who is the inferior? Any volunteers? It is unstated. When introduced to another, you should say “I am happy to make your acquaintance,” unless it is a “superior,” in which case you say “ I am happy to have the honor of your acquaintance.” A bad coat or hat is acceptable so long as worn by a “decayed gentleman.” This book is written from the perspective of a self-styled “gentleman,” with an obvious sense of superiority. This is a later edition of an often reprinted guide, the first probably going back to about 1847. $650.

 

Next we have Birmingham, Engraved from a Minute Trigonometrical Survey Made in the Years 1824 & 1825, published in 1828. To avoid any confusion among Americans, this is Birmingham England, not Alabama. It was created by surveyor J. Piggott Smith. One wonders what his first name must have been if he preferred being known by his middle name, “Piggott.” Schulz-Falster notes that this is “the earliest published plan on such a scale” of Birmingham. It is more than just a map, containing a business directory and their locations on the map. It names manufacturers, hotels, breweries, mills, churches, the synagogue, hospital and the Soho Ironworks. Canals feature prominently, this just preceding railways which began to appear in the 1830s. Landowners are named, except when they refused to cooperate and are listed as “refused access.” $3,300.

 

This is a satirical work, its target being the clergy. The title is Renversement de la Morale Chretienne par les Disordres du Monachisme. Enrichi de Figures, published anonymously in 1780. One can see why its creator wanted to remain anonymous. The church in 1780 was not that forgiving. The title translates to “Reversal of Christian Morality by the Disorders of Monasticism. Enriched with Figures.” It contains 50 unflattering depictions of priests and monks engaged in dubious behavior, such as gambling, drinking to excess, gluttony, and flirtation. The first 25 are explained in French and Dutch, the second series in just French. The second are even more viscious than the first, showing the clergy being cunning, seditious, superstitious, as idolators, and appropriating money. It is based on an earlier work of the same name attributed to Cornelis Dusart. $1,800.

 

Susanne Schulz-Falster Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0) 1993 811 100 or susanne@schulz-falster.com. Their website is www.schulz-falster.com

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  • <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Verlag, Luzern, Publishers: <i>The Book of Kells,</i> the most precious illuminated manuscript of the early Middle Ages, now reproduced, the FIRST AND ONLY COMPLETE FINE ART FACSIMILE EDITION. €5,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone,</i> 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1997, First Deluxe Edn., Signed by the Author on title page. €4,000 to €5,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Gilbert (John T.) Account of Facsimiles of National Manuscripts of Ireland, from the earliest extant specimens to A.D. 719. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> <i>The Georgian Society Records of Eighteenth-Century Domestic Architecture in Dublin [-Ireland],</i> 5 vols. lg. 4to D. 1909 - 1913. Limited Editions. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (W.B.) <i>The Poems of W.B. Yeats,</i> 2 vols., roy 8vo, L. (MacMillan & Co.) 1949, Limited Edn., No. 185 (of 375 copies). Signed. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Crone (John S.)ed. <i>The Irish Book Lover, A Monthly Review of Irish Literature and Bibliography.</i> Vol. I No 1 August 1909 - Vol. XXXII No. 6, September 1957. €1,250 to €2,000.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Yeats (John Butler) <i>An original self-portrait Sketch,</i> Signed and dated April 1919, N[ew] York. €1,200 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Photograph Album. Entitled ''A Souvenir of the Visit to Jeypore Samasthanam of His Excellency the Right Hon'ble Viscount Goschen of Hawkhurst… 14th December 1927''. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Pistolesi (Erasmo) <i>Il Vaticano,</i> 8vols. large atlas, folio Rome (Tipografia della Societa..) 1829. €500 to €600.
    <center><b>The Collectors’ Sale<br>March 3, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Chagall (Marc)illus., Legmarie (Jean) comp., <i>The Jerusalem Windows,</i> folio N.Y. (George Braziller) 1962. €400 to €500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Bullitt (Thos. W.) <i>My Life at Oxmoor,</i> Life on a Farm in Kentucky before the War. Roy 8vo Louisville, Kentucky, 1911. Privately Printed No. 86 of 100 Copies Only. €300 to €400.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy, Mar. 3:</b> Popish Plot: Oates (Titus) <i>The Popes Whore House or The Merchandise of The Whore of Rome,</i> folio L. 1679. First Edn. €100 to €150.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Frederick Douglass, ALS recruiting help for his paper after schism with Garrison, Rochester, 1851. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> James Dean, photograph by Sanford H. Roth, signed & inscribed by Dean. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Richard Wagner, ALS requesting confirmation that the Grand Duke received his letter, 1863. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Benjamin Rush, ALS, doctor’s note for a Revolutionary soldier, 1780. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Lord Byron, ALS to Cambridge classmate, “your friendship is of more account to me than all these absurd vanities,” c. 1812. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author’s first book, Paris, 1923. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Ralph Ellison, <i>Invisible Man,</i> first English edition of the author’s first novel, signed, London, 1953. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Margery Lawrence, <i>The Madonna of Seven Moons,</i> first edition in unrestored dust jacket, Indianapolis, 1933. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Joseph Albers, <i>Interaction of Color,</i> 80 color screenprints, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1963. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 25:</b> Albert Einstein, autograph manuscript, unsigned, likely a draft discarded while working toward a unified field theory. $10,000 to $20,000.
  • <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STEINBECK, John (1902-1968). <i>The Pastures of Heaven.</i> New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940). <i>Tender is the Night.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> STOKER, Bram (1847-1912). <i>Dracula.</i> Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company, 1897. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> GOLDING, William (1911-1993). <i>Lord of the Flies.</i> London: Faber and Faber, 1954. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> SALINGER, J. D. (1919-2010). The Catcher in the Rye. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1951. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HEMINGWAY, Ernest (1899-1961). <i>The Torrents of Spring.</i> New York: Scribner's, 1926. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HUXLEY, Aldous (1894-1963). <i>Brave New World.</i> London: Chatto & Windus, 1932. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> WELLS, H.G. <i>The Time Machine, an Invention.</i> New York: Henry Holt, 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> DAHL, Roald (1916-1990). <i>Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Hindman Auctions<br>Literature from a Private New Orleans Collection<br>March 19, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> HERBERT, Frank (1920-1986). Dune. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1965. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> KESEY, Ken (1935-2001). <i>One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.</i> New York: The Viking Press, 1962. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Mar. 19:</b> VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr. (1922-2007). <i>Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade.</i> New York: Seymour Lawrence Delacorte Press, 1969. $2,000 to $3,000.

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