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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2021 Issue

Classic Fine Books from Whitmore Rare Books

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Catalogue 22 from Whitmore Rare Books.

Whitmore Rare Books has issued their Catalogue 22. Whitmore offers a selection of fine books – literary and historical classics. Even the occasional children's book is a classic of its genre. Their books are intended for collectors at the highest level, first or significant editions of important books. These are a few.

 

We might as well start with Dr. Seuss since he has suddenly become very controversial. Who would have thought that? Recently, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it would no longer publish six of his books. There are some racially or ethnically insensitive illustrations and a few words, though they were written 60-80 years ago when sensibilities were different. Fortunately, this book, his most popular, is not on the list though some claim the Cat with his top hat and bow tie depicts a character from a minstrel show. Come on! Kids love The Cat in the Hat as well they should. I loved this book long before I cared a bit for Shakespeare. Whitmore has a near fine copy of the 1957 first edition, which I may have once had too but that was long ago. Dr. Seuss' books have been credited with turning a generation or more of children with no interest in books into avid readers. He was that good. Item 17. Priced at $3,500.

 

This item is kind of the opposite of Dr. Seuss. It was highly controversial in its time, but not so much (hopefully) today. It is the four-page Declaration of Rights of Women of the United States. It was Prepared by Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and others from the National Woman Suffrage Association. The timing was perfect. It was published on July 4, 1876, exactly 100 years after the Declaration of Independence. It seemed to them that a century was long enough for women to wait to get their equal rights too, but it would still be almost another half century before they got the right to vote, and some aspects of equality, such as equal pay, are still often lacking. Their Declaration points to the many constitutional protections, most notably the right to vote, denied women simply because of their sex. It concludes, “We ask of our rulers, at this hour, no special favors, no special privileges, no special legislation. We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” They had planned to present their demands at the centennial celebration in Philadelphia but were denied the right to speak. At the end of the reading of the Declaration of Independence, Susan Anthony rose, handed their Declaration to the speaker, and then Anthony read it aloud to the surprised audience. Whitmore notes that only 12 copies of the first printing are known to still exist with the other 11 being held by institutions. Item 73. $45,000.

 

This next book, as long as the preceding Declaration was short, is another call for equal rights. It is Negro Anthology Made by Nancy Cunard 1931-1933, published in 1934. It contains 855 pages, weighs almost 8 pounds, and includes 200 entries by 150 contributors, most Black. There are also nearly 400 illustrations. Among the contributors were Langston Hughes, Samuel Beckett, Jomo Kenyatta, W.E.B. DuBois, Ezra Pound, Theodore Dreiser, Zora Neale Hurston, Louis Armstrong, Norman Douglas, and William Carlos Williams. There were 1,000 copies printed, but it did not sell very well and many were destroyed in a warehouse during the bombing of London. Nancy Cunard was a remarkable woman. A wealthy white heiress of the Cunard steamship line, she devoted her life to helping those less fortunate. She paid for the publication of this book as no one else would invest in such a project. She then went on to fight the rising fascist movement, first aiding refugees from the Spanish Civil War and then aiding the French resistance in World War II. Cunard's dedication to her causes was such that she ended up giving her entire fortune away, and sadly, her problems compounded by mental illness, she died on the streets of Paris broke and half-starved. This copy has a rare inscription from Cunard, “Nancy Cunard, May 1942 - London.” Item 11. $24,000.

 

This is probably the most important American Atlas of the 18th century. The title is The American Atlas; or, A Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America. It was the work of Thomas Jefferys though he never got to see it in this form. The 22 maps were offered separately during Jefferys' lifetime. He died in 1771 and in 1775, his successors, R. Sayer and J. Bennett, combined his maps in this atlas. There are maps of 11 of the 13 colonies, French Canada, North America and South America. Jefferys' maps were intended to give Britain a better understanding of their American empire so the timing of this atlas is ironic. It came out as their colonists were starting a revolution to free themselves from that empire. The result was that his maps were used by both sides in planning their war strategies. Item 28. $185,000.

 

Who collects old telephone books other than a paper recycler? Usually, they are only wads of worthless old paper, except when it is one of historical significance. Here is one of those exceptions. Item 36 is a Los Angeles phone book, but a rare one. It is titled Los Angeles Telephone Co. Los Angeles Exchange. It is from April 13, 1882. Obviously, it is a very early phone book. The telephone had only been invented six years earlier and on April 3 of 1882, the Los Angeles Telephone Co. was given the right to erect poles and lines within the city. I don't know how many people in Los Angeles have telephones today but in 1882 it was 90. Their names, businesses and locations are provided, while the book informs readers to “ring two bells to call central office.” And if you did, you got to speak to a real person, not a machine. Item 36. $12,500.

 

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  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mariette (Pierre-Jean). <i>Traité des pierres gravées / Recueil des pierres gravées...,</i> 2 vols., 1750. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> [Bryant, Jacob & William Cole]. <i>Gemmarum Antiquarum Delectus, [Marlborough Gems],</i> 2 volumes, [privately printed, 1780-83], £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Caylus (Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de). <i>Recueil d'Antiquités Egyptiennes, Estrusques, Grecques et Romaines,</i> 7 volumes, Paris, 1756-67, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Devonshire Gems. <i>Duke of Devonshire's Collection of Gems,</i> privately printed, c. 1790, [one of 8 copies], £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Goltz (Hubert). <i>Le Vive Imagini di tutti quasi gl'Imperatori,</i> Antwerp, 1557, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Manuscript. <i>An Explanation of Dassier's Medals, by Charlotte Hanbury,</i> c. 1795-1800, £700 to £1,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Paoletti (Bartolomeo and Pietro). A collection of 300 plaster cameos presented in 7 leather-bound double-sided faux book boxes, Rome, c. 1820, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Mayer (Luigi). <i>Views in Egypt, from the Original Drawings, in the Possession of Sir Robert Ainslie,</i> London: Thomas Bensley for R. Bowyer, 1805, £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Blaeu (Willem Janszoon & Johannes). <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum, sive Atlas novus, pars quarta</i> [England and Wales], Amsterdam: Johannem Blaeu, 1648, £6,000 to £8,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>12/13 May<br>Printed Books, Maps & Prints, Numismatic Books from the Milne-Henderson Collection</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Reuter (O.M. & Mela, A.J.). <i>Finlands Fiskar. The Fishes of Finland,</i> 12 parts (complete), Helsingfors: G.W. Edlund, 1883-93, £500 to £800.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> Lunardi (Vincenzo). <i>An Account of the First Aerial Voyage in England,</i> 2nd edition, London: Printed for the Author, 1784, £700 to £1,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, 12/13 May:</b> North America. Jansson (Jan). <i>Virginiae partis Australis et Floridae partis Orientalis,</i> circa 1641. £400 to £600.
  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. The Rocky Mountains. Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1866. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in English]. <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, translated faithfully into English.</i> Rheims, 1582. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BIBLE, in Latin]. <i>Biblia latina.</i> Venice: Franz Renner of Hailbrun [Heilbrunn], 1483. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe (1792-1822). Autograph letter signed ("P. B. S."), to Charles Ollier. Florence, Italy, 15 December 1819. “MY PROMETHEUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER WROTE.” $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> RAMSAY, David (1749-1815). <i>The History of the Revolution of South-Carolina…</i> Trenton: Isaac Collins, 1785. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [BINDINGS]. MUIR, John (1838-1914). <i>The Writings of John Muir.</i> Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-1924. 10 vols. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [CHICAGO] -- <i>Park & Guide Map of Chicago.</i> Chicago: Jas. Van Vechten, 1873. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> CURRIER and IVES, publishers -- After Frances F. Palmer. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [ALLEN PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616). <i>Romeo and Juliet.</i> Greenbrae: Allen Press, 1988. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>Including Americana<br>Live and Online<br>May 12, 2021</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BEMELMANS, Ludwig (1898-1962). Pencil drawing on paper. 247 x 198 mm, sight, matted and framed. Showing a child shooting at a baby's balloon. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> [LOGAN ELM PRESS]. HARVEY, Rebecca. <i>Any Number of Things.</i> Ohio State University, 2013. Single sheet paper scroll. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, May 12:</b> BINYON, Laurence (1869-1943). A small archive of letters and pamphlets. $200 to $300.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliothèque littéraire<br>Hubert Heilbronn<br>11 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Breton, André. <i>Nadja.</i> Paris, N.R.F., Gallimard, 1928. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> [Stendhal, Henri Beyle dit]. <i>Le Rouge et le Noir,</i> chronique du XIXe siècle. Paris, Levavasseur, 1831. €20,000 to €30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Dumas, Alexandre. <i>Les Trois mousquetaires.</i> 1844. 8 vols. In 4. Paris, Baudry, 1844. €30,000 to €50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Mallarmé, Stéphane -- Edgar Allan Poe. <i>Les Poèmes d’Edgar Poe.</i> Bruxelles, Edmond Deman, 1888. €18,000 to €25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s May 11:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Le côté de Guermantes II. Sodome et Gomorrhe I. [and] Sodome et Gomorrhe II.</i> Paris, N.R.F., 1921 et 1922. €20,000 to €30,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.

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