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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2021 Issue

Progressive to Radical Movements from Lorne Bair Rare Books

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Radical thoughts.

Lorne Bair Rare Books has released their Catalog 35. While there is no further title or stated description, it won't take long to discover its subject matter. It contains material relating to various progressive to radical movements, left of center to far left of center. There is the civil rights movement, women's rights, anarchism, the Communist Manifesto, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, avant-garde art, poverty and organizing labor, even the Mexican Revolution (the one of the early twentieth century). If your views, or your collection, leans to the left, this catalogue will be very appealing. Here are a few selections.

 

Here is the book that gave rise to an expression we all use today – How the Other Half Lives. In 1890, when Danish-American photographer Jacob Riis took his camera into the slums and tenements of New York, it was a journey intended to show middle and upper class Americans exactly how the other half, in this case recent immigrants who worked in New York's sweatshops, lived. It wasn't pretty. They lived in small, cramped, dark and dingy apartments. Large families were often packed in small rooms. The miserable conditions often led to other problems, alcoholism, poor sanitation, child labor. In one sense, this is a photobook, but it is actually far more. It is an education, and in that way a polemic from the social reformer. Riis believed if he could show the half that was living reasonably well what life was like for the other half, they would be moved to do something to improve their lot. Item 38 is the first edition, first printing in the large-paper issue of this landmark work. Priced at $5,000.

 

This is a very rare, iconic poster from the early days of what we now call the LGBTQ rights movement. It was from 1970, the year following the Stonewall Rebellion, encouraging people to attend the the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade. The main headline shouts Come Out!!, followed by Join The Sisters & Brothers of the Gay Liberation Front. It shows a group of smiling people marching down the street, men and women, some arms wrapped around each others shoulders, others with fists in the air. The “Come Out,” naturally, had a double meaning. Item 24. $7,500.

 

Here is a man whose name became a talking point of the right during the 2016 election. He even got his name mentioned at the Republican convention by Ben Carson, who called Saul Alinsky a follower of the Devil and Hillary Clinton a follower of Saul Alinsky. He seemed to miss some of Alinsky's humor, but long before then Alinsky had become the Devil incarnate to the right, sort of like critical race theory today. Understanding who he actually was was not important to them. You can learn what Alinksy actually advocated in his book, Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals, published in 1971. What Alinsky was is a community organizer. Alinsky believed that there were solutions to our problems but we weren't implementing them because those who needed those solutions weren't organized, so their needs were being ignored. Alinsky taught how to organize. Item 31. $750.

 

Next we have a copy of the Koran from the library of a man you might not expect to have a copy of this book. Actually, it is not surprising at all. This edition is titled The Holy Koran; Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed. It was printed by English radical Richard Carlile in 1822. He drew form the Muslim holy book in developing his own thoughts. This copy of the Koran was owned by Brigham Young, long-serving leader of the Latter Day Saints church (Mormon). The reality is there are certain similarities, though fundamental differences between the religions, and LDS founder Joseph Smith was clearly influenced by Islamic teachings. The LDS church preaches tolerance, its members having so often been subject to intolerance during the church's history, and defended Muslims during the anti-Muslin hysteria that followed 9/11 and still continues today. Item 22. $7,500.

 

Here is a chance to hear legendary attorney Clarence Darrow speak. Unfortunately, you won't be able to avail yourself of the opportunity as the date was April 21, 1929. The broadside announces Hear Clarence Darrow. It warns, “He denounces people's pet notions and makes them think!” It lists that he defended Leopold and Loeb, thrill killer college students, the Teacher Scopes, defendant in the Scopes Monkey Trial, and Dr. Ossian Sweet, a black physician charged with murder for defending himself, whose prosecution was later dropped through Darrow's efforts. The subject of the lecture was “Crime: its cause and treatment,” the location City Hall in Hudson, N.Y., and the price of admission $1. Item 29. $1,500.

 

Here is another phrase you hear all too often still today – It Can't happen Here. It is a 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis. It is about an ambitious right-wing politician who defeats Franklin Roosevelt in the 1936 election on a promise of restore prosperity and traditional American values. Once in office, he overturns America's democracy, setting up a fascistic regime that neuters Congress, controls the courts, and sets up its own paramilitary force. Of course this is all fiction. FDR won reelection. This couldn't happen here, could it? Item 34. $750.

 

This is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, though originally published the previous one. It is Manifesto de la Komunista Partio / The Communist Manifesto. Here is a description of the edition I have never seen before, first Esperanto edition. Were there more? How many Esperanto readers were there in 1908, or for that matter, any other time? The idea behind a created language was fairly radical, so I guess this radical book from Marx and Engels was well suited for Esperanto. Still, the book is presented in both Esperanto and English so people could actually read it. This edition was published in 1908. Item 11. $3,750.

 

Lorne Bair Rare Books may be reached at 540-665-0855 or info@lornebair.com. Their website is www.lornebair.com.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>A Record Breaking Season</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> <i>The Book of Mormon,</b> first edition, Palmyra, NY, 1830. Sold Sept. 30 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Vincent Van Gogh, <i>Homme à la Pipe: Portrait du Docteur Gachet, Evening,</i> etching, 1890. Sold Nov. 2 — $161,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edward Ruscha, <i>Stains,</i> title page, one of 70, signed, 1969. Sold Nov. 9 — $112,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> John James Audubon, <i>Carolina Parrot, Plate 26,</i> hand colored aquatint, 1828. Sold Dec.9 — $137,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Edmund Dulac, <i>The Snow Queen,</i> watercolor, gouache, pen & ink, 1910. Sold Dec. 16 — $125,000.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Biggs (Thomas, Hope, Theodore C & Fergusson, James). <i>Architecture at Ahmedabad, The Capital of Goozerat,</i> 1st edition, London: John Murray, 1866. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Daniell (Thomas and William). <i>Oriental Scenery. One Hundred and Fifty Views of the Architecture, Antiquities and Landscape Scenery of Hindoostan,</i> 6 parts, 1812-16. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Hamilton (Sir William & Pierre Francois Hugues d'Hancarville). Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon.ble Wm Hamilton, volumes I & II only (of 4), Naples, 1766-67. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Moore (Lieutenant Joseph & Captain Frederick Marryat). Eighteen Views taken at & near Rangoon, [1825]. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Williamson (Captain Thomas & Howitt, Samuel). <i>Oriental Field Sports; Being a Complete, Detailed and Accurate Description of the Wild Sports of the East;</i> 1st edition, London, 1807. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Knoop (Johann Hermann). <i>Pomologia, dat is Beschryvingen en Afbeeldingen van de beste zoorten van Appels en Peeren, Fructologia …,</i> 3 volumes in 1, Leeuwarden: A Ferwerda and G. Tresling, [1758]. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> North America. Wyld (James), Map of the Colony of British Columbia and the British & American Territory West of the Rocky Mountains, Including Vancouvers Island and the Gold Fields, 1858. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Pocket Globe. A Correct Globe with the New Discoveries, circa 1785. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Wales. Morden (Robert), Twelve 'playing card maps' of Wales, circa 1676. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <center><b>Dominic Winter Auctioneers<br>26 January 2022<br>Printed Books & Maps,<br>The Sinclair Hood Library of Archaeology,<br>The Charles Tomlinson Poetry Library</b>
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Society of Dilettanti. <i>Antiquities of Ionia,</i> 5 volumes: 1821, 1797, 1840, 1881 & 1915. £3,000 to £5,000.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Churchill (Winston Spencer). <i>The People's Rights,</i> 1st edition, 1st issue, London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1910]. £1,000 to £1,500.
    <b>Dominic Winter, Jan. 26:</b> Paz (Octavio). <i>Blanco,</i> 1st edition, limited numbered edition, Mexico: Joaquín Mortiz, 1967. £500 to £800.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br> Fine Books and Manuscripts, Including Americana<br>Online<br>Now through January 25, 2022</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Audubon, John James. The "Wild Turkey" manuscript — capturing one of the nation's most iconic symbols of unity. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> (Flag) — Commemorative Thirteen-Star Flag. Pre-Civil War, Thirteen-Star Flag of the United States, from the collection of Charles Kuralt. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Fitzgerald, F. Scott. <i>Tender is the Night</i>. First edition, presentation copy, and a former mystery. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Audubon, John James. The "Wild Turkey" manuscript — capturing one of the nation's most iconic symbols of unity. $250,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Salinger, J.D. <i>The Catcher in the Rye.</i> A strikingly fresh first edition of Salinger's essential novel. $20,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Whitman, Walt. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> “America's second Declaration of Independence” — signed by Whitman. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> [Dylan, Bob]. Some of the earliest known professional portraits. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Now to Jan. 25:</b> Y-Worth [Yarworth], William. <i>Cerevisiarii Comes: Or, the New and True Art of Brewing…</i> A rare and early English work on the art of brewing. $5,000 to $7,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBERG’S PERSONAL COPY OF THE 1957-58 HARVARD LAW REVIEW, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S TEXTBOOK FOR HER “CIVIL PROCEDURE” CLASS AT HARVARD, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S TEXTBOOK FOR COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL CLASS ON JURISPRUDENCE, HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY HER.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> HONORARY DOCTORATE AWARDED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG BY SMITH COLLEGE, 1994.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A COPY OF JUSTICE GINSBURG’S ARTICLE, “WOMEN IN THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE JUSTICE TO SENATOR NANCY KASSEBAUM.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A COPY OF SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR’S ARTICLE, “THEY OFTEN ARE HALF-OBSCURE: THE RIGHTS OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE LEGACY OF OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES,” PRESENTED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A DELUXE EDITION OF ANTONIN SCALIA’S MAKING YOUR CASE: THE ART OF PERSUADING JUDGES, FROM AN EDITION OF 2000, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF SONIA SOTOMAYOR’S <i>MY BELOVED WORLD,</i> SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF AL GORE’S “THE ASSAULT ON REASON,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> <i>BELOVED</i> BY TONI MORRISON, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO RUTH AND MARTIN GINSBURG.
    <b>Bonhams, Jan. 19 – 27:</b> A FIRST EDITION OF GLORIA STEINEM’S “MY LIFE ON THE ROAD,” SIGNED AND INSCRIBED TO RUTH BADER GINSBURG.
  • <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DANTE ALIGHIERI (1265-1321). <i>Commedia.</i> Venezia: Vindelino da Spira, 1477. Estimate: € 40.000 - 60.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> DALI, Salvador (1908-1989) - William SHAKESPEARE (1564-1616). <i>Romeo e Giulietta.</i> Milan: Rizzoli, 1975. Estimate: € 25.000 - 35.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> MALVASIA, Cornelio; MONTANARI, Geminiano. <i>Ephemerides novissimae motuum coelestium.</i> Modena: Cassiani, 1662. Estimate: € 8.000 - 12.000.
    <b>Il Ponte Casa d’Aste, Jan. 25:</b> JANSSONIUS, Johannes. <i>Atlantis majoris quinta pars, Orbem maritimum [Novus Atlas, volume V: carte marittime].</i> Amsterdam: Janssonius, 1650. Estimate: € 12.000 - 18.000.

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