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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2021 Issue

A “Summer Blend” from Zephyr Used & Rare Books

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A Summer Blend.

Zephyr Used & Rare Books has issued a Summer Blend, a catalogue of diverse, often quirky and unexpected items. There are promotions for new homes, camping, fishing, golf, heavy equipment, airplanes and cars. Lots of cars. Old cars. Some from when you were young. Others from when your grandparents were young. And maps and travel accounts. There are even a few books, stories for adults and children, children's books you may know, adults' books you never heard of. It isn't great literature but it was entertaining. Here are a few of these items to give you a sense of the type of material Zephyr has to offer.

 

We begin with an account of a moving project from Hell. It involved transporting a 69-foot long, 220 ton object, all the way from Egypt to New York's Central Park. This was in 1881, before there were gas-powered vehicles to help with the process. The Khedive of Egypt, Muhammad Ali Pasha, was convinced to give a giant obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle to America. The U. S. had been helpful to Egypt at a time when it was regularly battered by English and French rivalries, so this was a way to show his appreciation. This would be considered nothing short of rape of a nation's heritage today, but this was 1880. The obelisk had originally been built for Thutmose III in Heliopolis in 1475 B.C., but was moved to Alexandria in Cleopatra's time. The job of moving this monster was given to Henry Honeychurch Gorringe, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy. He was the only one to offer a reasonable plan. The major part of the journey was via the sea, in a large steamship with a big hole cut in it to accommodate the obelisk. Fortunately, it did not sink. The shorter journeys, to the port in Alexandria and from the port of New York, were equally arduous. Item 7 is Gorringe's Egyptian Obelisks, an account of the transportation containing 51 plates of illustrations. Priced at $450.

 

Charles Lindbergh became an instant American hero in 1927 when he flew his plane across the Atlantic. That may not sound like something special today. Many of you have made that flight or longer ones, but in 1927, he was the first to do so. People all over the country were proud of him, but none more than those in his hometown, Little Falls, Minnesota. It is a small town, about 8,000 people today, 5,000 when Lindbergh lived there. In 1928, the seniors and juniors of Little Falls High School decided to print this tribute to their hometown hero, who was just 25 years old when he achieved his flight, so he was not all that far removed from those students. The 24-page tribute contains photos of Lindbergh, his plane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” his home, celebrations of the event in Little Falls, and more. Lindbergh has a mixed legacy today. His sympathy for the Nazi German government prior to the war forever tarnished his reputation. He should have stayed out of politics. But in 1927, he was America's most beloved hero. Item 41. $175.

 

Auto trips today are relatively easy, with interstate highways to take you places quickly, food, fuel, and motels readily available along the way. It was not so easy in 1903. That is when a British couple from Heaton Mersey decided on the spur of the moment one evening to pack up their 1903 Vauxhall and go for a trip across northern Britain. Item 16 is their account of the adventure. They traveled 470 miles which was quite an undertaking. Why they decided to leave late in the evening is a mystery, but in each town they tried to stop, the inns were closed. They slept in the car. They dealt with the car stalling and at times it would not start. They had to climb a hill “steep as a house roof & looking more like a quarry than a road.” The battery wore down. They had to stop and have someone overhaul the engine. Apparently, there was a lot of hostility toward automobiles in those days as the writer notes that if people would drive “at a reasonable speed...there would not be the outcry against them there is at present.” Still, they found most people along the way to be helpful. The approximately 5,000 word account includes two photos and 24 photo postcards. $1,500.

 

Next is a cartoon archive by Al Hurdle, circa 1960-1978. Hurdle was a talented caricature artist, and he has drawn images of many celebrities of the era, along with complete cartoons such as you see in magazines and newspapers. Athletes, movie stars, politicians, even fellow cartoon characters. There are 55 original drawings on artist's boards, 38 in color. A favorite shows Hurdle at his drawing board, creating a caricature of Jimmy Carter, surrounded by the faces of all sorts of celebrities, such as LBJ, Theodore Roosevelt, Art Carney, Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Fidel Castro, Mark Spitz, Jimmy Stewart, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, the Katzenjammer Kids, Jiggs, Buster Brown & Tige, and more. However, there is a mystery to this. Who is Al Hurdle? Zephyr has not been able to find anything about him. Was that his real name or a pen name? They have not been able to find evidence that any of these cartoons was ever published. That is hard to imagine considering the skill level of his caricatures and the number he produced, but that just deepens the mystery. Item 67. $1,750.

 

Item 28 is the March 1938 issue of The Super Service Station, self-described as “the merchandising magazine for one stop stations.” “Be Wise – Modernize!” they advise. They recommend modern designs, stylish waiting rooms, increased lighting, and most of all, modern restrooms, hopefully clean ones. For younger people who wonder what a service station is, there was a day when places that sell gas pumped it for you and performed other services such as washing windows, filling tires, and changing the oil. They also regularly had repair shops. They even gave you free maps. Hard to imagine. What they didn't offer was a place to buy beer and Twinkies, so some things have improved. Item 28. $175.

 

Zephyr Used & Rare Books may be reached at 360-695-7767 or zephyrbook@gmail.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 20. ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY. Letter to the editors of the Boston Atlas on slavery and its political ramifications, 1842. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 208. HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>A Farewell To Arms.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 237. ADDAMS, CHARLES. Original drawing "Now Remember-act casual." $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 4. SMITH, ADAM. <i>An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations.</i> Philadelphia, 1789. The first American edition. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 131. BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VON. <i>Cinquieme Sinfonie en ut mineur: C Moll de Louis Van Beethoven. Oeuvre 67.</i> First edition of the complete score. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 73. Chinese Export Painting. Album of twenty-three original Chinese natural history studies of flowers and insects. Likely Canton: circa 1850. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>September 23, 2021</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 241. GOREY, EDWARD. Original drawing "Cat Drawing Wallpaper." Signed in Pencil in lower right margin. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 36. LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. Autograph note signed instructing Edwin Stanton to meet with the important African American abolitionist and officer Martin Delany. [Washington:] 21 February 1865. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 112. JONSON, BEN. <i>Workes</i>. London: William Stansby, 1616; Together with <i>Workes.</i> London: Richard Meighen,1640-41. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 161. STURGIS, LEE. <i>Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick.</i> (Chicago:) Privately printed (for the author by Ralph Fletcher Seymour), 1919. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Rosellini (Ippolito). <i>I Monumenti dell Egitto e Della Nubia,</i> Plate Volumes 1, 11 & 111, 3 vols. Elephant folio. €50,000 to €80,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Curtis (William), 1746 - 179, & other Editors. <i>The Botanical Magazine: or, The Flower Garden Displayed.</i> London 1793 - 1982-83. Together 184 vols. [with] other botanical material. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Berkeley (George). <i>A Treatise Concerning the principles of Human Knowledge, wherein the chief Causes of Error and Difficulty in the Sciences…</i> Part I, Dublin, 1710 Rare First Edn. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Ruskin (John). A large finely executed Pencil Drawing, captioned <i>Oxford Cathedral, The Choir,</i> & Signed 'J. Ruskin Ch. Ch. 1838. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Sir Edward L. Lutyens. Howth Castle Plans: A Series of 10 Original Architects Drawings and Sketches, Alterations and Additions for J.C. Gaisford St. Lawrence, County Dublin, Ireland. €8,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Newman (Rev. Fr. John Henry, later Cardinal, now Saint) A very good collection of 24 A.L.S. to [Thomas] Gaisford of the Gaisford St. Lawrence family of Howth Castle. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Manuscript Atlas: Hodges, Smith & Co. <i>The Estate of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Howth Situate in the County of Dublin,</i> lg. atlas folio Dublin (Hodges, Smith & Co.) 1863. €4,000 to €6,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Anon. <i>Herbolario Volgare: nel quale se dimostra conoscer le herbe et le sue vrtu…</i> Sm. 8vo Venice (Gio Maria Palamides) 1539. €3,000 to €4,000.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Baron (Caesar). <i>Annales Ecclesiastici</i>. [With] <i>Annalium Ecclesiasticorum Caesaris Baronii... Apparatus.</i> [With] <i>Index Universalis Rerum Omnium</i> [and one other]. 38 vols total. €1,500 to €2,000.
    <b><center>Fonsie Mealy’s<br>The Library of Howth Castle<br>September 22nd & 23rd, 2021</b>
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Log Books of Three British Warships. Three folio Volumes, containing meticulously arranged logs of the voyages of Royal Navy Ships from 1876 – 1881. €1,200 to €1,800.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Walpole (Robert). <i>Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey,</i> lg. 4to Lond. 1817. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Fonsie Mealy’s, Sep. 22-23:</b> Bosio (Antonio). <i>Roma Sotteranea,</i> Opera Postuma. Large thick folio Rome (Guglielmo Facciotti) 1632. €1,000 to €1,500.
  • <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> ZEILER, Martin - <i>Topographiae Italiae.</i> Francoforte: Mattheus Merian, 1688. €3,500 to €4,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> HAMILTON, William, Sir -- HANCARVILLE, Pierre-Francois HUGUES - Collection of Etruscan, Greek and Roman Antiquities from the Cabinet of the Hon. William Hamilton. Napoli: Francois Morelli, 1766-67. €38,000 to €48,000.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> [ASTRONOMIA] - Manoscritto astronomico. Italia: 1650. €1,000 to €1,500.
    <b>Il Ponte, Sep. 21:</b> DALI, Salvador - <i>Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis.</i> Edizione “Ad Personam” Milano: Rizzoli, 1967. €40,000 to €60,000.

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