• <b><center>Case Auctions<br>Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction<br>October 6-7, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> John Speed 1676 Map of Virginia, Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Andrew Jackson Coffin Handbill and Political Cartoon. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Three Andrew Jackson Bank War Cartoons, incl. Way to Arabay. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Three Andrew Jackson period Political Cartoons inc. Petticoat Affair. $500 to $600.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Cdre. Jesse D. Elliott ALS and Sarcophagus Print, Andrew Jackson & USS Constitution elated. $500 to $600.
    <b><center>Case Auctions<br>Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction<br>October 6-7, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Presidential Autographs & Portrait Prints incl. Eisenhower Photo, 18 items. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Group of three Robert E. Lee Cabinet Card Photographs, Miley Studio. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Eight Fugitive Writer related books incl. Andrew Lytle, R.P. Warren, J.C. Ransom, Allen Tate. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Group Early Southern and Civil War Era Sheet Music. $300 to $350.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Henry Miller, <i>Insomnia or the Devil at Large;</i> Signed; Loujon Press 1970. $500 to $600.
  • <b><center>Australian Book Auctions<br>Voyages, Natural History &c.<br>October 4, 2023<br>9:00 AM Australian Western Time</b>
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> PURCHAS, Samuel (circa 1577-1626). <i>HAKLUYTUS POSTHUMUS OR PURCHAS HIS PILGRIMES…,</i> London, 1625-1626. First edition. $40,000 to $60,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> GOULD, John. <i>THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA,</i> Volume IV. Folio, 104 fine handcoloured lithographed plates. London, 1848. $20,000 to $30,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> REICHENOW, Dr. Ant. <i>VOGELBILDER AUS FERNER ZONEN, abbildungen und beschreibungen der Papageien.</i> Kassel, 1878-1883. Folio, 33 hand-finished chromolithograph plates. $3,000 to $5,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> WALLIS, <i>E. WALLIS’S ELEGANT AND INSTRUCTIVE GAME exhibiting the Wonders of Nature, in Each Quarter of the World.</i> Handcoloured view, 26 numbered scenes. $400 to $600 AUD.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> GREENAWAY, Kate. <i>ALMANACK FOR 1883</i> [and following years]. Twenty-two volumes, including six duplicates in variant bindings. $1,400 to $1,800 AUD.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliotheca Brookeriana: A Renaissance Library<br>Magnificent Books and Bindings<br>11 October 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Francesco Colonna, Hypnerotomachie, Paris, 1546, Parisian calf by Wotton Binder C for Marcus Fugger. $300,000 to $400,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Leonardo da Vinci, Trattato della pittura, manuscript on paper, [Rome, ca. 1638–1641], a very fine pre-publication manuscript. $250,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Paradis, Ung petit traicte de Alkimie, [Paris, before 1540], contemporary morocco by the Pecking Crow binder for Anne de Montmorency. $300,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Capocaccia, Giovanni Battista, A wax relief portrait of Pius V, in a red morocco book-form box by the Vatican bindery, Rome, 1566–1568. $250,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Serlio, Il terzo libro; Regole generali, Venice, 1540, both printed on blue paper and bound together by the Cupid's Bow Binder. $400,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Tiraboschi, Carmina, manuscript on vellum, [Padua, c. 1471], the earliest surviving plaquette binding. $280,000 to $350,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliotheca Brookeriana: A Renaissance Library<br>The Aldine Collection A–C<br>12 October 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Anthologia graeca, Venice, Aldus, 1503, printed on vellum, Masterman Sykes-Syston Park copy. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Castiglione, Il libro del cortegiano, Venice, Aldus, 1528, contemporary Italian morocco gilt, Accolti-Landau copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Castiglione, Il libro del cortegiano, Venice, Aldus, 1545, contemporary morocco for Thomas Mahieu, Chatsworth copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Cicero, Epistolae familiares, Venice, Aldus, 1502, printed on vellum, illuminated, Renouard-Vernon-Uzielli copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Colonna, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Venice, Aldus, 1499, Gomar Estienne binding for Jean Grolier, Spencer copy. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Crinito, Libri de poetis Latinis, Florence, Giunta, 1505, Cupid's Bow Binder for Grolier, Paris d'Illins-Wodhull copy. $250,000 to $300,000.
  • <center><b>Jeschke Jadi Auctions Berlin<br>Rare Books, Prints, Historical Photography<br>29 September 2023</b>
    <b>Jeschke Jádi, Sep. 29:</b> Jan Theodor de Bry. <i>Anthologia magna sive Florilegium novum.</i> 1626. 9,000 €
    <b>Jeschke Jádi, Sep. 29:</b> John Locke. <i>Epistola de tolerantia ad Clarissimum Virum T.A.R.P.T.O.L.A.</i> 1689. 9000 €
    <b>Jeschke Jádi, Sep. 29:</b> F. T. Marinetti, Boccioni, Pratella, Carrà, a.o. <i>Collection of 35 Futurist manifestos.</i> 1909-1933. 7000 €
    <b>Jeschke Jádi, Sep. 29:</b> Johann Elert Bode, Rare engraved celestial globe. (1804). 6000 €
    <b>Jeschke Jádi, Sep. 29:</b> Sebastian Brant (ed.). <i>Tertia pars huius operis in se continens glosam ordinariam cum expositione lyre litterali et morali.</i> 1498. 5000 €

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2021 Issue

Catalogue One from McBride Rare Books


The first catalogue from McBride Rare Books.

We have received the first catalogue from McBride Rare Books, appropriately named Catalogue One. McBride can be found in New York City, and while this is their first printed catalogue, they have been there for the past three years. There is a high concentration of personal documents and remembrances offered, including manuscripts, personal photographs, and a massive set of diaries. As to what areas they cover, here is how McBride describes their focus, “McBride Rare Books specializes in American historical materials with an emphasis on the American West and Latin America, including rare books, manuscripts and archives, vernacular photography, ephemera, and obscure prints.” These are a few examples of the type of material to be found within.


We begin with that extensive collection of diaries, 26 in all. They begin in 1855, when the writer was 15 years old, and continue until 1914, when she was 74. Emma Lukens Hall Thompson lived much of her life in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, was married twice, had three children (and several stepchildren), and is described as a socialite. Most of her long life (she lived to be 86) is accounted for in these pages, 6,817 of them. The daughter of a Philadelphia Quaker doctor, she married Isaac Hall in 1861, a widower from Brooklyn with four children. Hall also had money, being a prosperous businessman. The couple had three children of their own though only one survived to adulthood. She writes of Lincoln's election in 1860, and at the outbreak of the Civil War, with an interesting comment, “Excitement is increasing here in regard to the war in the South and numbers of young friends are joining military companies – not withstanding the Discipline is so in opposition to it.” The Discipline was Quaker pacifism which evidently many young Quakers were ignoring. She is sympathetic, continuing, “I am very anxious to offer my services as a nurse for the wounded, and if possible will do so, as the little in my power is at the service of my country. (I am so patriotic I would willingly fight if it was not unmaidenly).” Later that year, she meets Isaac Hall in church and they marry the following summer.


From this point on Emma is living a higher lifestyle, and she writes of all sorts of travels, hired help running the household, a $500 set of diamond earrings, a gift from Isaac, and long trips around the country. In Salt Lake City, she claims, “The Mormon houses are one storied, with a door for each wife.” Sadly, Isaac died in 1883, but the widow is now financially well-off, traveling to Europe. In 1891, she remarries Samuel S. Thompson, another wealthy businessman, and they too travel extensively and hobnob with important people. In 1908, she writes, “I was made Life member of the Woman Suffrage Society of Phila.” She lives long enough to obtain the right to vote. There is way too much more here to even begin to describe, but someone will come to know her almost as family through this account of her life though never meeting her. Item 53. Priced at $14,500.

Here is something you don't see everyday – papers from a lawsuit between a former slave and his one-time master. It comes from Mexico in 1764, the state of Coahuila, near the Texas border. Antonio Montolla was a “mulato libre” (free black man) and obviously educated as he wrote his papers. His former owner was Juan Manuel Palau. Montolla is in possession of some cattle which he claims Palau's late mother left him. Palau responds that she did not and wants to be paid for them. Unfortunately, Montolla does not have supporting documentation and relies on witnesses. We don't know how this turned out. Item 1. $12,500.


Next we have the Memorial on the Upward Forces of Fluids, and Their Applicability to Several Arts, Sciences, and Public Improvements: for Which a Patent Has Been Granted by the Government of the United States, published in Albany, New York, in 1825. The author was Charles Edmond Genet, an eccentric inventor and something of a pioneer in aviation. He never flew, but came up with some creative ideas on how one could fly in heavier-than-air machines, rather than just balloons. There are illustrations of his inventions, including a horse-powered airship. I don't know how that worked – a horse on a treadmill inside? Still, the fact that he took on this challenge gained Genet attention. He was the first. This was not the first time Genet caught the attention of America. He is the same “Citizen Genet,” the French ambassador to the United States in the 1790s who generated the wrath of Americans, notably President Washington, when he toured America drumming up support for his plan to attack British shipping from this country. There was an intense debate at the time as to which side - Britain or France – America should support in their battles, with Washington determined to be neutral and stay out, though his preferences were for the British. Washington insisted Genet be removed as ambassador, but as the French Revolution turned bloody, Genet realized he would likely face the guillotine if he returned home. He was granted asylum despite the hard feelings and settled in Albany, staying out of politics. Item 22. $4,250.


This has to be a very rare collection of photographs. If you would like some of Gayoso, Missouri, you better grab this one while you can. They aren't making any more, and haven't in over a century. Gayoso was originally founded around 1799 and named for the Spanish Governor of Louisiana, Don Miguel Gayoso de Lamos. Missouri was then part of the Louisisana Territory, which was still owned by Spain at that time. In 1852, it began being developed by Americans. A post office opened in 1854. There was a courthouse, school, church, shingle factory, and numerous sawmills nearby. There was a newspaper, the Gayoso Democrat, and for a short time there were two. It became an incorporated village and was named the county seat of Pemiscot County. Then, things started going wrong, and therein lies the explanation why there have been no new photos in over a century. The Mississippi River is not stationary. It moves as well as flows. In this case, it began inundating the village of Gayoso. It was slipping into the river, and despite the best efforts of the townspeople, they could not overcome the forces of nature. The county seat was removed to Caruthersville in 1899 and within a few years all of the residents had moved on too. You will need diving gear to visit Gayoso today, but don't expect to find much down there. Item 36 is a photo album containing 76 pictures of Gayoso and surrounding areas. $750.


This is another photo album, with the cover title The 1928 Alaska Tour by Governor George A. Parks, Major Malcolm Elliott, Mr. R. J. Sommers, Territorial Engineer. The three set out to inspect the Alaska highway system, much of it focused on northern parts of the state, and make recommendations for improvements and building of new roads. Considering the condition of roads in the lower 48 in 1928, I can't imagine what they must have been like in Alaska in that year. They had their work cut out for them. The album not only pictures roads but towns, sights, and people encountered along the way. They traveled 2,000 miles taking a little over a month. It would have been rough going as there were only a total of 500 miles of paved roads in the territory at the time. This may have been Sommers' copy as his leather pouch is included along with photos from his later businesses and one of Gov. Parks. Item 2. $2,750.


McBride Rare Books may be reached at 203-479-2507 or books@mcbriderarebooks.com. Their website is found at www.mcbriderarebooks.com.

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  • <center><b>Gonnelli: Auction 46 Books<br>Autographs & Manuscripts<br>Oct 3rd-5th 2023</b>
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Tilson - Zanotto, Il vero tema. 2011. Starting price 150 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Munari, Storia di un filo. Starting price 400 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Debord, Contre le cinéma. 1964. Starting price 150 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Futurism books and ephemera
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Travel books
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Medicine books
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Levaillant, Histoire naturelle des perroquets. 1801-1805. Starting price 52.000 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Carrera, Il gioco de gli scacchi. 1617. Starting price 3200 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Vergilius, Opera. 1515. Starting price 800 €
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Monroe Schulz, <i>The Peanuts gang,</i> complete set of 13 drawings, ink, 1971. Sold June 15 — $50,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Family Archive of Photographs & Letters. Sold June 1 — $60,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green Book,</i> New York, 1949. Sold March 30 — $50,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>King Lear; Othello;</i> [and] <i>Anthony & Cleopatra;</i> Extracted from the First Folio, London, 1623. Sold May 4— $185,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> William Samuel Schwartz, <i>A Bridge in Baraboo, Wisconsin,</i> oil on canvas, circa 1938. Sold February 16 — $32,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Lena Scott Harris, <i>Group of approximately 65 hand-colored botanical studies, all apparently California native plants,</i> hand-colored silver prints, circa 1930s. Sold February 23 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Suzanne Jackson, <i>Always Something To Look For,</i> acrylic & pencil on linen canvas, circa 1974. Sold April 6 — $87,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> complete with 50 printed collotype plates, Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold June 15 — $68,750.
  • <center><b>Christie’s<br>Charlie Watts: Literature and Jazz<br>London and online auction<br>15–29 September</b>
    <b>Christie’s, Explore now:</b><br>F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940). <i>The Great Gatsby.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. £100,000–150,000
    <b>Christie’s, Explore now:</b><br>Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930). </i>The Hound of the Baskervilles: Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.</b> London: George Newnes, 1902. £70,000–100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Explore now:</b><br>Agatha Christie (1890–1976). <i>The Thirteen Problems.</i> London: for the Crime Club Ltd. by W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1932. £40,000–60,000
    <b>Christie’s, Explore now:</b><br>Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961). <i>The Maltese Falcon.</i> New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. £30,000–50,000
  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition: the Collection of Chet Ross<br>October 12, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [BYRD]. VEER, Willard Van der and Joseph T. RUCKER, cinematographers. The 35mm motion picture Akeley camera that filmed the Academy Award-winning documentary “With Byrd at the South Pole”. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [SHIRASE, Nobu, his copy]. RYUKEI, Yano. <i>Young Politicians of Thebes: Illustrious Tales of Statesmanship.</i> Tokyo(?), 1881-84. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest H. <i>The Antarctic Book.</i> Winter Quarters 1907-1909 [dummy copy of the supplement to: <i>The Heart of the Antarctic</i>]. London, 1909. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [USS BEAR]. The original auxiliary deck wheel from the famed USS Bear, 1874-1933. “PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS SHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE COAST GUARD” (USCG). $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> HENSON, Matthew. <i>A Negro Explorer at the North Pole.</i> With a forward by Robert Peary. Introduction by Booker T. Washington. New York, [1912]. $3,000 to $4,000.

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