Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2021 Issue

Great Literature from Whitmore Rare Books


Catalogue 23 from Whitmore Rare Books.

Whitmore Rare Books has released their Catalogue 23. While the catalogue is untitled, they specialize in important literary works. The vast majority are written by names you know, and they are usually first or other important editions. There are no obscurities here, though some may be rare. These are a few examples.


Lydia Maria Child was a writer and poet who focused on topics of human rights well before they had many followers. She fought for women's rights, against white supremacy, and for Native American rights. She began writing on these topics in the 1820s. Here is one such book, published in 1833: An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans called Africans. I don't believe many people were calling black slaves African Americans then, but she considered them equal Americans, of African descent, and in effect used that term. Her topics outraged many, but her passion and writing skills earned her wide respect as well. She was ahead of her time. Here, she takes on the horrors of the slave ships and the violence the slaves endured after arrival. She also raises a comparison with women, both literally or effectively owned by White men at the time. While the South was much of her target, she does not leave the North off the hook. She argued against systematic racism, calling for an end to segregation in schools and public venues, advocating for equal access to education and employment, and against miscegenation laws. Oddly, the work of hers everyone knows today is a light Thanksgiving poem, later put to a melody, now commonly known as “Over the River and Through the Wood.” Coming soon are programmable self-driving cars that will be the 21st century equivalent of a horse that knows the way to carry the sleigh. Item 13. Priced at $4,500.


The women's rights, at least voting rights issue would come to the forefront of public discussion and debate by the second half of the 19th century. Item 1 is History of Woman Suffrage, in six volumes, dated 1881, 1882, 1887, 1902, and 1922. The writers were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Gage and Ida Husted Harper. It contains over 5,000 pages spanning the history of the suffrage movement. Anthony believed it was important for women to tell that history themselves, not leaving it to men to tell it through their eyes. She also wanted to provide guidance for leading the movement forward as five of the volumes preceded the passage of the 19th Amendment. This is a presentation copy signed by Susan Anthony to Marilla M. Ricker. Ricker was the first woman lawyer in New Hampshire, the first to run for Governor of that state and to apply for an ambassadorship (she knew she would obtain neither but wanted to make the point that women were equally qualified). In 1870, she first attempted to vote, and repeatedly submitted her ballot after that, knowing they too would be denied. Anthony inscribed the fifth volume as, unfortunately, she was not around to see passage of the 19th Amendment and the publication of the final volume. $28,500.


Do you want to know what the future holds? It's all right here in this book, at least all the calamities are. Item 47 is the first edition in English of The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus. All the untrue ones are here too. Whitmore notes that “most of the predictions Nostradamus composed during his life dealt with disasters such as plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles.” Nostradamus must have had to work overtime in prognosticating what is happening in the world today. The problem is, of course, that no one seems to be able to interpret his predictions before the event happens, only in hindsight after the fact. What use is that? Nevertheless, he still has many followers today who believe they can foresee the future from his writings, if they can just understand the meaning. This first edition in English was published in 1672. That was over a century after they were originally published. $18,000.


If you would like to go on a trip, who could be a better guide than Lemuel Gulliver? He will take you to some amazing places. Item 65 is Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver. First a Surgeon and Then a Captain of Several Ships. Gulliver was neither. He didn't even exist. The author of this fantasy of giants and Lilliputians was Jonathan Swift. His detail and descriptions make these strange worlds seem almost real, though few could mistake this book for reality. It was a satire on the travel accounts of the day, this being the age of exploration. However, Swift had another purpose, lost to time. It was satire on British politics, but few other than scholars understand his points and the context today. It doesn't matter. It's appeal is that of fantasy, not of reality, and that is what made the book such a success even in its own day, and for centuries thereafter, not the obscure political references. Offered is a first edition, published in 1726. $98,000.


This is for those who collect fine and private presses. This one is the granddaddy, from one of the most important founders of the Arts and Crafts movement. That is, of course, William Morris, and his press was the Kelmscott Press. Morris was one of the artists and artisans who were upset with poor quality of workmanship. When it came to printing, the large presses of the day could crank out volume, but Morris did not like what he saw. He spurred a return to hand printing. It meant smaller quantities but higher quality. Private presses have proliferated in the years after Morris died, each having a relatively small but devoted following. These books obviously are more expensive, some decidedly so, and the Kelmscott books top the list, but this one is relatively affordable compared to some others. It is only the second one to come off of Morris' press, the first to use two colors. The title is Poems by the Way, and not only was it printed by Morris, he wrote the poems. It was his final volume of poetry. Item 45. $3,850.


Whitmore Rare Books may be reached at 626-714-7720 or info@whitmorerarebooks.com. Their website is www.WhitmoreRareBooks.com.

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  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Roman binding.- Pindar. <i>Olympia, Pythia, Nemea, Isthmia,</i> translated by Johannes Lonicer, contemporary Roman binding by Niccolo Franzese, Basel, 1535. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Raverat (Gwen). Comprehensive album of 530 wood engravings, circa 1909-1950. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Hemingway (Ernest). <i>Fiesta,</i> first English edition, first impression dust-jacket, 1927. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, first impression, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Dickens (Charles). <i>Great Expectations,</i> 3 vol., first edition, first impression, Chapman and Hall, 1861. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Campbell (Colen) & others. <i>Vitruvius Britannicus, or The British Architect...,</i> 5 vol., vol.1-3 later editions, vol.4 & 5 first editions, [?1731]-31-67-71. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Geography.- Mela (Pomponius). <i>Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis,</i> Venice, Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn, 1478. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> America.- [?Espinosa y Tello (José)]. <i>Relacion del Viage hecho por las Goletas Sutil y Mexicana en el Año de 1792,</i> 2 vol. including Atlas, first edition, Madrid, 1802. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Australasia.- Péron (Francois) and Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet. <i>Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes,</i> 5 vol. including Atlas, second edition, Paris, 1824. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>30th March 2023</b>
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Botany.- Curtis (William). <i>The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed,</i> 83 vol. in 62, 1794-1956. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum, Mar. 30:</b> Darwin (Charles).- Lecky (W.E.H.) <i>The Rise and Influence of Rationalism in Europe,</i> 2 vol., Darwin's copy with inscription "Charles Darwin 1865", pencil marginalia and pencil notes, 1865. £7,000 to £10,000.
  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript African Americana:<br>March 30, 2023</b>
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green Book,</i> New York, 1949. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Papers of pianist-composer Lawrence Brown relating to Paul Robeson & more, various places, 1925-54. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Freedom Summer archive of civil rights activist Karen Haberman Trusty, Atlanta & elsewhere, 1963-64. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> New York, 1933. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann March 30:</b> Archive of letters from the sculptor Richmond Barthé to a close Jamaican friend, various places, 1966-85. $25,000 to $35,000.
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    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> DADA - <i>Cabaret Voltaire.</i> A collection of artistic and literary contributions. Edited by Hugo Ball. CHF 5,000 to 8,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> EXPRESSIONISM - <i>Der Sturm.</i> Weekly magazine for culture and the arts. Almost complete suite from the years 1910 to 1932. CHF 20,000 to 30,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> LISBON EARTHQUAKE - <i>Augsburg collection of copper engravings of Lisbon. CHF 40,000 to 60,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Hamilton, William. <i>Campi Phlegraei. Observations on the Volcanos of the Two Sicilies as they have been communicated to the Royal Society of London.</i> Naples, 1776-1779. CHF 50,000 to 70,000.
    <b><center>Koller Auctions<br>Books & Autographs<br>29 March 2023</b>
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Leonardi, Domenico Felice. <i>Le Delizie della villa di Castellazzo descritte in verso dall'abbate Domenico Felice Leonardi lucchese fra gli Arcadi Ildosio Foloetico.</i> Milan, 1743. CHF 12,000 to 18,000.
    <b>Koller, Mar. 29:</b> Zwingli, Huldrych. <i>Von erkiesen und freyhait der speisen. Von ergernusz und Verbößerung. Ob man gewalt hab die speyß zu etlichen zeyten verbieten [...]</i>. CHF 2,500 to 4,000.
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    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Autograph album leaf signed, 1826. €9,000 to €12,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Franz Kafka: Autograph letter unsigned, 1924. €15,000 to €20,000.
    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Torquato Tasso: Autograph poem signed, no date. €12,000 to €16,000.
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    <b>Stargardt Autographenhandlung, Mar. 28:</b> Giambattista Bodoni: Autograph letter signed, 1787. €900 to €1,200.
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