• <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.
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    <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.
  • <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.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2021 Issue

A Catalogue for Winter 2022 from Rulon-Miller Books


A winter catalogue for 2022 from Rulon-Miller Books.

Rulon-Miller Books has released their Catalogue 166 for winter 2022. They are getting a jump on the new year. This is not a catalogue to be categorized. There is something for everyone here. The picture on the cover is from a collection of yachting photographs, 475 of them for those whose collecting interests take them to the sea, but this is not a yachting catalogue. It's just one of many subjects. I think that must be ice on the boat. That's believable for Portland, Maine, in winter. Spectacular and beautiful. Here are some more of the varied items you will find in this catalogue.


We begin with a book by A. A. Milne, but it has nothing to do with Winnie-the-Pooh or any of the other characters in the Hundred Acre Wood. Rather, it is Milne's first novel, published in 1917, a fantasy tale intended as much for adults as children. The title is Once on a Time. In the Preface, Milne explains it is “for yourself (his wife) and the Colonel's children to act.” Not his own children? No. Christopher Robin Milne was not born until 1920. The illustrations were by H. M. Brock, not E. H. Shepard. Milne wrote plays, novels, and poems before Winnie-the-Pooh came around, and while his other work is respected, the “silly old bear” came to overshadow everything else. This copy is a one-of-a-kind because of the inscription it contains - “To my dearest father and mother from their always loving son A. A. M. 27/11/17.” Item 101. Priced at $2,500.


This is an archive from an odd but apparently popular type of “entertainer” in the 1950s and 1960s, a Christian ventriloquist. Katheryn Rea and her husband operated an electronics store and a drive-in theater in Columbus, Ohio. It does not appear she achieved much notice outside of her home area, but she was a dedicated messenger of the good word who used the novelty of ventriloquism to spread the message. The archive includes her dummy, “Chubby,” who stands 32 inches tall. There are also 25 pages of scripts and notes, publications related to ventriloquism, ephemera, correspondence, and a hard-backed suitcase obviously used to transport “Chubby” and other items to her performances. There are even lyrics to her song beginning “Jesus is coming and the time is near,” sung to the tune of “Davy Crockett.” Ventriloquism has not always been associated with wholesomeness, but Mrs. Rea performed it in keeping with 1950s Midwestern values. Item 30. $2,000.


Now for an entertainer not quite so wholesome. Victoria Vetri, also known as Angela Dorian, was an actress, landing roles is several movies and television shows, including Rosemary's Baby, though never in a leading role. She is also known for being Playboy's Playmate of the Year for 1968. The archive runs from 1959-2010 though there are some gaps. She had a promising career, but it never went that far because of the usual problems, drugs, alcohol, abuse, exploitation, sex of various sorts, all the roadblocks you might expect for a beautiful young lady trying to make her way in Hollywood. There are 7,500 pages about her life, consisting of journals, letters, poetry, drawings, doodles, and illustrations. It ends in 2010 though Ms. Vetri is still with us because in that year, she shot to kill her fourth husband. He survived. She was sentenced to nine years in prison most of which she served before being released. Item 153. $65,000.


This book recounts one of the earliest internal explorations of America, the last visit of Antoine Charles Louis de la Salle, Journal historique du dernier voyage que feu M. de la Sale [sic] fit dans le Golfe de Mexique... published in 1713. La Salle traveled down the Mississippi River, not just to explore it, but to claim the territory for France. Spain was its rival in the deep interior of America at the time. La Salle named it for King Louis XIV, it becoming the Louisiana Territory Thomas Jefferson purchased from France a century later. The explorer had returned to France for supplies and men when he returned to America. However, he missed his mark, the mouth of the Mississippi, instead ending up in Texas. His men were disappointed, and after a long time wandering around they took it out on their leader. They killed la Salle. That is why Henri Joutel is the author of this book, not la Salle. Joutel, second in command, expected the men to treat him the same, but they relented, and eventually he led a group back to the river's mouth and all the way up the Mississippi and on to Quebec. That was quite a recovery. Item 81. $12,500.


This is an invitation to see a play few people took up. The play itself appears to be lost, but the broadside invitation has survived. It was scheduled for Leeds, in Great Britain, in 1838. The title was Beacon Hill America in 1775. It lasted for all of one performance. The author was Morris Barnett, known more as an actor than a playwright. Perhaps the subject matter was still touchy for the British, or maybe the play was just bad. Whatever the reason, it never made it to Broadway, bombing in Leeds. Item 149. $2,500.


Here is an item you do not have in your collection. I am confident of this though I know nothing about what you collect. The title is Pagalagadan iti pal-lutan by Martino N. Gaerlan, published in 1910. It is a set of rules for cockfighting written in the Philippine language of Iloko. OCLC located only one copy of it. Now you can own the other. Item 34. $1,250.


Rulon-Miller Books may be reached at 651-290-0700 or rulon@rulon.com. Their website is www.rulon.com.

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  • <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.
  • <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 €

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