• <b><center>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Old master, modern and contemporary art<br>Maps & Orientalia<br>8th-9th-10th of June 2022
    <b>Gonnelli Auction House:</b> Giuseppe Aloja, Veduta di Napoli dalla parte di Chiaia. Starting price: € 1650
    <b>Gonnelli Auction House:</b> Abraham Ortelius, Mappa dell'Atlantico del Nord. Starting price: € 280
    <b>Gonnelli Auction House:</b> Max Klinger, Für alle. 1884. Starting price: € 360
    <b>Gonnelli Auction House:</b> Katsushita Taito II, Kacho gaden. Starting price: € 320
    <b>Gonnelli Auction House:</b> Blub, Galileo Galilei. Starting price: € 100
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>Initial A on vellum, Cologne around 1300. Est: €25,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>J. Androuet du Cerceau, <i> Bastiments de France,</i> 1607. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>E. Cerillo, <i>Dipinti murali di Pompei,</i> 1886. Est: €2,500
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>L. de Austria, <i>Compilatio de astrorum scientia,</i> 1489. Est: €9,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>B. Besler, <i>Hortus Eystettensis,</i> around 1750. Est: €50,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br><i>PAN,</i> 1895-1900. Est: €15,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>F. Colonna, <i>Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,</i> 1545. Est: €40,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>F. Schiller, <i>Die Räuber,</i> 1781. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>J. Albers, <i>Formulation : Articulation,</i> 1972. Est: €18,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on May 30</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>G. B. Ramusio, <i>Delle navigationi e viaggi,</i> 1556-1613. Est: €14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>M. Wied Neuwied, <i>Reise in das Innere Nord-America,</i> 1839-41. Est: €12,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, May 30:</b><br>E. Paolozzi, <i>Bunk,</i> 1972. Est: €25,000
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br> The Library of Henry Rogers<br>Broughton, 2nd Baron Fairhaven<br>Part I<br>18 May 2022</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> John James Audubon and James Bachman. <i>The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.</i> New York: J.J. Audubon, 1845-1848. £150,000 to £250,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Thomas and William Daniell. <i>Oriental Scenery,</i> London, 1795-1807 [but 1841], 6 parts in 3 volumes, folio. £150,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Mark Catesby. <i>The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...</i> London, 1731-1743, 2 volumes. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, May 18:</b> Gould and Lear. <i>A monograph of the Ramphastidae,</i> 1854; <i>Illustrations of the family of Psittacidae,</i> 1832. £60,000 to £90,000.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2022 Issue

Recent Acquisitions in the Law 16th-20th Centuries from The Lawbook Exchange


Recent acquisitions at The Lawbook Exchange.

The Lawbook Exchange has published a catalogue of Recently Acquired Rare Books and Manuscripts in Law and Related Fields – America, Great Britain and Europe, 16th to 20th Centuries. That covers a lot of ground. There are legal texts for lawyers, what we commonly think of as “law books,” but also accounts of sensational trials, after conviction stories (hangings), and material relating to famous names in the courts – Holmes, Brandeis, Cardozo, Hughes, Burger and Frankfurter (yes, the positioning of those last two is a play on their names). There is even the court reporter's report on the Dred Scott decision, hardly a high point in American jurisprudence. There is much here for the legal professional and interested citizen. Here are a few selections.


We begin with a book that is not a law book at all. The title is A Persian Pearl and Other Essays. The title essay is about poet and astronomer Omar Khayyam, while other essays discuss Walt Whitman, Robert Burns, and a couple of other topics. It was published in 1899 by upstate New York private press The Roycrofters. So, what is it doing in this catalogue? The answer is the author was probably the most famous litigator of the twentieth century, Clarence Darrow. If you know him for nothing else, than you must for his defense in the Scopes Monkey Trial, fictionalized in the famous movie Inherit the Wind. Darrow also wrote books about the law but his interests were wide-ranging. This copy is # 121 of an edition of 980 and contains the bookplate of Cecil B. DeMille, the producer and director and pioneer in the movie business, who also owned a large book collection. Priced at $750.


This item pertains to one of the most famous cases of identity theft. Roger Tichborne was the heir to an English baronetcy. Tichborne traveled to South America in 1854 but disappeared. He was presumed to have drowned in a shipwreck. However, his mother refused to give up hope. When she heard rumors that he was in Australia, she ran some newspaper ads there seeking him. She received a response from a butcher named Thomas Castro or Thomas Orton. He claimed to be her son. He sailed to England to reconnect with his “mother.” Orton didn't look like the missing son, but the mother believed what she wanted to believe. She fell for it. No one else in the family did, including Roger's brother who inherited the baronetcy. Orton was tried and convicted of perjury and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Even after he was released, Orton continued to claim he was Tichborne but he never collected an inheritance. This account from 1874 is entitled Political Souvenir of the Great Tichborne Case. Item 131. $950.


The image on the cover of this catalogue is quite old, probably circa 1600 from Germany. It depicts a court scene. The judge, or a local noble, is seated in the center, with a councilor at each side. To the left, perhaps, are prosecutors. To the right is the obvious defendant, barefoot and bedraggled looking. Along the right margin is a quote from Corinthians concerning judgment. The watercolor is initialed “RKE,” likely to remain unknown. Item 2. $1,500.


Next is a book by one of the giants of American jurisprudence, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo. Hard to imagine in these days, but Cardozo was universally respected, approved by the senate unanimously when appointed to the high court, and was appointed by a President of the other party. The title is The Paradoxes of Legal Science, published in 1928. He was a judicial pragmatist, looking at sources outside of the law and to reality in making his decisions. As such, he regularly voted to uphold New Deal legislation that was at times struck down by the conservative majority, but in time, those in tune with his ideas became the majority. This book is a statement of his legal philosophy. It contains an unsigned inscription by Cardozo “To the dear, dear Mother From the one who owes everything to her and loves her as befits the debt.” That is interesting because Cardozo's mother died when he was a child. It likely was given to his eleven-year older sister Ellen Ida “Nell” Cardozo who was most responsible for raising him and to whom he was devoted. “Nell” died in 1929. Item 38. $2,500.


One wonders whether, after a long absence, we will see a return to cases like this in America in the coming year. The case is The Trial of Charles Angus, Esq., On an Indictment for the Wilful Murder of Margaret Burns. This was an English case from 1808. Angus had had an affair with Ms. Burns whom he assisted in having an at-home abortion. They used corrosive sublimate of mercury, “which,” the Lawbook Exchange notes, “killed the fetus, and Margaret.” The trial provided lots of lurid details, such as that the acid burned a hole through her abdomen. Nonetheless, the jury acquitted Angus. Item 133. $950.


Here is another English trial, this one from 1752. It is The Genuine Trial of John Swan and Elizabeth Jeffreys, Spinster, For the Murder of Her Late Uncle Mr. Joseph Jeffreys... Miss Jeffreys had been sent to live with her uncle at the age of five, and he was said to have raised her as his own child. At the age of 22, she began an affair with Swan, one of her uncle's servants. That was not a good idea. The two connived to kill Mr. Jeffreys, which was carried out. After her conviction as an accessory, Miss Jeffreys tried to evade punishment by smearing her uncle. She claimed he “debauched” her when she was 15, twice getting her pregnant, miscarrying one time and having an abortion the other, and threatening to disinherit her if she did not have sex with him. The court wasn't buying. The lovers were executed before “an innumerable multitude of spectators.” Item 143 $950.


The Lawbook Exchange may be reached at 732-382-1800 or law@lawbookexchange.com. Their website is www.lawbookexchange.com.

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  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Focus on Women<br>June 2, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Susan B. Anthony & Ida Husted Harper, <i>The History of Woman Suffrage,</i> first edition set, New York, 1881-1922. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Georgia Douglass Johnson, <i>Bronze: a Book of Verse,</i> first edition, Boston, 1922. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Elaine Fried de Kooning, small archive of material. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Focus on Women<br>June 2, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Helena Bochoráková-Dittrichová, <i>Z Mého Detství Drevoryty,</i> first edition, Prague, 1929. $4,000 to $6,000
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Chicago Women’s Graphics Collective, <i>Cry Out,</i> silkscreen poster, Chicago, 1972. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann June 2:</b> Pearl S. Buck, <i>The Good Earth,</i> first edition, New York, 1931. $3,000 to $5,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Birds.- Gould (John). <i>The Birds of Great Britain,</i> 5 vol., first edition, [1862-]1873. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Canadiana.- Cockburn (Maj. Gen. James Pattison, 1779-1847), After. [Six Landscape of Quebec City and Six Views of Niagara Falls], 2 suites in 1 vol., comprising 12 aquatints, 1833. £30,000 to £40,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Joyce (James). <i>Ulysses,</i> number 218 of 150 copies on verge d'arches, Paris, Shakespeare & Company, 1922. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> first paperback edition, signed by the author, 1997. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Du Maurier (Daphne). <i>Rebecca,</i> first edition, signed presentation inscription from the author to her governess, 1938. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Magna Carta.- An exact copy of King John's Great Charter of 1215, transcribed from the fire damaged but legible manuscript in the Cottonian Library, British Library, J. Pine, 1733. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Woolf (Virginia). <i>Mrs Dalloway,</i> first edition, Hogarth Press, 1925. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Tudor exiles opposed to the Marian regime.- Mary I (Queen of England) Letter signed "Marye the Quene" to Lord Paget, signed at head, titled at head "By the King and Quene", 1556. £8,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> America.- Newfoundland.- Whitbourne (Sir Richard). <i>A discourse and discouery of Nevv-found-land…,</i> second edition, By Felix Kingston, 1622. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper<br>26th May 2022</b>
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Cervantès Saavedra (Miguel de). <i>El Ingenioso Hidalgo Do Quixote de la Mancha,</i> 4 vol., Madrid, Por Don Joaquin Ibarra, 1780. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Stubbs (George). <i>The Anatomy of the Horse,</i> first edition, first issue, Printed by J. Purser, for the Author, 1766. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum, May 26:</b> Cardiology.- Lower (Richard). <i>Tractatus de Corde item De Motu & Colore Sanguinus et Chyli in cum Transitu,</i> first edition, 1669. £5,000 to £7,000.

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