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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2022 Issue

Catalog 18 from The Kelmscott Bookshop


Catalog 18 from The Kelmscott Bookshop.

The Kelmscott Bookshop has issued their Catalog 18, long title Artists' Books & Private Press, Miniature Books, Movables, History, Literature, Art, Travel & Exploration, & More. That's a lot. Just about anything may be here. It is worth noting that the Kelmscott Bookshop has items relating to William Morris and his Kelmscott Press, and other fine presses that followed his lead, but this is not a strictly book arts bookseller. That is only part of the story, with many books of a totally different focus. Here are a few samples of the items you will find.


If at first you don't succeed... Stephen Crane would achieve great acclaim for his writing in 1895 with The Red Badge of Courage. However, two years earlier, he was an unknown with a book nobody wanted. His first novel was Maggie. A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York). It wasn't a pleasant tale. It is the story of life in New York's slums, about people living on the margins, like Maggie, who falls into prostitution. Publishers didn't want the story. They wanted books that were more uplifting and Maggie's story was not. Unable to find a publisher, Crane self-published his first novel in 1893. It was a flop. He printed 1,100 copies, but sold only a few, gave away others, and destroyed the rest. It is very rare, only 35 copies of this first edition known to have survived. After Red Badge, in 1895, Crane had a bright future, but he took ill and died in 1900 at the age of 28, that future extinguished. Item 110. Priced at $8,000.


This next item is an artist's book and one that looks at the career of one of America's first film stars. Her name was Gladys Louise Smith, which probably means nothing to you, but she went by the name of Mary Pickford. She was the “Queen of the Movies,” or “the girl with the curls.” She was America's original sweetheart in the early days of film, the silent movies. Things didn't go so well for her once talkies came around, though that was more because she was no longer the young girl she had previously played than because she couldn't speak. After a few flops, she retired from film a few years later. The book is Mary Pickford: The Queen of the Silent Film Era by George A. Walker, published in 2020. This is #4 of 35 copies, signed by the artist. Walker has created 87 black and white wood engravings (she was 87 when she died), with black and white being appropriate for films from her era. The 35 copies relates to the 35 mm film on which she was filmed. Interspersed between the woodcuts are sequential narrative plates, black with white type, like the dialogue boards used in silent films. Item 75. $1,500.


This is a compendium of Irish history all the way back to ancient times: Chronicles of Eri; Being the History of the Gaal Sciot Iber; or, the Irish People; Translated from the Original Manuscripts in the Phoenician Dialect of the Scythian Language. It is a remarkable history book, and would be even more so if any of it were true. It begins with records from a man said to have lived 50 years after Moses, and proceeds with translations of ancient Phoenician manuscripts that cover the people who later migrated to Ireland. However, O'Connor was unable to produce these manuscripts. He claimed to have attempted to write the history three times prior, but was thwarted by enemies who stole his copies or a fire that consumed one. O'Connor also called himself “Head of his Race,” claiming to have descended from a 12th century Irish king. The two-volume book was published in 1822. Item 139. $700.


This book was published in honor of William Morris' 100th birthday, which occurred in 1934. The title is A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil in the Collection of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny of Los Angeles, Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. The writer was Anna Cox Brinton, a classics scholar and college administrator. Estelle Doheny was one of the greatest collectors of the twentieth century, perhaps the greatest woman collector ever. Her collection included a Gutenberg. Her husband was a fabulously wealthy oilman. He died in 1935 after which she devoted much of her life to collecting. This copy is signed by Doheny, Brinton, and printer Ward Ritchie. Item 85. $575.


Here is another item related to Morris, but it is a small one. This is a miniature book 3 x 2.5 inches. The title is Printers on Morris, edited by John J. Walsdorf, printed at the Beaverdam Press in Beaverdam, Oregon in 1981. This is copy #78 of 326. It contains quotes by printers and others about Morris. Kelmscott Bookshop tells us “most are complimentary, but some are critical.” The book contains a frontispiece portrait of Morris by Barry Moser. Item 78. $125.


The Kelmscott Bookshop Rare Books may be reached at 410-235-6810 or info@kelmscottbookshop.com. Their website is www.kelmscottbookshop.com.

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  • <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.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Graphic Design<br>May 19, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, <i>Triplex,</i> pencil maquette, 1930. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Claude Fayette Brandon, <i>The Chap Book,</i> circa 1895. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Various Artists, a complete set of <i>Das Plakat,</i> set of 10 hardcover volumes, 1912-21. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Javier Gómez Acebo & Máximo Viejo Santamarta, <i>San Sebastian / XI Circuitto Automovilista,</i> 1935. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann May 19:</b> Ephraim Moses Lilien, <i>Berliner Tageblatt,</i> circa 1899. $12,000 to $18,000.
  • <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.
  • <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

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