• <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 109. Miguel de Cervantes. <i>The History of Don-Quichote. The first parte.</i> London: William Stansby for Edward Blount, 1620. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 43. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. <i>Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill.</i> Washington: The White House, Christmastide, 1942. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 113. Charles Darwin. A collection of 26 titles including <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> $10,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 210. Philip Guston. Important correspondence between Philip Guston and Ralph and Martha Hyams. New York, 1967-76. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 26. John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Signed guest book and original photos from the May 19, 1962 reception. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <center><b>Doyle<br>Rare Books, Autographs & Maps<br>October 13, 2022</b>
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 194. J.R.R. Tolkien. <i>The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.</i> London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954-1954-1955. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 164. Max Beerbohm. Autograph Manuscript for The Happy Hypocrite, circa 1896. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 158. Mark Twain. <i>The Writings.</i> Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1899-1907. The Autograph Edition. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 150. Lady Dilke. <i>French Painters of the XVIIIth Century.</i> London: George Bell, 1899. First edition. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Doyle, Rare Books, Autographs & Maps:</b> Lot 200. Ludwig Bemelmans. Original sketch of Madeline, ink and gouache. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.

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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2022 Issue

A Wide Range of Rare Books and Manuscripts from Voewood Rare Books

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Catalogue 4 of everything.

Voewood Rare Books celebrates the fourth, not of July, but Catalogue Four. They are a British bookseller so they wouldn't celebrate that other fourth anyway. What is in this collection? Well, that's a hard question to answer, so I will let them offer a response themselves: “As will be clear from this catalogue we deal in rare books and manuscripts across a wide range of periods and subject matters from the heart of mainstream culture to the fringes of the counterculture. Almost nothing is off limits.” Couldn't have explained it better myself. Here are a few sample selections.

 

The title of this book is more familiar than the name of its author. The title is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Acton Bell. This, naturally, is a first edition, three volumes published in 1848. Later editions used the author's actual name, Anne Bronte, but this is from when the Brontes were still using fake names, all last name Bell, each with a first name of indeterminate gender. The fear was that a book by a woman would not sell as well as one by a man, so they each used fake names that could be interpreted as being that of a man or woman. Indeed, the page opposite the title says, “Opinions of the Press on Mr. Bell's First Novel.” It worked. Only 500 copies were printed, and 200 of them received a new title page and became the second edition. Many reviewers found the book coarse and revolting, even Anne's sister Charlotte thinking it a mistake, but its honest portrayal of subjects such as alcoholism and mental health led to a reassessment of the earlier criticisms. Item 8. Priced at £25,000 (British pounds or approximately US $30,685).

 

This item pertains to a small, but strange incident in Beatles history, not known to most people but it is to those who have followed their history closely. For a brief period, the life of a troubled young man from California intersected with that of John Lennon, and it reveals the generous side of a man who at times could be prickly and ungenerous. It also is a story that is both touching and frightening, especially now knowing how Lennon died. The young man's name was Curt Claudio. He had been an outstanding student, attending the University of California at Davis, when he got into drugs. He got deeply into them and it messed up his mind terribly, from which he was never quite the same. Claudio began writing Lennon, convinced that the lyrics in Lennon's songs were meant specifically for him. He wrote several times, telling Lennon he was coming to see him, that he needed to talk directly to him. One day he did just that. For a couple of nights he hid in the bushes behind Lennon's house. One day when he was being escorted out, Lennon and Yoko Ono emerged from their house and called Claudio over to speak. Lennon explained that his songs couldn't possibly be about Claudio. They were about himself and his own feelings, except for love songs which were about Ono. They were not filled with deep hidden messages, just the kind of thoughts everyone has. Specifically to Claudio's question about the strange rhymes in Dig A Pony, Lennon explained they were meaningless, just playing with words and sounds, much of it written by Ono. After the discussion Lennon and Ono invited Claudio inside, fed him and sent him on his way. On one level, Claudio believed Lennon, but on another he couldn't quite come to grips with it. He was too damaged. There is no sign Claudio ever contacted Lennon again. While this story is touching, it isn't so much in light of Charles Manson's interpretation of Paul McCartney's lyrics in Helter Skelter, or a decade later when another obsessed, seemingly harmless fan assassinated Lennon. So what does all this have to do with Voewood? Item 28 is a collection of eight telegrams Claudio sent Lennon from America in 1971, not surprisingly strange in content, concluding with “Somebody tell John I'll be at Gatwick the 18th wearing ¾ length brown sheepskin coat.” There is a film about Lennon and Ono which includes a couple of minutes that were taken during this encounter. Claudio is wearing the overcoat described in his final telegram. Price on request.

 

As long as we're on '60s musicians, this comes from the quintessential musical event of the decade. Of course, that is Woodstock. Item 24 is a flyer announcing the Woodstock Music & Art Fair presents An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, N.Y. 3 days of Peace & Music. The dates are Aug. 15-17, which was 1969. The Beatles weren't there but just about everyone else was, or it seemed that way. Voewood notes that one of the listed bands, Iron Butterfly, didn't show. Off in the Garden of Eden, perhaps. It also mentions an art show, crafts bazaar, and work shops, none of which is remembered. It says “water and restrooms will be supplied” without mentioning in inadequate numbers. Then again, who could have anticipated how many people would come? What was supplied in generous quantities was mud. £750 (US $920).

 

Here is a literary magazine that I'm quite certain you have never read. The name is The Companion, circa 1830, and you may be saying no, I've seen that. Maybe, but this is not the same one. There was a regularly published magazine of the same name on which this one was obviously based. This is a manuscript, unpublished journal, written in several hands. There may be no other copies extant. The only other identifier is under a glued piece of paper is the name Charles Wilkinson and date 1830. The paper is watermarked 1828 and the other Companion was published only in the year 1828. The first one is dated September 12, the others unnumbered. There are 12 in all. It contains original short stories, essays, poems, parts of plays. The authors are unnamed, using only initials. There are titles such as Voyage to Fairyland, Charles Deloraine: A Tale of the Pretender, and De Warren – a dramatic fragment, set in the 15th century. There is no sign any of these was ever published. You could likely copy it and claim authorship and no one would be the wiser. Item 10. £1,950 (US $2,392).

 

Charles Darwin wrote several books concerning evolution after On the Origin of Species, but none specifically mentioned “evolution.” That word to describe the process he discovered did not appear until a decade later. It first appeared in this book, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, published in 1871. This book speaks of evolution specifically dealing with humans. The two volumes have the ownership inscription of Clements Markham. Markham was an explorer, geographer, naturalist and writer. He was primarily responsible for organizing the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904 which launched the career of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott. Item 30. £4,750 (US $5,828).

 

Voewood Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0) 1263 715539, andrew@voewood.com or simon@simonfinch.com. Their website is found at www.voewoodrarebooks.com.

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Early Printed Books<br>October 13, 2022
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Miguel de Cervantes, <i>The History of Don-Quichote (Quixote), The First & Second Part,</i> London, 1620. $30,000 to $40,000
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Jacques Lagniet, <i>Recueil des Plus Illustres Proverbes, Divisés en Trois Livre,</i> first edition, Paris, 1657-63. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies,</i> fourth folio, London, 1685. $60,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Ramon Llull, <i>Liber de Ascensu et Decensu Intellectus,</i> first edition, Valencia, 1512. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Swann October 13:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <b><center>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books, Autographs & Manuscripts<br>11th-12th of October 2022
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alfieri Vittorio, <i>Vita [...] scritta da esso,</i> 1968. Starting Price: €900,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collection of 25 albumin photographs depicting Italian, French and Swiss places. Late 19th century.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Brandolini D’Adda Brandolino, Duale. <i>Poesia [...] e incisioni di Sandro Martini,</i> 1976.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Alighieri Dante, <i>La divina commedia di Dante</i> edizione illustrata da 30 fotografie tolte da disegni di Scaramuzza, 1879. Starting Price: €500,00.
    Gonnelli Oct. 12th: Cervantes Saavedra Miguel (de), <i>El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española, 1780. Starting price: €12.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Collodi Carlo, <i>Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino,</i> 1883. Starting price: €6.000,00.
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> Wilde Oscar, <i>The Picture of Dorian Gray [...]</i> with original images & notes on the text by Jim Dine, 1968. Starting price: €1.500,00
    <b>Gonnelli Oct. 11th:</b> The smallest tarot cards in the world. 21st century.
  • <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Hottot (Robert). <i>French explorer and collector.</i> An original illustrated manuscript diary by Hottot of his expedition along the Congo River to Lake Chad, 1908-1909, £700-1,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Japan. Ino Tadataka (after), Kokugun Zenzu (Complete Atlas of Japan), 2 volumes, circa 1838, £500-800
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Khatib al-Tibrizi (Muhammad b. 'Abd Allah). <i>Mishcat-ul-masabih</i> or a collection of the most authentic traditions, regarding the actions and sayings of Muhammed; 2 volumes, Calcutta, 1809-1810, £1,500-2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Roberts (David). <i>The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt & Nubia,</i> 1st quarto edition, 6 volumes in 3, London: Day & Son, 1855-56, £2,000-3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Tocqueville (Alexis de). <i>De la Démocratie en Amérique,</i> volumes 1 & 2 (of 4), 1st edition, Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835, £2,000-3,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Torquemada (Juan de). <i>Primera[-tercera] parte de los veinte i un libros rituales i monarchia Indiana,</i> 3 volumes, 2nd edition, Madrid: Nicolas Rodriguez Franco, 1723, £2,000-3,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Donovan (Edward). <i>The Natural History of British Insects,</i> 16 volumes bound in 8, London: F and C Rivington, 1793-1813, £1,500-2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Fuchs (Leonhart). <i>New Kreüterbuch,</i> 1st edition in German, Basel: Michael Isingrin, 1543, £7,000-10,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Spain & Portugal. Ptolemy (Claudius), <i>Secunda Europe Tabula,</i> Rome [1478 - 1509], £1,000-2,000
    <center><b>Dominic Winter<br>October 12th<br>Printed Books, Stamps & Documents, Maps, Travel & Exploration
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> World. Gill (Macdonald), <i>La Carta del Atlantico,</i> George Philip & Son Ltd in collaboration with the Time and Tide Publishing Company Ltd, circa 1943, £1,500-2,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Vinegar Bible [English]. <i>The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New,</i> Oxford: John Baskett, 1717/1716, £700-1,000
    <b>Dominic Winter, Oct. 12:</b> Mill (John Stuart). <i>The Subjection of Women,</i> 1st edition, presentation copy, London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869, £700-1,000

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