• <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
    <center><b>California International Antiquarian Book Fair<br>February 10-12, 2023<br>Pasadena Convention Center<br> abaa.org/cabookfair
  • <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Gideon Welles, <i>Extensive archive of personal and family papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy,</i> 1791-1914. Sold September 29 — $281,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Rock Climbers,</i> cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> watercolor, ink and gouache, 1954. Sold December 15 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Brontë, <i>Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell,</i> three volumes, first edition, 1847. Sold June 16, 2022 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Geoffrey Chaucer, <i>The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed,</i> London, 1542. Sold October 13 — $106,250.
    <b><center>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Dorothea Lange, <i>Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California (Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age 32),</i> silver print, 1936. Sold October 20 — $305,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> George Washington, Autograph Document Signed, with two manuscript plat maps in holograph, 1751. Sold October 27 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Winfred Rembert, <i>Winfred Rembert and Class of 1959,</i> dye on carved & tooled leather, 1999. Sold October 6 — $233,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> M.C. Escher, <i>Relativity,</i> lithograph, 1953. Sold November 3 — $81,250.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Original Film Posters<br>27 January - 10 February 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Vertigo (1958), poster, US. The ultimate poster on this classic Hitchcock title, one of three known examples. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Lawrence of Arabia (1962), roadshow poster, US. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Star Wars (1977), style C poster, printer's proof, US. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> The Navigator/ La Croisiere du Navigator (1924), re-release poster (1931), French. £5,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Bullitt (1968), special test poster, US. £3,000 to £5,000.
  • <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 817. Bellin's complete five-volume maritime atlas with 581 maps & plates (1764). $24,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 325. An early and important map of the Republic of Texas (1837). $11,000 to $14,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 45. De Bry's early map of North Pole depicting Willem Barentsz' expedition (1601). $3,500 to $4,250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 154. Poignant map of the United States documenting lynchings (1931). $250 to $325.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 457. Extremely rare matching set of pro-German propaganda from WWI (1914). $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 815. Homann's world atlas featuring 110 maps in contemporary color (1751). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 60. Miniature pocket globe based on Herman Moll (1785). $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 8. Visscher's rare carte-a-figures world map (1652). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 158. Matching satirical maps of the US by McCandlish: "Ration Map" & "Bootlegger's Map" (1944). $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 820. One of the finest English atlases of the early 19th century (1808). $4,750 to $6,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 59. Important milestone in preparation for 1969 moon landing (1963). $750 to $900.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 805. Superb bible leaf with image of crucifixion of Jesus with gilt highlights (1518). $800 to $950.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2022 Issue

A Miscellany from Forest Books

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A miscellany from Forest Books.

Forest Books has issued their Miscellany 13, A Catalogue of Rare and Curious Books, Pamphlets & Printed Ephemera on a Wide Variety of Subjects. What are those subjects? They help us with a listing of some of those subjects, including agriculture, architecture, botany, children's books, crime & law, cookery, economics, education, English literature, the fine arts, horticulture, Ireland, military & naval, natural history, photography, private printing, social studies, science & medicine, sporting books, technology, travel & topography, etc. That's a lot of ground to cover. Let's take a look inside.

 

What bible were English Protestants reading before the King James edition? Here it is. The official title is The Bible, That is the Holy Scriptures Conteined in the Old and New Testament, Translated According to the Ebrew and Greeke... However, it is generally known as the Geneva Bible, as it was printed in Geneva, or the Breeches Bible for an odd translation of a word (and a few others). During the reign of Queen “Bloody” Mary, who sought to restore Catholicism to England in an unpleasant manner, some Protestants fled to Geneva where they printed a bible consistent with their beliefs. They first did so in 1560. As stated by the title, with different spellings, they translated it from the original Hebrew and Greek. This bible was used by Cromwell and many others, including Shakespeare who quoted from it in his plays. This edition says it was published in London (Forest thinks it might have been Amsterdam) in 1599. Item 14. Priced at £1,695 (British pounds, or approximately $2,038 in U.S. dollars.

 

Here's a song you don't know: Washing Day, a proper new Ballad for Wet Weather. No author is given, understandably, but it was printed by W. Hawkes Smith of Birmingham, who also provided the illustrations, in 1822. In contains “humorous” words and musical notation, meant for voice and piano. Sing along.

 

“My Kate, she is a bonny wife,

There's none so free from evil;

Unless upon a Washing day

And then she is the devil!”

 

Kate becomes a terror around washing day, particularly when it rains. Perhaps having to hang laundry to dry in the rain might explain her behavior. Any chance her critical husband ever volunteered to help? No. Of course not. Item 120. £95. (US $114).

 

Charles Darwin wasn't the first person to devise a theory of evolution. He wasn't even the first Darwin. His grandfather, Erasmus, was way ahead of him. What distinguished Charles from his grandfather and everyone else was he figured out what made it tick – natural selection. Erasmus Darwin advanced his scientific beliefs poetically, quite literally. Item 43 is his The Botanic Garden; a Poem, in Two Parts, Part I containing the Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes, published in 1791. While later overshadowed by his grandson (who was born after Erasmus died) and largely forgotten, Erasmus was very popular in his day. He both taught and entertained, a great way to teach. So he provides scientific learning and theories about plants in his poem while providing amusement. The second part, in particular, makes plants almost human, complete with their love life. This book is also notable as Part I contains five engravings by William Blake. £1,200 (US $1,426).

 

How do I not know about this event? I have always been suspicious of the belief in ghosts and such, what Cotton Mather referred to as the “wonders of the invisible world.” Where is the eyewitness proof of their existence? The answer is here. The heading is Wonderful Apparition which is supposed to be the Ghost of Cashman, published circa 1814. This is a large broadside printed by James Catnach on a small wooden press he had recently inherited from his father. We discover that a huge coach, its top like a pyramid, was running at an amazing speed that terrified spectators when “it suddenly vanished with an explosion as loud as the report of a thirty-six pounder.” It next appeared before a night watchman at 2:00 a.m. when it sprung up to a great height “and fell bang upon the watchman's Knowledge Box.” The sound drew the surrounding neighborhood to see what was happening, only to find the watchman “half dead with fear.” There's more. “By this time the phantom had assumed the form of a parrot.” And more - “One time it came running down the street like a large pig...” It concludes, “We cannot enumerate the half of the forms which this phantom is said to assume...” Catnach would go on to be a successful printer, but at this time he was operating only the small press while supporting his mother and sisters. It was a struggle to survive. He needed material he could sell. According to Wikipedia, the customers “who frequented his place of business were, in the main, vagrants, miscreants, and the underclasses of society.” However, this should in no way imply any suspicion of the accuracy of the Catnach's story. Item 57. £275 (US $327).

 

Here is a book that is of great relevance to America today (sadly), though it was published in 1760. The title is The Method of Treating Gun-Shot Wounds. First published in 1744 (this is a second edition), it describes cases that author John Ranby handled during the War of Austrian Secession. Ranby was a surgeon and was noted for advocating to Parliament the separation of the trades of surgeons and barbers. Though they are good with scissors and razors, most of us would still prefer not having surgery performed by a barber. Ranby advocated the use of Peruvian Bark, which contains quinine, for healing wounds. You might prefer something more recent as a guide to treating gunshot wounds today, but Ranby was operating in a time that was still two centuries before the use of antibiotics. Item 147. £375 (US $445).

 

Forest Books may be reached at 01400 251865 (international +44 1400 251865) or bib@forestbooks.co.uk. Their website is www.forestbooks.co.uk.

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  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>including Americana<br>February 16, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. <i>The Works…now newly imprinted.</i> Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879–1955)]. –– ORLIK, Emil (1870–1932), artist. Lithograph signed (“Albert Einstein”). N.p., 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel. <i>[The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Two Towers.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Return of the King.</i> 1955. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain") and Charles Dudley WARNER. <i>The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.</i> Hartford and Chicago, 1873. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> LOVECRAFT, Howard Phillips. <i>Beyond the Wall of Sleep.</i> Collected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Black Sun Press] Proust, Marcel, 47 Unpublished Letters from Marcel Proust to Walter Berry, Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963), <i>Spring and All,</i> first edition, Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Washington, George (1732-1799), Autograph Letter Signed. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849), Autograph Letter Signed. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862), Autograph Manuscript. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Paris Commnue], Photograph album. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Fleming, Ian (1908-1964), <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Audubon, John James and the Rev. John Bachman, <i>The Quadrupeds of North America,</i> New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, 1854. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Lewis, C.S. (1898-1963), <i>The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,</i> first edition, London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd, 1952. $600 to $800.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Bhagavad Gita] Wilkins, Charles, trans., <i>The Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon…,</i> first edition, London: Printed for C. Nourse, 1785. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, <i>Faust: Eine Tragodie von Goethe,</i> Hammersmith: Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press, 1906-1910. $800 to $1,200.

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