• <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.
  • <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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    <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
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    <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

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2022 Issue

From the Mediterranean to the Himalayas from Shapero Rare Books

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From the Mediterranean to the Himalayas.

Shapero Rare Books has issued a catalogue entitled From the Mediterranean to the Himalayas. This is a catalogue of travels and what the travelers saw. As the title implies, they not only traveled great distances, but, at times, to great heights. Most of these journeys were not easy as they occurred long ago. The majority of travelers were English, but some were from other parts of Europe. There are even a couple where the travelers came from far away to see England, a reversal of the norm. Westerners weren't the only ones to experience culture shock when they traveled far away. These are a few of these items ranging thousands of miles wide, and up to 29,032 feet high.

 

We will start from the high point. The book is Through Tibet to Everest by Capt. John Baptist Lucius Noel, published in 1927. Noel served with the British military in India, near the Himalayas. In 1913, he traveled to Tibet in disguise, getting to within 40 miles of Everest, the closest yet of any foreigner. After the war, he left the military, and following a meeting with the Royal Geographical Society, he joined the 1922 Mt. Everest expedition. Noel went along as the photographer. The mission reached almost 27,000 feet, a record at the time. Four attempts were made before an avalanche killed several men and they all returned home. Noel and several others returned to the mountain in 1924. This time Noel planned to film the event. He did, and created a film, but they did not reach the top this time either, although setting a new record at 28,126 feet. This attempt was noted for the disappearance of notable mountain climber George Mallory, on his third Everest mission, and Andrew Irvine. They did not return from their attempt at the peak. Mallory's last message was received by Noel. Mallory's body was finally discovered in 1999. Noel recounts the two missions and his attempt to reach the mountain in 1913. Item 128. Priced at £250 (British pounds or approximately $283 in U.S. dollars).

 

Charles Masson was serving in the military of the British East India Company (the company ruled India with its own army) in 1827 when he deserted. He joined up with a private small army of Josiah Harlan in Afghanistan but deserted that too. He stayed in Afghanistan and began discovering and excavating ancient sites, amassing a large collection of coins and other items from antiquity. Meanwhile, he was forgiven by the British so he could serve as their agent in Kabul. The result was that he was later able to write these books about his time in Afghanistan, Narrative of various journeys in Balochistan, Afghanistan, and the Panjab: including a residence in those countries from 1826 to 1838, together with Narrative of a journey to Kalat, including an account of the insurrection at that place in 1840; and a memoir on eastern Baluchistan, published in 1842, 1843. Those years were a time of growing instability in Afghanistan. It has long been a nation of warring tribes whose one common thread is keeping out foreigners. At this time, the British were becoming increasingly concerned the Russians might try to seize India from them and decided to take over Afghanistan as a buffer between the countries. Masson recognized it was not a good idea, but the British went ahead and began the First Afghan War, a war that ended in defeat for the British, with virtually all the British men and their allies in Kabul slaughtered or frozen to death attempting to escape over the frozen mountain passages. Item 92. £4,000 (US $4,587).

 

Heinrich Schliemann was an adventurer, entrepreneur, wealthy businessman, and finally, an amateur archaeologist. He made a fortune in the California Gold Rush and another in Russia. Finally, he retired and devoted the rest of life to excavating ancient ruins in Greece and the area. He sought to establish that ancient Greek writings were based on historical fact. It was Schliemann who identified the site of ancient Troy. He was an amateur archaeologist and it was said that he destroyed almost as many artifacts as he found, but nonetheless he uncovered much from antiquity at a time when archaeological exploration was still very limited. Item 37 is a set of Schliemann's five works, Troy and its Remains, Mycenae, Ilios: the City and Country of the Trojans, Troja, and Tiryns (1875, 1878, 1880, 1884, and 1886), and Schliemann's Excavations: an Archaeological and Historical Study, by Dr. C. Schuchhardt (1891). £8,500 (US $9,777).

 

This is a book by another adventurer. His name was John Fryer Keane, and as a young man, he went to sea. His travels took him to many places around the world, China, India, South America, the Arctic among them. He then got off in Jeddah, where his new employer allowed him to join a group on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Only Muslims are allowed to do so which is why only a handful of westerners, most notably explorer Richard Burton, had done so before him. Keane was a Christian but had served with Muslims at sea and in his current capacity and learned how to do the prayers and spoke Hindustani. He adopted the name Hajj Mohammed Amin and passed himself off as an Indian Muslim. When someone became wise to his real background he professed to be a convert. It remains a question whether he really did convert or was just faking it. After his trip to Mecca he followed up with one to Medinah. He wrote about each. Item 51 is his second book, My Journey to Medinah: describing a Pilgrimage to Medinah, performed by the Author disguised as a Mohammedan, published in 1881. £600 (US $691).

 

This is an unusual and remarkable item from Afghanistan. It is an illuminated manuscript of Tarikh’i Iskandar (The History of Alexander). It was created in 1874 in Kabul by a scribe named Ibn Muhammad Khan Safdar ‘Ali. The book is an account of Alexander the Great, from his beginnings in Macedonia to his triumphs from Egypt to India, and his death and burial in Alexandria. It was originally assembled by James Campbell and this manuscript is believed to be a Farsi translation of Campbell's work. What is unusual and possibly unique is the calligrapher's use of marbled borders around the text. Marbling has been used in books for centuries but not in this manner. The only other recorded example is one also created by Safdar ‘Ali, an obscure 19th century scribe about whom little is known. The manuscript contains 119 leaves and was previously owned by Begum Iskandar Mirza, wife of the first President of Pakistan. Item 1. £30,000 (US $34,615).

 

Shapero Rare Books may be reached at +44 (0)20 7493 0876 or rarebooks@shapero.com. Their website is www.shapero.com.

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  • <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.

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