• <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.
  • <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
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Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2023 Issue

African Americana from Langdon Manor Books

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African Americana

The 15th catalogue from Langdon Manor Books is titled African Americana. Langdon Manor describes the material they present as “the extraordinary history of the every day.” The items here are the work of people who fit that bill, everyday people who combine to create extraordinary history. These are not the major names of African Americana. Martin Luther King is not represented. Here you will learn about the lives of the foot soldiers, those whose combined efforts have lifted Black Americans forward on a journey harder than most of their fellow countrymen have to face. They simply had no choice. It is part of being black in America. You will find various archives, documents, photographs, books, newspapers, etc., the work product of a people. These are a few samples.

 

We will start by going back to the antebellum South, when most black people were slaves. This is a self-published book from 1859 entitled Narrative of the Life of Rev. Noah Davis, A Colored Man. Written by Himself, at the Age of Fifty-Four. This is not a story of beatings and escapes, nor one of anger at the wrongs the man faced. Still, it shows the difficulty and sadness that black families faced under that cruel institution. Davis, born into slavery in 1804, was apprenticed to a shoemaker where he learned to read and write. He was baptized at the Fredericksburg (Virginia) Baptist Church, became a deacon, and was licensed to preach by white officials. Still, he was a slave. In 1845, he asked his owner if he could purchase his freedom. The request was granted and a price of $500 set. Davis was allowed to go North to preach and raise money. He raised $150. He had returned to Fredericksburg and opened a shoe shop when he was offered a position as a missionary in Baltimore which would give him the rest of the money. That left him torn. The problem was that he had a wife and seven children in Fredericksburg, all slaves. What a difficult predicament that was. He accepted the offer, purchased his freedom in 1848, and earned enough money to purchase his wife and two youngest children's freedom. By 1856, he still had three children enslaved when the rich widow who owned them died. That meant they would be auctioned and they were of the age that would bring a hefty price. This book was intended to help raise more funds to free his children but we don't know what happened to the other three, though if not freed sooner and still living, they would have been emancipated by 1865. One other thing we know about Davis is that he was one of 12 black Baptist delegates who met with Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and successfully obtained the right to preach to black troops and freed slaves with the military during the Civil War. Item 48. Priced at $3,850.

 

Item 1 is a book recounting a trip to Africa by a descendant of Africans. Charles Spencer Smith was born in Canada in 1852 and moved to America after the Civil War. He became a minister and an educator in Freedman's Bureau schools. He served two years in the Alabama House of Representatives during Reconstruction. Around 1895, he undertook a “long-cherished desire to see Africa.” His journey lasted 147 days and he traveled 2,500 miles by land, 18,500 by sea. He wrote about it in Glimpses of Africa... published in 1895. He was surprised to see how well entrenched Europeans were in the land of his ancestors. He wanted to see whether Africa needed “educated and industrious young Americans – descendants of her own sons” to develop the land. He found that Africa had more natives fit for professional and clerical jobs than there was need. He concluded, “It seems to me the height of folly for persons to leave their native land and go to any country with the hope of bettering their condition, unless they have a reasonable assurance before leaving that their condition can thereby be improved. My advice to young Americans of African descent is to prepare themselves for a manful struggle for existence and well-being in the land of their birth.” $1,875.

 

Here is some music you don't know. Probably no one else does either. This must be the ultimate obscurity. It is sheet music for At Sorrow's End, circa 1930. The composer was Harold O'Reilly Clint. The sheet music explains it's “dedicated to the Booker T. Washington Memorial, Detroit, Mich.” The cover has artwork depicting Washington “Lifting the Veil of Ignorance.” There is a problem with all this. Langdon Manor has not been able to find any evidence of such a memorial to Booker T. Washington in Detroit let alone any references to this music. They only found one newspaper reference to a “tiny Booker T. Washington Memorial Park started by some Black lawyers,” but it not clear whether this is the same. Neither OCLC nor Google finds anything about this music. As for the writer, Harold O'Reilly Clint, he did exist and can be found on Google, though this song cannot. In fact, Clint actually co-wrote the official state song of Michigan, My Michigan, but even this is an obscurity. Apparently, most people in Michigan believe a different song, Michigan My Michigan, is the state song, and virtually no one is aware of Clint's song, but in 1936, the state legislature officially named it the Michigan state song. Item 28. $1,250.

 

This next item is not a paper collectible, but it's quite a trophy. It was given as an award to leading African American editor William Calvin Chase, whose Washington, D.C., weekly newspaper was the Washington Bee (“Sting for Our Enemies – Honey for Our Friends”). He worked for a while for Frederick Douglass and was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1900 and 1912. He advocated for the rights of his community through the Bee for almost 40 years, from the paper's founding in 1882 until his death in 1921. It folded the following year. Those were difficult years as the nation moved from Reconstruction to Jim Crow. Chase opposed Booker T. Washington's “Atlanta Compromise” where he agreed not to push for desegregation in return for aid to vocational schools for Blacks, though he agreed to be more supportive when the latter provided needed financial aid to his newspaper. Item 31 is a silver-plated pitcher presented to Chase on the 25th anniversary of the Washington Bee in 1905. It's a bit odd since the paper started in 1882, but perhaps there were some earlier lost editions or some such explanation. Item 31. $1,500.

 

Dr. John O. Vernon was a physician serving the Wellford, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, area at the turn of the century. There weren't many black doctors in the South at that time and Vernon wasn't one of them. He was white, but a substantial percentage of his patients were black, about a quarter of them. Dr. Vernon kept ledger books, two of them, 648 handwritten pages from 1883-1916. He has noted his patients race which is how we know that 313 out of about 1,200 were black. Most of his longer notes are about white patients although he was visiting one black patient's children daily for awhile. Vernon delivered babies, managed miscarriages, performed abortions, stitched wounds, treated burns, treated measles. He recorded “extracting ball from leg,” presumably from a gun, not a game. He often bartered for payment, at least 66 African Americans exchanged good or services for his care. They performed such tasks as cutting and hauling wood, ironing clothes, picking cotton, working on a barn, and exchanging food or hay for animals. Some paid with chickens, pigs and a turkey. You may remember in 2010, Sue Lowden was leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for Senator from Nevada when she made an astonishing claim, that health care costs could be lowered if patients bartered with their doctors. “You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor...” she said. She was soundly ridiculed and quickly tanked in the polls, losing the nomination, but in hindsight... maybe she had it right? Item 27. $2,750.

 

Langdon Manor Books may be reached at 713-443-4697 or LangdonManorBooks@gmail.com. Their website is found at www.langdonmanorbooks.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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