• <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Nobu Shirase and the Japanese Antarctic Expedition: the Collection of Chet Ross<br>October 12, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [BYRD]. VEER, Willard Van der and Joseph T. RUCKER, cinematographers. The 35mm motion picture Akeley camera that filmed the Academy Award-winning documentary “With Byrd at the South Pole”. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [SHIRASE, Nobu, his copy]. RYUKEI, Yano. <i>Young Politicians of Thebes: Illustrious Tales of Statesmanship.</i> Tokyo(?), 1881-84. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> SHACKLETON, Ernest H. <i>The Antarctic Book.</i> Winter Quarters 1907-1909 [dummy copy of the supplement to: <i>The Heart of the Antarctic</i>]. London, 1909. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> [USS BEAR]. The original auxiliary deck wheel from the famed USS Bear, 1874-1933. “PROBABLY THE MOST FAMOUS SHIP IN THE HISTORY OF THE COAST GUARD” (USCG). $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 12:</b> HENSON, Matthew. <i>A Negro Explorer at the North Pole.</i> With a forward by Robert Peary. Introduction by Booker T. Washington. New York, [1912]. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli: Auction 46 Books<br>Autographs & Manuscripts<br>Oct 3rd-5th 2023</b>
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Tilson - Zanotto, Il vero tema. 2011. Starting price 150 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Munari, Storia di un filo. Starting price 400 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Debord, Contre le cinéma. 1964. Starting price 150 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Futurism books and ephemera
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Travel books
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Medicine books
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Levaillant, Histoire naturelle des perroquets. 1801-1805. Starting price 52.000 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Carrera, Il gioco de gli scacchi. 1617. Starting price 3200 €
    <b>Gonnelli:</b> Vergilius, Opera. 1515. Starting price 800 €
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Charles Monroe Schulz, <i>The Peanuts gang,</i> complete set of 13 drawings, ink, 1971. Sold June 15 — $50,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Family Archive of Photographs & Letters. Sold June 1 — $60,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Victor H. Green, <i>The Negro Motorist Green Book,</i> New York, 1949. Sold March 30 — $50,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>King Lear; Othello;</i> [and] <i>Anthony & Cleopatra;</i> Extracted from the First Folio, London, 1623. Sold May 4— $185,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> William Samuel Schwartz, <i>A Bridge in Baraboo, Wisconsin,</i> oil on canvas, circa 1938. Sold February 16 — $32,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Lena Scott Harris, <i>Group of approximately 65 hand-colored botanical studies, all apparently California native plants,</i> hand-colored silver prints, circa 1930s. Sold February 23 — $37,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Suzanne Jackson, <i>Always Something To Look For,</i> acrylic & pencil on linen canvas, circa 1974. Sold April 6 — $87,500.
    <b>Swann:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk von Gustav Klimt,</i> complete with 50 printed collotype plates, Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold June 15 — $68,750.
  • <b><center>Case Auctions<br>Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction<br>October 6-7, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> John Speed 1676 Map of Virginia, Maryland, and Chesapeake Bay. $1,000 to $1,200.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Andrew Jackson Coffin Handbill and Political Cartoon. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Three Andrew Jackson Bank War Cartoons, incl. Way to Arabay. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Three Andrew Jackson period Political Cartoons inc. Petticoat Affair. $500 to $600.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Cdre. Jesse D. Elliott ALS and Sarcophagus Print, Andrew Jackson & USS Constitution elated. $500 to $600.
    <b><center>Case Auctions<br>Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction<br>October 6-7, 2023</b>
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Presidential Autographs & Portrait Prints incl. Eisenhower Photo, 18 items. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Group of three Robert E. Lee Cabinet Card Photographs, Miley Studio. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Eight Fugitive Writer related books incl. Andrew Lytle, R.P. Warren, J.C. Ransom, Allen Tate. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Group Early Southern and Civil War Era Sheet Music. $300 to $350.
    <b>Case Auctions, Oct. 7:</b> Henry Miller, <i>Insomnia or the Devil at Large;</i> Signed; Loujon Press 1970. $500 to $600.

Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2023 Issue

Voyages & Travel from Maggs Bros. Ltd.


Voyages & Travel.

Maggs Bros. Ltd. has issued their Catalogue 1522 – Voyages & Travel. Many of these books aren't about travels themselves, though they take their readers, generally Europeans, on visits to other lands. For example, Frederick Douglass' views on voting, or Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, aren't typical travel books, nor is a book on thugs, but they taught people about issues going on in other places. They were virtual travels.


Maggs has conveniently broken their catalogue down by region. Here are the ones covered: Africa; Egypt, the Near East & Middle East; Europe, Russia, Turkey; India, Central Asia & the Far East; Australia & the Pacific; Central & South America; North America; and Alaska & the Poles. That doesn't leave much not covered. These are a few specific items.


Next to the Columbus letter, this is probably the most important letter from the New World. It was written by Hernando Cortes, Spanish conquistador who captured Mexico for Spain. Disobeying orders from Governor Velazquez of Cuba, his superior, he sailed to Mexico and began his journey inland. Considering his limited forces, he made allies of enemies of the Aztecs before marching on their capital. He succeeded in overthrowing their empire and claiming Mexico for Spain. Item 69 is Pracclara Ferdinadi Cortesii de Nova Maris Oceani Hyspania Narratio... a 1524 first Latin edition (after the first of 1522) of Cortes' second letter (his first is lost). It is dated October 30, 1520. He describes what he saw on his journey to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the fighting he encountered, and then describes the magnificent city. In time, he conquered and destroyed it. Cortes also wrote about his dispute with Velazquez. As usual, it is bound with Peter Martyr's De Rebus, et Insulis Noviter Repertis, which provides some information found in the first letter. Item 69. Priced at £30,000 (British pounds or approximately $37,735 U.S. dollars).


It was a glorious victory for the British. At least, if you read this broadside you might think so. This is A Circumstantial Account of an Attack that happened on the 19th of April 1775, on his Majesty's Troops. This was an account, from the British point of view, of the Battle of Bunker Hill. It is attributed to General Thomas Gage, colonial Governor of Massachusetts. Technically, Gage was right. The British captured Bunker Hill and the Charlestown peninsula from the revolutionaries, but only at a very high cost. The rebellious colonists had fortified a position on the hill and Gage saw an opportunity to teach them a lesson. It became one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution. Gage has admitted that 170 British troops were killed and a “great many” more injured. Maggs points out that the number was more like six times that high. Gage concludes, “The Action has shown the Bravery of the King's Troops, who under every Disadvantage, gained a compleat Victory over Three Times their Number, strongly posted, and covered by Breastworks.” While the British were outnumbered, the three times was an exaggeration. The outcome was technically a British victory, but their casualties were so high they never attempted to attack the patriots in Boston again before abandoning the city. Item 81. £19,500 (US $24,568).


This book is timely today when voting rights in some American jurisdictions are under attack, while millions of people with that right don't even bother to exercise it. Item 90 is The Equality of All Men Before the Law. Claimed and Defended... It was published in 1865, just as the Civil War came to an end. The essays were written by William Kelley, Wendell Phillips, and Frederick Douglass. Douglass, a former slave, was a powerful writer and speaker. Included is a speech he gave to the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society on the subject “What the Black Man Wants.” Douglass is emphatic. He wants the right to vote, immediate, unconditional and universal. Why? “We want it because it is our right, first of all. No class of men can, without insulting their own nature, be content with any deprivation of their rights...” As to the argument that women don't have the right, he says “Shall we justify one wrong by another?...I hold that women as well as men, have the right to vote...” Finally, he answers the question, “What shall we do with the Negro? Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played mischief with us...All I ask is give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!” £6,000 (US $7,547).


Granville Sharp was one of England's earliest and most ardent abolitionists. He was involved in causes to end slavery and the slave trade, as well as assisting slaves and former slaves. The latter mostly lived in poverty in England. He and a few others decided to set up a colony in Africa where they could control their own affairs. The location was today's Sierra Leone, but he called it the Province of Freedom. In 1786, he promulgated A Short Sketch of Temporary Regulations (Until Better Shall be Proposed) for the Intended Settlement on the Grain Coast of Africa, Near Sierra Leona. This is the expanded second edition, published the same year as the first. The settlement would be established in 1790 and operated independently until take over by the crown in 1808. Sharp helped to fund it with his own money. The regulations included all facets of the new colony, including law enforcement, guarantees of freedom and protection for strangers, currency, taxes, including those on “Pride and Indolence” as well as the more wealthy, and more. With the official abolition of the slave trade in 1807, it became the center of British operations to suppress the trade in Africa. Item 1. £4,500 (US $5,660).


This is an account of a long ago, forgotten tragedy at sea. The title is Narrative of the Loss of the Esk and Lively, Greenland Whalers, by which Sixty-five Persons Perished; with a Sermon preached on the Melancholy Occasion, published in 1826. The author and preacher was Rev. William Scoresby. He provides a detailed account of the wreck of the Esk. Hit by gales late one afternoon, the ship was washed against rocks, its main sail destroyed, and battered through the night. They were able to light up the cabin and fire off powder to signal their distress to those onshore, but there was little they could do to help during the night. In the morning, a life boat attempted to reach the battered ship but they were unable to get enough volunteers to overcome the power of the sea and reach the Esk. Finally, it broke to pieces. Only three from the crew of 26 were able to make it to shore, each clinging to debris. They were able to provide the details of this account. Almost nothing is known of the fate of the Lively after last spotted at sea by another ship. Some debris was found but nothing more is known. There were no survivors. This was certainly a “melancholy occasion” for Rev. Scoresby. Prior to becoming a preacher, he had been a ship's captain and for several years captained the Esk. He knew several members of its crew, including the Captain. £4,000 (US $5,031).


Maggs Bros. Ltd. may be reached at ++44 (0)20 7493 7160 or travel@maggs.com. Their website is www.maggs.com.

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  • <b><center>Australian Book Auctions<br>Voyages, Natural History &c.<br>October 4, 2023<br>9:00 AM Australian Western Time</b>
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> PURCHAS, Samuel (circa 1577-1626). <i>HAKLUYTUS POSTHUMUS OR PURCHAS HIS PILGRIMES…,</i> London, 1625-1626. First edition. $40,000 to $60,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> GOULD, John. <i>THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA,</i> Volume IV. Folio, 104 fine handcoloured lithographed plates. London, 1848. $20,000 to $30,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> REICHENOW, Dr. Ant. <i>VOGELBILDER AUS FERNER ZONEN, abbildungen und beschreibungen der Papageien.</i> Kassel, 1878-1883. Folio, 33 hand-finished chromolithograph plates. $3,000 to $5,000 AUD
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> WALLIS, <i>E. WALLIS’S ELEGANT AND INSTRUCTIVE GAME exhibiting the Wonders of Nature, in Each Quarter of the World.</i> Handcoloured view, 26 numbered scenes. $400 to $600 AUD.
    <b>Australian Book Auctions, Oct. 4:</b> GREENAWAY, Kate. <i>ALMANACK FOR 1883</i> [and following years]. Twenty-two volumes, including six duplicates in variant bindings. $1,400 to $1,800 AUD.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliotheca Brookeriana: A Renaissance Library<br>Magnificent Books and Bindings<br>11 October 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Francesco Colonna, Hypnerotomachie, Paris, 1546, Parisian calf by Wotton Binder C for Marcus Fugger. $300,000 to $400,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Leonardo da Vinci, Trattato della pittura, manuscript on paper, [Rome, ca. 1638–1641], a very fine pre-publication manuscript. $250,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Paradis, Ung petit traicte de Alkimie, [Paris, before 1540], contemporary morocco by the Pecking Crow binder for Anne de Montmorency. $300,000 to $350,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Capocaccia, Giovanni Battista, A wax relief portrait of Pius V, in a red morocco book-form box by the Vatican bindery, Rome, 1566–1568. $250,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Serlio, Il terzo libro; Regole generali, Venice, 1540, both printed on blue paper and bound together by the Cupid's Bow Binder. $400,000 to $500,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 11:</b> Tiraboschi, Carmina, manuscript on vellum, [Padua, c. 1471], the earliest surviving plaquette binding. $280,000 to $350,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Bibliotheca Brookeriana: A Renaissance Library<br>The Aldine Collection A–C<br>12 October 2023</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Anthologia graeca, Venice, Aldus, 1503, printed on vellum, Masterman Sykes-Syston Park copy. $150,000 to $200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Castiglione, Il libro del cortegiano, Venice, Aldus, 1528, contemporary Italian morocco gilt, Accolti-Landau copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Castiglione, Il libro del cortegiano, Venice, Aldus, 1545, contemporary morocco for Thomas Mahieu, Chatsworth copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Cicero, Epistolae familiares, Venice, Aldus, 1502, printed on vellum, illuminated, Renouard-Vernon-Uzielli copy. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Colonna, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Venice, Aldus, 1499, Gomar Estienne binding for Jean Grolier, Spencer copy. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Oct. 12:</b> Crinito, Libri de poetis Latinis, Florence, Giunta, 1505, Cupid's Bow Binder for Grolier, Paris d'Illins-Wodhull copy. $250,000 to $300,000.

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