Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Literature, Art and Science from Manhattan Rare Book

A Selection of Fine Books from the Manhattan Rare Book Company.


By Michael Stillman

The Manhattan Rare Book Company
has sent out its latest Selection of Fine Books, and they are fine indeed. This is not a long list, but it contains some of the greatest literature, artistic and scientific works of the past few centuries. Collectors of first editions will be particularly interested in this list. Here are a few of the items available.

It may not present the most interesting reading, but it is an important manual in the history of American government. Thomas Jefferson served as the presiding officer of the senate after his election as vice-president in 1796. He used that experience to codify the senate's rules of procedure, many of which remain in effect today. Jefferson's treatise is titled Manual of Parliamentary Practice for Use of the Senate of the United States. Priced at $9,000.

This next book may not be particularly popular with hunters, but it has delighted and horrified children for three-quarters of a century. The book is Bambi A Life in the Woods, by Felix Salten. The horror, of course, is when Bambi's father is taken down by hunters, but the young buck does go on to have a very successful, and endearing career. Originally published in German in 1923, this copy is of the first English language edition from 1928. $2,500.

This is not a particularly rare item, but demand is so great that there are never enough copies to go around. It is certainly one of the most collectible American novels of all time. Offered is a first edition, first issue of Margaret Mitchell's classic Gone With The Wind. If not everyone has read this book, at least everyone has seen the movie. $2,200.

William Blake is noted for both his poetry and his engravings. If not the best known of literary figures, he has one of the most loyal of followings among collectors. If you happen to be one, here is a copy of his Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Published in 1839, this is the scarce first printed edition of this work published after Blake's death. It helped lift Blake from total obscurity to at least modest recognition among the general public. $8,000.

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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, first hardback edition, 1997. £40,000 to £60,000.
    Forum, July 18: Binding.- Lucian of Samosata Opuscula Erasmo Roterodamo interprete, first Aldine edition, Venice, Heirs of Aldus Manutius and A, 1516. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bacon (Sir Francis). De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum Libri IX, Pierre Gassendi's copy gifted him by Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc, Paris, Typis Petri Mettayer, 1624. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: Shakespeare (William). The First Part of Henry the Fourth, with the Life and Death of Henry, Sirnamed Hot-Spurre…, Printed by Isaac Jaggard, and Ed. Blount, 1623. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Darwin (Charles). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, third edition, presentation inscription 'From the Author' in a secretary's hand, John Murray, 1861. £15,000 to £20,000.
    Forum, July 18: Teague (Violet). Geraldine Rede. Night Fall in the Ti-Tree, first edition, Melbourne, Sign of the Rabbit, 1905; and another. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: India.- Primrose (Gen. James Maurice). Collection of 24 original drawings from his time in India with the 43rd Regiment of Foot, circa 1855 to 1864. £10,000 to £15,000.
    Forum, July 18: Manet (Édouard). Trente Eaux-fortes originales, the complete portfolio, Paris, A. Stroelin, 1905. £8,000 to £12,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bible, English. [The Holy Bible], first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, [Robert Barker], [1611]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum Auctions
    Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
    18th July 2024
    Forum, July 18: America.- Mathews (Alfred E.) Pencil Sketches of Montana, first edition, New York, Published by the Author, 1868. £6,000 to £8,000.
    Forum, July 18: Bawden (Edward). Original dust-jacket artwork for 'The Outsider' by Albert Camus, [c.1946]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    Forum, July 18: World.- Fries (Laurent). Tabula Nova Totius Orbis, woodcut map, [c.1541]. £3,000 to £5,000.

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