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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Book Arts From The Veatchs

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Catalogue 55 from The Veatchs Arts of the Book


By Michael Stillman

We are reviewing our first catalogue from The Veatchs Arts Of The Book, though this is their 55th such publication. Its title is Recent Acquisitions in Fine Printing, Type Specimens, Bookbinding, Leaf Books & Bruce Rogers. Bob and Lynn Veatch of Northampton, Massachusetts, have been selling antiquarian and collectible books for over three decades, with their specialty being the book arts. This particular catalogue covers numerous topics associated with book arts, includes several leaf books (books which include a leaf from another, older text), and many by or about Bruce Rogers. Rogers was a noted book designer in the first half of the twentieth century, who created books for notable private presses such as the Limited Editions Club and the Cambridge and Harvard University presses. Here are just a few samples from the Veatchs' latest catalogue.

Item 17 is the first work of one of the more notable private presses, Bird and Bull. The title is A Collection of Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery, and one can assume it is the artistic aspects of this book more than the subject matter that makes it noteworthy. On the Bird and Bull website, publisher Henry Morris describes the design and execution of this book as "indifferent," but the paper was special. Morris entered the publishing business because of his interest in handmade paper, and by being one of the few people who could produce it in 1958. This copy is number 9 of just 100, and is inscribed by Morris to fellow papermaker John Mason. Priced at $1,600.

Fast forward 47 years, and the Veatchs also offer Bird and Bull's latest publication: My Log & Diary 1994-2005 by Henry Morris. Its subtitle explains what is within its covers: "Interspersed with anecdotes and observations on book collecting, printing, private presses and other bookish matters." This, too, is a limited edition, but 47 years afforded Morris the confidence to up his print run to 160. Item 20. $450.

One more Bird and Bull before we fly, or stampede on. Item 19 is Three Erfurt Tales 1497-1498. These old tales were translated into English by Dr. Arnold Price, and the book has an introduction by Lessing J. Rosenwald. Published in 1962, it contains 24 woodcuts taken from Rosenwald's copy of the book. For those who do not know him, Lessing J. Rosenwald was one of the greatest collectors of the twentieth century. He succeeded his father in running the then huge retailer Sears, Roebuck, but retired at an early age to pursue public service and collecting. In keeping with his immense public spiritedness, he eventually donated his magnificent collection of rare books to the Library of Congress. The Veatchs' copy of this book contains a 1965 inscription from Rosenwald. $500.

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  • <b>Bonhams:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Measure for Measure</i> (extracted from the First Folio). London, 1623. Sold for $52,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $47,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams: </b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. Sold for $43,825.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Sold for $1,912.50.
    <b><center>Bonhams<br>Consignments invited (2020)</b>
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. Sold for $150,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. Sold for $15,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. Sold for $175,075.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. Sold for $131,325.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> BOOLE, GEORGE. <i>An Investigation of the Laws of Thought.</i> London, 1854. Sold for $12,575.
    <b>Bonhams:</b> SHANNON, CLAUDE and WARREN WEAVER. <i>The Mathematical Theory of Communication.</i> Urbana, 1949. Sold for $27,575.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>Winter in der Schweiz,</i> 1921. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Evelyn Rumsey Carey, <i>Pan American Exposition / Niagara / Buffalo,</i> 1901. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Arnost Hofbauer, <i>Topicuv Salon,</i> 1898. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Job,</i> 1896. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Georges de Feure, <i>Le Journal des Ventes,</i> 1898. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Cycles Perfecta,</i> 1897. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Edward Penfield, <i>Orient Cycles / Lead the Leaders,</i> circa 1895. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Adrien Barrère, <i>L’Ideal du Touriste,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Willem Frederick Ten Broek, <i>New York / Wereldtentoonselling / Holland – Amerika Lijn,</i> 1938. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Dwight Clark Shepler, <i>Sun Valley / Union Pacific.</i> $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Sascha Maurer, <i>Flexible Flyer Splitkein / Smuggler’s Notch,</i> circa 1935. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Feb 13:</b> Louis Bonhajo, <i>Vote / League of Women Voters,</i> 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.

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