Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2006 Issue

Book Arts From The Veatchs

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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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900
  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.

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