Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2002 Issue

January 2003 Dealer Catalogue Reviews

Gene W. Baade. Books on the West Catalogue 802

NEW COLUMN ANNOUNCEMENT: From now on AE Monthly will print reviews of recent catalogues produced by noted Americana dealers. This feature is an open one in that we invite submissions of online or printed catalogues from any Americana dealer, so long as he or she is signed up as a subscriber to AE’s services. Any dealer who wishes to pursue having their catalogues reviewed by us simply needs to drop a line to AE Monthly’s Managing Editor Abby Tallmer at atallmer@americanaexchange.com. Please remember that we publish on a monthly schedule and that we’d like to have your catalogue in hand or viewable online approximately one month before our next issue goes to press at the first of the month.

This month we have the opportunity to review the following three catalogues. To be fair, we’ll arrange these reviews in alphabetical order by the dealer firm name.

Books on the West (Catalogue 802, Gene W. Baade.) A modest yet substantial catalogue that presents itself more as an old-fashioned priced list than a glossily detailed dealer’s catalogue. However, within this 10 page long Xeroxed catalogue there are surely some treasures available to collectors of Western Americana. In keeping with its unpretentious format there is a charming and folksy, almost conversational introduction to the catalogue, presumably prepared by the firm’s owner:
“Dear friends and fellow travelers in the world of books and the West. One of the more pleasant things about being a dealer in books on the Old West is to hear from so many of my customers who have interesting family or other ties with that bygone era in the West. Years ago I sold a cheap paperback copy of Cecil Alter’s biography of Jim Bridger to a woman whose great grandfather and great grandmother (maybe there’s another “great” that should be in there) had gotten married near the end of a wagon train journey to California. Bridger was their best man! She wanted the book for her grandson so that he might better appreciate that little piece of family history. Stories and connections like this abound and I’m grateful to hear them from you. My own great grandfather came over from Germany in early 1867 and joined up with the U.S. Army. He spent the next two and one-half years helping to protect the track layers of the Union Pacific Railroad, from Grand Island, Nebraska, to Ogden, Utah. I had hoped to find him at the Golden Spike ceremony on May 10, 1869. However, he was apparently on garrison duty that day at Camp Douglas. Probably peeling potatoes.

What a thrill it is to read well-written history! Many of you have it coursing through your own blood, running down from old campfires and pitched battles! May you find a drop or two of your grandparents’ blood in this list.”

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MADISON THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MONROE PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE SOUP BOWL. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A FRANKLIN PIERCE BRUSHED SILK TOP HAT. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: LINCOLN ENDORSEMENT: "I AM ALWAYS FOR THE MAN WHO WISHES TO WORK." $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A RUTHERFORD B. HAYES CIVIL WAR-ERA TRAVEL DESK. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S FINAL PRESIDENTIAL AUTOMOBILE FLAG. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: GARFIELD LS AS PRESIDENT ALLUDING TO THE "STAR-ROUTE" SCANDAL: "REGRETTING THE EMBARRASSMENTS WHICH THE EVENT HAS CAUSED US BOTH." $25,000 - $35,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: AN 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL WILLIAM MCKINLEY INAGURATION POCKETWATCH. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE FLAG. $80,000 - $120,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S LAST DAY: OFFICIAL SCHEDULE ANNOTATED BY SPECIAL ASSISTANT DAVE POWERS WITH A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE DETAIL OF THE DAY'S ACTIONS. $40,000 - $60,000
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: KUPKA, Frantisek (1871-1957) - Quatre histoires de blanc et noir. Paris: Marcel Baque, 1926. €5.000-€8.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: VASI, Giuseppe Agostino (1710-1782) - Raccolta delle più belle vedute antiche, e moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise secondo lo stato presente. Rome: A. Vasi, 1786. €4.000-€6.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: SALAMANCA, Antonio (1478-1562) - [First map depicting the bay of Naples]. [Rome: 1538]. €3.000-€5.000

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