Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2006 Issue

More of The Unusual from Thomas Cullen

The five Studebaker brothers did not look like pioneers in modern styling in this photograph.


For those who would like a lot of autographs, but from more than one person, item 28 is an amazing collection of astronaut autographs. There are roughly 60 autographs from 30 astronauts on pictorial envelopes, mostly first day covers. Included are most of the early names, Alan Shepard, America's first astronaut, John Glenn, the first American to go into orbit, Frank Borman, Gordon Cooper and more. It also includes the hard-to-find signatures of three astronauts who died training for the program. The best known is Virgil "Gus" Grissom, who died on the launch pad during a simulated countdown when fire raced through his module. The others are Elliot See and Charles Bassett, who died in an airplane crash on a training run. $900.

He was one of the greatest orators America has ever known. Daniel Webster served for decades in the senate with Henry Clay and John Calhoun, the other great speakers of the era from 1820-1850. While none of them ever made it to the presidency, they are better remembered than many of the men who reached the highest office during that time. By 1852, Calhoun was gone and Clay was dying, but Webster reached the age of 70 a hale and hearty man, serving for the second time as Secretary of State. It was then that he gave An Address Delivered Before the New York State Historical Society, February 23, 1852. It is unlikely that anyone there could have imagined that eight months later, Webster would also die when he fell from a horse and landed on his head. Item 108 is a copy of this address, and it contains one of Webster's later inscriptions, with his best regards to one Mrs. Cornelia Thayer. $900.

Next is a book in which no one wanted to find their name. It is the Straw & Prince Undertakers Cash Book. This is an accounting book for the Manchester, New Hampshire, undertaker from 1864-1867, but it also includes the names of hundreds of people who conducted their final transactions with this estimable firm. Item 86. $500,

Here is a catalogue filled with goods for sale, shoes, socks, brooms, brushes, shirts, tables, desks, chairs, beds, baskets, pots and pans. Is this circa 1928 catalogue from Sears or Wards? No. It is the New York State Department of Corrections, Catalogue of Products Manufactured in State Institutions. These must have been good products because the workers quite literally worked like slaves to produce them. And you thought all they could make were license plates! Item 121. $225.

Thomas Cullen may be reached by phone at 716-662-2082 or email at tomcat@adelphia.net. If you find this material as interesting as I do, you should give him a call.

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  • 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.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.

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