Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2006 Issue

Western Fiction from Between The Covers Rare Books

Zane Grey rides a horse at Buffalo Jones' ranch.


One final Grey item: a photograph of Zane Grey on horseback, containing his signature and the note "Zane Grey -- Buffalo Jones's Ranch, Northern Arizona." Buffalo Jones was a buffalo hunter from the same period as Buffalo Bill, though he is not as well remembered because he never put together a Wild West show. However, as the buffalo herds quickly disappeared, he became a conservationist and reestablished several herds before the buffalo disappeared completely. Grey was a great admirer of Jones and undoubtedly thoroughly enjoyed his time on the latter's ranch. Item 95. $550.

Next to Grey, the best known western author could well be Louis L'Amour. Prolific and popular like Grey, his books came a little later. Item 126 is a first edition of Smoke from this Alter, published in 1939. This was L'Amour's first book, a volume of verse, and it includes an inscription from him. The book was evidently given as a prize on May 31, 1939. $4,500.

This is not your typical western, but it was the basis for one of the more entertaining western movies. Item 36 is The Ballad of Cat Ballou, by Roy Chanslor, published in 1956. A decade later, it would become one of the more amusing films of the time, earning a best actor academy award for Lee Marvin, as the drunken, broken-down gunslinger. The title role of Ms. Ballou was played by Jane Fonda. $125.

William S. Hart was one of the first of the film cowboys to achieve huge box office success, long before the likes of Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. However, Hart was not a singing cowboy. He wasn't even a talking one. Hart reached superstardom during the silent film era. However, his voice must not have matched people's expectations, as his career tumbled after "talkies" were introduced. Hart responded by writing a western novel of his own. Item 102 is Hoof-Beats, by William S. Hart, published in 1933. $125.

Here is a novel with a most novel comment on its front flap. This is a 1934 reprint of Trigger Slim, by Clem Yore. The note says that this edition is being offered at a reduced price, first because it was produced from the same plates as the first edition, but then because of "acceptance by the author of a reduced royalty." One wonders whether the publisher twisted poor Clem's arm for that one. Item 249. $225.

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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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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