Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - June - 2006 Issue

Western States, Travels, and More from Dawson's Book Shop

A selection from Dawson's Book Shop.


By Michael Stillman

Dawson's Book Shop
of Los Angeles put together a catalogue in conjunction with the recent California Antiquarian Book Fair. Dawson's is one of America's oldest bookshops, in business now for over a century. They have expanded to include a photographic gallery focused on California and the Southwest within the shop. Still, books remain at the heart of Dawson's, and as always, you can expect to find many significant and collectible works on their shelves. Here are a few from their antiquarian book fair catalogue.

Jan Struys was a determined traveler, though it does not sound like these were exactly pleasure cruises. Struys undertook three major voyages from his home in the Netherlands between the years 1647 and 1673. The first took him as far east as Japan, the second brought him around the Mediterranean countries, while the third took him to Arabia, Persia, and Russia. Offered is the first English edition, from 1683, of this book, originally published in Dutch in 1676: The Perillous and most Unhappy Voyages of John Struys, Through Italy, Greece, Lifeland, Moscovia, Tartary, Media, Persia, East-India, Japan, and other Places in Europe, Africa and Asia...together with an account of the authors many dangers by shipwreck, robbery, slavery, hunger, torture, and the like... Struys adventures included the horrors of being sold into slavery and subject to great suffering, but he also presents a travelogue of what he saw, including a climb up Mount Ararat where he was given a fragment of Noah's Arc. Some have felt Struys' accounts are a bit fanciful at times, but he nevertheless provides a look at many faraway lands from a time when western contact was very limited. Priced at $4,000.

Sir George Simpson was an officer of the Hudson's Bay Company, and like Struys, an inveterate traveler. His position brought him on many trips through the North American west and north (his cousin was arctic explorer Thomas Simpson). However, his book concerns a round the world trip he took in 1841-42. The most notable part of the journey was a trek across Siberia from west to east, but the first part of the journey brought him across Canada and then down the Pacific coast and over to Hawaii. Much of the book describes California in the pre-Gold Rush days. The book, published in 1847, is titled Narrative of a Journey Round the World, During the Years 1841 and 1842. Each of the two volumes in this set bears the bookplate and signature of Theodore Hoover, President Herbert Hoover's brother. $600.

Dawson offers a copy of the 1898 C.A.C.C. Touring Guide and Road Book. C.A.C.C. -- let's see, that would be California Automobile Club... No, wait. 1898? There couldn't have been a California Automobile Club touring guide in 1898. No, this is a guide for the California Associated Cycling Clubs. These clubs provided tour guides and races for the most popular form of personal horseless transportation available before 1900. This guide includes twelve maps of bike trails in the state. $1,000.

Rare Book Monthly

  • Bonhams, June 25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. De humani corporis fabrica libri septem. $200,000 - $300,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Gersdorff, Hans Von. 1455-1529. Feldtbuch der wundartzney. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Pare, Ambroise. C.1509-1590. La Methode Curative des Playes, et Fractures de la Teste humaine. Avec les pourtraits des Instruments necessaires pour la curation d'icelles. $25,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Reisch, Gregor. 1470-1525. Margarita Philosophica. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bright, Richard. 1789-1858. Reports of Medical Cases, Selected with a View of Illustrating the Symptoms and Cure of Diseases by a Reference to Morbid Anatomy. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Berengario da Carpi, Giacomo. C. 1460-1530. Tractatus de fractura calve sive cranei. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Vicq D'Azyr, Felix. 1748-1794. Traite d'antomie et de physiologie. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Croce, Giovanni Andrea Della. 1509?-1775. Chirurgia libri septem... $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bruno Da Longburgo. 1200-1286. La cyrogia di Maistro Bruno: Expertissimo in quella. Tradutta in vulgare. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Schwann, Theodor. 1810-1882. Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Ubereinstimmung in der Struktur und dem Wachsthum der Thiere und Pflanzen. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Cowper, William. 1666-1709. The Anatomy of Humane Bodies, with Figures Drawn after the Life… $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 25: Bidloo, Govard. 1649-1713. Anatomia humani corporis, centum & quinque tabulis, per artificiossis. G. de Lairesse ad vivum delineatis. $6,000 - $9,000
  • Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Keats, John] Spenser, Edmund: The Works of that Famous English Poet, Mr. Edmond Spenser. $50,000 - $80,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: (Walton, Izaak): The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative man's Recreation. Being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing. $30,000 - $50,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Thomas, Gabriel: An Historical and Geographical Account of the Province and Country of Pensilvania; and of West-New-Jersey in America. $25,000 - $35,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Carroll, Lewis]: The Game of Alice in Wonderland. $2,000 - $3,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: Athias, Joseph, et al.: Biblia Hebraica. $7,000 - $10,000.
    Freeman’s | Hindman, June 25: [Warhol, Andy, and Jens Quistgaard] Dansk Designs Salesman's Presentation Catalogue. $2,500 - $3,500.
  • Sotheby’s, June 26: Poe, Edgar Allan. Tamerlane — the most poignant rarity in American literature. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: The Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." 2,500,000 - 5,000,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: William Blake. “Poems with very wild and interesting pictures” 1,200,000 - 1,800,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, June 26: Thomas Taylor [artist]. The original cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 400,000 - 600,000 USD
  • Bonhams, June 15-25: 18th Century American Sea Captain's Journals of Voyages to Hawaii, China, and South America. $35,000 - $45,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Admiral Richard E. Byrd's Autograph Diary from Bolling Advance Base, Winter 1934. $40,000 - $60,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Cellarius, Andreas. Harmonia macrocosmica seu atlas universalis et novus, totius universi creati cosmographiam generalem, et novam exhibens. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Nobelist George Stigler's Copy of Ricardo's Classic on the Science of Economics. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris: F. L. Schmied, 1927. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Fine Copy of Walras's Classic on the Theory of Marginal Utility. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Arion Press Moby Dick. Melville, Herman. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Venegas, Miguel. Noticia de la California, y desu conquista temporal, y espiritual hasta el tiempo presente. $7,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Carelton Watkins, Yosemite and the West. Portfolio of 21 imperial albumen prints. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: An Unpublished Archive of Thornton Wilder Correspondence to F.J. O'Neil. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, June 15-25: Vesalius, Andreas. 1514-1564. Suorum de humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. $100,000 - $150,000

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