Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2003 Issue

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NEW REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT: From now on AE Monthly will print reviews of recent catalogues and/or websites produced by noted Americana dealers. This feature is an open one in that we invite submissions of online or printed catalogues or website citations 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 or websites 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 and one website. We’ll start with the website review and then, in the interests of fairness, we’ll arrange these reviews in alphabetical order by the dealer firm name.

Website Review
This month we received a request from L.A. Chernier, proprietor of The Book Shop, which is according to the website “…located in Hamilton, Ontario. We select only the best books (in topics and condition) for our stock and have a wide range of titles for all interests & I have been in the book business 32 years.” Their specialties are listed as “Childrens, Poetry, New Age, Canadiana, Comics, Literature, Collectors, Cookbooks, & Mystery”.

The Book Shop, located in Hamilton, Ontario is a very interesting business. L.A. Chenier, its proprietor, is energetic with a capital E. He’s been buying and selling books for 32 years. His business is electronic and his market world-wide. He specializes in 20th century non-fiction and is a great resource for off-beat material. Befitting his eclectic approach to book selling he’s also an eclectic collector... of pop-up books. So far he has about 300 examples.

On his site today you’ll find about 6,700 books and in his warehouse another 25,000 or so titles waiting for their turn at the plate. He explains his business this way. “My customers are people who look for books that will tell them things.”

His material can be found on Amazon, Alibris and ABE. He works hard to maintain the highest ratings with the various selling sites he uses. So if it's non-fiction and 20th century you’ll want click here: www.abebooks.com/home/lchenir . He’ll be trying hard to satisfy you.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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