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Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2006 Issue

New Arrivals at Between The Covers Rare Books

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New Arrivals at Between The Covers.


By Michael Stillman

The latest collection of New Arrivals from Between The Covers Rare Books has just arrived. As always, it is an entertaining collection of serious, odd, and amusing books and ephemera. The largest group is modern first editions, but there are sections on westerns, children's books, mysteries, and science fiction. Of course, modern firsts can cover any topic, so be prepared to find just about anything. As always, Between The Covers has provided illustrations of everything that is offered, making their catalogues among the most helpful offered. Here are samples of what they have recently acquired.

Item 3 is an unusual, but highly desirable William Faulkner piece. It is probably his shortest. Known simply as the "Beer Broadside," but headed To The Voters of Oxford, it is the famed author's attempt to have his hometown's prohibition of beer overturned. Beer had been prohibited in Oxford, Mississippi, in 1944. In 1950, a vote was held to extend the ban. The clergy supported an extension, as did the local newspaper. When Faulkner was unable to get the newspaper to publish his rebuttal to the clergy's arguments, he printed up this broadside and had family members hand it out. Faulkner counters the claim that beer was voted out in 1944 because of its "obnoxiousness," stating instead that at the time, beer drinkers, or those who didn't object to others drinking it, were off at war defending those who preferred staying at home. As for the argument that money spent on beer would be better spent on food, clothing, and other essentials, Faulkner says that by this logic, Oxford would have to close "the florists, the picture shows, the radio shops and the pleasure car dealers." Faulkner's logic was impeccable, but the voters ignored him and kept the ban in place. Priced at $5,000.

Knute Rockne was a writer? Apparently. The famed Notre Dame football coach released a book in 1925 called The Four Winners. It is described as a romance in which the football team captain must succeed on the field to win some young lady's heart. I have no way of knowing whether this is a piece of great literature, or of something else, but I do note that Rockne's reputation rests on his role as a great football coach, period. Item 61. $700.

Now here is a novel by a man known as a great writer, but not a great writer of novels. The author is John Philip Sousa, and he is one of America's most noted musical composers, famous for his marches. His novels are less well known. Item 107 is The Fifth String, written and inscribed by Sousa in 1902. $500.

Would you like to run your own gas station? This is a lost art. Gas today is sold at convenience stores. However, in 1934, gas was pumped at real garages, by real people who washed your windshield and checked your oil. Here is a helpful guide from P.A. Reynolds: Garage Organisation and Management. This book was published in London, but you probably knew that since "organisation" is spelled with an "s" rather than a "z." Item 11. $350.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Les Cigarettes Mekka,</i> 1919. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Plinio Codognato, <i>Cicli Fiat,</i> circa 1910. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> L.N. Britton, <i>Warning! Consider the Possible Consequences,</i> c. 1917. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonardo Bistolfi, <i>Première Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Modernes,</i> 1902. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Paquet Pernot / Biscuits Pernot,</i> 1910. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Francesco Nonni, <i>Font Meo / Acqua Minerale Naturale,</i> 1924. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Frederick Winthrop Ramsdell, <i>American Crescent Cycles,</i> 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> <i>Be a Tight Wad! Own Something!</i> designer unknown, 1925. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> Candido Aragonese de Faria, <i>Chamonix–Mont–Blanc,</i> c. 1910. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 5:</b> W.E.J., <i>Irishmen Avenge the Lusitania,</i> c. 1915. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Maitres Affiches by MUCHA - Papier a cigarettes Job. 202. $5,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> De Bry - Map of the West Indies (including Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Parts of Central & South America, Sea Monsters, Ships). $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gould - Short-billed Toucan (Ramphastos Brevicarinatus). $5,000 to $8,000.
    <center><b>Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books<br>Fine Art<br>Antique Engravings & Lithographs<br>Works on Paper<br>Accepting bids until August 7</b>
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Redoute, Folio - Pale Iris - Iris flavescens. 375. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gillray - Light Expelling Darkness or The Sun of the Constitution. $200 to $500.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Gerard - Wild Hemp or Weed, Cannabis. 708. $150 to $450.
    <b>Trillium, Aug. 7:</b> Shaw & Nodder - Head of The Dodo. 165. $100 to $300.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Family photograph album ("The Hughes family Album"), 1957-1962. £30,000 to £50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Typed letter signed, to Ted Hughes, on "my own private doctrine", with a poem, 5 October 1956. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath. Pen and ink portrait of Ted Hughes, [1956]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Your Own Sylvia:<br>Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes and other items,<br>Property of Frieda Hughes<br>9 to 21 July 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Joint autograph letter signed, to William and Edith Hughes, March 1960. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Photographic portrait by David Bailey, inscribed by Plath, 1961, and another press photo. £800 to £1,200.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Tarot de Marseille. Deck of cards owned by Sylvia Plath. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 9 – 21 July:</b> Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Pair of gold wedding rings. £6,000 to £8,000.

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