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Book Catalogue Reviews - August - 2006 Issue

Travel Books from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books

Travel2006

Travel 2006 from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books
is prepared to take you for a trip around the world in their latest catalogue, Travel 2006. Offered are over 400 travel items, mostly from Europe, but the travelers spread from that continent to all over the world. For collectors with a wanderlust, this is an outstanding collection.

Shapero breaks their travels down to various sections of the catalogue based on the destination: Africa, Americas, Central Asia, Europe, Far East, Greece and Ottoman, India and South East Asia, Middle East, Russia, Pacific, Antarctic and Voyages. There is also a section on Mountaineering. So pack your bags and we'll take a brief tour of the travels and lands to which Shapero is ready to take you.

One of the major discoveries, at least for Europeans (some Africans always knew the answer), was locating the source of the Nile. Richard Burton was the foremost 19th century traveler seeking this answer, but the solution finally fell to his associate, John Speke. Burton did not believe Speke's assertions based on a journey they took together, but Speke would return to Africa without Burton and finally lay the dispute to rest. Speke provides the answer in his 1863 book, Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. Priced at £950 (British pounds, or US equivalent of $1,742).

Burton was already the major inland explorer of Africa and the Middle East at the time, which led him to take a hiatus from these travels around 1860. Instead, he went to America. He published his travelogue in 1861, The City of the Saints and across the Rocky Mountains to California. This journey began in New Orleans, and reached California before it ended. However, perhaps the most notable part of Burton's observations concerned the Mormon colony and his meeting Brigham Young. His objective and relatively nonjudgmental views of a group still despised by a great many people brought Burton much criticism. Item 35. £900 (US $ 1,651).

By 1872, Burton must have been running out of traditional places to visit. This time, he accepted an offer to explore the sulfur mining potential of Iceland. Despite its name, Iceland is home to numerous sulfuric hot springs, and for many years, the condensed sulfur was mined. Burton extensively toured the island and reported his findings in 1875 in the two-volume set, Ultima Thule, or, a Summer in Iceland. Item 125. £1,000 (US $1,835).

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Edward Hopper & His Contemporaries:<br>Making a Modern American Art<br>June 30, 2022
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>The Railroad,</i> etching, 1922. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Sheet of Studies with Men in Hats and a Saloon Keeper,</i> pen, ink & pencil, circa 1900-05. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Night Shadows,</i> etching, 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Edward Hopper & His Contemporaries:<br>Making a Modern American Art<br>June 30, 2022
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> John Marin, <i>Woolworth Building, No. 2,</i> etching & drypoint, 1913. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Charles Demuth, <i>Tulips,</i> watercolor & pencil, 1924. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann June 30:</b> Edward Hopper, <i>Under Control,</i> gouache, ink & wash, circa 1907-10. $30,000 to $50,000.
  • <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JESSE JAMES. Autograph Letter Signed on the attack at his home which maimed his mother and killed his nephew Archie, 6 pp, March 23, 1875. THE MOST IMPORTANT JESSE JAMES LETTER EXTANT. $300,000 to $500,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> THE LETTER THAT ARRIVED TOO LATE: An important letter from Robert E. Lee to Ulysses S. Grant across the battlefield at Cold Harbor, June 6, 1864. $120,000 to $180,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> DAVY CROCKETT. Autograph Letter Signed on his political philosophy and his dispute with Andrew Jackson, "at home Weakley County," August 18, 1831. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> GEORGE WASHINGTON. Letter Signed to Colonel Richard Gridley, the first engineer of the American Army, Morris Town, January 9, 1777. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> SCOTT FITZGERALD. <i>Tender is the Night.</i> FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED to H.A. Swanseid. $30,000 to $50,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS. <i>Tarzan of the Apes.</i> FIRST EDITION. $40,000 to $60,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> J.R.R. TOLKIEN. <i>The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.</i> FIRST EDITION. $20,000 to $30,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NATHANAEL WEST. <i>The Day of the Locust.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed to director Richard Wallace in the year of publication. $6,000 to $8,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> FRANCIS PICABIA. Archive of 17 Autograph Letters signed to Jennie Thiersch on art and life, 1948-1951. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> JOHN HANCOCK. Autograph Letter Signed to his wife Dolly from the Continental Congress, 4 pp, Philadelphia, March 10-11, 1777. $8,000 to $12,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 28:</b> NIGHTGOWN WORN BY CHARLOTTE CARDEZA DURING THE TITANIC DISASTER AND RESCUE. $40,000 to $60,000

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