Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2006 Issue

Latin America, Spain and Portugal from Libreria de Antano


Evita Peron still captures the hearts of her countrymen half a century after her death.

One of Europe's most persecuted groups over many centuries has been the Roma People, or Gypsies. They have long been near the bottom of the economic ladder, and in typical fashion, have been regarded and treated as dishonest and as thieves by those of greater means. Like the Jews, they have lived as communities within other nations, and also like the Jews, have experienced much discrimination and persecution, hundreds of thousands being sent to death camps by the Nazis. Discrimination for the Gypsies is nothing new. Item 12 is two proclamations from the King of Portugal regarding the Gypsies. In one dated 1708, they are forbidden to wear their typical dress or speak their language, travel together on roads, buy or sell animals, etc. Punishment for violations is a whipping and ten years imprisonment for men, exile to Brazil for women. A second proclamation, from 1760, orders what Gypsy children in Brazil are to be taught, and that men are to be enlisted in the army and be made to work on public projects. $900.

Item 31 is a most attractive and interesting illustrated Brazilian botanical work, Botanische Ergebnisse der Reise seiner Majestat des Kaisers von Mexico, Maximilian I. Its author, Dr. Wawra, accompanied Prince Maximilian to Brazil in 1859-60, where he undertook this study. Its publication would be delayed until 1866, as Wawra would follow Maximilian to Mexico when the latter was installed as emperor. We presume that Wawra didn't hang around Mexico long after that, as Maximilian was overthrown and executed the following year. $6,800.

We started with one great, if controversial Spanish queen, we'll close with sort of another. She spoke Spanish, though she was Argentine, and she was never officially a queen, but she provoked more affection from her "subjects" than did her husband or anyone else. Of course this could only be "Evita," Eva Peron. Item 42 is a 1950 photographic portrait of Mrs. Peron, with an inscription to Antonio Nicoletti and those in the Administrative Office of the President, paying her respects. $2,700.

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SOUTH AMERICA: a selection of curious & scarce imprints mostly from small provincial presses.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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