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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2006 Issue

Some Very Fine Books From Heritage Book Shop

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Fine Books are offered in Heritage Book Shop's Catalogue 219.


By Michael Stillman

The Heritage Book Shop of Los Angeles has issued its 219th catalogue of Fine Books, offering 200 items of top quality and significance. The thread that runs through this catalogue is the significance and collectibility of the works, rather than the particular subject matter. There are works of history, literature, exploration, science, religion, art and so on. Most are uncommon if not rare, and "antiquarian" describes the majority. There are even a few pieces of incunabula within this catalogue. For collectors on the higher levels, this is a compilation worth examining. Let's take a brief look inside.

Item 19 is a first edition of the first book about the sport known as football in most of the world, or soccer in America. The book goes all the way back to 1580, and some may be surprised to learn it was published in Florence. The title is Discorso sopra il giuco del calico fiorentino, by Giovanni de Bardi. The book traces the sport's history back to ancient times and explains its rules, in what seasons it should be played, how to prepare the field, and such. Priced at $20,000.

Here is another first account -- A New Discovery of a Vast Country in America...Between New France and New Mexico, by Louis Hennepin. This is a 1698 first issue of the first edition in English of Father Hennepin's travels through the heart of America when much of it was still unknown to anyone but the Indians. Hennepin traveled the Mississippi with La Salle in 1678, but when the latter returned to France, he went on as far as St. Anthony's Falls, near present-day Minneapolis, the first white man to do so. Hennepin also provided the first eyewitness description of Niagara Falls and his book includes the first engraving of the falls published. Item 108. $6,000.

This was a unilateral proclamation by the United States, but for the most part it held up, and as a result greatly changed the face of the Americas. On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe proclaimed that from that day going forward, any attempts by European powers to colonize territory in the Western Hemisphere would be looked on as a hostile act by the United States. A broadside containing this announcement was printed that day, only three or four copies of which are known to survive. Item 138 is the first regular newspaper printing of this proclamation, now known as the "Monroe Doctrine," made from the same press two days later on December 4. The newspaper was the National Intelligencer from Washington, and it may be even rarer than the earlier broadside. The doctrine proved to be of great importance as once a weakened Spain, the dominant colonial power in South and Central America, lost its ability to maintain control of its colonies during the 19th century, no other European powers were able to move in. While most of the remainder of the non-European world was under the domination of European countries by the early 20th century, the Americas remained free of such colonization. $20,000.

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  • <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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