Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2006 Issue

Books and Manuscripts from John Waite Rare Books

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Teddy Roosevelt's letters to Louisa Lee Schuyler.


Item 17 offers another connection to a descendant of Alexander Hamilton. It is an appointment of Alexander Hamilton, most likely the grandson of the more famous man by that name, as a "Cadet in the service of the United States" (West Point?). It is dated 1832, and was signed by Lewis Cass, then Secretary of War. Cass had a long and notable career in public service. He was a general and war hero, Governor of the Michigan Territory, a senator and Secretary of State during the Buchanan administration. He was also the only presidential nominee of the Democratic Party from 1800 to 1860 who was never elected president (he lost to Zachary Taylor in 1848). $350.

We seem stuck in a rut here, but Alexander Hamilton is worthy of the attention, so here are letters from Eliza Hamilton Schuyler, granddaughter of Alexander, to Reverend Orville Dewey, a family friend. They are dated from 1847 to 1863. They cover a wide range of issues, from theology, literature and society, to slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War. Dewey was himself a well-published writer, and was a supporter of neither slavery nor abolition, which brought him opposition from both north and south of the Mason-Dixon line. Most of the 32 letters are from Mrs. Schuyler or Rev. Dewey, with a few from other family members. Item 100. $4,500.

Item 56 is one of the greatest American literary classics. It is the first American edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain or Samuel Clemens, whichever alias you prefer. This is a first printing, from 1876. $5,000.

Item 116 is a scarce offprint of the article Reflections on American Foreign Diplomacy, published in Foreign Affairs magazine in 1956. The obscure author was Henry Kissinger, still influential in American foreign policy today, half a century later. He had many ideas for American policy and devoted his life to the subject, yet his advice played an important role in two of America's least successful wars, Vietnam and Iraq. $600.

For collectors of the Limited Editions Club, item 158 is a prize. It is Lysistrata by Aristophenes, with illustrations by Pablo Picasso. Published in 1934 and limited to 1,500 copies, it is signed by Picasso. $5,750.

Item 28 is one of several Black Panther Party items, undated but from 1968. The Black Panthers were a militant black rights group, perhaps the most notable of those to arise during the latter years of the nonviolent protest era. This is a petition for control of the Oakland police. It calls for a division of the police department into two, one to police the mainly black neighborhoods, the other to handle the white areas. It also calls for more civilian control over the police. Not surprisingly, this proposal was never adopted. $400.

John Waite Rare Books may be reached at 802-674-2665 or jwrb@adelphia.net.

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  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rackham (Arthur). The Old Hag Standing Outside a Cottage, original drawing, signed by the artist, [c.1909]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing, signed by the author, original pictorial wrappers, 1997. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Castiglione (Giuseppe, after). Twelve plates from <i>Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan,</i> 1783-1786. £4,000 to £6,000.
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    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Antiphonal.- Antiphonal manuscript, [Spain], ca. 1650. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Almanach de Gotha.- Almost complete run 1769 to 1945, 12mo & 8vo, Gotha, C.W. Ettinger [- Justus Perthes]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Bible, Greek.- New Testament [Greek], Novum Iesu Christi D.N. testamentum, ex bibliotheca regia, 2 parts in one, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1550. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Lithgow (William). <i>The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures… from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…,</i> woodcut illustrations, 4to, I. Oakes, 1640. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Interest.-16th -18th Century. Large collection of letters related to prominent members of the Spanish court and clergymen,; v.s., late 16th-mid 18th century. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,</i> 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue8vo, John Murray, 1871. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Loewy (Raymond) ARR. Mickey Mouse, original gouache and air brush illustration of Mickey Mouse, signed by artist., n.p. [1946]. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Potter (Beatrix) & Sendak (Maurice). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> NUMBER 2 OF 250 SIGNED COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY SENDAK, New York, 1995. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Wolstenholm (Jonathan) ARR. Books on Books, original watercolor, signed and dated by the artist, 2005.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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