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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2006 Issue

Pacific Voyages and Other Historical Works from Hordern House

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Rare books and manuscripts from Hordern House.


By Michael Stillman

Hordern House
has released another of its fine catalogues of voyages and other historical items. The latest is titled A selection of rare books, manuscripts and other historical items. Hodern House is located in Sydney, Australia, so naturally there is much on the sixth continent. However, that is hardly an exclusive, as many of the explorations that touched Australia also reached many other areas of the world. Hordern House's catalogues will appeal to anyone who collects voyages and other explorations, particularly in the Pacific. Here are a few of the items they now have available.

Item 31 is one of the exceedingly rare, important early works pertaining to the discovery of Australia and the search for a southern continent. It is a Memorial by Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, published in 1611 in Madrid. Quiros undertook two voyages on behalf of Spain in the early 1600s. He was in search of the fabled southern continent, but in reality he never found that nor Australia. He found some South Pacific Islands. On his first trip, he got as far as the Solomon Islands; the second took him to Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides). One of those islands on his second trip he called "Austrialia del Espiritu Santo," which he thought was the tip of the southern continent. He claimed the vast area he thought he found for Spain, and returned, seeking financing for further explorations. His Memorial was an attempt to garner additional financing, but Quiros was not successful. Priced at AU $295,000 (Australian dollars, or US equivalent of $225,877).

By the end of the 17th century, what is today Australia had been claimed by the Dutch when William Dampier became the first Englishman to land on the continent. In 1697, he published item 9, A New Voyage Round the World. In it, he writes, "New Holland is a very large tract of Land. It is not yet determined whether it is an Island or a main Continent; but I am certain it joyns neither to Asia, Africa, nor America..." It would be almost another century before Cook would determine it was not part of some massive southern continent, as long believed. Dampier anchored for two months off the west coast of Australia, and he writes about both natural features and the native people of the area. AU $34,500 (US $26,407).

Captain James Cook put an end to speculation about a southern continent on his second voyage, but he would make one last trip to the Pacific in 1776. On this third trip he discovered the Hawaiian Islands, reached the west coast of North America, but on a return stop in Hawaii, he was killed by natives. Item 6 is the official account of his last voyage, A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean. This copy carries the provenance of another famed explorer, James Bruce. Bruce was a British explorer who attempted to find the source of the Nile. In 1770, he was the first European to reach the source of the Blue Nile, which he believed to be the Nile of the ancients, though most people consider the real source to be that of the larger White Nile, not discovered until almost a century later. AU $32,000 (US $24,481).

Rare Book Monthly

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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. Sold for $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. Sold for $65,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Louise Bourgeois, <i>He Disappeared Into Complete Silence,</i> portfolio with complete text & 9 engravings, 1947. Sold for $413,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Erich Maria Remarque, <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first American edition, Boston, 1929. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sir William Russell Flint, gouache & watercolor illustration for Homer's <i>Odyssey,</i> 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, London, 1893. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>St. Moritz,</i> 1918. Sold for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> R.J. Waters, 3 panoramas of the San Francisco earthquake & fire, 1906. Sold for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Album with 200 cartes-de-visite, including images by Felice Beato, John Thompson & F.W. Sutton, Japan & China, 1863-69. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. Sold for $40,000.
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    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> NOLAND, KENNETH. Original circle painting, untitled, acrylic and ink on cloth, for cover of monograph $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> FROST, ROBERT. Autograph Manuscript of "Build Soil," 12 pp, 1932-1936. $15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> GOULD, GLENN. Glenn Gould's extensively annotated copy of Bach's Goldberg Variations $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> PLATH, SYLVIA. EARLY Autograph Letter Signed, about her beginnings as a writer, Northampton, MA, 1951. $7,000 to 10,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> HOUDINI, HARRY. A collection of 11 cast iron shackle and lock items from Houdini's personal collection. $20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000

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