Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2007 Issue

A Recent List from the Antiquariaat Forum

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Items taken to the Brussels book fair by the Antiquariaat Forum.


By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum of Utrecht issued a Short Title List of works they brought to the recent Salon International de la Bibliophilie held in Brussels. This is a collection of antiquarian works, most at least several centuries old, including a few of incunabula, and a manuscript that predates printing. This is a not a list designed for those on a tight budget, but for those who collect early European items, particularly from the Low Countries and the Continent, and those of the highest order, the Antiquariaat Forum has your books. Here are a few examples of what they have to offer.

He may have been a bit late to develop the reputation of a Captain Cook, but Louis de Freycinet did some of the most extensive explorations of the Pacific as yet seen in the early 19th century. He was equally as thorough in keeping records of his discoveries whether in the natural sciences, astronomy, geography, meteorology or ethnology. From 1817-1820, the French navigator sailed the Pacific, visiting South America, Australia, and many islands in between, Hawaii included. While he made few discoveries of new land, the thoroughness of his reporting remains his great contribution. It took Freycinet twenty years, from 1824-1844, to publish all of his reports covering his three-year trip. Item 21 is that complete collection, Voyage autour du Monde, nine text and four atlas volumes. Priced at €143,100 (Euros, or approximate US equivalent of $189,106).

Item 55 includes a copy of Gerrit de Veer's Diarium nauticum, published in 1598. This is the first Latin edition of this work covering the first three Dutch voyages attempting to find a northeast passage to China. These voyages were commanded by Willem Barentsz, but the book was written by De Veer, a carpenter on board. It is fortunate that de Veer kept a diary to recount the voyage, as Barentsz died on the last of the trips. They made it as far as the island of Novaya Zemlya, but ice prevented their ever traveling farther. De Veer's book is bound with de Houtman and Lodewijksz's Prima pars descriptionis itineris navalis in Indian Orientalem, another 1598 work which described the first Dutch journey to the East Indies. €52,470 (US $69,072).

Item 7 is a bit pricy, but it is a spectacular set for anyone who collects maps. It is a 1667 second issue of the French edition of the Blaeu atlas Le grand atlas... This has been called the greatest of all atlases as it was thorough, quite accurate for its time, and beautiful. This copy has been finely colored in a contemporary hand. The Antiquariaat Forum states, "A better and more desirable copy has not been on the market for decades." There are 596 engraved maps and plates in its 12 folio volumes. €795,000 (US $1,046,572).

Speaking of maps, item 20 includes 80 colored manuscript maps and plans of fortified towns and castles compiled in an atlas. Most were drawn prior to 1629. Most of the places depicted are from the Netherlands, but there are also examples from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Brazil and Malta. €174,900 (US $230,251).

You can find many more of the items the Antiquariaat Forum currently is offering on their website, www.forumrarebooks.com. Their telephone number is +31 (0)30 6011955.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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