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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2007 Issue

Listado de Libros from Libreria de Antano

Listado de Libros from Libreria de Antano.


By Michael Stillman

As the title of this catalogue suggests, it is intended for those proficient in the Spanish language. That eliminates this reviewer. Generally, catalogues from Libreria de Antano are at least partly in English, but this one was printed in conjunction with the recent Madrid book fair. A catalogue of primarily Spanish language books for a Spanish audience is, naturally, going to be written in a language other than English, or even French for that matter. However, there are a few books offered that are in English, and I will try to describe those and a few others so that those with skills in more languages than I will have a sense of what is available.

Item 26 is an uncommon book by Henry Swinburne entitled Pictureque Tour Through Spain. Swinbourne toured Spain in 1775-76 and wrote a book about it a few years later. However, this title was published in 1806 and is a first edition. It is a folio size book published in an atlas format. Along with some text, it features a map of Spain and 20 illustrations. There are images of Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Barcelona, a couple of old castles, a bridge and a tower and more. Priced at $4,200.

Item 28 is Travels in the Interior of Brazil...by John Mawe. Mawe traveled from England to South America in 1805, and after temporarily finding himself imprisoned as a British spy during a conflict between his homeland and Spain, made his way to Brazil. Mawe was a mineralogist, so he journeyed inland to observe the country's gold and diamond mines in the state of Minas Gerais. This was a notable report as the Portuguese rarely allowed foreigners to gather information about mines in their colony. This first edition was published in 1812, and contains a map and eight plates. $4,250

Item 12 is Antonio de Solis' Historia de la Conquista de Mexico...published in 1684. Solis was a one-time playwright who took on a more serious role as a government official and traveled to Mexico to write about Spain's colony. He was an admirer of the brutal conquistador Hernan Cortes, which probably helped make this book quite popular, but despite his views this is one of the better histories available of Mexico at the time. $8,950.

Item 63 is one of several items from the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, El Aleph, published in 1949. It is a collection of short stories, including one of the same title as the book. In the story, the Aleph is a small brilliant point within which can be seen everything in the universe. It fits the theme of the infinite Borges would return to many times in his career. This copy is a first edition. $6,400. As an aside, it was a couple of Borges manuscripts, valued at almost $1 million, that a Boston bookseller recently reported stolen, only to discover the following day tucked behind a picture. It gave both Borges and the bookseller some notice in the press, though perhaps not the type the latter would have preferred.

There are many more books in this catalogue, but I will leave the rest to those who do not struggle with the language. You may contact Libreria de Antano at books@millic.com.ar, telephone (5411) 4822-7178.

Rare Book Monthly

  • ALDE, May 28: KIPLING (RUDYARD). Le Livre de la Jungle. – Le IIe livre de la Jungle. Paris, Sagittaire, Simon Kra, 1924-1925. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: NOAILLES (ANNA DE). Les Climats. Paris, Société du Livre contemporain, 1924. €50,000 to €60,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MILTON (JOHN). Paradis perdu. Quatrième chant. S.l., Les Bibliophiles de l'Automobile-Club de France, 1974. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LEBEDEV (VLADIMIR). Russian Placards - Placard Russe 1917-1922. Saint-Petersbourg, Sterletz, 1923. €1,000 to €1,200.
    ALDE, May 28: MARDRUS (JOSEPH-CHARLES). Histoire charmante de l'adolescente sucre d'amour. Paris, F.-L. Schmied, 1927. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: TABLEAUX DE PARIS. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1927. €2,000 to €3,000.
    ALDE, May 28: LA FONTAINE (JEAN DE). Les Fables illustrées par Paul Jouve. S.l. [Lausanne], Gonin & Cie, 1929. €4,000 to €5,000.
    ALDE, May 28: SARTRE (JEAN-PAUL). Vingt-deux dessins sur le thème du désir. Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1961. €1,500 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: [BRAQUE (GEORGES)]. 13 mai 1962. Alès, PAB, 1962. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MIRÓ (JOAN). Je travaille comme un jardinier. Avant-propos d'Yvon Taillandier. Paris, Société intenationale d'art XXe siècle, 1963. €1,000 to €2,000.
    ALDE, May 28: MAGNAN (JEAN-MARIE). Taureaux. Paris, Michèle Trinckvel, 1965. €3,000 to €4,000.
    ALDE, May 28: PICASSO (PABLO). Dans l'atelier de Picasso. 1960. €15,000 to €20,000.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Marx, Das Kapital,1867. Dedication copy. Est: € 120,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Latin and French Book of Hours, around 1380. Est: € 25,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Theodor de Bry, Indiae Orientalis, 1598-1625. Est: € 80,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviary, Latin manuscript, around 1450-75. Est: € 10,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    G. B. Piranesi, Vedute di Roma, 1748-69. Est: € 60,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    K. Schmidt-Rottluff, Arbeiter, 1921. Orig. watercolour on postcard. Est: € 18,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Breviarium Romanum, Latin manuscript, 1474. Est: € 20,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    C. J. Trew, Plantae selectae, 1750-73. Est: € 28,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    M. Beckmann, Apokalypse, 1943. Est: € 50,000
    Ketterer Rare Books
    Auction May 27th
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Ulrich von Richenthal, Das Concilium, 1536. Est: € 9,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    I. Kant, Critik der reinen Vernunft, 1781. Est: €12,000
    Ketterer Rare Books, May 27:
    Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (AIZ) / Die Volks-Illustrierte (VI), 1932-38. Est: €8,000

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