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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2007 Issue

Discounted Western Books and Ephemera from Johns' Western Gallery

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Discounted western material from Johns' Western Gallery.


By Michael Stillman

Johns' Western Gallery
, a notable west coast auction house and bookseller, has issued a catalogue of discounted goods. It's called A Discounted Selection from our Bookshop Inventory, though much of what you will find is more ephemera than books. This is a catalogue filled with material from the Old West, but one designed for collections wider than just books. There are handbills, receipts, stock certificates, checks, manuscripts, letters and other correspondence, photographs, maps and catalogues. And, there are books too. Those who find antiquarian books a window on the past will enjoy this catalogue, for it throws open the gates to all types of western memorabilia, while not straying too far from the type of ephemeral material generally associated with books. What is particularly agreeable about this material is that it is mostly unusual and rare, if not one of a kind, yet affordable to virtually any collector. And if it wasn't already sufficiently inexpensive, it has all been marked down 35% before being listed. Here are a few examples of what is to be found.

Here's a seemingly trivial item -- Richard Garvey's telephone bill. However, those who grew up in the Garvey School District of the San Gabriel Valley may find the phone bill of the namesake of their alma mater a bit more interesting. Garvey was a wealthy landowner who donated property for the district's first school. Still, there's something else even more intriguing here -- the date. Garvey's bill is dated February 1, 1886. Did they have phones in rural areas outside of Los Angeles in 1886? Evidently, but Garvey's must have been one of the first. According to Leonard and Dale Pitt's "Los Angeles A to Z," the first telephone was installed in L.A. in 1882. This early phone bill was issued by the Sunset Telephone & Telegraph Company. Sunset would eventually be absorbed by Pacific Bell. Item 171. $42.

Item 359 is a circa 1900 photograph by a then young Earle Forrest, later to become a noted writer of the Southwest. It is a picture of the house at 1318 Lafayette Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. Why this house? This is the home where noted outlaw Jesse James was shot and killed in 1882. It stands today, still a curiosity a century later. $42.

Fast forward half a century and Earle Forrest has a book with a later Lewis and Clark connection. The book is Patrick Gass: Lewis and Clark's Last Man. With the war records of descendants of Patrick Gass in World War I and World War II, published in 1950. Gass was a skilled carpenter with 15 years service in the army when he signed up for Lewis and Clark's expedition. He was elevated to sergeant during the journey when one of its three sergeants died. On return, Gass is best remembered for publishing the first account of the expedition by a participant. His book was released in 1807, seven years before the official account. Though hardly the youngest, Gass was the last survivor of the expedition, passing on in 1870 at the age of 98. Forrest's book then takes us on to the war careers of his descendants (Gass fought in the War of 1812). Item 427. $228.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Mary Anning. Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland, 24 November 1834. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Bolyai. <i>Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens,</i> Maros Vásárhelyi, 1832-1833, 2 volumes, half calf. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Vesalius.<br><i>De humani corporis fabrica,</i> Basel, 1555, modern crushed burgundy morocco. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Copernicus.<br><i>De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,</i> Nuremberg, 1543, later boards, Rostock duplicate. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Payan-Dumoulin. Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1979. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph letter signed, to his son Albert, 4 November [1915]. £10,000 to £15,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Alken (Henry), after. Salmon Fishing; Fishing in a Punt; Pike Fishing, three works, 1820. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Early Images of Angling.- Hollar (Wenceslaus) Angling; River Fishing; and Salmon Fishing, after Francis Barlow, 3 engravings, [c. 1671]. £500 to £700.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Rolfe (Henry Leonidas). <i>Studies of Fresh Water Fish,</i> 1851. £500 to £700.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Morland (George), After. A Party Angling; The Anglers' Repast, a pair, mezzotints, 1789. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Pollard (James), After. Bottom Fishing; Anglers Packing Up, etchings with aquatint, 1831. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Angling's Age of Romance.- Sayer (Robert, publisher) & J. Bennett. The Angelic Angler, mezzotint, 1781; and another. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire.- London.- Roberts (Piercy). Patience at Paddington or angling in the Junction Canal, etching after Woodward, 1807; together with Woodward's 'Angling at Sadler's Wells', and another, 1794. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire - Cats Fishing.- Seymour (Robert). Waltonizing or - Green-land Fisherman, [c. 1830s]; together with 3 lithographs of cats fishing, [c. 1830s]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Portraits.- Zoffany (Johan), After. Master James Sayer, at the age of 13, mezzotint by Richard Houston, 1772. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Wilkinson (Norman). Come to Britain for Fishing, lithographic poster, [c. 1947]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Scottish Fishing.- Heath (William). Sporting in the Scottish Isles no. III. Salmon Fishing, 1835; and another. £150 to £200.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Simpson (Joseph). The Border Angler, drypoint, [c. 1927]. £150 to £200.

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