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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2007 Issue

Travel and Voyages from William Reese

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Travel and Voyages from William Reese.


By Michael Stillman

The William Reese Company has issued its first catalogue for 2007, Travel and Voyages. Most books and manuscripts qualify for Reese's usual specialty of Americana or European Americana, but this time there are a few exceptions. For example, there is a ship's log from a British patrol off the coast of Africa, sent to intercept the slave trade. Well, perhaps that is an item of Americana, since the slaves were undoubtedly being sent there, though thankfully they never made it. This latest catalogue is filled with accounts of journeys from as early as the 15th century to as late as almost the 20th. It is another outstanding collection from Reese for those who collect at the upper level within the field of travel and voyages. These are a few of the items awaiting your consideration.

Item 51 is a great rarity and work of major importance for explorations of the Pacific Northwest. Published in 1802, it is Relacion del Viage Hecho por las Goletas Sutil y Mexicana en al Ano de 1792...attributed to Jose Espinosa y Tello. This book comes in two parts – the first covering all previous Spanish voyages to the west coast, and the second the expedition of the ships Sutil and Mexicana. This was the last major Spanish expedition to the Pacific Northwest, a voyage that went as far north as Alaska. It includes maps covering the coast from California to Alaska. It is one of but 122 of 12,500 important works that achieved Wright Howes "dd" rating, the rarest of all, in his USiana. Priced at $35,000.

Howes tells us that these two Spanish ships cooperated with the voyage of George Vancouver to the Northwest in the years 1790-1795. Vancouver recounts this trip in A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean... published in 1798. Vancouver had served on the last two of Cook's voyages, and this was the most important British post-Cook voyage to the American Northwest. As with Cook, Vancouver also visited Australia and Hawaii, the latter being where Cook met his untimely end. However, it is his northwest explorations for which Vancouver is best remembered, a city and an island still bearing his name. Item 153. $72,500.

Alexander Selkirk was the most notable of strandees, if that's a word, though he is less well known than his fictional counterpart, Robinson Crusoe. The book is A Voyage to the South Sea...wherein an Account is Given of Mr. Alexander Selkirk...upon the Uninhabited Island of Juan Fernandes by Captain Edward Cooke. Cooke commanded one of the ships in Woodes Rogers' buccaneering expedition when he put down on Juan Fernandes Island. There they found Selkirk, who had departed the ship Cinque Ports for the deserted island almost five years earlier, not trusting the seaworthiness of that ship (it later sank with most hands lost). Selkirk expected another ship to come by soon, but he seriously miscalculated. Somehow, he managed to survive the years with few tools and much loneliness, living off goats and other animals he found. His tale inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Item 36, published in 1712. $9,500.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.

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