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Item from McGowan Book Company's Catalog


By Bruce McKinney

There is simply no better part of the job than having to read book dealers’ catalogues. The McGowan catalogue is interesting for the richness of the material. I found myself looking up almost every item. The second catalogue, by the William Reese Co., is entirely manuscript material. I read the lots carefully and decided at least a dozen of them are interesting starting points for new collections. Flo Silver’s catalogues are slim but contain the most lots – almost 600. Virtually everything is affordable. Oak Knoll Books simply produces a constant flow of interesting catalogues of books that relate to books. There you have it. Four catalogues. Four approaches. Interesting material.

McGowan Book Company Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War-Catalogue 147

Those who collect the Civil War or are considering this collecting field will be interested in the McGowan Book Company’s newest release Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War – Catalogue 147, one hundred well described items that form the connective tissue for those who pursue completeness in their Civil War collections. There are so many ways to collect the Civil War. That said, this war, its causes and its aftermath are a uniquely Southern obsession. Like an earache kept alive by constant poking, the South is still not ready to surrender although their God, the General Robert E. Lee, did. One suspects that only time, and much more than has passed – it being a mere 138 years since Appomattox - must pass before even a scab will form. Mr. McGowan makes a market and a business out of this obsession. His catalogues are always interesting and are “must reads” for those interested in this field.

As a once “temporary” Southerner who lived in Florida near tornado magnets and amid many Northerners who came South to among other things “get right, way right” on the race issue it’s quite clear the War isn’t yet over. This history lives on in some sense the way it lives on in Ireland and in the Middle East. There’s apparently no percentage in surrender. Looking from the perspective of Florida at the Civil War here are several interesting items:

Call, Richard Keith. Union. - Slavery. – Secession. Letter of Governor R. K. Call of Florida, to John S. Littell, of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: C. Sherman & Co, Printers, 1861. 31 pp. First edition. Original printed wrappers, tail of spine nibbled without loss to text, else a very good copy with a presentation inscription by John S. Littell (1806-1875), a writer born in New Jersey who later commanded the 76th Pennsylvania Infantry. The author of this work, Gen. Richard Keith Call (1791 – 1862), served as Governor of Florida from 1835 to 1844, and led the United States Army in its war against the Seminoles. A Jacksonian, he was “one of the few men in the South that looked on secession as treason. On 12 February, 1861, Gov. Call wrote a long letter to John S. Littell of Pennsylvannia, deploring secession but defending slavery.” This pamphlet presents that letter. Not in Corse or Work. $275

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Horatio, Viscount Nelson, and Emma Hamilton. Two autograph letter signed, to Catherine and George Matcham, 1805. £6,000 to £8,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.

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