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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2007 Issue

Recent Acquisitions at The Veatchs Arts of the Book


New acquisitions at The Veatchs Arts of the Book.

By Michael Stillman

Now available is Catalogue 57 from The Veatchs Arts of the Book. This issue is titled Recent acquisitions including association copies & unique books, The Officia Bodoni & other fines presses, William Morris' Roots of the Mountains, two wood blocks by Gustave Dore & three watercolors & a pastel by Bruce Rogers of Carl Rollins' Dyke Mill. Wow! That sounds like one of those 19th century titles that went on for so long there was no need to read the book once you finished the title. Everything was already covered. Well, long as this title is, it really doesn't describe everything that is available within the pages. There is much more, so we will describe a few of items not described in the title. But first, we have a reminder for those unfamiliar with the Veatchs' catalogues. As their bookselling name implies, they specialize in books that are works of art as much as information, as appealing to the eye as to the mind. Now for a few samples.

Here is a work that is self-explanatory: Thomas Bewick Portfolio. Containing twenty-four impressions printed directly from the original wood blocks engraved by the English master, Thomas Bewick at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Bewick was perhaps the greatest wood engraver, notable for his birds and other animals. His work was produced in the late 18th to early 19th century. This reprinting of his engravings is much more recent, though it too is becoming old, having been printed by the Cherryburn Press in 1945. Included are twenty-four prints, among them birds, quadrupeds and vignettes, printed on Japanese paper. There is also a four-page discussion of Bewick's blocks in the portfolio. Item 12. $750.

All of you typophiles out there will surely be intrigued by this item: Spinach From Many Gardens. Gathered by the Typophiles and Fed to Frederic Goudy on his Seventieth Birthday 1935. Goudy was a master type designer, developing over one hundred fonts through his career. Indeed, some of his most notable came after his 70th birthday celebrated herein. Seven of the contributors to this work, including Bruce Rogers, have signed their names. So did Goudy, who inscribed this copy to Charles Pont, an artist who wrote a book about Goudy. Item 134 is one of just sixty copies of this tribute that were published. $1,800.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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