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Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2007 Issue

Literature, Mysteries, and Rare Cinema from James Pepper Rare Books

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Literature, mystery and cinema from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued a new catalogue, entitled American and English Literature, Mystery and Detective Fiction, Rare Cinema Material. It includes 145 items, a combination of books and filmscripts. A few come with signatures or bookplates, such as that of Harpo Marx, who didn't speak but evidently did read. There are some fine first editions, from authors such as Hemingway, Joyce, Faulkner, Kerouac and mystery writer Agatha Christie. Among the filmscripts are both the very recent, some as current as last year, to those dating to the first half of the last century. There are even a few for films that were never made. If you would like to make a movie about Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, there is an unused script available. And, if you would rather look than read, there is a distinguished portrait of Robert E. Lee, in his post-war role as university president. Here are a few more samples.

This writer may not be remembered as one of the greatest authors, but no one from Shakespeare to Seuss could ever hit a baseball as far. Item 14 is Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball, by none other than George Herman Ruth. This is one of the deluxe, signed copies of the book released in 1928, while Ruth was at his peak. $18,500.

Here is another less than classic work that also touches a major vein of American culture: Here's Barbie. It's Cynthia Lawrence and Bette Lou Maybee's 1962 adventures of Barbie and Ken, still relatively new dolls, and still very much in love (as we all know, Ken and Barbie split a few years ago, Mattel evidently deciding that Ken was too passé). Barbie never became a staple of literature, but this was a nice try. Item 11. $250.

Speaking of authors named Lawrence, here is a more serious one. Item 78 is a book which belonged to T.E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia." His "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" is one of the more collectible titles you can find. Here is a book he read, and about a subject he loved dearly -- motorcycles. He was an expert on them and various types of engines. This is a 15th edition from 1930 of Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia. This copy belonged to Lawrence and includes seven lines of notes in his handwriting. $9,500.

Item 40 is a remarkable anthology, Negro. An Anthology Collected and Edited by Nancy Cunard. Cunard was a white heiress of the steamship company which bears her name, but she spent many years putting together a collection of writings and studies about black arts, social and political issues around the world. Contributors included Samuel Beckett, Jomo Kenyatta, W.E.B. DuBois, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Theodore Dreiser, and many more. This 854-page work was published in 1,000 copies in 1934, but did not sell well, and most copies were destroyed during the bombing of London during World War II. $7,500.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jean de Mandeville, <i>Reysen und Wanderschafften durch das Gelobte Land,</i> Strassburg, 1488. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> José González Cabrera Bueno, <i>Navegación Especulativa, y Práctica,</i> Manila, 1734. Sold for $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Francis W. Winton, manuscript on pow-wows with indigenous Canadians, 1881. Sold for $65,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Louise Bourgeois, <i>He Disappeared Into Complete Silence,</i> portfolio with complete text & 9 engravings, 1947. Sold for $413,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Erich Maria Remarque, <i>All Quiet on the Western Front,</i> first American edition, Boston, 1929. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sir William Russell Flint, gouache & watercolor illustration for Homer's <i>Odyssey,</i> 1924. Sold for $22,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Kurt Vonnegut, archive of 12 letters, signed to his family, 6 illustrated, 1930s-40s. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan,</i> first edition, presentation copy, signed & inscribed, London, 1893. Sold for $27,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Emil Cardinaux, <i>St. Moritz,</i> 1918. Sold for $17,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> R.J. Waters, 3 panoramas of the San Francisco earthquake & fire, 1906. Sold for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Album with 200 cartes-de-visite, including images by Felice Beato, John Thompson & F.W. Sutton, Japan & China, 1863-69. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Paine, <i>The American Crisis,</i> Fishkill, NY, December 1776. Sold for $40,000.
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> KNIGHT, HILARY. The Original Portrait of Eloise that Hung at the Plaza Hotel. $100,000 to 150,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> WARHOL, ANDY. "Iced Lemon Delight," an Original Watercolor Presented to Hilary Knight's cat, Phoebe $8,000 to 12,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SENDAK, MAURICE. <i>Where the Wild Things Are.</i> PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED with drawing to Hilary Knight in the month following publication. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
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    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> TOULOUSE-LAUTREC. <i>Histoires Naturelles,</i> 1899. With 22 original lithographs. $10,000 to 15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>A Collection of Poems,</i> [1711]. The first authoritative and complete collected Sonnets.$15,000 to 20,000
    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> LONDON, JACK. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> 1903. First edition, first state jacket. $2,000 to 3,000
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    <b>Bonhams New York: Fine Books and Manuscripts Including the World of Hilary Knight. December 5, 2018</b>
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    <b>Bonhams, Dec 5:</b> M4 ENGIMA MACHINE, with very rare RARE HYDRA KEY ENVELOPE. $400,000 to 600,000

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