Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - May - 2007 Issue

A New York Book Fair List from Antiquariaat Forum


Antiquariaat Forum's "Short Title List" for the New York Book Fair.

By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum put together a catalogue of 105 items for the recent New York Antiquariaan Book Fair, A Short Title List with recent acquisitions and a selection from our stock. As a Netherlands bookseller, it is not surprising that these would be European books, in various western languages, with somewhat of a skew towards Dutch titles. Nevertheless, the subject matter encompassed takes us to all parts of the world, new and old. And, as "antiquariaat" is the seller's first name, you can expect to find that most items easily qualify for the category of "antiquarian." Here are some of the items that appeared recently in New York.

What could be more appropriate for a Dutch bookseller in New York than a letter pertaining to Peter Stuyvesant? Stuyvesant was a Dutchman and original governor of New York back when it was still known as New Amsterdam. The city was founded in 1625, and held by the Dutch until 1664, when it was seized by the English. However, Dutch colonists living in the area were promised freedom and tolerance, in keeping with the city's tradition. Stuyvesant fled to Holland to report on events, but was allowed by the British to return in 1667, where he settled for the remainder of his life on the outskirts of town. Item 96 is a safe-conduct pass dated January 25, 1667, for the diplomatically named ship Nieuw Jork, to trade in the colony recently named New York. This was the ship that brought Stuyvesant back to his New World home. The pass is, logically enough, signed by the Duke of York, who would later become King James II, and for whom the city was renamed. Item 96. Priced at $52,500.

Item 46 is Der Zee-vaert lof by Elias Herckmans. This is a history of navigation, all the way back to Noah's time, in verse, written by a man who was himself a navigator. However, it is not so much Herckmans' verse that makes this book special as the illustration by the artist Rembrandt van Rijn. This is one of only half a dozen illustrations Rembrandt made for books. $31,575.

Item 26 is a rare Russian work about North America that apparently was not translated into English. The title is Etwas iiber die Natur-Wunder in Nord-America, by Charles Cramer. It was published in two volumes in 1837 and 1840 in St. Petersburg. It was so rare even a century ago that Sabin, who had not seen the first volume, thought it was just a first edition of the 1840 second volume. It is an illustrated work describing many natural wonders in North America, including 13 caves and a natural bridge in Virginia, Mammoth Cave and several others in Kentucky, Niagara and other waterfalls, and a few places in Mexico and South America as well. $16,450.

Speaking of Russia, here is a book that was once in the library of Czar Alexander I. It is La Navigation, Poeme, by Joseph Esmenard, a second edition published in 1806. It is a poem about major historic voyages of discovery, including Columbus' trip to the New World. Item 34. $9,850.

For those who collect science, item 68 is Die galvanische Kette, mathmatisch bearbeitet. The author is a name associated with electrical discoveries, Georg Ohm. This is regarded as one of the more important books written about electricity. It was published in 1827. $26,250.

You may visit the Antiquariaat Forum online at www.forumrarebooks.com, telephone +31 (0)30 6011813.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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