Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2007 Issue

Americana, Atlases, Directories and More from High Ridge Books

High56

Fine and Rare Books from High Ridge Books.

By Michael Stillman

We have received out first catalogue from High Ridge Books of Rye, New York: Catalogue 56. Fine and Rare Books. Americana, County and General Atlases, City Directories, Colorplate Books, Travel, etc. Offered are 250 collectible works in the field of Americana, primarily from the 19th century. Collectors of local areas will find a wealth of possibilities in the many atlases and directories of cities, counties and states. There is also a good selection of railroad items pertaining to regional railways. As these are targeted to very specific communities, we won't describe any of these in particular other than to note there are a great many available. We will look specifically at books that cover a wider physical territory, though they may still pertain to a particular collecting niche. Here are some examples of the types of books available from High Ridge Books.

For a look, quite literally, at America in 1840, Item 41 is N.P. Willis' American Scenery, a two-volume work published in London. There are 117 plates in this set along with a map, depicting America in the first half of the 19th century. Priced at $1,500.

Emeline Fuller got to see some fantastic American scenery on an overland trip from Wisconsin to Walla Walla in 1860. She didn't enjoy it. Her account is Left By The Indians, not published until 1892, and Howes describes the journey as, "Among overland disasters, equaled in horror only by that of the Donner party; cannibalism was resorted to in both cases." Of the 54 members of the Utter-Myers party who left Wisconsin, only 15 survived. Ms. Fuller recounts being forced to eat the flesh of even her own sisters after being attacked by Indians with the survivors left to starve. Item 126. $750.

Item 58 is a very early and very rare, perhaps only extent copy, of an important baseball book: The Base Ball Player's Pocket Companion: Containing Rules and Regulations for Forming Clubs...Third Edition. High Ridge describes this as "a previously unknown issue of the second edition (though styled Third Edition on the title page) of the first work dedicated to baseball outside of by-laws for baseball clubs." The first edition was published in 1859 in Boston (the standard second also bears a Boston imprint). However, this edition, dated 1860, carries a New York imprint and was issued by C.F.A. Hinrichs, a New York sporting goods seller at 150 Broadway at Liberty. It contains a leaf, unknown in other copies, of goods for sale by Hinrichs, primarily for cricket but including some baseball items. This book supplies rules for both the "Massachusetts Game" and "New York Game," and High Ridge notes that this makes this unique New York copy particularly interesting as the game evolved primarily following the New York rules. $20,000.

Item 225 is an early land grant in Texas made out to an American, one H.A. Green of New York. This document is headed Dominguez Grant and is dated November 11, 1831. John Dominguez was granted the right to bring in 200 settlers from America and Europe by Mexican authorities in 1829. However, his land was not located near the eventually rebellious Stephen Austin colony at San Antonio, but in northern Texas, in the area where the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and today's Colorado converge. It would not have been easy land to farm. Dominguez was unsuccessful in bringing in the requisite colonists and his grant to sell this land expired in 1835, just as the Texas settlers to the south were rebelling. This grant is for a labor of land, approximately 177 acres. $2,750.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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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