Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2007 Issue

The Latest Acquisitions at John Michael Lang Fine Books


Naturalist and author John Keast Lord.

Skipping across some 3,000-plus miles of interior Canada, we come to The Naturalist in Vancouver Island and British Columbia. This is a two-volume 1866 first edition by John Keast Lord. Lord was a naturalist who served on the British North American Boundary Commission from 1858-1862. The Commission's job was to survey the final border between the U.S. and Canada, but Lord was primarily interested in reporting on the natural life and natives of this area. At one point he writes of the enormous migration of salmon up the rivers, their numbers so thick they would push each other onto the streambeds as they made their way upstream. The poor Indians who lived in the area may have had little else, but were never wanting for salmon. Item 26. $450.

Item 28 is a copy of Andre Norton's The X factor, published in 1965. Lang describes the story as, "Another classic space tale, this one involving a fugitive mutant and his ability to communicate telepathically with animals on a strange planet." We believe this to be a work of fiction. $75.

Item 19 is a 1956 first edition of Lerner and Loewe's popular play My Fair Lady. Based on George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," My Fair Lady became one of the most successful musicals ever on Broadway. With a little bit of luck, and $125, this copy is yours.

John Michael Lang Fine Books may be visited online at www.jmlbooks.com, or reached by telephone at 206-624-4100.

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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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