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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2007 Issue

TEXAS From Maggie Lambeth Rare Books

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TEXAS from Maggie Lambeth.


By Michael Stillman

Maggie Lambeth Rare Books, Maps & Prints
has issued a new collection -- Catalogue 55: TEXAS. That is "TEXAS" in all caps, but how else would you spell a land that is big as...well...Texas? Maggie Lambeth regularly supplies us with an extensive offering of works both informative and collectible pertaining to the history of the Lone Star State and its colorful inhabitants. I don't know whether natives of other states collect their homelands with quite the same passion as do Texans, but as long as oil flows, cattle roam, and guns shoot, there will be collectors looking inside the pages of catalogues such as those of Maggie Lambeth. Let's join them.

Item 219 is something of an autobiography from one of Texas' most notable outlaws, John Wesley Hardin. His father was a Methodist minister, therefore the "John Wesley" name. However, the son was no prince of peace. He had a violent temper, and a complete willingness to kill anyone who crossed him (reportedly he once killed a man in an adjoining hotel room just for snoring too loud). Hardin got in a serious knife fight with a schoolmate at age 14. At 15, he killed his first man. He would go on to kill perhaps another two or three dozen, maybe more. Some were lawmen, some competitors on the cattle trail where he worked for awhile. One lawman he came to know at the end of the cattle trail in Abilene, Kansas, was Wild Bill Hickok, but he got out of town ahead of the Marshall after one of his shooting incidents. Eventually, the heat got too intense, and Hardin left Texas for Alabama, but the Texas law retrieved him and sent him away. Hardin received a pardon in 1894 after 17 years in prison. He had studied law while incarcerated, so, ironically enough, he took up the practice of law in El Paso after his release. However, trouble seemed to find him, and a year later, Hardin lay dead, shot in the head by a sheriff with whom he quarreled. However, it was during this last year of his life that Hardin began writing his autobiography, and it was this document that was used to create the book: The Life of John Wesley Hardin, From The Original Manuscript, as Written By Himself. This is the first edition, published in 1896, a year after his death. Priced at $200.

Item 121 is a more recent book (2000) concerning a group of brave, contrarian German immigrants to Texas during the Civil War. Events in the 20th century tend to cloud the memory that many German immigrants who came to America were a most liberal, if not radical bunch. Many who settled the Texas Hill Country were Freethinkers, those who accepted no dogma that did not comport with scientific observation and knowledge. They were also fervently abolitionist, a principled but unpopular position in Texas. In 1862, Texas having joined the Confederacy, a group of German Texas Unionists attempted to flee to Mexico, in hopes of making their way to New Orleans to join Union forces. They never made it. They were massacred by Confederate soldiers along the banks of the Nueces River, their bodies left unburied. After the war, friends retrieved their bones and buried them near a monument built in honor of the Union and its Texas supporters at Comfort, Texas. The book is Death on the Nueces -- German Texans Treue der Union, signed by author Rodman Underwood. $35.

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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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