Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2007 Issue

Recent Acquisitions at the Antiquariaat Forum

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The Antiquariaat Forum displays at the Amsterdam Book Fair.


By Michael Stillman

The Antiquariaat Forum has issued a new Short Title List with recent acquisitions and a selection from our stock. These short catalogues are issued in conjunction with the numerous book fairs the Antiquariaat Forum attends. This list was prepared for the Amsterdam Antiquariaat Book and Print Fair, completed just a few days ago. Here are a few of the items they featured at this recent fair.

Item 6 is an item the Antiquariaat Forum describes as a "rare travel account, which is largely unknown to Western bibliographers..." That is explained by it being a rare Russian work, Neshchastniya priklucheniya Vasiliia Baranshchivoka (The misfortunes of Vasilii Baranshchikov). Baranshchikov traveled around the world from 1780-1787, and as the title implies, experienced many unpleasantries on his voyage. He visited Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the West, as well as Bethlehem, Constantinople, Venice and France. His book was published in St Petersburg in 1787. Priced at €13,250 (Euros, or approximately $18,946 in U.S. dollars).

Item 44 is one you might not expect from a Dutch bookseller as it is most important to collectors of California. It is the memoirs of a French sailor, Pierre Francois Peron: Memoires du Capitaine Peron... P.F. Peron sailed to many locales in the late 18th century, but perhaps the most notable was on the American ship Otter. This ship was engaged in the transport of sealskins and furs from the Pacific coast to China. In his day-to-day accounts, Peron writes about the Pacific Northwest and its natives, as well as the Hawaiian Islands. Most notable is a visit to California, including a stay at Monterey. This may be the first time an American ship entered California waters. He found Monterey somewhat backward at the time, though I imagine he would be far more impressed with its exclusiveness were he to return today. Captain Peron also recounts being left for 40 months gathering sealskins on New Amsterdam Island, located between Africa and Australia. Other places he describes include Australia, China and New England. This book was produced from Peron's manuscripts many years after his voyages and published in 1824. €2,650 (US $3,788).

The recent book fair undoubtedly attracted many people to Amsterdam, but they were hardly the first to visit. Item 7 recalls a spectacular visit in 1638 by Marie de Medici, once Queen and regent of France, but now on the outs with her son, Louis XIII, and his powerful advisor, Cardinal Richelieu. Marie, her veins filled with the blood of European royalty, was the second wife of France's King Henry IV. When Henry was assassinated in 1610, she took control of the country as Regent for her then eight-year-old son. However, within a few years, the young King Louis XIII became tired of her control and ousted his mother. She was exiled in 1617. There began years of maneuvering between mother and son. She returned a few years later, but was finally thrown out of the country in 1630 after attempting to remove Richelieu. She embarked on her trip to Amsterdam in 1638 where she received a spectacular welcome, the Dutch considering it recognition of their republic. There were great displays and celebrations. Marie must have once again felt like a queen. Item 7 recounts the visit: Marie de Medicis, entrant dans Amsterdam, by C. Barlaeus, published in 1638 by J. and C. Blaeu of atlas printing fame. This book is the official, illustrated coverage of Marie's entrance into the country. €15,900 (US $22,741).

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.
  • <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 14. [CRIMEAN WAR] HAMLEY. <i>The Story of the Campaign of Sebastopol.</i> 1855. £150 to £200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 17. JONGH & D'ALMEIDA. <i>L’armee Russe...</i> c.1898. Colour plates and many illustrations. £500 to £600
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 18. [RUSSIA] LE PRINCE. <i>Oeuvres. 1782.</i> Rare folio format with 80 etchings and 74 aquatints. £4000 to £6000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 21. [RUSSIA] MORNAY. Set of 8 hand-coloured aquatints of carriages, sleighs and occupants. c.1825. £1200 to £1800
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 33. BOWDICH. <i>Excursions in Madeira and Porto Santo.</i> 1825. A fine copy. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 37. QUIN. <i>An Historical Atlas.</i> 1836. 2nd edn, 21 hand-coloured maps revealing civilisation. £800 to £1200
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 39. LE BRUN. <i>Voyages [...] par la Moscovie, en Perse...</i> 1718. 300+ engravings, panorama. £4500 to £5500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 48. BRIERLY. <i>The English and French fleets in the Baltic.</i> 1855. Colour lithographs. £7000 to £9000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 60. DELLA VALLE. <i>Reise Beschreibung... in Turckey, Egypten, Palestina[...].</i> 1674. £1500 to £2000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 77. MURRAY, Mrs. Watercolour Album of Heaths. c.1860. 55 original watercolours. £750 to £1000
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 91. ADDISON. <i>Works...</i> 1721. 4 vols, large paper copy, English red morocco. £2500 to £3500
    <b>Mayfair Book Auctions, July 17:</b><br>Lot 96. HOLBEIN. Imitations of original drawings. 1792-1800. Exceptional copy. £4000 to £6000
  • <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.

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