Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2008 Issue

Recent Publications (Reprints) from the Lawbook Exchange

Lawbook

Recent Publications by The Lawbook Exchange.


By Michael Stillman

The latest catalogue from the Lawbook Exchange is not the typical one we review, as it does not truly contain antiquarian or rare books. Its books are both old and new. In other words, it contains reprints of many classic legal works. This is in keeping with the purposes of the bookseller. The older texts they offer generally serve a dual purpose -- both for research and legal practice as well as collecting. However, the older and rare editions are naturally rather expensive for practical use. So, these reprints will be of such practical use for now, and may be collectible at some time in the future.

We will not go into great detail here as these are recent imprints, but here are a few examples of what is now available in Recent Publications by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.

Here is a book originally published in 1933 that, sadly enough, is still timely today, though the horror is used more to intimidate than actually practiced: Lynching and the Law, by James Harmon Chadbourn. This thorough work was put together under the auspices of the Southern Commission on the Study of Lynching, a group of southern jurists who were attempting to end the practice in their region. Chadbourn surveyed some 3,700 lynchings, primarily of blacks, between 1889 and 1932. He also asked 1,000 lawyers and legislators for their suggestions on ending the practice. From this, Chadbourn was able to present a model lynching law. The reprint is priced at $85.

In 1955, Bennett Patterson first published his work The Forgotten Ninth Amendment: A Call for Legislative and Judicial Recognition of Rights under Social Conditions of Today. The Ninth Amendment states "the enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Courts have been loath to cite this amendment as the vagueness of what those rights might be, they fear, could open the door to all kinds of claims of natural rights. The amendment did get some play when the Supreme Court established the right to privacy, but it focused more on an alternate theory to avoid defining any of these Ninth Amendment rights. However, Patterson argues that the Ninth Amendment should be used to enforce so-called "natural law," which would further restrict the use of power of the state and federal governments over individuals. $70.

Here is the first book devoted exclusively to the law of dogs: The Law Relating to Dogs, by Frederick Lupton. You may not have thought there would be such a book, but the original edition goes all the way back to 1888. Lupton divides dogs into classifications of ferocious, dangerous, mischievous and harmless. Somehow he missed barking, slobbering and clueless. Obviously, Lupton never owned a dog. $85.

One rarely thinks of Abraham Lincoln as a crook, but Edward Oldham and Thomas Hemingway made such a charge in 1853. They claimed Lincoln, as their attorney, collected money they were due but refused to turn it over. It was not a wise claim to make. Lincoln filed four depositions refuting their charge, and by the end, the plaintiffs filed a motion to dismiss the case at their own cost. The case was recounted by William H. Townsend in his 1923 book Abraham Lincoln, Defendant: Lincoln's Most Interesting Lawsuit. $65.

The Lawbook Exchange is found online at www.lawbookexchange.com, telephone 732-382-1800, email law@lawbookexchange.com.

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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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