Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2008 Issue

Newly Acquired Material at Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books

Book List 1 from Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books.


By Michael Stillman

Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books has issued their List 1, A selection of newly acquired books, prints, photographs and autograph letters. As the title implies, you can find a bit of just about everything here. This is all collectible material, mostly scarce works, and in top condition. Beyond that, the group is hard to categorize, but we will now provide a few examples.

Here is an appropriate item for a presidential election year: The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. This collection of photographs was published in 1911 by author Frederick Hill Meserve in a limited edition of 102 signed and numbered copies. It includes 100 chronologically arranged pictures of Lincoln along with others of his family, contemporary generals and politicians, and of his burial. Additionally, there is a facsimile of a letter from Lincoln's son Robert to Meserve. Item 59. $18,500.

Item 43 is another collection of photographs, but this one is an album rather than a book. They were taken during a camping trip by four of the most famous men in America around 1920, President Warren Harding, inventor Thomas Edison, and business magnates Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. Pictures include Ford cranking up a car (a Ford, naturally), Edison lounging, and Harding and Firestone petting a dog. $1,750.

Here is one more photographic album for those who cranked up the Ford and went on a cross-country trip (not easy considering the roads in 1915): Universal Beauty Trip to the California Expositions and Universal City. This was not a private photo album, but something put together by Universal Moving Pictures, evidently in small numbers. There are 149 photographs mounted in the album, each with a description, while the album is stamped with the recipient's name, in this case Madge Henry of Winner, Iowa. Item 79. $5,000.

Item 3 is a first octavo edition of John James Audubon's less well-known collection of animal drawings, The Quadrupeds of North America. After finally achieving success with the octavo edition of his "Birds of America," Audubon set out to create a similar collection for four-legged creatures. The result is this three-volume set, published in 1849. $12,500.

Mark Twain had a great sense of humor (no real surprise there), as is shown by this signed inscription he wrote on an index card in 1898: "There is but one way to keep well, according to the doctors: Eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. Truly Yours, Mark Twain. New Years 98." Someone pass the tofu and soy milk, please. Item 98. $1,250.

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  • Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Howell (James). Instructions for Forreine Travel Shewing by what Cours, and in what Compasse of Time…, London, 1642. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s
    Summer Rare Book
    & Collectors’ Sale
    July 30-31, 2024
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: The Laws of the United States, Published by Authority, 3 vols. Philadelphia (Richard Folwell) 1796. €600 to €800.
  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900

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