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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2003 Issue

Catalogue Review &#150; South Americana<br>From Flo Silver Books

Flow

Give me that old time religion – “A priest plucks out the heart of a victim.”


By Mike Stillman

Flo Silver’s catalogue titles, like old book titles, are very descriptive and very long. Her latest catalogue is titled “Catalogue 68: Mexico, Central, and South America: Archaeology, Atlases, Bernardino de Sahagun, Wm Walker + Atlantis, Columbus & Vikings.” And that pretty well covers it. There are 552 items and all but a handful pertain to countries south of the U.S. border. With very few exceptions they are inexpensively priced and suitable for reading and learning rather than just storing on a shelf. Anyone interested in the history of South America will find much to choose from in this catalogue.

Here you’ll find a number of reprints of important works at affordable prices. For example, item 229 is a reprint of Sir Francis Drake’s Histoire Naturelle Des Indes, his description of the Americas, its people, animals and plants in the late 16th century. Taken from the Drake manuscript at the Pierpont Morgan Library, it includes 199 images plus an English translation from the original French. Priced at $75.

Item 286 is Samuel Eliot Morison’s The European Discovery of America. The Southern Voyages. 1492-1616. This book traces the routes of the early explorers of Latin America and is offered for only $15.

Item 355 is Poma de Ayala’s Letter to a King. It describes the history of the Incas both before and shortly after Spanish rule. Though written between 1567 and 1615, this 1978 edition is the first English translation. $35.

One of the most expensive items in this catalogue is the Cartografia de la America Central. It’s a 1929 compilation of 125 historic Central American maps from 1527 to 1924. They were used to resolve a boundary dispute between Guatemala and Honduras. $250.

Items 49-51 are handbooks from the Bureau of the American Republics. Printed in 1893 or 1894 they cover Honduras, Nicaragua and Salvador. $65 each. Items 453-467 are a series of messages to the President of the United States from Congress. They range from 1848-1919. For example, 453 is a message to President Andrew Johnson concerning the re-establishment of slavery in northern Mexico. Several concern the U.S. Mexican boundary written to President Millard Fillmore in 1852-1853. Another, also to Fillmore, called for correspondence about a canal across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Despite several serious attempts, that never happened. $10-$65.

Speaking of failed canals, item 304 is Henry Sheldon’s Notes on the Nicaragua Canal. Only in his imagination. 1897. $85.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Eric Carle, <i>The Very Hungry Caterpillar,</i> hand-painted collage. Sold for a record $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Couple passing a giant bird house,</i> watercolor cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1948. Sold for $16,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Miriam Troop, <i>Rain on Laundry Day,</i> oil on canvas, cover for <i>The Saturday Evening Post,</i> 1940. Sold for $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Rockwell Kent, <i>To All Fascists,</i> ink broadside for The League of American Writers, circa 1937. Sold for $6,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Jo Mielziner, <i>Pet Shop Drop,</i> backdrop design for <i>Pal Joey</i> on Broadway, 1940. Sold for a record $55,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Lee Brown Coye, acrylic cover illustration for the 25th anniversary of <i>Weird Tales,</i> 1944. Sold for $18,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Virgil Finlay, <i>The Outsider & Others,</i> pen & ink dust jacket illustration for H.P. Lovecraft's book, 1939. Sold for $5,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Al Hirschfeld, <i>Paul Robeson as Othello,</i> illustration for <i>The New York Times,</i> 1942. Sold for $68,750
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art:</b> Frederic Remington, pen & ink illustration for <i>A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers</i> in <i>The Century</i> magazine, 1889. Sold for $17,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> EARLY AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. Chronicling 20th century aviation from the earliest Wright Brothers images through commercial and military applications. $50,000 to $70,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> FIRST TELEPHONE CALL TO THE MOON. Partial transcription signed by Apollo 11 astronauts and President Nixon. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> SPUTNIK-1 EMC/EMI LAB MODEL, 1957. Full scale vintage test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, Moscow, [February, 1957]. $400,000 to $600,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> Apollo 11 Beta cloth crew emblem, SIGNED BY THE ENTIRE APOLLO 11 CREW. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Sep. 17:</b> GEMINI 1/8 SCALE MODEL. Rarely seen large-scale contractor's model. $3,000 to $5,000
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> SMITH, CHRISTOPHER WEBB. 1793-1871. <i>Indian Ornithology.</i> [Patna, India]: 1828. $50,000 to $80,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DUPRÉ, LOUIS. 1789-1837. <i>Voyage à Athènes et à Constantinople, ou Collection de portraits, vues et costumes grecs et ottomans.</i> Paris: Dondey-Dupré, 1825. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> ADAMS, JOHN. Autograph Letter Signed ("J Adams"), [to Dr. Perkins?] while recovering from his small pox inoculation, [late-April, 1764]. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUSTEN, JANE. Autograph Letter Signed ("J. Austen"), to her sister Cassandra, 4 pp, "Thursday – after dinner," [September 16, 1813,] Henrietta St. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> AUDUBON, JOHN JAMES. 1785-1851. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York & Philadelphia: J.J. Audubon & J.B. Chevalier, 1840-1844. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> DODWELL, EDWARD. 1767-1832. <i>Views in Greece.</i> London: Rodwell and Martin, 1821. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Oct. 23:</b> JAMES, JESSE. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jesse W. James"), to Mr. Flood demanding Flood retract spurious accusations, 3 pp, June 5, 1875. $200,000 to $300,000.

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