Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2003 Issue

Catalogue Review:<br>James Cummins Bookseller

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Joseph Glanvill's “proof” of the existence of witches.


There are several other important signatures within this offering. Item 19 is a signed letter from Charles Darwin saying no thanks to someone looking to translate his writing into German. $5,000. Item 21 is a thank you letter from Charles Dickens to someone who sent him a book. $1,250. And returning to France, item 41 is a letter from King Louis XIV acknowledging the resignation of the state treasurer in 1715. It’s signed simply “Louis,” but in 1715 France, everyone would have known who “Louis” was. $2,000.

Item 31 is a bit unnerving. It’s Joseph Glanvill’s Sadducismus Triumphatus: Or, full and plain Evidence concerning Witches and Apparitions. This book argues that witches are real as is their capacity to do supernatural evil. Glanvill was a major influence on Cotton Mather and the hysteria that overcame Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. However, his aim was more benign. He believed that if witches were shown to be real, then this would surely prove that angels and God were real too, while doubt of the existence of witches could lead one to doubt other supernatural beings as well. Offered is a fourth edition from 1726. $800.

Among other items in this catalogue is a collection of twenty Haitian documents, including the signatures of eleven presidents who ruled between 1812 and 1916. Item 34. $5,000. Item 38 is Henry Luce’s copy of a volume created especially for retiring Life Magazine editor Dan Longwell in 1954. Longwell had served as editor since 1936 when Life adopted its current format. Forty-one full-page photographs are included in this tribute album, and Luce’s copy was the only one other than Longwell’s created. $8,000. Item 35 is a first edition of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ first book, The Common Law. This copy belonged to Judge Harold Medina, ironic since while Holmes was a champion of free speech, Medina presided over the major “red scare” trials in 1949. $1,500.

James Cummins Bookseller can be reached by phone at 212-688-6441, or by email at cummins@panix.com.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Frances Palmer, <i>Battle of Buena Vista,</i> chromolithograph, New York, 1847. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma, the earliest publication concerned solely with chocolate, first edition, Madrid, 1631. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Romans Bernard, <i>An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775,</i> engraving, 1776. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> <i>A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston,</i> English edition, London, 1770. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> William Soule, <i>Lodge of the Plains Indians,</i> albumen print, 1872. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Manuscript document to enforce New York’s “Agreement of Non-Importation” during the heyday of the Sons of Liberty, New York, 1769. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Clarence Mackenzie, <i>Drummer Boy of the 13th Regiment of Brooklyn,</i> salt print with applied color, 1861. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b> Moses Lopez, <i>A Lunar Calendar,</i> first Jewish calendar published in America, Newport, RI, 1806. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 15:</b><br>The Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <center><b>Gonnelli Auction House<br>Books and Graphics<br>19th, 20th and 21st April 2021</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 19-21<br>Books from XVI to XX Century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br>Atlases and Maps</b
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br> Veneto and Venice, a Selection of Books from the XVI to XX century</b>
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 20<br></b>Rossini Gioachino, Baguette de chef d'orchestre appartenuta a Gioachino Rossini, dono del Comune di Passy. 1500 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Manetti Saverio, Storia naturale degli uccelli trattata con metodo. Cinque volumi. 1767. 18.000 €
    <b><center>Gonnelli: Apr. 21<br></b>Poe Edgar Allan, Double assassinat dans la rue morgue. Illustrations de Cura. 1946.
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  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Ronald Reagan. Series of 37 letters to Senator George Murphy, and related material, 1968-90. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Chaim Weizmann. Autograph letter signed, to General Sir Gilbert Clayton, 6 September 1918. £20,000 to £30,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Sir Winston Churchill. Autograph letter signed, to Pamela, Lady Lytton, 1942. £20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Collection of a Connoisseur:<br>History in Manuscript, Part 2<br>27 April 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Oscar Wilde. Five autograph letters signed, to Alsager Vian, 1887. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, through Apr. 27:</b><br>Napoleon I. Letter signed to Admiral Ganteaume, ordering the invasion of England, 22 August 1805. £10,000 to £15,000.
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