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Book Catalogue Reviews - September - 2008 Issue

Bernard Shapero Rare Books' Summer Sale Features 40% Discounts

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All items are 40% off in Shapero's Summer Sale catalogue.


By Michael Stillman

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books has issued a special catalogue, special for those looking to collect rare and unusual books at sharply discounted prices. This is Shapero's Summer Sale 2008, and everything in the catalogue has been marked down 40%. This sale is good only until October 1, 2008, so collectors should check through these items sooner rather than later. Here are a few of the varied books being offered on sale. Remember, the prices we quote are regular charges. Through October 1, you may reduce each of them by 40%.

Professionals have long determined to keep amateurs out of their field of expertise, sometimes to protect consumers from malpractice, other times to protect themselves from competition. In the 17th century, physicians regularly prescribed medicines based on remedies supplied in what was known as the "Pharmacopoeia" or "London Dispensatory." Patients were effectively prevented from using the book to treat themselves by the fact that it was printed in Latin. Only the most educated of Englishmen could read the language. Nicholas Culpeper sought to help ordinary people get around this monopoly by publishing an English translation, entitled A physical directory; or a translation of the Dispensatory made by the Colledg of Physitians of London... First published in 1649, this is a third edition from 1651, which includes additional information. Culpeper criticizes the physicians by comparing them to priests and lawyers, two other professions he held in similarly low regard: "The one deceives men in matters belonging to their soul, the other in matters belonging to their bodies, and the third in matter belonging to their estates." Item 28. Priced at £2,500 (British pounds, or roughly $4,627 in US dollars). Minus 40% through October 1.

Here is a book which was available prior to Culpeper's translation for those unable to afford the services of a physician: The method of physic, contaning the causes, signes, and cures of inward diseases in mans body, from the head to the foote. This is a 1624 sixth edition of Philip Barrough's guide first published in 1589. In a sign that medical progress was much slower in those days, the book remained in print essentially unchanged for a century. I cannot imagine anyone today relying on a century-old medical text. Item 9. £1,000. (US $1,850).

America, Salem, Massachusetts, in particular, is most closely associated with witch trials in the late 17th century, but England had its share. While they continued sporadically for several more decades, by the turn of the 18th century, most authorities had become quite suspicious of them. In 1700, Richard Hathaway accused Sarah Moredike of bewitching him. His most dramatic evidence, vomiting pins, convinced most of their neighbors, who rioted against poor Mrs. Moredike. She was brought to trial, but the jury acquitted her. Then, in 1702, the tables were turned, and Hathaway was brought to trial for fraud. Item 57 is an account of those proceedings, The tryal of Richard Hathaway, upon an information for being a cheat and imposter, for endevouring to take away the life of Sarah Morduck, for being a witch... Hathaway, who among his frauds was found to be holding pins he supposedly vomited in his pockets, was convicted. Item 57. £650 (US $1,203).

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  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rackham (Arthur). The Old Hag Standing Outside a Cottage, original drawing, signed by the artist, [c.1909]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing, signed by the author, original pictorial wrappers, 1997. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Castiglione (Giuseppe, after). Twelve plates from <i>Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan,</i> 1783-1786. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Antiphonal.- Antiphonal manuscript, [Spain], ca. 1650. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Almanach de Gotha.- Almost complete run 1769 to 1945, 12mo & 8vo, Gotha, C.W. Ettinger [- Justus Perthes]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Bible, Greek.- New Testament [Greek], Novum Iesu Christi D.N. testamentum, ex bibliotheca regia, 2 parts in one, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1550. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Lithgow (William). <i>The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures… from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…,</i> woodcut illustrations, 4to, I. Oakes, 1640. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Interest.-16th -18th Century. Large collection of letters related to prominent members of the Spanish court and clergymen,; v.s., late 16th-mid 18th century. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,</i> 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue8vo, John Murray, 1871. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Loewy (Raymond) ARR. Mickey Mouse, original gouache and air brush illustration of Mickey Mouse, signed by artist., n.p. [1946]. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Potter (Beatrix) & Sendak (Maurice). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> NUMBER 2 OF 250 SIGNED COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY SENDAK, New York, 1995. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Wolstenholm (Jonathan) ARR. Books on Books, original watercolor, signed and dated by the artist, 2005.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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