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Book Catalogue Reviews - October - 2008 Issue

Film, Literature and More from Waverly Books

Waverly158

List 158 from Waverly Books.


By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has issued a new catalogue of books, this one being List 158. Waverly's catalogues do not have titles, so there are no limitations as to what might be found in one. However, their focus is generally on literature or items related to film, sports or other fields where names will be familiar to many readers. This catalogue fits that mold. Here are a few examples.

Item 75 is a look back by a woman not very famous as an author, but probably the most celebrated mother America has known. Of her four sons, one died a war hero, one became president, and two others almost became president. One daughter was married to a man who ran for vice-president, another to a famous actor. A couple of grandchildren have served in Congress, a granddaughter was a noted news anchor and is now first lady of the nation's most populous state. Of course, this could be none other than Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and one can only marvel at the accomplishments of her famous descendants. While many in her family succumbed to tragedy too early in life, Rose lived to be 104. This copy of her 1974 book Times to Remember, published when she was a mere 84, is inscribed to the wife of tennis star Jack Kramer. $350.

Truman Capote burst onto the scene in 1948 with his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms." It started the unusual young writer along a path of celebrity he obviously craved. Item 35 is a first edition of Capote's second book, The Tree of Night and Other Stories. It was published the following year, 1949, when Capote was still only 25 years old. $300.

Yogis are noted for their immense wisdom and insight, but none can compare with the great Yogi of New York, Lawrence Peter Berra. Yogi Berra was one of the best catchers ever to play baseball during a career that ran from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s. His honors include membership in the Hall of Fame. Berra went on to be a manager, and while little appreciated in that role, he managed to be one of the few to lead teams in both the American and National leagues to the World Series. A Yogi is not always recognized in his time. While his outstanding baseball years have drifted into the past as fewer and fewer people remember a career that ended 45 years ago, Yogi has become well known even among young people for his malapropisms, or "Yogiisms" as they are often known. Yogi probably never uttered most, but any strange twisting of logic or self-evident clichés seem to be attributed to him. Among the best known are "I really didn't say everything I said," "It's déjà vu all over again," and "It ain't over 'til it's over," which provided the title for this 1989 book, Yogi. It Ain't Over. This copy is inscribed by the wise man himself. Item 20. $200.

Some things go out of date, and yet they are timeless. Here is an example: Marilyn Monroe 1955 Calendar. This one features the full color nude picture of Miss Monroe, daring in its day, and still quite attractive in this one. Who cares that it's out of date? No one really paid attention to the calendar part anyway. Item 99. $250.

Item 70 is Roy Huggins' first edition 1959 paperback 77 Sunset Strip. The TV show of the same name was the rage at the time, and Huggins would go on to produce several more extremely popular television series. The stars of 77 Sunset Strip, were Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith, in the role of private detectives, but younger viewers were drawn to Edd Byrnes, playing the role of hair-combing hipster and valet parking attendant "Kookie." This copy is signed by Byrnes. We don't know whether he ever loaned his comb to Connie Stevens, the ginchiest, and he never had much of a film career after "77," but for a time he was atop the list of America's teenage idols. $75.

Waverly Books may be reached at 310-393-4593 or waverlybks@aol.com. Their website is www.waverlybooks.com.

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  • <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.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Textile of the Great White Fleet, with portraits of Theodore Roosevelt, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans & successor Charles Stillman Sperry, 1908. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> William J. Stone, <i>Declaration of Independence,</i> Force printing, 1833. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Shugart family papers including documentation of the Underground Railroad, 63 items, 1838-81. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Records of the Dickinson & Shrewsbury salt works, over 2000 items, with extensive slave labor correspondence, legal records & receipts, bulk 1820-1865. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Gloria Steinem, typescript for her speech <i>Living the Revolution,</i> with related letters and documents, 1941-77. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> <i>Liberty Triumphant or the Downfall of Oppression,</i> depicting the aftermath of the Boston Tea Party, c. 1774. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, <i>Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI distincta,</i> Antwerp, 1635. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Antonio de Mayorga, manuscript map of Mexico City, 1779. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Thomas L. McKenney & James Hall, <i>History of the Indian Tribes of North America,</i> first edition, 3 volumes, Philadelphia, 1842-44. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Samuel Walker, diary of the entire first cruise of the USS Kineo, a gunboat on the Mississippi, 1854-69. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Sep 26:</b> Scrapbook on early Stanford football, with letters from Walter Camp, 1893-95 & 1931. $8,000 to $12,000.
  • <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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