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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2008 Issue

More Literature, Film, Mystery, and a Surprise, from James Pepper Rare Books

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Catalogue 176 from James Pepper Rare Books.


By Michael Stillman

James Pepper Rare Books has issued a new catalogue, this one being Catalogue 176. As usual, the focus is on literature, film and mystery, with most items being from the twentieth century. There is one major exception to this rule, which we will get to later, but all in all, those who have found items of interest in previous Pepper catalogues will undoubtedly do so once again. Here are some of the 142 items offered for sale this month.

Albert Speer is one of those figures that history has struggled to evaluate. A young architect in Germany in 1931, he was spellbound by a Hitler speech, which led him to join the Nazi Party. His architectural skills made him a favorite of Hitler, and he was commissioned to design many buildings for the Third Reich. Hitler would later put his skills to more practical use during the war, making him Minister of Armaments, where Speer efficiently pumped out arms under difficult conditions. Of course, much of this was accomplished through forced labor under the most inhumane of conditions. Speer would later deny knowledge of the more brutal aspects of the Nazi regime, though admitting he chose not to look when news came his way that would draw suspicion. At the end of the war, Speer was convicted at Nuremberg and sentenced to twenty years in prison, a light sentence for someone so high up in the government and personally close to Hitler. He was one of the few defendants to apologize for the regime's behavior, and acknowledge his responsibility for the crimes as a high-ranking government official. It will probably never be known how much Speer knew, and how someone with at least a measure of conscience and humanity could become involved in such a regime, or be so enthralled with the likes of Hitler. However, whatever one thinks of Speer personally, he was certainly one of the best chroniclers of the Nazi regime from the inside. Item 122 is a second printing of the first English edition (1970) of Inside the Third Reich. Memoirs by Albert Speer. This copy has been inscribed by Speer. Priced at $1,650.

From real Nazis, we go to fake ones, and Nazi refugees. Item 78 is Otto Klemperer. His Life and Times. Volume 1 1885-1933. Otto Klemperer was a great German conductor, who being Jewish, wisely fled Germany shortly after the Nazis came to power. He conducted orchestras in the U.S. and, after the war, returned to work in Europe. This biography was written by his son, Werner Klemperer, who is well known to American audiences as the actor who portrayed the Nazi commandant, Colonel Klink, in the television series Hogan's Heroes. It is inscribed by the younger Klemperer in 1986 to another great conductor, Zubin Mehta. $150.

Here is an interesting collection of literature: Playboy Stories. The Best Forty Years of Short Fiction. Edited by Alice K. Turner and published in 1994, it contains over 600 pages of short stories that originally appeared in the pages of Playboy, from writers such as Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Irving, James Thurber, and many others. This is a book for those people who actually did buy Playboy for the articles. The copy is signed by Hugh Hefner. Item 60. $225.

Item 114 is a copy of Stallion Road, by Stephen Longstreet, published in 1946. The following year, it was made into a movie, and this copy is signed by almost 50 members of the cast and crew of that film. Among those who signed was Ronald Reagan, who played the role of a horse veterinarian. It also contains the rare signature of major American cinematographer Arthur Edeson. $1,750.

Now for that chronological exception to most items offered by Pepper. Item 129 is a contract signed by Italian renaissance artist Tintoretto (or Jacopo Robusti). Tintoretto, so named because as a youth he apprenticed as a tinter or dyer, was a 16th century resident of Venice. Offered is a contract he signed to create two paintings, one of Lazarus' resurrection, the other of Moses receiving the law. The contract was signed by Tintoretto in 1572. $65,000.

James Pepper Rare Books may be reached at 805-963-1025 or pepbooks@aol.com. Their website is found at www.JamesPepperBooks.com.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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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