Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2008 Issue

Antiquarian Books and Ephemera from Samuel Gedge Rare Books

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A strip almanac on the cover of Samuel Gedge's latest catalogue.


By Michael Stillman

Samuel Gedge Ltd. Rare Books of Norwich, UK, has issued their Catalogue V (as in 5). Gedge provides a variety of material, not just by topic, but by type. So, along with books, you will find such items as the strip almanac shown on the cover, a fan-shaped printed paper, an early 19th century bookseller's pocketbook, and other unusual items. The common thread is that these items are related to books, printing, manuscripts or bookselling, and all qualify as being antiquarian - 19th century or earlier. Here are a few of the items Gedge is offering in their latest catalogue.

Item 19 is the psalm book of a man who surely needed atonement, though he may not have appreciated this point. The 1793 book is entitled A new version of the psalms of David... by N. Brady. The owner was Thomas Staniforth, the Mayor of Liverpool, and his imprint, title, and the year 1797 are placed on the cover. Staniforth's parents died by the time he was 15, but a brother-in-law set him up as an apprentice to a wealthy businessman, Charles Goore. The wise Staniforth married Goore's daughter, and after the latter's two sons died, the daughter became Goore's only heir. Staniforth managed Goore's business, which included the miserable field of trading in slaves. Other aspects of his business, whaling and trading tobacco, would not meet with much favor today either. Staniforth was highly regarded in his hometown and a noted philanthropist and family man, though evidently blind to the sufferings of the souls in which he traded. He died in 1803. Priced at £350 (British pounds, or US equivalent of $512).

Item 1 is a commission from the Company of Merchants appointing John Hope Smith as the Governor of Cape Coast Castle in 1816. Cape Coast Castle, located in what is today Ghana, was one of the most notorious of the "castles" along the African Gold Coast. It contained one of the large dungeons in which slaves captured on the continent would be held until the slave ships arrived. Over 1,000 people could be crammed into the dank cells in its basement - miserable, unsanitary places. Probably the only worse conditions imaginable were what came next for the slaves, the even more crammed and unsanitary slave ships. Fortunately, the British had abolished the slave trade a decade earlier, so the old castle was used as a site for trade by the time Smith arrived. A year later, at the young age of 30, Smith was appointed as the overseer for all of Ghana. £950 (US $1,392).

Item 93 is the strip almanac shown on the cover: An almanac for the year 1688, by John Pack. These manuscript strips, in this case wound into a turned bone casing, were popular in the 16th century. It notes the phases of the moon and important Christian holidays. The later date of this strip almanac is unusual as they were far more popular during the preceding century. £3,500 (US $5,133).

Here is an item of interest to American Civil War collectors. Item 47 is the naval logbook of a tour of H.M.S. Racer, commanded by Algernon McLennan Lyons, during 1861-1862. This British ship was assigned to patrol the Atlantic coast of the United States during its civil war. The logbook recounts its journeys along the coasts of Virginia and the Carolinas, particularly Charleston, and return trips to British bases in Halifax and Bermuda. The British stayed out of America's internal dispute, but needed to keep apprised of what was going on. This log was kept by E.S. Dugdale, a naval cadet. £2,750. (US $4,032).

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Westvaco–Inspirations for Printers,</i> 3 volumes, 1938-61. $200 to $300.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Proef van Letteren, <i>Welk gegooten worden in de Nieuwe Haerlemsche Lettergietery,</i> 1768. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Paul Klee, <i>Bauhaus Ausstellung Juli – Sept.,</i> Weimar, 1923. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Michel Seuphor & Jozef Peeters, <i>Het Overzicht Nos.</i> 22-23-24, Antwerp, 1922. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> Wolfrum & Co., <i>Modern Graphik, Serie I…,</i> complete portfolio, 1909. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, May 12:</b> <i>Gravure et Fonderie deC. Derriey: Specimen-Album,</i> Paris, 1862. $5,000 to $7,500.
  • <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Daniel Giraud Elliot. <i>A Monograph of the Phasianidae, or Family of the Pheasants,</i> 1870-1872, coloured plates. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>Georg Braun und Franz Hogenberg. <i>Civitates orbis terrarum.</i> Cologne, 1597-c.1606, 5 volumes, hand-coloured, calf. £140,000 to £200,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Qianren Huang. "Blue Map" of China. [Daoguang, 19th century]. £60,000 to £80,000.
    <center><b>Sotheby’s<br>Travel, Atlases, Maps<br>and Natural History<br>Online Auction<br>27 April – 13 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Abraham Ortelius. <i>Theatrum orbis terrarum,</i> 1595. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b> Maxime Du Camp. <i>Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie. Dessins Photographiques.</i> Paris, 1852. £100,000 to £150,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 27 Apr. to 13 May:</b><br>China, Canton School. A superb album of 141 watercolours, c.1800. £70,000 to £100,000.
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Alken (Henry), after. Salmon Fishing; Fishing in a Punt; Pike Fishing, three works, 1820. £600 to £800.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Early Images of Angling.- Hollar (Wenceslaus) Angling; River Fishing; and Salmon Fishing, after Francis Barlow, 3 engravings, [c. 1671]. £500 to £700.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Rolfe (Henry Leonidas). <i>Studies of Fresh Water Fish,</i> 1851. £500 to £700.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Morland (George), After. A Party Angling; The Anglers' Repast, a pair, mezzotints, 1789. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Pollard (James), After. Bottom Fishing; Anglers Packing Up, etchings with aquatint, 1831. £400 to £600.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Angling's Age of Romance.- Sayer (Robert, publisher) & J. Bennett. The Angelic Angler, mezzotint, 1781; and another. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire.- London.- Roberts (Piercy). Patience at Paddington or angling in the Junction Canal, etching after Woodward, 1807; together with Woodward's 'Angling at Sadler's Wells', and another, 1794. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Satire - Cats Fishing.- Seymour (Robert). Waltonizing or - Green-land Fisherman, [c. 1830s]; together with 3 lithographs of cats fishing, [c. 1830s]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Fishing Portraits.- Zoffany (Johan), After. Master James Sayer, at the age of 13, mezzotint by Richard Houston, 1772. £300 to £400.
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Images of Angling:<br>The David Beazley Collection<br>of Angling Prints<br>Online Sale<br>20th May 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Wilkinson (Norman). Come to Britain for Fishing, lithographic poster, [c. 1947]. £300 to £400.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Scottish Fishing.- Heath (William). Sporting in the Scottish Isles no. III. Salmon Fishing, 1835; and another. £150 to £200.
    <b>Forum Auctions, May 20:</b> Simpson (Joseph). The Border Angler, drypoint, [c. 1927]. £150 to £200.

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