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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2009 Issue

The Spalding Collection of Western Americana from Randall House

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The Caroline Spalding Collection from Randall House.


By Michael Stillman

This month we have received our first catalogue from Randall House, of Santa Barbara, California. Randall House trades in all kinds of books, from literature to Americana, fine press, books about books, sporting books, illustrated books, manuscripts, and more. However, this catalogue, their 31st, is very focused, as it offers items from The Caroline Spalding Collection of Western Americana. It is filled with western items, in particular those from California, but also contains a few items Mrs. Spalding obtained during a two-year residence in England.

Caroline Spalding was the daughter of pioneer California oilman Charles A. Canfield. He was a partner of Edward Doheny, whose wife (later widow) Estelle put together one the greatest book collections ever by an American. Canfield and Doheny became quite wealthy after discovering oil near Los Angeles in the late 19th century. Canfield's daughter visited many oil sites with her father, which piqued her interest in California history. Caroline Canfield married Silsby Spalding in 1911. Mr. Spalding became the first mayor of Beverly Hills. It was at this time that Mrs. Spalding began her collection. That interest continued until she died in 1970.

Offered are 179 items from Mrs. Spalding's collection. Randall House notes that some of these books originally came from the legendary San Francisco bookseller John Howell Books, in business from 1912-1984. Ron Randall and Pia Oliver of Randall House are veterans of that notable firm. Here are a few of the items from the Spalding collection.

Item 67 is a major work from California's first printer, Agustin Zamorano. It is the first edition in English of The manifesto which the General of Brigade, Don Jose Figueroa... (Governor Figueroa's Manifesto). Zamorano had originally published this book in 1835 in Monterey. This English edition was published in 1855 in San Francisco. The book deals with Figueroa's unwillingness to turn over mission land to colonists who arrived in 1834. Priced at $5,000.

Item 141 is another California first - the first book on California written in English by a resident. The title is Life in California During a residence of several Years in that Territory, published in 1846. Author Alfred Robinson came to California in 1829 and married into a prominent Mexican family. He provides a description of the territory in the days when it was still part of Mexico. $1,500.

Item 122 is Samuel Augustus Mitchell's Mitchell's New Map of Texas, Oregon and California with Regions Adjoining. This publication includes 46 pages of text along with Mitchell's map. The map shows what is today's American West in 1846, post Texas Revolution but just prior to the Mexican War and America's resolution of the territorial dispute with Britain over Oregon. Mitchell is unabashedly pro-American. He describes Mexico's Upper California (today's U.S. California) as having declared its independence and now being settled by Americans. Oregon, which in his map goes all the way to 54-40 (taking in much of British Columbia), he states is all under an "indubitable" American claim. Texas is granted the generous borders it claimed at the time, ranging from the Rio Grande to the narrow strip of land rising all the way into today's Wyoming. All of these borders would be radically changed within a few years. $9,000.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Mary Anning. Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland, 24 November 1834. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Bolyai. <i>Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens,</i> Maros Vásárhelyi, 1832-1833, 2 volumes, half calf. £50,000 to £70,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Vesalius.<br><i>De humani corporis fabrica,</i> Basel, 1555, modern crushed burgundy morocco. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Science: Books and Manuscripts<br>15-25 May 2021</b>
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Copernicus.<br><i>De revolutionibus orbium coelestium,</i> Nuremberg, 1543, later boards, Rostock duplicate. £70,000 to £100,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Payan-Dumoulin. Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1979. £15,000 to £20,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 15-25 May:</b> Albert Einstein. Autograph letter signed, to his son Albert, 4 November [1915]. £10,000 to £15,000.
  • <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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