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Book Catalogue Reviews - January - 2009 Issue

Featured Material at the Arader Galleries

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The Directors Report from the Arader Galleries.


By Michael Stillman

We have received the November-December 2008 edition of the Arader Galleries' Directors Report a bit on the late side, but that is all right. These aren't catalogues, but discussions of a few select items at their various galleries across the United States. They give you a sense of what you may find at one of their six locations, in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, Houston, and two in New York. If this is the sort of material you find interesting, and we cannot imagine why you would not, you may want to stop by one of the galleries when in the vicinity.

The California Quail (or California Partridge according to Audubon) is one of the many American birds the great artist drew. This image is, naturally enough, featured by the San Francisco Gallery. This quail is today the state bird of California. Interestingly enough, Audubon never visited California. In fact, he never made it west of the Mississippi, though his son, who assisted him later in life, was an extensive traveler. Audubon received specimens of many of the birds he drew, this one coming from an 1836 expedition to the golden not-yet a state. Audubon still managed to picture the quail in its native habitat, though he was never there.

From fauna to flora, the San Francisco Gallery also has a collection of watercolors of exotic botanicals by Daniel Carthidge. The British used several of the species he drew, such as coffee, tea, cinnamon, and lemons, but had little idea where these products came from. In 1784, he completed a set of illustrations of these plants, plus a few others, such as the pineapple, obscure to the British as they were unable to withstand the long trips necessary to import them to England.

The Denver Gallery features a watercolor of The Fairmount Gold and Silver Mining Company, from 1874. In 1859, gold was first discovered in Colorado, and by the time of this drawing, mining was booming along the eastern edge of the Colorado Rockies. This image was drawn of Idaho Springs, one of the earliest gold sites, and today the first stop outside the Denver metro area as you head into the mountains.

The New York Gallery has a later print of a notable Depression era photograph from the Badlands of South Dakota. In stark black and white, it shows a parched cattle skull resting on cracked, arid, plantless soil. Arthur Rothstein's photograph became symbolic of the tough drought conditions being experienced in these already difficult times in the American West. However, Rothstein had taken photographs of the skull in a few locations, leading to charges that it was a fake. While Rothstein was more interested in the artistic aspects of his picture, it had come to symbolize the need for New Deal policies, and those who opposed Roosevelt quickly attacked the authenticity of this dramatic image.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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