Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2009 Issue

Books from the "Bridge" Room from I.D. Edrich

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Edrich presents books from the Bridge Room.


By Michael Stillman

We recently received our first catalogue from I.D. Edrich, booksellers from London. This issue is entitled The Bridge Catalogue, the explanation being these books are housed in their "Bridge" room. However, we are a bit mystified by the description as there is no explanation as to why it is called a "bridge" room or what sort of books qualify to be placed there. There is a book in this catalogue about the card game of bridge, but since there are 504 other titles not about this game, this does not seem like a hopeful trail. We do know they specialize in literature, poetry and modern first editions, and you will find some very well known books in these categories. Additionally, there are many items with which I am not familiar, but perhaps some titles unusual to me are more familiar with British readers. So, with no further ado, we will let Edrich take us to the bridge (note: they plan to follow up this catalogue with a second one of selections from this location).

Item 107 is sort of a first British edition of Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction work The Martian Chronicles. We say "sort of" because the first English went under the title The Silver Locusts. The British version contains two stories not included in the first American edition. This edition was published in 1951, the year following the first American. This copy bears the stamp "ABC TV Script Department," evidently consulted for a televised version of the sci-fi tales. Priced at £150 (British pounds, or roughly $222 in U.S. dollars).

Here is a book both I and my children have been assigned in school, its emotional power not diminished by the vast cultural changes that have occurred between generations. Item 276 is a first edition from 1954 of William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Once again, Ralph, Piggy and the boys are back to remind us of the slender thread that is civilization, of how close we may be to returning to the law of the jungle. This is not a terribly hopeful look at human nature, but perhaps Golding better understood the seemingly incomprehensible terrorism and atrocities that seem to surround us. Even English schoolboys may have a dark side. £525 (US $779).

Item 348 was a once very popular cookbook, reprinted many times over many years, but changing tastes eventually made it's recipes a bit dated. The title is The Housekeeper's Instructor or Universal Family Cook, by William Augustus Henderson. This is a first edition, published in 1793. Sure, some people still eat rabbits, and a few undoubtedly still favor calf's foot pudding, perhaps even calf's head soup, though preparing turtle guts may have become a lost art. Indeed, Henderson assures us the guts "are considered as the best part." There is a wonderful sauce for chicken which uses, among its ingredients, cocks-combs and ox palate. Add some calf guts, red wine, truffles, artichoke bottoms and asparagus tops, and of course, the key ingredient to cover up even the most thoroughly disgusting of concoctions - catsup. There is also a scrumptious recipe for pigs' pettitoes, which is pigs' feet stuffed with a mince-meat made from the animal's heart and liver. I think you can now see why this cookbook has gone out of style, though it is never too late for you to revive some of these old delicacies. This copy contains a few handwritten remedies for ailments such as swelled face, worms, and scouring in pigs. £550 ($818).

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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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