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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2009 Issue

New "Books About Books" and Bibliography from Oak Knoll

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New "books about books" and bibliographies from Oak Knoll.


By Michael Stillman


Oak Knoll Books has issued its first catalogue of the new year, Catalogue 289 of their long-running series. As with most of their catalogues, it offers items in the field of "books about books" and bibliography. Oak Knoll has evidently been acquiring new inventory as this catalogue is filled with books we have not seen before. Here are a few of the items offered in this latest collection.

Item 41 is a copy of the first bookbinding manual written by an American: Manual of the Art of Bookbinding... by James B. Nicholson. This is a first edition published in 1856. Nicholson was well equipped to provide the advice he offered to both the professional and collector/amateur binder as he operated a bookbinding business in Philadelphia. Priced at $850.

For those who appreciate quality bindings, your idol could only be French book collector Jean Grolier. Grolier was the 16th century collector who sent his books to the best binders of the day. Today, over 600 of the books from his library are known to still exist and they are, naturally, quite collectible. Item 114 is an account of Grolier's famous library by Le Roux de Lincy, published in 1866: Recherches sur Jean Golier sur la Vie et sa Bibliotheque... It carries the bookplate of noted American collector Edwin Holden, former President of New York's ... Grolier Club. Item 114. $650.

Item 69 is an excellent resource for those who collect the last continent not covered by ice to be discovered: Book Collector's Notes on Items Relating to the Discovery of Australia, by Rodney Davidson, published in 1970. It is a guide to collecting early Australia, including the "Terra Australis Incognita" of the pre-Cook days and the first explorations and settlements of the continent. This is one of 250 copies and is signed by the author. $100.

Item 119 is a comprehensive set of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, with a most notable book collecting pedigree. It is the Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 13 volumes published in 1883. This is from the limited large paper edition (250 copies) and each volume contains the bookplate of Robert Hoe, probably the most important American collector of the 19th century. $1,500.

How much do you know about Nova Scotia? It's probably a lot less than did Robert R. McLeod. Fortunately, he compiled his knowledge of this Atlantic Canadian province a century ago in Markland or Nova Scotia, Its History, Natural Resources and Native Beauties. Published in 1903, this book will tell you about the province's history, geology, Indians, mines, agriculture, schools, government and much more. It was designed for businessmen, tourists and sportsmen alike. Item 189. $150.

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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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