Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2009 Issue

Literature, Film and More from Waverly Books

Waverly162

The latest from Waverly Books.


By Michael Stillman

Waverly Books has published its List 162, a collection of 183 items. The focus for Waverly is on literature, particularly first editions, and items related to film, art and photography. Of course, there are other subjects served as well. Here are a few of the items offered in this month's catalogue.

Melvin Van Peebles was at the forefront of African-American film development in the 1970s. He was a pioneer in films not just about African-Americans, but films created and directed by them. You can add acting, writing and musical composing to his achievements. Younger readers may be more familiar with his son Mario, who continues the acting and directing tradition. However, before Van Peebles made it in film, he drove a cable car in San Francisco for a living. In 1957, he wrote a book about these trolleys, called The Big Heart. He saw the cable car as being something like a heart, pumping its passengers along the city's arteries. The book includes photographs by Ruth Bernhard, who has inscribed this copy. Item 131. Priced at $375.

Item 102 is the fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd, by renowned writer and bookseller Larry McMurtrey and Diana Ossana. Charles Arthur Floyd was an Oklahoma farm boy when he took to making a living the easy way in the 1920s - robbing banks. He was not known as an intellectual, but was a charming, handsome and youthful looking man, hence the moniker (reportedly, Charles Arthur did not like the nickname). He became something of a folk hero for his exploits and charm. Of course, during the Depression, banks were even less popular than criminals in Oklahoma. However, the nature of his crimes ratcheted up, as Floyd became involved in several killings. He began working his way up the FBI's most wanted list, and when John Dillinger fell in a hail of gunfire, Floyd became number one. The honor would not last long. A couple months later in 1934, Pretty Boy was himself shot down as he tried to run from police in a field behind an Ohio farmstead. This copy of Floyd's story has been signed by both authors McMurtrey and Ossana. $50.

Item 83 is a prize-winning but relatively obscure book from 1982 that became one of the greatest films of the 1990s: Schindler's Ark. Thomas Keneally's book became better known as a film, with "ark" changed to "list." The story of Oskar Schindler won the Oscar for best picture in 1993. Schindler was a flawed and unremarkable businessman for most of his life. Through the liberal use of bribes and membership in the Nazi Party, he set up shop as a war profiteer in occupied Poland. He hired Jews to work in his factory as their labor came cheaply. However, as Schindler witnessed the atrocities of the Nazis, something happened to him. His focus switched from his personal financial interests to saving the lives of his Jewish workers. By war's end, he had lost his fortune, spent on bribes to save his workers, over a thousand of whom survived because of Schindler's remarkable efforts. $200.

The horrors of Nazi Germany were so immense that the first great war has been somewhat overlooked. For those looking for a Pulitzer Prize winning account, by the General who led America's forces in the First World War, item 183 is a copy of John J. "Black Jack" Pershing's My Experiences in the World War. This two-volume retrospective was published in 1931. Many of those who led American forces in the Second World War learned their trade under Pershing, whose rank of General of the Armies is the highest rank ever awarded by the military. $200.

Waverly Books may be reached at 310-393-4593 or waverlybks@aol.com. Their website is www.waverlybooks.com.

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  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <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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