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Book Catalogue Reviews - April - 2009 Issue

36 Books and Manuscripts Not Online from Libreria de Antano

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Not Online from Libreria de Antano.


By Michael Stillman

Most catalogues are notable for what they are. Here is one noted for what it is not: Not Online. This is a catalogue from Buenos Aires bookseller Libreria de Antano, with the subheading: 36 Rare Books and Manuscripts that cannot be found for sale on any online database. Naturally, this is an appropriate catalogue for those who collect rare and uncommon works. More specifically, it is perfect for those who collect rare works related to Spanish and Portuguese America, especially in times long ago. Here are a few of the uncommon thirty-six.

Item 4 is a 10-volume history of the nation now known as Gran Colombia (officially, it was the Republic of Colombia, but that is also the name of the current, smaller nation). The title is Historia de la Revolucion de la Republica de Colombia, by J.M. Restrepo. Restrepo served as Secretary of the Interior under Latin America's great liberator, President Simon Bolivar from 1821-1830. Bolivar had led the revolution that overthrew Spanish rule and set up this independent nation in the area now home to Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador, along with parts of other states. Restrepo's work includes three volumes of documents and an atlas. The set was published in 1827, at the height of this country's brief existence. Despite Bolivar's best efforts, he was not able to stem regional rivalries, and Gran Colombia split apart in 1831. Priced at $6,400.

Item 31 is a collection of four very old documents related to slavery. The first is a 1550 sale of a slave, the second a 1561 power of attorney from Arequipa resident Cosme Espinoza to Bartolome de Pradanos so that the latter can receive a slave he purchased in Cuzco, the third another power of attorney from 1568 from merchant Don Juan de Solorzano allowing for the collection of debts in La Paz in the form of gold, currency, slaves, and other merchandise, and the fourth an 1874 Cuban sale of a slave. $2,700.

Item 27 is Instruccion para la Infanteria Ligera del Ejercito Mexicano... This is an instruction manual for the Mexican Army, and bears the label of Second Lieutenant Fernando Poescel. The timing is interesting. It is dated 1846, which was the year the Mexican Army would go to war with the United States. The U.S. victory in the Mexican War two years later enabled the U.S. to annex Texas, California, and New Mexico. $2,200.

Item 15 is a Tratados celebrados... an 1825 treaty between Chile and the native Mapuche Nation. While nominally subjugated by the Spanish, the Mapuche effectively controlled their region during the period of colonization, while trading with the Spanish. They maintained treaties with the Spanish, and once their rule came to an end, they continued with this treaty with the newly independent Chilean government. It is still claimed as a source of rights by the Mapuche to this day. $4,500.

Witold Gombrowicz was a Polish writer who took a cruise to South America shortly before the beginning of the Second World War. When war broke out, he decided to wait it out in Buenos Aires. In the end, he stayed far longer, most of the rest of his life. Item 17 is a copy of El casamiento, published in 1948, with an inscrutable (to me, at least) inscription: "To Edith in remembrance of the pants of Husserl, of the pocket of existentialism, of the dwarf ghost coffee with milk." Hopefully, Edith understood. $2,000.

Liberia de Antano may be reached at (5411) 4822-7178 or info@antano.com.ar.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <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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